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Amazon Studios has ordered a pilot based on the UK black comedy series Mad Dogs.
The show's creator Cris Cole has written the Us remake, as well as signing on as an executive producer, Deadline reports.
The Us remake of Mad Dogs was originally intended for FX, who planned to air it as a limited series last year.
Mad Dogs - which aired a total of 14 episodes on Sky1 in the UK - follows a group of 40-something men, who reunite with an old school friend in Belize, before things take an unexpected and dark turn.
Vanessa Williams is breaking her silence about abuse. When she was 10 years old, the actress was sexually molested by an older girl she met on vacation with a friend's family. At the time, she had no idea what was going on and didn't tell anyone what happened."This older girl was one of the cool girls who would say, you know, 'Let's do this. Let's do that. Do you wanna try a cigarette?' One of those things where she made you want to feel like you were a grownup, and that was what made her cool," Williams said in an episode of "Oprah's Master Class."She continued, "She came into the room where my friend and I were sleeping and she told me to lie down on the floor. She took my bottoms off and she said, 'Be quiet,' and she went down on me. And at 10 years old, »
- tooFab Staff
The Riddler (Matthew Gray Gubler) should have quit while he was ahead in the opening scene from Warner Bros.' Batman: Assault on Arkham, debuting on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD August 12. This clip features Edward Nygma trying to stump Amanda Waller (Cch Pounder) with a series of riddles, but the tables are quickly turned on him when he realizes it was all a setup.
For those who are making the journey to San Diego for this year's Comic-Con, we reported last week that Batman: Assault on Arkham will have its world premiere screening on Friday, July 25. In the meantime, take a look at how this animated adventure begins.
Gotham is in great danger when the government assembles a group of villains - code named the Suicide Squad - and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top secret information stolen by the Riddler. Things take a turn »
Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum addresses fears that shows and performers are entering into "fishy" categories to increase their chances of winning Emmys. TV Critics Association members specifically asked on Sunday about "Orange is the New Black" and "Shameless" submitting as comedies and why certain series regulars are considered guest stars. Rosenblum said, "This isn't a new problem. I remember 'Desperate Housewives' entered into the comedy category. So, this isn't something that is a new issue for the category to be raised. It predates my tenure here." He added, "But as an organization, should we look at refining those rules? We should definitely look at it." The Wrap. -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube After last year's ceremony was dubbed "the saddest Emmys of all time," new host Seth M...' »
Game of Thrones is the latest fictional show to get the reality treatment — well, sort of. Tonight, Bravo premieres Game of Crowns, a reality show that sounds suspiciously like the HBO fantasy drama but is really about pageant ladies vying for the winning tiara. Which, you know, could get as dangerous as Game of Thrones.
This isn’t the first time a fictional show has spawned a similar-sounding reality show. MTV released Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County in 2004 after seeing how successful the fictional The O.C. was; Bravo did something similar when they launched The Real Housewives in »
- Ariana Bacle
NBC's press tour panel for the 2014 Emmy telecast was a chance for Seth Meyers and his "Late Night" producer Mike Shoemaker to talk about their approach to Seth hosting the show. Mainly, though, it was an opportunity for TV critics to complain to Television Academy chairman Bruce Rosenblum about the broken Emmy category system — and for Rosenblum to smile, talk about his desire to examine the problem, and then make clear that he has no real plans to do anything to fix it. In fact, Rosenblum mainly seemed to think that the category issue — where dramatic shows are submitted as comedies, where miniseries are submitted as ongoing series (and, in the case of shows like "Tremé" and "Luther," vice versa), where series regulars are submitted as guest stars — was a good thing, because it suggested a healthy state of the industry. "There's far more terrific programming today," he noted. "The »
- Alan Sepinwall
Over the last 15 years, Gale Harold has had recurring roles on shows as diverse as Defiance, Hellcats, Desperate Housewives, The Secret Circle and Vanished, and well-received turns on stage in Suddenly Last Summer and Orpheus Descending, but of course, it’s his role as the ultimate TV bad boy icon Brian Kinney on Queer As Folk for which he’s most well known.
Brian was the guy you loved to hate … or hated to love, and of all the gay characters ever seen on TV, he may be the most polarizing. But what can’t be argued with is what Gale brought to the role, a combination of charisma, danger, sex appeal, and ultimately … heart.
Today is Gale’s 45th birthday, so let’s take a look back at the career of the man who brought us one of TV’s most unforgettable bastards.
The post Birthday Gallery: Gale Harold Turns 45 appeared first on thebacklot. »
Fans of 2013's "The Purge" should ready themselves with round two from "The Purge: Anarchy," to the strains of the same composer from the first scary flick. Nathan Whitehead returned to score the sequel, and HitFix today exclusively reveals the first piece to arrive from the soundtrack: the ominously titled "Don't Do This." Check out the song below. “Scoring ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ was thrilling,” Whitehead said of the new music. “Everything is bigger this time; the action, drama and tension all take place on a much larger scale. I worked hard to incorporate this larger scope in the music, and we went much further combining aggressive electronics and textures with a live orchestra. It was such a satisfying challenge, and I hope my score delivers the intense experience that moviegoers are looking forward to having.” The original soundtrack will be be released on July 15 via Back Lot Music, while the »
- Katie Hasty
The broadcast networks have more than two dozen shows debuting this fall, including a new Shondaland drama, and a trip to Gotham, a third NCIS and a Flash-y Arrow offshoot. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
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Steve Jablonsky would be among the millions excited about the opening of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” tomorrow if he weren’t so fatigued. “I barely know what day it is,” he says. Since last December, he has worked on the score for Michael Bay’s new “Transformers” film. He’s so tired, he’s not even sure how much music is in the film. “It’s about two hours of music,” he says. “We could figure it out, but we’re all too exhausted.” He has another algorithm: Working on one Michael Bay film is like “scoring two-and-a-half smaller films.” He finished the score in early June, mere days before the movie debuted in Hong Kong. “Some people have told me not to mention how last minute it was, but at the premiere, Michael stood up and said, ‘I finished this film 40 hours ago.’ This one was the craziest film of them all. »
- Melinda Newman
On August 26, Video Services Corp. (Vsc) will release on DVD the complete fourth season of Broadway Video and IFC's hit original comedy series Portlandia. Created, written by and starring Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers) and Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney vocalist/guitarist), the Emmy-nominated and Peabody award-winning series returns with a new season of character-driven sketches taking place in the affable and absurd land of Portlandia. This 2-disc DVD set contains all 10 episodes and will be available for an Srp of $19.98.
Among the Armisen and Brownstein characters returning for the latest installment of this surreal yet affectionate portrait of Portland, Oregon are Dave and Kath, two of the town's most uptight residents who decide to give relaxing a try; Spyke and his girlfriend, Iris, who struggle through a hard time at a bad Thai restaurant; and Nina and Lance, who recover from the trauma of a deceased pet. »
It's an odd combination: pre-school puppet show meets some of TV's most adult, violent, sex-charged drama, but it's showing no signs of going away. In addition to Sesame Street's clutch of film parodies (if you've not seen it, we can recommend Hunger Games: Catching Fire), the PBS children's show has been spoofing TV's best and brightest for years.
As its latest TV parody - an educational felt version of HBO's True Blood dedicated, as so many of these spoofs are, to the art of rhyming - arrives, let's revisit some of Sesame Street's previous homages, from Birdwalk Empire, to Homelamb, Sons Of Poetry, 30 Rocks and more...
Poor Bill Compton can't always get what he wants...
Nucky Ducky comes beak to beak with Clucky Luciano in a birdwalk confrontation. »
It’s not that strange for a stage actor to play the same role for the film version. Erich Bergen is different, though, in one key way: He was fired from the Las Vegas cast of Jersey Boys five years ago, only to land the part of Four Seasons songwriter and singer Bob Gaudio in the Clint Eastwood–helmed movie edition that opened Friday. Bergen, who kicked up a media ruckus in the Vegas press in 2009 by badmouthing the producers after his dismissal, admits he wasn’t sure what would become of his career after that. But the 28-year-old booked a series of plays and musicals, including a starring role in the touring cast of Anything Goes, and appeared on Desperate Housewives, Gossip Girl, and other TV shows. This fall, he’ll star opposite Téa Leoni and Bebe Neuwirth in Madame Secretary, which CBS is slipping between 60 Minutes and The Good Wife on Sundays. »
- Steve Friess
VH1′s latest wallow in very recent nostalgia is, by nature, a silly exercise: On Saturday, the five-night anthology will end by celebrating the long-ago year of 2009—you know, that dark age when The Simpsons was only in its 21st season, and commuters who wanted to play Angry Birds had no choice but to do it on the iPhone 3Gs. Those suckers didn’t even have iOS 7!
If it’s going to be done, though, it might as well be done right—which is why there was something vaguely disappointing about the pop-culture milestones celebrated in the miniseries’ fifth and sixth episodes, »
- Hillary Busis
Lmn’s original series “The Haunting of” returns for a third season this coming Saturday, June 21st. The 13-episode series follows world-renowned psychic-medium Kim Russo as she shares the experiences of celebrities who have had their lives changed by paranormal events.
Each episode of "The Haunting of" features celebrities’ real life encounters with the paranormal as they return to the site of their experience. During these gripping journeys, Kim unlocks the secrets that haunted each celebrity and attempts to explain the unexplained.
Kim also unveils shocking psychic moments and surprising personal revelations as she connects with their loved ones who have crossed over.
In the Season 3 premiere, airing at 10pm Et on the 21st, Kim visits Vanessa Williams (“Desperate Housewives,” “Ugly Betty”) at her home in upstate NY and discovers that the escalating paranormal encounters she has been experiencing are being caused by two entities who met tragic, untimely deaths. »
- Debi Moore
Taormina, Sicily – Eva Longoria was honored Tuesday with a humanitarian award by the Taormina Film Festival in Italy where the multihyphenate champion of many causes talked about how her stardom attained playing Gabriela Solis on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” boosted her philanthropic bent.
“If it wasn’t for ‘Desperate Housewives,’ I wouldn’t be able to have the reach that I have to talk to people in the world,” the actress, director, producer and philanthropist told the crowd during an onstage conversation at the fest in a Sicilian seaside resort.
Longoria, looking radiant in a black leather cocktail dress and stiletto heels, was honored for her work with the Eva Longoria Foundation, which helps Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship.
Among the foundation’s many activities in these fields is a project that has made micro-loans worth more than $1 million available to Latina entrepreneurs in Texas where, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Eva Longoria helps the 'Devious Maids' cast ''navigate drama''. Actress Ana Ortiz - who plays Marisol Suarez in the hit comedy - has revealed the show's producers, Marc Cherry and Eva, 39, are eager to avoid in-fighting among the cast following their troubled experience on Marc's previous hit show 'Desperate Housewives'. The Emmy Award-winning show was renowned for cast catfights between stars Eva, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Nicollete Sheridan, who even sued show creator Marc for wrongful dismissal. Ana said: ''Marc is like, 'You guys, let's just not do what happened on Desperate.' Let's just make sure we can keep »
Like cheese on toast, Mel B and TV talent competitions seem destined to belong together.
Not content with currently being a judge on America's Got Talent or coaching on The Voice Kids Australia, the multi-talented popstar's globetrotting ends back in the UK after being confirmed as the fourth judge on this year's X Factor, joining Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell.
To celebrate, Digital Spy has decided to spice up your life by digging out ten facts about Scary Spice.
1. Melanie Janine Brown was born in Harehills, Leeds on May 29, 1975. Melanie was raised on a council estate by her English mother Andrea, and her Nevisian father Martin, who both encouraged the budding singer to follow her dreams.
Those dreams, however, didn't involve school, as Melanie explained: "I didn't do that well in school, let's put it that way. I was more focused on singing or wanting to go out »
Someone hide the groom! Eva Longoria looked stunning at the wedding of friend Bonnie Rodezno in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 14. The Desperate Housewives star, 39, wore a one-shoulder lilac gown and carried a bouquet of white and pink roses. The dutiful bridesmaid paired the look with nude stilettos and teardrop earrings. She held the hand of the tiny ring bearer, who carried the sign reading "Here Comes the Bride." Rodezno was a bridesmaid in Longoria's wedding to Tony Parker, and the actress was happy to [...] »
They were there to accept distinguished prizes. But the honorees at Women in Film's 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards on Wednesday still got to glam it up and have some fun. And for one famous new mom, a rare night out. In her first public appearance since giving birth to daughter Isabelle in May, Kerry Washington let out a heavy sigh upon reaching the podium to accept her Lucy Award for Excellence in Television from Scandal boss Shonda Rhimes. "'I'm out in public," she said, sounding almost surprised to be back on the Los Angeles social circuit. Earlier on the red carpet, »
- William Keck
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