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Tmp's Prelude to 2012—Part 3: The Avengers, Battleship, Prometheus, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and More

30 December 2011 6:01 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Summer 2012 is nowhere near as massive as Summer 2011.  But you know, that may be a blessing in disguise.  Summer 2012 still has more than its fair share of films to look forward to, and the big ones are especially noteworthy.  How can a summer with The Avengers, Prometheus, and The Dark Knight Rises Possibly go wrong?  Well, it can't.  So, even though Summer 2012 isn't as over-packed as Summer 2011 one, there's still plenty for film fans to salivate over.  So without further ado, let's get started!  Part Three of Tmp's Prelude to 2012 begins right now!

Summer 2012 is certainly kicking off with a bang.  Releasing everywhere on May 4 is The Avengers, the long awaited superhero film putting all our favorite Marvel characters (minus Spider-Man, Wolverine, Daredevil, and all the ones you Really like) into one team.  The build up for The Avengers has been intense, with over four years and five films of investment, »

- TheCritic28@gmail.com (Matthew Legarreta)

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Germain’s 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2012

27 December 2011 12:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

If 2012 is the end of the world, that's all right with me. Hollywood has overstocked the Mayan calendar's final year with so many potentially amazing movies that trying to cut it down to a top ten was virtually impossible. How could movies like The Amazing Spider-Man, Brave or Lincoln not be on this list? Ten then became twenty, which was more satisfying but there were still a few major films lingering. So, while I could have easily done 30, here are my ten most anticipated films with a bloated honorable mention list. Is your most anticipated on the list? Here are my honorable mention anticipated films of 2012, from least to most anticipated: John Carter, This is 40, World War Z, Gangster Squad, Wreck-It Ralph, Lincoln, The Amazing Spider-Man, Brave, American Reunion, Looper And now the top 10, complete with photos and brief descriptions. 10. Les Miserables - While I have a feeling this musical »

- Germain Lussier

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‘Bored to Death’ May Be Cancelled, But It’s Not Dead

22 December 2011 11:30 AM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Everett Collection A scene from “Bored to Death

A line of Jason Schwartzman doppelgangers wrapped around Hoyt Street last night, where writer Jonathan Ames was holding a gathering for fans of “Bored to Death,” the HBO series cancelled earlier this week.

The bar – Brooklyn Inn – was mobbed with hundreds of Ames’s friends and admirers, plus a sizable contingency of reporters, many of whom also fell into those camps. For the hardcore “Bored” fan, there were a number of celebrity sightings: cartoonist Dean Haspiel, »

- Mike Vilensky

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Bored to Death: Jonathan Ames Talks Cancellation, Season Four Plans

22 December 2011 9:36 AM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Not only is Jonathan Ames the creator, writer, and executive producer of HBO's now-cancelled Bored to Death series, but he's also the namesake of the show's main character (as played by Jason Schwartzman). He's understandably not happy about his show coming to an end.

Vulture caught up with Ames (the real guy) and asked him about the cancellation. The show creator says that he knew some bad news might be coming because, in the past, HBO has asked him to start working on the new season of Bored by November. That didn't happen this time.

Of anything, Ames says that he'll miss the camaraderie most of all. "We'd all get together for three months and get incredibly close. It was sort of like the circus life. And our friendship was somewhat based on this shared purpose, so it's sad to lose that. When »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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HBO Gives ‘Enlightened’ New Life But Cancels ‘Hung,’ ‘Bored to Death’ and ‘How to Make it in America’

21 December 2011 11:54 AM, PST | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Happy Holidays fans of Enlightened, HBO has given you a gift by renewing the first-year series with its second season. As for fans of Bored to Death, Hung, and How to Make it in America, I’m afraid you were given a lump of coal in your stockings. HBO cancelled all three series after Hung and Bored to Death failed to reach a wider audience after three seasons. How to Make it in America had just two seasons, same result. Still as beloved as these shows were by their most avid fans, HBO has to make hard decisions too.

With marginal ratings, HBO will move forward and beef up their network with six new shows including Dustin Hoffman’s horseracing drama, Luck featuring Nick Nolte, Dennis Farina, Gary Stevens, and Tom Payne, Aaron Sorkin’s untitled series starring Olivia Munn, Ricky Gervais’ Life’s Too Short, Veep, Girls, and Angry Boys. »

- Ernie Estrella

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Bored To Death Creator Ames Invites Fans For A Drink

21 December 2011 8:01 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Bored To Death creator Jonathan Ames is mourning the cancellation of his TV show by inviting fans to join him for a night out in New York on Wednesday.

Bosses at America's HBO network announced their decision to axe the cult comedy, starring Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis, on Tuesday after three seasons on air.

The series' creator Ames has now decided to thank fans for their support by inviting them to a night out at a bar in Brooklyn on Wednesday so he can buy them all a drink.

He announced the plan in a series of posts on Twitter.com, writing, "Fans of Bored To Death: come to the Brooklyn Inn tomorrow night at 10pm & I'll buy you a drink!... Thank you for watching us these last three years!"

Ames subsequently explained his decision to the New York Post's gossip column Page Six.

He says, "I went back on Twitter so that I could invite Bored to Death fans for a drink at the Brooklyn Inn, my treat, to say goodbye to the show. Maybe some people will show up... I plan to buy everyone a drink if they're a fan...

"It's been a loony and nutty three-year run, which I'm very grateful for. In the same way that Casablanca ended with Humphrey Bogart and Claude Rains walking off, I hope that people will think of these three characters still alive... These were three very unique friends." »

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Bored to Death: TV Series Cancelled; No Season Four

20 December 2011 9:03 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

It seems that Jonathan, George, and Ray have tackled their last case. HBO has cancelled Bored to Death after three seasons and 24 episodes.

Bored to Death revolves around a 30-year-old author of detective novels, Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman), who casually smokes marijuana, loses his girlfriend, and finds himself fighting writers block. To stimulate his imagination, Jonathan becomes an unlicensed private investigator and tries to solve cases with the help of his friends; comic book artist Ray (Zach Galifianakis) and magazine editor George (Ted Danson).

The show debuted in September of 2009 and drew a 0.5 in the 18-49 demographic and 1.03 million viewers. Subsequent episodes fell slightly and the eight episode season ended up averaging a 0.4 rating with 770,000 viewers. Season two did about the same in the demo but the total audience average grew to 927,000.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Thomas Jane's 'Hung', Jason Schwartzman's 'Bored to Death' axed by HBO

20 December 2011 11:59 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

HBO has cancelled three of its Sunday night half-hour comedies. Thomas Jane's Hung, a sitcom about a high-school teacher moonlighting as a male prostitute, is the network's highest-profile axing due to its decent audience figures of around 4 million viewers and run of three years. The Jonathan Ames-penned Bored to Death, starring Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis, has also been decommissioned after three seasons. How to Make It in America, a show centring around two Manhattan (more) »

- By Paul Millar

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TV News: HBO Renews ‘Enlightened,’ Cancels Three Other Series

20 December 2011 11:14 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – HBO has such a limited amount of series and so many critical darlings that when they announce a renewal or a cancellation it carries more weight than most networks. They announced four today with no major surprises as we all expected that Golden Globe-nominated “Enlightened” would return for a second season and even fans of “Hung,” “Bored to Death,” and “How to Make It in America” could have guessed that those series were headed in the other direction.

Starring Laura Dern, “Enlightened” has started to build quite a buzz, even appearing on a few Top 10 TV lists (ours will publish on January 3rd, 2012, mark your calendars). It’s hard to say the show is a “hit” by any standard judgment system since ratings for lower level HBO shows are often so miniscule as to not make much on an impact at all, but the fact is that critical fanfare brings in subscribers, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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HBO Cancels Three Shows, Renews One

20 December 2011 10:54 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

HBO seems to be clearing house before the new year with word that they've cancelled three of its comedic dramas while giving a renewal to another.

The Laura Dern-led "Enlightened", which earned two Golden Globe nominations last week for best comedy series and best actress, has been renewed for a second season. Reviews have been strong but ratings have been rather dire, however the cabler is a network where ratings are rarely a deciding factor.

Still the network has decided to swing the axe on three others. Both "Hung" starring Thomas Jane, and "Bored To Death" with Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis, have been given the chop after three seasons.

The network has also nixed the NY fashion scene-set "How To Make It In America" after two seasons. "Hung" was the highest rater of the four and Thomas Jane scored a second Golden Globe nomination last week for his work in it. »

- Garth Franklin

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HBO Cancels Three Shows, Renews One

20 December 2011 10:54 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

HBO seems to be clearing house before the new year with word that they've cancelled three of its comedic dramas while giving a renewal to another.

The Laura Dern-led "Enlightened", which earned two Golden Globe nominations last week for best comedy series and best actress, has been renewed for a second season. Reviews have been strong but ratings have been rather dire, however the cabler is a network where ratings are rarely a deciding factor.

Still the network has decided to swing the axe on three others. Both "Hung" starring Thomas Jane, and "Bored To Death" with Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis, have been given the chop after three seasons.

The network has also nixed the NY fashion scene-set "How To Make It In America" after two seasons. "Hung" was the highest rater of the four and Thomas Jane scored a second Golden Globe nomination last week for his work in it. »

- Garth Franklin

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HBO Axes Hung, Bored To Death, How To Make It In America

20 December 2011 10:03 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

HBO axed three of its half-hour comedies today citing low ratings. Hung, starring Thomas Jane as a high school basketball coach who moonlights as a male prostitute; Bored To Death, starring Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson in a Brooklyn-set drama from writer Jonathan Ames; and How To Make It I America, starring Bryan Greenberg as a native New Yorker and would-be entrepreneur trying to break into the fashion biz. According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO cancelled the three comedies in order to make room on its schedule for upcoming series Luck, set at a horseracing track; Veep Girls, Life’s Too Short and Angry Boys. »

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HBO Axes Hung, Bored To Death, How To Make It In America

20 December 2011 10:03 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

HBO axed three of its half-hour comedies today citing low ratings. Hung, starring Thomas Jane as a high school basketball coach who moonlights as a male prostitute; Bored To Death, starring Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson in a Brooklyn-set drama from writer Jonathan Ames; and How To Make It I America, starring Bryan Greenberg as a native New Yorker and would-be entrepreneur trying to break into the fashion biz. According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO cancelled the three comedies in order to make room on its schedule for upcoming series Luck, set at a horseracing track; Veep Girls, Life’s Too Short and Angry Boys. »

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HBO Axes Hung, Bored To Death, How To Make It In America

20 December 2011 10:03 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

HBO axed three of its half-hour comedies today citing low ratings. Hung, starring Thomas Jane as a high school basketball coach who moonlights as a male prostitute; Bored To Death, starring Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson in a Brooklyn-set drama from writer Jonathan Ames; and How To Make It I America, starring Bryan Greenberg as a native New Yorker and would-be entrepreneur trying to break into the fashion biz. According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO cancelled the three comedies in order to make room on its schedule for upcoming series Luck, set at a horseracing track; Veep Girls, Life’s Too Short and Angry Boys. »

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Daily Briefing. Film Comment Poll: Best of 2011

17 December 2011 8:17 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life tops Film Comment's list of the "Best Released Films of 2011," an annual year-end survey of film critics, editors, and past and present contributors — over 120 of them this year — so the magazine has put Kent Jones's beautiful essay from the July/August issue online (even if you don't admire the film as much as he does, you'll know that this is a must-read), and the Film Society of Lincoln Center is screening The Tree of Life through Tuesday.

The "Released" list goes as far as 50; the "Best Unreleased Movies of 2011" list runs to 52. At #1 is Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film; #2: Béla Tarr's The Turin Horse. There's been some grumbling among the tweeting set, by the way, that this list is too crowded with films that have scored distribution deals and will indeed be seeing a theatrical run sooner or later. »

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Release Dates: ‘Being Flynn’, ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

16 December 2011 3:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Even as I'm rushing to catch up on the 2011 films I've missed before the end of the year, I'm already looking forward to the crop of films that are due to open next year. Focus Features has just announced release dates for three of its upcoming releases I'm most curious about: Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, Paul Weitz's Being Flynn, and Lorene Scafaria's Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Details after the jump. Variety [2] reports that Being Flynn will get a limited release March 2, the same day that The Lorax, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, and Project X are set to open wide. Based on Nick Flynn's acclaimed memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, Being Flynn features Paul Dano as a young writer who reconnects with his absentee dad (Robert De Niro) when the latter shows up at the homeless shelter where the former works. »

- Angie Han

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Focus Features Unveils Release Dates for Wes Anderson, Paul Weitz Films

16 December 2011 12:54 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Focus Features has firmed up release dates for new pictures from Wes Anderson ("Rushmore") and Paul Weitz ("About a Boy"), as well as a Steve Carell and Keira Knightley comedy.  The biggest name of the bunch is Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," which reunites the auteur with previous collaborators Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. The film also stars Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand and is set in a small town off the coast of New England in the 1960s. It centers on a pair of young lovers who run away together. »

- Brent Lang

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Focus Features Announces Release Dates For First Half Of 2012

16 December 2011 11:58 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Being Flynn, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World,

Moonrise Kingdom Openings Set

Three previously announced Focus Features movies for 2012 release have been assigned confirmed domestic opening dates for the first half of the year. The company made the announcement today.

Being Flynn is the new dramatic feature from Academy Award-nominated writer/director Paul Weitz (About a Boy). Adapted from Nick Flynn.s 2004 memoir Another Bulls.t Night in Suck City, the movie explores bonds both unbreakable and fragile between parent and child. Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine and There Will Be Blood) portrays Nick Flynn, a young writer seeking to define himself. He misses his late mother, Jody (four-time Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore), and her loving nature. But his father, Jonathan, is not even a memory, as Nick has not seen the man in 18 years. Jonathan Flynn (two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro) has long »

- Michelle McCue

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Focus Features Sets Release Dates for Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and Other Upcoming 2012 Films

16 December 2011 10:23 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Focus Features has set 2012 dates for Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, Paul Weitz's Being Flynn, and the apocalyptic rom-com Seeking a Friend for the End of the World starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley.  According to Toh,  Being Flynn rolls out first and will hit theaters on March 2nd.  Paul Dano stars as a young writer who takes in his estranged father (Robert De Niro) when he finds him at a homeless shelter.  The film also stars Julianne Moore, Olivia Thirlby, Dale Dickey, and Lili Taylor.  Seeking a Friend hits on April 20th and focus on two people who don't want to be alone as the end of days approaches.  The ensemble also includes Patton Oswalt, Connie Britton, Rob Huebel, Melanie Lynskey, Gillian Jacobs, Derek Luke, and Lindsay Sloane.  Finally, Moonrise Kingdom opens in limited release on May 25th.  The film focuses on two teens fall in love and run away, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' Will Hit Theaters On May 25, 2012 In Limited Release

16 December 2011 10:13 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Well, we haven't heard much about Wes Anderson's latest in the last little while, but it looks like we're going to get a lot more details on "Moonrise Kingdom" as it's arriving in just about five months. Focus Features has set the film for a May 25th limited release, following their usual platform rollout style. Details have been kept tight on the project, but the film is set in 1960s New England, with the story centering on a young boy and young girl who fall in love and run away together, turning their small town upside down in the process. Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Harvey Keitel and newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward feature in the picture, and given the date and star power involved we wonder if a trip to Cannes might be in the works. Granted, Wes Anderson has never been to Cannes, »

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