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TV Watch: Playboy Club Cancelled, Fox Could Make Money On Simpsons Demise

The first cancellation of the fall season is NBC's misguided and little-watched (just three million viewers caught last night's episode) The Playboy Club, which took place in Mod, bunny-infested 1960s Chicago. After only three episodes, NBC pulled the low-rated show, which starred Amber Heard and Eddie Cibrian, off the air. Hugh Hefner tweeted his disappointment and blamed it on the network: "It should have been on cable, aimed at a more adult audience."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 5, 2011 7:57 AM
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Trailer Watch: Second War Horse Trailer is More Oscar Bait, "Be Brave, Be Brave, Be Brave"

Of the first trailer, we said that Steven Spielberg's PG-13 film version of the heart-tugging Word War I drama War Horse "looks like an Academy-friendly no-brainer." We called it a "four-hankie."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2011 5:33 AM
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Agnieszka Holland's In Darkness Gets Oscar Qualifying Run in December

Sony Pictures Classics is giving Agnieszka Holland's Polish holocaust drama In Darkness, which played well at both Telluride and Toronto, an Oscar-qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles from December 9-15. The Polish Oscar submission should be a strong contender for the foreign film Oscar. Holland has been nominated twice, for Europa, Europa and Angry Harvest. She also co-wrote mentor Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors: Blue and directed 1993's The Secret Garden as well as some of the best shows on cable: HBO's The Wire and Treme (for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing) and two episodes of The Killing.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • October 3, 2011 9:49 AM
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Oscar Talk: Ides of March's Clooney vs. Gosling vs. Hoffman, Supporting Categories

Oscar Talk: Ides of March's Clooney vs. Gosling vs. Hoffman, Supporting Categories
Now that we've both seen George Clooney's political thriller The Ides of March, Kris Tapley and I dig into not only Oscar prospects for that film, but the list of supporting players in contention for this year. We also debate the respective box office fates of Drive and Warrior as well as how success in theaters impacts a film's awards chances. (CORRECTION: Yes, Clooney won best supporting actor for Syriana and not Good Night, and Good Luck.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 30, 2011 4:15 AM
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That's Some Big Armour, Kristen Stewart! Set Photos from Snow White and the Huntsman

The verdict is still out on whether Twilight sensation and indie darling Kristen Stewart can fill the britches of a bad-ass Snow White. Check out these pictures from the set of Universal's Snow White and The Huntsman, which co-stars Charlize Theron is Snow White's nemesis, the Evil Queen.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 29, 2011 8:17 AM
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Poster Watch: Spielberg's War Horse is Everything You'd Expect

Sight unseen, Steven Spielberg's War Horse, based only on the trailer, is clearly Oscar bait. The new poster (below) offers exactly what you'd expect for the PG-13 film based on Michael Morpurgo's novel about a boy, his horse and WWI. It has Spielberg and Christmastime-heart-tugging written all over it. "Separated by War. Tested by Battle. Bound by Friendship." Awww. And what a lovely sunset, too.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 27, 2011 9:07 AM
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Descendants, Clooney, Streep Top Gurus 'O Gold Oscar Rankings

Descendants, Clooney, Streep Top Gurus 'O Gold Oscar Rankings
The Gurus have spoken. Post-festivals, Alexander Payne's The Descendants (1) has taken over the frontrunner spot from Steven Spielberg's unscreened period war adventure War Horse (2). Interestingly, Spielberg was considering submitting the film to Venice but decided not to do so. He usually likes to wait until the last possible minute to show his films. It's better NOT to be at the head of the pack, anyway. The Descendants' George Clooney (1) is also at the front of the Best Actor race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2011 5:10 AM
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Boardwalk Empire Season 2 Review - Nucky Nosferatu

Boardwalk Empire Season 2 Review - Nucky Nosferatu
As its second season begins, David Chute finds that he admires Boardwalk Empire but does not love it.We took it as a sign during Boardwalk Empire’s first season that the show’s fabulously expensive exterior and interior sets never felt lived in. Compare Boardwalk’s boardwalk, a beautiful sweep of CG-enhanced Hollywood carpentry, with Deadwood’s Deadwood, an assortment of tents and swaybacked outhouses, awash in mud and dust and struggling humanity. Even the Harlan County, Kentucky, of Justified, cobbled together from various locations in Southern California, conveys a more organic sense of place. The characters are convinced that they were born and raised and rooted there, and so do we.
  • By David Chute
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  • September 27, 2011 3:50 AM
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First Poster Art for Zhang Yimou's Oscar Hopeful Flowers of War with Christian Bale Not Inspired

First Poster Art for Zhang Yimou's Oscar Hopeful Flowers of War with Christian Bale Not Inspired
Picking the right poster art is an art in itself, and China's treatment for its official Oscar submission, Zhang Yimou's $90 million The Flowers Of War, leaves much to be desired.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 26, 2011 7:41 AM
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Game of Thrones, Season Two Teaser: Full of Terrors, Not Footage

Don't hold your breath; the premiere date for HBO's Game of Thrones season two hasn't been set. But the cast and crew have been shooting since late July and the "Battle of the Blackwater," as chronicled in the novels, is expected to take arms by episode nine. THR has more details, and so do we (from Comic-con).Season 2 - Terror Tease
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 26, 2011 3:45 AM
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