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CBS Orders Stephen King’s ‘Under the Dome’; Hires ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Director for Pilot

2 December 2012 11:07 AM, PST

A television adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Under the Dome has been gestating for years, and initially the project from producer Steven Spielberg and writer Brian K. Vaughan was set up at Showtime, but that’s no longer the case.

Spielberg and his Amblin Television banner felt the project was not moving forward at Showtime, and now Under the Dome will be adapted at CBS, who has decided to bypass the creation of a pilot in favor of a 13-episode series order.

For those who aren’t familiar with the bestselling 2009 novel, here’s the official synopsis from Stephen King’s website

“On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one can fathom what this ...

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- Ethan Anderton

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‘Girls’ Season 2 Trailer Chock Full of Guest Stars

2 December 2012 10:51 AM, PST

After finishing an acclaimed first season last summer, everyone’s favorite next generation of New York City twenty-somethings are coming back for more quirky comedy and complicated relationships.

Season 2 of Lena Dunham’s Emmy-nominated HBO series Girls premieres on January 13th, and the first trailer has arrived to give us a taste of the trials and tribulations Dunham and her friends  (played by Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet) will be dealing with this time around.

With Hannah (Dunham) breaking up with peculiar boyfriend Adam (Adam Driver), the window is open for a slew of new talent to charm the aspiring writer. It looks like her break-up will have her confiding in the gay ex-boyfriend played by Andrew Rannells of The New Normal, so that will be a nice return. Plus, Adam isn’t going to give Hannah up without a fight (not matter how ...

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- Ethan Anderton

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‘The Nazi and the Psychiatrist’ Coming to a Theater Near You

2 December 2012 10:31 AM, PST

Nazis have appeared in countless films over the years. Everything from Raiders of the Lost Ark to Inglourious Basterds has featured characters involved in the Nazi regime – and while their depictions range from hammy, over-the-top villains to chilling evil masterminds (looking at you, Colonel Hans Landa), they have been a consistent presence throughout the post-wwii history of cinema.

Perhaps it’s the fact that the Nazis’ role in world history is so instantly recognizable (and, of course, marketable) or simply that society is destined to re-evaluate their actions during World War II in some effort to make sense of it all. Whatever the case may be, we now have word that a new film on the subject is on its way, and it might well be one of the most invasive yet.

According to Deadline, Mythology ...

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- Robert Yaniz Jr.

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‘X-Files 3′ Still Without Script; Producer Says Reboot Possible

2 December 2012 10:10 AM, PST

The world of science fiction and alien abduction may have left Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully behind, but it sounds like X-Files 3 hasn’t been relegated to a clandestine filing cabinet just yet – despite the lukewarm reception to the last film.

According to series’ producer Frank Spotnitz, a third film may not be the only project fans have to look forward to – whether David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are involved or not.

The fate of the X-Files film series has been up in the air for some time now; the first movie, Fight the Future, was a commercial success that was ultimately soured by the lackluster follow-up, I Want To Believe. Since then, Fox has stated that if the cast and crew were still interested in completing the trilogy, they’d make it ...

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- Andrew Dyce

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7 Movies We’re Looking Forward To: December 2012

2 December 2012 9:55 AM, PST

December is typically the time of the year that builds to a strong end – and in 2012, the latter part of the month will hit moviegoers with a wide array of films. While the obvious choice for most anticipated of the month goes to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, there are still several new films worth checking out before we turn the calendar to 2013 – including the highly-anticipated next features from two critically acclaimed directors.

And, of course, there are a few hit or miss titles, many of them comedies, that could make a sizeable splash thanks to this very family-friendly movie going season.

Here are the 7 films we are looking forward to in the month of December.

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- Anthony Taormina

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‘Wonder Woman’ TV Show Audition Scenes Detailed

1 December 2012 11:03 PM, PST

Warner Bros. and DC Comics have got a taste of success, and are making the most of it. Wonder Woman may have proven to be one of the most difficult-to-adapt comic properties, but now that The CW’s Arrow has been met with critical praise and the highest network ratings in years, both parties are taking their shot, and aiming high.

We now know that casting is underway for a small-screen Diana, although questions about the tone and supernatural elements the show will focus on still remain. Luckily, a few new details on the scenes being used to test potential women of wonder provide some hints.

While Arrow may have suddenly boosted confidence in getting Amazon off the ground, those developing the show have some work to do before any crossover plot lines ...

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- Andrew Dyce

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‘Highlander’ Reboot Loses Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

1 December 2012 5:58 AM, PST

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo keeps teetering on the edge of directing a tentpole project, but has come up short each time. The 28 Weeks Later director was tapped for a Bioshock movie and The Crow reboot, but his vision ultimately failed to make it past the pre-production stage of development.

Now Fresnadillo has withdrawn from Summit’s Highlander reboot, which has Ryan Reynolds onboard as the next member of Clan MacLeod. The filmmaker’s decision to withdraw from The Crow contributed to Bradley Cooper departing - could he have a similar effect on Reynolds’ involvement with Highlander?

Deadline chalks up Fresnadillo leaving Highlander to creative differences, as he and Summit are reported to have reached an impasse over their differing views on what the film should be. The project still has producer Neal H. Moritz and Justin Lin ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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‘Bates Motel’ Teaser Trailers & Plot Synopsis

30 November 2012 10:07 PM, PST

After ordering ten episodes without seeing a pilot, it became clear that A&E was confident it had a hit on its hands with Bates Motel, the prequel series to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho that will debut next year. The network has released a barrage of promotional materials over the last week, including the first still image and a series of cast photos and character descriptions.

Fortunately, the confidence the network has in the series seems to be paying off, as the materials have already garnered significant interest and attention. Now the network has released two teaser trailers for the series – the first one you can see above – which are brimming with creepy atmosphere and subtly disturbing imagery.

The teaser trailers come courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. Check out the second one below:

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- Daniel Johnson

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‘Spartacus’ Star Cast as Deathstroke in ‘Arrow’

30 November 2012 8:31 PM, PST

Fans of the CW’s runaway success Arrow may have yet to see under the mask of DC Comics’ deadliest assassin, but when they do, we now know whose face they’ll see. Given the villain’s proficiency with both fists and swords, it makes sense that Spartacus star Manu Bennett would be cast as Deathstroke the Terminator.

Deathstroke’s role is certain to become larger as the second half of the season nears, and the show’s producers deciding to go with a proven physical actor, not a stuntman, hint at how much the show may delve into the complicated past between Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Slade Wilson.

The masked assassin has already made his first appearance on Arrow this season – boosting the ratings a full 30% – so it’s likely that the ...

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- Andrew Dyce

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AMC Un-Cancels ‘The Killing’; Season 3 Premieres in May

30 November 2012 8:21 PM, PST

Mere months after AMC announced that season 3 of the rain-soaked murder mystery The Killing would not happen, the network has apparently had a change of heart. Reports are now stating the network is in the process of un-canceling the program with the intention of having new episodes ready by May of next year.

The deal came about due to the strong efforts of the show’s producers and Fox TV Studios, who were so adamant to keep the show alive that, shortly after the cancelation was announced, rumors began circulating (as they always seem to) that the program would begin searching for a new home. Inevitably, an assumption that Netflix would  save the series soon followed – speculation that was proven correct…at least partially.

Apparently, the deal was a bit more complex ...

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- Kevin Yeoman

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‘Star Wars 7′: David Fincher, Jon Favreau Being Considered to Direct?

30 November 2012 4:14 PM, PST

It’s not surprising to think of major Hollywood directors putting their plans on hold for a crack at Star Wars: Episode 7, especially if success means two more jobs potentially guaranteed. But as more and more names roll in, exactly how these directors could put their signature stamp on the film has us scratching our heads. With the most recent additions, even more so.

A knack for action and fantasy is an obvious must, so Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens) apparently campaigning for the role makes sense. But if the rumors are true, and Disney is considering David Fincher (Fight ClubSe7en), then fans could be in for a surprise.

Even if Disney has the director’s list down to a ‘couple’ names, it’s becoming clearer that most ...

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- Andrew Dyce

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‘Two and a Half Men’ to Replace Angus T. Jones with Miley Cyrus For Season 11?

30 November 2012 1:17 PM, PST

After a week filled with rants and apologies from series star Angus T. Jones, Two and a Half Men is looking to replace everyone’s favorite “half men” with Miley Cyrus for season 11.

According to CeleBuzz, sources close to the show have said that producers are currently in talks to replace Angus T. Jones next season, calling Cyrus, who appeared in two episodes this year, “the perfect person.”

You can read what the Two and a Half Men insider said below:

There are talks to replace Angus and the perfect person would be Miley Cyrus. The episodes that she appeared on brought in the highest ratings of the season. One possibility is that she could easily be written into the show to go to college.

When she was on set, she was pleasant ...

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- Anthony Ocasio

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‘Killing Them Softly’ Review

30 November 2012 12:35 PM, PST

With The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, writer/director Andrew Dominik and Brad Pitt split moviegoers (the few that turned out to see it, at least) right down the middle of the love/hate divide. Some heralded Dominik’s surreal, painting-in-motion visuals and meditative script as new-wave genius, while others called the genre-bending film a boring (put pretty) meandering waste of two-plus hours.

With Killing Them Softly, Dominik and Pitt re-team once again, this time bending the conventions of mob movies to tell a story involving a chain of events set in motion by one ill-fated robbery; the man assigned to re-establish order in the midst of disorder; and what this world of underworld mechanics has to do with ...

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- Kofi Outlaw

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‘The Collection’ Review

30 November 2012 12:15 PM, PST

Co-writer/director Marcus Dunstan has promised that The Collection will offer fans of his cult-favorite horror, The Collector, an even bigger, better, and more terrifying moviegoing experience. The first film opened in a challenging 2009 summer spot, competing for weeks with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as well as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, flying under the radar. Despite modest box office returns, The Collector still found its intended audience through post-release word of mouth.

Horror in the original Collector movie drew heavily on Dunstan and co-writer Patrick Melton’s Saw series pedigree (they penned Saw IV - Saw 3D): victims face a house full of sadistic booby traps – where panic and fear often result in gory mayhem. However, in The Collection, Dunstan and Melton expand on the mythos by taking the story to the ...

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- Ben Kendrick

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‘Community’ Season 4: How Chevy Chase Will Be Written Out

30 November 2012 11:34 AM, PST

It’s been a long road to season 4 of Community. After creator and executive producer Dan Harmon was fired and replaced with co-showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port, the fourth season was delayed indefinitely, only to be rescheduled for premiere in February of 2013.

But then last week, Chevy Chase abruptly departed the series with a couple episodes left to shoot. It was a sudden but unsurprising move after Chevy Chase’s growing negative opinion of the NBC comedy series. Well, now we have some details on how the writers will explain Chase’s departure.

TV Line has heard from several sources that the season finale was shot out of sequence during production, and it includes a cliffhanger that leaves the fate of several characters up in the air - including Chase’s Pierce Hawthorne character. Therefore, if Community ...

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- Ethan Anderton

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TV Picks: Fri, Nov 30 – ‘Nikita’, ‘Jay & Silent Bob Go Down Under’ & More

30 November 2012 11:27 AM, PST

Well, it looks like television has given up on Friday – at least for the holiday season. With Fringe on hiatus until next week, Nikita’s move to the end of the week has become your saving grace. But if that’s still not to your liking, you might as well check up on Jay and Silent Bob as they head to Australia for their new special.

Tonight, Nikita puts President of the United States in the crosshairs of an assassin; Undercover Boss gives Diamond Resorts another look; Gold Rush has (another) game changer; Haven pits Audrey against the Bolt Gun Killer; Jay and Silent Bob Go Down Under brings Kevin Smith’s and Jason Mewes’ podcast to Australia – and (not) much more.

What will you be watching?


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- Anthony Ocasio

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Seth MacFarlane Promises ‘Family Guy’ Movie; Story is ‘Impossible’ for TV

30 November 2012 10:41 AM, PST

It’s been a great year for Seth MacFarlane, professionally – what with the continued popularity of his pop culture-savvy cartoon series and great box office numbers for his live-action directorial debut Ted (which also earned respectable reviews); not to mention, he was selected to serve as the host for next year’s 85th Annual Academy Awards ceremony. Hence, it seems inevitable that a movie based on MacFarlane’s hit animated TV series Family Guy will come to pass sooner, rather than later.

MacFarlane has offered something of a definite update on a potential Family Guy feature that would be fit for theaters (unlike the direct-to-dvd Family Guy-based Star Wars movie spoofs). Moreover, he also indicated that a story for the movie has indeed been worked out now.

MacFarlane visited the UCLA campus as a guest lecturer ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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New ‘Iron Man 3′ Photos Introduce Rebecca Hall’s Maya Hansen

30 November 2012 9:45 AM, PST

With the month of November coming to a close, we are five months away from Iron Man 3 hitting theaters around the world, beginning Phase Two of the Marvel cinematic universe. Principal photography is complete, the first trailer is out and we have the official synopsis to confirm (and generate more) fan speculation.

Marvel has released four new official images from Iron Man 3, featuring two of its stars and two shots of new and old (broken) armor.

The highlight is the first official image of Rebecca Hall as Maya Hansen having a very rough picnic, who in the Extremis miniseries (for which the film is drawing much of its story ideas from) is a scientist involved with the Extremis nanovirus which will grant Tony Stark new abilities and blurring the line between him being a man and a machine. In that story Hansen allies and helps out Tony Stark »

- Rob Keyes

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Sr Geek Picks: How ‘Looper’ Should Have Ended, Elvish Weatherman, Young Avengers, & More!

30 November 2012 8:37 AM, PST

Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web for you. Today you’ll find out how Looper should have ended; have the weather delivered to you in Elvish; see the Avengers in a younger state; and peep a cool Super Mario stop motion video. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!


How Looper Should Have Ended


Here’s How Looper Should Have Ended. Keep an eye out for some extra special guests!


The Hobbit 2012 Movie Review


Uncle Al and Nephew Jack review the The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey’s 2012 official trailer on Trailer Hitch. The relatives argue about Peter Jackson’s choice to shoot the movie at 48 frames per second, the fact that Gollum is difficult »

- Justin Vactor

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‘[Rec] 4: Apocalypse’ Trailer & Synopsis: Get Ready to Set Sail

30 November 2012 8:27 AM, PST

You know how TV reporter Ángela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) was dragged into the darkness at the end of [Rec]? If you’ve seen [Rec] 2 you’re well aware that was not the end of her story and thankfully, the continuation of it has absolutely nothing to do with the infection’s attack on unsuspecting wedding guests in [Rec] 3.

[Rec] 4: Apocalypse is upon us and FilmoFilia.com has the teaser trailer and the official synopsis:

Angela Vidal, the young television reporter who entered the building with the fireman, manages to make it out alive. But what the soldiers don’t know is that she carries the seed of the strange infection. She is to be taken to a provisional quarantine facility, a high-security installation where she will have to stay in isolation for several days. An old oil tanker, miles off shore and surrounded ...

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- Perri Nemiroff

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