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<p>When the Garden was Eden</p>

When the Garden was Eden

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Review: '30 for 30' presents the '70s Knicks in 'When the Garden Was Eden'

Lifelong fan Michael Rapaport presents a familiar but fun look at the days of Willis, Clyde and Dollar Bill

During the ESPN anniversary year that launched the "30 for 30" documentary series, one of the most interesting things about the films was how little they resembled one another. All were about sports (mostly), and all were about things that happened during the first 30 years that ESPN was in business, but beyond that they felt completely distinct from one another, whether the narration-less video collage of "June 17, 1994," the kinetic energy of "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks," or the mournful quality of "The Two Escobars."

As ESPN has kept the series alive well past that anniversary year — including the brief stint when new films were presented under the "ESPN Films Presents" banner — certain formulas have crept in, particularly when it comes to films about iconic teams. They're still fun, still full of great archival footage and wonderful memories from the team members in present-day, but movies like "The Fab Five," "Bad Boys," or tonight's documentary "When the Garden Was Eden" (it premieres at 9 Eastern) are all very much of a piece, despite the different subjects and filmmakers involved.

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<p>Michael Keaton</p>

Michael Keaton

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Michael Keaton to receive Santa Barbara film festival's highest honor

And so it begins...

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced the first of this year's many award recipients for the upcoming 30th anniversary edition of the event. They've kicked things off with their most prestigious honor, the Modern Master Award, and hey — when you've got a guy like Michael Keaton in the thick of an Oscar hunt, who better to receive such an accolade?

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Sleepy Hollow - The Weeping Lady
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Recap: 'Sleepy Hollow' - 'The Weeping Lady' reveals Katrina's commitment to prophecy

Never trust a watery tart, sword or no sword.

Last week Ichabod and Abbie scored one for the good guys by ending a centuries old family curse and saving a little girl. Meanwhile, Hawley — aka Southern Gentleman Aquaman — scored one for pragmatism by running away from danger because self-preservation is an extremely underutilized skill.

But with Mills and Crane feeling good about “getting the hang” of this Witness thing, what inevitably terrible fate awaits them this week with “The Weeping Lady”?

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Oh wow. The seamstress from the Revolutionary War reenactment the other week wasn’t a throw away character! She returns and is given a name. Caroline. Miss Caroline has been busy replenishing Ichabod’s wardrobe of period appropriate clothing. And churning him butter. And making him jam. And oh dear, I think Caroline is hoping Crane with churn HER butter. Because commitment to Colonial ways is apparently an aphrodisiac. Either that or it’s just his accent.
Despite looking like a budget Katrina, Ichabod demures by saying he is married. Through a series of comical misunderstandings involving Abbie picking that exact moment to return with takeout, Caroline is under the impression Abbie is Mrs. Crane. 

I mean, it’s a logical conclusion. Ichabbie shippers everywhere rejoice at the nod, despite Crane adamantly saying Mills is his partner but not his LIFE partner. Miss Caroline is suffering from deafness brought on my acute embarrassment though and doesn’t hear, quickly escaping while making apologies to “Mrs. Crane.”

Speak of the devil, we cut over to the real Mrs. Crane who is finally getting her witchy ways on. Yeah, girl! You mix that potion. You murmur that spell. You…write that love letter? Okay, I guess she’s still hanging around to “spy” on War and Death. But she sends a raven off to find Ichabod and deliver a message. Abraham almost catches her, but she distracts him with her winning personality and new clothes.

Seriously, does no one in Sleepy Hollow wonder why the demand for period accurate Revolutionary clothing is through the roof?

Headless warns Katrina that he wants her to join him willingly, but he’s not gonna wait for permission forever…so yep, the Horseman of Death is still a douchebag. Abraham then goes to have a Skype call…I mean a mirror conversation…with War to bitch about Katrina getting around the anti-magic wards. Well at least that explains why she hasn’t burned everything to ash by now. Henry offers to help and Headless basically tells him to go back and play with his tiny town and leave the corruption of Katrina to him.

Henry is not amused. DISSENSION IN THE RANKS!

War isn’t about to let that prissy alpha male tell him what he can and can’t do, so he dives into Katrina’s personal effects to find something on which a sin might reside. Upon discovering her copy of “Gulliver’s Travels,” Henry smiles…and not in the nice way.

Meanwhile, random teens are making out in a secluded spot, so obviously they are about to die. Especially since they’re talking about whether or not to have sex. But suddenly, a ghostly witch slams into their windshield, inadvertently saving them. Everyone knows the horror monster can’t kill you until AFTER you’ve started banging, so really that ghost is a hero.

Across town, Abbie is trying to convince Ichabod that it’s totally socially acceptable to send Caroline an apology via phone or text, but his sense of propriety will not stand for it. He’s going to apologize for the mix-up in person. Right now. After dark when most people are probably in their pajamas and not expecting sudden company.

But Miss Caroline is not a normal person and is happy to see her unrequited crush on her doorstep instead of mortified. Crane says he hopes they can remain friends since he has so very few…and even less who share his affinity for 18th century American history. Caroline — in an astonishing feat — accepts this elaborate “It’s not you, it’s me” apology and agrees. 

So of course she is now slated for death. In the darkness of her house, Caroline senses something is amiss. I also sense something is amiss. How the hell does a twenty-something own a house this big? Oh wait, dark water and creepy crying and a silhouette sitting in a rocking chair. Girl, you about to die.

The sad ghost lady goes feral and Caroline shrieks. Well, good luck to the realtor saddled with selling this house now.

Sometime the next morning, Abbie is identifying Caroline’s dead body on the riverbank. Crane is flipping out because they won’t let him cross the police line until Mills clears him. How many cops does Sleepy Hollow have that there are still officers who don’t know Crane is ALWAYS going to be cleared to cross when Abbie is involved?

No one can figure out what happened to Caroline. Her car was still at her house and there’s no sign of a struggle. “Who would do this?” asks Ichabod Crane, apparently in all seriousness. Oh I don’t know, genius. It’s not like you have a list of arch-enemies as long as your arm. Abbie knows the best way to stave off grief is to be useful, so she suggests they look up-river. Perhaps Caroline washed down shore and clues will be found elsewhere.

Approximately twenty seconds later, Ichabod finds Caroline’s coffee mug from the night before in the sand. Nearby there are car skid marks but no footprints. So probably those lucky non-dead teenagers. Is Abbie not going to point out that Ichabod probably shouldn’t put his fingerprints all over the possession of a murder victim? No? Oh, okay.

Have fun in prison, Crane.

Being genre savvy, Abbie figures it was definitely teenagers because this a popular place to make-out. Ichabod is delightfully naive about what happens at a modern day “lover’s lane” and it’s adorable. But he’s not so naive as to not appreciate the “spirit” of the local high school cheerleading squad when they go to question the Queen Bees about who was necking under the bridge last night.

Our hapless teen lovers confess they hauled ass out of there after the Weeping Lady cracked the windshield and a short drive later Abbie is pulling up information on a local legend at the library. The Weeping Lady is a standard soggy ghost: dripping wet, glowing green eyes, always crying, probably a restless spirit who died due to and/or at the hands of her unfaithful lover. But to be sure, Mills and Crane need the source material. It is really hard to make “searching the Dewey Decimal System” action-packed, so the show compensates in three ways:

One, Katrina’s messenger bird finds Ichabod. She lets him know she is well, if annoyed at her limited witchery due to the wards.

Two, and most appreciated, a wild Southern Gentleman Aquaman appears! Hawley runs into Abbie and confesses he’s researching apocalypse stuff because forewarned is forearmed in his — correct — opinion. Abbie tries to give him shit about running away from the last demon and Hawley is like “It was a demon!” Turns out you don’t have to be a believer of the occult to sell it. “Do all people who sell Christmas tress believe in Santa Claus?” asks Hawley, modern day philosopher. He also offers to help free of charge next time Abbie needs it, which is probably the biggest sign of respect SGA is capable of giving.

Three, the Weeping Woman is also visiting the library. But she’s not here to check out a book on how to deal with grief. She’s here to murder Abbie, who of course takes the bait. Sure, Abbie unholsters her gun but LIKE THAT’S GONNA DO ANY GOOD. The Weeping Lady makes her play and lo and behold, bullets do nothing.

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Have 'The Walking Dead' fans become numb to all the atrocities?
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Have 'The Walking Dead' fans become numb to all the atrocities?

'Real World' Season 30 is going with a 'Skeletons' format

Have “The Walking Dead” fans become numb to all the atrocities?
"'The Walking Dead' has always lived in uncharted television territory, and you can’t say that viewers weren’t warned that this season was determined to go even further beyond Thunderdome,” says Jeff Labrecque, adding: "But is it too far? And is 'The Walking Dead' getting a free pass because its explicit depictions of violence are framed within a zombiefied landscape?”


“The Real World" Season 30 is going with a "Skeletons” format
The Chicago-set "Real World: Skeletons" will feature "skeletons" from the housemates’ past, who move in to "drum up secrets and dark memories.”


“Gossip Girl’s” Penn Badgley will romance Mary-Louise Parker on NBC’s “The Slap”
He’ll play her much-younger boyfriend on the NBC miniseries about a   slap gone wrong.


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<p>Robin Lord Taylor in Gotham</p>

Robin Lord Taylor in Gotham

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Review: 'Gotham' - 'Viper'

The city is flooded with a drug that gives crooks super strength — for a while

A quick review of tonight's "Gotham" coming up just as soon as I chug some milk...

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'SNL' promotes Leslie Jones to cast member
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'SNL' promotes Leslie Jones to cast member

“SNL” promotes Leslie Jones to cast member
Jones, whom Lorne Michaels hired earlier this year as a writer following his talent search for black female cast members, will become an official cast member with this week’s Jim Carrey episode. The 2nd black female to join the “SNL” cast this calendar year, Jones made headlines in May with her Weekend Update segment on slavery. This season, Jones has appeared in several sketches, including the “39 Cents” sketch with Bill Hader.

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Film Nerd 2.0: How 'Minecraft,' 'My Bodyguard,' and 'Meatballs' help with a changing family
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Film Nerd 2.0: How 'Minecraft,' 'My Bodyguard,' and 'Meatballs' help with a changing family

We look at how movies can help create a dialogue when we need it most

"When are they going to kill a bear?!"

Allen appears to have missed the point of "Meatballs," but we'll get to that presently.

I have been on the road for much of this last eight weeks. A few days here, a few days there, ten days here, ten days there. As a result, there's been a lack of connection between me and my sons. That's been exasperated, of course, by the fact that we no longer share a primary residence, something that is new to all of us.

I know I'm not inventing the wheel here. Any parent who's gone through a divorce has had to figure out how to invent a new space for them to exist with their kids, whatever the situation is. My wife has an advantage, one that I specifically wanted her to have, which is the house that my kids have grown up in. I think they need some sense of continuity right now, and both of us being in new homes would be really difficult. They get to spend the majority of their time, and their school week, at the place that they've known at home for the vast majority of their lives. For Allen, there's never been anything else.

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'Buffy’s' Nicholas Brendon apologizes for arrest, says he’s going to rehab
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'Buffy’s' Nicholas Brendon apologizes for arrest, says he’s going to rehab

Henry Rollins goes from History channel to 'He Never Died' horror-comedy miniseries

“Buffy’s” Nicholas Brendon apologizes for arrest, says he’s going to rehab
Brendon says in a Facebook post his arrest was the result of mixing prescription painkiller with alcohol. "The result was embarrassing and unacceptable,” he explains. "I intend to seek appropriate treatment and therapy for my medical ailments as well as my emotional demons.”


“The Walking Dead” holds up in Week 2 with Peyton Manning as a competition
About 15.143 million watched last night’s episode.


Henry Rollins goes from History channel to “He Never Died” horror-comedy miniseries
The punk rocker, who currently host H2’s “10 Things  You Didn’t Know About,” has singed on to star in a miniseries based on the 2014 film “He Never Died,” which he also stars in.


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Academy reveals eight contenders for 2015 documentary short subject Oscar race

Academy reveals eight contenders for 2015 documentary short subject Oscar race

Nominees will be announced on Jan. 15

The Academy has unveiled the shortlist of eight contenders for this year's Best Documentary Short Subject race. Voters from the organization's Documentary Branch viewed 58 eligible entries and squeezed it all down to this field from which five will be nominated for Oscar.

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Jason Momoa talks how 'Aquaman' will draw on his Polynesian heritage
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Jason Momoa talks how 'Aquaman' will draw on his Polynesian heritage

Plus he confirms his appearance in 'Batman v Superman'

We confirmed that Jason Momoa would be playing Aquaman for you back in June of this year, and it's something that's been in the works for a lot longer than that. Until last week, though, Warner Bros. hadn't officially connected him to the role, and Momoa was still silent on the subject. Now that Warner Bros. has finally revealed their DC Universe game plan, with Momoa right there in the midst of it, the actor is able to discuss how excited he is about the role and his approach to it.

According to a report from this weekend's Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta, Momoa talked about the months of denials he's had to give to reporters asking him about the role. "Listen, I was asked to play it. You know, you audition and stuff like that, but the fact is you've just got to keep it quiet. You know what I mean? I was just trying to respect Warner Bros. and everyone's wishes. I'm really, really happy that I don't have to be quiet anymore, because that's really hard for me."

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<p>Matt Barr of &quot;Sleepy Hollow&quot;</p>

Matt Barr of "Sleepy Hollow"

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Interview: Matt Barr on his still-mysterious 'Sleepy Hollow' rogue

What North Carolina memories does he have from his 'One Tree Hill' stint?

WILMINGTON, NC. I sit down with Matt Barr on the "Sleepy Hollow" set in Wilmington, NC in late August without really knowing much about the actor's character, Noah Hawley. 

I know he's got Han Solo rogue swagger and a holstered firearm, but little else. The reports when Barr was cast described his character as a bounty hunter and then he was later described as an arms dealer, two descriptions with a potentially wide gulf between them. 

Nearly two months later, I've "acted" in a scene with Barr -- possibly appearing in Episode 8, until they decide to cut me out for reasons that I certainly won't begrudge -- and watched two episodes featuring Hawley and I'm still not sure I know all that much more. 

Hawley first popped up in the season's third episode and he returned in the fourth, both times on the trail of the same artifact Crane and Abbie were looking for, which isn't unsuspicious, though we have no reason to distrust him, at least not yet. We're aware he has some backstory with Lyndie Greenwood's Jenny, but that hasn't been dealt with much.

In fact, my going-in-blind interview from the set still provides some background that maybe we haven't spotted this far, which you either will or won't view as spoilers. 

We also discussed the "Harper's Island" and "Hellcats" veteran's return to Wilmington, where he previous terrorized Peyton on "One Tree Hill."

Check out the full Q&A below...

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Tech Support: 'Godzilla,' 'Fury,' 'Interstellar' and more square off for Best Sound Editing

Tech Support: 'Godzilla,' 'Fury,' 'Interstellar' and more square off for Best Sound Editing

Will an animated film finally be nominated here again?

Cling. Clang. Crash. Welcome to the category of Best Sound Editing, which awards the creation and integration of artificial sounds into a movie's soundtrack. This distinguishes this category from Best Sound Mixing, which awards the mixing of the film's overall soundtrack.

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