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The Ouija board still holds our imaginations more than 100 years after its creation. First advertised as "Ouija, the Wonderful Talking Board," in 1891, it sold for just $1.50. The simplicity of its design - an alphabet board accompanied by a planchette - belied the long-running fascination people would come to have with the game. The board has been many things throughout its history: a slumber-party staple, a target for religious groups who believe it channels the evil and occult, and a seemingly endless source of inspiration for horror movies and plotlines on TV shows. With Ouija: Origin of Evil opening this week, we took a deep dive into the history of the board game and dug up more than a few interesting - and sometimes creepy - stories about Ouija's origins and legacy. It Launched a Famous Author . . . From Beyond the Grave Patience Worth was a prominent writer in the early 1900s, »
- Lindsay Miller
Thom Beers, who ankled as CEO of FremantleMedia North America a year ago, has formed a new TV production shingle, BoBCat, located at an office-studio complex in Burbank, Calif., part of which used to house the 50 cars for “Monster Garage,” the show he produced for Discovery Channel a decade ago.
Now he’s wearing another hat, too: landlord. Beers has established Digiland, which he describes as combining the shared office-space business model of WeWork with the production facilities of Google’s YouTube Spaces.
“I’m not looking for people who just need a desk,” said Beers. “I wanted to turn it into a creative, shared workspace — to find people doing some cool things, and hang out.”
One reason he launched Digiland: His new production company simply doesn’t need the entire 45,000 square feet of space, which he owns. Beers said he had received two offers from large tech companies to lease the space; but that, he »
- Todd Spangler
Cleveland Cavs forward Dahntay Jones added a ring in June ... but lost 400 kicks in July ... 'cause more than 200 pairs from his prized shoe collection were just auctioned off ... and he's Pissed. Jones kept 208 pairs of rare Nikes in a storage facility in Atlanta for years ... but not just any old kicks, some of the shoes were ultra-rare ... including sample kicks made especially for Fat Joe. But the facility claims Jones didn't keep up on the payments, »
- TMZ Staff
Alex Carter Aug 2, 2016
Homes Under The Hammer is a comforting constant in an ever-changing world. Here's why it's your TV best friend...
Homes Under The Hammer is the adult equivalent of Teletubbies: every episode is exactly the same, there is only the vaguest semblance of peril, and every episode has a weird house in it.
I bloody love Homes Under The Hammer. It’s the kind of low-engagement programming that suits any time and any mood. I like nosing around people’s houses. I like the idea I could be a filthy capitalist if I could just stop ranting about Star Trek and do some plastering. The identikit nature of every episode is ideally suited to its 10am weekday timeslot, being watched exclusively by the unemployed, the ill and everyone’s dad. As a freelance writer with both a cold and a dad I absolutely understand that feeling of having a head filled with mush, »
U.S. television producers Julian P. Hobbs, who most recently headed up scripted development and production at History, and Elli Hakami, who was formerly MTV’s exec VP of current series and programming, have launched New York-based Talos Films.
The new company, which has the backing of distributor Sky Vision and independent producer October Films, will produce a diverse range of content suitable for a global audience from event documentaries and docu-dramas, to character-driven unscripted series, formatted shows and scripted projects.
At History, Hobbs oversaw “The Bible,” “Vikings” and the upcoming “Roots.” As a VP and Ep at History, Hobbs developed and oversaw numerous hits including “Pawn Stars,” “Storage Wars,” “Counting Cars,” “Ice Road Truckers,” “America: The Story of Us,” and the Emmy Award-winning “Gettysburg.” Hobbs also headed up History’s feature documentary unit, executive producing films including Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” and Errol Morris’ “The Unknown Known. »
- Leo Barraclough
The psychotic Norman Bates and the troubled Antichrist will take over the small screen on Monday, March 7th, when Bates Motel Season 4 airs at 9:00pm Est, followed by the series premiere of Damien, the sequel series to 1976's The Omen:
Press Release: Pasadena, CA – January 6, 2016 – A&E Network presents the season four return of the critically acclaimed drama, “Bates Motel,” starring Vera Farmiga in her Emmy nominated role as “Norma Bates” alongside the brilliant Freddie Highmore as “Norman.” From writers and executive producers Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) and Carlton Cuse (“Lost, “The Strain”), this season will showcase Norman’s deranged descent into madness. Directly following “Bates Motel” will be the series premiere of the original scripted drama, “Damien,” a continuation of the classic horror film, The Omen from executive producer Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead,” “The Shield”). Both series will premiere on Monday, March 7th at 9Pm »
- Derek Anderson
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