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Nicole Kidman Returns To HBO For 'Reconstructing Amelia'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2013 9:00 PM
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Yet again more proof that working with HBO pays off for its talent, even if the project isn't necessarily the most well received. While you may have already forgotten about it, last year's "Hemingway & Gellhorn" (which was better than most folks gave it credit for) was another display for Nicole Kidman's acting chops. Nominations came in from Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG voters for her turn as a war reporter caught in a torrid affair with the author, and the actress hasn't forgotten about it. She's returning to the network with a project she's shepherding that touches upon a hot button issue.

Watch: Micro Teaser For 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Plus First Look At Cast As Series Gets Picked Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2013 8:40 PM
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Um, duh. As if there was any doubt that ABC would send this to series, but now it's official: this fall you're going to be watching "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." as that comic universe keeps getting bigger and bigger...

Instead Of A Movie, '24' Might Just Return To TV After All

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 10, 2013 12:17 PM
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Despite Antoine Fuqua's best efforts to get it off the ground, the “24” film was finally caught in a development cougar trap last month, with the director admitting “it's not happening.” A matter of star Kiefer Sutherland's schedule and paycheck were cited as reasons, but as the actor's alternative Fox show “Touch” now comes to a cancelled end, it seems the series may be revived at its original platform after all.

Casting: Robert De Niro Visits Stephen Gaghan’s ‘Candy Store’; Alicia Vikander Joins Alex Garland's Robot Thriller & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 6, 2013 4:23 PM
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Robert De Niro, Alicia Vikander, Kristen Connolly
Writer/director Stephen Gaghan has given us the scripts to Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic” "Rules of Engagement," and "The Alamo," but turned full-fledged filmmaker with 2005's excellent political drama, "Syriana." He hasn’t directed a film since, but not for want of trying. Gaghan’s been attached to several projects over the years, but for whatever reason, none of them have come to fruition. He may have struck gold with the cast of his his latest, “Candy Store.” The picture already stars “Zero Dark Thirty” star Jason Clarke and Omar Sy (“The Intouchables”), but his latest casting coup is even more impressive; Robert De Niro. The acting legend is joining the cast for a story about an undercover agent (Clarke) who begins a new life as beat cop in Brooklyn, but finds that his past life comes back to haunt him. De Niro plays a former cop who teams up with him to stop the threat that could endanger the city of New York. [Variety]

Recap: Memes & A Paul Simon Parody Does In The 'Veep'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 5, 2013 10:30 PM
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The second season of "Veep" is finally on the upswing after stumbling out of the gate, with last week's episode showing what the writers can do with just a little bit of focus. And this week's "The Vic Allen Dinner" mostly takes the same tack, finding comedic potential in a simple premise and then driving to the hoop and while it might not be a slam dunk, it's a solid alley-oop.

Watch: 12-Minute Making Of 'Behind The Candelabra' Featurette Plus Soundtrack Details

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2013 12:36 PM
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Behind The Candelabra, Matt Damon
The Cannes Film Festival is in less than two weeks, but if you're eager to see Steven Soderbergh's final film, "Behind The Candelabra," HBO has got you covered. While the movie will unspool on the Croisette in the official competition (and it's also getting a theatrical release in territories abroad as well, including France), by the end of the month, you'll be able to sit back and watch it yourself in the comfort of your own home. As an early gift, a generous peek behind the scenes has now arrived.

The Rock Is Now Cooking An HBO Dramedy Series Which Has A Greenlight, Peter Berg To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2013 2:21 PM
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Having conquered the world of sports as a wrestler, and proving his presence will uplift any franchise ("Fast Five," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation"), Dwayne Johnson is ready to bring his swagger to the small screen, in a project produced by his good buddy and "Pain & Gain" co-star, Mark Wahlberg.

First Look At Isla Fisher In 'Arrested Development' Plus New Pics & Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2013 12:58 PM
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It's hard to believe that in just a few weeks, after years of hopes, rumors, speculation and wishful thinking, a brand new season of "Arrested Development" will be here. And it won't be parceled out with an episode each week -- instead, Netflix is going to drop all 15 in one go, prompting marathon viewing across the nation, and challenging servers from coast to coast.

Netflix Considering Picking Up Ron Howard's 'The Dark Tower'; Tate Taylor To Direct 'Joyland' & '11/22/63' Goes To TV

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2013 6:24 PM
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Projects never die, they either have momentum or they don't, and one particular, ambitious endeavour has already been kicked around and picked over, going through various ups and downs, is Ron Howard's "The Dark Tower." We'll try to keep this history brief.

Roland Emmerich Developing 'Lawrence of Arabia' TV Miniseries

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 2, 2013 2:09 PM
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When Roland Emmerich makes a movie, more often than not you can bet that he’s going to go big. You could say that he’s a filmmaker who prefers an epic scale, and an argument could be made that he’s actually modern cinema’s equivalent to a David Lean. Okay, okay, we jest… but trust Emmerich of all people to look at a classic Lean epic and decide that of all things, he’s going to make it bigger.

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