10 Things You Didn’t Know About American Horror Story’s Evan Peters

If you have ever watched any of the American Horror Story seasons, you know who Evan Peters is. He and Sarah Paulson are the only two characters to appear in every single season. Not only is he doing television, he will also be playing Quicksilver in X-Men; Apocalypse. If you are a big fan of Evan’s, there are a few things that you may not know about him that you should know. Early Life Evan was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His father was the vice president of administration at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. His mother was a stay

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"Alan Ladd: The 1940S Collection" DVD Release From Turner Classic Movies

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Turner Classic Movies has released three Alan Ladd titles in a set titled "Alan Ladd: The 1940s Collection". Here is the official press release:

Handsome leading man Alan Ladd found success in the 1940s and ‘50s, first as the tough guy in several films noir co-starring Veronica Lake and then as the stoic hero in Westerns such as Shane (1953). Turner Classic Movies and Universal are proud to present this three-film collection that showcases Ladd’s talents in a range of genres from thriller to adventure, as well as the work of such directors as Irving Pichel and Frank Tuttle, and writers the likes of Richard Maibaum and Seton I. Miller. Lucky Jordan (1942) Directed by Frank Tuttle (who also directed Ladd’s breakthrough film This Gun for Hire the same year), Lucky Jordan stars Ladd as a racketeer who gets drafted into the Us Army and will do anything to
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Altice Completes Cablevision Acquisition, Creating No. 4 U.S. Cable Operator

Cablevision Systems Corp. is no more. European telecom conglom Altice said Tuesday it has completed its $17.7 billion acquisition of one of the industry’s pioneering cable companies, a deal that makes the newly minted Altice USA the fourth-largest operator in the country.

The new company combines Cablevision and Suddenlink, which Altice acquired last year, for a base of 4.6 million subscribers for broadband and video services. Altice USA has operations in 20 states, including Cablevision’s stronghold on the lucrative Long Island market, putting it behind Comcast, Charter Communications (which just acquired Time Warner Cable) and Atlanta-based Cox Communications.

“Altice USA is a key pillar of our business and a powerful and dynamic growth platform,” said Patrick Drahi, Altice founder and controlling shareholder. “We are very excited about our U.S. business and the opportunities we see in this market. We will accelerate network investments and bring innovative products and services to U.S
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‘Amy’ Helmer Asif Kapadia and Andrew Niccol Plan New Films

Going where many a documentarian have gone before, and often to poor results, Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna) has been tapped for the fiction feature Silver Ghost. It’s perhaps fitting that this also concerns the world of automobiles, albeit in a more relaxed area than Formula 1 racing, being the story of “the creation of the [Rolls-Royce], the odd-couple relationship between Charles Stewart Rolls and Henry Royce, the early days of the aviation industry and a passionate romance.” [Screen Daily]

It’s a passion project-of-sorts for producer Martin Scorsese, who’s been involved since the late Richard Attenborough was developing it. There’s no further word at this moment, but with the director’s Sikelia Productions at the helm (Zuma Productions and Anthony Haas are also involved on that front), one expects it’ll move along quickly.

Meanwhile, THR inform us Andrew Niccol has secured another high-concept sci-fi project, no doubt with the help of Clive Owen.
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Asif Kapadia to direct 'Silver Ghost'

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The British director of Oscar-nominated documentary Amy, whose romance Ali & Nino premiered in Sundance this week, is lining up a drama about the iconic car manufacturer for producer Martin Scorsese.

Silver Ghost was developed by the late Richard Attenborough and encompasses the creation of the car, the odd-couple relationship between Charles Stewart Rolls and Henry Royce, the early days of the aviation industry and a passionate romance.

The co-production between Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions and Zuma Productions also sees Anthony Haas serve as producer.

Kapadia, whose credits include BAFTA best documentary winner Senna, said: “What struck me when I read Silver Ghost was how this true story weaves together the lives of five remarkable people that changed the destiny of the Western world and I am delighted to be working together with the legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese and Anthony Haas to bring it to the screen.”

Scorsese said: “I’ve been captivated by the story of [link
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"Amy" Director, Scorese Team On "Silver Ghost"

Documentary filmmaker Asif Kapadia ("Senna," "Amy") is set to direct the fact-based narrative drama feature "Silver Ghost" for Sikelia Productions and Zuma Productions.

Martin Scorsese, who has been involved with the project for years after the late Richard Attenborough brougth it to his attention, will produce with Anthony Haas.

The story deals with the iconic car, born out of an extraordinary odd-couple relationship between the maverick genius of Charles Stewart Rolls and Sir Frederick Henry Royce. Their teaming also marked the genesis of aviation and the western world was never the same.

The film will also include a love story that runs parallel to the invention tale. The film joins two other auto manufacturer films in the works - one a biopic about Lamborghini, the other being Michael Mann's Enzo Ferrari film.

Source: Deadline
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‘The Sopranos’ Leads WGA List of Top TV Series

The Writers Guild of America on Sunday unveiled its list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time,” topped by HBO’s “The Sopranos.”

The mob drama created by David Chase (pictured above right with “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini) led the list over such perennial faves as “Seinfeld” (which ranked No. 2), “All in the Family” (No. 4), “Mash” (No. 5) and “The Wire” (No. 9).

On the other end of the list was a three-way tie between the original NBC “Late Night with David Letterman,” FX’s “Louie” and HBO’s intense prison drama “Oz.”

The list, the results of online voting by members of the WGA West and WGA East, immediately spurred debates over the rankings and omissions. The TV tally was a follow-up to the WGA’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” member survey conducted in 2006.

The WGA’s complete list of TV series follows:


The Sopranos


Created by David Chase


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Robert Kee obituary

Historian, presenter, documentary maker – and the least glitzy of TV-am's Famous Five

Robert Kee, who has died aged 93, belonged to a vanishing tradition of great TV documentary makers and presenters with roots in print journalism and books. He might be presenting the BBC's Panorama or ITN's lunchtime news programme of the early 1970s, First Report, but his roots and style were always back in the puritanical tell-it-as-it-is ethic of Picture Post magazine. Thus, of the Famous Five who in 1983 founded the commercial breakfast television station TV-am, he was the least glitzy.

His passion for justice, exercised on subjects such as Ireland or British Asian immigrants, was always tempered by his objective sense that both sides of a question must be ventilated. He seemed increasingly a throwback once more raucous and less scrupulous voices had become fashionable in the media.

He did not look a populist, and was not, either
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Greenforce Initiative Brings Clean Energy Jobs to Community Colleges

Corporations and governmental organizations have poured billions of dollars into clean energy initiatives over the past few years. But with those investments comes a need for qualified green collar workers--between 1998, and 2007, cleanenergy jobs grew at a national rate of 9.1%, compared to 3.7% for traditional jobs.

Enter the Greenforce Initiative, a two-year project of the National Wildlife Federation (Nwf) and Jobs for the Future (Jff) that will create green jobs training programs at community colleges in North Carolina, Northern Virginia, Metro Chicago, Southern Texas, Seattle and Michigan.

The Greenforce Initiative will take advantage of the large pool of low-skilled workers in community colleges, training them for the labor requirements of clean energy. "There are 1,200 community colleges in the United States, making them the nation's largest job training, certification and preparation platform," said Jack Litzenberg, senior program director at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, in a statement. "The Greenforce Initiative will capitalize on
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Mock-up Of Hotel Room Built For O.J. Trial

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Mock-up Of Hotel Room Built For O.J. Trial
The site of O.J. Simpson's alleged hotel heist is to be recreated in the basement of Clark County Court in Nevada, where the former sports star is on trial for kidnapping and armed robbery.

To save the judge and jury in the case from a trip to the Palace Station hotel in Las Vegas, where Simpson and five associates allegedly burst in on sports memorabilia dealer Bruce Fromong and a business partner and demanded the return of stolen goods while wielding guns, the suite is coming to them.

Skilled crime scene reconstruction workers have built an exact replica of the room in the courthouse's basement, so that jury members can get a feel of what happened last September shortly before Simpson and his posse were arrested.

Simpson and an associate, Charles Stewart, face life imprisonment if they're convicted. Both have pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and armed robbery.

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