December 14, 2018

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What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Heathers’ and ‘Citizen Kane’

What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Heathers’ and ‘Citizen Kane’
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A modern-day TV update of the 1989 film “Heathers” debuts on Paramount Network. And “Citizen Kane” is streaming on Filmstruck.

HEATHERS 10 p.m. on Paramount Network. First, there was a film. Then, a musical. And now, this high school comedy originally written by Daniel Waters is being brought to television by way of the screenwriter Jason Micallef. While some things about high school never change (there are still bells, right?), it’s a good bet that Grace Victoria Cox’s present-day version of Veronica Sawyer (the teenager originally played by Winona Ryder) will have her work cut out for her in the iPhone-enhanced world of contemporary teenage cliques.

GOOSEBUMPS (2015) 6 p.m. on FX. This over-the-top adaptation of R.L. Stine’s famed children’s horror book series puts a version of Mr. Stine in the plot and casts Jack Black to play him. The plot concerns kids accidentally releasing real monsters from Mr. Stine’s books. He has to help lock them back inside. In a review of the film for The New York Times, Nicolas Rapold wrote that “the action all feels more squealy than scary for children, leavened by a steady flow of gentle sarcasm.” Those who would prefer a night out on Thursday evening can opt instead for the sequel, which is currently in theaters.

DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990) 8 p.m. on HBO2. Kevin Costner starred in (and directed and produced) this epic western, based on a novel of the same name by Michael Blake, who also wrote the screenplay. Mr. Costner plays a Union lieutenant on the American frontier. In his review for The Times, Vincent Canby wrote that it’s “the kind of rugged frontier adventure that every 10-year-old boy dreams of living, and possibly every actor dreams of re-creating.”

DEUTSCHLAND 86 12 a.m. (Friday) on SundanceTV. The Cold War spy thriller series “Deutschland 83,” which follows the exploits of an East German spy in West Germany, originally aired in 2015. Its sequel comes three years later, and moves the plot three years forward.

CITIZEN KANE (1941) on Filmstruck. The Neptune Pool (site of a benefit swim last Sunday) is one of the most iconic features of the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif., which was built for William Randolph Hearst. He and his extravagant abode provided the basis for Orson Welles’s most famous film, in which his main character, Charles Foster Kane, is a stand-in for Hearst, and Kane’s “Xanadu” is the Florida equivalent of Hearst’s castle. With the release on Netflix of Welles’s long-unfinished “The Other Side of the Wind” next week, now is a great time to revisit Welles’s best-known masterpiece. The fact that “Citizen Kane” is available to stream is something that Hearst would likely have been outraged about (he tried to suppress the film’s release). But to others, this movie’s greatness was known from the moment it came out. “It can be safely stated,” Bosley Crowther wrote in an article for The Times about the 1941 premiere, “that suppression of this film would have been a crime.”



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