Scene and Heard
Published: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 18:01
ABC Series for Cops
And the reboots live on. CBS network is preparing a pilot for fall 2013 that will serve as a sequel to the popular 1980s and ’90s Beverly Hills Cop films, which starred Eddie Murphy as detective Alex Foley. There will be a few differences, though. The series is set to be a drama that will follow Foley’s son, Aaron, around the gilded streets of Beverly Hills as he hunts down rich and dangerous criminals. Murphy, who will be executive producer, will star in the pilot and perhaps in future episodes if the show finds an audience.
Rises to $1 Billion
The final film in Nolan’s Batman trilogy has become the 13th film in history to surpass the $1 billion mark worldwide. The film also surpassed The Dark Knight—while The Dark Knight grossed higher domestically, The Dark Knight Rises made more money internationally. Despite the film’s impressive box office performance, however, it is eclipsed by the $2.7 billion fortune that James Cameron’s Avatar, which currently sits atop the list, has made.
Michael Clarke Duncan Dies
The actor, best remembered for his Oscar nominated role as John Coffey in The Green Mile, passed away this Monday after failing to recover from a heart attack he suffered in July. The news was reported by his girlfriend, reality star Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth. Duncan, who appeared in Planet of the Apes and Sin City, also lent his trademark deep voice to many animated films and TV shows. While most considered him a B-list actor, he always graced the screen with both his hulking 6-foot-5 frame and his ear-to-ear grin.
It used to be that movie trailers were intriguing and mildly exciting previews of films to come in the near future (except for superhero movies—geeks turn frantic at the reveal of even a photograph). But mildly exciting is not enough for Steven Spielberg. The director of the upcoming biopic Lincoln, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president, will see first daylight at a live broadcast premiere in Times Square on Sept. 13. Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also stars in the film, will be present as part of a live conversation via a Google+ Hangout.
No More Jersey Shore
MTV viewers hoping for more GTL will be disappointed to learn that the network is ending its most successful series after six seasons. Weakening ratings have influenced MTV’s decision, but producers insist that they have nobler reasons for the result. Snooki is now a mother, which, despite the possibility of a miniature ninth cast member, complicates her schedule. There are also the growing careers of the rest of the cast, as well as MTV’s desire to introduce new primetime material. Thursday nights will never be the same.