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Gather ’round, kids, and let’s watch some things advertising other things to watch. After the jump:

  • Mitch Hurwitz reveals his scrapped plans for a George Clooney cameo in Arrested Development
  • ABC picks up a drama from The L Word‘s Ilene Chaiken and Bryan Singer
  • BBC One and the Jim Henson Co. are teaming for a new Muppets-like show
  • Here’s what Helena Bonham Carter looks like as Elizabeth Taylor
  • See a teaser for The Anna Nicole Story, from American Psycho‘s Mary Harron
  • Watch a trailer for Netflix’s next original series Orange Is the New Black
  • FX’s latest promo for The Bridge is full of border-related factoids
  • Jerry Seinfeld‘s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee returns this month

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Community Season 4 Intro to Felt Surrogacy

Sony is apparently eager to hear what Dan Harmon has to say about Community‘s fourth season. Also after the jump:

  • Peek at a DVD-only scene from Breaking Bad
  • NBC renews Hannibal
  • USA doesn’t want Happy Endings
  • Revenge and Suburgatory lose stars
  • Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who
  • Dominic West and Judy Greer book new roles
  • Girls adds a boy
  • Peek at Falling Skies‘ new poster
  • The Newsroom gets another trailer

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During her life, Elizabeth Taylor was known as much for her offscreen exploits as she was for her onscreen work, and public interest in her personal life hasn’t waned now that she’s passed. Last year, Lifetime brought us the tawdry, Lindsay Lohan-starring version of the Taylor story: Liz & Dick. This year, the BBC is preparing its own take titled Burton & Taylor, with the considerably more talented Helena Bonham Carter stepping into the lead role. Dominic West will play her erstwhile husband and lover. Hit the jump for more.

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Today’s TV Bits is jam-packed with geeky goodness. After the jump:

  • Arrested Development starts filming new episodes
  • New character and plot details emerge for NBC’s Hannibal
  • Syfy and Bryan Fuller are adapting The Lotus Caves
  • Guillermo del Toro talks about Marvel’s Hulk TV series
  • The Wire‘s McNulty was almost on Game of Thrones
  • Showtime has new promos for Season 2 of Homeland
  • Take a peek at the second season of NBC’s Grimm
  • Watch a new trailer for Season 3 of HBO’s Treme
  • NBC unwraps an extended preview for Revolution
  • Get a first look at Ashley Tisdale on Sons of Anarchy

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‘John Carter’ – What Did You Think?

It’s the big weekend for Disney, and Pixar director Andrew Stanton, as Stanton’s live-action adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel A Princess of Mars finally hits theaters. John Carter is a film that has been many, many years in development, and finally sees life thanks to Stanton’s interest in the story. Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong and more make up the cast of the film, which follows a Civil War vet (Kitsch) who is transported to Mars, where he meets a smokin’ hot princess (Collins) and is drawn into an alien civil strife.

In our review of the film, Angie praised the loving care devoted to realizing the film’s world, even as she was less than impressed with the overall narrative structure and central character. But enough about our thoughts, and enough about Disney’s marketing of the movie, plans for sequels, or past versions that never came to be. Let’s talk about the John Carter that we have here and now — hit the jump to voice your thoughts on the film, and go into the discussion knowing that spoilers lie ahead. Read More »

On a surface level, there’s much that Andrew Stanton‘s John Carter gets right — much more than you’d expect, given Disney’s exasperatingly incompetent marketing campaign. The visual effects are imaginative and seamless, the action is appropriately flashy, and the source material by Edgar Rice Burroughs seems rich enough in mythology to make even the most jaded sci-fi and fantasy geek drool. All of that, however, can’t make up for the fact that beyond its intricate trappings, John Carter feels oddly hollow. Somehow, the director who once brought us Finding Nemo and Wall-E fails to evoke emotion in his first live-action outing.

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With exactly ten days left until the opening of John Carter, Disney has released what I’m assuming is the final trailer for the film. And while I haven’t loved all of the previous marketing, it appears the team has learned from its mistakes because this is probably the best one they’ve released so far. The new trailer is heavier on menacing Mark Strong, eye-popping action, and plot, and lighter on Taylor Kitsch‘s stilted readings of generic dialogue. Watch the video after the jump.

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‘John Carter’ Super Bowl Commercials

Disney aired a new commercial for Andrew Stanton‘s live action debut John Carter during the big game. After the jump you can watch the super bowl spot, and a 60 second extended spot.

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