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With Hollywood gloss and manufactured grit, 'The Contender' throws plenty of hooks

By Matthew Gilbert
Globe Staff / March 7, 2005

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Are reality TV shows looking more and more like big-screen movies? ''The Apprentice" plays out like a serialized ''Wall Street," ''American Idol" is fitted with all the trappings of ''Fame," and ''The Bachelor" and ''The Bachelorette" carry on with the lighthearted melodrama of every Julia Roberts romantic comedy ever made. With their expert camerawork, rousing soundtracks, plot arcs, and crowd-pleasing ... (Full article: 639 words)

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