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Best of the Week: Ted Sarandos Attacks Industry Status Quo, Lou Reed Tributes, Paul Dano Nuts Up and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • November 2, 2013 4:05 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Williams, Wright and Bingham Revitalize 'Boardwalk Empire' Season Four

A lethal triangle formed by Michael Kenneth Williams, Jeffrey Wright and femme fatale Margot Bingham has made "Boardwalk Empire" fun to watch again.
  • By David Chute
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  • October 30, 2013 6:20 AM
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WATCH: Edward Norton Leads a Fantastic Wes Anderson Parody and Other SNL Highlights (VIDEO)

Unexpectedly, Edward Norton hosted last night's episode of Saturday Night Live, a welcome guest. Norton showed off his self-deprecating side as well as his gift for impressions, including Ian McKellen and two Woodys-- Allen and Harrelson.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 27, 2013 12:10 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'Homeland' Takes Off, Leaving Clueless Critics in the Dust

Some of the people who are watching "Homeland" (Showtime) seem to have little experience watching or reading twisty thrillers, and very little appreciation of the genre's spicy pleasures. The twist revealed at the end of episode four of "Homeland" was a high point for the series, exactly the sort of coup genre fans relish. Commentators who had a problem with it have proved only that they should be watching, and writing about, something else. Maybe a nice sit com. "Trophy "Wife" is supposed to be good.
  • By David Chute
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  • October 22, 2013 3:40 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Is Murphy Channeling Argento in Raunchy 'American Horror Story: Coven'?

Director David Gordon Green's long-planned remake of Dario Argento's candy-colored giallo masterpiece "Suspiria" (1977) is apparently dead. Which is a shame, obviously, although there is a sense in which TV auteur Ryan Murphy has already beaten Green to the punch. It would be hard to imagine a more a stylish and flamboyant Argento homage than Murphy's "American Horror Story: Coven" (FX), the just-launched third season anthology format drama series. Also hard to imagine that any show will be more fun to watch over the weeks ahead.
  • By David Chute
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  • October 15, 2013 5:49 PM
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WATCH: Bruce Willis Hosts a Flimsy SNL with an Excellent 'Gravity' Parody

Bruce Willis hosts a mediocre episode of SNL, with a few highlights.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 13, 2013 12:52 PM
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Best of the Week: NYFF Ignites Oscar Buzz, Ted Hope Bids SF Film Society Adieu, 'Gravity' Crushes Box Office and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • October 12, 2013 3:39 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Brody Still AWOL on 'Homeland,' 'Ironside' Surprises (VIDEOS)

Two episodes into Homeland (Showtime) and still no sign of Brody. Which means that this show about the eruptive intersection of the personal and political is still not quite itself yet as it continues its third season.
  • By David Chute
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  • October 8, 2013 5:22 PM
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WATCH: Five Best Sketches from Miley Cyrus' Self-Deprecating SNL Episode

This week Miley Cyrus capably handled double-duty as musical guest and host of Saturday Night Live's second episode of the season. We expected Cyrus' monologue to address her VMA performance, which she did with humor, confidence, and winking sass. Watch the highlights from Cyrus' turn hosting SNL here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 6, 2013 11:12 AM
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Review: 'Borgen,' in All Its Political and Psychological Glory, Is Back for Season 3

Politics is the art of the impossible in America this week, but, in a fictional Denmark, it is still, thankfully, the art of the possible. “Borgen,” which Newsweek once called “The best TV show you’ve never seen” and the Los Angeles Times has labeled ”compelling,” starts its third season on KCET at 10pm tonight.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • October 4, 2013 11:44 AM
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