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Can CAA Turn YouTube Star Joe Penna into A Hot Hollywood Director? (Exclusive)

4 June 2013 5:23 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

CAA has signed Joe Penna, known to most on YouTube as MysteryGuitarMan, according to two individuals with knowledge of the signing. Penna, who built a subscriber base of almost 2.6 million on the MysteryGuitarMan channel, signed with the agency to try and build out his career as a film and TV director. CAA has already taken Penna around to meet with various producers and studios. Penna made his directorial debut overseeing a short series called "Meridian" for transmedia company Fourth Wall Studios shortly before it stopped making new content. The show, which starred »

- Lucas Shaw

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Machinima Prime’s ‘Tainted Love’ Channels Scott Pilgrim (But Bloodier)

6 May 2013 2:36 PM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Orlando Jones is no stranger to online video; the former MADtv performer previously starred in MysteryGuitarMan Joe Penna's Meridian web series. Now, Jones has been given a chance to show off his own creative skills with Tainted Love, an action comedy that recently took off on Machinima Prime. Tainted Love stars Jones as Black Barry, a hitman who gets tied up with a small potatoes thief named Jezebel (Deanna Russo) after he impregnates her. Things take a hairy turn after Barry incurs the wrath of his boss (Eric Roberts), and a fast-paced bloodbath soon ensues. A comment from Machinima on the series' trailer describes it as "Scott Pilgrim with guns," and this seems like an accurate enough description. Like Pilgrim, Tainted Love moves at an extremely quick pace, featuring plenty of quick cuts and embellished by the same colorful on-screen comic book decor that made Pilgrim a hit. Tainted »

- Sam Gutelle

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