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City On A Hill: Kevin Bacon to star in new crime drama

David Crow Nov 14, 2017

Kevin Bacon will lead City On A Hill, a Showtime pilot from Ben Affleck about Boston crime in the 1990s...

In recent years, when one thinks of Boston, you would be forgiven if what springs to mind is crime drama. After all, Dennis Lehane has made a near cottage industry out of tough tales about tough guys in Dorchester or Southie, such as Gone Baby Gone and Mystic River. There was also Martin Scorsese’s The Departed and Ben Affleck’s The Town. Well Affleck and Mystic River’s Kevin Bacon want again to mine that lore while also reimagining a true crime saga for Showtime: City On A Hill.

Based on an idea originated by Affleck, who will executive produce, as well as fellow executive producer Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler), City On A Hill will return to Beantown’s not so glorious days in the 1990s,
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The 20 Best Plot Twists of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The 20 Best Plot Twists of the 21st Century, Ranked
It’s the shock of seeing Norman Bates, knife in hand, clad in his mother’s clothes, grinning maniacally in the swinging lamplight. It’s the realization that Kevin Spacey spun us a bunch of lies, and was actually Keyser Söze the whole time. It’s finally connecting “I see dead people” with Bruce Willis being shot at the beginning of “The Sixth Sense.” When movies pull the rug from under us, it’s one of the greatest thrills that cinema can provide.

As Hollywood continues to reboot countless old properties, it’s easy to think that the days of original and surprising storytelling are long behind us. But these films prove that Hollywood still has a few tricks up its sleeve, ones that have kept us talking for years, and have cemented their place in film history.

Beware of spoilers! Here are the best plot twists of the 21st
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The Snowman: what on earth went wrong?

Ryan Lambie Oct 20, 2017

Panned by critics, mystery thriller The Snowman is a curious misfire from some great actors and filmmakers. So what happened?

Nb: The following contains major, major spoilers for The Snowman movie and the original novel.

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Most great crime thrillers hook us in with a mystery: who's the killer? The Snowman, released earlier this month to a blizzard of chilly reviews, offers another conundrum that lurks just outside the frame: how did a film with such a sterling pedigree go so bafflingly wrong?

The plot, as laid out in Jo Nesbo's best-selling novel of the same name, sounds like decent fodder for a disturbing thriller in the vein of Seven or The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
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Stephen King adaptation Mr. Mercedes renewed for season 2

Mr. Mercedes has been renewed for a second season by the Audience Network.

Based on the trilogy of Stephen King books comprised of titles Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and End of Watch, season 1 told the story of killer Brady Hartsfield who taunts a retired police detective named Bill Hoges (Brendan Gleeson) via a number of explicit emails and letters.

Mr. Mercedes season 1 has received favourable reviews from critics, including an 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and as such, At&T’s Audience Network has decided to renew the show for a second season to continue the story and adaptation of King’s books.

David E. Kelley will be returning for writing duties, along with Jack Bender coming back to the director’s chair.

See Also: Read our Mr. Mercedes reviews here

The 10 episode second season will begin production in February 2018.

“We’re thrilled that the first installment of Mr. Mercedes resonated with such a wide audience,
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At&T Audience Network Renews Mr. Mercedes for a Second Season

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After bringing Stephen King's creepy crime novel Mr. Mercedes to life on screen, the At&T Audience Network will continue to adapt the Bill Hodges trilogy (which also includes the books Finders Keepers and End of Watch) with a 10-episode second season that will begin filming in Charleston, South Carolina (the same town where the new Halloween movie will be filmed) this February:

Press Release: El Segundo, Calif., Oct. 10, 2017 – Leading up to the highly anticipated season finale tomorrow, Oct. 11 at 8pm Et/Pt, Audience Network is pleased to announce that it has picked up this year’s break out show, “Mr. Mercedes,” for a second season. Production for the 10 one-hour episodes is scheduled to begin in February of 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina with the premiere launching later in the year. The series is produced by Sonar Entertainment.

Returning for the second season will be television veterans David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies,
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'Mr. Mercedes' Renewed for Season 2 at Audience Network

At&T's Audience Network is bringing Mr. Mercedes back for another round.

The David E. Kelley drama has been renewed for a second round of 10 episodes set to resume production in February for a premiere in late 2018. The renewal comes ahead of Wednesday's season one finale.

Kelley (Big Little Lies) and Jack Bender, who directed, are set to return. Stephen King, Kelley, Bender and Dennis Lehane executive produce, with the latter also contributing writing to the drama from Sonar Entertainment.

Season two will be based on King's Bill Hodges Trilogy, which includes Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of...
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‘Mr. Mercedes’: How to Adapt Stephen King for Television, From the Stars and Producers Who Did It Right

‘Mr. Mercedes’: How to Adapt Stephen King for Television, From the Stars and Producers Who Did It Right
Stephen King’s work should be a natural fit for modern television. Virtually unlimited time allows for every nuance of his novels to be carefully expressed, and gone are the small screen’s former content restrictions, which gave R-rated movies the edge back when broadcast TV was the only option.

But even so, there is still no guarantee a project will succeed with King’s name on it. Just this year, “The Mist” premiered on SyFy and was canceled after one critically-derided season, while “It” has become America’s highest-grossing horror film of all time. There’s no one way to adapt Stephen King. There’s just a right way and a wrong way.

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“Stephen’s very unobtrusive,” director Jack Bender said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “When he trusts somebody, [he] lets them take his project.
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‘Mr. Mercedes’: How to Adapt Stephen King for Television, From the Stars and Producers Who Did It Right

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‘Mr. Mercedes’: How to Adapt Stephen King for Television, From the Stars and Producers Who Did It Right
Stephen King’s work should be a natural fit for modern television. Virtually unlimited time allows for every nuance of his novels to be carefully expressed, and gone are the small screen’s former content restrictions, which gave R-rated movies the edge back when broadcast TV was the only option.

But even so, there is still no guarantee a project will succeed with King’s name on it. Just this year, “The Mist” premiered on SyFy and was canceled after one critically-derided season, while “It” has become America’s highest-grossing horror film of all time. There’s no one way to adapt Stephen King. There’s just a right way and a wrong way.

Read More:7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in October, and The Best Episodes of Each

“Stephen’s very unobtrusive,” director Jack Bender said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “When he trusts somebody, [he] lets them take his project.
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Ben Affleck – A Gentle Reminder Ahead of Justice League

Martin Carr on Ben Affleck

With Justice League tracking a huge box office opening, Joss Whedon busy lightening tone and Zack Snyder stepping away permanently, there are others who have become lost amongst the kerfuffle. One is an Oscar-winning screenwriter and Best Picture winner, hounded by paparazzi and internet rumour mills for his continued role in Warner’s DC universe. Not only did he give us a new and surprising Batman, but was also hailed as the best thing in a film which others refer to politely as disjointed. He is Ben Affleck.

Amongst the white noise of reshoots, lacklustre reviews for Live By Night and his Batman commitment issues, some might have forgotten what Affleck has achieved. Sure he might have made amends for his Daredevil with that pitch black Bruce Wayne, but the media hop-scotch which has come with The Batman has undone some of that. However with
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Michael B. Jordan and Josh Brolin Wanted for Sam Raimi's A Prophet Remake

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Michael B. Jordan and Josh Brolin Wanted for Sam Raimi's A Prophet Remake
Sony Pictures' A Prophet remake may finally be moving forward, despite practically no activity on the project since director Sam Raimi came aboard back in January 2016. Today we have word that the studio is still hoping to start production sometime this year, and a new report claims the director has reached out to Michael B. Jordan to play the lead role of Marcos Colon, with Josh Brolin being eyed to portray Cesar. Those roles were portrayed by Tahar Rahim and Niels Arestrup in the original film from Jacques Audiard, although the Marcos Colon role was named Malik El Djebena.

That Hashtag Show broke the news today, revealing that director Sam Raimi is hoping to start production by the end of this year, so even if Michael B. Jordan or Josh Brolin don't fill those roles, we certainly may hear more about casting soon. This project has been in the works for quite some time,
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'Mr. Mercedes' Writer Dennis Lehane Discusses the Show's Pre-Trump Backdrop

[This article contains some spoilers for Audience Network's Mr. Mercedes through Wednesday's episode, "People in the Rain."]

Audience Network has pushed its adaptation of Mr. Mercedes primarily on the names of novelist Stephen King and showrunner David E. Kelley, both clear creative assets elevating this harrowing game of cat-and-mouse between a retired detective (Brendan Gleeson) and an increasingly deranged killer (Harry Treadaway), plotting his next crime.

Dennis Lehane's name comes a bit further down the show's producer list, but immediately popped for me because of how the TV version of Mr. Mercedes has expanded on King's backdrop...
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'Racer and the Jailbird' ('Le fidele'): Film Review | Venice 2017

'Racer and the Jailbird' ('Le fidele'): Film Review | Venice 2017
Flemish director Michael R. Roskam, whose imposing debut, Bullhead, was nominated for an Oscar in the foreign-language category, has called his Racer and the Jailbird (Le fidele) an “amour noir" — an interesting term that suggests that crime and a love story are not only its principal ingredients, but also that one isn’t more important than the other.

After his Dutch-language debut and the English-language Dennis Lehane adaptation The Drop, which was set in Brooklyn, this third feature is mainly in French and set in the bilingual Belgian capital. This is the playground of the bank robber Gigi, played by...
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Mr. Mercedes Season 1 Episode 4 Review – ‘Gods Who Fall’

Martin Carr reviews the fourth episode of Mr. Mercedes

There are no blood and guts, nothing particularly thrilling or even risky this week in Mr. Mercedes. Instead the episode is riddled with backstory, character expansion and a little white supremacist laptop baiting. Dennis Lehane of Shutter Island fame wrote the teleplay for ‘Gods Who Fall’ and its continued slow burn tactic fails to set the world on fire. This is perfectly entertaining stuff but the issue remains that not a lot happens. Sinister looks and hijacking home appliances does not a proper mad person make. Flashbacks are used to open up Hodge’s preoccupations, Brady quietly targets customers while buying items straight out of the arsonists hand book in his leisure time and his mother sits in her backyard.

Gleeson and Mary Louise Parker are perfectly fine in their respective roles but there is simply not a lot happening. If
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Mr. Mercedes Season 1 Episode 2 Review – ‘On Your Mark’

Martin Carr reviews the second episode of Mr. Mercedes

For those expecting concise characterisation, clear structure and narrative clarify with Mr. Mercedes be warned this takes a little longer than most. It plays out like an elongated episode of Jimmy McGovern’s Cracker without the chain-smoking, alcohol addled central protagonist. There are no failing marriages, awkward family dinners or extra-marital liaisons, instead we get a softer edged Gleeson as Bill Hodges who lacks cynicism but retains ample sarcasm. This is less the serial killer next door vibe from last week, choosing instead to unpack character, imply instability and give substance to an understated performance.

Elsewhere Harry Treadaway brings humanity to Brady Hartsfield in his techno basement lair, making everything deceptively clear-cut within two episodes. Kelly Lynch adds depth and pathos to her gutter trash depiction of a mother in awe of someone who makes her uncomfortable. Meaning that Mr. Mercedes
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From ‘Archer’ to ‘South Park,’ the Emmy Race Gets Animated

From ‘Archer’ to ‘South Park,’ the Emmy Race Gets Animated
In the animated series category, there is little suspense year-to-year over which shows will get nominated since there are four key shows — led by “The Simpsons,” with 26 nominations and 10 wins over 28 seasons — that have been honored for the bulk of their runs. The real question is which one will win, so picking the right episode for Emmy submission is key. “I have a highly scientific system,” jokes longtime “Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean. “I usually go with the highest-rated episode on IMDb.” This year Jean will put his system to the test against returnees “Archer,” “Bob’s Burgers” and “South Park,” and the newcomer: “Elena of Avalor”/“Sofia the First” crossover episode, “Elena and the Secret of Avalor.”

Archer” (pictured above)

Archer Dreamland: No Good Deed” (Fxx)

The seventh season of Adam Reed’s stylish and irreverent spy series ended with Archer floating facedown in a swimming pool, an image that evoked the classic 1950 film noir “Sunset
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Stephen King on ‘Mr. Mercedes,’ How to Adapt His Novels and What Scares Him

Stephen King on ‘Mr. Mercedes,’ How to Adapt His Novels and What Scares Him
Stephen King will turn 70 in September, yet shows no signs of slowing down. Currently, he has “The Dark Tower” in theaters and “The Mist” on TV. September will see the film adaptation of “It” and a book co-written with his son, Owen King, called “Sleeping Beauties.” There are also two Netflix movies due this year, “Gerald’s Game” and “1922,” but don’t ask him when they’re coming out. “I think one is in September, one is in October,” he says. “Hey, listen, I’m only the writer, I’m the last person to know.”

And starting Wednesday, viewers can check out the 10-part series based on his novel “Mr. Mercedes” on DirecTV’s Audience Network. It stars Brendan Gleeson as retired detective Bill Hodges, who is haunted by an unsolved case in which a man in a Mercedes drove into a crowd, killing eight people. He begins to receive messages from “Mr. Mercedes” taunting him, unaware
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Stephen King on ‘Mr. Mercedes,’ How to Adapt His Novels and What Scares Him

Stephen King on ‘Mr. Mercedes,’ How to Adapt His Novels and What Scares Him
Stephen King will turn 70 in September, yet shows no signs of slowing down. Currently, he has “The Dark Tower” in theaters and “The Mist” on TV. September will see the film adaptation of “It” and a book co-written with his son, Owen King, called “Sleeping Beauties.” There are also two Netflix movies due this year, “Gerald’s Game” and “1922,” but don’t ask him when they’re coming out. “I think one is in September, one is in October,” he says. “Hey, listen, I’m only the writer, I’m the last person to know.”

And starting Wednesday, viewers can check out the 10-part series based on his novel “Mr. Mercedes” on DirecTV’s Audience Network. It stars Brendan Gleeson as retired detective Bill Hodges, who is haunted by an unsolved case in which a man in a Mercedes drove into a crowd, killing eight people. He begins to receive messages from “Mr. Mercedes” taunting him, unaware
See full article at Variety - TV News »

‘Mr. Mercedes’ Review: Stephen King’s Detective Story Goes Nowhere Fast

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‘Mr. Mercedes’ Review: Stephen King’s Detective Story Goes Nowhere Fast
Mr. Mercedes” opens with a scene as telling to the series’ successes as its failures. Inspired by an actual tragedy — when a woman drove her car into a crowd of people at a McDonalds’ job fair — the new Audience Network drama recreates the crime in gruesome detail.

Though not outside the fast food chain and with more mysterious intent than the aforementioned event, a man in a clown mask sits behind the wheel of a Mercedes sedan. He pulls up to a line of people, who are waiting to meet potential employers during the fiscally-tumultuous times of 2009. Sitting idle long enough to draw attention from the sleepy crowd, including a mother with her baby and a kind man with a tightly-wrapped sleeping bag, the driver suddenly shifts into gear and speeds through the screaming bystanders.

As described, this is a deeply disturbing event. As captured, it’s nauseating. In the era of “too much TV,
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‘Mr. Mercedes’ Review: Stephen King’s Detective Story Goes Nowhere Fast

‘Mr. Mercedes’ Review: Stephen King’s Detective Story Goes Nowhere Fast
Mr. Mercedes” opens with a scene as telling to the series’ successes as its failures. Inspired by an actual tragedy — when a woman drove her car into a crowd of people at a McDonalds’ job fair — the new Audience Network drama recreates the crime in gruesome detail.

Though not outside the fast food chain and with more mysterious intent than the aforementioned event, a man in a clown mask sits behind the wheel of a Mercedes sedan. He pulls up to a line of people, who are waiting to meet potential employers during the fiscally-tumultuous times of 2009. Sitting idle long enough to draw attention from the sleepy crowd, including a mother with her baby and a kind man with a tightly-wrapped sleeping bag, the driver suddenly shifts into gear and speeds through the screaming bystanders.

As described, this is a deeply disturbing event. As captured, it’s nauseating. In the era of “too much TV,
See full article at Indiewire Television »

SXSW 2017 Interview: Behind The Mask Cast & Crew on the Past, Present, and Future of Leslie Vernon

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While in Austin at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, I had the opportunity to catch up with a variety of folks responsible for the modern cult classic Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, which celebrated its 10th anniversary with several screenings as part of the fest’s midnight lineup. Those on hand for the interview included co-writer/director Scott Glosserman, co-writer/producer David J. Stieve, star Nathan Baesel, and co-star Ben Pace.

As it turns out, when you get a group of filmmakers who also happen to be great friends together in one room for an interview, things can get a little nutty. That being said, we have some great highlights from Daily Dead’s in-depth chat with the gang behind one of the more boundary-pushing genre films of the last several decades, including the risk involved with making Behind the Mask, the legacy of Leslie Vernon, how they
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