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In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 1, Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the Horcruxes – the keys to Voldemort’s immortality. On their own, without the guidance or protection of their professors, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever to battle the Dark Forces that threaten to tear them apart. Buy it on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD this April. Also available on Video On Demand.
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This month, the delight! squad wants you to express your individuality. These sites, ‘casts and blogs are full of tips to help you with anything from a little paint and tchotchke spruce-up, to a full-blown rebuild. researCH. review. remodel. Website: continuous-home-improvement-help.com It’s every homeowner’s lament … there’s always something to do around the house. Make your to-do list a pleasure to pursue with this site. Authored by construction guru Charles Gueli, it provides no-nonsense advice about indoor and outdoor renovations, timely information on home-related topics like energy savings and buying/selling tips, plus “stuff to buy” that spans best products, unusual gifts and consultative services. a plaCe For everyTHinG Blog: Unclutterer — This blog has home and office organization advice that the disorganized and obsessive-compulsives will find equally helpful. Unclutterer.com features organization strategies, product reviews, reader questions and more. It’s not necessarily a productivity blog or a site about interior design (although there are cross-references), but rather a sensible celebration of how getting uncluttered and organized can be the first step to more efficiently tackling your projects and realizing a better-looking space.
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He’s the consummate actor and a bit of a rebel. An inside look at why JosepH Fiennes can’t help but put his heart— and a lot of soul—in everything he does.
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Clad in a dark blue blazer, designer jeans and a crisp, bright-white buttonWATCH IT NOW! down shirt, Joseph Fiennes is the Get a sneak peek epitome of class. Resting back a bit of Jospeh Fiennes in his chair in a spacious bungalow in in Starz’s Camelot. Pasadena’s posh Huntington Hotel, he’s relaxed yet focused. And he’s everything Click it with your mobile device... you’d imagine him to be—respectful and so wonderfully English. Make that English (Salisbury, Wiltshire) by way of being raised in West Cork, Ireland. But then … as you experience more of Fiennes, you realize that the dashing man is actually one thing you may not have ever realized he was—a nonconformist. “I wouldn’t really give any advice,” Fiennes admits when asked about how to live one’s life outside of the box. “Probably because I think the human mind wants to latch onto an idea or an emotion like a leech and then, once it’s
set on the idea, it’s no longer cherished; it’s slightly destroyed. “I think you can live well by advice, but I think what you need to do is feel without thinking,” he adds with sheer grace. “In fact, my advice, even though I said I wouldn’t give it, would be to shut up the senseless chatter of the mind and … just feel.” And so it goes with one of Hollywood’s more profound artists. Here’s a man with an open heart, yes, but somebody who apparently is also smart enough not to get caught up in the trappings of “fame.” When his celebrity soared to great heights after starring opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in 1999’s indelible, Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love, Fiennes did something absolutely unpredictable. He respectfully turned down a five-picture deal with Miramax, all so that he could return to a place that just “felt” better—the stage. >>>
d!: In Camelot, Merlin is gutsy. In what ways do you feel you are courageous? JF: [Laughs] By getting back into a pair of tights. d!: Who do you most admire in history? JF: Desmond Tutu. He’s an extraordinary man that had to look at the essence of forgiveness and how to bring a really fractured landscape to pull itself into unity—without shedding blood. It was a brutal program of truth and reconciliation after apartheid, but somehow, it moved South Africa forward in a way I don’t think other countries can do. d!: When you think of home, what comes to mind? JF: My wife, my daughter, and the two little dogs we picked up in L.A. from a rescue home. d!: What do you love most about acting? JF: You get picked up by the scruff of the neck—if you’re lucky—and get dropped off at the front line of a very different perspective. You broaden your mind as a consequence. And I think that … is really a gift.
Fiennes (right) as Merlin on the set of Camelot with fellow actors Jamie Campbell Bower (left) as King Arthur and Peter Mooney (middle) as Kay. (At the time he reportedly noted: “I went back to what my initial voice was … If that meant not following up with a typical leadingman role, then that’s what it is. I’m an actor, and whatever speaks to me I will do.”) It’s just one of many indicators that Fiennes, a Screen Actors Guild Award-winner, marches to the beat of other creative percussions. Completely comfortable in his own skin, he sets a stellar example of how to remain true to oneself by making life choices more from the “heart” than the head. Enter Camelot, the epic and impressive 10-part mini-series hitting Starz this month. At first glance, the “King Arthur reboot” seems to be the perfect vehicle for Fiennes, who takes on the pivotal role of Merlin opposite Jamie Campbell Bower’s (The Twilight Saga) young, reckless Arthur. The show is lush with legend and, oh so English. But Fiennes saw other possibilities with the role. “I thought, ‘you know, fly or fail, I’m going to have fun with Merlin,’” he says with enthusiasm. “I thought, I, as an actor, am going to tackle Merlin in a different way—dispense with the long hair, the prophet-like look, with the beard and the long staff and the pointy hat, and I am going to do more of a bullish, warrior monk.” Eva Green costars as Arthur’s dark yet powerful half-sister Morgan and Tamsin Egerton takes on Guinevere. Collectively, Fiennes notes that the kinetic energy amongst the cast made stepping into this series all the more inviting. His instincts to take on the role were right on, but those instincts must have been nurtured at a younger age. “My mother and my father [Jini and Mark Fiennes] were the greatest influences in terms of my creativity and what I do,” Fiennes opens up. “One of my mom’s phrases was, ‘Put your guts into it. You have to instill your presence with discipline as much as just winging it.’” As a result, the Fienneses exposed their children to literature, great writing, the arts. “My mother was a writer and an artist,” Fiennes notes. “She felt that the whole world was integral to our society. Typically, it is that there’s politics, sports and then the arts. That was never the case [at home]—that the arts were second best. It was vital and pertinent. I grew up in that atmosphere, that belief. It was encouraged.” So much so that Fiennes, a fraternal twin and the youngest of six siblings—older brother Ralph also turns heads on screen— plunged into art school and later consumed himself in theater at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He stood out in numerous stage productions and captured the eyes of producers, who cast him in standout film roles like Stealing Beauty and Elizabeth. He carefully chose his roles after Shakespeare in Love—everything from Luther, The Merchant of Venice, Running With Scissors and, more recently, TV’s FlashForward filled an emotional purpose for Fiennes.
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Still, deep as he is, the creatively adventurous 40-year-old may not have realized he’d be going deeper. After the birth of his daughter with his wife Maria Dolores Dieguez last year, suddenly life—living—had new purpose. Becoming a father allowed him to explore a different frontier within himself. “What I am learning about myself lately comes from my infant daughter. Suddenly, it’s more about this little person; how they show up and mirror aspects of yourself. “[Children] are so uniquely different than you,” he muses. “Yet at the same time, you share so much with this amazing being. I’m learning about a kind of evolution of mind, body and spirit in the most extraordinary way—seeing all that as it silently filters into the oasis of my brain … and my heart.”
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The King’s Speech Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Goldman once said of Hollywood, “Nobody knows anything.” Each year when they assess the presumed star-studded hits that went on to bomb at the box office or the modest productions that the public unexpectedly took to its collective heart, he is proven right. Who would have expected that a film about an obscure British king who struggles to overcome his stutter would be the year’s most celebrated film. Colin Firth gives an indelible performance as Prince Albert, the man who would be King George VI, crowned in 1937 after his brother Edward VIII abdicated the throne for the woman he loved. George’s self-doubts about his fitness to rule during a time of economic tumult are fueled by his debilitating stutter. Enter Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), a struggling speech therapist with unorthodox methods who is recruited by the King’s nurturing wife (Helena Bonham Carter). The King’s Speech charts their unlikely friendship as an increasingly panicked George faces the prospect of a radio address to his people in which he will declare war on Germany. Written by David Seidler, who himself suffered from a childhood stutter, and artfully realized by director Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech rules. Rated R. Made in Dagenham The year is 1968. The place is the Ford factory in the London suburb of Dagenham. The women sew car seat upholstery in deplorable conditions in an outdated plant. Worse, they are being reclassified as unskilled labor and make a fraction of what their male co-workers make. Golden Globe-winning star Sally Hawkins is Rita, an unlikely candidate who becomes the leader of an equal pay movement after the plant’s union rep (Bob Hoskins) selects her to attend a meeting with Ford management where she angrily threatens a strike. From here, she and her co-workers are on a collision course with Ford, the area’s largest employer, which threatens to shut down the factory. They gain a champion in Barbara Castle (Miranda Richardson), the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity, as well as support from the wife (Rosamund Pike) of a Ford executive. With its spirited performances and period-setting soundtrack of classic AM rock, Made in Dagenham is an efficiently assembled crowd-pleaser. Rated R.
Rabbit Hole Rabbit Hole is a wrenching and powerfully sad film, and yet the insightful screenplay by David LindsayAbaire (based on his own Pulitzer Prize-winning play), sensitive direction by John Cameron Mitchell, and exceptional performances by Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, and Dianne Wiest elevate what in lesser hands could have been a shallow movie of the week. Kidman and Eckhart star as Becca and Howie coping, but not really, with the death of their four-yearold son. They are at cross-purposes: she wants to let go, and he wants to hold on, watching home movies of the once happy family. Becca does not take to group therapy. She rebuffs Howie’s romantic advances, as well as the counsel of her mother (Wiest). Howie bonds with Gabby (Sandra Oh), a member of the support group for eight years. Meanwhile, Becca seeks out the high school boy who accidentally killed her son. Rabbit Hole is not without humor, pitch black though it may be. And it is not without hope. When Becca asks her mother if the pain ever goes away, she replies, “No. It changes. The weight of it.” Rabbit Hole deals with unimaginable loss and grief, but it never feels heavy. Rated PG-13. The Fighter David O. Russell’s The Fighter is a boxing movie like Chariots of Fire is about track. Much grittier, but just as rousing, it was one of 2010’s best films, and certainly one of the best acted. From A-listers and Oscar nominees Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo to the unknowns who punch up the film with authentic local color, there isn’t a bum in the cast. Wahlberg, who trained for four years while waiting to get this pet project made, stars as junior welterweight Micky Ward from Lowell, Mass. Managed (or mismanaged) by his formidable mother (Leo) and trained by his irresponsible crackhead brother Dicky (Bale), a former boxer whose days as “the pride of Lowell” are long gone. Then he meets Charlene (Adams), a strong-willed barmaid who encourages Micky to break free from his family (including his seven intrusive sisters) to pursue his dream. While the boxing sequences deliver the brutal goods, the film’s most hardhitting scenes take place outside the ring. Perhaps The Fighter’s greatest achievement is that it indelibly captures a sense of place as well as the soul of the people who populate it. Rated R.
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America’s Test Kitchen serves up practical and perfected cooking methods that ensure delicious meals every time. The long-running public television hit America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) doesn’t need catchy buzzwords or Hollywood hype to sell its sizzle. Instead, this engaging yet to-the-point educational program (currently in its 11th season) lets its carefully culled recipes, food science segments, cooking equipment assessments, and taste tests speak for themselves. The approach is practical and simple: the best food, methods and equipment, equal the best outcome—no matter what you’re cooking. Unlike cable and network commercial television food preparation shows, ATK—filmed in an actual 2,500-square-foot cooking facility by the same name near Boston—forgoes the typical mainstream trappings of a studio audience, celebrity chefs, guests, and idle chatter. On ATK, the art and science of cooking reigns supreme. Each half-hour episode offers viewers ingenious recipes that the ATK staff has tested again and again—in some cases up to 70 times—while finding the perfect mix of ingredients, methods and cooking tools for each culinary creation. Moreover, ATK equips its audience with invaluable knowledge of the chemistry of cooking and how chemical reactions affect food texture and taste. Whether it’s the best way to braise, brine, baste, blanch or bake, this program serves up all of the fixings to make you a well-educated chef.
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Tip 1. Choose the correct cut of beef.
Chuck eye roast is picked for the best balance of fat and flavor. It’s cut into two miniroasts allowing extra fat to be trimmed away. This also shortens cooking time and allows meat to properly tenderize.
3. Select the best ingredients for thick, flavorful gravy.
2. Improve the flavor of the ingredients.
Vegetables for the braising liquid are sautéed before being added to the pot. The meat is salted on both sides.
Beef broth beat water as a cooking liquid and keeps the gravy’s thick consistency. ATK found Rachael Ray’s beef stock to be the best store-bought brand. other flavor-boosting ingredients are added to the sauce: garlic, red wine, tomato paste, thyme and bay leaves. Thicken the gravy by adding blended vegetables from the pot the meat was cooked in.
from the chef: Toss in the entire sprig of thyme. The stem carries a ton of flavor.
4. Establish the best cooking methods.
Braise in the oven sealing the pot with aluminum foil before securing the lid. This method concentrates the steam for an even simmer. To achieve a browning look or Maillard reaction, you do not need to sear the meat. Science segment The Maillard reaction: Sugars and amino acids combine to create intense flavor molecules. Usually you need a fair amount of heat to do this, but if there is less liquid at the bottom, leaving most of the meat dry, and it’s in the oven for a long period of time, you will achieve browning.
The ReCIpe TeST: ClaSSIC poT RoaST
Objective: pot roast can be
bland, full of dry, stringy meat, stubborn fat, and wan gravy. ATK’s challenge is to make a meltingly tender roast sauced in savory, full-bodied gravy.
Science segment The Science of Salting: When salt is added to beef, osmosis draws water to the outer surface of the meat then retracts back. The meat retains both the salt and moisture within, resulting in more tender, flavorful meat.
The TaSTe TeST: oaTS
The eqUIpMenT TeST: DUTCh oVenS
Objective: With so many choices in the supermarket today,
ATK’s challenge was to find the brand and style of oats that work best for both breakfast and baking. Five brands were assessed dry, then prepared and tasted: 1. quaker quick oats : easiest to make, but were the least favorite tasting. 2. quaker old Fashioned oats: Voted best oats for both baking and breakfast. 3. Bob’s Red Mill organic extra Thick Rolled oats: had a great flavor, but didn’t hydrate or cook properly in cookies. 4. Bob’s Red Mill organic Steel Cut oats: Favorite for cooked flavor, but were described as “aquarium rocks” when used for baking. 5. McCann’s Steel-Cut Irish oatmeal: Voted least favorite, as flavor was a little sour.
Objective: a kitchen essential, Dutch ovens can
cost as much as $200. ATK’s challenge was to find the best type of Dutch oven for the most reasonable price. The best pots were wide enough (at least 8") to brown 3.5 WiNNER pounds of beef, heavy Cast iron was the enough to brown the meat material of choice; evenly, and able to retain enamel-coated cast iron enough heat to prevent was the best Dutch the oil temperature from oven winner. dropping too abruptly when food was added.
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Showtime, CBS, AMC, Comedy Central, Current TV
TuNe IN: Showtime, CBS, Current TV, AMC, Comedy Central
More Drama & New Shows Make the Spring Lineup Inviting
By Greg Archer
Sunday nights stand out for the entire month, but forget everything you might expect from one series—hello, Nurse Jackie—and embrace a few different shows that could become hits. Behold—the month’s headturners:
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It’s one of the best-written shows on television. Nurse Jackie has two intoxicating things going for it—Edie Falco, of course, who can do no wrong creatively doing so much wrong in this Emmy Award-winning series. The other jewel is how unapologetic the show is. True, we’re now inundated with dramas featuring flawed characters but unlike, say, Shameless, which tends to play things over the top with its lead, Falco’s pill-popping Jackie remains a crowd-pleaser. Why? Falco shows panache, depth and, most importantly, subtlety in a complex role of a self-aware addict coping with how absolutely messed up she is. In the third season, Jackie finds herself on the receiving end of an unwanted intervention, but yet oh so skilled at masterfully hiding that pill addiction she has no intention of quitting. We love that Lady J’s secret is out. And we’d love to—at some point soon— discover the underlying motivations of Falco’s character even more. The time is coming to show audiences how Jacks got herself into this emotional mess. Bring it on. Watch: Mondays, 10/9 pm C, Showtime
› Nurse Jackie
› 4th and Forever
It revolves around a group of rogue CIA spies in the Clandestine Administration and Oversight Services (CHAOS). Sounds serious. But actually, Chaos is a comedydrama. How CBS spins this will be interesting. After all, threats to national security and political infighting aren’t always the most amusing topics, but this is the network that worked wonders with the CSI and NCIS franchises. Good news: the cast is solid. Freddy Rodriguez (Grindhouse, Six Feet Under) is on board alongside Tim Blake Nelson and Christina Cole. And what, exactly, will this “CHAOS” team do? Leap into highrisk foreign intelligence missions “using manipulation, deception and wit to succeed.” Watch: Fridays, 8/7 pm C, CBS
At first glance, 4th and Forever appears to be just another reality series but it’s far from it. This revealing new outing is both breathtaking and bold in its vision and execution. Here, we’re taken inside Long Beach Polytechnic High School, a beleaguered educational institution that has bred most of the nation’s NFL players. As we follow around some hopefuls—young men with varying life challenges—the series steers clear of being dramatic or even melodramatic. By genuinely showcasing these young men with real dreams, you witness a heartfelt realness that is so blatantly absent from other reality bashes. “It’s everything to me,” assures one young player of “the game.” “I sleep and drink and think about the football team every day.” Another teen—a father dedicated to raising his infant son—wants to do good so he can provide for his family. Watch, too, for how well the show’s writers weave in just the right amount of revealing testimonials from coaches who shed light on gang issues and their attempts to keep the students focused— and off the streets. “Our football program has saved a lot of kids,” one coach notes, adding that he’s been driven to “look inside the young person and see what you can do to help them.” As for Current TV, the ever brave and passionate indie net that birthed this show? One word: Touchdown. Watch: Premieres Sunday, April 3, 10/9 pm C, Current TV
› The Killing
The series Forbrydelsen quickly became a cult hit on Danish TV. Now, this inventive American revamp ushers one of TV’s best actors: Billy Campbell a la Once and Again fame. Mireille Enos (Big Love) and Joel Kinnaman costar. Perhaps more promising is that Cold Case executive producer Veena Sud is at the helm of the project, which suggests there will be care in how the
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plots unravel and how the show is shot. About that … the tale revolves around the murder of a young Seattle girl and the subsequent police investigation. This also marks the fifth original series AMC has launched—following the success of Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Rubicon and The Walking Dead. Taking the network’s glowing track record into account, we could very well have another guilty pleasure on our hands. Watch: Sundays, 10/9 pm C, AMC
stars as Lucrezia Borgia and Francois Arnaud as Cesare Borgia in The Borgias.
Can you really work together 9 to 5 and then live together from 5 to 9? That’s the premise of this new comedic escapade, which comes from the irreverent minds that made the sketch group Mail Order Comedy such a hit on the Internet. Forget dress codes and deadlines. Think young—very young—self-starters (a troika, in fact) who can prank and work with similar levels of intensity. Whether series stars Adam DeVine, Anders Holm and Blake Anderson will retain their level of Web fame remains to be seen. (They may have more work to do.) Watch: Premieres Wednesday, April 6, 10:30/9:30 pm C, Comedy Central
› The Borgias
We’ve got another “epic” series on our hands. Here, writer-director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) has an Oscar winner to mold—Jeremy Irons, who morphs into Rodrigo Borgia, the patriarch of one of history’s most notorious families, and the man who became pope in 1492. This may sound heaven sent creatively, but on screen, expect some hell. Borgia is manipulative and scheming as he maneuvers his way into the highest position of power during the Italian Renaissance. “I will not forgive failure!” he assures one minion. Prepare for spilled wine— and bloodshed. Watch: Sundays, 9/8 pm C, Showtime
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A New Kind of Home Phone
By Emily Glass
Apps that help out around the house.
Get quick fixes to common household headaches in just a few clicks with these helpful mobile phone apps.
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Primary Function: This app is perfect for at-home projects. It contains five professional utensils from a carpenter’s tool kit including a plumb bob, surface level, bubble level bar, steel protractor and steel ruler. Once calibrated, the plumb bob, surface level, and bubble level can also be used as an inclinometer/ clinometer by reading the angles on the screen. delightful feature: Every movement is measured and appears on the screen. The “hold” button instantly stops on a particular point, allowing you to record your measurement. This app is best for: DIY enthusiasts Compatible with: iPhone, iPod Touch, Android Get it: For $1.99 at the iTunes App Store or the Android App Market
Primary Function: This app is a myriad of visual inspiration for home decor. The photo gallery is composed of actual “dream home” interiors around the globe and is updated weekly, allowing you to browse regularly for ideas. The photos are categorized by room type, color, style, most recent, and most popular. delightful feature: As you discover interiors you like, simply tap the star button and they’ll automatically be added to your “favorites” folder for easy reference and viewing later. This app is best for: Creative thinkers and big dreamers, who are always looking to update their home. Compatible with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Get it: For $1.99 at the iTunes App Store
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Editor’s Note: The tools in the iHandy Carpenter app can be purchased separately, but we recommend this package for cost, organization, and efficiency.
Primary Function: Never put a pen to paper for a grocery list ever again with this interactive tool that allows you to make lists, sort items by aisle and scan barcodes for regularly used products. Even input the grocery store you frequent, along with the aisle layout, for customized list organization. Also view available coupons, then print or email them for redemption.
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Primary Function: This organizational tool is a centralized filing system for all the “todos” pertaining to your home. Add tasks when they’ve been done, and when the task needs to be done again. Your phone will not only alert you when the time has come to perform the task again, but it will also provide information that was input last time the task was performed. Either add your own tasks, or choose from the list supplied, which serves as great reminders for tasks you may forget to do in a timely manner, like cleaning the chimney and gutters, or changing the furnace filter. delightful feature: Generate your tasks into an easy-to-read report that can be emailed to someone or printed for your personal records. This app is best for: Busy homeowners Compatible with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Get it: For $4.99 at the iTunes App Store
delightful feature: Sharing your list is easy! Create an account the whole family can share and any changes you make to the list will automatically sync on all phones. So, whoever finds time to go to the store has the most up-to-date list of items needed. This app is best for: Families that purchase a lot of items in one trip Compatible with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android Get it: Free at the iTunes store or the Android App Market
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