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'The Walking Dead' Team Talk Zombie Horror at NAB: "I Do Want to Find Out What the Limit Is"

How far can they go with gore and violence? “It’s really awesome that AMC is bold enough to put just about anything up there,” said Kirkman, “But I do want to find out what the limit is.”
  • By Valentina Valentini
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  • April 18, 2012 11:40 AM
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Sex & the Gritty: Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Pilot is Coarse, Sensitive, and Promising

The most compelling aspect of Lena Dunham's HBO series "Girls" is a tone and spirit that balances sincerity and satire. When the goofy protagonist Hannah (Dunham) proclaims in the first scene that she is "busy trying to become who I am," the series arrives with a strong, clear voice.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 16, 2012 8:00 AM
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'Mad Men' Episode 5 Review and Recap: In 'Signal 30,' Pete and Lane Throw Feeble Punches at Despair

In Sunday's all-new "Mad Men" episode, death and despair continue to seep into the big picture. But in the midst of sniper shootings, highway crashes and men who "have nothing," is there a faint signal of hope?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2012 5:22 AM
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'Justified,' and 'Southland' Finales: Meet Hardboiled Director Don Siegel

Watching the final few episodes of "Justified" (which ended its season this week) as well as "Southland" and the more pretentious "The Killing," I found myself thinking about Don Siegel, the mid-century hardboiled director whose films epitomized an unpretentious, corrosive vein of American cinema.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • April 13, 2012 7:11 PM
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HBO Renews 'Game of Thrones': Should You Know What's Going On?

As "Game of Throne" watchers scratch their heads and reach for explanations of who's who, HBO has renewed the popular fantasy epic for a third season. Season Two of the series based on George R.R. Martin's bestsellers premiered April 1 to record ratings for the series--the first episode has already grossed 8.3 million viewers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 10, 2012 1:18 PM
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Scorsese Talks Sinatra Biopic Possibilities: HBO Miniseries vs. Movie? 'Now's The Time to Execute It On The Page'

After his positive experience with HBO on "Boardwalk Empire" and the prestigious Oscar-winning money-loser "Hugo," Martin Scorsese is reconsidering the way to proceed with his Frank Sinatra biopic.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 9, 2012 1:41 PM
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'Mad Men' Episode 4 Review and Recap: Joan Opens Door to 'Mystery Date'--Dream or Dud?

In Sunday's all-new "Mad Men" episode, anticipation and fear reigned. As did two of Alfred Hitchcock's favorite fixations: Murders and mothers. Spoilers ahead!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 9, 2012 4:56 AM
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Mike Wallace Obits (Video)

When someone like Mike Wallace dies, you feel the loss. That's because the CBS "60 Minutes" newsman, who died at 93 after a long illness, fearlessly practiced a level of rigorous stand-up journalism that rarely exists anymore.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 8, 2012 11:58 AM
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Best Stories of the Week: 'Titanic' Returns, TV Slate Gets Competitive, Cannes Update, Fernandez Joins Indiewire

This week at TOH, Indiewire made an excellent new hire, the spring TV lineup is dividing our attention, Kate and Leo are back in 3D, and more!
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  • April 7, 2012 1:43 PM
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'Girls' Q & A with Dunham & Apatow: Hilarious and Sexually Frank Comedy Series is 'Lena's Show'

Lena Dunham unveiled the first three episodes of her new HBO series "Girls" (April 15) at SXSW. Safe to say, it played as well for the guys in the room as the women. "It's Lena's show," declared executive producer Judd Apatow during the follow-up Q &A. "If she fucks it up it's her fault. Every choice is hers."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2012 12:42 PM
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