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Bet Sets New Comedies, Rebrands Centric and Nabs ‘The Breaks,’ ‘Hit the Floor’ From VH1

Bet Sets New Comedies, Rebrands Centric and Nabs ‘The Breaks,’ ‘Hit the Floor’ From VH1
Bet has ordered a slew of new series for the coming year, including scriped and unscripted comedies from Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, Wanda Sykes and “The Nightly Show” alum Robin Thede.

The Viacom cabler also confirmed it will pick up the second season of hip-hop drama “The Breaks,” which is moving from sibling channel VH1, and produce new episodes of VH1’s dance-set drama “Hit the Floor.”

Bet Networks chairman-ceo Debra Lee was scheduled to unveil the programming news Thursday at the cabler’s upfront presentation in New York. Bet also confirmed that its struggling spinoff channel Centric will be rebranded Bet Her.

“Bet’s global influence is stronger than ever and we are continuing to expand beyond the television screen to impact our audience – and the world – across multiple platforms,” Lee said. “Some networks offer reach and some engagement, but no other network offers reach, engagement, culture, lifestyle and influence.”

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Wanda Sykes To Host 2 All-Female Summer Comedy Specials On Oprah Winfrey’s Own

Exclusive: Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious will air Saturday, July 13 and Saturday, July 20 at 10 Pm on Oprah Winfrey’s Own. The one-hour original comedy specials will be hosted and produced by Sykes and Page Hurwitz’s Push It Prods., in conjunction with Harpo Studios. The shows will be taped in front of a live studio audience at Harpo Studios in Chicago, the former home of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Scheduled to appear are emerging female stand-ups Andi Smith, Gloria Bigelow, Marina Franklin, Tracey Ashley, Carmen Lynch and Dominique Witten. Kym Whitley from Own’s Raising Whitley is among those scheduled for a guest appearance. Sykes also will appear with her guests in a series of comedy shorts that will air throughout each hour. Sykes, Hurwitz and Harpo’s Jill Barancik executive produce. Longtime Sykes collaborators Lance Crouther (Wanda At Large) and Alyson Fouse (The Wanda Sykes Show) are writers on the project.
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'Pootie Tang' Is Why 'Louie' Is A Hit

'Pootie Tang' Is Why 'Louie' Is A Hit
To a certain extent, all comedians traffic in misery; disappointment, rejection, eternal loneliness and depression -- these are the backbones of comedy. But Louis C.K. seems to take the curmudgeon cake.

Here's why: "Louie," his FX hit that follows all of C.K.'s misadventures, isn't just deliciously miserable, he believes that his biggest failure is the reason for its success. Now that's self-deprecating!

The comedian's directorial debut, "Pootie Tang," was, well, not a success. In fact, the Chris Rock and Lance Crouther-led 2001 spoof, which was also written by C.K., was universally panned. He was eventually fired during its production for "sucking," but, the comedian said, "they put my name on it anyway."

But even for Louis C.K., there's a silver lining: "Failing at 'Pootie Tang' is one of the reasons for why this show ['Louie'] is good. The army of failures I've had are the reasons
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'Pootie Tang' Is Why 'Louie' Is A Hit

To a certain extent, all comedians traffic in misery; disappointment, rejection, eternal loneliness and depression -- these are the backbones of comedy. But Louis C.K. seems to take the curmudgeon cake.

Here's why: "Louie," his FX hit that follows all of C.K.'s misadventures, isn't just deliciously miserable, he believes that his biggest failure is the reason for its success. Now that's self-deprecating!

The comedian's directorial debut, "Pootie Tang," was, well, not a success. In fact, the Chris Rock and Lance Crouther-led 2001 spoof, which was also written by C.K., was universally panned. He was eventually fired during its production for "sucking," but, the comedian said, "they put my name on it anyway."

But even for Louis C.K., there's a silver lining: "Failing at 'Pootie Tang' is one of the reasons for why this show ['Louie'] is good. The army of failures I've had are the reasons
See full article at Moviefone »

'Pootie Tang' Is Why 'Louie' Is A Hit

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'Pootie Tang' Is Why 'Louie' Is A Hit
To a certain extent, all comedians traffic in misery; disappointment, rejection, eternal loneliness and depression -- these are the backbones of comedy. But Louis C.K. seems to take the curmudgeon cake.

Here's why: "Louie," his FX hit that follows all of C.K.'s misadventures, isn't just deliciously miserable, he believes that his biggest failure is the reason for its success. Now that's self-deprecating!

The comedian's directorial debut, "Pootie Tang," was, well, not a success. In fact, the Chris Rock and Lance Crouther-led 2001 spoof, which was also written by C.K., was universally panned. He was eventually fired during its production for "sucking," but, the comedian said, "they put my name on it anyway."

But even for Louis C.K., there's a silver lining: "Failing at 'Pootie Tang' is one of the reasons for why this show ['Louie'] is good. The army of failures I've had are the reasons
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Louis C.K. Thanks Pootie Tang's Failure For His Current Success

Now that Louis C.K.' is flying high with his hit eponymous sitcom Louie, the self-deprecating stand-up has admitted he'd never be the success he is today if it weren't for his greatest failure: Pootie Tang. Remember Pootie Tang? The 2001 Blaxploitation spoof co-starred Chris Rock and Lance Crouther with special appearances by Wanda Sykes, Jennifer Coolidge, and Dave Attell, yet failed to attract audiences or amuse critics. It was a box office flop that the Hollywood Reporter described thusly: "This astonishingly unfunny Paramount comedy is burdened with writing, direction and acting that would cause Ed Wood to wince." This was written and directed by Louis C.K. Or more aptly, Louis C.K. was credited, even after being essentially fired from the flick. He recently revealed during Louie's session with the Television Critics Association (via Deadline), "That experience was very painful, I was sucking at making the movie and ...
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Daily Briefing. Scorsese: "We're headed towards holograms"

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"If everything moves along and there's no major catastrophes, we're basically headed towards holograms. Why can't you have Hamlet in 3D who comes out to the audience and does 'To be or not to be?' I mean, they do in the theater. You have to think that way. Don't let the economics, and fashion, inhibit you if you're being creative."

That's Martin Scorsese, as quoted by Todd Gilchrist at the Playlist. As Steven Zeitchik also reports for the Los Angeles Times, the comments followed an enthusiastic endorsement of 3D, which in turn followed this weekend's Los Angeles premiere of Hugo, Scorsese's adaptation of Brian Selznick's novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. We saw a few early reviews last month when Hugo was still a work-in-progress. Zeitchik: "Set in the late 1920s, Hugo tells of the titular orphan (Asa Butterfield) who lives in a train station, his relationship
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Win a Good Hair Poster Signed by Chris Rock and DVD!

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An exposé of comic proportions that only Chris Rock could pull off, Good Hair visits beauty salons and hairstyling battles, scientific laboratories and Indian temples to explore the way hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of the black community. Director Jeff Stilson follows Chris Rock on this raucous adventure prompted by Rock’s daughter approaching him and asking, “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?” Haircare professionals, beautyshop and barbershop patrons, as well as celebrities including Ice-t, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven Symoné, Maya Angelou, Salt n Pepa, Eve and Reverend Al Sharpton all candidly offer their stories and observations to Rock while he struggles with the task of figuring out how to respond to his daughter’s question.

Good Hair marks a reunion of the team behind Rock’s acclaimed and Emmy® Award winning HBO series The Chris Rock Show, including producer Nelson George,
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The 2010 Writers Guild of America Awards Winners

The 2010 Writers Guild of America Awards Winners The Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) and the Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) tonight announced the winners of the 2010 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, and videogame writing at simultaneous ceremonies at the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City and the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Susie Essman of Curb Your Enthusiasm hosted the East Coast show, which was executive produced by Craig Shemin, who was also the head writer. Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) hosted the West Coast show, which was executive produced by Spike Jones, Jr.

The Writers Guild of America, East presented special honors to: Alan Zweibel - Ian McLellan Hunter Lifetime Achievement Award; Gary David Goldberg - Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence; Edward Albee - Evelyn F. Burkey Award for contributions
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'Hurt Locker' and 'Up in the Air' Take Home Writers Guild Awards

Tonight the Writers Guild held the 2010 Writers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City. The winners were no real surprise as Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner took home the award for adapted screenplay and Mark Boal won for his Hurt Locker screenplay in the original screenplay category. The Cove won for documentary screenplay.

Of course, this gives both of these scripts a bump in consideration at the Oscars, but it should be remembered several films were not eligible for a WGA nomination based on Guild rules.

Of the films nominated for an Oscar that were not eligible for a WGA Award include An Education, District 9 and In the Loop in the adapted category. In the original screenplay category both Inglourious Basterds and Up were not eligible. These films, according to Steve Pond at The Wrap,
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WGA awards 'Locker,' 'Up in the Air'

WGA awards 'Locker,' 'Up in the Air'
Mark Boal was handed the Writers Guild of America award for best original screenplay Saturday night for his explosive drama script, "The Hurt Locker." The journalist-turned-movie-scribe spun his harrowing time embedded with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team in Baghdad in 2004 into a taut action thriller directed by DGA award winner Kathryn Bigelow.

  Adding to their cache of frequent-awards miles, "Up in the Air" writers Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner flew off with the WGA's adapted screenplay honor. The pair has already taken home the Golden Globe for best screenplay and several critics' honors. Reitman was nommed by the WGA once before, in 2007, for his adaptation of Christopher Buckley's novel "Thank You for Smoking."

Mark Monroe was awarded the documentary screenplay award for "The Cove." The nonfiction writing nominees included Michael Moore for "Capitalism: A Love Story"; Robert Stone for "Earth Days"; Chris Rock, Jeff Stilson, Lance Crouther and Chuck Sklar
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DVD Round Up, Feb. 17, 2010: ‘Good Hair,’ ‘Blood Creek’

Chicago – HollywoodChicago.com’s regular Round-Up column returns this week with another collection of recently released DVDs that may have slid just a bit below your radar while you were busy buying Valentine’s Day cards and candy. We’re not necessarily recommending these titles, merely presenting their details for your awareness. You’re welcome.

Blood Creek” was released on January 19th, 2010

Wolverine and The X-Men: Fate of the Future” was released on February 2nd, 2010.

From Mexico With Love” and “Good Hair” were released on February 16th, 2010.

Wrong Side of Town” will be released on February 23rd, 2010.

Blood Creek

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Synopsis: “In 1936, the Wollners, a German family living in Town Creek, West Virginia, are contacted by the Third Reich to host a visiting scholar. In need of money, they accept Professor Ricard Wirth into their home, unaware of the Third Reich’s practices in the
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Writers Guild Nominations Announced

As hard as it may be to believe sometimes, someone (or someones) actually sits down and writes a movie or TV show before you end up seeing it at your local multiplex or on your favorite TV network. The people who do the sitting and the writing are, surprisingly, called writers and, like the Directors, the Golden Globes and the Oscars, they have their own awards show.

This week, the Writers Guild of America, which is the trade group and advocate for writers, announced its nominations for outstanding achievement in feature film and television, radio, news, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2009 season to be honored at the upcoming 2010 Writers Guild Awards on February 20, 2010, in Los Angeles and New York.

We realize that these nominations may not be as glamorous as the Golden Globes or the Oscars, but we kinda like writers around here and think they do a pretty important job.
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2010 Writers Guild Awards Nominees Announced

Writers Guild of America has announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during the past year.

There are three categories of nominees: original, adapted and documentary.

The winners will be announced on Saturday, February 20th, from a ceremony in Los Angeles and New York.

Last year’s winners were “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Milk.” Both movies later won an Oscar.

Check out the list of nominees:

Original Screenplay

“500 Days of Summer” – Written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber

Avatar” – Written by James Cameron

The Hangover” – Written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore

The Hurt Locker” – Written by Mark Boal

A Serious Man” – Written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Adapted Screenplay

Crazy Heart” – Screenplay by Scott Cooper; Based on the novel by Thomas Cobb

“Julie & Julia” – Screenplay by Nora Ephron; Based on the books Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and My Life in France by Julia Child
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Nominations List of 2010 WGA Awards in Movie

The nominations for 2010 Writers Guild Awards have been unveiled on Monday, January 11. Among the list are James Cameron's "Avatar", Bradley Cooper-starring comedy "The Hangover", and Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker". The three movies will compete with "A Serious Man" and "500 Days of Summer" for Original Screenplay award.

"Star Trek" also has a place on the list as the J.J. Abrams-directed movie is nominated for Adapted Screenplay prize. It will be up against "Crazy Heart", "Julie & Julia", "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire", and "Up in the Air", which receive nods for the same category.

The winners of the 2010 Writers Guild Awards will be announced during ceremonies, which will be held on February 20 simultaneously at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City. Beside honoring movies, the event will also present awards to TV,
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Writers Guild of America Unveils Exciting Nominations! "Avatar" and "Star Trek" Receive Love But "Inglourious Basterds" Snubbed!

The Writers Guild of America has announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during the past year. Winners will be honored at the 2010 Writers Guild Awards held on Saturday, February 20, 2010, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

Some interesting notes:

Not one but two sci-fi films received noms -- "Avatar" written by James Cameron and "Star Trek" written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman

"Inglourious Basterds" was Not nominated! Huh?

"The Hangover" yay!

"Julie and Julia" honestly? I loved the Julia Child part, but the Julie Powell part dragged the whole film for me.

And kudos to Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story." The documentary was not included in the Academy longlist, but received a writing nomination.

Here's the complete list of nominees of the 2010 Writers Guild Awards. I highlighted who I think should win:

Original Screenplay

(500) Days of Summer, Written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber; Fox Searchlight

Avatar,
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'Avatar,' 'Star Trek' among WGA nominees

'Avatar,' 'Star Trek' among WGA nominees
Some critics may have taken potshots at James Cameron's screenplay for "Avatar," but it has earned a nomination from the Writers Guild of America, which announced nominations for the 2010 WGA Awards on Monday.

Cameron -- who was also nominated by the WGA for "Titanic," though that movie failed to earn a best screenplay Oscar nomination -- will compete for the honor with Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, nominated for their fractured romance "(500) Days of Summer"; Jon Lucas & Scott Moore for breakout summer comedy "The Hangover"; Mark Boal for his Iraq War study, "The Hurt Locker"; and Joel Coen & Ethan Coen for their modern-day retelling of the story of Job, "A Serious Man."

In the adapted screenplay category, the nominees are "Crazy Heart," screenplay by Scott Cooper, based on the novel by Thomas Cobb; "Julie & Julia," which Nora Ephron adapted from two books, "Julie & Julia" by Julie Powell and "My Life in France,
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2010 Writers Guild Nominations

The Writers Guild of America announced their nominations Monday for outstanding achievements in screenwriting in 2009, and there are a few surprises and glaring omissions. The 2010 Writers Guild Awards held on Saturday, February 20, 2010, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

James Cameron’s script for Avatar, arguably the weakest element of the science fiction blockbuster and criticized for its likeness to other concepts, was nominated for “Original Screenplay.” Competing in the same category is R-rated comedy The Hangover, which was a funny flick but seems silly up against (500) Days of Summer and serious “Best Picture” contender The Hurt Locker.

Star Trek also raised eyebrows in the “Adapted Screenplay” category.

Michael Moore’s stunt-filled Capitalism: A Love Story picked up a nomination in “Documentary Screenplay,” after missing the short list for the doc Oscar. I guess the guild thought shouting into a bullhorn on Wall Street was worthy of recognition.
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WGA Nominates the Best Screenplays of 2009

Today the Writers Guild of America (WGA) announced their 2009 nominees for best adapted, original and documentary screenplays. However, before you go examining the noms too closely be sure and know the following scripts were not eligible due to their failure to qualify under WGA rules, which require scripts to be written for productions that are signatories to the guild's Minimum Basic Agreement, or the agreement of affiliated international guilds.

Those that failed to qualify include: Inglourious Basterds A Single Man The Road An Education Me and Orson Welles In the Loop District 9 That list comes courtesy of Steve Pond at The Wrap who added the following films that don't qualify for adapted and original screenplay categories either: Adam Antichrist Broken Embraces Capitalism: A Love Story (it is eligible for documentary screenplay) The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond Moon Trucker The White Ribbon Angels and
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WGA Nominees Announced; Nods for Avatar, Star Trek, and The Hangover

The WGA has announced their nominees for Best Original, Adapted, and Documentary screenplays today and because so many great films were ruled ineligible, these nominees are kind of a joke. Avatar is getting way more love for its spectacle than its story (protect the Hometree from the Sky People), (500) Days of Summer’s structure is impressive but the characters and story are completely vanilla, Julie & Julia is half a good movie, and Crazy Heart is a two-hour commercial for Alcoholics Anonymous.

Now here’s a list of movies that were rule ineligible: Inglourious Basterds, District 9, In the Loop, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Up, and A Single Man. I suppose the only bright spot of all this is that The Hangover received a nomination, which is hilarious.

Hit the jump for the full list of nominees. Winners will be announced on February 20th.

Original Screenplay

(500) Days of Summer, Written by Scott Neustadter
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