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In this edition of TV bits:

  • A trailer for Netflix’s true crime documentaries
  • Fox might cancel Lethal Weapon because of the behavior of the show’s star
  • A new Cobra Kai trailer
  • Friday Night Lights is now on Hulu
  • Lost in Space featurette focuses on the show’s robot
  • Sense8 sets a date for its finale
  • A24 will finance the series Moonbase 8, wfrom Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker, Jonathan Krisel and John C. Reilly
  • Allison Janney and Jim Gaffigan join Troupe Zero
  • Kim Possible live-action movie casts its leads
  • The Path has been cancelled
  • A trailer for the new season of Animal Kingdom

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Pixar Fest

Pixar is one of Disney’s greatest assets, but thus far, the animation giant hasn’t had much of a significant presence in the company’s theme parks. Sure, there’s an occasional attraction here and there (Toy Story Mania, etc.) and even a section devoted to Cars at Disneyland’s California Adventure, but Pixar is about to become a much bigger player there with the upcoming Pixar Pier.

For those who can’t visit the parks in person, we have a few videos below of a new Pixar-branded parade and fireworks show seen during the festivities at the limited-time celebration known as Pixar Fest, as well as a permanent Up-themed addition to Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom.
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Animal Kingdom is an excellent 2010 Australian crime film that introduced some audiences to Joel EdgertonJacki WeaverBen Mendelsohn, and others. It also introduced an exciting new talent with director David Michôd, who went on to make the sparse and unsettling post-apocalyptic drama, The Rover, and the Brad Pitt-led Netflix movieWar Machine, which we expected to see last year. A few years after his feature directorial debut came out, TNT decided to turn his first movie into a television series. TNT’s Animal Kingdom, which stars Scott Speedman and Ellen Barkin, returns for its second season this summer.

Below, watch the Animal Kingdom season 2 trailer.

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Animal Kingdom was one of the breakout debut films of 2010. Director David Michôd‘s intimate crime thriller not only created future opportunities for himself, but also his cast, which included Joel Edgerton, Jacki Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn, and more. It’s an excellent drama, one that’s now being adapted for television.

Below, watch the Animal Kingdom TV series trailer.

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The 2010 Australian drama Animal Kingdom is going to become a TV series on TNT this summer. The cast and creators of the TNT show presented a panel for the Television Critics Association to discuss their adaptation, which is now American starring Ellen Barkin as the matriarch Smurf Cody.  It was revealed that the Animal Kingdom tv series will be more of a family drama than crime show.

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Rivers of Light

One park expands, another closes, and there’s some cool hotel business going on. All in another edition of Theme Park Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • What is the Disney Explorers’ Lodge?
  • Zonko’s Joke Shop has closed at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • See photos of the new nighttime attraction and Lion King stage show at Animal Kingdom.

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Avatar Land ground

After years of rumor, conjecture and controversy, January 10, 2014 marks the day Disney finally broke ground on the brand-new Avatar Land. It’ll be a full day- and nighttime area of Animal Kingdom in Orlando, FL co-designed and imagined by James Cameron himself. The aim is to have the area open in 2017, which would be between the planned release dates of Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 in December 2016 and 2017.

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It’s a sad day for Whovians as news breaks that Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will be leaving Doctor Who in the next series, with a “heartbreaking end” planned for the couple. Thankfully, we’ve got some other bits that should help cheer everyone up, including a longer preview for 30 Rock and a peek at HBO’s new comedy Veep. After the jump:

  • Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill — a.k.a. Amy and Rory — will depart Doctor Who
  • Showtime develops a drama based on David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom
  • NBC offers up a hilarious 5-minute preview of the Season 6 of 30 Rock
  • HBO plans Leonardo DiCaprio-produced criminal/medical thriller Beat the Reaper
  • Jane Fonda signs on for a recurring role on Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series Newsroom
  • HBO unveils a trailer for the Julia Louis-Dreyfus Vice President comedy Veep

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

Buy It

BURIED
Buried is everything that a single-location thriller about a man trapped in a coffin possibly could’ve been. It is economic, minimalist filmmaking at its finest. Where other filmmakers might look to this sort of concept to ease the burden of budgetary restrictions, director Rodrigo Cortés takes the opposite approach, employing the most challenging—and creatively satisfying—use of negative space, close-ups, alternating hues, and whirling camera movements at his disposal, all of which skillfully coalesce to deliver a constant sense of discomfort, dread, anxiety and claustrophobia. As the oxygen level and cell phone battery life depletes, the tension continues to increase, the viewer never granted a moment’s rest from being stuck in that coffin right alongside Ryan Reynolds. By the end, you start to hope that he’ll just claw his way out, if only to free yourself. Not the most pleasant of experiences, admittedly, but coupled with Reynold’s charismatic screen presence and a script that knows how to build and maintain intrigue, it’s a smart, exciting and thrilling one. Buy it, and share it with your friends.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Includes both DVD and Blu-ray versions of the film, as well as a “Unearthing Buried: The Making of Buried” featurette.

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Quentin Tarantino’s Favorite Movies of 2010

Quentin Tarantino has released a list of his favorite films of 2010. Hit the jump to see the list.

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