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Weekend Recap: New Film Art, 'Zero Dark Thirty' Controversy Thickens, Casting Watch, and Awards Talk

Here's our weekend recap. Two new pieces of film art were revealed this weekend. Just when you thought it was winding down, the "Zero Dark Thirty" controversy continues. Before she became a Golden Globe winner, "Girls" creator/star Lena Dunham sat down for a probing interview by Charlie Rose. Comedian Louis C.K. might join David O Russell's untitled Abscam film. The Gurus o' Gold have posted their post-nominations Academy Awards Prediction chart.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 14, 2013 1:15 PM
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'Girls' Recap 1: 'It's About Time' to Almost Get It Kind of Together, and Fall Apart

The show’s called “Girls,” but in the premiere episode of the second season, Hannah Horvath (Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham) is in the land of boys, boys, boys.
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  • January 13, 2013 9:30 PM
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DGA Nominees for Outstanding TV Direction in 2012 Include 'Girls,' 'Homeland,' 'Hemingway & Gelhorn,' 'Hatfields & McCoys'

The Directors Guild of America announces the nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in TV and commercials for 2012. Guild president Taylor Hackford says that TV is in "one of the most creative and fruitful periods in its history, and television directors are a critical element of that success."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2013 3:13 PM
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'Downton Abbey' Season Three Premiere Scores 7.9 Million Viewers

Even with the ending of the entire "Dowton Abbey" third season spoiled by many who read news accounts of one key cast member's departure from the series, which has already concluded in the UK, the PBS "Masterpiece Classic" debut on Sunday drew a preliminary Nielsen average of 7.9 million viewers. The new season adds Shirley MacLaine as Elizabeth McGovern's mother, who gives dowager Maggie Smith a run for her money.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 7, 2013 4:00 PM
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Now and Then: 'Enlightened,' HBO's Masterpiece of Heartbreak

"Enlightened" opens with Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern) gag-sobbing in a bathroom stall, mascara streaking down her cheeks in mournful black rivulets. Like the rest of Season 1 of HBO's masterpiece, which returns for Season 2 on Sunday at 9:30, it isn't all that funny. But to call "Enlightened" simply a comedy is unjust: it's a symphony of regret.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • January 7, 2013 2:01 PM
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Bizarro, A-List Movies Lead HBO Lineup: TCA Winter Press Tour 2013

Two provocative new star-driven movies – both about real-life musical geniuses whose lives took a dark turn – dominated HBO’s presentation Friday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena. In one, Al Pacino plays reclusive record producer Phil Spector, convicted in 2009 of the gunshot murder of B-movie actress and House of Blues hostess Lana Clarkson. David Mamet directed from his own screenplay, and Helen Mirren plays Spector’s defense lawyer. The other, directed by Steven Soderbergh, features Michael Douglas as the late impresario Liberace, and Matt Damon as his much-younger chauffer and lover, Scott Thorson.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 5, 2013 4:03 PM
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HBO to Premiere 'Parade's End' Miniseries This February, Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall

UK five-part mini series "Parade's End," adapted from Ford Madox Ford's novels, will premiere on February 26-28. Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall and Adelaide Clemens star and are directed by Susanna White. Tom Stoppard penned the drama, set in early 20th century Edwardian England.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 4, 2013 5:57 PM
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HBO Announces Documentary Film Lineup for 2013, including 'Mea Maxima Culpa' and 'Life and Times of Tim Hetherington'

HBO announces their documentary lineup for the first half of 2013, including Alex Gibney's "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," Sebastian Junger's "Which Way is the Front Line from Here?: The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington" and Steven Pressman's "50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 4, 2013 3:58 PM
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Julian Fellowes Talks 'Downton Abbey' and The Crawleys in Season Three Preview

PBS features "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes in a brief video previewing season three...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 4, 2013 12:45 PM
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Tom Hanks Narrates NatGeo's 'Killing Lincoln,' Based on Bill O'Reilly's Book

There's more Lincoln in store, and it's lined up at the National Geographic Channel. "Killing Lincoln" is based on Bill O'Reilly's book about the final days of the president and John Wilkes Booth's plot to kill him...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 3, 2013 1:29 PM
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