‘The Walking Dead’ feeds off player’s choices


“No one is safe in “The Walking Dead.” Unlike the power fantasies zombie-related media typically induce, Telltale’s “The Walking Dead” is about dreadful choices; forced, dysfunctional relationships and the clash between Darwinist survival and civilized morality in the zombie apocalypse. As resources inevitably run low and tensions rise, the choices
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‘Life of Pi,’ a spiritual journey

There is a moment in “Life of Pi” when the titular protagonist, having recounted one fanciful and one literal version of the same story, asks a novelist which version he prefers. Without hesitating, the novelist confirms that the fanciful story is by far his favorite.  After sitting down with Ang
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French thriller, ‘The Big Picture,’ titillates

Book-to-film adaptations are often ill-fated. The subtlest variations in dialogue compromise tone and intricate backstories of 100-plus pages are crowbarred into tidy, truncated sequences. But what if you radically change the setting altogether? America is swapped for France, and the late ’90s blossom into the contemporary age of social media.
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Rihanna: Unapologetic

Another year, another Rihanna album. The latest, Unapologetic, is more collaborative, less danceable and speaks more to the singer’s consistency than it does to her creativity. Ever since Rihanna shimmied out of Barbados and onto MTV with “Pon de Replay” in 2005, she orchestrated her commercial ascent by doing two
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Jeff Tedford was fired from head coaching responsibilities Tuesday morning following his worst season at Cal.

Tedford gets the axe after worst season at Cal

When the dust had settled on the Cal football team’s worst season of Jeff Tedford’s 11-year tenure, the Bears lost more than nine games — they lost their head coach, too. Tedford, 51, was fired Tuesday morning, three days after Cal’s season-ending defeat at Oregon State. The 62-14 loss, the
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The Bears fell, 9-5, to the No. 1 Trojans in the final round of the MPSF Championships Sunday.

Cal’s season concludes in MPSF final

The Cal men’s water polo team could have been playing next weekend in the NCAA Championships. As it is, the Bears’ season ended Sunday after a 9-5 loss to No. 1 USC in the finals of the MPSF tournament. With the conference crown, the Trojans nabbed an automatic bid to
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