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Matt Benincasa

Matt is an actor and writer from NYC, attending Fordham University with a Major in Communications and Minor in Theatre.

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Parks and Recreation returns to true form with one of the best episodes this season, as Jerry is retiring from the Parks Dept.

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My biggest problem with Parks and Recreation’s “Animal Control” episode is it’s heavy plot. Read more to find out why.

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If you haven’t seen NBC’s Deception, don’t miss this quick overview and insight right from the stars themselves about season one. If you have seen Deception, then you probably know why it deserves to be renewed. It’s addictive, suspenseful, and even funny. Just not enough people know about it; 5.6 million people watched the pilot

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Blu-ray and DVDMoviesScene Invasion

When he first read the book, Ang Lee said the same thing that everyone else, including many other ambitious filmmakers, said of the philosophical novel: “Life of Pi is un-filmable.” Last week at the Crosby Street Hotel in downtown Manhattan, director Ang Lee, screenwriter David Magee (Finding Neverland), and editor Tim Squyres (all films by Ang Lee

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InterviewsTV

To promote the new NBC primetime soap opera Deception, stars Victor Garber, Katherine LaNasa, and Ella Rae Peck sat down at a roundtable lunch in Midtown Manhattan to discuss what we’ve already seen in Season 1 and what to expect in upcoming episodes. Also starring Meagan Good, Tate Donovan, and Laz Alonso, Deception is a drama about the Bowers family, who

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Movie ReviewMovies

Who can kill a child? We are presented with this question early on in Come Out And Play, and it’s also an homage to the Spanish 1976 original. The mononymous first-time director Makinov captures the type of setting which we acknowledge exists but are thankful that our children don’t grow up there–a remote, fictitious island called Almanzora, on

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As long as Leslie Knope is willing to change her to name to Leslie Wyatt, or Congresswoman Mrs. Ben Wyatt (it’s a deal-breaker), Ben and Leslie are set to be married the same night of the park fundraiser gala, instead of three months from now. Just kidding. Leslie wouldn’t change

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Parks and Recreation is on a streak of poorly named episodes. It’s at least two, maybe three, I haven’t decided on “Two Parties” yet. It’s functional, yet boring. Be that as it may, Thursday’s episode, “Ann’s Decision,” is a major improvement on last week. The episode opens with Ron ordering a

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Poor Chris. He finds out his relationship status at the same time as the rest of Pawnee, and he probably secretly wishes that “in a personal relationship with” means “in love.” I said last week that he’s in store for a legitimate relationship (because establishing long-term romantic relationships seems to

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ListsMovies

A few of us had a chance to see an advanced screening of Side Effects, starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Channing Tatum. Overall, we weren’t too impressed. I think I was the most forgiving out of myself, fellow contributor Michael O’Brien and co-founder Kristal Bailey. Some of my comments about the film may be

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Ken Hotate (Jonathan Joss), leader of the fictional Wamapoke Tribe, is back in Pawnee to call everything racist and promote his casino with a giant neon sign…or just build a playground. That’s great too. Thursday’s episode of Parks and Recreation, “Two Parties,” is much more about Ben and Leslie’s bachelor and

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*Spoilers* When we first met Diane earlier this season, it wasn’t quite clear how long she’d be around. And could Ron let enough of his “emotions” bubble to the surface to form any sort of chemistry with her? After Thursday’s episode, I think Diane will be around for a long

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Thank the gods of television that Parks and Recreation isn’t a show about Leslie Knope turning the Pit behind Ann’s house into a park. Instead, the character development that has resulted in a caring April and a near-famous Ben Wyatt has stepped over the very thing that brought the office

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Meet Ben Wyatt’s dad: “he’s terrifying,” and he will NOT entertain the possibility of having red vines instead of Twizzlers. Ben’s hysterical and incessant insistence that his parents despise each other seems like exagerration for comedic effect. It can’t be thaaaaat bad, right? Jonathan Banks guest stars as Ben’s dad in this

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*Spoilers* First things first: does anyone else think in the picture above that Amy Poehler resembles Lucille Ball…a LOT? Ok. Moving on… I’m not sold on why television shows (especially sitcoms) are obligated to do an episode about Halloween. It’s limiting in nature and it’s been done about 700 times

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*Spoilers* It seems that Pawnee, Indiana always mirrors real life, but with some exaggeration to make things hilarious. And it’s uncertain exactly how crucial Parks and Rec thinks sexually transmitted diseases among senior citizens is in our country. But seriously, it’s an issue apparently. Anyway, Tom Haverford does represent a more obvious

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