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SXSW Episodic: Previewing Supernatural Chiller 'Penny Dreadful'

One of the more inspired aspects of this year’s SXSW is the newly added Episodic program, a showcase previewing yet-to-debut TV series. Episodic original content has clearly been undergoing a revolution. Indeed, the conversations surrounding small-screen content often eclipse what’s being said about big-screen fare. While, say, Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake” and Sean Durkin’s “Southcliffe” debuted as one-offs in the festival world, expect this new sort of collective programming to catch on -- and fast -- at other major fests.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 10, 2014 1:27 AM
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Bette Midler Appears on Broadway as 'Sue Mengers' in New One-Character Show

For the first time in 30 years, Bette Midler will appear on Broadway in the new one-character show "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers." The acid-tongued super-agent, who died in 2011 at age 79, spearheaded the careers of Barbra Streisand, Cher, Farrah Fawcett and Faye Dunaway, to name a few, in the New Hollywood. Midler, no stranger to extravagant and acerbic roles, plays Mengers.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 2, 2013 2:41 PM
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Oscar Talk: from 'Skyfall' to AFI FEST's 'Hitchcock'

In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I review the new Bond film, "Skyfall," which could yield a few technical nominations, as well as Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock," which opened the AFI FEST Thurday night. We preview what's coming up at the fall fest, including the foreign films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 2, 2012 6:16 PM
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