20 items from 2013
One of those, you know, jangly weeks: we arrived in Austin wearing the winter garb appropriate for Newark, where we began the journey, and stepped from the airline terminal into 70 degrees and regretted our bag full of long sleeves. Looked like it was going to be a sweaty few days, maybe, but not to worry: the temperature dropped thirty degrees overnight and by daylight, my cold weather jacket was appropriate and when we again moved into the outdoors we got our first bite of winter. No big problem: our destination, the Austin convention center, was just across a narrow street.
The convention was what conventions are, these days, with maybe more television actors than comics folk. We did manage to raise a few bucks for The Hero Initiative, always a good reason to go someplace, but the chill kept us close to the hotel and so we didn’t see much of Austin which, »
- Dennis O'Neil
His vast number of television credits also included appearances on “Rhoda,” “Columbo,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Kojak,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Fantasy Island,” “Eight Is Enough,” “Lou Grant,” “Happy Days,” “The A-Team” and “Murder She Wrote.”
Wells also did a number of TV »
- Variety Staff
Metan Development Group will launch Metan Wen Zhi Ku, a joint venture that will tap Hollywood talent that has worked on hit shows like “Head of the Class” and “Murphy Brown” to cook up transmedia projects for Chinese audiences. Its first project is a romantic comedy web series set in China, Europe and South America. Transmedia is an approach to storytelling that unspools a narrative across multiple media platforms, spanning movies, television shows and social media outlets. Metan CEO and President Larry Name has tapped a team of writers led by Art Eisenson (“Kojak”) and David Gittins (the executive director of the TV. »
- Brent Lang
Action star Vin Diesel remained busy prepping his adaptation of the popular TV cop drama Kojak with Skyfall co-writers Neal Purvis and Robert adapting the series created by Abby Mann. Empire reported that Diesel brought headlines to the project when he publicly expressed his desire to land two-time Oscar winner Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain) to helm the movie based on TV’s tough New York cop Lt. Theo Kojak, brought to life by Telly Savalas. »
Vin Diesel taking on the lead role in Universal’s Kojak might seem like a pretty easy casting choice. Kojak is tough, mean and bald, which pretty much describes Diesel. Of course, the next big question for the film is who Universal will pick to direct the police procedural adaptation. Thanks to the actor’s chronic inability to avoid teasing his fans via his Facebook page, we now know that Diesel has a first choice in mind: Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee.
Diesel associated Lee with Kojak after a fan asked him who he would like to work with in the future. His cryptic response, “Kojak…New York…Ang Lee,” is not exactly an announcement, but it is a somewhat intriguing prospect. Could Lee be persuaded to helm Kojak, or is this just Diesel dreaming?
We can presume that Kojak will follow the same basic premise as the original television show, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The year 2013 has seen action star Vin Diesel attempt to revive one dormant franchise with September’s release of Riddick as another franchise enjoyed a big success with Fast & Furious 6 and its worldwide box office haul of over $788 million. Diesel’s return to the Fast & Furious world has him riding high; he’ll be joining the Marvel Universe as the voice of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy and possibly one other role.
Diesel is also attempting to launch a film franchise based on Kojak, the classic television series starring Telly Savalas as the tough, lollipop-loving New York detective Theo Kojak, which ran on CBS from 1973 – 1978. Development of a new big-screen ...
- Anthony Vieira
Vin Diesel loves his fans, and he has no hesitation about teasing them regarding future projects. His relentless self-promotion is kind of grating if you're not a Diesel devotee, but hustling is part of Hollywood. He's supposedly voicing Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, and has talked about "merging brands" with Marvel (whatever the hell that means). Diesel may be content to be part of ensemble films, but since the most successful thing about Riddick is that it got made, he could be looking for another solo franchise. About a year ago, Diesel signed on to play the lead in a film adaptation of the TV show Kojak. The series ran from 1973-1978, and starred Telly Savalas as New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. The tough but good-hearted cop was a colorful character and returned to TV in 2005 as a short-lived series starting Ving Rhames. So what »
- Matt Goldberg
Rumors emerged last year that Diesel was being linked to star in and produce a big screen reboot of the franchise that became actor Telly Savalas' most iconic character.
Now, a fan on his Facebook page asked him which director he wanted to work with soon. Diesel responded and essentially confirmed not only his involvement in the film but who may be helming:
"Kojak... New York.... Ang Lee"
This is the first time Lee's name has been linked at all with the project, and it certainly isn't a confirmation in any way. Nevertheless, it is an intriguing choice.
- Garth Franklin
About a year ago, Universal Pictures announced that it's moving forward with a "Kojak" movie, based on a 1970s television series and cast Vin Diesel to play the lead role. Diesel has now updated his Facebook page with news that the studio may have found a director for the film. "Kojak... New York... Ang Lee..." the actor wrote. While that's far from a confirmation, it looks like there are at least talks with the "Life of Pi" helmer. "Kojak" TV series, which ran from 1973 to 1978, focused on a tough-talking New York cop, played by Telly Savalas. The script is written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Skyfall, Casino Royale). »
Vin Diesel is notoriously open about his Hollywood goings on. Having recently used his Facebook page to announce his involvement with Marvel, he has once again used the social networking site to give us a big tease concerning his Kojak adaptation. On his Facebook page he answered a question posed by a fan:
Damien Telle Livia Lelong: -wrote- With what director would you like to work soon?
Kojak… New York…
Ang Lee, is known for making huge jumps in genre, with Life Of Pi, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Ice Storm and Hulk on his resume. This could just be a “want” of Diesel’s, but the fact he gives a location to go with the film and director, suggests the two may have met/be meeting concerning the project. Kojak was a hugely popular TV show during the 1970s and received numerous TV movies along with star Telly Savalas. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Last year we reported that action star Vin Diesel had joined Universal Pictures upcoming adaptation of the 1970's TV series Kojak. Today, he expressed his desire to work with director Ang Lee on the project as a response to a question from a fan on his Facebook page. Here is what he said.
"With what director would you like to work soon?
Kojak... New York...
The studio has not confirmed anything, but his answer insinuates that they may be close to a deal with the director.
Writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are penning the screenplay, which will be an adaptation of the classic TV series. The show ran from 1973 to 1978 and starred Telly Savalas as the bald NYPD Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. He was known for his love for lollipops and his catchphrase, 'Who loves ya baby?' This version will be set in modern-day New York. »
Paul Mantee, a popular fixture on TV shows and feature films, passed away on November 7. Mantee had appeared on many TV series over the years and had recurring roles on the 1980s hits Hunter and Cagney and Lacy. He first began appearing in the medium in the late 1959s and eventually guest starred on major programs such as The F.B.I, Mannix, Dragnet, Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare, Batman, The Time Tunnel, Bonanza, Kojak and Seinfeld. Mantee also appeared in small roles in many feature films. In 1964 he had a rare starring role in Robinson Crusoe on Mars, a fairly low-budget sci-fi film that became a major cult hit thanks to its intelligent script, direction and performances. He also had the lead role in the 1968 James Bond spoof A Man Called Dagger. For more click here »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Veteran actor and writer Paul Mantee is dead at 82. Mantee is best known for playing Det. Al Corassa from 1983-1988, the CBS police procedural starring Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless. His numerous other TV credits include guest turns on “Murder She Wrote,” “Seinfeld,”"Kojak,” “Mission Impossible,” “The A Team” and “The Fall Guy.” His movie credits include science-fiction classic,1964′s “Robinson Crusoe on Mars.” He has also appeared in the films “Memorial Day,” “Apollo 13,” “The Great Santini” and “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” Also read: Mary Carver, the Mom on TV’s ‘Simon and Simon,’ Dead at 89 After retiring from acting, »
- Jethro Nededog
Throughout most of October, the favorite month for Monster Kids the world over, the Beyond Fest has taken over Los Angeles. A horror and music festival taking place at the historic Egyptian and Aero Theatres in Hollywood and Santa Monica, respectively. The event is jam-packed with special guests, rare prints, and screenings of both classic and new horror films. Amity and American Cinematheque have outdone themselves with a guest list that includes Goblin, Joe Dante, Richard Donner, Clive Barker, and the cast and crew of the cult fave, Trick R’ Treat.
Last weekend, legendary director Richard Donner came to town to screen a rare 35mm print of The Omen, one of the very best horror films ever made. After the movie, the sarcastic and witty old timer came on stage for an illuminating Q&A filled with answers and stories that make you wish Hollywood had never changed, and that »
- Andy Greene
Martha Thomases’s column on Friday addressed the sexism and gender issue that is suddenly so rampant in the comics medium and its, ahem, sisters, science fiction and gaming, as I did last week – again.
Sexism and gender issues are nothing new to me in my other life as a registered nurse. Do I have to tell you that nurses have been the targets of sexist bullshit forever? (Female nurses, that is. Male nurses are part of the “club.”) However, these days most hospital administrations have strict “zero tolerance” policies, meaning that any type of hostile behavior, including sexism, is not, well, tolerated. And most of them mean it. If it happens, the perpetrator is usually given a choice – attend a proscribed amount of therapy sessions or be fired, although there are several “behaviors” that will cause immediate termination (such as calling your workmate a “fucking Jew,” which happened to »
- Mindy Newell
Mike Darnell isn’t just the best-known alternative programming exec at any of the major networks. He’s the only guy who has held the post in the 27-year history of the Fox network, which he joined in 1994 after spending eight years on the news side of Fox’s Los Angeles O&O, Kttv.
“No one else has ever done this job here,” he says. That made his decision to leave all the more difficult, but he has decided to move on next month when his contract expires.
“It’s in my nature to be comfortable,” he says. “This place is my family, my home. So when it came time to do a new contract, I really thought that either I’m going to keep going and retire here, or I’ve got to try something new. I’m not getting any younger, you know.”
The Big Three networks have »
- Cynthia Littleton
Edward Woodward's former black ops agent Robert McCall is heading to DVD here in the UK on Monday May 13th with the release of The Equalizer: The Complete Collection, which includes all 88 episodes of the classic 80s series, along with a Season 1 re-release designed to match the recent releases of Seasons 2,3 and 4.
To celebrate, the lovely people at Fabulous Films and Fremantle Media Enterprises have supplied us with a copy of The Complete Collection to give away to one lucky reader, while three runners up will get their hands Season 1; read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...
The Equalizer stars Golden Globe winner Edward Woodward O.B.E. as Robert McCall - a retired covert intelligence officer trying to atone for past sins by offering his services, free of charge, as a troubleshooter, protector and investigator. Aided by a group of mysterious »
- Flickering Myth
Steve Buscemi is a Golden Globe-winning thespian responsible for such indelible characters as Nucky Thompson on "Boardwalk Empire," Carl Showalter in "Fargo" and Mr. Pink in "Reservoir Dogs." He's a serious man who makes serious films. And so it's only natural that this week he's about to co-star in his latest gritty drama: "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"?
Okay, so Buscemi isn't exactly a complete stranger to comedy, either. After all, he was one of the main characters in the legendary 1998 cult classic "The Big Lebowski." But it's still jarring to see someone like Buscemi get dolled up as a Vegas magician and go toe to toe with the likes of Jim Carrey and Steve Carell in an all-out farce.
And that got us thinking: What other "serious" actors have taken a stab at comedy? Sure, funny folks like Carrey and Bill Murray have long transitioned to serious roles, but it's »
- Scott Harris
The xXx action hero, 45, has landed the lead role as the New York murder detective, the Daily Star reported.
He starred as the lollipop-loving cop who was a hit with the ladies and had the catchphrase: "Who loves ya baby?" (Ani) »
- Lohit Reddy
It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a very light week this week, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, February 4th 2013.
Pick Of The Week
Death Race 3: Inferno (DVD/Blu-ray)
Repentant convict Carl Lucas (Luke Goss) aka Frankenstein is a legendary driver in the brutal prison blood sport known as Death Race. Only one victory away from winning freedom, Lucas is plunged into his most vicious competition yet: the first-ever desert Death Race. Through South Africa’s infernal Kalahari Desert, Lucas is pitted against ruthless adversaries and powerful forces at work behind the scenes to ensure his defeat. Also starring Danny Trejo and Ving Rhames, Death Race: Inferno is an insane, action-packed thrill ride. »
20 items from 2013
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