Jean-Claude Van Damme Stars in Spike Original Movie

October 29th, 2007 by SPIKE Press

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JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME STARS IN SPIKE ORIGINAL MOVIE
“UNTIL DEATH” PREMIERING SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25 AT 9 PM

Project Is First Of Thirteen Films Slated Under The “Spike Guy Movies” Umbrella

New York, NY, October 29, 2007 – Jean-Claude Van Damme (“Sudden Death,” “Timecop”) and Academy Award®-nominated actor Stephen Rea (“The Crying Game,” “V for Vendetta”) star in the Spike original movie, “Until Death,” premiering on Sunday, November 25th from 9 – 11 p.m. (ET/PT).   “Until Death” is the first of thirteen films slated under the “Spike Guy Movies” umbrella that will air through 2008.

“Until Death” is a gritty action-thriller centered around the life of a dirty cop (Van Damme) and follows his downward spiral and eventual salvation.  Anthony Stowe (Van Damme) is a down-and-out narcotics cop who spends his days strung out on heroine, drunk, cheating on his wife with prostitutes and haunted by the elusive Callahan (Rea), his former partner turned crime boss.   After a vicious gunfight with Callahan and his men, Stowe is left for dead and falls into a coma.   After nearly losing his life while hunting his former partner, Anthony recovers, a changed man and sets out to right his wrongs and bring down his nemesis. 

“We’re very excited to bring Van Damme back to the small screen for our audience.  He is the embodiment of action and is able to give his tumultuous character so much depth – all while delivering the explosive action we’re accustomed to,” said John Griffin, vice president of programming, Spike TV.  

“We are pleased that Spike has chosen to premiere this outstanding action film.  Jean-Claude Van Damme’s films are perfect for the Spike audience,” says Avi Lerner, principal of Millennium Films.  “We enjoy dealing with everyone at the network and look forward to providing them with many more action titles.”

Millennium Films and Signature Entertainment present a Bellpark Limited, Euroimage EOOD, Absolut Film Management GmbH, M7 Productions Co-Production, a film by Simon Fellows, “Until Death.”  Film is produced by Moshe Diamant, David Varod, Daphne Lerner, Christian Frohn, Frank Hubner and Trevor Short.  Danny Dimbort, John Thompson, Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson and William Pfeiffer serve as executive producers.  “Until Death” was written by Dan Harris and James Portolese.
 
Spike TV is available in 93.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. 

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Spike TV Announces Scream 2007 Winners!!!

October 19th, 2007 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES SCREAM 2007 WINNERS!!!

HARRISON FORD CROWNED WITH FIRST EVER HERO AWARD

NEIL GAIMAN, “STAR TREK: THE WRATH OF KHAN” AND ALICE COOPER HONORED

“TRANSFORMER” STARS SHIA LABEOUF AND MEGAN FOX SCORE MAJOR AWARDS

JESSICA BIEL NAMED FANTASY FOX;
“HEROES” ACTRESS HAYDEN PANETTIERE WINS BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE

SHOW PREMIERES TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23 AT 10PM, ET/PT

Los Angeles, CA, Saturday, October 19, 2007 – Spike TV put on an out of the world performance bringing together the world’s of horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comic book industries this evening to honor the genres’ outstanding accomplishments over the past year.  Featuring appearances by Harrison Ford, Alice Cooper, Hayden Pannettiere and many others, SCREAM 2007 did not fail to disappoint the audience with its wide array of talent and ground breaking performances.

The night opened with a bang as Spike TV honored Harrison Ford with the first ever Hero Award for his cumulative work in such films as “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones” and “The Fugitive.”  The Hero Award is given to a true superstar – an icon in the hearts and minds of fans everywhere, a living legend, whose body of work inspires all those with a love of the fantastic.   Other special honorees of the evening included “Comic-Con Icon Award” winner Neil Gaiman; The 25th anniversary celebration of “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan” and the second annual “SCREAM Rock Immortal” presented to Alice Cooper. 

The summer blockbuster “Transformers” blew away the competition winning several honors, including Best Sci-Fi Movie and Best F/X, while star Shia LaBeouf was named Sci-Fi Star and co-star Megan Fox walked away with Sci-Fi Siren.  The stunning Jessica Alba was awarded Best Female Superhero and “Heroes” star Hayden Pannettiere was recognized as Breakout Star.

Memorable performances of the night included Avenged Sevenfold’s rendition of “Scream” from their soon to be released album.  Rock legend Ozzy Osbourne took the stage tonight to a standing ovation.  The night belonged to rock immortal Alice Cooper as he closed the show with an all-star rock performance of “I Love The Dead/School’s Out” with rock gods Slash and Rob Zombie.  

Taped at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, SCREAM 2007 will premiere Tuesday, October 23 (10:00 PM – Midnight, ET/PT) to an estimated audience of one billion viewers worldwide.  

A full list of winners is included below:

THE ULTIMATE SCREAM
• 300

BEST HORROR MOVIE
• 28 WEEKS LATER

BEST FANTASY MOVIE
PAN’S LABYRINTH

BEST SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE
• TRANSFORMERS

BEST TV SHOW
• HEROES

BEST COMIC BOOK
• 30 DAYS OF NIGHT

SCREAM QUEEN
• KATE BECKINSALE, VACANCY

SCREAM KING
• SHIA LABEOUF, DISTURBIA

BEST SUPERHERO
• TOBEY MAGUIRE AS SPIDER-MAN, SPIDER-MAN 3

SEXIEST SUPERHERO
• JESSICA ALBA, FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER

FANTASY FOX
• JESSICA BIEL, THE ILLUSIONIST

FANTASY HERO
• JOHNNY DEPP, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END

SCI-FI SIREN
• MEGAN FOX, TRANSFORMERS

SCI-FI STAR

• SHIA LABEOUF, TRANSFORMERS

BEST CAMEO
• KEITH RICHARDS, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END

BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE
• HAYDEN PANETTIERE, HEROES

MOST VILE VILLAIN
• RALPH FIENNES, HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

MOST MEMORABLE MUTILATIONI
• DISMEMBERED IN CAR CRASH, GRINDHOUSE

BEST COMIC-TO-SCREEN ADAPTATION
• 300

BEST SEQUEL
• HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

“JUMP-FROM-YOUR-SEAT” SCENE OF THE YEAR
• FINAL BATTLE: MEGATRON VS. OPTIMUS PRIME, TRANSFORMERS

BEST DIRECTOR
• QUENTIN TARANTINO & ROBERT RODRIGUEZ, GRINDHOUSE

BEST SCREAM-PLAY
• GRINDHOUSE, WRITTEN BY ROBERT RODRIGUEZ, QUENTIN TARANTINO, JEFF RENDELL, ELI ROTH, EDGAR WRIGHT & ROB ZOMBIE

BEST F/X
• TRANSFORMERS

BEST FOREIGN MOVIE
• PAN’S LABYRINTH (SPAIN)

BEST COMIC BOOK WRITER
• FRANK MILLER, ALL-STAR BATMAN & ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER/FRANK MILLER’S ROBOCOP

BEST COMIC BOOK ARTIST
• JOHN CASSADY, ASTONISHING X-MEN

BEST SCREEN-TO-COMIC ADAPTATION
• 28 DAYS LATER: THE AFTERMATH

MOST SHOCKING COMIC BOOK TWIST
• CAPTAIN AMERICA DIES!, CAPTAIN AMERICA

Spike TV is available in 95.3 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.

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The Ultimate Fighter Season 7 Coaches Announced

October 19th, 2007 by SPIKE Press

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QUINTON “RAMPAGE” JACKSON AND FORREST GRIFFIN TO COACH SEASON 7 OF “THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®”

New York, NY - The landmark reality series The Ultimate Fighter®, has launched the UFC® careers of some of mixed martial arts’ brightest young stars, including Kenny Florian, Rashad Evans, Josh Koscheck, Michael Bisping and Joe Stevenson.  Season 7 of The Ultimate Fighter will feature perhaps its most famous alum, Season 1′s champion and top light heavyweight contender Forrest Griffin, as he will come full circle to serve as one of the coaches opposite the undisputed light heavyweight champion of the world, the charismatic Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

The two fan favorites will coach 16 of the best up and coming mixed martial artists in the middleweight (185 lbs) division.  The two finalists will square off in a live finale in July, with the winner being declared The Ultimate Fighter® and netting a six figure contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, the premier mixed martial arts organization in the world. 

Production on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Griffin Vs. Team Rampage begins in Las Vegas in January and will last 6 weeks, and will premiere this April on Spike TV.  The series will once again be hosted by UFC President Dana White.

“With two coaches whose personalities are as strong as their fighting skills, this season of The Ultimate Fighter promises to be the most explosive yet,” said White. 
 
“With Rampage and Forrest at the helm, audiences should expect the unexpected,” said Brian Diamond, Co-Executive Producer and Senior Vice President, Sports & Specials, Spike TV.  “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Griffin Vs. Team Rampage will feature new twists and turns that are sure to bring more action and intensity between the fighters and coaches than ever before.”

A native of Memphis, TN now living and training in Southern California, light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is one of the most complete fighters in the UFC®.  An All-State wrestler in high school, Jackson’s is as adept on the ground as he is on his feet utilizing his world class striking ability.  One of the top light heavyweights in Japan’s PRIDE organization for years, Jackson made his UFC® debut in February of 2007 and made quick work of Marvin Eastman.  The victory earned him a title shot against Chuck Liddell, one of the most dominant champions in UFC® history who had won his seven previous fights, including two each against Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz.  A little over three minutes into the first round of their bout at UFC 71, Jackson made sure Liddell’s win streak would not swell to eight, winning the UFC® light heavyweight title with a stunning combination of strikes that caused referee Big John McCarthy to stop the fight.  Jackson put his newly acquired title on the line against PRIDE champion Dan Henderson at UFC 75 on Spike TV, and won a grueling five round decision to unify the titles and become the undisputed light heavyweight champion of the world.  Jackson will try and translate his unparalleled success inside the Octagon™ to the realm of coaching on this season of The Ultimate Fighter. 

In 2005, Forrest Griffin was a police officer in Athens, GA.  With a degree in political science from the University of Georgia under his belt, Griffin was training in mixed martial arts part time as he tried to figure out the next step in his life.  That step turned out to be the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter, with Griffin winning the light heavyweight competition of the show by defeating Stephan Bonnar at the finale in a three round war which is hailed as one of the greatest fights in mixed martial arts history to this day.  It provided a springboard for Griffin, who has gone on to fight some of the UFC’s best while becoming one of the organization’s most popular fighters, most recently notching an impressive win over the heavily favored Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 76.

Craig Piligian of Pilgrim Films and Television, Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White of Zuffa, LLC, and Kevin Kay of Spike TV are the show’s executive producers. Brian J. Diamond, senior vice president, Sports & Specials, Spike TV is co-executive producer and Christopher Martello is executive in charge of production for Spike TV.  

Spike TV is available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc.

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