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'Game of Thrones' 3.9: 'The Rains of Castamere' - No Recap = No Spoilers

No spoilers of any kind in this small contribution on the single most significant "Game of Thrones" episode to date. Recap write-ups from the East Coast were posted hours ago, and HBO has been sending out screener discs not in advance but days or even weeks after episodes are shown, which makes it tough for Westies to compete. We're operating on the premise that a good review is worth waiting for.
  • By David Chute
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  • June 3, 2013 12:15 PM
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Netflix's Revived Cult Favorite 'Arrested Development' Brings Baggage

"Arrested Development" is not a sitcom that suits TV-love-at-first-sight. Like many of the better television shows, it's based on layers. Any series that rewards serious, devoted, eagle-eyed fans would bring an onslaught of criticism upon its return. Is the wrath that has met Netflix's revival of the canceled series simply a product of viewer investment in the initial iteration of the series? Or does it hold merit as a valid criticism of this installment?
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 1, 2013 4:29 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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'Inside the Actors Studio' Host James Lipton Reveals His Life as a Paris Pimp

As he made the promo circuit ostensibly to hype the 250th episode of his series "Inside the Actors Studio" on May 29, James Lipton gave an explosive interview to Parade Magazine. The often sycophantic interviewer went into frank detail about his former life as a pimp in 1950s Paris. Apparently, he has no regrets about his youthful employment.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2013 4:06 PM
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Amazon Greenlights First Five Original Series for Prime Instant Video

So far, Amazon Studios' radical approach to production has made more progress in the television realm than in movies. And so the company has greenlit five original TV series to be available exclusively on Prime Instant Video later this year and in early 2014.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2013 3:43 PM
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Neil Patrick Harris Adds Emmys To Hosting Tonys, Why Not Oscars? UPDATE

Why fix something that isn't broken? Musically gifted TV star Neil Patrick Harris is not only returning for a fourth turn as host of the Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, to air June 9 on CBS, but will also host the Emmys for the network on September 22. Harris hosted the Tonys in 2009, 2011 and 2012, and the 2009 Emmys, which is the last time they were broadcast on CBS. it doesn't hurt that the final-season premiere of Harris's show “How I Met Your Mother" is the night after the awards show.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2013 2:59 PM
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Exclusive: ShortsHD To Premiere The Short Films of Matthew Modine on ITunes Worldwide

ShortsHD, The Short Movie Channel and distributor of Oscar nominated shorts, will make available for pre-order a collection of six of actor-filmmaker Matthew Modine's short films on iTunes in 54 countries as of Wednesday, downloadable June 4. Three of the six shorts premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, but have never been commercially released. ITunes will release "The Short Films of Matthew Modine" collection the same way they do features.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2013 1:39 PM
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Review Roundup: Netflix's Latest Binge Series 'Arrested Development' Entertains and Disappoints

The new and fourth season of "Arrested Development" landed on Netflix over the long weekend, and is receiving mixed reviews. The intense anticipation for a much-loved (if initially little-watched) show is bringing both satisfaction and disappointment, with some critics praising the clever, funny build in momentum of the episodes, and others left disenchanted with the characters and overall tone they used to love. Roundup below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 28, 2013 12:17 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Craft-Talking David Fincher's Emmy-Contender 'House of Cards'

From the very first moment that Kevin Spacey broke the fourth wall as the devilishly charming House Majority Whip Frank Underwood in "House of Cards," Netflix's first original TV series, we knew that we were in for "Richard III" in D.C. It's so David Fincher, who signed on as exec producer and director of the first two episodes, while writer-showrunner Beau Willimon ("The Ides of March") plotted the political machinations with transcendent glee. No wonder it's induced binge viewing and attracted Emmy buzz.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 24, 2013 2:22 PM
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Critics’ Choice Television Award Nominations Led by HBO with 21, Surprising Omissions

Nominations are in for the third annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, which will be held the evening of Monday, June 10, 2013 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) nominates and votes for the awards. For the first time the show, hosted by "Parks and Recreation" star Retta, will be webcast live on UStream.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 22, 2013 1:15 PM
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