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Okay, okay. We have our little non-comics related fetishes. Can you stand them? We think you can. But we have been covering the following stories for so long that we can’t very well stop now.

Page Six, the NY Post’s venerable gossip outpost suggest that there may be a NEW HELMER FOR ‘HOBBIT’? namely…SAM RAIMI:

— FANS of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy are praying for a miracle now that Peter Jackson has officially been severed from “The Hobbit” – and that miracle may be Sam Raimi. Sources say the pressure is on the “Spider-Man” director to helm the project.


The story comes down to a lot of scuttlebutt. We have heard a lot of private rumors about Peter Jackson and his mental state…suffice to say there is more than money behind this New Line/Jackson feud.

Sam Raimi is the other premiere nerd director of our era…but do we really need a HOBBIT movie? Wouldn’t you rather see…EVIL DEAD 4? Come on now, they’ve been teasing this for years. We’d rather see that, than a Raimi Hobbit. Meanwhile, Maybe Peter Jackson can get his ducks in a row and get it together. SPIDER-MAN 3 cannot come soon enough.

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Thanks to all of you who sent the following item to the Beat:Clive Owen to Play Philip Marlowe:

Children of Men producer Marc Abraham has revealed to The Courier-Journal that he will reteam with that film’s star Clive Owen for a feature adaptation of one of Raymond Chandler’s short stories. Owen will play the private detective Philip Marlowe.

Just last December, it was announced that ABC is teaming with producer Sean Bailey on a “Philip Marlowe” series. The hourlong drama “Marlowe” would be a present-day procedural crime drama with noir aspects and set in Los Angeles.

That series, however, would not use Chandler’s Marlowe books as source material for storylines.


“You go too far, Marlowe.”
“Those are harsh words to throw at a man, especially when he’s walking out of your bedroom.”

If they do any such thing, we hope they stick to the period, because Marlowe will always be mid-century LA to us.
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1 COMMENT

  1. “We have heard a lot of private rumors about Peter Jackson and his mental state…suffice to say there is more than money behind this New Line/Jackson feud.”

    Such a tease! I wouldn’t mind some hints as to what that sentence is referring to.

  2. “If they do any such thing, we hope they stick to the period, because Marlowe will always be mid-century LA to us.”

    I really liked Robert Altman’s “The Long Goodbye” which was set in the (then contemporary) 1970s. Completely different from the book, but it worked.

  3. Seeing that image, I can only wonder: Is the movie going to feature Britney Spears inspiring Marlowe to open a roller disco?

  4. I can just see Marlowe barking into his cel phone now.

    Say is there any one out there who does write MODERN day noir in the Chandler/Ross MacDonald vein?

  5. Hmmm…. I’ve been watching the HBO Philip Marlowe series featuring Powers Boothe and love it. Owen could do a great job, but since I love Boothe in the role, I have to admit I will be comparing Marlowes’ in the back of my mind.

  6. >>I can just see Marlowe barking into his cel phone now.

    Say is there any one out there who does write MODERN day noir in the Chandler/Ross MacDonald vein?

  7. And about the Hobbit…

    1. This is an old rumor (well a month old…)

    2. New Line was the first company to release Evil Dead back in the day- I guess (if true) this would be NL calling the favor in.