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John Grisham Shared Universe Shows Head to Hulu

Joseph Baxter Dec 4, 2018

Hulu is developing TV shows based on John Grisham’s The Rainmaker and Rogue Lawyer, designed to showcase a shared universe.

Shared universes are apparently no longer restricted to Marvel and DC blockbusters, at least that’s the notion that streaming service Hulu is embracing with its ambitious plans for TV series adaptation of multiple John Grisham novels. That’s right, folks, a live-action franchise called The John Grisham Universe is now officially a thing.

Hulu has announced that John Grisham novels in 1995’s The Rainmaker and 2015’s Rogue Lawyer will get the small screen serial treatment, wielding unconventional plans to not only have the two shows connected continuity-wise, but adhere to a format that accommodates watching the episodes out of order, or, as the service’s statement puts it, either “vertically” or “horizontally.” The two series will be planned in a writer’s room simultaneously, with
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William Goldman, Princess Bride and Butch Cassidy Writer, Dies at 87

Joseph Baxter Nov 16, 2018

Prolific, two-time Oscar-winning, screenwriter William Goldman has passed away at age of 87.

William Goldman, one of the film industry’s most consistently successful screenwriters, has passed away this morning at his Manhattan home, having succumbed to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia at the age of 87, as confirmed to The Washington Post by his daughter, Jenny. He leaves behind an array of work that, frankly, is too vast to respectfully summarize in one sentence.

Goldman – the Chicago-born screenwriter who helped launch the career of Robert Redford by writing bellwether buddy movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and would one day write generational film favorite The Princess Bride – started his life as a scribe unsuccessfully in the late-1950s as a novelist, publishing works such as The Temple of Gold, Your Turn to Curtsy, My Turn to Bow and Soldier in the Rain, before ultimately finding his voice in screenwriting,
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Every John Grisham Movie, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)

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Every John Grisham Movie, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)
It’s been 25 years since “The Firm” raced its way into theaters, introducing audiences to the dynamic storytelling style of John Grisham and making a ton of a money in the process. The success of “The Firm” made Grisham’s distinct blend of clever legal thrills and pulpy melodrama attract some of the best filmmakers of the decade, turning smart dramas into major blockbusters and earning multiple Oscar nominations in the process.

Although the wave of Grisham adaptations eventually died down, they helped define a box office era. So let’s take a look at every feature-length film based on a Grisham story to see which films are classics, and which ones should be found in contempt.

11. The Chamber (1996)

Chris O’Donnell is a young lawyer trying to keep his racist grandfather, played by Gene Hackman, out of the gas chamber. James Foley’s adaptation tries to balance serious conversations
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Movie Review – The Chamber (2016)

The Chamber, 2016.

Directed by Ben Parker.

Starring Johannes Kuhnke, Charlotte Salt, James McArdle, and Elliot Levey.


A three-man Special Ops team on a secret recovery mission and a civilian pilot become trapped underwater in a small claustrophobic submersible craft off the coast of North Korea.

Given my immense phobia of drowning and distaste for tight spaces, Ben Parker’s The Chamber should have scared me ghost-pale. All that’s missing is one circling shark – with or without a frikin’ laser beam attached to its head – to recreate many a childhood nightmare. This should have been a film that suffocated, crippled and unsettled me with deep resentment, yet cinematic anxiety never wrapped its constricting tentacles. You’ll feel trapped alright, but just by a tedious single-setting thriller and frontrunner for *the* worst movie ending I’ll see all 2018.

“S.O.S?” More like “W.T.F.”

*looks around for high fives,
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‘The Shape of Water’ Featurettes Explore the Making of the Film

Fox Searchlight has released a handful of featurettes for ‘The Shape of Water‘ the give a great behind-the-scenes look at the film. Guillermo Del Toro’s opus was recently privy to 13 oscar nominations, and these featurettes give us an all too short look at several aspects of the making of the film. Although these featurettes do a good job of giving a glimpse into the making of the film, I hope that Fox Searchlight will give the film a proper documentary on the making of the film once it hits home video. In case you haven’t seen the film, here’s the synopsis:

Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s classified secret — a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As
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New Trailer for Trapped Thriller 'The Chamber' with Johannes Kuhnke

"This is our lifeline!" Cinedigm has released another new trailer for a survival thriller titled The Chamber, which first premiered at the Horror Channel FrightFest in 2017. We actually featured a trailer for this one year ago, but it's just now finally getting a release in February. The film is about a Special Ops team that takes a small submersible craft (read: submarine) beneath the Yellow Sea off the coast of North Korea. Some things go wrong, and they end up trapped underwater in a tiny "chamber" - hence the title. The cast includes Charlotte Salt, Johannes Kuhnke, Christian Hillborg, and Elliot Levey. I'm still not really too sure what to make of this, and the release delay seems like a sign it isn't that great. But you never know. Dive in. Here's the second official trailer (+ poster) for Ben Parker's The Chamber, direct from YouTube: You can still
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Cinema’s Top Underwater Thrillers

The new aquatic adventure film The Chamber – where a submarine mission goes badly wrong – is the epitome of an underwater thriller. It plunges you into the action and makes you feel as if you’re right there with the crew fighting amongst each other, and fighting for their lives, sinking into the depths of the Yellow Sea. Here are eight more deep sea chillers that’ll have you struggling for breath.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)

“Race from outer space to seven miles below the sea … with amazing aquanauts of the deep!” In this classic sci-fi adventure Walter Pidgeon is in charge of a nuclear submarine whose very mission is to save the planet Earth. Directed by Irwin Allen, who went on to make disaster movies like The Poseidon Adventure and The Swarm, the film features the sub being attacked by a giant octopus, which should be recommendation enough.
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John Grisham’s ‘The Rainmaker’ Gets Adapted Again As New TV Series

In the string of John Grisham adaptations that arrived in the 1990s —legal thrillers like “The Firm,” “The Pelican Brief,” “The Client” and “A Time To Kill“— Francis Ford Coppola‘s “The Rainmaker” starring Matt Damon might be better remembered than “The Chamber,” but it’s still considered to be among the less successful of the lot.

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61 film books that are well worth your time




Looking for good books about the movies to read? We've got a bumper selection of recommendations right here...

A confession. I actually started writing this article in 2013, and the reason you've only reading it now is that I've made sure I've read every book on this list, save for one or two where I've marked otherwise. As such, what you're getting is a very personal list of recommendations. Each of these books has at least something to it that I think is of interest to someone wanting to learn more about film - or just enjoy stories of movie making.

I've tended to avoid picture books, with one exception, as these ones I've chosen are all intended to be chock-full of words, to relax with at the end of a long day. Which is what I did. There are one or two notable omissions, as I'm still
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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Sequels Are Shooting Back-to-Back

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Sequels Are Shooting Back-to-Back
Back in August, we reported that Universal Pictures' front runner to direct the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, is James Foley, but negotiations hadn't started quite yet. That report also revealed that the filmmaker is in the running to direct the third adaptation of E.L. James' novel trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, and that the studio was trying to decide whether or not they should shoot Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed back-to-back. Today, we have a new report from The Wrap, revealing that James Foley has finalized his deal to direct both sequels, which will in fact be shot back-to-back.

Author E.L. James' husband, British writer Niall Leonard, signed on in April to write the screenplay adaptation for Fifty Shades Darker. This new report reveals that he has also signed on to write Fifty Shades Freed. Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson
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Fifty Shades Darker attracting Glengarry Glen Ross director

James Foley looks set to direct the new Fifty Shades film, taking over from Sam Taylor-Johnson.

Well, help yourself to a few quid from the prize pot if you saw this one coming. Assuming there’s a few quid in there. Universal is keen to get up and running on Fifty Shades Of Grey follow-up Fifty Shades Of Darker early next year, but there’s the small matter of a new director to find.

Sam Taylor-Johnson, who helmed Fifty Shades Of Grey, opted out of the sequel, and all the pointers are in the direction of a not very happy working relationship with the book’s author, E L James. That notwithstanding, the studio has a working shortlist of three directors, and at the top – and apparently the frontrunner by distance – is James Foley.

Foley, in recent times, has been directing episodes of Hannibal and House Of Cards, but his
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'Fifty Shades Darker' Targets 'House of Cards' Director

'Fifty Shades Darker' Targets 'House of Cards' Director
Shortly after the release of Universal Pictures' blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey, it was confirmed that director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not come back to make the movie sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. One month later, it was revealed that author E.L. James' husband, Niall Leonard, will write the screenplay adaptation, with the studio setting a February 10, 2017 release date. Today we have word from Deadline that filmmaker James Foley is the front runner to direct this hotly-anticipated follow-up.

This report also reveals that he may also sign on to direct the third installment, Fifty Shades Freed, which has been given a February 9, 2018 release date. The studio is still working out whether or not they should shoot both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed back-to-back. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are coming back to reprise their roles as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.

Negotiations haven't started yet for James Foley to take the helm,
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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Auditions #3 - Detroit

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Auditions #3 - Detroit
Greetings from Park City, Utah, where the Sundance Film Festival comes to a screeching halt so that I can recap the Wednesday, January 22 episode of "American Idol." Yup. The Festival has stopped all screenings for two hours tonight just for me. Isn't that sweet of them? And then I'll head over to see "Land Ho!" So click through and follow along for all of the Detroit auditions, or all of the Detroit auditions our condo wifi will allow me to watch... 8:00 p.m. Et. Things are tense in The Chamber. Just as Chris O'Donnell. See, he was in a movie...
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Jacob's Ladder remake still active, director found

News Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 06:32

The new take on Jacob's Ladder recruits an interesting director to steer it, as James Foley is appointed to the project...

When we've been talking about the remake/reboot/whatever of RoboCop, our thoughts have been the same. Nobody really wants a new take on a film that was damn near perfect, but if you're going to have one, appointing Elite Squad director Jose Padilha to direct it gets us interested.

A few months ago, the news broke that a second take on Adrian Lyne's Jacob's Ladder was on its way through the Hollywood sausage making machine. And it turns out that this is a project that's very much active. Jake Wade Wall and Jeff Buhler have been working on the script for the new film, which will keep the themes of the original but set them against a contemporary backdrop.

And now,
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James Foley Will Direct the Jacob's Ladder Remake

James Foley Will Direct the Jacob's Ladder Remake
James Foley, who hasn't directed a feature since 2007's Perfect Stranger, is in negotiations to direct the Jacob's Ladder remake for Ld Entertainment. We first reported on the project back in June.

The original thriller, directed by Adrian Lyne, starred Tim Robbins as a Vietnam veteran who suffers from bizarre hallucinations while trying to uncover clues about his checkered past. The new film is said to be more of a contemporary homage than a remake, introducing new characters and situations while tackling the same existential themes as the original.

Jeff Buhler (Midnight Meat Train) is writing the script, based on a first draft by Jake Wade Wall (When a Stranger Calls). Ld Entertainment's Mickey Liddell and Jennifer Monroe are producing with Michael J. Gaeta and Alison R. Rosenzweig. No production schedule was given.

James Foley is best known for films such as Glengarry Glen Ross, Fear, The Chamber and The Corruptor.
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Safe House director for John Grisham's The Racketeer

News Simon Brew Feb 13, 2013

Daniel Espinosa looks set to direct the movie version of John Grisham's thriller, The Racketeer...

Movies based on John Grisham books used to be a near annual occurence in the 1990s. We had good ones (The Client, A Time To Kill), we had bad ones (The Pelican Brief, The Chamber), and we had ones that were fun, but seemed to go on forever (The Firm). And for a while, of course, it seemed as though director Joel Schumacher would keep making them alternately with his Batman projects.

When Batman & Robin bombed though, Schumacher abandoned his plan to make The Runaway Jury (which subsequently turned up in 2003, with Gary Fleder directing), and Grisham seemingly became less interested in selling the movie rights to his bestselling thrillers. In fact, the last film based on a Grisham book was 2004's Christmas With The Kranks, which was the movie take on Skipping Christmas.
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Daniel Espinosa to Direct Adaptation of John Grisham's 'Racketeer'

In the mid-90s, it seemed only a few months would pass until another film adaptation of a John Grisham novel popped up at a multiplex. The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Chamber, and The Rainmaker all came out between 1993-1997, adding to Grisham's legacy as one of America's most popular thriller writers. The most recent film adaptations of his work, Runaway Jury and Christmas with the Kranks, weren't big successes, but THR reports that a film version of Grisham's newest novel, The Racketeer, will hit the big screen under the direction of Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa. Read on! Here's the official synopsis of The Racketeer from Amazon: Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered.
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Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce Responds To Kim Kardashian's Walk Of Fame Goals

Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce Responds To Kim Kardashian's Walk Of Fame Goals
Kim Kardashian has some lofty goals.

The 31-year-old recently revealed to V magazine that she wants to see her name alongside some of Hollywood's legends.

“I think there was a quote where somebody said that reality stars will never get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. So, of course I’m so competitive that I think that it would be a huge achievement and a goal that anyone would want. I would love to break that mold," she told the magazine.

Well Kim can keep dreaming, according to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which is responsible for handing out stars to celebrities.

"She has not been nominated. She is a reality star. We don't do reality stars. She needs to get a real acting job then come to us," a rep for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce told Hollyscoop.

Kardashian does have some acting under her belt, having
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Mark Wahlberg Joins The Partner

Back in the 1990s, you could hardly move for John Grisham adaptations. In the space of five years there were films of The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time To Kill, The Chamber, The Rainmaker and The Gingerbread Man (an original Grisham screenplay), often attracting hugely impressive casts, and directors of the calibre of Francis Coppola and Robert Altman. That hot streak may have burned out, but now Mark Wahlberg has belatedly jumped on the bandwagon. He's planning to produce and star in The Partner.The Partner was written in 1997, towards the end of that Grisham heyday, perhaps explaining how it missed being picked up before. This one's about a lawyer - of course - who's become disgruntled with his lot, and sets about embezzling a fortune from his firm and faking his own death. It works for a while, but his perfect crime eventually ends up not quite going according to plan,
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John Grisham Gets the Last Laugh on the Law

John Grisham Gets the Last Laugh on the Law
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John Grisham, who has penned bestsellers that deal with mob lawyers, hate crimes, and the death penalty, wants readers to know that the law also can be funny.

Grisham’s latest book, “The Litigators,” released this week, is written with a lighter touch than some of his previous blockbusters. The new novel tells the story of lawyers at an ambulance-chasing Chicago law firm. “Finley & Figg’s scam was hustling injury cases, a daily grind that required
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