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Emmy Watch: Flying Under Awards Radar, 'Mad Men' Still Soars

As the final season of "Mad Men" begins, freelancer Freddy Rumsen (Joel Murray) speeds through a sleek, cinematic pitch for Accutron watches, selling the fantasy of time harnessed, exploited, made beautiful. He's selling, in a sense, "Mad Men" itself. "It's not a timepiece," his tagline goes. "It's a conversation piece."
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 19, 2014 6:18 AM
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Keanu Reeves Is Latest Movie Star to Go TV

When in doubt, go TV. That is the new Hollywood mantra, as every working producer, director and actor is checking out alternatives to green screen comic-book movies. It's been a while since Keanu Reeves hit his stride as an action star in "Speed" and the "Matrix franchise. Reeves is not going gently into his 50s with Hollywood fare (see long-delayed "47 Ronin," his directing effort "Man of Tai Chi," and indie "Generation Um,
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 18, 2014 1:41 PM
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Best of the Week: Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 16, 2014 2:32 PM
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Chris Moore Creates 'The Chair' Indie Film Competition (TRAILER EXCLUSIVE)

"The Chair" is many things. Dreamed up by producer Chris Moore, it's two indie movies directed by rookies, YouTube sensation Shane Dawson and NYU screenwriter Anna Martemucci ("Breakup at a Wedding"), which will be released in theaters by Starz. It's also a ten-part one hour unscripted original documentary series, which starts airing on Starz September 6. And it's a reality show competition with $250,000 going to the winner.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2014 7:57 PM
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Starz Renews Entertaining Romantic Adventure 'Outlander' After Strong Debut (TRAILER)

Feeding the healthy appetite for women's fare, Starz is renewing for a second season romantic time travel adventure "Outlander," based on the bestsellers by Diana Gabaldon, which debuted well its first week with 5 million views and a No. 1 Nielsen Twitter Rating for its first day. It was helped by a boost from a one-week free posting on YouTube of the pilot episode that was sampled over 1 million times. Other advance signs of (largely female) viewer interest: plenty of fan fiction sites, Scotland tours, and a well-attended premiere and screening at Comic-Con.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2014 3:36 PM
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Screen Talk: Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, New Director/TV Paradigm, Festival Update, Emmys, Week's Picks

On this week's Screen Talk podcast (available on iTunes), Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I remember Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams, look at the new director paradigm on television pioneered by Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh in "True Detective" and "The Knick," respectively, talk "Outlander" and Emmys, latest festival news and make our picks of the week.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2014 1:36 PM
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Bill Paxton Returns to History Channel with 'Texas Rising'

Not so long ago true family rivalry 'Hatfields & McCoys' won both ratings and Emmys for History Channel, which now reaches 98 million homes. So why not go back to the well, assemble another ensemble of ace character stars and revisit some juicy action-packed American history?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2014 4:19 PM
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TCM Remembers Lauren Bacall with 24-Hour Marathon

Inevitably, Turner Classic Movies is offering up a tribute to screen icon Lauren Bacall, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 89. TCM's 24-hour marathon will air Monday, Sept. 15, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET), and will conclude Tuesday, Sept. 16, her 90th birthday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2014 3:25 PM
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'Legends': Twisty Sean Bean Spy Series from Producers of 'Homeland'

Sean Bean, shockingly rendered headless in the first season of "Game of Thrones," may be the strongest incarnation yet of the alienated espionage prodigy that has become the trademark of the show's auteur showrunner, "24"-veteran Howard Gordon.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 13, 2014 9:46 PM
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How Steven Soderbergh Made 'The Knick' Must-See TV

Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content has been Steven Soderbergh's manager for six years; he walks us through why the director has rejected movies in favor of must-see Cinemax series "The Knick," starring Clive Owen (August 8). And more.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2014 5:25 PM
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