Death is in the air in this edition of TV Bits, which involves a full-time gangster, a serial killer, an aspiring supervillain, a cancer patient, a clutch of murderous teens, and probably a ghost or two. After the jump:

  • Dexter gets a new TV spot titled “The Beginning”
  • Check out a trailer for Boardwalk Empire Season 3
  • Showtime’s The Big C will end after Season 4
  • The CW president talks Selection and Battle Royale
  • Dr. Horrible gets a small-screen premiere date
  • See Adam Levine on the American Horror Story set

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Forget Ghostbusters IIIBill Murray has some potentially great stuff coming out. He shot a part in the new Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom, and will have a role in Roman Coppola’s second feature, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. And in between those, he played President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a film called Hyde Park on Hudson.

That’s the first look at Murray as FDR, above, and unfortunately it’s all we’ve got right now. But hit the jump to have another look at the details of the movie, in the event you passed over it the couple times we’ve reported on it in the past. Read More »

The best news in March might have been that Bill Murray was likely to play President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a film called Hyde Park on Hudson, which is a slight fictionalization of the first visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to America. Now he is confirmed and Deadline reports that Laura Linney will play Daisy, aka Margaret Suckley, a distant cousin and good friend of FDR with whom he was enjoying an affair as the royals were visiting.

Roger Michell is directing the film from a script that Richard Melson wrote based on his own play.

After the break, Vincent D’Onofrio, Chelsea Handler and Eric Bogosian will star Mall, which is adapted from a book by Eric Bogosian, and will be directed by a guy from Linkin Park. Yep. Read More »

‘Sympathy For Delicious’ Trailer

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Mark Ruffalo‘s directorial debut Sympathy For Delicious premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film is an independent dramedy about a newly paralyzed DJ who “gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing.” /Film’s own David Chen saw the film at Sundance, here is a short excerpt from his review:

Sympathy for Delicious is certainly unique; I don’t think I ever have, nor will I ever again, see a film like this. The film has several hallmarks of a personal passion project. Thornton and Ruffalo have been friends for decades and Thornton himself wrote the script as a way of working out his feelings towards his own disability. Unfortunately, the final film lacks focus, bringing up many interesting ideas but lacking in follow-through.

The film stars Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis, Mark Ruffalo, and Laura Linney. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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UPDATE: Late Tuesday night, The Weinstein Company officially picked up The Details.

When the Sundance Film Festival first announced their out of competition films, one I was particularly excited for, based solely on its description, was The Details. Written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes (Mean Creek), The Details stars Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Kerry Washington and Dennis Haysbert in a dark comedy about a snowball of suburban drama set off by worm-hungry raccoons. Surprisingly, the film actually lives up to that wild one-sentence description providing laughs, shocks and a very well-balanced film considering it makes light of death, infidelity and more. Read the full review after the jump. Read More »

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Tobey Maguire is joining the cast of The Details, an indie black comedy which seeks to address the severe shortage of raccoon infestation movies that has plagued the cinema of late. According to Variety, he’ll be husband to Elizabeth Banks, with Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Anna Friel and Laura Linney also appearing. Directing is Jacob Estes, whose credit was last seen on 2004’s decent and (now) frequently forgotten Mean Creek. Also factoring into the film: a bunch of determined raccoons. Read More »

The Nanny Diaries: Who is Mrs. X?

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TWC head Harvey Weinstein is supposedly offering a $100,000 reward for the real life identity of the bitchy, self-absorbed shopaholic Upper East Side mom played by Laura Linney in The Nanny Diaries. The movie is based on a book, which much like The Devil Wears Prada, is based on real experiences. But the book’s authors won’t give any information about who the real Mrs. X could possibly be. The offer was apparently made at a recent screening of the movie. Weinstein was apparently overheard promising a “few well-connected but tight-lipped socialites $100,000 for any information that would lead to Mrs. X’s unveiling.”

Chances are it’s not a big name celebrity, which removes all the fun from a reveal. According to the NY Post, one suspect is Lisa Birnbach, co-author of The Preppy Handbook, who once employed one of the book’s writers.

Movie Review: The Nanny Diaries

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A young girl out of college played by Hollywood’s It girl gets an opportunity at a high class job and enters a world she previously knew nothing about. Her boss is a self obsessed rich elitist miserable bitch with marital problems. The young woman takes on the seemingly impossible job, devoting all the hours of her day. Her loved ones are ignored as she needs to divert attention at the drop of a phone call to her controlling boss. She eventually earns the respect of the people she works with, and somehow becomes sympathetic to the plights of her very unsympathetic boss. But at the end of the day she needs to learn to put herself first. The movie I just described could easily be The Devil Wears Prada, but it isn’t. I’m talking about another popular book to film adaptation, The Nanny Diaries.
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The Weinstein Company is moving the big screen adaptation of The Nanny Diaries (trailer) back FIVE MONTHS. The new Scarlett Johansson chick flick was scheduled to hit theaters on April 20th, but will now bow on September 7th 2007.

While a last minute release move is usually a bad sign, Harvey Weinstein claims the movie was made to push the film in awards contention. The movie will be released right at the beginning of “Oscar Season”, and the DVD release will coincide with the Golden Globes. The studio head also claimed that he didn’t want the film to get lost in the Summer of Sequels. I’ve seen the trailer, and I’m not buying the “awards season” excuse. Something smells fishy.

The Nanny Diaries was helmed by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman (American Splendor) and co-stars Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti, Chris Evans and Alicia Keys.

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The Nanny Diaries Movie Trailer

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The first movie trailer for The Nanny Diaries is now online.

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