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‘Magic City’ Season 1, Episode 6: ‘The Harder They Fall’ Recap

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When it takes time away from shooting dogs, prostitutes and johns, it’s really quite amazing how much potential Magic City shows. In what is arguably the season’s strongest episode, the Miramar Playa is prepping to play host to both a big time boxing match and Jackie Kennedy. Unfortunately for both Ike (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his lovely wife Vera (Olga Kurylenko), neither event is going to pay off like they’d hoped.

‘The Harder They Fall’ seems far less concerned with setting up scenes of flashy violence or just plain flashing – though there’s plenty of that – just not by anyone you’d expect. The episode digs deeper into the thinking of Ike Evans and his family, which, to no one’s surprise, isn’t exactly equal across the board. ...

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CW Orders ‘Arrow,’ ‘The Carrie Diaries,’ & ‘Beauty And The Beast’

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The CW has given five of its previously announced new pilots full series commissions- including Arrow, based on DC Comics’ superhero Green Arrow, Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries, and a modern reboot of the 80s Beauty and the Beast TV show.

Read on for the descriptions of the new CW TV series:

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 Billionaire playboy Oliver Queen returns home to Starling City after five years of being marooned on a remote island in the Pacific following a deadly yacht crash. Forever changed by his traumatic ordeal, Queen now seeks to make amends for his checkered past by becoming the bow-wielding vigilant Arrow - and by restoring the declining Starling City to its former glory. Queen’s new extra-curricular activities will put him in conflict with those he loves, including his mother Moria and his sister Thea, who ...

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Interview: Chris Parnell Talks ‘SNL,’ ‘Archer’ & ‘Five-Year Engagement’

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The Avengers fever is still raging in theaters across the world. But if you’ve already seen Joss Whedon’s epic ensemble for the third time and are looking for a different entertainment flavor you may want to check out Chris Parnell in director Nicholas Stoller’s The Five-Year Engagement (the romantic comedy Stoller penned with writing partner Jason Segel).

The film takes a lighthearted look at what happens when a couple can’t seem to make it past the engagement and into a marriage. Parnell, the phenomenology talented comedian perhaps best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, Archer and Suburgatory plays the stay at home dad/hunting buddy of Jason Segel’s character Tom Solomon.

We had the chance to speak with Parnell recently about his work on Archer, the competition on Saturday Night Live, and learning to gut a deer for his ...

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Movie News Wrap Up: May 12th, 2012

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This week:

It’s not Too Late for John Hawkes; Nicole Kidman takes a bite out of The Family Fang; Sean Bean climbs Devil’s Peak and Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson go from Unknown to Non-Stop.

1. Oscar-nominee John Hawkes will take the lead in Too Late, a new drama from Dennis Hauck.

John Hawkes in Too Late

Too Late will be Hauck’s debut as a director (he also wrote the script) and the non-linear film follows “the tangled relationship between a troubled private investigator (Hawkes) and the missing woman he’s hired to help find.”

The cast will be rounded out by Rider Strong, Natalie Zea, Dichen Lachman, Brett Jacobsen and legendary fimmaker Peter Bogdanovich. Hawkes also has the Elmore adaptation Switch on the way – the Jackie Brown ‘prequel’ co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Dennis Quaid.

I can’t imagine that Too Late is going to ...

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NBC Cancels ‘Awake’ And Three Freshman Comedies

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This one is rough. While clearing room to accommodate its hot new slate of programming guaranteed to last at least a few weeks into the new season, NBC informed everyone that one of its better shows, Awake, will not be renewed for a second season after its May 24 finale.

Honestly, it was an uphill battle for the series, which had trouble attracting a wide audience since its premiere back in early March. Since then, the ratings hovered around the problematic, but not disastrous, level. Even though a slight uptick in viewership was seen with ‘Say Hello to my Little Friend‘ – which surely is attributable to the appearance of Alias star Kevin Weisman – there would be no fourth quarter comeback for Jason Isaacs or series creator Kyle Killen.

For his part, Killen bravely took to ...

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