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'Mad Men' Season 7 Begins: Everything You Need to Read and Watch Before Sunday's Premiere

With the seventh and final season premiere of "Mad Men" mere days -- or its first half, anyway -- catch up with Sterling Cooper & Partners this weekend by binge-watching the sixth season, now available to stream on Netflix. Here's what you need to know, read and watch before season seven hits AMC on April 13.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 11, 2014 4:59 PM
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Stephen Colbert Inherits the David Letterman Late Show Throne

As younger late night hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers have proved, the new world order is less about making people laugh in front of the TV at home than watching individual skits the following day on social media.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 10, 2014 12:26 PM
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Why the Penultimate Season of 'Justified' Was One of the Show's Best

Parental and family issues were everywhere this season, as they were built into the premise of FX's "Justified." As mainstays of the hillbilly Crowe crime family, Alicia Witt and Michael Rapaport did great work.
  • By David Chute
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  • April 10, 2014 12:09 PM
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WATCH: Anne Hathaway & Jimmy Fallon Sing Broadway Covers of Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent & Kendrick Lamar

In case you missed it, Anne Hathaway appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night to sing rap hits like "Gin and Juice," "In Da Club" and "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" with Fallon on piano.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 9, 2014 2:27 PM
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The Top Ten 'Mad Men' Episodes (So Far)

"Mad Men" is a series with relatively little interest in picking up exactly where we left off last week. Indeed, AMC's flagship drama, which begins its seventh and final season on Sunday, delights in the episode as an art form unto itself. Here, with the requisite caveat that rankings are silly and subjective as well as good fun, are the ten best:
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • April 9, 2014 1:20 PM
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Is Nude and Proud on the Cover of Rolling Stone

Wowza. Four-time Emmy winner and 53-year-old "Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus sure looks good on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone issue -- and she's naked!
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 9, 2014 12:44 PM
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Amazon Greenlights Two New Pilots, Including Whit Stillman's 'The Cosmopolitans' Starring Chloe Sevigny

Amazon Studios has two exciting new pilots in the works that will appeal to both cinephiles and TV fans alike. Just like the last go-round, which yielded four series orders, viewers will provide feedback and decide the fate of the series when the pilots hit Amazon Instant Video later this year.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 9, 2014 12:01 PM
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'Game of Thrones' Renewed for Fifth and Sixth Seasons UPDATED

UPDATE: "Game of Thrones" is a major ratings coup for HBO (see Season Four premiere numbers below). So it's a no-brainer that the premium cabler would renew the series for a fifth and sixth season, which it announced today.
  • By David Chute
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  • April 8, 2014 2:19 PM
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Baltasar Kormákur Launches 'Trapped,' Icelandic Crime Series

Iceland import Baltasar Kormákur, who the studios value because he can handle global movie stars in action like Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington ("2 Guns"), feels strongly about fostering talent in his home country, where he is a rock star. He's using his Hollywood leverage back home, where he has founded a new production outfit (RVK Studios) and VFX company (Framestore is now called RVX). “I developed 'Trapped' because I was fascinated with the idea of a terrible crime in a small town cut off from the rest of the world.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 8, 2014 1:13 PM
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Weinsteins Take Rights to Italian Crime Series 'Gomorra'

The Weinstein Company has taken rights to Italian crime drama series "Gomorra," based on Roberto Saviano's bestseller of the same title that goes inside the brutal Neapolitan mafia Camorra.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 8, 2014 11:51 AM
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