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‘Get Shorty’ Review: This Smart Take on Elmore Leonard Will Make You Forget All About Chili Palmer

‘Get Shorty’ Review: This Smart Take on Elmore Leonard Will Make You Forget All About Chili Palmer
Elmore Leonard doesn’t make adaptations easy. The many successful films and one great TV show produced from the renowned author’s work seem to indicate otherwise, but for every “Out of Sight” and “Justified,” there’s a “Killshot” and “Karen Sisco.”

Now, after a hailed novel and two feature films, “Get Shorty” becomes the latest Leonard crime story to get the series treatment, and it’s a lot closer in quality to its titular inspiration than its lesser sequel, “Be Cool.” But aside from being pretty darn good, this take goes its own way.

Anyone familiar with the 1990 book or 1995 film will certainly recognize the plot, but creator Davey Holmes’ new show isn’t doing an impression; not on any level. From the casting to the construction, this version of “Get Shorty” is its own beast. The hour-long drama may not be the next big breakout in the golden age of TV,
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‘Get Shorty’ Review: This Smart Take on Elmore Leonard Will Make You Forget All About Chili Palmer

‘Get Shorty’ Review: This Smart Take on Elmore Leonard Will Make You Forget All About Chili Palmer
Elmore Leonard doesn’t make adaptations easy. The many successful films and one great TV show produced from the renowned author’s work seem to indicate otherwise, but for every “Out of Sight” and “Justified,” there’s a “Killshot” and “Karen Sisco.”

Now, after a hailed novel and two feature films, “Get Shorty” becomes the latest Leonard crime story to get the series treatment, and it’s a lot closer in quality to its titular inspiration than its lesser sequel, “Be Cool.” But aside from being pretty darn good, this take goes its own way.

Anyone familiar with the 1990 book or 1995 film will certainly recognize the plot, but creator Davey Holmes’ new show isn’t doing an impression; not on any level. From the casting to the construction, this version of “Get Shorty” is its own beast. The hour-long drama may not be the next big breakout in the golden age of TV,
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Top 25 Most Anticipated Studio Films of 2015: #4. Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight

Director: Quentin Tarantino // Writer: Quentin Tarantino

The film that almost wasn’t due to a draft of the script being leaked in early 2014, causing Tarantino to shelve the project. But after a live script reading at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles in spring 2014, extreme interest seemed to reenergize The Hateful Eight, another ‘southern’ from Tarantino following 2012’s Django Unchained. While the role rumored for Christoph Waltz eventually went to Kurt Russell (who starred in Death Proof, of course), Tarantino recycles his usual crew, including Samuel Jackson, Zoe Bell, Michael Madsen, while adding some high profile names like Channing Tatum, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Demian Bichir in a film set in post-Civil War Wyoming, where bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Tarantino has already announced he wants to go out while he’s still ‘fresh,
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Elmore Leonard: 'What a guy!' says Jackie Collins

Jackie Collins, queen of the sexy thriller, has been hooked on Elmore Leonard ever since she read Get Shorty. But she has never been able to follow the king of crime fiction's 10 rules for writing …

Rip Elmore Leonard. What a guy – what a teller of wild and wonderful and, most of all, raunchy tales. A storyteller with a crazy imagination mixed in with personal experiences. Many have tried, but nobody has managed to outdo crime fiction's master of the thriller.

I discovered the joy of an Elmore Leonard book in the early 1990s when I picked up Get Shorty. What a trip! I was immediately hooked by his colourful language and outrageous characters. I grew up reading Mickey Spillane, and I never thought any writer could beat Spillane for his way of bringing characters to life so that one could actually visualise them. But Elmore Leonard managed to do that – and brilliantly.
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R.I.P. Elmore Leonard (1925 - 2013)

Celebrated American novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard has died aged 87 after complications from a stroke he suffered last month. A statement on his official website revealed that Leonard "passed away this morning at 7.15 Am at home surrounded by his loving family."

Born in New Orleans in 1925, Leonard began his career as a writer penning Western short stories in the 1950s, before turning his attention to crime fiction the following decade. During his career he penned 45 novels, with many of his tales adapted for the screen, including Hombre, The Big Bounce, The Tall T, 3:10 to Yuma, Mr. Majestyk, Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Be Cool, Rum Punch (filmed as Jackie Brown), Killshot and the FX television series Justified, on which he also served as executive producer.

Flickering Myth would like to pass on our condolences to Mr. Leonard's family and friends at this sad time.
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'Get Shorty,' 'Out of Sight' Author Elmore Leonard Dead at 87

'Get Shorty,' 'Out of Sight' Author Elmore Leonard Dead at 87
Elmore Leonard, the author best known in the film world for the feature adaptations of his works "Get Shorty," "Out of Sight," and "Rum Punch" (which was filmed as "Jackie Brown"), has passed away at 87, three weeks after suffering a stoke. Gregg Sutter, Leonard's researcher and webmaster, broke the news of Leonard's passing on the novelist's Facebook page, writing that he died surrounded by family in Detroit, the city he's called home since 1934. Read More: The Playlist Pays Tribute to Elmore Leonard In addition to the aforementioned books, Leonard is also the writer of the short story "Three-Ten to Yuma," adapted twice to screen, as well as the creator of the character at the center of FX series "Justified," on which he also served as executive producer. He also served as executive producer on "Jackie Brown," "Be Cool" (the sequel to "Get Shorty"), "Killshot," and the upcoming Jennifer Aniston crime caper "Life of Crime.
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The 15 Most Anticipated Films of SXSW 2013

SXSW 2013 begins in a couple days, and we couldn’t be more excited. By “we,” I mean Fsr founder, publisher and beard-model Neil Miller, professional interviewer and lanky ladies man Jack Giroux, and myself. We’ll be descending on Austin this Friday to take in as much festival film-going, socializing and Alamo Drafthouse food as we possibly can. Of course we’re excited to see movies too. A lot of movies. And to give you an idea of what we’re most looking forward to film-wise the three of us have each listed our five most anticipated films of SXSW 2013 below. Don Jon’s Addiction Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s directorial debut left critics impressed at this year’s Sundance with our own Allison Loring mentioning that the only downside of the film is the abundance of porn… something I’m guessing none of our readers or 99% of the Internet will mind. Nudity
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'Drive' Gets Amazing New Poster Courtesy of Mondo Artist Tyler Stout

Because music fans are back to loving vinyl for their enjoyment of music, every now and then, a special release of various albums gets the record treatment. Once such soundtrack is the celebrated and loved collection of music used in the Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive. In addition to getting a cool vinyl reissue, Mondo artist Tyler Stout designed the artwork for the LP which will be sold through an exhibit at Mondo's gallery in Austin on March 15th and on March 22nd through their website. In addition, a full poster with this artwork will be sold at the gallery, and might be made available online at some point. Poster below! Here's Tyler Stout's poster for Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive via Pitchfork: Drive is directed by Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, of the Pusher trilogy, Bronson and Valhalla Rising previously. The screenplay was written by Hossein Amini (The Four Feathers,
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Diane Lane and Finn Wittrock To Star In ‘Sweet Bird Of Youth'

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Oscar-nominee Diane Lane will star in David Cromer’s production of the Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird Of Youth,” which begins performances on September 15 at the Goodman TheatreFinn Wittrock, recently in Mike Nichols revival of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” will co-star as young giglo Chance Wayne, while Lane plays Princess Kosmonpolis. Over two decades, Lane has had expansive career, including, “A Walk On The Moon,” “The Perfect Storm,” and “Killshot.” Not a stranger to the stage she, has been on Broadway, most recently in “Runaways” and “The Cherry Orchard.” Cromer, whose directorial credits “Our Town” and “Tribes” at the Barrow Street Theater, and “The House of Blue Leaves” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs” on Broadway, will be making his Goodman Theatre directorial debut.
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Charlize Theron Murder Mystery John Madden Makes Killing Cute Again

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Charlie Theron’s agent has some serious Shazam going these days. She’s flirting with overexposure, sure, but the Oscar winning beauty has been in hit films across genres this season. Now she’s zeroed-in on the crime genre with a project suited to steal hearts as well as lives: Murder Mystery.

So who ensures the fun side of homicide is shown in Murder Mystery? John Madden, a director who is a bona fide sniper when it comes to heartwarming period pieces. Combine him with Charlize’s towering talent for inhabiting roles and inflicting emotion, and you’ve got an open-shut case on your hands.

Need I even provide evidence on Theron’s cinematic power? Let’s move right on to proving Madden:

First off, I’ll admit that he runs hot and cold at the box office. Even when he’s bringing to bear his talent for conveying a romantic atmosphere,
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Charlize Theron Gets Caught In A 'Murder Mystery' For John Madden Penned By 'Zodiac' Scribe James Vanderbilt

It's interesting to watch how fortunes change. For a while, it looked like John Madden would never be able to match the critical and commercial acclaim of "Shakespeare In Love," with a string of ill-received and underperforming films like "Proof," "Killshot" and "The Debt." Which brings us to 2012. Madden is back on top with "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," which has brought in over $110 million worldwide, so no surprise he's now attached to a film with one of the hottest -- literally and figuratively -- actresses of the moment.

While at one time it had Kevin Macdonald attached, Madden will helm "Murdery Mystery" with Theron set to co-star and co-produce the film penned by "Zodiac" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" writer James Vanderbilt. The comedy mystery follows an American couple on honeymoon in Europe who have to go on the run after witnessing and being accused of murder, and are drawn
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Tribeca 2012: Review of Freaky Deaky

Elmore Leonard’s novels are fuelled by dialogue. Punchy, quick-witted words fired off in a way to give you the lowdown on character And drive you through the story. But film versions? Now that’s a tricky one. For every Out of Sight, Get Shorty, and Rum Punch (filmed as Jackie Brown) there’s a Be Cool, Killshot, and Stick … and the list of negatives outweighs the positives.

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel brings sunshine back to the UK box office

John Madden's amiable comedy repeats the success of word-of-mouth hits such as Calendar Girls as weekend takings hint at box-office recovery

The winner

Back in September 2003, Calendar Girls bucked the usual downward trend for cinema grosses by rising 5% on its second weekend of play. Now history repeats, as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which is similarly targeted at older cinemagoers, rises by an identical amount in its second frame, with takings of £2.34m, knocking The Woman in Black off the top spot. Thanks also to a solid midweek performance – the audience for this film is so far proving happy to come out any day of the week – it has now achieved a highly impressive £7.01m after just 10 days of play.

By comparison, Calendar Girls stood at £5.68m at this stage of play – although of course ticket prices were significantly lower eight and a half years ago. Calendar Girls ended up with £20.43m.
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Review: Drive

The Director of 2008's Bronson and 2009's Valhalla Rising, Nicolas Winding Refn, returns with equally dark blood-soaked subject-matter in his slick adaptation of James Sallis's 2011 book, Drive.

Winding Refn instantly gets our attention with a masterfully choreographed opening title sequence introducing his nameless hero. Giving his criminally-minded “clients” a rigid “five minute window”, he acts as getaway driver using the police radio frequency to monitor their detection. His is a precise operation, silently and calmly undertook without conversing with passengers. Amplified sounds of the city - radios, helicopters, sirens and the car engine's roar - nicely contrast with the silence as our hero and his load hide-out under arches. A final police chase is accompanied by edgy suspense-building electronic music and loud radio sports commentary before we're allowed to delve further into this mysterious driver's life.

Helping his neighbour, Irene (Carey Mulligan), at the supermarket with her broken down car,
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Warner Bros. Picks Up Pitch For Action-Comedy Project Killshot

Warner Bros. has picked up a pitch for an action comedy titled Killshot, though beyond the fact that it.s from Ken Woodruff, there.s very little else THR has to say about it. Plot details? Being kept under wraps. Major producers? None that we can speak of at the moment. We don.t even know a lot about Woodruff, who.s best recognized as an executive story editor and co-producer on CBS. weekly drama The Mentalist, with Simon Baker. Before that, he was assistant to the director on Fox.s soap opera The O.C.. Now? He.s a paid screenwriter with an action-comedy project in the pipeline. It.s unlikely that Woodruff is reworking Elmore Leonard.s 1989 novel about a married couple dodging a pair of hitmen. But I guess it.s possible. Director John Madden (The Debt, Shakespeare In Love) attempted an adaptation back in 2008, with Mickey
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Director John Madden discusses The Debt and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

To most, John Madden will always be the director of such period classics as Mrs Brown and Shakespeare in Love. Oscar-nominated for Best Director on the latter, he steered the film to a staggering 13 Academy Award nominations and seven wins, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Dame Judi Dench. Since then, he’s branched out, adapting Louis de Bernières’s best-selling novel Captain Corelli’s Mandoli, David Auburn’s play Proof and Elmore Leonard’s book Killshot for the big screen. Yet, with his latest movie, Madden takes on a different type of source material – that of the 2007 Israeli film Ha-Hov, directed and co-written by Assaf Bernstein.

Remaking Ha-Hov as The Debt, it tells a complex story about secrets, lies, history and guilt, starting in East Berlin in the 1960s and continuing in Tel Aviv in 2007. Cutting back and forth between the two,
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Must Watch: Awesome Animated Tribute to Ryan Gosling in 'Drive'

Some Heroes Are Real. Thanks to a tip from Bleeding Cool, we found this rather awesome animated tribute to Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, starring Ryan Gosling as the Driver. It was created by Bruno et Tom on Vimeo, aka Tom Haugomat & Bruno Mangyoku, and is a quick 60-sec recap of some of the best moments. It's just badass. I was waiting for this happen, when I first saw Drive in Cannes I knew it would have an amazing cult appeal, and was waiting for it to be released, so we could finally see awesome art and tributes like this that have been pouring in ever since. If you loved Drive as much as us, then you've got to see this! Drive is directed by Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, of the Pusher trilogy, Bronson and Valhalla Rising previously. The screenplay was written by Hossein Amini (The Four Feathers, Killshot,
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Watch: Funny or Die Perfectly Parodies 'Drive' with 'Drive-Thru' Trailer

"You want me to pick you up something from the drive-thru, you give me a time and a place. I give you a 5-minute window." If you're among those who haven't yet enjoyed the masterful thriller Drive from director Nicholas Winding Refn and starring Ryan Gosling, then you're missing out. But for those who have already seen the gripping, intense and even shocking film, this bit of fun is for you. Funny or Die has debuted a hilarious short called Drive-Thru which uses the same beautiful visual style (perhaps with a little less grace) and the film's killer soundtrack in a trailer parody that rivals The Muppets. Watch below! Here's Funny or Die's hilarious Drive trailer parody Drive-Thru: Drive is directed by Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, of the Pusher trilogy, Bronson and Valhalla Rising previously. The screenplay was written by Hossein Amini (The Four Feathers, Killshot, 47 Ronin
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Drive (2011)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 31, 2012

Price: DVD $26.99, Blu-ray $30.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Not to be confused with the short-lived 2007 TV show of the same name, Drive is an art house film trying to be an action film, or an action film masquerading as an art film. Take your pick.

The movie stars indie favorite Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine) as a stuntman who moonlights as a driver for people who need drivers who don’t ask questions. A loner, Gosling’s driver meets and falls for his neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan, Never Let Me Go), whose husband is in jail. When he’s released and needs help with a heist, the driver agrees — for the sake of Irene and her young son. But after the heist goes wrong, Gosling ends up with a contract on his head.

The R-rated film also stars Bryan Cranston (The Lincoln Lawyer), Albert Brooks (Broadcast News
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Justified Season 2

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 3, 2012

Price: DVD $45.99, Blu-ray $55.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

FX’s acclaimed drama TV show Justified brings the attitude of the Old West to the criminal forces of today.

The Emmy Award-winning show stars Timothy Olyphant (I Am Number Four) as U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens, who’s old-school in his approach to law enforcement. Season two begins after the deadly showdown that freed Harlan County from the reign of the Crowder crime family. But with the Crowders out of the picture, even deadlier criminal forces try to seize power — which Givens must stop.

Justified also stars Nick Searcy (Moneyball), Joelle Carter (TV’s Third Watch), Jacob Pitts (TV’s The Pacific) and, in the second season, the irrepressible Margo Martindale (Secretariat), whose performance won the show its Emmy Award.

The television series is based on the short story “Fire in the Hole” by Elmore Leonard,
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