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The 6 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Whiplash,’ ‘Big Hero 6’

We usually use this space to recommend the week’s five best new releases streaming and on disc, but some weeks that’s just not enough — and this is one of those weeks. Making their debuts are two of last year’s most entertaining flicks, fresh off of big wins on Oscar night; one of 2014’s best documentaries (and a surprising exclusion from that category); and three terrific catalog titles with spiffy new Blu-ray upgrades. … Read More

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Amazon Orders Full Seasons of 5 Pilots, Plus a Second Season for ‘Mozart in the Jungle’

Amazon, the giant Internet warehouse/media company/library has announced that it will be taking five of its most recent pilots… Read More

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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Birdman,’ ‘St. Vincent’

Oscar night is just around the corner, and there’s a decent chance that you’re spending this week finally getting around to seeing The Imitation Game or whatever. But if you’re all caught up on this year’s nominees (or, good for you, utterly indifferent to the whole shebang), good news: this week’s new disc and streaming releases include a couple of last year’s acclaimed but largely unrecognized pictures, a terrific under-the-radar thriller, and a new HD release of the last film by one of Japan’s cinematic masters. Oh, and one of the year’s most nominated titles is out there now as well, if you go for that sorta thing. … Read More

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Amazon’s ‘Bosch’ Is a Disappointing Collection of Detective Drama Clichés

All most viewers will need to know about Bosch is that it’s a TV show, in 2015, that begins with a white cop fatally shooting a Latino suspect — then asks us to take his side against the dirtbag lawyers, dirtbag reporters, and dirtbag “rat squad” cops allied against him. Detective Hieronymous Bosch (his real name! so quirky!) may be fictional; the suspect he shoots may be armed; and any similarities to Darren Wilson or Daniel Pantaleo may be purely coincidental. That doesn’t make it any easier to root for a protagonist who’s meant to be a throwback to the good ol’ days of an institution an entire mass movement is currently working to move forward, not back. At least this case makes it to trial! Not criminal, though; civil. … Read More

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How Amazon and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Created a Golden Age for Self-Published Romance Authors — and Why It May Already Be Over

“Romance never does go out of fashion. It’s radical.” – Bob Dylan, AARP Magazine

For Monica Murphy, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance writer living in the foothills of California’s Yosemite National Park, a typical day goes like this: she spends an hour online tending to her social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Then, when her three kids are off to school, she gets down to the serious business of writing sexy romance novels. … Read More

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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘Laggies’

Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so this week’s streaming and movie-buying guide includes a little something for all you anti-romantics. And among the new releases, we’ve got one of last year’s best character studies, an indie comedy that’s ripe for discovery, an animated classic that’s not just for kids, and a glorious re-release of a ’70s masterpiece. … Read More

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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Dear White People,’ ‘John Wick’

After a week off trudging through the cold and mainlining new movies in Park City, your weekly guide to what to buy and rent and stream has, happily, returned. This week’s slate is nice and diverse, just the way we like it: one of last year’s best action movies, one of last year’s best movies period, a recent and unjustly ignored effort from an auteur on the rise, and two underrated classics making their Blu-ray debuts. … Read More

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The Most Ridiculous Amazon Fine Art Reviews

Ah, Amazon. Your one-stop shop for everything soon to be delivered by a drone near you. But did you know that Amazon sells fine art? We’re talking gallery-represented, seriously expensive fine art. And it turns out that the Amazon Fine Art page is like some kind of bizarro world where prints by famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Andres Serrano live alongside unknowns. Like all things Amazon, commenters prowl the listings to do as much damage as they can. Depending on your taste in art, the creators either deserve it or are unfortunate victims. Here are a few of the funny (and just plain weird) things they’ve said. … Read More

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Beware! The Second Coming of the Textbook Wars

It may not happen today, or tomorrow, but the coming textbook wars will be massive, if quietly so. Why? The world of educational publishing is enormous; it is much bigger than you might imagine. It dwarfs, for example, the feeble trade publishing market. At the turn of the last decade, Pearson’s educational arm alone brought in more revenue than all other publishers, with the exception of education-driven Reed Elsevier. That’s just the arm that produces textbooks and other educational material. Frankly, when we talk about publishing as a whole, what we say makes little sense unless we’re talking about textbooks and educational publishing. … Read More

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