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Monday, March 18,2013

New worlds to conquer

Moody 'Another Earth' combines stark drama with elements of science-fiction

by James Sanford
Friday, Aug. 19 —The discovery of another planet identical to our own is the starting point for director Mike Cahill’s “Another Earth,” a moody drama that’s not so much science-fiction as it is an in-depth character study. Instead of concentrating on what’s out there in the cosmos, the screenplay by Cahill and star Brit Marling points its telescope instead at the human heart.
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Monday, March 18,2013

The shape of TV to come

WKAR's Fall Preview celebrated the past and looked into the future

by James Sanford
Thursday, Aug. 25 — TV from around the world — and foods from around the country — were served up at WKAR’s Fall Preview 2011 Wednesday evening.
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Monday, March 18,2013

It's all set

The new WLNS news set is unveiled tonight; expect to see some familiar sights

by James Sanford
Friday, Aug. 26 — Although the new WLNS news set makes its debut during tonight's 5 p.m. newscast, chances are excellent you've already seen some of its elements. The amber and blue backdrops of the main desk and the smaller "explainer" desk include images of such Lansing landmarks...
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Monday, March 18,2013

Toronto Madness!

by James Sanford
Wednesday, Sept. 14 — "I've got insanity in my entrails," laments a deeply disturbed mother in director Pedro Almodovar's "The Skin I Live In," one of the many high-profile films being rolled out during this week's Toronto International Film Festival.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Feel like getting 'Footloose'?

Limited numer of passes available for a sneak preview Thursday night

by James Sanford
Wednesday, Sept. 21 — If you'd like to be one of the first to see the new version of "Footloose" and you're free on Thursday night — you're in luck.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Diamonds are a boy's best friend

Brad Pitt leads a winning team in the engaging 'Moneyball'

by James Sanford
You’re the general manager of a baseball team. Three of your most notable players are leaving at the end of the season and you’ve got to find replacements. Unfortunately, you don’t have a bottomless well of money to pay out to potential superstars. What’s your strategy?
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Monday, March 18,2013

The best medicine

Beautifully balanced '50/50' reveals the lighter side of a life-threatening crisis

by James Sanford
In “50/50,” Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has to break some very bad news to his mother (Anjelica Huston) midway through dinner. There’s no easy way to start the discussion, but Adam has a strategy.“Have you ever seen ‘Terms of Endearment’?” he asks.Yes, the 27-year-old Adam has cancer, a malignant, rapidly growing tumor on his spine that, his physician has told him — with barely suppressed excitement — is the result of “an incredibly rare gene mutation.” Although Adam has about a 50/50 chance of survival, his doctor has a near-100 percent chance of getting a terrific paper out of the case.
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Monday, March 18,2013

It's party time

George Clooney directs and co-stars in entertaining 'Ides of March,' but he gives the central role to Ryan Gosling

by James Sanford
This is a great year to be Ryan Gosling.The Canadian-born actor has had a rather phenomenal run of late, starting with the national release of "Blue Valentine" earlier this year, in which he and Michelle Williams gave bruisingly real performances as a seemingly doomed couple. A few months later, Gosling was wowing audiences with his knack for light comedy, playing a pick-up artist who turns out to have a heart in "Crazy, Stupid, Love." Gosling switched gears again weeks later to play the cryptic wheelman in the hypnotic thriller "Drive."
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Monday, March 18,2013

Almost paradise?

It's debatable whether or not we needed a new version of 'Footloose,' but director Craig Brewer's remake is energetic fun

by James Sanford
To the generation that grew up in the early days of MTV — a.k.a. back when the channel was still showing music videos instead of chronicling the travails of teen moms or celebrating the debauchery of the “Jersey Shore” gang — the idea of remaking “Footloose” ranks right up there with letting Rebecca Black do a cover version of “Bette Davis Eyes.” Some 1980s icons are not to be tampered with.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Crazy talk

Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin discuss long-distance love

by James Sanford
Friday, Dec. 16 — When it came to understanding the dynamics of long-distance love, “Like Crazy” stars Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin were already experts before the cameras rolled. “I’m an actor, so I’m always in a long-distance relationship,” Jones explained in an interview during the Toronto International Film Festival in September. “So I definitely empathized with how it feels to be away from home and in transit.”
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