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‘Boardwalk Empire’ gets premiere date, Laurence Fishburne joins ‘Contagion’

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  • Have plans set for Sept. 19? Well, cancel them. Boardwalk Empire, Martin Scorsese’s Prohibition series starring Steve Buscemi, will premiere Sept. 19, the network announced in a press release.
  • HBO has ordered the pilot All Signs of Death, a comedic drama from True Blood creator Alan Ball. The pilot follows a 20-something slacker “who stumbles into a career as a crime scene cleaner, only to find himself entangled with a murder mystery, a femme fatale, and the loose ends of his own past.” [Deadline]
  • Laurence Fishburne will join Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Winslet in Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, which is about a deadly virus. Like many of Soderbergh’s films, Contagion will have multiple plotlines, one of which I imagine centers on Paltrow, Law, and Damon wondering if they’re back in 1999.  [Variety]
  • Gillian Anderson is set to star in Johnny English Reborn. Because, if there’s a creature more confounding than X-Files‘ Pincus, it’s Rowan Atkinson. [Deadline]