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Tim Curry’s Best Roles: From ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ to ‘It’ British actor has played some of the beloved characters in film history across his illustrious career. In honor of Fox’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” reboot, TheWrap looks back on the iconic actor’s best roles “Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975) The role that embedded Curry in pop culture history forever. This camp classic featured Curry as the sweetest transvestite the world has ever seen. “Annie” (1982) Curry again played the villain as Daniel “Rooster” Hannigan, who plotted to kidnap the poor orphan Annie along with his wicked sister, Agatha »
- Joe Otterson
Clue is heading out of the mansion and onto the stage. A new play is in the works from Jonathan Lynn, who co-wrote and directed the 1985 movie based on the Hasbro board game. The plan is for Clue to debut next year in Pennsylvania and then embark on a national tour. Variety reports the Clue stage adaptation will open at […]
- Angie Han
Believe it or not, the classic Hasbro board game Clue was previously the subject of a stage adaptation in the mid 1990s with Clue The Musical, an interactive Off-Broadway production that closed after 29 performances and 17 previews. It was, um...not beloved, with New York Daily News critic Fintan O'Toole quipping in his review: "Making a musical from a board game is the kind of bizarre task that only a genius or a fool would undertake. And there is no sign of genius here." Fintan O'Toole, in print, with a poison pen. So what makes this latest stab/whack/shot at a stage version of Clue different? For one thing, it's based directly on the cult 1985 movie adaptation of the same name that starred Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, and Lesley Ann Warren. For another, it was penned by that film's writer-director Jonathan Lynn. Lastly, it is not a musical, »
- Chris Eggertsen
There's always an exception to a general rule. In the case of "you can't make a great movie out of a board game," the exception is obviously 1985's Clue. Director Jonathan Lynn found a fantastically entertaining way to turn the whodunit murder-mystery guessing game into a movie, and while it didn't become a massive box office hit, good luck finding anyone born in the '80s or early '90s who had cable TV and isn't a big fan. Naturally, as is the case with...
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There's always an exception to a general rule. In the case of 'you can't make a great movie out of a board game,' the exception is obviously 1985's Clue. Director Jonathan Lynn found a fantastically entertaining way to turn the whodunit murder mystery guessing game into a movie, and while it didn't become a massive box office hit, good luck finding anyone born in the '80s or early '90s who had cable TV and isn't a big fan. Naturally, as is the case with all things '80s and pop culture, Clue is now being remade. Or, rather, we should say an earlier attempt to remake it has just gotten new life. Back when Hasbro was betting that Battleship would be a big hit (hey, it was...internationally), they were also lining up a Clue remake at...
- Peter Hall
Hasbro launched development of a “Clue” movie in 2008 as part of a six-year partnership with Universal to produce at least four feature films based on branded properties: Clue, Monopoly, Candyland, Ouija, Battleship, Magic: The Gathering and Stretch Armstrong.
“Battleship” was a costly money-loser for the studio in 2012 while “Ouija” grossed $103 million on a $5 million budget and generated a sequel “Ouija: Origin of Evil” that’s due out Oct. 21. At the time that Universal dropped the “Clue” project, “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski was attached to direct and produce, but is no longer part of the project at Fox.
Hasbro’s seen its greatest success in Hollywood with “Ouija, »
- Dave McNary
Way back in 2011, Universal Pictures dropped their long-gestating remake of the 1985 board game adaptation Clue, but we never heard any updates on the project since then. At the time, Gore Verbinski was attached to direct, but the project never found a new home. Until now. 20th Century Fox is joining forces with Hasbro Studios to bring this project back to life!
The Tracking Board reports that Josh Feldman is set to produce through Hasbro Studios, with Ryan Jones overseeing the project for Hasbro and Daria Cercek overseeing the project for 20th Century Fox. When Universal was developing the project, the studio was working from a script by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Gods of Egypt). It isn't know if the writers or director Gore Verbinski are still involved at this point.
This report reveals that 20th Century Fox is seeking to expand the scope of this movie remake, which seems »
Simon Brew Aug 17, 2016
A second movie based on the boardgame Cluedo is on the way…
The 1985 movie adaptation of the game Cluedo – which went by the its American title of Clue – was one of those films infamous for failing to set the box office alight on its original release, but went on to find a sizeable audience afterwards. That’s not a surprise, either: Jonathan Lynn’s movie remains a real treat, with a cast led by the peerless Tim Curry.
Still, it’s remake time. 20th Century Fox has picked up the rights to make further films based on Cluedo, and it has a new movie on the way. Josh Feldman is producing, and the plan this time is tell the story of a ‘worldwide mystery’, this time with ‘action-adventure elements’. Furthermore, if all goes to plan, then expect an ongoing franchise of films.
There had been earlier plans for a new Cluedo movie, »
If you count “Battleship” among your favorite movies of the last few years and are inordinately excited for the upcoming “Ouija” sequel, prepare for good news. The Tracking Board is reporting that 20th Century Fox is remaking “Clue” along with Hasbro, most likely to the dismay of fans of the 1985 adaptation — a cult classic that, whatever its flaws, was certainly ahead of the board-game-adaptation curve.
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Josh Feldman will produce from Hasbro’s end, with Daria Cercek of Fox also onboard; Ryan Jones is serving as executive producer. TB further reports “a desire to move the story out of the parlor and make it a game of ‘worldwide mystery’ with action-adventure elements, potentially setting up a possible franchise that could play well internationally.” Because when you think “Clue,” the phrase that first »
- Michael Nordine
The recent box office success of The Boss firmly establishes Melissa McCarthy as the current queen of movie comedies (Amy Schumer could be a new contender after an impressive debut last Summer with Trainwreck), but let us think back about those other funny ladies of filmdom. So while we’re enjoying the female reboot/re-imagining of Ghostbusters and those Bad Moms, here’s a top ten list that will hopefully inspire lots of laughter and cause you to search out some classic comedies. It’s tough to narrow them down to ten, but we’ll do our best, beginning with… 10. Eve Arden The droll Ms. Arden represents the comic sidekicks who will attempt to puncture the pomposity of the leading ladies with a well-placed wisecrack (see also the great Thelma Ritter in Rear Window). Her career began in the early 1930’s with great bit roles in Stage Door and Dancing Lady. »
- Jim Batts
In 1985, the movie version of “Clue” was released, and there was predictable teeth-gnashing among critics over the blasphemy of making a feature film based on a board game. But as “Clue” co-star Michael McKean noted years later, “There’s a very good movie called ‘The Set-Up,’ Robert Wise boxing picture, which is based on a poem that’s barely one page long about a boxing match. You could make a good movie, or a sh-tty one, based on anything.” So let’s be clear, then: “The Angry Birds Movie” isn’t pointless because it’s based on an app. It »
- Alonso Duralde
Last week we discussed a movie based on a videogame, this week we take turns discussing our relentless affinity for a movie based on a board game. Grab your candlesticks, dinner party invites, and best iron-cad alibis as we investigate Clue. To help us crack the case, we have a very special guest. Columnist and America Now host Meghan McCain sits down with us as we sift through the evidence of Clue‘s surviving excellence. We let the guest pick the movie and fortuitously, Meghan made this fantastic choice the week of Mr. Tim Curry’s birthday! If you’re wondering who stole this movie in terms of performance…the butler did it. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). On This Week’s Show: Pre-Ramble [0:00 – 3:02] The Thunder Rolls [3:03 – 53:44] Denouement [53:45 – 58:44] Get In Touch With Us: Email Junkfood Cinema Follow the Show: Subscribe on iTunes Follow Us on Twitter Subscribe on Stitcher »
- Brian Salisbury
Last weekend, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice illustrated a longstanding truth: More often than not, reviews don't make or break a movie. A given motion picture can receive fawning praise from the top critics in the country and audiences may skip it. The same movie could just as easily get negative reviews and audiences can politely ignore them. Case in point: BvS made more than $166 million domestically during its opening weekend even though it currently has a 28 percent "fresh" rating on the movie review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. This isn't news, of course. More than a few summer blockbusters »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Over 40 years after bringing Dr. Frank-n-Furter to legendary onscreen life, Tim Curry has joined the cast of Fox's two-hour reboot of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. With Laverne Cox stepping into the high heels of the doctor this time around, Curry will play a different role: the Criminologist Narrator.
Press Release: Tim Curry, the Emmy Award-winning actor, Tony Award nominee and creator of the original “Dr. Frank-n-Furter,” will return to the iconic, pop culture phenomenon as the Criminologist Narrator of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the two-hour television event airing this fall on Fox. Curry, an accomplished stage, television and film actor, originated the breakout “Dr. Frank-n-Furter” role in the 1973 London stage production of “The Rocky Horror Show,” returning to play the character in the Lou Adler-executive-produced film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which premiered September 26, 1975, and has been in theatrical distribution longer than any other film in history. »
- Derek Anderson
CBS and The CW have acquired pilot scripts from veteran producer Jeffrey Kramer (“Ally McBeal,” “The Practice”), Variety has learned. Both projects hail from CBS Studios where Kramer has an overall deal with his Juniper Place Productions banner.
CBS has nabbed the pilot script for “Strike Force,” a procedural drama inspired by the life of DEA agent Chris Giovino, centering around a specialized task force comprised of intelligence officers from multiple federal agencies who go after the worst criminals in the country.
The pilot is set in the 1970s, where a young “B movie” studio head on the brink of ruin hires a talented aspiring female »
- Laura Prudom
With the holidays in the rearview mirror and winter upon us, we're kicking off 2016 with a new issue of Deadly Magazine that includes special features for the holiday horror film Krampus, the cult classic Clue: The Movie, and more.
The winter issue of Deadly Magazine pays tribute to both the past and present of genre entertainment. Heather Wixson's review of Krampus can be found within its pages, as well as her insightful interview with the film's director, Michael Dougherty.
Wixson also celebrates the 30th anniversary of Clue through informative discussions with director Jonathan Lynn and Miss Scarlet herself, Lesley Ann Warren. Ending the issue on a nostalgic note is Scott Drebit, who takes a loving look back at 1978's The Swarm.
This issue of Deadly Magazine is available to read in its entirety for free. Below, we've included links to read and download our latest issue of Deadly Magazine. »
- Derek Anderson
16 items from 2016
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