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Casting: Bill Murray Is Baloo In Jon Favreau's 'Jungle Book' And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2014 1:29 PM
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Bill Murray Baloo
Although the Toronto International Film Festival is having trouble tracking down Bill Murray, in order to secure his hotly buzzed "St. Vincent" for a premiere screening, the actor isn't completely off the grid. Prone taking on gigs that suit his fleeting fancy, Murray has a surprise up his sleeve.

Richard Linklater's 'School Of Rock' Heads To Nickelodeon, TV Series Launching In 2015

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2014 10:10 AM
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School Of Rock
While Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" continues to do strong box office, becoming the third highest grossing IFC Films movie ever, the film has a long way to go to reach the financial heights of "School Of Rock." The director's 2003 comedy starring Jack Black was a surprise hit, earning over $80 million at the U.S. box office, prompting discussion of a sequel. While that project never came to pass, last year it was reported that Andrew Lloyd Webber was considering bringing the concept of a down-and-out rocker impersonating a substitute teacher to the Great White Way. In the meantime, the further adventures of Dewey Finn are set to take place on the small screen.

Recap: 'The Leftovers' Season 1, Episode 6 ‘Guest’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2014 11:00 PM
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The Leftovers
In the world of “The Leftovers” there is no character who has felt the weight of loss more than Nora Durst (Carrie Coon). Losing both her husband and children on October 14th — odds of 1/128,000 she cooly notes in this week’s “Guest” — have made her an odd symbol in the town of Mapleton. She's a human monument to the town's collective mourning, and a reminder even to those that did lose family members and friends, that their situation could be even worse. But three years on, Nora's grief — coupled with the revelations about her husband's infidelity — now weigh like an anchor around her neck. The more she tries to live with the pain or understand it, the more she is sent into a spiral of guilt and self-loathing that will take a miracle to overcome.

Casting: Spike Jonze To Guest On 'Girls,' Emily Ratajkowski Joins Zac Efron In ‘We Are Your Friends’ & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2014 2:50 PM
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Emily Ratajkowski
While rightly celebrated for his films, Spike Jonze is also an ace actor, who excels and showing up in small roles and knocking them out of the park. His turn as a penny stock mover and shaker in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street" was memorable stuff, as was his brief appearance in Bennett Miller's "Moneyball."

Simon West Lines Up New Project With The Who, Says He Would Make 'Con Air 2' If It Took Place "In Space"

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 31, 2014 9:00 AM
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Simon West
When your directorial debut is “Con Air,” that one-time TNT staple with Nicolas Cage sporting a sweet mullet, you’re pretty much guaranteed to continue working in that lower-tier Jerry Bruckheimer mold. Director Simon West, however, seems intent on bucking that trend with a very curious project.

Oscar Isaac Will Lead David Simon’s Civil Rights HBO Miniseries, Elle Fanning Steps Into A 'Storm' And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2014 4:52 PM
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Inside Llewyn Davis
Earlier this year, it was reported that David Simon — the man behind "The Wire" and "Treme" — was writing an HBO miniseries biopic about Martin Luther King Jr. Whether that project is still going or perhaps shifted directions is unclear, but Simon has a new project coming on HBO, with similar thematic matter, and it sounds great.

Casting: Paul Dano Eyes 'War And Peace,' Iggy Azalea Joins 'Fast & Furious 7' And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2014 10:00 AM
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It's probably not a total shock that a miniseries adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s doorstop "War And Peace" is being described as "the most ambitious event series ever made for the BBC." But it is interesting to see some of the actors being sought. Paul Dano and Lily James have been offered roles in the production, with the former eyed for "Pierre Bezukhov, the awkward illegitimate son who rises in society but leads a tumultuous life as he seeks to overcome his emotions" and the latter as Natasha Rostova, who falls in love with him. The plan is for this one to air in 2015 in the UK, so expect things to start coming together soon.

Even Though It's Going Online, You'll Still Have To Watch 'Community' Season 6 One Episode At A Time, Each Week

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2014 4:29 PM
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Community
While Yahoo has been producing modest amounts of exclusive video content (such as the underseen faux reality series "Burning Love"), the tech giant is set to challenge the likes of Netflix and Amazon in the "prestige tv" sweepstakes . At the end of June, Yahoo swooped in and saved "Community" from disappearing forever by ordering up a sixth season, and it wasn't long before movie talks emerged. But will the company squander its most high profile programming asset by presenting it in a week-to-week schedule that viewers (especially online) have long abandoned?

"Gritty" 'Daredevil' Coming To Netflix May 2015, ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Animated Series In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2014 11:27 AM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
The Marvel-verse continues to expand and all you can do is get out of the way. And while Marvel has their next batch of movies planned through 2019, their current baby is this week's "Guardians Of The Galaxy" (our review). A sequel is already set for 2017, and it looks like they are feeling confident enough audiences will want even more, a small screen version of the heroes is in the works.

Recap: 'The Leftovers,' Season 1, Episode 5 'Gladys'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2014 11:00 PM
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Ann Dowd and Amy Brenneman in "The Leftovers"
Loyalty is a bond that can be stronger than blood ties, but creating that connection requires a careful balance of trust and vulnerability to show that you can be both sensitive and stoic to the needs of someone else. But loyalty can also be dangerous, and that becomes clear in "The Leftovers' " fifth episode "Gladys," where we witness in rather chilling fashion how and why the Guilty Remnant stay so devoted to their cause even in the wake of horrific acts.

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