What to watch and listen to this week: 'Bates Motel,' Trevor Noah stand-up special, Archive 81 podcast02/20/17 Blog
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Bates Motel, 10 p.m., A&E: The fifth and final season of the Psycho prequel series begins Monday, with Freddie Highmore back as a teenage Norman Bates. The season begins two years after Norma's death, but with Norman still struggling from blackouts and his "Mother" alter ego threatening to take him over completely. A half-hour recap of Season 4 airs at 9:30 p.m....
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Perfect lives, perfect lies: Big Little Lies
HBO...02/15/17 The Feed
HBO's Big Little Lies has all the trappings of a prestige melodrama: a tangled web of gossipy characters, explicit sex scenes and a slowly unfurling murder mystery.
Better yet, it has an all-star cast, full of Academy Award winners and nominees and actors who make everyone's best-of lists.
Big Little Lies excels with its gaudy casting and juicy beach read drama but falls short with its constant pursuit of gravitas where it should keep things light....02/13/17 Blog
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The Golden Girls, the complete series, midnight, Hulu: Maybe you were a loyal fan of The Golden Girls since its beginning in 1985 or maybe you were introduced to Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia by your mom or grandma and have been hooked on the golden comedy every since. Either way, the complete series arrives on Hulu today and it has never been a better time to relive Dorothy's iconic style and Sophia's "picture it: Sicily" stories. Thank you for being a friend....02/10/17 Blog
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Lost and found: The Missing
When young British woman Alice Webster (Abigail Hardingham), stumbles into her hometown and collapses, her return sends shockwaves through the community of Eckhausen, Germany. She has been missing for 11 years, and possibly has knowledge of another missing young girl. The second season of the anthology series The Missing follows three timelines - the day Alice disappeared, the days following her return and years later where we see her family torn apart. The Missing explores the measures taken to find a missing child, but also the heartbreaking ways their return affects their families and communities. The second installment is a different story from the disappearance of Oliver Hughes in Season 1, but features the return of retired detective Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo). Also stars The Walking Dead's David Morrissey. 8 p.m. Sunday, Starz...02/09/17 Blog
FX's foray into comic book-inspired shows premiered last night, marking the small screen debut of the lesser-known Marvel mutant, Legion.
Legion can be hard to take in at first. Watching is like stepping into main character David Haller's mind, which is a drug-addled patchwork of pain and confusion due to his schizophrenia. The show follows David's journey through the mundane routine of yet another mental hospital to the slow realization that the voices in his head may be a result of immense power, not illness....02/07/17 Blog
Avatar land at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom is set to open May 27, park officials announced Tuesday.
The new land will have two main rides — the Na'vi River Journey, a family-friendly river ride through the bioluminescent rainforest made famous in James Cameron's 2009 film, and the more intense Avatar Flight of Passage, where flyers ride on a banshee over Pandora....02/06/17 Blog
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SERIES PREMIERE: APB, 9 p.m., Fox: A tech tycoon (Justin Kirk) buys a troubled police precinct in Chicago to avenge a friend's murder. His deal with city leaders includes introducing high-tech tools to fight crime. Det. Theresa Murphy (Natalie Martinez) is willing to give these gadgets a try, while her co-workers are not convinced they'll make a difference....02/06/17 Blog
In a world full of deception and falsities, David Haller grasps at any semblance of truth he can find.
Haller, played by leading man Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, the upcoming Beauty and the Beast), is the anti-hero of FX's new comic book-inspired series Legion. He's a young man who has spent most of his life in and out of mental hospitals and struggling with severe schizophrenia....02/05/17 Blog
The original Schuyler sisters from the Tony award-winning musical Hamilton performed America the Beautiful before the start of Super Bowl LI.
The trio — Jasmine Cephas Jones, Renee Elise Goldsberry and Phillipa Soo — added "and sisterhood" during the line "God shed his grace on thee/ And crown thy good with brotherhood/ From sea to shining sea!"...02/03/17 Blog
Your next X-Men obsession: Legion
Thelma & Louise: The iconic feminist film stars THE Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon as two best friends who embark on a road trip to get away from the disappointing men in their lives. Feb. 1
Teen Wolf (1985): Michael J. Fox plays a 17-year-old high schooler who inherits the worst genetics -- he comes from a long line of werewolves. Feb. 1...02/01/17 Blog
The Machinist: A psychological thriller from 2004 starring Christian Bale as a machinist whose insomnia causes him to become extremely emaciated. His appearance and psychological problems drive away his coworkers, especially after he is blamed for a workplace accident where one coworker lost his arm. Bale was lauded for his dark role, for which he lost 62 pounds to be dramatically thin. Feb. 1...02/01/17 Blog
Does the world need another zombie show? No. Does the world need a zombie show starring Drew Barrymore as an undead real estate agent who devours humans in between showing suburban ranch homes? Yes.
Barrymore stars as Sheila Hammond, the other half of a real estate agent duo with husband Joel (Timothy Olyphant). They're high school sweethearts who live in the titular town of Santa Clarita in southern California with their daughter Abby (Liv Hewson)....01/31/17 Blog
Babe (1995): It's a bit jarring when you realize the same James Cromwell who plays the sadistic Dr. Arden in American Horror Story: Asylum also starred as a kind, pig-rescuing farmer 17 years earlier. Anyway, Babe, now 22 (!) years old, is an adorable story of a pig who aspires to be a sheepdog. Feb. 1
Balto (1995): Another 22-year-old favorite that still hits us right in the feels. Balto is loosely based on a true story of the Siberian husky who saved children during the diphtheria epidemic in the 1925 medicine run to Nome. Feb. 1...