The Ghost and Mrs Muir



When a book is adapted to a movie and then a television series, you can be sure it is something special. In 1945, Josephine Lesley penned the beautiful novel The Ghost and Mrs Muir. It was about a widow, Lucy Muir, her young children and her maid, who moved to a cottage near to the sea. The idea was to get away from it all (and especially for Lucy to get away from her two overbearing sisters-in-law). Gull Cottage was known locally for being haunted and could not attract any tenants for this reason. Undaunted, Lucy moved in, attracted by the low rent.

Story

Rather than enjoy the peace she craved, she soon discovered that the rumours about a ghost were true. The ghost she encountered was of a sea captain and Lucy was the only person that he would reveal himself to, albeit only in her mind’s eye. Lucy’s children and their maid were unaware of his existence. The captain at first tried to scare Lucy as ghosts are supposed to do, but she refused to be bullied and simply carried on living happily in the house. The captain could not help but respect her for her steadfastness. He gave up trying to haunt her and they began to become close friends. She decided to write his biography using true stories from his own words. Over time they would share many long conversations and intimate moments which leads the story on to a poignant and romantic conclusion.

Movie

Soon after the book had been published, Twentieth Century Fox purchased the rights to make a movie from the story. Within two years, Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney starred in The Ghost and Mrs Muir. The movie followed the book in most respects. As always, some of the readers of the original story were a little disappointed in a few of the changes that were made. In the movie, for example, the captain (the ghost) actually appears in person, whereas he is simply a voice in Mrs Muir’s head in the book. Although it was not a runaway box office hit, the movie was well received by all who saw it and by the critics.

Tv Show

Wind on another 21 years to 1968 and Fox Television were actively looking for new ideas for tv shows along the same lines of Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie. The book and the movie of The Ghost and Mrs Muir had many comedy moments in them and Fox executives, especially Howard Leeds who had written episodes of Bewitched, could see the potential for The Ghost and Mrs Muir, which contained the same fantasy elements of I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched. Experienced writer Jean Holloway was given the task of kicking off the writing, and soon the show was put together, starring Hope Lange as Mrs Muir (now Carolyn Muir) and Edward Mulhare as the captain.

The long gap between the film of 1947 and the tv show of 1968 meant there were less comparisons made between them. Some of those that did compare them were not always pleased with the outcome, perhaps because this was like comparing apples with pears. The show lasted for two seasons, which was (and maybe still is) about average for a comedy series and was not a bad effort considering the limited storylines that were possible.

After the Show

Both Hope Lange (Mrs Muir) and Edward Mulhare (the captain) continued to co-star in a variety of tv dramas and comedies for many years after as well as the odd film. Hope Lange died in 2003 and Edward Mulhare died in 1997.


Episode 11

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Episode 11
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
12 February 2002

Jack is able to extract Kim and Teriâ?™s location fromKevin Carroll while Cofell suddenly has a heart attack and dies. Nina and Tony discuss their suspicions that there is a possibility of another mole. They both agree that they keep their suspicions to themselves and not tell anything to Alberta Green. Meanwhile, Eli comes to kill Jackâ?™s daughter and his wife as orders from Andre Drazen. Teri is able to wrestle his gun away and she shoots him. She fires a second shot to let everyone think that it was she and Kim who are killed. She and Kim hide Eli’s body.

24′s Long Break


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24 is officially taking time off. Fox confirmed what everyone was thinking. And won’t be back for almost one year. Time is of the essence and Jack bauer knows that more anybody does. The seventh season of the show was slotted to begin last January of this year and continually run without a break, unfortunately in November 2007, the writers strike complicated things and forced Fox to further postpone the season’s premiere at an unspecified time. Ultimately, Fox decided not to continue the season and instead re schedule it for January 2009. The crew has shot around 8 episodes for the season. But it was a move by Fox to ensure the famous series runs uninterrupted hopefully by next year.


Death Note



The Plot: The series focuses on Light Yagami; a 17-year old intelligence student, bored with his life and disgusted at the state of the world around him. One day his eyes fall over a notebook laying on the ground outside of his school. Reading the English cover, “Death Note,” and noticing that the writing inside is also in English, Light decides to take it home to read it. Within the next 5 days, Light has killed hundreds of people by just by watching and recording names of criminals from the news. The Death Note enables him to kill anyone whose face and real name is known. To know more about the rules of the notebook read the terms of the Death Note.

Later a Shinigami (God of Death) named Ryuk approaches Light and tells him that the note book in his possession in fact belong to him. Ryuk tells Light that only the owner of the Death Note can see him and that he, Light, is now the owner of it and may use it as he chooses. Light tells Ryuk that he plans on using the Notebook to kill criminals and clear the world of crime. Within the first chapter alone, he kills over 250 criminals.

Eventually, the number of inexplicable deaths of reported criminals catches the attention of the International Police Organization (ICPO) and a strange detective known only as “L” gets involved. L already knows that the serial killer, dubbed by the public as Kira, is located in Japan. L has also deducted that Kira can kill people without laying a finger on them. Light realises that a detective is following him, and knows that L will be his greatest nemesis. A game of psychological “cat and mouse” between the two characters begins. Light is constantly trying to evade suspicion by the detective L while maintaining his identity as Kira.

Written rules: The Death Note comes with its own set of rules, the main rules are as follows:

The human whose name is written in this note shall die. This note will not take effect unless the writer has the subject’s face in their mind. Therefore, people sharing the same name will not be affected. If the cause of death is written within 40 seconds of writing the subject’s name, it will happen. If the cause of death is not specified, the subject will simply die of a heart attack. After writing the cause of death, the details of the death must be written within the next 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

Reception: To date the manga has sold over 6 million copies all over the world. In 2007 Play magazine named it as the best anime in the Anime Year in Review. It has been rumored that the author and artist of the manga; Ohba and Obata had been persuaded to lengthen the storyline when its popularity increased. Originally, they has only intended to make it half as long. To date there are over 100 Death Note fan websites, and thousands of fan fiction and fan art entries over the web, such as the Death Note Wiki, which currently has over 130,000 members and the Death Note Fan Site, which has over 1 million users. Over the course of 2009, a Hollywood movie was announced, drawing further fans into the series and sparking new debate over who should play various roles.

Personal Review: Death Note draws in the crowds because it is unique. The anime has a simple story line, with a complicated overall plot that had to be followed with real thought. The animation is one of the best, with excellent shading and detailed character drawings, with realistic expressions. The music was brilliantly created and matched the story exactly, some fans believe the epic music is what makes the series so watchable. Intelligent, witty and emotion, Death Note truly draws in viewers an is really one of those series that you can’t stop watching. Intense animation with likable characters and a brilliant plot-line. I give the animation 10/10 – the perfect animation which could not have possible been any better!

Talk about dedication

Star Kiefer Sutherland will be spending his duties in the cell, (for real) during the holidays to avoid interrupting the shoot for the hit series 24. The actor opted to serve a portion of his jail sentence for a DUI charge to minimize the damage caused by the recent writerâ?™s strike in the United States. Reports state that the lead star of the series had been under some heavy strains recently what with the seemingly series of unfortunate mishaps regarding the showâ?™s production. When the show goes back in shoot, they will be doing so without Joel Surnow, who has announced his resignation because of better project offers.

24 Is Making A Comeback

Yes! The Emmy-winning US television thriller “24” will have its return in 2014. IMDB is now showing it’s 9th Season. Everybody is awaiting, everybody is keyed up with Kiefer Sutherland come back. He will be back as CIA agent Jack Bauer. But this new one won’t be like a regular series. The episode will have 12-episode mini-series that will represent 24 hours in Bauer’s life, following the same real-time format that became the series’ trademark.

Like his fans around the world, Sutherland was very excited to see his character in return to TV as well. In fact on Fox News, he mentioned that “The response to 24 is unlike anything I have ever experienced as an actor before, To have the chance to reunite with the character, Jack Bauer, is like finding a lost friend. The story ideas from (producer) Howard Gordon are exciting and fresh and will not disappoint.  Make no mistake, my goal is to knock your socks off.”

We Want More Movies For Kiefer Sutherland

Over the course of eight seasons, Jack Bauer has rightly become a cult hero and the benchmark for badassery. And because of this I almost forgot how badly I want Keifer Sutherland in movies. Until yesterday when i get to see the classic cult “Flatliners”.

Flatliners is about a group of medical students who begin exploring the realm of near death experiences hoping for some out of this world insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions.

The movie was so great and it stars Kiefer Sutherland and other industry leaders too such as Kevin Bacon and Julia Roberts. What I love about it is that It has a ghost story part, a medical thriller part and a love triangle part. What more can you asked for? I’ve realize I always liked Kiefer Sutherland as a movie actor, and he does a remarkable job here. I really would’ve rather seen him as a full time movie actor rather than going for TV.

Dont get me wrong. 24 paves way for Keifer Sutherland’s career to stay afloat. It had became the longest-running espionage-themed television drama ever, surpassing both Mission: Impossible and The Avengers. But it would be cool to see Sutherland in the big screen again. He’s long been in television shows – in fact he has another television show nowadays called Touch – that people almost forgot he does movies too. And a “24 Movie” would be the perfect comeback movie for him, dont you think? So let’s cross and fingers and hope that the Hollywood Gods will hear us.

24 Series and Writer’s Strike

medium_2070237174(1)Some time in 2007, the broadcast of the gripping and heart-stopping suspense drama 24 stopped. Many other television shows across America followed suit, and American TV fell silent. The Writer’s Guild of America and a number of other labor unions went on strike, and demanded for higher monetary compensation in comparison to the larger payments of more successful studios.

Other examples of shows that were affected were popular late-night talk shows, such as The Colbert Report, Late Night with Conan O’ Brien, and Late Show with David Letterman. Other shows that shared the uncompleted fate of 24 before the strike were Battlestar Galactica, Chuck, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

When the Writer’s Strike ended, 24 went back on air, albeit with a ret-conned storyline to allow more growth in its plot and more character development. In 2009, FOX released a two-hour film-for-TV special entitled 24: Redemption. This was to bridge the one-year-and-a-half gap, and reveals Jack Bauer’s experiences as a missionary in the fictional African nation of Sangala.

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Got Duct Tape?

Whether you’re a regular Joe or a man on a mission, whether your arch enemy’s a terrorist planning to take1028883_207ac37ef2_m over the world or just a ripped shoe, duct tape will always be there as your trusty sidekick in completing all your missions from sun-up to sun-down.

Why duct tape, you ask? Well, it’s one of the most useful all-around tool for repairs. It can repair objects quickly, secure even heavy objects to odd surfaces and spaces, and build items in ways regular glue or rope just can’t. It helps you secure your boxes when you need to move house, strap down a ruined shoe to keep you together until you get home, or keep yawning construction work together until a better solution turns up. There’s, of course, strapping down a captured criminal to a seat to keep him from escaping and sealing his screams shut, but that’s for another post and another time.

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Getting To Know Jack Bauer More

Harsh, Unpredictable but consider as Agent’s best Asset, that is Jack Bauer. A fictional character portray by Keifer Sutherland in the television show 24 and already has its own video game. Jack Bauer, aside from being physically strong, he is an intelligent man too, no doubt. He knows several languages such as Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Serbian and he even speaks fluent in German. (I hope he would learn Thai and other Asian language too like Mandarin, Tagalog, Korean and so on).

Jack Bauer was a Federal Agent working for the Los Angeles Counter Terrorist Unit. He is the one who leads for putting off numerous major terrorist attacks in US, saving both civilian lives and government administrations. Bauer’s usual way of gathering information is by means of a torture, making it a controversial television show. He has also proven his skills when it comes to using firearms, explosives, electronic devices, flying planes and helicopters, and a man that is capable to pain and suffering.

The 24 TV movie had run for 10 years. A very impressive time in television movies. Movie channels are still running reruns until now because they just cant get enough of Jack. As a fan of 24, I can say I miss Jack so much. Until next time.