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'Dallas Buyers Club' Director Jean-Marc Vallée, Len Wiseman & Ruben Fleischer Line Up New Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 4:36 PM
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It's look like Jean-Marc Vallée's time is coming. Ever since breaking out with "C.R.A.Z.Y." in 2005, the Canadian filmmaker has been edging his way into Hollywood, helming the somewhat underrated "The Young Victoria" and of course, this fall's awards season contender "The Dallas Buyers Club" starring Matthew McConaughey. Next up, he'll be behind the camera for another true story tale in "Wild," with Reese Witherspoon slated to lead, and he's already lining up his next gig after that.

How Much Would You Pay? Jeffrey Katzenberg Offered $75 Million For 3 More 'Breaking Bad' Episodes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 2:02 PM
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Last Sunday, a strange thing happened. Between 9 and 10 PM in living rooms all over the nation, people didn't know what to do. For the last eight weeks, folks had been hitting AMC for their weekly fix of "Breaking Bad" as it wound down its last season, right up to the finale and now....people are looking for the next show to get hooked on. But until the eventual Saul Goodman spinoff, fans of the world created by Vince Gilligan will have to fill the void in some other way, but not for lack of trying on the part of Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Oliver Stone Says 'Breaking Bad' Finale Was Too Violent & "Ridiculous"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 9:04 AM
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Oliver Stone has been no stranger to scenes of explicit violence. To call "Natural Born Killers" controversial would be an understatement, while Brian De Palma's "Scarface" (which he wrote) basks in its own gratuitous glory. And Stone's last feature, "Savages," featured attractive young people having sex and killing people. So it's safe to say the director has a wide measure of tolerance for onscreen violence, but it seems "Breaking Bad" (of all things) pushed his buttons too far.

Producer Says Showtime Wouldn't Let Writers Kill 'Dexter,' Hannah Gets A Grandma On 'Girls' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 1:33 PM
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As widely derided as the "Breaking Bad" finale was praised, Showtime's "Dexter" serial killer drama also came to an end recently, and many fans were not happy. While we're still a season behind, even someone not following the show only had to turn to social media over the run of its final episodes, to see the criticism flying left and right, and producer John Goldwyn puts the blame squarely on the network.

Cliff Martinez To Score Steven Soderbergh's 'The Knick' & Alberto Iglesias Tuning Up 'Two Faces Of January'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • October 8, 2013 9:41 AM
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The Two Faces Of January Oscar Isaac
With Steven Soderbergh’s TV series project “The Knick” getting closer to production, music composer Cliff Martinez has recently revealed in an interview with Lost in the Multiplex that he’s been tapped to score the upcoming Cinemax show. Martinez has been a frequent collaborator of Soderbergh’s, tuning up ten movies to date (they last worked together on 2011’s “Contagion”). This would actually wind up being the second time Cliff Martinez provided a score for a TV show, the first being an episode of "Pee Wee’s Playhouse" over 25 years ago.

'Star Wars': Watch Scene From Abandoned Live-Action TV Show; George Lucas "Torn" About Leaving, Chloe Moretz Denies Rumors

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2013 5:36 PM
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Star Wars George Lucas
Barely a week has passed since word was kicking around about the future of the "Star Wars" franchise, which is now sitting in the hands of J.J. Abrams, and even though 'Episode 7' is still a distance from its 2015, it seems it's all anyone can talk about. Moreover, it looks like George Lucas is feeling a bit conflicted about not being a bigger part of that conversation.

Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4, Episode 5 'Erlkonig'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 7, 2013 12:02 PM
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"Boardwalk Empire" either canters or gallops, there's usually no in between trot, but we suppose we should accept it and be happy that things are moving forward at a nice gait (though pacing would be nice). The fifth episode of the fourth season, the German word "Erlkönig"—named after a thematic poem read during the episode—was about as explosive as it gets for a mid-season entry. Two characters died, one recently introduced and brimming with promise, the other a longtime character 'Boardwalk' fans recently grew to have tremendous affection for. But the episode could have easily been titled "Loyalty" considering how heavy the theme (and lack thereof it) hung over the proceedings.

Derek Cianfrance To Direct 'A Cotton Candy Autopsy' Starring Ben Mendelsohn; HBO Series 'Muscle' Is Dead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2013 11:11 AM
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Getting something made these days that isn't a blockbuster isn't easy, and so many directors keep a few irons in the fire at any one time, hoping one of them will gain enough momentum, support and financing to enter production. And Derek Cianfrance has certainly been piling up his plate lately, adding "The Light Between Oceans" and the ESPN movie "Those Guys Have All The Fun" to his roster of possible projects. And now another feature has entered the mix, while a long-developing TV project exits.

'Limitless' & 'The Money Pit' Become TV Shows, Paul Feig To Direct 'People In New Jersey' Pilot & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 7, 2013 9:38 AM
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The newest trend on TV—which, like most trends, isn’t exactly new—is taking big-screen properties to the small screen. Joining the forthcoming limited series takes on “Fargo” and “The Exorcist,” Deadline is reporting that the Bradley Cooper-starring vehicle “Limitless” will get a small-screen adaptation of its very own.

Watch: Say Goodbye To 'Breaking Bad' With The Heisenberg Legacy, A 7-Minute Tribute To The Show

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2013 12:27 PM
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As "Breaking Bad" continues to fade into the sunset, the finale still has people talking. Our less than glowing recap has earned more than its fair share of comments, while our most recent podcast dove a bit deeper, with five Playlist members talking about what worked, what didn't and what the landscape of television is looking like from here on out. Others have had a bit more fun, with a "Breaking Bad"/"Need For Speed" mashup landing online, while many have pondered the alternate endings and avenues creator Vince Gilligan had toyed with. And to cap off a busy week of saying goodbye, here's one more look back.

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