Victoria and Abdul trailer

Has there been an actress who’s played more members of English royalty or upper class society than Dame Judi Dench? She has to be the first call casting directors make if they’re looking for someone to play a role like that, and over the course of her long career, she’ve proven adept at allowing bits of humanity to shine through the authoritative figures she often plays.

Now she’s suiting up as England’s Queen Victoria for a new film called Victoria & Abdul, in which she forms an unconventional alliance with an Indian servant played by Ali Fazal. Check out the trailer and poster, and learn why this is strangely familiar territory for Dench below.
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Dying Laughing Trailer - Chris Rock

Following the trailer for the Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here, we have a look at another fascinating glimpse into the world of stand-up comedy, this time one from the real world.

Dying Laughing is a new documentary that feels like it should have been called I’m Dying Up Here, because it features one-on-one interviews with stand-up comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Cedric The Entertainer, Russell Peters, the late Garry Shandling and more, all talking about their worst experiences on stage. These are the times when the bombed, died, crashed and all the other words which describe the worst thing that can happen to a comedian on stage: not getting laughs.

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Rock Dog trailer

This week’s Sing features more musically inclined cartoon animals than you can shake a stick at. But should you somehow find yourself wishing you could see even more of them, you’re in luck. Just two months later comes Rock Dog, about, well, a dog that likes to rock. Said dog is voiced by Luke Wilson, with J.K. Simmons voicing his disapproving dad and Eddie Izzard his mysterious mentor. Watch the Rock Dog trailer below.
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Who Should Play Young Albus Dumbledore

Even before Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hit theaters this weekend, we knew that the future of what is now a five-film franchise would have a focus on the villainous plans of Gellert Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp. This includes his conflict with Albus Dumbledore, who we know eventually stops him in 1945 thanks to the Harry Potter books.

As such, casting is underway to find an actor other than Michael Gambon to play Albus Dumbledore since the character is roughly 60 years younger in the Fantastic Beasts timeline than he is in the Harry Potter franchise. There haven’t been any names mentioned as being in talks for the role yet, so now that audiences are flocking to see Fantastic Beasts this weekend, we thought we’d propose some potential names for who should play young Albus Dumbledore in the future sequels. Find out who made our list after the jump. Read More »

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Powers will be the first-ever TV series from the PlayStation Network, but so far it seems like the company knows what it’s doing. After picking up Susan Heyward as its female lead last month, the comic book adaptation has just added three intriguing new cast members: Eddie Izzard, Noah Taylor, and Olesya Rulin. Find out whom they’re playing after the jump.

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What does it take to generate new interest in a property as well-worn as the Hannibal Lecter story sequence from novelist Thomas Harris? For the new TV show Hannibal, in which producer Bryan Fuller charts the early days of the working relationship between FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Lecter, a few things are obvious parts of the approach.

The cast is on. In addition to Dancy there’s the attention-getting choice of Mads Mikkelsen (Pusher, Casino Royale) as Lecter, with the addition of Laurence Fishburne, Gina Torres, Gillian Anderson, Eddie Izzard and Ellen Greene, with Caroline Dhavernas and Lance Henriksen.

And then there’s Fuller’s style, which oozes from this first full trailer. His weird American Gothic approach looks very much like a good fit for this story. We’ve seen the Lecter story told exhaustively on film (in Manhunter, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Hannibal Rising, and the Manhunter remake Red Dragon) but visually, at least, this version seems to go in a new direction. And while the story lends itself to the old procedural format that is so familiar from innumerable TV shows, that visual style helps Hannibal stand out.

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Get ready for another year of serious (and often seriously enjoyable) WTF-ery, because FX has renewed American Horror Story for a third season. Also after the jump:

  • Guillermo del Toro‘s The Strain starts casting to shoot in 2013
  • Da Vinci’s Demons hires Walking Dead composer Bear McCreary
  • Michael Cera is an Arrested Development writer; Lupe returns
  • Bryan Fuller casts Mockingbird Lane‘s Eddie Izzard in Hannibal
  • Michael Bay books a guest role as himself on ABC’s The Neighbors
  • Meryl Streep’s daughter Grace Gummer joins HBO’s The Newsroom
  • Aaron Sorkin is sad The Newsroom won’t cover the Petraeus scandal
  • HBO unveils its first teaser poster for Game of Thrones Season 3
  • See a save the date for Liz Lemon’s likely trainwreck of a wedding

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Time once again to speculate about just what NBC expects out of Mockingbird Lane, the Munsters revamp from producer/writer Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) and director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men). Over the past couple weeks we’ve heard that the expensive pilot came in below NBC’s standards, and that the network was either dumping the show altogether, or airing the pilot as a pre-Halloween special in order to make back a few bucks on the investment.

Now we’ve got the first ad for the show, so we know the “one-time special” airing is really happening. This is also our first real look at what Fuller and Singer pulled together for the show, which stars Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa.

It’s an effects-heavy comedy with an aesthetic that will be familiar to fans of Fuller. The stuff pulled for this brief tease looks pretty good, especially by television standards. Whether the comedy works or not will come down to personal preference, but for a pilot that has been the subject of such pessimistic speculation this doesn’t look like a wreck.

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There’s a little bit of everything in today’s batch, including a new trailer, new pics, some casting info, and some industry drama. After the jump:

  • Laurence Fishburne is in talks for Bryan Fuller‘s Hannibal
  • Check out the not-so-monstrous Mockingbird Lane cast
  • NBC’s new offerings for the fall season will debut early online
  • Flip through promo pics from Dexter‘s seventh season
  • Watch Claire Danes go crazy in a new trailer for Homeland
  • HBO picks up a pilot by UK Office co-creator Stephen Merchant
  • Modern Family‘s contract negotiations delay production

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With construction already underway on its sets, NBC’s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane is moving a few last pieces into place for its main cast. Jerry O’Connell and Mariana Klaveno have just been cast as Herman and Lily Munster in the Bryan Fuller-created show, joining previously cast stars Eddie Izzard (Grandpa), Charity Wakefield (Marilyn), and Mason Cook (Eddie).

There is one big question mark hanging over the news, however — Klaveno’s involvement is contingent on her ability to work out a deal with ABC Studios, who has her contracted for its upcoming Marc Cherry soap Devious Maids. More details after the jump.

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