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Funny or Die Opens DC Office Led By Former White House Official

Funny or Die, which has enlisted President Obama to guest on Zach Galifianakis’ “Between Two Ferns” and Jack Black to skewer gay marriage opponents in “Prop 8: The Musical,” is opening a Washington, D.C., office.

Brad Jenkins, who has been the White House’s liaison and director of engagement to the creative community, will be managing director and executive producer of Funny or Die D.C. and based at the 1776 Campus in downtown Washington. Jenkins will work on creating content, as well as providing consulting services to clients on reaching the public via social media and, presumably, through comedy.

Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to Obama, said in a statement that Jenkins “served as a key link to creative executives, artists, advocacy leaders, and more.” Mike Farah, president of production at Funny or Die, said that Jenkins was “the perfect person to lead our D.C. office because he understands
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Harris as 87th Academy Awards Host. Good Choice?

Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscar 2015 ceremony Stage, film, and television actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars, aka the 87th Academy Awards ceremony, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today, October 15, 2014. This will be Neil Patrick Harris' first time hosting the show, which in the United States will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 22. As quoted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences press release, Zadan and Meron are "thrilled" to have Harris host their show, adding that "we have known him his entire adult life" and "to work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm." As to be expected, Harris' statement reads that “it is truly an honor and a thrill" to be invited to host the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony Now, Neil Patrick Harris is an experienced awards-show host. His credits in the field include hosting the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards,
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Hollywood’s New Leaders: Digital

1. Sarah Penna, 29

Co-founder/chief creative officer, Big Frame

The reality TV vet co-founded Big Frame, a media company and talent management firm, in 2011 at age 26. Dubbed “CAA for the digital set,” it’s now one of the top networks on YouTube with 300-plus signed talent names and 24 million monthly uniques. Penna is among the players producing TV-quality shows for the Web, including: sci-fi short series “Meridian”; “Squaresville,” a coming-of-age dramedy; and “Sync,” a sci-fi action thriller launched by Big Frame as part of YouTube’s original channels initiative.

2. Joe Lewis, 33

Head of original programming, Amazon Studios

Lewis joined Amazon in 2012 as the first creative hire in the TV group and oversees all development of primetime series, including Amazon’s first eight comedy pilots. Two of those shows, “Alpha House” and “Betas,” moved into series production. Now he’s overseeing a second round of pilots. He previously worked at CAA and Comedy Central.
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Hollywood’s New Leaders: Digital

1. Sarah Penna, 29

Co-founder/chief creative officer, Big Frame

The reality TV vet co-founded Big Frame, a media company and talent management firm, in 2011 at age 26. Dubbed “CAA for the digital set,” it’s now one of the top networks on YouTube with 300-plus signed talent names and 24 million monthly uniques. Penna is among the players producing TV-quality shows for the Web, including: sci-fi short series “Meridian”; “Squaresville,” a coming-of-age dramedy; and “Sync,” a sci-fi action thriller launched by Big Frame as part of YouTube’s original channels initiative.

2. Joe Lewis, 33

Head of original programming, Amazon Studios

Lewis joined Amazon in 2012 as the first creative hire in the TV group and oversees all development of primetime series, including Amazon’s first eight comedy pilots. Two of those shows, “Alpha House” and “Betas,” moved into series production. Now he’s overseeing a second round of pilots. He previously worked at CAA and Comedy Central.
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Ed Burns, Tom Rothman headline Sundance Film Festival juries

Ed Burns, whose debut film The Brothers McMullen premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, was announced today as a jury member for next month’s Sundance in Park City, Utah. Burns joins documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, executive Tom Rothman and 16 others named to five juries that will award prizes at independent film’s most high-profile showcase.

Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Jan. 22, with feature film awards announced at a separate ceremony on Jan. 26. The festival runs this year from Jan. 17-27.

Click below for the entire Sundance jury list:

U.S. Documentary Jury

Liz Garbus is a prolific documentary filmmaker.
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Sound Off: Adam Shankman's 'Rock of Ages' - What Did You Think?

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? From Broadway to Hollywood, the latest musical to hit the big screen is Rock of Ages, directed by the one-and-only Adam Shankman (Hairspray, Prop 8: The Musical). He rounds up quite an ensemble lead by Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, Malin Akerman, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones. So how is this rockin' 80's glam metal, hair band musical extravaganza? Is it better than the original Broadway version, or just another Hollywood musical? Does Cruise rock it? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Shankman's Rock of Ages. Note: I have not personally been able to see Rock of Ages yet, but do plan on seeing it eventually. Instead, to open up the discussion, here's some starting thoughts on the movie from our own Ben Pearson's review from Filmonic: "As a film, Rock of Ages is
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Morning Meme: James Van Der Beek To "DWtS," Betty White Is "Off Their Rockers," and Will Lindsay Lohan Play Elizabeth Taylor?

As we've mentioned before, James Van Der Beek is playing kind of a jerk version of himself in Don't Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23. That version of James is going on Dancing With the Stars and the real James got a wakeup call as to how tough it was. "I went in thinking I've always wanted to learn how to dance. I'm a pretty good athlete; I could figure this out. After about three or four dance classes, I thought I was looking good, so we recorded it on an iPhone. I watched it and I was absolutely mortified. I look like a jock trying to fumble his way through it. It was horrible. I realized I really had to step it up so many more hours of training followed until I got to the point where it was good enough for the jokes to work. It did not come easily.
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Ask the Flying Monkey: How Adorable is Barrett Foa?

Have a question about gay male entertainment? Contact me here (and be sure and include your city and state and/or country!

Q: I think Barrett Foa is adorable! What can you tell me about him? I think he was a Broadway Boy and would love to know more about him. Is he single and gay? – Michael, New York

A: Oh, yes, Barrett Foa plays NCIS: Los Angeles’s tech operator Eric Beale, and the actor is definitely a child of the stage.

He was born and raised in Manhattan – yes, there are kids there. It was during his obligatory summers away at camp – Interlochen Arts Camp, in his case – that he discovered his love of the theater. His Broadway debut was in the original New York production of Mamma Mia, and he later took over for John Tartaglia in Avenue Q (he was also in Prop 8: The Musical
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Does Katharine McPhee have the necessary chops for "Smash"?

Now that Fox’s Glee has broken the curse and proven that the musical genre can succeed on broadcast television, the race is on at other networks to find a Glee of their own. There are a few pilots getting that chance this development season: a pair of comedies and one drama — NBC’s promising Smash, which counts Steven Spielberg among its executive team.

Casting already is under way and Will & Grace’s Debra Messing has landed a prime role in the pilot, playing lyricist Julia in the project that follows the staging of a Broadway production — about the life of Marilyn Monroe — on all levels: writing, composing, casting, the business of Broadway as well as the personal lives of those involved.

According to Deadline, American Idol Season 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee has landed one of the most promising roles of the season — as Karen, a 23-year-old blonde who does everything
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Last Song’ Fails to Hit Emotional Notes

Chicago – Nicholas Sparks is the Michael Bay of touchy-feely weepies. No matter how derivative or cynically calculating his stories prove to be, they never fail to rake in the dough. Several of his books have been turned into blockbusters, the best of which benefit greatly from the strength of their cast, as in “A Walk to Remember” and “The Notebook.”

Unfortunately, “The Last Song,” stars The Artist Currently Known as Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus, who seems uncomfortable acting without a laugh track. Her initial attempt at graduating from the Mickey Mouse Club into big girl roles was admittedly doomed from the start, since this Sparks adaptation is the first co-written by the author himself, who succeeds in making his work appear even more cloying onscreen. This is the cuddliest cancer drama since “My Sister’s Keeper.”

Blu-Ray Rating: 1.5/5.0

No one familiar with Sparks’ work will be surprised by the third
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'Hairspray' Director Set For '80s Rock Musical 'Rock of Ages'

'Hairspray' Director Set For '80s Rock Musical 'Rock of Ages'
Choreographer-turned-filmmaker Adam Shankman has fortunately found another musical to direct following his success with the "Hairspray" remake. Variety reports that he's set to helm the movie version of Broadway's "Rock of Ages," which incorporates popular '80s rock anthems, such as Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna take It," into a Sunset Strip-set love story about an aspiring musician and a girl who's just off the bus.

Shankman, who also made the hilarious online short "Prop 8: The Musical" and will be doing a "Hairspray" sequel, feels he knows the material well enough from having worked on an Extreme video back in the early '90s and from growing up with a dad in the music biz. He also was a choreographer on "Boogie Nights," which means he probably has experience setting a scene to Night Ranger's "Sister Christian," one of the songs appropriated
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A Gay Satirist Fears 'Bruno's' Satire

"I just don't know if the majority of America is going to be able to get the subtext," says "Prop 8: The Musical's" Marc Shaiman.

By Dominic Patten

No stranger to satire, Marc Shaiman has written music for "When Harry Met Sally…," "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" and "Team America: World Police." He also wrote last fall's Webby-winning "Prop 8: The Musical," starring Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris and others. A self-professed Bruno fan from when the character appeared on HBO's "Da Ali G Show" -- and gay himself -- he has only seen clips and trailers of the film, but he worries that on the big screen it's going to give audiences a very skewed view of...
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'Prop. 8' musical spoof among Webby Award winners

FunnyOrDie.com's "Prop 8: The Musical" starring Jack Black and Neil Patrick Harris as well as the Sundance Channel's "Green Porno" starring Isabella Rossellini are among the notable recipients of Webby Awards, which were announced today. Oh, yeah, and Paris Hilton was among the losers. Her video reply to John McCain's campaign ad claimed neither a jury nor people's voice prize. What's notable about the current crop of Webby Awards winners is the overlap — and disagreement — between those sets of awards. For example, both sets of kudos agreed that 1000 Awesome Things was the best culture/personal blog. However, in terms of humor websites, the jurors preferred TheOnion.com while regular Web users voted for FailBlog. Check out the full list of recipients here. Winners will receive their honors at a ceremony held on June 8 in New York City, hosted by "Saturday Night Live" star Seth Myers.

"Prop 8 - The Musical" starring Jack Black,
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'Hairspray' Composer Marc Shaiman Grilled

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The Tony winner, being honored by SAG, has come a long way since 'South Park.'

By Sharon Waxman

Marc Shaiman, an Oscar-nominated and Emmy and Tony Award-winning composer, is being honored on Monday evening by the Screen Actors Guild Hollywood Singers Committee. His achievements range from “Hairspray,” to “South Park’s” enduring “Blame Canada” to the score to the “First Wives Club.” Shaiman was grilled by TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman about dressing in drag, Tom Hanks’ singing chops and his FunnyOrDie smash hit, “Prop 8: The Musical.”

Aren’t you the guy who dressed up in...
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‘Prop 8: The Web Series’ Ponders a Totalitarian California

For anyone who’s been living in a cave the past year or to anyone who’s just generally unaware and clueless, Proposition 8 is a Californian anti gay marriage ballot proposition that passed in the November 4, 2008, general election making same sex marriage illegal. To say both sides are passionate about the issue would be an understatement. Those who apposed Proposition 8 raised $43.3 million in campaign funds while its supporters raised $39.9 million. Too bad both sides couldn’t have just gotten along and collectively spent the $83 plus dollars on something a little more life changing than marriage. But I digress… The outcome of this election sparked the creation of Prop 8: The Web Series, conceived by Benny & Rafi Fine (they’re brothers, not spouses). Like Prop 8: The Musical and similarly themed online propaganda, the hopes for the series is that it will raise awareness and help to get Prop 8 overturned. From
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"Milk" Triumphant at 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

"Milk" took home the top prize for best feature at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.

The film's Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and AIDS activist Cleve Jones presented Bishop Gene Robinson with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. Robinson is the first openly gay Bishop in the history of Episcopal church.

In the TV world, "Desperate Housewives" took the top prize for best comedy, while "Brothers & Sisters" won for best drama. Both shows are produced by ABC.

Meanwhile, she's no longer living on the D-List, Kathy Griffin was given the Vanguard Award for her support of the gay community. Yay!

And remember the FunnyorDie.com's "Prop 8: The Musical?" The funny bit was given special recognition, and it's totally deserving! If you haven't seen it,
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'Milk' takes top honors at GLAAD nods

Focus Features' Oscar-winning "Milk" was honored as the outstanding film in wide release at this year's GLAAD Media Awards.

ABC's "Desperate Housewives" was named outstanding comedy series during Saturday's ceremony at the Nokia Theatre, and that network's "Brothers & Sisters" was named outstanding drama.

Comedian Kathy Griffin received the group's Vanguard Award, and V. Gene Robinson received its Stephen F. Kolzak Award.

Special-recognition prizes were given to Showtime's "The L Word" and "Prop 8: The Musical," which bowed on FunnyOrDie.com.

Jonathan Tolins' "Secrets of the Trade" took home the award for best Los Angeles theater production.

The prize for outstanding individual episode in a series without an Lgbt character went to the "Unidentified Funk" installment of CBS' "The New Adventures of Old Christine."

"Ellen & Portia's Wedding Day," from "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," was named outstanding talk-show episode.

The prize for outstanding Spanish-language TV newsmagazine went to Univision's "Aqui y Ahora.
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At least the Webby Awards appreciate Paris Hilton!

After she was cheated out of an Oscar nomination in 2006 for "House of Wax," can 2009 finally be Paris Hilton's big year for showbiz awards? She swept the Razzies in February (three victories!) and now she's among the nominees at the Webby Awards for her most popular Internet video ever — well, at least one in which she's wearing clothes. Her FunnyOrDie.com retort to John McCain's campaign ad is up for best comedy: individual short or episode at the Webby Awards, which will be bestowed on June 8 at a ceremony in New York hosted by Seth Myers ("Saturday Night Live"). Other notable nominees in that same category include "Prop 8: The Musical" (video below) featuring Jack Black and Neil Patrick Harris in a satiric blast at California's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, and "Children's Hospital," starring Megan Mullaly and Michael Cera in one of a series of webisodes spoofing TV medical dramas.
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Paris Hilton up for Webby

Paris Hilton's presidential campaign has been nominated for an award. The socialite's spoof 'Paris For President' internet videos - made in response to an advert referring to the blonde star in Senator John McCain's campaign - is up for a Webby Award, which recognises excellence on the internet. Paris' clip, produced for FunnyOrDie.com, is nominated for Best Comedy: Individual Short. Other nominees include Jack Black, Rashida Jones and Neil Patrick Harris for 'Prop 8: The Musical' - which is also up for Best Writing - and Rob Corddry's 'Children's Hospital' starring Megan Mullally. Voting is open to anyone at http://pv.webbyawards.com until April 30, and the winners will be announced on May 5. The online edition of the New
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New York Times Tops Webby Award Noms

"Oscars of the Internet" celebrating 13th year.

By Wrap Staff

The New York Times led the nominees for the 13 annual Webby Awards, which spotlight online excellence in more than 70 categories, from a wide range of sources, including viral videos and activist Web sites.

Also tapped on Tuesday was comedy site FunnyOrDie.com, a creation of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, which garnerd two nominations for a December video called "Prop 8: The Musical."

Top Nominees for the awards, which have been dubbed "the Oscars of the Internet," include the Times (13), NBC (12) and The Onion (8. News site The Daily Beast, the humorous Fail...
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