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HBO has snapped up the rights to a new 1950s-set noir series from David Fincher (Gone Girl) and crime writer James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) entitled Shakedown, which is based upon a script Ellroy originally developed for FX.
Deadline reports that the project is an original tale as opposed to an adaptation of Ellroy’s 2012 novella of the same name, and “is set in the tabloid world and the underbelly of Los Angeles in the 1950s and centers on a real-life private detective, legendary 1950s Hollywood vice cop-turned-private eye Fred Otash.”
This is not the first time that Fincher and Ellroy have worked together, having collaborated on an unrealised miniseries adaptation of Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia, which was in development prior to the 2006 movie from Brian De Palma.
- Gary Collinson
Director David Fincher has a couple shows in development with HBO, and we have some information about them to share with you.
The first is a noir-style crime drama that he’s been developing with James Ellroy, the man behind L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia. The series is based on a real life private eye named Fred Otash. Jack Nicholson’s character in Chinatown is partially based on this guy, and a fictionalized version of him has been featured in a couple of Ellroy’s novels. Deadline reports that the series will be called Shakedown, and they offer the following plot information:
“Shakedown, now in development, is set in the tabloid world and the underbelly of Los Angeles in the 1950s and centers on a real-life private detective. It is inspired by the life of legendary 1050s Hollywood vice cop-turned-private eye Fred Otash.”
The second project he just »
- Joey Paur
The soft-spoken and humble Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond (“Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” also nominated for “The Deer Hunter,” “The River,” and “The Black Dahlia”) sat down this past summer to answer questions about his impressive career as part of Toronto International Film Festival’s Higher Learning program. (As a quick aside to our Canadian readers, we encourage you to check out Tiff’s Post-Secondary Programmes: “Higher Learning is a free ongoing programme that provides Canadian college and university students and faculty a forum in which to examine film, television, video, new media and gaming from a wide range of cultural, social, historical, political and technological approaches and disciplines.”) Tiff just published the talk and we think it’s worth a watch. Over the course of the discussion, Zsigmond talks about the importance of film, modern versus historical cinema, and even how he made his transition from the athletically ambitious son of a. »
- Zach Hollwedel
The Halloween costume frenzy has begun!On Friday night, a ton of celebrities attended the annual Casamigos Halloween Party in Los Angeles -- where they all showed off some pretty impressive get ups.Michelle Trachtenberg arrived as The Black Dahlia, sporting some throwback hair, a blue dress and some gruesome scars on her face. Hilary Duff showed up with a glittery masquerade mask and crown, but made headlines for walking in with estranged hubby Mike Comrie. The two were seen holding hands -- see that photo in the gallery above.And then there's Paris Hilton, who brought a sexy spin to Minnie Mouse, and Brittny Gastineau, who showed some insane cleavage as a zombie. Other stars in attendance included Cindy Crawford, Tim Allen, Maria Menounos, a pregnant Molly Sims, Kate Hudson and "Dancing with the Stars" team Val Chmerkovskiy and Janel Parrish.Special mention must go to Kelly Carlson, who »
- tooFab Staff
The clock is ticking on Forever. Can it sustain enough viewers to live to a full first season? Here's Billy's review...
This review contains spoilers.
1.6 The Frustrating Thing About Psychopaths
Before I get on to the review, I want to talk about the show in general, and its likely longevity. Looking at the viewing figures and how they’re sliding there was some debate online if this production would beat the eight episodes that the very similar New Amsterdam (2008) managed to deliver before cancellation. With seven episodes complete, ABC has confounded many Network TV watchers by ordering a further three scripts. That is spitting distance away from a complete half season, even if it isn’t the full set.
Though, it’s worth pointing out that ordering scripts isn’t bankrolling them being produced, and Forever has just one more episode in the bag to prove it isn’t the »
David Fincher is a busy man. He’s developing a stateside adaptation of the Channel 4 drama Utopia with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn for HBO. And he’s had a slew of other projects in holding, including the serial-killer series Mind Hunter with Charlize Theron -- also for the same cable network. And if that weren’t enough, the director is now looking to add a classic crime noir to his full plate. The Playlist reports that Fincher and author James Ellroy are in talks with HBO for a series set in Los Angeles “in a similar 1950s milieu (like Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential).” The two creators have a history. Fincher almost adapted Ellroy’s novel The Black Dahlia into a five-hour, $80-million miniseries with Tom Cruise...
- Alison Nastasi
Please read the following sentence: Look here, sister, start usin’ them getaway sticks or you’ll be takin’ a pill from this roscoe here.* Did that make any earthly sense? Yes? No? Well, either way we’ll be learning the ways of the noirish gentleman (and lady) soon. Hopefully. Because David Fincher and James Ellroy are in talks with HBO to start up a film noir TV series. From the Playlist, we’ve got a scant few details: it’ll be set in Los Angeles and steeped in the same general ’50s backdrop as previous Ellroy works (they cite “L.A. Confidential” as a biggie). And that’s about as far as “scant” gets us. The Playlist stresses that there’s “no deal in place,” but given the talent involved, HBO would be foolish to pass this one up. Fincher’s never made an out-and-out film noir (unless you count a couple of ads for The Gap »
- Adam Bellotto
Director David Fincher and crime novelist James Ellroy, who wrote The Black Dahlia, have teamed up to develop a new noir crime drama for HBO. It's about time these two talents came together to bring us something. I always thought they should develop something together.
Fincher was actually developing a film adaptation of The Black Dahlia before Zodiac came along and stole the director from it. The news comes from The Playlist who reports that “Fincher and Ellroy are talking to HBO, and planning a noir-ish crime show set in L.A., in a similar 1950s milieu (like Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential).”
It'll be great to see a series like this from these two talents. Ellroy is a fantastic writer full of all kinds of crazy, interesting information about the history of crime in Los Angeles, and Fincher is one of the best directors working today. They will make beautiful TV together. »
- Joey Paur
Anything David Fincher turns his attention to is worth getting excited over, but throw crime novelist James Ellroy (The Black Dahlia, L.A. Confidential) into the mix and we could be looking at something really special.
According to a new report, the duo may be teaming up for a series on HBO, the American cable network responsible for the likes of Game of Thrones, The Sopranos and True Detective. Though little is known in terms of plot details at this stage, it will be set in 1950s Los Angeles, and that type of crime noir setting is one which is very familiar to Ellroy. Talks between them and HBO are now said to be ongoing.
- Josh Wilding
Old pals they may be, but David Fincher and James Ellroy have yet to formalise their friendship with a working collaboration. Until now, perhaps. According to Indiewire’s scoop, the pair have plans for an HBO crime noir set in Ellroy’s 1950s La sweet spot.There’s little known by way of plot specifics, but Fincher and Ellroy are in talks with HBO to thrash out a deal and the prospect of a meshing of their hardboiled sensibilities is a tantalising one.Fincher was once attached to adapt Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia, a project that ultimately fell, with mixed results, to Brian De Palma in 2006. Pre-empting the current boom in cable TV, Fincher had looked at transforming it into a $80m miniseries with Mark Wahlberg in the role that would eventually fall into Aaron Eckhart’s lap.For Ellroy fans, there’s been talk mooted in recent years »
In what sounds like a mouth-watering creative collaboration, David Fincher and James Ellroy are reportedly teaming up on a new TV show they are currently pitching to HBO. According to The Playlist, the pair have come up with a 1950’s crime saga set in La, and are currently in advanced talks with the studio over the possibility of getting it made. This isn’t the first time that Fincher has been linked to Ellroy’s work, with the director initially attached to the adaptation of The Black Dahlia before his version of the project fell...
- George Wales
That's about all the details there are regarding the plot. The setting is familiar to fans of Ellroy's "L.A Confidential," and Fincher at one point was attached to direct the film based on Ellroy's "The Black Dahlia".
Fincher was also attached to the Eliot Ness-themed crime thriller "Torso" at one point, so his interest in noir period crime is long documented. No further details just now, Fincher's next film "Gone Girl" is slated to open on October 3rd. »
- Garth Franklin
In what sounds like a match made in heaven, famed filmmaker David Fincher and author James Ellroy are in the early stages of collaborating on a new show for HBO. The Playlist and /Film report that details on the project are scarce, but the show is said to be a 1950s set noir detective story.
Fincher and Ellroy were set to work together on The Black Dahlia, which was based on Ellroy’s book of the same name. That project fell through and Brian De Palma ended up directing the film in 2006. Fincher and Ellroy have remained in contact since and have been waiting to create something together since then.
Ellroy has had several works adapted to film, the most famous being the incredible 1997 neo-noir detective film L.A. Confidential directed by Curtis Hanson. The film was also set in the 50s and was highly successful with critics and audiences alike. »
- Max Molinaro
Hold onto your fedoras, it's about to get noir-y! Recent reports have Oscar-nominated director David Fincher and one of Hollywood's go-to-crime novelist James Ellroy teaming up in talks with HBO for a Los Angeles-set 1950s crime noir series. That setting should sound familiar to fans of the Ellroy novel-inspired L.A Confidential, but it's also an area that Fincher has wanted to explore for some time now. Fincher was once attached to direct an adaptation of Ellroy's The Black Dahlia novel (which was helmed by Brian De Palma to a lukewarm reception). Since Fincher apparently envisioned his version of the crime thriller as a miniseries, perhaps this new project will be a marriage of the two previous adaptations. Hit the jump for more. The Playlist reports that Fincher and Ellroy are in talks with HBO for "noir-ish crime show set in L.A., in a ... 1950s milieu." That's about as »
- Dave Trumbore
Director David Fincher and writer James Ellroy sound like a match made in heaven. Fincher has produced some of the most memorable crime dramas in the past twenty years, while Ellroy’s credentials as a writer of 1950s-based noir novels cannot be disputed. It was really only a matter of time before these two came together on a project, and now they’re hoping to do it for HBO.
Fincher and Ellroy are currently in the planning stages of a noir crime show set in 1950s Los Angeles. HBO seems the perfect place for such a project, and apparently the pair have been discussing it with the network. Other details remain scarce on the ground, but it sounds like a solid idea to say the least.
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Director David Fincher and author James Ellroy have shared interests as they’ve both chronicles characters with grim, all-encompassing obsessions. In fact, the two men have an association that goes back years, to when Fincher considered filming Ellroy’s novel The Black Dahlia. That didn’t happen (Brian De Palma made the film instead) but Fincher and Ellroy have […]
- Russ Fischer
David Fincher has wanted to make a classic crime noir for several years now. People tend to forget, but the filmmaker almost directed “The Black Dahlia” (he was attached before Brian De Palma eventually took over), and for several years he tried to make “Torso,” an Eliot Ness crime thriller about the famous detective trying to stop a serial killer in 1930s Cleveland (director David Lowery is making that now). In fact, when Fincher was attached to the adaptation of James Ellroy’s ‘Dahlia’ novel, he envisioned a five-hour, $80-million miniseries with movie stars (Tom Cruise being the lead). That obviously didn’t happen and the project fell through (and Fincher moved on to “Zodiac”). But it seems that Fincher is circling around a similar idea, once again with Ellroy. Sources close to the project (the same sources who told us about the new Lonergan project announced this weekend, that »
- Edward Davis
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Hilary Swank already has two best actress Oscars on her shelf, for Boys Don’t Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004), which is something that only 12 other women have ever been able to claim. But, having only just turned 40, she is not resting on her laurels. Since her second win, in 2005, she has pursued a number of projects that were clearly intended to be awards bait, but that failed to resonate with voters: The Black Dahlia (2006), Freedom Writers(2007), Amelia (2009) and Conviction (2010).
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- Anjelica Oswald
Hilary Swank already has two best actress Oscars on her shelf, for Boys Don't Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004), which is something that only 12 other women have ever been able to claim. But, having only just turned 40, she is not resting on her laurels. Since her second win, in 2005, she has pursued a number of projects that were clearly intended to be awards bait, but that failed to resonate with voters: The Black Dahlia (2006), Freedom Writers (2007), Amelia (2009) and Conviction (2010). Now, however, she is starring in a film that in no way
- Scott Feinberg
The original followed a detective who slowly falls in love and becomes obsessed with a well-heeled advertising exec over the course of investigating her murder. Ellroy also penned the scripts for "Street Kings" and "Rampart". [Source: THR]
The Emperor’s Children
- Garth Franklin
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