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Moviefone Takes On Rotten Tomatoes: Taps Review Site’s Senior Editor Grae Drake As ‘Ms. Moviefone’

  • Deadline
As MoviePass and MoviePass Films comes under the Moviefone umbrella, the Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. subsidiary has tapped former Rotten Tomatoes Senior Editor, Grae Drake, as “Ms. Moviefone” to become their leading brand personality. The announcement comes as Moviefone emerges as a new venture and premier destination for content, reviews and commentary.

As the new face of Moviefone, Drake will engage with the film community by interviewing filmmakers and celebrities, and she’ll appear at industry events to provide an inside look at the movies. Drake will be responsible for producing and hosting a series of new original video content that will live on the Moviefone site. She will also oversee the evolution of existing video content, such as the well-known “Unscripted” series, providing Moviefone with the flexibility to continue creating and growing its video library.

Former Rotten Tomatoes Editor-in-Chief Matt Atchity and Grace Kang negotiated the deal on behalf of Moviefone,
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Nickelodeon Names Rob Bagshaw Head of Unscripted

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Bunim/Murray alum Rob Bagshaw has been named executive vice president, unscripted content at Nickelodeon, the Viacom-owned network announced on Thursday.

In the newly created role, Bagshaw will lead development and production of unscripted content across all formats and platforms for Nickelodeon ranging from reality competition shows to live events like Kids’ Choice Awards and Kids’ Choice Sports. He will report to Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins.

Unscripted series are continually the most popular shows in every demo, and Rob has a proven talent for creating a wide range of hits,” Robbins said in a statement. “I’m excited to have him join our team, where he can use his experience and skills to create the next wave of fun, must-watch shows for our kids and family audience.”

Also Read: Nickelodeon Hires Former Disney Channel Exec Paul DeBenedittis to Lead Programming Strategy

“I am thrilled to join Brian and the
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Rob Bagshaw Tapped as Nickelodeon Executive VP of Unscripted Content

  • Variety
Nickelodeon has named Rob Bagshaw as its executive vice president of unscripted content, where he will oversee the development and production of unscripted content across all platforms and formats.

That ranges from reality competition shows to live events such as the Kids’ Choice Awards and Kids’ Choice Sports. He will be based in Burbank, Calif., and report to Nickelodeon President Brian Robbins.

Unscripted series are continually the most popular shows in every demo, and Rob has a proven talent for creating a wide range of hits,” said Robbins in a statement. “I’m excited to have him join our team, where he can use his experience and skills to create the next wave of fun, must-watch shows for our kids and family audience.”

Bagshaw was most recently executive producer of upcoming YouTube series “If I Could Tell You Just One Thing” and E!’s “The Funny Dance Show.” He has
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Netflix Sets Premiere Date for ‘Death by Magic’ (Exclusive)

  • The Wrap
Netflix’s new show “Death by Magic” is being launched globally on Nov. 30, TheWrap has learned exclusively.

The docuseries follows British magician Drummond Money-Coutts (a.k.a. Dmc) on his mission to uncover the stories of magicians who died performing the most dangerous stunts ever attempted.

“Death by Magic” marks Los Angeles-based production company A. Smith & Co.’s first-ever project with Netflix, reuniting CEO Arthur Smith with Netflix’s vice president of Unscripted, Brandon Reigg. The pair formerly worked together on projects at NBC.

Also Read: Shocker: Teens Love Netflix, YouTube Way More Than Cable TV

Dmc is a truly gifted magician whose mind-bending illusions mesmerize and confound people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds,” Smith told TheWrap. “So we sent him out to shock the world in eight different cities across four continents with the most daring, unbelievable magic ever seen.”

“Netflix is the perfect partner to showcase this high stakes,
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Nani's pay for 'Bigg Boss' much lesser than Jr Ntr's

Entertainment According to the latest buzz, Nani is charging about Rs. 10 lakhs per episode which is far lesser that his predecessor Jr Ntr who charged Rs 50 lakh per episode Digital NativeWhen it was revealed that the Tollywood star Jr Ntr would be hosting the Bigg Boss Telugu last year, there were enough speculations on what he would charge per episode. Later, it was revealed that the star was paid Rs. 50 lakh per episode. Therefore, expectations were high about Bigg Boss 2. It was disclosed recently that Nani was signed up to host season 2 and naturally there were various speculations about this remuneration. According to the latest buzz, Nani is charging about Rs. 10 lakhs per episode which is far lesser that his predecessor. Also, there are reports that season 2 would run longer than season 1. Sources say that the show’s producers were in talks to Ram Charan Teja and Allu Arjun earlier with plans to rope them in but their remuneration demand was almost in sync with that of Jr Ntr. Further, both the stars were committed to various projects and could not allot time for hosting Bigg Boss. The Bigg Boss season 2 will be premiered on Star Maa on June 10th. While there are a lot of expectations for this show, there is a buzz that film stars such as Sri Reddy, Raj Tharun and Charmme Kaur may be housemates among others. The sets for the new season have been built in Hyderabad, unlike the first season which was shot in Lonavala. The Bigg Boss house has been constructed at the popular Annapurna Studios where the contestants will stay during the entire course of the show. Speaking at the launch of the show, Nani is reported to have told, “I am excited to be a part of the show and looking forward towards this new experience. A house full of celebrities with cameras all around watching their every move. There will be varied emotions like love, friendship, drama making it more entertaining with Inkoncham Masala. But most importantly on this show everything is Unscripted. Like I said in my promo yedeini jargachu.” (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Economic Docuseries Headed to Amazon

Amazon Prime has ordered a finance and economy-themed docuseries from Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and NPR business journalist Adam Davidson.

The untitled series, which doesn’t have a premiere date, will be hosted by Kal Penn.

Penn, an actor and former White House Associate Director of Public Engagement, will take viewers around the world to meet the geniuses, madmen and hucksters who make the decisions — and investments — that change our lives. From cryptocurrency and money laundering to death and corruption, the series will explore how money, greed and power affect our hyper-connected world.

Also Read: 'The Expanse': Amazon in Talks to Revive Canceled Syfy Series

“Adam McKay is well known for finding the humor and absurdity in mind-blowing true stories, and we’re excited to bring that to Prime members with this series,” said Heather Schuster, head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “As with all of our unscripted series,
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MipFormats: ‘The Four’ in Development in 18 Countries as Fox Preps Season 2

  • Variety
As Fox starts pre-production on the second season of “The Four,” versions of the singing competition show are being worked up in numerous international territories, delegates at a Variety-hosted MipFormats session heard in Cannes on Sunday.

The show has been greenlit by broadcasters Ctc in Russia and Antena 1 in Romania. Armoza Formats, which created and distributes the show, has now also optioned it to Satisfaction for France, Magnolia for Italy, Shine in Portugal, Mastiff in Sweden, and Screentime in Australia, among others.

After a six-part debut season, the show has been given an extended second season order of 10 episodes on Fox in the U.S. Alex Piper, the network’s VP, alternative, said in Cannes that the challenge is to retain the DNA of the show over a longer run.

“I don’t think this show is going to explode to 40, 50, 60 hours immediately. I think we want to continue
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Jordan Peele Docuseries on Lorena Bobbitt Headed to Amazon

Amazon has ordered a four-part docuseries from Jordan Peele about Lorena Bobbitt.

Lorena,” which will be directed by Joshua Rofé, “reveals the hidden truths in the notorious case of John Wayne and Lorena Bobbitt and challenges the long-held narrative that surrounded this event,” per Amazon’s announcement, and “provides a fresh perspective on the story of Lorena Bobbitt and how one event laid the groundwork for the modern 24-hour news cycle and increasing sensationalistic media coverage.”

“Jordan has proven himself as a captivating voice of social critique and we are excited to work with him on this project. ‘Lorena’ reframes Lorena Bobbitt’s story around issues of sexism and domestic abuse and offers Prime members an exclusive new view into how America got her story wrong and maybe continues to get it wrong,” said Heather Schuster, head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals.

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“When we hear the name ‘Bobbitt’ we think of one of the most sensational incidents to ever be catapulted into a full blown media spectacle,” added Peele. “With this project, Lorena has a platform to tell her truth as well as engage in a critical conversation about gender dynamics, abuse, and her demand for justice. This is Lorena’s story and we’re honored to help her tell it.”

“Our hope for this series is to give viewers pause when the next scandal of the moment is presented to us as macabre entertainment,” Rofé said. “Often, there’s profound pain and trauma just beneath the surface of stories like Lorena’s.”

“Lorena” is executive produced by Peele and Win Rosenfeld for Monkeypaw, Rofé and Steven J. Berger for Number 19, Jenna Santoianni and Tom Lesinski for Sonar and produced by Monkeypaw, Sonar Entertainment and Number 19.

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Paradigm Hires Julie Choi As Agent

Exclusive: Julie Choi has joined Paradigm as an agent in its Content & Partnerships Group. The agency said today that the move pivots her from development and programming to operating within the Unscripted division of the Content Group, working with creators in the unscripted space to package, arrange financing and sell content. "Julie has superb instincts when it comes bolstering unique voices within the unscripted space," said Ben Weiss, head of Paradigm's Content…
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Atx TV Festival: ‘Girls,’ ‘The Leftovers,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘The Americans’ and ‘Snowfall’ Panels Added to Lineup

Peak TV is coming to Austin, Texas.

The Atx Television Festival announced Thursday a robust number of television panels and screenings joining its lineup of already impressive programming. John Singleton’s upcoming crack cocaine drama “Snowfall” gets the honors of being the Opening Night screening. Other FX programs that will be featured are “The Americans” and “Fargo.” Other new shows added include HBO’s “The Leftovers” and “Girls,” in addition to “The Walking Dead” on AMC.

Read More: ‘The Comeback’ Reunion and ‘This Is Us’ Panels Added to Atx Festival

Check out the full list of new TV panels and screenings below.


Snowfall” (FX)

John Singleton’s new series set in 1980s Los Angeles traces the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic. “Snowfall” will be the festival’s Opening Night screening, followed by a panel discussion with producers and stars of the show.



FX will screen
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Danny Trejo To Host Original Unscripted Series Man at Arms

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Danny Trejo To Host Original Unscripted Series Man at Arms
Danny Trejo (Machete, Sons of Anarchy) will host the upcoming El Rey Network original unscripted series “Man at Arms.” The eight-part series will premiere on the network in early June 2017. As host of “Man at Arms”, Trejo will introduce each episode, preside over the expert roundtable of builders, historians and martial artists and participate […]

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New York Television Festival Announces Award Winners And Development Deals

New York Television Festival Announces Award Winners And Development Deals
In the golden age of television, the New York Television Festival is quickly becoming the place to find the next crown jewel. Now in its 12th year, the festival continues to grow each year both in scope and prestige, boasting a record number of submissions, artists, and industry participation.

“It’s taken us a couple of years to get to this point, but we’re hitting our stride at a time where there is great creativity in TV and digital,” said Nytvf Founder and Executive Director Terence Gray, surveying the room bustling with pitch meetings on plush couches. “It’s fun, you see these incredibly talented people that are being given a shot to sit down with agents and managers and executives.”

Read More: ‘Arrested Development’ Creator Mitch Hurwitz’s Pitching Secret: Make ‘Em Laugh

Grey founded Nytvf twelve years ago, shrewdly filling an opening for a Sundance-like festival for independent television creators.
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Weekend Movies & TV: 'Wedding Ringer,' 'Still Alice,' '12 Monkeys,' & More (Video)

This weekend, Kevin Hart is hired to play Josh Gad's best man in "The Wedding Ringer" (check out the hilarious Unscripted episode!), Julianne Moore plays a renowned linguistics professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's opposite Kristen Stewart in "Still Alice," the second season of British crime drama "The Fall," starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, arrives on Netflix this Friday, and the new series "12 Monkeys," adapted from Terry Gilliam's 1995 time-travel thriller, comes to Syfy Friday at 9 p.m. Et.

Also in theaters this weekend: Directed by Michael Mann, "Blackhat" stars Chris Hemsworth as a convicted hacker working side by side with the FBI to hunt down a high-level cybercrime network. In "Paddington," a young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home and is temporarily taken in by the kindly Brown family. "Spare Parts" stars George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more in the story of four
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The Americans Recruits Frank Langella as the Jennings' [Spoiler]

The Americans Recruits Frank Langella as the Jennings' [Spoiler]
Phillip and Elizabeth, get out the vodka: An old friend (?) is coming to town.

FX’s The Americans has cast Tony Award winner Frank Langella to play the Jennings’ former handler, the network announced Thursday.

Langella (Frost/Nixon) will recur as Gabriel, who comes out of retirement to relieve Claudia (The MillersMargo Martindale) of her post.

In addition to his stage work, Langella has appeared in films such as Superman Returns and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. His TV work includes roles on Kitchen Confidential and Unscripted.

The Americans begins production on its third season this week.

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Inside 'Californication' and 'Louie' Actress Pamela Adlon's Nsfw World

Inside 'Californication' and 'Louie' Actress Pamela Adlon's Nsfw World
When Pamela Adlon's oldest daughter was going into middle school, the actress suffered a mini-meltdown. Another mom had said that she allowed her children – a seventh grader and a nine-year-old – to watch Californication, the sexually explicit Showtime comedy series about debauched yet well-meaning novelist, Hank Moody (played by David Duchovny) and his equally depraved friends, one of whom is the professional pubic-hair waxer Marcy Runkle, played by Adlon. "I was thinking, 'How is she explaining "stunt cock" to her kid – or is she not?'" Adlon says in her
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Weekend Box Office: 'Maleficent' Opens Big, 'A Million Ways' Fires a Blank

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Disney's "Maleficent" cast a strong spell at the box office with a $70 million debut.

Featuring Angelina Jolie's first live-action starring performance in years, "Maleficent" beat forecasts to easily top all films over the weekend. The PG-rated Disney release is a darker twist on "Sleeping Beauty," told from the villain's perspective.

Seth MacFarlane's Western comedy "A Million Ways to Die in the West" was out-gunned by "Maleficent." It opened in third place with a tepid $17.1 million.

Last weekend's top film, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" dropped to second with $32.6 million.

Top 10 at the Weekend Box Office

1. "Maleficent" - $70 M

2. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" - $32.6 M

3. "A Million Ways to Die in the West" - $17.1 M

4. "Godzilla" - $12.2 M

5. "Blended" - $8.4 M

6. "Neighbors" - $7.7 M

7. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" - $3.8 M

8. "Million Dollar Arm" - $3.7 M

9. "Chef" - $2.0 M

10. "The Other Woman" - $1.4 M

Watch: Seth MacFarlance & Charlize Theron
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Awards Season 2014: From Cinematography to Visual Effects, See the Latest Winners!

First stop, the Annie Awards which honor excellence in the animated world. And the winners are:

Best Animated Feature:

Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production:

Chipotle Scarecrow, Chipotle Creative Department, Moonbot Studios

Best Animated Short Subject:

Get A Horse!,Walt Disney Animation Studios

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial:

Despicable Me 2, Cinemark - Universal Pictures

Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children:

Disney Sofia the First - Disney Television Animation

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children.s Audience:

Adventure Time, Cartoon Network Studios

Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production:

Futurama,20th Century Fox Television

Best Animated Video Game:

The Last of Us, Naughty Dog

Best Student Film

Wedding Cake, Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Viola Baier, Iris Frisch

Animated Effects in an Animated Production:

Jeff Budsberg, Andre Le Blanc, Louis Flores, Jason Mayer, The Croods, DreamWorks Animation

Animated Effects in a Live Action Production:

Michael Balog,
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'Monuments Men' Unscripted: George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Grant Heslov Talk Gondoliers, Cornhole Stretching (Video)

George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Grant Heslov sat down with Moviefone for the latest installment of Unscripted, and things got hilariously weird.

From discussing Clooney's past as a cornhole stretcher (really) to ribbing Damon's fashion choices by recalling his career as a gondolier, "The Monuments Men" stars and producer/writer Heslov answered a few of your fan questions in memorable style.

Based on the true story of an unlikely World War II platoon tasked to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves, "The Monuments Men" is directed by Clooney, who produced and wrote the film along with his longtime collaborator and friend, Grant Heslov.

"The Monuments Men," which costars Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, and Cate Blanchett, hits theaters Friday, February 7.
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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: Fall and Rise

Failure is inevitable. Success is elusive.

Steven Spielberg

As HBO’s CEO, Michael Fuchs, who’d come up through the company’s programming side, had spent 11 years working to transform the service from a movie channel with some pleasant original filler into a true programming platform. Ironically, Fuchs’ vision wouldn’t come to full fruit until after he’d left the company in May 1995, and it would happen under a guy who had no programming experience at all: Jeff Bewkes, who took over the CEO’s slot after Fuchs’ departure.

A friend of mine in the company who’d worked with Bewkes once explained his programming philosophy while we were talking about some of the company’s big dollar extravaganzas, like Band of Brothers. Bewkes didn’t interfere with the creative side. “If you can make it make business sense to him, Jeff’ll say, ‘Go ahead.’ If you can
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'Monuments Men' Unscripted: Ask George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Grant Heslov a Question

It's not every day that we get three Oscar winners in one room to answer your questions. But Academy Award winners George Clooney, Matt Damon, and George Heslov are coming together to do just that -- and make up a few of their own -- for a brand-new episode of Unscripted.

Given the epic nature of this event, we're looking for the smartest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest, most insightful, just-plain-fun questions you can throw our way. Let's make this one an Unscripted to remember! (But please keep your questions PG-ish. This is family site. Mostly.)

You'll have until the end of the day Monday, January 13, to submit your questions. Leave them in the comments below, on Moviefone's Facebook page, or via Twitter using the hashtag #unscriptedMM.

Be sure to head back to Moviefone.com closer to the February 7 release date of "The Monuments Men" to see if (fingers crossed) Clooney, Damon,
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