Julian Fellowes has remade Romeo & Juliet, made hit TV with Downton Abbey and he owes it all to the late Robert Altman.
FROM THIS EPISODE
Kim Masters and John Horn of the Los Angeles Times discuss some of this week's top entertainment news stories.
- Shake-up in the independent film world. Universal ousts the head of Focus Features-- the studio's art house brand. Long-time head James Schamus is replaced by Peter Shlessel whose background is more in low budget genre films.
- Update on broadcast networks Fall launch: NBC does surprisingly well. Fox already renews Sleepy Hollow. ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. falters.
- With Breaking Bad ending on a series high of 10.3 million viewers will the networks learn from that show to allow series to build an audience?
Julian Fellowes talks about adapting Romeo and Juliet to the big screen for people who don’t generally see Shakespeare as “the best way to spend Friday night.” The creator of the phenomenon Downton Abbey -- who is the sole writer on that show-- reflects on his late in life success and how he is happy to an inspiration for people over a certain age in the industry. He won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for the 2001 Gosford Park at the age of 50. Fellowes also credits Robert Altman for giving him his career. He says that “Bob Altman changed the way I smelled in the industry.”
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