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    Pixar's First Television Special, 'Toy Story of Terror!,' is a Funny, Clever Reminder of What the Studio Does Best

    The burdens of a film-a-year schedule and an emphasis on sequels seems to have somewhat dulled the once improbably bright Pixar brand. Its last three features -- "Cars 2," "Brave" and "Monsters University" -- are hardly disasters, but they pale in comparison to the incredible run of films preceding ...

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    TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Is Murphy Channeling Argento in Raunchy 'American Horror Story: Coven'?

    Director David Gordon Green's long-planned remake of Dario Argento's candy-colored giallo masterpiece "Suspiria" (1977) is apparently dead. Which is a shame, obviously, although there is a sense in which TV auteur Ryan Murphy has already beaten Green to the punch. It would be hard to imagine a more ...

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    Review: 'Toy Story Of Terror!' Is A Hauntingly Great Halloween Special

    When development began on what would eventually become "Toy Story," back in the early '90s, the project was not envisioned as the first-ever fully computer-generated animated feature. No, back then Disney and Pixar's goal was more modest: it would be a television special, timed to Christmas and base...

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    Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4, Episode 6 'North Star'

    Thematically, we’re following a “North Star” considering guiding lights reunite several estranged members of the “Boardwalk Empire” cast, even if it's a bit of a mid-season episode lull. Perhaps the writers had to give audiences a reprieve after the sad suicide of Eddie Kessler last episode. “North ...

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    WATCH: Bruce Willis Hosts a Flimsy SNL with an Excellent 'Gravity' Parody

    Bruce Willis hosts a mediocre episode of SNL, with a few highlights.

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    Recap: Things Get Witchy In First Episode Of 'American Horror Story: Coven'

    One of the things that has made the entire "American Horror Story" enterprise so exciting has been the promise of seemingly endless variety. Not only is each season in the spook-filled series a different beast altogether (supposedly one of the ways that co-creator Ryan Murphy got the series greenlit...

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    Neil LaBute's First TV Venture 'Full Circle' Is Experimental and Exhausting

    "Full Circle," a new half-hour drama premiering on DirecTV's Audience Network tonight, October 9th at 10pm, presents a chilling concept -- a world in which everyone talks like they're Neil LaBute characters.

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    TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Brody Still AWOL on 'Homeland,' 'Ironside' Surprises (VIDEOS)

    Two episodes into Homeland (Showtime) and still no sign of Brody. Which means that this show about the eruptive intersection of the personal and political is still not quite itself yet as it continues its third season.

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    Witchcraft, Race and Frat Parties: 'American Horror Story' is Back in All Its Campy, Gory Glory

    The work of Ryan Murphy, the mind behind "Nip/Tuck," "Glee" and "American Horror Story," can be outrageous, outsized, cool, crass and aggravatingly uninterested in internal consistency, but it could never be described as restrained.

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