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We Gotta Push Just A Little Bit More: New Trailer For 'The Walking Dead' Season 3

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 14, 2012 10:20 AM
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Cable TV enthusiasts...the drought is over. While this summer brought "Louie," "The Newsroom" and "Breaking Bad" to the small screen to tide folks over, with the fall rolling in, those DVRs are going to be exercised harder as a batch of programs return. With "Boardwalk Empire," "Dexter," "Treme" and more to start soon, it won't stop there as next month, AMC's "The Walking Dead" will be hoping to deliver its best season yet.

Recap: 'Louie' Gets An Unlikely Talk-Show Sensei

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 14, 2012 10:01 AM
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With apologies, it's been a little while since we checked in in "Louie" -- we were partly interrupted by festival-related travels and because the show took last week off, presumably because it would have clashed with Barack Obama's speech at the DNC. Or the VMAs. Happily, over the past weeks, Louis C.K.'s been unfurling his most expansive story yet, a three-part tale that last night's episode marked the middle act of, in what seems to be building into something resembling the first "Louie" feature-length movie.

Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes & Many More Join Larry David's HBO Movie 'Clear History'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • September 14, 2012 9:03 AM
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Last month, the plot for Larry David's upcoming improvised comedy was revealed, ending what was an unusual amount of secrecy for the creator of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm." At the time, the project still lacked a name and only had confirmed the casting of Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton and David himself. With HBO stepping in over the summer to release the film, the project is taking shape for a fall shoot and is putting together its cast, roughly about half of Hollywood.

Her? Mae Whitman Confirms She's Returning As Ann/Egg In 'Arrested Development' Season 4

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2012 6:30 PM
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While we have our hopes high and fingers crossed that the upcoming fourth season of "Arrested Development" can match the amazing genius of the first three seasons before it was canceled by Fox, it seems Mitch Hurwitz and co. are making sure they have all the comedic ingredients at their disposal. Of course, all the main ensemble are back, with John Slattery also lending his skills and Liza Minnelli returning as well. And now another player has confirmed she'll be appearing/planting as well.

Derek Cianfrance Confirms HBO Series 'Muscle' Is Next, Talks Adapting The Memoir

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2012 2:43 PM
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It has been two years since Derek Cianfrance emerged with his raw and intimate "Blue Valentine," and coming into TIFF with his latest effort, the filmmaker presented a movie that was bigger in every way possible. Running well over two hours with cast including Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Dane DeHaan, Ben Mendelsohn and more, "The Place Beyond the Pines" tells a tale that spans generations and makes great use of its New York State setting. To say that we loved it would be an understatement (read our review here), but it seems the director isn't done with long form storytelling just yet.

Bret Easton Ellis Writing CW Series For 'Twilight' Director, Donald Glover Developing Solo Sitcom At NBC

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2012 8:44 PM
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The TV season is about to get underway, with a handful of shows already starting airing, and, for the most part, there's not an awful lot to get excited about. A few shows that have our interest (mostly hitting cable in the New Year), and some returning favorites, obviously, but a thin slate of new series by most accounts. But that doesn't mean there isn't anything coming down the pipe, as a few announcements in the last few days have made clear.

Christian Slater Joins Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac,' Caleb Landry Jones To Lead John Boorman's 'Hope & Glory' Sequel

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • September 12, 2012 11:45 AM
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Having given late '80s/early '90s idol-turned-TV-hero Kiefer Sutherland a plum role in his last film, "Melancholia," ever-provocative Danish auteur Lars von Trier is looking to pull the same trick again, as Variety reports that Christian Slater is the latest unlikely addition to the director's next picture(s), his two-part drama "Nymphomaniac." Slater, mostly seen in strings of dreadful DTV actioners these days, will play the father of Charlotte Gainsbourg's lead character, joining Stellan Skarsgård, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell and Connie Nielsen in the picture, which documents a woman's sexual life from infancy to adulthood. The trade also reveal that British model Stacy Martin will appear, playing the younger version of Gainsbourg's character.

The CW Developing 'Wonder Woman' Origin Series 'Amazon'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 7, 2012 10:45 AM
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If there’s one reliable fallback option for television networks beside Charlie Sheen, it’s the comic book superhero origin story. While occasionally you’ll have the odd failure like “Birds of Prey,” shows like “Smallville” have continually pulled in a decent audience season to season. Now, as CW’s “Arrow” becomes the latest to make it to the small screen, the same network is planning to bring another evocative DC Comics property back into the fray.

Shhh...Zombies! New Images From 'The Walking Dead' Season 3

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • September 5, 2012 6:28 PM
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It’s September, and that means that we’re fast approaching the new seasons of a huge number of your favorite television shows. At the top of many peoples' lists is “The Walking Dead,” which has managed to survive the departure of showrunner Frank Darabont at the start of its last season to remain arguably AMC’s biggest success story, with 9 million viewers tuning in to see the season finale last year.

Robert De Niro & Eric Roth Reteam To Bring 'The Good Shepherd' TV Series To Showtime

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 5, 2012 6:02 PM
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If there is one movie in the past few years this writer feels was underrated and dismissed too easily, it's Robert De Niro's 2006 effort "The Good Shepherd." Running way ahead of more critically acclaimed fare like "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," De Niro's film was an equally cold and sober look at the spy game, which quietly but effectively explored the moral and emotional toll it takes. For a while, he had been talking up a sequel -- and was even dreaming of a trilogy -- but considering the film cost about $80 million, only grossed $59 million domestically and topped out around $100 million internationally, it's no surprise Universal wasn't in a hurry. But it seems the project hasn't left his desk, and now has found some intriguing new life.

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