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National Teacher Day: Our Favorite Onscreen Teachers

May 7th, 2013 8:00am EDT
School of Rock
 

May 7, 2013 marks National Teacher Day, and to honor those who have educated and inspired us, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite onscreen teachers.

Dewey Finn (Jack Black), “School of Rock” (2003)

Dewey Finn may have been a rowdy, unemployed wannabe rock star, but after scheming his way into the classroom he became a new kind of role model. Dewey taught his students the true meaning of rock ‘n’ roll and encouraged them to rock out in every aspect of their lives.

Memorable Quote: “I have been touched by your kids... and I'm pretty sure that I've touched them.”

Jaime Escalante (...
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Coming-Of-Age Films That We All Remember

July 8th, 2009 1:00pm EDT
SuperBad
Making the transition from adolescence into adulthood is a critical phase in an individual's life. This coming-of-age period, which has been coined "emerging adulthood" by Clark University research professor, Dr. Jeffrey Arnett, is characterized by identity exploration, self-focus, instability, a belief in boundless possibilities, and feeling in-between. According to Arnett's theory, in industrialized societies the types of experiences that people have who are in their late teens to mid-20's have changed dramatically over the past 50 years. Instead of being quick to make that walk down the ...
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Movie Remakes & Recastings We Hope To Never See

June 8th, 2009 9:40am EDT
Mary Poppins
In the wake of the current brain-draining drive to remake just about everything Hollywood has ever had to offer, there are some films that are so sacred they should never be touched. This is a blatant retort to the deluge of watered down franchises, remakes, medium changes, etc. It ranges in levels of snark from low to apocalyptic strength.

My frustration with this extremely long trend came to a fever pitch after watching the Obsessed trailer. Anyone even peripherally familiar with Fatal Attraction could easily catch the obvious, racially spurred recasting of a classic film.

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'Boston Legal' Season 5 Comes To DVD May 5

April 22nd, 2009 12:24pm EDT
Boston Legal
Please rise for the closing season of pure legal chaos at the law firm of Crane Poole & Schmidt, as Boston Legal Season 5 rests its case on DVD May 5 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. This final installment of the show that put a facetiously refreshing spin on the legal drama genre tackles timely and controversial judicial and personal issues without objection, including the 2008 presidential election, Mad Cow disease, gay marriage rights and health regulations for an unapproved Alzheimer's drug.

Headlining the outstanding ensemble cast are James Spader (Secretary, Sex Li...
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HBO's 'John Adams' Is An Unflinchingly Realistic Portrait Of Our Country's Formative Years

March 21st, 2008 3:08pm EDT
John Adams
It's been nearly 250 years, and not a whole lot has changed.

"John Adams", HBO's 7-part miniseries based on David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of our country's second president, premiered last Sunday with a pair of installments outlining the events leading up to our country declaring its independence from England.

The series begins with Adams (Paul Giamatti) witnessing the Boston Massacre and his subsequent defense of the British soldiers accused of murder for their actions. Adams takes the case after convincing his wife Abigail (Laura Linney) that in a free coun...
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Head of the Class: Best and Worst TV Principals

March 4th, 2008 2:00pm EST
Boston Public principal Steven Harper
Television enthusiasts have encountered a number of fictional school principals over the years. Some made weekly occurrences as regular cast members, while others stole the show in guest or recurring roles. Overall quality of these TV administrators varied greatly, and over the years series' have produced principals on both ends of the spectrum, as well as many in between. We have taken a closer look at some favorites from years past, and come up with a list of the best and worst of the bunch.

The Best

Principal Snyder - Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Some may claim that this a...
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'Knight Rider' Movie Greenlit

May 10th, 2006 9:53am EDT
Knight Rider
Classic TV show Knight Rider is to be made into a movie. Hollywood bosses have given the green light to a big screen adaptation of 80s series and insist it will stay true to original program rather than going for laughs like other film versions of TV programs.

Creator Glen A. Larson said: "A number of people wanted to do a pure comedic send-up of it, but I always felt that would throw away the franchise. There was always some humor on the show, but this film will probably have more gallows humor."

Knight Rider - which made a household name of David Hasselhoff - centred on the stor...
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