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CulturePop No. 44 - Mark McGrath of 'Sharknado 2' and Sugar Ray

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CulturePop No. 44 - Mark McGrath of 'Sharknado 2' and Sugar Ray
Mark McGrath may be one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, and it's paid off -- though he's still going out on the road with Sugar Ray as part of the Under the Sun tour kicking off in June, he's also found a second career in front of the cameras. He'll be appearing in "Sharknado 2: The Second One" on July 31 (9:00 p.m. on Syfy). Melinda and I (who could not get "Fly" out of our heads pretty much the entire time, dammit) taked to McGrath about pretty much everything you can imagine, from the last American rock god to freezing with sharks. Oh, and we kind of got him to take off his shirt. Too bad for you this is an audio-only podcast. Here's the rundown: :50 Kid Rock and Sugar Ray 2:10 Stone Temple Pilots 2:20 Who is the last American rock star? Mark McGrath knows 2:
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Michael Dietz Inks First-Look Deal With High Noon

High Noon Entertainment is making a push into the game and competition arena, signing a first-look partnership with Celebrity Apprentice and Big Brother producer Michael Dietz and his Lucky Butterfly Prods. Under the deal, Dietz will focus on creating new, unscripted game and competition formats to be co-produced with High Noon in the U.S. Dietz and his Lucky Butterfly team will relocate to High Noon’s Sherman Oaks office, and work closely with Patrick Jager, Svp Development and Production, and Scott Feeley, Svp Current Programming. This marks the first co–production deal for ITV StudiosHigh Noon. Dietz most recently helped the company develop the game format The Line for Gsn. His other producing credits include Stars Earn Stripes, Killer Karaoke, Scream If You Know The Answer, and Minute To Win It.
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'Sharknado 2': Mark McGrath Reveals Story and Character Details | Exclusive

'Sharknado 2': Mark McGrath Reveals Story and Character Details | Exclusive
Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath has officially taken over hosting duties on the hit singing competition series Killer Karaoke, but bad renditions of Fly and Someday aren't the only thing that threatens this mild mannered 90s icon. This summer, he will also be swimming up against a torrential tidal wave of great whites in the anticipated sequel Sharknado 2. While speaking with Mark during a recent interview to celebrate his new Killer Karaoke gig, we couldn't help but find out more about The Second One. The burgeoning actor revealed not only more about his character, but the story as well. Check out our exclusive interview, where McGrath seems just as excited as we are to be a part of this cult phenomenon.

Sharknado 2: The Second One comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, Kelly Osbourne, Ian Ziering, Mark McGrath, Judah Friedlander, Andy Dick, Judd Hirsch.
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First Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Sharknado 2: The Second One

Syfy and The Asylum are swimming through the snowy banks of New York City while filming the eagerly awaited Sharknado sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One, and the first footage of the shoot has surfaced! Check it out!

Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct a screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote Sharknado. In Sharknado 2: The Second One, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a "sharknado" on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites – and only Fin and April (Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, returning from the original) can save the Big Apple.

Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, Vivica A. Fox, and Mark McGrath also appear in the Syfy Original Movie. Osbourne will portray a flight attendant, and Dick will play a New York City police officer. Friedlander will play the character of Brian, while Hirsch – who starred
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'Killer Karaoke': Mark McGrath hits his hosting stride

Once upon a time he played before cheering crowds as frontman of the punk-metal band Sugar Ray, but now Mark McGrath is appearing in front of a much smaller crowd -- and he's not the one doing the singing -- as the host of the second season of truTV's "Killer Karaoke."

Premiering Thursday, Feb. 20, the eight episodes of "Killer Karaoke" feature contestants being put through outrageous trials -- during shooting, one of them crashes right through a bookcase but lives to tell the tale -- while singing karaoke.

Designed to tap into contestants' deepest fears, the challenges range from the ridiculous (being assaulted by giant bears) to the gross (dead fish), but the final winner who can keep singing and stay true to the lyrics takes home a $10,000 prize.

"It's been such a trip," says McGrath to Zap2it while grabbing a break backstage during filming in October. "I didn't
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Syfy Announces New Casting for Sharknado 2: The Second One

Syfy and The Asylum today announced that Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, Vivica A. Fox and Mark McGrath will join Sharknado 2: The Second One . Osbourne will portray a flight attendant and Dick will play a New York City police officer. Friedlander will play the character of Brian, while Hirsch . who starred in the iconic New York-based TV series "Taxi" . will be a cab driver named Ben. Fox will join the cast as Skye, an old high school friend of Fin (Ian Ziering), and Mark McGrath . lead singer of the rock band Sugar Ray and Killer Karaoke host . will play Fin's brother-in-law. Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct a screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote Sharknado . In Sharknado 2: The Second One , a freak weather system...
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Major Skarknado 2: The Second One Casting News; Production Starts Next Week!

Last month Syfy and The Asylum revealed that Ian Ziering and Tara Reid will reprise their roles as Fin and April in the eagerly awaited Sharknado sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One. Today more familiar faces have joined the fracas.

From the Press Release:

Syfy and The Asylum announce that Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, Vivica A. Fox. and Mark McGrath will join the eagerly anticipated Original Movie Sharknado 2: The Second One.

Osbourne will portray a flight attendant, and Dick will play a New York City police officer. Friedlander will play the character of Brian, while Hirsch – who starred in the iconic New York-based TV series "Taxi" – will be a cab driver named Ben. Fox will join the cast as Skye, an old high school friend of Fin (Ian Ziering), and Mark McGrath – lead singer of the rock band Sugar Ray and "Killer Karaoke" host – will play Fin’s brother-in-law.
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New season of 'Killer Karaoke' gets super-freaky with cow brains -- Exclusive Video

New season of 'Killer Karaoke' gets super-freaky with cow brains -- Exclusive Video
If you think getting up in front of a crowded bar to sing is difficult, then you probably wouldn’t do well as a contestant on truTV’s Killer Karaoke.

The ridiculously hilarious and slightly demented competition show returns Feb. 20 for a new season with new host Mark McGrath. Contestants attempt to sing karaoke hits without missing a word while facing some extreme and bizarre challenges.

This year, Killer Karaoke is upping the ante with a fresh new format: Each episode’s competition will begin with six contestants singing an opening number, after which they will be ranked based on a scoring system.
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Ex-Zodiak USA CEO Grant Mansfield Launches UK-Based Production Company

UK-based Plimsoll Productions will have offices in Bristol and London with a focus on reality and wildlife programming for both UK and American broadcasters. Grant Mansfield will serve as Chief Executive, with Gavin Henderson as creative director, Martha Holmes as executive producer (Wildlife), Kate Beetham as executive producer (Factual) and Christine Owen as managing director. All will report directly to Mansfield. Mansfield most recently served as CEO of Los Angeles-based Zodiak USA where he executive produced Secret Millionaire, Celebrity Wife Swap, Hardcore Pawn and Killer Karaoke. Prior to his U.S. role, Mansfield served as Managing Director of London-based Rdf, where he developed and produced formats Ladette To Lady, Holiday Showdown, Oz And James Big Wine Adventure, Gene Simmons Rock School and Dickinson’s Real Deal.
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TV highlights 15/08/2013

  • The Guardian - TV News
Crazy About One Direction | Paul O'Grady's Working Britain | The Men Who Made Us Thin | My Dwarf Family | How To Get a Council House | Killer Karaoke | PhoneShop | Live Rugby League: Warrington v Widnes

Crazy About One Direction

10pm, Channel 4

This one-off doc follows hardcore Directioners, bound together by their ultimate goal: to get the group to validate their existence via Twitter. Moving rather than exploitative, it's a picture of a fanbase with hopes, dreams and low self-esteem, who spend their time tracking the band's movements and wishing ill on their love interests. Despite the sad reality that Harry Styles and co won't even meet-and-greet fans waiting in car parks and hotel receptions, fandom is a panacea for those coming to terms with the challenges of adult life. Hannah J Davies

Paul O'Grady's Working Britain

9pm, BBC1

The first of two shows about what it means to be working class.
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A&E Sued Over 'Thingamabob' Pilot

  • The Wrap
A&E Television Networks is being sued by a man who claims that he was offered the hosting gig for the History Channel pilot "Thingamabob," and then fired after complaining about unsafe working conditions. In a lawsuit files in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, Jerry Carnett claims that he was gainfully employed on the Steve-o TruTV series "Killer Karaoke" when he was lured by T Group Productions and 1Stave Pdpp Inc. -- also named as defendants in the lawsuit -- to leave the job in order to become the new co-host
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Steve-o's new singing show 'Killer Karaoke' to air on Challenge

Challenge has acquired the rights to singing show Killer Karaoke.

The eight-part series - fronted by Jackass star Steve-o - challenges contestants to keep singing while being subjected to a range of distractions.

Tasks include singing while having body hair removed, being electrocuted and navigating a cactus maze wearing drunk goggles.

Six contestants take part in each show and are narrowed down to three by the studio audience. The finalists then tackle the final showdown for the chance to win $10,000.

Director of Challenge Stephen Ladlow said: "Killer Karaoke is a singing contest like no other. I knew it was going to be a hit when we first saw clips of the show and they had the whole team in the office crying with laughter. I'm proud that it's coming exclusively to Challenge.

"The mix of mad-cap physical mayhem, jaw-dropping contest and laugh-out-loud situations will really hit a high note and
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Zodiak USA CEO Natalka Znak Departs

Natalka Znak will leave Zodiak USA at the end of her contract next month. Znak moved to Los Angeles from her native Britain in early 2010 to become Evp of then-Rdf USA and was named Chief Creative Officer in March of that year, shortly after Grant Mansfield joined the company as CEO. Last June, Znak was upped to CEO, replacing Mansfield who returned to the UK. Then in July, Zodiak Media consolidated its production businesses in North, Central and South America, including Zodiak USA, into Zodiak Americas and tapped Jonny Slow as Zodiak Americas CEO. “Natalka has been a fantastic producer and leader for us over the past three years,” Slow said. “We’re sorry to see her go, and wish her the best in her future endeavors.” At Zodiak USA, Znak sold around 20 shows, and will continue to work on several projects until her exit. She won’t be replaced.
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Exclusive: Jackass 4: Bad Grandpa Is Not Dead Yet Says Steve-o

Exclusive: Jackass 4: Bad Grandpa Is Not Dead Yet Says Steve-o
Way back in June of last year, we reported that Paramount Pictures was moving forward with a sequel to their popular franchise, Jackass 4: Bad Grandpa, which many assumed would revolve around the old man character Irving Zisman (aka Bad Grandpa) played by Johnny Knoxville in the previous three films.

Though Paramount scooped up every conceivable domain name for this presumed sequel, just days later, Johnny Knoxville came forward to call foul. He said the movie was absolutely not happening.

"It is absolutely 'no' is the answer. One hundred percent 'no.' There is no Jackass 4 in the works. That, I promise."

After three movies, and the sad passing of regular cast member Ryan Dunn, it makes sense that this crew would call it quits, especially since they are all heading into middle age. But there may be some juice left in the franchise yet.

Steve-o, once known as a hard core partier,
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Steve-o On 'Killer Karaoke': 'I'm The White Trash Ryan Seacrest' (Video)

Steve-o On 'Killer Karaoke': 'I'm The White Trash Ryan Seacrest' (Video)
It's been a while since we've seen Steve-o (of "Jackass" fame) in all his glory.

While he's not engaging in hardcore stunts this time around, he's having the time of his life watching others feel the pain. As host of "Killer Karaoke," a new game show that has contestants try to sing their favorite tunes while horrible things happen to them, Steve-o is front and center for the action. We're hard-pressed to think of anyone more qualified to host a game show of this type. Who else could you envision laughing aloud while people have skunks spray in their face or deal with snakes coiling around their hands?

HuffPost TV Canada caught up with Steve-o and chatted about "Killer Karaoke," how his sobriety is going, and why he's the "white trash Ryan Seacrest."

Watch video interview, above.

"Killer Karaoke" premieres in Canada on January 8 at 10 p.m. Est on Action Channel,
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Watch My Show: Killer Karaoke's Steve-o Answers Our Showrunner Survey

He's not just a Jackass anymore — now Steve-o is making amateur singers do the crazy stunts. On Killer Karaoke, contestants hoping to win up to $10,000 attempt to carry a tune while enduring extreme physical challenges — getting shocked with electricity, attacked by a pack of dogs or dunked in a snake-filled tank. Steve-o tells us why we need to....

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TruTV’s ‘Killer Karaoke’ Host Steve-o Admits, ‘I Would Hate to Be a Contestant’ (Exclusive Video)

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Jackass star Steve-o is feeling good these days. And he’s now spreading the joy of doing the grossest, most awe-inspiring stunts on his new gig hosting TruTV’s game show, Killer Karaoke. “People sing karaoke while horrible things happen to them,” Steve-o describes the show when he visited Celebuzz’s Hollywood studio this week. “It’s an exercise...Read more»
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'Killer Karaoke': Five questions with host Steve-o

Steve-o survived reality television and addiction, and now, life is but a song.

Born Stephen Glover, Steve-o first gained fame in 2000 for doing outrageous things on MTV's reality show "Jackass," which spawned three feature films.

His "Jackass" co-star Johnny Knoxville and other crew from the show later staged an intervention to help Steve-o recover from drug and alcohol abuse. After a stint in rehab, he became a vegan and now has been clean and sober since 2008.

In 2009, he went from reality host to reality-competition contestant, lasting six weeks on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" with professional partner Lacey Schwimmer. Then, in 2011, he released an autobiography, "Professional Idiot: A Memoir."

Now, rather than performing dangerous stunts and battling his own demons, Steve-o is instead challenging contestants to overcome their fear of singing a karaoke song while being put through hilarious and unexpected physical challenges.

"Killer Karaoke" premieres Friday (Nov. 23) on truTV,
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Morning Meme: Matthew Mitcham's Fun Booktopia Visit, Bill Hader Explains How Stefon Is Created, and Josh Hutcherson Gets His "Gigolo" On

Madonna has had the case of breaking the law in Russia promoting homosexuality dismissed, and as a bonus, Moscow has also vetoed their own version of the St. Petersburg law.

A couple of days ago, I played you the first episode of Log Jam, the gay Republican web series. I found it mildly amusing at best, but some people didn't find it funny at all. The San Francisco Log Cabin Republican President Frank Schein thinks it plays to a terrible stereotype, and he's never, ever in the Log Cabin group heard anyone say anything racist.

We appear to have lost another one. In Italy, a 15 year old boy has reportedly committed suicide after enduring anti-gay bullying. He work pink to school and even painted his nails, leading to bullying not only from his peers but also the school administration.

Is Thanksgiving the perfect holiday to come out to your family?
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“7 Questions” with … Steve-o from truTV’s “Killer Karaoke”

It’s tough getting up and singing in front of people, even if you’re not having to deal with getting lowered into a tank full of snakes. But that’s the type of challenge contestants face on truTV’s outrageous new competition series Killer Karaoke, which premieres 9pm Friday. The show could not have picked a more appropriate host than Jackass star Steve-o, who brought his usual candor to our “7 Questions.” You’re at a magazine rack and can only pick three titles. Which ones do you choose? Maxim. I don’t know if you want me to qualify my answer, but I prefer [...]
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