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Best of the Week: Comic-Con Wrap, TIFF and Venice Lineups Unfold, Cate Blanchett Video Interview and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • July 26, 2013 1:33 PM
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HBO Day at TCA: 'Seduced and Abandoned,' Spike Lee & Mike Tyson, Larry David's 'Clear History'

The buzzing environs of the Television Critics Association (TCA) conference on Thursday provided an eerie and apt setting for filmmaker James Toback to proclaim an epitaph for the moviegoing experience as we knew it: “We’re kidding ourselves if we think theatrical movies are part of the future,” he said. “Home entertainment will obliterate theatrical entertainment.”
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • July 25, 2013 10:17 PM
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Is Emily the New Pauline?

The great TV critic Emily Nussbaum, in "The New Yorker," talks back to Brett Martin, author of the widely reviewed and excellent new book "Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘The Wire’ to ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Breaking Bad.'"
  • By David Chute
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  • July 25, 2013 2:56 PM
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Sundance Channel to Air '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die' Weekly Series of Classic, Indie and Foreign Films

The Sundance Channel has teamed up with Barron's Educational Series to bring the popular film compendium "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die" to the small screen in a new weekly series. Every Sunday, Sundance Channel will air a classic Hollywood, independent or foreign film featured in the latest edition of the book.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 25, 2013 1:16 PM
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In the Works: James Gray to Direct First Episode of New Sundance Channel Original Series 'The Red Road'

The Sundance Channel has announced that director James Gray ("The Immigrant," "Two Lovers") will helm the first episode of the network's next original scripted series, police drama "The Red Road." Jason Mamoa ("Game of Thrones") was recently cast in one of the two lead roles.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 25, 2013 11:18 AM
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Writers Guild Awards Change Guidelines, Netflix's 'House of Cards' Now Eligible for 2014 TV Awards

With the just-announced revisions to the Writers Guild Awards guidelines, Netflix's "House of Cards" has become eligible for the 2014 TV awards, to be held on February 1. The guidelines now include series that have been produced for initial exhibition in new media, permitting them to compete with TV series in the script and series categories.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 22, 2013 2:47 PM
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WATCH: Striking First Trailer for 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' Director's Brit Miniseries 'Southcliffe'

A visually striking, unsettling trailer landed yesterday for the upcoming miniseries "Southcliffe," helmed by "Martha Marcy May Marlene" director Sean Durkin. It centers on a small UK town rocked by a series of shootings, and features a fine Brit cast including Eddie Marsan, Shirley Henderson, Kaya Scodelario, Sean Harris and more. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 18, 2013 12:45 PM
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Emmy Nominations Analysis: Netflix Makes News with 'House of Cards' and 'Arrested Development,' But HBO is Still King, Snubs and Omissions (UPDATED)

The 2013 Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this morning. While regularly nominated shows "Downton Abbey," "Mad Men," "Homeland," "Breaking Bad," "Girls" and "Louie" all scored, Netflix had the biggest coup with "House of Cards" up for four major awards and the fourth season of "Arrested Development" up for one -- these are the first digital series to receive major nominations in the Emmys. Full list below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • July 18, 2013 11:31 AM
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Comic-Con: 'Showrunners' Doc Is First Film to Screen Footage at SDCC's Lyceum Theater

The first film to screen footage at Comic-Con's new satellite programming room, the Lyceum Theater at San Diego's Horton Plaza, is documentary "Showrunners." The film focuses on the challenges of running a television series, going behind the scenes into the writers’ room and on set via interviews with 20 top showrunners including Joss Whedon, J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and more. Tara DiLullo Bennett ("Lost Encyclopedia," "Fringe: Septembers Notebook") will moderate a panel on the showrunners' craft with contributors featured in the documentary: Hart Hanson ("Bones"), Bill Prady ("The Big Bang Theory"), and Jane Espenson ("Husbands," "Once Upon A Time") as well as "Showrunners" director Des Doyle & Co-Producer Ryan Patrick McGuffey.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 17, 2013 2:33 PM
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TV Is the New Cinema: But It's Still Waiting for Its Close-Up

A highly readable new book promises to anatomize the shifts in entertainment technology and in the culture in the cable era that gave rise to the 21st Century's most lionized form of "art television": the 12-episode, novelistically textured premium cable serial. Brett Martin's "Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From 'The Sopranos' and 'The Wire' to 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad'" (Penquin) provides a useful overview of the changes that enabled this alternative to the 30-to-22 episode anthology-of-short-stories format that for decades was the only game in town in Television City.
  • By David Chute
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  • July 16, 2013 4:30 PM
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