Martin Luther King Jr miniseries

David Simon, creator of The Wire, has found his next project: a Martin Luther King Jr miniseries. Simon is attached to an upcoming HBO miniseries based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning history books America: In The King Years, by Taylor Branch. Oprah Winfrey‘s Harpo Productions owns the rights and will produce.

Simon will reportedly write the first episode and oversee the six-hour long show with his Treme co-creator Eric Overmyer. The novels cover the bulk of the civil rights movement from 1954-1968. Read More »

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We’ve known that the first season of True Detective would mostly be a stand-alone thing, with a second season following more or less in name (and possibly theme) only. If and when True Detective returns, it will be with a new story, and a new cast. And so the thick “True Detective Season Two” meme has seen hundreds of concepts, both serious and joking, for cast team-ups that could carry the second season.

But series creator Nic Pizzolatto raised some hopes last week in an interview where he said “It would be great if we could use some of the same actors, like a reparatory company. It would be different characters, different setting. That’s part of the fun of the anthology.”

So might we see Hart (Woody Harrelson) or Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) return in some capacity for the second season? Fresh off his first Oscar win, McConaughey at least says he’s out. Read More »

Entourage

With production under way, Warner Bros has finally set a release date for the big screen adaptation of HBO’s Entourage. Doug Ellin’s film version of the popular HBO series is set to hit theaters on June 12th, 2015, in the middle of one of the biggest summers in movie history. Not only that, but they”re facing the dinosaur that is Jurassic World head on (unless Universal shifts dates again).

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TV Trailer: HBO’s New Comedy Series ‘Doll & Em’

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HBO has released the first trailer for Doll & Em, a new comedy series about a British Hollywood star who hires her childhood friend to be her personal assistant while she is making a film in Los Angeles. The series was created by and stars The Newsroom‘s Emily Mortimer and The Mighty Boosh’s Dolly Wells. The show was originally commissioned for Sky Living, part of BritishSky Broadcasting, but acquired by HBO. The 6-episode half-hour series premieres on Wednesday, March 19th at 10:00pm. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump.
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Haley Joel Osment Roped in to ‘Entourage’

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Briefly: Here’s a curious piece of casting. Haley Joel Osment has joined the cast of the currently-shooting Entourage movie, written and directed by Doug Ellin. Osment, however, won’t be playing himself, which would have made sense in that wacky world. Instead he’s playing Travis McCree, the son of Billy Bob Thorton‘s character Larsen McCree, who is paying for Vince’s (Adrian Grenier) new movie. Travis is sent to oversee everything and gets a little too caught up in the Hollywood lifestyle. The film doesn’t have a release date, but late 2014 or early 2015 is likely. [Deadline]

True Detective

Things are really heating up on HBO’s True Detective. The crime drama created by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Fukunaga has sparked all kinds of speculation, debate and praise from critics and fans alike. Last week the focal point of discussion was the epic tracking shot. This Sunday’s episode, The Secret Fate of All Life, finally broke the show’s past and present structure with elements of subtlety and surprise.

There are only three episodes left of the show — at least in this first season incarnation with stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. So now is as good a time as any to delve into the mythology and making of the series. Below, we’ve found two making of featurettes about this week’s episode, plus a free download to the book The King In Yellow by Robert W. Chambers, which is becoming a heavy influence on the show. Read More »

Dwayne Johnson

Finally, The Rock has come back to TV! Dwayne Johnson is quickly becoming one of the biggest action stars in the world, but he’ll soon put that aside to headline a new HBO show called Ballers. The half-hour dramedy follow a group of former and current football players and was just picked up to series. It’s being produced by its own all-star team including Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, who’ll direct the pilot, and Entourage‘s Stephen Levinson, who wrote the script. Read More »

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Twitter absolutely exploded Sunday night when the fourth episode of True Detective aired. It ended with a six minute long take, which is about 5 minutes and 45 seconds longer than 99.9% of the shots on television. Apparently, it was breathtaking. I wouldn’t know because I haven’t watched it yet, but now you can as the shot has made it online. Below, check it out as well as see the full version of the above image, a brand new Mondo poster for the show by Phantom City Creative. Read More »

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