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BET Founder Robert L. Johnson to Buy Image Entertainment and Acorn Media to Form RLJ Entertainment

Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson, chairman of RLJ Companies, has agreed to acquire home video distributor Image Entertainment and Brit DVD/streaming company Acorn Media Group. The new company will be called RLJ Entertainment, Inc; Johnson will serve as its Executive Chairman.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 2, 2012 4:17 PM
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'Game of Thrones' Season 2 Intro and Review: What You Need to Know

The trick is not minding that HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is so complicated and crowded with characters that there’s no way to remember them all, or to hold the shape of the whole story in your mind.
  • By David Chute
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  • April 2, 2012 1:41 PM
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'Mad Men' Episode 3 Review and Recap: Reading 60s 'Tea Leaves'

In Sunday night's all-new episode of "Mad Men," Betty returns, Peggy makes a new hire and Don gathers no moss at a Rolling Stones concert. Spoilers ahead!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 2, 2012 12:49 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: How 'Talhotblond' Went from Sexy Doc to Courteney Cox's TV Movie Directing Debut

What do Courteney Cox, an online love triangle and Lifetime movies have in common? "Talhotblond" -- a Lifetime movie about an online love triangle directed by Courteney Cox, making her TV movie debut.
  • By Valentina Valentini
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  • March 30, 2012 1:37 PM
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Anglophile Acorn Media is 28 and Profitable, Growing and Getting Into Production

From little acorns massive oaks grow might apply to Acorn Media, which was started in its chairman’s spare bedroom in 1984. This week, Peter Edwards, the chairman, told the New York Times that Acorn believes it is the second largest distributor of British programming on DVD in North America, bested only by the BBC.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • March 28, 2012 6:42 PM
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'Mad Men' Season 5 Opener 'A Little Kiss': Review and Recap, Premiere Sets Record

After an 18-month hiatus, "Mad Men" is back with electric car windows, tacky polyester and even a bit of health consciousness. ("Please, no smoking.") Spoilers ahead!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 26, 2012 2:44 PM
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The Death of 'Luck'

What happened in "Luck"'s last two episodes is that Hoffman and Farina's characters had something to do of consequence. Farina stopped being a chauffeur and started being a tough guy who could see what others cannot. We finally knew why Hoffman kept him around.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • March 26, 2012 1:00 AM
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HBO Releases 'You Win or You Die,' 22 Minute Video Recap & Preview for 'Game of Thrones'

HBO has released a new 22 minute video recapping season 1 of "Game of Thrones" and ushering in season two, which arrives April 1. Check it out below. Here's a series of clips we posted last week. THR has co-creators and exec producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss talking about how the series will depart from George R. R. Martin's enormous books...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 23, 2012 4:29 PM
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Jon Hamm Keeps it Classy with 'Mad Men' Cast on Today Show

Jon Hamm and Co. keep it classy on the Today show. He and his "Mad Men" co-stars and creator discuss the return the show for season five, their seventeen month break, and Hamm's recent comments about reality train-wreck television. He politely stands by his comments about Kim Kardashian being a "fucking idiot" and our culture rewarding her for it.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 4:56 PM
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It's 1965 for Newsweek's Retro 'Mad Men' Issue, Complete with Sexist Ads

Newsweek went back to 1965 for its retro issue featuring a cover story on "Mad Men," returning to AMC March 25. The magazine's "Mad Men" story was written by Eleanor Clift, who recalls her early days at Newsweek back in the 1960s. She recalls, "Women weren’t supposed to be openly ambitious in the ’60s...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 4:38 PM
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