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Justin Theroux Joins Damon Lindelof Penned & Produced HBO Series 'The Leftovers'

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 5, 2013 11:18 AM
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If movies were stocks, I’d tell you to invest your retirement funds into rapture/end of the world flicks. Coming out on this side of 2012, I would’ve thought that particular genre would be all dried up, but they seem to be in demand. “After Earth” and “Oblivion” explored Earths that were ravaged by disaster and there’s still “The World’s End”, “This is the End," and “Rapture-Palooza” left to go. Now HBO is getting in on the end of world with Damon Lindelof’s “The Leftovers” which just found its lead actor.

Bobby Cannavale Joins Martin Scorsese's HBO Rock ‘N’ Roll Series

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 5, 2013 9:56 AM
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When Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger collaborated on the Rolling Stones documentary “Shine A Light” they conceived an idea for a “Casino”-like movie set in the music biz of the 1970s. That was in 2010. Than in 2011 Scorsese and Jagger took the idea to HBO and brought on “Boardwalk Empire” writer Terence Winter to help develop the idea. Two years later and it finally looks like the project is ready to move forward with a lead actor.

Watch: First Teaser For Will Ferrell's 'Spoils Of Babylon' Promises 93mm Breath-Take-O-Scope

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2013 9:40 AM
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While the return of "Arrested Development" and the finale of "Breaking Bad" are among the big television events of 2013, one big contender for 2014 has to be "The Spoils Of Babylon." The comedy event series brings together a great cast -- Will Ferrell, Kristin Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Jessica Alba, Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer, Tim Robbins and Haley Joel Osment -- for a comedic take on sprawling family dramas like "The Thorn Birds" and "Winds Of War." And the first teaser is pretty spot on.

Watch: Trailer For Lifetime's 'The Anna Nicole Story' From The Director Of 'American Psycho'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2013 12:24 PM
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So, should we give up on Mary Harron ever matching the accomplishment of her first two features, "I Shot Andy Warhol" and "American Psycho"? Because since then, it's been mostly a downward trajectory with lots of TV work, the disappointing "The Notorious Bettie Page" and the forgotten (and not very well received) vampire flick "The Moth Diaries." And now in what must be a career nadir, Harron has retreated to Lifetime to crank out one of their cheapie biopics, "The Anna Nicole Story," ripped from the headlines of six years ago.

Discuss: Better Or Worse? Fans Make Chronological Edit Of The New 'Arrested Development' Season

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 4, 2013 11:39 AM
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Depending on your restraint and interest in the long-awaited return of "Arrested Development," you've likely either zipped through the entire fourth season in one weekend or perhaps only made it halfway into the new 15 episodes. Either way, one thing should be clear: the show is a schizophrenic, unruly beast of varying quality, and if you were among those who found Mitch Hurwitz's fractured narrative a nuisance, fear not -- the Internet has a solution.

Mitch Hurwitz Talks Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, The Future Of 'Arrested Development' & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 3, 2013 5:05 PM
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Mitch Hurwitz, David Cross, Arrested Development
Since "Arrested Development" was canceled by 20th Century Fox in 2006 series creator Mitch Hurwitz has worked tirelessly to try and configure out a plausible way to continue the story of the beloved Bluth family. Seven years in the making, coming up with the correct formula was never going to be easy. Initially he envisioned a movie trilogy, then simply a movie, then a web series, but it wasn't until conversations began with Netflix -- that series producer/narrator Ron Howard initially turned down -- that the idea of a new series became a reality.

Discuss: Is 'The Sopranos' The Best Written Show Of All Time? The WGA Thinks So

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 10:17 AM
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You've heard it time and again over the past few years or so, but we're living in a pretty great time for television. While of course HBO and AMC are leading the charge, with a fantastic slate of original programming, bringing talent and budgets that give big screen movies a run for their money, even network fare is getting more ambitious and daring (see NBC's "Hannibal," recently renewed for a second season). But is this really the best television has had to offer in the history of the medium? Or are we forgetting the decades of great programming that came before?

Steven Soderbergh Thinks The Last 2 Episodes Of 'Breaking Bad' Should Be Shown In Theaters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 12:01 PM
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To be certain, Steven Soderbergh has had no shortage of ideas and opinions when it comes to the state of the current movie industry. And after putting himself out there with his now famous speech at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the director hasn't been shy in answering followup questions, and he continues to share his thoughts on what the movies and television are doing right...and wrong. His latest brainstorm concerns a show that this summer might be an even bigger blockbuster event than anything hitting the multiplex. That's right, we're talking about the final season of "Breaking Bad."

Discuss: A New Series Or A Movie? Where Should 'Arrested Development' Go Next?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2013 3:26 PM
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By now, you've either gobbled up the entire new season of "Arrested Development," or like this writer, you're somewhere in the middle. But undoubtedly, you already have an opinion about the resurrected show, and we've shared our own 12 Observations On What Worked & What Didn't In The New Netflix Season Of "Arrested Development." And now even mere days after latest fifteen episodes have premiered, what's next for Mitch Hurwitz and the Bluths is the question on everyone's mind. Another season? The much talked about movie? Both? Neither? Either way you slice it, Netflix is open to doing more.

Rob Lowe Will Literally Play JFK In Ridley Scott-Produced 'Killing Kennedy' & More

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • May 29, 2013 12:36 PM
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Oscar winner Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) is heading back to television to co-star with Matt Dillion in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Wayward Pines.” Fox is putting together the event series based on Blake Crouch’s novel "Pines" and hopes to have it out by fall 2014. Described as a "Twin Peaks"-esque show (high hopes), the story follows Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Dillion) as he searches for two missing federal agents in Wayward Pines, Idaho. Of course, not everything is at it seems in Wayward Pines and Burke only finds more mysteries. One of which is Nurse Pam (Leo) who tends to Burke when he winds up in the town hospital, only to become a lethal advisory with deep ties to Wayward’s secrets.

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