Nothing says Halloween like a sexified retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. The Vampire Diaries creator Kevin Williamson brings his signature brand of sexy fantasy shows populated by models playing teenagers to CBS All Access with Tell Me a Story.
Starring Billy Magnussion, Kim Cattrall, and The Vampire Diaries alum Paul Wesley, Tell Me a Story is a modern reimagining of three classic fairy tales, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel as a “dark and twisted psychological thriller.”
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Want to feel old? Scream 2 was released 20 years ago. The sequel to the massive hit that changed the horror genre as we know it attempted to keep the hype alive, with diminishing results. In honor of the film’s birthday, writer Kevin Williamson revealed some fun, alternate Scream 2 endings that never made it into the final film, including different identities for the killers.
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Time After Time is an excellent time travel movie. Nicholas Meyer‘s 1979 film follows author H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) as he travels to the future to hunt down his former pal, Jack the Ripper (David Warner). It’s an exciting, funny, and often visually stunning picture – the astonishing opening long take lures you right into the movie – that holds up. Now, Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries) has adapted the film into a television series that sticks too closely to the original source.
Below, read our Time After Time Comic-Con reaction.
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Time After Time was a 1979 novel by Karl Alexander that started with the idea that early science fiction author H.G. Wells had actually invented a time machine, and used that concept to throw Wells into the far future of 1979 in pursuit of — no joke — Jack the Ripper.
The novel became a film directed by Nicholas Meyer, with Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, and Mary Steenburgen in the cast. Now those two efforts are inspiring a series from Scream, The Following and Stalker writer Kevin Williamson, and ABC has bought the project. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
With the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour in full swing, there’s no shortage of TV news at the start of this week. After the jump:
- Ryan Murphy‘s Normal Heart is coming to HBO
- Ricky Gervais‘ Life’s Too Short will end this season
- Sarah Michelle Gellar is returning to TV with a comedy
- NBC explains why it passed on Mockingbird Lane
- Community‘s fourth season will have “more heart”
- Up All Night loses its creator as it undergoes a revamp
- Steve Carell will probably never return to The Office
- Revolution‘s midseason premiere gets a new trailer
- Watch a promo for Kevin Williamson‘s The Following
- Starz offers trailers for Magic City and Da Vinci’s Demons
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If the career of writer Kevin Williamson is any indication, his new TV show The Following could be in trouble. It’ll premiere later this year on Fox and stars Kevin Bacon as an FBI agent on the hunt for a serial killer (James Purefoy) who can psychically connect with fellow murders. Sounds promising and, from the guy who wrote Scream, could be truly special.
So how could it be in trouble? Williamson’s career has followed a pattern of huge hit followed by big disappointment ever since he first broke into the business. There were the first two Scream movies, then there was The Faculty and Teaching Mrs. Tingle. Dawson’s Creek was a huge success, but Hidden Palms wasn’t. Currently, he’s experiencing more massive success with The Vampire Diaries so one has to wonder, will The Following follow in the steps of that show or one of the others. Check out the trailer below and decide for yourself. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
With TV upfronts just around the corner, broadcast networks have been scrambling to make some tough calls. Fox has now decreed the fates of its three freshman dramas, axing J.J. Abrams‘ Alcatraz and its Bones spinoff The Finder while re-upping on Kiefer Sutherland‘s Touch. On the animated side, American Dad and Family Guy are slated to return while Cleveland Show and Napoleon Dynamite continue to await a decision.
Meanwhile, the network has been loading up on brand-new pilots, including a serial killer thriller starring Kevin Bacon, a comedy from Mindy Kaling, the inanely-titled Mob Doctor, and more. Details after the jump.
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We knew that Gareth Evans, who directed The Raid, had to be tapped soon for a studio project. Now Universal has picked up the rights to Breaking the Bank, a film that will chronicle “the daring robbery of the Securitas Depot in Tonbridge, a £53 Million Sterling score (around $86 million US),” a crime that was put into motion by UFC fighter ‘Lightning’ Lee Murray.
Back in 2009 Darren Aronofsky was developing this same project, but ended up moving on to other things, and is now finally about to make Noah. So Universal picked up the project for Evans, and will likely be re-developed slightly to suit his sensibility. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
Seeing as everything else from the ’80s has been dragged back to the movie theater, it probably really is just a matter of time before we get another Twins. Also after the jump:
- We now know who won’t be writing Scream 5
- Paramount’s Jack Ryan film hits money trouble
- Angelina Jolie rejects the script for Salt 2
- Ice Cube’s working on the Friday 4 script
- Iron Man 3 starts set work, code name revealed
- MIB3‘s massive, ballooning budget partially explained
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Note: This review was originally published earlier this week.
The Scream series has always been a great, commercial representation for our love of cinema. They’re the rare movies that said, “If you are a fan of movies, this is for you” and actually found success. The problem with that, however, was as the films got more and more self-aware, character and storyline took more and more of a back seat. There in lies the problem with Scream 4. It tries so hard to be smarter, funnier, gorier and scarier than all of its predecessors that it often misses the mark. When it hits the mark, it hits it hard and in a near totally redeeming manner, but it’s impossible to totally redeem a lazy narrative structure that’s almost devoid of scares. Fans of the franchise will find plenty to enjoy, but others might find themselves frustrated.
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