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If you didn't see the Australian series Summer Heights High when it aired on HBO in 2008, then you might not know who Chris Lilley is.  In that series, which he also wrote, comedian Lilley starred as three wholly different characters, two high school students and one abhorrent teacher.  It's a stunning and unstoppably funny eight episodes, and it ends up being surprisingly poignant.  For his follow up series, Angry Boys, Lilley will play a whopping six characters.  HBO (via Slashfilm) unveiled a brief tease for Angry Boys, and you'll do yourself a favor by watching.

For more than 150 years, a popular criticism of 'The Three Musketeers' by Alexandre Dumas has been its crucial lack of steampunk weaponry, super powered leaping, and apocalyptic stakes.  From the trailer for the new 3D The Three Musketeers, director Paul W.S. Anderson has finally addressed these deficits in the source material.  Additionally, he's been courteous enough to provide a plethora of slow-motion action shots, as well as a gigantic explosion or two.  Check out the trailer, featuring Logan Lerman as D'Artagnan, Luke Evans as Aramis, Matthew McFadyen as Athos, and Ray Stevenson as Porthos.

Video: Aaron Sorkin in a '30 Rock' Cameo

Friday, 25 March 2011 09:46

When Tina Fey's Saturday Night Live-inspired series 30 Rock debuted in 2006, it was the underdog of two SNL-themed shows premiering on NBC that season.  The other was Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, created by Aaron Sorkin, who also created The West Wing and Sports Night, and wrote the films A Few Good Men, An American President, and Charlie Wilson's War.  His hour long drama/comedy starring Matthew Perry proved to be the less popular series, finishing its run in just one season, while 30 Rock  is currently in its fifth season.  Fresh from winning a Best Screenplay Oscar for The Social Network, Sorkin made a cameo appearance on last night's 30 Rock, spouting off his usual rapid-fire dialogue in one of his trademark walk & talks.  Watch the clip right here.

Perhaps looking to invest in a few profitable franchises for its post Twilight future, Summit Entertainment has acquired the US distribution rights to I, Alex Cross, starring Tyler Perry as mystery novelist James Patterson's hugely popular detective.  Joining Perry are Ed Burns as Cross's partner Tommy Kane and Lost's Matthew Fox as Michael Sullivan, an unpredictable serial killer who targets Cross's wife.

How do you follow up winning a Best Director and Best Picture Oscar for a classy period drama?  For The King's Speech director Tom Hooper, the answer is likely to be an adaptation of a venerated Broadway musical.  Variety first dropped the news that Hooper's next project will most likely be Les Miserables, the Tony award winning play based on the novel by Victor Hugo.

Secrecy is a top priority for Warner Bros and producer Christopher Nolan when it comes to the Superman reboot directed by Zack SnyderSo much so that we don't know for sure who the villain is; all we really know right now is that Henry Cavill is playing Superman, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner are playing his adopted parents, and the film will be action-oriented and totally unconnected to previous cinematic incarnations of Supes.  Two actors emerged as contenders for the role of Superman's mysterious villain: Edgar Ramirez and Michael Shannon.

Showtime announced today that the new documentary series The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants will premiere on July 13, but a thirty minute preview episode will air three months earlier, on April 13.  The series follows the team as the attempt to defend their unprecedented World Series title, and it looks like an entertaining, revealing ride.  The team that won the series consisted almost exclusively of underdogs and oddities like star pitcher Tim Lincecum; exactly the guys who can carry a show like this even for those viewers who aren't baseball fans.  Check out the extended trailer right here:

The Amazing Spider-Man, the franchise reboot starring Andrew Garfield as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, is well over a year away from swinging into theaters, but Sony has already set writer James Vanderbilt to work on a sequel.  According to THR's Heat Vision, Vanderbilt, who was the primary writer on the reboot, had a meeting with the film makers and executives responsible for the franchise, and he's been given the go-ahead to write a sequel.

Rogue of the Week: Bradley Cooper

Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:57

After Bradley Cooper played the romantic comedy archetype of the douchebag boyfriend to perfection in Wedding Crashers, he could have ended up stranded on Typecast Island, doomed to forever play the sleazy boyfriend who doesn't – and shouldn't – get the girl.  The actor managed to avoid typcasting, however, and with the success of Limitless, his first solo starring role, Bradley Cooper is now breathing that rarefied, flower-scented air available only to bankable leading men. 

To be Rogue of the Week, it's not enough to simply be successful, though.  It takes someone who does the unexpected, and makes unconventional choices.

We know Universal is in the process of locking down the principal cast from American Pie to appear in American Reunion, with Jason Biggs, Eugene Levy, and Sean William Scott already on board to reprise their roles.  The third theatrical sequel is set to begin shooting this May and some of the film's story has apparently begun to emerge online.  A rundown of major characters from What's Playing (via Slashfilm), reveals that the plot unsurprisingly concerns a ten year reunion of the 1999 East Great Falls High School graduating class.  To see what your favorite formerly horny teenagers have been up to since 2003, just continue reading.

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