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'Mad Men' Episode 12 Review and Recap: When 'Commissions and Fees' Demand the Most Terrible Price

"Please don't stick around to see me when I'm feelin' low. Don't pass the cards to me to deal the crashing blow. I'll leave and close the door so you won't see me go." - The Lovin' Spoonful
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2012 6:23 AM
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Actors' Emmy Race Competition Stiffen: Lead & Supporting Categories Combined

The primetime Emmy Awards have amended their longform acting category to combine both lead and supporting performances into one category. Instead of five nominations each for both lead and supporting roles in the actors' and actress' competitions, a total of six men and six women will be singled out for their work in a TV miniseries. This change will not effect this year's contenders, but will go into effect in 2013.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 31, 2012 1:46 PM
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"Mad Men" Episode 11 Review and Recap: "The Other Woman," Something Beautiful You Can Cruelly Own

Every season of "Mad Men" has an iconic episode. In Season 1, it's "The Wheel." In Season 4, "The Suitcase." In Season 5, I was confident it would be "Mystery Date." And then I saw "The Other Woman."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 28, 2012 6:30 AM
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'Mad Men' Episode 10 Review and Recap: Lane, Joan and Harry Dance the 'Christmas Waltz' on Thin Ice

'Tis the season to know not what you want, just that you're wanting.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 21, 2012 6:02 AM
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In The Works: Scorsese Producing Rolls Royce Love Story; Roach, Downey Jr. & Cruise Wanted for 'El Presidente'

Jay Roach ("Game Change," "The Campaign") is in negotiations to direct "El Presidente," from "Parks and Recreation" writer Dan Goor. The Warner Bros. comedy follows an overzealous secret service agent who is relegated to guarding America's worst former president. The plan is to offer Tom Cruise the role of the agent, and Robert Downey Jr. the role of the sleazy ex-president. Vulture has the scoop.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 14, 2012 8:02 PM
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New Trailer for Sorkin's 'Newsroom' is Jeff Daniels vs. The World

Jeff Daniels plays a "smart, talented guy who isn't very nice" in Aaron Sorkin's "Newsroom." The pressure for the new HBO series builds in this new trailer. "Newsroom" will debut June 24. Daniels is joined by Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, Dev Patel, Jane Fonda and Sam Waterston. Here are more details and the first trailer, in which America gets punched in the face.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 14, 2012 12:59 PM
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'Mad Men' Episode 9 Review and Recap: Eating and Competing in the 'Dark Shadows'

"It's every man for himself."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 14, 2012 5:44 AM
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EL James Does 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Promo Tour (Video)

Curious about EL James, author of erotic fantasy fiction "Fifty Shades of Grey"? The Twihard, who started out writing "Twilight" fan fiction before penning her own trilogy (which has been bought for the movies, under her control, by Universal and Focus Features), has been on a promo tour as her three Vintage books have sold 3 million digital and print copies in less than a month and top the New York Times bestseller list. They are also bestsellers in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Translated books are about to hit other countries too.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 12, 2012 2:36 PM
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DIRECTV Joins Netflix in the Original Series Business; Will Audiences Come?

Many companies are jumping into original production to keep their customers from falling away, from Netflix to DIRECTV. But Netflix has more to offer its subscribers at this point in the way of sophisticated taste algorithms than DIRECTV, which is ordering up its first original series, suspense thriller "Rogue."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 10, 2012 11:45 AM
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Oscar-Winner Joins Reality TV Lunacy with 'Mrs. Eastwood & Company': We Ask Why

"Mrs. Eastwood & Company" is the reality show starring Clint Eastwood's wife Dina Eastwood, their two daughters, and the all-male vocal ensemble from South Africa that lives with them. It premieres May 20th on E! "Mrs. Eastwood & Company" is a half hour, 10 episode series. Those are there facts. Here are the questions: Why?
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 9, 2012 5:21 PM
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