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Simian siege, evolution of ‘Apes’

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SCENE from “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”: It benefits from seamless special effects, resulting in busier, more hyper-real scenarios

Darker and more ominous, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is a worthy, rampaging sequel to 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” sturdily continuing the saga of the chimp champion Caesar, default leader of similarly smart simians.

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Cloud-based service allows real-time TV viewing

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Couch potatoes have gone beyond viewing favorite shows only on TV screens, thanks to the Internet. One company provides an orderly, easily accessible system for such dedicated viewers, via tablets, phones and/or other gadgets.

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Brainiac blunders and breakthroughs abound in new show ‘Silicon Valley’

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THE CAST (from left): Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Thomas Middleditch, Zach Woods and TJ Miller. A “Silicon Valley” marathon airs July 20, starting at 12 noon.

Lewd and lowbrow elements often make up most of Mike Judge’s humor, but the “Beavis and Butthead” creator’s new HBO comedy series “Silicon Valley” is primarily smart and geeky, although it can still be crude and downright silly at times.

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‘Game of Thrones’ artist visualizes the fantastic

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“With my comics background, it was an easy transition to do the work on ‘Game of Thrones,’” said Northern Irish storyboard artist William “Will” Simpson, during a recent phone interview with the Inquirer.

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Life, loss and ‘The Leftovers’

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“ECHOES from the Dead” on Cinema World at 9 p.m. Sunday

Inspired by the religious belief called “The Rapture”—mass vanishing of innocent and righteous persons prior to the end times—“The Leftovers” is an aptly bleak HBO series that tackles the sudden, inexplicable disappearance of millions.   Created by Damon Lindelof (“Lost”) and Tom Perrotta (“Election”), the fantasy-drama series focuses on the aftermath of the global event [...]

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