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February 1, 2015 at 9:50 PM

Winning — and losing — 2015 Super Bowl commercials

A score of self-styled critics gathered at a Super Bowl party in Seattle’s Central District and pronounced judgment on this year’s crop of commercials. Here are their collective picks of winners and losers in a handful of hastily defined categories. FUNNY BUSINESS Winner: Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel poke fun at themselves and late adopters everywhere with…


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January 8, 2015 at 3:15 PM

New Kurt Cobain documentary on HBO this spring

A new Kurt Cobain documentary, made with support of members of Cobain’s family, will appear on HBO on May 4. “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” dives into the late Nirvana frontman’s home movies, recordings, artwork, journals and more ­– including material never-before-seen by the public, according to HBO. Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, is an executive producer…


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January 6, 2015 at 3:51 PM

One to watch: JBLM’s Desireé Flores on ‘American Idol’

Today The Seattle Times heard from Desireé Flores, a 22-year-old singer who lives on Joint Base Lewis-McChord with her family. Flores recently auditioned in San Francisco for “American Idol”; here’s a snippet of her moment in front of the judges: A self-described “army brat,” Flores says “music has gotten me through the rough patches of always…


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October 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Fall TV poll: ‘Blacklist,’ ‘Gotham’ are the winners

Megan Boone as FBI Agent Elizabeth Keen and James Spader as Raymond Reddington on NBC’s “The Blacklist” Looking over the results of our recent TV poll about new and returning shows, it was apparent that crime scored big. Poll voters simply love their crime shows — and James Spader, apparently. (“The Blacklist” beat out “The…


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September 19, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Take our poll: Which fall TV shows are you excited about?

Wait! There’s more of us? Yup, the “NCIS” crew (some of whom are shown here) is getting another sibling: “NCIS: New Orleans,” premiering Sept. 23./CBS UPDATE: The TV poll has now closed. Thanks for participating!   From listings coordinator and TV Picks guy Doug Knoop: You may not have been paying attention (perhaps you were binging on your favorite…


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September 1, 2014 at 5:45 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, plus 3 other TV marathons

The FXX channel “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon wraps up today. How’d the Bartapalooza do? Fledgling network FXX figured that forking over $1 billion for the rights to “The Simpsons” would pay off, and it looks like it did: according to The Hollywood Reporter, episodes of the round-the-clock marathon that aired during prime time averaged…


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August 31, 2014 at 6:30 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, Day 11: How come you’re not at Bumbershoot? D’oh!

We’re honored that our colleague (OK, boss)  at ArtsPage HQ chose the Every Simpsons Ever marathon (showing on FXX) thread to be part of the “Weekend Preview for Bumbershoot Haters” post. Not that we advocate hating Bumbershoot (although some readers do; check the comment thread on the festival guide.). Rather, we advocate…


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August 30, 2014 at 6:00 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, Day 10: 3 best guests

Can “real” people be guest stars on an animated TV show? Sure! “Scooby-Doo” did it (Phyllis Diller and Don Knotts, for example) and “The Simpsons” does it really, really well. Some celebs got to appear solely as voices, while others were on screen as themselves. (How is your animated self different from your physical self?…


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August 29, 2014 at 6:00 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, Day 9: Best of ‘Treehouse of Horror’

Grinch, schminch. The best seasonal animated program is surely the annual “Simpsons” Halloween special (aka “Treehouse of Horror”) full of classic film references, pop culture, obliviousness from Homer and hell-raising from Bart. (You can catch up on the “TOH” specials thanks to the FXX broadcast of  “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon, which wraps up Monday.) We at…


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