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Emmy Watch: Learning to Love 'Game of Thrones'

The first time I quit "Game of Thrones," in the midst of the prolonged setup that plagued season one, it came as a relief.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 29, 2014 1:29 PM
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Career Watch: TV Provides Stepping Stone to Film for Edgy Emmy Nominees Dreyfuss, Driver, Louis C.K.

These days, a movie star can easily make the switch to TV with no loss of stature. In fact, Matthew McConaughey’s acclaimed work on the HBO series “True Detective” probably helped to seal the deal on his Oscar win for “Dallas Buyers Club.” But taking the leap from TV to film? That’s an iffier proposition. Just because someone is popular on a small screen doesn’t mean they will have the same impact at the multiplex. And audiences often have a problem accepting a lead of a long-running series as a different character. Here are three actors – all competing for Emmys when this year’s ceremony airs on Aug. 25 – who have had varying degrees of success with conquering film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 28, 2014 2:36 PM
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Steven Soderbergh, Frances McDormand, and Mike Nichols Spearhead HBO Projects and TCA Summer Session

Several high-profile HBO projects were announced at this year's TCA Summer Session.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • July 11, 2014 10:46 AM
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Casting Watch: Netflix Nabs Waterston for 'Grace and Frankie' Comedy

Sam Waterston is joining "Grace and Frankie," the Netflix comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as nemeses whose husbands, in turns out, are in love with each other.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 8, 2014 10:46 AM
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From 'Broad City' to 'Game of Thrones,' an Emmy Nominations Wish List

When the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences doles out Emmy nominations each summer, I often wake to the announcement like a naughty kid on Christmas Day: staring down a lump of coal. In that spirit, here's a wish list of gifts I hope to find under Emmy's tree Thursday morning in the major categories. I promise I've been very good this year.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 7, 2014 7:15 AM
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What Went Wrong with HBO's 'The Leftovers'?

HBO has a remarkable success rate, if you think about it, from "Boardwalk Empire," "The Newsroom," "True Detective" and "True Blood" to "Game of Thrones." All these series mix TV and film creative elements with strong characters, a fair dose of sex and the good old uber-violence. So what went wrong with HBO's latest series from "Lost" creator Damon Lindelof, which debuted to mixed reviews and ratings Sunday night? It had all of those things.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 30, 2014 7:30 PM
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Amazon Snaps Up Exclusive Rights to Drafthouse Films

Amazon Prime--the internet giant's streaming content arm--has nabbed the exclusive rights to several indie movies distributed by Drafthouse Films.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 27, 2014 11:02 AM
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How Must-See 'The Case Against 8' Took Five Years to Make, from HBO Docs Czar Nevins to Its 'Fairy Tale Ending' (TRAILER)

The charged opening sequence of "The Case Against 8" witnesses former Solicitor General Ted Olson in the thick of a dress rehearsal.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • June 23, 2014 7:06 AM
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BTJA Awards Critics' Choice TV Awards Ahead of Today's Emmy Nominations Ballot Deadline

Last night, "Orange Is the New Black" and "Fargo" took home most of the gold at the Broadcast Television Journalists Association's 4th annual Critics' Choice Television Awards--an important precursor to today's deadline for Emmy Awards ballots.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 20, 2014 11:54 AM
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Robert De Niro Steps Out, for His Festival, His Father and the Friars Club's Top Award

We all know that Robert De Niro is a far better screen actor than he is public figure. Journalists dread interviews with the famously monosyllabic star. But this year De Niro is suddenly everywhere: at Tribeca, his New York film festival, hawking the Tribeca-produced Sundance documentary about his artist father, "Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Sr.," which is airing on HBO, and accepting a rare honor from The Friars Club in New York.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • June 17, 2014 2:01 PM
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