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Movie Reviews: Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones

The instrument of choice that virtually every critic has administered to Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the hammer. Their blows have indeed been mortal. Now, most movie reviews ordinarily include a summary of the...

Al Jazeera America Launches -- Makes Few Waves

Critics generally agreed that Tuesday's launch of Al Jazeera America -- or AJAM, as it's being called -- went off smoothly, professionally, and non-controversially. Mary McNamara in the Los Angeles Times pointed out that much...

Today Launches Book Club

Picking up where Oprah Winfrey left off when she shut down her long-running afternoon talk show, NBC's Today has launched a monthly book club, the New York Times reported today (Tuesday). The first selection is...

Partner Of Writer Who Revealed Snowden's Docs Is Detained

Several British lawmakers are leading an outcry of protest over the detention of Brazilian David Miranda for nine hours at London's Heathrow airport during a stopover on his way from Berlin to his home in...

Movie Reviews: Kick-ass 2

Kick-Ass 2, writes Adam Nayman in the Toronto Globe and Mail is the year's most unpleasant movie. Other critics are quite so terse but their reviews reflect a similar assessment. Claudia Puig in USA Today...

Viacom And Sony Set To Sign Historic Agreement

With many analysts predicting that the networks that now use cable TV for distribution will one day use the Internet instead, Sony, which is seeking to become an online gateway for those networks, appeared to...

Movie Reviews: Lee Daniels' The Butler

Lee Daniels' The Butler, in which Forest Whitaker portrays Cecil Gaines, a butler who served eight U.S. presidents at the White House (the character is based on the real-life Eugene Allen), is drawing much critical...

3d Movies Struggling

In an article about the collapsing box office for 3D films, the New York Times asks, Are there any thrills left in what was supposed to be Hollywood's medium of the future? The article points...

Nbc News As Brought To You By Twitter

Twitter may give NBC a jump on live coverage of unplanned events as a result of its acquisition on Stringwire, an online service that enables video from smartphones to be streamed directly to the NBC...

Movie Reviews: Elysium

Hollywood has been giving movie audiences a dismal look into the future of late, and director Neill Blomkamp's Elysium is the latest to depict the Earth of a hundred years from now as a gigantic...

Movie Reviews: We're The Millers

We're the Millers is another new film getting just-passing grades from most critics. The movie, says Richard Roeper in the Chicago Sun-Times, clicks on just enough cylinders to warrant a recommendation. Steven Rea in the...

Movie Reviews: Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters

The tween-targeted Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is another one of those films that reviewers have difficulty approaching with the usual critical standards in mind. Instead, they're trying to assess the film from the viewpoint...

Movie Reviews: Planes

It coulda been better -- that's the general consensus of critics in their reviews of Disney's Planes. Bruce DeMara in the Toronto Star observes that Planes follows the standard Disney formula to the letter. Betsy...

Movie Reviews: 2 Guns

One thing critics appear to agree on in their reviews of 2 Guns: those guns fire a lot of ammunition -- thousands of rounds, according to USA Today critic Claudia Puig, who concludes: By its...

Movie Reviews: The Smurfs 2

Last time around The Smurfs got lousy reviews but managed to take in $563.7 million worldwide. This time around, The Smurfs 2 is getting even worse reviews but is still expected to win big at...

Awkward Fox Interview Of Author Boosts Sales Of His Book

A clearly inept interview by Fox News anchor Lauren Green of biblical scholar Reza Aslan about his new biography of Jesus has boosted sales of the book after the interview went viral on the Internet....

Merger To Create World's Largest Ad Company

In what would create the world's largest advertising company, New York-based Omnicom and Paris-based Publicis announced on Sunday that they have agreed to merge. Together the two companies accounted for $22.7 billion in total revenue...

Movie Reviews: Blue Jasmine

Opening in just 6 theaters, Woody Allen's latest film, Blue Jasmine, is receiving some of his best reviews ever, thanks mostly to the performance of Cate Blanchett. Her character, Jasmine French, writes Manohla Dargis in...

Movie Reviews: The Wolverine

A lot of critics have their claws out for The Wolverine. Kenneth Turan, like other critics, bestows much praise on the performance of Hugh Jackman in the title role. Unfortunately, he adds, not even Jackman...

Original The Wicker Man Returns -- 14 Minutes Longer

Forty years after it was originally released, Robin Hardy's classic horror film The Wicker Man has been scheduled to return to the screens on Sept. 27, fourteen minutes longer than it was when it originally...

Time Warner Cable May Urge Users To Sign On To Aereo

As Time Warner Cable faces the possibility of losing CBS programming on Wednesday unless it can renegotiate a new retransmission agreement with the network, the likelihood of Aereo becoming a major factor in the dispute...

Ny Times Data Wiz Silver Jumping To Espn/abc

Nate Silver, the data analyst who predicted with astonishing accuracy the outcome of the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections for the New York Times, has been persuaded to jump ship and join ESPN/ABC, where he...

Movie Reviews: Turbo

The premise alone should be enough to earn Turbo a star or two from critics -- a snail dreams of entering the Indianapolis 500, and probably does. But the movie does well by most critics...

Movie Reviews: The Conjuring

It's certainly rare when a horror flick is even screened for critics in advance of its opening. It's rarer still when such a movie receives overwhelmingly positive reviews. But such is the case with director...

Movie Reviews: Grown Ups 2

Adam Sandler movies generally evoke the scorn of most critics but Grown Ups 2 is eliciting outright contempt. This is pap, plain and simple, comments Andy Webster in the New York Times. Sara Stewart in...

Movie Reviews: Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim has continued to pile up mostly positive reviews from critics whose opinions only appear in the Friday editions of their papers. Steven Rea in the Philadelphia Inquirer observes that unlike the directors of...

Netflix's Latest Series Draws Enthusiastic Reviews

Analysts may disagree heatedly about the financial solidity of Netflix, but they have almost unanimously concluded that the streaming service has made some savvy decisions about original content. Its latest series, Orange Is the New...

Tribune: Latest Media Conglomerate To Split In Two

Seeming to cast its once powerful newspaper empire adrift, Tribune Co. announced this morning (Wednesday) that its publishing and broadcasting units will become separate entities. In a clear effort to put a good face on...

Movie Reviews: The Way, Way Back

It didn't even open at the beginning of the Fourth of July holiday, and it's only being screened in 19 theaters, but Fox Searchlight's The Way, Way Back is garnering a heap of praise from...

Despicable Me 2: One Thumb Up, Another Thumb Down

With Despicable Me 2 tracking strongly among moviegoers -- analysts are predicting it could earn as much as $110-115 million by Sunday -- and with strong holdover competition, The Lone Ranger could wind up with...

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