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  • For stars, Super Bowl performances might not be worth the headaches - The Super Bowl halftime show was originally seen as a clever way to capitalize upon the world's biggest TV stage. For the NFL, it offered the chance to retain more of the game's audience during the extended break, and maybe increase tune-in among younger viewers. For artists, it was a massive promotional opportunity. Win-win.
  • 'Making a Murderer' picks up trail under glare of the spotlight - The frenzy stirred by "Making a Murderer" adds an extra dimension to its 10-episode follow-up, to the extent the original docu-series and the fallout from it becomes a significant part of the story. The result is an equally dense, engrossing look into the next phase for Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, the two men convicted -- under questionable circumstances -- in the murder of Teresa Halbach.
  • 'Halloween' sequel is up to its old tricks - The idea of doing a sequel to the original "Halloween" 40 years later -- ignoring all the screen mayhem in between -- is pretty inspired. Alas, that largely exhausts any freshness in a movie that, after the first sight of Jamie Lee Curtis and initial strains of that eerie musical score, draws heavily on the old bag of tricks, built around slicing and dicing unsuspecting teenagers.
  • Cardi B gets an A for kindness - Cardi B is kicking off the holiday season a bit early with some good will.
  • Peter Dinklage puts 'My Dinner With Herve' on higher plane - The jokey-sounding title does a bit of a disservice to "My Dinner With Herve," an HBO movie worth seeing solely for "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage's portrayal of Herve Villechaize. Poignant in places, clunky in others, there are classic "A Star is Born"-esque themes in the "Fantasy Island" second banana's tragic tale, a treatise on the benefits and toll of life as a public curiosity.
  • 'Wanderlust' strolls through monotony of monogamy - "Wanderlust" is one of those series with a New York Times Sunday Styles feature baked into its DNA, provocatively contemplating how middle-aged married people deal with the monotony of monogamy -- in this case, by finding excitement, and perhaps renewed interest in each other, through sleeping with other people.
  • Musical powerhouses unite on album for families separated at the border - Some award-winning musicians are uniting to help bring families separated at the border back together.
  • How Netflix outgrew 'House of Cards' and 'Orange is the New Black' - "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black" both premiered in 2013, almost instantly putting Netflix on the map as an original-programming option, awards contender and pop-culture powerhouse. While the company hasn't outgrown them, exactly, as these signature series come to an end, it's clear that its remarkable growth has rendered each a bit of an afterthought.
  • Connie Britton's in a toxic romance in 'Dirty John' trailer - Can Connie Britton make a clean get away from a toxic relationship in "Dirty John"?
  • Elle faces backlash over false Kim Kardashian and Kanye West breakup tweet - No, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West did not breakup.
  • Jason Blum apologizes for comment claiming female directors shortage - Film producer Jason Blum has apologized for claiming in a recent interview that his company, Blumhouse Productions, has never produced a theatrically distributed film by a female director due to a shortage, particularly of those "inclined to do horror."
  • 'Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret' the movie is coming - Nearly 50 years after Judy Blume authored the popular young adult novel, "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret," she's agreed to let it be made into a movie.
  • Cardi B and Fran Drescher may team up for a reboot of 'The Nanny' - Cardi B might be coming back to television.
  • Ariana Grande speaks post Pete Davidson split - Ariana Grande is taking a social media break in light of her broken engagement to Pete Davidson.
  • TV has more work to do for the working class - I was about 11 the first time I realized what it looks like when your mom has $20 in her pocket and $40 worth of obligations -- a car to gas up, bellies to fill, and bill collectors to feed the scraps to, I'd later learn.