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Exclusive: Game of Thrones season 2 roundtable

Game of Thrones’s second season, based off of George R.R. Martin’s novel A Clash of Kings, is blissfully due to descend on us in just a few weeks’ time.  And though anticipation for the show’s return couldn’t be higher, there seems to be a growing undercurrent of tension or concern among both the fan and journalistic communities.  Showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have changed the name of Asha Greyjoy, Theon’s sister back on the Iron Islands, to Yara?  The way-cool storyline the crippled Bran Stark has back at Winterfell might be cut and moved to the third season?  Daenerys Targaryen’s minimal presence in the novel might be dramatically expanded – with action scenes?

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to host 2013 Oscars

After the gamble two years ago to inject new blood into the Academy Awards show failed to materialize in critical or commercial success, the producers of the event have decided to place their bet on someone edgier. It turns out that individual is Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Fox's Family Guy cartoon series as well as American Dad and The Cleveland Show. Let's also not forget that MacFarlane's first foray into motion pictures, Universal's Ted movie, made over $200 million dollars at the box office this past summer.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Revolution has strong ratings in its second week on the air

It's almost an unspoken rule about science fiction shows on one of the four big networks: they don't last very long, so you better tune in to watch them when they're young. However, a positive indication that this trend could be broken for NBC's new post-apocalyptic hour-long drama Revolution was seen in the show's ratings for its second episode.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Guillermo del Toro's vampires of The Strain get FX pilot, possible series

Besides being a workaholic, Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro co-wrote three books with Chuck Hogan about vampires taking over the world. The Strain was first published back in 2010, followed by The Fall and then The Night Eternal, the final novel in the series. FX Network has now asked for a pilot to be co-written, produced and directed by del Toro, with the intention of picking up The Strain as a new series for the network.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Vigilant superhero show sells to Fox Network

Superheroes are still in. Case in point: the Fox Network, ever eager to remain the top destination pick for tweens, teens and young adults, bought an idea for one from 24 producer Howard Gordon and Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis. This new show is called Vigilant, and it circles around a young woman who dresses up as a vigilante to fight corruption in the police force as well as bad guys on the street.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Watch: HBO's Alfred Hitchcock movie, The Girl, gets a trailer

HBO will premiere their latest two-hour made-for-television movie, The Girl, on Saturday, October 20. For anyone that's interested in the movies of Alfred Hitchcock, considered one of the modern masters of cinema and suspense, or the making of Hitchcock's 1963 nature gone wild film The Birds, this is shaping up to be a picture that you need to watch.

Toby Jones plays the portly Hitchcock in The Girl while British-born Sienna Miller plays Tippi Hedrin, a young actress trying to carve out her name in show business. The Girl centers on the adversarial and even stalker-like relationship that Hitchcock reportedly had with Hedrin during the filming of The Birds, and how her job with the filmmaker nearly caused her to quit acting.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

A new Wonder Woman show in development

It's been less than a year since David E. Kelley tried to bring Wonder Woman back to the small screen. While Kelley's version of the DC Comics heroine wound up being made into a pilot episode that starred Adrianne Palicki, it wasn't given the greenlight by NBC. But now there's a new attempt brewing to bring the Amazonian back onto the airwaves, and this time it's being developed for The CW Network.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Beverly Hills Cop TV show lands at CBS

When there's no more room left in cinemas, the dead movie franchises will play on television set as new TV series. OK, so I'm paraphrasing Romero's Dawn of the Dead, but you get my drift, don't you?

CBS has won a bidding war and will broadcast an hour-long TV series based on Beverly Hills Cop, the once-hugely popular movie that starred once-huge Hollywood star Eddie Murphy. Murphy will be involved with the new BHC TV show, both as an executive producer (along with The Shield's creator Shawn Ryan) as well as star periodically in the show.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Two Stanley Kubrick TV shows in the works

Plans are afoot to turn two of movie director Stanley Kubrick's ideas into television shows. One will be a made-for-TV movie while the other is now envisioned as a mini-series.

The son-in-law of Kubrick, Philip Hobbs, and another person named Steve Lanning are developing the projects under their Philco Films banner.

Downslope is the title of the proposed television movie. Set in 18th century America, it would follow the revenge-fueled mission of defeated Confederate Army Colonel John S. Mosby, and his path to exact vengeance on General Custer.

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Black Sails pirate show finds its director

I bet that you didn't know that there was a pirate TV show in development. It's called Black Sails, and it will air on the Starz cable channel in 2014. While that's still a good chunk of time away from us, filming on the series is slated to commence before the end of the year in Cape Town, Africa.

Starz has just hired the director of the pilot episode for Black Sails, and it's Neil Marshall who will call the first shots. The director of The Descent, Doomsday, Centurion and an episode of HBO's Game of Thrones show, Marshall is an experienced genre director and is likely to add his kinetic style of action to the show's production.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Joss Whedon to direct, co-write ABC's S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot

The director of this summer's Avengers movie will direct the pilot episode for ABC's S.H.I.E.L.D., the proposed television series set within what's now being called the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition to directing the pilot episode, Whedon will co-write the script for the show with brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, wife of Jed.

All three will also executive produce the series, if it goes to series, along with Jeph Loeb, comic book writer-turned-screenwriter and producer, and Jeffrey Bell.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Star Wars: Detours announced

The Robot Chicken guys have probably the best place to be if you're a Star Wars fan and working in the 'hood. With an inside connection to George Lucas already established through three Star Wars: Robot Chicken specials (they got the blessing of The Lucas as well as Lucasfilm for 'em), and the creative teeth cut on parodying the Star Wars universe, it makes sense for them to want to spend more time in that galaxy from long ago.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Ciaran Hinds rules in Game of Thrones

Welsh-born thespian Ciaran Hinds has been cast as the King-Beyond-the-Wall, aka Mance Rayder, in Game of Thrones' third season.

The 57-year-old Hinds has appeared on HBO before playing Julius Caesar in Rome, the big-budgeted historial drama. He's also appeared in There Will Be Blood, the recent Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John Carter and Steven Spielberg's Munich.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Trailer #2: Doctor Who series 7

It's coming up on five months since the shakycam trailer for Doctor Who's seventh series (reboot era) and the time has come for a legitimate one. BBC America just released this tasty preview of some of the action to be expected in the Doctor's new adventures with his married companion couple Amy and Rory. There's Daleks, Weeping Angels, a cyborg cowboy, dinosaurs on a spaceship and some new mech guys who are very cross with the Doctor. Watch and see for yourself:

 

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Falling Skies lands a third season

Returning to the TNT cable network last month, the second season of the sci-fi/actioner Falling Skies was warmly greeted by its audience. 4.5 million people tuned in to watch Noah Wyle and his band of human survivors take on the alien invasion of Earth. So far Falling Skies has averaged about 4 million viewers an episode -- decent numbers for its Sunday timeslot.

The channel decided that was good enough for its bottom line and so has renewed Falling Skies for a third season of 10 episodes.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Clash of Perspectives: Roundtabling Season Two of Game of Thrones (Part 2)

Mo Ryan and Amin Javadi are nice enough to join us for the back half of the conversation, as we evaluate the overall filmmaking quality of the season (specifically in regards to its predecessor), the importance of the Battle of the Blackwater, and, most importantly, continue to go back-and-forth over the deconstruction of Arya Stark.

Did you miss the first part?  Shame on you.  Read it here.

Forget who’s involved?  Double shame.  Here you go:
 

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