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Sundance Channel to Air '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die' Weekly Series of Classic, Indie and Foreign Films

The Sundance Channel has teamed up with Barron's Educational Series to bring the popular film compendium "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die" to the small screen in a new weekly series. Every Sunday, Sundance Channel will air a classic Hollywood, independent or foreign film featured in the latest edition of the book.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 25, 2013 1:16 PM
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In the Works: James Gray to Direct First Episode of New Sundance Channel Original Series 'The Red Road'

The Sundance Channel has announced that director James Gray ("The Immigrant," "Two Lovers") will helm the first episode of the network's next original scripted series, police drama "The Red Road." Jason Mamoa ("Game of Thrones") was recently cast in one of the two lead roles.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 25, 2013 11:18 AM
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Writers Guild Awards Change Guidelines, Netflix's 'House of Cards' Now Eligible for 2014 TV Awards

With the just-announced revisions to the Writers Guild Awards guidelines, Netflix's "House of Cards" has become eligible for the 2014 TV awards, to be held on February 1. The guidelines now include series that have been produced for initial exhibition in new media, permitting them to compete with TV series in the script and series categories.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 22, 2013 2:47 PM
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Emmy Nominations Analysis: Netflix Makes News with 'House of Cards' and 'Arrested Development,' But HBO is Still King, Snubs and Omissions (UPDATED)

The 2013 Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this morning. While regularly nominated shows "Downton Abbey," "Mad Men," "Homeland," "Breaking Bad," "Girls" and "Louie" all scored, Netflix had the biggest coup with "House of Cards" up for four major awards and the fourth season of "Arrested Development" up for one -- these are the first digital series to receive major nominations in the Emmys. Full list below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • July 18, 2013 11:31 AM
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As Zimmerman Verdict Brings Protests, Weinsteins Push 'Fruitvale Station' and BET Special

The Weinstein Company knows that Saturday's verdict of not guilty for George Zimmerman makes the already well-reviewed and well-attended "Fruitvale Station" all the more relevant. On July 15, TWC will air the special "Fruitvale Station: The Story of Oscar Grant" on BET at 7:30pm ET/PT.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • July 15, 2013 1:09 PM
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Emmy Watch: 'Scandal' Star Kerry Washington Graces August Vanity Fair Cover

It won't do the "Scandal" Emmy campaign any harm for Kerry Washington to be on the cover of the August issue of Vanity Fair. It's a pretty stunning cover photo by Norman Jean Roy. Contributing editor David Kamp wrote the feature interview with the actress, 36, who grew up in the Bronx and broke out at Sundance in 2001 indie feature "Lift."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 2, 2013 4:51 PM
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How Danish Political Drama Series 'Borgen' Is Reviving KCET (Trailer)

To misquote Mark Twain, the death of KCET has been greatly exaggerated.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • June 28, 2013 12:07 PM
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Amazon Develops First Drama Series, Police Procedural 'Bosch,' Based on Michael Connelly Novels

Amazon remains gung-ho on the original content business. Amazon Studios is developing its first drama series, "Bosch," a police procedural based on Michael Connelly's Detective Harry Bosch novels. Per Deadline, the pilot is written by Connelly and "Treme" co-creator Eric Overmeyer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 26, 2013 12:49 PM
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Paul Giamatti Joins 'Downton Abbey' Season 4

The upcoming fourth season of "Downton Abbey" has an exciting new addition to its cast: Paul Giamatti.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 24, 2013 11:53 AM
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DGA Elects First African American President: TV Director Paris Barclay

As television becomes more prominent and significant in the entertainment world, so the new head of the DGA comes from that medium. TV producer and director Paris Barclay ("Sons of Anarchy," "In Treatment") was elected President of the Directors Guild of America at the Guild's National Biennial Convention on Saturday at the DGA national headquarters in Los Angeles. Replacing outgoing President Taylor Hackford, Barclay is the first African American to head the DGA. Steven Soderbergh, in seconding past-president Michael Apted's nomination stated, "This is a great moment for our Guild; Paris will be a phenomenal leader as we move into the future."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 22, 2013 10:30 PM
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