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Hogzilla and Other Halloween Programs

nytimes.com — Sure, you could get your fill of Halloween-themed television just by watching your usual fare over the next few days. Prime-time network shows, especially sitcoms, love the Halloween episode. But ghouls and ghosts are also much in evidence off the grid, as it were, in places you might not expect to find them.

‘Glen Campbell I’ll Be Me,’ a Final Tour, With Alzheimer’s

nytimes.com — The scenes of politicians urging financing for Alzheimer's research really aren't necessary. The sight of Glen Campbell struggling as a teleprompter feeds him the lyrics to songs everyone in his audience knows by heart is all that is needed to put across what's at stake. It's a sight that occurs repeatedly in "Glen Campbell ...

‘Swim Little Fish Swim’: Couple struggles to stay afloat

seattletimes.com — Originally published Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 10:05 PM courtesy of Northwest Film Forum Movie Review 'Swim Little Fish Swim,' with Dustin Guy Defa, Brooke Bloom, Lola Bessis. Written and directed by Bessis and Ruben Amar. 95 minutes. Not rated; for mature audiences. Northwest Film Forum, through Thursday.

'Sleepy Hollow' Recap: Shouldn't Ichabod Be a Loser in Love?

artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com — Monday night's "Sleepy Hollow" was like some of the glass that is occasionally shattered in this series: a lot of fragments. Was I the only one who thought it was a bit of a head scratcher, in terms of how the pieces fit with the overall story, if they fit at all?

‘Freak Out’ ‘Deal With It’ Use Hidden Cameras

nytimes.com — You can gauge the health of a civilization by its hidden-camera television shows. Using that barometer, our society will decline noticeably on Tuesday night, and by Friday, it will have gone completely to heck.

‘Private Violence,’ an HBO Documentary on Domestic Abuse

nytimes.com — A lot of people are talking about domestic violence lately because of certain high-profile cases, and some may even think they know what it looks like because they've watched a video of a National Football League player punching his fiancée.

A Photographer in a Danger Zone

nytimes.com — The recent beheadings of Western journalists in the Middle East provide stark real-life context for "1,000 Times Good Night," a fictional story about a photojournalist that opens on Friday in limited release, including at the Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Greenwich Village; quadcinema.com).

‘It Has to Be You,’ a Catherine Butterfield Comedy

nytimes.com — Catherine Butterfield's "It Has to Be You," as staged by the Abingdon Theater Company, is neither the pithiest nor the best acted play around, but at least it makes an effort to defy your expectations. It's an airy domestic comedy that seems at first as if it is going to work an aging-parent plot that has become all too familiar.

PBS’s ‘How We Got to Now,’ With Steven Johnson

nytimes.com — Everyone who loves history encountered, somewhere along the line, a teacher who connected the dots, who imparted the revelation that history isn't memorizing dates and names but seeing how one thing influenced another until we arrived at today. The author Steven Johnson fills that role engagingly in "How We Got to Now," a six-part series that begins on Wednesday night on PBS.

'Sleepy Hollow' Recap: Following the Pied Piper To...

artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com — Season 2, Episode 3, "Go Where I Send Thee" The opening scene of Monday night's "Sleepy Hollow " episode was clearly a result of one of these two writers'-room bets, or perhaps both: - "Ten bucks to the first person who can work 'jinba ittai' into the show."
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Oct 24, 2014

So #HoneyBooBoo has been killed. Over at #DuckDynasty, they're laughing their heads off.

Oct 24, 2014

New doc on #GlenCampbell's final tour while in the grip of #Alzheimer's is just as moving as you'd expect. My review nyti.ms/1woPPo4

Oct 24, 2014

RT @JanBenzel: Donald McNeil answers the question many are asking: Can You Get Ebola From a Bowling Ball? nyti.ms/1z2ywwH via @nytimeswell

Oct 23, 2014

Me last night: Should I walk 20 blocks in the rain or take the subway? Me tonight: Made wrong choice. #Ebola

Oct 23, 2014

RT @EmmyGenz: 12 hours into owning new car and it's already filled with work boxes. I should probably go ahead and spill coffee... fb.me/3xZQxEbtI

Oct 21, 2014

They can say "bugger" on TV now? And "knickers"? What happened to the standards czar? #AboutABoy

Oct 21, 2014

It's @driverminnie in the show and @driverminnie in the commercial too! A fan's dream come true. #AboutABoy

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