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Joe Henderson, who was just tapped as showrunner of Lucifer, has signed an overall deal with the studio behind the new Fox drama series, Warner Bros. Television. Under the two-year pact, he will render executive producer/showrunners services on Lucifer as well as develop new projects for network, cable, and digital. Henderson is executive producing Lucifer, from Warner Bros. TV, DC Comics and Jerry Bruckheimer Television, with Tom Kapinos, who wrote the pilot based on the… »
Two years ago, I published an item asking whether the Lone Ranger was actually based on the exploits of a real life black hero. This was around the time that the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced recent version of the Lone Ranger story that starred Armie Hammer as the Ranger, and Johnny Depp as his trusted Indian sidekick, Tonto. That person was Bass Reeves (the gent pictured above with one helluva mustache) who, not surprisingly, was written out, or purposely overlooked in histories of the West, by historians (until recently), and who was the subject of a long overdue book written a few years years ago by Art Burton, titled "Black Gun, »
Two years ago, I published an item asking whether the Lone Ranger was actually based on the exploits of a real life black hero. This was around the time that the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced recent version of the Lone Ranger story that starred Armie Hammer as the Ranger, and Johnny Depp as his trusted Indian sidekick, Tonto. That person was Bass Reeves (the gent pictured above with one helluva mustache) who, not surprisingly, was written out, or purposely overlooked in histories of the West, by historians (until recently), and who was the subject of a long overdue book written a few years years ago by Art Burton, titled "Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves." Born a slave in 1838, Reeves’ master brought him along as his personal servant when he went off to fight with the Confederate Army, during the Civil War. And seeing »
By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.
The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.
Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?
January 2000, one week
Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name, »
CBS is saying goodbye to the show that turned the network’s fortunes around some 15 years ago. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” will wrap its 15-season run in September with a two-hour finale that will reunite original stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger.
The finale will air Sept. 27 and feature other returning cast members who have been on the forensic procedural over its run. Ted Danson, the current “CSI” star, will relocate to the latest spinoff, “CSI: Cyber,” opposite Patricia Arquette.
“It’s easy to take it for granted,” said Kelly Kahl, CBS senior exec VP. “This is one of the strongest and longest-running dramas in TV history.” He noted its importance to CBS: “This was one of the shows that reversed our fortunes and put us in the right direction.”
“CSI” was a sleeper hit for the Eye in its debut in the fall of 2000. The show’s cinematic style »
- Cynthia Littleton
Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, today unveiled the Fox primetime slate for the 2015-2016 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theatre. Here's what the CEO's had to say in a joint statement.
"Building on the phenomenal momentum created by Gotham, The Last Man on Earth and, of course, Empire, we're infusing next season's schedule with new ambitious dramas, smart comedies, aspirational unscripted series and big live events and specials - all from the best creators in the business. And our strategy with these bold creative swings is simple: schedule them strategically, market them relentlessly and create events that break through and captivate viewers across every platform."
Tuesdays are all-new this fall on Fox, with new comedies Grandfathered and The Grinder, followed by killer comedy-horror series Scream Queens. The new comedies kicking off an all-new Tuesday are Grandfathered and The Grinder. »
We now know when Fox is planning to bring FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully back to the small screen, as the network revealed that part one of The X-Files six-episode event series premiere will air on Sunday, January 24th.
In their 2015 - 2016 fall TV schedule announcement (which also includes information on Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens, slated to begin airing on Tuesdays this fall), Fox revealed that the return of The X-Files will take place on Sunday, January 24th, between 10:00pm - 11:00pm Est after the Nfc Championship game.
The second half of the two-part premiere will air at 8:00pm Est the following night on Monday, January 25th, with subsequent episodes also airing on Monday nights. Filming on the event series begins this June. For more information, see the official press release below (The X-Files details are highlighted in bold text). Also included in »
- Derek Anderson
We’ve heard from ABC, NBC and CBS. Now it’s time to reveal the new shows Fox picked up as well. First the network announced series orders for the comedies The Grinder, Grandfathered, The Guide to Surviving Life and the medical drama Rosewood, after that it was The Frankenstein Code and now Deadline is reporting that Fox picked up Minority Report and Lucifer as well. Let’s start with Lucifer. Fox put in an order for a pilot back in February and apparently the network is happy with what Warner Bros. TV, DC Comics and Jerry Bruckheimer Television delivered because the show is moving forward. It stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer, the Lord of Hell. He’s bored and unhappy so opts to ditch his throne in the underworld and move to Los Angeles where he has some fun helping the Lapd punish criminals. Lucifer also stars Lauren German, »
- Perri Nemiroff
A number of series are being canceled and renewed at this very second. New shows are also being announced as they get picked up for a series order by various networks. One of those shows, which we've heard quite a bit about in recent months, is Lucifer. Based on the DC Vertigo supernatural comic book, the show has been picked up at Fox. And today, we have a first look at Tom Ellis as the lead.
The news comes just one day after NBC officially announced that they have canceled another DC supernatural series, with Constantine now looking for a home elsewhere. The hope is to find digital distribution for Season 2. Will Lucifer have better luck finding an audience on Fox?
White Collar co-executive producer Joe Henderson has joined the newly picked up Fox drama series Lucifer as executive producer/showrunner. Lucifer, from Warner Bros. TV, DC Comics and Jerry Bruckheimer Television, was written by Californication creator Tom Kapinos, who also had a CW pilot and is not very involved in the Fox drama. He will remain an executive producer on the series but won’t have hands-on involvement as showrunner. Henderson and Kapinos executive produce… »
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Based on characters from DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, Lucifer stars Tom Ellis (Rush) in the title role. Bored as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the Lapd punish criminals.
The cast also includes Lauren German (as Det. Chloe »
Friday was a huge day for established, familiar properties. ABC kicked off the morning by picking up "Uncle Buck," which was followed by Fox's order for "The Frankenstein Code" and then quickly by CBS' series orders for "Rush Hour," "Limitless" and a "Criminal Minds" spinoff. In what I'm assuming will be Friday's last piece of big, breaking news -- famous last words -- Fox has given series orders to "Minority Report" and "Lucifer," based on the hit Steven Spielberg/Tom Cruise feature and the DC/Vertigo comic title respectively. Let's look at the details: "Minority Report" was written by Max Borenstein and directed by Mark Mylod and features Spielberg and Amblin Television among its producers. It's set 10 years after the end of the Pre-Crime unit in DC and three remaining pre-cogs are struggling to integrate back into society. One of them meets a helpful detective and is able to find »
- Daniel Fienberg
Fox ordered “Lucifer” and “Minority Report” to series on Friday, adding two more dramas to its schedule. From executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer and “Sleepy Hollow”creator Len Wiseman, “Lucifer” stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the Lapd punish criminals. “Lucifer” is based on the characters from DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint and also stars Lauren German as Det. Chloe Dancer, Rachael Harris as Kim Martin, Db Woodside as Amenadiel, Lesley-Ann Brandt as Maze, »
- Debbie Emery
A fourth adventure for Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop 4 film has long been mooted ever since 1994’s Beverly Hills Cop III, but it seems we will have to wait a bit longer to see the return of their favourite L.A. Cop.
The sequel, which is being directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour), is still in development at Paramount, but will not be hitting cinemas next March as originally scheduled as the project has not progressed as either the studio, nor Murphy, were hoping. Indeed, the film was set to be released on March 25th 2016, which is the same weekend as the hugely-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so it is probably a wise decision to avoid that date regardless.
- Scott J. Davis
Fans who were looking forward to the return of Axel Foley next year will have to wait a bit longer. Paramount Pictures has taken Beverly Hills Cop 4 off its release schedule. It was initially slated to debut on March 25, 2016, but no new release date was given for the sequel. If it would have stayed in that release slot, it would have had to go up against the superhero adventure Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Eddie Murphy is set to return as Axel Foley, but the actor revealed in January that the script isn't quite ready yet, which could be the reason why this was pulled from the release schedule. Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) are writing the screenplay, with Brett Ratner attached to direct and Jerry Bruckheimer producing. It isn't known if any of the other original Beverly Hills Cop stars such as Judge Reinhold »
Jerry Bruckheimer is producing and Brett Ratner has been attached to direct from a script by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”), which centers around Murphy’s Axel Foley character returning to his native Detroit.
The studio also announced that its untitled Bad Robot movie would be released on March 11.
The three “Beverly Hills Cop” films were released in 1984, 1987 and 1994. They grossed a combined $735 million worldwide.
- Dave McNary
A day after pushing Monster Trucks off of its 2015 release schedule, Paramount Pictures is now pushing Beverly Hills Cop out of 2016 and will remain unset for the time being. In addition, the studio dropped their Untitled Bad Robot sci-fi movie from J.J. Abrams into a March 11, 2016 date. Eddie Murphy had been on to return to the big screen as Axel Foley in what was to be the fourth installment of the franchise that got its start in the 1980s. Jerry Bruckheimer is… »
The film had been earmarked for release on March 25th 2016, with Murphy returning in the lead role, and Brett Ratner stepping in as director. However, with production not close to starting it seems, that March date was looking more and more of a long shot. Furthermore, given that Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is due out on the same day, it was always likely to be shifted anyway.
Those looking forward to a new instalment of Beverly Hills Cop may be left disappointed, as the movie appears to have been put on indefinite hold.
According to The Wrap, Paramount has removed the movie from its release schedule.
However, Beverly Hills Cop 4 - which was originally due for release on March 25, 2016 - remains in development.
Leading star Eddie Murphy previously admitted that he isn't willing to make a "sh**ty movie just to make some paper".
The last Beverly Hills Cop movie was released in 1994 to mixed critical reviews. »
Paramount has removed Beverly Hills Cop 4 from their release schedule. The film chronicling he further adventures of Detective Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) was set to hit theaters March 25, 2016, but The Wrap is reporting that the project has been delayed indefinitely. Brett Ratner is set to direct the sequel, with Jerry Bruckheimer returning as producer. While Paramount may be making moves to avoid going head-to-head with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at the box office, the fact that there's no replacement release date indicates a deeper issue. Most likely, the delay is due to script concerns. Back in January, Murphy made it very clear that he's not going to touch a Beverly HillsCop sequel until the script is in perfect form. [caption id="attachment_92586" align="alignright" width="320"] Image via Paramount[/caption] Murphy told Rolling Stone: “They’re still trying to get that script right. I’m not doing a Beverly Hills Cop unless they have a really incredible script. »
- Haleigh Foutch
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