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Writer/Director Nathan Silver On The Fate and Form of Thirst Street

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Thirst Street, a sordid trauma study with a twist on fairy tale idealizations, denotes a significant departure from Silver’s unbound form to something more staged and mannered. As the fate of Silver’s characters come to question, and the fabled nature of fate itself does too, we endure a Silver tragedy at its most pre-designed.

From his usual outlines to a 25 page treatment, Thirst Street still maintains some of Silver's unscripted sensibilities. Dialogue was improvised. Shots were intuited on the day, guided by the atmosphere of a setting and the emotional necessities of a scene. Still it maintains a form, with a stylized beginning & end, and a more fluid, naturalistic, midsection.

Nathan details the use of these new formal elements, the ways which they apply thematically to Thirst Street, and their current and hoped for evolutions in his future work.

Thirst Street follows Gina (Lindsay Burge) an American flight attendant who,
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Studiocanal, Parkes+MacDonald Board ‘Fallen Idol,’ Hindenburg Movies

Studiocanal, Parkes+MacDonald Board ‘Fallen Idol,’ Hindenburg Movies
French production giant Studiocanal and Parkes+MacDonald Productions have formed a partnership for four films, including a remake of “Fallen Idol” and a movie about the 1937 Hindenburg disaster.

The alliance is aimed at fulfilling Studiocanal’s goal of making European-based movies for an international audience.

Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce each feature, with President of Production Evan Hayes serving as executive producer. “Fallen Idol,” “Hindenberg” and music promoter saga “The Great Pretender” are being developed in association with Parkes+MacDonald partner ImageNation Abu Dhabi.

The first film under the new deal will be “The Great Pretender,” based on the autobiography of London-based music promoter Roy Tempest, who organized UK tours in the 1960s for some of America’s biggest soul acts – even though the acts were fakes. Ol Parker (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”) is writing the screen adaptation of the book. Intellectual Property Group’s Joel Gotler,
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‘The Leftovers’: An Oral History of the Finale’s Karaoke Scene, from Damon Lindelof & Justin Theroux

‘The Leftovers’: An Oral History of the Finale’s Karaoke Scene, from Damon Lindelof & Justin Theroux
“One of the things I’m most proud of is the sequence with Kevin Garvey singing “Homeward Bound.” — Mimi Leder

“The karaoke scene was probably the most deeply uncomfortable scene I had to shoot.” — Justin Theroux

“If you try to explain to someone, ‘Here’s what happened in the finale of “The Leftovers,”‘ you sound insane.” — Damon Lindelof

[Spoilers for “The Leftovers” Season 2 are below.]

The second season of Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta’s magnificent exploration of belief, faith and family included its fair share of bold moments. Its opening sequence tracked a cave woman giving birth in rural Texas. Its first episode barely featured its main stars, shifting instead to a whole new family in a brand new location. And then came “International Assassin,” the season’s eighth episode that tracked Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) into the afterlife; an afterlife set in a hotel where he donned a suit, became an assassin and had to
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Ewan McGregor admits he is not a 'Star Wars' fanatic

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Ewan McGregor admits he is not a 'Star Wars' fanatic
Edinburgh: Scottish actor gives talk about 22-year acting career including new role as Jesus in Last Days In The Desert.

Ewan McGregor revealed to an audience at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) on Sunday that he would be willing to reprise the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi to tell the story of Stars Wars between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back should Disney ever wish to do so.

The comments came during an on-stage interview in which the Scottish star looked back over the highlights of his career thus far and chose his words carefully on the subject of the forthcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

The actor seemed not to be the most rabid of fanboys and declared: “I’m not a fanatical person.”

Still, he said he was impressed by the trailer - “It looks like [Jj Abrams] he absolutely nailed it” - except for the lightsaber’s updated design.

“I’m excited
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Eurovision's Greatest Hits anniversary concert attracts 1.89m on BBC One

Eurovision's Greatest Hits was seen by an average of 1.89 million (9.5%) viewers on BBC One.

Featuring the likes of Lordi, Conchita Wurst and Brotherhood of Man, Friday's (April 3) concert peaked with 2.12 million (12.3%) at 10.15pm.

BBC One's Masterchef was the evening's highest-rated show outside of soaps, scoring average viewing figures of 3.54 million (16%) at 8.30pm.

The One Show kicked things off with 3.4 million (17.7%) at 7pm, followed by 3.01 million (14.8%) for A Question of Sport.

Over on ITV, Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant was seen by an average audience of 2.99 million (14.3%) at 8pm, while Bear Grylls: Mission Survive entertained 3.03 million (14.4%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's evening began with 1.01 million (5.1%) for Alex Polizzi: The Fixer Revisits at 7pm, followed by 1.84 million (8.8%) for An Island Parish: Falklands and 2.07 million (9.4%) for Gardener's World.

Springwatch at Easter was seen by a BBC Two evening high of 2.25 million (10.7%) at 9pm, while The Clare Balding Show opened to 1.54 million (8.6%) at 10pm.
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TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs from Grey's, Mindy, Parks and More

TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs from Grey's, Mindy, Parks and More
Everything is awesome… because it’s time for an all new TVLine Mixtape!

What follows is an array of songs recently featured on your favorite shows, including artist and album information in case you want to add them to your personal collection.

Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked — but we always love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

So peruse our playlist, then hit the comments with your favorite TV tunes. And remember: You can always submit questions or suggestions about TV music on Twitter @RyanSchwartz.

RelatedTVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs from Shameless, Suits and More

Series And Episode | Grey’s Anatomy,
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Performer of the Week: Lady Gaga

Performer of the Week: Lady Gaga
A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars

The Performer | Lady Gaga

The Show 87th Academy Awards

The Airdate | February 22, 2015

The Performance | Any moment that ends in a warm, extended hug of gratitude from Julie Andrews doesn’t really require additional accolades.

Nevertheless, we can’t help but heap more praise on Lady Gaga’s Sound of Music tribute at the 2015 Oscars.

RelatedLady Gaga Joins American Horror Story as Season 5’s Leading Lady — Watch Her Monstrous Teaser for Hotel Chapter

The typically outré performer eschewed her standard operating outrageousness — no meat dress, no bird’s nest headpiece, no
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Empire Recap: Break a Legacy

Empire Recap: Break a Legacy
My fellow Americans, we received some devastating news this week, courtesy of Fox’s Empire: We are all just Boo-Boo Kitties, chasing our tails and kidding ourselves that we’ll ever keep it as real — or as tight — as Cookie Lyon.

I mean, try this one on for size: Ex-con Cookie walks into a celebrity soirée, spies her barely-legal rapper son with the fortysomething girlfriend he refers to as “Mama,” and begins throwing shade like a bamboo umbrella.

RelatedEmpire Post Mortem: Ep Talks Lucious’ Confession, Andre’s Collapse and That Omg End-of-Episode Hook-Up

“I’m not one of your jailbird mates,
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'Grey's Anatomy' Poll: Should We Ship Owen and Amelia?

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'Grey's Anatomy' Poll: Should We Ship Owen and Amelia?
On the last few episodes of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Chief of Surgery Dr. Owen Hunt and neurosurgeon Dr. Amelia Shepherd have been getting closer. Even after telling each other some difficult things about their personal demons, their friendship and support for each other continues to grow.

In "The Great Pretender," the duo shared a kiss. So is it too soon for Owen and Amelia to advance to relationship status? Let's take a peek at the factors at play here.
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Shondaland Recap: 5 Omg Moments from Grey's Anatomy, Scandal & How to Get Away with Murder

Shondaland Recap: 5 Omg Moments from Grey's Anatomy, Scandal & How to Get Away with Murder
Each week, Shonda Rhimes offers up three solid hours of Anatomy, Scandal and Murder – a new block of must-see TV. If you're not Spoiler-averse, check out Shondaland's hot-button moments below, which we've ranked from least to most shocking.

5. Grey's Anatomy: A Tense Transition

While spreading their father's ashes in the woods in "The Great Pretender," Ben's (Jason George) brother Kurt (Benjamin Patterson) collapsed. Following testing at Grey Sloane Memorial, it was discovered that Kurt had abnormally high estrogen levels – Kurt was in the process of transitioning from male to female. Ben yelled at him, "I'm supposed to be okay with this?
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Shondaland Recap: 5 Omg Moments from Grey's Anatomy, Scandal & How to Get Away with Murder

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Shondaland Recap: 5 Omg Moments from Grey's Anatomy, Scandal & How to Get Away with Murder
Each week, Shonda Rhimes offers up three solid hours of Anatomy, Scandal and Murder - a new block of must-see TV. If you're not Spoiler-averse, check out Shondaland's hot-button moments below, which we've ranked from least to most shocking.5. Grey's Anatomy: Trans AggressionWhile spreading their father's ashes in the woods in "The Great Pretender," Ben's (Jason George) brother Kurt (Benjamin Patterson) collapsed. Following testing at Grey Sloane Memorial, it was discovered that Kurt had abnormally high estrogen levels - Kurt was in the process of transitioning from male to female. Ben yelled at him, "I'm supposed to be okay with this?
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Grey's Anatomy Recap: Win, Lose or Draw Conclusions

Grey's Anatomy Recap: Win, Lose or Draw Conclusions
Apparently, a funny thing happened on Mer’s way to D.C. to have “emergency sex” with Derek, because neither did she make it, nor did they, er, make it. And in this week’s Grey’s Anatomy, Maggie — having spent the weekend fielding frantic calls from her brother-in-law — wanted to know Wth. So, um, Wth? Read on, and you can decide for yourself whether Mer is “The Great Pretender” who gave this installment its title.

Related2015 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

He Ain’T Heavily Sedated, He’S My Brother | As the episode began,
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Video: Grey's Anatomy Sneak Peek: Is Meredith Cheating on Derek?

Video: Grey's Anatomy Sneak Peek: Is Meredith Cheating on Derek?
Is Meredith's relationship with Derek in jeopardy once again?

Last week on Grey's Anatomy, we saw Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) take off to D.C. for "emergency sex" with her husband Derek (Patrick Dempsey) in order to strengthen their relationship.

However, as an exclusive clip reveals, Meredith and her "suitcase full of lingerie" may have visited a different gentleman (or lady) caller altogether.

"Derek called me three times asking where you were," Maggie (Kelly McCreary) says to Meredith in the sneak peek above. "Meanwhile, you'd texted me telling me what a great time you were having, so … Whatever you were doing,
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New Grey’s Anatomy Season 11,Episode 12 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By ABC

Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Grey's Anatomy" episode 12 of season 11. The episode is entitled, "The Great Pretender," and it turns out that we're going to see some very intense drama go down when Maggie gets quite pissed at Meredith for not answering her questions about DC, and more! In the new, 12th episode press release: Maggie will pressure Meredith for answers about DC. Press release number 2: Maggie is going to get upset when Meredith dodges her questions about DC. Bailey and Ben are going to become concerned about Ben's brother after he is admitted to the hospital, and Dr. Herman will start to warm up to Arizona. In the meantime, Richard will feel manipulated by Catherine. The episode was written by Mark Driscoll ,and it was directed by Jeanot Szwarc. Episode 12 is set to air on Thursday night, February 19th at 7pm central time on ABC.
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'Grey's Anatomy' Episode 11.12 Photos: Ben's Brother in the Hospital

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'Grey's Anatomy' Episode 11.12 Photos: Ben's Brother in the Hospital
Official photos from the 12th episode of Grey;'s Anatomy season 11, "The Great Pretender," airing Thursday, February 19 at 8pm on ABC.

Official Synopsis from ABC: "Maggie gets upset when Meredith dodges her questions about DC; Bailey and Ben become concerned about Ben?s brother after he is admitted to the hospital, and Dr. Herman starts to warm up to Arizona. Meanwhile, Richard feels manipulated by Catherine."
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Criterion Collection: The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant | Blu-ray Review

Premiering at the Berlin Film Festival in the summer of 1972, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant didn’t open to ecstatic reception. Treated with the sort of contempt that artistic endeavors later recuperated as being ‘ahead of their time’ are often subjected to, conservative audiences dismissed it as bleak and artificial, while queer audiences denounced it as an exploitational freak show. Decades later, time has come for a reexamination of one of Fassbinder’s finest achievements, arriving early on in his titles inspired by the works of Douglas Sirk, for which the title of this most certainly evokes. Shot in ten days, and presumed to have been written by Fassbinder by hand on a flight from Berlin to Los Angeles, it features three of his most beloved actresses, each with whom he shared a different type of relationship. Bitchy, catty, melodramatic and pretentious, it’s
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Nancy Malone, Pioneering TV Producer-Director, Studio Exec, Dies at 78

Nancy Malone, Pioneering TV Producer-Director, Studio Exec, Dies at 78
Nancy Malone, a ground-breaking and Emmy-winning director-producer, Emmy-nominated actress and the first woman VP at a major studio, died May 8 at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., as the result of pneumonia that arose from complications of leukemia. She was 78.

Shortly after producing her first TV movie, “Winner Take All,” starring Shirley Jones, for NBC, Malone joined 20th Century Fox’s TV department as director of TV development. Soon she was named vice president of television, becoming the first woman VP at a major studio. During her time at Fox, Malone co-founded Women in Film.

Malone was an actress for decades, appearing extensively on TV and on stage, before moving behind the camera and into the executive suite and continued acting even after doing so, including a supporting role in the 1973 Burt Reynolds starrer “The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing.”

She joined Tomorrow Entertainment as a story analyst in 1971 and
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The Returned, Sean Bean, Moone Boy win at International Emmy Awards

French supernatural thriller series The Returned has won the International Emmy Award for 'Best Drama Series'.

Producers Haut et Court TV and Canal+ beat off competition from three other contenders, including BBC One's Accused, at a ceremony held in New York last night (November 25).

During its UK broadcast on Channel 4, The Returned attracted an average of 1.8 million UK viewers each week, with a 7.1% audience share during its 9pm Sunday slot.

The series was well-received in its home nation and achieved equal success in Sweden and Belgium. It recently premiered in the Us on the Sundance Channel.

The Returned beat other international series including Accused - which won in 2011 - as well as Maalaala Mo Kaya from The Philippines and Brazilian series Next in Line.

However, actor Sean Bean picked the award for 'Best Performance by an Actor' for his role in Accused.

"I've never actually won anything," Bean said.
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'The Returned' wins International Emmy Award for best drama

French supernatural thriller series The Returned has won the International Emmy Award for best drama series.

Producers Haut et Court TV and Canal+ beat off competition from three other contenders, including BBC One's Accused at a ceremony held in New York last night (November 25).

During its UK broadcast on Channel 4, The Returned attracted an average of 1.8 million UK viewers each week, with a 7.1% audience share during its 9pm Sunday slot.

The series was well-received in its home nation and achieved equal success in Sweden and Belgium. It recently started in the Us on the Sundance Channel.

The Returned beat other international series including Accused - which won in 2011 - as well as Maalaala Mo Kaya from The Philippines and Brazilian series Next in Line.

However, actor Sean Bean picked the award for 'Best Performance by an Actor' for his role as shy transvestite Simon in Accused.

"I've never actually won anything,
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John Oliver Hosts International Emmy Awards Honoring J.J. Abrams

John Oliver Hosts International Emmy Awards Honoring J.J. Abrams
French drama “Les Revenants” and British comedy “Moone Boy” were among the top winners Monday at the 41st annual International Emmy Awards.

Host John Oliver warmed up the multi-lingual crowd at the New York Hilton with the kind of wry cultural observances that made him a star on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and landed him his own topical series on HBO starting next year.

“Welcome to the Emmys’ most prestigious television awards show that television can’t be bothered to televise,” he joked, noting how many British and Israeli formats are hits on U.S. nets these days.

Oliver continued to play to the crowd: “This had been the single most pathetic time in American history. The American political system has given us so much amazing TV that I’m surprised that they are not they are not nominated tonight,” he said.

Thesp Sean Bean
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