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Producer Rick McCallum Says"Adult" 'Star Wars' TV Series Would Be Like "Deadwood In Space"

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 5, 2012 9:05 AM
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There's no question a new standard of television has resulted from the last ten years, largely stemming from HBO's original programming, with shows like “The Sopranos,” “Carnivale,” and “Oz” all brandishing new forms of storytelling that are unafraid to go to shocking and explicit depths to depict their characters' lives to the audience. That's all well and good for the viewer, who now finds himself with smart, engaging shows down every alley, but what does it mean for the long-gestating “Star Wars” TV series, and its suitable place on the air?

J.J. Abrams Sneaks In Early Look At Klingons From 'Star Trek' Sequel During MTV Movie Awards Skit

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 5, 2012 8:45 AM
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J.J. Abrams just doesn't do conventional does he? The writer-director unveiled an early look at a Klingon from his upcoming "Star Trek" sequel during this past weekend's MTV Movie Awards but, rather than putting it on the MTV website or premiering it in footage during the show, Abrams decided to purposefully leave it on a television in the background during a skit.

Douglas Booth & Logan Lerman Set Sail With Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 8:21 PM
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The waters will rise and life on the planet as we know it will forever be changed. No, we're not talking about the latest environmental documentary, but instead about Darren Aronofksy's brewing Bible epic, "Noah," and with Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Saorise Ronan all booked for passage, a new pair of passengers (of the human variety) are joining them.

'Safety Not Guaranteed' Soundtrack Features Guster's Ryan Miller, Mark Duplass & Summer Fiction

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 4, 2012 6:36 PM
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Tomorrow, June 5, ABKCO Records will digitally release the original soundtrack to the FilmDistrict feature "Safety Not Guaranteed." Directed by Colin Trevorrow and written by Derek Connolly, the film stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson and Karan Soni, and features an original score written and performed by Ryan Miller, the singer, guitarist and founder of the alternative rock group Guster.

First Official Image Of Lindsay Lohan As Elizabeth Taylor In 'Liz & Dick'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 5:49 PM
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Yes, it's happening. "Liz & Dick" has bucked the odds and is actually filming with Lindsay Lohan actually showing up on set. For real. And now the legendary Elizabeth Taylor will have her life story told by the fine folks at Lifetime -- who don't know a real life person they can't exploit and sensationalize -- with Lohan in the title role. The movie gods are crying.

Jack Black Says 'The Big Year' With Steve Martin & Owen Wilson Was A "Career Nadir"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 5:06 PM
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Jack Black, for the all the success he's had in films like "The School Of Rock" or the "Kung Fu Panda" movies, is no stranger to flops. "Year One" anybody? How about "Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny"? But it seems one much more recent movie is an effort that the actor views as one of the lowest points of his career on stage or in front of the camera.

Whoa: Mads Mikkelsen To Play Hannibal Lecter On NBC's 'Hannibal'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 4:20 PM
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We've sort of been on the fence about the idea of bringing Thomas Harris' "Hannibal" to the small screen (particularly on network TV), but so far the production has been making all the right moves. Intriguingly, instead of jumping to right to the cannibal we know from "Silence Of The Lambs," the show will follow Hannibal Lecter – prior to his incarceration and working as a practicing psychiatrist – solving crimes alongside Will Graham (played by Hugh Dancy), Lecter’s FBI partner. And now they've landed one helluva actor for the title role.

Paz Vega Reunites With Pedro Almodovar For 'Standby Lovers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 3:59 PM
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Pedro Almodovar likes to use talent who have worked with him before, from picture to picture if possible, and his next film, "Standby Lovers," ("Los amantes pasajeros") is proving to be no different. Thus far Lola Duenas ("Volver"), Cecilia Roth ("All About My Mother") and Javier Camara ("Talk To Her") are all part of the cast with Spanish comedians Carlos Areces and Raul Arevalo along with Jose Maria Yazpik rounding things out. But Almodovar isn't done putting together the actors for his movie, and once again he's gone into his contacts.

"What The Fuck Is Going On?" Paul Thomas Anderson & Robert Downey Sr. Talk The Criterion Box Set 'Up All Night With...'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 4, 2012 3:43 PM
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It really doesn't get more irreverent and outlandish than the cult films of Robert Downey Sr. and let's face it, every cinephile worth his salt loves an excuse to talk about the underground filmmaker's outré classic "Putney Swope."

Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay & Peter Sarsgaard Join Woody Allen's Next Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 3:18 PM
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Well, casting has wrapped up on Woody Allen's next film and one pleasant surprise, one curveball and one solid actor have all come aboard the picture.

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