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Performance artist Marina Abramovic uses herself as a canvas

Marina Abramovic is called the Grandmother of Performance Art, but she's not like any grandmother I've ever known. In the documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present, Abramovic shows that she is still committed to messing with our minds after a long and painful career in the artistic trenches. >More
 Aaron Sorkin screws up TV journalism in The Newsroom

In Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom, complacent TV anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) rediscovers his inner Edward R. Murrow with the help of passionate new producer (and old flame) MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer). All the Sorkin trademarks are here, familiar from The West Wing: smart dialogue, prickly professionals immersed in their high-powered jobs, even the long tracking shots as characters barrel down a hallway in mid-conversation. >More
 Bristol Palin positions herself as a 'simple girl' on Life's a Tripp

Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp is a reality series about Sarah Palin's daughter -- the one who got pregnant at 17 and is raising young son Tripp as a single mom. I'm tempted to comment on the title's idiotic pun, but Bristol puts me on notice. >More
 Love in the Wild makes young romantics suffer

Love in the Wild is a huge improvement over The Bachelor and other dating series that get all dewy-eyed about true love. This one just sets out to have fun, mostly at the expense of its hapless contestants. >More
 The MTV Movie Awards has its priorities straight

As always, February's stiff Oscar ceremony tried to dress the movie industry in an ill-fitting tuxedo. The MTV Movie Awards, by contrast, reminds us that the medium is supposed to be fun. >More
 The heroes of Rookie Blue break hearts and heads

Rookie Blue has made the summer TV season a lot more fun during the last couple of years. It's an absorbing cop show about young officers dealing with the complexities of their careers while looking stunning in those cute blue uniforms. >More
 American Idol matters. No, seriously!

I used to be American Idol's biggest fan, but by now most of us know it's jumped the shark. After a string of bland winners -- Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery -- we realize that the show will most likely disappoint us after its long process of sifting and winnowing. >More
 Battleground, Episode 13 recap: Did You Win?

Campaign manager Tak Davis steals the show in this finale episode. Davis shows both his most human side, the craven opportunistic side that means he'll never be a family man, and his most flawed side, in which he'll never be a really good campaign manager, either. >More
 Whoooo's Johnny? America's favorite late-night host was a mystery man

Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for 30 years, inviting himself into American homes with the salutation "Heeeere's Johnny!" An American Masters profile begins with fellow stars praising Carson in familiar ways. He had the best jokes; he had a gift for making his guests look good; he had universal appeal. Well, okay. >More
 Battleground, Episode 12 recap: He's Better Than Television

When it comes to holidays in Madison, there's really nothing like Halloween. Nobody's out of town to visit family or on break, costumes abound among adults at work as well as with kids at school, parties are ubiquitous, football reigns supreme, and there's an air of mirth throughout. When it precedes a big Election Day, the atmosphere is even more charged, as the season of politics crescendos simultaneously with the fanciful revelry. >More
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