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5 items from 2007


The Kill Point: Spike TV Kills Season Two Plans

15 November 2007 11:45 AM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Though things were looking good for Spike TV's The Kill Point series, it won't be coming back for a second season.

Kill Point stars John Leguizamo as Mr. Wolf, the leader of a small group of Marines who've recently returned from Iraq and decide to rob a major Pittsburgh bank. When things go wrong, the troop is forced to take a dozen hostages and Wolf finds himself battling the police, the hostages, his team members, and his own personal demons. On the outside is Pittsburgh Police Department Hostage Negotiator Horst Cali (Donnie Wahlberg) who goes head-to-head with Wolf to free the hostages before the FBI takes over. The series also stars Michael Hyatt, Tobin Bell, Jeremy Davidson, Leo Fitzpatrick, Frank Grillo, and Jd Williams.

The show is cable channel Spike TV's first original drama and debuted on July 22, 2007. Though Kill Point received mixed reviews, the drama did well in the ratings. »

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Mansfield to exit as Spike exec vp

13 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Pancho Mansfield is exiting his post as executive vp original programming and development at Spike TV.

Mansfield is set to leave his position when his contract expires in July. He has been with the cable network since July 2005, helping to launch its scripted series business with summer 2006's "Blade".

No indication was given about Mansfield's plans.

As for the reason behind his departure, MTV Networks Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog said in a statement: "After ongoing discussions and as the network's programming model continues to evolve with potentially fewer scripted projects planned for 2008, the timing for his departure seemed right. All of us at Spike TV wish him every success in the future."

Herzog also praised Mansfield and the "highly promising" upcoming shows he has been overseeing at Spike, including "The Kill Point", an eight-hour drama series starring John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg, and "Murder", a whodunit alternative/reality series. Both series premiere next month.

"Pancho's passion and skill for identifying, developing and championing high-profile and provocative projects targeted to men was always apparent to me," Herzog said. »

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Spike's 'Pit' all filled up with cast

26 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Spike TV has rounded out the cast of its upcoming eight-hour drama series Kill Pit, which stars John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg.

Joining the cast of the series, from Lionsgate and Mandeville, are Peter Appel (NYPD Blue), Dana Ashbrook (Deadwood), Adam Cantor, Steve Cirbus (Law & Order), Jeremy Davidson (Cold Case), Christine Evangelista ("Law & Order"; reps are Gersh Agency, Myrna Jacoby at MJ Management and attorney Lev Ginsburg), Jennifer Ferrin (Rescue Me), Leo Fitzpatrick (The Wire), Frank Grillo (Prison Break), Michael Hogan (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Michael Hyatt (Grey's Anatomy), Mike McGlone (The Brothers McMullen) and Wayne Kasserman (Law & Order: SVU).

Production on the series, which centers on a bank robbery that goes awry, starts Wednesday in Pittsburgh, with the show now set to premiere July 22.

In addition, Steve Shill has signed on to direct all eight episodes and co-executive produce. »

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Dead Silence

19 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This review was written for the theatrical release of "Dead Silence". NEW YORK -- From its vintage, '40s era Universal Studios into to its old-fashioned ghost story and elegant visual style, "Dead Silence" displays a retro quality that's rather unexpected coming from the director-screenwriter of "Saw". This tale of a ventriloquist's dummy wreaking murderous havoc on the relatives of those who murdered his partner decades earlier boasts nothing new under the sun, but it does provide a few decent scares. It will however, be best appreciated by those who haven't seen "Dead of Night". Or "Magic". Or any of the Chucky movies, for that matter. The film opened Friday, naturally without being screened for critics.

The opening scenes introduce us to a young married couple, James (Ryan Kwanten) and Lisa (Laura Regan), who receive an unlabeled package containing an ominous-looking vintage dummy. After the obligatory comic banter, hubby leaves to pick up some take-out food and, well, things don't go well for the wife.

Finding himself the chief suspect in her murder, James, trailed by a suspicious cop (Donnie Wahlberg), flees to his quaint home town of Ravens Fair. He reunites with his long-estranged father (Bob Gunton) -- now a virtual invalid living with a beautiful new bride (Amber Valletta) -- and learns about the legend of Mary Shaw (Judith Roberts), an elderly female ventriloquist from decades earlier who, as town lore has it, reappears from the dead and removes the tongues of anyone who sees her and screams.

Attempting to get to the bottom of the mystery with the help of the town's elderly mortician (Michael Fairman), James soon finds himself dealing not only with Mary's ubiquitous dummy but the ghost of the old girl herself.

Leigh Whannell's script, based on a story he wrote with director James Wan, is fairly routine stuff, with its idea of character development being the detective's compulsive shaving habit. But apart from a wholly unnecessary twist ending more appropriate to the "Saw" franchise, it does provide a decent framework for spookiness. Director Wan demonstrates that he's equally effective working in a more classical vein, especially with his skillful use of chilling low-key sound effects and silence in several scary sequences.

While Kwanten proves to be a bland protagonist, there are several effective supporting turns, including Wahlberg's wisecracking cop and Roberts' creepy ventriloquist (as if there was any other kind).

DEAD SILENCE

Universal Pictures

A Burg/Koules/Hoffman production

Credits:

Director: James Wan

Screenplay: Leigh Whannell

Story: James Wan, Leigh Whannell

Producers: Gregg Hoffman, Oren Koules, Mark Burg

Executive producer: Peter Oillataguerre

Director of photography: John R. Leonetti

Production designer: Julie Berghoff

Editor: Michael N. Knue

Music: Charlie Clouser

Cast:

James Ashen: Ryan Kwanten

Ella Ashen: Amber Valletta

Detective Lipton: Donnie Wahlberg

Edward Ashen: Bob Gunton

Henry: Michael Fairman

Mary Shaw: Judith Roberts

Lisa Ashen: Laura Regan

Running time -- 90 minutes

MPAA rating: R »

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Dead Silence

19 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- From its vintage, '40s era Universal Studios into to its old-fashioned ghost story and elegant visual style, Dead Silence displays a retro quality that's rather unexpected coming from the director-screenwriter of Saw. This tale of a ventriloquist's dummy wreaking murderous havoc on the relatives of those who murdered his partner decades earlier boasts nothing new under the sun, but it does provide a few decent scares. It will however, be best appreciated by those who haven't seen Dead of Night. Or Magic. Or any of the Chucky movies, for that matter. The film opened Friday, naturally without being screened for critics.

The opening scenes introduce us to a young married couple, James (Ryan Kwanten) and Lisa (Laura Regan), who receive an unlabeled package containing an ominous-looking vintage dummy. After the obligatory comic banter, hubby leaves to pick up some take-out food and, well, things don't go well for the wife.

Finding himself the chief suspect in her murder, James, trailed by a suspicious cop (Donnie Wahlberg), flees to his quaint home town of Ravens Fair. He reunites with his long-estranged father (Bob Gunton) -- now a virtual invalid living with a beautiful new bride (Amber Valletta) -- and learns about the legend of Mary Shaw (Judith Roberts), an elderly female ventriloquist from decades earlier who, as town lore has it, reappears from the dead and removes the tongues of anyone who sees her and screams.

Attempting to get to the bottom of the mystery with the help of the town's elderly mortician (Michael Fairman), James soon finds himself dealing not only with Mary's ubiquitous dummy but the ghost of the old girl herself.

Leigh Whannell's script, based on a story he wrote with director James Wan, is fairly routine stuff, with its idea of character development being the detective's compulsive shaving habit. But apart from a wholly unnecessary twist ending more appropriate to the "Saw" franchise, it does provide a decent framework for spookiness. Director Wan demonstrates that he's equally effective working in a more classical vein, especially with his skillful use of chilling low-key sound effects and silence in several scary sequences.

While Kwanten proves to be a bland protagonist, there are several effective supporting turns, including Wahlberg's wisecracking cop and Roberts' creepy ventriloquist (as if there was any other kind).

DEAD SILENCE

Universal Pictures

A Burg/Koules/Hoffman production

Credits:

Director: James Wan

Screenplay: Leigh Whannell

Story: James Wan, Leigh Whannell

Producers: Gregg Hoffman, Oren Koules, Mark Burg

Executive producer: Peter Oillataguerre

Director of photography: John R. Leonetti

Production designer: Julie Berghoff

Editor: Michael N. Knue

Music: Charlie Clouser

Cast:

James Ashen: Ryan Kwanten

Ella Ashen: Amber Valletta

Detective Lipton: Donnie Wahlberg

Edward Ashen: Bob Gunton

Henry: Michael Fairman

Mary Shaw: Judith Roberts

Lisa Ashen: Laura Regan

Running time -- 90 minutes

MPAA rating: R

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