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February 13, 2014 | By Robert Abele
In Manuel Carballo's pre-apocalyptic zombie drama "The Returned" - set years after an outbreak has been medically contained - getting bitten is no walking-death sentence, as long as you get your timely zombie protein shots. Then you can still be a functioning - if often discriminated against, or outright hated - member of a still-fearful society. So why, then, is returned-advocate doctor Kate (Emily Hampshire) secretly hoarding doses for her loving, infected boyfriend Alex (Kris Holden-Ried)
February 7, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Livelier and more amusing than its studio's advance-screening ban suggested, "Vampire Academy," based on the bestselling tween book series by Richelle Mead, should largely satisfy fans of the seemingly unkillable parade of hot-young-vampire tales. That said, this likable comedic-thriller is something of a narrative mishmash as the script by Daniel Waters ("Heathers") continually strains to explain - and then make good on - the dense ins and outs of Mead's secret society of good and bad vampires.
January 30, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The Gecko Brothers are back. So promises the first full-length trailer for the upcoming TV series "From Dusk Till Dawn," based on the 1996 cult horror flick directed by Robert Rodriguez, penned by Quentin Tarantino and starring Tarantino and George Clooney. The 10-episode series, which will air on Rodriguez's new English-language El Rey Network aimed at Latino audiences, revisits the saga of bank robber Seth Gecko (played by Clooney in the film and D.J. Cotrona in the series) and his unpredictable brother, Richie ( Zane Holtz, taking over for Tarantino)
January 18, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
June Squibb has proven she's adept at playing feisty gals -- whether an insult-slinging patient on HBO's "Getting On" or the thorny wife to an alcoholic husband in "Nebraska. " There's a reason for that. "I'm a hot-blooded woman!," she joked Saturday on the SAG Awards red carpet. "I think with any character, you find a bit of yourself in them. I can get fired up like the best of them. " The 84-year-old actress was up for recognition for her role in "Nebraska. " A treat, she said, because it allows her to reminisce about her time working on the film -- and among the memories are Bruce Dern's backseat-driver tendencies.
January 13, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
As far as scientists can tell, green tea has many health benefits. It contains natural antioxidants called flavonoids that appear to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and various types of cancer, including cancers of the breast, lung and skin. Plus it tastes good. But a new report in the journal Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics flags a possible problem with green tea: It may prevent the body from absorbing a drug used to treat high blood pressure, probably due to one of the antioxidants for which it is prized.
January 2, 2014 | By Robert Zaretsky
For food, fashion and fast trains, few labels are more sought after, and rightly so, than "Made in France. " But when it comes to the making and unmaking of empires, not so much. Take the case of the Central African Republic. Three weeks ago, as bloody mayhem engulfed the CAR, François Hollande did what French presidents do best: He sent in the paratroops. With the blessing, and precious little else, of his European neighbors, Hollande declared his intention to protect 100 or so French nationals in Bangui, the capital, and to disarm both the outlawed Seleka fighters, overwhelmingly Muslim, and the vigilante anti-balaka (or "machete")
December 30, 2013 | By Elise Oberliesen
If you've ever sat at the pub after work sipping your favorite Cabernet or craft brew, then you've probably wondered: When is it safe to drive home? If your blood alcohol concentration reaches .08%, that means someone else should take the keys. As millions head out to mark the shift from 2013 to 2014, knowing what to do is especially important. What would it feel like to hit that magic number? How many drinks would it take? Why do police have tools to monitor my blood alcohol level, but I don't?
December 23, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld
No one saw the superhero in mild-mannered Clark Kent. Jim O'Connor keeps his students fooled too. In his algebra and calculus classes at St. Francis High School, he is stern - no excuses, no coddling. "If you look at the clock," said senior Michael Tinglof, who had O'Connor in his freshman year, "you're on his bad list for the rest of the class. " The 70-year-old teacher's look also is all business: spine straight, close-cropped silver hair. When he cracks a joke, he's so deadpan that the boys often miss it, senior Pat McGoldrick said.
December 19, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of Dec. 15 - 21, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Blue Bloods Danny's (Donnie Wahlberg) loyalty is tested when he investigates a childhood friend (Tom Cavanagh) with possible ties to mob families, while Frank (Tom Selleck) wonders if a recent court ruling about the "stop and frisk" policy is behind an increase in the crime rate in this new episode.
December 18, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Experts are urging doctors to ease up on using medications to control blood pressure in older patients. Rather than aim for a target blood pressure of 140/90 mm Hg, the target will be relaxed slightly to 150/90 mm Hg, according to new guidelines issued Wednesday. The authors of the new guidelines , published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., emphasized that they were not changing the definition of high blood pressure. Rather, they are recognizing that data from randomized clinical trials do not show that using drugs to nudge down systolic blood pressure from 150 to 140 provides any health benefit.
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