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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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Tom Hanks Slams for Fallon (Video)

What's with Hollywood stars rapping and slamming? Gwenyth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz took it in the chin for their misguided musical ode to Chelsa Handler. The latest actor leaving his comfort zone is Oscar-winner Tom Hanks, who played slam poet on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" as he meditated on 1990s sitcom "Full House." 
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 24, 2012 1:27 PM
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Wolf Blitzer Co-Hosts TCM's Month of Politics in Movies

TV audiences aren't getting enough politics, right? That hasn't stopped TCM from dedicating Fridays in October to the intersection of politics and film. This Friday, October 26, co-hosts Ben Mankiewicz of TCM and CNN news anchor and "The Situation Room" host Wolf Blitzer start off with a triple bill including 1962's "Advise and Consent," 1964's "Seven Days in May," and 1976's "All the President's Men." Blitzer shares how he was inspired by tactics used in "All the President's Men" to confirm a breaking news story. Mankiewicz and Blitzer hope to use the movies as a way to engage with the current election.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 24, 2012 12:08 PM
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Showtime Orders Welcome Third Season of 'Homeland'

Sunday night's episode of "Homeland" was a spine-tingler. The Emmy-winner is the best series on television right now, and its Emmy-winning stars, Claire Dane and Damian Lewis, deliver on their juicy material every week. Thus it's no surprise that Showtime has ordered up 12 new episodes for a third season.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 22, 2012 3:12 PM
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Spielberg Talks Childhood Anger and 'Lincoln' on '60 Minutes,' Turns Back on Action (VIDEO)

The brass ring of publicity scores is the '60 Minutes' interview. What beats it? Maybe a Time cover. Sunday night's Lesley Stahl profile of Steven Spielberg includes the first clips from his upcoming “Lincoln” (November 16) as well as an interview with Spielberg’s parents about his childhood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 22, 2012 2:51 PM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 5: Race, Death & David Simon

For better or worse, episodic television is about expectations. Zombies are going to make an appearance in "Walking Dead" as surely as every episode of "Law and Order" will be split into two halves. Each series teaches us how to watch it, how to take it on its own terms...
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • October 22, 2012 2:00 AM
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'Les Miserables' & 'Downton Abbey' Costume Designers Talk Hathaway, Jackman & MacLaine with EW

In the October 19 issue of EW, "Les Miserables" costume designer Paco Delgado talks sartorially translating the look and feel of Victor Hugo's classic novel to the big screen, while "Downton Abbey"...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 18, 2012 1:28 PM
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'60 Minutes' Showcases 007, Anderson Cooper Plays Bond [Video]

On "60 Minutes" last Sunday, Anderson Cooper interviewed the guardians of the Bond franchise, the daughter and stepson of "Cubby" Broccoli -- Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson -- about the task they inherited and their most recent Bond: "Skyfall."On "60 Minutes" last Sunday, Anderson Cooper interviewed the guardians of the Bond franchise, the daughter and stepson of "Cubby" Broccoli - Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson - about the task they inherited and their most recent Bond rendition: "Skyfall."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 17, 2012 6:38 PM
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