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Review: Season 1 Of 'Doll & Em' A Low Key, Charming Look At Friendship And Celebrity

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2014 10:04 AM
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Doll & Em
The word "famous" probably isn't one that you would use to describe Emily Mortimer. Respected and talented, her impressive range of work includes movies with folks like Martin Scorsese, David Mamet, Woody Allen, Kenneth Branagh, Nicole Holofcener and more, and though you would probably recognize her on the street, her name might not ring many bells with the average filmgoer. Which is what makes the premise of "Doll & Em" all the more clever, with Mortimer playing a fictionalized version of herself, that uses the backdrop of Hollywood to tell a story not about the business necessarily, but about how the dynamics of friendship can be strained when one of them is living out her dreams and the other....well, isn't.

Jack Black Takes 'The D-Train,' Chloe Sevigny Feels '#Horror' And John Turturro & Vanessa Paradis Say 'Rio, I Love You'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • February 11, 2014 9:19 AM
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Nachrichten aus Berlin! That's “news from Berlin” to you English. But although it's from Berlin, it's about Rio de Janeiro, which is confusing. But yes, news has arrived that John Turturro and Vanessa Paradis (who paired up in his upcoming directorial effort "Fading Gigolo") have signed on for a segment in the forthcoming “Rio, Eu Te Amo” — and if you don't speak Portuguese, you can work it out from the previous films in the series of city-focused anthologies, “Paris, je t'aime” and “New York, I Love You,” the first of which was a surprise success back in 2006.

Elizabeth Banks Will Direct 'Pitch Perfect 2;' 'A Most Violent Year' Casting & More News

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 27, 2014 4:41 PM
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Pitch Perfect
One of the big sleeper hits of 2010, the musical comedy “Pitch Perfect,” grossed $115 million worldwide off a small $17 million dollar budget, so the Hollywood law of averages dictates a sequel must be made (even though the movie was a perfectly enjoyable, self-contained story that really needed no second chapter).

HBO Cleaning House? The 3rd Season of 'The Newsroom' Will Be The Last

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 13, 2014 6:22 PM
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Is HBO cleaning house, and perhaps sweeping away dead or underperforming weight? Just one week after the cable network announced the upcoming fifth season of “Boardwalk Empire” would be its last—news which surprised many of its fans—HBO announced that Aaron Sorkin’s troubled drama “The Newsroom” would also end (read: be canceled, gently) after its upcoming final season.

Josh Gad Heads To 'Gilligan's Island,' James Franco Is 'The Fixer' & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • December 18, 2013 11:35 AM
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James Franco
Amid all the insane speculation about the awards chances of a half-dozen movies that are probably all coming out this month, it's nice to be reminded that there is life after January. There are always films on the way and here's news on five of them, new projects all.

Recap: Aaron Sorkin Finally Gets It Right With The Season 2 Finale Of 'The Newsroom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2013 10:04 AM
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Before diving in, a bit of a disclaimer and/or explanation is in order. Thanks to TIFF taking me away from the television for a couple of weeks, followed by some bungling couriers and concluding in massive fatigue upon returning from Toronto, "The Newsroom" slipped off the immediate radar. And a show you might have heard of called "Breaking Bad" took priority over the weekend. But with Walter White's latest adventures concluded for now, I finally got a chance to catch up with the last two episodes of "The Newsroom."

Brian De Palma To Direct Meta-Adaptation Of 'Therese Raquin' Starring Emily Mortimer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2013 12:00 PM
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No matter what you thought about Brian De Palma's "Passion," it can't be denied that it found the filmmaker firmly back in his wheelhouse of erotically charged melodrama. And it looks like he isn't going to veer too far away from that subject matter just yet, only this time, it will happen on a movie set.

Recap: 'The Newsroom' Season 2, Episode 2 'The Genoa Tip'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2013 10:03 AM
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If last week's premiere was the small pebble, rolling down the mountain of the second season of "The Newsroom," you can start seeing the eventual massive snowball forming with the second episode. This new approach from Aaron Sorkin, with one large news story anchoring the narrative, is an interesting touch, but it doesn't get in the way of his usual combination of lefty liberal political posturing, speech-ifying, genuine drama and truly shameful emotional manipulation. And this week's "The Genoa Tip" has it in spades with a finale that nearly tips over into offensive bad taste.

Recap: 'The Newsroom' Season 2 Episode 1, 'The First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All The Lawyers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2013 9:58 AM
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After a rocky first season, both compelling and cringe-worthy in equal doses, and sometimes all at the same time, Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" is back for a second season and it has undergone some significant retooling. The writers' room was given a shakeup, and even as production got underway, Sorkin seemingly changed plans midstream. After the first two episodes had been shot, and while Sorkin was writing the third, he realized his story wasn't going to play out way he wanted. So he went to HBO, asked to reshoot major portions of the first two episodes and rewrite the third, which they agreed to, though the cost was dropping the season order from ten to nine episodes. So, what was the result of all this overhauling? Well, mostly more of the same, outside of one key structural difference.

Watch: 2 New Clips From HBO's 'The Newsroom' Plus Supercut Of Every Instance Of The Word “News” On The Show

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 12, 2013 9:39 AM
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Swerving in quality nearly every episode yet still sustaining a strong audience, HBO's “The Newsroom” approaches its second season with promises of rejuvenation and a return to form. Creator Aaron Sorkin has already discussed his decision to scrap the new season's first two episodes for story reasons, while also hoping people “take a second look” at the series overall, but now the network has released a few new clips to show off the end result.

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