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Casting Watch: Elisabeth Moss and Jason Schwartzman to Star in Alex Ross Perry's 'Listen Up Philip'

Elisabeth Moss and Jason Schwartzman are set to star in "Listen Up Philip," the next film by indie director Alex Ross Perry ("The Color Wheel"). The project is set in New York, and centers on a newly successful writer (Schwartzman) whose harmful life decisions seriously affect his photographer girlfriend (Moss).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 30, 2013 12:52 PM
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Critics' Choice Television Award Winners Include 'Game of Thrones,' 'Behind the Candelabra,' Michael Douglas, Elisabeth Moss and More

The winners of the third annual Critics' Choice Television Awards have been announced, following a star-studded gala on June 10. AMC's "Breaking Bad" and HBO's "Game of Thrones" tied for Best Drama Series, while "The Big Bang Theory" won for Best Comedy Series. Elizabeth Moss won a deserved Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series award for "Top of the Lake"; Michael Douglas took the Actor award in that category for Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra" (which also took Best Movie or Mini-series). Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 11, 2013 12:02 PM
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TV Stars Make Movies: Jon Hamm Goes Disney, Whither Hendricks, Moss, Cranston?

Don Draper has gone Disney. With the news of Jon Hamm starring in Disney's "Million Dollar Arm," which centers on the true story of one man's Mumbai discovery of the next pitching sensation in baseball, we take a look at four TV stars who are primarily known for one role -- and what their big-screen prospects are.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 30, 2013 3:16 PM
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Women in Film's Crystal and Lucy Awards Go to Laura Linney, Sofia Coppola, George Lucas and 'Mad Men' Cast

LA non-profit Women in Film has unveiled the winners for the 2013 Crystal and Lucy Awards to include the 'Mad Men' cast, Laura Linney and Sofia Coppola.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2013 2:35 PM
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'Top of the Lake' Finale Recap: State of Emergency

Certain episodes of television stand out not only within the course of a series, but within the course of a year. In 2012, it was the eleventh episode of “Mad Men,” titled “The Other Women” (incidentally also featuring a stunning performance from Elisabeth Moss). This year, the finale of “Top of the Lake” achieves that same skin-tingling, harshly heartbreaking, core-shaking status.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2013 2:27 PM
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'Top of the Lake' Episode 5 Recap: The Body Knows What To Do

This week’s episode of “Top of the Lake” finds its characters combating feelings of helplessness -- from the past, from a seemingly impenetrable mystery, and from death.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 8, 2013 11:00 PM
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Five Striking Similarities Between Elisabeth Moss' Roles on 'Mad Men' and 'Top of the Lake'

A joy of the current TV season is that one of the medium’s finest actresses, Elisabeth Moss, has key roles in two of the finest series in recent memory -- “Mad Men,” now in its sixth season, and Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake.” While the athletic, hardened Kiwi detective Robin Griffin and sharp-as-a-tack ‘60s Mad Woman Peggy Olson are worlds, eras and professions away from one another, I’ve noticed some striking similarities between the two characters.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 8, 2013 3:44 PM
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'Top of the Lake' Episode 4 Recap: A Devastating Revelation, and a Simple "Yes/No"

How do the characters in “Top of the Lake” communicate with each other, and how quickly do they choose to divulge information? This is a central question in this week’s episode, which finds significance in both a harrowing, complex monologue and the two most basic written responses in our language.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2013 11:00 PM
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'Top of the Lake' Recap 2: Bringing Out the Dead and Missing

While last week's two-hour premiere of "Top of the Lake" dealt with the blunt one-two shock of a pregnant pre-teen girl and then her disappearance, this week's episode deals with the classic detective-story trope of obsession with a missing person. As is often the case, an obsession with the missing brings out an obsession with the dead.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 25, 2013 10:00 PM
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'Top of the Lake' Recap 1: A Brilliant Beginning to Jane Campion's Dark, Deep and Dreamlike Mystery

“Top of the Lake,” the new Sundance Channel miniseries created, written and directed in part by Jane Campion, is a masterfully twisty creation that floats just out of the reach of comfortable comprehension. Its characters, united in the search for a missing girl against an ominous backdrop of awesome scenery and local misogyny, move through scenes that are at once anchored in the real and yet have a dreamlike quality.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 18, 2013 11:41 PM
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