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‘Dangerous Liaisons’ Series Lands At Starz; Harriet Warner To Write, Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment & Tony Krantz’s Flame Ventures To Produce

Exclusive: Starz has ordered a reboot of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ classic 18th Century novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons). The premium network has handed the series, from Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment and Tony KrantzFlame Ventures, an eight-part order.

The tale of seduction, betrayal and revenge is being written and showrun by Harriet Warner, the showrunner of TNT’s forthcoming drama Tell Me Your Secrets, who has also worked on The Alienist and long-running BBC drama Call The Midwife.

The story, which was first published in 1782, follows the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, two narcissistic rivals and ex-lovers who use seduction to control and exploit others. It explores the world of the French aristocracy shortly before the French revolution. The series will tell the origin story of the early years of both characters when they meet as passionate young lovers in the slums of 18th century Paris.
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Stephen Garrett’s Character 7 Pounces On ‘Tigers In Red Weather’; Liza Klaussmann’s Thriller To Be Event Mini

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Stephen Garrett’s Character 7 Pounces On ‘Tigers In Red Weather’; Liza Klaussmann’s Thriller To Be Event Mini
Exclusive: Stephen Garrett’s Character 7 has acquired the rights to produce the TV adaptation of Liza Klaussmann’s bestselling psychological thriller, Tigers In Red Weather. Garrett, who executive produced The Night Manager, is collaborating on the project with independent producer Rowena Wallace, under her company Peach Pictures. The event mini will be exec produced by Garrett and Character 7 Head of Development Michele Wolkoff in association with Wallace.

Set on Martha’s Vineyard during the end of World War II, Klaussmann’s riveting, atmospheric tale centers around two female cousins and their families whose lives begin to unravel one summer when a body is discovered in the woods. Rich with emotional duplicity, the multi-faceted thriller explores the complexity of women and the choices they make.

Says Garrett, “I first read the book when it came out, couldn’t put it down and have been chasing the rights ever since. The series
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‘Tender Is The Night’: TV Series Based On F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Classic Lands At Hulu For Development From Playground

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Hulu has landed Tender Is The Night, a limited series adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, sources said. The project, from Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment, which had optioned the rights earlier this year, is in early stages in development.

Tender Is The Night, which was published in 1934, was Fitzgerald’s fourth and final completed novel. It tells the story of promising young psychiatrist Dick Diver. He meets 16-year old Nicole Warren, who suffers from schizophrenia, before marrying her and moving to the French Riviera, where they start a glamorous life of partying with friends.

However, Diver’s life soon takes a turn after investing in a clinic in Switzerland, being accused of seducing the 15-year daughter of one of his patients and driving his wife to jealousy (and a car accident). He moves to Berlin, when he finds out his father dies, and on his way back from America,
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On My Screen: ‘The Sinner’s Jessica Biel Discusses Her Film & TV Favorites

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On My Screen: ‘The Sinner’s Jessica Biel Discusses Her Film & TV Favorites
As Cora Tannetti in USA’s The Sinner, Jessica Biel brutally stabs a young man to death in front of dozens of people on a beach. Why would she do that? Cora doesn’t know exactly, but what ensues is a twisting ride on the coattails of a fantastically unreliable protagonist. As each thread of the mystery is pulled, Biel is believable, vulnerable, and deliberately unreadable all at once. As she says, “There’s almost like a multiple personality in one person. I do feel that it’s as if a small village of people live inside her mind.” And she plays them all seamlessly—a task that was, she says, “a real, real challenging thing, but so cathartic.”

Her Emmy nomination for the role is the feather in the cap of a distinguished career. Celebrating from Sweden, where she’s on tour with husband Justin Timberlake, Biel gives us
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‘Little Women’ Producer Playground Entertainment Adapting F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘Tender Is The Night’ For TV

‘Little Women’ Producer Playground Entertainment Adapting F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘Tender Is The Night’ For TV
Exclusive: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is The Night is heading to the small screen after Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment optioned the rights.

The deal is the latest literary adaptation for the Wolf Hall producer, following the launch of Little Women earlier this year, The White Princess on Starz and BBC and Amazon’s King Lear. It also marks the latest Fitzgerald novel to head to the small screen following the launch of The Last Tycoon, based on Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel The Love of the Last Tycoon on Amazon.

I understand that Callender’s firm struck the deal with Don Laventhall at Harold Ober and Associates, who brokered the deal on behalf of Fitzgerald’s estate. Playground will produce a TV series in association with David A. Stern at Sleeping Giant Films. Stern was previously Head of Scripted Programming at Sofia Vergara’s Raze and recently exec produced
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Cannes: The Secrets (and Scandal) of Hollywood's Favorite Riviera Hotel

Cannes: The Secrets (and Scandal) of Hollywood's Favorite Riviera Hotel
F. Scott Fitzgerald famously immortalized the breathtaking Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, perched on a rocky promontory in the Mediterranean midway between St. Tropez and Monaco, when he wrote in his 1934 novel Tender Is the Night about "the large, proud, rose-colored hotel" on the French Riviera that "has become a summer resort of notable, fashionable people."

For once, Fitzgerald understated it. For much of the past century, the world's most celebrated artists, writers, film stars and politicians have strolled the jasmine-scented gardens of the Hotel du Cap, sipped the signature Bellinis in the bar and stayed in one of ...

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Joan Fontaine obituary

Oscar-winning actor who played threatened heroines for Alfred Hitchcock in Rebecca and Suspicion

It was hard to cast the lead in Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1939. The female fans of the bestseller were very protective of the naive woman whom the widower Max de Winter marries and transports to his ancestral home of Manderley. None of the contenders – including Vivien Leigh, Anne Baxter and Loretta Young – felt right for the second Mrs de Winter, who was every lending-library reader's dream self.

To play opposite Laurence Olivier in the film, the producer David O Selznick suggested instead a 21-year-old actor with whom he was smitten: Joan Fontaine. The prolonged casting process made Fontaine anxious. Vulnerability was central to the part, and you can see that vulnerability, that inability to trust her own judgment, in every frame of the film. The performance brought Fontaine, who has died
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Oscar Winner Joan Fontaine Dead At Age 96

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Joan Fontaine, who won the Best Actress Oscar for Alfred Hitchcock's 1941 classic Suspicion, has died in her California home at age 96. Fontaine began her film career playing attractive but nondescript characters until Hitchcock cast her as the female lead in his 1940 film version of the bestseller Rebecca opposite Laurence Olivier. The film earned her an Oscar nomination and elevated her to one of Hollywood's most in-demand actresses. In 1943 she received a third and final Oscar nomination for The Constant Nymph. Fontaine also won rave notices in the film version of the Gothic novel Jane Eyre, starring opposite Orson Welles. In both films she played an innocent woman whose husband is harboring a shocking secret that is unveiled within the walls of a stately but foreboding country manor. Fontaine's other major films include Ivanhoe, The Emperor Waltz, Kiss the Blood Off My Hands, This Above All, The Women, Gunga Din,
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R.I.P. Joan Fontaine

Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine has died, per the AP and multiple news reports. She was 97. Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland to British parents in Japan, Fontaine began her film career under contract with Rko in films like The Man Who Found Himself (1937), her official onscreen “introduction,” A Damsel in Distress (1937) opposite Fred Astaire, and George Cukor’s The Women (1939). A year after leaving Rko, Fontaine starred in the gothic thriller Rebecca as a woman haunted by her new husband’s (Laurence Olivier) dead wife. The film, Alfred Hitchcock‘s American debut, was nominated for 11 Oscars and won two including Best Picture. Fontaine earned her first Best Actress nod and reteamed with Hitch the following year for another domestic thriller, Suspicion, which won her the Academy Award over sister Olivia de Havilland, who was herself nominated for Hold Back The Dawn. Fontaine’s third Best Actress nomination was awarded for 1943′s The Constant Nymph.
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The Great Gatsby never makes a great movie

There have been plenty of failed F Scott Fitzgerald adaptations already. Besides, who needs films based on 20s literature when their themes resonate through so much film and TV anyway?

Given the track record that film-makers of some distinction have had adapting F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, you may understand my reluctance to see Baz Luhrmann's new version. I shall need another two deep readings of the book to armour myself completely against the grievances I expect the movie will do to it.

I think Gatsby is the Great American Novel, even though it slipped out of fashion and out of print for decades (like Moby Dick and lots of Faulkner), and even though its author, no matter his achievement, is somehow assuredly not the Great American Novelist. The Great American Novel never makes for the Great American Movie. The latter rarely derives from the former. The
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Understanding Scorsese: A Martin Scorsese Profile (Part 1)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary American filmmaker Martin Scorsese in the first of a five part feature...

“Marty never gave me much trouble,” stated Charlie Scorsese of his famous filmmaking son. “Marty and his friends used to drink my liquor and fill empty bottles with water and Kayro syrup, but they were good boys. Marty was sickly, though, and couldn’t keep up with the other boys. That’s how the thing with the movies got started.” The elder Scorsese, who earned a living as a clothes presser in the New York City garment district, served as an early cinematic influence for the Academy Award-winning director. “Having asthma,” recalled Martin Scorsese, “I was often taken to movies because they didn’t know what else to do with me.” As for his lack of athletic prowess, Scorsese remarked, “On my block, people took games seriously. If a kid dropped
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Keira Knightley and Matt Damon to get Tender?

The actors are in talks to star in new adaptation of Tender is the Night, F Scott Fitzgerald's classic 1934 novel

If last year's Oscar-winning The Curious Case of Benjamin Button excised almost all trace of F Scott Fitzgerald's short story from the final cut, fans of the celebrated author may find solace fin reports that his final novel now looks set to get the big-screen treatment.

Keira Knightley and Matt Damon are in talks to star in a new version of Tender Is the Night, according to the Padiba blog. Fitzgerald's 1934 novel was previously filmed in 1962 with Jason Robards and Jennifer Jones as the rich but troubled couple Dick and Nicole Diver. It is set on the French Riveria, where the doctor and his wife live a seemingly idyllic existence that masks the dark heart of their relationship. The book was listed at No 28 on the 100 greatest novels
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Matt Damon Up For Tender Is The Night

F Scott Fitzgerald is one of those American authors whose works go through adaptation spurts – several get turned into films in a short burst, then nothing happens for years. The most recent was The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, taken from one of his short stories. And now it appears that 20th Century Fox wants to make a new version of Tender Is The Night with Matt Damon and Keira Knightley as the top choices for the main roles.Pajiba’s sources are whispering that the studio has a script on hand from David Nicchols and is busy developing the latest take on the story of a talented young doctor named Dick Diver (yes, we know, it sounds like a porn name, quit giggling) and his wife (Knightley), who live on the French Riviera in the 1920s.Dick’s life is seemingly going perfectly, but issues such as his wife
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Jennifer Jones, 1919 - 2009

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"Jennifer Jones, 90, an actress who won an Academy Award for playing a saint in The Song of Bernadette and became a popular sinner in Hollywood melodramas including Duel in the Sun and Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, died Thursday at her home in Malibu, Calif," reports Adam Bernstein in the Washington Post.

"Jennifer Jones remains one of the more controversial actresses in the Hollywood cinema," writes Richard Lippe in Film Reference. "In general, her professional and personal involvement with David O Selznick has been given a prominence that has colored assessments of Jones's distinctive contribution to 1940s cinema. Interestingly, the central issue is not that Jones lacked talent or screen presence. The longstanding criticism is that Selznick, because of his commitment to Jones, had no critical distance and, with King Vidor's Duel in the Sun, tried to fashion an erotic identity for her, making Jones into a ridiculous creation." Still,
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Jennifer Jones, a Hollywood life

The late Jennifer Jones experienced the classic Tinseltown story of discovery and stardom, but also endured depression and death. Brittany Murphy was just the latest to follow in her footsteps

Mrs Simon, Mrs Selznick, Mrs Walker, Phylis Isley, Jennifer Jones – all of those names were offered her, like landlines in the storm, and she gazed on all of them with insufficient belief or conviction. There was a time, in the 80s and the 90s, when I did everything I could to get Jennifer Jones to speak to me, or just to see me so that she might decide she could speak to me. And all the time I was asking her, or her lawyers, I had another Mrs Selznick crowing in my ear in her best Pierre Hotel witch act, "She doesn't have anything to say. She won't remember. She doesn't care to remember."

Well, she's dead now, at 90. Gore Vidal
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Jennifer Jones obituary

Hollywood star who won an Oscar for her role as a saintly peasant girl in the 1943 film The Song of Bernardette

On the day of her 25th birthday, 2 March 1944, a fresh-faced, hitherto unknown performer stepped on to the stage of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, in Los Angeles, to receive her best actress Oscar for her performance in the title role of The Song of Bernadette. It was officially the debut of Jennifer Jones, who has died aged 90. She had appeared four years earlier under her real name of Phyllis Isley, but only in a Dick Tracy serial and a B-western. (Actually, she had been born Phylis, but had added an "l".)

Ingrid Bergman, nominated for her performance in For Whom the Bell Tolls, said of The Song of Bernadette: "I cried all the way through, because Jennifer was so moving and because I realised I had lost the award." Jones,
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