Between the final seasons of Dexter and Breaking Bad and the premiere of CBS’ Under the Dome, this summer is shaping up to be an exciting one for TV viewers. After the jump:

  • George R.R. Martin teases new characters for Game of Thrones Season 4
  • Melissa Leo boards M. Night Shyamalan‘s Wayward Pines
  • Tracy Morgan and Jenna Elfman find new jobs
  • Amazon makes some decisions about its new series
  • Comedy Central renews Inside Amy Schumer
  • Neil Patrick Harris will host the Emmys again
  • Vince Gilligan chats about the potential Saul Goodman spinoff
  • See new pics from CBS’ Stephen King thriller Under the Dome
  • Meet Dr. Evelyn Vogel in the new Dexter promo

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Like the last couple of TV Bits, this one is also chock full of casting news. Also after the jump:

  • Downton Abbey adds a new series regular
  • Patton Oswalt will stop by Parks & Recreation
  • The Newsroom‘s version of Team Romney expands
  • Michael C. Hall might be done with TV after Dexter
  • Chris Lilley‘s new show starts shooting in Melbourne
  • FX renews The Americans for a second season
  • Are Mindy Project and New Girl moving to Thursdays?
  • Watch four deleted scenes from Game of Thrones
  • … and find out when we’ll get the Season 3 trailer

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Movie Trailer: ‘Barney’s Version’

Sony Pictures Classics have released the movie trailer for Barney’s Version,an independent drama which premiered at the Venice/Toronto film festivals in September to mostly positive reviews.

Based on Mordecai Richler’s prize-winning comic novel, the film stars Paul Giamatti as Barney Panofsky, a “hard-drinking, cigar-smoking, foulmouthed 65-year old hockey fanatic and television producer” who “reflects on his life’s successes and (numerous) gaffes and failures as the final chapters of his own existence come sharply into focus.” Directed by Television vetren Richard J Lewis (CSI, Due South, North of 60, Family Law), the film co-stars Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver, Bruce Greenwood, Rachelle Lefevre, Scott Speedman, Saul Rubinek and Mark Addy.

Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Movie Trailer #2: Kevin Spacey in ‘Casino Jack’

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When we first saw a trailer for Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey as disgraced ‘super lobbyist’ Jack Abramoff, the film was called Bagman and the trailer was miserable. Tonally the clip was all over the place, the voice over was laughable, and it committed a serious sin by trying to pretend that Rolling Stones songs like ‘Gimme Shelter’ and ‘Sympathy For the Devil’ have any life left for use in cinema.

Now there’s a new trailer, and it is certainly cut with a lot more skill and consistency. Check it out after the break. Read More »

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The Toronto Film Festival is just getting underway, and already one film has been picked up for Us distribution. Sarah’s Key, starring Kristen Scott Thomas, was picked up by The Weinstein Commpany today as the first official buy of the fest. More info on the film after the break, along with good breaks for Barney’s Version with Paul Giamatti and Casino Jack with Kevin Spacey. Read More »

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There are two films about disgraced ‘super-lobbyist’ Jack Abramoff. The documentary Casino Jack & The United States of Money is in theaters now. The other, a feature once called Casino Jack and now titled Bagman, is directed by George Hickenlooper and stars Kevin Spacey as Abramoff. A promising combination, to be sure, but if this new trailer for the film is anything to go on, this is a promise unfulfilled. Read More »

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Which of the participants in the mini-play that has erupted over the casting of Bryce Dallas Howard in Eclipse do you suppose sparkles is the evil vampire? Is it Rachelle Lefevre, who claims she didn’t know that she’d been scrapped in favor of Bryce Dallas Howard? (Shades of Marvel / Terrence Howard / Don Cheadle there.) Or is it the Summit execs who claim that she made her own bed by taking a job that would have interfered with the Eclipse shoot? Both sides have issued statements, and if you hate Twilight, you’ll probably love this. Read More »

American Summer Movie Trailer

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From the producer of American Pie and the director of American Pie 2 comes American Summer, which is actually completely unrelated the the aforementioned franchise. AICN called the movie the “American Pie version of Risky Business.” The story follows uptight Harvard bound Alex Sperling (Brett Davern), who after a summer internship unexpectedly falls through, has no other option but to work for his supposedly successful cousin Roger (Matthew Lillard).

“Unfortunately, Alex discovers that Roger is a down-on-his-luck pool boy just days away from complete financial ruin.  But Roger has a possible solution-team up with his call-girl neighbor to start an elite escort business.  When the company unexpectedly succeeds despite the increasingly crazy clients, the trio must use their brains and their escorts to get out of the mess and get Alex back on the road to Harvard.”

Also starring Rachelle Lefevre of Twilight fame, Efren Ramirez of Napoleon Dynamite fame, George Takei of Star Trek, Heroes and Howard Stern Show fame, ad Tom Arnold as himself. They are shopping the film for domestic distribution at Cannes. Check out the Cannes movie trailer below thanks to our friends at Collider.

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