The just-wrapped Cannes Film Festival gave the Palme d'Or to Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, but also handed out awards for some crime/thriller movies. Best Director honors went to Denmark's Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive, his U.S.-produced action-thriller set in Los Angeles starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. The Grand Prix award was a tie between two films, which included the contemplative police procedural Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. The Jury Prize went to the French film Poliss, which follows a group of individuals and officers working in and around a child-protection unit in Paris.
Age of Heroes just opened in the UK. It's based on a true story about the formation and one of the missions of author Ian Fleming's covert 30 Assault Unit, a precursor for the elite forces in the U.K. James Bond is thought by many to be a composite of half a dozen 30AU officers.
Warner Brothers picked up the movie rights to the Gregory McDonald mystery novels featuring investigative reporter Fletch, previously made into films starring Chevy Chase in the 1980s. The studio is negotiating with David Mandel, one of the writers on Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming comedy The Dictator, to write the Fletch "re-imagining" (not, apparently a remake per se). McDonald's first two novels in the series won unprecedented back-to-back Edgar Awards.
Stanley Tucci and Cloris Leachman have joined the cast for the remake of Gambit (originally starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine back in 1966), about a British art curator Harry Deane (Colin Firth) who devises a finely-crafted scheme to con England's richest man and avid art collector, Lionel Shabandar, (Alan Rickman) into purchasing a fake Monet painting. Deane recruits a Texas rodeo queen (Cameron Diaz) to pose as a woman whose grandfather liberated the painting at the end of WWII.
Director Peter Berg and actor Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) are on board for the film adaptation of Marcus Luttrell's book Lone Survivor. The story details a 2005 covert mission undertaken by the author and fellow Navy SEALs who struggled to survive an attack by Taliban forces. The mission went wrong after their presence was given away, and Luttrell was the only one who made it out alive.
The graphic novel/media/short story/game boundaries are getting blurred more and more these days, with crossovers from comics into the other genres and vice versa. Now a Sony PlayStation game, the Gangs of London, is going to be made into a movie in the UK. The plot centers on London's underworld, gangs and violent battles.
It's really hard not to think this is going to be a train wreck, but MGM and Screen Gems have hired Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for a remake of the film based on the Stephen King novel Carrie (originally played by Sissy Spacek). King has mixed feelings and suggests Lindsay Lohan would be perfect for the role.
The BAFTA awards for television, the UK's version of the Emmys, were handed out yesterday. BBC's Sherlock won the award for Best Drama and Martin Freeman won the Supporting Actor award for his role as Dr. Watson. The Best International program award was given to the Danish series Forbrydelsen, airing in the UK as The Killing (and the basis for for AMC's show by that same title airing in the U.S.).
Confused about which shows got axed, which pilots made the cut, and when all the shows will be airing in the fall? TV Guide has a handy grid for you. Or you can read this scorecard.
Meanwhile, farther north, the CBC has ordered the pilot Cracked, a character-driven police drama from indie producer White Pines Pictures written by Tracey Forbes (Flashpoint, The Bridge). It is inspired by Calum de Hartog, who worked for 10 years as a Toronto beat cop, and "follows police and psychiatric nurses in an Abnormal and Violent Crimes Unit looking for the bad guy in a world of emotionally disturbed people."
If you've been following the podcast series of Mark Coggins's novel The Immortal Game over at Crimewav, Part 14 is up (and note the "adult situations" caution).
The stage play based on John Grisham's 1989 novel A Time to Kill opened this weekend on Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage. The play, which focuses on the trial of a poor black father who publicly guns down the rednecks who raped his young daughter, is the biggest commercial project Arena has undertaken to date.