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Leslie Odom Jr. in Talks to Join ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Exclusive)

17 August 2016 12:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leslie Odom Jr. is in talks to join the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s remake of “Murder on the Orient Express” at Fox, Variety has learned exclusively

Branagh will star as detective Hercule Poirot in addition to directing. Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”) is writing the screenplay based on Agatha Christie’s novel, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.

The film is based on one of Christie’s best known books, which was first published in 1934 and revolves around a murder of an American businessman on board the famous train — with multiple suspects.

Sidney Lumet’s 1974 version starred Albert Finney as Poirot and the cast included Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards and earned Bergman an Oscar.

Branagh will produce the film with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon. »

- Dave McNary

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Angelina Jolie Won't Take The Orient Express

4 August 2016 11:26 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

According to Variety, Angelina Jolie will not star in the remake of 1974's hit Murder On The Orient Express, which Kenneth Branagh is helming for 20th Century Fox. The site reports that Jolie had never signed a deal to appear in the film, although she entered early talks and was in negotiations to join the cast. 

Fox is now trying to interest a number of other big name stars, with Charlize Theron among the actresses being considered to play the role of Mrs. Harriet Hubbard, a role that Lauren Bacall had in the original film. 

Sidney Lumet’s 1974 movie starred Albert Finney, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York. It was also nominated for six Academy Awards. 

Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel Murder On The Orient Express centers on special Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh), who boards a »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Angelina Jolie No Longer Boarding ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Exclusive)

4 August 2016 1:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Angelina Jolie Pitt will not star in Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express” remake, Variety has learned.

The Oscar-winning actress never signed a deal to appear in the film, although she was reported as being in early talks and was in negotiations to join the cast, according to knowledgeable individuals. With Jolie Pitt passing, the studio is now trying to interest a number of other big name stars, with Charlize Theron among the actresses being considered.

In addition to directing, Branagh will star as detective Hercule Poirot. Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”) is writing the screenplay based on Agatha Christie’s novel, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.

The film is based on one of Christie’s best known books. First published in 1934 it revolves around a murder of an American businessman onboard the famous train. The film follows Poirot as he tries to figure out which passenger is the murderer. »

- Brent Lang

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Why Kenneth Branagh Loves Mysteries, from ‘Wallander’ to ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Emmy Watch)

26 June 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Kenneth Branagh fell into his love affair with the “Wallander” mysteries by Swedish author Henning Mankell (1948 – 2015) for “the sheer pleasure of the reading,” he told me over the phone. “It was novel by novel. I’m not usually a kind of completist in this regard, but each novel did send me to the next one, and I did read them in order, and I did find myself drawn in, hypnotically. I didn’t feel I’d met anyone quite like this before or this landscape.”

The novels are set in Sweden, in and around the town of Ystad, 35 miles south-east of the city of Malmö, in the southern province of Skåne. And that’s where the PBS Mystery series (four seasons, from 2009 through 2016) is also filmed. “It’s vast and flat,” said Branagh. “It has a strong regional dialect. It’s a curious, forgotten, unfashionable pocket of land. Over 60 percent »

- Anne Thompson

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Why Kenneth Branagh Loves Mysteries, from ‘Wallander’ to ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Emmy Watch)

26 June 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Kenneth Branagh fell into his love affair with the “Wallander” mysteries by Swedish author Henning Mankell (1948 – 2015) for “the sheer pleasure of the reading,” he told me over the phone. “It was novel by novel. I’m not usually a kind of completist in this regard, but each novel did send me to the next one, and I did read them in order, and I did find myself drawn in, hypnotically. I didn’t feel I’d met anyone quite like this before or this landscape.”

The novels are set in Sweden, in and around the town of Ystad, 35 miles south-east of the city of Malmö, in the southern province of Skåne. And that’s where the PBS Mystery series (four seasons, from 2009 through 2016) is also filmed. “It’s vast and flat,” said Branagh. “It has a strong regional dialect. It’s a curious, forgotten, unfashionable pocket of land. Over 60 percent »

- Anne Thompson

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Angelina Jolie in Talks to Star in 'Murder On The Orient Express' Remake

10 June 2016 10:10 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

According to Variety, Angelina Jolie is in talks to star in a remake of the 1974 hit Murder On The Orient Express, which Kenneth Branagh is helming for 20th Century Fox. Branagh is also  producing alongside Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark GordonMichael Green (Blade Runner 2) is writing the screenplay.

Jolie would play Mrs. Harriet Hubbard, a role that Lauren Bacall had in the original film. Sidney Lumet’s 1974 movie starred Albert Finney, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York. It was also nominated for six Academy Awards.

Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel Murder On The Orient Express centers on special Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who boards a train from Jerusalem to Europe only to have a murder committed in the car next to his during a snowstorm. Poirot tries to discover the murderer or murderers before there's another victim. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Angelina Jolie Set For "Orient Express"

10 June 2016 9:12 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Angelina Jolie is in early talks to join Kenneth Branagh's new adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic 1934 novel "Murder on the Orient Express" for 20th Century Fox.

The story revolves around a murder onboard the famous train of a rather nasty American tycoon. Belgian detective Uercule Poirot must figure out who is responsible before the train, currently stuck in the snow, is freed and allows for the potential suspects to disembark. The answer, which ties back to a famous child abduction case, is more complicated than he could have ever thought.

Branagh not only directs but stars in the film as Poirot, but what role Jolie will play is unclear. The likes of Jessica Chastain, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Lauren Bacall, John Gielguld, Vanessa Redgrave, Alfred Molina, Michael York, Anthony Perkins, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Hershey, Hugh Bonneville and David Morrissey have starred in the three previous screen versions of the story. »

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Angelina Jolie Circles ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Remake

10 June 2016 1:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Angelina Jolie is in early talks to board Fox’s remake of “Murder on the Orient Express.”

Fellow actor/director Kenneth Branagh is helming the film, in addition to starring as Hercule Poirot. The producers are Branagh, Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon. Michael Schaefer and Aditya Sood will also produce in some capacity.

Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”) is writing the screenplay based on Agatha Christie’s novel, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.

Christie’s book, published in 1934, revolves around a murder onboard the famous train. The film follows Belgian detective Poirot who’s tasked with solving the case — in which a number of passengers could potentially be the murderer.

Variety reported in 2013 that Fox was developing the project as a remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 movie, which starred Albert Finney as the genius detective investigating the murder of an American tycoon aboard the train. The »

- Dave McNary

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'Logan's Run': Sci-fi reboot is back on, lands 'Colony' creator to write script

1 June 2016 11:22 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If it had taken much longer to get this reboot going, the sandmen might have come after it. After upwards of 20 years in development and redevelopment, Logan’s Run is back on again. Deadline is reporting that the remake of the 1976 movie has added Ryan Condal (Colony) to write the script. For those unfamiliar, Logan’s Run is a cult sci-fi film in which people who reach 30 are killed by “sandmen” as a way to control the population. When Logan 5 (Michael York), a sandman, finds out that he’s soon to be “controlled,” he runs. The movie also featured Farrah Fawcett-Majors and Peter Ustinov. The Oscar-winning flick (Special Achievements in Visual Effects) grossed an inflation adjusted $104 million. The reboot will be produced by Simon Kinberg (Deadpool), Joel Silver (Sherlock Holmes) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow). »

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‘Logan’s Run’ Remake Moves Ahead With ‘Colony’ Showrunner Ryan Condal

1 June 2016 10:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. is moving ahead with its reboot of “Logan's Run,” tapping “Colony” co-creator/showrunner Ryan Condal to write a new script.

The move comes a year after “X-Men Apocalypse” co-writer Simon Kinberg came on to pen a treatment.

Kinberg will produce with Joel Silver and Greg Berlanti. Kinberg is a producer on “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Fantastic Four” and “Deadpool,” while Berlanti has teamed with DC Comics COO Geoff Johns as the creative force behind the TV hits “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Supergirl.”

Carl Rinsch was in talks in 2010 to direct “Logan’s Run” for Warner Bros. with Silver and Akiva Goldsman producing. At that point, the project — focused on a man trying to escape a mandatory death sentence on his 30th birthday — had been in development at Warners for more than a decade, with Bryan Singer, Skip Woods, Robert Schwentke and James McTeigue associated as possible directors at various points. »

- Dave McNary

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Patrick Duffy Resurfaces With New ‘Man From Atlantis’ Novel And In-depth Tales For Famous Monsters Exclusive

25 May 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

“The pilot and the first couple of two-hour movies were the thing that really cemented it as legitimate science fiction. … Then we sort of got off the rails a little bit.” — Patrick Duffy to Famous Monsters magazine

Dallas and Step By Step television star Patrick Duffy returns to his underwater roots with an all-new adventure in book form based on his first major prime-time TV show, The Man From Atlantis, to be published in June. He spoke exclusively to Famous Monsters of Filmland editor David Weiner.

From marathon underwater filming sessions in which he had to hold his breath for up to two minutes at a time to those revealing yellow swim trunks — and how they “neutralized” his gender details for television — the candid Duffy reflects on his classic ’70s show and also previews his new novel — with plans to write a trilogy — based on Man From Atlantis.

Duffy with »

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Director Paul Feig Defends Ghostbusters in latest Famous Monsters Exclusive

18 May 2016 5:24 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

“People are always going to react the way they react, and that’s the joy and terribleness of the Internet.” — Paul Feig to Famous Monsters magazine

The all-new Ghostbusters are powering up their proton packs for a big-screen summer release on July 15. While many franchise fans are excited for the female-driven reset of the beloved ’80s comedy starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, a very vocal faction of the Internet has expressed its distaste for the reboot concept and its first teaser trailer. 

At Famous Monsters of Filmland, we always give any film the benefit of the doubt before watching it, and wanted to give accomplished Ghostbusters director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy) an opportunity to not only share his creative inspirations for approaching the new film — along with sharing his comedy-casting criteria — but to address those adamantly opposed to his film, despite not having even seen the finished product. »

- Harker Jones

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John Malkovich Joins Fantasy-Drama ‘Valley of the Gods’ (Exclusive)

5 May 2016 7:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Malkovich is joining the cast of Lech Majewski’s fantasy drama “Valley of the Gods,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Malkovich will star opposite Josh Hartnett as the reclusive trillionaire, Wes Tauros. Bérénice Marlohe (“Skyfall”), Keir Dullea (“2001: A Space Odyssey”), John Rhys-Davies and Charlotte Rampling round out the ensemble cast.

Lech Majewski (“The Mill and the Cross”) is directing with production set to begin May 18 in Poland, Italy and Utah.

Royal Road Entertainment’s Filip Jan Rymsza is producing along with Majewski. Peter Safran and Malgorzata Domin are executive producing. Jan Harlan is co-producing alongside Alyssa Swanzey, Natalia Safran and Royal Road’s Carla Rosen-Vacher.

The story features the richest man on earth, a Navajo legend and a writer (Hartnett), who possesses an unbridled imagination and has the ability to alter reality. It involves three narratives about characters who attempt to escape the drama that follows when supernatural visions clash with reality. »

- Dave McNary

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April Fool's Day Countdown: TV's 10 Dumbest Characters Ever

1 April 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Since, as yet, there isn’t a National Nitwit Day — and shouldn’t there be? — your smart-assed friends at TVLine have decided to celebrate the small screen’s biggest idiots today.

RelatedKeep or Cut: These Are the Shows You Most Want to See Renewed!

And no, this isn’t an April Fool’s Day prank, we’re really doing it.

Check out the gallery below to count down to our pick for the tube’s all-time dimmest bulb — or click here for direct access — then hit the comments with the numskulls you think we’re blockheads for having excluded!

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Berenice Marlohe, Keir Dullea Join ‘Valley of the Gods’ (Exclusive)

24 March 2016 6:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berenice Marlohe (“Skyfall”) and Keir Dullea (“2001: A Space Odyssey”) have joined “Valley of the Gods” opposite Josh Hartnett, Charlotte Rampling and John Rhys-Davies, Variety has learned.

The high concept fantasy film, which will begin shooting in May in Poland, Italy and Utah, is directed by Lech Majewski (“The Mill and the Cross”).

Royal Road Entertainment’s Filip Jan Rymsza is producing along with Majewski, who is producing on behalf of Angelus Silesius. Peter Safran is executive producing on behalf of the Safran Company and Jan Harlan is co-producing alongside Royal Road’s Carla Rosen-Vacher.

Harlan was Stanley Kubrick’s executive producer on “The Shining,” “Full Metal Jacket” and “Eyes Wide Shut.”

Joseph Runningfox (“Geronimo”) and Steven Skyler have joined the “Valley of the Gods” cast as well.

The story features the richest man on earth, a Navajo legend and a writer (Hartnett) who possesses an unbridled imagination and has the ability to alter reality. »

- Dave McNary

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New Girl: Jess/Nick 'Developments,' Schmidt's First Name, Reagan's Future and 5 More Season-Ending Scoops

4 March 2016 2:33 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

A bachelor party, a wedding and (maybe) Schmidt’s first name, oh my!

When New Girl airs its milestone 100th episode next Tuesday (8/7c), the Fox comedy will kick off a run of very eventful spring episodes, most of them in preparation for Cece and Schmidt’s long-awaited nuptials.

But even before Cece takes that walk down the aisle, there’s other business for the show to attend to, including Jess’ return from jury duty, her first face-to-face interactions with Reagan and bachelor/bachelorette soirees that sound absolutely insane.

TVLine recently caught up with the stars and producers of New Girl »

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The Simpsons Video: Michael York Helps Lisa Finds Her (Latest) Calling

4 March 2016 7:28 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Lisa is out to save every last animal in Springfield on Sunday’s The Simpsons (Fox, 8/7c) — and she’s looking to a very familiar voice for help.

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Michael York, who previously voiced treasure hunter Mason Fairbanks — aka not Homer’s biological father — returns this Sunday to voice veterinarian Dr. Budgie, and TVLine has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at his special appearance.

Lisa, who’s always had an interesting relationship with animals, pursues an internship at Dr. Budgie’s office after performing CPR on a tased raccoon, »

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American Idol Top 8 Performance Recap: Girl, You Earned It

3 March 2016 7:16 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

I’m not going to kvetch about American Idol failing to reward one of its dozens of worthy grads with a Thursday-night performance slot — there are only six weeks left, after all! — and instead using it to promote the doing-just-fine-already former X Factor judge Demi Lovato

Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

I won’t complain that the show’s producers learned nothing from last season — and have once again returned to a format where current contestants spend two hours waiting with nervous anticipation to find out which of ’em are at risk of elimination, »

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Scream Queens Season 2: Niecy Nash Returning as Denise Hemphill

3 March 2016 4:33 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Officer Agent Denise Hemphill is back on the case!

RelatedScream Queens Renewed for Season 2 — New Setting, Cast Details Revealed

Niecy Nash on Thursday confirmed that she’ll return for the second season of Fox’s Scream Queens, reprising her fan-favorite character, who got a call from the FBI in the first season finale.

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Frank Finlay, Oscar-Nominated British Actor, Dies at 89

31 January 2016 11:31 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British actor Frank Finlay, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work in “Othello” and starred in the “Three Musketeers” films of the ’70s, died Saturday, according to a message on his official website. He was 89.

“We are very saddened to announce that Frank died today 30 January 2016 at home surrounded by his family,” reads the statement. “He was a fine actor and will be very much missed by his friends and family.”

Finlay starred alongside Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Michael York in 1973’s “The Three Musketeers” before returning as Porthos for “The Four Musketeers: Milday’s Revenge” in 1974. He would go on to reprise his role in the 1989 film “The Return of the Musketeers.”

The actor also appeared in the Richard Roundtree sequel “Shaft in Africa.” His TV credits include starring in “Bouquet of Barbed Wire” with Susan Penhaligon and in Dennis Potter serial “Casanova.”

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- Alex Stedman

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