Rumor: HBO to Rebroadcast Every Episode of THE WIRE Remastered in HD Starting September 4

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“It’s Baltimore, gentlemen.  The gods will not save you.”  That’s the opening line of a new promo for a plan to rebroadcast The Wire that promises “every episode, every season, remastered for the first time in high definition.”  The promo says the episodes air weeknights 8pm starting September 4.  If you check TV listings online, you’ll find other programs filling those timeslots—while About Time is a fine movie, it is not The Wire remastered in HD.

However, the Wire page at TV Guide has listings starting September 8 with season 1 episode 3, which would accommodate the first two episodes airing on September 4-5.  I can’t guarantee these remastered episodes will start airing this week, but it sure sounds like they exist, and that’s a major step for those of you hoping for an eventual Blu-ray release.  Hit the jump to watch the promo

HBO Developing SHUTTER ISLAND TV Series ASHECLIFFE; Martin Scorsese to Direct the Pilot

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Though Boardwalk Empire is coming to an end this year, it appears that Martin Scorsese will definitely be staying in business with HBO.  He recently shot a pilot for a potential HBO series set in the 1970s rock and roll music scene of New York City, and now HBO is developing a TV adaptation of his film Shutter Island with Scorsese’s involvement.  Titled Ashecliffe, the Shutter Island TV series will be written by novelist/screenwriter Dennis Lehane, and the plan is for Scorsese to also direct the pilot.  Lehane penned the source material for Scorsese’s twisty 2010 psychological thriller, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo.  DiCaprio will also be involved in the Shutter Island TV series as an executive producer.  More after the jump.

GIRLS Season 4 Teaser: Lena Dunham Goes for a Bike Ride

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HBO has released the first Girls Season 4 teaser, offering fans a very Hannah Horvath-esque first look at the new season.  The teaser trailer is just a short bit of footage that shows creator/star/writer/director Lena Dunham riding a bike and then running into a bit of trouble, so it’s more of a heads up than an actual trailer.  The teaser also says that the show is currently in production, which isn’t technically true.  Dunham confirmed that they wrapped Season 4 last week, so right now Girls is actually in post-production in anticipation of the early 2015 premiere date.  Though I know the series has its detractors, I find there’s more to like about it than to dislike mostly thanks to the magnetic Adam Driver.  I imagine he’ll have less of a presence this year what with filming Star Wars and all, but the guy turns in consistently fantastic work on the series.

Hit the jump to watch the Girls Season 4 teaser.  An official premiere date has yet to be specified, but if it follows the pattern of the last two seasons, expect the first episode to drop the second week of January.

HBO Renews THE LEFTOVERS for Season 2

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The Leftovers Season 2 is a go.  HBO is known for renewing many of its original series fairly early in their runs, but after seven episodes, the network had yet to make a public decision regarding its bleak new drama series.  The uncertainty is over, however, as THR reports that HBO has officially ordered a second season of the show from executive producers Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta.  I’ve watched every episode of The Leftovers thus far, but I still couldn’t really tell you what it’s about.  More after the jump.

New Images from Peter Bogdanovich’s SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY, THE HUMBLING Starring Al Pacino, and HBO’s OLIVE KITTERIDGE

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With the fall film festival circuit imminent, the 2014 Venice Film Festival has start to unveil images from some of the films that will screen in Italy later this month. We previously shared new images from Good Kill, Your Right Mind, and Hungry Hearts, as well as James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury, and now we have new images from another trio of films slated to screen in Venice.  Briefly:

  • She’s Funny That Way – Previously titled Squirrels to the Nuts, director Peter Bogdanovich’s (Paper Moon) ensemble comedy stars Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, and Imogen Poots.
  • The Humbling – Star Al Pacino reunites with director Barry Levinson (You Don’t Know Jack) for the story of a famous retired stage actor in decline who becomes reinvigorated by moving in with a much younger woman.
  • Olive Kitteridge – Director Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) helms the HBO miniseries adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Price-winning novel, starring Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins.

Hit the jump for new images from the aforementioned films.  The 2014 Venice Film Festival runs from August 27 – September 6th.

Full-Length BOARDWALK EMPIRE Season 5 Trailer: Change Is Coming

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HBO has released the full-length Boardwalk Empire season 5 trailer, heralding the final stretch of episodes for the prohibition era drama series.  Though the final season consists of only 8 episodes instead of the usual 12, this trailer isn’t short on teasing the drama to come as “change” appears to be the theme of the 1931-set Season 5.  I haven’t watched the show since the first season so I’m not caught up on the events that fans are eager to see resolve this fall, but it will no doubt be interesting to see how showrunner Terence Winter brings the drama series to an end.

Hit the jump to watch the new Boardwalk Empire season 5 trailer.  The series returns on HBO September 7th.

Ed Harris Set as WESTWORLD Villain; James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright, and More Join HBO Pilot

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The HBO pilot Westworld is coming together quite nicely.  Person of Interest creator and The Dark Knight screenwriter Jonathan Nolan is spearheading the adaptation of writer/director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi film of the same name, which revolved around a malfunctioning Wild West robot at a futuristic adult amusement park.  Anthony Hopkins is already set to lead the potential series as the creator of the park with Evan Rachel Wood co-starring as a “sassy farm girl”, and now THR reports that Ed Harris has signed on to play the show’s primary antagonist, The Man in Black.  The character is described as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man.”  Hit the jump for more on the latest Bad Robot series, including further casting.

HBO Greenlights David Simon Miniseries SHOW ME A HERO Starring Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener; Paul Haggis to Direct

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HBO is back in business with The Wire and Treme creator David Simon.  Though the insanely smart and wonderfully talented writer is currently developing a Martin Luther King Jr. miniseries America: In the King Years at the network, it appears that a miniseries of a different sort will materialize first.  HBO has now given the greenlight to Show Me a Hero, which is based on the non-fiction book by Lisa Belkin and tells the story of Nick Wasicsko, the youngest big-city mayor in the country in the 1960s who was forced by a federal court to build a number of low-income housing units in white neighborhoods of his town, Yonkers, New York.  The result of the effort was the eruption of tensions in the city and the destruction of his political future.  Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener are poised to lead the six-hour drama.

So we’ve got David Simon writing a racially charged miniseries with Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener starring.  Sounds fantastic right?  Well then we have the director: Paul Haggis.  More after the jump.

GAME OF THRONES Comic-Con Panel Recap: D.B. Weiss, David Benioff, George R.R. Martin, and the Cast Look Back at Season 4

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Game of Thrones Comic-Con panels are tough because there’s nothing to really show.  Unlike The Walking Dead, the new season isn’t only a few months away.  Shooting on GOT: Season 5 is just about to begin, so it’s not like there’s going to be a full trailer ready to go.  Instead, these panels function as retrospectives on the most recent season.  As a big Game of Thrones fan, I always enjoy these leisurely, pressure-free panels that almost function like debriefs.  We don’t know much about season five, but we’re going to learn about the most memorable scenes from last season

Hit the jump for my Game of Thrones Comic-Con panel recap. [Warning: Spoilers for the Show through Season 4]

GAME OF THRONES Blooper Reel Reminds Us That Lannisters Are People Too

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Game of Thrones is such an atmospheric show, and so immersive, that it’s easy to forget that it’s a film set just like any other (okay, it has something like 5 units, but you know what I mean).  So seeing a blooper real for the show can be surprisingly disarming.  You so closely associate these characters with the cruel, high stakes world in which they live that seeing them crack a smile or break character is shockingly refreshing.

At the San Diego Comic-Con today, the Game of Thrones panel unveiled a blooper reel for this past season and it’s definitely worth a watch. We’ll have more in-depth coverage of the panel shortly, but you should kill a few minutes with this first.  Hit the jump for the Game of Thrones blooper reel.

Andy Samberg, Kit Harington, Lena Dunham, and More to Lead HBO Sports Mockumentary 7 DAYS IN HELL

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HBO is putting together a sports mockumentary project, and the network has pulled together a rather promising comedic ensemble.  Girls writer/co-executive producer Murray Miller is teaming up with Andy Samberg to create 7 Days in Hell, which is described as a mockumentary send-up of professional tennis.  Per THR, the one-off HBO Comedy Event will star Samberg as a superstar tennis “bad boy” who becomes embroiled in a seven-day tennis match at Wimbeldon with an Andy Murray-type prodigy and certified truck driver, played by Game of Thrones star Kit Harington.  The current roster also includes Fred Armisen, Lena Dunham, Will Forte, Karen Gillan, Howie Mandel, Michael Sheen, Mary Steenburgen, June Squibb, and Soledad O’Brien, who will play herself.

This sounds like the kind of delightfully goofy project that’s perfect for Samberg, and I’m very curious to see how Harington’s comedic skills stack up.  No word on when the project may air, but one assumes Samberg will have to fit the filming schedule into his hiatus from Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood to Lead WESTWORLD for HBO

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TV’s the place to be!  That’s what award-winning movie actors are starting to learn thanks to the critical and financial success of shows like HBO’s Game of Thrones and True Detective.  The cable network’s latest series adaptation tackles Westworld, writer-director Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi movie that starred Yul Brynner as a malfunctioning Wild West robot at a futuristic adult amusement park.  While HBO could certainly have gone bonkers with a premise like that, their first casting announcements come with some gravitas.  Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins and Golden Globe-nominated Evan Rachel Wood have been locked in as series leads.  Hit the jump for more.

HBO’s Michael Lombardo and Richard Plepler Talk GAME OF THRONES Season 5 and 6, TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2, Progress on WESTWORLD, and More

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While at the HBO portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Programming Michael Lombardo and Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler took some time to talk about new and returning programming.  During the interview, they spoke about how they’re not at all concerned about Game of Thrones getting further ahead than George R.R. Martin’s writing, that they plan to stick with the series until the story is finished, that Nic Pizzolatto’s first two scripts for the new season of True Detective are even more exciting than the first season, that they expect a casting announcement to be made in the next week, how they feel things are going with both Silicon Valley and The Leftovers, their strategy for drama, going forward, the progress of Westworld, and the status of the Ryan Murphy series, Open.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

HBO Announces BOARDWALK EMPIRE and THE COMEBACK Premiere Dates; Steven Soderbergh’s THE KNICK Renewed Early

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As the TCA’s are ongoing, HBO and Cinemax took the stage today to make a few announcements.  Boardwalk Empire season 5 will premiere on HBO on September 7th, kicking off the final stretch of episodes for the Steve Buscemi-fronted series.  Additionally, the return of The Comeback will take place in November, as the fantastic, Lisa Kudrow-led cult comedy returns for a six-episode limited series event following its short-lived first season back in 2005.

And on the Cinemax side of things, THR reports that creator/showrunner Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming drama The Knick has already been renewed for a second season, even though season one doesn’t premiere until August 8th.  Clive Owen stars as a surgeon at Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900 New York, an era in which medical procedures were extremely dangerous.  Soderbergh directed all 10 episodes of the first season and has stated his eagerness to return for season two.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2 Will Have Multiple Directors and 4 “Central Roles”; William Friedkin in the Mix

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As it does every year, HBO lead the Emmy nominations this morning with a whopping 99 nods and it has a very solid chance at winning in some of the major categories thanks to the phenomenal True Detective.  Though the anthology series wrapped up its complete story at the end of the first season, many (myself included) have been incredibly curious to see what True Detective season 2 will bring.  Creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto has previously teased that the next batch of episodes takes place in the “psychosphere ambiance” of California and deals with “the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.”  Subsequently, speculation has run rampant with what little information we have, and casting rumors have been in abundance.

During an interview earlier today regarding the first season’s nominations, Pizzolatto dropped a few more details about True Detective season 2, walking back the whole “occult history” angle and confirming that it will indeed have multiple directors.  Moreover, The Exorcist director William Friedkin separately confirmed that he has met about working on the series.  More after the jump.

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