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Review: HBO's Fantasy Epic 'Game Of Thrones' Returns For A Satisfying Sophomore Season

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 30, 2012 10:00 AM
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Ever since HBO changed the landscape of television dramas back in the late 90s, a dozen other networks have stepped up to try to follow in their footsteps with their own challenging, original programming. So how does the pay cable network stay ahead of the pack? By taking risks that no other network can afford to take (literally). Many of the recent dramas in their stable have come from showrunners who have shepherded previous hits -- “Luck” from “Deadwood” creator David Milch; “True Blood” from “Six Feet Under” creator Alan Ball; “Boardwalk Empire” from “The Sopranos” vet Terrence Winter; “Treme” from “The Wire” creator David Simon -- but their medieval epic “Game of Thrones” is a beast all its own. Adapted from George R. R. Martin’s popular fantasy series “A Song of Ice And Fire” by novelist D.B. Weiss and writer/screenwriter David Benioff (“25th Hour,” “Troy”), the series aims to break up each massive 800+ page book into a 10 episode season. Though sci-fi, action and even horror have made their way to the small screen, fantasy has rarely been attempted and putting the series in the hands of two writers who had no television experience was, putting it lightly, a risky move.

Watch: 3 Clips From 'Cold Light Of Day' With Bruce Willis, Henry Cavill & Sigourney Weaver Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2012 9:39 AM
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Well, even though it won't hit theaters stateside until the fall, "The Cold Light Of Day" actually rolls into theaters in the U.K. next weekend, and as such, a bunch of new stuff has hit the web to get the word out across the pond.

'Zodiac' & 'Amazing Spider-Man' Scribe James Vanderbilt To Rewrite 'Robocop'; Sells Action Spec 'White House Down' To Sony

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 30, 2012 9:19 AM
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The first films of screenwriter James Vanderbilt's career were not exactly indicators of great work to come. Killer tooth fairy horror "Darkness Calls?" Botched "Rashomon" riff "Basic"? Dwayne Johnson actioner "The Rundown"? (Which is actually good fun, but not exactly high art). Certainly none suggested that one of the great screenplays of the century so far would come from Vanderbilt, but that's exactly what his script for David Fincher's "Zodiac" is, and it's helped to make him one of the most in-demand writers around.

Paris Hilton Reportedly Shoots A Cameo For Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • March 30, 2012 8:59 AM
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Sofia Coppola has always managed to put together impressive casts for her movies, and her latest, the currently-in-production "The Bling Ring," is no exception. After casting Emma Watson, Leslie Mann and, apparently, frequent collaborator Kirsten Dunst (if recent set photos are indeed evidence of her participation), Coppola has brought in an award-winning actress for her latest addition: two-time Gold Raspberry winner Paris Hilton ("The Hottie and the Nottie," "Repo! The Genetic Opera").

'Twins' Sequel 'Triplets' In The Works With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito & Eddie Murphy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2012 9:43 PM
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A sequel to "Twins" has been batted around and rumored for so long we suppose it was inevitable. But even we didn't see this coming.

Woody Allen Eyes Cate Blanchett & Bradley Cooper For His Next Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2012 9:27 PM
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Woody Allen is like a little neurotic, Jewish Energizer bunny. With "To Rome With Love" in the bag and set for release this summer, his calendar is no less full, with a starring role in John Turturro's "Fading Gigolo" around the corner, and a Broadway bound "Bullets Over Broadway" in the works. And though his next film isn't slated to shoot until early 2013, Allen is apparently already eyeballing a cast.

Poster & New Pics Of Blake Lively, Chloe Moretz & Eddie Redmayne In 'Hick'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2012 6:40 PM
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While reviews out of TIFF weren't great -- we called it "a black blot of shame for everyone who had a part in its making" -- "Hick" still remains a curiosity because it offers up a grittier side we've rarely seen from the cast led by Blake Lively, Chloe Moretz and Eddie Redmayne.
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Hal Holbrook Joins Gus Van Sant's 'Promised Land' With Matt Damon; Plot Details Emerge

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2012 6:11 PM
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While Hal Holbrook hasn't lacked for work in his career on both the big and small screen reaching back to the '60s, his late-stage jobs have earned him the most notice. He nabbed an Academy Award nomination in 2007 for "Into The Wild" and since then, did an arc on "Sons Of Anarchy," led the critically acclaimed but somewhat overlooked "That Evening Sun" and recently wrapped "Lincoln" with Steven Spielberg. Now he's going to spend his spring with another acclaimed director, Gus Van Sant, and his casting has also led to some plot details finally emerging.

Review: 'The Island President' Is An Amazing Look At How Small Islands Could Affect Big Change

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 29, 2012 5:30 PM
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In the beautiful, meditative new documentary "The Island President," we're introduced to Mohamed Nasheed, the democratically elected president of a chain of 2,000 islands in the Indian Ocean known as The Maldives. After three decades of tyrannical rule, the islands gained democratic independence, nominated Nasheed, and found their calling in the world – to expose the catastrophe of global warming by example. The Maldives, Nasheed explains, are slowly disappearing into the ocean. It's a truth loaded with symbolic and literal weight – in the face of global warming, the entire culture of the Maldives could be lost forever, here one day, gone the next.

Contest: Win A Copy Of The Frank Sinatra Box Set Collection -- 10 Films Spanning 11 Years

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 29, 2012 4:59 PM
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There's very little we can say about the indomitable Ol' Blue Eyes that hasn't already been said, but suffice it to say, Frank Sinatra is one of the most successful entertainers of all time, effortlessly transitioning back and forth between his music and acting careers.

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