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BBC Adapting Tolstoy 'War and Peace' Mini-Series, Slated for 2015

The BBC has commissioned a six part mini-series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 18, 2013 1:18 PM
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'Girls' Recap 6: The 'Boys' Aren't in Kansas Anymore, Toto

One of the things I’ve admired about this season of “Girls” is that it has no obligation to regularly check in with each of the four “leads” of the show. Instead, certain characters are more central in certain episodes, in an organic way, while supporting characters are given a surprising amount of interiority.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 17, 2013 9:30 PM
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Awards Watch: Christoph Waltz Kills on SNL, Jacki Weaver on NPR, Ang Lee on Nightline

In the final phase of the Oscar campaign, Christoph Waltz twinkled on SNL last night, in one of the best episodes of the season. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for "Django Unchained," Waltz's best sketch of the evening was a send up of Tarantino's "revenge fantasy" with "Djesus Uncrossed." With a million dollar grin on his face, the Austrian actor teased his country a bit in the opening monologue - posted below along with "Djesus."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 17, 2013 3:49 PM
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‘Girls’ Recap 5: ‘One Man’s Trash’ a Two-Hander for Dunham and Guest Star Patrick Wilson

In “One Man’s Trash,” Joshua (Patrick Wilson), a handsome, disgruntled neighborhood man, confronts Grumpy’s manager Ray about trash from the café that’s being foisted into his personal garbage bins. Hannah follows Joshua back to his gorgeous Willamsburg brownstone and confesses that she was the culprit. They end up spending the next day and couple of nights together -- talking, having sex, and (mostly) enjoying each other’s company.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 10, 2013 9:30 PM
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AMC and 'Django Unchained's Double Feature Films Producers Enter Into First Look Deal for Scripted TV

When the Oscar-nominated producers behind "Django Unchained" and "Erin Brockovich" head for cable, you know where the industry is trending. You can't live on indie films alone anymore. So vet producers Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg's Double Feature Films is forging a two-year first look deal with AMC, a first for the production company.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 5, 2013 7:25 PM
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Lena Dunham Pushes Forward with Personal Shopping Memoir as Possible HBO Series

EW and Interview cover girl Lena Dunham is pinching herself after back-to-back "Girls" wins at the Golden Globes, Directors Guild and even the Art Directors Guild. Her DGA speech included the classic line: "Steven Spielberg, I'm coming for you. Ben Affleck, I already came for you."
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • February 4, 2013 1:09 PM
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Super Bowl Movie Ads UPDATE: 'Star Trek,' Lone Ranger,' 'Iron Man 3,' 'World War Z,' 'Oz the Great and Powerful' [VIDEO]

On Super Bowl Sunday (February 3), a spate of new movie ads hit CBS football fans and the web. See the updated spots below. Several studios unveiled Super Bowl spots for their tentpole films.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 3, 2013 8:45 PM
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'Girls' Recap 4: And After All, Where's the Wonderwall?

We haven’t seen much of Jessa or Shoshanna so far in the second season of “Girls,” making their highlighted storylines in this week’s episode refreshing. “It’s a Shame About Ray” deals with the difficulty of relationships, and how being in love and feeling used can overlap.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 2, 2013 10:35 PM
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Campion Embraces TV Over Film with Moodily Misogynistic 'Top of the Lake,' Review Roundup

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Jane Campion marks yet another first-rate filmmaker ("The Piano") who when faced with an uphill climb to get such idiosyncratic smart-films as "Bright Star" financed and released, has transitioned to long-form television. It's a sheer delight to see her stretch out in a six-hour mini-series format with "Top of the Lake" (Sundance Channel, March 18), a gorgeous mystery thriller set in the New Zealand vacation country where Campion spent her summers growing up.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2013 4:28 PM
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Review: Netflix's 'House of Cards' Is Classy, Campy and Diabolically Watchable (TRAILER)

“Nobody’s a boy scout. Not even boy scouts,” drawls Kevin Spacey’s Francis “Frank” Underwood. As the mastermind congressman suggests, all players in Netflix’s “House of Cards” have sharp teeth and like the taste of blood. The new series, which is based on the original BBC production, is executive produced and helmed in part by David Fincher, and has the cool grey-gold look and streamlined efficiency of the director’s work.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 1, 2013 12:46 PM
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