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Posters For Steven Soderbergh's 'Behind The Candelabra' & 'The Killing' Season 3 Arrive

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2013 4:45 PM
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Behind The Candelabra, Matt Damon
Yes, they are tenuously linked -- they will both be on TV very soon -- but only one of them is playing in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, so let's start there.

Watch: Bill Murray's Expletive Filled Cameo On Amazon's 'Alpha House' With John Goodman

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 23, 2013 12:40 PM
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Given the events last week, chances are that you missed the fact that Amazon has released the pilots of over a dozen shows last Friday and while its the TV version of “Zombieland” that’s been grabbing all the attention, it’s "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau’s political comedy “Alpha House” that has our interest. A clip featuring everyone’s favorite person in the world has been released and trust us, you’re going to want to see it.

John Woo's WWII Epic 'Flying Tigers' To Arrive As Feature Film & Extended, 6-Hour Miniseries

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • April 23, 2013 11:37 AM
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John Woo ("Face/Off," "Mission: Impossible II") might have long ago left Hollywood in the dust, but his recent projects have been more epic in scope than any of the films he’s made in the past. His last solo directorial effort, "Red Cliff," had an $80 million budget, and the Chinese version was 280 minutes long. But his next project, the long-gestating "Flying Tigers," is shaping up to be his most ambitious effort yet.

Recap: 'Veep' Again Chooses Lower Stakes Humor Over Richer Comedic Potential

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2013 10:30 PM
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Having barely survived the midterm elections in the season opener, Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) has now finally been granted a greater say in the West Wing, starting with a chair on Foreign Policy. So, would we finally see Armando Iannucci try and tackle some bigger political themes, and perhaps grapple with potentially richer comic material? The answer is: not really. Essentially, this episode is basically A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Meeting, detailing the wide range of mishaps and crisis management Meyer and her team have to undergo on the way to getting her to an important, key strategy deliberation regarding a hostage situation overseas.

Review & Recap: Khaleesi Fires It Up in 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3 Episode 4 'And Now His Watch Is Ended'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • April 21, 2013 9:00 PM
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Game Of Thrones - Daenerys Targaryen - Season 3
Hello again everyone. In light of this past week’s events, I have to just jump up on this soapbox for a hot minute, so please humor me. I think that it’s an unfortunate coincidence, but also a relevant one to consider, when last Sunday night we experienced the brutal amputation to close out “Game of Thrones,” and then on Monday afternoon were forced to grapple with the shocking reality of amputation in the wake of the tragic Boston Marathon bombing. The graphic images of the bombing’s aftermath shattered our screens, in Tumblr dashboards and Facebook newsfeeds, and offered a sobering reality to the images of gore we experienced the night before on HBO. I don’t condemn “Game of Thrones” for showing us violence and gore, because violence and gore confronts us on the news everyday. To relegate violence to a fantastical world of dragons and forests and 3-eyed ravens and magic can be a coping mechanism for an audience like us, who must reconcile horrific acts in our own world on a regular basis.

Review: 'Mary And Martha' Starring Hilary Swank Plays Like A Dramatized Charity Infomercial

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 20, 2013 11:56 AM
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"Did you know, that if you take every single person killed in a terrorist act around the world in the last twenty years, and you add to that all the lives lost in the Middle East since 1967 -- the 6 Day War -- and you add to that every single American life lost in Vietnam, in Korea, and in every single American engagement since then -- Iraq, Afghanistan... If you take all those lives and you multiply by two, that's the number of children that die of malaria every single year," James Woods gravely intones in "Mary and Martha." That this audience educating factoid comes during one of the climactic moments of the movie should tell you everything you need to know about the intentions and storytelling choices in this sentimental, misjudged, one-note clunker, that's yet another wide misstep by two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank.

Watch: Harrison Ford Confronts Chewbacca On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2013 4:51 PM
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Harrison Ford isn't an easy interview at the best of times. Prickly, distant and not one to suffer fools easily, an interview with Harrison Ford isn't so much a professional courtesy as a death match, where any journalist hopes to come out at least half alive. And undoubtedly, Ford will be pushed to the limit when it comes to "Star Wars," and his rumored involvement in J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode 7." So leave it to Jimmy Kimmel to brilliantly riff off Ford's persona, with the actor gamely playing along.

Watch: First Trailer For Amazon's 'Zombieland' TV Series Plus Check Out The First Full Episode For Free

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2013 4:41 PM
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So Netflix is out and running hard with their play at original content, nabbing top tier talent (David Fincher, Kevin Spacey, Eli Roth) and/or acclaimed franchises ("Arrested Development," duh) and more or less making good on their promise on changing the television landscape. Not only has their decision to drop entire seasons at once been a breath of fresh air, the quality of the programming from what we've seen so far (okay, just "House Of Cards") at least suggests the decision to invest in quality has paid off. But what happens when you take the opposite route? Well, you get Amazon's "Zombieland."

Joseph Kosinski Developing 'Blade Runner' Meets 'Battlestar Galactica' Sci-Fi Series 'Ballistic City' For AMC

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2013 3:25 PM
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So, is AMC ready to go sci-fi? Well, it might be a smart play. The zombie genre has proven to be a massive success with the network, with "The Walking Dead" a big hit and it looks like they might want to see if sci-fi can do something similar.

Neil LaBute Heads To Television With 'Full Circle' Plus Poster For 'Some Velvet Morning'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2013 12:26 PM
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The usual conversation about Neil LaBute, at least around here, is how the man who broke out with provocative fare like "In The Company Of Men" and "Your Friends & Neighbors" has turned into the unrecognizable guy behind stuff like "Lakeview Terrance," "The Wicker Man" and "Death At A Funeral." But it looks like the man who examined and completely turned upside down the relationships between men and women, is returning to that fertile ground with two new projects.

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