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The Last Word movie review: wealthy white privilege, unchecked

MaryAnn’s quick take… Cantankerous old grump teaches directionless young people about life… in a way that is totally obnoxious and not in the least bit convincing. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It is not impossible to tell a story about a nasty character and make us like him or her. This is not a movie that achieves that. I will credit The Last Word, however, for flipping on its head that old cliché about a cantankerous old grump finally learning the true meaning of Christmas/life/love/whatever from a spunky young person: here, it’s cantankerous old grump Harriet (Shirley MacLaine: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Bernie) who teaches some timid and directionless younger people the true meanings of things… though in a way
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The Last Word movie review: wealthy white privilege, unchecked

MaryAnn’s quick take… Cantankerous old grump teaches directionless young people about life… in a way that is totally obnoxious and not in the least bit convincing. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It is not impossible to tell a story about a nasty character and make us like him or her. This is not a movie that achieves that. I will credit The Last Word, however, for flipping on its head that old cliché about a cantankerous old grump finally learning the true meaning of Christmas/life/love/whatever from a spunky young person: here, it’s cantankerous old grump Harriet (Shirley MacLaine: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Bernie) who teaches some timid and directionless younger people the true meanings of things… though in a way
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First Trailer for Sundance Film 'The Last Word' with Shirley MacLaine

"Is there just one thing you can say about her that is 'nice'?" Bleecker Street has released the trailer for an amusing indie drama titled The Last Word, from director Mark Pellington (Arlington Road, Mothman Prophecies,Henry Poole Is Here), starring Shirley MacLaine as an aging business woman who decides to craft her obituary before her death. MacLaine confronts Anne Sherman, played by Amanda Seyfried, but is not happy with the results. The two start up an unlikely friendship, and learn even more about life as they work together. The cast includes Anne Heche, Thomas Sadoski, Alanna Ubach, Adina Porter, Tom Everett Scott, Joel Murray and Sarah Baker. This is premiering at Sundance in early 2017. Take a look. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Mark Pellington's The Last Word, direct from YouTube: In The Last Word, Shirley MacLaine is Harriet Lauler, a once successful businesswoman in tight control
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Sully movie review: he’s good people (and so is everyone else)

MaryAnn’s quick take… The ultimate anti-disaster movie. A supremely gripping and powerfully emotional film about, paradoxically, what happens when everything works as it should. I’m “biast” (pro): I remember that day vividly…

I’m “biast” (con): …but I worried about how it would be dramatized

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I was still living in New York in January 2009 when Chesley Sullenberger landed a commercial airliner full of passengers on the Hudson River.

Landed a commercial airliner on the Hudson River.

Not in. On.

And almost everyone walked away unhurt. A bit cold and wet. One flight attendant got a nasty cut on her leg. We didn’t know that at the time. All we knew was that a goddamn plane had landed on the river and everything was fine.

It almost sounds like that
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Fox Developing Paranormal Drama ‘Apparition’

Fox has put in development hour-long paranormal drama Apparition. It centers on a successful New Orleans doctor who is reluctantly pulled into the world of paranormal investigation when she discovers a secret family history that awakens an ability to connect with the afterlife. She teams up with an uncle she never knew she had and a former TV ghost hunter to help troubled souls, dead and live, find peace in this life and the next. Albert Torres (Henry Poole Is Here) will…
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Tales From The Darkside TV Series Reboot Not Moving Forward at The CW

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The CW won't be returning to the place that's "not as brightly lit", as the network has apparently passed on the reboot of George A. Romero's 1980s anthology series, Tales From the Darkside.

According to CarterMatt.com, The CW will not be moving forward with their Tales From the Darkside reboot, with the show's anthology format and lack of a showrunner reportedly two of the reasons why the network passed on the series.

Joe Hill (Horns, NOS4A2, Locke & Key) wrote and executive produced the project and Kris Lemche (Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Final Destination 3, Ginger Snaps, eXistenZ, Haven) was playing the lead role, a character named Newman who had knowledge of The Darkside and was going to appear in all (or most) episodes.

As fans will remember, the original Tales From the Darkside was a spinoff of Romero's Creepshow efforts. Like a 1980s cousin of The Twilight Zone,
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Tales From the Darkside Reboot Pilot Casts Lead, Plot Details Revealed

  • DailyDead
"...there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit... a darkside." This underworld can now expect its first visitor, as the reboot of George A. Romero's 1980s anthology series Tales From the Darkside, a project that was recently given a pilot order from The CW, has now cast its lead.

Deadline reports that Kris Lemche (Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Final Destination 3, Ginger Snaps, eXistenZ, Haven) has signed on for the central role in The CW's pilot for the Tales From the Darkside reboot. The original series was episodic and featured a new set of characters in each installment, but in the reboot, we can expect to see one character appear in every episode, one who has ties to The Darkside. This character, named Newman, will be played by Lemche. Newman is "a weathered and tortured young man... the guide
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Tales From the Darkside Reboot Pilot Ordered by The CW

  • DailyDead
“…there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit… a darkside.” Brought to life by living dead legend George A. Romero, anthology series Tales From the Darkside was The Twilight Zone of the 1980’s, delivering stories brimming with horror, science fiction, and dark humor into living rooms from ’84–’88, and continuing to bring the chills and thrills decades later as reruns. Since 2013, a reboot of Tales From the Darkside has been in the works, but now The CW has made it official by ordering the pilot episode.

Deadline reports that an hour-long Tales From the Darkside pilot has been ordered by The CW for their 2015–’16 schedule. The reimagining of Tales From the Darkside was penned by Joe Hill (Horns, NOS4A2, Locke & Key), who will executive produce the project along with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, Mitch Galin, and Jerry Golod.
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Locke & Key Being Planned As Trilogy

Comic-Con is a wonderful place, one where exciting scoops can emerge from unexpected places. Attendees at the panel for Alexandre Aja’s upcoming Horns, a Daniel Radcliffe-led horror comedy about a young man trying to solve his girlfriend’s murder (which looks amazing by the way), were treated to plenty of information about that project, but one well-placed question led to an update about an entirely different but also promising project – Universal’s comic adaptation Locke & Key.

Joe Hill, the comic-book artist whose novel served as the inspiration for Horns, delivered the news, confirming that the long-in-development project will in fact be a trilogy and is currently taking shape at Universal Pictures. Albert Torres, the screenwriter of Henry Poole is Here, the upcoming Akira remake and an announced live-action version of Ben 10, has been tapped to adapt the L0cke & Key comic-book series, which Hill co-wrote with Gabriel Rodriguez.
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Locke & Key planned as movie trilogy, says Universal at Comic-Con

Locke & Key planned as movie trilogy, says Universal at Comic-Con
Locke & Key is being planned for a movie trilogy.

Joe Hill - the co-creator of the Idw Publishing comic - revealed that Universal Pictures is developing the adaptation as a trilogy during the Horns panel at San Diego's Comic-Con International, reports Dread Central.

Henry Poole is Here, Akira remake and Ben 10 screenwriter Albert Torres was recently announced to be working on a script for the project.

Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's award-winning series follows the adventures of three kids who move across the country with their mother following their father's murder.

They move into the old family home Keyhouse, a place that conceals various magical keys as well as a terrible evil.

A television pilot based on the series was filmed in 2011 but was not picked up by Fox.

The Locke & Key film adaptation has been held up by contractual negotiations between Universal and Fox.

Daniel Radcliffe stars in
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#SDCC14: Universal Developing Locke & Key Trilogy

Watching Joe Hill's Locke & Key go from page to screen (big or small) has been nothing short of an exercise in frustration. That being said, some good news has come out of the San Diego Comic-Con regarding the haunting property.

During the Horns panel at the Sdcc Hill revealed that Universal Pictures is currently developing Locke and Key as a trilogy.

Albert Torres has been tapped to write Locke & Key, Universal’s adaptation of the award-winning supernatural comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Bobby Cohen are to produce, as is Ted Adams, the CEO and publisher of Idw Publishing, the company behind the comic.

Locke & Key tells of three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine. They soon discover the house has magical keys that give the bearers a vast array of powers and abilities.
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'Locke & Key' Writer Signed

Universal Pictures has signed Albert Torres to script its feature film adaption of "Locke & Key," the Idw Publishing comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. Roberto Orci ("Star Trek 3"), Alex Kurtzman, Bobby Cohen and Idw's Ted Adams will produce the project. A New York Times best seller, "Locke & Key" follows Nina Locke and her three children, who return to an old family home in Massachusetts only to be hounded by an evil entity as they realize the house possesses magical keys that grant a vast array of powers and abilities. Torres' resume includes the 2008 Luke Wilson film "Henry Poole is Here," a draft of "Akira" for Warner Bros., "Ben 10" and "Hyde," based on the Dark Horse comic. "Locke & Key" was previously developed as a television pilot in 2011 by 20th Television ...
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Universal’s Locke & Key Adaptation Finds A Screenwriter

Universal is wasting no time in getting their adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key off the ground. The studio acquired the rights to Idw Publishing’s supernatural graphic novel series last month and this week, they’ve brought on Henry Poole is Here scribe Albert Torres to pen the screenplay.

Torres’ resume is a bit lacking at the moment, though he’s reportedly been busy “tackling heavy-hitting tentpoles.” He worked on a draft of Warner Brothers’ own long-gestating graphic novel adaptation, Akira, as well as scripts for Silver Pictures’ Ben 10 and Paramount’s adaptation of the Dark Horse comic, Hyde.

The story of Locke & Key focuses on teenagers who go to live with their mother in her Massachusetts home after the murder of their father. Once there, the three kids find that the sprawling mansion, called Keyhouse, holds many secrets behind its closed doors, which
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Joe Hill’s Locke & Key Movie Gets a Writer

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Pulled out of adaptation purgatory last year by Universal, the comic book series Locke & Key is getting new life. Previously destined to be a TV show on Fox, but never making it past the pilot episode, the comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez is coming to the big screen and a writer has been hired to help get it there.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Albert Torres (Henry Poole is Here) will write the adaptation of Locke & Key. Torres has stayed busy recently on other adaptation projects, having worked on feature film drafts for the long-in-development Akira and the feature film version of Ben 10, as well as an adaptation of a Dark Horse comic titled Hyde. A director has not yet been attached to the Locke & Key adaptation, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated as this movie moves forward.

For those not familiar with the comic book series,
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Locke & Key Adaptation Alive and Well, Finds a Writer

Over a year ago, it was revealed that writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci would be shepherding an adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s comic series Locke & Key for the big screen and now The Hollywood Reporter brings word that writer Albert Torres will pen the big screen adaptation. Torres previously wrote the 2008 film Henry Poole Is Here and even scripted a draft of the live action Ben 10 feature film. Check back here for future updates on the film as we learn them.

The post Locke & Key Adaptation Alive and Well, Finds a Writer appeared first on Shock Till You Drop.
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Henry Poole is Here scribe to write Locke & Key adaptation for Universal

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It's not clear if Universal and Fox have made a deal yet involving the rights to Locke & Key, but the project does now have a screenwriter. THR is reporting Albert Torres has been hired to write the Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci produced adaption of Joe Hill's comic book series. Albert Torres wrote the screenplay for the 2008 dramedy Henry Poole Is Here starring Luke Wilson, and also worked on a draft of Akira for Warner Bros. and Ben 10 for Silver Pictures....
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Joe Hill's Locke & Key film finds new writer

Joe Hill's Locke & Key film finds new writer
The Locke & Key film adaptation has hired writer Albert Torres.

The screenwriter has signed onto the Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci-produced comic book film from Universal Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's award-winning Idw Publishing series follows the adventures of three kids who move across the country with their mother following their father's murder.

They move into the old family home Keyhouse, a place that conceals various magical keys as well as a terrible evil.

Torres wrote the 2008 Luke Wilson-starring comedy Henry Poole is Here and has worked on drafts of Warner Bros' Akira live action film, Silver Pictures' Ben 10 and Paramount and Skydance's Dark Horse Comics adaptation Hyde.

A television pilot based on the series was filmed in 2011 but was not picked up by Fox.

The Locke & Key film has been delayed by a rights clash between Fox and Universal.
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Locke & Key Adaptation Gets a Writer

Dear Video Gods, can it be? Is the feature adaptation of the Joe Hill comic series Locke & Key actually getting moving? After about a year of silence the buzz begins again as a writer has been found to pen the project! Miracles do happen!

THR reports that Albert Torres has been tapped to write Locke & Key, Universal’s adaptation of the award-winning supernatural comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Bobby Cohen are to produce, as is Ted Adams, the CEO and publisher of Idw Publishing, the company behind the comic.

Locke & Key tells of three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine. They soon discover the house has magical keys that give the bearers a vast array of powers and abilities. Little do they know (but they soon will) that a devious demon also wants the keys.
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'Locke & Key' Adds 'Akira' Writer Albert Torres

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'Locke & Key' Adds 'Akira' Writer Albert Torres
Over a year after Universal Pictures acquired the theatrical rights for Locke & Key, the studio has brought on Albert Torres to write the adapted screenplay.

Joe Hill (Horns) and Gabriel Rodriguez created the comic book series, which follows three siblings who move into their creepy ancestral home in Maine, after their father passes away. They come to learn that the house comes with a set of magical keys that gives the user mysterious, supernatural powers, before discovering that an evil demon also wants the keys.

Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Bobby Cohen will produce alongside Ted Adams, the CEO of Idw which publishes the comic book series. No production schedule was given. Locke & Key was previously adapted as a TV pilot for Fox, but it was never ordered to series.

Albert Torres wrote the 2008 drama Henry Poole Is Here. He also worked on a draft for Warner Bros.' Akira adaptation,
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Albert Torres To Pen New "Locke & Key" Film

Albert Torres ("Henry Poole is Here") has been selected to pen the latest attempt to adapt Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's award-winning supernatural comic book series "Locke & Key" at Universal Pictures.

Set in a small Massachusetts village, the story follows a mother and her three children who move into their family estate after her husband is murdered. The vast estate has many areas only accessible by special keys, while a malevolent force within the house lures the husband's killer to the town to finish off the rest of the family.

Originally "Transformers" and "Star Trek" scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman had planned to adapt the property into a single film. That collapsed, leading to a TV series adaptation. A Mark Romanek-directed pilot was produced but didn't get picked up to series.

Then in late 2012 came word that Orci and Kurtzman were planning to turn the property into a film trilogy at Universal.
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