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'Luther' prequel movie script is completed, filming eyed for next year

"Luther" prequel movie script is completed, filming eyed for next year

Creator Neil Cross says: "I've written the script and we hope to get the film made next year."

"The Amazing Race" casts includes two ex-NFLers, MLB wives
Former Houston Texans players Chester Pitts II and Ephraim Salaam -- who famously starred in this Super Bowl ad -- will be among this year's crop of contestants. See the cast photos.

Robin Roberts will return to "GMA" full-time starting next week
Roberts says she's healthy enough for a five-day a week schedule. "I'm looking forward to it. I want to get back to my full life," she says.

Mekhi Phifer joins "House of Lies"

He'll play a clothing mogul who hires Don Cheadle and his crew of consultants.

Andrew Lincoln: I don't watch "The Walking Dead" because "I don't actually enjoy looking at myself"
Lincoln used to watch the AMC series, but became too critical of what footage was used. "I just want to leave myself alone as much as I can," he says. "It breaks the spell, it breaks the magic somewhat."

Michael Phelps will guest on his favorite show, "Suits"

The Olympic swimming champion will play himself.

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<p>Jason&nbsp;Reitman at his first Telluride Film&nbsp;Festival in 2007.</p>

Jason Reitman at his first Telluride Film Festival in 2007.

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Jason Reitman on the tradition of taking his movies to Telluride and Toronto

Jason Reitman on the tradition of taking his movies to Telluride and Toronto

TELLURIDE, Colo. - It's fair to say filmmaker Jason Reitman has a bit of a history with the Telluride and Toronto film festivals. In 2005 his feature debut, "Thank You for Smoking," sold at the latter. Since then, three of his last four films, including this year's "Labor Day," have debuted at Telluride (2007's "Juno" and 2009's "Up in the Air" in the form of "sneak previews" secret screenings) before heading north to Toronto. It's become a notable tradition, so we asked Reitman about his thoughts on the two environments and whether he's superstitious enough to consider them a good luck charm at the start of the fall.

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<p>James Franco</p>

James Franco

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How has James Franco saturated the festival circuit?

The multi-hyphenate has been the year's most ubiquitous festival presence

It's become as mandatory a part of the film festival experience as queueing, champagne hangovers and the swinging lanyard affixed to one's neck: if a new James Franco joint isn't to be found in the program, you're probably not looking hard enough.

Out in the real world, the Oscar-nominated actor still functions primarily -- if not exclusively -- as, well, an Oscar-nominated actor. Among the paying public, awareness of his extramural activities may be limited chiefly to his being the guy who bombed hard at the Oscars that one time; some may have heard of an artsy endeavor via an interview, but would be hard pressed to specify what it was. I'm certain most would be surprised to hear that he's directed 11 feature films, in addition to any number of shorts and hard-to-classify experiments; those whose tastes run expressly toward multiplex fare would be more surprised still to find out what the mildly eccentric-seeming star of "Oz the Great and Powerful" thinks about in his spare time.  

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<p>For pretty much an entire generation, it all started right here.</p>

For pretty much an entire generation, it all started right here.

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Big Question: When did you fall in love with movies?

Our special guests look back at their formative moments as movie fans

As you read this, I am just about halfway through a week-long globe-trotting vacation with my family. Toshi and Allen and I are climbing the outside of the World One building in Mumbai right about now.

While we enjoy that, I'd like to share the third of five special vacation articles, where I've reached out to a wide array of people I know to answer a different question every day. I sent out the fire questions as part of one big e-mail last week, and I asked people to send me as many of the five responses as they felt like. Some people did one, some people did a few, and several people answered all five.

I would love to hear your responses to these questions as well. When I get back to Los Angeles next weekend, I'm excited to dig in and read all the answers you guys leave, and I hope you end up enjoying this week's articles in the meantime.

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<p>Francis Ford Coppola was one of three individuals honored with a Silver Medallion tribute at the first annual Telluride Film&nbsp;Festival in 1974.</p>

Francis Ford Coppola was one of three individuals honored with a Silver Medallion tribute at the first annual Telluride Film Festival in 1974.

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From Coppola to the Coens: 40 years of Telluride tributes

This year's quintet joins an illustrious list of honorees

The lineup for the 40th annual Telluride Film Festival has been unveiled, and with it, the announcement of this year's tributees: T Bone Burnett and the Coen brothers, Mohammad Rasoulof, Robert Redford and Alejandro Ramirez. Here's a look back at the history of the honor.

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<p>Ralph&nbsp;Fiennes' &quot;The Invisible Woman&quot;&nbsp;is set to premiere at the fest.</p>

Ralph Fiennes' "The Invisible Woman" is set to premiere at the fest.

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Alfonso Cuarón, Jason Reitman, the Coens and more set for 40th annual Telluride Film Festival

Premieres from Jason Reitman and Ralph Fiennes highlight a packed anniversary slate

The Coen brothers, T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford are among those to be feted at the 40th annual Telluride Film Festival, which will feature the world premieres of Jason Reitman's "Labor Day" and Ralph Fiennes' "The Invisible Woman." Prestige titles from the 2013 festival circuit so far have been curated for the weekend as well, including Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," J.C. Chandor's "All is Lost" and the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis."

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<p>Sandra Bullock in &quot;Gravity.&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock in "Gravity."

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Review: Sandra Bullock dances into great silence in Alfonso Cuarón's astonishing 'Gravity'

Short but vast Venice opener delivers on the hype

VENICE - “Gravity” opens, in coy denial of the mammoth imagery soon to follow, with modest white letters on a black screen, spelling out facts about outer space that sound more than a little like threats. “Life in space is impossible,” the titles conclude, after warning us off with daunting details of distance, physics and unimaginable cold. It’s a simple and – at least from a terrestrial perspective – pretty inarguable thesis that Alfonso Cuarón’s astonishing new film nonetheless goes to great, gruelling and frequently gasp-inducing pains to illustrate, before opening up less certain possibilities with a sudden surge in its own emotional temperature. Life in space is a no-go, sure. But what about life after?

It’s been seven long years since Cuarón, the serenely versatile Mexican stylist capable of finding grace notes in raunchy south-of-the-border road trips and Harry Potter alike, last visited our screens with a chilling fantasy that now sits as an unwittingly perfect bookend to his latest: in “Children of Men,” life scarcely seems possible on Earth.

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George Eads takes a 'CSI' leave of absence after fighting with a pregnant writer

George Eads takes a "CSI" leave of absence after fighting with a pregnant writer
The leave was prompted by a heated exchange with one of the show's writers. Eads already filmed the first three episodes of the season, but he'll miss Episode 300 and several more episodes.

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<p>&quot;Dallas Buyers Club,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;Labor Day&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Joe&quot;&nbsp;are just three titles on our 25 most anticipated fall festival movies list.</p>

"Dallas Buyers Club," "Labor Day" and "Joe" are just three titles on our 25 most anticipated fall festival movies list.

25 most anticipated fall festival movies of 2013

Plus: 'Joe,' 'Labor Day,' 'Devil's Knot,' 'Rush' and more

Four festivals that play out over just seven weeks. Hundreds of films.  Some with distribution, some without. Some that are highly anticipated, others that will become surprise gems. It's fall festival time and that just doesn't mean the beginning of awards season. It means new films that will be fought over by competing distributors for acquisition and other movies that may end up going direct to VOD (if they are lucky). 

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"So You Think You Can Dance"

 "So You Think You Can Dance"

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'So You Think You Can Dance': Top 6 perform, 2 go home

The judges can no longer save anyone, so who gets cut?

We're down to the top six, and you know what that means -- no more saves from the judges! I'm conflicted about this, as the judges do tend to save the best dancers and not the favorite dancers (mostly) while America votes for who's cutest or has the best story (mostly). But, as we know from years of having it drummed in our heads, this is about who America likes, not necessarily who's best. 

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David Morrissey sticking with 'The Walking Dead' as he films an AMC pilot

David Morrissey sticking with "The Walking Dead" as he films an AMC pilot
He'll film both "Walking Dead" and "Line of Sight" simultaneously, since they're both shot in Atlanta.

"I am the one who knocks" voted the best "Breaking Bad" line

No. 2: "Tread lightly." PLUS: Walt gives Hank the wrong CD.

Could "Breaking Bad" have survived in an Obamacare world?
The AMC series is fully dependent on our broken healthcare system.

Watch the "Glee" Season 5 trailer
See Lea Michele act normally after Cory Monteith's death in the season premiere's Beatles-themed episode.

NBC remaking "Outbreak" as a TV series
John Wells will produce the project based on the 1995 film.

Obama: "Oprah, my girl, she can act"
"She's just a wonderful actress," the president says of Oprah's "Butler" performance.

Twitter account helps San Franciscans avoid "The Real World"
Filming is already underway on the streets of San Francisco.

Chinese state website mistakes "Battlestar Galactica" for an aircraft carrier
A graphic of the "Galactica" spacecraft was used in an article with the headline "Four Major Trends in Aircraft Carrier Development."

Tony Hale reveals his acting process
Watch the "Veep" star's exclusive video for Funny or Die.

Daryl Hannah is set for a "Hawaii Five-0"
She's guesting as a realtor.

"The Glades" and "Longmire" end on season highs, but no word on renewal
They finished their 4th and 2nd seasons, respectively.

Kerry Washington recalls her fave "Scandal" episode from last season
The dialogue-less scene from "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" is what Washington will remember most from last season. PLUS: "Scandal" from A to Z.

"Ravenswood" releases its first official trailer
Check out the "Pretty Little Liars" spinoff.

How "House of Cards" creates its own Washington, D.C. in Baltimore
Location manager Patrick Burn is constantly asked whee Freddy’s BBQ is located in D.C., when it's a location in Baltimore.

Keith Olbermann proves he's a hosting natural
Like him or hate him, the ESPN2 star was born to host. PLUS: Was Olbermann blasting ESPN in his debut?

Tyra Banks dons a mustache
She wanted "to celebrate all my fiiiine male models" on "America's Next Top Model."

Allison Williams: "Girls" Season 3 is very "lighthearted"
"I think it’s a very funny season," she says.

Go behind the scenes with Stephen Merchant on "Hello Ladies"
The HBO comedy debuts Sept. 29.

PBS tonight tells the story of The March on Washington
It was, says the film, "the event that changed American politics forever."

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"Below Deck"

 "Below Deck"

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'Below Deck' season finale performs for Bravo

Reunion special airs September 2

It turns out any job really can be the basis of a reality TV show. Bravo's "Below Deck" scored its highest rated episode with the season finale, which lured in 1.8 million total viewers. This was up 12 percent and five percent, respectively, from the prior week’s episode. This marks the highest-rated episode of the series among all key demos. Based on the success of the first season, which averaged 1.4 million total viewers, the network renewed the series for second season.

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