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The Shocking Crime That Inspired Murder on the Orient Express

You know what makes a murder mystery that much more chilling? When it's based on fact. In the past few years, gripping thrillers like Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and HBO's Big Little Lies have become pop culture phenomenons. Meanwhile, Netflix's Making a Murderer and the Serial podcast have proven the addictive quality of a true crime story. Y'all, I'm going to let you do your thing, but I'm also going to let you know Agatha Christie was doing this way before it was cool. Christie is one of the most acclaimed and well-known fiction writers in history. She wrote dozens and dozens of compelling murder-mystery stories in her lifetime. One of Christie's most renowned novels, Murder on the Orient Express, has proven it's still iconic after nearly 80 years. In 2017, a new big-screen adaptation will hit theaters nationwide. While it's clear Christie has the whole thriller genre down pat,
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Santa Barbara Raises Curtain on Restoration Project at Star-Studded Fest

Santa Barbara Raises Curtain on Restoration Project at Star-Studded Fest
Santa Barbara became a movie town in 1912, when the American Film Co., aka the Flying A, set up shop there. The studio began cranking out shorts at a rapid pace, producing an estimated 1,200 silent movies before its demise in 1921.

But Santa Barbara’s showbiz embrace didn’t end there: It has long served as a favored tryout city, film and TV location, and industry playground.

Since 1986, the coastal community 89 miles north of Hollywood has also been home to the Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival. The festival, which kicks off Feb. 1, will feature a jam-packed lineup of premieres, starry events, and panel discussions. In a nod to Santa Barbara’s storied past, the fest will also serve as the formal curtain-raiser of its major capital project, the renovation of the city’s historic Riviera Theater.

The Riviera Theater, recently acquired by the Sbiff through a 30-year lease, has long been symbolic
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'The Truman Show' and 'Narc' TV Series in Development at Paramount

'The Truman Show' and 'Narc' TV Series in Development at Paramount
Paramount unveiled the first development slate for their new TV division, which includes TV adaptations of the 1998 drama The Truman Show and the 2003 thriller Narc.

Jim Carrey starred in director Peter Weir's The Truman Show, which centered on a man who is unaware that his entire life is being recorded live for a massive reality television show. Everyone in his life, from his wife (Laura Linney) to his best friend (Noah Emmerich) are hired actors playing their part in a state-of-the-art studio that encompasses the fictional town of Seahaven. No details were given for the series, except that it will be a re-imagining of the film. It isn't known if director Peter Weir or screenwriter Andrew Niccol will be involved in any capacity.

Narc director Joe Carnahan will write and direct the pilot episode for this new series based on his crime thriller, which starred Jason Patric as a
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Carson Interviews, Wilder Movies Tonight

Billy Wilder movies, Johnny Carson interviews tonight on TCM Billy Wilder is Turner Classic Movies’ Director of the Evening tonight, July 8, 2013. But before Wilder Evening begins, TCM will be presenting a series of brief interviews from The Tonight Show, back in the old Johnny Carson days — or rather, nights. The Carson interviewees this evening are Doris Day, Charlton Heston, Tony Curtis, Chevy Chase, and Steve Martin. (See also: Doris Day today.) (Photo: Billy Wilder.) As for Billy Wilder, TCM will be showing the following: Some Like It Hot (1959), The Fortune Cookie (1966), The Spirit of St. Louis (1958), and The Seven Year Itch (1955). Of course, all of those have been shown before and are widely available. Some Like It Hot vs. The Major and the Minor: Subversive and subversiver Some Like It Hot is perhaps Billy Wilder’s best-known film. This broad comedy featuring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis
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John Kerr dies: Tony Award winner for 'Tea & Sympathy' was 81

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Stage and screen actor John Kerr died February 2, at age 81, from heart failure, according to the Associated Press. Kerr starred in the movies "South Pacific," and "The Pit and the Pendulum." One role Kerr did not play was Charles Lindbergh, as he turned down the role in "The Spirit of St. Louis," due to his lack of respect for Lindbergh's early support of the Nazi regime. The role eventually went to James Stewart.

His best known work was on the stage, though, as a prep school student, bullied after being suspected as a homosexual, in the 1953 Broadway production, "Tea and Sympathy." The role won Kerr a Tony Award in 1954, and he went on to reprise the role in a film version of the play in 1956.

Having attended Harvard, and UCLA Law School, Kerr also played a district attorney in the 1960s on TV's "Peyton Place." When he retired from show business,
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Kerr's Biggest Box-Office Hit: Musical About Romance and Racism During WWII

Kerr in the 1958 box-office blockbuster musical South Pacific (seen above with love interest France Nuyen) and his (few) other post-Tea and Sympathy efforts [Please check out the previous article: "The Two Kerrs in the stage and film versions of Tea and Sympathy."] Director Curtis Bernhardt's Gaby (1956) was a generally disliked remake of Waterloo Bridge, with Kerr and leading lady Leslie Caron in the old Robert Taylor and Vivien Leigh roles (1940 movie version -- and even older Douglass Montgomery and Mae Clarke roles in the 1931 film version). Jeffrey Hayden's The Vintage (1957), starring Kerr and Mel Ferrer absurdly cast as Italian brothers, also failed to generate much box-office or critical interest. MGM leading lady Pier Angeli played Ferrer's love interest in the film, while the more mature and married French star Michèle Morgan (a plot element similar to that found in Tea and Sympathy) is Kerr's object of desire. (Pictured above: South Pacific cast members John Kerr and France Nuyen embracing.) Also in the mid-'50s, John Kerr
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J. Edgar Hoover Photo Reveals Naomi Watts as F.B.I. Secretary

J. Edgar Hoover Photo Reveals Naomi Watts as F.B.I. Secretary
Warner Bros. Pictures has revealed a brand new image of Leonardo DiCaprio and Naomi Watts from the Clint Eastwood-directed J. Edgar, about the legendary FBI director. Take a look at the photo below!

Leonardo DiCaprio stars as J. Edgar Hoover, while Naomi Watts plays Helen Gandy, Hoover's longtime secretary.

Written by Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black, J. Edgar explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century.

Armie Hammer stars as Hoover's prot&#233g&#233 Clyde Tolson; Judi Dench as Hoover's overprotective mother, Anne Marie Hoover; Josh Lucas as legendary aviator Charles A. Lindbergh, whose son's kidnapping changes the public profile of the FBI; and Ken Howard as U.S. attorney General Harlan F. Stone.

J. Edgar comes to theaters November 9th, 2011 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Judi Dench, Damon Herriman, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Armie Hammer, Ed Westwick, Stephen Root.
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Netflix Nuggets: Celebrate the 4th of July With a Lot of Movies!

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films being made available by Netflix for instant streaming. Important Note: There may be some films that do not become available on the specified dates. This is merely a report of the most accurate release dates I can find, but is not directly confirmed by Netflix themselves.

American: The Bill Hicks Story (2010)

Streaming Available: 06/29/2011

Synopsis: Since his tragic death from cancer at age 32, comedian Bill Hicks’s legend and stature have only grown, and this unique documentary tells his story, blending live footage, interviews and animation to fill in the details of a life cut short. A comic’s comic and unflagging critic of hypocrisy and cultural emptiness, Hicks was one of a kind, a Lenny Bruce for the late 20th century,
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The Firm Adds Josh Lucas

The Firm Adds Josh Lucas
Josh Lucas (The Lincoln Lawyer, Sweet Home Alabama) is set to star in NBC's new legal drama series The Firm, based on John Grisham's best-selling novel and executive-produced by Grisham and Lukas Reiter.

Lucas, whose feature-film credits include Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind, Jerry Bruckheimer's Glory Road, and Ang Lee's Hulk, will star as attorney Mitchell McDeere (the role originated by Tom Cruise in the film) in the series, which picks up McDeere's story about a decade after the events of the novel and film.

Lucas also stars as famed aviator Charles A. Lindbergh in Imagine Entertainment's upcoming 2011 film, J. Edgar, directed by Oscar winner Clint Eastwood and starring Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio as controversial FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

Based on the blockbuster feature film and the best-selling novel of 1991, with seven million copies sold by world-renowned author Grisham (The Pelican Brief, The Client
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J. Edgar Adds Stephen Root

J. Edgar Adds Stephen Root
Actor Stephen Root is the latest to join the cast of Clint Eastwood's biopic J. Edgar, which is currently in production.

Stephen Root will play Arthur Koehler, a forensic wood specialist who helps J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) investigate the kidnapping of Charles A. Lindbergh's (Josh Lucas) son. Arthur Koehler aids the case by examining a ladder used by the abductor.

Clint Eastwood is directing J. Edgar from a script by Dustin Lance Black. A specific release date has not been announced yet.

J. Edgar comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Judi Dench, Damon Herriman, Josh Lucas, Armie Hammer, Ed Westwick, Stephen Root. The film is directed by Clint Eastwood.
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Josh Lucas Signs On For "J. Edgar"

Josh Lucas has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood's upcoming biopic "J. Edgar" reports Deadline.

Lucas will portray famed pilot Charles A. Lindbergh in the drama. Five years after receiving worldwide acclaim for flying across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, Lindbergh's son was kidnapped and later murdered.

J. Edgar Hoover was the head of The Bureau of Investigation (the FBI before it was called the FBI) which was handling the case.

Clint Eastwood is directing from a script by Dustin Lance Black, though shooting dates have yet to be locked.
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Josh Lucas to Play Charles Lindbergh in Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'

Towards the end of last year, we found out that Damon Herriman ("Justified") had landed a role in Clint Eastwood's biopic J. Edgar starring Leonadro DiCaprio as the titular FBI director. Herriman was said to play Bruno Hauptmann, the man convicted of kidnapping and killing the Lindbergh baby. Well, it sounds like the disappearance of the Lindbergh baby will be an integral part of the biopic as Deadline reports Josh Lucas will play the infamous aviator Charles Lindbergh. It's still not clear how much time Eastwood's biopic will cover, but the investigation surrounding the historical kidnapping and murder will clearly be a pivotal part of the film. The kidnapping of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr. was dubbed the crime of the century and made headlines across the world. A 10-week, nationwide search for the baby was conducted while negotiations elsewhere resulted in ransom being paid for the location of the missing child.
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Josh Lucas Joins J. Edgar

Josh Lucas is the latest actor to join the cast of Clint Eastwood's upcoming biopic J. Edgar. Lucas will portray famed pilot Charles A. Lindbergh in the drama.

After receiving worldwide acclaim for his 1927 flight across the Atlantic Ocean, Charles A. Lindbergh's son was kidnapped in 1932 and later murdered. J. Edgar Hoover was the head of The Bureau of Investigation, before it was renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and was handling the case.

Clint Eastwood is directing from a script by Dustin Lance Black. It isn't clear when production will start on J. Edgar.

We also reported last week that Josh Lucas is one of the actors in the running to star in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. It isn't known yet if this J. Edgar role will affect his chances for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

J. Edgar comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Judi Dench,
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Damon Herriman Joins Clint Eastwood’s ‘J. Edgar’

Damon Herriman Joins Clint Eastwood’s ‘J. Edgar’
Formerly titled Hoover, Clint Eastwood's next film J. Edgar is slowly but surely putting its cast together and the latest piece of casting might provide a peak into the story. We already know that Leonardo DiCaprio is locked and loaded to play the original FBI director and that both Charlize Theron and Armie Hammer [1] are in talks to play two of his close confidants. The next confirmed piece of casting is that Australian actor Damon Herriman will play Bruno Hauptmann, the man who was convicted of kidnapping and killing the Lindbergh baby. In the States, Herriman is best know for a recent stint on FX's Justified, a role in The Square and a bit part in the Paris Hilton horror remake House of Wax. Read more about Herriman's role and how it might fit into the Dustin Lance Black penned flick after the break. The Playlist [2] broke the news
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