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The Road to Perdition; The Walking Dead; Sin City; American Splendor; Batman – the list of film adaptations from comic books is a long and varied mix. While some seem a natural for the silver screen (think Nolan’s Batman trilogy) others haven’t fared as well (Green Lantern, a fanboy nation turns its geeky eyes to you). Still, that hasn’t stopped the list of projects on the horizon, including a new Thor movie, more Superman – even one based on little known Ant Man. Still, there are several more properties out there that rarely get a whiff of rumored studio interest, despite the fact they remain ready-made for multiplexes and Saturday afternoons. Look! Down below this paragraph! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's . . . five comic book properties that deserve their own movie!!
The exploits of Earth’s primary protector against threats both magical and mystical should make for movie-magic in the right hands, and surely be light-years better than a little seen '70s TV-movie. Need inspiration, writers/directors? Read the Ditko books. Supposedly in the works, fingers-crossed.
Seems about time for another Flash Gordon movie, no? Sure, we’ve had the legendary serial in the '30s; yes, there was the 1980 movie (with memorable theme from the group Queen) and even a forgettable TV reboot in 2007 - but an updating seems appropriate. The stuff from which almost all sci-fi was spawned remains ageless.
Call him Cap. Call him Shazam. Heck, even call him the Big Red Cheese – whatever the case, this hero (whose books once outsold Superman) is deserving of his own film. He even comes with a family of superheroes as subsidiary characters, including Captain Marvel Jr. and Mary Marvel.
One of the few properties TV actually got right even way back when (referring to the '90s series) Flash is a big-screen adaptation waiting to happen. While perhaps a solo effort would be a hard sell, a team-up with other DC Heroes would work as well.
True Will Eisner fans everyone are still waiting for a true adaptation of this acknowledged master’s work. The 2008 movie had nothing of the mystery or whimsy of the original strip, the template from which the medium itself was essentially based.
"When we met we had been through a lot and we just appreciate each other... and I just feel blessed every day of my life to be with him." Actress Mary Steenburgen on life at home with husband Ted Danson.
Michael Morris has dropped out of directing a U.S. TV pilot following his kissing scandal with Katharine Mcphee. The married Smash director was photographed earlier this week (begs21Oct13) locking lips with his former leading lady in Los Angeles, reportedly prompting his wife of 10 years, actress Mary McCormack, to kick him out of their home.
And it appears the drama has bled into Morris' professional life - he has departed a new TV project called Songbyrd, which would have reunited him with Smash executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
Songbyrd is a series loosely based on hitmaker Diane Warren's life.
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Sure, she may put the “mess” in “hot mess,” but love her or hate her, Courtney Love is a bona fide rock star. To coincide with her upcoming LP later this year (with a working title of Died Blonde), Love will be releasing a 400-page autobiography, reportedly titled Courtney Love: My Story.
The memoirs will take a deep look into the life and times of one of the most notorious women in rock, including Love's drug use, stripper stint, and relationships with Kurt Cobain, Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, and Edward Norton. Don’t expect Love to go into juicy, tabloid-worthy details, though – in an interview with Billboard magazine earlier this year, Love said, “[T]here's some salacious things about myself, but there's certainly no kissy-telly. I don't do kiss-tell. It's not that. In fact, you'd think I was the Virgin Mary from his book so far -- but that doesn't mean there's not juicy parts in it. It's just juicy parts about ME, not other people."
Courtney Love as Virgin Mary? This already sounds amazing.
Love could’ve just written a book made up of her psycho tweets and we all could've died happy, but hopefully her memoirs will live up to their expectations of being a Bible of Crazy. Courtney Love: My Story is reportedly scheduled for release on December 15, just in time for Christmas. Don’t front – you know you want this in your stocking.
Actress Jessica Lange is planning to walk away from hit U.S. drama series American Horror Story next year (14), as she prepares to wind down her acting career. The Oscar-winning actress, who has played a meddling neighbour, witch and a nun on co-creator/producer Ryan Murphy's creepy show, reveals she is serious about retiring now she's 64, but there are a number of final projects she would like to complete before bowing out of the spotlight for good.
She tells the Los Angeles Times, "I am coming to the end of acting. I have a list: another stage production, maybe one or two more movies, one more season of American Horror Story... and then that is it for me. Because I think that's enough. I want to go out with a bang... or should I say, a scare?"
Lange credits the supernatural thriller with giving her a new lease of life onscreen, although it has taken a little adjustment to get used to the attention she has garnered from younger viewers: "It (American Horror Story) re-energised me; it re-energised my career. There's no shame in recognising that. It's exposed me to a whole new generation, which is a little strange. I'm not used to young people thinking I'm cool."
Lange already has plans for her last theatre project - she is hoping to make her Broadway return by reprising her West End role in classic drama Long Day's Journey Into Night.
Back in August (13), she told the Times, "About 12 years ago now, I did a production of what is probably my favourite play ever of all time, Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, and I am planning on doing that sometime within the next year and a half back on Broadway."
Lange's portrayal of drug-addled mother Mary Tyrone in 2000 won her a nomination for the U.K.'s prestigious Olivier Awards.
She last appeared on Broadway in a 2005 revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie.
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes enlisted the protection of bodyguards over fears he would be accosted by fans of the period drama after he killed off Dan Stevens' beloved character. Viewers were left outraged when the heir to the Downton estate, Matthew Crawley, died in a car crash last Christmas (13).
Fans inundated Fellowes with complaints over the twist, and the Brit reveals the abuse got so bad, he hired security to keep him safe in public.
He says, "I was afraid to go out without bodyguards. I was very interested by that. People don't understand that we're not in control of that kind of stuff, if an actor wants to leave the show."
The writer insists he had no choice but to kill off the character as Stevens was determined to break away from the series.
He adds, "I love Dan. I wish him nothing but good things. But he felt he'd done his three years, and that was the end of that, and he wanted to go on.
"Of course we couldn't suddenly make him unhappy and hating (his wife) Mary and never wanting to see her again. It just wasn't believable. So I'm afraid it was looking very bad for him. But that was extraordinary.
"We did get an absolute barrage of criticism for that. It's calmed down a bit now, actually, but I don't know. What I'm always rather touched by is the way these people become real to the audience."
Fellowes is no stranger to a public backlash - a recent rape storyline involving a lady's maid on the show came under fire for being too graphic, and he was also slammed for altering the words of William Shakespeare in his adaptation of Romeo And Juliet.
Actress Mary Mccormack has kicked her husband Michael Morris out of their home after he was caught on camera kissing Katherine Mcphee, according to a U.S. report. Smash director Morris was snapped smooching the show's lead star in Los Angeles, sparking confusion over the state of their respective marriages.
Reports since editors at TMZ.com published the image online suggest McPhee quietly split from her husband of five years, actor/producer Nick Cokas, earlier this year (13), but Morris was assumed to still be living with McCormack, his wife of 10 years and the mother of his three daughters.
Now reporters at New York Post gossip column Page Six suggest the director was thrown out of the family home on Sunday (20Oct13) after the kissing picture came to light.
A source tells the publication, "Mary threw Michael out of the house on Sunday night when he told her that TMZ had the photos and that they were about to be released."
"The funny thing is the fire department was there in about 12 minutes, the paparazzi were there in 10. They’ve got a network." Actor Dick Van Dyke reveals photographers beat the emergency services to the site of his August (13) car fire. The Mary Poppins star had to pull over to the side of a freeway in California as his Jaguar became engulfed by flames.
Mary J. Blige got baseball's World Series underway by performing America's National Anthem at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday evening (23Oct13). Blige was an odd choice for the honour as she's a die-hard fan of the Boston Red Sox's rivals the New York Yankees. James Taylor will sing the Star-Spangled Banner before Thursday night's (24Oct13) game between the Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.
He says, "It's hard to believe for a Red Sox fan that we're actually going back to the World Series... I guess the message is that Sox fans can never give up hope despite the roller coaster we're usually on."
Porn star Mary Carey had to be removed from a plane by police on Wednesday (23Oct13) after allegedly becoming too inebriated during a flight from California to Miami, Florida. The adult film actress, who has a history of alcohol abuse, was travelling to Florida's Key West to attend the risque ABC (Anything But Clothes) party, but airline staff had trouble waking her up during a layover in Miami and had to call cops on to the plane.
Officers escorted the busty blonde into the terminal and then refused to allow her to board a connecting flight to Key West after reportedly discovering she had mixed booze with prescription medication, according to TMZ.com.
ABC party organisers sent a car to pick Carey up and drive the 33 year old to her destination.