CORMORAN STRIKE: Filming underway for Rowling base...

Costumes have been donned, lines spoken as the cast of CORMORAN STRIKE begin filming on THE CUCKOO’S CALLING, the first story in J.K. Rowling crime series. In the first publicity shot (above) the British Strike and Robin can be seen standing outside Strike’s favorite pub, The Tottenham. After selling millions of Harry Potter books, Rowling decided to write a detective series under the pseudonym  Robert Galbraith. Sales for THE CUCKOO’S CALLING were sparse, but when word slipped out that Galbraith with really Rowling, her fans took the crime novel to the top of the charts.  THE SILKWORM and CAREER OF EVIL followed TCC and...

A MAN CALLED OVE Reviewed Nov08

A MAN CALLED OVE Reviewed

A Man Called Ove Written and Directed by Hannes Holm; based on the novel by Fredrick Backman Starring: Rolf Lassgard, Bahar Pars, Ida Engvoll Ove is a Swedish curmudgeon with OCD. Only the occasional person will bother to find the softy underneath. When the story opens, his wife has died and he is attempting to join her. If this sounds grim, it is in spots. But the grimness gives way to humor or sentiment quickly. And yet it never lets the story run away with it. A Man Called Ove is about as faithful to its source as any movie I’ve seen this year. It took the strengths of the book, cast it perfectly, and told the story efficiently and...

HBO to air Rowling’s CORMORAN STRIKE

HBO has announced the purchase of U.S. and Canadian rights to CORMORAN STRIKE, a series based on the Robert Galbraith novel. For those living under a rock, Galbraith is the pseudonym of J.K. Rowling and the three books have sold a reported four million copies worldwide. Rumors of HBO’s involvement has swirled for quite some time, but it is not official. According to Deadline, BBC One is producing the limited series, which will feature three stories: The Cuckoo’s Calling (3 one hour episodes), The Silkworm (3 one hour episodes) and Career of Evil (2 episodes). As I understand it, each story will be treated as it’s own limited...

LIVE BY NIGHT:   Lehane-based drama to get limited Dec 25 release Oct24

LIVE BY NIGHT: Lehane-based drama to get limited D...

Somebody wants more awards. In a move designed to qualify for 2016 awards, Warner Bros has announced that LIVE BY NIGHT, the Ben Affleck directed Dennis Lehane drama, will have a limited release on December 25th. The nation wide release will remain Jan. 13. Interestingly enough, the 25th had previously been set for the national release, only to be pushed back into January. “Live by Night” is set in the roaring `20s when Prohibition hasn’t stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The opportunity to gain power and money is there for any man with enough ambition and nerve and Joe Coughlin, the son of the...

THE GIRL ON A TRAIN Reviewed Oct21

THE GIRL ON A TRAIN Reviewed

Directed by Tate Taylor Written by Erin Cressida Wilson, based on the novel by Paula Hawkins Starring: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Alison Janney Because I went into the theater with such low expectations, my initial reaction to THE GIRL ON A TRAIN was it was better than the reviews. But in the five days since then, it’s become apparent that whatever suspense, characterization, and craft found in the book (I didn’t read it) was absent in the film.  When I tried to describe its strengths to some friends who were fans of the book, I came up short. In THE GIRL ON A TRAIN, we spend a lot...