The Screen Actors Guild awards were handed out last night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
The Academy Award nominations announced last week included a few nods to a few crime dramas, including To Hell or High Water (Best Picture), Best Actor (Jeff Bridges), and Original Screenplay (Taylor Sheridan); Isabelle Huppert was nominated in the Best Actress category for the psychological thriller Elle; and Michael Shannon was nominated for Best Actor for his role in the noir psychological thriller Nocturnal Animals. The biggest winners with the most nominations included the musical La La Land (14), the mystery-scifi film Arrival (8), and dramas Moonlight (8), Hacksaw Ridge (6), Manchester by the Sea (6), and Lion (6).
Paramount Pictures has acquired film rights to the Sonia Purnell book A Woman Of No Importance and attached Star Wars' Daisy Ridley to star. The story is based on real-life American heiress and super-spy Virginia Hall, who attempted to break into the ranks of the American Foreign Service in the years before World War II. Rejected because of gender and a disability — she lost part of her leg in a hunting accident — Hall worked during the war for the British intelligence unit SOE. She later joined the OSS, the forerunner of the CIA.
Samuel Goldwyn Films and AMBI Group will partner on the domestic release of the thriller Lavender starring Abbie Cornish. The project centers on a photographer (Cornish) who suffers severe memory loss after a traumatic accident, and strange clues amongst her photos suggest she may be responsible for the deaths of family members she never knew she had. A psychiatrist (Justin Long) helps her recover the lost memories. Diego Klattenhoff and Dermot Mulroney co-star.
Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace have signed on to star in Stockholm, a thriller written and to be directed by Robert Budreau. The story is based on the true story of a 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm that was documented in a 1974 New Yorker article "The Bank Drama" by Daniel Lang. The hostages bonded with their captors and turned against the authorities, and gave rise to the psychological phenomenon "Stockholm syndrome."
House Of Lies star Dawn Olivieri and Mo McRae have been cast in lead roles in the crime thriller Den of Thieves, which stars Gerard Butler. Directed by Christian Gudegast (who also co-wrote the script with Paul Sheuring), the story is based on true events and follows an elite crew of bank robbers who set out to pull off the ultimate heist and get to the money first, right under the noses of Los Angeles’ most feared division of law enforcement. Olivieri will play Debbie, the estranged wife of Butler’s corrupt cop character "Big Nick" Flanagan, and McRae will play a sheriff working under Big Nick. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Meadow Williams are also in the cast.
A trailer was released for the thriller My Cousin Rachel, based on the Daphne du Maurier novel, which tells the story of a young Englishman (Sam Claflin) who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin (Rachel Weisz), believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
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CBS has given pilot orders to two projects: the crime drama Killer Instinct, starring and executive produced by The Good Wife cast member Alan Cumming, and Perfect Citizen, a legal drama written and executive produced by former Good Wife executive producer Craig Turk. Killer Instinct (f/k/a Dr. Death) is based on the upcoming book by James Patterson and centers on a former CIA operative (Cumming) who has since built a "normal" life as a gifted professor and writer but is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose. Perfect Citizen centers on the former general counsel for the NSA who, after his involvement as a whistleblower in an international scandal, embarks on a new career at a storied law firm in Boston.
ABC has ordered a female buddy cop comedy pilot from executive producer Elizabeth Banks. The pilot centers on a driven but stubborn detective who finds unlikely help from her precinct’s trustee, a larger-than-life ex-con finishing out her prison sentence doing menial tasks for the police department. Though these two have completely opposing views on crime and punishment, a "highly entertaining and successful partnership is born."
Paula Patton has been cast as the lead of ABC's supernatural thriller drama series Somewhere Between, which was given a 10-episode straight-to-series order for summer 2017. It follows superstar news producer Laura Price (Patton) who knows when, where, and how her daughter Serena is going to be murdered but doesn’t know who the murderer is. Despite this, all of her attempts to keep her daughter safe fail, and Serena’s fixed, unmovable, terrifying fate keeps her directly in the path of her killer.
UnReal alum Breeda Wool has landed a series regular role in AT&T Audience Network’s upcoming drama series Mr. Mercedes, based on Stephen King's 2014 book, set for premiere in the fall. Mr. Mercedes follows a demented killer who taunts a retired police detective with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again. Wool joins previously announced fellow cast members Kelly Lynch and Justine Lupe.
Second Chance alumna Amanda Detmer has booked a series regular role on ABC’s Marc Cherry untitled southern drama pilot. The drama stars Reba McEntire as Ruby Adair, the sheriff of colorful small town Oxblood, KY, who finds her red state outlook challenged when a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent is sent to help her solve a horrific crime.
Transparent's Melora Hardin is heading to The Blacklist next month, playing Isabella Stone, described as "a socialite by day, character assassin by night." The show also announced that Brent Spiner, who played Star Trek's android, Data, will be featured on an upcoming February episode, playing a master criminal known as "the Architect" who offers his services for the right price.
IFC Midnight has acquired domestic rights to director Alexandre O. Philippe’s 78/52, the Sundance documentary that deconstructs the infamous shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The title comes from the 78 setups and 52 cuts that were required to construct Hitchcock’s meticulously choreographed two-minute shower sequence in his 1960 iconic film. Philippe breaks down the scene shot for shot, enlisting the help of film buffs and filmmakers including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Karyn Kusama, Eli Roth, and Peter Bogdanovich.
A trailer was released for the spin-off Better Call Saul, which returns to Netflix this spring.
A trailer was also released for The Blacklist spinoff, The Blacklist: Redemption, in which Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) joins a team of highly trained black ops professionals led by his mother, Scottie Hargrave (Famke Janssen).
Book TV airs on C-Span 2 featured Brad Ricca, author of Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation.
The Next Steps podcast with host Jenny Milchman welcomed the ITW present best-selling author Elizabeth Heiter and debut novelist KJ Howe.
The Thrill Seekers podcast featured E.A. Aymar and DJ Alkimist talking about their collaboration that fuses together music and storytelling.
The BBC's Sarah Brett and Nihal Arthanayake interviewed former journalist and crime fiction writer Peter May who talks about his new Enzo Macleod novel, Cast Iron.
Two Crime Writers And A Microphone chatted with guest Sarah Pinborough, the author of Behind Her Eyes, about her inspiration for the work.
Noir on the Radio host Greg Barth welcomed crime fiction author Tony Knighton, a Lieutenant in the Philadelphia Fire Department who's also published short fiction in Static Movement Online and Dark Reveries.
Dystopian crime fiction author A.R. Shaw stopped by Authors on the Air as they continued their Female Crime Fiction Writers Month theme.
Writer Types is a brand-new podcast hosted by Eric Beetner and S.W. Lauden that focuses on crime and mystery fiction. In the first episode, they interviewed authors Megan Abbott, Lou Berney, and Steph Post, looked at some of the best books from 2016 and coming up in 2017, and had a live reading of the short story "Whoops" by Nick Kolakowski. Beetner and Lauden explained their plans for the podcast over at the Do Some Damage blog.
The Story Blender podcast snagged author Andrew Gross to discuss his new historical thriller, The One Man, which is set in Auschwitz in 1944.
The Cleveland Play House will present Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery from Jan. 21 through Feb. 12 in Playhouse Square’s Allen Theatre. Rafael Untalan takes on the role of Sherlock Holmes and Jacob James plays Doctor Watson, with three actors "playing everyone else in England."