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Dick Wolf Stocks Gotham-Based Indie Thriller ‘The Super’ With ‘Chicago Pd’s Patrick Flueger & Val Kilmer

Exclusive: Dick Wolf's Wolf Entertainment is partnering with Tom Thayer and Fortress Features' Patrick Rizzotti and Brett Forbes to produce The Super, with production just getting underway in New York. Written by Black Swan scribe John J. McLaughlin and directed by The Good Neighbor‘s Stephan Rick in his U.S. debut, the film stars Chicago Pd's Patrick Flueger and Val Kilmer, with Mattea Marie Conforti, Taylor Richardson, Paul Ben-Victor, Yul Vazquez, Louisa Krause and…
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Dick Wolf Stocks Gotham-Based Indie Thriller ‘The Super’ With ‘Chicago Pd’s Patrick Flueger & Val Kilmer

Dick Wolf Stocks Gotham-Based Indie Thriller ‘The Super’ With ‘Chicago Pd’s Patrick Flueger & Val Kilmer
Exclusive: Dick Wolf's Wolf Entertainment is partnering with Tom Thayer and Fortress Features' Patrick Rizzotti and Brett Forbes to produce The Super, with production just getting underway in New York. Written by Black Swan scribe John J. McLaughlin and directed by The Good Neighbor‘s Stephan Rick in his U.S. debut, the film stars Chicago PD's Patrick Flueger and Val Kilmer, with Mattea Marie Conforti, Taylor Richardson, Paul Ben-Victor, Yul Vazquez, Louisa Krause and…
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George Martin R.I.P. (1926-2016): More Than Just the Fifth Beatle

On the evening of March 8, famed producer George Martin passed away at home, in his sleep, at age 90. (The announcement was first made on Ringo Starr's Twitter account.) He is, of course, primarily famous as the Beatles' producer, but I was heartened to see many friends in my Facebook feed chose to mark his passing by posting non-Beatles tracks he produced. Martin was a well-established, and well-rounded, producer before he started working with the Beatles. In his career the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee worked in quite a variety of contexts with any number of famous people, from comedy records with Peter Sellers to jazz records with Stan Getz, and practically everything in between.

The Beatles would undoubtedly have become famous without him -- and perhaps he without them -- but they wouldn't have sounded as good. Who else at that time would have made a Beatles record on
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The Walking Dead producer bringing Pendergast to Spike TV

Gale Anne Hurd, producer of the ratings juggernaut The Walking Dead, is teaming up with Spike TV to bring Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s Relic and Cabinet of Curiosities book series to the small screen, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

The series will be titled Pendergast after its protagonist, the FBI special agent Aloysius Xingu Leng Pendergast, and “is set in a contemporary New York City, with season one focused on Pendergast investigating a present-day crime mimicking a century-old mystery — that links to his own family’s dark past.”

Hurd is set to executive produce the series alongside John McLaughlin (Black Swan), who will also write the adaptation.
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Pendergast: Spike TV Developing New Series with Walking Dead Producer

Spike is developing the Pendergast TV series drama, with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions. The Walking Dead's Gale Anne Hurd is executive producing, with Black Swan's John McLaughlin, who is also set as writer. Sharon Levy, Ted Gold, and Lauren Ruggiero will oversee the project for Spike.

Based on the novels Relic and Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Pendergast features Aloysius Pendergast, an eccentric FBI special agent. In the first season he will investigate a current crime that mirrors a century old mystery and is tied to his own family history.

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TV News Roundup: ‘Top Chef’ Renewed for Season 14, Spike Orders ‘Pendergast’ Series

TV News Roundup: ‘Top Chef’ Renewed for Season 14, Spike Orders ‘Pendergast’ Series
Bravo has renewed “Top Chef” for Season 14, and Spike TV is joining forces with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Prods. for a new scripted series in Monday’s TV news roundup…

Renewals

Bravo has renewed its competitive cooking show “Top Chef” for a 14th season.

The show, currently airing Season 13 on Thursday nights, is the #1 food program on cable in the 25-54 demo. The show is looking for up-and-coming chefs to compete in the next season, currently hosting casting calls in Los Angeles, Portland, Las Vegas, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia and New York.

Elsewhere, popular Lucha Libre wrestling series “Lucha Underground” has been renewed by El Rey, with Season 3 set to bow in 2017.

The renewal from Robert Rodriguez’s network comes less than a week after the premiere of “Lucha Underground’s” second season, which bowed on Jan. 27.

“‘Lucha Underground’ has caught fire by developing a loyal and passionate fan base,
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Spike TV Plans "Pendergast" Series Adaptation

Spike TV and "The Walking Dead" producer Gale Anne Hurd are teaming for "Pendergast," a TV drama series adaptation of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's best-selling novel series following the character of FBI special agent Aloysius Pendergast.

In the novels the character is a highly intelligent, well-mannered, aloof and eccentric slender man who comes from a rich Louisiana family, most of whom are committed or deceased. His wife was killed by a lion years before in Africa, and his brother driven criminally insane during a traumatic childhood incident. Agent Pendergast usually investigates various serial killings, many of which have a highly unusual style to them.

Fifteen novels in the series have been published so far and dealt with everything from diamond heists and zombie cults to a genetically altered beast in the museum of natural history. The first novel in the series, "Relic," was adapted into the 1997 feature "The Relic" but omitted Pendergast's character,
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Academy Awards Film Series: 'Visceral' Portman in Aronofsky's 'Most Mature' Effort

'Black Swan' movie with Natalie Portman. 'Black Swan' movie review: Darren Aronofsky's 'most mature' effort Darren Aronofsky has one of the most amazing talents for not only crafting impeccable works of fiction, but also for framing these works against the backdrop of worlds the average person will never be a part of. In Requiem for a Dream, he took a stylized and brutal eye to the dangerous world of drug addiction. In The Wrestler, he gave us a brilliant and tragic human story set in the world of professional wrestling. In Black Swan, he gives us the fascinating story of one person's psychological downward spiral within the world of professional ballet. Black Swan, arguably Aronofsky's best effort, was surely his most mature to date. 'Black Swan': Nina and her 'ballet mother' Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, and John McLaughlin's screenplay tells the story of Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman
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Herbie Hancock Joins Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’

Herbie Hancock Joins Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’
Herbie Hancock has joined Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen and Ethan Hawke in Luc Besson’s science-fiction movie “Valerian” for EuropaCorp.

Besson made the announcement Saturday via his Instagram account.

Herbie Hancock is a legend. His music was my only friend at 14… I learn so much listening this genius… I'm proud to have him for a role in #Valerian .

A photo posted by @lucbesson on Dec 12, 2015 at 9:32am Pst

Besson announced in May that DeHaan and Delevingne would play the time-traveling Valerian and his sidekick Laureline. Owen came on board in August and Hawke joined a week ago.

Besson will write and direct, while Virginie Besson Silla will produce on behalf of EuropaCorp, which will finance, produce and distribute.

The graphic novel — set in the 28th century, when humanity discovered how to time-travel — was created by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres in 1967 and has since sold more than 10 million copies in 21 languages.
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Peter Coffin’s Studio Playlist

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Peter Coffin’s Studio Playlist
For an artist whose practice is predicated on the somewhat subversive, it's no surprise that Peter Coffin would stack a playlist with Miles Davis and Kraftwerk and Tonto's Expanding Headband. "I don't have anything interesting or quotable to say about the songs I sent,” he wrote, somewhat teasingly, "They inspire different moods." Coffins's works do, too — whether with his outdoor Cloud installations or oversize taxidermy animal sculptures or slow-motion videos. For those times when you don’t know where you want to go but want the journey to inspire you, listen up.Terry Riley, "In the Summer" Miles Davis, "Little Church" Toots Thielemans, "Love Theme From 'The Getaway' Yesterday & Today" Kraftwerk, "Ananas Symphonie (pineapple symphony)" David Crosby, "Laughing" Tonto's Expanding Headband, "Riversong" Lifetones, "Good Side" Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin, "Naima" Grace Jones, "The Fashion Show" Was (not Was), "Wheel Me Out"
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Television that Home Video Forgot: Point Pleasant (2005)

Point Pleasant

Showcase Inventory

Created by Marti Noxon and John McLaughlin

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television

Aired on Fox for one season (13 episodes, two unaired) from January 19, 2005 – July 3, 2005

Cast

Elisabeth Harnois as Christina Nickson

Grant Show as Lucas Boyd

Samuel Page as Jesse Parker

Aubrey Dollar as Judy Kramer

Dinah Meyer as Amber Hargrove

Cameron Richardson as Paula Hargrove

Show Premise

A mysterious female stranger washes ashore of the New Jersey seaside town named Point Pleasant, where she is rescued ashore. The mysterious stranger is Christina Nickson (Elisabeth Harnois), who it is implied is the daughter of Satan, but who tries to fight her evil inclinations, such as her strong attraction to the romantically unavailable lifeguard, Jesse Parker (Samuel Page). Christina is tempted towards evil by Lucas Boyd (Grant Show), a servant of the Devil that was sent there to ensure she fulfills her destiny. Upon her arrival to
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Salaam Bombay Childrens Fund to host benefit concert in NYC

Salaam Bombay Childrens Fund based in Stamford, Ct along with The New York Society For Ethical Culture will be hosting a benefit concert in New York City to enable underprivileged children from India’s slums to stay in school. The evening, titled “Sounds of Hope” will feature a night of India inspired jazz, with some of the world’s most renowned musicians, and will be held on November 14th at the New York Society For Ethical Culture near Central Park West in Manhattan.

“This concert is a wonderful opportunity for the people of New York, world music and jazz lovers to participate in supporting underprivileged children to stay in school. Join us and change a child’s life” says Victor Martinez-Angles, President, Salaam Bombay Childrens Fund.

Salaam Bombay Childrens Fund works with children in Mumbai’s slums. The foundation helps children that live in conditions of extreme poverty and deprivation.
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Baz Luhrmann May Tackle Kung Fu

Baz Luhrmann May Tackle Kung Fu
Baz Luhrmann has hopped between genres in his career, though he’s usually maintained some blend of period romance and music for the likes of Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, Australia and last year’s The Great Gatsby. But if he takes on a new job for Legendary Pictures, we could be in for a very different Luhrmann movie, as he’s in talks to make Kung Fu.Legendary has been trying to turn the 1970s David Carradine-starring show into a film for years now. When it last kicked our news radar, word was that Bill Paxton might be picking up the megaphone to get it made. It would seem that that didn’t work out and now Luhrmann is considering the idea. The Hollywood Reporter cautions that it’s unclear how far the talks have progressed: for all we know, Luhrmann is simply chewing over the notion.If he does go ahead,
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Baz Luhrmann in talks for Kung Fu remake

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Baz Luhrmann – director of Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rogue! and The Great Gatsby – has entered talks with Legendary Pictures with regards to helming the upcoming big screen adaptation of the classic 1970s TV series Kung Fu. Should he finalise a deal, it’s said he’ll also rewrite the script, which has been penned by John McLaughlin (Black Swan).

Premiering in 1972 with a full length TV movie, Kung Fu starred David Carradine (Kill Bill) as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk travelling through the American Old West in search of his half brother. The series ran until 1975, with a total of 63 episodes, and was followed by the TV features Kung Fu: The Movie (1986) and Kung Fu: The Next Generation (1987), along with a spin-off series entitled Kung Fu: The Legend Continues between 1993 and 1997.

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Baz Luhrmann Eyes Big Screen Remake of 'Kung Fu'

Now this is a curious combination as THR reports Baz Luhrmann of all people is in talks to direct Kung Fu for Legendary Pictures. The project is a big-screen adaptation of the 1970s martial arts Western television show that starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who came to the American West in search of his half brother. The show featured flashbacks to Caine's training as a teen in which his master called him "young grasshopper." THR reports a source saying the current script, written by John McLaughlin (Black Swan), switches the action to China and finds Caine in search of his father -- at one point ending up in a prison where he must fight to survive. Cory Goodman (Priest) and Rich Wilkes (xXx) have written previous drafts of the screenplay and Bill Paxton was, at one time, attached to direct back in 2011. Luhrmann will do
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Guardians of the Galaxy Grrl Fight, Bay Talks Transformers 4, King Arthur Gets a Date, Allegiant Split, Baz Fu

Marvel In less than four months, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will make a big about-face from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, its most grounded superhero property, to its first non-Avengers experiment, the out-of-this world space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy. Despite its imminent (in cinematic terms) arrival in theaters, director James Gunn (Super) has just gone back into production to film additional footage for the movie. Actress Zoe Saldana, who plays the green-skinned Guardian Gamora, revealed the news when she tweeted a photo (above) of herself squaring off against co-star Karen Gillan, who plays the villainous Nebula, with the caption: "@KarenGillan2 and I rehearsing our extended fight scene! #gamora and #nebula r gonna kick e\o's butts! #Gotg."

One of the big questions about Guardians of the Galaxy has been how or if the movie will connect with the Marvel Cinematic Universe proper. Speculation that it would tie in to
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'The Great Gatsby' Director Baz Luhrmann Eyes 'Kung Fu' Adaptation

'The Great Gatsby' Director Baz Luhrmann Eyes 'Kung Fu' Adaptation
Just one week after we reported that Universal Pictures and Legendary are moving forward with their Kung Fu TV series adaptation, Baz Luhrmann has entered talks to direct.

If a deal is made, his first order of business will be to rewrite the script, which was most recently worked on by Rich Wilkes (xXx, Marvel's Iron Fist), although it isn't clear how far along the negotiations are at this stage. Bill Paxton was once attached to direct back in October 2011. Other writers who have worked on the script include John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan) and Cory Goodman (Priest, Apollo 18).

The original Kung Fu TV series starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who roams the countryside of America, searching for his long lost half-brother. The show, which aired from 1972 to 1975 on ABC, featured flashbacks to his days in training, where he was called "young grasshopper by his master,
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Baz Luhrmann Targets Kung Fu

Following word last week that Legendary and Universal Pictures are moving forward with a big screen adaptation of the '70s television series Kung Fu comes world, via The Hollywood Reporter , that Baz Luhrmann is in talks to direct. The TV series, set in the Old West during the 19th Century, starred David Carradine as a monk traveling across America looking for his father facing all sorts of foes using his martial arts. It ran on ABC from 1972 to 1975 with Bill Paxton previously set to direct a movie based on a script by John McLaughlin. Other writers who have come and gone on the project include Cory Goodman ( Priest ) and Rich Wilkes, who is involved with writing Marvel's upcoming "Iron Fist" show for Netflix. Luhrmann, best known for spectacle-laden projects like...
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'Kung Fu' TV Series Adaptation Moves Forward at Universal and Legendary

'Kung Fu' TV Series Adaptation Moves Forward at Universal and Legendary
Universal Pictures has been developing an adaptation of the 1970s TV series Kung Fu for several years, although we haven't heard anything about the project since October 2011 when Bill Paxton was attached to direct. The filmmaker is no longer involved, with Universal and Legendary still moving forward in search of a new director.

John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan) wrote the original draft for this Kung Fu movie, although other writers have worked on the script since then, including Cory Goodman (Priest, Apollo 18) and Rich Wilkes (xXx, Marvel's Iron Fist).

The studios are trying to find a director before another round of rewrites are ordered, so they can restructure the project with a modern-day setting, instead of the 1800s period seen in the TV series, which starred David Carradine. The story reportedly revolves around a displaced monk who is roaming America in search of his father, facing dangerous enemies along the way.
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Universal and Legendary Moving Forward with Kung Fu Movie

Speaking of long dormant big screen remakes of popular '70s television shows , Legendary Pictures seems to be ready to give an infusion to their planned film remake of the '70s show Kung Fu as part of their new deal with Universal Pictures with producers looking for a new director to take on the project. The TV series, set in the Old West during the 19th Century, starred David Carradine as a monk traveling across America looking for his father facing all sorts of foes using his martial arts. It ran on ABC from 1972 to 1975 with Bill Paxton previously set to direct a movie based on a script by John McLaughlin. Other writers who have come and gone on the project include Cory Goodman ( Priest ) and Rich Wilkes, who is involved with writing Marvel's upcoming "Iron Fist"...
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