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20 items from 2014

Book Impressions: Joseph Maddrey’s Beyond Fear & A Strange Idea of Entertainment

19 August 2014 5:21 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

I don’t often get time to read a lot of books these days, but I knew that Joseph Maddrey had a couple of genre-related titles coming out and I needed to make the time. A few years ago, Maddrey teamed up with iconic actor Lance Henriksen for the wonderfully engaging Not Bad for a Human, and Maddrey’s latest literary efforts- Beyond Fear and A Strange Idea of Entertainment-are both equally informative and compelling reads for any horror fan.

Beyond Fear: Reflections on Stephen King, Wes Craven and George Romero’s Living Dead focuses on Maddrey’s analysis and reflections on three of our genre’s most influential storytellers and how their visions uniquely shaped the landscape of horror entertainment over the last several decades. Considering we live in a world where we seem to have a documentary about practically every possible subject out there now, there’s actually »

- Heather Wixson

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'The Devil's Advocate' TV Series in Development at NBC

18 August 2014 10:28 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

NBC has started developing a new TV series based on the 1997 feature The Devil's Advocate, which starred Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves.

Matt Venne (Leprechaun: Origins) is writing the script for the new TV series, which follows a young public defender who joins a law firm that is run by the devil himself. Keanu Reeves starred as the young attorney in the original movie, with Al Pacino playing his devilish boss. Taylor Hackford directed the 1997 movie, which grossed $153 million from a $57 million budget, and co-starred Charlize Theron, Connie Nielsen and Craig T. Nelson.

John Wells and Arnold Kopelson are producing for Warner Bros. Television alongside Andrew Stearn. Matt Venne is serving as co-executive producer. No production schedule was given.

The project comes at a time where shows centering on the devil haven't been doing so well, such as ABC's 666 Park Avenue and NBC's Rosemary's Baby.

The Devil's Advocate was released October 17th, »

- MovieWeb

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Inside the Finale Plans for ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘Parenthood’

5 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When the series finale of HBO’s mobster drama “The Sopranos” ended with a sudden cut to black, some fans cried foul. Others cried genius. Either way, it was unforgettable.

This fall the pressure to “end well” is on for a trio of long-running, critically acclaimed dramas — “Boardwalk Empire,” “Parenthood,” and “Sons of Anarchy” — and the showrunners are planning potent final episodes.

“A great ending stays with you. It resonates,’ ” says “Boardwalk” executive producer and one-time “Sopranos” scribe Terence Winter. “It’s something so powerful that you sit with friends and talk about what it might mean, the deeper implications.”

To increase the intensity in the “Boardwalk” series finale, the season premiere jumps ahead seven years to 1931 and finds bootlegger Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) at the start of the Great Depression, where he sees the devastating effects of alcohol on a broken population.

“This year, Nucky witnesses what he has wrought because of his lifestyle, »

- Kate Hahn

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Lauren Graham’s Parenthood Granted 1 Final Season

12 May 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Good news for more NBC fans! Lauren Graham and Craig T. Nelson’s Parenthood was picked up for a 6th and final season. The odds-beating show appeared to be doomed for many fans, but luckily it survived for a short season. NBC announced that they had to make a short season of 13 episodes do to the cast. The series turned out to be costing burden to the network due to the stars attached to it. As for when it will air, it will stay in the current schedule for next fall.

This news was made before their big upfront event taking place today. Fans were anxiously awaiting the news due to the fact that it was not included in Law & Order: Svu announcement. Luckily fans can all breath knowing that we will get some official closure for the show. No word though yet on how they will spread out of the episodes for the season. »

- Sarah Peel

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Parenthood: Renewed for Sixth and Final Season

11 May 2014 12:29 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Things were a little touch and go for awhile but NBC has now renewed Parenthood for a sixth season. It will be the last season and the cast and crew will have 13 episodes to say goodbye.

Parenthood revolves around the lives of the extended Braverman family in Northern California. The ensemble cast includes Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Tyree Brown, Joy Bryant, Max Burkholder, Erika Christensen, Miles Heizer, Sam Jaeger, Monica Potter, Savannah Paige Rae, Xolo Mariduena, Mae Whitman, with Bonnie Bedelia and Craig T. Nelson.

The series has never been a ratings hit for NBC but it has remained a pretty consistent performer with a devoted fanbase. This season, the ratings took a pretty dramatic downturn, dropping 20-30% compared to the fourth season. Shows like Revolution, Growing Up Fisher, and Believe all had better ratings but they were cancelled.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Parenthood: Cancelled Over Dispute for Season Six?

9 May 2014 9:22 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Sounds like there's some trouble over at the Braverman house. Deadline reports that the show may be cancelled over salary and cost-cutting measures.

Airing on NBC since 2010, Parenthood revolves around the lives of the extended Braverman family in Northern California. The ensemble cast includes Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Tyree Brown, Joy Bryant, Max Burkholder, Erika Christensen, Miles Heizer, Sam Jaeger, Monica Potter, Savannah Paige Rae, Xolo Mariduena, Mae Whitman, with Bonnie Bedelia and Craig T. Nelson.

Word is that NBC wants to renew the show for a final season of 13 episodes. To cut costs, the network/studio has asked the large cast to reduce their episode guarantee from 13 to nine episodes. That would mean that they'd potentially only appear in and be paid for nine installments.

Reportedly, they don't want to do that and the cast and studio are at »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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In defense of Ray Romano getting cast in an HBO drama -- Video

2 May 2014 2:47 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Ray Romano tends to get a bad rap. And it’s time for that to change.

On Friday, HBO announced that Ray Romano is the latest actor to be added to the cast of the upcoming New York-set drama about 1970s rock and roll from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence WinterRay Romano isn’t rock and roll, you may contest. And you may be right — Ray Romano, the person, may be not be “rock and roll.” But Ray Romano the actor? He’s got the talent to be the toughest music exec we’ve ever seen.

It’s »

- Ariana Bacle

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The 101 Best Sports Movies of All Time

20 April 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.

And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »

- Gary Susman

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Parenthood, Ep. 5.22, “The Pontiac” a heart-warming finish to an uneven season

18 April 2014 11:40 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Parenthood, Season 5, Episode 22, “The Pontiac”

Written by Jason Katims

Directed by Lawrence Trilling

Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC

This week, on Parenthood: Haddie comes home, Sarah comes to her senses, and Zeek and Camille dance

Parenthood has had an uneven season. After starting the year out promisingly, odd and unexamined character choices started to take over the show, leaving the audience to connect the dots to understand the extreme reactions (or lack of reactions) demonstrated by several characters. Joel, swamped at work (except when he isn’t), reacts poorly to Julia’s indiscretion and leaves. Hank’s back, but he’s not with Sarah, and no one knows why. Kristina runs for mayor, because remission? , and Adam, inspired by her, convinces Crosby to start their own label. Several of these storylines overstayed their welcome, stretched too thinly over the 22-episode season, but fortunately the finale draws more »

- Kate Kulzick

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Modern Family Review: “A Hard Jay’s Night” (Season 5, Episode 19)

2 April 2014 10:57 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After last week’s manic, high-energy episode that was “Las Vegas” – an episode that even casual watchers seemed to find riotously entertaining, based on the various discussions I’ve had with friends and family about it – “A Hard Jay’s Night” is a rather restrained, merely decent, sort of harmless half hour. If last week’s Modern Family was an all-you-can-eat buffet of comedy, this episode is comfort food. The viewer gets exactly what he or she expects and little more.

As the patriarch of the series, Ed O’Neill has gotten precious little to do all season – although, compared to Craig T. Nelson’s Zeke Braverman on Parenthood, another show about a large family in its fifth season, he is working tirelessly. The writers’ attempts to make the character more than just a logical curmudgeon who likes to poke fun at his family’s shortcomings, such as a foray into writing a novel, »

- Jordan Adler

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Samuel L. Jackson Says He'll Likely Return as Frozone in The Incredibles Sequel

28 March 2014 5:25 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Disney CEO Bob Iger recently revealed that the studio is moving forward with a sequel to Pixar's "The Incredibles," which was released in 2004 and grossed around $600 million worldwide. While promoting "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," Samuel L. Jackson was asked if he'll be returning to voice his Frozone character. "Every time I run into [director] Brad [Bird], he always tells me Frozone is part of what's going on, so I have to believe that," he explained. "I guess they could be the Incredibles without Frozone, but I think Frozone would be a wonderful addition to what's already there." In addition to Jackson, "The Incredibles" features a voice cast comprised of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, Elizabeth Pena, Sarah Vowell, and Bird. »

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Samuel L. Jackson says he'll likely return for Pixar's 'The Incredibles 2'

28 March 2014 11:12 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Samuel L Jackson has played Marvel hero Nicky Fury in seemingly countless films, but fans will also remember him as the cool-as-ice super known as Frozone.  According to the actor, we'll likely hear him reprise the voice role in Pixar's recently announced "The Incredibles 2." Writer-director Brad Bird is expected to return, although no official announcement has yet been made. Disney CEO Bob Iger recently revealed the studio's plans for a sequel to the 2004 original which earned some $600 million worldwide.  "Every time I run into Brad, he always tells me Frozone is part of what's going on, so I have to believe that," Jackson told DigitalSpy. "I guess they could be the Incredibles without Frozone, but I think Frozone would be a wonderful addition to what's already there," he added. "The Incredibles" also featured the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, Elizabeth Pena, Sarah Vowell, and Bird himself. »

- HitFix Staff

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"Troop Beverly Hills" Turns 25: The 10 Essential GIFs

24 March 2014 5:40 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Troop Beverly Hills," the flawless 1989 comedy and utter box office failure, turns 25 today. Holy Craig T. Nelson, we're all so old. Fortunately the memory of righteous, glamorous den mother Phyllis Nefler is eternal. All hail the permed wilderness guru of the late '80s! I hope you appreciate this because the people around here can be so self-involved. Oh, shit, I broke a nail.  »

- Louis Virtel

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'Troop Beverly Hills': Phyllis Nefler's Unawarded Patches

24 March 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

The 1989 Shelley Long luxury vehicle Troop Beverly Hills turns 25 today, which means 1) You’re even older than you thought, and 2) It’s high time Phyllis Nefler — troop leader to us all — receives the (likely waist-cinching) sash of Wilderness Girl patches she has always deserved. Join me on this stroll down memory lane before those stinkin’ Red Feathers swarm in like poisonous water moccasins and corrupt the route!

The Anne Shirley Commemorative Puffed Sleeves patch:

The Putting Things In Perspective patch:

“Smokey the Bear isn’t going through a terribly messy divorce.”

The Appropriate Gardening Attire patch:

“The neighbors around here can be so self-involved… »

- Annie Barrett

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Kevin Hart And Will Ferrell Join Forces On Etan Cohen’s Comedy Get Hard

18 March 2014 6:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

(via Kevin Hart’s Facebook page)

Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart are headlining the new comedy, Get Hard, for director Etan Cohen.

The movie is scheduled to open nationwide on Friday, March 27, 2015.

When millionaire hedge fund manager James King (Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell Lewis (Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison. Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to ‘get hard’ and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other.

The film also stars Craig T. Nelson, Alison Brie, and rapper Tip “T.I.” Harris. The movie began »

- Michelle McCue

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Alison Brie Joins Get Hard

17 March 2014 3:33 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With two current comedy stars in Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart and a stalwart 'That Guy' in Craig T. Nelson, prison pic Get Hard needed a little female energy for balance. It now has it thanks to Community’s Alison Brie.Admittedly, Deadline’s claim to an exclusive casting scoop would be a little more convincing if Etan Cohen, the Tropic Thunder writer who is making his directorial debut with the film, hadn’t tweeted a picture of Brie and Ferrell reading the script at the weekend.Written by newcomers Ian Roberts and Jay Martel, Get Hard tracks what happens when nerdy investment manager Ferrell is wrongly convicted of a crime and sentenced to time in the slammer. Before he heads to the big house, he contracts the streetwise guy who washes his car (Hart) to toughen him up. Nelson is playing his boss, while Brie will be his fiancée. »

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Pixar Planning 3D Re-Releases for 'The Incredibles' and 'Ratatouille'

17 March 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney Pixar's director of 3D production, John Hollander, revealed at the 3D Creative Summit in London that the studio is working on 3D conversions of The Incredibles and Ratatouille.

Here's what John Hollander had to say at the summit about The Incredibles, though it isn't known when they may release this 3D version.

"Right now we're working on The Incredibles, which is a lot of fun in 3D. I'm not sure what the release strategy for it will be. It's been an interesting challenge to work on technology because - while the film was released 10 years ago - the technology is even older as it took four years to make."

He also spoke about the Ratatouille 3D conversion, which has already been completed.

"We have a version of Ratatouille, which works really well in 3D and we're trying to figure out exactly what the release strategy for that will be. »

- MovieWeb

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Craig T. Nelson Gets Hard

26 February 2014 8:54 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

It’s no disrespect to Craig T. Nelson to call him one of our favourites from the that-guy-from-that-thing fraternity. He’s played Marines, sports coaches, cops, doctors and judges, not to mention a superhero in The Incredibles' Mr. Incredible. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the latest thing he’ll be that-guying in is Will Ferrell / Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard.Despite a title that seems designed to pack cinemas with thousands of Sid Jameses, Get Hard is an odd-couple pre-prison caper that sees Ferrell nerdy investment bank manager calling on Kevin Hart’s streetwise joe to toughen him up before a stretch in prison. The twist? Ferrell is totally innocent and, presumably, not all that good at fighting.According to the trade title, Nelson will play Ferrell’s boss at Barrow Funds and the dad of his fiancée.It’s Tropic Thunder writer Etan Cohen’s first stab at »

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Craig T. Nelson Joins Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart Comedy 'Get Hard' (Exclusive)

20 February 2014 5:33 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Craig T. Nelson is joining Get Hard, the Warner Bros. comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. The film, to be directed by Tropic Thunder writer Etan Cohen, follows an innocent man who is convicted of a crime and prepares for prison with help from the man who washes his car. Warner Bros. recently announced a March 27, 2015, release date for the film. Story: 'Ride Along 2' Moving Forward With Kevin Hart, Ice Cube in Talks to Return Nelson will play Martin Barrow, the founder of Barrow Funds. He's Ferrell's character's boss and also the father of Ferrell's fiancee.

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- Rebecca Ford

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Heather’s 14 Favorite Horror Couples (Part I)

10 February 2014 2:12 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Ah, Valentine’s Day- that special time of year when, if you’re in a relationship, everything seems just wonderful. If you’re not, you pretty much wish everyone around you would stop being so damn lovey-dovey and just grow up already.

The horror genre has seen its share of passionate lovers and soul mates over the years willing to fight it out to the end, whether they’re being chased by creatures, psychotic serial killers, Mother Nature or even as they struggling against internal forces that threaten those they love most in the world. 

To celebrate Valentine’s Day this Friday, I decided to pay homage to some of my very favorite couples in the horror that demonstrate to the very fullest the idea, “til death do us part.” Check out the first part of my 14 Favorite Horror Couples countdown below and look for part two later this week right here on Daily Dead! »

- Heather Wixson

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