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14 items from 2016


Perry Mason: Robert Downey Jr Remake May Come to HBO

16 August 2016 4:45 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

HBO is said to be in talks with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto and Robert Downey Jr., to reboot the Perry Mason TV series, with Downey in the title role. Variety reports the project is based on the feature film the star had previously developed at Warner Bros. If the project is ordered to series, Perry Mason would be Downey's second TV series role. He played Larry Paul on Ally McBeal in 2000 and 2001, and returned for the final two episodes,  2002.The original Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr, premiered in the fall of 1957 and ran for nine seasons before being cancelled by CBS in 1966. The cast also included: Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins, Wesley Lau, Richard Anderson, Michael Fox, Lee Miller, and Connie Cezon. According to the »

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Robert Downey, Jr. and Nic Pizzolatto Developing ‘Perry Mason’ Reboot for HBO — Report

15 August 2016 4:49 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Nic Pizzolatto may not be involved with “True Detective” season three — which itself is still far from a certainty — but his involvement with HBO is far from over. Along with Robert Downey Jr., the writer and producer is in talks with HBO for a new drama project. Variety first reported the news.

Read More: ‘True Detective’ Season 3: HBO Says, ‘It Is Not Dead’

Few concrete details are known about the project, though it looks to be related to the “Perry Mason” reboot that Downey Jr. was previously developing with Warner Bros. as a feature film for several years. (This project, whatever it is, will be a series.) The two will executive produce along with Susan Downey, with Pizzolatto writing and Rdj starring — his first television role, should it come to pass, since his high-profile role in Ally McBeal some 15 years ago.

Read More: HBO Signs Nic Pizzolatto, But Pushes »

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Robert Downey, Jr. and Nic Pizzolatto Developing ‘Perry Mason’ Reboot for HBO — Report

15 August 2016 4:49 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Nic Pizzolatto may not be involved with “True Detective” season three — which itself is still far from a certainty — but his involvement with HBO is far from over. Along with Robert Downey Jr., the writer and producer is in talks with HBO for a new drama project. Variety first reported the news.

Read More: ‘True Detective’ Season 3: HBO Says, ‘It Is Not Dead’

Few concrete details are known about the project, though it looks to be related to the “Perry Mason” reboot that Downey Jr. was previously developing with Warner Bros. as a feature film for several years. (This project, whatever it is, will be a series.) The two will executive produce along with Susan Downey, with Pizzolatto writing and Rdj starring — his first television role, should it come to pass, since his high-profile role in Ally McBeal some 15 years ago.

Read More: HBO Signs Nic Pizzolatto, But Pushes »

- Michael Nordine

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Robert Downey Jr., True Detective Boss Eye (Perry Mason?) Series at HBO

15 August 2016 4:01 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

As it mulls a third season of True Detective, HBO is reportedly teaming with series creator Nic Pizzolatto on a series that would star Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr.

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Per our sister site Variety, Pizzolatto and Downey Jr. are in talks to respectively pen and star in a drama series that just might be a small-screen reboot of the Perry Mason film the latter had been developing at Warner Bros.

Among its several incarnations, Perry Mason is best remembered as a CBS TV series that »

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Robert Downey Jr., Nic Pizzolatto Eyeing TV Project at HBO (Exclusive)

15 August 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO is looking to expand its relationship with one of its proven hit-makers by teaming him up with one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Nic Pizzolatto and Robert Downey Jr. are in talks for a drama project, with the “True Detective” creator attached to write and the “Iron Man” actor attached to star, sources tell Variety.

HBO and reps for both Pizzolatto and Downey Jr. declined to comment.

Plot details are scarce, but insiders say the project is based on Downey Jr.’s “Perry Mason” reboot, which he had been developing as a feature film at Warner Bros. for several years. Pizzolatto, Joe Horacek, Downey Jr., and his producing partner and wife, Susan Downey, of Team Downey will serve as exec producers.

Sources indicate the project will be a series, rather than a TV film, and that the project has been gestating at HBO since as early as May.

This project would mark Downey Jr.’s »

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13 TV Reboots That Should Have Been Booted (Photos)

27 July 2016 1:26 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

After Fox revisited “The X-Files,” TheWrap looks at other TV reboots that never should’ve happened. “Charlie’s Angels” “Charlie’s Angels” perfectly captured the goofiness of the ’70s, but it felt painfully out of date in 2011. Critics and audiences agreed: It was canceled after three episodes. “IronsideBlair Underwood has done some memorable TV work, starting with his career-making role on “L.A. Law.” But his 2013 take on the Raymond Burr crime drama was yanked from NBC’s air even faster than you can say “Lax” or “The Event.”   “The Bionic Woman” A 2007 take on the “Six Million Dollar Man” spinoff, »

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'Iron Man' Courts "Perry Mason"

27 June 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Warner Bros. Pictures ("Sherlock Holmes") and Robert Downey Jr.'s production company Team Downey continue developing author Erle Stanley Gardner's lawyer character 'Perry Mason' as a potential feature franchise, with Downey Jr. eyeing the title role.

The new film will be set in the 1930's, featuring Mason's secretary 'Della Street', private investigator 'Paul Drake' and courtroom nemesis 'Hamilton Burger'.

Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey will produce with Robert Cort, along with David Gambino, Eric Hetzel and Joe Horacek executive producing with Susan Feiles and Chris Darling.

As a defense attorney, 'Perry Mason' was featured in more than 80 'detective fiction' novels and short stories, most of which had a plot involving his client's murder trial. Typically, Mason was able to establish his client's innocence by implicating another character, who then confessed.

Author Gardner had over 135 million copies of his books in print in North »

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The Whip Hand

3 June 2016 7:58 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

I guess Howard Hughes wanted to go easy on Minnesota Nazis. William Cameron Menzies directs a Cold War thriller about an insidious germ warfare conspiracy -- it's an early paranoid suspense tale with apocalyptic consequences. But the story behind the movie's making -- and then remaking -- is even more fantastic. The Whip Hand DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1951 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 82 min. / Street Date February 16, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 18.59 Starring Elliott Reid, Raymond Burr, Carla Balenda, Edgar Barrier, Otto Waldis, Michael Steele, Lurene Tuttle, Peter Brocco, Lewis Martin, Frank Darien, Olive Carey, George Chandler, Gregory Gaye. Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca Film Editor Robert Golden Original Music Music by Paul Sawtell Written by George Bricker, Frank L. Moss, Ray Hamilton Produced by Louis J. Rachmil Directed by William Cameron Menzies

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Film writers Bill Warren and Tom Weaver have reported extensively on the unusual production story »

- Glenn Erickson

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John M. Whalen Reviews Four Retro Westerns From The Warner Archive: "Station West", "Roughshod", "Wild Bill Hickok Rides" And "The Real Glory"

3 June 2016 3:14 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By John M. Whalen

Howdy, pardners. It’s western movie roundup time at Cinema Retro today. Here are a handful of oldie westerns recently released on DVD by the Warner Archive- and which are now available in the Cinema Retro Movie Store. And a rootin’, tootin’, downright interesting bunch of movies they are.

Station West

First up, “Station West” with Dick Powell and Jane Greer. Ever wonder what would happen if private dick Philip Marlowe traveled back in time to the old west and tried to solve a murder case? That’s essentially what you have with Station West, an offbeat western filmed in black and white that plays like film noir, except all the men wear wide-brimmed Stetsons instead of Fedoras, and shoot Colt Peacemakers and Winchesters instead of snubbed nosed .38s. To further mix up the western and detective genres Jane Greer, the most fatale of all femme fatales, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Godzilla 101: Showa, Heisei, Millennium – The Three Godzilla Eras And What Makes Them Special

8 May 2016 11:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Thomas O’Connor on the three eras of the Godzilla franchise and what makes them special…

A new Japanese Godzilla movie is on the way, heralding the return of Toho’s epic franchise after over a decade of dormancy. Understandably, not everyone has the time or inclination to sit through hours upon hours of Godzilla films in preparation for Hideaki Anno and Shiji Higuchi’s Godzilla: Resurgence, and in all honesty, doing so probably isn’t necessary. But still, a solid primer on the history of the Godzilla franchise probably wouldn’t hurt for those curious to see what Japan has in response to Gareth Edwards’ stateside take on the franchise. That’s why here at Flickering Myth, we’re presenting a series dedicated to catching the rest of you up on the history of the franchise. Not just the films themselves, but the important figures behind the camera, »

- Thomas O'Connor

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Shine On, Beautiful Murder

22 April 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Team Experience is at the Tribeca Film Festival. Here's Jason on "A Kind of Murder" and "Always Shine"

I know it's blasphemy in these parts to speak ill of Mad Men (cue 90% of you automatically clicking away in disgust) but I could never really get into it because it felt too slavishly obsessed with 60s posturing - I love Mid-Century Design as much as the next Eero Saarinen disciple but I couldn't ever see the forest for the tulip chairs. That said, the new Patricia Highsmith adaptation A Kind of Murder (from the 1954 book The Blunderer, kind of a suburban copycat criss-cross of Strangers on a Train) makes Mad Men seem positively restrained in its period affectations - how you manage to turn a walking talking charm like Patrick Wilson into a walking talking turtleneck I'll never figure.

The turtlenecks! The martini glasses! The heavy salmon drapes and stone fireplaces! »

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Cineplex celebrates Canada's Walk of Fame and their emerging artist music mentorship program

6 April 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Emerging Canadian musicians, do not miss this opportunity of a lifetime!

Cineplex has been a proud sponsor of Canada’s Walk of Fame, which is definitely one of the coolest achievements a Canadian artist can achieve. Now Canada’s Walk of Fame wants to help emerging musicians have their shot at super stardom, and maybe one day we’ll walk on your name!

Cineplex has a long history with Canada's Walk of Fame, most notably through our Cineplex Legends Inductees Award. Every year we posthumously honour a Canadian artist for their formidable contributions to the arts. Among these artists are Jeff Healy, Phil HartmanOscar Peterson and Raymond Burr.

Take a look at some of their greatest moments below: Oscar Peterson Phil Hartman Jeff Healey Raymond Burr

It is through iniatives such as the Legends Inductee program that Cineplex recognizes Canadian talent in the arts, including music, film, and television. »

- Adriana Floridia

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The 20 Best Detective Movies of All Time

16 February 2016 2:00 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

From a pop culture perspective, private detectives stand for all that’s memorable about film noir. The indifference, the wittiness, and the moral ambiguity that define each urban knight has since become the stuff of parodied legend. We’re talking about the mediators between the crooks and the cops, the embodiment of back alley grayness that’s so tough to pin down. P.I.’s could cooperate with the law if needed, but they could just as soon do business with the bad guys for the right price. To a certain extent, that is – shamus work has always attracted the ignored and the ethical. The Wild West has mythical men with no name, The Asphalt Jungle has names with investigating licenses attached to them. Instead of a poncho and a ten gallon hat, they’re provided a fedora and trench coat.

The archetype has undergone many faces throughout Hollywood’s history, »

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Station West

5 February 2016 9:15 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Army investigator John Haven is out to catch some crooks using stealth, his wits and a limitless supply of marvelous hardboiled dialogue. Dick Powell trades a trench coat for a cowboy hat, while luscious Jane Greer swaps a .38 snubnose for a dance hall dress. A great cast, a witty script and Burl Ives' singing voice make this a delightfully different noir-inflected oater. Station West DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1948 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 80 min. / Street Date January 12, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Dick Powell, Jane Greer, Agnes Moorehead, Burl Ives,Tom Powers, Gordon Oliver, Steve Brodie, Guinn Williams, Raymond Burr, Regis Toomey, Olin Howlin, John Kellogg, Charles Middleton, John Doucette . Cinematography Harry J. Wild Film Editor Frederic Knudtson Original Music Heinz Roemheld Written by Frank Fenton, Winston Miller Produced by Robert Sparks Directed by Sidney Lanfield

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Want to discover a 'different,' fun '40s western with clever plotting? »

- Glenn Erickson

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