There’s always a ton of news on the TV front but, instead of featuring it all, we occasionally pick out the good bits. After the jump read about:

  • J.J. Abrams‘ new show, Revolution (above), directed by Jon Favreau has been picked up.
  • James Cromwell will butt heads with Jessica Lange on American Horror Story Season 2.
  • Showtime is developing a show called The Angry Buddhist.
  • Star-making director Debra Granik will direct the HBO pilot American High Life.
  • See what Lady Gaga will, partially, look like on The Simpsons.
  • Chevy Chase still doesn’t think Community is funny.

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Winter’s Bone was a critic’s fave in 2010 that has enjoyed a good audience reaction as it wound its way through arthouses, VOD and Netflix. That film might have been a great, attention-getting piece of work, but director Debra Granik had a quiet 2011. She was writing a treatment for a Pippi Longstocking movie and making a documentary about US war veterans in the South, based on a guy who played a bit part in Winter’s Bone.

But back in February there was also minor word that Granik might write and direct an adaptation of the 1996 Russell Banks novel Rule of the Bone, which is about a 14-year old who ends up trying to find his father in the mountains of Jamaica. There hasn’t been much info on the project, but a recent interview with Banks sheds a bit of light on the film. Read More »

The LA Times has a great piece up that looks at a number of recent and upcoming films that offer tough, practical heroines that stand in stark contrast to a lot of the female characters that media offers up to young women. One of the highlighted films is Winter’s Bone. Mentioning the latter, the paper drops an interesting tidbit: director Debra Granik is working on a new treatment for Pippi Longstocking with her producing partner Anne Rosellini. Read More »

Winter’s Bone Trailer and Poster

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We missed posting this earlier this week, but I can’t totally pass up the chance to highlight the trailer for Winter’s Bone, the Grand Jury Prize winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

I quite like the look of the photography here, which is mostly naturalistic, but with a tinge of something fantastic, like the edges are just starting to fray. Add moments with Garret Dillahunt, John Hawkes and Jennifer Lawrence, who has been getting the breakout performance accolades this year that were showered upon Carey Mulligan in 2009. Read More »

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