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Adaptation of Scott Turow’s ‘One L’ in Early Development at Freeform

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Adaptation of Scott Turow’s ‘One L’ in Early Development at Freeform
A television adaptation of Scott Turow’s novel “One L” is in “very early” development at Freeform, Variety has learned.

The eponymous series “follows five uniquely gifted students who bond as they navigate the perils of their first year of law school and come to terms with who they want to be, while grappling with their complicated pasts,” according to the network.

Turow is the author of about a dozen books, including legal thrillers “Identical,” “Presumed Innocent,” and “Burden of Proof.” The nonfictional “One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School,” was first published in 1977.

The attorney and scribe is penning the pilot for Freeform with writer Jill Abbinanti. Abbinanti’s TV credits include “CSI: NY,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Pan Am,” and “Instinct.”

Several of Turow’s other works have already been adapted into movies for the small screen, including “Innocent,
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Alixe Gordin Dies: ‘Scarface’, ‘Klute’ Casting Director Was 96

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Alixe Gordin Dies: ‘Scarface’, ‘Klute’ Casting Director Was 96
Award-winning casting director Alixe Gordin died at her home in Duxbury, Massachusetts on November 28. She was 96. Additional details about her death were not revealed.

Born Alixe Glas on April 10, 1922 in Dayton, Ohio, she took her stage name Gordin when she started performing as a musician and an actor. She got into casting in the ’60s with Studio One and The Defenders on CBS.

Gordin is known for her casting work on some of the most iconic films in history. She served as casting director for the Brian De Palma classic Scarface which earned Al Pacino and Steven Bauer a Golden Globe nomination in 1984. She worked on Alan J. Pakula’s Klute which won Jane Fonda an Academy Award in 1971. She reteamed with Pakula for his film Sophie’s Choice which went on to win an Academy Award for Meryl Streep in 1982. Gordin’s magic touch would continue with John Huston’s Prizzi’s Honor,
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The 80s Rambo Movies Are Coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray!

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One of the great action film franchises of all time is coming to 4K this November, when the films of the 1980s Rambo Trilogy debut on Ultra HD Blu-ray!

Two-time Academy Award® nominee Sylvester Stallone stars in the role that made him an action movie legend when First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, and Rambo III arrive on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital) November 13 from Lionsgate.

Here is the breakdown for each film's 4K release, including technical specs and special features.

First Blood

Sylvester Stallone stars as the iconic John Rambo, alongside Golden Globe® winner Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna, and David Carusso in this explosive action-thriller, available on 4K for the first time ever. Also features a new, never-before-seen featurette, “Rambo Takes the 80’s Part 1”, which looks back at the incredible impact of this evergreen film. The First Blood 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack is
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Pete’s 2017 Media Diary

This is the fourth year publishing the list of television, movies, and books that I read throughout the year. It’s always interesting to look back on the content you have consumed with your viewing and reading habits laid out in front of you. It can be pretty scary for those not ready to truly look inside their own mind. For me, my biggest takeaway is always… “I need to read more books”. Looking through my 2017 media diary it’s hard to deny the fact I read zero books. I did however watch plenty of great television, and a few great movies. (Here’s to changing that in 2018).

2017 was the year in which my excitement for new television far exceeded my excitement for new movies. I continued my trend from 2016 where I felt I watched more television than movies. Television had a far larger impact on me, and sure there
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Blood test: match the red stuff to the film – quiz

As Iggy Pop stars in the violent thriller Blood Orange this week, test your knowledge about how many bloody scenes you recognise for past films

Blade

Resident Evil

Let Me In

Saw III

The Talented Mr Ripley

Basic Instinct

American Psycho

Presumed Innocent

28 Days Later

Dawn of the Dead

The Thing

The Ruins

Friday the 13th

Body Double

Dressed to Kill

Black Christmas

Falling Down

Society

Hellraiser

The Stepfather

Cabin in the Woods

30 Days of Night

Kill Bill: Volume One

Hot Fuzz

Pacific Heights

Cape Fear

Single White Female

Consenting Adults

Death Proof

Gone Girl

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Let the Right One In

Suspiria

Halloween

An American Werewolf in London

Misery

It Follows

The Blue Lagoon

Deep Blue Sea

Castaway

8 and above.

Red looks good on you

0 and above.

That was a bit bloody tough for you

4 and above.

Bleedin' hard huh?

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6 Reasons Harrison Ford Should Get An Oscar Nod For Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Harrison Ford – actor, pilot, notorious grumpus – has never won an Oscar. Allow that to sink in for a moment, as you think back to the many less deserving peope that have taken a prize before he’s even come close (Cuba Gooding Jr, anyone?). Ford has been nominated before – once, for Best Actor for Witness – but has won absolute bupkis from the Academy Awards in all his years as a movie star.

There were no nominations for Indiana Jones or The Fugitive, nor for his less blockbustery, more dramatic turns, in The Mosquito Coast or Presumed Innocent. And not ever for playing Han Solo. Well, now is the Academy’s chance: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out and has just made it in for Oscar eligibility, right at the tail-end of the year, while Ford is happily drawing praise for his fourth run at the bat as Solo.

More
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Competition: Win two Warner Bros. Blu-ray boxsets!

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On November 2nd, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) release the Johnny Depp: 4 Film Collection, two coming to Blu-ray for the first time, and the Harrison Ford: 5 Film Collection, three of which are also brand new to Blu-ray! To celebrate, we have Blu-ray copies to giveaway!

The Johnny Depp 4 Film Collection sees the actor starring alongside Charlize Theron, Helen Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfieffer, Alan Rickman and screen legend Marlon Brando in films including The Astronaut’s Wife, Dark Shadows, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Don Juan DeMarco.

The Harrison Ford 5 Film Collection sees the actor starring alongside Tommy Lee Jones, Julianne Moore, Alan Arkin, Virginia Madsen and John C. McGinley in films including Firewall, 42, Presumed Innocent, Frantic and The Fugitive.

Order today: Johnny Depp 4 Film Collection | Harrison Ford 5 Film Collection

© 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

To win copies of both Blu-ray boxsets, just
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Giveaway – Win Johnny Depp / Harrison Ford Blu-ray collections

On November 2nd, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) release the Johnny Depp: 4 Film Collection, two coming to Blu-ray for the first time, and the Harrison Ford: 5 Film Collection, three of which are also brand new to Blu-ray!

To celebrate, we have Blu-ray copies to giveaway!

The Johnny Depp 4 Film Collection sees the actor starring alongside Charlize Theron, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfieffer, Alan Rickman and screen legend Marlon Brando in films including The Astronaut’s Wife, Dark Shadows, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Don Juan DeMarco.

The Harrison Ford 5 Film Collection sees the actor starring alongside Tommy Lee Jones, Julianne Moore, Alan Arkin, Virginia Madsen and John C. McGinley in films including Firewall, 42, Presumed Innocent, Frantic and The Fugitive.

Order today!

Johnny Depp 4 Film Collection: http://amzn.to/1WdnlOc

Harrison Ford 5 Film Collection: http://amzn.to/1LwFCOx

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday,
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"Lovers And Other Strangers" 45th Anniversary Screening, L.A., May 20

  • CinemaRetro
By Todd Garbarini

Cy Howard’s 1970 film Lovers and Other Strangers, which stars Bea Arthur, Bonnie Bedelia, Michael Brandon, Anne Jackson, Diane Keaton, and Cloris Leachman, celebrates it’s 45th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 104-minute comedy on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Scheduled to appear in person are actress Bonnie Bedelia, Cloris Leachman and the Oscar-nominated co-writers Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor for a post-screening Q&A with film critic Stephen Farber.

From the press release:

Lovers And Other Strangers was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1970 and won the Oscar for best original song, "For All We Know." This sharp and poignant comedy examines the relationships of a dozen characters involved in preparing for a family wedding. The superb ensemble cast includes Oscar winners Gig Young, Cloris Leachman, and Diane Keaton (in her first
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A Brief (Pun Intended) History Of Lawyers In The Movies Part II

Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies. Enjoy, and please refrain from suing us if you feel otherwise...

1. Devil’s Advocate (1997)

Keanu Reeves plays Kevin Lomax, a hot-shot young Florida lawyer who is all about climbing the ladder. When he gets an offer he can’t refuse from a high-powered New York firm, led by the legendary John Milton
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The 35 Greatest Murder Mystery Movies Ever Made

Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.

One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger
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‘A Good Marriage’ Trailer Teases the First of Four Stephen King Adaptations Over the Next Year or So

It’s only been ten months since a Stephen King film was playing in theaters, but we’re already just two months away from the next. Once upon a time that year-long wait between adaptations would have seemed crazy– back in the ’80s and early ’90s there were frequently two or three of them in the multiplexes simultaneously – but he hasn’t been nearly as ubiquitous onscreen in the 21st century. There have only been nine feature films based on his work since 2000, and pretty much only one of them is worth a damn. His latest stab at the box-office is A Good Marriage, a film written by King from his own short story. The always fantastic Joan Allen plays a woman who discovers her loving husband (Anthony Lapaglia) may just be a serial killer. There’s no shortage of movies about couples, secrets and the possibility that one of them might be a murderer, but
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'Godfather" D.P. Gordon Willis, Hollywood's Prince of Darkness, dies at 82

  • Hitfix
'Godfather
One of the most joyous sequences in American film is the opening of Woody Allen's "Manhattan." As Allen's character Isaac speaks in voice-over, Gershwin's remarkable "Rhapsody In Blue" plays. "Chapter One. He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion. No, make that… he romanticized it all out of proportion. Better. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin. Mm. No. Let me start this over." Don't bother, Woody. You got it right the first time, and to provide that black-and-white counterpoint to the soaring sounds of Gershwin, cinematographer Gordon Willis shot some of the greatest images of New York City ever burned onto celluloid. Black-and-white felt like a perfect form of expression for Willis, who was referred to by many filmmakers as "The Prince Of Darkness,
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'Godfather" D.P. Gordon Willis, Hollywood's Prince of Darkness, dies at 82

  • Hitfix
'Godfather
One of the most joyous sequences in American film is the opening of Woody Allen's "Manhattan." As Allen's character Isaac speaks in voice-over, Gershwin's remarkable "Rhapsody In Blue" plays. "Chapter One. He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion. No, make that… he romanticized it all out of proportion. Better. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin. Mm. No. Let me start this over." Don't bother, Woody. You got it right the first time, and to provide that black-and-white counterpoint to the soaring sounds of Gershwin, cinematographer Gordon Willis shot some of the greatest images of New York City ever burned onto celluloid. Black-and-white felt like a perfect form of expression for Willis, who was referred to by many filmmakers as "The Prince Of Darkness,
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Gordon Willis: The Man who Shot the Seventies

“If a director is smart, he’ll give me the elbow room to paint.” So said Gordon Willis, who worked with some very clever directors indeed, who let him “paint” some of the most beautiful and influential movies of the 1970s and made an incalculable contribution to the Golden Age of New Hollywood. The sad news of his death yesterday at the age of 82 has robbed the world of one of the most important artists of the past fifty years.

Nicknamed ‘The Prince of Darkness’ by his fellow cinematographer Conrad Hall, Willis’s trademark was his use of shadows, not just in the composition of scenes but on actors’ faces. The interior scenes in The Godfather (1972) typify this stark technique, as do the underground car park scenes in All The President’s Men (1976), where Hal Holbrook’s “Deep Throat” is rendered faceless by Willis’s photography.

However, he was fond
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Bates Motel Season 2 Episode 7 – Presumed Innocent

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While the most recent episodes have focused on world building and excelling in its character evolution, this week finally saw more of a focus on Norman and how the death of Cody’s father at his hands would affect him and those around him. We expected a shift to come at this stage of the game, with only three episodes remaining, but Presumed Innocent lets the ball drop.

Following the accidental death of Cody’s father, Norman and his recent romance are taken in by the police for questioning. Norman, having recently experienced more blackouts than ever before, is in a precarious position as the mere mention of his recent bout of dazed violent swings could spell arrest.

After Norma discovers her son’s latest situation, she rushes to find out more from Sheriff Romero and plead with Cody not to mention her son’s blackouts. Elsewhere in White Pine Bay,
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Bates Motel season 2 episode 8 review: Meltdown

Several plots begin to converge as we approach the season climax. Here’s Michael’s review...

Review

This review contains spoilers.

2.8 Meltdown

‘You should talk to your son’. Nick Ford has a neat way with dishing out advice. His approach, which he demonstrated with Norma and both of her sons, is to make it sound like a threat. It’s easier, I suppose, if you’re used to making pretty much everything sound like a threat and it’s hard to escape that supposition with the rich and strange Mr Ford.

His rather singular manner was useful this week, helping to bring together the disparate storylines, or should that be knocking them together through quietly insistent force. His confident, demanding stride into Norma’s office at the beginning of the episode signalled his intention to be regarded as a man who cannot be ignored. Every trace of sweetness in his approach was now drained.
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Blue Ruin and the brilliance of the low-budget thriller

Feature Ryan Lambie 8 May 2014 - 07:11

Thrillers may be increasingly rare in Hollywood, but the genre continues to thrive in the hands of great indie filmmakers, Ryan writes...

Fatal Attraction. Presumed Innocent. Basic Instinct. Double Jeopardy. They’re all Hollywood thrillers of the 80s and 90s, and were all, to a greater or lesser extent, sizeable box-office hits. It’s easy to forget, in the current era of superhero-led blockbusters, that the humble thriller was once a go-to genre for Hollywood - its mid-budget bread and butter which could reliably turn a profit in both theatres and on VHS (or later, DVD).

The past 20 years, however, have seen a sizeable shift in the way Hollywood makes and sells its films. There’s an increased need to hook the biggest possible audience in on a movie’s opening weekend, resulting in a greater emphasis on loud, flashy moments which can be
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TV Review: Bates Motel: Season 2, Episode 7: Presumed Innocent [A&E]

A&E’s Bates Motel Presumed Innocent TV Show Review. Bates Motel: Season 2, Episode 7: Presumed Innocent was subliminally reflective of the fact that up to now, Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) has consistently been presented as the victim throughout the series. A very unique and fresh perspective from Hollywood. I [...]

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Bates Motel Recap: “Meltdown”

Though every episode of Bates Motel features a certain amount of damp and gloom, "Meltdown" was a particularly dark hour. White Pine Bay seems to be in the midst of a very rainy week, and that darkness (the interior of Dylan's office, the Bates' home, characters only seeming to move around at night) was an integral part of of "Meltdown's" tone, and a reflection of the inner lives of those on screen. Things are at a low point, and to steal a line from Game of Thrones: "the night is dark and full of terrors." Hit the jump for why "everything has changed." "Meltdown" was a good bridge between last week's water-treading "Presumed Innocent" and next week's intense penultimate episode "The Box." The hour was filled with plot points, primarily moving Dylan into a position where both Jody (the Morgan Family boss) and Nick Ford (the Ford Family boss
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