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'Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance' shines light on ballet rebels

28 December 2012 11:00 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Before "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing With the Stars" and other shows attracted large audiences to dance, there was Robert Joffrey.

He brought dance to everyone, using his company, the Joffrey Ballet, as ambassadors of dance, traveling the country, putting on shows.

The dramatic tale of the dance company is beautifully told in "Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance" on PBS' "American Masters" Friday, Dec. 28 (check local listings).

It's not an overstatement to say that Robert Joffrey revolutionized dance in America.

"I always thought it was important to represent the country, to use American music," Joffrey says in the film.

He went beyond traditional ballet, which many found effete and difficult to embrace. He set dance to contemporary music, but used basic ballet moves, melded with modern dance. His choreography was modern, but not so abstract that it shut out audiences for being too avant-garde.

Dancers quoted Joffrey as saying, »


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Best of 2012: The EW TV awards

28 December 2012 8:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

It’s time for the year end accolades. Check out EW’s awards for the best in TV below!

Best Accessory

Olivia Pope’s trench coat on Scandal

Best New Theme Song

The Mindy Project

Best Old Theme Song


The Lipstick Jungle Memorial Canceled-Too-Soon Award

Political Animals

Wait, That Was Still On This Year?

Gossip Girl; One Tree Hill

Best Terrible Beards (19th-Century Edition)

Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton in History’s Hatfields & McCoys

Best Terrible Beard (Present-Day Edition)

Mandy Patinkin on Homeland

Best Comeback (’80s Edition)

Survivor’s Lisa Whelchel

Best Comeback (’90s Edition)

Don’t Trust the »

- EW staff

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Mark Lawson's TV review of the year 2012

28 December 2012 2:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The biggest concern for the medium is the lack of a fresh format or genre to replace the talent and endurance competitions that have dominated the past decade

As recently as October, it seemed easy to predict two major themes of pieces looking back at the television of 2012. One subject would be a triumphant 12 months for the BBC – as acclaimed Olympic coverage coincided with the post-phone-hacking and mid-Leveson crushing of its ancient rival, Rupert Murdoch – and the other would be the clear superiority of Homeland to UK and even Scandinavian drama.

In the final quarter of the year though, both arguments startlingly reversed. The ITV documentary Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile has a strong claim to be the most publicly influential TV programme since the 1966 drama-doc Cathy Come Home triggered new attitudes towards the homeless. In this case, the effect was even more seismic, although less positive: more »

- Mark Lawson

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Creative Art Direction and Makeup of "Dick Tracy" Only Get Better on Blu-ray

27 December 2012 1:09 PM, PST | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

The film adaptation of the beloved serial comic Dick Tracy went through production hell and ultimately wound up on the shoulders of Warren Beatty as both its director and leading man. Whether the film would have panned out better narratively under a more experienced director is possible, but the visual aesthetic of the film, the impressive cast of Beatty, Al Pacino, Madonna, Dustin Hoffman, William Forsythe, Mandy Patinkin, Dick Van Dyke, Glenne Headly, James Caan, and the celebration of the source material as campy dimestore fiction make Dick Tracy a fun romp from start to finish and suggest Beatty was the right man for the job. The makeup work of the film alone makes it a memorable achievement in the annals of filmmaking (so much so that it won an Oscar), and it makes you wonder why we don’t see movies making such creative leaps anymore.



- Lex Walker

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What to Watch During Christmas Week: Your Guide to 21 Specials, Premieres and Finales

23 December 2012 4:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

We’ve made a list and checked it twice, and here it is – your rundown of Christmas week TV!

We’ve got the classics (The Sound of Music, How The Grinch Stole Christmas), new episodes of your favorite shows (Family Guy, Doctor Who), a few season — and series! —  finales (Rizzoli & Isles, Leverage) and some offbeat choices (cowboy movies, Oddities) to make your week merry and bright. Enjoy!

Sunday, Dec. 23

7 pm The Sound of Music (ABC) | How do you solve a problem like Maria? We hear curtains-turned-into-lederhosen and some edelweiss helps….

9 pm Chained to My Ex (MSNBC) | Series premiere: Emmy-winning Intervention »

- Kimberly Roots

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Presenting Your Homeland Contest Winners

20 December 2012 7:45 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Last week, we asked you for your predictions of what would happen on the Homeland finale. While nobody guessed all of the divisive twists and reveals, some of you got pretty darn close! The prize was a picture of the winner's face with Saul's awesome beard of gravitas photoshopped on it, as well as a challah (for "Mandy Patinkin, holla/challah!" role-playing), and the ultimate victor is Glorie_, with this theory:As the preview suggests, something explodes on the VP's funeral and Estes, Finn and probably some high ranking government people (Wouldn't the president be attending de VP's funeral?) get killed. Saul, Carrie and Brody are obviously unharmed...  Saul tells Carrie about Quinn's plan and together, pull some strings to get both her and Brody new identities ... or maybe to get Quinn to to back off (at least temporarily), they manage to fake Brodie's death among the chaos caused by the »

- Margaret Lyons

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Our TV Wish List: Vampire Diaries, American Idol, Smash and More

19 December 2012 2:19 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Merry Almost-Christmas, TV lovers! We hope you've already sent off your wish list to the small-screen Santa, who we're pretty sure is Saul (Mandy Patinkin) from Homeland. Since it truly is the season of asking for presents, Team Watch With Kristin has come up with a TV Christmas wish list of all the things we want in 2013. We hope we were good enough this year to deserve all of it: Shawna's Wish List   • American Idol will somehow find a way to move beyond the Nicki Minaj-Mariah Carey drama and let the contestants again take center stage. While we're at it, we'd also like season 12 of the Fox singing competition to strike a different chord and deliver a »

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Homeland: Season Two Ratings

18 December 2012 6:19 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Last season, the ratings for Homeland grew as the season progressed. Can the Showtime series hold onto that success? Will it become a bigger hit or will it be cancelled instead?

The second season of Homeland airs on Sunday nights and there are 12 episodes. The cast includes Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin, David Harewood, Diego Klattenhoff, Jackson Pace, Morgan Saylor, Mandy Patinkin, Jamey Sheridan, Navid Negahban, and David Marciano.

Below are the most recent ratings for Homeland on Showtime. The TV show's ratings are typically the best way to tell if a series will be cancelled or renewed for another season.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season averages: 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 1.92 million total viewers. »


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'Homeland' producers talk backlash and what's next for Carrie and Brody

17 December 2012 3:10 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

According to some vocal critics of Homeland's second season, its executive producers have some 'splaining to do. Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon did just that in a conference call with reporters today (Dec. 17) -- addressing critics' complaints about implausible storylines but also discussing the doomed romance between Carrie (Claire Danes) and Brody (Damian Lewis) and what's in store for the players in Season 3.

After Carrie turned Brody against Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban), and nurtured the "deluded possibility that she and Brody could have a happy ending," Gansa said the writers strove for the finale to turn Season 1 on its head. "Last season ended with Carrie being the only one who believes Brody is guilty; this season, she's the only one who believes he is innocent."

Gansa and Gordon aren't ready at this point to "defend the season," but they did address reporters' questions about certain storylines -- for instance, »


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'Homeland' Finale Recap: Fool Me Once

17 December 2012 4:30 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Where do you even begin?

Alphabetically by character, I suppose. Because yeah, for every one thing that worked in "The Choice," Homeland's woeful second season finale, there were three things that didn't. Yeah, my jaw dropped from the twisted brilliance of Al Qaeda releasing Brody's suicide tape, but it dropped again, in the bad way, over the cheesy suspense-movie score when Quinn creeps up on Brody at the lake, and over Carrie tearing into Saul's personal life during their argument for no apparent reason, and over Nazir hitting the »

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Homeland Review: Throwing Your Life Away

17 December 2012 4:10 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Homeland Season 2 had so much to make up for in its finale that "The Choice" had nearly no chance of redeeming the story telling mistakes, character misguidance and overall unbelievability of the past half season or so.

In addition to the fantastic performances by Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, and others, as well as the thrills and surprises that the writing brought to us, Homeland Season 1 had an aura of realism that also made it easy for the audience to be drawn in.

Those first two facets were still in play this year, for the most part, but that third factor was really nowhere to be found. It seemed every episode had its own share of moments where you had to chuckle to yourself, and think "Really? Okay, I guess I'll play along."

"The Choice" featured its own share of such scenes. Listening to Saul talk about the added »

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'Homeland' finale recap: Who survived Abu Nazir's devastating revenge in 'The Choice'?

17 December 2012 12:40 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban) himself warned us that Homeland's finale would be shocking. But did anyone predict Season 2 would provide the ending we were expecting from Season 1?

Belying the carnage that would follow, the episode began quietly, even hopefully -- a tone that makes distrustful "Homeland" viewers almost more anxious than the show's dramatic action sequences.

With Quinn (Rupert Friend) on their tail, Carrie (Claire Danes) and Brody (Damian Lewis) return to the cabin where they enjoyed an idyllic weekend last season. (The same place she heard Brody call out Nazir's son Issa's name in his sleep, only realizing its significance seconds before her Ect treatment.)

Back then she also placed a loaded gun in a drawer, which Brody finds and calls a "souvenir" from his last visit. But later, sitting before the fireplace, they resemble a normal couple, discussing their future. Except that he's a killer, who scares her, »


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He Said, She Said: Golden Globe Nominations

16 December 2012 5:12 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Rachel Bennett & Carson Blackwelder

Television Editor & Columnist, Television Contributor


With the Emmys behind us, it’s time to focus on the Golden Globes.

The 2013 Golden Globe nominations were announced Thursday to much surprise and some bewilderment, as occurs with most award shows. The ceremony will take place Jan. 13 and will be hosted by the dream team of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

We here at loved some of the nominations, but we’re still shaking our heads over some people and shows that are missing. Take a look at our thoughts on the Golden Globes below:

Carson’s Take

Three Nominations I Loved

1. Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama: Connie Britton, ABC’s Nashville (All of the Nashville love, really)

ABC’s Nashville has definitely proven itself to be my favorite new show amid the lackluster new programming this fall. With the incomparable Britton at the helm, »

- Rachel Bennett

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'New Girl' Max Greenfield: 'My mom doesn't think I'll win Globe'

14 December 2012 10:28 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

New Girl star Max Greenfield has revealed that his mother is not expecting him to win a Golden Globe. Greenfield is nominated in the 'Best Supporting Actor' category opposite Game Change's Ed Harris, Magic City's Danny Huston, Homeland's Mandy Patinkin and Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet. In an interview with Access Hollywood, Greenfield joked about the reaction from his parents when he told them he was up for a Golden Globe. "My mom, she was real excited, except for the fact, I think she was like, 'I can't believe you're (more) »

- By Justin Harp

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Mandy Patinkin's terrorism stance aired on Stephen Colbert (Video)

14 December 2012 12:03 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Satirist Stephen Colbert coaxed a revelatory interview out of thoughtful actor Mandy Mandy Patinkin, star of Showtime' hit series "Homeland." Patinkin plays Saul Berenson, a thoughtful CIA mentor of Carrie (Claire Danes). The actor paid a visit to .The Colbert Report. on Wednesday night. In his usual tongue-in-cheek style, Colbert got Patinkin to reveal his true thoughts on the show premise in a clever back and forth banter that has the actor expressing his true feelings and thoughts. .I.m not frightened about terrorism,. Patinkin replied. .I.m frightened about the roots of what we call terrorism.. Patinkin said a show like .Homeland. does something that the most even-handed documentary cannot. .In the hands of good writers you have »

- April MacIntyre

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Pregnant Claire Celebrates Her Golden Globe Nods

14 December 2012 8:24 AM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Claire Danes attempted to keep warm during a walk in NYC yesterday. Homeland star Claire, who is expecting her first child with husband Hugh Dancy, covered her growing baby bump in a Canada Goose coat. She looked decidedly low-key and relaxed despite having just learned that she was nominated for a Golden Globe for her Homeland role. Claire nabbed a best actress in a TV drama nod while costars Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin got recognition for best actor and best supporting actor, respectively. Homeland is also up for a best TV drama statue, going up against Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, and The Newsroom. If Claire wins the Globe, it would be her fourth overall, and second for Homeland. This has been a big week for Claire since she also garnered a SAG Award nomination on Wednesday. View Slideshow › »

- Maria Mercedes Lara

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Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples and Sean Lennon Sing 'Happy Xmas' on 'Colbert'

14 December 2012 5:50 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

With a tumbler full of holiday cheer, Stephen Colbert turned to Mavis Staples, Sean Lennon, Jeff Tweedy and the Harlem Gospel Choir to close out "Christmas Carol Week" on The Colbert Report with "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." Staples took the lead on the John Lennon/Yoko Ono classic while Tweedy and Lennon strummed acoustic guitars and the choir provided rich backing vocals and, on the last chorus, rhythmic handclaps. After chiming in earlier this week with Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, and Michael Stipe and Mandy Patinkin, Colbert gave »

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Stephen Colbert Premieres 'Breaking Abbey' (Video)

14 December 2012 5:33 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The news that Michelle Obama was able to get her hands on the upcoming season of Downton Abbey before anyone else so irked Stephen Colbert that the Comedy Central host debuted a series that even the First Lady hasn't seen yet: Breaking Abbey. Or, "Breaking Bad as performed by the men of Downton Abbey," declared Colbert, introducing a clip of the spoof on Thursday's edition of The Colbert Report. Video: Stephen Colbert Spars With Mandy Patinkin Fans of the Emmy-winning PBS series -- season three premieres Jan. 6 -- will see Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter and Rob James-Collier in new circumstances,

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- Erin Carlson

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TV Rewind: ‘Parks’ Snubbed By Globes, Loud Commercials Leaving, ‘Arrested Development’ Gets Order Boost

13 December 2012 9:37 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Rachel Bennett

Television Editor & Columnist


Top Stories

• The Golden Globe nominations are out, and NBC’s Parks and Recreation is snubbed yet again. What does it take to make this happen? A cameo from President Barack Obama?! In happier news, check out the first promo for the awards ceremony featuring hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

• Do you get annoyed when TV commercials are louder than the show you’re watching? Have no fear! The “Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act” has gone into effect, meaning that the volume of commercials should be equal to that of the program you’re checking out.

• Although Netflix originally ordered 10 new episodes of Arrested Development, the network has upped the order to 12 to 15 episodes because creator Mitchell Hurwitz filmed more footage than needed. Those overacheivers…

• In the wake of MTV’s new series Buckwild, which follows a group of young adults in West Virgina, »

- Rachel Bennett

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Nominees for 2012 Golden Globes Announced!

13 December 2012 5:49 PM, PST | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has announced the nominees in both film and television for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Check out the full list of nominees below. "Argo," "Django Unchained," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln" and "Zero Dark Thirty" will be competing for the Golden Globe in the Best Film category. The same films will be competing for the Best Director award. The Golden Globe Awards will be televised live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on January 13th, 2013. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will co-host the show. Best Film . Drama: * Argo * Django Unchained * Life of Pi * Lincoln * Zero Dark Thirty Best Actress In A Film . Drama: * Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty * Marion Cotillard - Rust and Bone * Helen Mirren - Hitchcock * Naomi Watts - The Impossible * Rachel Weisz - The Deep Blue Sea Best Actor In A Film . Drama: * Daniel Day-Lewis - »

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