Hollywood, entertainment promoters and the media will be especially watching this week’s top movie picks to see if audiences will turn out for the nationwide premiere of Clint Eastwood’s biopic ‘J Edgar’. Since today happens to be actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s (who plays J. Edgar Hoover) birthday (November 11. 1974), the 37-year-old will have a special B-day present if the movie hits #1 at the box offices this weekend. The film ‘Puss and Boots’ 3D has been number one for two weeks.
When J Edgar was first made public, the film was slated for December 2011 but got an earlier start. It premiers nationwide between November 9-11, 2011; but in celebration of the 25th anniversary of AFI FEST held between November 3-10, 2011 in Hollywood, California, J Edgar was the first movie to start the fest.
J Edgar refers to J. Edgar Hoover, the first and longest running director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The film was written by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black (known for the TV series ‘Big Love’ and the film ‘Milk’). J Edgar “will focus on the career of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover from the Palmer Raids onwards, including an examination of his private life as a closeted homosexual”. The film also stars Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Damon Harrimon, Jeffrey Donavan, Judi Dench and Lea Thompson.
Academy Award winning director Clint Eastwood may be nominated and win again for J Edgar. Eastwood has been nominated four times for Best Director, in which he has won two ‘Unforgiven’ (1992) and ‘Million Dollar Baby’ (2004). The other two which did not win were ‘Mystic River’ (2003) and ‘Letters from Iwo Jima’ (2006).
Leonardo DiCaprio (‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’, ‘The Aviator’, ‘Inception’) has won many awards and has been nominated several times for an Academy Award. One picture he was nominated for Best Actor was The Aviator, in which he played the life of Howard Hughes. Playing J Edgar may finally bring him the Oscar prize.
TNT’s Mystery Movies
TNT is known for presenting popular crime dramas with new and syndicated episodes such as ‘Law and Order’, ‘The Closer’, ‘Leverage’, ‘Southland’ and ‘Rizzoli and Isles’. More mysteries will surface on the “We Know Drama” channel when TNT begins five new mystery stories starting in late November and ending December 20th. The TV made movies are from bestselling crime/mystery books. A copied summary of each from the mystery movie website is the following –
Scott Turow’s ‘Innocent’, Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 9pm (ET/PT)
Bill Pullman (‘Independence Day’, ‘Torchwood’) stars as Rusty Sabich, a judge charged with the murder of his wife; a situation that comes 20 years after he was cleared in the death of his mistress.
Sandra Brown’s ‘Ricochet’, Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Two homicide detectives find their careers – and lives – on the line when they get caught up in a case of murder and betrayal in high-society Savannah. Emmy nominee John Corbett (‘Sex and the City’, ‘Northern Exposure’) is set to star in this atmospheric tale based on the book.
Lisa Gardner’s ‘Hide’, Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
In this movie based on Gardner’s book, Carla Gugino (‘Californication’, ‘Entourage’) plays Boston Police Detective D.D. Warren, who is called to the grounds of an abandoned mental hospital where a buried chamber is discovered. Inside are the mummified remains of six young women, who have all been missing for years.
Richard North Patterson’s ‘Silent Witness’, Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
This legal drama based on Patterson’s novel stars Dermot Mulroney (‘Zodiak’, ‘Copycat’) as prominent defense attorney Tony Lord, who returns to his hometown to defend an old friend, played by Michael Cudlitz (TNT‘s Southland). The friend is a teacher accused of murdering one of his students.
April Smith’s Good Morning, Killer, Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Adapted by Smith from her own novel, this thriller stars Catherine Bell (‘JAG’, ‘Army Wives’) as FBI Special Agent Ana Gray, an undercover operative tracking down a serial kidnapper. As Ana develops a rapport with the kidnapper’s latest victim, the suspect suddenly changes his pattern.
Mary Higgins Clark and daughter Carol Higgins Clark’s Deck the Halls, Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Based on the first book of holiday mystery novels, this warm-hearted story brings together two of the authors’ most popular characters: Cleaning-woman-turned-private-eye Alvirah Meegan, played by Kathy Najimy (‘Sister Act’, ‘Franklin & Bash’) and Detective Regan Reilly, played by Scottie Thompson (‘Star Trek’, ‘Skyline’).
Tamara Tunie Bilked
Actress Tamara Tunie, who plays medical examiner Melinda Warner in the popular NBC crime drama series ‘Law and Order: SVU’, has become a real life crime victim. Her business manager of ten years, Joseph Cilibrasi, 51, stole more than one million dollars from her, along with other thefts involving the Kansas Symphony director and other clients.
The Washington Post’s Celebritology and Associated Press reported “Cilibrasi told a Manhattan judge he secretly opened a credit card account in Tunie’s name — and got his own card on the account by falsely listing himself as her husband — and wrote checks to himself from her accounts without her permission.” “I stole over $1.4 million from Ms. Tunie Generet by converting funds from her (business accounts) to my personal use,” he said, using the actress’ married name. Tunie is married to jazz singer Gregory Generet.
Cilibrasi faces 2 1/2 to 7 1/2 years in prison. He currently is free, pending a January sentencing.