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'The Newsroom' Episode 5 Review and Recap: In 'Amen,' Men Sustain Injuries while Women Sustain Hallmark Holiday Battiness

In Sunday's all-new episode of "The Newsroom," personal injury and protest are recurring visuals against the powers-that-be -- an interesting idea that's clouded by Sorkin's grating use of Valentine's Day as a female crazyfest.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 23, 2012 2:12 PM
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'The Newsroom' Episode 4 Review and Recap: 'I'll Try to Fix You' or Take You Down

In Sunday's all-new episode of "The Newsroom," defamation is the vicious, attractive stranger at the party, waiting for someone to take the bait.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 15, 2012 11:00 PM
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  • 11 Comments

Best of the Week: Comic-Con, Magical Russian Mystery Tour, Moscow, Karlovy Vary & More

This week on TOH, we head to Comic-Con for genre/fanboy-fangirl/pop culture madness, consider Salma Hayek's career before and after "Savages," look at the return of "Ice Age," plus feature Anne's Magical Russian Mystery tour (including the Moscow Film Festival) and check in with Meredith Brody at Karlovy Vary...
  • By TOH!
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  • July 13, 2012 5:15 PM
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'The Newsroom' Episode 3 Review and Recap: The Morning After 'The 112th Congress,' a Silent Waiting Game Erupts

In a canny bit of Sorkin script engineering, the "News Night" team tackles Tea Party politics for six straight months with nary a peep from the 44th floor. But as with Jane Fonda's silent lioness Leona Lansing, a period of quiet comes before the roar.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 8, 2012 8:00 PM
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'The Newsroom' Episode 2 Review and Recap: 'News Night 2.0,' One Strange Step for Womankind

Best laid plans go awry as the newsroom staffers attempt an upgraded show, and as "The Newsroom" writer Aaron Sorkin gives us female characters with some serious mood swings.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 1, 2012 11:00 PM
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  • 9 Comments

'The Newsroom' Premiere Review and Recap: Less Talk as This Story Develops

Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" might be a consistently good show if it cuts the blather and gets to the news.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 25, 2012 12:28 AM
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'The Newsroom' Reaction: Early Reviews Are Tough on Aaron Sorkin

The mark of a great writer is that you can recognize their voice. There's no other Charlie Kaufman or Woody Allen or Aaron Sorkin. But what happens to a lauded player at the top of Hollywood's writer pyramid after winning the Oscar for "The Social Network" and sharing a nomination for "Moneyball" and landing his own HBO series? He gets killed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 18, 2012 1:40 PM
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'Mad Men' Season 5 Finale Review and Recap: 'The Phantom' of an Old Self Comes to Life

In a weak finale of a strong season of "Mad Men," ghosts haunt the characters and portend something terrifying: There is no escaping the past.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 11, 2012 6:16 AM
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'Mad Men' Episode 12 Review and Recap: When 'Commissions and Fees' Demand the Most Terrible Price

"Please don't stick around to see me when I'm feelin' low. Don't pass the cards to me to deal the crashing blow. I'll leave and close the door so you won't see me go." - The Lovin' Spoonful
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2012 6:23 AM
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"Mad Men" Episode 11 Review and Recap: "The Other Woman," Something Beautiful You Can Cruelly Own

Every season of "Mad Men" has an iconic episode. In Season 1, it's "The Wheel." In Season 4, "The Suitcase." In Season 5, I was confident it would be "Mystery Date." And then I saw "The Other Woman."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 28, 2012 6:30 AM
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