Posted on Friday, September 18th, 2015 by Fred Topel
The movie Minority Report left me with a lot of questions. Or actually, it left me with frustrating answers to their questions. The movie asks: If you can catch someone before they commit a crime, should you still imprison them? It’s supposed to be a moral conundrum, but the way the movie frames it, it’s simple. No, you never have to imprison anyone, because Precrime is 100% effective. The movie states that most criminals don’t even bother anymore because they know they’ll get caught. The only crimes predicted are crimes of passion, and once you stop those, they’re not going to try again. So with John Anderton (Tom Cruise) on the case, it’s the prison system that was unnecessary. He’ll always prevent every crime, even if the same person comes up 100 times.
Fox’s Minority Report TV series shows that there were complications the film didn’t explore. Now that the precogs are free, Dash (Stark Sands) is trying to save people from his psychic visions of their death, but he never gets there in time. So Precrime was only 100% effective under Anderton. Other people aren’t as reliable. It also suggests that telling someone you’re going to catch them won’t necessarily stop them from perpetrating a crime. I got deep into this with series writer Max Borenstein, with producer Kevin Falls sitting in, after the Minority Report panel for the Television Critics Association. Read More »
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The 1993 thriller In the Line of Fire is an excellent thriller from director Wolfgang Peterson. The film featured Clint Eastwood, in his first post-Unforgiven role, as a Secret Service agent who had failed to prevent the assassination of JFK, but is given a chance to redeem his own sense of value and responsibility when an assassin (John Malkovich) targets the current US President. The film is good in part because it’s a perfect role for Eastwood, especially as a slightly more accessible companion for Unforgiven.
Now there’s an In the Line of Fire TV series coming to NBC, because how could there not be? Some of the basics are the same — the Secret Service, the assassin — but there are a couple of new wrinkles. For one, there won’t be anyone like Eastwood in the role, because how many actors are there who have the same sort of thing Eastwood did at that point in time? What we know about the developing In the Line of Fire TV series is below. Read More »
The Hunger Games has been good to director Francis Lawrence. His career was set in a new, more firm direction by the success of the second film in the franchise, and he’s soon to see the release of his third Hunger Games movie, and the final movie in the film series.
That leaves him with options, and among the other projects Lawrence has cooking (which include a film version of The Odyssey, and the movie Red Sparrow), he’s now set to exec produce and direct two TV series. One is based on Neil Gaiman‘s ’90s novel Neverwhere, and the other adapts the novel House of Thieves. Read More »
I know the main question everyone asked after watching any of the three Taken films was “but how did Bryan Mills” develop a very particular set of skills? Can we ever see that long career that gave him skills that make him a nightmare for bad people?
Now we’ll finally have the answer to those questions, because there’s a Taken TV series in the works from producer Luc Besson and NBC. But the Bryan Mills we see in the show won’t be the Bryan Mills we know, because Liam Neeson isn’t in the picture. This will be a younger version of Mills, before he has those skills, before he even has a family, before anyone is taken. Read More »
Any true horror fan or cinephile knows what ties the iconic horror films Psycho and Halloween together. But for those who may not be aware, we’ll enlighten you.
The 1960 film from Alfred Hitchcock stars Janet Leigh as Marion Crane while the 1978 slasher from John Carpenter stars Jamie Lee Curtis. The former was one of the earliest scream queens in cinema’s history while the latter gained the status in the 70s and 80s, only to reprise it in the late 90s with Halloween: H20. But their real link is that Janet Leigh is Jamie Lee Curtis’ mother.
And as a tribute to her iconic mother, Jamie Lee Curtis has recreated the iconic shower scene that nearly everyone should be familiar with by now in an image that teases an homage scene from the upcoming Fox horror comedy series Scream Queens, in which Curtis is one of the stars. Read More »
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There are three new talents joining Game of Thrones for the show’s sixth season, all playing family members of one particular character. Along with news of their deals, we’ve got other casting news in this TV Bits:
- The full Roots remake cast is announced,
- Xander Berkeley joins The Walking Dead,
- Jenna Coleman is leaving Doctor Who,
- and Marvel confirms and clarifies more casting, including the return of Stick to Daredevil.
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Posted on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
FX is doubling down on Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk this TV season. Next month marks the premiere of their American Horror Story: Hotel — the fifth season in the ongoing horror anthology series — while midseason kicks off their brand-new true crime anthology series, American Crime Story, with The People v. OJ Simpson.
Which means FX has no time to waste with promotion. The first American Crime Story teaser has just hit the web, along with a new Lady Gaga-centric American Horror Story: Hotel teaser and a more in-depth featurette. Watch them all after the jump. Read More »
Just because a Stephen King story has been adapted in one medium doesn’t make it off-limits for another, especially in the peak TV year of 2015. The Shining is the most obvious example of a successful film that was mounted on television, and now there’s a development effort to create The Mist as a TV series.
But this doesn’t sound like a script re-adaptation of the novella. Rather, The Mist TV series may be something more inspired by the original story than directly based on it, and therefore a story (or set of stories) that can sit alongside Frank Darabont’s excellent film. Read More »
Comedy director Judd Apatow already has firm footing at HBO as the executive producer of the network’s hit show Girls from writer, director and star Lena Dunham, and now he’s hoping to add another show to the cable giant’s comedy line-up.
Comedian Pete Holmes, former star of his own TBS late night show, will star in a semi-autobiographical series called Crashing, playing a version of himself. If you’re not acquainted with the comedy of Pete Holmes, I suggest educating yourself immediately.
Find out more about the Judd Apatow Pete Holmes HBO show after the jump! Read More »