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Tue, May 7th, 2013
Reading the Screen: Len Deighton’s Bernard Samson
Posted by: David Pitt

Here’s a spot of good news for Len Deighton fans: Simon Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for his Slumdog Millionaire screenplay, is working on an 18-part television series based on Deighton’s Bernard Samson novels. I found out about it at The Hollywood Reporter. Samson is, of course, the British SIS operative who starred in three […]


Mon, May 6th, 2013
Mystery Month: Spoofs
Posted by: David Pitt

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Burt Bacharach.” When Austin Powers (Mike Myers) looks directly at the audience and introduces the famed composer in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, you know this isn’t your typical mystery spoof. As silly as it is, it’s also sly and daring: as much as it’s done on television these days, you […]


Tue, February 26th, 2013
Reading the Screen: Hannibal trailer
Posted by: David Pitt

Months and months ago I talked about the forthcoming NBC series, Hannibal, based on the characters created by Thomas Harris. The series takes place before the events in Red Dragon, the first of the novels featuring Hannibal Lecter, and the only one featuring Will Graham, the FBI profiler who’s the star of the NBC series. […]


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 […]


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 […]


Thu, June 21st, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Dan Gets a Minivan
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Book trailer first and homage to MTV’s Pimp My Ride second, this video for Dan Zevin’s Dan Gets a Minivan pleases with swelling beats and captain’s seats. Sipping a juicebox and spouting universal truths, like how the coolness of one’s ride is best measured in cupholders, and how a minivan can also function as a […]


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 […]


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 […]


Thu, January 26th, 2012
Maurice Sendak on the Colbert Report
Posted by: Keir Graff

I don’t have anything to add to this, but if you haven’t seen Stephen Colbert’s two-part interview with Maurice Sendak (Bumble-Ardy, 2011; Where the Wild Things Are, 1963), you’re missing out. Some side-splittingly funny moments here. Quoth Sendak: “I didn’t set out to make children happy.”  





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