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Edwards Pt 2: The Pink Panther Sequels and Famous Silent Film Era Step-grandfather Director

'The Pink Panther' with Peter Sellers: Blake Edwards' 1963 comedy hit and its many sequels revolve around one of the most iconic film characters of the 20th century: clueless, thick-accented Inspector Clouseau – in some quarters surely deemed politically incorrect, or 'insensitive,' despite the lack of brown face make-up à la Sellers' clueless Indian guest in Edwards' 'The Party.' 'The Pink Panther' movies [1] There were a total of eight big-screen Pink Panther movies co-written and directed by Blake Edwards, most of them starring Peter Sellers – even after his death in 1980. Edwards was also one of the producers of every (direct) Pink Panther sequel, from A Shot in the Dark to Curse of the Pink Panther. Despite its iconic lead character, the last three movies in the Pink Panther franchise were box office bombs. Two of these, The Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther, were co-written by Edwards' son,
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Willem Dafoe Boards ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Remake

Willem Dafoe Boards ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Remake
Willem Dafoe has signed on for Fox’s star-studded “Murder on the Orient Express,” joining Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, and “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr.

Dafoe will play undercover detective Gerhard Hardman. Kenneth Branagh will direct and also star as detective Hercule Poirot.

Branagh, Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon, Michael Schaefer, Aditya Sood, and Judy Hofflund will produce. Michael Green wrote the screenplay, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.

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Angelina Jolie No Longer Boarding ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Exclusive)

Agatha Christie’s novel, published in 1934, revolves around a murder on board the famous train. Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is tasked with solving the case that has numerous suspects among the passengers.

James Prichard and Hilary Strong, both of Agatha Christie Limited, will executive produce.

Variety reported in 2013 that Fox was developing the project as a remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 movie,
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Loophole (1981)

It sounds like a winner — Albert Finney and Martin Sheen team up for a daring subterranean bank robbery in the heart of London. The locations, the sets and the production are all first class. So what happened? Susannah York and Jonathan Pryce are in on the heist as well.

Loophole (1981)

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1981 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 105 min. / Street Date January 3, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring Albert Finney, Martin Sheen, Susannah York, Colin Blakely, Jonathan Pryce, Robert Morley, Alfred Lynch, Tony Doyle, Christopher Guard, Gwyneth Powell.

Cinematography Michael Reed

Film Editor Ralph Sheldon

Original Music Lalo Schifrin

Written by Jonathan Hales from a novel by Robert Pollock

Produced by Julian Holloway, David Korda

Directed by John Quested

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The great movie titled Loophole is still the underdog film noir from 1954, with Barry Sullivan as a bank clerk being dogged by an insurance investigator. The 1981 Loophole, an English movie,
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Josh Gad Joins Johnny Depp in ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

Josh Gad Joins Johnny Depp in ‘Murder on the Orient Express’
Josh Gad has signed on for Fox’s star-studded “Murder on the Orient Express,” joining Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Pena, and “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr.

Gad will portray Hector MacQueen, a nervous, skittish man who drinks too much. He’s gifted with languages and works as an assistant/translator to Depp’s Ratchett character.

Kenneth Branagh will direct and also star as detective Hercule Poirot. Angelina Jolie was in negotiations in June to join the cast, but has since passed on the remake.

Branagh, Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon, Michael Schaefer, Aditya Sood, and Judy Hofflund will produce. Michael Green wrote the screenplay, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.

Agatha Christie’s novel, published in 1934, revolves around a murder on board the famous train. Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is tasked with solving the case that has numerous suspects among the passengers.
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Leslie Odom Jr. in Talks to Join ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Exclusive)

Leslie Odom Jr. in Talks to Join ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Exclusive)
Leslie Odom Jr. is in talks to join the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s remake of “Murder on the Orient Express” at Fox, Variety has learned exclusively

Branagh will star as detective Hercule Poirot in addition to directing. Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”) is writing the screenplay based on Agatha Christie’s novel, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.

The film is based on one of Christie’s best known books, which was first published in 1934 and revolves around a murder of an American businessman on board the famous train — with multiple suspects.

Sidney Lumet’s 1974 version starred Albert Finney as Poirot and the cast included Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards and earned Bergman an Oscar.

Branagh will produce the film with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon.
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Angelina Jolie Won't Take The Orient Express

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According to Variety, Angelina Jolie will not star in the remake of 1974's hit Murder On The Orient Express, which Kenneth Branagh is helming for 20th Century Fox. The site reports that Jolie had never signed a deal to appear in the film, although she entered early talks and was in negotiations to join the cast.

Fox is now trying to interest a number of other big name stars, with Charlize Theron among the actresses being considered to play the role of Mrs. Harriet Hubbard, a role that Lauren Bacall had in the original film.

Sidney Lumet’s 1974 movie starred Albert Finney, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York. It was also nominated for six Academy Awards.

Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel Murder On The Orient Express centers on special Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh), who boards a
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Angelina Jolie No Longer Boarding ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Exclusive)

Angelina Jolie No Longer Boarding ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Exclusive)
Angelina Jolie Pitt will not star in Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express” remake, Variety has learned.

The Oscar-winning actress never signed a deal to appear in the film, although she was reported as being in early talks and was in negotiations to join the cast, according to knowledgeable individuals. With Jolie Pitt passing, the studio is now trying to interest a number of other big name stars, with Charlize Theron among the actresses being considered.

In addition to directing, Branagh will star as detective Hercule Poirot. Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”) is writing the screenplay based on Agatha Christie’s novel, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.

The film is based on one of Christie’s best known books. First published in 1934 it revolves around a murder of an American businessman onboard the famous train. The film follows Poirot as he tries to figure out which passenger is the murderer.
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Why Kenneth Branagh Loves Mysteries, from ‘Wallander’ to ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Emmy Watch)

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Why Kenneth Branagh Loves Mysteries, from ‘Wallander’ to ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Emmy Watch)
Kenneth Branagh fell into his love affair with the “Wallander” mysteries by Swedish author Henning Mankell (1948 – 2015) for “the sheer pleasure of the reading,” he told me over the phone. “It was novel by novel. I’m not usually a kind of completist in this regard, but each novel did send me to the next one, and I did read them in order, and I did find myself drawn in, hypnotically. I didn’t feel I’d met anyone quite like this before or this landscape.”

The novels are set in Sweden, in and around the town of Ystad, 35 miles south-east of the city of Malmö, in the southern province of Skåne. And that’s where the PBS Mystery series (four seasons, from 2009 through 2016) is also filmed. “It’s vast and flat,” said Branagh. “It has a strong regional dialect. It’s a curious, forgotten, unfashionable pocket of land. Over 60 percent
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Why Kenneth Branagh Loves Mysteries, from ‘Wallander’ to ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Emmy Watch)

Why Kenneth Branagh Loves Mysteries, from ‘Wallander’ to ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Emmy Watch)
Kenneth Branagh fell into his love affair with the “Wallander” mysteries by Swedish author Henning Mankell (1948 – 2015) for “the sheer pleasure of the reading,” he told me over the phone. “It was novel by novel. I’m not usually a kind of completist in this regard, but each novel did send me to the next one, and I did read them in order, and I did find myself drawn in, hypnotically. I didn’t feel I’d met anyone quite like this before or this landscape.”

The novels are set in Sweden, in and around the town of Ystad, 35 miles south-east of the city of Malmö, in the southern province of Skåne. And that’s where the PBS Mystery series (four seasons, from 2009 through 2016) is also filmed. “It’s vast and flat,” said Branagh. “It has a strong regional dialect. It’s a curious, forgotten, unfashionable pocket of land. Over 60 percent
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Angelina Jolie in Talks to Star in 'Murder On The Orient Express' Remake

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According to Variety, Angelina Jolie is in talks to star in a remake of the 1974 hit Murder On The Orient Express, which Kenneth Branagh is helming for 20th Century Fox. Branagh is also producing alongside Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon. Michael Green (Blade Runner 2) is writing the screenplay.

Jolie would play Mrs. Harriet Hubbard, a role that Lauren Bacall had in the original film. Sidney Lumet’s 1974 movie starred Albert Finney, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York. It was also nominated for six Academy Awards.

Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel Murder On The Orient Express centers on special Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who boards a train from Jerusalem to Europe only to have a murder committed in the car next to his during a snowstorm. Poirot tries to discover the murderer or murderers before there's another victim.
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Angelina Jolie Circles ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Remake

Angelina Jolie Circles ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Remake
Angelina Jolie is in early talks to board Fox’s remake of “Murder on the Orient Express.”

Fellow actor/director Kenneth Branagh is helming the film, in addition to starring as Hercule Poirot. The producers are Branagh, Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon. Michael Schaefer and Aditya Sood will also produce in some capacity.

Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”) is writing the screenplay based on Agatha Christie’s novel, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.

Christie’s book, published in 1934, revolves around a murder onboard the famous train. The film follows Belgian detective Poirot who’s tasked with solving the case — in which a number of passengers could potentially be the murderer.

Variety reported in 2013 that Fox was developing the project as a remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 movie, which starred Albert Finney as the genius detective investigating the murder of an American tycoon aboard the train. The
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Loch Ness Monster found by Jennie Kermode - 2016-04-13 18:46:06

Nessie at large in The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes

Scientists got a shock today when the underwater robot they were operating Loch Ness discovered a monster. 30 feet long with a slender neck, it certainly looked like the famous beastie that has brought tourists to the loch for over a century, but there's a reason for that. Upon close inspection, it turned out to be a long lost prop made for 1970 film The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes.

The discovery was made by Kongsberg Maritime, a Norwegian company working with VisitScotland to explore the ecology of the loch and find out if it's possible that a real monster could be living there.

The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes was directed by Billy Wilder and stared Robert Stephens as the famous sleuth with Colin Blakely as Dr Watson and Christopher Lee (who himself played Sherlock on three occasions) as Mycroft. The
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Kenneth Branagh to Direct, Star in ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Remake

Kenneth Branagh to Direct, Star in ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Remake
Kenneth Branagh will star as Hercule Poirot and direct Fox’s reboot of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”

Producers are Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon and Branagh. Michael Schaefer and Aditya Sood will also produce in some capacity.

Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”) is writing the screenplay, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.

Christie’s novel, published in 1934, revolves around a murder onboard the famous train and Belgian detective Poirot solving the case – in which a number of passengers could potentially be the murderer.

Variety reported in 2013 that Fox was developing the project for a remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 movie, which starred Albert Finney as the genius detective investigating the murder of an American tycoon aboard the train. The all-star cast of suspects included Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.

Orient Express
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Sherlock Holmes: 10 offbeat takes on the Great Detective

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From spoofs to point-and-click adventure games, here are 10 of the most memorable unusual incarnations of Sherlock Holmes...

We don’t know a great deal about the content of the 90-minute Sherlock special set to air later this year, but one thing has emerged from the set photos and tantalising titbits of information we’ve seen so far. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson will be in nineteenth-century garb, pitching them back into the setting of the legendary detective’s original adventures: 1895, to be precise. Why that happens is as yet unclear, but all will be revealed.

For those still craving their Holmes fix in the meantime, the new film Mr. Holmes offers us Ian McKellen’s take on the character, musing upon an old case as he looks back on his long career from the vantage point of retirement. Jonny Lee Miller’s ultra-modern, Us-based Sherlock will be entering his fourth
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Scribe Michael Green Comes Aboard Murder On The Orient Express Remake

Fox’s remake of the classic Agatha Christie whodunit Murder on the Orient Express is picking up steam, now that Michael Green has been tapped to pen the script. The studio has been developing this redo since late 2013, when power trio Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon all came aboard as producers. No director is yet attached to the pic, but Fox is understandably looking to attract a big name.

The story, one of the author’s most acclaimed to feature detective Hercule Poirot, was previously adapted for film by Sidney Lumet back in 1974. His take was rapturously received, racking up six Oscar nods and winning one (for Ingrid Bergman’s supporting performance). Albert Finney starred as Poirot, leading an all-star cast that included Bergman, Lauren Bacall, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.

This remake has big shoes to fill,
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'Blade Runner' Sequel Writer Boards 'Murder on the Orient Express'

Back in the fall of 2013, we learned there was development of a remake of the 1974 Sidney Lumet mystery Murder on the Orient Express, an adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1934 novel of the same name. Ridley Scott was producing with Simon Kinberg (writer of X-Men: Days of Future Past and Sherlock Holmes) and Mark Gordon, but there was no writer on board yet. But that's changed now as Variety reports Green Lantern writer Michael Green, who is also working with Scott on the Blade Runner sequel with Harrison Ford starring and Denis Villeneuve directing, will script the remake for Scott Free Productions. Read on! The original story follows detective Hercule Poirot, a genius Belgian detective who is called upon to solve a murder that occurred in his train car the night before. Albert Finney played the detective while an all-star cast of classic movie stars like Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset,
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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Reboot Sets Michael Green as Writer (Exclusive)

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Reboot Sets Michael Green as Writer (Exclusive)
Michael Green is taking a trip on the Orient Express, coming on board to write Fox’s remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 detective drama “Murder on the Orient Express.”

Variety reported in late 2013 that the studio was developing the project with Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg on board to produce. No director is attached.

Murder on the Orient Express,” based on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie, starred Albert Finney as the genius Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigating the murder of an American tycoon aboard the train. The all-star cast of suspects were portrayed by Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.

Orient Express” was a commercial success with $35 million in U.S. grosses. It was also nominated for six Academy Awards, with Bergman — portraying a Swedish missionary — winning her third Oscar, her first in the supporting category.
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Paradise Postponed - box set review

John Mortimer's socialist riposte to Thatcherism is beautifully acted and simply oozes nostalgia for a bygone Britain

Paradise Postponed was part of the wave of heritage drama that engulfed Britain during the Thatcher years. John Mortimer had recently adapted Brideshead Revisited and now threw himself into this panoramic history of postwar Britain, anchoring it in the goings-on in the fictional home counties village of Rapstone Fanner, and placing two mysteries at its core: why did leftie vicar Simeon Simcox leave his brewery millions to wealthy local Tory MP Leslie Titmuss, and why doesn't his wife seem to mind? "I was never all that concerned about the New Jerusalem," murmurs Mrs Simcox, played by Annette Crosbie long before One Foot in the Grave. "I suppose I've always had far too much to do in the garden."

The plot flashes forward and back over 40 years, taking in the postwar Labour government,
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Hercule Poirot Is Back! Ridley Scott Remaking ‘Murder On The Orient Express’ At Fox

I used to love these massive ensemble movies. Ocean’S Eleven, Crash, erm, Cannonball Run? Well, it looks like Ridley Scott does too as he’s committed to produce a remake of the classic Agatha Christie story ‘Murder On The Orient Express’ over at Fox.

The film has no director, script or even a solitary cast member yet, but if you remember the 1974 movie which was littered with A-list talent of the day, along with Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, the news is pretty big, and we expect good things.

The new adaptation will be a whodunnit type affair when someone is offed on one of the most famous trains of all time as it journeyed from Paris to Istanbul.

Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York all appeared in the Oscar-winning 1974 movie.

Source: Variety

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Fox & Ridley Scott Developing 'Murder on the Orient Express' Remake

This morning the remake machine in Hollywood landed on The Naked Gun starring Ed Helms as Detective Frank Drebin, and now another one has just popped up as well. Variety reports 20th Century Fox is developing a remake of the 1974 Sidney Lumet mystery Murder on the Orient Express, an adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1934 novel of the same name. Ridley Scott is producing with Simon Kinberg (writer of X-Men: Days of Future Past and Sherlock Holmes) and Mark Gordon, but he has no intention of directing it, and there's no writers yet. A remake of the Oscar nominated adaptation would have a lot to live up to. The story follows detective Hercule Poirot, a genius Belgian detective who is called upon to solve a murder that occurred in his train car the night before. Albert Finney played the detective while an all-star cast of classic movie stars like Lauren Bacall,
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