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Starz is reaching out to Latino, African American and other audiences with a pair of new networks and other shifts in its programming, the company said Monday. Encore Black, which is replacing Starz’s Encore Drama, will air a combination of commercial-free movies, comedy specials and TV series such as “What’s Happening!!” “Diff’rent Strokes” and “227.” Also read: Earnings: Starz Hits 22M Subscribers, But Profits Slip The network will launch next month with special programming revolving around “Snakes on a Plane” star Samuel L. Jackson, whose films “Unbreakable,” “Losing Isaiah,” “Freedomland” and “One Eight Seven” will be aired. Starz’s Spanish-language network Encore Espanol, »
- Tim Kenneally
Starz has made changes to its Encore pack of channels citing the nation’s evolving demographics and focusing on groups who over-index in viewing within the premium pay TV category. That translates to shuffling some of the eight Encore-branded channels to target baby boomers, Black and Latino audiences and the company acquiring older TV series to serve them, something rarely done on premium cable which is traditionally built on movies and original series. Starz also is launching a horror block on Encore Suspense. Beginning December 2, 2013, Encore Drama will be replaced by Encore Black, a channel catering to the African-American community, traditionally over-indexed on premium channel viewership. The channel’s programming lineup will include Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment Stand Up and off-network series What’s Happening!!, Diff’rent Strokes, 227, and Amen. The December launch will spotlight actor Samuel L. Jackson with films such as Unbreakable, Losing Isaiah, Freedomland and One Eight Seven. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Exclusive: Resolution just signed Clifton Collins, Jr., in all areas. I’ve been watching this guy since he went mano a mano with Samuel Jackson in the Kevin Reynolds-directed One Eight Seven and his turn as murderer Perry Smith in Capote. He most recently co-starred in Pacific Rim and shot the Wally Pfister-directed Transcendence for Warner Bros and then back to back Terrence Malick projects Knight Of Cups and another that doesn’t yet have a title. Collins, who had been repped by Apa, is managed by Industry Entertainment and attorney David Krintzman. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 7 Nov 2013 - 07:02
Our journey through the half-remembered, underappreciated films of the 1990s continues. Here, we look to 1997...
Dominated by the box office behemoth that was James Cameron's Titanic, 1997 was a year of high drama and outlandish special effects. The Lost World: Jurassic Park brought with it a new batch of genetically revived dinosaurs, George Lucas dug his original Star Wars trilogy out of the cupboard and added new (controversial) computer-generated sequences, while Nicolas Cage and John Travolta did impressions of one another and fired guns in John Woo's delirious action movie, Face/Off.
It was a varied year for movies, for sure, particularly by 21st century standards; it's difficult to imagine a British feel-good comedy about amateur male strippers (The Full Monty) getting into the year's 10 highest grossing films these days. But among all those winners, there had to be some »
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