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Former History, MTV Execs Julian P. Hobbs, Elli Hakami Launch Talos

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.
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Premiere of ‘The Sixties’ Brings Younger Viewers to CNN

Premiere of ‘The Sixties’ Brings Younger Viewers to CNN
The premiere of 12-part series “The Sixties” provided CNN with a much-needed primetime ratings jolt when it premiered Thursday, making the cabler the top-rated news network for the hour in the industry’s key demo.

According to fast national data from Nielsen, “When Television Came of Age,” the first of the 10-part “The Sixties,” averaged 284,000 adults 25-54 in the 9 o’clock hour — narrowly ahead of Fox News (273,000) and comfortably ahead of MSNBC (115,000).

CNN had aired two segments of its “Sixties” series previously, though those were telecast during times of higher-viewing levels and were timed to 50-year anniversaries. The segment on the JFK assassination averaged 508,000 adults 25-54 in November, and “The British Invasion” drew 305,000 in adults 25-54; both will be part of the current 12-part series.

In total viewers, Thursday’s “The Sixties” (1.390 million) ranked second among newsies, behind Fox News (1.919 million) and ahead of MSNBC (723,000).

Compared with CNN’s prior
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Son of God

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 3, 2014

Price: DVD $ Tba, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $ Tba

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

The life of Christ is immortalized on film again in Son of God.

The movie is from the same team behind the three-Emmy Award nominated History Channel miniseries The Bible, including director/co-writer Christopher Spencer, co-writers Richard Bedser (Gettysburg), Colin Swash (TV’s The Queen) and Nic Young (Saving Ronald Reagan). Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado (Miami Blue) also portrays Jesus in both.

Son of God follows the Gospel of John’s telling of Christ’s life and includes a score by Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer Hans Zimmer (12 Years a Slave).

Like The Passion of Christ, this PG-13 religious film wowed moviegoers more than critics, getting 76% approval compared to 22%, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Son of God grossed a respectable $60 million in theaters.

The Blu-ray and DVD carry these special features:

making-of video, including
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2014 Golden Globe Awards Live Blog: Winners and Live Commentary!

2014 Globe Necessities: Predictions | Nominees | Winners Welcome to our live blog of the 2014 Golden Globe Awards where myself and Laremy Legel will be providing running commentary and up-to-the-minute winner announcements over the course of three straight hours of Golden Globe excitement. This is the eighth year in a row we have provided a live blog of the events and, as always, we're hoping to do better than the last time out. If you'd like to check out how we do things around here you can check out previous installments at the following links: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006. Over the course of the evening expect commentary, winners and anything else that comes to mind. I will be breaking things up on an hourly basis, providing a page break at the end of each hour to hopefully keep things manageable and in the right hand column you will notice I have placed a list of the winners,
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CNN Prepping 10-Part Docu Series ‘The Sixties’ From Playtone And Herzog & Co

CNN, Playtone, and Herzog & Company are co-producing a provocative, sweeping 10-part documentary series that will explore perhaps the most transformative decade of the modern era. The non-scripted series will be executive produced by multiple Emmy® Award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO’s John Adams and The Pacific), and Emmy® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog (History’s Gettysburg) of Herzog & Company (Hco), as a CNN original series for CNN/U.S., it was announced today. “From protests to war, to human rights, the Beatles, innovative technologies, and politics, the 1960s were an extraordinary era of consequential cultural and global change,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide. “We are so pleased to partner with Tom, Gary, and Hco to bring this very special series to our audience. Projects like this are emblematic of exactly the type of programming that we need more of, signifying a new direction and expanded sensibility at CNN.
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‘Killing Lincoln’ Producers Hire Ex-cmt Exec As Development Head

Herzog & Company has brought Nicole Zien on board as Head of Development, Original Programming. The former Cmt Senior Director of Development & Production has been charged with expanding the Killing Lincoln and Gettysburg production company’s further reach into nonscripted series and specials, across all platforms. “Nicole brings a wealth of knowledge to Hco not only with her experience on the network side, but with emerging talent on the digital front,” said the company’s VP Original Programming Chris Cowen in a statement today. Zien will report to Cowen and CEO Mark Herzog. Before her six-year stint at Cmt, Zien was at Fox TV Studios managing development and production on shows like The Shield. She has also worked in alternative series development for Dick Clark Productions and MTV. Produced with Scott Free Productions and based on Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s book of the same name,
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Tony Scott – Love ‘im or hate ‘im, it’ll be a long time before anyone forgets him

In the late 1970s and 1980s, composer Giorgio Moroder was often accused of trying to replace the orchestral movie soundtrack with high-energy, synthesizer-heavy disco pop laid on with a trowel in movies like Thank God It’s Friday (1978), Flashdance (1983), Scarface (1983), and Top Gun (1986). I remember a magazine story on Moroder which quoted one of his many critics as saying, “The day the music died, Giorgio Moroder was brought in for questioning.”

I think some people had the same opinion about movies and Tony Scott. Full disclosure: I’m one of them. But it would be greatly unfair to Scott, who apparently committed suicide Sunday after being diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, not to admit that, for good or for ill, his 1980s feature work had an enormous impact on commercial filmmaking.

The younger brother of Ridley Scott by seven years, he was gifted – like his brother – with an outrageously
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Update: Julianna Margulies And David Krumholtz Pay Tribute To Tony Scott

Update: Julianna Margulies And David Krumholtz Pay Tribute To Tony Scott
Updated: Tributes to Tony Scott from the Hollywood community have been pouring in following the director-producer’s tragic death. They include remembrances by the stars of the TV series he produced: The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies and Numbers‘ David Krumholtz. Numbers marked the first TV series for Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Prods. It was followed by CBS’ acclaimed legal drama The Good Wife, with the duo also behind The Pillars Of The Earth limited series and its sequel, World Without End, History’s Gettysburg special and the upcoming A&E miniseries Coma, which debuts in two weeks, on Labor Day. (There are no plans to shift the premiere dare in light of Tony Scott’s passing.) Related: Hammond On Tony Scott: An Appreciation ER alumna Julianna Margulies scored a rare second successful TV series with The Good Wife, which has earned her an Emmy, a
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Remembering Tony Scott's Movies

Remembering Tony Scott's Movies
Los Angeles -- No one ever mistook Tony Scott for a great dramatist. He was a director critics loved to hate for his slick barrage of images at the expense of story. The filmmaker did not dazzle the imagination with visions of lost or alien worlds, like brother Ridley Scott.

Tony Scott was as populist as they come in Hollywood, a man of action films, pure and simple. From Tom Cruise as a daring fly boy in 1986's "Top Gun" to Denzel Washington mutinying against an unstable captain in 1995's "Crimson Tide" or trying to slow a runaway train in 2010's "Unstoppable," director Scott mastered sky, sea and earth in the name of movie adrenaline.

The 68-year-old Scott died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County bridge, authorities said. His death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said.

It was a puzzling
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'Top Gun' Director Takes His Own Life

'Top Gun' Director Takes His Own Life
Los Angeles — Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood hits as "Top Gun," "Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County bridge, authorities said.

The 68-year-old Scott's death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said.

"I can confirm that Tony Scott has passed away. The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time," Scott's spokesman, Simon Halls, said in a statement.

Several people called 911 around 12:35 p.m. to report that someone had jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles Harbor, according to Los Angeles police Lt. Tim Nordquist.

A dive team with Los Angeles Port Police pulled the body from the murky water several hours later, Nordquist said. Scott's body was taken to a dock in Wilmington and turned over to the county coroner's office.
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Ridley Scott and Tony Scott bring American Civil War to life in strikingly cinematic Gettysburg (DVD Review)

Gettysburg: DVD/Blu-ray, History Channel, 94 mins

DVD Review by Gary Young

The battle of Gettysburg was a pivotal moment in the history of the American Civil War - and the History Channel has pulled out all the stops to bring the struggle back to life.

Created to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the war, this drama documentary is executive produced by Tony and Ridley Scott and has the trademark cinematic sweep for which both filmmakers have become famous.

Combining real actors and CGI, the battle scenes offer an exciting and effective overview of the 1863 battlefield as the soldiers of North and South bloodily snatched the initiative from each other over several gruelling days of warfare.

Filmed in the rugged and unspoilt terrain of Western Cape, South Africa, the action feels horribly authentic, with battle scenes that occasionally bring Saving Private Ryan to mind. Featuring a large
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Giorgio Moroder Presents: Metropolis

Since its release in 1927, Fritz Lang's Metropolis has not only influenced any film-maker who wanted to create a futuristic city, it's also had a strong link with music. Indeed, plenty of performers with a strong eye for visuals – from Kraftwerk and Queen to Madonna and Janelle Monáe – have plundered the film's still-impressive imagery for their videos and artwork.

Perhaps the oddest and least cherished of these Metropolis and music crossovers is this 1984 version, overseen by Giorgio Moroder. Tinting it with colour, adding subtitles and sound effects, music and songs, Moroder made the film seem a little less black and white, slightly less German and a lot less silent.

His intention, if misguided, was more honourable than heretical. Even though this cut is shorter than usual, it does include footage that was previously thought lost, while missing scenes are recreated with photographs and illustrations.

Unfortunately, the
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WonderCon: 'Prometheus' debuts new trailer, 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' new footage -- Video

WonderCon: 'Prometheus' debuts new trailer, 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' new footage -- Video
The brand new trailer for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus officially debuted today in Anaheim, Calif. at WonderCon, the fan convention little sister of Comic-Con. Screenwriter Damon Lindelof hosted the panel that featured Scott, and Prometheus costars Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender, and before screening the trailer, they promised the two-and-a-half-minute clip would help resolve many pressing questions fans have about the film.

The trailer does indeed illuminate a bit more of the film’s storyline. Check it out below:

As you can see, a pictogram discovered at sites from ancient civilizations spread across Earth and across time all appear to
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And the Winners of the 10th Visual Effects Society (Ves) Awards Are...

"The Adventures of Tintin" dominated the nominations but it was "Rango" that received the most trophies at the 10th Visual Effects Society (Ves) awards. Stan Lee received the the Lifetime Achievement Award and visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull received the George Melies Award. Patton Oswalt hosted the event held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Antonion Banderas, Lou Ferrigno, director Chris Miller, Marc Webb, and Jennifer Yuh Nelson presented awards. But the surprise appearance by Martin Scorsese was the highlight of the evening.

Here's the full list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 10th Annual Ves Awards, to visit our Awards Avenue coverage of other award-giving bodies, winners and nominees, click here:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

Captain America: The First Avenger

Charlie Noble

Mark Soper

Christopher Townsend

Edson Williams

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Tim Burke

Emma Norton

John Richardson

David Vickery
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Ridley and Tony Scott Team Up For Killing Lincoln

National Geographic Channel President Howard T. Owens announced today that the network has partnered with Tony and Ridley Scott to produce the two-hour documentary of Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever, Bill O’Reilly’s New York Times best-selling book with co-author Martin Dugard. Media personality Mike Rowe is also on board to be [...]

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Related posts: Ridley and Tony Scott and The History Channel Team for American Civil War Docu Gettysburg Leonardo DiCaprio And Ridley Scott Team For “Brave New World” Adaptation Ridley Scott about his new sci-fi movie
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Bill O'Reilly Book Becomes Ridley and Tony Scott Produced National Geographic Documentary

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The National Geographic Channel has teamed up with Tony and Ridley Scott to produce a two-hour documentary based on Bill O'Reilly's best-selling book, Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever. According to Deadline, the documentary is set to begin filming in spring for an early 2013 global premiere on the National Geographic Channel. The film is described as "a historical thriller with the John Grisham-style narrative about the 1865 murder of President Abraham Lincoln and the furious manhunt for the killer."   The film will include re-enactments complete with CGI and the signature styles of the Scott brothers.   In 2011, the Scott brothers created a documentary about the Civil War in Gettysburg. The documentary earned six Emmy...

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Bill O’Reilly Book ‘Killing Lincoln’ Becomes Nat Geo Documentary Produced By Ridley & Tony Scott

Exclusive: National Geographic Channel has teamed with Tony and Ridley Scott to produce a two-hour documentary based on Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever, Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling book with co-author Martin Dugard. The documentary, set to begin production in the spring for an early 2013 premiere globally on the National Geographic Channel, will keep the fast pace of the book, described as a historical thriller with a John Grisham-style narrative about the 1865 murder of President Abraham Lincoln and the furious manhunt for his killer. It will include feature-film quality re-enactments completed with CGI in the signature style of the Scott brothers. “National Geographic has a great legacy of telling some of history’s most riveting stories,” said O’Reilly, who will also serve as an executive producer on the documentary. “The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln is no exception, as it continues to be one of the most significant,
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Transformers 3, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows 2: Visual Effects Society Nominations

Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture Captain America: The First Avenger Charlie Noble Mark Soper Christopher Townsend Edson Williams Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Tim Burke Emma Norton John Richardson David Vickery Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Gary Brozenich David Conley Charlie Gibson Ben Snow Rise of the Planet of the Apes Dan Lemmon Joe Letteri Cyndi Ochs Kurt Williams Transformers: Dark of the Moon Scott Benza Wayne Billheimer Matthew Butler Scott Farrar Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture Anonymous Andre Cantarel Volker Engel Rony Soussan Marc Weigert Hugo Ben Grossmann Alex Henning Rob Legato Karen Murphy Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Laya Armian Chas Jarrett Seth Maury Sirio Quintavalle Source Code Annie Godin Louis Morin War Horse Duncan Burbidge Ben Morris Mike Mulholland Chris Zeh Outstanding Visual
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Visual Effects Society Announces Nominees for 10th Annual Ves Awards

The visual effects that we are seeing in movies these days are absolutely mind blowing. At this point it doesn't seem like there's any excuse for a film to have bad visual effects unless the people hired lack talent, or the studio is keeping the cash in their pockets.

There's a lot of good nomination this year such as Captain America, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Out of all of these I think that Planet of the Apes might take home the top prize, those apes were incredibly freaky looking. Weta did an amazing job with this movie, and out of all the other nominations this was the movie I was most impressed by. What are your thoughts? What movie did you think have the best visual effect in 2011?

Here's the full press release with all of the nominations:

Los Angeles,
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Visual Effects Society nominates “Harry Potter,” “Hugo” and more – Awards Alley

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: Over the weekend, the Visual Effects Society announced the nominees for its 10th Annual Ves Awards ceremony, recognizing summer tentpoles (“Harry Potter,” “Captain America”) and surprise hits (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Hugo”) for their outstanding visual effects artistry in 23 categories of film, animation, television, commercials, special venues and video games.

“The standard of the creative work that is being considered this year is unbelievably high across all categories,” said Jeffrey A. Okun, Chair of the Visual Effects Society. “The judges faced a huge challenge because all of the work was so far above the norm. We’re honored to have the opportunity to focus the spotlight on the outstanding work that has contributed to some of the highest grossing films and broadcast projects of all time.”

As previously announced, Stan Lee will be honored with the Ves 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award and
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