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If you liked the Oscars this year, as produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, you’re in luck. The two have been hired to produce next year’s telecast as well. Does this mean we can expect even more celebration of Chicago?

This is a slightly unusual move, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences usually chooses Oscar producers after the new AMPAS president takes over in July. (The position is held for one year, but individuals can be elected to up to four consecutive terms.) But current president Hawk Koch floated the idea of re-hiring Zadan and Meron, saying “We believe that continuity is the most important thing. One of the problems we have every year is that you always have a new producer and a new host — there’s so much learning. It’s so much better when you have continuity.”

Host Seth MacFarlane has said he doesn’t want to return, but the re-hire of Zadan and Meron suggests that the Academy is quite happy with this past show, which means we might see an overture towards MacFarlane to don the tux once more. Read More »

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It’s gonna be a great spring for TV lovers, with the returns of Game of Thrones and Mad Men just around the corner and Louis CK‘s new standup special waiting in the wings. Watch trailers for all three after the jump. Also:

  • Damian Lewis talks Carrie and Brody’s future
  • Look for cameos and references in Hannibal
  • Seth Green also joins Seth MacFarlane‘s pilot
  • Will Seth Meyers replace Jimmy Fallon?
  • Cougar Town gets renewed for a fifth season
  • TNT sets a return date for Falling Skies
  • Mattel is working on UNO: The Game Show
  • Bryan Cranston‘s Breaking Bad script gets stolen
  • See new images from Eli Roth‘s Hemlock Grove
  • Watch the first 14 minutes of TNT’s Defiance

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Seth MacFarlane‘s first foray into feature filmmaking, Ted, was an unqualified success, grossing over $500 million on a $50 million budget and even picking up some strong reviews along the way. Naturally, then, he’s having no trouble recruiting strong talents for his sophomore effort, A Million Ways to Die in the West. Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried are already on board to star, and now they’re being joined by Giovanni Ribisi and Liam Neeson. Hit the jump to read more.

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Two days after the Oscars, it’s still tough to say whether or not Seth MacFarlane‘s performance as Oscars host was a success. On the one hand, he’s been roundly criticized for his reliance on sexist humor; on the other, he succeeded in attracting the young male audience, just as the Academy had hoped.

But whatever the verdict, it’s looking unlikely he’ll make a repeat appearance at next year’s festivities. Asked by a fan whether he’d host again, MacFarlane gave an unambiguous “No way.” Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Universal is in an interesting position now. The studio is free of the contract with Hasbro that had it dedicated to developing board-game properties for some time, and has started to settle into a place where it floats on the performance of big comedies (Ted), the occasional well-chosen pop-culture adaptation (Les Miserables), and affordable franchise installments (Fast & Furious, Bourne) rather than massive tentpoles.

And so Universal is working on sequels to the giant hit Ted and horror performer Mama. In a new interview, studio chairman Adam Fogelson explains that he also may made an Identity Thief sequel (“we created great characters, so we’ll discuss how to re-pair Jason [Bateman] and Melissa going forward”) and an “at long last” film version of Wicked (“I believe that we are collectively moving toward Wicked coming to the screen sooner rather than later”).

But the real focus is on those franchise installments, including another Snow White and the Huntsman movie, and the new Mummy and Van Helsing films. 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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Once Seth MacFarlane is done hosting the Oscars in a couple weeks, he’ll move on to directing the feature follow-up to his 2012 hit Ted. That film will not be Ted 2, however. It will be A Million Ways To Die In The West, a comedy western in the mold of Blazing Saddles. MacFarlane will star and it now seems Charlize Theron is nearing a deal to play opposite the Family Guy creator. She’d be playing one of two love interests for MacFarlane’s character. There are more plot details below. Read More »

The Academy isn’t known for its unpredictability (well, this year’s snubs for Best Director notwithstanding), but it came as a big surprise when it was announced last year that they’d selected Seth MacFarlane to host the awards ceremony. The Family Guy creator is well loved among the younger set but little known among the older-skewing Oscar audience. In any case his “edgy” humor seems like an odd fit for a typically tame event.

This morning, we got a first taste of how MacFarlane might fare as master of ceremonies when he and Emma Stone announced the nominees together. Now the Academy has put out five short TV spots that show off his comedic chops. Watch them after the jump.

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