Mozart in the Jungle trailer

The current season of Amazon original shows offers up another debut series later this month, when Mozart in the Jungle begins streaming on Amazon Prime. The show, from creators Paul Weitz, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, adapts the memoir by Blair Tindell. The story follows dynamic young conductor Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) as he shakes up a major New York City symphony orchestra. Rodrigo has a nonconformist style and a demanding approach to conducting… and he also seems to have conversations with Mozart. There’s more than that — some sex, some power struggles, and potential new personalities as Rodrigo cleans house in the orchestra — all of which is shown to some degree in this Mozart in the Jungle trailer. Read More »

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Top of the Lake

Last year’s Top of the Lake was Jane Campion’s first TV project since An Angel at My Table in 1990. However, she’s not waiting quite so long to return to the small screen next time. She’s currently developing a second season of Top of the Lake with Gerard Lee, who co-wrote the original.

The first season centered on Robin (Elisabeth Moss), a New Zealand detective investigating the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old in a small town. It’s unclear whether Moss or any of her co-stars will return, as very few details have been revealed so far about Season 2. But the first season was excellent, and I for one am eager to go wherever Campion wants to take me next. [Screen Daily]

After the jump, get details on the Monster-in-Law and In Good Company TV series, plus Steve McQueen’s new star.

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Chris Paul Weitz

In 2013, Steven Spielberg was president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. He was there to enjoy movies and give prizes, but he also conducted a little business. One of the films there, called Like Father, Like Son, got a lot of attention. It was then awarded with a Jury Prize by the festival, but an even bigger one from Spielberg himself. Spielberg’s company, DreamWorks, picked up the remake rights to the film, which follows two families which mix up their children.

Now, they’ve finally hired a team to move forward with the Like Father Like Son remake: Paul and Chris Weitz, the men behind American Pie, About A Boy, The Golden Compass and others. Read More »

It’s pilot casting season! And as such, Rupert Grint, JK Simmons, Dylan McDermott, Billy Campbell, Jennifer Beals, and tons more have found new homes on the small screen. Also after the jump:

  • Peter Sarsgaard has joined AMC’s The Killing
  • Dexter Season 8 adds a Walking Dead alum
  • Ridley Scott is bringing The Terror to AMC
  • The About a Boy duo will tackle Neal Stephenson
  • FX is moving ahead with Diane Kruger‘s The Bridge
  • Up All Night will shoot just one multi-cam episode
  • ABC shifts Happy Endings to the Friday death slot
  • House of Cards is Netflix’s most-watched program
  • Comcast buys the other 49% of NBCUniversal
  • The first episode of The CW’s Cult hits the web
  • Jason Blum‘s Paranormal-esque reality show gets a trailer

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For high school seniors, college admissions board members can seem almost godlike in their power over the futures. From the time the kids send in their application to the time they hear back, the fate of the world seems to rest in the schools’ hands.* But as the new trailer for Admission shows, the process isn’t always a pleasant one for the folks on the other end, either.

In the new film by Paul Weitz, Tina Fey plays a Princeton admissions officer who takes a recruiting trip to an unusual school run by her former college classmate Paul Rudd. It turns into a potentially life-changing event when she crosses paths with a boy (Nat Wolff) who may or may not be the son she gave up long ago. Watch the video after the jump.

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Tina Fey built her career on the fast-paced comedy of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, but with the latter almost at an end it’s time for her to move on to the next phase. If the trailer for Paul Weitz‘s Admission for any indication, that may just end up being movie stardom. Perhaps even as something of a dramatic actor.

Although Admission is billed as a dramatic comedy, it represents a more serious turn than anything we’ve seen from Fey before. Fey plays Portia, a Princeton admissions officer who’s forced to confront a painful secret during what initially appears to be a routine recruiting trip. Paul Rudd also stars, as a former classmate of Portia’s who harbors a crush on her, and Nat Wolff plays a teenager who may have ties to her past. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Today’s TV Bits is all great news if you like Garden State, or just mostly great news if you don’t. After the jump:

  • Oz and Willow will reunite on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother
  • Arrested Development adds Andy Richter and Conan O’Brien
  • Zach Braff develops the Garden State-esque Garage Bar for ABC
  • Steve Carell produces a sitcom for Daily Show‘s Jason Jones
  • Greg Daniels and Kevin from The Office team for ABC comedy
  • Ted Danson spills plot details on the Bored to Death movie
  • Check out photos of Mad Men‘s Don and Megan chilling in Hawaii
  • See a trailer for The Carrie Diaries, the CW’s Sex and the City prequel

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Tina Fey has had some seriously enviable onscreen suitors over the course of her career — James Marsden, Jon Hamm, and Matt Damon, just to name a few — and she may now be about to add Paul Rudd to that distinguished roster as well. Rudd is reportedly circling the male lead in Paul Weitz‘s Admission, a dramatic comedy based on the novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz. He would replace Owen Wilson, who was weighing the role earlier this month but has since moved on. More details after the jump.

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