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Toronto Film Review: ‘Molly’s Game’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Molly’s Game’
Aaron Sorkin talks a good game, so it should come as no surprise that his directorial debut — surprisingly cinematic for someone so voluble, in which Jessica Chastain plays self-made gambling madam Molly Bloom, who built a multi-million-dollar poker empire that managed to attract a lot of unwanted attention (much of it on account of her memoir, “Molly’s Game”) — amounts to a series of mile-a-minute monologues, stacked back-to-back for the better part of 140 minutes. Still, for a writer accused of misogyny in the past, “Molly’s Game” delivers one of the screen’s great female parts — a dense, dynamic, compulsively entertaining affair, whose central role makes stunning use of Chastain’s stratospheric talent.

Whereas most Hollywood directors aspire to the show-don’t-tell school of screenwriting, Sorkin clearly subscribes to a different philosophy: tell more, tell it faster, and then re-tell it in different words for added effect. And guess what? That
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‘The Deuce’: 10 Things We Learned From Split Screens Festival Screening

‘The Deuce’: 10 Things We Learned From Split Screens Festival Screening
The Deuce,” the HBO drama from “The Wire” and “Treme” vets George Pelecanos and David Simon, transports viewers back to Times Square in all its grungy, seedy, early 1970s glory.

The show toplined by Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco revolves around a colorful clutch of hookers, pimps, bartenders, cops and sundry hustlers trying to make a living on the trash-ridden streets of New York. “Deuce” ultimately explores the growth of the modern pornography industry (although the first episode does not delve into the X-rated film biz). The premiere screening of “Deuce’s” pilot was the kickoff event for the Split Screens Festival, which runs through June 8 at IFC Center.

Here are 10 things we learned from the screening and Q&A with Gyllenhaal and director Michelle MacLaren, moderated by festival programming director Matt Zoller Seitz.
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Review: Oscar Isaac shines in David Simon's 'Show Me a Hero'

  • Hitfix
Review: Oscar Isaac shines in David Simon's 'Show Me a Hero'
David Simon is the resident civics professor of American cable drama, with projects like "The Wire," "The Corner," "Generation Kill," and "Tremé" offering thoughtful takes on the drug war, the Iraq invasion, New Orleans post-Katrina, and the generally rotten state of urban America. He is a TV producer by trade, consciousness-raiser by passion, and journalist at his core, and the showmanship side of the job has always come across as a necessary evil for him. He's glad that "Wire" fans came to love Omar and Bubbles and Wallace, but if they didn't grasp the larger lesson he was trying to teach, then what was the point? But he's also understood that his work needs a spoonful of Stringer to make the medicine go down. "The Wire" may be a powerful commentary on policing, politics, and so much more, but it's also a cracking piece of entertainment, as are all of
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New Elementary Season 3,Episode 22 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By CBS

  • OnTheFlix
Recently, CBS delivered the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Elementary" episode 22 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "The Best Way Out Is Always Through," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty intriguing and intense stuff go down when Sherlock and Watson's newest case takes them on the hunt for a vicious judge murderer, and more. In the new, 22nd episode press release: Holmes And Watson Embark On An Interstate Search To Locate An Escaped Convict Who Is The Prime Suspect In A Judge's Murder. Press release number 2: When a judge is murdered, Holmes and Watson are going to become involved in the interstate search to find the prime suspect, who is an escaped convict from a privatized prison. Also, when Holmes applies his deductive reasoning to Detective Bell's new relationship, the romance is going to hit a rough patch. Guest stars feature: Afton Williamson
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The Good Wife, Ep. 5.18, “All Tapped Out” turns another arc into filler

  • SoundOnSight
The Good Wife, Season Five, Episode 18, “All Tapped Out”

Written by Julia Wolfe and Matthew Montoya

Directed by Felix Alcala

Airs Sundays at 9pm on CBS

Entering into season five, the writers on The Good Wife had a plan. This has likely always been true on the show but especially going into this year, when it was clear they were going to lose Josh Charles and need to fundamentally transform the show in some ways, it seems likely that more than a few discussions were had about how to make all of this fit together. Which is why an episode like “All Tapped Out,” which wraps up the Nsa subplot in a way that makes it an open question whether there was ever a point to the arc at all, can be a bit frustrating.

The Good Wife excels at unspooling storylines over months so that they more accurately resemble life in the legal profession,
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New Good Wife Season 5,Episode 13 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By CBS

  • OnTheFlix
New Good season 5,episode 13 official spoilers,plotline revealed by CBS. Recently, CBC finally released the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 13 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "Parallel Construction, Bitches,” and it sounds like things will get very interesting as Alicia and company encounters a leak that proves problematic for their business, and more. In the new,13th episode press release: A possible leak inside Florrick/Agos is going to threaten business when it leads to the arrest of a client the firm shares with Lockhart/Gardner. Press release number 2: Florrick/Agos and Lockhart/Gardner are going to fight to keep Lemond Bishop as a client when he is arrested on a drug-related charge, which possibly resulted from a leak inside Alicia’s firm. In the meantime, the investigation into voter fraud in the gubernatorial election will continue to move forward when Marilyn is
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Banshee episode 6 review: Wicks

  • Den of Geek
Review James Stansfield 3 Jun 2013 - 23:15

An unwelcome visitor from Hood's past arrives in Banshee this week. Here's James' review of the comic book style Wicks...

This review contains spoilers.

1.6 Wicks

Dialling back on its number of characters this week, Banshee returns its main focus to the man at the centre of the show, Sheriff Lucas Hood. Since Hood arrived in town six weeks ago we’ve seen and learnt with him about the wide range of colourful inhabitants that live in Banshee, but perhaps not as much of Lucas’ mysterious past as we might have thought.

During episode three, Ana told Hood that he used to be kind. He responded by telling her that spending fifteen years in prison would drive kindness out of anyone. This episode shows us a little of how that happened, as well as telling us just how far Hood will now go to defend his new freedom.
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Banshee Episode 6 Preview Clips and New Images!

The 6th episode of Banshee airs Friday. Check out video clips and three new photos. In the sixth episode which airs on Friday, February 15th at 10:00-10:50 p.m., Wicks (Michael Kostroff), an ex-con from Lucas’ past, passes through Banshee, triggering memories about the Albino (Joseph Gatt), a brutal insider enlisted by Rabbit (Ben Cross) to make Lucas’ prison life a living hell. Proctor turns to extortion when a reverend refuses to sell his home to make room for a casino hotel. The Cinemax series created by David Schickler and Jonathan Tropper stars Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Rus Blackwell, Matt Servito, Ulrich Thomsen, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Ryann Shane, Frankie Faison, Lili Simmons, Russell Means, Anthony Ruivivar and Cedric Stewart.
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Banshee Episode 6 Preview Clips and New Images!

The 6th episode of Banshee airs Friday. Check out video clips and three new photos. In the sixth episode which airs on Friday, February 15th at 10:00-10:50 p.m., Wicks (Michael Kostroff), an ex-con from Lucas’ past, passes through Banshee, triggering memories about the Albino (Joseph Gatt), a brutal insider enlisted by Rabbit (Ben Cross) to make Lucas’ prison life a living hell. Proctor turns to extortion when a reverend refuses to sell his home to make room for a casino hotel. The Cinemax series created by David Schickler and Jonathan Tropper stars Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Rus Blackwell, Matt Servito, Ulrich Thomsen, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Ryann Shane, Frankie Faison, Lili Simmons, Russell Means, Anthony Ruivivar and Cedric Stewart.
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Twelve top TV lawyers

Lawyers don't only join the profession for the intellectual challenge, the chance to right wrongs, and the money. They also do it because it looks good on TV

Maxine Peake in Silk

Barristers complain on Twitter about the minor inaccuracies, and Maxine Peake strikes some as unconvincing. But at a time when the criminal bar is struggling to attract the best talent, it is probably the best recruiting tool the profession has. Few other series have portrayed so faithfully how sets operate and their members hustle for work. Rt

North Square

A decade before Peter Moffat struck gold with Silk for the BBC, he wrote North Square for Channel 4. Set in Leeds, it stars some of the same cast (notably a younger Rupert Penry-Jones) and acquired something of a cult following among lawyers. Unfortunately, lawyers alone can't sustain a programme, and North Square was axed after one series. But
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Five Great TV Lawyers, Your Honour

The TV lawyer can vary depending on the show in which the character is used, and does so in some spectacular ways. The actions of a character in such a profession can differ so much depending on their moral standpoint and their natural aptitude for the line of work. A competent lawyer lacking any moral integrity can be a very compelling watch yet as true as this is, a lawyer without any skill or gumption can be just as entertaining.

There’s an impressive array of TV layers out there and as follows are a handful of the greats.

Jackie Chiles – Seinfeld (1989-1998)

Seinfeld played host to a number of outstanding cameoing characters over its nine season run, but Jackie Chiles (played by Phil Morris) is one of the most memorable.

The character, parodying famed attorney Johnnie Cochran who is best known for the defence and criminal acquittal of O. J. Simpson,
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Meet 'Working Actor' Columnist Michael Kostroff at Actorfest NY on October 23rd

  • Backstage
Actorfest NY is proud to announce that Working Actor columnist Michael Kostroff ("The Wire") will join fellow actors Kevin Ligon (currently in "The Phantom of the Opera") and Julie Ann Emery ("Hitch," "Line of Fire") for "The Working Actor" workshop to share their experience and expertise on maintaining a living as a performer. Actorfest NY will take place on Sunday, October 23rd at the Metropolitan Pavilion. To register for Actorfest NY, please visit actorfestnyc2011.eventbrite.com. For more information, visit www.ActorfestNY.com. "The Working Actor" workshop will take place from 10:00–11:00 A.M. on the 4th Floor in Class C. To help kickstart your career, Actorfest offers more than two dozen exclusive Workshops; Casting Calls; Meet & Drops with Top Casting Directors; a Networking Café; and an enormous Exhibit Hall, at which you can meet with acting teachers, coaches, schools, headshot photographers, and many more vendors who will help you succeed in your career.
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‘Party Down’ Movie In The Works

Sadly, I like many others didn’t discovered the incredibly funny Starz comedy Party Down until after it was cancelled. I can’t speak for others, but it is hard to have access to many of the hit U.S. TV shows living here in Montreal. With that said I burned through the first and only two seasons in less than three days. How else do you think I developed such a huge crush on star Adam Scott?

This half-hour comedy follows a Los Angeles, California, catering team for the titular company. The sextet of aspiring Hollywood actors and writers, as well as drifting lost souls, work small-time catering gigs while hoping for their break or some positive change in their lives. Perhaps the best aspect of the show (aside from the fantastic scripts), was that each episode finds the team working a new event, in a new local, and
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Callback Queries Squared

Dear Jackie:Having just had a couple of good callbacks but no bookings, I find myself wondering what else I could have done. My question is: Do you need to try to sell yourself at the callback? Aside from your performance, are there things you should be saying or discussing? For example, would it help to say something like "Do you have any reservations in terms of casting me for this role?"? Or maybe "Is there anything else that you would like to see from me that you haven't seen?" How about "I can give you anything you need; I am the right person for this part"? Would having those conversations be beneficial or does it even matter?—New to L.A.Dear New:Selling yourself in the ways you describe sounds more desperate than professional. None of the comments you suggest is likely to help you, and they could actually hurt
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10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Deciding to Become an Actor

Building and maintaining an acting career is a daunting endeavor, especially in the early years, when you've got so little idea about how to navigate the terrain. Here's a list I've pulled together, with help from some folks with a few years of experience under their belts, of things I wish I had known before I decided to become an actor. It's a long road. I hope this list helps you skip a few potholes.1) It's called show business for a reason.Acting for a living is a business. I wish I had worried less about whether it was an art or a craft and had begun researching it in a practical, unemotional manner. My actor pal Nick says, “How one handles their business—relationships with agents, managers, producers, and directors—is crucial. Business sense and relationships matter as much as talent, beauty, luck, and opportunity.” Flora, another actor with years of experience,
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Travel Inclination, Epa Irritation

Dear Jackie:i'm 21 years old, SAG and Equity, and just finished shooting the lead role in a SAG Ultra Low Budget film. I don't have an agent. I haven't had the time to submit for one quite yet, but I don't think it would be exceedingly hard to get at least a semidecent one at this point.Basically, I'm a little confused. I really enjoy acting, but I feel like I want to leave L.A. for a while and travel around a bit. If I were to get an agent soon, I know that it would be pretty much impossible for me to leave for a few months to a year and then come back. I also understand that it's much easier to make it in the industry when you're younger. So would it be absolutely foolish for me to leave at such a pivotal point, or might it be
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Stage Door Solicitation, Workshop Confirmation

Dear Jackie:i recently met a very talented photographer and purchased one of his pieces. We got to know each other over the transaction. I told him I was an aspiring actress and that I was brand-new to the business and the city.Last week, said photographer met a well-known actress currently starring in a Broadway show. He called me a few days later, said that he didn't believe in coincidence and that he wanted to write me a letter of recommendation to give to her. I believe he did this out of kindness. This man wrote a wonderful letter on my behalf asking this well-known actress to help me in any way she can. He wants me to find her (by standing outside the stage door after a performance), give her the letter with my headshot and résumé, make a good impression, and see what happens after that.Is standing
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Makeup Tips, Conservatory Knocks

Dear Jackie:i'm looking for some makeup tips for film. With all the student films and shorts and projects that don't really have funds, you need to do a lot yourself. I want to learn, so I don't look like an idiot.—Nancyvia emailDear Nancy:My first piece of advice is this: If you have ever taken a stage makeup course, do not, I repeat, do not use any of the information you learned there for your film projects! No shaping the nose or old-age contouring, please! You'll be much better served by sticking to tried-and-true, natural "street makeup" tips you've picked up along the way. Then again, "street makeup" sounds like I want you to apply 15 coats of mascara to go with your red leather knee-highs. Man, it's really hard to explain this without pictures.I called my favorite makeup artist, Anny Kim, for input. Anny has done my makeup for numerous shoots,
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Garland Awards

Back Stage hosted the Garland Awards party April 12, celebrating its critics' choices of the best in Southland theater 2009. Actors, producers, publicists, Back Stage staff, and critics mingled, renewing acquaintanceships and sharing recollections of the year. Clockwise from right: Tinashe Kajese, Avery Clyde, and John Wesley, members of the winning "Stick Fly" ensemble; Daniel Tatar of the winning "Life Could Be a Dream" ensemble and Michael Kostroff, performance-award recipient for "The Producers"; Deidrie Henry, honored for her performance in "Coming Home"; the cast and writer of "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," Sheila Vand, Arian Moayed, Glenn Davis, Garland-winning writer Rajiv Joseph, Brad Fleischer, and Garland-winning actor Kevin Tighe; and the producers and creators of "Land of the Tigers," David Lm McIntyre, Albert Dayan, Jon Beauregard, Carolyn Almos, and Ginger Perkins.
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Ladcc Reveals Theater-Award Nominees

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, which consists of L.A.-area theater journalists in various media, has announced nominees and special awards for its 41st annual awards ceremony, to be held March 22 at Burbank’s Colony Theatre.Awards will be given in 20 categories, honoring excellence in theater over the past year. Eight special awards will include a special citation to actor Kirk Douglas for his lifetime contribution to Los Angeles theatre, as well as the new Milton Katselas Award for career or special achievement in direction, sponsored by Camelot Artists.The 2009 Special Awards include:– The Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play: Julie Marie Myatt for the bittersweet domestic drama "The Happy Ones," which premiered at South Coast Repertory. The award is accompanied by an offer to publish and a $1,000 check funded by Samuel French, Inc.– The Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season
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