Angela Lansbury objects to a new remake of her long-running detective drama “Murder, She Wrote,” calling it a “mistake.” NBC is developing a light-hearted version starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, although she would not be playing Lansbury’s classic role of amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher. Lansbury says that it is certainly their right to use the same name and premise, but the original “will always be about Cabot Cove and this wonderful little group of people who told those lovely stories.” Lansbury received 12 Emmy nominations for the CBS series but never won. Deadline.
Sasha Stone provides the pros and cons of the Oscar race for Best Actress. Her conclusion is that previous champ Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine“) is “still the one to beat.” Her top five consists of former winners: Sandra Bullock (“Gravity“), Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks), Judi Dench (“Philomena“), and Meryl Streep (“August: Osage County“). Awards Daily.
Steve Pond has the exclusive list of foreign film contenders for the Golden Globes and asks if it is even “more respected” than the Oscars. Several top contenders like “Blue is the Warmest Color,” “The Lunchbox,” “Like Father, Like Son,” and “The Wind Rises, are eligible at the Globes but not at the Academy Awards because of a strict “one country, one film” rule. The lineup has 48 films in the running with the Hollywood Foreign Press. The Wrap.
The Producers Guild selects director Peter Jackson, visual effects artist Joe Letteri, and Weta Digital for their Vanguard Award. The annual achievement honors special achievements in new media and technology. They have created effects for “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, “Avatar,” and “King Kong.” The PGA Awards will be held on January 19. Variety.
Lauren Duca offers lots of spoilers and clips in describing the “most devastating” episodes in recent TV history. Just a few of the shows featured are “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” “Dexter,” and “Downton Abbey.” Huffington Post.
Oscar winning screenwriter William Goldman is adapting “The Princess Bride” for Broadway. Based on his 1973 novel and 1987 screenplay, he and Disney Theatrical have not decided yet whether it will be a play or musical. The classic film was directed by Rob Reiner and starred Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, and Chris Sarandon. Playbill.
What are the scariest movies of all time according to acclaimed director and film enthusiast Martin Scorsese? In order, they are “The Haunting,” “The Isle of the Dead,” “The Uninvited,” “The Entity,” “Dead of Night,” “The Changeling,” “The Shining,” “The Exorcist,” “Night of the Demon,” “The Innocents,” and “Psycho.” Rope of Silicon.
The telefilm “Killing Lincoln” scores the biggest audience in National Geographic Channel’s history with 3.35 million viewers. Timed to air just before the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy‘s assassination, the movie stars Rob Lowe, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Will Rothhaar. TV Line.