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Martin Freeman Takes William H. Macy Role In FX's 'Fargo' Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2013 9:43 AM
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Before you say "What they heck d'ya mean?" and stand opposed to this TV version of the Coen Brothers wintry classic "Fargo," you should know that the siblings are actually executive producers of the limited FX series. And if casting continues to draw the names that it has so far, this is one that's going to be high on our DVR list next year.

David S. Goyer Bringing 'Constantine' To NBC, Says Fans Won't Influence 'Batman vs. Superman'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 27, 2013 8:57 AM
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In the past few days we've caught a glimpse of producer/screenwriter David S. Goyer's confidence in absorbing source material and tweaking it when needed, as he recently claimed that he schooled Christopher Nolan on the rules of Batman before “The Dark Knight” trilogy, as well as defended the controversial ending of “Man of Steel.” However contentious his accuracy might be, it's undeniably clear that he cherishes an adaptation, and now it seems he's set to bring another to network TV.

Joe Carnahan Bringing Anne Rice To TV, Bryan Singer Goes To Syfy With 'Pacific Rim'-Esque Drama

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • September 26, 2013 10:19 AM
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While Joe Carnahan continues to mull over which one of the many feature film projects he wants to direct next, it looks like he’ll be getting involved in helming another network drama, following the premiere this week of "The Blacklist." CBS has tapped him to direct their drama series project “Angel Time,” which is based on characters from Anne Rice’s “The Songs of the Seraphim” novel series.

Mitch Hurwitz Says A New Season & Movie Are Coming For 'Arrested Development'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 26, 2013 9:19 AM
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Before the long-awaited fourth season of “Arrested Development” hit Netflix this past summer, fans were already wondering what the future held for the cult TV series. Although we’re still far from seeing more of the Bluth family on (any kind of) screen, it looks like a concrete plan is forming.

'Breaking Bad' Creator Vince Gilligan Heads To Network TV Next For 'Battle Creek'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 8:27 PM
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While Vince Gilligan's "Breaking Bad" is at the top tier of programs that are considered part of the new Golden Age of television, it's easy to forget his first major success came on network TV, as a producer and writer on Fox's "The X-Files." And now he's hoping to score some success again without the violence, sex and foul language that cable allows.

Robert De Niro Replaces James Gandolfini In HBO Miniseries 'Criminal Justice'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 5:53 PM
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It's been something of an up and down ride for HBO's "Criminal Justice," with the network initially passing on the project earlier this year, only to revive it a few months later, reformatted into a "limited event series" (just call it a miniseries, guys). But with the sudden and sad passing of James Gandolfini this summer, just before production was to begin, it was unclear how this would move on. Well, how about one of Hollywood's most famous acting legends stepping in?

'Mr. Magorium' Director Zach Helm Agrees His "Technicolor Train-Wreck" Would Be Hell For Walter White

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 5:08 PM
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At one point, screenwriter and director Zach Helm was sort of a big deal. With two projects landing big names—"Stranger Than Fiction" starring Will Ferrell and "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" with Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman marking his feature debut—things seeemed to be going pretty well. With a little profile in Vanity Fair, he seemed poised for the next level. And then both those movies came out to rather lackluster response. But leave it to one of pop culture's biggest hits of the moment to spur the memory of one pop culture's forgotten projects.

Tony & Dan Gilroy Migrate To Television For Early 20th Century Drama ‘Monsieur De Paris’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 25, 2013 4:22 PM
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In the summer of 2012, filmmaker Tony Gilroy had just directed franchise entry “The Bourne Legacy,” but he wasn’t fooling himself. In his pragmatic view, tentpoles were taking over and the lifespan for mid-sized movies—the kind that were his bread and butter like “Michael Clayton” and “Duplicity”—within Hollywood at least, was dying fast. “It’s like complaining about the weather. It’s a fact,” he said of the dearth of modest studio pictures. And as many have observed, including his peer Steven Soderbergh for example, the appetite for that genre and form of storytelling had migrated.

Year One: Fox Lands 'Gotham' Origin Series About Commissioner Gordon, But It Won't Feature Batman

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 25, 2013 9:01 AM
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The Dark Knight Rises Gary Oldman
Just a day after “Man of Steel” writer David S. Goyer defended some third act decisions in that film by likening it to a “Superman Begins” with redefined rules, it seems DC Comics was feeling anxious to get another origin story out into the world. With “Superman vs. Batman” standing as the behemoth in the distance for them on the big screen, they've decided to take a cue from Marvel's recent “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” and shuffle a supporting character into the spotlight for their own series.

Coulson Lives: How The Agent Survived 'The Avengers' Revealed In Reviews Of 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2013 2:30 PM
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If you're wondering why the comic book stores are empty tonight, it's because fans across the nation will be tuned in to watch the series premiere of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." The comic studio is trying their lucky with a weekly format, taking the beloved Agent Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, and making him the center of the action. But one the sticking point for many will be: didn't he die in "The Avengers"? Wasn't that the crucial motivation in getting the team to work together to defeat Loki? While the answer to both those questions is "yes," it's now moot as the character lives, but you won't believe how it's being explained away.

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