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Raymond Benson Shoots Down Recent James Bond 25 Rumors

2 August 2017 10:16 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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 »

- Eric Joseph

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Women to Watch: Real Life Wonder Woman Annabel Wood

13 July 2017 2:55 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

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 »

- Sydney Levine

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Daytime Emmys Preview: Soaps Still Top Draw for Kudos

27 April 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For the third year in a row, the last four broadcast soap operas are all nominated for best drama at the Daytime Emmys.

David Michaels, senior vice president, Daytime Emmy Awards & Events for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, says as few as three and as many as four serials can earn a nom, and the reason that all four serials made the cut this year is because once again there’s a slim difference between the number of votes received by the shows that have ranked in third and fourth place.

“It seems crazy to have four nominees out of four contenders,” says Tom O’Neil, founder and editor of “In general, showbiz awards reflect at most two-thirds of contenders, but that’s not etched in stone. No one believes any of these four soaps are unworthy.”

“It’s never completely a given you’ll be nominated,” says »

- Michael Maloney

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44th Daytime Emmys Honor ‘The Young and the Restless’

22 March 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

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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‘Biography’ Franchise Returns as Event Programming Across A+E Networks Channels (Exclusive)

21 March 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A+E Networks is reviving one of the programming franchises that built the company into a cable powerhouse: “Biography.”

The series that once defined A&E Network will be revived starting in the spring as a recurring program tied to current headlines, milestone anniversaries and newly unearthed material about famous names.

The new-model “Biography” will air in various formats, from multi-part series to two-hour specials. The installments will primarily air on A&E Network but some will run on History and Lifetime as warranted by the subject matter. As part of the revival, A+E’s existing digital content hub will receive a major overhaul, adding more video content and resources to coincide with new installments.

Among the docu productions ordered for the relaunch is a six-hour series examing the life and death of Tupac Shakur, a two-hour take on the murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G. (aka Christopher Wallace), and a four-hour look at the »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Hopper Penn & Paz De La Huerta To Topline Indie ‘Puppy Love’

15 March 2017 11:07 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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’

15 March 2017 10:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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. »

- Dave McNary

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Daytime Emmys Embrace Diversity and Digital, Still Celebrate Soaps

3 March 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

While no award show can ever completely barricade itself from scandal, there is one awkward situation the Daytime Emmys are unlikely to encounter.

“When I was observing all of the [#OscarsSoWhite] controversy last year, my initial thought was the Daytime Emmys seem to be automatically diverse,” says David Michaels, senior VP of the Daytime Emmy Awards. “I guess it’s because of the makeup of the shows, but the talent in almost every area is very diverse. Therefore, I think maybe the viewership becomes the same way. … Obviously we can control it by making sure that our talent on our award show stays diverse. But if you look at our entries, it’s truly diverse without having to make that happen.”

To wit, last year saw major categories such as entertainment talk show, informative talk show, entertainment talk-show host, and supporting actor in a drama series going to a diverse mix of talent. The »

- Whitney Friedlander

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