‘Ray Donovan’s Liev Schreiber Signs With UTA

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 10:38am PST
Mike Fleming

Liev SchreiberEXCLUSIVE: UTA has just signed Liev Schreiber. Maybe it’s because I love that Showtime series Ray Donovan and especially Schreiber’s hard-edged title protagonist, but this feels like a real coup for UTA. You can tell that even though he’s a vet, Schreiber’s best work is ahead of him after this career changing role. Schreiber got a Golden Globe nomination this year for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama for Ray Donovan. Schreiber, who had been repped by CAA, recently wrapped a turn as Soviet chess master Boris Spassky in the Ed Zwick-directed Pawn Sacrifice, with Tobey Maguire playing enigmatic American chess champion Bobby Fischer. Schreiber‘s recent credits include The Reluctant Fundamentalist; Salt; X-Men Origins: Wolverine; Defiance; The Manchurian Candidate; and A Walk On The Moon.

The agency will continue to help Schreiber in the small and big screen pursuits as well as stage. Schreiber got his third career Tony nomination when he starred with Scarlett Johansson in the revival of Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge. He got the first Tony nom playing Ricky Roma in the 2005 revival of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, and was also nominated for the 2007 revival of Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio. Schreiber’s also a director, making his debut on the Jonathan Safran novel adaptation Everything Is Illuminated. He continues to be repped by Untitled Entertainment.

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Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer To Co-Run Syfy Series ‘Dominion’

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 9:39am PST
Nellie Andreeva

DARREN SWIMMER TODD SLAVKIN PHOTO 2.6.14EXCLUSIVE: Former Smallville executive producers/showrunners Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer have boarded Syfy’s upcoming supernatural drama series Dominion. The two will serve and executive producers and co-showrunners alongside Vaun Wilmott, who wrote the pilot.  Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion, Dominion is a post-apocalyptic supernatural drama set in the year 25 A.E. when an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel, and a rebellious young soldier begins a perilous journey as the war between the human race and the fallen angels escalates. Read More »

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UPDATE: Motion Picture Sound Editors Unveil Full List Of Golden Reel Nominees

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 4:01pm PST

MPSE-Golden-Reels__130118024549-150x150UPDATE, 4:01 PM: The Motion Picture Sound Editors have announced all of its nominees for the 61st annual Golden Reel Awards, which are set to be bestowed February 16 at the the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in LA. The group unveiled its film noms Wednesday and now has added TV, animation, computer entertainment and student work categories. Here’s is the complete list: Read More »

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Syfy’s Thriller ‘Helix’ Ratings Soft In Debut

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 3:36pm PST

Helix - Season 1A killer virus being barely contained in the Arctic was the launch point for Syfy’s new thriller series Friday. While that’s the premise of the series, Helix wasn’t exactly bubonic with viewers for its premiere. Despite a strong visual and panel Comic-Con presence last summer plus some hefty promotion, the 90-minute Jeffrey Reiner-directed debut episode garnered just 1.8 million viewers at 10 PM. With a 0.6 rating, Helix pulled in 734,000 viewers in among adults 18-49 and 893,000 in the 25-54 demo. That’s a far cry from the 2.7 million total viewers the channel drew for Defiance when that debuted on April 15, 2013. That two-hour Monday opener had 1.3 million among the 18-49 and 1.4 million among adults 25-54, Syfy’s top total viewers and 25-54 performances since 2009’s Warehouse 13. To give some further context of where Helix stands in the Syfy universe right now, Warehouse 13 had 3.5 million viewers with a 2.5 household rating,  1.7 million adults 25-54 and 1.3 million adults 18-49 for the third best viewership debut for any Syfy series behind 2004’s Stargate Atlantis (4.2 million) and 2006’s Eureka (4.1 million). Read More »

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Shia LaBeouf Bares Legal Brief And Much More In Latest Disturbing Actions

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 5:45am PST
Mike Fleming

Shia LaBeoufIt doesn’t seem like that long ago when Shia LaBeouf was on a fast track to be the next big male movie star. After emerging from the Disney Channel series Even Stevens to become a likeable screen presence on the Project Greenlight TV reality series about the making of the pic The Battle Of Shaker Heights, Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg chose LaBeouf to star in the original Transformers films. He did Disturbia, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street sequel and Spielberg made him heir apparent in the Indiana Jones franchise. I’d read his early interviews in Playboy and other outlets and while LaBeouf was refreshingly honest, you could see he had some rough edges, anger and maybe a self-destructive streak. I always give slack for any child star trying to transition to adulthood, because the landscape is littered with casualties. But LaBeouf’s latest episodes, coupled with an array of arrests over the past few years, seem real cause for concern. Today’s headlines have him bragging about sending a photo of his private parts to Lars von Trier that got him a role in the upcoming porn pic Nymphomaniac, and LaBeouf last night showed misplaced defiance in his ongoing spat with Ghost World creator Daniel Clowes after the actor was accused of plagiarizing Clowes’ work in his short film Howardcantour.com. Last night, LaBeouf ran a legal letter from Clowes’ lawyer on his Twitter account (it seems to have been taken down), responding to the actor’s previous Tweet threatening to rip Clowes off once again in another project. Read More »

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USA’s Bill McGoldrick To Replace Mark Stern As Syfy Head Of Programming, Jackie de Crinis To Head Programming For USA

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 10:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The top executive reorganization at NBCUniversal’s cable entertainment division continues. Veteran USA Network executive, EVP original scripted development Bill McGoldrick, is moving to sibling Syfy to head that network’s development as EVP, Original Content. He replaces Mark Stern, who will segue to producing, serving as an executive producer on a 2014 Syfy series. Another USA veteran, Jackie de Crinis, will succeed McGoldrick in an expanded role as EVP of Original Programming for USA Network. McGoldrick will report to Syfy President Dave Howe, and de Crinis will report to USA President Chris McCumber. “Bill and Jackie both have uncanny instincts about quality content that resonates with audiences, and are incredibly brand savvy,” said NBCU Cable Entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer. “With this move, Bill expands his development responsibilities while he gets to satisfy a not-so-secret passion for the genre. Jackie, who’s done a fantastic job at USA, gets to take on a well-deserved leadership role.  It’s a win/win for Syfy, USA and the entire Cable Entertainment Group.” Read More »

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TV Lit Agent Katie Cates Joins Resolution

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 4:18pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Katie Cates joins Resolution from the Kaplan Stahler Agency. She brings with her clients Daniel Knauf, showrunner of NBC’s Dracula and creator of HBO’s Carnivale; William Schmidt; female comedy duo Magee & Millan (Us & Them); Crevello & Niedermeyer (NBC’s The Fifth Wheel); J. Mackye Gruber (The Butterfly Effect); and Brown & Todd (Defiance). Prior to Kaplan Stahler, Cates was a coordinator at Gersh. She joins another recent Resolution TV lit hire, veteran Paradigm agent Ian Greenstein.

Related: Resolution Takes ICM To Court Over Commissions Claims

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Syfy Greenlights Interactive Competition Reality Series ‘Opposite Worlds’

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 4:03pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Opposite Worlds, which had been in the works at Syfy for a year, has received a formal green light for a January 21, 2014 premiere. The competition reality series, based on the Chilean format Mundos Opuestos, will air 12 episodes over six weeks, with the second weekly episode featuring a live element — a first for a Syfy reality series. Opposite Worlds, from Extreme Weight Loss producer Eyeworks USA, pits 14 people who face off in opposing teams in a house separated into two distinctly different worlds: one past and one future, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. A glass wall divides the house into the two environments, allowing the teams to watch, envy and dread each other’s every move. Cast members compete in a series of challenges, with viewers weighing in in real time on social media, affecting the outcome of each player’s fate. “Building on the success of Defiance, Opposite Worlds delivers on Syfy’s on-going strategy to create fully immersive 360 transmedia experiences in both the scripted and now unscripted worlds”, said Dave Howe, President, Syfy and Chiller. JD Roth and Todd A. Nelson, Brant Pinvidic and Adam Kaloustian executive produce.

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FilmOn X Loses Bid For Trimmed Injunction Based On Aereo Boston Win

By | Tuesday October 15, 2013 @ 3:22pm PDT

FilmOn X didn’t gain any traction from Aereo‘s legal win in Massachusetts last week. In fact, today’s decision by a DC-based federal judge to deny the Alki David-run free-TV-over-the-Internet company a modification to the almost nationwide preliminary injunction ordered on September 5 might have landed FilmOn X in more legal hot water. “It appears that FilmOn X may be acting in defiance of this Court’s Preliminary Injunction, possibly by retransmitting Plaintiff’s copyrighted broadcast programming in the Boston area,” the 3-page ruling (read it here) from Judge Rosemary Collyer said, referring to her ruling last month in favor of Fox Broadcasting, ABC and NBC. The judge is giving FilmOn X 6 days to explain why she shouldn’t hold them in contempt of court.

Related: Broadcasters Petition Supreme Court To Review Aereo Case

The latest legal hand-slap comes after FilmOn X on October 10 petitioned the court to add Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine to the states not covered by the injunction. It cited the October 10 denial of an injunction sought by a Hearst-owned ABC affiliate against Aereo in Massachusetts as legal justification, but today the judge distinctly disagreed and told FilmOn X to check its facts and courts. Read More »

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EMMYS: TV Visual Effects Biz Finds Stability In Predictability And Quick Turnarounds

By | Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 1:04pm PDT

Thomas J. McLean is an AwardsLine contributor.

While television visual-effects producers are far from immune to the same market forces that recently have rocked the film world, the serial nature of TV and its inherent short deadlines allow facilities and effects artists to find a satisfying and stable niche. “The predictability of the television season helps us,” says Andrew Orloff, co-owner and visual-effects supervisor of Zoic Studios, whose clients include TNT’s Emmy-nominated Falling Skies and ABC’s Once Upon A Time. “We built our business model on serving a bunch of different markets, and we’ve done pretty well.”

With shows going from shooting to air in two or three weeks, effects need to be done extremely quickly and to a high standard. “It can be a blessing and a curse,” says Mat Beck, president of Entity FX, which works on Emmy nominee Game Of Thrones, as well as Vampire Diaries, Mike & Molly and The Following. “What is hard is, you have to get stuff done crazy quickly. The blessing is you’re in a disciplined environment, timewise, and you have to zero in on the best solution.” Read More »

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Jim Murray Joins Syfy’s ‘Defiance’, FX’s ‘Saint George’ Casts Leads

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 10:58am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jim Murray (CBS’ Chaos) is joining the second season of Syfy’s Defiance as a new regular. On the show, developed in partnership with gamer Trion Worlds, Murray will play Niles Pottinger, the new mayor of Defiance. Appointed by the Earth Republic, Pottinger is shrewd, polished and charming. But his civilized veneer hides a ruthless pragmatist who traffics in information and secrets, and mercilessly punishes those who defy him. His latest object of desire is ex-mayor Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz). Murray is repped by Andy Corren Management, UTA, United Agents and David Matlof,

Jenn Lyon (Justified) and Kaden Gibson (Review With Forrest MacNeil) are set to co-star opposite George Lopez inSaint George, FX‘s upcoming 10-90 sitcom from Lionsgate TV and Debmar-Mercury. Created and co-written by Matt Williams, David McFadzean and Lopez, Saint George revolves around the chaotic life of a recently divorced working-class Mexican-American turned successful entrepreneur (Lopez) who struggles to balance his demanding ex-wife (Lyon), his 11-year-old son (Gibson), his overbearing mother (Adriana Barraza) who just moved in, and his uncle (Danny Trejo), as well as his new role teaching history once a week at a night school. Lyon is repped by Patty Woo Management, SDB Partners and TalentWorks. Gibson, who landed the role after an extensive search of seeing … Read More »

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Jesse Zwick Directing ‘About Alex’ For Ed Zwick & Herskovitz’s Bedford Falls Co.

By | Wednesday July 24, 2013 @ 2:21pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Jesse Zwick is making his directorial debut with ensemble drama About Alex, with Oscar-winning father Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz exec producing for their Bedford Falls Company shingle. The Footprint Features co-production stars Aubrey Plaza (The To-Do List) and a line-up of rising TV and film thesps including Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Nate Parker (Arbitrage), Maggie Grace (Taken), Max Minghella (The Internship), and Jane Levy (Evil Dead, Suburgatory). Story picks up with seven college friends who reunite Big Chill-style one long weekend after one of their own attempts suicide. The pals wax philosophical on past relationships, old crushes, and bad decisions and how life has changed post-college in the Facebook/Twitter age.

Zwick, who’s written for NBC’s Parenthood, scripted the film. Adam Saunders is producing About Alex for Footprint Features, which also financed the indie. Producing duo Zwick and Herskovitz (The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, Defiance), meanwhile, are also exec producing The Boys of Abu Ghraib and produced Family Weekend with Footprint Features.

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EMMYS: 2013 Scorecard By Show

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 8:31am PDT

Related: 2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations

Program By Program Index

The Abolitionists (American Experience)
OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY OR NONFICTION SERIES

Adventure Time
OUTSTANDING SHORT-FORMAT ANIMATED PROGRAM

All The President’s Men Revisited
OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY OR NONFICTION SPECIAL

The Amazing Race
OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR REALITY PROGRAMMING
OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR REALITY PROGRAMMING
OUTSTANDING REALITY – COMPETITION PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR NONFICTION PROGRAMMING (SINGLE OR MULTI-CAMERA)
OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR NONFICTION PROGRAMMING

American Horror Story: Asylum
OUTSTANDING ART DIRECTION FOR A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
OUTSTANDING ART DIRECTION FOR A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A SPECIAL
OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A SPECIAL
OUTSTANDING SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING FOR A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING FOR A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
OUTSTANDING MAIN TITLE DESIGN
OUTSTANDING MAKEUP FOR A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE (NON-PROSTHETIC)
OUTSTANDING PROSTHETIC MAKEUP FOR A SERIES, MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A SPECIAL
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
OUTSTANDING MINISERIES OR MOVIE
OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A SPECIAL
OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE

American Idol
OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN/LIGHTING DIRECTION FOR A VARIETY SERIES
OUTSTANDING HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR A VARIETY SERIES OR SPECIAL

American Masters
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR NONFICTION PROGRAMMING
OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR NONFICTION PROGRAMMING
OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY OR NONFICTION SERIES

The Americans
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

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2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations (LIVE)

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 5:22am PDT

BREAKING… The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations announcement took place at 5:40 AM PT live at Emmys.com. All the nominees will be named here. Kate Mara Host Neil Patrick Harris wound up joining Aaron Paul and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Chairman/CEO Bruce Rosenblum for the announcement at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood. The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast will air live coast-to-coast on Sunday, September 22nd (8 PM ET/5 PM PT) on CBS from the NOKIA Theater L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.

Nominations cover the eligibility period of June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013. This year featured the first ever Emmy nominations in the series and performer categories for programs delivered to television viewers online with the nomination for House of Cards in the Outstanding Drama Series category and performer nominations for both House of Cards and Arrested Development. Emmy rules were amended in 2007 to allow qualified broadband programming to submit along with cable and broadcast programming in all categories. But this is the first year that online programming has been recognized in such highly visible categories.

Programs receiving 10 or more nominations are American Horror Story: Asylum (17), Game Of Thrones (16), Behind The Candelabra (15), Saturday Night Live (15), Breaking Bad (13), 30 Rock (13), Downton Abbey (12), Mad Men (12), Modern Family (12), Homeland (11), Phil Spector (11) and Boardwalk Empire (10).

This year’s Outstanding Drama Series performer categories (lead and supporting) feature a mix of first time nominees as well veteran performers in new roles, including: Morena Baccarin in Homeland, Jonathan Banks in Breaking Bad, Connie Britton in Nashville, Bobby Cannavale in Boardwalk Empire, Emilia Clarke in Game Of Thrones, Jeff Daniels in The Newsroom, Vera Farmiga in Bates Motel, Mandy Patinkin in Homeland, Kevin Spacey in House of Cards, Kerry Washington in Scandal and Robin Wright in House of Cards.

Similarly, the Outstanding Comedy Series performer categories (lead and supporting) have new nominees as well as several performers who are back in the Emmy race this year, including: Jason Bateman in Arrested Development, Anna Chlumsky in Veep, Laura Dern in Enlightened, Adam Driver in Girls, Tony Hale in Veep, Jane Krakowski in 30 Rock, Matt LeBlanc in Episodes and Jane Lynch in Glee.

Additionally, this year’s nominations recognize new writing and directing talent some primarily known for their work in film. A total of 537 separate nominations were made:

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Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 65th Primetime Emmy Award Nominations

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Downton Abbey • PBS • A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-Production

Game Of Thrones • HBO • Bighead, Littlehead, TV 360, Startling TV and Generator Prodns with HBO Ent

Homeland • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Prods, Cherry Pie Prods, Keshet, Fox 21

House Of Cards • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Prods with Media Rights Capital for Netflix

Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory • CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions with Warner Bros Television

Girls • HBO • Apatow Prodns and I am Jenni Konner Prodns with HBO Entertainment

Louie • FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc.

Modern Family • ABC • Picador Prodns & Steve Levitan Prodns with 20th Century Fox Television

30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger with Universal Television

Veep • HBO • Dundee Prodns with HBO Entertainment

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television
Bryan Cranston as Walter White

Downton Abbey • PBS • A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-Production
Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham

Homeland • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Prodns, Cherry Pie Prodns, Keshet, Fox 21
Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody

House Of Cards • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Prods with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood

Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television
Jon Hamm as Don Draper

The Newsroom • HBO • HBO Entertainment
Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy
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Paradigm Inks ‘Defiance’ Star Julie Benz

By | Monday July 8, 2013 @ 12:41pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Julie Benz is the latest client to move with her agent Iris Grossman to Paradigm. Grossman, who crossed over from ICM Partners last month, already had brought with her Ed O’Neill, Mandy Patinkin and Frances Conroy. Benz currently stars on Syfy’s Defiance, which was recently renewed for a second season. She previously had starring roles on the short-lived ABC series No Ordinary Family and Showtime’s Dexter. Her other TV credits include recurring roles on Desperate Housewives and A Gifted Man as well as Royal Pains, Law & Order and Angel. On the film side, her credits include Punisher: War Zone, Saw V, and the Rambo reboot. She continues to be managed by Vince Cirrincione.

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Comic-Con 2013: Day 3 Schedule

By | Saturday July 6, 2013 @ 11:45am PDT

Comic-Con‘s just-announced Day 3 schedule will see many of the San Diego convention’s biggest panels for film and TV, including presentations of Marvel StudiosThor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. WB and Legendary are also rolling deep with their slate of upcoming genre titles, including Godzilla, Seventh Son, 300: Rise Of An Empire, Gravity, and The LEGO Movie.

Related: Comic-Con: Legendary Bringing ‘Godzilla’ And ‘Seventh Son’ To Confab

On the TV side, The CW‘s bringing the familiar and the new to Comic-Con. They’ll preview The Vampire Diaries and Arrow along with TVD spin-off The Originals and new series The Tomorrow People. Fans will also get peeks at A&E’s Bates Motel, HBO‘s True Blood, and NBC‘s Grimm and Revolution, along with a look at the upcoming Dracula. Here’s the full Saturday schedule Read More »

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Comic-Con 2013: Day 2 Schedule

By | Friday July 5, 2013 @ 12:35pm PDT

UPDATED: As expected Comic-Con has released its Day 2 schedule. Highlights include panels on Syfy’s DefianceHBO’s Game Of Thrones and a Veronica Mars special video presentation. Also added is an appearance by Metallica at a Hall H panel for its Picturehouse 3D documentary Metallica Through The Never. The band will play a special concert that night in town, and attendees will have an opportunity to win tickets to the show. The schedules for Days 3 and 4 are expected to be released over the weekend. See the complete Day 2 July 19 schedule after the jump.

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Comic-Con 2013: Day 1 Schedule

By | Thursday July 4, 2013 @ 12:13pm PDT

Comic-Con has released Day 1 of its 2013 schedule. As usual, the convention is releasing its schedule one day at a time. Stay tuned for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedules later this week.

Opening-day highlights abound, including a 10th anniversary tribute to The Walking Dead comic with writer Robert Kirkman, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone discussing their upcoming video game South Park: The Stick of Truth, and a panel titled Video Games to Movies: Is The Golden Age Upon Us?

There’s lots of TV in the Thursday spotlight, including sessions dedicated to such shows as Dexter, Sherlocksans stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman — the 35th anniversary of Battlestar Galactica and Annoying Orange. Among the dozens of panels are several geared toward making it in the business, including Marvel: Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way, The Secrets of Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, The Writer’s Journey: Breaking Into Hollywood and Comic Scriptwriting, Breaking Into Comics and Staying In, and Indie Comics Marketing and PR 101. There also are programs on such potentially intriguing topics as Toys 101: An Evolution of the Modern Action Figure, The Legendary Animators of Classic ’60s Cartoons, Video Gaming: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are and Where We’re Going, and – especially — Not Guilty Due to Zombification? Law and Forensic Psychiatry in a Zombie Apocalypse.

See the complete opening-day rundown after the jump:

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Comic-Con: AMC, New Showrunner To Preview ‘Walking Dead’ Season 4

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UPDATE: Publisher Drops Paula Deen After J.C. Penney, Sears, Kmart And Walgreens Join Exodus

By | Friday June 28, 2013 @ 4:40pm EDT

UPDATE, 1:40 PM: It doesn’t seem to matter that Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up is Amazon’s best-selling book ahead of its scheduled publication in October. Random House’s Ballantine Books says today that it’s cancelling its plans for the cookbook, Publishers Weekly reports. Deen jumped to Ballantine from Simon & Schuster last year.

PREVIOUS, 11:40: Now J.C. Penney is leaving the Paula Deen business, the Dallas Morning News reports. The paper says that the chain sells Deen-branded cookware and carries a broader array of her merchandise in hundreds of its smaller stores.

PREVIOUS, 8:15 AM: Sears Holdings, which owns Sears and Kmart, says that it will “phase out” all of its Paula Deen merchandise and “will continue to evaluate the situation.” Walgreens also says that it’s phasing out Deen-branded goods which include mixes, seasonings and butter.

PREVIOUS, THURSDAY PM: QVC CEO Mike George says in a blog post that “for now” Paula Deen “won’t be appearing on any upcoming broadcasts and we will phase out her product assortment on our online sales channels over the next few months.” The site offers a Deen-branded line of cookware. The shopping channel chief adds that “People deserve second chances. And we always strive to do the right thing.” Following his note, Deen writes one of her own expressing appreciation for “the caring way that QVC has interacted with me over the past week.” She also says that she has “some important things to work on right now, both personally and professionally” and agreed that “it’s best for me to step back from QVC and focus on setting things right.” Deen says that she is “truly sorry and assure you I will work hard to earn your forgiveness.”

PREVIOUS, THURSDAY AM: Target says it will “phase out” the Paula Deen cookware and merchandise in its stores and online. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical manufacturer Novo Nordisk, which had teamed with the celebrity chef to promote Victoza — a drug for diabetics — says that it and Deen “have mutually agreed to suspend our patient education activities for now, while she takes time to focus her attention where it is needed.” The company had initially said that it would stand by Deen. Read More »

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