THE COMEBACK Makes a Comeback in Full-Length Trailer for New Episodes

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HBO has released a full-length The Comeback trailer for the revival of the critically acclaimed but short-lived comedy series starring Lisa Kudrow.  The cult favorite premiered in 2005 to rave reviews, as its mockumentary style followed a washed-up sitcom actress whose “comeback” on a new sitcom was captured by a documentary crew.  In many ways the show was ahead of its time, and Kudrow was magnificent in the lead role.  HBO has resurrected the series for a new six-episode event, and this new trailer shows that everyone is back—yes, even Jane.  This new engagement picks up nine years after the events of the first season, as Kudrow’s Valerie Cherish has been tapped to star in an HBO series.  The trailer is really, really funny, and I can’t wait to devour these new episodes when they premiere on HBO next month.

Hit the jump to watch the new The Comeback trailer.  The show also stars Malin Akerman, Kellan Lutz, Lance Barber, Robert Michael Morris, and Mark Berman.  New episodes of The Comeback begin airing on HBO on November 9th.

TOP 5: FURY, Superhero Movie Release Dates, HBO to Offer Stand-Alone Streaming Service, A Horrifying Education, New York Comic-Con Coverage

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Writer/director Ti West made a permanent name for himself in the horror community with 2009′s excellent The House of the Devil. While I think quite highly of that film, I hold his slightly less revered 2011 follow-up, The Innkeepers, in even higher regard. Starring Sara Paxton and Pat Healy (who reunited earlier this year in the disgustingly entertaining Cheap Thrills) as slacker hotel employees who are determined to prove their Yankee Pedlar Inn is haunted during its final weekend of operation, the film is a near pitch perfect modern haunted house tale. Relying on tension and timing rather than gore, West slowly builds The Innkeepers to an effective final act that is both scary as hell and quietly tragic. Because it so expertly relies on atmosphere/mood and quality of scares over quantity, this is one that I always recommend to my non-horror loving friends seeking a scary movie for this time of year that will play well without scarring them for life.

This week’s recommendation in hand, today’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of the Brad Pitt war drama Fury, a metric ton of superhero movie release dates and news compiled in one place, word that HBO will launch its own stand-alone streaming service in 2015, the first in a four-entry series dedicated to schooling Matt on some horror favorites, and all of our New York Comic-Con coverage. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

HBO Turned Down THE WIRE Spin-Off Focusing on Tommy Carcetti; David Simon also Says They Considered a Season Featuring Immigration

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Last night, PaleyFest held a panel for the critically acclaimed HBO series, The Wire, a show you’re not allowed to dislike in any way or else you’ll be considered a heretic and a heathen (read my review of every season!).  The panel included creator and showrunner David Simon, executive producer Nina Noble, and cast members Wendell Pierce, Michael K. Williams, Sonja Sohn, Seth Gilliam, Jim True-Frost, John Doman, Tristan Wilds, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., and Jamie Hector.

The group shared a bunch of stories, but among the most intriguing was Simon’s reveal that they wanted to spin off Tommy Carcetti (Aiden Gillen) into his own series following season three.  Hit the jump for more

HBO to Offer Stand-Alone Streaming Service in 2015

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And now there could be yet another reason to cut the cord.  Today, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler announced at an investor meeting that the network will offer an online-only streaming service starting next year.  “That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped,” Plepler said. “It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO. So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States.”  The distribution models haven’t been solidified, but Plepler ran down the possibilities of working through broadband services (e.g. Time Warner, Comcast), new partners (e.g. Amazon, Google), or go straight to consumers like Netflix.

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OLIVE KITTERIDGE Trailer and Poster: Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins Lead Dark and Funny HBO Miniseries Adaptation

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HBO has released the first Olive Kitteridge trailer for director Lisa Cholodenko’s (The Kids Are All Right) miniseries adaptation of author Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.  The story focuses on a retired schoolteacher (Frances McDormand) and the characters that surround her, as the various tales of affairs, suicide, and emotional problems in her small Maine town are told through her eyes.  McDormand looks to be quite incredible here as the titular lead, and Cholodenko appears to do a swell job of balancing the darkly funny and dramatic tone.  Everything about this looks great, from the cinematography to the supporting cast, and I can’t wait to dive into the four-hour story next month.

Hit the jump to watch the Olive Kitteridge trailer and to check out the poster.  The miniseries also stars Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, John Gallagher Jr., Peter Mullan, Rosemarie DeWitt, Zoe Kazan, Jesse Plemons, and Rachel BrosnahanOlive Kitteridge will air in four parts, with “Pharmacy” and “Incoming Tide” debuting on November 2nd followed by “A Different Road” and “Security” on November 3rd.

THE NEWSROOM Season 3 Trailer and Poster: Final Episodes of Aaron Sorkin’s Drama Tackle the Boston Bombing

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HBO has released the first full-length The Newsroom Season 3 trailer for the final six episodes of Aaron Sorkin’s drama series.  The show returns for a shortened final season due to Sorkin’s schedule, but as someone who’s stuck through the series for better or worse, I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing how Sorkin wraps things up.  I thought the second season was a marked improvement that addressed some of the show’s major issues (using a new news story as the “plot of the week”, for one), and I’m curious to see if there’s been any further tweaking for Season 3.  This new trailer shows that Jeff Daniels’ character continues his habit of yelling at people, and confirms that this season will address the 2013 Boston bombing.

Hit the jump to check out the Newsroom Season 3 trailer, the fitting new poster, and an interesting featurette.  The show also stars Emily Mortimer, Sam WaterstonAlison Pill, John Gallagher Jr., Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Mamie GummerJane Fonda, and Chris MessinaThe Newsroom returns to HBO on November 9th.

David Fincher Will Direct Every Episode of UTOPIA’s First Season on HBO

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With a new David Fincher film set for release this Friday (the highly anticipated Gone Girl, obviously), talk has turned to what the filmmaker will do next.  There was a significant wait between The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl, as Fincher was developing his 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake at Disney for some time before the project floundered.  More recently, Fincher flirted with possibly reteaming with Aaron Sorkin on Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic, but he walked when Sony was unwilling to give him the kind of creative control he was insisting upon (no doubt still sour from the contentious Dragon Tattoo production).  He also even took a meeting on Star Wars, but turned it down.

Fincher recently said that he will be focusing on his HBO series Utopia for all of 2015, and now we know why: the filmmaker has revealed that he intends to direct every episode of the show’s first season.  More after the jump.

TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2: FAST FIVE Helmer Justin Lin in Talks to Direct the First Two Episodes

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Look, I’m still optimistic about True Detective Season 2.  I like Vince Vaughn and think he’s due for his own version of the McConaissance and this might be the gig to do that for him.  I think series creator Nic Pizzolatto is a truly interesting voice.  I also like the idea of Colin Farrell joining the cast and can even see how Taylor Kitsch is a diamond in the rough (that rough consisting of several bad movies that he was at least pretty good in).  And the rumors about this year’s plot seem strong to me.

I don’t even dislike Justin Lin (in fact, I loved Fast Five), but what sort of unnerves me as a fan is the fact that there will be multiple directors.  While we all know that this has been the plan for a while, something about seeng it start to come together has me rattled.  Hit the jump for more on Justin Lin directing part of True Detective Season 2.

Bran Stark and Hodor Will Not Appear in GAME OF THRONES Season 5

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Changes are afoot for Game of Thrones Season 5.  Though longtime fans of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series were surely happy to see the stories find widespread appreciation thanks to HBO’s massive hit series adaptation, that elation quickly turned to nervousness as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss began to steamroll through the books while Martin takes his sweet time in writing the final two books of the series.  Martin has been adamant that his books would take years to adapt into television form, but Benioff and Weiss started covering a fair amount of material from the most recent book, A Dance with Dragons, in Season 4 and recently revealed plans to complete the show after seven seasons whether Martin is finished or not.

As a result of the fact that Benioff and Weiss are heading towards the conclusion of their TV series adaptation, a major storyline from the books will be sidelined for the entire fifth season: that of Bran Stark, Hodor, and their mysterious friends.  More after the jump.

HBO to Rebroadcast Every Episode of THE WIRE Remastered in HD [Updated]

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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. [Update: It appears that The Wire is indeed in the process of being upgraded to HD, but news of the air date was premature. More after the jump.]

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.

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