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New NBC Period Drama for Julian Fellowes

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Drama, Prime Time, NBC, Announcements, News,

Julian FellowesJulian Fellowes is developing a period drama for NBC. The Downton Abbey creator's show The Gilded Age - which follows the rich and powerful inhabitants of New York in the 1880s - has been described by the channel as "an epic tale of the princes of the American Renaissance, and the vast fortunes they made - and spent."

Julian - who will write and produce The Gilded Age - told TVLine, "This was a vivid time with dizzying, brilliant ascents and calamitous falls, of record-breaking ostentation and savage rivalry; a time when money was king."

News of the show comes not long after rival channel ABC declined to pick up Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes' similar drama pilot Gilded Lilys.

Julian will be kept busy as Downton Abbey was recently commissioned for a fourth season with Gareth Neame, Managing Director of Carnival Films, the show's makers crediting him for its success: "Not only is he a superb craftsman, he also has an extraordinary work ethic. It is a mammoth undertaking to write all those episodes.

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Hilary Duff Signs TV Deal

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Comedy, Drama, FOX, Announcements, News,

Hilary DuffHilary Duff is returning to TV.

The actress - who shot to fame in Disney's tween show Lizzie Maguire - has taken some time out of her career recently to focus on her marriage to Mike Comrie and their five-month-old son Luca but is thrilled to have signed a development deal with 20th Century Fox which will see her make her small screen return.

"Ok it's official! Very excited about my development deal with 20th century fox!! t.v. here I come! 😊 (sic)" she wrote on her Twitter.

According to Deadline, the generous deal states the studio must develop a half-hour episodic sitcom for Hilary, but if it falls through Fox can cast her in another comedy or drama series.

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The New 52: Out And About

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, DC Comics,

The Authority

According to news reports, Dan DiDio at DC has announced that one of their major characters will soon come out as gay. Apollo and Midnighter could not be reached for comment.

[Artwork: Apollo and Midnighter from The Authority, © DC Comics]

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30 Rock End Confirmed

30 Rock30 Rock is to end after seven series, it has been confirmed.

The NBC comedy show - which was created by Tina Fey and stars Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan - was recently recommissioned for another run of 13 episodes, but the network have now confirmed that they will be the last, confirming recent speculation about the show's future.

Despite the news, NBC are hopeful of working with Tina - who loosely based the show on her experiences working on Saturday Night Live' - on other projects.
"I know Tina, Alec and the rest will deliver some of their best work. We think the world of Tina Fey, who is a comic genius, and we hope she'll be a part of the NBC family for years to come," said NBC executive Bob Greenblatt.

30 Rock will draw to a close with a special hour-long season finale.

Assassin’s Creed III cover art leaked, confirmed by Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed III cover art

That's right, Ubisoft officially announced Assassin's Creed III with its cover art being revealed, and it reveals a lot. As you can see from the image on the right, it appears as though our hero is in fact going to be of Native American descent (at least partly) and that he will be in the time of the American Revolution. Just peep the tomahawk in the hand, as well as the American flag in the background. We can also very clearly see an old-timey pistol in the image as well.

With the American Revolution setting, we suspect that there will be the killing of a lot of Red Coats in the near future. Stabbing and shooting our way into history as possibly the most interesting assassin ever. The release date for Assassin's Creed III has yet to be revealed by Ubisoft, though we are sure to hear more about it at this year’s E3 event. If you would like to make your own inferences about the game, also check out the Game Informer Magazine cover art below.

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Roland Mouret to Close Menswear Label

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celebrities, Fashion Designers, News, Men,

Roland MouretRoland Mouret is closing his eponymous menswear label. The designer has decided to axe his range of men's clothes as he wants to concentrate on the launch of three new womenswear categories in 2012 - footwear, bridalwear and a cocktail collection.

"The company has made a decision to realign its focus on continuing the growth of its successful womenswear business, and, as a result, the MR menswear line has been put on hold, effective immediately," a statement read.

Roland launched his menswear line in Paris in January 2010 and is currently stocked at Mr Porter, Browns, Harrods and Selfridges.

Roland, whose celebrity fans include Victoria Beckham, Cameron Diaz and Duchess Catherine, recently said men can't be forced to learn about fashion: "Men are more shy and proud. Women are more curious and frivolous. Even the more controlled and classic women will try something new for the sake of girliness. They may say, 'I hate it,' but they try it. You have to allow men to learn about fashion. You can't force them because they are so proud; they may take offense and block themselves."

Forbes Projects Gisele Bundchen to be First Billionaire Model

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Models, News,

Gisele BundchenFormer Victoria's Secret angel Gisele Bundchen is set to become the globe's first billionaire model.

The Brazilian beauty - who is married to Tom Brady, with whom she has son Benjamin, 18 months - has been named by Forbes magazine as the first woman to earn the figure, according to US currency rates, due to a combination of modeling work, endorsement deals, and design work.

In addition to campaigns for Swedish high street brand H&M and Italian fashion brand Versace, she has also made millions for selling 250 million pairs of her flip-flops for the Ipanema brand. She also has a lingerie line and a beauty care range - Sejaa Pure Skincare - which is rumored to be for sale.

Last month Gisele was named the highest earning model in the world for the seventh year in a row. She is thought to have earned $45 million over one year, having become the face of hair care brand Pantene in March 2010 and pushing sales up in South America by 40 per cent.

Video: Talking about Google Chromebooks on the news

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Google, PC / Laptop, Videos,

Yesterday, Google announced the availability of the Chromebook line at Google I/O 2011. You can see our news on the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook and Acer Chromebook from yesterday, but I was also featured on our local news here in Seattle to talk about the steps Google is taking to move the OS into the cloud. We've embedded that clip above. Enjoy!

Time Magazine’s Osama bin Ladin Cover Revealed

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Photos, Editorials,

Time magazine - Osama bin Ladin red X

Osama bin Ladin will get Time magazine’s “red X” treatment with the cover shot pictured above. Adolf Hitler, Sadam Hussein and Musab al-Zarqawi are among others who have been pictured thus. The issue, which will contain details about bin Ladin’s death, will be available on Thursday.

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Glenn Beck’s Fox News Show is Over

Glenn BeckBut… what will Jon Stewart talk about on weekday nights? Glenn Beck is leaving his popular Fox News show, putting an end to his controversial but extremely attention-getting run on the Glenn Beck Program.

Beck will still work with Fox News through his company Mercury Radio Arts. He joined Fox at the start of 2009 and immediately doubled ratings in his time slot (and gave left-wing pundits too much to talk about). But his energetic persona has managed to create a lot of controversy, too. He accused the President of the United States of racism and lost Fox News approximately 400 advertising agreements (the number of advertisers who refused to support Beck's program with their ads).

Fox News channel chairman and CEO Roger Ailes had very little to say on the topic. “Half of the headlines say he’s been canceled… the other half say he quit. We’re pretty happy with both of them.”

What the hell does that mean? We’ve no idea, but good luck trying to get a straight answer out of Fox News on any day of the week.

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