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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.

Watch: Pilot For Jon Favreau/J.J. Abrams World-Without-Electricity Series 'Revolution' Lands Online

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 5, 2012 11:22 AM
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Similar to Joss Whedon's recent ascension to geek god, writer/producer J.J. Abrams has successfully spun his name into a brand that, when paired with a new project or concept, immediately casts an expectation of mystery and excitement into the audiences' mind. Even with the shadow of “Lost” lurking over every TV project that Abrams has touched, he's still managed to string together a series of intriguing hits (“Person of Interest”) and misses (“Alcatraz”), and now in preparation for his latest foray back into the high-concept ring, “Revolution,” he's eager to let everyone get an early taste of what's on offer.

'Beverly Hills Cop' TV Series Lands At CBS; 'Terriers' May Live Again Via Kickstarter-Funded TV Movie

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2012 4:14 PM
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Shawn Ryan's "Beverly Hills Cop" television series, which had everyone buzzing a week ago, has landed at CBS, according to Deadline. The network, which we're pretty sure is almost exclusively for people's elderly uncles, has given it a pilot commitment. The new series will follow the exploits of Aaron Foley, the son of Axel Foley, the Eddie Murphy character from the three successful Paramount movies. Murphy will produce and co-star in the pilot, with a possibility for future appearances should the show be ordered to series.

Mitch Hurwitz Says 'Arrested Development' Episodes Will Be "Act One" Of The Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 4, 2012 3:49 PM
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The return of "Arrested Development" is a real thing that's actually happening and sounding awesomer than ever, adding John Slattery, with a possible 13 episodes instead of the originally announced 10, all set to drop at the same time next spring on Netflix. Or are they? There are still a million unanswered questions about the show, and while details continue to be kept close to the chest, Mitch Hurwitz gave a few more morsels about where the show is going next. And yes, a movie is possibly still on the table, but don't necessarily expect every new episode at the same time.

Recap: Heartstopping 'Breaking Bad' Midpoint Finale 'Gliding Over All' Is The Season's Best Episode

  • By Cory Everett
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  • September 3, 2012 2:04 PM
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Heading into this week’s mid-season finale, we wondered how “Breaking Bad” might try to top last week’s devastating “Say My Name,” which saw fan favorite Mike Ehrmantraut murdered at the hands of the show’s (once) protagonist Walt. Actor Dean Norris slyly teased that this week’s episode would contain an “Oh, shit” moment and fans heads began to spin wondering just how they might top themselves this time. Well, it wasn’t another major death (though there were a record number of deaths) but instead the very beginning of the endgame that the series has been working towards since the pilot: Hank’s realization that his brother-in-law is the same man he’s been hunting down unsuccessfully for over a year. The episode’s title, “Gliding Over All,” is taken from a Walt Whitman poem whose final line reads “Deaths, many deaths I’ll sing.” Oh shit, indeed.

Recap: The Women Come To The Fore As War Looms In Episode 2 Of 'Parade's End'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • September 1, 2012 11:52 AM
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“Parade’s End” has already proven divisive. It’s been widely praised by the punditry, but many viewers have expressed frustration with its wilfully muddled structure (apparently a hangover from the even more chronologically confusing books), in which events separated by years and sometimes countries crash together as though occupying contiguous spaces. It doesn’t help, say these critics, that these events then unfold with a minimum of helpful backstory, and little contextualisation, so we drop in mid-conversation or catch mere glimpses of relevant newspaper headlines or have to tell simply by the fact that this minor character is talking to this other minor character, that Something Is Up. It’s challenging for the viewer, and within the genre of the costume drama, which is frequently reduced to who-is-shagging-whom-oh-look-at-that-pretty-hat throughlines, that can be offputting.

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