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Agent Ed Girard on NCIS cast: A flashback episode for fallen NCIS agent

Agent Ed Girard wasn’t a big part of the NCIS cast, but he served as a plot device during the new episode of the show. That correlation wasn’t revealed until much later in the hour, but keen viewers likely picked up on it right away. The episode itself, called “Crossing the Line,” had two components. The NCIS team was investigating a man-overboard fatality aboard a Navy destroyer at sea. This meant that the agent left behind, Torres (played by Wilmer Valderrama), was tasked with mentoring high school students who had won an essay contest. It is that secondary story that […]

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Cjz addresses drama budgets, shortage of writers and original concepts

(L-r): Nadine Garner, Sophie Wright, Nick Russell, Stephen Curry and Paul Denny in ‘Mr Black’.

Cjz MD Nick Murray and CEO Matt Campbell are grappling with three major issues facing the screen industry as the company ramps up its production and development slates.

They identify the challenges as the rising cost of drama budgets; a shortage of top-class writers given the talent drain to the Us and UK; and finding original concepts for factual and factual entertainment shows.

Murray questions why drama is more expensive to produce than comedy, observing: “I don’t know that the additional money that goes into drama is necessarily visible on screen to the audience.

“The costs of drama are going up and we need to be making it cheaper. There are work practices which make it impossible to make drama at the price it should be made at. We should be employing people differently or with more flexibility,
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Screen Australia, Google announce fifth funding round of Skip Ahead

Neel Kolhatkar and Chloe Ting.

Screen Australia and Google Australia today announced $500,000 in funding for five online creative teams to ‘skip ahead’ their YouTube careers.

Now in its fifth year, Skip Ahead will provide production funding to Chloe Morello for her project YouTube Famous, Chloe Ting for The Not So Social Networks, Fury Fingers for Love, Guns and Level Ups, Neel Kolhatkar for Crossing The Line and Piéra Forde for Nevernight.

The Skip Ahead initiative supports Australian online content creators, who have YouTube channels with a substantial existing subscriber base and/or content which has reached significant viewership, to expand their vision and create more ambitious content to grow their audience.

The projects this year represent a range of voices from across Australia, with creative teams from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.

The initiative has supported the likes of Aunty Donna, Superwog, Skit Box and SketchShe to
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Peter Jackson's Wwi Doc They Shall Not Grow Old Is Getting an Expanded Release

If you still haven’t had a chance to see Peter Jackson’s World War I documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, on the big screen yet, it looks like you’re going to get another opportunity!

The film will expand to 500 theaters across 150 markets throughout the U.S. and Canada on Friday, February 1st following special pre-shows on Thursday night.

The documentary has set a record for Fathom Events with the $8.34 million that it has made. This makes it the highest-grossing U.S. Cinema Event release ever.

They Shall Not Grow Old is a film that you’ve got to see on the big screen, so if you haven’t experienced it yet, you’ve got to try to see it in the upcoming release. This isn’t only a visually stunning film, but it’s powerful and carries an important message from the voices of the past. It
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Breaking Film and TV Industry News — June 4

Monday, June 4

– The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) announced today the projects selected for the fourth annual Screen Forward Labs, Ifp’s yearlong fellowship for content creators with story-driven, serialized projects. The program kicks off today, running June 4-8 at the Made in NY Media Center by Ifp located in Dumbo, Brooklyn including for the first time both non-fiction and fiction series aimed at television and digital platforms.

“We are thrilled to be able to expand this year’s slate of incredible projects to also include nonfiction along with fiction serialized content. This year 73% of projects selected are created by female creators and 50% are led by all-female teams,” said Joana Vicente, IFPs Executive Director, in an official statement.

The twelve selected projects all have completed pilots and/or proof of concept shot; they represent a mix of genres ranging from comedy, nonfiction, to sci-fi, with intended formats ranging from app-based, digital series,
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Can ‘The Americans’ stars Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys pull a Kyle Chandler by winning Emmys for farewell season?

Can ‘The Americans’ stars Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys pull a Kyle Chandler by winning Emmys for farewell season?
The Americans” ended its run on Wednesday night, May 30, after six critically acclaimed seasons. But the show has had an uphill climb at the Emmys, struggling for recognition until finally breaking through in its later seasons with top tier nominations for Best Drama Series (2016) and lead acting bids for Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys (2016-2017) as Kgb spies living undercover as Us suburbanites. That’s a lot like the awards trajectory of “Friday Night Lights,” which finally won Best Drama Actor for Kyle Chandler for its final season. Can the same happen for Russel, Rhys, or both this year?

Friday Night Lights” and “The Americans” don’t have very much in common on-screen, of course. “Fnl” was about high school football, while “The Americans” is about Cold War espionage. But there are striking similarities in how both shows fared with the public and on the awards scene. Both were adored
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Shadowhunters Photo Preview: Meet The Parents

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After several episodes of death and destruction, the Shadowhunters are in the mood to celebrate over good times. And now they have a good reason to on Shadowhunters Season 2 Episode 8.

Alec and Isabelle's little brother Max is celebrating his Rune Ceremony! The little Shadowhunter is taking his first step into fighterhood. And the entire group is there to cheer on the occasion. But will it be fun and celebrations?

Check out the photos below for "Love is a Devil", which airs Monday, February 20 on Freeform.

And don't forget, you can watch Shadowhunters online via TV Fanatic to watch past episodes of the series.

1. Malec Magnified - Shadowhunters A family celebration probably wasn't the most romantic date idea they had in mind. "Malec" has a lot to prove to the Shadowhunters community with their latest appearance. 2. The Big Man - Shadowhunters Season 2 Episode 8 The Shadowhunter community has a big moment to celebrate today.
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The Fantasticast #214 – Marvel Team-Up #39 – Any Number Can Slay

Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

Shooting Pigeons On The Roof

Hello, and welcome to episode 214 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

Good news, everybody – The Human Torch has stopped starring in Marvel Team-Up! He’s merely featuring now! And what a story he’s featuring in. Moving effortlessly from a flanderous pigeon murderer to some of the biggest events in the New York Underworld, it’s a story of of gangs, organised crime, and accurate translations of Spanish.

Scripted by Bill Mantlo and drawn by Sal Buscema,
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Sean Hayes Stars in B’way’s Second Coming of ‘God’

The big man Himself is coming back to the Great White Way. That’s right! “An Act of God” is returning to Broadway! Instead of Jim Parsons, however, the Lord Almighty will be personified by another Emmy winner: “Will and Grace” star Sean Hayes. Hayes previously played God in the (largely) one-man show through its runs in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He’s taking the David Javerbaum–penned comedy to New York City’s Booth Theatre. The intimate Booth became available to Hayes and crew once Eugene O’Neill’s “Hughie” shuttered its revival run two months earlier than projected. Considering the light ticket sales for Forest Whitaker’s Broadway debut, “An Act of God” is projected to make a fine replacement, financially speaking. Last year’s Jim Parsons–starring debut at Studio 54 grossed $11 million and turned a profit. The limited 14-week engagement also marks a new high point for director Joe Mantello.
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8 Wrestling Exceptions That Prove The ‘Top Guy’ Rule

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If Jbl had to build a WWE superstar from the ground up it would look like Randy Orton. If Vince McMahon had to build a WWE superstar from the ground up …he’d probably lock himself in the factory like Willy Wonka, play Q Lazzarus’ ‘Goodbye Horses’ on a loop and serenely walk into the lake of baby oil and muscled torsos.

The big man likes his men big. He likes them big, tumescent and rock hard. He likes them that way so much he’s willing to give any guy with ‘the look’ a golden ticket and near infinite chances to get over and become a top guy. This has led not surprisingly to the misconception that these bumpy, vascular fancy boys are predisposed to make it as top guys in the wrestling biz.

The criteria for top guys also demands obedience, malleability and marketability. The only game in town
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Watch Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, 'SNL' Cast Sing 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town'

Watch Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, 'SNL' Cast Sing 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town'
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band returned to Saturday Night Live for the first time since 2002 to serve as musical guest for the show's Tina Fey and Amy Poehler-hosted episode Saturday. In addition to performing a pair of cuts from The River's deluxe reissue The Ties That Bind, Springsteen and company had a Christmas surprise at the ready for episode's end.

Springsteen an the E Street Band, as a preview for their extensive The River tour in 2016, first busted out the live debut of "Meet Me in the City,
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Read an Excerpt from Nate Southard’s Zombie Novel Scavengers

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Author of Just Like Hell, Down, Lights Out and more, Nate Southard's prose has had a visceral effect on readers for quite some time now. Originally published in 2012, Scavengers gives readers a look at the zombie apocalypse through Southard's unique storytelling, and now the living dead tale is back in print courtesy of Sinister Grin Press. We have an exclusive excerpt from Scavengers that you can read right now.

"Millwood was a good place to be when the dead rose. It was small, isolated, and easy to defend. The survivors there forged a community, weathered what came, and began to prosper. But then they ran out of food. Now, Millwood is sending five men to the neighboring town of Rundberg, a place ruled by three thousand living dead, to find enough food to save their community. Five against three thousand? They don't stand a chance."

To learn more about Nate Southard's Scavengers,
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Big Show -- John Cena's 'Trainwreck' Junk Is Too Much for Me (Video)

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John Cena naked might be a glorious thing to behold, but his fellow WWE star Big Show draws the line at seeing the man's semi-erect penis on a massive movie screen. We got Big Show at Lax, and filled him on (spoiler alert) Cena's scene in "Trainwreck" where he shows off a good bit of his championship goods. The big man's reaction is priceless -- at first, he's totally comfortable, but the details of
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WWE Smackdown Spoilers – Daniel Bryan Confirms WrestleMania Role

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WWE Smackdown was filmed on Tuesday in Detroit, Michigan. The show started with Daniel Bryan announcing that he’ll be in the Intercontinental Title Ladder Match at WrestleMania. This brought out all the Ladder participants, and they all brawled, apart from R Truth who stood on the stage with the belt.

Whatever you think of Bryan’s booking, he can at least excel in what should be a showstealing match at WrestleMania.

Los Matadores, Tyson Kidd and Cesaro defeated The Usos, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods.

Ryback knocked off The Miz in a quick match. There was no Mizdow, as Miz had told him to stay in the back. There were loud “We want Mizdow” chants.

Roman Reigns was out for a promo when Mark Henry returned. The big man talked about how Reigns needed to earn respect. This resulted in Roman laying Henry out with a superman punch and spear.
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The new Honey Monster Puffs advert

‘By the end of the ad, the newly hunky Honey Monster hasn’t caused any unnecessary damage, and seems to be putting the moves on Mum’

Before Miranda, there was Honey Monster, a serial cereal spiller. Since 1976, he’s been trashing fitted kitchens in a furry yellow whirlwind of telegraphed pratfalls, all in search of his morning sugar fix. Never mind that those little puffs look like industrial packaging material – Honey Monster’s love for them has always felt pure. But in his first TV ad for five years, that familiar characterisation – the brain of a golden retriever, the body of Herman Munster – has been binned. The big man has been rebranded, like the product that now bears his name. A single spoonful of new Honey Monster Puffs is potent enough to transport a nipper and his mum from a kitchen scene to a verdant grassland framed by mountains and screensaver-blue skies.
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More of 2014's supporting characters that deserve a spin-off

From Gone Girl's Tanner Bolt to the ladies of Pride, James lists a few more of 2014's supporting characters who deserve their own movie...

Look at the calendar and you'll see that time is marching on and moving us ever deeper into the deep, bleak midwinter. Christmas is coming and then the New Year will be hitting us, and such concurrent happenings are liable to combine and make some folk get all reflective. "'Tis the season to be pensive," as the old carol says.

It's at this time of year that people start to glance in the rearview mirror and ruminate on what's happened over the course of the past twelve months. Focusing specifically on cinema, it's time to think on the Film Year 2014 and make some lists. Movie fans need to decide which blu-rays they want as Christmas presents so they can write it down in a list to post to Santa.
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R.I.P. Richard Kiel; The Actor Who Played Jaws and Happy Gilmore’s Boss Dies at 74

Richard Kiel, best known for playing the James Bond villain Jaws, died Wednesday. The cause of death for the 74-year-old actor has not been released. The 7-foot-2-inch Kiel was known around the world in the 1970s as Jaws in the Roger Moore Bond classics The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.

“I am totally distraught to learn of my dear friend Richard Kiel’s passing. We were on a radio programme together just a week ago. Distraught,” Moore tweeted.

Kiel also appeared in a handful of B-movies and TV shows; but he also had a small role in Happy Gilmore which a lot of us remember him in.

Richard Kiel was one of the nicest, funniest guys I’ve ever met. I’ll never forget hanging out with him & how good he was to everyone,” Sandler tweeted.

Kiel’s family posted this message on Facebook:

“It is with very
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The WWE Main Roster Report: Part 3 – The Mid-Card

The WWE main roster is always changing, some wrestlers leave for whatever reason happens to cause their departure, some wrestlers move up the card because management wants to give them a push and some wrestlers move downwards, or stay still, sometimes merely because the creative team has a lack of ideas for their television character.

The last twelve months have been memorable and a lot has happened to the main WWE roster since June of 2013. So, let’s take a look at the main superstars who are on the main stage of WWE, rate them, and look at how their future in WWE looks at this moment.

The grading system is as follows:

A+ – Is/Should be one of the main faces of WWE. A true star.

A – Should be/Is in the main event scene and has the talent to stay there.

B – Should be being pushed as a future top contender.
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Backstage Reaction To Shocking WWE Talent Releases

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The WWE locker room and insiders are starting to react to the shocking WWE talent cull which took place on what is being termed ‘Black Thursday’.

In all 11 people got released from their WWE contract – Jtg, Drew McIntyre, Jinder Mahal, Aksana, Curt Hawkins, Teddy Long, Camacho, Brodus Clay, Evan Bourne, Yoshi Tatsu and referee Marc Harris.

PWinsider has revealed details behind several of these releases. Regarding the Tatsu exit it is being said that there was an internal feeling for some time that the Japanese star had regressed in the ring.

As far as Brodus Clay goes, he had reportedly “fell out of favour” with the creative team. Clay had always put his best foot forward with his ‘Funkasaurous’ work, but clearly from media interviews he felt he should have been pushed more as a serious monster. He has previously noted that Mark Henry’s ‘Hall of Pain
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