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'Twilight' Director Catherine Hardwicke Makes the Film-to-Cable Move

Art director-turned-director Catherine Hardwicke hit 'Twilight' out of the park, but was not given time by Summit Entertainment to continue with the series. Follow-up "Red Riding Hood" was a rushed and misguided effort, and now like many women helmers, Hardwicke has done the sane and rational thing--moved to cable television.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 11, 2014 12:44 PM
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WATCH: Melissa McCarthy Hosts SNL, Farewell to Seth Meyers

Melissa McCarthy hosts SNL for the third time--and faces some type-casting.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 2, 2014 12:51 PM
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Casting Watch: Damian Lewis In Talks to Star as Henry VIII in 'Wolf Hall'

Now that Damian Lewis is Nick Brody no more, the former "Homeland" star is heading to "Wolf Hall." The PBS-BBC drama is a six-part TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's novels, "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies." Lewis is in talks to star as Henry VIII.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 31, 2014 12:04 PM
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Four Reasons 2014 Will Be the Year of the Immigrant on Film (VIDEO)

From reportorial nonfiction to epic drama, from the couch to the art house, immigrants past and present will be at the forefront of 2014's film offerings -- not to mention your cable news network of choice. As the Congressional debate over immigration reform heats up and the midterm election gears begin to turn, here are four things to watch for:
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • January 27, 2014 1:24 PM
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Music Box Picks Up First Two Seasons of French Bordello Series 'Maison Close'

Music Box Films has scooped up US and Canadian rights to the first two seasons of sumptuous bodice-ripping drama "Maison Close," the French TV series set in a 19th century Parisian bordello, created by Jacques Ouaniche.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2014 2:00 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Our Hopes Are 'Justified'

Season 5 of "Justified" returns to the series' most fruitful subject matter, backwoods crime rooted in clan loyalty.
  • By David Chute
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  • January 22, 2014 12:22 PM
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Showtime Splashes Down at TV Critics Panel with Climate Change Doc; Star-Studded New Shows Unveiled

Heat, drought and catastrophe conspired to provide a perfect entrance for Arnold Schwarzenegger when he showed up at TCA on Thursday to promote Showtime's epic documentary on climate change, "The Years of Living Dangerously." The pay cabler also unveiled previews of new shows "Penny Dreadful," "The Affair," "Happyish," and the return of "Episodes."
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 17, 2014 1:11 PM
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Netflix Partners with Weinsteins on New Original Series, Heads for Sundance with Docs in Mind (TRAILERS)

Netflix not only partnered with the Weinstein Co. for their Golden Globe after party but on several new TV series as well. Ted Sarandos has always been close to the indie film community. In fact, he picked up Oscar doc contender "The Square" and plans to make it available for streaming on January 17 and heads for Sundance with opening nighter "Mitt" and plans to buy more.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 14, 2014 1:04 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'True Detective' Partners McConaughey & Harrelson Pursue Another Serial Killer

“I get a bad taste in my mouth out here,” says Matthew McConaughey’s gaunt and haunted Rust Cohle, a detective as tightly wound as a cramped muscle who is hunting a ritualistic serial killer in rural Louisiana in the 1980s. “Aluminum, ash. Like you can smell the psychosphere.”
  • By David Chute
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  • January 12, 2014 12:59 PM
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AMC and Sundance Channel Unveil New Drama Series at TV Critics Panel, 'Rectify' and 'Returned' Are Back

With two of its signature shows becoming past tense, AMC is reaching even deeper into the past to stake out its future. Meanwhile, sister network The Sundance Channel revealed a spate of original programming during the 2014 Television Critics Association press tour.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 11, 2014 9:13 PM
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