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Saturday, November 29, 2008
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A feature-length TV pilot, directed by the late Anthony Minghella, aired in March to impressive ratings and positive reviews from critics.
Based on Alexander McCall-Smith's bestselling novels, the 60-minute episodes will follow the adventures of Botswana's only female detective Mma Ramotswe.
Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose, Desmond Dube and Lucian Msamati will reprise their roles from the TV pilot. Survivors star Paterson Joseph is a new addition to the cast as Cephas Buthelezi, a rival detective to Mma Ramotswe.
Producer Timothy Bricknell said: "We are determined to make sure the series lives up to Anthony's vision of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency.
"Everyone involved is very pleased to be back in Botswana and capturing the essence of such a remarkable and extraordinary country."
Charles Sturridge and Tim Fywell will direct the episodes, with Richard Curtis, the late Minghella and the late Sydney Pollack credited as executive producers.
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a co-production between the BBC, HBO and The Weinstein Company.
The Navy was not interested in the Titanic. … I mean, they funded the technology because it had so many military applications. And I was a naval intelligence officer for 30 years, and so I did a lot of missions for the Navy. Many remain classified, my best stuff. Rats …
Yes, the Titanic was a cover for a series of military operations. The Titanic was here, and over here was the Scorpion and over here was the Thresher (as he says this, he arranges three objects on a tabletop, roughly in a line, the center one depicting the Titanic).
And had that not occurred, I probably would not have found the Titanic because they wouldn’t have funded me. I mean, if the Titanic was in the Indian Ocean, it’d probably still be in the Indian Ocean. But … it was straddled by two very interesting subs that we had lost — and the Scorpion was lost on war patrol … and it was carrying nuclear weapons. So it was a very hot sub to the Navy …
REJECTED JAMES BOND THEMES!
OVER AT HIS WRITER'S LIFE BLOG, BUDDY LEE GOLDBERG HAS A SUPERB POST ON REJECTED JAMES BOND THEMES ~ INCLUDING JOHNNY CASH'S TAKE ON THUNDERBALL, AND AS ABOVE ALICE COOPER GIVING HIS VERSION OF THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN!
A LOT OF THIS WAS NEW TO ME AND VERY COOL!
ALL OF THE REJECTED SONGS ARE SUPERIOR TO THE CURRENT JACK WHITE / ALICIA KEYS MESS DEVISED FOR QUANTUM FOR SOLACE!
TO CHECK OUT LEE'S POST CLICK HERE
ALL OF THESE ARE PART ON A BBC DOCUMENTARY JAMES BOND'S GREATEST HITS.
TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY CLICK HERE
Friday, November 28, 2008
They consist of firstly, Lot #85: Kevin McClory's personal copy of the 'THUNDERBALL' shooting script and his spiral notebook containing 20 pages of mounted storyboard for the Vulcan Bomber ditching sequence & related notes. Secondly, Lot #86: Kevin McClory's personal copy of the 'NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN' shooting script & corresponding underwater storyboard which accompanies his personal copy of the almost mythical script for the 'James Bond film that never was'; 'WARHEAD', written by the triumvirate of 'Ipcress File' writer Len Deighton, James Bond's most famous incarnation Sean Connery and Kevin McClory. This iconic script has been variously described as:
'The Bond film that got away.' and 'One of the great unfilmed scripts – so good it tempted a retired Sean Connery to return as 007.' - Total Film Magazine
'It is the most ambitious and action-packed James Bond movie ever.' - Scotland On Sunday
'It's like a mythical sort of beast, almost the Holy Grail, this Bond film that never was.' and ,It would have been the most extravagant Bond film ever.' – The Battle for Bond Author Robert Sellers
All these items are the property of a private collector and are offered here for the first time to someone who will appreciate their importance in cinema history as a whole and specifically the cinematic history of James Bond.
These lots have received a lot of attention and significant advance bidding has already been registered for them. They are confidently expected to reach far in excess of their estimated price.
CHRISTIES catalogue gives these lots a full page spread to reflect the importance of these very rare and unique items. They can be viewed, with more detailed descriptions, on the CHRISTIES website by:
Synopsis: from the Casca website:
[Casca: The Eternal Soldier, the first book in the series,] opens in Vietnam in 1970. A badly wounded soldier is flown into a US army hospital with what seems a near-fatal wound. Major Julius Goldman spots a rapid healing of the man's wound and has him isolated to see if he can work out why. The man, Casey Romain, recovers and tells the stunned doctor of his remarkable life that began nearly two thousand years before on Golgotha at the Crucifixion.
Goldman appears to fall into a trance and is transported back to the day of Jesus' execution and spots Casey, now a Roman legionary called Casca Rufio Longinus, acting as part of the escort to make sure the condemned man is executed. Casca eventually decides to end Jesus' agony by spearing him on the cross, but only wounds him. Jesus condemns Casca to live forever as a soldier until the Second Coming, and a spot of Jesus' blood falls onto Casca's tongue, purifying him.
Casca dismisses the curse as nonsense until he receives what should be a fatal blow from his sergeant in a fight over a girl. Casca kills the assailant and lies down to die, only to make a miraculous recovery the next day. For killing his superior, he is sentenced as a slave to serve in the Greek copper mines, where he works for the next fifty years.
The story, of course, moves on from this point as Casca, the immortal soldier, moves from battle to battle, century to century, always fighting, always surviving, always the consumate mercenary.
The first half-dozen or so books in the series (those written by Sadler) are very enjoyable, working out all the variations on his original inspirational theme – taking the Roman soldier who speared Jesus and making him an immortal soldier travelling through time.
This book was written in 1979. The Highlander series came out seven years later, so Sadler beat them to the punch.
Sadler knew his audience, mostly guys like him, and so wrote in a very straight-forward style. He did his historical research, however, making the early Casca books very realistic historical war stories.
Later books in the series, especially those written after Sadler’s death, suffered from uneven quality, rushed deadlines, and hack writing. They lost the personal touch and inspiration Sadler originally brought to the series.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
PUBLISHER’S WEEKY HAS A GREAT ARTICLE ON EIGHT UPCOMING DEBUT MYSTERY THRILLERS:
by Bryan Gruley(Touchstone, Mar.)
First printing: 75,000
Plot: The young hockey goalie who lost his lower Michigan town its one chance for the state championship returns decades later to seek redemption as editor of the weekly newspaper. But he's soon embroiled in a murder case when his long-dead former coach's snowmobile turns up without a body and on the wrong lake.
Author's inspiration: “Knowing I play hockey, my agent said, 'Why don't you write about those middle-aged guys who play hockey in the middle of the night?' I immediately had an idea and decided to set it in a place I loved and knew well, northern Michigan. The rest flowed from those two things.”
Clues to success: Senior editor Trish Lande Grader says, “The manuscript was an immediate in-house favorite, with reps recommending it to their colleagues and saying the comparison to Lehane was completely warranted. We've got quotes from Coben, Connelly and Pelecanos, among others, and Bryan's passion and commitment are unstoppable and contagious.”
Body count: 2
Hollywood pitch: Mystic River meets Slap Shot in Fargo.
Dead Men's Dust
by Matt Hilton(Morrow, Apr.)
First printing: 30,000
Plot: Joe Hunter is an ex-military officer and, in his own words, “the weapon sent in when the planning is done and all that's left is the ass kicking.” In this first of a series, Hunter sets out across Southern California after his wayward brother, who has become entangled in a cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer.
Author's inspiration: “I think of Joe Hunter as a guy with a strong moral code and the necessary skills to help people in difficult situations. I've given him a specific set of skills, but want him to be different from other heroes—a kind of vigilante rather than a PI or a detective. Then I put him in a lean, mean cinematic thriller because I just love them.”
Clues to success: Executive editor David Highfill says, “Everyone loves a charismatic hero in an action thriller (think Lee Child's Jack Reacher), and we have an excellent new guy on the block in Joe Hunter. But then Matt adds fuel to the fire with one of the smartest, most sarcastic and frightening bad guys I've read in ages. Their confrontation is memorable—and downright irresistible.”
Body count: 14
Hollywood pitch: Jack Reacher meets Thomas Harris.
A Tight Lie
by Don Dahler(St. Martin's Minotaur, Mar.)
First printing: 25,000
Plot: Huck Doyle, a professional golfer, dreads the possibility of having to return to his law career. Then he gets a phone call from a friend who claims he's being framed for murder. In accepting his pal's request to look into things, Huck doesn't anticipate taking a deep dive into the murky world of the sex industry and killers for hire, where nothing is what it seems.
Author's inspiration: “I knew if I could weave the things I appreciate most—mystery, beautiful women, fast cars, tough men and golf—into a compelling, believable, fast-paced narrative with a knockout resolution, it would be a book I'd enjoy as much as those I've read by favorites like Nelson DeMille, Patricia Cornwell, Gregory McDonald and Dick Francis.”
Clues to success: According to executive editor Pete Wolverton, “There are two factors that are generating in-house buzz for Don's debut. First off, this is not just another golf mystery; Don has woven a thread of golf into a vicious crime thriller. Secondly, he's an award-winning TV journalist—currently a news anchor for WCBS-TV—and his industry connections will give us a fantastic platform for getting media coverage.”
Body count: 5
Hollywood pitch: Chinatown meets The Tin Cup.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008
But curiosity rises above any mediocrity, and Block fans will want it regardless. Considering the $14.95 price tag, they’ll be amply rewarded. Some of the stories exhibit a real clever streak, like “Just Window Shopping,” told from the point of view of a serial Peeping Tom who’s taken one eyeful too many.