9 items from 2014
The cult 80s TV series The Greatest American Hero looks set for a return to the small screen, with Deadline revealing that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 22 Jump Street) have signed on to produce a remake from Fox, which has a put pilot commitment from the network.
Created by Stephen J. Cannell, The Greatest American Hero is a comedy-drama series which aired on ABC between 1981 and 1983 and centres on the adventures of Ralph Hinkley, a teacher who gains superhuman abilities thanks a suit given to him by aliens. William Katt (Perry Mason) portrayed Ralph, while the cast also included Robert Culp (I Spy) and Connie Sellecca (Hotel).
According to Deadline, the remake will stick closely to the original and “chronicle inner-city teacher Isaac’s adventures after his discovery of a superhero suit that gives him superhuman abilities. Unfortunately for Isaac, he hates wearing the suit and has »
- Gary Collinson
Need for Speed It's a pretty bad week for new releases as three out of the four I'm highlighting here are films I never wish to see again, starting with Need for Speed. Despite how bad it is, grossed over $203 million worldwide. However, nearly $160 million of that came from international territories and it seems the studio isn't ready to bank on that market again as a sequel has yet to be announced. From a business perspective it seems they'd do well to look at the success of the Resident Evil franchise as precedent for how to make basically nothing domestically and haul in all the cash globally.
Divergent Divergent didn't do all that bad and it too is an awful movie and the studio is wasting no time in moving forward with Insurgent, which will be in theaters next March. My only suggestion is to never get started so you »
- Brad Brevet
Pierce O'Donnell, once called the "new Perry Mason of Hollywood," has landed at a big law firm in town. The litigator was once one of the biggest power players in town until he was indicted for illegally funneling campaign contributions to the John Edwards presidential campaign. The charge was that he got around $2,000-per-contributor limits by having employees and family members make contributions with the understanding they would be reimbursed. Photos: THR's Next Gen Class of 2013 The case went up and down the judicial system and after a guilty plea to a misdemeanor, he fought a
- Eriq Gardner
The Good Wife, Season 5, Episode 15, “Dramatics, Your Honor”
Directed by Brooke Kennedy
Airs Sundays at 9pm Est on CBS
Full Spoilers For The Episode Below
Sometimes something happens and the world falls apart. Gravity drops out and you are left floating, untethered to your surroundings, separate in a way. Nothing makes sense anymore. The world doesn’t work in the way it’s supposed to and it may never function in that way again. Reality feels unreal, sounds reach you as if they are traveling through water. Nothing can touch you, because if it did, everything would fall to pieces.
“Dramatics, Your Honor” is a landmark episode of The Good Wife by any metric. It is the sort of thing that is difficult to write about, because it is the sort of thing that is difficult to grapple with, period. At all. And especially this early. »
- Jordan Ferguson
Downton Abbey without Lady Mary? Not going to happen. Michelle Dockery, the Emmy-nominated star of the hit period drama said she has no plans to abandon ship. "I am sticking with the show for however long the producers want it to go," Dockery said on UK talk show This Morning. Downton Abbey is entering its fifth season with a fall 2014 premiere in the UK and a winter 2015 start in the Us. There's been chatter that season five could be the end of the road. "I don't know yet if there is a season six, but it's not going to go on forever. It won't be Perry Mason," creator Julian Fellowes said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. Downton executive producer Gareth »
Will the doors of Downton Abbey be coming to a close sometime soon? The hit series is currently airing season four in the Us and has already been renewed for a fifth season, but is that it for the Crawleys? Series creator Julian Fellowes told The Wall Street Journal there will be a fifth season of Downton Abbey, but maybe not more after that. "I don't know yet if there is a season six, but it's not going to go on forever. It won't be Perry Mason," he said. In 2012, executive producer Gareth Neame told The Hollywood Reporter that an end date would likely come after five or six years. "We have to balance between continuing to make it for audiences around the world that adore it and »
London — Gareth Neame, exec producer of “Downton Abbey,” has sought to dampen speculation that the show will end after season five. Season four bowed Stateside on Sunday to a record average audience of 10.2 million.
Neame, who is managing director of the show’s production company Carnival Films, which is owned by NBC Universal, issued a statement Tuesday that the end is not in sight.
This follows mounting speculation about the demise of the show sparked by its creator Julian Fellowes, who told The Wall Street Journal recently: “I don’t know yet if there is a season six, but it’s not going to go on forever. It won’t be ‘Perry Mason.’ “
Fellowes has been commissioned to write American drama “The Gilded Age,” and said that it would be impossible for him to work on both. “It’s for NBC Universal and it will happen when ‘Downton’ finishes because »
- Leo Barraclough
Julian Fellowes has hinted next season could be the last for 'Downton Abbey'. The show creator doesn't want the ITV period drama to lose its punch and plans to wrap things up in the next year or two, confirming rumours the popular programme will soon come to an end. Asked if there is going to be a season five for 'Downton', he told The Wall Street Journal newspaper: ''Yes. I don't know yet if there is a season six, but it's not going to go on forever. It won't be 'Perry Mason' [long-running Us crime drama].'' Julian also admitted he tried to get »
Creator of ITV drama reassures fans it will return for a fifth series later this year but says it cannot go on for ever
The ITV drama, telling the story of the aristocratic Crawley family, is to return to screens later this year for the fifth series since its debut in 2010.
But Fellowes has been commissioned to write a new Us drama called The Gilded Age and has said in an interview that work on the programme would not start until Downton had come to an end.
Fellowes told the Wall Street Journal: "It's for NBC Universal and it will happen when Downton finishes because I just couldn't do both at once.
"I haven't written it yet, but it's about the old aristocracy, the Winthrops and the Stuyvesants and the new »
9 items from 2014
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