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Early Reviews: HBO's 'The Girl' Premieres at the Hampton Film Festival

HBO premiered their Hitchcock vs. Hedren flick, "The Girl" at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Early reviews hint that while the film entertains, it doesn't quite satisfy in terms of character development. Toby Jones' portrayal of Alfred Hitchcock is praised across the board, while critics say that Sienna Miller is passable, but not notable. The film avoids the horror tropes that the master of suspense was known for, instead aiming to reveal the psychological underpinnings of the main characters.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 8, 2012 1:08 PM
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HBO Renews 'Boardwalk Empire' for Fourth Season: Why?

Judging from the first four episodes of "Boardwalk Empire" Season Three, I cannot commend HBO for renewing the series for a fourth season. HBO is looking at the fact that the first two episodes of its third season averaged 2.5 million viewers, somewhat down from the Season Two finale of 3 million. Last week the show won three Emmys, down from Season One's eight; exec producer Tim Van Patten won for directing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 2, 2012 2:05 PM
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In the Works: Del Toro's 'Nutshell Studies' at HBO, 'Arbitrage' Director Jarecki's Next, and Gong Li as the 'Last Empress'

HBO has optioned the rights to Corinne May Botz' 2004 book "The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death" for Sara Gran to adapt and exec produce with Guillermo del Toro, who will direct.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 18, 2012 4:22 PM
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TIFF Buys: HBO Docs Takes TV Rights to 'Casting By'; Trapero's 'White Elephant' Goes to Strand

TV rights to Tom Donahue's "Casting By" have been acquired by HBO Documentary Films, following its premiere at Toronto. The film shines a light on casting directors, the "unsung heroes" of filmmaking, and offers a new perspective on Hollywood history...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 13, 2012 11:57 AM
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Trailer for HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 3: 'What the fuck is life if it's not personal?!'

Season three of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" debuts September 16. Bobby Cannavale joins the show as Gyp Rosetti and asks, exasperated, "What the fuck is life if it's not personal?!" in the season three trailer. Check it out below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 14, 2012 1:36 PM
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Berlinger & Sinofsky's HBO Doc 'Paradise Lost: Purgatory' on DVD August 14; Collector's Edition Trilogy Lands November 6

Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s "Paradise Lost: Purgatory," the third of their West Memphis Three trilogy, will be released on DVD August 14 and a collector's edition of the complete HBO trilogy will be available November 6...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 19, 2012 3:49 PM
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HBO Dominates Emmy Nominations with 81, Led by 'Hemingway & Gelhorn' with 15; 'Killing' Shut Out UPDATED

As expected, HBO, which is challenging the Hollywood studios with its smart programming, luring away both talent and audiences from the big screen, dominated the 64th Emmy nominations, for the 12th year in a row. This time they nabbed 81, led by movie star two-hander "Hemingway & Gelhorn," starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman (15 nominations).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2012 12:04 PM
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Comic-Con: 'Game of Thrones' Takes Hall H, Talks Sex, Boobies & Violence; Intros New Cast [Video]

They returned to Hall H, but novelist George R.R. Martin and his HBO "Game of Thrones" panel lacked the ebullience of last's year's panel in the smaller Ballroom 20. That one included eventual Emmy winner Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Jason Momoa (who made the fans go gaga).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 14, 2012 12:32 AM
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Watch: A Supercut of Sorkinisms - Love, Ping-Pong Rooms & Shakespeare The Way it Was Meant to Be Done

Check out this video mash-up of Aaron "Sorkinisms," with more than a few key lines that Sorkin likes so much he chooses to use them again and again -- it's really quite something.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 27, 2012 12:06 PM
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Seven Hours of Television Brings Great Writing, from 'Game of Thrones' to 'Nurse Jackie'

With the possible exception of baseball playoffs, I’ve never spent an entire day watching television. But family emergencies caused me to lose a week’s viewing, the weather in Brooklyn was miserable, and I found myself in front of the set, desperately trying to catch up with two Sundays worth of drama.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • June 5, 2012 3:17 PM
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