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Netflix And Amazon Have Passed On 'Hannibal'

6 hours ago

Has the blood been finally drained from "Hannibal"? The cult loved show has had a rough couple of weeks. NBC canceled the series, leading to a concerted effort on behalf of the show's producers to try and find a home for the critically acclaimed program. Amazon was said to be taking a look, but things got knottier when leads Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy were released from their contracts, and it was revealed that "Hannibal" writer/creator was focusing his attention next on the Starz series "American Gods." Now comes a painful blow. Fuller has revealed on Twitter that both Amazon and Netflix have passed on "Hannibal." And while there are plenty of other options out there, those streaming services are certainly the most prestigious, and their opting out makes one wonder what the hurdles might be to snapping up "Hannibal." But Fuller is keeping a silver lining in place, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Kelly Rowland Will Play Mama to a Young Lucious Lyon in Season 2 of 'Empire'

6 hours ago

Season 2 of "Empire" will unfold over 18 episodes (the first season had 12), split into 2 halves, premiering in the fall (instead of as a mid-season replacement, which was the case during its first season), with the second half in the winter of 2016. Fox says fans should expect even more "big-time" guest stars for next season, including Kelly Rowland, who E! News has revealed will appear on the hit Fox show this fall. Rowland will play Lucious Lyon's mother in flashback sequences. Series creator Lee Daniels did previously say that, in terms of what to expect from the writing staff next season, audiences will be taken back to the Lyon family's more modest beginnings, incorporating more of the poorer-class African American experience into the storyline (likely via these flashback sequences). "I think we've seen the opulence," Daniels said, adding, "but now we have to go back to where they come from." Rowland joins other high-profile. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: NYC Cops Fight the City's Vices in 'Public Morals' Trailer

7 hours ago

Read More: Top 5 Fall TV Trailers: We Already Know What To Watch Prolific multi-hyphenate Edward Burns, who last tried television with 2009's "The Lynch Pin," is bringing a fresh creation to the small screen, thanks to TNT's new series,"Public Morals." Burns created the show, which he also produces, directs and stars in, and he recently expressed his excitement for the series on Twitter, where he described his 20-year process to get his "Irish cops and gangsters story told." "Public Morals" is set in 1960's New York City, and the series follows the officers in the New York Police Department's Public Morals Division, who struggle with the city's immorality while also trying to manage their personal lives as Irish-Americans.  Elizabeth Masucci and Aaron Dean Eisenberg also star in the cop drama.  Check out the trailer for the series above.  Read More: Summer TV Preview 2015: 15 New Shows You Need to »


- Kaeli Van Cott

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Are Rick and Morgan Set for a Face-Off in Alexandria When 'The Walking Dead' Returns for Season 6?

9 hours ago

The above Comic-Con poster art released ahead of AMC's presentation on the series at the annual San Diego event (it kicks of later this week, July 9), suggests that, doesn't it? And if that's not enough for you, maybe this quote from series showrunner Scott M. Gimple, in an interview he gave to Entertainment Weekly, published today, will add some weight to it; when asked whether the ending of last season meant that the next season will begin with our group of zombie-apocalypse survivors more united than ever, Dimple replied: "Well, it seems that everything is poised for that to happen, but there’s some interesting things. It’s super poised for that to happen, and then Pete walked in with Michonne’s sword. And more importantly, right after he pulled the trigger, Morgan was there and they’re face-to-face. What have we heard from Morgan? What have we seen from him? »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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'True Detective': The Do's and Don'ts of Onscreen Death

9 hours ago

Ray Velcoro died. It's not even that Colin Farrell's character appeared to die in "True Detective" Episode 2; it's that he really did die. After taking a shotgun blast to the chest, everyone's favorite mustached feminist lay cold and unmoving on the ground as the masked shooter slowly sauntered over him. The suspect — dressed in black and wearing a crow's mask he borrowed from that very apartment — fired another blast into Ray's chest at point blank range, before we abruptly shifted to the silent sidewalk outside Ben Caspere's Hollywood apartment; a reminder that no one would have heard the shooting thanks to the sound-proofing within. Poor Ray went there alone and died there alone, leaving the audience to wonder when and how his rotting corpse would be found in Episode 3. Read More: Watch: 'True Detective' Season 2 Invites You On Set with Nic Pizzolatto, Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell and »


- Ben Travers

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The Romantic Comedy Is Having a Revolution — And It's Happening on TV

11 hours ago

Deciding to stick with a TV series is no small commitment. It demands a certain level of trust, as week after week (or, in the era of binge-watching, hour after hour) we invite characters and their stories back into our living rooms. As a relationship, it's interactive. It's volatile. And most importantly, it's intimate. In that sense, TV would seem an ideal medium for romantic comedy. After all, from "Mad About You" to "How I Met Your Mother," sitcoms have been delivering romantic stories with good humor for decades. But the beats and aesthetic of the rom-com as we know it — think "You've Got Mail" — has long been the domain of studio movie-making. Read More: 11 of the Most Unconventional and Innovative Romantic Comedies Eventually, the "You've Got Mail" formula turned into a trend. The trend turned into a trope. And as for where we stand now, the 90-minute rom-com is »


- David Canfield

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Watch Trailer + Preview of Idris Elba's 4-Part Racing Challenge Series for Discovery

13 hours ago

It was first announced in December that Idris Elba was developing a new 4-part TV series for Discovery, titled "Idris Elba: No Limits," that will feature Idris immersing himself in rally driving, street racing, aerobatics and power boating to master, not only the discipline of racing, but also the engineering, science and history behind it. He will join professional teams, take on challenges, receive coaching by some of the world’s leading drivers and pilots, and meet fellow speed freaks to share their secrets of how to get every last ounce of power out of his machines. Each episode will start with Idris visiting a renowned motor sport competition, shot on locations across Florida, California and the British Isles, that will inspire his mission to take on some of the toughest racing disciplines in the world. Idris Elba, said: “I’m taking on the toughest racing challenges of my »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Was 'True Detective's' Cliffhanger an Ingenious Twist, or Just a Big Cheat?

13 hours ago

TV critics — the ones "True Detective" stans accused of pre-judging the show's second season based on a measly three out of eight hours — bit their tongues all week as viewers freaked out over whether Colin Farrell's Ray Velcoro had indeed taken a fatal shotgun blast to the chest. At least a few diehards allowed that if Ray survived what seemed to be an unmistakeable death blow, they were done for good. So where does the fact that Ray is indeed alive and kicking leave us now? Notwithstanding the blatant David Lynch let's-just-call-it-an-homage that opens "Maybe Tomorrow," the show seems to have been fighting its way back from the occult-tinged mystery of its first season towards something more solidly predictable. They may favor avian headdresses and have a penchant for removing their victims' eyes, but it seems likely that the second season's villains are merely inventive thugs with highly flexible morals. »


- Sam Adams

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Watch First Trailer for Chris Tucker's First-Ever Stand-Up Comedy Special, Coming to Netflix on July 10

13 hours ago

Actor and comedian Chris Tucker headlines his first full length stand-up comedy special, "Chris Tucker Live," premiering exclusively on Netflix on Friday, July 10. Tucker’s stand-up comedy performance will be available to stream in all territories where Netflix is available. In the special, Tucker returns to the stage he loves, as he shares his experiences from childhood to stardom. The special was filmed at the Historic Fox Theatre in Tucker’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. “Chris Tucker is a true global movie star and a one-of-a-kind talent whose remarkable energy, delivery and original style make him one of the funniest comedians of our time,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “We cannot wait to share his distinct and hilarious voice with our members across the globe.” “I’m thrilled to be partnering with Netflix, one of the true global leaders in entertainment, on my first comedy special,” said Chris Tucker. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Interview: Chatting with Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker About their New Fox Talk Show & More

13 hours ago

We all watched Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker fall in love on Showtime’s "Soul Food" fifteen years ago. The duo had electric chemistry then, and all these years later they are still going strong, having just celebrated ten years of marriage. With numerous projects under their belt, including Parker’s 2012 Broadway debut in "A Street Car Named Desire" and her role on TNT’s "Murder in the First," as well as Kodjoe’s recent roles on Fox’s "The Last Man on Earth" and Bet’s "Real Husband’s of Hollywood," it appears that this couple is just getting started.  Today, July 6th, their new talk show "The Boris & Nicole Show," debuts on Fox (check your local listings for exact times).  Kodjoe and Parker recently chatted with Shadow and Act about their new endeavor, their home life, and what they would be doing if they weren’t actors. »


- Aramide A Tinubu

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Watch: Lemony Snicket's Dark World is Brought to Life in Fake Viral Teaser for Netflix's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'

14 hours ago

Read More: How to Sell a TV Show to Netflix [Editor's note: Shortly after running the below story, Netflix representatives confirmed the above trailer is fan-made and thus not officially connected to the upcoming series.]  Netflix is bringing the beloved dark children's book series, "A Series of Unfortunate Events," to life in an upcoming series. The story of orphans Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire and their misadventures was first seen in the 2004 film adaptation, which combined the first three books and starred Jim Carrey. In the new teaser, brilliantly titled "An Unfortunate Teaser," creepy Victorian music and shadows show a room filled with the Baudelaire's signatures: a hair ribbon for inventor Violet, a book and glasses for researcher Klaus, and leftover food for chef Sunny. Other books and creepy bugs lying around the room allude to different points in the series. Most importantly, the infamous eye and shadow of diabolical Count Olaf tie the whole...

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- Kaeli Van Cott

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'True Detective' Podcast: Season 2, Episode 3 'Maybe Tomorrow' Plus Watch Episode 4 Preview

15 hours ago

We're continuing to serve up our coverage of the second season of "True Detective" in two flavors — you can read Katie Walsh's entertaining recap of "Maybe Tomorrow" right here, or you can continue to join myself and Brad Brevet from Rope Of Silicon as we chat each week about the show, with our latest podcast down below. Read More: 'True Detective' Podcast: Season 2, Episode 2 'Night Finds You' "Maybe Tomorrow" didn't keep audiences waiting long to find out the fate of Colin Farrell's Ray Velcoro. Meanwhile, the investigation into the death of Ben Caspere continues to go down a murky path. Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn) is sliding back into the life he thought he left behind, while more complicated layers about Taylor Kitsch's Paul Woodrugh are revealed. Are you hooked yet? You can listen directly below, download here or subscribe at iTunes and check out the preview for episode 4, "Down Will Come. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: 'True Detective' Season 2 Episode 3 'Maybe Tomorrow' Delivers Today

5 July 2015 6:59 PM, PDT

Immediate Reaction: While the final scene felt more like a whimper, "Maybe Tomorrow" delivered the bang we've been waiting for through three episodes of Season 2. Why? Nic Pizzolatto finally made choices. From the bold, blue-lit rendition of "Rose" by a spot-on Conway Twitty impersonator to kick things off, "Maybe Tomorrow" featured more memorable moments than the last two episodes combined. Whether or not Ray (Colin Farrell) actually dies at the end of this story — like his father predicted in his "dream" — isn't as important as the stylistic choice of the setting and the heavy but effective foreshadowing given in their dialogue, Both served as eery mood enhancers for a season in desperate need of some flair. The same goes for Ray's actual visit to his father, played by Fred Ward (who, it must be pointed out, is simply the perfect choice for Ray's dad in looks, tone and attitude). Expanding »


- Ben Travers

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Review & Recap: 'True Detective' Season 2, Episode 3 'Maybe Tomorrow'

5 July 2015 6:09 PM, PDT

Based on the consensus thus far, the second season of “True Detective” has gotten off to a rocky start — some love it, some hate it, some are giving it the benefit of the doubt. Trying to replicate the mystical bayou phenomenon that gripped audiences last year hasn’t been quite as easy in this La noir world, and at times, the Herculean efforts of writer/showrunner Nic Pizzolatto and directors to make it dark and edgy are plainly apparent. But for some damned reason, Episode 3, “Maybe Tomorrow,” directed by Danish documentary and TV director Janus Metz Pedersen, is more compelling than the other two episodes, possibly because it’s clear the show is drifting squarely into High Camp territory. I mean… that opening?? Another struggle for the show is that the four leads are all acting in different registers — they haven’t disappeared into their hard-bitten roles, particularly Vince Vaughan, »


- Katie Walsh

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