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HBO Cleaning House? The 3rd Season of 'The Newsroom' Will Be The Last

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 13, 2014 6:22 PM
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Is HBO cleaning house, and perhaps sweeping away dead or underperforming weight? Just one week after the cable network announced the upcoming fifth season of “Boardwalk Empire” would be its last—news which surprised many of its fans—HBO announced that Aaron Sorkin’s troubled drama “The Newsroom” would also end (read: be canceled, gently) after its upcoming final season.

Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels & The Farrelly Brothers Will Be 'Dumb And Dumber' Once Again

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 27, 2011 1:52 AM
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During press for "Mr. Popper's Penguins," Jim Carrey hinted that he would be open to sequels of some of his earlier films. It looks like that wasn't just idle speculation. The mega-star, who quietly led "Mr. Popper's Penguins" to over $185 million worldwide, is returning to the well for arguably his most beloved role, Lloyd Christmas, with a sequel to "Dumb and Dumber." The Farrelly Brothers will be returning to direct, and Jeff Daniels is apparently being sought to return as well. Daniels, mind you, is 56, and Carrey is 49. So apparently it will be a tragedy about two sadly aging mentally retarded friends, because it's increasingly apparent that Carrey has lost whatever mojo he had.

'The Social Network' Secret Weapon Josh Pence Joins Aaron Sorkin's 'More As This Story Develops'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 17, 2011 2:20 AM
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Broadway Stars John Gallagher Jr and Thomas Sadoski Also On Board For HBO PilotOn the special features of the DVD for "The Social Network," actor Josh Pence admits that he was devastated when he discovered that he'd been cast in a major role in a new David Fincher film, but that his face and voice would never be heard on screen. Pence provided the body of Tyler Winklevoss, but co-star Armie Hammer's face was digitally inserted on the body, to maintain the illusion of identical twin-dom. But the graciousness of Hammer and Fincher on the publicity circuit ensured that Pence's name got out there, and he hasn't done too badly off it, landing supporting roles in two of next summer's biggest movies: as Chief Moore in Peter Berg's "Battleship," and as the younger version of Liam Neeson's character Ra's Al Ghul in "The Dark Knight Rises."

Sam Waterston Heads Back To TV For Aaron Sorkin's HBO Pilot

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 1, 2011 1:34 AM
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They say there's no such thing as a job for life these days, but the cast of NBC's long-running procedural "Law & Order" must have thought they had the closest thing to one until the show was canceled last year, on the verge of its 20th season. But rather than slipping quietly away into retirement, 70-year-old Sam Waterston, who played District Attorney Jack McCoy on the show for a whopping sixteen years, across 368 episodes, has just booked a new gig, and he couldn't have asked for one with a better pedigree.

Emily Mortimer Beats Out Marisa Tomei For Lead In Aaron Sorkin's HBO Pilot

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 3, 2011 2:45 AM
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We bloody love Emily Mortimer. The British star has proved herself over the last decade or so to be an incredibly versatile actress, capable of terrific dramatic work, in projects like "Lars and the Real Girl" or "Lovely & Amazing" (the latter really should have brought her more awards attention) and broad comedy (her turn as Jack Donaghy's bird-boned girlfriend in "30 Rock" is one for the ages), and she even classes up more formulaic fare -- see her turn as a cop opposite Michael Caine in "Harry Brown."

'Superbad' & 'Paul' Director Greg Mottola To Helm Aaron Sorkin's New HBO Pilot

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 29, 2011 1:25 AM
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We love movies, and (good) television, and stories in general. That's why we do what we do. And sometimes, we get up to see the slate of developing stories, and it depresses the fuck out of us. It can be hard to keep up your enthusiasm when movie versions of "Candyland" and reboots of "Ms. Marple" are the big stories of the day. But fortunately, every few days brings a piece of news that makes us glow a little, that reminds us that there are smart people doing good work, and it's these times that stop us from developing full-blown drinking habits. Well, fuller-blown drinking habits. And today is one of these times.

The Small Screen: Jeff Daniels Set To Lead Aaron Sorkin's Post-'Social Network' Return To Television

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 22, 2011 2:14 AM
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Jeff Daniels is set to join Aaron Sorkin's first post-'Social Network' project with his return to television in a signature behind-the-scenes look into the world of cable news programs tentatively titled "More As The Story Develops."

Jeff Daniels, Piper Perabo & Noah Segan Join Rian Johnson's 'Looper'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2011 2:01 AM
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With filming set to kick off next week, the final pieces of the casting puzzle are being put into place for Rian Johnson's ambitious sci-fi flick "Looper."

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