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'Hurt Locker' writer Mark Boal set to buckle some swash with 'Uncharted' adaptation
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'Hurt Locker' writer Mark Boal set to buckle some swash with 'Uncharted' adaptation

Sounds like they're close to putting this one in front of the camera

Mark Boal is, frankly, a fantastic choice for "Uncharted."

Boal's screenplays for "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty" are both strong, lean examples of how to tell some very tough stories in a way that both kinetic and intelligent. Boal's got a knack for writing scenes involving military units that make the audience feel like they're on the inside of that very private brotherhood, and I can see how his skill set so far would play directly into "Uncharted."

For those of you who are not familiar with the Playstation game series that is the inspiration for the films, think modern-day Indiana Jones.  The games could have very easily been just a shabby and obvious lift from Jones if the action was good… gamers are often satisfied by the mere attempt at narrative… but it turned out to be more than that, with a central character named Nathan Drake.

In the first game, Drake is determined to find a long-lost treasure that was allegedly discovered by his ancestor, Sir Francis Drake. The game play owed just as much to Lara Croft as it did Indiana Jones, and it was a blast to play the game's big set pieces. Since then, each of the "Uncharted" games has been just as much fun, just as good at making Drake into a genuine character and not just an avatar for the player. When fans seem nervous and possessive of "Uncharted" whenever there is news about the movie, it's because this has been such a consistently enjoyable series so far. Naughty Dog has pulled off the trick that Hollywood is always chasing, making a franchise where fans actually seem happy with each new installment.

It sounds like Boal's been brought in to give the film a final polish, with the heavy lifting on the script having been done by David Guggenheim, who wrote "Safe House." I'm really curious to see what Seth Gordon does with big action scenes and the overall tone of adventure. There's nothing on Gordon's filmography that even hints at this kind of material, but that certainly doesn't mean he's incapable of pulling it off. It's just going to be interesting to see what his approach is.

There's no firm release date yet, but "Uncharted" is a major priority for Sony, a studio desperately in search of franchises that work, and if they're so close that they're bringing Boal on for a production polish, then we should expect casting news soon. Mark Wahlberg had been attached at one point, and the studio also offered the part to Chris Pratt, but right now, there's no one signed to play Drake.

Might I suggest Jake Johnson?

Sure, it's a little different than what he's done before, but he's the star of one of this year's quietest hits, and he's in next summer's "Jurassic Park 4." What he's got that I think is essential for this kind of a movie is a sort of world-weary sense of humor. If the action is credible, his sense of humor is what's going to make those sequences really work.

Here's hoping Sony really has cracked this. "Uncharted" could make a successful jump from game to movie, something that still seems elusive, and hiring a guy like Boal to finesse the project sounds like a step in the right direction.

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<p>Homicide</p>

Homicide

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The city that bleeds: On 'Serial,' 'Homicide' & 'The Wire'

Does it matter how the first season of the 'This American Life' spin-off ends?

Like a lot of you, I imagine, my ongoing crime story obsession this fall comes not from TV, but from a podcast: "Serial," a "This American Life" spin-off where reporter Sarah Koenig looks into a 15-year-old Baltimore murder case in which teenager Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.

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'CITIZENFOUR' leads Cinema Eye Honors' nonfiction film awards nominees

'Life Itself' and '20,000 Days on Earth' each earned five mentions

Following the IDA Awards nominations last month, the year’s top documentary contenders come into crisper focus with Thursday’s announcement of Cinema Eye’s 8th Annual Nonfiction Film Awards nominations. Laura Poitras’ "CITIZENFOUR" leads the pack with six nominations, including Outstanding Nonfiction Feature. The inside look at Edward Snowden’s NSA leak also earned praise in Directing, Editing, Production, Cinematography, and the Audience Choice category. Poitras is no stranger to Cinema Eye’s awards — she won the 2011 Directing Award for "The Oath."

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<p>CROSSOVER!</p>

CROSSOVER!

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TV Ratings: 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'Chicago PD' get big crossover numbers on Wednesday

'The Voice' also edges out 'Survivor' for NBC

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

A crossover between "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Chicago PD" helped both shows to huge ratings bumps as NBC scored Wednesday victories overall and among young viewers.

"SVU" was up 50 percent in the key demo and "Chicago PD" was up 57 percent, which helped take some attention from a lackluster "The Voice" performance.

Otherwise, Wednesday saw only minor fluctuations, with "Hell's Kitchen," "Criminal Minds" and "The 100" up a hair and "Stalker" and "Arrow" down a little. ABC's "The Middle" rose a notch, but the network's other comedies were down negligibly. 

On to the numbers...

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A 'Gilmore Girls' reunion is happening
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A 'Gilmore Girls' reunion is happening

Did 'Too Many Cooks' rip off a USC student film from 2011?

A “Gilmore Girls” reunion is happening
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino will reunite in June as part of the ATX Television Festival. “So after years of peace and quiet these lunatics have chosen to get the chattiest chicks in the world back under one roof? Really? Okay. You asked for it,” Sherman-Palladino said in a statement. Meanwhile, Graham recently told E! that after watching old “Gilmore” episodes on Netflix, “now I sort of weirdly crave it." PLUS: ATX Festival will also reunite "Dawson's Creek" writers, including


Did “Too Many Cooks” rip off a USC student film from 2011?
Former USC student Erica Rupp made a short film called “Door’s Always Open” that contain many of the same themes as “Too Many Cooks,” including mocking ‘80s and ‘90s sitcom opening credits, an earworm song and an unexpected bloody turn.


CNN renews shows starring Mike Rowe, Anthony Bourdain and Lisa Ling
"This Is Life With Lisa Ling,” "Somebody’s Gotta Do It With Mike Rowe and
"Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” will be back next year.


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David Bowie's sad 'Sue' music video creeps through alleyways, dies in your arms

David Bowie's sad 'Sue' music video creeps through alleyways, dies in your arms

Die in the arms of The Thin White Duke's new retrospective box set

Only a few days out from the release of his new "definitive collection" box set, David Bowie takes you out to an alley and laments your death.

The Thin White Duke has released the new music video for "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" that's black and white and film noir all over. Serving more as a lyric video than a narrative, the clip is directed by Tom Hingston (who leads a British creative agency) and photographer Jimmy King.

It subtly lets you focus on the small story Bowie's telling of Sue, and the humming contributions of the Maria Schneider Orchestra and Grammy Award-nominated saxophone honcho Donnie McCaslin.

"Sue" and Bowie's recently released (and dizzyingly titled) demo "Tis a Pity She Was a Whore" were released in promoting "Nothing Has Changed," a new retrospective box set from Bowie and Columbia/Legacy. It comes in a variety of formats -- the tracklists for all are below; it gathers music from Bowie from 1964 to 2014.

Here are the tracklists for the various digital download, CD and vinyl versions of "Nothing Has Changed":

3CD DELUXE EDITION/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

CD 1:
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (7.24)
Where Are We Now? (4.09)
Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA Edit) (4.07)
The Stars (Are Out Tonight) (3.57)
New Killer Star (radio edit) (3.42)
Everyone Says ‘Hi’ (edit) (3.29)
Slow Burn (radio edit) (3.55)
Let Me Sleep Beside You (3.14)
Your Turn To Drive (4.44)
Shadow Man (4.48)
Seven (Marius De Vries mix) (4.12)
Survive (Marius De Vries mix) (4.18)
Thursday’s Child (radio edit) (4.25)
I’m Afraid Of Americans (V1) (clean edit) (4.30)
Little Wonder (edit) (3.40)
Hallo Spaceboy (PSB Remix) (with The Pet Shop Boys) (4.23)
The Heart’s Filthy Lesson (radio edit) (3.32)
Strangers When We Meet (single version) (4.21)

CD 2:
Buddha Of Suburbia (4.24)
Jump They Say (radio edit) (3.53)
Time Will Crawl (MM remix) (4.18)
Absolute Beginners (single version) (5.35)
Dancing In The Street (with Mick Jagger) (3.20)
Loving The Alien (single remix) (4.45)
This Is Not America (with The Pat Metheny Group) (3.51)
Blue Jean (3.11)
Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
China Girl (single version) (4.15)
Let's Dance (single version) (4.08)
Fashion (single version) (3.25)
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (single version) (3.32)
Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)
Under Pressure (with Queen) (3.56)
Boys Keep Swinging (3.17)
“Heroes” (single version) (3.35)
Sound And Vision (3.03)
Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
Wild Is The Wind (2010 Harry Maslin Mix) (5.58)


CD 3:
Fame (4.14)
Young Americans (2007 Tony Visconti mix single edit)  (3.13)
Diamond Dogs (5.56)
Rebel Rebel (4.28)
Sorrow (2.53)
Drive-In Saturday (4.29)
All The Young Dudes (3.08)
The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
Moonage Daydream (4.40)
Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
Life On Mars? (2003 Ken Scott Mix) (3.49)
Oh! You Pretty Things (3.11
Changes (3.33)
The Man Who Sold The World (3.56)
Space Oddity (5.12)
In The Heat Of The Morning (3.00)
Silly Boy Blue (3.54)
Can’t Help Thinking About Me (2.46)
You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving (2.32)
Liza Jane (2.18)
 

2CD EDITION/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

CD 1:
Space Oddity (5.12)
The Man Who Sold The World (3.56)
Changes (3.33)
Oh! You Pretty Things (3.11)
Life On Mars? (3.49)
Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
Moonage Daydream (4.40)
The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
All The Young Dudes (3.08)
Drive-In Saturday (4.29)
Sorrow (2.53)
Rebel Rebel (4.28)
Young Americans (original single edit) (3.13)
Fame (4.14)
Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
Sound And Vision (3.03)
“Heroes” (single version) (3.35)
Boys Keep Swinging (3.17)
Fashion (single version) (3.25)
Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)

CD 2:
Under Pressure (with Queen) (3.56)
Let's Dance (single version) (4.08)
China Girl (single version) (4.15)
Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
Blue Jean (3.11)
This Is Not America (with The Pat Metheny Group) (3.51)
Dancing In The Street (with Mick Jagger) (3.20)
Absolute Beginners (edit) (4.46)
Jump They Say (radio edit) (3.53)
Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys remix) (with The Pet Shop Boys) (4.23)
Little Wonder (edit) (3.40)
I’m Afraid Of Americans V1 (clean edit) (4.30)
Thursday’s Child (radio edit) (4.25)
Everyone Says 'Hi' (3.29)
New Killer Star (radio edit) (3.42)
Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA Edit) (4.07)
Where Are We Now? (4.09)
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (7.24)
 

DOUBLE VINYL

SIDE 1:
Let's Dance (single version) (4.08)
Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)”
“Heroes’’ (single version) (3.35)
Changes (3.33)
Life On Mars? (3.49)

SIDE 2:
Space Oddity (UK single edit) (4.38)
Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
Rebel Rebel (4.28)

SIDE 3:
Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
Fame (4.14)
Sound And Vision (3.03)
Under Pressure (3.56)  - Queen & David Bowie
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (7.24)

SIDE 4:
Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys remix) - with The Pet Shop Boys (4.23)
China Girl (single version) (4.15)
Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
Absolute Beginners (single version) (5.35)
Where Are We Now? (4.09)

"... A Whore" is a b-side to the digital bundle with "Sue" and was on the limited edition 10" single release.

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Still Alice - Julianne Moore
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Julianne Moore earns Palm Springs Film Festival’s Best Actress award

The 'Still Alice' lead’s Oscar potential continues to grow

If you’re still questioning whether Julianne Moore will be among the top contenders for this year’s Best Actress prize, allow the Palm Springs International Film Festival to bolster the argument. Announced in a press release, the fest will honor the "Still Alice" actress with its Desert Palm Achievement Award, an annual litmus test for the year’s Oscary-worthy performances.

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<p>Arrow</p>

Arrow

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Review: 'Arrow' - 'Guilty'

Ted Grant is accused of murder, while Roy feels guilty about Sara

A quick review of last night's "Arrow" coming up just as soon as I know just enough to make me dangerous...

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'Cake Boss' arrested for drunk driving
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'Cake Boss' arrested for drunk driving

'Marry Me’s' Casey Wilson is pregnant

“Cake Boss” arrested for drunk driving
TLC star Buddy Valastro was taken into custody early this morning for driving while intoxicated. According to TMZ, the NYPD arrested Valastro in his Corvette in Manhattan.


Jennifer Lawrence takes over Letterman’s desk
In her first major interview since her nude photos were leaked, Lawrence and Letterman had a weird and hilarious time last night on “The Late Show" -- at one point, they walked off the show.


“Marry Me’s” Casey Wilson is pregnant
Wilson is expecting her first child with her “Marry Me” creator husband David Caspe, reports Us Weekly.


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Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart and Maria Shriver bring 'Still Alice' home to LA

Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart and Maria Shriver bring 'Still Alice' home to LA

Plus: Moore talks about how 'grateful' they are for the Oscar attention

HOLLYWOOD — It was an emotional evening at the Egyptian Theatre Wednesday night as "Still Alice" finally came "home."

Co-directors and husbands Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland are longtime Los Angelinos and the latter remarked how both men had spent many nights watching films in this same venue, which is the Hollywood home of the American Cinematheque. More importantly, this AFI Fest screening afforded Glatzer, who is in advance stages of ALS, to finally see the movie on the big screen with an audience. He missed the amazing reception at the Toronto Film Festival. He missed the Rome Film Festival. He missed the Hamptons Film Festival. He was not going to miss seeing "Still Alice" in his hometown.

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Review: 'Dumb and Dumber To' is a gentle but genuine Farrelly Bros comedy
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Review: 'Dumb and Dumber To' is a gentle but genuine Farrelly Bros comedy

It's strange seeing them back twenty years later, but some of it really works

It feels like only ten minutes ago I was writing about the work of Sean Anders and John Morris.

Oh, wait, it was. November is a big month for the comic filmmakers. They're the writer and director behind "Horrible Bosses 2," and they wrote the script for "Dumb and Dumber To," the twenty-years-later sequel to the first film by Pete and Bobby Farrelly, who are once again directing, with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels returning to their roles as well.

I had to go back after seeing "Dumb and Dumber To" and see the first film for the first time since it was in theaters. While I love rewatching movies, I also see so many new films every year that there are times I just never quite get around to seeing something a second time. It's been an interesting 20 years for the Farrelly Brothers, and in that time, I've gotten to know them and their work fairly well. What I love most about their world view is how inclusive it is. When you look at the background and the foreground of a Farrelly Bros film, you see a world with way more hue than you normally see from Hollywood, and you see a world in which people with disabilities are front and center and not shoved off into corners or just out of the camera's range.

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<p>It&#39;s all about Jon &amp; Jaclyn</p>

It's all about Jon & Jaclyn

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Recap: 'Survivor: San Juan Del Sur' - 'Wrinkle In The Plan'

Jon & Jaclyn, Jaclyn & Jon, Jon & Jaclyn, Jaclyn & Jon

Pre-credit sequence. Nobody went home last week because Julie quit. I repressed that. Maybe that's why we're starting with a montage of moving skies, since there was no trip to Tribal to return from. At Huyopa, Missy is pissed off at Julie, though she thinks she's mad at Julie because the quitting delayed voting Josh out. We all know that's not true, though. Jon is worried that they may be being deceitful, sharing his worries with Jaclyn. They're both feeling smug about everybody needing to want to work with them. That's not the same as wanting to need to work with them. They've decided to take out Jeremy, the leader of one pack, even if it means following a different leader in Josh. "My best path right now does not include Jeremy," Jon repeats.

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