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'Arrested Development' Movie Edges Closer To Reality, New Mini-Season Promised & 2013 Release Eyed

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 3, 2011 12:56 PM
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Showtime & Netflix Currently Vying For The Rights To Season 4The "Arrested Development" movie is the great white whale of internet fandom of the past few years. Originally airing in 2003, Mitchell Hurwitz's Fox sitcom has, over the years, enshrined its place as one of the great comedy series of all time, despite being canceled after three seasons. As the show's cast, which included Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Will Arnett and David Cross, went on to bigger things, the cult grew and grew, and rumors began to circulate that Hurwitz and the show's producer/narrator Ron Howard were planning to reunite the Bluths for a big-screen adventure.

Hey Netflix, If It Takes You 13 Paragraphs To Explain Your Service Changes, You're Doing It Wrong

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2011 7:04 AM
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Company Splits In Two; Creates Qwikster For DVDs, Keeps Netflix For Streaming, Makes Users Sorely Confused Good Lord, Reed Hastings. What were you drinking last night?

'The Descent' Director Neil Marshall To Helm Season Two Episode Of HBO's 'Game of Thrones'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 13, 2011 6:00 AM
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You may have noticed that we're big fans of HBO's "Game of Thrones." It might have looked like some kind of swords and sorcery geekfest, but in fact, it turned out to be a rich, complex drama worthy of the best of the cable network's output, with an impeccable cast (including the Emmy-nominated Peter Dinklage, and some of the best child performances in recent memory). It's also been a solid-gold hit, and shows every sign of its cult growing as it moves into its currently-filming second season.

'The Corrections' Headed To HBO With Noah Baumbach

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2011 12:38 PM
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Anthony Hopkins & Donald Sutherland Eyeing Lead RoleUpdate: THR confirms this report.

Eric Stonestreet To Play Fatty Arbuckle In Barry Levinson Directed 'The Day The Laughter Stopped'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2011 7:38 AM
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In the history of salacious Hollywood trials, none have matched the infamy of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's battle against charges that he raped actress Virgina Rappe at a boisterous Hollywood party (who died shortly afterward of peritonitis caused a ruptured bladder). It was essentially the first showbiz trial, one that found Arbuckle prosecuted in the press -- and later in court -- thanks to the relentless tabloid journalism of William Randolph Hearst's chain of newspapers, which painted the silent comedian as a lecher who used his girth to overpower women sexually. After three trials -- in which it became apparent that evidence was being manufactured and witnesses were being told to lie in an overzealous pursuit to find him guilty -- Arbuckle was eventually acquitted, though his career was in ruins and fearing government intervention in the industry, most of Hollywood refused to work with him. However, in the dawn of the talkies, Warner Bros. signed up him for some two reel shorts and their success led the studio to sign Arbuckle for a feature film. Unfortunately, he would suffer a heart attack and die before he could start work on the project.

Todd Haynes & Julianne Moore Eyeing Re-Team With HBO To Deliver 'Dope'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2011 6:37 AM
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With 21 Emmy nominations -- more than any other television program -- there is a reason why Todd Haynes' HBO mini-series "Mildred Pierce" has earned so much acclaim. It's fucking great. Easily one of the best pieces of cinema we've seen this year on any size screen, it features career-best work from both Haynes and Kate Winslet (who is a lock to take home Outstanding Lead Actress In A Mini-series Or Movie) in a gorgeously put together melodrama that packs an emotional wallop. Yeah, we love it. And with news now that Haynes is going to return to the network with another project, we couldn't be more excited.

HBO Sets Martin Scorsese's Doc 'George Harrison: Living in the Material World' For October Premiere

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2011 9:11 AM
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It was way back in September 2007 that we first heard news of Martin Scorsese’s planned George Harrison documentary, “George Harrison: Living in the Material World.” Since then he’s directed a documentary for another renowned music act with The Rolling Stones’ “Shine a Light,” and even found time to do “Shutter Island,” the upcoming “Hugo,” and the pilot episode of “Boardwalk Empire” (which he is also producing). Back in early June George's widow, Olivia Harrison, assured that the doc would premiere later this year. Well it looks like it's rolling out according to plan.

'Slumdog Millionaire' Star Dev Patel Lands Role In Aaron Sorkin's 'More As This Story Develops'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 29, 2011 2:14 AM
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As far as starts to careers go for young actors, having your first role in the first-line-up of hugely popular U.K. teen series "Skins," and then going on to the lead role in a global hit that swept the Oscars, namely "Slumdog Millionaire," isn't a bad one, and Dev Patel must consider himself fairly blessed. But things have been rockier since then for the 21-year-old British actor, with his follow-up to Danny Boyle's film being in M. Night Shyamalan's much-mocked "The Last Airbender," a film which no one came out of smelling of roses.

Aaron Sorkin Penning HBO Miniseries About L.A. Hotel Chateau Marmont For John Krasinski

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 24, 2011 1:44 AM
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We've long suspected that John Krasinski is a much smarter, more talented guy that he's been able to demonstrate so far outside "The Office." His film work has been in pretty awful pictures, on the whole, but he's generally been the best thing in films like "Something Borrowed," "Leatherheads," and "Licence To Wed," and in working with people like Sam Mendes, and directing his own film, the decent David Foster Wallace adaptation "Brief Interviews With Hideous Men," has shown him to be someone who's prepared to take control of his own destiny.

Spike Lee Heads To HBO For 'Da Brick,' A Drama Series Based On The Life Of Mike Tyson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 6:29 AM
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It seems HBO is desperate to find something, anything to stand in the place of "Entourage" after the final season airs this year. Last year, they launched "How To Make It In America," a show that copies the same basic format but swaps out Hollywood for the fashion industry (though, to be fair, it's pretty entertaining). And now, they are going to get in the ring with another on-the-rise style series, but instead of movies or clothing, it will center on boxing.

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