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'Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story' review: Mawkish, melodramatic, but completely compelling

It’s not a surprise that Monday night’s Lifetime network production Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story would attract a substantial audience: It was a fact-based story about a nightmare that any parent might both fear as a reality and revel in as entertainment. The tale of Tiffany Rubin (Taraji P. Henson, excellent in a carefully calibrated performance) and her search for the son her ex-husband essentially kidnapped, was compelling, all the more so for being based on true events. READ FULL STORY

'Skins' review: You can't keep a good kid down, but he did try duct tape...

We reached the third episode of Skins on Monday night, the one The New York Times highlighted as the hour that demonstrates just how much MTV has miscalculated the degree of controversy the network can court without losing both advertisers and viewers. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' with host Jesse Eisenberg and music guest Nicki Minaj: Your opinion is desired.

Jesse Eisenberg, Oscar-nominated for his role in The Social Network, is the host of Saturday Night Live this week. Should we presume we’re in for READ FULL STORY

The State of the Union: Michelle Bachmann doesn't look us in the eye, Rachel Maddow criticizes CNN for showing this: VIDEO

Well, one way to rabble-rouse a State of the Union speech whose tone and setting emphasized civility was to let the Tea Party in: Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R. Minn.) seemed to be looking off-camera at a tall statue of George Washington, or maybe of Darth Vader, as she delivered her third-party response to President Obama’s speech, with a shifting background READ FULL STORY

'Skins' second-episode review: Kiddie porn, kiddie bore, or something more?

This week on Skins, Tea engaged in some frisky sex with Betty — typical of the sort of semi-explicit acts that have advertisers fleeing the series with increasing frequency. Personally, I was more shocked that Tea would READ FULL STORY

Bill O'Reilly attacks Keith Olbermann: 'A hateful commentator' has been 'neutralized.' Plus Colbert video and Craig Ferguson jokes

If you thought Bill O’Reilly was going to let his time-period competitor Keith Olbermann depart MSNBC without getting in a few final kicks, you underestimate how much glee there is in the halls of the Fox News Channel today. READ FULL STORY

Ricky Gervais kinda, sorta apologizes about the Golden Globes: 'I hope no one was truly offended.'

Ricky Gervais went on Piers Morgan Tonight to say, “I don’t think I did anything wrong” during the Golden Globes, and that “you’ve got to be true to yourself.” Morgan provided Gervais with a glass of beer and promised, “We’re gonna get low-down and personal.” The result was READ FULL STORY

Howard Stern to Piers Morgan: Jay Leno is 'a crook,' 'insane,' 'not fit to scrub Letterman's feet'

It took a while for Piers Morgan to get a rise out of Howard Stern, but Stern finally uncorked when the subject turned to Jay Leno. On the second night of Piers Morgan Tonight, Stern called the Tonight Show host a “crook,” “insane,” “not fit to scrub David Letterman’s feet,” and said that Leno READ FULL STORY

'Skins' premiere review: Does this MTV show need... a Snooki?

MTV’s American version of the hit British show Skins premiered on Monday night, and it’s just what you’ve heard about, and seen in MTV’s promos: Teens drinking and drugging, staying out all night, fighting with their parents, trying to help a pal lose his virginity, going to READ FULL STORY

Ricky Gervais, Piers Morgan, and Simon Cowell: Why the Brits do 'rude' better than us

Ricky Gervais, as Golden Globes host, has ruffled some feathers, inside the industry and among TV viewers. With impertinent comments ranging from the true (The Tourist was simply not a well-received movie, by critics or the public) to the risky (few Americans joke about Scientology), Gervais reminded viewers once again that the British, they’re not like us. Oh, we can get taken in by the accent and that uncanny ability to speak in complete, grammatically-correct sentences, but then we get sucker-punched by the combination of impertinent tweaking and abrupt honesty that, over the pond and among themselves, English citizens commonly refer to simply as “rude,” as in, “How rude!,” followed by a delighted shriek of laughter. READ FULL STORY

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