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Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.
One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger »
- Gary Susman
Back to the Lorraine Baines days! Lea Thompson left it all out on the dance floor on this season of Dancing With the Stars, notably wowing audiences when she revisited her 1985 role from Back to the Future in week three. During her time on the ABC series (she was eliminated and placed fifth earlier this month), the actress, 53, reflected on her Lorraine Baines role and recalled how she caught a showing of the Michael J. Fox adventure sci-fi with then-fiance Dennis Quaid when it first [...] »
Few directors can be said to have changed the way films are made, but Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at 83, was one of them. His first film, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), ended decades of Hollywood censorship of adult content and freed the movies for mature language and subject matter ever after. His second film, "The Graduate," was the first serious mainstream movie to feature a rock soundtrack (spawning Simon and Garfunkel's hit "Mrs. Robinson") and, through its casting of Dustin Hoffman, expanded Hollywood's notion of what a leading man ought to look and sound like.
Nichols wasn't born in America (he and his family escaped from Nazi Germany when he was a child), but he was one of the best chroniclers of contemporary America -- its politics, its aspirations, its dreams, its aristocracy, and its successes and failures -- in movies. His youth in Manhattan as the son »
- Gary Susman
The parade of film-to-tv series developments continues with Frequency. The original time-twisting 2000 film featured Jim Caviezel as a guy whose radio allowed him to speak with his dead father (played by Dennis Quaid), with their communication being the portal into a thriller plot involving a serial killer. The series is in development at Warner Bros. […]
The post ‘Frequency’ TV Series in Development From ‘Supernatural’ Showrunner appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
“The Blacklist” taps Ron Perlman to play the Super Bowl episode’s villain The next episode of the NBC drama, airing after the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, will feature the “Sons of Anarchy” alum as "Luther Braxton, a meticulous thief who plans his international heists over the course of several months or years," according to TV Guide. TNT cancels “Perception” after 3 seasons The 2nd half of Season 3 of the crime drama starring Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, LeVar Burton and Kelly Rowan is still scheduled to continue in February. “Marry Me” gets Nia Vardalos to play Casey Wilson’s biological mom The "My Big Fat Greek Wedding” star will play Pam, a former friend of Wilson’s character’s two dads. Click Read Full Post For More “Cake Boss” told cops: “You can’t arrest me. I’m the Cake Boss!” According to the prosecutor, Buddy Valastro also said: “Is there anything we can do? »
- Norman Weiss
Yet another film is aiming to be rebooted as a TV series for next Fall. NBC is reportedly planning a small screen adaptation of the 2000 lo-fi time travel thriller "Frequency" which starred Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel.
"Supernatural" writer, producer and show runner Jeremy Carver has reportedly created a new take on the material and the network has issued a script-plus-penalty commitment for the character driven drama.
Carver will write the pilot episode which, like the original, will focus on a NYPD detective who connects with his son thirty years in the future. Father and son will work together to stop several tragic events from coming to pass, all while finding time to heal their own fractured relationship.
Toby Emmerich, who wrote the original film, will return as a producer on the series.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
Another old movie is getting the TV reboot treatment. NBC plans to turn the 2000 time travel thriller Frequency into a weekly series, with Supernatural writer, producer and show runner Jeremy Carver creating this new take on the material.
NBC has issued a script-plus-penalty commitment for what is being described as a character driven drama. Jeremy Carver will write the pilot episode, which is set to focus on a NYPD detective who connects with his son 30 years into the future. Father and son will work together to change history and stop several tragic events from coming to pass. In the meantime, they will find time to heal their own fractured relationship.
Toby Emmerich wrote the original feature film, which took place in 1999, and followed a homicide detective (James Caviezel) who makes contact with his late father (Dennis Quaid) 30 years in the past, on the day of his death. The two work »
I generally pay as much attention to the broadcast network development season as I do to the baseball draft. Though the shows that actually survive development are much closer to airing chronologically than most baseball draftees are to the majors, the winnowing process is just as brutal in both cases. On average, a given network will hear 3-400 pitches a year, order scripts for 60-70 of them, make 8-12 pilots and put roughly between a half dozen and a dozen of them on the air. So I’ve usually found development not worth worrying about until shows are actually ordered to series and scheduled. That said, it’s been tough to ignore this fall’s development season, where it seems like every day for the past few weeks, my Twitter feed has blown up a few times an afternoon with news of a familiar movie or TV property being adapted »
- Alan Sepinwall
• Greg Kinnear, Jon Voight, Renee Zellweger, and Djimon Hounsou are set to star in Paramount Pictures' Same Kind of Different as Me, EW has confirmed. Michael Carney will make his directorial debut. He co-wrote the script with Alexander Foard and Ron Hall. Based on the book by Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent, the story follows an art dealer (Kinnear) who befriends a homeless man (Honsou) in order to save his marriage to his wife (Zellweger). The unexpected friendship takes the three on an incredible journey, and helps Hall reconnect with his father (Voight). Mary Parent and Cale Boyter »
- C. Molly Smith
Recent events in America and the world at large have provided plenty of fodder for Hollywood adaptation. There have been movies about everything from hunting Osama Bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty to the Valerie Plame scandal to weird biopics about George W. Bush. But it has been awhile since we had a good movie about scandal in America’s press corps. That gap will be filled with Truth, a movie about the scandal that eventually got Dan Rather in serious trouble with CBS.
Truth is based on the memoir by Mary Mapes and concerns the public brouhaha in 2004 following a CBS report that George W. Bush received special treatment while serving in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. The documents the report was based on were suspected of being forgeries. The upshot of the scandal resulted in serious damage to Rather’s reputation and the firing of his producer Mapes. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Elizabeth Moss lead the cast in Truth, a Us political drama now shooting in Sydney. The Nsw government confirmed its financial support via the State Investment Attraction Scheme and said the film would inject more than $11 million in direct production expenditure into the State's economy, creating 208 jobs. Most of the post will happen in Sydney.
Redford plays former CBS News anchor Dan Rather and Blanchett is his producer Mary Mapes in the tale of the scandal that ensued after Rather reported on 60 Minutes in 2004 that George W. Bush.s father arranged for him to serve in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft.
Subsequently CBS launched an investigation into whether the documents quoted in the story were forgeries and Mapes was fired for so-called lapses in judgment.
- Don Groves
Who says TV programmers have run out of ideas?
Why, just in the last week, the trade papers have announced deals and casting for as many as 15 new reboots spinoff series and specials. Some sound like familiar shows, others like mutant Frankenstein hybrids of familiar shows. We'll leave it to you to decide which of these programs sound like must-see-tv and which sound like much-skip-tv.
"Care Bears and Cousins." Fuzzy is the new black at Netflix, which is reviving the candy-colored kiddie cartoon series but adding some new characters. No, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are not going to have a threesome with one of them.
"Cheerleader Death Squad." The CW has ordered this series, from the showrunners behind "Desperate Housewives" and "Under the Dome" (that'd be Marc Cherry and Neal Baer, respectively) about an elite prep school where the pep squad is made up of spies-in-training. Dan Truly ("Blue »
- Gary Susman
Two more adaptations have been added to the list of TV series based on films. EW can confirm that a script has been ordered by The CW for a show based on the 2006 film The Illusionist, which starred Ed Norton as the titular character. The project is being written by Mark Hudis and executive produced by Ben Silverman and Bob Yari. The show comes from CBS Television Studios, Electus, and the Yari Film Group. The TV adaptation would transplant the film from its Vienna locale to turn-of-the-20th-century New York, where a renowned illusionist has returned to his home after a 10-year stint in prison. »
- Jonathon Dornbush
You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.
Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...
The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.
Original creator Paul Weitz will head the project, while brother Chris will executive produce, reports Deadline.
The 2004 original followed the story of advertising executive Dan (Quaid), whose new boss is half his age (Topher Grace). Dan then has to deal with the fact that his daughter (Scarlett Johansson) starts to date his boss.
Watch the trailer for In Good Company below: »
The story revolves around a middle-aged executive dealing with a new boss half his age who is also dating his daughter. The project will be a combination multi- and single-camera show.
Josh Bycel and Jon Fenner ("Happy Endings") are writing the script with the original film's writer/director Paul Weitz. All three will executive produce along with Andrew Maniao, Chris Weitz and Kerry Kohansky.
The news is just the latest in a rush of TV adaptations of films that are on the way. These include shows based on the likes of "Underworld," "Resident Evil," "The Mortal Instruments," "Monster-in-Law," "Rush Hour," "12 Monkeys," "Uncle Buck," "Big,""Real Genius," and "In America".
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
“In Good Company” is the latest movie getting a TV remake CBS is developing the 2004 film starring Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Scarlett Johansson in which Grace falls for the boss’ daughter as a comedy based on Paul Weitz’s script. Another movie remake: CW orders “The Illusionist” The 2006 magician film starring Edward Norton and Jessica Biel will be remade as a TV series set in turn-of-the-century New York City. Coming soon: “Real Housewives of Philly”? A producer from the Bravo franchise has been recently interviewing Philadelphia’s most successful and glamorous women. Click Read Full Post For More “About a Boy’s” David Walton: "This is my first Season 2 experience, and I really like it” ""It's just nice to be employed,” says Walton, who’s starred in six failed network shows over the past decade. Steve McQueen’s HBO drama project gets a name and a star The »
- Norman Weiss
The Universal TV project is the latest in a slew of movie-to-tv adaptations floating around this development cycle. It’s a symptom of how few experienced writers and showrunners are available to develop original ideas.
Sitcom vets Josh Bycel and Jon Fenner (“Happy Endings”) are writing the script with Paul Weitz, who wrote and directed the film. “Company” revolves around a middle-aged exec who has to contend with a new boss who is half his age and is also dating his daughter. If it goes to pilot, the plan is to produce it as a hybrid multi- and single-camera show.
- Cynthia Littleton
By Anjelica Oswald
The conversation surrounding potential supporting actress nominees includes some names familiar to the Oscar race, such as Meryl Streep (Into the Woods), and some that could be nominated for the first time, such as Emma Stone (Birdman). The list of potential contenders also includes Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and Rene Russo (Nightcrawler), two ladies that have flown under the radar since the 90s but could mark their return with first-time Oscar nominations.
Arquette’s role as the mother in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, a film that chronicles 12 years in a young boy’s (played by Ellar Coltrane) life as he grows up in a divorced household, has been generating Oscar buzz since the film premiered at Sundance. Arquette was involved in a few projects during those 12 years of filming, which was possible due to the sporadic nature of shooting, only three to four days a year. »
- Anjelica Oswald
The 2014/2015 NFL season is well under way, with some teams already looking like genuine Super Bowl contenders and others looking so bad they seem to be playing a different sport entirely.
With the time difference between the UK and Us meaning that most games don't kick-off until the evening hours over here, there's plenty of time to kill on Sundays waiting for the matches to start. Digital Spy picks out nine American football-based movies to pass the time on Sundays and get in the mood for the real thing...
1. Friday Night Lights (2004)
Based on the book of the same name (the TV series came later), Friday Night Lights tells the story of a high school American football outfit struggling to be the best they can be under the extreme pressure of expectation placed on them by the small Texan community they represent.
Each of the kids in the team dreams »
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