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First Footage From “Scream 4″ Premieres At Spike TV’s “Scream” Awards

First Footage From "Scream 4" Premieres At Spike TV’s “Scream” Awards.

First Footage From "Scream 4" Premieres At Spike TV’s “Scream” Awards.

First Footage From “Scream 4″ Premieres At Spike TV’s “Scream” Awards. While “Scream 4” is the one of the most highly anticipated films of 2011, even the first look at official footage from the film was overshadowed by the stars’ off-screen troubles. David Arquette made his first public appearance since his separation from Courteney Cox Saturday at the taping of Spike TV’s “Scream” Awards. Cox, previously scheduled to appear, was a no-show. Arquette took the stage with his fellow “Scream 4” co-stars Neve Campbell and Emma Roberts, as well as director Wes Craven, there to introduce the first look at the upcoming sequel. “‘Scream’ was the first slasher film of our generation to break down the rules of survival in a horror movie,” Arquette said at the event, set to air Tuesday. The “Scream” awards also featured a first look at “Scream 4” and its extensive all-star cast, including quick glimpses of cast members Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Marley Shelton, Alison Brie, as well as cameos from Kristen Bell, Anna Paquin, and Shenae Grimes. “Welcome home Sidney,” the killer tells Campbell’s character in the world premiere clip. “You’re a survivor, aren’t you Sidney? What good is it being a survivor when everyone close to you is dead?” “Scream 4” won’t hit theaters until April 15th, 2011, but the exclusive first footage airs on the “Scream” awards today on Spike TV at 9pm ET/PT.

Erica Kane becoming TV’s ultimate cougar

erica-kane Susan Lucci’s memorable “All My Children” character is about to become TV’s Ultimate Cougar. The conniving Erica Kane, with 10 husbands down already, will fall into the arms of a much younger man on ABC’s soap opera this summer. To make life a little more complicated, it’s her daughter’s ex-husband and ex-fiance’s stepson.  The soap opera’s summer story line puts Lucci squarely into television’s zeitgeist, now buzzing with stories about experienced women looking for younger models — as opposed to old men looking for models. Cable’s TV Land just wrapped up “The Cougar,” a reality series featuring a 40-year-old blond mother of four with salivating 20-somethings competing for her hand. ABC is prepping the comedy “Cougar Town” for the fall, with former “Friends” star Courteney Cox re-entering the dating world. On CBS’ “Accidentally on Purpose,” Jenna Elfman has a baby with a slacker she picked up for a one-night stand. “Certainly the fact that it is a hot topic right now makes it all that more delicious for us,” said “All My Children” executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers. “It doesn’t mean that that is how we’re going to tell the story.”  And it’s hard to find a TV character with a richer history. Kane has lived a lot since arriving in fictional Pine Valley in 1970, with a drug addiction, time in prison, a stolen embryo, a rape that resulted in a daughter, a stabbing of Husband No. 8 and many, many manipulations. She reached double figures in husbands just two years ago.  While Demi Moore may seem the prototype cougar these days, Lucci’s frame of reference leads her to Anne Bancroft’s Mrs. Robinson and her famous seduction of Dustin Hoffman in “The Graduate.”  In the relationship with Ryan Lavery, “I’m sure people would expect it to be the kind of story line where Erica was manipulating things,” Lucci said. “But there’s been zero of that.”  Those involved say the idea came from the audience.  Carruthers said Lucci, 62, and the 39-year-old Cameron Mathison, who plays Ryan, have a good comic chemistry and writers were looking for a way to feature them more, although not necessarily as romantic partners. Ryan was once married to Kendall, the girl Kane gave birth to after being raped at age 14.  Erica and Ryan went on a business trip together in episodes early this spring. Their car broke down, they found a cabin in the woods, they drew separate baths and, when Erica climbed on Ryan’s shoulders searching for better cell phone reception, she slipped and fell into his arms.

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