This is the first edition in a new regular series where I attempt to answer your questions about the film industry. We’ll be taking a look at the box office, forgotten Hollywood landmarks, the marketing process and more. Sometimes I’ll attempt to answer the question myself, and other times I will contact experts in the particular field to give a more detailed answer. Please feel free to send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. I decided to start off this series with an easier question, and use it as a jumping-off point to delve into the more complex world of screen credits.
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Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2011 by Angie Han
There’s some bad and some good in today’s TV Bits, but I’d say there’s more of the latter — more Shameless, more Homeland, more Jennifer Coolidge, and Olga Kurylenko in late ’50s Miami all count as pluses, right? After the jump:
- Showtime’s Shameless get a Season 2 trailer — and invites fans to play Truth or Dare with one of the characters
- Starz debuts a trailer for Magic City, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, and Danny Huston
- CBS gives full season orders to Unforgettable and Person of Interest
- Showtime renews freshman series Homeland
- Jennifer Coolidge signs on for CBS’ 2 Broke Girls
- Jenna Elfman boards the fifth season of DirecTV’s Damages
- Starz’ Boss loses its two showrunners
- ABC’s Pan Am gets a new showrunner
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Want to read a detailed rundown of what went down on The Dark Knight Rises this weekend complete with between-shot entertainment and full spoilers? What’s a major problem with The Avengers? When might we see a Guillermo Del Toro produced Hulk TV show? Does Denis Leary think he’ll be back for The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
What if Batman was a former CIA operative who had the ability to predict crimes before they happened, and had no qualms about kneecapping baddies? That’s the basic premise of Person of Interest, the new Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams written/produced CBS series that will be hitting this fall.
After getting an early glimpse of the pilot last night at Comic-Con, I’m pleased to say that the show more than lives up to our lofty expectations.
Jim Caviezel stars as said former CIA operative, John Reese. At the beginning of the pilot, he’s wracked with guilt and is trying to drink himself to death after losing the woman he loves. After an encounter with thugs in the subway (while sporting what I like to call the “bum Jesus look”), Reese is eventually recruited by an eccentric billionaire, Dr. Finch (Lost’s Michael Emerson), who has developed computer software that can predict crimes before they happen. Taraji P. Henson is also in the fold as a police officer who seems keen on Reese’s background, and will likely serve as as the Commissioner Gordon role to Reese’s Batman. Read More »
Warner Bros. is racing to get Superman back on screen, and one report says that a new talent has been recruited to assist. Kurt Johnstad, who worked with Zack Snyder on 300 and the script for that film’s in-development sequel, as well as on The Last Photograph, has reportedly been hired to do a rewrite on Man of Steel. Read More »
We’ve already teased you with info from one J.J. Abrams produced show that’s set to premiere on TV this Fall, the Fox series Alcatraz. But Abrams isn’t stopping there. He’s also got a show on CBS that’s from the people behind The Dark Knight, Lost and even The Passion of the Christ. The show is called Person of Interest and if your a regular reader of the site, you know we’re excited about it. It stars Michael Emerson (Ben Linus from Lost) and Jim Caviezel (Jesus from The Passion of the Christ) as a New York crime fighting team that uses advanced technology to stop crimes before they happen. Think Law and Order meets Minority Report. It’s co-executive produced, and written by, Jonah Nolan who wrote The Dark Knight along with his brother (Christopher Nolan, maybe you’ve heard of him) and will begin airing Thursday nights at 9 p.m. this Fall.
Watch an extended trailer for the show and read the official description after the jump. Read More »
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 21 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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Briefly: Since last year we’ve heard about the possibility of a new show from Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams. Now CBS has given a green light to the pilot for the show, which is called Person of Interest. More interesting, however, is the basic plot description: “An ex-CIA hitman and a scientist team up to prevent crimes before they happen.”
So how will this be like and/or unlike Minority Report? Preventing crimes before they happen naturally calls up images of the Steven Spielberg film, and I wonder to what degree the show will deal with the morality of that approach to crime. Given the two people involved, I’d guess we’ll see quite a lot of it. And how will this be tailored for CBS, which caters to an older, or at least more mainstream crowd, than other networks? Doesn’t seem like the place for a daring sci-fi show. [EW]