Whether any particular year's Academy Awards truly reflect the best of the best is very subjective, but 2012's Oscars were surprisingly light on crime dramas. BBC News analyzed the types of films Hollywood prefers to honor, and thrillers did come out on top, although crime-based movies in general came dead last. Mystery Fanfare has a few notables that have won in the past, and the Film Site has others, in both the Crime Film and Mystery and Film Noir categories.
RCR Pictures has optioned Dennis Tafoya's novel The Wolves of Fairmount Park. The book deals with the ramifications of a drive-by shooting of two teenagers in a rough Philadelphia neighborhood. (Hat tip to Crimespree Magazine.)
Dominic Cooper will star in Brian De Palma's American remake of the Alain Corneau 2010 French thriller Love Crime, tentatively retitled Passion. The film has already signed Rachel McAdams and Naomi Rapace (Lisabeth Salander in the Swedish version of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
Joel Kinnaman (star of AMC's The Killing), is in talks to play the title role in the Jose Padilha-directed reboot of Robocop.
A new TV trailer has been released for the upcoming Edgar Allan Poe The Raven. It stars John Cusack as the author who joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) to hunt down a mad serial killer who's using Poe's own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders.
Christian Bale is in talks to star in the crime thriller Out of the Furnace, written by Brad Ingelsby and focusing on an ex-convict who goes on a quest for revenge after the murder of his younger brother.
Omnimystery News posted the link to a new trailer for Easy Money II, a Swedish film based on the crime thriller novels by Jens Lapidus.
USA Network may bring back Tony Shalhoub as the obsessive compulsive detective Adrian Monk for a TV movie. The regular series ended back in 2009.
Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) will play the lead in the TNT drama pilot L.A. Noir, based on the book L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America's Most Seductive City by John Bunti. Ventimiglia joins Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) as another likely member of the cast.
The unnamed Nicholas Pileggi pilot for CBS about a rodeo cowboy who becomes the Sheriff in Las Vegas during the 1960s is growing its cast. Both Dennis Quaid Michael Chiklis are in talks to star, Quaid as the hero and Chiklis as a gangster.
Janet Rudolph reported on her blog that production has begun in Toronto on the upcoming BBC America crime drama Copper, premiering later this summer. Toronto is apparently a stand-in for 1860s New York City, the setting of the series, starring Tom Weston-Jones as an intense, rugged Irish-American cop.
It appears that Mira Sorvino will play the lead in Trooper, Jerry Bruckheimer's drama bout a woman described as "a common-sense mother-turned-New York state trooper." Sorvino joins Jay Hernandez, also recently signed to play Sorvino's partner.
Bradley Whitford has joined the cast of Fox's pilot The Asset, starring Ali Larter (Heroes) as Anna King, a famous photojournalist who leads a secret life as a CIA agent.
Now you see him, now you don't. Last week, I noted Ryan Phillippe had signed play the lead role of a cop who experiences a rapid career progression from officer to detective to Police Commissioner in an upcoming CBS pilot. Now it appears he's had a change of heart.
Woody Allen is going to adapt his 1994 film Bullets Over Broadway into a Broadway musical. The original project starred John Cusack and Dianne Wiest as a playwright struggling to put on his first play amidst threats from a mobster who wants him to cast his girlfriend in the show.