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The Pacific, a review

No one does misty-eyed reverence for the bravery and sacrifices of American soldiers in World War II like Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

The Academy Award-winning actor and director teamed up in 1998 to make "Saving Private Ryan", the story of a group of U.S. soldiers who go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper (Matt Damon) whose brothers have been killed in action. Three years later, they collaborated as co-executive producers with Gary Goetzman to make "Band of Brothers," the HBO miniseries about a U.S. Army company of paratroopers and its WWII mission in Europe.

Tonight marks the premiere of their latest World War II project: "The Pacific," an HBO miniseries tracking the real-life journeys of three Marines across the Pacific Theater (9 p.m. Sunday, March 14, HBO). While the 10-part series mirrors the previous films in its depictions of battlefield heroism and the physical toll of war, it also goes one step further.

Free Bird! A recap of Conan's final "Tonight Show"

The long goodbye is over. Conan O'Brien's final "Tonight Show" aired on NBC last night, and Conan proved this once and for all: The man is a class act all the way.

Conan was greeted by a tremendous ovation from his fans, who chanted, "Co-nan! Co-nan!" He settled the crowd and said, "Thank you, that's gonna have to last me awhile."

It'll have to last him for seven months, anyway.

It was a great farewell show, with Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell, Neil Young, Steve Carell and an awesomely spectacular show-ending musical number with surprise guests.

At the beginning of Conan's monologue he announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, we have exactly one hour to steal every single item in this studio," but the show was not filled with bitterness at all. It was bittersweet, for sure, but Conan was effortlessly gracious throughout.

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