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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
Despite the issues between them regarding the great replicate debate, Ridley Scott told Variety that Harrison Ford is “very much a part of this one”, and will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the long-discussed sequel to the 80s cult classic Blade Runner. However, Scott recently announced that he will only be producing the film, not directing it.
A few years ago, Harrison Ford reprised his role as Indian Jones, and has just filmed his return to the Star Wars universe as space pirate Han Solo. Now, he apparently is going to revisit another of his most popular roles when he recreates the part of Rick Deckard in Ridley Scott’s long-planned sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner.
There has been some conflict between the two regarding the changes Scott made to the script for the original Blade Runner, strongly hinting the Ford’s character Deckard was one of the replicants, »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Ridley Scott has been giving an update on Blade Runner 2, confirming that Harrison Ford will return as jaded replicant hunter Deckard, but in a smaller role. As for the master stylist who helmed the influential but troubled original, there’s disappointing news – Scott is out of the director’s chair, acting as producer only. With cameras set to crank up next year he elaborated a little about what the sequel would contain:
We (Scott and first film writer Hampton Fancher) talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one… Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.
This suggests a new set of characters, getting around the thorny topic of having an ageing »
- Steve Palace
Superheroes, time travellers, aliens and zombies. Here’s our pick of forthcoming Us geek TV for 2015…
Following on from our list of brand new UK geek-skewed TV shows to keep an eye out for next year is this gaggle of Us counterparts. There are film adaptations from 12 Monkeys to Scream, comic book adaptations including Daredevil and Dark Matter, and a host of original projects.
All of the ones listed below are as certain as certain gets in the world of Us TV commissioning, and as a bonus, there’s a wee list of sci-fi and fantasy pilots to look forward to should they be picked up by their respective networks.
You’ll find this one among our running total of movies currently being turned into TV shows, for obvious reasons.
A Syfy production that’s expected to arrive in January 2015, 12 Monkeys is based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam film (itself »
Ridley Scott is letting someone else take over the Blade Runner sequel. The director revealed that he is no longer going to direct the film. He helped developed the screenplay alongside Hampton Fancher (who, with David Peoples, wrote the original film), and will still be active in the sequel’s development, but only as producer. A director will be announced later.
In an interview with Variety, Scott said, “We talked at length about what it could be and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline.”
The project, is planned to go into production next year. Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard. When talking about Ford's role in the film, Scott said, “Harrison is very much part of this one. But it’s really about finding him. He comes in in the third act.”
- Laura Frances
How often do we get to see a movie that is utterly unlike anything we have ever seen before? It is rare. For his entire career, from the start with his Sundance breakout "Slackers" in 1991, Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater has worked outside the box. He tracked the couple Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) across 18 years and three "Before" films (1995-2013), opening up the writing collaboration to his two lead actors. Linklater is a generous soul. He doesn't try to control as much as to steer his outcomes, with a great deal of confidence, something he needed with the philosophical rotoscoping animation experiments "Waking Life" and the Philip K. Dick adaptation "A Scanner Darkly." The secret of Linklater's success is his willingness to fail. He left some audiences behind with his earnest attempt to fictionalize Eric Schlosser's nonfiction food expose "Fast Food Nation," which played Cannes. But »
- Anne Thompson
Philip K. Dick’s short story “The Crawlers” is the next one of the famed author’s properties to get the big screen treatment. Read on for details and more. The original short story was published in the 1954 and appeared in… Continue Reading →
The post Philip K. Dick’s The Crawlers Claw Their Way to the Big Screen appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
Following a trail of disturbing rumors from the town's secretive population, he soon discovers that they aren't the only residents of Boyle.
Contemporary visual artist Patricia Piccinini will design the creatures, with Emmy-winning makeup artist & creature designer Steve Johnson ("War of the Worlds") on board to do the visual and creature effects along with his partner, filmmaker Robert L. Lucas.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
The Wrap reports this evening that the Philip K. Dick-penned tale "The Crawlers" may be heading to the screen. Jason Lapeyre is in line to direct. He previously helmed the 2012 film I Declare War and the thriller Cold Blooded.
The post Philip K. Dick’s ‘The Crawlers’ is Getting Adapted… appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
The BFI has announced that it is to re-release Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic Blade Runner in its Final Cut form across the UK from April 3rd 2015, with a special one-off screening also set to take place next month on Sunday, 14th December as part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season.
Given complete artistic freedom to create the cut in 2007 – celebrating the 25th anniversary of the film – Blade Runner: The Final Cut is Ridley Scott’s final, definitive and fully restored version of his iconic adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.
We may of course get another chance to see Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard back on the big screen in the future, with the actor set to reunite with Scott on a sequel which the director has been developing over the past couple of years.
- Gary Collinson
As Netflix continues to assert itself as a major television company with such acclaimed series as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Amazon Studios is racing to catch up by ordering series it hopes will be equally well-received. So far, Amazon has scored one big hit in the form of Jeffrey Tambor-led dramedy Transparent, and it hopes to find some more in the new lineup of pilots, which will be made available for viewing as part of the company’s first pilot season of 2015.
Enclosed are descriptions of all seven pilots, courtesy of Deadline. The talented involved on all of them is impressive, to say the least. Mad Dogs comes from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), while The Man In The High Castle hails from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files). Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart) are behind Point Of Honor, »
- Isaac Feldberg
A close-up look at a family torn apart by the start of the Civil War. An adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s alternate history of the United States post-World War II. A satire of new age yoga culture in west Los Angeles. And a docu-series based on America’s most award-winning magazine.
Get ready for our first pilot season of 2015, when seven new series will debut their first episodes in January on Amazon Instant Video in the U.S. and U.K.. As with previous pilot seasons, you’ll be invited to watch each of them and provide feedback on the ones you’d like to see become full series.
The seven new pilots come from both highly-acclaimed and newly-discovered creators, and an impressive roster of talented actors have signed on to bring each pilot to life. Here’s a brief summary of each:
Cocked — A big city corporate lapdog »
Amazon has announced its pilot season line-up of original programming for 2015, with seven shows featuring in total, including pilots from the likes of Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Carlton Cuse (Lost), Ridley Scott (Prometheus) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield).
The seven new pilots premiering early next year will include hour-long shows Cocked from Sam Baum (Lie to Me) and Sam Shaw (Manhattan ), Mad Dogs from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), The Man in the High Castle from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), and Point of Honor from Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart). The three half-hour pilots are Down Dog from Robin Schiff (Are You There, Chelsea?) and Salem Rogers from newcomer Lindsey Stoddart, as well as The New Yorker Presents, a docu-series pilot produced in cooperation with America.s most award-winning magazine. Here’s the full details
- Gary Collinson
In its first three pilot seasons, Amazon has mainly focused on half-hour comedies, hour-long dramas, and dramedies that fall somewhere in between. Now, the online-retailer-turned-video-platform has announced its latest wave of original pilots, and they are quite a diverse bunch. Included among the seven pilots are two historical dramas, two dark comedies, two sitcoms, and a docu-series. By offering seven pilots, Amazon is increasing its output; previous pilot seasons contained five entries each. As per usual, some of the pilots come from recognizable names. One of those names is Ridley Scott, who is one of the executive producers of The Man In The High Castle, a series based off a Philip K. Dick work. The pilot explores an alternate history where the Axis Powers won World War II, and it could be Amazon's answer to 11/22/63, the alternate history book adaptation Hulu plans to distribute. Of course, given Scott's recent history with online video, »
- Sam Gutelle
Amazon is entering pilot season strong with seven pilots for shows with big names attached. The pilots will include hour-long shows Cocked, Mad Dogs, The Man in the High Castle, and Point of Honor, half-hour shows Down Dog and Salem Rogers, and the half-hour docu-series The New Yorker Presents. Cocked is the hour-long dark comedy from Lie to Me's Sam Baum and Manhattan's Sam Shaw. It stars Sam Trammell as Richard Paxson, a man who returns to his rural Virginia family after leaving acrimoniously 20 years ago. Now, Paxson returns with his liberal family to the dysfunctional family he left behind, »
- Teresa Jue
Amazon will have seven new possible series streaming in early 2015 when new pilot episodes premiere for viewer voting. Shows include a docuseries bringing the pages of The New Yorker magazine to life, a Phillip K. Dick adaptation, a satire of new age yoga culture in West Los Angeles and the story of a supermodel trying to claw her way back to the runway after a stint in rehab. Also read: Amazon's 'Transparent' Renewed for Season 2 The biggest names attached to the various projects include former “X-Files” producer Frank Spotnitz and Ridley Scott, who teamed up for “The Man in High Castle, »
- Greg Gilman
Back in 1990, just prior to its release, 20th Century Fox recut Nightbreed drastically, attempting to shift its somewhat progressive, fantastical subtext into the format of a relatively standard slasher film. Though Clive Barker managed to get the film funded in part by the cult success of his oft-misunderstood examination of aberrant sexual desire, Hellraiser, the notion of marketing a film that deliberately subverted the existing hero ethos—positing outsiders as victims rather than villains—was a little too much for a wide release with a video game tie-in. The resulting film was understandably an intriguing mess that genuinely felt unfinished or at least lacking in the usual depth of purpose associated with Barker’s work.
After some years had passed and the Internet was able to facilitate conversations that would otherwise never happen, some of the cut footage was found in rough VHS form, leading to the creation of “The Cabal Cut” of the film, »
- Robert Bell
Amazon has announced the lineup for its first pilot season of 2015 which is scheduled to debut early in the new year exclusively on Amazon Instant Video in the Us, UK and Germany. That lineup of seven potential series comes from the pages of Philip K. Dick to The New Yorker, and includes stars like Jason Lee, Leslie Bibb, Rachel Dratch, Kris Kristofferson, Brian Dennehy, Michael Imperioli, Rufus Sewell and Sam Trammell. »
The film tells the story of electrical engineering prodigy Ryan Patterson’s entry into the 2001 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Patterson went on to not only win the competition, but also gained a position in aerospace robotics for Lockheed Martin. The prodigy began to display his unique affinity for electricity at the tender age of two when he asked for an extension cord and would cuddle with it for comfort rather than a blanket.
In preschool, he would disassemble household electronics, and in elementary school, he tortured his sister and her friends by chasing them around with a robotic mop that he had built. Knowing that Ryan would need more stimulation than his home high school provided, his parents got »
- Justin Kroll
Here at Thn we couldn’t be happier that the BFI is currently celebrating all things Sf with a plethora of events across the UK. With over 1000 screenings of classic film and TV at 200 plus locations, there’s a veritable constellation of sparkly gems for any Sf aficionado to glut themselves with.
Cinema and science fiction have always been close bedfellows—and it’s no surprise really. As far back as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, weird and wonderful ideas about science, humanity, and the universe were captivating readers. And of course, we all know what a godsend Shelley’s creature was to the silver screen.
But what’s the magic ingredient which makes Sf so enduring? You only have to cast your eyes down cinema or TV listings to see the number of features with a speculative element. The X-men franchise, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
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