January 31, 2012 When creative thinkers develop a concept, they must convince others their idea is worth backing. Pitching skills are needed in the newsroom, and in the worlds of entertainment, fundraising and invention. But what makes a pitch successful?
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January 29, 2012 What does it take to turn a story told in one medium into a hit film? In the weeks ahead, we're going to explore that question with some of the nominees in this year's Best Adapted Screenplay category of the Academy Awards. Host Rachel Martin speaks to Sasha Stone, founder and editor of AwardsDaily.com.
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Ingenue Or Leading Lady? Ivy (played by Megan Hilty, left) and Karen (played by Katharine McPhee) compete for the coveted lead role in Smash, which premieres Feb. 6 on NBC.
January 28, 2012 NBC's new drama plumbs the drama behind the curtain. The new series is the story of a Broadway musical — from the first idea, to auditions, rehearsals and the big premiere. The show's creator and executive producer says Smash has a universally appealing theme: the desire to pursue a dream.
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Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker, Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski, and Adam Baldwin as John Casey in Chuck, which wraps tonight after five seasons.
January 27, 2012 Chuck has never been much more than a blip in terms of ratings. But in a few ways, the story of this little spy comedy that could has been the story of some big changes in television.
Nick Nolte plays a horse owner who spent most of his career working as a horse trainer in Luck.
January 27, 2012 HBO's newest series Luck is set in and around the world of horse racing. TV critic David Bianculli says the series, which stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, is loaded with thoroughbred talent.
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January 27, 2012 This week, we talk about the Oscar nominees, from satisfying to baffling. We also come out firmly in support of a few things that you might think don't need the support.
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Jordan Peele (left) plays President Obama and Keegan-Michael Key (right) plays his "anger translator" in a sketch from Key & Peele, premiering Jan. 31 on Comedy Central.
January 27, 2012 Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, longtime friends and comedy-show colleagues, are about to launch a new show on Comedy Central. They say their shared experiences as the biracial kids of single moms have often been a comedy gold mine.
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Luck, the new HBO drama created by David Milch, is about the inside world of horse racing.
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January 25, 2012 The new HBO drama Luck examines the inside world of horse racing through the lives of thoroughbred breeders, owners, jockeys and gamblers. Series creator David Milch spent much of his childhood at the track and has struggled in the past with a gambling addiction.
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When Kiefer Sutherland ended his series of very long, very intense days as Jack Bauer on the Fox series 24, few people, including Sutherland himself, expected him to be starring in another TV series right away.
January 25, 2012 The new Fox series Touch stars Kiefer Sutherland as the father of an 11-year-old boy with some significant disabilities — and some significant abilities as well. TV critic David Bianculli says by the end of the first episode, you'll know you're watching something a little different.
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January 24, 2012 The 84th Academy Award nominees were announced on Tuesday. Host Michel Martin speaks with Boston Globe film critic Wesley Morris about which movies, directors and actors are in the running to take home a little gold statue on Oscar night.
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Thomas Horn stars as a grieving boy in Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close — dismissed by many critics but nominated for Best Picture.
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January 24, 2012 A 9/11 tearjerker grabs a Best Picture nod, while a raucous performance from Bridesmaids elbows its way into Best Supporting Actress.
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in one of the many promotional images sneaking out for The Hunger Games.
January 23, 2012 The Hunger Games will be one of the most hyped films of 2012. Is it too much already?
Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson are keeping the American Idol ship afloat just fine, but it's no longer crushing everything in its path.
January 23, 2012 American Idol is still very popular. But it's not necessarily the cultural smash that it was in the age of Simon and Paula, and a recent ratings blip is further evidence that it's joining the realm of ordinary hits.
To produce a teaser for Volkswagen's Super Bowl ad campaign, trainers edited barking dogs into a performance of "The Imperial March" from Star Wars.
January 22, 2012 How do you top last year's mini-Darth Vader Super Bowl ad? Use the Force. And several barking dogs. That's not all it takes for success, though, so one ad agency is breaking from the pack — again.
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Gina Carano takes a swing at Ewan McGregor in Haywire.
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January 20, 2012 Chris Klimek looks at the new Steven Soderbergh film Haywire, which succeeds as both a casting experiment and Soderbergh's first foray into straight-up action.
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