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Baltasar Kormákur Launches 'Trapped,' Icelandic Crime Series

Iceland import Baltasar Kormákur, who the studios value because he can handle global movie stars in action like Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington ("2 Guns"), feels strongly about fostering talent in his home country, where he is a rock star. He's using his Hollywood leverage back home, where he has founded a new production outfit (RVK Studios) and VFX company (Framestore is now called RVX). “I developed 'Trapped' because I was fascinated with the idea of a terrible crime in a small town cut off from the rest of the world.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 8, 2014 1:13 PM
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Weinsteins Take Rights to Italian Crime Series 'Gomorra'

The Weinstein Company has taken rights to Italian crime drama series "Gomorra," based on Roberto Saviano's bestseller of the same title that goes inside the brutal Neapolitan mafia Camorra.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 8, 2014 11:51 AM
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Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott Team Up for New Historical Thriller BBC Series

Tom Hardy is set to star in a new BBC series, "Taboo," with the prolific Ridley Scott as executive producer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 3, 2014 5:29 PM
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Things I Learned at the 'Mad Men' Season Seven Premiere, Review Roundup: "The beginning of the end" (TRAILER)

My favorite moment at the "Mad Men" Season Seven premiere: when AMC president Charles Collier asked the sprawling ensemble to rise from their seats at Hollywood's Arclight Theatre, Jon Hamm (Don Draper) and Kevin Rahm (Ted Chaough) caught sight of each other standing in the same row and waved. The Emmy-winning series is being celebrated by Time and Variety cover stories, Diane Sawyer's World News Tonight and Good Morning America before the final season of "Mad Men" debuts on April 13. (Trailer, poster and review round-up are below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2014 3:19 PM
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Seven Shows You May Not Know Are Streaming Exclusively on Amazon

To state the obvious, the world of online episodic streaming is competitive. It's certainly not all about Netflix anymore. But it's crucial to get those exclusive series. Especially if you're Amazon and, as of 2015, the Prime annual fee is making the steep jump from $79 for a one-year subscription to $99.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2014 2:05 PM
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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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WATCH: 'Good Wife' Star Josh Charles Explains Surprise Career Move on Letterman (SPOILER ALERT)

"Good Wife" actor Josh Charles dropped by Letterman last night to discuss his dramatic exit from "The Good Wife" after six years. Like Dan Stevens of "Downton Abbey," this is how an actor generates buzz for their career beyond the show for which they're best known.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 25, 2014 3:22 PM
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Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan Talk 'Masters of Sex,' Plus What's Coming Up in Season Two

He was doing “Hamlet” while she was doing “Hot Tub Time Machine,” but Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan proved they are equally endowed with wit and comic timing in a delightful panel appearance at Paley Fest Monday night to promote “Masters of Sex.” The pair plays pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson in Showtime’s sharp freshman drama, which unfolds in the same era as “Mad Men.”
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • March 25, 2014 1:12 PM
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Sundance Introduces Its First Episodic Story Lab, Set for Fall 2014

To state the obvious, the world of episodic content is trending in a major way. Following on the heels of SXSW showcasing its first Episodic program, the Sundance Institute has unveiled an expansion in its Labs program to include the first Episodic Story Lab, set to be held in Fall 2014 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2014 2:28 PM
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WATCH: 'True Detective' Deleted Scene Where Rust Cohle Breaks Up with His Girlfriend

Matthew McConaughey's Rust Cohle on "True Detective" is a complex man. Maybe not too easy to be in a relationship with. A deleted scene has arrived from the series, which wrapped this past Sunday, of Rust and his one-time girlfriend Lori (Elizabeth Reaser) breaking up. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 13, 2014 2:21 PM
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