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TV Dial: Amazon Eyes Pilot From Roman Coppola & Jason Schwartzman, David Slade Goes 'Crossbones' Style & More

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • August 16, 2013 10:38 AM
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In spite of the disaster that was Amazon’s scripted series/continuation of the film, “Zombieland,” the company isn’t content to get out of the scripted content game altogether. The massive online provider of everything has purchased two additional pilots to turn into series: “Bosch," based on the series of popular procedural novels written by Michael Connelly, as well as “Transparent” starring Jeffrey Tambor. Amazon also has its eye on “The After,” from “X-Files” creator Chris Carter. But for our purposes, the most interesting of the bunch is “Mozart in the Jungle” from Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, about the classical music scene in New York.

First Look At Isla Fisher In 'Arrested Development' Plus New Pics & Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2013 12:58 PM
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It's hard to believe that in just a few weeks, after years of hopes, rumors, speculation and wishful thinking, a brand new season of "Arrested Development" will be here. And it won't be parceled out with an episode each week -- instead, Netflix is going to drop all 15 in one go, prompting marathon viewing across the nation, and challenging servers from coast to coast.

First Look At Henry Selick's Newly Revived 'The Shadow King'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 6, 2013 9:02 AM
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One of the more interesting stories in the world of animation last year was the very public collapse of the Henry Selick's newest movie he was working on for Disney, something that was supposed to be the beginning of a very long and fruitful relationship for the "Nightmare Before Christmas" director and the studio. But, alas, the film that was at one point designed to be Pixar's first stop motion feature, completely fell apart after Selick continued to lock horns with the Pixar Brain Trust (whose story-comes-first mandate ruffled Selick) and Disney execs over the tone of the movie and its lack of narrative clarity. After building the animators a new studio and paying for a large chunk of the production budget, the project formerly known as "Shademaker" was indefinitely canceled Now comes word that the movie, now entitled "The Shadow King," is up and running again, this time produced by "Beasts of the Southern Wild" principle Josh Penn, with funding by K5 International.

Watch: Al Pacino Wears A Wig, Yells A Lot In First Full Trailer For 'Phil Spector'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 10:39 PM
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Going in front of cameras all the way back in the summer of 2011, it has been an unusually long wait for HBO's starry "Phil Spector," with Al Pacino in the juicy lead role, alongside Helen Mirren, in a movie written and directed by none other than David Mamet. And yet, wait is what we've done, but the film is finally on the way this year, and if you imagined it would be largely a wigged Pacino yelling, well, it kinda is...

Review: 'Branded' Is An Incomprehensible Sci-Fi Mash-Up That Thinks It's Much More Clever Than It Actually Is

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2012 3:55 PM
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The trailers for “Branded” promise a kind of the-world-is-not-what-it-seems science fiction head-turner in the vein of “The Matrix,” with an emphasis on the cultural fixation around name brands. They tantalizingly teased: What if, instead of giving you pleasure, those same brands were feeding off of you, in the most vile and sinister ways? Well, it turns out that the movie isn’t really about that. Instead, it’s about that and a whole bunch of other stuff, with filmmakers too undisciplined and untalented to either synthesize those ideas into a coherent plot nor the technical proficiency to pull it off with any kind of “well, at least it looks cool” finesse. The result isn’t just a muddled, unfocused, bloated mess - it’s a boring muddled, unfocused, bloated mess.

'Arrested Development' Cast Gets Back Together For The New Yorker Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2011 2:15 AM
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While it has been five years since Fox pulled the plug and "Arrested Development" went off the air, rumors of a potential movie have been rampant, but Hollywood (and series creator and writer Mitch Hurwitz) has so far been unable to wrangle everybody back together for one more story with the Bluth family. The monocle-wearing organizers of The New Yorker Festival, however have managed to do what no one else has been able to do since 2006: get the entire cast back together in one place at the same time.

Watch: Trailer For ‘Flypaper’ May Be The Worst Thing You See This Week

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • June 20, 2011 11:27 AM
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Here it is, folks: the trailer no one’s been waiting for. After a lukewarm reception at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the Patrick Dempsey/Ashley Judd bank heist/comedy “Flypaper” finally has a trailer courtesy of Yahoo.

Watch: Colin Hanks Gets 'Lucky' in Trailer For Serial Killer Comedy

  • By Sam Price
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  • June 10, 2011 3:00 AM
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Perhaps perturbed that other A-List offspring like Jaden and Willow Smith have already managed to become more famous than he is, Colin Hanks is finally breaking out, Emma Roberts style! After toiling away in numerous thankless roles -- his turns in "King Kong" and "The House Bunny" hardly set the planet on fire -- Yahoo! Movies has debuted the trailer for Hanks Jr.'s biggest role since 2002’s “Orange County”, a serial killer comedy "Lucky".

Bette Midler & Jeffrey Tambor Join Al Pacino Starring, David Mamet Directed HBO Phil Spector Project

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 23, 2011 8:10 AM
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First revealed last year, this is one of those projects that seemed too good to be true and when word around it died as quickly as it arrived, we figured that it wasn't coming along. Guess we were (thankfully) wrong.

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