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'Backwash's' Josh Malina: He'd trade places with Mel Gibson plus 18 other admissions

15 November 2010 7:53 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

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, 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

14 November 2010 7:03 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

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,, premieres "Backwash," a series of 13 episodes, each seven to nine minutes in length (and featuring some very salty language).

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Joshua Malina, Michael Panes and Michael Ian Black in 'Backwash' for Crackle

9 November 2010 11:06 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

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 »

- April MacIntyre

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Tsr Buzz: Abed’s ‘Community,’ Leonardo DiCaprio struts and ‘Between Two Ferns’ with Bruce Willis

14 October 2010 4:27 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

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. »

- Jeff Bayer

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Crackle’s Fall Line-Up Sneak Peek: ‘Backwash’ and ‘Held Up’

9 August 2010 8:19 AM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

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 »

- Jenni Powell

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The 2nd Annual Streamy Awards – The Results

12 April 2010 2:15 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

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: »

- Phil

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Exclusive: Dread Central Invades the 2010 Streamy Awards: Ghostfacers Update! Fear Clinic Coverage!

12 April 2010 12:30 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

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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- thehorrorchick

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2010 Streamy Awards Winners Announced

12 April 2010 10:12 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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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Streamys 2010 Nominees Announced

1 March 2010 3:15 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

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 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 »

- Craig Skinner

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