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June 17, 2011 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Like many members of the Spielbergian generation, I grew up in a time when children spent their summer days roaming. Carrying canteens and old canvas satchels, we were inevitably on the run, mostly from Nazis, though occasionally from aliens. We dashed through cornfields, set booby traps in the woods, hid in trembling, sweaty groups behind trees and punched twitchy younger siblings to keep them from giggling. We bent branches into bows, sharpened sticks into spears with our pen knives, ate mint and blackberries and roots we told ourselves were sassafras and tried to build campfires with no matches.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2010 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The participation of Martin Scorsese as an executive producer and the director of its pilot episode would make HBO's big new "Boardwalk Empire" — which premieres Sunday — an event, regardless of whether it were any good. (As it happens, it is good, though perhaps not great; cable shows make their meaning known slowly, and even the six episodes I've seen seem too few to know.) Scorsese is not the first famous director of Filmland to have worked on the small screen, but among his generation he is the weightiest, and the pairing of the maker of "Goodfellas" and "Casino" with a writer from "The Sopranos" — Terence Winter, that series' busiest writer after its creator, David Chase — would seem as natural as that of spaghetti and meatballs.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
If there exists some alternative universe in which "Sex and the City" is set in Mahwah, N.J., it might look a little like Oxygen's "Jersey Couture." The ascendancy of the Garden State on reality television — "Jersey Shore," "Real Housewives of New Jersey," "Jerseylicious" — seems to boil down to an American desire to watch Italian Americans with Holland Tunnel accents yell at each other. And as the success of "Sex and the City 2" amid a welter of terrible reviews proves, we never tire of looking at pretty dresses.
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