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The Strain, the vampire novel co-authored by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan that birthed a series of books, is going to be a series on FX, with del Toro scripting and directing the pilot. As the show movies forward, Carlton Cuse will act as show runner working with a cast that includes Corey StollDavid BradleyMia MaestroSean Astin, and Kevin Durand.

(Actually, the original idea for The Strain was meant for a TV show, but del Toro ended up taking it to the page first, and now it has worked its way back to television.)

The first teaser for the show aired this past weekend during The Walking Dead, but if you weren’t tuned in for that mid-series finale, check out the teaser spot below. Even if you were tuned in, you might not have realized what the strange spot was, as there’s really no indication that it is for The StrainRead More »

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Netflix reveals posters, stills, and a clip from the new season of Arrested Development. Also after the jump:

  • What was the unaired original Game of Thrones pilot like?
  • Yahoo gets exclusive access to the 38-season SNL archive
  • Corey Stoll lands Guillermo del Toro‘s FX drama The Strain
  • AMC forays into the science-fiction genre with Line of Sight
  • Hannibal‘s unaired episode has been turned into a web series
  • See a new poster and pic from the newly revived The Killing
  • Watch a trailer for The Rock‘s new reality competition show
  • Peek behind the scenes of Christopher Guest‘s Family Tree
  • Dexter conducts his final symphony in an artsy new trailer

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Last night I attended a screening of the first two episodes of House of Cards, followed by a conversation with David Fincher. I had already watched the entire series on Netflix, but it was great to see the show on a huge screen. Unlike other shows I’ve seen in special theater broadcasts, House of Cards felt more like a movie in the large format. Elvis Mitchell hosted the conversation at LACMA as part of Film Independent. While I usually like Mitchell’s Q & A’s, this one was a bit subpar as Mitchell tried to focus on his interpretations of characters and moments in the series, and Fincher wasn’t willing to consider those ideas as his own. But I did learn 11 interesting tidbits about Fincher and the series. Read them now after the jump.

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If you want to check out David Fincher‘s newest project next year, you’ll find yourself heading not to the theater but to your own living room. The filmmaker is making his first foray into television with House of Cards, a Netflix original series starring Kevin Spacey.

A remake of the BBC miniseries of the same title, House of Cards centers around a ruthless politician (Spacey) clawing his way to the top by any means necessary. Robin Wright plays his equally ambitious wife; Kate Mara, Michael Kelly, Kristen Connolly, and Corey Stoll also star. A first trailer has just hit the web. Hit the jump to learn more.

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My Week with Marilyn star Eddie Redmayne will join Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway in Tom Hooper‘s prestige musical Les Miserables. Based on the hit Broadway show and Victor Hugo‘s classic novel of the same title, the film follows an ex-con named Valjean (Jackman) in 19th century France as he seeks to redeem himself. Redmayne will play Marius, who falls in love with Cosette, daughter of Fantine (Hathaway) and eventual charge of Valjean.

Les Miserables is already being touted as a likely Oscar contender, with a release date of December 7, 2012. Redmayne isn’t exactly a household name yet, but has marked himself as a talent to watch in projects like The Good Shepherd, My Week with Marilyn, and Hick. [Deadline]

After the jump, Rashida Jones and the guy who played Ernest Hemingway in Midnight in Paris befriend Samantha Morton, while David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook picks up a Boardwalk Empire star.

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Briefly: Here’s the first news of the official lineup for what could well be a very impressive Cannes Film Festival. Woody Allen‘s Midnight in Paris will open the 64th incarnation of the festival on May 11. It’s an easy choice — the director is a French favorite, and the film is packed with actors that will look great on the opening night red carpet, including a handful of French stars. Sure, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life might have been a more impressive opening, but hopefully it will spool out within a couple days of the festival’s opening.

The film, packed with a cast that includes Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen, Adrien Brody, Nina Arianda, Corey Stoll, Mimi Kennedy, Kurt Fullerby, Carla Bruni, and Léa Seydoux. The plot sounds like classic Woody Allen: “A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.” Sony PIcutres Classics has picked up the film already, and will release it later in 2011, most likely in the fall.

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Woody Allen announced today the full cast for his upcoming film production Midnight in Paris. The film stars, in alphabetical order: Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson, and co-stars Nina Arianda, Kurt Fuller, Tom Hiddleston, Mimi Kennedy, Alison Pill and Corey Stoll. The film is gearing up to shoot in Paris this Summer. Check out the full press release after the jump.
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For the past month or two, we’ve known some of the cast details for the film that Woody Allen will shoot in Paris this summer. Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams were all known to have parts. And now, counter to his usual practice, we already have a title: Midnight in Paris. Read More »

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