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‘Friday Night Lights’ & ‘Pushing Daisies’ Buzzing With Kickstarter Talk

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • March 27, 2013 10:59 AM
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Ever since Rob Thomas, Kristen Bell and their “Veronica Mars” movie kickstarter made $2 million in 11 hours (with a total of $3.9 million and 16 days to go now), film fans and filmmakers alike have been in a frenzied state trying to figure out what this means for the current business model. But it seems that no one is more susceptible to the excitement than other TV series creators, some of whom may want to imitate the “Veronica Mars” model exactly.

Take A First Look At The Replacements For Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone & Co. In 'Zombieland' TV Series

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • March 26, 2013 10:45 AM
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Ever since the success of the original back in 2009, rumors of a “Zombieland” sequel have persisted, but had taken the back seat of late when it emerged that writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who were behind the original (and this week's "G.I. Joe: Retaliation") were developing a TV version of the movie. In fact the project had started out in the first place as a TV pitch, and, as hinted back in January, Amazon has officially put the green light on a pilot for the “Zombieland” TV show. Looking to put their own stamp on original content a la Netflix, “Zombieland” will be among six other original comedy pilots that Amazon will be streaming from their Prime Instant Video service.

Review: 'Phil Spector' Killed Lana Clarkson, But David Mamet's Movie Presupposes, Maybe He Didn't?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2013 8:56 AM
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With production on the film starting all the way back in the summer of 2011, it's been a curiously long wait for David Mamet's "Phil Spector," and from the first moment, one gets the impression that HBO's lawyers were a bit nervous about the effort. Before we even see one frame of the picture, an opening title card insists: "This is a work of fiction. It's not 'based on a true story.' It is a drama inspired by actual persons in a trial, but it is neither an attempt to depict the actual persons, nor to comment upon the trial or its outcome." But frankly, it's a little hard to swallow, particular since the director himself has been quite clear about what he thinks about Spector's fate regarding the murder of Lana Clarkson.

Can 'Low Winter Sun' Replace 'Breaking Bad'? Watch The Trailer For The New AMC Series Starring Mark Strong

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2013 1:48 PM
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In case you've been living under a rock, or were somehow unaware, we hate to break it you: "Breaking Bad" is done this summer. The acclaimed, hit series wraps up the fate of Walter White in just a few months time, and after that, AMC will be left with a considerably big hole in their schedule that they'll need to fill. Could "Low Winter Sun" be the next show we're all going to be talking about?

Sam Raimi To Direct Fox Dramedy Pilot 'Rake' Starring Greg Kinnear

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 20, 2013 12:42 PM
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Over the past few years, as Hollywood has drifted more and more towards $200-million-budgeted tentpoles, more filmmakers and actors have run into the warm embrace of television networks. The latest actor to make the move to a series? Greg Kinnear, and he’ll be getting some help from Sam Raimi.

HBO Cancels 'Enlightened,' Steven Coogan Has 'Doubt' & Amanda Peet Feels 'Togetherness'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • March 20, 2013 12:24 PM
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Year after year, HBO has continually showcases how much of a cable TV juggernaut they are, always coming out with great programming from interesting filmmakers and actors. Still, they’re a business, and when a show is doing poorly in the ratings, HBO has to send it to the chopping block no matter the amount of critical acclaim it receives. “Enlightened” is one of those shows, unfortunately.

Ben Wheatley Has Another New Project Set Up At HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 4:18 PM
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Oh, you think your schedule is busy? Well, Ben Wheatley is here to let you know how lazy you really are. Not only has he dropped three features in the past three years -- "Down Terrace," "Kill List" and "Sightseers" -- with another one coming in 2013 ("A Field In England"), he also helmed episodes of the Brit show "Ideal," and contributed a short to "The ABCs Of Death." And oh yeah, he's got a handful of projects in the cooker too with "Freakshift," "I, Macrobane," "Two For Hell" and the animated "Mega Evil Motherfuckers" all developing. So you might not think he'd have time to make an American sojourn. You would be wrong.

The Monster Is Within: Watch The New Trailer For Eli Roth's Netflix Series 'Hemlock Grove'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 11:43 AM
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You gotta hand it to Netflix -- their major foray into original programming is leaving no stone unturned. Last month we got the political drama "House Of Cards," and later this spring the Bluths return in the long-awaited "Arrested Development," but sandwiched in between, the streaming company is hoping to lure horror fans with another piece of unique programming: the Eli Roth-produced "Hemlock Grove." And a new trailer is here teasing sex, monsters and all sorts of hair-raising drama.

Watch: Ricky Gervais Brings Back David Brent From 'The Office' For New 10-Minute Short

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 19, 2013 11:22 AM
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In Britain, the biannual charity extravaganza that is Comic Relief has a great track record for creating one-off comedy sketches, many based around established British shows and comedy characters. Past classics have included skits based around the likes of "Doctor Who," "Blackadder," "Gavin and Stacey," "One Foot in the Grave," "Da Ali G Show," "I'm Alan Partridge" and "Father Ted." Ricky Gervais has been involved many times before, perhaps most notably for the time he created an extremely funny sketch in which he appeared to be recording an appeal for aid from Africa. Well, Gervais returned with a new sketch at this year's Comic Relief, and this time he brought back David Brent.

'Wings Of Desire' & 'Downfall' Star Bruno Ganz Is The Pope...In Ridley Scott's Pilot 'The Vatican'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 4:33 PM
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Over a storied and celebrated career, actor Bruno Ganz has logged time with a handful of famed filmmakers including Eric Rohmer, Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders and more, and is perhaps best known for his roles in international hits like "Wings Of Desire" (directed by the latter) and "Downfall." And now, it looks like he's found another role that could gain him all kinds of attention thanks to nothing more than some good timing.

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