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Allure of small screen tempts latest batch of film stars.
Colin Farrell will play Oliver North and reunite with Yorgos Lanthimos for Amazon Studios, while Penelope Cruz will star as Donatella Versace in FX’s American Crime Story anthology, and Peter Sarsgaard is cast as a CIA staffer in Hulu’s The Looming Tower.
The project recounts the story of the National Security Council staff member involved in the illegal sale of weapons to Iran to encourage the release of Us hostages in Lebanon in the 1980s.
Farrell starred in the second season of HBO’s True Detective and is best known for a film »
Scott Watson reviews 88 Heroes…
I reckon Dr H8 has been watching far too many 80’s action movies, either that or he’s a big fan of Dr Evil. The plot to Bitmap Bureau and Rising Star Games latest release is the kind of straight up insane plot you would expect the main bad guy of these kind of movies to hatch! It’s ludicrous, it’s insane, it’s all a little bit crazy, but totally in keeping with the tongue-in-cheek humour and style of game that 88 Heroes is.
At 8 minutes past 8 on the 8th August 1988, the world teeters on the brink of total annihilation! Dr. H8’s demands are simple. Pay 88 octillion dollars within 88 hours or 88 thermo-nuclear warheads pointed directly at earth will be launched. It is indeed the kind of insane plot Dr Evil would be cackling maniacally for! …and with Earth in such danger, the best are »
- Scott Watson
There’s an old saying that goes, “Nobody comes from Los Angeles.” Rather, the city is made up of millions of displaced souls who’ve found their way to Los Angeles from someplace else, which goes a long way to explain why no two filmmakers seem to view the city in the same way — because everyone, in some way, is an outsider there. A few years back, indie director Aaron Katz moved to Los Angeles from Portland, Ore., synthesizing his impressions into the gleaming blue sapphire that is “Gemini,” a subtle, sophisticated neo-noir focused on the odd co-dependent relationship between a starlet and her personal assistant — and how that dynamic is tested when one of them drops dead.
Although Katz unveiled “Gemini” at South by Southwest (the same film festival that effectively “discovered” him 11 years earlier with “Dance Party, USA”), this sleek and playful identity puzzler would have been right »
- Peter Debruge
Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make us happy. Want to know of something simple? The Miami Vice theme. It’s incredibly simple, incredibly awesome and when you mix it with just about anything in the world, it makes that thing infinitely better. So why not take that theme song and mash it up with the hottest movie in theaters in Logan? Why I’m glad you asked because the fellas at The Wood Creek Faction decided to take clips from Logan and turn them into an 80s show introduction by the name of “Logan.” There are mashup videos out
This Logan and Miami Vice Mashup is Gold »
- Nat Berman
Editors Note: This story originally ran on December 6, 2016. When a waiter comes to congratulate Naomie Harris "for all those films" on a bright afternoon at a West Hollywood hotel, it's fairly clear which ones he means. The highest profile, of course, is her work as a different kind of Moneypenny in the Daniel Craig-era Bond series; there is also the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean, Miami Vice and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on her filmography. But as Paula in Barry… »
Brooke Kennedy has produced hundreds of hours of television, much of it in New York City. But of all her experiences in the trenches, nothing quite compares to directing the first episode of “The Good Fight” at a Park Avenue location on the night of Nov. 8, as Donald Trump pulled off his stunning political upset in the presidential race.
As Christine Baranski and Delroy Lindo got to work on a particularly emotional scene in “The Good Wife” spinoff — which premieres Sunday on CBS All Access — Kennedy looked out and saw the darkness around the edges of the office-building set flecked with the blue-ish glow of smartphone screens.
“Everyone in the crew was on their phones, and you could start to read it on everybody’s face,” Kennedy recalls.
As horrified as Kennedy was on a personal level (she’s no Donald Trump fan), her first instinct was to protect the actors from the news to allow them »
- Cynthia Littleton
When “Archer” started out, it was a standard, but very funny, animated spy spoof. However, recent seasons have seen the creators throw out the narrative rule book and play freely with all kinds of genres. Season 5 saw the titular agent and his crew head to Florida for “Miami Vice” style shenanigans, while season 7 saw them cross the country to California. And now, season 8, dubbed “Archer: Dreamland,” has them going noir.
Continue reading ‘Archer’ Goes Noir In New Trailer For Season 8 at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Milo Ventimiglia makes America cry every Tuesday night as Jack, the seemingly perfect (and ill-fated) father of three on NBC’s breakout hit “This Is Us.” But acting’s just Ventimiglia’s day job: He’s also a prolific producer in his own right, with several series in the works, including Fox’s drama pilot “Kin.”
Part of the success of “This Is Us” is in the audience relating to the characters. Can you relate to Jack?
One hundred percent. I approach Jack very simply, because he’s a simple-needs kind of guy. He loves his wife, he loves his kids, and will do anything for them. He’s a good person, and inspires people around him to be good. I very much try to be a good man, too.
Is he as perfect as he seems? Will we get to see any flaws?
I don’t think he’s perfect at all. I »
- Debra Birnbaum
American actor Migiel Ferrer has passed away aged 61 after losing his fight with cancer, Deadline is reporting.
The son of Oscar-winning actor Jose Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney, Ferrer began his career in the early 1980s with minor roles in TV shows and films such as Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, before his memorable turn in 1987’s RoboCop, where he played Ocp executive Bob Morton.
He would continue to mix film and TV work, with credits on the likes of Miami Vice, Twin Peaks, Hot Shots: Part Deux, The Stand, Mulan, Traffic, The Manchurian Candidate, Crossing Jordan and NCIS: Los Angeles.
Ferrer also enjoyed a number of comic book-related roles throughout his career, playing the Weather Wizard in the 1997 TV pilot Justice League of America and the Vice President in Iron Man 3, as well as lending his voice to Superman: The Animated Series, The Batman, Justice League: The New Frontier, »
- Gary Collinson
Michael Mann has gone back and re-edited several of his films, including Manhunter and most recently, Blackhat. Sometimes these changes are substantial, other times they’re redundant. The director believes his last cut of The Last of the Mohicans is the superior film, while most of his fans seem to agree the Director’s Cut of Miami Vice is the inferior version. Now […]
The post A New Cut of ‘Ali’ Is Now Available on Blu-Ray appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
“Times change,” director Michael Mann says of what prompted him to revisit his 2001 Muhammad Ali biopic “Ali” for a “commemorative edition” Blu-ray. The new cut hits shelves today, on what would have been Ali’s 75th birthday. “What I was interested in, particularly now, was making more tangible the forces that were raised against him, all his adversaries, and linking them in a strong way.”
A director’s cut of the film was released in 2004, injecting eight-and-a-half minutes of material that both amplified the political strife of the times and deepened Ali’s kinship with sports journalist Howard Cosell, among other things. For the new release, Mann has pulled some of those Cosell elements back while keeping the political material in tact, shaving and trimming elsewhere for the shortest cut yet — though one still clocking in at a robust 151 minutes.
“It’s a combination of expanding certain things and compressing others, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Just as nature abhors a vacuum, so too does a show abhor a showrunner vacancy. With “Bosch” topper Eric Overmyer decamping to head “The Man in the High Castle,” executive producer Daniel Pyne will be the new showrunner for “Bosch.”
Among Pyne’s film credits are “The Manchurian Candidate” and “The Sum of All Fears.” He made his directorial debut with the indie cult film “Where’s Marlowe?”, which he co-wrote with Mankiewicz. Together, they also created and produced “The Street,” a syndicated police procedural starring Stanley Tucci, and “The Marshal.” Pyne’s television work includes “Alcatraz” and “Miami Vice,” on which he and Mankiewicz first worked together.
Mankiewicz has served as an exec producer on “House of Cards” for the last four seasons. His »
- Oriana Schwindt
Though it started out as a spoof of James Bond-style spy stories, Archer‘s reinvented itself a couple of times over the past few years. There was that time it became a Miami Vice riff in season five, before “un-rebooting” itself in season six. It re-rebooted itself in season seven, this time as a Magnum P.I.-inspired private eye series. And […]
The post ‘Archer: Dreamland’ Teaser Trailers: Archer Reinvents Itself As a 1940s Noir appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
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