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Watch: Sidney Lumet’s 1955 Rejected TV Pilot 'The Challenge'

13 November 2013 2:22 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s been over two years since Sidney Lumet left us, but what he left us with is an incredible body of work that spans six decades (be sure to check out our retrospective). From his first feature film “12 Angry Men” to “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” which came out 50 years later, those who wish to tackle his entire filmography could understandably feel intimidated. Furthermore, before Lumet even made “12 Angry Men,” he had already directed hundreds of television episodes from ‘50s shows such as “Danger” and “You Are There.” The Seventh Art has recently discovered one of his more obscure works, which had been posted on YouTube a few years ago by Princeton University with barely over 1,000 views. Entitled “The Challenge,” the program was intended to be a pilot episode of a series meant to tackle various issues that were negatively affecting society. Lumet directed the episode, which »

- Ken Guidry

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Watch: Sidney Lumet’s 1955 Rejected TV Pilot 'The Challenge'

13 November 2013 2:22 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It’s been over two years since Sidney Lumet left us, but what he left us with is an incredible body of work that spans six decades (be sure to check out our retrospective). From his first feature film “12 Angry Men” to “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” which came out 50 years later, those who wish to tackle his entire filmography could understandably feel intimidated. Furthermore, before Lumet even made “12 Angry Men,” he had already directed hundreds of television episodes from ‘50s shows such as “Danger” and “You Are There.” The Seventh Art has recently discovered one of his more obscure works, which had been posted on YouTube a few years ago by Princeton University with barely over 1,000 views. Entitled “The Challenge,” the program was intended to be a pilot episode of a series meant to tackle various issues that were negatively affecting society. Lumet directed the episode, which »

- Ken Guidry

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'Law & Order: SVU': 'I wanted a big shift' for Benson, Ep says

25 September 2013 9:30 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

When Season 15 of "Law & Order: Svu" begins Wednesday (Sept. 25), prepare for an even darker episode than where the show left off. The fearless Det. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is held at gunpoint for most of the hour.

The episode takes us to depths even this show hasn't gone before. For much of the premiere, "Surrender Benson," the detective is handcuffed, beaten and taken on a hideous trip by serial rapist William Lewis (Pablo Schreiber).

Executive producer Warren Leight tells Zap2it why this episode, picking up on last season's cliffhanger, was so important to him and what he wants to do this season that's different.

Zap2it: Had Benson ever been in this sort of life-and-death danger before?Warren Leight: There was an episode [in Season 9] in which she went undercover in prison and was assaulted, a guard attempted to assault her and she was rescued by Fin [Ice-t]. That was the closest. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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The State of Nintendo: 22 important points about the Wii U E3 presentation

12 June 2013 8:56 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

1.  Nintendo is in a great position at E3 for one simple reason: Everyone loves Nintendo. Or rather: Everyone wants to love Nintendo. Anyone who cares about videogames almost certainly spent a considerable part of their childhood living in universes created by Nintendo. Super Mario Brothers, The Legend of Zelda, Kirby’s Dreamland, Donkey Kong, Starfox: These were experiences inscribed in a couple generations of young people. Growing up playing videogames isn’t like growing up watching movies or reading books, for one simple reason: You are playing along. You are there. It’s like having an amusement park in your living room. »

- Darren Franich

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Corporal Bemelmans's War -- and Ours

19 April 2013 8:24 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

If you're looking for an example of how we, the citizens of the United States, wage war on some of our greatest writers, you need look no further than Ludwig Bemelmans and his out-of-print masterpiece My War with the United States. Yes, he's the same guy who created the Madeline series of children's books (and they are nice ones). But there's more to him, much more. In the 1930s, '40s, and '50s, Bemelmans was that rare specimen, a total original, a writer of memoirs and stories so personal and so poignant, and so damn funny, they rival anything written by Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Chandler, and Thurber, all wrapped into one. And what's more, these things sold. They were big time.

And no wonder. They shine. They are as hard as diamonds, but bend like summer wheat. They bring tears of joy and of rage. If anything, the closest approximation »

- Ken Krimstein

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Bollywood misuses character actors: Irrfan

15 March 2013 8:58 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

New Delhi, March 15: He believes his unique choice of work made it tough for filmmakers to "fit" him in a "box". But acclaimed actor Irrfan genuinely feels Hindi cinema needs to pay attention and importance to character artists just as in Hollywood, where, he says, India is currently in fashion.

"When you're doing a Hollywood film, you are treated like a character actor. You are an intrinsic part of the story and your role is defined. When you are doing one such role here, you are just a character. You are there to support the protagonists' crisis or dilemma.

"We misuse character actors here for the main lead. That is why being a character actor here is no fun," Irrfan said Friday at the India Today Conclave 2013 on the. »

- Rahul Kapoor

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Kerr's Biggest Box-Office Hit: Musical About Romance and Racism During WWII

9 February 2013 3:23 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kerr in the 1958 box-office blockbuster musical South Pacific (seen above with love interest France Nuyen) and his (few) other post-Tea and Sympathy efforts [Please check out the previous article: "The Two Kerrs in the stage and film versions of Tea and Sympathy."] Director Curtis Bernhardt's Gaby (1956) was a generally disliked remake of Waterloo Bridge, with Kerr and leading lady Leslie Caron in the old Robert Taylor and Vivien Leigh roles (1940 movie version -- and even older Douglass Montgomery and Mae Clarke roles in the 1931 film version). Jeffrey Hayden's The Vintage (1957), starring Kerr and Mel Ferrer absurdly cast as Italian brothers, also failed to generate much box-office or critical interest. MGM leading lady Pier Angeli played Ferrer's love interest in the film, while the more mature and married French star Michèle Morgan (a plot element similar to that found in Tea and Sympathy) is Kerr's object of desire. (Pictured above: South Pacific cast members John Kerr and France Nuyen embracing.) Also in the mid-'50s, John Kerr »

- Andre Soares

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