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Ask Dalton: How to stop watching 'Big Brother' (you can't), and other queries

Are DVR battles hurting your marriage? What are the ethics of sneaking food into theaters—or watching lowbrow reality TV? Our resident pop culture omnivore Dalton Ross offers his sage advice.

Should I feel bad about smuggling soda and snacks into the movie theater? —LUCAS
Ask yourself this question, Lucas: Do movie theaters feel bad about charging you $12.75 for cold popcorn and a Fanta filled with 63 percent ice? Not only should you not feel bad, you should revel in your culinary craftiness. I encourage your anarchic cheapskate ways, but with a few simple caveats. Don’t be that dude cracking open cans and rummaging through loud plastic bags during the film. Pop the top during one of the approximately 11,274 previews before the movie (during an explosion, if at all possible), and house all prearranged snacks in whisper-quiet packaging. Stealth mode is a must when acting as the world’s foremost concession-stand ninja. (Also, nothing too pungent, please. That’s just common courtesy.) READ FULL STORY

'Growing Up Fisher' premiere review: NBC's cute, boring new comedy

J.K. Simmons can be a warm paternal presence, a comedic force, a terrifying human monster, or a wry closing-pitcher fifth wheel to the nominal protagonists. (See, respectively: the dad in Juno, J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man trilogy, Schillinger on Oz, his recurring role as a psychiatrist in the Law & Orderverse.) To the extent that NBC’s new comedy Growing Up Fisher works at all, it works because of Simmons. The show is based on the actual life story of creator DJ Nash, and it’s narrated by an older version of his onscreen surrogate Henry (Eli Baker) — although it’s set in the modern day in a hyper-specific geographic location known as Sitcomlandia.

The premiere sets up two concepty pitches for the show — dad is blind, the parents are getting a divorce — and strives hard to establish that Henry is on a Wonder Years-esque Coming of Age Journey, complete with Jason Bateman in the Daniel Stern narration role. (“Sometimes the tough moments in life make way for greater things you can imagine” is something that Bateman actually has to narrate.) But the focus is always on Simmons: It’s like The Wonder Years if the only interesting character was the dad. READ FULL STORY

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