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Critics Pick Their Favorite Anthology Series of All Time

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday.

This week’s question: What’s your favorite anthology series of all time? Why?

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), Give Me My Remote

I have to go with the original “Twilight Zone,” because it is astonishing what the show was able to do. One of the beautiful things about television is following characters on an extended journey, but most of the best episodes of “Twilight” were wrapped up in under 30 minutes. That’s a plot/character/world introduction, story, and a twist/resolution in about half the length of a 2019 premium drama episode.

It also remains the only show I’m content to watch out of order (a normal no-no for me), and the only series I try to not seek out via streaming services. I tend to get sucked into the holiday Syfy marathons,
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Rip Torn: One of the Last Hollywood Hellraisers

Jim Knipfel Jul 10, 2019

We look back on Rip Torn's career and how the occasional troublemaker turned bit parts into leading roles.

In the summer of 1969, Rip Torn was drunkenly screaming through New York’s West Village on his motorcycle when he slammed it into a police cruiser. Torn broke his leg in the accident but didn’t notice. The next morning, he got up, got on a plane, and flew to Paris where he was set to star in Joseph Strick’s film version of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. He shot the entire film all hopped up on painkillers for an untreated leg. And you know what? He still gives a remarkable performance. It wasn’t the only time he worked with broken bones either.

For over 60 years, Rip Torn carried on in the proud tradition of John Barrymore, Errol Flynn, Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra, and Lawrence Tierney
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Rip Torn: Fearless Film, TV, and Stage Actor Dies at 88

Tony Sokol Jul 10, 2019

Rip Torn, who played characters from Judas Iscariot to the producer on The Larry Sanders Show, dies at 88.

Respected and versatile character actor Rip Torn died Tuesday in Lakeville, Conn., according to Variety. Publicist Rick Miramontez did not release a cause of death, but said Torn was with his wife, Amy Wright, and two daughters, Katie and Angelica. He was 88.

Torn believed actors should “play drama as comedy and comedy as drama,” according to the statement, and the actor was equally at home both. He starred in comedies like Albert Brooks' Defending Your Life and the Men in Black films, as well as TV comedies 30 Rock, playing General Electric CEO Don Geiss, mentor to Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Torn won an Emmy for his part in HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, and was nominated for a Tony award in
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Rip Torn Dead At Age 88

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Actor Rip Torn has died at age 88. He was a volatile figure in the entertainment industry, known for his sometimes bizarre behavior as well as his brilliant performances. A native Texan, he gravitated to  New York City in the 1950s where he studied under Lee Strasberg at the legendary Actors Studio. He was championed by director Elia Kazan, who gave Torn high profile roles in his stage and film productions. Torn gained major acclaim with a Tony-nominated performance on Broadway in "Sweet Bird of Youth", a role he would reprise in the 1963 film version. Torn's film career occasionally saw him attain leading man status but he remained a highly acclaimed supporting actor throughout his career. His feature films include "A Face in the Crowd", "Baby Doll", "The Cincinnati Kid", "Pork Chop Hill", "King of Kings", "Beach Red", "Coming Apart", "Tropic of Cancer", "Crazy Joe", "The Man Who Fell to Earth
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Rip Torn Dies: ‘Larry Sanders Show’ Emmy Winner & Broadway Veteran Was 88

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Rip Torn Dies: ‘Larry Sanders Show’ Emmy Winner & Broadway Veteran Was 88
Rip Torn, who played Garry Shandling’s profane, fiercely loyal producer on HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show, co-starred in the original Men in Black films and was a major star of Broadway and Off Broadway during a seven-decade career, died today surrounded by family at his home in Lakeville, Ct. He was 88.

The prolific Torn played the unstoppable and unflappable Artie on Larry Sanders, which aired from 1992-98 and followed the behind-the-scenes and onstage antics of a successful late-night network talk show. Along with scoring a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Emmy in 1996, he was nominated for each of the show’s six seasons.

The year Torn won his Emmy, he also had been up for Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his turn on CBSChicago Hope. In 2008, he earned his ninth and final Emmy nom, for his recurring role as Don Geiss on NBC’s 30 Rock.
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Rip Torn, ‘Men in Black,’ ‘Larry Sanders Show’ Star, Dies at 88

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Rip Torn, ‘Men in Black,’ ‘Larry Sanders Show’ Star, Dies at 88
Actor Rip Torn, who earned Oscar and Tony nominations as well as an Emmy Award and two Obies, has died Tuesday in Lakeville Conn., his representative confirmed. He was 88.

Torn was equally at home in the comedy of the “Men in Black” film series or TV’s “The Larry Sanders Show” (for which he won his Emmy) and in the drama of “Sweet Bird of Youth” or “Anna Christie,” to name two of the numerous classic works of theater in which he appeared.

The actor was nominated for a supporting-actor Oscar in 1984 for his work as a father who confronts tragedy in Martin Ritt’s “Cross Creek,” one of many rural dramas in which he appeared during his career.

He drew a Tony nomination in 1960 for his first performance on Broadway, as the sadistic son of the town boss in Elia Kazan’s original production of Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth.
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Sydney Pollack movies: All 20 films as a director, ranked worst to best, including ‘Tootsie,’ ‘Out of Africa,’ ‘The Way We Were’

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Sydney Pollack movies: All 20 films as a director, ranked worst to best, including ‘Tootsie,’ ‘Out of Africa,’ ‘The Way We Were’
Sydney Pollack would’ve celebrated his 85th birthday on July 1, 2019. The Oscar winning filmmaker could’ve branded himself as Hollywood’s favorite journeyman, crafting solid entertainments for over 40 years. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 20 of his films as a director, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1934, Pollack got his start as an actor, studying under legendary New York teacher Sanford Meisner. He cut his teeth is television, appearing in such shows as “The Twilight Zone,” “Playhouse 90” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” before transitioning into directing for the small screen. Even after making a name for himself behind the camera, he kept popping up onscreen, starring in “The Player” (1992), “Husbands and Wives” (1992), “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999), “Changing Lanes” (2002), “Michael Clayton” (2007) and his own “Tootsie” (1982), to name but a few.

SEERobert Redford movies: 15 greatest films ranked from
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Sydney Pollack movies: All 20 films as a director ranked worst to best

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Sydney Pollack movies: All 20 films as a director ranked worst to best
Sydney Pollack would’ve celebrated his 85th birthday on July 1, 2019. The Oscar winning filmmaker could’ve branded himself as Hollywood’s favorite journeyman, crafting solid entertainments for over 40 years. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 20 of his films as a director, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1934, Pollack got his start as an actor, studying under legendary New York teacher Sanford Meisner. He cut his teeth is television, appearing in such shows as “The Twilight Zone,” “Playhouse 90” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” before transitioning into directing for the small screen. Even after making a name for himself behind the camera, he kept popping up onscreen, starring in “The Player” (1992), “Husbands and Wives” (1992), “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999), “Changing Lanes” (2002), “Michael Clayton” (2007) and his own “Tootsie” (1982), to name but a few.

It was this experience as a performer
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Sidney Lumet movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Sidney Lumet movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best
Sidney Lumet would’ve celebrated his 95th birthday on June 25, 2019. The Oscar-nominated director proved incredibly prolific during his career, directing over 40 movies in 50 years, from his feature debut “12 Angry Men” (1957) through his cinematic farewell “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” (2007). But how many of those titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1924, Lumet got his start as a child actor, appearing in “One Third of a Nation” (1939) when he was 15 years old. After serving during WWII, he quickly began directing Off-Broadway plays before moving into the burgeoning medium of television, where he helmed hundreds of live teleplays. While working on episodes of “Playhouse 90,” “Kraft Theater” and many more, he honed his abilities to shoot quickly and economically.

His turned to movies with “12 Angry Men,” an adaptation of Reginald Rose
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Sidney Lumet movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Network,’ ‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ ’12 Angry Men’

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Sidney Lumet movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Network,’ ‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ ’12 Angry Men’
Sidney Lumet would’ve celebrated his 95th birthday on June 25, 2019. The Oscar-nominated director proved incredibly prolific during his career, directing over 40 movies in 50 years, from his feature debut “12 Angry Men” (1957) through his cinematic farewell “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” (2007). But how many of those titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1924, Lumet got his start as a child actor, appearing in “One Third of a Nation” (1939) when he was 15 years old. After serving during WWII, he quickly began directing Off-Broadway plays before moving into the burgeoning medium of television, where he helmed hundreds of live teleplays. While working on episodes of “Playhouse 90,” “Kraft Theater” and many more, he honed his abilities to shoot quickly and economically.

SEEHenry Fonda movies: 25 greatest films ranked worst to best

His turned to movies with “12 Angry Men,
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Gloria Vanderbilt Dies: Actress, Fashion Designer, Mother Of CNN’s Anderson Cooper Was 95

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Gloria Vanderbilt Dies: Actress, Fashion Designer, Mother Of CNN’s Anderson Cooper Was 95
Gloria Vanderbilt, artist, author, actress, fashion designer, heiress and the mother of CNN’s Anderson Cooper, has died. She died Monday morning at her New York City home, surrounded by family and friends, CNN announced. She was 95.

“Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms,” Cooper said in a statement. “She was a painter, a writer, and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend. She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they’d tell you, she was the youngest person they knew, the coolest, and most modern.”

Vanderbilt was born in in Manhattan, the only child of railroad heir Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and his second wife, Gloria Morgan.

Vanderbilt began her professional career as an actress, but she became known during the 1930s as the subject of a high-profile child custody trial in which her mother,
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Will ‘Veep’ be first comedy since ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ 14 years ago to win for its final season?

The final season of “Veep” (*sniff*) will begin airing Sunday, March 31 on HBO. Since this political satire won the Emmy for Best Comedy Series the last three times it was eligible (2015-17), it’s sure to be a force at the upcoming 2019 ceremony. If “Veep” prevails yet again, it’ll be the first time in 14 years that a show won Best Comedy Series for its final season, since “Everybody Loves Raymond” pulled off this rare feat in 2005. Prior to that, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1977) and “Barney Miller” (1982) were the other two laffers to take home the top prize for their final hurrahs.

Over the course of its first six seasons “Veep” has been nominated for 59 Emmys and won 17, including a record six in a row in Best Comedy Actress for Julia Louis-Dreyfus as one-time bumbling vice president Selina Meyer. Other major victories through the years came in Best Comedy
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Where Are They Now: Albert Brenner Went From Window Dressing to Oscar Noms

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Growing up among his native Brooklyn’s brick-and-fire-escape facades in the 1930’s, production designer-to-be Albert Brenner often dreamed of the wide open spaces depicted in his favorite Saturday-matinee Westerns. At 16, he landed his first “art job”: dressing windows for a New York City department store.

Two years later, Brenner swapped mannequins for military service and flew in B-24 bombers until World War II ended in 1945. On the G.I. Bill, he attended Yale University, graduating with skills in drafting, and went into summer stock theater under designer Samuel Leve, toiling away on plays like “The Fifth Season” and gaining a union card in the process.

He developed his designer chops in New York on TV shows like “The Phil Silvers Show,” “Car 54, Where Are You?” “Captain Kangaroo” and “Playhouse 90.” His first day on the Silvers show, where he eventually earned $250 a week, was nearly his last, when he
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‘Game of Thrones’ dethrones ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at 2018 Emmys in first head-to-head battle for Best Drama Series

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‘Game of Thrones’ dethrones ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at 2018 Emmys in first head-to-head battle for Best Drama Series
The Best Drama Series category at the 2018 Emmys marked the first head-to-head battle between 2017 champ “The Handmaid’s Tale” and 2015-16 winner “Game of Thrones,” which had been ineligible last year. Turns out Emmy voters much preferred fiery dragons to dystopian handmaids.

Game of Thrones” is now tied at three wins apiece with the 1950s anthology “Playhouse 90,” the 1960s legal drama “The Defenders” and the 1970s period piece “Upstairs, Downstairs.” It could equal the Emmy record of four wins next year as its final season is set to air in the spring. That would put “Game of Thrones” in the company of “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “Mad Men” and “The West Wing.” The success of that latter series meant HBO’s last big drama, “The Sopranos,” only won this race twice.

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Emmy predictions: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is overwhelming favorite to dethrone ‘Game of Thrones’ in first head-to-head battle

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Emmy predictions: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is overwhelming favorite to dethrone ‘Game of Thrones’ in first head-to-head battle
This year’s Best Drama Series race has awards pundits on the edge of their seats as it notably showcases the first-ever Emmys face-off between TV’s two most recent winners: “Game of Thrones” claimed victory in 2015 and 2016, but “The Handmaid’s Tale” prevailed last year as “GoT” was ineligible, so they’re both defending champions in a sense. According to Gold Derby’s Emmy predictions, Hulu’s streaming hit will overwhelmingly dethrone HBO’s fantasy epic in their first head-to-head battle, despite “Game of Thrones” earning more trophies (seven) than “Handmaid’s Tale” (three) at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” has leading 1/2 odds to win Best Drama Series on Monday night. Of Gold Derby’s 26 Emmy Experts from major media outlets, a whopping 16 of them think the show will win a bookend trophy. In addition, eight of our nine staff Editors think the show will prevail,
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Last chance, best chance? ‘The Americans’ could be latest show to win top Emmy for its final season

Last chance, best chance? ‘The Americans’ could be latest show to win top Emmy for its final season
Of the seven Best Drama Series Emmy nominees, only one is competing for the final time: “The Americans.” The espionage drama, which wrapped its six-season run in May, is sitting in third place in our predictions behind frontrunners “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Game of Thrones.” If it manages to pull off the upset, it’d join a small club of shows that won the top prize for its final season.

Logic dictates that voters might want to give a departing series a farewell hug, but that’s a human, real-world response. Emmy voters are quite ruthless and not very sentimental; they hand out the nominations for last chance contenders, but the wins are harder to come by. That’s because they tend to latch onto a series early and keep rewarding it before moving on, so by the time the old favorite ends, they already have a new toy to play with.
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Tab Hunter Dies: ‘Damn Yankees’ Hollywood Heartthrob Was 86

Tab Hunter Dies: ‘Damn Yankees’ Hollywood Heartthrob Was 86
Tab Hunter, the 1950s epitome of the blond Hollywood heartthrob and teen icon pin-up, whose career included early A-list fare like Damn Yankees! and Battle Cry to later (much later) cult classics Polyester, Lust in the Dust, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and authorship of a memoir in part describing his life as a closeted gay movie star, has died. He was 86.

Hunter came out as gay with his 2005 autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star – later the basis for Jeffrey Schwarz’ 2015 Netflix documentary Tab Hunter Confidential – clearing up longstanding Hollywood rumors that. Since his ’80s resurgence in the John Waters and Paul Bartel films costarring Divine, Hunter had relaxed into a more self-amused, even self-deprecating attitude about the vast chasm between the man born Arthur Gelien in 1931 and the teen idol manufactured and rechristened Tab Hunter by Henry Willson, the agent behind such creatively named Hollywood hunks as Rock Hudson,
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Now Casting: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Holding Open Call in NYC + 3 More Gigs

In today’s roundup, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the internationally-acclaimed dance company, is now holding auditions for ongoing New York City and touring performances. Also, a new live drama series for PBS is seeking actors to recreate popular episodes, Microsoft is seeking talent for an internal video, or you can play a Latin beefcake on an hourly drama series. Alvin Ailey American Dance THEATERJoin the internationally-acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Professional dancers, aged 18 and older, from all racial and ethnic backgrounds are sought to join the company. Talent must be accomplished in modern, ballet, jazz, Horton, and Dunham techniques. There will be an open casting call in NYC on April 16. Contracts begin in the spring for ongoing NYC and touring performances. Dancers will be paid through affiliation with the American Guild of Musical Artists. Apply here! “Studio 55 Live”Boston Entertainment is now casting “Studio 55 Live,” a live drama
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Emmys 2018: ‘Game of Thrones’ on track to become the 3rd most nominated show for Best Drama Series ever

Emmys 2018: ‘Game of Thrones’ on track to become the 3rd most nominated show for Best Drama Series ever
Game of Thrones” had a long hiatus between seasons six and seven, so it didn’t have any new episodes eligible to compete at the 2017 Emmys. But its seventh season finally aired last summer, so it’s eligible to return to the 2018 Emmy lineup. Given its dominance in previous years, including consecutive victories for Best Drama Series in 2015 and 2016, most of our users predict that it will at least be nominated again in the top category, and if it does it will join an elite list of shows that have been nominated for Best Drama Series seven times.

Seven bids for Best Drama would tie “Game of Thrones” for third place on the list of the most nominated shows in the history of that category. “Studio One” (1951-1956), “ER” (1995-2001), “The Sopranos” (1999-2001, 2003-2004, 2006-2007) and “The West Wing” (2000-2006) also earned seven bids during their runs. And “Game of Thrones
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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the best TV director? Why? (For old, current or upcoming shows.)

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), TV Guide Magazine

The recent Emmy Awards was a good reminder of just how great television directors are right now. It was the best overall crop we’ve had in years, and one of the few categories where it felt like it could have gone any way.

But in terms of best television director, I’m partial to David Nutter. His 30-plus year resume is impressive (“The Sopranos,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” plus an Emmy win for “Game of Thrones”) and wildly varied (he’s done procedurals like “Without a Trace,
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