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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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Now and Then: Obituary for 'The Big C,' Starring Luminous Laura Linney

Cathy Jamison was a brave bitch. Through four seasons of Showtime's "The Big C," which ended its run Monday, she suffered the indignities of metastatic melanoma, chemotherapy, brain tumors, hospice, and bad insurance, yet remained steadfast in her belief that "surviving" and "living" do not necessarily amount to the same thing. She will be missed.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • May 22, 2013 12:18 PM
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Three Weddings Before a Bunch of Funerals: 'Game of Thrones' 3.8: 'Second Sons'

Appreciative fans welcomed the return this week of "Peter Drunklage," a reference to a character created to universal acclaim by "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage during a recent Saturday Night Live appearance.
  • By David Chute
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  • May 20, 2013 5:15 PM
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'Game of Thrones' 3.7 Recap and Review: 'The Bear and the Maiden Fair'

Game of Thrones: Brienne and the Bruin
So just getting his hand cut off is not the worst thing that can happen to a guy in George R.R. Martinland, better known as Westeros and its continual neighbors, the backdrop for the still increasingly-great "Game of Thrones."
  • By David Chute
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  • May 13, 2013 6:10 PM
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