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Future criminals beware – the precogs are back. 12 years after the Tom Cruise vehicle became a critical and commercial success, Steven Spielberg is moving ahead with a TV adaptation of his film Minority Report, to be scribed by Godzilla screenwriter Max Borenstein.
Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment is behind the project, which will likely focus on the elite PreCrime unit seen in the film. It’s unclear how closely the TV adaptation will hew to the original film, which was based on a story by Philip K. Dick, but in Minority Report, the controversial police unit used three “precogs,” mutated humans with predictive abilities who could identify murderers before they ever carried out their crimes.
It’s a similar set-up to CBS’ Person of Interest, in which characters utilize advanced technology in order to thwart crimes before they happen, but that series’ success may indicate to Spielberg that there’s both still »
- Isaac Feldberg
One of the words most often used to describe this summer's terrific "Godzilla" reboot was "Spielbergian" and it looks like the bearded filmmaker was also a big fan. He's bringing aboard Max Borenstein, who was credited with the "Godzilla" screenplay (even though, if we're being totally candid, a small squadron of writers contributed to the screenplay, including Frank Darabont and Rian Johnson), to adapt his 2002 feature film "Minority Report" for the small screen.
The Wrap is reporting that Steven Spielberg and Borenstein will translate the sci-fi adventure, which starred Tom Cruise as a cop in the "pre-crime" division of a futuristic Los Angeles, who uses psychics to help stop violent acts before they occur, for Spielberg's Amblin Television. According to the report Spielberg is targeting a "name" actor to anchor the series, like he did for his summer CBS series "Extant" (he nabbed Halle Berry).
The new series will, presumably, »
- Drew Taylor
Remember last year's Emmys, when "Nurse Jackie" co-star Merritt Wever won a stunning upset victory in the supporting actress category and delivered a flustered but delightfully human speech that lasted about 12 seconds? That's the sort of moment that Emmy viewers pray for, when spontaneity and real emotion break through the otherwise canned, tightly scripted ritual of a televised awards ceremony.
Turns out Emmycast producer Don Mischer prays for such moments as well. As he said in a recent Variety interview, such surprises drive Twitter traffic, which in turn drives viewership.
Of course, the problem with depending on such moments is that you can't plan them. All you can do is make room for them to happen. For the rest of the August 25 show, however, here's what you can expect to see, courtesy of Mischer and Emmy emcee Seth Meyers.
Gentle jabs. Meyers will open the show with a monologue in »
- Gary Susman
Molly continues to have Offspring trouble in this week's Extant double bill. Here's Holly's review...
This review contains spoilers.
1.7 More In Heaven And Earth; 1.8: Incursion
In this week’s double episode, Molly becomes a mama to be reckoned with (though she needs to work on her catchphrases), John is hit harder than ever before with the implications of playing God, and... well, all kinds of stuff. Episodes seven and eight, I presume, were meant to be aired in separate weeks, but presented together, they were a lot to deal with. Not that that’s a bad thing - we were treated to probably the greatest amount of reveals to date, not to mention a staggering amount of “what have we done?” Let’s dive in.
Really, I think it’s Katie Sparks’s ghost (for lack of a better term) that weaves the discrete stories of this week’s two hours together, »
Science fiction classics are making a comeback. A sequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is currently in the works at Alcon Entertainment, and cult favorites Battlestar Galactica and Babylon 5 are both being adapted for the big screen.
Now a more recent science fiction property is making a comeback – as a TV show.
Now, the deal hasn’t closed quite yet, but should the series go forward at Amblin Television, Spielberg is expected to choose an actor as the lead, just as he did with Halle Berry on CBS’ newest sci-fi drama Extant.
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- Araceli Roach
Minority Report starred Tom Cruise as Detective John Anderton, who runs the "Pre-Crime" unit in Washington D.C. that uses three psychics known as "precogs" to accurately predict crimes before they will happen, with arrests being made before the crime actually happens. The plot thickens when John is forced to go on the run after the precogs reveal he is about to commit murder.
The weekly series is said to focus on the elite Pre-Crime unit, with Steven Spielberg said to be eyeing a major star for the lead role, similar to how the producer lured Oscar winner Halle Berry to star in his CBS sci-fi series Extant.
20th Century Fox distributed Minority Report in 2002, which earned $358 million worldwide, but it's unclear whether or not the studio or the Fox »
Earlier this year, we ran down 10 Movies Turned Into TV Shows, and that selfsame process will yield wildly uneven results: for every "Fargo," there's a half dozen also-rans. Movies-turned-tv-shows offer a way for studios to extend a brand rather than extend quality, so we'll let you tell us which of these (if any) has the best chance of lasting a single season. First, Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment is turning his 2002 movie "Minority Report," itself based on a story by Philip K. Dick, into a series. The show will be designed as a police procedural, focusing on the PreCrime unit who arrest perpetrators of violent crimes before they strike, thanks to some very special "precogs." Of course, that system will be shown to be flawed, so that Max Borenstein ("Godzilla") can have themes to play with as he gets a script together. And like the Spielberg produced "Extant" starring Halle Berry, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Minority Report is one of my favorite Steven Spielberg movies, and I'm kind of exited to tell you that the filmmaker will be bringing his 2002 sci-fi story to the small screen. The news comes from The Wrap, who also reports that the series will be written by Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein and produced by Amblin Television.
The story is based on a futuristic story written by Philip K. Dick, and the film starred Tom Cruise as the head of “PreCrime,” which is a special police unit that uses three "precogs” to identify and arrest murderers before they commit their crimes. Cruise's character is forced to go on the run when he's accused of a future murder.
The report says that the weekly series will likely "focus on the elite PreCrime unit, with Spielberg expected to target a name actor for the lead, just as he did with Halle Berry on CBS’ sci-fi series Extant. »
- Joey Paur
Steven Spielberg is reportedly developing a TV series based on his 2002 sci-fi film adaptation of Philip K. Dick's short story "Minority Report". "Godzilla" scribe Max Borenstein will write the project which will be produced by Amblin Television.
Tom Cruise starred in the original as an officer of the PreCrime division, a special police unit that uses three psychics tied into their computers to identify and arrest criminal offenders before they commit their acts. His character is forced to go on the run when he's accused of a future murder himself.
It's unknown if the series will eschew the frame-up and conspiracy elements within the film in favor of a more TV-friendly futuristic police procedural focusing on the PreCrime unit - something akin to "Person of Interest" with more sci-fi elements.
- Garth Franklin
[This review of Extant season 1, episodes 7 and 8 contains Spoilers.]
Last night’s Two Hour Event airing of Extant proved itself to be the rare “Event” that lived up to its billing – as allies and enemies made themselves known, John felt further and further away from Ethan, and Molly (Halle Berry) revealed both a reckless streak and her surprising reasons for continuing on with her hunt for the truth.
Beginning in the midst of a simulation 23 months prior to the events of the central story (and kudos to Halle Berry for showing us a clearly less burdened vision of Molly in flashback – it’s a bit of a transformation), the producers took us back to the moment when Molly learned about the Aruna tragedy from ...
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- Jason Tabrys
Steven Spielberg is no stranger to the television landscape, but for one of his upcoming small screen projects it appears that he’s keen on mining one of his own properties. Spielberg is developing a Minority Report TV series based on his Tom Cruise-fronted 2002 sci-fi thriller of the same name, per The Wrap. As you well know, Minority Report was based on a Philip K. Dick short story that revolved around the PreCrime unit, which specialized in preventing crimes before they happened using a trio of “precogs” that could see the future. Sounds like a pretty solid premise for a weekly TV series, no? More after the jump. The Wrap reports that Spielberg is developing the Minority Report TV series via his Amblin Television studio, with Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein set to pen the screenplay. In addition to Godzilla, Borenstein previously wrote Legendary’s long-delayed Seventh Son and is »
- Adam Chitwood
For those of you who may not remember, the popular and well-received sci-fi movie (which was based on one of Philip K. Dick’s stories) focused on the head of a special “PreCrime” police unit which used three “precogs” in order to identify and arrest murderers before they even committed the crime.
This twist was that the lead would have to go on the run (he was after all played by Tom Cruise) when the psychics seemingly discovered that he was one of the future murderers he takes down.
The small screen version will presumably focus on the ongoing crimes investigated by Minority Report’s Precrime Unit – how it connects to the movie isn’t clear at »
- Josh Wilding
Steven Spielberg continues to dive headfirst into producing projects for television. With series like Under The Dome, Falling Skies, and the Halle Berry vehicle Extant bearing his trademark, Spielberg is now going to try and adapt one of his own films for the small screen. The Wrap cites Spielberg's popular Tom Cruise flick Minority Report as being up for the network treatment. Minority Report was set in the near future and followed the PreCrime Unit, headed by Cruise, who investigated »
- Alex Maidy
CBS’ “Big Brother” opened up some distance on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” on Wednesday as the night’s top show among young adults, as the former was on the rise while the latter joined Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” in falling to lows. Also of note, CW’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” hit a series high in its fourth week.
According to preliminary “live plus same-day” national estimates from Nielsen, “Big Brother” averaged a 2.3 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 6.6 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour, dominating the time period and standing as the night’s No. 1 show in 18-49 and 25-54 (2.7/9). “Brother” was up a tenth in 18-49 from last week (as well as the comparable night last year), matching its highest score on any night this summer.
- Rick Kissell
Some of your favorite stars are once again uniting to support Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) for a telecast airing Friday.
Some of your favorite stars are once again uniting to support Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) for a telecast airing Friday.
Pics: Must-See Celeb Sightings
Among those expected to attend are Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Kiefer Sutherland, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Mark Harmon, Rob Lowe, Eric Stonestreet, Danny McBride and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
These stars join many others who have helped out in the past, including Mark Harmon, who gave us a behind-the-scenes look at his PSA last year.
The show will stream live on Hulu and Yahoo!, while CBS, ABC, Fox, NBC and 27 other networks will donate one hour of simultaneous commercial-free primetime for the »
Concept Art by Henry Fong Click Here - More Of Henry Fong's X-men Art The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-men: Days Of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future. X-Men: Days Of Future Past will be directed by Bryan Singer ("Usual Suspects"). The cast includes: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Daniel Cudmore, Booboo Stewart, Omar Sy, Fan Bingbing, Evan Jonigkeit, Adan Canto and Josh Helman, X-Men: Days Of Future Past hits UK cinemas on May 22 and Us cinemas the following day. »
The stars are aligning once again to support Stand Up to Cancer, which will stage its fourth telethon on Sept. 5.
The broadcast, which airs live across ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC and 28 cable nets, will feature appearances from Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Ben Stiller, Danny McBride, Dane Cook and many more. Performances by the Who, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco & Common, Ariana Grande and Dave Matthews will also be featured.
Rather than a traditional celeb-staffed phone bank, the telecast will also feature a “digital lounge” hosted by Yahoo News Global’s Couric. Stars in the lounge will reach out to viewers via phone, Facebook and other social media platforms as part of a campaign, We’re Calling You. »
- Shelli Weinstein
The old adage claims that laughter is the best medicine, and Sept. 5's “Stand Up to Cancer” telecast will have that in spades. It also contains tremendous star power, as first wave of participating entertainers proves. Jennifer Aniston, Jon Hamm, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller and Rob Lowe are just a handful of the stars joining host Katie Couric in the digital lounge next month. Also involved are Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Harmon, Danny McBride, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tony Hale, Dane Cook, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Marg Helgenberger, Matt Passmore, Rob Riggle, Italia Ricci and. »
- Tony Maglio
Stand Up to Cancer is back and bigger than ever. The charitable event, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, returns for its fourth biennial fundraising telecast. Sept. 5. Participants will include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Pierce Brosnan, Dane Cook, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Will Ferrell, Tony Hale, Jon Hamm, Mark Harmon, Marg Helgenberger, Rob Lowe, Danny McBride, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Passmore, Italia Ricci, Rob Riggle, Ben Stiller, Eric Stonestreet, Kiefer Sutherland, Bree Turner and Reese Witherspoon. Ariana Grande, Lupe Fiasco and Common, Jennifer Hudson, Dave Matthews and The Who will perform. Additional celebrities and performers will be announced in the coming »
Everyone seems to be talking about a solo female superhero movie lately. And sure, I think it has a lot of potential, but there is one sentiment that makes me cringe every time it gets mentioned. People keep saying how we, as a society, are finally ready for a solo female superhero film. Guess what! We aren’t finally ready for a solo female on the big screen. We’ve been ready for a good, long while now, and the reason we haven’t had a successful female superhero flick has nothing to do with the gender of the hero.
Now, prepare yourselves. Take some deep breaths. Count to ten. Whatever you need... Because we're going to look at some history.
There is no doubt that women, both real and fictional, have not always been treated as well as they should have been. It’s been a long road to »
- Douglass Poulsen
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