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'Promised Land' a socially relevant, simple film with a twist

Promised Land is a simple and predictable film that nonetheless leaves you with some nice ‘warm and fuzzies.’ Screenwriters John Krasinski and Matt Damon team up with director Gus Van Sant, known for Good Will Hunting and Milk, among others, to create a socially relevant movie about small-town American life and its battle with corporations. Matt Damon stars as Steve Butler, a natural gas salesman who uses his small-town background to relate to the folks to whom he tries to sell his commercialized dream.


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Band departures affect Mutiny Within's comeback album

Comebacks. They’re what diehard fans of countless artists dream about, usually to no avail. After keyboardist Drew Stavola left Mutiny Within and Roadrunner Records dropped the band for failing to achieve high-enough record sales with its debut album, vocalist Chris Clancy left because of financial difficulties and the group went on hiatus.


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A$AP Rocky shows us the future of hip-hop

A$AP Rocky is a textbook case of a budding musician in the Internet age: His series of music videos on YouTube in 2011, including “Purple Swag” and “Peso,” garnered attention from record labels and led to a $3 million contract with Polo Grounds/RCA Records.


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'Downton' kicks it up a notch in season three

Last Sunday’s U.S. premiere of Masterpiece Theater’s Downton Abbey garnered a very respectable 7.9 million viewers, making it one of the most viewed programs of all time on PBS and surpassing the audience of fellow cult favorite Mad Men.


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'Journey' offers nothing 'unexpected'

Before I crawl out of my hobbit hole, I should preface this tale by telling you I have a special connection to The Hobbit that no movie could diminish — no matter how long it was. I read The Hobbit at age 10, and it was the first book I ever truly enjoyed.


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Lose yourself in FX's 'Asylum'

American Horror Story: Asylum is not a show for the faint of heart. The FX anthology series’ first season, American Horror Story: Murder House, was horrifying, deftly capitalizing on suspense, supernatural content and a shadowy set to scare the pants off its viewers.


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Talented nominees face steep competition at 85th Academy Awards

Much to the delight of cinephiles and fashion freaks across the country, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its official list of nominees for the 85th Annual Academy Awards, a ceremony that’s sure to stir up enough gossip about backroom deals and bad dresses to get us through the rest of the bleak winter season.


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Lohan's 'Liz and Dick' falls flat

Liz & Dick, Lindsanity’s (aka Lindsay Lohan) latest attempt at relevance, was an interesting mini-biopic about the love affair between the glamorous Elizabeth Taylor and her co-star/husband Richard Burton.