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The Monday Playlist: Hostages Goes Crazy, HBO's Cannes-Do Attitude

Dylan McDermott and Toni Collette

Simplicity can be a helpful thing for an effective thriller — and that, sadly, is an attribute CBS's overwrought, underwatched Hostages (Monday, 10/9c) lacks altogether. The more complications this show introduces, the sillier it threatens to become. It's hard to imagine a subplot of less interest than the money problems of foxy hostage-taker Sandrine ...
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Exclusive: Alec Baldwin Sounds Off On Hollywood

Alec Baldwin

In the HBO documentary Seduced and Abandoned (debuting Oct. 28), Alec Baldwin travels to the Cannes Film Festival with director James Toback to pitch an Iraq-set romance and is repeatedly told he can receive only a limited budget because he's now considered a TV star, not a movie star. So does he regret his seven seasons on 30 Rock? read more

Tyson: "It's Like a Greek Tragedy. The Only Problem Is, I'm the Subject"


What does Mike Tyson think about? Rising from a difficult childhood to global fame as the world's youngest heavyweight champion and finding notoriety outside the ring — including a 1992 rape conviction, drug abuse and the tragic loss of his 4-year-old daughter this week — the man once known as "Iron Mike" is difficult to decipher. In the documentary Tyson, director James Toback offers a striking portrayal of the icon in his own words, exploring everything from his early years with trainer Cus D'Amato, to his darker times during marital problems with Robin Givens, the ear-biting of Evander Holyfield and the three years in jail that changed him forever.

Using a split-screen style, audio looping and hands-off interview technique, Tyson is a visually compelling glimpse at an enigma. As the film goes wide in theaters, TVGuide.com spoke with Toback about his long friendship with Tyson, why he made the film at this juncture and what he thinks of the media's view of the boxing champ variably as a hero and a monster.

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Charlie Rose with James Toback; John Turturro; Yehudi Menuhin (April 24, 1998)
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