Ethan Hawke is a man filled to the brim with street cred. He's made his mark in the worlds of Disney, Richard Linklater, Denzel Washington, Shakespeare, sci-fi, and trendy '90s misery. So anything that he signs onto has an immediate hint of promise. His newest venture is not in movies, though: the Hawke is changing his flights to television.
Hawke and Law & Order: Criminal Intent's headcase headliner Vincent D'Onofrio will be teaming up in a new crime drama series, Blue Tilt. In the series, Hawke and D'Onofrio will be partnered homicide detectives, dealing both with their strenuous jobs and their equally trying personal lives. One of the characters will be a divorcee, and one a married man. Both are fathers.
The title of the series suggests further internal unrest than paying alimony or marital disputes. The phrase "Blue Tilt" refers to the mental state a homicide detective can reach, as a result of his often traumatizing profession, wherein he becomes a danger to himself or others, and is therefore mandated to undergo psychiatric observation. It is not yet reported if this practice will be a recurring theme in the show, but it can be assumed that we might see Hawke and D'Onofrio taking part (willingly or otherwise) in some head-shrinking.
The series will be written by Chris Brancato (creator of First Wave, and occasional writer for the Law & Order franchise, The Outler Limits and Beverly Hills 90210, among many other series, as well as the film Species II), and will air on NBC.
Today was a good day for Lillo Brancato. The Sopranos actor, who played an aspiring mobster on the HBO drama, was cleared of second-degree murder in the shooting death of an off-duty police officer.
The actor and his accomplice Steven Armento broke into a Bronx basement apartment in search of prescription drugs back in Dec. 2005 after a night of drinking at a strip club. Officer Daniel Enchautegui, 28, came over to investigate the disturbance when Armento shot him in the heart with a .357 magnum.
Armento was convicted of first-degree murder and given a life sentence without parole, while Brancato was convicted of attempted burglary. Although he faces a minimum three-year sentence, he could get credit for time served, since he has been behind bars since the arrest.
"There was never going to be smiles," his defense laywer Joseph Tacopina told the Associated Press. "This is not a case that warrants that."
Lillo found fame in 1993 with A Bronx Tale alongside Robert DeNiro and later with his recurring role as Matt Bevilaqua on The Sopranos.
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ABC is bringing British hit Footballers' Wives to America.
The U.S. version will take place in the world of professional football, rather than soccer, but will retain much of the over-the-top spirit of the original.
Touchstone Television producer Chris Brancato says, "What we've been working on is taking the characters and giving them an American spin."
He says many of the original storylines will be used in the U.S. version and that the format will be adapted as an hour-long primetime soap.
Footballers' Wives launched on ITV in 2002, and focuses on three ordinary women whose lives are transformed by the celebrity and fortune that comes with marriage to soccer superstars.
Executive producer Eileen Gallagher says the key to the success of the show was that it wasn't really about sports.
She adds, "It's as much about football as Dallas was about oil. It's about ultimate celebrity, about too much, too young... and women who are stuck with each other."
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