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Edward Norton's fantastic 2006 film The Illusionist is the latest movie to be added to the list of TV series adaptations. I really liked this movie, especially for the fact that it centered on magic, which is something I'm completely fascinated with. On top of that it had an intriguing story.
The movie was written and directed by Neil Burger, and it's set in 1889 Vienna. The story centers around a magician named Eisenheim (Norton), who is competing with the Crown Prince for the love of a noble woman (Jessica Biel). At the same time he's being chased and investigated by the chief of police (Paul Giamatti), who is suspicious of his talents.
The series is being written by Mark Hudis (True Blood), and according to Deadline, the new adaptation will take place in turn of the century New York. "It centers on a renowned illusionist who returns home from a »
- Joey Paur
Exclusive: Grimm star Bitsie Tulloch is the latest to board Sony’s untitled NFL concussion film, starring Will Smith as a neuropathologist investigating the long-term effects of head trauma suffered by pro-footballers. Tulloch, a series regular on NBC’s supernatural drama Grimm, will play Keana Strzelczyk, the wife of a former NFL player. Peter Landesman wrote and is directing the NFL pic based on Jeanne Marie Laskas’s GQ article “Game Brain” which exposed the discovery of Cte, the concussion syndrome that contributed to the suicides of former NFL superstars like Dave Duerson and Junior Seau.
Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman, and Elizabeth Cantillon are producing the film which starts production in a few weeks. Michael Schaefer and David Crockett are executive producers. Tulloch most recently appeared on the big screen in Landesman’s directorial debut Parkland opposite Paul Giamatti. Her feature credits include a starring role in indie Caroline & Jackie, »
- Jen Yamato
Westworld, the movie set way in the future which we first heard rumblings for in 2013, has been given a full series order at Warner Bros. Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Miranda Otto and Jeffrey Wright are set to feature in the show, which is to be produced by J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan. The series will be based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 original set within a futuristic amusement park which sees it’s robots revolt.
CBS TV Studios and Yari Film Group are also looking to bring Neil Burger’s 2006 movie The Illusionist, which starred Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti, to the small screen. The period set show will see it’s original movie-set location moved from Vienna to New York, and will revolve around a renowned magician who returns home after a decade in prison to find his wife married to the crime boss who framed him. »
- Paul Heath
A day rarely goes by of late without news on a new film-to-tv development. The latest news is of an Illusionist TV series, based on the 2006 film from director Neil Burger and stars Ed Norton, Paul Giamatti and Jessica Biel. A couple things will be changed, as is so often the case with these […]
The post ‘The Illusionist’ TV Series in Development; ‘Westworld’ Near Series Order at HBO appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.
Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...
The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.
The original starred Norton as a magician in 19th Century Vienna who uses his incredible skills to win the heart of a Duchess and save her from the brutal Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell) to whom she is betrothed.
The TV series switches around the premise and setting, which will now take place in New York City at the turn of the century. There an illusionist returns home from a decade in prison to find his wife married to the ruthless crime boss who framed him.
The illusionist disguises himself as an underling in the crime lord's organization, using his sleight-of-hand skills to pull off daring heists, rising through the ranks to win back his beloved and bring down the crime boss. »
- Garth Franklin
The Illusionist will be adapted for TV by The CW.
The film itself was loosely based on Steven Millhauser's short story, Eisenheim the Illusionist.
Set in end-of-the-1800s Vienna, it centres around magician Eisenheim who uses his abilities to woo a duchess.
The CW's new version will be transplanted to New York, with the titular magician returning home from a decade in prison to discover his wife married to the crime boss who framed him.
He joins the crime organisation and rises through the ranks by using his skills to bring down the boss and win back his wife.
The CW has put a TV series based on the 2006 movie The Illusionist into development from the Yari Film Group, the same company that produced and distributed the film.
The Illusionist, which took in $88 million worldwide from just a $17 million budget in 2006, centered on Edward Norton's Eisenheim, a talented magician in 19th Century Vienna who uses his incredible skills to win the heart of the woman he loves (Jessica Biel), while trying to outwit a Crown Prince (Rufus Sewell) and a detective (Paul Giamatti).
The TV series will move the action to New York City at the turn of the century, following an illusionist who returns home from a decade in prison, only to find his wife married to the ruthless crime boss who framed him. The magician disguises himself as an underling in the crime lord's organization, using his sleight-of-hand skills to pull off daring heists, rising through »
One month from now, the 13th edition of the New York City Horror Film Festival will kick off and it has been announced that they’ll be honoring Norman Reedus and Angus Scrimmm for their contributions to the genre:
“New York, NY – Oct. 13, 2014. The 13th edition of the New York City Horror Film Festival celebrates two stalwarts of the genre with a Lifetime Achievement Award presented to 88-year-old Phantasm series star, “Tall Man” Angus Scrimm, and The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus receiving the Achievement in Acting Award for his strong dedication to the craft, currently creating new heights, and depths, as everyone’s favorite crossbow-wielding zombie-killer Daryl Dixon.
Award recipient Norman Reedus is internationally known for the role of Daryl Dixon in AMC’s immensely popular series, now entering its fifth season. Roles for Guillermo del Toro in Mimic and Blade 2 have led to the upcoming dark videogame Silent Hill, »
- Jonathan James
Director: Sophie Barthes
Running time: 118 minutes
Synopsis: The beautiful wife of a small-town doctor engages in extra marital affairs in an attempt to advance her social status.
Based on the Gustave Flaubert novel, Madame Bovary is not exactly a new story but in the hands of director Sophie Barthes and with Mia Wasikowska in the titular role it certainly is a film that will appeal to new audiences.
In this adaptation, Emma Bovary (Wasikowska) goes from being a young woman, waiting for her life to start, to one so desperate for excitement she doesn’t stop to think of the consequences as she starts a series of passionate affairs. It’s a transition captured beautifully and with great maturity by Wasikowska, an actress who can capture both the naivety and self-destructive nature of the character.
- Amanda Keats
Director-cowriter Alexander Payne didn't intend to start a wine revolution in America by adapting Rex Pickett's book into 2004's Sideways, but we bet you haven't looked at a bottle of merlot the same way since. The acclaimed film about two middle-aged friends, Miles and Jack (Paul Giamatti and Thomas Hayden Church, respectively), who make a road trip to the Santa Ynez Valley wine country north of Santa Barbara, California and wrestle with their shortcomings, won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay thanks to its richly drawn characters. To toast Sideways' lingering impact on wine culture, a special screening took place on Sunday at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre, where the film had its premiere 10 years earlier. "I liked wine, but I...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Peter Parker can’t seem to catch a break. He’s constantly hunted by powerful villains, battling inner turmoil, and working through typical teenage angst, all while trying to solve the mystery of his parents’ death. Unfortunately, he has to add “surviving a mediocre Blu-Ray release” to his long list of life struggles. In director Marc Webb’s second installment of the retooled franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker, A.K.A. Spider-Man (played astonishingly well by Andrew Garfield), once again finds himself struggling to maintain a balance in both this super-hero and alter ego lives. Hit the jump for my The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray review. While donning his costume, he batters his body against Russian mobsters, which inevitably takes a toll on his relationship with girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), who is struggling to find a place in Peter’s life. This balance becomes even more »
- Brad McKay
Kevin Metheny has died at the age of 60.
The radio programmer died of an apparent heart attack on Friday (October 3), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Metheny was well known as Pig Virus, after Howard Stern awarded him the nickname on his Wnbc radio show.
Metheny worked most recently in San Francisco as an operations manager.
Vice president of content and programming at Cumulus Media, John Dickey, said: "Kevin Metheny's sudden passing [on Friday] afternoon is a devastating personal and professional loss for his broadcasting family at Cumulus, and for the entire radio industry.
"Kevin was a legendary broadcasting talent who touched many lives in his remarkable 44-year career, and whose successes made an indelible mark on radio." »
Kevin Metheny, a longtime radio programmer and operations manager, has died. Metheny died Friday at the age of 60. His death was first confirmed by allaccess.com and later reported by The Chicago Tribune. The Daily News reports he died of a heart attack. Metheny was best known to Howard Stern fans as Pig Virus after their paths crossed at New York's Wnbc. That was the moniker the radio personality referred to him as in his book Private Parts. A version of that character, Pig Vomit, later appeared in the movie version, played by Paul Giamatti. A rep for Stern had not
- Jocelyn Vena, Billboard
Kevin "Pig Virus" Metheny -- the inspiration for Howard Stern's nemesis in "Private Parts" -- has reportedly died at the age of 60 from an apparent heart attack. Metheny's feud with Stern in the '80s was chronicled in both Howard's book and movie. The character of Kenny "Pig Vomit" Rushton was played by Paul Giamatti -- and it launched his career.Metheny was still working in the radio biz ... and was most recently »
- TMZ Staff
Lifetime's controversial biopic of singer-actress Aaliyah now has a full trailer. Following a previous teaser, the network has released a new promo for its upcoming film Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B. Alexandra Shipp stepped into the title role after Zendaya Coleman dropped out. Read more Paul Giamatti to Star in 'Straight Outta Compton' as Nwa Manager (Exclusive) In the trailer, Aaliyah's mom is seen warning her daughter about the tough road that must be traveled to become a music star. Iggy Azalea's song "Goddess" is featured prominently in the trailer. The biopic airs on Nov. 15 on Lifetime. (function(d,
- Ryan Gajewski
“The Simpsons” boss worries Sunday’s major death may be overhyped: We never said we’re killing off an “iconic” character “I’ve done everything I can to temper any disappointment by saying that, although the press is claiming this is an ‘iconic’ character, we never said that,” says executive producer Al Jean, in an interview with TVLine. “We just said it’s a ‘beloved’ character. I think it may have become overhyped, though I’ve never heard the term ‘underhyped’ before. Either way, it’s an emotional story, and it’s one we’re really proud of.” Plus: What TV critics said of “The Simpsons” when it debuted, and how “The Simpsons” looks at night -- illustrated. “Family Guy’s” crossover with “The Simpsons” is alternately fascinating, frustrating, amusing and annoying In other words, it’s your typical “Family Guy” episode. “Family Guy” Season 13: Stewie will get pregnant »
- Norman Weiss
After rousing reactions in Venice and Toronto elevated The Humbling above its stealth fest title origins, the newly reconfigured Millennium Entertainment has closed a deal for U.S. distribution rights to the Barry Levinson-directed adaptation of the Philip Roth novel that stars Al Pacino. Millennium will launch the film into Oscar season, and will campaign to be reckoned in Academy season. The film stars Greta Gerwig, Dianne Wiest, Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin, Dylan Baker, Dan Hedaya and Tony winners Billy Porter, Nina Arianda and Mary Louise Wilson. Roth’s novel was adapted by Buck Henry and Michal Zebede.
While Pacino and Levinson have both won Oscars in the past, the filmmaker tells me that getting to this place was one of the most unusual experiences in his long career, including the fact they made this movie dirt cheap for around $2 million. “You’re in this business so long, you »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Millennium Entertainment is continuing to make moves following its deal to become a stand-alone distribution and catalog company. Today CEO Bill Lee unveiled that the soon-to-be-renamed outfit has closed a senior revolving credit facility and term loan facility worth $40 million.
The facilities helped finance Millennium and Virgo Investment Group’s August buyout of previous owners including Avi Lerner’s Nu Image, and will help Millennium going forward to acquire films for the studio’s upcoming slate. (The credit facilities provides for a $20 million term loan as well as a $20 million revolving line of credit with an additional accordion feature for future opportunities.)
Among those projects in Millennium’s pipeline is Madam Bovary, the Sophie Barthes-directed film that stars Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, and Ezra Miller. The company scooped up U.S. rights in a seven-figure deal sealed just before the period pic’s Toronto premiere earlier this month. Another »
- The Deadline Team
What a feat it requires to cinematically tell the story of Brian Wilson, the eccentric American musician and chief songwriter (among other things) of The Beach Boys who came up with the ultimate oddity of concept albums, Pet Sounds, in 1966. There and after, Wilson battled with crippling bouts of depression and substance abuse. He stayed in bed for 3 years, where he ballooned to 340 pounds.
What’s for sure is you can’t tell his story “straight”; that is, it cannot be told linearly, because Wilson’s mind doesn’t have a straight progression. Pet Sounds is too eclectic – a beautifully haphazard arrangement of instruments including flutes, harpsichords, bicycle bells, and even barking dogs – for an ordinary, Hollywood-served biopic.
The best biopics, I find, are structured according to the subject’s personality, or I should say the filmmaker’s interpretation of the subject. In that sense, Love & Mercy is successful. It »
- Parker Mott
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