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“Lost In Space” could making its way back to the screen, as sources tell Variety that Netflix is developing a reboot of the 1965 CBS classic with plans for a straight-to-series order. Though Netflix declined to comment, the new potential series hails from writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless who will exec produce with Kevin Burns, Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig. First reported by Deadline, the Netflix project is not the first go at a “Lost In Space” television remake, as the WB produced a pilot in 2003, which was never picked up to series.
“The Prancing Elites Project” Season 2 will premiere on Oxygen on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 8:00 p.m. For its sophomore season, the docuseries has expanded to hourlong episodes. Prior to the Season 2 premiere, a sneak peek at the new episodes will air during the cabler’s “Friendsgiving” marathon on Thanksgiving day.
Revolving around an African American, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's final unfinished novel, the 1930s set story follows Hollywood's first wunderkind studio executive Monroe Stahr as he climbs to the height of power against his mentor and current head of the studio Pat Brady.
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- Garth Franklin
Bomer, who currently stars on FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel, will play 1930s movie mogul Monroe Stahr, a character inspired by Hollywood legend Irving Thalberg. The series, like the source novel, will follow Monroe’s rise as a studio executive, a journey which eventually puts him at odds with studio head Pat Brady — who »
Matt Bomer, coming off a starring role in American Horror Story: Hotel, has been tapped as the lead in The Last Tycoon, Amazon Studios’ drama pilot based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's final unfinished novel. The project, from Sony’s TriStar Television, was quietly ordered earlier this month as cast-contingent. The casting of Bomer lifts the contingency, clearing the pilot for production. The Last Tycoon, which Sony TV set up at Amazon a year ago, was written by Captain Phillips… »
If your answer to the question “the film or the novel?” is “whichever one I’ll finish faster,” then perhaps you should consider new hobbies. Your real answer should be that you want to explore both paradigms; you should want to learn the perspectives, both new and old, of an engaging story. That being said, these mediums are infinitely different despite the common stories and ideas that may be at their root. A novel is composed of thoughts, of moods, of the essence of a protagonist and their innerworkings and desires. A film can have the same thoughts, moods, and essences, but you see them in the form of different scenery, a color change, a wardrobe change, or dramatic lighting. In the newest video essay from Now You See It, the idea of film vs. novel is explored and the differences in specific examples — namely “The Great Gatsby,” “The Hunger Games, »
- Samantha Vacca
Just when you thought 2015 had already met its long-lost literature quota, along comes a new William Faulkner play. The New York Times reports that a never-before-published Faulkner play has been unearthed at the University of Virginia and published for the first time in The Strand magazine's holiday issue out now. Titled Twixt Cup and Lip, the one-act comedy was written just after Wwi when Faulkner was in his 20s. It follows "a modern, free-thinking woman [who] finds herself courted by two men and changes her mind at the last moment." "This work is unique in that it showed a side of Faulkner that was comical yet that at the same time explored the nascent theme of the independent jazz-era female which F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dorothy Parker carried on further," says The Strand's managing editor Andrew Gulli, who found the play. A Faulkner historian believes that the play may »
- Dee Lockett
Amazon Studios, which yesterday launched its fall 2015 pilot season with six primetime projects made available for streaming, has ordered two more hourlong pilots, I have learned. The long-gestating The Last Tycoon, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's final unfinished novel, has received a cast-contingent pilot order, while The Interestings, an adaptation of the Meg Wolitzer bestseller, has gotten a director-contingent pilot pickup, I hear. Both projects hail from Sony TV’s rec… »
Depending on one’s point of view, Amazon’s periodic dump of pilots into the media ether is either wonderfully democratic – letting users choose what they’d like to see more of – or a bit of a copout, given the traditional process in which executives employ tools like research, yes, but ultimately have to trust their guts. Still, watching the six candidates together does offer a pretty good picture of the service’s off-kilter approach, yielding a mixed bag that contains promise but only sporadically achieves liftoff.
Nobody can accuse Amazon of narrowly sticking with one niche. The lineup — which will be available to view beginning Nov. 5 — includes two half-hours that aren’t designed to be funny, a western, two period pieces, and an almost absurdly dark satire.
Given the inroads Amazon made with the Emmy-nominated “Transparent,” the bar has clearly been raised in terms of expectations. Based on first impressions, »
- Brian Lowry
By Todd Garbarini
Lewis John Carlino’s 1979 film The Great Santini, which stars Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, and Michael O’Keefe, will be screened at the The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles. Based upon the novel by Pat Conroy (The Water is Wide, The Lords of Discipline, and The Prince of Tides), the 115-minute film will be screened on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 at 7:00 pm.
Actresses Blythe Danner and Lisa Jane Persky and director Lewis John Carlino are scheduled to appear at the screening and are due to partake in a post-screening Q & A for a discussion on the making of the film. Please be sure the check back with the website in regards to personal appearances/changing schedules.
From the press release:
Ben Meechum (Michael O’Keefe) struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father (Robert Duvall), an aggressively competitive marine pilot.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Noah was watching a recent debate among Republican candidates for President, and discovered he agreed with some of the ideas being put forth by Rand Paul, the Kentucky Senator. “He was saying things that were sane at the debates,” Noah recalled.
If that sort of talk sounds unusual coming from the person who is inheriting Jon Stewart’s chair, then so be it. Noah intends to start his tenure on “The Daily Show” this Monday at 11 p.m. with a “clean slate” and without any biases in place. Jon Stewart might have developed a knee-jerk reaction to Fox News Channel. Noah said he has yet to do so. “I want to be in a position where I get to start off fresh, »
- Brian Steinberg
Charles Brackett ca. 1945: Hollywood diarist and Billy Wilder's co-screenwriter (1936–1949) and producer (1945–1949). Q&A with 'Charles Brackett Diaries' editor Anthony Slide: Billy Wilder's screenwriter-producer partner in his own words Six-time Academy Award winner Billy Wilder is a film legend. He is renowned for classics such as The Major and the Minor, Double Indemnity, Sunset Blvd., Witness for the Prosecution, Some Like It Hot, and The Apartment. The fact that Wilder was not the sole creator of these movies is all but irrelevant to graduates from the Auteur School of Film History. Wilder directed, co-wrote, and at times produced his films. That should suffice. For auteurists, perhaps. But not for those interested in the whole story. That's one key reason why the Charles Brackett diaries are such a great read. Through Brackett's vantage point, they offer a welcome – and unique – glimpse into the collaborative efforts that resulted in »
- Andre Soares
There are six pilots in total coming from creators Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3), Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator, Borat), Louis Ck (Louie), Diablo Cody (Juno), Steven Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), Bob Nelson (Nebraska), Christine Vachon (Still Alice), Tig Notaro (Boyish Girl Interrupted) and Nicole Yorkin & Dawn Prestwich (The Killing).
Amazon’s slate, will be wide-ranging in genre — from comedy to western and everything in between — with Amazon customers invited to watch and divulge feedback on which shows they’d prefer turned into full series’ for the company’s Prime subscribers. All pilots will be made available online and via the Amazon Video app for TV. »
- William Fanelli
Today, Amazon revealed its latest lineup its fall pilot season. All of the Amazon pilots will premiere later this year exclusively on Amazon Video, allowing for Amazon customers to watch and rate them, and the casts of these potential series include some well-known television actors, including Anna Camp (True Blood), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Chris Parnell (Archer), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), and Christina Ricci (Pan Am). This fall’s Amazon pilots include Good Girls Revolt, a powerful story set in 1969 about a group of young women seeking to be treated fairly and ultimately sparking changes that upend marriages, careers, love and friendship; Z, a half-hour bio-series pilot of Lost Generation legend Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald and her passionate love affair with iconic author F. Scott Fitzgerald; Highston, a family comedy about invisible celebrity friendships; and Edge, a western set in the post-Civil War era where one cowboy doles out his… »
- Chris King
Amazon Studios has unveiled its line-up of the six pilots it intends to premiere on the streaming giant's service this Fall.
As per usual, users will get to vote on the pilots and thus help determine which ones will go to series. So far only a few shows have gone on to series including "Bosch," "Transparent," "Hand of God," "Mozart in the Jungle," "Alpha House," "Catastrophe" and the upcoming "The Man in the High Castle" and "Red Oaks".
"Lethal Weapon" scribe and "Iron Man 3" writer/director Shane Black teams with "Monster House" co-scribe Fred Dekker for this adaptation of Terry Harknett's ultraviolent Western novel series "Edge". Max Martini plays a Union officer turned cowboy who prowls »
- Garth Franklin
Amazon has released first looks at its line-up for its next pilot preview season, which includes shows starring Max Martini (The Unit), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Tig Notaro and others.
RelatedHand of God: Is Amazon’s Newest Drama Heaven or Hell?
As Amazon does, the pilots will premiere sometime this fall, then get a green light (or not) based on viewer feedback. Synopses/photos follow:
In his zany standup days, Woody Allen told a joke about F. Scott Fitzgerald announcing he had written “Great Expectations,” after which Allen observes that it was wholly unnecessary, since Charles Dickens had already written it. It’s hard not to feel that way about “Life in Pieces,” a multigenerational, multi-point-of-view family comedy, which CBS went ahead and ordered, even though it’s really just “Modern Family” under a different name. Although the show features a topnotch cast, and marks a departure from Chuck Lorre’s multi-camera dominance on the network, “Life,” charitably, feels like one of those shows best watched while you’re making other plans.
Like “Modern Family” (and just attach that disclaimer to practically every paragraph here), the series squeezes a lot of story into each half-hour, with multiple plots involving the related characters, who, in the pilot, eventually unite for a rather morbid event: The family patriarch, »
- Brian Lowry
Amongst the works of T. S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald and other literary greats, models wearing pieces as grand as the imagery in The Great Gatsby walked the great halls of The New York Public Library on Monday. In their wake, attentive celebs and the subdued fashion set were left ogling the visual indulgence that was Gabriela Cadena spring 2016. Of course, in the front-row trenches, E! Style Collective's fearless stylist Lindsay Albanese sat soaking in the Art Deco-inspired offerings. "The collection spanned everything from saccharine dresses to vampy and flashy party and evening looks," described Lindsay. "These are looks for the girl who wants to flaunt her figure—no billowy bohemian pieces »
You know that overused quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald that there are no second acts in American lives? Well, add Kurt Sutter to the list of those who've proved The Great Gatsby author wrong. With the debut of The Bastard Executioner on FX on September 15 at 10 PM, the Sons of Anarchy creator has, as my video review above says, crafted a strong show that cuts sharp and deep. Honestly, it is something you don't want to miss. Set in the Wales of the 14th century Wales with… »
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ca. 1935. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was never as popular as his father, silent film superstar Douglas Fairbanks, who starred in one action-adventure blockbuster after another in the 1920s (The Mark of Zorro, Robin Hood, The Thief of Bagdad) and whose stardom dates back to the mid-1910s, when Fairbanks toplined a series of light, modern-day comedies in which he was cast as the embodiment of the enterprising, 20th century “all-American.” What this particular go-getter got was screen queen Mary Pickford as his wife and United Artists as his studio, which he co-founded with Pickford, D.W. Griffith, and Charles Chaplin. Now, although Jr. never had the following of Sr., he did enjoy a solid two-decade-plus movie career. In fact, he was one of the few children of major film stars – e.g., Jane Fonda, Liza Minnelli, Angelina Jolie, Michael Douglas, Jamie Lee Curtis – who had successful film careers of their own. »
- Andre Soares
"I want to prove F. Scott Fitzgerald wrong," Bobcat Goldthwait told me, "that there are no second acts." Not only has he directed seven films over the past decade, but he had a blast directing "Community." "Call Me Lucky," his third Sundance debut and first documentary, is a profile of standup comic Barry Crimmins. Goldthwait's last fiction film "Willow Creek" was a found footage Bigfoot movie with the filmmaker "interviewing actual folks in a town and putting them in a suspense scary buffet movie." So it was natural that he should go full documentary for "Call Me Lucky," which started with Goldthwait's best friend of 33 years, Robin Williams (he still gets teary when his name comes up), who was trying to make a scripted narrative movie about Crimmins. "It seemed like it was hard to get going that way," said Goldthwait back at Sundance. "So Robin suggested we »
- Anne Thompson
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