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Ben Wheatley Has Another New Project Set Up At HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 4:18 PM
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Oh, you think your schedule is busy? Well, Ben Wheatley is here to let you know how lazy you really are. Not only has he dropped three features in the past three years -- "Down Terrace," "Kill List" and "Sightseers" -- with another one coming in 2013 ("A Field In England"), he also helmed episodes of the Brit show "Ideal," and contributed a short to "The ABCs Of Death." And oh yeah, he's got a handful of projects in the cooker too with "Freakshift," "I, Macrobane," "Two For Hell" and the animated "Mega Evil Motherfuckers" all developing. So you might not think he'd have time to make an American sojourn. You would be wrong.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For Phillip Noyce's HBO Film 'Mary And Martha' Starring Hilary Swank & Brenda Blethyn

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 12:17 PM
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Oh hey, Hilary Swank, remember her? The two-time Oscar winner, who hasn't really made a decent movie since "Million Dollar Baby" (though if we're being charitable, "Conviction" wasn't awful, just forgettable -- bet you didn't even remember that one) heads to HBO for her next effort, which looks like a definite improvement over her last few movies.

The Monster Is Within: Watch The New Trailer For Eli Roth's Netflix Series 'Hemlock Grove'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 11:43 AM
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You gotta hand it to Netflix -- their major foray into original programming is leaving no stone unturned. Last month we got the political drama "House Of Cards," and later this spring the Bluths return in the long-awaited "Arrested Development," but sandwiched in between, the streaming company is hoping to lure horror fans with another piece of unique programming: the Eli Roth-produced "Hemlock Grove." And a new trailer is here teasing sex, monsters and all sorts of hair-raising drama.

Watch: Ricky Gervais Brings Back David Brent From 'The Office' For New 10-Minute Short

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 19, 2013 11:22 AM
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In Britain, the biannual charity extravaganza that is Comic Relief has a great track record for creating one-off comedy sketches, many based around established British shows and comedy characters. Past classics have included skits based around the likes of "Doctor Who," "Blackadder," "Gavin and Stacey," "One Foot in the Grave," "Da Ali G Show," "I'm Alan Partridge" and "Father Ted." Ricky Gervais has been involved many times before, perhaps most notably for the time he created an extremely funny sketch in which he appeared to be recording an appeal for aid from Africa. Well, Gervais returned with a new sketch at this year's Comic Relief, and this time he brought back David Brent.

Review: ‘American Winter’ A Devastating Portrait Of The Erosion Of The Middle Class

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 6:54 PM
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With the nation’s economy continually on a knife’s edge, the past few years has seen the political discourse take a marked shift. Conservative politicians have started to lure voters with an image that they will tighten the wasteful spending in Washington, but for the most part, that has meant targeting social services. Indeed, healthcare, social security and other measures that are seen as bloated programs that will sink the country into financial ruin if they aren’t severely overhauled. And all of this is being done in the name of supposedly preserving the middle class, but as the documentary “American Winter” argues, the entire approach is not only wrong headed, it’s only making things worse for the people these policies are supposed to protect.

'Wings Of Desire' & 'Downfall' Star Bruno Ganz Is The Pope...In Ridley Scott's Pilot 'The Vatican'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 4:33 PM
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Over a storied and celebrated career, actor Bruno Ganz has logged time with a handful of famed filmmakers including Eric Rohmer, Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders and more, and is perhaps best known for his roles in international hits like "Wings Of Desire" (directed by the latter) and "Downfall." And now, it looks like he's found another role that could gain him all kinds of attention thanks to nothing more than some good timing.

Watch: First Teaser Trailer For Christopher Guest's New HBO Comedy Series 'Family Tree'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 1:20 PM
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Last night, "Girls" closed out its second season with a rather lacklustre finale, and while "Game Of Thrones" is HBO's next big series out the gate, later this spring they'll be returning with more laughs. The second season of "Veep" will kick off in April, with a new trailer recently arriving, and then in May, Christopher Guest will make a long awaited return with "Family Tree." And the first teaser promises a lot of familiar faces from his usual collective...

"This Is Why China Regulates The Internet": Watch The Trailer For The Second Season Of 'Veep'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 18, 2013 12:28 PM
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"Girls" and "Enlightened" might be over for now, but we don't have too long to wait for another quality HBO sitcom to start up, as we're four weeks from the start of the second season of "Veep," the Emmy-award winning political comedy starring Julia-Louis-Dreyfus. Created by Armando Iannucci, the man behind "The Thick Of It," and "In The Loop," the first season might not have quite hit the peaks of brilliance of the earlier show and movie, but it's still one of the most consistent and enjoyable sitcoms on TV.

Recap: After An Adventurous Season 2, 'Girls' Finale Plays It Safe & Conventional

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 9:56 AM
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It has been a pretty adventurous second season for "Girls," and one has to look no further than the experimental, format-breaking mid-season episodes. The nearly standalone short film "One Man's Trash," the Staten Island-set "Boys" and Jessa one-off "Video Games" were all fascinating detours from the show's more traditional HBO comedy format, and often delivered bigger dramatic and emotional payoffs. But as the series wound down, the return to a more conventional approach has been less satisfying, and this weekend's finale is certainly a let down for anyone hoping that Lena Dunham might regularly be taking "Girls" into bolder waters structurally.

Watch: Seven Kingdoms Are United In Fear In Brand New Trailer For 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 18, 2013 9:00 AM
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If you caught the “Girls” season finale last night, odds are you saw a new trailer for season three of everyone’s favorite show, “Game of Thrones.” If you missed it, or just want to rewatch Westeros scored by Daft Punk, then head down below to watch.

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