Could MTV Pick Up ‘Locke & Key’?

Briefly: The last time we checked in with Locke & Key, the television comic book adaptation with a pilot directed by Mark Romanek, Fox had passed on the show’s pickup, and the project appeared destined to languish as a non-starter. A trailer appeared to give us a taste of what might have been, but that was it.

Now Deadline says that the head of MTV programming took a look at the show, and is reportedly interested. The site’s report is actually pretty speculative, as it basically boils down to “we think the guy watched and liked the pilot.” So it’s probably a stretch to generate any real hopes that MTV is going to pick up the show. Would the network bite on something that is this far outside its typical realm, especially given that the cast options have expired, which means that any version that got off the ground now might only partially resemble the pilot? (Sure, there’s the new Teen Wolf as an example of MTV offering something vaguely similar, but even that seems like a stretch.) But for those who really held out hope for the show this is a tiny outcropping on which to find a foothold. Let’s see if it leads anywhere.

Last year, Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) directed a television pilot based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez‘s comic series Locke & Key. Miranda Otto and Nick Stahl led the cast about a small family that takes possession of a mansion that is full of secrets. Or full of secret doors, as it turns out.

Fox decided not to go with the show, leaving the pilot as one of many TV orphans. The show got a one-off screening last month at Comic Con, but showing the pilot to a few hundred people hardly counts as a public airing. Now we’ve got the closest anyone is likely to get to Locke & Key without resorting to piracy: a trailer for the show ended up online yesterday. See it below. Read More »

Saturday Night Live veteran Jason Sudeikis has been doing pretty well for himself as a movie star lately, with three separate big-screen projects in 2011 alone — Hall Pass, Horrible Bosses, and the upcoming A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy — but he hasn’t left the small screen behind quite yet. The actor has just signed on for a recurring role on the upcoming season of HBO’s baseball comedy Eastbound & Down as Shane, a new friend of former Major League pitcher Kenny Powers (Danny McBride).

The next season of Eastbound & Down will be the third and most likely final season of the series, and will premiere in early 2012. [Variety]

After the jump, Kristen Bell gains two new suitors, and Nip/Tuck star Julian McMahon takes on the finance industry.

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‘Locke & Key’ Pilot Will Be Shown at Comic Con

It isn’t often that a network decides to showcase a property that it decided not to fully embrace, but that is exactly what Fox will allow to happen with the comic book adaptation Locke & Key next month at Comic Con. The pilot was directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) with Miranda Otto and Nick Stahl in the cast, but Fox elected not to pick up the show. Despite that fact, the company has given its blessing for comic publisher IDW to hold a panel presentation for the show at Comic Con, complete with a screening of the full pilot. Read More »

Nick Stahl Cast in ‘Locke & Key’

Locke & Key

Nick Stahl (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) has been cast in Fox’s Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci-produced small screen television adaptation of the graphic novel, Locke & Key by Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill.

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Quid Pro Quo Movie Trailer

Quid Pro Quo

Magnolia Pictures has released the theatrical trailer for Quid Pro Quo, the new thriller from Carlos Brooks. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to good reviews. My friend Scott Weinberg at Cinematical wrote that it was “worth seeing for the two leads alone”, and described it as “a low-key cross between Garden State, The Waterdance and Cronenberg’s Crash“. Yeah, pretty weird combination. After watching the trailer I’m not quite sure if I’m interested or not. Actually, I’m quite confused and find myself wondering how someone would come up with such a story. Tell me what you think after the jump.

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You can also watch the trailer in High Definition on

Official Plot Synopsis: Isaac Knott (Nick Stahl) is a Public Radio reporter in New York City. When he was eight, his mother and father died in an automobile accident that left him in a wheelchair. On air, Isaac recounts how he recently received an anonymous tip from someone identified only as “Ancient Chinese Girl.” She tells him a perfectly able-bodied man walked into an emergency ward downtown, and attempted to bribe a doctor into amputating his leg. As Isaac investigates the eerie tip, he encounters Fiona (Vera Farmiga) who, through her own quandary, leads Isaac to a netherworld of people afflicted with a perverse desire to be disabled. Like a contemporary noir detective film, QUID PRO QUO follows Issac as he embarks on a dream-like journey to pull back the layers of what makes people feel whole. Through the lives of two people on a search for the truth, QUID PRO QUO explores the human psyche and asks disturbing questions about what it means to be injured, and what it means to be healed.

Quid Pro Quo
will hit theaters on June 13, 2008.

Trailer: Sleepwalking Starring Charlize Theron


“Joleen is a woman stuck in yesterday.” The trailer for Sleepwalking, the new film starring Charlize Theron, Nick Stahl, AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Hopper and Woody Harrelson, exemplifies a terrible grasp on the power of italics. As for the rest, it’s sad to say as the cast is eclectic and has stories for days, but I’m ready to flick this film off to the overpopulated land of promising-indies turned unnecessary-and-forgotten-bummers.

Theron plays a rolling stone mother, Joleen, who abandons her daughter (Robb) to take off on the road with a random guy, right after the two move in with her younger brother (Stahl). So, the younger brother must care for the neglected daughter, and after a confrontation with his and Joleen’s crazy father (Hopper), he realizes he needs to be this young girl’s dad. Not sure where Woody comes in, but he offers some proto-Woody advice in the trailer. I can go either way when Theron explores a “crushed with eyeliner” role, but nothing shown here clicks, especially the character intros. And the wild horse(s) was a bit much, as well (Thanks Eric). 

Sleepingwalking, directed by the other Bill Maher, opens on March 14, 2008.

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