17 items from 2014
Diem Brown is a fighter. Now battling cancer for a third time, the reality star is understandably scared, but nonetheless determined to beat the disease once and for all. Speaking exclusively with Us Weekly's Jennifer Peros about her recent diagnosis, the 32-year-old fan favorite from MTV's The Challenge says she's been moved by all the love she's gotten as she gears up for another round of treatment. "I can't lie. I do feel weak and overwhelmed, but the support I've received has honestly touched my heart in a [...] »
Filmmaking is a process rife with uncertainty.
It devours a year or two of a filmmaker’s life, and is even capable of consuming an entire decade as Shockwave Darkside’s Jay Weismann testified to. For a multitude of filmmakers after the arduous challenge of achieving one’s vision, setting their tale into a coherent whole, the unfortunate fate or dance of making the rounds of festivals only to become one of the ghost films remembered by the minority is not outside of the realm of possibility.
The road to distribution is no set length. It can be either a short or long, with a propensity for ease of frustration.
To the case in point – Ryan Smith’s After, and Christian James and Dan Palmer’s Stalled. Two films separated by twelve months, graduates of FrightFest classes of 2012 and 2013, yet two films that both received a home entertainment release earlier this year. »
- Paul Risker
Diem Brown is battling cancer for the third time, Us Weekly can confirm. The MTV star was recently diagnosed with colon cancer and the mass has since been removed. Brown, 32, was filming the upcoming season of The Challenge in Panama last week when she collapsed on set, an insider tells Us. She was airlifted to New York City and underwent two emergency surgeries. The reality star previously was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 22. After beating it once with chemotherapy, she learned that it [...] »
When we left things on Thursday, Nicole and Derrick had just won Head of Household, which made me somewhat happy, because I like Nicole and I'm fine with Derrick and I was honestly going to be satisfied with Anybody being HoH, since Devin couldn't win and everybody is planning to target Devin, at least until they abandon that plan in a moment of suspicious or just-plain-silly strategy. But who's going up on the Block tonight? And then who's going Off the Block tonight? Follow along... 8:04 p.m. "This one's for Team America, for my family and for my boys in blue," Derrick says of his key. He's excited. His new roomie? Not-so-excited. "I did not want to be HoH this week. I did not feel that I was on anyone's radar," Nicole laments, sighing, "Sucks." 8:04 p.m. Zach is giddy, saying there's a 150 percent chance that Devin is »
- Daniel Fienberg
The Challenge: Free Agents wrapped Thursday night, with a reunion that showed some unseen footage from the past season. But those unaired moments are just the tip of the iceberg for one of reality TV’s craziest shows. We spoke to a few of the most notorious fan-favorite Challengers about their off-camera antics. No surprise here: There are plenty of hook-ups, pranks, and… cheerleading?
Check out the, uh, stuff MTV should have shown below.
- Lanford Beard
Last night on The Challenge: Free Agents, the last remaining member of “Team Gay”, Preston Roberson-Charles, was defeated in a brutal physical challenge known as “Oppenheimer” and sent home. Well, not quite home. Free Agents filmed in Uruguay and after his departure from the game, intrepid traveler Preston stayed on in South America where he’s been ever since. We caught up with Preston by phone to discuss his experience this season on The Challenge, his thoughts on his fellow competitors as well as his plans for the future.
So I understand you’re in Argentina now?
Right, now I’m in San Miguel de Tucumán in Northern Argentina.
We spoke with you last »
- Dennis Ayers
We spoke with gay former Real World New Orleans housemate Preston Roberson-Charles last summer when he was competing on MTV’s The Challenge: Rivals II. Preston was one of three gay contestants on Rivals II and, paired with his former New Orleans housemate and sometime antagonist Ryan Knight, he made it all the way to the ninth round. Preston is back for the show’s 25th season, The Challenge: Free Agents, this time competing solo for a chance at a $125,000 grand prize. And since the volatile Frank Sweeney was sent packing because of viral pneumonia in episode three, Preston is now the only representative for “Team Gay” remaining on Free Agents. Does he have the drive and physical prowess to make it all the way to the end? We have an exclusive clip from this Thursday night’s episode….
- Aaron Landry
Frank Sweeney is volatile, sexy, a fierce competitor and– through one season of The Real World (San Diego, 2011) and three subsequent seasons of MTV’s The Challenge– he’s been absolutely riveting. Love him or hate him, he draws your attention.
Sweeney’s latest foray into reality TV, The Challenge: Free Agents, ended abruptly last week when he was kicked out of the game by host Tj Lavin because of viral pneumonia. Presumably, he posed a health threat to the other contestants.
Sweeney may or may not have been contagious, but he certainly posed a threat. A run of bad luck had him drawing successive “kill cards”, putting him into elimination challenges twice in a row. And yet he survived both matches. First besting Chet Cannon (who withdrew from their intense wrestling challenge after splitting his chin) and then, while very ill, pulling out a surprise wall-scaling win over Dustin Zito. »
- Dennis Ayers
Plenty of news from Syfy today. The most exciting bit is that Tricia Helfer is returning to the channel, joining the mini-series Ascension, according to EW. Ascension follows a secret U.S. mission where hundreds were sent to settle in a new world. However, 50 years into the journey, a murder has everyone questioning their mission. Helfer’s character is described as “beautiful, manipulative and dangerous”– because Helfer portrays those qualities so well.
The channel is also developing a series with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, as reported by TheWrap. Clone is based on a graphic novel about a man who finds out that there are clones of him when one burglarizes his home. If they can find a male actor as talented as Tatiana Maslany, we just might be willing to overlook the inevitable Orphan Black comparisons.
Syfy is also adapting Ronin… because someone doesn’t realize there »
- Lyle Masaki
Night time is the right time for the The Challenge gang to run wild.
In an exclusive clip from the next episode, the Free Agents throw a good, old-fashioned costume party. A few highlights: Two ladies get catty, Aneesa channels Lil’ Kim circa 1999, Johnny is predictably Bananas, and Cara Maria wins for the best Johnny Depp homage.
But which Challenger breaks his vow to an ex and ends up getting a little frisky? Find out below.
- Lanford Beard
MTV’s jacked-up reality competition The Challenge returned for its 25th(!) season on Thursday night, adding one deliciously cruel twist: No one is safe. Now, most times when a show makes that grand claim, it’s all hype. But this season’s Challenge, subtitled Free Agents, really is taking no prisoners. None. Zero. Zip.
Get a load of this: Even after the Challengers — who are all competing as individuals, or “Free Agents,” this season — are forced to stir up internal friction by voting two of their fellow players into an elimination round, the rest of the players are still at »
- Lanford Beard
Serving as CEO of Banijay North America and as Banijay Group prexy, Goldberg will oversee the entertainment shingle’s further expansion into English language territories and Latin America.
Goldberg will be based in Los Angeles and will report to Marco Bassetti, CEO of Banijay Group.
Last September, Goldberg stepped down from Endemol USA (Big Brother)_ which he launched — after a 13-year tenure.
The new outfit will be Banijay’s second North American production entity, alongside Bunim/Murray Productions, which is behind such hit shows as “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and ”Total Divas” (E!), “Project Runway” (Lifetime), “The Challenge” (MTV), and “The Bad Girls Club” (Oxygen).
Bunim/Murray will remain independent from Banijay Studios North America, and continue to grow its operations »
- Elsa Keslassy
MTV just announced the cast of the upcoming Season 25 of "The Challenge," and there's more than a few shocking pieces of information about the new chapter.
First of all, it's a totally individual game this time around: "The Challenge: Free Agents." No more pairing up rivals or exes -- the new cast members only have to rely on themselves to win the big cash prize.
Kicking off on April 10, the 28 "Real World" and "Challenge" alums will fight to win the $350,000 prize, and that will be more difficult this time around as another big change has been instated: A "random draw" will select one male contestant and one female contestant to head into the elimination round against contestants voted into the elimination by that week's winners. That means the only way to stay in the game for sure is to keep winning the challenges, because alliances have no weight in a random draw. »
When we go to see an action movie or play certain video games, we expect the violence that usually comes with those genres of entertainment. But while watching The Real Housewives of Atlanta? It seems that reality shows today have become more violent and central to a show’s plotline, making it a part of the story.
When Vanderpump Rules’ Tom punched Jax in the face to see if he “could actually feel anything” after sleeping with his girlfriend Kristen and lying about it for months, you almost expected the blow. That’s what the story arc of the season »
- Jake Perlman
It might be a stretch to call Jonathan Murray the father of reality TV, but it's not a preposterous suggestion. Along with his partner Mary-Ellis Bunim (who passed away in 2004), Murray created MTV's The Real World in 1992 and went on to produce everything from Project Runway to Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
MTV turns 30: a look back at the network's earliest days
The Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled a new competition, the Tribeca Interactive & Interlude: A Music Film Challenge. The fest invites storytellers and content creators to work with Interlude’s video platform to create an interactive music film for major music artists Damon Albarn, Aloe Blacc, and Ellie Goulding. The winning project for each will screen at the fest in April.The Challenge kicks off January 28, when digital storytellers can create interactive music films for the music tracks “Heavy Seas of Love” by Damon Albarn from his forthcoming solo album; “Ticking Bomb” by Aloe Blacc; and “Dead in the Water” by Ellie Goulding.A jury will select finalists for each of the three music tracks, with the artists aiding the jury’s selections. The winning entries will be aligned with the official album campaigns of Albarn, Robots, Blacc and Goulding. Plus, the winning filmmakers receive $10,000 each, and get to attend the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. »
- Beth Hanna
When he approached "The Real World" this season, creator and executive producer Jonathan Murray had a big task ahead of him. Not only did he have to cast seven beautiful, interesting, entertaining strangers to fill the house in San Francisco, but each cast member had to have complicated history with an ex who would also be up for moving into the house halfway through the season for "The Real World: Ex-Plosion."
As you can imagine, this made things that much harder for the "Real World" team before shooting even started. "Going into casting, this was the plan, and we looked at much fewer cast members than in previous years because we knew that they had to have a really interesting relationship with their ex," Murray tells Zap2it.
He continues, "In some ways it made the casting easier because we were so focused, but it also made it harder because »
17 items from 2014
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