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Eddie Murphy's 'Beverly Hills Cop' TV Series Moves Forward As Networks Circle

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2012 8:56 AM
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While once much talked about, possibly-Brett Ratner-directed "Beverly Hills Cop 4" is, for all intents and purposes, dead. However Axel Foley is still kicking around and is now headed to the small screen. "What I'm trying to do now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit. I'd do the pilot, show up here and there," Eddie Murphy said about the TV concept last fall, and indeed, things are rolling right along as networks are now taking a hard look at the show.

'S.H.I.E.L.D.' TV Series Moves Ahead, Joss Whedon To Write & Possibly Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 9:59 PM
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Well, that didn't take long. Mere weeks after inking a 3 year deal with Marvel, parent company Disney has put Joss Whedon to work, and it will find him expanding the comic brand to the small screen.

'Fame' Getting Rebooted (Again) As A TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 4:22 PM
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It's basic economics -- it's cheaper to use a pre-existing property instead of developing something original. When the original "Fame" movie came out in 1980, it was a hit, winning two Academy Awards (it was nominated for six) for Best Score and Best Original Song. It also spawned a successful TV series, which ran for five seasons and earned a decent following. Since then, the brand actually has a bit of life to it as well. While the 2009 reboot only took in a paltry $22 million domestically, overseas it did more than double that number and wound up hauling in over $75 million worldwide. And with dance reality shows still doing quite well for some bizarre reason and with "Footloose" also doing relatively decent numbers, it seems that once again, folks are gonna live forever.

4 Freaky New Posters Debut For 'American Horror Story: Asylum'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 28, 2012 11:16 AM
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Whether you think it's lovably ludicrous or ludicrously lovable, there's something undeniably compelling about Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's "American Horror Story." It's first season, which just racked up a whopping seventeen Primetime Emmy nominations, was a rocket-powered fear coaster full of S&M ghouls, marital distrust, and Jessica Lange. Season 2, subtitled "Asylum," is supposed to take a more grounded approach, but by the looks of four new posters, it's still going to be freaky as all get-out.

Vera Farmiga Is Norma Bates In TV Series 'Psycho' Prequel 'Bates Motel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2012 2:45 PM
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One of the most tantalizing projects headed to the small screen, but also one of the riskiest, is A&E's "Bates Motel." Earlier this summer, the network skipped the whole pilot episode thing and ordered up ten episodes of the show for a 2013 premiere, and it seems the wheels are beginning to turn now. And this first bit of casting puts on face on a famed movie character that only existed as voice in Alfred Hitchock's "Psycho," which this series will serve as a prequel to.

Jessica Biel, Drew Barrymore Are 'Family Guy' Valentines; Terrence Howard & T.I. Book Trips To 'Hawaii Five-O' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 27, 2012 10:43 AM
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In today’s TV roundup, we have casting news regarding a spin-off that no one is asking for, a CBS reboot, and one of Fox’s most successful shows.

"How Many People Have You Killed?": New Trailer For 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 3 Promises A High Number For Many

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 27, 2012 9:19 AM
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Losing one of the series' most well-drawn characters alongside one of the least, season three of “Boardwalk Empire” has wasted no time in teasing the repercussions caused by the former's occurrence (sorry, Paz de la Huerta fans), and now a just-released teaser is here to continues that building tension.

David Fincher Says He's Still Figuring Out 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel; Reveals Other Directors On 'House Of Cards'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2012 9:11 AM
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With Sony confirming last week that "The Girl Who Played With Fire" would not be hitting screens in 2013 (hardly a shock considering no casting or greenlight or any other movement had happened on "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" followup), speculation brewed as to whether or not David Fincher would return. While "The Social Network" was pretty much smooth sailing, his relationship with Sony grew fractious during 'Dragon Tattoo,' with heads butting from the start over casting and more bumps along the way. "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" was expected to be his next film, but we'd wager Disney might be re-considering the expensive 3D and CGI-heavy movie in the wake of the belly flop "John Carter," and particularly with "The Lone Ranger" reportedly already going over budget. Whatever might be going on behind the scenes, it seems Fincher still has Lisbeth Salander on the brain.

Cameron Crowe Eyes Michael Chabon's 'Telegraph Avenue' For HBO; 'Beautiful Boy' Goes Next After 'Deep Tiki'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2012 8:44 AM
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You might have forgotten, but in 2011 Cameron Crowe dropped three movies after being absent from the big screen for six years: the Matt Damon dramedy "We Bought a Zoo" and two music documentaries, "The Union" and "Pearl Jam Twenty." And heading into 2012, he isn't slowing down one bit. At the end of last month, his once-aborted romantic comedy "Deep Tiki" came back to life over at Sony with Emma Stone attached, and now he's got two more projects brewing that he'll tackle once that picture is in the can.

Malin Akerman Finds 'Suburgatory'; Chloe Sevigny Visits 'Portlandia'; Ciarán Hinds Joins 'Game Of Thrones' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2012 6:10 PM
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Malin Akerman has had a bit of an unlucky run on the big screen in 2012, with "Wanderlust" and "Rock Of Ages" both underperforming, and the upcoming "Stolen" with Nicolas Cage looking like....well, a Nicolas Cage movie. But she's hoping to cap off the the year on a stronger note. The actress is headed to the small screen for some guest stints on ABC's "Suburgatory." The episodes, set to air near Thanksgiving and Christmas, will find her popping up as the "beautiful and free-spirited singer-songwriter" mother of Tessa (Jane Levy), with whom she hopes to form a relationship and put her troubled past behind her. "Suburgatory" returns in October.

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