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Martin Scorsese's 'Shutter Island' Will Become A TV Series On HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2014 3:30 PM
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Because television shows are being treated with the same artistic reverence as movies now (just look at the Sundance Film Festival screening Jane Campion's "Top Of The Lake," or the upcoming Venice Film Festival unspooling "Olive Kitteridge"), big studio TV shows are desperately trying to keep up. With "Fargo" in particular showing that movie properties can become TV shows and find an audience with critics and the public, the race is on. And Paramount is going hard.

Watch: Will McAvoy Is Wanted By U.S. Marshals In Teaser Trailer For 'The Newsroom' Season 3

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2014 11:52 AM
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Over the course of two seasons, Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" has provided some of the best hate-watching on TV. At its the finest, the show has been absolutely compelling, sharp, funny and even moving with Jeff Daniels doing some great work as newscaster Will McAvoy. But at it's worst, is has been clichéd, tone deaf and frustrating, particularly when it comes to the relationships between characters. Sorkin has a chance to go out on high note with the third an final season of "The Newsroom," and the first teaser trailer has now arrived.

Matthew McConaughey Wanted For Stephen King's 'The Stand' And Former Michael Mann Project 'Gold'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2014 9:52 AM
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Matthew McConaughey The Stand
With his career revived, an Oscar in his rec room, Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" on the way and Gus Van Sant's "Sea Of Trees" now filming, Matthew McConaughey is in the enviable position of having his pick of projects to do next. And two very intriguing offers are now crossing his desk.

Recap: 'The Leftovers,' Season 1, Episode 9 'The Garveys At Their Best'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2014 11:00 PM
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Justin Theroux and Amy Brenneman in "The Leftovers"
Over the course of its first season, "The Leftovers" has quietly established itself as a show that is unafraid to continually shake up its approach to storytelling. With a vast sprawl of characters, supernatural elements and more, the creators have realized that a mystery isn't worth investing in, if you don't care about the people involved. And so, we've seen a handful of character based "standalone" episodes, that have deepened our understanding of their plight, and the reasons behind their actions. But nothing has been quite like this week's "The Garveys At Their Best," which radically jumps back in time three years to October 13th, the day before the Sudden Departure, and in a pretty riveting 50 minutes of television, shows the further links between these characters, and in most cases, the circumstances of their lives that made October 14th all the more devastating.

AMC Renews ‘Halt And Catch Fire,’ The Best Show On TV That You’re Not Watching Yet

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 22, 2014 4:55 PM
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Halt and Catch Fire
Ok, there are probably a lot of good shows on TV that you’re not watching and that deserve attention, but for me, personally, if I have to vouch for one recent favorite, it’s AMC’s ‘80s-set computer company drama “Halt And Catch Fire.”

Watch: First Teaser For 'Girls' Season 4

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2014 11:45 AM
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Girls
Cameras are now rolling on the fourth season of "Girls," and as per usual, plot details are being kept under a Christopher Nolan-esque blanket of secrecy. We do know that folks like Spike Jonze, Maude Apatow and Natasha Lyonne have booked guest stints, but that's about it. Well, this first teaser for the fourth season won't reveal much more, but we know you'll watch it regardless.

HBO Says They Are Not "Going To Play Police" With Sex And Violence On 'Game Of Thrones'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2014 10:34 AM
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Game Of Thrones, Season 4 finale, The Children
While "Game Of Thrones" is undoubtedly the most popular show on television, it's also one of the most controversial. In season four episode "Breaker Of Chains," Jaime Lannister rapes his twin sister Cersei, a disturbing sequence made all the more baffling because in the books, the sex between them is consensual. The scene caused a firestorm of online chatter about depictions of sex and violence on the show, and in the culture of TV media in general, and at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, HBO President Of Programming Michael Lombardo responded to concerns and criticism.

HBO Says 'True Detective' Season 2 Will Be A Lighter Journey Through The Meat Thresher Of Existence

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2014 9:05 AM
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True Detective
Throughout the first season of "True Detective," Matthew McConaughey's Rust Cohle articulated his view that the world around him was not worth saving. While it had its dose of humor thanks to a tremendously underrated turn by Woody Harrelson as Rust's partner and foil, the mystery at the heart of the series only went deeper and darker across its eight episodes. But according to HBO programming director Michael Lombardo, season two will be a bit lighter (relatively speaking, we'd imagine).

TV Shows Based On 'Minority Report' And 'The Devil's Advocate' In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2014 6:35 PM
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Minority Report The Devil's Advocate
Earlier this year, we ran down 10 Movies Turned Into TV Shows, and that selfsame process will yield wildly uneven results: for every "Fargo," there's a half dozen also-rans. Movies-turned-tv-shows offer a way for studios to extend a brand rather than extend quality, so we'll let you tell us which of these (if any) has the best chance of lasting a single season.

First Images Of Tom Hardy In BBC Gangster Series 'Peaky Blinders'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2014 12:08 PM
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Peaky Blinders
As you get ready to bid "Boardwalk Empire" farewell this fall, there's another period based gangster drama that could fill the void quite nicely. Getting ready to kick off its second season, BBC's "Peaky Blinders" is coming, and with a big star to boot: Tom Hardy. He'll be joining his "Inception" and "The Dark Knight Rises" co-star Cillian Murphy in the show and the first, bearded pics of Hardy's appearance in the series have arrived.

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