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8 items from 2015


San Bernardino Killings: Experts Fill Information Void With Speculation

3 December 2015 11:28 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

During a Thursday morning news conference, FBI assistant director David Bowdich stressed the need for patience in regard to the mass killings in San Bernardino. Bowdich said it would be “irresponsible” to speculate, and that it was more important to be accurate with the facts, and slow, than disseminate false information quickly.

The evidence suggests Bowdich would change his tune – and probably have to – if he were to retire from the FBI and get a job working in TV news. Because law enforcement experts have become the go-to source for speculation on such matters, helping network anchors maintain their credibility, or seek to, while allowing the coverage to race ahead of what’s definitively known.

The scenario plays out with regularity in the case of these breaking news situations, from Paris to Colorado Springs to San Bernardino. On Wednesday, for example, hours before the killers had been identified, former CIA »

- Brian Lowry

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TV Review: ‘Hunting Hitler’

5 November 2015 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In politics, there’s an unwritten rule that whoever first evokes Hitler should lose the argument. The same really ought to apply to television, as the channel still known as History – for reasons that remain increasingly elusive and hard to justify – trots out “Hunting Hitler,” an eight-part series devoted to newly released documents that supposedly raise possibilities the Nazi leader escaped Germany, as opposed to dying in a bunker. Seriously, guys, what’s next, “Hitlernado?”

The series is derived from 700 pages of FBI material, declassified in 2014, indicating that the bureau continued to probe the question of whether Adolf Hitler might have actually survived World War II, fleeing to Argentina. And obviously, that’s a tantalizing line of inquiry, having spurred conspiracy theories for decades.

“Hunting Hitler,” however, proceeds to trivialize the topic by treating it like any other reality show – TNT’s “Cold Justice,” only with the mother of all 70-year-old cold cases, »

- Brian Lowry

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Dick Van Patten, ‘Eight Is Enough’ and ‘Love Boat’ Star, Dies at 86

23 June 2015 7:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dick Van Patten, who played the paterfamilias on the 1980s TV dramedy “Eight Is Enough,” died on Tuesday morning. He was 86.

Patten died at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. due to complications from diabetes.

The always-genial, round-faced actor also appeared in Disney films including “Freaky Friday” (the original, Jodie Foster version) as well as Mel Brooks comedies “High Anxiety,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Space Balls.”

Though long associated with television and film comedies, the actor spent a great deal of time onstage, making the first of his two dozen or so appearances on Broadway as a child back in 1937, in Kurt Weill’s “The Eternal Road.”

He had most recently appeared onscreen in a guest role as Lester on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” Other relatively recent credits include “7th Heaven” in 2004, “Arrested Development” in 2005, “That ’70s Show” in 2006 and “The Sarah Silverman Program »

- Carmel Dagan

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Dick Van Patten, ‘Eight Is Enough’ Star, Dies at 86

23 June 2015 7:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dick Van Patten, who played the paterfamilias on the 1980s TV dramedy “Eight Is Enough,” died on Tuesday morning. He was 86.

Patten died at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., due to complications from diabetes.

The always-genial, round-faced actor also appeared in Disney films including “Freaky Friday” (the original, Jodie Foster version) as well as Mel Brooks comedies “High Anxiety,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Space Balls.”

Though long associated with television and film comedies, the actor spent a great deal of time on stage, making the first of his two dozen or so appearances on Broadway as a child back in 1937, in Kurt Weill’s “The Eternal Road.”

He had most recently appeared onscreen in a guest role as Lester on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” Other relatively recent credits include “7th Heaven” in 2004, “Arrested Development” in 2005, “That ’70s Show” in 2006 and “The Sarah Silverman »

- Carmel Dagan

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George Clooney Counts Down Three Minutes To Doomsday

12 April 2015 5:27 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Still with a keen eye for a meaty political drama, George Clooney has picked up the film rights to FBI man Joe Navarro's book Three Minutes To Doomsday. Smokehouse Pictures, which Clooney runs with Grant Heslov, announced the deal over the weekend.Navarro is a specialist in non-verbal communication and body language, the author of previous works like What Every Body Is Saying and Louder Than Words. He was an FBI agent for 25 years, focusing his talents on counterintelligence and behavioural assessment and helping to found the Bureau's Behavioural Analysis programme. Three Minutes To Doomsday covers his operations during the Cold War.The book is not yet published - although it's ready to go with Simon & Schuster - and it's very early days for the film yet. There's no screenwriter yet announced as in place, and no information about Clooney's specific potential roles on either side of the camera.As an interesting footnote though, »

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George Clooney Acquires “Three Minutes to Doomsday.”

12 April 2015 5:16 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Abrams Artists Agency is pleased to announce that George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures has acquired the film rights for Joe Navarro’s Three Minutes to Doomsday. The North American rights for the book were recently acquired by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster. As the FBI’s leading body language expert, Joe Navarro was sent to track down Rod Ramsey to report on his knowledge or association with Clyde Lee Conrad. It all started with a trembling cigarette: when Navarro asked Ramsay about Conrad, his cigarette shook. Navarro’s expertise enabled him to decipher the meaning behind Ramsay’s tic. Noticing this miniscule movement led him to a series of interviews in an increasingly complex relationship that would uncover one escalating revelation after another, until he eventually uncovered the most dangerous security breach in Us history. Along the way Navarro had to develop Ramsay’s trust, engage »

- HollywoodNews.com

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George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures Acquires Film Rights to ‘Three Minutes to Doomsday’

12 April 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures has picked up the film rights to Joe Navarro’s “Three Minutes to Doomsday.”

The book follows the FBI’s leading body language expert, Navarro, who was sent to track down Rod Ramsey to report on his knowledge or association with Clyde Lee Conrad, an U.S. Army officer who sold top-secret classified information to the People’s Republic of Hungary. It documents Navarro and Ramsey’s relationship and interviews against the backdrop of the Cold War.

Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, recently acquired North American rights for the book.

Howards Means, who collaborated with Robert Baer on “See No Evil” and “Sleeping With the Devil,” assisted Navarro in his writing. “Syriana,” for which Clooney won an Oscar, was based on Baer’s books.

Smokehouse most recently produced “August: Osage County,” starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, the Clooney-directed “Monuments Men »

- Alex Stedman

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Oscar surprise: 'Whiplash' deemed an adapted screenplay by Academy

5 January 2015 10:27 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If you had Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" chalked up for a Best Original Screenplay nomination, hold your horses. Despite the demonstrable fact that Chazelle directed a short film of the same name that was merely a scene taken from the already-written feature in order to raise funds for said feature, the Academy has apparently deemed it an adapted screenplay. The news comes from Grantland writer Mark Harris, who saw the film chalked up as an eligible contender in the adapted category on an e-ballot rather than original. "There are five slots," Harris told me in a quick exchange. "You list them preferentially. In the blank next to each slot, there's a click-option to go to the 'reminder list' of eligible films for that category. And there was 'Whiplash' [in adapted]." It's too late to reach out for any sort of comment from the Academy or WGA on this, alas. Though »

- Kristopher Tapley

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