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Review: 'Clear History' Starring Larry David, Jon Hamm, Danny McBride, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton & Eva Mendes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2013 11:44 AM
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There are few people who have refined to hilarious perfection the intersection of circumstance, happenstance and neuroses quite like Larry David. As a writer/producer on "Seinfeld" and writer/producer/star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," he has created two extensive catalogs to a body of work where anxiety, superficial concerns and selfishness are also instantly relatable, and often gaspingly funny. And while the future of 'Curb' remains in limbo—David has remained undecided on another season, though the door at HBO is wide open for him to walk through at any time—he's instead focused his energy on feature-length movie for the network, that on paper seems like a homerun. Reteaming with "Seinfeld" and 'Curb' writer/producers Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer, and lining up a staggering cast, the fact that "Clear History" misses the mark as wide as it does isn't so much a disappointment as a complete mystery.

Watch: 3-Minute Trailer For Showtime's 'Masters Of Sex' Starring Michael Sheen & Lizzy Caplan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2013 2:12 PM
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We're sure the upcoming "Masters Of Sex" has the noblest of intentions, but we're also pretty sure the suits at Showtime were happy to have a program that will undoubtedly be a nudity fest (because, ratings), and have it all be in the name of telling the story. Putting the smuttier aspects aside, this 3-minute trailer for the upcoming show actually positions itself as a pretty intriguing looking drama about the intersection of love, sex and science.

Before 'Breaking Bad' This Weekend, Watch Extensive Q&As With Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Bob Odenkirk & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2013 12:43 PM
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When Steven Soderbergh pitched the idea earlier this year that the final two episodes of "Breaking Bad" should be shown in theaters, fans collectively freaked at the suggestion. And while it remains to be seen if that happens, The Film Society of Lincoln Center recently made everyone want to move to New York City, as they hosted a week of free screenings of every episode of the show in the buildup to this weekend's premiere of the final half of season five. Even more, they rounded up all the principal players to participate in Q&As and panels. Couldn't make it? Well, here's the next best thing.

The Power Of Christ Compels 'The Exorcist' TV Series To Keep Developing, But Without Sean Durkin

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 8, 2013 9:18 AM
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Last year it was announced that William Friedkin’s seminal 1973 horror film “The Exorcist” would receive a ten-hour miniseries treatment at the hands of “Martha Marcy May Marlene” director Sean Durkin that would function as part remake/part prequel. Now, it seems that the show’s producers, Morgan Creek Entertainment and Roy Lee (executive producer behind remakes of “The Ring” and “The Grudge”) have decided to go in a different direction.

The 5 Best Episodes Of 'Breaking Bad'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 7, 2013 2:00 PM
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This Sunday sees the beginning of the end of an era. Because on Sunday, AMC will premiere the first of the final eight episodes of "Breaking Bad," which over the last five-and-a-bit years has firmly taken its place among the pantheon of TV drama, winning an ever-growing following, rave reviews and fistfuls of awards. For the uninitiated (and really, how many of there can you be now?) the series follows Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a high school chemistry teacher already struggling to make ends meet when he's diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. Desperate to provide for his family, he teams up with Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), a deadbeat former student, to cook crystal meth. Complications, as you might imagine, ensue.

Paul Schrader Says 'Taxi Driver' Sequel Was The "Dumbest" Idea He Ever Heard

  • By Ben Brock
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  • August 7, 2013 11:38 AM
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Paul Schrader, one-time Hollywood screenwriting wunderkind, is back in the news with his new film “The Canyons” (read our review). Back when Martin Scorsese was a a bright young thing sticking it to the studios — this would be in the late '70s — Schrader was the man feeding him the material, writing “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” but with the '80s Schrader turned to directing, with varying success. From “American Gigolo” to “Cat People” to "Hardcore" to "Auto Focus" all the way to “The Canyons”...it's been an interesting journey (check out our full retrospective of his directorial efforts).

Recap: 'The Newsroom,' Season 2, Episode 4 'Unintended Consequences'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2013 10:02 AM
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If last week's "Willie Pete" was a narrative pit stop in an already shortened nine-episode season, "The Newsroom" kicked back into full gear on Sunday with "Unintended Consequences." Lawyer Rebecca Halliday (Marcia Gay Harden) returns to continue her deposition of the staff, with Maggie Jordan's (Alison Pill) life-altering Uganda story finally being told, the Operation Genoa investigation bearing more fruit and the organizers behind Occupy Wall Street once again getting kicked in the nuts. Basically, it's more of the same in a season that continues disappoint after a patchy but much more involving first season. As we hit the halfway mark of season two (with "The Newsroom" notably still not renewed for a third season), here's hoping the second half sees things turning around.

Peter Capaldi Is The New 'Doctor Who'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2013 2:44 PM
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Sort of the nerd version of the Royal Baby watch, "Doctor Who" fans waited breathlessly today for the announcement that would temporarily alter the universe of the long-running TV show. With Matt Smith stepping out of the TARDIS earlier this year, his replacement has now been officially named. And nope, it's a not a hot young bod, a woman or someone wildly unexpected.

Watch: 3 Clips From Larry David's HBO Comedy Movie 'Clear History'

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • August 4, 2013 10:16 AM
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With Larry David continuing to gain plaudits for his long-running HBO series, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” it was only a matter of time before the “Seinfeld” co-creator turned to something else. “Clear History” tells the story of a man (David) who plots revenge against his boss (Jon Hamm) who made millions off an electric car company. We listed the all-star cast joining the miniseries last September, and a few clips have dropped in anticipation of its debut next weekend.

Watch: Jay Z's 10-Minute Short Film/Video 'Picasso Baby' Directed By Mark Romanek

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2013 11:45 AM
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Inspired by famed performance artist Marina Abramovic, directed by Mark Romanek and an event coordinated through social media...you gotta hand it to Shawn Carter, he knows how to do it right. And the result is "Picasso Baby," the first promo/video/short film from his summer banger Magna Carta Holy Grail. And if you missed the premiere broadcast on HBO last night, not to worry, as it's now online for you to check out. So what's it like?

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