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Emmy Watch: Learning to Love 'Game of Thrones'

The first time I quit "Game of Thrones," in the midst of the prolonged setup that plagued season one, it came as a relief.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 29, 2014 1:29 PM
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Career Watch: TV Provides Stepping Stone to Film for Edgy Emmy Nominees Dreyfuss, Driver, Louis C.K.

These days, a movie star can easily make the switch to TV with no loss of stature. In fact, Matthew McConaughey’s acclaimed work on the HBO series “True Detective” probably helped to seal the deal on his Oscar win for “Dallas Buyers Club.” But taking the leap from TV to film? That’s an iffier proposition. Just because someone is popular on a small screen doesn’t mean they will have the same impact at the multiplex. And audiences often have a problem accepting a lead of a long-running series as a different character. Here are three actors – all competing for Emmys when this year’s ceremony airs on Aug. 25 – who have had varying degrees of success with conquering film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 28, 2014 2:36 PM
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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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PBS Preview: Six New 'Makers' Documentaries Focus on Groundbreaking Women

PBS announces a new fall "Makers" series spotlighting groundbreaking women in six areas: Comedy, Hollywood, Space, Politics, Business and War.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2014 3:51 PM
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Career Watch: TV Boosts Movie Stars Jon Voight, Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey

With Emmy Award season in full swing (the show airs Aug. 25), we look at three Emmy nominees who came up in Hollywood and are enjoying a career boost from their work in television. These days it's possible to move more fluidly than ever before between movies and TV (the late great James Garner was a rare example of a star who could swing both ways). The Third Golden Age of Television --easily viewed on multi-platforms by a wide range of viewers--has proved a boon for these movie actors.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 21, 2014 11:56 AM
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Steven Soderbergh, Frances McDormand, and Mike Nichols Spearhead HBO Projects and TCA Summer Session

Several high-profile HBO projects were announced at this year's TCA Summer Session.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • July 11, 2014 10:46 AM
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WATCH: Jimmy Fallon Sings 'Fancy' With Crosby, Stills and Nash

This is one of those things you don't know you need until you see it: Jimmy Fallon came back last night from his two-week vacation, and he invited Crosby, Stills and Nash to his show to sing Iggy Azalea's "Fancy." With himself playing Neil Young, of course.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 8, 2014 12:01 PM
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Steven Soderbergh Continues to Stay Busy as Amazon Pilot 'Red Oaks' Gets a Cast

Amazon Studios has announced the cast for "Red Oaks," the Steven Soderbergh-produced comedy set to join the company's third pilot round later this year.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 7, 2014 11:38 AM
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What Went Wrong with HBO's 'The Leftovers'?

HBO has a remarkable success rate, if you think about it, from "Boardwalk Empire," "The Newsroom," "True Detective" and "True Blood" to "Game of Thrones." All these series mix TV and film creative elements with strong characters, a fair dose of sex and the good old uber-violence. So what went wrong with HBO's latest series from "Lost" creator Damon Lindelof, which debuted to mixed reviews and ratings Sunday night? It had all of those things.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 30, 2014 7:30 PM
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Wachowskis' Netflix Series 'Sense8' Cast Revealed

The cast for "Sense8," the upcoming sci-fi series from Andy and Lana Wachowski, has been revealed. For genre geeks, it's a doozy.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 23, 2014 3:55 PM
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