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The Joker standalone movie continues to add to its unfairly good cast. Two days after we got our first glimpse of Joaquin Phoenix in character as a pre-transformation Joker, and a day after character actor Brett Cullen joined the cast as Thomas Wayne, Warner Bros. has released the full official Joker cast list, which features even more intriguing character actors joining the fray.

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Update: The Wrap reports that Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under, American Horror Story, The Tale) is in talks to play the Joker’s mother, Penny, in WB’s upcoming movie. No other details are available about her character at this time. Our original article follows.

We knew Warner Bros.’ Joker origin movie was going to be taking cues from Martin Scorsese dramas like Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy, but this takes things to an entirely different level.

Robert De Niro, the actor who starred in both of those Scorsese joints, is now in early talks to join the cast of his first comic book movie, opposite Joaquin Phoenix as Gotham City’s Clown Prince of Crime and potentially Deadpool 2‘s Zazie Beetz as a single mom who catches the eye of Batman’s greatest foe. Read more about the Robert De Niro Joker news below. Read More »

Whoever asked the universe for a Brett Ratner-produced Farmville TV series, your prayers have been answered. Also after the jump:

  • Director Barry Sonnenfeld signs on for Beverly Hills Cop
  • Ridley Scott sets up a Philip K. Dick-based miniseries at Syfy
  • HBO gives pilot order to Damon Lindelof‘s The Leftovers
  • Zombieland casts Maiara Walsh as its new Emma Stone
  • Frances Conroy will return for American Horror Story
  • Vince Gilligan will direct the last episode of Breaking Bad
  • Is that a corpse we see in the new Breaking Bad set photo?
  • Check out a new picture from the set of ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Watch an intense new trailer for Game of Thrones Season 3

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A few new shows in development, a bit of casting, and some new trailers comprise today’s TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Justified creator Graham Yost sells a female spy show to NBC
  • Showtime turns Robert De Niro‘s The Good Shepherd into a TV show
  • Lone Star and Awake creator to try again at ABC with Influence
  • William Fichtner and Donald Sutherland are Crossing Lines
  • American Horror Story adds Season 1 alum Frances Conroy
  • … and yes, of course they’ve released yet another new teaser
  • The Parks & Recreation cast goof off in a charming blooper reel
  • Tears and meaningful glances fill the Downton Abbey trailer

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While we’ve been busy fussing over how much Lindsay Lohan looks (or doesn’t look) like Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime’s Liz & Dick, another biopic from the cable channel has quietly been pushing forward. Singer/songwriter Jewel was cast last month as the lead in the TV movie The June Carter Cash Story, and we now have the first look of her in character alongside Matt Ross (American Horror Story), who plays Johnny Cash. Hit the jump to take a look.

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FX’s American Horror Story won’t debut until next week, but it’s already been getting some intriguing buzz. The premise sounds normal enough: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, and Taissa Farmiga star as the Harmon family, who relocate from Boston to a haunted house in Los Angeles; Jessica Lange plays their neighbor. However, early reviews have indicated that it’s outrageously over-the-top and very, very weird in its execution. Which, actually, shouldn’t come as a surprise seeing as it comes from the minds of Glee and Nip/Tuck creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck.

After the jump, check out the first five minutes of the show. It looks like pretty standard horror movie stuff here, but Murphy, who directed the pilot, does a fine job of setting up an eerie mood.

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