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Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Steven Wright discusses 'The Tonight Show,' 'Louie' and upcoming Royal Oak show

BY ERIKA HARWOOD

Wright recently sat down for a phone interview with The Michigan Daily to discuss his life in comedy and his upcoming performance at Royal Oak Music Theatre this Saturday.

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'Kill the Messenger' sacrifices justice for entertainment

Focus

BY KARSTEN SMOLINSKI

While Webb certainly deserves the redemption “Kill the Messenger” provides him, I don’t think he deserves the ‘based on a true story’ character flaws meant to make the film more entertaining.

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'About a Boy' explores unprecedented sitcom territory

NBC

BY MATTHEW BARNAUSKAS

There is a general necessity in many comedies to use the status quo. It’s what characters live in and try to restore when mishaps occur, and usually when the episode ends the characters more or less return to this default and reset for the next
episode.

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P!nk, City and Colour take a trip down 'rose ave.'

RCA

BY CHRISTIAN KENNEDY

Many would not consider themselves a fan of folk, but after listening to Moore and Green’s harmonious duets, music fans will be begging for less bass and auto-tune and more banjos.

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'The Book of Life' an aesthetic triumph

20th Century Fox

BY OMAR MAHMOOD

The film should be appreciated not for the arcs of its individual characters, but for its color and the breathtaking scope of its storylines and themes. It should be read for what it is: a Hispanic in the mold of the Cervantine novelas.

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'Jane the Virgin' is immaculately conceived

The CW

BY HAILEY MIDDLEBROOK

In the CW’s new show, newcomer actress Gina Rodriguez plays Jane Villanueva, a 23-year-old girl whose character stands in stark contrast to all of the Samanthas and Serenas on TV.

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Jessie Ware avoids sophomore slump with 'Tough Love'

PMR Records

BY MELINA GLUSAC

Tired, familiar, boring — that’s the sophomore slump. Many artists fall into it and can’t get back up. But that stigmatic phrase is nonexistent for British techno diva Jessie Ware, as if she’s never heard of those words strung together.

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'Marry Me' off to energetic, clichéd start

NBC

BY KAREN HUA

Going forward, “Marry Me” doesn’t need to try so hard to retain the audience’s interest, because the simple chemistry of Wilson and Marino can hold it up more than the clichés they embody.

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ABC

The confusing politics of 'Scandal' 's Olivia and Fitz

BY CHLOE GILKE

The most confusing thing about “Scandal” is how one little musical motif makes me accept (hell, even actively love) an abusive and dangerous relationship.

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Daily Book Review: “We Should Hang Out Sometime”

BY ALEX BERNARD

In a book with a defined ceiling, it’s refreshing to find an author accepting his limitations who only delivers where he can. Sundquist writes a simple book with simple sentences, but stories produce an unexpected sincerity and depth.

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City Theater of Paris to perform groundbreaking Italian play

BY COSMO PAPPAS

Théâtre de la Ville’s performance of one of Pirandello’s theatrical masterworks will not disappoint in its prompting of questions that strike to the very heart of understanding oneself as a self that lives among others.

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The Weinstein Company

'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' lacks real-life honesty

BY MAYANK MATHUR

It’s pretty evident that “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” directed by newcomer Ned Benson, could have done with a lot less beating around the bush and more of beating the shit out of it.

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Capitol Nashville

'Pain Killer' a great record for any hoedown

BY CHRISTIAN KENNEDY

Coming from someone with a fresh tattoo and rook piercing, country group Little Big Town’s sixth studio album, Pain Killer lived up to its name. It certainly numbed my pain.

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Kathleen Davis: The timelessness of theater

BY KATHLEEN DAVIS

In a way, it’s the timelessness that’s the draw, allowing us to get absorbed into the drama, or the comedy, or the sadness, yet when the curtains close we’re eased back to reality, taking the influence of art back with us. And that in and of itself is a beautiful thing.

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Cinemax

'The Knick' stuns in season finale

BY DREW MARON

“The Knick,” as of right now, is the best new show on television, and certainly the only new show that can join the ranks of “elite” cable programming such as fellow newcomer “True Detective.”

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Paramount

Akshay Seth: Paul Thomas Anderson, Master of Tension

BY AKSHAY SETH

In the first 15 minutes of “There Will Be Blood,” there is only silence.

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