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FremantleMedia Takes Stake in Former Fox Exec Simon Andreae’s Naked

Cambridge, England — Production and distribution giant FremantleMedia has taken a 25% stake in Naked Entertainment, the newly formed production company from producer Simon Andreae, who was most recently executive VP, alternative entertainment, at Fox Broadcasting in the U.S.

Based in London, Naked will develop original entertainment, factual, and factual entertainment formats, with series and one-off specials. The deal further strengthens FremantleMedia’s content pipeline for the global distribution market.

Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia, said: “We are actively looking for the right companies and talent to expand and strengthen our business. Simon is one of the industry’s pre-eminent factual entertainment producers with a long history of delivering hits with global appeal. He already has a strong development slate and I’m really pleased to be partnering with him to bring his projects to audiences around the world.”

Andreae commented: “I’m excited to be back in the U.K.
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The 10 Best Moments From The Dark Knight Saga

  • SoundOnSight
From the months leading up to the release of The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy became essential, event viewing amid a wave of massive hype that proved founded. Building on the hugely respectable and rewatchable Batman Begins, Tdk became this century’s Empire Strikes Back, considered by some to be one of the greatest films ever made and elevating this reboot into the realms of meteoric, legendary success. Rises was merely the icing on the cake.

Looking back on the saga as a whole, it is not hard to see why. Each film is crammed with memorable moments and exchanges, insanely quotable lines and breath vacuum sequences of audacity and visceral thrill . Whether it be the quiet drama scenes or the car chases, villainous entrances of Batman gambits, almost every scene can be singled out. When the writing isn’t strong, the cinematography and choreography is. Where the shaky-cam becomes obtrusive,
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Awards Season Roundup -- Cinema Eye, Documentary and Much More!

This is a tough awards season! Lots of great movies to see, so little time! I'm catching up like crazy before we vote for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards for the Broadcast Film Critics Association. So I apologize if I haven't updated you with the latest on the awards season 2013-2014! And there were many award-giving bodies announcing nominations.

We already told you about the Rome Film Festival and the Film Independent Spirit Awards, now let's talk about the 2013 Gotham Awards, the Ida Documentary Awards, the Cinema Eye, and the Producers Guild announcing its best documentary choices.

First stop, we have the 2013 Gotham Awards where Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" topped the nominations with three nods including best feature, best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and breakthrough actor for Lupita Nyong'o.

Winners will be announced on Dec. 2nd where Richard Linklater, Forest Whitaker, and Katherine Oliver (head of the NYC
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Sony Pictures Television Greenlights Scarlet

London — Sony Pictures Television has added to its stable of U.K. production companies with the launch of Scarlet Media, which is headed by producer Simon Andreae, who most recently worked for Discovery in the U.S.

Spt will hold a majority stake in the London-based shingle, and will distribute its output internationally. Andreae becomes managing director, reporting into Andrea Wong, prexy, international production at Spt.

It is the fifth U.K. production company in Spt’s international production portfolio, which totals 19 companies across 14 countries. Spt’s other U.K. shingles are Left Bank Pictures, Gogglebox Entertainment, Silver River and Victory Television.

Scarlet will develop original factual and factual entertainment formats, with series and one-off specials, for U.K. and international broadcasters.

Andreae was most recently senior veep, development and production, West Coast, for Discovery in the U.S. Titles developed during his tenure included “Naked and Afraid,” and “Fast N Loud,
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Discovery goes Naked for two new survival series

Discovery goes Naked for two new survival series
This makes us miss Bear Grylls… Among the new shows Discovery will announce later today at its Upfront presentation to advertisers in New York are two survival series in which clothing is not included. Each episode of Naked and Afraid will strand a new pair of strangers in one of the world’s harshest environments with no food, no water, no tools, and no clothes. “As their extreme survival skills are put to the test for 21 days, each couple must battle the elements, each other, and their own inner weakness to triumph over the terrain and their predicament,” the press release promises.
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Box office preview: 'The Croods' will oust 'Oz' from top spot

Box office preview: 'The Croods' will oust 'Oz' from top spot
Oz has reigned atop the box office for two weeks, but Fox’s family flick The Croods is ready to club the Disney tentpole out of the pole position this weekend.

Two other new releases, the White House thriller Olympus Has Fallen and the Tina Fey/Paul Rudd comedy Admission, should also make notable debuts, as will Harmony Korine’s “Disney Channel starlets gone bad” film Spring Breakers, which is expanding from three theaters to over 1,000 locations.

Here’s how the box office may shake out:

1. The Croods – $40 million

The caveman comedy will be the first film distributed under the
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Science Channel Announces Are We Alone? Month Scheduling Plus, Sorry, Another Harlem Shake

  • ScifiMafia
Science Channel‘s inaugural Are We Alone? Month last March was a terrific success for them, so they’re doing the right thing and bringing it back this year. Below is a press release with more information, including the schedule for some world premiere shows about where we are in the hunt for extraterrestrial life, from a scientific perspective.

First, though, those crazy Science kids couldn’t resist joining in on the latest craze. Sure I know a lot of you are tired of the whole Harlem Shake thing, but come on, isn’t it an exception when there is alien involvement?

TV Spot: Science Channel – Harlem Shake | Are We Alone?

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Science Channel Joins The Search For Extraterrestrial Life

This March With Are We Alone? Month –World Premiere Episodes of Alien Encounters and Aliens: The Definitive Guide Air Tuesdays at 10 Pm (Et/Pt)–

(Silver Spring,
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Morning Meme: Dr. Oz Gives Forum To Gay Reparative Therapy, MTV Gets "Buckwild," and Neil Gaiman Assembles All-Star Cast For "Neverwhere"

  • The Backlot
In order to kick of the weekend right, snicks will be bringing you a liveblog of all the gaybie drama on Days of Our Lives today.

This week, Dr. Oz gave a forum to reparative therapy, and on the show, it was presented as a genuine medical practice, and not debunked as junk science as the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association and all other medical bodies have done. Further, producers reached out to Wayne Besen at Truth Wins Out about appearing, and Besen was agreeable, even offering to field expert medical testimonies, but the producers balked and dropped him. Dr. Oz later posted on his blog that he felt reparative therapy wasn't medically sound, but that didn't reach nearly the audience his broadcast did.

On a happier note, the Warwick Rowing Team has put out a trailer for their new 2013 naked calendar, which benefits anti-bullying charities. It's way too Nsfw to play here,
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Benedict Cumberbatch gonna play Brian Epstein (and other adventures in social networking)

What my followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ saw today: • Lucas may have ruined Star Wars, but he's still a mensch. George Lucas Will Use Disney $4 Billion to Fund Education • The BBC News sign language people could learn a thing or two from Bloomberg's daemon, Lydia Callis... • This sort of stuff infuriates and depresses me for all sorts of reasons, mostly 1) Universities are no longer institutions of learning, and 2) A lack of honor and integrity is rampant across our society. Write My Essay, Please! • Ermagerd! Benedict Cumberbatch 'lands Brian Epstein role' • Mars, bitches. Nasa’s Curiosity Mars Rover self-portrait • Oh my god, I can't believe I missed this over the summer. Brilliant! From Kat Dennings to Gwyneth Paltrow, Marvel and the Screwball Tradition • Actually, he was influenced by the fact that pop culture is dealing with issues of child abuse more than it used it... California boy who fatally shot
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Exclusive: Science to Debut New Mars-Themed Special Starring will.i.am

Science has partnered with Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am to premiere the new special i.am.mars: Reach For The Stars. The program, which will debut on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 10/9c, features will.i.am as he creates the single "Reach for the Stars," which became the first song to be broadcast back to Earth from the Mars landing of Nasa's Curiosity spacecraft.

"Ever since I was a child, I have been obsessed with space travel, so hearing 'Reach for the Stars' broadcast back to Earth from Mars was one of the great thrills of my life," says will.i.am.

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Nasa tortures Martians with new will.i.am song

Yesterday, Nasa's Curiosity rover broadcast its first song from Mars to Earth. Given that this was one of the first musical messages the Earth has given Mars, one would think the scientists would pick something epic or universal, like Beethoven or maybe some David Bowie. Instead, they picked a new song from will.i.am, the heavy-handed "Reach For The Stars." The Pea—who was actually on hand with various other celebrities (including Wil Wheaton, Seth Green, Morgan Freeman, and others) at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Aug. 6 to watch Curiosity land—said he chose “Reach For The ...
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As 'Battleship' Flops: Ten Other Memorable Box-Office Bombs

  • The Playlist
To have one giant money-losing tentpole is unfortunate. To have two starts to look careless, and that's what's happened to Taylor Kitsch. The actor, who broke out on TV's "Friday Night Lights," was seen as Hollywood's next great hope, picked out to star in two great big blockbusters with a combined cost of half-a-billion dollars. But when "John Carter" arrived in March, the film wildly underperformed, with Disney taking a hit of at least $100 million on the project. And after this weekend, it looks that his other film, "Battleship," is going to lose similar amounts.

The film, Universal & Hasbro's adaptation of the board game, directed by "Hancock" helmer Peter Berg, had taken the unusual step of opening everywhere else in the world six weeks ahead of the U.S, in the hope of bagging lucrative foreign coin and building buzz for the U.S. release. But while the film did ok abroad,
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Discovery sexy times for Valentine's Day - Programming notes

Cue the porn guitar and get ready for some bow chicka bow wow good times as Discovery has your number and busts out the naughty edutainment. Valentine.s Day weekend programming is low calorie as you can pass on the chocolates, champagne and flowers to catch Cupid.s favorite Discovery Channel specials: Saturday, February 11 on Discovery Channel 9 Pm . Curiosity: Why Is Sex Fun? (hosted by Maggie Gyllenhaal) Orgasm - one of the most intense pleasures we can experience. But what are orgasms actually for? In men, the answer's simple - reproduction. But women don't need an orgasm to get pregnant. So why have them? With cutting edge science and research, Maggie Gyllenhaal hosts this revealing investigation into the
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Maggie Gyllenhaal & Peter Sarsgaard Expecting Second Child

  • Access Hollywood
Maggie Gyllenhaal & Peter Sarsgaard Expecting Second Child
Maggie Gyllenhaal is expecting her second child with husband Peter Sarsgaard, a rep for the actress confirmed to Access Hollywood on Monday.

The "Nanny McPhee Returns" actress, who recently hosted the episode of "Curiosity: Why Is Sex Fun?" on Discovery, gave birth to her first child - daughter Ramona - in fall 2006.

When the couple's new addition comes along it's likely Maggie and Peter will try and split their parenting duties, like they've done with Ramona.

"We try," Maggie previously told Babble.com. "I think we both just fundamentally, from the moment I was pregnant, from the ...

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Robin Williams talks drugs on Discovery's 'Curiosity' -- Exclusive Outtakes

Robin Williams talks drugs on Discovery's 'Curiosity' -- Exclusive Outtakes
This Sunday, Discovery airs the season finale of Curiosity, and it may have saved the best for last with the episode “Your Body on Drugs.” Robin Williams narrates what the network calls “a candid, shocking and sometimes sobering journey into the psychophysiology of psychotropic drugs.” Put Williams in front of a camera, and he’s going to riff. If you’re asking him to talk about drugs, well, watch the exclusive outtakes below (and keep your finger over the bleep button). Science really can be fun.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal talks sex on ‘Curiosity
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Sony Pictures Classics acquires Maggie Gyllenhaal's 'Hysteria'

Sony Pictures Classics acquires Maggie Gyllenhaal's 'Hysteria'
It seems like Sony Pictures Classics got what all the, er, buzz was about with Hysteria. The studio announced they have acquired the U.S. and South African rights to the Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy romantic comedy, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie, directed by Tanya Wexler, is based on the story of Joseph Mortimer Granville (played by Dancy), the inventor of the world’s first electro-mechanical vibrator.

In a release, Sony Pictures Classics said of the film, “Hysteria is a winner on all counts. It is funny, fresh and warm. From director Tanya Wexler
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Mike Rowe still a dirty boy: World's Dirtiest Man on Curiosity, Oct. 23 (Video)

One of the sexiest men alive is Discovery's go-to star, Mike Rowe, whose elevation of the mundane workplace deeds and unsung working class heroes of the USA has established him as a man's man, and one that women would like to know in that biblical sense. Rowe is always up for the dirty deeds, and the new Discovery series "Curiosity" takes our fit fantasy man and puts him through a gauntlet of crazy human parasites and body invader tests that will give the germophobes hives. On Sunday, October 23rd at 9Pm Et/Pt --Discovery Channel's "Curiosity" series - which features some of the biggest names including Robin Williams, Eli Roth, Samuel L. Jackson and Maggie Gyllenhaal -- takes viewers
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Martin Sheen Hosts Curiousity 'What's Beneath America?' Sept. 11 (Video)

Tune in alert for Martin Sheen Investigates "What's Beneath America" on a new "Curiosity" - Premiering on Discovery Channel Sunday, September 11 at 8:00pm Et/Pt. North America was created by remarkable natural events such as volcanic explosions of molten lava, gigantic floods, asteroid impacts, and colliding tectonic plates. We tend to take the land under our feet for granted, but the geological story behind its creation is extraordinary. Welcome to one of nature.s most dramatic and visually arresting puzzles. At the recent Television Critics' Assoiciation summer press junket, we asked Executive Producer, Simon Andreae about the unanswerable nature of many of the big questions that Curiosity tackles. "One knows what the big questions are, and people have wrestled
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