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Watch: 'The Leftovers' Season 1 Catch Up Trailer As HBO Renews Show For Season 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2014 1:17 PM
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The Leftovers
If you haven't already, now is the time to start watching "The Leftovers." Don't be afraid of the name Damon Lindelof hanging over the show, nor its unrelentingly grim tone. And while the premise — taking place three years following the mass disappearance of 2% of the world's population— might seem "Lost"-esque, the execution is entirely different. And pay little mind to the pilot episode, easily the first season's weakest offering. Get beyond those obstacles and you'll find a fascinating character drama about loss and grief with quasi- supernatural elements.

Casting: Tom Hiddleston Sought For 'Ben-Hur' Remake, Michael C. Hall Joins Kubrick Miniseries & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2014 9:25 AM
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Ben-Hur Tom Hiddleston
MGM and Paramount are remaking the classic "Ben-Hur," with Timur Bekmambetov directing. Because they can. And because, well, why not, they're seeking out Tom Hiddleston for the title role.

Pussy Riot Will Appear In 'House Of Cards' Season 3 For Some Reason

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 12, 2014 9:00 AM
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This past spring, reports flew around that members of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot were going to make their film debut in the developing sequel "Spring Breakers: The Second Coming." Those reports were quickly denied, but the prospect of Pussy Riot going Hollywood may yet bear fruit. Following their release from prison, members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina spent the spring doing press and rubbing shoulders with celebrities, and are now making tentative steps in front of the camera.

Casting: Mike Epps Frontrunner For Richard Pryor Biopic, Daisy Ridley Returning For 'Star Wars 8 & 9' And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 11, 2014 5:00 PM
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Repentant Mike Epps
From Marlon Wayans to Eddie Murphy to Nick Cannon, it seems every six months or so a new name surfaces as the potential lead for the forever developing Richard Pryor biopic. And with Lee Daniels now attached to direct, another contender is now in the pole position for the job —Mike Epps, who recently aced a screen test.

Watch: Change Is Coming In New Trailer For The Final Season Of 'Boardwalk Empire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 11, 2014 4:45 PM
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Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi
"Sons Of Anarchy" isn't the only beloved show coming to a close this fall. "Boardwalk Empire" will hang up its hat and tommy gun with an eight episode long fifth season. And it looks like the show, which typically takes twelve episodes per season, will be going out with a bang.

Watch: Jax Gets Some Sweet Revenge In Trailer For Seventh And Final Season Of 'Sons Of Anarchy'

  • By Oktay Ege Kozak
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  • August 11, 2014 3:25 PM
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Sons Of Anarchy Poster
First fans of FX’s popular biker gang series "Sons of Anarchy" exulted in a skull-tastic teaser poster, and now they can rejoice in the first trailer for the seventh and final season. The brief trailer focuses on Jax’s (Charlie Hunnam) thirst for revenge and his struggles to keep his club together. As usual, the show promises plenty of drama, gunplay, all kinds of badassery and of course, bikes. Lots and lots of bikes.

Watch: First Teaser For 'Better Call Saul' Compares Lawyers To Insurance

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 11, 2014 3:03 PM
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Better Call Saul
So today, we've shared our thoughts on the new "trend" (if you want to call it that) of TV season reboots, but what about spinoffs? They've long been a staple of TV sitcoms, with networks trying to sustain the popularity of shows by creating new series centered on popular characters (ie. "Joey," "Frasier," "Maude"), and now the TV drama is going that route. Perhaps the most significant show along those lines is the "Breaking Bad" offshoot "Better Call Saul." And AMC believes they have a winner.

Watch: Adrien Brody Is The World's Greatest Escape Artist In Trailer For 'Houdini' Miniseries

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 11, 2014 12:34 PM
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Houdini
He was a man who could do the impossible. He thrilled the entire world as one of the greatest magicians and illusionists of all time. And no, we're not talking about Criss Angel. Harry Houdini continues to fascinate decades after his mysterious death, commonly thought to be caused by appendicitis, though rumors of foul play persist to this day. And none other than Adrien Brody will bring this signature turn of the century saga to life.

Watch: New Extended Trailer For 'Gotham' Teases The Joker

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2014 1:03 PM
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Gotham
Oswald Cobblepot, Fish Mooney, Selina Kyle and Ivy Pepper are the villains already promised for this fall's DC Comics series "Gotham" on Fox. It's sort of a Year One approach, with Batman a mere tyke, that will see the the world of comics grow from the ground up. But could one more villain be entering the fold?

HBO & Nic Pizzolatto Issue Official Statements Denying Plagiarism Charge Against 'True Detective'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2014 4:02 PM
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True Detective
Earlier this week, the interwebs lit up when a detailed argument surfaced accusing "True Detective" creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto of plagiarizing significant portions of his scripts for the show. A piece over at the at The Lovecraft E-zine noted the startling similarities between dialogue from "True Detective" and portions of Thomas Ligotti's "The Conspiracy Against the Human Race." Other examples, including works by William S. Burroughs and Alan Moore, were brought to light as well. Naturally, it was only a matter of time before a response was issued from the HBO camp, and indeed it has arrived.

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