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  • Falling in love with a talking raccoon Sep 12, 2014 6:15 AM
    “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 4, 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” 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 Aug 22, 2014 5:45 AM
    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 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 together the news on the brilliant comedian's death.

  • 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 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.

  • '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 own home. Many brand-new films are now premiering on VOD services while still playing in theaters.

  • Fourth fun from home — hot dogs included Aug 3, 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.

  • Robots, roller coasters and nostalgia Aug 3, 2014 9:54 PM
    Wanna see giant robots? Sean has found a deal for you. How does an $8 coupon to see the new "Transformers" movie sound? Or, wanna relive the fun parks of your youth? Sean has found a TV show for you.

  • Silly 'True Blood' comes back to life Aug 3, 2014 9:55 PM
    The seventh and final season of "True Blood" begins at 8 p.m. Sunday, resuming a plot that leapt forward six months after heroine Sookie (Anna Paquin) defeated Warlow — the two-faced, vampire-faerie hybrid — with the help of her faerie grandfather (Rutger Hauer). Now, Sookie's shacking up with denim-clad werewolf Alcide (Joe Manganiello), Sam (Sam Trammell) the bartender is now mayor of Bon Temps, and vampires are officially allies of the human race again as both must help protect each other from vampires infected with Hepatitis-V.

  • Truly great TV: Tragedy and 'Thrones' Aug 3, 2014 9:56 PM
    The best film Sean has seen this year didn't play in 3,000 theaters, employ big-name movie stars and droves of visual effects artists, or air on a premium cable channel. It's a documentary “Hillsborough” that first aired on ESPN, and it's now available for streaming to Netflix subscribers. It chronicles the April 15, 1989, soccer stadium disaster in Sheffield, England, in which 96 people were crushed to death in an overcrowded, standing-room-only spectators' pen.

  • 'Cosmos' takes its final spectacular trip Aug 3, 2014 9:56 PM
    One of television's most pleasant surprises, Neil deGrasse Tyson's resurrection of Carl Sagan's "Cosmos," ends on Sunday night on Fox. If you missed the series, you're in luck. It releases Tuesday on beautiful high-definition on Blu-ray.

  • Who else should play live-action Disney villains? Aug 3, 2014 9:57 PM
    Angelina Jolie joins a short, but intriguing, list of actresses who have become the living embodiments of Disney animated villains with today’s theatrical release of “Maleficent.” Who else should be cast as real-life Disney villains? Well, funny you should ask!

  • Power ranking the X-Men movies on the way to 'Future Past' Aug 3, 2014 9:58 PM
    "X-Men: Days of Future Past" hits theaters today and is, incredibly, the seventh movie to feature the mutant heroes since 2000. Where does your favorite in the series rank on Sean's list? Find out in today's column.

  • Have a totally radical summer movie festival at home Aug 3, 2014 9:58 PM
    The summer movie season is here, and it's packed with remakes, sequels and familiar faces. If "Transformers 4" and "X-Men 576" don't do it for you, how about a homebound summer movie marathon that's also a blast from the past, as in 30 years ago?

  • Happy Mother’s Day, Rosemary! May 9, 2014 5:30 AM
    “Rosemary’s Baby,” the 1968 Satanic chiller about a naive New York City housewife with some seriously disturbed neighbors, has been remade as a two-night miniseries for NBC starring Zoe Saldana. Will it be a bigger departure for the actress, or from the source material? We'll find out on Sunday.

  • 'Louie' is back with more great guest stars Aug 3, 2014 10:15 PM
    "Louie" returns to FX on Monday with more offbeat comedy and more great guest stars. Sean lists his five essential episodes to watch before Season 4 begins.

  • Down the YouTube rabbit hole Aug 3, 2014 10:18 PM
    You come home from work, you boot up the computer, and next thing you know it's 6 a.m. and you've watched 74 YouTube videos. Or maybe this just happens to Sean, who has some video suggestions for you.

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