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Breaking Bad and 30 Rock Finales Score Director's Guild of America Awards Nominations

Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston received nominations in both the comedy and drama categories for the 66th Directors Guild of America Awards.

Cranston was nominated for outstanding directorial achievement in a dramatic series for Breaking Bad's "Blood Money," and outstanding directorial achievement in a comedy series for Modern Family's "The Old Man & The Tree."

On the dramatic side, Cranston is up against... read more

The Weekend Playlist: A Great Wife, Pacino as Phil Spector, Kristin Sings

Helen Mirren and Al Pacino

When a terrific series is truly on its game, some episodes can feel like absolute perfection. Happened Tuesday with a thrillingly entertaining and pivotal episode of FX's Justified, and the same feeling applies to Sunday's sensational The Good Wife (9/8c, CBS). It has everything: sex, suspense, surprise, humor, emotion — and as usual with this sophisticated standard-bearer for network drama, a dazzling array of guest performances.

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Al Pacino Wigs Out As Phil Spector

Al Pacino

There is a moment in the new HBO film Phil Spector when the attorney Linda Kenney Baden, played by Helen Mirren, sees her client arriving at the Los Angeles courthouse to be tried for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson. Writer-director David Mamet keeps the camera on Mirren's face as it turns from... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Daddy's (and Mommy's) Girls

Zosia Mamet

Cheers to Zosia Mamet for keeping it in the family business.

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 The daughter of playwright David Mamet and actress Lindsay Crouse is stealing scenes on a... read more

Bette Midler to Star In Phil Spector Biopic

Bette Midler

Bette Midler has been cast opposite Al Pacino in HBO Films' upcoming movie about troubled music producer Phil Spector, according to The Hollywood Reporter...
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T.R. Knight Returning to Broadway

TR Knight

Grey's Anatomy alum T.R. Knight is heading back to Broadway, according to The Associated Press.

Is Ellen Pompeo leaving Grey's Anatomy?

Knight, who played Dr. George O'Malley for five seasons on ABC's hit  medical drama, will star in David Mamet's ... read more

Piven: Leaving Broadway Was "Completely Humbling"

Jeremy Piven

Jeremy Piven calls his abrupt departure from Broadway's Speed-the-Plow a "completely humbling experience."

"I don't know if they've ever taken you out of a game or if you've had to kind of stop a season short," he told NBC's Tiki Barber, a former New York Giants running back, at Sunday's Golden Globes. "But that's basically what the doctors did to me," Piven said. "I could have gone against doctors orders. I didn't. I'm just grateful..." read more

Piven's Broadway Departure Leaves Sagging Ticket Sales

Jeremy Piven

Since Jeremy Piven's abrupt departure last week, Broadway's Speed-the-Plow may soon also be known as Slow-the-Sales.

In the wake of the controversy surrounding the Entourage star's sudden absence, the David Mamet play earned $326,559 — nearly $160,000 less than the previous week according to figures obtained by The Associated Press. The production's venue was at ... read more

Jeremy Piven Leaves Broadway Show on Doctor's Orders

Jeremy Piven

Entourage star Jeremy Piven's decision to leave Broadway's Speed the Plow was on doctor's orders — and his internist says no one should make light of it.

"Jeremy has been a trooper doing the show as long as he did," Dr. Carlon Colker told TVGuide.com. "It was not his decision to step away from the show; it was my decision to end his run for health reasons.

Colker said Piven was diagnosed early in his run, which began in October, with a "profound elevated mercury level ... almost six times the upper limit of the reference range." The actor was hospitalized earlier this week for three days due to exacerbated symptoms from the condition... read more

I'm growing more and more ...

Question: I'm growing more and more frustrated with CBS' The Unit. I really like the show and I've seen every episode, but there are a couple of things that bother me. It borderline cheats in defying what we've just seen, with some quick little explanation wrap-up at the very end. An example would be Scott Foley's character guarding a guy on his way out of the country for execution, who somehow ends up dead due to a poisoned scarf. And then at the end, it's, "You completed your mission, we couldn't have it look like it was us." I mean, one time OK, two times... OK, but they do this kind of misdirection so often that it cheapens everything. I actually sat here for at least part of last week's episode expecting Hector to not really be dead, that it was all some big scam, because they do this so much that it just makes you unable to suspend disbelief. Which brings me to Hector's death. I realize that you have to see one of them die to bring home the realism of what they face. I'm shocked ... read more

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