It’s already time to look ahead to January, apparently, seeing as today’s TV Bits includes updates on three shows premiering in early 2013. After the jump:

  • Leslie’s celebrity crush Joe Biden is coming to Parks & Recreation
  • ReelzChannel is planning a sequel to 2011′s political soap The Kennedys
  • Netflix is on the verge of a deal to save AMC’s The Killing for Season 3
  • Vampire Hunter Abe steals Jesse Pinkman’s job (not the meth-making one)
  • Watch the trailer for the spy drama  The Americans, starring Keri Russell
  • Portlandia sets a return date and announces a winter special watch a clip
  • The Sex and the City prequel Carrie Diaries hits The CW on January 14
  • The CW’s Beauty and the Beast and NBC’s Chicago Fire will stick around

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When Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln was first announced, we all had a very rigid idea of what it would be: a beautiful, well-acted, historically accurate tale of our landmark 16th President. We then found out it would focus primarily on the last few months of his life and, most recently, we’ve been told the movie is surprisingly funny and expansive beyond just the title character, played by Daniel Day Lewis.

The international trailer for the film has just been released and it sells a slightly different feel than the original domestic trailers did. It’s similar, of course, but people who’ve seen the movie say this is a much more accurate portrayal of what you can expect when Lincoln hits theaters November 9 (or 16, depending on where you live). Check it out below. Read More »

Under what circumstances might you see Harry Potter and Don Draper taking a bath together? Hit the jump to find out. Plus:

  • Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert go live for the election
  • What does your favorite show say about your politics?
  • Brendan Fraser won’t be one of TNT’s Legends after all
  • AMC puts Hell on Wheels‘ Season 3 renewal on hold
  • FX isn’t so happy with the second Powers pilot, either
  • An adaptation of Tim Seeley‘s Revival is in the works
  • HBO goes forward with Stephen Merchant‘s Hello Ladies

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Gus Van Sant‘s Promised Land became a surprise awards contender when Focus Features decided relatively late in the game to give it an Oscar-qualifying limited run, but this first trailer suggests it’s more than worthy of the competition. Matt Damon stars as Steve, a likeable corporate salesman who arrives in a small rural town to pick up drilling rights. The locals, struggling to recover from the economic recession, initially appear more than eager to oblige — until a grassroots campaign against the purchase, led by Dustin (John Krsasinski) and local teacher Frank (Hal Holbrooks) starts picking up steam.

OK, I’ll admit that the synopsis sounds pretty dry when described that way. But between Van Sant’s steady direction and Damon and Krasinski’s engaging performances, Promised Land looks like a powerful, thought-provoking piece. Frances McDormand and Rosemarie DeWitt round out the excellent supporting cast. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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The lone secret premiere of the 2011 Telluride Film Festival ended up being Ben Affleck‘s dramatic thriller Argo.

I’ve never understood the negativity regularly thrown at Ben Affleck. When given the right material, he’s delivered some great performances as an actor (Good Will Hunting, Shakespeare in Love, Boiler Room, Hollywoodland…etc). And in recent years he’s made the transition and proven himself to be a great director (Gone Baby Gone, The Town). Argo is his third feature film and it’s his smartest yet.

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Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln feels like a film we’ve known about forever. Actually, it’s been well-over five years since the director attached himself to the project, originally starring Liam Neeson as the nation’s 16th President. Eventually, Daniel Day-Lewis took the role but once shooting began in 2011, things got very, very quiet. In the last few weeks though, the marketing has really begun to kick in for the November 9 release: the first official still, the teaser poster, a trailer can’t be long off and now the track listing to John Williams‘ score has been revealed.

With it, we get a great idea of exactly which historical events are portrayed in the film, a bit about its structure, and more. Check it out below. Read More »

‘Butter’ Trailer: Slightly Soft All-Star Comedy

Hey, remember Butter? The satire shot what seems like years ago (in fact it was only 2010) and did the rounds of the festival circuit last year. Picked up by Radius-TWC, aka the new arm of The Weinstein Company, the film was dated for release this spring, then pushed back to October to take advantage of the political climate that will be at a peak in the US then.

No surprise, then, that the first official trailer plays up the political satire embedded in the film. Jennifer Garner plays a buttoned-up conservative whose husband (Ty Burrell) is a long-standing butter-carving champ. He has to retire, and she steps into the contest, only to face a talented young black girl named Destiny (Yara Shahidi), whose adoptive father (Rob Corddry) gets a lot of the trailer’s laughs. This footage hints at some of the film’s other aspects, like Olivia Wilde‘s stripper character (above, without a hint of the sex scene that Pete hinted would be a talking point) and vaguely introduces Hugh Jackman as well.  Read More »

With San Diego Comic-Con just around the corner, a lot of our TV Bits are devoted to news about the cool stuff that’ll be going on there. But there’s plenty of stuff in here for the non-attendees as well, I swear. After the jump:

  • Exec producer says Dexter will “definitely” be over after Season 8
  • Breaking Bad gets a new trailer. Only 18 days left til the premiere…
  • … Unless you’re going to SDCC. Then you get to see BB a day early!
  • Speaking of SDCC, the Community panel is moving to a bigger room
  • And in still more SDCC news, the Firefly crew will also be in attendance
  • There is another Season 2 ep of Happy Endings, and it’s playing at Outfest
  • Nathan Lane will have a recurring role in The Good Wife‘s fourth season
  • Star/producer/writer B.J. Novak won’t be full-time on The Office anymore
  • Sigourney Weaver gets political in an extended trailer for Political Animals

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