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‘City on a Hill': Showtime Taps ‘Homicide’ Creator Tom Fontana as Showrunner for Kevin Bacon Drama

  • The Wrap
‘City on a Hill': Showtime Taps ‘Homicide’ Creator Tom Fontana as Showrunner for Kevin Bacon Drama
Showtime has tapped Tom Fontana, creator of “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Oz” to serve as showrunner for its upcoming drama starring Kevin Bacon, “City on a Hill.”

The Boston-set drama is based on an original idea by Ben Affleck, who will executive produce the drama with his buddy and fellow New England-er Matt Damon.

The series is set in early 1990s Boston, rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm. In this fictional account, assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Aldis Hodge) arrives from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran, Jackie Rohr (Bacon). Together, they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to involve, and ultimately subvert, the entire criminal justice system of Boston.

Also Read: Showtime Orders Ben Affleck's 'City on a Hill
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Showtime’s ‘City on a Hill’ Adds Tom Fontana as Showrunner

  • Variety
Showtime’s ‘City on a Hill’ Adds Tom Fontana as Showrunner
Tom Fontana has signed on as executive producer and showrunner of the upcoming Showtime drama “City on a Hill.”

Fontana is a well-known television writer and producer who has created shows such as “Oz,” “Borgia,” “Copper,” and “The Philanthropist” and worked on shows like “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “The Jury,” and “St. Elsewhere” among many others. He has received 19 Emmy nominations throughout his career, winning for best writing in a drama series in both 1984 and 1986 for “St. Elsewhere.” He most recently received an Emmy nomination last year for his work on the HBO film “Wizard of Lies” starring Robert De Niro and is also an executive producer on “Paterno” starring Al Pacino, which is nominated for the Emmy for best TV movie.

He is repped by UTA.

Based on an original idea by Ben Affleck, “City on a Hill” is set in the early 1990s Boston, rife with violent
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‘City On A Hill’: Tom Fontana Tapped As Showrunner For Showtime Drama Series

  • Deadline
‘City On A Hill’: Tom Fontana Tapped As Showrunner For Showtime Drama Series
Multiple Emmy winner Tom Fontana has been named showrunner, executive producer and one of the writers on City on a Hill, Showtime’s upcoming drama series starring Kevin Bacon (The Following) and Aldis Hodge (Underground). The 10-episode series, executive produced by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd, will premiere in 2019.

Created, written and executive produced by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) and based on an original idea by Affleck, City on a Hill is set in early 1990s Boston when the city was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm, until it suddenly all changed. The drama is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” Driving that change is assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge), who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran,
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Carol Mendelsohn Inks Overall Deal With Universal Television

  • Deadline
After four years at Sony Pictures TV, Carol Mendelsohn is moving to Universal Television. The former CSI maven and Julie Weitz, both principals of Carol Mendelsohn Productions, have signed an exclusive overall producing deal with Universal TV. Under the pact, the duo will develop new projects for the studio.

“Writer/producers of the caliber of Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz don’t come along that often and I am proud they have chosen to call Universal Television home,” said Universal TV president Pearlena Igbokwe.

Mendelsohn ran the mothership CSI series for 14 years and co-created its spinoffs, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY and CSI: Cyber. During her stint at Sony TV., Carol Mendelsohn Prods. was behind the NBC drama series Game of Silence, which Sony TV co-produced with Universal TV.

“We’re excited to be in business with such a creative and accomplished group of women,” Mendelsohn said of Uni TV, a
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Review: Mickey Spillane’S Never-before-published Final Novel "The Last Stand" From Hard Case Crime

  • CinemaRetro
By Giacomo Selloni

Published for the first time anywhere, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Mickey Spillane's birth, come two short novels in the same book. "The Last Stand" (Spillane's final novel) is preceded by "A Bullet for Satisfaction," an unfinished manuscript that was finalized by Spillane's long-time collaborator Max Allan Collins. Both stories are satisfying reads. The book has been published by the Hard Case Crime imprint from Titan Books.

Mickey Spillane is best known for his character Mike Hammer, the fictional P.I. that redefined the "action hero" and spawned countless imitators. Unlike private investigators before him, Mike Hammer was a merciless executor of villains who slept with countless beautiful, willing women. Sound like anyone we know? The first Mike Hammer novel, "I, The Jury," was published in 1947, six years prior to Ian Fleming's James Bond debut, "Casino Royale." It may be argued that if Fleming
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Titan bringing Mickey Spillane’s “Mike Hammer” to comics!

To celebrate the centenary year of Mickey Spillane, Titan Comics have announced Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, a brand-new Hard Case Crime comic book series, based on a story originally written by Mickey Spillane and adapted by Max Allan Collins (Road To Perdition, Quarry’s War) – coming in June 2018.

Following his debut novel, I, The Jury in 1947 (which was also made into a fantastic movie in 1982), Mickey Spillane became one of the best-selling novelists of all-time, with more than 225 million copies of his books sold internationally. Famed, yet controversial for the depictions of sex and violence in his novels, Spillane created Mike Hammer, one of the most famous of all fictional detectives, and even starred as Hammer in one of the many movies made from his books.

Entitled “The Night I Died,” Titan’s new comic series is based on an unproduced 1950s Spillane screenplay. Now, with this new comic book series,
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Tiff 2014: Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival

The line-up at this year's Toronto Film Festival has a much different feel than year's past and coming up with a list of most anticipated films isn't nearly as easy as previous years. Not because there's any lack of possible greatness, but in fact perhaps because the possibility is even greater, though in corners we may not expect. This year's fest is without what I would call a "big" film. David Dobkin's The Judge is opening the festival but at 141 minutes and with a trailer that does very little to convince me of its quality I have a hard time expecting much from it. Reese Witherspoon's Wild from director Jean-Marc Vallee is certainly one I will be seeing, but the anticipation level isn't entirely there and the somewhat muted Telluride response of respect with caveats has lessened my anticipation ever so slightly, the same could be said for Jon Stewart's Rosewater,
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Actor Paul Bhattacharjee disappears before Royal Court run

Police say 53-year-old, who has appeared in films including Casino Royale and Dirty Pretty Things, was last seen on 10 July

An actor who appeared in the James Bond film Casino Royale has gone missing, Scotland Yard has said.

Paul Bhattacharjee was said to be in a good mood when he was last seen as he left the Royal Court theatre in Sloane Square, London, at around 6.15pm on Wednesday 10 July after taking part in a rehearsal.

Scotland Yard said Bhattacharjee, who also uses the name Gautam Paul Bhattacharjee, texted his girlfriend at 9pm that night but no one has heard from him since.

The 53-year-old from Redbridge, north-east London, who acted in the films The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, White Teeth and Dirty Pretty Things, was due to appear in Talk Show, a black comedy, this week.

Police described his disappearance as "totally out of character".

A spokeswoman for the
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James Brown Movie Moves Forward Without Spike Lee

James Brown Movie Moves Forward Without Spike Lee
In December of 2006, Spike Lee was hired to write and direct a film about the life of James Brown for producer Brian Grazer. One year later, Wesley Snipes was attached to play Brown, though the actor wouldn't cover any of the Godfather of Soul's famed songs.

"We're doing it together -- it's going to happen," Lee told MTV News in 2009. "I want to hear James Brown’s voice. That’s just my personal taste."

When Snipes got into legal trouble with the IRS, casting turned to Eddie Murphy, who as recently as this year said that Lee's script for the film was "incredible."

"That's a great, great piece," Murphy told BlackTree TV. "I wish it could come together. It has everything and his story is incredible. Imagine how incredible Ray Charles' story was -- and he's at the piano. James is doing splits and running and jump off the wall.
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Bafta TV special/Julie Walters: Queen of the screen

She's won more Baftas than any other actress. Here, Julie Walters tells Euan Ferguson about her hippy years, life in the country and why it's never been a better time to be a woman on TV

Other multiple Bafta- and Emmy-winning actresses might have flung toys from the pram, or at least raised a manicured eyebrow. The restaurant at the photo studio had courteously but undeniably told her they'd run out of basically everything she might have wanted. Julie Walters smiled and forgave, and smiled again, and pretended to enjoy choosing the remaining dreadful rabbit-food option. Then, out of the waiter's sight, laughed like a drain when I suggested she'd have had better luck choosing from the other (blank) side of the menu; then turned down my offer of a cup of coffee instead because, "No, I'd talk you to death if I had a cup of coffee."

Without caffeine,
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Bafta TV special/Julie Walters: Queen of the screen

She's won more Baftas than any other actress. Here, Julie Walters tells Euan Ferguson about her hippy years, life in the country and why it's never been a better time to be a woman on TV

Other multiple Bafta- and Emmy-winning actresses might have flung toys from the pram, or at least raised a manicured eyebrow. The restaurant at the photo studio had courteously but undeniably told her they'd run out of basically everything she might have wanted. Julie Walters smiled and forgave, and smiled again, and pretended to enjoy choosing the remaining dreadful rabbit-food option. Then, out of the waiter's sight, laughed like a drain when I suggested she'd have had better luck choosing from the other (blank) side of the menu; then turned down my offer of a cup of coffee instead because, "No, I'd talk you to death if I had a cup of coffee."

Without caffeine,
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'The Help' Director Tate Taylor to Adapt 'The Jury' Miniseries into Film

Two Oscar nominated talents are joining forces for a promising new adaptation of the 2002 British miniseries The Jury from Peter Morgan (The Queen) and Pete Travis (Vantage Point). Tate Taylor, the actor turned writer, director and producer of the Best Picture nominated adaptation of The Help, and Beau Willimon, the scribe nominated for writing The Ides of March, my favorite film from 2011 which was sadly snubbed by the Oscars in the Best Picture, Best Director (George Clooney) and Best Actor (Ryan Gosling) categories, are behind the new adaptation set up at Fox 2000. Taylor will direct and Willimon will write. When a white teen is murdered, all fingers point to his Sikh classmate, Duvinder Singh, who reportedly hated him. During his trial, 12 widely disparate jurors must set aside their differences and prejudices to judge the racially fraught case. Deadline says the miniseries, which featured a younger Gerard Butler ...
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'The Help' Director Tate Taylor To Helm Big Screen Redo Of Brit Miniseries 'The Jury'

Typically when your most recent film racks up a couple of Oscar nominations and an outstanding box office take, studios have their hands out practically begging you to bring your dream project to their doorsteps. Helmer Tate Taylor hasn’t exactly followed that path after his success with 2011’s “The Help,” even after the multiple awards which included Octavia Spencer’s win at the Oscars for Best Supporting Actress. Taylor has been slow to line up his next directorial effort, passing on longtime friend and actress Melissa McCarthy’s R-rated road trip comedy “Tammy,” with brief word back in August that Taylor was in early talks to direct an adaptation of the 2002 novel "Peace Like A River" for DreamWorks and Warner Brothers.

But another project has come on the horizon with Deadline reporting that Taylor is in talks to write and direct the Fox 2000 project “The Jury.” The film is
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Director of The Help Tate Taylor is in talks to remake UK miniseries The Jury

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Tate Taylor, currently riding high in Hollywood's good graces for his Oscar-nominated adaptation of The Help, looks like he may be choosing a more contemporary tale of racial tension for his follow-up project.  Just as he wrote and directed The Help, so to is he currently hammering out a deal with Fox 2000 to write and direct a movie adaptation of the 2002 British miniseries The Jury.  Originally directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point, Dredd) and written by Peter Morgan...
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Directors: Taylor, Lee, Fickman, Lin, Quale

The Jury

Tate Taylor ("The Help") is in talks to write and direct "The Jury", a remake of Peter Morgan and Pete Travis' 2002 British miniseries, for Fox 2000.

The original followed the inner workings of the trial of a young Sikh student charged with murdering a classmate tormenter. Gerard Butler and Mark Strong starred. [Source: Deadline]

Scary Movie 5

Malcolm Lee ("Roll Bounce," "Undercover Brother") is set to direct a fifth "Scary Movie" which is slated to begin filming this summer.

Casting is underway but David Zucker, who wrote and directed both the third and fourth "Scary Movie", will also be returning to co-write and produce the fifth installment alongside Lee. [Source: Bloody Disgusting]

Over My Dead Body

Andy Fickman is set to direct a remake of the hit German comedy "Over My Dead Body" for Oops Doughnuts and Wind Dancer.

The story follows a narcissistic womanizer who dies, goes to Hell and makes a
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‘The Help’ Director Tate Taylor Eyes ‘The Jury’

It was more than five months ago when we heard any news pertaining to Tate Taylor (The Help), and that merely revolved around his departure from a project. For someone who helmed a film that was a) nominated for Best Picture and b) earned one of its stars an Oscar, he’s been laying pretty low as of late.

But Deadline have come in, telling us that Taylor is now circling The Jury, a big-screen adaptation of England’s popular 2002 miniseries that starred Mark Strong and Gerard Butler. If he takes inspiration from the original series, this upcoming film will chronicle “the inner workings of the trial of a young Sikh student charged with murdering a classmate tormenter,” as well as “the lives of the jurors and what propelled them as they moved toward a verdict.”

Although Marc Forster was once set to direct a screenplay from Beau Willimon (The Ides of March
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The Help Director Tate Taylor in Talks to Write and Helm The Jury

Director Tate Taylor has been taking his sweet time in choosing a follow-up to last year’s Best Picture nominee The Help, but it sounds like he’s closing in on a new project. Deadline reports that Taylor is in talks to write and direct an adaptation of the 2002 British miniseries The Jury. The story “focuses on the inner workings of the trial of a young Sikh student charged with murdering a classmate tormenter.” The original miniseries starred Gerard Butler and Mark Strong, and spent considerable time examining the lives of the jurors as they moved closer to a verdict. The project was initially developed with Marc Forster directing and Beau Willimon (The Ides of March) writing the screenplay, but that version never came to fruition. Hit the jump for more. Taylor flirted with directing the road trip comedy Tammy, written by Melissa McCarthy as a starring vehicle for the Bridesmaids actress,
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‘The Help’s Tate Taylor In Talks To Write And Direct ‘The Jury’ At Fox 2000

‘The Help’s Tate Taylor In Talks To Write And Direct ‘The Jury’ At Fox 2000
Exclusive: Tate Taylor, who last wrote and directed the Best Picture nominee The Help, is in talks with Fox 2000 to write and direct The Jury. The film is a movie transfer of the Granada-produced 2002 British miniseries that was written by Peter Morgan and directed by Pete Travis. The mini focuses on the inner workings of the trial of a young Sikh student charged with murdering a classmate tormenter. The mini dug into the lives of the jurors and what propelled them as they moved toward a verdict. Gerard Butler and Mark Strong were part of the ensemble. The project was acquired back in 2007 in a seven-figure deal and an attachment of Marc Forster as director and The Ides of March scribe Beau Willimon to write the script. It never got off the ground, but the subject matter certainly resonates in the current climate on a number of levels. Guymon Casady
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Rewind TV: The Jury; Rev; Life's Too Short – review

Courtroom drama took second place to characterisation in The Jury, while the little guy had the last laugh in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's Life's Too Short

The Jury (ITV1) | ITV Player

Rev (BBC2) | iPlayer

Life's Too Short (BBC2) | iPlayer

It was a fine week for TV titles getting back to doing exactly what they say on the tin, rather than being confections accorded unfathomable linked triplings or actionable puns ("Quick, Thick and Cheap!"; "The Unbearable Blightness of Leering"; "Clams, Hams and Thank-You-Ma'ams", though I'm sure Gino D'Acampo would winningly step up). Rev was about a Rev. The Jury was about a jury. It was a week of the most refreshingly direct titles since the quiz show Pointless.

The Jury was, over five full nights, pretty damned good. I would have hesitated years ago to even cover this, given that some souls enjoy a meal or a friend mid-evening and,
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Rewind TV: The Jury; Rev; Life's Too Short – review

Courtroom drama took second place to characterisation in The Jury, while the little guy had the last laugh in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's Life's Too Short

The Jury (ITV1) | ITV Player

Rev (BBC2) | iPlayer

Life's Too Short (BBC2) | iPlayer

It was a fine week for TV titles getting back to doing exactly what they say on the tin, rather than being confections accorded unfathomable linked triplings or actionable puns ("Quick, Thick and Cheap!"; "The Unbearable Blightness of Leering"; "Clams, Hams and Thank-You-Ma'ams", though I'm sure Gino D'Acampo would winningly step up). Rev was about a Rev. The Jury was about a jury. It was a week of the most refreshingly direct titles since the quiz show Pointless.

The Jury was, over five full nights, pretty damned good. I would have hesitated years ago to even cover this, given that some souls enjoy a meal or a friend mid-evening and,
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »
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