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Best of the Week: Telluride and Venice in Full Swing, Gilliam's 'Zero Theorem,' Ranking the Films of Wong Kar-Wai and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 31, 2013 1:35 PM
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Director Mark Cousins Talks 15-Part Epic Series 'The Story of Film,' Coming to TCM September 2

With Mark Cousins bringing his new film, "A Story of Children and Film," to Telluride this weekend, it's perfect timing that on Monday, September 2, TCM presents the first of fifteen episodes of Cousins' epic 2011 documentary, "The Story of Film: An Odyssey," along with 100 films featured in the series.
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  • August 29, 2013 1:36 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'Breaking Bad' and 'Low Winter Sun' Updates, Mark Strong on Brit Actors in U.S. Series (SPOILERS)

The big TV news this week was a breathtaking episode of "Breaking Bad" (AMC) that delivered huge surprises that were, at the same time, perfectly plausible. This is a mark of great storytelling, the ability to jolt us with startling developments we couldn't have anticipated that now seem inevitable. We thought we had a pretty good sense of the possible denouements the show could be aiming for. But now, once again, just a few hours from the finale, all bets seem to be off again.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 27, 2013 4:19 PM
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'Newsroom' Review and Recap 2.7: The Slap (SPOILERS)

When the season began, with talk of a lawsuit and of the need to immediately retract a huge story -- a claim that U.S. troops had committed a war crime by using sarin gas on civilians -- it appeared that institutional bias was indeed likely to be a culprit, the slant view of liberal journalists who see what they believe and assume the worst about the military. Now look what we actually got.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 25, 2013 10:00 PM
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Danny Boyle to Direct Pilot of Brit Police Series 'Babylon'

Danny Boyle is set to direct the pilot for a new comedy-drama, "Babylon," which will air next year on the UK's Channel 4. Written by BAFTA winners Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong ("Four Lions"), the would-be series takes place in the world of modern-day policing.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 23, 2013 1:30 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Losing Faith in 'True Blood'

Having just completed its 6th season, "True Blood" seems to be taking a cue from "The Walking Dead," working out a dismal strategy for the near future. You can understand why they might be tempted. AMC's zombie apocalypse melodrama got a huge ratings spike over the past two seasons by dropping a lot of the slow-paced interpersonal drama and reframing itself a relatively straightforward horror/action series, delivering an exploding head or a crowbar to the eye every few minutes.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 21, 2013 7:45 PM
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WATCH: 'Girls' Season 3 Teaser Gives an Instagrammed Peek at Lena Dunham, Adam Driver, Allison Williams and More

The first teaser for the third season of HBO's "Girls," starring writer-director-showrunner Lena Dunham, has landed. Less of a trailer than a montage of the "Girls" production diary, the new spot is indebted to a main fixture in many twentysomethings' lives: Instagram! Take a look, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 19, 2013 12:56 PM
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Best of the Week: Oscar Talk Is Back, Interviews with Derek Cianfrance and Keri Russell, Disney's Mini Comic-Con and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 17, 2013 6:06 PM
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WATCH: Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar and 'Mad Men''s James Wolk Find the Rhythm in 'Crazy Ones' Promo

Check out the fun and, er, acoustic promo for "The Crazy Ones," a new TV comedy series with the tantalizing cast of Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar and James Wolk (aka the inscrutable Bob Benson of "Mad Men"). Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 15, 2013 1:08 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Next Time, Larry David Should Play the Cop

The new Larry David comedy "Clear History," a feature-length one-off that he wrote and stars in, settles into an amiable groove early on and is consistently enjoyable. Which is not to say that it breaks any new ground. It's firmly in the reliable comic sub-genre of the know-it-all who is his own worst enemy, a format perfected by David over many episodes of "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." That we can clearly see the moving parts clicking into place is actually part of the fun.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 13, 2013 3:13 PM
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