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Interview conducted by Tom Stockman July 16th, 2014
A native St. Louisan, Brad Schiff serves as the animation supervisor at Laika Studios, the award-winning company behind “Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” and the upcoming “The Boxtrolls.” Before making his creative contributions to Laika’s films, Brad cut his teeth on a number of popular American television series, including MTV’s “Celebrity Deathmatch,” “The PJs,” and “Gary & Mike.” In 2001, Brad brought home a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for his work on “Gary & Mike.” Brad’s commercial-directing clients have included the NFL on Fox, Nintendo, and Samsung. In 2004, Brad worked as an animator on Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” the first of what has turned out to be a series of Academy Award-nominated features that includes Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Although Brad’s busy schedule only allows a hometown visit once a year or so, when in St. Louis »
- Tom Stockman
After tapping two new VPs and a Director of Development in April, Hollywood-based TV and film production company Dakota Films has promoted Tally Barr to Evp Development and Production. Barr has more than a decade in comedy, animation, unscripted, and shortform production with credits including Celebrity Deathmatch, Brand X With Russell Brand, Status Updates, Popzilla, the Emmy Awards and the MTV Movie Awards under her belt. She recently served as associate producer on Arrested Development on Netflix and is supervising producer on Dakota’s Deadbeat for Hulu. »
In all fairness, director Kaare Andrews could have shown colonoscopy footage for an hour and a half and it still would have entertained viewers longer than Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever managed to – but our ambitious auteur goes above and beyond by delivering a sequel more in line with Roth’s original cult phenomenon. Sure, Rider Strong doesn’t drop in for another “explosive” cameo, but back once again is Roth’s flesh-eating virus, and this time it’s ready for the big leagues. Cabin Fever: Patient Zero is a puss-ridden, grotesque, splattery bit of biological horror, and while it lacks the indie charms that wooed franchise fans initially, Andrews’ pseudo-reboot could be the start of something nasty – rivaling Roth’s signature brand of stomach-turning visual horrors.
Since ruining a friendly vacation and eating through a prom, officials are still struggling to contain the hungry virus causing so much devastation. »
- Matt Donato
Sounds a little like MTV’s show, Celebrity Deathmatch! George Zimmerman was acquitted with the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and now he’s taking on another dangerous activity — boxing rapper Dmx for charity.
Are Dmx and George Zimmerman the new Ruff Ryders? Well, not exactly. After receiving over 15,000 applications for people wanting to box George, 30, in a match, the team at Celebrity Boxing decided to go with the 43-year-old rapper!
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After news broke that George and Dmx wanted to get into the ring, Damon Feldman, Celebrity Boxing owner, put out a statement writing, “the match will be one of the Biggest Celebrity Boxing matches of all time.”
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While George is doing this for charity and to keep his name out there, Dmx just wants to beat him — bad.
“I am going to beat the living f–k out him, »
- Emily Longeretta
The supremely bizarre news that Dmx is going to box George Zimmerman ("and in this corner, the man who shot and killed an unarmed teenager. . .") got us thinking about MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch. For those of you that didn't watch MTV in the late '90s and early 2000's, Celebrity Deathmatch was an ultra-violent claymation show where celebrities of the day like Jerry Springer, Fiona Apple, Puff Daddy and Carmen Electra boxed each other, often to the death. It wasn't uncommon for them to reach Mortal Kombat-like ends with celebrities regularly getting skinned alive or disemboweled. »
Fact #1: Jay Leno has been the most popular late night host in America for the majority of the past 19 years.
Fact #2: Comedians, Hollywood insiders, and laypeople alike just love hating on Leno, and have been doing so consistently for over 20 years.
Why? In their minds, the reasons are legion: Because he stole The Tonight Show from Johnny Carson’s rightful heir, David Letterman, way back in the early ’90s. Because he refused to simply retire when NBC tried to replace him with Conan O’Brien in 2009. Because his primetime Jay Leno Show tanked, sinking Conan’s Tonight Show »
- Hillary Busis
There are currently three different shows that I look forward to on three different nights on MTV. Three. And that’s not including when Catfish is on, or when the tragically though understandably cancelled Buckwild earned a DVR season pass last year.
I am currently watching—and what’s more, I’m eagerly anticipating—as many MTV shows now as I did in high school, when watercooler talk was discussing a Road Rules challenge in first-period bio or raving at lunch about the True Life episode where they go to fat camp. For me, high school was Next and Made, »
- Marc Snetiker
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