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OSCARLAND: Post-Mortem on Hollywood’s Yearly Selfie

Posted March 3, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  The only thing more boring than a typical Oscars is one without surprises, and the closest thing to a major upset this year turned out to be Disney’s loss in the Best Animated Short category.  (The studio almost instantly rebounded with the much more important Animated Feature prize for Frozen.)  All the conventional wisdom […]

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THE SKED’S MOVIE PROMO WATCH: Super Bowl Edition

Posted February 6, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> In these heady moments after the NY Giants’ triumphant victory over the New England Patriots (I’d say “Sorry, New England fans,” but I wouldn’t mean it), let’s take a moment to look at the other major event of the evening:  the ads for upcoming movies.  (Mitch Metcalf will offer a separate take on NBC’s […]

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THE SKED NETFLIX REVIEW: “House of Cards” (Full Season)

Posted March 13, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  It took me just under 6 weeks to get through the 13 hours of HOUSE OF CARDS, the first original Netflix series.  That’s a little less than half the time a regular weekly run would have taken, although nowhere near the weekend binge-viewing that some were planning when all the episodes of Season 1 […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: SNL With Zach Galifianakis

Posted May 5, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  There was an inspired, unexpected piece of comedy toward the end of tonight’s SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, although it was pretty lonely in the mostly bland context of the rest of the episode.  Early in the post-Update half-hour, host Zach Galifianakis did a sketch called “Darrell’s House,” where he played an intense guy named Darrell […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: SNL with Kevin Hart

Posted March 2, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Comic crumbs were hard to come by on tonight’s mostly dreadful SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.  It’s a particular disappointment because after two episodes struggling with non-comedy hosts Adam Levine and Justin Bieber, the show had a definite uptick with the slyly funny Christoph Waltz, and this time the host was Kevin Hart, who’s proven his […]

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THE SKED REVIEW: “Game Change”

Posted March 13, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> On Saturday night, HBO’s GAME CHANGE scored the network’s highest premiere rating for an original TV-movie in 8 years.  (As it always the case with HBO, the movie will be rebroadcast many times, as well as being available on HBO GO and other platforms.)  While there were certainly A list names associated with the […]

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THE SKED FALL TRAILER REVIEW: ABC’s “The Neighbors”

Posted May 15, 2012 by Mitch Salem

    THE NEIGHBORS:  Wednesday 9:30PM on ABC   WHAT IT’S SAYING:  You know how Tessa on Suburgatory thinks her neighbors are all, like, weird?  These neighbors are weird.

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THE SKED REVIEW: SNL With Christina Applegate

Posted October 15, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  There were a few moments in this week’s SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE where you could actually have mistaken it for a place that offers trenchant political satire.  That’s hasn’t been SNL‘s mode since Tina Fey hung up her Sarah Palin glasses–the political bits have instead tended to the silly and bland.  But the “Tech Talk” […]

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