Mr. Robot title screen (USA).
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‘Mr. Robot’ and the paranoid androids of basic cable’s best show

Known for its slogan “Characters welcome,” the USA network embraces its shows’ quirky personalities, like an ex-spy sent to Miami (Burn Notice) or corporate lawyers who don tailored suits (Suits) or a private detective in San Francisco with an obsessive compulsive disorder (Monk). The first ten minutes of USA’s new …

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Law School Edition: Great Courtroom Dramas

Twelve Angry Men Sometimes a classic is held in high esteem for a simple reason: it’s worth the hype. Twelve Angry Men has been around for nearly 60 years, having been adapted and revised many times. Yet Sidney Lumet’s 1957 original still stands out as the must-see version. And why wouldn’t it? Angry …

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"Straight Outta Compton," which came out Aug. 14, depicts the rise of the '90s hip-hop outfit N.W.A.
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Review: The beautiful, intense accomplishments of ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Music biopics are a difficult genre to sell. While countless artists have lived lives practically written for the screen, only a handful of movies have excelled at telling their story. Straight Outta Compton defines the history of N.W.A., the rap supergroup that launched the careers of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E …

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Fantastic Four is about as enjoyable as waking up to find your body engulfed in flames.
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Review: Fantastic Four is a testament to the power of Hollywood incompetence

It’s no secret that Hollywood is currently in the midst of a major superhero high. Studios are seeing stars from the insane profits coming out of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. We’re all buzzing on the hype for DC’s coming Justice League revival. The entire industry is at the peak of its …

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Martin, alias Mortiz Stamm (played by Jonas Nay), in a scene from 'Deutschland 83' (YouTube).
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Of spies and men: ‘Deutschland 83’ is “wunderbar”

History books can often be the ultimate spoilers for television’s period pieces, be it AMC’s Mad Men or FX’s The Americans. In Deutschland 83, an eight-part program airing on SundanceTV and set in Germany in 1983, warheads are poised and aimed at other countries in a worldwide standoff while Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” is droning on …

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Tom Cruise is a maniac, but a dedicated maniac. (Creative Commons).
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Tom Cruise is a dedicated maniac in ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’

How many times can one franchise cover the same genre, and still come up with new ways to express it? While plenty of series have been around longer than Mission: Impossible, few have felt as fresh by the time they hit their fifth iteration. This is a series that has always given …

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Jim Gaffigan currently stars in TV Land's "The Jim Gaffigan Show." (Creative Commons)
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Berg: TV’s “Golden Age” is changing what it means to be a TV channel

This has been a phenomenal summer for TV fans. I can’t think of a past summer with as many memorable, original choices, most of which are just getting started with their first seasons. Mr. Robot has mastered the narrative of counterculture, telling a story about hackers that bursts with dark authenticity. UNReal …

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Michelle Monaghan, Adam Sandler, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage in 'Pixels.'
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Pixels Review: It’s Adam Sandler vs. The World

In the world of Pixels, Kevin James is the President of the United States. That says everything you need to know about the latest from Adam Sandler’s production company Happy Madison. It takes place in a reality where Adam Sandler’s mentality has won over America. It’s a world where very serious …

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Review: ‘Ant-Man’ makes for a clever addition to Marvel’s canon

Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is one of the most fascinating accomplishments in recent blockbuster history. A perfectly intertwined series of films that began as standard superhero fare before eventually transforming into a set of series in which every film carries weight on into the next, no matter how seemingly disparate they are. The format …

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Your new Batman, Ben Affleck, out of costume (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons archive).
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Comic-Con News Roundup: DC triples down on Ben Affleck for the next Batman film

This weekend, all of San Diego was taken over by the pop culture masses. It’s San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest nerd collection of the year. The dense packing of geeks makes it prime time for companies to drop their latest announcements for all things sci-fi, fantasy and superhero. Check out the …

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Review: The Gallows wastes an intriguing premise for standard horror shlock.

Back in high school, I used to be a pretty serious Drama nerd. Auditioned for every show, worked behind the set, and spent countless afternoons in the auditorium of my hometown high school.  The backstage is a mysterious place – a hodgepodge of relics from shows past, surrounded by mammoth …

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Preview and Q&A: Paul Thomas Anderson’s films & influences to be screened in Portland series

In the two days that Paul Thomas Anderson was enrolled at New York University’s film program, he turned in part of a script by playwright David Mamet’s as his own. Then he dropped out. He took his tuition money and used it to bankroll his first movie Coffee and Cigarettes in 1993. …

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True Detective episode ‘Night Finds You’ paints a grim future for the season

Warning: This article contains spoilers for season 2, episode 2 of True Detective In last week’s review of True Detective, I commented that the show’s second season was setting its eyes on a more ambitious narrative than the first season. The first episode established an elaborate array of personalities, plotlines and …

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True Detective's second season is full of secrets.
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Review: True Detective builds a new woeful world in ‘The Western Book of the Dead’

When HBO’s True Detective emerged onto the scene back in early 2014, it was an immediate cultural phenomenon and a premium quality show steeped in American philosophy, folklore, and subtle atmosphere. It burned fast and bright and left a distinct impression on all those who witnessed it. Now, more than …

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Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt investigate giant hamster balls in Jurassic World.
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‘Jurassic World’ review: Finally, a sequel worthy of the original ‘Jurassic Park’

The sequel to the 1993 masterpiece is bigger, badder and more dangerous than its two predecessors. At long last, Jurassic Park has a sequel we can get behind.

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Add these popular books to your summer reading list and looking out for their upcoming film adaptations. (Creative Commons Archive)
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5 books to read this summer before they hit the silver screen

Few things are more fun than reading a good book and then watching the film adaptation. These five books will be made into movies within the next year.

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Sense8 – “Limbic Resonance” Review

Netflix has been on a stampede in the past year, going over the top with original content for just about every variety of viewer. Enjoy modern absurdist comedy? Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitt is a fun time. Fan of superhero drama? Marvel’s Daredevil can’t be beat. But what if you’re particular to dropping heavy …

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Theresa Caputo’s live show comes to Eugene on June 5

Caputo lives a normal life — with one small exception: She can communicate with the dead.

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'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,' a rather bizarre 1968 film about a trip on a magic car to a land called Vulgaria, is an example of one of the classic movie musicals Netflix recently added. (Poster courtesy of Netflix)
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A Netflix guide for the musical lover

It’s hard to love musicals in college. Seriously. Even for die-hard Broadway fans, the campus schedule and lifestyle can set up a lot of barriers between you and your show tunes. Live shows are out of the question. Prices for a plane ticket to New York City are outrageous. Even …

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Oregon's Just Food will be hosting a free screening and informal discussion of “FED UP.” (Poster courtesy of Atlas Films)
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Are you “FED UP” yet? After Thursday’s screening, you might just be

On May 28, Just Food – University of Oregon in the Mills International Center, the UO Student Sustainability Coalition, Holden Center, and Cultural Forum will be hosting a free screening and informal discussion of “FED UP.” The latest buzzed-about documentary takes “filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and journalist Katie Couric on a …

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Betty Draper of Mad Men is most often in full skirts with a matching blouse and a silk scarf as her major accessory- definitely a Grace Kelly look. (Courtesy of AMC)
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Fashion inspiration from the shows we love

New York City sets the scene for some of our favorite TV shows, showcasing the lives of trend-setting characters acting as trailblazers in the fashion world.

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George Clooney stares deep into the sky, away from the convoluted mess of "Tomorrowland".
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Review : ‘Tomorrowland’ — a nostalgic adventure that falls infuriatingly flat

What happened to our dreams for the future? In the post-war generation, all the way into the ’70s — our vision was always colored in bright skies, sleekly designed and endlessly prosperous. It was the product of hope. Now, our view is colored by despair. We envision worlds of dust, …

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NBS Film Festival gives students opportunity to shine

The University of Oregon’s National Broadcasting Society will host a film festival on Wednesday, May 27, in Esslinger 105. The festival will showcase a wide array of videos, ranging from more serious hard news segments to vivacious music videos. All submissions are required to have been created during the students’ college careers, …

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This week, David Letterman said his final goodbye to 'The Late Show with David Letterman.' (Creative Commons Archive)
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David Letterman’s final goodbye

After 33 years on air, the final episode of the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ aired Wednesday night.

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David Weddle, an accomplished writer and producer, will present a talk on writing fiction for the TV format on May 20 at  6 p.m. in the Knight Library Browsing Room. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Writer for ‘Battlestar Galactica’, ‘Star Trek’ and more heads to Knight Library

Television writer and producer David Wettle is coming to the University of Oregon. He will be giving a talk Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Knight Library.

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Taylor Swift swept the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on May 17, picking up eight awards. (Creative Commons Archive)
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Billboard Music Awards recap: Swift sweeps as other memorable performances fill in the blank space

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards live from Las Vegas hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigan brought together all the popular artists of this year for one night of awards and music. Performances from Mariah Carey, Imagine Dragons and a duet from Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea were just a few on the list of performances for the night.

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"The film shined a light on acapella culture, both what makes it great and its grating earnestness. The closing musical number still gets decent rotation in my Spotify cue." (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)
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Berg: Losing Parody – Pitch Perfect 2, and the challenge of staying satirical.

Back in 2013, a movie hit cinema screens that took me by surprise. By the logline, Pitch Perfect would be the last thing you’d expect me to enjoy — it’s a girl-power fueled musical, filled with A Capella numbers and a classic romantic ending. Yet the original Pitch Perfect is also dense with satire. …

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Review: George Miller’s latest is action-packed and wonderfully offbeat

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is a massively sized, decadently violent auteur picture that, amazingly enough, manages to put a fresh spin on the played out dystopia genre.

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The 2015 Black Maria Film Festival delights and enlightens Eugene movie-goers for a 6th time

Film festivals are always a treat, even more so when they’re right in your backyard. University of Oregon’s renowned Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art proudly hosted, for the sixth time, the 34th Annual Black Maria Film Festival on May 13, presenting nine diverse short films. The unique name of the festival …

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