HOLLYWOOD – Following a sustained and prolonged 24 hour Twitter campaign, Mark Ruffalo ceded to the will of the people and declared he would be playing Columbo in an upcoming movie, possibly scripted and directed by the Coen Brothers.

Mr. Ruffalo initially was caught off guard by the suggestion made in a tweet by Gary Whitta, a screenwriter famous for Book of Eli. Ruffalo said he had to finish another remake of Woman Under the Influence, in which he will also take on the Peter Falk role. This will be part of Ruffalo’s extended preparation process which saw him play Edward Norton off Broadway before essaying the Hulk in The Avengers.

Ruffalo, who appeared in Foxcatcher as the Incredible Hulk, spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec:

I’ve always been a huge fan of the television series. I thought Peter Falk was magnificent in his crumpled genius. He is an Everyman often finding crime in places where he is despised. I really can’t wait to get on the rain coat, practice my squint and say the immortal line, ‘Oh I almost forgot, just one more question.’

Columbo will be released whenever Twitter wants.


HOLLYWOOD – A lost episode of the long running TV Show Columbo starring Peter Falk as the shambling raincoat clad detective has been discovered and is to be released by Criterion on Blu-Ray and DVD.

The episode entitled ‘A Woman Under the Influence‘ was made in 1976 and directed by John Cassavetes.

Film historian Mark Cousins (no relation to Irish Cousins of Story of Film fame) greeted the find with studied indifference. He whined:

The episode broke ground and was ultimately too radical for the TV company to broadcast. It showed for the very first time Columbo’s oft mentioned but never seen wife, who we learn is called Mabel and is played with startling bravery by Gina Rowlands. The format of the show is totally different. There’s no crime and Columbo does no detecting. In fact he seems to work for the water company and most of the episode’s two hour and twenty minutes running time is devoted to Mabel’s distressing descent into insanity.

Although likely to split opinion, die hard fans will at least understand Columbo’s devotion to his work and reluctance to go home.

Columbo: A Woman Under the Influence will be released in 2015.