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Hollywood New Leaders: Agents and Managers

Hollywood New Leaders: Agents and Managers
Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked for go-getters across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and seen their rise. All are age 40 or under, and Variety has measured them by the progress of their career trajectories: do they take calculated risks? How fast have they risen in their companies? Are they innovative and employ solutions to problems that are creative? While it’s hard to pinpoint the “it” factor, these folks embody that intangible. The people on the list have helped build the brilliant careers of their clients, shepherded hit television shows and successful movies, created small-screen series, films and animated shows, launched digital platforms, fostered hit music, counseled top dealmakers and financed them, and are some
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‘Rick and Morty’ Fans, Check Out the Justin Roiland Series So Subversive, Bill Cosby Took Legal Action

‘Rick and Morty’ Fans, Check Out the Justin Roiland Series So Subversive, Bill Cosby Took Legal Action
Years before a deluge of women started speaking out about Bill Cosby’s behavior off-screen, the then-beloved comedian revealed that there were some things he didn’t find particularly funny — specifically, the web series “House of Cosbys,” an absurdist animated series created by a young Justin Roiland.

Originally produced in 2005, “House of Cosbys” was one of the first major successes for Channel 101, the screening series/digital platform created by Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab. “Channel 101” featured a number of comedy stars, including Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, and The Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone – while also leading to the collaboration between Harmon and Roiland that would eventually give birth to “Rick and Morty.”

It also, however, attracted the ire of Cosby, who for some reason didn’t see the humor in the show. “Cosbys” focused on Mitchell (voiced by Jeff B. Davis, who would
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‘Rick and Morty’ Fans, Check Out the Justin Roiland Series So Subversive, Bill Cosby Took Legal Action

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‘Rick and Morty’ Fans, Check Out the Justin Roiland Series So Subversive, Bill Cosby Took Legal Action
Years before a deluge of women started speaking out about Bill Cosby’s behavior off-screen, the then-beloved comedian revealed that there were some things he didn’t find particularly funny — specifically, the web series “House of Cosbys,” an absurdist animated series created by a young Justin Roiland.

Originally produced in 2005, “House of Cosbys” was one of the first major successes for Channel 101, the screening series/digital platform created by Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab. “Channel 101” featured a number of comedy stars, including Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, and The Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone – while also leading to the collaboration between Harmon and Roiland that would eventually give birth to “Rick and Morty.”

It also, however, attracted the ire of Cosby, who for some reason didn’t see the humor in the show. “Cosbys” focused on Mitchell (voiced by Jeff B. Davis, who would
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Comedy Central Developing ‘

Comedy Central has put in development aka Kill The Orange Face Bear, toplined by Girls' alum Alex Karpovsky. , written by Blue Mountain State co-creator Chris Romano and to be directed by Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates helmer Jake Szymanski, centers on a man whose girlfriend is eaten alive by a bear in front of him. He sets out to do the only thing one would to get revenge: kill that bear. Romano, who also will showrun, executive produces with Karpovsky…
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'Girls' Grad Alex Karpovsky to Star in Comedy Central's 'Kill the Orange Face Bear'

Comedy Central is going on a bear hunt.

The Viacom-owned cable network has put a half-hour scripted comedy called Kill the Orange Face Bear, starring Girls grad Alex Karpovsky, in development.

The project revolves around a man (Karpovsky) whose girlfriend is eaten alive by a bear in front of him. He then sets out to kill said bear.

Blue Mountain State co-creator Chris Romano is attached to pen the script, serve as showrunner and exec produce alongside Jane Szymanski (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates), with the latter set to direct the pilot. Karpovsky, who played Ray on all six...
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Exclusive Interview: Alan Ritchson, Eric Falconer And Chris “Romanski” Romano Talk Blue Mountain State

Once upon a time, Spike introduced a show called Blue Mountain State that would later become one of my most re-watched addictions. No matter how many times Thad Castle ran the cookie race or hit Golden Arm with his truck, the Bms Goats hilariously reveled in their asinine, drug-fueled absurdity.

Sure, it’s fratty, brobeans comedy on steroids, but creators Eric Falconer and Chris “Romanski” Romano cover all their bases (or manage all their assignments?) rather well for a show built on relentless immaturity. That was until Spike unceremoniously axed the show after Season 3, and Bms fans were left without Alex Moran’s senior year.

It was then that Falconer, Romanski, and the faithful Goats started a Kickstarter fund to save Blue Mountain State, and they were met with an offering of $1.9 million from their devoted fanbase. This outpouring of generosity is why we now have the newly-released movie, Blue Mountain State: The Rise Of Thadland
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Blue Mountain State: The Rise Of Thadland Review

Blue Mountain State: The Rise Of Thadland is a drug-fueled dystopian comedy that would make Rob Gronkowski blush – we’re coming out of the gate guns-blazing on this one! Everything that television audiences love about the hard-partying Mountain Goats makes a return in Lev L. Spiro’s spinoff film, as creators Eric Falconer and Romanski leave a trail of cocaine dust while they unleash epic, Thad-Castle-approved anarchy.

It’s perversely familiar and relentlessly immature (in a good way), which is everything Bms fans have come to expect. We’re gifted an epic, multi-day party that reunites all our favorite characters, but with the calculated exclusion of on-field football antics, something feels slightly amiss. Not enough to detract immensely, just a little more welcomed playmaking to balance…ah, who am I kidding. You’re watching for the sloots and booze, and that’s exactly what you’ll get!

As Alex Moran
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Blue Mountain State: Revival Film Coming Feb. 2; Watch Trailers

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More sloots. More party favors. More Thad. The Blue Mountain State TV series ran three seasons, before being cancelled by Spike, in 2011. Now, Lionsgate is releasing a revival film, February 2, 2016. Like Veronica Mars, the Blue Mountain State revival was crowd-sourced on Kickstarter. This release is direct-to-digital and On-Demand.

Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland, revisits Blue Mountain State University and its Mountain Goats football team, with football, sex, and plenty of booze. Television series creators Eric Falconer and Romanski (Chris Romano) reunite the original cast. Stars include: Alan Ritchson, Romanski, Darin Brooks, James Cade, and Frankie Shaw, with Ed Marinaro. Watch the trailers, below.

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Lionsgate Sets ‘Blue Mountain State’ Movie Release Date

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Lionsgate Sets ‘Blue Mountain State’ Movie Release Date
Get ready to go back to the Goat House, “Blue Mountain State” fans. Lionsgate announced Friday that it has set the digital release date for the crowdfunded “Blue Mountain State” movie for Feb. 2, 2016. The film reprises the antics of fictional Blue Mountain State University and its Mountain Goats football team, set in the madcap, over-the-top world of football, sex, binge drinking and wild partying. Television series creators Eric Falconer and Romanski reunite the original cast starring Alan Ritchson, Romanski, Darin Brooks, James Cade and Frankie Shaw. Also Read: 'Divergent 4' 'Power Rangers' Pushed Back by Lionsgate In the movie, Thad
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Watch the trailer for comedy Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland

Ahead of its Us release next month, Lionsgate has debuted a trailer for director Lev L. Spiro’s upcoming Kickstarter funded comedy Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland. Based on Spike TV’s comedy series Blue Mountain State, the film stars Alan Ritchson, Darin Brooks, Chris Romano. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

After Thad graduates and is drafted into the NFL, quarterback Alex must lead both his team and the fight to save their house from being shut down by the vengeful university president.

Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland is set for release on February 2nd in the States.
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Sports Comedy ‘Blue Mountain State’ Seeking Movie Resurrection Via Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign

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Spike comedy series Blue Mountain State was cancelled in 2012 after three seasons, but a second life on Netflix and Hulu reinvigorated fan interest. Now the show’s creators are hoping to channel that demand into a big-screen film continuation with a Kickstarter campaign launched today. “We’ve seen fan activity on social media since the show ended and went on to Netflix, and we’ve seen the audience continue to grow through that platform,” said Alan Ritchson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), who played high-strung All-American linebacker Thad Castle on the show and is aboard to produce the film project with co-creators Chris Romano and Eric Falconer. “When they find it on Netflix, they also find out it’s no longer airing on Spike or being made. A lot of them are asking for another season. We didn’t get our senior year and we want to do that.
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ABC Buys Comedy From Chris Miller & Phil Lord With Kristen Schaal Starring & Writing

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Exclusive: Kristen Schaal and Rich Blomquist have teamed with film and TV writers-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street) for American Monster, a comedy, which has sold to ABC. The project, about a small-town misfit who becomes an unlikely celebrity when she goes on trial for the murder of the century, is intended as a starring vehicle for comedian and Daily Show contributor Schaal, who will write the script with her husband, former Daily Show writer Blomquist. The two executive produce with Lord and Miller and their president of television, Seth Cohen, for 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Lord Miller. This is the third sale for Lord Miller in the company’s first season under the exclusive three-year deal it inked with 20th TV in May. It also has two comedies at Fox, The Last Man On Earth from Will Forte, which has a pilot production commitment, and Torched from writer Chris Romano,
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Johnny Depp, Phil Lord and Chris Miller to make Torched pilot for Fox

It seems that as Johnny Depp's acting career is slowing to a halt, due to bad reviews and unfulfilled projects, that he's set to remain firmly in the production side of things. He's set to be executive producer for a TV comedy pilot ordered by Fox currently known as Torched in it's early days. More interestingly film-makers Chris Miller and Phil Lord are also at the helm. Movie goers will know them from such projects as the film adaptation of 21 Jump Street and its upcoming sequel 22 Jump Street. Interestingly, Depp started out in his early days of acting in the original cult 1980s TV series.

Torched seems to be the conceptual child of Chris Romano, co-creator of Blue Mountain State, and more recently a co-executive producer on How I Met Your Mother. Coincidentally, Phil Lord and Chris Miller are also Himym alumni from its long-forgotten first season. With all of the production experience,
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Blue Mountain State

Network: Spike

Episodes: 39 (half-hour)

Seasons: Three

TV show dates: January 11, 2010 -- November 30, 2011

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Darin Brooks, Denise Richards, Alan Ritchson, Page Kennedy, Rayea Dinning, Sam Jones III, Chris Romano, Gabrielle Dennis, Ed Marinaro, Courtney Coleman, Frankie Shaw, Rob Ramsay, and Omari Newton.

TV show description:

This comedy series takes place at the fictional Blue Mountain State university and its football team, The Mountain Goats.

Coach Marty Daniels (Ed Marinaro) is a six-time national champion football coach from New Jersey, and is a pillar of the Bms community. Formerly a running back for the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys, he dates his sex-crazed ex-wife, Debra (Denise Richards).

Kevin "Thad" Castle (Alan Ritchson) is a Senior linebacker and team captain from Connecticut. Despite his status as a two-time All-American
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Blue Mountain State: Cancelled; No Season Four

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The game is over for Coach Daniels (Ed Marinaro) and his team. There won't be a fourth season for Blue Mountain State. The Spike TV series has been cancelled.

The comedy series revolves around the on and off-field antics of Pennsylvania college football powerhouse, Blue Mountain State. Coach Daniels has his hands full with the hijynx of his wife (Denise Richards) and students like team captain Thad (Alan Ritchson), quarterback Alex (Darin Brooks), and team mascot Sammy (Chris Romano).

The comedy performed decently for Spike in season one and realized significant gains in season two. The cable channel reported that the series saw a 33% increase with men 18-34, a 50% climb in men 18-24, and a 14% increase with men 18-49.

Total viewership dropped however in season three which kicked off this past September. While some episodes of season two
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'Blue Mountain State' canceled: Season 4 drops out of Spike lineup

Bad news, Mountain Goats fans. Zap2it has learned exclusively that the plug has officially been pulled on "Blue Mountain State," the Lionsgate-produced college comedy, following its third season.

"Blue Mountain State," which aired its series finale in November, shot in Montreal and followed the often crude hijinks of a Pennsylvania college football team led by Thad (Alan Ritchson), Alex (Darin Brooks), and Sammy (Chris Romano). Denise Richards also starred as the wife of Coach Daniels (Ed Marinaro). The actors have now been released from their contracts.

The series aired for three 13-episode seasons on Spike, experiencing significant audience growth in its second season and dipping to about 900,000 viewers in Season 3. When Spike passed on renewing the series for Season 4, Lionsgate considered shopping it elsewhere, but recently notified cast and crew that it would not be revived.

While we'll miss the "American Pie" type humor that is rarely seen on television,
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Celebrity Twitterwatch: Ian Somerhalder's Birthday Suit! Plus Both "Being Human" Werewolves, Russell Tovey and Sam Huntington

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No hat, but I'm not complaining.

Welcome back to Celebrity Twitterwatch, where we take a look at what the beautiful people are saying about their beautiful lives. It's kind of like a visiting a zoo, but with better decorators.

Harry Shum, Jr. was the toast of Glee this week, and that meant doing press. In the old days, he would have dressed up and met a publicist at the Beverly Hilton pool and seen a parade of journalists. Now, he rolls out of bed and gets dressed. Well, sort of. I'd like to think this is how he lives life generally. Every gentleman should wear a hat.

Speaking of media attention, comic and former MTV VJ Dave Holmes took time to note that in his passing, Steve Jobs had performed a selfless act and done the impossible: He pulled a spotlight away from Sarah Palin.

Finally responding to the media
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How I Met Your Mother Season 7: Sneak Peeks & Photos for the Season Premiere Tonight!

How I Met Your Mother returns with a special one-hour season 7 premiere tonight.  In the first episode, Barney prepares for his wedding to a mystery bride.  He and Ted reminisce about Punchy's (guest star Chris Romanski) wedding, and when Marshall and Lily announced that they were having a baby.  Robin is also very conflicted in the season premiere as she debates whether to tell Barney that she has feelings for him.  Co-creators and executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas wrote the episode.

The second episode, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Et, features Martin Short as a guest star.  Marshall will get the job of his dreams in the episode and Short will be playing Garrison Cootes, his new boss.  But after Marshall gets the job offer, he's worried that it might be rescinded once the company learns about certain videos he made in his past.  Ted, meanwhile, debates about
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'How I Met Your Mother' preview: Barney drops a metaphor before his mystery wedding

"How I Met Your Mother" fans, restart your speculation engines. The Season 7 premiere, "The Best Man," is just around the corner. And ahead of its Sept. 19 debut, CBS released a rather telling clip.

Now, as we already know, the bulk the episode plays out in the normal timeline, with Ted  (Josh Radnor) performing best man duties for childhood friend Punchie (Chris Romanski) and the rest of the gang somehow along for the ride at his Cleveland nuptials. But there's also another look at Ted's other best man gig, at Barney's (Neil Patrick Harris) future wedding.

Picking up where Season 6 left off, with Ted walking in on his tuxedo-clad best friend, Barney goes off on how he's not sure if he's ready to commit to his tie. He has a few tie options, you know, and it's hard to tell if he's picking the right one.

Naturally, Barney would find a
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'How I Met Your Mother' Season 7 premiere promo: Big questions, bigger dance moves

Reasons to be excited for the Sept. 19 Season 7 premiere of "How I Met Your Mother" are many -- and not just because the veteran comedy marks its return with a full-hour of new programming.

CBS recently released the first promo for the premiere, "The Best Man," and it seems likely to deliver on all the promises of sexy dancing and nuptial backdrops as the photos we recently caught. It also poses two big questions...

#1: Who will get married? Calm down. We're going to have to go with the absentee Punchy (Chris Romanski), whose wedding seems to be setting for all the non-flash-forward events.

#2: Who will hook up? Really. Could they? Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) are looking awfully comfortable out there on the dance floor, but with the gang now on a crash course with his own wedding, we expect the show to tread at
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