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 Posted:   Nov 5, 2013 - 9:05 AM   
 By:   fisch   (Member)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5

NCIS---Emily Wickersham will replace Cote de Pablo in the November 19 episode. Wickersham plays NSA analyst Ellie Bishop who assists the NCIS team. Her role was originally a recurring role but has been upgraded to a permanent character.





DOCTOR WHO---photos released for the BBC America tv movie AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME which is about how actor William Hartnell, production assistant Verity Lambert and director Waris Hussein helped create the sci fi series in 1963. David Bradley, Jessica Raine and Brian Cox star. Premiere is November 22.







THE SHINING---David Cronenberg commented on Stanley Kubrick and THE SHINING,

"I think I'm a more intimate and personal filmmaker than Kubrick ever was. That's why I find THE SHINING not to be a great film. I don't think he understood the (horror) genre. I don't think he understood what he was doing. There were some striking images in the book and he got that, but I don’t think he really felt it.
In a weird way, although he’s revered as a high-level cinematic artist, I think he was much more commercial-minded and was looking for stuff that would click and that he could get financed. I think he was very obsessed with that, to an extent that I’m not. Or that Bergman or Fellini were."





STAR WARS: EPISODE VII---director JJ Abrams said he wants to bring back the mystery of the original movies:

"I loved how STAR WARS had that sense of a world far beyond the borders of what you can see and have been told. It’s one of the things it did so brilliantly.If you watch the first movie, you don’t actually know exactly what the Empire is trying to do. They’re going to rule by fear – but you don’t know what their end game is.
You don’t know what Leia is princess of. You don’t yet understand who Jabba the Hutt is, even though there is a reference to him. You don’t know that Vader is Luke’s father, Leia is his sister – but the possibility is all there.
The beauty of that movie was that it was an unfamiliar world, and yet you wanted to see it expand and to see where it went."


BREAKING BAD---Bob Odenkirk commented on his prequel spin-off BETTER CALL SAUL:

"Here’s what I told Vince [Gilligan] and Peter – Pete Gould is also writing that show –we’re gonna make it fresh. It’s not gonna be BREAKING BAD 2.0 or whatever.
It’s a different show and it’s gonna have a different energy and we’re not gonna try to just extend BREAKING BAD. That can’t be done. That show is great, it’s done, it’s all wrapped up and delivered, and now we’re gonna do something fresh and new with a character that is rich and funny, and everyone’s excited about it.
And we wanna make sure the audience sees right away that it’s not a continuation of BREAKING BAD, but rather its own thing that hopefully is gonna be entertaining on its own terms.
I said I wanna have a little more sympathy for this guy. I wanna understand maybe how he’s a human being and not just a hungry hippo trying to get all the money."


THE WOLVERINE---the sequel is underway with director James Mangold in negotiations with 20th Century Fox to direct and write a sequel treatment.

SYFY---Mark Stern, head of Syfy's original programming, has left his position to become a producer of a new tv series. Stern was apparently transferred by new owner Comcast. He has received criticism for being partly responsible for abrupt cancellations of Syfy series including FARSCAPE, EUREKA, SANCTUARY, CAPRICA and STARGATE: UNIVERSE. He received additional criticism for Syfy's reality series including professional wrestling.





12 MONKEYS---Syfy tv pilot underway based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam sci fi movie that starred Bruce Willis, Madeline Stowe and Brad Pitt. Aaron Stanford (NIKITA, X-MEN) and Amanda Schull (SUITS, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) star.

CRISIS---NBC midseason series underway about a group of children, whose parents are Washington DC's power elite, are on a field trip when they are ambushed by mysterious conspirators. Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney star.

CELL---John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson star in this movie based on the Stephen King novel.

SAVAGE---movie underway based on the comic book about a mysterious killer and his protege who are caught up in a war between Bigfoot and werewolves. James Cotten (LA LINEA) is the director.

LAKE PLACID VS. ANACONDA---Sony Pictures direct-to-dvd monster movie underway which brings the giant anaconda and giant crocodile movie franchises together.

KANE & LYNCH---Gerard Butler is in talks to star as Kane in this movie based on the video game. Vin Diesel has been offered the part of Lynch.

AMERICAN ULTRA---Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg star in this comedy movie about a stoner with a secret past and his girlfriend who are targeted by a covert government operation.

LA VIDA ROBOT---George Lopez and Marisa Tomei star in this movie based on the true story of four illegal immigrant teens who build an underwater robot that wins a national robotics competition.

 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2013 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

CELL---John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson star in this movie based on the Stephen King novel.

Surprised this has been so long coming....there's a good tale woven in those pages - ripe for a screen adaptation. Looking forward to seeing the result.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2013 - 11:35 AM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)


SYFY---Mark Stern, head of Syfy's original programming, has left his position to become a producer of a new tv series. Stern was apparently transferred by new owner Comcast. He has received criticism for being partly responsible for abrupt cancellations of Syfy series including FARSCAPE, EUREKA, SANCTUARY, CAPRICA and STARGATE: UNIVERSE. He received additional criticism for Syfy's reality series including professional wrestling.


I'm kinda glad, he pulled the plug on a number of shows I liked even though they seemed to be doing well.

 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2013 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)


THE SHINING---David Cronenberg commented on Stanley Kubrick and THE SHINING,

"I think I'm a more intimate and personal filmmaker than Kubrick ever was. That's why I find THE SHINING not to be a great film. I don't think he understood the (horror) genre. I don't think he understood what he was doing. There were some striking images in the book and he got that, but I don’t think he really felt it.
In a weird way, although he’s revered as a high-level cinematic artist, I think he was much more commercial-minded and was looking for stuff that would click and that he could get financed. I think he was very obsessed with that, to an extent that I’m not. Or that Bergman or Fellini were."




Phew, for a moment I thought we'd get another adaptation. I disagree with Cronenberg, much like I disagree with Stephen King's assessment of Kubrick's The Shining. I'm glad it didn't fall victim to the trappings of the 'genre' and Kubrick managed to elevate the source material IMO.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2013 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I agree wholeheartedly, Francis. I think Cronenberg is way off on this one.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2013 - 12:31 PM   
 By:   Rick15   (Member)


THE SHINING---David Cronenberg commented on Stanley Kubrick and THE SHINING,

"I think I'm a more intimate and personal filmmaker than Kubrick ever was. That's why I find THE SHINING not to be a great film. I don't think he understood the (horror) genre. I don't think he understood what he was doing. There were some striking images in the book and he got that, but I don’t think he really felt it.
In a weird way, although he’s revered as a high-level cinematic artist, I think he was much more commercial-minded and was looking for stuff that would click and that he could get financed. I think he was very obsessed with that, to an extent that I’m not. Or that Bergman or Fellini were."




Phew, for a moment I thought we'd get another adaptation. I disagree with Cronenberg, much like I disagree with Stephen King's assessment of Kubrick's The Shining. I'm glad it didn't fall victim to the trappings of the 'genre' and Kubrick managed to elevate the source material IMO.


I don't read Cronenberg's comments like that. My interpretation was that Kubrick missed the point of the book (which I have to admit is one of my favourites).

To me, the book is about the fall and redemption of Jack Torrance set within a horror "background". The Kubrick film missed the point of that. or as Cronenberg states - he got some of the striking images from the book - but he didn't really "feel" the book.

Well...that's how I read it.

 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2013 - 12:58 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I agree wholeheartedly, Francis. I think Cronenberg is way off on this one.

Yes. Way, way off. Doesn't even make sense to me.

And because Kubrick made the film his own certainly doesn't mean he didn't "get it" or didn't "feel" the book. That's nothing more than presumption on Cronenberg's part.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2013 - 1:17 PM   
 By:   El Goodo   (Member)

I agree wholeheartedly, Francis. I think Cronenberg is way off on this one.

Yes. Way, way off. Doesn't even make sense to me.

And because Kubrick made the film his own certainly doesn't mean he didn't "get it" or didn't "feel" the book. That's nothing more than presumption on Cronenberg's part.


Well said. Kubrick used the book as raw material to make the film he wanted to make. Isn't that what he always did? This business of "he didn't understand the genre" (King said the same thing) is nonsense.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2013 - 1:24 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I think people who like/love Kubrick's take on King's novel are going to disagree with Cronenberg and people who thought Kubrick didn't quite get the book and missed the chance to create a coherent take on it (me, the author) will agree. wink

On a side note, I caught some of Cronenberg's Dead Zone on telly last night and if ever a director GOT a book and created THE definitive take on it, well, that is it.

 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2013 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

THE SHINING---David Cronenberg commented on Stanley Kubrick and THE SHINING,

"I think I'm a more intimate and personal filmmaker than Kubrick ever was. That's why I find THE SHINING not to be a great film. I don't think he understood the (horror) genre. I don't think he understood what he was doing. There were some striking images in the book and he got that, but I don’t think he really felt it.


I've always felt that, however enjoyable the film may have been on its own merits, the Kubrick SHINING was a pretty disappointing translation of the book's essentials elements to the big screen. Book and film were two totally different animals, and for me, the book was vastly superior. Scary as shit! The film was a downer on many levels.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2013 - 1:52 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

+1 what Dana just said above.

 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2013 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

+1 what Dana just said above.

An AMEN from me too.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2013 - 2:55 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I happen to like both for different reasons. Both are brilliant pieces of artwork.

 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2013 - 3:33 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

I happen to like both for different reasons. Both are brilliant pieces of artwork.

Agreed. The Shining as a film is fantastic on its own merits and the book is too. The book makes Jack more tragic than the film does, but the film puts one on edge, with one of the most bleakest, coldest, most loneliest places on earth. I saw it in the theatre when released and it burned a hole in my brain that lasted that whole damn summer. Shiver.

 
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