L.A. Confidential

1997, Movie, R, 137 mins

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Frank Darabont Trades Zombies for the Gritty World of L.A. Noir in TNT's Mob City

Mob City

Frank Darabont has traded zombies for mobsters.

The former Walking Dead showrunner's latest project is Mob City, based on the John Buntin book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City. The book focuses on the battle between gangster Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke) and legendary L.A. Police Chief William Parker (Neal McDonough), but the series features a younger Cohen who served as a right-hand man to infamous gangster Bugsy Siegel (Ed Burns). 

Watch a sneak peek of Frank Darabont's new TNT drama Mob City

The idea for TNT's new drama (Wednesday, 9/8c) was born out of... read more

In Focus: For The Mentalist's Simon Baker, Good Looks Plus Hard Work Equals Success

Simon Baker

Go ahead and stare at Simon Baker. Gawk at his curly golden locks and his winning smile. He doesn't mind, really.

"It doesn't bother me because I know time is ticking," the 41-year-old Baker tells TVGuide.com. "I've been doing this for almost 20 years, and I'm able to see myself age on film. Eventually I know what I'm going to become — I've seen my father."

When Bruno Heller was looking to cast a leading man to play the role of Patrick Jane in The Mentalist, he was won over by Baker's looks as well. But he quickly learned there was much more beneath the surface. "What Jane does is get in people's physical space and inside their heads, and in order to do that, you have to be someone that people want to be close to, whether they know it or not," Heller says. "It needed a very magnetic personality playing the part.

Look back at Simon Baker's most memorable roles

"Simon has a physical and mental grace. He's always switched on — he's always alert, always alive," Heller continues. "If you watch him working on a stage, he's never just going through the lines. He's always looking for the extra grace notes. It's actually a much tougher job. Very few actors can do the hard physical work that must be done on a show like this."

But back in the late 1980s, when Baker first began acting in commercials in his native Australia, he laughed at the idea of considering acting a form of labor... read more

Titanic Star Gloria Stuart Dies at 100

Gloria Stuart

Gloria Stuart, the 1930s starlet who became the oldest person ever to be nominated for an Academy Award with her career-making turn in Titanic, has died. She was 100.

Stuart died Sunday night at her West Los Angeles home, her daughter, Sylvia Thompson, told The Los Angeles Times. Stuart was diagnosed with lung cancer five years ago.

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"She also was a breast cancer survivor," Thompson said, "but she just paid no attention to illness. She was a very strong woman and had other fish to fry."

Stuart turned 100 on July 4 and celebrated with Titanic director James Cameron and his wife, Titanic co-star Suzy Amis, at the "Academy Centennial Celebration with Gloria Stuart."

The actress was 87 when she starred ...
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Roots Producer David Wolper Dies at 82

David Wolper

David Wolper, producer of the celebrated miniseries Roots, has died of congestive heart disease and complications of Parkinson's disease, according to The Associated Press. He was 82.

Wolper is perhaps best known for his work on the 1977 ABC miniseries that followed... read more

David Strathairn to Headline Syfy's Alphas

David Straithairn

David Strathairn will star in Syfy's new pilot Alphas, the network announced Tuesday.

Alphas focuses on a team of ordinary citizens with extraordinary mental abilities who tackle cases that the CIA, FBI and Pentagon have been unable to solve. Strathairn, 61, will play Dr. Leigh Rosen, the eccentric Alphas leader who is willing to bend the rules for his objectives and team.

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DVD Tuesday: James Woods... Good/Bad/Psycho Cop

Cop box art courtesy MGM

DVD Tuesday Good CopBad CopPsycho Cop James Woods is all three in this pre-LA Confidential James Ellroy thrillerI was reading James Ellroys Hollywood Nocturnes over the weekend and wondering why the success of LA Confidential 1997 did nothing to raise the profile of Cop 1988 a brutal little thriller based on his Blood on the Moon I couldnt come up with a theory but this week I decided to do my bit Cop opened with no fanfare but I was already a James Woods fan I dont think I even knew who Ellroy was back then so I took a flyer on it and I was hooked from the credits sequence black screen two voices a 911 operator and a guy reporting a murder And its grimly hilarious because the good citizen is trying to pussyfoot around the fact that hes a burglar trying to do the right thing while not admitting that his knowledge of the crime hes reporting was acquired mid-BE Woods who coproduced the film with director James B Harris plays LAPD detecti read more

With Luke heading into the story-line...

With Luke heading into the story-line spotlight on As the World Turns, wouldn't it be great to see his biological father, Damian Grimaldi, back on the CBS serial? Viewers miss Italian stallion Paolo Seganti, who left ATWT in the '90s to do films like L.A. Confidential and Tea with Mussolini. More recent TV gigs include ER and Freddie. He's also married and has two kids with Carlotta Chang, who played daytime's first transgender character on The City.

Soaps in Depth — the mag where I started my sudsy career — recently interviewed Seganti, who's still gorgeous and quite open to a third return stint as Damian. "I was just talking to Martha [Byrne, Lily] and she wants me to go back on the show," he said. "I miss New York, and I'd love to go back, but we're just talking. It's not my decision. It depe read more

BAIT AND SWITCH

Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry is teaming with Don Mancini (creator of the Chucky films) to develop an hourlong suspense drama for ABC titled Kill/Switch. Although details of the show are hard to come by, Variety says it will feature a supernatural element and, quite possibly, a lead female character who's lifeless. (Paging Elisabeth Rohm....) In other development news, 24 masterminds Bob Cochran and Joel Surnow have sold a drama pilot to Fox that's being billed as a modern-day L.A. Confidential. read more

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