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Casting: Ving Rhames Back For 'Mission: Impossible 5,' Paul Giamatti Joins N.W.A. Biopic And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 18, 2014 9:42 AM
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Mission: Impossible III Ving Rhames
In case you were worried about the continuity of the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, never fear: Ving Rhames will be back once again for "Mission: Impossible 5." Director Christopher McQuarrie confirmed the actor's return on Twitter, with Rhames reprising his Luther Stickell role.

Recap: 'The Leftovers,' Season 1, Episode 8 'Cairo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2014 11:00 PM
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The Leftovers
Purpose. It's the word that's becoming something of importance to the characters of "The Leftovers." In last week's "Solace For Tired Feet," Kevin Garvey's (Justin Theroux) father tried desperately, in his own unhinged way, to lift the veil from his son's eyes, to get him to see the true reality of what's going on around them. But delivered within a package of crazy, Kevin either refused or simply couldn't see what his father tried to put in front him. And in this week's "Cairo" he's once again brought to the edge of understanding, with that word "purpose" reappearing, almost like a weapon, before the situation spins out of control, with even more left for Kevin to puzzle over and figure out.

Watch: 2 Clips From Scrapped Comedy Pilot 'Not Another High School Show' With Alison Brie And Jennifer Lawrence

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2014 5:46 PM
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Not Another High School Show
The year is 2006, and five years after the release of the successful spoof film "Not Another Teen Movie," it was decided a TV spinoff of the film was a good idea. And so, Comedy Central ordered up a pilot for "Not Another High School Show," and the reason you don't remember it is because the network declined to order a full season. Now you can see why.

'The Strain' Renewed For Season 2, Guillermo del Toro Working On 'Silent Hill' Video Game

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2014 1:56 PM
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Pacific Rim. Guillermo del Toro
Even with "Pacific Rim 2" and "Crimson Peak" on the way, Guillermo del Toro is barreling ahead. As busy as he is with movies, the filmmaker has always been involved in other mediums, and this week brought updates on two non-film projects.

Watch: Epic Teaser For 'Community' Season 6 Promises First Ever Bionic TV Show

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2014 4:47 PM
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Community
"Community" season six will take place, thanks to an unlikely assist from Yahoo, but new episodes —arriving week by week, old school TV style— aren't expected to drop until the very end of the year at the earliest. Never fear! The show is giving something extra to the fans to hold them over until then.

Watch: Behind The Scenes Preview Of Whit Stillman’s Amazon Pilot 'The Cosmopolitans'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2014 8:15 PM
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The Cosmopolitans
While he's never really been part of the studio system to begin with, it's meaningful that even Whit Stillman is headed to TV with his next project. Later this month, his pilot for "The Cosmopolitans" will be available courtesy of Amazon Studios via Amazon.com's Buy Everything Here service, along with a handful of other new shows where fans will upvote which ones will be expanded into full series. Does this one have what it takes?

Watch: 'The Leftovers' Season 1 Catch Up Trailer As HBO Renews Show For Season 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2014 1:17 PM
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The Leftovers
If you haven't already, now is the time to start watching "The Leftovers." Don't be afraid of the name Damon Lindelof hanging over the show, nor its unrelentingly grim tone. And while the premise — taking place three years following the mass disappearance of 2% of the world's population— might seem "Lost"-esque, the execution is entirely different. And pay little mind to the pilot episode, easily the first season's weakest offering. Get beyond those obstacles and you'll find a fascinating character drama about loss and grief with quasi- supernatural elements.

Casting: Tom Hiddleston Sought For 'Ben-Hur' Remake, Michael C. Hall Joins Kubrick Miniseries & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2014 9:25 AM
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Ben-Hur Tom Hiddleston
MGM and Paramount are remaking the classic "Ben-Hur," with Timur Bekmambetov directing. Because they can. And because, well, why not, they're seeking out Tom Hiddleston for the title role.

Pussy Riot Will Appear In 'House Of Cards' Season 3 For Some Reason

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 12, 2014 9:00 AM
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This past spring, reports flew around that members of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot were going to make their film debut in the developing sequel "Spring Breakers: The Second Coming." Those reports were quickly denied, but the prospect of Pussy Riot going Hollywood may yet bear fruit. Following their release from prison, members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina spent the spring doing press and rubbing shoulders with celebrities, and are now making tentative steps in front of the camera.

Casting: Mike Epps Frontrunner For Richard Pryor Biopic, Daisy Ridley Returning For 'Star Wars 8 & 9' And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 11, 2014 5:00 PM
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Repentant Mike Epps
From Marlon Wayans to Eddie Murphy to Nick Cannon, it seems every six months or so a new name surfaces as the potential lead for the forever developing Richard Pryor biopic. And with Lee Daniels now attached to direct, another contender is now in the pole position for the job —Mike Epps, who recently aced a screen test.

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