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  • TV Picks: Mule deer, 'Mad Men,' 'The Address,' 'Ali,' 'Clarence'

    TV Picks: Mule deer, 'Mad Men,' 'The Address,' 'Ali,' 'Clarence'
    "Touching the Wild" (PBS, Wednesday). "That deer was willing to see me as an individual, and he very clearly saw that I granted him his individuality," says naturalist Joe Hutto of the meeting that led to years spent becoming one with the mule deer of Wyoming. "I was not seeing something, I was seeing someone." If any part of that sentence or this one -- "I don't mind going beyond science, and I try to walk a fine line between the science and the sentiment; this is about making contact with the wild" -- seems wrong to you, you will want to stay far from this lovely film, presented as an episode of "Nature," a companion to Hutto's book "Touching the Wild: Living With the Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch." Also the author of “Illumination in the Flatwoods,” which became the Emmy-winning "Nature" film "My Life as a Turkey," Hutto has a talent for blending in -- wild chipmunks eat from his hands, birds settle upon his shoulders, deer give him a lick. Seasons change, at special-effect speed; the mule deer go here and there, individuals in a group their personalities define. There are helicopter shots. The usual circle-of-life caveats apply -- I looked away or sped through at times -- with the added challenge of neighboring humans, whom Hutto attempts to see through a deer's eyes: "We must have always represented a conundrum of schizophrenic proportions: We're that strange creature who'll pull you as a helpless faun from the frozen water or cut you free from a tangled mass of barbed wire and then tomorrow kill your mother standing at your side and leave her gut piled in the sagebrush for you to ponder."
  • Stephen Colbert replacing David Letterman: Who'll sit on the couch?

    Stephen Colbert replacing David Letterman: Who'll sit on the couch?
    With the news that Stephen Colbert is replacing David Letterman as host of “The Late Show,” the inevitable question from moviedom is: What does this mean for us? Studios and personal publicists have long figured out how to handle Letterman,...

    Kurtwood Smith brings added life to his father role in 'Resurrection'

    Kurtwood Smith brings added life to his father role in 'Resurrection'
    Kurtwood Smith turned the image of the sitcom dad on its ear in the raucous Fox sitcom "That '70s Show" as Red Forman, the tough-nosed war vet father of Eric (Topher Grace). Red was the antithesis of such sweater-clad warm-and-fuzzy TV dads as Ozzie...

    'Secret Life of Walter Mitty' Finally Gets Love at Location Managers Awards

    Spurned and ignored during the lengthy awards season that ended with the Oscars, Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (above) finally scored a big win as outstanding location feature at the first annual Location Managers Guild of America awards...

    Oscars Parties: Governors Ball, Elton John and the Inaugural Fame & Philanthropy Party

    Each year as the Oscar ceremony comes to a close, the after parties are just gearing up as Hollywood luminaries celebrate the official end of the awards season. First stop is always the Governors Ball, which is held in a ballroom a few escalator rides...