The Lego Movie directors to remake The Greatest American Hero

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
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'Need for Speed', 'Divergent' and 'Oculus' on DVD and Blu-ray This Week

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
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Hollywood Litigator Pierce O'Donnell Attempts Comeback at Greenberg Glusker (Exclusive)

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

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The Good Wife, Ep. 5.15, “Dramatics, Your Honor” changes everything

The Good Wife, Season 5, Episode 15, “Dramatics, Your Honor”

Written by Robert King and Michelle King

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.
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Michelle Dockery Won't Abandon Downton Abbey

Michelle Dockery Won't Abandon Downton Abbey
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...
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Downton Abbey Ending After Season 5? Not So Fast Says Executive Producer

Downton Abbey Ending After Season 5? Not So Fast Says Executive Producer
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...
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‘Downton Abbey’ Exec Producer Dismisses Speculation on Show’s Demise

‘Downton Abbey’ Exec Producer Dismisses Speculation on Show’s Demise
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
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Julian Fellowes hints at end of Downton Abbey

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
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Downton Abbey's next series may be its last, hints Julian Fellowes

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 creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes, has hinted that the hit show's next series could be its last.

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
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London Film Memorabilia Convention Hammer & Horror Film Day- London, 9 November

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Hammer and Horror Film Day!

Saturday November the 9th ( 10am – 5pm )

Central Hall Westminster.

Storey’s Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9Nh

UK’s longest running film fair and convention.

Now in it’s 40th year!

The Convention presents dealers from all over the UK, Europe, Us ,

Canada and South America.

Specialising in rare original film memorabilia and collectables.

Taking place six times a year these are truly unique events for anyone with an interest in films!

With actors and director’s signings, illustrated talks, retrospectives and film screenings taking place through out the day.

Items covering the history of cinema can be found. From the silents to the present.

From rare items of the 1920’s to new releases and the latest heart throb.

Among the many different field of cinema covered at the show is – Classic Hollywood, horror films, sci-fi, the best of British and European cinema as we as cult tv!
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Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron All in ‘The Family’

Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron All in ‘The Family’
One thing everyone could agree on at Sept. 10′s world premiere of Relativity’s mob comedy “The Family”: No one at Gotham’s Lincoln Square could single out just one of Robert De Niro’s many tough guys as their favorite.

“Honestly it’s too much,” said writer-director Luc Besson as he rattled off a list. “’Taxi Driver,’ ‘Raging Bull,’ ‘Mean Streets,’ ‘Godfather.’”

“It’s ‘Casino.’ I love the three-hour arc and the way the characters pull in different directions throughout the whole film. And ‘Goodfellas.’ What else do you have to say, it’s ‘Goodfellas,’” said 18-year-old John D’Leo who plays De Niro’s loan-sharking son, adding, “It was amazing, I became the ultimate bad ass.”

“For me, my two De Niro favorites are ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘The Deer Hunter,’ although they’re vastly different,” said Dianna Agron, who plays De Niro’s murderously violent daughter. This
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Review: “Cold Justice, My Big Fat Revenge”

Review: “Cold Justice, My Big Fat Revenge”
Two new reality shows premiere Sept. 3 — one, “Cold Justice,” reflecting a straightforward “We’re doing a cheaper version of a procedural” approach; and the other, “My Big Fat Revenge,” emblematic of the genre’s worst impulses and excesses, where women lose weight strictly to try exacting apologies from people they think wronged them. Both are fairly watchable, albeit for different reasons –- either to see whether justice gets done, or how ridiculous and staged such a concept can get.

“Law & Order” producer Dick Wolf teams up with reality factory Magical Elves (“Project Runway,” “Top Chef”) on “Cold Justice,” a fairly shrewd brand extension for TNT, pairing a CSI (Yolanda McClary) and prosecutor (Kelly Siegler) to pick up cold cases from small towns that lacked the resources or smarts to solve them or secure convictions at the time.

In the premiere, a guy in Texas apparently got away with murder by
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Legal TV: is fiction safer than fact?

TV documentaries The Briefs and The Murder Trial illustrate the difficulties of broadcasting 'real-life crime' stories. No wonder fictional lawyers get most of the airtime

Crime fiction is a huge industry, but crime fact is just as appealing to an audience: as soon as sentence is passed in a murder trial, newspapers publish pages of background articles and most book-shops have a "Real Life Crime" section.

The genre is also popular on television: The Briefs, an observational documentary series following lawyers as they prepare and present cases in court, returns to ITV tonight (9pm), coming a week after Channel 4's pioneering The Murder Trial, in which cameras were admitted to the Scottish courts during the case of a man accused of murdering his wife.

But, though legal TV makes a pleasant alternative to cop series from Scandinavia or New Zealand, this is a fraught form for broadcasting. It's striking
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TV Associate Director Aviva Jacobs Dies at 60

Aviva Jacobs, , who worked as associate director on several soap operas and sitcoms, died July 12 of cancer. She was 60 and lived in Culver City, Calif.

Jacobs grew up in Skokie, Ill., devoted to Perry Mason, Lucy, Dobie Gillis and the rest of the prime-time lineup. After studying communications at Boston U., she was hired to work at CBS’s Black Rock building in New York City, and became Ad of the “Love of Life” soap.

In 1980, she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked as the Ad on shows including “Superior Court,” and “Family Medical Center,” “Big Brother Jake,” “Parenthood,” “Malibu, CA” and “All About Us.”

“Aviva was the kind of Ad that most directors can only dream about having by their side,” said Gary Shimokawa, director of “Big Brother Jake.”

After retiring from television, she volunteered her time as manager of the Friends of the Brentwood Library bookstore.

Jacobs is survived by her sister,
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Franklin & Bash Review: The Rob Lowe Wars

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Has Franklin & Bash become the new Baywatch? I can't remember the last time I saw so many bikini-clad women and shirtless men running on a beach. Not that I'm complaining.

In a case of surfier blackmail led by guest star Eric Balfour, who mysteriously was the only party to keep his shirt on, Peter and Jared ended up defending a local fisherman on "Captain Johnny."

On any other show I'm sure that would have led to a case filled with maritime law and lectures about environmental impact of over fishing.

But this is Franklin & Bash, where defending a fisherman gave us an old TV Guide with Perry Mason on the cover submitted as precedent, not to mention pirates, parrots and the creation of wenching as a verb.

John Ratzenberger was great fun as the judge who shook his head in amusement at what was the circus known as Franklin and Bash.
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'Brooklyn Da': 'Our beat is law and justice'

If you think television has educated you in what prosecutors do, get ready for the real deal.

Shows from "Perry Mason" to "Law & Order" have delved into the work of lawyers, but "Brooklyn Da" -- an unscripted series from the makers of "48 Hours" that premieres Tuesday, May 28, on CBS -- offers a look at New York's Kings County District Attorney's Office, where 500 lawyers handle 1,000-plus cases weekly. Their targets range from corrupt judges to underworld kingpins, and this time, it isn't the stuff of fiction.

"We had done some ['48 Hours'] shows with the Brooklyn Da's office," CBS News veteran Susan Zirinsky, senior executive producer of both programs, tells Zap2it. "Patti Aronofsky is the producer who came to me with this idea, and we were just kind of brainstorming about limited-run series when she proposed 'Brooklyn Da.'

"They're very unique human beings in that office. It is the largest urban Da's office in the country,
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Shetland; Toughest Place to Be a … Taxi Driver; The Mimic – review

Despite knitwear potential, this Scottish drama owed more to a Jersey detective than fashionable Scandi-crime

Shetland (BBC1) | iPlayer

Toughest Place to Be a… Taxi Driver (BBC2) | iPlayer

The Mimic (C4) | 4oD

The Scottish tourist board must have been cock-a-hoop over Shetland, a two-part murder mystery played against lowering skies and rugged views, and set on the eve of "Europe's biggest fire festival" (don't ask me where the smaller ones are). It ended with all of the town lights turned off and a killer purportedly on the loose amid the visiting crowds and noise of fireworks and marauding fun-starved locals dressed as Vikings, though, frankly, by that point the village idiot (I'm not suggesting Shetland has one) could have guessed who shot the old woman in the first scene and murdered the young woman at the halfway point to keep her quiet and the rest of us mildly intrigued.

It was fashionably bleak,
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CBS Gives You A Chance To Stop And Smell The "Gunsmoke"

CBS is slowly rolling out on DVD television's longest running show, Gunsmoke. Season 7 (Volume 1) of this 20-year series continues the saga of Dodge City, Kansas, where American western tropes are hashed out—and rehashed—each week. There are cowboys, prostitutes, and outlaws galore in this surprisingly heartwarming series.

Just like Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, too, has an episodic formula. Each episode features a small group of new characters who in some way get involved with Dodge City and the main characters of the show. Usually they cause trouble that requires the attention of Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) and almost always results in the death of one of the guest stars. Other main characters include saloon-owner Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake), Doc Adams (Milburn Stone), and Dillon's deputy sidekick Chester (Dennis Weaver). While there are no real recurring stories, there are solid relationships between the main characters that keep viewers engaged—especially
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Twelve top TV lawyers

Lawyers don't only join the profession for the intellectual challenge, the chance to right wrongs, and the money. They also do it because it looks good on TV

Maxine Peake in Silk

Barristers complain on Twitter about the minor inaccuracies, and Maxine Peake strikes some as unconvincing. But at a time when the criminal bar is struggling to attract the best talent, it is probably the best recruiting tool the profession has. Few other series have portrayed so faithfully how sets operate and their members hustle for work. Rt

North Square

A decade before Peter Moffat struck gold with Silk for the BBC, he wrote North Square for Channel 4. Set in Leeds, it stars some of the same cast (notably a younger Rupert Penry-Jones) and acquired something of a cult following among lawyers. Unfortunately, lawyers alone can't sustain a programme, and North Square was axed after one series. But
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Fantasia 2012: Mike Ryan’s Most Anticipated Films

For those that are confused (which would obviously include me) the column that has the url: is actually my column on the five films that I am most upset to be Missing.

This is my column on five seven films that I am most looking forward to:

1) Takashi Miike (For Love’s Sake and Ace Attorney)

For Love’s Sake (2012) Written by Takayuki Takuma, Ikki Kajiwara, Takumi Nagayasu, Directed by Takashi Miike

You really only need three words to sell For Love’s Sake: Takashi. Miike. Musical.

But here are a few more words…

Takashi Miike is beloved by the Fantasia crowd for pushing the boundaries of genre filmmaking in films like Audition, Visitor Q and Ichi the Killer, but I tend to prefer Miike when he is working in a specific sub-genre where he is forced to subvert the conventions at play in more subtle ways,
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