Michael Strahan Developing Football Star-Turned-Cop Drama for ABC (Exclusive)

Michael Strahan Developing Football Star-Turned-Cop Drama for ABC (Exclusive)
Michael Strahan is expanding his relationship with ABC. The Good Morning America host has sold Hobbs, his first scripted foray, to the network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The drama, which has received a script commitment, follows Tommy Hobbs, a former Heisman Trophy winner who joins the Miami police force after not being drafted by the NFL, as well as a meticulous, rule-following detective who has trained her whole life to become a police officer. Michael Caleo (The Sopranos, Rescue Me) will pen the script and exec produce the ABC Studios drama alongside Strahan and his Smac Entertainment partner

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‘The Family’ DVD Review

Stars: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo, Jimmy Palumbo, Domenick Lombardozzi, Stan Carp, Vincent Pastore, Jon Freda, Michael J. Panichelli Jr. | Written by Luc Besson, Michael Caleo | Directed by Luc Besson

Remember that Robert De Niro guy, the one that impressed us in movies like Mean Streets, Taxi Driver and Goodfellas? Along with Al Pacino more recently we’ve seen them move more to comedy with somewhat mixed results. It’s fair to say that Pacino has suffered more, with De Niro and up to a point he’s been able to keep that wise guy style image intact, which probably made casting him in The Family easy.

When snitching on the Mafia it’s assumed you are signing your own death sentence, so when CIA Agent Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones) once again has to relocate Giovanni Manzoni now known as Fred Blake
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Possible Details On The CW's Hourman Drama

Bleeding Cool's WB/CW spy is providing the site with all types of details this morning it seems. Fresh off of news on a possible Suicide Squad movie (more details Here) and Young Justice tv show (more details Here), we have details on the plot for the Hourman drama in development at The CW. Bleeding Cool surmises the show may have certain elements reminiscent of another DC comic book, Dial H. BC reports: ...the drug "Miraclo" from the comic book series, in the TV show will have a different effect on each person who takes it, summoning different powers and abilities based on their personality, enhancing existing talents or abilities tenfold, but with terrible side effects. And a different person will get the powers each week… Michael Caleo (Ironside, The Sopranos) is writing the pilot for Hourman while Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Gangster Squad) and Jennifer Gwartz
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'The Family' review: De Niro, Pfeiffer wasted in mob comedy

'The Family' review: De Niro, Pfeiffer wasted in mob comedy
Director: Luc Besson; Screenwriters: Luc Besson, Michael Caleo; Starring: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D'Leo, Tommy Lee Jones; Running time: 111 mins; Certificate: 15

Comedy doesn't come much lazier than this 'effort' starring Robert De Niro in one of those roles that makes you shake your head in mourning for the immense talent squandered. As is his wont in recent years, De Niro sends up the tough guy persona that made him an icon, this time as a Brooklyn mobster shipped to rural France in an ostentatious gesture by the Witness Protection Programme.

Giovanni Manzoni has a $20 million contract on his head and the rest of his family are in the firing line, too. As wife Maggie, Michelle Pfeiffer is fun to watch in brassy blonde mode and certainly, she shows more signs of life than her co-star. Another highlight is John D'Leo as their son, a junior wise-guy
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The Week in Spandex - Batman vs. Superman (Wonder Woman, The Flash and Nightwing), Thor: The Dark World, Marvel's The Defenders, Doctor Strange, The Wolverine and more

Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman (The Flash, Wonder Woman and Nightwing), Man of Steel, Arrow, Hourman, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange and Phase Three, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, The Defenders, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Beware the Batman, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Ultimate Spider-Man, Stan Lee's Mighty 7 and more....

Over the past month or so the movie news headlines have been dominated by Marvel, and while that's the case again this week, Warner Bros. has given DC Comics fans something to chew on, with casting talk on Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman picking up the
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4 Awesome Comics You Must Read This Week (6 November)

It’s the week after Halloween when people put aside their spooky comics, costumes and cheap leftover sweets, and pick up their copies of V for Vendetta for that special time of year in Britain where we celebrate the foiled plot to blow up Parliament by setting off fireworks and burning an effigy of one of the plotters.

In comics news this week, Jim Starlin revealed he was working on a new full length story for Marvel – great news for fans of The Infinity Gauntlet author’s work. Will we see a new Thanos story from his creator in 2014? Here’s hoping! Marvel also announced the new Ms Marvel would be an American/Muslim young woman called Kamala Khan from Jersey City. The new Ms Marvel will debut in February and marks another move on Marvel’s part for more ethnic and gender specific characters in their line-up, with She-Hulk
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‘Hourman’ Leads the Charge From Comic Book Movies to Comic Book TV Shows

Rex Tyler is your average genius pharmaceutical analyst. He’s got a steady job, an estranged ex-wife and son, and a few latent desires to sneak out at night punch evildoers in the face. So when Rex realizes that the visions he’s had since childhood are actually a form of superpower – he’s actually been seeing events that will occur one hour into the future – he dons a nifty hooded cloak and christens himself “Hourman.” Chances are, you’ve never heard of Hourman, and neither has the vast majority of the civilized world. Not surprising, considering that the DC superhero’s popularity peaked during WWII and hasn’t shown any signs of recovery in the last seventy years. Until now, apparently. The Hollywood Reporter has news that The CW is developing an Hourman series to fall in alongside the network’s Arrow and the upcoming The Flash, with Michael Caleo (writer for The Sopranos and Ironside
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The CW bringing DC's Hourman to the small screen

The CW is looking to extend its partnership with DC Comics beyond Arrow and the potential spin-off The Flash, although sadly it hasn't given the go ahead to the planned Wonder Woman series Amazon, but rather a new pilot for an hourlong drama based upon Hourman, a character who made his first appearance way back during the Golden Age in Adventure Comics #48 in 1940.

According to the The Hollywood Reporter, "Hourman centers on a brilliant-yet-troubled pharmaceutical analyst who discovers that the visions that have plagued him since childhood are actually glimpses of tragic events occurring one hour in the future. Determined to win back his ex-wife and son, he heroically prevents these tragedies from unfolding, finding both purpose and redemption along the way."

The pilot for Hourman is being written by Michael Caleo (The Sopranos), who will executive produce alongside Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes) and Jennifer Gwartz (Veronica Mars). It becomes
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DC Developing Hourman Series to Join Arrow and Flash on The CW

That’s right, kids, the network that’s bringing you Arrow and may be bringing you Flash in series form – Flash will definitely be appearing on Arrow this season; the “may be” is whether a spinoff series will be picked up – is working on another series from the DC galaxy: Hourman.

According to THR, this version of Hourman has our hero as a “brilliant-yet-troubled pharmaceutical analyst” who has been plagued by visions since his childhood, and who comes to learn that those visions are actually glimpses of the future – one hour into the future. “Determined to win back his ex-wife and son, he heroically prevents these tragedies from unfolding, finding both purpose and redemption along the way.”

The DC Database describes Hourman thus:

Hourman is the legacy of a masked vigilante who uses a drug named Miraclo to give him incredible super-powers for exactly one hour. Rex Tyler is the original version,
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DC Comics Superhero Hourman Getting Show on CW

The CW is working on a new superhero series based on the DC Comics character Hourman. The show will chronicle a pharmaceutical analyst's transition into a superhero after he realizes that he can see tragedies an hour before they happen.

The Hourman pilot will be written by Michael Caleo, whose previous credits include The Sopranos and Ironside, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Initially created in 1940 by Ken Fitch and Bernard Bailey, Hourman is the moniker adopted by Rex Tyler, a scientist who discovers that a new drug, Miraclo, gives him these superpowers.
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DC’s Hourman Drama in Development at The CW

The success of The CW's DC superhero series Arrow is testing the market with a planned series based on The Flash, but a lesser-known heroic property is also in development.  DC's Hourman, originally introduced in 1940, may be headed to the small screen for his own live-action series.  The title character, aka Rex Tyler, is a brilliant-yet-troubled pharmaceutical analyst who experiences visions of events that occur one hour in the future.  Lin Pictures' Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz will executive produce alongside Michael Caleo (Ironside), who will also pen the script.  Hit the jump for more. THR reports that The CW is busy developing an Hourman drama series.  Per the write up, Tyler "discovers that the visions that have plagued him since childhood are actually glimpses of tragic events occurring one hour in the future. Determined to win back his ex-wife and son, he heroically prevents these tragedies from unfolding,
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The CW developing 'Hourman' drama based on the DC Comics superhero

The CW has decided the next DC Comics superhero they want to develop as a drama for the network. No, it's not Batman or Wonder Woman or even the Green Lantern. Instead, The CW is working on an "Hourman" TV show, THR reports.

You might be wondering, "Wait, who is Hourman?" The character first appeared in 1940's "Adventure Comics" #48. The original incarnation, a scientist named Rex Tyler, is a brilliant pharmaceutical research analyst who discovered a miracle vitamin that gave him superhuman strength for an hour. When his son took over the role, the idea of being able to see tragic events an hour into the future was introduced. He sets out to stop the tragic events from happening, in an effort to reunite with his ex-wife and son.

The script will be written by Michael Caleo ("Ironside"), who will executive produce with Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz. "Hourman" is
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The CW Currently Developing Live-Action ‘Hourman’ Series

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that The CW is currently developing a new tv series based on another character from the DC universe, setting their sights on Rex Tyler (aka ‘Hourman’) as their next superhero series. According to THR, the series will tell the story of the “brilliant-yet-troubled pharmaceutical analyst who discovers that the visions that have plagued him since childhood are actually glimpses of tragic events occurring one hour in the future.”

While not as mainstream as Green Arrow or The Flash, the “Hourman” character is one of the oldest in DC Comics’ vast roster of superheroes. Rex Tyler was first introduced in the pages of Adventure Comics #48 in 1940 where he developed a highly-addictive drug called Miraclo that gave him super abilities and strength which lasted approximately 60 minutes.

The plans for an “Hourman” series are just the latest in a long-history of DC-based projects that The CW has attempted
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The CW Developing An "Hourman" Series

It has "Arrow," it will soon have "The Flash," and it's still trying to develop a Wonder Woman series with "Amazon". Now, The CW network is looking into a series adaptation of yet another DC Comics hero title - "Hourman".

The series version, which sounds decidedly different to the comic, follows a brilliant-yet-troubled pharmaceutical analyst who learns the visions that have plagued him since childhood are actually glimpses of tragic events occurring one hour in the future.

Determined to win back his ex-wife and son, he heroically prevents these tragedies from unfolding, finding redemption along the way.

Michael Caleo ("Ironside," "The Sopranos") will pen the script and executive produce alongside Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz. If it goes forward it will be one of potentially four new DC comics properties coming to TV next season, alongside 'Flash,' NBC's Hellblazer adaptation "Constantine" and Fox's Batman prequel "Gotham".

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Hourman Added to The CW's Superhero Roster

The CW’s heroic plan continues to unfold.

The network that brought you Arrow is developing Hourman, a drama based on a DC Comics character who can see flashes of terrible things that will happen an hour in the future, TVLine has confirmed.

Related | Ask Ausiello: Arrow Spoilers and More!

The hero of this story — who first appeared in a 1940 comic — is a highly intelligent, emotionally burdened pharmaceutical analyst who finds his purpose by preventing the tragedies he sees. Along the way, he hopes to reunite with his ex-wife and son.

Michael Caleo (Ironside) will pen the script, with Dan Lin
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The CW Developing Series Based on DC Character Hourman

According to The Hollywood Reporter , The CW is developing yet another TV series based on a DC comics character and this time it's the pretty obscure Hourman. Michael Caleo of "The Sopranos" will pen the pilot which will be produced by Dan Lin and Lin Pictures' head of television Jennifer Gwartz. The site describes this new version of the character as follows: "A brilliant-yet-troubled pharmaceutical analyst who discovers that the visions that have plagued him since childhood are actually glimpses of tragic events occurring one hour in the future. Determined to win back his ex-wife and son, he heroically prevents these tragedies from unfolding, finding both purpose and redemption along the way." Originally created in 1940 by Ken...
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‘The Family’ has its moments, but is never superlative

The Family

Written by Tonino Benacquista, Luc Besson, and Michael Caleo

Directed by Luc Besson

USA/France, 2013

The famed French director Luc Besson hasn’t directed a film with a wide American release since the historic bomb The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc in 1999. In the interim, he has written and produced a number of highly successful films including The Transporter, Taken, and District B13, and he’s directed a few French films that haven’t come across the pond, but The Family is his first attempt at directing an English-language film in almost 15 years. He’s still got it to some degree, for The Family is acceptably entertaining, but it’s not even close to Besson’s biggest hits from the past.

The titular family is the Manzoni organized crime clan, who enter into witness protection and became the Blakes: father Fred (Robert de Niro), mother Maggie
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Review: The Family

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Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality Cast: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo, Vincent Pastore, Jon Freda, and Tommy Lee Jones Written By: Luc Besson & Michael Caleo (Based on the book by Tonino Benacquista) Directed By: Luc Besson The Family is an odd jumble of a movie, jumping from scenes of farcical […]

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'The Family' review: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron are mob brood

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Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones revisit some blasts from their pasts in "The Family," a violent action comedy about a mob family in France thanks to the witness protection program.

De Niro does a little "Analyze This" as Giovanni Manzoni, who ratted out his mob pals back in Brooklyn and now has a $20 million price on his head. He is, he narrates, "a nice guy" who just has to control "my sadistic urges" better. He's prone to beating people senseless or to death over things like poor service, "disrespect" and the like. And he's in France.


Pfeiffer tones down her "Married to the Mob" turn as Maggie, the long-suffering wife, moving to yet another town where these people -- "The Blakes," they're called this time -- need to fit in. But her encounters with rude French salesclerks bring out the practicing pyromaniac in her.

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Film Review: ‘The Family’ Whacks Obsession with Mafia Movies

Chicago – “The Godfather” saga, “Goodfellas,” “Donnie Brasco,” “The Departed” – the list of America’s obsessive adoration of organized crime and mafia movies goes on and on. Finally, one film comes along to virtually kill the genre, the almost-unwatchable “The Family.”

Rating: 1.5/5.0

Mostly the film is damn lazy, and wastes a great cast with a phone-it-in script and formulaic performances which follows that telephone line. It basically makes these cartoonish Italian stereotypes into heroic figures, while in any other parallel world they would be viewed as dangerous sociopaths. The violence and the killings are so random and accepted, that arguments could me made that popular culture Is causing our love affair with weapons. People are beaten and killed by “the family” with baseball bats, tennis rackets, hammers and of course guns, but most irritating is that there is the assumption that a Mafia Don and his shrewish wife would train their
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