3 items from 2009
It’s time to dust off your badge, ready your best Jack Lord, “Book ‘em, Dano,” impression and start humming the infamous theme song as criminals of Hawaii now have more to fear than Dog: The Bounty Hunter, as CBS has announced that it’s bringing back the second-longest-running criminal drama, Hawaii Five-o.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who brought us Fringe and Star Trek, along with CSI: NY executive producer Peter Lenkov will produce the show for CBS Television Studios with CBS committing to a pilot after hearing a pitch from Kurtzman, Orci and Lenkov last Thursday.
Fans of Fringe need not worry that their favorite science fiction show will go the way of Alias and Lost when J.J Abrams found new projects to focus his attention (Lost has since recovered) as Lenkov will be penning the script with Kurtzman and Orci supervising. Should the show be picked up, »
- Anthony Ocasio
This week sees a couple of golden oldies trotted out alongside the customary summertime family fun, docs on science both good and bad, and another lesson from the Tony Scott school of flash-bang filmmaking.
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Having inspired everything from ardent film student party chatter to the pure cinematic showmanship of Luc Besson, Jean-Jacques Beineix's 1986 Oscar-nominated romantic drama has a legacy that reaches far and wide. This new print of Beineix's definitive 1991 cut of his oh so artsy tale of an aspiring writer Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade), his wild, volatile muse Betty (Béatrice Dalle) and her gradual descent into self-destruction contains more than an hour of additional footage that stretches out Betty's madness and embellishes it with such antics as Zorg's cross-dressing crime spree. In French with subtitles.
Opens in New York. »
- Neil Pedley
[Updated with new poster and much higher quality trailer.]
Thanapon Maliwan’s The Sanctuary is a film that we’ve been tracking here for a good while now. Maliwan rose to attention as one of the directors in the Pechpanna Productions stable, the Thai action outfit where both Panna Rittikrai and Tony Jaa got their starts, Maliwan directing both Jaa and his mentor is at least one early pre-Ong Bak film together. And then there’s star Mike B, a Thai stunt man who was one of the key stunt performers in Ong Bak who Maliwan has been grooming for stardom for a little while.
This particular project began life as Dead End before finance troubles forced it to be suspended for a while and Maliwan and Mike B went off and made inconsistent action-comedy Brave instead. That project out of the way the materials from Dead End were reworked and redeveloped and the project re-launched as The Sanctuary »
- Todd Brown
3 items from 2009
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