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Title: The Innkeepers Magnet Releasing Director: Ti West Screenwriter: Ti West Cast: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis, George Riddle, Alison Bartlett, Jake Schlueter, Lena Dunham Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 12/21/11 Opens: December 30, 2011 on demand. February 3, 2012 in theaters If you’ve done some traveling you know that you have a choice: you can stay at a 5-star Hilton or Intercontinental, or you can stay in less expensive accommodations ranging from a youth hostel to a comfortable, non-chain inn. You will not likely find ghosts at the expensive places: just businessmen and businesswomen in gray suits. Dull. But if you go off the beaten track, like to »
- Brian Corder
Ti West's new haunted house flick 'The Innkeepers' has gone all viral and a new clip featuring Evp footage has been unleashed. Evp (Electronic Voice Phenomena) is a technique used widely in the field of Paranormal Investigation as you'll discover in the unsettling clip. The lovely Sara Paxton -below ('Shark Night 3D') stars as Claire who is dead set on uncovering the ghostly truth of the apparently haunted Inn where she works. Kelly McGillis ('Top Gun'), Pat Healy, George Riddle, Alison Bartlett, Lena Dunham and John Speredakos all co-star in the movie which hits VOD later this month. Check out the clip below. »
 Plenty of offices around the country have already begun winding down for the holidays, but apparently Showtime and HBO had a few things to get out of the way first. Meanwhile, Fox is still holding out on a decision on Terra Nova til the new year -- though the producers are apparently feeling optimistic. After the jump: HBO renews Enlightened, axes Bored to Death, Hung, and How to Make It in America Showtime drops a trailer for Shameless Season 2 Dexter showrunner Scott Buck talks about the finale's climactic moments Homeland exec producers discuss the tense first season finale Terra Nova producers are "guardedly optimistic" about the show's chances for a second season Though I couldn't be more excited about HBO's promising crop of upcoming series -- which includes Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow's Girls, the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-starrer Veep, Ricky Gervais' Life's Too Short, and Chris Lilley's »
- Angie Han
 It's a sad day for Whovians as news breaks that Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will be leaving Doctor Who in the next series, with a "heartbreaking end" planned for the couple. Thankfully, we've got some other bits that should help cheer everyone up, including a longer preview for 30 Rock and a peek at HBO's new comedy Veep. After the jump: Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill -- a.k.a. Amy and Rory -- will depart Doctor Who Showtime develops a drama based on David Michôd's Animal Kingdom NBC offers up a hilarious 5-minute preview of the Season 6 of 30 Rock HBO plans Leonardo DiCaprio-produced criminal/medical thriller Beat the Reaper Jane Fonda signs on for a recurring role on Aaron Sorkin's HBO series Newsroom HBO unveils a trailer for the Julia Louis-Dreyfus Vice President comedy Veep Doctor Who executive producer and head writer Steven Moffat announced this »
- Angie Han
A new selection of fresh stills from Ti West's new haunted house chiller 'The Innkeepers' in preparation for its arrival on VOD on 30 December. Sadly they're not the most exciting batch of stills thus far but we've managed to slip in a sweet pic of star Sara Paxton to help brighten up the page. A theatrical run for the movie will kick off from 3 February 2012. Kelly McGillis ('Top Gun'), Pat Healy, George Riddle, Alison Bartlett, Lena Dunham and John Speredakos all co-star alongside Miss Paxton (below). Check out the new stills below. »
Girls TV Show Teaser Trailers. Lena Dunham‘s Girls (2011) TV show teaser trailers, produced by Judd Apatow, star Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Chris Eigeman, Angelic Zambrana, and Jemima Kirke. Girls’ plot synopsis: “Created by and starring Lena Dunham (“Tiny Furniture”), the show is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. Dunham wrote and directed the pilot of the series, which she executive produces along with Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner.”
Looks funny. I’ll be watching.
More on the Girls‘ production:
And another writer’s opinion on Judd Apatow and the series:
it’s great to see the guy who once helped bring Lindsay Weir to life make his return to television with another hilariously uncomfortable series featuring a smart female lead. »
Girls, the new HBO comedy created by and starring Lena Dunham and exec produced by Judd Apatow, looks like the anti-Sex and the City. The lead character, 24, is too broke to afford fancy shoes (or lunch), knows struggle because she’s 11 pounds overweight (“I am 13 pounds overweight, and it has been awful for me my whole life!”), and thinks she might be the voice of a generation (as opposed to just single ladies). What she does have in common with Carrie Bradshaw and her girls: a lot of sex talk. Watch two teases below. (And yes, that’s Peter Scolari as the dad! »
- Mandi Bierly
 As we head toward the holiday season, Boardwalk Empire winds down, 30 Rock gears up, and Terra Nova remains in purgatory. After the jump: Showrunner Terence Winter explains the explosive Season 2 finale for HBO's Boardwalk Empire NBC drops an enticing teaser for 30 Rock's 6th season HBO reveals a second trailer for its Judd Apatow / Lena Dunham series Girls FX renews The League for a fourth season Fox pushes its decision about Terra Nova's fate to next year Confession time: I do not watch Boardwalk Empire. I know I should, and I've seen the odd episode here and there, but for whatever reason I just haven't gotten into it yet. I know many of you have, though, and from what I've heard, this Sunday's Season 2 finale was a doozy. So you may be interested to read showrunner Terence Winter's explanation of how, exactly, the show got to where it did. »
- Angie Han
The combination of Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow for a new TV show makes a lot of sense. Dunham became one of the top up-and-coming comediennes with her breakthrough writing/directing/acting effort _Tiny Furniture_ and Apatow focused less on male-centered comedies my producing this summer’s hit comedy _Bridesmaids_. With _Girls_ the two combine to create a new comedy for HBO. »
Starz has revealed a bunch of promotional artwork and new stills, a high-profile new Facebook app, and a four-minute clip showing off the opening scene from their upcoming second season of the network's biggest series - the blood and sex-fueled "Spartacus".
Liam McIntyre takes over from the late Andy Whitfield in the titular role, while various other regulars including Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett and Dustin Clare returning. The season premiere is set for Friday, January 27th 2012 at 10/9c.
Netflix has given a thirteen episode order for the new Eli Roth-produced horror series "Hemlock Grove," based on an upcoming Brian McGreevy novel. The series "re-imagines everything it means to be a monster as reflected in the struggle to be human".
- Garth Franklin
Regardless of what you think of Judd Apatow as a writer and director, you have to admit that he's very good at bringing funny people together and helping them find their voice. He always seems to be keeping an eye out for fresh new talent, and with the recent success of Bridesmaids he also seems to be interested in getting away from the "bromance" thing and trying to appeal to the opposite sex as well. Enter Lena Dunham, director of a little indie comedy called Tiny Furniture. Apatow dug the movie so much that he wanted to work with her, and together they pitched a comedy series to HBO about a group of 20-something girls living in New York City. Girls has since been picked up and the first teaser trailer has now arrived online. It promises all the frank female conversations of Sex and the City with Dunham herself »
Lena Dunham won my heart and mind with her 2010 debut film, Tiny Furniture. Awkward, unfiltered, and a bit oppressive, Tiny Furniture is like a page ripped out of a twentysomething's diary (or Wordpress), with little cleaning up around the selfish, discontented edges. So when I heard that Dunham was launching an HBO series, Girls, that was set to be executive produced by some "Judd Apatow" schlub, I was overwhelmingly excited. (Because of Dunham, not the schlub.) Judging by Girls' new teaser, which features scenes of Dunham tweeting existentially and questioning the functionality of lube, my excitement was well-founded. Dunham and Apatow's half-hour comedy follows three young female friends living in New York, showcasing their various humiliations and triumphs in the social and professional realms. So, it's like Sex and the City, but with half the wardrobe budget and three times the brain. Or, if [...] »
 If CBS' 2 Broke Girls didn't quite prove to be edgy enough for you, perhaps HBO's thematically similar new series Girls will fit the bill. Created by Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture) and executive produced by Dunham, Judd Apatow, and Jenni Konner, the comedy follows a group of 20something women -- aspiring writer Hannah (Dunham) and her BFFs (Jemima Kirke from Tiny Furniture and Brian Williams' daughter Allison Williams) -- as they struggle to make it in the big city. Watch the first trailer after the jump. [via Vulture ] Tiny Furniture and Knocked Up may appear to have rather different sensibilities on the surface, but judging by this 47-second teaser, Apatow and Dunham actually seem to bring out the best in each other. Girls looks a great deal peppier and more laugh-out-loud funny than Tiny Furniture was, without sacrificing any of the bracing candor that made that film worth watching. "I’ve never seen »
- Angie Han
In addition to "Game of Thrones," which HBO has already started previewing, the cable channel will roll out two more new series in the spring. HBO unveiled the first looks at its comedies "Veep" and "Girls" over the weekend.
"Veep" stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the vice president of the United States, who's a mere heartbeat away from being the leader of the free world. As the wordless promo for the series shows, however, it's not always a thrill a minute in the VP's office.
"Girls" comes from creator/star Lena Dunham ("Tiny Furniture") and is executive produced by Judd Apatow. It's about four young women (Dunham, Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke and Allison Williams), but if the trailer is anything to go on »
Lena Dunham, who won many hearts and minds with her 2010 debut feature "Tiny Furniture" (headed for the Criterion Collection soon), will soon be exposing her self-affacing brand of awkward humor to a much bigger audience when her television series, "Girls," executive produced by some dude named Judd Apatow, hits HBO next year. Last night, during the "Boardwalk Empire" finale/"Luck" sneak peek pair of brilliance, HBO debuted a short teaser for the series. And we've got to say, we're cautiously optimistic. Set to a jaunty pop ditty called "All of This" by New Zealand band The Naked and Famous, the teaser features a bombardment of clips from the series, most of them featuring Dunham's confessional brand of Tmi humor. She sardonically muses that she only has enough money to survive the next few days in New York, is seen asking a boyfriend-type why he needs to get lube, and while in a clinic, »
Ever since folks criticized Judd Apatow for his overly male-oriented movies and sense of humor, the writer-director-producer has been dabbling in some more female-focused productions, serving as a producer on this year's Bridesmaids and next year's HBO show Girls, written, directed by and starring Lena Dunham, whose indie flick Tiny Furniture won a few awards last year, like the Indie Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. We've been looking forward to Girls ever since it was first announced, mainly because we love Dunham's jaded sense of humor when it comes to documenting the trials and tribulations of the twenty-something crowd. The first trailer for Girls has just been unleashed, and it's exactly what we expected it to be. A funny, unglamorous look at...
- Erik Davis
A teaser trailer for a new comedy series on HBO called Girls has been released. The show comes from creator/star Lena Dunham and executive producer Judd Apatow and centers on the experiences of a group of girls in New York in their 20s. The trailer actually looks pretty funny, as the series aims to be everything Sex and the City wasn’t. Dunham’s self-deprecation and pessimism is spot-on and a nice change from the comedic douchiness of Entourage. Besides Funny or Die Presents…, Apatow hasn’t worked in television since his college-centered series Undeclared which ended in 2003, so it’ll be interesting to see if Girls has the same tone as that show and the critically lauded Freaks and Geeks. The HBO series is set to premiere in April. Hit the jump to check out the teaser. »
- Adam Chitwood
As year-end rituals go, remembering those we've lost over the past twelve months is the solemn twin of list-making, though it's often no less an act of celebration. In the new issue of the Brooklyn Rail, Charles Bernstein and Susan Bee look back on the life of George Kuchar, "one of the most creative, original, and influential filmmakers of our time, straddling two generations of North American iconoclasts, from Stan Brakhage, Ken Jacobs, Rudy Burckhardt, Kenneth Anger, and Michael Snow to Warren Sonbert, Ernie Gehr, Abigail Child, and Henry Hills. Often collaborating with his twin brother, Mike, George Kuchar started making films as a Bronx teenager, and the brothers' early films already show the ingenuity, exuberance, and do-it-yourself charm that would pervade scores of their subsequent films."
Ten of the brightest and best tell their stories – from the first novel optioned at 26 to being head-hunted by Donatella Versace at 24
Lucy Prebble, playwright, 30
When we were auditioning actors for Enron, they'd talk to the director, not to me, and it occurred to me they thought I was a secretary taking notes. Then one said, "Who's the writer?" and the director said, "She is." This guy just looked at me and went, "You wrote this? Ok..." and nodded. It was beautiful because I felt like he was giving me a lot of respect.
I've always written – diaries, terrible poetry when I was younger, that sort of thing – but I didn't think about showing anyone until I was at university. I fell in with a group of »
“Valley of Saints”, a love story set in Kashmir is all set to compete for the top award in the World Dramatics category of Sundance Film Festival 2012. The film, directed by an American filmmaker Musa Sayeed, had earlier won Film Independent and Sloan Foundation Producer’s Grant for the same films.
“Valley of Saints” is about a Kashmiri boatman Gulzar, who plans to run away from the war and poverty surrounding his village in Kashmir with his best friend, but a beautiful young woman researching the dying lake leads him to contemplate a different future. Sundance Film Festival announced its competition line up on November 30, 2011. Here is the complete lineup:- U.S. Dramatic Competition The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films.
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