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Helen Mirren criticises British television for rising female body count

15 February 2014 4:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

On eve of receiving highest Bafta honour, actress hits out at increasing number of TV murder victims who are young women

On the eve of the awards ceremony where she will receive the British film industry's highest honour tonight – a Bafta fellowship, from Prince WilliamDame Helen Mirren has criticised the growing number of dead women in British television drama.

Mirren told the Observer that she agreed with the playwright David Hare's recent complaints about the bloodthirsty nature of most drama on British TV, saying there was a clear sexual divide when it came to the corpses. "Most of those bodies are young women," she said.

Hare had spoken out against the number of murder victims on television at the launch of the second of his Worricker trilogy of films last week. "I can't personally stand the body count in contemporary drama. I just think it's ridiculous," he said. »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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Helen Mirren criticises British television for rising female body count

15 February 2014 4:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

On eve of receiving highest Bafta honour, actress hits out at increasing number of TV murder victims who are young women

On the eve of the awards ceremony where she will receive the British film industry's highest honour tonight – a Bafta fellowship, from Prince WilliamDame Helen Mirren has criticised the growing number of dead women in British television drama.

Mirren told the Observer that she agreed with the playwright David Hare's recent complaints about the bloodthirsty nature of most drama on British TV, saying there was a clear sexual divide when it came to the corpses. "Most of those bodies are young women," she said.

Hare had spoken out against the number of murder victims on television at the launch of the second of his Worricker trilogy of films last week. "I can't personally stand the body count in contemporary drama. I just think it's ridiculous," he said. »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Doofus-Duo Comedy Classic

15 February 2014 2:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Just as Rufus (George Carlin) predicted, Bill and Ted have had a profound influence on our culture. Maybe not as the rockers who would inspire a utopian global society by the 27th century, but look at how many other dumb-duo movies there have been since the release 25 years ago this week (on February 17, 1989) of "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" -- there's "Dumb and Dumber," "Beavis and Butt-head Do America," "Dude, Where's My Car," "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion," "Dick," and all of Kevin Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob" offerings, for starters. Plus, "Bill & Ted" launched a franchise and made a leading man out of Keanu Reeves.

Still, as often as you've traveled back in time and revisited the "Excellent Adventure," there's probably still plenty you don't know about the movie, including where it was filmed (hint: Not in San Dimas, California), which historical figures almost found their way into the film, »

- Gary Susman

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The top 10 movie performances of Alan Rickman

13 February 2014 8:49 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Top 10 Simon Brew 14 Feb 2014 - 06:13

Die Hard, Robin Hood and Harry Potter are just a few highlights of Alan Rickman's movie career. We pick our favourite Rickman roles...

Because we are human beings who like things that are good, it goes without saying that we love Alan Rickman. One of the finest British screen actors of his generation - and a few others too - he's had a varied career, taking in memorable Hollywood villains to smaller independent fare. But what amongst his film roles (and we've focused on films that got a cinema release) are our favourites? Glad you asked...

10. Dogma

Kevin Smith's fourth film in some ways remains his most ambitious. In casting terms certainly, and the involvement of Alan Rickman led to the writer-director warning long time collaborator Jason Mewes that he "didn't want to piss off that Rickman dude".

Wearing 100-pound wings and »

- sarahd

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'Justified' postmortem: Ep Graham Yost on 'Good Intentions,' Raylan's new lady, and Boyd's alliance

21 January 2014 9:34 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Justified, “Good Intentions” written by Benjamin Cavell and directed by Dean Parisot, stop reading now. As he’ll do throughout the season, showrunner Graham Yost takes us inside the writers room.

Entertainment Weekly: Let’s start with Allison (Amy Smart) smoking pot. She’s not necessarily as innocent as we thought.

Graham Yost: Right. Although in our present context, I think, like, the NFL is gonna relax the rules on pot smoking — when that happens, you know everything has changed.

Henry (Scott Anthony Leet), a father whose »

- Mandi Bierly

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No Escape For Houdini As Sony Brings In Max Landis For Re-Writing Duties

14 January 2014 9:48 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Chronicle scribe Max Landis has been ushered in to perform re-writes on Houdini – Sony’s planned cinematic offering, amid a sudden glut of projects about this magical man who has long fascinated filmmakers.

The infamous escapologist and illusionist appeared in several movies himself between 1906 and 1923, and has since been portrayed by many other actors – including Tony Curtis, Wil Wheaton, Harvey Keitel and Guy Pearce. Now, 88 years after his death, the world of entertainment is bracing itself for a veritable cavalcade of Houdini projects – each offering a unique angle on this dedicated showman.

While the History Channel are planning a biopic mini-series that will see Academy Award winner Adrien Brody as Houdini, Dean Parisot – who previously directed Galaxy Quest and Red 2 – is slated to helm an action adventure film featuring Houdini as the central heroic character. That film will shoot from a Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner) script for Summit Entertainment. »

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Max Landis rewriting Sony Pictures' Houdini film

14 January 2014 1:21 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Max Landis is rewriting Sony Pictures' Houdini.

The Chronicle writer has been hired to work on a new draft of the film, which is said to now have an Hp Lovecraft horror influence, reports Deadline.

Summit Entertainment also has a project in the works about the famous illusionist Harry Houdini, which director Dean Parisot has been circling.

Landis exited Chronicle 2 last year after disagreeing with 20th Century Fox about its direction.

He has also written Frankenstein, which will star James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, and American Ultra, which has Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in the lead roles.

Scott Frank wrote the original Houdini script, which Francis Lawrence was attached to direct before he moved on to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and its sequels.

Hugh Jackman recently exited a Houdini Broadway musical due to scheduling issues. »

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‘Chronicle’ Screenwriter Max Landis Rewriting ‘Houdini’ for Sony

13 January 2014 5:43 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

There have been a number of movies based on the intriguing life of illusionist, magician and escapologist Harry Houdini, who has been portrayed on screen by a long list of actors including Tony Curtis and Guy Pearce. Around 100 years ago Houdini was at the height of his popularity, and now he’s making a comeback (of sorts) in Sony Pictures’ upcoming movie Houdini.

To clear up any confusions, this Houdini has nothing to do with the History Channel miniseries being planned, with Adrien Brody set to star in the lead role. It is also a separate endeavor from Summit Entertainment’s Houdini, scripted by Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner) with Dean Parisot (Red 2) ...

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Max Landis Will Rewrite Houdini for Sony Pictures

13 January 2014 4:32 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Max Landis has come aboard to rewrite the script for Sony's Houdini, which has been in development since 2011.

The project initially had Francis Lawrence attached to direct from a script written by Scott Frank back in 2011, but the project fell apart when the director left to make The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Our report from May 2011 revealed that this biopic would be a more conventional telling of magician Harry Houdini's story, centering on his attempts to discredit a beautiful spiritualist, although he begin to believe in her. This new take on the story will have an H.P. Lovecraft influence.

Jimmy Miller (Bad Teacher, The Other Guys) is producing, although no production schedule was given. Summit Entertainment is also working on their own biopic entitled The Secret Life of Houdini, which director Dean Parisot is circling. Noah Baumbach wrote the screenplay adaptation, based on the book of the same name »

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‘Chronicle’s Max Landis Takes On Sony’s ‘Houdini’ Project

13 January 2014 1:46 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: The life story of illusionist Harry Houdini has long fascinated Hollywood, but nobody has been able to do anything about it. Sony Pictures has Max Landis working his magic on a new draft of Houdini, the film being produced by Jimmy Miller. I’m told that is telling the story with an Hp Lovecraft influence. Landis scripted Chronicle, and his subsequent work includes Frankenstein, the Paul McGuigan-directed Fox pic that stars James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe; and American Ultra, the Nima Nourizadeh-directed film that stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Landis is repped by Wme and Circle Of Confusion. This gives new momentum to the pic that was originally scripted by Scott Frank, with Francis Lawrence attached until he went off to do the Hunger Games pics. Summit is also working on a Houdini project, which Dean Parisot has been circling to direct, based on the Noah Oppenheim »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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