Hollywood Trends

Hannibal Lecter

According to Vulture, Martha Marcy May Marlene writer/director Sean Durkin is preparing to pitch a ten-episode television series concept of The Exorcist. It’s a promising idea from a strong, disturbing storyteller, so hopefully a solid network picks it up. The potential for trenchant drama aside, what’s fascinating is that this project paired with two possible Silence of the Lambs television shows marks a mini-trend in TV that sees the conversion of movies into the format. Of course, both franchises were born as books (from William Peter Blatty and Thomas Harris respectively), but they were made even more famous (if not downright iconic) by the films – especially because of performances from Max Von Sydow, Linda Blair, and Anthony Hopkins. So that’s two (count ‘em, two) shows based on Hannibal Lecter: Clarice over at Lifetime and Hannibal over at NBC. The first, clearly, focuses on Clarice Starling, and the second uses Will Graham as its FBI agent of choice. These are all in various stages of development, but it seems clear that some showrunners and channels are looking to horror movies for inspiration and content. The natural question? What horror movie icons would work best on TV?

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The recent revelation that Chris Columbus will be producing a US-based, English-language remake of Troll Hunter was met with everything from mild irritation to outright derision. A typical report of the news included 1) a statement that the original is great/awesome 2) a question of whether this really needed a remake 3) a comment that Hollywood was craven and unoriginal and, for a select few pieces, 4) swear words. My own take was fairly neutral (much like my reaction to Andre Ovredal‘s film), which prompted at least half an email asking me why I was giving this one a pass after years of making up clever insults at the expense of anyone attempting a remake. After some soul-searching, it was clear that I had either made peace with the recent glut of remakes or been beaten into submission by it. Either way, I’m tired of complaining about remakes, and here’s why.

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Hollywood is a lot like a four year old in that it can be very prone to something my grandmother called “monkey see, monkey do.” What that means, essentially, is that any behavior you see exhibited, you’re likely to then mindlessly mimic. It also implies that you’re as stupid as a monkey. Or at least that’s how I used to take it. When Avatar made more money than the gross national product of some of our greatest nations by coming out in 3D and jacking up ticket prices, suddenly every film that was hitting theaters started coming out in 3D and jacking up ticket prices. It only makes sense, then, that since the Harry Potter franchise was able to double dip ticket sales by turning the last book in the series into two movies, that future book to film franchises would soon be doing the same. And they have been; we’ve got Peter Jackson turning The Hobbit into two films, we’ve got whoever makes the Twilight movies turning whatever the last Twilight movie is called into two films. And now, we’ve got word that the last book in Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy “Mockingjay” will be turned into two films. Or, at least, those three books will somehow be stretched out into four movies. When the trend started with Harry Potter I got what was happening. “Deathly Hollows” was a big book with a lot of story, and it made sense that the process of adapting it would be easier […]

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News for you Kevin Carr: The market for getting fat to win an Oscar is saturated. Time to shut the flab up.

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The Breakfast Club

Throughout the history of cinema, actors, writers and directors have brought us very different views of what it’s like to be in high school. But how accurate is the portrayal of high school in movies? What if high school really was how Hollywood made it out to be?

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