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  • Journey to Middle-earth has been an emotional one Dec 17, 2014 6:40 AM
    Fifteen years after filming began in New Zealand on the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, director Peter Jackson's Middle-earth saga concludes this weekend with “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” The journey from “The Fellowship of the Ring” to today has been very long, but very rewarding — even if the latter half of it ultimately feels unnecessary.

     
  • ‘Inherent Vice’ director Anderson among the modern greats Dec 12, 2014 6:01 AM
    Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson, whose latest film, “Inherent Vice,” opens Friday in select theaters, has crafted a distinct, singular vision, Daily Herald columnist Sean Stangland says. Here’s how he’d rank Anderson's six previous films.

     
  • Are you still infected with ‘Frozen’ fever? Dec 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    More than a year after its release, the world is still infected with “Frozen” fever. The theatrical release made $1.27 billion, the all-time champ among animated films. DVD and Blu-ray sales in North America have brought in another $280.8 million in a year when the No. 2 elease, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” made less than half that figure. And then there’s the merchandise, which includes ... duct tape?!

     
  • Hyping the hype: ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Jurassic World’ trailers premiere Nov 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    The world loves movies, but sometimes it seems to love movie trailers even more. This weekend brings film fans their first looks at new "Star Wars" and "Jurassic Park" films as Hollywood studios are starting to market the release of their trailers with the same breathless excitement as the films themselves.

     
  • What to watch now that you’ve seen ‘Interstellar’ Nov 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    “Interstellar” joins a legacy of thoughtful sci-fi epics that began in 1968 when Stanley Kubrick changed the movie landscape forever. Here are some of Sean Stangland's favorites.

     
  • Still dumb — and funny — after all these years Nov 12, 2014 5:45 AM
    The brainless heroes Lloyd and Harry from "Dumb and Dumber" are back in theaters this weekend and easier than ever to watch at home. Meanwhile, in Gotham City, the past incarnations of Batman and Robin are coming to Blu-ray and DVD for the very first time.

     
  • Podcasts geek out about Bond, movies, celebs Oct 22, 2014 5:30 AM
    They keep us company while we drive, work and work out. They’re also among the best things to happen in the 21st Century to radio junkies like me. We're talking about podcasts, and here are some worth checking out.

     
  • ‘Walking Dead’ just won’t die Oct 17, 2014 7:23 AM
    “The Walking Dead” returned to AMC last week to huge ratings, and Sean doesn't really get why. But who cares what he thinks? The show is so big, it has its own pinball table. And speaking of pinball, Wheeling is the place to be this weekend for enthusiasts of the game.

     
  • ‘Twin Peaks’ is back on TV, so what’s next? Oct 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    "Twin Peaks" is coming back to TV in 2016, Jack Bauer already came back this summer. Wouldn't you like to see new episodes of some other favorites like "Star Trek," "The Wonder Years" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"?

     
  • New ‘Alien’ video game promises stealth, smarts Oct 3, 2014 5:45 AM
    The franchise that began with “Alien,” Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic horror film, takes another crack at the world of video games Tuesday, Oct. 7, with yet another hotly anticipated title. “Alien: Isolation” seeks to replicate the spookhouse-in-space feel of Scott’s film instead of the shoot-’em-up action that one would normally associate with games based on the franchise.

     
  • Many changes for Season 40, but ‘SNL’ core is intact Sep 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    "SNL" returns for its 40th season this weekend with host Chris Pratt and musical guest Ariana Grande, and that anniversary means NBC’s late-night stalwart will be under a stronger microscope and a brighter spotlight.

     
  • McKenzie is the real hero of 'Gotham' Sep 25, 2014 10:07 PM
    Subtle, “Gotham” is not. Fox's Batman prequel -- set when Bruce Wayne was just a boy -- is the most anticipated show of the fall season. Yet, its first episode, airing Monday, Sept. 22, is problematic, especially considering the strengths of its premise and its star.

     
  • Falling in love with a talking raccoon Sep 25, 2014 10:08 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 past month with "Guardians of the Galaxy."

     
  • 'Boardwalk,' reality show begin fall TV season Sep 25, 2014 10:26 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” video games. HBO's fifth and final season of the gangster epic “Boardwalk Empire” premieres at 8 p.m. and opens seven years after Season 4, setting its final eight episodes in the thick of the Great Depression.

     
  • Superheroes for sale: Product placement gets bigger and bolder Aug 27, 2014 5:45 AM
    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 we, as consumers, just blindly accept it?

     
  • 'Simpsons,' 'Doctor Who' dominate the DVR this weekend Sep 25, 2014 10:28 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 forget about “Doctor Who,” which returns to BBC America at 7 p.m. Saturday with a new Doctor, Peter Capaldi (“In the Loop”), and, reportedly, a new attitude.

     
  • Robin Williams: Mourning a manic genius Sep 25, 2014 10:10 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 together the news on the brilliant comedian's death.

     
  • Bean's cliched 'Legends' has promising premise Sep 25, 2014 10:29 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 which Sean Bean's Martin Odum is a master. When we first meet him in Wednesday's premiere episode, Odum's undercover as a budding bomber named Lincoln Dittmann, and looks and acts not unlike the unsure, inexperienced Walter White of “Breaking Bad's” first few episodes.

     
  • Comic-book movies aren’t all capes and aliens Aug 3, 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 graphic novels make for great or successful movies. Most of us would like to forget duds like “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Jonah Hex” or “Barb Wire.” But sometimes risks pay off.

     
  • You don't have to go to San Diego for the fun of Comic Con Aug 3, 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 join in the fun.

     
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