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Portlandia, MST3K, Harmontown & Stan Against Evil Among First Wave Of Panels for ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival, June 24-25 in Silicon Valley, CA

May 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival
Announces First Wave of Panels Including Famed Shows
Portlandia, Mystery Science Theater 3000,
Harmontown &  Stan Against Evil
Created and Hosted by Comedian Chris Hardwick
2-Day Festival Will Feature Music Performances and Comedy Sets By Today’s Top Artists
Including Weezer, Girl Talk, Madeon, Zeds Dead, Demetri Martin, Michael Che & Many More,
Plus Panels, Autograph Signings, Cosplay Tent, Comic Book Artists Alley, and Exhibitor Village
Saturday, June 24th & Sunday, June 25th
in Silicon Valley, CA at the Shoreline Amphitheatre and Surrounding Grounds


Los Angeles, CA (May 18, 2017)ID10T Music Festival & Comic Conival, the groundbreaking first of its kind event that will combine chart-topping musicians, renowned comedians, makers, and some of the most influential people in the entertainment industry, together in one place for a once-in-a-lifetime weekend experience, has announced its first wave of panels, which include famed shows Portlandia, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Harmontown, and Stan Against Evil. A second announcement will be released soon, revealing even more exciting panels and guests. Created and hosted by Chris Hardwick, ID10T (pronounced I-D-ten-T) will take over the Shoreline Amphitheatre and surrounding grounds in Mountain View, CA on Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th.
Confirmed show panels and guests are as follows:
Portlandia, featuring guests Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, moderated by Chris Hardwick.
IFC’s Emmy-nominated comedy Portlandia is currently in production for its eighth and final season. Created by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel, Portlandia explores the eccentric misfits who embody the foibles of modern culture, starring Armisen and Brownstein. The series is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Broadway Video.
Mystery Science Theater 3000, featuring guests Jonah Ray, Hampton Yount, and Rebecca Hanson, moderated by Wil Wheaton.
For almost 30 years, the award-winning comedy television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, created by Joel Hodgson, has been known as one of the best cult TV shows of all time. Following its record-breaking #BringBackMST3K Kickstarter campaign, fourteen brand-new episodes of the cult television show Mystery Science Theater 3000 launched on April 14, 2017, exclusively on Netflix. In the new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (aka MST3K) Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day) and her loyal henchman, Max (Patton Oswalt), have revived the infamous experiment started by Kinga’s father twenty-nine years earlier: How many cheesy movies does it take to drive a person mad? In this latest reiteration of the show, her test subject is Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray), a space pilot for Gizmonic Institute who gets trapped responding to a distress call from the dark side of the moon. Confined aboard the Satellite of Love, Jonah lives with his robot friends, Gypsy (voiced by Rebecca Hanson), Tom Servo (voiced by Baron Vaughn), and Crow T. Robot (voiced by Hampton Yount). Confronted with Kinga’s choices in torturous films, Jonah and the bots band together to ward off lunacy by continuously riffing on the movies in rapid-fire succession.
Harmontown, featuring guests Dan Harmon, Jeff B. Davis, and Spencer Crittenden.
Dan Harmon (Community, Rick & Morty) alongside “comptroller” Jeff B. Davis (Whose Line is it Anyway), and game master Spencer Crittenden (HarmonQuest) will bring his wildly popular podcast “Harmontown” to the festival – LIVE. Expect ineffectual rants, raps, shameful stories and special guests. Dan Harmon is the Emmy® winning creator/executive producer of the comedy series Community as well as the co-creator/executive producer of Adult Swim’s Rick & Morty.
Stan Against Evil, featuring guests John C McGinley, Janet Varney, and Dana Gould.
IFC’s original horror comedy series Stan Against Evil is currently in production for its second season. Created, written and executive produced by Dana Gould (The Simpsons, Parks and Recreation), Stan Against Evil stars John C. McGinley (Scrubs) and Janet Varney (You’re the Worst). Stan Against Evil follows Stan Miller (McGinley), a perpetually disgruntled former sheriff of a small New England town who was forced into retirement. Stan has trouble relinquishing his authority to Evie Barret (Varney), the tough and beautiful new sheriff in town, but they form an unlikely alliance when both begin to realize things are not quite right in their quaint New England town. Together, they valiantly fight a plague of unleashed demons that have been haunting the town, which just happens to be built on the site of a massive 17th century witch burning.
Information on tickets, pricing, VIP packages, and more is available at www.ID10TFest.com. ID10T boasts a massive festival area directly adjacent to the amphitheatre’s music stage.  All tickets including festival general admission, reserved seating and VIP have free roaming access to the festival area, which includes the Mad Decent Dance/Cosplay Tent, Monster Energy Comedy Tent, and full exhibitor village. Kids 10 and under are free with accompanying paid adult admission.
Each day, pop culture enthusiasts will have the opportunity to roam exhibitor booths, meet comic book artists, and catch their favorite TV and movie casts on back-to-back panels and podcasts, including a special live taping of Hardwick’s own Nerdist Podcast. In the evening, the grounds will transition into a music and comedy hall for live performances from some of today’s top artists and comedians. With panels from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., comedy from 4:30 p.m to 8:00 p.m., and music from 4:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m., attendees can expect a full day packed with entertainment, all in an outdoor setting.
The festival will also host a juried cosplay contest. Details on entry, prizes, and more will be announced soon, but interested participants can click here for a taste of what to expect: https://www.facebook.com/id10tfest/videos/1263934146994137/
Musical, comedy, and comic talent is as follows:
The Shoreline Amphitheatre Main Stage will feature a diverse musical lineup with performances by Weezer, Girl Talk, Lord Huron, Crystal Castles, TV On The Radio, OK Go, Animal Collective, Car Seat Headrest, The Mowgli’s, Robert DeLong, Mothers, Ron Gallo, and Tank And The Bangas.
The Mad Decent Dance/Cosplay Tent will feature some of today’s premier DJs and electronic music acts with performances by Madeon, Zeds Dead, Jai Wolf, TroyBoi, Gryffin, Party Favor, Ape Drums, 4B, and Wax Motif. The tent will also host nightly cosplay contests.
The Monster Energy Comedy Tent will feature sets by some of today’s most entertaining comedians in an intimate, club-like setting. Hosted by April Richardson, performers will include Demetri Martin, Michael Che, Nikki Glaser, Garfunkel and Oates, Michael Ian Black, Brian Posehn, Greg Proops, Brent Weinbach, Hampton Yount, Matt Braunger, Dan Mintz, Marcella Arguello, Jonah Ray,Mike Phirman, and Yassir Lester.
Participating comic companies include Skybound, Valiant, Oni, Boom! Studios, Top Shelf, AfterShock, Insight Editions, Aspen, and HowToons.
Comic artists include Andre Parks (Green Arrow, Ciudad), Andrew Robinson (The Fifth Beatle, Superman: Red Son), Andy Belanger (Southern Cross, SwampThing), Babs Tarr (Batgirl of Burnside, Motor Crush), Becky Cloonan (Southern Cross, Punisher), Brent Schoonover (Howling Commandos Of Shield, Antman), Cameron Stewart (Fight Club 2, Batgirl), Chris Burnham (Batman Incorporated, Officer Downe), Dennis Hopeless (Spider-Woman, WWE), Donny Cates (God Country, Redneck), Farel Dalrymple (Pop Gun War, The Wrenchies), Gary Brown (Black Road, Catwoman), Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy), Ivan Brandon (Drifter, Black Cloud), Jai Nitz (Suicide Squad’s El Diablo, Dream Thief), Jason Shawn Alexander (Empty Zone, Abe Sapien-The Drowning), Justin Greenwood (The Fuse, Stumptown), Matt Hawkins (Think Tank, Aphrodite IX), Matt Wilson (Batman & Robin, Joker), Mike Costa (Venom, Lucifer [FOX TV]), Morgan Breem (The Family Trade, Valor: East of the Sun & West of the Moon), Ngozi Ukaza (Check, Please!), Nick Dragotta (East of West, Howtoons), Phil Hester (Shipwreck, Green Arrow), Phil Noto (Black Widow, Star Wars), Ramon Villalbos (Nighthawk, E is for Extinction), Rick Remender (Deadly Class, Fear Agent), Robert Wilson IV (Heartthrob, Bitch Planet), Shawn Martinbrough (Thief of Thieves, Luke Cage Noir), Van Jensen (The Flash, Cryptocracy), and Wes Craig (Deadly Class, Guardians of the Galaxy).
ID10T is produced by Live Nation and Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE).
ID10T is proud to partner with the following sponsors in its inaugural year: SiriusXM, Monster Energy Drink, hosting the ID10T Comedy Stage, Toyota, the exclusive automotive partner, Snickers, Krave Jerky, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, Musicians Institute, Lyft, and many more.
For more information on ID10T Music Festival & Comic Conival, please visit:

About Live Nation Entertainment:
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Advertising & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.
About Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc.:
Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE) is one of the world’s premier music festival production companies. With hundreds of live events worldwide each year, SGE works with agencies, brands and musical talent to produce or co-produce concerts across various genres and interests. SGE produces and curates Funny Or Die’s ODDBALL Comedy And Curiosity Festival, Ohana Dana Point, and co-produces a number of craft beer & music festivals including Driftwood – Orange County’s biggest country festival on the sand. In addition, SGE co-produced the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and the worldwide Rockstar Taste of Chaos, produced the Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival and conceived and developed KNOTFEST with Slipknot and 5B Artist Management. SGE has also produced many other national festivals and tours. SGE senior staff have a combined 60 years of experience in artist management, large scale festival production and brand integration, and have worked with artists as diverse as Guns N’ Roses and The Cure. SGE excels at integrating brands’ needs with large scale musical entertainment.
About Chris Hardwick:
Chris Hardwick is a comedian, actor, TV host, author, writer, producer, and podcaster whose quick wit and up-to-the-minute intellect have made him the voice for a generation of pop culture enthusiasts. Hardwick currently serves as founder, CEO, and creative head of Nerdist Industries, a media empire under the Legendary Digital Network that includes Hardwick’s own incredibly successful Nerdist Podcast, which he continues to host weekly and garners over 5.5M downloads per month. Additionally, he serves as host and executive producer of Comedy Central’s two-time Emmy Award-winning nightly comedy game show @midnight; host and executive producer of NBC’s hit game show series The Wall; and host and executive producer of several AMC programs as part of his extensive multi-year deal, including the highly rated Talking Dead, Talking Dead: Fear Edition, Talking Saul, Talking Preacher, and the newly-announced extension series Talking with Chris Hardwick. Off-screen, he continues to tour the country as a standup comedian. His latest comedy special, Funcomfortable, premiered on Comedy Central in April 2016 and is currently available across digital platforms.

 

RACHEL LINDSAY BEGINS HER SEARCH FOR THAT ONE SPECIAL MAN WHEN ‘THE BACHELORETTE’ PREMIERES MONDAY, MAY 22, ON ABC

May 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

What do a professional wrestler by day and a doting dad by night, a chiropractor with magic hands, a secret admirer who has had a crush since early childhood days, a charmer who wanted to go to Las Vegas and immediately get married and a startup recruiter who had a memorable introduction with an unforgettable opening line have in common? They’re all on the hunt for Rachel Lindsay when the 13th edition of ABC’s popular romance reality series “The Bachelorette” premieres on MONDAY, MAY 22, at a special time (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.

Editors’ note: “The Bachelorette” will return to its regular time slot on Monday, May 29 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT).

A luminous enthusiastic Bachelorette braces herself for the experience of a lifetime and the possibility of finding her Prince Charming. The memorable first meetings begin with Brady, a male model who hauls out a sledgehammer to “break the ice” and get acquainted. Matt, a construction sales rep, attempts to endear himself to Rachel by wearing a penguin costume. Blake E., one of the men who received an early introduction on the “After the Final Rose” show, doesn’t want to waste his second chance. The aspiring drummer, not to be outdone, brings along a marching band to stir things up.

Inside the mansion, the men continue to try and captivate Rachel. Josiah, a fellow attorney, pulls her away for the first one-one-one conversation. He discusses his troubled past and how it changed the course of his life. Fred, who went to elementary school with Rachel, brings a yearbook and admits to a lifelong fascination with his former classmate. Adam arrives with a surprise friend – an identical dummy named “A.J.” – much to Rachel’s delight. Bryan comes on strong, captivating the Bachelorette and literally sweeping her off her feet. But as passion flourishes, so do the confrontations between the bachelors: Blake E. challenges Lucas about whether he is there for the “right reasons.”

Kenny, a single dad, moves Rachel with her devotion to his daughter. Many relationships look promising as Rachel continues to familiarize herself with the men, but there is only one first impression rose. The Bachelorette follows her best instincts in choosing who should get her first rose.

The apprehensive men have to hope they are among the 23 left to move into the mansion and continue in the race for Rachel’s heart.

Rachel’s 31 suitors are:
Adam, 27, a real estate agent from Dallas, TX
Alex, 28, an information systems supervisor from Grosse Pointe Park, MI
Anthony, 26, an education software manager from Chicago, IL
Blake E., 31, an aspiring drummer from Marina del Rey, CA
Blake K., 29, a U.S. Marine veteran from San Francisco, CA
Brady, 29, a male model from Miami, FL
Bryan, 37, a chiropractor from Miami, FL
Bryce, 30, a firefighter from Orlando, FL
Dean, 26., a startup recruiter from Venice, CA
DeMario, 30, an executive recruiter from Century City, CA
Eric, 29, a personal trainer from Los Angeles, CA
Fred, 27, an executive assistant from Dallas, TX
Grant, 29, an emergency medicine physician from New York City, NY
Ignacio, “Iggy,” 30, a consulting firm CEO from Chicago, IL
Jack Stone, 32, an attorney from Dallas, TX
Jamey, 32, a sales account executive from Santa Monica, CA
Jedidiah, 35, an ER physician from Augusta, GA
Jonathan, 31, a tickle monster from New Smyrna Beach, FL
Josiah, 28, a prosecuting attorney from Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Kenneth, “Diggy,” 31, a senior inventory analyst from Chicago, IL
Kenny, 35, a professional wrestler from Las Vegas, NV
Kyle 26, a marketing consultant from Los Angeles, CA
Lee, 30, a singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN
Lucas, 30, a “whaboom” from Santa Monica, CA
Matthew, “Matt,” 32, a construction sales rep from Meriden, CT
Michael, 26, a former professional basketball player from Chicago, IL
Milton, 31, a hotel recreation supervisor from North Bay Village, FL
Mohit, 26, a product manager from Pacifica, CA
Peter, 31, a business owner from Madison, WI
Robert “Rob,” 30, a law student from Houston, TX
Will, 28, a sales manager from Miami, FL
Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelorette” is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Elan Gale, Bennett Graebner and Nicole Woods are the executive producers. “The Bachelorette” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 stereo surround sound. A parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.

The Bachelorette Fantasy League, the official ultimate fantasy game experience from ABC and sister company ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports and fantasy gaming, will be live today at 3 p.m. PDT at ABC.com/BFL and the ESPN Fantasy App.  The league – which is presented this season by Universal Pictures’ “Girls Trip” – allows players to challenge their family, friends and #BachelorNation in predicting the final four men, the one who will receive the final rose on “The Bachelorette,” and play along weekly for chances to win the grand-prize trip for two to Los Angeles for the taping of “The Bachelor: After The Final Rose” in 2018.

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SYFY UNVEILS SPRING/SUMMER SCHEDULE

May 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Mayhem-Fueled Grindhouse Series BLOOD DRIVE Starts its Engine June 14 LIVE FROM COMIC-CON Returns for Three-Night Telecast from the Heart of San Diego Comic-Con SHARKNADO 5 (WT) Goes Global on August 6 Returning Series include 12 MONKEYS, KILLJOYS, DARK MATTER, WYNONNA EARP and FACE OFF

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – April 7, 2017 – Syfy announced its spring/summer schedule today, which includes the new unapologetic orgy-of-action grindhouse series, BLOOD DRIVE, from Universal Cable Productions. Additionally, the summer staple SHARKNADO will return for its 5th installment, and Syfy will once again feature live coverage from the summer’s biggest genre event, San Diego Comic-Con.

SERIES PREMIERE

BLOOD DRIVE – Series premieres Wednesday, June 14 at 10/9c

Get uncomfortable…! In the tradition of classic grindhouse movies, BLOOD DRIVE is a new series soaked in high-octane chaos and just barely approved for television. After Los Angeles’ last good cop (Alan Ritchson) is forced to join a twisted cross-country death race, his only hope of survival is a dangerous femme fatale who has the need for speed (Christina Ochoa). Oh, and forget gasoline… these cars run on human blood! The series is from Universal Cable Productions and executive producers John Hlavin (“Underworld Awakening”), David Straiton (“Bates Motel”) and Frederik Malmberg (“Let Me In”), along with producer Mark Wheeler (“Becoming”). James Roland (“Weeds”) created the project and is a co-executive producer on the series.

MOVIES AND LIVE EVENTS (in order of air date)

LIVE FROM COMIC-CON – Coverage runs Thursday, July 20 – Saturday, July 22 at 11/10c

For the second year in a row, Syfy telecasts live from the heart of San Diego Comic-Con. Bringing the hottest party of the summer to the fans, with direct access to the biggest stars, breaking news, insider party coverage, exclusive content and sneak peeks of the most anticipated films and TV series, each night will bring you the news you need to know from the ‘Con.

SHARKNADO 5 (Working Title) – Premieres Sunday, August 6 at 8/7c

The pop culture phenomenon SHARKNADO blows into town this summer… and this time, the shark-infested storms pick up wind as the world braces for the inevitable – a global shark takeover. Will our chainsaw-wielding hero Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and partner in crime April Wexler (Tara Reid) save the world from this jaw snapping-nado…again?

RETURNING SERIES (in order of air date)

12 MONKEYS – Season 3 premieres over 3 consecutive nights Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21 from 8-11/7-10c (Previously Announced)

Critically-acclaimed series 12 MONKEYS follows the journey of James Cole (Aaron Stanford), a man from 2043 sent back in time to eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race, and his partner, brilliant virologist Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull). In Season 3, the duo embarks on a desperate search across time to find the man responsible for the apocalypse – a time traveler who calls himself the Witness. Killing the Witness will save the world, but the journey will come at tremendous personal stakes for the pair.

DARK MATTER – Season 3 premieres two episodes back-to-back Friday, June 9 at 8/7c (then single episodes air weekly on Fridays at 9/8c)

Based on the graphic novel created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, DARK MATTER centers on an intergalactic crew who awaken on a derelict spaceship with no memories of who they are or how they got there. After the EOS 7 space station is destroyed, the survivors fight to stay alive and find the rest of their crew.

WYNONNA EARP – Season 2 premieres Friday, June 9 at 10/9c

Based on the IDW Publishing comic book created by Beau Smith, WYNONNA EARP follows the life of famous lawman Wyatt Earp’s demon-fighting great-great-granddaughter Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano), who inherited Wyatt’s mythic abilities. In Season 2, Wynonna and the gang must face a whole new level of evil when more paranormal beings enter the Ghost Triangle.

FACE OFF – Season 12 premieres Tuesday, June 13 at 9/8c

The award-winning competition series FACE OFF features innovative artists competing for a grand prize and top honor of being Hollywood’s next great special effects make-up artist. McKenzie Westmore, a member of a multigenerational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, returns to host.

KILLJOYS – Season 3 premieres June 30 at 8/7c

After sustaining serious personal losses, our trio of interplanetary bounty hunters must come together and prepare themselves for what lies ahead. Tension and tragedy loom over the J Star System as they struggle to assemble an army and prepare for battle.

About Syfy:
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. (Syfy. Imagine Greater.)

 

SYFY RENEWS ‘THE MAGICIANS’ FOR SEASON 3

May 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Produced by Universal Cable Productions, Season 2’s Penultimate Episode Airs Tonight, April 12 at 9/8c

NEW YORK, NY – April 12, 2017 Syfy today announced a 13 episode third season pickup of the critically acclaimed Universal Cable Productions drama THE MAGICIANS. Hailed as “one of the best shows on TV” by Wired, the series continues to buck industry trends, performing stronger in its second season than its first. To date, Season 2 is up year over year across all key demos (P18-49 +15%, P18-34 +23%, P25-54 +9% and +6% among P2+), and has nearly doubled its freshman run in social engagements across platforms.* The sophomore season currently airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on Syfy, and the must-see finale will air Wednesday, April 19. Season 3 of THE MAGICIANS will premiere in 2018.

For a look ahead of what to expect in tonight’s penultimate episode, please select the following embed:

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Based on Lev Grossman’s bestselling novels, THE MAGICIANS centers on Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) and his 20-something friends as they are thrust into the unfamiliar world of the beautifully enchanting yet mysteriously dangerous Fillory – and places beyond – where they must draw upon their novice skills to save the existence of magic.

THE MAGICIANS stars Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Rick Worthy and Jade Tailor. The series is executive produced by John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Chris Fisher and Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams.

Website: syfy.com/themagicians
Facebook: facebook.com/MagiciansSyfy
Twitter: @MagiciansSyfy #TheMagicians

About Syfy

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About Universal Cable Productions

Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. In the U.S., UCP’s programming can be seen across various networks including the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama “Mr. Robot,” “Colony,” “Falling Water,” “Playing House,” “Shooter,” “The Sinner” and “Suits” on USA Network; “12 Monkeys,” “Killjoys,” and “The Magicians” on Syfy; “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce” and “Imposters” on Bravo; “The Arrangement” and “The Royals” on E!; “Difficult People” on Hulu; and “HarmonQuest” on Seeso. UCP’s content library includes critic and fan favorites such as the Emmy-award winning “Monk” as well as “Psych” and “Battlestar Galactica.” Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.

 

BRAVO MEDIA DEVELOPING SIX NEW SERIES

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NETWORK DOUBLES DOWN ON THE HIGH-END LUXURY REAL ESTATE SPACE AND EXPANDS INTO NEW FORMATS

New York, NY – May 8, 2017 – Bravo Media is adding six new unscripted series to its development slate, it was announced today by Rachel Smith, Senior Vice President, Development. While the network recently announced six new greenlights that diversify across many genres, this move signifies the network’s commitment toward leading the industry in the high-end real estate space, building upon Emmy-nominated series like “Million Dollar Listing New York” and “Flipping Out.” In addition, the network is exploring several new formats to further expand its industry leading slate of established series with year-over-year growth.

“Bravo’s incredible equity in the high-end real estate space allows us to explore the biggest characters and most aspirational lifestyles, which are both key differentiators in this crowded landscape,” said Smith, “In addition, with a large stable of original series that continue to grow in the key demos, we’re able to take big swings in new spaces across many genres, and we’re excited to get these projects off the ground.”

In 2017-to-date, Bravo is the #6 ad-supported cable entertainment network in the key P18-49 demo. In addition, the network is the leader among the top 10 ad-supported cable networks in returning series with year-over-year ratings growth in P18-49.

Series in development: (All working titles)

“Center Staged”

Produced by Kingdom Reign Entertainment with Carlos King serving as Executive Producer and ITV American with David George and Jordana Hochman as Executive Producer.

Good design staging can make a huge difference in the ultimate sale price of a home. Before a multi-million dollar house goes on the market, stagers are hired to furnish the space so that it appeals to the most demanding and specific of buyers. Enter married couple Adair Curtis and Jason Bolden, who are the go-to stagers for these epic estates in California. With the rich and famous clients, this power couple manages it all and spins gold with the help of their quirky staff.

“Million Dollar Home Hacks”

Produced by Shed Media and Wall to Wall Media with Pam Healey, Lisa Shannon and Jeremy Dear as Executive Producers

In “Million Dollar Home Hacks,” two couples, along with the help of interior designers, compete to transform a room in their home into a “million dollar” interior. Inspired by a luxury property somewhere in America, they’ll use secret industry tricks to achieve the same look without the heavy price tag.

“Flippin’ Exes”

Produced by Rock Shrimp Productions with Kim Martin and Bobby Flay as Executive Producers

“Flippin’ Exes” follows ex-couple and current business partners, Nina Klemm & Michael LeSure, and their team as they buy, rehab, and sell homes in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“The High School Project”

From Wilshire Studios and Executive Producer Billy Taylor

“The High School Project” is a ground breaking re-creation series that follows the true stories of New York City’s most elite students who grew up fast and partied hard in the 90’s. From lavish lifestyles, to drinking and arrests, to insane vacations and fake IDs, the series retells the tales that changed their lives forever.

“Welcome to America”

Produced by Our House Media with Simon Lloyd and Joe Houilhan as Executive Producers.

This groundbreaking social experiment takes a small American town, with demographics that haven’t changed in centuries, and shakes up the population to reflect different parts of the country. Key members of the town will voluntarily leave for one month, and moving in will be a diverse group who will step into the vacated lives of the locals. Who will move into their homes, take on their responsibilities and become new neighbors to those who stayed behind? What new friendships will be made and what old prejudices will be challenged?

“Empty Nesters”

Produced by Left Hook Media, with Scott Teti & Matt Odgers serving as Executive Producers, in partnership with Truly Original, with Glenda Hersh & Steven Weinstock serving as Executive Producers.

When the kids are away, the parents will play! This series follows a group of friends who are planning to send their children to idyllic summer sleep away camps. And while their offspring tastes freedom for the first time, the parents will get their endless summer back. Gone are bedtimes, soccer practice and dance class – these parents are all about late nights and wild adventures without having to worry about carpooling in the morning.

Source: Nielsen; 12/26/16-4/30/17; L+7 through 4/16/17 blended with L+3 through 4/27/17 and L+SD through 4/30/17; Mo-Su 8p-11p. Includes ad-supported cable entertainment that air in 100% of the daypart. Returning series stat = 2016TD (12/28/15-3/26/17) vs same time frame of 2015TD L7 based on 10 ten ad-supported networks original returning series growth.

About Bravo Media

Bravo Media is the premiere lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content that focuses on the network’s passion points of food, fashion, beauty, design, digital and pop culture. The network’s diversified slate includes Bravo’s scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” “Imposters” and “Odd Mom Out,” in addition to unscripted favorites such as Emmy award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises as well as the only live late-night talk show, “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.” Available in 92 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.

 

WATCH THE EXTENDED, UNCENSORED SEGMENT OF TUESDAY NIGHT’S “THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT” FEATURING JON STEWART, SAMANTHA BEE, JOHN OLIVER, ED HELMS AND ROB CORDDRY NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON CBS ALL ACCESS

May 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

During Tuesday night’s episode of THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT, Stephen Colbert hosted Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms and Rob Corddry for a special evening of comedy and conversation.

CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network’s subscription video on demand and live-streaming service, is now streaming on demand the extended, uncensored panel discussion, including an additional 20 minutes of the panel that did not air during Tuesday night’s broadcast on the CBS Television Network.

THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT, a production of The Late Show Inc., airs weeknights (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Stephen Colbert, Chris Licht, Tom Purcell and Jon Stewart are the executive producers.

 

TNT to Premiere AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton Thursday, June 15, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

May 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Encore Presentation Will Air on Sister Network TCM

Following the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Diane Keaton on June 8 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Turner’s TNT will televise the celebration as a one-hour special, AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton, premiering Thursday, June 15, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). Sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will then encore the special on Monday, July 31, during a night of programming dedicated to Keaton’s work. This marks the fifth year the Emmy®-winning AFI special has aired on Turner networks.

In addition to the encore presentations of the special, TCM’s July 31 tribute to Keaton will include her Oscar®-nominated performance in Warren Beatty’s Reds (1981) and her comic turn in Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993).

The schedule is as follows:

TNT Premiere ­– Thursday, June 15
10 p.m. (ET/PT) – AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton

TCM Salutes Diane Keaton – July 31
8 p.m. (ET) – AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton
9:30 p.m. (ET) – Reds (1981)
1 a.m. (ET) – AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton
2:30 a.m. (ET) – Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
4:30 a.m. (ET) – AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton – multifaceted actor, director, producer, author, real estate developer and photographer – can boast more than 80 diverse credits across five decades. Her iconic roles span the cinematic spectrum, from long-suffering mob wife Kay Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (1972) to the “la-de-dah” heroine of Woody Allen’s Annie Hall (1977), a role which earned her an Academy Award® for Best Actress and turned her into a national fashion icon. Perhaps best known for her long comedic collaboration with Allen – including Play It Again, Sam (1972), Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), Manhattan (1979) and more – she has proven herself equally adept at dramatic roles, with powerhouse performances in films such as Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), Reds (1981), The Little Drummer Girl (1984) and Marvin’s Room (1996). During th e 1980s, Keaton turned to directing – from feature narratives and documentaries to music videos and television. A perennial box office favorite, she has maintained her popular profile with films including Baby Boom (1987), Father of the Bride (1991) and Father of the Bride II (1995), The First Wives Club (1996), Something’s Gotta Give (2003), Morning Glory (2010), The Big Wedding (2013), And So It goes (2014) and Pixar’s Finding Dory (2016). She recently graced the small screen with her unique presence in the HBO miniseries The Young Pope and will next appear in the film Hampstead (2017), opposite Brendan Gleeson.


About the AFI Life Achievement Award

The highest honor given for a career in film, the AFI Life Achievement Award was established by the AFI Board of Trustees in 1973. It is presented to a single honoree each year based on the following criteria as mandated through a resolution passed by the AFI Board of Trustees:

“The recipient should be one whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time.”

In 2016, the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute brought together the entire entertainment industry to honor John Williams and his storied career as the composer behind many of the greatest films and television series of all time. AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Steven Spielberg (1995) presented the award, while J.J. Abrams, Drew Barrymore, Will Farrell, Kobe Bryant, Idina Menzel, Gustavo Dudamel, Bryce Dallas Howard, Peter Fonda, Deon Cole and many others, including past honorees Harrison Ford (2000), Tom Hanks (2002), and George Lucas (2005), paid tribute to Williams in an evening filled with laughter, memorable anecdotes and, most importantly, music.


About TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

TNT, a division of Turner, ranks among cable’s Top 5 networks with young adults and is home to one of cable’s most popular slate of original series, including Animal Kingdom, Good Behavior, The Last Ship, Major Crimes, The Librarians and the upcoming Will, Claws, The Alienist, American Race and more. TNT also presents popular shows like Arrow, Supernatural, Bones and Castle; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards® and the iHeartRadio Music Awards; and championship sports coverage, including the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a two-time Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world highlighting the entire spectrum of film history. TCM features the insights from Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz and Saturday daytime host Tiffany Vazquez, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests and serves as the ultimate movie lover destination. Currently in its 23rd year as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed series like The Essentials, along with annual programming events like 31 Days of Oscar® in February and Summer Under the Stars in August. TCM also directly connects with movie fans through events as the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, the TCM Big Screen Classics series in partnership with Fathom Events, as well as through the TCM Classic Film Tour in New York City and Los Angeles. In add ition, TCM produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs, and hosts a wealth of material online at tcm.com and through the Watch TCM mobile app.

TNT and TCM are divisions of Turner, a Time Warner company, Turner creates and programs branded news, entertainment, sports, animation and young adult multi-platform content for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and CNN.com, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, FilmStruck, Super Deluxe, iStreamPlanet and ELEAGUE.


About the American Film Institute

AFI is America’s promise to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film; AFI AWARDS, honoring the most outstanding movies and TV series of the year; AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI FEST presented by AudiAFI DOCS and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next gen eration of storytellers at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory. For more information about AFI, visit AFI.com or connect with AFI at twitter.com/AmericanFilm, facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute, instagram.com/AmericanFilmInstitute and youtube.com/AFI.

 

Netflix’s “ONE DAY AT A TIME” FYC Event

May 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Netflix’s “ONE DAY AT A TIME” FYC Screening and Panel that took place on Tuesday, May 9 at the Netflix FYSee Space in Beverly Hills.

Participants included Co-Creator and EP Gloria Calderón Kellett, Director Pamela Fryman and cast members Rita Moreno, Justina Machado and Isabella Gomez. The panel was moderated by Valerie Bertinelli.

Photo credit: Photo by Blair Raughley/Invision for Netflix/AP Images

 

Silicon Valley Comic Con 2017 by Derek Orchard (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

May 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Silicon Valley Comic Con took place on April 21st through the 23rd 2017 at the San Jose Convention Ctr., San Jose, CA.  The convention is known to bring Pop Culture and Technology together.

Presented by Steve Wozniak and featuring top celebrities, comics, independent artists, cosplay, video games, consumer electronics, music and apps, Silicon Valley Comic Con is where entertainment and the electronic worlds intersect. welcoming more than 65,000 guests over the course of the three-day show.

This year’s theme of “The Future of Humanity: Where Will We Be in 2075?” featured a Space Village, NASA space exploration panels, robotics, virtual reality, a Kids S.T.E.A.M. Lab, celebrity appearances, leading comic book artists and authors, cosplay contests, a science fair, Geek Fashion Show, Rover.com and more.

Silicon Valley Comic Con, had a list of celebrities from the entertainment community Grant Gustin of “the flash”, John Cusack from “Being John Malkovich”, Marina Sirtis from “Star Trek: the next generation”, Billy Boyd who played Pippin from “Lord of the rings” trilogy, Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11, space Astronaut. To mention a few.

Celebrities from science and tech such as Omar Abdelwahed, head of studio, Softbank robotics America. Heather Berlin cognitive Neuroscientist and professor of psychiatry at the Icahn school of medicine at Mount Sinai. Tracy Drain best known for Deputy chief engineer for Juno mission to Mars and more.

Celebrity artists that were at the show included Award winning Arthur Adams, Brent Anderson, Joyce Chin, Lela Dowling, Scott Shaw, some of the writers and authors they had were M Todd Gallowglas, Andy Weir and the Winner twins to mention a few.

 

William Shatner and Steve Wozniak sharing the stage to talk about Star Trek and the future of technology, Buzz Aldrin presenting about “Humanity’s Future in Space,” Steve Wozniak hosting a “Wonder Women Changing the face of STEM” panel with Simone Giertz and Sabrina Pasterski , the 30th anniversary cast reunion of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” hosted by William Shatner, a “Breaking Barriers” panel featuring actress Pam Grier and Slack senior engineer Erica Baker, the original human residents of “Sesame Street” and Mr McFeely from “Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood” reunited on-stage.

 

Silicon Valley Comic Con, is going to be a different kind to show that you’re used to going to they have a lot of stuff in information about things that are science fact and not science fiction so if you are really big fan of something like Star Wars or star trek or something to do with robotics.

You are going to find something here that will actually take you in the direction of learning more about that industry and that a lot of things that if her kids to physically interact on how to do things to encourage them to learn more about it. space exploration panels from NASA, Virgin Galactic and SETI, panels on robotics, virtual reality,  science.

Silicon Valley Comic Con also hosted a rally for the March for Science Silicon Valley that was attended by 10,000 people.

SETI hosted its first-ever Space Ball gala fundraiser, and ScreenUsed.com returned to host its 2nd Annual Movie Prop and Wardrobe Auction that beat 2016’s sales record of $707,000 including selling a Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope – Original Stormtrooper (Sandtrooper) Helmet for $228,000.

Other things that you could do while you were at the convention. The cartoon art museum exhibit, The game zone presented by South Bay Button Mashers. Silicon Valley Comic Con outdoor festival, life music, food trucks, exhibit art installations, evening movies screenings, Dogvacay’s dog cosplay contest and more.

So, really… there were a lot of things that you can do at Silicon Valley Comic Con.

So, when you’re done gathering autographs, getting photos from your favorite guest and celebrities, attending panels.

I wish they were little bit more center stage, but they were there. They had some of the vintage comics from back in the 40’s to today’s popular comics with all the different variant covers. You could find vintage movie posters, and a good amount of anime and stuff coming over from Japan.

There were different panels ranging from drawing, gaming, celebrity Q&A’s, comics, technology, space.

They had an impressive array of cosplay guest at the show. Valerie Perez, Keith Zen, Chrissy Lynn Kyle she was doing amazing makeup effects. Jacqueline Goehner is a contestant on SYFY’s Cosplay Melee.

I would have like to see more signage, at time it was difficult understanding where to go or where something was. it was hard to find out who was sitting where for the Authors and Artists, it would have been nice to have an listing of the table and booth numbers like they had for other exhibitors. it would have be a nice addition on the SVCC app

Steve Wozniak’s wildly successful pop culture and technology expo, took over downtown San Jose, transportation provided by Acura’s NSX supercar and more. SVCC 2.0 also saw massive physical expansions and layout changes, adding a free public outdoor festival, programming at City National Civic and hosting registration inside South Hall. Silicon Valley Comic Con will return to San Jose the weekend of April 6-8, 2018.

Photos by Derek Orchard

Visit the SILICON VALLEY COMIC CON 2017 Photos Gallery


 

 

POWER RANGERS arrives on Digital HD 6/13 and on 4K, Blu-ray & DVD 6/27

May 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

t’s Morphin Time! Saban’s Power Rangers to Arrive on Digital HD, DVD and On Demand in June 2017

Five Ordinary Teens Morph Into Extraordinary Super Heroes to Save the Planet in the Action-Packed Blockbuster Arriving on Digital HD June 13

and 4K Ultra HDTM Combo Pack, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, and DVD

on June 27 from Lionsgate

 

4K Ultra HD to include both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

 

SANTA MONICA, CA (May 3, 2017) – The action-packed, coming of age feature film Saban’s Power Rangers will morph onto Digital HD June 13 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand June 27 from Lionsgate. As part of the 24-year-old global phenomenon and based on the five Rangers from the original TV series, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,”, the reimagined movie features a modern generation of Rangers including Dacre Montgomery (TV’s “Stranger Things”) as Jason the Red Ranger, Naomi Scott (The 33) as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Zack the Black Ranger, and Becky G. (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) as Trini the Yellow Ranger, as they attempt to stop the evil and unpredictable Rita Repulsa (played by Elizabeth Banks, The Hunger Games Franchise) from destroying their city…and ultimately the world. Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) as Zordon, and Bill Hader (Finding Dory) as Alpha 5 train the Rangers to morph and master their powers as a united team.

 

The epic adventure, Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat.  Chosen by destiny, the unlikely group of teenage heroes are the only ones who can save the planet, but first, they have to band together in order to harness their super powers and become Power Rangers.

 

The Saban’s Power Rangers 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital HD releases feature never-before-heard audio commentary with director Dean Israelite and writer John Gatins, as well as a nine-part documentary featuring commentary from the actors and filmmakers including Power Rangers Creator, Haim Saban which looks behind the scenes of the film at the casting, training, special effects, and creation of Saban’s Power Rangers, with deleted/alternate/extended scenes and outtakes. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will also feature Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range (HDR), making it the first title from Lionsgate to feature both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos®. Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. Together with the captivating sound of Dolby Atmos, consumers will experience both cutting-edge imaging and state-of-the-art sound technology for a fully immersive entertainment experience.

 

The Saban’s Power Rangers DVD will include exclusive audio commentary with director Dean Israelite and writer John Gatins, and deleted/alternate/extended scenes and outtakes. Saban’s Power Rangers will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.

 

Story by Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless and Michele Mulroney & Kieran Mulroney. Screenplay by John Gatins. Directed by Dean Israelite.

 

4K/BLU-RAY/ DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Director Dean Israelite and Writer John Gatins
  • “The Power of the Present” Documentary

o   “Rangers Then to Now”

o   “Building the Team”

o   “Beyond the Rangers”

o   “Suiting Up”

o   “Rangers, Welcome to Training”

o   “Rangers in the Wild”

o   “It’s Morphin Time”

o   “Power Ballad: Music and Sound”

o   “This is Your Destiny”

  • Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Theatrical Trailer with Audio Commentary by Director Dean Israelite

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Director Dean Israelite and Writer John Gatins
  • Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes
  • Outtakes

 

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