Manhattan Film Festival 2011: 'Made Off' wins top student film prize

December 30, 2011
"Made Off" was named the winner of Best Student Film at the 2011 Manhattan Film Festival. Made Off was one of only 132 films selected for screening from thousands of submissions from around the world. Each summer, the prestigious festival showcases films by independent filmmakers to help them find an audience for their talent and pursue a career in filmmaking.

"Made Off" recounts the story of the father of an affluent New York City family swindled by Bernie Madoff, who uses his youngest daughter to pull off his own white-collar crime. The drama is the collaborative effort of Northwestern University students, Anthony Del Gigante as director and producer, and Rachel Lauren Goldman as writer and producer. Made Off stars Gerard Christopher from the international series, The Adventures of Superboy, as well as Jelena Mrdja from the film Here and There (2009 TriBeCa Film Festival winner), and Sofia Singer, making her acting debut.

For a full list of winners: Manhattan Film Festival Winners

‘House of Lies’: Showtime previews Don Cheadle's, Kristen Bell’s comedy early (video)

December 28, 2011
Showtime has released the premiere episode of its new comedy online. The series, starring Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell, is a look into the cut throat, ruthless world of corporate management consulting. The network describes "House of Lies" as a new dark comedy about all the screwed up ways big business is practiced these days. The series, based on the hit tell-all book from best-selling author Martin Kihn' s book. It peels back the bull to reveal a world few know exists and fewer still have experienced. Cheadle plays Marty Kaan, the big-money earner at Galweather & Stearn, along with his hot, young team - The Pod - of big-balling power players – Jeannie (Kristen Bell), Clyde (Ben Schwartz) and Doug (Josh Lawson). Marty and The Pod's work life is all first-class, top-shelf, black Am Ex, the best suites at the nicest hotels. Wild nights on the town servicing the clients are all in a day's work. Marty is the ultimate power player and under his direction, this ruthless, pull-no-punches team is here to stick it to the man by beating the corporate suckers at their own game.

The show contrasts Marty's wild business side with a more regular home life where he's a parent dealing with issues of his relationship his business competitor ex-wife, dealing with his pre-teen son's choice of creative expresssion and not seeing eye-to-eye with his own father (Glynn Turman) on how to raise his son.

Marty is very much like Ari Gold from "Entourage" without the interesting supporting characters.

The first episode was just okay for me, but as a huge fan of Cheadle's and Bell's, I'll have to give the series a second look.

Check out the first episode of the series below. Showtime will do their annual free preview weekend beginning Friday, January 6th.

"House of Lies" is created and executive produced by Matthew Carnahan. Jessika Borsiczky, Stephen Hopkins and Don Cheadle also serve as executive producers.


'All My Children': Alicia Minshew shows Shoes TV her shoes closet (video)

December 21, 2011

'All My Children" actress Alicia Minshew talked to Shoes TV about the shoes she owns from the soap where she played Kendall Hart Slater for more than 9 years.

Minshew invited Shoes TV into her Los Angeles home and shows viewers the shoes she was wearing the day she met her husband and the pair she was wearing when she got married.

Minshew will be reuniting with some of her "All My Children" co-stars in the Mid-West next month as part a "Tribute To Pine Valley."

Check out the video below.

The actress is set to start shooting a movie next year.


PaleyFest 2012: 'Two And a Half Men','Modern Family', "Mad Men' part of Q&A line-up

December 14, 2011

The Paley Center for Media will present the twenty-nineth annual PaleyFest: William S. Paley Television Festival (PaleyFest2012) from March 2 to 14, 2012.

This year's list of shows include popular shows "Modern Family," "Two And a Half Men," "American Horror Story," "Sons of Anarchy" and "Once Upon A Time."

The event will once again be held at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California.

The Paley Center describes PaleyFest2012 as an extraordinary interactive pop culture event, connecting fans with the casts and creators of their favorite series as well as the icons who have changed or are changing the face of media.

There is a episode preview shown and then a Q &A with members of the cast and crew. The audience is given an opportunity to ask questions.

Announcement dates for the event are as follows:

• 1/10/12 : Full Lineup Announced
• 1/10/12 : Premium Packages On Sale
• 1/13/12 : Individual Tickets On Sale to Members
• 1/15/12 : Individual Tickets On Sale to All

The PaleyFest2012 premium pass is on sale now. For more info, visit: Paley Center.

Paley Center Members get to buy tickets before the general public. Become a Member to get the first chance to buy tickets. More PaleyFest ticket info coming soon. Visit:

Talking to James Durbin of American Idol about "Memories of A Beautiful Disaster" (Interview)

December 11, 2011

Santa Cruz CA native, James Durbin, 22, rocked the stage of “American Idol” every week with his signature high-pitched scream and touched the hearts of America throughout the season as he opened up about his Asperger and Tourette Syndrome condition.

He recently released his debut album "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster” on Wind-Up Records. James talks about his new album for an interview with LA Music Examiner, Belinda Thomas. Here are some excerpts below.

Belinda: Let's talk about the new album, “Memories of A Beautiful Disaster.” I love the title? How did you come up with that title?

James: The title is about looking back on the course of my life and memories of my life, it being a thing of beauty now in what once I thought was chaos...through the beauty and the pain. It makes me who I am today and I wouldn't be able to change that.

Belinda: You're on Wind-Up Records, who are known for launching such bands as Creed and Evanescence? How's it been being on Wind-Up so far?

James: It's been great. My whole goal in shopping for a record contract was to find a label that looked at me as more than just a number on their paycheck......Others label that we went to didn't really want to, didn't really seem to care. Their main thought was how we are going to make money off this...With Wind-Up, before I was even signed yet ... two days after I went and met with them, they called me up just to see how I was doing, to see how the tour was going. I took that to mean that they really cared, and they do really care, they still really care. They're all about me growing as an artist.... They really care about you.

Belinda: I've got to ask you, it must have been surreal working with Mick Mars of Motley Crue. What was working with him like?

James: It was great. Mick is such a character and such a real person. Coming in the studio and getting to watch Mick Mars record and getting to watch him play was so cool because he is so unique and has a unique style of playing his guitar, to getting his tone and his tuning, everything how he plays and watching him play. He's such a real person. I still stay in contact with him. He called me up to see how me and my family were doing and to wish us a Happy Thanksgiving. I enjoy talking to the guy. He's great.

Belinda: You worked on a song, “Screaming,” with David Cook, an “American Idol” winner. How did that come about?

James: I was actually on the Idol live tour and I got to New York. I knew that I was doing a co-writing session and thought I was doing it with someone else and I get in the studio and Cook's there. We're hanging out talking for like 40 minutes and then I finally turned to him and said so David what are you doing in New York, what are you doing here in the city. He said well I' m here to write with you. And I was like oh, well we wasted 40 minutes BS-ing about life and about Idol and the Idol tour and everything and immediately we got to writing. The writing process is such a studious process you really need to be focused on what you're doing to write the best material you possibly can, so we got right into it and more and more people kept showing up and we wrote the song. It's one of my favorite songs on the record. It really comes from a very special place of experience and with passion. I was bullied, beat up for a long time, from elementary school to middle school and high school, I was bullied a lot. That's what the song is about. It's a fun one to sing because I get so into it. I'm really screaming at all those people that singled me out as a kid.

James: I know there is a promotional tour happening now, but are there touring planning coming up? What are you looking forward to most with going on tour?

James: We are planning the tour for early next year, getting everything situated now. I just can't wait to get on the road can wait to play for all the people who bought the record. Plus the ones who have not bought it to give them an incentive to go out get it. It is not just a good record on your headphones with your is a fun record... I don't want to cheat my fans out of something...with an over produced record that they are not able to hear the same thing live. I want them to have the best experience.

To purchase James Durbin new cd: Memories of a Beautiful Disaster

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'Modern Family': talking with Nolan Gould at the 2011 Youth Rock Awards (VIDEO)

December 9, 2011

The First Annual 2011 Youth Rock Awards, one of the hottest awards shows to hit the scene, was held on Hollywood on Wednesday, December 7th. Held at the Avalon Theater, the event included a red carpet, celebrity nominees, live performances and an exclusive VIP after party.

The Youth Rock Awards were created to celebrate and recognize the industry's current top young artists who are twenty-five years old and younger in the fields of music, dance, television and film. "Young talent rarely receives the notoriety they deserve.The Youth Rock Awards were designed to honor these young artists that excel in dance, music and acting, " the organizers of the event said in a statement.

This year’s nominees include celebrities from some of today’s hottest TV shows and networks such as: Modern Family, Pretty Little Liars, Teen Wolf, The Vampire Diaries, Disney, Nickelodeon, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew; breakout stars in films such as Twilight, X-Men: First Class, Kick Ass, Sucker Punch, Super 8; and music artists from Bruno Mars to Justin Bieber.

Nolan Gould, who plays Luke Dunphy on ABC's hit show "Modern Family," stopped by to talk to Examiner for a bit about the show and his favorite music. Click on the video below to see what he had to say. Nolan was one the talented kids nominated in the "Rockin Child Actor" category.

"Modern Family" airs Wednesday's on ABC.

An Evening With Kevin Smith for -- 'Kevin Smith: Live From Behind Featuring “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old"'

December 6, 2011

Director and actor Kevin Smith, will host a live theater and simulcast a live fan -generated event featuring “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old” in theaters across the country and in Canada on February 2, 2012.

Smith will discuss anything and everything when he takes over the big screen with Kevin Smith: Live From Behind Featuring “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old”, a one-night-only in-theater event on Thursday, February 2 at 9:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p. m. CT / 7:30 p.m. MT / 6:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. Alaska & Hawaii.

Broadcast to select movie theaters nationwide live from the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, the three-hour event will begin with Smith and frequent co-star Jason “Jay” Mewes, hosting their highly rated podcast, “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old.” The evening will then switch gears as Smith takes the stage to tackle a wide variety of topics and issues during a live interactive, fan-generated Q&A with theater audiences across the country.

For the first time, fans will have the opportunity to drive the conversation as they submit their questions and interact simultaneously with Smith live via social media networks throughout his unique “tell it like it is” stage show.

“Doing something like this means you can get the event into a theater in a very small town. We may have never been to that small town, but we can be with this Q&A event,” said Smith. “I can be like ‘Hey man, I’m going to be on the screen soon, pop into a theater and check it out.’ That’s kind of magical. The very ability to do that on a wider level now, instead of just doing it one night only in this city, in this theater, … I look forward to it!”

Tickets for Kevin Smith: Live From Behind Featuring “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old” are available at participating theater box offices and online at and

For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Sneak Peek -- 'Kick Buttowski- Suburban Daredevil' Christmas Episode (Promo)

In XD's "Kick Buttowski - Surburdan Daredevil," Kick must fin a last minute Christmas present in a new episode episode of "Kick Buttowski - Suburban Daredevil."

In the episode titled, "A Cousin Kyle Christmas," Kick battles an ice storm and bizarre obstacles in order to find a last-minute Christmas gift for Cousin Kyle.

It premieres Tuesday, December 6th on Disney XD at 8pm ET


Movie Trailer: Madonna's directorial debut -- W.E.

Here is the latest trailer for "W.E.," directed by Madonna.

It's being described as a two-tiered romantic drama focusing on the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard.

The movie is set for a December 9, 2011 release.


BET News: produces Herman Cain documentary -- 'The Curious Case of Citizen Cain'

BET Networks brings to air a deeper characterization of one the most controversial black political figures in contemporary America in an exclusive one-on-one interview special "The Curious Case of Citizen Cain" premiering on Thursday, December 8 at 9 PM ET/PT.

Cain talks in-depth for the first time to the black audience about what he calls "scams perpetrated on blacks" by liberal black leaders, his fiery brand of black conservatism, and the sex scandals that drove him from the Republican Presidential race.

This half-hour special is part of a series of BET News specials the Network will produce bringing an African-American perspective to the 2012 Presidential Election cycle.

Hosted by the Emmy-Award winning news journalist and former KTLA anchor, Emmett Miller, "The Curious Case of Citizen Cain" sets out to better understand what Cain and his new breed of black conservatism means to African-American voters and the broader political landscape.

For more info, log on to
"The Curious Case of Citizen Cain" is produced by BET News.

Nicki Minaj Barbie Doll to be auctioned for charity

December 4, 2011
Singer Nicki Minaj has had a busy year. From Grammy nominations to AMA awards and hit songs, what could be next for Minaj. Billboard reports that Mattel will make a one-of-a-kind Nicki Minaj Barbie doll available for auction at, to be showcased at Divine Design's five-day event and gala at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. 

Bids will be received through Dec. 19 and will start at $1,000. Previous celebrities who've had a one-of-a-kind Barbie auctioned off at the event include Carol Channing, Rachel Zoe and Janet Jackson. All proceeds will benefit Project Angel Food, which provides food for men, woman and children affected by HIV and AIDS.

Check out a photo of the doll below. 

"It's just a one of a kind, limited edition for charity, and so I never thought Mattel would even pay attention to me," Minaj said. "For me this is a very major moment, because it just shows that you can come from nothing and still be a force in the main world, a business woman, and hopefully a mogul one day. It shows that my Barbz are special, and everyone loves them as much as I love them, so I want to thank them most importantly."

"Barbie is obviously a pop culture icon. She's been in the spotlight for over 50 years, and strikes that chord with girls of all ages in terms of being representative of the times. And Nicki is a big part of pop culture and also huge within the fashion industry, as well as a big Barbie fan," says Stefani Yocky, a Barbie spokeswoman. "It's really exciting for us that she's been so generous to allow us to create this one-of-a-kind doll to support such an important cause."

To find out more or to place a bid, visit:

Movie Trailer: Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (B$M) -- Red Band Trailer

Here is the new trailer for the movie "Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie (B$M)!"

The movie features Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, John C. Reilly, Robert Loggia, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte, William Atherton and Erica Durance.

In the movie, Tim and Eric are given a billion dollars to make a movie, but squander every dime… and the sinister Schlaaang corporation is pissed. With their lives at stake, the guys skip town in search of a way to pay the money back. When they happen upon a chance to rehabilitate a bankrupt mall full of vagrants, bizarre stores and a man-eating wolf that stalks the food court, they see dollar signs—a billion of them. Featuring cameos from Awesome Show regulars and some of the biggest names in comedy today!

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie will be available January 27, 2012 and in theatres starting March 2, 2011 from Magnet Releasing.

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie will screen at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the “Park City At Midnight” line-up.

TNT's Dallas: new trailer released, reboot debuts Summer 2012

Here is a trailer for TNT’s upcoming reboot of Dallas. Original cast members Linda Gray, Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy are joined by the 2nd generation of Ewings, including Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Henderson and Jordana Brewster. The series premieres next summer.

The original series was one of the most talked about in television with the how iconic "Who Shot JR" storyline. Dallas told the story of The Ewings and the rivalry between good versus evil between brothers JR and Bobby. The new series continues the rivalry with Bobby's and JR's sons in a battle over business.


TNT's Dallas: new trailer released

Here is a trailer for TNT’s upcoming reboot of Dallas. Original cast members Linda Gray, Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy are joined by thre 2nd generation of Ewings, including Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Henderson and Jordana Brewster. The series, written by Cynthia Cidre, premieres next summer.


NBA 2011: Christmas Day games features Bulls vs Lakers and Mavericks vs Heat

December 3, 2011

Christmas Day will mark the opening of the 2011-12 NBA season with a special showcase including a blockbuster doubleheader on ABC - a Finals rematch when the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki host the Miami Heat and All-Stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 2:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Chicago Bulls and league MVP Derrick Rose visiting the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant at 5 p.m. The Kia NBA Countdown pregame show will preview the ABC doubleheader at 2 p.m.

Additionally, ESPN will televise a primetime doubleheader tipping off with the Oklahoma City Thunder and last year's scoring leader Kevin Durant hosting the Orlando Magic and Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard at 8 p.m. In the nightcap, former ESPN analyst Mark Jackson will make his head coaching debut with the Golden State Warriors when they host the Los Angeles Clippers and All-Star Blake Griffin at 10:30 p.m. ESPN's doubleheader will also be available via ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV and the Watch ESPN App.

"Like all NBA fans, we're excited for the start of the season and are thrilled with our Christmas Day quadruple header," said Leah LaPlaca, vice president, programming. "There is no shortage of storylines - from the Finals rematch to some of the greatest stars in the league being on display - and we look forward to showcasing them while continuing the tradition of Christmas Day NBA games on ABC and ESPN."

"It's a different opening day than has ever happened in the past and Christmas Day games have always been a big day for the NBA," said Jeff Van Gundy, ESPN NBA analyst. "This unique situation combined with the unveiling of a championship banner for the Mavericks in a Finals rematch, and then to see the Lakers and the debut of Mike Brown as head coach, those things are all going to be very compelling."

NBA Christmas Day schedule - ABC & ESPN

2 p.m. ET Kia NBA Countdown ABC

2:30 p.m. Miami at Dallas ABC

5 p.m. Chicago at L.A. Lakers ABC

8 p.m. Orlando at Oklahoma City ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV, Watch ESPN App

10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Golden State ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV, Watch ESPN App