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  • TV Picks: "Cubed," "Channel Ben"

    TV Picks: "Cubed," "Channel Ben"
    The works of Benjamin Apple: "Cubed" (Above Average/YouTube), "Channel Ben" (YouTube). There is a feeling abroad in the land, by which I mean among people who write about television, that this network fall season is a disappointing one, offering new series that are at best good, not great; not good but not bad; not completely bad; or just bad. (Really, there are just a couple of the last, and I am looking mostly at you, "Stalker.") We will all have our exceptions; I will be commending "Jane the Virgin" to you soon. But also one feels, braving this latest onslaught, in a year now made of onslaughts, a kind of exhaustion. There is just too much television -- now, with even more filler! -- and even what we like, or or too lazy not to watch, demands too much of us, trapping us in its zone (whether we were at home or mobile) for half an hour or an hour at a time, time after time after time. It is almost seems -- nay, it is -- complicit in the end of the world, whose postponement requires human attention and human energy turned to real human problems and the problems of real humans.
  • October movies: 'Gone Girl' arrives; mystery awaits

    October movies: 'Gone Girl' arrives; mystery awaits
    The big movie titles start rolling out in October, and one of the biggest comes early: "Gone Girl," the widely anticipated version of Gillian Flynn's best seller. 'Gone Girl' Release date: Oct. 3 Premise: David Fincher ("The Social Network") directs...

    Review: 'St. Vincent' ★★★

    Review: 'St. Vincent' ★★★
    For all the boozed and abusive amusement provided by the great Bill Murray in the good-enough "St. Vincent," the moment I liked best was Naomi Watts as a pregnant Russian stripper, manhandling a vacuum across the Murray character's ancient carpet. In...

    Broadway's 'Of Mice And Men' Onscreen

    Broadway's 'Of Mice And Men' Onscreen
    Fathom Events, which presents alternative programming in cinemas around the country, is bringing three different events this week. On Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., the show is a recorded presentation of the Broadway production of "Of Mice and Men"...

    Chris O'Dowd Sets U.S. Rendition of Comedy 'Moone Boy' at ABC

    ABC has given a put pilot commitment to Sony Pictures TV and Chris O'Dowd for a U.S. rendition of his autobiographical sitcom "Moone Boy." The single-cam comedy follows 12-year-old Martin Moone in a coming-of-age story as his sarcastic, imaginary...