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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'

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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

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

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

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

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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Stage Tube: Audience Reacts to Paper Mill Playhouse's Lend Me A Tenor

Paper Mill Playhouse presents its winter comedy, Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor. This hysterically funny, door-slamming comedy features Broadway stars and Paper Mill Playhouse favorites including Judith Blazer Maria, John Treacy Egan Tito, Donna English Diana, Nancy Johnston Julia, David Josefsberg Max, Michael Kostroff Saunders, Jill Paice Maggie and Mark Price Bellhop. Lend Me a Tenor is directed by Don Stephenson. Lend Me a Tenor runs at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through March 10, 2013. Click below to watch audience members' reactions to the show
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Photo Coverage: Paper Mill Playhouse's Lend Me A Tenor- Opening Night Party!

Paper Mill Playhouse presents Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor. This hysterically funny, door-slamming comedy features Broadway stars and Paper Mill Playhouse favorites including Judith Blazer Maria, John Treacy Egan Tito, Donna English Diana, Nancy Johnston Julia, David Josefsberg Max, Michael Kostroff Saunders, Jill Paice Maggie and Mark PriceBellhop. Lend Me a Tenor will run at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through March 10, 2013.BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the opening night after party below
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Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of Paper Mill Playhouse's Lend Me A Tenor

Paper Mill Playhouse presents Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor. This hysterically funny, door-slamming comedy features Broadway stars and Paper Mill Playhouse favorites including Judith Blazer Maria, John Treacy Egan Tito, Donna English Diana, Nancy Johnston Julia, David Josefsberg Max, Michael Kostroff Saunders, Jill Paice Maggie and Mark Price Bellhop. Lend Me a Tenor will run at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through March 10, 2013. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the opening night curtain call below
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Photo Flash: First Look at Jill Paice, John Treacy Egan and More in Paper Mill's Lend Me A Tenor

Paper Mill Playhouse presents Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor. This hysterically funny, door-slamming comedy features Broadway stars and Paper Mill Playhouse favorites including Judith Blazer Maria, John Treacy Egan Tito, Donna English Diana, Nancy Johnston Julia, David Josefsberg Max, Michael Kostroff Saunders, Jill Paice Maggie and Mark Price Bellhop. Lend Me a Tenor will run at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through March 10, 2013. The official press opening is Sunday, February 17, at 700pm. BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the cast in action below
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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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Stage Tube: Sneak Peek of Jill Paice, John Treacy Egan and More in Paper Mill Playouse's Lend Me A Tenor

Paper Mill Playhouse presents Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor. This hysterically funny, door-slamming comedy will feature Broadway stars and Paper Mill Playhouse favorites including Judith Blazer Maria, John Treacy Egan Tito, Donna English Diana, Nancy Johnston Julia, David Josefsberg Max, Michael Kostroff Saunders, Jill Paice Maggie and Mark Price Bellhop. Lend Me a Tenor will run at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through March 10, 2013. The official press opening is Sunday, February 17, at 700pm.BroadwayWorld brings you highlights below
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John Treacy Egan, Jill Paice, and More Set to Lead Lend Me A Tenor at Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director has just announced the cast for its winter comedy, Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor. This hysterically funny, door-slamming comedy will feature Broadway stars and Paper Mill Playhouse favorites including Judith Blazer Maria, John Treacy Egan Tito, Donna English Diana, Nancy Johnston Julia, David Josefsberg Max, Michael Kostroff Saunders, Jill Paice Maggie and Mark Price Bellhop. Lend Me a Tenor will be directed by Don Stephenson. Lend Me a Tenor will run at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater from February 13 through March 10, 2013. The official press opening is Sunday, February 17, at 700pm.
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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

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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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