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<p>Sam Jaeger as Joel in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Sam Jaeger as Joel in "Parenthood."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parenthood' - 'You've Got Mold'

Joel moves out, Kristina hates Max's school and Zeek and Camille make a big decision

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as the baby's eating the kitty litter...

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<p>Paul Rudd and Adam Scott meet Adam Scott and Paul Rudd in &quot;The Greatest Event in Television History&quot;&nbsp;take on &quot;Bosom Buddies.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Paul Rudd and Adam Scott meet Adam Scott and Paul Rudd in "The Greatest Event in Television History" take on "Bosom Buddies." 

Credit: Adult Swim

Adam Scott and Paul Rudd reunite for 'The Greatest Event in Television History'

The longtime pals channel Peter Scolari and Tom Hanks in 'Bosom Buddies'

Adam Scott had himself a big night of television last night. He directed his first episode of "Parks and Recreation" (which I reviewed here), and at midnight, Adult Swim debuted the fourth and final installment of his pointlessly wonderful "Greatest Event In Television History" series, this time with Scott and Paul Rudd recreating the opening credits to "Bosom Buddies."(*)

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Kevin Hart's life to become an ABC comedy


Kevin Hart's life to become an ABC comedy

ABC has ordered a multicamera project based on the standup comedian's life. If picked up, it will become only the 2nd multicamera sitcom on ABC, after "Last Man Standing."


ABC picks up alien drama pilot "The Visitors" from Steven Spielberg
"The Visitors" is based on Ray Bradbury's short story "Zero Hour," revolving around a group of aliens who are set out to destroy Earth.


Watch "The Greatest Event in Television History's" tribute to "Bosom Buddies"
Starring Adam Scott and Paul Rudd.


Jane Kaczmarek to play another Fox mom
She's joining a Fox comedy from Johnny Galecki about a 30-something man who lives with his mother.


Jimmy Fallon recreates "The Dick Cavett Show" set for Dick Cavett
Watch their interview on a "familiar-looking set."

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<p>&quot;Marmato&quot;</p>

"Marmato"

Credit: Sundance

Review: 'Marmato' mines for gold and drama in Colombia

Mark Grieco's documentary also features nefarious Canadians as villains
"Marmato" is Mark Grieco's first feature and he went all-in to deliver one of the best film's I've seen in this year's US Documentary Competition.
 
Over six years, Grieco lived in the Colombian mining village of "Marmato," serving as director, cinematographer and producer, wholly committing to telling the story about globalization, the illusion of progress, the insatiable human desire for riches and the decline of a way of life that is simultaneously woefully outmoded and yet authentic and worth preserving. 
 
Thanks to the duration of his presence in the region, Grieco has been granted a depth of access that allows him to populate the film with compelling and fully realized characters, while his background as a photojournalist has yielded a view of a unique corner of the world, one in which poverty and wealth overlap in the midst of great physical beauty. 
 
"Marmato" is somewhat hampered by telling a story that hasn't reached its conclusion, leading to an abrupt ending, but I liked Grieco's storytelling enough that I would gladly watch a sequel. [Might I suggest "More Mato" as the sequel title? No. I probably should not.]
 
Full review after the break...
 
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<p>Remember when this kicked off a brand-new trilogy of 'Terminator' films? It didn't?&nbsp;Hmmmmmm...</p>

Remember when this kicked off a brand-new trilogy of 'Terminator' films? It didn't? Hmmmmmm...

Credit: Warner Bros.

'American Hustle' producer backs out of 'Terminator' reboot

Have no fear, though, Paramount's still pushing forward with it

Pretty much any time the name "Megan Ellison" comes up around film nerds right now, you'll see the same giddy reaction. She has only been involved in the world of film financing for a few years now, but she's had an amazing string of credits so far, and she's helped make films that would otherwise not exist.

We need more people like Ellison in the world of film finance. One of the reasons I am a big fan of Thomas Tull and Legendary Pictures is because he makes decisions that no one else would. "Pacific Rim" exists only because Tull shared the same lunatic dream as Travis Beacham and Guillermo Del Toro, and thank god for that. Ellison has proven that she will take chances on artists she believes in, even if something doesn't make "business" sense on paper. "Zero Dark Thirty," "American Hustle," "Killing Them Softly," "The Master"... that's an intriguing list that speaks to her interests as a filmmaker.

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<p>Philippe Petit pretty much lived out my worst nightmare, and he did it VOLUNTARILY. Insane.</p>

Philippe Petit pretty much lived out my worst nightmare, and he did it VOLUNTARILY. Insane.

Credit: Magnolia Pictures

Report: Joseph Gordon-Levitt will star in Zemeckis version of 'Man On Wire'

Look out, Cuaron... Bobby Z wants his crown as king of the FX film back

We all know that studios chase success.

The problem is that they often chase it in the wrong ways. Instead of truly digging into an audience's reaction and looking at ways to help serve a certain desire the audience has, they frequently just imitate on a surface level. I'd like to think that the conversations that have no doubt resulted from the phenomenal success of "Gravity" would lead to something along the lines of the proposed film version of "To Reach The Clouds" by Robert Zemeckis, with a script by Zemeckis and Christopher Browne.

Philippe Petit was the focus of the riveting documentary "Man On Wire," and the thought of what Zemeckis could do with 3D cameras during Petit's attempt to walk between the two World Trade Center towers a full 1350 feet off the ground is pretty exciting. I don't have many phobias that are genuinely a problem for me, but heights is the one that gets me. When I am in a very high place, even if I know I'm safely protected behind glass, I get vertigo so extreme that I want to fall down. Always have. And if Robert Zemeckis does what I know he's capable of doing with the Petit story, I fully expect I will collapse out of a theater seat.

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

Credit: The CW

'Vampire Diaries' recap: Can Katherine survive '500 Years of Solitude'?

The 100th episode is chock full of beloved characters

I can't write about the 100th episode of "The Vampire Diaries" without launching into spoilers. Sorry, but that's just the way it is. If you haven't watched, don't click through. If you do, you can't say I didn't warn you.

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<p>In &quot;Rake,&quot;&nbsp;Greg Kinnear celebrates a big gambling win.</p>

In "Rake," Greg Kinnear celebrates a big gambling win.

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Series premiere talkback: 'Rake' - 'Serial Killer'

What did everybody think of Greg Kinnear in the new FOX legal drama?

I posted my review of FOX's "Rake" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did you find Greg Kinnear charming and/or funny? Was the legal case with Peter Stormare of interest? Did you feel any of the touch of Sam Raimi in the directing? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>Troy and Abed separaaaaaating!</p>

Troy and Abed separaaaaaating!

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Review: 'Community' - 'Geothermal Escapism'

Another game turns Greendale into chaos as Troy prepares to say goodbye

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as we do the Reverse Danny Thomas...

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<p>On &quot;Parks and Recreation,&quot;&nbsp;April (Aubrey Plaza)&nbsp;helps Andy (Chris Pratt)&nbsp;prepare for a new kind of gig.</p>

On "Parks and Recreation," April (Aubrey Plaza) helps Andy (Chris Pratt) prepare for a new kind of gig.

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Farmers Market'

Ben tries to erect a firewall with new underling Leslie, Andy plays a kids party and Ann vents to the staff

A review of tonight's Adam Scott-directed installment of "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I go back to rabbinical school...

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NBC orders Rob Lowe's pilot 'The Pro'


NBC orders Rob Lowe's pilot "The Pro"
Lowe is set to return to NBC's sitcom lineup, playing a former tennis pro who reunites with his former partner.


Marvel's Deathlok is joining "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

J. August Richards' character will be transformed into the super cyborg next month.


Justin Bieber is being represented by a "Real Housewives" husband

"Real Housewives of Miami" star Lea Black's husband, Roy, has decided to take on Bieber's arrest.


Florida Marlins president is in hot water over his "Survivor" bio

In his biography posted on "Survivor's" website, David Samson says, "Personal Claim to Fame: Got local government in Miami to contribute over 350 million dollars to a new baseball park during the recession."


Jay Leno tells "60 Minutes" he was "blindsided" by his 1st "Tonight Show" exit
He also says that he hated being portrayed as the villain in NBC's spat with Conan O'Brien.


Happy 40th birthday, Tiffani Thiessen!

"Saved by the Bell's" Kelly Kapowski is now in her 40s. PLUS: Mr. Belding joins "Saved by the Bell" musical parody.


Goodbye to "Community's" Troy

Celebrate Donald Glover's final episode with his funniest moments. PLUS: The best of Troy crying.


Bill Cosby should look at Tim Allen's sitcom comeback success

The former "Home Improvement" star has quietly had a solid following on Friday nights with "Last Man Standing," which is ABC's 3rd highest-rated sitcom. PLUS: What would "The Cosby Show" be like in 2014?


Teen who stole Guy Fieri's Lamborghini gets life in prison

Max Wade, 19, was convicted of trying to kill the boyfriend of the girl he liked -- an act that led to the discovery of Fieri's Lamborghini in a storage locker.


Ex-CIA spy Valerie Plame says "Homeland" jumped the shark

Plame, who was outed as a spy during the Bush administration, says: "I think they have jumped the shark this season."


HBO is developing "The Couple" from Spike Lee
The Black & Sexy TV web series follows the adventures of a black couple.


Lessons from watching A&E's "Wahlburgers"

Mark Wahlberg is using his burger reality show to celebrate "Entourage."


"Revenge" gives Charlotte a new love interest

Introducing Henri Esteve.


"Mad Men" meets "Benson"

What if the '80s sitcom was mashed up with the AMC series?


Why a gay "Bachelor" would never work

A gay "Bachelor" would be too boring for mainstream viewers.


British TV is promoting the Super Bowl by teaching viewers how to call in sick

Super Bowl kickoff in the UK is 11:30 pm.


"Reign" returns

What to expect from the CW series as it begins its 2014 run.


What would "Game of Thrones" look like if it were set in feudal Japan?
A "Thrones" has drawn his own version of a Japanese "Game of Thrones."


See the "Kitten Bowl" in action

Here's a preview of the Hallmark Channel event, starring Howard Stern's wife.


"The Mentalist" casts a romantic partner for Teresa Lisbon
Pedro Pascal will guest on the CBS drama.


Watch the 1st official "Salem" trailer
Shane West stars in this gory WGN America video.


Here's Raj with his new "Big Bang" love interest

"Lost" alum Tania Raymond makes her debut on the Feb. 6 episode.


"The Vampire Diaries" hits 100 episodes
The writers recall their biggest debates over the past five seasons. PLUS: How much longer can "Vampire Diaries" keep the vampire genre interesting?

 

"Rake" starring Greg Kinnear is afraid of its own broadcast TV antihero
"As currently constructed," says Andy Greenwald, this clumsy American version (of the Autralian show 'Rake') clearly looked to House M.D. as an example of how to make an antihero work on broadcast TV. But that show's dark lead was a better, and more simply drawn binary: Gregory House was a miracle worker as a doctor and a disaster as a human. Rake, by contrast, is a series so desperate for us to love its antihero and simultaneously terrified of his rough edges that it chases after him with a lathe." PLUS: It's an overly familiar character study, and "Rake" isn't a bad show -- it just doesn't have the courage of its convictions.

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<p>This is Alyson Ragona.</p>

This is Alyson Ragona.

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Auditions #4 - Atlanta

It's time for Keith, J-Lo and Harry to head to the Dirty South

Once again, the Sundance Film Festival has been good enough to take the entire evening off so that I can recap "American Idol."

Once again, I am lying.

However, it's time for some "American Idol" auditions from Atlanta.

Click through for my full reaction to Thursday (January 23) night's episode.

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