9 items from 2014
Wrestling is a strange beast. It doesn’t matter how good you are inside the ring, you need to play an interesting character to become successful. At its very core, wrestling is about acting on a stage. It’s just like going to your local theater, and watching a couple of actors performing on screen. Okay, so it’s not much like that at all, but it still all boils down to acting. And just like in movies, TV or theater, some people are really good at it, and some are embarrassingly awful.
Here, we celebrate the men and women who are the best at what they do in wrestling. It’s an art form that is under appreciated and often mocked. But really, no one else on the planet can do their job. We’ve seen wrestlers transition over to movies successfully like The Rock lighting up the screen in Fast and Furious, »
- Andrew Soucek
Dude, you’re renewed! Deadline has learned that Discovery quietly has ordered a second season of reality competition series Dude, You’re Screwed from High Noon Entertainment. A twist on the survival genre, the series follows five of the world’s most elite, thrill-seeking survivalists who are captured one at a time by the other four. Once captured, they are then dropped in one of the world’s harshest environments and must make their way back to civilization — all within 100 hours. Season one, which premiered in December, featured a range of survivalists including a Green Beret, a member of the UK Royal Air Force, a former Navy Seal and a veteran Army Scout. Jim Berger and Scott Feeley are exec producing for High Noon, along with Discovery’s Julie Meisner Eagle and Erin Wanner. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Broadcaster pays undisclosed sum for 51% of New York-based Diga Vision, with option to buy remaining shares in the future
ITV has acquired a controlling stake in the Us production company behind TV shows including MTV drama Teen Wolf.
The broadcaster has paid an undisclosed cash sum for a 51% stake in New York-based Diga Vision, which was founded by two former MTV executives three years ago and specialises in reality and scripted series for MTV and other Us cable channels.
As part of the deal, ITV has a "put-and-call option" to buy the remainder of the company within three to six years, with the total amount paid linked to Diga Vision's financial performance.
Shows include Girl Get Your Mind Right and drama Ke$ha: Crazy Beautiful Life, both for MTV, and Celebrity Home Raiders for A+E Networks' Lifetime channel. »
- Mark Sweney
Indiewire is in Berlin to cover the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. Because we'll be posting so much throughout the run of the festival, we've compiled this Berlinale master list to help you keep track of all our coverage. Keep checking back daily until the festival wraps on February 16th for all the latest reviews, acquisitions and interviews out of the festival. Reviews:Critic's Notebook: Why You Should Care About the Berlin Film Festival Forest Whitaker Impresses As Paroled Criminal In Uneven 'Two Men In Town,' A Remake At War With Itself'Full Metal Jacket' Meets 'High Noon' In Tense Wartime Action Drama ''71,' Starring Jack O'ConnellSexual Depravity Takes On Nightmarish Proportions In Josephine Decker's 'Thou Wast Mild and Lovely,' Starring Joe Swanberg Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Is a Delightful Action-Comedy As Only He Could Make ItWas 'Snowpiercer' Worth the Battle For the Director's Cut? »
For over 60 years, Hollywood has been beamed into homes across America with the Academy Awards, bringing the glitz, glamour and stars into living rooms in every state. The yearly TV tradition started in 1953 when the show was broadcast for the first time, and today we'll take you on a trip down memory lane. The opening of 25th Academy Awards, aired on March 19, 1953, has now made its way online. It was an eventful year at the Oscars, with the Best Picture statue going to "The Greatest Show On Earth" over the heavily favored "High Noon," in what is now viewed as one of the worst upsets in the history of the ceremony. It was also a year in which bonafide classic "Singing' In The Rain" only managed a total of two nominations. It was also the first time that the awards ceremony was simultaneously conducted in New York and Hollywood, with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jager’s expanded role will give him oversight of High Noon’s development team spanning across the company’s Denver, Los Angeles and Gotham branches. In addition to overseeing development of pilots and specials, Jager will also be responsible for adapting ITV formats for Stateside and Latin markets, and creating new docuseries. (High Noon resides under parent company ITV’s umbrella.)
Feeley will continue exec producing all High Noon series and oversee production across High Noon’s three offices. Programs that fall in his stable include “Cake Boss,” “Next Great Baker” and “Guinness World Records.”
- AJ Marechal
The producer of Cake Boss and the upcoming Polka Kings has upped Patrick Jager to Svp Development & Production and Scott Feeley to Svp Current Programming. Jager, who joined High Noon Entertainment in 2007, will manage the company’s development team and oversee its marketing and communications. He also will spearhead creation of docuseries and format for the U.S. and Latin American markets. Eight-year company vet Feeley will continue to executive produce all High Noon series and specials and oversee production in the Denver, Los Angeles and New York offices. Both execs, who were bumped up from VP, continue to report to CEO Jim Berger. “Scott and Patrick each possess a strong creative vision and a unique voice,” Berger. “They have stellar reputations, deep relationships within the community and amazing energy.” »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
In Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America, director Rodrigo H. Vila returns again and again to a close-up of a clock, like he's remaking High Noon instead of weaving together an unpersuasive hagiography of a beloved Argentine folk singer.
Mercedes Sosa rose from poverty to become an influential opponent of President Jorge Rafael Videla's military dictatorship, finally seeking refuge in Europe from 1979 until the regime collapsed in 1982.
The footage of Sosa seems to be entirely archival — she died in 2009 at age 74 — but Vila enjoyed expansive access to her family (Sosa's son, Fabián Matus, is credited with "Idea and Guest Appearance") and musical collaborators (David Byrne is the only talking head likely to be recognizable to viewer »
Damon Lindelof returns to the world of television this summer with a novel concept — literally and figuratively. The Lost co-creator is adapting Tom Perrotta’s 2011 bestseller The Leftovers into an HBO drama series (starring Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, and Amy Brenneman, among others) that follows the residents of New York town three years after a rapture-like event whisked away 140 million people across the globe. Pick up a copy of EW’s 2014 Preview Issue to steal a glance at a script page from the first episode, which is directed by Peter Berg (who is also an executive producer on the show). Below, »
- Dan Snierson
9 items from 2014
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