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Kyle Chandler To Star In Ridley Scott-Directed Showtime Pilot 'The Vatican'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 18, 2013 10:13 AM
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Though he spent the most of his early career bouncing around from bit part to bit part, Kyle Chandler finally caught people’s attention for his starring turn as Coach Taylor in the small-screen adaptation of “Friday Night Lights.” Since the series ended, Chandler has worked with directors like J.J. Abrams, Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow and Martin Scorsese, with another auteur now lined up.

Recap: Staten Island Is Really Getting Ray & Adam Down In 'Girls'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2013 9:30 PM
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If last week's episode of "Girls" is still being talked about as an outstanding outlier in the series thus far, an almost self-contained, Euro-flavored short film, this week the show returns to more familiar territor but still retains a melancholic air. Once again pitching focus, as the title suggests, we spend much more time with the guys as Adam (Adam Driver) and Ray (Alex Karpovsky) take center stage, while we also visit Marnie (Allison Williams), who continues her relationship with Booth Jonathan (Jorma Taccone). But before we get there, we kick things off with Hannah (Lena Dunham).

The H Is Silent: Watch Christoph Waltz In SNL's Quentin Tarantino Parody 'Djesus Uncrossed'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 17, 2013 9:45 AM
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"Saturday Night Live" is in something of a transitional period, one of many in its 30-odd-year history. Last season saw the show's two biggest stars, Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg depart, with Jason Sudeikis likely to follow at the end of the current season (and Bill Hader and Fred Armisen surely not far behind). At the same time, there's been a hugely promising new intake; Taran Killam is coming into his own, and this season's newcomers Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant have proven to be goddamn rock stars straight out of the gate.

Brad Pitt Passes On David Fincher's '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea'; Director May Not Helm 'House Of Cards' Season 2 Episodes

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 15, 2013 4:07 PM
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A little clarification on THR's David Fincher/"20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" report. Yes, Disney is debating whether to shoot the 3D tentpole in Australia and the trade reports there are lots of financial incentives to do so, but Fincher did his location scouting (and met with Aussie federal arts minister Simon Crean) six months ago. And yes, Brad Pitt is not set to star in the film, but that's not because this deal isn't done. Sources tell us Pitt officially passed on the David Fincher project after initially agreeing to take the lead about a month ago (the always finicky Pitt strikes again).

Chris & Paul Weitz Adapting Neal Stephenson’s 'Reamde' For Fox TV

  • By India Ross
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  • February 14, 2013 12:39 PM
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If there were a Bro Code for business, it would dictate that a career shared with one’s sibling is likely to be a good call. This fraternal model has had an illustrious history, from Marx to Coen to Farrelly (and to a lesser extent, Lehman). And so it is for Chris and Paul Weitz, whose "American Pie" redefined the teenage-boy-and-his-friend’s-mother-who’s-still-got-it dynamic, and simultaneously dealt an awkward blow to America’s baked goods industry.

Mads Mikkelsen Hangs Out With A Skull In New Pic From 'Hannibal'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2013 8:56 AM
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Cable networks are free to drop in all the sex and violence that their national broadcast competition can't, which certainly makes it a challenge when competing for viewers. But even so, NBC is hoping they can push the envelope by bringing Hannibal Lecter to the small screen. And they've got a helluva lead in Mads Mikkelsen.

Peter Sarsgaard & Amy Seimetz Join 'The Killing' Season 3

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 10:27 AM
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The big question: can AMC reclaim the fans and critics it lost after season two of "The Killing"? That's going to be the goal as the network canceled and then re-upped show, but they will still have to convince those who got frustrated as the intial mystery dragged over two seasons. But they are taking some important steps. Firstly, the network promises that this time around, everything will be resolved in twelve episodes, and secondly, they are lining up some solid talent to join the returning Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos.

First Look At Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger In Remake Of 'The Bridge' From 'Miss Bala' Helmer Gerardo Naranjo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 10:06 AM
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If can you weren't aware, Danish television is currently having a bit of a moment. Last month, New Yorker did a fascinating profile on the country's television industry and the popularity of their shows at home and more importantly abroad, with the politically minded "Borgen," "The Killing" (duh) and "The Bridge" all gaining fervent fans. And with "The Killing" already been taken down the remake route, next is the "The Bridge" (there is a separate UK remake in the works too) being brought to life by "Miss Bala" helmer Gerardo Naranjo. And now we have a first look at what he's been up to.

Berlin Review: Jane Campion's 'Top Of The Lake' A Satisfying & Cinematic Crime "Novel" In The Shape Of A TV Show

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 12, 2013 11:58 AM
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Taking the concept of binge-watching to a whole new theatrical level, we were lucky enough to spend most of our Sunday at the Berlin Film Festival in a large auditorium consuming Jane Campion’s six-hour “Top of the Lake” TV series, which will air in seven episodes on The Sundance Channel starting March 18th. It was a great experience, and not just because of the quality storytelling and filmmaking on display, but because of the sense of community and buzz you get at this type of event. We saw the show divided into three two-hour chunks, and during the brief intermissions, the audience buzzed with speculation: who was the father of the unborn child? Was X dead or alive? What was the significance of Y?

Emile Hirsch & Holliday Grainger Are Your New 'Bonnie & Clyde' In Lifetime & History Channel Miniseries

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2013 12:50 PM
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Well, at least it's not Miley Cyrus, right? Lifetime is teaming with History Channel who are looking to continue the miniseries success they had with "Hatfields & McCoys" (true story: this writer couldn't make it past the first part) with another tale of outlaws and young love. That's right, "Bonnie & Clyde" are getting ready to ride again, and as much as we frown at this idea, the two leads are actually some pretty decent choices.

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