7 items from 2013
Thirty-nine recipients of the 72nd Annual Peabody Awards will be honored May 20 at the Waldorf-Astoria in Gotham. The Peabodys, bestowed by the U. of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, cite the best in electronic media. Herewith are a few of the projects and people being honored.
The Smithsonian Channel’s “Mlk: The Assassination Tapes” couldn’t have been made if professors at Memphis State U., back in 1968, didn’t have the foresight to preserve the historic TV, radio and police-report tapes regarding the Martin Luther King assassination. Typically, those tapes were reused and hence lost.
“It was extraordinary to find this treasure trove,” says David Royle, exec VP of programming and production at the Smithsonian Channel. Equally extraordinary, filmmaker Tom Jennings “crafts a film from these tapes that is entirely dramatic and immediate, taking the reality that existed at the time and infusing it with drama and intensity. »
- Robert Hofler
Singer Nicki Minaj is in negotiations to make her live-action movie debut by joining the cast of "The Other Woman" revenge comedy that stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Kate Upton. Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook, John Q) is directing the comedy, which centers on a woman (Diaz) who finds out that she is "the other woman" in an affair. She teams up with the wife (Mann) to get revenge on the cheating husband (Coster-Waldau). Upton will play another one of the husband's mistresses who also joins the revenge scheme. Minja will play Diaz's opinionated assistant at a law firm, a woman on her third marriage. The singer currently appears on "American Idol" as one of the judges and previously voiced a characters on "Ice Age: Continental Drift." "The Other Woman" will begin filming late spring/early summer in New York. »
On Monday, May 27, VH1 will try to match the success of Single Ladies with the premiere of its next scripted series Hit the Floor — a fun, sexy soap centered on the Los Angeles Devil Girls, the dance team for the city’s fictional professional basketball team. We have your first look at a fiery new tease below.
Hit the Floor, created by James Larosa, stars newcomer Taylour Paige and Logan Browning (Bratz, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns) as the squad’s promising, naive rookie Ahsha and ruthless, threatened captain Jelena, respectively. (They are the two exchanging looks at the end. »
- Mandi Bierly
A few weeks back, an esteemed colleague of mine (oddly enough this time, not Mike Gold…) pitched a debate for my podcast: “Have nerds won? And if they have… is it a good thing?” Well, it was a great idea, and the debate on my show was fairly one sided. Now, after plenty of time to steep on the topic, I can plainly state my opinion; we have, and it is.
Before you start up your engines of flame, let me define what I deem “a nerd” and “a win”. First, I’m defining nerds/nerditry/geekdom/dorkness as a collection of science-fiction, fantasy, comic books, cartoons, or essentially any world of fiction that is heavily built on a foundation of alternative reality. If I look out into the great wide expanse of pop-culture five, ten, or twenty years prior in comparison to now, it’s clear as day to »
- Marc Alan Fishman
After seeing Safe Haven this weekend and not shedding a tear, I realized I don’t cry at Nicholas Sparks movies — even though they pull out all the stops: war, cancer, the beauty of nature, Alzheimer’s … sometimes all in the same film. Although this fills me with pride, it also makes me think about when I do cry at movies, and it turns out, the issue might be with me. So here goes my confession: I cry at all the wrong movies.
If you look through EW’s top 25 tearjerkers ever, I’ve only ever cried at two of them — Brokeback Mountain (Heath! »
- Samantha Highfill
Last fall, a project entitled "The Other Woman" cropped up with Cameron Diaz linked to star, and Kristin Wiig was said to be "under consideration" for the co-starring role. And then nobody heard anything about it again. But the movie has popped back up and Diaz is back in the mix, with a director now ready to take the helm. The always unpredictable Nick Cassavetes, who tends to specialize in manipulative drama ("The Notebook," "John Q") is set to direct the movie that may reunite him with his "Your Sister's Keeper" star. Hooray? Penned by Melissa Stack -- who earned Black List attention in 2007 with "I Want To F--- Your Sister" -- the story follows a woman who realizes she's the other woman and teams up with the philandering man's wife in order to get revenge. Diaz is not attached, nor is Wiig for that matter, but everything seems to »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Taken 2 will be bringing star Liam Neeson's particular set of skills to Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, January 15, in the theatrical cut as well as a new unrated cut. The sequel was a huge success at the box office as Neeson once again had to dispose of Europe's terrorist trash in order to keep his family safe.
The fine folks at Fox Home Entertainment have given us two copies of the Taken 2 Blu-ray and DVD combo pack to award to you, our readers. For a chance to score one of them and have it shipped to your door, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. You can optionally return any or every day the contest is open to enter again and increase the odds of winning with each additional entry. You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter. Good luck! »
7 items from 2013
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