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Watch: Teaser Trailer For HBO's Beyonce Documentary Directed By Beyonce

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2012 1:56 PM
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Who better to direct a documentary about Beyonce than Beyonce? That seems to be the thinking behind the upcoming pic about Mrs. H-O-V-A, mother of Blue Ivy and pop music star extraordinaire. And now we have a brief taste of what B will dropping in 2013.

Brad Pitt Brings 'Paper' To HBO, Says He'd Love To Reteam With David Fincher For '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 30, 2012 10:02 AM
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Though basic cable networks like FX and AMC, as well as streaming giant Netflix, are trying their hand at the type of programming that made HBO famous, the cable company isn’t yielding an inch. Variety is reporting that the venerated cable channel is developing the new series “Paper” with Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B.

Michael Mann & David Frankham Talk HBO's 'Witness,' The Influence Of '60 Minutes,' Filming War Zones & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2012 9:56 AM
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Everyday, from the around the world, we receive images in our newspapers, magazines, inboxes and online articles dispatched from some of the most dangerous places on Earth. Usually accompanied by an article or text giving an overview of the situation from whatever far flung place the pictures are coming from, we're usually on to the rest of our day before that image has a chance to linger. And given that the media tends to work in cycles, while situations in places that made headlines months ago may still be evolving, reporters in general are on to the next thing. But that's where "Witness" comes in.

Watch: Third Season Announcement Trailer For 'Luther'; 'Wilfred' Also Gets Renewed For Another Season

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 2:38 PM
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...and just like that, out of the dark, "Luther" fans have some very, very good news. Idris Elba and the show are back. As for Ruth Wilson and Alice? You'll just have to wait and see.

Review: 'Ethel' Is A Powerful Personal Portrait Of Love & Liberalism

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 18, 2012 5:00 PM
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Few American dynasties hold the same mystique as the Kennedy clan. Defined largely by professional triumph and personal heartache, the Kennedys are the closest thing the United States has to royalty, and as the years go by, the amount of historical miscellanea that is produced or unearthed about the family seems to grow exponentially. Even as the kings and queens of the dynasty grow old and die, which is a far less tragic exit than many members of the family, our nation's collective fascination deepens and intensifies. One of the latest pieces about the Kennedy empire is "Ethel," a film by Rory Kennedy, about her mother, Ethel Kennedy, wife of slain senator and presidential nominee Robert F. Kennedy.

Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Continues To Spin Its Wheels With 'Blue Bell Boy'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 8, 2012 10:03 AM
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In retrospect, perhaps we’ve been too generous about the slow pace of “Boardwalk Empire” season three. After all, even one of our comrades at IndieWIRE, Anne Thompson, said she was dismayed at HBO’s decision to renew the show for a fourth season considering the molasses like rhythm of season three so far. It’s a wee bit hyperbolic a statement in the scheme of things, but it’s also a valid point: “Boardwalk Empire” has been moving painfully slow and the absence of the conflicted, but charming and handsome Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) is still being felt like an ache. While the season could be seen as a mourning of such, everyone, and every plot line, is taking far too long to develop. As patient as we’ve been, we’d like the fog to lift, the metaphorical grieving to stop, and for everyone to move on and move forward.

Guillermo Del Toro Heads To HBO For 'Hitchcockian' Crime Drama 'Nutshell Studies'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 18, 2012 10:40 AM
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By the time "Pacific Rim" hits theaters next summer, it'll have been a disappointingly lengthy five years since Guillermo Del Toro had a film in theaters ("Hellboy II: The Golden Army" was released in the summer of 2008). It's probably been frustrating for the filmmaker, who lost several years to "The Hobbit" before eventually bailing on the film, but it seems like the director has no intention of hanging around once his giant monster epic is in theaters, as he's been lining up multiple projects to move on to.

Recap: 'Parade's End' Goes To War With One Outstanding Episode, And One Middling One

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 15, 2012 12:53 PM
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When we left off with "Parade's End" (two weeks ago -- TIFF commitments mean that we had to skip last week's recap, which will be covered below), war had arrived, with Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the trenches, and his wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) seemingly finding religion. Part three of the show stayed mostly away from the front, picking up with Christopher waking in a military hospital, concussed by a shell, and seemingly unable to remember even his name.

Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes & Many More Join Larry David's HBO Movie 'Clear History'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • September 14, 2012 9:03 AM
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Last month, the plot for Larry David's upcoming improvised comedy was revealed, ending what was an unusual amount of secrecy for the creator of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm." At the time, the project still lacked a name and only had confirmed the casting of Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton and David himself. With HBO stepping in over the summer to release the film, the project is taking shape for a fall shoot and is putting together its cast, roughly about half of Hollywood.

Derek Cianfrance Confirms HBO Series 'Muscle' Is Next, Talks Adapting The Memoir

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2012 2:43 PM
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It has been two years since Derek Cianfrance emerged with his raw and intimate "Blue Valentine," and coming into TIFF with his latest effort, the filmmaker presented a movie that was bigger in every way possible. Running well over two hours with cast including Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Dane DeHaan, Ben Mendelsohn and more, "The Place Beyond the Pines" tells a tale that spans generations and makes great use of its New York State setting. To say that we loved it would be an understatement (read our review here), but it seems the director isn't done with long form storytelling just yet.

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