WGA Rewards ‘Her’ and ‘Captain Phillips’

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By this point in the awards race, it’s usually pretty clear who the frontrunners are. Most of the guilds have already thrown their support behind a few favorite films, which typically then go on to fare well at the Academy Awards. Nevertheless, there were a couple of mild surprises when the WGA announced its 2014 Writers Guild Award winners this weekend.

In the original screenplay category, Spike Jonze beat out the likes of David O. Russell and Woody Allen to pick up a prize for Her. That bodes well for Jonze on Oscar night, as the list of Oscar nominees perfectly matched the list of WGA nominees this year. A more unexpected result is Billy Ray‘s adapted screenplay win for Captain Phillips, but that doesn’t really make him the Oscar favorite. He didn’t have to compete against 12 Years a Slave or Philomena, both of which were deemed ineligible for the WGAs. Hit the jump to see who else won in the film and TV categories.

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Between the second season of Game of Thrones and the premieres of buzzed-about comedies Girls and Veep, April 2012 seems like an especially great time to have an HBO subscription — or, HBO hopes, to sign up for one if you haven’t already. The premium cable network has announced a plan to offer the first episodes of the two new shows for free online, starting the day after their debuts. Curious TV watchers will be able to check out the episodes via HBO.com, YouTube, DailyMotion, TV.com, and various Free On Demand platforms. More details after the jump.

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If I asked you to guess what Robogeddon was, would you surmise that it was a new TV project by James Cameron? Also after the jump:

  • The final season of Breaking Bad will be split in two
  • Glee, New Girl, and Raising Hope get renewals
  • Southland will probably be back for a fifth season
  • Another, longer behind-the-scenes Veep featurette
  • Lauren Cohan is now a regular on The Walking Dead
  • Kristen Wiig still deciding about Saturday Night Live
  • Of course Game of Thrones will be back for Season 3

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Yes, that Munsters reboot is still happening, and now it even has a star. After the jump:

  • Eddie Izzard heads to Mockingbird Lane
  • Mad Men messes up a tiny period detail
  • Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is an actor now
  • Terra Nova star Jason O’Mara finds a new job
  • Starz has already renewed Magic City
  • HBO has new posters for Veep and Girls

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Well, it’s about time. A couple of months ago, we got an amusing first teaser for HBO’s Veep, and last week saw the release of a short featurette from the set. But it’s only now that we’re finally getting a real look at the series, a political satire of contemporary American politics from In the Loop director Armando Iannucci.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars as a senator who wins the office of vice president of the United States, only to find that the job isn’t at al what she expected. Also starring are Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh, Sufe Bradshaw, and Tony Hale (looks like all that schooling finally paid off for Buster).

In addition, the network has unveiled another new trailer for Girls, Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture) and Judd Apatow‘s comedy about twentysomething women trying to make it in the big, bad city. Watch the videos after the jump.

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This winter’s been so mild that it feels more like April than February, but unfortunately, actual spring is still some weeks away — which means we’ve still got some waiting to do before HBO kicks off its spring schedule. Thankfully, the network’s been good about reminding us of exactly what we have to look forward to, in the form of teasers, trailers, clips, and the like.

Today, we have another new trailer for Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow‘s Girls, as well as behind-the-scenes featurettes for Armando Iannucci‘s Veep and of course, Game of Thrones. Watch them after the jump.

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I most definitely wasn’t alone in loving In The Loop when it played in UK cinemas earlier this year and now that it is about to hit US screens on Friday, the love seems to be welling up on that side of the Atlantic too. Expect, I think, to be hearing very, very positive things from David Chen, for example. One of the interviews that director Armando Iannucci has given to support this stateside rollout is with the AV Club, and in that he discusses his ambitions for a second movie rather unlike his first. Other than anything like the very verbally-driven In The Loop, he’s planning a visual comedy which he compares to the films of Buster Keaton. Quotes beyond the break.

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