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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Chicago Passes to Matt Damon’s ‘We Bought a Zoo’

Chicago – In our latest family dramedy edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 admit-two movie passes up for grabs to the new film “We Bought a Zoo” starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson from the director of “Jerry Maguire”!

We Bought a Zoo” also stars Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning, Patrick Fugit, Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Angus Macfadyen, John Michael Higgins, Carla Gallo, J.B. Smoove, Stephanie Szostak, Michael Panes, Kym Whitley and Todd Stanton from writer and director Cameron Crowe along with writer Aline Brosh McKenna.

To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “We Bought a Zoo” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just answer our question below. That’s it! This advance screening is on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. Directions to enter this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup and win can be found beneath the graphic below.

The movie poster for “We Bought a Zoo
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"Backwash" Review | Introducing One Sweet Piece of Hollywood Ass

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There are a lot of very funny, very talented actors forced to take small, dumb paycheck roles on bad television shows and in seriously shitty movies because they are very funny, very talented actors and Hollywood has no use for them. This is the reason you see people like David Cross in Alvin and the Chipmunks, why Patton Oswalt was relegated to the weird neighbor role on "The King of Queens," and why you only see guys like Craig Bierko in guest spots and bad TV movies. They have to make a living, and in a town that often doesn't appreciate real wit and humor, some of our favorite television actors have to settle for roles beneath them. Have you seen what's become of Dave Foley's career?

This is why web series are great. It gives us an opportunity to see what some of these great actors are capable
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Lon reviews: ‘Backwash’

Today on LonsTV's I'm looking at the Crackle.com original comedy series Backwash from writer/creator/star Joshua Malina and Danny Leiner (director of the modern comedy classic Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle). The 3 lead characters in Backwash are on the run from the law in a stolen ice cream truck, with only their meager wits and $100,000 in stolen money to sustain them. But the show isn't so much about the driving forward momentum of plot than the bizarre, sophomoric, frequently non sequitur hijinks of man-child Jonesy (Michael Panes), fast-talking schemer Val (Malina) and their accomplice, ice cream truck driver Nick (Michael Ian Black of The State and Stella). Less sitcom than extended comedy sketch, each episode of Backwash opens with a well-known TV star narrating the boys' strange cross-country journey, in the style of Masterpiece Theater. (The ongoing joke is that it's based on a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray,
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Podcast Party: Talking 'Backwash,' Jon Hamm, Aaron Sorkin and Twitter with Joshua Malina

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Podcast Party: Talking 'Backwash,' Jon Hamm, Aaron Sorkin and Twitter with Joshua Malina
Filed under: Reality-Free, Stay Tuned

This week's second 'Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan' podcast welcomes a special guest, actor/writer Joshua Malina.

You loved Malina on 'The West Wing' and 'Sports Night.' You enjoyed him in guest roles on 'House,' 'Psych,' 'In Plain Sight' and dozens of other shows. And, if you're like me, he's made you crack up more than once with his irreverent Twitter feed. I generally don't follow many actors or celebrities, because their Twitter feeds are quite often vapid, self-serving or both, but Malina's Twitter is pretty damn hilarious.

But the main thing Ryan McGee and I asked Malina about is his funny new Web series, 'Backwash,' which you can find here. It's a 13-part series starring Malina, Michael Ian Black and Michael Panes as the least competent bank robbers ever. Each segment is introduced by a different celebrity -- Jon Hamm,
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'Backwash's' Josh Malina: He'd trade places with Mel Gibson plus 18 other admissions

If there was any person who we'd follow from The White House in "The West Wing" to being on the lam in an ice cream truck, it's Josh Malina.

Malina wrote and stars in "Backwash," which premieres Monday (Nov. 15) on Crackle.com, Sony Pictures Entertainment's online video network. 

The 13 episode comedy series follows Jonesy (played by Michael Panes), Val (Malina) and their buddy, Fleming (Michael Ian Black) as they're on the run after Jonesy unintentionally robs a bank of $100,000. Their getaway car? Fleming's ice cream truck.

Malina may be playing at keeping secrets in "Backwash," but he agreed to give up some personal deets for Zap2it's Celeb Slam Book.

Find out why he'd trade places with Mel Gibson plus 18 other guilty confessions:

1.) Tell us one thing we don't know about you. Musical theatre overtures make me tear up.

2.) If you could change one thing about your face what would it be and why?
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'Backwash': Josh Malina and Michael Ian Black on the run, on the Web

Joshua Malina ("The West Wing," "SportsNight") was once just a guy with an idea.

"It's been noodling around for a very long time," he tells Zap2it, "Michael Panes is an old friend of mine. He is very old, I'm not. I've written this in various forms over the years. I wrote it as a movie. I wrote it as a pilot.

"I created these two main characters for Michael Panes and myself, and every few years, he'd say, 'Why don't you finish that thing?' I'm not big on completion."

At long last, the characters -- Val (Malina) and Jonesy (Panes) -- have found a home, and it's not in a movie or a TV show. On Monday, Nov. 15, Sony's Website for original video, Crackle.com, premieres "Backwash," a series of 13 episodes, each seven to nine minutes in length (and featuring some very salty language).

They tell the story
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Joshua Malina, Michael Panes and Michael Ian Black in 'Backwash' for Crackle

A new comedy webbie, "Backwash" premieres on Crackle November 15. Joshua Malina, Michael Panes and Michael Ian Black are three slacker friends who hit the road in an ice cream truck, after one of them inadvertently robs $100K from a bank armed only with a large salami. Influenced by touch of Python, a smattering of Marx Brothers, "Backwash" is a slapstick look at the effects of sudden wealth on three American losers.Val (Joshua Malina), Jonesy (Michael Panes) and Fleming (Michael Ian Black), told through action, animation, surrealist humor, as well as song and dance. "Backwash" is directed by Danny Leiner, written by Joshua Malina, and executive produced by Daniel Schnider, Leiner and Malina. Cameos featured
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Tsr Buzz: Abed’s ‘Community,’ Leonardo DiCaprio struts and ‘Between Two Ferns’ with Bruce Willis

With Tsr Buzz, you’ll find links to articles, videos and other random things that will help you waste your time just a little bit more.

Last week on “Community” (one of the best shows on TV and currently in my Top 4) it appeared Abed didn’t have much to do. If you thought that as well, you’d be wrong. Check it out …


Whether it is The Dark Knight, The Hurt Locker or even hanging with Adolf Hilter, one thing is for certain — Leonardo DiCaprio likes to strut. “Backwash” is coming to the web. Joshua Malina, Michael Panes and Michael Ian Black are the stars and somehow they convinced the following names to go along for the ride — on Jon Hamm, Sarah Silverman, John Stamos, Allison Janney, Michael Vartan, Hank Azaria and Fred Willard. Though I think Willard will do anything you ask.
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Crackle’s Fall Line-Up Sneak Peek: ‘Backwash’ and ‘Held Up’

Crackle had talent of some of their upcoming web projects in attendance during the Sony's Television Critics Association (TCA) event, Tuesday, August 3rd at the Beverly Hilton and Tubefilter was there to get the inside scoop. Interviewees included Michael Panes (Easy To Assemble, Jonathan Dore, and Randy and Jason Sklar (Back on Topps, ["(Layers)"]). The shows they were there to talk about are Backwash and Held-Up, respectfully; two witty, off-the-cuff comedies that show that Crackle seems to be treading farther from the slick, production-value heavy dramas of their recent web past such as The Bannen Way and Urban Wolf. Both series have impressive casts including some comedy and improv as well as television and film veterans. Related News:Standing in ‘The Line’ with Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio Michael Stahl-David is Crackle’s New Kid ‘Behind the Star’ ‘Star-ving’ Artist David Faustino Talks Up Premiere on Crackle
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The 2nd Annual Streamy Awards – The Results

The Streamy Awards, more commonly known as the Streamys, are presented annually by the International Academy of Web Television to recognize excellence in the arts and science of web television production, including directing, acting, producing, and writing. Last night saw The 2nd Annual Streamy Awards take place at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California; and below are the results of the ceremony:

Audience Choice: “Agents of Cracked” Best Comedy Web Series: “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis” Best Drama Web Series: “The Bannen Way” Best Hosted Web Series: “Diggnation” Best News or Political Series: “Auto-Tune the News” Best Animated Web Series: “How It Should Have Ended” Best Branded Entertainment Web Series: “Back on Topps” (Topps, Dick’s Sporting Goods) Best Directing for a Comedy Web Series: “The Guild” (Sean Becker) Best Directing for a Drama Web Series: “The Bannen Way” (Jesse Warren) Best Writing for a Comedy Web Series:
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Exclusive: Dread Central Invades the 2010 Streamy Awards: Ghostfacers Update! Fear Clinic Coverage!

On a windy, overcast Sunday afternoon the 2010 Streamy Awards took over the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Even though the FearNet webseries “Fear Clinic,” directed by Robert Hall and starring genre favorites Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, and Lisa Wilcox, stood alone to represent our favorite genre, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a gaggle of horror-related goodies to indulge in while working the red carpet event before the show.

Before the Streamy Awards were under way, Dread Central’s red carpet team of Heather Wixson and Brian Smith had the opportunity to catch up with some new faces in horror as well as some of the genre’s most beloved personalities.

Since we never want to deprive our readers of any sort of awesomeness, Dread Central has cooked up two videos from the Streamy Awards red carpet event. The first video is chock-full of interviews.

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2010 Streamy Awards Winners Announced

2010 Streamy Awards Winners Announced Tonight, the International Academy of Web Television announced the winners of the 2nd Annual Streamy Awards during a live ceremony hosted by actor and comedian Paul Scheer at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

Over 1300 digital entertainment leaders and a large number of live global online viewers gathered together to celebrate the best in web television programming. The live online broadcast offered closed captioning in five languages.


Ceremony attendees and participants included: Chad Hurley (CEO, YouTube), Paul Scheer (Host), Chris Hardwick, Illeana Douglas, Tony Hale, David Faustino, Robert Englund, Tatyana Ali, Jaleel White, Jason & Randy Sklar, Julie Benz, David Henrie, Justine Bateman, Patrick Duffy, Kevin Pollak, Crystal Chappell, Danielle Harris, Daryl Sabara, Rob Huebel, Autumn Reeser, Jason Calacanis, and top Internet stars Ryan Higa, iJustine, Alex Albrecht, Felicia Day, Shane Dawson, Elisa Donovan, Zoe Bell and Nick Kroll.


Visionary Award: Chad Hurley (Co-founder & CEO,
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Joshua Malina talks 'Backwash,' his surreal celeb-filled summer web series

Joshua Malina talks 'Backwash,' his surreal celeb-filled summer web series
What do Jon Hamm, John Stamos, Sarah Silverman, John Cho, Allison Janney, Hank Azaria, Fred Willard, Michael Vartan, Dulé Hill, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jeffrey Ross, Ken Marino and David Wain have in common? They all cameo as themselves in Backwash, a 13-episode web series written by and starring Joshua Malina (Sports Night, The West Wing) debuting on Sony's Crackle.com this summer. The series, directed by Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle's Danny Leiner, follows three eccentric losers (pictured, from left to right, Malina, Michael Ian Black, and Michael Panes) who hit the road in an ice cream truck
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Streamys 2010 Nominees Announced

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The nominees for the 2010 Streamys were announced today. The Streamys celebrate online television programming and this year they have a fantastic line up of nominees. Last year was the Streamys debut year and the winners included high profile shows such as Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and the exceptional Battlestar Galactica web series The Face of the Enemy.

This year there is even more competition with some really interesting content now being released on the web rather than through more traditional media routes. Two of my favourites from this year’s nominee list are the excellent Interview Project which is presented by davidlynch.com and the slightly flawed but thoroughly enjoyable Angel of Death, created by Ed Brubaker and starring Zoe Bell, which also received a DVD release last year.

The awards ceremony takes place on April 11th 2010 and the full list of nominees is listed below with handy links
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It wasn't intended this way. Nevertheless, "Infamous" gives you the unique opportunity to see how two sets of filmmakers can take exactly the same story, make extremely tough though different choices in emphasis and tone and achieve brilliant movies. "Infamous" follows Truman Capote on his tortuous and ultimately soul-damaging six-year quest to write his masterpiece, "In Cold Blood", just as the Oscar-winning "Capote" did last year.

Which raises the question: Will "Infamous" be hurt by being released a year later? You would think people who enjoyed "Capote" and Philip Seymour Hoffman's amazing impersonation of that famous, self-aggrandizing writer would want to see the new film. Then again, there may be "Truman fatigue". "Capote" grossed $28.7 million at the domestic boxoffice, so you figure "Infamous" should at least make it past the $20 million mark.

Naturally, both films rely heavily on the central performance. English stage actor Toby Jones certainly looks like Truman Capote. Jones is small, and he makes this one of the keys to understanding this contradictory figure. His imitation of Capote's high-pitched voice and gloriously fey manner is equal to Hoffman's, but his emphasis is less on Tru the tortured author than on his lonely, yearning soul.

His Truman is a man on a lifelong, unrequited search for love. The great irony is that he comes closest to achieving this quest with four-time killer Perry Smith.

Here is where the two movies crucially diverge. "Infamous" spends much longer in the prison cell where the writer and his subject engage in a courtship that results in Perry opening up to Truman and allowing him to write his book. Daniel Craig plays the psychopath with a divided heart. As Truman says, "the tender and the terrible" dwell within him side by side. One side wars against the other, igniting rages that may well have fed the 1959 killing spree in Holcomb, Kansas.

"Infamous" covers the same time period as "Capote": from 1959 until the executions of Perry and his partner Dick Hickock (Lee Pace) in 1965. There are superficial similarities in how the movies juxtapose two dramatically different worlds -- plain-folks Kansas and forbidding prison cells in contrast to the martini-soaked, name-dropping, gossip-fixated Manhattan set where Truman's wit and literary fame made him the toast of many parties.

"Infamous" adds one more juicy ingredient. The movie is based on George Plimpton's oral biography, "Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career." So you get not only barbed "interviews" with the likes of author Gore Vidal (Michael Panes) but parties and boozy lunches with Babe Paley (Sigourney Weaver), wife of CBS chairman William Paley; Neapolitan princess Marella Agnelli (Isabella Rossellini); socialite Slim Keith (Hope Davis); and Vogue editor Diana Vreeland (Juliet Stevenson). The movie even opens with Gwyneth Paltrow as Peggy Lee, singing and breaking down over "What Is This Thing Called Love?" That question haunts the rest of the movie.

According to "Infamous", Truman and Perry fall for each other. The author's seduction of the murderer for the sake of his book exposes each to a weird sort of alter ego: Both men had fathers who disappeared and disappointed and mothers who committed suicide. Both were greedy for attention. Truman earned his, but Perry had to kill four people.

Truman is accompanied to Kansas by childhood friend and fellow author Harper Lee (Sandra Bullock). She acts as guide and guardian for this strange little man, who initially is hapless and lost in the Midwest. But in this version, she gradually drifts to the sidelines while remaining a confidante and sounding board as the movie shifts from mannered comedy to gripping drama.

Jeff Daniels finds many layers in the role of Alvin Dewey, the Kansas police inspector who must be gradually and grudgingly won over to Truman's cause. Peter Bogdanovich is quite good as Bennett Cerf, the affable editor who ushers "In Cold Blood" into print.

Without the usual fuss and feathers of period pieces, cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel and designer Judy Becker make the past come wonderfully alive. Rachel Portman's melancholy score contributes to the film's sense of regret. For in "Infamous" Truman finds himself in love with a man who needs to die for him to achieve his goal. That kills him spiritually. It is a fact that Capote never finished another book.


Warner Independent

Killer Films/John Wells Prods.


Screenwriter-director: Douglas McGrath

Based on the book by: George Plimpton

Producers: Christine Vachon, Jocelyn Hayes, Anne Walker-McBay

Executive producer: John Wells

Director of photography: Bruno Delbonnel

Production designer: Judy Becker

Music: Rachel Portman

Costumes: Ruth Myers

Editor: Camilla Toniolo


Truman Capote: Toby Jones

Harper Lee: Sandra Bullock

Perry Smith: Daniel Craig

Dick Hickock: Lee Pace

Bennett Cerf: Peter Bogdanovich

Alvin Dewey: Jeff Daniels

Slim Keith: Hope Davis

Peggy Lee: Gwyneth Paltrow

Marella Angelli: Isabella Rossellini

Diana Vreeland: Juliet Stevenson

Babe Paley: Sigourney Weaver

MPAA rating R

Running time -- 118 minutes

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