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Usually when I go to a Live Read, I know the movie like the back of my hand. Ghostbusters, Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, these are all movies I’ve seen dozens of times and know backwards and forwards. However, the November reading was a film I’d never seen until this week: Barry Levinson‘s Diner. It totally deserves to be mentioned among those films, but it somehow fell through the cracks in my years as a film fan. It’s as timeless, funny and poignant as any movie I’ve ever seen.

Watching the film, I began to worry about the Live Read. Sure this was a movie with dynamic characters based on a razor sharp script, but Levinson’s film also created such a perfect atmosphere. The movie was 1959 Baltimore, from the weather to the locations, outfits and the music. Oh, the music. Diner is a jukebox full of awesome tunes and the Live Reads don’t play music during the read. Was it going to work out?

Presenter and director Jason Reitman had an answer for that. To make the script move at a clip worthy of its amazing original cast, and to make the audience forget there was no music or settings to enhance it, he’d need actors who are incredibly familiar with each other. Actors with an ability to deliver filthy dialogue very fast, have perfect chemistry, talk a ton of crap and dish about football. How about the cast of FXX’s The League?

Yes, almost the entire cast of The League read Barry Levinson’s Diner at latest Jason Reitman Live Read, presented Film Independent at LACMA. Below, read what the cast brought to the script and what the script revealed about itself.  Read More »

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Yes, even more TV Bits today. Lots of FX info, including returning shows, return dates for The Killing and True Blood, here’s what you’ll find below:

  • FX will launch a few channel called FXX, featuring the new seasons of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Legit, all of which have been renewed.
  • One of my favorite shows, Toy Hunter, returns for season two on April 10.
  • TNT orders a new show called Nashville Confidential.
  • The Killing gets a third season trailer and premiere date.
  • True Blood returns to HBO in June without Alan Ball.
  • Read the full list of shows Bravo has returning and developing.
  • Conquistadors, about the fall of the Incan Empire, could appear on FX.

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Today’s TV Bits comes with the caveat that none of this applies if the world actually ends on 12/21/12. After the jump:

  • Black Dynamite, Catfish, The League, and Psych get renewed
  • Cinemax sets a January premiere date for Alan Ball‘s Banshee
  • Game of Thrones gets more screen time and its own beer
  • Jason Schwartzman and Jenny Slate head to Parks & Rec
  • Rose McGowan is Once Upon a Time‘s young Barbara Hershey
  • Amazon Studios orders pilots from Kristen SchaalGarry Trudeau, and more
  • The premiere episode of NBC’s 1600 Penn hits the web

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Some quick TV hits for you after the jump, including:

  • Bates Motel adds Max Thieriot as a big brother to Norman
  • Jeff Garlin will also return to Arrested Development
  • FX getting sued for copyright infringement over The League
  • Parks & Recreation looks funny as ever in Season 5 trailer
  • Watch an 18-minute blooper reel for Seasons 2-7 of The Office

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Probably the biggest news in today’s TV Bits has to do with Mitch Hurwitz‘s comments on the upcoming season of Arrested Development, but we’ve also got stuff in here for FX subscribers, Heisenberg addicts, and J.J. Abrams lovers. After the jump:

  • Watch the pilot episode of NBC’s dystopian sci-fi series Revolution
  • Showrunner Vince Gilligan talks about that Breaking Bad finale
  • Related: the Internet guesses how that giant pile of money is worth
  • FX announces premiere dates for The League and It’s Always Sunny
  • The American Horror Story: Asylum cast convenes for a new poster

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You’d be hard pressed to find a guy with more going on than Mark Duplass. First and foremost, he’s the star of the wonderful and charming film Safety Not Guaranteed, which premiered at Sundance and opens June 8. In the film he plays Kenneth, a mysterious man who places an ad looking for a partner to help him travel back in time. The ad is answered by Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) and Jake Johnson (New Girl), skeptical journalists who, through Kenneth, discover their own truths.

But that’s so far from everything the actor/producer/writer/director has going on. He’s the star of the FX comedy The League, which has a new season about to start shooting. He was recently cast in Katherine Bigelow’s Osama Bin Laden film Zero Dark Thirty, he and his brother will soon release their 5th film, The Do-Deca Pentalathon on July 6 and he’ll also appear in Your Sister’s Sister, starring Emily Blunt, on June 15 and People Like Us, starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks, on June 29.

Yeah, Mark Duplass is busy. But he took 20 minutes out of his day to talk to us about all of it. After the jump, we’ve got a two part video interview where we discuss all those projects as well as his thoughts on new forms of distribution, his Netflix Recommendation A Day on Twitter, mullets, Sundance and much more. Read More »

As we head toward the holiday season, Boardwalk Empire winds down, 30 Rock gears up, and Terra Nova remains in purgatory. After the jump:

  • Showrunner Terence Winter explains the explosive Season 2 finale for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire
  • NBC drops an enticing teaser for 30 Rock‘s 6th season
  • HBO reveals a second trailer for its Judd Apatow / Lena Dunham series Girls
  • FX renews The League for a fourth season
  • Fox pushes its decision about Terra Nova‘s fate to next year

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