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Monday, March 31, 2008

Medium, The Surrogates, TV DVD News, The Lone Ranger, The Lynching of Emmett Till, Comic Previews


For the first time Rosanna Arquette and her sister will be performing together in the upcoming episode "Lady Killer." (which airs April 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.). Rosanna will play a murderous older woman, but she told SCI FI Wire that killing a man on screen made her queasy. Arquette said: "It was challenging. There was this one moment where I had to strangle this man, and I found myself getting really nauseous. Like, every time I would do [a take], I kind of felt sick to my stomach, and I said, 'This feeling ... comes because that is wrong.' It's amazing, the people who actually really do these things, how they can get to that place." Patricia Arquette said that she and her sister had appeared together in Rosanna's documentary "Searching for Debra Winger," but "Lady Killer" marked the first time they'd worked together in a fictional piece. About her sister's performance she said: "I thought, you know, because I know my sister so well, that it's a testament to what a great actress she is. I mean, physically, she is a very beautiful woman, but she's a very natural woman in real life. So I knew she would look gorgeous, and she looks gorgeous. But to see her as this sort of carnivorous mercenary, kind of dangerous person, [it was] so different for me to see her [as] that."

The Surrogates says here that Radha Mitchell will join Bruce Willis in the Jonathan Mostow directed film. The Touchstone Pictures project will be based on the graphic novel from Top Shelf Comix. In this tale of the near future, humans live in isolation and interact vicariously through better-looking surrogate robots. A Cop (Willis) whose surrogate, investigates the murders of others' surrogates. Shooting starts in Boston on April 28 and they plan the release for November 20, 2009.

TV DVD News has posted info about "Spider-Man" (The Mutant Agenda) here, "Saving Grace" (Season 1) here, "The Boondocks" (Season 2) here, "What's Happening!!" (Complete Series) here, "The Outer Limits" (Complete Original Series) here, "The Shield" (Season 6) here, "Rescue Me" (Season 4) here, "Soap" (Complete Series) here and "Doogie Howser, M.D." (Complete Series) here.

The Lone Ranger

The Hollywood Reporter reports here that Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio are in final talks to write a new live-action big-screen adaptation for Disney

The Lynching of Emmett Till

The Associated Press reports that Rod Serling's original 1955 teleplay based on the lynching of Emmett Till and the acquittal of his killers will be performed at a reading at Ithaca College. Twice before the late Serling had attempted to tell the story of the black teenager from Chicago who was murdered after whistling at a white woman during a visit to Mississippi (the case helped launch the civil rights movement) but was thwarted by network censors. Andrew Polak, board president of the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation said: "Serling seemed to struggle with network and sponsor censorship all his career but I believe his trying to tell the story of the Emmett Till case was the pinnacle of this battle." When the teleplay was last presented to television (1958) it was called "A Town Has Turned to Dust," but Serling said that by the time censors had finished with his script, "A Town Has Turned to Dust" had itself turned to dust. It was presented in a totally unrecognizable science fiction version in 1998 on the Sci Fi Channel.

Comic Previews
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Captain America #37,

Army of Darkness/Xena: Why Not? #1,

Terminator 2 #7,

New Battlestar Galactica: Origins #4,

Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters #2,

Dan Dare #5,

& The Darkness: Butcher One-Shot

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