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Netflix and MRC Hit Fincher Reality with 'House of Cards'

Surprise. In a much ballyhooed deal that was too good to be true, Netflix and MRC (Media Rights Capital) outbid HBO to stream and finance, respectively, the $100-million production "House of Cards," an American remake of the 1990 hit Brit TV series about a politician's rise to the top. Now on the verge of production, reality intervenes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 7, 2012 6:28 PM
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Media Watch: Netflix in Cable Talks, Epix and ABC Family Launch Streaming Apps

Digital Viewing Transition: The Rise of Netflix
Netflix is talking cable partnerships. Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings has "quietly met" with some of the largest cable companies in the U.S. according to Reuters. These meetings have prompted rumors that certain cable channels might add movie streaming to their services. It's possible, writes TechCrunch, that within the year cable subscribers could have Netflix access from their cable boxes. Cable is what Netflix needs to survive. Meanwhile, ABC Family and Epix have launched their own streaming applications for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch users. As paidContent writes, this is in direct competition with Epix and ABC Family's distribution agreements with Netflix and Hulu. After Starz stopped supplying Netflix with titles, Epix became one of Netflix's most crucial suppliers.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 7, 2012 1:55 PM
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Watch 'Game of Thrones' Season 2 Teaser: Behind The Scenes, On Location, Cast Interviews

Can't wait for "Game of Thrones" Season Two? Check out the teaser and a slew of clips from the HBO series below (Season Two premieres April 1).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 6, 2012 3:28 PM
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'The Walking Dead' Episode 4 Review: 'Judge, Jury, Executioner'

Perhaps it's because it originally set its own bar too high: “The Walking Dead” was so good out of the gate, such a great mixture of genre and sophistication, that its current episodes feel like a come-down.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • March 5, 2012 1:02 AM
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NBC's 'Smash' is Great Fun for Musical Fans; But Will It Survive?

The best new TV show of the season is on network television, and may not survive there. NBC's musical soap "Smash" is yet another case of a well-mounted show that is too smart to be populist and too expensive not to be.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2012 1:43 PM
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HBO Backs Mann & Frankham's 'Witness': Doc Series Follows War Combat Photographers

HBO has lined up a new doc series "Witness" from "Luck" filmmaker Michael Mann; he and David Frankham will produce. The series will follow young war combat photographers as they go into conflict zones throughout Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Libya.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2012 5:26 PM
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TV News: 'Blood' Loses Ball, Lucy Liu First Female Watson for 'Elementary,' Robb for 'Carrie Diaries'

Lucy Liu will play Watson in CBS' modern take on Sherlock Holmes, "Elementary." The pilot will star Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes, living in New York City...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2012 1:42 PM
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Now Playing: Oscar Season Films on Movies On Demand; From 'The Help' to 'Tree of Life'

Playing on cable near you: in cased you missed a few, Movies On Demand has plenty of Awards Season films available now. Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" premieres on MOD February 28 (as well as DVD), while "The Descendants" (on DVD March 13), "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (March 20), "Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy" (March 20) and more are set for March. They'll join the list of films already playing, which include "Drive," "The Tree of Life," "Bridesmaids," "Hell and Back Again" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." The complete list is below: Winners available on cable’s Movies on Demand:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2012 12:12 PM
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Why Masterpiece Classic's 'Downton Abbey' Season 2 Was Such a Smash

A few months ago, who would have bet that 5.4 million people would watch the two-hour finale of the second season of Masterpiece Classic’s “Downton Abbey?”
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • February 28, 2012 1:41 AM
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HBO's 'Game Change' Debuts March 10; Look at 2008 Presidential Campaign Stars Moore, Harris & Harrelson

"Game Change" will debut on HBO March 10 at 9pm. The film, directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong (based on the bestselling book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann), stars Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, Ed Harris as John McCain and Woody Harrelson as McCain's senior campaign strategist, Steve Schmidt.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 27, 2012 7:46 PM
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