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Leno returns to TV with CNBC car series Image

Leno returns to TV with CNBC car series

Published Friday, Oct. 17

Jay Leno will return to television hosting a new primetime show for CNBC. Based on his ongoing web series, the tentatively titled "Jay Leno's Garage" will start sometime early next year.

"Wisconsin Remembers John F. Kennedy" earns Archives Award

Published Wednesday, Oct. 15

The documentary "Wisconsin Remembers John F. Kennedy," commemorating the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination, has been given the 2014 Governor's Archives Award for Archival Innovation by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

"The Pfister: History & Story" doc earns Emmy nomination

Published Wednesday, Oct. 15

Today, Marcus Hotels & Resorts and The Pfister Hotel announced that its short documentary, "The Pfister: History & Story," has received an Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs - Historical.

"Kill the Messenger" uncovers a solid movie in hunt for truth (and Oscars)

Published Tuesday, Oct. 14

Judged as awards bait, "Kill the Messenger" won't likely snag the golden glory it's looking for. Once you remove the arbitrary frame of awards season, "Kill the Messenger" is a solid, satisfyingly unpredictable and well performed journalism drama that - following the lead of "Shattered Glass" and, of course, "All the President's Men" - often plays like a tense thriller.

The 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival by the numbers Image

The 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival by the numbers

Published Tuesday, Oct. 14

Anyone who went to a showing at the Milwaukee Film Festival in the past two weeks could tell you that the festival was having a good year in terms of attendance. When a documentary about genocide screening right in the middle of a Packers game still manages to draw an audience, it seems like things are going well. However, this morning, Milwaukee Film announced the numbers to prove it.

MPM's Sci-Fi Film Fest finds a way, roars to life with

MPM's Sci-Fi Film Fest finds a way, roars to life with "Jurassic Park"

Published Monday, Oct. 13

At the end of the month, the Milwaukee Public Museum will celebrate the fall - as well as its current "Alien Worlds and Androids" exhibit - with a Sci-Fi Film Fest. Every Thursday and Saturday (save for Thanksgiving) from Oct. 23 through Nov. 29, the museum will screen a sci-fi flick in the Dome Theater.

Wisconsin entrepreneurs may make pitch on ABC's

Wisconsin entrepreneurs may make pitch on ABC's "Shark Tank"

Published Monday, Oct. 13

U.S. Cellular teamed up with "Shark Tank" for what it is calling a, "multi-faceted, first-of-its-kind campaign to provide access for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in a way like never before." Basically, a casting call.

"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" is merely bad

Published Sunday, Oct. 12

How does one stretch a barely 30-page short story of accumulated gripes and grumbles into a feature length film? In the case of "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," the answer is simple: poorly. By the time its 82-minute running time comes to a grateful close - and all of the cliché, contrived and crude chaos with it - Alexander's bad day has morphed into the audience's bad day.

"The Skeleton Twins" finds the right balance of heartache and hilarity

Published Saturday, Oct. 11

It's a tough act to balance comedy and drama ... especially if you're balancing themes of suicide and familial estrangement with humor and heart. Director Craig Johnson ("True Adolescents") finds just the right balance for the dramedy "The Skeleton Twins," mixing heartache with hilarity, and giving "Saturday Night Live" alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader time to flex their dramatic muscles as estranged suicidal siblings who reunite and find commonality.

"We Are The Nobles" is a flimsy, predictable riches to rags tale

Published Thursday, Oct. 9

In the Mexican comedy "We Are The Nobles," there's a scheme at its center that forces riches, or in this case three spoiled rich 20-somethings, into working rags to prove a point that they'll hopefully learn from. It's a breezy foreign affair with a satirical nibble rather than a bite.

CW 18's new schedule comes in like a

CW 18's new schedule comes in like a "Flash"

Published Tuesday, Oct. 7

Starting tonight, "The Flash" kicks off its own show, and "Arrow" starts its third season on Wednesday. Locally, WVTV-TV is taking advantage of the heavy-hitting comic hero nights to launch its new schedule.

Five movies to still see at the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival Image

Five movies to still see at the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival

Published Tuesday, Oct. 7

Just when it seemed like the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival was just beginning. As it turns out, 14 days goes extremely fast, as the sixth annual cinema extravaganza comes to a close Thursday night. But let's not quite start throwing dirt on the festival's casket quite yet. There still are three days of movies, filled with plenty of great options to offer. Here are some of the best of the rest of the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival.

"Wetlands" is a winning combination of heart and hemorrhoids

Published Monday, Oct. 6

If the opening moment of "Wetlands" desperately pleads against its existence, the ensuing 109 minutes of youthfully exuberant gross-out comedy - currently showing at the Milwaukee Film Festival with a final showing Monday night at the Times Cinema at 10 p.m. - couldn't be a more enthusiastic endorsement for it.

"Life Partners" is a genuinely sweet comedy about companionship

Published Monday, Oct. 6

Indie dramedies about a 20-something in flux seems to peek its head out every week or so. There are some that are undoubtedly great and rise above, as in the case with last year's "Frances Ha," but with over-saturation, it just gets easier to forget and not necessarily forgive. Much to my delight, however, Susanna Fogel's "Life Partners" is a small-scale and genuinely sweet comedy about two 20-something women and their platonic friendship.