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10 Best TV Episodes of 2017: 'Girls'

10 Best TV Episodes of 2017: 'Girls'
This year, we've asked 10 writers to pick some of their favorite TV episodes from 2017 and weigh in on why they were great stand-alone eps and the highlights of our viewing year. First up: Sean T. Collins on Girls' "American Bitch."

When 2017 lies dead and buried in the ground, "Separate the art from the artist" will be chiseled on its tombstone. But what will we find in the grave?

If it's the idea that creators are shielded from scrutiny by the strength of their creations, then goodbye and good riddance.
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Golden Globes 2018 TV Predictions: Bold Picks in Every Category

Golden Globes 2018 TV Predictions: Bold Picks in Every Category
Best Drama Series “The Crown” “The Deuce” “The Handmaid’s Tale” “Game of Thrones” “Stranger Things

Spoiler: “This Is Us

Since the above predictions feature three returning series and a virtual lock in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” there’s a lot of room for spoilers. Not only could “This Is Us” very easily land its second straight nod for Best Drama Series, but series like “Mindhunter,” “The Good Doctor,” “Ozark,” “Mr. Robot,” “Better Call Saul,” and, yes, even “The Leftovers” could find their way into the final five. The Golden Globes like spotlighting new series, which benefits shows like “Mindhunter” and “Ozark” which haven’t been crowned by other awards shows just yet. The Globes could be the first, but we’re betting they won’t be able to resist David Simon’s “The Deuce” — given that all-star cast — and last year’s winner, “The Crown.” “Game of Thrones” and
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Golden Globes 2018 TV Predictions: Bold Picks in Every Category

Golden Globes 2018 TV Predictions: Bold Picks in Every Category
Best Drama Series “The Crown” “The Deuce” “The Handmaid’s Tale” “Game of Thrones” “Stranger Things

Spoiler: “This Is Us

Since the above predictions feature three returning series and a virtual lock in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” there’s a lot of room for spoilers. Not only could “This Is Us” very easily land its second straight nod for Best Drama Series, but series like “Mindhunter,” “The Good Doctor,” “Ozark,” “Mr. Robot,” “Better Call Saul,” and, yes, even “The Leftovers” could find their way into the final five. The Golden Globes like spotlighting new series, which benefits shows like “Mindhunter” and “Ozark” which haven’t been crowned by other awards shows just yet. The Globes could be the first, but we’re betting they won’t be able to resist David Simon’s “The Deuce” — given that all-star cast — and last year’s winner, “The Crown.” “Game of Thrones” and
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“The Post” is another rousing outing from Steven Spielberg

The embargo has finally lifted, ladies and gentlemen! We can at long last discuss The Post, the new Steven Spielberg film, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. Yes, this super fast tracked project is not only complete, but has been screening pretty consistently for critics, guild members, and the Academy itself. The National Board of Review fell in love with it, and plenty of other voters are about to. We’re a month or so away from release still, but the buzz is building in a big way. Once again, Spielberg has delivered the goods. No one in the industry makes it look as easy as he does. He truly is a master at work. To begin, this is what IMDb regales us with, in terms of plot: “A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join
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Movie Review – The Post (2017)

The Post, 2017.

Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, Jesse Plemons, David Cross, Zach Woods, Pat Healy, John Rue, Justin Swain, Deborah Green, Phillip Casnoff, Jessie Mueller, and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Synopsis:

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.

Prior to a New York Times exposé detailing Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara’s incompetence and mishandling of the Vietnam War, he tells owner of the Washington Post and trusting friend Katharine Graham (the classy and talented Meryl Streep gunning for her 21st Oscar nomination) that she is going to read some unflattering things about him tomorrow in the papers. Now, it’s obviously not a shocking reveal of numerous sexual assault allegations,
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Film Review: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’

Film Review: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’
Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” throttles along in a pleasurably bustling, down-to-the-timely-minute way. It’s a heady, jam-packed docudrama that, with confidence and great filmmaking verve (though not what you’d call an excess of nuance), tells a vital American story of history, journalism, politics, and the way those things came together over a couple of fateful weeks in the summer of 1971. That’s when The New York Times, followed by The Washington Post, published extensive excerpts from the Pentagon Papers: the top-secret government history of the Vietnam War that revealed, for the first time, the lies told to the American people about U.S. involvement in Indochina dating back to 1945. (Most destructive lie: the hiding of the fact that U.S. leaders knew the war was a losing battle.)

The heart of the movie is set at the Post, where the paper’s executive editor, Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), with his urbane rasp, aristocrat-in-shirt-sleeves mystique
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‘The Post’ Review: Steven Spielberg’s Spectacularly Entertaining Journalism Thriller Is a Rallying Cry for the Resistance

‘The Post’ Review: Steven Spielberg’s Spectacularly Entertaining Journalism Thriller Is a Rallying Cry for the Resistance
There’s topical, there’s timely, and then there’s “The Post,” which feels less like a historical thriller set in 1971 than it does an exhilarating caricature of the year 2017. While Steven Spielberg’s latest film rivetingly dramatizes the publication of the Pentagon Papers (and eloquently unpacks the consequences of their dissemination), “The Post” wears the Nixon era like a flimsy disguise that it wants you to see right through.

That’s not to take away from Ann Roth’s ratty and exquisite period costume design, or to detract from how immaculately set decorator Rena DeAngelo recreated the smokey thrum of the old Washington Post newsroom. It’s certainly not to diminish Meryl Streep’s fraught and powerfully grounded portrayal of the late publishing scion Katharine Graham — she hasn’t been this good since “Adaptation,” or maybe even “Death Becomes Her,” if ever.

On the contrary, it’s just to
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‘The Post’ Review: Steven Spielberg’s Craft Gets Hobbled by a Script Not Fit to Print

When asked about the representation of the Holocaust in Schindler’s List, Stanley Kubrick responded: “Think that’s about the Holocaust? That was about success, wasn’t it? The Holocaust is about 6 million people who get killed. Schindler’s List is about 600 who don’t. Anything else?” Similarly, the story of the Pentagon Papers concerns the United States government lying, for decades, to the world about the Vietnam War, at the cost of millions of lives. The Post is about the brave journalists who brought these lies to public light.

That focus-shift is significant, though whether it will even bother a viewer depends heavily on how their worldview aligns with that of director Steven Spielberg. It’s a difficult hurdle for me to clear. I am not a patriot, and I find trying to wring inspiration from this part of history – to inspire hope because the government’s misdeeds were exposed,
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‘The Post’: Screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer on Revisiting History with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg

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‘The Post’: Screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer on Revisiting History with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg
The Post” is a period piece, but its production happened at warp speed. Steven Spielberg began shooting in White Plains, New York, on May 1, 2017; 12 months earlier, he had no intention of directing a film and its rookie screenwriter, Liz Hannah, hadn’t written a word of it. This week, “The Post” was named Best Film by the National Board of Review, which also gave Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks top acting honors. Now, Hannah and co-writer Josh Singer have a formidable chance of securing an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Hannah didn’t always aspire to be a screenwriter. Following undergraduate studies at the Pratt Institute and an internship on the film “Reign Over Me,” she was admitted to the AFI Conservatory, in the producing discipline. Then she spent five years in development — long enough to realize it wasn’t what she wanted.

Read More:‘The Post’ Trailer: Meryl Streep,
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‘The Post’: Steven Spielberg’s ‘Favorite Cast’ Has Received At Least 58 Emmy Nominations

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‘The Post’: Steven Spielberg’s ‘Favorite Cast’ Has Received At Least 58 Emmy Nominations
Sometimes, even Steven Spielberg has trouble assembling his dream cast. But that wasn’t the case with his latest film, the historical drama “The Post.” At a Q&A on Monday night hosted by the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, Spielberg told the audience that he’d been able to get every single one of his first choices. No small feat, considering that the turnaround time on the movie clocked in at just nine months, dating from Spielberg’s first acceptance of the script to its first November screenings.

“So often when I make a movie, I have my first choices, and I don’t always get my first choices sometimes due to availability or sometimes actors don’t like the script enough to say yes to me or to anybody,” he said. “But everybody I wanted in the movie, they were available and they all said yes.
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Et Obsessions: ‘The Wine Show,’ ‘The Disaster Artist’ and More!

Et Obsessions: ‘The Wine Show,’ ‘The Disaster Artist’ and More!
Here at Et, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and here is what we’re most excited about this week:

Why We’re Obsessed With ‘The Wine Show

Pour another glass because our favorite import -- Matthew Goode -- is back with a second season of The Wine Show, Sky Vision’s food and travel magazine series, which moves the action from Italy to the South of France. Available on in the U.S. on Hulu, the show became a favorite among viewers thanks to the bromance between Goode and co-host Matthew Rhys and their journey through the heart of Italy in search of tasty wine and lasting memories. Joining Goode (who also stars on The Crown season two) is James Purefoy, an equally English and handsome actor, who steps in for Rhys. This season, two hosts are tasked with finding a case of wine to match a six-course French lunch cooked by Stephane
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‘The Post’: First Reactions Put Steven Spielberg & Meryl Streep In The Oscar Race

There are few things Oscar voters love more than to support a movie tackling important issues, and Meryl Streep. Steven Spielberg‘s “The Post” provides both of those things in ample doses, and the late arrival to the awards season looks like it’s going to shake up the game.

Streep is joined by Tom Hanks, and a ridiculously stacked ensemble (Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, Zach Woods), to tell the #truestory about The Washington Post’s battle to publish the Pentagon Papers, exposing the horrible realities about the war in Vietnam.

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Meryl Streep at ‘The Post’ Screening: Women ‘Don’t Have Parity. We’re Not Even Close’

Meryl Streep at ‘The Post’ Screening: Women ‘Don’t Have Parity. We’re Not Even Close’
Before there were “alternative facts,” there were the Pentagon Papers.

Shielded from public view, the classified, 47-volume study would expose the government’s misleading assessment of the Vietnam War, propaganda that would have gone uncovered were it not for groundbreaking reporting by the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Much like those newspaper reporters and editors who raced to make deadline, Steven Spielberg hurried to make a feature-length film in less than a year about the importance of a strong, free press.

“I just felt there was an urgency to reflect 1971 in 2017 because it was very terrifyingly similar,” Spielberg said Monday night after a screening of the film at the Directors Guild of America in West Hollywood. He later added: “Our intended audience are the people who have spent the last 13-14 months thirsting and starving for the truth.”

The Post,” which bows in limited release on Dec. 22, arrives at a timely moment in the [link
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New Extended TV Spot for Spielberg's 'The Post' Builds Up the Intensity

"Do you have the papers?" "Not yet..." 20th Century Fox is pushing strong with Steven Spielberg's surprise end-of-the-year drama The Post, which seems to be getting good buzz after its first screenings. This new extended TV spot comes hot on the tail of the first official trailer a few weeks ago, and it's just as intense of a tease. The Post is about about The Washington Post and the publishing of the Pentagon Papers about the Vietnam War in 1971. This seems like a very important, necessary story to tell in these times. Tom Hanks stars as editor Ben Bradlee, and Meryl Streep stars as Post publisher Katharine Graham. The cast includes Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, Zach Woods. I'm looking forward to seeing this movie for many good reasons, but mostly because it's Spielberg,
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Oscars: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Arrives With the Zeitgeist in Its Sights

Oscars: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Arrives With the Zeitgeist in Its Sights
When producer Amy Pascal first acquired Liz Hannah’s spec script “The Post” she thought, “Hillary Clinton is going to win [the presidency], so this will be perfect,” the former Sony Pictures head said at the film’s first west coast screening on Sunday night. “It was the story of a woman finding her voice, and an entire country finding its voice.”

Last year’s election, of course, went in another direction, but it was still an important theme to explore, perhaps more important than ever.

Alongside members of the film’s cast and crew, Pascal was speaking to an audience of Academy, guild, and press members who filled Fox’s Darryl F. Zanuck Theater for a look at director Steven Spielberg’s latest effort, one of the awards season’s most anticipated releases. It also screened in New York on Sunday, with Spielberg and key players Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep among those in attendance.

The film, which
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Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers Drama ‘The Post’ Earns Standing Ovation After First Screening

Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers Drama ‘The Post’ Earns Standing Ovation After First Screening
Even Steven Spielberg can’t escape the allure of timely story. Just nine months after getting Liz Hannah’s spec script — and mere days after actually completing the final film — Spielberg’s fast-tracked Pentagon Papers drama “The Post” launched its first screening last night in New York City. The film was greeted with an extended standing ovation, one surely egged on by both admiration for the film and for the big stars on display at a post-screening panel, including Spielberg and his stars Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Bob Odenkirk, and Matthew Rhys.

The film follows Streep as Washington Post publisher Kay Graham and Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee, as the paper and its journalists attempt to declassify the so-called Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. It’s an eerily timely story, one about the urgent need for good journalism, what happens when the government attempts to hide its misdeeds, and the ultimate value of truth.
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Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep Unveil 'The Post' at First Screening

Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep Unveil 'The Post' at First Screening
Steven Spielberg unveiled his latest movie, The Post, in New York City Sunday night with a screening and panel alongside Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Bob Odenkirk and Matthew Rhys.

The Fox newspaper drama recounts how the Washington Post's publisher Katharine Graham (Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) teamed up to catch up with The New York Times and publish the Pentagon Papers, risking court sanctions to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets related to the Vietnam War that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Tracy Letts, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley...
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Continues to Dominate Social Media Buzz

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Continues to Dominate Social Media Buzz
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” dominated social media last week with 110,000 new conversations thanks to interviews with cast members and filmmakers, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has pulled in more than 3.77 million new conversations five weeks before its Dec. 15 launch. Directed by Rian Johnson, the movie picks up where 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” left off. It stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Andy Serkis.

Warner Bros.’ “Justice League” produced nearly 57,000 new conversations last week ahead of the Nov. 17 release of the superhero alliance movie, starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher and Jeremy Irons. The story follows Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg forming a superhero team to save the planet.

Universal’s romance sequel “Fifty Shades Freed” generated 47,000 new conversations last week due to Nov
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Watch: Meryl Streep + Tom Hanks Lead Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Trailer

Steven Spielberg pulled out all the stops when assembling the cast for his upcoming feature, “The Post.” In addition to Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, leading the drama from 20th Century Fox, the ensembles includes Sarah Paulson, Alison Brie, Bob Odenkirk, Bradley Whitford, Carrie Coon, Jessie Mueller, and Matthew Rhys. Watch the full-length trailer for “The Post,” in theaters Dec. 22, below. Looking for a gig? Check out Backstage's casting calls!
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‘The Post’ Trailer: Spielberg Tackles the Pentagon Papers

20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for ‘The Post‘. The film, which was directed by Steven Spielberg, is centered around the the publishing of the Pentagon Papers by The Washington Post in 1971. The film follows Meryl Streep‘s Katharine Graham and Tom HanksBen Bradlee as they form an unlikely partnership, fighting to publish the Pentagon Papers – a series of documents that proved the government lied about the scope of the Vietnam war for decades. The film also stars Alison Brie, Sarah Paulson, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Jesse Plemons, Michael Stuhlberg, Zach Woods, and Bradley Whitford.

The film is set to be released on December 22, 2017, just in time for the close of awards season. Although Spielberg is surely hard at work on Ready Player One, he managed to slip in the drama that quite honestly has a good chance of nabbing a decent amount of Academy nominations.
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