Fans of FX’s Louie will no doubt be thrilled to check out this unrevealing but artsy teaser for the show’s third season, but it’s Showtime that steals most of the spotlight in today’s TV Bits. The premium cable network has a new poster for Episodes, a new teaser for Homeland, and possibly even a new love interest for Dexter. Also after the jump:

  • Damages sets a start date for its fifth and final season
  • The horror-sitcom Holliston gets renewed for Season 2
  • AMC mulls over six scripts for possible pilot orders

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Having spent the last several years gallivanting across Europe with some admittedly wonderful results (Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and Midnight in Paris), Woody Allen is finally preparing to return Stateside. At this week’s world premiere of his latest film, To Rome With Love, Allen announced that he would be shooting his next movie in the U.S. The news runs contrary to previous reports that he’d be continuing his Continental tour with Copenhagen as his next stop. For his part, Allen claims to have no idea how the media got that impression. More after the jump.

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2011 saw one of the greatest successes of Woody Allen‘s career, as his film Midnight in Paris did great business on the US arthouse circuit and worldwide, eventually raking in nearly $150m globally. There was also that little matter of winning an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Now Allen returns with To Rome With Love, a vignette-based romantic comedy with most of the action falling into a very familiar Allen mode. (It’s a welcome returns, with lines like “the kid’s a communist, the father’s a mortician… does the mother run a leper colony?”)

The cast features Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page, Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Roberto Benigni (of whom we haven’t seen much in some time), Judy Davis and Woody Allen himself, who hasn’t been in front of the camera since the 2006 release Scoop. The action places that cast in various minor romantic and comic entanglements that all look a bit fluffy, and very entertaining.

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Following up his most financially successful film to date, recent Oscar-winner Woody Allen has his next film all but ready to go. It was going to be called Nero Fiddled but distributor Sony Pictures Classics announced the title has changed to To Rome With Love and it’ll be released June 22. Read much more after the jump.  Read More »

One of the great fascinations for anyone who appreciates creative endeavors is, I think, the question about where stories come from. It’s great to be able to link any given book, movie or what have you to one specific origin point. Doing so adds context to the story, and helps ground the whole creative process, which can seem so ethereal.

Circulating today is a bit of Woody Allen‘s stand-up comedy, originally documented on an LP in the ’60s and most often heard via the collection Standup Comic. The interesting bit, aside from Allen’s excellent delivery and sense of timing, is that this particular routine, ‘Lost Generation,’ is very obviously the first glimmer of what would become Midnight in Paris.

This routine has, obviously, been around for decades, so it isn’t exactly news. It even circulated at a point last year when far fewer people had seen Midnight in Paris. But with that film having a much higher awareness level now in the wake of its long theatrical run and Allen’s Oscar win, let’s check out the mid-’60s stand-up story that was the seed for the film. Read More »

When we first reported on Fading Gigolo, the movie that John Turturro wrote and will direct and star in, we noted that Woody Allen had been offhandedly mentioned as an actor who might end up in the movie. That’s kind of a big deal, since Allen hasn’t acted in a movie that he didn’t direct since making small appearances in Alfonso Arau’s Picking Up the Pieces and Peter Askin and Douglas McGrath’s Company Man, both released in 2000.

Now Allen is confirmed for the picture, and we know that he’ll be a guy who talks Turturro’s character into working as a gigolo and then acts as his pimp. Sounds like a win. A really weird win, but still. Read More »

The Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Scwarzenegger prison-set action thriller The Tomb has just added James Caviezel. Producer Mark Canton announced over the weekend that the actor had signed on, and that he’ll play the warden of a super high-tech prison that Stallone’s character designed, and from which he has to escape. Canton also said that Schwarzenegger, who plays a resident of the prison, will have a solid chunk of screen time. No mere cameo for Arnie. Mikael Hafstrom directs. [AICN]

After the break, check out the clip from the radio show where Canton talked about The Tomb, and catch up with news on Antonio Banderas playing Pablo Picasso, and John Turturro’s next films. One of those may be Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain. Read More »

The Best Satanic Movies You Probably Haven’t Seen

Well fire and damnation, this week we’re all going to hell.

Nicolas Cage is riding to your local theater on a motorbike fueled by Satan and there’s little anyone can do to stop it. I’ve seen Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and, quite frankly, it ain’t good. That said, if I hadn’t seen it yet and twenty-five people told me it stunk, I’d still go. I love Crazy Nic Cage and I like fiery demons. What can I say, it’s something that speaks to me.

With Lucifer on the mind I figured this week’s column would be about Satan, Satanism, demons, witches, possession and whatnot. There’s a whole world out there beyond the obvious (fantastic) Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby and the color-saturated visions of Dario Argento. Such as. . . Read More »

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