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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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I am going to assume that the Futurama crew, like the rest of the Internet, is cheering in celebration of Community‘s return. After the jump:

  • Dean Norris says Breaking Bad‘s final run is “Hank-centric”
  • Roy from The Office is Beverly Hills Cop‘s new Judge Reinhold
  • George R.R. Martin could develop more shows for HBO
  • See the real-life models for the staff of ISIS on Archer
  • Marc Maron‘s IFC series, titled Maron, unveils a first teaser
  • Syfy has a new trailer for its upcoming series Defiance
  • Mother and son are creepy in Bates Motel‘s new teaser and poster
  • Comedy Central offers a peek at the next season of Futurama
  • Get ready for Community‘s long-awaited return with a new trailer

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Whether you’re a new parent or a singleton, whether you’re into video games, drugs, cable news, there’s a little something for everyone in this rather random edition of TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Breaking Bad showrunner Vince Gilligan admits has no idea how his AMC series will end
  • SyFy taps Legion helmer Scott Stewart to direct video game-related series Defiance
  • Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama, formerly known as More As This Story Develops, may have a new title
  • ABC’s Up All Night and Fox’s New Girl land guest stars from 30 Rock and True Blood, respectively

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

Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.

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While nothing Sam Mendes has made since his directorial debut has lived up to the greatness of American Beauty, his recent return to examining the perils of suburban life still provides an interesting examination of what it’s like to feel stuck in a lifestyle you cannot stand, even if it is more concerned with hammering home its bleak message than presenting it in what you’d call an “entertaining” way. The movie certainly has its flaws: it’s overwritten at times, the ending is unnecessarily melodramatic, and the “crazy son” character (despite being brilliantly played by Michael Shannon) acts as nothing more than a lazy device to spell out the film’s message. What saves the film, however, is Mendes’ top notch direction and the emotionally effective lead performances by Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. They all do such an admirable job, you’re liable to forget that the film has any faults at all.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Commentary by director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Justin Haythe, a “Lives of Quite Desperation: The Making of Revolutionary Road” featurette, and deleted scenes.

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What? Save $10 when you buy both Revolutionary Road and Defiance.
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Paramount has made a surprise decision to move the Robert Downey Jr / Jamie Foxx film The Soloist back to March 13th 2009. The film was originally scheduled to hit theater in late November, just in time for Award consideration. Paramount was pressured by Viacom to cut costs for the fourth quarter of 2008, and The Soloist was cut. Apparently the film isn’t testing well anyways. [Variety, Wells]

As a result, the studio will now be pushing Robert Downey Jr. for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as “the dude playin’ the dude, disguised as another dude” in Tropic Thunder. But will the Academy seriously consider Downey Jr’s performance as a method actor who becomes black for a movie role? [Firstshowing]

The Weinstein Co has (not so) quietly shifted the Viggo Mortensen apocalyptic thriller The Road from it’s scheduled Novemeber 14th release date, back to at least December, if not 2009. Executives are scheduled to meet with the film’s producer’s on Thursday to discuss if the film will be released this year. [THR]

Paramount is also delaying the Paramount Vantage Edward Zwick-directed Daniel Craig-starrer WWII film Defiance until December 31st. The film was oriignally scheduled to hit theaters on December 12th. The new date will allow the film to qualify for award consideration. [deadline]

And Warner Bros has given Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes a release date: November 20th 2009. The studio has also shifted the Jaume Collet-Serra thriller The Orphan to July 24th 2009. [SHH and Shock]

Paramount has released a new trailer for Edward Zwick‘s Defiance, the upcoming Daniel Craig WWII film. The film ahs already been getting early award buzz, and the trailer looks powerful. The poster also premiered today on InContention. You can check that out below as well. As always, leave your comments and tell me what you think?

Official Plot Synopsis: Based on an extraordinary true story, DEFIANCE is an epic tale of family, honor, vengeance and salvation in World War II. The year is 1941 and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being massacred by the thousands. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense surrounding woods they have known since childhood. There they begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell star as brothers who turn a primitive struggle to survive into something far more consequential – a way to avenge the deaths of their loved ones by saving thousands of others.

At first it is all they can do to stay alive. But gradually, as whispers of their daring spreads, they begin to attract others – men and women, young and old – willing to risk everything for the sake of even a moment’s freedom. Tuvia (CRAIG) is a reluctant leader and his decisions are challenged by his brother, Zus (SCHREIBER) who worries that Tuvia’s idealistic plans will doom them all. Asael (BELL) is the youngest – caught between his brothers’ fierce rivalry. As a brutal winter descends, they work to create a community, and to keep faith alive when all humanity appeared to be lost.

DEFIANCE is directed by Edward Zwick (BLOOD DIAMOND, GLORY) from a screenplay by Zwick and Clay Frohman, based on Nechama Tec’s non-fiction book of the same name. The producers are Zwick and Pieter Jan Brugge. The team recreating the forest haven includes two-time Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Eduardo Serra (BLOOD DIAMOND, GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING), production designer Dan Weil (BLOOD DIAMOND, THE BOURNE IDENTITY) and Oscar®-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (GOSFORD PARK, A ROOM WITH A VIEW).

Defiance hits theaters on December 12th 2008.

Defiance Movie Trailer



Compare the trailer to this December’s Defiance to the trailer for October’s Valkyrie. Both begin with solemn white words on black referencing the evils of Adolf Hitler, but only the former manages to build up the palpable suspense and the grave importance of its character(s)’s mission. That is until a jarring tonal shift occurs at the fifty second mark, right when Defiance‘s imagery should have intensified, stopped suddenly and left the audience wanting more. I went from curiosity, to slight intrigue to imagining one of Michael Scott’s feel good office posters. The title doesn’t help. Also, I have no idea what the $50 million budget went towards after watching this.

Directed by Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, Glory, The Last Samurai), Defiance stars Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell and Liev Schreiber as three Jewish brothers who flee Nazi-occupied Poland and build a makeshift village alongside Russian resistance fighters.

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You can also watch the trailer in High Definition at Defiance hits theaters on December 26, 2008.