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Director Oleg Sentsov In “Severe Danger” On Day 54 Of Hunger Strike; Filmmakers Call For Putin To Show “Human Face”

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Director Oleg Sentsov In “Severe Danger” On Day 54 Of Hunger Strike; Filmmakers Call For Putin To Show “Human Face”
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is in “severe danger” in the eighth week of his hunger strike, according to the European Film Academy.

On day 54 of his indefinite hunger strike, the European film network has again called for his immediate release. At their annual meeting during the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival they drafted a letter calling on President Vladimir Putin and the Russian authorities to “finally show a human face.”

According to Ukrainian news service Kyiv Post, Sentsov’s lawyer Dmitry Dinze described his condition this week as “relatively stable.” He is said to be surviving on “vitamins and glucose” but a “crisis could begin at any time.”

Human rights organizations and filmmakers and artists from Europe and the U.S. have raised their voices in support since the director and father of two children started his hunger strike May 14. He has demanded that Russia release all Ukrainian political prisoners
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Artists Rally For Director Oleg Sentsov On Hunger Strike In Russian Jail As World Cup Media Spotlight Nears

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Artists Rally For Director Oleg Sentsov On Hunger Strike In Russian Jail As World Cup Media Spotlight Nears
Oleg Sentsov, the Ukraine filmmaker who was convicted in 2015 of plotting terrorist attacks and sentenced to 20 years in a Russian prison, is on day 24 of a hunger strike as artists and activists around the world continue to rally for his cause. Supporters demanding Sentsov’s release include Pen America and the European Film Academy. The former addressed a letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin this week while Efa has been pleading on his behalf for years, ramping up efforts recently to free the Gaamer director. Public protests have also ramped up in the past week in places like Krakow, Kiev and Tel Aviv.

That Sentsov’s hunger strike and the increased media attention is happening in the run-up to the World Cup is not a coincidence, Sentsov’s cousin Natalya Kaplan told The Independent. “His exact words to us were that if he dies during the World Cup he would
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A Brief (Pun Intended) History Of Lawyers In The Movies Part II

Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies. Enjoy, and please refrain from suing us if you feel otherwise...

1. Devil’s Advocate (1997)

Keanu Reeves plays Kevin Lomax, a hot-shot young Florida lawyer who is all about climbing the ladder. When he gets an offer he can’t refuse from a high-powered New York firm, led by the legendary John Milton
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The 35 Greatest Murder Mystery Movies Ever Made

Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.

One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger
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The Law Is A Ass #307: Back In the Saddle Again

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Let’s see now, where were we before we were interrupted?

Back in the Mesozoic Era, there was something called the print media. You remember the print media, don’t you? It was in all the papers. Well, one of the all the papers that print media printed in was Comics Buyer’s Guide; or Cbg as those of us who didn’t want to type out Comics Buyer’s Guide all the time called it. Cbg was a weekly trade paper about the comic-book industry. It wasn’t as big and important as Billboard or Variety or even as vital as that paper that gives positive reviews to every movie no matter how wretched, because studios have to get their pull quotes from somewhere. But Cbg was ours and we loved it.

And I loved Cbg more than most, because for over two decades I wrote a regular feature
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What We're Reading This Weekend: Family Dramas

A dad gets struck by lightning; a baby turns up in a boat; one twin goes to prison while the other wins a Senate seat. Maybe not what happens at your house, but there's plenty everyone can relate to in the family stories our staffers are engrossed in. Tell us what you think of our choices - and let us know what you're reading. Jill Smolowe, Senior WriterHer Pick: Man Alive! by Mary Kay Zuravleff When Dr. Owen Lerner is struck by lightning, his fried synapses are just the beginning of the damage. Zuravleff mines the Lerner family’s subsequent
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News from the Dead Zone: Stephen King’s Enhanced eBooks

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News from the Dead Zone: Stephen King’s Enhanced eBooks
Much is being made of the fact that Stephen King has—for the time being—decided to forego an eBook of his latest novel, Joyland. Several articles imply that he is no longer a fan of the digital format. Others argue that he shouldn’t get to decide how people experience a book, ignoring the fact that digital rights are separate from print rights and that authors get to choose how to exploit them. As illustrated in my first essay here at FEARnet, King has long been a champion of eBooks—an innovator, even. There was a digital version of The Wind Through the Keyhole last year and there will be one of Doctor Sleep later on this year. King isn’t challenging the format. He simply wants readers to have the retro feeling of holding a paperback in this one case. That’s what Hard Case Crime is all about,
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Innocent

The sequel to Scott Turow's courtroom bestseller Presumed Innocent sees legal eagle Rusty Sabich (Bill Pullman) on the wrong side of the law once again, twenty years after being cleared of killing his mistress. Having worked his way up to judge, Sabich is now accused of murdering someone else close to him - his wife. With Pullman bringing the same heft to the role as Harrison Ford did in the 1990 adaptation of Turow's original tale, this follow-up hits the mark thanks to a lean script and mean support from Marcia Gay Harden and Alfred Molina.
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Tonight's MovieMovie: Presumed Innocent Starring Harrison Ford

"I am a prosecutor. I have spent my life in the assignment of blame."

Rozat "Rusty" Sabich may not immediately come to mind when you're asked to name a character Harrison Ford has played on the big screen — Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Jack Ryan and Dr. Richard Kimble top our list — but Ford delivered one of the best performances of his career as the philanderous prosecuting attorney in tonight's MovieMovie, the 1990 crime thriller Presumed Innocent.

The movie was written (with Frank Pierson) and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Alan J. Pakula (Sophie's Choice) and is adapted from Scott Turow's best-selling novel of the same name. The intricate plot revolves around the rape and murder of a young woman (Greta Scacchi) and the innocent prosecutor (Ford) who used to be her lover who is being fingered for the crime. Ford plays Sabich's grief over the loss of his lover and the paranoia that follows with quiet,
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Innocent (2011)

The sequel to Scott Turow's courtroom bestseller Presumed Innocent sees legal eagle Rusty Sabich (Bill Pullman) on the wrong side of the law once again, twenty years after being cleared of killing his mistress. Having worked his way up to judge, Sabich is now accused of murdering someone else close to him - his wife. With Pullman bringing the same heft to the role as Harrison Ford did in the 1990 adaptation of Turow's original tale, this follow-up hits the mark thanks to a lean script and mean support from Marcia Gay Harden and Alfred Molina.
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Stephen King's all-author rock band plays swan song on 'The Late Late Show' -- Exclusive Video

Stephen King's all-author rock band plays swan song on 'The Late Late Show' -- Exclusive Video
Every so often since 1992, an all-star crew of writers — which has included Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, Scott Turow and Simpsons creator Matt Groening — have stepped away from their laptops and notepads to play in an all-author band called The Rock Bottom Remainders. By their own admission, the Remainders have never been what you’d call great. “We’re a novelty, like a dog that can dance,” Barry recently told EW. (Bruce Springsteen once put it to them this way: “Don’t get any better or you’ll just be another lousy garage band.”) But being great
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Frank Pierson obituary

Hollywood director and screenwriter who won an Oscar for Dog Day Afternoon

In Sunset Boulevard, William Holden's character remarks: "Audiences don't know somebody sits down and writes a picture. They think the actors make it up as they go along." Given the difficulties in quantifying their contributions, screenwriters seldom get the recognition they deserve. Frank Pierson, who has died aged 87, wrote the screenplays for 10 films but his reputation rests on Cat Ballou (1965), Cool Hand Luke (1967) and Dog Day Afternoon (1975), all of which gained him Academy Award nominations, with the last of them winning the Oscar for best original screenplay.

Yet most of the plaudits for Dog Day Afternoon went to Sidney Lumet, the director, and Al Pacino, the star. Pierson, whose work had as much to do with structure and character as dialogue, shaped the script from a Life magazine article about a bungled bank robbery that took place
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Famous Authors' Rock Band Calls It Quits After 20 Years

Famous Authors' Rock Band Calls It Quits After 20 Years
Los Angeles -- It took 20 years but the group Bruce Springsteen once praised as being almost as good as a lousy garage band is finally calling it quits.

The Rock Bottom Remainders, a contingent that has made it clear with every performance that literary giants like Amy Tan, Stephen King and Scott Turow really did make the right decision when they set aside their musical ambitions to write books, is calling it a career after two Southern California shows later this month.

"We've gotten as good as we're ever going to get," says lead guitarist and best-selling humorist Dave Barry, explaining the band's decision.

"You can't get any better," Barry continued. "Well, you actually can get a lot better. But we can't get any better. We're up to almost four chords now, and the Beatles quit at that point, I'm pretty sure."

Truth be told, the Rock Bottom Remainders were
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Jane Lynch to Interview Amy Poehler for Live Talks Los Angeles (Exclusive)

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Jane Lynch to Interview Amy Poehler for Live Talks Los Angeles (Exclusive)
Exclusive Jane Lynch will interview Amy Poehler as part of the Live Talks Los Angeles discussion series, TheWrap has exclusively learned. Former ABC News President David Westin -- as well as authors Christopher Buckley, Scott Turow and John Irving -- are also on the series' latest lineup. Also read: Jane Lynch Runs Amok at Barnes & Noble in Book Trailer (Video) The discussion between "Glee" star Lynch and "Parks and Recreations" star Poehler will be held February 12 at Santa Monica's Aero Theatre. "I'm thrilled to interview Amy Poehler at Live Talks Los Angeles," Jane Lynch
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Jane Lynch to Interview Amy Poehler for Live Talks Los Angeles (Exclusive)

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Jane Lynch to Interview Amy Poehler for Live Talks Los Angeles (Exclusive)
Exclusive Jane Lynch will interview Amy Poehler as part of the Live Talks Los Angeles discussion series, TheWrap has exclusively learned. Former ABC News President David Westin -- as well as authors Christopher Buckley, Scott Turow and John Irving -- are also on the series' latest lineup. Also read: Jane Lynch Runs Amok at Barnes & Noble in Book Trailer (Video) The discussion between "Glee" star Lynch and "Parks and Recreations" star Poehler will be held February 12 at Santa Monica's Aero Theatre. "I'm thrilled to interview Amy Poehler at Live Talks Los Angeles," Jane Lynch
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Patricia Cornwell's "Hornet's Nest" readies for TNT Mystery Movie Night

Patricia Cornwell is the true definition of a power lesbian. She's a best selling author who just released her 19th novel as part of the Kay Scarpetta series; the series itself is being made into a feature film starring Angelina Jolie. But first, another one of her novels is now being made into a TV movie. Specifically, her 1997 crime novel Hornet's Nest is coming to TNT's Mystery Movie Night, and is in production now. Cornwell tweeted some pictures from the set in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Virginia Madsen and Sherry Stringfield star in the adaptation, which is set in present day Charlotte, North Carolina and is scheduled to air in Spring 2012.

Cornwell is serving as an executive producer on the film and writer Dee Johnson is behind the adaptation, which follows Police Chief Judy Hammer (Madsen) and her top deputy as they attempt to find a serial killer targeting out-of-town businessmen.
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Patton Oswalt on Raising Hope, Young Adult Q&A, new Sanctuary tonight, and interviews with Hiro Kanagawa, Jane Espenson and Christopher Heyerdahl

If you missed it on Twitter: Beginning of Line is back and the new episode of Caprica season two, "Children Through the Cracks," written by Vikki Bingham, has been posted. Check it out at the link.

Several notable TV appearances tonight.

Tahmoh Penikett is in Scott Turow's Innocent, a TV film that premieres on TNT as part of the network's mystery movie night at 9 pm. Spoiler TV has the press release and a behind-the-scenes video.

Aaron Douglas' episode of Flashpoint that aired in Canada a couple of weeks ago airs in the U.S. tonight at 10 pm on Aon.

Patton Oswalt guest stars on Raising Hope in episode "Bro-gurt," which airs at 9:30 pm on Fox. Synopsis:

When the National Invention Convention Extravaganza comes to town, Virginia encourages the family to submit their own inventions that could bring home a large cash prize. Burt teams with the family
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TV Review: TNT’s ‘Scott Turow’s Innocent’ Deserves Prosecution

Chicago – With the success of mystery shows like “C.S.I.” and “The Mentalist,” why not try and bring back a staple of the ’70s and ’80s TV scene, the mystery movie of the week? Such is the thinking behind TNT’s programmers, as the network will debut a whopping four stand-alone mystery movies in the next month, starting with tonight’s debut of “Scott Turow’s Innocent,” starring Bill Pullman, Marcia Gay Harden, Alfred Molina, and Richard Schiff. Despite the stellar cast, this is a limp, dull effort that will only serve to remind viewers why they don’t make TV movies like this often any more.

Television Rating: 2.0/5.0

Twenty years ago, Turow made waves with the book and film for the tight mystery of “Presumed Innocent.” In Alan Pakula’s film, Harrison Ford memorably played Rusty Sabich, a prosecutor who watched his life turn upside down after his mistress ended up dead.
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The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Tuesday

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The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Tuesday
On TV this Tuesday: One incandescent caribou, Ringer vs. ringers, the latest Cougar Town cameo, a parade of undergarments that ain’t fitting in any lingerie drawer, and more. We’ve hand-selected 14 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (CBS) | I want to be a dentist.

8 pm Glee (Fox) | As the race for class president comes to an end, someone is caught trying to fix the results; Coach Beiste gets up the nerve to challenge Sue; things get complicated for Puck and Quinn. (Watch a video preview/see photos.)

TNT’s Mystery Movie Night Casts ER
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Exclusive Mystery Movie Night Sneak Peek: Scott Turow's 'Innocent'

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Exclusive Mystery Movie Night Sneak Peek: Scott Turow's 'Innocent'
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TNT is kicking off their new Mystery Movie Night series tonight (Tues., Nov. 29, 9Pm Et) with the small-screen adaptation of Scott Turow's bestseller 'Innocent.'

We love a good whodunit, but are even more intrigued when the mysteries play out onscreen (see our list of Smartest TV Detectives here). This first in their series of adaptations stars Bill Pullman, Marcia Gay Harden, Alfred Molina and Richard Schiff, among others -- an all-star cast that brings to life the story of a judge charged with murdering his wife.

We've got an exclusive sneak peek that teases murder, betrayal and revenge, promising to keep us guessing until the end. Give it a look and tell us: Will you watch 'Innocent'?

 

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