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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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CSI Creator Anthony Zuiker's 'Cybergeddon' Project Takes on Cybercrime, Identity Theft, and Other Internet Woes

Anthony Zuiker, the creator of the C.S.I franchise announce the director and full cast for his "Cybergeddon" project, a digital program that focuses on cybercrime and identity theft. Oliver Martinez ("Unfaithful") will star as the elusive cybercriminal Gustove Dobreff, with Missy Peregrym ("Rookie Blue") opposite as FBI agent Chloe Jocelyn. Diego Velasco ("The Zero Hour") will direct the feature.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 9, 2012 12:05 PM
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Burton and Depp's 'Dark Shadows': Review Round-Up

Warner Bros.' trailer for Tim Burton's eighth collaboration with Johnny Depp, "Dark Shadows," had me salivating for a witty 70s romp at the movies. And the movie looks and sounds great, with a witty Danny Elfman 70s score and a strong cast. So why is the film such an enervating disappointment?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2012 11:11 AM
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AFI's Master Class Looks at Art of Collaboration with David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg

TCM Presents AFI's Master Class - The Art of Collaboration with David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg is filmed in front of an audience of AFI fellows studying at the AFI Conservatory. It's the second in AFI's series exploring artistic film collaborations; the first was between Steven Spielberg and John Williams.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 8, 2012 1:04 PM
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Mad Men Episode 8 Review and Recap: In 'Lady Lazarus,' Don and Pete See the Abyss

In Sunday's all-new "Mad Men" episode, the prospect of performing is liberating for some and confusing for others. Meanwhile, a few outliers are gravely tired of the roles fate has assigned them.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 8, 2012 1:09 AM
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'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Producers Release Swedish 'Wallander' In Theaters

Music Box Films isn't missing a trick. Having been the only distributor sharp enough to acquire the three-part edited-for-movies version of the original "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series, the distributor is now releasing in theaters the first episode of the second season of the original Swedish "Wallander" TV series.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2012 6:20 PM
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Johnny Carson Honored as 'King of Late Night' in American Masters PBS Documentary

In the mood to look backwards to the early days of late night TV? To mark the the 50th anniversary of Johnny Carson taking over the 'Tonight Show' from Jack Paar, as well as the 20th anniversary of Carson's retirement from television, this coming Monday, PBS will honor Johnny Carson as the "King of Late Night" in an American Masters documentary.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 2, 2012 2:13 PM
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Amazon Studios Adds TV Series to Development Slate for Instant Video Release

Phase Two of Amazon Studios' radical move to reinvent entertainment industry production models--turning to movie fans for direction and feedback on the process--is television.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2012 11:59 AM
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BBC's 'I Claudius' The Accidental Emperor on DVD

Rome and its emperors are with us still. What are the "Hunger Games" but a modern version of the gladiator fights-to-the-death with which the emperors pacified unruly citizens? There is a lot of killing in the brilliant 1976 BBC miniseries “I Claudius,” newly remastered with a sharper look, and released on DVD by Acorn Media.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • May 1, 2012 12:25 PM
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