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Before 'Breaking Bad' This Weekend, Watch Extensive Q&As With Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Bob Odenkirk & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2013 12:43 PM
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When Steven Soderbergh pitched the idea earlier this year that the final two episodes of "Breaking Bad" should be shown in theaters, fans collectively freaked at the suggestion. And while it remains to be seen if that happens, The Film Society of Lincoln Center recently made everyone want to move to New York City, as they hosted a week of free screenings of every episode of the show in the buildup to this weekend's premiere of the final half of season five. Even more, they rounded up all the principal players to participate in Q&As and panels. Couldn't make it? Well, here's the next best thing.

The Power Of Christ Compels 'The Exorcist' TV Series To Keep Developing, But Without Sean Durkin

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 8, 2013 9:18 AM
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Last year it was announced that William Friedkin’s seminal 1973 horror film “The Exorcist” would receive a ten-hour miniseries treatment at the hands of “Martha Marcy May Marlene” director Sean Durkin that would function as part remake/part prequel. Now, it seems that the show’s producers, Morgan Creek Entertainment and Roy Lee (executive producer behind remakes of “The Ring” and “The Grudge”) have decided to go in a different direction.

The 5 Best Episodes Of 'Breaking Bad'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 7, 2013 2:00 PM
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This Sunday sees the beginning of the end of an era. Because on Sunday, AMC will premiere the first of the final eight episodes of "Breaking Bad," which over the last five-and-a-bit years has firmly taken its place among the pantheon of TV drama, winning an ever-growing following, rave reviews and fistfuls of awards. For the uninitiated (and really, how many of there can you be now?) the series follows Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a high school chemistry teacher already struggling to make ends meet when he's diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. Desperate to provide for his family, he teams up with Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), a deadbeat former student, to cook crystal meth. Complications, as you might imagine, ensue.

Paul Schrader Says 'Taxi Driver' Sequel Was The "Dumbest" Idea He Ever Heard

  • By Ben Brock
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  • August 7, 2013 11:38 AM
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Paul Schrader, one-time Hollywood screenwriting wunderkind, is back in the news with his new film “The Canyons” (read our review). Back when Martin Scorsese was a a bright young thing sticking it to the studios — this would be in the late '70s — Schrader was the man feeding him the material, writing “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” but with the '80s Schrader turned to directing, with varying success. From “American Gigolo” to “Cat People” to "Hardcore" to "Auto Focus" all the way to “The Canyons”...it's been an interesting journey (check out our full retrospective of his directorial efforts).

Peter Capaldi Is The New 'Doctor Who'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2013 2:44 PM
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Sort of the nerd version of the Royal Baby watch, "Doctor Who" fans waited breathlessly today for the announcement that would temporarily alter the universe of the long-running TV show. With Matt Smith stepping out of the TARDIS earlier this year, his replacement has now been officially named. And nope, it's a not a hot young bod, a woman or someone wildly unexpected.

Watch: 3 Clips From Larry David's HBO Comedy Movie 'Clear History'

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • August 4, 2013 10:16 AM
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With Larry David continuing to gain plaudits for his long-running HBO series, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” it was only a matter of time before the “Seinfeld” co-creator turned to something else. “Clear History” tells the story of a man (David) who plots revenge against his boss (Jon Hamm) who made millions off an electric car company. We listed the all-star cast joining the miniseries last September, and a few clips have dropped in anticipation of its debut next weekend.

Watch: Jay Z's 10-Minute Short Film/Video 'Picasso Baby' Directed By Mark Romanek

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2013 11:45 AM
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Inspired by famed performance artist Marina Abramovic, directed by Mark Romanek and an event coordinated through social media...you gotta hand it to Shawn Carter, he knows how to do it right. And the result is "Picasso Baby," the first promo/video/short film from his summer banger Magna Carta Holy Grail. And if you missed the premiere broadcast on HBO last night, not to worry, as it's now online for you to check out. So what's it like?

'Cop Land' Is Going To Be A TV Show Now Too, James Mangold Back To Write The Pilot & Produce

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2013 5:11 PM
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While the idea of movies being spun-off and developed into TV shows seems to be a recent and growing trend, Harvey Weinstein had seen this coming years ago. You might not remember, but way back in 2011 it was revealed that he had struck a deal with the new owners of his old studio Miramax, to develop the properties there into sequels and TV shows. That meant titles like “Shakespeare in Love,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Swingers,” “Clerks,” “Shall We Dance,” “The Amityville Horror” and "Rounders" were all on the table to be played with, so to speak. And hell, just this past spring Robert Rodriguez announced another Miramax title—"From Dusk Til Dawn"—was headed to a TV series. Now another movie from the Miramax catalog is going to the small screen.

Paul Schrader In Talks For Limited Fiction Series At CNN, Plus Watch 30-Minute 'Canyons Q&A And Kanye West-Remixed Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2013 1:06 PM
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While "The Canyons" continues to evoke a wide range of reactions from critics (read our review here), it has certainly put Paul Schrader right back on the map. His next movie is already brewing, "The Dying Of The Light" starring Nicolas Cage, he's pitched Spike Lee on a Clarence Thomas biopic, and now it looks like he's ready to head to TV as well.

Billy Bob Thornton Reteams With Coen Brothers To Star In 'Fargo' TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2013 12:25 PM
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While he might be name-checked as often as someone like John Goodman, Billy Bob Thornton is certainly in the realm of Coen Brothers players. He bagged roles in "The Man Who Wasn't There" and "Intolerable Cruelty," and also starred in the Coen-produced "Bad Santa" but it has been a decade since they've worked together. But now they're aligning on a project that's certain to raise a few eyebrows.

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