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8 items from 2003


Leary Slams Joke Stealing Claims

6 October 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Denis Leary has hit back at a little-known comedian who has accused the star of stealing material from late cult funnyman Bill Hicks. Joe Rogan, host of American TV series The Man Show, has slammed both Leary and Robin Williams for using scripts and jokes belonging to other comedians during their stand-up routine. Rogan spits, "Leary stole material from Bill Hicks. It's pretty common knowledge among comedians. Williams stole a lot of material too. I have seen comics leave clubs when he walks in." Although Mrs Doubtfire star Williams has refused to comment on the accusations, Leary has rubbished Rogan's remarks and attacked him for concentrating too much on other people's careers and not enough on his own. He says, "If Joe Rogan knows of a way to steal enough material to fill an hour- long special, tell him to let me know so I can stop working my a** off. And if he spent more time worrying about his own career, maybe he'd have a job that doesn't involve watching ex-bartenders eating worms." »

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IFC in 'Search' of new tribute to helmer Demme

1 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- The Independent Film Channel has begun production on a tribute to late director Ted Demme. Scheduled for release late next year, In Search of Ted Demme will feature a cavalcade of actors remembering the filmmaker, who died in January 2002 after amassing credits that include Blow and The Ref. The film will be executive produced by Richard LaGravenese, who directed A Decade Under the Influence with Demme, as well as Denis Leary and Jim Serpico of Apostle Pictures, together with Demme's wife, Amanda Scheer-Demme. Leary will be joined onscreen by people who worked with Demme, including Kevin Spacey, Johnny Depp, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Bruckheimer and Joel Silver. Search will be told with the same kind of offbeat humor Demme was known for, said IFC director of original programming Alison Bourke, who also will executive produce the project with Ed Carroll, the network's executive vp and general manager. John Walter will direct Search; Jerry Kupfer of K2 Pictures produces. »

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Leary sends 'Rescue' unit to FX

23 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Job creators Denis Leary and Peter Tolan are reteaming for Rescue Me, a one-hour project for FX from Sony Pictures TV set at a New York firehouse. The network has greenlighted a pilot from the drama with comedic elements starring Leary as a fireman in the post-Sept. 11 era. Created and written by Leary and Tolan and to be directed by Tolan, the pilot, targeted for summer, is slated to be shot next month in New York. Leary, his producing partner Jim Serpico and Tolan will executive produce for Leary and Serpico's Apostle Pictures, Tolan's the Cloudland Co. and DreamWorks TV in association with Sony Pictures TV. »

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Leary roast the toast of Comedy net

13 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- The Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary fired up big ratings for the cable channel, reaching 3.3 million total viewers. The total tally for the Aug. 10 broadcast was not only the highest-rated Roast in the six-year history of the franchise but represented the most-watched program ever on the network with the exception of South Park. Roast also scored the highest 18-49 yield ever for the franchise, drawing 2.5 million viewers in that demographic. The Leary tribute, which saw such top comedians as Jon Stewart, Jim Breuer and Colin Quinn mock their longtime colleague, was the first year Comedy handed off roasting duties to Leary's Apostle Pictures (HR 4/23). The New York Friars Club handled the ceremony for the first five years. »

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A Comedy full 'House'

27 May 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Comedy Central is looking to expand Denis Leary's shorts. Lauren Corrao, senior vp original programming and head of development at Comedy Central, has groomed a new series from a batch of 30-second animated interstitials dubbed House Arrest that Leary's Apostle Pictures recently produced for the network. The evolution of House Arrest from shorts to series exemplifies the nontraditional approach Comedy Central has taken to development in the 10 months since Corrao joined the channel as senior vp original programming, based in Los Angeles. A former MTV and Fox Broadcasting Co. development executive, Corrao came to Comedy Central after working with scribe Peter Tolan as his producing partner on such projects as ABC's The Job and Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central). »

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Comedy Central cutting in with ani 'Arrest' spots

30 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Comedy Central is launching a series of animated interstitials produced by Denis Leary and Jim Serpico's production company, Apostle Pictures, that will feature stand-up comedians Dane Cook, Greg Fitzsimmons, Janeane Garofalo, Jay Mohr, Patrice O'Neal, Jeffrey Ross and Leary. The clips, which vary in length from 15-60 seconds, are full or shortened versions of spots from House Arrest, Apostle's animated half-hour pilot for the cable network, which is a serious contender for a series pickup. They will start running Thursday and will be featured at least once an hour in all dayparts through May and June. House Arrest, created by Eric Brown, Tom Sellitti and Serpico, stars Chico and Beanie, two twentysomething underachievers who, adhering to Chico's mandatory house-arrest sentence, ride the couch and watch animated interstitials -- visual illustrations of jokes by stand-up comedians. »

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Leary, Comedy cook up roast franchise

23 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Comedy Central is launching a roast franchise and has recruited actor-producer Denis Leary to produce it. The cable channel has inked a deal with Leary and Jim Serpico's Apostle Pictures to produce Comedy Central-branded annual specials poking fun at well-known personalities for the next three years. Leary is going to be the first to step into the roasting pit with The Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary, which will be taped June 26 for an Aug. 10 broadcast. Michael J. Fox, James Gandolfini, Elizabeth Hurley, Colin Quinn, Jon Stewart and Christopher Walken are among the celebrities scheduled to attend. In the past five years, Comedy Central carried the New York Friars Club annual roast ceremonies, with the telecasts ranking as the five top-rated specials in the channel's history. This year, the Friars Club decided not to have their roast televised. Meanwhile, Comedy Central has been exploring the idea of launching its own roast franchise better suited for TV than the designed-as-a-live-event Friars ceremony and approached longtime collaborator Leary with it. »

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Leary, Comedy cook up roast franchise

23 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Comedy Central is launching a roast franchise and has recruited actor-producer Denis Leary to produce it. The cable channel has inked a deal with Leary and Jim Serpico's Apostle Pictures to produce Comedy Central-branded annual specials poking fun at well-known personalities for the next three years. Leary is going to be the first to step into the roasting pit with The Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary, which will be taped June 26 for an Aug. 10 broadcast. Michael J. Fox, James Gandolfini, Elizabeth Hurley, Colin Quinn, Jon Stewart and Christopher Walken are among the celebrities scheduled to attend. In the past five years, Comedy Central carried the New York Friars Club annual roast ceremonies, with the telecasts ranking as the five top-rated specials in the channel's history. This year, the Friars Club decided not to have their roast televised. Meanwhile, Comedy Central has been exploring the idea of launching its own roast franchise better suited for TV than the designed-as-a-live-event Friars ceremony and approached longtime collaborator Leary with it. »

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