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WWII Veteran Dr. Sidney Phillips Reacts to HBO's 'The Pacific'

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Mar 19th 2010 1:30PM
'The Pacific,' HBO's monumental 10-part miniseries produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, chronicles four Marines as they serve in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II.

Unlike its companion miniseries, 'Band of Brothers,' which followed the legendary Easy Company throughout the war in Europe, 'The Pacific' focuses more on the individual perspectives of four Marines -- Pvts. Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale) and Sidney Phillips (Ashton Holmes) in the 1st Marine Regiment; Sgt. John Basilone (Jon Seda) in the 7th Marine Regiment; and Phillips' best friend, Pvt. Eugene Sledge (Joseph Mazzello), in the 5th Marine Regiment -- as they struggle to keep their spirits high while fighting an unrelenting enemy -- the Japanese.

AOL TV had the honor of speaking to 85-year-old WWII veteran Dr. Sidney Phillips, the only one still with us (Basilone was fatally wounded at Iwo Jima, and Leckie and Sledge, both of whom wrote memoirs on which 'The Pacific' is based, both passed away in 2001). Phillips tells us what it felt like to see his war-time experiences and those of his best friend Sledge depicted on screen.

Read the interview after the jump

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HBO Offering 'The Pacific' Premiere for Free Online Streaming

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 16th 2010 5:00PM
'The Pacific'
Reviews of the first installment of HBO's ten-part mini-series 'The Pacific' have been mixed -- I liked it, though -- and ratings figures aren't in yet. Nevertheless, the network has taken the bold step of putting that entire episode online for free viewing; you can catch it here. Is it a response to poor ratings -- even though we don't know those figures yet, the network likely does -- or just an attempt to lure people in who don't already have HBO?

The premiere was more style over substance, which is one of the major problems critics had with it, but it did offer some stunning visuals and established an atmosphere very different than 'Band of Brothers.' As a companion piece of sorts to the modern classic 'Brothers,' brought to us by the same production team including Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, expectations were pretty high for 'The Pacific' coming out of the gate.

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'The Pacific' - 'Guadalcanal/Leckie' Recap (mini-series premiere)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 15th 2010 9:00AM
'The Pacific'
Just as Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks collaborated with HBO in 2001 to bring us the European World War II epic 'Band of Brothers,' they've joined forces again to take us to the other side of the war with 'The Pacific.' Another ten-part series, like 'Brothers,' 'Pacific' is based on true military figures and events depicted with some dramatic license, but with attempts to be as accurate as possible.

One of the first things the production team did was establish just how different the Pacific front was from the European one. The image that dominates most dramatic presentations about the fight against the Nazi forces of Germany is the military arrival on the beaches of Normandy; a veritable trip into hell.

In contrast, the 1st Marine Regiment's arrival on the beaches of Guadalcanal is a temporary reprieve from the hell of the naval warfare going on just offshore. Everything about this first episode established the atmosphere, tension, anxiety, beauty and horrors of fighting in a tropical paradise.

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Soldiers Explain War on 'The Pacific' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 15th 2010 3:12AM
The Pacific, HBOJust why DO we go to war anyway? The soldiers on 'The Pacific' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO) have a few theories on that, some involving Japs and shipping lanes.

And one offers something more prophetic about swords, brave men, countries and omens. We'll go with that one, mainly because it sounds super cool.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Louie and Michael Face a Battlefield on 'The Amazing Race' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 14th 2010 11:17PM
The Amazing Race, Louie and Michael 'The Pacific' wasn't the only war on TV tonight. The contestants on 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS) had to face a battlefield with explosions, barbed wire, and plenty of adrenaline-pumping action.

But here's the good news: Louie and Michael snagged first place, and each were rewarded with a 55" HD TV! All the better to watch those future 'Amazing Race' episodes.

Watch the video after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: '60 Minutes,' 'The Pacific,' 'Celebrity Apprentice,' 'Sons of Tucson'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 14th 2010 12:06PM
Guy FieriHere's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).

  • At 7, ABC has a new 'America's Funniest Home Videos,' followed by new episodes of 'Extreme Makeover,' 'Desperate Housewives,' and 'Brothers & Sisters.'
  • CBS has a new '60 Minutes' at 7, then new episodes of 'The Amazing Race,' 'Undercover Boss,' and 'Cold Case.'
  • NBC has the series premiere of 'Minute To Win It' at 7 (two episodes), followed by the season premiere of 'Celebrity Apprentice.'
  • FOX has two new episodes of 'Til Death' at 7, then a new episode of 'The Simpsons.'
  • At 7:30, Disney has a new 'Hannah Montana,' followed by new episodes of 'Sonny with a Chance' and 'Jonas.'
  • At 8, Food Network has a new 'Challenge,' then the series premiere of 'Ultimate Recipe Showdown.'
  • GSN has a new 'High Stakes Poker' at 8.
  • Style has a new 'Ruby' at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new 'Family Guy,' followed by the series premiere of 'Sons of Tucson.'
  • HBO has the series premiere of 'The Pacific' at 9, then a new 'How To Make It In America.'
  • ESPN has a new '30 For 30' at 9.
  • History Channel has a new 'Ax Men' at 10.
  • At 12:30AM, Cartoon Network has a new 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What to Watch: March 13-14

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 13th 2010 6:00AM
'The Pacific' (Sun., 9PM, HBO) series premiere
Is this 10-part World War II miniseries reminiscent of 'Band of Brothers' and 'Saving Private Ryan'? It is indeed, which is no surprise, since the producers of that classic TV miniseries and that Oscar-winning movie, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, are also the producers of 'Pacific.' And that's a good thing, because 'The Pacific' is as emotional and powerful as both of those projects, as it unfolds the story of the war in Japan, through the eyes of three U.S. Marines (all based on real-life U.S. Marines). '24' alum James Badge Dale, Jon Seda and Joe Mazzello star, after going through a 10-day boot camp to prepare for the 10-month shoot that has resulted in an unflinchingly realistic portrait of our heroic, and often tragic, Marines in action.

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'The Pacific' on HBO: Previewing the WWII Miniseries From the 'Band of Brothers' Team

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 11th 2010 5:00PM
Historians like to say that each new war usually finds its generals trying to re-fight the previous war. So it is with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who are ready to fight World War II one more time in 'The Pacific,' a 10-hour miniseries debuting March 14 on HBO.

The team that brought you 'Saving Private Ryan' on the big screen in 1998 and miniseries 'Band of Brothers' to HBO in 2001 has returned with a lavish, detailed, docudrama companion piece to 'Brothers' that promises to do for the fight against Japan what 'Ryan' and 'Brothers' did for the war in Europe: make it come alive for those of us too young to remember.

And they've spared no expense in doing so. According to the Hollywood Reporter, costs for 'The Pacific' have been estimated as high as $200 million, making it the most expensive single event in TV history. Then again, it costs a lot of money to manufacture 3,000 uniforms on 1940s-vintage sewing machines so that they'll have the right texture, or to paint 80 tons of white sand black to replicate the volcanic beachscape of Iwo Jima. That's the level of detail and authenticity the filmmakers were going for in trying to restage the Pacific war.

Read on for more of what to expect from Hanks and Spielberg's latest historical epic.

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Stephen Colbert Thanks Tom Hanks for 'Band of Brothers' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 9th 2010 3:00AM
Stephen Colbert, Tom Hanks, Band of Brothers'Band of Brothers' had a big impact on many people, including Stephen Colbert's mom, whose brother was in the 101st Airborne, as he explained to Tom Hanks on 'The Colbert Report' (11:30PM ET on COM).

"While he wrote back unbelievably beautiful letters for a 21-year-old man," said Colbert, "she didn't really know a lot of what happened to him over there. But because of 'Band of Brothers,' the other members of his company found my mom."

That's really sweet, and shows how important these types of projects are. Hanks is out and about promoting his new HBO series, 'The Pacific.'

Watch the video after the jump.

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The Show Girl's Got the Scoop on 'The Pacific' and 'Sons of Tucson' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Mar 5th 2010 9:00AM
Tyler Labine, 'Sons of Tucson'Are you a fan of war dramas like 'Band of Brothers'? What about love stories? According to retired Marine captain Dale Dye, HBO's latest 10-part miniseries, 'The Pacific,' has it all. Dye worked as their military training adviser, and he promises me that 'The Pacific' isn't just for guys. Honestly, I could listen to his stories all day -- the man has lived.

Another guy who tells a mean story? Tyler Labine, formerly of 'Reaper' and now playing leading man and dad-for-hire on 'Sons of Tucson.' Don't know about his new show? I let him give you the scoop.

Want more? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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Shows We're Looking Forward To, Now That the Olympics Are Over

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 1st 2010 3:00PM
Now that the Olympic drama of icebound athletic competition (and tearjerking backstories) is over, TV is ready to resume airing real drama. And by real drama, we mean, of course, fake drama, scripted by writers and performed by actors.

It seems like most of television went into hibernation during the Olympics, with only 'Lost,' 'American Idol,' and a handful of other shows daring to take on the unstoppable might of Bob Costas. Now that the games are over, however, March will see the long-awaited return of some favorite series and the premieres of some anticipated new shows.

There are some big events this month, including the return of Jay Leno to 'The Tonight Show' (tonight on NBC), the Oscars (March 7, ABC), and March Madness basketball (starting March 18 on CBS). There are also reliable old favorites returning, including 'Gossip Girl' (March 8, the CW), 'America's Next Top Model' (March 10, the CW), 'The Celebrity Apprentice' (March 14, NBC), 'South Park' (March 17, Comedy Central) and 'Dancing With the Stars' (March 22, ABC). You can see a list of the whole month's notable TV premieres, finales, and specials here. Among these are a handful of new and returning shows we're especially looking forward to in March.

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HBO's 'The Pacific' to Premiere March 14

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 17th 2009 9:48AM
For television fans who have been anxiously awaiting the debut of HBO's highly anticipated mini-series 'The Pacific,' there's a new day that will live in infamy: March 14, 2010.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 'The Pacific,' a ten part miniseries that follows a group of American soldiers through the terrible fighting of World War II's Pacific theater, will finally debut on March 14. The series, which the article describes as "likely the most expensive TV movie/miniseries ever made," is a companion series to 2001's landmark 'Band of Brothers,' which similarly chronicled a group of G.I.'s fighting in the war's European arena.

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HBO: Sex! Hollywood! Vampires!

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 2nd 2009 11:02AM
True Blood - Sookie Stackhouse and Bill ComptonI must confess that I really don't pay that much attention to TV ratings. I realize that I'm just one girl, and whether I love a show or not doesn't make a wit of difference as to whether other people will love it -- and love it enough to keep it on the air. As a TV writer, I've pretty much resigned myself to the fact that TV shows come and go, and sometimes nobody watches the good ones, which results in them leaving the air far too soon.

But I've found myself gravitating towards HBO shows, because they seem to be consistently good, no matter the ratings. Sometimes I'm crazy about the shows right off the bat. Such was the case with True Blood, which I review here on TV Squad.

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TV News Daily: Jessica Simpson Lands VH1 Reality Show

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 23rd 2009 12:00PM
Jessica Simpson and Sandra Bullock

Jessica Simpson lands a new reality show gig on VH1, Ed McMahon passes away at 86, FX picks up the TV rights to 'The Proposal' and more TV news.

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