Plenty of offices around the country have already begun winding down for the holidays, but apparently Showtime and HBO had a few things to get out of the way first. Meanwhile, Fox is still holding out on a decision on Terra Nova til the new year — though the producers are apparently feeling optimistic. After the jump:

  • HBO renews Enlightened, axes Bored to Death, Hung, and How to Make It in America
  • Showtime drops a trailer for Shameless Season 2
  • Dexter showrunner Scott Buck talks about the finale’s climactic moments
  • Homeland exec producers discuss the tense first season finale
  • Terra Nova producers are “guardedly optimistic” about the show’s chances for a second season

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SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE
Nobody will ever acknowledge this, but She’s Out of My League is likely to do more good for the world than a movie like Precious or Milk ever could. The latter are films that, while well-intentioned, have almost no chance of broadcasting their message to an audience that doesn’t already agree with what they have to say. She’s Out of My League, however, sells itself on the exact premise it seeks to admonish. The marketing campaign was built entirely around the conceit of applying a number value to people (“How could a 10 go for a 5?”), apparently playing on our current generation’s abhorrently shallow societal outlook for an easy laugh. Instead, it tells the story of how that sort of bullshit causes a self-doubting nice guy to nearly sabotage his relationship. Its examination of the effect that this unfortunate cultural development has been having on people’s sense of self-worth doesn’t overshadow its affection for goofy humor, but it’s far more honest and intelligent than its moronic trailer would have you believe. And funnier, too.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Commentary by director Jim Field Smith, deleted scenes, an extended ending, a blooper reel, and a Devon’s Dating Show dating guide for guys.

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/Filmcast Ep. 59 – Brüno (GUEST: Eric D. Snider)

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bruno posterIn this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley praise the choice of Ryan Reynolds for The Green Lantern, finally get around to discussing some big changes to the Oscar nomination process, and analyze the social experiment that is Sacha Baron Cohen’s Brüno. Prolific online critic Eric D. Snider joins us for our review.

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Hung Television Trailer

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Thomas Jane could finally have his real break-out role. HBO has premiered the (SFW) trailer for Hung, a series in which Jane plays a high-school basketball coach / gym teacher who realizes that he can become a star by exploiting his giant…sexual apparatus. Anne Heche co-stars as his ex-wife, and Jane Adams (Little Children) is aboard, too, as the woman who becomes, essentially, the pimp for Jane’s character. But the most notable creative name is Alexander Payne (Sideways, Election), who directed the pilot and will stay on as executive producer. Watch the trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Yeah, like that. Director/Moviegoer Upper Alexander Payne (Sideways, Election) will take a dip into TV to direct HBO‘s new dark comedy series, Hung. Variety reports that Payne is also expected to hop on as an executive producer. Personally, another show, even a good one, examining the psyche of a middle-aged American man, a former high school sports star and father at that, risks treading a well-worn road, but the hook to Hung is that the guy’s dick is huge. And apparently, he’ll learn to use this to his advantage. So, that’s different. The show was created by husband/wife team Dimitry Lipkin and Colette Burson (The Riches) and Burson had this to say…

“Think of him like Spider-Man. He’s an average guy who gets in touch with his innate superpowers.”

What, no Dream On comparison? This really cool news arrives on the heels of vague news about a future HBO series based on the doc Cocaine Cowboys from Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay, so it looks like new HBO Entertainment prexy, Sue Naegle, is making very high profile and provocative moves. More on this/these shows as it develops…

Discuss: Who doesn’t want to watch this show with Payne involved?  

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