Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Luke August

Songwriter and producer, Luke August has been been writing and performing since his teenage years. Over time, he has written an eclectic trove of genre-defying tunes, spanning between the realms of alternative pop, indie rock and electronic. With a strong focus on engaging melody coupled with his quest for boundary-stretching analogue and synthetic timbres, his music aims to connect with the listener on many levels

Craig Robinson

Always a funny man. Plus he endlessly sings. I caught up with Craig after his sound check. Only to find ourselves openly talking about the importance of social media.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Alisan Porter Wins The Voice

Finally, after all these seasons, coach Christina Aguilera has a champion on The Voice: Alisan Porter. Aguilera, who is an original coach of the NBC singing competition, turned her chair around when Porter, a former child actress sang Linda Ronstadt's “Blue Bayou” during the blind auditions of the show. Porter, who had the title role in the John Hughes' 1991 movie Curly Sue, had left the lights and stage of Hollywood and Broadway years before her Voice audition to spend time with family. The former actress shared her story about drug addiction and how she has been sober for eight years. The mother of two and stepmom to one bonded almost immediately with Aguilera during the blind auditions. The Voice coach was in tears as Porter told her story of being a mom trying to see if she could have a second chance as a performer. On Tuesday night, Porter beat contestants representing each of the other coaches on the show: Pharrell Williams' Nebraska pre-school teacher Hannah Huston, Adam Levine's Michigan musican Laith Al-Saadi and Blake Shelton's country crooner Adam Wakefield. And before the series finale, the four had to perform live Monday to gain viewers' votes. And on that show, they all had to perform one cover "pick" and also an original song that they wrote. Porter's first performance of that night was her original song first: “Down That Road.” But it was her second turn on stage, the closing number for Monday's show, that left a powerful impression with the judges, the live theater audience and fans on Twitter. Porter sang “Somewhere” from Broadway's West Side Story and nailed the performance:

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Missi Pile

Born in Texas and raised in Tennessee, Missi Pyle attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and moved to New York after her graduation to pursue a career in theatre. While there, Pyle continued working in Off-Broadway theatre where she performed opposite John Malkovich in Steppenwolf Theater Company's "The Libertine." She soon made her film debut opposite Helen Hunt in "As Good As It Gets" and moved on to land major roles in television and feature films. Pyle's film credits include 2012’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture “The Artist,” "Spring Breakdown" with Amy Poehler, Amber Tamblyn, and Rachel Dratch, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," "Big Fish," "Bringing Down the House," "Feast of Love," and "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy." Pyle gained attention for her hilarious portrayal of the alien "Laliari" in "Galaxy Quest" with Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and Tony Shalhoub." Pyle's resume also includes a number of notable television appearances, including a recurring role on "The Sarah Silverman Program," “Up All Night,” “S**t My Dad Says,” "Two and a Half Men," and "Friends" to name a few. In fact, David E. Kelley became so taken with Missi as a result of her work in an episode of “Boston Legal” that he crafted a role in his later series “The Wedding Bells” with her in mind. When she’s not lighting up the big or small screens Pyle is working on her music and performing with her band. She released a debut album titled “It’s Okay to Be Happy” with her band Smith & Pyle before hitting the road with her solo show “Sexy as Hell” which had sold out performances at Joe’s Pub in New York, as well as several venues in Los Angeles. She’s currently working on another album with her new group The Nice Ladies. Missi Pyle received a lot of buzz for her flashy role in “Gone Girl” opposite Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck. She is next due to appear with Viggo Mortensen in the feature “Captain Fantastic” which had its debut at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. She stars opposite Penn Jillette in the upcoming DIRECTOR'S CUT, in which she plays herself as an actress starring in a police drama who is abducted by a crazed fan who makes her "re-shoot" the film according to his creative vision. The film debuted at this year's Slamdance Film Festival. ABOUT SING IT! SING IT! is a new weekly, 10-episode, scripted comedy series from Fine Brothers Entertainment and Mandeville Films that lovingly satirizes the reality singing competitions that have become a centerpiece of pop culture. The series, which follows the behind the scenes drama of the fictional reality show “Sing It!,” will debut on May 25, 2016 exclusively on YouTube Red, the new ad-free entertainment and music subscription service.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Weird Al Yankovic

FEW WOULD HAVE GUESSED that “Weird Al” Yankovic – who as a shy, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending homemade tapes in to the Dr. Demento Radio Show – would go on to become the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history and a pop culture icon. Now in his fourth career decade as America’s foremost song parodist, he has been honored with four Grammy® Awards and fifteen nominations, including his most recent win in 2015 for Mandatory Fun, the first-ever comedy album in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts, capping a career’s worth of accolades for classic song and music video parodies such as “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” “White & Nerdy” and “Tacky.” Following his wildly successful 2015 Mandatory World Tour, traveling to more than 100 cities in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, the tour continues beginning on June 3, with Yankovic bringing his high-energy comedy rock show to another 80 cities across North America including New York City’s Radio City Music Hall and two nights at the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles where he will be performing with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In the wake of his 1989 cult-hit feature film UHF, his late 1990s CBS Saturday morning series The Weird Al Show and numerous AL-TV specials he’s made for MTV and VH1 over the years, Yankovic has remained a staple of film and television, from appearances on The Simpsons and 30 Rock to a musical production at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards. Most recently he has guested on ABC’s Galavant (as a singing monk) and The Goldbergs (as the ‘80s version of himself). This spring Yankovic joins the fifth season of IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! as its new co-host and bandleader, and this fall he will be heard as the voice of the title character in Disney XD’s new animated series Milo Murphy’s Law (from the creators of Phineas and Ferb), in the wake of other voiceover work for Gravity Falls, Wander Over Yonder, Adventure Time and the DC animated feature Batman vs. Robin. His live performance on George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison was recently released across all formats, while Legacy Recordings is planning a career-spanning box set featuring all 14 “Weird Al” Yankovic studio albums digitally remastered later this year. Also, NECA will debut the first in a line of retro-clothed Weird Al action figures in May. In the last decade, Yankovic’s music and videos have only become more popular. His 2006 album Straight Outta Lynwood spawned the Billboard Top 10 single “White & Nerdy,” the video for which spent two months at #1 on iTunes and garnered over 150 million web hits. In 2009 he wrote, directed and starred in the themed attraction Al’s Brain: A 3-D Journey through the Human Brain featuring cameos by his mother-in-law and Paul McCartney. Two years later, in tandem with the release of his album Alpocalypse, Comedy Central aired the concert special “Weird Al” Yankovic Live: The Alpocalypse Tour, filmed at Toronto’s venerable Massey Hall, and released the unedited version of the concert on DVD and Blu-ray. In 2012, The Nerdist Channel debuted Face 2 Face with “Weird Al” Yankovic, a web series where Al got to “interview” some of his “close, personal friends” in the entertainment biz. In July 2014 Yankovic released his 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun, which would go on to win Best Comedy Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards. The album features parodies of some of the biggest hits of the previous year, including Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (“Tacky”), Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (“Word Crimes”), Lorde’s “Royals” (“Foil”), Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” (“Handy”) and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” (“Inactive”). The album also features several inspired originals and pastiches (“Lame Claim to Fame,” “Sports Song,” “My Own Eyes,” “Mission Statement,” “First World Problems” and “Jackson Park Express”) along with Al’s latest accordion-fueled medley, “NOW That’s What I Call Polka!” Mandatory Fun debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, the first time a comedy album debuted at #1 and the first time a comedy album reached the top of the chart in more than 50 years (the last one being Allan Sherman’s 1963 release My Son, the Nut). On Spotify, Yankovic set the U.S. record for having the most tracks from one album in the viral top 10 at one time, taking the first four spots. Internationally, the album debuted in the Top 10 in both Canada and Australia (#3 and #9 respectively). In addition, ”Word Crimes” debuted in the Billboard Top 40, making Al one of only three people to have had Top 40 singles in each of the last four decades, the other two being Michael Jackson and Madonna. For Mandatory Fun, Al released eight music videos (“Tacky,” “Word Crimes,” “Foil,” “Handy,” “Sports Song,” “Lame Claim to Fame,” “First World Problems” and “Mission Statement”) across eight days, resulting in more than 46 million views combined in its first week. For the videos he teamed up with various production partners such as Nerdist Industries, CollegeHumor, Yahoo!, Funny Or Die and TruScribe, as well as talented auteurs like Liam Lynch, Jarrett Heather and Tim Thompson. Yankovic added “New York Times bestselling author” to his resume with the release of his 2011 children’s book, When I Grow Up (HarperCollins). The following year came Weird Al: The Book (Abrams), an illustrated hardcover on Al’s life and career, followed by another Al-penned kids’ book, My New Teacher and Me! in 2013. Currently in the pipeline is a television show based on his children’s books, being developed with the Jim Henson Company. Among other publishing milestones, on April 21, 2015 Weird Al had the honor of becoming MAD Magazine’s cover boy and the first guest editor in the magazine’s 63-year history. Al’s social media fan base currently sits at over 4 million followers on Twitter (@alyankovic), 1.76 million fans on Facebook (weirdal), 183,000 followers on Instagram (alfredyankovic) and more than 970,000 subscribers on YouTube (alyankovic). For more information on Weird Al, and for a full list of Mandatory World Tour dates, please visit weirdal.com. THE RETURN OF THE MANDATORY WORLD TOUR 2016 Friday, June 3 - Saint Petersburg, FL - Mahaffey Theatre Saturday, June 4 - West Palm Beach, FL - Kravis Center for the Performing Arts - - Dreyfoos Hall Sunday, June 5 - Fort Myers, FL - Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center Tuesday, June 7 - Mobile, AL

Scotty McCreery

Scotty will be talking about his new book, Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream, which was released this week on May 3. The book tells stories from all areas of Scotty's life: • Discovering Elvis at age 5 when his grandmother gave him a book – How To Be Like Elvis – and how Elvis has remained his main musical influence • Scotty is 25% Puerto Rican – his paternal grandmother is 100% Puerto Rican and met his paternal grandfather when his grandfather was in the service. • He wouldn't go to the Nashville audition for "American Idol" because it interfered with his church camp that year. • Instead, he and his mom and dad went to the Wisconsin "American Idol" audition on a whim. They didn't tell anyone, even his sister (who was at church camp that week) that they were going. • He was prepared for his audition with Josh Turner's "Your Man," Frank Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight" and Jamey Johnson's "In Color." But after remaking it through a couple of auditions, he had to learn Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance." • The importance of his faith to his life, and how it helps him make his decisions. How it helped him stand up for himself when he decided he wouldn’t sing a song on the show that the producers wanted him to sing. How it gave him strength and confidence. • His strategy for picking songs while on "Idol" so he could communicate something about himself to the audience • Being robbed at gunpoint in his friend's apartment • Touring with Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts as well as on his own • Bonding with his band members • Meeting President Obama, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Josh Turner, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson, Tim McGraw, Charlie Wilson, and so many others. • Staying true to himself, keeping himself grounded by remaining close with family and lifelong friends • Going back to finish high school and remaining a regular guy while being a celebrity • Attending college for 2.5 years and balancing that with his career • Finding his girlfriend of the last four years, Gabi – they've known each other since kindergarten but began dating during their senior year in high school • The importance of sports in his life – his love and passion for baseball (he was a baseball pitcher in high school) and golf • The importance of giving back – Scotty has worked with several organizations from the 12.14 Foundation to Operation Christmas Child and more

Monday, May 23, 2016

Matthew Palmer

Twenty years after the Srebrenica massacre that claimed the life of his friend and colleague, Eric Petrosian is back in Sarajevo at the American embassy, and the specter of war once again hangs over the Balkans. The Bosnian Serb leader, who had for a time been seeking a stable peace, has turned back to his nationalist roots and is threatening to pull Bosnia apart in a bloody struggle for control . . . and behind him is a shadowy mafia figure pulling the strings. As Eric is dragged deeper into the political maelstrom and uncovers a plot of blackmail and ruthless ambitions, Eric is faced with an impossible choice: use the information he’s uncovered to achieve atonement for the past or use it to shape the future. In an interview, Matthew Palmer can discuss topics including: • The very realistic threat of new armed conflict in Bosnia amidst decades of simmering tensions and complex politics • What still needs to be done on the road to reconciliation between Serbia and Kosovo – the April 19 Agreement (which Palmer helped to broker in his diplomatic career) is just one piece • Refugee pressure on the Balkans: How conflict could be renewed in the region if the E.U. moves forward with its idea to close the Macedonian-Greek border • Radovan Karadzic: The former leader of the Serb Republic in Bosnia was recently sentenced to 40 years in prison after being found guilty of genocide and other crimes against humanity during the Bosnian War. These crimes including the Srebrenica massacre, in which more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were executed by Bosnian Serb forces (and the opening scene of THE WOLF OF SARAJEVO) • Matthew’s career as a diplomat – elaborating on the TIME.com article he wrote on the realities of diplomacy • His excellent writing pedigree coming from a renowned writing family, including father Michael Palmer (touches upon in Q&A with Publishers Weekly) Follow Matthew on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MatthewPalmerAuthor ABOUT THE AUTHOR Matthew Palmer is a twenty-five-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is currently serving as the Director for Multilateral Affairs in the State Department's Bureau of Asian and Pacific Affairs. Palmer has worked as a diplomat all over the world. While on the secretary of state's Policy Planning staff, he helped design and implement the Kimberley Process for certifying African diamonds as "conflict free." Praise for Matthew Palmer “Foreign Service officers often are heroes in real life. Matt Palmer has given us all the fictional hero worthy of the people with whom I worked. If I had known Matt Palmer could write like this I’d have asked him to do even more than he did.”— Madeline Albright

Jim Breuer Realizes Rock Dream

Accomplished comedian Jim Breuer understands that comedy and heavy music have long made for great bedfellows. On his first musical full-length album, Songs From The Garage, Breuer delivers both in his inimitable style with longtime backing band The Loud & Rowdy. Announced via Rolling Stone, the album is set for release May 27 via Metal Blade Records. With the support of special guests such as Brian Johnson (AC/DC) who provides vocals on two tracks and producer/guitarist Rob Caggiano (Anthrax, Volbeat), Breuer has created a record that is pure, unadulterated fun while remaining true to his rock sensibilities. Breuer says, "Going into the record the music had to be killer and have great hooks, that was most important, and I wanted to balance that with something that's funny. I wanted to bring the smile back to hard rock that has a nice punch to it.” From crunchy opening romp "Thrash" through the swaggering "Who's Better Than Us?!" to the gloriously deranged excitement suffusing "Sugar Rush", his exuberance is infectious, and he challenges you to keep your ass from shaking and the corners of your mouth twitching while it thunders from the speakers. Backing Breuer up is The Loud & Rowdy with Mike Tichy on drums, Joe Vigliotti on bass, and Metal Mike on guitar. Initially known as the Jim Breuer Band, without even having a record under their belt it did not take long to turn a lot of heads. After finding themselves on massive festival stages, the band headed into three different studios to record - Metrosonic Studios Brooklyn, Clear Track Studios, and Sonic Debris Recording Studio. With Rob Caggiano (Anthrax, Volbeat) on production and guitar duties, the album was filled with eleven musically badass tracks featuring lyrics that are not only funny but also relatable, reflecting Breuer’s position in life: "A dad with three kids who loves family life yet is still a metalhead at heart." The inspiration for all of this comes from Breuer’s adolescent immersion in the world of heavy music, falling in love with Judas Priest and AC/DC, alongside the likes of The Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, and Van Halen. The fire to start a band was soon lit under him, though he wouldn’t begin his musical career until he was older. Having finally made the album that has been burning to get out of him since his teens, Breuer couldn’t be happier with the result. Though he has fulfilled one rock and roll dream with its completion, it certainly does not mean he's about to kick back and leave it at that. "I plan on making great, funny videos for every song and have videos up during the concerts. I want pure entertainment when you come see this live, and now my rock and roll dream is to play this not only here in America, but anywhere else in the world that will accept it! I'm taking it one day at a time, living the dream."

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Jessimae Peluso

It's about fun and laughter and everything that makes such a place a great hangout. The last time Jessimae and I were together she was promoting MTV's Girl Code. To see her grow within the ranks of total respect on the open fields of live comedy is mind blowing.

Chonda Pierce

Emmy® -nominated and best-selling comedian Chonda Pierce has been making audiences laugh for more than two decades with her winning combination of fierce wit and southern charm. Pierce is fresh off an incredible year after debuting her movie “Chonda Pierce: Laughing In The Dark,” to rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. The limited engagement documentary-style film was so well received that it was brought back for a very special encore performance and in total was viewed by nearly 100,000 people over the course of just two nights. A stand-up comedian, television hostess, author and now actress, Pierce has channeled her life experiences into positivity, bringing laughter to audiences around the country. As the RIAA’s best-selling female comedian, her hilarious take on life is easily relatable as she publicly opens up to her listeners about times of darkness and depression in her own life, drawing humor and good from every situation. In October 2015, Pierce took her humor to the big screen with her first film “Chonda Pierce: Laughing In The Dark,” based on her personal struggle to overcome depression. The film is a behind-the-scenes journal chronicling Pierce’s downward spiral dealing with the devastating loss of her mother, an estranged daughter and the tragedy of her husband’s battle with alcoholism and subsequent death, all over the course of three years. Yet she remarkably makes her way through the adversity, heart-wrenching loss and her own depression with the gift of humor! Pierce made the film in hopes it would serve as a vehicle to inspire others who may be hitting points of darkness and depression in their lives. “Chonda Pierce: Laughing In The Dark” opened October 27, 2015 at 500 theaters throughout the country for a one-night special event and was so incredibly popular, it returned to nearly 800 theatres for an additional one-night encore showing. The film topped charts and competed with some of the year’s biggest films. The DVD and digital versions will debut on April 5, 2016 and will be available nationwide. Pierce got her start working at Opryland Theme Park in Nashville where she performed as “Grand Ole Opry” star Minnie Pearl. Pierce recalls being a terrible dancer and being told by her boss to “find a new talent.” In order to keep her job, she memorized three pages of jokes from Grinders Switch, TN and went on to impersonate Minnie Pearl for six years. While Pierce enjoyed singing and dancing, it was at this time that she truly fell in love with her craft. After deciding to pursue comedy fulltime, she recorded “Second Row, Piano Side,” a collection drawing material from her childhood growing up as the daughter of a preacher in South Carolina. Pierce’s material resonated with people from all walks of life, and she credits her southern upbringing both for her warped sense of humor and her solid roots. From there, Pierce turned her gift of storytelling into a successful comedic career, selling more comic albums than any other female comedian. In addition to her 10 successful albums to date, she has also authored eight books, most recently “Laughing In The Dark” (Simon&Schuster/Howard), the inspiration for her upcoming film, and appears at venues big and small throughout the United States making audiences laugh with her ability to find the positivity in any situation. Pierce received five Daytime Emmy® nominations for her work co-hosting talk show “Aspiring Women” on the Total Living Network and her first television special, “This Ain’t Prettyville!” on CMT (Country Music Television). She is ranked amongst Pollstar.com’s top-selling live performers and five of her DVD’s have been certified Gold by the RIAA, signifying sales of more than 50,000 units, and three have been certified Platinum, signifying sales of more than 100,000 units. In addition to her accolades, Pierce is a frequent guest on famed “Grand Ole Opry” and has served as host of the Inspirational Country Music Awards and Christian Music Hall of Fame Awards and also co-hosted the GMA Dove Awards in 2012. She has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “The View,” “Fox News Channel,” “Wanda Sykes,” and her comedy is regularly featured on XM and Sirius satellite radio. Variety raved about her ability to draw audiences for an encore performance for “Chonda Pierce: Laughing in the Dark.” In addition to her comedic work, Pierce has used her success to help others, and in 2006 founded Branches Recovery Center, which offers counseling and treatment to those with depression, anxiety, addiction, regardless of their ability to pay. She has also raised several million dollars for international relief organizations Compassion International, WorldVision, Food for the Hungry and Feed The Children. Today, as the RIAA’s best-selling female comedian, Pierce continues to bring the laughs with her unique blend of music and comedy. ABOUT CHONDA PIERCE PRESENTS: STAND UP FOR FAMILIES Emmy® -nominated and one of the top-selling comedians of all time- Chonda Pierce has been making audiences laugh for more than two decades with her winning combination of fierce wit and southern charm. "Chonda Pierce Presents: Stand-Up For Families" is clean stand-up comedy safe for the whole family! This 3-part series premiered on The Dove Channel April 5 and carry through June. Each episode features Chonda and other hilarious comedians including Bone Hampton, Brad Stine, PJ Walsh, Nazareth, Joby, Saad, Michael Joiner, Taylor Mason, Anthony Griffith, Sandi Joy, Kay Dodd, Lisa Mills, Chinnitta Morris, Cleto Rodriguez, Michael Jr. and Rik Roberts. The series is the first of a new original programming initiative launched by the network. Additionally, “Chonda Pierce: Laughing In The Dark,” which was a booming box office hit last year, released April 5. The film is a take on life as she publicly opens up to her listeners about times of darkness and depression in her own life, drawing humor and good from every situation. Families struggle finding ways and time to spend time together thanks to our mobile devices and other distractions of life, but "Chonda Pierce Presents: Stand-Up For Families" is designed for families to safely enjoy together without worrying about offensive language or subject matter it’s all positive and HILARIOUS comedy so they can be encouraged and spend time with each other!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Molly Quinn

Molly Quinn plays Castle’s daughter, eighteen-year-old Alexis, his only child from his first marriage. Alexis is an old soul who is wise beyond her years and never ceases to amaze Castle with her wisdom and insight. As early as she can remember, Molly has been a part of the performing arts. Early ballet recitals and continuous stage productions from K-3 through 6th grade set the stage for performing in front of the camera by age 12. Quinn recently starred in the Newline Cinema film, "We're the Millers," directed by Rawson Thurber and also starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis and Emma Roberts. Prior to that, she played the starring role in "Hansel and Gretel Get Baked" from director Duane Journey and producer Mark Morgan ("Twilight" series, "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief"). Quinn's past credits include working alongside Renée Zellweger and Logan Lerman in "My One and Only," and with John C. Reilly in "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," directed by Jake Kasdan for Sony. She also worked for acclaimed director Robert Zemeckis in the motion-capture version of the Charles Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol." When Quinn's not in front of the camera, she works on numerous projects as a voice-over artist. Most recently cast as the voice of “Supergirl” for Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics, she has voiced roles for Cartoon Network's hit series "Ben 10: Ultimate Alien," and is currently the voice of Bloom in the Nickelodeon global hit, "The Winx Club." She also narrates and brings to life each character in the audio-books for Simon & Schuster's YA series, “The Mortal Instruments,” by Cassandra Claire. Currently residing in Southern California, Quinn stays close to her roots by regularly traveling home to visit family and friends in Texas. ABOUT WELCOME TO HAPPINESS, OPENING IN THEATERS AND ON DEMAND MAY 20TH WELCOME TO HAPPINESS is a quirky new fantasy/drama with an all star cast of Kyle Gallner, Olivia Thirlby, Nick Offerman, Molly C Quinn, Josh Brener and more. FilmBuff is releasing the film in theaters and on demand on May 20th. In WELCOME TO HAPPINESS, Woody (Gallner), a children’s author, rents a strange apartment from his landlord, Moses (Offerman). There’s a magical door in Woody’s closet that allows those who go through it to erase mistakes from their past. While he was once happy to facilitate the passage of the random strangers summoned to his apartment, Woody soon begins to question why he himself is not allowed to go through. The film has been awarded ‘Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking’ at the Newport Beach Film Festival, ‘Excellence in Producing’ and ‘Producers Choice’ at the International Festival of Cinema, ‘Best Narrative Feature’ at the deadCENTER Film Festival, as well as ‘Best Ensemble Cast’ at the Phoenix Film Festival.

Doug Stanhope

Doug Stanhope is one of the most critically acclaimed and stridently unrepentant comedians of his generation. What will surprise some is that he owes so much of his dark and sometimes uncomfortably honest sense of humor to his mother, Bonnie. It was the cartoons in her Hustler magazine issues that molded the beginnings of his comedic journey, long before he was old enough to know what to do with the actual pornography. It was Bonnie who recited Monty Python sketches with him, who introduced him to Richard Pryor at nine years old, and who rescued him from a psychologist when he brought that brand of humor to school. And it was Bonnie who took him along to all of her AA meetings, where Doug undoubtedly found inspiration for his own storytelling. Bonnie’s own path from bartending to truck driving, massage therapy, elder abuse, and stand-up comedy, and acting never stopped her from being Doug’s genuine number one fan. So when her alcoholic, hoarding life finally came to an end many weird adventures later in rural Arizona, it was inevitable that Doug and Bonnie would be together for one last excursion . Digging Up Mother follows Doug's absurd, chaotic, and often obscene life as it intersects with that of his best friend, biggest fan, and love of his life—his mother. And it all starts with her death—one of the most memorable and amazing farewells you will ever read. Praise for Doug Stanhope and Digging Up Mother "Doug Stanhope has been one of the best comics in the world for a very long time, and he only gets better with time. The fact that he is not hugely famous is a choice entirely his own and a gift he gives to the fans who are able to find him in the shadows of the real world. I've only ever heard people say two things about Doug: 1) 'He's the f**king greatest!' 2) 'I don't know who that is.' I'm never going to read this book because I am too self-absorbed. But if you have room in your heart, pour Doug in and it will delightfully blacken. This f**king dude is funny and thoughtful and generously careless, and I love watching him. Good guy, too."—Louis C.K. "Dear Jews who run show business: Please give Doug Stanhope a primetime show."—Sarah Silverman "Doug might be the most important stand-up working today."—Ricky Gervais "[Doug Stanhope's comedy is] an acidic blend of prickly hostility, elaborately articulated self-loathing, and righteous anger."—New York Times "If there's such a thing as being too honest in comedy, Doug Stanhope may come close.... Stanhope has elevated himself to become one of today's most talked-about artists."—Timeout Chicago "Much of what's wrong with the world melts away in Stanhope's flame.... Comedy with brains and guts and a heart."—The Guardian "[Doug Stanhope is a] visionary douchebag."—The Times (London) Kirkus Reviews, 4/1/16 - “Lively and smart, and, in the manner of the best comedy, as sad as it is funny.” DOUG STANHOPE BIO Doug Stanhope is a stand-up comic. Has been since 1990. His material ranges from true-life graphic perversion to volatile social criticism. Doug is vulgar, opinionated, brutally honest and shockingly uninhibited and is certainly not for everybody. He started his career in Las Vegas doing jack-off jokes for free drinks. Not much has changed, save for the mullet. Doug has built a wide-ranging television resume of dubious achievement. He hosted The Man Show on Comedy Central as well as the ubiquitous pseudo-porn for the sexually crippled, "Girls Gone Wild", both solely and shamelessly for financial gain. He has appeared on "The Howard Stern Show", "Comedy Central Presents", "Premium Blend", NBC's "Late Friday", "Spy TV" BBC's "Floor Show Live" while on ecstasy and wrote, produced and starred in Fox's "Invasion of the Hidden Cameras" and has even popped up on "Fox News with Greta Van Sustern" and "The Jerry Springer Show". In 2010, he was the Voice of America on the BBC’s “Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe”. None of it compares to seeing him live; Doug is a two-time winner of Time Out New York’s “Best Comedy Performance of the Year”. He’s appeared at multiple major comedy festivals including Montreal Just For Laughs, Aspen US Comedy Arts, Chicago Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotland, where he won the Strathmore Press Award for Best Act of the Fringe in his debut year. Selected by both Variety and the Hollywood Reporter as one of the Top Ten Comics To Watch, Doug has released four CDs and three DVDs including "No Refunds" on Showtime in 2008.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

John Doe from X

John Doe was born in 1977 when he arrived in Los Angeles. His previous life in Tennessee, Wisconsin & Baltimore was a great & fertile time but new music and social changes led him to events that created a life in art. He graduated from Antioch College in Baltimore in 1975, worked as a roofer, aluminum siding mechanic, and ran a poetry reading series. Ms. Meyers was his landlord in the rural black community of Simpsonville , MD. John met Exene Cervenka at the Venice poetry workshop Nov 1976 and he started working with Billy Zoom around the same time. When DJ Bonebrake joined X in mid-1977 the line up was complete. They released six studio records, five or six singles and one live record from 1978-1993. Five of X’s records have been re-issued along with two compilations. The Unheard Music documents their lives and progress as a band from 1980-83. In 2009 the film was included in the Sundance UCLA Archive of greatest films of all time. They appeared several times on American Bandstand, Solid Gold and David Letterman. As one of the last original punk rock bands standing, they continue to tour. The day that X played a free noontime concert in Fullerton, CA, they caused Orange County’s greatest high school truancy rate to date. In 1988 John started a family and lived in the Tehachapi Mountains, near the “Grapevine” of Highway 5, which separates southern and central California. He has recorded 8 solo records w/ numerous renowned singers and players, more recently including Patty Griffin, Dan Auerbach, Aimee Mann, Don Was, Kathleen Edwards and Greg Liesz. He has appeared in over 50 films and television productions, with some of his most notable roles in Road House, Georgia, Roadside Prophets, Great Balls of Fire, Pure Country and Roswell. He continues to act these days but more sporadically as his touring schedule has become more demanding. Other musical side projects include work with the Knitters, Jill Sobule and The Sadies. He continues to write poetry and has even taught workshops from time to time. He currently lives north of San Francisco, California. ABOUT UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN “We told real stories, exaggerated the facts, or just plain made them up. We commented on a world that, to us, had become unbelievably crass and stupid, a world that was just recognizing the separation between rich and poor. We had been told that the neutron bomb could be the end of us all, so The Weirdos wrote a song about it, using all the power without the destruction.”—from Chapter 18 of Under the Big Black Sun The anti-establishment, hard-edged world of L.A. punk defined the 1970s counterculture. In the middle of it all was the band X. In Under the Big Black Sun, X’s vocalist, John Doe, along with other musicians and groupies from the era, reflect on the first wave of American punk, which would influence the genre for years to come. The 1970s were marked by a surge of youth rebellion in response to the unpopular Vietnam War and the conservative politics of the day. Drawing on rockabilly influences, punk music evolved to express the outrage of young people during that decade; punk rock was born. With it came alternative lifestyles: bands living in commune-like apartment buildings, experimenting with drugs and sex, and expanding their musical expression as more and more bands cropped up, including The Go-Go’s, Black Flag, The Zeros, and X. In Under the Big Black Sun, which has a foreword by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, John Doe and assorted friends—with help from Tom DeSavia—tell the story of L.A. punk as it began, developed, and changed the music scene forever. Doe, Exene Cervenka of X, Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go’s, Mike Watt of the Minutemen, Henry Rollins of Black Flag, and more share tales of friendships, feuds, dreams, and disappointments, acquainting us with the weirdness and wonder that defined the world they created on the fringes of Hollywood society.

Campbell Scott

Campbell Scott (born July 19, 1961) is an American actor, director, producer, and voice artist. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Boris Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz on Royal Pains, Joseph Tobin on Damages, and Richard Parker in and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, as well as numerous stage appearances. Scott was born on July 19, 1961 in New York City, the son of actors George C. Scott and Canadian-born Colleen Dewhurst. He graduated from Lawrence University in 1983. His brother is Alexander Scott. In 1990, Scott played a lead role in the ground-breaking film Longtime Companion, which chronicles the early years of the AIDS/HIV epidemic and its impact upon a group of American friends. In the following year, Scott co-starred in the movie Dying Young (in which his mother also appeared) alongside Julia Roberts. He also appeared in the 1992 Cameron Crowe movie Singles alongside Bridget Fonda and Kyra Sedgwick, and in 1996, he teamed up with Stanley Tucci to direct the film Big Night. The film met with critical acclaim and was nominated for the "Grand Jury Prize" at the Sundance Film Festival. For their work, Scott and Tucci won both the New York Film Critics Circle Award and the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best New Director. In 2002, he was awarded the Best Actor prize from the National Board of Review for his notable performance in Roger Dodger. Scott starred in Six Degrees on ABC in 2006. In 2005 / 2006, Scott served as the reader for the audiobook versions of Stephen King's bestsellers The Shining and Cell. In 2007, Scott lent his voice for the narration of a Chevron Corporation television ad, as well as the critically acclaimed Iraq War documentary film, No End in Sight. Next up for Scott was the 2009 drama Handsome Harry. Scott also has a recurring role on the USA drama Royal Pains, as Boris Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz. Scott was a series regular on the third season of Damages, playing Joe Tobin, the son of indicted Bernie Madoff-like Louis Tobin (Len Cariou). The season aired from January to April 2010. He played the role of Richard Parker, the father of Peter Parker, in the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man. Scott reprised his role in the 2014 film The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Scott has two sons, Malcolm and Callan. He lives with his family in north west Connecticut. ABOUT MANHATTAN NIGHT Based on Colin Harrison's acclaimed novel Manhattan Nocturne (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), MANHATTAN NIGHT tells the story of Porter Wren (Adrien Brody), a New York City tabloid writer with an appetite for scandal. On the beat he sells murder, tragedy and anything that passes for the truth. At home he is a model family man, devoted to his loving wife (Jennifer Beals). But when a seductive stranger (Yvonne Strahovski) asks him to dig into the unsolved murder of her filmmaker husband Simon (Campbell Scott), he can’t resist. In this modern version of a classic film noir, we follow Porter as he is drawn into a very nasty case of sexual obsession and blackmail — one that threatens his job, his marriage, and his life. MANHATTAN NIGHT will be released by Lionsgate Premiere in theaters and On Demand May 20, 2016. Here’s the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vSJJbC_SgE

Trump vs Sanders

All across this great land there's a lot of talk and fun coming out of this years Presidential election. Who better to be in the center of it then Anthony and James. It's Trump vs Sanders!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Robert Herjavec

Tech mogul and entrepreneur Robert Herjavec is best known as the “nice shark” on ABC’s Emmy Award winning Shark Tank. In Robert’s upcoming new bookYOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A SHARK: Creating Your Own Success, (St. Martin’s press available May 17, 2016) he reveals the secrets behind successful and effective selling, and how this universal skill is the key to success in all areas of life. Robert Herjavec Website: www.robertherjavec.com Twitter: @robertherjavec Robert Herjavec’s journey proves that with hard work, perseverance and the ability to sell yourself, anyone can create their own success. - Daymond John Sales skills aren’t just for business and this book will show you how to sell yourself in all the ways that matter! - Carson Kressley Our whole business is built on the art of persuasion and presentation, and Robert Herjavec just gets it. This book is an insightful read that reminds you in business what essential questions you must ask yourself. --Jonathan Scott YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A SHARK: Herjavec has mastered the art of persuasion andstrives to share his knowledge to help anyone get ahead in their personal and professional lives. Weaving together stories of the challenges he faced and overcame on Dancing With the Stars with behind the scenes details from the set of Shark Tank, Herjavec illustrates the myriad of ways that sales are key to our success, and how anyone can harness these skills to achieve their goals. In his trademark friendly, down-to-earth style, Herjavec shares: * All he learned about selling from DWTS * Lessons from the Shark Tank * Comeback and transformational stories that illustrate the American Dream, a formula for success, biggest myth about sales and life and ten ways to ask for a raise. ABOUT ROBERT HERJAVEC Robert Herjavec is a dynamic entrepreneur who has built and sold several IT companies. Robert founded Herjavec Group in 2003 and it quickly became one of the North America’s fastest growing technology companies scaling from $400k to a run rate of $140 million. Robert is best recognized for his role as a Shark on ABC’s Emmy-Award winning hit show “Shark Tank” which is in their 7th season. Robert competed on the 10th Anniversary season of “Dancing With The Stars” with dance partner Kym Johnson. In 2013, Robert received the prestigious Canadian “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” for technology and was also awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Award for Outstanding Service. His inspiring books, “Driven” and “The Will To Win”, were simultaneously top 10 Bestsellers that earned him the title of “Best Selling Author”. To Robert, running a business is a lot like one of his greatest passions, racing cars. He believes, “You have to stay laser-focused when driving a car over 200 miles an hour and the same approach is required when growing a business in today’s world of rapidly changing technology.” For the past four years, Robert has competed as Ferrari #007 for Herjavec Group racing in the North American Ferrari Challenge Series, achieving multiple podiums and winning Rookie of the Year in 2011.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Austin John Winkler

After a three-year hiatus from the music world, multi-platinum singer/songwriter, Austin John Winkler is back with the release of his highly anticipated solo EP entitled Love Sick Radio. Having sold millions of albums, with numerous hits under his belt, including Hinder's breakthrough hit, "Lips Of An Angel", Winkler is ready to share with the world what he's doing musically now. Winkler's lyrics, distinctive voice and passion for music is stronger than ever with his new modern twist on rock and roll. The six-song EP featuring guest appearances by Sophie Summers and country star, Jessie James Decker, was released on April 22nd, 2016. "It's a very exciting time for me", says the Oklahoma City native. "It's been a long time in the making and I think a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised at the musical direction I took when I stepped into the studio to make this record. It's quite a bit different from Hinder or anything that I've ever done." After parting ways with Hinder in 2013, Winkler began to take a different approach to songwriting. Instead of trying to adapt what he thought his fans wanted to hear, Winkler decided to take some risks and embrace his creative freedom as a solo artist. Winkler started his solo project with a clean slate and one thing in mind, "To be as open and honest as I can be with nothing to lose!" Winkler dove into this project wearing all of his musical influences on his sleeve and never looked back. He grew up listening to everything from The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, Heart and Elton John to Sublime, Michael Jackson, Biggie Smalls and Eminem, just to name a few. "I hope poeple love the new sound and songs I've written...but no matter what, I am proud of these songs and hope they in some way connect with my fans both old and new. These songs really helped me get through some tough times and I hope they can also help anyone who can relate to these topics." Austin John Winkler is looking forward to embarking on this musical journey again, but this time all on his own. TRACKLISTING 1. Clique 2 Follow 2. The Plague (feat. Sophie Summers) 3. Carry You 4. Howlin' (feat. Jessie James Decker) 5. Road To Paradise 6. Hate That I'm Loving You www.facebook.com/AustinJohnWinkler Twitter @ IamAustinJohn Instagram @ AustinJohnWinkler To stream or download these materials, follow this link: https://rsnentertainment.haulix.com/Media/Link?h=z4VIJT0IrLUuOE8p7glEqQ==

Dave Hill

The comedic essays in Dave’s new book revolve around his relationship with his elderly father, which has been both movingly and uproariously redefined since the death of his mother a few years back. Unexpectedly, his mother’s passing has presented him with the opportunity to get better acquainted with the quiet, mysterious man he’s been running into for years down in the basement of their suburban Cleveland home. Through the process of his father’s eventual move to a retirement community, Dave and his dad bonded over the things in life that really matter: scorching-hot rock jams, the gluten allergy craze, eighteen-wheelers, Italian food (pizza and spaghetti), and whatever else could possibly be left after that. Meanwhile, Dave discovered his late-blooming manhood via experiences as disparate and dangerous as a visit to a remote Mexican prison, where he learned that people everywhere love the Eagles, and a martial arts class that pushed his resolve and his groin to their limit. In addition, Dave dips into his more distant and at times even sordid past to share some as-yet-untold tales. He goes to prison (again), writes ringtone lines for Donald Trump, and “a bunch of other stuff besides that stuff,” in twenty delightful essays, including these and more: • “My Old Man and the Sea.” Dave takes a fishing trip to Lake Erie (with Cheetos-baited hooks) with his father and brother in lieu of a much-desired visit to Red Lobster. • “A Meeting of the Minds.” Dave whips up a few dozen ringtone lines for Donald Trump (“I’m Donald Trump and this is the call of a lifetime!”). At the recording session, Trump barks, “Who wrote these things?” After being informed by at least five other flunkies who Dave suspects would happily stab him right then and there if Trump would only say the word, Trump momentarily drops his perpetual scowl and says, “You’re a very good writer.” • “Traveling Men.” Dave and his dad consider traveling to Japan, Rome, and London, but ultimately settle for an outing to the local Panera. • “Quality Time.” For the first time in his life, Dave spends time alone with his father, who forbids him to order both pizza and spaghetti in a single meal, and asks him, “Shouldn’t you be finding stuff to do?” • “The Joy of Cooking.” How Dave’s harried mother—who gave birth to him and his four siblings in the space of five and a half years, and also held down a full-time job—mistakenly marinates a steak in Murphy’s Oil Soap. • “A Bustle in My Hedgerow.” Dave chronicles his teenage determination to shred “Stairway to Heaven.” And when his father tackles it on the piano at the age of eighty-two, Dave looks forward to the day when they can play it together as a “way of making things right after all these years” and he can “rip a face-melting solo guitar all over it.” • “Power for Living.” Dave’s parents insist he get a life coach when he still doesn’t have a recognizable career by the age of thirty. • “Mexcellent.” Dave plays guitar with the inmates of a Mexican prison where a priest friend is a chaplain, but the trip is almost ruined when an ex-con threatens to kill him and his friends with a machete in the middle of the night. “I was surprised to discover how ‘in the moment’ these circumstances made me feel,” he writes. • “Cleveland Noir.” Dave cruises the dive bars of his hometown, converses with a Hells Angel, and gets locked out of his father’s house. “How’d you sleep last night?,” he asks his dad the next day? “I was woken up by some nut calling the house over and over again a little after midnight,” he answers, “but other than that I slept like a baby.” In DAVE HILL DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE, Hill’s voice is sharp, carefree, and he is—seemingly despite himself—deeply empathetic as he portrays a difficult time in his family’s life and grows up just enough to realize that maybe he and his dad aren’t so different after all. About the Author Dave Hill is a comedian, writer, and musician originally from Cleveland but now living in New York City. He has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review, Salon, GQ, McSweeney’s, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Guitar World, among other publications. He is a regular contributor to public radio’s This American Life and hosts his own radio show, The Goddamn Dave Hill Show on WFMU in Jersey City, New Jersey. Dave has starred in his own TV series, The King of Miami, on the MOJO Network, which was canceled even though Dave really liked it. He has also appeared on Comedy Central, BBC America, MTV, and Adult Swim, among others, and is a regular host on HBO and Cinemax. Dave performs live comedy in theaters and basements all over the world. He also plays guitar and sings in his own rock band, Valley Lodge, whose song “Go” is the theme song for HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore is his second collection of nonfiction essays.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Duncan Hamilton

In 1981, the film Chariots of Fire won four Oscars, including Best Picture. The film’s sweeping instrumental theme song went on to become synonymous with Olympic glory. Thirty five years later, the film, with its indelible theme, lives on in popular culture, but who was the hero who inspired such reverence and awe? Award-winning sportswriter Duncan Hamilton digs deep in his new book, FOR THE GLORY: Eric Liddell’s Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr to discover that man—Eric Liddell—whose Olympic triumph was only part of a great epic story of faith and resilience. Join Duncan Hamilton on May 11th as he discusses: • Liddell’s famous pledge not to run on Sunday because of his strict observance of the Christian Sabbath…which led to so not competing in his signature event, the 100 meters, at the 1924 Paris Olympics. He was the greatest sprinter in the world at the time, and his choice not to run was ridiculed by the British Olympic committee, his fellow athletes, and most of the world press. Yet Liddell triumphed in a new event, winning the 400 meters in Paris. • His dedication to missionary work: he travelled to China to work in a local school and as a missionary. He married and had children there. By the time he could see war on the horizon, Liddell put Florence, his pregnant wife, and children on a boat to Canada, while he stayed behind, his conscience compelling him to stay among the Chinese. He and thousands of other westerners were eventually interned at a Japanese work camp. • Becoming the moral center of an unbearable world while imprisoned. He was the hardest worker in the camp, he counseled many of the other prisoners, he gave up his own meager portion of meals many days, and he organized games for the children there. He even raced again. • Dying of a brain tumor just before the end of the war. His passing was mourned around the world, and his story still inspires. For the Glory is both a compelling narrative of athletic heroism and a gripping story of faith in the darkest circumstances. About the author: Duncan Hamilton is an award-winning sportswriter and author who has twice won the foremost sports writing prize in the UK (the William Hill) and been nominated an additional three times. He is the author of several books.

Sean McFate Shadow War

At the age of 9, SEAN MCFATE thought he was destined to be a concert violinist, but through a series of career changes and the desire to serve his country, McFate found himself raising an army in Liberia and preventing a genocidal threat in Burundi. These and numerous other experiences that McFate has had through his work with DynCorp International, the elite 82nd Airborne division of the U.S. Army and Amnesty International. Now Sean uses his experience and knowledge to discuss all things military including: • Future of War • US Foreign Policy and National Security Strategy • Terrorism and Conflict • Mercenaries and Private Military Companies • African Politics and Security Sean is also an author. With the release of "Shadow War" - Sean offers up an and unparalleled authentic and electrifying book - the first volume in a new blistering hot series!! Writing with NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author BRET WITTER, Sean has created a new series featuring Tom Locke, a conflicted American mercenary on a rescue mission in war-torn Eastern Europe that taps into McFate’s unique associations and wealth of intelligence. He explains, “Modern warfare is stranger than fiction. It’s my true life experiences that have helped me create Tom Locke. Through his story, not only do I hope to take readers on a fast-paced thrill ride but also share some of the backstory of war today.” The book honors the tradition set forth by the likes of Tom Clancy, Brad Thor, and Daniel Silva. About the author: Dr. Sean McFate is an expert in international relations and war, and writes action thrillers based on his own experiences. McFate is currently a professor of grand strategy and warfare at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the National Defense University, the Pentagon’s top war college in Washington, DC. McFate has published widely on international relations issues, and is a frequent commentator for news media. He is the author of The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order (Oxford University Press), which the Economist called a “fascinating and disturbing book.” He has spoken at the British House of Commons, and has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, BBC, The Economist, Fox News and other media outlets. He has written articles for Foreign Policy, The New Republic, African Affairs, Military Review, Royal United Services Institute Journal, Review of African Political Economy, Salon.com, War on the Rocks and Vice magazine. McFate is a self-described “opera zealot,” and life-long lover of classical music. McFate holds a BA from Brown University, a MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tom Green from Hulu's Coming To The Stage

Comedy Dynamics’ third season of its original stand-up show to be hosted by Tom Green. Season 3 began shooting January 24, 2016. Coming To The Stage cultivates the freshest faces in comedy by giving comics an opportunity to literally “come to the stage” and gain exposure in front of a live studio audience, and on just about every digital platform, starting with Hulu. “The talent this season is phenomenal, no other word for it,” says Brian Volk-Weiss, president of Comedy Dynamics. “And Tom brings a hip and retro factor to the show that will bring in a whole new audience.” Tom Green is well-known for his unique comedic brand and MTV’s The Tom Green Show (1999). Other notable credits include such films as Freddy Got Fingered, Road Trip, Stealing Harvard and Charlie’s Angels. His first stand-up special, Tom Green Live, premiered on Showtime. Season 3 comedic talent includes: Caleb Synan, Dave Ross, Jamel Johnson, Jared Moskowitz, Kevin Christy, Liz Miele, Matthew Broussard, Miles K, Mo Welch, Nick Youssef, Paige Weldon, and Travis Howze. Season 4 will be hosted by Andy Kindler, that season is in production now. Comedy Dynamics is the largest independent comedy production and distribution company in North America, producing the highly-anticipated new series on History, Join Or Die with Craig Ferguson, and working with a wide-range of established and emerging comedic talent including Kevin Hart, Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, Bill Burr, Katt Williams and many more. The Comedy Dynamics catalog is available on several video streaming platforms including, but not limited to: Hulu, Roku, iOS, Amazon, and Android. In 2015, the company launched its first original series, Coming To The Stage, which serves as a launching pad for aspiring comedians. Brian Volk Weiss the founder of Comedy Dynamics, #1 independent comedy production/distribution house in North America and are changing the face of how comedy is streamed and released. They are the digital distribution hub for “A-list” and emerging comedic talent such as Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, Kevin Hart, Bill Burr, Chelsea Peretti, Katt Williams and many more, and with a digital-first strategy, they syndicate their produced and/or owned content across a number of video streaming platforms with over 600+ titles in the catalog. There are a number of companies that do what Comedy Dynamics does separately, but there is no other company that houses everything they under one roof. The “everything” includes editing bays, computer-generated imagery robots, color and sound correction, and virtually anything that’s part of the post-production process including distribution and syndication. Comedy Dynamics produced 40+ specials in 2015, nearly doubling its output from two years ago and out producing its closest competitors 7:1. Some updates/news: -New season of their Hulu show Coming to the Stage premieres on 5/12 (hosted by Tom Green) -They won a Grammy for their Louis C.K. Comedy album at this year's Grammys. (and had three of the five nominations in the category) -They co-produced the new Craig Ferguson Late Night show on the History Channel, Join or Die. -They just announced they are filming all their comedy specials in VR (virtual reality technology) and 4k.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Alastair Greene

Blues and rock have met at many different crossroads. From Cream and Johnny Winter to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Gov’t Mule these blues rock recipes are often boiled down to a simple trio. Such is the melting pot of influences and presentation of the Alastair Greene Band. Greene formed his first blues rock trio with former members of the legendary Southern California band the Pontiax in 1997. The Alastair Greene Band (AGB) has gone through several incarnations and line-ups over the years and has included alumni of the Steve Miller Band, Paul Butterfield Band, and Junior Wells Band. The AGB has also backed many blues artists in the studio and on stage, including Delta Groove recording artists Mitch Kashmar, Franck Goldwasser, as well as the incomparable James Harman. Currently, the line-up has solidified with Alastair Greene on guitar and vocals, Jim Rankin on bass and vocals, and Austin Beede on drums. Not only is Greene a blues rock guitar slinging and singing front man, but he has also served many years as a side man to some legendary musicians. Currently, Greene is the touring guitarist with Alan Parsons and has been touring internationally with the English pop/ progressive rock veteran since 2010. After Greene played on Parsons' 2004 release A Valid Path, Alan was quoted as saying, "Alastair should be out playing guitar with the biggest bands in the world. I believe it's just a matter of time." Heady praise indeed coming from the man who engineered Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, served as second engineer on the last two albums by The Beatles, and has also sold millions of albums with his own Alan Parsons Project. When the guitar slot for Parsons' band opened in 2010, Greene got the call. Alastair has also appeared on albums by high profile artists such as drum legend Aynsely Dunbar as well as Toad the Wet Sprocket front man Glen Phillips. Alastair Greene has released four studio albums and one live record since 2002. His fifth studio recording will be the Eclecto Groove Records offering Trouble at Your Door. This is sure to be his most explosive recording thus far. The Alastair Greene Band combines a deep respect for traditional forms and themes, but adds a modern approach combined with a classic rock sound. Drummer Austin Beede brings a deep knowledge of jazz and rock grooves, as well as an innate ability to shuffle with the best of them, while Jim Rankin’s rock solid rhythm & blues and classic rock influences on both bass and vocals have been a welcomed addition to the band. "This is the happiest I've been musically in a long time," Greene said recently. "These guys are so much fun to play music with. We've got a great chemistry, and I can't wait for the world to hear it."

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Sophie Eagan

In a flavorful blend of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Salt Sugar Fat, and Freakonomics—food writer and program director at The Culinary Institute of America Sophie Egan reveals how, what, and why Americans eat. In DEVOURED: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies—How What We Eat Defines Who We Are (William Morrow, HC, on-sale May 3, 2016, ISBN: 9780062390981, $28.99), Sophie Egan takes readers on an eye-opening journey through the American food psyche, examining the connections between the values that define our national character—work, freedom, and progress—and our eating habits, the good and the bad. Egan explores why these values make for such an unstable, and often unhealthy, food culture and, paradoxically, why they also make America’s cuisine so great. • Why does McDonald’s have 107 items on its menu? • Why are breakfast sandwiches, protein bars, and gluten-free anything so popular? The search for answers to these intriguing questions and many more takes Egan across the culinary landscape. She explores: • The prioritization of convenience over health Fact: 63 percent of Americans believe skipping breakfast is unhealthy—yet only 26 percent eat it daily. • The American obsession with “having it our way” Fact: Starbucks offers 87,000 possible drink combinations. • Why we buy foods on the basis of what they lack such as gluten, GMOs, fat, etc. Fact: “Gluten-free” is a $10 billion industry. 1% of Americans actually have celiac disease, and 6% actually have a gluten sensitivity, but 33% try to avoid gluten. • The country’s love of new, innovative food products and stunt foods Fact: Taco Bell sold 100 million Doritos Locos Tacos in an unprecedented ten weeks. • The diverse influences from across the world that have shaped American cuisine Fact: Two thirds of Americans now eat a greater variety of global cuisines than they did just five years ago. • Will bland, soulless meal replacements like Soylent revolutionize our definition of a meal? • And more including the psychology of waiting in line, diet evangelism, and the democratization of wine. DEVOURED weaves together insights from the fields of psychology, anthropology, food science, and behavioral economics as well as myriad examples from daily life to create a powerful and unique look at food in America. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sophie Egan is the director of programs and culinary nutrition for the Strategic Initiatives Group at The Culinary Institute of America. Based in San Francisco, Egan is a contributor to The New York Times' Well blog, and has written about food and health for KQED, WIRED, and Sunset magazine, where she worked on The Sunset Cookbook and The One-Block Feast book. She holds a master of public health from University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on health and social behavior, and a bachelor of arts with honors in history from Stanford University.

Virginia and Elaine Madsen

AGE IS INDEED ONLY A NUMBER IN THIS LOOK AT WOMEN DOING EXTRAORDINARY THINGS IN THEIR SIXTIES, SEVENTIES AND BEYOND I KNOW A WOMAN LIKE THAT, The Acclaimed Film From Elaine and Virginia Madsen About Living Live to the Fullest Comes to DVD and Digital HD From Virgil Films in May “Extraordinary… transformative.” - Roger Ebert New York, NY (April 12, 2016) – Having reached the age when many people are expected to retire or simply slow down, the remarkable women in I KNOW A WOMAN LIKE THAT are proof that being a senior citizen is no reason to stop living a full, energetic life. Directed by Emmy Award winner Elaine Madsen and executive produced by Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen, this wonderful film about women – famous and otherwise – who continue to explore life will be available across digital platforms and on DVD from Virgil Films on May 10, 2016. This critically acclaimed documentary provides a portrait of women between the ages of 64 and 94 and the extraordinary lives they lead at a time when the world expects women of this generation to be reclining in rocking chairs. Director Elaine Madsen (the mother of actress Virginia Madsen and Reservoir Dogs actor Michael Madsen) sits down with more than a dozen women, including Eartha Kitt, Lauren Hutton, Gloria Steinem and Rita Moreno, to reflect on the many challenges they faced while pursuing their dreams. Many of the interviewees, including a competitive water skier in her 90s, writers, artists and businesswomen, proudly proclaim life to be better now than when they were younger.

Craig Sheffer

Craig Sheffer was first seen on a nationwide basis as Ian Hayden on the daytime soap opera One Life to Live, and as the teenage son of Michael Goodwin and Leigh Taylor-Young on the 1983 prime time serial The Hamptons. His earliest starring assignment in films was as the best friend of troubled teenager Emilio Estevez in That Was Then... This Is Now (1985), a reformatory camp inmate in Fire with Fire (1986), an antagonistic rich kid in Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), and the romantic love interest of an overweight cosmetician in Baby Cakes (1989). Sheffer portrayed the lead role of Aaron Boone/Cabal in Nightbreed (1990), author Norman Maclean in A River Runs Through It in (1992), and played Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Joe Kane in The Program in 1993. Among Sheffer's other films are Fire in the Sky (1993), Head Above Water (1996), Bliss (1997), and Sleep With Me (1994) (top-billed, as the apex of a romantic triangle which included Eric Stoltz and Meg Tilly). Six years later, he played the leading role in Clive Barker's brainchild franchise sequel, Hellraiser: Inferno in (1995). Sheffer is also known for his portrayal of accused murderer Constant Bradley in the 1996 miniseries A Season in Purgatory and Keith Scott, the nice-guy older brother of wealthy and nefarious auto dealer Dan Scott on the CW Network series One Tree Hill. Sheffer directed the feature film American Crude, a dark comedy starring Ron Livingston and Rob Schneider. The film was released on DVD in June 2008. ABOUT CODE OF NONOR, IN THEATERS AND ON DEMAND MAY 6th When his family is killed in a drive-by shooting, former special-ops operative Robert Sikes (Steven Seagal) vows to rid his city of every last criminal. With the help of a witness (Helena Mattsson, Iron Man 2), Sikes’s former protégé, FBI agent Porter (Craig Sheffer), tries to find his vigilante friend before the police — or the maniacal mobster Romano — are able to. Premiere Entertainment Group presents in association with Steamroller Productions, a Michael Winnick film. TRAILER: https://youtu.be/VHBF9NtlQGQ WEBSITE: http://www.lionsgatepublicity.com/theatrical/codeofhonor/

Charlaine Harris

The previous novels in the Midnight, Texas series, Midnight Crossroad (2014) and Day Shift (2015), became instant bestsellers, and fans are eager to delve even further into the mysteries of the Texas town and its unusual inhabitants which include a phone psychic, assassin, vampire—and a few other unique souls, human and otherwise. NIGHT SHIFT finds all hell about to break loose in Midnight after resident vampire Lemuel discovers the reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics have all been drawn to the remote town. The residents will have to come together to stop the bloodshed or the small, secretive town will find itself on the map, where no one wants it to be… In an interview, Charlaine can discuss topics and answer questions including: • NBC is developing the Midnight, Texas series for their Fall 2016 lineup. What’s the latest news about the show? • The Midnight, Texas series is set in the same world as Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series. Why was Midnight, Texas a natural progression and how does she overlap the two series while keeping Midnight a separate story? • How Charlaine incorporates fantasy, mystery, and paranormal elements into a story, and which genre she identifies with more • Developing stories in small town settings: moving from Sookie’s small, backwoods Louisiana town of Bon Temps to the desert back drop of Midnight, Texas. Did Charlaine’s move to Texas influence her desire to write a story in this setting? • Charlaine excels at giving frightening paranormal creatures human characteristics so readers can identify with them. What frightens her? • How has her experience of developing the Midnight, Texas series differed from her experience developing the Sookie Stackhouse series www.charlaineharris.com Follow Charlaine on Twitter: Follow Charlaine on Facebook: www.facebook.com/charlaineharris ABOUT THE AUTHOR Charlaine Harris is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse fantasy/mystery series; the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series; and the Midnight, Texas, novels Day Shift and Midnight Crossroad.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Clint Hill

CLINT HILL AND FIVE PRESIDENTS: MY EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY WITH EISENHOWER, KENNEDY, JOHNSON, NIXON AND FORD A rare and fascinating portrait of the American presidency from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November. Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his seventeen years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era—the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard M. Nixon. Some of his stunning, never-before-revealed anecdotes include: -Eisenhower’s reaction at Russian Prime Minister Khrushchev’s refusal to talk following the U-2 incident -The torture of watching himself in the Zapruder film in a Secret Service training -Johnson’s virtual imprisonment in the White House during violent anti-Vietnam protests -His decision to place White House files under protection after a midnight phone call about Watergate -The challenges of protecting Ford after he pardoned Nixon With a unique insider’s perspective, Hill sheds new light on the character and personality of these five presidents, revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions. ABOUT CLINT HILL Clint Hill is the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November. A former Secret Service agent who was in the presidential motorcade during the John F. Kennedy assassination, Hill remained assigned to Mrs. Kennedy until after the 1964 election. He then was assigned to President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House and later to Richard Nixon, eventually becoming the Assistant Director of the Secret Service for all protection. He retired in 1975

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Monroe Martin

May is National Foster Care Month “In many ways foster care saved me. But I want to see a lot of change happen in the system. I want to see less medicine in these kids. I want to see more efforts being made to reunite families. And if they’re unable to reunite, the kids should be placed with someone who really cares about them.” – comedian Monroe Martin COMEDIAN MONROE MARTIN TALKS ABOUT LIFE IN FOSTER CARE FOR 4TH ANNUAL FOSTERING THE FUTURE CAMPAIGN Comedian Monroe Martin is joining young people from every region in the U.S. for Children’s Rights’ 4th annual Fostering the Future campaign, a public awareness effort that sheds light on the realities of life in state care. Failed adoptions, physical abuse, mental illness, addiction and even a forced marriage are just some of the scenarios that led to life in foster care for this year’s group of bloggers, who are writing about their experiences this May, National Foster Care Month. These first-person accounts expose a system that fails the children in its care as often as it saves them. Last year, using the hashtag #FosterTruth, our writers’ poignant stories received 1.25 million hits on social media. Children’s Rights expects to double that number, thereby helping to grow and coalesce a movement that is ready, willing and able to impact change. Join comedian Monroe Martin on Tuesday, May 3rd as he discusses growing up in foster care, how he found his calling, and why we should #FosterTruth. Stats on Foster Care: More than 650,000 children spend time in U.S. foster care every year. About 12,000 of the nearly 108,000 foster kids awaiting adoption have been in state care for five years or longer. At any given time, about 23,000 kids live in group homes and more than 32,000 live in institutions. And 23 states fail to meet the federal standard for keeping kids safe from abuse and neglect in care. BIO: Monroe Martin is a stand-up comedian who performs across the country. He has appeared on the Netflix series Master of None, NBC’s Last Comic Standing and Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central. Martin also wrote for the MTV2 series Charlamagne and Friends. For more information visit: www.childrensrights .org or http://monroemartincomedy.com/