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Wed, August 22nd, 2012
Reading the Screen: Tony Scott
Posted by: David Pitt

I don’t know what his reason was, but I’m sure there was one. Film director Tony Scott took his own life recently, and the news came as quite a shock to pretty much all of us. Scott directed a lot of popular films (Top Gun, Crimson Tide, Days of Thunder) and some very good ones […]


Sun, August 12th, 2012
Reading the Screen: Harker
Posted by: David Pitt

You might know this already, but Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula is being made into another movie…sort of. Harker, directed by Eli Roth — best known for the gory horror movie Hostel and its sequel — will feature Russell Crowe as the fangy dude. Deadline.com talks about it here. If I had ever made a […]


Sat, August 4th, 2012
Reading the Screen: A Harry Bosch TV Series
Posted by: David Pitt

More Michael Connelly news: according to this article at Hollywood Reporter’s website, Michael Connelly and writer-producer Eric Overmyer (St. Elsewhere, Law & Order, The Wire, Treme, and others) are teaming up on a television series based on Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels. This is excellent news. Bosch is one of the mystery genre’s most interesting and […]


Sat, July 21st, 2012
Reading the Screen: A Lincoln Lawyer TV Series
Posted by: David Pitt

  I’m not sure how I missed this, but according to this 2011 article at Variety’s website, Michael Connelly is bringing The Lincoln Lawyer, his 2005 novel, to the small screen. It was already made into a very good movie starring Matthew McConaughey, and now the character will anchor a weekly ABC series (the pilot being written […]


Sat, July 14th, 2012
Reading the Screen: The Jack Reacher Movie Trailer
Posted by: David Pitt

  I watched, and re-watched, the trailer for Jack Reacher, the forthcoming movie starring Tom Cruise as Lee Child’s Reacher (the movie was formerly titled One Shot, since it’s based on that novel). We’ve talked about the casting of Cruise before — here and here — and a lot of people have very strong opinions about the […]


Mon, July 9th, 2012
Reading the Screen: Real Steel
Posted by: David Pitt

Real Steel, the 2011 movie directed with uncharacteristic style and energy by Shawn Levy (Cheaper by the Dozen, Night at the Museum, Date Night), is loosely based  on Richard Matheson’s 1956 short story, “Steel.” The story had already been adapted twice for the small screen, as a 1962 Twilight Zone episode and — surprisingly faithfully […]


Tue, June 5th, 2012
Reading the Screen: The New Hannibal
Posted by: David Pitt

A while ago I mentioned NBC was working on a television series based on the characters Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham (who appeared in the books and movies Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal). It’s going to be set before the first Lecter novel, Red Dragon. British actor Hugh Dancy had been […]


Tue, May 29th, 2012
Jennifer Egan’s “Black Box,” Tweet by Tweet
Posted by: Donna Seaman

I’ve been a Jennifer Egan fan since her first book, The Invisible Circus, came out in 1995, so I was thrilled at the triumph of her most recent novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. It was Booklist‘s 2011 Top of the List, and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Rumor has […]


Mon, May 14th, 2012
Reading the Screen: Hannibal
Posted by: David Pitt

In case you haven’t heard, NBC has ordered thirteen episodes of Hannibal, a new crime drama from Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller — which means, at the very least, we can probably expect something offbeat and weird. The pilot will be directed by David Slade, who gave us the wonderfully dark […]


Tue, May 8th, 2012
Reading the Screen: Richard Stark’s Parker
Posted by: David Pitt

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Parker, the forthcoming film starring Jason Statham, will be the first time Richard Stark’s professional criminal will appear on the big screen under his own name. (He’s been called Porter, Walker, Macklin, and Stone, but never, I think, Parker.) Richard Stark was, of course, one of Donald E. Westlake’s many pseudonyms. […]





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