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Espy Awards 2017 Nominations: Tom Brady, Serena Williams, Michael Phelps and More!

Espy Awards 2017 Nominations: Tom Brady, Serena Williams, Michael Phelps and More!
Tom Brady, Serena Williams, Simone Biles and LeBron James are among the top athletes nominated for a 2017 Espy Award.

Related: Michael Phelps to Race Against a Great White Shark In Shark Week's 'Phelps vs. Shark'

The complete list of nominees for the sports award show was revealed on Wednesday, and fans can now vote online for their favorite athletes.

Hosted by former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, the 25th Espy Awards will take place on
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Joel Stillerman to join Hulu as chief content officer

AMC and SundanceTV president of original programming and development to start in summer.

After a months-long search, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins announced today that Joel Stillerman will join the company as chief content officer.

In the newly-created position, Stillerman will be responsible for evolving and driving the overall content strategy for the company, and will oversee Hulu’s content acquisitions, originals development and content partner management teams.

Stillerman will join Hulu’s senior management team this summer and will report directly to Hopkins.

Craig Erwich will maintain his current role as Hulu’s senior vice-president and head of content and increase his focus on the company’s original programming.

Stillerman most recently served as president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, spearheading a slate that included Fear The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Into the Badlands and The Night Manager.

Prior to AMC Networks, he was founder and chairman of Yolo Films and has
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Hulu Wants to Be Your New Netflix, Hiring AMC’s Programming Boss to Help Plan The Attack

Hulu’s ready to go beast mode, and has recruited AMC’s programming chief to help it grow its footprint as one of TV’s key streaming services.

Joel Stillerman, who spent nearly 10 years at AMC Networks – most recently as president of original programming and development for AMC and Sundance TV – has been named Hulu’s first-ever chief content officer.

Stillerman’s mandate? Come up with a content strategy that will grow Hulu’s advertising revenue (don’t forget, unlike Netflix, a good chunk of Hulu’s users see ads) and subscriber growth.

Hulu’s subscriber base was around 12 million last year, and at its upfront presentation last week, the company reported 47 million total unique viewers. But it still has a way to go to catch up to competitors Netflix and Amazon: According to eMarketer, Netflix boasts around 128 million individual users this year, while Amazon has around 85.3 million viewers.

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Hulu Wants to Be Your New Netflix, Hiring AMC’s Programming Boss to Help Plan The Attack

Hulu’s ready to go beast mode, and has recruited AMC’s programming chief to help it grow its footprint as one of TV’s key streaming services.

Joel Stillerman, who spent nearly 10 years at AMC Networks – most recently as president of original programming and development for AMC and Sundance TV – has been named Hulu’s first-ever chief content officer.

Stillerman’s mandate? Come up with a content strategy that will grow Hulu’s advertising revenue (don’t forget, unlike Netflix, a good chunk of Hulu’s users see ads) and subscriber growth.

Hulu’s subscriber base was around 12 million last year, and at its upfront presentation last week, the company reported 47 million total unique viewers. But it still has a way to go to catch up to competitors Netflix and Amazon: According to eMarketer, Netflix boasts around 128 million individual users this year, while Amazon has around 85.3 million viewers.

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Hulu Names Joel Stillerman Chief Content Officer

Hulu has named Joel Stillerman chief content officer, overseeing the company’s overall content business and strategy. Stillerman joins Hulu from AMC Networks, where he was president of original programming and development for AMC and Sundance TV.

Slated to join Hulu this summer, Stillerman will set the strategic vision for the company’s content strategy, including original programming, content partnerships, and data analytics usage. He will report to Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins.

Craig Erwich will continue to lead original-programming development for Hulu as senior VP, reporting to Stillerman.

“This year is a transformative year for Hulu – not just in our products, but also our investment in acquired and original content. Over the past several years, we’ve grown our audience and our content offering exponentially, and now is the right time to add Joel’s creative and strategic leadership to the team and drive the next phase of Hulu’s content business,” said
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Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme Passes Away at 73

Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme Passes Away at 73
Director Jonathan Demme, who won an Oscar for directing the 1991 Best Picture winner The Silence of the Lambs, has passed away earlier this morning at the age of 74. According to a source close to the family, the filmmaker passed from esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease. The filmmaker had been treated for esophageal cancer in 2010, and while he did recover, the cancer came back in 2015, and sources said his condition had deteriorated in recent weeks. We have assembled a number of tweets below from filmmakers and actors paying their respects to this iconic director.

IndieWire first broke the news this morning, as tributes have started to flood in from filmmakers such as Edgar Wright, James Wan and actors such as Denis Leary, Michael Chiklis and many more. Jonathan Demme was born February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, Nassau County, New York to Dorothy Louise (Rogers) and Robert Eugene Demme, a public relations executive.
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Oscar Winning Director Jonathan Demme Dies at the Age of 73

Jonathan Demme was hands down one of my favorite directors so it saddens me to report that he’s passed away at the age of 73 due to complications from Cancer. Demme is best known for directing The Silence of the Lambs, the 1991 horror-thriller that was a box office smash and a critical triumph. But it wasn’t just Silence of the Lambs that captured audiences. He also directed Philadelphia and later did a phenomenal remake of the movie The Manchurian Canadian. Jonathan is the brother of another late directed Ted Demme who was also extremely talented. Ted directed films like

Oscar Winning Director Jonathan Demme Dies at the Age of 73
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Celebrities React to the Death of Jonathan Demme: ‘He Could Do Anything’

Celebrities React to the Death of Jonathan Demme: ‘He Could Do Anything’
Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married, and much more, died Wednesday at age of 73.

Demme’s varied career not only covered feature films; he was an accomplished director of concert films and documentaries as well, working with an equally diverse array of talent, from Oprah Winfrey and Laura Dern to Justin Timberlake and Spalding Gray.

As news of the filmmaker’s death continues to spread, celebrities and influencers within the entertainment industry have begun sharing their reactions on social media. See a selection of remembrances below

Very sad to hear of
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Jonathan Demme Remembered: Barry Jenkins, Ron Howard, Edgar Wright & More Mourn On Twitter

Jonathan Demme Remembered: Barry Jenkins, Ron Howard, Edgar Wright & More Mourn On Twitter
The film world was deeply saddened when news broke today that Oscar-winning “The Silence of the Lambs” director Jonathan Demme had died in New York at the age of 73. Demme was a brilliant and versatile auteur, traversing genres with rarely a misfire. He is remembered by those who worked with him, and those whom his work inspired.

Tom Hanks, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of a lawyer dying of AIDS in Demme’s “Philadelphia,” wrote: “Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide how we live and what we do for a living. He was the grandest of men.” Meryl Streep, who worked with Demme on 2015’s “Ricki and the Flash,” said: “A big hearted, big tent, compassionate man- in full embrace in his life of people in need- and of the potential of art, music, poetry and film to
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Hollywood Reacts to Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme’s Death

Hollywood Reacts to Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme’s Death
Hollywood was quick to mourn the loss of the acclaimed director Jonathan Demme, who died of cancer complications.

Demme made about as big a splash in Hollywood as anyone ever has with 1991’s “The Silence of the Lambs” which earned five Oscars including best director for Demme. His follow-up, 1993’s “Philadelphia,” earned Tom Hanks his first Academy Award.

His most recent work behind the camera was an episode of the Fox police drama “Shots Fired,” which is scheduled to air on April 26 — the same day the director’s death was announced. He also recently filmed Justin Timberlake’s 2016 concert tour documentary “Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids.” His most recent feature was the Meryl Streep starrer, “Ricki and the Flash.”

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Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Director, Dies at 73

Hanks wrote in a statement, “Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide
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Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Director, Dies at 73

Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Director, Dies at 73
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme died Wednesday in New York of cancer complications, his publicist told Variety. He was 73 years old.

Demme is best known for directing “The Silence of the Lambs,” the 1991 horror-thriller that was a box office smash, a critical triumph, and introduced moviegoers to Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter, a charismatic serial with a yen for Chianti, fava beans, and cannibalism. The story of a novice FBI analyst (Jodie Foster) on the trail of a murderer became only the third film in history to win Academy Awards in all the top five categories ( picture, actor, actress, director, and adapted screenplay), joining the ranks of “It Happened One Night” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Though he had his greatest success terrifying audiences, most of Demme’s work was looser and quirkier. In particular, he showed a great humanism and an empathy for outsiders in the likes of “Melvin and Howard,
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Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds Find ‘Life’ on Mars in First Trailers for Sci-Fi Adventure

Not be confused with Anton Corbijn’s James Dean biopic last year — or Ted Demme’s 1999 comedy, for that matter — Life is the title of one of Sony’s biggest tentpoles next year, and the first trailers have now arrived. Directed by Daniel Espinosa, he reteams with his Safe House star Ryan Reynolds (himself reteaming with Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese) in the sci-fi adventure, which also stars Jake Gyllenhaal.

The film follows a crew on the International Space Station as they discover life on Mars, but it doesn’t seem to take to kindly to them. Despite a few shots seemingly directly from Gravity and a premise that’s been done many times over, hopefully the caliber of the cast and the humor from the writing duo can deliver something special next summer.

Check out the trailer below, along with a slightly longer international version, for the film also starring Rebecca Ferguson,
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The Infiltrator review – stodgy, shapeless Miami drug-ring caper

This tale of a federal agent who went undercover among Colombian drug lords, adapted from Robert Mazur’s memoir, is indulgent and interminable

Brad Furman gave us the smart La thriller The Lincoln Lawyer starring Matthew McConaughey in 2011, which got me wondering if he shouldn’t be taking on adaptations of Elmore Leonard or Carl Hiaasen. Now he directs this stodgy, shapeless and almost endless Miami drug-ring drama starring its executive producer, Bryan Cranston. It feels like playing five hours of Grand Theft Auto. The Infiltrator is adapted from the memoir by Robert Mazur, a federal agent who went undercover among Colombian druglords associated with Pablo Escobar and helped bring down his crooked banking infrastructure; the screenwriter who adapted Mazur’s book is the director’s mother: Ellen Brown Furman. Cranston does a reasonable job as Mazur, the veteran undercover operative and happily married man who almost betrays himself at
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Richard Lagravenese To Receive 2016 WGA Ian McClellan Hunter Award

Screenwriter Richard Lagravenese, the Academy Award nominated writer of Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King, will be honored by his peers with the Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement at the 68th Annual Writer’s Guild Awards, it was announced today. Lagravenese has written seventeen scripts over his career, including Ted Demme’s The Ref, Clint Eastwood’s The Bridges of Madison County, Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer, Alfonso Cuaron’s A Little Princess, and…
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Richard Lagravenese To Receive 2016 WGA Ian McClellan Hunter Award

Richard Lagravenese To Receive 2016 WGA Ian McClellan Hunter Award
Screenwriter Richard Lagravenese, the Academy Award nominated writer of Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King, will be honored by his peers with the Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement at the 68th Annual Writer’s Guild Awards, it was announced today. Lagravenese has written seventeen scripts over his career, including Ted Demme’s The Ref, Clint Eastwood’s The Bridges of Madison County, Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer, Alfonso Cuaron’s A Little Princess, and…
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‘Fisher King’ Writer Richard Lagravenese to Be Honored by Writers Guild

‘Fisher King’ Writer Richard Lagravenese to Be Honored by Writers Guild
The Writers Guild of America East has selected Richard Lagravenese as the recipient of its Ian Mclellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement.

The honor will be presented at the 68th annual Writers Guild Awards at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on Feb. 13.

Richard Lagravenese has been a WGA member since 1986 and written 17 films. He received an Academy Award nomination for original screenplay in 1992 for “The Fisher King.”

His writing credits include “The Ref,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “The Horse Whisperer” and “Unbroken.” He also directed many of his own screenplays, including “Living Out Loud,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Beautiful Creatures,” “The Last Five Years” and “Freedom Writers,” which won the Humanitas Prize.

He co-produced and co-directed with Ted Demme the Emmy-nominated film documentary “A Decade Under the Influence,” adapted Scott Thorson’s memoir about his relationship with Liberace for HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra,” and wrote and
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Have Yourself A Movie Little Christmas: Krampus And More!

Despite its rampaging monster approach to the holiday season and the imposing, sort-of terrifying giant horned goat-man who provides its title, Krampus isn’t, at heart, an anti-Christmas picture-- it has at least one bloodshot eye pitched toward seasonal classic status. The movie’s story is centered on a family at war with itself—semi-sophisticated suburbanites Adam Scott and Toni Collette and their kids hosting a clan of boorish, right-wing Walmart-warrior relatives headed up by David Koechner and Alison Tolman— who finds itself besieged by the impish and deadly forces of Krampus, the flip-side of holiday cheer, Darth Vader to Santa’s Obi-wan. When the only child left in the family who still clings to his belief in Santa Claus has the last vestiges of Christmas spirit (here so defined as the will to make sacrifices for the good of others) derided out of him, he tears up his last
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Johnny Depp to Receive Desert Palm Achievement Award at 27th Palm Springs International Film Festival

Whether he likes it or not, Johnny Depp is going to be a part of this year's Awards Season for his mesmerizing portrayal of Whitey Bulger in "Black Mass" (See my review right here).

The actor, previously nominated for "Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl," "Finding Neverland," and "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street," infamously told BBC Newsbeat that he "doesn't want to win one of those things ever." Well, guess what? He maybe nominated and perhaps win! Why? Because he's just been baptized by the Palm Springs International Film Festival with its Desert Palm Achievement Award. And that's a good sign as we traverse Awards Season.

This is in my hood and I'll give you reports from the red carpet! Here's the complete press release:

Palm Springs, CA (November 17, 2015) . The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Johnny Depp with the Desert Palm Achievement Award,
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Peter Dougherty, 'Yo! MTV Raps' Co-Creator, Dead at 59

Peter Dougherty, a TV executive credited with bringing hip-hop to MTV as the co-creator of Yo! MTV Raps, passed away October 12th following a heart attack at his home in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, The New York Times reports. Dougherty was 59.

Dougherty was working in the on-air promotions department of MTV in the mid-Eighties when he suggested that the still-growing music network create a program that focused on hip-hop culture. Dougherty was a staple of New York's downtown scene, befriending artists like Beastie Boys and Rick Rubin. "He knew everybody, everybody knew him,
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Cosby Rape Accusers' Photographer: "There Was a Lot of Intense Bonding" on Set

Cosby Rape Accusers' Photographer:
L.A.-based artist Amanda Demme faced the challenge of her career when she was called to oversee one of the year's most controversial photo shoots. Also a prolific movie music supervisor (and widow of director Ted Demme), she says she didn't blink an eye when New York called this spring and asked her to shoot groups of women who claim they were raped and sexually abused by comedian Bill Cosby. The photographer details here how she pulled off multiple shoots for the cover story, how she used a "fine art" approach to capture her subjects, and why she hopes the women

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