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World Cup: Univision Harnesses Soccer Platform to Showcase Sports, News Talent

5 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Univision’s World Cup coverage has set ratings records this summer, propelled by a production team of about 200 people on the ground in Brazil.

The quadrennial soccer tourney is a prime chance for Univision to show off its growing sports and news operation. Key Univision personalities have been taking the opportunity to venture outside of the “futbol” field for lifestyle and local-color reporting on players in this year’s tourney and the Brazilian setting.

Leading the offense for the Spanish-lingo giant are its star commentators and analysts: Pablo Ramirez (pictured), Jesus Bracamontes, Enrique Bermudez, Felix Fernandez, Luis Omar Tapia, Jorge Perez-Navarro and Diego Balado, as well as a number of former soccer players.

See Also: Univision Puts Live Streaming Behind Pay-tv Wall for Final Rounds

For the semi-quarter finals that began Friday, former Argentine player Javier Zanetti, who played during 1998 and 2002 World Cup tourneys, joins Univision Deportes’ team of »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Interview: Chaz Ebert, Director Steve James on ‘Life Itself’

3 July 2014 1:49 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The iconic film critic and renaissance man, Roger Ebert, deservedly gets a full documentary film treatment of his 2011 memoir, “Life Itself,” and who better to create it than the Chicago-based director of “Hoop Dreams,” Steve James. And who better to produce and guide it than Roger’s soulmate, his wife Chaz Ebert.

Steve James has been a conscientious filmmaker ever since his career began, and after the amazing reception for “Hoop Dreams” (1994), he has made many other notable documentaries including “Stevie” (2002), “At the Death House Door” (2008), The Interrupters” (2011) and “Head Games” (2012). James got the assignment for “Life Itself” personally from Roger and Chaz Ebert, working with Roger on the project right up to the film critic’s death.

Roger Ebert in his Element for the Documentary ‘Life Itself

Photo credit: Magnolia Pictures

Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert met Roger in 1989, and they were married three years later. She was by his »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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John Williams To Appear At The Academy’s ‘Behind the Score: The Art of the Film Composer’ Program on July 21

30 June 2014 9:28 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Composers Gustavo Dudamel, Gustavo Santaolalla and John Williams will gather at the Academy for “Behind the Score: The Art of the Film Composer,” on Monday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles.

In a conversation hosted by Tavis Smiley, the illustrious trio will discuss significant musical moments in film that have inspired their work as they examine the art and process of creating a film score as well as the director-composer collaboration.

Dudamel, now entering his sixth season as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, made his first foray into composing for motion pictures with “The Liberator (Libertador),” a biopic about Simón Bolívar that screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this month.  The score for this film, as well as a CD on Deutsche Grammophon, was recorded with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, of which Dudamel is music director.  Dudamel »

- Michelle McCue

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Oprah Winfrey Joins Selma, Which Will Be Released On Christmas

21 June 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Look out, Oscars. Oprah's coming for you. After being shut out last year for Lee Daniels' The Butler, she's returning with a vengeance, and she's armed with even more black history to slap upside your head. It's the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Oprah is demanding that you better recognize one of the most pivotal figures in American history. Paramount Pictures has announced that Oprah Winfrey, who is producing Selma, will also be taking a supporting role. The film, which traces Dr. King's fight for voting rights that led to a historical march upon Selma, Alabama, adds Winfrey to a cast that includes David Oyelowo (as King), Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo and Tim Roth. Winfrey is playing Anne Lee Cooper, a major civil rights leader who fought in Selma for her voting rights. She was known for challenging Sheriff James Clark face-to-face, and decking him »

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Reign, CSI, Good Wife, Revenge, Pll, True Blood, Teen Wolf and More!

18 June 2014 8:12 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to

Question: Got any scoop for season 2 of Reign? —Nicole

Ausiello: “Any” might be an understatement, Nicole. French Court is going to be visited by four new faces in Season 2, including Princess Claude, the never-before-seen daughter of Catherine and Henry. The “very sexually advanced” young lady will get herself into plenty of mischief, perhaps even more than Narcisse, another (much older) new face who will serve as a sparring partner for her mother. Then there’s Conde, known as the “Prince of the Blood, »

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Indie Spotlight

15 June 2014 7:36 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting news for the post-apocalyptic horror film, State of Desolation, a new clip from Crawlspace, release details for Worm, Devil’s Mile, Glorious Plague, and much more:

State of Desolation Casting Details: “Writer/Director Jim Towns (House of Bad), is at work again filming his next feature film, a post-apocalyptic horror called “State of Desolation”. The film takes us on the journey of an unusual relationship forged between an aging mercenary, played by Craig Stark (Django Unchained) and a young pampered suburbanite, played by Jamie Bernadette (Axeman), as they both try to survive the Apocalypse. Rounding out the cast are Daniel Buran (True Blood), Jessica Morris (Haunting of the Innocent), Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3), and Victoria De Mare (Stripped). In the coming weeks, more roles will be filled and director Jim Towns states, »

- Tamika Jones

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Actress and Civil Rights Activist Ruby Dee Dead at 91

12 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio, television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter. Nora Davis Day told the Associated Press on Thursday that her mother died at home in New Rochelle, New York, on Wednesday night. Dee, who frequently acted alongside her husband of 56 years, Ossie Davis, was surrounded by family and friends, she added. Dee's long career brought her an Oscar nomination at age 83 for best supporting actress for her role in the 2007 film American Gangster. She also won an Emmy and was nominated for several others. »

- Associated Press

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Ruby Dee Dead: Oscar-Nominated Actress and Activist Dies at 91

12 June 2014 7:35 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Oscar-nominated actress and longtime activist Ruby Dee has died. She was 91.

Dee was a fixture of stage and screen throughout her decades-long career, including her iconic work as Ruth Younger in the 1959 Broadway play "A Raisin in the Sun," in which she starred opposite Sidney Poitier. She later reprised her role for the 1961 film adaptation, which earned her a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Her one and only Oscar nomination came late in her career, when she received a nod for Best Supporting Actress for her work in 2007's "American Gangster" at age 83. Dee was nominated for multiple Emmy awards, taking home a statuette in 1991; shared a Grammy with her late husband and fellow actor, Ossie Davis; and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 2000.

But her offscreen work in the civil rights movement also earned her attention and admiration. A friend »

- Katie Roberts

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Ghostbusters 30th anniversary: 30 things you never knew

8 June 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ghostbusters, the comedy classic that spawned a hit single, a sequel, a cartoon series and inspiration for countless fancy dress parties, celebrates its 30th anniversary today (June 8).

While we patiently wait for the long-in-development Ghostbusters 3, here are 30 things you may or may not now about the 1984 movie.

1. In the early '80s, Dan Aykroyd read an article on quantum physics and parapsychology in The Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research. That, coupled with his family's long-standing interest in the paranormal, served as the catalyst for Ghostbusters.

2. Speaking of Aykroyd's family, his great grandfather was a psychic investigator, his grandfather an engineer who created a high-vibration crystal radio to contact the spirit world and his father kept a substantial library of books on the paranormal.

3. The first script drafts of Ghostbusters focused on three characters who battled ghouls with wands instead of proton packs, while the action took »

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Selma shoot kicks off

21 May 2014 2:44 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Paramount Pictures and Pathé announced that principal photography has commenced in the Us South on the Martin Luther King Civil Rights drama Selma starringn

Ava DuVernay directs from a screenplay by Paul Webb, with Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner producing through Plan B, Christian Colson through Cloud Eight Films and Oprah Winfrey through Harpo Films.

DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Cameron McCracken and Nan Morales are the executive producers.

The film is shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery and Selma, Alabama, and charts King’s fight to secure the equal right to vote.

Paramount will release in the Us and Pathé will distribute directly in the UK and France. Pathé Intnerational will handles sales.

Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Andre Holland, Omar J Dorsey, Tessa Thompson and Colman Domingo star. »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Principal Photography Has Started on 'Selma'

20 May 2014 2:40 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Paramount Pictures and Pathé today announced that principal photography has commenced on “Selma,” directed by Ava DuVernay (“Middle Of Nowhere.”) The film is shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.

The screenplay was written by Paul Webb (“Four Nights in Knaresborough”). Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce through their Plan B banner (“World War Z,” “12 Years A Slave”), with Christian Colson through his Cloud Eight Films (“127 Hours,” “Slumdog Millionaire”), and Oprah Winfrey (“The Hundred-foot Journey,” “Beloved”) through her Harpo Films. Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Cameron McCracken and Nan Morales are executive producing.

Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures said:

“This story will resonate deeply with not only those brave men and women who fought for voting rights alongside Dr. King, but also the countless millions of people who continue to fight against discrimination in voting today.  This talented group of filmmakers, led by »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Director Ava DuVernay Begins Principal Photography on Selma

20 May 2014 2:27 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Paramount Pictures and Pathé today announced that principal photography has commenced on Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay (Middle Of Nowhere.) The film is shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.

The screenplay was written by Paul Webb (“Four Nights in Knaresborough”).

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce through their Plan B banner (“World War Z,” “12 Years A Slave”), with Christian Colson through his Cloud Eight Films (“127 Hours,” “Slumdog Millionaire”), and Oprah Winfrey (“The Hundred-foot Journey,” “Beloved”) through her Harpo Films.

Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Cameron McCracken and Nan Morales are executive producing.

Selma is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Paramount is handling the film’s domestic distribution, »

- Michelle McCue

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Andre Holland, Tessa Thompson Join Cast Of Ava DuVernay's 'Selma' Playing Andrew Young & Diane Nash

8 May 2014 3:22 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Andre Holland has joined the cast of Ava DuVernay's upcoming Mlk drama Selma, to play politician Andrew Young, who served was Executive Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Sclc) during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, and was a supporter and friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a strategist and negotiator during the Civil Rights Campaigns that resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act. He was also with King in Memphis, Tennessee, when King was assassinated in 1968. And also Tessa Thompson has been cast as Diane Nash, a founding member of the Student Nonviolent »

- Natasha Greeves

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Tavis Smiley Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

24 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tavis Smiley has what could be deemed the perfect talkshow host name — upbeat and amiable — but growing up, he was often the butt of belittling schoolyard jokes.

“When I was a kid, I hated my name,” says the Midwesterner whose childhood pipedream was to play first base for the Cincinnati Reds. “Tavis Smiley. I got teased so much. It was Travis, Tayvis and Smiley became Smelly and ‘Oh, you’re Tavis Smelly.’ So I hated it as a kid. But, lo and behold, years later you’re a TV guy and it works.”

Indeed it does. Hatched in 2004, Smiley’s eponymous PBS talker kickstarted its 11th season in January. The show, recipient of four NAACP Image Awards, has featured a wide and varied swath of high-profile guests, from Maya Angelou to Cornel West, from Ethan Hawke to James Taylor.

“The first time we met, we just hit it off magically, »

- Malina Saval

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Lady Gaga, Tina Fey, Josh Groban set for 'Muppets Most Wanted' soundtrack

12 March 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Following her Thanksgiving special, Lady Gaga reunites with The Muppets on the “Muppets Most Wanted” soundtrack. Lady Gaga, her buddy Tony Bennett, and The Muppets perform the meta tune “We’re  Doing A Sequel,” which follows Walter, Statler and Waldorf’s sure-to-be-hilarious “They’ve Ordered a Sequel.” Other singers on the soundtrack include Celine Dion, who performs with fellow diva Miss Piggy, Kermits and the whole Muppet gang for “Something So Right” (we’re guessing it’s not the Paul Simon tune of the same name), Josh Groban and Flight of the Conchords’s Jemaine Clement. Among the chestnuts on the album are Scooter and Pepe the King Prawn (remember the shrimp who felt up Lady Gaga in their atrocious Thanksgiving special?) on “Moves Like Jagger,” and Miss Piggy on “Macarena.” Also on the soundtrack, out March 24, are a number of actors who appear in the movie, including Tina Fey, »

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Joanna Going Joins DirecTV’s ‘Navy St’; Angelique Cabral Boards NBC’s ‘Two To Go’

7 March 2014 2:22 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Joanna Going (House Of Cards) has been tapped for a series regular role in DirecTV’s gritty drama series Navy St. From Byron Balasco and Endemol Studios, the dark family drama is set against the backdrop of Navy Street, a Venice, CA-based mixed martial arts gym owned by Alvey Henderson (Frank Grillo), a former fighter who never made it big due to a drug addiction but is now sober. Going will play Christina Hyatt, Alvey’s ex wife and mother to Jay (Jonathan Tucker) and Nate (Nick Jonas). Going, repped by Aka and Vanguard Management, co-stars in the upcoming Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy. Related: Primetime Pilot Panic! Angelique Cabral (Enlisted, Apt. 23) has signed on for a lead role in NBC’s comedy pilot Two To Go from Universal TV and studio-based David Janollari Entertainment and Jason Bateman‘s Aggregate. The project centers on longtime best friends Kurt and Laura »


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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Daughter Bernice King -- My Brothers Are Selling Out Our Father's Legacy

24 February 2014 5:50 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter says she's being forced to hand over two of her father's prized possessions ... all because her brothers just want to make a quick buck.Bernice King reacted to a Georgia judge's ruling last week that she must hand over Mlk's Nobel Peace Prize and his Bible while she continues a legal war with her brothers Dexter King and Mlk III ... who control the King Estate.Lawyers for the »

- TMZ Staff

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Grammys 2014: Full winners list

26 January 2014 3:30 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Which music stars went home with awards at the 2014 Grammy Awards? Find out with this full winners list.

Winners in each category are bolded.

Record of the Year

"Get Lucky" -- Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

"Radioactive" -- Imagine Dragons

"Royals" -- Lorde

"Locked Out of Heaven" -- Bruno Mars

"Blurred Lines" -- Robin Thick feat. T.I. and Pharrell

Album of the year

"The Blessed Unrest" -- Sara Bareilles

"Random Access Memories" -- Daft Punk

"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" -- Kendrick Lamar

"The Heist" -- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

"Red" -- Taylor Swift

Song of the year

"Just Give Me a Reason" -- Jeff Bhasker, Pink and Nate Ruess (Pink feat. Nate Ruess)

"Locked Out of Heaven" -- Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine and Bruno Mars (Bruno Mars)

"Roar" -- Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry and Henry Walter (Katy Perry)

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MSNBC’s Touré: Mlk’s Vision Was for Gov’t to Provide All with Income and Jobs

20 January 2014 1:38 PM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

MSNBC host Touré celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday in a unique fashion. He sought to correct the record about King’s legacy by insisting that the civil rights leader advocated for, as part of his war on poverty, a guaranteed income and an occupation. He added that access to government benefits, like food stamps, result in general outcomes for those that enjoy them than those who do not. »

- Noah Rothman

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NRA Spokesman Uses Mlk Day to Make the Case for More Guns

20 January 2014 12:59 PM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

The NRA tends to stay silent in the immediate aftermath of a high-profile shooting incident, but the organization evidently felt enough time had passed since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed in 1968 that they could put out the video below connecting the civil rights leader to the push for less restrictive gun laws. To mark today's holiday, the NRA enlisted its hip, young, black "commentator" Colion Noir to deliver a video message about how much King loved guns. »

- Matt Wilstein

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