14 items from 2011
Christmas is about traditions, and TBS once again has scheduled 24 hours of A Christmas Story (starting at 8 p.m. on Dec. 24)* from Ralphie and Randy to Scut Farkus and those turkey-gobbling Bumpus mutts. Joining them on the holiday vigil, TLC offers up a four-hour block of Christmas lights spectaculars from 4-8 p.m., and a certain lady network wraps up their annual multiweek affair known as Falalala Lifetime. For everyone else who has had enough of the holiday spirit, there are plenty of alternatives. Read on for a schedule of Christmas Eve marathons.
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- Lanford Beard
Universal Pictures has signed a three-year, first-look production agreement with Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones’ de Passe Jones Entertainment, the studio announced on Monday. De Passe is the former president of Motown. In addition to her stint at the music and entertainment company, de Passe was an executive producer on "Lonesome Dove" and received an Oscar nomination for "Lady Sings the Blues." Jones was the founder and CEO of Ipm, an entertainment, media and IP licensing firm that developed projects with Time Warner. His company spearheaded the licensing program for the »
- Brent Lang
"…and I would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn’t for you meddling kids!. Just how many episodes of "Scooby Doo" ended with that line? And did anyone ever wonder why the criminals were able to bamboozle the entire town and police squad with their schemes only to be foiled by a dog and four stoner kids who rolled into town two days earlier in a van that had to smell like malted hops, bong resin and dog farts? We’ve got some info on a new movie where the meddling kids don't necessarily fare so well.
Directed by Spencer Parsons and starring Ashley Spillers, Josephine Decker and Jonny Mars, Saturday Morning Massacrefollows some meddling paranormal investigators trying to make a buck. From the information we've managed to glean thus far, there is no talking dog in this film.
The film is currently in post-production and the official website titsandaxe. »
- Doctor Gash
Labor Day is all about talking a day off to relax and celebrate the unofficial end of summer. But for TV viewers, there may be no rest for your remote. TVLine has labored (sorry) to compile a cheat sheet of the many offerings this holiday weekend. Cloo (fka Sleuth) might take the cake with four marathons over three days, but Monday presents a Sophie’s Choice of options from old (The Golden Girls) to cult (Buffy) to new (Wilfred). Scan the list and tell us what you’ll be watching.
Friday, Sept. 2
The Rachel Zoe Project (Bravo, 6 am – 3 pm Est »
- Vlada Gelman
Labor Day weekend is upon us and if you are not out enjoying the sunshine as we ease from summer into fall, Zap2it's got you covered for all the Labor Day weekend television programming. From "Buffy" to "Star Wars" marathons to the kick-off of college football, there is a little something for everyone.
All times Eastern, check your local listings for your times/channel numbers.
Friday, Sept. 2
A&E: "Criminal Minds" marathon, 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next day
Bet: "College Hill" marathon, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bravo: "The Rachel Zoe Project" marathon, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
E!: "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" marathon, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Espn, Espn 2: U.S. Open Tennis Third Round, 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., Texas Christian at Baylor, college football, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Oxygen: "America's Next Top Model" Cycle 14 marathon, 8 a.m. to 8 p. »
It’s likely that most folks became aware of the hippie movement because of the Woodstock music festival in the late 1960′s. Surely these peace-loving flower children didn’t spring from that mushy, muddy ground fully formed. Did they emerge earlier in the decade? Perhaps they were an off-shoot of the espresso-drinking, bongo-playing beatniks of the 1950′s. Well, a brand new documentary culled from some very old ( about fifty years ) home movie footage directed by Alex Gibney ( Enron:the Smartest Guys In The Room ) and Alison Eastwood attempts to answer some of those questions. For a groovy history lesson hop about the Merry Pranksters’ bus and take a Magic Trip.
The film begins with a look at celebrated author Ken Kesey. Old high school yearbook photos paint him as a real straight arrow jock type. But then he decided to become a writer and penned the classic novel “One Flew Over »
- Jim Batts
It’s hard to believe, but starting in 1947 (Howdy Doody), with very few exceptions, there has been at least one Western on TV every season. In 1984, the genre took the year off (probably due to Little House fatigue), and there was some downtime after Deadwood ended and before Justified premiered (2007-2009), but other than those four years, some form of Western, be it traditional, revisionist, steampunk, or sci-fi hybrid, has always graced our screens. Here is a brief rundown of the history and trends of the Western in American television.
In the 1950s and 60s, Westerns ruled the air. There were at least 98 distinct shows during the 50s and 89 in the 60s. In 1959, there were 26 Westerns during primetime alone, and keep in mind that these were the days of three-channel TV. Shows such as The Lone Ranger, Have Gun—Will Travel, and Maverick were huge hits and Gunsmoke and Bonanza premiered and became decade-spanning institutions. »
- Kate Kulzick
The made-for-tv movie and miniseries production business that Robert Halmi Jr ran at Rhi Entertainment became a Perils of Pauline story as reality TV filled much of the time that used to be devoted to family shows such as Lonesome Dove. Halmi sold Rhi to Hallmark in 1994 and bought it back in 2006. But he took on too much debt. Rhi filed for bankruptcy protection late last year, and emerged from that process in March. Rhi continues to produce shows for Hallmark and Syfy. New York, July 6, 2011 -- The Board of Directors of Rhi Entertainment today announced it has accepted the resignation of Robert Halmi, Jr. as President and Chief Executive Officer. Company founder Robert Halmi, Sr. is remaining with Rhi under a long-term production agreement and will continue to produce his signature event miniseries. The announcement comes shortly after Rhi’s successful reorganization and recapitalization earlier this year. "Rhi is »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
A variation on “Your Favorite Movie Fathers,” let’s make today more about whatever our dads like instead of what we want. I don’t even have to phone up and ask my father. »
- Ryan Adams
Whether it be Johnny Depp, Matthew Modine or Walter Matthau, we've become accustomed to seeing pirates on the big screen. However, hot off the financial success of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, it seems as if those peg-legged, eye-patched, parrot-shouldered scoundrels could be soon making it to the small screen too. Fox is in negotiations for the rights to a mini-series tentatively called Pyrates, created by Barry Schindel (Law and Order, Numbers) with 24 director Stephen Hopkins attached to do an episode. The show is conceived as a 10-13 episode mini-series with Ridley and Tony Scott's Scott Free Productions set to produce. Read about the plot, when it could air and more after the break. Deadline broke  the news of the impending deal and described the show as follows: A gritty portrayal of the men and women who pulled off the largest heist in pirate history -- the »
- Germain Lussier
This is not your father's Western. One of the things I like about the poster for Kelly Reichardt’s new film, Meek’s Cutoff, is that it isn't quite what you'd expect and it lets you know that the film is going to be similarly unique. It took me a while to come around to it. Though I liked the illustration—and I always feel that there isn't enough illustration in contemporary movie posters—I wasn't immediately sold on the typography: I think I wanted something more traditionally Western perhaps, something with a weathered woodcut feel, something more obvious. The "Cutoff" and much of the other type looked right, but that sans serif "Meek's" bothered me. The UK version of the poster is nicely done (weathered woodcut type and all), and might sell more tickets, but it is also much more conventional. It doesn't tell you that Meek's Cutoff is »
Okay, okay, yes I know, this is a WWE Studios production and uh, no one likes those movies (do they?). But there's a reason why I'm writing about this - directing Barricade, the new supernatural thriller (yea) from WWE is Andrew Currie, the Canadian filmmaker behind that great zombie indie Fido that we featured on the site years ago. He's been off-and-on projects for a while since Fido was released in '07, so it's good to see him finally directing something. Barricade will shoot in and around Vancouver starting this month with TV actor Eric McCormack ("Lonesome Dove", "Will & Grace", "Trust Me" - seen above) starring. More below. Written by Michaelbrent Collings, the supernatural thriller is about a psychiatrist seeking to find normalcy after the sudden passing of his wife, who takes his two kids to a remote cabin for healing and bonding. Their joy soon turns to despair when »
- Alex Billington
Welcome to your weekend trip through the Tvo Wormhole, a quick look at some of the notable newsbits from this week.
- First up, Syfy announced Wednesday that Stargate Universe (Sgu) will return to our TV screens on March 7th to finish up their second and final season. The show was cancelled back in December due to low ratings after its move to Tuesday nights after Caprica, which was also cancelled. While there was some shimmer of hope on rescuing the show being thrown around by the producers, Joseph Mallozzi kind of nipped that in the bud. While saying something is brewing, it's not the concoction fans might want. "To those holding out hope that this could mean a third season pick-up — alas, this isn’t one of the scenarios in play," Mallozzi said on his blog. Bummer.
- Look out, Dallas. HBO has their eyes set on the Lonestar »
- Mark O. Estes
Exclusive: Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain writers Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana have teamed with Super Size Me documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock for a drama series project set up at HBO. The project, described as a big-canvas Texas political drama, is based on an idea by Spurlock, who, along with manager-producer Larry Shuman, approached McMurtry and Ossana. McMurtry and Ossana have written a script for the project, which they are executive producing for Fox TV Studios. Spurlock and Shuman are executive producing through their shingles, Warrior Poets and the Shuman Co., respectively, with McMurtry and Ossana's manager Adam Shulman, Jennifer Berman and Warrior Poets' Jeremy Chilnick also expected to produce. On the feature side, McMurtry and Ossana are writing two major period Westerns for Scott Free, The Color of Lightning for Ridley Scott to direct at 20th Century Fox, and an adaptation of S. C. Gwynne's book Empire of the Summer Moon for Warner Bros. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
14 items from 2011
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