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"Justified," "Archer," "Americans" Returns Set

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Cable network FX has announced the premiere dates for its various series in the first quarter of next year.

First up, its animated spy comedy "Archer" kicks off its sixth season on Thursday January 8th at 10pm.

Then, Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder are set to finally face-off in the sixth and final season of "Justified" set to premiere Tuesday January 20th at 10pm.

After that, the third season of "The Americans" will begin on Wednesday January 28th at 10pm.

FX will also return "American Horror Story: Freak Show," which will shortly go on a mid-season break, for its final three episodes beginning Wednesday January 7th at 10pm.

Finally, over on Fxx, "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia" returns for its tenth season on Wednesday January 14th at 10pm followed by new comedy "Man Seeking Woman" at 10:30pm. »

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First Trailer: "Strange Magic"

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Following the project's surprise release date announcement the other week, Lucasfilm has now unveiled the first trailer for its first fully CG animated feature "Strange Magic" - a musical inspired by Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night’s Dream".

Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Alfred Molina, Peter Stormare and more star in the kid-targeted fantasy project which is said to boast "songs from the past six decades". The film is currently slated for release on January 23rd.

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"Mockingjay" Scores $17M From Previews

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It is expected to be the biggest cinematic release of the year, and Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" so far hasn't disappointed. Box-office results from Thursday night previews are in and the film pulled in an estimated $17 million as it begins its North American rollout.

That's down by 33% on the $25.3 million Thursday night launch for last year's "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," and 14% on the $19.7 million for the first game. Yet it's still 60% ahead of this year's "Guardians of the Galaxy," which up until today had the highest Thursday night preview haul with $11.2 million.

The first "Mockingjay" is up 5% overall from "Catching Fire" in the international markets it has opened in so far, and has been the top opener of the year in all its early markets. It's expected to open to $130-150 million in North America alone during its openings weekend.

Source: Variety »

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"Saul," "Mozart" & More Shows Set Dates

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Some major upcoming mid-season TV series have locked in premiere dates over the past day or two.

The most high-profile is the "Breaking Bad" spin-off "Better Call Saul" which AMC has revealed will score a high-profile two-night debut. The premiere episode will air on Sunday February 8th at 10pm, immediately following the midseason return of "The Walking Dead" at 9pm.

The second episode will then air the next night, Monday February 9th at 10pm, with the next eight episodes of the first season to air weekly in that Monday 10pm timeslot.

Amazon has announced that they intend to debut all ten episodes of their new dramedy "Mozart in the Jungle" on their Prime Instant Video service on December 23rd. Gael Garcia Bernal, Malcolm McDowell, Saffron Burrows and Bernadette Peters star in the series which is set against New York's classical music scene.

Fox has announced a bunch of TV dates »

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King's "The Stand" Becomes Four Films

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Since the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King's epic novel "The Stand" was announced several years ago, there has been a lot of confusion regarding how many films it will take to adapt the 1152-page book.

"The Fault in Our Stars" director Josh Boone has been attached to write and direct for some time so he has been asked the question in various interviews. Up until now he had indicated that the studio was only targeting a one or two-part film adaptation.

However, in a new interview with Kevin Smith's Hollywood Babble-On podcast, he clarified that the actual film count will be higher. In fact, the adaptation will now reportedly span four movies. Here he explains the expansion and how the project is a bit further along than you may expect with some of the cast already in place:

"I really wanted to do an A-list actor, really grounded, »

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Boseman Talks His "Black Panther" Casting

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For the past two years, ever since Marvel Studios had suggested a solo "Black Panther" movie was in developments, it seemed every blog tried to be "first" with the report that some young African-American actor that just broke through in Hollywood was under consideration to play T'challa.

When actor Chadwick Boseman scored the lead in baseball drama "42" and it proved a hit, it came as no surprise that his name popped up as a potential candidate. In a new interview with EW though, Boseman says the actual casting didn't happen until very recently - literally only a few weeks before the announcement in late October:

"Not even a month. The real official conversations happened really quickly. I think there were rumors out there, but those were rumors. Maybe that's a form of conversation, but it wasn't an actual conversation, if that makes any sense."

Boseman also spoke about the unconventional »

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Martin Freeman Joins "Taliban Shuffle"

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Martin Freeman is in talks to join Tina Fey and Margot Robbie in the film adaptation of journalist Kim Barker's blackly comic wartime memoir "Taliban Shuffle" at Paramount Pictures.

An adaptation of journalist Kim Barker’s wartime memoir, the story deals with her arrival as a fish out of water in Kabul.

There she filed stories about militants, being a woman in wartime Iraq and Pakistan, dealing with boredom interspersed with dashes of violence and the promiscuous war-correspondent culture.

Freeman will play a dedicated Scottish photojournalist and the unexpected love interest of Barker (Fey). Robbie plays a competing and hard-core on-air reporter.

Robert Carlock ("30 Rock") penned the script, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are directing, and Fey and Lorne Michaels are producing.

Source: THR »

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Penelope Cruz Joins "Zoolander 2" Cast

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After years of murmurings and close calls, the sequel to the 2001 comedy "Zoolander" looks to be finally happening with Penelope Cruz joining the cast.

Ben Stiller is set to reprise his role as male model Derek Zoolander, and will direct from a script by Justin Theroux. Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell are expected to reprise their roles as Derek's rival Hansel and the villainous Mugatu.

The success of "Dumb and Dumber To" at the box office this past weekend has reportedly helped Paramount in their decision to push forward on the sequel which Stiller has been championing for some time.

The project marks another upcoming comedy that Cruz will star in as she has a small role in Sacha Baron Cohen's spy comedy "Grimsby".

Source: Deadline »

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Game Trailer: Telltale's "Game of Thrones"

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The first trailer has been posted for "Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series," the first of a six-part episodic game title from acclaimed "The Walking Dead" and "The Wolf Among Us" game producers Telltale Games.

The story centers around House Forrester, a family loyal to the Starks of Winterfell who find themselves caught up in the War of the Five Kings. Players will take on the role of multiple members of the family during events of the show's fourth season.

'Iron From Ice' is the title of the first chapter which is scheduled to hit before the end of the year on almost all formats.

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Matt Smith Joins Zombie Tale "Patient Zero"

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Former "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith has signed on for the zombie thriller "Patient Zero" at Screen Gems.

Natalie Dormer ("Game of Thrones") also stars in the film which is set in the aftermath of a deadly pandemic where an enhanced strain of rabies turns humans into violent, zombie-like creatures.

The action follows a man who is not only surprisingly immune to this disease, but has the ability to communicate with the dangerous species. He leads a quest to find the original victim of the virus in the hopes of finding a cure to save his infected wife.

Stefan Ruzowitzky ("The Counterfeiters") directs from a script by Mike Le, while Vincent Newman is producing. The project marks the second upcoming film involving Smith and the undead as he also stars in the currently shooting "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies".

Source: Deadline »

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Howard Joins Nz-Shot "Pete's Dragon"

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Bryce Dallas Howard is in talks to play the female lead alongside the already linked Robert Redford in the "Pete's Dragon" reboot at Disney Pictures. David Lowery is set to direct from a script he co-wrote with Toby Halbrooks.

A reinvention of the 1977 film, the story revolves around Pete (Oakes Fegley) and his best friend Elliot, who happens to be dragon only he can see. The original boasted musical numbers and an animated dragon, the reboot will be a straight narrative and use a CG dragon.

Disney has also confirmed that filming will take place in New Zealand from January to April next year with the production based out of Peter Jackson’s Stone Street Studios in Wellington - the first production to use the facility since the wrapping of "The Hobbit" trilogy.

Shooting will take place around Wellington, Canterbury and the Bay of Plenty.

Source: Variety »

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"Farscape" Creator Pens "Global Frequency"

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Following their success with "Gotham," Fox and Warner Bros. Television are re-teaming for "Global Frequency," another DC Comics series adaptation which Jerry Bruckheimer will executive produce.

A pilot production commitment has been handed out for the show which will chronicle the inner workings of an organization known as The Global Frequency, a privatized crime-fighting unit that receives funding from around the world to solve the crimes that the police cannot.

"Farscape" creator Rockne S. O'Bannon is penning the pilot script based on "Red" creator Warren Ellis' twelve-issue limited comic book series. The pair, Bruckheimer, and Jonathan Littman will all executive produce.

This will mark the third attempt at a TV series based on the property following a failed pilot in 2005 starring Michelle Forbes and Josh Hopkins, and a version on The CW in 2009 that only made it to script stage.

Source: Deadline »

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Gibson, Garfield Team For A "Hacksaw"

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Early talks are underway for Mel Gibson to direct and Andrew Garfield to star in the World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge" at Cross Creek Pictures.

The story will be based on the life of Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving dozens of soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa while serving as a medic. He received two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.

David Permut, Bill Mechanic, Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson are producing. Walden Media had been involved with the project, but is now out.

Source: Variety »

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Steve McQueen to Direct "Widows" Remake

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"12 Years A Slave" and "Shame" director Steve McQueen will reunite with New Regency for a remake of Lynda La Plante's famed 1980s UK series "Widows".

The story follows the wives of four armed robbers who come together to finish a robbery after their spouses are killed.

McQueen will direct, write and produce the feature which aims to begin pre-production around year's end. Iain Canning and Emile Sherman will produce.

Source: Screen »

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Reitman, Hornby Plan A Family Heist Film

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Filmmaker Jason Reitman and author Nick Hornby are teaming for the true story bank heist film "I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family" for Fox Searchlight and Montecito Picture Company.

Based on a Texas Monthly article by Skip Hollandsworth, the story revolves around a seemingly ordinary Texas family who pulled off two bold heists before they were caught attempting a third.

Hornby will adapt the script while Ivan Reitman, Helen Estabrook and Ali Bell will produce. The younger Reitman is not expected to work on the project until after he wraps his duties on the upcoming Hulu series "Casual".

Source: THR »

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U.S. Trailer: "Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death"

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With the release date having been moved up to the day after New Year's Day, Hammer and Relativity Media have released a new U.S. trailer for "The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death," the sequel to 2012's well-regarded gothic thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Set forty years after the original, actors Phoebe Fox, Helen McCrory and Jeremy Irvine star in the movie which takes place during World War II. Children have been evacuated from London due to the Blitz, and a bunch of orphans have been forced to take up residence at Eel Marsh House which the titular ghost still haunts. Fans of the genre will also recognise the song which comes from 1961's "The Innocents".

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Pitt, "Robopocalypse" Author Target "Alpha"

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"Robopocalypse" author Daniel H. Wilson is teaming with Brad Pitt on the sci-fi survival feature "Alpha" at Lionsgate and Plan B.

Wilson came up with the original idea and will write the screenplay, but details of the project are being kept secret other than it being akin to a sci-fi take on the works of Jack London.

Canadian filmmaker Anthony Scott Burns will make his feature debut on the project which Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce.

Source: Heat Vision »

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"Prometheus 2" Boasts A "Fresher" Monster

20 November 2014 6:13 AM, PST

Filmmaker Ridley Scott has begun doing promotional rounds for the Biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" and has briefly talked about how the sequels to both "Prometheus" and "Blade Runner" are progressing.

In regards to the sequel to the "Alien" prequel/spin-off, Scott tells The Australian that the follow-up will be "fresh" and is "getting away from gods and dragons and shit. If I see one more dragon I’m going to shoot myself. Stop the dragons."

By dragons, he's referring to H.R. Giger's creature from the original and calls that beastie: "the definitive dragon and he's a motherf--ker. The alien's real which is why it's probably one of the scariest monsters in film history."

He concedes the creature at the end of "Prometheus" was "awfully close to the alien," however he plans to step further away from that with the follow-up: "With Prometheus 2 what I'm trying to »

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New "Duty" Is 2014's Top Entertainment Launch

20 November 2014 6:07 AM, PST

Activision has announced that "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" has become the biggest entertainment launch of the year, besting all other video games not to mention movies, music and books launched in 2014.

That's not a big surprise, what is interesting though is that the company is still refusing to release hard numbers - specifically how many copies of the game have been sold and how much revenue said game has generated.

Instead, the company's press release has stuck to generalities and boasts of social engagement figures. The game has become the highest-selling digital launch in console history according to Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and internal Activision estimates. It has also seen over 370 million online matches engaged in during its first week of release.

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick says: "Since Activision created the Call of Duty franchise in 2003, franchise revenues have exceeded $10 billion in sales worldwide, far exceeding box office »

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R.I.P. Mike Nichols

20 November 2014 6:03 AM, PST

Legendary filmmaker Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83 from a sudden cardiac arrest.

Born in Germany and moving to the U.S. in the late 1930s as a child, Nichols started out as a comedian before segueing into being a director, writer and producer of productions both on stage and on screen.

His first film was 1966's screen adaptation of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" which scored five Oscars, while he personally won an Oscar for his second effort "The Graduate".

Other famed films he directed included "Working Girl," "Postcards from the Edge," "Primary Colors," "The Birdcage," "Regarding Henry," "Biloxi Blues," "Wolf," "Silkwood," "Catch-22," "Carnal Knowledge, "Closer" and his last feature "Charlie Wilson's War".

He also directed the acclaimed TV adaptations of "Angels in America" and "Wit," and helmed a bunch of Broadway productions of various plays and musicals including "Uncle Vanya," Death of a Salesman," ""The Seagull, »

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