Criminals, beware! After a mere, uh, 33 years, fearless crimefighter Dick Tracy is again on the scene, able to cease all evildoers with a facial disfigurement and accompanying nickname. That’s as a result of actor Warren Beatty, who performed Tracy in the 1990 movie based mostly on the caricature of the identical title, will re-don the yellow fedora for a brand new particular that airs tonight on TCM. Sure, tonight.
This, it ought to be famous, it not a particular the place Dick Tracy solves a criminal offense, nonetheless,. That is an interview with Tracy the character, as performed by Beatty, by movie critics/specialists Leonard Maltin and Ben Mankiewicz that can run tonight on the TCM channel. That’s weird, however what’s much more weird is that this isn’t the primary particular like this. In 2009, Beatty additionally received interviewed as Tracy—additionally by Maltin, additionally on TCM!— for an equally unheralded special that aired as soon as and solely as soon as. What’s the distinction between the 2? Effectively, the 2008 one was titled Dick Tracy Particular; this one is titled Dick Tracy Particular: Tracy Zooms In. I’ll allow you to detectives attempt to determine that thriller.
A greater thriller is, why do both of those specials exist? Gamespot, which reported the information, suggests they’re so Beatty can maintain onto the movie rights to the character (if he didn’t make one thing about Dick Tracy periodically, he’d forfeit them). That tracks, besides that Warren Beatty is presently 85 years previous—maybe not the incarnation of the character folks would need to see, assuming they need to see a Dick Tracy film in any respect, which they nearly definitely don’t. These few that do, nonetheless, ought to head over to TCM at 10:30 p.m. ET, when Tracy Zooms In.
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