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How Carrie Fisher Helped Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor Bury their Feud Forever

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How Carrie Fisher Helped Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor Bury their Feud Forever
Hollywood legends Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher shared an undeniable bond their whole lives. Subscribe now for an inside look at Hollywood’s legendary mother-daughter duo – only in People.

Bonded in life and death, Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds worked together many times over the decades, including on the 2001 TV movie These Old Broads. The film revolves around three feuding former Hollywood stars (Reynolds, Shirley MacLaine and Joan Collins) who share an agent (Elizabeth Taylor). These Old Broads was co-written by Fisher as a starring vehicle for her mother and good friends MacLaine and Taylor, but also as
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New Details: The Private Side of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ Unbreakable Bond

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New Details: The Private Side of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ Unbreakable Bond
Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds and her daughter, Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher, had an indelible bond in life—and in death.

Living together as next-door neighbors in Beverly Hills, the women were a constant presence in each other’s daily lives. “At the one end of the family compound lived Debbie Reynolds, star of Singin’ in the Rain, with Dorothy’s red slippers from The Wizard of Oz on the mantelpiece,” said Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom, who directed the new HBO documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds and shared written memories exclusively with People for this week’s cover story.
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‘These Old Broads’ Director Recalls Carrie Fisher’s ‘Love Letter’ to Debbie Reynolds

‘These Old Broads’ Director Recalls Carrie Fisher’s ‘Love Letter’ to Debbie Reynolds
Carrie Fisher’s affection for her mother was never more prominently displayed than in “These Old Broads,” the 2001 ABC TV movie she wrote as a starring vehicle for Debbie Reynolds and her one-time stepmother, Elizabeth Taylor.

The movie was true to Fisher’s form as a writer who excelled in offering unvarnished looks at the downside of celebrity and the ephemeral nature of success in showbiz. “Broads,” which Fisher co-wrote with Elaine Pope, offers a biting take on how hard it is for actresses to maintain a career, let alone age gracefully on screen.

The pairing of Reynolds and Taylor ensured that the movie generated advance buzz from the get-go. The two had starring roles in the real-life scandal that erupted when Fisher was a toddler in the late 1950s after her father, singer Eddie Fisher, had an affair with Taylor that ended his marriage to Reynolds.

The heat from those “Eddie Dumps Debbie” headlines still had
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Smosh Parent Defy Media Raises $70 Million in Series B Funding Round

  • The Wrap
Defy Media, the studio behind digital “channels” like Smosh and Screen Junkies and Teen.com, has just closed another round of funding, to the tune of $70 million. The cash infusion comes courtesy of Wellington Management Company. And what will Defy be using this money for? Pouring it into its current batch of 72 series that premiere episodes every week and figuring out what the next Smosh is. “We’re focused on IP,” CEO Matthew Diamond told TheWrap. In common parlance: Defy is less worried about distribution or going into different formats like virtual reality than simply finding shows people will watch.
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Alejandro G. Inarritu wins DGA Award for The Revenant, full list of winners here

For the second year in a row (and the first time they’ve ever handed out back-to-back awards), the Directors Guild of America has honoured Alejandro G. Inarritu with the top prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards, with Inarittu collecting Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Revenant.

Inarritu won the DGA Award last year for Birdman, and went on to collect the Best Director award at the Oscars. Should he repeat the feat this year with The Revenant, he’d become only the third director in history to win back-to-back Best Director Academy Awards after John Ford and Joseph Mankiewicz.

And, should The Revenant also win Best Picture, it would be the first time a director has ever won back-to-back Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture.

Here’s the full list of winners from last night:

Feature Film

Alejandro González IñárrituThe Revenant

Tom McCarthy
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Here Are the 2015 DGA Awards TV Nominees

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After announcing the nominees for best film direction yesterday, the Directors Guild of America revealed the slate for TV direction in dramas and comedies today.

"Game of Thrones" seeks to add to its trophy haul for David Nutter's direction of the season 5 finale, "Mother's Mercy," which won an Emmy last September. But HBO's epic fantasy series will be challenged by the series finale of "Mad Men," directed by creator Matthew Weiner.

On the comedy side, "Transparent" will vie with the usual suspects, "Veep" and "Silicon Valley." Here is the full list of nominees:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

Michael Engler

Downton Abbey, "Episode 8" (PBS)

Lesli Linka Glatter

Homeland, "The Tradition of Hospitality" (Showtime)

David Nutter

Game of Thrones, "Mother's Mercy" (HBO)

Steven Soderbergh

The Knick, "Williams and Walker" (Cinemax)

Matthew Weiner

Mad Men, "Person to Person" (AMC)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

Chris Addison

Veep, "Election Night" (HBO)

Louis C.K.

Louie,
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‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep’ Score DGA Nominations

‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep’ Score DGA Nominations
Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland,” “The Knick” and “Mad Men” have scored Directors Guild of America nominations for the top television drama.

Louis,” “Modern Family,” “Silicon Valley,” “Transparent” and “Veep” were nominated for top comedy series.

The DGA also announced its feature film documentary nominations had gone to “Amy,” “Cartel Land,” “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” “Meru” and “What Happened, Miss Simone?”

All five documentary nominees are among the 15 titles shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Laura Poitras took the documentary trophy last year for “Citizenfour” at both the DGA and the Oscars.

Last year’s winners of the DGA TV awards — Leslie Linka Glatter for Showtime’s “Homeland” in drama series and Jill Solloway for Amazon’s “Transparent” in comedy series — received nominations again.

Bessie,” “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe,” “Show Me a Hero,” “Whitney” and “The Wiz Live!” took nominations in the TV movie-miniseries category.
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Alvin Ailey Dance and Others Get National Cinematic Run

In June, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performed over a dozen works at Lincoln Center. Now four of those performances—“Chroma” by Wayne McGregor; artistic director Robert Battle’s “Takademe”; “Grace” by Ronald K. Brown; and Alvin Ailey benchmark “Revelations”—can be relived in theaters Oct. 22 with additional material, including interviews with dancers and Battle. A completely new experience, the Matthew Diamond–directed film gives a feeling almost as if “you were on the stage, like you could walk through the works like being at a museum or something,” Battle told Backstage. “Even if you’ve seen the company, think of [the film] as a completely different kind of experience that involves more interactions.” The modern dance company, in an effort to hold fast to its founder’s mission of making dance accessible to all, is partnering with Lincoln Center at the Movies for the film series project “Great American Dance.
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‘The Wiz’: Common, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley Join NBC Live Musical

‘The Wiz’: Common, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley Join NBC Live Musical
NBC is rounding out the cast of “The Wiz Live!” with recording artists Common and Ne-Yo, and “Hairspray” star Elijah Kelley, the network announced Thursday at its Television Critics Assn. summer press tour presentation.

Kelley will play the Scarecrow, the first of the three friends to meet Dorothy (Shanice Williams). He’s always dreamed of having brains, never realizing that he’s the smartest of them all. The role marks a reunion between Kelley and his “Hairspray” co-star Queen Latifah. It will be the actor’s second collaboration with “Wiz” executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who also served as EPs on “Hairspray.”

Ne-Yo will play the Tin Man, who was once a flesh-and-blood woodsman until a spell put on him by the Wicked Witch caused him to lose his limbs and heart — but not his ability to feel.

Oscar and Grammy winner Common will play the Bouncer, the
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‘The Wiz’ Casts ‘Orange Is the New Black’s’ Uzo Aduba & ‘Glee’ Alum Amber Riley

‘The Wiz’ Casts ‘Orange Is the New Black’s’ Uzo Aduba & ‘Glee’ Alum Amber Riley
Orange Is the New Black” star Uzo Aduba and “Glee’s” Amber Riley have joined the cast of NBC’s “The Wiz Live!”

Aduba will play Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, who finally reveals the secret of the silver slippers to Dorothy and points her way home.

Riley will portray Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North. She is the sister of Glinda, Evillene and Evvamene, the other three witches of Oz. Addaperle points Dorothy to the Yellow Brick Road and her journey to Emerald City.

The pair joins Queen Latifah, who will play the Wiz; Mary J. Blige, who is set as the Wicked Witch of the West; David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion; original cast member Stephanie Mills, who will play Aunt Em; and Shanice Williams, who landed the lead role of Dorothy.

“We are so happy to welcome two actors we’ve admired and
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NBC’s ‘The Wiz Live!’ Finds Its Dorothy

NBC’s ‘The Wiz Live!’ Finds Its Dorothy
NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” has found its Dorothy in newcomer Shanice Williams.

The 18-year-old, who was selected out of hundreds of applicants from a nationwide, open casting call, will join the titular Wiz Queen Latifah, Wicked Witch of the West Mary J. Blige and Cowardly Lion David Alan Grier in the live NBC show, it was announced Wednesday on “Today.”

Stephanie Mills, who starred as Dorothy in the original Broadway production of the African-American adaptation, has landed the part of Aunt Em.

The Wiz will mark Williams’ TV debut. She co-starred in several plays in her home state of New Jersey, including “West Side Story,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “42nd Street” and “Pippin.”

The Wiz follows NBC’s live musical specials of “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan.” Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who were behind both of the aforementioned NBC productions, will exec produce “The Wiz Live.
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David Alan Grier to Play Cowardly Lion in NBC’s ‘The Wiz Live!’

David Alan Grier to Play Cowardly Lion in NBC’s ‘The Wiz Live!’
David Alan Grier has the courage to explore live TV.

The comedian and three-time Tony Award nominee has joined NBC’s production of “The Wiz Live!.” He’ll play the Cowardly Lion, the famously timid friend of the lost Dorothy who accompanies her down the Yellow Brick Road in the hopes that their journey will lead him to find some courage.

Grier broke out via Fox’s 1990s sketch show “In Living Color.” His TV credits also include “Crank Yankers” and “Happy Endings.” His stage credits include a co-starring role in the original Broadway production of “Dreamgirls” and his film credits include “A Soldier’s Story” with Howard E. Rollins and Denzel Washington and “Jumanji” with Robin Williams. He will soon appear on the NBC sitcom “The Carmichael Show,” which premieres Aug. 26.

The Wiz Live!” is adapted from L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” with a book
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Viacom Picks Up Stake In Defy Media

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Add Viacom to the companies cozying up to online video networks. The entertainment company swapped its gaming focused digital properties — casual game developers Addicting Games and Shockwave, and video unit GameTrailers – for an unspecified minority stake in Defy Media. It picks up a seat on Defy’s 10-member board which is chaired by former Nickelodeon and Oxygen Media chief Gerry Laybourne and includes reps from Lionsgate, ZelnickMedia and Abs Capital. (The network company, popular on YouTube, was formed last year when Alloy Digital and Break Media merged.) In addition to the transaction, Viacom and Defy have agreed to syndicate content and develop and distribute entertainment, although they don’t provide details. Viacom picked up Addicting Games and Shockwave in 2006 as part of its $200M acquisition of Atom Films, and bought GameTrailers in 2005. But Viacom “was not investing materially in them,” Defy President Keith Richman tells me. That should change with the new ownership.
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Alloy Digital and Break Media Officially Merge To Form Defy Media

The week after an impending merger was first reported, multi-channel network Alloy Digital and media company Break Media have officially come together in online video harmony. The two major players have announced an even deal through which they will join forces to become Defy Media. As expected, Defy Media's main target will be men ages 12-34, a demographic sought after by both of its parent companies. Defy launches with a powerful collection of verticals, such as Made Man, The Escapist, AWEme, and Screen Junkies, as well as strong YouTube brands like Smosh, Clevver, and Break. These channels reach more than 125 million viewers on YouTube alone. “Defy Media signifies a transformative moment, fortifying a multi-faceted media model that’s responding to the changing marketplace and expectations of 12-34 consumers,” commented Matthew Diamond, CEO of Alloy Digital. “The merging of our highly complementary strengths greatly enhances a formidable programming and distribution engine
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Awfully Good: The Oogieloves

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The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (2012) Director: Matthew Diamond Stars: Cary Elwes, Cloris Leachman, Christopher Lloyd The Teletubbies have sex with Pee Wee's Playhouse and then go on a bad acid trip. I know it's not really fair for a discerning adult to cast judgment upon a film that's made purely for kids, but The Oogieloves exists in its own dimension. A strange land where the rules of humanity and the laws of reason are continually set on fire and thrown...
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New 90210 Season 5,Episode 17 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By CW

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New 90210 season 5,episode 17 official spoilers,plotline revealed by CW. Recently,CW dropped the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "90210" episode 17 of season 5. The episode is titled, "Dude, Where's My Husband," and it sounds pretty crazy as Dixon is now going to develop a crush on the new Michaela/surrogate mother chick,and more. In the new,17th episode press release, Naomi will meet up-and-coming mogul ,Jordan Welland (guest star Robbie Jones), who hires her to plan events for his media empire. Annie, Adrianna, and Silver are going to plan a girls’ night out for Naomi, which ends with disastrous results. Dixon is going to start to develop feelings for Michaela (guest star Lyndon Smith). Liam is going to find out that the Cronus brothers plan to blame Navid for the cheating ring ,and is forced to befriend them to clear Navid’s name. Trevor Donovan will also star in the episode.
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The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure DVD Arrives February 5th

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The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure DVD Arrives February 5th
Show your kids some love this Valentine's Day when The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure movie arrives on DVD exclusively available at Walmart as well as on Digital Download and Video On Demand February 5 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Get ready to sing and dance along with the Oogieloves and friends in this live action film that stresses the importance of love, teamwork and acceptance. Recognized by The Dove Foundation and Kids First! for its family-friendly content, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventures DVD arrives exclusively at Walmart locations nationwide for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

A unique, interactive movie experience that allows children to be a part of the adventure as they "move" the story along by singing and dancing with their new friends, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure movie features an ensemble cast including singer Toni Braxton, Cloris Leachman (TV's Raising Hope), Christopher Lloyd (Back to The Future
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The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventures DVD Arrives February 5th

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The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventures DVD Arrives February 5th
Show your kids some love this Valentine's Day when The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure movie arrives on DVD exclusively available at Walmart as well as on Digital Download and Video On Demand February 5 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Get ready to sing and dance along with the Oogieloves and friends in this live action film that stresses the importance of love, teamwork and acceptance. Recognized by The Dove Foundation and Kids First! for its family-friendly content, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventures DVD arrives exclusively at Walmart locations nationwide for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

A unique, interactive movie experience that allows children to be a part of the adventure as they "move" the story along by singing and dancing with their new friends, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure movie features an ensemble cast including singer Toni Braxton, Cloris Leachman (TV's Raising Hope), Christopher Lloyd (Back to The Future
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Box Office Preview: Heavyweight Toon Expansions Take on Struggling 'Oogieloves'

Box Office Preview: Heavyweight Toon Expansions Take on Struggling 'Oogieloves'
The long Labor Day weekend will see Brave and The Avengers dramatically up their theater counts at the North American box office in an end-of-summer push. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted also is increasing its presence -- which, combined with Brave, will make life difficult for the independently distributed kids pic The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure.

Oogieloves, directed by Matthew Diamond, opened to a dismal $102,564 from 2,160 theaters on Wednesday for a per-screen average of $47. Distributor Kenn Viselman, who was instrumental in bringing Teletubbies to American

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First Position: Dancing for Their Souls

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"We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance." - Japanese proverb

Not since Matthew Diamond's splendid documentary on Paul TaylorDancemaker (1998), has a film honored the essence of Terpsichore, the muse of dance, so well as does First Position.

Bess Kargman's new film focuses on seven competitors, aged 10 to 17, who are putting their personal lives on hold to win top prizes at the Youth American Grand Prix, the "largest competition that awards full scholarships to top ballet schools."

Much as in any reality competition on TV, we first meet the wannabe dancers and eventually their families. Then we watch the talented juveniles rehearse, overcoming pain and doubt as they twist their torsos into unimaginable configurations and leap dizzying heights. 

Where the film succeeds is in its wise choice of leads to focus on. Michaela DePrince, 14, for example, was three when both of her
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