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New 'Walking Dead' Extended Preview Asks Questions - Like Who's Tyreese Cuddling Up With?

12 September 2013 8:41 AM, PDT

We're just over a month away from the 4th season debut of TV most popular series, The Walking Dead, which will debut on October 13 at 9pm. It'll be a 16-episode season, divided into 2 halves. I'm excited, especially given that this upcoming season is still something of a mystery. The show's producers have already told us that we can expect even more of a dramatic deviation from the original source material. Although they added that there will possibly be some scenes that are a little bit closer to the comic than they've done in the past, adding that season 4 will likely contain the most number of scenes that are direct adaptations from the comic series. One thing that has been guaranteed is that Tyreese (Chad Coleman) will come into his own this season, and will more closely resemble the character from the comic book that fans have been asking for.   Also, »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: 2 Clips From First Episode Of 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D'

12 September 2013 8:27 AM, PDT

As word of a brand new, "Harry Potter"-inspired film series dropped this morning, it's reminder that studios are continuing to seek ways to build on existing properties, because you make your money investing in stuff people already know, instead of trying to launch something new. And so we come to "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." which sees the Marvel-verse expanding on the small screen, and with the show to kick off in a just a couple weeks, some new peeks have arrived. Agent Coulson is back, in what we hope is a reasonable explanation of why he's still alive, leading the elite unite and it looks like this will be a quip-fest. The two scenes mostly focus on the comedic and are notable for not being all that funny, so let's hope that when it's time to kick-ass, this thing actually will. But regardless, fans will likely be tuning just »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: The Only Time Your Parents Are Happy to Hear You Were Cast in an Orgy Scene

12 September 2013 8:05 AM, PDT

Getting a major on-screen role is exciting for any actor, right?  Well, what if it means playing Vampire #1 in a steamy orgy? Or the girl who's made to crawl through a guy's apartment and then get ejaculated on? Filmmaker Alberto Belli just posted a short film featuring Los Angeles actors excitedly telling their friends and family about roles that sound alarmingly porny. But it's okay -- it's not porn, it's just HBO. Take a look at the quite funny video below:

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- Bryce J. Renninger

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Neil Labute, of All People, Now Has an NBC Sitcom in the Works

12 September 2013 7:06 AM, PDT

Neil Labute is doubling down on the television projects. The playwright and filmmaker has his first TV venture, "Full Circle," set to premiere on DirecTV next month, a 10-episode limited series he wrote based on "La Ronde." He's also got a series of 10 short films he'll write and direct slated to air on DirecTV later in the fall. And now, according to Deadline, Labute has a full-on network sitcom in the works. NBC's bought "Harmony House," a half-hour comedy written and executive produced by Labute and focused on a young psychiatric resident who falls in love with a patient at the mental institution at which he's just been hired. Per Deadline, "the single-camera project is a romantic comedy that reminds us that love can drive you a little crazy." While "Full Circle" sounds very much up Labute's alley, inspired by a play and focused on talky sessions between different characters at restaurants, »


- Alison Willmore

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J.K. Rowling Writing New 'Harry Potter' Inspired Film Series Based On 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them'

12 September 2013 6:50 AM, PDT

While the exact size of the money truck Warner Bros. has driven up the doorstep of author J.K. Rowling has yet to be revealed, it looks like the adventures of Harry Potter will be continuing. Kind of. While not a direct prequel or sequel, or even involving the character at all, it seems the studio is confident that just the mere mention of Hogwarts will get people checking out their latest venture. And they're probably right. The studio has announced today a brand new film series based on the Hogwarts textbook, "Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them," which will also be the name of the first movie. Fictional author Newt Scamander, who "wrote" the slim volume 'Beasts,' will serve as the lead character for this new saga, and is said to take place seventy years before Harry even comes into the picture. So sorry, you can quash those »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Toronto: Jason Bateman On His Old Partying Days and Why He Made His Directorial Debut 'Bad Words'

12 September 2013 6:34 AM, PDT

Jason Bateman has come a long way from that punchy little kid watched in living rooms all over America in the 80s. His stock has risen and fallen more than once and he’s taking the opportunities afforded to him by recent successes to beef up his resume. Like so many Ron Howards before him, Bateman is completing his child star reinvention by putting on a director’s cap for the new film "Bad Words," which world premiered in Toronto this week where it was swiftly acquired by Focus Features for U.S. distribution. Bateman also stars in the film as a petty man who finds a loophole that allows him to enter a children’s spelling bee. At Tiff's official Press Lounge this Tuesday, Indiewire’s Managing Editor Nigel M. Smith spoke to Bateman about what makes a good comedy and coming back from near obscurity. Below are the highlights. »


- Noah Taylor

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Toronto Review: Sean Durkin and Tony Grisoni's Miniseries 'Southcliffe' is an Exquisitely Made, Punishing Portrayal of a Mass Shooting

11 September 2013 3:04 PM, PDT

"Southcliffe," director Sean Durkin's follow-up to his acclaimed 2011 debut "Martha Marcy May Marlene," has been screening at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, though it's not actually a film. Consisting of four episodes of around 45 minutes each, "Southcliffe" is a UK television drama commissioned by Channel 4, on which it aired over two weeks in August. Like Jane Campion's "Top of the Lake," Olivier Assayas' "Carlos," Ingmar Bergman's "Fanny and Alexander" and Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "Berlin Alexanderplatz," "Southcliffe" is a miniseries that exists in a nebulous region between television and film, not so episodic as to feel typical of the small screen, but more sprawling in scope than the average movies, and cinematic enough to meander onto festival schedules. "Southcliffe" is being played at Toronto as a whole, but undeniably falls into four deliberate segments, with the last taking place a year after the semi-random »


- Alison Willmore

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The Saul Goodman Spinoff Gets Greenlit By AMC & Will Be A ‘Breaking Bad’ Prequel

11 September 2013 1:37 PM, PDT

Confirming that there is still something good left in the universe, AMC has officially given the green light to a new series based around the Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) character from their insanely popular crime drama "Breaking Bad." The one-hour comedic drama will serve as a prequel to the events of "Breaking Bad," and has been given the tentative title "Better Call Saul." "Breaking Bad" mastermind Vince Gilligan and writer/producer Peter Gould, who created the character for a season 2 episode of the show, will serve as show-runners. While the thoughts of failed spin-offs are running through our head ("After M*A*S*H" anyone?), we can't help but get excited about the prospect of this series.Gilligan had been talking about the prospect of a Saul-centric spin-off for a while, but AMC dragged their heels on the project. When Sony TV, who produces the show, started talking to other outlets (including, »


- Drew Taylor

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'Breaking Bad' Spinoff Series 'Better Call Saul' is Actually Happening

11 September 2013 1:19 PM, PDT

Vince Gilligan has been talking about a "Breaking Bad" spin-off series centered around Saul Goodman since last year's Comic-Con. The project's gone from something that sounded a lot like a joke, to something more serious, to something actually serious, with discussions being had between Sony Pictures Television, which produces "Breaking Bad," and AMC, which airs it. Today, the two companies confirmed that they have reached a licensing agreement for the project, which will be an hourlong prequel series with the working title "Better Call Saul." The new series will be based on Saul, the shady, billboard-loving lawyer played by Bob Odenkirk in "Breaking Bad," and will focus on the evolution of the character before he met Walter White -- so, room for Giancarlo Esposito to return as Gus Fring? The announcement sent out by AMC and Sony today was a little vague, but Buzzfeed's Kate Aurthur confirms that "Better Call »


- Alison Willmore

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Showtime Developing NBA Drama Series From 'White Men Can’t Jump' Writer & Lakers Exec

11 September 2013 12:28 PM, PDT

Showtime is developing an hour-long scripted drama set in the world of professional basketball - specifically, it'll take a behind-the-scenes look at how an NBA team is run.  Assuming it isn't set prior to the 1950s, I'd expect there to be several roles for black actors/basketball players. Although the series will likely focus more on the family that owns and runs the team, as well as the head coach (or coaches), more than it will on the lives of the players. Ron Shelton, who isn't a stranger to sports-related dramas after writing and directing Bull Durham and White Men Can’t Jump, will pen the script for the untitled NBA series, as well as direct and exec produce. Los Angeles Lakers exec Jeanie Buss, as well as former Lakers coach Phil Jackson are also exec producers, along with Kurt Rambis (former Lakers star and now assistant coach) and Linda Rambis. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch Teaser for Oxygen's Docu-Series 'Preachers of L.A.' (Premieres Oct 9)

11 September 2013 10:39 AM, PDT

We've profiled Oxygen network's Preachers of L.A. a couple of times, and for those of you were eagerly awaiting to see a first clip of the film, you shall be pleased to know a teaser trailer for the docu-series on "mega-pastors" in Southern California has surfaced.  Here's the synopsis: “Preachers of L.A.” an authentic new docu-series set to premiere in the fall of 2013. “Preachers of L.A.” will give viewers a candid and revealing look at six boldly different and world renowned mega-pastors in Southern California, who are willing to share diverse aspects of their lives, from their work in the community and with their parishioners to the very large and captivating lives they lead away from the pulpit. Preachers of L.A. premieres on Oxygen on Wednesday, October 9 at 10 Pmet/Pt.  Watch below:

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- Vanessa Martinez

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Watch: The Final Season of 'Treme' Gets a Teaser and a Premiere Date

11 September 2013 9:50 AM, PDT

The teaser, below, which HBO has released as a long-lead look at the fourth and final season of New Orleans drama "Treme" comes with two key pieces of information. The first is that the final arc will take place 38 months after Hurricane Katrina, in 2008, and the second is that the final, abbreviated five-episode season will premiere late this year, on December 1st at 9pm. Otherwise it's David Simon, Wendell Pierce, Melissa Leo, Khandi Alexander, Steve ZahnClarke Peters, David Morse and the rest of the crew (or krewe?) back for one last hurrah. Take a look below:

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- Alison Willmore

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AMC Recancels 'The Killing'

11 September 2013 6:56 AM, PDT

Ah, the strange life of "The Killing." Veena Sud's crime drama, based on a Danish procedural, premiered in 2011 and spent two divisive seasons on the case of Rosie Larsen, a murdered Seattle teenager. The series, which starred Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman as detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder, didn't attract high enough ratings for AMC to want to hold on to it, and the network canceled the series in July of last year, only to announce in January of 2013 that, never mind, it was coming back for a revamped third round thanks to negotiations with Fox Television Studios and some help from Netflix. This most recent season upped the stakes of the central crime to serial killing and, as promised, made sure the case was solved by the 12-episode run. But today, as reported by Deadline, "The Killing" has be canceled again. "We have made the difficult decision »


- Alison Willmore

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Toronto: Matthew Weiner On His Feature Film Debut 'You Are Here' and Saying Goodbye to 'Mad Men'

11 September 2013 6:01 AM, PDT

Mad Men” creator and scribe Matthew Weiner comes to Tiff this year with his feature directorial debut, “You Are Here.” The journey from script to screen has taken almost a decade as it wasn’t until the success of his series that he was able to secure funding. The film stars Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis as childhood friends who embark on a road trip to claim an inheritance. Thompson on Hollywood’s Anne Thompson sat down with Weiner to discuss his foray into filmmaking and the beginning of the end for “Mad Men." Below are the highlights: How the film overlaps with “Mad Men” “This was the first thing I wrote after 'Mad Men' so it was the next project I was interested in. I wanted to deal with something contemporary and deal with some other issues in my life that were non Don Draper related, although »


- Noah Taylor

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Arsenio Hall’s Return To Late Night Gets Solid Ratings (So Far…)

11 September 2013 5:20 AM, PDT

Arsenio Hall’s much-vaunted return to late night looks like it’s paying off... But with a caveat.The Monday night debut of his new late night syndicated talk show beat every other competing broadcast talk show, with a 1.0 rating and a 4 share in the key adults ages 18 to 49 demographic, according to Nielsen.And in Los Angeles, where the show is broadcast on the Ktla TV station, the show was No. 1 in its time period, with an excellent 3.2 household rating.However, of course, this is only the beginning. Starting out with good ratings is fine, but how will he fare during the on-going weeks? It’s not like the old days when it was just him and Johnny Carson. There’s a lot of late night competition out there among talk shows (and don’t forget The Daily Show). The "nostalgia" thing he's banking on can only take him so far, »


- Sergio

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Behind The Scenes: "Wander Over Yonder"

10 September 2013 9:45 PM, PDT

The Disney Channel unveils a new cartoon star when "Wander Over Yonder" premiers on September 13th.Intergalactic traveler Wander - who journeys with his equine sidekick Sylvia, from one bizarre planet to another - is cheerful, optimistic, and never without a smile (or a banjo). Of course, the universe has its dark side, and no one personifies it more than the tyrannical Lord Hater, who leads an army of chanting Watchdogs on his mission of conquest and subjugation.  Not to worry; Wander can outsmart this skeletal would-be dictator at every turn."Wander Over Yonder" is the latest effort by Emmy Award-winning animator, series' creator and executive producer Craig McCracken, the mind behind "The Powerpuff Girls" and "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends". Animation Scoop's Jerry Beck recently had the opportunity to chat with Craig, as well as to drop in and hear Supervising Director Dave Thomas and Art Director Alex Kirwan discuss the. »


- Martin Goodman

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TV Series Based On 'Man On Fire' In Development - Will Take Place 18 Years Later...

10 September 2013 2:48 PM, PDT

Man On Fire (2004) is probably my favorite Tony Scott/Denzel Washington collaboration - right next to Crimson Tide. I dug the straightforward, no fuss man-on-a-mission revenge plot, and the unapologetic violence, and vigilantism, courtesy of despondent former CIA operative-turned bodyguard Creasy during his search for the kidnapped Pita Ramos, played very well by Dakota Fanning, who was only 10 years old at the time. How will the drama unfold as a TV series?  We'll find out eventually, assuming the announced Fox/New Regency TV adaptation actually makes it to the air. Although, I wouldn't necessarily expect that Creasy in the proposed TV serial will be played by a black actor, just because Denzel Washington played the character in Tony Scott's film. Creasy wasn't written specifically as a black man. The movie itself was an adaptation of a 1980 novel of the same name by A.J. Quinnell, which was previously adapted as a 1987 French-Italian film, »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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TV Is The New Cinema: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season Premiere, Nussbaum TV Game, Johnson Directs 'Breaking Bad'

10 September 2013 1:32 PM, PDT

The season premiere of "Boardwalk Empire" was as lush and well-acted -- and as weirdly uncompelling -- as ever. Perhaps we've watched too many period gangster dramas, at this point, to be easily enthralled by a show that takes a staunchly traditionalist approach to the genre. However, as we noted a couple of weeks ago in writing fondly about A&E's contemporary Western "Longmire," which hasn't been the subject of brow-furrowing essays but often makes us happy, the comfortable familiarity of genre stories is hardly a drawback for the people who nestle into them. A shot of a '30s roadster idling in the snow, a sit-down peace conference at which a large bag of money and all the legends are present (Rothstein, Luciano, Lansky, Capone), even just the tapping of an unfiltered smoke on the cover of a gleaming cigarette case -- it doesn't take much more than this »

- David Chute

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Own to Air Barbara Kopple's Hemingway Doc 'Running From Crazy' After a Theatrical Release on November 1st

10 September 2013 1:17 PM, PDT

Over its two and a half years in existence, Oprah Winfrey's network Own has been an enthusiastic if inconsistent home for nonfiction films via the Own Documentary Club strand. But the channel's now prepping for a higher profile doc premiere, as it announces plans to air Barbara Kopple's doc "Running From Crazy" in early 2014 after a theatrical release on November 1st. The latest project from Kopple, who won Oscars for "Harlan County U.S.A." and "American Dream," had its premiere at Sundance earlier this year. The film explores the Hemingway family, one of the most distinguished in American literature, but also one troubled by deep emotional struggles. Actress Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of the legendary writer Ernest, is the film's focus as she explores her family's disturbing history of mental illness and suicide. The youngest of the three sisters, Mariel followed her older sister Margaux into acting and modeling, while »


- Alison Willmore

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Watch Full Pilot Episode Of NBC's 'Ironside' Reboot Starring Blair Underwood Now!

10 September 2013 12:40 PM, PDT

The new series premieres Wednesday, October 2; but If you can't wait that long, NBC has made the entire pilot episode available to watch online, and it's embedded for your viewing pleasure below.  I have yet to watch it, so can't offer any commentary just yet. Blair Underwood's NBC reboot of 1960s/1970s crime drama series Ironside, is described as follows: In the gritty world of the NYPD, no one's tougher than Detective Robert Ironside. He's a fearless cop who won't stop until the guilty are brought to justice. He and his trusted, handpicked team of specialists will do whatever it takes to solve New York's most difficult and notorious crimes - even if it means breaking the rules. Tough, sexy and acerbic, Ironside's never been afraid to call it like he sees it. As a detective, his instincts are second to none, and those around him have to »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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