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Wes Craven’s TV Series At UCP Will Go Forward “In His Honor And Spirit”


This past April, four months before his death, horror master Wes Craven signed a first-look deal with NBCUniversal’s Universal Cable Productions for TV series and set multiple projects at the cable studio, including an adaptation of Daryl Gregory's book We Are All Completely Fine at Syfy, which  Craven was set to write and direct, a series based on Craven's 1991 movie The People Under The Stairs, also at Syfy, as well as Disciples, based on Steve Niles' upcoming graphic… Read


Twitter Awash In Industry Tributes To Wes Craven

Producer Iya Labunka, director Wes Craven and executive producer Bob Weinstein at the after party for the world premiere of The Weinstein Company's "Scream 4"

A deluge of tributes from industry figures flooded Twitter yesterday on news of filmmaker Wes Craven’s death. Here are just a sampling from some who worked with Craven and others who appreciated his work and expressed gratitude for his influence. (Pictured above are producer Iya Labunka, Craven and executive producer Bob Weinstein – whose statement appears in the main obituary – at the party after the world premiere of The Weinstein Company’s Scream 4.) This is only a… Read


Kanye For President? So He Says, Among Other Things…

Kanye West

Kanye For President? Kanye West ended his rambling, by turns funny and tedious, 13-minute acceptance speech for the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at MTV’s Video Music Awards Sunday by announcing his intention to run for President in 2020. The silly, probably off-the-cuff comment seemed to flabbergast the audience. Here are some highlights of West’s speech, which he gave after receiving his award from Taylor Swift, whom West infamously spotlight-stole six years ago… Read


Unscripted Flash Of Miley Cyrus Provides MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards A Rare Surprise

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DVRs across the country will be paused tonight as viewers of MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards rewind and freeze the sole gasp of the night: A flash of Miley Cyrus‘ bare left breast. As the show wore down, Cyrus, changing into a costume backstage while on camera, lost her grip on a carefully discreet curtain when a producer handed her a mic. Call it TV’s first drapery malfunction. “Oh, sorry, my t**’s out?,” she said, off guard and unbleeped. It was the show’s only truly… Read


‘The Shannara Chronicles’ Trailer: MTV Fantasy Series Debuts In January

The Shannara Chronicles

Set thousands of years in our future and based on the best-selling books by Terry Brooks, The Shannara Chronicles follows a trio of heroes who’ve embarked on a quest to stop an demon army bent on destroying humanity’s world. The heroes are Amberle (Poppy Drayton), an Elvin Princess; Eretria (Ivana Baquero), a Human Rover; and Wil (Austin Butler), a Half-Elf, Half-Human. Watch the trailer, which debuted tonight on MTV’s Video Music Awards, below. Al Gough and Miles Millar… Read


Wes Craven Dies: Veteran Director Of ‘Scream,’ ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ Was 76

Premiere Of The Weinstein Company's "Scream 4" Presented By AXE Shower - Arrivals

Director Wes Craven died this afternoon in Los Angeles. Craven was 76 and passed away at home surrounded by his family after battling brain cancer. From his first feature film The Last House On The Left as writer, director and editor in 1972, Craven made his mark as a genre-bending, bracingly innovative horror director with a biting sense of humor. Craven also consistently demonstrated that he was a filmmaker with heart. Among the films that followed The Last House On The… Read


Epix Confirms Hulu Deal As Netflix Pact Expires

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UPDATED SUNDAY 5:25 pm PT Following Netflix’s Sunday morning announcement that it would not renew its agreement in the U.S. with cable network Epix, losing such movies as Hunger Games: Catching Fire and World War Z, Epix has confirmed Deadline’s report that the premium cable network will enter a new non-exclusive deal with Hulu. "Through this new deal with Epix, we are proud to now be able to offer a huge selection of the biggest blockbusters and premium films," said… Read

Box Office

‘Terminator’, ‘Mission: Impossible’ Each Cruise Past $300M; ‘Compton’ Tops In UK, Germany – Intl Box Office Update

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2ND UPDATE, 3:22 PM PT: A lighter weekend at the international box office, which nevertheless saw new benchmarks for Terminator: Genisys and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the Top 10 studio pictures were down about 11% from last frame. Factoring in this week's local-language heavy-hitters out of China and Korea, there's a 9% dip. The new Asian films that made the Top 10 in the current frame included The Hundred Regiments Offensive ($16.2M) and The Dead End ($14M) out… Read


Beau Bridges On ‘Masters Of Sex’ Role: What Matters Is “Your Capacity To Love” – Emmys

Michael Desmond

As an industry veteran, Beau Bridges could be forgiven for a little nonchalance about awards. After all, this year sees him reach his 15th Emmy nomination (he's won twice). But Bridges remains humble, saying, "Every time I get invited to the party it feels good. You know, it's a nice time to acknowledge what we do as storytellers." This is his second nom for playing sexually-repressed provost Barton Scully in Masters of Sexa role he calls "a fascinating turn." He says… Read


“Awakenings” Author Dr. Oliver Sacks Dies Of Cancer At 82


Oliver Sacks, 82, the brilliant neurologist played in fictionalized form by Robin Williams in 1990’s Awakenings, died of cancer Sunday in New York City. His death, confirmed by an assistant, was expected: Sacks had written about coming to terms with his mortality in a series of recent dispatches for The New York Times. The London-born Sacks, whose elegant, plainspoken writing allowed even the most jargon-averse readers to breeze through counterintuitive and complex… Read

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‘Grandma’ Feisty In 2nd Weekend, ‘The Second Mother’ Strongest Newcomer: Specialty B.O.


Updated mid-day Sunday: Specialty newcomers took a hit this weekend with mostly slow debuts, although two movies — Roadside/Lionsgate’s Z For Zachariah and IFC Films’ Queen Of Earth — likely found their primary audience on-demand. Oscilloscope opened The Second Mother in a few locations, grabbing the highest per theater average among new limited release titles, while last week’s specialty star, Sony Pictures Classics’ Grandma, held solid in an expansion and even achieved… Read


LA Bid For 2024 Olympics Up For City Council Vote On Tuesday


The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to pursue bidding for the 2024 Olympics. A winning bid would be extremely valuable for NBC, which has U.S. broadcast rights to the Games through 2032. If the council gives its approval, the US Olympics Committee could announce within hours that LA has been chosen as the American bid city, the LA Times reported. A council committee reached an agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee on Friday and moved it… Read