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Free Thanksgiving Movies and Shows: 'Pieces of April,' 'The Gilmore Girls' and More

by Rich Keller, posted Nov 25th 2010 9:00AM
'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' is one of the holiday selections being offered at SlashcontrolNow that the Thanksgiving holiday is upon us, it's time to delve into world of SlashControl to find any and all material related to the weekend of overeating and overspending. Here are a few gems that we discovered.

'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' -- While many folks believe the upcoming 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' is the quintessential Peanuts holiday special, my personal tastes tend towards 'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.' If only for the fact that a Thanksgiving dinner comprised of popcorn and toast piqued my childhood interest.

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HBO Starting Online Video Service

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 17th 2010 3:02PM
HBO logoEveryone seems to be putting a lot of money into online video: Hulu, Epix (from Paramount, MGM, and Lionsgate), and our own SlashControl, to name a few. It's the future! Now another company is getting into the web act, HBO (or Home Box Office, which no one calls it anymore). They have a new service coming up with the catchy name HBO GO (unlike the other video sites you will only be able to access HBO's stuff).

Ben Parr at Mashable makes a good point when he says that if GO only goes to HBO subscribers and no one else, it's only going to be a niche thing. He suggests that HBO open some parts of it to everyone (with advertising) and then have other features and videos that are only available to HBO subscribers.

This has actually been in the works for a while. We first reported on it back in 2006.

[via Pop Candy]

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What's Hot on SlashControl: Tonight's Desperate Housewives

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 3rd 2010 4:00PM
I lapsed on Desperate Housewives for a while there (like, a year or two), but recently started watching it again. It's pretty good! If you haven't kept up to speed with it, the last episode of 2009 ended with a plane crashing on Wisteria Lane. Tonight's episode picks up with Susan learning the details of the crash.

The clip below indicates that Karl is in surgery and it doesn't look good, and that Lynette saved Gaby and Carlos' daughter from certain death. At the hospital, Lynette starts experiencing some pains and worries that something is wrong with the babies. According to the episode synopsis, the gang starts pondering what their lives might been like had they made different choices, and it looks like we get a glimpse of what they'll look like in the future.

Are you watching Desperate Housewives? And if you lapsed like I did, what brought you back to the show?

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What's Hot on SlashControl: Kara DioGuardi is ecstatic for Ellen DeGeneres

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 2nd 2010 3:00PM
That little singing competition American Idol is right around the corner (it premieres Jan. 12), and I can't wait to see how Ellen DeGeneres does as the fourth judge. I'm sure she'll be a great addition to the show. I talked with Ryan Seacrest last week, and he said that Ellen has already asked to borrow some of his suits, so it sounds like anything can happen -- and probably will.

I told Ryan that I loved the idea of Ellen being a judge because she's a huge fan of American Idol, like many of us out here watching at home. He agreed, and said she actually asked him come over to her house so they could watch the show together.

Access Hollywood caught up with Kara DioGuardi at the VMAs, and Kara gave a little different take on it. She said that Ellen is a huge star, and the contestants on America Idol have to learn how to command the stage with everything they've got. Ellen is a master at that, but in a way we can all relate to.

Are you looking forward to Ellen coming onboard as the fourth judge? Here's the clip straight from our sister site, SlashControl.

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What's Hot on SlashControl: The Private Lives of Sherlock Holmes

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 1st 2010 6:00PM
Sherlock Holmes is in theaters right now starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law as the bromantic pair of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. But there have been many incarnations of the iconic characters, including the one embedded below from our sister site, SlashControl.

The Private Lives of Sherlock Holmes is directed by Billy Wilder and stars Robert Stephens as the great detective, with Colin Blakely playing Dr. Watson. It was released in 1970 and finds a bored Holmes eagerly taking the case of Gabrielle Valladon (Genevieve Page) after an attempt on her life. The search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster. That Holmes gets around, doesn't he?

I really enjoyed the current film playing in theaters. Although the plot drags a bit, no detail was missed in the setting or clothing from that era (late 1800s in London). Do you have a favorite version of Sherlock Holmes? Or do none of the TV or film versions stand up to the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

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What's Hot on SlashControl: Hugh Jackman

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 29th 2009 3:00PM
Hugh Jackman has come a long way since he played Curly McLain in a TV version of Oklahoma in 1999. Now we know the Aussie star mainly for his work in movies like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Australia, and Van Helsing, but early in his career, he earned a communications degree with a journalism major from the University of Technology Sydney. Fortunately for us, he went on to pursue drama at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, then met his future wife Deborra-Lee Furness while starring in the ABC prison drama Correlli.

How do I know all this? Because Biography did a show on him and told us all there is to know about Hugh Jackman. Ok, maybe not ALL there is to know, but enough to get a behind-the-scenes look at the guy who would go on to become famous for his spiky hands and song-and-dance numbers while hosting awards shows. Here's a look at the episode straight from our sister site, SlashControl.

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Top TV Stories of 2009: The continued rise of online video

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 23rd 2009 2:05PM
alec baldwin for hulu
When Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Emmys, Dr. Horrible conveniently invaded for a moment, spreading webseries fear throughout the TV industry audience. It was a funny bit, serving mainly as a vehicle for some jokes about buffering and tiny screen sizes. Hopefully that made the TV people feel better, if only for a little while, because online video is showing no signs of stopping.

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'The Sing Off' Episode 2: Watch Full Episode (VIDEO)

by Kelly Woo, posted Dec 16th 2009 2:00PM
The Sing OffA cappella + rap = a match made in heaven? On last night's 'Sing Off' episode 2, the seven remaining a cappella groups tackled big hits and guilty pleasure songs, like Flo Rida's 'Right Round' and 'Stayin' Alive' by the Bee Gees.

But the judges gushed most over group Nota's take on 'Down' by Jay Sean. What did you think of last night's performances? Which group came out on top? Watch the full episode now!

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'NCIS' Season 7 Episode 10: 'Faith' - Watch Now

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 16th 2009 11:23AM
After converting from Christianity to Islam, a marine is struck in the head and killed one morning while praying in a park, and Gibbs' father returns harboring an upsetting secret in the 'NCIS' episode 'Faith.'

During the investigation into the marine's murder, Gibbs and his team learn that the dead soldier's father, a colonel turned preacher, viewed his son's conversion as an unforgivable sin, and even paid other soldiers to harass him and prevent his move to Islam. Additionally, the solder's widow is identified as a suspect when it's discovered she had an affair while her husband was overseas.

Watch the full episode after the jump.

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Jennifer Hudson's 'Home for Christmas' Special (VIDEO)

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Dec 15th 2009 10:27AM
Jennifer HudsonThings are coming around for Jennifer Hudson -- her 'Home for Christmas' is her first-ever holiday special for ABC.

A little over a year ago, Hudson's mother, brother and nephew were brutally murdered in Chicago just as she had been enjoying great heights in her career. Since then, it has taken a lot of healing for Jennifer to move on. A new mom to son Dawson Alexander, Jennifer is spending the holidays back home in her hometown of Chicago and sharing it with the rest of us at home.

She relives her favorite childhood memories and visits some of her favorite areas of Chicago -- with musical performances to commemorate them. Peppered with visits to family members, friends and childhood influences that helped make her a star, this touching special finally closes a happy chapter for Jennifer Hudson.

Watch the heartwarming special after the jump!

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'Simpsons': Season 21 Episode 8 -- 'Oh Brother Where Bart Thou' (VIDEO)

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Dec 14th 2009 4:30PM
The Simpsons 'Oh Brother Where Bart Thou' Bart is sick of being a "badass loner." After Lisa explains to Bart that she and Maggie share a bond he will never have because he doesn't have a brother, Bart decides he wants one. Taking matters into his own hands, he visits an orphanage to figure out what it's like to finally have one.

Watch this full episode of 'The Simpsons' after the jump!

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'30 Rock' Season 4 Episode 8 - 'Secret Santa' (VIDEO)

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Dec 11th 2009 2:10PM
'30 RockIt's holiday time at '30 Rock,' and Kenneth wants everyone to participate in his Secret Santa gifting. Not everyone is a fan, and most will do everything to avoid it -- including making up a fake religion. Turns out gift-giving is a sensitive topic for the team at TJS.

Also, Jack is reunited with an old high school flame (Julianne Moore) after reconnecting on a social network, and Liz and Jack offer to exchange Christmas presents.

Watch this full episode of '30 Rock' after the jump.

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'Launch My Line' Season 1 Episode 2 - 'Fashion Forward' (VIDEO)

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Dec 10th 2009 4:08PM
Launch My Line 'Fashion Forward'Bravo's 'Launch My Line' patched a programming hole where 'Project Runway' should be, but as we watch the second episode, it's clear that this isn't 'Runway' style. Tensions are starting to form between the "designers" and their "experts." If we could offer one bit of advice to the teams it would be, "Hey, don't make someone that angry while they are holding scissors!"

The designers are sent to Venice Beach to find inspiration for their "Daytime at the Beach" challenge, where they meet a fashion trends analyst who gives them a sunny color palate for the new season. Unlike their 'Runway' brethren, the contestants have only a limited amount of fabric to work from; and this is a challenge for David, who has chosen all black fabrics with denim for his collection.

The battle of the alphas continues as tensions between both Marilyn and Coco and Patrick and Roberto start to shred at both teams. DJ Eric and Galina catch the attention of the other teams because it's obvious that Galina is doing all the work from her well-known pre-existing collection.

Watch the latest episode of 'Launch My Line' after the jump.

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'Modern Family' Season 1 Episode 10 - 'Undeck the Halls' (VIDEO)

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Dec 10th 2009 2:23PM
Modern Family 'Undeck the Halls'Bah humbug! A burn mark on the sofa threatens to extinguish the Christmas spirit on 'Modern Family.' When Phil tries to get answers and a confession from one of his children with no avail, he decides Christmas is canceled.

Jay tries to spread Christmas cheer with Manny, but doesn't realize that Manny and Gloria have their own Colombian traditions -- which don't even involve Santa. Cameron and Mitchell bring their daughter to take pictures with Papa Noel and are forced to take a picture with "skinny Santa," but demand their chance to be with "fat Santa" instead.

Watch this full episode of 'Modern Family' after the jump!

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'Cougar Town': Season 1 Episode 10- 'Mystery Man' (VIDEO)

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Dec 10th 2009 12:00PM
Cougar Town - 'Mystery Man'A wealthy and mysterious man named Jeff shops for a new home, even though he's actually more interested in getting Jules' attention. Meanwhile, Jules stays true to her cougar ways and goes after a younger guy she meets at spin class -- that is, until Jeff kisses her.

Elsewhere, Ellie decides that it's time to start trusting her husband and leaves the baby with Andy, but catches him and the baby in a makeshift prison crib. Scott Foley guest stars as the 'Mystery Man.'

Watch this full episode of 'Cougar Town' after the jump!

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