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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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NBC

'Parks and Recreation' ends on a perfect note

BY ALEX INTNER

This episode did exactly what all series finales should: it reminded viewers about why they followed — dedicated themselves — to the show for so long.

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Natalie Gadbois: 'Knope We Can' and Leslie’s lasting influence

BY NATALIE GADBOIS

Leslie and her co-conspirators were some of the most fleshed-out characters on television, especially in comedy, but Poehler skillfully masked Leslie’s complexity in her outright hilarity.

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From iTunes, to Spotify

BY CARLY SNIDER

Your depth is undeniable; your appeal spans from Top 40 pop fans to self-proclaimed music elitists.

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Revisiting Tears for Fears for the anniversary of 'Songs from the Big Chair'

New Door

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

These emotions and feelings, though grand, tall and overstretched in some places, are ultimately true. And above all, they're yours.

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Hilarious 'Repeat After Me' forces celebrities to parody themselves

ABC

BY SOPHIA KAUFMAN

What gives “Repeat After Me” its energy isn’t so much the unpredictable interactions themselves, though they are, for the most part, hilarious — it’s watching talented actors make complete fools of themselves.

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Why 'Boyhood' should have won (and not 'Birdman')

IFC Films

BY CATHERINE SULPIZIO

I’m outing myself as an unapologetic sentimentalist when I say “Boyhood” clung to me far beyond the hot summer afternoon I saw it, and that’s why I champion it as the winner between the two.

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Moth Ann Arbor StorySLAM unites with personal tales of human experience

BY KAREN HUA

Storytelling is often an overlooked art, overshadowed by digital media’s domineering presence. Thus, the Moth aims to spread awareness about storytelling’s growing prevalence – to debunk myths about its archaic nature.

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Despite talented leads, 'The DUFF' falls flat

Lionsgate and CBS Films

BY BENJAMIN ROSENSTOCK

It’s a shame that “The DUFF” brings nothing new to the table, but it should, at least, send a clear message to comedy writers everywhere: put Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell in more movies.

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Kid Rock's new album is heartland sans talent

Warner Bros.

BY MELINA GLUSAC

The album is repetitive, melodically static and uninventive.

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NYFW: Under a new director, Oscar de la Renta retains feminine flair

Oscar de la Renta

BY CAROLINE FILIPS

Merely a week before he lost his eight-year battle with intermittent lymphoma, de la Renta appointed Peter Copping as his successor. Though maintaining de la Renta’s signature elegant femininity posed an undeniably daunting task, it’s clear Copping’s debut collection exceeded expectations.

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Giancarlo Buonomo: Party of one

BY GIANCARLO BUONOMO

Dining solo would seem to be a dreary and boring experience, with only your reflection in the water glass to keep you company. But since I’ve come to Rome, I’ve learned to appreciate the joys of dining solo.

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Interscope

Adam Levine is a sexy, howling beast

BY CLAIRE WOOD

I never thought howling could be sexy. Three minutes and six seconds into Maroon 5’s latest release “Animals,” however, teenage heartthrob Adam Levine successfully proves me wrong.

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CBS

'The Odd Couple' wastes talented cast on one-note jokes

BY ALEX INTNER

In a multi-camera sitcom, the jokes must be funny or else the studio audience laughter will be awkward, but the attempts for laughs on the “Odd Couple” lack any keen sense of humor.

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Daily Book Review: 'The Last Good Paradise'

BY CATHERINE SULPIZIO

With elegant prose that can swell into poetic intervals or sharp commentary, Soli presents a book that courses with flawed, colorful characters, lavish food descriptions (courtesy of a chef protagonist) and political intrigue.

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Big Machine

Growing up alongside Taylor Swift

BY CATHERINE BAKER

Keep shaking it off, Taylor, and the haters are gonna hate, but I’m rooting for you.

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Focus Features

Oscars 2015: In summary

BY JACOB RICH

Did the event even have a host? Neil Patrick Harris was certainly in attendance, but his charm, wit and soul were all painfully absent.

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Best and worst dressed at the 2015 Oscars

BY DAILY STYLE WRITERS

For one of fashion’s biggest nights, the Academy Awards, Daily style writers recap the hits and misses of the red carpet

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Les Films Seville

Claustrophobic 'Mommy' an impressive study of volatile relationships

BY REBECCA LERNER

The exuberant personalities of Steve and Diane are uncomfortably close in the tiny screen, illustrating the intensity of their bond and the need for space in the erratic relationship.

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'Something Rich and Strange' reflects on small town culture

BY FRANCESCA KIELB

Author Ron Rash captures the beauty of intense, gritty reality, by using small poignant scenes to get at underlying truths. He transports you to places that you know exist but spend your days ignoring. Yet once you start reading, you don’t want to stop, you don’t want to put your blinders back on. In fact, you can’t.

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Wick Management

Marian Hill needs a Wikipedia page

BY CATHERINE BAKER

Lloyd and Gongol simply take these same ideas that many other songwriters use — love, commitment, heartbreak — and simplify them down to their very bones, combining raw emotions with haunting vocals and interesting blends of classic instruments and electronic pulses.

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