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"Flowers in the Attic"

 "Flowers in the Attic"

Credit: Lifetime Television

'Flowers in the Attic' review: All the nonsense with none of the sex

A camp classic loses everything that made it juicy reading

It seems that everyone I've talked to about Lifetime's "Flowers in the Attic" (premieres Sat. Jan. 18 at 8:00 p.m.) has some memory, good or bad, of the V.C. Andrews' Dollanganger trilogy. If they read the books, they had one of two reactions. They either ripped through them, binging on the glorious trashiness of it all, or they just read the incest parts -- and rolled their eyes at the purple prose. No one is ever going to call "Flowers in the Attic" good literature. Weird, yes, creepy, definitely, but good? Only in the sense that guilty pleasure, so-bad-they're-good kind of way. If you watch anything on Bravo now, you probably have a soft spot for "Flowers in the Attic."

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<p>Max Greenfield and Bob Gunton in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Max Greenfield and Bob Gunton in "New Girl."

Credit: FOX

Review: 'New Girl' - 'Basketsball'

Jess' friendship with Coach causes sexual complications with Nick, while Winston follows Schmidt at work

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I beat you with an orange in a sock...

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Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Fallon mock the 'Gov. Christie Traffic Jam'


Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Fallon mock the "Gov. Christie Traffic Jam"
Check out their "Born to Run" parody of the New Jersey governor, who's a diehard Springsteen fan.


Drake shows off his acting chops in "SNL" promos
Watch the hip-hop star reenact a "Degrassi" scene.

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<p>If you want to see just how unloved this movie is, try to find more images from the film online. This is a film from the '90s starring Jeff Bridges, and it's like it's in the Witness Relocation Program.</p>

If you want to see just how unloved this movie is, try to find more images from the film online. This is a film from the '90s starring Jeff Bridges, and it's like it's in the Witness Relocation Program.

Credit: Warner Archive

Movie Rehab: Jeff Bridges and Peter Weir both did career best work with 'Fearless'

Other films may have won them more acclaim, but this one's special

It is the responsibility of the working film critic to not only offer opinion and context for the newest releases, but also to constantly champion and curate the films that matter, especially if they were misunderstood or poorly released or somehow handled badly the first time around.

Critics should take it upon themselves to rehabilitate the under-loved, to defend the wrongly-maligned, and rehab the films that need it; it is the only way film as a whole can be healthy.

It's easy to be a Jeff Bridges fan today.

After all, Bridges has passed into the "national treasure" phase of his career now, where he is celebrated simply for the majesty of being Jeff Goddamn Bridges. As he should be, certainly, but this is often the era in an actor's career where I am less excited by the work they're doing. Johnny Depp is in this same phase of things, although at a very different point in his life, and in many ways, the two men are similar right now. They both alternate between good performances that prove why they are who they are and vicious self-parody so raw that you wonder if they're enjoying any of it.

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13 movies to watch for at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

13 movies to watch for at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

New films with Kristen Stewart, Michael Fassbender and more

In the middle of this month's entertainment avalanche there is a magical place where Hollywood's dreams come true. No, it's not Disneyland, it's the Sundance Film Festival. Although, if you immediately thought the former you certainly made Disney stockholders happy.

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U.S. senators express outrage over Julia Louis-Dreyfus smoking an e-cigarette on Golden Globes


U.S. senators express outrage over Julia Louis-Dreyfus smoking an e-cigarette on Golden Globes

"The Golden Globes celebrates entertainers who are an influence on young fans," a group of four Democratic senators wrote in a letter to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.


Conan O'Brien responds to claim he has an illegitimate son, says it's false

Conan took to Twitter to joke about his alleged illegitimate child: "A kid in New Jersey is falsely claiming to be my illegitimate son. For the record, I have three children: Neve, Beckett, and @RonanFarrow."


Emmys may split movie and miniseries category
A lack of quality TV miniseries led to the TV Academy consolidating the categories in 2011. But with the resurgence of miniseries, the category may once again be split up.


Hilary Duff teaming with "Sex and the City" creator on TV Land comedy

She'll co-star with Sutton Foster in Darren Star's "Younger."


CBS orders James Gandolfini's "Taxi-22" to pilot
CBS bought the pilot with Gandolfini producing just two weeks before his death last June.


Eve to star in an interracial romantic comedy on ABC

The actress-rapper is set to return to TV.


FX's "Fargo" can be watched by anybody who hasn't seen the 1996 movie
"After a season or two of the show, people who see the movie might say that was a great episode of 'Fargo,'" says exec producer Noah Hawley. "Each season is a separate true crime story from that region. The movie now fits into the series as another true crime story from the region." PLUS: Billy Bob Thornton says TV is the place to be these days for actors.


Here's Don Draper filming "Mad Men's" final season
Can you tell what year it is by the suit he's wearing?


Nick Kroll dubs "Kroll Show" as "sketch-uational comedy"

Says Kroll: "It sounds kind of cheesy, but it's actually a really good way, I think, to describe what we're doing with the show, which is sketch but it’s really more narrative and long-form storytelling."


"Parks and Rec" is bringing back Sam Elliott

He'll reprise his role as Ron Swanson's Eagleton doppelganger. PLUS: Amy Poehler & Bono have an "SNL" past.


Brian Van Holt found directing "Cougar Town's" "Friends" reunion a surreal experience
"Wow, This is Monica and Chandler at it again!" he says.


"Justified" boss: "Six years felt about right"
"A lot of it was just sort of figuring out how much story we had left," Graham Yost says of making the decision with Timothy Olyphant and other producers. "Our biggest concern telling these stories is that we don’t run out of story and start repeating ourselves."


ABC picks up "American Crime" from "12 Years a Slave" writer

The project, set in California's Central Valley, follows a racially charged murder.


"Mike & Molly" books Kathy Bates

She'll play Melissa McCarthy's BFF.


Urkel visits "CSI"

Jaleel White plays a drunk, cocky passenger in this week's episode.


Jon Gosselin: I had a vasectomy

"I'm fixed," says the former TLC star.

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<p>On &quot;Justified,&quot;&nbsp;real-life brothers Wood and Steve Harris play bad guy brothers opposite Timothy Olyphant.</p>

On "Justified," real-life brothers Wood and Steve Harris play bad guy brothers opposite Timothy Olyphant.

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Review: 'Justified' - 'The Kids Aren't All Right'

Raylan deals with two tough brothers and a young friend

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as Hitler has risen from the grave and is in my whorehouse...

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<p>Ward and Skye dig deeper into Skye's family mysteries on this week's new 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'</p>

Ward and Skye dig deeper into Skye's family mysteries on this week's new 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

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'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' pushes Skye's family mystery to the forefront this week

I know they're trying to make us care... but do we?

Considering last week's return from hiatus, "The Magical Place," was the hyped episode where we were promised important answers, it seems odd that this week's episode "Seeds" was far more persuasive at convincing me that there is actually something interesting happening in "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." at this point.

After all, last week pulled the typical "replace the question with more questions" move, but I think it did it through a sort of ham-handed ineptitude more than careful engineering. I think they felt like the end of that episode would be duly shocking and carry more weight than it did. While I think the image of the thing working on Coulson's brain was interesting, I don't think it was explained in a way that made it particularly compelling. If all it took to bring him back to life was Nick Fury demanding that they do even more surgeries on him than normal, that doesn't seem like a secret worth hiding. I get that they were worried about him recalling the massive traumatic pain and horror, and I know that there are surgeries that they are forced to do at times where the patient has to be awake, and that the accounts of those events can be horrifying. But it still just doesn't feel like it's enough of an answer or an interesting enough twist on the question.

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<p>Andy Samberg and Melissa Fumero in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg and Melissa Fumero in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'The Bet'

Peralta and Santiago's wager concludes, while Boyle and Holt both struggle with honesty

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" — or, I suppose I should say, of Golden Globe winner "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" — coming up just as soon as I take a seminar on hand-shaking...

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<p>Carlton Cuse</p>

Carlton Cuse

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Press Tour: Carlton Cuse teases first footage from 'The Strain'

'Lost' veteran promises you'll never look at vampires the same way again
Directed in pilot form by Guillermo del Toro, who also adapted from his novel with Chuck Hogan, "The Strain" won't premiere until July and there wasn't a finished episode to send critics. 
 
However, showrunner Carlton Cuse was sent before the TCA press tour audience as an emissary to answer a few questions and present the first teaser for the vampire drama.
 
"You'll never look at vampires the same way again," Cuse promises. "These are not sparkling, brooding dudes with fangs and romantic problems."
 
Cuse promises these are "really scary creatures" and notes, "This is a really original reimagining of vampire lore and I think it also says some things about the precariousness of our modern world."
 
How did the clips look?
 
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<p>&quot;American&nbsp;Hustle&quot;</p>

"American Hustle"

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Makeup and Hairstylists Guild nominates 'Lone Ranger,' 'American Hustle,' 'Bad Grandpa'

First time since 2004 the awards have been presented

The Makeup and Hairstylists Guild has not presented awards in nearly a decade. This year, however, IATSE Local 706 is dusting off the trophies and jumping back into the kudos circuit.

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'The Americans' will open Season 2 with a 'powerful, shocking and mildly humorous' sex scene


"The Americans" will open Season 2 with a "powerful, shocking and mildly humorous" sex scene
The cast and crew also revealed that Season 2 will focus more on the family and Margo Martindale will be back for several episodes. PLUS: What if CBS didn't pick up Martindale's "The Millers"?


Gillian Anderson to pen a series of sci-fi books
"The X Files" alum will co-write "EarthEnd Saga." "After nine years of living in a semi-science-fictional universe, I think I now have an ingrained knowledge and rhythm for it," she says.


Teen sensation Austin Mahone to make his network acting debut on "The Millers"
He'll guest as a young Nelson Franklin.


Peter Capaldi caught filming "Doctor Who" on a mechanical horse
The actor is afraid of real horses.


"Revenge" promotes Karine Vanasse

The French-Canadian actress will become a series regular.

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