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    Recap: 'The Newsroom,' Season 2, Episode 4 'Unintended Consequences'

    If last week's "Willie Pete" was a narrative pit stop in an already shortened nine-episode season, "The Newsroom" kicked back into full gear on Sunday with "Unintended Consequences." Lawyer Rebecca Halliday (Marcia Gay Harden) returns to continue her deposition of the staff, with Maggie Jordan's (Al...

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    'Our Nixon' Offers a Fresh Take on a Political Downfall Via Home Movie Footage Shot By the President's Closest Advisors

    Culled from 500 reels of Super 8 film and news footage, and masterfully edited into a story of hope and disillusionment, Penny Lane and Brian L. Frye's documentary "Our Nixon" is a look at Richard Nixon's presidency from the point of view of three of his closest advisors and conspirators -- Dwight C...

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    TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: The Mikkelsen Brothers and the New Global Face(s) of Television

    American TV has imported so many storylines and so many performers in recent years that the trend has become almost a running gag among observers of the medium -- and for observers of movies, too, now that both Superman and Batman are both Brits. An explanation occasionally offered is that manly men...

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    Netflix Streaming Pick Review - 'Night Catches Us' Educates And Entertains

    The past haunts two former members of the Black Panther Party, in this soulful drama by writer/director Tanya Hamilton, in which the burden lies in the decision to either continue fighting the old fight, or just simply live and survive.

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    TV Mavens, Check Out 'The Writers' Room,' Hosted by Jim Rash (VIDEO PREVIEW)

    This is my idea of a good time: a smart TV series about my fave TV shows and the writers who write them. So far I've seen three half-hour episodes (presented by The Sundance Channel and Entertainment Weekly). Each show features Oscar-winning screenwriter Jim Rash ("The Descendants")-- who also acts ...

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom,' Season 2, Episode 3 'Willie Pete'

    Occupy Wall Street! Operation Genoa! Uganda! Mitt Romney! Troy Davis! Netflix splitting into two companies! (Yep, a passing reference was made to that quickly aborted blunder). "The Newsroom" has had a lot going on across the first two episodes, so much so that Aaron Sorkin felt compelled to rewrite...

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    Nina Davenport Chronicles Her Decision to Have a Baby on Her Own in HBO's 'First Comes Love'

    When Nina Davenport, the "Operation Filmmaker" director whose new personal doc, "First Comes Love," premieres on HBO tonight at 9pm, gives birth to her son Jasper at age 41, she does so surrounded by an amusingly large group of friends, including the father of the baby. "I didn't expect the hospital...

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    Is Emily the New Pauline?

    The great TV critic Emily Nussbaum, in "The New Yorker," talks back to Brett Martin, author of the widely reviewed and excellent new book "Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘The Wire’ to ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Breaking Bad.'"

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Season 2, Episode 2 'The Genoa Tip'

    If last week's premiere was the small pebble, rolling down the mountain of the second season of "The Newsroom," you can start seeing the eventual massive snowball forming with the second episode. This new approach from Aaron Sorkin, with one large news story anchoring the narrative, is an interestin...

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