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AMC Launching 'The Walking Dead' Spin-Off Series In 2015

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2013 12:54 PM
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AMC clearly knows which side their bread is buttered on, and who is spreading. Even with "Breaking Bad" coming to an end in two weeks, they've already greenlit a prequel series, centered around sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman. And now, the network's other smash success show is also expanding, with AMC clearly taking a page from their major studio counterparts.

Watch: New Trailer For Cary Fukunaga's HBO Series 'True Detective' With Matthew McConaughey And Woody Harrelson

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 9, 2013 11:01 AM
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True Detective
Back in June, we caught the first glimpse of Cary Fukunaga's first foray into dramatic television with HBO's “True Detective,” and since then we had the opportunity to chat with the “Jane Eyre” director about both his vision for the project and two topnotch leads, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. “I saw a stark bland American landscape, and two really strong male voices,” he said. “That for me was kinda the drive, to get into the psychology of two men—one more of a philosopher and the other a non-critical-thinking man, and just to play with that world and observe.” Well now, we've got a much clearer look at exactly what Fukanaga described for the show, it's very clear that his vision will be making it to the small screen intact.

Recap: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 4 Opener ‘New York Sour’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 9, 2013 9:50 AM
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Shows that exist on a single premise—how long can one man’s reign last—can only live on so far. Even Walter White’s saga from chemist to crystal meth kingpin is coming to a close in a few short weeks. But Walt’s rise and transformation from cancer patient to monster was never linear and began as a quiet secret. This path was never supposed to be in the cards for Walter. Fate intervened, it happened and we waited from season to season just how deep he would go and how far his soul would be corrupted. And then he became Heisenberg and there was no turning back. HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” has an entirely different premise built on greed and power with men who started out being greedy and power-hungry.

Jonah Nolan & J.J. Abrams Team For 'Westworld' Remake At HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2013 4:36 PM
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It seems in the dark and frightening world of sci-fi franchise extensions and do-overs, they will all belong to J.J. Abrams. With feet planted both in "Star Trek" and "Star Wars," it looks like Abrams is putting his name to another vintage era movie, and this time bringing it to the small screen.

New Images From 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Plus Martin Scorsese's Rock 'N' Roll HBO Show Gets Showrunners

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2013 12:01 PM
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When we're 70, we hope we're half as busy as Martin Scorsese. The ever-moving filmmaker is currently busy prepping his forthcoming "The Wolf Of Wall Street"—with some new images from the movie, about one debauchery drive financial mogul, landing today—and as always, he already has his eye on what's coming next.

Review: Documentary On Sports Broadcaster Marty ‘Glickman,’ Executive Produced By Martin Scorsese

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2013 4:01 PM
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When the credits roll on James L. Freedman’s “Glickman” it may be somewhat of a surprise to see Martin Scorsese’s name as an executive producer. Why would the legendary filmmaker have anything to do with a documentary about a sports broadcaster? Well, it’s for the simple reason that the groundbreaking, tremendously popular Marty Glickman is as New York as anything in Scorsese’s films (or the man himself). Both Glickman and Scorsese have the same excitable patter, and it’s not hard to imagine that the filmmaker soaked it up when hearing that voice delivering commentary on Paramount’s newsreels when he went to the movies. Glickman’s story is also one that reflects the difficult journey that immigrants and people of color faced in America in the early 20th century, something that surely must have resonated with Scorsese, but it’s also a tale of triumph and success.

Lee Daniels Eyes Sammy Davis Jr. Movie At HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2013 5:47 PM
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"I’m not going to be labeled a black filmmaker. I am not here to just tell black stories," Lee Daniels recently told The New York Times. "I’m here to tell all kinds of stories, musicals and dramas. Could I do a spaceship movie or black people on Mars or whatever? Sure. A comedy? Yes." But it would appear another piece of iconic black history is crossing Daniels' path, and he's taking an interest.

Review: 'Clear History' Starring Larry David, Jon Hamm, Danny McBride, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton & Eva Mendes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2013 11:44 AM
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There are few people who have refined to hilarious perfection the intersection of circumstance, happenstance and neuroses quite like Larry David. As a writer/producer on "Seinfeld" and writer/producer/star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," he has created two extensive catalogs to a body of work where anxiety, superficial concerns and selfishness are also instantly relatable, and often gaspingly funny. And while the future of 'Curb' remains in limbo—David has remained undecided on another season, though the door at HBO is wide open for him to walk through at any time—he's instead focused his energy on feature-length movie for the network, that on paper seems like a homerun. Reteaming with "Seinfeld" and 'Curb' writer/producers Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer, and lining up a staggering cast, the fact that "Clear History" misses the mark as wide as it does isn't so much a disappointment as a complete mystery.

Paul Schrader Says 'Taxi Driver' Sequel Was The "Dumbest" Idea He Ever Heard

  • By Ben Brock
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  • August 7, 2013 11:38 AM
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Paul Schrader, one-time Hollywood screenwriting wunderkind, is back in the news with his new film “The Canyons” (read our review). Back when Martin Scorsese was a a bright young thing sticking it to the studios — this would be in the late '70s — Schrader was the man feeding him the material, writing “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” but with the '80s Schrader turned to directing, with varying success. From “American Gigolo” to “Cat People” to "Hardcore" to "Auto Focus" all the way to “The Canyons”...it's been an interesting journey (check out our full retrospective of his directorial efforts).

Recap: 'The Newsroom,' Season 2, Episode 4 'Unintended Consequences'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2013 10:02 AM
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If last week's "Willie Pete" was a narrative pit stop in an already shortened nine-episode season, "The Newsroom" kicked back into full gear on Sunday with "Unintended Consequences." Lawyer Rebecca Halliday (Marcia Gay Harden) returns to continue her deposition of the staff, with Maggie Jordan's (Alison Pill) life-altering Uganda story finally being told, the Operation Genoa investigation bearing more fruit and the organizers behind Occupy Wall Street once again getting kicked in the nuts. Basically, it's more of the same in a season that continues disappoint after a patchy but much more involving first season. As we hit the halfway mark of season two (with "The Newsroom" notably still not renewed for a third season), here's hoping the second half sees things turning around.

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