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  • 10 things you might not know about military-speak

    10 things you might not know about military-speak
    The U.S. military has embarked on an air campaign over Iraq and Syria with a name that has invited derision — Operation Inherent Resolve. That got us to thinking about why war lingo is so strange. And what a good time to examine that — as we mark the 73rd anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, known to the Japanese as Operation Z.
  • MGM Taps 'Simpsons' Director to Helm Rebooted 'Pink Panther' Movie

    MGM's is looking to reboot "The Pink Panther," tapping David Silverman to helm the live-action/animated hybrid pic. This pic will not focus the famous Inspector Jacques Clouseau played by Peter Sellers and later by Roberto Benigni and Steve Martin, but...

    Book Review: 'Walt Before Mickey' by Timothy S. Susanin

    Book Review: 'Walt Before Mickey' by Timothy S. Susanin
    When the extraordinary success of "Steamboat Willie" made Walt Disney an overnight sensation in 1928, he'd already spent nearly a decade working in animation. During those years, he'd had successes and failures, as Timothy S. Susanin recounts in great...

    'Looney Tunes Platinum Collection, Volume 1'

    'Looney Tunes Platinum Collection, Volume 1'
    The classic Warner Bros. stable of cartoon characters gets definitive Blu-ray treatment in this gathering of 50 short subjects starring (of course) Bugs Bunny, among many other classic figures such as Daffy Duck and the Road Runner. Also represented by...

    Big Time Rush's 'Big Time Movie': 'The Monkees' for post-Millennials

     
    In writing about the death of Davy Jones last week, I made reference to "Big Time Rush," the Nickelodeon boy-band series that takes most of its formal cues, and many informal ones, from "The Monkees." Saturday coincidentally brings a feature-ish-length...