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Comedy King Jerry Lewis, 91, Dies ‘Peacefully at Home of Natural Causes,’ Says Daughter

19 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Comedy king Jerry Lewis, whose manic style amused generations of moviegoers on both sides of the Atlantic, yet whose popularity often confounded critics, has died, his agent confirmed to People. He was 91.

In a statement from Lewis’ daughter Danielle, the comedian’s manager confirmed that “he passed peacefully at home of natural causes with him loving family at his side.”

Las Vegas Review Journal columnist John Katsilometes confirmed the news on Twitter on Sunday, writing that Lewis’ rep told him in a statement that he died at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday morning in his home in Las Vegas.

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- Alexis L. Loinaz and Char Adams

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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. He legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over »

- Richard Natale and Carmel Dagan

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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

19 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. He legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over »

- Richard Natale and Carmel Dagan

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TV News Roundup: Brooke Shields Joins Season 19 of ‘Law & Order: Svu’

11 August 2017 4:44 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s roundup, “Law & Order: Svu” casts Brooke Shields, and Ltb Productions released “American M.C” docu-series. 

Casting

Brooke Shields has been tapped for a major recurring role on Season 19 of “Law & Order: Svu,” Variety has confirmed.  Details of her character have not been released, although a statement from NBC hinted that her role will shake up Olivia Benson’s (Mariska Hargitay) world. Shields is repped by UTA. As previously reported, Michael Chernuchin took over showrunning duties from Rick Eid, who left to serve as showrunner on “Chicago Pd.” Dick Wolf is the creator and executive producer, while Hargitay, Julie Martin, Jonathan Starch, Arthur Forney, Peter Jankowski, are also executive producers. “Law & Order: Svu” returns Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. on NBC.

Releases

“American M.C,” a docu-series from Ltb Productions in association with Natural 9 Entertainment, is now available exclusively on iTunes. “American M.C” follows a group of 17 motorcyclists from across the Southwest who »

- Rebecca Rubin

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"Twin Peaks," Episode 13 Recap: What Is This, Kindergarten?

10 August 2017 9:13 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Twin Peaks Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering David Lynch and Mark Frost's limited, 18-episode continuation of the Twin Peaks television series.Much of David Lynch's work is about regression, or regressiveness, about people who are most comfortable when indulging (really, hiding behind) their baser instincts. An acid-jazz saxophonist with murder on his mind might take refuge in the body and soul of a teenage delinquent (Lost Highway), or a midwestern girl who has played and lost the Hollywood game might concoct a candy-colored dream-life in which she finally attains Tinseltown stardom (Mulholland Dr.). But these escapes always prove to be traps, and cyclical ones at that. What goes around comes around. What has happened before will happen again. Even Blue Velvet's Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini), finally liberated from her abusive sexual relationship with Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper), "still can see blue velvet through my tears. »

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Emmys 2017 Poll: Who Should Win for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series?

10 August 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Is another Donald Trump victory on the horizon? (The Potus might not be bragging about this one as much, though.)

This year’s Emmys race for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series is a wide-open field, with three previous winners in the mix, including reigning champ Louie Anderson from FX’s Baskets. But if we’re predicting a victor based solely on pop-culture buzz, the frontrunner has to be Alec Baldwin for his scathing parody of President Trump on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. (It also helps that Baldwin is a two-time Emmy winner from his years as Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock. »

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Fox Chief Dana Walden on ‘American Idol’ Reboot, ‘The X-Files,’ ‘Wayward Pines’

8 August 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox on Tuesday revealed plans for its first post-“American Idol” singing competition. But the show that defined the network for 15 seasons still looms large.

Asked Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour whether Fox, which canceled “Idol” two years ago, or ABC, which is paying a hefty sum to bring the show back, had made a serious mistake, Fox Television Group co-ceo Dana Walden responded, “ABC” — then added, “I’m joking.”

Walden unpacked Fox’s decision-making process around “Idol” — both the decision to let the franchise go, and its bid to land the revival of the show, which ultimately went to ABC.

“‘American Idol’ was an extremely expensive show,” Walden said. When she and co-ceo Gary Newman took over the network in 2015, ratings for the show — which had enjoyed a lengthy run as television’s highest-ratings king — were in a steep decline. “The economics were terrible at that moment. We »

- Daniel Holloway

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New TBS Animated Series “Final Space” – What We Know so Far

28 July 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

TBS has made the announcement that they’re launching a new animated space saga. “Final Space” is a series created by Conan O’Brien’s Conaco productions and Olan Rogers. We’ve been privileged to learn more about what viewers can expect from the new show. Here is what we know so far about “Final Space.” The new show will chronicle the adventures of the main characters Gary and Mooncake. They are friends who are on a quest to explore the mysteries of “Final Space,” which is the location of the end of the universe. The series is a comedy/action and sci-fi adventure animation,

New TBS Animated Series “Final Space” – What We Know so Far »

- Dana Hanson-Firestone

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‘Ozark’ Spoilers Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama is a Stunner From Start to Finish

21 July 2017 12:47 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Ozark” Season 1. A spoiler-free review is available here.]

Now that’s how you make a thriller.

Anyone burned by the slow stroll to nowhere of recent Netflix dramas had to be pleased with the pins-and-needles tension — and shocking payoffs — of “Ozark,” Jason Bateman’s new original series for the streaming giant. From the first episode to the ending, Season 1 was filled with shocking twists and intense familial strife.

Below, we’ll break down why the near-constant darkness always felt grounded in reality, using big developments in the plot and key scenes throughout the series to illustrate how a horror story still felt relatable — and all the more terrifying for it.

Read More‘Ozark’ Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama is the Most Brutal Business Lesson You’ll Ever Binge

Premiere – “Sugarwood”

The importance of the premiere episode was its power. While that may go without saying, given the first hour’s overall impact, it’s important to remember how many dramas start slow. »

- Ben Travers

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‘Ozark’ Spoilers Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama is a Stunner From Start to Finish

21 July 2017 12:47 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Ozark” Season 1. A spoiler-free review is available here.]

Now that’s how you make a thriller.

Anyone burned by the slow stroll to nowhere of recent Netflix dramas had to be pleased with the pins-and-needles tension — and shocking payoffs — of “Ozark,” Jason Bateman’s new original series for the streaming giant. From the first episode to the ending, Season 1 was filled with shocking twists and intense familial strife.

Below, we’ll break down why the near-constant darkness always felt grounded in reality, using big developments in the plot and key scenes throughout the series to illustrate how a horror story still felt relatable — and all the more terrifying for it.

Read More‘Ozark’ Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama is the Most Brutal Business Lesson You’ll Ever Binge

Premiere – “Sugarwood”

The importance of the premiere episode was its power. While that may go without saying, given the first hour’s overall impact, it’s important to remember how many dramas start slow. »

- Ben Travers

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MGM TV Bustling Under Mark Burnett’s Unconventional Leadership

12 July 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mark Burnett has two stunning views from the places where he handles most of the business of running MGM Television and Digital Group.

From the window of his corner office at the company’s Beverly Drive headquarters in Beverly Hills, Burnett can see the house where he worked as a nanny after arriving in the U.S. in the late 1980s, fresh out of the British Army. That’s a potent reminder of how far he’s come in the 25 years since he launched his TV career with the unscripted adventure series “Eco-Challenge.”

From the spacious wooden deck of his home on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Burnett often rolls calls while looking out at the rocky grandeur of Point Dume. The sights, sounds and salty aroma of the ocean are also a potent reminder of how far he’s come, and of the infinite possibilities that lie ahead.

Burnett has long been established as one of »

- Cynthia Littleton

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In The Dark episode 1 review

11 July 2017 4:52 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Jul 11, 2017

MyAnna Buring plays Di Helen Weeks in new four-part BBC crime drama In The Dark…

This review contains spoilers.

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Welcome to rainy Polesford. Come for the manhunt, stay for the undisclosed past trauma and complicated interpersonal relationships. Well, you certainly don’t holiday in murder-town for the weather. 

Polesford, Derbyshire, has been flooded for weeks—a boon to the killer of a teenage girl; a curse to the police on their trail. Floodwater doesn’t only wreck skirting boards and livelihoods, it also plays havoc with forensic evidence, you see. That’s by-the-by for the Polesford police though, as they’ve already charged local man Stephen Bates

Bates is innocent. At least, Detective Inspector Helen Weeks, back in her hometown to help out an old friend who happens to be married to him, thinks so. Weeks »

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Andy Serkis interview: War For The Planet Of The Apes

4 July 2017 1:55 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 12, 2017

We sit down with the great actor and performance capture pioneer Andy Serkis to talk about his work in War For The Planet Of The Apes...

The process of capturing a performance and applying it to a precisely-rendered digital simian has now been refined to such a degree that the effect is now seamless. The brilliance of Andy Serkis's lead turn in the three Planet Of The Apes films to date has been a series highlight; as a feat of technology and acting, Caesar, the leader of the apes, is an astonishing creation.

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In War For The Planet Of The Apes, Caesar takes centre stage, as his personal vendetta against a human military leader - the ruthless Colonel McCullough (Woody Harrelson) - takes him on a mythical journey across a post-apocalyptic landscape. As an older Caesar, »

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Jake Busey is playing the son of Gary Busey’s Predator 2 character in The Predator

2 July 2017 4:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Although Arnold Schwarzenegger rejected the opportunity to reprise his role as Dutch from Predator for Shane Black’s upcoming sequel, it seems The Predator will have at least one connection to earlier movies, as Jake Busey has revealed that he is playing the son of Gary Busey’s Predator 2 character, special agent Peter Keyes.

““[Shane Black] called me and he said ‘Hey, you wanna do this movie? We don’t have money for you but it’ll be a fun thing to come play and be your father’s son,’” Busey told The Red Booth. “And so as much as I have followed in my Dad’s footsteps career-wise, this is like really following in his footsteps by playing a character who is the son of the character he played. And I don’t think there would be any other forum where I would do that. I think this is the one thing. »

- Gary Collinson

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Exploring the music of Edgar Wright's Cornetto trilogy

29 June 2017 12:43 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Jul 3, 2017

Music is a vital part of Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End. We take a look in more detail right here...

This feature contains major spoilers for Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End.

Edgar Wright's films are often likened to musicals, with his precise use of editing and shot choices giving us some of the most stylish comedy films of the century. His latest, Baby Driver, isn't a comedy per se, but “a musical with car chases”, or “An American In Paris on wheels and crack smoke”, as an elated Guillermo del Toro described it on Twitter.

Centring around Ansel Elgort's Baby, a getaway driver who does his best work while listening to a personal soundtrack, it seems like the film Wright was born to make. He had the idea for the film after making his first feature, »

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Newswire: Jake Busey is his father’s son, even in The Predator

27 June 2017 8:07 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

It’s common knowledge now that Shane Black’s The Predator will be something of a sequel rather than a complete overhaul of the franchise, and now we’ve got more details of how it will advance the previously established lore. Turns out, it involves a Busey family legacy. Jake Busey—son of Gary—recently told The Red Booth Show that he’s playing the son of his father’s character in Predator 2, Special Agent Peter Keyes. (Keyes met his demise in that movie.)

Busey the younger, of the From Dusk To Dawn series, relayed his conversation with Black. “He called me and he said ‘Hey, you wanna do this movie? We don’t have money for you but it’ll be a fun thing to come play and be your father’s son,’” he said. He also noted that he thinks the new movie would qualify as Predator »

- Esther Zuckerman

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How The Predator Reboot Connects Directly to Predator 2

26 June 2017 6:37 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Ever since writer-director Shane Black boarded 20th Century Fox's new film The Predator, the filmmaker has stated that it is not a reboot or a remake, and today we have even more proof that is the case. One of The Predator stars, Jake Busey, revealed in a new interview that his character actually has a connection to the original Predator movies, confirming that it continues the timeline set up in 1987's The Predator and 1990's The Predator 2. This connection is also with his own family, since he plays the son of Peter Keyes, the character his father, Gary Busey, played in Predator 2.

The actor made this revelation during an interview with The Red Booth, where he stated that writer-director Shane Black had told him right away that he'd be playing the son of his father's character from Predator 2. In that sequel, Peter Keyes was DEA Special Agent Peter Keyes, »

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India’s Eros Strikes Co-Production Venture With Turkey’s Pana Film

21 June 2017 7:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Indian studio giant Eros International has signed a two-title co-production deal with Turkey’s Pana Film.

The films will be bilingual in Hindi and Turkish, using locations and crews from both countries. The plots will blend Turkish and Indian cultures and will be developed by Eros’ in-house writing team alongside writers from Turkey.

Popular Turkish actor Necati Sasmaz owns Pana Film, and the company and actor are best known for the “Valley of the Wolves” television and film franchise. 2006’s “Valley of the Wolves: Iraq” that starred Sasmaz, Billy Zane, Gary Busey and Syrian star Ghassan Masoud (“Kingdom of Heaven”) is one of the most watched Turkish titles of all time.

An India-Turkey co-production treaty is in the works and is expected to be ratified soon. A 45-member Turkish delegation led by Turkey’s vice Minister of Culture and Tourism, Huseyin Yayman, and Erin Yilmaz, Director General Cinema, Ministry Of Culture and Tourism, visited the 2016 Mumbai film festival in order to explore co-production opportunities.

Turkish-dubbed Indian television serials are popular in Turkey, while Turkish programmed dubbed into Hindi are currently making a mark in India.

Eros has existing deals with China’s Peacock Mountain Culture & Media and state-owned Huaxia Film Distribution for “The Zookeeper” and “Love in Beijing”. »

- Naman Ramachandran

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Eros teams with Pana for Indo-Turkish co-productions

19 June 2017 4:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Indo-Chinese productions are also in the works.

India’s Eros International is joining forces with Turkish studio Pana Film, founded by actor Necati Şaşmaz, on two Indo-Turkish co-productions. 

Shooting in both India and Turkey with crew from both countries, the two films will be bilingual and star A-list Indian and Turkish talent, including Şaşmaz himself. Eros’ in-house writing team is working with Turkish writers on developing original stories that blend both Indian and Turkish cultures. 

Şaşmaz is best known for playing the lead role of Polat Alemdar in top-rating Turkish TV series Valley Of The Wolves. The series has been distributed to 47 countries and featured guest appearances from stars such as Andy Garcia, Gary Busey, Billy Zane and Sharon Stone.

Eros is employing a similar strategy on two Indo-Chinese co-productions, with the working titles Love In Beijing and The Zookeeper, which are being set up as co-productions with China Film Group and Peacock Mountain Culture & Media. 

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- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Fox Promotes Shannon Ryan to Chief Marketing Officer

16 June 2017 2:31 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox Television Group has promoted Shannon Ryan to the newly-created post of chief marketing officer, while Darren Schillace has been upped to executive vice president of marketing for Fox Broadcasting Company.

Effective immediately, Ryan will be responsible for overseeing all marketing and publicity for Fox, Twentieth Century Fox Television, and Fox 21 Television Studios. She most recently served as executive vice president of marketing and communications for the company. Schillace, who used to be senior vice president of marketing at ABC Entertainment, will manage Fox’s marketing strategy, media, social content marketing, affiliate and Mvpd marketing, special operations, and brand partnerships. He will report to Ryan.

“We have had the great pleasure of working with Shannon over the past three years and she has impressed us tremendously. She is a savvy strategist and an inspired leader,” Ftg chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden said in a statement. “She shares our vision for Ftg — support the best »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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