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Arnaud Desplechin To Direct Adaptation Of Alexander Ostrovsky's Play 'The Forest' For Euro TV

  • By Ben Brock
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  • August 28, 2013 10:36 AM
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Despite the record-breaking box office takings this summer, the fashion recently among the cinestablishment has been to furrow their learned brows and predict the death of movies, or at least the death of good movies, or the death of movies in movie theatres. The HBO premiere of Steven Soderbergh's “Behind the Candelabra” led many to wonder why the film wasn't getting a cinematic release, followed by Steven Spielberg revealing that his own “Lincoln” was almost made the same way. This very same year, David Fincher made a big TV series (“House of Cards,” which on top of everything wasn't even on TV), and big-name directors like Danny Boyle are getting in on the act too.

Interview: 'Drinking Buddies' Star Jake Johnson Talks Rules of Improv, Working With Joe Swanberg & Frustrations With Network TV

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 27, 2013 5:18 PM
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Drinking Buddies
Two attractive couples, their difficulties in life, work, and romance, a sly glance toward the other person's partner as a possible solution... It may seem like the rote set-up for your standard romantic comedy but filmmaker Joe Swanberg (“Hannah Takes The Stairs,” “All The Light In The Sky”) knows this. His latest film, "Drinking Buddies," succeeds not by the prolific indie director's shift up in budget and crowd appeal but by just how adeptly he tweaks that framework for a surprisingly observant and honest result — in our SXSW review, we called it “a film that feels loose without ever being ponderous or phony.”

Recap: Breaking Bad, Season 5, Episode 11 'Confessions'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2013 10:04 AM
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"My name is Walter Hartwell White. I live at 308 Negra Arroyo Lane, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104. This is my confession." These are words no one would have thought they'd ever hear come out of the words of the mouth of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), but it sets up one of the most astonishing plot turns of the final eight episodes yet. Each week we're consistently thwarted by any expectations of where the writers of "Breaking Bad" will take the show, but the key twist of "Confessions" is a true jaw dropper.

'Breaking Bad' Star Anna Gunn Addresses Misogyny Behind Audience Hatred Of Skyler Plus 4-Hour Interview With Vince Gilligan

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 26, 2013 8:56 AM
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With last night's episode of “Breaking Bad” drawing the acclaimed show even closer to its visible end, it is a point of pleasure for creators and fans alike to witness beloved characters entering their final scenes, and also reflect upon their series-wide arcs. As Walt's wife Skyler, Anna Gunn has continually surprised in this regard, reacting to her husband's shift into drug kingpin by turns with anger, frustration and sympathy. The response from viewers has been more one-note however, and in a recent op-ed by the actress, Gunn examined her character's vitriolic feedback and what those comments have exposed about the show's dynamic.

Adrien Brody Is Houdini For History Channel, Tye Sheridan Joins 'The Forger' With John Travolta & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 23, 2013 12:09 PM
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Call it the influence of Terrence Malick or just pure performance, but take any recent film dabbling in the natural world from a young boy's perspective and you can bet actor Tye Sheridan's name was hovering around the cast list. Since “The Tree of Life,” the 16-year-old has landed lead roles in “Mud,” opposite Matthew McConaughey, and David Gordon Green's upcoming “Joe” with Nicolas Cage. His next project finds him facing another major name, but thankfully with a different genre slant.

My Sharona! Ben Stiller Bringing 'Reality Bites' To TV

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 22, 2013 9:23 PM
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Some ideas are so bonkers that they're either going to result in something really great or really horrible, with no possible middle ground. This is one of those ideas. It seems that director Ben Stiller and writer Helen Childress have reteamed for a TV version of their cult 1994 comedy "Reality Bites." Should the pilot go to series, it will air on NBC; Stiller's Red Hour Television will be producing alongside Universal Television and Double Feature Films, the company run by Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, who produced the original movie. If you're thinking to yourself, 'Jeez that movie was almost instantly dated, how are they going to modernize it?' Don't worry: it's going to maintain the early-nineties setting of the movie. Get ready for lots and lots of flannel shirts.

Danny Boyle To Direct TV Police Drama From 'Peep Show' Writers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2013 10:51 AM
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Though he got his start on the small screen, aside from a one-off 2001 project "Strumpet" and of course, the London Olympics, director Danny Boyle has mostly stay planted in the feature film world. But with "Trance" earning the least amount of money in theaters since his breakout film "Shallow Grave" (and obviously arriving with much bigger expectations and star power than that film), it looks like Boyle will head back to television for a project that will see him return to the setting of his biggest hit to date, "Slumdog Millionaire."

'Rambo' TV Series In The Works And Yes Sylvester Stallone Will Be Involved

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2013 12:43 PM
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If there is one man who knows how to keep franchises not only viable, but continually growing, it's Sylvester Stallone. It was just last month, we learned that "Rocky" would be getting in the ring again, this time as the spinoff "Creed," with "Fruitvale Station" director and star, Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan involved, along with Sly himself. And now, another one of Stallone's brands is getting dusted off and instead of heading to the multiplex, it's going to the small screen.

James Franco Gets His Own Reality TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2013 10:42 AM
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Well, this was kind of inevitable... James Franco's career has always had an air meta-ness to it, with the actor's personal and professional personas, and his mix of brow-furrowing art projects with mainstream Hollywood fare, blending and overlapping. Need evidence? Well, the movie he co-directed "Francophrenia (Or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is)" took footage from his stint on "General Hospital" (wherein he played an artist/serial named Franco) and reshaped into a quasi-"profile" about himself "as he muses on the absurdities of fame, its suffocating, ever-present spectre that dominates his every interaction, and his longing to do a bit of serial killing himself, starting with his agent." Now Franco is taking it to the next level.

Robert Rodriguez's 'El Mariachi' Getting The TV Show Treatment

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2013 2:32 PM
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When Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi" burst onto the scene, it announced the voice of a filmmaker who had no lack of entrepreneurial spirit, and one who wasn't going to follow any traditional career playbook. And certainly, Rodriguez has stuck his to own guns, forging a career that has seen him largely follow his own instincts and interests despite where Hollywood trends may be going. And he's become even more prolific. This year alone has seen him tackle two movies, the upcoming "Machete Kills" and the 2014 slated "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For," while also developing a number of other projects, including the fan assisted short, "Two Scoops." And one medium he's been turning toward recently is television.

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