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J.J. Abrams Will Produce 'Star Trek 3,' Develop New 'Mission: Impossible' Movie; Pilot With Alfonso Cuarón Ordered

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2013 9:55 AM
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Happy New Year, J.J. Abrams! As January winds to a close, the events of the past week have basically suggested that Abrams is essentially the new Steven Spielberg. Last night, Disney officially confirmed the news that J.J. Abrams has signed on to direct "Star Wars: Episode 7" (see press release below). But of course the big question is what becomes of Abrams' relationship with Paramount?

McG To Direct Pilot For Modern 'Romeo And Juliet'-Esque Show 'Venice'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 26, 2013 9:27 AM
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Ah, McG. Just mention of the name alone is enough to get the vitriol pumping through the veins of Internet movie nerds. The early dislike for the director hasn’t dissipated in recent years after first disappointing the fanboys of one movie franchise with “Terminator Salvation” (although personally we’d have loved to see his much darker ending make the final cut) then returning last year and squandering a fantastic cast (Pine! Hardy! Witherspoon!) on the way to delivering a woefully inept comedy with “This Means War.” Next up for the director on the big screen is the Luc Besson-produced thriller “Three Days to Kill” (currently set to star Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld and Connie Nielsen), but it also looks like he has plans for a project on the small screen.

HBO Officially Announces Inevitable Renewal Of 'Girls' For Season 3

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2013 4:17 PM
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Not only was the cat out of the bag months ago, it's pretty much gone and had kittens, but HBO has finally made it real and offical: "Girls" has been renewed for a third season.

Over 20 Images From 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3 Including New Characters Mance Ryder, Lady Oleanna, Thoros & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2013 2:32 PM
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Winter may be here but winter is also coming. See what we did there? "Game Of Thrones" season three is a mere two months away, and after playing coy with some cryptic teasers, HBO has pulled the curtain back hard, dropping over twenty new images from the forthcoming season, spread across seven episodes. No, there aren't any spoilers in here as they are mostly tight character shots, but fans will want to sit up and take note.

Ken Burns Is Turning His PBS Doc 'Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise And Fall Of Jack Johnson' Into An HBO Miniseries

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2013 1:54 PM
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You can't really talk about American documentary filmmakers without mentioning Ken Burns. Practically an institution at PBS, Ken Burns has created sprawling, research heavy, detailed documentaries about monumental moments in the country's history, including "The Civil War," "Jazz" and "Prohibition" (he's not one for fancy titles). He's also turned his eye from time to time to sports, with "Baseball" and "Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise And Fall Of Jack Johnson." And some stories it seems are worth telling again with a bit of cinematic flair, as the latter is headed for the miniseries treatment.

HBO Orders Jay & Mark Duplass Comedy Pilot ‘Togetherness’

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • January 25, 2013 1:29 PM
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HBO has ordered a half-hour comedy pilot entitled “Togetherness,” to be written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass. The concept is two couples living together under one roof and struggling to keep their relationships alive while pursuing their individual dreams. Sounds like the Duplass brothers are sticking to what works with more reality-based relationship humor.

Amazon Angling For 'Zombieland' Series, 'Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil' Helmer Eli Craig To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2013 4:26 PM
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Welcome to the future of programming. 2013 is marking perhaps the biggest gear change in how we watch television, as traditional network and cable outlets are going to be getting a serious run for their money from streaming services. Netflix drops "House Of Cards" next week and "Arrested Development" in the spring, and not to be outmatched, Amazon is right on their heels. And they're hoping a zombie comedy series can get them off and running.

Lena Dunham Says Work On Season 3 Of 'Girls' Will Start In March

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2013 12:59 PM
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Well, this isn't exactly new, and HBO has yet to officially announce anything, but it looks like a third season of "Girls" is on the way, and once again, it's coming fast. And why not? The show just picked up two Golden Globe awards for Best Television Series - Musical Or Comedy and Best Actress In A Television Series - Musical Or Comedy, it's becoming a branding phenomenon with numerous tie-ins, and simply put, everyone is talking about it. So why wait? 

'21 Jump Street' Helmers Phil Lord & Chris Miller To Direct Andy Samberg Cop Comedy Pilot; Terry Crews Joins Cast

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • January 24, 2013 10:25 AM
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Pilot season is moving right along, and the still-untitled cop comedy pilot starring Andy Samberg that was set up last fall has some new blood. Directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller are set to be at the helm, while Terry Crews will costar. The project is one of six comedy pilots to be picked up by Fox so far, and comes from Mike Schur and Dan Goor, the creators of “Parks and Recreation,” so it’s shaping up to be a powerhouse team.

'Mad Men' Returns April 7th, Creator Matthew Weiner Confirms It Will Be The Second To Last Season

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2013 9:19 AM
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You have to wonder if AMC might be getting slightly worried. This summer will see "Breaking Bad" say goodbye as the second half of the final season airs bringing a conclusion to the adventures of Walt and Jesse, and in the spring "Mad Men" beings to roll to its finale too. Creator Matthew Weiner has confirmed that season six will be the penultimate batch of episodes until he wraps things up with season seven. As devoted fans of the show know, intense negotiations took place between Weiner, AMC and Lionsgate to get him back for season five, and it was already rumored the show was headed to a conclusion, and indeed our time with Don Draper is now nearing an end. But don't think that Weiner is going to hold all the good stuff until season seven.

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