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AMC Cancels 'The Killing' After Two Unsatisfying Seasons

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 27, 2012 3:27 PM
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Well, that's it: AMC has canceled their controversial series "The Killing." The studio has opted not to renew this Seattle-set crime drama for a third season. Are you surprised? Well, the writing was on the wall for a while, and we essentially called this one from the beginning of season two when we reviewed the premiere that prompted this piece: "Another Long Jerk Around & Why You Should Continue With [The Killing] At Your Own Peril."  

Mark Strong To Reprise Lead Role In AMC Remake Of Brit Miniseries 'Low Winter Sun'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 27, 2012 1:00 PM
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Where does Mark Strong find the time? Since his face first became widely recognizable back in 2005/6 it seems he’s rarely been away from our screens, and usually in a mixture of high profile films and acclaimed smaller efforts. And audiences across the pond know that in 2006, Strong was also making his last appearance on the British miniseries “Low Winter Sun,” and it looks like it may be the same material that’s tempting him back to the small screen six years later.

Larry David's Greg Mottola-Helmed Improv Comedy With Jon Hamm & Michael Keaton Heads To HBO

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 27, 2012 9:17 AM
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While early word said the upcoming Greg Mottola-helmed Larry David-starring improv comedy was set up over at Fox Searchlight, it looks like the project may be headed to another, more familiar home for David and Mottola: cable channel HBO.

'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner Says Peggy Olson Will Be Back For Season 6

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2012 6:45 PM
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Of the handful of enduring questions remaining from the end of the excellent fifth season of "Mad Men," perhaps the biggest surrounded the fate of Peggy Olson, played by Elisabeth Moss. Having had enough of being overlooked and ill-treated at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (RIP), she jumped to a new job at Cutler Gleason and Chaough, which many figured meant Peggy's arc was done. And indeed, her brief appearance in the season finale seemed like a farewell, with her meeting Don who declared he was proud of her, before she left to go on the road for her job. But there is still more Peggy to come in season six.

'Battle Royale' Might Get Turned Into A TV Show For CW

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2012 6:10 PM
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Last fall, it was with a small amount of irony that producer Roy Lee revealed that the long-gestating Hollywood remake of the Japanese cult hit "Battle Royale" was essentially put on the back burner due to a similar film that has since become a massive hit. "'Hunger Games' definitely took a lot of wind out of the sails because it definitely has a very similar storyline and so I’m not actually sure if any studio…I’m not even sure if before 'Hunger Games' any studio would have been able to take the creative risks you need to make the movie right and now so [making the movie] would be even harder," Lee explained. But never say die, as the edgy, violent movie may find a home on a channel favored by tweens.

Watch: First Footage From 'Parade's End' With Benedict Cumberbatch; 'The Girl' With Sienna Miller & Jane Campion's 'Top Of The Lake'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2012 5:43 PM
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It's easy to get lost in the bombast of the blockbuster season and the allure of festivals just around the corner. But BBC2 is here to remind you they've got some tremendously promising, high calibre wares coming to a small screen near you, that might be enticing enough to skip heading the multiplex altogether. The station has dropped a trailer for their new season of original programming, and there are some highlights and first footage worth paying attention to.

TNT To Develop Navy SEALS TV Show With 'Act Of Valor' Director Scott Waugh Helming Pilot

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 25, 2012 11:37 AM
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After initially finding life as a training film for Navy SEALS, the action film “Act of Valor” nevertheless was fashioned into something of a blind success, hitting $80 million worldwide when it was released this past February. Naturally, interest in military projects has grown again since the film's opening, and now a major cable network looks to bring the film's creative team in for a small-screen endeavor.

'Ruby Sparks' Directors Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris Talk Lighting A Scene With An iPad, Digital Vs. Film & A Brewing HBO Pilot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2012 10:56 AM
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Six years in a long time. Back in 2006 when Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' "Little Miss Sunshine" got huge buzz out of Sundance before hitting theaters, Steve Carell was just entering the third season of "The Office." Paul Dano was probably still best known as that guy from "The Girl Next Door." And when the little indie movie that could made its way into the Best Picture race, it was facing off against "The Departed," "The Queen," "Babel" and "Letters From Iwo Jima." It seems a lifetime ago. And while the directors had various projects brewing that never quite came together since then, their sophomore effort "Ruby Sparks" has been worth the wait. Penned by Zoe Kazan, and starring the actress alongside her boyfriend Paul Dano, it's a film that finds the directors once again flexing their comedic muscles, while also finding new notes and textures we haven't seen from them before, all in a hugely enjoyable and entertaining film.

Director Martin Campbell Reviving Cult Brit Sci-Fi Series 'Blake's 7'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 25, 2012 10:22 AM
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Okay, you’re planning to reboot an established property. Who do you call on? Well, after he managed to breathe new life into Bond on two separate occasions with “Goldeneye” and the frankly sublime “Casino Royale” – and not to mention 1998’s “The Mask of Zorro” - then you’d have to say Martin Campbell would be a pretty good shout, even after that “Green Lantern” debacle. This time Campbell’s been tapped up to direct a potential reboot of the cult British sci-fi series “Blake’s 7” which is being shopped to U.S. networks.

HBO Picks Up Stephen Merchant Comedy 'Hello Ladies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2012 9:36 AM
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Is it just us, or does HBO seem to be becoming a lot more auteur-driven as of late? Their three big commissions for 2012 were Lena Dunham’s “Girls,” Armando Iannucci’s “Veep,” and Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom,” and then they co-produced Ricky Gervais’ “Life’s Too Short” with the BBC. All of those shows very definitely bear the mark of their creator and said creators are all very hands on in all of those cases. That trend looks set to continue with HBO picking up the pilot for a new comedy called “Hello Ladies.”

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