This edition of Sequel Bits is all about the movie stars. After the jump:

  • Steve Carell thinks small for Brick in Anchorman 2
  • Hiccup and Toothless find a villain in Kit Harington
  • Andy Lau‘s kid makes him drop out of Iron Man 3
  • Jeff Daniels still wants to do Dumb and Dumber 2

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HBO has released a third full length trailer for season one of Aaron Sorkin‘s return to television — The Newsroom. In the series, Jeff Daniels plays “a big-time, buttoned-up news anchor who finally lets his real personality fly, and then has to deal with the career fallout that results.” Watch the trailer embedded after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Ellen Burstyn gets political, while Mitt Romney goes Hollywood. After the jump:

  • Ellen Burstyn is Sigourney Weaver’s mom in Politcal Animals
  • Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney could cameo on SNL
  • Relax: Maggie Smith is not leaving Downton Abbey yet
  • DirecTV and Starz renew their distribution deal
  • A first look at the cast of Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom
  • … the premiere of which will feature Jesse Eisenberg’s voice
  • The first episode of HBO’s new comedy Girls is now online
  • True Blood unveils a playful new teaser for Season 5
  • Fringe has shot two different endings, in case it gets cancelled

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Before we launch into the Andrew Garfield era of the Spider-Man movie franchise, Sony would really like it it you revisited the Tobey Maguire age one last time with its upcoming Blu-ray reissues of the Sam Raimi films. Also after the jump:

  • Sony drops the first TV spot for Men in Black 3
  • Blade 2‘s Blu-ray reissue will feature Guillermo Del Toro commentary
  • Damon Lindelof explains why Prometheus isn’t exactly a prequel
  • Dumb and Dumber 2 is happening, say the Farrelly Bros.
  • James Bond will be sipping Heineken in Skyfall

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Aaron Sorkin returns to television with The Newsroom, and this first trailer makes the show out to be so very Aaron Sorkin. For fans of The West Wing and Sports Night, that’s probably all you need to hear.

For those who aren’t predisposed to love Sorkin’s work, here’s the attraction in The Newsroom: Jeff Daniels, playing a big-time, buttoned-up news anchor who finally lets his real personality fly, and then has to deal with the career fallout that results. There are a few potential red flags in this trailer: Sorkin’s near-trademark treatment of women; the possibility that the main figure is a political mouthpiece in search of a character; and a reliance once more on Sorkin’s classic “one man fighting the good fight” approach.

But good lord, Jeff Daniels just looks great. He’s an actor that is often dismissed, I think, and the brief couple minutes of this trailer may be enough to change that for many people. Read More »

HBO Picks Up Aaron Sorkin’s Cable News Drama

After some notable success in the world of feature films, Aaron Sorkin will be making his triumphant return to television with a brand-new drama about the goings-on at a fictional cable news network. A Greg Mottola-directed pilot has already been shot, and HBO has now given the greenlight to an entire season of the hourlong show. Formerly titled More as This Story Develops, the series revolves around a cable news anchor Will McCallister (Jeff Daniels) and his tough executive producer Mackenzie (Emily Mortimer) as they attempt to get their show back on track after a massive staff shake-up. Read more after the jump.

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Slumdog Millionaire and Skins star Dev Patel is the latest actor to join the cast of Aaron Sorkin‘s HBO pilot More As This Story Develops. The story revolves around a cable news anchor named Will McCallister (Jeff Daniels) and his executive producer Mackenzie (Emily Mortimer) as they attempt to get their show back on track after a massive staff shake-up. Alison Pill, Sam Waterston, Olivia Munn, John Gallagher Jr., Thomas Sadoski and Josh Pence are also signed on to star. Few details have been given on Patel’s character, but it is said that he will be “a series regular who works at the channel.”

Scott Rudin and Alan Poul are executive producing the project, along with Sorkin. Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland) will direct the pilot. [Variety]

After the jump, Vince Vaughn buddies up with Ben Stiller again, Allison Janney joins Chris Colfer’s big screen debut, and Jason London talks UFOs with Brandon Fehr.

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Here’s a pretty wild collection of talent: Greg Mottola, director of Superbad, Adventureland and Paul, will direct the new HBO pilot that Aaron Sorkin is assembling starring Jeff Daniels as a new cable network political commentator. Read More »

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