Aug 31, 2015
1:53 am

Report: New Apple TV Will Come With a Remote Control That, Like the Wii Remote, Will Be Motion Sensitive (TechCrunch)

“One thing [about the forthcoming new Apple TV] that hasn’t been talked about yet is the fact that the new remote will be motion sensitive, likely including several axis’ worth of sensors that put its control on par with a Nintendo Wii remote,” writes TechCrunch.

The story continues, “The possibilities, of course, are immediately evident. A game controller with a microphone, physical buttons, a touchpad and motion sensitive controls would be extremely capable. While Apple is likely going to target the broad casual gaming market, I would not be shocked to see innovative gameplay blossom from that type of input possibility. Think, for instance, of multi-player gaming with several people using voice input, or many popular genres of party games that would do far better on the TV than on an iPad or iPhone.”

The story also notes, “We’ve confirmed many details of the new device with multiple sources. First, that the new Apple TV, as has been reported previously by Buzzfeed, will feature an updated design and Apple’s A8 chip in a dual-core configuration. The more powerful chip will support an updated interface with much better effects and navigational improvements that make browsing through big content libraries…much easier.

To read a lot more about the new Apple TV, please click here, which will take you to the TechCrunch story.

Aug 31, 2015
1:26 am

Master of Horror Wes Craven Dies at 76 (AP; NY Times; Parade; YouTube)

“Wes Craven, the prolific writer-director who startled audiences with iconic suburban slashers like ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘Scream,’ has died,” reports the Associated Press, adding, “He was 76.

“In a statement, Craven’s family said that he died in his Los Angeles home Sunday, surrounded by family, after battling brain cancer.

Robert Englund, who played Freddie Krueger in the “Nightmare” movies, tweeted, “RIP Wes Craven, my director, my friend. A brilliant, kind, gentle and very funny man. A sad day on Elm St and everywhere. I’ll miss him.

Reports The New York Times, “Wesley Earl Craven was born Aug. 2, 1939, in Cleveland to Paul and Caroline Craven. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton and a master’s in philosophy from John Hopkins University and was a professor in Pennsylvania and New York for a short time.”

The Times also notes, “Mr. Craven began his film career after briefly teaching English at Westminster College in Pennsylvania, taking on a directing role in pornographic films — many of which he also wrote and edited.

“In 1972 he directed his first feature film, ‘Last House on the Left,’ which he also wrote. ‘Last House’ was a sexually violent film that was a protest against the atrocities of the Vietnam War (and was inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s ‘The Virgin Spring’).”

The AP story said that Craven “was active up until his death. Craven had numerous television projects in development, including a new ‘Scream’ series for MTV. He’s an executive producer of the upcoming film ‘The Girl in the Photographs,’ which is to premiere in September the Toronto International Film Festival.”

Here are a few quotes from Craven, courtesy Parade magazine:

“I learned to take the first job that you have in the business that you want to get into. It doesn’t matter what that job is, you get your foot in the door.”

“It was a great pleasure to make [‘Music of the Heart’], and to see Meryl [Streep] nominated [for a best actress Oscar] for it. But most of the people I run into who loved it are surprised that I made it. When you have a name that means scares, you have to live with that.”

Here’s the first of a 4-part interview Craven did with Mick Garris that we found on YouTube. Right away we learn something interesting about Craven — that he did not see his first non-Disney movie until he was a senior in college.

Aug 28, 2015
1:47 pm

Drama Series Canceled as Network Reverses Earlier Decision (Deadline)

After previously being picked up for another season, a drama series has received word that it won’t be coming back after all. Deadline.com reports that VH1 reversed the decision it made in March to pick up season two of “Hindsight.”

The show has been part of a push by the cable channel into scripted originals. It was initially picked up after its first-season finale back in March even though its ratings had been modest.

“The series drew 367,000 viewers for the January opener despite a strong lead-in from hit ‘Mob Wives,'” Deadline notes. “Its season finale averaged 249,000 viewers.”

Created by Emily Fox, the show starred Laura Ramsey as a woman transported 20 years back in time and given the chance to undo her mistakes.

In a statement given to Deadline, VH1 said: “Scripted series have been a successful part of VH1’s primetime line-up since 2010 and will continue to be in the future. We love ‘Hindsight’ and couldn’t be more proud of the series. But in this overcrowded and rapidly changing climate, we need to carve out VH1’s distinct place in the scripted marketplace and deliver the biggest audiences possible for our series.”


Aug 28, 2015
1:41 pm

Showtime Breaks Out ‘Homeland’ Season 5 Trailer — Here It Is (Showtime, YouTube)

Showtime has just taken the wraps off an extended trailer for its eagerly anticipated fifth season of “Homeland.”

The season premieres Sunday, Oct. 4, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Here’s the clip:

Aug 28, 2015
1:27 pm

Two More Seasons for Hit Comedy Series (Variety)

A long-running comedy is doing so well in its new home that it has just been picked up for two more seasons. Variety reports that TBS gave the news to its animated hit “American Dad.”

“The announcement means that the comedy, which aired its first nine seasons on Fox before moving over to the Turner cable network in October 2014, will have a home on the network through 2018,” Variety reports. “’Dad’ also has a second home on TBS’ sister network Adult Swim, which presents an encore of each new episode after its TBS premiere.”

The show’s 11th season, which was announced back in November, is due to roll out early next year. The new order is for seasons 12 and 13 — with all three seasons to consist of 22 episodes each.

The Variety report adds: “’American Dad’ has been a strong performer for TBS, standing as basic cable’s No. 1 scripted series in the Monday 9 p.m. timeslot in adults 18-34 and No. 2 in the timeslot with adults 18-49. Overall, it reaches an average of nearly 4 million viewers per episode through its telecasts on TBS and Adult Swim, as well as through TBS’ on-demand, digital and mobile platforms.”

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Aug 28, 2015
1:09 pm

Witnesses Offer Insights Into Why Lindsay Lohan Ran Around Naked at Lavish Wedding (Us Weekly)

Lindsay Lohan apparently had a bizarre reason for her bizarre behavior after reportedly running around naked at the Aug. 22 wedding of model Lana Zakocela and millionaire Justin Etzin — a lavish affair held in Italy. Lohan reportedly believed she had been drugged.

“According to multiple sources, the troubled star made a scene throughout the wedding weekend, which was attended by the likes of Victoria’s Secret model Sara Sampaio and Chelsea Handler’s ex, Comcast CEO Ted Harbert,” Us Weekly reports.

The report quotes an unnamed wedding guest saying that during the ceremony, Lohan “was fully on her phone and was painting her nails.” At the cocktail hour following the vows, the actress apparently took her shoes off, “which was weird considering it was a very high-profile event,” the witness said.

The Us report adds: “Things took a turn for the worst after an announcer cracked a joke about Lohan during the reception. The witness tells Us that Lohan then rushed out and claimed she had been drugged. ‘She took off all her clothes and got completely naked and was running around her villa screaming that she’d been drugged.’”

Another witness reported that an EMT attended to the actress and determined that she was OK.

The insider is quoted saying: “She could walk and talk. She wasn’t slurring or anything. She was upset about the joke being made about her. She just wanted the attention.”

Aug 28, 2015
10:17 am

TV Personality Arrested in Bizarre Domestic Violence Incident (TMZ, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

An ugly incident of alleged domestic violence led to the arrest of a television personality. TMZ.com reports that Jill Connors, a recurring guest on the Bravo reality series “Married to Medicine,” was arrested following an incident Aug. 13 at the home of Connors and her husband, Dr. John Connors.

Jill Connors reportedly had multiple knife wounds when authorities responded to a 911 call placed by John Connors. According to John Connors’ account, Jill’s wounds were self-inflicted.

TMZ obtained the police report, which reportedly says the incident began when John confronted Jill about alleged text messages on her phone from another man.

“According to the police report obtained by TMZ, John said if she was cheating he’d take the kids,” TMZ reports. “John claims that set Jill off and she struck him in the face with a spoon and then started slugging him. He says she ripped his shirt off and scratched his chest. BTW, Jill is 5’2″ and 103 lbs.”

The report adds: “According to John, Jill then took a kitchen knife and started cutting herself in the arm and chest, screaming, ‘He’s cutting me!'”

When officers arrived, Jill reportedly said: “I hit him, I started it, I know.” TMZ adds that she claimed John knifed her, but the TMZ report adds: “her story was sketchy and cops didn’t believe her.”

TMZ notes that Jill Connors was arrested for alleged domestic violence and cruelty to children, because the kids reportedly watched the encounter. She has since filed for divorce, according to the report.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that the couple, who live in Atlanta, apparently found the TV series added an element of stress to their marriage.

The AJC quotes Jill Connors saying earlier this summer: “It was hard on my relationship with my husband. We’ve been best friends and business partners for the last 15 years. We had our 13th anniversary in May. There have been some hard times because of the show, because it was something different in our lives.”

AJC adds: “She said her husband, a plastic surgeon, likes routine and found all the filming she was doing disruptive to their lives. She said he clearly did not like being on camera.”

They have three sons, ages 7, 9 and 11, AJC notes.

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Aug 28, 2015
10:01 am

Power Shift for NBC Drama Series: Showrunner Is Out; ‘Sopranos’ Alums Take Over (EW)

An NBC drama series has just undergone a big change behind the cameras. The showrunner on “Chicago Med,” Andrew Dettmann, is out, with Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov taking over as showrunners, Entertainment Weekly reports.

“Dettmann will continue to develop projects with NBC and Universal TV,” EW reports. “Schneider and Frolov, who are husband and wife, most recently served as co-executive producers on HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and consulting producers on Amazon’s ‘Bosch.’ Their other credits include ‘The Sopranos,’ ‘Northern Exposure’ and ‘Easy Money.'”

Created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead, “Chicago Med” is a spinoff of “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” The new series is slated to bow Nov. 17.

“The series will chronicle the day-to-day chaos of a Windy City hospital and the lives of the doctors who hold it together,” EW reports.

Cast members on the new series include Oliver Platt and S. Epatha Merkerson.

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Aug 28, 2015
9:23 am

TV Show Delayed in Wake of Virginia Shootings (THR)

The fatal shooting of two news staffers at WDBJ-TV in Virginia has sparked schedule changes at TV outlets, with the latest being IFC’s decision to reschedule an episode of its freshman satire series “Documentary Now!”

The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports: “The episode, titled ‘Dronez: The Hunt for El Chingon,’ follows courageous journalists who travel to Mexico to track down a drug lord. During the episode, reporters are killed, which is why IFC is pushing back the airdate.”

The episode was scheduled to air Thursday night. In its place, IFC reportedly aired an episode called “Kunuk.” The “Dronez” episode was rescheduled for Sept. 3.

The move follows the killings of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward during a live feature report Wednesday near Roanoke. They were gunned down by a former WDBJ employee, Vester Lee Flanagan II, who later killed himself. Vicki Gardner, who was being interviewed by Parker at the time, was wounded in the attack.

“IFC follows in the footsteps of USA Network, which announced Wednesday its decision to push back the season finale of hacker drama ‘Mr. Robot’ one week to Sept. 2 because of similarities between the plot and Wednesday’s tragic events,” THR reports.

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Aug 28, 2015
9:19 am

Fox Drama Series Retitled, Part of a Large Crop of Name Changes This Year (Deadline)

A drama series that’s coming up on Fox has been renamed — again. The show that has been known as “The Frankenstein Code” will be called “Lookinglass,” Deadline.com reports.

“The producers of ‘The Frankenstein Code’ (originally ‘Frankenstein’) had been looking to distance themselves from the famous moniker, stressing the fact that the series only takes inspiration from the basic Mary Shelley mythology of a man brought back to life by scientists playing god,” the story reports.

The show is slated to roll out midseason on Fox.

“While changing titles in the pilot process is very common, changing the names of new series after the upfronts, in the final weeks/months leading to their launch is more unusual,” Deadline notes. “We’ve had several of those this year, NBC’s ‘Odyssey,’ which became ‘American Odyssey’ just before its midseason bow, and three (!) new shows for next season, which have been renamed this summer, ‘Lookinglass,’ NBC fall comedy ‘Truth Be Told’ (previously ‘People Are Talking’) and ABC fall drama ‘Blood and Oil’ (fka ‘Oil’).


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