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Oscars: What Should Have Won – L.A. Confidential Over Titanic for Best Picture of 1997

Graeme Robertson on why L.A. Confidential should have won over Titanic at the Academy Awards…

The Oscars celebrating the best of 1997 was a ceremony dominated by one film, James Cameron’s romantic disaster epic Titanic – a film that devoured the box office and won itself an absurd 11 Oscars including Best Picture, a feat previously only matched by historical epic Ben-Hur in 1959 and only matched since by Return of the King in 2003.

I myself have mixed feelings about Titanic. While I admit that the main set piece of the sinking itself is a great sequence, I think the film is about an hour too long and I really would have preferred the film to be more of an ensemble piece rather than a romantic two-hander. Also, I really really hate that damn Celine Dion song.

So in the interest of once more likely irritating people, I’m going to go
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La Confidential: Brian J. Smith (Sense8) to Star in CBS' Reboot Pilot

Brian J. Smith is headed to CBS. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Sense8 star has joined the network's La Confidential reboot pilot.Based on the novel by James Ellroy, the drama follows three homicide detectives, a reporter, and an actress whose lives “intersect while the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer among the secrets and lies of glamorous and gritty 1950s Los Angeles.” In 1997, the book was adapted as a film starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and Kim Basinger.Read More…
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Pilot News: Sense8 Vet Heads to L.A., Taye Diggs Coaches Football and More

Pilot News: Sense8 Vet Heads to L.A., Taye Diggs Coaches Football and More
Sense8 alum Brian J. Smith is following in Guy Pearce’s footsteps.

Smith will star opposite Justified vet Walton Goggins in CBS’ L.A. Confidential adaptation, our sister site Deadline reports.

The potential series, which is based on James Ellroy’s classic noir novel, follows three homicide detectives, a female reporter and a Hollywood actress whose paths intersect during the pursuit of a sadistic serial killer in 1950s Los Angeles. Smith will play Ed Exley — Pearce’s role in the 1997 movie of the same name — who is described as an ambitious cop determined to make detective.

In other pilot casting
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‘Sense8’ Star Brian J. Smith Takes Lead Role in ‘L.A. Confidential’ Pilot at CBS

‘Sense8’ Star Brian J. Smith Takes Lead Role in ‘L.A. Confidential’ Pilot at CBS
Brian J. Smith has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming “L.A. Confidential” pilot at CBS, Variety has confirmed.

Smith will play Detective Ed Exley, the role played by Guy Pearce in the 1997 film. Exley is described as cold though not without a conscience, obviously brilliant, authoritative, and fiercely ambitious. The son of former hero detective turned real estate developer, Preston Exley, he is determined to make his mark and to become a hero in his father’s eyes. Competing against the memory of his deceased brother, his father’s favorite, Ed will do anything to prove himself. He wants nothing more than to make detective and is single-minded in his pursuit.

Smith joins previously announced cast member Walton Goggins, who will play Detective Jack Vincennes.

Smith most recently starred as Will Gorski in “Sense8,” the Netflix series created by the Wachowski sisters and J. Michael Straczynski. The series
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‘L.A. Confidential’: Brian J. Smith To Star In CBS Drama Pilot

‘L.A. Confidential’: Brian J. Smith To Star In CBS Drama Pilot
Sense8‘s Brian J. Smith is set as a lead in CBS drama pilot L.A. Confidential, based on James Ellroy's classic noir novel, from Arnon Milchan, producer of the acclaimed 1997 L.A. Confidential movie; CBS TV Studios; New Regency; and Lionsgate TV. Written by Harper and directed by Michael Dinner, L.A. Confidential follows three homicide detectives, a female reporter and a Hollywood actress whose paths intersect as the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer among the…
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'Sense8' Star to Topline CBS' 'L.A. Confidential' Reboot

CBS has found its leading man for its L.A. Confidential reboot.

Sense8 star Brian J. Smith has been tapped to take on the lead role of Detective Ed Exley, the part played by Guy Pearce in the 1997 feature film.

CBS described its L.A. Confidential take as giving James Ellroy's novel a "2018 treatment" in terms of tone, music and style. The paths of three homicide detectives, a female reporter and an up-and-coming actress intersect while the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer among the secrets and lies of glamorous and gritty 1950s Los Angeles.

Smith's Ed Exley is...
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L.A. Confidential TV Series Casts Sense8’s Brian J. Smith

Sense8 actor Brian J. Smith will take on the lead role in CBS’ L.A. Confidential TV series. Smith joins recently announced cast member Walton Goggins on the show, which is being developed by New Regency, Lionsgate Television, and CBS Television Studios. Jordan Harper (Gotham) writes and also acts as executive producer along with Arnon Milchan.

Based on James Ellroy’s 1990 novel, L.
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L.A. Confidential: Walton Goggins to Star in Reboot Pilot for CBS

L.A. Confidential: Walton Goggins to Star in Reboot Pilot for CBS
Walton Goggins is headed to CBS. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Justified star has joined the network's L.A. Confidential reboot pilot. Based on the novel by James Ellroy, the drama follows three homicide detectives, a reporter, and an actress whose lives "intersect while the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer among the secrets and lies of glamorous and gritty 1950s Los Angeles." In 1997, the book was adapted as a film starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and Kim Basinger.
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Walton Goggins cast in the L.A. Confidential TV pilot

Earlier this month it was announced that CBS has given a pilot order to a TV adaptation of James Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential, and now we have out first piece of casting news.

Deadline is reporting that The Hateful Eight and Vice Principals star Walton Goggins has signed on to appear as 1950s L.A. police detective Jack Vincennes, played by Kevin Spacey in the 1997 feature film adaptation.

The character description reads: “All swagger and flash with a movie-star smile, Jack knows how the system works and uses it to his best advantage, including some corrupt shakedowns on the side.”

Meanwhile, it has also been announced that Anna Fricke (Being Human) will serve as co-showunner alongside the previously announced Jordan Harper (The Mentalist).

See Also: The First L.A. Confidential TV Show

L.A. Confidential “follows three homicide detectives, a female reporter and a Hollywood actress whose paths intersect
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Walton Goggins is Set to Star in CBS' L.A. Confidential Series

I've been following Walton Goggins' career ever since I first watched him in The Shield. He has since had a pretty successful career staring in Justified, The Hateful Eight, and the upcoming Tomb Raider movie just to name a few.

He's a fun actor that takes on great roles and he just landed a perfect role in CBS' upcoming series adaptation of James Ellroy’s 1990 noir novel L.A. Confidential. Goggins will play detective Jack Vincennes, who is described as follows:

“All swagger and flash with a movie star smile, Jack knows how the system works and uses it to his best advantage, including some corrupt shakedowns on the side.”

This character was previously played by Kevin Spacey in the 1997 Curtis Hanson-directed film adaptation of the book. The series will reportedly follow "three homicide detectives, a female reporter and a Hollywood actress. The detectives are following a serial
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Walton Goggins to Play Kevin Spacey Role in CBS' L.A. Confidential Pilot

CBS’ new take on L.A. Confidential has booked a big name to star.

Emmy nominee Walton Goggins (Justified) has signed on to headline the buzzy pilot, according to our sister site Variety. Goggins will play the role of Detective Jack Vincennes, the flashy and morally questionable Lapd cop played by Kevin Spacey in the Oscar-winning 1997 film.

Like the film, CBS’ L.A. Confidential — which scored an official pilot order earlier this month — is based on the novel by acclaimed crime author James Ellroy, and follows a trio of homicide detectives, a reporter and an aspiring actress as their lives intersect in 1950s Los Angeles.
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Walton Goggins to Star in CBS’ ‘La Confidential’ Adaptation

CBS has cast Walton Goggins in its “L.A. Confidential” pilot, with the “Justified” alum to fill the role played by Kevin Spacey in the 1997 movie. Goggins will co-star in the adaptation as Det. Jack Vincennes, who is described as “all swagger and flash with a movie star smile. Jack knows how the system works and uses it to his best advantage, including some corrupt shakedowns on the side.” The James Ellroy novel is being adapted by “Gotham” writer Jordan Harper, who will co-showrun with Anna Fricke. New Regency’s Arnon Milchan, who produced the 1997 Oscar-winning film adaptation, will also executive produce. Also...
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Walton Goggins to Star in ‘La Confidential’ Pilot at CBS

Walton Goggins to Star in ‘La Confidential’ Pilot at CBS
Walton Goggins has landed one of the lead roles in the upcoming “La Confidential” adaptation pilot at CBS, Variety has confirmed.

Goggins will play Det. Jack Vincennes. All swagger and flash with a movie star smile, Jack knows how the system works and uses it to his best advantage, including some corrupt shakedowns on the side. Vincennes was previously played by Kevin Spacey in the critically-acclaimed 1997 movie of the same name.

Goggins recently starred in the first season of the Navy Seal drama “Six” for History and is due to star opposite Alicia Vikander in the new “Tomb Raider” film due out in March. He received widespread acclaim for his roles on FX, namely Boyd Crowder on “Justified” and Det. Shane Vendrell on “The Shield.” He also made appearances on “Sons of Anarchy,” playing transgender prostitute Venus Van Dam. He has appeared in the Quentin Tarantino films “Django Unchained” and “The Hateful Eight.”

He is repped
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‘L.A. Confidential’: Walton Goggins To Co-Star In CBS Drama Pilot; Anna Fricke Joins As Co-Showrunner

Justified and Vice Principals alum Walton Goggins is set for a lead role in CBS drama pilot L.A. Confidential, based on James Ellroy's classic noir novel, from Arnon Milchan, producer of the acclaimed 1997 L.A. Confidential movie; CBS TV Studios; New Regency; and Lionsgate TV. In addition, Anna Fricke (Being Human) has signed on as executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Jordan Harper. Written by Harper and directed by Michael Dinner, L.A. Confidential follows…
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Walton Goggins to Star in CBS' 'L.A. Confidential' Reboot

CBS' L.A. Confidential reboot is starting to take shape.

Justified favorite Walton Goggins, who fielded multiple offers this season, has become the first person cast in the network's drama pilot based on James Ellroy's novel. Additionally, Anna Fricke (The CW's Valor) has boarded the drama as an exec producer/co-showrunner.

CBS' L.A. Confidential is described as a 2018 treatment in terms of tone, music and style. The paths of three homicide detectives, a female reporter and an up-and-coming actress intersect while the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer among the secrets and lies of glamorous and gritty 1950s Los Angeles.

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L.A. Confidential TV Series to Star Walton Goggins

Walton Goggins is the first star to sign on to CBS’ upcoming adaptation of L.A. Confidential, and the character he’s playing hints at some potential future casting to come. The new adaptation of the acclaimed novel by author James Ellroy is actually the third go-round for the story of Los Angeles cops in the 1950s, with the 1997 Academy Award-winning film being the first and a series starring Kiefer Sutherland and Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn making its way to the pilot stages 2003, without ever being picked up. With Goggins’ involvement, this new attempt to bring the novel to TV has taken a big step toward making it all the way to series.
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Michael Dinner To Direct ‘L.A. Confidential’ CBS Drama Pilot

Michael Dinner (Justified) has been tapped to direct and executive produce CBS drama pilot L.A. Confidential, based on James Ellroy's noir classic novel, from Arnon Milchan, producer of the acclaimed 1997 L.A. Confidential movie, CBS TV Studios, New Regency and Lionsgate TV. Written by Jordan Harper, L.A. Confidential follows three homicide detectives, a female reporter and a Hollywood actress whose paths intersect as the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer among…
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CBS gives pilot order to L.A. Confidential TV series

Back in September of last year it was announced that CBS had tapped Jordan Harper (The Mentalist) to develop a TV adaptation of James Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential, and now comes word from Variety that the project has officially received a pilot order.

Described as a modern take on the novel, which was previously adapted for the big screen in 1997, the TV drama will see the lives of three homicide detectives, a female reporter and an up-an-coming actress intersect during the investigation into a sadistic serial killer in the gritty and glamorous 1950’s Los Angeles.

See Also: The First L.A. Confidential TV Show

Along with L.A. Confidential, CBS has also granted pilot orders to legal dramas The Code and Main Justice, as well as the Ava DuVernay-executive produced Red Line, a drama which explores the mistaken shooting of a black doctor by a white police officer
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‘L.A. Confidential’ Lands CBS Pilot Order Alongside Eric Holder, Ava DuVernay Projects

‘L.A. Confidential’ Lands CBS Pilot Order Alongside Eric Holder, Ava DuVernay Projects
CBS has ordered four additional drama pilots for the 2018-19 season.

L.A. Confidential” is billed as a modern take on James Ellroy’s novel — which was the basis the 1997 feature film starring Kim Basinger. In it the paths of three homicide detectives, a female reporter and an up-and-coming actress intersect while the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer among the secrets and lies of gritty, glamorous 1950’s Los Angeles. Jordan Harper is writing and serves as executive producer alongside Arnon Milchan. New Regency, Lionsgate Television and CBS Television Studios are producing.

“Red Line,” from writers and executive producers Caitlin Parrish and Erica Weiss, hails from Warner Bros. Television. After a white cop in Chicago mistakenly shoots and kills a black doctor, the show follow three different families that all have connections with the case as the story is told from each perspective. Ava DuVernay, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter also serve as executive producers. CBS Television
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‘L.A. Confidential’, Eric Holder-Inspired ‘Main Justice’ Among 4 CBS Drama Pilots From Top Producers

‘L.A. Confidential’, Eric Holder-Inspired ‘Main Justice’ Among 4 CBS Drama Pilots From Top Producers
CBS is wrapping its drama pilot orders with nods to Red Line, a racially-charged one-hour executive produced by Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti, Main Justice, inspired by and executive produced by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, with Jerry Bruckheimer also exec producing; L.A. Confidential, based on James Ellroy's noir classic novel and executive produced by Arnon Milchan; and The Code, executive produced by Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman. Red Line Written by…
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