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    Recap: Christopher Guest's 'Family Tree' Gets Off To A Promising Start & Shows He Hasn't Lost His Touch

    It's been seven far-too-long years since the last feature effort from Christopher Guest, and besides a failed pilot for the U.S. adaptation of the U.K. hit "The Thick Of It" and appearing alongside his regular roster players in a sketch for the 2012 Oscars, not much as been heard from him. But the w...

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    Christopher Guest Applies His Faux Documentary Formula to TV With the Perfectly Pleasant 'Family Tree'

    Fundamental to any Christopher Guest film is the deep dedication its characters have to their subculture of choice, be it purebred dogs ("Best in Show"), heavy metal ("This is Spinal Tap"), community theater ("Waiting for Guffman") or folk music ("A Mighty Wind"). The scenarios can get ridiculous --...

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    Christopher Guest Talks Returning to the Screen With HBO Series 'Family Tree' and the Scary Side of Working With Someone New

    "Family Tree," the HBO series premiering this Sunday, May 12 at 10:30pm, is Christopher Guest's first major on-screen project since his 2006 film "For Your Consideration," but he hasn't been taking it easy in the meanwhile. "I did a whole series of music in between," he notes. "In 2007 we did a Spin...

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    'Sightseers' Director Ben Wheatley Discusses His Black Comedy and Asks Marvel to "Phone me up!"

    Acclaimed British helmer Ben Wheatley is back in theaters this Friday after terrifying audiences last year with the sinister "Kill List," with a decidedly different film that's still no less twisted. Unlike "Kill List," his new effort "Sightseers" is a laugh-riot, albeit an extremely dark one. The f...

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    HBO Summer Documentary Series Very Women-Centric

    Last week, HBO announced their summer documentary series and it is very women-centric from the content to the majority of women directors of these films. Some of the women-centric docs include Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer about the infamous Russian punk group who were arrested last year after performin...

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    Mark Duplass Takes a Lead Role in the Duplass Brothers HBO Comedy Pilot 'Togetherness'

    Back in January, news first broke that indie filmmaking brothers Jay and Mark Duplass were heading to HBO to write, executive produce and direct the pilot for a half-hour comedy called "Togetherness." Now Deadline reports that Mark Duplass has also taken on a role as one of the four leads for the po...

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    Aaron Sorkin Says the New Season of 'The Newsroom' Will Focus on One Larger Story

    HBO has released a video teasing the new season of Aaron Sorkin's divisive drama "The Newsroom," set to return on July 14. In addition to promising that doughty "News Night" anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and his ditzily devoted producer and ex Mac McHale (Emily Mortimer) will continue to be in l...

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    HBO Announces Air Date for Finale of Ricky Gervais' 'Life's Too Short'

    Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's "Life's Too Short," their mockumentary series chronicling the struggles of actor Warwick Davis, playing himself, wrapped its run on the BBC in March with a special episode. Stateside, you'll be able to see the conclusion of the series when it airs on HBO on Frida...

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    'Game of Thrones' 3.6 - 'The Climb' Recap and Review

    The newsflash of this episode is that "Game of Thrones" now has a governing metaphor. "Chaos is a ladder," says Lord Petyr Baelish. "The climb is all there is." Caveat emptor, and all that, but still.

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    Olive Kitteridge Gets HBO Miniseries Treatment with Lisa Cholodenko and Frances McDormand

    Elizabeth Strout's Pulitizer winning novel, Olive Kitteridge, is set for a four-hour miniseries at HBO.

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