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Less than one week after Roberto Orci backed away from directing Star Trek 3, Paramount is still searching for a replacement, and at least one filmmaker is campaigning for the job. Jonathan Frakes, best known to Trekkies as Commander Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation, revealed that he is aggressively pursuing the project. Aside from playing Riker, Jonathan Frakes is also an accomplished director, helming the features Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager.
There is even a movement on Twitter to bring him on board, with the hashtag #BringInRiker. While he admitted that it's a "longshot" that he gets the job, the filmmaker revealed in an interview with Komo News that he has reached out to producer J.J. Abrams, while his agent has gotten in touch with Paramount Pictures. Here's what »
[Spoiler Alert: This review contains a few spoilers, though I have tried to keep them to a minimum while still making this a viable review.]
When the first made-for-tv Librarian movie appeared in 2004 (The Librarian: Quest for the Spear), I watched it simply because it sounded so silly (and I also have a fondness for magic and fantasy). The premise is a normal metropolitan library under which is hidden a magical library containing not only rare (or mythical) books and manuscripts, but historical/magical (and religious) artifacts: the Ark of the Covenant, Excalibur, Pandora’s Box, even Noah’s Ark. This library -- which exists to protects these items, as well as protecting the general public from the wrong use of magic -- is overseen by Judson (Bob Newhart) and his assistant, Charlene (Jane Curtin). They hire a librarian whose job it is to go around the world either finding magical artifacts, or preventing those artifacts from falling into the wrong hands. The librarian is chosen for a combination of the breadth of his knowledge and intelligence, »
- Ian Alterman
The series was cancelled by TNT after five seasons in 2012, but Kane told Digital Spy that executive producer Dean Devlin is in talks about a film follow-up.
"Leverage is not dead," said the actor, who played tough guy Eliot Spencer. "It didn't end - we [just] got cancelled, but there's a movie coming - trust me!
Kane added that he was "absolutely not" satisfied with the way in which the original television series ended.
"We had another 10 years in our belt, with the stories that we could've done," he said. "We weren't in jeopardy, we should've gone longer, but that's just how it is."
Libraries are a little bit magical, aren’t they? They’re one of the few places you’re still asked to be quiet and reverential; they’re packed full of all sorts of knowledge and stories; and they’re organised due to some kind of arcane system that the average person on the street won’t have a hope of navigating. Okay, so nowadays you can learn pretty much anything you want to know just by firing up Wikipedia, but there’s still something impressive about all those words being housed in one place. In both Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, libraries are places for arcane magic to take place.
In a series of TV movies from the early 2000s starring Noah Wyle, librarians are mystical guardians of all kinds of magic. »
Warren Ellis is one of my favorite comic book authors, and his short-lived WildStorm comic series Global Frequency could make for a great TV series. The title refers to 1,001 people working for an independent, covert organization. Each of these members has a highly specialized skill, a special phone, and in a time of crisis, the organization's leader Miranda Zero and dispatcher Aleph will call and send this person on a mission. You have two interesting female characters as the regulars and from there you can cast guest stars to essentially be a weekly lead. That's not to say an adaptation is an easy slam dunk. Producer Mark Burnett (Survivor) prepped a pilot in 2005 with John Rogers (Leverage) spearheading creative development, and it leaked online. Warner Bros. was unhappy with the leak and canceled the project as a result. Now Global Frequency is getting another shot at television with Fox ordering »
- Matt Goldberg
Jeremy Bernstein has had a diverse career to say the least, writing for video game properties such as Dead Space 2 and Pretty in Pink, and television in the form of the TNT show, Leverage. Continuing this streak, Jeremy is teaming up with the digital comic book publisher, Thrillbent, to release his take on the world of private investigators, through the eyes of Santa Claus in Santa Claus: Private Eye. That’s right, Jeremy’s latest endeavor finds old Saint Nick living in a grim noir fantasy piece, putting the skills he’s learned as the jolliest creature in fiction into the art of being a private dick. Collider was able to sit down with Jeremy and talk about his latest endeavor as well as his background. Hit the jump for our interview. Collider: Jeremy, You've written for video games and television, do you find those both translate to comics, especially digital ones? »
- Evan Valentine
Industry veterans Phillip Goldfarb and Julie Gelfand will be honored at the 67th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Goldfarb will receive the Guild's 2015 Frank Capra Achievement Award, given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America. Goldfarb’s career in the entertainment industry began nearly 50 years ago. He has worked on films and TV series including "Taxi Driver," "All the Right Moves," "Diary of a Mad Housewife," "Southland," "Leverage, "Monk," "La Law" and more. Julie Gelfand will receive the DGA’s 2015 Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, which is given to an Associate Director or Stage Manager in recognition of service to the industry and to the Directors Guild of America. Gelfand cut her teeth as an assistant to the director of "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World Pageant" »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Electric came on board recently to co-finance with Enderby Entertainment the Anthony Hopkins’ action-drama “Go With Me,” with Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta on board. Electric Entertainment will be selling international rights at Afm. Shooting starts in mid-November in British Columbia, Canada, centering on a young woman newly returned to her hometown in a Pacific Northwest logging community who’s harassed by a crime lord.
“We just fell in love with ‘Go With Me,’ ” Devlin says. “We don’t have investors so Electric is a very passion-based company. I’ve done well by following my passions.”
- Dave McNary
Jeri Ryan has landed a guest-starring role on NCIS as Gibbs’ (Mark Harmon) never-before-seen ex-wife, EW has learned. The Body of Proof and Leverage alum will play Rebecca, who will appear in an episode slated for January 2015. Gibbs has been previously married four times; three relationships ended in divorce and one in the death of his wife (the part was played by both Darby Stanchfield and Aviva). Just two of his ex-wives (played by Kathleen York and Melinda McGraw) have appeared on-screen. "After 12 seasons there was still one ex-wife to cast opposite Gibbs and we found her in the beautiful and talented Jeri Ryan, »
- Natalie Abrams
Seven of Nine is two of three.
Meaning, TVLine has learned that Jeri Ryan will fill the plum NCIS role of Leroy Jethro Gibbs’ never-before-seen second ex-wife, Rebecca, who will be introduced in a January 2015 episode of the long-running CBS drama.
NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg first revealed to TVLine the plan to meet Gibbs’ missing ex last January, saying, “I can promise you that it is probably going to get touched on in Season 12.” Introducing the character, he effused, promises to be “[storyline] gold.”
TNT is returning to the world of its hit The Librarian franchise with a brand new series from Electric Entertainment and executive producers Dean Devlin, John Rogers and Marc Roskin. Rebecca Romijn (X-Men), Christian Kane ("Leverage," "Angel"), Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead, The Philanthropist) and John Kim (Neighbors, The Pacific) star in the series as the newest protectors of the world's mystical treasures, with Emmy winner John Larroquette ("Night Court," Deception) as their reluctant caretaker. Noah Wyle ("Falling Skies," "ER") serves as executive producer and recurs as Flynn Carsen, the role he played in TNT's movie trilogy. Also reprising their roles from the movies will be guest stars Bob Newhart ("The Big Bang Theory," "The Bob Newhart Show") and Jane Curtin ("Kate & Allie," "3rd Rock from the Sun"). Today, "The Librarians" has debuted a new trailer, which you can check out in the player below. »
I had the opportunity to sit down with Jeremy Bernstein, writer of all kinds of things such as Leverage, Pretty in Pink, Dead Space 2, and now his new Thrillbent comic Santa Claus: Private Eye. If the name of the book caught your attention, you are definitely not alone. In our chat we touched on his new book, how it came about, and even talked some Dead Space to boot, so without further ado, here is our conversation:
Matt Mueller: I got to go through the first four chapters of Santa Claus: Private Eye. I really enjoyed it. Can you go into some detail of how the whole project and getting the artist, and the colorist etc. came about?
- Matthew Mueller
One would never imagine Santa Claus as…..a private eye.
From the mind of television/video game writer Jeremy Bernstein, he wrote a comic book series about a supernatural Santa Claus moonlighting as a detective in this film noir-inspired series.
Here’s the synopsis:
A modern day noir, in which a down-and-out Saint Nick spends the Other 364 days of the year holding his own in the lonely city, just another average jake trying to make ends meet. He’s traded the red and white suit for a trenchcoat and fedora, traded the North Pole for back alleys and rain-slicked streets. Instead of days filled with jolly elves and hand-made toys, it’s long, dark nights filled with gangster, guns, and femme fatales… and the nicer they look, the naughtier they are.
When the wealthy, widowed Julia Barton hires Nick to find out who murdered her husband, it could be the »
- Gig Patta
Though he’s best known for his legions of the living dead, George A. Romero has captured other deadly forces with his camera, including a psychotic pseudonym come to life in The Dark Half (based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name) and a murderous primate in Monkey Shines. Scream Factory is bringing both films to Blu-ray with bonus features, including new audio commentaries by Romero.
Press Release - “This fall, Scream Factory will release The Dark Half and Monkey Shines, two horror favorites from acclaimed director George A. Romero. Making their Blu-ray debuts on November 18th, 2014, each release also boasts brand new bonus features including all new audio commentaries with George A. Romero, new retrospective featurettes with cast and crew, behind the scenes footage, deleted scenes and much more! In addition, fans who order their copies from ShoutFactory.com will have their order shipped three weeks early! »
- Derek Anderson
Making good one their Comic-Con announcement back in July, the gang at Scream Factory have announced the full specs for the upcoming Bluray releases of two of George A. Romero’s non-zombie films (and two Stephen King adaptions), 1988’s Monkey Shines and Romero’s 1993’s The Dark Half. Both releases boast new retrospectives, as well as various other goodies (including new commentaries by the man himself, George A. Romero), and hit shelves on November 18th. As an added bonus, people who order their copies directly from Scream Factory will receive their copies a full three weeks early!
I happen to love both films, so the release of brand new Blurays featuring new content is right up my alley. I’ll be picking them up, will you fright fanatics?
- Jerry Smith
• Jag star David James Elliott has been cast opposite Martin Freeman and Brian Cox in the indie thriller American Hangman. Elliot will play Detective James Steptoe in the kidnapping film from writer/director Wilson Coneybeare, who worked with Elliot on the movie A Ted Named Gooby. [THR]
• Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Timothée Chalamet (Homeland), Grant Bowler (Defiance), and Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) will star as a family with dark secrets in One & Two. Director Andrew Droz Palermo is directing the film about the family of four living in peaceful isolation in a mysterious farmhouse. Palermo, who made his feature debut co-directing the »
- Jake Perlman
Being that 95% of the human race is comprised of idiots, I so understand the desire to never leave the house. Still, there are times when even our places of refuge are violated and become pretty damned scary. Read on for the first word on the new horror flick Shut In.
THR is reporting that Beth Riesgraf (pictured), who was one of the stars of TNT’s "Leverage," is starring in the psychological horror thriller Shut In, which began production this week in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Riesgraf is playing a woman who suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is »
- Steve Barton
Beth Riesgraf, who was one of the stars of TNT’s Leverage, is starring in the psychological horror thriller Shut In, which began production this week in Shreveport, La. Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Martin Starr (Veronica Mars movie) and Jack Kesy (Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain) also are starring in the indie flick, which is being directed by Adam Schindler (Delivery: The Beast Within). Riesgraf is playing a woman who suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is that agoraphobia is
- Borys Kit
Lucas Till ("X-Men: First Class") will star opposite Kate Beckinsale in D.J. Caruso's thriller "The Disappointments Room" at Relativity Studios. Wentworth Miller penned the script which Caruso has since done a rewrite on and filming begins in two weeks in North Carolina.
The story tells of a mother (Beckinsale) who moves her family to a beautiful house in the country. The discovery of a secret room in the attic leads to the woman unlocking the home’s bloody secret past and how it ties frighteningly to her own. Till will play a mysterious carpenter who works on the family's home. [Source: Heat Vision]
The story follows a haunted young woman who makes a bloody and determined pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward a prestigious all girls prep school, »
- Garth Franklin
• Universal has found its last two members for the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton directed by F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job). Aldis Hodge (Leverage) will play Mc Ren and Neil Brown Jr. (The Walking Dead) will be DJ Yella, joining previously announced stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-e respectively. The film is set for a Aug. 14, 2015 release with Ice Cub and Dr. Dre serving as producers. [THR]
- Jake Perlman
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