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Happy Birthday, Margaret Cho! Let's Recall Her Best Jokes

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Unlike some celebrity "Lgbt allies," Margaret Cho has been proudly supportive and queer since the minute she stepped foot onstage. When she stormed the comedy circuit in 1993 and landed her own sitcom called All-American Girl, it was easy to root for her complete honesty and bad-ass best friend charm. She was once described as "the Comedy Madonna," and I think she'll rightfully carry that title forever.

Margaret is particularly special to me because her amazingly candid and funny memoir I'm the One That I Want came out when I was a freshman in high school. I'd watched her HBO standup special and All-American Girl when I was a little kid, so it was jarring to realize that the confident, pleather-pantsuited comic from my youth had dealt with -- in the years following her sitcom's cancellation -- drug addiction, long-term eating disorders, and the absolute worst Hollywood people I can imagine.
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Drop Dead Diva Unleash Your Inner Diva Prize Pack Giveaway

Drop Dead Diva returns for a fourth season this Sunday, June 3rd, and I have a great giveaway to help celebrate. The surprise (to me… because it sounds crazy on paper) Lifetime hit held strong through three seasons, and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down. Season four opens with Kim Kardashian in a guest role as a relationship guru Stacy enlists to help make sense of her life.

More importantly, there are a couple of new regulars joining the cast. Certainly not a show that is scared to mix things up, it looks like we’re in for a wild ride through the first few episodes.

Check out more info and a teaser below, then enter to win the Unleash Your Inner Diva Prize Pack.

Lifetime’s critically acclaimed hit series, “Drop Dead Diva,” returns for a fourth season with 13 new episodes premiering Sunday, June 3, at 9/8c.
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Kim Kardashian to Guest Star on Drop Dead Diva Season 4

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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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Dancing With The Stars Announces New Season Cast – Does Anyone Care?

I have to admit from the start that the popularity of Dancing with the Stars completely eludes me. It was an interesting bit of fun the first time around, but mainly for its novelty value. There was a nice combination of showcasing famous people, and giving them something to do that was mildly entertaining without being embarrassing simply for the sake of being embarrassing.

The second and third seasons had a few moments of interest, even if the biggest tune-in sell was watching people who weren’t any good, rather than watching any “talent” take shape. Now, however, I just don’t get it anymore. Much like the Circus of the Stars of days gone by, the novelty is over, “Stars” is becoming more and more loosely defined, and we are thus at a point where we have to come clean and admit we’re watching ballroom dancing. And, much
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Grassroots to greenbacks: Marketers listen to word-of-mouth

Grassroots to greenbacks: Marketers listen to word-of-mouth
Stand-up comedian Margaret Cho and her business partner Karen Taussig raised $100,000 last year to make a film version of the Korean-American's national concert tour, Notorious C.H.O. After the shoot, both Cho and Taussig were convinced they had a project that would build on Cho's hard-core fan base of gay men, young feminists and people of color. But they were also intensely conscious of the biggest hurdle facing them -- how to make audiences aware of the film. Before signing with distributor Wellspring Media, Cho and Taussig used a technique they learned while promoting their last concert film: They invited local movie theater managers to see Cho perform live. And so began the duo's grassroots campaign to build hype for the film, which so far has brought more than $894,000, with its widest release on 26 screens. In today's movie landscape, when blockbuster features wield $25 million-plus marketing budgets and opening-weekend performance is crucial to a movie's long-term prospects, small pictures have little time to build traditional word-of-mouth. Savvy filmmakers are being forced to find innovative ways to let audiences know about their projects and build word-of-mouth before a movie is released. Increasingly, producers like Cho and Taussig and distributors like Wellspring are developing grassroots campaigns targeted at the niche audiences most likely to be interested in their projects.

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