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The team behind 'Top of the Lake: China Girl' plunges into prostitution, illegal surrogacy, motherhood — and humor

Most would likely agree that the crime-mystery miniseries “Top of the Lake: China Girl” can be moody to the point of grim. So it’s a little unnerving that a gathering of co-creator Gerard Lee, co-creator and co-director Jane Campion and co-director Ariel Kleiman to discuss the Sundance Channel show is peppered by laughter.

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With the Golden Globes' recent respectability, don't expect any surprises in the nominations

Where have all the weirdos gone in the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., the ones who’d nominate “Burlesque” for best motion picture or think that Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie both deserved nods for the complete lack of chemistry they displayed in “The Tourist”?

The last few years, the Golden Globes have been far too respectable. And where’s the fun in that?

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Frozen mountain peaks are all in a day's work for cinematographer Mandy Walker

To call Mandy Walker precise would be an understatement.

Early this fall, the Australian cinematographer, who has previously worked on “Hidden Figures” and “Australia,” is hard at work color-correcting scenes from the October romantic drama “The Mountain Between Us” from director Hany Abu-Assad.

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'Apes' director Matt Reeves: I wanted to push ... Caesar's story into the realm of the mythic'

When he was 8 years old, Matt Reeves started making 8-millimeter movies inspired by his love for the original “Planet of the Apes.” “I’d have my friends put on gorilla masks and run around shooting these little sci-fi films,” he recalls. “As a kid, I was captivated by these images of horses with apes on them.”

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Jason Bateman and Laura Linney face cartel death threats, a crumbling marriage and those pesky little bugs in 'Ozark'

It’s easy to imagine why “Ozark” appealed to Jason Bateman. Starring as Marty Byrde, a hapless husband and a Chicago financial planner in trouble with a Mexican drug cartel, meant taking on a darker-than-usual role for him.

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Sure they're new, but these series offer that little extra spark for awards consideration

The road from Emmys to Golden Globes used to be so sedate. If a show won hardware in the fall, it was likely to get attention in the winter. But these days, shows that weren’t even a gleam in Emmy’s eye are in the running for the Globes. While the latest Emmy winners are certain to make a splash, don’t count out the new kids in town.

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