9 items from 2014
Amazon Studios‘ director Roy Price told attendees at a Mip keynote today that filming is starting in Paris this week on its pilot The Cosmopolitans. A chronicle of the loves and adventures of a group of young expatriates in the City of Light, it hails from The Last Days Of Disco filmmaker Whit Stillman who wrote and will direct and executive produce. The cast of the half-hour pilot includes Shaun Evans Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny and Carrie MacLemore. Shed Media Group‘s Watershed TV has appointed Emma Morgan as its first Creative Director. Launched in 2011, Watershed’s credits include factual formats Extreme Ocd Camp, Show Me What You’re Made Of, and Show Me Your Money. The UK-based producer is currently working on shows for the BBC, Cbbc, Channel 4 and Five. Morgan joins the Warner Bros-owned subsidiary from Mentorn Media where she is currently Director of Development and Executive Producer. »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
During his full-time career, Triple H was one of the greatest heels to ever step foot in a WWE ring. And though he often ventured into babyface territory, never was he more at home than when portraying the bad guy.
Fast forward to the present day, and it would appear that little has changed.
Sure, he’s hacked off the locks traded in his trunks for a more respectable executive attire – but it’ll take more than a mere corporate façade to mask The Game’s true persona. It was only a matter of time before his cruel, unforgiving side would force its way through, and we’ve certainly seen that in recent weeks.
He may not compete in the same capacity he once did, but that hasn’t stopped the King of Kings from returning to his throne as the hottest heel in wrestling right now. So »
- Elliott Binks
Welcome back to the series of posts here at SciFi Mafia that we’re calling Web Series Wednesday where we devote a space to the wonderment of the web series. Every Wednesday we’ll cover an awesome web series and give you all the info to get into it.
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This week we’re taking a little time to update you on shows we’ve already covered!
Space Janitor’s second season is available since we reported last. And they also met their Kickstarter goal for a third season and it is currently in production! Huzzah! You can see our initial review here, and you can check them out to your heart’s content here. »
- Jess Orso
Perhaps the only news of note this week is that in a move echoing what they did with Breaking Bad, Netflix has swooped in and gained rights to the TV series of From Dusk Til Dawn made in the states for Robert Rodriguez’s new El Rey network cable channel. Netflix will stream the episodes the day after they air in the states every week, curiously they are still billing this as ‘A Netflix Original’ when this isn’t the case necessarily. I have no idea as to the quality of this, the film From Dusk Til Dawn was one of my favourites when I was a teenager but how you drag that out into a ten part TV show I don’t know, let alone a possible second series. I watched the trailer and it looks solid and well-made as opposed to a cheap cash in and features Don Johnson »
- Chris Holt
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
Carrie Underwood was named the top earning American Idol alum with $31 million last year, with Kelly Clarkson taking second place with $7 million. But Adam Lambert is doing just fine, earning $5 million to tie for third with Phillip Phillips.
The big news last night was that a federal judge struck down Oklahoma’s marriage amendment as unconstitutional for violating the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. The ruling is currently stayed pending appeal in the 10th Circuit, which also has Utah pending. In striking down the ban, Judge Kern said “Equal protection is at the very heart of our legal system and central to our consent to be governed. It is not a scarce commodity to be meted out begrudgingly or in short portions. Therefore, the majority view in Oklahoma »
- Ed Kennedy
Magic: The Gathering is the latest game to get the movie adaptation treatment, with 20th Century Fox acquiring the film rights to the hit fantasy card game from Hasbro, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Fox has Lord of the Rings-size franchise dreams for Magic, which was created in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast and rose to prominence as the premiere collectible-trading-card game (Hasbro bought Wizards of the Coast in 1999). The studio has tapped writer-producer Simon Kinberg to act as franchise engineer, developing a series of films alongside executives from Hasbro. »
The NAACP announced nominees for its 45th annual Image Awards, with Weinstein Co. nabbing 17 bids in the film categories thanks to “The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” followed by Fox Searchlight, with seven, for “12 Years a Slave.”
Bet and CBS lead TV nominees, with 19 and 16, respectively, followed by ABC (15) and HBO (13). RCA leads the recording category with 10 noms, followed by Atlantic Records (eight) and Columbia Pictures (seven).
Winners will be voted upon by NAACP members and some will be announced Feb. 21 during an awards ceremony for non-televised categories. The remaining categories will be announced during a two-hour TV One telecast Feb. 22.
The nominees were announced during a press conference at the TV One presentation to the Television Critics Association during its Winter 2014 Press Tour in Pasadena. NAACP Image Awards committee chairman is Leonard James and TV One prez-ceo is Alfred Liggins. Roslyn M. Brock is chairman of the NAACP. »
- Tim Gray
Young Jeezy was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia on Jan. 7 after a report surfaced claiming he told his son, 17, ‘I will kill you.’ But a new source says their Sept. 2012 argument never turned violent, and that the son’s mother is just using Young Jeezy.
Young Jeezy and his 17-year-old son Jadarius got into a screaming match in Sept. 2012, but the report claiming that he threatened his son with words like, “I brought you into this world and I can take you out of it,” are not true, TMZ is exclusively reporting.
Young Jeezy Arrested — Did He Threaten His Son?
Sources tell TMZ the fight, that occurred almost 16 months before Young Jeezy was arrested, stemmed from Young Jeezy telling his son he had too much of an attitude and he wanted him to move out of his house.
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- Dory Larrabee
9 items from 2014
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