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Hulu's 'Deadbeat': See three vintage horror trailers for the supernatural comedy -- EXCLUSIVE

Hulu is amping up its original programming game with a new bingeworthy series, set to premiere in its entirety on the web April 9.

The show is Deadbeat, a quirky supernatural comedy that follows Kevin (Tyler Labine), described as “a hapless medium who will do anything to finish New York City ghosts’ unfinished business.”

Joining Labine (a breakout on The CW’s Reaper, also a supernatural comedy) are Tropic Thunder’s Brandon T. Jackson, Melissa & Joey’s Lucy Devito, and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley making her scripted comedy debut as a celeb psychic named Camomile. The series comes from co-creators Cody Heller and Brett Konner (FX’s Wilfred) and Troy Miller (Arrested Development).

Deadbeat will make its world premiere at SXSW on March 11. Until then, EW’s got your exclusive first look at a trio of trailers themed around various major moments for the horror genre — particularly the 1940s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. The trailers are a nod to the sort of genre fans Hulu hopes to grab on April 9 when the series debuts.

Check out the clips below: READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development' creator confident of movie deal

There is no Arrested Development movie deal — yet. But creator Mitch Hurwitz says he still expects it to happen. “I’m confident that we will succeed at that,” Hurwitz said at an appearance at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin on Sunday, along with show cast members Will Arnett and Jeffrey Tambor.

Arnett noted that fans are upset that there’s no movie deal in place even though the cult-favorite has a 14-episode fourth season set to debut via Netflix in May. “People are already mad and they haven’t even seen this,” Arnett said.

Hurwitz made it clear that the upcoming season very much serves as a ramp up to a feature film (“There is a bigger story out there that does exist”), even more so upon a repeat viewing. Each episode primarily focuses on one character. As previously reported, the entire fourth season will be released on the same day, just like Netflix’ strategy with its recent drama House of Cards.

The Arrested team screened two clips from the show. One that was particularly funny (and gross) showed Lucille (Jessica Walter) smoking a cigarette and blowing the smoke into her clingy son Buster’s (Tony Hale) mouth, and then he takes the smoke and blows it out the patio.

SXSW: 'Deadliest Catch' captains on social media at sea -- VIDEO

The SXSW festival in Austin has certainly expanded over the past several years, but no one could have predicted that one of the most popular panels would be hosted by crab fishermen from Alaska. But of course, the stars of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch aren’t just any Alaskan crab fishermen. Shira Lazar of What’s Trending sat down with the crew to talk about the challenges of social media on the job, their fans, and whether blogging and tweeting is as hard work as being out on the open sea.

Check out the video interview below:

'Deadliest Catch' returns April 16: 'It's a war' -- SNEAK PEEK

Deadliest Catch returns to Discovery for its ninth season on April 16 (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET), and as the exclusive tease premiered today at the network’s first-ever SXSW panel “Twitter for Tough Guys” shows, the theme is young vs. old. “When you’ve got guys that are hungry, that’s when things get nasty, that’s when the gloves are off,” Sig Hansen says in the tense clip below. “Especially when you’ve got experienced and inexperienced people playing in the same sandbox…. That’s when it’s a war.” READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Want to see a $15,000 'Thrones' painting?

Below are more artistic takes on the world of HBO’s Game of Thrones courtesy of Austin’s Mondo Gallery. The images are part of an exhibit that opened Friday, timed to the start of the South by Southwest film festival. Earlier we showed you the two posters in the exhibit that are being sold as prints. Here’s 10 original pieces from the exhibit. If you want to buy the first one, however, you have to pay a heap of Golden Dragons and Silver Stags — $15,000 for an oil painting that includes several of the Thrones-verse fan-favorite characters. The rest are more modestly priced. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' awesome Mondo posters unveiled at SXSW -- EXCLUSIVE

HBO is re-teaming with Austin’s Mondo art gallery to create collectable posters capturing the world of Game of Thrones.

Below are the first two posters in a series of eight creative images that will be unveiled starting today at the gallery’s new Thrones event. Mondo, the collectible art division of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is launching the poster series on the first day of the South by Southwest music/film/interactive conference, which is seeing an increased TV industry presence this year (Showtime, NBC, The CW, A&E, Bravo and USA are among the networks with events planned).

Mondo and Thrones previous teamed for a poster series at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. “Game of Thrones is a favorite of ours at Mondo,” says Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael. “The gallery event is intended to honor the show’s attention to visual detail and the beautiful world that George R.R. Martin has imagined … we hope the fans feel our work has done justice to the show.” The gallery event will also debut the official Game of Thrones beer — Iron Throne, “a delicate, but piercing Golden Blonde Ale with Noble hops, a nod to having a Lannister currently on the Throne.”

Two posters will be unveiled each week until Thrones season three premieres on March 31. Here’s the first two:

UPDATE: 10 more Game of Thrones posters unveiled — including one that costs $15,000.


Seth MacFarlane talks 'Flintstones' reboot at SXSW

Yabba dabba do not screw this up!

There are quite a lot of expectations for Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming TV reboot of The Flintstones, and the Family Guy creator confronted them head-on at South by Southwest (it’s not just for movies and muzak!) on Sunday morning.

“It’s still in the early stages. I’m finishing a rewrite on the pilot,” said MacFarlane, who was at SXSW to publicize his feature directorial debut in the upcoming Ted, starring Mark Wahlberg. “We’re trying to, essentially, stay true to what that show is. There’s something cool to me about, in 2013, turning on your TV and seeing The Flintstones and having it look like The Flintstones.” READ FULL STORY

SXSW: Festival homegirl Lena Dunham premieres three episodes of her new HBO series 'Girls'

On Monday afternoon, Lena Dunham, who wrote and directed the beautifully received SXSW discovery Tiny Furniture in 2010, returned to Austin to share the first three episodes of her new HBO series Girls. Her latest creation is a terrifically fresh, recognizable portrait of being young, smart, and adrift in a city that isn’t there to serve you. There’s a not unkind wink to Sex and the City in the first episode, which seemed a shrewd way to acknowledge the inevitable comparisons and keep it moving.

Executive producer Judd Apatow stood alongside Dunham on stage, looking like a bemused and proud uncle in his pink button-down. (“I took a picture with a film fan at the Austin Airport and they put it on Twitter,” he said: “‘Judd Apatow comes to Austin with his suburban Dad fashion.'”) “I’ve never been around so many women before,” he said of Girls. “There were no bongs in the room. No bongs or penises and they don’t really like pornography. It was all very new for me.” READ FULL STORY

SXSW news and rumor wrap-up

South By Southwest is drawing to a close, with only one night of debauchery left to survive here in Austin. We’ve seen a ton of bands (check out our PopWatch blog for daily recaps), heard a bunch of industry chatter, and done a lot of walking. Here’s a sampling of some of the sights and sounds we’ve experienced during the festival.

Buzzing: Manchester’s The Ting Tings, Memphis’ Jay Reatard, Cincinnati’s Bad Veins, Philly heroes Dr. Dog, newcomers Los Capesinos! and bands-of-the-moment MGMT and Vampire Weekend.


• The aforementioned Vampire Weekend at the Spin party. "They came off cocky," said one audience member.

• British sensation Duffy, who played two day gigs on Friday, "Kind of eh," remarked an exec who had  believed the hype.

• MGMT at the Playboy party. Railed one angry fan: "They didn’t play ‘Time to Pretend’—WTF?"

No shows: The Lemonheads skipped out on their afternoon set at the Fader/Levi’s fort. No explanation was offered.

Cover-worthy: Israeli singer Yael Naim, whose song "New Soul" is featured in the latest Apple campaign, broke out a dark and jazzy rendition of Britney Spears’ "Toxic" at the ASCAP showcase Friday night.

Production notes: The Decemberists’ Chris Funk is working with fellow Portland rockers The Builders and the Butchers on their new record.

Rumor of the night: Britney Spears to make a surprise appearance at Stubbs for N.E.R.D.’s Friday night headlining gig. She didn’t show.

Rumor of the year: The perennial conference gossip—will there be a secret surprise show by the Beastie Boys? Answer: nope.

Raves: Perry Farrell rocking out to X from the crowd, after introducing the band at the Spin party. "Listen to that, that’s Zeppelin!" he declared to anyone within earshot.

Slightly disorderly: While making his way down 7th Street, somewhat inebriated singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt mistakes an Austin homeless shelter for a yoga studio and proceeds to bang on the windows. (For the record, Harcourt has actively campaigned for homelessness awareness over the years and told that he genuinely felt bad about his mistake the next day.)

You show me yours, I’ll show you mine: Sire Records head
Seymour Stein and producer/Runaways co-founder Kim Fowley comparing
schedules in the lobby of the Driskill hotel before heading out for a
full day of shows.

Dining out:

• Members of Yo La Tengo having dinner with their press team at the
Driskill hotel restaurant. A couple tables over: Swedish duo the

• Lou Reed enjoying a round of iced coffee with longtime pal,
producer Hal Wilner, at the Four Seasons, then traveling outside of
Austin City Limits for some even finer dining at Jeffrey’s.


• British newcomer Kate Nash clearing her Friday night schedule so
she could see boyfriend Ryan Jarman and his band The Cribs play

• Steel Train singer Jack Antonoff holding hands with girlfriend Alia Shawkat, Maeby of Arrested Development fame, in the alley behind Spiro’s Ampitheater.

Curious pairings:

• Daryl Hall, Perry Farrell and producer Steve Lillywhite forming an
impromptu panel for Steve Jones’ radio show Jonesey’s Jukebox,
broadcasting live from Austin.

• Carson Daly chatting up Pharrell Williams, then sharing a table—and a cheeseburger—with Perez Hilton at the Eastsport Lounge in the
Moonshine Grill.

Banding together:

• My Morning Jacket checking out Dr. Dog’s stellar set at Cedar House.

• Spoon singer Brit Daniels making a special trip to the Driskill’s Victorian room to see LA’s Let’s Go Sailing

Cashing in: Popular south Austin late-night,
breakfast-around-the-clock spot Magnolia, whose owners are looking to
top last year’s South By Southwest tally of $90,000. "That’s an awful
lot of eggs," said our Tuesday night waiter.


SXSW: Perez Hilton party's star-studded guest list

The guest list is growing by the minute for Perez Hilton‘s “One Night in Austin,” the celebrity-blogger’s first South By Southwest bash, which closes out the festival on Saturday night and includes a curious assortment of stars. Among those who’ve RSVP’d: indie rock lover and culinary queen Rachael Ray, who’s hosting her own event earlier in the day, legendary singer Van Morrison, country bad girl Shelby Lynne, and hip-hop star Talib Kweli. They’ll be joined by several hundred sure-to-be-fatigued festival-goers and entertained by Swedish pop darling Robyn, who was previously announced to perform. The night’s special surprise guest, has learned, will be Pharrell Williams’ band N.E.R.D., which has a new album coming out in June. Perez, meanwhile, has yet to finalize his deal with Warner Bros. Records, which has reportedly offered him an A&R position and his own imprint.

Billy Bragg to join Ben Harper, Tom Morello, Serj Tankian for SXSW's 'Body of War' line-up

Billy Bragg has joined a growing list of heavy hitters — Ben Harper, Tom Morello, System of a Down’s Serj Tankian, and Kimya Dawson, among them — for one of South by Southwest’s most anticipated bills. The Austin, Tex., music fest’s Thursday night lineup will honor the documentary Body of War, about Tomas Young, a 26-year-old Iraq War veteran who was maimed less
than a week into his first tour of duty.

The story inspired many of the artists to donate tracks (mostly protest songs) for the Sire Records release, with all proceeds going to Iraq Veterans Against the War. The award-winning doc by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro will have its Austin premiere on March 13, preceding the concert at Stubb’s BBQ. Although Eddie Vedder, who wrote the anthemic “No More” after meeting Young, is not scheduled to appear, Morello tells, “I’ve been trying to lure some more performers.” Stay tuned for more artist announcements as we get them.

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