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‘LA Law’ Sequel With Blair Underwood in Development at ABC

‘LA Law’ Sequel With Blair Underwood in Development at ABC
A sequel to NBC’s “L.A. Law” starring Blair Underwood is in development, but this time at ABC.

The project would see Underwood reprise his role as attorney Jonathan Rollins alongside a new crop of young lawyers.

Marc Guggenheim would write the series and executive produce alongside Ubah Mohamed, with Anthony Hemmingway directing. Jesse Bochco, the son of the late Steven Bochco (who co-created the original series), would also executive produce.

Here is the logline for the new version: The venerable law firm of McKenzie Brackman reinvents itself as a litigation firm specializing in only the most high-profile, boundary-pushing and incendiary cases. Blair Underwood reprises his role as attorney Jonathan Rollins, who has gone from idealistic to more conservative as he clashes with millennial JJ Freeman to decide the best path forward for the firm to effect political and legal change.

The original “L.A. Law” ran for eight seasons on
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The Day of the Locust

The Day of the Locust
John Schlesinger’s adaptation of Nathanael West’s novel is one of the best ‘Hollywood on Hollywood’ pictures ever, even if it soaks everything about The Golden Age of Tinseltown in an acid bath of cynicism. The perverse dystopia of dreams and vice is beautifully rendered in every respect, and culminates in a finale that caught ordinary audiences by surprise. Is this an indictment of the shallow aims of America’s Fantasyland, or one misanthrope’s vision of self-loathing and apocalyptic wish fulfillment? Don’t look for anyone to root for, as even the benign characters are moral freaks. Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, Donald Sutherland and William Atherton give utterly original performances; [Imprint] has a secured a great new interview extra with Atherton.

The Day of the Locust


Viavision [Imprint] 13

1975 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 144 min. / Street Date November 6, 2020 /

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, William Atherton, Geraldine Page, Richard Dysart, Bo Hopkins,
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John Carpenter May Get Involved with The Thing Reboot Happening at Blumhouse

John Carpenter May Get Involved with The Thing Reboot Happening at Blumhouse
During a recent interview with horror maestro and filmmaking legend John Carpenter, the Halloween director teased that The Thing reboot is in development courtesy of Blumhouse Productions and Jason Blum. After declaring that the 1982 science fiction horror movie classic is the one from his back catalogue that he is most proud of, Carpenter all but confirmed that the reboot is happening, and that he may even be involved.

"I think he's gonna be working on The Thing... rebooting The Thing. I may be involved with that. Maybe. Down the road."

You may recall that earlier in the year it was announced that a big screen adaptation of Frozen Hell was in the works. For those unaware, Frozen Hell is the recently unearthed expanded version of John W. Campbell Jr's novella Who Goes There?, which served as the basis for Carpenter's The Thing. Published in 1938, Who Goes There? was released as
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8 Isolation Movies That Show You Things Could Be a Lot Worse

8 Isolation Movies That Show You Things Could Be a Lot Worse
During these strange times, it may feel tempting to look away and escape from what is happening around us, and while this may be beneficial on occasion, it can sometimes help to just stare straight at it. What you might find is a comforting feeling of catharsis that can only come from confrontation and acceptance, but, more importantly, you will also find some great movies to pass, and possibly even enrich, the time.

Movies about isolation allow for some incredible filmmaking, and requires the small cast of actors (sometimes even just a singular actor) to really dig deep, which in turn often results in a mesmerizing central performance.

The following movies all deal with isolation and separation to varying degrees, and with the current degrees of lockdown and social distancing measures affecting people's lives all across the globe, now is the perfect time to explore how cinema deals with these things.
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Prophecy: A Monster Movie that Needed a Better Monster

Don Kaye Nov 27, 2019

John Frankenheimer’s 1979 environmental horror movie comes to Blu-ray, flaws and all. Brace yourself.

The 1979 film Prophecy (not to be confused with 1995’s Biblical horror movie The Prophecy) was very much the last gasp of the 1970s boom in ecologically tinged genre movies. It was a string of titles that included No Blade of Grass (1970), Silent Running (1972) and Soylent Green (1973), but leaned especially heavily on the “nature strikes back” subgenre, which gave us such offerings as Frogs (1972), Night of the Lepus (1972), Bug (1975), The Food of the Gods (1976), Day of the Animals (1977) and other, often low-budget quasi-exploitation quickies.

Prophecy on its face seemed to have more going for it. The director was John Frankenheimer, the man behind masterworks like The Manchurian Candidate, Seven Days in May, and Seconds, while the writer was David Seltzer, fresh off his horror classic The Omen. Paramount sunk $12 million into the film, which
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The Forgotten: We're All Sons of Bitches Now

There must be thousands of old TV movies that would reward viewing if they were being screened anywhere... although the odds of finding anything good at random are even more slight than when you go trawling through old cinema releases without a guide. The much-discredited auteur theory can come to the rescue: a show with a director known for other interesting work has a far higher chance of rewarding attention.TV was Joseph Sargent's bread and butter, from relatively highbrow stuff to The Man from Uncle, but he also made several decent cinema films, including at least one masterpiece, The Taking of Pelham 123. When I found a DVD entitled Hiroshima with his name spelled incorrectly on the back, I decided to take a chance on it, and indeed the film, originally it seems a mini-series from 1989 called Day One, has a lot going for it. What immediately cheered me,
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The Thing Gets a New Poster from Iconic Nightmare on Elm Street Artist

The Thing Gets a New Poster from Iconic Nightmare on Elm Street Artist
John Carpenter's 1982 remake of The Thing is a certified masterwork of sci-fi and horror. The Nightmare on Elm Street franchise is one of the greatest in the genre. So what happens when their paths cross? We get an awesome new The Thing poster from acclaimed Elm Street artist Matthew Peak.

Matthew Peak painted this incredible new piece for The Thing, which depicts several elements from the thriller, giving us an eye-catching new interpretation of the movie. Peak is well known in horror circles for painting the artwork for the original first five A Nightmare on Elm Street movies.

The print was originally available over at Bottleneck Gallery along with a variant edition. But this one sold out incredibly fast, as expected. You can still check out the artwork below, which will have you wishing you were a little quicker with the keyboard.

The poster includes the tagline 'Man is the warmest place to hide'.
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After ‘This Is Us’ and ‘Handmaid’s’ guest wins, Emmys could spread the love to Milo Ventimiglia, Yvonne Strahovski

After ‘This Is Us’ and ‘Handmaid’s’ guest wins, Emmys could spread the love to Milo Ventimiglia, Yvonne Strahovski
Everyone knows that the Emmys loves repeat winners (see: Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘ six consecutive wins for “Veep”), but the TV academy did a different type of rubber-stamping at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards over the weekend: choosing the same show but different performers in the guest acting categories. Might this spread-the-wealth mindset translate to the main Emmy ceremony?

First, let’s be clear, it’s difficult and rare to repeat in the guest category for the same show, let alone get nominated again unless you do another eligible guest stint. Last year’s Best Drama Guest Actor champ Gerald McRaney (“This Is Us”) was trying to be the first to win the category twice for the same role, but he lost to his co-star Ron Cephas Jones, who was nominated in supporting last year. On the actress side, Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), who was also up in supporting last year,
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Batman The Animated Series Blu-ray Box Set in October

Burbank, CA – Batman: The Animated Series, the most acclaimed animated super hero television series in history, arrives this fall in an all-encompassing package befitting its revered place in the annals of fan-favorite entertainment. Remastered for the first time since its broadcast airing from 1992-1995, Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital and in a stunning Blu-ray box set ($112.99 Srp) on October 16, 2018.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the Emmy Award-winning series captured the imaginations of generations, setting the standard for super hero storytelling for the past quarter-century with its innovative designs, near-perfect voice cast and landmark approach to DC’s iconic characters and stories. Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition box set includes all 109 thrilling episodes, plus two bonus disks containing the recently-remastered, fan favorite animated films Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero.

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Love with the Proper Stranger

What are two individualistic, highly motivated movie stars supposed to do when faced with an unimaginative studio system eager to misuse their talents? Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen collaborate with a great writer, director and producer for an urban romance with an eye on the sexual double standard. It’s a hybrid production: a gritty drama that’s also a calculated career move.

Love with the Proper Stranger


Kl Studio Classics

1963 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 100 min. / Street Date September 19, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen, Edie Adams, Tom Bosley, Herschel Bernardi, Harvey Lembeck, Agusta Ciolli, Nina Varela, Marilyn Chris, Richard Dysart, Arlene Golonka, Tony Mordente, Nobu McCarthy, Richard Mulligan, Vic Tayback, Dyanne Thorne, Val Avery.

Cinematography: Milton Krasner

Film Editor: Aaron Stell

Original Music: Elmer Bernstein

Written by Arnold Schulman

Produced by Alan J. Pakula

Directed by Robert Mulligan

1963’s Love with the Proper Stranger is
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La Law: Series Revival Being Redeveloped to Target Cable or Streaming

What's going on with the La Law reboot? Deadline reports the project is being redeveloped for cable and streaming networks.Earlier, we reported the classic NBC legal drama was being rebooted for 20th Century Fox TV. The original series ran for eight seasons and starred Richard Dysart, Alan Rachins, Jill Eikenberry, Harry Hamlin, Jimmy Smits, and Blair Underwood.Read More…
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La Law: Revival Plans Include Some Original Series Characters

What will the new La Law look like? Recently, Fox boss Gary Newman discussed the upcoming reboot series, Deadline reports.Last year, we reported 20th Century Fox TV was reviving the classic NBC legal drama, which starred Richard Dysart, Alan Rachins, Jill Eikenberry, Harry Hamlin, Jimmy Smits, and Blair Underwood. The show ran for eight seasons before ending in 1994.Read More…
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John Carpenter’s The Thing

Look out: John Carpenter's chilly tale of shape-shifting chaos at the South Pole creeps back with a new transfer and two fully stocked discs of extras old and new, including the bowdlerized Network cut, just for laughs. The picture still works like gangbusters -- the best monsters are still the gooey, rubbery pre-cgi kind. John Carpenter's The Thing Collector's Edition Blu-ray Scream Factory 1982 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 109 min. / Street Date September 20, 2016 / 34.93 Starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis. Cinematography Dean Cundey Production Design John J. Lloyd Special Makeup Effects Rob Bottin Film Editor Todd Ramsay Original Music Ennio Morricone Written by Bill Lancaster from the short story "Who Goes There?"by John W. Campbell Jr. Produced by David Foster, Lawrence Turman Directed by John Carpenter

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

It's been eight years since
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Blu-ray Review – The Thing Collector’s Edition

The Thing Collector’s Edition

Directed by John Carpenter.

Starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis, Thomas Waites.


The Thing arrives on Blu-ray again in a comprehensive two-disc set from Shout! Factory. All the previously released bonus features are included, along with about two-and-a-half hours of new interviews and two new commentary tracks. This Collector’s Edition also offers a new 2K scan of the film print. Highly recommended.

Did you notice that The Thing movie poster on the basement wall in Stranger Things? (Of course you did.) Interesting that the creators of that series chose that bit of 80s ephemera, rather than a poster for E.T. or Poltergeist, two films that crushed Carpenter’s now-classic movie at the box office in 1982.

Sure, that Thing poster was a gun on the mantelpiece alluding
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La Law: Why Steven Bochco Agreed to the Series Revival

Are you a fan of La Law? Recently, co-creator Steven Bochco spoke with TV Guide about reviving the classic NBC series.Earlier, we reported that Bochco is developing a reboot of the legal drama with Fox. The original series starred Richard Dysart, Alan Rachins, Jill Eikenberry, Harry Hamlin, Jimmy Smits, and Blair Underwood. The show ran for eight seasons before ending in 1994.Read More…
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La Law: The NBC Legal Series Debuted 30 Years Ago (9/15/86)

Hop into TV Series Finale's time machine and travel back to Monday, September 15, 1986. When L.A. Law first premiered on NBC, thirty years ago, today, viewers met the Los Angeles-based lawyers and staff of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak. The legal drama series threaded its oddball humor throughout storylines featuring hot topics of the 1980s and '90s, including sexual harassment, gay rights, HIV, capital punishment, and abortion.L.A. Law's large ensemble cast included: Richard Dysart, Alan Rachins, Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Susan Ruttan, Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Jimmy Smits, Michele Greene, Blair Underwood, Larry Drake, and Sheila Kelly. Read More…
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Resident Evil The Final Chapter Stuntwoman in Coma After Filming Accident

One day well look back and say for as many quality flicks that we saw 2015 was a damn dreadful year. Weve lost so much this year its just about unbelievable. Roddy Piper Irwin Keyes Christopher Lee Mary Ellen Trainor Betsy Palmer Geoffrey Lewis Richard A. Dysart Tom Towles Daniel von Bargen and Wes Craven are just a few of the amazing talents to pass this year. They were all special contributors to our precious genre and theyre all going to be dearly missed.
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Rip Richard Dysart of John Carpenters The Thing

Hollywood curse Horror curse Were not certain exactly what in the world is going on this week other than the unfortunate natural order of things as yet another familiar face and fan embraced genre contributor has passed away. Richard Dysart who brought charisma and deep value to the character Copper in John Carpenters pitch perfect classic The Thing has passed away. According to his wife hed long battled serious illness before succumbing on April 5th. He was 86 years old.
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L.A. Law Star Richard Dysart Dead at 86; Stage and Screen Actor Co-Founded American Conservatory Theater

L.A. Law Star Richard Dysart Dead at 86; Stage and Screen Actor Co-Founded American Conservatory Theater
Richard Dysart was known on TV for always keeping his wits about him. The star of stage and screen, who may be best known as firm partner Leland McKenzie on the hit series L.A. Law, died April 5 at his home in Santa Monica, Calif., after a long illness, He was 86. His publicist confirmed the news to the media. Dysart was on L.A. Law for the Stephen Bochco-created show's duration, from 1986 until 1994, winning an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 1992. While that was easily his most high-profile role, the Boston-born thesp racked up dozens of small- and big-screen credits over the course of his nearly five-decade career, including roles in films such as The Thing, The Falcon...
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Richard Dysart Dead: L.A. Law Star Dies at 86

Richard Dysart Dead: L.A. Law Star Dies at 86
Richard Dysart has died at 86. The veteran actor, who was best known as Leland McKenzie on the NBC '80s courtroom drama L.A. Law, passed away at his Santa Monica, Calif., home on Sunday, April 5. Dysart's daughter-in-law Jeannine Jacobi told the Associated Press that the star died after a long illness, but did not give further detail. Born in Boston and raised in Maine, he served in the U.S. Air Force and graduated from Emerson College with a speech communications master's degree before breaking out in Hollywood [...]
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