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Horror Round-Up: Tom Savini’s Nightmare City Remake, Horror Icon: Inside Michael’s Mask with Tony Moran, Fox Casts Lead Role for Frankenstein Pilot

3 March 2015 8:39 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Welcome to another horror round-up! This time around, we have details on how you can support Tom Savini's Nightmare City remake that's presented by Umberto Lenzi, the director of the 1980 original, a look at a new poster and information for the Halloween-related documentary, Horror Icon: Inside Michael's Mask with Tony Moran, and the reveal of who will play the lead role in Fox's Frankenstein pilot.

Tom Savini's Nightmare City Remake: Tom Savini, the Godfather of Gore, is fittingly set to direct and supervise the special effects on the Monsta Worx remake of Umberto Lenzi's zombie movie, Nightmare City. Lenzi himself is associate producing and presenting the project, with shooting slated to begin late this year in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. In addition to his duties behind the camera, Savini is also attached to play a role in the film, along with Judith O'Dea (Barbra from Night »

- Derek Anderson

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Burt Reynolds: An Exclusive Look at His Upcoming Memoir

25 February 2015 5:20 AM, PST | | See recent news »

In his memoir But Enough About Me, screen legend Burt Reynolds tells all about his life and and his famous loves, including Dinah Shore, Sally Field and ex-wife Loni Anderson."I wanted to set the record straight," Reynolds, 79, tells People about his book, out this fall. "Not only about my relationships with Dinah, Sally and Loni, but also about the things that people don't know about me." There's a lot more to the star of Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit and, more recently, Boogie Nights, than a '70s sex symbol famous for his 1972 nude centerfold in Cosmopolitan. Such as? »

- Liz McNeil, @lizmcneil

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Beyoncé on Her Grammys Performance: I Wanted to Show the 'Strength' of Black Men

10 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

It was a performance that triggered goose bumps at the Grammys - and for Beyoncé, her rendition of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" had a deep, personal resonance. On Sunday night, the singer, 33, donned a flowing white frock as she stood still and sang the Gospel standard with a choir of black male singers, also clad in white, behind her. In a new video released by the singer, Beyoncé explains she seized the moment to showcase black men after a year of racial turmoil marked by deaths of unarmed black men including Michael Brown and Eric Garner. "I wanted to »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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From BAFTA to DGA and Everything in Between, the Latest Winners this Awards Season

9 February 2015 3:01 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

From BAFTA to DGA, the Latest Winners this Awards Season

With the Oscars upon us, the awards season is almost over! But the last trek to the Academy Awards include many guild awards and of course, BAFTA! So here.s the latest congratulatory awards list of the winners from BAFTA to DGA, from Annie to Ace and everything in between!

Your full BAFTA winners (winners are highlighted):

Best Film

Birdman Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland

The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson

The Imitation Game Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman

The Theory Of Everything Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten


Birdman Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Boyhood Richard Linklater

The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson

The Theory Of Everything James Marsh

Whiplash Damien Chazelle

Leading Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch The Imitation Game

Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything »

- Manny

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Here Are This Year's Grammy Winners

8 February 2015 7:50 PM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

The Grammy Awards took place this week, crowning a new group of artists winners. Sam Smith was the big winner of the night, taking home several awards, including song of the year, record of the year, and best new artist. Many awards were also announced prior to the ceremony, so you'll want to check out this list even if you tuned in to the broadcast. See what artists like Pharrell, Beyoncé, and Eminem won for! Album Of The Year Morning Phase by Beck Record Of The Year "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith Best Pop Solo Performance "Happy" by Pharrell Best Pop Vocal Album In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith Best Urban Contemporary Album Girl by Pharrell Best Country Album Platinum by Miranda Lambert Best Rock Song "Ain't It Fun" by Paramore Best New Artist Sam Smith Song Of The Year "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith Best Music »

- Shannon-Vestal

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2015 Grammys winners: The complete list

8 February 2015 2:01 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Complete list of winners and nominees of the 2014 Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday February 8. Winners will be updated as they're announced during the telecast and pre-telecast. Record Of The Year “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli Xcx “Chandelier,” Sia **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor Album Of The Year **Winner** “Morning Phase,” Beck “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé “X,” Ed Sheeran “In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith “Girl,” Pharrell Williams Song Of The Year “All About That Bass,” Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor) “Chandelier,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia) “Shake It Off,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier) Best New Artist Iggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark »

- Donna Dickens

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Variety Hosts First Artisan Awards at Santa Barbara Film Festival

4 February 2015 12:58 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While many showbiz veterans are nervous about rapidly-evolving digital technology, the eight recipients of Variety’s first Artisan Awards were unanimous in saying that the changes offer more opportunities than threats.

At a Tuesday session during the Santa Barbara Film Festival, production designer Suzie Davies said change is inevitable, so she embraces it, with makeup artist Bill Corso said he sees the innovations as an added tool, rather than a replacement for traditional methods.

Variety had previously announced the recipients of the first Artisan Awards, saluting outstanding work in 2014 films. They are cinematography, Dion Beebe, “Into the Woods”; costume design, Steven Noble, “The Theory of Everything”; editing, Sandra Adair, “Boyhood”; makeup and hair, Corso and Kathrine Gordon, “Foxcatcher”; production design, Davies, “Mr. Turner”; song, Shawn Patterson, “Everything is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”; sound mixing and editing, Richard King and Mark Weingarten, “Interstellar”; and visual effects, Joe Letteri, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes »

- Variety Staff

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Interview: Actor Trai Byers of Film ‘Selma,’ TV’s ‘Empire’

22 January 2015 1:34 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – The excellent film “Selma” focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But just as important as King were the marchers from supporting civil rights societies, such as the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (Sncc), and their leaders like James Forman, portrayed in the film by Trai Byers.

Byers is an up-and-coming actor, with “Selma” being his first major film after stints on the daytime drama “All My Children” and the revival of “90210.” But besides “Selma,” Byers has a high profile part as Andre Lyon, the son of lead character Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) on the huge new Fox Network hit, “Empire.” The freshman drama has already been picked up for a second season, and its maneuverings within the Shakespeare-in-the-music-industry vibe has connected with viewers.

Trai Byers as James Forman (left) Kneels with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo, right) in ‘Selma

Photo credit: Paramount Pictures

Trai Byers was in »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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The Strength of Selma: Dr. King’s Humanity and Strategy

20 January 2015 8:22 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Although Hollywood has been no stranger to cinematic portrayals of the Civil Rights movement, it has long avoided the prospect of tackling Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. head-on. And it’s clear why – his legacy is vast, mythic, and daunting. The cultural memory of King is generally as omnipresent as it is unspecific, forming his ghost through monuments, perfunctory history lessons, and yesterday’s federal holiday into a historical character defined (and limited) by select phrases from speeches as well as decontextualized ideas like “nonviolence.” As a cinematic presence, King has largely been relegated to the margins of other people’s biopics like The Butler and Ali, and is often presented in a fashion consonant with his mythic status – as a relic of history and a fountain of wisdom rather than an actual, historical person. Ava DuVernay’s Selma pulls King’s legacy away from the conventional narratives of achieving certain equal rights – which often promotes historical »

- Landon Palmer

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Oprah, 'Selma' Cast Honor Mlk With March in Alabama

19 January 2015 6:15 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Et was in Selma, Ala. nearly 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic march, where Oprah Winfrey and the Selma cast led thousands in an emotional event that recreated Dr. King's march.

News: 21 of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Most Powerful Quotes

"What we feel is we want this to be more than just cameras and spectacle," Oprah told Et's Nischelle Turner. "That you are actually walking in the footsteps of people who have come before you -- people who did this in the sense of great courage and pride."

Selma follows a crucial time in Mlk's life when black marchers attempted to walk from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. in order to obtain voting rights in 1965. Oprah's The Butler co-star David Oyelowo stars as Mlk in the film and he chimed in, putting their demonstration in perspective.

"This is amazing for us but it was real for them and we want to see »

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John Legend & Common Perform 'Glory' During Emotional Concert in Selma

19 January 2015 5:58 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Et's Nischelle Turner shared an emotional video diary of her time with the cast of Selma over the weekend.

Nischelle marched alongside the cast and thousands of others in Selma, Ala. to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where John Legend and Common performed their Oscar-nominated song "Glory."

Video: Oprah Gets Emotional Talking About Selma

"It's about the movement and it's about the people," John told Nischelle. "It's about knowing what happened before and using that as inspiration."

"It's people like Dr. King and leaders who we now get to study to know that these are some of the ways that you change things," Common said.

John and Common's sentiments seemed to echo the majority of those involved. For Nischelle, this was more than just an assignment.

"I'm just honored to be an American No. 1," Nischelle said. "And an African-American No. 2, who is saying 'thank you.' "

In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a march »

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Cast And Crew Of Ava DuVernay’s Selma Make Commemorative March in Selma, Alabama – Photo Essay

19 January 2015 5:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

People throughout the country today remembered Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an American leader of the Civil Rights Movement, with celebrations and marches. He was man who truly changed the U.S. and really made it a better place.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the filmmakers and cast of the Academy Award-nominated film Selma joined the residents of Selma, Alabama in a commemorative march yesterday to pay tribute to Dr. King’s contributions to the city and its role in the civil rights movement.


Selma mayor George Evans addressed the community at Selma City Hall with Rev. Dion Culliver of Tabernacle Baptist Church and Rev. Leodis Strong of Brown Ame Chapel before the crowd participated in a commemorative march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where the historical marches occurred 50 years ago.

Common and John Legend performed their song “Glory” on the historical Edmund Pettus Bridge. The Golden »

- Michelle McCue

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‘Selma’ Expands Free Screenings to Over 275,000 Students

16 January 2015 12:19 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Over 275,000 middle school and high school students across the country will be now able to see Ava DuVernay‘s Oscar-nominated Civil Rights drama “Selma” free of charge.

The historical drama, which stars David Oyelowo as legendary rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has received an additional 12 screening locations including in Los Angeles

The first-of-its-kind free ticket campaign, expanded Friday to 25 locations nationwide, comes courtesy of contributions from a variety of prominent African-American business leaders and notable personalities, including basketball star Baron Davis and Janine Sherman Barrois, an executive producer on CBS’s “Criminal Minds.”

See Photos: 21 Non-White Actors in »

- Travis Reilly

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St. Louis Joins Selma Movement To Provide Students With Free Tickets To See The Film

16 January 2015 5:50 AM, PST | | See recent news »

An additional 12 locations have joined the growing movement led by African-American business leaders to raise funds for students across the country to see the Academy Award-nominated film “Selma,” expanding the first-of-its-kind campaign to 25 locations nationwide.

Due to the generous contributions by so many of the country’s most prominent African-American business leaders, more than 275,000 middle and high school students across the U.S. will experience the critically acclaimed film for free at participating theaters while supplies last.

The new locations joining the movement are Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Central Florida/Orlando, Connecticut, Detroit, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Montgomery, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, and St. Louis.

Rev. Starsky Wilson, President & CEO of the Deaconess Foundation, in St. Louis

“It is important that students are aware of this moment in history and make connections between the struggles of earlier generations and the challenges facing today’s youth,” said Rev. Starsky. “We are »

- Michelle McCue

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David Oyelowo Lines Suit Jacket With Lyrics to Mlk's Favorite Song at 2015 Critics' Choice Awards: Picture

16 January 2015 5:03 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

In honor of the King!   After being snubbed for a Best Actor Oscar nomination by the Academy, Selma actor David Oyelowo, who portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the film, kept his head held high at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards on Thursday, Jan. 15. The British actor, 38, chose the occasion to honor the civil rights leader on what would have been his 86th birthday. Photos: Critics' Choice Awards 2015 red carpet fashion   Appearing clean-cut and dapper in a black suit with a white shirt, [...] »

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s Children in Legal Dispute over His Bible and Nobel Prize

13 January 2015 | | See recent news »

Three of Martin Luther King Jr.'s children are expected to appear in an Atlanta courtroom on Tuesday as they battle over the slain civil rights leader's tattered personal Bible and Nobel Peace Prize, reportedly worth millions of dollars. Dexter King and Martin Luther King III have sued their sister Bernice King for the items, which are in her possession. King's estate is controlled by Bernice's two brothers, who reportedly want to sell their father's belongings to a private buyer. The dispute started not long after President Barack Obama used the Bible during his 2013 inauguration. Bernice was ordered by »

- Johnny Dodd, @Johnny_Dodd

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Feature: Top 25 Interviews of 2014, By Patrick McDonald

12 January 2015 12:48 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – One of the specialities of is the film and personality interview. The majority of these chats came through me, Patrick McDonald, and I couldn’t narrow it down to a top 10 or even a top 20. For 2014, there were 25 top interviews, and it is a diverse range of voices.

It is a privilege to get the opportunity to participate in the promotional tours, awards ceremonies, film festivals, book appearances, phoners and other lucky happenstances that feature the notable among us. To whittle down the list, I mostly thought about what was said in these interviews, whether inspirational or provocative – plus the status of the participants, whether they are up-and-coming or established.

The interview highlights are broken down by “Background and Behind-the-Scenes” and the “Memorable Quote” associated with each subject, and are often accompanied with exclusive photography by Joe Arce of Four notables who just missed the »

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Movie Review: Selma

11 January 2015 7:12 PM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Ever since standing inside a frozen moment at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis – looking across to where the bullet must have issued, taking the life of an icon of nonviolent resistance – the image of Dr. Martin Luther King has become something more intimate to me. Black and white schoolroom footage becomes flesh, the voices less distant, when you stare into the full horizon of the cultural landscape that fought against basic life rights for African Americans in the South and those who began to turn the tide. Ava DuVernay’s Selma takes us to that headspace, shows us the familiar under new lights, ruminates on American history without histrionics.

Kitchens, bedrooms, churches, and the slim streets of Selma are the backdrop of an American revolution, one that seemed far too faded and familiar before Selma took the tactical back room approach to the legend of King’s organized protests for Black voters rights in 1965 Alabama. »

- Gregory Fichter

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‘Selma’ beautifully captures the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy

8 January 2015 3:56 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written by Paul Webb

Directed by Ava DuVernay

UK / USA, 2014

Selma is a shining example of how to create an informative biographical drama that still packs an emotional wallop.  Rather than trying to portray the entire life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, director Ava DuVernay captures the essence of King by wisely focusing on three tumultuous months in his life.  David Oyelowo delivers a mesmerizing performance as the civil rights icon, showing us a man whose passion is rivaled only by his intellect and political cunning.  Selma takes an unflinching snapshot of American history that, sadly, feels more relevant today than ever before.

Nestled between the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a perilous 13 month period that would forever define America’s cultural identity.  Racial segregation was legally dead, but Jim Crow was still alive and well in the American South. »

- J.R. Kinnard

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'McFarland, USA' will close out 30th annual Santa Barbara Film Festival

8 January 2015 9:32 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A self-acknowledged "showcase for Academy Award frontrunners," the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is often overlooked for the actual films that earn it festival status. An amalgamation of international discoveries and ’merica’s circuit highlights, the Sbiff curates a week of best-of-the-best to pair with their star-praising. The 2015 edition offers another expansive selection, bookended by two films that aren’t on any radars just yet. Sbiff will open with "Desert Dancer," producer Richard Raymond’s directorial debut. Starring Reece Ritchie and Frieda Pinto, the drama follows a group of friends who wave off the harsh political climate of Iran’s 2009 presidential election in favor of forming a dance team, picking up moves from Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev thanks to the magic of YouTube. The festival will close with "McFarland, USA," starring  Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. Telling the 1987 true story of a Latino high school’s underdog cross-country team, »

- Matt Patches

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