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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun television critic | June 12, 2007
Most morning-after critiques of The Sopranos' finale have rightfully focused on the abrupt and ambiguously maddening ending. But quite a few moments, pop-culture references and images beg to be deconstructed - or, at least, questioned as to whether they really have any deeper meaning. Stray cat A stray cat takes up residence in the backroom of the Bada Bing strip club. Tony (James Gandolfini) mentions that it had killed a mouse in the safe house he had holed up in - as if that earned it a home for life.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | July 23, 1999
NBC received the most Emmy nominations yesterday with 82, but the big story was the continuing climb of cable channel HBO, which finished second with 74.HBO has dominated movies and mini-series for several years, but yesterday one of its dramas, "The Sopranos," a critically acclaimed look at Mafia life in New Jersey, topped all shows with 16 nominations and joined the ranks of NBC's "ER" and "Law & Order" and ABC's "NYPD Blue" and "The Practice" as nominee...
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By Michael Sragow | August 7, 2009
Bandslam: (Summit Entertainment) A new kid in town assembles a fledgling rock band to play in a huge battle of the bands competition. With Gaelan Connell and Vanessa Hudgens. The Cove : (Roadside Attractions) In this real-life expose, activists and documentary-makers uncover the merciless slaughter of dolphins outside a Japanese town. District 9: (TriStar) A government agent comes to the aid of an alien race forced to live in slumlike conditions on Earth. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard: (Paramount Pictures)
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December 14, 2007
Next Friday CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR -- (Universal Pictures) Mike Nichols directs this fact-based tale about a playboy congressman (Tom Hanks), a beautiful socialite (Julia Roberts) and a CIA agent (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who secretly pulled off one of the largest covert operations in U.S. history. JUNO -- (Fox Searchlight) Ellen Page is a pregnant teenager looking for the perfect parents to adopt her unborn child. She finds them in an affluent couple (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman).
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By Michael Sragow | October 2, 2009
Bright Star *** 1/2 (3 1/2 ) It's a delicate but also robust and funny portrait of the romance between John Keats and Fanny Brawne. This film about a poet who never lived beyond his youth and the plucky seamstress who became his final muse captures the essential allure of poetry: its ability to express the ineffable. Thanks to the performances of Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish, and the moviemaking of Jane Campion, there's nothing affected about "Bright Star": It conveys the manly - and womanly - qualities of erotic and aesthetic reverie.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 11, 2001
After Sex and the City, The Sopranos and Six Feet Under, I was starting to believe that HBO couldn't make a bad series if it tried. Then I saw The Mind of the Married Man, a sitcom about Mickey Barnes, a 39-year-old Chicago newspaper columnist trying to balance his life as father and husband with the sexual fantasies that play nonstop in his brain. Actually, I'm giving the series created by and starring Mike Binder more of a focus than it actually displays - it stumbles aimlessly through the first several episodes.
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By Susan King and Susan King,LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 16, 2005
Doing audio commentary requires a real knack, and more often than not directors, writers, producers and even actors seem at a loss for words when they are called upon to discuss the film or TV series in question. But that certainly isn't the case with the commentaries on The Sopranos - The Complete Fifth Season (HBO, $100). The three-disc set features four superlative and diverse commentaries from the directors of the Emmy Award-winning mob series and a fifth with actress Drea de Matteo, who talks about the episode in which her character, Adriana, meets her maker.
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December 13, 2006
Lindsay Lohan says she's been going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for a year, but hasn't talked about it because "it's no one's business." "I just left an AA meeting," People magazine quotes the 20-year-old actress on its Web site yesterday. "I haven't had a drink in seven days. Or anything," she says. "I'm not even legal to, so why would I? Her publicist, Leslie Sloane Zelnik, respond yesterday to a message from the Associated Press seeking comment. The king of New Orleans Sopranos' star James Gandolfini will reign as celebrity monarch Bacchus during the 2007 Carnival season.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | September 16, 2007
HOT ON THE HEELS OF A SUM-mer that saw audience levels sink to an all-time low, the broadcast networks could be in for more pain yet tonight at the 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. The Emmy telecast is designed to promote the start of the new fall season on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CW. But tonight's program on Fox could wind up celebrating the cable industry instead -- all those regulation-free channels that have been thrashing the networks in the ratings in recent months.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,sun television critic | July 20, 2007
The Emmys have not always been in sync with what's happening on screen and in viewers' hearts. But yesterday's 59th annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations got one thing right: As network television sinks deeper into a dismal sea of reality TV with series like this summer's new No. 1 show, NBC's The Singing Bee, increasingly cable becomes the place for quality programming. For the eighth straight year, HBO led all networks - this time with 86 nominations. The premium cable channel had both the most-nominated program, the made-for-TV movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and the top series, The Sopranos.
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