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'The Weird Al Show': The Complete Oral History

'The Weird Al Show': The Complete Oral History
Al Yankovic can be described in a lot of ways besides "Weird." Most people know that he's a chart-topping singer-songwriter, a director-producer, a top-notch parodist, an author and a die-hard polka enthusiast. Even those who have followed his career closely, however, may have forgotten he was, for a brief moment, the host of a short-lived children's television show.

The Weird Al Show debuted on CBS on September 13, 1997 as part of their Saturday morning lineup. Each episode began with the all important "today's lesson" before viewers were invited into Yankovic's underground
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Isaiah Washington Hits Gay Club Circuit for Unique ‘Blackbird’ Marketing Campaign

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Isaiah Washington Hits Gay Club Circuit for Unique ‘Blackbird’ Marketing Campaign
In what can best be described as an unconventional pitch to make his new movie soar, Isaiah Washington hit up a gay nightclub this past weekend to promote Lgbt drama “Blackbird.” TMZ posted video Tuesday of Washington and “Blackbird” costar Gary LeRoi Gray partying at West Hollywood hotspot Rage. Washington, who produced and co-stars in the film, was videotaped drinking, dancing, making new friends and singing “Blackbird’s” praises. The star’s marketing effort apparently paid off. “Blackbird” opened Friday in 13 theaters, taking in $45,834 for a respectable $3,526 per screen average. Also Read: Mo'Nique on Why Black Hollywood Actors Shunned Gay-Themed
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Isaiah Washington -- Raging in Gay Bar to Get the Word Out On New Film

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Isaiah Washington's on a guerrilla marketing campaign to spread the word about his new movie to the Lgbt community, and he went all in -- maybe not all in -- by partying at a legendary gay bar.  Washington hit up Rage nightclub in West Hollywood  (one of the biggest gay bars in town) this past weekend promoting "Blackbird" with his co-star Gary LeRoi Gray. We're told he was drinking and dancing ... having a great time.
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The Boys in the Choir: Polk’s Antiquated Rendition of the Rural Gay Narrative

The blatant underrepresentation of black gay characters in film, whatever letter they’re placed into on the inclusive Lgbt spectrum, is simply not reason enough to appreciate the elemental contrivances of Patrik-Ian Polk’s Blackbird, an independent film rife with cliché in its euphemistic depiction of the rural queer experience that does little to elevate the film’s archaic nature.

The title has been inadvertently thrown into a higher caliber pop culture zeitgeist thanks to its distinction as Mo’Nique’s first post-Oscar role since her 2009 win for Best Supporting Actress in Precious. The significant media coverage concerning potential fallout between herself and director Lee Daniels should enhance the film’s shelf-life beyond the trappings of a niche market. Produced by the actress and her agent/husband Sidney Hicks, the project feels very much like the
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Digital Audience Ratings: ‘Furious 7’ Rides to the Top, ‘Magic Mike’ Makes Huge Debut

Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – Film, a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to film (see the TV version here). Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – Film measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar, scroll to the bottom of the article.

Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – Film Weekly Top 5 Wednesday Feb 4, 2015 – Tuesday Feb 10, 2015 Rank Last Week Film Rating(000) 1 3 Furious 7 11,369 2 – Magic Mike Xxl 9,749 3 4 Fifty Shades of Grey 6,788 4 1 Ted 2 3,568 5 - The Lazarus Effect 3,075 -

Key First time on the chart Pinnacle Rank -

Trending Wednesday Feb 4, 2015 – Tuesday Feb 10, 2015 Film Rating(000) % Change Poltergeist 1,999 +28,883% Straight Outta Compton 2,917 +14,621% The Lazarus Effect 3,075 +6,795%

Insights:

Still hot from last week’s Super Bowl spots, Universal films held onto 50% of this week’s leaderboard spots. “Furious 7,” “Fifty Shades,” and “Ted 2” kept top 5 spots,
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Nwa biopic Straight Outta Compton unveils first trailer

Nwa biopic Straight Outta Compton unveils first trailer
Nwa biopic Straight Outta Compton has debuted its first trailer.

Two of the film's subjects, Ice Cube and Dr Dre, recorded an introduction for the first look at the movie.

The film will star Marcus Callender (Headshots & Breakdowns) as Dre and Jason Mitchell (Contraband) as Eazy E, while Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson Jr will play his father.

Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr will appear as Mc Ren and DJ Yella. The cast also includes Paul Giamatti, Alexandra Shipp and Keith Stanfield.

Last year, the first picture of the central cast was unveiled by Ice Cube.

F Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off) is directing the project, with the screenplay written by Andrea Berloff.

Straight Outta Compton will be released in cinemas on August 14.
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Sea Of Trees wraps shoot

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Gus Van Sant has concluded principal photography in location in Japan and Massachusetts on Bloom sales title The Sea Of Trees.

Mathew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts star in the story of a suicidal man who journeys to the notorious Aokigahara forest in Japan, where he has a life-changing encounter.

The cast also includes Katie Aselton and Jordan Gavaris.

Part of the shoot took place in Aokigahara at the foothills of Mt Fuji. Post-production work is now underway in Los Angeles.

Gil Netter, Bloom co-head Ken Kao, Kevin Halloran, F Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins, Allen Fischer and Chris Sparling produce. Sparling wrote the original screenplay.

Alex Walton and Kao’s international sales, production and financing company Bloom launched pre-sales on The Sea Of Trees in Cannes and sold out most of the world.
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Paul Giamatti joins Nwa biopic Straight Outta Compton

Paul Giamatti joins Nwa biopic Straight Outta Compton
Paul Giamatti has signed up to play record label boss Jerry Heller in Universal's Straight Outta Compton.

The actor will star as the Ruthless Records co-founder who went onto manage rap group Nwa, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Original members Ice Cube and Dr Dre serve as producers on the biopic, which will be directed by Law Abiding Citizen filmmaker F Gary Gray.

Set in the mid-1980s, the film will follow the rise and fall of the Compton, California rap group. Heller originally signed the group, but was blamed for playing a role in the break-up that followed Dre and Ice Cube's exit.

Oscar-nominated Giamatti's recent credits include 12 Years A Slave, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Downton Abbey.

Straight Outta Compton is scheduled for release on August 14, 2015 in the Us.
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Sea Of Trees commences shoot

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Waypoint Entertainment and Netter Productions’ drama has begun shooting and will film on location in Massachusetts and Japan. Ken Kao and Alex Walton’s Bloom represents international rights and launched pre-sales in Cannes.

Mathew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts star in the story of a widower who has an epiphany after he travels to the infamous Aokigahara forest with the intention of committing suicide.

Van Sant directs from Chris Sparling’s Black List screenplay. Gil Netter, Kao and Kevin Halloran produce with F Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins and Allen Fischer.

“We presented our buyers in Cannes with a timeline for Sea Of Trees and are right on target to start production on this original and deeply moving story,” said Kao.

“We’ve made tremendous strides in a very short period of time – first launching the company and then seeing vigorous sales on our first film as a new company in Cannes,” said Walton
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Uni puts Bourne pic back to 2016

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Uni puts Bourne pic back to 2016
Universal Pictures announced on Wednesday (18) that it had moved Untitled Next Bourne Chapter from its August 14 2015 slot.

The action film starring Jeremy Renner is now scheduled to open on July 15 2016.

Justin Lin will direct the fifth instalment inspired by the books of Robert Ludlum. Renner reunites with producer Frank Marshall, who is producing alongside Jeffrey Weiner and Ben Smith for Captivate Entertainment.

Lin will also produce for his Perfect Storm Entertainment.

Universal has moved the Nwa biopic Straight Outta Compton into the August 14 2015 slot.

O’Shea Jackson Jr, Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell will portray Ice Cube, Dr Dre and Eazy-e. F Gary Gray directs and Cube and Dre produce with Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright. Will Packer serves as executive producer alongside Gray.

Lionsgate and Pantelion Films will release Spare Parts starring George Lopez, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Lee Curtis and Carlos Pena on January 16, 2015.
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Nwa movie Straight Outta Compton: First cast photo, release date revealed

Nwa movie Straight Outta Compton: First cast photo, release date revealed
Ice Cube has revealed the details of the Nwa biopic Straight Outta Compton.

The film has been given a release date of August 14, 2015, the rapper tweeted.

Finally found the cast for the Nwa movie. Me, Gary Gray, Dre w/

Cube, Eazy & Dre #StraightOuttaCompton coming 8/14/15 pic.twitter.com/AQZAVSIfxF

Ice Cube (@icecube) June 18, 2014

Ice Cube also revealed the Straight Outta Compton cast that is to include Marcus Callender (Headshots & Breakdowns) as Dr. Dre, and Jason Mitchell (Contraband) will portray Eazy E.

Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson Jr. will play his father.

The roles of Mc Ren and DJ Yella have yet to be cast.

The film will be directed by F. Gary Gray of Friday and Set It Off.
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N.W.A. Biopic Straight Outta Compton Gets Release Date, Reveals First Cast Photo—See the Pic!

N.W.A. Biopic Straight Outta Compton Gets Release Date, Reveals First Cast Photo—See the Pic!
The boys in the hood are heading to the big screen. Original N.W.A member Ice Cube confirmed via Twitter that a biopic about the famous rap group from the late '80s titled Straight Outta Compton is happening, but not just that—he revealed the release date and part of the cast! "Finally found the cast for the Nwa movie. Me, Gary Gray, Dre w/ Cube, Eazy & Dre #StraightOuttaCompton coming 8/14/15," the rapper tweeted. The studio has assembled its leading threesome to tackle the roles of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the late Eazy-e. The three parties with approval—Cube, Dre and Eazy-e's widow Tomica Wright—have reportedly signed off on the actors who will play the core members of the...
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Ice Cube: 'My son could recite Straight Outta Compton at two'

The actor-rapper on his new film, Ride Along, the progress of the Nwa biopic and how the old righteous fury still burns brightly

Hi, Cube. What are you up to?

Ah man, just sitting here chilling with my wife, watching the Lakers game.

Nice. Did you do any police research for Ride Along?

Ha ha! Nah, I didn't have to do no research – I've been in the back of those cars, I know how it goes! And my character is undercover. The difference between an undercover cop and a crook is a badge.

When was the last time you were in the back of one of those cars?

In real life? '90.

What for?

It was a bad night. Let's leave it at that.

So what was it like working with Laurence Fishburne again? (1)

The best. I owe a lot to Larry just for the advice he gave me on Boyz n the Hood.
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Universal Picks Up N.W.A. Biopic From New Line w/ F. Gary Gray Directing. New Writer Hired

Updates on a project that's long been in development, which may or may not signify genuine progress... Universal Pictures has hired Jonathan Herman to write the latest draft of the N.W.A. biopic that F. Gary Gray is attached to direct, with former member of the seminal rap group, Ice Cube, producing.  I actually thought this was already in the can, and in post-production, especially after director Gray shared the above on-set photo late last year, on Twitter, along with the caption: Dre & F Gary Gray - The Nwa Movie kicks off the collaboration! Expect more incredible projects from this powerhouse duo ... Which suggested that production might be...
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Gerard Butler, Vin Diesel wanted for 'Kane & Lynch' video game movie

Gerard Butler, Vin Diesel wanted for 'Kane & Lynch' video game movie
Gerard Butler has entered talks to star in Kane & Lynch.

Vin Diesel has been offered the role of Lynch opposite the Olympus Has Fallen star, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The long-gestating video game movie is back on track at Nu Image/Millennium Films, with F Gary Gray attached to direct.

The project first emerged in 2007 at Lionsgate, with Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx attached to star and Simon Crane in the director's chair.

Kane & Lynch centres around two criminals who go on the run across Los Angeles, Japan and Cuba on the hunt of a stolen fortune.

Butler will star in the upcoming action sequel London Has Fallen and Gods of Egypt.

The original 2007 Kane & Lynch game spawned the sequel Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days.
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Kane & Lynch movie back on, Gerard Butler linked

News Simon Brew 5 Nov 2013 - 06:34

Once a Bruce Willis/Jamie Foxx project, the Kane & Lynch videogame adaptation is now set to star Gerard Butler, and possibly Vin Diesel

Back when the first Kane & Lynch videogame was released, most observers were of the opinion that it had been put together with one eye on a potential movie spin-off. Boasting plenty of cinematic sequences, along with two strong lead characters, the project was once upon a time set to star Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx. They even put out a promo poster for it, here:

But then things went quiet.

However, The Hollywood Reporter is now saying that Nu Image/Millennium Films has brought Kane & Lynch back to life, and this time, Gerard Butler is in talks to take the role of death row inmate Kane. Vin Diesel, meanwhile, has been offered the role of Lynch, a schizophrenic killer (that's Lynch,
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Gerard Butler is in talks for ‘Kane & Lynch’

Gerard Butler is eying the long gestating film adaption of the video game Kane & Lynch.

Butler, who had a hit this year with Olympus Has fallen, is in talks to play Kane, and Millenium has an offer out to Vin Diesel for Lynch. F Gary Gray, who directed Butler in Law Abiding Citizen, is attached to direct.

Here’s the plot of the game courtesy of THR:

“The game follows Kane, a death row inmate who, along with a schizophrenic killer named Lynch, is sprung from prison to retrieve a stolen fortune. Kane travels to Los Angeles, Japan and Cuba, with Lynch acting as the team’s watchdog in order to save his wife and daughter.”

Source: THR

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The Hey U Guys Instant Watching Guide – October 7th 2013

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Breaking Bad is over and what a finale it was, although it may have been predictable based on what we knew from the flash forward at the start of the season, it still didn’t disappoint and was full of stirring and thrilling moments. More importantly, now that this is over, Netflix crucially need to up their game.

Hansel and Gretel and Texas Chainsaw, two pretty dire entries from earlier this year, just are not going to cut it against Argo and The Perks of Being a Wallflower regardless of who did what at the box office. Netflix seem to have the monopoly on quality catalogue titles this week with some little seen gems with Permanent Midnight and Orange County but this means nothing to the public and mostly registers with nerds like me.

This isn’t a suggestion that the company is in trouble at all but consider what
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'Legend Of Conan' appoints screenwriter Andrea Berloff

'Legend Of Conan' appoints screenwriter Andrea Berloff
Legend Of Conan has appointed Andrea Berloff as its screenwriter.

The scribe, who is currently working on the Fugees biopic and F Gary Gray's Nwa movie Straight Outta Compton, is best known for penning World Trade Centre for Oliver Stone.

Producer Chris Morgan described Berloff as "an amazing writer who can juggle masculine grittiness with extreme emotional depth", adding: "Her take on Conan is powerful and genuine and would make Robert E. Howard proud."

Legend Of Conan is expected to follow on from the events of the original Conan the Barbarian, ignoring the events of 1984's Conan The Destroyer and the 2011 reboot.

Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as Conan, playing an older version of the character who serves as king of Aquilonia, according to Deadline.

Legend Of Conan is not expected to arrive in cinemas until 2015 at the earliest.

Watch a trailer for the original Conan the Barbarian
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On-Set Photo Shows Production For F. Gary Gray's N.W.A. Film Is Underway (Pic)

It looks like F. Gary Gray has his cast for the his upcoming Nwa project, Straight Outta Compton - another one of those "in limbo" biopics I wrote about a little bit ago that's apparently now on its way to becoming realized, if the above photo is any indication. Late last night, Dr Dre posted the above photo to Twitter, along with the caption: Dre & F Gary Gray - The Nwa Movie kicks off the collaboration! Expect more incredible projects from this powerhouse duo Last we wrote about it, Ice Cube said in an interview that it was definitely happening, but he didn't reveal much detail. He did say they were on the hunt for a director. But the...
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