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Listen: Jónsi's Song From 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Soundtrack, Plus New Clip, Featurette & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2014 3:01 PM
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How To Train Your Dragon 2
So, yes, an animated sequel did play the Cannes Film Festival. Which one? Well, in case you forgot, it was DreamWorks' "How To Train Your Dragon 2," and for the most part, reviews were favorable. Indeed, our man on the ground liked it well enough, calling the movie "in the top tier of the studio's output." And it's now coming to theaters to fill up the family entertainment niche at the multiplex.

Peter Bogdanovich To Direct TV Miniseries About Film & Murder 'The Inventor And The Tycoon'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2014 2:06 PM
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Peter Bogdanovich The Inventor And The Tycoon
At 74 years old, Peter Bogdanovich—he of many ascots—isn't slowing down. He's got his next feature film, "Squirrel To The Nuts" (produced by metaphorical adopted sons Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson) in the can, he's always got a couple acting gigs in the mix, and oh, he's going to direct a TV miniseries. And it sounds fascinating.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Was Planning To Shoot A Part In 'Louie,' Jeremy Renner Appearing In Next Episode

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2014 11:05 AM
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Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Philip Seymour Hoffman
There's television and then there's "Louie." Comedian Louis C.K. has brought an auteur approach to his show, one that has consistently challenged the traditional notions of thirty-minute television, and a program that has seen him bring in a wealth of guest stars, not always playing cameos, but carefully selected for their contributions. From David Lynch to Bob Saget to Chloe Sevigny, C.K. has kept audiences on their toes, but there's one guest spot we'll sadly never get to see.

Zac Efron Plays DJ, Judi Dench Catches ‘Tulip Fever,’ Michael Gambon Has A 'Casual Vacancy' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 6, 2014 10:24 AM
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Neighbors
While “Star Wars” and Marvel franchise rumors are just that thus far regarding Zac Efron, one thing is clear—the actor is certainly willing at the present to play up his public image for laughs, as “Neighbors” recently exampled to a surprisingly effective degree. He’s got the range to add some empathy to the character as well, and it’s clear directors have been paying attention to that juggling act, as a new role could see Efron back in sending up his partying ways.

Finally: Full Length Trailer For Guillermo Del Toro's 'The Strain' Gets Into The Bloodstream

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2014 6:01 PM
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The Strain
There's teasing....and then there's teasing to the point where we begin to lose interest, and that's frankly where we've been at with Guillermo del Toro's "The Strain." FX launched a lengthy and often tedious viral campaign for the film showing little in the way of actual footage, but that has all changed as today we know have a proper trailer, and guess what? We're excited about this again.

Matthew McConaughey Says He’d “Be Open” To Doing More ‘True Detective’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 5, 2014 11:41 AM
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True Detective
When Matthew McConaughey signed on for “True Detective,” the actor thought it would be a one-time deal and that’s it. "That was always how I saw it. One season, eight episodes, a finite beginning, middle and end, goodbye, look forward to watching it," he told Deadline this week in an Emmy-related conversation. "If HBO had wanted an option on me for a season two or three, I wouldn't have done it. I wouldn't have walked into something where they could say, 'We've got you for the next three years'."

Robert Downey Jr. Preps Rehab Series For Showtime, Bryan Cranston Brings 'Dangerous Book For Boys’ To TV

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2014 10:42 AM
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The common advice given to writers is "write what you know," but in Hollywood that advice has been tweaked a little bit. Over at Team Downey, the adage seems to be "develop what you know," and they're doing just that.

Darren Aronofsky Adapting & Possibly Directing Margaret Atwood's 'MaddAddam' For HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2014 6:17 PM
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Darren Aronofsky MaddAddam
The critics may have been split, and reports of a slight troubled production earned some ink, the bottom line is that the final numbers on "Noah" were actually pretty good. The movie has earned $345 million worldwide, the director's most successful to date (though domestically, "Black Swan" still beats it). So for his next trick? The lure of the small screen is callling, with a project that somewhat continues the thread Aronofsky began unraveling with "Noah."

Review: 'Silicon Valley' Season 1 Boots Up Unique Premise, But Comedy Is Still Loading

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2014 10:05 AM
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Silicon Valley
Earlier this spring in our preview of the first season of HBO's "Silicon Valley," we wrote that "Office Space" mastermind Mike Judge had "booted up something with a lot of promise, but it's success will be determined on how the latter half of the season lands." And indeed, the tech world comedy has had a wobbly ride to the finale, but the good news is "Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency" closed out the eight-episode season one with arguably its best entry. The bad news is that while the show has been quickly renewed, the longevity will require Judge and co. balancing their ambitions for realistically skewering the industry and the tendency to indulge in broader gags on which entire subplots hang. Essentially, the more pointed the satire, the better "Silicon Valley" becomes, but whenever it strays from those intentions, the thin framework of the show is clearly seen.

Recap: 'Game of Thrones' Season 4, Episode 8, 'The Mountain And The Viper' Face Off

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 2, 2014 8:12 AM
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Game of Thrones' Season 4 - The Mountain and the Viper'
We're back after a week off, and it's time to dive back into the wacky world of Westeros. There's another easter egg in the opening credits this week — Moat Cailin makes an appearance, the geography of the show growing with each episode. "The Mountain and the Viper," directed by Alex Graves (you might remember him from Joffrey's Purple Wedding), has promised us the trial by combat, the showdown and revenge we've been waiting for this whole season, and we're going to get it… right after all of these hideously boring monologues. The episode is a series of rather long, wordy, staid scenes bookended with bursts of bloody violence. A few of the monologues could stand to have been heavily edited, and time was checked during the show, a truly rare occurrence.

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