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Four Movie Franchises That Would Make Great TV Shows

by Bob Sassone, posted May 4th 2010 1:04PM
Matt Damon
A couple of weeks ago I proposed a TV series based on the James Bond character. That got me thinking about other movie franchises that might make for good TV shows. There have been a lot of TV shows and miniseries based on movie franchises, including 'Sherlock Holmes,' 'Planet of the Apes,' 'Terminator,' and even 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' if you want to include animated shows. Here are four movie franchises that haven't been TV shows yet but I think they really could be.

1. 'The Bourne Identity.' Of course, 'The Bourne Identity' was a TV miniseries before it was a hit film series, but that was a while ago. I can picture a series based on the Jason Bourne character, especially with the success of shows like '24.' It could work two ways: have Bourne have amnesia and have him trying to figure out who he is and who is trying to kill him (a la 'Coronet Blue,' a show I'm sure inspired Robert Ludlum), or maybe have him already know who he is and have him in hiding, having to fight the bad guys trying to kill him every week.

Possible lead: Ben McKenzie, Wentworth Miller, Jared Padalecki

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 28th 2010 6:33PM
cinematicalThe folks at our sister site, Cinematical, are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

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Bruce Willis is Not John McClane in Real Life (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 22nd 2010 4:30PM
As much as we want it to be true, Bruce Willis isn't really John McClane from the 'Die Hard' series. Willis said on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC) that fans have confused him for the character in real life, especially when he was younger.

"I think people get confused sometimes between who I am as a person and who I play on the big screen," Willis said.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted May 16th 2009 12:30PM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

  • Mark Ruffalo and Adrian Brody? Yes, please. Read the review of their new movie, The Brothers Bloom, on Cinematical.
  • I never saw the original Night at the Museum, but I heard from someone who attended the premiere that the sequel had several actual laugh-out-loud moments. Plus, it takes place at the Smithsonian, and as someone who grew up in the D.C. area, that's kind of cool. Anyway, if you're on the fence about seeing it, check out the trailer here.
  • Kevin Smith and Mitch Albom? Now that's a pairing I never thought I would see. But Kevin Smith doing a hockey movie? If you listen to Smodcast and have heard him get moved to tears talking about Wayne Gretsky, then that's not a shock at all.
  • They mentioned The Royal Tenenbaums, so this list is okay by me: Cinematical Seven - Favorite Con Men (and Ladies).
  • You guys, I love Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. And Die Hard? Come on. The summer of '88 was a good time to go to the movies.

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 10th 2009 3:17PM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

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Chuck: Chuck Versus Santa Claus

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 16th 2008 9:35AM
Chuck Xmas(S02E11) "This store has a very strict 'no bravery' policy." Chuck to Ned, gun-toting lunatic

Were you expecting a cameo by Bruce Willis on Chuck tonight? I was. The moment I saw Reginald VelJohnson in cop blues as Al, I just expected that John McClane might turn up at the Buy More looking to buy an iPod for his daughter or maybe a toaster for ex-wife Holly.

Yes, the connection to Die Hard was a major theme, especially with the Buy More staff (and Chuck's family) being held hostage by Ned, a supposed down-on-his-luck schlub who ends a high speed chase through L.A. by driving his compact through the entrance of the store.

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Monk: Mr. Monk is Underwater

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 16th 2008 10:21AM
Monk and Dr. Bell"It's funny how the mind works."
-- Monk to Dr. Bell


(S07E05) You kind of knew when you put together the words Monk and submarine you were going to get an unusual episode, didn't you? As a longtime Monk watcher, you know that enclosed places are not Adrian-friendly environs, so when an old friend of Natalie's -- hottie Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) as her late husband Mitch's buddy, Lt. Steve Albright -- asked Monk to investigate a suspicious death on the U.S.S. Seattle, trouble would ensue. Was it a contrived situation to get Monk trapped on board? You bet, but you accept that and move on.

What made this episode unique was how Monk reacted. Initially, he ran for the hatch like a crazed three-year-old. But then Adrian concocted a coping mechanism. This was a Monk first. To deal with claustrophia, he envisioned Dr. Bell by his side.

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The Daily Show: June 26, 2007

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 27th 2007 2:04AM
Bruce Willis"You Don't Know Dick": Time for a Dick Cheney fun fact... Apparently the Vice President has several man-sized safes in his office for everyday business stuff. I believe the word for that is "weird".

"Decisions '07": I quite enjoyed the spinny quality of this segment, even though Jon didn't quite master it. However, I was mildly disappointed in the audience for not laughing more at "Nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more." Every mention of a Monty Python line deserves nothing less than riotous laughter. It is the law. But, of course, the audience was in stitches over the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner. Ohh, Daily Show demographics!

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Previously on Cinematical: Monday polls, Mr. Show, and Mac ads

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 31st 2006 6:16PM

David Cross and Bob OdenkirkOur weekly roundup of what's going on at our sister blog (we cover the small screen, they cover the bigger one), Cinematical.

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