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Monday October 21st, 2013

From Text to Tube: Why Popular Lit Can Make for Great TV

By Rachel Bennett
Contributor

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When a book becomes a hit, topping bestseller lists and leaving store shelves vacant, one question always quickly follows: “When will it be turned into a movie?”

Audiences have seen this time and time again, with major examples being Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Lord of the Rings series, among many others.

Adapting literature to film can be a win-win situation, as it provides an original story with a built-in audience that will likely buy tickets come opening day. At the same time, not every book translates to box-office success, with some vehicles being better suited to a smaller medium — like TV.

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Monday February 25th, 2013

Keep Your Eye On … ABC’s ‘Nashville’

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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Every Monday, Rachel will pick a TV show you need to watch out for that week and/or in the near future.

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When ABC’s Nashville premiered in the fall, critics were immedidiately smitten with the new drama, with several calling it the best pilot of the season.

The story of country star Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) and her young competitor Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) is a simple one, but at the same time, it’s not so simple. Backstabbing, cheating, undermining and more abound in this series, proving that it’s not easy to reach the top — and it’s even harder to stay there.

Its initial strength aside, though, the stories stalled as the show crawled toward its winter finale, with love triangles seemingly going nowhere and time spent on characters about whom viewers could care less (As much as Eric Close tries, Teddy is incredibly boring).

Luckily, Nashville is picking up the pace and developing its players a little more, and I increasingly look forward to it week after week. Wednesday’s episode, “Dear Brother,” looks like another fun ride, so here’s why you should keep an eye on Nashville:

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Friday December 21st, 2012

TV Rewind: ‘X Factor’ Shakeups, Lawrence To Host ‘SNL’, ‘Best Funeral Ever’ Delayed

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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TOP STORIES

• Fox’s The X Factor is undergoing more judging shakeups. Although the reality singing competition added Britney Spears and Demi Lovato this season, judge L.A. Reid is departing the series following the finale.

• Dreams do come true! Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) will host NBC’s Saturday Night Live on Jan. 19.

• In the aftermath of the tragic Newtown, Conn., shooting, TLC wisely delayed the premiere of its one-hour special Best Funeral Ever. Can we rename TLC (The Learning Channel) to NSC (Nothing is Sacred Channel)?

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Friday December 14th, 2012

10 Possible Oscar Nominees That Previously Would Have Been Unexpected

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor

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Sometimes, when watching a movie or a television program, you stumble upon an actor or an actress whom you just feel is going places. Maybe they’re new on the scene or a veteran who’s never really been given a chance, but you get the sense that big things are ahead for them. You can almost envision them at the Oscar ceremony, smiling and waiting to hear if their names are called.

Just as often, though, you see people who don’t impress you one bit or happen to be involved in projects that don’t point to an especially bright future. It may not be their fault due to the material, or they may not have come into their own yet, but nothing at that point suggests an Oscar nominee in the making.

Each year, there are numerous potential nominees who have come from rather humble beginnings, as it were. The following is a list of the 10 most likely Oscar nominees this year who, at one point in their careers, you’d never have believed they had it in them. They’re hardly the only ones who fit this criteria for 2012, but they’re certainly some of the most interesting ones.
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Monday December 3rd, 2012

The Confounding Connection Between The Box Office And The Oscars

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor

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As much as we all like to take a pure approach to movies and the awards season as a whole, looking at film only as an art form to be rewarded solely on its merit, the Oscars are a business. It’s mostly a matter of things being black and white. But we get shades of grey in the connection that exists (or maybe doesn’t) between the Oscars and the box office.

Long has been the contention that Oscars winners, especially Best Picture winners, need to be big moneymakers to actually take home the gold. Two out of the last three films crowned with the prize, though, have been among the very lowest grossers of all time. The Artist and The Hurt Locker beat out bigger bucks, with the latter especially noteworthy for triumphing over the highest grossing film of all time in Avatar.

While this could become the norm, it used to be a rarity (just look at how many people are still shocked that Annie Hall beat out Star Wars in 1978), and it’s currently cited as an example of how the tastes of the Academy and the mainstream public have never been less in sync. The Academy has even acknowledged its desire to cater to the average moviegoer’s likes through the expansion of Best Picture, albeit to mixed success. Is this necessarily a bad thing, and what does it mean for this year?

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Tuesday November 27th, 2012

Jennifer Lawrence Is Santa Barbara Int’l Film Fest’s ‘Outstanding Performer of the Year’

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival said Tuesday that Jennifer Lawrence, the beautiful and charismatic 22-year-old star of this year’s summer blockbuster The Hunger Games and the new awards season dramedy Silver Linings Playbook, will be presented with its Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on Jan 26. at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre.

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Monday September 10th, 2012

Fall TV Lineup Stirs Battles For Time-Slot Victories, Audience Attention: Which Should Win?

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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Fall TV is officially here, and it kicks off tonight with the premiere of NBC’s new comedy The New Normal.

Don’t expect it to stay on Mondays, though: After today, it will move to Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m., following the Matthew Perry-led Go On (There will be a new episode tomorrow after the premiere of Go On).

As excited as I am for these two new series, their scheduling could not be more inconvenient. Not only do they air at the same time as ABC’s Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, but they also compete with Fox’s New Girl and The Mindy Project. What is a couch potato to do in times like these?

What’s more, this isn’t the only timeslot war I’m dealing with this fall. Take a look at my toughest TV conflicts, and the Sophie’s Choice decisions I’m having to make:

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Thursday September 6th, 2012

TV Pilots Of Fall 2012: Which Will Make The Grade?

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor

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It’s September, and you know what that means: It’s time to meet new shows in addition to reuniting with your returning favorites.

Each year, networks decide what shows to keep, move around and cancel, leaving open spots for a gaggle of new series. This month, many of the pilots for these shows will make their small screen debut. It may be overwhelming to be faced with 20 new shows this fall, so I’ll explain which programs did and didn’t make the cut for my DVR queue.

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Tuesday May 8th, 2012

‘The Hunger Games’ to be Released in China

By Josh Abraham

Lionsgate announced today that The Hunger Games, which has already grossed nearly $620 million at the worldwide box-office, has been approved for release in China in the first half of June.

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Monday May 7th, 2012

Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ Midnight Box-Office

By Scott Mendelson

The unofficial midnight gross for Marvel’s The Avengers is $18.7 million. That’s the eighth-biggest midnight haul on record. The seven ahead of it are The Hunger Games ($19.7 million), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($22 million), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part I ($24 million), The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($26 million), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse ($30 million), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part I ($30 million), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II ($43 million). Obviously The Avengers was never going to top the midnight-grossers list, and its worth noting that the film earned more on its midnight debut that pretty much every prior Marvel Studios movie combined (Offhand, Thor earned $3.5 million, Captain America earned $4 million, and Iron Man 2 earned $7.5 million in their respective midnight debuts). It’s a larger midnight, just barely and likely due to inflation and the 3D-price bump, then The Dark Knight, which broke a midnight record four years ago with $18.5 million on its way to a $67 million opening day and a $158 million opening weekend (both records at the time).

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