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Raymond Benson Shoots Down Recent James Bond 25 Rumors

Not having seen our favorite super spy grace cinemas since late 2015, moviegoers such as myself couldn’t help but become excited upon hearing last week’s news stating that the next entry in the enduring James Bond franchise has been slated for November of 2019. With that, it’s only expected that plot details emerge in due time.

Naturally, it didn’t go unnoticed when reports surfaced yesterday stating that said film is set to be based on Raymond Benson’s novel Never Dream of Dying, and that the studio supposedly thought it would serve as a fine followup to Spectre. And seeing as how Benson has built quite the reputation for himself in the spy genre having written not only Bond novels, but also ones pertaining to Metal Gear Solid and Splinter Cell (the latter was done under the pen name of “David Michaels,” one shared by several authors who
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Women to Watch: Real Life Wonder Woman Annabel Wood

Women to Watch: Real Life Wonder Woman Annabel Wood
Today safety on the set is critical. How often do we hear about the stunt women? The men are romanticized and copied by generations of boys wanting to perform brave stunts. Well, here is the woman for generations of girls to watch and wish to imitate. But…

The danger involved is central to the topic. This month, John Bernecker, a stuntman on AMC’s The Walking Dead, died from injuries suffered on the show’s set and another stuntman suffered major injuries after he was run over by a car on the set of the new TV show Shooter at a Santa Clarita airport. During the filming of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in September 2015, stuntwoman Olivia Jackson suffered extensive injuries after a motorcycle accident involving a metal camera arm. She spent two weeks in a medically induced coma. A 2015 story from The Times examined the circumstances surrounding the increased
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44th Daytime Emmys Honor ‘The Young and the Restless’

Daytime stars will compete for The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ highest honor next month. Recognizing all TV programming broadcast between 2:00 Am and 6:00 Pm in the 2016 calendar year, the 44th Daytime Emmy Awards announced their nominees March 22 on CBS’ “The Talk.” CBS amassed 71 nominations across all categories, more than any other network. Receiving an impressive 25 nods was the network’s longtime hit drama “The Young and the Restless.” Trailing not far behind were ABC’s “General Hospital” and CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful,” both with 23 nominations, and NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” with 22. Amazon netted 50 total nods, while PBS earned 40. David Michaels, senior vice president of the awards show, said, “After receiving a record number of submissions, we are thrilled by this talented and gifted list of nominees that will be honored at this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards.” The 44th Daytime Emmy Awards
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Hopper Penn & Paz De La Huerta To Topline Indie ‘Puppy Love’

Hopper Penn & Paz De La Huerta To Topline Indie ‘Puppy Love’
Hopper Penn and Boardwalk Empire alumnae Paz de la Huerta have been set to star in Puppy Love, a dramatic comedy written and to be directed by Michael Maxxis, a music video and commercials director making his feature film debut. Michael Madsen, Donald Cerrone, Rosanna Arquette and Colleen Camp are also aboard. David Michaels, George Parra and Nicolette Saina are producing, and Sam Osman is executive producing and financing via Film Alberta Studios. Principal photography…
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Hopper Penn, Paz de la Huerta to Star in Dramatic Comedy ‘Puppy Love’

Hopper Penn, Paz de la Huerta to Star in Dramatic Comedy ‘Puppy Love’
Hopper Penn will star in the dramatic comedy “Puppy Love” alongside Paz de la Huerta, Michael Madsen, Ufc fighter Donald Cerrone, Rosanna Arquette and Colleen Camp. Shooting starts in Edmonton, Alberta, on March 20.

Music video director Michael Maxxis will direct from his own screenplay, based on a year in the life of Maxxis’ male cousin Morgan Fairchild (no relation to the actress) during which he falls in love with a homeless woman he meets through his older brother. The story follows him as he patrols the streets in his car, looking for and meeting up with her in a dysfunctional relationship that grows and develops into something kind, endearing and beautiful.

Elle King and Mickey Avalon will also appear in the movie dramatic comedy, in addition to an extended cameo by Wayne Newton. David Michaels will produce alongside George Parra and Nicolette Saina, with Sam Osman executive producing and financing under Film Alberta Studios.
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Asylum Entertainment & Pilgrim Studios To Produce Sports Documentary Series

Legendary’s Asylum Entertainment (The Kennedys) and Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios (Ghost Hunters) are teaming to produce an event sports documentary series that explores sports on a global scale. Tentatively titled Planet Sport, and reminiscent of BBC series Planet Earth, the series will examine how sports shape and reflect cultures, societies, identities and communities throughout the world. Asylum’s Steven Michaels and Jonathan Koch, Piligian and David Michaels will…
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‘Midnight Rider’ Producers To Contest Osha Safety Violation Charges

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The producers of Midnight Rider will fight federal charges that they committed workplace safety violations in the February 20 accident that killed 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones. Production company Film Allman, set up by director Randall Miller and producer Jody Savin for the Gregg Allman biopic, was slapped with an Osha fine of $74,900 last month for “one willful and one serious safety violation” in the tragedy. They had until today to pay or dispute the charges. Today the filmmakers issued a notice of contest for both violations and the fine, a Department of Labor rep tells Deadline.

This is just the latest legal tangle for Miller and Savin. Along with producer Jay Sedrish, the filmmakers were each charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing by prosecutors in Wayne County, Ga. All three pleaded not guilty. They’re also named among a litany of co-defendants in a wrongful death civil suit filed
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Update: ‘Midnight Rider’ Exec Producer Jay Sedrish Pleads Not Guilty

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4th Update, August 18, 7:58 Am: Jay Sedrish, the executive producer/unit production manager of the ill-fated Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, waived his right for an arraignment early this morning and has entered a not guilty plea to criminal trespassing and involuntary manslaughter in the on-set death of 27-year-old assistant camera assistant Sarah Jones. She died on the first day of shooting the picture in Georgia, on February 20, after a train hit a metal bed that was placed on the tracks to film a dream sequence. Several others were injured by flying debris. Sedrish, director Randall Miller and Miller’s wife/producer Jody Savin were all criminally charged in the matter. Miller and Savin entered not guilty pleas last month.

Sedrish’s not guilty plea, which was entered early this morning to the Superior Court of Wayne County by his attorney John Ossick, comes only a week after the U.
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'Midnight Rider' Production Company Cited By Osha For Safety Violations Resulting In Sarah Jones' Death

Producers of Midnight Rider, the Gregg Allman biopic that cost camera assistant Sarah Jones her life, have been cited by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Osha).

Midnight Rider Production Co. Cited By Osha

Osha announced Thursday that the production company was guilty of “one willful and one serious safety violation” resulting from their decision to film on train tracks, despite not having permission or a proper safety plan in place.

“Employers are responsible for taking the necessary precautions to protect workers’ health and safety, and the entertainment industry is no exception. It is unacceptable that Film Allman LLC knowingly exposed their crew to moving trains while filming on a live track and railroad trestle,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.

In February, the crew of Midnight Rider was filming on train tracks outside Doctortown, Ga., when a train came,
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'Midnight Rider' cited and fined by U.S. gov't for workplace fatality

The U.S. Department of Labor has cited the production company filming the Greg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, connected to the death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones in February. Jones was killed by a moving train during filming in Wayne County, Ga. Today, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the producers with one willful and one serious safety violation for exposing employees to hazards and recommended a penalty totaling $74,900. Eight other crew members were injured in the incident.

“Employers are responsible for taking the necessary precautions to protect workers’ health and safety, and the entertainment industry is no exception,
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‘Midnight Rider’ Producers Cited For Safety Violations Resulting In Sarah Jones Death

The U.S. Department of Labor has formally cited Midnight Rider production company Film Allman for “one willful and one serious safety violation” in the February 20 tragedy that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones.

“Employers are responsible for taking the necessary precautions to protect workers’ health and safety, and the entertainment industry is no exception,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.” It is unacceptable that Film Allman LLC knowingly exposed their crew to moving trains while filming on a live track and railroad trestle.”

Related: The Death Of Sarah Jones: Safety Concerns Raised Over ‘Midnight Rider’ Crew’s Previous Film In Georgia

Jones was killed and several other crew members injured on the first day of filming on the Gregg Allman biopic in rural Georgia. The crew had set a hospital bed on the Doctortown trestle train tracks for filming when a train approached and hit the bed,
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites ‘Midnight Rider’ Production for ‘Willful and Serious’ Safety Violations

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the production company behind “Midnight Rider” for willful and serious safety violations related to the Feb. 20 train accident that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones and injured eight others during shooting on a trestle near Jesup, Ga. Proposed penalties were set at $74,900.

“Employers are responsible for taking the necessary precautions to protect workers’ health and safety, and the entertainment industry is no exception,” David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, said in a statement. “It is unacceptable that Film Allman LLC knowingly exposed their crew to moving trains while filming on a live track and railroad trestle.”

“Their failure to develop a safety plan to prevent such hazards, including obtaining permission from the rail owner to use the tracks for filming, led to the death of one crew member and injuries to eight other employees,
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Will embattled online soaps 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' win over Daytime Emmys?

The Daytime Emmys are about to enter a brave new world. "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," cancelled by ABC before being revived by Prospect Park on the internet in 2013, will be the first web shows to compete in drama series categories. However, after being embroiled in false-starts, legal conflicts, and re-cancellation, how will these online off-shoots be received anew by Daytime Emmy voters? They might do very well, according to David Michaels, senior executive director of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, who told Michael Logan of TV Guide Magazine, "Our entry deadline was last Friday, Jan. 17, and we've had a lot of great submissions from 'AMC' and 'Oltl' — in fact, we've set an extreme record for the number of entries this year … From the look of Prospect Park's submissions, I think they'll give the four network soaps a real run for their money when it comes t.
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News Nuggets: Online 'AMC' and 'Oltl' will be Emmy-eligible in 2014

News Nuggets: Online 'AMC' and 'Oltl' will be Emmy-eligible in 2014
New online versions of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" will be eligible at the Daytime Emmys next year, but in what categories? "David Michaels, senior executive director of the Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards, tells Soaps In Depth that the beloved soaps ... will be eligible for consideration in 2014... it's just a matter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences deciding in which category to place them! 'In May, we have an awards committee meeting. We're going to start discussing that now,' Michaels reveals. 'There are a bunch of different ways to go. They are obviously going to be eligible for the contest; we're just trying to decide how they should be eligible.'" The Onion skewers the Tony nominees: "With the announcement of the 67th Annual Tony Award nominations Tuesday morning, new Broadway musical 'Loud, Desperate Need For Approval' is leading the pack with an impressive 13 no.
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Soaps Remain the Main Event at Daytime Emmys

Like sands through the hourglass, the heyday of the soap opera has slipped away. Not that you’d be able to tell at the Daytime Emmys.

Not since 1953 has there been so few soaps on the air, with only four airing on broadcast television — CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” and ABC’s General Hospital.

The decline would seem to signal a change in the configuration of the Daytime Emmys from a soap star-studded fan draw to a less showy industry event honoring unscripted TV.

But the soaps’ twist is this — they still take a backseat to no one come kudo night.

According to TV Guide soap journalist Michael Logan, last year there was talk of changing the awards lineup to reflect daytime drama’s diminished status. Traditionally, the final prestige spot belonged to drama series. With the
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Emmy future of 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children' still uncertain

Emmy future of 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children' still uncertain
Now that "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" are off TV and heading to webcast, we know where they stand in the current Daytime Emmy competition. "One Life to Live" is in the running because it aired sufficient episodes on TV in the eligibility period, but not "All My Children." -Insertgroups:12- But what about next year when both shows will exist exclusively on line? Will they be permitted to compete alongside their sister soaps in the same categories? "No determination as of yet," David Michaels, chief of Daytime at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, tells Gold Derby. "This will be a discussion at the next award committee meeting." If this question pertained to the Primetime Emmys (which are administered by that other TV academy, the one based in Los Angeles), there would be no mystery. Program delivery system doesn't matter. Broadcast television competes against webcasts.
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The Hoff Talks 'Knight Rider' Movie, Wants To Join TV Comedy

The Hoff Talks 'Knight Rider' Movie, Wants To Join TV Comedy
New York -- David Hasselhoff still feels a connection with the younger generation, even though his popular TV series "Baywatch" has been off the air for more than a decade.

"When Justin Bieber comes up and goes, `Hoff!' and then Selena Gomez says, `It's so weird he loves you,' it's great. It just means that you're hip and it's cool," the 60-year-old actor said in a recent interview.

"Baywatch" aired from 1989 to 2000. Hasselhoff also starred in the TV series "Knight Rider," which aired from 1982 to 1986.

To stay part of the conversation, Hasselhoff keeps busy and is always working. He stars in a Lifetime movie "The Christmas Consultant," opposite Caroline Rhea, that airs Saturday (8 p.m. Est). He will tweet backstage for MTV at Sunday's European Music Awards and play Captain Hook in a Peter Pan pantomime in December in Manchester, England.

Hasselhoff talks about his various projects, his
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The Hoff Talks 'Knight Rider' Movie, Wants To Join TV Comedy

The Hoff Talks 'Knight Rider' Movie, Wants To Join TV Comedy
New York -- David Hasselhoff still feels a connection with the younger generation, even though his popular TV series "Baywatch" has been off the air for more than a decade.

"When Justin Bieber comes up and goes, `Hoff!' and then Selena Gomez says, `It's so weird he loves you,' it's great. It just means that you're hip and it's cool," the 60-year-old actor said in a recent interview.

"Baywatch" aired from 1989 to 2000. Hasselhoff also starred in the TV series "Knight Rider," which aired from 1982 to 1986.

To stay part of the conversation, Hasselhoff keeps busy and is always working. He stars in a Lifetime movie "The Christmas Consultant," opposite Caroline Rhea, that airs Saturday (8 p.m. Est). He will tweet backstage for MTV at Sunday's European Music Awards and play Captain Hook in a Peter Pan pantomime in December in Manchester, England.

Hasselhoff talks about his various projects, his
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Daytime Emmys Names David Michaels Senior Executive Director

New York – August 21, 2012 – The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced that David Michaels, Actor, Producer and Founder of TV Cares has been appointed Senior Executive Director of the Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards. “David’s experiences in all genres of daytime television make him the perfect candidate to head up our Daytime Emmy® Awards operations,” said Malachy Wienges, Chairman NATAS. “His long time association with The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS) will be a valuable asset as the two Academies work closer together sharing the same goal of awarding excellence in television. “The Daytime Emmy® Awards remains the favorite annual event for so very many fans throughout the country,” said Mr. Michaels. “In a world where the face of television and especially Daytime is constantly transitioning and changing, we strive to keep the Daytime Emmy® Awards a vital and exciting event. I am very excited and
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Warner Bros in legal victory over 'Superman' estate lawyer

Warner Bros in legal victory over 'Superman' estate lawyer
Warner Bros has claimed a "significant victory" in the long-running Superman rights legal battle. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that Marc Toberoff, the lawyer representing the estates of Superman co-creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, must turn over documents that were stolen from his office in 2008. The papers were taken by disgruntled former associate David Michaels from Toberoff's office and delivered anonymously to Warner Bros, the owner of Superman publisher DC Comics. The majority of the papers were judge privileged and Warner Bros was ordered to return them within 24 hours, although one document not included became the basis of a suit launched against Toberoff in 2010. > 'Superman' rights cheque fetches $$160,000 (more)
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