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J.K. Rowling is coming to HBO. The network has debuted the new trailer for The Casual Vacancy, a three-part miniseries based on Rowling’s first post-Harry Potter novel.

Rory Kinnear plays Barry Fairbrother, a parish councillor in the English suburb of Pagford. His unexpected death throws the seemingly idyllic town into turmoil, as various factions compete to replace him in the government. Michael Gambon plays council leader Howard Mollison. Watch The Casual Vacancy trailer after the jump.

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Force Majeure remake

The Swedish film Force Majeure took festivals by storm last year thanks to a tough but blackly funny story and some great performances. The film, directed by Ruben Ostlund, was an awards favorite at home, sweeping the Swedish version of the Oscars, and it took the Un Certain Regard jury prize at Cannes in 2014. And now the film is winning another, slightly more dubious honor, as there’s now a Force Majeure remake in the works thanks to Fox Searchlight. Read More »

Halt and Catch Fire S2 premiere

The AMC series Halt and Catch Fire was renewed for a second season back in August of last year, and now the show’s returning premiere date is set. The Halt and Catch Fire S2 premiere is set to air on AMC on May 31, which is just two weeks after the network’s signature show Mad Men will finish up its run. Read More »

Michael Parks Red State alternate ending

Kevin Smith‘s career changing movie Red State could have gone in a very different direction. Smith has gone on the record saying that he had a different ending of the film in mind when he first wrote the script. However, he they realized the budget was only $4 million, he scrapped the bigger ending in favor of something smaller and quieter.

In other interviews, Smith has said what he wanted that ending to be but – in case you haven’t read it – I won’t say it here. Especially because Smith has proved Entertainment Weekly with an animated version of this original vision and it’s absolutely insane, especially if you don’t know what’s coming.

Watch the animated Red State alternate ending below. Read More »

Jimmy's Hall trailer

Jimmy’s Hall, from acclaimed director Ken Loach, begins with the story of an Irish community already feeling the tension that would shortly erupt as the Irish Civil War, and then picks up with that community a decade later, after the war divided the country. As the Jimmy’s Hall trailer shows, the focal point of the story seems innocuous: a dance hall on the edge of a rural community.

But what that hall means to people, the way that it threatens some in power, and the activism of its founder, real-world figure Jimmy Gralton, is the real core of this story. Is Jimmy’s Hall something like a version of Footloose? Perhaps, and with Ken Loach at the helm that sounds pretty alright. Read More »

Fifty Shades Darker director

Since even before the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, there was conflict evident between director Sam Taylor-Johnson and the novel’s author E.J. James. Once the film was released, despite its success, that conflict became one of the defining conversations about the movie. Sam Taylor-Johnson quickly seemed like she was distancing herself from the series in general, and specifically that she was increasingly less interested in directing the sequel.

Now the word is out: Sam Taylor-Johnson has definitively removed herself from the series, so Fifty Shades Darker needs a new director.  Read More »

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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Table 19 is a project I’ve been tracking since 2009.

Originally The Duplass Brothers were set to direct their script for Fox Searchlight and producer Jason Reitman, but director Jeffrey Blitz will be helming the movie instead, and he is now reuniting with his Rocket Science star Anna Kendrick. There is so much awesome in that last sentence, and I’m very excited to see this movie finally come to fruition.  The film, which begins shooting next week in Atlanta, also stars Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori, June Squibb, Wyatt Russell and Amanda Crew.

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Bruce Campbell

FX’s Fargo finally has its Ronald Reagan. Bruce Campbell is set to play the Gipper in the upcoming second season of the FX crime drama, joining Patrick Wilson and Ted Danson. More on the Fargo Bruce Campbell casting after the jump.  Read More »

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Maggie

That Arnold Schwarzenegger would star in a zombie movie isn’t surprising. What makes Maggie unexpected is that it’s less a no-holds-barred action thrill ride than an intimate family drama.

Schwarzenegger plays Wade, whose world is turned inside out when a spreading zombie virus infects his beloved daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin). Wade remains determined to stay by her side and protect her, even as her condition worsens. Watch the Maggie trailer after the jump. Read More »