Posted on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Attention NBC’s new Taken prequel series: I don’t know what you are. I don’t know why you exist. If you are looking for my viewership, I can tell you I cut the cord ages ago. But what I do have is a very particular set of tastes, tastes I have acquired over a brief-but-eventful career. Tastes that make me a nightmare for shows like you. If you give me a reason to care about a young Bryan Mills, that’ll be the end of it. I will watch you, I will stream you on Hulu. But if you don’t, I will not watch you, I will write smarmy things about you… and I will kill you.
Sorry. That escalated quickly. Anyway, this newfangled Taken show has found a director in Alex Graves, a veteran television director who has worked on shows your probably love.
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Following in the footsteps of Limitless, Minority Report and Rush Hour, another movie is being turned into a TV show. This time NBC has set their sights on the saucy, twisted romance Cruel Intentions from 1999. However, instead of simply retelling the same story, the TV pilot ordered at the network will be a sequel to the film, picking up 15 years after the movie ended. Find out what’s going on in the Cruel Intentions TV series below. Read More »
Director Steven Soderbergh once shook things up in the film world by working with adult film star Sasha Grey for his experimental drama The Girlfriend Experience. The film followed the life of a call girl moving from client to client in New York City during the days leading up the 2008 presidential election. Now Soderbergh is taking the story of a high end sex worker to Starz with the new limited series going by the same title.
Riley Keough stars in the show as Christine Reade, a second year student at Chicago-Burnham Law School and a new intern at the prestigious firm of Kirkland & Allen. Her future is promising in her field, but then she takes interest in getting paid for sexual relationships for a very high price. And as the trailer illustrates, it might even prove to be more lucrative and rewarding than her work in the law.
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Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
HBO has temporarily halted production on its long-gestating television adaptation of Westworld, claiming that executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy need more time to fine tune the final four scripts for the show’s first season. If you read between the lines, that’s obviously B.S. It’s clear to anyone who really thinks about it that the network is currently dealing with a robot uprising and that they’ve had to lock down the sets until they know how to deal with the cowboy androids currently racking up a body count of helpless production assistants and interns.
But go ahead and believe what you want. HBO is still confident that their ambitious science fiction series will air in 2016.
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Starz presented a panel on The Girlfriend Experience today for the Television Critics Association. Steven Soderbergh, who directed the film on which the series is based, is producing the limited series written and directed by Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz. Riley Keough stars as Christine Reade, a law student making extra money providing transactional relationships, giving customers a girlfriend experience including sex and emotional intimacy. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 by Angie Han
Last week, we got word of a Rambo TV series in the works over at Fox. At the time, /Film writer Jacob Hall snarked that “you should always write Rambo news with dry erase markers” because plans to continue the franchise have been in constant flux over the past several years. Well, break out the erasers: things have indeed changed again.
Despite earlier reports indicating that Sylvester Stallone would executive produce and possibly even reprise his role as John Rambo for the show, Stallone’s reps have now gone on the record to clarify that he is not involved with the project “in any way at all.” And that, in turn, means the Rambo TV series likely won’t be moving forward at Fox after all. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The first season of FX’s Fargo was one of the most pleasant surprises in recent TV history. Showrunner Noah Hawley took an idea that seemed like pure folly, an anthology series set in the same universe as the Coen brothers’ classic 1996 film, and crafted a series that acted as a perfect companion for the original movie while being very much its own thing. To those who are still turning their nose up at this show because it sounds like a terrible idea, know that you’re missing one of the best pieces of entertainment available to you right now.
Season 2, which is currently airing to all kinds of acclaim, took the action back to the ’70s, tracking an incident that was only alluded to in season one. And while Fargo could easily keep on jumping across the timeline, telling whatever stories it wants for as long as it wants, it looks like the officially confirmed third season may very well return to some familiar faces… presumably so it can do all kinds of dark and horrible things to them.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer has criss-crossed the globe and come all the way back around to Hollywood. A Snowpiercer TV series is now in the works, with Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles creator Josh Friedman set to write. Bong and Oldboy director Chan-wook Park, who produced Snowpiercer, will executive produce the show. Read More »
The Girlfriend Experience is a divisive Steven Soderbergh film, as his more experimental films tend to be. Written by David Levien and Brian Koppelman (Solitary Man, Rounders), The Girlfriend Experience has a fractured but sturdy narrative, showing its prostitute going from gig to gig, all building towards its gut punch ending. The episodic nature of the job is kind of tailor-made for a television show, which is probably why Starz, executive producer Soderbergh, and the creators have made 13 episodes based on the movie.
Watch the trailer for The Girlfriend Experience after the jump.
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