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Royal Wedding Video & Pictures

Stop the presses! Prince William and Kate Middleton are married. In case you aren't already maxed out, a sampling of video and pictures is below. HuffPo reports that the media was wall-to-wall. The rest of the world may now return to 2011.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2011 3:18 AM
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Emmy Watch: Which New Scripted Series Will Make It to Emmy Contention? A Rough Ranking

Emmy Watch: Which New Scripted Series Will Make It to Emmy Contention? A Rough Ranking
Emmy Watch columnist Amy Dawes takes a hard look at the new shows that debuted this year, and ranks their chances of landing Emmy Nominations right off the bat.Nothing is more exciting – at least to an Emmy watcher - than when a brand new series not only entertains our socks off and reinvigorates the medium, but sweeps the awards its first time out.  And despite a perception that members of the TV Academy are lazy and vote for the same ol’ same ol’, this has happened a fair amount in recent years. 
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • April 28, 2011 8:28 AM
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Doctor Who Season Six Premiere Review: A Monster-of-the-Week, Hide-in-a-Tunnel Adventure

Decades-long Doctor Who fan David Chute eagerly anticipated the Season Six premiere starring Matt Smith and Alex Kingston (trailer below), and made me and a pal watch it with him. I applaud his review, excerpted: Vastly shinier production values aside, this was a Monster of the Week, hide-in-a-tunnel adventure, a 1970s scarf and curls throwback. Monument Valley was little more than a handsome backdrop; no organic connection that I could see with the events that unfolded there. The aliens' trick of making you forget them the second you looked away mimicked without improving upon the Weeping Angels of the great Blink episode, which moved when you looked away. (Moffatt recycling Moffatt.)
  • By David Chute
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  • April 27, 2011 10:06 AM
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Playbill Gives Jersey Shore the Oscar Wilde Treatment

Playbill has made Jersey Shore high brow. Check out the hilarious first and second videos in their series, in which transcripts from the reality show are done in the style of Oscar Wilde, through the characters of his play, The Importance of Being Ernest (as performed by Santino Fontana and David Furr).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 27, 2011 7:35 AM
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The Killing: What Does Linden's Abstracted Look Mean?

One of my favorite things in The Killing, the successful new AMC series remake of the original Danish global hit, is the way homicide detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) takes a long slow burn as she susses out a new location. One of my friends calls it a "meaningful stare, that long, long shot when she is thinking, or being sympathetic." Another calls it an "abstracted" quality. It turns out that folks are debating what these slow reaction shots mean, exactly.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2011 5:49 AM
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HBO's Game Change Starts Filming with Moore as Palin, Harris as McCain: Cast Pictures, Palin Tweets

Julianne Moore stars as Sarah Palin in HBO's Game Change, while Ed Harris plays running-mate John McCain, Melissa Farman (Temple Grandin) plays Bristol Palin, Larry Sullivan plays Palin's deputy chief of staff Chris Edwards and Jamey Sheridan plays McCain's speechwriter/campaign advisor Mark Salter (complete photo mash-up below, actors in said order on the right).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 27, 2011 4:32 AM
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Hot Cable Series The Killing, The Borgias, Game of Thrones Boost Breakout Stars

Hot Cable Series The Killing, The Borgias, Game of Thrones Boost Breakout Stars
Post-Oscar season, there's no question that these days, the best viewing to be found is on cable. Not only are AMC's critically-hailed Danish murder mystery remake The Killing, HBO's Tolkien light fantasy series Game of Thrones (adapted from George R.R. Martin's novels by top Hollywood scribe David Benioff and D.B. Weiss), and Showtime's The Borgias (adapted by writer-director Neil Jordan) compelling, gorgeously-mounted, well-written series, but they are breaking out --and reviving--talent as well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2011 8:06 AM
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BAFTA TV Award Nominations Include Danish The Killing, Mad Men, Glee, Boardwalk Empire

In TV news, BAFTA has nominated the original Danish The Killing as well as usual suspects Mad Men, Glee and Boardwalk Empire for BAFTA's best international show. Full list is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2011 7:50 AM
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Interview Watch: Michelle Williams Talks Career, Harrison Ford on CGI, Gabriel Byrne on Catholicism

- In their May issue, Interview Magazine asks Meek's Cutoff star Michelle Williams about her selective and seemingly wise career choices. Williams responds:"How do I say this? It’s like a mechanism in my life that runs on its own. When other things in my life don’t, and are broken and aren’t going well, for some reason my decision-making mechanism has a little engine of its own, and it’s fine. So I don’t overthink it. I’ve come to learn that the choices I labor over and go back and forth about and ask a million people for their opinions and make lists about...those are always the wrong choices. I’ve definitely made a couple of those, and that’s how I know now that it’s not the best way for me to decide…I don’t think of it as building, or really even a career. It’s just what appeals to me right now, without any real thought about how it’s going to affect my future, or even how it relates to my past work. I have faith in the fact that, as I change, so will the things that I’m interested in, as long as I keep up my own change."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 26, 2011 7:09 AM
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Trailer Watch: HBO Doc Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour

Pop sensation Lady Gaga -- No. 12 on the Time 100 poll -- talks fame in this excerpt from upcoming HBO documentary (Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden, May 7), in which she shows her human side. Of her fans, she says: "I just want to be a queen for them and sometimes I don't feel like one":
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 25, 2011 5:51 AM
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