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A classic film noir is getting a remake and modern update.
D.O.A Blood River will follow Sam Collins as a pharmaceutical sales rep, who visits a small town in Louisiana to close a business deal of a lifetime. Collins enters a world of sex, corruption and murder—as he is poisoned with no antidote. In a search for answers, he turns to a local girl named Jesse, in which their path leads to a voodoo priestess that confirms Sam’s fate. With nowhere to go and no others to trust, Sam and Jesse are on the run from police detectives, the Mob and a corrupt sheriff who wants him dead.
The studio also announced Billy Flynn »
- Gig Patta
The Writers Guild of America East has negotiated a three-year successor agreement with Lion TV, the nonfiction production company behind “Cash Cab” for Discovery.
Lion TV also produces “History Detectives” for PBS and “Dead on Arrival” for Investigation Discovery. The guild said the agreement includes significant increases in minimum pay rates, a shorter wait to become eligible for health benefits and a provision to clarify the start of paid time on field production days.
The WGA East said the agreement also provides that associate producers and other nonexempt employees will receive time and a half pay for all time worked after 40 hours in a week. Additionally, the company agreed to continue to pay 90% of the premium for health benefits, regardless of coverage level.
“Lion was one of the first nonfiction production companies to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with the Wgae and we are pleased to continue our productive relationship,” said »
- Dave McNary
While big-screen comic book blockbusters’ powers are waning, supermen and women are taking flight on the small screen
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Will 2016 go down as the year the world finally got sick of superhero movies? Put aside the grudging thumbs-up for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and things are looking shaky for studios that have invested heavily in superhero futures. Attempts by Warner Bros to jumpstart its own Marvel-style shared cinematic universe have been critical Kryptonite. Batman V Superman? A false dawn. Suicide Squad? Dead on arrival. Things aren’t much better over at Fox, with the surprise success of ultraviolent whoopee cushion Deadpool cancelled out by the tepid reaction to X-Men: Apocalypse. When it comes to superheroes, it feels like there has been a tangible shift in power. The most exciting, emotional and surprising storytelling is now happening on TV, »
- Graeme Virtue
The actor died peacefully in his Beverly Hills home, according to a statement from Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership.
ABC Western “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,” in which the exceedingly handsome, muscular O’Brian starred as the title character, ran for 221 episodes from 1955-61. At the time he was one of television’s great male sex symbols.
In 1957 he was nominated for an Emmy for best continuing performance by an actor in a dramatic series for his work on “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.”
So popular and so much a part of popular culture was O’Brian that he showed up as Earp, uncredited, in the 1959 Bob Hope Western comedy “Alias Jesse James,” as well as in the 1960 TV movie “The Secret World of Eddie Hodges”; when the actor guested on “Make Room for Daddy” in »
- Carmel Dagan
Otto Preminger looks at police corruption and comes up with a classy noir starring Dana Andrews as a rogue cop and Gene Tierney as the woman whose father he accidentally frames for murder. With Karl Malden, Gary Merrill and velvety-slick B&W cinematography by Joseph Lashelle. Where the Sidewalk Ends Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1950 / B&W / 1:37 Academy / 95 min. / Ship Date February 9, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill, Bert Freed, Tom Tully, Karl Malden, Ruth Donnelly, Craig Stevens. Cinematography Joseph Lashelle Art Direction J. Russell Spencer, Lyle Wheeler Film Editor Louis R. Loeffler Original Music Cyril J. Mockridge Written by Ben Hecht, Robert E. Kent, Frank P. Rosenberg, Victor Trivas from the novel Night Cry by William L. Stuart Produced and Directed by Otto Preminger
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Want to see an example of a gloriously polished studio production, a film noir »
- Glenn Erickson
If you’ve been even slightly attuned to pop culture in the last several decades, you’re familiar with the basic concept of Frankenstein.
From The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Penny Dreadful to countless other movies and TV shows, Mary Shelley’s classic tale — much like the titular doctor’s monster — has had its fair share of resurrections.
Fox on Wednesday night added to the pile of adaptations with Second Chance, a drama starring Rob Kazinsky (EastEnders), Tim DeKay (White Collar) and Dilshad Vadsaria (Greek). Before we get your thoughts on the series premiere, a brief recap:
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“Using a name like that just for brand recognition — when [the show] has almost nothing to do with Mary Shelley whatsoever — is disingenuous, and it’s a disservice to Mary Shelley,” star Rob Kazinsky says.
The new drama about a 75-year-old, former L.A. County Sheriff (played by guest star Philip Baker Hall) who is resurrected in the body of much younger, »
Courteney Cox is feeling charitable.
The Friends/Cougar Town alumna has been tapped to star in an untitled comedy pilot being developed for Fox, our sister site Deadline reports, playing a woman who inherits the charity of her (late) billionaire husband.
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Unfortunately, Cox’s character Hailey quickly discovers that doing good deeds for others is “far less glamorous” than she’d hoped. (Cue the sad trombone.)
Would you buy into this show? »
8 items from 2016
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