Marc Webb Showtime

Marc Webb made his name on the offbeat not-quite-romcom (500) Days of Summer, but since then he’s been tangled up in the Amazing Spider-Man franchise. He directed the first two films, is set to direct the third, and may or may not be involved in any installments beyond that.

Fortunately, though, that’s not all he’s doing. Webb looks to be returning to his non-superpowered roots with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a Showtime musical comedy pilot from Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada). More details after the jump.

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Cameron Crowe TV show

UPDATE: The LAT reports that Showtime has officially greenlit the Roadies pilot. It’s not a series pickup, but the odds of us seeing the show someday just got a little bit better. Plus, read a new comment from Crowe about the show after the jump.

Cameron Crowe‘s next release, a romcom set in Hawaii, sounds like quintessential Cameron Crowe. But his next project after that has him foraying into brand-new territory. Crowe is reportedly teaming up with J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot and My So-Called Life creator Winnie Holzman for Roadies, a comedy series on Showtime. Get all the details after the jump.

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steven spielberg halo

Microsoft knows it is sitting on a goldmine with Halo. The video game series will be based on one of the most successful franchises in the world. While multiple attempts have been made to bring the sci-fi action property to the big and small screen, things are progressing very slowly. That might change soon. Microsoft has been in talks with Showtime to bring a live-action TV show based on the game, exec produced by Steven Spielberg, first to the cable channel then to XBox Live. Read more about the Steven Spielberg Halo show below. Read More »

Morgan Spurlock

What would happen if you mixed Morgan Spurlock‘s documentary style with David Fincher’s Seven? We may find out when Showtime airs his look at the “weird and darkly comic world of sin,” Seven Deadly Sins, later this year. The show is Spurlock’s exploration of the darker recesses of human nature, as it tackles one sin per episode, with Spurlock hosting.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games Catching Fire

When Philip Seymour Hoffman tragically and suddenly passed away this weekend, he left behind a couple of not-quite-finished projects. One is the two-parter The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, in which he reprises the role of Plutarch Heavensbee from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; another is Showtime’s Happyish, which was set to star Hoffman as an ad exec trying to change his life.

While the former shouldn’t be delayed too much by his passing, the latter seems to be in jeopardy. Get updates on both after the jump.

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Penny Dreadful

Sam Mendes and John Logan worked together to bring us Skyfall in 2012, and they’re teaming for the next Bond movie as well. But before that gets going, they’re reuniting for a very different kind of project.

Showtime’s Penny Dreadful is a sort of horror mash-up, weaving famed monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and Dorian Gray together into one spooky Victorian-era yarn. Josh Hartett plays the dashing but complicated hero, and Eva Green (another Bond alum, come to think of it) is the mysterious heroine. Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) directed the first two episodes. Hit the jump to check out the new trailer.

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Dexter

By the time Dexter limped to a finish last year, even its most ardent fans had to admit that the series had already gone on too long. But Showtime feels differently. Apparently, they hope to spend even more time with the handsome serial killer in the future.

According to Showtime president David Nevins, a Dexter spinoff is “something we continue to talk about” — but that it’s only gonna happen if Michael C. Hall agrees to appear Hit the jump to read Nevins’ comments, including his thoughts on criticism of the finale (spoilers follow).

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House of Lies Season 3

It’s been a very slow couple of weeks for television, as most shows go on hiatus for the holidays. But now that New Year’s Day is in our rearview mirror, it’s time to dive back into some returning favorites and get to know some promising newbies.

In the former category are Showtime’s House of Lies and Masters of Sex, while the latter includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s variety show HitRecord on TV. And the good news is that you can get a head-start on your winter TV-viewing by watching the first episodes of all three shows online, for free, right now. Hit the jump to take a look.

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Inside Llewyn Davis - Oscar Isaac and Justin Timberlake

All movies have soundtracks. Some of them have really good soundtracks. Very few of them have soundtracks so exceptional, they’re able to inspire a concert and a subsequent documentary of their own. But leave it to the Coen Brothers to be that exception.

Their latest film Inside Llewyn Davis centers on a musician (Oscar Isaac) struggling to make it on the folk scene in ’60s New York. To complement that premise, T Bone Burnett has produced a killer soundtrack filled with performances by Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Marcus Mumford, Punch Brothers, and more.

All of them plus a few more famous friends (including Joan Baez, Colin Meloy, Patti Smith, and Jack White) got together for a benefit show in New York City this fall, and Showtime is now releasing that one-night-only concert as a documentary. After the jump, check out a trailer for the network’s Another Day, Another Time, plus another new clip from the movie itself.

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