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TV Roundup: NBC Remakes Munsters, Jeff Garlin's New Show, PBS Clarifies Bert and Ernie’s Status

Confirming that television has officially run out of new ideas, NBC has signed on to remake The Munsters, just after their announcement of a Frankenstein remake and CBS’s new Bewitched. NBC passed on a revamp of the 1960s show last year, but asked Bryan Fuller, the creator of Pushing Daisies, to make a second attempt. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Fuller wants to make his hour-long version of the Munster's edgier, darker, and character-focused.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 12, 2011 8:20 AM
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Mid-Year Oscar Watch: Top Five Visual Effects Contenders

Mid-Year Oscar Watch: Top Five Visual Effects Contenders
It's a good thing that the Academy is guaranteeing five VFX slots this year, as there's a plethora of candidates vying for them, reports Bill Desowitz in his weekly TOH column covering Hollywood below-the-line crafts, animation, and VFX . In fact, he's already got five frontrunners. After last week's monkey love for Andy Serkis and Rise of the Planet of the Apes , taking us into the dog days of summer, it's time for a mid-year VFX report card. Obviously 2011 has been dominated by a fatigue-inducing deluge of superhero movies (especially from Marvel, from X-Men: First Class to Thor and Captain America), yielding a wide field of CG performances and pyrotechnics.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 12, 2011 5:39 AM
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First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover

Pictured next to the real thing, DiCaprio is suited up as the former head of the FBI in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming J. Edgar. The film, which explores Hoover’s public personality and private persona, also stars Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, and Armie Hammer. Warner Bros. will release J. Edgar on November 9, 2011.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 12, 2011 5:07 AM
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Oscar Watch on Coriolanus: Fiennes and Redgrave Stand Out, New Trailer, Early Reviews

Rookie feature director Ralph Fiennes and veteran screenwriter John Logan (The Aviator) have crafted a strong modern adaptation of Shakespeare's bloody war tragedy Coriolanus (trailer below). Fiennes shines in the central role, which he played on the London stage in 2000 to raves. It plays to his strengths as an actor who doesn't seek to be liked. Fiennes plumbs the depths of a brilliant, ambitious, stubborn, ruthless, deadly, ramrod straight Roman general--with no talent for politics. "This man has no mercy in him," says Coriolanus's ally Menenius, well-played by Brian Cox.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 12, 2011 2:49 AM
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Fincher's Dragon Tattoo Characters Get Mugshots & Bios; Rooney Mara Defends Salander's Nipples

Check out these mugshots and character descriptions for David Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Daniel Craig (Mikael Blomkvist), Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander), Christopher Plummer (Henrik Vanger), Robin Wright (Erica Berger), Stellan Skarsgard (Martin Vanger) and thirteen other key characters are profiled here (thank you, DailyBlam). Below are Blomkvist and Salander's bios--"pale and anorexic-looking and all but mute, she radiates hostility." Dragon Tattoo, complete with all its sexy-violent-controversial glory and a Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross score (listen to a snatch here), will land December 21.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 11, 2011 11:15 AM
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Stoker Cast Update: Kidman, Wasikowska, Mulroney & Goode; Shooting in Nashville

You can't go back to Bram Stoker's Dracula too many times, it seems.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 11, 2011 8:36 AM
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Great Film Directors John Ford & Frank Capra Get Stamps, Featuring Searchers, It Happened One Night

In its ongoing series of tributes to Hollywood figures (including James Dean, Katharine Hepburn and Gregory Peck), the U.S. Post Office is adding iconic directors John Ford and Frank Capra to the list.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2011 8:35 AM
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Walking Dead: Why Did AMC Fire Showrunner Frank Darabont? THR Blames AMC's Joel Stillerman

Many media folk have been trying to get to the bottom of why AMC fired showrunner Frank Darabont off its most successful show, The Walking Dead. THR's Kim Masters comes up with some answers, although AMC is keeping Darabont and others mum. Not surprisingly, two of the usual factors, greed and ego, are involved. What's astonishing is how much AMC's head of original programming, Joel Stillerman, the villain of Masters' piece, seems willing to risk the quality of his biggest hit in order to reap profits.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2011 6:13 AM
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IFP's Independent Film Week Project Forum: Highlights of 150 Participating Projects

IFP's 33rd Independent Film Week boasts 150 new projects in development for the 2011 Project Forum. This year it will be held at Lincoln Center's spanking new Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center. The main event of the Independent Film Week, Project Forum seeks to network and expose new talent and their projects to the industry. Says IFP's Joana Vicente: "Independent Film Week is THE destination for these filmmakers to connect with industry and peers to further their projects in an environment that promotes community, growth, and career sustainability above all." Veterans of the program include Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine, Laura Poitras' The Oath and Rashaad Ernesto Green's Gun Hill Road (pictured).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 11, 2011 6:12 AM
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No Budget Film School August 20-21: Bellflower Case Study with Glodell & Grashaw

No Budget Film School began in 2005 to give filmmakers the know-how that was lacking from other traditional schools and workshops, and to teach them how to make films with only the resources they currently have available--embracing their limitations to focus on the most important elements, rather than getting discouraged. Founder Mark Stolaroff informs the NBFS from his own no-budget experience, working at Next Wave Films (which supported the likes of Christopher Nolan), viewing thousands of micro-budget films and relationships with working directors.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 11, 2011 5:50 AM
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