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Addictive British Mysteries—dvd reviews

27 November 2011 10:00 PM, PST | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

Guest column by Alice Maltin Agatha Christie Mystery Lover’S Collection  (Acorn) 4 discs; 5 mysteries. I love a good mystery and this DVD set includes a number of stories I’ve never seen. While we are all familiar with the adventures of Agatha Christie’s famous crime-solving characters, Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot, the real “find” here is Tommy & Tuppence, Partners In Crime. The series, first seen in the early 1980s, is based on short stories in Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime novels. Tommy & Tuppence: The Affair of the Pink Necklace.  It is the 1920s and the delightful young newlyweds, Tommy Beresford...

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'Marple' to return for three new films on ITV

14 November 2011 3:04 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

ITV has announced that Marple will return in a new series of three films. Julia McKenzie will reprise the title role in adaptations of Agatha Christie's 'A Caribbean Mystery', 'Endless Night' and 'The Seven Dials Mystery'. The first film will begin filming in summer 2012, while the latter two will enter production in the autumn. "It's a huge privilege for me to play Miss Marple," said McKenzie. "I love her shrewd intelligence, and yet she has a warmth and a sweetness that is so disarming. "I find it stimulating watching how her insights into human nature can unlock (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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DVD Review - Fresh Fields, Set 2

6 October 2011 10:01 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

While it isn't the final outing ever for William and Hester Fields, set 2 of Fresh Fields marks the end of the four-season series, filled with more of the couple's zany antics. The show, which originally aired in the late 1980s, finally debuted series 3 and 4 on DVD in the Us on October 4.

The show has maintained its charm, trite as it might be. Anton Rodgers is the loving husband William, while Julia McKenzie (Marple) is Hester, the hyperactive but lovable wife.

The show features the classic structure of silly misunderstandings causing rifts between the couple. In one of the most cliche outings, Hester believes William's suddenly secret behavior means that he is cheating on her. Surprise! He's planning a surprise birthday party. While that plot could come from any sitcom ever made, it's the show's heart that sets it apart, not it's plot. There's not a shred of mean-spiritedness in the entire show. »

- Sam McPherson

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TV’s Top Crime Thrillers

28 September 2011 8:05 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

British audiences love a quality crime thriller series to immerse themselves into. To celebrate the release of ITV’s Crime Thriller DVD Collection (available now) and the upcoming ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards on October 11th, we have compiled a list of some of Britain’s best-loved crime thriller shows, complete with the iconic, sleuth characters that have since formed legacies of their own.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Jeremy Brett’s portrayal of the daring detective with his faithful sidekick, Dr. Watson, remains one of the most popular portrayals despite the numerous reimaginings of the infamous and ingenious super sleuth. Before Brett’s tragic death in 1995, he ignited new energy into the role of Sherlock Holmes that British audiences fell in love with, portraying one of the truest screen adaptations of the many Holmes tales. The answer to whether Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are incomparable to any other pair of detectives is elementary! »

- Kat

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Disney Acquires Untitled Female Detective Pitch

27 September 2011 5:59 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Back in March, Disney picked up the rights to Agatha Christie’s detective character Miss Marple, and now it seems that one sleuth just wasn’t enough for The Mouse House. The studio has acquired an untitled pitch from Ashley Bradley that involves yet another female detective. Plot details are scarce at this point, but Heat Vision reports that the story revolves around a young woman who discovers that she’s the descendant of a legendary gumshoe and is tasked with picking up the family trade. Marc Guggenheim, who co-wrote this summer’s Green Lantern and was a producer on Flash Forward and Eli Stone, is set to produce the untitled detective pic. Disney’s Marple film will be set in contemporary times, so one wonders if the studio will take a different approach to this mystery flick in order to set the two apart. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Nicolas Winding Refn: 'Film-making is a fetish'

8 September 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

His obsessive enthusiasm has steered gangster sagas, Norse bloodbaths and even Miss Marple. Now Nicolas Winding Refn is back behind the wheel for his new film Drive

There are three remarkable things about Marple: Nemesis, a 2008 ITV outing for Agatha Christie's elderly detective. For a start, it's the only time she's handed a mission, rather than just stumbling across a body and spontaneously sleuthing. It took more liberties with the original novel than usual – plots were dropped, motives skewed, two characters conflated to make a serial-killing lesbian nun. And, finally, it was directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, then best known for the Pusher trilogy: a Danish gangster saga, all grimy machismo and intestines down the sink.

"I was broke as hell," he explains, chewing popcorn in a back room at the O2 centre in London. "I'd gone bankrupt and owed my bank £1m. I paid that back by making »

- Catherine Shoard

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Doctor Who complete reviews: The Unicorn and the Wasp

14 August 2011 2:31 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Wasps. What are they good for? Well, as the old song goes, absolutely nothing – apart from to irritate the hell out of you on a hot summer's day. And even worse, they'll sting you without a second thought. At least bees may think twice about this, given that they're committing suicide in the process. But the wasp has no such mechanism to make it as benign, and more to the point, they'll make you look a fool in the process. Whether you're freezing like a waxwork dummy or doing some sort of crazy war dance in a vain bid to get rid of the annoying bugger, they'll still sting you like no tomorrow.

So a giant wasp should scare the bejesus out of any living man, woman or child. No wonder the latest Doctor Who story makes a virtue out of this with a story called The Unicorn And The Wasp. »

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DVD Playhouse--July 2011

6 July 2011 5:09 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—July 2011

By Allen Gardner

The Music Room (Criterion) Satyajit Ray’s 1958 masterpiece looks at the life of a fallen aristocrat as a metaphor for an India that is not only becoming Westernized, but modernized technologically and culturally beyond recognition. When the beloved music room, where he has hosted lavish concerts in the past, starts falling into disrepair as attendance drops steadily, the man realizes his way of life is vanishing. Stunningly shot in black & white, one of Ray’s finest works. Bonuses: Documentary on Ray from 1984 by Shyam Benegal; Interviews with Ray biographer Andrew Robinson and filmmaker Mira Nair; Excerpt from 1981 roundtable discussion between Ray, critic Michael Ciment, director Claude Sautet. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Full screen. Dolby 1.0 mono.

Beauty And The Beast (Criterion) Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of the classic fairy tale become a beloved classic upon its 1946 release, and hasn’t faded since. »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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'The Apprentice' trounces 'Agatha Christie's Marple'

16 June 2011 2:33 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

BBC One's The Apprentice stayed well above 7m viewers on Wednesday evening, soundly beating Marple on ITV1, the latest audience data has revealed. The sacking of Glenn Ward after the freemium magazine challenge was seen by 7.22m (29.7%) on BBC One in the 9pm hour. Spinoff show The Apprentice: You're Fired! appealed to 2.92m (14.7%) on BBC Two from 10pm and 158k (0.8%) on the BBC HD channel. Crime drama Agatha Christie's Marple returned with just 3.68m (16%) on ITV1 between 8pm and 10pm, along with 311k (1.5%) on ITV1+1. Waterloo Road took 5.06m (24.3%) on BBC One from 7.30pm, while Poms In Paradise mustered 3.46m (17.3%) on ITV1. In With The Flynns, starring Will Mellor and Warren Clarke, continued with 3.98m (18.2%) on BBC One from 8.30pm and Not Going Out amused 1.96m (14.8%) from 10.45pm. On BBC Two, Escape (more) »

- By Andrew Laughlin

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Jennifer Garner is Not Yet Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple!

31 March 2011 3:32 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Updated: Ok – so it’s not just fans of Agatha Christie’s super sleuth that were pissed off at Disney’s decision to announce a sexier set of Miss Marple films to be led by 38 year old American Jennifer Garner, but also the rights holders too.

Chorion, the British company who own the copyright to the works of Agatha Christie, has told the BBC that no deal with Disney to remake Miss Marple has been closed, and I imagine they are pissed at finding out just what direction The Mouse wants to take the character in. I suspect this adaptation is in deep trouble and it’s hard to see Chorion agreeing to what Disney are planning.

Agatha Christie’s biographer Laura Thompson has already told us that she thinks Christie would be turning in her grave about the casting and reminds us that Christie even disliked Margaret Rutherford’s »

- Ben Szwediuk

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Miss Marple reverses the ageing process

31 March 2011 3:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jennifer Garner, 38, has been cast as the elderly Agatha Christie sleuth for a new Disney film. But Miss Marple is not the only TV character who has got younger . . .

Personally, I have no problem with Jennifer Garner, the voluptuous 38-year-old American actress who portrayed a glamorous, basque-clad ninja assassin in the 2005 film Elektra, playing Agatha Christie's dowdy, aged sleuth Jane Marple. But a few traditionalists have made predictable points about her not being quite right for the part, and they are also exercised by the havoc Twin Peaks writer Mark Frost may wreak on Miss Marple's sleepy home village of St Mary Mead when he transplants it to small-town America.

Christie does appear to have imagined her creation as elderly, describing her as "rather like some of my grandmother's cronies – old ladies whom I have met in so many villages where I have gone to stay as a »

- Stephen Moss

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Miss Marple reverses the ageing process

31 March 2011 3:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Jennifer Garner, 38, has been cast as the elderly Agatha Christie sleuth for a new Disney film. But Miss Marple is not the only TV character who has got younger . . .

Personally, I have no problem with Jennifer Garner, the voluptuous 38-year-old American actress who portrayed a glamorous, basque-clad ninja assassin in the 2005 film Elektra, playing Agatha Christie's dowdy, aged sleuth Jane Marple. But a few traditionalists have made predictable points about her not being quite right for the part, and they are also exercised by the havoc Twin Peaks writer Mark Frost may wreak on Miss Marple's sleepy home village of St Mary Mead when he transplants it to small-town America.

Christie does appear to have imagined her creation as elderly, describing her as "rather like some of my grandmother's cronies – old ladies whom I have met in so many villages where I have gone to stay as a »

- Stephen Moss

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Jennifer Garner Is the New Miss Marple

30 March 2011 2:07 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

If Hollywood has taught us anything lately it’s that being a single old lady—does not sell. In fact the whole concept of an elderly woman never being married and getting by just fine in life is something unheard of these days. The latest news unveiled from Disney is that unless you are Sean Connery, being old and single is undesirable.

To many, Miss Marple survives as a strong character in the Agatha Christie canon of murder mysteries. She is one of those neat old ladies that has enough time in her busy schedule of knitting to solve crimes. She’s 80-something, smart, cunning and wears cute little hats. But apparently to Disney—Miss Marple is now a sexy woman that bears an uncanny resemblance to Jennifer Garner.

It has just been announced that Jennifer Garner has been cast in a Miss Marple reboot that will be written by »

- Andre Dumas

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Carla Gugino, from 'Sucker Punch' to 'By Virtue Fall'; Miss Marple not a done deal for Jennifer Garner

30 March 2011 1:55 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Carla Gugino, who can currently be seen on screen in Zac Snyder's "Sucker Punch," will reportedly join the cast of "By Virtue Fall," a movie centered on two Atf agents who end up enemies after one frames the other for a crime. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gugino joins a cast that already includes James Spader, Ryan Phillippe, Treat Williams and Eric Bana as one of the film's lead characters. [THR]

Agatha Christie fanatics (not that we know any) may be getting a reprieve if news that the British company that owns rights to the Miss Marple franchise hasn't signed off on a deal for Jennifer Garner to star in a new movie as a younger, hipper, more "Alias"-y Jane Marple turn out to be credible. On Tuesday, news broke that Garner had been tapped to play Marple, but a Marple who instead of being an elderly spinster with a talent for sleuthing, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Jennifer Garner all set to play a young Miss Marple

30 March 2011 12:24 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Jennifer Garner is all set to play Miss Marple in a new movie based on the iconic character, created by Agatha Christie. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Surely Ms. Garner is far to young to play the elderly spinster you’re thinking, right? Well, according to Deadline, the new movie will focus in on the character when she was in her 30′s to 40′s. The famous part-time detective from the English village of St. Mary Mead and solves mysteries as a hobby.

The film is set up over at Disney, and according to Mike Fleming over at Deadline, Garner and her Vandalia Films partner Juliana Janes will produce.

Garner will next be seen in the remake of Arthur, which is released next month. »

- Paul Heath

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The Murder Of "Miss Marple" Not Resolved Yet

30 March 2011 11:24 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Many are still reeling from reports of Jennifer Garner playing a much younger Miss Marple in an upcoming Disney-produced contemporary version of Agatha Christie's elderly sleuth.

Now, Deadline reports that Chorion, the rights holders to Christie's books, have said the deal with Disney hasn’t closed yet.

Agatha Christie’s biographer Laura Thompson has also said that the author would not have been happy with Disney’s desire to mess with tradition.

Reaction has come thick and fast to the news with mostly negative feedback, not surprising when you realise Christie is the single most successful book author of all time with over four billion copies of her novels sold, a record outstripped by only The Bible.

A few out there have strangely enough never heard of the character. For them, I've included the BBC's 1987 version of "4:50 from Paddington", the definitive actress in the role (Joan Hickson) in »

- Garth Franklin

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Jennifer Garner to Play Miss Marple?

30 March 2011 11:17 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Hollywood actress Jennifer Garner is reportedly set to play Miss Marple in Disney's reboot of Agatha Christie's series.The 38-year-old will put a young spin on the character, who has previously been portrayed by older actresses. Christie wrote 12 mystery novels starring Miss Marple, beginning in 1930. More movie notes...Russell Brand revealed his technique for acting drunk in new movie Arthur – a 'big noseful' from a bottle of hard liquor. The 35-year-old comedian was on sparkling form as he appeared on Us television's Tonight Show with Jay Leno to promote his upcoming comedies Hop and the remake of the Dudley Moore classic, Arthur. But the Brit, who is now sober after past troubles with drink and drugs, said it was actually difficult to play the title role. "I haven't had a drink in eight years and he [Arthur] is drunk all the time," he said. "So in the scenes I would »

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Jennifer Garner As Miss Marple? Not So Fast; Agatha Christie Rights Holders Say Deal Not Done

30 March 2011 8:42 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So just yesterday, it was reported that Jennifer Garner had closed up a deal with Disney to star in a revamp of Agatha Christie's famed sleuth Miss Marple. Much to the dismay of fans of the author, these new film versions seemingly would keep the name only to change the spinster detective to a young, crime-busting woman in her 30s or 40s. Whether or not Garner would wear an accent was undisclosed at the time. Anyway, 24 hours later, it looks like it might not be signed, sealed and delivered just yet. Deadline reports that Chorion, the rights holders to… »

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Not So Fast, 'Miss Marple'! Jennifer Garner Reboot Isn't A Done Deal, According To Reports

30 March 2011 7:47 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Yesterday's news that Jennifer Garner is headlining a revival of "Miss Marple" in an updated take on the classic Agatha Christie character was met with no small amount of backlash, but if you're worried about the Garner reboot deviating too far from the source material, well, hold your horses — it's not a done deal quite yet.

Following up on their original report, Deadline reveals that Chorion, the company which owns the rights to Agatha Christie, has informed the BBC that Disney's plan to reboot "Miss Marple" is not a done deal.

MTV reached out to Chorion for clarification, but the company's representatives have issued a no comment on the story. Stay tuned — we'll bring you any further updates as we get them.

In the meantime, let's take a minute to suggest something unpopular — is Jennifer Garner as Miss Marple really such a bad idea? What if Garner spends the bulk »

- Josh Wigler

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Miss Marple Adaptation Not Done Yet

30 March 2011 7:34 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The news of Disney reimagining Agatha Christie.s beloved Miss Marple as a thirty-something has not gone over very well with fans. In fact, the response has been almost universally negative. I.m pleasantly surprised. Normally, people get very hot and bothered about book adaptations recently released, but to paraphrase Shawshank Redemption, rarely are road blocks thrown up to stop the old. Miss Marple may prove to be an exception. According to Deadline, the British company, Chorion, holding the rights to Agatha Christie.s material, has come out of nowhere and released a statement saying the deal is not done. Could this be a reconsidering of the idea after the horrid reaction or just a last minute bargaining stance to squeeze a bit more money out of Disney? The studio certainly seemed under the impression everything was good to go two days ago when they went so far as to »

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