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Mike Newell's Great Expectations Shoots October 10 with Bonham Carter, Fiennes, Irvine, Grainger

Brit director Mike Newell, whose big-budget studio entries Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Prince of Persia are a far cry from earlier works such as Four Weddings and Funeral and Enchanted April, will begin shooting David Nicholls' adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations in the UK on October 10.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 5, 2011 8:09 AM
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TV Watch: Playboy Club Cancelled, Fox Could Make Money On Simpsons Demise

The first cancellation of the fall season is NBC's misguided and little-watched (just three million viewers caught last night's episode) The Playboy Club, which took place in Mod, bunny-infested 1960s Chicago. After only three episodes, NBC pulled the low-rated show, which starred Amber Heard and Eddie Cibrian, off the air. Hugh Hefner tweeted his disappointment and blamed it on the network: "It should have been on cable, aimed at a more adult audience."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 5, 2011 7:57 AM
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Spielberg vs. Spielberg: Vulture Tracks How His Fave Themes Go Wrong on Small Screen

Spielberg is all around these days, from summer hit Super 8, which J.J. Abrams sold on his name, to holiday tentpoles The Adventures of Tintin and Oscar frontrunenr War Horse. But there are two Spielbergs, posits Vulture, which lays out the Four Ways Steven Spielberg TV Shows Feel Like Bad Spielberg Knockoffs.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 5, 2011 5:46 AM
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New Adventures of Tintin Trailer Rocks The Boat

Check out the action-packed new trailer for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (December 25) below. Director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson talk their inspiration for the film here.Video: MSN Exclusive: The Adventures of Tintin - trailer
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 5, 2011 5:26 AM
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Robert Downey Jr. Developing Perry Mason for the Big Screen; Listen & Watch Past Incarnations

Yet another TV brand heads to the movies. Will they never learn? But the casting is choice in this case: Robert Downey Jr. may bring Perry Mason to the big screen through Warner Bros. and Team Downey. Like the original Erle Stanley Gardner books--there are 82; Downey and producer David Gambino are looking for a writer to adapt their own original story based on the character--the film would be set in 1930s Los Angeles and would follow defense attorney Mason, his secretary Della Street, private investigator Paul Drake and courtroom adversary Hamilton Burger.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 5, 2011 5:17 AM
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Lars Von Trier Will NEVER Give Another Interview; Retires from Public Speaking

Lars Von Trier Will NEVER Give Another Interview; Retires from Public Speaking
Lars von Trier has had it, finally. After being declared "persona non grata" by the Cannes Film festival after statements he made at the Melancholia press conference, calling himself a Nazi, the Danish filmmaker has released a statement. He's done speaking in public, period.Today at 2 pm I was questioned by the Police of North Zealand in connection with charges made by the prosecution of Grasse in France from August 2011 regarding a possible violation of prohibition in French law against justification of war crimes. The investigation covers comments made during the press conference in Cannes in May 2011. Due to these serious accusations I have realized that I do not possess the skills to express myself unequivocally and I have therefore decided from this day forth to refrain from all public statements and interviews.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2011 4:46 AM
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Apple's Tim Cook Unveils iPhone 4S, Fails To Live Up to Steve Jobs

Yesterday at the "Let's Talk iPhone" conference, Apple changed things up. Rather than announcing the iPhone 5, they announced a phone that looks no different than their current model, and only distinguishes the new product with an S added after iPhone 4. However, while the iPhone 4S appears to be no different, its capabilities are innumerable (Apple numbered them at over 200).
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 5, 2011 4:32 AM
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Coen Brothers Join TV Migration with Detective Comedy

Everybody's going to TV. Even Joel and Ethan Coen have sold an hour-long private detective comedy to Fox, HarveKarbo. With Cedar Rapids writer Phil Johnston on the script, the brothers' single-camera show will trace the life of P.I. Harve Karbo and his noir-like investigations into the seedy underbelly of Hollywood high society. The Coens, along with Johnston, Imagine co-founder Brian Grazer and president Francie Calfo, will executive produce, reports Deadline.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 5, 2011 4:16 AM
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Boardwalk Empire 2/2 - Ourselves Alone – The Good Parts Version

Boardwalk Empire 2/2 - Ourselves Alone – The Good Parts Version
Although not an ardent fan, David Chute nevertheless finds quite a few things to like in the second episode of the second season of Boardwalk Empire.Both my editor and I, here at TOH, are fans of the episode-by-episode commentary that critic Tim Appelo wrote for indieWIRE last year, during the first season of Terence Winter’s sprawling, ambitious period gangster chronicle Boardwalk Empire. Not myself a fan quite as deep-dyed as Tim, I’ve elected to try a variation on his dive-right-in approach to covering the series week by week. Leaving aside overarching issues of theme and character, I’ll be writing simply and only about the scenes and lines and encounters and details in each episode that I’ve actually really liked.
  • By David Chute
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  • October 4, 2011 12:22 PM
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More Super-Star Celebrity Auctions: Taylor's Diamonds, Wayne's Patch, Reynolds II, Ruby Slippers

First it was Debbie Reynolds' Marilyn Monroe dress and ruby slippers, now Hollywood celebrity auctions are lining up for take-off like planes at La Guardia. Cari Beauchamp reports.Auctions of all kinds seem to be proliferating--which may say more about the economy than we want to know--but three super-star auctions are on the immediate horizon from the collections of John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Reynolds.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • October 4, 2011 12:10 PM
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