Though he’s not even old enough to watch The Dark Knight Rises by himself, Bart Simpson’s got the kind of ex-girlfriend roster most of us can only dream about — and many of them, including Zooey Deschanel, Natalie Portman, and Anne Hathaway will be back in his life for the upcoming 24th(!) season. Also after the jump:
- Has HBO started casting for Season 3 of Game of Thrones?
- TNT’s Southland and Showtime’s Borgias renewed
- AMC orders two more murder mystery pilots
- Dish Network will drop AMC, IFC, Sundance, and WEtv
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Posted on Thursday, October 13th, 2011 by Angie Han
Today’s edition of TV Bits isn’t just a mixed bag, but a jam-packed one. Happily, it’s nothing but good news all around as networks order more episodes of some promising rookie shows and get to work developing other intriguing series for next season. After the jump:
- ABC orders more Revenge, Suburgatory, and Happy Endings
- The CW gives full-season orders to Ringer, The Secret Circle, and Hart of Dixie
- NBC orders six more scripts for Prime Suspect
- HBO plans an hourlong TV version of The Kids Are All Right
- Disney gives the go-ahead to a musical zombie sitcom
- TNT casts Battlestar Galactica star Tricia Helfer in a K-9 pilot
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Time to round up some TV news, and what better place to start than with the announcement that Goodfellas writer Nicholas Pileggi and James Mangold will collaborate on Ralph Lamb, a ’60s-set Vegas crime drama based on the life of “cowboy-turned-Las Vegas sheriff” Ralph Lamb. CBS is producing; Mangold will direct and Pileggi will write with Greg Walker (Without a Trace).
Ralph Lamb served as sheriff of Clark County from ’61 to ’79 – a long run! — and actually rode his horse on duty for many of those years, even as he modernized the Vegas sheriff’s department and created the city’s first SWAT team. He was also a staunch anti-mob figure, which was no small deal given the mafia control over many casinos. It’s great, if expensive material for a show. [Deadline]
After the break, trailers for the third season of Bored to Death and Sarah Michelle Gellar’s new show Ringer, along with Kurt Sutter’s explanation for taking a powder from Twitter. Read More »
Ever since Call of Duty: World at War featured a bonus zombie-killing level, Activision and current CoD developers Treyarch have milked the fact that gamers seem to love the combination of warfare and zombies. The latest expansion to Call of Duty: Black Ops is titled Escalation, and it features a zombie level named Call of the Dead. A new trailer and press release for the game reveals that Call of the Dead stars, in voice and likeness, Robert Englund, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michael Rooker and Danny Trejo as well as the godfather of film zombies as we know them: George Romero.
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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 21 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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Sarah Michelle Gellar continues her streak of starring in really horrible remakes of good Asian horror/thrillers. Joel Bergvall’s Possession is a remake of Young-hoon Park’s South Korean film Addicted. The story follows Jessica, a woman whose husband and gets in a horrific car crash with his brother. When the brother-in-law wakes up, he insists that he’s her husband. Check out the horrific movie trailer after the jump.
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I must pick up the Southland Tales soundtrack. It contains more than a few great tunes, much in line with director Richard Kelly’s debut film Donnie Darko. The soundtrack also includes character Krysta Now’s first single “Teen Horniness is Not a Crime”, a satirical take on the bubble gum pop songs of Britney Spears era. In the movie, Sarah Michelle Gellar plays porn star Krysta Now, who also hosts a “View”-like talk show, her own energy drink, and an upcoming pop music career.
And you can now listen to the song in MP3 format over on Zeon’s Music blog. The lyrics are available after the jump.
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Since the now infamous Cannes Film Festival screening which resulted in a wave of bad buzz like never seen before, Richard Kelly has been trying to do damage control on his sophomore effort, a follow-up his hit cult first film Donnie Darko. Southland Tales has been re-cut, enhanced with new special effects (which evident in the trailer are not too impressive), and is said to be a totally different movie. And now finally, the movie trailer has hit the web, and it’s everything I hoped the movie might look like. Call me a fanboy, but I want to love this movie. There has been some recent conversation in the comments on this site about the differences between bloggers and critics, and I think that’s one of them. Critics are paid to be critical. Bloggers are paid to be fans. And when things go wrong, they are allowed to be unrelentingly honest about a film, star, director or writer (I’ve even received a few e-mails that I can print from actors, writers, and directors that took issue with some of my comments). But the truth is, most of the bloggers want to see a movie like Resident Evil 3 (sadly, we helped promote the film, but Sony has shut all media out in hopes of keeping the bad buzz from hitting you guys). I know, this is a rant for another time, another post.
I’m really looking forward to Richard Kelly’s new film. I really dig the great Pixies song used in the trailer (Wave of Mutilation), the Moby soundtrack and the play against the famous TS Eliot quote: “This is how the world ends, not with a bang, but with a whimper.” I’ve even read the prequel graphic novels, which I can highly recommend. I don’t see how this film could make sense if you didn’t read them. And maybe that was the problem with the Cannes screening. Check out the new trailer for yourself after the jump.
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Cinematical has posted the new theatrical poster for Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales, and it doesn’t look good.
Don’t get me wrong. I want Southland Tales to be good. Even if it isn’t good, I want it to make money just because I feel Richard Kelly somehow deserves it. But when a movie distributor clearly has no idea how to sell a film, or starts using deceptive marketing materials, that is usually a sure sign that the film will fail at the box office. This poster has too much going on, and gives me no indication of what this movie is about. The double poster layout is confusing, and the film’s stars are clearly in focus to attract an audience that might not otherwise enter into such a film. It seems like something that would be devised by a marketing department for the DVD release of a failed theatrical movie (Donnie Darko anyone?).
Check out the new poster after the jump.
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