7 items from 2008
Bit by tenuous bit, Todd Solondz's next film is coming together. It started brewing in June of 2007, then stalled due to money issues, and then got cooking again in August with the help of Werc Werk Works. But now, oh now, the film has got its superstar.
The Hollywood Reporter posts that Paris Hilton has signed onto the dramatic comedy, along with Allison Janney and Charlotte Rampling. (In addition: "Ciaran Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Renee Taylor, Michael Lerner, Michael Kenneth Williams, Chane't Johnson, Eric Wareheim, and Chris Marquette are among the other actors that Werc Werk Works announced as joining the project. ")
Once called Life During Wartime (there's no title attached to the current news), the film still stars Paul Reubens and focuses on a family during wartime. If nothing has changed, it brings together characters from Welcome to the Dollhouse and Happiness with different people playing the roles. I »
- Monika Bartyzel
- I got to admit I’m more surprised that Charlotte Rampling has been swooned into taking a role in Todd Solondz's latest project, than I am with the announcement that non-actress Paris Hilton has also joined the project. The Hollywood Reporter reports that key players like Rampling, Hilton, Allison Janney with be joined by Paul Reubens, Ciaran Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Renee Taylor, Michael Lerner, Michael Kenneth Williams, Chane't Johnson, Eric Wareheim, and Chris Marquette for the yet to be titled project. The trade gave a little bit more details in what contemporary backdrop we find ourselves in – the dramedy features a family set against the backdrop of a war. Filming should be underway sometime soon with a 2009 release pending a distributor pickup. »
The indie filmmaker's newest project, which willl be financed and produced by the Minnesota-based inside Werc Werk Works, has cast Allison Janney, Charlotte Rampling and Paris Hilton as part of its ensemble cast.
The movie will take off on elements from the director's breakout "Happiness," in a project producers are describing as a "part-sequel, part-variation" on that film.
Ciaran Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Renee Taylor, Michael Lerner, Michael Kenneth Williams, Chane't Johnson, Eric Wareheim, and Chris Marquette are among the other actors that Werc Werk Works announced as joining the project. »
- By Steven Zeitchik
Okay, first the easy one. Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (of the impossibly awesome Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) directed and star in the new Ben Folds video, a duet with Regina Spektor called "You Don't Know Me." You can watch the video below. The only controversial thing about it is a bit of swearing. Wareheim also directed a video for Warp Records artist Flying Lotus, who also does a lot of the music for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. The song is called "Dance Floor Dale," and the video is below, at least for now. You guys know what NSFW means, right? NOT SAFE FOR WORK. Probably NOT SAFE FOR HOME. Not only are there epilepsy-inducing flashes, there is lots of ugly-bumping going on. By which I mean sex between ugly people. It's »
Atom.com sent us the final episode “I Love Brown Chocolate” of the hit animated web series “Steven and Stephen”. Synopsis: “Steven and Stephen” is the story of conjoined twins, attached at the crotch for your comedy pleasure. Created by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, the minds behind Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Tom Goes To The Mayor, the final episode of “Steven and Stephen” show you how these unfortunate twins relieve themselves. To check out more great videos from this series, head to Atom.com: http://stevenandstephen.atom.com/ Stay tuned to Toxic Shock tv for the latest “Steven and Stephen” webisodes and news. »
- Brian Corder
NEW YORK -- MTV Networks on Thursday officially launched comedy destination Atom.com, a re-branding of its AtomFilms property.
The site counts MTVN's Comedy Central as its exclusive partner and it has a show, Atom TV, on the channel, which will air at 2 a.m. on Monday nights.
Atom.com has been conceived out of MTVN's parent Viacom's 2006 acquisition of AtomFilms. The site, which was founded by MTVN's global digital media president Mika Salmi, was known for its short-form films along with its comedy content. But with the re-launch, the AtomFilms banner will be retired along with the film focus.
Atom.com will launch with four original series, including "Border Patrol", which counts Ivan Reitman among its producers and is already in development at Comedy Central. Other series include the animated "Steven & Stephen" from Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim ("Time & Eric, Awesome Show, Great Job!"), Waverly Films' "Stickman Exodus", and "Benny, Escaped Convict" from "Scrubs" writer Ryan Levin. The site also has "dozens" more shows in the works, including one featuring "CSI: Miami" actor Jon Togo. »
NEW YORK -- The Webby Awards announced its honorees Tuesday, with Michel Gondry named as the film and video person of the year.
The director received the nod for his film Be Kind Rewind, which the Webbys acknowledged as "a celebration of low budget do-it-yourself filmmaking."
Other special achievement honorees include Stephen Colbert, who was named Webby person of the year. The star of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report launched comedic campaigns based around Google and Wikipedia and started a Facebook group dedicated to his presidential bid.
Will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas was honored as Webby artist of the year in recognition of his pro-Barack Obama music video, "Yes We Can".
Multiple winners in the online film and video categories include the Onion News Network, which won five awards, My Damn Channel, which won three awards for You Suck at Photoshop and one for director David Wain's (Wet Hot American Summer) Wainy Days, and NYTimes.com and PBS' Frontline/World, which each took two awards. »
7 items from 2008
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