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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 8 - Juxtaposing Sophia and LaDonna, Police vs. No Police

I’ve left off talking about LaDonna (the luminous Khandi Alexander) so far this season in order to discuss her story in the context that Tom Piazza (teleplay) and Eric Overmeyer (story) create in the current episode.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • November 12, 2012 1:59 AM
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HBO To Remake French Brothel Series 'Maison Close'; Watch Bonello's 'House of Pleasures' First

HBO has taken North American rights to the 19th century-set French series "Maison Close," with Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson's banner Leverage set to produce the English-language remake.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 9, 2012 1:06 PM
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'The Hour' Star Romola Garai Strikes Out at Hollywood's Weight Obsession

Remember when Kate Winslet was lambasted by the media for her hourglass figure in "Titanic"? Well, Romola Garai, the gorgeous young star of must-see BBC America series "The Hour," is calling out the American media on airbrushing her lithe size ten figure.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 7, 2012 3:08 PM
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Election Video: Colbert and Silver Buck Up Obama Supporters

NY Times blogger Nate Silver was impressive on Charlie Rose and he's hilarious on The Colbert Report. Basically, the author of "The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail--But Some Don't" thinks most political pundits are full of hot hair and it's not rocket science to add up the averages on a series of polls and come to the conclusion with 87% certainty that our incumbent president has more than 270 electoral votes in the bag.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 6, 2012 4:11 PM
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National Geographic Channel, with Weinstein Promo Smarts, Scores Ratings Blitz with 'SEAL Team Six'

Chalk up another Harvey Weinstein controversary for effectively turning low-budget fictional programmer "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden" into a pre-election ratings bonanza Sunday night for National Geographic Channel. Even with mixed reviews, the story behind the raid that took down al-Qaeda’s leader is its top-rated show of 2012, pulling 4.7 million viewers, and the sixth highest-rated in NGC history. It encores on Friday, November 9, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (Our interview with director John Stockwell is here.) Ratings averaged a 1.4 in the 25–54 demo on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  This ranks as the highest rated telecast on NGC since the premiere of "George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview" in August 2011, and eclipses the previous two-hour special record for 2012 of "Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron," which had a .9 P 25–54 rating in April. “What National Geographic Channel, CEO David Lyle and President Howard Owens did was offer a captivating film of recent American history to as many homes as possible,” said Weinstein. “We expect SEAL Team Six to be a perennial for the National Geographic Channel and hope more people watch it this Friday.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 5, 2012 6:03 PM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 7: Setting the Table for Things To Come

By episode seven (written by Chris Rose & Micah Kibodeaux, story by David Simon & Chris Rose, directed by Tim Robbins), "Treme" is in the development stage of its dramatic construction. By this I don’t mean that executives are getting their paws all over it – rather...
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • November 5, 2012 1:18 PM
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President Obama's Favorite TV Shows, And The Movie We Know He Loves: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

Ever wonder which TV shows the Obamas have on their DVR? Well, President Obama tells TV Guide that his favorite shows are "Homeland," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Wire" ("one of the greatest shows of all time") and "SportsCenter"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 30, 2012 12:53 PM
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The David Letterman Show Must Go On, with Denzel Washington and No Audience (VIDEO)

There's something to be said for making a silk purse out of a sow's ear. David Letterman, Paul Schaffer and a "skeleton crew" put on a low-tech show with hand-held cards but no teleprompter and no studio audience the afternoon Hurricane Sandy hit Manhattan, and it was terrific. Denzel Washington blew onto the stage in a wet yellow slicker, seemingly out of breath, and gamely went through his "Flight" promo paces.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2012 12:44 PM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 6: Davis' Good Women and Magnum Opus

Davis (Steve Zahn) is a fool, more profane than holy, not without talent, but a fool nonetheless. He loses good women the way others misplace good umbrellas – thoughtlessly if with the best of intentions of not doing so this time again...
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • October 29, 2012 2:00 AM
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In the Works: Theron's Viking Drama at ABC, Fogelman's Directorial Debut with Pacino, Renner & Moore

Screenwriter Dan Fogelman ("Crazy, Stupid, Love," "Tangled") is set to make his directorial debut with his script "Imagine." Al Pacino, Jeremy Renner and Julianne Moore are talks to star. The familliar plot follows a rocker who finds a letter written to him by John Lennon that inspires him to change his life and find his unknown biological son. I
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 24, 2012 4:22 PM
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