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This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Josh Wiggins, left, as Justin Wincott, and Max, in Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' family drama "Max," a Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures release. (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

We could go on with the analogies, but let’s just say that there are still some people who’ll appreciate “Max,” directed and co-written by Boaz Yakin, because they love dogs, and thus any film about a good dog is a worthwhile endeavor. And the dog IS good. But beware: This is No Movie for Little Kids.


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This photo provided by courtesy of Magnolia Pictures shows Kate Mulvany, left, and Damon Herriman in the film, "The Little Death," a Magnolia Pictures release. (Magnolia Pictures via AP)

“The Little Death,” while frequently funny and sometimes perhaps offensive in the darkness of its humor, has the misfortune of following the recent release of Roy Andersson’s “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence.” The deadpan existentialism of Anderson’s Scandinavian humor, spread out across dozens of absurdist short scenes, makes “The Little Death” look downright sitcomish.


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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 1987 file photo, actor Dick Van Patten is photographed in Los Angeles. Van Patten, the genial comic actor best known as the patriarch of TV’s “Eight is Enough,” died of complications from diabetes on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Santa Monica, Calif., according to his publicist Daniel Bernstein. He was 86. (AP Photo/Mark Terrill, File)

“Every day on set he was a happy, jovial person, always generous and ready to play, tease and always keep us all laughing,” said Buckley. “He was the consummate professional, a wonderful actor, master of comedy, and a kind and generous human being.”


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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2014 file photo, honoree Quentin Tarantino arrives at the LACMA Art + Film Gala at LACMA in Los Angeles. Tarantino, Tracy Morgan, Steve Carell, LL Cool J, Kathy Bates, Bruno Mars and Cyndi Lauper are among the famous names set to be added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced its selections for 2016 on Monday, June 22, 2015. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES | Quentin Tarantino, Tracy Morgan, Steve Carell, LL Cool J, Kathy Bates, Bruno Mars and Cyndi Lauper are among the famous names to be added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced its selections for 2016 on Monday. Other names on the list include Kurt Russell, Michael […]


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This photo provided by NBC shows, Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter in the episode "Contorno," during season 3 of the NBC television series, "Hannibal."  (Sophie Giraud/NBC via AP)

LOS ANGELES | NBC is bringing the curtain down on “Hannibal” at the end of its summer run. The network said Monday that the drama about a psychiatrist turned serial killer won’t return for a fourth year. The series was canceled because of poor ratings. “Hannibal” is based on a character portrayed in several Thomas Harris […]


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FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, Brian Williams speaks at the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes, presented by New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York. Williams is backing out of scheduled appearance on David Letterman’s “Late Show” on Thursday.That news from NBC came Sunday, a day after Williams said he was stepping away from NBC’s “Nightly News” as the network looks into the anchor’s admission that he had told a false story about being on helicopter hit by a grenade while reporting on the Iraq war. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK | In 1974, CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite made a cameo appearance as himself on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” That was a very big deal. Big-time TV newsmen, especially Cronkite (“the most trusted man in America”) didn’t put their credibility on the line by crossing over into make-believe. And especially not at CBS […]


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