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Doug Strassler's Oscar Recap

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Film, NY Press Exclusive

meryl Well, here it is, my last Oscar column for months to come. When all was said and done, The Artist and Hugo, two remarkably well-done films that wore their love for the movies on their sleeves, were the big winners, taking home five golden men apiece. But there were other standout moments throughout the night [&hellip
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Why the Oscars No Longer Matter

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Film, NY Press Exclusive

oscar (1) It’s that time of year! Welcome to my pre-Oscar haze. As the world’s self-proclaimed Biggest Oscar Fan, the week running up to Hollywood’s golden night has historically filled me with sheer glee. But even I will acknowledge that in recent years, the ceremony has come to feel like more of a formality than a thrill. [&hellip
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How Cougar Town Became a Prime Destination

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, NY Press Exclusive, TV

cougartown When ABC shelved Cougar Town’s third season debut to February, this mid-season shuffle sounded like the death knell for a sitcom that had found a loyal, if limited, fan base, not unlike show co-creator Bill Lawrence’s Scrubs. Lawrence and his cast didn’t take the move sitting down, however; they hunted down as many print and [&hellip
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2012 TV Season Preview

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

smashphoto Which Mid-Season Replacements Have the Stuff to Make It? Well, it’s Act 2 for the 2011-2012 TV season, a year that’s seen the launch of successful series like New Girl, acclaimed ones like Homeland, and the demise of others like Free Agents.  Which new ones have a shot, and which are not so hot? I [&hellip
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Living Lifetime: All Is Not Perfect In Eden

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Film

stamos In a small town, dark secrets sure do have a way of getting out, don’t they? Such is the case in Secrets of Eden, premiering on the Lifetime network tomorrow night. Based on the Chris Bohjalian best-seller, Eden stars Uncle Jesse—er, John Stamos, as Reverend Stephen Drew, a beloved Vermont minister whose world is rocked by the shocking [&hellip
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'Beasts' No Burden for the Sundance Jury This Year

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Film

sundance While most prognosticators are sharpening their knives in anticipation of this year’s upcoming Oscars, some of the darker, more indie prospects for next year’s awards have already emerged, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival. Jurors in the documentary categories were Fenton Bailey, Heather Croall, Charles Ferguson, Tia Lessin and Kim Roberts. Eugene Jarecki’sThe House I Live In, [&hellip
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SAG Awards Give a Boost to the Best Actor Race

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Film

sags With just under a month to go until the Oscars, the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild awards presentation solidified the conventional wisdom as to who the front-runners are in this year’s Best Picture and four acting categories – or at least, in three of ‘em. Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer continued to dominate the supporting actor [&hellip
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