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Susan Sarandon to play Marilyn Monroe's mother in Lifetime miniseries

Susan Sarandon is coming to a small screen near you.

EW has confirmed that Sarandon has joined Marilyn, Lifetime’s upcoming four-hour miniseries. Based J. Randy Taraborrelli’s New York Times bestseller, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, the miniseries promises to reveal “what the iconic superstar succeeded in hiding from an all-too-invasive world.”

Sarandon will play Monroe’s mentally ill mother. The official description adds, “Marilyn is both the personification of sex, whose first marriage ironically collapses because of her frigidity, and a fragile artist who seeks the approval and protection of men. But after tumultuous marriages with Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller, she realizes she has the strength to stand on her own. She becomes the Face and Voice of an era, yet wants most of all to be someone’s mother and someone’s little girl. She’s the Marilyn you haven’t seen before, the artist who, by masking the truth with an image, gives her greatest performance.”

Marilyn will be written by Stephen Kronish (24) and directed by Laurie Collyer. It’s expected to premiere in 2015.

'Rosemary's Baby' trailer: Zoe Saldana is the 'chosen' one -- VIDEO

In the first trailer for the Rosemary’s Baby miniseries, Zoe Saldana’s Rosemary Woodhouse couldn’t be happier to become a mom — until she’s not so sure just what is growing inside her.

The four-hour miniseries — airing in two installments on Sunday, May 11, and Thursday, May 15, at 9 p.m. on NBC — is based on Ira Levin’s 1967 novel, which also spawned (sorry) an Oscar-winning Roman Polanski film in 1968. Alongside Saldana, the new incarnation stars Patrick J. Adams (Suits) as her husband who makes a literal deal with the devil.

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Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott team up for new miniseries 'Taboo'

Tom Hardy is making his way to the small screen.

EW has confirmed that the Dark Knight Rises actor has partnered with executive producer Ridley Scott for Taboo, a miniseries created by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises). READ FULL STORY

'Rosemary's Baby': First three images from the NBC miniseries -- PHOTOS

Zoe Saldana is about to go through one hell of an onscreen pregnancy.

The actress is starring in the NBC miniseries Rosemary’s Baby, an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling novel by Ira Levin about a woman who becomes pregnant with the devil’s spawn. The four-hour series centers on young couple Rosemary (Saldana) and Guy (Suits star Patrick J. Adams), who move next door to a satanic coven. Above is the first poster promoting the reboot and below are EW’s exclusive images from the series, which come with the tagline “fear is born.”

The NBC miniseries shifts the story to Paris, which differs from the novel and Roman Polanski’s classic 1968 film version, starring Mia Farrow, which were set in New York. In the poster, the Eiffel Tower can be seen in the background, while Saldana sports a very Farrow-esque pixie cut. As for that retro-looking baby buggy…maybe the devil prefers vintage?

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Nico Vega reinvents 'Bang Bang' for 'Bonnie & Clyde' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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If Bonnie & Clyde had to have a theme song, chances are “Bang Bang” would be an apt title to sum up the doomed duo, who are being revived once more for A&E’s miniseries event this winter.

The four-hour, two-part series (set to air Dec. 8 and 9 on A&E, Lifetime and History) stars Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger as the notorious pair of Depression-era outlaws. In anticipation of the movie event, A&E has just released this video of rockers Nico Vega re-interpreting the classic Nancy Sinatra melancholia “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down),” which was itself a cover of a hit for Cher.

Though the song has been used in film multiple times since Sinatra’s 1966 recording (notably in the opening credits of Kill Bill), Nico Vega’s uniquely rock-tinged cover (available on iTunes) is certifiably haunting. Check out the exclusive video below to get a look behind the scenes as Nico Vega lays down the track, interspersed with some premiere clips of Bonnie and Clyde. It’s bloody fantastic!
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History Channel remaking 1977 'Roots' miniseries

In 1976, there was Alex Haley’s novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. In 1977, there was Roots, the popular miniseries starring Olivia Cole, Ben Vereen, and LeVar Burton, among others. And now, EW has confirmed that the History Channel is remaking Roots into a brand-new eight-hour miniseries.

Mark Wolper, son of Roots original executive producer David L. Wolper, will executive produce the remake, which is said to offer a contemporary take on both the book and the original miniseries.

NBC cancels Hillary Clinton miniseries

Boy, that escalated quickly.

Just hours after CNN formally canceled a planned documentary about the life and work of Hillary Clinton, NBC has announced that it, too, is nixing a Clinton-themed project.

“After reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie/mini-series development, we’ve decided that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton mini-series,” the network said in a statement.

The four-hour special, written and directed by Oscar nominee Courtney Hunt, was to star Diane Lane as the former first lady-turned-senator-turned-secretary of state.

Shortly after CNN and NBC’s Clinton projects were announced this summer, the Republican National Committee voted unanimously to block both networks from hosting GOP presidential primary debates if they aired either program. RNC Chair Reince Priebus criticized both networks prior to the vote, calling the Clinton doc and miniseries “extended commercial[s] for Senator Clinton’s nascent campaign.”

Clinton has not yet announced whether she will run for president once more in 2016.

Roland Emmerich developing 'Lawrence of Arabia' miniseries

Independence Day director Roland Emmerich is developing a six-hour miniseries based on the story of T.E. Lawrence, the British Army office whose experiences in the Middle East during World War I were represented in David Lean’s 1962 epic, Lawrence of Arabia.

Emmerich will serve as a producer on the series, which is being spearheaded by FremantleMedia International. “T.E. Lawrence was undoubtedly one of the greatest military and political strategists of our time and a stunningly intrepid Englishman who tried to unite the Arab world,” said FremantleMedia CEO David Ellender in the press release announcing the news.

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Steven Spielberg is developing Stanley Kubrick's 'Napoleon' as a miniseries

Scientists estimate that, at any given moment, Steven Spielberg is working on roughly fifty different projects. A film adaptation of Robopocalypse, another HBO World War II mega-miniseries, another Jurassic Park movie, a TV show or three — and that’s not to mention his favorite hobby, revealed by the New York Times, of occasionally just sprinkling his magical filmmaking pixie dust on his friend’s movies. But over the weekend, Spielberg said that he’s currently collaborating with one of the greatest directors in history…who, admittedly, has been dead for over a decade. Talking to Canal Plus on French television, Spielberg said that he is currently adapting Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon, a longtime passion project for the late filmmaker. READ FULL STORY

ABC options 'How To Survive A Plague' for a scripted miniseries

How To Survive A Plague may not have walked away with an Academy Award on Sunday, but the story could have a longer life yet. Thursday, ABC Studios announced that they had optioned the rights to the David France documentary about a group of HIV-positive activists fighting for their lives and the lives of their friends, who managed to get the pharmaceutical industry to focus on testing and identifying new treatments for AIDS. While the film was a documentary mainly drawing from interviews and news footage, the miniseries will be scripted. France confirmed the news to EW.

“It’s still very early. We don’t know how long it will be for example, so we’re still working those details out,” France told EW. “But I have been working on the story and on the script for some time, and I think it’s going to allow us the luxury of being able to tell the story around the kind of activity that brought us to the end of the plague, and to find out what is left for us.”

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Kennedy miniseries is getting a sequel

It’s the return of Camelot!

The eight-part Kennedy miniseries, The Kennedys,  that starred Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes and premiered on Reelz channel in April 2011, is getting a sequel of sorts.

Reelz announced today that rights to J. Randy Taraborrelli’s bestselling book After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present have been acquired by Muse Entertainment Enterprises and that REELZ has entered a co-development agreement with Muse to produce a miniseries.

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'Coma' star Lauren Ambrose previews A&E's spine-tingling new miniseries

Usually a fish-out-of-water set-up spells comedy, but that couldn’t be further from the truth for the new miniseries Coma, which airs tonight and tomorrow on A&E. Based on Robin Cook’s 1977 medical thriller of the same name (which was adapted into a 1978 film starring Geneviève Bujold and Michael Douglas), Coma sees med student Susan Wheeler (Lauren Ambrose) relocate from New York to the South. Despite the reputation that everyone’s friendlier down South, Wheeler notices an alarmingly high coma rate in her new hospital and begins to suspect her colleagues might be involved.

Ambrose, 34, remembers Cook’s skin-crawling novel “was kind of in everybody’s house” during her childhood, but she otherwise came to the story with a clean slate. Originally drawn to the script because Susan was “a badass and a very driven young woman,” the former Six Feet Under star admits Coma “was definitely a new role for me. Usually the women are supporting the man in figuring it out. In this case, it was the opposite. … To be able to do ‘woman on a mission’ was different and appealing.” READ FULL STORY

Geena Davis on 'Coma' miniseries: It's 'much creepier and spookier' than '78 movie

Geena Davis remembers the 1978 thriller Coma for it’s “visually arresting” creepiness.

But as audiences prepare to tune in to the four-hour miniseries of the same name, premiering tomorrow night on A&E, she warns: “It’s even creepier and spookier.”

The miniseries, produced by Ridley Scott along with late brother Tony Scott, is an updated — and largely different — version of the original movie and the book on which it is all based. But the core remains the same: A young medical student (Six Feet Under‘s Lauren Ambrose) begins looking into why patients are falling into a coma during routine surgeries and, suffice to say, while she’s correct in her assumption, there’s much more to the story than she bargained for.

Davis, who declined to comment about the producer’s passing, plays chief of psychiatry Dr. Agnetta Lindquist, who “may or may not be involved in the nefarious things that are happening.” And that was part of the character’s appeal, she says. “I thought that it would be fun to play a part with questionable morals.”

Watch our chat with Davis below:

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