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Sean Stangland

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Hired as an intern fresh out of Eastern Illinois University in 2001, Sean became a full-time member of the night copy desk in 2002. He also writes a blog, Widescreen, at, and occasionally contributes to the newspaper.

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Falling in love with a talking raccoon

Sep 10 2014 | 4:55 pm - “I love that movie!” We say stuff like that all the time. But how often do we really mean it — how often do we actually form an emotional attachment to a movie, a TV show, a novel or a video game? It has happened to me in the...

‘Boardwalk,’ reality show begin fall TV season

Sep 04 2014 | 12:42 pm - The fall TV season unofficially begins this weekend with two Sunday-night premieres. Fox kicks things off at 7 p.m. with "Utopia,” a new reality show that looks like “Survivor” by way of Sid Meier’s “Civilization”...

Superheroes for sale: Product placement gets bigger and bolder

Aug 26 2014 | 7:39 pm - Sean Stangland recently caught up with Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah.” While he didn’t enjoy the movie as a whole, he did like one aspect: no product placement. It's become the norm, from movies to TV to video games. But should...

‘Simpsons,’ ‘Doctor Who’ dominate the DVR this weekend

Aug 21 2014 | 4:51 pm - The 12-day marathon airing of every “Simpsons” episode ever is already under way by the time you read this, but don’t worry — there are still plenty of great episodes worth some space on your DVR. (Hundreds, even.) And don't...

Robin Williams: Mourning a manic genius

Aug 18 2014 | 8:39 pm - Daily Herald copy editor Sean Stangland has seen a lot in his time at the paper. But Monday's news about Robin Williams hit him as hard as anything he's experienced in his 13 years on the desk. Here's a look at the emotions he felt while putting...

Bean's cliched 'Legends' has promising premise

Aug 18 2014 | 8:39 pm - “Legends,” based on the novel by Robert Littell, is the latest terrorism thriller from producer Howard Gordon, whose credits include “Homeland” and “24.” The title refers to the FBI code for assumed identities, of...

Comic-book movies aren’t all capes and aliens

Aug 03 2014 | 9:51 pm - The Marvel Studios juggernaut is taking a bit of a risk with Friday’s release of "Guardians of the Galaxy,” an astronomically budgeted adaptation of a comic book most of us had never heard of. Not all offbeat, lesser-known comics and...

You don't have to go to San Diego for the fun of Comic Con

Aug 03 2014 | 9:52 pm - Fans of superheroes, horror flicks, time-traveling doctors and Jedi Knights will once again converge in California this weekend as the annual Comic Con International returns to the San Diego Convention Center, but you don't have to hop on a plane to...

'Snowpiercer' leads train of on-demand gems

Aug 18 2014 | 8:40 pm - "Snowpiercer” — the buzzworthy science-fiction flick starring “Captain America” himself, Chris Evans — opened in a small number of Chicago-area theaters on July 4, but you can already watch it from the comfort of your...

Fourth fun from home — hot dogs included

Aug 03 2014 | 9:53 pm - If the weather and the crowds keep you away from your town's Independence Day events this weekend, you can still enjoy the trappings of the holiday from your couch with TV shows that feature both gastronomic and pyrotechnic fireworks.

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