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Review: Will & Mackenzie Make Up Their Breakup On 'The Newsroom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2012 11:00 PM
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We're only at the second episode and it seems everyone already has an opinion on "The Newsroom," and the fully transparent politics that Aaron Sorkin has on display, for better or worse, realistic or not. Yes, that has made the show uneven, but regardless, it's still an engaging (if at times exhausting) hour of television. But in this week's episode, let's credit Sorkin for doing something right: clearing up the source of Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and Mackenzie MacHale's (Emily Mortimer) divorce. In most other shows, this is the kind of thing that would've been talked around for a season, leading up to some kind of dramatic, climatic showdown. But here, it's a comedic moment and emotional release, all at once.

Watch: Brief New 'Django Unchained' Teaser Serves Up Bits Of New Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2012 10:09 PM
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Perhaps aware that a spaghetti western -- even if directed by Quentin Tarantino, who is a brand name director now -- centered around the subject of slavery might be a tricky sell, The Weinstein Company are getting the marketing campaign out early for the film that won't be arriving until Christmas. But that means even for all the advertising, the footage for now will remain the same until the movie is closer to completion (or until Comic-Con where Tarantino will be making an appearance).

'Downton Abbey' Helmer Brian Percival To Direct WWII Tale 'The Book Thief'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 1, 2012 6:24 PM
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Everybody loves “Downton Abbey,” don’t they? If you’re not a fan then I guarantee your friend is. Or your parents. Or your grandparents. Or your little sister. For some reason, the British period drama seems to have struck a chord with viewers of all ages on both sides of the pond, and as a result it shouldn’t come as a surprise that anyone involved with the show has found their stock steadily rising in tandem with the acclaim for the show.

Weekend Box Office: 'Ted' & 'Magic Mike' Smash Expectations, Dominate Box Office

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 1, 2012 12:11 PM
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Rareified air. This weekend's box office took cinematic money-making to a new high, with four movies registering eight-figure Fridays for the first time in history, leading to a bonanza that almost every studio enjoyed. Leading the way and outdoing all expectations was "Ted," the teddy bear-Marky Mark bromantic comedy that brought in a spectacular $54.1 million. It marks the third highest R-rated opening of all time behind "The Hangover Part II" and "Sex And The City."

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