10.28-30.2011: What To Watch – Theater AND TV Edition

It’s The Fright Channel & Horror Haven Reviews’ favorite weekend of the year…it’s Halloween weekend.  We’ve got ghosts and ghouls on the brain just like the film & television industry has fairy tales on the brain.  Throw in a few Evil Queens and Justin Timberlake, and we’re bringing boo back (to Halloween).

Grimm (“Pilot”) premieres Friday, October 28th at 9/8c on NBC.  Starring David Giuntoli (TV’s Turn The Beat Around), Russell Hornsby (TV’s Lincoln Heights), Bitsie Tulloch (The Artist), Silas Weir Mitchell (TV’s My Name Is Earl), Reggie Lee (TV’s No Ordinary Family) and Sasha Roiz (TV’s Warehouse 13).  Created by Stephen Carpenter (The Man, Soul Survivors), David Greenwalt (TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel) and Jim Kouf (TV’s Angel and Ghost Whisperer).  Pilot Directed by Marc Buckland (TV’s My Name is Earl and Better Off Ted).

It’s official – fairy tales are the new zombies (which were the new vampires).  Like every trend in Hollywood, audiences will see at least two of everything including two Snow White films in theaters in 2012; March’s still-untitled Snow White from Tarsem Singh (Immortals), starring Julia Roberts (Larry Crowne), Lily Collins (Abduction) and Armie Hammer (J. Edgar), and June’s Snow White and the Huntsman from Rupert Sanders, starring Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Charlize Theron (The Road), and Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides).  Last Sunday, Fall 2011’s television season premiered ABC’s Once Upon a Time, starring Ginnifer Goodwin (Something Borrowed), Jennifer Morrison (Warrior), Robert Carlyle (TV’s SGU Stargate Universe) and Lana Parrilla (TV’s Miami Medical), where real-life meets fairy tales like Snow White and Rumpelstiltskin.  Less than one week later and three days before Halloween, we have the debut of NBC’s Grimm, executive produced by actor Sean Hayes (TV’s Will & Grace).  The fantasy-crime drama with a twist of horror, which is shot in and around Portland, Oregon, is inspired by the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales and also blends fiction and non-fiction.  Only time will tell if this trend on the big and small screen will have a lasting effect like its supernatural brothers and sisters.

Synopsis:  Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (Giuntoli) discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms” who are charged with keeping the balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world.  As he tries to hide the dangers of his new found calling from his fiancé, Juliette Silverton, (Tulloch) and his partner, Hank Griffin (Hornsby), he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries and alliances of the Grimm world.  With help from his confidant, Monroe (Weir Mitchell), a reformed Grimm creature himself, Nick must navigate through the forces of a larger-than-life mythology, facing off with Hexenbiests, Blutbads and all manner of ancient evils, including royal lines dating back to the original profilers themselves, The Grimm Brothers.  courtesy of NBC

Official Website:  http://www.nbc.com/grimm/

facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/NBCGrimm

Twitter:  @NBCGrimm

In Time (PG-13 / 109 mins / 2D).  Starring Justin Timberlake (Friends with Benefits), Amanda Seyfried (Red Riding Hood), Cillian Murphy (Inception), Vincent Kartheiser (TV’s Mad Men), Olivia Wilde (Cowboys & Aliens), Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four), Johnny Galecki (TV’s The Big Bang Theory) and Matt Bomer (TV’s White Collar).  Written and Directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War).

The sci-fi-crime thriller In Time is full of beautiful people, much like 1997’s sci-fi romance drama Gattaca with Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law, but with everyone (looking) 25 or younger.  It is no surprise that In Time is being compared with Gattaca as both films were written and directed by Andrew Niccol, who also wrote and directed S1m0ne.  Formerly titled I’m.mortal then Now, the futuristic film is also being compared to the current Occupy Wall Street protests as wealth inequality (the 1% vs. the 99%) is the running theme through the real-life and fictional stories.

This is not the only financial news In Time is involved with; on September 14th, science fiction writer Harlan Ellison filed a lawsuit against the movie’s production company, New Regency, Niccol and anonymous John Does.  Ellison alleges copyright infringement as he believes that In Time is based on his Hugo and Nebula-award winning 1965 short story “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said The Ticktockman.”  The writer states that In Time puts his film adaptation at risk because The Kilimanjaro Corporation, Ellison’s company, is in agreement with a third party to turn his story into a screenplay.  The writer is asking to stop the release of In Time and for every copy of the film to be destroyed.  If it is to be released, Ellison is asking for profits.

Synopsis:  In a future where time is literally money, and aging stops at 25, the only way to stay alive is to earn, steal, or inherit more time.  When Will Salas (Timberlake) is falsely accused of murder, he teams up with Sylvia Weis (Seyfried), a beautiful young heiress, to figure out a way to bring down a system where time is money – literally – enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor, like Will, have to beg, borrow, and steal enough minutes to make it through another day.  courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Official Website:  http://www.intimemovie.com/

facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/InTimeMovie

Twitter:  @InTimeMovie

YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/intimemovie

WEEKEND TV SCHEDULE

Friday 10/28:  9/8c – Supernatural (“Slash Fiction”) on The CW;  10/9c – Sanctuary (“Monsoon”) on SyFy

Saturday 10/29:  9/8c – Zombie Apocalypse [A SyFy Original Movie with Ving Rhames] on SyFy

Sunday 10/30:  8/7c – Once Upon a Time (“The Thing You Love Most”) on ABC;  9/8c – Halloween Crazy on Travel Channel, The Walking Dead (“Save the Last One”) on AMC;  10/9c – Talking Dead on AMC

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