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Watch: Honest Trailer For 'The Lion King' As Disney Plans 'Avengers'-Esque Small Screen Spinoff

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2014 2:36 PM
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The Lion King
With "Maleficent" cleaning up, and live action reboots of "Cinderella" and "Beauty And The Beast" along the way, Disney continues to reach into the vault to exploit their classic titles for new cash as much as possible. And with "The Lion King" already making nearly a billion dollars worldwide at its time of release twenty years ago, Disney certainly already tried.

10 HBO Shows That Paved The Way For 'Game Of Thrones'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 10, 2014 1:56 PM
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10 Shows That Paved The Way For Game of Thrones
We've survived the fight between the Mountain and the Viper, and (for now) the battle for control of the Wall, and this Sunday brings the grand finale to the fourth season of "Game Of Thrones." In the four years since the show began, a curious thing happened—it became a phenomenon.

Neil Marshall Talks Single Take Shot In 'Watchers On The Wall' Plus Listen To Song From 'Game Of Thrones' Soundtrack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2014 9:04 AM
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Game Of Thrones
The last time Neil Marshall got behind the camera for "Game Of Thrones," it was a couple of years ago for season two's "Blackwater," which we called the best episode of the series to date at the time. And while this weekend's "The Watchers And The Wall" (recap here) doesn't quite hit that height, like the penultimate episodes so far, it was memorable and epic, with Marshall once again delivering some terrific thrills. And part of that included a single take shot of the yard at Castle Black as the action unfolds. And remarkably, no CGI was used for that scene.

'True Detective' Producer Says They're "Digging Deep" To Get Season 2 Done In "Timely Manner"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 9, 2014 4:47 PM
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True Detective
While development can be fraught with all kinds of challenges, there is one distinct advantage it brings with it that shows in production don't always have: time. And certainly, in the run up to "True Detective," everyone involved knew it was going to be a big undertaking, and thus, plans were made accordingly (even if it was still a time crunch). However, now that it's a bonafide hit, that luxury of having a single director (which won't be the case in season two) or even longer than a year to put it all together, has evaporated as HBO wants to keep their hit machine going.

5 Reasons Season 2 Of 'Orange Is The New Black' Is Better Than The First

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 9, 2014 3:41 PM
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Orange Is The New Black
If you were at the movies this past weekend, you were likely weeping over "The Fault In Our Stars" or thrilling to Tom Cruise in "Edge Of Tomorrow," while small-screen viewers gathered around for the giant battle for The Wall in "Game Of Thrones." But plenty of us were getting our binge on, because Friday brought one of the most hotly-anticipated events of the summer: the arrival of the entire second season of Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black."

Steven Spielberg Bringing Bryan Cranston's Tony-Winning 'All The Way' To TV & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 9, 2014 2:19 PM
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Bryan Cranston All The Way
...and the accolades keep rolling in for Bryan Cranston. After conquering the small screen thanks to his turn as Walter White in "Breaking Bad," last night, the actor won the Best Lead Actor Tony for his performance in "All The Way," and someone in some very high places is liking what they see.

Tom Hardy Says Film Is Getting A "Kick In The Balls" From TV

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 9, 2014 11:31 AM
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Tom Hardy, Inception
her decision to take on the hit Fox sitcom "New Girl." “I was always wary about doing television, just because you have to play the same character for a long period of time. Being a producer gave me the confidence to know that it would be a dialogue, and I wouldn’t just be told what to do.” And she's not the only actor seeing creative value in small screen endeavours.

TV Shows Based On William Friedkin's 'Killer Joe' & 'To Live And Die in L.A.' Developing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 9, 2014 10:00 AM
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Killer Joe To Live And Die In L.A.
To the filmmaker looking to tell adult stories on an appropriately sized canvas without having to cater to a four-quadrant audience or worry about securing a 3D upcharge, television is quickly becoming heaven. 2014 alone will see Cary Fukunaga, Steven Soderbergh and the Coen Brothers embrace the small screen format, and now a filmmaking legend is looking to bring his projects (back) to life on cable.

Watch: New Trailer For HBO's 'The Leftovers' Is Trying To Provoke You

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 9, 2014 9:19 AM
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The Leftovers
Still licking his wounds from the controversial finale of "Lost" four years later, writer/producer Damon Lindelof will have something to prove with his upcoming HBO series "The Leftovers." And he's already letting folks know he's changed his approach to storytelling.

Recap: 'Game Of Thrones' Season 4, Episode 9, 'The Watchers On The Wall' Is Back In Black

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 9, 2014 9:05 AM
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Game Of Thrones
It's a well known fact that the ninth of any season of "Game of Thrones" is always the most shocking, craziest, bat-shittiest, most traumatizing episode of the season. Many a beloved main character (usually a Stark, in odd-numbered seasons) finds themselves offed in a horrible and bloody way. Season 1: Ned Stark gets liberated from his head. Season 2: Stannis attacks King's Landing and Tyrion Lannister proves himself in the Battle of Blackwater. Season 3: well, we're all still recovering from the Red Wedding, aren't we? So if patterns hold, and this is an even season number, it stands to believe we won't lose a Stark this go round, right? And while "The Watchers on the Wall" is a jam-packed bloody affair, it brings less of the shock factor than previous ninth episodes have.

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