This special edition of TV Bits looks to the future, with several bits of info about new projects in development. After the jump:

  • Kelsey Grammer produces a Freakonomics-inspired drama for NBC
  • Warren Ellis‘ crime novel Gun Machine is being adapted for TV by Fox
  • Fox is developing a television adaptation of Danny Boyle‘s The Beach
  • The CW is prepping its own contemporary take on Sleepy Hollow
  • FX picks up The Americans, a Cold War drama starring Keri Russell
  • Luther creator Neil Cross and the BBC consider an Alice-centric spinoff
  • Terry Crews‘ Camacho could feature in a web-based Idiocracy spinoff

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Magnolia Pictures have announced they will allow filmgoers to choose how much they want to pay for an advance look at Freakonomics: The Movie.

These pay-what-you-want screenings offer fans a chance to see the film on Wednesday, September 22nd, over a week before its official opening, at Landmark Theatres in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Philadelphia, Denver and Seattle. Tickets for the screenings are now available, and are being exclusively sold online through MovieTickets.com. Filmgoers can choose how much they wish to pay-anywhere in the range of $.01 to $100, with the completion of a short questionnaire.

Sounds like a fun publicity stunt which perfectly ties in with the books and the film. Read the full press release after the jump.
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Movie Trailer: Freakonomics

Freakonomics

Magnolia Pictures has released the movie trailer for the documentary adaptation of the bestselling nonfiction book series Freakonomics. Even though the film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April to mixed reviews (60% rotten on Rotten Tomatoes), I’m still interested to see this film based purely on the filmmakers involved. The documentary anthology features segments from the filmmakers behind Super Size Me, Jesus Camp, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Why We Fight, and The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.

Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Machete

It’s been a while since our last movie poster round-up, so let’s get to it! In today’s edition we have new theatrical one-sheets for James Franco‘s Howl, an unrated NSFW poster for I Spit On Your Grave, the final poster for the 3D computer animated film Alpha and Omega, Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s directorial debut Jack Goes Boating, four character posters for the comic book adaptation of Red featuring Morgan Freeman and Bruce Willis, the big screen documentary adaptation of the book Freakonomics, eight character posters for Zack Snyder’s 3D computer animated adaptation of Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, and an alternative poster for Piranha 3D, and six character poster for the big screen feature adaptation of Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse trailer Machete.

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Magnolia Acquires Freakonomics Movie

Freakonomics

Magnolia Pictures has acquired the domestic distribution rights to the big screen adaptation of Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner‘s bestselling book Freakonomics.

Like the book, the film examines human behavior with provocative and sometimes hilarious case studies, bringing together a dream team of filmmakers responsible for some of the most acclaimed and entertaining documentaries in recent years: Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Casino Jack and the United States of Money), Academy Award® nominees Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp), Academy Award® nominee Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) and Seth Gordon (The King of Kong).

The film is set to premiere as the closing night film of the Tribeca Film Festival in early May. No release date has been announced. You can read the whole press release after the jump.

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