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TV: J.J. Abrams' 'Revolution' in NC, Ciaran Hinds Joins 'Game of Thrones' & the Haunting Trailer for 'Homeland' Season 2

J.J. Abrams' latest TV show, "Revolution," has begun location shooting in Wilmington, North Carolina. Set fifteen years in the future, "Revolution" is a dystopian sci-fi drama, with the rural NC location evoking a once civilized landscape that has been taken over by nature...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 17, 2012 3:54 PM
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Life Imitates 'The Newsroom,' as CNN Heads Mainstream

In the last episode of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," his fictional news show started to chase tabloid stories in an attempt to stop their ratings plunge. Well, in real life, number three network CNN is hurting for viewers, with its worst ratings in 20 years, and is now looking to go mainstream, according to The New York Post.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2012 5:42 PM
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'The Newsroom' Episode 8 Review and Recap: 'The Blackout Part 1' Lights Up the Season

While the newsroom staffers attempted to stop a ratings plummet, "The Newsroom" halted its season-long plummet with a smart, strong episode. And welcome back, Mackenzie. We like you so much better with a brain.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 13, 2012 3:13 AM
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'Game of Thrones' Writer Vanessa Taylor Talks Streep Drama 'Hope Springs'

Vanessa Taylor is enough of a TV whiz--her writing credits include "Alias," "Everwood" and "Tell Me You Love Me"--to land a co-executive producer spot on Seasons Two and Three of "Game of Thrones." But that was after she went off on her own, trying to combat writer's block, to write an original spec screenplay, "Hope Springs."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 8, 2012 12:14 PM
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'The Newsroom' Episode 7 Review and Recap: '5/1' Somehow Makes the Death of bin Laden Uninteresting

Sunday night's all-new episode of "The Newsroom," the weakest of the season, dealt with the death of Osama bin Laden by Navy SEALs, and the death of a potentially compelling 50 minutes of television by never-ending filler.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 6, 2012 2:23 AM
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Best of the Week: Box Office and Olympics Butt Heads, Sight & Sound Top 50, Remembering Chris Marker and Gore Vidal & More

This week on TOH, the box office came down with a case of Olympics syndrome, Sight & Sound announced the Top 50 Films of All Time (with "Vertigo" taking the crown), we remembered avant-garde filmmaker Chris Marker and screenwriter-essayist Gore Vidal, and more!
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  • August 3, 2012 3:49 PM
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'The Girl,' Ethel Kennedy Dominate HBO at TCA: Hedren Calls Hitchcock 'evil and deviant,' Sorkin Answers 'Newsroom' Critics

HBO may be making fewer movies, but it appears that “The Girl” will be as provocative as any it has ever mounted. It presents a distinctly unsavory vision of revered helmer Alfred Hitchcock (whose "Vertigo" tops Sight & Sound's new poll) through the prism of his unwelcome advances on leading lady Tippi Hedren during the making of the classic 1963 suspenser “The Birds.”
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • August 1, 2012 9:09 PM
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'The Newsroom' Episode 6 Review and Recap: 'Bullies,' Heroes and Will McAvoy's Charmed Navigation of the Two

In Sunday's all-new episode of "The Newsroom," Will tries to knock internet bullies off their anonymous pedestals, and in turn realizes he's a bully. The problem with this show? Aaron Sorkin will never truly let Will McAvoy be knocked from HIS pedestal.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 30, 2012 3:26 AM
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Frank Pierson Remembered

Meeting Frank Pierson was intimidating, to put it mildly. I was sitting outside the old WGAw boardroom, waiting to find out whether I, as a runner-up, would be filling a seat. I don’t remember who ushered me inside, but I sure remember Frank.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • July 25, 2012 5:07 PM
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HBO Gives Middling to Poor Reviews of 'The Newsroom' a Strange Makeover in Print Ad

Misrepresentative review quotes being used for film or TV show ads is nothing new. HBO is the latest to climb on the bandwagon of strategically placed ellipses with its ads for Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," a show receiving mixed reviews at best.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 24, 2012 4:33 PM
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