12 items from 2014
Embargos and NDAs aside, in four or five months, I'll be able to let readers know why it was so amusing to me that "The Amazing Race" spent a second consecutive Leg traveling through Morocco on Friday (October 31) night. That amusement held sway even though Friday's Leg was, as we've almost come to expect from "The Amazing Race" this season, a mixed bag of really good tasks, confusingly confusing tasks and gratuitously complicated tasks. It was a Leg that made me build more appreciation for the teams I already liked, gave a couple unexpected stars the chance to shine, but also failed to generate even an iota of tension or excitement surrounding its result. But I liked the scenery, I liked the Greeter with the chicken on his head and I'm sure that this "Amazing Race" episode set a record for most goat teat close-ups. And, staring down an impressive wall of exhaustion, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Tonight's show, kicked off with the teams, learning they had start things off with a challenge where they had to locate a bunch of hay bags and deliver them to a stable to feed some horses to get their first clue for this leg of the race. After completing it, they had to drive to a local pottery stand to search for their next clue. Once they hit up the pottery stand, they ran into their detours: "Camp" or "Cream." In the "Camp" detour, they had to set up some sort of camp site to the exact specifications to get their next clue. In the "Cream" detour, they had to correctly make a 3 ounce bowl of goat butter from scratch to get their next clue. After successfully completing their detours, the hit a Road Block in which they had to walk a very unstable bridge and zipline to some puzzle pieces. »
NBCUniversal is shaking up the management picture at E! Entertainment, the cabler that has been in a ratings slump as viewer interest waned in its celebrity-focused brand of unscripted series.
Frances Berwick (pictured left) will add oversight of E! and Esquire Network to her portfolio that already includes Bravo and Oxygen Media. Esquire prexy Adam Stotsky (pictured right) will take on the additional responsibility of serving as g.m. of E!, reporting to Berwick. Suzanne Kolb, who has headed E! since July 2011, is exiting the company.
The restructuring unveiled Tuesday by NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer cements Berwick’s status as the heatseeker among Hammer’s group of direct reports.
With the expansion of Berwick’s purview, NBCU has created a Lifestyle Networks Group within its cable division that Berwick, previously prexy of Bravo and Oxygen Media, now heads as president. Hammer said putting the four channels under a »
- Cynthia Littleton
As we know, a passage through the many Sundance labs doesn’t guarantee a gold ticket for Park City in January, but undoubtably its certainly a professional nudge in the right direction. A total of nine films (5 fiction) will be heading to the Labs (July 28 – August 1) with this year’s Creative Advisors including folk we’ve mentioned on several occasion here in Paul Mezey (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Pam Koffler (Boys Don’t Cry), Jay Van Hoy (Love is Strange) and Julie Lynn (Albert Nobbs). Among this year’s summer camp for film producers we have the likes of Riel Roch Decter (who produced 2013 SXSW entry The Wait
Feature Film Creative Producing Lab
The Feature Film Creative »
- Eric Lavallee
Chicago – “Game of Thrones” is over and you’ve already binged “Orange is the New Black,” what are you supposed to do now? There are a few interesting new programs this season – FX’s “Tyrant” & “The Strain,” HBO’s “The Leftovers,” CBS’s “Extant,” and a few more – but it’s also a great time to catch up what you may have missed with new Blu-ray and DVD releases. There are five TV-to-Blu-ray releases this month that might warrant a look.
The top of the pile is also the best program of 2014 to date, a show that has really redefined the year in that it’s already used as a watermark (“Sure, Fargo and The Americans were great but they were no True Detective.”) With fantastic performances from Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, HBO has wasted no time in getting the wildly acclaimed “True Detective” on Blu-ray and DVD a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Here’s a Bare Bones post that is just split into facts and speculation.
“Neighbors,” an R-Rated Zac Efron/Seth Rogen comedy, beat the crap out of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” at the box office and the mega franchising gods at Walt Disney heard the other foot drop: “It’s time to Efron up.”
We can exclusively report that Zac Efron is being looked at for unspecified role in an upcoming Marvel Studios project. He was given a script for the project just recently and currently no one knows which part is actually in play. The only one that knows that answer is his Manager and he will not comment on it.
Could Efron be the flagship casting for Marvel’s move into a massive four-series Netflix push as “Daredevil?”
Efron could make a great Dr. Steven Strange or at least a big announcement at Comic Con come July.
- Kellvin Chavez
More news coming out of Cannes to end the day upon (just when we thought we were out, they keep pulling us back in) as Lightning Entertainment just announced that they're partnering on financing and production for the new horror/thriller The Pack.
From the Press Release
Lightning Entertainment announced today that it has come aboard as a financing and production partner on The Pack – an Australian horror/thriller being directed by Nick Robertson (“The Runner”) and produced by Michael Robertson (“The Reef,” “Black Water,” “Road Train”) and Kent Smith (“2:37,” “The Tree”) under their new genre label, Breakout Movies. General Manager and Executive VP Ken Dubow states “Lightning’s production investment in The Pack underscores the company’s commitment to the growth of our business and our ability to get involved with the right film projects at their inception.”
The Pack will be the debut theatrical release of Kojo, »
- Steve Barton
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new clip from Preservation, release details for Lfo, App, the first photo from Altergeist, an interview with Felissa Rose, and much more:
First Clip from Preservation: “Actor Christopher Denham takes his second turn in the director’s chair with this finely crafted horror-thriller starring Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange is the New Black), Aaron Staton (Mad Men), and Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire). Brothers Sean and Mike Neary, along with Mike’s wife Wit, head out on a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. But ignoring the “closed” sign and heading deep into an overgrown nature preserve, they soon find their troubles are only beginning. When all of their gear is stolen, they immediately turn on each other. But the hunted »
- Tamika Jones
Royal Pains star Mark Feuerstein has teamed with longtime pals Adam Stein and Sam Friedlander to co-create hourlong drama Flipside, which tracks three best friends as they live out two distinct alternate paths after graduating from college – one that sees them staying in their Minnesota hometown and another in which they chase their dreams in New York City. Feuerstein, Friedlander, and Stein previously collaborated on comedy short Lazy Monday, a response video to SNL‘s Lazy Sunday digital sketch. The trio will take Flipside out to networks next week before Feuerstein returns to Royal Pains to film the upcoming sixth season. As part of their pitch for Flipside, Stein and Friedlander shot a proof of concept teaser starring Ben Goldsmith, Meg Cionni, and Blake Cooper Griffin as the central besties. The co-creators credit the video with garnering them preliminary interest from broadcast and cable nets. Canadian production company Muse Entertainment »
- JEN YAMATO
FEARnet is proud to present brand new fiction from Nightmare Magazine. Once a month, we'll be featuring a story from Nightmare’s current issue. This month's selection is “The Totals” by Adam-Troy Castro. Please tell us what you think and enjoy!
Clutch has killed somebody recently.
This goes without saying.
For as long as Clutch can remember, he has always killed somebody “recently.” If not within the last few hours, then certainly within the last few days. He may have gone as long as a couple of weeks without, from time to time, when circumstances conspired against him. But never as long as a month, no, not for living memory.
Of course, Clutch has never had much of a memory. All the events of his violent life pass before him like dream-images, fading into the past almost as soon as the screams people make »
- FEARnet Staff
The "Psych" remake episode, "Cloudy ... With a Chance of Improvement," was a huge treat for long-time fans of the show. It took a so-so Season 1 episode and spruced up the plot a bit, plus brought back a cavalcade of "Psych" guest stars and fun references.
The Jackson Hale murder is still at the core of the episode, but this time, instead of a jealous production assistant, the murderer is a morning show anchor who thinks gigolo Jackson is sleeping with his wife -- and wannabe-weatherman Ruben Leonard gets caught in the crossfire.
There was a lot to spy for the eagle-eyed fan and we've compiled a list for you (which may not even be complete), but if you'd prefer to figure it all out for yourself without help, skip the "Eye Spy" section at the bottom.
Thoughts & Tidbits
The nods to Shawn and Juliet's relationship as it stands now were great, »
Let's say Adam Driver is in need of some eggs. He goes to a store. He selects the eggs. He approaches the checkout line to purchase said eggs. The cashier looks up and—
"You're an asshole!" she proclaims with a wide grin.
Driver does not even blink. "Thank you," he says, placing his eggs on the counter.
"I like you, but you're an asshole!"
"Uh, fuck you?" Driver responds in that funny, goofy, asshole-y way he's perfected on TV. "Are these eggs at a discount?"
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12 items from 2014
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