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I love “Doctor Who.” Ever since discovering it in my Netflix queue years ago (Christopher Eccleston is still my Doctor) this silly, sentimental show about a mad man in a box has enthralled me. But I — like many fans — worried that lately the wheels had been coming off. Too many cliches and consequence-free actions and terrible treatment of women. Not to mention an infinite number of reset buttons. But from the looks of tonight’s episode, “Into The Dalek,” it truly feels like writers heard the fans…and they’re beginning to patch up the holes this season. ******************* We begin where we’ve begun before. The Daleks are in pursuit of a spaceship, intent on exterminating all those inside. Flying through an asteroid field, the human pilot desperately tries to keep the ship from crashing while also trying to keep her co-pilot conscious. In the end she fails, and the »
- Donna Dickens
Now TV has added Nickelodeon and Nick Jnr content to its Entertainment Month Pass line-up.
Both channels are available to stream via the Sky-owned service, with catch-up content also available on demand.
The Now TV Entertainment Month Pass grants access to live and catch-up from other satellite channels like Sky Atlantic, Sky 1, Disney and UK Gold for £4.99 per month with no contractual obligation.
Now TV is available on iPad, iPhone, Android, the Now TV boxes, Roku, LG Smart TVs, PC and Mac, PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360.
The service is set to launch on Xbox One in the near future. »
That's a face only a mother could love, and if we're being honest, I'm not even sure about that. It's just one of many reimaginings that artist Sylvain Sarrailh has come up with, but at least in this case Bowser got more threatening. In Kirby's case, he went from adorable pink puff ball to Krang's second cousin. Sarrailh also took on characters like Sonic, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Angry Birds, and plenty more, which you can find in his Deviant Art gallery. If you like what you see, make sure to check out his other non-game related work. The Tomb Raider-ish Dora the Explorer is fantastic.
- Matthew Mueller
Before VH1′s I Love the 2000s special began on June 17, I polled my roommates (whom I forced to watch with me) about their favorite pop culture moments from the year 2000. For about three minutes, everyone was stumped—what’s actually from the year 2000, instead of just under the umbrella term “the 2000s”? It turns out that remembering specific years is a lot harder than you think.
That’s why there’s a saving grace to VH1′s nostalgia-bait series, a 10-part anthology spread out over five days this week. It’s hugely entertaining to hear no-name comedians praise specific »
- Marc Snetiker
Annecy– Aiming to strengthen its children entertainment business, Zodiak Kids has poached ITV Studios Global Entertainment exec Jean-Philippe Randisi to become CEO.
Taking over this newly-created executive position this summer, Randisi will be responsible for the entire Zodiak Kids division which comprises three major production companies: Marathon Media and Tele Images in Paris, and The Foundation in the UK. Randisi will also head up the TV distribution of kids programming, along with Steve Macallister.
Based in London, Randisi will report directly into the group CEO, Marc-Antoine d’Halluin.
At ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Randisi was exec VP and director of consumer products. He oversaw the reboot of “Thunderbirds Are Go!” (now in production) and the exploitation of the IP across DVD, publishing and licensed products. He also handled the digital focus of the division’s home entertainment business.
Before joining ITV, Randisi was senior VP and managing director at Nickelodeon »
- Elsa Keslassy
Ubisoft’s bug-eyed Rabbids are about to tell TV producers in Hollywood a lot without being able to say much at all.
The animated characters that communicate in gibberish and a lot of shouting are the stars of “Rabbids Invasion,” a series that has broken out as a hit on Nickelodeon over the past year and become Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ first success story since the film and TV arm of the French gamemaker was formed. The show airs in 25 countries.
But as it moves forward with new episodes for a second season, Ubisoft is about to blur the lines of what it takes to make a TV show and game.
In what could prove a clever cost-effective way of ringing more coin out of content for kids programmers, Ubisoft has taken existing episodes of “Rabbids Invasion” and will re-release them with mini games added to the same scenes in November. »
- Marc Graser
London — Philippe Dauman, chief executive of Viacom, spoke to Variety about why the company has bought U.K. free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5, and the opportunities that exist for further strengthening the network’s position in the territory.
“It’s a great opportunity for us. We’re very excited about the prospects for Channel 5 as part of the Viacom family. It was unique to have this great public broadcasting franchise available for us to buy,” Dauman said.
Earlier: Viacom Buys U.K. Free-to-air Network Channel 5 for $757 million
“We’ve been increasing our presence in the U.K. over a long period of years. We have over 20 pay channels there today. We are a company that’s 100% focused on content and building great brands, and we see in Channel 5 a family of channels that have come a long way in a short period of time. And we have the ability, with our programming know-how, »
- Leo Barraclough
'Magically extending her overdraft, more like, until she gets a magic letter saying she's being penalised a magical six pounds per day'
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Channel 4 "comedy" Derek in which former funnyman Ricky Gervais plays a gurning, bowl-cutted care home worker who definitely isn't mocking the disabled, God no, perish the thought returned to TV this week, complete with its cloying Twitter catchphrase "#kindnessismagic". Such spaniel-eyed Hallmark card sappiness could only be made worse if the sentiment were applied to hmm, what's widely reviled? I know! Banks. "My mum's magic," a Dora The Explorer lookalike informs us from a spotless Farrow & Ball painted kitchen, as Mater proceeds to splash cash on whatever she wants. She funds miniature madam's karate class with "invisible money"! She gets dosh out of cashpoints to buy 99s as big as her head! She dresses her darling in a fairy »
- Michael Hogan
Yesterday, we posted the first clip from the upcoming "22 Jump Street." It leaned towards some child-like humor, referencing the ever-popular "Dora the Explorer." The new red band trailer for the Phil Lord-Chris Miller directed sequel to "21 Jump Street" steers away from Nickelodeon and much more towards the four letter words. In fact, there is a shortened moment from the "Dora the Explorer" referencing scene which eliminates the discussion of Dora, Diego, Boots, and Swiper. It instead offers just one of many F-bombs that you'll get to bear witness to if you watch the trailer. Click play on the nearly three minute long endeavor and here's what you'll note instantly – every other word out of Ice Cube's mouth seems to begin with an "F." Well, they do except when they're a compound word beginning with "M" where the second half begins with "F." Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum »
- Josh Lasser
In the one-minute spot, Hill’s Schmidt holds his own while speaking in a Spanish accent, but Tatum’s attempt is downright comical. His character Jenko nervously struggles to keep his voice from cracking as he tells a made-up tale about his adventures with Dora the Explorer and her cousin Diego and ends up confusing Dora’s lovable sidekick Boots with the sneaky fox Swiper.
If Tatum and Hill’s hilarious interpretations of gangsters are any indication, “22 Jump Street” is sure to garner laughs when it hits theaters June 13.
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- Andrea Seikaly
What started off as a pesky TMZ interview quickly turned into the biggest movie news of the month as director Richard Donner confirmed he is moving forward on The Goonies 2 with the entire cast set to reprise their roles. We've been hearing about a sequel for years, so we thought this was just more talk. But then star Corey Feldman also confirmed that the movie is actually in the process of happening, and that Steven Spielberg, who served as an executive producer on the first movie, and original writer Chris Columbus, are helping get this to the big screen...For real this time. Maybe it will happen, maybe it won't. But the fans have made their voices very loud and clear. Millions of Goonies want their Goonies 2! It being a true sequel and not a reboot or remake, it might actually be good. But, as often is the case, it »
Jonah Hill may do most of the talking in this 22 Jump Street preview clip courtesy of MTV, but it's Channing Tatum's limited dialogue here that that will no doubt have people, well, talking. That's because the guy (or should we say his character, Jenko) attempts—and fails miserably—when it comes to speaking with a Mexican accent. But then again, we are definitely all the better for it, as the effort made while chatting with a group of drug dealers is also pretty freakin' hysterical. Especially when he starts name-dropping the likes of Dora the Explorer and friends. 22 Jump Street is the follow-up to Tatum and Hill's 2011 hit comedy 21 Jump Street. This time »
The first clip from the upcoming "22 Jump Street" has hit the via MTV, and if there is one thing that is clear about Channing Tatum's Jenko in the Phil Lord-Chris Miller directed sequel, it's that Jenko isn't particularly good with accents. If there are two things that are clear, it's the accent one and that Jenko isn't able to come up with clever, detailed, lies while using an accent. Jenko gets put on the spot by Jonah Hill's Schmidt in the minute long clip while the two men are, apparently, pretending to be Latino gangsters trying to make a drug buy. As you will see if you watch, it isn't that Schmidt has a good accent, it's much more that he commits to the moment while all Jenko can muster when pressed for a story about his crazy adventure is that it was with "Dora, and Diego, »
- Josh Lasser
We've seen him strip down, we've seen him defend the White House, and now we get to see Channing Tatum unleash a truly terrible Mexican accent and tell us about his adventures with Dora the Explorer and her pal Diego. Tatum, who will receive this year's Trailblazer Award at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, goes back undercover alongside Jonah Hill for the upcoming "22 Jump Street." The new movie, due out June 13, is a ...
By Kase Wickman »
A version of this story first appeared in the April 11 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Kids who can't get enough of SpongeBob or Dora the Explorer can now visit the Nickelodeon Store … in Panama. Entertainment conglomerate Viacom's Viacom International Media Networks unit celebrated the opening of the first Nickelodeon retail store in the Latin American country's capital of Panama City in November, with a second one set to follow in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in late April. Photos: Kids' Choice Awards, Robert Downey Jr., Pharrell Go Green They are the first in a series of planned Nick store
- George Szalai
The TV screen is about to get more competition when it comes to luring young eyeballs — and some of the content
is going to come from the networks themselves.
As upfront season approaches, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network have let loose a slew of new programming initiatives ranging from the return of “Max and Ruby” to a retooled “Tom & Jerry.” More intriguing, however, were the networks’ unveilings of new means to get their programs to young fans beyond the living room TV set.
Cartoon Network disclosed plans to beam 10- to 15-second-long clips, trivia and interactive games to kids’ smartphones and tablets, with children able to swipe to a new bit of video with the flick of a finger. Nickelodeon, meanwhile, took the wraps off production of an app for its Nick Jr. preschooler’s network that will feature shortform content, live streaming of the TV network for subscribers and even »
- Brian Steinberg
Earning more points for visual panache than emotional truth, writer-director-star Shawn Christensen’s “Before I Disappear” chronicles one long, dark night of the soul for a suicidal screw-up whose need for salvation could only have been made more obvious if the filmmakers had forced him to drag a deadweight behind him the whole time. Which, in a manner of speaking, they have: From the moment our tortured hero gets saddled with a hyper-precocious niece who has a thing or two to teach him about love, responsibility and family, this pseudo-gritty descent into a shady New York underworld reveals its soft, contrived center. Too overwrought to really convince or resonate, yet assembled with enough flair to work as a solid calling card for its debuting helmer, this feature-length expansion of Christensen’s Oscar-winning 2013 short, “Curfew,” should continue to make festival inroads after its audience-award win at SXSW. Theatrical prospects look niche-y. »
- Justin Chang
Nickelodeon has unveiled a slew of new programming in advance of its upfront event Thursday evening at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.
The Viacom cabler has greenlit three live-action series, including a new entry from veteran hit maker Dan Schneider, and four animated series for its preschool block, including another “Dora the Explorer” spinoff.
The three live-action entries will begin production in Los Angeles in the summer for debuts later this year.
“Henry Danger,” created by Schneider and Dana Olsen, revolves a 13-year-old who is a sidekick to a “super crime fighter.” Nickelodeon has ordered 20 episodes of the series toplined by Jace Norman.
“Bella and the Bullfrogs,” follows a Texas high school cheerleader (Brec Bassinger) who becomes the quarterback for the football team. Series has a 12-episode order and was created by Gabriel Garza and Jonathan Butler, tyro scribes who who were discovered through Nickelodeon’s Writing Program. »
- Brian Steinberg
The Image Awards pay tribute to the best in film, TV, writing, music and literature. Take a look at the full list of winners below.
Winners are in bold.
Entertainer of the Year
Outstanding Motion Picture
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
For the first time ever, The Producers Guild of America announced a tie for its top prize, with both Gravity and 12 Years a Slave sharing the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the PGA Awards, which were presented at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles last night. The result blows open the race for the Best Picture Oscar, which previously had 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle as front-runners.
Check out a full list of winners here (highlighted in red)...
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, »
- Gary Collinson
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