6 items from 2011
Posters for Johnny English Reborn, Higher Ground, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, Restless, Conan the Barbarian, four character banners for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two and a revamped (and better) one-sheet for the Straw Dogs remake.
Peter Jackson has posted his second 'production video' blog over on his Facebook page
"He was rumoured a while back, now its confirmed that Harry Lennix has join Zac Snyder's Superman reboot "Man of Steel". Lennix will play a high-ranking military officer named General Swanwick…" (full details)
"A now deleted tweet indicates that Dominic Cooper has joined the cast of the Sacha Gervasi-directed Hervé Villechaize biopic, joining Peter Dinklage who is playing the famous dwarf actor from "Fantasy Island" and "The Man with the Golden Gun"…" (full details)
"The Dark Knight Rises" will shoot at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the very end of July. It has been confirmed that a prison break, »
- Garth Franklin
Today's TV snacks include a new series getting greenlit, an existing show coming back for a second season and a couple pieces of casting news.
USA has given the green light to a buddy-cop series called "Common Law." It stars Michael Ealy ("The Good Wife") and Warren Kole ("The Chicago Code") as Lapd detectives who hate each other so much that their captain (Jack McGee, "Rescue Me") sends them to couples counseling. Wacky! [USA]
The CW has added two new characters to "90210" for its fourth season. Justin Deeley ("Couples Retreat") will play a "cowboy type" -- actually the son of a country-music star -- who's a potential love interest for Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord), while Megalyn Echikunwoke ("CSI: Miami") will play a rival of Naomi's at college. [TVLine]
To bridge the translation gap, changing a movie's title abroad is standard studio practice. In the case of Captain America, the reasons are more diplomatic. The Nyt reports that Marvel and Paramount had always intended to call the film The First Avenger abroad due to fears of displeasing anyone who might take issue with America or its international relations. For now, the film will get a title change in Russia, Ukraine, and South Korea. The film will likely not show at all in China, which only allows 20 foreign films a year. Maybe it's the summer heat: HBO is developing Skinny Dip, a 2004 novel by dark-humored Miami author Carl Hiaasen. Michael Oates Palmer is adapting the satire, which begins with an adulterous husband throwing »
HBO has started developing a new drama based on the novel Skinny Dip. The book, written by Carl Hiaasen, focuses on a woman who aims to get revenge on her unfaithful husband after he tries to murder her. HBO has now confirmed that it is working on a television adaptation, The Hollywood Reporter says. Michael Keaton has signed up to executive produce the project along with Michael Oates Palmer, who has previously worked on shows including Rubicon, Shark and The West Wing. HBO is currently developing (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
Chicago – A&E finally figured out how to mimic the ratings success of its fellow basic cable networks like A&E and TNT when it launched “The Glades” — another program built around a strong, charismatic lead. Matt Passmore carries the mystery/cop series over a few of its storytelling bumps but the program is hit-and-miss overall. Luckily, there are enough solid episodes of “The Glades” to carry the viewer through the escapist season of summer.
Television Rating: 3.5/5.0
The premise of “The Glades” is classic fish-out-of-water material. Jim Longworth (Matt Passmore) is a Chicago tough guy detective who has to adjust his style to the new terrain of Florida. Set in the sunny burg of Palm Glade, Longworth encounters enough murder, double-crossing, and other nefarious deeds to keep him off the golf course and beach. He works closely with Carlos (Carlos Gomez) and Colleen (Michelle Hurd) and tries to woo the »
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Here is the week's unexpected treat: a terrific La noir thriller based on a novel by Michael Connelly. It stars Matthew McConaughey, who gives a career-best performance as Mick Haller, a fast-talking criminal lawyer who has just regained his licence after some unspecified peccadillo; unable to afford an office, he does business on the move, from the backseat of his chauffeured Lincoln car. Haller catches a break when he's retained by super-rich-kid Louis Roulet, played by Ryan Phillippe, who's accused of rape and assault. John Romano's smart, savvy script motors along as we see how Hallet knows all the angles and how to work the system. It's a world of cynical lawyers cutting deals, careworn cops and cons brooding over sinister secrets. How about letting director Brad Furman adapt something by Carl Hiaasen or Elmore Leonard? »
- Peter Bradshaw
6 items from 2011
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