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Martin Scorsese documentary on President Clinton stalled

A director likes to be in control -- it’s basically in the job description. The same could be said for a politician, particularly one who’s been leader of the free world. Put the two together on one project and, well, there’s no guarantee they’ll be able to play nicely.

In late 2012, HBO announced with great fanfare that director Martin Scorsese was embarking on a documentary about President Clinton. Scorsese, who has previously made documentaries about such luminaries as Bob Dylan and George Harrison, called Clinton “a towering figure who remains a major voice in world issues,” while Clinton said he was pleased to have a “legendary director” like Scorsese chronicle his years as president and his work since leaving the White House.

More than two years later, that project, which has been partially shot, has now stalled, according to a report in the New York Times. The alleged issue? Control. Specifically, Clinton -- looking to protect both his own image and that of his wife, Hillary,...

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Saturday's TV Highlights and weekend talk: 'With This Ring' and more

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SERIES

Storytellers Irish singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is live in Dublin in this new edition of the concert series. 7 and 10 p.m. VH1

MythBusters Adam and Jamie take on the 1980s TV series "The A-Team" in this new episode. 9 p.m. Discovery Channel

Black Sails This pirate drama from producer Michael Bay is back for a second season; with Toby Stephens and Luke Arnold. 9 p.m. Starz

Saturday Night Live Blake Shelton ("The Voice") pulls double duty as host and musical guest. 11:29 p.m. NBC

MOVIES

300: Rise of an Empire Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green and "Game of Thrones'" Lena Headey star in this 2014 sequel to the 2006 action tale about Greeks battling Persians in ancient times. 8 p.m. HBO

With This Ring Regina Hall, Jill Scott and Eve star in this new TV movie about three gal pals looking to leave their status as...

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TV This Week, Jan. 25-31: 'Bad Words,' Mel Brooks and more

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SUNDAY

Stars of screens big and small will be in attendance at the "21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards." 5 p.m. TBS, TNT

A bevy of beauties battles for the title at "The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant." 8 p.m. NBC

Jason Lee and Minka Kelly try to save a family of swans in the TV movie "Away & Back." 8 p.m. Hallmark Channel

That dude who had a beer named after him is just one of the Founding Fathers featured in the new, three-night miniseries "Sons of Liberty." 9 p.m. History Channel; also Mon., Tue.

MONDAY

Don't touch that remote! Boomer Esiason and Katharine McPhee host "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2015." 8 p.m. CBS

"Top Gear" revs up for a new season, followed by the debut of the car-customization challenge "Mud, Sweat and Gears." 8:30 p.m., 10 p.m. BBC America

Kathy Griffin and company dish on...

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TV Picks: 'Parenthood,' 'Fortitude,' 'Parks and Recreation'

  “Parenthood”: Jason Katims’ gently splendid family drama comes to an end with the Braverman clan all facing new stages of life, albeit on more solid ground than when the show began. The big question, of course, is whether patriarch Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) will survive the show — much of this season has involved him battling heart disease and, with heartbreaking realism, losing — though cast members have said the finale will include a flash-forward epilogue, so one can only hope Zeek will die off screen.

As an adaptation of Ron Howard’s 1989 comedy of the same name, “Parenthood” has accomplished the nearly miraculous feat of staying true to the original’s structure and spirit — an extended family supported and beset by all manner of “modern” problems — while becoming something very much its own.

Even in television’s age of exploration, “Parenthood” is unique: an adult family drama that swings big by not swinging big. None of the Bravermans are serial killers or drug dealers or...

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TV Picks: Ricky Jay, Tom Edison, 'Justified,' 'Masterchef Junior'

"American Masters: Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay" (PBS, Friday); "American Experience: Edison" (PBS, Tuesday). Two films about magicians, transformation and the impossible made real.

Ricky Jay is the first magician to be given the "American Masters" treatment, a press release would like you to know. But as the show's full title suggests, Jay remains mysterious in the piece and (prestidigitator that he is) largely directs your attention elsewhere, to the magicians who made him: Slydini, Cardini, Francis Carlyle, Al Flosso (the Coney Island Fakir), Dai Vernon, Charles Miller and, most significant perhaps, his grandfather Max Katz, an amateur magician of high standing who was his living introduction to some of these deceptively ordinary-looking men. There is no attempt to put his own work in the context of contemporary magic, or the wide world of illusionism, or harvest comments from colleagues, competitors or followers of his own -- what he means to or how he...

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Lena Dunham, Adam Sandler share Chris Farley stories on 'Late Late Show'

Thursday night, Judd Apatow began his short stint as one of the many guest hosts on CBS' "Late Late Show" to pass the time between Craig Ferguson's departure and James Corden's debut.

Rather than follow Ferguson's style of conducting one conversation with a guest at a time, Apatow instead relied on bringing out some of his friends, including "Girls" star Lena Dunham, Adam Sandler and Maria Bamford, to engage in a group discussion.

These being funny people, the talk quickly turned to their personal quirks, and it turned out that Dunham, Bamford and Apatow all have Obsessive-compulsive disorder quirks.

Though Sandler didn't confess to any such tics, he did recall that his old "Saturday Night Live" pal Chris Farley had a compulsion to lick things.

"Chris Farley, everywhere we went, was licking everything," Sandler said. "We went out to dinner at Wally and Joseph's, like 20 of us... we're walking and I'm talking to him and he goes, 'Antsy, you just gotta give me a minute.' And I go 'OK,...

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