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Guillermo Del Toro To Direct "Strange" Black & White Film Before 'Pacific Rim 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2014 4:25 PM
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Pacific Rim. Guillermo del Toro
There was a moment there when Guillermo del Toro couldn't seem to get anything made. A few years back at MGM, he was trying to get "The Hobbit" moving, eventually bailing on the project, leaving it for Peter Jackson to take over and turn into a trilogy. And then there was "At The Mountains Of Madness" which Universal scuttled over its R-rating, leaving del Toro to recently announce he'd compromise and go PG-13. But at the moment, he's on a tear. His TV series "The Strain" arrives this summer, "Crimson Peak" will drop in 2015 and "Pacific Rim 2" is slated for 2017 (with the franchise also spawning an animated show). And del Toro is eager to keep up the pace.

Exclusive: William Friedkin Has Met With 'True Detective' Creator Nic Pizzolatto, Potentially In Mix For Season 2

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 9, 2014 9:03 AM
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Today at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival we got to sit down with the wonderfully forthcoming William Friedkin, recipient of an honorary award here. He was as full of anecdotes and tidbits as ever, and we'll have the full interview for you soon, but one item he shared with us, is that his involvement with "True Detective" Season 2 might be a little more than the pie-in-the-sky dream casting that we did back in March.

Predicting The 2014 Emmy Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 8, 2014 2:29 PM
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2014 Emmy Predictions
In forty-eight hours or so, twelve months of programming and several more of campaigning come to a head, as Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly (for some reason) will announce the 2014 Emmy nominees from the Leonard H. Goldstone Theater at about 8:40 AM EST. The biggest back-slapping event in the TV calendar hasn't quite inspired the same kind of cottage industry as the Academy Awards, but at a point where television shows dominate the pop culture almost as much as movies (if not more so), the Emmys certainly become more and more important.

“Don’t Watch The Show” For Big Reveal About Mystery Rapture In 'The Leftovers' Says Damon Lindelof

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2014 4:14 PM
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The Leftovers
Damon Lindelof and author Tom Perrotta (whose book serves as the source material) are behind this supernatural drama, one in which a mysterious, Rapture-like event has made 2% of the world's population disappear. And the show's central question isn't necessarily what happened, but as we've noted in our recaps, how it affects the characters three years on. And Lindelof has some advice to those perhaps waiting for the big answer.

Steven Soderbergh Eager To Do A Second Season Of 'The Knick'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2014 2:05 PM
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The Knick
Steven Soderbergh is back, but it's not with another indie drama, studio blockbuster or any number of his other efforts that fall right in between the two. The small screen is the filmmaker's new home, and in August he strides confidently back behind the camera with "The Knick" (check out the first batch of posters here). It's a chance to see the filmmaker stretch his storytelling muscles, and it's an opportunity he loved taking on.

Exclusive: First Official Poster & 10 Character One-Sheets For Steven Soderbergh's Cinemax Series 'The Knick'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 3, 2014 5:54 PM
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The Knick Poster Header
When Steven Soderbergh decided to retire from filmmaking, he had more or less stated that as far as his cinematic aspirations go, he had achieved much of what he had set out to do decades ago. But the filmmaker is never one to shy away from a challenge, and it looks like television is providing him an inspired opportunity to tell stories on a grander, more daring scale, with the kind of leeway and freedom he might not get at a Hollywood studio. And that's only one of the reasons we're excited to see "The Knick," the director's upcoming series for Cinemax.

Before Borat There Was Christo: Watch Sacha Baron Cohen's 1990s Albanian Reporter

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 3, 2014 12:05 PM
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Borat Sacha Baron Cohen
It’s been eight years since Sacha Baron Cohen broke through into the mainstream with “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” and though Cohen hasn’t reached the same level of success on his own since, there’s something to be said for the lasting mark the character has left in American pop culture. As the actor gears up to shoot the action comedy “Grimsby,” now’s the time to take a look back at how the character of “Borat” came to be.

Watch: Siskel & Ebert's First Full Episode Of 'Opening Soon At A Theater Near You' From 1975

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2014 2:10 PM
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This week, Steve James' touching, moving portrait of Roger Ebert, "Life Itself," will start rolling out to theatres. The documentary tells the rather incredible life story of the nation's most famous and beloved film critic, the man who both wrote "Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls" and won a Pulitzer Prize for his criticism. But undoubtedly, one of the most key figures in Ebert's life was Gene Siskel, with the pair first hitting the airwaves in September 1975 with a movie review show, clunkily named, "Opening Soon at a Theater Near You." (Thank goodness they changed that.) And now you can watch how it all began.

Celebrate 25 Years Of Yada Yada Yada: Watch 1-Hour Documentary 'Seinfeld - How It Began'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2014 12:17 PM
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Seinfeld
While America turns 238 years old on this Friday, July 4th, there's another reason you might want to get out a few cold ones ... and maybe some Snapple and Junior Mints. The landmark, groundbreaking and still relentlessly quotable "Seinfeld" celebrates its 25th anniversary on Saturday, July 5th. TBS has already started a nightly mini-marathon of the show's most famous episodes leading up to the big day, but if you want to dig a little deeper into the show you've watched (and re-watched and re-watched again), here's something worth checking out.

Watch: Moody First Trailer For Final Season Of 'The Killing'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2014 9:15 AM
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The Killing
In the age of streaming services saving cable shows, "The Killing" has had nine lives. Canceled by AMC after the second season, revived for season three, only to be canceled again, Netflix swooped in and brought back the show for one final run around the block. And as you'd probably guess, it's going to be moody as hell.

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