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Louis Ck has achieved the impossible- he's released a film on the internet and people have paid money for it. Of course, it helps that he's perhaps the hottest comedian alive right now, coming off the success of his ground-breaking (feel like it's fair to use that term) show "Louie" and a couple of incredible stand-up shows. Rather than go to HBO for another special Louis decided to produce his own show out of pocket, directing, editing and releasing it himself, and so we have »
- Alex Riviello
Louis Ck has been named as host of the 68th Annual Radio & Television Congressional Correspondents Dinner. The Louie star has been selected as the event's feature speaker for the gala, which is "traditionally attended by the President, the Congressional Leadership, media executives, Capitol Hill broadcast journalists and prominent newsmakers". The dinner's chairman Jay McMichael said he is glad that Louis Ck will be a part of one of Washington DC's liveliest events. McMichael commented in a statement: "We're very excited about having Louis Ck at the dinner. This is (more) »
- By Justin Harp
For the first time ever, we polled the entire Sos staff on their favorite TV of the last 12 months. We knew that, given the fact that our contributors are (principally) spread out across Canada, the Us, and Britain, that the results might well be a mixed bag. What we didn’t necessarily expect was the level of consensus surrounding the upper quartile of the list. There was a clear groundswell of support for our collective #1, but competition was fierce for the spots just behind it. Here are the 20 best TV shows of 2011, according to the staff as a whole; stay tuned for The Televerse’s year-end wrap-up, in which Kate Kulzick and Simon Howell discuss their respecive favorites – and least favorites – in greater detail.
20. The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race continues to be arguably the classiest, most reliably entertaining show the genre has yet to produce. It probably helps that »
- Simon Howell
The comedian has made more than half a million dollars marketing his video online directly to fans rather than releasing it on DVD
Last week, I received an email from the American comedian Louis Ck. "Hi. This is LOuie," it began. "It seriously is me. Im even going to leave the O stupidly capitalized because who would pay an intern to do that??"
Admittedly I wasn't the only person to receive this. Everyone else who had bought his new standup set last week also got sent a copy of the email. We had become subjects in the comedian's experiment. Louis, like Radiohead before him, has been playing around with online distribution. He made his latest special, Live from the Beacon Theatre, available for download on his website restriction-free for $5 to see if it could work as well as paying a company to release it on DVD.
Refreshingly, Louis Ck has been open about the results. »
As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements. Here, Louis C.K., who contributes both on-and-off screen to his critically acclaimed FX series Louie, opens up about the groundbreaking, hour-long season 2 episode “Duckling,” which brought viewers an unfiltered look at life on the decidedly unglamorous Uso tour in Afghanistan. With television like this, we’ll always wait for Louis… and follow him wherever he may go. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW. »
- Aly Semigran
Thursday morning, those who had paid $5 to download Louis C.K.'s new stand-up special, "Live at the Beacon Theatre," were treated with a surprise in their email inbox: A message from Louis himself, thanking fans for being a part of his sales experiment, and letting them know more information about the special. He wrote:
"Hi. This is LOuie. It seriously is me. Im even going to leave the O stuipdly capatalized because who would pay an intern to do that?? Okay so you bought the thing with my fat face on it and you clicked the button that said i could email you. And i know that now you are thinking "aw shit. Why'd i let this guy into my life this way?" [sic].
But nothing could be further from the truth. Few performers could have seen the public's trust translate to dollar signs in the way that C.K. has over the last week. »
- The Huffington Post
FX has closed a deal with acclaimed actor/comedian Russell Brand for six half-hour installments of an unscripted late night series (untitled), which will debut in the spring of 2012, announced Nick Grad, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, FX.
These will feature Brand's unvarnished, unfiltered take on current events, politics and pop culture. The six installments will be shot in front of a live audience and the format will draw heavily on interaction with that audience.
"We're very excited to add Russell Brand's bracingly funny, original, and honest voice to the FX comedy line-up," said Grad. "We look forward to supporting Russell and his partner Troy Miller's ambition to strip down the hosted comedy format to its most fundamental elements and to create something daring and unfiltered for the FX audience."
The series is produced by FX Productions in association with Branded Films and Dakota Films. This marks the »
The egregious snubs of "Breaking Bad," "Community," and "Louie," weren't the only blunders during the Golden Globe nominations announcement on Thursday morning at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Sofia Vergara, Woody Harrelson, Gerard Butler and Rashida Jones presented the list of nominees, but the ceremony itself turned into a comedy of errors filled with gaffes and entertaining banter.
The always-affable Woody Harrelson pretty much stole the show. As Gerard Butler finished reading the nominees for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Harrelson, sitting off-camera, asked, "Did you leave one name off of there, Ger?" Butler quipped that there was one additional name on the list, but it had been "tipp-exed out." When it was Harrelson's turn to present, he took the opportunity to plug his upcoming film "Rampart."
"Best Motion Picture, Drama ... " Harrison began, before shamelessly self-promoting his new film, causing the audience to erupt in laughter. ""Rampart" opens January 27, but »
- Alex Moaba
Comedian Louis Ck says his online-only special "Live at the Beacon Theater" has earned him $200,000 in profits since its debut last week -- and it's still selling. After working with HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central on his last three specials, the comedian/writer/director decided to go it alone this time to see if he could cut out the corporate middleman between him and his fans. Also read: 'Louie' Goes to Afghanistan -- and You Should Watch The special represents a potential alternative to going through networks, record companies, iTunes, or other content distributors, »
- Tim Molloy
NBC fired over the full clip from last night's Tonight Show . as FX star Louis C.K. discussed his unique distribution mention for his new special in the three part interview below. C.K. stars in FX's hit comedy "Louie," now heading to its third season. Watch it now to see why he almost didn.t make it to the West Coast and his plan if bears were to eat his kids. Plus, Levi Lavallee explained the double-flip and shared a truly extreme snowmobiler clip. Tonight Show Facebook: www.Facebook.com/JayLeno Twitter: www.Twitter.com/JayLeno #LenoMono Louis C.K., Part 1 (12/14/11) Part 1: Louis C.K. on waking up in NY and having to be in La for the Tonight Show. Louis C.K., Part »
- April MacIntyre
"Community" fans had yet another reason to be outraged as the NBC cult favorite, recently placed on indefinite hiatus, was snubbed at the Golden Globe nominations in favor of head-scratcher Best Comedy nominee "Episodes." Also conspicuously absent from that category's list of nominees: Louis Ck's groundbreaking comedy series "Louie" and another much-loved NBC offering, "Parks and Rec."
In other shocking news, "Breaking Bad," widely considered to be among the best hour-long dramas ever to air on television, was snubbed in the Best Drama category, despite the fact that its most recent season was its strongest yet. At least Bryan Cranston made it into the Best Actor in a Drama category, alongside Steve Buscemi for "Boardwalk Empire," Damian Lewis for "Homeland," Jeremy Irons for "The Borgias," and Kelsey Grammar for "Boss."
Who else did the ever-inscrutable Hollywood Foreign Press Association unfairly leave out -- or unexpectedly add in -- when »
- HuffPost TV
Louis Szekely, aka Louis Ck, the comedian and TV producer known for his cult-classic FX series, Louie, today announced a digital distribution strategy that may just prove ground-shifting. It’s a tired trope among us new media types. In this more open and fragmented entertainment world, producers will wield more control with ever-evolving business models. At the same time, consumers will demand more control. Sure enough, as cable subscribers defect, a creator-controlled al-la-carte model is spearheaded by a seasoned industry trailblazer. Four days after posting Louis C.K. live at the Beacon Theater on his website at $5 for an unencumbered video file, Szekely has sold over 110,00 copies. That makes for more than $500,000 in total sales and a profit of about $200,000 (and counting). He, and bigger names, will surely continue to exploit this now proven model. We can’t say this is ground-breaking, however. Similar pay-per-view strategies have been attempted on the »
- Jamison Tilsner
Over the weekend, Louis Ck released his latest stand-up comedy special, "Louis Ck: Live at the Beacon Theater," an hour of all-new material in which he talks about parenting, sex, God, the environment and more. It is, unsurprisingly, a very funny hour of entertainment, as you might expect by the man who currently stands at the top of the stand-up pyramid. Also unsurprisingly, given the circumstances behind the production of his great FX show "Louie," Ck has used the special as an excuse to try out a new business model. "Live at the Beacon Theater" had no theatrical run, no DVD »
- Alan Sepinwall
This week, Dave , Devindra , and Adam  discuss Louis Ck's bold new distribution strategy, ruminate on the greatness of Miller's Crossing, explain why Jurassic Park III is terrible, and wonder why Ridley Scott is so invested in this whole Blu-Ray thing. Special guest Matt Singer , joins us from IFC. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next Sunday (12/18) at Slashfilm's live page at 10 Pm Est / 7 Pm Pst, where we'll be reviewing Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, Young Adult, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Correction: Miller's Crossing was the Coen Brothers' third film, not the second, as we accidentally state in this episode. Download  or Play Now in your Browser: [audio:http://traffic.libsyn.com/slashfilmcast/Slashfilmcastep169.mp3] Subscribe to the /Filmcast:   Shownotes Introduction What We've Been Watching David Chen (03:15): Louie Ck's Live at the Beacon Devindra (11:20): Miller's Crossing, »
- David Chen
Louis C.K. went on "Nightline" Monday night to discuss his career, and while there, defended fellow comedian Tracy Morgan from the fiery backlash he faced this summer after saying in a stand-up routine that he would stab his son if he were gay. The "Louie" star told "Nightline" that the resulting fallout was a "wasted opportunity" to educate people on the roots of homophobia.
The comic, who is currently promoting his self-released stand-up album "Live at the Beacon Theater," had defended Morgan's joke in the past.
C.K. told ABC’s Bill Weir that he believes Morgan's comments were misunderstood, if not poorly worded. "He said, 'If my son is gay, he better come to me about it like a man. Because if he came to me like this' -- and then he did a little effeminate gay voice -- 'I'd stab that little n*****.'"
While admitting that he »
- Ross Luippold
As one of Filmmaker‘s “Best of 2011″ posts, Dan Schoenbrun hailed Louie as one of the year’s best TV shows. And now, as the year closes, the comedian has launched one of the year’s best Diy distribution and marketing efforts. As John Biggs wrote at Techcrunch, Louis Ck is offering his Live at the Beacon Theater concert film for $5 as a DRM-free download or stream. And while the Hollywood studios are currently fighting piracy by borrowing a page from the firewalls of authoritarian regimes (see the Sopa legislation currently before Congress), C.K. is taking a more human approach. He writes:
To those who might wish to “torrent” this video: look, I don’t really get the whole “torrent” thing. I don’t know enough about it to judge either way. But I’d just like you to consider this: I made this video extremely easy to use against well-informed advice. »
- Scott Macaulay
Louis C.K. did a live question and answer session on Reddit on Monday afternoon, and by doing so, continues his mission to be as accessible and honest with his audience as he possibly can. C.K., who self-released his newest stand-up comedy special "Live at the Beacon Theatre" this weekend through his website, seemed game to answer a variety of questions directly from his fans.
In the chat, which was on Reddit's IamA section (as in, "I am a [blank]. Ask me anything"), hundreds of Reddit users asked the comedian and "Louie" auteur whatever they wanted, and he answered with typically unfiltered candor. Although he did not answer every question, it was a nonetheless candid and captivating talk with a comedian at the top of his game. For instance, did you know that he does not consider himself an atheist? Or how he responds to groupies who try to have sex with him? »
- Ross Luippold
Louis Ck has become one of America's most revered comedians, an Emmy-nominated TV star/show creator and now, with his $5 downloadable standup special, an innovator in internet entertainment. The one blank spot left on his resume, however, is filmmaker.
The Emmy-winner has written and directed two films: 1998's "Tomorrow Night" and 2000's "Pootie Tang," the latter of which didn't quite meet his normal critically acclaimed levels. He's remarked in the past about how the film studio took away his control on that film, and he hasn't gone back to the motion picture industry since. That doesn't mean that he's not interested, however.
During a long, wide-ranging chat with users on Reddit, Ck discussed his ambitions for returning to film, and the very interesting way he'd make his way back.
"I thought about what if I make another special like this one and i put it up for 5 bucks again and it goes gangbusters. »
- Jordan Zakarin
It's weird to me that a comedian from Boston has become one of the most inspiring creators working today. Chalk that up to the wonders of the world -- if such things were predictable they wouldn't be so wonderful to realize. The standup routines Louis C.K. performs have become more and more honest over the past few years, and his show on FX, Louie, has refined that honesty into the sort of television that comes around once a generation. Louis C.K. writes, directs, produces and edits the show, with a degree of freedom that is almost unheard-of in television. He says things that no one else seems to be saying, but it isn't just the saying -- it's that he questions his own approach to comedy, and to life, through every show. By letting us in on that process of self-evaluation, the guy who made a wild joke about duck »
- Russ Fischer
Reigning Emmy winner "Modern Family" was among the top 10 TV achievements of the year as named by the American Film Institute Sunday. Other laffers making the cut with the jury were Emmy rival "Parks and Recreation," "Louie" which stars Emmy nominee Louis C.K., and the return of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" which had not aired any episodes during the Emmy eligibility period Missing from the best in TV in 2011 is four-time Emmy drama champ "Mad Men" which did not air any new episodes this year. Its Emmy rivals "Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones" and "The Good Wife" made the list. Also meriting mention were "Justified" which featured Emmy winner Margo Martindale, the return of "Breaking Bad" which had been ineligible at the Emmys, and the first season of the recently-wrapped "Homeland." These winners, along with those for the movie awards, will »
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