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V TV Show Is Becoming a Movie Trilogy

V TV Show Is Becoming a Movie Trilogy
Desilu Studios, Inc announced today that it will bring the long awaited sci-fi feature film V The Movie, a big-budget treatment of the highly successful, critically-acclaimed 80's mini-series to movie screens worldwide. The film will be written and directed by the original's creator, Kenneth Johnson and produced by John Hermansen and Barry Opper. Here's what Kenneth Johnson had to say about this new project.

"We are delighted to team up with Desilu to bring the timeless, and timely, story of resistance against tyranny into the 21st Century. V will be the first of a cinematic trilogy which will tell the full epic tale in the manner I always envisioned."

Maverick businessman Charles B. Hensley acquired the Desilu brand with a vision of reimagining Desilu into a global entertainment and commercial empire. The highly sought-after project was brought to Desilu by development executive Sean Stone. Here's what Charles B. Hensley had
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Leonardo DiCaprio/Clint Eastwood/J. Edgar Opens Modestly; Better Box-Office Chances Overseas?

Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar Adam Sandler in Drag/Jack And Jill Below Sandler Box-Office Average; Tower Heist Down 45% At no. 5 on the domestic box-office chart this weekend, Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar raked in $11.47 million — at the very lower end of expectations — as per studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The J. Edgar Hoover biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Hoover, Armie Hammer as his associate and intimate companion Clyde Tolson, and Naomi Watts as FBI secretary Helen Gandy averaged an acceptable — though not very promising — $6,005 at 1,910 locations. As mentioned in a couple of previous posts, comparisons to Gus Van Sant's Oscar-nominated Milk, which were possible on Wednesday, are impossible to make at this stage. Written by J. Edgar's Dustin Lance Black, the 2008 drama starring Sean Penn as gay San Francisco politician Harvey Milk never played at more than 900 North American sites — and that expansion took place around Oscar time,
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Clint Eastwood/Leonardo DiCaprio J. Edgar Unlikely to Reach Martin Scorsese/DiCaprio The Aviator Success

Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, J. Edgar Henry Cavill/Tarsem Singh Immortals May Reach $38m: Box Office At no. 5 on the domestic box-office chart on Friday, Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar raked in $4.25 million as per Box Office Mojo. If the J. Edgar Hoover biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, and Naomi Watts reaches $12 million for the weekend, that means an acceptable — though not very promising — $6,312 average at 1,901 locations. Comparisons to Gus Van Sant's Milk, which were possible on Wednesday, become trickier at this stage. Written by J. Edgar's Dustin Lance Black, the 2008 drama starring Sean Penn as the gay San Francisco politician Harvey Milk never played at more than 900 North American locations — and that expansion took place around Oscar time, more than two months after the film's late November debut. Made for a reported $20m, Milk went on to gross only $31.84m at the domestic box office; J. Edgar
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Leonardo DiCaprio/Clint Eastwood J. Edgar: Middling Box-Office Debut

Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson, Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover, Judi Dench as Anne Marie Hoover, J. Edgar Jack And Jill/Adam Sandler in Drag: Second-Lowest-Grossing Sandler Comedy in Past Five Years? According to unproven — and quite possibly unfounded — rumors, FBI emperor J. Edgar Hoover enjoyed wearing some nice-fitting dresses every now and then. Ironically, this weekend the all-powerful Hoover will surely be beaten at the Us/Canada box office by another cross-dresser: Adam Sandler in Jack and Jill. How the mighty have fallen. At no. 5 on the domestic box-office chart, Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar will likely rake in $10-$12 million for the weekend after grossing $3.5-$4 million on Friday. Even if the Hoover biopic reaches $12 million, that means an acceptable — though hardly very promising — $6,312 average at 1,901 locations. (Deadline has $13 million for the weekend, but that could be a typo, unless Warner Bros. is expecting the adult-oriented J. Edgar
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Clint Eastwood/Leonardo DiCaprio J. Edgar Has Okay Opening; Behind Milk: Box Office

Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic J. Edgar grossed $52,645 according to Box Office Mojo. The Warner Bros. release starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the FBI honcho and Armie Hammer as his intimate "friend" Clyde Tolson is currently screening at seven locations. The film's average was a not-too-impressive $7,571 per theater. For comparison's sake: on November 26, 2008, Gus Van Sant's Milk, another biopic about a gay figure written by J. Edgar screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, collected $268k at 34 locations, averaging $7,897 (about $9,150 today) per site. Remember that all things being equal, the lower the number of theaters, the higher the per-theater average should be. In other words, Milk had a considerably stronger first-day opening than J. Edgar. But then again, Milk opened the day before the Thanksgiving holiday; that could have made a difference. Milk, which stars Sean Penn as slain gay San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, went on
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Eric Bana and Danny Huston to Play Leads in Indie ‘Elvis & Nixon’

Eric Bana and Danny Huston to Play Leads in Indie ‘Elvis & Nixon’
Here's one more film to watch crawl towards the screen in the coming months, thanks to the American Film Market. Elvis & Nixon is an indie based on the real-life meeting between the crooner and the President, and will mark the feature directing debut of actor Cary Elwes, who co-wrote with Joey Sagal and Hanala Sagal. (And who is probably still best known for his role in The Princess Bride.) To play Elvis, Elwes and his producers have landed Eric Bana -- strike that, Bana is one of the producers. Meanwhile, Danny Huston (The Proposition, Clash of the Titans, John Adams) will play Richard M. Nixon. And if this week's release of J. Edgar proves anything, it is that you don't need someone who is a dead ringer for a famous figure. Actually, I'm not sure that J. Edgar really proves that, but regardless, Huston will probably make a better
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘V: The Complete Second Season’ Fails to Save Sci-Fi Reboot

Chicago – After two increasingly rocky seasons, ABC’s soulless reboot of Kenneth Johnson’s ’80s miniseries and subsequent TV show “V” was finally cancelled. It ended the sci-fi serial on a tragic cliffhanger that was very much in keeping with the show’s status as a muddled downer. Though some fans have signed petitions to get the show renewed on a different network, it’s doubtful that “V” will garner a large audience outside of Comic Con conventions.

With its morose ensemble and cheap anti-Obama fearmongering, there was very little here to keep viewers engaged, aside from the loud rises in music that sound before every commercial break (and, in some cases, after every scene change). Leading ladies Elizabeth Mitchell and Morena Baccarin had ample screen time to perfect the art of the pensive, simmering stare, yet as good as the actresses were, the writers gave them little to do but engage in hour-long stare-offs.
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Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover, Naomi Watts as Helen Gandy: J. Edgar Photo

Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover, Naomi Watts as Helen Gandy in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar As J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI's notoriously corrupt, rabidly power-hungry topdog, Leonardo DiCaprio looks very much like Leonardo DiCaprio in the above still from Clint Eastwood's Hoover biopic J. Edgar. As Hoover's secretary Helen Gandy, Naomi Watts looks like Nicole Kidman without makeup. Watts certainly looks nothing at all like the real Gandy. The Big Question: Will J. Edgar delve into Hoover's alleged homosexuality and his relationship with protégé Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer)? Considering that the J. Edgar screenplay was written by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black of Milk fame, I can't see how it wouldn't. That might also explain Hammer's casting: the Social Network actor looks as much like Tolson as, say, Tom Cruise looks like Joseph Stalin, but Hammer and DiCaprio do make a nice-looking couple. In addition to DiCaprio,
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How Do You Think Good Wife Alicia Handled It?

How Do You Think Good Wife Alicia Handled It?
[The following story contains numerous spoilers from this week's episode of CBS' The Good Wife.]

At long last, after weeks of waiting, Good Wife fans got to witness Alicia’s reaction to learning that Peter once bedded Kalinda (back when she was Leela and well before she and Alicia ever became besties). To say that Alicia’s response was measured is almost putting it mildly. Heck, I imagine many a divorced man who was wholly in the wrong wishes that he had been handed the keys to a new apartment, his boxes already packed and moved.

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But just as surprising as Alicia’s rational recourse (which
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V "Mother's Day" End of Season 2 Tonight ABC!

To ensure the V's evolution, Anna continues to focus on Lisa breeding with Tyler. Meanwhile, both Erica and Diana urge Lisa to save humanity by removing Anna from power. But, even with the help of the Fifth Column, an attempted coup by Lisa has devastating results. Created by Kenneth Johnson. Stars: Morena Baccarin as Anna Elizabeth Mitchell as Erica Evans Jane Badler as Diana Morris Chestnut as Ryan Nichols Joel Gretsch as Father Jack Landry Logan Huffman as Tyler Evans Laura Vandervoort as Lisa Charles Mesure as Kyle Hobbes Scott Wolf as Chad Decker Christopher Shyer as Marcus Mark Hildreth as Joshua Roark Critchlow as A.D. Paul Kendrick Martin Cummins as Thomas Jay Karnes as Chris Bolling Marc Singer as Lars Tremont LEEE777 - The finale airs tonight on ABC 9Pm, watch it or watch out and hey, happy Mother's Day!
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TV Review: Lights Out – Pilot

Lights Out

Season 1, Episode 1 - Pilot

Directed by: Norberto Barba and Clark Johnson

Starring: Holt McCallany, Stacy Keach, Catherine McCormack, Pablo Schreiber, Meredith Hagner, Ryann Shane, Lily Pilblad, Billy Brown, Christopher Shyer, Reg E. Cathey, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Pedro Pascal, and Ben Shenkman

FX

Air date: January 11, 2011

When Lights Out begins, Patrick 'Lights' Leary (Holt McCallany) isn't a man that is going to go through life with his hands tied behind his back. Five years after a career-ending fight, the former heavyweight champion is out of the game, but is content with living a life in suburbia with his wife (Catherine McCormack) and three daughters as he plays house dad in what seems to be the picture perfect post-career life.

However, as the series premiere progresses, we learn this is far from true. Lights has more problems than a simple boxing match. The poor economic situation has eroded away most of his fortune,
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TV Review: V, 2.1 – “Red Rain”

ABC’s remake of V, the ’80s hit show about alien visitors who arrive on Earth with secretly malicious intentions, returns for a second season, in the face of dwindling ratings and a poor critical response. ABC clearly saw more potential for a turnaround than FlashForward, their other hyped sci-fi drama from 2009, which wasn’t fortunate enough to escape the axe. Unfortunately, although “Red Rain” was faster paced than usual, and managed to drop V’s annoying cloak of mystery a few times, it still exhibited many of the flaws that made it hard to enjoy season 1 in anything but a disposable way. I think this a show that has a strong foundation in its admittedly hoary premise, but too many mistakes were made in the remake’s blueprint…

The premiere opens 4 days after the finale “Red Sky”, where alien queen Anna (Morena Baccarin) prematurely began the titular process to turn Earth’s skies crimson,
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TV Review: ‘V’ Gains Momentum, Lacks Urgency in Second Season

Chicago – Here’s the sort of self-important primetime drama that tries so hard to be a bona fide event that it quickly grows irrelevant. After ABC reduced its episode order from thirteen to ten, it became clear that the second season of “V” could easily be its last if it fails to generate sufficient interest or increase flagging ratings. Lingering fans will be pleased to know that tonight’s premiere episode holds considerable promise.

While the first season got bogged down in the complexities of its plot, the second season opener is taut and compelling from beginning to end, tightening the story after a saggy setup. The show’s best moments are its all-too-brief encounters between two powerful female characters, each sporting a tantalizing poker face. As FBI counter-terrorism agent Erica, Elizabeth Mitchell (“Lost”) looks every bit as flawless as the “peaceful” alien invaders led by Anna (Morena Baccarin). The
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The premieres of V, Live to Dance, and Southland

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Series premiere, 8 p.m., CBS Live to DancePaula Abdul.s triumphant comeback as a reality TV judge is finally here. Feel the excitement. In this new dance competition show, 18 acts compete for a $500,000 prize.

Season 2 premiere, 9 p.m., ABC VAs Season 2 opens, riots break out in the streets following the fourth day of the red sky, Marcus (Christopher Shyer) warns Anna (Morena Baccarin) that...  More >>
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'V' Season 2 Episode Guide

It’s time for an all new season of ABC’s V Reboot. This time around, another queen with be in the mix as Jane Badler joins the cast to square off against daughter Anna (Morena Baccarin).

About Season 2

“V” stars Elizabeth Mitchell as Erica Evans, Morris Chestnut as Ryan Nichols, Joel Gretsch as Father Jack, Charles Mesure as Kyle Hobbes, Logan Huffman as Tyler Evans, Laura Vandervoort as Lisa, with Morena Baccarin as Anna and Scott Wolf as Chad Decker.

Guest stars include Jane Badler as Diana, Bret Harrison as Dr. Sidney Miller, Roark Critchlow as A.D. Paul Kendrick, Rekha Sharma as Agent Malik, Mark Hildreth as Joshua, Christopher Shyer as Marcus.

V Season 2 Episode 1: Red Rain

The Season Two opener, “Red Rain,” continues the action from last season’s finale when Anna unleashed Red Sky on the planet. With the world on the brink of war and chaos all around,
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘V: The Complete First Season’ Exploits Modern Paranoia

Chicago – Why do so many modern TV dramas fail? I suspect that part of the reason lies in the fact that a lot of these shows bend over backwards to be a major television event before they’ve earned that right. They cloak themselves in faux commentary merely so they can become mechanical fodder for water cooler discussion the morning after. That’s why the vast majority of new TV dramas might as well be called, “The Event.”

The most interesting thing about “V” is that it ended up becoming an entirely different event than the one it was intended to be. Based on the 1983 miniseries and subsequent series of the same name, “V” utilizes science fiction tropes to create an overarching metaphor for fascism. The plot centers on alien invaders who promise peace to Earthlings while slowly gaining control over all aspects of society. Though the executive producers clearly
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.V. . Red Sky

This review may contain spoilers. In a last minute move, ABC decided to renew .V. for a second season. This meant that the last episode became a full-fledged season finale instead of an incomplete ending to the whole show. And, in "Red Sky," there were so many things to pay attention to that some things may have slipped your attention. Anna (Morena Baccarin) and Lisa (Laura Vandervoort) invited Erica (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Tyler (Logan Huffman) on board the V ship. Erica decided that this was her opportunity to take action while on board. Kyle (Charles Mesure) promised to ambush Marcus (Christopher Shyer) to keep him busy. Joshua (Mark Hildreth) was supposed to be her contact on the ship. Although Ryan (Morris Chestnut) offered to escort her up there, he got delayed because Valerie ...
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V 1.11 Fruition Recap

Be afraid, be very afraid. At the end of episode 11 it seems that all of High Commander Anna’s (Morena Baccarin) plans are on the verge of “Fruition”. Anna, displaying an extreme lack of maternal instinct, has successfully made Lisa (Laura Vandervoot) into the poster child for the evil of the Fifth Column “terrorists”, persuaded her into lying about who “attacked” her, and witnessed Lisa’s reconciliation with Tyler (Logan Huffman). Her “Soldiers” are about to be born, the FBI has taken into custody a mysterious scientist named Parker who has done research on a compound that might affect reptiles (i.e. Visitors), and she has tricked Chad into making a broadcast plea that produces a groundswell of support for the aliens. Marcus (Christopher Shyer) appears to be negotiating with Hobbes (Charles Mesure) to obtain Parker’s research and, to top it all off, the damned Visitors’ fleet is set to arrive soon.
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Photos – V 1.11 "Fruition"

As much as I love FlashForward, things aren't looking good for a second season pickup. That means things are naturally looking peachier for V, the biggest competitor of FlashForward. It seems increasingly more obvious that for one to survive, the other must die. As such, I'll be happy if TV's newest alien invasion lasts for another year. Not as happy as I would be for the steadily improving FlashForward, but V is improving a little itself, and could prove to be exciting television once things really get going.

The first season's penultimate episode airs on Tuesday after Lost, and it's titled "Fruition." A set of twenty promotional photos has been released for the episode, and they all seem to revolve around one storyline: the aftermath of Lisa getting beaten up. With two broken legs and the letter V carved into her face (on her mother's orders), Lisa has been
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"V" Official Podcast 1.08 – "We Can't Win" The Making of Anna's Fangs

In this brand new edition of the official V podcast, hosted by Scott Wolf, production designer Steve Geaghan reveals the development of Anna's fangs and Logan Huffman gives us a tour of Tyler's bedroom.

In tomorrow night's new episode of V ("We Can't Win"), Chad and Anna are in Geneva, Switzerland for the U.N. Energy Summit, where Anna is going to present a gift of technology to the world. Meanwhile, Erica learns that the V Task Force is investigating The Fifth Column, and Valerie goes on the run, knowing something is different about her baby and not sure she can trust Ryan.

V stars Elizabeth Mitchell as Erica Evans, Morris Chestnut as Ryan Nichols, Joel Gretsch as Father Jack, Lourdes Benedicto as Valerie, Logan Huffman as Tyler Evans, Laura Vandervoort as Lisa, with Morena Baccarin as Anna and Scott Wolf as Chad Decker.

Guest cast: Mark Hildreth as Joshua,
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