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- So Long, Jimbo
A spontaneous tribute from me, and "Remembering Rockford" by author Craig McDonald.
- Inherent Vice to Debut at NYC Film Festival This Fall
Hotshot filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's whack-a-doo P.I. novel Inherent Vice is set to make its debut at the New York Film Festival on October 4, followed by a limited theatrical release in December. Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Benicio Del Toro star.
- Thrilling Detective Finally Gets a Decent Search Engine
I've been meaning to upgrade the search engine for this site for years, and now it's done. This isn't a limited search, or a hit-or-miss fishnet with holes big enough to drive a Buick through. Nope, it's a full-feldged search engine that works the way it's supposed to. Thank you, Mr. Google.
- The Fade Out
Oh man, I'm licking my lips, just thinking about this one. Crime comic kingpins Ed Brubaker (words) and Sean Phillips (art), the same bad boys that brought you Criminal, Sleeper and Fatale, return to the crime beat with possibly their biggest and most ambitious chunk of noir yet. No vampires, no temporarily dead superheroes, no omnipotent beasts from the underworld -- just a sprawling multi-part saga of 1948 Hollywood (pretty much noir ground zero), revolving around a tortured writer, a doomed starlet, a studio head possibly off his rocker and, oh yes, his troubleshooting gun-for-hire who just may be in over his head. (August 2014)
- Welcome to Our Super Groovy New Issue
Launched on June 20, the fortieth anniversary of the premiere of Chinatown, Roman Polanski's classic film starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, with a screenplay by Robert towne, this issue gave us all the excuse we needed to look by at the 1970s, the Silver Age of the Private Eye film.
This new "issue" (#69, if I counted correctly) kicks off with my introduction, in which I make my rambling case for the seventies as "the decade the private eye film came of age."
It's followed by four mini-essays on four essential films from that amazing decade:
"I Was Filled With a Sense of Loss and Longing."
Chinatown Remembered by Fred Zackel
"Looking for the Connections"
The Long Goodbye Remembered by Thomas Pluck
"It's Not Supposed to Matter"
The Conversation Remembered by Ben Solomon
"With Autumn Closing In"
Night Moves Remembered by Daniel Moses Luft
And of course, we're also pleased to officially present, for the very first time, The Big Screen: Celluoid Eyes,a timeline, plotting the history and development of the private eye film. In fact, it was compiling this list that was the inspiriation for this issue. Hope you like it.
- Dewey Does It
Just in case Brian Ritt's piece on Thomas B. Dewey (which we reprinted here last year) only whetted your appetite, Kirkus and The Rap Sheet's J. Kingston Pierce takes a whack himself at, as he puts it, "one of crime fiction's underrated stars."
- AMC Renews Breaking Bad Spinoff
The new show, Better Call Saul, which will feature slimeball New Mexico attorney Saul Goodman and his private eye/fixer Mike Ehrmantraut, has had its November 2014 premiere delayed until early next year. But the network has already ordered up a second season. Go figure.
- 2014 Shamus Nominees Announced
The nominees for the 2014 Shamus Awards, to be bestowed by the Private Eye Writers of America, have just been announced. See you in LA at Bouchercon when they announce the winners!
- Joe Lansdale's Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Heading for Television?
Well, that's the rumour, anyway. But is television ready for Lansdale? Variety reports that SundanceTV is developing Hap and Leonard,a project based on Joe Lansdale's odd couple of best friends and trouble-prone Texas shitkickers. Jim Mickle and Nick Damici, who did the recent Cold in July with Michael C. Hall and Sam Shepard, will be adapting Lansdale's stories, with Mickle also directing.
- Take a Walk Among the Tombstones with Liam Neeson
The first trailer from the upcoming feature film, due out in September, starring Liam Neeson as Lawrence Block's troubled New York City private eye Matt Scudder.
- Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone to Return
Whoa! And speaking of which, Reed Farrel Coleman, creator of the acclaimed Moe Prager P.I. series, has just been signed to continue Parker's Jesse Stone series, with the first book, Blind Spot, set to be released this September. Hopefully getting the haunted police chief of Paradise back to where he once belonged, after a series of disappointing TV movies and novels by Michael Brandman (the once-great TV series jumped the shark when they stopped adapting Parker's original novels, and one of the post-Parker novels was dubbed one of Entertainment Weekly's worst books of 2013).
- Cold in July
Keep an eye out for this nasty little piece of noir, currently wowing 'em on the film festival circuit. It's based on the 1992 novel of the same name by Joe Lansdale, and stars Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson as Jim Lee Luke, a shit-kicker P.I. (and hog farmer).
- "The Peach Streaked Blouse"
I finally get another piece of fiction published, and it's not even a P.I. story! But hey, you've read this far, so please check out this little piece of nasty that I've had in my head for years. It finally sees the light of day in the latest issue of CrimeFactory, and has all sorts of fun stuff, like Montreal, domestic angst, violence and incorrect laundry techniques. What more could you want? And if that doesn't float your book, the issue also has a great interview with Aussie writer Peter Corris in it!
- Private Eyes Who Won't Stay Dead Even iff their creators are.
- Mike Enrmantraut Sure, the P.I. from Breaking Bad may kill you but he's got a good heart.
- Sophie Whitlock An endearingly DIY YouTube take on the BBC's Sherlock.
- Eyes on the No-Prize Private Eyes from the Marvel Universe
- The Twenty-Year Death It's three, three, three books in one.
- Clem Snide Former P.I. William S. Burroughs' private eye.
- True Love, Neither Tranished nor Afraid: A Mash Note from Raymond Chandler
- Pierre Gauthier Cop from acclaimed Quebec TV series Omertà goes private for the big screen.
- Gregg EC comics legends Al Feldstein and Johnny Craig teamed up for this nasty little slice of 50s noir.
- Ruben Calderón Our man in Buenos Aires...
- Gene Parmesan In the ranks of TV private eyes, this cheese stands alone.
- Jill Fitzpatrick A dyke dick, for better or verse.
- The Hard-Boiled Detective It's the patter that matters.
- Ray Donovan Not exactly Father Knows Best.
- Yakov Semenovich Stern This Russian eye is on the books.
- Drew Parker The Gumshoe. Not The Witch, The Virtual Corpse or even The Gorilla.
- King & Maxwell David Baldacci's bestselling novels, coming soon to a TV screen near you.
- Van Trillo and Sam Suede Is the world ready for... dummy noir?
- Nyet, Nyet, Soviet Some Russian Eyes
- Coming Distractions Film & TV goodies you may have missed. Investigation pending.
- Michael McGill Like a cross between Michael Avallone & Hunter S. Thompson.
- Amy Gray The girl can't help it.
- Dan Banion This newsie coulda been a contender...
- The Pigeon This 1969 made-for-TV private eye flick starred... Sammy Davis Jr.
- Nat Lawson John McFetridge teases us with a P.I. short story set in Montreal in 1946,.
- Buck Schatz He survived a Nazi POW camp for this crap?
- Stryker McBride Lives on a boat called the Travis McGee. Subtle, eh?
- So It's Come to This The Film Geeks' Top Ten P.I. Films. James and Gustavo have spoken...
- Sam Pezzo Vittoria Giardino's Italian private eye has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A.
- Catherine Winter Linda Pendleton's LA eye.
- Stewart Mann Don Pendleton's pre-Executioner naughty gumshoe.
- Glenn Bowman Not hard-boiled; more like semi-boiled.
- It's Hammer Time! Send-ups and Put-Downs of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
- Joey Fly Just an insect P.I. trying to make it in Bug City.
- James Pryce This hacker P.I. could give Lisbeth a run for her money when it comes to digital snooping -- and other nasty habits.
- Joe Goodey Another great P.I. you should know...
- The Complete List of MWA Anthologies Thanks, Abbey.
- Brenna Spector Unforgettability. Blessing or curse?
- Norm Carpenter & Al Hasp A born-again gumshoe and his doubting Thomas of a partner.
- Jonah Geller A Toronto P.I. who seems to want to be anywhere but home.
- Republic of Doyle At last! Newfoundland gets some P.I. love!