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Alfred Hitchcock

This is perhaps an obvious choice, however, most people tend to overlook the Master of Suspense’s early work as well as the relevancy of his last film as a key element in the continuing transition and development of the genre he defined.

One of Hitchcock's early triumphs, this predecessor to the mistaken identity man on the run scenario Hitchcock turned to time and again, stars Robert Donat as the innocent wrongly accused of murder and pursued by both the police and enemy spies. This is the first example of Hitchcock’s mastery over the suspense tale, giving us a glimpse of the greatness to come.

Considered to be one of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest works, this story of two men who meet by chance on a train and frivolously discuss swapping murders is a prime example of a common Hitchcock theme of the man who suddenly finds himself within a nightmare world over which he has no control. You can easily see how this film lays the ground work for the more popular “North by Northwest”.

Alfred Hitchcock's final film is a light-hearted thriller involving phony psychics, kidnappers and organized religion, all of which cross paths in the search for a missing heir and a fortune in jewels. Here, Hitchcock has brilliantly developed his signature form to include the now common, and often overused, device of plot twist, after plot twist, after plot twist. Widescreen!

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Who Will Be Jack Bauer's New Girl?

By AmyLawrence

July 9th, 2004

News items in the TV community come in each day here to Amy Lawrence catches the minutiae that falls through the cracks, and discusses them more in depth than most of them probably deserve. Today, read news on "24," "Las Vegas," "Deadwood," "Stargate SG-1" and more!

First, the big news: Fox show runs a pretty tight ship over there with "24," so enjoy. Jack's new love interest will be named Audrey Raines, an aide to the Secretary of Defense and is in her late 20s to early 30s. I don't have a lot of information on the role she plays in the larger story, but the Araz family (consisting of Navi, Dina and Behrooz) is somehow involved with a terrorist plot for next season. Father Navi's business is a terrorist front, and mother Dina may be involved. Their son Behrooz was born in America and is an All-American kid. Perhaps whatever going on will be high-tech, as new character Andrew Paige is a computer techie at a graphic design company. Many thanks to those who sent in these tidbits, which first appeared on Ryan's Report! Here's hoping to an excellent new season.

Among other shows:
"Deadwood" (HBO): If you missed the first season of "Deadwood", try and catch it. Even if you think it's not your thing because it's a Western, the performances are absolutely amazing. In the first episode of Season 2, a stagecoach comes to town and on board is Jack Langrishe, the prissy (but tough) head of a theater troupe and a new madam ready to set up shop (will she go into business with Joanie Stubbs?). Seth Bullock's son William also arrives with his governess in tow. She will get involved with Silas Adams. We're still waiting for the news of who will play Wyatt Earp, as Bullock's biography reveals that the famed desert lawman arrived shortly after Wild Bill's murder in the hope of becoming the town's sheriff. Of course, Bullock now holds that post and tells him that he isn't needed.

"Joey" (NBC): The "Friends" spin-off is still looking to cast his neighbor. Played by Ashley Scott in the pilot, the part was recast, with producers saying they wanted to go in a different direction. Before, she was in a unhappy marriage, the new neighbor is single. The character of Alex is neurotic, and she is estranged from her own family. She adopts Joey and his sister as her new family. There are conflicting reports that this character is a romantic possibility for Joey, but since Joey has a history of coming on to all his "friends," expect at least a little "how you doin'" to happen between them.

"Everwood" (WB): There's a new girl in "Everwood" and her name is Hannah. She's 15 and a sweet, wallflower type.

"Stargate SG-1" (Sci Fi): "It's Good to be King," especially if you're Lord Ares and you have big, tough Trelak as your First Prime. Trelak is single-handedly claiming a planet for his Lord, and he's scary enough to do it too.

"CSI NY": The second spin-off is hard at work on their first three episodes. In the first, a Russian cab driver abducts women by offering them tainted cigarettes and taking them back to his home after they pass out. (There's a lesson to be learned here ladies.) In the second, a close-knit group of men who work a very dangerous job in the tunnels under NYC, may have killed one of their own. In the third, a young woman is attacked in Central Park and her politician father is more concerned about how this will affect his image than how it affected his daughter.

"Las Vegas" (NBC): This Casting Couch favorite has begun filming for next season, and Danny is back from the Middle East under mysterious circumstances. In episode 1, there's a funeral director's convention in town. Also, three bumbling crooks try and pull a huge computer theft on the casino. In the second episode, the Monticito hosts a topless pool party, and some card counters believe that what they are doing is legal (Ed tells them otherwise).

"One Tree Hill" (WB): New character Freddy is a Latino swinger, while new character Emily is a sporty Latina. Related note: "The OC" is also bringing in Latino character Diego.

"Seventh Heaven" (WB): Simon brings back a girlfriend named Amanda, who sticks around for a few episodes.

"Cold Case" (CBS): The sophmore season begins with an investigation into murders at a local rib place. Della and Tom run the joint, and their staff is made up of strays they have rescued from the streets. Which one of these former junkies was responsible for the murders of Della and Tom, after the jailed suspect is released and the case is re-opened?

"Nip/Tuck" (FX): A blind woman comes to the docs for eye surgery. Christian falls for her. Julia goes for a consultation for breast implants.

"Pryor Offenses" (Showtime): Not content to only be writing a book, Richard Pryor is working on a show about his early days as a comedian. He's both producing and writing. One of the most interesting things about this show is that every regular role required nudity. Oh, wait, it's on Showtime!

"Life as We Know It" (ABC): The show formerly known "Doing It" is looking for someone to play Deborah's mother. Seeing as how Deborah is played by Kelly Osborne, I can see a natural stunt cast for this role.

"Numbers" (CBS): Tony and Ridley Scott are "enhancing" the pilot of their mid-season show. Brothers Charlie and Don are at odds and father Alan is in the middle. Charlie still lives at home with Dad, and only Dad understands how much Charlie wants and needs Don's approval.

"Rescue Me" (FX): There's a "False Alarm" on Denis Leary's "Rescue Me", as Denis's Tommy beats up his daughter's boyfriend's Dad. Oh, and Leary's good friend Lenny Clarke has joined the show with the cancellation of "It's All Relative!"

"Strong Medicine" (Lifetime): My obsession with this series continues. In episode 509, an underage porn star is treated for gonorrhea, and, in episode 510, a gymnast does an exhibition to attract organ donors to find a match for her sister. Why don't they just call it "Strange Medicine?"

"Rocky Point" (WB): WB is working on a surfing drama set in Hawaii (that would be a great place to set a show!) where 19-year-old Cassie is shocked when her long absent father Owen, played by Billy Campbell, re-enters her life. Cassie lives with her friend Alana, and their apartment ends up being a place where Hawaii's disenfranchised surfer kids hang out.

"Carnivale" (HBO): During the second season, Ben follows Scudder's trail to the home of Evander Geddes, an artist with a creepy secret. Brother Julian continues to build his new church.

"Crossing Jordan" (NBC): Jordan gets trapped in a freeway tunnel in episode 4.

"Extremely Old" (MTV): The newest MTV reality show has 4 women in their 60's and 70's give advice to twentysomethings about life and love. Vegas odds on this pilot getting picked up: 20-1.

"The Cell" (Showtime): This one is about a terrorist cell based in L.A. They are a mixed group of Muslims, including a Bosnian, an Egyptian, and African-American, a French skinhead and an American college kid. Do any of the "Friends" need work?