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Cusack as Poe, Cameron Decries "Bottom of the Barrel" 3-D, SNL Newbies

- John Cusack will be channeling Edgar Allen Poe in director James McTeigue's iteration of The Raven, not rivals Jeremy Renner or Ewan McGregor. Based on a fictional script from Hannah Shakespeare and Ben Livingston, The Raven follows Poe's final five days, when a serial killer uses Poe's stories as inspiration for his killing spree. Last year, McTeigue said the movie would be a cross between the incantatory 1845 poem ("The Raven") and Se7en.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 30, 2010 6:04 AM
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EW Launches Fall TV Preview Channel on YouTube

Smart move. Just in time for peak audience interest in the fall TV season, EW launches its YouTube Channel. "It's fall TV time," says EW editor Jess Cagle:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2010 10:37 AM
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Boardwalk Empire: New Making-Of Promo

This HBO making-of promo for Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire (September 19) is tantalizing to say the least. The featurette includes interviews with Terence Winter (The Sopranos), Scorsese, and each of the leads, as well as more reveals on the story.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • August 25, 2010 6:27 AM
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The Future of Digital Distribution: A Mini Documentary

The Future of Digital Distribution, a mini-documentary from Game Industry TV, now available here (and below), goes deep into how the online availability of music, film, TV and video games are revolutionizing the way society digests its plethora of media. With commentary from reporters, analysts, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Disney Interacting Studios GM Graham Hopper (and others), the topics range from the growth of online purchasing, direct distribution channels changing the relationship between content creators and their consumers, and how social networking will continue to influence the entertainment world.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2010 1:23 AM
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Idris Elba as Alex Cross, Bateman's Reckless Masturbation, Fair Game's Identity Crisis

- It's no longer Morgan Freeman's time on the James Patterson murder mystery series (Kiss the Girls, Along Came A Spider). The veteran actor last played the role of Dr. Alex Cross in 2001, but now a new man is taking over the role for Cross, the next cinematic installment in the best-selling series: Idris Elba, of The Wire, The Office, and Obsessed. The 37-year old Brit actor has a long TV and film resume and is due for a meatier lead in a studio feature. Although he's stepping into a role played by Freeman, he's reminiscent of Denzel Washington circa 1999's The Bone Collector. Washington at 43 was in his prime: dignified, sexy, powerful. David Twohy will direct Cross, which follows the character as he tracks a rapist he believes to have murdered his pregnant wife years ago.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 19, 2010 3:59 AM
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HBO's Overlooked Treme: Are Emmy Voters Racist?

HBO's Overlooked Treme: Are Emmy Voters Racist?
I finally finished watching David Simon and Eric Overmyer's brilliantly executed Treme, and reread the terrific NYT Magazine feature on how they put the series together, and why HBO was willing to indulge them. Overmyer looks back at season one and ahead at season two.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 18, 2010 3:53 AM
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More: Awards, TV, Emmys, Treme

Sexy Vampires: From Rolling Stone's True Blood Cover to Burton's Dark Shadows

Got to give Rolling Stone points for one of the most memorable covers in some time. (Here's the True Blood story that goes with it.) Clearly, sex, nudity and vampires sell.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 17, 2010 9:41 AM
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More: Media, TV, HBO

Superheros Send Wrong Image to Boys, Kristen Bell's Indie Role, Edie Falco on Sopranos Movie

Superheros Send Wrong Image to Boys, Kristen Bell's Indie Role, Edie Falco on Sopranos Movie
-The identity of the American male is in flux and current superhero movies are sending the wrong image to boys, say researchers at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. There's a difference between today's movie superheros and the past's comic book heros, says Sharon Lamb, PhD: "Today's superhero is too much like an action hero who participates in non-stop violence, he's aggressive, sarcastic and rarely speaks to the virtue of doing good for humanity. When not in superhero costume, these men, like Ironman, exploit women, flaunt bling and convey their manhood with high-powered guns." Past comic book heros were characters that boys could "look up to and learn from because outside of their costumes," she adds, "they were real people with real problems and many vulnerabilities."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 16, 2010 9:30 AM
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AMC Adds New Crime Series to Strong Line-Up

AMC, with 26 Emmy nominations, continues to bolster its strong line-up--led by Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Rubicon and the upcoming The Walking Dead---by adding a new series. Wednesday the cabler green-lit 13 new one-hour episodes from Fox and exec producer and showrunner Veena Sud (Cold Case) of crime drama The Killing (which will be retitled). The pilot, directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster), was based on producer Mikkel Bondesen's hit Danish procedural Forbrydelsen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2010 12:23 PM
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Lively vs. Johansson for Cuaron's Gravity; Aniston vs. O'Reilly on Parenthood; Hendricks Talks

-Two young actresses are pitted against each other for the lead role in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity as the lone survivor of a failed space telescope repair mission who is trying to get home. Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively are vying for the part in the project, reports THR's Heat Vision blog, which was originally set up at Universal as an Angelina Jolie vehicle. The Cast Away-esque film is now set to push either Johansson or Lively out of a sidekick role and into the spotlight; Robert Downey Jr.'s character in the film takes a back seat to the astronaut trying to get home to her daughter.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 11, 2010 5:29 AM
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