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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Netflix

TV Picks: Most anticipated summer shows

BY DAILY TV/NEW MEDIA WRITERS

As we prepare to say goodbye for the summer vacation, The Daily TV/New Media staff is offering up a master list of the TV shows — old and new — that we’re most looking forward to in the coming months.

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'Transformers' stars discuss joining monumental franchise

Paramount

BY KAREN YUAN

In a conference call with The Michigan Daily, newcomers Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor spoke about the opportunity to join an existing franchise.

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'Years of Living Dangerously' throws reality in our face

Courtesy of James Cameron

BY GRACE HAMILTON

“Years of Living Dangerously,” a nine part Showtime documentary series that premiered on April 14, explores stories like this one across the world from Texas to Syria. The focus is our changing climate; the damage that has already been done and that which is yet to come.

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'Dark Knight' cinematographer Wally Pfister discusses his directorial debut in 'Transcendence'

Syncopy

BY CONRAD FOREMAN

Pfister spoke about his new film and his step into the director’s chair in a conference call with The Michigan Daily on April 15.

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'The Unknown Known' a necessarily biased exposé of government lies

RADiUS-TWC

BY CONRAD FOREMAN

“The Unknown Known” is thought-provoking, biased, relevant and entertaining — a documentary of the highest order. Its bias shows itself in Morris’s interviewing style, which places himself as judge during the interviewee’s trial.

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'Jinn' actor discusses benefits of filming in A2

Exxodus

BY OMAR MAHMOOD

All of the filming, editing and special effects for "Jinn" were done in Michigan. Moreover, Ann Arbor played a major role in the movie.

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Don’t reduce death to a plot device

BY DREW MARON

We often turn to stories to cope with the harsh truths of reality, death being a big one. Yet, there are so many shows, movies, video games and books out there that use death cheaply, as a way to raise the stakes or to push the characters into a direction desired for reasons outside of coherent storytelling.

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NBC

'Parenthood' finishes strong despite unsure future

BY ALEX INTNER

However, “Parenthood” isn’t necessarily about the overarching stories. It’s about the little moments in life. The montage that closed the show, set to a beautiful cover of "The Times They Are a-Changin'," conveyed the emotions purely off the strength of the cast.

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E Works

'The Eels' lose their spark in 'Cautionary Tales'

BY YARDAIN AMRON

When my editor asked us if anyone had heard of the Eels in a meeting last week, I signed up for the album review with a confident nod of the type: “I know the Eels — yeah you motherfucker, I know the Eels ... ”

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Warner Bros.

'Transcendence' falters despite pedigree

BY MAYANK MATHUR

The movie is all over the place — it has too many characters and too much happens to them for audience members to take it all in and care for the characters or the movie itself.

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ABC

'Scandal' draws to an inconclusive conclusion

BY JORDYN KAY

For some shows a circular plot works; Rhimes uses it on “Grey’s Anatomy,” and viewers are still responding after ten seasons. With "Scandal" though, it was time to move forward, questions needed to be answered and certain plot lines needed to be closed.

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BBC America

'Orphan Black' straddles several genres, and succeeds

BY CHLOE GILKE

“Orphan Black” is an unpredictable amalgam of genres, managing to simultaneously be a cop drama, a Shakespearean tragedy, a crime caper and an involved (and often confusing) sci-fi mystery.

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The Accolades Award Ceremony to honor student arts groups

BY REBECCA GODWIN

Arts at Michigan hopes to make The Accolades a yearly event to celebrate all of the different arts opportunities on campus, not only to recognize the work of the organizations but to also inform the student body of what their fellow students are creating.

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