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Gather ’round, kids, and let’s watch some things advertising other things to watch. After the jump:

  • Mitch Hurwitz reveals his scrapped plans for a George Clooney cameo in Arrested Development
  • ABC picks up a drama from The L Word‘s Ilene Chaiken and Bryan Singer
  • BBC One and the Jim Henson Co. are teaming for a new Muppets-like show
  • Here’s what Helena Bonham Carter looks like as Elizabeth Taylor
  • See a teaser for The Anna Nicole Story, from American Psycho‘s Mary Harron
  • Watch a trailer for Netflix’s next original series Orange Is the New Black
  • FX’s latest promo for The Bridge is full of border-related factoids
  • Jerry Seinfeld‘s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee returns this month

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Since the release of American Psycho in 2000, director Mary Harron has made only one feature, the 2005 release The Notorious Bettie Page. She’s hardly been idle, and has put a great amount of television work on her resume in the past decade. But now Harron returns to the big screen as the director of a gothic thriller called The Moth Diaries.

Harron scripted the film based on Rachel Klein‘s 2001 novel in which the boarding school friendship of Rebecca (Sarah Bolger) and Lucy (Sarah Gadon) is fractured by the arrival of Ernessa (Lily Cole). Is Ernessa a threat on more than a social level? Is she perhaps a vampire? Glean what clues you can from the new trailer, below. Read More »

The comedy Burt Wonderstone, which is planning to star Steve Carell as a “traditional magic man who is dethroned by a hip younger illusionist and must then find a way to rediscover his love for magic,” has been kicking around for a few years. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) wrote the script, and the film has had a couple different directors attached. Jake Kasdan was going to make the movie before Steve Carell came on board; then a few months ago Parks and Recreation director Charles McDougall was in talks to direct.

Now New Line has tapped Don Scardino, 30 Rock director, to direct. This looks like a final deal, and the movie will really start to move forward. It will shoot in October; now we have to wait to see who gets the gig playing the rival young magician.

After the break, Mary Harron takes over Wicked Lovely. Read More »

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Su-su-Suri. In a new interview with Black Book, director Mary Harron dryly shares the revelation that Christian Bale‘s inspiration for his pretty-damn-legendary performance in her American Psycho was none other than Tom Cruise. What’s more, there is previous online precedent to connect Cruise’s go-getter, ’80s attitude and famous physical regimen with Patrick Bateman‘s yuppie, psychopathic shell. After the jump, we have Harron’s very candid remark, as well as the actor who so embodies this strange, pop culture duality…

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When I last reported on Mary Harron’s big screen adaptation of Rachel Klein’s vampire novel The Moth Diaries, the writer-director was in London for a retrospective of her work at the Birds Eye Festival and the Diaries info only came up incidentally. Back then in March it wasn’t obvious to me who had scripted the film, or indeed who was going to star but that’s all come clear in a new Screen Daily report from Cannes.

The story takes place in a boarding school for girls. The narrator of the novel is a diarist who begins to suspect that a newly arrived pupil is a vampire. This character, the enigmatic Ernessa, is specifically pale – a none too obscure plot point in a vampire tale – so while there’s no specification in Screen Daily’s post as to who Cole would be playing, she’s got the complexion for the suspected vampiress. Speedman will be playing the literature professor who gives the girls their grounding in gothic literature.

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Mary Harron is in London to present a retrospective of her work at the Birds Eye View Festival, which celebrates the work of women filmmakers. All three of her prior feature films are screening: I Shot Andy Warhol, American Psycho, and The Notorious Betty Page; and Harron will this afternoon be giving a masterclass and tomorrow be holding court for a Q&A.

In support of this event, Harron has been interviewed for the Guardian. They touch briefly on her long-ago relationship with Tony Blair, the ever-shifting audience reception of her prior work, and also her upcoming projects – the bit that’s probably most interesting to us today, I suppose. This is where Harron reveals she’s currently casting her adaptation of The Moth Diaries. If you don’t know the original novel by Rachel Klein, it’s a vampire story set in a boarding school for girls and definitely has something of the Carmilla about it. I picked up the book a few years ago when I found out Karen Walton was working on a screenplay adaptation. It’s a great story and, chances are, is going to make an exceptional film.

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