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Sherlock Holmes is still a man for today

21 December 2011 6:37 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Conan Doyle's detective was born in an age of empire and intrigue, much like our own. That's why Sherlock is still relevant

Sherlock Holmes is back. As usual. This Christmas holiday, the engaging modern-times Sherlock returns to the BBC while a second Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes film tops the UK box office. But these are just the latest in an inexhaustible sequence of Holmes adaptations.

It is no secret that Sherlock Holmes is one of the world's best-loved fictional characters (and the one people find hardest to accept as fiction rather than fact). But why was late-Victorian Britain so good at inventing timeless heroes and villains?

Holmes, who first appeared in 1887 in Arthur Conan Doyle's novel A Study in Scarlet, is the contemporary of some other extraordinary gentlemen. In 1886 Robert Louis Stevenson published The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde; in 1897, Bram Stoker was to give the world Dracula. »

- Jonathan Jones

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Sherlock Holmes is still a man for today

21 December 2011 6:37 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Conan Doyle's detective was born in an age of empire and intrigue, much like our own. That's why Sherlock is still relevant

Sherlock Holmes is back. As usual. This Christmas holiday, the engaging modern-times Sherlock returns to the BBC while a second Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes film tops the UK box office. But these are just the latest in an inexhaustible sequence of Holmes adaptations.

It is no secret that Sherlock Holmes is one of the world's best-loved fictional characters (and the one people find hardest to accept as fiction rather than fact). But why was late-Victorian Britain so good at inventing timeless heroes and villains?

Holmes, who first appeared in 1887 in Arthur Conan Doyle's novel A Study in Scarlet, is the contemporary of some other extraordinary gentlemen. In 1886 Robert Louis Stevenson published The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde; in 1897, Bram Stoker was to give the world Dracula. »

- Jonathan Jones

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Film Feature: The 10 Best Muppet Movies Ever Made

16 November 2011 8:10 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – After unleashing the most aggressive and exuberantly playful marketing campaign in recent memory, “The Muppets” is gearing to take over Thanksgiving weekend. Yet since Jim Henson’s brilliant and beloved creations haven’t been given a decent vehicle in nearly two decades, Muppet fans are holding their collective breath that director James Bobin’s musical comedy will be a much-belated return to form. Co-writer/star Jason Segel’s passion for Henson’s original vision is mightily encouraging, though veteran Muppeteer Frank Oz’s negative reaction to the script appears to be a bad omen.

Regardless, this latest cinematic effort has the power to introduce new generations to Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo the Great, and the entire legacy of Henson’s groundbreaking work. His ingenious fusions of puppetry, marionettes and animatronics had remarkable screen presence that rivaled the charisma and nuances of any human co-star. The »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’ Trailer

10 November 2011 7:20 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

The 2008 (loose) adaptation of Journey to the Center of the Earth was one of the first major forays into modern 3D films. Thanks to pretty good box office returns and DVD sales, we’re now getting a sequel.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, and Michael Caine – is based, to some degree, on Jules Vern’s The Mysterious Island, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Today, we’ve got the trailer.

It’s a shame that Dwayne Johnson slums in these sorts of films from time to time. No one ever expected him to be the next Marlon Brando, but he has presence to spare and has proven his ability ...

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- Ben Moore

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Paramount Hires John Glenn For Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Abducted’

31 October 2011 11:25 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Screenwriter John Glenn has been brought on to re-imagine Abducted, a science fiction thriller that was originally acquired by the studio as a spec by John Heffernan. Disruption Entertainment’s Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce. Jc Spink, Chris Bender and Jake Weiner are exec producers. The story centers around an alien abduction of a group of average Americans who decide to take on the aliens and battle their way off the extraterrestrial craft. Glenn, who did early drafts of Clash of the Titans and Eagle Eye, is writing the hour-long Treasure Island for NBC. That is a contemporary re-imagining of the Robert Louis Stevenson story, set in Gotham. Glenn’s repped by Wme and managed by Brian Lutz. »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Eddie Izzard: 'Sky1's new Treasure Island is kick-ass like Goodfellas'

26 October 2011 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Eddie Izzard has compared his Sky1 adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island to the Hollywood gangster film Goodfellas. Izzard said that he had previously considered the story to be more like a "pantomime", but claimed that the new two-part drama was "evil enough" to lure him into taking part. "I agreed to do it because it is a Goodfellas style kick-ass version." said the comic. Izzard plays pirate villain Long John Silver, alongside a cast including Phillip Glenister, Donald Sutherland, Elijah Wood, Rupert Penry-Jones, Daniel Mays (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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A Brief History Of Horror – The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari And The 1910s

15 October 2011 9:32 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The first in a series of articles in which I select my favourite horror movie from each of the last ten decades, providing some context and history and a look at (some) of the other great horrors of each. It is in no way meant to be a comprehensive history. Some articles are expanded upon from a list I wrote last year.

Few filmmakers in the first two decades of movie-making seemed explicitly interested in frightening the audience, though perhaps the audience soon let the filmmakers know what it craved. There is the famous story of the first screening of The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station (1896), directed by the Lumière brothers, with reports of fleeing, terrified audience members as a train approached the screen. That this never actually happened is almost irrelevant; there is a reason some apocryphal tales persist.

One of the most often adapted horror texts of all time, »

- Adam Whyte

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Complete Lineup Announced for the 2011 South African HorrorFest

15 October 2011 12:11 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

One film festival I'm bound and determined to make it to one of these years is the South African HorrorFest, but for now I'll just have to live vicariously through those of you who live close enough to attend. And after taking a look at this year's lineup, I'm pretty sure that if you are in the area, you won't want to miss it!

Growing into the country's ultimate Halloween event covering indie, new and classic movies, short films, music, literature and a range of Halloween festivities, 2011 marks the annual South African HorrorFest's lucky 7th year! It runs 26 October through 4 November.

Almost each of the exciting feature films and short films make their South African theatrical premieres. The Makabra Ensemble will also debut their Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde movie soundtrack performance, live to the screening of this 1920 silent classic.

In addition to the colourful audience Halloween dress-up event linked up with the live soundtrack show, »

- The Woman In Black

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Maria Grasso & Deb Spera Sell 3 Dramas, Including Modern-Day ‘Treasure Island’

14 October 2011 6:51 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

In their first development season at their Sony Pictures TV-based One-Two Punch Prods., Maria Grasso and Deborah Spera have sold 3 projects to the broadcast networks: a modern-day Treasure Island written by Eagle Eye scribe John Glenn and astronaut drama Riding Rockets created by Peter Elkoff, both to NBC, and a family soap Heiress by Jennifer Robinson to ABC. Additionally, Grasso and Spera have Wayward Bound, an hourlong dramedy at USA created by novelist Richard Murphy (Confessions Of A Contractor), about the employees at a boutique tour guide company. Former Lifetime and Own programming executive Grasso and former Mark Gordon Prods. president Spera, who met while working together on the Mark Gordon Prods.’ Lifetime series Army Wives, teamed up in June to launch One-Two Punch, which signed a two-year pod deal with Sony TV. Here are descriptions of the company’s broadcast projects: Glenn’s Treasure Island is described as a »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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ABC Studios Greenlights a Second Jekyll & Hyde Pilot Pitch

16 September 2011 9:28 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

ABC must really have a thing for Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde because the television network has purchased a second pilot based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of dual identities.

Deadline reports that ABC Studios has inked a deal for Jekyll & Hyde from the Mark Gordon Co. and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice scribe Matt Lopez. Not to be confused with Hyde, the other similarly themed pilot pitch from Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning writer Sheldon Turner we just told you about last month, the “Dexter”-ized premise of an ER doc who undergoes an experimental medical treatment that causes his id to manifest itself whenever he goes to sleep, Deadline describes this second pilot as ...

“... a suspenseful, darkly romantic retelling of the classic tale with a unique sci-fi twist that may be cloning-related. Set in modern San Francisco, it centers on a female criminal psychologist who is drawn into »

- Foywonder

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ABC Takes Second "Jekyll & Hyde"

16 September 2011 1:04 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

ABC has bought "Jekyll & Hyde", a second drama series pitch based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" reports Deadline.

This version comes from "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" scribe Matt Lopez and Mark Gordon Co. and is called a "suspenseful, darkly romantic retelling of the classic tale with a unique sci-fi twist". Said twist could be cloning-related.

Set in modern San Francisco, the story centers on a female criminal psychologist who is drawn into the mysterious world of a brilliant but inhibited scientist and his volatile alter ego.

This isn't to be confused with "Hyde", the Sheldon Turner-penned take on the property which the network picked up the other week. That version features Jekyll as an ER Doctor whose id manifests as another person when he sleeps.

Both are contemporary adaptations of the story, the most notable recent attempt at a contemporary-set »

- Garth Franklin

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ABC Developing ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ Drama From Producer Mark Gordon

16 September 2011 10:07 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: ABC has bought a second high-profile drama project that takes on Robert Louis Stevenson’s split-personality tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Jekyll & Hyde, from ABC Studios, studio-based Mark Gordon Co and feature writer Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), is described as a suspenseful, darkly romantic retelling of the classic tale with a unique sci-fi twist that I hear may be cloning-related. Set in modern San Francisco, it centers on a female criminal psychologist who is drawn into the mysterious world of a brilliant but inhibited scientist and his volatile alter ego. Going into this development season, ABC brass identified the Jekyll & Hyde lore as one of the areas they wanted to mine. Now the network has two high-profile projects to choose from: the Lopez/Gordon Jekyll & Hyde and the recently sold Hyde, from writer Sheldon Turner. It’s about an ER doctor whose id manifests itself »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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TV Bits: ‘Modern Family’ Star to Play Fatty Arbuckle, Isaiah Mustafa in ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ ABC Picks Up ‘Jekyll & Hyde’-Inspired Drama, Return Dates for ‘Covert Affairs’ and ‘Burn Notice’

24 August 2011 5:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet has signed up to play silent film star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle in an HBO biopic titled The Day the Laughter Stopped. Arbuckle was one of the most popular, most successful actors of his time, but his career fell apart after he was accused of raping and murdering actress Virginia Rappe. Although he was eventually acquitted, he never completely recovered. He enjoyed only a very brief comeback before he died of a heart attack in 1933 at the age of 46. Barry Levinson is set to direct the film from a script penned by John Adams screenwriter Kirk Ellis. The project is apparently something of a dream come true for Stonestreet, who's been looking for a potential Arbuckle project since the late '90s. [Vulture [2]] After the jump, the Old Spice guy gets a new gig, ABC picks up a split-personality drama, and USA announces return dates for some of its most popular shows. »

- Angie Han

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Will We Be Watching Jekyll Turn Into Hyde on ABC?

24 August 2011 4:00 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

We may be entering a Golden Age of TV Horror. We’ve already told you about the development of Frankenstein and The Munsters for NBC and of course we will soon be freaking out to American Horror Story on FX. Now comes news that ABC is joining the potential creepfest by picking up a new drama based on the Jekyll and Hyde story.

The original novella, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was written by Robert Louis Stevenson and published in 1886 and has since been adapted in countless ways (personal favorites are the Spencer Tracy and the Bugs Bunny treatments).

THR has now reported that the new version will be called simply Hyde and will be written by Up in the Air co-writer Sheldon Turner:

Hyde will revolve around Grant Hyde, a doctor with an eye condition who experiences bizarre side effects after attempting an experimental treatment »

- Erin Willard

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ABC Grabs New Take on ‘Jekyll & Hyde’

24 August 2011 7:50 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde could almost go toe-to-toe with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, based on the number of retellings and re-imaginings the original story has spawned.

The latest iteration, Hyde, is looking to make its way to ABC courtesy of Sheldon Turner, the Academy Award-nominated co-writer of Up In The Air who also worked on this summer’s X-Men: First Class.

This time around, the proposed series will follow Grant Hyde, an ER doctor who, while searching for a cure to his rapidly deteriorating eyesight, inadvertently unleashes an alter ego in the form of the far more aggressive Hyde, who approaches and handles certain situations the more timid Grant is unwilling to address.

The pilot is being described as an odd ‘buddy story’ where the two ...

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- Kevin Yeoman

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TV News: Burn, TNT, Who, Hyde, Supernatural

23 August 2011 7:55 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Burn Notice

USA Network has announced an earlier than expected mid-season premiere date for "Burn Notice".

The series will air its mid-season finale on September 9th, then it'll break for two months before returning for six more episodes starting November 3rd.

"Covert Affairs" will also return two days earlier, but the mid-season premiere of "White Collar" won't be until January. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

TNT

TNT has announced its Fall/Winter schedule and its mid-season premiere dates - the last eight episodes of the fourth season of "Leverage" will begin November 27th.

The final five episodes of both the final season of "The Closer" and the second season of "Rizzoli and Isles" will kick off November 28th.

Finally the ten episode fourth season of "Southland" will premiere January 17th. [Source: Deadline]

Doctor Who

Both Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill have confirmed they're returning for the seventh season of "Doctor Who", though in which capacity remains unknown. »

- Garth Franklin

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ABC Buys ‘Jekyll & Hyde’-Inspired Drama Project From Sheldon Turner

22 August 2011 12:10 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic split-personality tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is getting a contemporary interpretation with Hyde, a drama series project from Up In the Air co-writer Sheldon Turner and ABC Studios that has been set up at ABC. This marks the first sale for Sheldon and Jennifer Klein’s recently launched company Vendetta, which has a first-look deal at ABC Studios. Turner will write Hyde, which centers on Grant Hyde, a thirtysomething ER doctor with a degenerative eye condition who is conflict-averse and hesitant to be captain of his own destiny. After attempting an experimental treatment to improve his eyesight, he begins to experience a strange side effect — when he goes to sleep, his id manifests itself as Hyde, a fearless, gregarious personality who takes control where Grant cannot. Turner and Klein will executive produce the project, described as an odd buddy show where the »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Raúl Ruiz obituary

19 August 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Chilean-born film-maker who became the darling of the French avant garde

Raúl Ruiz, the Chilean-born film director who has died aged 70 after suffering a lung infection, held audiences with his glittering eye for more than 40 years. Baroque imagery, bizarre humour and labyrinthine plots made his elusive and allusive oeuvre unlike anything else in contemporary cinema.

Although most of his films were made while he was an exile in France, his work was part of the fabulist tradition that runs through much Latin American literature, such as the writings of Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges and Alfonso Reyes. Ruiz liked to quote the Cuban surrealist writer José Lezama Lima, who stated that the task of the poet is "to go into a dark room and build a waterfall there".

Born in Puerto Montt, in southern Chile, Ruiz studied law, theology and theatre before becoming a prolific avant-garde playwright. His first feature, »

- Ronald Bergan

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Will Smith to star in 'Fantastic Voyage'?

19 August 2011 1:23 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Will Smith is reportedly being considered for the sci-fi remake Fantastic Voyage. Industry sources have indicated that director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) has arranged a meeting with the Men in Black star in hope of signing him to the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Fantastic Voyage is a re-imagining of a 1960s film that centers on a crew of scientists who are shrunk down to the sizes of atoms and sent into another scientist's body via a miniature submarine in an attempt to save his life. Director Paul Greengrass was originally attached to the project, but ultimately elected to leave the film in favor of Warner Bros's adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel Treasure Island. (more) »

- By Tara Fowler

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The story of Super 8: how every man, woman and child became a film-maker

8 August 2011 5:47 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jj Abrams's latest movie is a homage to the 8mm format. So what is so captivating about this camera?

The first film I ever made was shot in Super 8mm. I played Dr Jekyll and my mate Stu played Mr Hyde in a darkly poetic version of the Robert Louis Stevenson story re-envisaged for the cold war era. We knocked off the whole thing over half-term, much in the manner depicted in Jj Abrams's current homage to the format. To us, the process seemed like a kind of miracle. Today, anyone with a phone can be an auteur. Then, we were laying our tremulous young hands on what seemed like a tool of the gods.

Home-movie cameras were available in the 1920s, but were cumbersome and expensive. The 16mm Cine-Kodak, for example, had to be carefully hand-cranked at two revolutions per second and weighed seven pounds. The image in the viewfinder was upside-down. »

- David Cox

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