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'Seinfeld' Star -- Old Co-Worker Keeps Stalking Me ... Who Are You Again?

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The guy who couldn't remember Elaine Benes on "Seinfeld" is having serious issues with an ex-writer from the show ... and he's gone to court for protection.  Fred Stoller, who guest starred and wrote for the sitcom, filed for a restraining order against Bruce Kirschbaum, saying he'd been harassing him for months. Fred says Bruce shows up to his crib at all hours of the night, banging on his door and leaving threatening notes. In docs,
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Norm Macdonald -- Zings Ray Lewis ... Over Murder Case

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[[tmz:video id="0_8ed86925"]] Norm Macdonald says the security guard who violently took out the Ryan Lochte protester at "Dancing with the Stars" is just like Ray Lewis ... except he didn't kill anyone.  Norm was at Lax with Fred Stoller when we showed them the crazy video of the Lochte incident ... and that's when Norm did what Norm does, he cracked a hilarious joke.  For the record ... Ray was charged with murder back in 2000 following an incident after a Super Bowl party in Atlanta.
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Rob Benedict, Lizzy Caplan Superhero Short ‘The Sidekick’ Gets Digital Release

Rob Benedict, Lizzy Caplan Superhero Short ‘The Sidekick’ Gets Digital Release
Superhero tales are the genre du jour, but a new short film offers a very different perspective on the caped trend. Star-studded short “The Sidekick” will debut on iTunes, Amazon and Vimeo-On-Demand beginning February 3, Variety has learned exclusively. The comedy will also make its streaming debut on Hulu in March.

The project, which stars Rob Benedict and Lizzy Caplan, centers around 40-year-old professional sidekick Max McCabe (Benedict), now past his prime and forced out of the fast-paced superhero world. When he is abruptly fired by his boss, the epic Captain Wonder (Ron Livingston), and replaced by a younger, quicker right-hand man, Kid Loco (Jason Ritter), Max has no choice but to somehow find a place for himself in the civilian world. With the help of his newfound friend (Caplan), Max finds the courage to re-evaluate his life and find a new purpose. Jordan Peele, Martin Starr, Sam McMurray, Ike Barinholtz,
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Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys (2014) review

Reviewed by Kevin Scott

Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys (2014)

Written by: Anna Rasmussen and Delondra Williams

Directed by: James Cullen Bressack

Cast: James Brooks (Michael), Shannen Doherty (Cate), Zack Ward (Will), Christopher Lloyd (Mayor Akerman), Ciara Hanna (Nicole), Yar Koosha (Kyle), Fred Stoller (Rich), Rachel True (Marcy), Jeremy Wade (Lamprey Expert)

I’m a huge “Piranha” fan, and I’ll watch anything (anything that is!) pertaining to lake horror. Hockey masked killers, prehistoric monsters, government altered mutated fish, toxic waste mutated marine life and even zombies, are all enhanced when set at a lake. It’s in a more confined space than the ocean, there’s usually plenty of expendable characters getting their vacation on to up the body count, and it makes one think twice that fresh water is absolutely, positively safe.

Blood Lake” is an Asylum film that deals with something that is creepy enough as
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'Seinfeld' Writer Beats Kramer's Defamation Lawsuit

TV catchphrases can be annoying, but not necessarily taunting. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Today's lesson in the high bar imposed on defamation plaintiffs comes from Kenny Kramer, the inspiration for the eccentric character of Cosmo Kramer on Seinfeld. Kramer sued former series staff writer Fred Stoller and Skyhorse Publishing over a description of what happened on one of Kramer's reality bus tours in New York. Photos Hollywood's Most Fascinating Legal Sagas, From Casey Kasem to Michael Jackson In 1996, Stoller was a special guest on the tour and recounted his experience in a published memoir entitled Kramer's Reality.

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‘Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys’ Review

Stars: Jason Brooks, Shannon Doherty, Christopher Lloyd, Zack Ward, Ciara Hanna, Rachel True, Yar Koosha, Fred Stoller, Jeremy Wade, Mark Christopher Lawrence | Written by Anna Rasmussen, Delondra Williams | Directed by James Cullen Bressack

After scoring it big with Sharknado, The Asylum spread their wings, moving from Syfy to Animal Planet with Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys, which sees Michael, a fish and wildlife expert, move to a small Michigan town with his wife, Cate (Doherty), after being summoned by the town mayor, Akerman (Lloyd), to help deal with its growing lamprey problem after they slide their way into the city’s sewer system. With their giant-toothed, funnel-like mouths attacking all those in their path, the town’s residents quickly learn that a casual dip in the pool, fishing trip or routine trip to the toilet can turn deadly as the killer lampreys hunt for their next victim(s
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HBO orders Laughs Unlimited, a show that will provide very limited laughs

HBO has begun developing the new hour-long series Laughs Unlimited—a show that is somehow not one of the network's many '80s-era stand-up cavalcades featuring Elayne Boosler, Fred Stoller, and myriad people in bloused-out rayon shirts, but something even less funny. The ironically titled drama comes from Rampart and The Messenger director Oren Moverman and Jarhead author Anthony Swofford, and is well within their brutal wheelhouses: It concerns "an Army medic who returns from serving a tour in Afghanistan only to find that her husband is divorcing her and taking custody of their daughter." If that sounds like ...
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New Paranormal Movie Wants You to Die Laughing

With the success of the Paranormal Activity movies, it's a given that there will be numerous copycats and spoofs. Enter Paranormal Movie, a comedy that looks to follow you straight into the toilet.

Cinema Management Group is currently in talks with buyers about Paranormal Movie, a "found footage" parody that satirizes the tropes of “found footage” horror films. Directed by and starring Kevin Farley (Dirty Work), the film is currently in post-production and is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2013.

Paranormal Movie tells the story of Larry, a bumbling and inept man-child who has spent his entire life documenting everything he does in front of a video camera. Now that he and his new girlfriend have moved into a house plagued with strange occurrences, Larry is determined to capture the poltergeist on tape and rid the home of its supernatural infestation.

In addition to Kevin Farley, Paranormal Movie
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Wordgirl: The Rise of Miss Power

The PBS animated series Wordgirl focuses its attention on expanding children's vocabularies and teaching the power of words. The show's protagonist Becky Botsford (Darren Feinglass) is a bright young girl with a Superman-like past. She might look like any other normal girl, but she is actually an alien with superhuman powers from the planet Lexicon. Her super hero alter ego is WordGirl, dedicated to “fighting for truth, justice, and use of the right word,” and she protects her Earth hometown of Fair City from a number of recurring villains including Dr. Two-Brains (Tom Kenny), Toby McCalister III (Patton Oswalt), and Chuck The Evil Sandwich-Making Guy (Fred Stoller).

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“The Artist” wins Audience Award in Austin – Awards Alley

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: We don’t yet have a clear-cut frontrunner in the Oscar race. There is support in certain circles for such films as “Moneyball,” “The Descendants” and “The Help.” We’re still waiting to see “War Horse,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and Stephen Daldry’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” A lot can change between now and then.

One thing that hasn’t wavered, however, is the audience support for Michel Hazanavicius’s “The Artist,” which started charming patrons back at Cannes. The film’s latest conquest was The 2011 Austin Film Festival, which took home the Audience Award for the Out-of-Competition category at this year’s fest.

Totally understandable. It is an absolute crowd pleaser, and I expect it to play extremely well with Academy members this season. Well enough to win the Best Picture prize? Only time will tell.

Here are the
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Listen: Chris Rock Talks Early Days With Eddie Murphy

Listen: Chris Rock Talks Early Days With Eddie Murphy
Chris Rock is the latest comedian to visit "The Cat Ranch" to talk to Marc Maron about his life in comedy on the podcast "Wtf." In a clip from the episode that will be released on Thursday, Rock talks about his early days doing stand-up in an environment when Eddie Murphy was one of the most established black comedians in a time when white comedians dominated the field.

When Murphy was announced as the host of next Academy Awards ceremony, many questioned the choice. Despite being one of the most popular stand-up comedians of the '80s, Murphy has rarely performed live over the last two decades. In this teaser clip on "Wtf," Rock and Maron discuss a time when Murphy was a prominent comedian, and how far his career has shifted from its stand-up roots.

"Whenever I'm around Eddie ... at some point, he asks me about [comedian] Fred Stoller, because
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“The Descendants,” “Shame” leading pack of Austin Film Fest selections – Awards Alley

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: A handful of stellar titles with Oscar aspirations have been programmed into this year’s Austin Film Festival schedule, which begins on Oct. 20 with an as-yet-unnamed Opening Night selection.

In between, Aff audiences will get their first looks at Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” Steve McQueen’s “Shame,” Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” Rodrigo Garcia’s “Albert Nobbs” and Sean Durkin’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene” – all films with awards hopes that will screen as part of the festival’s Marquee category.

“We’re proud to be taking our program in some exciting new directions while maintaining our focus on strong writing and engaging stories,” said new Film Programmers Stephen Jannise and Stephen Belyeu.

In addition, the fest has set up special screenings of “Toy Story” (presented by John Lasseter), an “Edward Scissorhands” screening, and a tribute to Polly Platt
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2011 Slamdance Film Festival Line-Up Announced

[1] Slamdance has officially announced the 2011 Feature Competition slate for the 17th Annual Slamdance Film Festival taking place January 21-27, 2011 in Park City, Utah. For those of you who don't know, the festival was founded in 1995 by filmmakers whose movies didn't get into Sundance, and has since become a yearly film festival spotlighting "emerging filmmaking talent and their new work." Slamdance touts that their festival is "programmed by filmmakers for filmmakers." While Sundance is still the big show in Park City, big filmmakers like Christopher Nolan (Memento), Marc Forster (Monster's Ball) and Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) are often mentioned as Slamdance discoveries. Hit the jump to read the full press release which includes the full line-up for the 2011 Festival. For Immediate Release Slamdance Film Festival Announces 2011 Feature Film Competition “All Is Not Lost” for Filmmakers in Park City and Commercially Year-Round Los Angeles - December 7, 2010 – Slamdance today announced the 2011 Feature Competition
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2011 Slamdance Film Festival Lineup Announced

The lineup for the 2011 Slamdance Film Festival has been announced. The festival runs concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival and usually has its own gems. Recent films that have played at Slamdance include The Slammin’ Salmon and Steven Soderbergh’s Spalding Gray documentary And Everything Is Going Fine. This year looks to have its share of interesting titles including Beneath Contempt, Snow On Tha Bluff, and the documentaries Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football and Superheroes.

Hit the jump for the full line-up. The 2011 Slamdance Film Festival runs from January 21 – 27th.

Lineup via THR:

Narrative Competition (all films are from the U.S. unless otherwise noted)

Atrocious – directed by Fernando Barreda Luna. (Mexico, Spain) World Premiere, 75 min. Recorded evidence of the “Quintanilla Murder Investigation.” Cast: July Quintanilla, Cristian Quintanilla

Beneath Contempt – directed by Benjamin Brewer. World Premiere, 101 min. A young man returns to his hometown after serving a prison sentence for killing
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Slamdance Film Festival 2011 Feature Film Competition Line-Up Announced

The Slamdance Film Festival wasn't that far behind The Sundance Film Festival in releasing their film line-up, and it's a compelling mix of titles. For those of you who don't know, Slamdance is another film festival that is going on at the exact same time, and in the exact same place as Sundance, and that's in Park City Ut, from January 21-28th. Slamdance focuses more on genre type indie films.

Check out the list below and tell us what you think! Do any of you plan on attending? I always try to catch a few of these films while up up in Park City.

Slamdance Film Festival Announces 2011 Feature Film Competition

"All Is Not Lost" for Filmmakers in Park City and Commercially Year-Round

Los Angeles - December 7, 2010 - Slamdance today announced the 2011 Feature Competition slate for the 17th Annual Slamdance Film Festival taking place January 21-27, 2011 in Park City,
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Slamdance Announces 2011 Selections

With the complete Sundance lineup now out in public you had to know that Slamdance couldn't be far behind. And it wasn't. The complete list of competition selections for Slamdance 2011 was announced today and it's a compelling mix of titles.

On the genre front Fernando Barreda Luna's found footage shocker Atrocious is the festival's one true horror entry while Simon Arthur's Silver Tongues also sounds like it could delve into dark thriller territory. Experimental effort The Beast Pageant is probably worth a look as well and I've been hearing growing buzz about inner city crime moc doc Snow On The Bluff as well.

On the real documentary side of things there are a couple music themed pieces - Road Dogs and Last Fast Ride - cranked up to 11. Stephan Wassman's Scrapper - the story of a group of men who collect scrap from a Us military bombing
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Slamdance Announces 2011 Lineup

The Slamdance Film Festival which takes place each year in Utah at the same time as the Sundance Film Festival has just announced its program for the 2011 edition. The festival was founded in 1995 by Dan Mirvish, Jon Fitzgerald, Shane Kuhn and Peter Baxter and has since become a year-round organization championing emerging filmmaking talent and their new work. The aim is to provide what its supporters consider a truer representation of independent filmmaking).

The fest has earned a solid reputation for premiering films by first-time writers and directors working within the creative confines of limited budgets. Festival discoveries have included directors such as Christopher Nolan (Memento), Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball) and Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite).

The 17th annual fest will screen 10 narrative films and eight documentary features in competition from Jan. 21-27. Fourteen of the movies are world premieres. As part of this year’s festival theme — “All Is
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Veritas has a helmer for 'Fred'

Veritas Studios has set Steve Skrovan to direct its first feature film, "Fred & Vinnie," written by and starring comic actor Fred Stoller. Skrovan, who will make his narrative feature directorial debut, also will exec produce.

The comedy about two mismatched guys forced to live together is scheduled to begin shooting in March.

"Fred and I have wanted to do a project together since our early stand-up days in New York City," Skrovan said. "This script captures the Fred I have known for so long: quirky, authentic, poignant and absolutely hysterical."

Stoller, repped by Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier Talent Agency, has appeared on "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Seinfeld" and "Friends" and in such features as "Dumb & Dumber," "Joe Dirt" and "Little Man." He also was a staff writer on "Seinfeld."

Skrovan, repped by Wma, is an Emmy winner who also wrote for "Seinfeld" and served as exec producer of "Raymond" and " 'Til Death.
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Film review: 'Wilbur Falls'

A Massachusetts native and USC film school grad, writer-director Juliane Glantz shows much enthusiasm in her feature debut, charging ahead with an overwrought, genre-bending teen potboiler that has a fashionable, anything-goes agenda.

Screened recently at the Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival, "Wilbur Falls" is headlined by Danny Aiello and Sally Kirkland as small-town eccentrics whose revenge-minded daughter (Shanee Edwards) vamps her way into serious trouble just before graduating high school.

The most honored and busy among her schoolmates, Renata (Edwards) never forgets her public humiliation as a freshman, when an erotic drawing of hers is reproduced and displayed by treacherous friends. Reduced to a hysterical mess and needing the comfort of her father Phillip (Aiello), the affable but overprotective town sheriff, Renata evolves into a noir virgin with a superior attitude.

Renata's mother (Kirkland) is a New Age floozy whom Phillip adores, but they are only two influences on Renata. Her best friend Arne (Jeff Daurey) encourages her to exact long-overdue payback from brainless stud Jeffrey (Charlie Newmark). Luring him to her favorite frog pond, Renata pulls a nasty prank resulting in Jeffrey's unintended demise.

When the body disappears, Renata and Arne keep mum as locals believe Jeffrey has disappeared. Alas, Phillip is no longer sheriff, and his replacement, T-Bone David Anthony Marshall), arrogantly and menacingly lurks while attempting to solve the mystery.

Complications set in when the deceased's pregnant girlfriend Jodi (Cherilyn Hayres) turns to Renata for help getting an abortion. They travel to the city and visit Renata's wild older sister Katherine (Suzanne Cryer), who has goo-goo eyes for slick gangster Johnny Handsome (Fred Stoller). Jodi and Renata talk about sex, with the former's enthusiasm turning on the latter, and they fall into bed together.

After the brief lesbian interlude, and because of newsworthy abortion protesters, they cause a panic back home, and Renata defiantly claims to have been pregnant with Jeffrey's child. From unused condoms by the pond to the surprise of what happened to Jeffrey's body, the film lurches into overheated melodrama as T-Bone and the state police begin looking for a murderer.

The performances are rarely subtle or convincing, though Edwards, Aiello, Kirkland and Hayres work hard. Glantz's scenario is too scattershot, and the combination of serious and satirical elements is handled clumsily.

WILBUR FALLS

Vexatious Films

Writer-director: Juliane Glantz

Producer: David L. Delman

Executive producers: David L. Delman, Joseph Pecoraro

Director of photography: Kurt Brabbee

Editors: John Gilbert, Duncan Burns

Costume designer: Kristen Anacher

Music: Jim Halfpenny

Color/stereo

Cast:

Renata: Shanee Edwards

Phillip: Danny Aiello

Roberta: Sally Kirkland

Katherine: Suzanne Cryer

Arne: Jeff Daurey

Jodi: Cherilyn Hayres

T-Bone: David Anthony Marshall

Johnny Handsome: Fred Stoller

Jeffrey: Charlie Newmark

Running time -- 97 minutes

No MPAA rating

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