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Olivia Wilde Heads Back To 'House'; Famke Janssen Lives On Eli Roth's 'Hemlock Grove'; Adam Levine Is 'An American Horror Story' & More

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 21, 2012 11:18 AM
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There are many happenings in the world of television as of late, with familiar faces returning to some of your favorite shows, while new talents are cast in hopes that they’ll be memorable additions.

First Look At CW's 'Green Arrow' TV Series; Poster For Lena Dunham's 'Girls'; Idris Elba & Matthew Macfayden Both Find Small-Screen Roles & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 20, 2012 1:03 PM
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Batman and "The Dark Knight" aside, D.C. Comics haven't had much joy on the big screen, last year's "Green Lantern" being only the latest in a series of misfires, although they're hopeful that next year's "Man of Steel" will revive Superman. We say revive, but actually the superpowered Kryptonian only last year wrapped up a popular ten-year run with the TV series "Smallville."

Review: 'Mister Rogers & Me' A Loose & Loving Tribute To America's Favorite Neighbor

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 20, 2012 9:59 AM
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One of the biggest movies at the box office for children last year was "The Smurfs." Taking in over $560 million worldwide, the 3D, CG/live action reboot tossed in references to Aerosmith, "Rock Band," bodily functions and "Midnight Cowboy" (among many others) in a slick and glossy production whose greatest accomplishment was keeping kids in once place for 86 minutes, while harried parents got a moment to breathe. It says something about how much the idea and perception of entertainment for children has changed, that in watching old clips of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," the show practically feels revolutionary. Moving at a measured, distinctly unhurried pace, with a man who spoke honestly and directly to his young viewers, even decades later, for anyone who grew up watching the show, Fred Rogers still represents an honesty and integrity in children's programming that simply hasn't been matched. And it's those values of caring, decency and love for your neighbor that are honored in Benjamin and Christofer Wagner's "Mister Rogers & Me."

Review: 'Life's Too Short' Gets Darker, Grows More Incisive As It Heads Toward The Season Finale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2012 12:58 PM
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While Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have been rightly celebrated for creating some of the best, most observant comedy of the last few years in "The Office" and "Extras," the success and brilliance of those shows have been possible due to their willingness to eviscerate the main characters. David Brent and Andy Millman both have their ego and hubris splashed heavily with buckets of cold water throughout both series. What has made both of those shows rise beyond their seeming sitcom trappings, has been the greater character truths that arrive as their grand ambitions face hard and harsh reality.

SXSW '12: Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow & The Team Behind 'Girls' Discuss The Brilliant New HBO Show

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 16, 2012 12:24 PM
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Over the past decade, SXSW has turned into one of the countries most exciting showcases for feature films and shorts as well as the programs for music and interactive. So consider this something of a milestone that one of the most exciting premieres to take place at the Paramount Theatre this year was not a film at all but the first three episodes of a new HBO series. The event was the first time the cable juggernaut had utilized the festival as a showcase for one of its shows and though one might have guessed a sneak peek of the new season of their fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” would be an easy lay for the geek-centric crowd, instead the network decided to put their big promotional push towards “Girls,” a new comedy from writer/director/star Lena Dunham. This actually makes sense because Dunham premiered her first two features at the fest which included her breakout, “Tiny Furniture,” which won the prize for Best Narrative Feature. "Girls" revolves around the relationships between 4 college friends - Hannah (Dunham), her best friend Marnie (Allison Williams), hipster princess Jessa (Jemimi Kirke), virgin Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) - and their trials and tribulations working, dating and living in NYC.

Watch: New Teaser Trailer For HBO's 'Hemingway And Gellhorn' With Clive Owen And Nicole Kidman

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 15, 2012 11:46 AM
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Last month HBO dropped a 5-minute trailer for their upcoming film "Hemingway & Gellhorn" starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman as the titular Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, respectively. For anyone who thinks 5-minutes is too long for a trailer, or for those who simply couldn't be bothered sitting through it all, HBO have offered us a new look at the film in a handy bite-sized edition - this trailer coming in just under a minute.

Simon Pegg Lines Up Guest Role On Frank Darabont's 'L.A. Noir' Pilot

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 15, 2012 10:25 AM
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Funnyman Simon Pegg will have to trade in his Starfleet uniform and phaser for a fedora and a gun as he's now set to join the pilot of Frank Darabont's gestating adaptation of John Buntin's epic saga "L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America's Most Seductive City" for the cable network TNT.

HBO Passes On Spike Lee's 'Da Brick' Featuring 'Attack The Block' Star John Boyega

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2012 10:22 AM
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While Spike Lee has conquered both the big and small screen with feature films and documentaries, when it comes to television series', he's had far less luck. In 2004 he tried to get "Sucker Free City" up over at Showtime, a series that would've chronicled the disparate groups at play in the gentrification of San Francisco. After a two hour pilot (which wound up being screened at TIFF) it didn't go much further. And it seems another small screen effort has been put on hold before it ever really got started.

New Images & A Poster For 'Mad Men' Season 5

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 14, 2012 9:23 AM
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There's nothing worse than that feeling just after the season finale of your favorite television show. Your anticipation for that final episode has been building for weeks, but when it's over, in comes that crushing feeling that you'll be without the show and the characters you love for many months ahead. For those whose favorite show is "Mad Men," that sentiment must have soon turned into agony when contract negotiations stretched out the series' absence from the usual 9 months to an almost unbearable 18 months.
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David Cronenberg To Direct TV Pilot 'Knifeman,' Sam Raimi Executive Producing

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 13, 2012 9:46 AM
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We've come to expect the unexpected from David Cronenberg, and we certainly didn't foresee that his first feature film in four years, "A Dangerous Method," would turn out to be a talky, stagey, history lesson (even with a good deal of spanking). Neither did we expect that he'd ever be directing a cast that included Robert Pattinson and Jay Baruchel, but we'll see them both in "Cosmopolis" later this year. And we certainly didn't expect that the director, having not stepped onto a television set in over two decades (he helmed an episode of the shortlived "Friday The 13th" series), would be headed back to the small screen.

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