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Best of the Week: Oscar Talk, 'Blue Is the Warmest Color''s Male Gaze, 'The Counselor' Just Bad McCarthy and More

"Blue Is the Warmest Color"
The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • October 26, 2013 2:15 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'Homeland' Takes Off, Leaving Clueless Critics in the Dust

Some of the people who are watching "Homeland" (Showtime) seem to have little experience watching or reading twisty thrillers, and very little appreciation of the genre's spicy pleasures. The twist revealed at the end of episode four of "Homeland" was a high point for the series, exactly the sort of coup genre fans relish. Commentators who had a problem with it have proved only that they should be watching, and writing about, something else. Maybe a nice sit com. "Trophy "Wife" is supposed to be good.
  • By David Chute
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  • October 22, 2013 3:40 PM
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In the Works: 'Philip Marlowe' Series by 'Castle' Creators and Michael De Luca, Inspired by Raymond Chandler's Famed Private Eye

Raymond Chandler fans, take note. Michael De Luca, Andrew Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller have sold a one-hour drama inspired by Chandler's famed detective Philip Marlowe to ABC.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 18, 2013 4:00 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Is Murphy Channeling Argento in Raunchy 'American Horror Story: Coven'?

Director David Gordon Green's long-planned remake of Dario Argento's candy-colored giallo masterpiece "Suspiria" (1977) is apparently dead. Which is a shame, obviously, although there is a sense in which TV auteur Ryan Murphy has already beaten Green to the punch. It would be hard to imagine a more a stylish and flamboyant Argento homage than Murphy's "American Horror Story: Coven" (FX), the just-launched third season anthology format drama series. Also hard to imagine that any show will be more fun to watch over the weeks ahead.
  • By David Chute
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  • October 15, 2013 5:49 PM
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Weinstein Company Partners with BBC for Six-Hour 'War and Peace' Mini-Series

International TV co-productions are on the rise. The Weinstein Company has made a "major deal" to partner on the BBC's upcoming mini-series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 14, 2013 12:33 PM
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WATCH: Bruce Willis Hosts a Flimsy SNL with an Excellent 'Gravity' Parody

Bruce Willis hosts a mediocre episode of SNL, with a few highlights.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 13, 2013 12:52 PM
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Best of the Week: NYFF Ignites Oscar Buzz, Ted Hope Bids SF Film Society Adieu, 'Gravity' Crushes Box Office and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • October 12, 2013 3:39 PM
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Michael Apted's '56 Up' Has Its Broadcast Premiere on PBS October 14

Michael Apted’s “56 Up,” the most recent installment in his groundbreaking series of documentaries checking in with a number of Brits every seven years over the course of their very divergent lives, will have its national broadcast premiere on PBS October 14, as part of the award-winning POV (Point of View) series, and the new PBS Indies Showcase.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 11, 2013 2:03 PM
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Meet the Real Siri

This Thursday the Queen Latifah Show will introduce the world to Susan Bennett, the woman who claims to be behind Apple iPhone's original Siri. Bennett revealed herself last week in order to set the record straight after a tech news site gave another voiceover actress credit for Siri.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2013 2:29 PM
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Why Oliver Stone Let Loose on the 'Breaking Bad' Finale: "The Most Ridiculous 15 Minutes... It Would Be Laughed Off the Screen"

While the much discussed "Breaking Bad" finale had plenty of supporters, director Oliver Stone was not one of them. He told Forbes that he "happened to tune in and saw the most ridiculous 15 minutes of a movie -- it would be laughed off the screen."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 9, 2013 1:42 PM
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