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‘Second Chance’ Trailer: Basically The Six Million Dollar Scrooge

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A teaser trailer for Fox’s upcoming thriller series Second Chance dropped a couple of weeks back, and it utterly failed to give you the most important information about the basic premise. Fox has wisely given itself another opportunity, with a brand new trailer that makes it much more clear. In short, this thing is going to be The Six Million Dollar Man meets A Christmas Carol but with The Shield as its backstory. Sold, Fox. Sold. Second Chance follows Jimmy Pritchard… Read


Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Eddie Redmayne Dines Out, Sly Stallone Trusts In Youth, And Leonardo Di Caprio Deserves The Medal Of Honor


A new weekly column talking up the season with bits and pieces from the awards circuit.  20th Century Fox and New Regency took the veil off one of the season’s most anticipated movies,  reigning Oscar winner Alejandro G. Inarritu’s brutally beautiful  snowy western, The Revenant (Dec 25)  this week , with press and Academy members getting a first look at it the past three days. Initial reaction , predictably , has run from “masterpiece” to “I can’t handle it”, but reviews… Read


Elmo Williams Dies: Oscar-Winning ‘High Noon’ Editor Was 102


Elmo Williams, the Academy Award-winning editor of the classic western High Noon who also worked as a producer, director, and studio executive died today in his Brookings, oregon home, it was reported by Curry Coastal Pilot. He was 102. Born in 1913 in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, William’s long career in Hollywood began when he became the protege of Merrill G. White before branching out on his own as an editor. Among the films he edited were 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), T… Read


‘The Good Dinosaur’ Review: Pixar’s Latest Isn’t Its Greatest, But Kids Won’t Mind


Delayed by story and personnel problems, Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur represents the first time the now-legendary animation studio has released two films in one calendar year. Forget that this cannot possibly live up to the standards of its June release, Inside Out (what could?), the screenplay by Meg LeFauve just doesn’t pop. You certainly could see the potential in this story of a young dino (reminding me of Dino, the pet dinosaur in The Flintstones) adrift in the world… Read


‘Empire’ Online Store Launched To Swag Up Your Christmas


It wouldn’t be the holiday shopping season with the opportunity to buy a hell of a lot of branded swag, and so it goes that Fox is bringing back the online Empire store just in time for the start of Christmas shopping. A collaboration between Fox Consumer Products and Delivery Agent, the Official Empire Commerce Experience offers consumer apparel, accessories and jewelry inspired by the hit series, and launches today with a $1000 holiday shopping spree contest. What can… Read


Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman Says Sumner Redstone “Engaged & Attentive” In Response To Lawsuit

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Sunmer Redstone's former companion and self-described caregiver Manuela Herzer may want back into the Viacom chairman's "living ghost" of a life, but Redstone’s corporate right-hand man says the boss is still in good shape. In papers filed today in response to Herzer's revealing petition of yesterday seeking a determination of Redstone's faculties, Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman describes 92-year-old Redstone as "engaged and attentive." "Sumner and I spoke about… Read


Frank Gifford’s Family Donating His Brain To Medical Research After CTE Diagnosis

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Frank Gifford is one of the biggest stars in football history — with a Hall of Fame playing career under the media spotlight of New York followed by a legendary broadcasting stint as the original and longtime play-by-play man for Monday Night Football. He died in August at 84, and today his family said they are donating his brain to medical research. Why? Because they said doctors recently diagnosed him with CTE, the degenerative brain disease linked to concussions. Read


Chris Messina & Tate Donovan Topline Indie Drama ‘Blame’

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EXCLUSIVE: Chris Messina, Tate Donovan and Nadia Alexander are starring in Blame, a dark indie drama that marks the directorial debut of Quinn Shephard. Shephard, an actor whose credits include CBS’ Hostages last year, also co-stars in the movie and penned the screenplay. Messina plays a substitute drama teacher whose taboo relationship with an unstable student (Shephard) strikes a nerve in her jealous classmate (Alexander) and sparks some The Crucible-esque vengeance… Read


NY Supreme Court Postpones Decision On Plea To Bar DraftKings And FanDuel

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DraftKings and FanDuel can keep doing business in New York for at least a little while longer. After a hearing today, New York State Supreme Court Judge Manuel Mendez said that he will rule soon on New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s petition to bar the daily fantasy sports sites from doing business in the Empire State pending a full trial. The decision followed arguments by both sides centering on the question of whether people who use the sites are… Read


‘Animals’ Animated Comedy From Duplass Brothers Gets HBO Premiere Date


HBO has confirmed the debut date for Animals, with the animated adult comedy series set to launch its 10-episode season on Friday, February 5 at 11:30 PM ET, exclusively on HBO. Created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano, and produced by Duplass Brothers Television, Animals focuses on the creatures native to Earth's least-habitable environment: New York City. Lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons, and aging bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis engage in awkward small… Read

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‘Star Wars’ An Art House Movie? Some French Exhibs Think So, Stoking Indie Producers’ Ire


Here’s something you don’t see very often in France, the home of cinéma d’auteur. As the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens approaches on December 16, some of France’s art house theater owners are up in arms about not being able to program the film on their screens. In turn, the indie producers union (SPI) is not siding with its brethren and is instead concerned that if Star Wars screens in indie cinemas, it will take up space it feels should go to less mainstream… Read


‘Girl Meets World’ Renewed For Third Season By Disney Channel


Girl Meets World is getting a third go-round. Disney Channel has ordered a third season of the comedy for premiere in spring 2016. Girl Meets World is the No. 1-rated series in total viewers across all kid-targeted cable TV networks and among the top five cable TV series of the year among kids 2-11 and tweens 9-14, according to Disney Channel. Created by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly and executive-produced by Jacobs, the series follows the everyday adventures of an… Read