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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Holds A Mock Debate, Hits New Lows

    On TV at least, it feels like one of the major problems with Aaron Sorkin's writing, both on "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip" and "The Newsroom," is that it seems like he'd still rather be writing "The West Wing." It's understandable. For one, he was unceremoniously fired from that show at the end of the fourth season, and presumably feels there's an itch still to be scratched. For another, it was pretty much the best network TV drama of the last 15 years. We'd certainly rather be watching "The West Wing." But while it's not as inorganic as it was on 'Studio 60,' there's a sense that Sorkin is returning to the same kind of issue-based plotlines he tackled before, but in a setting that makes it feels somewhat forced.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Hushpuppy & Wink Will Chat w/ Oprah On August 26

    In an all-new episode of Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday show on OWN, Oprah will sit down with Beast Of The Southern Wild director Benh Zeitlin, and the film's breakout stars, Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Cross-Post: Heroines of Cinema: Muriel Heslop

    Cross-Post: Heroines of Cinema: Muriel Heslop

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  • The Playlist
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    Terry Gilliam Says 'Zero Theorem' Will Mostly Take Place In A Chapel, Feature Four Main Characters, Nudity & More

    Yes, Terry Gilliam is finally at work on a new film that is actually greenlit, has funding, is in pre-production and looking at a scheduled shooting start date. Announced last week, "The Zero Theorem" will star Christoph Waltz as Qohen in a futuristic story about a computer hacker whose work to find the reason for human existence is constantly diverted and interrupted thanks to the Management, who send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him. If anything, Gilliam must be glad to be talking about a project that isn't "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," and indeed he's spilled a few details about what we can expect from his next effort.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    'Annie' Remake w/ Willow Smith Will Shoot Next Spring; Been Working On Script For 3 Years

    'Annie' Remake w/ Willow Smith Will Shoot Next Spring; Been Working On Script For 3 Years

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Sizzle Reel For Chilean Action Star Marko Zaror As He Lands Role In 'Machete Kills'

    Yes, Robert Rodriguez's "Machete Kills" has wrapped, but that doesn't mean there aren't more surprises in store. This morning brings news that yet another name has joined the cast, and it will be one that will be bringing some serious punching and kicking power to the pic.

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    Application Period For 2013 Berlinale Talent Campus Now Open! Apply Now!

    Here you go filmmakers; we push this every year. I actually was one of the selected, a number of years ago. It's recommended, and looks good on your resume, as you build your career.

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    The Criticwire Survey: The Greatest Film By a Not-So-Great Director

    The Criticwire Survey: The Greatest Film By a Not-So-Great Director

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    Recap: Everybody Wins In 'Buyout,' Another Terrific 'Breaking Bad' Episode

    This week’s episode of "Breaking Bad" begins with a funereal tone, and with good reason. After pulling off their methylamine heist successfully last week, the crew’s victory was immediately marred by the murder of a witness who just happened to be a young boy. In a haunting wordless opening Walt, Mike and Todd clean up the mess they made last week, dispensing of the dirtbike and the boy that once rode it. The buzzing score tells us that this is not business as usual for the crew and for a moment even the recently unshakable Walt appears to wince at the gravity of what they’ve done. Outside Todd tries to make small talk with Jesse, writing the incident off as, “Shit happens, huh?” before Jesse decks him. Welcome to “Breaking Bad.”

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    TIFF Trailer: English Vinglish Directed by Gauri Shinde

    The film captures a modern day struggle experienced all too often by the un-American elite trying to make it in America: the language barrier. Sridevi's character, Shashi, is made to feel insecure by society (aka family, friends) in her inability to speak proper English. As she takes strides to fix this--by enrolling in an ESL class--Shinde shows audiences one woman's transformation from orally inept to orally mastering a language, and a culture, that was once foreign to her.  (description via the Playlist)

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