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  • “Field of Dreams”: Best baseball movie ever, or best baseball movie ever? Yes.

    Football? Nah, Costner’s best on the baseball fieldApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    It has been almost 30 years since Kevin Costner first appeared on film fans’ radars. But today brings the theatrical release of “Draft Day,” an Ivan Reitman comedy/feature-length NFL commercial that puts Costner back in the genre in which he seems to be most comfortable: the sports movie.

     
  • Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey, right) reunites with brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) as HBO's “Game of Thrones” returns for its fourth season.

    See more of your favorite 'Game of Thrones' starsApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    "Game of Thrones" Season 4 begins Sunday on HBO, but hardcore fans want more. Sean will tell you how can meet some "GoT" actors later this month.

     
  • Don’t cry, Ron Burgundy! You and Veronica Corningstone are coming home to Blu-ray on April 1.

    Want more Ron Burgundy? You got itMar 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Fans of 2004’s “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” had to wait nearly 10 years for a sequel. Now, just a little more than three months after the Channel 4 Action News Team returned to theaters, fans can bring home three different versions of that sequel.

     
  • Mads Mikkelsen stars as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s elegant, operatic and criminally underseen series, “Hannibal.”

    The best TV show you’re (probably) not watchingMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    The idea of resurrecting a popular horror movie in the guise of a serialized prequel for television is not one that inspires confidence, but NBC’s “Hannibal,” starring Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen as the titular cannibal, is an elegant, operatic triumph.

     
  • Six of auteur Wes Anderson’s eight films are available from the premium home video distributor, The Criterion Collection.

    ‘Grand Budapest’ director’s films shine on Blu-rayMar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    "Grand Budapest Hotel" director Wes Anderson's films are known for their wit and color, and premium video distributor Criterion presents them at their very best on Blu-ray.

     
  • Film composer John Williams just earned his 49th Academy Award nomination, for “The Book Thief.”

    Still the maestro of the moviesMar 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    John Williams, certainly the most popular and arguably the most important film composer of all time, is still going at age 82. Here are five essential (yet unheralded) pieces by the man who just got his 49th Oscar nomination.

     
  • “The Grey,” a survival drama, features one of Liam Neeson’s best screen performances.

    Liam Neeson the actor, not the action starFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Liam Neeson, who rose to considerable fame and acclaim in 1993 with Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning “Schindler’s List,” has in recent years found a lucrative niche playing middle-aged action heroes in movies like “Non-Stop,” which opens Friday. His most iconic roles — as opportunistic businessman-turned-savior Oskar Schindler, Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn in “Star Wars: Episode I” and a vengeful father with a “particular set of skills” in “Taken” — have perhaps overshadowed a career full of fine and diverse performances. Here are Sean Stangland's five favorites.

     
  • Jimmie Johnson hopes to repeat his 2013 Daytona win Sunday — and go on to tie the record of seven Sprint Cup championships in a year.

    Johnson hits the track at Daytona with his eyes on the prizeFeb 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Records, as they say, are made to be broken. And a major sports record could be tied this year, the one for Sprint Cup championships in a career: seven, currently held by Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt, and being pursued by Jimmie Johnson.

     
  • Tired of the Olympics? Then watch a great hockey movie instead.

    Which hockey movie takes the gold medal?Feb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    "Miracle," "Slap Shot" and "The Mighty Ducks" are all popular hockey movies, but none of them are Sean Stangland's favorite.

     
  • Peter Weller starred in the original “RoboCop” in 1987, directed by Dutch provocateur Paul Verhoeven.

    Not all escapist fare is for kidsFeb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Thanks to Harry Potter, “Lord of the Rings” and Hollywood’s insistence that no big-budget movie be rated R, imaginative fantasy and sci-fi films have become synonymous with kiddie fare — or, at the very least, kid-friendly fare. So theatergoers this week get a PG-13 remake of “RoboCop.” It could be an entertaining romp, but its gory, vulgar, R-rated predecessor was so much more than that.

     
  • You can take control of Chris Pratt’s “The Lego Movie” avatar in the new video game based on this week’s theatrical release. Pratt and his wife, Anna Faris, had fun at the movie’s premiere Feb. 1 in Los Angeles.

    Another way to play with Legos Feb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    “The Lego Movie,” a new 3-D animated feature from the makers of “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and “21 Jump Street,” arrives in theaters today with an impressive roster of vocal talents and a lot of positive buzz. It was only a matter of time before the Danish toy would hit the silver screen — Lego has expanded far beyond its line of colorful construction blocks to include video games, direct-to-video movies, retail stores, theme parks and attractions like the Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg.

     
  • Super Sunday: Football funday is finally here Jan 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    The biggest day on the NFL calendar is here, the virtual holiday known as Super Bowl Sunday. This year’s championship game, airing at 5:30 on Fox, pits veteran QB Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos against controversial loudmouth Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks, but the on-field fireworks may once again take a backseat to the expensive commercials and another lavish halftime show.

     
  • Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi stars in “Captain Phillips,” now available on Blu-ray, DVD and video on-demand services.

    Watch the nominees at home Jan 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    In five weeks and two days, one of this year's nine best picture nominees will win the Academy Award — and most of the millions of people watching the telecast around the world will have seen none of the contenders.

     
  •  Woody Allen has directed more than 40 movies. His latest, “Blue Jasmine,” is now available for home viewing.

    ‘Blue Jasmine’ is Allen’s latest on Blu-ray Jan 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    At age 78, with more than 40 directorial credits to his name, Woody Allen is still a relevant, revered figure in the film industry who shows no signs of slowing down. His latest effort, “Blue Jasmine,” comes to Blu-ray, DVD and VOD services next Tuesday and boasts a performance from Cate Blanchett that has already won her a Golden Globe and a bevy of film critics’ awards.

     
  • Nintendo’s popular “Wii Fit” program, in which players use a balance board to weigh themselves, do yoga and play exercise games, comes to the Wii U console this week.

    Getting fit with a Wii U Jan 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Nintendo’s popular fitness program launches Friday on its Wii U console.“Wii Fit U” gives players more than 70 activities to try. With the use of the Wii Fit balance board peripheral, you can dance along to hip-hop and Flamenco routines, do a little virtual luging or scuba diving, and, gulp, weigh yourself to keep track of your progress.

     
  • Elizabeth Mitchell went from the mystery of “Lost” to the post-apocalyptic action of “Revolution,” airing Wednesdays on NBC.

    Where are the 'Lost' castaways now?Jan 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Before he was hired to lead the new CBS thriller “Intelligence,” premiering at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Josh Holloway turned heads for six years as troubled hero Sawyer on ABC’s “Lost.” The landmark mystery series with the controversial ending was jampacked with charismatic, talented actors. So where can you see them now?

     
  • Benedict Cumberbatch’s face was inescapable this year, but he was invisible in his best performance of 2013.

    From Cumberbatch to Targaryen: The best of 2013 Dec 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    Sean doesn’t have a top-ten list, but he does have a look at a few of his favorite things from all corners of pop culture in 2013.

     
  •  Jimmy Fallon, left, and Justin Timberlake will return this weekend to “Saturday Night Live.”

    The state of ‘SNL’ as it approaches 40 Dec 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    “Saturday Night Live” reaches the halfway point of its 39th season this weekend with what should be its most entertaining episode of 2013: Former cast member Jimmy Fallon returns to host with musical guest — and unlikely comedy assassin — Justin Timberlake. The episode, airing at 10:30 p.m. Saturday on NBC, comes at a critical time for the television stalwart. A show often criticized for not being as good as it used to be is actually living up to that tired line.

     
  • "Disney's Prep & Landing" airs Monday, Dec. 16, on ABC.

    Deck the DVR with boughs of hollyDec 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    Holiday movies and specials are dominating your on-screen cable guide these days, and the next week brings us merry and bright reasons to set those DVRs. To get you started off right, NBC presents Frank Capra's classic “It's a Wonderful Life” at 7 p.m. Saturday.

     
  • Frank Darabont, left, directs his cast on the set of “Mob City,” premiering Wednesday, Dec. 4, on TNT.

    ‘Shawshank’ director comes back to TV Nov 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    Frank Darabont, the writer/director who made his name with three big-screen Stephen King adaptations, returns to television next week, two years after being ousted as showrunner of AMC’s wildly popular “The Walking Dead.”

     
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