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Sherry Lansing Talks the Rise of Television and Ageism

The whip-smart husband-and-wife team of director William Friedkin ("The French Connection") and Sherry Lansing, the producer ("Fatal Attraction") and first woman studio head at Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount, visited the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czech Republic this month, where I sat down with them. Here's my talk with Lansing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2014 5:27 PM
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Stephen Colbert Rips Amazon Over Hachette Dispute, Sells More Books (VIDEO)

America's late-night comedy hosts are now, it would seem, the country's new defenders against corporate overreach.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 6, 2014 12:03 PM
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Lee Daniels Talks Transition from Film to Fox TV's Hip Hop Musical 'Empire' and HBO's Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic

In our in-depth interview, Lee Daniels explains why he's misunderstood, has stopped reading reviews, and has adapted King Lear as hip-hop musical "Empire" for network television--while not giving up on movies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2014 2:46 PM
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'Orange Is the New Black' Covers EW, Showrunner Kohan Speaks Her Mind on Awards, Rejection, Beauty Standards and More

The Litchfield ladies of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" cover this week's edition of Entertainment Weekly. Inside, showrunner Jenji Kohan ("Weeds") speaks her mind about the series being initially rejected by HBO and Showtime, about the show's dramedy aspects making it hard to categorize for awards, and how she wanted to get away from the "summer-campy" leanings of Season One.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 24, 2014 11:55 AM
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Matthew Weiner Talks Writing Women and Race in 'Mad Men,' Criticisms of Don's Storyline and More

As Part 1 of "Mad Men" Season 7 debuts April 13, James Poniewozik of TIME sat down with showrunner Matthew Weiner to talk everything about the show -- from viewer criticisms of Don's story arc last season, to writing women, race and how to handle those those too well-known moments from 1960s history without succumbing to cliches. Interview highlights below -- and don't worry "MM" diehards, there are NO SPOILERS.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 27, 2014 1:01 PM
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'Network' Meets the Future, as Olbermann Takes on Itzkoff

On Sunday, New York Times culture writer Dave Itzkoff will be interviewed at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image about his hot-off-the-presses (-and-tablet-download) “Mad As Hell: The Making of ‘Network’ and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies,” about the baroque construction project that was the Sidney Lumet classic of 1976, based on Paddy Chayefsky’s dystopian vision of what the TV news business was going to become, and largely has.
  • By John Anderson
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  • February 20, 2014 3:44 PM
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Showtime Splashes Down at TV Critics Panel with Climate Change Doc; Star-Studded New Shows Unveiled

Heat, drought and catastrophe conspired to provide a perfect entrance for Arnold Schwarzenegger when he showed up at TCA on Thursday to promote Showtime's epic documentary on climate change, "The Years of Living Dangerously." The pay cabler also unveiled previews of new shows "Penny Dreadful," "The Affair," "Happyish," and the return of "Episodes."
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 17, 2014 1:11 PM
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HBO Makes News at TV Critics Panel

HBO brought a raft of star power to the opening day of the winter Television Critics Press Tour (TCA) Thursday afternoon, presenting Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, stars of the brooding Louisiana-set crime series “True Detective,” which premieres Sunday, along with Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Taylor Kitsch from the cast of HBO movie “The Normal Heart” and quite a few others.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 9, 2014 10:05 PM
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Keri Russell On Jane Austen, Russian Spies, and Why She Can't Be Wonder Woman

Central to "Austenland"'s success is actress Keri Russell, who at 37 is having a fabulous year. She is in her prime, as Miss Jean Brodie would say.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2013 1:28 PM
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'Breaking Bad' Creator Gilligan Claims “Most folks will dig the ending;” AMC Unveils Two New Series

AMC is ramping up production of original series, ordering two new shows in one cycle for the first time in its history, even as it bids goodbye to “Breaking Bad,” the series that followed “Mad Men” to help launch its remarkable run of acclaimed cable hits.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • July 26, 2013 8:53 PM
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