Skinner X-Files

Guys named “Skinner” were an important part of the Fox lineup in the ’90s. Seymour Skinner has been a Simpsons mainstay since the earliest days, and on The X-Files Walter Skinner showed up towards the end of the first season, and steadily established himself as an important component of the X-Files formula. Now The X-Files is returning to TV for a new six-episode “event series,” and Mitch Pileggi has confirmed what we had hoped: Skinner will be back.   Read More »

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Mr Holmes

Between BBC’s Sherlock, CBS’ Elementary, and Warner Bros.’ ongoing film series starring Robert Downey Jr., we’re practically drowning in Sherlock Holmes adaptations at the moment. The last thing we need is another one. Or at least that’s what we would have said before seeing the excellent trailer for Mr. Holmes.

In the new film by Bill Condon, Ian McKellen plays the classic character near the end of his life. Though he’s now living out a peaceful retirement among his beloved bees, Sherlock remains haunted by the circumstances of the case that put him into exile. Watch the Mr Holmes trailer after the jump.  Read More »

new Fletch movie

The years-long quest to make a new Fletch movie took a step forward this week as the property landed at Relativity Studios after Warner Bros. decided to let it go. Jason Sudeikis is in talks to play the title character, as he was when the film was housed at Warner Bros., but presumably the change to a new studio means a little new momentum for ol’ Fletch. Read More »

Capote

Like Full House and Coach before it, Truman Capote‘s In Cold Blood is also getting resurrected for the small screen. The Weinstein Co. has just picked up the rights to the true-crime masterpiece, with the intention of adapting it into an event miniseries.

Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski will produce, while Kevin Hood (Becoming Jane) will write the script. Get all the details on the In Cold Blood TV series after the jump.

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twin peaks negotiations

The Twin Peaks revival has already turned really weird, and the show isn’t even shot — but this may not be the kind of weird fans were hoping for. David Lynch bowed out of directing the series a few days ago, citing Showtime’s unwillingness to commit the proper money “to do the script the way [Lynch] felt it needed to be done.” That came as a surprise to his creative partner, Mark Frost, and also to Showtime. The cable network is still trying to keep Lynch on board, and the cast is clamoring for his return, but whether the Twin Peaks negotiations will pan out is still open to question. Read More »

Sherlock

Doctor Who and Sherlock have quite a few things in common. Both of them are internationally popular British dramas with a huge geek fanbase. Both of them center around special but awkward heroes with more “normal” companions in tow. And both of them are run by Steven Moffat. So naturally, fans of both have long wondered if there might be any chance of the two properties crossing paths.

Well, there’s good news and bad news on that front. In an interview, Moffat reveals he’s all for a Doctor Who Sherlock crossover. It’s everyone else — Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and the producers — that’s against it. Read Moffat’s Doctor Who Sherlock crossover comments after the jump.  Read More »

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Even the most trivial trinket becomes priceless depending on who owned it. A baseball alone is worth nothing, but if it meets the bat of a specific player at exactly the right moment, in exactly the right place, it can be worth millions. A piece of paper is worthless until the right person puts the right mark on it. A bottle of wine from hundreds of years ago is vinegar, unless you can prove it was owned by someone legendary.

That last scenario is the premise of Billionaire’s Vinegar, a new film set up at Sony Pictures that just gained Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey as the star. It’s about the purchase, and then lawsuit, surrounding a bottle of wine sold at auction that was supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson. Read the synopsis and more below. Read More »

john williams bridge of spies

Steven Spielberg‘s latest film, recently named Bridge of Spies, won’t be scored by the director’s frequent collaborator, John Williams. The Cold War spy film starring Tom Hanks opens October 16 and was supposed to feature music by Williams. The composer had to drop out, however, when his “schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.”

Williams will be replaced by Thomas Newman, who obviously is no slouch. The twelve-time Oscar nominee (he’s never won!) has done the scores for The Shawshank Redemption, Finding Nemo, American Beauty and Skyfall.

Williams will, however, work with Spielberg on The BFG, which will start filming later this year.

Below, read more about the Thomas Newman/John Williams Bridge of Spies change and see a new image from the film. Read More »

Sherlock, BBC

Sherlock is going back to its roots. Though the popular BBC drama moves Arthur Conan Doyle‘s classic mysteries to the modern day, the upcoming Sherlock Christmas special will take place in Victorian London, as confirmed by showrunner Steven Moffat. Find out how and why after the jump.  Read More »