8 items from 2010
Science fiction writers of every generation had their own visions of the future, but what if their predictions became a reality? Rob dons his silver suit and delves into the archives to find out...
To me, living in 2010 seems like the future (well a bit anyway), and some of the things people dreamt of in years gone by have indeed come to pass. We have iPods which contain all our music, videos and data like the PADDs in Star Trek, have unlocked parts of the human genome, cloned livestock and created primitive artificial life. And while we don't have jet-packs, teleporters or the ability to travel to Mars, current technology hasn't don't too badly on the whole.
We love our technology, all sleek, thin and mobile, full of wafer-thin elements that can pass data at massive rates, wrapped up in shiny and lovingly-designed bits of kit. The ‘aesthetic of the »
Jean‑Luc Godard's masterpiece remains a startling example of the French new wave and marked the arrival of one of cinema's most influential directors
Two trailers bookend my half-a-century of writing professionally about the cinema and bracket the career of the man who is arguably the most influential moviemaker of my lifetime. Fifty years ago this month I dropped into an Oslo cinema while waiting for a midnight train and saw an unforgettable trailer for a French picture. It cut abruptly between a handsome, broken-nosed actor I'd never come across before, giant posters of Humphrey Bogart, and the familiar features of Jean Seberg, whom I knew to be an idol of French cinéastes as the protegee of Otto Preminger. Shot in high contrast monochrome, rapidly edited, interspersed with puzzling statements in white-on-black and black-on-white lettering, it was like no other trailer I'd seen, and I was captivated. Not until my »
- Philip French
Goodbye Lost – after six years of island life, there's suddenly a great big gap in my viewing schedule. Question is: what should fill it?
It developed into one of the most unique, intriguing – and occasionally shout-out-loud frustrating – TV shows of all time. But now, with the finale finally played out, and no more episodes to come, it's time to contemplate a Lost replacement: a show that manages to fill the high-concept, not-quite-sci-fi gap the show leaves behind; something rich with mystery, confusion and intrigue.
What I'm not looking for is "the new" Lost. Think of the end of Twin Peaks: it might have been in a different league from Lost, but it was also probably the last time that an audience engaged with a drama so wilfully confusing and engimatic. And none of the "new Twin Peaks" series that sprang up in its wake – Wild Palms, for example – managed »
- Richard Vine
A post-Sopranos HBO set the golden standard for original series on pay cable, Showtime got in the game with their flagship drama Dexter, and Starz recently gained ground with the successful first season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Upstart premium channel Epix has recently jumpstarted efforts to get in on the original content market with projects in development from Chris Offutt (Weeds) and Larry Charles (Curb Your Enthusiasm). Now the channel has signed Oscar-winner Oliver Stone and Bruce Wagner to a development deal which will immediately result an adaptation of the Wagner novel Still Holding, a satire of Hollywood excess.
Stone remarked on the union, “I’m interested in the possibilities in television. When a company like Epix comes along, it’s a chance to break new ground.”
Hit the jump for the full press release.
Here’s the official press release:
- Brendan Bettinger
By Lisa Horowitz
The first project under the deal, announced Friday, is the hourlong scripted dramatic series “Still Holding,” based on Wagner’s novel of the same name.
Set in Los Angeles, "Holding" explores the colliding worlds of three people. Stone and Wagner are executive producers.
Epix, a joint venture between Viacom, Paramount Pictures, MGM and Lionsgate, is a pre »
- Lisa Horowitz
Filed under: TV News Daily
Academy Award winner Oliver Stone is coming to television -- again.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the acclaimed filmmaker and writer Bruce Wagner have signed a development deal with Epix. The duo's first project is the one-hour scripted drama 'Still Holding,' based on Wagner's novel of the same name.
Epix is a premium TV service run by Viacom, Lionsgate and MGM.
Epix said 'Still Holding' will explore "the colliding worlds of three disparate people in Los Angeles, and the violent consequences of love and betrayal, of holding on and letting go." Stone and Wagner will serve as executive producers on the series. They previously worked together on the 1993 ABC mini-series 'Wild Palms.'
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- Chris Harnick
New York -- Oliver Stone and writer Bruce Wagner have struck a development deal with Epix, with their first project being a one-hour scripted dramatic series called "Still Holding," based on Wagner's novel of the same name.
The series for the premium TV service, which is run by Viacom, Lionsgate and MGM, will explore "the colliding worlds of three disparate people in Los Angeles, and the violent consequences of love and betrayal, of holding on and letting go," Epix said. Stone and Wagner will executive produce. They previously worked together on six-hour sci-fi drama mini-series "Wild Palms," which first aired on ABC in 1993.
"I'm interested in the possibilities in television," Stone said. "When a company like Epix comes along, it's a chance to break new ground. They want to make their mark. They want to entertain and provoke; they don't want their drama or comedy watered down."
Said Epix president »
- By Georg Szalai
Twin Peaks was a sensation from the moment it first aired… and still, 20 years later, the influence of David Lynch's groundbreaking series can be felt in TV drama, from The Sopranos through to Lost. Here we relive its surreal appeal and ask six veterans of the show for their memories
It's hard to recall now the excitement generated by David Lynch's Twin Peaks when it first aired on British television back in 1990. But it managed to make staying in seem urgent and exhilarating. There were Twin Peaks evenings, at which fans gathered in each other's houses to watch this revolutionary entertainment, a sort of surreal soap-cum-murder-mystery. Offices practically had to install water-coolers just so their staff could stand around them and speculate on who killed Laura Palmer. It was one of those moments when American popular culture reminded us just how cool it could be.
It also marked »
- Andrew Anthony
8 items from 2010
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