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    'Burnt,' 'Whiplash,' and the Myth of the Lonely Triumph

    It’s easy to imagine how life as a writer or director in Hollywood—which on a good day promises meddling producers, scripts-by-committee, and fealty to test audiences—might seriously distort how you think about the relationship between art and commerce.

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    Watch: Chef Bradley Cooper Gets 'Burnt' in Scorching Trailer

    "We should be dealing in culinary orgasms."

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    Watch: Bradley Cooper's 'Burnt' Trailer Fires Up 'Whiplash' Levels of Intensity

    In this high-octane sizzling thriller, becoming the world's most famous chef is a life and death struggle.

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    Stream This: 'August: Osage County' Director John Wells, Writer Tracy Letts and Meryl Streep (Among Others) Holding Live Q&A Tonight

    In anticipation of the December 25 release of “August: Osage County,” all those excited for the upcoming film will have the opportunity to live stream a post-screening Q&A at 10:00PM ET with Meryl Streep, director John Wells, writer Tracy Letts and cast members Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Ma...

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    Mill Valley Film Festival Sets 2013 Lineup

    The Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) has grown to be one of the most prominent cinema-related events on the West Coast, bearing the proud distinction of presenting the Bay Area with the last five Best Picture winners. About to kick off its 36th year, MVFF has just unveiled its roster of prestigious ...

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    TV Show Based On 'Outbreak' Coming, Neil Cross Says 'Luther' Prequel Movie Written & Aiming To Shoot In 2014

    With the success of shows like “Bates Motel” and the promise of the forthcoming small-screen adaptation of “Fargo,” networks are once again looking to the silver screen for future shows. Deadline reports that NBC—no doubt emboldened by the critical reception to “Hannibal”—has ordered a pilot for an ...

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    Watch the Season Premiere of 'Shameless' Free Online

    "Shameless," Showtime's remake of the U.K. series about a dysfunctional but loving family dealing with an alcoholic patriarch, kicked off its third season last night with "El Gran Canon," which finds Frank (William H. Macy) waking up in Mexico and attempting to make his way b...

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    Review: 'The Company Men' A Bland, Out-Of-Touch Look At Job Loss

    “The Company Men,” aka “The Supposed Problems of Unsympathetic Rich People” or “Good Actors Stuck in a Mediocre Movie,” tries to be timely, but it’s as out of touch as Pat Buchanan. It aims for “Up in the Air”-level relevance and poignancy with its plot centering on layoffs at a New England company,...

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    'Company Men' Director John Wells Talks Scaling Back Melodrama To Be Truthful

    John Wells has had the kind of career most people can only dream about -- he's worked on phenomenally popular television series like "China Beach," "ER," and "The West Wing" (he served as the show-runner after creator Aaron Sorkin left the series), while also shepherding more esoteric film projects to the big screen, like Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There" and "Far From Heaven," Mark Romanek's "One Hour Photo," and even John Waters' "A Dirty Shame." (In addition to all of this, he's the head of the Writer's Guild of America's West Coast branch.) But he's never directed a feature film himself, until "The Company Men," a drama about the 2008 economic...

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