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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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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Brody Still AWOL on 'Homeland,' 'Ironside' Surprises (VIDEOS)

Two episodes into Homeland (Showtime) and still no sign of Brody. Which means that this show about the eruptive intersection of the personal and political is still not quite itself yet as it continues its third season.
  • By David Chute
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  • October 8, 2013 5:22 PM
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WATCH: Five Best Sketches from Miley Cyrus' Self-Deprecating SNL Episode

This week Miley Cyrus capably handled double-duty as musical guest and host of Saturday Night Live's second episode of the season. We expected Cyrus' monologue to address her VMA performance, which she did with humor, confidence, and winking sass. Watch the highlights from Cyrus' turn hosting SNL here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 6, 2013 11:12 AM
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Best of the Week: Cuaron Talks 'Gravity,' Focus Drops Schamus, 'Breaking Bad' Goes Out in Glory and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • October 5, 2013 3:53 PM
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Review: 'Borgen,' in All Its Political and Psychological Glory, Is Back for Season 3

Politics is the art of the impossible in America this week, but, in a fictional Denmark, it is still, thankfully, the art of the possible. “Borgen,” which Newsweek once called “The best TV show you’ve never seen” and the Los Angeles Times has labeled ”compelling,” starts its third season on KCET at 10pm tonight.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • October 4, 2013 11:44 AM
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Amazon Greenlights Three New TV Pilots from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Jill Soloway and More

Amazon Prime Instant has greenlit three enticing comedy pilots. Oscar nominee Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Emmy nominee and Sundance winner Jill Soloway and more are cooking up some potential new series.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 3, 2013 12:38 PM
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Q & A: Indie Hit 'Enough Said' Is Oscar Race Dark Horse

Nicole Holofcener is one of those respected specialty players who has never crossed over to the mainstream. Now may be her time. With rave reviews and strong box office and an awards push from Fox Searchlight (which developed the project from a pitch), "Enough Said" could wind up a strong contender in the Oscar race in multiple categories.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2013 3:04 PM
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Top Five Cable and Broadcast Finales of All Time: Who's Number One?

The water cooler lives. For all the hoopla surrounding the "Breaking Bad" finale, it was neither the most-watched cable finale, nor did it come near the sheer numbers generated by the top broadcast finales. (Our analysis here, roundup here.) Variety helpfully put together a list of the top TV finale performers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2013 2:00 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'Breaking Bad' Goes Out with Neat Freak White at the Helm; Do the Suits Smell Blood?

It is now work like "Breaking Bad," rather than the white elephant CGI films that play in theaters, that furnishes our touchstones and defining metaphors. And if this really is the '60s and '70s, we have to thinking about how it might end. If the Third Golden Age of Television began because the suits didn't see any obvious way to "monetize" (lovely word) the wacky things the creators were doing, can the end be far behind now that they've tasted blood?
  • By David Chute
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  • September 30, 2013 3:35 PM
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'Breaking Bad' Finale Divides Critics: Just Right or Too Neat? (REVIEW ROUNDUP)

As with anything hotly -- nay, insanely -- anticipated, the "Breaking Bad" finale was bound to divide critical opinion. Some found it the perfect cap to the series, while others took issue with its too-neat wrap-up of plot. A roundup of reviews below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 30, 2013 12:26 PM
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