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ITV plc will acquire a controlling stake in High Noon Entertainment, the reality TV producer behind "Cake Boss" and "Tough Love," the companies said Monday. High Noon was founded in 1997 by former Liberty Media executive Jim Berger, and his partners Duke Hartman and Sonny Hutchison. The company supplies shows for the Scripps network and has projects for channels such as Hgtv, Diy, Travel and Food. ITV is a British media company formed by the 2004 merger of Granada plc and Carlton Communications. Though United Kingdom-based, the company has been making incursions »
- Brent Lang
“Jim and his talented team have built High Noon Entertainment into a successful player in the Us non-scripted market. They have limitless creativity and an inventive approach across multiple genres for a wide range of networks,” said Paul Buccieri, managing director ITV Studios International and president and CEO of ITV Studios America.
Buccieri will be directly responsible for High Noon Entertainment at ITV, and Berger will maintain his role as a show creator and producer.
Acquisition of a smaller reality shingle by a larger studio speaks to the broader need for high output in the low margin unscripted biz. »
- AJ Marechal
In its second buy into a U.S. production company in less than six months, ITV has acquired a controlling interest in Cake Boss producer High Noon Entertainment. In December Duck Dynasty maker Gurney Productions sold a controlling stake to ITV for $40M. In the High Noon deal, ITV will pay $25.65M upfront for 60% of the company with a further payment in 2015 contingent on High Noon’s performance. In keeping with the way it structures most of its acquisitions deals, ITV also has a put and call option to buy the rest of the company which can be exercised in four-six years. High Noon was founded in 1997 by former Liberty Media executive Jim Berger, and partners Duke Hartman and Sonny Hutchison. It supplies programming to 18 U.S. cable networks with shows like Cake Boss, Tough Love and Guinness World Records Gone Wild. The company made an operating profit of $5.7M »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
London - U.K. TV networks company ITV said Monday it has agreed to acquire a controlling stake in High Noon Entertainment, the U.S. producer of Cake Boss and other non-scripted entertainment shows. ITV said it will pay $25.65 million upfront for a 60 percent stake in High Noon. An additional payment in 2015 will be based on the performance of the company. There is also a put and call option for ITV to buy the remainder of High Noon, which may be exercised after four and six years, respectively. Story: 'Cake Boss' Producers Set Two New Unscripted
- Georg Szalai
Now here’s an interesting piece of casting news. Pierce Brosnan – you may remember him from a few little films in which he played a secret agent of sorts? – has been cast to play yet another iconic figure, this one from history. He’s set to play Louis Xiv, in the film The Moon And The Sun from Pandemonium.
If it seems like an odd casting choice for Brosnan to play King Louis, try this one: The Moon And The Sun is a fantasy adventure story adapted from Vonda McIntyre’s novel about Louis attempting to steal the life force from a mermaid (Fan Bingbing) in order to achieve immortality. The King’s daughter then falls for the mermaid’s keeper and tries to set them both free.
Pierce Brosnan. 17th Century France. Mermaids. I do not know if this is the greatest idea I’ve heard all day, or the worst. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
His first column appeared in April 1963 and he would become the doyen of UK film critics. Having announced he will soon file his last column, he talks about meeting Chaplin, and Hollywood's greatest canine actors
Philip French's international reputation as a film critic is unrivalled. As recently as February, after a career with the Observer that began in 1963, an American film journal rated him as Britain's "greatest living movie analyst". But at the end of August he is to file his last column as this newspaper's film critic. After an illustrious half century, French, who was honoured with an OBE in January, has decided to step down following his 80th birthday the same month.
In his first column for the Observer, he bemoaned the lack of British films offering a believable picture of criminathe underworld. He noted "the tired vignettes of sub-Runyon characters" in The Small World of Sammy Lee starring Anthony Newley. »
- Vanessa Thorpe
Review Paul Martinovic 2 May 2013 - 06:47
Pedro Almodovar’s appearance on The Graham Norton Show last week to promote I’m So Excited! caused a number of startled cineastes to spit out their popcorn/dummies in dismay, as if by agreeing to appear on a late-night show with one of our most prominent mainstream presenters were in itself an act tantamount to cultural treason. What’s next, Steve Reich on Steve Wright In The Afternoon? Cormac McCarthy on The One Show?
This kind of cinematic snobbery is to be expected, of course, but those who insist on applying it to Almodovar are missing the point somewhat – sure, he's a gifted, politically conscious film-maker, a keen stylist and absolutely worthy of the auteur label and all that it implies, but he »
Anyone who knows me knows that I have some seriously mad love for the 1986 horror comedy cult classic Vamp, directed by Richard Wenk and starring Chris Makepeace, Robert Rusler, Gedde Watanabe, Sandy Baron, Grace Jones and the delightful Dedee Pfeiffer.
While I'm still unsure of just how I talked my mom into renting Vamp for me in the first place, I can distinctly remember every single moment of the very first time I took this often overlooked gem home from the video store. While there had been several vampire movies in that era of genre filmmaking that I really loved as a kid, I always felt like Vamp was something totally different and weird- and I liked that.
For those of you who've never seen Vamp (last time I checked, it was on Netflix Instant), the movie follows two college kids named Keith (Makepeace) and Aj (Rusler), who have to »
Today we have a shmorgishborg of Syfy news regarding new projects being picked up, so I’m just going to cut the crap and dive straight into this pool of information. Hold on to your butts.
On top of announcing the renewal of young female-skewing Being Human for a fourth season, Deadline reported Syfy gave the go ahead for a four-part miniseries based on Larry Niven’s Ringworld and Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End. Ringworld would follow a team of explores as they travel through space in search of an alien artifact known as Ringworld, an artificial habitat the size of one million Earths. Along the way they discover the leftovers of an ancient advanced civilizations, possible origins of the human race and the salvation for a doomed Earth. Childhood’s End is a chance of pace; it tells the tale of a peaceful alien invasion by the mysterious Overlords, »
- Brody Gibson
Over the past year, Syfy has been quietly amassing a slate of space/alien drama projects with the goal of launching a new series in the genre that has felt a void after the end of Battlestar Galactica. The effort started in February 2012 with the decision to develop a series adaptation of the 2010 supernatural Sony movie Legion with the film’s director Scott Stewart. The network went on to take in Georgeville TV’s adaptation of British classic Blake’s 7, Bryan Fuller’s High Noon and several other projects. Today, High Noon was ordered to pilot, with several other space projects remaining in development. (List below) Related: Jamie Foxx To Write, Direct & Produce Syfy Horror Anthology Series High Moon is described as an imaginative, out-of-this-world series exploring what happens when the countries of Earth establish colonies to mine the Moon’s resources and discover a new form of life. Chaos erupts in a genuinely emotional, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
That's right, "Disaster Movie," at least according to IMDb users who voted. The comedy, a send-up of disaster flicks, received 55,112 votes. But here's the more interesting part. Paris Hilton topped the charts with two movies appearing in the Top 10 namely "The Hottie & the Nottie" and 2006's "Pledge This."
So without further adieu, here's your Top 100 Worst Movies of All Time!
Rank Rating Title Votes
1. 1.9 Disaster Movie (2008) 55,112
2. 1.9 The Hottie & the Nottie (2008) 27,996
3. 1.9 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) 20,247
4. 1.9 Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) 27,348
5. 1.9 Pledge This! (2006) 13,121
6. 1.9 Die Hard Dracula (1998) 2,641
7. 1.9 Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010) 4,842
8. 1.9 Anne B. Real (2003) 3,325
9. 1.9 From Justin to Kelly (2003) 21,887
10. 1.9 Going Overboard (1989) 7,713
11. 1.9 Track of the Moon Beast (1976) 2,272
12. 1.9 Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues (1985) 2,021
13. 1.9 The Maize: The Movie (2004) 2,284
14. 1.9 The Pod People (1983) 3,089
15. 1.9 The Wild World of Batwoman (1966) 3,097
16. 1.9 Turks in Space (2006) 9,634
17. 1.9 Who's Your Caddy? (2007) 12,991
18. 1.9 The Creeping Terror (1964) 2,764
19. 1.9 Crossover (2006) 8,350
20. 1.9 Girl in Gold Boots (1968) 2,532
21. 2.0 Miss Castaway and the Island Girls (2004) 1,945
22. 2.0 Space Mutiny (1988) 4,376
23. 2.0 Daniel - Der Zauberer (2004) 12,159
24. 2.0 The Starfighters (1964) 2,726
25. 2.0 Fat Slags »
Marlon Brando didn't show up to collect his second Golden Globe in 1972 for "The Godfather," which should have signaled his upcoming rejection of the Oscar. After all, back in 1954, he was there to pick up his prize from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. when he won for "On the Waterfront." The HFPA, which only nominated three performers in each category back then, had snubbed Brando for his Oscar-nominated turns in "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951), "Viva Zapata!" (1952) and "Julius Caesar" (1953). He lost those Oscar races to Humphrey Bogart ("The African Queen"), Gary Cooper ("High Noon") and William Holden ("Stalag 17") respectively. Determined to finally prevail, Brando changed his ways, becoming the prince of politeness with the press. As the La Times reported on his Globes appearance, “Unusual was the fact tha »
This will be the last top ten off the top of my head whole decade thingies for a bit -- we need to get to real articles but I've been swamped off blog. But these discussions are fun, don't you agree? The 1950s were the first film decade I was obsessed with in that when I was first becoming interested in cinema in the mid 80s, the 50s somehow came to signify Mythic Classic Hollywood to me, though cinema obviously stretched much much further back. So I guess I'll always be kind of attached to this decade when the movies got literally bigger (I do so prefer rectangulars to squares) and the era's stars really defined (at least for me) the concept of "Movie Star". I mean it's hard to argue with Liz, Brando, Clift, Dean, Monroe in all caps.
Which is why Giant is such a perfect 1950s movie »
- NATHANIEL R
Sixty years ago, in 1953, the red carpet was unfolded, the envelopes were opened under the gleam of the Hollywood spotlight and a legacy was born that only continues to become more glamorous. It was the first televised version of the Academy Awards.
As one might imagine, things were a bit different back then. Despite being the first telecast, it was the 25th time the Academy handed out its little gold men. Whereas today's ceremony is held exclusively in Hollywood, the 25th annual Academy Awards were conducted simultaneously at Hollywood's Rko Pantages Theatre and at New York City's now-nonexistent NBC International Theatre.
Cecil B. DeMille's "The Greatest Show on Earth" swept Best Picture out from under the heavily favored "High Noon," which managed to collect Best Actor for Gary Cooper. Shirley Booth nabbed Best Actress for her performance in "Come Back, Little Sheba." The night's other big winner was "The Bad and the Beautiful, »
- The Huffington Post
Marlon Brando didn't show up to collect his second Best Actor Oscar in 1972 for "The Godfather," sending an actress in his stead to decline as a protest to Hollywood's portrayal of Native Americans. However, back in 1954 Brando was keen to win the award, after being skunked three previous times. His losing streak began in 1951 when his "Streetcar Named Desire" castmates (Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden, Kim Hunter) prevailed in the other three acting categories but Brando was bested by Humphrey Bogart ("The African Queen"). The following year, he lost his bid for "Viva Zapata!" to Gary Cooper ("High Noon") while in 1953 his nod for "Julius Caesar" was edged out by William Holden ("Stalag 17"). Brando had been surly and uncooperative while on the derby track those three times. So he switched strategies. First up was the Golden Globes on Feb. 24. As the La Times reported, “Unusual was the fact that B. »
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Oh, look, Bo’s in a blindfold. Mmmm, finally some kinky sexytimes for her and the good doctor. Wait, what’s that chirping noise? Are there vibrators that make a chirping noise? Dammit, it’s just some dumb good luck cricket. Well it’s very disappointing for all parties involved, especially me.
Bo continues her “training” for The Dawning. Though I think this task is more like the Fae equivalent of looking for a four-leaf clover. She fails, because have you ever tried to find a four-leaf clover? It’s hard. Everyone is a little cranky and exhausted because it’s all over but for the waiting of the invitation now.
Bo wishes Kenzi was with her to cheer her up with a perfectly timed zinger. But Trick’s all, “Humans, bad. Taint sacred Fae puberty ritual. Also, cooties.” Or something like that. I don’t know, »
- dorothy snarker
Nicole plays Kelly in the upcoming biopic, "Grace of Monaco," about the legendary Hollywood beauty who gave up her acting career for the royal throne when she married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, the Telegraph notes.
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The first images of Kidman as Kelly show the Australian actress embodying the "High Noon" star's style, with frothy dresses and head scarves.
The 45-year-old portrays the Princess of Monaco between December 1961 and November 1962, when she was in her 30s trying to help her country during a time of political turmoil, Collider reports.
On Sunday, Deadline.com revealed that The Weinstein Company is finalizing a deal to acquire the domestic rights to Olivier Dahan's "Grace Of Monaco." The film is set to be released in December, in the middle of awards season, »
- Cavan Sieczkowski
Ah, Grace Kelly. For a woman who so clearly didn't earn her Oscar, she remains a classic star who earns my respect, tender appeciation, and dumbfounded gaze. She's one of the few untouchable, yet vulnerable Hollywood stars (very Karen Carpenter, if you ask me), and because Rear Window is probably the greatest movie of all time, I'll be first in line to see Grace of Monaco, a biopic of Kelly starring Nicole Kidman that comes out in December. The movie already has Weinstein backing, so it may be a frontrunner for next year's Academy Awards. That's right, it's two days after the Oscars and the anticipation for next year is already building.
Though Kelly's children have called the movie a "needlessly glamorized" and historically inaccurate movie, I'm willing to betray them and lap up Kidman's radiance as Grace. Two new stills of Kidman as the »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013
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Studio: Olive Films
Kirk Douglas (Paths of Glory) stars as an unscrupulous boxer who fights his way to the top, but eventually alienates all of the people who helped him on the way up in the 1949 film noir drama Champion.
Midge Kelly (Douglas), hitchhiking west with his crippled brother Connie (Arthur Kennedy, Lawrence of Arabia), is hustled unprepared into a pro boxing match. Though he’s severely beaten, his manager (Paul Stewart, Kiss Me Deadly) finds him promising. In California, Midge and Connie find nothing but menial jobs, from which Midge gets relief by seducing a lovely young waitress (Ruth Roman, Strangers on a Train). One shotgun marriage later, ambitious Midge falls back on the only option he knows: boxing. Seduced by the cheering crowds, money, and women, Midge becomes more and more of a hero in public… »
A good zombie movie, like the best of American values, is about finding a way to get along with each other
The Walking Dead is immensely popular on TV and Warm Bodies is cleaning up at the box office. The venerable London Science Museum hosted a festival last month focusing wholly on the epistemology of zombies. I even wrote a zombie novel that is being adapted for film by George Romero himself. The popularity of this particular metaphor continues to grow beyond the wildest dreams of horror enthusiasts.
As a psychiatrist, as a popular culture enthusiast, and as a teller of zombie tales, I must admit that I've pondered this particularly bizarre phenomenon a good deal. Like most complex occurrences, I'd argue that the explanations for zombie-mania throughout the United States (and beyond) are multi-faceted and inter-related.
Start by examining the mindless trek we all make in our relentless march »
- Steven Schlozman
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