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The Lost Episode Of 'Seinfeld' That No One Has Ever Seen (and Never Will)

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by Mike Ryan July 9, 2014 @ 9:50 AM
During the second season of ‘Seinfeld’ – on Wednesday, December 12, 1990, to be more exact – the cast sat down to read through the script for what would be the fourth episode of the season and only the ninth episode of a series that would go on to produce a total of 180 episodes. The episode was titled ‘The Bet.’ Sets for the episode had been built. Guest characters had been cast. ‘The Bet’ would never air.

TV Needs to Stop Lying to Us About Its One Season Wonders

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by Brian Moylan July 8, 2014 @ 10:37 AM
CBS
Don’t any of these people know what a miniseries is anymore? In today’s TV landscape there are anthology series, “event series,” reboots, and relaunches. There are shows that were meant as series, but then given endings because they’re never coming back, and series that give themselves an series finale only to be given a reprieve at the last minute a million times

Reel Women: Do Actresses Have to Go to Space for Better Roles?

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by Britt Hayes July 3, 2014 @ 4:30 PM
Marvel
Must women leave Earth in order to have a more fulfilling and interesting existence? In a new interview with Zoe Saldana, the star of Marvel's upcoming intergalactic superhero flick 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' said that she feels that there are better...

The 'Transformers' Animated Series: The Creators Explain Why the 80s Cartoon Was More Than Meets the Eye

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by Jacob Hall June 26, 2014 @ 9:55 AM
Hasbro
The 'Transformers' franchise is a cultural juggernaut with universal appeal. The three live action films released since 2007 have grossed nearly $3 billion. The fourth film, 'Transformers: Age of Extinction,' is on track to become one of 2014's...

Choose Your Own Adventure: Why Netflix Needs to Stop Trying to Be TV

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by Brian Moylan June 25, 2014 @ 1:00 PM
ScreenCrush.com
What is TV these days? Is it that big hulking flat screen in your living room where you watch awards shows live with commercials? Is it the things that you download from iTunes or stream on Hulu and watch on your phone during your long commute? Is it the latest season of 'Game of Thrones' which you stole from a torrent site and consume in one long evening while eating pie with birds flying out of it? TV is all of these, but TV is certainly not Netflix. Still Netflix is dying to be TV, and that is a huge mistake.

Reel Women: 'Venus in Fur' Goes Meta in Dissecting Gender Dynamics

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by Britt Hayes June 20, 2014 @ 4:11 PM
Sundance Selects
Roman Polanski created a manic adaptation of 'Venus in Fur' in translating David Ives' acclaimed stage play to French and casting wife Emmanuelle Seigner alongside Mathieu Amalric. It's a verbose production that does more than merely meditate on gender dynamics; it explicitly and gleefully deconstructs them, if you can keep up with tantalizingly swift banter between its two stars.

Do All of Clint Eastwood's Movies Really Look the Same? We Investigate

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by Kate Erbland June 20, 2014 @ 2:00 PM
Warner Bros. (2)/Universal
Over the past 12 years, with the help of his trusty director of photography, Tom Stern, Clint Eastwood helmed 11 films, a vast and rich filmography of features that spans time (from the late '20s to the contemporary era and just about everything in between), place (from Los Angeles to Iwo Jima, from South Africa to the Indian Ocean) and theme (hard-bitten historical bits to jazzy musicals). So why does every single one of those 11 pictures look exactly the same?

How Silly Can You Get? The Tumultuous Making Of 'Top Secret!'

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by Mike Ryan June 18, 2014 @ 9:16 AM
As ‘Top Secret!’ approaches its 30th anniversary – in their own words, David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker and Val Kilmer tell the story about the rise, then fall, then rise again of what today is considered a comedy classic, ‘Top Secret!.’