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Cinema has historically considered itself superior to television, with executives and critics frequently sneering that a movie or documentary has a "made-for-tv" feel. But a number of significant Hollywood film-makers – including David Lynch, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone – have moved to the junior medium for mini-series or documentaries and now Steven Soderbergh has paid a compliment, if a slightly qualified one, to home entertainment. "In terms of cultural real estate," Soderbergh said at the Cannes film festival, "TV has really taken control of the conversation that used to be the reserve of movies. It's sort of a second golden age of television, which is great for the viewers. … If you like your stories to go narrow and deep, TV is exciting. »
- Mark Lawson
Who knew, when Brandon Routh took on the alien Kal-El in Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns," that fans would split so divisively? The 2006 movie, which paid homage to the Richard Donner "Superman" movies without completely updating the franchise the way Christopher Nolan did with "Batman Begins," grossed $391 million worldwide off strong reviews for a genre sequel. But it cost more than $232 million. Warners felt it could have performed better with more action and a powerful villain--and no Superman kid. So Singer was taken off the franchise. The debate continued to rage about what Warner Bros. should do with the DC Comics super-hero. Fans clamored all over the web for a complete reboot. Warner Bros. motion picture chief Jeff Robinov struggled with what to do. As the last movie didn't break the mold --Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor was very been there, done that--and wound up in some kind of middle limbo, »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
The third annual Critics' Choice Television Awards features what is becoming the awards' signature mix of no-brainer and under-the-radar nominees.
"Big Bang" and "American Horror Story: Asylum" lead the nominees with six apiece. "Parks and Recreation" and Sundance's miniseries "Top of the Lake" have five each. There were a couple of surprise omissions too: "Mad Men" was shut out of the best drama nominees, and of the cast only Elisabeth Moss scored an acting nomination. Ditto for "Modern Family" on the comedy side; Sarah Hyland was the only cast member nominated.
Here's the full list of nominees:
Best Comedy Series »
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja) announced today its list of nominees for TV programming. CBS series "The Big Bang Theory" and FX's mini-series "American Horror Story: Asylum" led the way with six nominations apiece. On the drama side, FX's "The Americans," AMC's "Breaking Bad," HBO's "Game of Thrones" and CBS's "The Good Wife" led with four nods each. Netflix's new stab at serialized entertainment, "House of Cards" -- developed by David Fincher, among others -- picked up a pair of nominations for Best Actor in a Drama Series (Kevin Spacey) and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Corey Stoll). »
- Kristopher Tapley
Nominations for the 2013 Critics’ Choice Television Awards have been announced, and along with plenty of welcome surprises there are a couple of snubs that are likely to have people talking. Here’s a brief rundown of some of the highlights: Best Drama Series nominees include Game of Thrones, Homeland, Breaking Bad, and FX’s excellent new series The Americans. Conspicuously absent is Mad Men, which only scored one nomination overall for Elisabeth Moss as Lead Actress. Best Comedy Series nominees include Louie, New Girl, Parks and Recreation, and Veep, with Emmy favorite Modern Family failing to land a nomination along with last year’s winner Community. Instead, ABC sitcom The Middle made the cut. Netflix’s House of Cards scored two nominations for Best Actor (Kevin Spacey) and a very deserved Best Supporting Actor nod for Corey Stoll. David Lynch landed a Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series nom »
- Adam Chitwood
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced the nominees for the 3rd annual Critics' Choice Television Awards today and The Big Bang Theory and American Horror Story: Asylum snagged the most nominations (6 apiece) while Parks and Recreation, Top of the Lake, The Americans, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Louie, New Girl and Political Animals also made strong showings.
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"This year's nominations reflect the expanding definition of television, with nominated programs and performances representing new platforms as well as broadcast and cable," said Btja President Joey Berlin. "As evidenced by nominations for the 3rd annual Critics' Choice Television Awards, television continues to be a rich and diverse source of high quality entertainment."
Check out all the nominees below!
Best Comedy Series
Best Actor In A Comedy Series
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You won’t find any guilty pleasures on this list. The annual Critics’ Choice Awards celebrate the cream of the crop in entertainment, and this year’s list of nominations is no exception. With shows like Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey, and stars like Zooey Deschanel and Sutton Foster, it’s hard not to be in awe of all the talent in the 2013 nominees.
2013 Critics Choice Awards Nominees — TV
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Best Actor, Comedy Series:
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- Andy Swift
The Critics' Choice nominees are in, with American Horror Story and The Big Bang Theory taking the lead. Though some nominations aren't all that surprising (Jim Parsons, Julianna Margulies, Claire Danes, Bryan Cranston), its some of the more surprising choices that are---not so shocking after all. Some well-deserved recognition finally went to Jake Johnson for New Girl, Chris Pratt for Parks and Recreation, and Monica Potter for Parenthood.
Check out the full list of nominees below:
Best Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory – CBS
Louie – FX
The Middle – ABC
New Girl – Fox
Parks and Recreation – NBC
Veep – HBO
Best Actor In A Comedy Series
- Stephanie Webber
Nominations for the third annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards are in, with a sitcom and a horrifying drama leading the way.
The Big Bang Theory and American Horror Story: Asylum both racked up six nominations, while The Americans also fared well and even a few recently-canceled programs were showed with some critical love.
The ceremony will take place on June 10. Scroll down for a rundown of all the categories:
Best Comedy Series
Best Actor In A Comedy Series
Best Actress In A Comedy Series
Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
Nominations for the third annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were announced early Wednesday and CBS’ comedy phenom and FX’s creepy anthology scored a leading six nods apiece.
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In addition to securing one of the six best comedy series slots, Big Bang saw five of its actors recognized, including Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Melissa Rauch and guest star Bob Newhart. Ahs: A, meanwhile, scored nominations for best movie/miniseries, »
- Team TVLine
The Big Bang Theory is no stranger to big ratings, but home viewers aren’t the only ones who love the CBS comedy.
The show was one of the most recognized broadcast shows today as the nominations for the 3rd annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were announced. Bbt and American Horror Story: Asylum, the most nominated cable show, both scored six nominations. (Parks and Recreation and Sundance’s Top of the Lake tied for second with five nominations.)
HBO lead the networks, scoring 21 nominations, followed by FX with 19.
This is the third year The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has held the award show. »
- Sandra Gonzalez
In a possible precursor for Netflix’s entry into major Emmy competition, “House of Cards” scored two nominations for the third annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, set for June 10 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Overall, HBO led the CCTAs with 21 nominations, followed by FX with 19. “Parks and Recreation” actress and standup comic Retta will host the kudofest, held by the Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. and livestreamed this year on UStream. Bob Bain will exec produce.
CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” and FX’s “American Horror Story: Asylum” and led individual programs with six nominations each, followed by NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” and Sundance’s “Top of the Lake” with five apiece.
- Jon Weisman
Patton Oswalt (Justified) hosted a night of Webby wonderfulness with Jerry Seinfeld, Ben Stiller, Robin Wright, Kevin Spacey and the Internet.s influencers like Arianna Huffington, and Humans of New York.s Brandon Stanton. The Webby Awards was served by host Patton Oswalt who set the tone for the evening with his snappy banter. The Webbys are known for their tradition of only allowing winners to accept with 5-Word Speeches. Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti, while accepting The Webby Special Achievement Award for Netflix.s House of Cards, proclaimed in their 5-Word Speech, .The Oscars Should Do This!. When introducing Jerry Seinfeld to accept his award for Outstanding Comedic Performance for his web series .Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,. presenter Colin Quinn »
- April Neale
[This Post Contains Several Movie Spoilers!]
“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist,” as Roger “Verbal” Kint (Kevin Spacey) so famously – and eloquently – put it in The Usual Suspects. Villains with secret identities and hidden agendas were around long before the world was introduced to Keyser Söze in Bryan Singer’s 1995 film, yet there’s something about a two-faced character that resonates stronger than ever with the masses in the present-day (side-stepping the discussion about parallels to the post-9/11 political climate).
Rebooted superhero comic book adaptations and genre blockbusters have begun to use this trick more and more. This can partly be chalked up to screenwriters and directors who are trying to stay one step ahead of ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
The lineup for the 38th Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival has been released today and a special edition of The Great British Bake Off will open the event.
Hosted between August 22 to 24, the festival celebrates the best in television and features lectures, discussions and Q&As with talent from the UK and Us.
Brian Henson, the son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, will host a festival session discussing the use of puppets on TV and the big screen, while James Bond composer David Arnold will hold a session about making music for the small screen. »
Warning: Spoilers Running Free.
Generally speaking, bad guys are bad guys because they want to do bad things and get away with them, so if you see one get caught in the middle of a movie it usually means they've got an ace up their sleeve. Lately we've been seeing this trend of the bad guy getting caught on purpose (capture, interrogation, threat, destruction, escape) in big tentpole blockbusters, and either every copy of Final Draft has a glitch that automatically pastes that into a script … or folks are getting lazy.
Seeing as how it's used once again in "Star Trek Into Darkness," let's cite five recent examples of this cliché in the hopes that we can declare a moratorium on it ... at least until it counts as nostalgia.
Culprit #1: 'The Dark Knight' (2008)
Mastermind: The Joker (Heath Ledger)
The Plan: Get caught while attempting to kill District »
- Max Evry
ABC has officially ordered the Avengers spinoff Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for its fall schedule. The show won’t actually feature too many characters from Avengers — with one rather notable exception. As Marvel godfather Joss Whedon announced many months ago, the show will feature the return of Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson. Of course, as we all know, Coulson appeared to die in The Avengers. And by “appeared to die” I mean “Yes, of course, they could have faked his death, but we saw blood running out of his mouth, and his death formed the emotional core of the film’s third act. »
- Darren Franich
Spacey, who starred in this year's groundbreaking Netflix drama House of Cards, will discuss the shift in viewers' consumption of entertainment from traditional broadcasters to online.
"As a newcomer to the TV industry I am honoured to be invited to give the MacTaggart Lecture. Clearly this has been an exciting period for me personally but also I believe this is a time of huge opportunity, innovation and creativity for all of us who live to tell stories and engage audiences," said Spacey.
"I'm excited to share my thoughts and meet players from across the media industry. I'm also an Edinburgh TV Festival virgin so have no idea what I am letting myself in for!"
Kevin Spacey, the Academy Award-winning actor and artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London, will bring a touch of Hollywood star power to this year's Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, delivering the keynote MacTaggart lecture, reports the Guardian. Spacey, who recently starred in Netflix's online-only remake of House of Cards, said he would be reflecting on "a time of huge opportunity, innovation and creativity for all of us who live to tell stories and engage audiences" in his speech to senior U.K. TV industry executives in late August. He added that as a newcomer to
- THR staff
In a first for a Hollywood star, Kevin Spacey will deliver the keynote MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh International TV Festival in August. The influential speech traditionally focuses on serious issues facing the UK TV business. It has in the past been delivered by three members of the Murdoch family: Rupert, James and Elisabeth, who gave last year’s address. Other previous speakers include Ted Turner, Eric Schmidt and former BBC chief Mark Thompson. Spacey’s involvement comes on the heels of exec producing and starring in House Of Cards, which Netflix positioned as a game-changer by releasing all 13 episodes of the drama’s first season at once. Season two is currently filming. On giving the MacTaggart, Spacey said, “Clearly this has been an exciting period for me personally, but also I believe this is a time of huge opportunity, innovation and creativity for all of us who live to tell stories and engage audiences. »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
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