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Susan Sarandon: A Vulgar Grandma in ‘Tammy’

Posted on 07/2/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentYou know it’s a feel-good weekend at the movies when Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon hit the road trip together and Keira Knightley sings Mark Ruffalo back from the brink of despair.   Tammy Melissa McCarthy must have realized she can’t base an entire name-above-the-title career on the loudmouth-lout character that earned her an Oscar nomination for Bridesmaids. So it’s a relief to see her soften up considerably in this appealing comedy: She plays an impulsive, aimless woman who, fired …

Batman, the Series: When Batman Was Fun!

Posted on 07/18/2012 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentIn the course of The Dark Knight Rises, Batman is nearly crippled with arthritis, he’s imprisoned, his back is broken, he is betrayed in the most awful of ways, and his nemesis is a monstrous al-Qaeda-class mass murderer. As I watched him, bloodied and battered,all I could think was: Remember when Batman was fun? That would be 1966, when Batman came to TV. In all of television history, few shows have skyrocketed so high, then flamed out so spectacularly, as …