Entertainment News Roundup: Sept 18th, 2008.

Some Entertainment News from the News Feed.

Warehouse 13 Gets Green Light.

The series stars Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly as Secret Service agents charged with securing a huge, top-secret South Dakota storage facility full of supernatural artifacts and relics.
Warehouse 13 is produced by Universal Cable Productions and is executive-produced by David Simkins. Brent Mote, Jane Espenson and Simkins wrote the pilot, with Jace Alexander directing.

Great, this is Jane Espenson new project that was announced sometime ago. Of course it will bring new comparisons to overrated “The X-Files” (Season 1-3 are actually really good, and 4 and 5 still watchable, anything after the first movie, just forget about it).

I’m kind of wary for David Simkins work, but I trust Jane Espenson, who I hope will insert a good amount level of the funny in this show.

ABC greenlights new show, Flash Forward.

The network has given a pilot order to the spec script by filmmaker David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) and “Star Trek” veteran Brannon Braga.

Based on Robert J. Sawyer’s sci-fi novel, “Flash Forward” is considered very compatible with “Lost.” It chronicles the chaos that ensues after everyone in the world blacks out for 2 minutes, 17 seconds and has a mysterious vision of the future that changes lives forever.

Goyer will direct the pilot. He also will executive produce with Braga and Jessika Borsiczky Goyer (NBC’s “Revelations”) along with Vince Gerardis and Ralph M. Vicinanza (Jumper), who own the rights to the book.

Goyer and Braga in a new team up after CBS’ “Threshold”, which did have a very interesting concept, a great cast, sadly they got lost somewhere in between, and was just one of loser players in the fall season filled with a lot of complicated high concept serialized shows, after buzz making success of Lost.

ABC is already looking for a potential filler for Lost, something that would attract the same audience, as we’re closer and closer for the final days of Lost. Onto this, news media tend to fret too much about “OMG, Lost is not performing that well on ratings, at least not as well than back in Season 1”. I don’t get where this worry is coming from. The Lost fans are exactly the fans that would look for alternative ways to get the content, including online viewing or the DVDs. It’s a show better watched without the ad-breaks (year, advertisers, should fret a bit here), with episodes marathons. It’s a show that require commitment from the viewer from the beginning to the end, unlike any CSI-procedural, that even with some ongoing storyline with some of the characters, you don’t need much to just insert yourself in at any point in the season or the series.

Back to “Flash Forward” it sounds interesting, hopefully won’t get the demise that other high concept serialized shows end up as something not as compelling.

Jude Law in talks for ‘Sherlock’

Jude Law is negotiating to join Robert Downey Jr. in “Sherlock Holmes,” the drama that Guy Ritchie will direct for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures.

Law is expected to close a deal shortly to play Watson, the super-sleuth’s sidekick.

I can’t remember when was the last time we had a decent “Sherlock Holmes” movie. The cast is quite promising.

Poster Revealed for “Revolutionary Road”

Scope out the new movie poster for Revolutionary Road, the upcoming drama reuniting Titanic duo Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Titanic was the biggest film in box-office history back in 1997, so Leo and Kate have a lot to live up to!

According to USA Today, “Road tells the story of a young, successful couple living what appears to be a thriving life with their two children in 1950s Connecticut.

Mostly all the buzz about this movies is only about reuniting these “Titanic” cast mates. I remember the day that Leo DiCaprio really bothered me, but I have to admit he got really good on his craft. I really enjoy Kate Winslett career choices, but I’ll always remember her as the unforgetable Clementine, instead of her romantic heroine Rose from “TItanic”.

DVD Announcement: Heather: Limited Edition

Another great package design for another anniversary / limited DVD release.

Colombian Telenovela “Cartel de los Sapos” chronicling the saga of the rise of a drug cartel in country.

As the most high rated show in Colombia right now, despite the polemic theme (wonder if it will get under radar of some us tv exec, or wonder what the guys from “Entourage” could think about it. As it seems is not ok to to foreigners to talk about it, but there is no problem if they talk about it themselves.

The telenovela is actually based on real facts, slightly twisted, but basically chronicles how the Cartel de Los Sapos (The Frog Cartel), ascended in the country between the 1980s and 1990s decads, overtaking the Medellin and Cali Cartels, the leaders and their girlfriends and their conflict witht he police, how they become one of the largest Coke sellers in the world, their effect on Colombia, and truthlly show how some of their founders used to be cops.

The True History of Cylons. – From Darth Mojo.

Ever wondered who created the cylons? No, I’m not referring to the referred cylon god from the new show, I mean who was the originator of the cylons, the designer of them from the original show, as the cylons complete their 30th Anniversary.

You can find out by reading the following liked article:

American remake of “Life on Mars” recasting completed.

Life on Mars US

Original US' Life on Mars Cast: Lenny Clarke, Jason O'Mara, Rachel Lefevre and Colm Meaney.

As entertainment news sources reported in the last couple of weeks Gretchen Mol is the new Annie, and Harvey Keitel is the new Gene Hunt.
The picture you find as the startup from this post is a promo pic featuring the original people cast in those roles.
After having watched the original version of the pilot episode for the US remake, I had a strong point for really being bothered by what was done, and as you’ll see below, when I reproduce segments from a review I sent my friends a while ago, and an excerpt from a relevant Whedonesque post.

This is what I said about the original pilot episode:

Well, now as someone who did watch the first version for the US remake pilot, definitely the most noticeable element lacking in the show is the cast, which lacked the personality that the Original one had. And the first episode, was mostly an almost identical reshoot of the original first episode of the UK, version, only set in Boston, and with other people playing those same characters. I don’t think they even bothered changing the names, like The Office did. I’m so glad they’re recasting, but still something is missing. And I shouldn’t even mention that what bothered me the most, is the unavoidable fact, that despite Jason O’Mara’s (who happens to be another european import) strong presence, he just ain’t John Simm.

Will the recasting, save the US’ Life on Mars? Don’t know. I’m curious about the recasting and the new pilot. Whether they’ll still keep the script that David Kelley worked on, or they’ll change more things (names could be changed, I’d feel so much more comfortable if Jason wasn’t playing Sam Tyler). Though, there’s a lot more in a tv show, than just the cast, the writing and producing team behind it, must also be taken into account. Guess, we’ll have to wait and see.

I went further, when I shared my views of it with a few friends, as I gave details about how the pilot, was a pretty close at times to a shot by show re-filming of the first episode from the original series, but the fact that the series has at this point, potentially no endpoint, and if accepted well, might even have a longer first season, that’s longer than both of the British original series combined.

Anyway, after reading about those recasting news, I finally realized what’s really bothering me about this remake. They’re only changing the setting from Europe to America, but they’re sticking with the names, who are so intimately linked with the original cast who gave birth to them. Yes, the new showrunners, are saying that they’re going to develop another storyline, or at least develop it in a different way, so the ending result will be somewhat disparate from the source material.

But as they’re doing that, why keep the names? Why not change them, even if it means the most silly change (life Tim to Jim from the UK Office to the US Office), even if the archetypal character is still the same. It does get them even more leeway to play with the characters, as their only come from the same root, so they could change and develop them anyway they want, without being compared all the time with the original show’s characters, especially for the most iconic ones, like Sam or Gene.

LIfe on Mars

Original "Life on Mars" Cast pic: Marshall Lancaster, Phillip Glenister, John Simm, Dean Andrews and Liz White.

Another thing that bothers me from the non changing name situation, It’s the fact that most of the characters from the original show aren’t gone, as most of them continue to live on in the sequel for “Life of Mars”, “Ashes to Ashes”.

Ashes to Ashes

"Ashes to Ashes" Cast Pic: Marshall Lancaster, Phillip Glenister, Keeley Hawes and Dean Andrews.

I’m curious if the new cast will have any effect to the remake, but I’m in one of those rare occasions, that I’m actually hoping that the show will fail. Let’s wait and see…