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Serial Looks for the Truth Behind Santa Claus in Saturday Night Live Sketch

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Sarah Koenig’s podcast Serial was a huge hit this year as millions of people tried to figure out a 15-year-old murder mystery.  It was a unique piece of entertainment, and I feel it was misunderstood by some who thought that the podcast was actually about solving the mystery when halfway the season it became clear that the real value of Serial was witnessing the journalistic process and entering a journalist’s train of thought.  When it came to the investigation, it was more Zodiac than Dateline, and if you wanted it to be the latter, you were probably disappointed. But the podcast also carried its own tone and flavor, which opened it up to parody.  Funny or Die took its shot before the podcast’s season finale, and last week’s Saturday Night Live also lampooned the series by having Koenig try to solve the mystery of Santa Claus. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Marvel and Netflix’s Daredevil TV Series Wraps Production

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Following the new images from Daredevil we saw this weekend, executive producer and showrunner Steven DeKnight has tweeted that the upcoming series has wrapped production.  As we previously reported, DeKnight says that while Daredevil will be “grittier and edgier” than anything Marvel has done thus far, they’re still “not looking to push it to extreme violence or gratuitous nudity,” even thought Netflix gives its TV series the freedom to do so.  Daredevil will also be the second limited series for Marvel following this January’s Agent Carter.  However, unlike that series, Daredevil will remain on hiatus until the big crossover series, The Defenders, which won’t arrive until after Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist premiere, and none of those have even entered production yet, although Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are in the casting stage. Hit the jump for DeKnight’s tweet and more on Daredevil TV series. »

- Matt Goldberg

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New Unbroken Featurette Covers the 50-Year History of Bringing Louis Zamperini’s Story to the Big Screen

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Universal has released a new Unbroken featurette online.  Directed by Angelina Jolie, the film tells the true (and incredible) story of Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell), a former Olympian and WWII bombardier whose plane crashed at sea in 1943.  Zamperini and two crewmates floated adrift for 47 days and 2000 miles, eventually finding themselves caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a Pow camp where Zamperini was targeted by a sadistic overseer.  As this featurette explains, a movie based on Zamperini’s incredible story was in the works long before Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 book, which is the source material for Jolie’s film. Hit the jump to watch the Unbroken featurette, and click here for Steve’s interview with Jack O’Connell, who plays Zamperini.  The film opens December 25th, and also starts Domhnall GleesonGarrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Finn Wittrock, Alex Russell, John Magaro and Luke Treadaway. Via Universal. Here’s »

- Matt Goldberg

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Jack O’Connell Talks Unbroken, Angelina Jolie’s Directing Style, What The Last Year Has Been Like, Sundance, Yann Demange’s ’71, and More

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Opening on Christmas Day is director Angelina Jolie's Unbroken.  The film tells the incredible true story of Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell), a former Olympian and WWII bombardier whose plane crashed at sea in 1943.  Zamperini and two crewmates floated adrift for 47 days and 2000 miles, eventually finding themselves caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a Pow camp where Zamperini was targeted by a sadistic overseer.  While Unbroken could have ended up a movie of the week on Lifetime, Jolie has crafted a film worthy of your time and money.  For more on Unbroken, check out six clips, the trailer, and all our previous coverage. At the New York City press day I landed an exclusive interview with Jack O’Connell (who's name you better get familiar with because he's the real deal).  During the interview he talked about what the past year has been like, working with Angelina Jolie, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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First Official Look at Jurassic World Lego Set

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Lego is gearing up for a big summer 2015.  In addition to their regular sets and the ones they'll have for Avengers: Age of Ultron, the toy company is also working on Jurassic World.  This weekend, the first official Jurassic World Lego image went online, and it shows the dino mayhem you'd expect.  You can also see the minifigure for Chris Pratt's character, Owen, as well as B.D. Wong's Dr. Henry Wu.  This image doesn't specify a particular set, but I hope one of the six sets will be the "Jurassic World" gate, although it would be even cooler if they let you change the marquee to "Jurassic Park" for nostalgia's sake. Hit the jump to check out the Jurassic World Lego image.  The film also stars Bryce Dallas HowardNick RobinsonTy Simpkins, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan KhanJake JohnsonOmar Sy and Judy GreerJurassic World opens in theaters in 2D, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Homeland Season Four Finale: “Long Time Coming”

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Oh, Homeland.  Homeland, Homeland, Homeland.  This is why we can't have nice things; because you go and do a thing like that.  Last week, at the end of "Krieg Nicht Lieb" I thought, "this would have been a dynamite finale."  Imagine it: after all of that crazy build-up and all of the emotion after Aayan and the slaughter at the Embassy, and Quinn going rogue on Haqqani, and Carrie finally getting her shot at him, and Khan stopping her because of Dar Adal … it would have allowed this season to be a beautiful capsule, and tribute to Homeland's glorious resurrection, leaving us hungry for next season.  Instead, we got "Long Time Coming."  Hit the jump because "I know how this goes.  It ends badly." I feel like the Homeland writers had all of this personal stuff about Carrie, and to a lesser extent Quinn, just ready to flood this season, »

- Allison Keene

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The Affair Season One Finale Recap: “10″

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All season, The Affair has ridden a dark, moody, emotional wave, intertwining Noah and Alison's stories of not just the carefree days of a summer fling, but of the harsh, cold reality of what it has meant for them and their families afterwards.  Its first season finale, "10," felt like an odd coda given all that had come before; a lot of answers and teased moments were addressed quickly and boldly, but left in doubt where a second season might pick up.  Hit the jump for why being alone is all very glamourous -- until you need a kidney. I usually just focus on character development and emotional moments in The Affair, so to be a little different (because "10" really did have a different feel to it), let's explore plot first.  We knew from weeks ago that Scotty was the one who the murder mystery revolved around, not Cole like many of us initially predicted. »

- Allison Keene

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