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Recap: 'The Newsroom,' Season 2, Episode 6 'One Step Too Many'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2013 11:21 AM
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Yes, I know — I missed an episode last week. A dual combo of screeners not arriving in time and a brief vacation keeping me away from the television led to that one getting missed out on, but really, not much happened in season two's fifth episode "Will McAvoy's News Night." Oddly enough, for such a condensed season already (only nine episodes), it was something of placeholder. You've probably already caught up but in case you missed that one: Will's Dad died; Maggie has developed a drinking problem since Uganda, and it might be affecting her work; Sloan had some intimate photos uploaded to the web by a shitty ex-boyfriend, who she later kicked in the balls; Jim outsmarts a prank caller; and Charlie got his hands on a helo manifest which seems to indicate chemicals weapons of some kind were indeed brought along during Operation Genoa.

Recap: 'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 10 'Buried'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2013 10:05 AM
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"I am the danger," Walter White chillingly intoned in season four's "Cornered," but with dynamics having severely shifted since, Heisenberg may not be the most unpredictable wildcard in the show, or that Hank (Dean Norris) now faces. Racing down to the final episode, once again "Breaking Bad" is firing on all cylinders and while we wait to see the fate of Walter White, it seems the cards are being dealt for Skyler as she emerges as the Lady Macbeth of the show. It's astonishing reveal, one that once again reorients everything in the world of the program, making for yet another compelling piece of television.

TV Dial: Amazon Eyes Pilot From Roman Coppola & Jason Schwartzman, David Slade Goes 'Crossbones' Style & More

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • August 16, 2013 10:38 AM
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In spite of the disaster that was Amazon’s scripted series/continuation of the film, “Zombieland,” the company isn’t content to get out of the scripted content game altogether. The massive online provider of everything has purchased two additional pilots to turn into series: “Bosch," based on the series of popular procedural novels written by Michael Connelly, as well as “Transparent” starring Jeffrey Tambor. Amazon also has its eye on “The After,” from “X-Files” creator Chris Carter. But for our purposes, the most interesting of the bunch is “Mozart in the Jungle” from Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, about the classical music scene in New York.

John Gallagher Jr., Jesse Plemons & Zoe Kazan Join Lisa Cholodenko's HBO Miniseries ‘Olive Kitteridge’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 16, 2013 9:21 AM
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The attraction of Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Olive Kitteridge" was emphasized when actress Frances McDormand paid out of pocket for the rights, HBO and Tom Hanks decided to produce a miniseries from it, and Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") was tapped to direct it. The adaptation of Strout's short story collection will star McDormand and Richard Jenkins, and if that wasn't enough to draw your attention, a talented supporting cast has just been announced as well.

Lindsay Lohan Gets In The Dugout For A Role On 'Eastbound & Down'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2013 9:16 AM
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Are we witnessing the actual career (and personal) rehabilitation of Lindsay Lohan? Fresh off "The Canyons" earlier this month, Lohan (and her people) are working it pretty hard. She's already guest hosted "Chelsea Lately," she'll make headlines this weekend when her interview on "Oprah's Next Chapter" airs and she's also got a reality show in the works to air on OWN. And for her next move? She's going to pal around with Kenny Fucking Powers.

Julie Delpy To Pen 'Cancer Vixen' For Cate Blanchett At HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2013 11:23 AM
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While she's a firmly established and talented actress, Julie Delpy has been spreading her wings to the arenas of writing and directing over the past few years. In addition to earning credits for penning "Before Sunrise" and "Before Midnight," she's earned writer/director bonafides on "2 Days In Paris," the sequel "2 Days In New York," "The Countess" and French comedy "Skylab." And now it looks like HBO is wisely enlisting her talents for a burgeoning new series.

Watch: Stylish, Moody Teaser For Frank Darabont's TNT Event Series 'Mob City'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2013 2:37 PM
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Earlier this year, we got "Gangster Squad," a dramatization of the battle between Los Angeles cops and ruthless gangster Mickey Cohen that made Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy" looks understated and subtle by comparison. In short, it was a disaster, but can the small screen be the saving grace of that juicy story? We'll soon see as in a few months Frank Darabont will drop his take on the tale, and we have to say, as far as first impressions go...this has caught our attention...

Skyler, Hank & Jesse: Watch 'Breaking Bad' Audition Tapes Featuring Anna Gunn, Dean Norris & Aaron Paul

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2013 12:40 PM
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Breaking Bad
While we have to wait until next Sunday to fight just how deep Walter's threat of "Tread lightly" will go, let's take a step back time. Okay, more like a leap. It may be easy to forget, but when "Breaking Bad" first came around, it was a bit of an unknown quantity. Tim Whatley and Malcom's Dad playing a meth dealer? A cast of mostly character actor unknowns in a show on AMC? Whatever, bro. But of course, it didn't take a long before the show became a cultural force and a large part of that is due to the across the board, excellent cast. So how did they fare when they first got in front of cameras?

TV Shows From Steven Soderbergh & M. Night Shyamalan Continue Casting Up & 'Wizard Of Oz' Becomes Medical Drama

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 13, 2013 9:40 AM
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This past May saw the news of Steven Soderbergh’s first directing gig since his self-imposed hiatus from the cinematic world, the ten-episode Cinemax series “The Knick.” With production beginning next month, Deadline is reporting that the Clive Owen-starring series has added four new castmembers: Andre Holland (“Miracle At St. Anna,” “42”), Juliet Rylance (“Sinister”), Eve Hewson (“This Must Be The Place,” “Blood Ties”) and Michael Angarano who last worked with Soderbergh in last year’s “Haywire.” The series is set in a New York City hospital at the dawn of the 20th century and starts shooting late September.

Review: 'Breaking Bad' Season Premiere Promises All Bad Things Must Come To An End

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 11, 2013 9:52 PM
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Tonight "Breaking Bad" returned for the first of its final eight episodes which will bring the highly acclaimed series to its conclusion. Though the show has been on hiatus since last September, if you're like me, you've spent the last couple of weeks re-immersing yourself in the show, revisiting the previous five seasons, watching extended Q&A's with the cast and creator Vince Gilligan, reading Internet theories (Walt won't survive the finale? Walt is wearing a wire? etc.) and think pieces (see: Matt Zoller Seitz's excellent essays for Vulture), puzzling through the upcoming episode titles for clues and wondering just how it will all wrap up on September 29th. Despite the torrential downpour of hype surrounding the return of the show, the stellar premiere episode "Blood Money" (directed by star Bryan Cranston) does not disappoint. Rewatching last September's mid-season finale "Gliding Over All" just beforehand proved to be a wise decision as many of the cliffhangers from the finale are resolved in the premiere.

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