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Power clash

Television | The Fourth Estate provides an up-close but uncritical look at New York Times reporters covering Donald Trump’s unorthodox presidency
by Sophia Lee
Posted 6/15/18, 05:11 pm

Every journalist’s dream is to be in the room where history takes place. Now viewers can be in the newsroom where newsmaking happens through Showtime’s documentary The Fourth Estate. The four-part series captures the frenetic news cycle at The New York Times during Donald J. Trump’s first year as president.

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Missing the adventure

Television | The Dangerous Book for Boys is an epic disappointment
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 6/14/18, 02:59 pm

Get your head out of your phone, and get your hands dirty! The Dangerous Book for Boys, published in 2007, seems like a great starting point for a TV adaptation. Authors Conn and Hal Iggulden taught young men classic skills like building treehouses, skimming stones, and making paper airplanes, and gave brief history lessons on topics like the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. 

Amazon’s TV series of the same name is a squandered opportunity—a mushy mix of modern clichés and New Age spiritualism that pays brief attention to its supposed source material.

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Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain dies

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/08/18, 10:25 am

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain died Friday of an apparent suicide. Fellow chef Eric Ripert found Bourdain in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France, where he was filming an episode for his CNN television program, Parts Unknown. CNN confirmed the news but offered no details. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller,” the network said in a statement.

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