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Spielberg to Produce World Trade Center Doc for Science Channel

by Marina Zogbi, posted Jan 15th 2010 1:40PM
SpielbergCoinciding with the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, Steven Spielberg is executive-producing an in-depth documentary about the rebuilding of the site for Discovery's Science Channel, set to air in 2011.

The project, 'Rebuilding Ground Zero,' will focus on the engineering and construction of One World Trade Center, the 1,776-foot skyscraper formerly known as Freedom Tower; as well as the memorials, park, underground museum and transportation hub being erected at the site. It will also pay tribute to those who died on Sept.11 and examine how the rebuilding is affecting the lives of everyday New Yorkers.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the effort "a compelling story of remembrance and renewal," according to the Science Channel. "The fact that Steven Spielberg -- one of the great filmmakers of our time -- will produce a documentary on it ensures that the story will be brought to life for people around the world for generations to come."

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Another Stephen King TV movie coming

by Brad Trechak, posted Nov 21st 2009 1:07PM
Under The DomeSteven and Stephen are getting together. That is to say that Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks TV are working with Stephen King to make a television movie based on King's latest novel Under The Dome.

The novel is about one of those small New England towns that King enjoys writing about suddenly finding itself trapped in a force field. Unlike The Simpsons Movie, the concept is not played for humorous effect.

The idea is reminiscent of those stories where people are trapped in a confined space and lawlessness sets in. There have been many similar concepts done in TV and film, although I can't think of any particular ones off the top of my head.

As he gets older, King's television presence becomes less. For a few years it seemed like a different TV show based on his work was being produced every year. He may be starting that again. So much for retirement.

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Spielberg, King Bringing 'Under the Dome' to TV

by Scott Harris, posted Nov 20th 2009 12:15PM
You can pinch yourself all you want, but you aren't dreaming: Steven Spielberg and Stephen King are teaming up for a TV show.

In the greatest Steven/Stephen combination since Carell and Colbert left 'The Daily Show', Variety is reporting that King and Spielberg are collaborating on an adaptation of King's latest novel, 'Under The Dome', which has been optioned by DreamWorks TV with the likely intent of turning it into a major cable event.

King, of course, remains one of the most prolific writers in America, especially when it comes to works adapted for television or film; the acclaimed horror author has had no fewer than 33 feature films alone based on his stories, including classics such as 'Cujo', 'Carrie' and 'Stand By Me'. In the realm of television his record is a little spottier, though it does include popular events such as 'Salem's Lot,' 'It' and 'The Stand'.

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Watch the Trailer & Footage for New HBO Miniseries 'The Pacific' Now (VIDEO)

by Daynah Burnett, posted Nov 17th 2009 4:21PM
After the critical and commercial success of 2001's 'Band of Brothers,' HBO is putting its efforts behind another World War 2 miniseries: 'The Pacific,' set to air in March 2010.

As the title suggests, this 10-part miniseries will focus on American soldiers fighting in Japan, and is largely based on the memoirs of three WWII veterans, two of whom share writing credit on the series.

With Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks spearheading the project, in addition to writers from 'Band of Brothers' and 'The Wire,' it's a little surprising that there are no big-name actors attached. However, the ensemble's anonymity is no doubt meant to enhance the series' intended realism. According to executive producer Gary Goetzman, 'The Pacific' aims to present the events of WWII Japan as truthfully as possible. "The truth is always much more amazing than anything that you can make up," he said.

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Spielberg and Showtime are going to Broadway

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 23rd 2009 2:30PM
ShowtimeSteven Spielberg (via Dreamworks TV) and Showtime are in talks for a new scripted series chronicling the production of a new as yet untitled Broadway show. One of the composers for the show is Marc Shaiman, who worked on the movie South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut so I view that as a plus.

A similar casting concept has been done as reality television a few times already for various musicals including Grease, The Sound of Music. and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Much as I don't like the genre, this concept sounds better as a reality television show, possibly on Bravo.

On the other hand, cable is the bolt-hole for scripted television nowadays. Perhaps this is the chance for Spielberg and Showtime to prove that scripted TV is the superior type. I'm secretly hoping that the show they choose is Dracula the Puppet Musical, unlikely as that may be.

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J.J. Abrams Lands Fox Medical Comedy & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Sep 23rd 2009 12:00PM
J.J. AbramsJ.J. Abrams books a medical comedy series for Fox, Clifton Collins joins 'Southland,' Bill Condon reteams with Laura Linney on Showtime's 'The C-Word' and more of today's top TV headlines.

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Noah Wyle officially boards Spielberg's alien-invasion pilot

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 26th 2009 5:04PM
noah wyle e.r. librarian spielberg alien pilotNoah Wyle is going from fighting vampires in The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice to fighting aliens for Steven Spielberg. The former ER doc has signed on to the Oscar-wining filmmaker's alien invasion pilot for TNT as the leader of a "ragtag" group of rebels set to make trouble for the alien baddies.

The series will take place months after the alien force has decimated the human population of Earth, leading Wyle and friends to strike back any way they can. (Thankfully, George Lucas' name has not been mentioned in any news surrounding this upcoming sci-fi project.)

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TV News Daily: Jessica Simpson Lands VH1 Reality Show

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 23rd 2009 12:00PM
Jessica Simpson and Sandra Bullock

Jessica Simpson lands a new reality show gig on VH1, Ed McMahon passes away at 86, FX picks up the TV rights to 'The Proposal' and more TV news.

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Spielberg wants to bring aliens and Noah Wyle to TNT

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 16th 2009 3:01PM
steven spielberg, tnt alien pilotSteven Spielberg, the man behind sci-fi movie classics like E.T and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, is producing an alien-invasion drama pilot for TNT. The unnamed series would potentially take place on Earth six months after evil aliens wipe out most of humanity.

We still don't know if Spielberg will direct the pilot, but the award-winning filmmaker reportedly wants to cast Noah Wyle to play the potential series' lead. The former E.R. star would play the leader of a group of human rebels trying to bring down the big bad aliens.

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The Tiny Toons episode you weren't supposed to see

by Brad Trechak, posted May 31st 2009 2:02PM
Tiny Toon AdventuresPerhaps some of you are already aware of the existence of this particular gem, but I was surprised to find online a banned episode of Tiny Toon Adventures from the early 90's. In it, Buster Bunny, Plucky Duck and Hamton Pig find a bottle of beer that never goes empty, then proceed to get drunk, steal a cop car, cause general chaos and collectively die by driving said car over a cliff.

I can understand why Warner Brothers and Steven Spielberg may have wanted to stop this one from the airwaves. Despite dying at the end, I think it more highlights the positive values of being drunk, such as the ability to completely break any law you wish without fear of consequences (much as when your favorite sports team wins some sort of championship). Plus, I very much want to find that particular bottle of beer.

You can judge it for yourselves. Video is after the jump.

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Oscars 2009: What worked vs. what didn't

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 23rd 2009 12:02PM
It was the best of Oscar it was the worst of Oscar. It wasn't the best show I've ever seen, but was it the worst Oscars ever as one friend emailed me? I think there were features that worked and features that tanked. There could have been more star power -- where were Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Jim Carrey, Sandra Bullock, Christian Bale, Tyler Perry (he had the biggest box office opening last week!), etc.? Forget about stars from the '70s...

Anyway, I had predicted that the Oscars would stink. Well, I was wrong, or half-wrong. Separate from whether you agreed with the winners -- I did by and large -- or you didn't, what about the broadcast? I think if you had seen all the nominees (or at least the Best Picture noms), you probably had a rooting interest and were amused by most of the show. However, the other half was pretty bad. After the jump, what worked versus what did not.

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United States of Tara will be back for season two

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 11th 2009 3:05PM
showtime united states of taraI guess all those good reviews and high ratings haven't gone unnoticed. United States of Tara has only been on the air for a month, but Showtime has already committed to another year of Toni Collette dealing with her multiple personalities. The network has given the green light to a 12 episode second season.

Tara's premiere earned 2.67 million viewers, more than the premieres of Showtime's Dexter, Weeds, Californication and The Tudors. I'm with America on this one. I was charmed by the Tara premiere, and it's quickly become my favorite Showtime series.

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Here's the pilot for The United States of Tara - VIDEO

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 9th 2009 4:29PM
The United States of Tara
When I went to last summer's press tour, one of the more intriguing previews I saw there was of Showtime's new series The United States of Tara. It was intriguing for a couple of reasons: first, it was written and produced by the combination of Diablo Cody and Steven Spielberg. That's right; the stripper-turned-Oscar-winning-screenwriter of Juno fame is teaming up with the hitmaker to produce this show.

But the topic of the show is also interesting: Toni Collette stars as Tara, a suburban housewife and mom who also happens to suffer from dissociative identity disorder. Each of her three alternate personalities can pop out at any time, and her family has to deal with it when it does.

Showtime is offering an unedited version of the pilot if you want to sign up for it, but we also have the full pilot (albeit a bit edited for content) after the jump, thanks to our friends at AOL TV. I'm sure it'll be funny and touching all at once. As long as none of Tara's personalities ever says "honest to blog," I'll be a happy camper.

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The South Park guys are in trouble again

by Brad Trechak, posted Oct 10th 2008 7:05PM
South ParkTrey Parker and Matt Stone can't seem to keep themselves out of trouble. Paramount is now upset over the footage from their season premiere this past week of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas violently raping Indiana Jones.

For those who don't keep track, Viacom owns South Park. Viacom also owns Paramount which produces the Indiana Jones movies. See the problem?

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HBO plans Lincoln assassination mini-series

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 18th 2008 1:05PM
logo HBOA week from now, HBO will probably be one of the big stories from the Primetime Emmys thanks to the success of the John Adams mini-series. But it's not sitting on that success, the premium cable net is banking on it. HBO announced today a mini series based on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln called Manhunt. That news would be interesting enough because the series will deal with the 12 days after Lincoln was shot when the assassin, John Wilkes Booth, was on the run. However, the guys that HBO have tapped to work on Manhunt are two of the best in television -- David Simon and Tom Fontana.

HBO knows Simon and Fontana's work really well. Simon was the creator of The Wire and Fontana's brainchild was Oz. This is also not a new collaboration. Fontana turned Simon's book, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, into the Homicide: Life on the Streets TV series for NBC.

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