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As far as pulpy vintage courtroom dramas go, Billy Wilder’s 1957 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famed play, Witness for the Prosecution, is hard to beat. By today’s standards, the twists and turns of its once inventive surprise ending has the potential for quaintness, perhaps because it’s something we’ve come to expect from the genre. However, one can’t deny the power of its superb screenplay and a pair of electric performances that make everything wholly unrealistic yet oh-so-watchable. In the pantheon of Wilder’s legacy, it’s not his strongest title, but it stands out, though perhaps for reasons not apparent upon its initial release.
When a wealthy widow (Eleanor Audley) is found murdered, the married man that had been wooing her, Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) is arrested for the crime considering he had recently been named benefactor in a revised will. Vole’s solicitor seeks »
- Nicholas Bell
Bogota – Positioning itself as a key Colombian player both for producing film and TV for international markets and providing services on international shoots, Bogota-based Dynamo, a founding member of Participant PanAmerica, is moving into production on two contained-budget Spanish-language movies.
A drive to both broaden and deepen Colombia’s local talent pool, Dynamo is teaming to produce the movies with broadcast network Caracol TV, which will air them in Colombia.
Another young Colombian commercials and music-vid director, Salomon Simhon, whose short “Smile” won best drama at the U.S. Great Star ShortFest, will direct a second feature, working time “Maranon,” that marks a attempt to create four detective characters, which could be the basis for future franchises, Agatha Christie-style, Dynamo CEO Andres Calderon said at »
- John Hopewell
Devon Aoki will be appearing on Arrow next season as blade-wielding heroine Katana. Interestingly, she’ll appear in the flashbacks (which will take place in Hong Kong), at least at first. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed Arrow does a better job of adapting Katana than it did with Brother Blood. Still, it’s yet another case of Arrow announcing a character I can’t wait to see on TV, something I’m waiting for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to do.
TVLine reports that Jamie Bamber has signed up for a multi-episode arc on Rizzoli & Isles. The Battlestar Galatica hunk will first appear in the summer finale.
The sci-fi pinup picture that will endure for being so perfectly hot.
- Lyle Masaki
Winter of Our Discontent: Amini’s Problem with Narrative Pabulum
Few crime writers can boast such a weighty lineage of cinematic adaptation as that of Patricia Highsmith, probably falling somewhere between Agatha Christie and Ruth Rendell, if one were to measure. Wim Wenders, Rene Clement, Anthony Minghella and Liliana Cavani have all reincarnated her most celebrated character, Tom Ripley, to the big screen, while Hitchcock, Michel Deville, Claude Chabrol (and later this year, Todd Haynes) have adapted some of her signature titles. And so, it is with great regard that screenwriter Hossein Amini arrives with his directorial debut, The Two Faces of January, a promise of scrappy ne’er-do-wells conning each other for money or guilty pleasures of the carnal sort, performed by a trio of renowned actors that rival Minghella’s starry line-up of The Talented Mr. Ripley. And yet, there’s something unnervingly stale about the whole endeavor, »
- Nicholas Bell
The landscape of the detective genre is one that has been trampled underfoot by many a detective in recent years, who during a prolific spell have haunted the landscape with their habitual misery and eccentricity. The source of this richness is primarily imported from the shores of mainland Europe and America, the latter of which has responded to the wave of European crime dramas, The Killing and The Bridge the apex of these with a tour de force all of their own – True Detective. Whilst in England we are delving into the past of Endeavour Morse and busily springing Sherlock Holmes from his Victorian trappings, a detective who Wales can call its own has emerged to haunt the ground alongside his English speaking and foreign contemporaries. His name is Tom Mathias.
One Friday in May as the final bell rung on the coverage of Generation War, I found myself transported »
- Paul Risker
Mick Taylor: the man’s name can send a shiver down an Outback traveler’s spine, and the man himself has no problem cutting into that same spine with his hunting knife. In Wolf Creek 2, writer/director Greg Mclean’s sequel to his 2005 directorial debut, Mick Taylor proves that a human can still be the most dangerous predator in the Outback. If you’ve been wanting to add Taylor’s latest reign of terror to your home media collection, you won’t have to wait much longer.
Wolf Creek 2 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on June 24th. We have the movie’s synopsis, special features, and a look at its cover for you to check out:
- Derek Anderson
It all began with an early obsession with Nancy Drew, then I moved on to Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie, and before I knew it I was devouring any book that promised thrills, intrigue, and murder. Is there a detective in it? I'll read it. Bonus points if the protagonist is a woman. And the cherry on top is if the author is British or Scandinavian (or Irish). That said, Gone Girl is one of my favorite books of all time, so if you feel the same, you'll probably love my other picks. Obviously, this isn't an exhaustive list - I've only included books I can vouch for (aka that I've read) - but here are 21 modern mysteries guaranteed to keep you up all night, in order of tame to terrifying. »
- Tara Block
It's that time of year again - on Sunday, the brightest and best from the world of television will get honoured at the grand BAFTAs ceremony. And there to guide everyone through it (and mock them a little bit, probably) will be none other than Graham Norton. But what does he think about the current state of television? Read on to find out which show makes him cry, which one makes him laugh, and what he thinks will win the Audience Award...
Graham on... who will win the Audience Award
"Who will win? Oh, that is difficult. They're all very good - it's a very good list. Educating Yorkshire I think provided one of the standout moments of the year, really, with the stuttering boy. That was just really special. That's when you just want to hug your television. It's great that we all got to share in that - it was brilliant. »
★★☆☆☆The last two films in Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback tour have provided schlocky but enjoyable titillation, with The Last Stand edging out Escape Plan as the better of the two. Directed by David Ayer, Sabotage (2014) has loftier ambitions, but despite some solid work from its leading man the film is tripped up by its messily executed plot. Loosely based on Agatha Christie's novel Ten Little Indians (yes, really), Schwarzenegger stars as John 'Breacher' Wharton, leader of an elite team of DEA agents looking to swindle $10 million from a cartel. What initially looks to be a successful heist proves anything but; the stolen loot goes missing, and the team fall under heavy scrutiny from their superiors.
- CineVue UK
British actor Tom Ellis has inked with CAA. The Wales native will topline USA Network’s new medical drama series Rush from writer-director Jonathan Levine and Fox 21, set to premiere in July. Ellis has worked extensively in the UK, starring in the BBC2/BBC1 comedy Miranda and BBC’s EastEnders. He also has appeared on Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Once Upon A Time. On the feature side, his credits include Buffalo Soldiers, Vera Drake and Miss Conception. Ellis continues to be managed by Anonymous Content and repped by Christopher Farrar at Hamilton Hodell in the UK. Related: Hot TV Promo: USA Network’s ‘Rush’ »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
A Man and His Women: Lelouch’s Latest a Lumbering, Bloated Ensemble
Nearing his 80’s and with over fifty credits to his name, Oscar and Palme d’Or winning director Claude Lelouch bows his latest venture, We Love You, You Bastard, co-written with writer/actress Valerie Perrin, a title that elicits the kind of chuckles the film itself does not. A dysfunctional family drama harpooned on a comedy of errors scheme flaccidly spins into an ellipses of Bunuelian progeny patterns before a sharp left into Agatha Christie territory extends the running time by an unnecessary forty five minutes. With a varied cast of major French talents, there are a handful of successful moments, but without pronounced payoff. At best, a fluff piece showcasing some industry pros, the increasingly erring narrative mistakes wonky details for subtle prowess and is unfortunately a grating effort from the master director, whose other more recent »
- Nicholas Bell
ITV Studios UK has moved quickly to fill the Managing Director post that will be vacated by Denise O’Donoghue at the end of 2014. Julian Bellamy, who is currently Discovery Networks International Creative Director and Head of Commissioning, will take over from O’Donoghue later this year, ITV said today. TV veteran O’Donoghue has been MD at ITV Studios UK for four years and will remain on the board of the country’s largest commercial production company after stepping down. Bellamy has spent three years at Discovery, running production and development across 200 countries, with commissioning teams in five international bases. Prior to Dni, he ran the UK’s Channel 4, managing over 2,000 hours of original programming per year including Undercover Boss, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and One Born Every Minute. He previously held executive posts at the BBC and E4. ITV Studios’ titles include Mr Selfridge, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Few vistas are as exhilarating as the passenger train window, the world advancing and receding with breathtaking speed, the viewer stationary yet hurtling through the landscape.
Few films articulate this sensation as stunningly as the opening of Omid Nooshin's Last Passenger, which features wide Pov shots of trains charging through exotic terrains. It's an indicator that, while Last Passenger is a campy B-movie, it possesses greater aesthetic aspirations, and the film's stylistic ambition is ultimately what makes it an entertaining ride.
Dougray Scott is Dr. Lewis Shaler, our hero aboard a train that mysteriously starts passing its scheduled stops. Lewis, along with a small cadre of passengers that feels positively Agatha Christie–esque in character »
It doesn’t seem possible that it was around 30 years ago that A Flock of Seagulls ran so far away or Modern English melted with us, but it was. The story behind those acts, their biggest hits, and dozens of other New Wave acts are captured in all their ‘80s bad hairdo-ed, brightly colored-glory in “Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists And Songs That Defined The 1980s.” Written by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein, with a forward by Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes and an afterward by Moby, the book examines the New Wave era through the filter of 36 songs associated with the time, such as Gary Numan’s “Cars,” Duran Duran’s “Girls On Film” and The Smiths’ “How Soon Is Now.” Each chapter deals with one act and, while not limited to the group’s biggest hit, explores the story behind that tune and the »
- Melinda Newman
Denise O’Donoghue Exiting As ITV Studios Managing Director Denise O’Donoghue, a veteran television exec and four-year Managing Director of ITV Studios, is leaving the UK-based producer. She will exit at the end of the year with a successor yet to be named, though she will remain a member of the board. ITV Studios is the largest commercial production company in the UK, with titles including Mr Selfridge, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Breathless and the upcoming Thunderbirds Are Go! The production arm of ITV is one of the biggest growth areas for the group, which has been busy making acquisitions in the UK and U.S. “A key part of our strategy is to build a strong international content business, creating more of our own programs which are successful here in the UK and internationally,” ITV Studios Managing Director Kevin Lygo said. “Denise has played a crucial role in »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Thought we were done with Game of Thrones articles for a few days, given yesterday’s barrage? Think again! Today EW introduces the Game of Thrones TV Book Club — a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series.
This week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis talk 77-course meals, the truth about Jon Snow’s parentage – and what Game of Thrones might do better than Asoiaf. (You know there’ll be spoilers for the books and the show, right?)
Darren: It’s been »
- EW staff
R, 1 Hr., 30 Mins.
Steve Coogan’s hilariously acidic creation, the buffoonish radio host Alan Partridge, is finally back. And like so many reunions, this one starts off all smiles and quickly grows tiresome. Coogan’s alter ego is as deliciously petty as ever. But the plot swirling around him — a fired co-worker (Colm Meaney) takes the station hostage — is unimaginative and endless. (Also available on iTunes and VOD) B- —Chris Nashawaty
Not Rated, 1 Hr., 17 Mins.
Freida Mock’s documentary about Anita Hill is an important reminder of a shameful chapter in American politics — when blame-the-victim »
- EW staff
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 20, 2014
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $40.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Based on the book by Robert M. Edsel, the drama movie follows the exploits of an aging U.S. platoon who are assigned to track down, steal and return priceless pieces of art that were stolen by Nazis.
Matt Damon (Elysium), Bill Murray (Get Low), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), John Goodman (TV’s Treme), Hugh Bonneville (Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express) and Bob Balaban (Girl Most Likely) co-star in the war film.
Despite all the name actors, moviegoers gave PG-13 The Monuments Men mixed reviews, with 50% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Critics weren’t so kind, awarding the film only 33%. Still the movie grossed a tidy $76.6 million at the box office. »
Futures & Pasts: Wild Things by Nick Pinkerton:
“In Pierre Bayard’s 1998 Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?: The Mystery Behind the Agatha Christie Mystery, a closer-than-close reading of Agatha Christie’s 1926 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, psychoanalyst and literature professor Bayard expends considerable space on the subject of the book’s narrative ellipses, its lies by omission. These are the spaces in which Christie’s narrator, Dr. James Sheppard, who is eventually unmasked as the book’s murderer, can conceal his guilt. They are also, for Bayard, indicators of a far larger world which exists beyond the parsimonious few details that Christie, by way of Sheppard and investigator Hercule Poirot, have chosen to share with the reader.” - Keynote: The multi-level stereotypes of The Cabin In The Woods by Tasha Robinson: - “Stereotypes are a real time-saver. »
Kate O’Mara, British actress best known for playing glamorous yet tough villains, died Sunday, according to her agent Phil Belfield. She was 74.
Belfield said she died in a southern England nursing home after battling a short illness. She had recently tweeted to her followers, thanking them for well wishes.
Hello all – thank you so much for your kind tweets. It's both humbling and completely overwhelming to read all of your messages. Much Love x—
Kate O'Mara (@KateOmara_) March 17, 2014
O’Mara is most widely known for starring in long-running American soap “Dynasty” in the ’80s. In it, she played Cassandra ‘Caress’ Morell, the manipulative sister of Joan Collins’ Alexis Colby. Collins tweeted about the news this morning.
Tragic news about Kate O Mara , we had great fun on Dynasty when she played my sister Caress who Alexis insisted on calling Cassie ! Rip—
Joan Collins (@joancollinsobe) March 30, 2014
O’Mara became a »
- Alex Stedman
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