The Weekly Review: March 18 – 24



Jennifer Lawrence made the talk-show rounds this week, promoting The Hunger Games.  She was on Letterman and Fallon and … I like this chick.  She isn’t “starlet charming” or “sexpot charming,” just salt-of-the-earth, self-deprecating charming.  We’ll see if it lasts.






Best Hollywood News This Week:


No, it’s not the premiere of The Hunger Games.  It’s the announcement by Disney that it expects to lose $200 million on the epic bomb, John Carter.  Could this mean that Hollywood will finally stop churning out special-effects-laden, comic-book/superhero crap aimed at teenagers?  I’m not going to hold my breath.






Ten Free TV Shows I Go Out of My Way to Watch:


  1. Pawn Stars (above) — addictive and as American as apple pie
  2. Downton Abbey — soap opera, sure, but very sumptuous soap opera
  3. The Rachel Maddow Show — for one side of the story
  4. The O’Reilly Factor — for the other side of the story
  5. Survivor — still the best reality TV
  6. Mystery on PBS — nobody does this kind of thing better than the British
  7. Louie — original, real, and frequently funny
  8. The Killing (below) — news reports indicate that the producers intend to make fans wait yet another season to resolve the show’s mystery.  I might not wait that long.
  9. TCM — OK, so this isn’t technically a “show,” but sometimes you just can’t beat an old movie.
  10. Apparently there are only nine shows that I go out of my way to watch.









Quote of the Week:  “I didn’t know what she was going to do, and then the bear bit me in my butt.” — Florida resident Terri Gurley, who encountered a 300-pound black bear at her apartment complex.




President Obama is a fan of the Showtime series Homeland.  It is a good show.  However …



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