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December 12, 2012 | By Dana Moran, @redeyedana and RedEye
She may not be a Lindsay Lohan-level partier, but Taylor Swift still knows how to tie one on. The country/pop cutie celebrates her 23rd birthday this week by releasing her 23rd music video, for "I Knew You Were Trouble," thr.com reports. It will first air at 3:40 p.m. Thursday on MTV. Now, we're not insane enough to actually WATCH 22 Taylor Swift videos in a row to prepare for Thursday's premiere, but here are 10 that are worth checking out. damoran@tribune.com 2006 "Tim McGraw" Premise: Taylor and ex-boyfriend listen to separate radios while remembering their...
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July 12, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
If a tornado carrying multiple varieties of sharks actually did find its way to L.A., the sharks wouldn't be angry. They would be incredibly confused. “To be up in a tornado, I don't think they would have the cognitive desire to go after people at that point,” said George Parsons, senior director of fishes at Shedd Aquarium, when asked about the premise of SyFy's campy “Sharknado” movie, which premiered Thursday. For the uninitiated, here's the basic premise: A hurricane hits the West Coast, sucking up sharks of all kinds and plopping them on land in L.A. A conveniently...
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November 30, 2011 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
The Situation and those chicks on "16 and Pregnant" know there's great fame to be found through casting calls -- and you could be next. (Well, we're hoping you'll use slightly fewer hair products and be slightly less accidentally knocked up, but you get the picture.) Check out these opportunities to become majorly, ridiculously famous -- or at least gossip blog-worthy. damoran@tribune.com | @redeyedana "Tough Love" Network: Vh1 Premise: Desperate single ladies go through a boot camp to fix their awful dating habits while living in a house together.
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December 12, 2012 | By Dana Moran, @redeyedana and RedEye
She may not be a Lindsay Lohan-level partier, but Taylor Swift still knows how to tie one on. The country/pop cutie celebrates her 23rd birthday this week by releasing her 23rd music video, for "I Knew You Were Trouble," thr.com reports. It will first air at 3:40 p.m. Thursday on MTV. Now, we're not insane enough to actually WATCH 22 Taylor Swift videos in a row to prepare for Thursday's premiere, but here are 10 that are worth checking out. damoran@tribune.com 2006 "Tim McGraw" Premise: Taylor and ex-boyfriend listen to separate radios while remembering their...
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July 12, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
If a tornado carrying multiple varieties of sharks actually did find its way to L.A., the sharks wouldn't be angry. They would be incredibly confused. “To be up in a tornado, I don't think they would have the cognitive desire to go after people at that point,” said George Parsons, senior director of fishes at Shedd Aquarium, when asked about the premise of SyFy's campy “Sharknado” movie, which premiered Thursday. For the uninitiated, here's the basic premise: A hurricane hits the West Coast, sucking up sharks of all kinds and plopping them on land in L.A. A conveniently...
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March 6, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
"Terra Nova" has gone the way of the dinosaurs. Fox has cancelled the prehistoric drama after just one season. The studio responsible for the series, 20th Century Fox TV, is said to be fighting extinction by shopping "Terra Nova" to other networks. That could be a hard sell, considering how much the show, which was filmed in Australia, cost to produce. The two-hour pilot alone was estimated to have cost $20 million. When your show averages about 10 million viewers, it's difficult to see a return on that investment.
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October 2, 2012 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus and For RedEye
Whether you prefer soccer or prime-time dramas, here's something that'll get you fired up: Eamonn Walker, star of the NBC's "Chicago Fire," will be part of the pregame ceremonies for Wednesday's Chicago Fire-Philadelphia Union game. Walker, who plays Battalion Chief Wallace Boden, will host the event at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.  If that weren't enough, Wednesday's festivities also kick off the Fire's 15 th anniversary celebration. Fire greats Peter Nowak, Chris Armas and Cuauhtémoc Blanco will be on hand and will be honored at halftime.
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September 17, 2012 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
At the end of the premiere of "The Mob Doctor" ( 8 p.m. Sept. 17, Fox; 2 stars out of 4 ), the title character is offered a free pass on a mob debt, but she must leave her hometown of Chicago to earn it. If only Dr. Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) would take the pass. Roosevelt Medical Center's top resident wouldn't have to perform life-saving surgeries and then run out to pull screwdrivers out of the heads of low-level thugs. She wouldn't have to call out her hospital superiors (Zeljko Ivanek, others)
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September 26, 2012 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
A lot of viewers aren't going to like the military drama "Last Resort" ( 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, ABC; 3.5 stars out of 4 ). They'll probably dismiss it for its crazy premise, its characters' speechifying and its multiple subplots. It's the season's riskiest new series, but also one of the best. My biggest problem with the thrilling pilot is that it ended too quickly. It was packed with enough explosive stuff for a two-hour premiere event. Creators Shawn Ryan and Karl Gajdusek masterfully balance the various subplots and...
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January 12, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
I admit it; I'm not a huge fan of rap music. So I wasn't expecting to like the animated rap comedy "Chozen" ( 9:30 p.m. Jan. 13, FX; 1.5 stars out of 4 ) What's surprising is how much more I like the musical segments than the rest of it. When the gay white "rappist" of the title openly boasts about his sexuality with the same bravado as any straight rapper would about his, the only slightly amusing "Chozen" finally gets real, yo. The show, from former "Eastbound & Down" writer's assistant Grant Dekernion and produced by the "Eastbound" (David...
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November 30, 2011 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
The Situation and those chicks on "16 and Pregnant" know there's great fame to be found through casting calls -- and you could be next. (Well, we're hoping you'll use slightly fewer hair products and be slightly less accidentally knocked up, but you get the picture.) Check out these opportunities to become majorly, ridiculously famous -- or at least gossip blog-worthy. damoran@tribune.com | @redeyedana "Tough Love" Network: Vh1 Premise: Desperate single ladies go through a boot camp to fix their awful dating habits while living in a house together.
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October 22, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
If you can get over your giggling at the fairytale premise of ABC's"Once Upon a Time"(7 p.m. Sunday, ABC; 2.5 stars out of 4), you're probably going to delight in the new drama from the writers of "Lost. " That's a big "if. " Here's the idea: Characters from a fairytale world that includes Snow White, Prince Charming, Seven Dwarfs, Gepetto, Jiminy Cricket and Rumpelstiltskin have been magically transported by the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) to modern Storybrooke, Maine, without memory of their original identities.
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March 8, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Maybe Elizabeth Olsen should stick to big cities. In the tremendously unsettling “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” escaping a cult for a quiet lake house wasn't enough to calm the demons in Martha's (Olsen) head. Now in “Silent House,” returning to a childhood vacation home quickly goes from Sarah (Olsen) admiring the water nearby to being trapped in a house without power, where she hears the footsteps of an intruder. Incidents like this make people want a vacation from their vacation.
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