I am going to assume that the Futurama crew, like the rest of the Internet, is cheering in celebration of Community‘s return. After the jump:

  • Dean Norris says Breaking Bad‘s final run is “Hank-centric”
  • Roy from The Office is Beverly Hills Cop‘s new Judge Reinhold
  • George R.R. Martin could develop more shows for HBO
  • See the real-life models for the staff of ISIS on Archer
  • Marc Maron‘s IFC series, titled Maron, unveils a first teaser
  • Syfy has a new trailer for its upcoming series Defiance
  • Mother and son are creepy in Bates Motel‘s new teaser and poster
  • Comedy Central offers a peek at the next season of Futurama
  • Get ready for Community‘s long-awaited return with a new trailer

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As a prequel to one of the most revered horror movies of all time, A&E’s Bates Motel has some pretty big shoes to fill. And while it’s unlikely to reach the same iconic status, it’s heartening to see that the first trailer actually looks pretty good. (Unlike, say, the one for the ill-received 1987 pilot of the same title.)

The new series, by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights), follows Norman through adolescence in the present day. Freddie Highmore plays the future murderer as a sweet, shy teen, while Vera Farmiga plays the mother who literally drives him insane. The family is eager for the fresh start promised by the new motel she’s just purchased, but as we all know from Psycho, their plans don’t really go as planned. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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I’m not certain why, exactly, 2012 has turned into the year of Alfred Hitchcock, but it doesn’t really matter. We’ve got two biopics, Hitchcock and The Girl, chronicling the making of Psycho and The Birds, respectively. And just as Hitchcock is about to open we’re starting to get a look at the new TV series, Bates Motel, acts as a prequel to Psycho, with Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as young Norman Bates, and Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) as his mother.

The series premiere is called ‘First You Dream, Then You Die,’ and features the real beginning of the Bates story, at least as it relates to the motel: “Norma Bates buys a motel on the outskirts of an idyllic coastal town seeking a fresh start with her teenage son, the handsome and shy Norman.” We’ll have to wait to see how well the series storyline does or doesn’t fit in with the Bates family history established in some of the Psycho sequels. But for now, you can get a video taste of the show thanks to two brief teasers.  Read More »

Norman and Norma Bates’ twisted relationship is the stuff of cinematic legend, but apparently things weren’t always so weird between them. In fact, the first photo from Bates Motel has them looking downright relaxed together. Also after the jump:

  • Veep‘s Anna Chlumsky will be an FBI trainee on Hannibal
  • The Wire‘s Chad Coleman is The Walking Dead‘s Tyreese
  • ABC’s The Mindy Project makes a few casting changes
  • Hugh Laurie will be the pirate Blackbeard on Crossbones
  • Mark Wahlberg and Fox are developing a pot comedy
  • The poster for Revolution‘s fall finale teases a big battle
  • Hate-watch the first trailer for Season 2 of NBC’s Smash

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Today’s TV Bits consists of a bit of casting info, some scheduling notes, and several interesting promos. After the jump:

  • Bates Motel casts the Charlie & the Chocolate Factory kid as Norman
  • Isla Fisher and Terry Crews have been added to Arrested Development
  • Breaking Bad‘s Jonathan Banks will go gangster on CBS’ Vegas
  • Shameless, House of Lies, and Californication return in January
  • HBO and CBS lead the Creative Arts Emmys with 17 and 13 wins, respectively
  • Revisit familiar faces in the first teaser for Season 2 of Girls
  • See The Office‘s newest additions in a new promo for Season 9
  • Still more American Horror Story: Asylum teasers hit the web
  • Everyone is exhausted in new Walking Dead teaser and stills

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You’ve seen it before, you’ll see it again, but you’ll rarely get tired of it. It’s the New York City romance. From Annie Hall to When Harry Met Sally and Spider-Man, falling in love in the Big Apple seems incredibly simple. So simple, in fact, that even brooding, whip-smart high school kids can do it.

In The Art of Getting By, which was formerly called Homework and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Freddie Highmore is a quick witted New York high school student, devoid of ambition, who begins to find himself when he starts hanging out with his crush, played by Emma Roberts. As Peter said in his review of the film at Sundance, “While the movie doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel (not even a little bit), [The Art of Getting By] is a comfortable break….[it shows] New York City in a beautifully romantic light, the catchy soundtrack is front and center, and the performances are natural across the board.” Written and directed by Gavin Wiesen, it’s scheduled for release June 17 you can watch the first trailer after the jump. Read More »

If you’ve been reading this site for any regular period of time, you know that I’m a sucker for coming of age films — especially the brand of indie romdrams that usually play at the Sundance Film Festival. Gavin Wiesen’s feature directorial debut Homework premiered this week at the festival, and quickly sold to Fox Searchlight (my indie mini-major of choice).

Homework tells the story of George (played by former child star Freddie Highmore), a lonely underachieving teen who is about to fail high school in the end of his senior year. He is befriended by his crush, a girl named Sally, but he is unable to express his feelings for her. His parents are fighting, and he must complete a year’s worth of homework in a two week period or face expulsion.

And did I mention that the story is set in New York City and indie it girl Emma Roberts plays the romantic interest? Sounds like your typical Sundance coming of age romantic drama… and it is.

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The ‘special forces soldier versus Mexican gangs’ action film Protection has gone through a lot of changes. Originally to be directed by Simon West, the film got a new director in District 13: Ultimatum helmer Patrick Alessandrin. Paul Walker was originally the lead, then he was replaced by Clive Owen. Now the film has a new lead and needs a new director.

Dwayne Johnson is now attached to star in Protection, and Allessandrin has left the project, with no one yet replacing him. Brandon Noonan‘s script is still in play; it follows ” a disgraced former Special Forces soldier who takes on a Mexican cartel in an attempt to rescue and protect a judge’s 21 year-old daughter, who has been targeted by the cartel for agreeing to testify against one of its members after she witnesses her father’s murder.” Given all the movement on this one, it’s hard to believe we’ll see it any time soon, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Johnson do an actual action movie for a change. [The Wrap]

After the break, a host of actors for Goodnight Moon (not based on the kids’ bedtime book) and Emma Roberts does Homework. Read More »

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