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The five best movies based on TV shows

by Paul Goebel, posted Apr 3rd 2007 11:19AM

Kevin Costner as Elliot NessWelcome to TV Squad Lists (formerly 'The Five'), a feature where each blogger has a chance to list his or her own rundown of things in television that stand out from the rest, both good and bad.

A few days ago I wrote a piece about the 10 worst movies based on TV shows and I got quite a few responses. One reader asked if there were any good movies based on shows, so I decided to come up with another list. Please keep in mind, this is only my opinion, albeit an expert one.

1. The Untouchables: The script by David Mamet deserves much of the credit, but the casting is phenomenal, also. Sean Connery and Kevin Costner make the perfect team and Robert De Niro's plucked hairline makes his Capone a pleasure to watch. Like the show, the film pays close attention to detail and isn't afraid to show the good guys doing whatever it takes.

2. The Fugitive: This is exactly what a big screen version should be...BIG! Terrific action sequences and great locations. Ford's updated Richard Kimble does exactly what he should and Tommy Lee Jones is dead-on as the cop who has to do his job, but knows something is "hinkey." Just like the show, the movie keeps us on the edge of our seat and rooting for the good guy, while we can't wait to see the bad guy.

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More Star Trek movie rumors

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 28th 2007 3:05PM

Adrien BrodyWe've already heard that Matt Damon might be asked to play Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek movie that J.J. Abrams is going to direct (if you haven't heard, Matt Damon might be asked to play Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek movie that J.J. Abrams is going to direct). Now comes word that not only is Damon in talks to star in the flick, but that Adrien Brody and Gary Sinise are in talks with Paramount too to play Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy.

Of course, the latest "breaking news" a couple of weeks ago said that Abrams wasn't going to direct the movie but it was officially announced this week that he is going to direct it, so who knows if this is true or not. But it's interesting to talk about. I think those are all good choices, especially Damon as Kirk.

Trekkies? Trekkers? Who do you want to see as Kirk, Spock, and Bones?

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The Five: The Ultimate Lost Quiz

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 8th 2007 8:10AM

LostSo, you've seen every single episode of Lost and you own all the DVDs and you consider yourself an expert. Check out these five questions and see if you really know as much as you think you do.

1. What is the name of the only hit song that Charlie's band Driveshaft had?

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New TV on DVD releases today

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 5th 2006 7:39AM
  • Mission: Impossible24 - Season 5
  • Animaniacs - Vol. 2
  • Dukes of Hazzard - Season 7
  • Dungeons & Dragons - Complete Series
  • Mission: Impossible - Season 1
  • Pinky and the Brain - Vol. 2
  • Roseanne - Season 6
  • Saturday Night Live - Season 1
  • Survivor: Vanuatu - Complete Season
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Vol. 6
  • What's New Scooby-Doo? - Vol. 10

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J.J. Abrams signs $60 million deal with Warner Bros., Paramount

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 17th 2006 9:08PM
j.j. abramsGeez. I guess we know who television's "It" man is these days. J.J. Abrams, creator of Felicity, Lost and Alias and director of Mission: Impossible III, signed new television and film production deals with Warner Bros. and Paramount, totalling approximately $60 million. According to E! online, the deals wrap up some intense negotiating where nearly every Hollywood studio was vying to get the Abrams name on its stuff. There's a funny quote from a Warner Bros. exec in the LA Times, saying, "J.J. is such a unique and extraordinary talent, someone whom I've admired for years." I laugh at that because, if he was so talented, why didn't you bozos sign him years ago instead of now when he's hot? Oh, I think I just answered my own question.

J.J.'s television deal with Warner Bros. gives him $4-$6 million a year and pays $2 million of Bad Robot's overhead costs. The movie deal with Paramount gives him $2.5 million a year over five years, plus costs and $5 million for his first movie. Paramount execs call J.J. "the next Steven Spielberg."

No pressure, J.J.

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Keri Russell is new Cover Girl spokesmodel

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 11th 2006 1:48PM
keri russell; cover girlKeri Russell is the new face of Cover Girl. She'll begin appearing in new television advertisements for Cover Girl's Outlast Double Lipshine later this month and she'll make her magazine debut in August. The television ad is a bit unusual for Cover Girl; Keri fights ninjas and looks gorgeous doing it. Apparently since her appearance in Mission Impossible: III, the former Felicity star is now an action hero!

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J.J. Abrams' secret weapon: Greg Grunberg

by Bob Sassone, posted May 26th 2006 10:22AM
Greg GrunbergGreg Grunberg seems to be in just about everything that J.J. Abrams does. He was a regular on both Alias and Felicity, the doomed pilot on Lost (what killed him anyway? A monster?), the star of The Catch, the bounty hunter show that never made it to air, and has made cameos in everything from What About Brian? to Mission: Impossible 3.

But Grunberg will next be seen in a non-Abrams project, the new NBC fall show Heroes, where he will be one of six ordinary citizens who find that they suddenly have superpowers (he can also be seen in Jason Bateman's failed show The Jake Effect, which had a marathon on Bravo last night and can be seen on BrilliantButCanceled.com).

If I could have one superpower, it wouldn't be the ability to fly or super strength. I'd have to go with invisibility, because I have a dirty mind.

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Pimping Mission: Impossible: III, from every angle

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 26th 2006 12:41PM
mission impossible; food networkAh, I see The Food Network has crossed over to the dark side. Last night, I saw a promo for an upcoming special called, Catering Impossible M:i:III. Because there's just not enough Tom Cruise happening these days.

In case you're interested, it's a behind-the-scenes look at how a team of cooks feeds an army of actors and production folk who make the movie. It airs Saturday at 9 pm.

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What has happened to the word "exclusive?"

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 24th 2006 8:14PM
Katie and TomIt's unfortunate what has happened to some word these days. "Genius," and "cool" have all gotten twisted in the past couple of decades. Now add to that list the word "exclusive."

You ever notice the tabloid shows (ET, Access Hollywood, The Insider, Extra) will all say they have an "exclusive" interview with a celeb, but then you turn on another show and they'll have an interview with the same celeb, often in the very same chairs that the other interview had? What's up with that? Larry King does it a lot too. These shows honestly think that just because they interview a celeb on their show at a certain time in a certain way, that this qualifies as an "exclusive." Didn't exclusive once mean that no one else had the interview?

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Tonight, Sawyer asks Cruise about South Park

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 14th 2006 5:11PM
South ParkABC isn't saying what his response is, but the network does confirm that Diane Sawyer will ask Tom Cruise about the South Park controversy during her interview tonight on a special Primetime at 9pm. It is rumored that Cruise had an episode of the Comedy Central show pulled because of references to Scientology.

Cruise is going on the show as part of his media barrage for the upcoming Mission: Impossible III. Perhaps you've heard something about the film (of course, I joke but I'll be first in line to see it).

[via TV Tattle]

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Top TV Stories of 2005: Tom Cruise

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 29th 2005 10:11AM
(Part 2 of 5)

For me, 2005 will always be the year when we all learned that Tom Cruise is crazy. It was nearly halfway through the year when it all started, but I remember it as if it were yesterday...

It all began when he leaped onto Oprah's couch in May. He was on her show to promote War of the Worlds, but all he did was talk jibberish about some B-list celebrity girl we all know for her starring role in a teen-angst drama on WB. He jumped around for 40 minutes of the program and at one point, he appeared to actually murder Oprah Winfrey. How did he and Katie Holmes meet? He couldn't really answer it. What is it about Katie Holmes that makes him love her so? He couldn't really answer that either, except to say she's "remarkable" and "amazing". Later, he also told Billy Bush that "Kate" was a wonderful talent, and that he had seen her on "Dawson Creek". Dude, it's possessive. Dawson's Creek. Obviously he knows her very well. They had been dating since, like, April.

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