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Lgbt-themed cabler Logo TV has launched into the world of comedic and satirical news programs with “The Straight Out Report,” which it plans to debut on Nov. 7.
In a similar vein to “The Colbert Report” and “Last Week Tonight,” the show will feature openly gay Stephen Guarino sparing with straight co-host Mike E. Winfield on the cultural highs and lows of the week.
“By spotlighting each host’s distinct and hilarious viewpoint, ‘The Straight Out Report’ not only offers a fresh perspective on the headlines and newsmakers of the day, but also underscores that comedy is the perfect device to emphasize our similarities and differences,” said Pamela Post, vice president of programming at Logo TV.
Guarino and Winfield will have weekly segments with names like “Enough With The …,” “The It List,” “Unintentional Gay Moment,” “This Was Actually On Television,” “Trendspotting,” “Your New Best Friend” and “Feud For Thought.” “The Straight »
- Shelli Weinstein
Exclusive: Last year’s American Film Market keynote speaker Adam Carolla is returning after successfully crowdfunding $1.4 million for his first film in seven years, with the semi-autobiographical comedy in post and a message to studios and financiers: “I just made a movie without you assholes, and it will be better than 92% of the shit Hollywood cranks out,” he said via phone from his Glendale headquarters. “I’m standing in my own studio – because of what? Because of CBS, because of Sony, because someone let me do this? I don’t need any of these assholes.”
Carolla admits his outspoken past and accusations of homophobia and misogyny might have turned off traditional investors. “Did the way you acted at the last party affect your invite to the next party? I can’t tell what I’ve missed out on,” he said. “I’m tired of dealing with the networks. I don’t think it’s helped, »
- Jen Yamato
It’s been a dozen years now since 2002, but thanks to VH1′s I Love the 2000s, we can be reminded of what a great year it actually was. Serena Williams was the No. 1 tennis player in the world, Jennifer Lopez’s latest breakup was in the headlines, and zombies were the latest craze at the movies.
Clearly, much has changed in the world since then.
Of course, in all seriousness, VH1 also spotlighted plenty of other nostalgia-worthy phenomena hyper-specific to 2002 and 2003—like the return of the movie musical, Nelly’s evergreen musical reason to take your clothes off, and »
- Jake Perlman
Previous | Image 1 of 3 | NextAdam Carolla poses right before his appearance at North Central College.
Chicago – Adam Carolla has been making the rounds lately, to promote his new book, “President Me: The America That’s in My Head.” He came to Chicago on May 23rd, 2014, to North Central College in Naperville, Illinois and did a Q&A with Chicago Sun-Times Film Critic Richard Roeper, in addition to signing copies of the book for admirers. The event was presented by Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.
Carolla came to prominence in 1999, with Jimmy Kimmel on Comedy Central’s “The Man Show.” He co-founded Jackhole Productions, which created the prank phone call puppet show “Crank Yankers.” He currently has one of the most popular podcasts on the web, “The Adam Carolla Show.”
HollywoodChicago.com was at the North Central College event, and captured the following photos. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Ever heard of the The Yes Men? Activist and filmmaker Andy Bichlbaum and his colleagues go about the country pretending to be official representatives of Exxon, The Chamber of Commerce, Halliburton etc. Then they hold fake press conferences and the like and film the public relations mayhem for whatever organization they’ve targeted. Basically it’s Crank Yankers for corporate watchdogs.
A few weeks ago we posted about the upcoming film Do I Sound Gay? in which filmmaker David Thorpe examines the concept of “the gay voice”– both his own and of others. (This highly anticipated film has already sparked a lot of discussion both here and on other sites such as Andrew Sullivan,)
Thorpe recently took up the topic of “the gay voice” with Bichlbaum. The Yes Man, while gay, doesn’t believe he comes off as a yesss man. Check out the conversation below.
The Kickstarter campaign to »
- Dennis Ayers
You knew it was only a matter of time. After Netflix scored with original programming like "Orange Is the New Black" and "Arrested Development," Amazon quickly jumped into the game -- and now Xbox is, too. Pretty soon, look forward to new shows from your microwave and blender. Xbox will launch Xbox: Originals this June with 12 projects. They will be available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and other Microsoft devices, and, of course, the shows will offer "interactive capabilities." To prove they're not kidding around, Xbox Entertainment Studios has attracted names like Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott, who are attached to two separate scripted projects based on the “Halo” franchise. Because hey, you can never get enough "Halo." Other shows in production include an unscripted series about international street soccer, an original drama about robotic servants in a dystopian world, and a documentary about the search for discarded Atari games in »
- Liane Bonin Starr
Having grown up in the '80s, I hold a special place in my heart for creature features. Gremlins was a gateway drug to Critters and Ghoulies. I've chased down titles like Arachnophobia, Jack Frost, Black Sheep and Piranha Part Two: The Spawning, all for the practical effects and puppets that were both creepy and funny. So, I was pretty stoked for Zombeavers to hit the Tribeca Film Festival with its promise of blood-drenched puppets and outrageousness. But there's something crucial missing here that keeps it from being as fun as the titles that served as the centerpieces to slumber parties and Diy midnight movie marathons. The directorial debut of Crank Yankers's writer Jordan Rubin, Zombeavers begins in the familiar setting of a rural cabin that sits beside a seemingly placid lake. This is the isolated vacation spot where college co-eds Mary (Rachel Melvin), Zoe (Cortney Palm) and Jenn »
7 items from 2014
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