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'Bates Motel' Checks In For A Second Season On A&E

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2013 5:22 PM
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Trend alert!? Are we headed for full blown prequel-itis on TV? With NBC experiencing a nearly-there hit with the actually pretty decent "Hannibal" (they're going to rerun the pilot this Wednesday night, before airing the second episode on Thursday), A&E has already gone ahead and declared "Bates Motel" a winner.

First Look At 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' As Production Begins, Plus 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Gets A New Name

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2013 12:20 PM
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Just in time for your lunch break, here are a couple of minor updates on Marvel's latest efforts to lead Hollywood on all fronts.

Steve Carell & James Gandolfini's 'The Bone Men' Becomes 'Bone Wars,' Heads To HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2013 9:39 AM
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Even though the result of their first collaboration, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," wasn't so incredible, it seems the unlikely pairing of gritty character actor James Gandolfini and comic lead Steve Carell will continue beyond the magician comedy. Last fall, it was reported the duo were putting together a paleontology comedy (they really seem to love the high concepts). That project has now found a home, and a few plot details have surfaced.

Review: 'Mad Men' Returns With A Confident 2-Hour Premiere That Proves It's Still The Best Show On TV

  • By Cory Everett
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  • April 7, 2013 11:00 PM
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At this point, few would argue that "Mad Men" doesn't deserve to be listed as one of the greatest television shows of the modern age, but what not many have considered until now (perhaps for fear of jinxing it) is that if it continues to be as strong as it has been, it may just top them all. Now entering its sixth season, fans of the show have been holding their breath wondering if creator Matt Weiner and co. can possibly keep this up. After all, not many shows have been able to maintain this kind of quality and consistency this far into their run. Even hall-of-famers "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" started to falter a bit by season 5, but so far "Mad Men" hasn't lost a step.

Watch: Fantastic New Trailer For Steven Soderbergh's 'Behind The Candelabra' With Michael Douglas & Matt Damon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2013 9:27 PM
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Behind The Candelabra, Michael Douglas
Steven Soderbergh has never been one to resist a challenge (ie. a 12-hour adaptation of John Barth's "The Sot-Weed Factor"), and certainly, his long-developing biopic of Liberace, "Behind the Candelabra," faced its fair share of resistance. The director has been up front about major studios turning down the movie for being "too gay," but it seems it's going to be their loss. HBO has dropped a brand new trailer for the movie and it looks nothing short of great.

Review & Recap: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 3 Begins To Coalesce With Episode 2 'Dark Wings, Dark Words'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • April 7, 2013 7:05 PM
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Joe Dempsie, Ben Hawkey and Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones
After episode one, "Valar Dohaeris," reminded us of what half of our Seven Kingdoms are up to in “Game Of Thrones,” episode two, “Dark Wings, Dark Words,” catches us up with the remaining characters not featured in the inaugural episode and moves the story forward in a more decided fashion, introducing new, significant characters and teaching us a bit more about some of the more mysterious aspects of story.

Review: It Might Not Be Journalism, But You Won't Find The Stories On 'Vice' Anywhere Else

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2013 5:18 PM
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Ah, Vice. The once long ago irreverent little zine out of Montreal and has grown into a globe spanning empire, with offices around the world, and an online presence that has expanded far beyond their still free, glossy monthly magazine. And while they may still be snarked at for their ongoing Dos & Don'ts, stunt like "reporting" which sometimes is as sophisticated as someone taking drugs and then writing about it (an approach spoofed by Lena Dunham on "Girls") and general tendency to stick to the kind of off-the-cuff, fratboy humor that made their name, if you look closer, they've matured considerably.

Watch: The Full Pilot Episode Of NBC's 'Hannibal' Starring Mads Mikkelsen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2013 10:40 AM
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You may have forgotten, but last night was the premiere of the somewhat highly anticipated "Hannibal" on NBC, a network that can't seem to sell a show to save their life. But this one is/was certainly promising. The excellent Mads Mikkelsen leads the show as the titular cannibal, but in his early days as a doctor, before he became much more well known for his peculiar appetites. He's enlisted by the FBI to help Hugh Dancy capture a serial killer, but of course the twist that Hannibal Lecter is a killer himself adding a layer of intrigue to the show. Does it all work?

Someone Has Been Found To Play INXS Frontman Michael Hutchence In Aussie TV Biopic/Miniseries

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • April 5, 2013 10:24 AM
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Here’s an Australian project that has potential to draw some interest in the television scene down under. In December, it was reported that Australian network Seven had commissioned production company Shine to make “Never Tear Us Apart,” a miniseries based on the '80s rock band INXS. And now, the lead role of late frontman Michael Hutchence has been cast.

Christopher Abbott (AKA Charlie) Abruptly Exits 'Girls' Season 3 As Production Starts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2013 9:04 AM
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The unstoppable "Girls" may have just closed out its second season with its divisive finale, but it looks like one of the major storyline developments is getting an unexpected shakeup. Not all is sunny on Lena Dunham's set of the now-shooting third season, and one major character has abruptly exited the show.

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