A few months ago we showed you a clip from Showtime’s buzzy new series Homeland, a CIA thriller by 24 executive producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon. Based on the Israeli series Prisoner of War by Gideon Raff (who’s also an exec producer here), the story centers around agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), who comes to suspect that recently returned POW Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) isn’t everything he seems. Though Brody is being hailed as a hero, Mathison alone believes that he’s secretly turned his allegiances to al Qaeda. Mandy Patinkin and Morena Baccarin also star, as Mathison’s boss/mentor and Brody’s wife, respectively.

Since the last time we wrote about the show, it’s screened for a few critics and has quickly become one of the most highly praised pilots of the fall TV season. Though the series won’t actually debut on Showtime for two more weeks, you can watch the first episode online right now. More after the jump.

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‘Homeland’ Showtime TV Series Trailer

Showtime has released a trailer for their new fall series Homeland, a psychological thriller starring Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin. Here is the official plot synopsis:

A taut psychological thriller about a volatile CIA officer (Emmy® winner Claire Danes) who becomes convinced that a recently rescued American POW may be connected to an al Qaeda plot to be carried out on U.S. soil.

Seems like an action-less politics-heavy thriller version of 24 from the executive producer of 24. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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We have a three-and-a-half-minute first look at Showtime’s new series Homeland, which the network picked up last week for 12 episodes. The thriller stars Claire Danes as CIA agent Carrie Anderson, who begins to suspect that the recent rescue of longtime POW Scott Brody (Damian Lewis) is actually one piece in a larger terrorist plot by al Qaeda. The always welcome Mandy Patinkin also stars, as Anderson’s boss/mentor Saul Berenson. Watch the clip after the jump.

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James Franco is one busy guy. 127 Hours is in theaters, he’s shot parts in films like Your Highness, he’s prepping to go back to do another stint on General Hospital, he’s been optioning several books as possible film projects, and now he’s shooting another movie, called Maladies. The latter co-stars Alan Cumming, Claire Danes, Catherine Keener and is directed by the artist Carter, who made the short film Erased James Franco.

More details on Maladies, plus news of James Franco’s possible Sal Mineo biopic, after the break. Read More »

 The Flock

I’ve never been a fan of Richard Gere. Something about him always skeeved me out. But I very much dugg The Hoax (which you should all check out when it hits DVD). Check out the trailer for his new movie The Flock, which immediately sucked me in. The film also stars Claire Danes (who always makes interesting choices). I would say it looks good, but I’m not exactly sure what I just watched. But you can be sure that it will probably be good considering Wai Keung Lau, the man behind the popular Infernal Affairs series (which was remade into a little American film called The Departed – ever hear of it?) is behind it.

What is it about? According to IMDb, the film tells the story of hyper-vigilant federal agent (Gere) who, while training his young female replacement (Danes), must track down a missing girl whom he is convinced is connected to a paroled sex offender he’s investigating. Working against the clock they unravel the twisted details to track the potential killer. Oh yeah, and Avril Lavigne plays the young girl who gets kidnapped. I know I’m going to get crap for saying this, but, I actually don’t mind Avril’s music. That said, her cinematic efforts so far have been poor at best. And you can;t say she didn’t have good direction as Richard Linklater directed her in Fast Food Nation. But fear not, I’m betting that Avril’s contribution to the film is minimal.

Check out the trailer (via: MAM) after the jump.

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30 New Stardust Photos

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The official website for Matthew Vaughn’s big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust is now online. With that, we bring you 33 new production stills from the film. Check them out after the jump. As always, left click for higher resolution photos.

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Don’t kill me but I must admit: I’m not a Neil Gaiman fan. It’s not that I don’t like him, it’s just that I haven’t found time to read his work (that, and the coloring on the first Sandman trade paperbacks scare me away). Anyway, most geeks swear by him. If Joss Whedon is their god, Gaiman is their Jesus. And I’m not saying that Gaiman’s remains were just found in a cave by the guy who made Titanic. Okay, my analogy really isn’t working. Either way, my only encounter with Gaiman’s work was through the Mirrormask film, which I’ve been told isn’t a great representation of what he’s capable of.

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