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Recap: 'The Newsroom' Closes Up Its First Season With An Underwhelming Season Finale

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 27, 2012 10:01 AM
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And so here we come to the end. "The Newsroom" arrived nine weeks ago with high expectations -- the return to TV of Aaron Sorkin, the man behind one of the best network TV series ever, "The West Wing," and a fairly fresh-minted Oscar winner for his screenplay for "The Social Network." The pilot was problematic, but not without promise, but over the run of the series, Sorkin's indulged many of his worst instincts for a show that's been frustrating, and borderline terrible. Every so often, it feels like it might recover with a better episode, before plummeting back down again (with last week's episode something of a nadir for the series).

"How Many People Have You Killed?": New Trailer For 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 3 Promises A High Number For Many

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 27, 2012 9:19 AM
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Losing one of the series' most well-drawn characters alongside one of the least, season three of “Boardwalk Empire” has wasted no time in teasing the repercussions caused by the former's occurrence (sorry, Paz de la Huerta fans), and now a just-released teaser is here to continues that building tension.

David Fincher Says He's Still Figuring Out 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel; Reveals Other Directors On 'House Of Cards'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2012 9:11 AM
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With Sony confirming last week that "The Girl Who Played With Fire" would not be hitting screens in 2013 (hardly a shock considering no casting or greenlight or any other movement had happened on "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" followup), speculation brewed as to whether or not David Fincher would return. While "The Social Network" was pretty much smooth sailing, his relationship with Sony grew fractious during 'Dragon Tattoo,' with heads butting from the start over casting and more bumps along the way. "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" was expected to be his next film, but we'd wager Disney might be re-considering the expensive 3D and CGI-heavy movie in the wake of the belly flop "John Carter," and particularly with "The Lone Ranger" reportedly already going over budget. Whatever might be going on behind the scenes, it seems Fincher still has Lisbeth Salander on the brain.

Recap: Benedict Cumberbatch & Rebecca Hall Shine In First Part Of Period Miniseries 'Parade's End'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 25, 2012 12:59 PM
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The specter of "Downton Abbey" has been present in the run up to the broadcast of BBC and HBO's new period drama "Parade's End," which aired its first episode in the UK last night (it'll come to the US cable network in the near future, though no exact date has been confirmed yet). Both are lavish period tales in the run up to, midst and aftermath of the first world war, and the star of the latter, Benedict Cumberbatch, didn't help matters much when he labelled the second season of 'Downton' "fucking atrocious" in a recent interview.

Cameron Crowe Eyes Michael Chabon's 'Telegraph Avenue' For HBO; 'Beautiful Boy' Goes Next After 'Deep Tiki'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2012 8:44 AM
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You might have forgotten, but in 2011 Cameron Crowe dropped three movies after being absent from the big screen for six years: the Matt Damon dramedy "We Bought a Zoo" and two music documentaries, "The Union" and "Pearl Jam Twenty." And heading into 2012, he isn't slowing down one bit. At the end of last month, his once-aborted romantic comedy "Deep Tiki" came back to life over at Sony with Emma Stone attached, and now he's got two more projects brewing that he'll tackle once that picture is in the can.

Malin Akerman Finds 'Suburgatory'; Chloe Sevigny Visits 'Portlandia'; Ciarán Hinds Joins 'Game Of Thrones' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2012 6:10 PM
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Malin Akerman has had a bit of an unlucky run on the big screen in 2012, with "Wanderlust" and "Rock Of Ages" both underperforming, and the upcoming "Stolen" with Nicolas Cage looking like....well, a Nicolas Cage movie. But she's hoping to cap off the the year on a stronger note. The actress is headed to the small screen for some guest stints on ABC's "Suburgatory." The episodes, set to air near Thanksgiving and Christmas, will find her popping up as the "beautiful and free-spirited singer-songwriter" mother of Tessa (Jane Levy), with whom she hopes to form a relationship and put her troubled past behind her. "Suburgatory" returns in October.

Fall TV Preview: 15 Shows To Look Out For In The Coming Season

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 24, 2012 11:56 AM
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With the summer pretty much winding down in every way except the temperature, our thoughts are starting to turn towards the fall line-up. Over the next week or two, as the festival season gears up, we're going to be casting our eye on what to expect not just from Venice, Telluride and TIFF, but also the rest of the movie season in general.

Recap: 'Louie' Goes 'Looking For Liz' With Chloë Sevigny In A Mixed Bag Of An Episode

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 24, 2012 9:59 AM
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To say that the third season of "Louie" has taken a more serialized approach would be an exaggeration, but both thematically and narratively, Louis C.K's used a little more continuity than usual across the episodes. Indeed, last week's season high -- with a more stand-alone approach -- was almost the exception the rule, with the series so far including a number of recurring characters, callbacks to previous seasons, and even the first two-part episode.

'Martha Marcy' Helmer Sean Durkin To Direct Four-Part UK TV Drama 'Southcliffe,' From 'Red Riding' Writer Tony Grisoni

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 5:40 PM
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After making a big splash last year with his unnerving indie "Marth Marcy May Marlene," director Sean Durkin is beginning to line up an impressive slate of projects. While reports that he was going to tackle a TV remake of "The Exorcist" ultimately seem to be erroneous (and highly denounced by William Friedkin), he since nabbed the gig helming the long-developing Janis Joplin biopic "Janis." But he isn't done with the small screen, and will tackle a show that will take him across the pond.

New Season Of 'Arrested Development' Will Drop Spring 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 3:55 PM
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It's time for your semi-regular, minor update on the highly anticipated new season of "Arrested Development" that is now shooting. In the past week or so we've learned that the Silver Fox himself, "Mad Men" star John Slattery, has joined the cast in an unknown role and more awesomely, that the previously planned 10 episodes could now be stretching out to 13. But when can we see them dammit!? Well, very soon.

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