‘Community’ doing puppet episode, because there’s nothing else left

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By Tim Molloy (TheWrap) They've been claymation characters and video game icons - and soon the stars of "Community" will become puppets. In an episode airing in April, the show's characters will use puppets to express themselves after an encounter with a friendly mountain man in the woods leaves … [Read more...]

Sony Plans 4K Video Streaming Via PlayStation 4

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File sizes could reach 100GB By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With Sony locked in an ultra high definition (UHD) arms race with RED over competing 4K Streaming networks, details are being laid out like bread crumbs over how the electronics giant plans to initiate the next generation ultra high … [Read more...]

New sports cable channels Fox Sports 1 debut

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(Reuters) News Corp introduced a long rumored national cable sports channel, Fox Sports 1, on Tuesday, aiming to compete with leader ESPN in an increasingly crowded TV sports marketplace. Fox will launch the channel August 17 in 90 million homes, Fox executives said at an event in New York … [Read more...]

Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman developing exorcism series

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By Tim Kenneally (TheWrap) Break out the holy water: "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman is moving on from zombies to exorcisms. Kirkman is developing an exorcism series with "Walking Dead" distributor Fox International Channels, based on Kirkman's upcoming comic-book series based in the world … [Read more...]

David Duchovny: I Believe In X-Files 3

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) The X-Files was a TV phenomenon, spawning two movies and a legion of fans worldwide. And, it seems actor David Duchovny has still not given up hope on film number three. While speaking on The Tonight Show, the star urged fans to mobilise and persuade 20th Century Fox … [Read more...]

Dish awarded $4.9 million in ESPN licensing lawsuit

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(Reuters) - A federal jury in Manhattan on Thursday awarded Dish Network Corp $4.86 million in its lawsuit accusing sports programmer ESPN Inc of breaching a contract by giving better deals to rival distributors. The award was far less than the $152 million that Dish had sought from ESPN, an … [Read more...]

HitFilm 2 Ultimate – Compositing and Effects in Vegas Pro Suite

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by Jeremiah Hall (doddleNEWS) Sony’s Vegas Pro Suite is not one program, but a collection of software that works together for different post-production tasks. Vegas Pro Suite includes Vegas Pro 12, DVD Architect 6, Sound Forge 10, the Vegas Pro Production Assistant, and the odd-man out, HitFilm … [Read more...]

TV Executives Cool to Netflix Binge Watching, Prefer Event TV

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Netflix's  House of Cards viewed as an "experiment" By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When asked if binge watching of a TV series like Netflix' House of Cards, which released all its first season episodes at once, could become the new model for television viewing, a recent panel of television … [Read more...]

Scott Gimple confirmed as The Walking Dead showrunner

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By Tim Molloy (TheWrap) - AMC has finally confirmed Scott M. Gimple as the new showrunner of "The Walking Dead," and announced that the fourth season will start production May 6. Gimple becomes the show's third showrunner after Frank Darabont and Glen Mazzara both parted ways with the show due to … [Read more...]

Comedian Tina Fey says ‘no way’ she would host Oscars

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(Reuters) - Comic actress Tina Fey says there is "no way" she would host the Oscars ceremony next year, despite getting a thumbs up from "Star Trek" actor William Shatner in a sketch at Sunday's Academy Awards show. The creator and star of TV comedy "30 Rock" told the Huffington Post website that … [Read more...]

VFX Artists Protest For Awareness to an Art Form in Crisis

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Protest and Abrupt Oscar Playoff call attention to bankruptcies and layoffs By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When we reported on Digital Domain filing bankruptcy, I have to be honest, it just seemed to be that the venerable visual effects house had just over extended itself with a multi-million … [Read more...]

Ben Stiller returning to ‘Arrested Development’ for Netflix revival

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By Tim Kenneally (TheWrap) - It looks like Ben Stiller will be adding a little more Wonder to "Arrested Development." "Night at the Museum" star Stiller has signed on to return for the upcoming season of "Arrested Development" for an episode, a spokeswoman for Netflix told TheWrap on … [Read more...]

Proxy advisers urge split of chairman, CEO roles at Disney

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By Ross Kerber and Lisa Richwine (Reuters) Proxy advisers ISS and Glass, Lewis & Co urged Walt Disney Co shareholders to vote in favor of a proposal to split the chairman and chief executive roles now both held by Robert Iger. The influential proxy advisers in reports provided on Tuesday also … [Read more...]

Seth MacFarlane says ‘no way’ he would host Oscars again

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(Reuters) - Comedian Seth MacFarlane said on Tuesday that he would not host the star-studded Academy Awards ceremony again, after TV critics panned Sunday's show. "Family Guy" creator and star MacFarlane was asked on Twitter whether he would host the Oscars a second time after making his debut in … [Read more...]

Oscars 2013: ‘In Memoriam’ snubs carry over from telecast to web

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By Alexander C. Kaufman (TheWrap) - Comedian Phyllis Diller, actress Lupe Ontiveros and "The Jeffersons" star Sherman Hemsley were snubbed in the Oscars' time-restricted "In Memoriam" montage on Sunday night. And they didn't make the cut for an online slideshow, either. The 85th Academy Awards … [Read more...]

Sorry ‘Arrested Development’ fans, Netflix series is probably a ‘One-Off’

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By Lucas Shaw (TheWrap) - "Arrested Development" fans who want the show to come back for good had better start looking for someone to help them out. Netflix will release the fourth season of the show in May, but CEO Reed Hastings said that's all his company has signed up for. Speaking at Morgan … [Read more...]

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