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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 4: The Talent Passport

The culture that may be the saving grace for the characters of "Treme" can sometimes be impenetrable. That’s the thing about tight systems – they are as resistant to strangers as they are to change. In "Treme"’s artistic worlds, the necessary passport is talent.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • October 15, 2012 2:00 AM
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Hitchcock Interviewed by Cavett, from Childhood Trauma and 'The Lodger,' to 'Psycho,' 'The Birds' and Beyond

As HBO prepares to debut "The Girl," which is set during the filming of "The Birds," and Fox Searchlight is about to open "Hitchcock," set during "Psycho," herewith (thanks to @mikewhite) Dick Cavett's five-part interview with Alfred Hitchcock, taped on June 8, 1972.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2012 3:35 PM
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'MythBusters' Confronts James Cameron on Jack's Needless Death in 'Titanic'

For last few months since he released "Titanic" in 3-D, James Cameron claims he receives dozens of emails a day - quibbling that Rose is selfish, Jack is foolish, and both of them could have easily fit on the floating board and waited for rescue during the sinking of the ship. So, the director turned to the Discovery show "MythBusters" to help him with some fact-checking.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 10, 2012 12:35 PM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 3: The Corruption Question

A good cop and a not so good cop come into a coffee shop. The girl behind the counter happens to be the daughter of a defense lawyer, re-introduces herself to the good cop, and tells him his order is on the house. Do you call that corruption?
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • October 8, 2012 2:00 AM
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Netflix Will Premiere Original Series 'House of Cards' with Kevin Spacey on February 1st

Netflix will premiere on February 1 David Fincher's anticipated original series "House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey. And Netflix will make the entire 13-episode series available to its subscribers all at once. Fincher, the executive producer of the series, directs the first two episodes. He is followed by a host of other accomplished directors including Joel Schumacher ("Falling Down"), James Foley ("Glengarry Glen Ross"), and Carl Franklin ("Devil in a Blue Dress").
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 4, 2012 12:31 PM
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Daniel Craig Lets His Goofy Flag Fly in SNL Promo [Video]

As Bond Week continues, Blond Bond Daniel Craig is prepping for his first hosting gig on Saturday Night Live.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 3, 2012 11:27 AM
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HBO Renews 'Boardwalk Empire' for Fourth Season: Why?

Judging from the first four episodes of "Boardwalk Empire" Season Three, I cannot commend HBO for renewing the series for a fourth season. HBO is looking at the fact that the first two episodes of its third season averaged 2.5 million viewers, somewhat down from the Season Two finale of 3 million. Last week the show won three Emmys, down from Season One's eight; exec producer Tim Van Patten won for directing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 2, 2012 2:05 PM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 2: A Deep Specificity of Culture

Decades ago, I'd heard that Eric Overmeyer and the wonderful actress Ellen McElduff had begun living part-time in her native Louisiana. This is obviously well before Katrina, but even then, New Orleans was in need of support. Cajun culture was having its brief moment in the sun, but the city and state were already in severe economic distress...
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • October 1, 2012 2:00 AM
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Julian Fellowes Contemplates 'Downton Abbey' Prequel

"Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes is mulling over a prequel to the latest British upstairs-downstairs series.  His idea is an origin story, centering on "the courtship between Robert and Cora." He mused about the history of Lord and Lady Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville) at a BAFTA screenwriting lecture reported by the Daily Mail:
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 28, 2012 11:53 AM
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DGA's Grim Stats on Director Diversity in Television: 'Our Industry Has to Do Better'

The Directors Guild of America's findings on the diversity of directors in episodic television are grim. Included in their analysis were 3,100 episodes of over 190 scripted shows produced across network and cable channels throughout 2011-2012. After the DGA adjusted their parameters to allow more accurate statistics for this year's report, they adjusted the prior year's results.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 27, 2012 4:10 PM
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