Saturday, March 25, 2006

Is This The Year Of The Heist?

How things change in a week's time. An interesting little trend seems to have emerged, as bank robbery/heist films seem have suddenly begun to loom large in the entertainment world.

To wit:

  • "Inside Man," a Spike Lee film about a bank robbery that is more than it seems, netted $9.3 million at the box office last night to become the most popular film. This more than doubled the take of the #2 box office draw, "Stay Alive".

  • Despite drawing only about 9 million viewers last Wednesday, NBC's "Heist" is off to a good start. As Marc Berman, who writes "The Programming Insider" for Mediaweek, points out, it retained 93 of the audience from "Law & Order" and actually showed "growth of 15 percent among adults 18-49" from its lead-in.

  • Next Tuesday sees the debut of FX's "Thief," starring Andre Braugher ("Homicide: Life on the Street"). As the Associated Press reports, the former Det. Frank Pembleton will play "a coolly methodical pro who masterminds high-risk, high-yield heists across the country." Of all these projects, I'm most looking forward to this the most, as Braugher is one of the best actors of his generation and this has been getting a great deal of advance positive acclaim.

  • Damn, it's good to be a gangsta right about now.

    Any other examples I might be missing here or other projects coming soon that fall into this trend?

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