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Johnny Depp To Reprise 'Edward Scissorhands' For 'Family Guy' Appearance

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 12, 2012 1:41 PM
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While he's been one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood over the past decade or so, when Johnny Depp commits to a role -- he really goes all in. Sure he probably took his paycheck for "The Tourist" with shame, but he's capable of standing out within the blockbuster fluff of films like the recent "Dark Shadows" and pretty much all of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, and is even up for some righteous self parody on shows like Ricky Gervais' "Life's Too Short" and a particularly violent homage wink to the show that helped garner him his initial notoriety in this year's "21 Jump Street." Though for those who long for the early days of Depp -- especially when his work with director Tim Burton was of the more satisfying variety -- then you're in for a treat.

New 'Arrested Development' Episodes Begin Shooting In 4 Weeks

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 11, 2012 12:15 PM
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Too good to be true? Nope, it's happening. The long-awaited return of the cult sitcom "Arrested Development" is right around the corner. Or at least, production is about to start, and no, this isn't a pipe dream or wishful thinking. "Taken at AD mission control, today! All systems are go. Filming for the new episodes starts in four weeks. Woo!," Jason Bateman tweeted last night, posting a photo of himself, producer/narrator Ron Howard and series creator Mitch Hurwitz.

'Game Change' & 'The Campaign' Director Jay Roach Stays Political, Will Direct HBO's 'K Blows Top' Starring Paul Giamatti

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2012 2:31 PM
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Does the idea of Paul Giamatti playing Nikita Khrushchev sound vaguely familiar? Then you might have a very good memory. First announced way back in 2010, this Cold War drama has been brewing over at HBO and now it looks like it's finally building some steam.

Watch: Teaser Trailers For 'Sons Of Anarchy' Season 5 & 'Dexter' Season 7

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • July 10, 2012 9:43 AM
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With the fifth and final season of "Breaking Bad" nearing its premiere next week, FX and Showtime don't want anyone to forget about September, when they will be releasing the fifth and seventh season of "Sons of Anarchy" and "Dexter," respectively. New teasers for both shows have just been released.

Because I Say So: Another Great Trailer For 'Breaking Bad' Season 5

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 10, 2012 9:01 AM
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This Sunday sees the premiere of the first half of the final season of “Breaking Bad,” and we’re fucking stoked. AMC has released a new promo that has small spoilers, especially if you haven’t caught up on the fourth season -- and if you haven’t, why are you reading this?

Third Seasons Of 'Boardwalk Empire' & 'Treme' Set September Premiere Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 4:19 PM
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So you might be in the midst of "The Newsroom" and preparing yourself for "Breaking Bad" this weekend, but if you're worried about the lack of anything to watch on the small screen once those shows wrap up this summer, HBO has got you covered, with the third seasons of two acclaimed shows guaranteed to make sure that imprint on your couch doesn't lose its shape.

Heisenberg Is Back: 3 Minute Behind-The-Scenes Preview For 'Breaking Bad' Season 5

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 12:54 PM
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Is there any duo on a television drama right now as electrifying and compelling as Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul)? With "Breaking Bad" heading into the first half of its final, fifth season -- with the first episode to premiere to at Comic-Con on Saturday -- what the future holds for both of them is anybody's guess. But it's going to be hella entertaining to find out. And duh, there are spoilers below.

Review: 'Hard Times: Lost On Long Island' A Narrow, Insubstantial Look At Unemployment

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 10:02 AM
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The latest employment numbers in the United States came out on Friday, and they weren't great. In the month of June, a paltry 80,000 new jobs were created, with the national unemployment figure standing at 8.2%, more or less highlighting an economy that has made uncertainty the only thing you can reliably count on. There is a lot to talk about when it comes to those who are struggling to find work in the current landscape, but as you might tell by the title of Cannes- and Emmy-winning director Marc Levin's "Hard Times: Long On Long Island," his focus is on a very narrow and select group of people looking for work. And while the decision to try and sharpen the narrative makes sense from the perspective of wrangling such a wide-reaching subject, in execution, the documentary winds up touching on a number of relevant issues, but develops very few of them.

Review: Conspiracies Of The Heart, Ballot Box & Office Swirl In Wildly Uneven 'The Newsroom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2012 11:00 PM
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For those who have barely tolerated the (at times) strident idealism of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," the opening the season's third episode "The 112th Congress" may severely test your patience. The show opens with a clip of the (now former) National Coordinator for Counterterrorism for the FBI Richard A. Clarke, apologizing in 2004 to the American people, for the failures of himself and the government in being able to stop the attacks of 9/11. And in a brutal segue, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) uses that moment to preface his own apology to his viewers for failing to "successfully inform and educate the American electorate."

Recap: Academy Award-Winner Melissa Leo Steals The Show In An Outstanding Episode Of 'Louie'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 6, 2012 10:00 AM
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Plenty of movie stars, from Alec Baldwin to Dustin Hoffman, have been making their way onto regular TV gigs without the thought of harming their sheen of late, but even bigger names can also crop up for guest spots on shows, which allow them to upend their image, gain a little street credit, pay back some favors, or just have a little fun.

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