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    Winning? New Charlie Sheen Sitcom Based On 'Anger Management' Moves Forward

    While Charlie Sheen spectacularly and entertainingly imploded last year, putting an end to his involvement of the long-running, highly-successful show that made him one of the highest paid actors in television despite the fact that "Two And A Half Men" is fucking godawful. And while Ashton Kutcher has been hired on to replace him on the next season, during which the writers, in a clear ratings grab, will kill off Sheen's character, the man who has declared himself an F-18 already has a new program in development where he'll take the lead role.

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  • Caryn James
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    New Streaming Site: Jeremy Irons, Others in British Mysteries and Classic TV (Free for Now)

    Acorn Media, which releases DVDs of many British mysteries and miniseries, has just launched the streaming site Acorn TV, and because it’s so new you can watch some of the best of its classic series for free. There’s Michael Kitchen (photo above) as the World War II era detective in the addictive Foyle’s War, Damian Lewis embroiled in Edwardian family turmoil in The Forsyte Saga, and best of all the original Brideshead Revisited, the series that made Jeremy Irons a star and that I still consider the best miniseries ever made. (The recent film version was a laughable distant echo.)

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  • Press Play
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    VIEWING LIST 6/18/11: Henson & Oz; Better Call Saul; Coach Taylor;The Face of Cult; Sean Bean dies

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a regular links feature at Press Play, spotlighting notable viral videos and video essays.]

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: Murdoch is 'Dead Money,' Brooks Arrested, News Corps Paid $655 Million to Dispel Charge

    The Murdoch hacking scandal keeps spreading. In the NYT, David Carr reports that Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has paid $655 million “to make embarrassing charges of corporate espionage and anticompetitive behavior go way.” Compare Carr's piece to the WSJ's positive spin.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    William Mapother is Creepy, But Not in "Another Earth."

    When I saw "Another Earth" at Sundance earlier this year, I was caught off guard by the presence of William Mapother. A cousin of Tom Cruise, Mapother recently played the eerie "Other" Ethan on ABC's "Lost," showing up in the first season as a mysterious presence among the plane crash survivors and slowly taking on a more complex dimension over the course of the show (even long after his character was killed off). Although I wrote in my review that Mapother did powerful work in "Another Earth," which opens this week, it's mostly the material that deepens his performance. I don't really feel for the guy as a frustrated widower; he seems like a better fit for the Paul Giamatti school of uncomfortable anti-heroes, as the embedded clip below hopefully demonstrates.

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  • The Playlist
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    Emma Watson To Star In Guillermo Del Toro Produced 'Beauty And The Beast'

    The list of Guillermo Del Toro produced films long ago surpassed the levels of being absurd and comically long but what the hell, he's just added another one but unlike the myriad of other projects in various stages of development this one has a pretty big name already attached.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    David Strick's Emmy Nominee Photos: Justified, Glee, Modern Family, 30 Rock

    Check out David Strick's photos from the sets of Emmy-nominated shows. From Glee to Justified, here's the complete set and a selection below:

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    More: Awards, TV, Emmys
  • Shadow and Act
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    Official Teaser Trailer For "The Dark Knight Rises" Surfaces

    A bootleg version has been floating around the web since last week, but we didn't post it, given the severe punishment Warner Bros promised to dish out to those who did. Though if you saw the final chapter of the Harry Potter franchise this past weekend, you would have seen it anyway, as it was one of the many preview trailers shown before the movie.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Harry Potter Finale Records Boosted by Online Pre-Sales

    Harry Potter Finale Records Boosted by Online Pre-Sales

    While 3D boosted Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 weekend's record box office performance, so did online pre-sales, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Another big winner surfacing from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’s $168.6 million weekend: Online movie ticket providers Fandango and MovieTickets.com.  Pre-sales for the franchise finale figuratively crashed both sites as each reaped company highs: Fandango generated 19% of Deathly Hallows: Part 2’s opening weekend ($32 million) while MovieTickets saw its highest pre-sale in its 11-year history, selling twice the amount of any movie this year.   Even more telling about the future of movie-ticket sales: 20% of Fandango’s summer revenue to date has been derived from mobile devices (from iPads to Androids).  Downloads for the company’s ticketing app currently number more than 18 million. Fandango services 60% of all U.S. screens wired for pre-sales.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Teaser Trailer For 'The Dark Knight Rises' Officially Hits

    So interwebs, was it worth the wait? After days of speculation about when it would arrive with trailer descriptions being posted and the spot being leaked to the web early, "The Dark Knight Rises" teaser trailer has finally, officially arrived and it's somewhat underwhelming despite the great premise which casts Bruce Wayne as a reluctant hero, not eager to put on the mask again.

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