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Stephen King, Guillermo del Toro, Jordan Peele and More React to George Romero’s Death: ‘The Loss Is So Enormous’

Stephen King, Guillermo del Toro, Jordan Peele and More React to George Romero’s Death: ‘The Loss Is So Enormous’
George Romero’s passing has left an especially deep void in the world of film. One of the most influential horror filmmakers of all time, the “Night of the Living Dead,” “Martin” and “The Crazies” director appears to have been beloved by everybody who knew him, worked with him or simply grew up watching “Dawn of the Dead” on repeat.

Read MoreGeorge Romero, Horror Icon and ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Director, Dies at 77

The likes of Stephen King, Jordan Peele and Eli Roth have all taken to social media to memorialize Romero:

Romero started it. pic.twitter.com/i4dnxi8EFV

Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) July 16, 2017

Sad to hear my favorite collaborator–and good old friend–George Romero has died. George, there will never be another like you.

Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 16, 2017

Romero has passed away. Hard to find words right now. The loss is so enormous.

Guillermo del Toro
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Reggie Watts and ‘The New Negroes’ Lead Comedy Central’s Attempts to Find the Next ‘Key & Peele’ and Amy Schumer

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Comedy Central’s latest development slate is diverse in more ways than one.

Not only has the cable network put together several new series with performers of color at the center, but the three shows picked up Tuesday by Comedy Central are all very different.

Ordered to series are the stand-up/musical show “The New Negroes,” the comedy game show “Taskmaster” and the scripted comedy “Corporate.” In development are shows from creators including Awkwafina, Neal Brennan, Arturo Castro, Franchesca Ramsey, Noël Wells and Flint Wainess, among others.

“The network when I got here was pretty traditionally targeted toward young white guys, both in terms of who the audience was and who was creating the shows for the audience,” said Comedy Central president Kent Alterman. “We started changing that a few years ago by expanding that into having funny women on the network, with Amy Schumer and Broad City and a lot more since.
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Comedy Central Chief Talks Late-Night Plans, Reggie Watts’ New Game Show

Comedy Central is readying three new series and a broader set of late-night options in an effort to, with a singular goal in mind, according to the Viacom network’s top executive: “We are opening our aperture, so we are appealing to more than just a young, white male audience,” said Kent Alterman, the cable network’s president.

The network best known for programs like “The Daily Show” and “Broad City” has picked up three new series and ordered nine pilots in an effort to make the comedy-content outlet relevant to a wider set of viewers, he said. “We are all really trying to be responsive to our audience and the times we are living in,” he said in an interview. Comedy Central isn’t just starting the effort, he said. The network has already tried new programs featuring female producers and protagonists, including “Broad City,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Not Safe with Nikki Glaser.” “We
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‘Wet Hot American Summer’: Oral History Details False Starts, Faking Camp Firewood

Creators and co-writers David Wain and Michael Showalter, members of ’90s MTV sketch group “The State,” premiered “Wet Hot American Summer” — featuring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Amy Poehler — at Sundance in 2001. The summer-camp satire, set in 1981, floundered in limited release. But word-of-mouth, special screenings and the ever-rising profile of its cast cultivated a rabid fanbase.

Rumors about a sequel and other ways to revisit the source material circulated for years. In May 2014, Variety exclusively confirmed Netflix’s interest in returning to the fictional Camp Firewood. Now, with the July 31 debut of an eight-episode prequel series, the talent and execs recount 15 years of false starts, creative hurdles and scheduling snafus leading to “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.”

Wain (director): It first came out in New York. It grossed seven thousand dollars that weekend and we were like, “That’s not bad!” because it was only in one theater.
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This week in TV news: The Atx Television Festival announces show panels

The Atx Television Festival has announced the currently running shows that will be attending the event in Austin, Texas from June 4th to the 7th. The main highlight of the new entries is the presence of the FX series Justified. The appearance of the creators and castmembers at the Atx Festival will mark their first public interaction since the series finale airs in a few weeks, and will also give the show’s crew one more chance to go around the victory lap. Attendees have not been announced yet, but it has been confirmed that creator Graham Yost will be present.

Yost will also be on hand to discuss the show Boomtown, which he also created, and which will be part of a panel titled “Cancelled Too Soon”. Yost will be joined by numerous individuals involved in the show, including producer Jon Avnet and castmembers Neal McDonough, Mykelti Williamson, and Jason Gedrick.
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Ben Stiller’s Red Hour to Executive Produce Jake Fogelnest IFC Comedy

Ben Stiller’s Red Hour to Executive Produce Jake Fogelnest IFC Comedy
IFC is developing comedy “Start Making Sense” (working title) from creator and writer Jake Fogelnest (“Billy on the Street”), beginning the relationship with a multiple script order. The series, which is in contention for the comedy network’s 2016 lineup, is produced by Legendary Television and executive produced by Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein through Red Hour. “Start Making Sense” follows Jack desperately clinging to his fading relevance as a best-selling author, and his son Shane basking in popularity by expressing his teen angst in 140 characters or less. As these generational voices collide they must navigate new waters of texts,
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IFC Developing Father-Son Comedy From Ben Stiller, Jake Fogelnest, Legendary TV

Following their collaboration on the comedy variety series The Birthday Boys, IFC is reteaming with Ben Stiller’s Red Hour on a new project — comedy Start Making Sense (working title), from creator and writer Jake Fogelnest (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp, Billy On The Street). The network has ordered multiple scripts from the project, now in development, which is being produced by Legendary Television and executive produced by Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart…
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Chris Brown’s Arrest: Evan Rachel Wood & More Celebs React On Twitter

Chris is in the middle of another controversy after spending a day in jail in Washington D.C. for allegedly assaulting a man on Oct. 27. His alleged nose-breaking punch brought out a ton of opinions — mostly from celebrities, who were either totally shocked or not shocked at all.

Chris Brown has unfortunately given his critics more ammo after getting arrested on Oct. 27 for felony assault. As more news of Chris’s arrest and alleged altercation came out, celebrities everywhere weighed in, expressing their disappointment and lack of surprise.

Chris Brown Arrested: Celebrities Weigh In On Twitter

Judging from the celebrity response to Chris’s arrest, everyone is let down by the fact that he has seemingly thrown yet another second chance out the window. Here’s what they had to say:

I think I’ve got a pretty good take on this thing. Here goes: Boy that Chris Brown has
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Watch: Some Fans Are Creepier Than Others

Watch: Some Fans Are Creepier Than Others
Once again, Tom Scharpling (The Best Show) has directed a music video for a cool indie band and populated it with hilarious people. We simply can't get enough of these.

This song in question this time is "Easy" by New Jersey band "Real Estate." Featuring a street team from hell that will do whatever it takes to get their favorite band's music heard, the video stars Chris Gethard, Gabe Delahaye & Leah Giblin, plus Jake Fogelnest as a DJ who gets on the wrong side of the team.

The sweet turn at the end is a nice surprise, reminding us that all of those weirdos out there have a reason they do what they do.

Also, if you need more Scharpling and music in your life, check out the latest installment of his song by song review of Metallica/Lou Reed album Lulu.

Via Spinner
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