‘The Deuce’ Recap: It’s (Still) A Man’s World

‘The Deuce’ Recap: It’s (Still) A Man’s World
A review of this week’s The Deuce coming up just as soon as we measure for drapes…

“Don’t forget what you are.” -Cc

“Seven-Fifty” opens in similar territory to last week’s “There’s An Art To This,” with a pimp visiting a local transportation hub and being revealed as less confident and in control as he seems. This time out, it’s Cc turning shockingly vulnerable and childlike at the prospect of having to get on an airplane for the first time. He decides to let Lori
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‘The Staircase’ Prosecutor Freda Black Found Dead at 57

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‘The Staircase’ Prosecutor Freda Black Found Dead at 57
Freda Black, the former assistant district attorney who was featured in the documentary series “The Staircase,” has died at the age of 57.

According to the News & Observer, Black was found dead in her North Carolina home over the weekend. No cause of death has been made public, though law enforcement told the paper that her death “does not appear to be suspicious at this point.”

A Durham County assistant district attorney from the early 1990s until 2005, Black was part of the team that helped convict Michael Peterson for murder following the 2001 death of his wife.

Also Read: 'The Staircase': Here's What Happened to Greg Taylor, the Man Exonerated After 17 Years in Prison

The Peterson murder trial was publicized by the 2004 French docu-series by filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade. It was most recently repurposed as a 13-episode series by Netflix last month.

Black ran for Durham County district attorney in 2006 and 2008, but was never elected.
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‘The Staircase': What Happened to Blood Spatter Analyst Duane Deaver After the Case?

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(Note: This post contains spoilers for the Netflix series “The Staircase,” so you might want to finish it before reading on.)

One of the key figures in the long-running case of Michael Peterson in “The Staircase” is Duane Deaver, a blood spatter analyst who worked for North Carolina’s State Bureau of Investigation in 2002 when the case went to trial.

Deaver’s expert testimony is a major part of what lead to Peterson’s conviction for the murder of his wife, Kathleen Peterson, in 2001. The blood spatter expert insists in “The Staircase” that the patterns seen in the staircase of the Peterson home were the result of Kathleen Peterson being beaten to death. Though Peterson maintained his innocence and the defense presented blood spatter experts of its own, the jury convicted Peterson of first-degree murder in 2003, and sentenced him to life in prison.

It wasn’t until eight years later,
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La Area Emmy Awards Nominations: Spanish-Language Kmex Leads All Stations

On Thursday, the Television Academy announced the 138 nominees in 40 categories for the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, which shines a spotlight on the independent programming and personalities of more than 20 local television stations in one of the nation's largest cities. Also read: Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Victory Has Hollywood All A-Twitter Greg Taylor is Vice Chair, Los Angeles Area on the Academy's Executive Committee, while Sabrina Fair Thomas and Gerri Shaftel Constant are the Los Angeles Area Governors. Categories cover a wide array of programming including special reporting, education, arts and culture, local color, crime, entertainment, promos, PSAs and.
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Television Academy Sets Board of Governors Officers, Bruce Rosenblum Remains Chair

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The Television Academy announced the candidates for the Board of Governors Officers positions for the 2014 – 2015 term. All but one of the positions are running uncontested and its officers will continue on in their positions, which The Academy is seeing as a vote of confidence with Bruce Rosenblum remaining board chair for a second term. In addition to Rosenblum, below is the list of the 2014-2015 Officers: Vice Chair – Kevin Hamburger; Second Vice Chair – Frank Scherma; Treasurer – Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg; Vice Chair Los Angeles Area – Greg Taylor. Also read: Bruce Rosenblum Named President of Legendary Television and Digital Media In...
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Underground Film Links: March 3, 2013

This Week’s Must Read is actually a few weeks old, but I’ve been skipping these links posts a lot. Anyway… The Brooklyn Rail got a bunch of big names, such as P. Adams Sitney and Ken Jacobs, to discuss the legacy of their friend, Jonas Mekas. That legacy, of course, can never be summed up in just one article, but this is good.Media artist Clint Enns interviewed media artist Sabrina Ratté about her working process. Clint’s probably one of the most insightful people regarding our world of experimental media I know, so this is a must read.Filmmaker Magazine interviewed one of our favorite underground comedy directors, Zach Clark, about his new Christmas movie White Reindeer, which, of course, we’re dying to see.Our pal J.J. Murphy recently posted his annual “Best of 2012″ indie films list, as he traditionally does around this time of year.
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Adam Green Talks Holliston, Hatchet III, Killer Pizza and more!

It seems like just yesterday that Adam Green's artful use of Internet marketing heralded the arrival of Hatchet, its mock trailer offering the promise of a back-to-basics slasher trumpeted as the return of 'old school American horror' with some of the genre's most respected icons.

Jump forward six years to present day, and a hungry Hatchet fan base are looking forward to the imminent release of the third chapter, testament to the widespread appeal of Victor Crowley, Green's gloriously old school, axe-wielding creation. Foregoing some much needed sleep to speak with us, the filmmaker gracefully sat down to talk of the second season of his and fellow genre director Joe Lynch’s horror comedy sitcom "Holliston" (Blu-ray / DVD review here), his producing gig on Hatchet III, and his scribe duties on the upcoming Chris Columbus-produced kids’ monster-fantasy Killer Pizza. Last but not least, he even dropped us a
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Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards Winners

The 64th Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards, presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, were held tonight at the Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre. Producing this year’s awards presentation for the Television Academy were Los Angeles Area Peer Group Governors Greg Taylor and Sabrina Fair Thomas and Los Angeles Area Vice Chair Joetta Di Bella. This year, the Los Angeles Area Governors Award was presented to Susan Stratton, pictured here arriving with the Television Academy’s Chairman/CEO Bruce Rosenblum. Those area award winners were: ABC7 – 7, KTLA5 – 7, NBC4 – 7, Fox Sports West – 4, CBS2/KCAL9 – 3, Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket – 3, Kcet – 3, CBS2 – 2, La County Channel – 2, Citytv Of Santa Monica – 1, Klcs – 1, Kmex – 1, Kttv-tv – 1, Prime Ticket – 1 A complete list of winners follows: Live Special Events – News Royal Wedding – KTLA5 Ktla News Team Outstanding Editor – News Gustavo Sampaio, Editor – CBS2/KCAL9 Outstanding Editor – Programming Garry W. Ashton, Editor – CBS2/KCAL9 Investigative Reporting
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Adam Green Talks Hatchet III and Holliston

Sometimes you guys end up missing valuable tidbits of info contained in other stories (such as interviews) that you didn't read all the way through. Totally fine and understandable; there's a lot of content here. That's why sometimes we'll pull select items and bring them to your attention. This is one of those times.

In our recent set of Chillerama interviews Adam Green spoke with our own Sean Decker about a couple of upcoming projects--namely, Hatchet III and the FEARnet television series "Holliston".

In regard to the status of the third film in the Hatchet franchise (which will star the returning Kane Hodder as hillbilly slasher Victor Crowley and Danielle Harris as the flick’s final girl), “It’s supposed to start shooting in April,” revealed Green. “I’ve been working with the director, Bj McDonnell, and developing the script, and he’s been shooting (as camera operator) Tom Cruise’s new movie One Shot,
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Exclusive Interviews with Chillerama's Adam Green, Joe Lynch, and Kristina Klebe

Last night we hit the Dark Delicacies signing for the November 29th release of anthology film Chillerama and while there chatted with Adam Green (Hatchet, Frozen) and Joe Lynch (Knights of Badassdom, Wrong Turn 2), two of the flick’s four directors (Adam Rifkin and Tim Sullivan round out the directorial posse), as well as actress Kristina Klebe to get the skinny on the debut as well as their upcoming projects.

In addition to the principals listed above (the flick recently wrapped its "Roadshow" tour of the U.S. and is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and Netflix Streaming), cast members Kane Hodder, Lin Shaye, and Anton Troy and composer Bear McCreary were on hand to lend their Hancocks at the packed signing, where fans and horror luminaries alike (Mick Garris, Dave Parker, Mike Mendez, Neil Marshall, Axelle Carolyn and more were also in attendance) had gathered to celebrate
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MGM Picks Up Killer Pizza

Although his last few directorial projects have been mediocre at best, Chris Columbus continues to be a force for cool family entertainment in Hollywood. Recently he helped shepherd a deal at MGM that finds them landing the rights to Killer Pizza, a script written by Adam Green (Hatchet, Frozen) based on the young adult book by Greg Taylor. The story is said to have a Gremlins and Goonies-type vibe, and Chris Columbus should know -- after all, he wrote the original screenplays for both of those films. Raffaella De Laurentiis (The Forbidden Kingdom, Dragonheart) will produce along with Columbus, who is setting it up through his own 1492 Pictures. The plot is described as follows: "Toby McGill dreams of becoming a world-famous chef, but up until now, his only experience has been watching the Food Network. When Toby lands a summer job at Killer Pizza, where pies like The Monstrosity and
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Daniel Radcliffe Stalks New 'Woman In Black' Photo

Daniel Radcliffe Stalks New 'Woman In Black' Photo
Daniel Radcliffe's Arthur Kipps, from the upcoming supernatural chiller "The Woman in Black," made a recent appearance in a new still for his paranormal movie. This one finds the young lawyer storming the gates of the decrepit mansion he has been summoned to. Radcliffe investigates the dark secrets of a remote English village on February 3, 2012.

There's plenty of other terror tales today, of course, so click past the jump for more of this week's "Horror Bites."

No More 'Monsters,' 'Godzilla' Assaults New Writer

The monster movie department is shuffling their cards this week. "Back to the Future" director Robert Zemeckis has dropped out of "Here There Be Monsters" — the epic period story that finds real-life naval officer John Paul Jones battling sea monsters. Legendary Pictures is still looking for a new director, but the studio has found another writer for their upcoming "Godzilla" remake. Max
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MGM to Acquire Killer Pizza?

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Adam Green (Hatchet) has written a script based on author Greg Taylor’s Killer Pizza, and MGM is in the process of acquiring it, with plans for a film adaptation. According to Deadline, Chris Columbus took the project to MGM, who have been looking for something along the lines of Gremlins and Goonies.

Adam Green mentioned on his Facebook page that Chris Columbus will serve as producer. Although not confirmed, it sounds like Green will be directing if MGM moves forward with Killer Pizza:

“…I thought I’d point out that last year at this exact time I was barricaded up at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas (where I often lock myself away to write) working on the first draft of the script. Serendipity? We’ll see how it all pans out but I’ve got high hopes for this project and the process so far has been a joy.
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MGM Cooks Up a ‘Killer Pizza’ with Chris Columbus and Adam Green

Recently MGM Studios purchased the Where’s Waldo live-action film rights, and now they are working on adapting yet another novel. According to Deadline the MGM is in talks to acquire Killer Pizza, an Adam Green-scripted adaptation of the Greg Taylor book about a 14-year old boy who lands a summer job at a pizza joint that is actually a front for a monster hunting enterprise. Green was originally tapped to direct in 2010 before Chris Columbus was brought in to direct.

Rafaella De Laurentiis is producing with 1492 Pictures and Cj Entertainment. 1492 Entertainment’s Chris Columbus brought it to MGM after meeting with the brass there and sensing the studio’s appetite for Gremlins and Goonies-type fare, and Killer Pizza fit that bill.

There is an audience that is just waiting for a gremlins-esque movie and if Columbus can capture the magic and wit of the Gremlins movie then I
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Killer Pizza Delivered to MGM

MGM has acquired Adam Green's screenplay Killer Pizza for Raffaella De Laurentiis to produce. We first reported on this project back in May of 2010.

The story, adapted from Greg Taylor's novel, follows a 14-year-old boy who lands a summer job at a pizzeria dubbed Killer Pizza. The teenager soon discovers that the pizza place is actually a front for a monster-hunting organization. Chris Columbus brought the project to MGM, which had been looking for a movie similar to Gremlins and The Goonies.

Back in December, writer Adam Green revealed to us that he may not direct Killer Pizza, since he had only been contracted to write the screenplay. Here's what he had to say about the scope of Killer Pizza last year.

It's a really, really, really big movie so it's been fun, especially because things like Hatchet II or even Frozen, that I know I'm doing independently before I'm even writing them,
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MGM Looking To Order A Slice Of Killer Pizza For A Big Screen Adaptation

According to Amazon, Greg Taylor.s book Killer Pizza is aimed for readers age 10 and up and follows a kid who takes a job at a pizza place, only to discover the restaurant is a front for a monster hunting organization. Apparently, MGM is looking to give the story the big screen treatment. According to Deadline MGM is in talks to nab Adam Green.s scripted adaptation of Taylor.s Killer Pizza, a book which Goosebumps mastermind R.L. Stine describes as .a slice of horror that I couldn.t put down.. The movie is set to be produced by Rafaella De Laurentiis with 1492 Pictures and Cj Entertainment. Chris Columbus brought the project to MGM in response to the studio.s apparent .appetite for Gremlins or Goonies-type fare.. According to /Film, Green was set to direct the film, but it's not known whether or not that's still the case. Assuming ...
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MGM and Screenwriter Adam Green May Deliver Killer Pizza

MGM is in talks to pick up screenwriter Adam Green's adaptation of Greg Taylor's novel Killer Pizza. The story follows a teenager who gets a summer job working at the eponymous pizzeria, but then discovers it's a front for a monster-hunting operation. Also a good front for a monster-hunting operation: Linens N' Things. According to Deadline, Chris Columbus and his 1492 Entertainment Production Company brought the project to MGM believing it would fit with the studio's desire to develop a movie in the vein of Gremlins and The Goonies. For those unfamiliar with Green, he previously wrote and directed Hatchet and Frozen among other popular horror movies. However, there's no word at this point as to whether or not he'll be getting behind the camera for Killer Pizza. Hit the jump for a synopsis of Greg Taylor's Killer Pizza. Here's the synopsis for Greg Taylor's Killer Pizza
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MGM Cooks Up A "Killer Pizza"

MGM is in talks with 1492 Pictures and Cj Entertainment to pick up the Adam Green-scripted adaptation of Greg Taylor's book "Killer Pizza" says Deadline.

The story follows a 14-year old boy who lands a summer job at a pizza joint that is actually a front for a monster hunting enterprise.

Rafaella De Laurentiis is producing the project which is said to have a "Gremlins" and "Goonies"-style tone.
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MGM Orders Adam Green-Scripted ‘Killer Pizza’

Adam Green (Frozen) has scripted an adaptation of Greg Taylor's young adult novel Killer Pizza, about a 14-year old who gets a summer job at a pizza place that is a front for a monster hunting outfit. Now MGM has picked up the script -- the latest buy from the revamped studio that has bought the Eminem boxing film [1] Southpaw and the rights [2] to Where's Waldo? More details below. Deadline [3] says that Chris Columbus brought the novel to the attention of MGM after he sensed that MGM execs had an "appetite for Gremlins and Goonies-type fare." Columbus' company, 1492 Entertainment, will produce with Cj Entertainment. Green was attached to direct [4] the film last year, but whether that will continue to be the case is unknown. Here's how things go down in the book, according to Amazon [5]: Fourteen-year-old Toby Magill, a closeted Food Network junkie, gets a summer job flipping dough at Killer Pizza.
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MGM Negotiating Rights for Killer Pizza Novel Adaptation

Greg Taylor's book of pizza and monsters with B-movie sensibilities may be taking the next step forward to have its big screen adaption with Chris Columbus shepherding the project. Pizza you’ll die for! Toby McGill dreams of becoming a world-famous chef, but up until now, his only experience has been watching the Food Network. When Toby lands a summer job at Killer Pizza, where pies like The Monstrosity and The Frankensausage are on the menu, things seem perfect. His coworkers, Annabel and Strobe, are cool, and Toby loves being part of a team. But none of them are prepared for what’s really going on at Killer Pizza: It’s a front for a monster-hunting organization! Learning to cook pizzas is one thing, but killing hideously terrifying monsters? That’s a whole other story. Still, if Toby...
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