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Frank Zappa Family War, Dweezil vs. Ahmet and Diva

  • TMZ
Dweezil Zappa's brother and sister are going after him, claiming he's ruining the Zappa name by spreading lies that tarnish their father's legacy. Ahmet and Diva Zappa just filed legal docs asking a judge to let them start a website to counter Dweezil's claim they are trying to ruin his career by denying him the right to perform his Zappa Plays Zappa tour. Dweezil has gone on a rant claiming Ahmet and Diva
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Fun Size Horror Short Film Premiere Day 1: Happy Birthday

Beginning this week, Shock Till You Drop is hosting a series of horror short films that fall under the "Fun Size Horror" banner which was created by filmmaker Zeke Penheiro. All of the Fun Size Horror shorts have been independently produced by a wide range of filmmakers including Josh Waller, Glen Murakami, Mali Elfman, with participating actors Lance Reddick, Rose McIver, Tracie Thoms, Brea Grant, Amy Dallen, Victor Webster and Diva Zappa.

Today, we bring you "Happy Birthday" from writer-director Erin Stegeman (Roadside) and producer Ace Marrero (Madison County). In the short: "Sophia is turning six and her cardigan-clad parents have put together the perfect party, including a very special surprise." You can watch this bloody tale below.

The post Fun Size Horror Short Film Premiere Day 1: Happy Birthday appeared first on Shock Till You Drop.
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Fun Size Horror Trailer Teases 31 Unique Halloween Shorts

  • Collider.com
This seems like a really cool idea for burgeoning filmmakers and I'm glad we're one of the participating sites. It's a nice low stakes way to experiment with the genre and take risks, and there's some really good talent behind it. Fun Size Horror is a horror film collective that has come together to create 31 films to celebrate Halloween. The shorts will be distributed across five sites - Dread Central, Bloody-Disgusting, ShockTilyYouDrop, HitFix and Collider during the week leading up to Halloween! All of the Fun Size Horror short films have been independently produced by a wide range of filmmakers including Josh Waller, Glen Murakami, Mali Elfman, with participating actors Lance Reddick, Rose McIver, Tracie Thoms, Brea Grant, Amy Dallen, Victor Webster, and Diva Zappa. Each short will only be up for 24 hours before being replace by the next so you have to act quick! Filmmaker Zeke Pinheiro came up
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Kim Kardashian to Guest Star on Drop Dead Diva Season 4

  • MovieWeb
Kim Kardashian to Guest Star on Drop Dead Diva Season 4
Kim Kardashian joins the cast of Lifetime's critically acclaimed Sony Pictures Television series Drop Dead Diva for a multiple-episode arc beginning with the season premiere. The show's fourth season is set to begin filming in February, with new episodes premiering this summer.

Kardashian will play Nikki, Fred's (Ben Feldman) new love interest who partners with his ex Stacy (April Bowlby) in a new business venture. Kardashian joins an impressive list of guest stars who have appeared on Drop Dead Diva including Liza Minnelli, Rosie O'Donnell, Paula Abdul, Brandy Norwood, LeAnn Rimes, Elliott Gould, Kathy Griffin and Tim Gunn.

"I'm ecstatic to welcome Kim to the Diva family," said creator and executive producer Josh Berman. "In discussing the role of Nikki with her, I'm blown away by her smarts, sense of humor, and passion. This series is all about reinvention and I'm so excited to see Kim 'reinvented' in the world of Drop Dead Diva.
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Rewind 2011 — A Look Back at the Year in Television

Rewind 2011 — A Look Back at the Year in Television
Fox Tim McGraw with Scotty McCreery (right), winner of ‘American Idol.’

It was an interesting year in TV to say the least. Here’s Speakeasy’s 2011 Rewind, a look back at the highlights and the lowlights on TV this year.

You Didn’t Wanna to Like It, But You Did

Who thought “American Idol” was going to sink when Simon and then Paula Abdul left the show for X-ier pastures? Who, of those naysayers, couldn’t get enough of Rocker Steven Tyler,
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Film Review: Inconsistent ‘Do Not Disturb’ Features Revolving Door of Quality

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Chicago – The beautiful Mali Elfman, daughter of the great composer Danny Elfman, has written and produced (and co-stars in) a unique piece of work called “Do Not Disturb,” a collection of interconnected short films that chronicles the bizarre happenings in a Los Angeles hotel room and is now available On Demand. What goes on behind closed doors? If the walls of even one room could talk, the stories they would tell would be great fodder for filmmaking. “Do Not Disturb” is too inconsistent to recommend completely but features a few interesting elements and bodes well for a promising filmmaker.

Not unlike “Four Rooms,” “Do Not Disturb” links together a series of short films through one hotel worker, an unnamed maid effectively played by Diva Zappa (the youngest daughter of the legendary Frank). The five vignettes are directed by different filmmakers, including Eric Balfour (an actor well-known for his work
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Eric Balfour Exclusive Interview Do Not Disturb

  • Collider.com
In the independent feature Do Not Disturb, five directors took on five short stories, all tied together in one dark, humorous film about what goes on behind the door of hotel room 316, and the maid who connects all of the stories together. Actor Eric Balfour, who appears in the segment entitled “Rocketman” opposite True Blood star Lindsay Pulsipher, makes his feature directorial debut with the film’s first segment, “Duccio’s Madonna,” a dark drama about a lonely man (Harris Goldberg) that pushes a hooker (Maureen Flannigan) too far, only to find an eager maid (Diva Zappa) happy to help him finish the job. With little time for preparation, each director was given a brief synopsis and one day on set to tell their story, all of which was overseen by producer Mali Elfman (who also appears in two of the film’s segments), giving it a truly collaborative feel.
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Trailer for indie horror anthology Do Not Disturb

Eric Balfour, Laura Henry, Petro Papahadjopoulos, Jon Mann-Krieger and Brandon Nicholas each direct a segment in this twisted anthology that sounds like a Twilight Zone version of Four Rooms. They were given a brief synopsis, eight rules to follow and one day on set to create their film.

Synopsis:

Five directors tackle five short stories that are all tied together in one dark, twisted, humorous film about what goes on behind the door of room 316. From a lonely man who pushes a hooker too far, to a Twilight Zone-esque, sci-fi tale, to a sweet teenage romance, and then finally a noir thriller about a man, a woman, a maid and the mafia tied into a spooky horror with a hotel maid - Do Not Disturb has it all.

The cast includes Balfour, Diva Zappa, Jason Alan Smith, Troy Garity, Lindsay Pulsipher, Mali Elfman, Maureen Flannigan, Jonathan Majors and John Reese.
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Trailer for the dark and twisted anthology ‘Do Not Disturb’

A trailer for the dark and twisted anthology Do Not Disturb was recently released. The film is composed of five short stories by five directors.

“Five directors tackle five short stories that are all tied together in one dark, twisted, humorous film about what goes on behind the door of room 316. From a lonely man who pushes a hooker too far, to a Twilight-Zone-esq, Sci-Fi tale, to a sweet teenage romance, and then finally a noir thriller about a man, a woman, a maid and the mafia tied into a spooky horror with a hotel maid — Do Not Disturb has it all.

Each director was given a brief synopsis, eight rules to follow, and one day on set to create their film.

The episode directors include Eric Balfour (“Duccios Madonna”), Laura Henry (“Prom”), Jon Mann-Krieger (“Intrinsic”), Brandon Nicholas (“Death Takes a Holiday Inn”) (“Maids Sequence”), and Petro Papahadjopoulos (“Rocketman”). The cast includes Diva Zappa,
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Do Not Disturb movie trailer, poster and images

Check out the trailer, poster and images from Do Not Disturb, starring Diva Zappa, Eric Balfour, Jason Alan Smith, Troy Garity, Lindsay Pulsipher, Mali Elfman, Maureen Flannigan, Jonathan Majors and John Reese. The horror comedy / drama opens May 1st via Gravitas Ventures. Five directors tackle five short stories that are all tied together in one dark, twisted, humorous film about what goes on behind the door of room 316. From a lonely man who pushes a hooker too far, to a Twilight-Zone-esq, Sci-Fi tale, to a sweet teenage romance, and then finally a noir thriller about a man, a woman, a maid and the mafia tied into a spooky horror with a hotel maid -- Do Not Disturb has it all. Each director was given a brief synopsis, eight rules to follow, and one day on set to create their film...
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Do Not Disturb movie trailer, poster and images

Check out the trailer, poster and images from Do Not Disturb, starring Diva Zappa, Eric Balfour, Jason Alan Smith, Troy Garity, Lindsay Pulsipher, Mali Elfman, Maureen Flannigan, Jonathan Majors and John Reese. The horror comedy / drama opens May 1st via Gravitas Ventures. Five directors tackle five short stories that are all tied together in one dark, twisted, humorous film about what goes on behind the door of room 316. From a lonely man who pushes a hooker too far, to a Twilight-Zone-esq, Sci-Fi tale, to a sweet teenage romance, and then finally a noir thriller about a man, a woman, a maid and the mafia tied into a spooky horror with a hotel maid -- Do Not Disturb has it all. Each director was given a brief synopsis, eight rules to follow, and one day on set to create their film...
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Early Details on Do Not Disturb Anthology - Trailer, Artwork, Stills, and More

  • Dread Central
Here at Dread Central we love anthologies, and the latest to cross our radar, Do Not Disturb, brings a lot to the table. It comes from five directors tackling five short stories - all tied together in one dark, humorous film about what goes on behind the door of hotel room 316…

Each director was given a brief synopsis, eight rules to follow, and one day on a set to create his or her film. Do Not Disturb is a truly independent production born out of the desire to make a small and creepy film that would cost virtually nothing. The cast includes Diva Zappa, Eric Balfour, Jason Alan Smith, Troy Garity, Lindsay Pulsipher, Mali Elfman, Maureen Flannigan, Jonathan Majors, and John Reese. The directors are Eric Balfour, Laura Henry, Petro Papahadjopoulos, Jon Mann-Krieger, and Brandon Nicholas.

Here's the lowdown on each story:

"Duccio's Madonna" - First-time film director Eric Balfour
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‘American Idol’ Vocal Coaches: Thia Megia Is ‘Amazing’ & Charice Fans Will Help Carry Her To The Top! Exclusive

  • HollywoodLife
Even though she has a friend with some of the most amazing fans in the world, Thia Megia’s phenomenal talent alone will carry her through the competition, say the American Idol vocal coaches!

We’ve only reached the American Idol Top 24, but two of the hit reality show’s vocal coaches predict Thia Megia will go far in the competition. Not only does she have the support of her friend Charice’s fans around the world, she’s one of the best talents they’ve seen!

“The kid is amazing. She’s 15. She’s so beyond her years musically, it’s insane,” Michael Orland raved about the pint-size belter from Mountain House, Calif. to HollywoodLife.com at the Idol Prom in Hollywood Feb. 24.

He added, “This is the first year we’ve had 15-year-olds on the show — I’d like to see her do well because of that.”

However,
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Selma Blair and Jason Bleick, fashion designer, expecting a baby

  • Pop2it
Actress Selma Blair and her fashion designer boyfriend Jason Bleick are joining the recent rash of Hollywood pregnancies, reports Us Weekly.

The 38-year-old star of "Cruel Intentions" and "Legally Blonde" was previously married to Ahmet Zappa from 2004 until 2006, but has no children. Ahmet is the brother to Dweezil, Moon Unit and Diva Zappa, all the children of legendary musican Frank Zappa.

But she has moved on to Bleick, a rather eccentric fashion designer who lived in a teepee in 2009. Bleick is the founder of Ever, a fashion-forward, travel-inspired clothing line that uses high quality fabrics to create clothes for the comfort-seeking traveler.

He told Coast Magazine of his teepee: "I moved to Hollywood about six years ago, right after I started Ever. I have a great house in the Hollywood hills that looks over the entire city. But I wanted to get back to the beach and live very minimally.
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Everything You Wanted to Know about 'Glee'!

  • Extra
Everything You Wanted to Know about 'Glee'!
In honor of its return to Fox Tuesday, "Extra" has gathered little-known facts about "Glee" -- the cast, the characters, and every little tidbit you've ever wanted to know about the hit musical series!

Everything About 'Glee'Popular Pilot

The pilot of "Glee" premiered after the finale of "American Idol" in 2009, and averaged 9.619 million viewers. The pilot generated a lot of buzz before returning four months later.

Down Time

The show picked up
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'Glee' Castmate's Dream Guest Star? Reba McEntire!

  • Extra
'Glee' Castmate's Dream Guest Star? Reba McEntire!
"Glee" star Chris Colfer tells "Extra" he's enjoyed covering Top 40 artists like Beyoncé as a member of the high school choir on the hit Fox show, but you shouldn't expect to hear any Garth Brooks or Carrie Underwood tunes performed on the show.

"I couldn't do country, with all due respect to all country music artists," says Colfer, who plays Kurt.

See our "Glee" cast photo gallery

"My parents dressed me up with a
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'Glee' Shines at the World Series

  • Extra
The cast of "Glee" opened Game 3 of the World Series last night singing "The Star-Spangled Banner." Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes on "Glee," sang a beautiful rendition of the song with other cast members.

The game ended with the NY Yankees beating the Philadelphia Phillies 8-5.

See photos of the cast of "Glee"

The cast was offered the opportunity to sing at the World Series after an invitation to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade was rescinded by NBC.
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Matthew Morrison: 'Glee' is 'Theatre Boot Camp'

  • Extra
Broadway vet Matthew Morrison shines as "Glee" club head Will Schuester -- but admits to "Extra" that the musical show is more work than he bargained for!

"I've done some other TV work where you spend a lot of time in your trailer -- that's not the case on this show," Morrison reveals to "Extra" during a photo shoot for Orange Coast magazine. "It's like theatre boot camp -- we're shooting an episode while we're in dance rehearsals,
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'Glee' Star: I'm Not Getting Used to Fame

  • Extra
Dianna Agron is the center of attention as Quinn Fabray on the hit series "Glee," the actress tells "Extra" that in real life, the new attention she's receiving "blows her away."

"I'm not getting used to it," Dianna admitted at Elle magazine's Women in Hollywood Tribute. "I mean, we hoped... but this is beyond our wildest dreams. It still blows me away."

The sing-song show has been a huge success for Fox in both ratings and brand marketing.
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'Glee' Cast to Croon at World Series!

  • Extra
'Glee' Cast to Croon at World Series!
Forget the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade -- the cast of "Glee" is ready to play ball! Fox has confirmed to the L.A. Times that the sing-song cast of the hit series "Glee" will sing the National Anthem during Game 3 of the World Series, scheduled for October 31. The game will be in Los Angeles or Philadelphia, depending on which team ends up in the series against the Yankees or Angels.
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