12 items from 2013
Those who were fans of the 1990s police drama New York Undercover will remember the series being just as popular for its sense of style and cultural influence as it was for its story lines. While wondering if Detectives Williams and Torres would solve their case each week, the equally urgent question was who the new love interest or musical guests would be. The series leads were not only clever detectives able to navigate the gritty streets of New York, but like all the best cop characters, they were also the kind of guys you wouldn't mind having a drink or watching the game with. This is the same flavor that writer-director Reggie "Rock" Bythewood brings to Gun Hill, which he describes as »
- Jai Tiggett
Fans of CBS’ resurrected cop show Unforgettable, which returns tonight at 9 p.m. Et for a second season, will notice a few changes: Det. Carrie Wells (Poppy Montgomery), her perfect memory, and her ex-boyfriend/current partner Al Burns (Nip/Tuck’s Dylan Walsh) are being poached by the Major Crimes Section of the NYPD. (Acerbic medical examiner Joanne Webster, played by Jane Curtin, also makes the move, at Carrie’s insistence.) Their new technologically superior office will be in Manhattan, not Queens, and their boss is now the ambitious Eliot Delson, played by new series regular Dallas Roberts, best known »
- Mandi Bierly
Gun Hill is part of Bet network's line-up of new original programming, which we've been following since the initial announcement last year. Now here's your first look. Directed by Reggie "Rock" Bythewood (Biker Boyz), Gun Hill stars Larenz Tate portraying twin brothers, Trane and Bird, on opposite sides of the law. The film also stars Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michael Aronov, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney (How Stella Got Her Groove Night, Haitian Nights), Tawny Cypress (Heroes, Rescue Me) and Aisha Hinds (True Blood, Hawthorne). Here's the full synopsis: For the adults who go to the movies mostly on premiere weekends, this original film with beloved leading man Larenz Tate is sure to satisfy their fresh tastes. From the executive producers of New York Undercover, this high-powered cop drama is about identical twins on opposite sides of life: Trane, a cop, and Bird, a con. On one fateful night, Trane is killed. Bird assumes his identity and. »
- Vanessa Martinez
The following is an excerpt from "Film Craft: Screenwriting,"edited by Tim Grierson. The book is now available from Focal Press. The excerpt below was made available by the book's publisher. Stephen Gaghan’s writing career started quite promisingly, publishing a short story in The Iowa Review before he was even 26. He also impressed the writing staff of "The Simpsons" with a spec episode entitled “Family Wheel of Jeopardy,” as well as producer and talent agent Bernie Brillstein with a collection of "Saturday Night Live" sketches he’d written. But a career in television writing in the 1990s— including stints at "New York Undercover," "The Practice," "American Gothic," and "NYPD Blue" (where he shared an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series)—soon gave way to screenwriting. His first produced film credit was "Rules of Engagement" (2000), which starred Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones, but he received much acclaim for his next film, »
- Stephen Gaghan
Along with watching Kids last week, I also watched Sidney Lumet's near-three-hour epic Prince of the City starring Treat Williams as a New York undercover cop who agrees to work with a special commission investigating police corruption just as long as his partners are not implicated. The film is based on the book and true story of NYPD Narcotics Detective Robert Leuci and while it has a meticulous way of unfolding over the course of its 167 minute running time, it comes to a very satisfying conclusion. However, instead of detailing the film (as I did with Kids yesterday), I was more taken by some of the long, wide-angled shots Lumet and his Dp Andrzej Bartkowiak (The Verdict, The Devil's Advocate) used for the film, the most impressive being the shot above as Williams ascends the courthouse steps, dwarfed by the massive columns running along the right hand side of the image. »
- Brad Brevet
Perhaps the most prolific and reliable character actor of the last 20 years, Luis Guzman is nothing short of an American treasure. Think of your favorite movie right now — was Luis Guzman in it? There is statistically a 23.9% chance you just said "Yes." That's Luis's career in a nutshell. No one plays the goofy, lovable criminal, sidekick or law enforcement officer better than Guzman, and everyone in Hollywood knows it — that's why he's been in approximately 5,891 movies since 1990.
Guzman recently co-starred in "The Last Stand" with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Johnny Knoxville, where he played a deputy sheriff to Schwarzenegger's head honcho. "The Last Stand" is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
Congratulations on "The Last Stand." You co-star with Arnold Schwarzenegger — the movie is noteworthy for being his first starring »
- Nick Blake
Jonathan Lapaglia and Luke Hemsworth are joining The Reckoning, a film from Lightning Entertainment. The film will be directed John V. Soto (Crush). Hemsworth, much like the third Manning brother, is the lesser known of the Hemsworth clan, that has Thor and Gale as the other members. Lapaglia is the son of Without A Trace star Anthony Lapaglia. Check the press release for more deets on the film.
Los Angeles – Jonathan Lapaglia and Luke Hemsworth will star in the crime thriller The Reckoning, written and to be directed by John V. Soto (Needle, Crush), it was announced today by Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning Entertainment who is set to handle International sales rights to the film.
The Reckoning will start principal photography on April 29th on location in Australia. Deidre Kitcher (Needle, Crush) is producing. Robert Lundberg, Greg Coote, David Calvert-Jones, Roger Savill and Kim Savill will executive produce the film. »
- Andy Greene
Brothers reign today, it would seem. News has come out about the ucpoming crime thriller “The Reckoning,” written and to be directed by John V. Soto (“Needle,” “Crush”). What’s the news, you ask? Well, “The Reckoning” will star Jonathan Lapaglia and Luke Hemsworth, actors who both have very famous brothers. Lapaglia will play Det. Robbie Green and Hemsworth with play Det. Jason Pearson. Lapaglia is the younger brother to Anthony Lapaglia. His first big break was in 1996 with the TV show, “New York Undercover.” He went back to his native Australia to star in the TV adaptation of the Christos Tsiolkas’ novel “The Slap” and to play the title [ Read More ]
Jonathan Lapaglia and Luke Hemsworth will star in the crime thriller The Reckoning, written and to be directed by John V. Soto (Needle, Crush), it was announced today by Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning Entertainment who is set to handle International sales rights to the film.
The Reckoning will start principal photography on April 29th on location in Australia. Deidre Kitcher (Needle, Crush) is producing. Robert Lundberg, Greg Coote, David Calvert-Jones, Roger Savill and Kim Savill will executive produce the film.
The story revolves around a detective who discovers footage at a murder scene, shot by two teenagers, that provides clues to the identity of a killer. The teens have since gone missing, and as the detective retraces their journey, he soon uncovers a trail of deceit and murder that leads all the way back to him.
Kitcher says that the thriller is “best described as Memento meets Kalifornia.”
A Filmscope Entertainment production, »
- Michelle McCue
A film based on the life of Cuban-American pop singer Lupe Yoli, otherwise known as La Lupe, is in the works, with actress Lauren Veléz - whom you might know from Dexter, as well as New York Undercover, back in the day - starring and producing. Veléz successfully raised over $100,000 on Kickstarter to help finance the film, which, according to the most recent Kickstarter update on the project's page (dated March 13), will be directed by Dexter executive producer and writer, James Manos Jr., who also penned the script, for a film that will be titled They Call Me La Lupe. Manos' other credits include producing HBO's hit series, The Sopranos, for which he won an »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Fox has set the sophomore class for its Fox Writers Intensive, the company’s advanced writers program for experienced writers from diverse backgrounds. This year’s 10 finalists were selected from more than 400 nominations and submissions by talent representation and arts organizations, including National Hispanic Media Coalition, Sundance Institute, New York Foundation for the Arts, Outfest, Film Independent, NAACP, Women in Film La, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and Visual Communications. Here they are, along with their reps: · Angela Allen (The Cartel) · Yule Caise (Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman) · Sal Calleros (Rothman, Brecher, Kim / Magnet Management) · Carol Doyle (The Gersh Agency) · Sara Endsley (Rothman, Brecher, Kim/ The Shuman Company) · Warren Hsu Leonard (ICM Partners/ Circle of Confusion) · Nick Ozeki (Independent) · Chitra Sampath (Ragna Nervik Management) · Theo Travers (ICM Partners/ Artists International) · Marisa Wegrzyn (Abrams Artists Agency / Myra Model Management) The 10 will spend the next 13 weeks attending seminars and workshops with executives, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
It was announced today that Grindstone Entertainment has acquired North American rights in all media to the gritty thriller Once Upon A Time In Brooklyn (formally titled Goat) and will be released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment. In a separate deal, International rights have been acquired by Los Angeles-basedsales company, Recreation, helmed by founder and president Ariel Veneziano.
Produced by William DeMeo, Paul Borghese and newcomer Robyn K Bennett, written by DeMeo and Borghese who also directs the movie, Once Upon A Time In Brooklyn stars Golden Globe nominated and Emmy Award winning actor Armand Assante (American Gangster, HBO’s Gotti), Ice-t (New Jack City), Vincent Pastore (Goodfellas), Ja Rule (The Fast And The Furious), William DeMeo (The Sopranos), Cathy Moriaty (Raging Bull) and Paul Borghese (Transamerica).
The film tells the story of Bobby Baldano, who after serving several prison sentences, is finally out. Although desperate to honor his family who »
- Michelle McCue
12 items from 2013
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