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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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Daytime Emmys Preview: Soaps Still Top Draw for Kudos

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

‘Biography’ Franchise Returns as Event Programming Across A+E Networks Channels (Exclusive)
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 Bio.com 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
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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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Daytime Emmys Embrace Diversity and Digital, Still Celebrate Soaps

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
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Daytime Emmys: New Categories Honor Digital, Musical Achievements

The Daytime Emmys are growing again this year, but only by a couple of categories.

“I think we have 87 this year, which is a lot of categories,” says David Michaels, senior VP of the Daytime Emmy Awards. “I can’t remember the last time we deleted one, but we increased by two this year, including the addition of a second lifetime achievement category.”

That new lifetime achievement award is in the creative arts field. “It’s to honor a behind-the-scenes person who’s had a lifetime of contributing to a show or several shows, not just a front-of-the-camera person.”

Both lifetime honorees will be named in March, but the new award Michaels is most excited about is the outstanding musical performance in a talk show/morning program. “If you think about the kinds of guests that are on ‘The Today Show,’ ‘Good Morning America’ and all of the talk shows,
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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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Sports Docuseries ‘Planet Sport’ Coming from Asylum & Pilgrim Studios

Asylum Entertainment and Pilgrim Studios are teaming to produce sports docuseries “Planet Sport.”

Steve Michaels and Jonathan Koch of Asylum and Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios are bringing on the Emmy-winning David Michaels to produce the project that explores sports on a global scale, examining how they shape and reflect cultures, societies, identities and communities throughout the world.

Each installment of the event series will utilize archival and modern-day footage, plus testimonials from famed athletes, to cover global events and competitions, while focusing on one sporting theme — glory, fear, rivalry, endurance and teamwork.

“‘Planet Sport’ promises to bring to life sports in a way that audiences around the world have never experienced,” said Michaels, president of Asylum. “Using technology, visual arts and high-level storytelling, we are creating the definitive and all-encompassing sports series.”

Piligian commented, “This series will do for sports what series like ‘Planet Earth’ did for nature — a sweeping,
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Betty White Talks Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award

Betty White Talks Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award
Betty White’s escapades on television go so far back her late husband used to say that she started on “silent TV.”

Allen Ludden’s joke still makes White chuckle. And just because White has been around since the dawn of television, doesn’t mean she’s any less enchanted by it. Happily, it’s a mutual love, which is why the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Daytime Emmys will present her with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I can’t be coy,” she says of the honor. “I was thrilled.”

Some of White’s daytime work is well-known, such as her guest stint on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and constant appearances on gameshows including “Password,” “Match Game” and “The $25,000 Pyramid.” Her television debut, though, was for a lesser-known program that defines early daytime TV. For “Hollywood on Television,” White was on camera, 5½ hours a day, six days a week,
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Daytime Emmys Look For Alternatives As Soap Bubble Bursts

There are four network daytime dramas left. In a year, or two, or five, it’s conceivable there could be fewer; it’s unlikely there’ll be more.

The Daytime Emmy Awards depend heavily on the daytime dramas, both for the glamour of the actors on the red carpet and for the fervent loyalty of their fans. Without soaps, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) might still give out awards, but it would have a hard time attracting an audience to the kudocast itself, the 42nd edition of which takes place on April 26 (with the nominations announced March 26).

“To me it really depends on if there’s still going to be soap operas, because that’s the engine that drives it,” says Brad Adgate, senior vice president, research, at agency Horizon Media. “Otherwise, why bother? I don’t think they could lose another soap opera and keep the show going,
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Talkshow Host Race Heats Up 2015 Daytime Emmys

Talkshow Host Race Heats Up 2015 Daytime Emmys
Last year, there was a tie in the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards’ talkshow host category, between Katie CouricKatie” and Dr. Mehmet Oz of “The Dr. Oz Show.”

It’s a dead certainty that double honor won’t be repeated, since “Katie” was canceled. Also, while Oz is still on the air, he spent his summer being grilled before a Senate committee over the promotion of questionable diet aids on his show. How voters handle the scandal remains to be seen.

As for the rest of last year’s nominees, syndication’s “The Rachael Ray Show” continues — with Ray often nominated but winless in the host category — along with “The Talk” on CBS.

ABC’s “The View” is a wildcard for a repeat nom after a rollercoaster year saw the retirement of Barbara Walters, exits of Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, introductions of Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace, and
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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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