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TV Tonight: National Geographic Channel Shows Restrepo, With Hetherington Tribute

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  • April 25, 2011 1:30 AM
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In honor of Tim Hetherington, the photojournalist killed while covering the violence in Libya last week, tonight the National Geographic Channel will show Restrepo, the Oscar-nominated film he co-directed with Sebastian Junger. The film is an extraordinary, visceral document based on a year the journalists spend embedded with U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2007.
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Don't-Miss TV: Exhilarating Film "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child"

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  • April 12, 2011 1:00 AM
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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child is Tamra Davis’ extraordinary close-up look at the artist. Davis and Basquiat were friends, and she filmed an extensive interview with him in 1986, two years before he died. More than two decades later, she used that interview as the centerpiece for a film as colorful and lively as the 80’s SoHo it brings back to life. It’s rare for a film to immerse us so thoroughly and intimately in an artist’s life and work.
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Release Colin Firth! His Long-Delayed Interview Is On Piers Morgan Tonight

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  • February 17, 2011 4:07 AM
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As much as we all love Oscar publicity, it's hard to compete with world crises. Colin Firth's taped, weeks-old interview for Piers Morgan Tonight, originally scheduled for January 28th, has been announced and postponed twice as the show covered events in Egypt. Some people on Twitter are saying that Colin Firth is Piers' Matt Damon - but when Jimmy Kimmel perpetually apologizes to Damon for bumping him from the show, that really is a joke.
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TV Tonight: Watch Allison Janney in Mr. Sunshine, Top Chefs Cook for Jimmy Fallon

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  • February 9, 2011 7:36 AM
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Matthew Perry is the star of the surprisingly funny Mr. Sunshine (as I said in my review) but Allison Janney is the show's equal partner in comedy. Here's a clip of Janney at her loony best:
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Weekend TV: SAG Awards, “Episodes” Marathon

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  • January 28, 2011 2:30 AM
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The weekend’s best TV is full of Oscar buzz and inside-Hollywood comedy.
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TV This Weekend: Golden Globes and More

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  • January 14, 2011 7:30 AM
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Predict the Golden Globe winners? I’d never try to fathom those unfathomable Globes voters. Besides, while I may cheer on some favorites in film and TV (Black Swan, Boardwalk Empire) I don’t own stock in the production companies; their wins won't change my life. For me it’s all about the show, and whether the star-gazing and comedy will be entertaining enough to be worth my time. I’m optimistic about host Ricky Gervais, who has promised to be even less reverent than last year. I’ll have a full review when the show is over, and highlight clips on Monday. For instant reaction while it's happening, please follow me on Twitter: @carynjames
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Best on TV: So Much to Watch, So Few Hours In One Sunday

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  • January 7, 2011 5:20 AM
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There are no good, major films turning up this weekend, but Sunday is crammed with great television.
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Best on TV: Francois Ozon for Christmas

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  • December 23, 2010 3:00 AM
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It isn’t exactly Christmas-themed, but there is fake snow in Angel, Francois Ozon’s little-known 2007 film, with Romola Garai as a working-class girl named Angel Deverell who becomes a best-selling author. A rare film by Ozon in English, it is as stylized and theatrical as his Eight Women, and indulges its soap opera elements with a knowing wink. Angel rises from an ambitious young woman determined not to be a shopkeeper like her Mum, to become rich, famous and petulantly self-absorbed. She also displays some tough-minded Scarlett O’Hara elements, complete with a red dress and an embarrassing party scene. Michael Fassbender plays Angel’s misbegotten lover, a true artist, and Sam Neill is her loyal publisher. Based on Elizabeth Taylor’s novel, Angel has just been reissued on DVD and will also be shown on Sundance Channel on Christmas night at 9. It’s a colorful way to put your feet up and escape into a beautifully over-the-top world.
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