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Nick still needs a Nora.
A new version of Dashiell Hammett's "The Thin Man" is moving forward, and director Rob Marshall has made key decisions about what the film will be like -- but some questions remain, such as who will play Johnny Depp's wife?
"I think anticipation [for the film] must be high," Marshall said while attending the Princess Grace Awards gala last week in New York. "People are even asking me, 'Are you going to write it?'"
Marshall won't be handling those duties -- screenwriter Billy Ray ("The Hunger Games," "Shattered Glass") is now aboard, after Jerry Stahl ("Permanent Midnight") and David Koepp ("Premium Rush," "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"). "It's funny that those writers were even announced," Marshall said, "because we hadn't really started with either of them, with Jerry or David. Neither had written a word. Billy is the first writer who's actually writing a draft. »
Hey all. Jim here, kicking off the first edition of my weekly entertainment column for AfterElton! Have a burning question concerning your favorite TV show, movie or celebrity? Either tweet me @JimHalterman or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll try to track down an answer for you.
Now let’s get started with this week's questions!
I keep hearing about this gay storyline with Will on Days Of Our Lives, but what’s taking so long? – Mike (via email)
Well, Mike, your timing couldn’t be better because Days is finally going to stop talking the talk and start walking the big gay walk. I was hanging out at this weekend’s ‘Day of Days’ event at the Universal City Walk in Burbank and I had a chance to sit down with Chandler Massey himself.
He elaborated on what Freddie Smith told me a few weeks ago, »
- Jim Halterman
Stana Katic is probably the best advocate of the shippers that desperately want Castle and Beckett to get together already. Out of the entire cast, she is the one who has always supported the idea of the two leads pursuing a romantic relationship and how that would not ruin the show. There is no Moonlighting curse, people. All there is here is good writing and bad writing. We have examples on both so we know it is possible to be successful after the two leads finally resolve that sexual tension that drives the fans crazy.
Katic sat down with TV Line's Matt Mitovich, and revealed just what is going on in Detective Kate Beckett's mind after everything that went down since the season 3 finale. Poor girl has had a lot going on: her Captain and mentor betrayed her and then died to protect her, she got shot and almost died, »
- Luciana Mangas
Tonight not one but two new Us sitcoms step forward in an effort to fill the Friends-shaped void that's been left in E4's schedules. Happy Endings and Perfect Couples are a product of the Us networks' recent fascination with romcoms. Look beyond the subtle differences – one sports an uncomfortably suggestive title, while the other has already been cancelled – and there's not too much to separate two cookie-cutter comedies. In fact Happy Endings and Perfect Couples are so similar you could probably switch the characters, jokes and storylines of both shows without noticing much of a difference.
So what are the must-see sights on a tour of tellyland's finest romcoms? Join us as we separate the Hugh Grants from the Hugh Hefners in our run down of the six best. »
- Daniel Bettridge
Marketed by Sierra Affinity, Catch .44 is the last action thriller for actor Bruce Willis and a slew of cohorts. Also starring are Forest Whitaker, Malin Akerman (Watchmen), Deborah Ann Woll ("True Blood") and Brad Dourif (Fading of the Cries). The first film poster is available for Catch .44 and in the graphic there is a message: "if you are going down, take them with you." The graphic is comic book styled and the synopsis is larger than life, as el jefe (the boss) lures three "female assassins" in for one last mission. Charlie's Angels anyone? A specific release date has not been announced, but expect Catch .44 in theatres in 2011.
A look at Willis' career over the last five years and into future roles shows that this silent but charismatic actor might be in danger of being type cast as an action star. Willis has several action films coming »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Showtime has ordered pilots from "The Last Exorcism" co-writer Andrew Gurland, "The Pacific" writer-producer Michelle Ashford, and "Southland" creator and "Public Enemies" writer Ann Biderman, the network announced Monday. Gurland's project, "Gurland on Gurland," is a half-hour comedy about his real family life and career challenges. The filmmaker won the Grand Jury prize at Sundance for his first film, "Frat House," which he co-directed with "The Hangover"'s Todd Phillips. Glenn Gordon Caron ("Medium," "Moonlighting," "Now and Again") will executive produce the CBS Television Studios production. Ashford's pilot, "Masters of Sex," follows the »
- Tim Molloy
It’s beginning to look a lot like fall TV time! And I’m so excited, I could scream! But that would be really awkward for the person in the office next to me, I imagine.
Instead, I’ll sit here and wait for your questions to pop up in the Spoiler Room inbox (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Clearly my brain is fried. So I’ll leave you to read. Remember to send in your inquiries and follow me on Twitter for more awkward thoughts (and maybe some scoop): @EWSandraG.
‘Vampire Diaries’: Ep Teases Matt’S Painful Road Ahead »
- Sandra Gonzalez
We started out this week with subpoenas served in a civil suit for the death of Turell Baylor. The server, played by Curtis Armstrong (who hasn't changed much since his Moonlighting days), was also the attorney in the case against Brenda.
By doing his own serving, he managed to hear much more than he should have. Taken out of context, it could be very bad for Brenda and the entire squad, should the case make it to court.
The topic was hardly light, but the show's way of dealing with it kept us from focusing on what might come next, such as the departmental infighting I expected because, conveniently, Detective Gabriel wasn't served. Way to keep them on their toes!
The case of the week was just as goofy and handled in the same way. As much as I enjoyed the classic witty dialogue in "Forgive Us Our Trespasses," I »
- email@example.com (Carissa Pavlica)
Some seriously sad news: Roberts Blossom — the character actor best known for playing the wrongly-accused South Bend Shovel Slayer, a.k.a. “Old Man Marley,” in Home Alone — has passed away at the age of 87. The L.A. Times reports that Blossom died of natural causes in a nursing home in Santa Monica.
While Blossom, a three-time Obie Award winner, had an illustrious career on stage and screen that spanned 40 years (he was featured in films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Always, Christine, and the cult horror movie Deranged, and appeared in TV shows such as Moonlighting, Northern Exposure, »
- Aly Semigran
TV Land is taking a chance entering all four stars of "Hot in Cleveland" in the Comedy Supporting Actress at the Emmys. Five-time Emmy champ Betty White was expected to contend there. However, the three younger stars -- Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, and Valerie Bertinelli -- were thought to be going lead, just as White, Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan had done on "The Golden Girls." -Inserts:9- Last year's winner Jane Lynch ("Glee") is almost certain to defend her crown. She will also be emceeing the kudos and hopes to join the likes of these past hosts who also took home Emmys: Jeff Probst ("Survivor," 2007), Brad Garrett ("Everybody Loves Raymond," 2003), Jon Stewart ("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," 2003), David Hyde Pierce ("Frasier," 1999), Bruce Willis ("Moonlighting," 1987), and Tom Selleck ("Magnum, P.I.," 1984). The other 2010 nominees are all strong contenders ag »
Casting has commenced on the television adaptation of Powers, the comic book by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. I'm ultra-excited about this TV series — Powers is probably my favorite ongoing comic — but I must admit I'm less enthusiastic about some of the casting choices.
Powers is about two detectives working the superhero beat. Detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim catch all the cases involving "powers," which have been outlawed by the government. The actors chosen to play Walker and Pilgrim are Jason Patric and Lucy Punch. Also on board is Charles S. Dutton as the precinct captain.
The first arc of the comic involved the murder of a popular superheroine called Retro Girl, whom Bendis has described as "the Princess Di of the powers world," and it appears the series is going to start this way as well — recently cast as Retro Girl is actress Carly Foulkes, better »
Say what? The Revenge of the Nerds star is back in action again? Good gracious, what’s next?
Actor Curtis Armstrong is best known as Booger from the Revenge of the Nerds movies, for his role in Better Off Dead, and as Herbert Viola on Moonlighting, but you young bloods probably have no idea what I’m talking about. That’s okay because you’ll get acquainted with Armstrong as he enjoys a “multi-episode arc on The Closer‘s seventh and final season, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.” We always heard that nerds would one day rule the world!
Armstrong has signed on to play Peter Goldman, “a resourceful attorney hired by the mother of a slain gang member to sue Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) and the Los Angeles Police Department. …The character is smart, fearless and devious; he makes a natural sparring partner for Brenda.” Dun dun dun. »
- Sasha Nova
Curtis Armstrong has signed up for a recurring role in the upcoming seventh season of The Closer. The Moonlighting actor will play cunning attorney Peter Goldman in the TNT drama's final run, according to TV Guide. When her gangster son is killed, a distraught mother will hire Goldman to sue Brenda Leight Johnson (Kyra Segdwick) and her colleagues at the Lapd. "He's going after her, the city and the department," explained series creator James Duff. "He is a wily attorney who's made a profession of suing the police. "He would say he's a necessary part of the justice system. He's (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
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Armstrong will play Peter Goldman, a resourceful attorney hired by the mother of a slain gang member to sue Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) and the Los Angeles Police Department. As we first reported, the character is smart, fearless and devious; he makes a natural sparring partner for Brenda...
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- Adam Bryant
After a welcomed but all too brief return to U.K. cinema’s, Martin Scorsese’s seminal psychological horror Taxi Driver was finally released on a Region Free Blu-ray in the U.K. yesterday and we have 3 copies of one of the greatest films of all time to give away. Yes, we really do mean one of the greatest. How can you read Laurent Kelly’s recent love letter to the movie and not think that?
Read on to find out how you can win;
Following an extensive 4K restoration from the original negative the 35th Anniversary Edition of Four-Time Academy Award®-Nominated Cinema Classic Arrives on Blu-ray Disc™ for the First Time on 6th June 2011
De Niro plays the legendary Travis Bickle, a traumatized Vietnam War veteran who takes a job as a night-time Taxi Driver in New York City. When he encounters a 12-year-old prostitute named Iris, played by then-13-year-old Foster, »
- Matt Holmes
The comedian's New York magazine article gave her a platform to hit back at inequality – instead it reads like a sulky rant
One of comedy's great icons – and certainly the female comic icon for a generation – is trampling on her own history, and it's ugly. New York magazine has published an article by Roseanne Barr entitled "And I Should Know" in which she writes about the trials of being a female star on Us television. It's had many of my feminist friends on their feet, applauding – but I think Barr is doing a worse demolition job on feminism, not to mention her self-titled show, than any of those culprits she singles out in the article.
Roseanne ran for nine seasons and was one of my favourite sitcoms growing up. It focused on a working-class mum from Illinois (Roseanne) and her wise-cracking family, and I loved the gobby female characters and unflinching put-downs. »
- Julia Raeside
There are finales everywhere. What’s this?
I can’t believe my eyes; I must be dreaming. Wake up, Sandra, this isn’t fair!
Woah! Musical introduction. This is what the end of the season does to me, folks. I’m losing it. But that also means summer’s on the way, so remember to start sending your scoop requests for summer TV soon! And, as a special treat, please also send your season finale questions as well.
As usual, all queries/suggestions/ponderings get sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or @EWSandraG. And as a reminder, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Medium may be gone, but series creator/executive producer Glenn Gordon Caron is staying put at CBS TV Studios with a new two-year overall deal. The new seven-figure pact with CBS, where Caron is very well liked, will extend his relationship with the studio to two decades. The focus of the deal will be on developing new projects, starting with the upcoming broadcast development cycle. Moonlighting creator Caron, repped by Wme, previously created and executive produced CBS Studios' (then Paramount Network TV) praised but short-lived series for CBS Now and Again. He went on to create and executive produce the supernatural crime procedural Medium, which ran on NBC and CBS for a combined seven seasons and made a lot of money for CBS Studios via its rich off-network deal with Lifetime. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Hollywood actor Jon Cedar has died after a brief battle with leukaemia.
The star passed away on Thursday in Tarzana, California. He was 80.
Cedar started his career on the stage, appearing Off-Broadway and in tours across the U.S. in shows including The Deputy and South Pacific.
He also racked up a number of roles in feature films including Foxy Brown, Capricorn One and Murder in Mind, while also appearing in TV shows such as Hogan's Heroes, Moonlighting, Matlock and Murder, She Wrote.
Cedar is survived by his longtime companion, Elynore Leigh, his actress daughter Loren Thompson, producer son Michael and his actor brother George, as well as several grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday at the Groman Eden Mortuary in Mission Hills, California, according to Variety.com. »
(from left) Eva Green, Jessica Biel, Paula Patton, Eva Mendes and Kate Bosworth We'll kick things off today with Deadline's list of actresses reading for key parts in Sony Pictures' Total Recall remake, starring Colin Farrell. Kate Bosworth and Eva Mendes are said to be reading for the part of Lori, the femme fatale played by Sharon Stone in the original. Diane Kruger was also on Sony's list, but she has apparently opted out of the reading. Mendes, along with Paula Patton, is also reading for the role of Melina, previously played by Rachel Ticotin. Jessica Biel and and Eva Green are also in contention for Melina, who helps the protagonist get to the bottom of the futuristic scandal on Mars. No word yet on who might take on the film's most important female role: the woman with three breasts.
Deadline also reports that the script for the live action »
- Kevin Blumeyer
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