Joseph McGinty Nichol, known professionally as McG, is an American director and former record producer. He began his career in the music industry, producing various albums, he rose to prominence with his first film, Charlie's Angels, which had the highest-grossing opening weekend for a directorial debut at the time. Since he has directed several other films, including Charlie's Angels sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Terminator Salvation, co-created the television series Fastlane and has executive produced numerous television programs, such as The O. C. Chuck, Supernatural. McG owns a production company, Wonderland Sound and Vision, founded in 2001, which has overseen the production of the films and television shows he has worked on since Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Joseph McGinty Nichol was born in Kalamazoo and grew up in Newport Beach, California; as his uncle and grandfather were named Joe, his mother nicknamed him "McG" to avoid confusion. McG attended Corona del Mar High School.
He wanted to become the lead singer of a band he formed with McGrath. However, he persuaded McGrath to take over. Instead he worked behind the scenes as producer and marketer for the band until he was 22, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from UC Irvine. The band had several hit singles as "Sugar Ray", signed with a label, went on tour. McG worked as a still photographer, shooting local musicians; this led him to form a record label known as G Recordings in 1993. In 1995, McG produced Sugar Ray's first album and co-wrote several songs on their second, including their smash hit "Fly." His music career included directing over fifty music videos such as Smash Mouth's'All Star', The Offspring's'Pretty Fly', directing documentaries on Korn and Sugar Ray. In 1997, he was awarded the Billboard's Pop Video of the Year Award for Smash Mouth's'Walking on the Sun' and the Music Video Production Association's Pop Video of the Year Award for Sugar Ray's'Fly.' This landed him in the television commercial business, directing advertisements for Major League Baseball and Coca-Cola.
A notable one was a commercial for Gap, honored at the 1999 London International Film Festival. Impressed with McG's music videos, Drew Barrymore approached him about directing a Charlie's Angels film, he accepted, wanting to take on bigger projects, pitched the movie to the studio executives, who were reluctant but approved the project after much persistence. The film, for which he was paid $350,000, was released in 2000 and went on to gross over $250 million worldwide with mixed critical reception from critics and fans alike. However, he won the Hollywood Breakthrough Award at the 6th Annual Hollywood Film Festival held in 2002. Proving himself to be quite bankable, Sony paid him $2.5 million to helm the military action-drama Dreadnought for Red Wagon Entertainment. He was set to develop a sequel to Charlie's Angels and present his film producing debut with Airshow, the latter of which has yet to be made. In February 2002, Jon Peters and Lorenzo di Bonaventura attached him onto the fifth installment in the Superman film series, in development hell, thus putting his previous projects on hold.
McG and Peters hired J. J. Abrams to pen a new script for the film entitled Superman: Flyby, submitted in July 2002. Bailing out of the project in favor of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle in September 2002, McG was replaced by Brett Ratner. Meanwhile, he developed and co-created a television series with John McNamara called Fastlane, canceled after one season due to the high costs of each episode. Josh Schwartz approached him and his producing partner, Stephanie Savage, about another television series as well, The O. C. which revolved around the lives of several teenagers based in McG's hometown of Newport Beach. McG was set to direct the pilot, but because of scheduling conflicts with Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, he was replaced by Doug Liman; the show ended after four seasons in 2007. The sequel to Charlie's Angels followed in 2003, although not as successful as the first, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle made over $250 million worldwide. Shortly thereafter, Sony extended its first-look production deal with Wonderland Sound and Vision for an additional three years, with Hot Wheels and Radiant on their film slate.
Since none of those films have been developed with the former, supposed to be a directing vehicle for him in 2003, being put into turnaround in 2009. Warner Bros. still satisfied with his bankability, re-hired him to direct Superman: Flyby in April 2003 after Ratner had dropped out due to casting and pre-production difficulties. During his tenure, McG and the producers spent more than $15 million planning storyboards, concept art, locations, as well as having script revisions and the film pre-visualized. However, McG left the project, citing his fear of flying to Sydney; this brought Bryan Singer on board in July 2004, resulting in Superman Returns. McG produced the television series, The Mountain, on the same year getting canceled after one season, his next television work was Supernatural, for which he served as an executive producer until 2013. The show centers on two brothers who hunt down paranormal creatures, continues to be on air today; the following year saw Warner Bros. allowing McG, who "looked to improve as a storyteller and wanted to get more substantial material," to direct We Are Marshall, a sports drama film.
Although the film received mixed critical reception
Survival horror is a subgenre of video games inspired by horror fiction that focuses on survival of the character as the game tries to frighten players with either horror graphics or scary ambience. Although combat can be part of the gameplay, the player is made to feel less in control than in typical action games through limited ammunition, health and vision, or through various obstructions of the player's interaction with the game mechanics; the player is challenged to find items that unlock the path to new areas and solve puzzles to proceed in the game. Games make use of strong horror themes, like dark maze-like environments and unexpected attacks from enemies; the term "survival horror" was first used for the original Japanese release of Resident Evil in 1996, influenced by earlier games with a horror theme such as 1989's Sweet Home and 1992's Alone in the Dark. The name has been used since for games with similar gameplay, has been retroactively applied to earlier titles. Starting with the release of Resident Evil 4 in 2005, the genre began to incorporate more features from action games and more traditional first person and third-person shooter games.
This has led game journalists to question whether long-standing survival horror franchises and more recent franchises have abandoned the genre and moved into a distinct genre referred to as "action horror". Survival horror refers to a subgenre of action-adventure video games; the player character is vulnerable and under-armed, which puts emphasis on puzzle-solving and evasion, rather than the player taking an offensive strategy. Games challenge the player to manage their inventory and ration scarce resources such as ammunition. Another major theme throughout the genre is that of isolation; these games contain few non-player characters and, as a result tell much of their story second-hand through the usage of journals, texts, or audio logs. While many action games feature lone protagonists versus swarms of enemies in a suspenseful environment, survival horror games are distinct from otherwise horror-themed action games, they tend to de-emphasize combat in favor of challenges such as hiding or running from enemies and solving puzzles.
Still, it is not unusual for survival horror games to draw upon elements from first-person shooters, action-adventure games, or role-playing games. According to IGN, "Survival horror is different from typical game genres in that it is not defined by specific mechanics, but subject matter, tone and design philosophy." Survival horror games are a subgenre of horror games, where the player is unable to prepare or arm their avatar. The player encounters several factors to make combat unattractive as a primary option, such as a limited number of weapons or invulnerable enemies, if weapons are available, their ammunition is sparser than in other games, powerful weapons such as rocket launchers are rare, if available at all. Thus, players are more vulnerable than in action games, the hostility of the environment sets up a narrative where the odds are weighed decisively against the avatar; this shifts gameplay away from direct combat, players must learn to evade enemies or turn the environment against them.
Games try to enhance the experience of vulnerability by making the game single player rather than multiplayer, by giving the player an avatar, more frail than the typical action game hero. The survival horror genre is known for other non-combat challenges, such as solving puzzles at certain locations in the game world, collecting and managing an inventory of items. Areas of the game world will be off limits. Levels are designed with alternative routes. Levels challenge players with maze-like environments, which test the player's navigational skills. Levels are designed as dark and claustrophobic to challenge the player and provide suspense, although games in the genre make use of enormous spatial environments. A survival horror storyline involves the investigation and confrontation of horrific forces, thus many games transform common elements from horror fiction into gameplay challenges. Early releases used camera angles seen in horror films, which allowed enemies to lurk in areas that are concealed from the player's view.
Many survival horror games make use of off-screen sound or other warning cues to notify the player of impending danger. This feedback assists the player, but creates feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. Games feature a variety of monsters with unique behavior patterns. Enemies can appear unexpectedly or and levels are designed with scripted sequences where enemies drop from the ceiling or crash through windows. Survival horror games, like many action-adventure games, are structured around the boss encounter where the player must confront a formidable opponent in order to advance to the next area; these boss encounters draw elements from antagonists seen in classic horror stories, defeating the boss will advance the story of the game. The origins of the survival horror game can be traced back to earlier horror fiction. Archetypes have been linked to the books of H. P. Lovecraft, which include investigative narratives, or journeys through the depths. Comparisons have been made between Lovecraft's Great Old Ones and the boss encounters seen in many survival horror games.
Themes of survival have been traced to the slasher film subgenre, where the protagonist endures a confrontation with the ultimate antagonist. Another major influence on the genre is Japanese horror, including classical Noh theatre, the books of Edog
The Devil Inside (film)
The Devil Inside is a 2012 American found footage supernatural horror film directed by William Brent Bell, written by Bell and Matthew Peterman. It is a documentary-style film about a woman who becomes involved in a series of exorcisms during her quest to determine what happened to her mother, a woman who murdered three people as a result of being possessed by a demon. Produced by Peterman and Morris Paulson, the film stars Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth, Suzan Crowley, was released theatrically on January 6; the film topped the US box office on its opening weekend, yet dropped drastically in the second week, before disappearing from the box office top ten. Despite critical disdain, it was a commercial success and grossed $101 million. On October 30, 1989, Maria Rossi committed a triple murder during an exorcism performed on her; the Catholic Church became involved, she has since been in a Catholic psychiatric hospital in Rome. A news story and police investigation show the three members of the clergy.
Her daughter, learned of the murders from her father, who died three days after telling her. Twenty years Isabella is in the process of filming a documentary with filmmaker Michael Schaefer about exorcisms and, to find out more about her mother, she visits a school in Rome, she meets two priests, Ben Rawlings and David Keane, before going to see her mother Maria in the asylum. She finds that her mother has paintings all over the walls. Maria soils herself while screaming in an unidentified language, she has inverted crosses carved into her arms and her bottom lip and tells Isabella that killing a child is against God's will. Isabella tells the priests that she had an abortion years ago and her mother had no way of knowing that—another sign that showed possible possession. David and Ben take her with them on an unsanctioned exorcism performed on a young woman, they bring medical equipment to determine if it is mental illness. Rosalita calls Isabella by her name, despite not knowing her, attacks the crew after spouting out obscene remarks in different languages and accents.
They get her under control. As the crew discusses performing an exorcism and analysis on Maria, David worries about losing his job, since the Church does not authorize exorcisms without undeniable proof that the patient is indeed possessed, they persuade him to aid in the process. During the procedure, Maria mentions knowing what Ben did in the past and transfers demons to David and Isabella; the process is unsuccessful. After analyzing the data from the video and audio files, they present the evidence to the Church. David shows many signs of stress, as Ben plays the audio files. Ben finds. David is to perform a baptism at his church; when he holds the baby to start the immersion baptism, he mutters some lines from the Bible and starts forcefully submerging the baby in the holy water. The crowd rushes up to save the baby. Soon after, Ben finds David at home with blood all over his forearms, much the way Maria was during the exorcism; the police arrive, David acquires an officer's handgun and holds it in his mouth.
Ben tells him to fight it, but he begins to weep, reciting the Lord's Prayer, forgets the last few words. He shoots himself. Isabella begins having a seizure. Ben hysterically comes to the realization. Ben and Michael leave with Isabella in a car, heading to get help for a potential exorcism. While Michael drives, Isabella speaks of knowing the horrible act Ben committed, scaring Ben, she tries to strangle breathes into his mouth. He shows signs of possession, unbuckling his seatbelt and accelerating into oncoming traffic; the car collides, the corpses of Michael and Ben sit in the overturned car while Isabella is not visible. A title card is shown informing that the case of the Rossi family is still unresolved, followed by another title card directing viewers to a website "for more information on the ongoing investigation". Fernanda Andrade as Isabella Rossi Simon Quarterman as Father Ben Rawlings Evan Helmuth as Father David Keane Ionut Grama as Michael Schaefer Suzan Crowley as Maria Rossi Bonnie Morgan as Rosalita Brian Johnson as Lieutenant Dreyfus Preston James Hillier as Male Reporter D.
T. Carney as Detective John Prosky as Father Christopher Aimes The genesis of the film happened in 2005, as writer Matthew Peterman read about the Vatican's school of exorcism and approached director William Brent Bell on exploiting that; the duo wrote a traditional script however they according to Peterman "got frustrated with that process" so they rewrote to a mockumentary style following a suggestion from producer Morris Paulson. Principal photography began in 2010 in several locations, including Bucharest and Vatican City; the film is of the "found footage" genre, so is shot in documentary style despite being fictional. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Steven Schneider took the movie to Paramount Pictures, who produced it through their low-budget company Insurge Pictures, who acquired the film as their first release hoping it would replicate the success of Paranormal Activity; the film was not screened for critics, was subsequently universally panned. It received an F from CinemaScore. Despite that, it topped the box office its opening weekend, the first after the New Year's Day holiday, displacing Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which had held that position for three straight weeks.
At the time, it was the third-best January opening we
William Brent Bell
William Brent Bell is an American screenwriter and film director, best known for his work in horror films such as The Devil Inside and The Boy. Bell was born in Kentucky. Along with writing partner Matthew Peterman, Bell wrote screenplay Mercury, bought by Universal Studios with Gale Anne Hurd producing. Since Bell and Peterman set up several film projects at studios; some include Ignition, a kid's action-drama set up at Warner Bros. with Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn producing and Illusion, a thriller set up at Walt Disney Pictures. On the television side the duo have created several one-hour TV series including Eye to Eye with Warner Bros. Television and McG, Worthy and McGraw with ABC Television and Tim Minear as well as The Fix with Sarah Timberman and Sony Television. Bell and Peterman have developed a number of videogames including Master Thief, with John Woo. Bell's first horror project was as co-writer and director of the horror thriller, Stay Alive, produced with McG and Peter Schlessel and financed by Spyglass Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment.
Stay Alive was acquired and distributed domestically by Buena Vista Pictures and internationally by Universal Pictures. His second horror film was The Devil Inside, written with Matt Peterman. Produced by Peterman and Morris Paulson, the film stars Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth, Suzan Crowley, was released theatrically on January 6; the film topped the US box office on its opening weekend. It was a record-breaking commercial success and grossed $101 million. In 2013, Bell went into production on his third horror film, Wer, released by Focus Features. Nav Qateel of Influx Magazine called Wer, "the best Werewolf film I've seen in years, or ever." Epic Horror Review wrote, "Wer not only redefines the werewolf movie but saves it." Wer would go on to be described by horrornews.net as, "One of the best films I've seen so far this year and a must to watch." And "a film that you want to not only watch but add to your collection" by wickedchannel.com In 2014, Bell sold his pilot Posthuman to USA Network and UCP with Jason Blum producing.
In 2015, Bell set up a series at Fox entitled Haunted. Bell will direct and write the show and shares executive-producing duties with Chris Morgan of the Fast & Furious franchise; this 20th Century Fox Television production is loosely based on the true story chronicled in the book The Demon of Brownsville Road: A Pittsburgh Family's Battle with Evil. On July 14, 2014, it was announced that Bell was set to direct a supernatural thriller, The Boy, which Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi would produce through Lakeshore Entertainment, along with Matt Berenson, Jim Wedaa, Roy Lee, through Vertigo Entertainment; the script was written by Stacey Menear. On January 23, 2015, Lauren Cohan signed on to star for the lead role in the film. On March 11, 2015, more cast was announced, which included Jim Norton, Diana Hardcastle, Ben Robson, Rupert Evans, James Russell. On March 10, 2015, principal photography on The Boy begun in Victoria, British Columbia. STX Entertainment acquired the US rights to the film and released it in North America on January 22, 2016, alongside Dirty Grandpa and The 5th Wave.
The Boy has grossed $36 million in the US and Canada and $32 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $68 million against a budget of under $8 million. Chris Alexander of ShockTilYouDrop called it "one of the best contemporary wide release horror movies I've seen in years." Joe Leydon criticized the average story line in Variety and commented, "Despite game efforts by the cast, this tepid horror opus is never scary enough to overcome its silly premise."In 2017, GQ Magazine called it, "The most underrated horror movie of 2016." William Brent Bell on IMDb
Universal Pictures is an American film studio owned by Comcast through the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group division of its wholly owned subsidiary NBCUniversal. Founded in 1912 by Carl Laemmle, Mark Dintenfass, Charles O. Baumann, Adam Kessel, Pat Powers, William Swanson, David Horsley, Robert H. Cochrane, Jules Brulatour, it is the oldest surviving film studio in the United States, the world's fifth oldest after Gaumont, Pathé, Nordisk Film, the oldest member of Hollywood's "Big Five" studios in terms of the overall film market, its studios are located in Universal City and its corporate offices are located in New York City. Universal Pictures is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America, was one of the "Little Three" majors during Hollywood's golden age. Universal Studios was founded by Carl Laemmle, Mark Dintenfass, Charles O. Baumann, Adam Kessel, Pat Powers, William Swanson, David Horsley, Robert H. Cochrane and Jules Brulatour. One story has Laemmle watching a box office for hours, counting patrons and calculating the day's takings.
Within weeks of his Chicago trip, Laemmle gave up dry goods to buy the first several nickelodeons. For Laemmle and other such entrepreneurs, the creation in 1908 of the Edison-backed Motion Picture Trust meant that exhibitors were expected to pay fees for Trust-produced films they showed. Based on the Latham Loop used in cameras and projectors, along with other patents, the Trust collected fees on all aspects of movie production and exhibition, attempted to enforce a monopoly on distribution. Soon and other disgruntled nickelodeon owners decided to avoid paying Edison by producing their own pictures. In June 1909, Laemmle started the Yankee Film Company with partners Abe Julius Stern; that company evolved into the Independent Moving Pictures Company, with studios in Fort Lee, New Jersey, where many early films in America's first motion picture industry were produced in the early 20th century. Laemmle broke with Edison's custom of refusing to give screen credits to performers. By naming the movie stars, he attracted many of the leading players of the time, contributing to the creation of the star system.
In 1910, he promoted Florence Lawrence known as "The Biograph Girl", actor King Baggot, in what may be the first instance of a studio using stars in its marketing. The Universal Film Manufacturing Company was incorporated in New York on April 30, 1912. Laemmle, who emerged as president in July 1912, was the primary figure in the partnership with Dintenfass, Kessel, Swanson and Brulatour. All would be bought out by Laemmle; the new Universal studio was a vertically integrated company, with movie production and exhibition venues all linked in the same corporate entity, the central element of the Studio system era. Following the westward trend of the industry, by the end of 1912 the company was focusing its production efforts in the Hollywood area. On March 15, 1915, Laemmle opened the world's largest motion picture production facility, Universal City Studios, on a 230-acre converted farm just over the Cahuenga Pass from Hollywood. Studio management became the third facet of Universal's operations, with the studio incorporated as a distinct subsidiary organization.
Unlike other movie moguls, Laemmle opened his studio to tourists. Universal became the largest studio in Hollywood, remained so for a decade. However, it sought an audience in small towns, producing inexpensive melodramas and serials. In its early years Universal released three brands of feature films—Red Feather, low-budget programmers. Directors included Jack Conway, John Ford, Rex Ingram, Robert Z. Leonard, George Marshall and Lois Weber, one of the few women directing films in Hollywood. Despite Laemmle's role as an innovator, he was an cautious studio chief. Unlike rivals Adolph Zukor, William Fox, Marcus Loew, Laemmle chose not to develop a theater chain, he financed all of his own films, refusing to take on debt. This policy nearly bankrupted the studio when actor-director Erich von Stroheim insisted on excessively lavish production values for his films Blind Husbands and Foolish Wives, but Universal shrewdly gained a return on some of the expenditure by launching a sensational ad campaign that attracted moviegoers.
Character actor Lon Chaney became a drawing card for Universal in the 1920s, appearing in dramas. His two biggest hits for Universal were The Phantom of the Opera. During this period Laemmle entrusted most of the production policy decisions to Irving Thalberg. Thalberg had been Laemmle's personal secretary, Laemmle was impressed by his cogent observations of how efficiently the studio could be operated. Promoted to studio chief, Thalberg was giving Universal's product a touch of class, but MGM's head of production Louis B. Mayer lured Thalberg away from Universal with a promise of better pay. Without his guidance Universal became a second-tier studio, would remain so for several decades. In 1926, Universal opened a production unit in Germany, Deutsche Universal-Film AG, under the direction of Joe Pasternak; this unit produced three to four films per year until 1936, migrating to Hungary and Austria in the face of Hitler's increasing domination of central Europe. With the advent of sound, these productions were made in the German language or Hungarian or Polish.
In the U. S. Universal Pictures did not distribute any of this subsidiary's films, but at least some of them were exhibited through othe
Milo Anthony Ventimiglia is an American actor and producer. After a series of roles in television series and parts in independent films, he gained international recognition for his roles as Jess Mariano on the television series Gilmore Girls from 2002 to 2006, as Peter Petrelli on the NBC series Heroes from 2006 to 2010, he stars as Jack Pearson on the NBC drama This Is Us. Ventimiglia made his debut as party guest #1 on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air being cast in the short-lived Fox series Opposite Sex in 2000, his roles include Richard Thorne on The WB's The Bedford Diaries, a recurring role as Meg Pryor's love interest on NBC's American Dreams, Rocky Balboa's son in the sixth and eighth installments of the Rocky series, Rocky Balboa and Creed II. He starred as Peter Petrelli on NBC's Heroes from 2006 to 2010, for which he received nominations for Teen Choice and People's Choice Awards, he had roles in the horror films Pathology and Kiss of the Damned. Ventimiglia appeared in television as Ian Mitchell on the Crackle original series Chosen as well as Sean Bennigan on The Whispers in 2015.
He reprised his role as Jess Mariano on Netflix's reunion miniseries, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, stars as Jack Pearson on NBC's This Is Us. For his role as Jack Pearson, Ventimiglia has received two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series; as part of the This Is Us cast, he went on to win a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2018 and 2019. Ventimiglia was born July 8, 1977 in Anaheim, the youngest child of Carol and Peter Ventimiglia, a Vietnam War veteran, he has two older sisters and Laurel. His father is of Italian-Sicilian descent and his mother is of English and Scottish ancestry. Ventimiglia was born with a self-described "crooked mouth", the result of being born with damaged nerves on the left side, which cause that side to remain immobile, much like actor Sylvester Stallone, with whom he worked in Rocky Balboa. Ventimiglia attended El Modena High School in Orange, where he wrestled, acted in drama productions and held the office of president in student government.
He graduated in 1995. At eighteen years of age, Ventimiglia studied at the American Conservatory Theater for their summer program, he attended the University of Los Angeles as a theatre major. At eighteen, Ventimiglia began pursuing an acting career, his first starring role was as a gay teenager in Must Be the Music, a short film released as part of Strand Releasing's Boys Life 2. After, he enrolled at UCLA before landing a role on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, he has guest starred on such television series as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the Teenage Witch and Order: Special Victims Unit and Boston Public. He had the part of the main character, Jed Perry, in the short-lived Fox TV series, Opposite Sex, which aired in 2000. From 2002 to 2006, Ventimiglia played brooding teen Jess Mariano on Gilmore Girls, he signed on for a spin-off of Gilmore Girls called Windward Circle, to be focused on the relationship between Jess and his estranged father, but the proposed series never made it to air. Afterward, he dropped down to a guest star/recurring cast member, he came back for four episodes in season four and two episodes in season six.
In the third and final season of American Dreams, Ventimiglia played Chris Pierce, the rebellious boyfriend of Meg Pryor. In 2005, he starred in the mid-season replacement series The Bedford Diaries; the producers had only Ventimiglia in mind, but the show lasted only eight episodes and was one of several shows not picked up by the newly formed network The CW. In between television work, Ventimiglia had supporting roles in the horror films Cursed, directed by Wes Craven, Stay Alive, as well as starring roles in the short-film Intelligence and the full-length feature Dirty Deeds; the same year, he was cast as Robert "Rocky Jr." Balboa, the son of Rocky Balboa, in the sixth Rocky installment Rocky Balboa, released in December 2006. He starred as Peter Petrelli in the NBC program Heroes, a show about "ordinary" people discovering they have superpowers, portrayed the character until the series' conclusion in 2010. Ventimiglia produced and developed a mini web-series called It's a Mall World as part of a marketing campaign for American Eagle Outfitters in 2007.
In mid-2007 he starred as the love interest of pop/R&B singer Fergie in the music video for "Big Girls Don't Cry". In 2008, he starred as a medical student in the horror film Pathology; the movie co-starred Charmed actress Alyssa Milano and was directed by Marc Schölermann for MGM. In 2005, Divide Pictures created the DSC, or Divide Social Club, an online and global social network for like-minded people co-founded by Ventimiglia with his best friends Russ Cundiff and Dino DeMilio, a radio producer for The Tom Leykis Show. Ventimiglia and Divide Pictures partnered with Top Cow to produce the comic series REST which will be a monthly limited series; the comic is about John Barrett, a white-collar New Yorker whose life changes when he becomes addicted to a drug that prevents him from falling asleep. Divide has a comic book called Berserker written by Rick Loverd. After working with writers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor on Pathology, Ventimiglia appeared in the pair's next film, Gamer. Ventimig
Entertainment Weekly is an American magazine, published by Meredith Corporation, that covers film, music, Broadway theatre and popular culture. Different from celebrity-focused publications like Us Weekly, In Touch Weekly, EW concentrates on entertainment media news and critical reviews. However, unlike Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, which are aimed at industry insiders, EW targets a more general audience; the first issue was published on February 16, 1990. Created by Jeff Jarvis and founded by Michael Klingensmith, who served as publisher until October 1996, the magazine's original television advertising soliciting pre-publication subscribers portrayed it as a consumer guide to popular culture, including movies and book reviews, sometimes with video game and stage reviews, too.. In 1996, the magazine won the coveted National Magazine Award for General Excellence from the American Society of Magazine Editors. EW won the same award again in 2002. In September 2016, in collaboration with People, Entertainment Weekly launched the People/Entertainment Weekly Network.
The network is "a free, ad-supported online-video network carries short- and long-form programming covering celebrities, pop culture and human-interest stories". It was rebranded as PeopleTV in September 2017; the magazine features celebrities on the cover and addresses topics such as television ratings, movie grosses, production costs, concert ticket sales, ad budgets, in-depth articles about scheduling, showrunners, etc. It publishes several "double issues" each year; the magazine numbers its issues sequentially, it counts each double issue as "two" issues so that it can fulfil its marketing claim of 52 issues per year for subscribers. Entertainment Weekly follows a typical magazine format by featuring a letters to the editor and table of contents in the first few pages, while featuring advertisements. While many advertisements are unrelated to the entertainment industry, the majority of ads are related to up-and-coming television, film or music events; these beginning articles open the magazine and as a rule focus on current events in pop culture.
The whole section runs eight to ten pages long, features short news articles, as well as several specific recurring sections: "Sound Bites" opens the magazine. It’s a collage of media personalities. "The Must List" is a two-page spread highlighting ten things. "First Look", subtitled "An early peek at some of Hollywood's coolest projects", is a two-page spread with behind-the-scenes or publicity stills of upcoming movies, television episodes or music events. "The Hit List", written each week by critic Scott Brown, highlights ten major events, with short comedic commentaries by Brown. There will be some continuity to the commentaries; this column was written by Jim Mullen and featured twenty events each week, Dalton Ross wrote an abbreviated version. "The Hollywood Insider" is a one-page section. It gives details, in the separate columns, on the most-current news in television and music. "The Style Report" is a one-page section devoted to celebrity style. Because its focus is on celebrity fashion or lifestyle, it is graphically rich in nature, featuring many photographs or other images.
The page converted to a new format: five pictures of celebrity fashions for the week, graded on the magazine's review "A"-to-"F" scale. A spin-off section, "Style Hunter", which finds reader-requested articles of clothing or accessories that have appeared in pop culture appears frequently. "The Monitor" is a two-page spread devoted to major events in celebrity lives with small paragraphs highlighting events such as weddings, arrests, court appearances, deaths. Deaths of major celebrities are detailed in a one-half- or full-page obituary titled "Legacy"; this feature is nearly identical to sister publication People's "Passages" feature. The "celebrity" column, the final section of "News and Notes", is devoted to a different column each week, written by two of the magazine's more-prominent writers: "The Final Cut" is written by former executive editor and author Mark Harris. Harris' column focuses on analyzing current popular-culture events, is the most serious of the columns. Harris has written among other topics.
"Binge Thinking" was written by screenwriter Diablo Cody. After several profiles of Cody in the months leading up to and following the release of her debut film, she was hired to write a column detailing her unique view of the entertainment business. If You Ask Me..." Libby Gelman-Waxer was brought in to write his former Premiere column for Entertainment Weekly in 2011. There are four to six major articles within the middle pages of the magazine; these articles are most interviews, but there are narrative articles as well as lists. Feature articles tend to focus on movies and television and less on books and the theatre. In the magazine's history, there have only been a few cover stories devoted to authors. There are seven sections of reviews in the back pages of each issue (together enc