5 items from 2014
The premiere of Network Ten.s crime drama Secrets & Lies drew 403,000 viewers in the five capital cities last night, beaten by the third episode of Nine.s Love Child.
Produced by Hoodlum Entertainment, Secrets & Lies stars Martin Henderson as a family man who becomes the prime suspect of a murder. He has no choice but to try to find the real killer as his marriage, his kids, his reputation, and his sanity are all at stake.
The show had a peak audience of 509,000 in the metros and a national average audience of 546,000. Ten will be hoping the premiere.s ratings are stronger when time-shifted and catch-up viewing figures are included and the 6-part series will build on word-of-mouth.
So it.s hard for a »
- Don Groves
Aaron Perlman, a weatherman in Bakersfield, Calif., went into a momentary panic when a spider fell on his head during a live broadcast.
Mid-weather report, Perlman jerks his head, and brushes off something invisible to the viewer. The spider apparently dropped down onto his head, scaring Perlman who is afraid of spiders.
Perlman laughed, but was clearly a bit unsettled by the eight-legged creature. He jumped around the stage to get to the other side of the screen, telling the newscaster off camera, “I hate spiders, man! Especially when you’re bald you feel them crawling on your head.”
Perlman laughed about the close encounter and continued on with the weather as best he could, stopping briefly to apologize.
“I apologize, sorry. I’m creeped out now, I’m going to step back over here, I’m not standing on that wall,” Perlman said as he moved from stage left to stage right, »
Director John Landis first met writer-director-actor Harold Ramis in New York in the mid-1970s when he was tasked with overseeing a rewrite of what would become “Animal House.” “Harold was an old-fashioned gag writer who could always come up with a joke,” said Landis.
Ramis died Monday from complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. He was 69.
Landis phoned Variety to share his first encounter with the celebrated comedian. His story, as told to our reporter, follows:
“Animal House” was written by Doug Kenney, Chris Miller and Harold Ramis. It was written before I was involved and given to me via a young executive at Universal. It was really literally one of the funniest things I ever read. It had a nasty edge like “National Lampoon.” I told him it was wonderful, extremely smart and funny, but everyone’s a pig for one thing. I was hired originally to supervise a rewrite. »
- Alexandra Cheney
All right, cool kids, grab onto your hats! Principal Photography for Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron begins today. That means we can expect all kinds of leaked images, extras with loose lips, and other general buzz to emanate from the production for the next few months. All ready, with a report in Sa Breaking News, someone connected to the production has revealed that the first ten minutes of the film take place in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“The great thing about this movie is that they are shooting Johannesburg as Johannesburg. Often you will find filmmakers will shoot in Johannesburg and portray the location as Los Angeles. This time around the first 10 minutes of the film will be of Johannesburg,” said Desmond Mthembu of the Gautheng Film Commission.
Also uncovered, in a South African Eyewitness News report, is that the first sequences being shot are action scenes- which is »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
As if New Jersey needs it, a Belmar resident showed local ABC News viewers that he was, indeed, Stronger Than the Storm that dropped heavy accumulations of snow around the region last week. Eyewitness News reporter Toni Yates was delivering a report on the weather from the sleepy shore town of Belmar, NJ when the aptly-named (according to Youtube) Ricky Wild stealthily loped into the background of her shot and performed about 30 seconds of epic, snowy air guitar. »
- Tommy Christopher
5 items from 2014
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