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Scottish author James Hogg's 1824 novel The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, a kind of religious satire/polemic crossed with a doppelganger tale and a forerunner of the plot twists of both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Fight Club, ends with a curse against anyone tampering with its text.
In 1988, celebrated Scots filmmaker Bill Douglas prepared a screenplay adaptation, but died before he could get it made. I was present when the producer suggested it as a suitable project for Lindsay Anderson to take over, but Anderson himself died not long afterwards. A fresh script has recently been created by crime writer Ian Rankin and James Mavor, but has yet to go before the cameras. Those involved are advised to beware falling objects, shadowy assassins, sudden illnesses.
But in 1985, Polish director Wojciech Has created his own version, Osobisty pamietnik grzesznika przez niego samego spisany, known more »
- David Cairns
Code Red has been going “code blue” of late, releasing the likes of Nail Gun Massacre and Just Before Dawn on Blu-ray. We now know of seven more forthcoming Blu horror titles from the 70s, 80s, and 90s they have in the works to further empty your wallets in the coming year.
We haven’t come across any official word from Code Red regarding these newest offerings so it may be that Blu-ray.com let the proverbial cat out of the bag by listing these titles for future release the other day. In any event, here are the details:
First up, for the first time ever, a director’s cut of Jim “Forced Entry” Sotos’ 1983 chiller Sweet Sixteen, starring the all-star cast of Aleisha Shirley, Don Stroud, Bo Hopkins, Dana Kimmell, Patrick Macnee, Susan Strasberg, Larry Storch, Henry Wilcoxon, and Michael Pataki.
Children are innocent, we are told, existing in a state of unperturbed self-sufficiency and looking at the outside world with unlimited trust. They share this ideal condition with the objects of their affection, such as cats, dogs, or other pets. When disaster strikes and this peaceful existence is disturbed, some natural law seems to have been violated. As in much of contemporary horror, the shock effect of evil deeds and ghastly events is greatly enhanced if unleashed on the pure and simple in spirit or invading a seemingly picturesque locale and cheerful ordered communal life. The supposedly asexual and immaculate bodies of pre-pubescent children are the primary site of artist Bradley Rubenstein's investigations into the changing conceptions of identity and the state of ethical, social, »
Wallace Beery: Best Actor Academy Award winner and Best Actor Academy Award runner-up in the same year (photo: Jackie Cooper and Wallace Beery in ‘The Champ’) (See previous post: “Wallace Beery Movies: Anomalous Hollywood Star.”) In the Academy’s 1931-32 season, Wallace Beery took home the Best Actor Academy Award — I mean, one of them. In the King Vidor-directed melodrama The Champ (1931), Beery plays a down-on-his-luck boxer and caring Dad to tearduct-challenged Jackie Cooper, while veteran Irene Rich is Beery’s cool former wife and Cooper’s mother. Will daddy and son remain together forever and ever? Audiences the world over were drowned in tears — theirs and Jackie Cooper’s. Now, regarding Wallace Beery’s Best Actor Academy Award, he was actually a runner-up: Fredric March, initially announced as the sole winner for his performance in Rouben Mamoulian’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, turned out to have »
- Andre Soares
Lana Turner movies: Scandal and more scandal Lana Turner is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" star today, Saturday, August 10, 2013. I’m a little — or rather, a lot — late in the game posting this article, but there are still three Lana Turner movies left. You can see Turner get herself embroiled in scandal right now, in Douglas Sirk’s Imitation of Life (1959), both the director and the star’s biggest box-office hit. More scandal follows in Mark Robson’s Peyton Place (1957), the movie that earned Lana Turner her one and only Academy Award nomination. And wrapping things up is George Sidney’s lively The Three Musketeers (1948), with Turner as the ruthless, heartless, remorseless — but quite elegant — Lady de Winter. Based on Fannie Hurst’s novel and a remake of John M. Stahl’s 1934 melodrama about mother love, class disparities, racism, and good cooking, Imitation of Life was shown on »
- Andre Soares
“America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home”
Exerting its influence well beyond the national frontiers, the idyllic American family has represented the ideal of happiness and security for a good part of the 20th century. Among its most valuable possessions we habitually find a fridge, a car or two, waving neighbours, smiling kids, a leafy backyard, a beckoning driveway, a chest-thumping husband, a home-chained wife, and last but by no means least, a glowing television set. Television is to the American family what the place of worship is to the faithful, a source of spiritual fulfillment offering a sense of belonging. Through the television screen the family is prescribed its material obligations, existential aspirations and ethical standards. The anchorman supplants the priest; community life makes way to talk shows, and advertising replaces biological needs with induced compulsions. »
- Celluloid Liberation Front
Fox has made a pilot commitment for .The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,. a television show based on the popular series of graphic novels written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Kevin O.Neill. The story is about a group of legendary literary characters like Allan Quatermain, Capt. Nemo, the Invisible Man, Dorian Gray, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as they team up to battle a common enemy -. probably best described as the Avengers in Victorian England. Michael Green, who was involved in .Green Lantern,. .Heroes. and .Smallville,. will write the pilot episode and serve as an executive producer. Erwin Stoff (.The Matrix.) will also be an executive producer. Should the show get picked up for a full season, Green will be the showrunner. In 2003, .The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. »
Alan Moore’s lauded comic book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has had its reputation soured by a terrible movie adaptation. But Moore’s story may now have a chance to redeem itself as a live-action TV program.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is getting one ‘Moore’ chance. Fox has ordered a TV pilot episode for a potential new weekly program. Fox has committed to a ‘put pilot’ deal, which means that the network will have to pay a penalty if the pilot does not air. This is a good sign that they are determined to go ahead with the series.
Those who only saw the disappointing bomb of a film (Which has a 17% score on Rotten Tomatoes) but haven’t read the comic series may wonder why anyone would want to make a TV series out of that mess. However, people familiar with the original, highly regarding comics »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Ten years after their big screen appearance, Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's Victorian-era heroes The League of Extraordinary Gentleman are set to return, with Fox placing an off-season order for a TV pilot from writer-producer Michael Green (Green Lantern, Heroes).
Starting its run in 1999, the comic book series focusses on a group of Victorian literary characters - including Allan Quartermain, Mina Murray, Captain Nemo, The Invisible Man and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - who team up to fight various villains such as Fu Manchu and Professor Moriarty. The comic was loosely adapted into a feature film in 2003, with Stephen Norrington directing a cast led by Sean Connery as Allan Quartermain.
The pilot for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is being produced by 20th Century Fox Television, with Green serving as showrunner and executive producing alongside Erwin Stoff (The Matrix). Should it receive a full season order it would »
- Flickering Myth
Back in 2003, 20th Century Fox made "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," which was only the second movie to be based on a comic book by Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, Watchmen) and was the last live-action Sean Connery film. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a box office flop when it failed to make back its $78 million budget domestically. Now comes word that the studio will try its luck on television by turning "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" into a TV series that will be written and produced by Michael Green (Green Lantern, "Heroes," "Smallville"). Moore will not be involved with the project. "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" is described as a drama about a group of Victorian age literary characters, including Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde who team up to fight a common enemy. »
News Louisa Mellor 10 Jul 2013 - 07:45
Fox, it's been announced, has ordered a pilot for a new version of Moore and Kevin O'Neill's concept, which sees fictional Victorian characters from the worlds of Jules Verne, H. Rider Haggard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.G. Wells and Bram Stoker, team up to fight bad guys.
As a 'put pilot' commitment, Fox will incur a penalty should the pilot not be aired, so according to those in the know, that makes it a very good bet we'll eventually see some League action on screen.
The official bumpf describes the show as "A drama series based on Alan Moore’s »
Fox has ordered a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen pilot, based on the Alan Moore comic about classic literary icons buddying up. The characters include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man, Dracula's Mina Harker, and Captain Nemo; the series was adapted into a Sean Connery movie in 2003. Moore, who wrote the source material for V for Vendetta, Watchmen, Swamp Thing, and From Hell, is generally opposed to adaptations of his work, and won't be involved. »
- Zach Dionne
Fox has set a pilot commitment for a TV adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen based on Alan Moore and Kevn O'Neill's graphic novel, reports Variety. Michael Green who scripted Green Lantern is writing and also serving as showrunner where he'll executive produce alongside Erwin Stoff. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen follows Victorian-era literary characters like Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man and Dorian Gray, as they band together to battle a common enemy. »
Hollywood is taking another stab at Alan Moore's "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," this time on the small screen. Fox ordered a put pilot commitment for the graphic novel series that "Heroes" showrunner Michael Green is executive producing and showrunning.
The show's logline reads, "A drama series based on Alan Moore's critically and commercially successful graphic novel series about a group of Victorian-age literary characters, including Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, who team up to fight a common enemy."
It remains to be seen if this adaptation of "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" stays closer to its source material than the 2003 film starring Sean Connery did. Author Moore was not a fan of that version of his story, though he somewhat notoriously has disliked every Hollywood take on his stories from "From Hell" to "Watchmen."
Because "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" is a put pilot, »
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is getting another adaptation. Fox announced today that it has made a put pilot commitment for a drama series iteration of Alan Moore’s graphic novel series. “Put pilot” means that the network pays a penalty if the pilot for League never airs, so it’s nearly guaranteed that this thing will make it to airwaves. The new TV show is officially described thusly: “A drama series based on Alan Moore’s critically and commercially successful graphic novel series about a group of Victorian-age literary characters, including Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, who team up to fight a common enemy.” The source material was previously adapted by Fox for a live-action feature film starring Sean Connery, but we all know how that dreadful 2003 film turned out. Hit the jump for more on the proposed League TV series. Per TV Line, »
- Adam Chitwood
If you listen closely, you can hear Alan Moore screaming into his beard. Sorry, Alan, but Hollywood isn’t done with “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” just yet. After producing a less-than-stellar movie version in 2003, Fox still hasn’t given up on the extraordinary gentlemen (and one extraordinary woman) of Moore’s “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”. The studio has plans to bring Moore’s league back together again, this time as an ongoing TV series. Or at least, that’s the plan. “Green Lantern’s” Michael Green has already been hired to write the pilot episode, and will stay on as showrunner. He will produce the show for Fox alongside “The Matrix’s” Erwin Stoff. As with the movie version starring Sean Connery, Peta Wilson, and Shane West, the TV series will follow “Victorian-era literary characters, including Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as they »
High-concept comic-book adaptations: They’re not just for the big screen anymore.
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, based on Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s classic graphic novel, has scored a put pilot commitment from Fox. (“Put pilot” status means the network will pay a penalty if it never airs, so…it’s almost as sure a bet as Secretariat in the Belmont Stakes.)
The official logline for the live-action project, from Twentieth Century Fox Television, reads as follows: “A drama series based on Alan Moore »
- Michael Slezak
A new superhero team may be coming to primetime.
Fox has ordered a pilot based on Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s popular graphic novel The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Writer-producer Michael Green (Green Lantern, Kings, Heroes) will serve as showrunner.
The comic was launched in 1999 and was adapted into a 2003 origin-story film starring Sean Connery as Allan Quatermain. The film was intended to start a franchise, but underperformed at the box office. »
- James Hibberd
Fox has given a put pilot commitment to a TV adaptation of “League of Extraordinary Gentleman.”
Drama, based on Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s graphic novel of the same name, will be penned by “Green Lantern” scribe Michael Green. Green will serve as showrunner, and exec produce alongside “The Matrix’s” Erwin Stoff.
20th Century Fox TV will produce the project, and the commitment from Fox marks 20th’s first significant drama sale for the forthcoming development season. Project also marks Fox’s first serious foray in the graphic novel/comic book realm, one that ABC is testing this fall with Marvel series “Shield.”
Moore and O’Neill’s graphic novel was adapted into a feature film starring Sean Connery a decade »
- AJ Marechal
In an unexpected announcement, The Hollywood Reporter says that popular Alan Moore comic series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen will be making its way to television on Fox. In conjunction with 20th Century Fox's TV studio, a "put pilot" has been ordered from the series meaning that it will likely air even if a series isn't ordered. Michael Green ( Green Lantern , "Heroes," "Smallville") will serve as the writer and executive producer on the project, and showrunner if the pilot is picked up to series. Originally created by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen stars a group of Victiorian literature characters including Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, »
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