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Time may be a flat circle, but enough has rotated that some of the lustre has left True Detective. HBO’s prestige procedural felt dazzling on-screen – spanning 17 years, a meaty, two-hander between damaged, driven cop Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and his self-righteous, self-deluding partner Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) against the pungent backdrop of the Louisiana bayou. Cohle and Hart did not banter over corndogs like Starsky and Hutch. Instead, there were fractious arguments in a suffocating car. Whenever Cohle embarked on another nihilistic monologue about the nature of evil, Hart looked about ready to snap off the steering wheel.
Things were just as interesting behind-the-scenes. »
- Graeme Virtue
The original action drama series, Matador, which launched on El Rey Network in July, will not return for a second season. The show was created by Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and ended its 13 episode run in October. Despite initial high hopes for the drama – the pilot of which was directed by network founder Robert Rodriguez – low international sales apparently played a significant part in the network’s decision not to renew. In a statement regarding the cancellation, El Rey Network explained its choice.
“Ultimately, it was a business decision but to be clear, we were very proud of the series on every level – creatively it hit the mark and we are gratified that it celebrated diversity in front of the cameras and behind the scenes. We want to thank everyone involved, from the extraordinarily talented cast and crew to the amazing production team. We appreciate all that they have »
- Sarah Myles
A long time in the making, Reach Me, from filmmaker/actor John Herzfeld brings ‘positive thinking’ and ‘self-help’ to the big screen. It stars a bevy of Herzfeld’s actor friends and friends of friends, including Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Connolly.
Happy Valley, named after the area where Pennsylvania State University is located, dives into the child sexual-abuse scandal that rocked Penn State, while Monk looks at an unlikely ascetic who gave up life in the fast lane.
Kino Lorber also is launching Iranian Western Vampire pic A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, which it is releasing with Vice Films. The title, which was born out of a previous short film, debuted at Sundance in January. »
- Brian Brooks
In his prime, Glen A. Larson could have sold a pilot for ice to the Eskimo Network.
The prolific producer, who died Friday at the age of 77, was not afraid of stretching the limits of physics and credulity in the pursuit of a hit series. He gave us K.I.T.T., the talking supercomputer car of “Knight Rider.” He gave us Steve Austin, the astronaut whose creaky atomic-powered implants gave him superhuman strength. He put Lorne Greene in a track suit and cape to lead “Battlestar Galactica.” And he sicced a mild-mannered Nyu professor who turns into fierce animals on NBC with “Manimal.”
But even with a track record of success that also included “Quincy,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “The Fall Guy” and, yes, “B.J. and the Bear,” Larson had plenty of ones that got away. Culled from the pages of Variety, here’s a look at a few Larson pilots »
- Cynthia Littleton
18th Century prince Mamuwalde (William Marshall) is invited to meet Count Dracula (Charles Macaulay) to gain support for the abolitionist movement. In the midst of a heated debate it is revealed Dracula is an advocate of slavery, wishing to take Mamuwalde’s wife for his bride. Expressing his anger Mamuwalde lashes out at Dracula who lays a horrific bloodlust upon his guest and condemns his wife Luva to eternal damnation. Chained in a coffin for two centuries Mamuwalde emerges from his confinement back in Los Angeles. In an era of bell bottom flares,sharp suits and Seventies psychedelic fashions Blacula is unleashed to feed…
Forty two years after the term ‘Blaxploitation’ was coined and came to define a film movement, Eureka Entertainment release two unique examples on DVD and Blu-ray. Blacula and Scream Blacula Scream made in 72’ and 73’ tapped into the lucrative horror market, »
- Gary Collinson
Seventies TV shows seem to be rife for adaptation in our modern age of cinematic product, but they don't always guarantee the nostalgic drive they seek to inspire. For every Charlie's Angels there's a Starsky And Hutch waiting to piss everyone off. Yet somehow, a movie reboot of Little House On The Prairie isn't the worst idea that could be floated past our very eyes. According to a scoop from The Hollywood Reporter, director Sean Durkin, the man who brought Martha Marcy May Marlene to the screen back in 2011, is negotiating to head up the project based on a script by The Iron Lady scribe Abi Morgan. Scott Rudin is producing, and the film is being set up with Sony as the studio backing it. The original Little House On The Prairie series ran from 1974 to 1983. It adapted the autobiographical works of Laura Ingalls Wilder, as she recalled her childhood »
Actor Richard Kiel has died at the age of 74. The 7'2 tall, Detroit-born actor had been admitted to a hospital in Fresno after breaking his leg last week.
Kiel starred in numerous films and TV shows over the years including "Happy Gilmore," "Tangled," "Force 10 from Navarone," "The Longest Yard," "The Nutty Professor," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "The Greatest American Hero," "Starsky and Hutch," "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," "The Wild Wild West," "The Twilight Zone," "I Dream of Jeanie," "I Spy," "Daniel Boone," "Simon and Simon" and more.
At one point he and Arnold Schwarzenegger were the original choices to play the title character in the 1977 TV series "The Incredible Hulk". Kiel was cast and shot the pilot, but was ultimately replaced by Lou Ferrigno.
It is, however, one role in two films that Kiel will always be remembered for - the iconic steel-toothed henchman Jaws in the Roger Moore-era »
- Garth Franklin
The cinematic world may forever know him as an imposing, steel cap-toothed villain, but in real life he was a man who embraced his cult status and enjoyed a healthy career as a character actor. Richard Kiel, James Bond’s Jaws, has died at the age of 74.Kiel was born in Detroit, and years before his time spent menacing Roger Moore with fake gnashers, the acting bug bit. He kicked off his career on the stage, supplementing his income by working as a nightclub bouncer and as a maths instructor at night school in Burbank.In the early years of his career, Kiel worked in a swathe of popular TV series, making his debut in 1960s Western series Klondike. He gained early popularity playing the Kanamit alien in the iconic Twilight zone episode To Serve Man, and from there appeared in a range of shows such as The Man From U.N.C.L.E., »
Shepard is turning the erstwhile CHiPS TV series into a movie in which he’ll play Officer Jon Baker opposite Michael Pena’s Frank “Ponch" Poncherello, reported Deadline. In the NBC TV series created by Rick Rosner that ran from 1977-1983, Larry Wilcox played Jon Baker and Erik Estrada played Ponch. The series followed the two khaki-clad officers as they patrolled California highways on motorcycles.
Veteran stage and screen actress Toni Lamond is the recipient of the 2014 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Foxtel. .Toni is a truly legendary Australian performer whose phenomenal career has spanned vaudeville, musical theatre, television and cabaret," said Actors Equity president Simon Burke.
"She is also a wonderful human being who has given back to her community, to her colleagues and to her industry in every way she can." Toni's career began at age 10 singing on the radio and touring with her parents' variety shows. A TV pioneer, she was a regular on Graham Kennedy's In Melbourne Tonight in the 1960s, ultimately hosting her own Imt, the first woman to do so.
- Don Groves
The Hollywood reboot machine shows no sign of slowing down, as Warner Bros has tapped Dax Shepard (Parenthood) to write, direct and star in a big screen version of decades-old TV show, CHiPs. The series, which ran from 1977 – 1983, was essentially a police procedural, centred around two California Highway Patrol Officers, and really won its audiences over with the charming performances of its leading men – Larry Wilcox as Jon Baker, and Erik Estrada as Frank “Ponch” Poncherello. Those roles are now set to be filled by the equally charming Michael Pena (End Of Watch) as Ponch, and Shepard as Baker.
At the time of its original broadcast, the sight of Wilcox and Estrada in their clingier-than-clingy uniforms, astride powerful motorcycles, became as iconic as Catherine Bach’s ‘Daisy Dukes’ from The Dukes Of Hazzard – but unlike that show, CHiPs had hitherto failed to achieve a big screen reboot. While Starsky And Hutch »
- Sarah Myles
There have been many a big screen reboot of classic t.v. shows, Starsky and Hutch, The Dukes of Hazard, and the upcoming The Equalizer to name just three, and while some of them should have stayed on the small screen, that doesn't stop Hollywood from green lighting the next one. Which brings us nicely to CHiPS, which Deadline report to be slated to go ahead at Warner Bros. with Dax Shepard (Hit and Run) attached to write, direct, and star. Following the adventures of two California motor cycle cops, Shepard has signed onto the role of Officer Jon Baker, originally played by Larry Wilcox, and Michael Pena will step into the shoes of Erik Estrada's Frank 'Ponch' Poncherello. While most of these big screen reboots have been comedies slyly aware of their small screen roots, word is CHiPS will be a buddy cop movie in the vein of Lethal Weapon or Bad Boys. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Since its inception back in 2011, the annual Colchester Invasion has become something of a must attend event, and this year's which will be held on Saturday 6th September is looking like being the biggest and best one yet!
Organised by Kerrie Williams, who being the owner of the local Ace Comics shop knows a thing or two about super heroes and costumed characters, this year's invaders include Freddy Kreuger, Judge Dredd, Buffy Summers, Batman, a squadron of Stormtroopers, a troupe of Ghostbusters, Vikings, Zombies and even the Stay Puft Marshmallow who will be towering over Ace Comics to help celebrate the film's 30th anniversary.
Throughout the day there will be plenty of photo opportunities for fans, both with the human (and alien) characters and the impressive vehicles that will be on show, including the Dukes of Hazzard and Starsky and Hutch cars. Make up artist extraordinaire Clive Double will be »
Fresh off the heels of his role as President Business in The Lego Movie, Will Ferrell is starting to get more involved in the business side of making movies. Gary Sanchez Productions, which Ferrell runs alongside Anchorman director Adam McKay, has signed on to produce a big-screen adaptation of 80s cult TV series Manimal. Jimmy Miller and series co-creator Glen A. Larson are also tapped to produce, while Key & Peele scribes Jay Martel and Ian Roberts are working on the script.
Manimal, which had a brief, eight-episode run on television in 1983, follows Dr. Jonathan Chase, a shape-shifter who fought crime by morphing into animals. While it is not surprising that a show with that premise was cancelled so abruptly, Ferrell and McKay are promising additions to a film that could be very funny. With Manimal, Sony Pictures Animation hopes to have a hybrid of live-action and animation, similar to their Smurfs franchise, »
- Jordan Adler
On Saturday, June 28th, Syfy is unleashing Snakehead Swamp, a new Original Movie airing on the network at 9/8c, and today we have the flick's trailer to share. With a cast that includes "Huggy Bear" from "Starsky and Hutch," how can you go wrong?
The Big Easy gets a shake up when snakehead fish terrorize Louisiana's swamp land.
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- Debi Moore
Review Laura Akers 27 Apr 2014 - 09:25
A 70s themed episode of Castle? Laura says it's not as bad as it could've been, but still pretty hit and miss...
This review contains spoilers.
6.20 That '70s Show
I have to admit I have spent the past few weeks cringing at the very idea of this week’s episode. Television shows that do period or other “themed” episodes tend to fall into one of two categories: either they are truly inspired or complete rubbish. The former tends to be a small group and the latter extremely large.
It all depends on the writers.
I think I’ve made my case in past reviews that Castle’s one ongoing problem is that the writers tend to be inconsistent at best. So based on this, I was certain that this week’s episode, That '70s Show, was going to join that much larger and more disappointing group. »
Ben Stiller rose to fame in a number of outrageous, family-friendly comedies, be it Zoolander, Meet the Parents or the classic remake of 80's favourite Starsky and Hutch. However, as Walter Mitty Stiller showed a different side, one that possessed a far deeper acting style and one that was evident Stiller wanted to continue with.
But just how does he do it? Just how is Mr. Stiller so damned articulate? Well, let's see, as Ben retails us with his thoughts on watching films at home:
Riveting, Mr Stiller.
Fortunately for Mr Stiller his onscreen, acted performances are far more convincing; and to celebrate the release of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD, Shadowlocked has teamed up with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to give away a Blu-ray and DVD copy of the film to two lucky winners.
To be in with a chance of winning, »
With The Equalizer in the can, set for a late 2014 release, Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen) has been busy looking for his next project. Now, it seems that he has officially settled on a film that has been on his radar for a while – the long-gestating Southpaw, which will star Jake Gyllenhaal.
As the story of a rising welterweight boxing champion who enjoys continued professional success while his personal life disintegrates, Southpaw was originally conceived by Kurt Sutter (creator of Sons Of Anarchy) as a vehicle for Eminem (Marshall Mathers). As Deadline reported in late 2010, DreamWorks co-chairman/CEO Stacey Snider acquired the project after championing 8 Mile as head of Universal Pictures. Sutter explained that it was inspired by the struggles Eminem had endured:
“He shared so much of his personal struggle in this raw and very honest album – one that I connected with on a lot of levels. »
- Sarah Myles
Moriana’s 100-plus screen credits starting with TV Series “Hennesey” and ended with “Beverly Hills, 90210.” In between were such notables as “Hazel,” “That Girl,” “My World and Welcome to It” (for which he was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his contribution), “Barney Miller,” “The Rookies,” “S.W.A.T.,” “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island,” “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” “Family,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Vegas,” ” Charlie’s Angels,” “Hart to Hart,” “Life With Lucy,” “The Love Boat,” “Nightingales,” “Dynasty,” “Melrose Place,” “7th Heaven” and “Savannah.”
Moriana also worked on such telepics and miniseries as “21 Hours at Munich,” “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble,” “The Amazing Howard Hughes,” “James A. Michener’s Texas” (for which he received the Motion Picture »
- Variety Staff
Joseph T. Naar, a former William Morris agent who went to produce blaxploitation vampire pics “Blacula” and “Scream Blacula Scream,” as well as TV series “Starsky and Hutch,” died January 17. He was 88.
At Wma, after Naar was fast-tracked through the agency’s training program in the early 1950s, his clients came to include Peter Lawford, Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Raquel Welch and Marilyn Monroe. (Monroe became a close friend and confidant.)
His creative impulses led him out of the agency business and into TV production, however.
Naar’s television career included producing the Ronald Reagan-hosted “General Electric Comedy Hour,” “Lux Playhouse” and the series “Checkmate” before producing his first movies, which include “The All American Boy,” starring Jon Voight, as well as “Blacula” and “Scream Blacula Scream,” starring William Marshall and Vonetta McGee, for Aip Productions.
Next he went back into TV under Spelling Goldberg Prods., where he produced »
- Variety Staff
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