Deep Cover (1992)
The Deadwood movie is pretty much HBO’s version of Chinese Democracy. Fans of David Milch’s swear-laced western drama have been clamoring for a resolution to the series ever since it ended abruptly after its third season way back in 2006, and for years now producers and cast have kept this dream alive by teasing the idea of a feature film to wrap things up. But that’s all it’s really been, a tease. Seems like once a year there’s an obligatory update about how everyone’s still interested — cast, crew, creator and network — and a vague promise that any day now the ball will get rolling. Late last year we received the most promising news yet from series lead Ian MacShane, who reported that Milch was ready to write and the cast was prepping for returns to their roles. Great news
This Monday marked the 25th anniversary of the release of Deep Cover, itself an endpoint of the preceding quarter-century. It bears a deep weariness, beset by crime, racism, and, increasingly, the American government itself. Every frame of the film is soaked in that weariness, and its script explicitly addresses it, as the entire business of its story turns out to be that of the American government’s profit from the illegal drug trade, with then-president George H.W. Bush and the former president of Panama, the notorious CIA operative Manuel Noriega addressed by name.
That it’s ostensibly a crime thriller, a genre picture, makes Deep Cover all the more effective a messenger. In his last film billed as “Larry” — while we’re talking about culmination — Laurence Fishburne stars as a young police officer who, as
“First crush, only love, most charming man on screen. To say Jeff Goldblum is the one great thing in this world would be a mass understatement,” reads the book’s description on the website.
Each Goldblum-inspired activity is illustrated by a different artist. The book includes a “Draw Your Jeff Emoji” page by Dan Woodger, a “Where’s Jeff” activity by Bridie Cheeseman, a “The Fly Cut Out” by Conner Perry and many more.
Belly Kids’ website also includes a “We Can Cherish – David Attenborough Quote Book” and a Bill Murray coloring book, “Thrill Murray.”
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Production is underway in New Orleans. Lou Diamond Phillips (“Longmire”) and Greg Alan Williams (“Greenleaf”) are also starring.
Duke is directing from a script by Richard Kletter, Michael Ricigliano, Theta Catalon and Joyce Lewis, based on the novel by Roger A. Brown.
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Producers are Theta Catalon of T-Cat Films and Karlas Powell. Brown is executive producing.
Duke’s directing credits include “Dark Girls”, “Hoodlums”, “Sister Act 2”, “Deep Cover” and “A Rage in Harlem.” He’s represented by Pantheon and Priluck Company.
Bill Duke, Gil Adler and Joel Eisenberg, who unveiled the project in November in to Variety, started the $200,000 campaign on Wednesday on the Seed and Spark site.
“By crowdfunding the development of the property and further, possibly some pre-production financing, we hope to mitigate some finance risk by bringing a fully developed property to the funding entities,” Eisenberg said.
The untitled project will focus on Louis’ historic two fights with German boxer Max Schmeling. Louis became a symbolic figure in boxing during early global tensions leading to World War II, becoming among the first U.S. black cultural heroes. Schmeling was exploited as Hitler’s German Superman, but had no love for the Nazi regime.
Their two fights took place in Yankee Stadium. Schmeling handed Louis his first loss in their first fight
Johnson wrote and produced feature films for Warner Bros., Disney, Sony Pictures, MGM/UA and 20th Century Fox. He made two feature films in Africa and wrote movies based on both the classic Tarzan character (1998’s “Tarzan and the Lost City”) and on Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” (1997’s “The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo”). His first African movie, “Damned River” (Zimbabwe, 1988), written with John Crowther, is among the top 20 action movies of the 1980s in the Netflix database.
With partner Bill Duke (director of “Deep Cover,” co-star of “Predator”), Johnson co-wrote a TV series for HBO and produced a feature film (2007’s “Cover”) about the HIV epidemic.
In 2015 Johnson’s director son Colter Johnson finished production on a film, “Man in a Cage,” from a script by Bayard and Colter Johnson,
Sonny Boy (Dir. Robert Martin Carroll)
One of the craziest films I’ve ever seen, Robert martin Carroll’s Sonny Boy is like a coked-up look at family and insanity. Revolving around a very unconventional family full of colorful characters, the film follows “Sonny Boy”, a kind-napped baby who over the years, grows up and is stored in a cage. Beaten and having his tongue cut out by the demented Slue (Midnight Express) , Sonny Boy years for an escape
Episodes: 20 (hour)
TV show dates: August 13, 2014 -- December 28, 2015
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Sean Bean, Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut, Amber Valletta, Mason Cook, Tina Majorino, Rob Mayes, and Steve Harris.
TV show description:
This suspenseful crime drama is based on the award-winning book Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation by spy novelist Robert Littell.
Martin Odum (Sean Bean) is an undercover agent working for the FBI's Deep Cover Operations (Dco) division. He has the ability to transform himself into a different person for each of his cases but a mysterious stranger causes him to start questioning his sanity.
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Hong Kong film star Daniel Wu has scored the lead role in AMC's upcoming martial arts series "Badlands," a six-episode straight to series adaptation of the classic Chinese tale "Journey to the West".
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Jim Carrey is reportedly set to star in a new comedy called "Deep Cover" which Carrey, Michael Aguilar, Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland will produce. Plot details are unknown,
Writer Johnny Rosenthal recently sold his pitch The Three Tenors to Lionsgate this summer, and he is also developing Iron Jack for Sony Pictures. The writer also wrote the script for Dimension's sequel Bad Santa 2, a project which star Billy Bob Thornton revealed back in October is still in development. Red Granite stepped up to finance Dumb and Dumber To after Warner Bros. pulled the plug on the sequel. The studio
Plot details of the original pitch are being kept under wraps. This summer Rosenthal sold The Three Tenors to Lionsgate. He’s also got action comedy Iron Jack in development at Sony and wrote Bad Santa 2 for Dimension.
Red Granite (Friends With Kids, Out of the Furnace, Horns) opened its doors in 2010 and came out swinging last year with Martin Scorsese’s
The series is produced by Fox 21, with “Homeland’s” Howard Gordon serving as executive producer. “Legends,” based on the book by Robert Littell, stars Bean as Martin Odum, an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations (Dco) division.
The first season of “Legends” averaged 3.2 million viewers in Live + 7 measures, a number that rises to 6.5 million when multiplatform viewing is factored in.
We did a little digging of our own when Bean visited EW for our “Firsts & Worsts” video series. Watch his installment and read a full transcript below.
EW: What was your first role?
The latest action series from Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24) follows Martin Odum (Bean), an agent in the FBI's Deep Cover Operations division who becomes so enmeshed in the personas ("legends") he adopts that the lines between his real and fictional identities start to become blurred.
"This guy ... has a kind of personality disorder, to put it mildly," Bean tells TVGuide.com. "He's a very driven man who creates characters and people from his past experiences. He's very good at it and he totally immerses himself, to a point where he kind of pays quite a big price psychologically."
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