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    First Look: HBO's Luck a Good Bet with Mann, Milch, Hoffman, Allen, Gambon & Nolte on Their Team

    HBO may have found gold again, this time with Luck. Director Michael Mann, scripter David Milch (of NYPD Blue, Deadwood) and stars Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, Michael Gambon and Joan Allen (there's more) make this an attractive horse to bet on. ThePlaylist breaks down who's who in the horse racing d...

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    Game of Thrones, Season Two Teaser: Full of Terrors, Not Footage

    Don't hold your breath; the premiere date for HBO's Game of Thrones season two hasn't been set. But the cast and crew have been shooting since late July and the "Battle of the Blackwater," as chronicled in the novels, is expected to take arms by episode nine. THR has more details, and so do we (from...

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    Strike Back Episode 5 - Recap and Review: The Return of Mr. Eko

    Wet work in the Sudan, writes David Chute, requires both a stubborn streak and a thick skull.One odd aspect of Strike Back’s storytelling about elite special forces commandos is that noticeably often it’s hinged upon one or both of the two main characters screwing up, often at the cost of a life or ...

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    No New Strike Back Episode Friday -- Mini-Marathon for Labor Day

    Don't take anything for granted, warns David Chute, as you wait an extra week for the resolution of the latest Strike Back cliffhanger.No new episode tonight of TV's new best action series. Instead, Cinemax is running a mini-marathon of the first three episodes of Strike Back, beginning at 10 p.m. T...

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    Strike Back Episode 3, Kill Zone: Recap and Review

    Action series Strike Back goes to Africa, and David Chute likes it.South Africa plays itself, rather than standing in for India or Afghanistan, in the third episode of the excellent Strike Back. This dense and propulsive counter-terrorism action series (based on a novel by former SAS officer Chris Ryan), a Sky/Cinemax cross-pond co-production based in Johannesburg, location-jumps from inner city shanty towns that could be in Kingston or Mumbai, to red-earth desert landscapes that echo the Spanish scrub of the Sergio Leone westerns, but with a richer color palette. It makes a perfect, picturesque backdrop for the activities of covert operativ...

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    Festival Updates: Latest NYFF, Toronto, London and Venice Adds

    The 49th New York Film Festival keeps adding to its line-up--with more venues, more is possible---from documentaries to special anniversary screenings. The 2011 NYFF will premiere the new ending to Joe Berlinger’s and Bruce Sinofsky’s Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, which will premiere on HBO in 2012 (Parts 1 and 2 will be rebroadcast and available for streaming in the wake of the release from prison of the West Memphis Three). Oliver Stone will host a sneak preview of the first three installments of his ten-part documentary project for Showtime, The Untold History of the United States, which focus on the events leading up to World War II. Specia...

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    TV Review: Strike Back Episode One, Recap and Review (SPOILERS)

    Anglophile critic David Chute takes on yet another new Brit/American co-production, Cinemax's Strike Back.

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    TV Roundup: NBC Remakes Munsters, Jeff Garlin's New Show, PBS Clarifies Bert and Ernie’s Status

    Confirming that television has officially run out of new ideas, NBC has signed on to remake The Munsters, just after their announcement of a Frankenstein remake and CBS’s new Bewitched. NBC passed on a revamp of the 1960s show last year, but asked Bryan Fuller, the creator of Pushing Daisies, to mak...

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    Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words; Join The Feminist Conversation

    HBO Documentary Films debuts Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words on August 15. Steinem's Women's Media Center is pushing the film as an opportunity for feminist discourse across generations. Steinem, who was a driving force in the modern feminist movement for forty years, hopes the film inspires people...

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    Casting Watch: Witherspoon Goes Fluffy, Fishburne is Superman's Perry White, Foster Plays Gotti Jr.

    Reese Witherspoon's next project is a Disney fluff piece called Wish List, about a girl whose wishes do not come true because the coin she throws into the well never reaches its bottom. Twenty-five years later, Witherspoon enters as that girl's older self, a careerist who has lost the imagination ...

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