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Forget Poirot’s “little grey cells” and the gently clicking knitting needles of Miss Marple, the future of Agatha Christie on television is action-packed and scary, complete with fistfights, chases, international espionage and realistic violence.
The Christie estate has taken back control of TV rights and aims to create a new era of dynamic mysteries before copyright on one of the UK’s most potentially lucrative literary franchises runs out in 32 years.
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- Maggie Brown and Vanessa Thorpe
Looking for a good book recommendation? Our writers have a few unsung sci-fi, fantasy and horror gems up their sleeves...
Other people. What’s the point of them? They’re noisy and everywhere.
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Nominations came in for personal favourites in fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and graphic novels, so we’ve divided them up into a series of features, the first of which is below, on great unsung sci-fi, fantasy, horror and thriller adult fiction.
Our hope is that you’ll demonstrate your worth as other people by carrying on the recommendations in the comments section below. Thanks in advance.
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Streaming service Acorn TV, which specializes in programming from across the pond, makes its Emmys debut this year with two strong contenders for Best TV Movie: "Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain, Poirot's Last Case" and "Foyle's War: Elise, The Final Mystery." Both of these telefilms mark the end of long-running franchises. Each of these Brit hits is finally eligible for the Emmys because of the participation of American-based Acorn TV, which stepped in to co-produce for the first time to ensure these final episodes reached Us audiences. -Break- In the case of "Curtain," it was the culmination of a series that dates back more than a quarter century. David Suchet first played Agatha Christie's classic character of Hercule Poirot in hour-long adaptations of short stories that aired in 1989. There were four seasons of these, with production of the first three of the featur »
If you told me in the '90s that Shakespeare loving Kenneth Branagh would be directing comic book movies and tentpoles, I would've said you're crazy. He might've said that too. But the 2010s have seen Branagh jump with both feet into the waters of multiplex fare with "Thor," "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," and "Cinderella." And now Marvel is eyeing the director to return to their Cinematic Universe. Chatting on Popcorn Talk, Heroic Hollywood head Umberto Gonazalez revealed that Branagh is someone Marvel is looking at for "Thor: Ragnaork." "I was hearing that Marvel wanted Kenneth Branagh back for ‘Thor 3′. But, he just got an offer to direct ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ at Fox. So, I don’t know if it is going to happen or not. They’re thinking about bringing him back into the fold," he said. Read More: Kenneth Branagh To Solve 'The Murder On The Orient Express' Indeed, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Last summer, veteran British actor David Suchet jetted west to take part in a celebration at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills of his final appearance as Agatha Christie's classic character Hercule Poirot. Despite playing the Belgian detective in a staggering 70 TV films, he has only become eligible to contend at the Emmys for this farewell performance in "Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain, Poirot's Last Case." In a candid conversation with Los Angeles Times scribe Robert Lloyd (watch below), the urbane actor explained how Acorn TV has made this possible. The streaming service, which specializes in programming from across the pond, stepped in to co-produce for the first time to ensure this final installment in the franchise reached Us audiences. -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders Suchet's connection with the iconic part predated his 1989 debut in a series »
After American Sniper was the biggest box office draw of 2014, it seems anyone will pay to see Bradley Cooper in uniform again. Deadline reports Cooper is set to produce Ghost Army, a World War II story about an agency tasked with feeding the Nazis fake intelligence about the actual number of American troops, with the hope that Cooper will star. Cooper, Todd Phillips, and Andrew Lazar are producing a script by Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo), working from a non-fiction book entitled The Ghost Army of World War II and a 2013 documentary also titled Ghost Army.
Not even a year after Tom Wilkinson portrayed Lyndon B. Johnson in Selma, Woody Harrelson will now portray our former president in Rob Reiner’s political drama simply titled Lbj. Via Variety, production will begin in the fall on a film about the life of Johnson up through his childhood and how he was »
- Brian Welk
Award-winning director Sir Kenneth Branagh is preparing to direct an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder On The Orient Express’, according to a report. Branagh to direct Murder Of The Orient Express
The 54-year-old star, who helmed the recent Disney version of Cinderella, has been locked in discussions with 20th Century Fox about taking on the project, TheWrap reports.
Sir Kenneth made his name with a series of Shakespeare adaptations, but this project could well mark a further move by him towards more populist material, having also helmed Marvel’s Thor and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
He also revealed earlier this year that he is “very hopeful” Martin Scorsese »
- Paul Heath
Kenneth Branagh has reached a fairly interesting period in his career, that’s for sure. After spending so many years primarily adapting Shakespeare onto the big screen, starting with “Thor,” Branagh has embarked on a flirtation with mainstream Hollywood fare that doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon. He’s currently in talks to helm an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” which from the outset, appears to be right up his alley. But with his last film “Cinderella” making some serious bank in the box office, you’d have to imagine Branagh can pretty much do what he wants. Of course, “Murder on the Orient Express” has been made into a feature film before. The incomparable Sidney Lumet directed the 1974 version, which was well-received at the time of its release and earned several Academy Award nominations. Considering Lumet’s film featured a knockout »
- Ken Guidry
Have you heard that Kenneth Branagh is in talks to direct a new version of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express," with Ridley Scott producing? Well, he is... and we're pumped! Should these talks pan out, the multi-talented Branagh, hot off the success of Disney's live-action "Cinderella," is expected to assemble an all-star, A-list cast.
One of Christie's most famous and beloved tales, "Murder on the Orient Express" follows famous Belgian Detective Hercule Poirot who must single-handedly unravel a mysterious murder aboard the titular train when it's trapped by a snowslide between Istanbul and Paris. Add to that a sea of likely suspects, and you've got the makings of one of the original contained thrillers. We won't spoil the final solution (even though it's about eighty-one-years old; the book was published in 1934, and the Sidney Lumet-directed classic was released in 1974), but it's one of Christie's shocking best. »
- Matthew A Nelson
British star set to direct new movie version of Agatha Christie’s locomotive homicide favourite
If the film proceeds, it will be the fourth screen transfer for the story, which concerns a mysterious death on a train departing from Istanbul and boasting a picturesque selection of passengers. The novel was most famously adapted in 1974 for a film starring Albert Finney as Belgium sleuth Hercule Poirot; subsequent TV versions in 2001 and 2010 starred Alfred Molina and David Suchet.
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- Catherine Shoard
Trying to guess what film Kenneth Branagh is going to plump for next is no easy task. His last three movies as director have been his three biggest blockbuster projects to date, namely Thor, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Cinderella. The latter has grossed over $500m for Disney thus far, and arrives on disc in August.
20th Century Fox is putting the project together, with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon set to produce. Michael Green, who has penned the script for Blade Runner 2, is working on the screenplay for this one.
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Kenneth Branagh, once the apparent successor to Laurence Olivier and Franco Zeffirelli for mainstream association with Shakespeare movie adaptations, has been doing fluffier gigs of late -- making movies out of comic books (Thor), Disneyfied fairy tales (Cinderella) and airport spy novels (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit). Now it's time for a return to at least a nice piece of British ensemble fiction. It's not the Bard, but for fans of Branagh's earlier all-star productions, a new version of Murder on the Orient Express -- which is, easy enough, about a murder on the Orient Express railroad -- should be close enough. The last adaptation of Agatha Christie's very famous 1934 mystery novel was only five years ago, but that was part of the TV series Agatha...
- Christopher Campbell
Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" remains one of the author's most popular novels and 20th Century Fox has been slowly working away on an adaptation of the novel for several years. Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, and Simon Kinberg will be producing with Michael Green, who has penned the new Blade Runner film, is working on writing the... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
It looks like Kenneth Branagh might have found his Cinderella follow-up. According to The Wrap, Branagh is currently in talks to direct a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. The novel was first published in 1934 and has been adapted four times since - there’s Sidney Lumet’s 1974 feature film starring Albert Finney, a five-part radio series for BBC Radio 4, a made-for-tv version starring Alfred Molina that aired on CBS, and then another rendition for the series Agatha Christie's Poirot. Michael Green (Green Lantern) is set to pen the new Murder on the Orient Express film for 20th Century Fox. The narrative features a private detective named Hercule Poirot. During a trip aboard the Orient Express, an American man is murdered and Poirot agrees to investigate and try to find out who did it. Ridley Scott and Simon Kinberg are on board to produce the film alongside Mark Gordon. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express remake is slowly but surely chugging along, now with a new director. Kenneth Branagh is in talks to helm the new adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic, which is being produced by Ridley Scott. More details about the Kenneth Branagh Murder on the Orient Express news after the jump. TheWrap […]
- Angie Han
Kenneth Branagh is planning to straight up murder someone. But don’t worry – it’s all in the cause of cinematic art (or so he would have you believe). According to The Wrap, the Thor and Cinderella director is looking to tackle something both closer to and further away from home this time, as he’s in talks for 20th Century Fox’s new version of Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express.Writer Michael Green – who is a busy man these days – is at work on a new adaptation of the murder mystery. The book was first published in 1934, and sees Poirot (“monsieur Parrot?”) exercising the little grey cells over the murder of an American tycoon on a journey from Istanbul (Constantinople at the time) to Paris. This new film has been in development since late 2013, with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon all aboard as producers. »
In the story, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of an American tycoon aboard the titular train. A large ensemble of A-lst stars are expected to be a part of the cast.
The work was previous adapted onto a multiple Oscar-nominated film in 1974 with Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.
It was adapted again in 2004 as part of the long-running David Suchet-led TV series. That version included Jessica Chastain, Toby Jones, Barbara Hershey, David Morrissey, Hugh Bonneville, Brian J. Smith and Eileen Atkins. »
- Garth Franklin
Fresh off the global success of Disney’s “Cinderella,” Kenneth Branagh is in discussions to direct an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” for 20th Century Fox, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. A representative for 20th Century Fox declined to comment. Ridley Scott of Scott Free and Simon Kinberg of Genre Films are producing with Mark Gordon. Michael Green, who wrote the new “Blade Runner” movie for Scott, is adapting Christie’s 1934 detective novel. The story follows gifted detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the murder of an American tycoon aboard the titular train. »
- Jeff Sneider
When it comes to TV awards, digital may be the new cable.
Internet-streaming services Netflix and Amazon are producing award-worthy original programming — and Hulu, Yahoo and AOL are also jumping into the game, looking to garner industry accolades for their content investments and the marketing lift they provide.
The digital insurgents haven’t fully crossed the divide yet, having been shut out of major Emmy wins so far. The highest-profile victories have been David Fincher’s directing win for “House of Cards” season one, and “Orange Is the New Black” co-star Uzo Aduba’s (pictured above) guest actress Emmy last year.
But the tide appears to be shifting. “Cards” star Kevin Spacey won the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award this year; “Oitnb” picked up two SAG wins; and Amazon Studios’ “Transparent” won a Globe for best comedy series, while star Jeffrey Tambor nabbed lead actor.
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- Todd Spangler
Bravest Warriors #33
Written by Kate Leth
Colors by Lisa Moore
Published by Boom! Studios
Back from a summer camp, which ended up featuring an interdimensional eldritch being and Catbug’s evil brother, the Bravest Warriors are ready for some well-earned R and R. However, when they get back to their hideout, they are greeted by a sweet and disgusting sight. Plum reunites with her girlfriend Peach, but Danny’s beloved “toast goblin” Jelly Kid is dead. In Bravest Warriors #33, Kate Leth scripts an interactive closed room mystery story finding out which Warrior, ally, or random intruder killed Jelly Kid. There are three answers at the end of the comic (drawn by Adam Del Re, Kat Leyh, and Leth’s Fraggle Rock collaborator), but most of the fun is figuring out the “killer” yourself. Ian McGinty’s art is pretty »
- Logan Dalton
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