In this edition of TV Bits:
- HBO’s In Treatment returns with a new cast
- Warrior, come out to plaaaay
- Hulu’s Pam & Tommy rolls the “dice” with a couple new cast members
- Rob Delaney signs on to a new Showtime series
- Amazon’s The Boys spin-off fills another key role
- And more!
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Chiwetel Ejiofor has already been set to lead The Man Who Fell to Earth, a TV series adaptation of the novel and film of the same name that recently moved from Paramount+ over to Showtime. Now the cast is expanding with Skyfall actress Naomie Harris and Westworld co-star Jimmi Simpson. Find out who they’re playing below. Read More »
After shaping up to be a Paramount+ original, The Man Who Fell to Earth TV series, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor in the title role originated by David Bowie in the 1976 sci-fi classic, is now landing at Showtime.
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In 2019, we learned that CBS All Access was developing a TV adaptation of The Man Who Fell to Earth, based on Walter Tevis’s 1963 novel and Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 sci-fi cult classic film version. That streaming service is being rebranded to Paramount+, but the show is still in the works – and it has now found its star.
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Doctor Strange) will play a new alien character who lands on Earth. That news – especially the latter half of it – is probably music to the ears of people who are especially fond of David Bowie’s performance in the original movie. But while Bowie’s work will undoubtedly loom over this production, at least Ejiofor has room to do his own thing without having to portray that same exact character. Read More »
CBS All Access announced that Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet, and John Hlavin are developing a streaming series based on The Man Who Fell to Earth. The 1963 novel by Walter Tevis was previously adapted into a movie starring David Bowie, directed by Nicolas Roeg.
Kurtzman is already working with All Access on the Star Trek universe, with Discovery and Picard already in production and more Trek series in development. Here are a few hints we could glean from the press release and announcements.
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All eyes are about to turn to San Diego Comic-Con, but before the convention kicks into full gear, we wanted to bring some incredible new art prints to your attention – including one of the best pieces of Star Wars: The Last Jedi art I’ve seen thus far. See that below, as well as pieces celebrating Alex Garland‘s sci-fi stunner Annihilation and the David Bowie vehicle The Man Who Fell to Earth.
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(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: Dunkirk.)
In the early summer of 1940, a group of Allied soldiers had to be evacuated from their position on the beach of Dunkirk, France, after being surrounded by Nazi troops in the first weeks of the Fall of France. The events necessitating their rescue, according to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, were a “colossal military disaster,” and the resulting mission (Operation Dynamo) is now know rightly as the Miracle of Dunkirk.
Unless you’ve had your head in the sand, you know that’s the subject of Christopher Nolan’s latest film, which has near-universal praise from critics. Some are pointing to the bleachers to predict an Oscar. Others are calling it his best film in a career littered with greatness.
Let’s see what kinds of movie connections we can make to Dunkirk as it dominates screens (big and bigger) this weekend.
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Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The great David Bowie may have passed away earlier this year, but his work continues to live on in many incredible albums, a fair number of memorable movie roles, and plenty of appearances on great movie soundtracks. Now, another tribute is on the way in the form of the 40th anniversary re-release of The Man Who Fell to Earth, one of the best science fiction films of the ’70s and the finest example of Bowie as a film actor. In equally exciting news, the film’s soundtrack will finally be released for the first time following the discovery of the long-lost master tape.
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Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
It is 2004 and Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars has just convinced a depressed, confused and impossibly lonely high school student to not take his own life. It is 2015 and “Heroes” blasts through the speakers as the same man, now older and happier and glad to be alive, joins the love of his life on the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife.
The soundtrack to the decade between these two events in my life is defined by David Bowie, the most remarkable performer of the 20th century and an icon who cannot be summed with any kind of ease. He was a musician and an actor, an artist and an entertainer, a sinner and a saint, otherworldly but knowable. By listening to his music and watching him on screen, I couldn’t help but feel like I knew him. Like so many others, I felt I could see through his mystique and this alien, this seemingly mystical presence, was the friend I needed. I listened to him and couldn’t help but feel like he was listening back.
David Bowie has passed away at the age of 69, leaving behind a couple dozen incredible albums, enough amazing stories to fill a few thick books, and a surprising film career that was just as malleable and unpredictable as his discography. There’s no way of knowing how many lives he saved, but I can count at least one. The least I can do in return is pay tribute to his contributions to the world of film, of which there are more than you may realize.
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Is your pop culture art collection cluttered with too many huge movie posters? Do you have a full stack of 27 x 40 inch paper laying around and not enough wall space to display? Are you looking for something smaller, more tasteful but still as awesome and exciting? Mike Mitchell is here to help.
Mitchell is one of the most popular artists out there today. He first gained national attention with his “I’m With Coco” poster for Conan O’Brien and has continued to do beautiful work putting a unique spin on popular culture. Last year, his Just Like Us exhibit at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles started a collectors craze and now he’s back for his second show. This one takes popular, and some not-so-popular, movie characters and provides them each with a detailed, classy portrait.
The exhibit opens Friday April 26 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas and, after the jump, you can see about half the images in the show. Read More »