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Joe Pesci is explosively out of control in this 1995 Martin Scorsese film, while Robert De Niro is in control throughout,  and James Woods, in a smaller role, is all tics and nerves. The supporting roles are worth a close look — both Don Rickles and Dick Smothers are used very, very well here — but it’s hard to avert your eyes from Sharon Stone, who embodies the film’s femme fatale with maximum effectiveness.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Writer-director Wes Anderson is kind of like a kooky Stanley Kubrick: His films are composed with an obsessive and impressive attention to detail, and his characters are as original as they are unpredictable. In this Anderson 2012 film, two preteens in love (played by Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) scheme to set off together,  leaving their families and other concerned people behind to search and wonder. These significant others are played by a diverse, beautifully employed ensemble of acto
 
 
 
  
 
 
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This new film biography is directed by Marina Zenovich, who previously directed a pair of documentaries on another controversial character, Roman Polanski. And in telling the story of Pryor, one of his generation’s most talented and influential comics, Zenovich calls upon some very impressive and persuasive witnesses, including Mel Brooks, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Bob Newhart, and Lily Tomlin.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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On this new edition, Maher’s guests include NBC News investigative reporter Michael Isikoff and writer Paul Rudnick, whose If You Ask Me column on show biz, written under the pen name Libby Gelman-Waxner, is one of the funniest columns around, if you ask me.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Animal Planet's new Treehouse Masters may be MTV Cribs for Arborists or a Lifestyles of the Rich and Nesting. It's also an affront to architecture...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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This week’s show has Marc Maron deciding, after some rough dates with younger women, to try dating someone nearer his own age. And when the woman in question is played by Gina Gershon, it’s hard to feel anything but envy for his new direction.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Richard Schickel, Clint Eastwood’s biographer and the documentarian who made The Eastwood Factor in 2010, presents a new TCM companion piece, focusing specifically on Eastwood’s work behind the camera. That part of the actor’s career began more than 40 years ago,with 1971’s Play Misty for Me, and includes Best Director (and Best Picture) Oscar wins for 1992’s Unforgiven and 2004’s Million Dollar Baby. Interviewees for this new biography include Steven Spielber
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, which was played in Indiana, featured plenty of bad calls to enrage fans of both the Pacers and the Miami Heat. Regardless, the series is now tied at 2-2,and Game 5 returns to Miami.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Katharine Isabelle, who played the titular werewolf-infected teen in 2000’s clever independent movie Ginger Snaps, guest stars as a different sort of man-eater in this new episode of ABC’s newest crime drama. She plays a diner waitress who serves up murder plots as her daily special.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Graham Norton packs his shows with celebrities, and brings most of them out at the same time to interact with each other. It results in a talk show atmosphere unlike any other, as you can witness this week, by watching a new edition featuring Will and Jaden Smith, Bradley Cooper, Michael Douglas, Heather Graham, and Selena Gomez. And some special guests, too, which you can preview on today's Video Worth Watching. It's Worth Watching just to see why Norton has one of the
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20.

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post