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Dr. Drew Pinsky, the addiction specialist who has been part of the Hln schedule since 2011, is leaving the network as it continues to reshape its daytime and primetime lineups.
Pinsky’s last broadcast will take place September 22, according to a memo from Ken Jautz, the executive who oversees the network. Hln is part of Time Warner’s CNN operations.
“It has been a privilege working at Hln. My executive producer Burt Dubrow and our outstanding staff and contributors were consistently exceptional,” Pinsky said in a statement. “I am very excited to stay within the CNN Worldwide family as a contributor.”
Hln is in the midst of an overhaul that will have it focused more tightly on news. Once known as “CNN Headline News,” Hln is moving back to those roots, aligning itself more closely with CNN while building a new stable of programs that appeal to its core audience, believed to be younger and more female than »
- Brian Steinberg
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
For July, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 29. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Synopsis: A woman with a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, overachieving kids, beautiful home, stunning looks and still holding down a career. »
- Steve Greene
While details on the talk show are scarce, Taffer will serve as an exec producer on the potential series, in addition to appearing on camera. He is under a first-look deal with Spike. 3 Ball Entertainment, which is behind “Bar Rescue,” will produce the late night series.
Taffer, a renowned bar and nightlife expert, is currently host of Spike’s popular “Bar Rescue,” which kicks off its fifth season on August 7 at 9 p.m. Variety has learned that Season 5 of “Bar Rescue” will consist of a whopping 30 episodes.
In addition to the tall episode order, Spike has also ordered 10 additional “Back to the Bar” specials, which will air throughout “Bar Rescue’s” fifth season run on Sunday nights. The specials will continue to revisit bars that were featured on previous episodes of “Bar Rescue »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
[[tmz:video id="0_zjl8jvkk"]] Christopher Darden said something pretty shocking ... it has to do with O.J., former Lapd Detective Mark Fuhrman, and the knife used to kill Ron and Nicole. Darden appeared on the "Reasonable Doubt" podcast, featuring Adam Carolla and Mark Geragos. Darden joked -- we're guessing it's a joke -- that he wished the detective whose use of the n-word torpedoed the case would have bumped into Simpson sometime around 10 Pm on June 12, 1994. Too soon? Read »
- TMZ Staff
Chris Darden may be famous because of the Oj Simpson murder trial, but he still wishes the 1994 double-homicide never came across his desk. “It totally derailed my career,” Darden told Adam Carolla and Mark Geragos on Monday’s recording of their “Reasonable Doubt” podcast, which comes out Saturday. “I have some notoriety, but I’m not rich.” In audio that’s exclusive to TheWrap, Darden added: “Who the hell wants to be known and broke at the same time? That sucks.” Listen to the conversation above. Also Read: Chris Darden Says New Oj Simpson Eyewitness Just Came Forward Click here »
- Tony Maglio
Oj Simpson prosecutor Chris Darden was fired following his loss in 1995’s so-called “Trial of the Century” — he just didn’t know it for about a year. “I left the day of the verdict,” Darden told “Reasonable Doubt” hosts Adam Carolla and Mark Geragos during a podcast recorded on Monday. “I went back one night to retrieve my belongings from the office, and I never went back.” But the ultimate parting of ways wasn’t quite that simple, according to audio of the interview obtained exclusively by TheWrap. Also Read: Chris Darden Says New Oj Simpson Eyewitness Just Came Forward »
- Tony Maglio
Former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden fielded his billionth question about the time he made Simpson try on the gloves — and we have exclusive audio of his surprising answer. Guesting on the Monday-recorded Adam Carolla and Mark Geragos “Reasonable Doubt” podcast, Darden explained why he didn’t just have Simpson try on a brand new glove of the same make, model and size, as opposed to the tainted one in evidence. Experts have speculated that blood may have shrunk the gloves, and the recent documentary “O.J.: Made in America,” featured a Simpson friend saying Simpson stopped taking an arthritis drug so his hands would swell. »
- Tony Maglio
The O.J. Simpson murder case is more than 20 years old, but prosecutor Christopher Darden is still getting new tips. During a taping of the “Reasonable Doubt” podcast with Adam Carolla and Mark Geragos, Darden said that just days ago he heard from a woman who says she saw Simpson near his ex-wife Nicole Brown’s house on June 12, 1994, the night she and Ron Goldman were killed. “I got a phone call, not a week ago, from a woman who told me that the night of the murder she saw O.J. Simpson on Bundy,” Darden recalled. “That he walked across her car in front of her. »
- Tony Maglio
Viacom International Media Networks is launching Comedy Central in the Middle East on the region’s leading pay-tv player Osn, two years after the two companies forged an alliance that marked a significant strategic move for Viacom in an area where it has considerable room for growth.
Comedy Central HD will be the third brand for Vimn in the region, complementing the existing presence of MTV and Nickelodeon/NickJr.
The channel’s offerings will include “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” Comedy Central favorites “Tosh.0,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” and a dedicated block of Spike content comprising “Lip Sync Battle,” as well as “Catch a Contractor,” the non-scripted series that sees host Adam Carolla on a mission to track down shady contractors and drag them back to the scene of their crimes. Internationally produced shows will include sitcom “I Live with Models.” All content, including animation, will be subtitled in Arabic. »
- Nick Vivarelli
“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Alfonso Ribeiro proved he still knows how to live life in the fast lane this past weekend when he won the final ever Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at the Long Beach Grand Prix in California. He beat out star drivers including Adam Carolla, Frankie Muniz, Brian Austin Green and fellow “Silver Spoons” alum Ricky Schroder at the 40th annual race, which ends after this year. The “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host, who is also a past “Dancing With the Stars” champion, was the celebrity winner in 1994 and 1995, and the Pro winner in 2015. Also Read: »
- Debbie Emery
Spike TV just got a bit spookier. The Viacom cable channel has ordered “The Mist” to series — a TWC-Dimension Television show based on the classic Stephen King novella. “The Mist” tells a harrowing story about a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town and creates immense havoc. The adaptation will have 10 one-hour episodes set for a 2017 debut. Spike had ordered a pilot for the now-series in February. Also Read: Adam Carolla Lands Live Comedy-Building Hybrid Series on Spike “From the brilliant mind of Stephen King and the incredible production team at TWC-Dimension TV, ‘The Mist’ will take audiences on a thrilling ride through. »
- Tony Maglio
This isn’t anywhere close to the true story about eight Eternians… It’s been more than 30 years since He-Man first channeled the power of Greyskull. Now, the muscleman with the bob cut is back in a “reality” show that just launched on YouTube. In this Real World-style video that’s clearly inspired by What's Up, Tiger Lily? and Sealab 2021, He-Man, Teela, Skeletor and the rest of the crew move into Castle Greyskull and the chaos ensues. The Real Masters of Eternia is produced by Dreamworks TV and was written by Matt Levy and Alex Hoffman. This isn’t the first time someone’s attempted a reality animated show. From 2004-07 Comedy Central aired the show Drawn Together, which featured the voices of Adam Carolla and Tara Strong. Check out the video of The Real Masters of Eternia… »
- David Eckstein
Launching in 2017, “Adam Carolla and Friends Build Stuff Live” will feature the television, radio and Internet personality taking on building projects with celebrity friends in need of his carpentry expertise, in a project that’s billed as “an interactive talk show meets a build show meets a live comedy show.”
Each week, Carolla will work alongside a different celebrity and engage with fans on social media who have carpentry questions. Spike has ordered 10 one-hour episodes, which will be broadcast live from Los Angeles and will include taped segments to show viewers the preparation that went into each week’s building project.
- Laura Prudom
Out with the old, in with the new. Spike TV has officially shuttered Adam Carolla‘s “Catch a Contractor,” but the cable channel’s ordered a new series that combines his comedy and carpentry expertise. “Adam Carolla and Friends Build Stuff Live” will feature the television, radio and Internet personality taking on building projects with celebrity friends in need of his carpentry expertise, Spike said on Thursday. The Viacom network will team up with the producers of “Talking Dead” for the 10-episode 2017 series. The hour-long show will be broadcast live from Los Angeles and include taped segments illustrating the prep-work »
- Tony Maglio
Adam Carolla loves to build things and he will do just that in Adam Carolla And Friends Build Stuff, a live 10-episode series from Spike and Talking Dead producers Embassy Row, slated to premiere in 2017. Described as an interactive talk show meets a build show meets a live comedy show, Adam Carolla And Friends Build Stuff will feature Carolla as he takes on building projects with celebrity friends in need of his master carpentry expertise. Each week, Carolla will work… »
The film is narrated by comedienne Christina Pazsitzky and includes interviews with Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette, Lisa Lampanelli, Adam Carolla, Jim Norton and Heather McDonald. Samuel Goldwyn is planning a limited theatrical release in late summer, followed by a wider digital release.
“Can We Take a Joke?” premiered at Doc NYC in November and is in the midst of its festival run. A special sneak peek week will be held at numerous college campuses starting April 13 with the aim to stir discussion about the importance of the open exchange of ideas on campuses.
The week will be hosted by Balaker’s Korchula Productions in conjunction with the on-demand movie programmer Tugg and New Balloon. The event is being organized in partnership »
- Dave McNary
Expect 40 percent fewer C-words out of Adam Carolla. The so-called “Podfather” will be going clean on his “Adam Carolla Show” twice a week. On Wednesdays and Fridays, the show will have “cleaned-up” verbiage, in Carolla’s words. The change-up is an attempt to attract a better breed of advertiser, Carolla explained on Wednesday’s show: “How do we get Ford, Gm, how do we get Sony, how do we get to the next level?” After all, there are plenty of costs to pay out, including production expenses and staffing. The live shows, however, will remain “as filthy as ever,” the podcast king clarified. »
- Tony Maglio
Adam Carolla is a lot of things: the world’s top podcaster, a former “Man Show” co-founder, and the father of 9-year-old twins. One thing he is not is a fan of “Dora the Explorer” — and the “Road Hard” star is supplementing that disdain by putting his money where his mouth is. On Friday’s “Adam Carolla Show” podcast, the multi-hyphenate pledged $10,000 to any writer of the cartoon who can hack it in the adult sitcom world. “They’re capable of providing entertainment for … children and retarded adults,” Carolla quipped, explaining that only a 48-year-old with the intellect of a 7-year-old child could. »
- Tony Maglio
When writer/director Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs" comedy spoof of "Star Wars" was first released in 1987, fans of the 'space opera' genre were delighted with the film, but most reviewers at the time dismissed the film as lame 'shtick', thinking the whole "Star Wars" 'thing' had run its course and best left forgotten. But the fans were right, the film was successful and now Brooks wants to mount a "Spaceballs" sequel:
Brooks was quoted on Adam Carolla's "Take a Knee" podcast, that he would love the original "Spaceballs" cast members to return for a sequel, with filming to start after the release of Disney's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
...and Phil Hartman as 'Dink'.
But Brooks himself »
- Michael Stevens
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