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Friday September 20th, 2013

The Great Migration of Movie Stars… to Television?!

By Doreen Alexander Child
Contributor

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Just a generation ago it would have been unimaginable, but the fact of the matter is this: since the arrival of premium cable and the rise of HBO about 30 years ago, television has provided quality entertainment on a more consistent basis than movies. This has never been more true than it is today, with the movies dominated by mindless remakes, sequels and adaptations, while TV offers the likes of not only HBO but also AMC, Showtime and now even streaming alternatives like Netflix, all of which proudly air original and edgy content of the sort that one used to find at the cineplex before the studios were swallowed by profit-obsessed conglomerates. Now, not only viewers look at TV differently — but so, too, do talent.

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Thursday February 7th, 2013

‘House of Cards’ Merciless In Development And Bold In Delivery (Review)

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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Promises, promises, promises.

Throughout the first season of Netflix’s political drama House of Cards, characters make promises without hesitation, from offering jobs to declaring sobriety to staying faithful. You’d think these people were the nicest to grace TV, but House of Cards isn’t about making promises — it’s about breaking them.

This is Washington D.C., after all, and no one gets ahead by playing nice.

Much like its characters, House of Cards came filled with promises, including that it would be a great series, establish Netflix as a major network and change how we watch TV.

However, unlike its players, House of Cards fulfilled expectations and could join the ranks of AMC’s Mad Men, AMC’s Breaking Bad and HBO’s The Sopranos as one of the best dramas in this golden age of television.

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Thursday January 3rd, 2013

The Top 13 Most Anticipated TV Series of 2013

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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Now that 2012 is behind us, it’s time to look forward to what 2013 has to offer.

Specifically, what TV should we check out this year? When taking into account new and returning shows, there’s a lot to choose from — and it’s a little overwhelming.

After careful consideration, I’ve chosen 13 series, new and old, that I can’t wait to check out. Take a look below that the top 13 most anticipated TV series of 2013, and let me know what you think!

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Monday October 1st, 2012

Are TV’s American Remakes Of Foreign Series Getting Excessive?

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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Sunday night was the season two premiere of Showtime’s Homeland, and among my 12 reasons why you should tune in to the political drama, one is because it’s a foreign remake that works.

In case you missed it, Homeland is an American adaptation of the 2010 Israeli series Hatufim (Prisoners of War). “Both shows are very similar in the fact that they raise very relevant and timely questions in their societies,” says Homeland executive producer Gideon Raff, who also created Prisoners of WarPrisoners of War is a drama that follows soldiers as they readjust to their society in addition to the people who question the truth of their service.

However, Homeland is not an exact copy of Prisoners of War. The Showtime series features the overhanging threat of terrorism after 9/11, personified in character Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis). This change in crafting Homeland has made the drama relevant to the American audience, making for a better and more significant series.

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Monday August 13th, 2012

SVOD Networks Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Dive Into Original Programming, Threaten Networks

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

I’ve watched a lot of television shows this summer: The Vampire Diaries, How I Met Your Mother, and The Wonder Years, to name just a few.

What’s more, I didn’t even have access to a TV.

Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and other online streaming outlets have changed the way we watch our favorite shows — and, now that they are diving into the world of original programming, are about to change it even more.

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Tuesday February 14th, 2012

Oscars: David Fincher’s “Dragon Tattoo” Reveals DVD Release Date

By Sean O’Connell

Details on the DVD release of David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” are starting to emerge, just as Rooney Mara prepares to represent the dark thriller at the Academy Awards.

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Friday February 10th, 2012

‘The Artist’ Made Possible Through Emotional Bond Tracing Back to WWII

This week, the Simon Wiesenthal Center partnered with The Weinstein Company to host two screenings of The Artist at its Museum of Tolerance outposts in Los Angeles and New York. Both were to be followed by Q&As with the Oscar-nominated film’s producer, Thomas Langmann, who was ultimately unable to participate due to the death of a close family friend.

What does a movie about the movies have to do with Judaism, Nazi-hunting, or tolerance, you ask?

Nothing — at least directly. But, it turns out, Langmann and the film’s Oscar-nominated writer/director/editor Michel Hazanavicius are both children of Jewish parents who grew up in hiding during the Nazi occupation of France, which led them to share an “emotional connection,” Langmann has said. Their shared bond was instrumental in his decision to take a tremendous gamble by financing a black-and-white silent in the 21st century.

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Sunday February 5th, 2012

SBIFF 2012: Virtuosos Include Hilarious Patton Oswalt, Shirtless Andy Serkis

On Friday evening, six actors were honored with Virtuoso Awards at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre as part of 27th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Three will soon be heading to the Oscars and three will not be. From the former category were best actor nominee Demian Bichir (A Better Life), best actress nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and best supporting actress nominee Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), and from the latter category were Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants). All were in attendance except for McCarthy, who apparently came down with a case of laryngitis. The other five were separately and then collectively interviewed by moderator Dave Karger of Entertainment Weekly.

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Sunday January 29th, 2012

With DGA Win, ‘The Artist’ and Its Artist Look Virtually Unstoppable at Oscars (Analysis)

On Sunday night, Michel Hazanavicius‘ black-and-white silent film The Artist might well lose all three SAG Awards for which it has been nominated — best ensemble, best actor (Jean Dujardin), and best supporting actress (Berenice Bejo) — but that won’t matter as far as its best picture and best director Oscar hopes are concerned. Why? Because the film already all but locked up those two prizes on Saturday night when, at the 64th annual Directors Guild of America Awards, Hazanavicius won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film over the likes of Martin Scorsese (Hugo),Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris), Alexander Payne (The Descendants), and David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

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Thursday January 26th, 2012

Oscars’ Biggest Snubs: Steven Spielberg, Ryan Gosling, David Fincher, ‘Harry Potter’ Among Academy’s Notable Omissions

As was inevitably going to be the case, this morning’s Oscar nominations announcement made a lot of talent, publicists, and studios very happy, but also baffled and disappointed just as many if not more. Here’s an in-depth, category-by-category look at the highest-profile “snubs”…

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