Suddenly, and without warning, every person on Earth blacks out for two minutes and seventeen seconds and sees a series of events from their own future in "Flashforward." For some the future will be joyous and hopeful; for others, shockingly unexpected; and for a few, it simply doesn't seem to exist. Pictured: Joseph Fiennes. Photo: Ron Tom, courtesy of ABC.
David Goyer is no stranger to taking fantastical stories and making them eye-candy for TV and movie watchers. He not only wrote Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, but has also produced sci-fi television shows like Blade: The Series, Threshold and FreakyLinks.
Now he’s got his hands firmly intrenched in the new quasi-apocalyptic series Flashforward and says translating that book into a series didn’t happen overnight. In fact, it almost became a movie first.
Click onto David Goyer‘s path to creating Flashforward for TV.
On this day in 1968, PARAMOUNT PICTURES released BARBARELLA. Directed by French director ROGER VADIM, this erotic sci-fi adventure starred his then-wife JANE FONDA. It was all quite racy and in keeping with the time. The popular film also starred JOHN PHILLIP LAW, MILO O’SHEA, ANITA PALLENBERG and MARCEL MARCEAU
On this day in 1985, actor Orson Welles died of a heart attack at age 70. Welles made important contributions to the development of film, introducing new camera and sound techniques with his best-known work, Citizen Kane (1941). The film topped the list in the American Film Institute’s 1998 poll of America’s 100 Greatest Films. After Citizen Kane, Welles’ diverse works included everything from Shakespearean adaptations to documentaries. Some of his acclaimed films included The Stranger (1946), The Lady from Shanghai (1948), and Chimes at Midnight (1966). In his later years, he narrated documentaries and appeared in commercials, and he left behind numerous unfinished films when he died. He was a recipient of the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award.
On this day in 1951, 20TH CENTURY FOX released LOVE NEST. Directed by JOSEPH M. NEWMAN, this lightweight romantic comedy was notable mostly for the appearance of a young MARILYN MONROE. Some great one-liners and a cast that included JUNE HAVER, WILLIAM LUNDIGEN, FRANK FEY and JACK PAAR.
It certainly didn’t come as much of a surprise to us that NBC gave the terrific JOHN WELLS cop show, SOUTHLAND, the ax. Now that the braintrust at the network has lost five hours weekly of adult prime time to the low-rated JAY LENO SHOW, deserving series like this one had to bite the dust. We spoke to producer WELLS a few months ago and he told us in no uncertain terms what he thought of NBC’s grand plan. Hit the link for the full scoop:
Dr. Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH
STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical
CHRISTOPHER LLOYD PLAYS THE GRINCH
JOHN LARROQUETTE PLAYS OLD MAX
Producers have announced the cast for the Los Angeles debut of Dr. Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical, playing at the Pantages Theatre for a limited engagement during the 2009 holiday season, November 10 through January 3. Leading the 24-member cast will be Christopher Lloyd as The Grinch and John Larroquette as Old Max.
Tickets for Dr. Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical are currently available for purchase online at www.BroadwayLA.org or by phone at 1-800-982-ARTS(2787). Tickets may also be purchased in person at all Ticketmaster ticket outlets and at the Pantages Box Office, which is currently open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-4pm. (Beginning 11/2, the box office will be open daily from 10am-6pm.)
About Dr. Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical Thousands of families have been delighted by this heart-warming musical, which The New York Times praised as “100 times better than any bedside story”. Dr. Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated series. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small”, decides to steal Christmas away from Holiday loving Whos. Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville, while the Music and Book of Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason breathe new life into this timeless story of the true meaning of Christmas.
Dr. Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical is based on the original book written by Dr. Seuss and is conceived and supervised by three-time Tony Award® winner, Jack O’ Brien. It is directed by Matt August and choreographed by Bob Richard with original choreography by John DeLuca. Book and lyrics are by Timothy Mason with music by Mel Marvin and additional music and lyrics by Albert H ague and Dr. Seuss. The associate producer is Audrey Geisel. The production features scenic design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Robert Morgan, lighting design by Pat Collins and D.M. Wood, orchestrations by Michael Starobin, music supervision by Joshua Rosenblum, musical direction by Ron Colvard, hair/wig design by Thomas Augustine, make-up design by Angelina Avallone, and special effects design by Gregory Meeh.. Sound design is by Acme Sound Partners.
O’Brien premiered the show at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego 11 years ago, and it became a popular annual tradition for the celebrated regional theatre. GRINCH opened on Broadway at the Hilton Theatre in 2006, and it returned to Broadway in 2007 at the St. James Theatre. In 2008, the show premiered in Boston and Baltimore, and this holiday season, Los Angeles will see the West Coast Premiere of the Broadway production of the classic Dr. Seuss story of joy and redemption.