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‘Scream’ Cast Then & Now: See Where Neve Campbell, Rose McGowan & More Stars Are Now

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In honor of the newest ‘Scream’ sequel coming our way in 2021, we thought it’d be fun to catch up with the cast from the original movie and see what the actors have been up to.

Scream first premiered in December 1996 and starred Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Skeet Ulrich, and Drew Barrymore. Subsequent sequels were later released in 1997, 2000, and 2011, and featured stars like Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Emma Roberts, however, if you ask us, nothing ever matched the magic of the first entry in the series. So with another sequel (Scream 5) officially heading to theaters in 2021, we thought there was no better time than the present to take a look back at the original movie’s cast and see where they are now.

Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott)

Neve Campbell (Dimension Films/courtesy Everett Collection/Mega)

Neve Campbell starred as Sidney Prescott, a young woman who was hunted by various killers (all taking on the persona of “Ghostface”) throughout the franchise. In the first movie, Sidney was preparing for the first anniversary of her mother’s murder, when a new killer began stalking her. Her mother was believed to have been killed by a man named Cotton Weary, but it was later revealed that her mother’s true murderers were Sidney’s boyfriend Billy Loomis, and his good friend, Stu Macher.

After starring in the Scream movies, Neve continued to act and build her resume. She took on roles in shows like House Of Cards, Medium, Grey’s Anatomy, The Simpsons and Mad Men. She also starred in movies like Investigating Sex, Skyscraper with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Castle in the Ground. Neve has been married twice and has two children with her current boyfriend, JJ Feild.

David Arquette (Dwight ‘Dewey’ Riley)

David Arquette (Dimension Films/courtesy Everett Collection/AP)

As Deputy “Dewey” Riley, David Arquette’s character investigated the Woodsboro murders and it almost led to his demise. Fortunately, he managed to survive and went on to live through three more movies. He also proposed to Gale Weathers at the end of Scream 3.

After starring in Scream, David appeared in several films, including Never Been Kissed, 3000 Miles to Graceland, and Bone Tomahawk. He’s also had roles in shows like Friends, My Name is Earl, and Medium. Interestingly, David is also a professional wrestler who won the World Championship Wrestling heavyweight title in 2000. Yes, really.

David recently talked to HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY about who may or may not be returning for Scream 5.

Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers)

Courteney Cox (Dimension Films/courtesy Everett Collection/Mega)

Courteney Cox played Gale Weathers, an overly eager journalist who covered the Woodsboro murders for a news outlet. While she originally serves as a nemesis for Sidney, Gale eventually became less focused on her career and more focused on building relationships with those around her. It may actually be one of the main reasons why she has survived so many attacks from the killer, and why she’ll be back for Scream 5.

Courteney was already starring on Friends (1994-2004) when Scream premiered in 1996, but after the movie was released, she went on to star in shows like Dirt, and Cougar Town, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Offscreen, she married Scream co-star David Arquette in 1999, but they later divorced in 2013. They have one daughter, Coco, together, who was born in 2004.

Skeet Ulrich (Billy Loomis)

Skeet Ulrich (Dimension Films/courtesy Everett Collection/Mega)

Skeet Ulrich played Sidney’s boyfriend Billy Loomis in the first Scream movie. His involvement in Sidney’s mom’s death is actually one of the biggest twists of the movie. However, after revealing his motivation in her murder, Sidney shoots and kills him.

After his role in Scream, Skeet appeared in other films, including Nobody’s Baby and Ride With the Devil. He also starred in several TV shows, including Miracles, Law & Order: LA, and most recently, Riverdale, where he played FP Jones for the first four seasons. Skeet has two children with his ex-wife Georgina Cates, whom he divorced in 2005.

Matthew Lillard (Stu Macher)

Matthew Lillard (Dimension Films/courtesy Everett Collection/Mega)

Matthew Lillard played Billy’s accomplice Stu in the first Scream movie. Stu was the boyfriend of Sidney’s best friend, Tatum. He also hosted a party at his house after his ex-girlfriend, Casey, was murdered. At the party, it’s revealed that he and Billy are the Ghostface killers. Stu dies, though, after Sidney drops a TV on his head and electrocutes him.

After starring in Scream, Matthew took on the role of Shaggy in the 2002 live-action Scooby-Doo movie. He also appeared in movies like SLC Punk!, She’s All That, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and The Descendants. The actor, who married his wife Heather Helm in 2000, can also be seen in shows like The Bridge, the reboot of Twin Peaks, and Good Girls. He and his wife share three children together.

Jamie Kennedy (Randy Meeks)

Jamie Kennedy (Dimension Films/courtesy Everett Collection/AP)

In the first Scream movie, Jamie Kennedy plays Randy — a horror movie buff who has feelings for Sidney. Even though he’s shot by one of the killers towards the end of the movie, he survives. Sadly, we can’t say Randy faces the same fate in the sequel, but he’s still as memorable today as he was back then.

Since Scream, Jamie has appeared in movies like Max Keeble’s Big Move and Son of the Mask, as well as shows like Criminal Minds, The Cleveland Show, and Lucifer. Jamie also starred on the final two seasons of Ghost Whisperer with Jennifer Love Hewitt. He’s also done stand-up comedy and has appeared in comedy specials throughout the years.

Rose McGowan (Tatum Riley)

Rose McGowan (Dimension Films/courtesy Everett Collection/Mega)

In addition to playing Sidney’s best friend, Tatum, Rose McGowan also played the girlfriend of Stu and the sister of Deputy “Dewey” Riley. Sadly, she was killed by Ghostface in a garage during Stu’s party. But after her role in the movie, she went on to star in several ’90s movies, including Jawbreaker, The Doom Generation and Southie. She also — most notably — starred as Paige Matthews on Charmed for five seasons.

Most recently, she got into an online feud with her former Charmed co-star, Alyssa Milano, saying the actress was “toxic” behind the scenes.

Drew Barrymore (Casey Becker)

Drew Barrymore (Dimension Films/courtesy Everett Collection/Mega)

Drew Barrymore had a small but very memorable role as murdered teen Casey in Scream. When recently talking about the famous slasher movie, she revealed why she fought for her character to die so early in the movie.

Now, she’s still one of the biggest names in Hollywood. She’s starred in movies like The Wedding Singer, Never Been Kissed, Donnie Darko, 50 First Dates, and Whip It, as well as shows like Santa Clarita Diet. Her very own talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show, also premieres on September 14. Drew married art consultant Will Kopelman in 2012 and she has two daughters with him, but they divorced in 2016.

Liev Schreiber (Cotton Weary)

Liev Schreiber (Dimension Films/courtesy Everett Collection/Mega)

Liev Schrieber played Cotton Weary in the Scream franchise. He was initially suspected of killing Sidney’s mother Maureen, but it was later revealed in the first movie that he was innocent, even though he and Maureen were having an affair before her murder.

Liev got his big break in the Scream movies, and he’s been acting ever since. He’s starred in films, including Hamlet, The Omen, Salt, The Butler, and Spotlight. And on TV, he plays the title character on the crime drama Ray Donovan. The actor has two sons with former partner Naomi Watts. They separated in 2016, after 11 years together.

Henry Winkler (Arthur Himbry)

Henry Winkler (Dimension Films/courtesy Everett Collection/Mega)

Henry Winkler played Principal Himbry in Scream. He was tragically killed by the Ghostface killers (later revealed to be Billy and Stu) during a brutal attack in his office, so he didn’t stick around for too long. But the Happy Days actor continued acting after this movie was released.

Henry has appeared in movies like Click, Holes, and Here Comes the Boom. And in addition to playing Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on Happy Days, which he’s best known for, the actor appeared on TV shows like Law & Order: SVU. He currently plays acting coach Gene Cousineau on Barry.

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Netflix is developing a live action ‘Assassin’s Creed’ show

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Netflix announced this morning that it’s partnering with Ubisoft to adapt the game publisher’s “Assassin’s Creed” franchise into a live action series.

The franchise jumps around in history, telling the story of a secret society of assassins with “genetic memory” and their centuries-long battle the knights templar. It has sold 155 million games worldwide and was also turned into a nearly incomprehensible 2016 film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which underperformed at the box office.

The companies say that they’re currently looking for a showrunner. Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik of Ubisoft’s film and television division will serve as executive producers. (In addition to working on adaptations of Ubisoft’s intellectual property, the publisher is also involved in the Apple TV+ industry comedy “Mythic Quest.”)

“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” said Netflix’s vice president of original series Peter Friedlander in a statement. “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”

It sounds like there could be follow-up shows as well, with the announcement saying that Netflix and Ubisoft will “tap into the iconic video game’s trove of dynamic stories with global mass appeal for adaptations of live action, animated, and anime series.”

Netflix recently placed an eight-episode order for “Resident Evil,” another video game franchise that was previously adapted for the big screen. And it also had a big hit with its adaptation of “The Witcher,” which is based on a fantasy book series that was popularized via video games.

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Original Content podcast: ‘Lovecraft Country’ is gloriously bonkers

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As we tried to recap the first season of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” one thing became clear: The show is pretty nuts.

The story begins by sending Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti Lewis (Jurnee Smolett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip across mid-’50s America in search of Tic’s missing father. You might assume that the search will occupy the entire season, or take even longer than that; instead, the initial storyline is wrapped up quickly.

And while there’s a story running through the whole season, most of the episodes are relatively self-contained, offering their own versions on various horror and science fiction tropes. There’s a haunted house episode, an Indiana Jones episode, a time travel episode and more.

The show isn’t perfect — the writing can be clunky, the special effects cheesy and cheap-looking. But at its best, it does an impressive job of mixing increasingly outlandish plots, creepy monsters (with plentiful gore) and a healthy dose of politics.

After all, “Lovecraft Country” (adapted form a book by Matt Ruff) is named after notoriously racist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, but it focuses almost entirely on Black characters, making the case that old genres can be reinvigorated with diverse casts and a rethinking of political assumptions.

In addition to reviewing the show, the latest episode of the Original Content podcast also includes a discussion of Netflix earnings, the new season of “The Bachelorette” and the end of Quibi.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also follow us on Twitter or send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

And if you’d like to skip ahead, here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:00 Intro
0:36 Netflix discussion
3:18 “The Bachelorette”
6:30 Quibi
14:35 “Lovecraft Country” review
31:32 “Lovecraft Country” spoiler discussion

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The short, strange life of Quibi

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“All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way.”

With that, the founding executives confirmed the rumors and put Quibi to bed, a little more than six months after launching the service.

Starting a business is an impossibly difficult task under nearly any conditions, but even in a world that’s littered with high-profile failures, the streaming service’s swan song was remarkable for both its dramatically brief lifespan and the amount of money the company managed to raise (and spend) during that time.

A month ahead of its commercial launch, Quibi announced that it had raised another $750 million. That second round of funding brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

“We concluded a very successful second raise which will provide Quibi with a strong cash runway,” CFO Ambereen Toubassy told the press at the time. “This round of $750 million gives us tremendous flexibility and the financial wherewithal to build content and technology that consumers embrace.”

Quibi’s second funding round brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

From a financial perspective, Quibi had reason to be hopeful. Its fundraising ambitions were matched only by the aggressiveness with which it planned to spend that money. At the beginning of the year, Whitman touted the company’s plans to spend up to $100,000 per minute of programming — $6 million per hour. The executive proudly contrasted the jaw-dropping sum to the estimated $500 to $5,000 an hour spent by YouTube creators.

For Whitman and Katzenberg — best known for their respective reigns at HP and Disney — money was key to success in an already crowded marketplace. $1 billion was a drop in the bucket compared to the $17.3 billion Netflix was expected to spend on original content in 2020, but it was a start.

Following in the footsteps of Apple, who had also recently announced plans to spend $1 billion to launch its own fledgling streaming service, the company was enlisting A-List talent, from Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott to Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and LeBron James. If your name carried any sort of clout in Hollywood boardrooms, Quibi would happily cut you a check, seemingly regardless of content specifics.

Quibi’s strategy primarily defined itself by itself by its constraints. In hopes of attracting younger millennial and Gen Z, the company’s content would be not just mobile-first, but mobile-only. There would be no smart TV app, no Chromecast or AirPlay compatibility. Pricing, while low compared to the competition, was similarly off-putting. After a 90-day free trial, $4.99 got you an ad-supported subscription. And boy howdy, were there ads. Ads upon ads. Ads all the way down. Paying another $3 a month would make them go away.

Technological constraints and Terms of Service fine print forbade screen shots — a fundamental understanding of how content goes viral in 2020 (though, to be fair, one shared with other competing streaming services). Amusingly, the inability to share content led to videos like this one of director Sam Raimi’s perplexingly earnest “The Golden Arm.”

It features a built-on laugh track from viewers as Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan lies in a hospital bed after refusing to remove a golden prosthetic. It’s an allegory, surely, but not one intentionally played for laughs. Many of the videos that did ultimately make the rounds on social media were regarded as a curiosity — strange artifacts from a nascent streaming service that made little sense on paper.

Most notable of all, however, were the “quick bites” that gave the service its confusingly pronounced name. Each program would be served in 5-10 minute chunks. The list included films acquired by the service, sliced up into “chapters.” Notably, the service didn’t actually purchase the content outright; instead, rights were set to revert to their creators after seven years. Meanwhile, after two years, content partners were able to “reassemble” the chunks back into a movie for distribution.

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