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Muhammad Ali's 'Fight Doctor' Ferdie Pacheco Dead at 89

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Ferdie Pacheco, the corner man who fixed up Muhammad Ali for years in the ring, has died. Pacheco, known as the "Fight Doctor," died Thursday at his home in Miami ... according to his wife and daughter.   He met Ali in Miami during the '60s, when he trained with Angelo Dundee. Pacheco began working with them and stayed on as Ali's ringside doctor through his prime years as heavyweight champion. Pacheco went on to become
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Sdcc Exclusive Transformers Primitive Optimus Prime Giveaway

The Transformers Primitive Optimus Prime was one of the hottest Hasbro San Diego Comic-Con exclusives at the booth. The design (which was in part created by Primitive Skateboarding founder Paul Rodriguez) features Primitive Skate’s classic black and gold colors for a more sophisticated and on-brand look, and comes packaged in packaging to mimic a “skate shoe” box with grip-tape inspired texture. He comes quipped with a ramp, rail, and hoverboard.

The pack includes a Leader Class Optimus Prime figure and a Titan Master Shreddicus Maximus figure, and converts from robot to tractor trailer in 23 steps and from tractor trailer to battle station in 10 steps.

Lrm is giving away one Transformers Primitive Optimus Prime to one lucky email newsletter subscriber on our site. To sign up for our newsletter and enter this giveaway contest please fill out the form below, for our mobile users please send an e-mail to contest@lrmonline.
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Norman Lear, 'One Day at a Time' Cast Reflect on Changing Opportunities for Latinos in Hollywood

Norman Lear thought he was heading to the City Club in downtown Los Angeles on Friday evening to support Netflix's reboot of One Day at a Time. He had no idea that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's inaugural Pioneer Award was specifically for him.

In characteristic self-deprecating fashion, the legendary television creator continuously deflected attempts by Rep. Joaquin Castro, chair of Chci (a nonpartisan nonprofit), to turn attention to him, telling those gathered with him onstage — One Day at a Time stars Justina Machado, Rita Moreno and Tony Plana, plus comedian Paul Rodriguez, star of Lear's...
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Lionsgate swoop for animation 'El Americano'

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Lionsgate swoop for animation 'El Americano'
Exclusive: SpongeBob writer and The Simpsons exec producer penned screenplay.

Lionsgate UK has swopped on CGI animation El Americano – 3D featuring a voice cast of Lisa Kudrow, Edward James Olmos, Rico Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Kate del Castillo, Erik Estrada, Mexico’s Adal Ramones, and comedians Gabriel Iglesias, and Paul Rodriguez.

The film will launch in the third quarter of this year as Cuco’s Big Adventure and is directed by Mexican animation ace Ricardo Arnaiz (La Leyenda De La Nahuala) and co-directed by Mike Kunkel, an animator who worked on Disney films like Tarzan & Hercules.

SpongeBob writer Richard Pursel and The Simpsons executive producer Phil Roman co-wrote the screenplay, and Kudrow also serves as executive producer.

Grindstone Entertainment previously acquired all North American rights from FilmSharks, who also licensed all Us streaming rights to Netflix, and Latin America to Sony Pictures Television, among other deals.
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TV News Roundup: Ashley Graham to Return to ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ Espn Announces Sls Partnership

TV News Roundup: Ashley Graham to Return to ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ Espn Announces Sls Partnership
In today’s roundup, supermodel Ashley Graham will return as a panelist to “America’s Next Top Model,” along with Drew Elliott and Law Roach.

Casting

VH1 announced that supermodel Ashley Graham, Paper Magazine Cco Drew Elliott, and celebrity stylist Law Roach will return as judges on the 24th cycle of “America’s Next Top Model.” Tyra Banks will return to her roots as host when the new cycle begins production later this month, and will continue to serve as executive producer with Ken Mok. Cycle 23 host Rita Ora will not be coming back in any capacity. “Antm” made the move to VH1 last December where it premiered to its highest ratings in five years.

Deals

Producer Gary Lennon has signed an exclusive deal with Starz. The two-year overall deal will see Lennon developing new projects for the network and continuing as executive producer on Starz’s hit series “Power.” The
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Norman Lear on Ending His Long TV Absence With ‘One Day at a Time’

Norman Lear on Ending His Long TV Absence With ‘One Day at a Time’
In the 1970s, Norman Lear reigned as TV’s most prolific and influential comedy writer and producer — the person responsible for such landmark shows as “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,” “Sanford and Son,” and “Maude.” This month, Lear will end his 22-year absence from series television with the premiere of “One Day at a Time,” a reboot of his classic comedy about a single mother raising two children.

His return to a TV landscape that has shifted radically in his absence could not be timelier.

Sony, which acquired rights to Lear’s library when it purchased Columbia in 1989, had long been toying with the idea of rebuilding one of Lear’s comedies around a Latino family. It was the idea of Lear’s producing partner Brent Miller to focus on “One Day at a Time,” but Lear’s involvement was never in question, even before the wheels were rolling on the project.

“My
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Paul Rodriguez, Cheech Marin & Paul Rodriguez Jr. To Topline Latino Comedy For NBC

NBC is developing a single-camera comedy starring and executive produced by Cheech Marin, actor-comedian Paul Rodriguez and his son, professional skateboarder/actor Paul Rodriguez Jr. Universal TV is the studio. The untitled project is written/executive produced by Steve & Jim Armogida, creators/executive produced of Nickelodeon’s School of Rock TV series. It is described as an irreverent single-camera comedy about being Latino in today’s America as seen through the…
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Outside TV Brings Adventure Sports to Life With Launch of New Subscription Video Service

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Outside TV Brings Adventure Sports to Life With Launch of New Subscription Video Service
The thrill of extreme sports will now be delivered to your living room or laptop courtesy of Outside TV, which launched a new subscription video service on Thursday. Outside TV Features will cover the world of action and adventure sports, from moto to skate, surf, mountain biking, and even sherpa adventures and slack lining (for the uninitiated, that involves balancing on a rope or webbing fixed high about the ground). The thrilling full-length films feature athletes such as Paul Rodriguez, Travis Pastrana, John John Florence, Angel Collinson, Jolene Von Vugt and Sierra Quitiquit. The series is available on-demand on Amazon channels for $4.99 per month,
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Pro Skateboarder and Model Dylan Rieder Dies at 28 Due to Complications from Leukemia

Professional skateboarder and model Dylan Rieder has died. He was 28.

“Today, October 12th, 2016, surrounded by family and friends, Dylan Joseph Rieder passed away due to complications with Leukemia,” Rieder’s manager confirmed to Jenkem magazine on Wednesday.

“His passion for life, art, music, fashion and skateboarding has always been contagious. Dylan will be remembered by all as a loving son, brother and friend. In lieu of sending flowers, the family requests donations be made in Dylan’s memory to Dr. Stephen Forman,” the statement read.

Dr. Stephen Forman was Rieder’s doctor who is also the international expert in the
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The Rockford Files: Actor Joe Santos Dies at 84; Farewell, Lt. Becker

Actor Joe Santos, Lieutenant Dennis Becker on The Rockford Files, has died at the age of 84. TMZ reports his son Perry said Santos had a heart attack on Wednesday, March 16, at his Los Angeles home. According to the report, he was placed on life support, but passed this morning, March 18, at a Santa Monica hospital.

In addition to NBC's The Rockford Files TV series and subsequent TV movies with the late James Garner, Santos recurred on The Sopranos, Magnum, P.I., Hardcastle and McCormick, and had guest roles on a laundry list of shows. He was a series regular on the a.k.a. Pablo TV series, starring Paul Rodriguez, which was cancelled by ABC after only six episodes aired. He was often cast as a cop.

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Why Will Smith’s ‘Ali’ Co-Star Called Him an ‘A-Hole’

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Why Will Smith’s ‘Ali’ Co-Star Called Him an ‘A-Hole’
In a Friday interview with San Diego radio station Kioz, comedian and actor Paul Rodriguez said that Will Smith underwent a change while preparing for and shooting the 2001 Michael Mann biopic “Ali” — a change that transformed Smith into “an a-hole.” Rodriguez said that before filming on the story about Muhammad Ali began, the two actors had a good relationship, one that included working together on the 1993 Whoopi Goldberg-Ted Danson film “Made in America.” “I’ve known him for years. We got along great,” Rodriguez said. Also Read: Will Smith Joins Wife Jada in Oscars Boycott: 'We're Uncomfortable' That all changed during.
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Apparently Will Smith Was Not A Nice Human Being While Making Ali

Over the course of his career, Will Smith is one of those actors who has carefully cultivated a very friendly, amiable public persona. He doesn.t swear in his music, he doesn.t stir up controversy in his personal life, and even when discussing hot button issues like race in Hollywood, he.s delicate, measured, and political. Basically, he comes across as a nice, solid dude, though allegedly, according to one costar, he was a huge dick on the set of the Muhammad Ali biopic Ali. Actor and comedian Paul Rodriguez played Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, Muhammad Ali.s corner man, in Michael Mann.s 2001 Ali. He and Will Smith had worked together before on Made in America and had a swell experience, but this time things did not go so well. In an interview with San Diego radio station Rock 105.3, Rodriguez calls Smith an "A-hole" and even claims that the
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Sarah Silverman, Kevin Nealon, George Lopez to Host Bernie Sanders Fundraiser at Laugh Factory

Sarah Silverman, Kevin Nealon, George Lopez to Host Bernie Sanders Fundraiser at Laugh Factory
Bernie Sanders is getting a shoutout from some of Hollywood’s biggest comics. Sarah Silverman, Kevin Nealon, George Lopez, Jeff Garlin and Paul Rodriguez will be headlining a fundraiser for the Democratic presidential candidate at Hollywood’s famed Laugh Factory on Tuesday night (1/26). A club spokesperson said the Laugh Factory’s phone has been ringing off the hook ever since they announced the event, organized by Artists for Bernie. Also Read: Bernie Sanders' Hollywood Support Surges, But Can He Steal Hillary Clinton's Spotlight? Demand has been so high, that the club plans two shows, one at 5 p.m.
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Motion Picture Sound Editors Elect Tom McCarthy as President

Motion Picture Sound Editors Elect Tom McCarthy as President
The Motion Picture Sound Editors have elected Sony Pictures executive Tom McCarthy as president, succeeding Frank Morrone.

McCarthy, who won an Academy Award for sound effects editing on “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” currently serves as Sony’s exec VP of post production facilities. He’s not related to the director of the same name.

Supervising sound editor Glenn T. Morgan was elected secretary to succeed Chris Reeves. McCarthy and Morgan join continuing officers Mark Lanza, vice president; Paul Rodriguez, treasurer; and Jeremy J. Gordon, sergeant at arms.

McCarthy said he will encourage more members to become involved in Mpse activities, including running for board positions. “I will also work to increase recognition for the art of entertainment sound, and the contributions sound editors make to motion pictures, television, games and other media,” he added.

Mpse also elected Steve Urban, Steve Avila, Mike Draghi, Solange Schwalbe, Bernard Weiser and Mandell Winter to its film board.
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Sony’s Tom McCarthy Elected President Of Motion Picture Sound Editors

Oscar- and BAFTA-winning sound supervisor and longtime industry exec Tom McCarthy has been elected President of the Motion Picture Sound Editors. McCarthy, who is Sony Pictures Studios’ Evp Post Production Facilities, succeeds Frank Morrone. Supervising sound editor Glenn T. Morgan was elected Secretary, succeeding Chris Reeves. McCarthy and Morgan join three continuing officers: VP Mark Lanza, Treasurer Paul Rodriguez and Sergeant at Arms Jeremy J. Gordon. In addition to…
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The John Kreng Interview

John Kreng is one of the most hard working actors/stuntman/fight and stunt corrdinators working in the industry today. Through his time working in the movie industry, John has worked with some of the very best which includes Jet Li, Yuen Wah, Tsui Hark, David Carradine, Steven Spielburg and many more outstanding talents.

John Kreng is also the author of the in depth book on screen fighting called Fight Choreography: The Art Of Non Verbal Dialogue, he was a cast member of The Jade Trader which went on to win the most outstanding cast performance award at the 10th Action on film, International film festival. John, also has years of Martial Arts experience behind him, dedicating his time learning many different styles and been taught by some of the very best masters from around the world (Which he will speak about in this interview).

John also worked on the
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Us Briefs: Cinema Eye announces Heterodox Award finallists

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Plus: Josh Reinhold joins Matt Alvarez’s new production company; Jane Seymour boards Esx Entertainment’s Praying For Rain… and more.

Cinema Eye has announced the five nominees for its annual Heterodox Award honouring a narrative fiction film that “imaginatively incorporates nonfiction strategies, content and/or modes of production.”

The nominees are Arabian Nights: Volume One (The Restless One) by Miguel Gomes; God Bless The Child by Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck; Tangerine by Sean Baker; Taxi (pictured) by Jafar Panahi; and The Tribe by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. The prize will be presented on January 12, 2016 in New York.

Josh Reinhold has joined Straight Outta Compton producer Matt Alvarez’s untitled production company as vice-president. In his new role, Reinhold will oversee development and production on behalf of the company, taking features from concept to delivery.

Jane Seymour, Annabelle Stephenson, Nicholas Gonzalez and Paul Rodriguez have been cast in the drama Praying For Rain for Forrest Lucas and [link
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Interview: Co-Writer / Director James Roday Discusses His Cannibal Comedy, Gravy, and More

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On October 2nd, Scream Factory released the cannibal comedy Gravy into select theaters and will follow-up with a subsequent VOD release on October 6th. Helmed by first-time feature filmmaker James Roday (Psych), the story follows a group of restaurant workers on Halloween who are held captive by a twisted trio who plan on doing much more than robbing or killing them- they want to devour their hostages as part of a weird ritual they practice every October 31st.

Co-written by Roday and Todd Harthan, Gravy stars Michael Weston, Jimmi Simpson, Sutton Foster, Lily Cole, Molly Ephraim, Paul Rodriguez, Gabriel Luna, Gabourey Sidibe and Sarah Silverman.

In anticipation of its release, Daily Dead recently had the chance to catch up with Roday to discuss the long journey to getting Gravy made finally, how his lifelong horror fandom fueled his desire to direct a genre film, his experiences working with his talented
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October VOD Releases Include Deathgasm, The Final Girls, Bone Tomahawk

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October is finally upon us which means horror and sci-fi fans have a lot to be looking forward to, especially when it comes to the films hitting VOD this month as there numerous highly anticipated choices arriving on various platforms throughout the month, including Tales of Halloween, Deathgasm, Gravy, Knock Knock, The Final Girls, A Christmas Horror Story, Bone Tomahawk, and one of my own most anticipated films of 2015, Tokyo Tribe from visionary filmmaker Shion Sono.

Here’s a look at all the genre titles arriving on VOD this October!

A Christmas Horror Story (Rlj Entertainment) - October 2nd

Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, peace and goodwill. But for some folks in the small town of Bailey Downs, it turns into something much less festive. When Krampus - the anti-Santa who punishes the naughty children - is summoned by a young boy, everyone’s fight for survival begins.
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Exclusive Clip from Gravy Samples the Manager’s Special

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Cannibals take over a restaurant and put the staff on their own sadistic menu in Gravy. Ahead of the film's October 6th home media and VOD release, we've been provided with an exclusive clip from the film in which Stef sinks his teeth into the twisted new version of the "Manager's Special."

"It’s Halloween night. A trio of costumed misfits with very special dietary requirements seizes a Mexican cantina and forces the staff to engage in a late night of gluttony. The only caveat is what’s on the menu…and who will survive ‘til morning! This deliriously demented horror-comedy is a true feast for genre fans. Stuffed with an outstanding ensemble cast and perfectly seasoned with laughs and scares, you’ll be sure to ask for seconds on Gravy.

Gravy is the feature film directorial debut of James Roday (Psych) and written by Roday and Todd Harthan (Psych,
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