13 items from 2013
By the time I read Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, I had already read a few Harry Potter books and I couldn’t help but think of the earlier sci-fi work initially as “Harry Potter in space.” It’s a comparison that continues for many now that the movie is out. “Harry Potter meets Star Wars,” claims a blurb used in UK ads credited to Sky Movies host Craig Stevens. And if you search Twitter for “Ender’s Game and Harry Potter” the results of both titles mentioned together is aplenty. All this is natural for the lazy way we relate movies to each other. The sad thing is some kids might think of the new movie as a derivative piece of Ya fiction modeled after J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard. I don’t know if Potter was at all influenced by Ender’s Game. It’s not like Card’s book was the first »
- Christopher Campbell
You may not have been looking forward to the Footloose remake if you were a huge fan of the original, but fear not: some reviewers are saying it's even better than its predecessor! Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough, the stars of the remake, talk to Sky Movies's Craig Stevens about dancing from their first very first audition and the pressure of filling Kevin Bacon's dancing shoes. »
Written by Ben Hecht
Directed by Otto Preminger
To those paying attention, film history teaches that groups of like-minded artists enjoy working together. The better the result of their initial project, the higher the likelihood the same team shall reconvene to produce one, two, or more films, hopefully of equal or superior quality. Some time ago in this column, Otto Preminger’s 1944 Laura was reviewed, a brilliant picture about a detective falling in love with a believed-to-be-deceased woman based on her stunning portrait, starring Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney as the lovers in question. Six years following said sumptuous collaboration, the same director-actors partnership brought audiences Where the Sidewalk Ends, an equally bittersweet tale of misguided love.
- Edgar Chaput
Paul Henreid: From Eleanor Parker to ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’ (photo: Paul Henreid and Eleanor Parker in ‘Between Two Worlds’) Paul Henreid returns this evening, as Turner Classic Movies’ Star of the Month of July 2013. In Of Human Bondage (1946), he stars in the old Leslie Howard role: a clubfooted medical student who falls for a ruthless waitress (Eleanor Parker, in the old Bette Davis role). Next on TCM, Henreid and Eleanor Parker are reunited in Between Two Worlds (1944), in which passengers aboard an ocean liner wonder where they are and where the hell (or heaven or purgatory) they’re going. Hollywood Canteen (1944) is a near-plotless, all-star showcase for Warner Bros.’ talent, a World War II morale-boosting follow-up to that studio’s Thank Your Lucky Stars, released the previous year. Last of the Buccaneers (1950) and Pirates of Tripoli (1955) are B pirate movies. The former is an uninspired affair, »
- Andre Soares
The Invisible Man, 1975
The weekly adventures of Dr. Daniel Westin, an invisible scientist working as an agent for a private thinktank.
Since H.G Well's tale of a scientist who manages to find a way to turn himself invisible was written in 1897, there have been many incarnations of The Invisible Man. Most famously of course was Claude Rain's sublime performance in the 1933 Universal Monster classic and more (semi) recently, the character saw a redux in Paul Verhoven's mostly average Hollow Man (and it's naff sequel starring Christian Slater). However there is one version of this character that often gets overlooked - the 1975 TV series starring David McCallum, now available on DVD.
One of the problems with a show that is based on an idea that had been done several times over by Universal during the 40s and 50s, is that »
Eleanor Parker Now on TCM Palms Springs area resident Eleanor Parker, who turns 91 next June 26, is Turner Classic Movies’ Star of the Month of June. One of the best actresses of Hollywood’s studio era, Parker isn’t nearly as well-remembered today as she should be despite three Best Actress Academy Award nominations (Caged, 1950; Detective Story, 1951; Interrupted Melody, 1955), a number of box-office and/or critical hits, and a key role in one of the biggest blockbusters of all time (The Sound of Music). Hopefully, the 34 Eleanor Parker movies TCM will be showing each Monday this month — beginning tonight — will help to introduce the actress to a broader 21st-century audience. Eleanor Parker movies "When I am spotted somewhere it means that my characterizations haven’t covered up Eleanor Parker the person. I prefer it the other way around," Parker once said. In fact, the title of Doug McClelland’s 1989 Eleanor Parker bio, »
- Andre Soares
TBS and TNT announced on Wednesday that they are about to become the first national networks to live stream on-air content across multiple platforms 24/7.
The networks made the announcement during TNT and TBS's annual upfront presentation in New York, noting that their content will be streamed through their websites and a pair of newly created apps: Watch TNT and Watch TBS.
"Starting this summer, subscribers will be able to watch TBS and TNT live –- anytime, anywhere, on multiple devices," Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, told the upfront audience. Additional platforms for TBS and TNT's live streaming will be added by the end of the year.
TNT's coverage of the NBA games, TBS's coverage of Major League Baseball and both network's coverage of the Ncaa will be available for live streaming as well.
Audiences will soon have the opportunity to watch some new content from some »
- Jaimie Etkin
We already know TNT is bringing Sean Bean, Eric Dane, and the mind of Frank Darabont back to our TVs, but at today’s Turner Upfront, TNT and TBS announced some more big names developing potential shows for the networks — including Steven Spielberg, Sylvester Stallone, Steve Carell, Jamie Foxx, Elizabeth Banks, Diablo Cody, Denis Leary, Dick Wolf, and Nicholas Sparks. The loglines:
TNT Scripted Series:
• Portal House: This project is the story of a group of young scientists who, while investigating what they believe to be a haunted house, stumble upon a portal into the time-space continuum. Things then take »
- Mandi Bierly
Turner Broadcasting execs will talk up cable’s gains over the broadcast nets and efforts to court viewers on multiple screens at its upfront presentation at the Hammerstein Ballroom.
Turner entertainment chief Steve Koonin and TNT/TBS/TCM programming prexy Michael Wright (pictured left to right above) also are set to unveil a slew of development projects with high-profile creative auspices including Steven Spielberg, Dick Wolf, Steven Carell, Jamie Foxx, Nicholas Sparks, Sylvester Stallone and Diablo Cody. The duo are expected to emphasize the broad slate of fresh series, scripted and unscripted, that TNT and TBS have coming in the summer and fall as a sign that the channels are nearly at parity with broadcasters in terms of reach and the depth of original programming.
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Starting this summer, Turner will make the regular linear feeds of TNT and TBS available for »
- Cynthia Littleton
At its upfront today, TNT and TBS unveiled scripted and unscripted development slates, which include projects from Steven Spielberg, Steve Carell, Diablo Cody, Denis Leary, Sylvester Stallone, Dick Wolf, Nicholas Sparks, Marcia Clark, Dee Johnson, Walt Becker, Jamie Foxx and James Duff. Here is the list with details: Related: TBS & TNT To Offer Live Streaming 24/7 TNT Scripted Series Development Portal House This project is the story of a group of young scientists who, while investigating what they believe to be a haunted house, stumble upon a portal into the time-space continuum. Things then take a turn for the worse when one of their own vanishes into the portal. – Executive Producers: Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Scott Rosenberg (writer), Jeff Pinkner (writer), Josh Appelbaum (writer) and Andre Nemec (writer) – Production Company/Studio: Amblin Television Peter Gunn This re-imagining of the classic post-modern Blake Edwards-Craig Stevens’ series centers on »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
TNT and TBS unveiled robust slates of scripted and nonscripted fare in development from a roster of top producers including Steven Spielberg, Diablo Cody, Denis Leary, Sylvester Stallone, Dick Wolf, Jamie Foxx and more as it continues its push to become a year-round home to original programming. TNT, which recently added dramas The Last Ship (Michael Bay) and Legends (Howard Gordon), will build its drama brand with seven scripted dramas including a reimagining of Blake Edwards-Craig Stevens series Peter Gunn from exec producer Spielberg. On the unscripted side, TNT -- which recently picked up Boston's Finest for an
- Lesley Goldberg
And the award for the best awards ceremony goes to... The great and the good of Britain's creative film community (plus Sky's Craig Stevens) congregated in central London last night for the Empire Film Awards. Fuelled by weapons-grade whiskey cocktails, unlimited rioja and brimming egos, it was a night of triumph (Sam Mendes), humility (Martin Freeman) and unabashed rudeness (Johnny Vegas). »
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By Harvey F. Chartrand
Peter Gunn – created and produced by Blake Edwards – ran for three seasons – from 1958 to 1961. This classic detective show was a delightful blend of film noir and fifties cool, featuring a modern jazz score by Henry Mancini (a bonus CD of the soundtrack is included in the set), outbreaks of the old ultra-violence, a gallery of eccentric and sleazy characters (usually informants, gangsters and Beat Generation bohemians), and great acting by series leads Craig Stevens (as Gunn), Lola Albright (as his squeeze, sultry nightclub singer Edie Hart) and Herschel Bernardi (as Gunn’s friend and competitor Lieutenant Jacoby, who seems to work all by himself 24 hours a day »
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13 items from 2013
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