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Andy Griffith, Star of 'The Andy Griffith Show' and Kazan's Brilliant 'A Face in the Crowd,' Dies at 86

Most folks know Andy Griffith as the star of long-running television hit shows "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock." But the actor, who died at home in Dare County, North Carolina on July 3, gave several superb dramatic performances as well...
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • July 3, 2012 12:06 PM
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'The Newsroom' Episode 2 Review and Recap: 'News Night 2.0,' One Strange Step for Womankind

Best laid plans go awry as the newsroom staffers attempt an upgraded show, and as "The Newsroom" writer Aaron Sorkin gives us female characters with some serious mood swings.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 1, 2012 11:00 PM
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HBO's 'Newsroom' Opens Strong, Pilot Available to Non-Subscribers on Multiple Platforms

Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" debuted to a solid 2.1 million viewers Sunday night, HBO's third best drama premiere in the past four years...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 25, 2012 8:20 PM
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Elisabeth Moss Chats 'Mad Men' Season 6 with GQ: Peggy Stays in the Picture

"Mad Men" fans worried that Peggy Olson's exit from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce signaled her bow from the show can now rest relatively easy. (Though really, would "Mad Men" let go of its MVP? Probably not.)
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 25, 2012 2:59 PM
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'The Newsroom' Premiere Review and Recap: Less Talk as This Story Develops

Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" might be a consistently good show if it cuts the blather and gets to the news.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 25, 2012 12:28 AM
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In the Works: Bert, Ernie & Elmo Heading to the Big Screen with Fox-Acquired 'Sesame Street' Project

Twentieth Century Fox has acquired the rights to PBS' beloved educational children's show "Sesame Street," now in its 43rd year. Longtime "Sesame" writer Joey Mazzarino is set to pen a script bringing the show's characters to the big screen...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 20, 2012 1:23 PM
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New AFI Communications Exec Hails from K Street, Helped HBO's 'Veep'

What many in Hollywood don't know about the American Film Institute's new Communications vice-president Jennifer Hoelzer, who is moving from Washington, D.C. to start her new L.A. job on July 16--is that she was a primary source for HBO's comedy series "Veep." No wonder the show rings true.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 18, 2012 2:55 PM
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'The Newsroom' Reaction: Early Reviews Are Tough on Aaron Sorkin

The mark of a great writer is that you can recognize their voice. There's no other Charlie Kaufman or Woody Allen or Aaron Sorkin. But what happens to a lauded player at the top of Hollywood's writer pyramid after winning the Oscar for "The Social Network" and sharing a nomination for "Moneyball" and landing his own HBO series? He gets killed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 18, 2012 1:40 PM
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'Mad Men' Season 5 Finale Review and Recap: 'The Phantom' of an Old Self Comes to Life

In a weak finale of a strong season of "Mad Men," ghosts haunt the characters and portend something terrifying: There is no escaping the past.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 11, 2012 6:16 AM
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Sorkin Talks Upcoming HBO Series 'The Newsroom,' False 'Barton Fink' Experience, Cliffhanger Pressure, Pedi-Conferencing, Steve Jobs (VIDEO)

Aaron Sorkin's terrific in-depth interview with Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times, which has been published incrementally on the Times' Arts Beat blog, had its final installment today. Sorkin talks "the writer's enemy is fatigue," stressing the cliche of the cliffhanger, and the two on-air shows he's "evangelical" about. Excerpts from the interview below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 8, 2012 6:12 PM
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