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Metan Development Group will launch Metan Wen Zhi Ku, a joint venture that will tap Hollywood talent that has worked on hit shows like “Head of the Class” and “Murphy Brown” to cook up transmedia projects for Chinese audiences. Its first project is a romantic comedy web series set in China, Europe and South America. Transmedia is an approach to storytelling that unspools a narrative across multiple media platforms, spanning movies, television shows and social media outlets. Metan CEO and President Larry Name has tapped a team of writers led by Art Eisenson (“Kojak”) and David Gittins (the executive director of the TV. »
- Brent Lang
Veteran character actor Mary Carver passed away on October 18 after a brief illness. She was 89. Over the course of her 62-year career onscreen, Carver had small roles in more than 50 films and television programs, including Gunsmoke (on which she played four separate characters over a span of seven years), The Twilight Zone, Head Of The Class, and Star Trek: Enterprise, where she played a Terra Nova colonist who’d forgotten her human past. However, Carver was best known for her role as Cecilia Simon, mother to the mismatched private detectives played by Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker »
Mike Tyson is dropping some pretty heavy bombshells in his forthcoming memoir, "Undisputed Truth." The former undisputed heavyweight champ makes some pretty salacious claims about his ex-wife, Robin Givens.
According to the Daily Mail, Tyson writes that Given's mother, Ruth Roper Givens, was "on the prowl for a big black celebrity for Robin," and capitalized on his low self-esteem.
Givens was starring on the ABC sitcom, "Head of the Class" when she allegedly showed up to her first date with Tyson accompanied by her mother and her publicist. The couple wed just 11 months later, in February of 1998.
"She was supposedly three months pregnant when we got married," Tyson writes of Givens. "Now it was June and she hadn't gained a pound, so the next thing I knew she was in bed and claimed she had miscarried our baby."
He goes on to describe a confrontation with Brad Pitt, whom Robin »
Happy 75th birthday to one of our favorite actors, Christopher Lloyd!
The actor, who's played some of filmdom's most beloved characters, including Doc Brown in "Back to the Future," Professor Plum in "Clue," and Uncle Fester in the "Addams Family" films, was born on October 22, 1938 in Stamford, Conn.
Partly because of his height, and partly because of his manic intensity and commitment to even the wildest characters, he's portrayed a series of eccentrics, from mad scientists to aliens; had an impressive, award-winning theater career; and will always be remembered as Reverend Jim on "Taxi."
In honor of his 75th birthday, we've come up with 75 reasons why he's so awesome.
1. He's played a Klingon, a cartoon, the Wizard of Oz, an angel, a leper, and a geriatric vampire.
2. He stands an impressive 6'1."
3. Because he's so tall, he had to hunch over to appear in the same frame with "Back to the Future »
- Sharon Knolle
To attract and hold those ever darting teenage eyeballs, it’s all about constantly refreshing content -- and trying to be “authentic” in the process. That’s what Brian Robbins, the founder-ceo of the year-old YouTube sensation called AwesomenessTV, told a crowd of MIPJunior attendees Sunday morning. The former actor (Head of the Class), turned “traditional” TV producer (Smallville and One Tree Hill), turned online channel purveyor said no one was more stunned than he at the speed with which things have happened to and for his company in little more than a year. By studying the habits of his own
- Elizabeth Guider
When Nickelodeon first launched in 1977, it seemed like little more than a child's answer to Saturday Night Live and MTV. In fact, it wasn't until Nickelodeon debuted the Canadian sketch series You Can't Do That on Television in the U.S. that this nascent network began to gain real traction amongst fans of all ages. Before too long, the basic cable channel became quite popular, especially with the launch of it's Nick At Nite line-up featuring such "classic" shows as Alf, The Facts of Life, Growing Pains and many others throughout the years. Viewership certainly proceeded to explode, turning it into one of today's favorite hubs for nostalgia of all kinds.
Nickelodeon had officially arrived in the 1990s, taking its signature brand to the big screen with Nickelodeon Movies in 1995. It wasn't until 1997, though, that this film division made its most iconic and beloved movie of all time: Good Burger. »
New York (AP) -- YouTube vs. TV? YouTube says the battle - if there ever was one - is over.
In a flashy presentation to advertisers Wednesday night, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt declined to forecast that Internet video will displace television watching. Instead he declared: "That's already happened."
Schmidt said "the future is now" for YouTube, which recently passed the milestone of 1 billion unique visitors every month. But, he added with the Third World in mind, if you think that's a large number, "wait until you get to 6 (billion) or 7 billion."
Schmidt and YouTube, which billed the event as a "brandcast," shifted away from the video platform's relationship to TV. A year ago, YouTube seemed to have its sights set on reinventing television by funding the launch of more than 100 channels from well-known media brands and Hollywood personalities.
But that initiative went unmentioned at Wednesday's presentation, held at a »
On TV this Monday: Lost Girl has one mother (and father?) of a season finale, Bones races to save Arastoo, RuPaul holds court and Sundance’s new Rectify tastes life on the outside. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
Related | May Sweeps/Season Finale Preview for Bones, 90210 and Many More Shows
8 pm Bones (Fox) | When a mutated virus infects Arastoo, the Jeffersonian team’s only chance of saving him is by solving the murder of a journalist felled by the same bug. (Read Emily Deschanel’s preview.)
- Kimberly Roots
This week in 1964 part two of Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Blood Trilogy, Two Thousand Maniacs! hit drive-in theaters much to the disgust of theater-goers. Two Thousand Maniacs is notable for featuring a Playboy Playmate and the patented Gordon Lewis level of gore mixed with ridiculous camp elements. Absurdly over-the-top deaths are presented with a carnival theme-dunk tank, barrel roll–in celebration of the end of the Civil War.
1985’s Friday the 13th: A New Beginning catches up with Jason after The Final Chapter, where a young Corey Feldman witnesses some dudes accidentally resurrecting the hockey-masked slasher. But no, this is just a dream. But, wait there is a killer on the loose! The twist ending is not much of a twist. Generally considered the worst addition to the series, Friday the 13th Part V, is thin on plot, but high on nudity.
An ‘80s shopping mall, teenagers partying after hours, and killer security robots. »
- Sara Castillo
Ten more dames. Ten more billiards lounge renditions of songs that your great-grandmother can safely die to. And about four or five that ruled. Let's rank 'em!
10. Zoanette Johnson, Tina Tuner's "What's Love Got to Do With It?"
Well, here's the good news: Now Lil Rounds can claim her rendition of "What's Love Got to Do With It?" from season eight isn't the single worst version in Idol history. Zoanette is truly a mesmerizing, popcorn-worthy spectacle deserving of P.T. Barnum's time, but you knew she'd fall apart the minute actual singing was required of her. Mariah can claim that her take on "The Circle of Life" worked because of "her backstory" (uh, in Liberia? That's why Zoanette's a natural at crooning about lion birth?), but it was really thanks to the instrumentation's campy grandeur, which tonally matched Zoanette's Wendy Williams-meets-Pagliacci hissy-fit theater. I appreciate that she thrusted about »
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Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson stopped by HuffPost Live Tuesday to talk about his career, his one-man show, the Mike Tyson Cares Foundation, and the controversial news that Tyson will play a death-row inmate on NBC's "Law and Order Svu."
Iron Mike also dished about the time he caught ex-wife Robin Givens in a compromising position with Brad Pitt. According to the champ, the story "got carried away" after he told it to Yahoo! last month and that he never caught the two in bed. Rather, he caught the two in Givens' car.
"They pulled up in her car, I knew it was her car because I paid for it. She pulled over and I see this little grayish silhouette in the passenger seat. So I'm thinking it's one of her white girlfriends from that whack show the 'Head of the Class.' And as they get closer, »
- David Flumenbaum
The CGI blood splatter makes one final run as Spartacus: War of the Damned begins.
Steve Carrell confirmed he won't be returning to The Office for the finale, Carrell told Access Hollywood, "I just didn’t think it was right for the character, because that character had had an arch within the story and kind of grew and sort of evolved past the idea of the documentary."
Steve Howey will appear in an upcoming episode of New Girl as a professional football player who catches Jess' eye, according to TVLine.
There's a part me that would like to give Beauty and the Beast another chance. »
Mommy dearest is coming to town! 90210 has cast Head of the Class actress Robin Givens in an upcoming episode, we've exclusively learned, and she'll be taking on a juicy role: mother to two of the characters! The twist? We've yet to meet either of Givens' fictional offspring on the show. Givens is set to take on the role of Cheryl, Elizabeth (Keke Palmer) and Jordan's (Robbie Jones) sophisticated East Coast mother who is on the fast-track to political greatness. Cheryl is willing to go to great lengths to protect and preserve her pristine family image. Jones is set to make his debut on the CW soap as Jordan, an intelligent publisher who may be a potential new love interest for »
14 items from 2013
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