Will Ferrell’s ‘Land of the Lost’ has too much cheese in the recipe (Movie review)

“Land of the Lost” has tasty ingredients, but doesn’t mix them in the right proportion. It blends comedy, adventure and cheesiness (as per the old TV serial it’s based on), but I can’t recommend the finished concoction. Among goofball sci-fi rides, it’s easier to watch than the painful “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” but not as fun as “Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D.”

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Good news for fans of good TV: Comedy Central is going back to the ‘Futurama’ (Commentary)

 

Comedy Central found a pretty cool way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Futurama.” The network announced on Tuesday that it’s bringing the 1999-2003 Fox series back to the airwaves for at least 26 new episodes starting next year. Read Zap2It’s news story here.

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Matthew Stover gives Luke Skywalker his due in ‘Star Wars’ novel ‘Shadows of Mindor’ (Book review)

Matthew Stover goes back to the beginning with “Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor” (December 2008, hardcover). Not the beginning of the “Star Wars” timeline, but the beginning of published “Star Wars” novels, as he attempts to capture the swashbuckling adventures of early “Star Wars” fiction.

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5 random observations (Commentary)

Here are five random observations:

1. I’ve been listening to a lot of Minnesota Twins games on the radio this year and for some bizarre reason, the chorus of The Cranberries’ 1994 hit “Zombie” often plays over the loudspeaker at the Metrodome. Regardless of the game situation, it strikes me as an odd time to play a protest song about the British occupation of Northern Ireland.

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State of Television Address, Part 1: Departed shows I’ll miss – ‘Privileged’ and ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ (TV review)

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Here’s an honor that no one wants to get and that I hate to bestow: The best show that was canceled too soon. This year’s winner is “Privileged.”

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‘Terminator Salvation’: Cool chases and explosions, but a muddied mythology (Movie review)

“Terminator” creator James Cameron felt the story was done after two movies, but of course, where there’s money to be made, there are stories to tell. So then we had comics, novels, another movie, a TV series, and now the first post-Judgment Day movie … and plot holes you could pilot a Hunter-Killer through.

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Maybe ‘The Phantom Menace’ was ‘just a movie’ after all (Commentary)

Ten years ago today, I was waiting in a sun-drenched line at West Acres Cinema in Fargo, N.D., to buy a ticket for the midnight debut of “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace,” a movie that was supposed to change cinema as we knew it. One could make a case that it succeeded, at least in one sense: All “Star Wars” movies push the technology that makes fake things look real, and “Episode I” was no exception.

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