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Interview: Dana Gould Discusses Live Stage Reading of Plan 9 From Outer Space, Stan Against Evil, and Adapting Rod Serling’s Planet Of The Apes Screenplay

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A stand-up comedian who wrote for Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons, Dana Gould embraces horror as well as humor through his longtime love of creature features, Famous Monsters of Filmland, and things that go bump in the night. It's fitting, then, that Gould, along with a cast of fellow comedians, is bringing both laughs and scares to the stage in New York this weekend for a live reading of Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space at the first annual Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival.

Ahead of the live reading on Friday, October 11th at 9:00pm at the Tarrytown Music Hall, Daily Dead had the pleasure of talking with Gould about bringing Plan 9 From Outer Space to life on stage with his friends, and he also discussed the plans he had for the fourth season of Stan Against Evil, getting to play a role on the new Creepshow series,
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Rip Taylor Dies: Hollywood Icon Of Comedy And Camp Was 84

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Rip Taylor Dies: Hollywood Icon Of Comedy And Camp Was 84
Stand-up comedian and flamboyant star of film and TV Rip Taylor died Sunday in Beverly Hills, Deadline has learned. He was 84.

Known for his confetti-clad campy comedy, Taylor was born Charles Elmer Taylor in Washington D.C. on January 13, 1935. His comedy career started when he joined the U.S. Army and started to perform stand-up in clubs around the world where he developed a signature bit where he would cry and beg for the audience to laugh.

Taylor would go on to become known as “The Prince or Pandemonium”, “”The Master of Mayhem”, “The Crying Comedian” and “The King of Camp and Confetti”. He appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show nearly 20 times as well as The Jackie Gleason Show. On TV, he appeared on The Monkees and lent his voice to animated series including The Addams Family as Uncle Fester and Here Comes the Grump in the ’70s. He continued to
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Phil Hymes Dies: Longtime ‘Saturday Night Live’ Lighting Director Was 96

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Phil Hymes Dies: Longtime ‘Saturday Night Live’ Lighting Director Was 96
Updated throughout: Phil Hymes, longtime Emmy-winning lighting director for Saturday Night Live, who joined the show in 1976, died this week of complications from cancer, NBC confirmed. He was 96.

Hymes, who began his career at NBC in 1951, worked on more than 500 episodes of the iconic late-night program until his most recent episode in January 2018. He was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards over the course of his career, winning twice 53 years apart, the first for Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Magnificent Yankee in 1965, and just this past September for the Kevin Hart-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live.

Shows Hymes worked on over his 68-year career include The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Kids in the Hall and The Miss Teen USA Pageant.

Earlier in his career, he worked on such iconic classics as Bell Telephone Hour,
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Ed Asner Joined by Celebrity Friends at Poker Tournament

The 7th Annual Ed Asner & Friends Poker Tournament Celebrity Night was sold out and a huge success raising in excess of $150,000 in much needed funds for The Ed Asner Family Center, (Teafc) dedicated to helping differently “abled” individuals with autism, developmental delays and other special needs and their families.

Ed Begley Jr and Ed Asner

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Approximately 500 guests, including celebrities, friends and members of the entertainment industry, attended this year’s star-studded event which took place on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the CBS Radford Studio soundstages where The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Lou Grant Show, both which starred Ed Asner, were taped.

Emmy-winning actor and autism advocate Ed Asner, who has a son and grandson on the autism spectrum, hosted the event and was joined by Don Cheadle (Avengers: End Game), Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds), Peter Gallagher (Grace and Frankie), Max Burkholder (Parenthood), Richard Schiff
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‘Superstore’ Actor Mark McKinney Signs With Apa

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‘Superstore’ Actor Mark McKinney Signs With Apa
Mark McKinney, who currently stars on Superstore, has signed with Apa.

The multi-hyphenate plays Glenn on the NBC sitcom, which is now in its fifth season.

McKinney previously co-created, wrote and starred in the acclaimed Canadian series, Slings & Arrows; and was both story editor and a recurring character on Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60.

His work as co-creator, writer and ensemble cast member of The Kids In The Hall (1988-94) earned him three Emmy nominations and four Gemini Awards for best writing and best performance.

He also spent three seasons on Saturday Night Live as both a cast member and staff writer, and served as a producer/showrunner on the Tmn/HBO Canada’s comedy Less Than Kind, starring Maury Chaykin

McKinney continues to be managed by Perry Zimel.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Bloody Moon (1981)

1981 was really peak business for slasher films; The Burning, Friday the 13th Part 2, Happy Birthday to Me, Halloween II, My Bloody Valentine and many more jockeyed for a piece of box office pie, with most turning a profit and then some. It only made sense for Euro-horror to want in on the action; after all, the giallo was a big influence on the aesthetic and body count of the slasher, so why shouldn’t they try something more attuned to mainstream audiences at the time? If you put it in the hands of Jess Franco however, you end up with Bloody Moon (1981), a delirious and grand stab fest that still ends up being closer to a giallo than intended. You can take the boy out of Spain, but you can’t take Spain out of the boy.

Well that’s not completely true as Bloody Moon was filmed in Spain,
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Horror Highlights: FannibalFest 2018, Poland’s Splat!FilmFest 2018, Epidemic Acquired by Breaking Glass Pictures

Looking for festivals to attend? Then continue reading, as we have details on Toronto's Fannibalfest and Poland's Splat!FilmFest, as well as acquisition news for Epidemic.

Fannibalfest 2018: Press Release: "Toronto, On, June 25, 2018 – The second annual FannibalFest will take place from October 11 - 14, 2018 at the Marriott Toronto Airport hotel.

Although the show went off the air in 2015, the Fannibals’ love remains strong, and it is this enthusiasm that’s at the heart of FannibalFest Toronto. Last year’s special guests included actor Aaron Abrams (Blindspot), Scott Thompson (The Kids in the Hall), Demore Barnes (12 Monkeys), and Martha DeLaurentiis (Red Dragon)

FannibalFest 2018 offers a wide variety of fun-filled, fan-centric events and activities, including:

● This year's lineup of special guests includes Hannibal Cast Member Hettienne Park (Beverly Katz), Hannibal Director Vincenzo Natali, artist and Hannibal food stylist Janice Poon, Hannibal fights/stunts coordinator Master Tommy Chang, and horror baker extraordinaire Annabel de
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Lorne Michaels Wants to Bring Back “Kids in the Hall” to Netflix

Lorne Michaels Wants to Bring Back “Kids in the Hall” to Netflix
Recently, there is news that Lorne Michaels has contacted the members of The Kids in the Hall about a new project that would be put on either Netflix or some other platform. The exact plan for how this will happen still sounds rather nebulous at the moment, but there is reason to believe that it will happen sooner rather than later, which should come as welcome news to those who remember the sketch comedy troupe. Who Is Lorne Michaels? There are people who will not have heard of Lorne Michaels, but chances are good that they don’t watch a great

Lorne Michaels Wants to Bring Back “Kids in the Hall” to Netflix
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The Kids in the Hall’s Kevin McDonald Says Group is in Talks for New Miniseries

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The Kids in the Hall’s Kevin McDonald Says Group is in Talks for New Miniseries
Brace yourselves, Buddy Cole fans. The Kids in the Hall cofounder Kevin McDonald says the Canadian sketch comedy troupe may be making a return to television for the first time in nearly a decade. “You’re the first guy to know this,” McDonald told News-Press.com. “Last night, before I got on the plane, we got a Kids in the Hall group message to all of us. Lorne Michaels wants us to do what ‘Mr. Show’ did, and do like six episodes of sketches for something like Netflix.” McDonald was referring to “W/ Bob & David” a 2015 Netflix sketch comedy miniseries created.
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Immersive ‘Indiana Jones’ + L.A. Actor Events This Week

You probably already know there are tons of ways to hone your craft as an actor and explore opportunities, but in a city like L.A., these chances seem to lurk in the strangest places. This week, gain new perspectives on podcasting as an actor, see forgotten films, and even chow down on delicious pickles as a way to unwind. Your days should be balanced to enjoy your surroundings while working hard to accomplish your goals, so enjoy these fun and fulfilling activities! See how a podcast becomes a variety show.Like many actors these days, Kevin McDonald decided that his unique brand of comedy (honed on Canadian ‘90s sketch show “The Kids in the Hall”) would translate well into a podcast. Instead of following a rote formula of straight-up interviews or stand up, though, McDonald decided to pursue a variety-show format for his “Kevin McDonald’s Kevin McDonald Show.
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Bob and Doug McKenzie All-Star Reunion Show Is Happening This Summer

In an unexpected announcement that has fans very excited, Canadian comedy legends Bob and Doug McKenzie are reuniting for a one-night only benefit concert that brings together some of the most legendary comedic talents of all-time. Flip Publicity released the press release today.

"Dave Thomas and the Second City Present an Intimate Evening: Take Off, Eh!. The all-star benefit for Jake Thomas and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario will feature Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis reuniting as Bob and Doug Mackenzie in this reunion special. Other guests include Dan Aykroyd, Cathrine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Joe Flaherty, The Kids in the Hall, with musical guests Paul Shaffer, Ian Thomas, Murray McLauchlan and more!"

Dave Thomas and The Second City are proud to present Take Off, Eh!, a star-studded intimate evening featuring performances from some of Canada's biggest names in comedy and music on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 on The Second City Toronto's Mainstage,
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Few Days Left to Support Bill Plympton's New Animated Project 'Revengeance'

Last month Bill Plympton's outrageously funny and dazzling animated romance "Cheatin’" opened in theaters across the country and on Vimeo on Demand. The award-winning film was Kickstarter-backed by Pylmpton's fans around the world and has received widespread critical acclaim. Now, the “King of Indie Animation” has returned to Kickstarter to ask animation fans to support his new Tarantino-esque animated feature film, "Revengeance." The film, a biker revenge dark comedy, mark’s Plympton’s eighth animated feature. You can check out an exclusive preview of the movie Here.

For the first time in his career, Plympton is collaborating on a film; co-creating "Revengeance" with underground animator and cartoonist Jim Lujan ("Sanjourno Must Die," "Spike and Mike," "Freakdaddy"). The talented voice cast includes Dave Foley ("The Kids in the Hall"), Kristina Wong, Lalo Alcaraz, Ken Mora, Jim Lujan himself, and actor Matthew Modine.

Modine, a long-time supporter of independent animation, is best known as “Pvt. Joker” in Stanley Kubrick’s "Full Metal Jacket," and as “Deputy Commissioner Peter Foley” in Christopher Nolan’s "The Dark Knight Rises." He can next be seen in this Summer’s new TNT drama, "Proof," opposite Jennifer Beals. He previously voiced two short films ("Santa," "The Fascist Years" and "The Flying House") by Plympton and executive produced Plympton’s "Cheatin’."

“Bill’s new feature with Jim Lujan looks like a blast. I’m excited to voice both ‘Sid,’ a biker gang member, and ‘Master,’ a cult leader! It’s fun doing character work like this and I love traditional hand-drawn animation,” said Matthew Modine.

Plympton will produce, animate, and direct "Revengeance" while Lujan will write, design, compose music, and voice many of the characters. Producer Adam Rackoff who served as Executive Producer on Plympton’s "The Flying House" and "Cheatin’" is returning to Executive Produce "Revengeance." The film has already begun production and is based on an original screenplay written by Lujan.

Plympton’s Cheatin’ was a Kickstarter darling. The campaign, launched in 2012, raised $100,916, nearly $26,000 past the fundraising goal.

Commented Bill Plympton: “I met Jim Lujan years ago when he interviewed me about my film Idiots and Angels, and he gave me some of his DVDs. I was really impressed by his work and asked him if he’d be interested in collaborating on a film. When he sent me the script for 'Revengeance' it was like discovering a new world---the underbelly of Los Angeles with bikers, gangsters, drug dealers, crooked politicians, and prostitutes. It was really dark and fascinating. I was so excited to make his film and thus the pre- production journey began. It’s a delight to come back to Kickstarter and officially launch 'Revengeance!' I think Kickstarter is the future for independent filmmaking.”

Added Jim Lujan: “Getting to know Bill through the years has really been inspiring. He truly is the “king of indie animation” and such a great person. Bill has kicked doors down and allowed me to learn from him. I couldn’t ask for a better collaborator on 'Revengeance' and we are thrilled to get this project off the ground.”

There is only week left to support this promising and unique project. Supporters can receive a variety of rewards including signed DVDs, Blu-rays, rare artwork, original animation drawings, and personal caricatures by Plympton. For the right price, fans can even have their likeness animated into the film as an “extra.”

Other rewards for the "Revengeance" campaign include:

-A private link to the finished film for a pledge of only $15 or more,

-An exclusive "Revengeance" postcard autographed by Plympton for pledges of $35 or more,

-An HD Blu-ray of the film hand-signed by Plympton for pledges of $75 or more.

-For backers who can pledge $100, you can get either an original animation drawing from "Revengeance" or a collection of limited edition caricature prints from Bill’s early years as an illustrator.

-Those who pledge $300 can get a classic animation drawing from one "Your Face," The Tune," "How to Kiss" or Plympton's MTV work

-Fans who pledge $400 or $499 will be able to select a classic production cel or drawing from "Your Face," The Tune," "How to Kiss" or Plympton's MTV work

- $500 or more, will get you “Bill Plympton’s Super Fan Package” and a “special thanks” credit at the end of the film. This package includes nearly all of Plympton’s animated films and books, with everything autographed (6 DVDs, 2 CDs, 2 posters, and 3 books).

-For pledges $1,000 or more, fans receive an original 8.5 x 11 in Wanted poster featuring a caricature of themselves hand-drawn by Plympton.

-For the first time, fans can be animated into a Plympton film as an “extra” for pledges of $1,500 or more.

For the complete list of rewards, please visit the "Revengeance" Kickstarter page.

Bill Plympton is widely considered to be the “King of Indie Animation.” He has been nominated for Academy Awards for "Your Face" (1987) and "Guard Dog" (2004) and is the first person to hand-animate an entire feature film entirely by himself. Bill and his team have been busy keeping up with the hundreds of questions and requests that continue to come through the Kickstarter message boards. To view the Kickstarter page and pledge your support, please visit: http://kck.st/1aEhcVG. The campaign ends on May 21.

"Revengeance" is directed, animated, and produced by Bill Plympton; written, designed, voiced, and scored by Jim Lujan; and Executive Produced by Adam Rackoff and Matthew Modine.

Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1aEhcVG

Official Film Website: http://www.revengeancemovie.com
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Matthew Modine Joins Voice Cast of Bill Plympton’s ‘Revengeance’ (Exclusive)

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Matthew Modine Joins Voice Cast of Bill Plympton’s ‘Revengeance’ (Exclusive)
Matthew Modine has joined the voice cast of Bill Plympton’s new animated feature “Revengeance,” which also includes Dave Foley (“The Kids in the Hall”), TheWrap has learned. Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, “Revengeance” is a dark comedy about a biker who is out for revenge. It marks the eighth animated feature from Plympton, who is collaborating with underground animator and cartoonist Jim Lujan (“Freakdaddy”). “Revengeance” is directed, animated and produced by Plympton. The film was written, designed, voiced and scored by Jim Lujan. Modine will also serve as executive producer along with Adam Rackoff. Also Read: TNT's Summer Lineup Includes 'Cold Justice'.
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Colton Dunn, Mark McKinney & Nico Santos Join NBC Pilot ‘Superstore’

Colton Dunn (Key And Peele), Mark McKinney (The Kids In The Hall) and Nico Santos have joined the cast of NBC comedy pilot Superstore. Written by former The Office writer-producer Justin Spitzer and directed by Ruben Fleischer, Superstore is about a group of employees at a big-box store and examines love, friendship and the beauty of everyday moments. Dunn, repped by Paradigm and Principato-Young, will play Garrett, the often-sarcastic narrator of the piece who frequently…
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Neil Patrick Harris Gets a Show on ‘Nerdist’ YouTube Channel

Comedy’s, G4’s, AMC’s, late-90s MTV’s, and the internet’s Chris Hardwick first announced the imminent launch of his YouTube Originals channel late last October. Today, he’s telling the online masses it The Nerdist will officially debut on YouTube on April 2, and feature programing from mainstream and online notables like Neil Patrick Harris (with puppets!), Rob Zombie (obviously), The Kids in the Hall, and the blog Awkward Family Photos. “This channel will give us the opportunity to create programming that would normally be crushed by the constraints of television,” said Hardwick in a post on Nerdist.com last October. “While we will certainly be producing more traditional long-form content, TV just doesn’t have a place for pieces from :30 to 7 min. Also, if you’ve ever gone through television development you know that it is a Long process where a lot of the original
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Ex-Saturday Night Live Scribe Joe Bodolai Dead in Apparent Suicide

Ex-Saturday Night Live Scribe Joe Bodolai Dead in Apparent Suicide
It's a holiday tragedy. Joe Bodolai, a veteran comedy writer-producer who penned skits for Saturday Night Live and Kids in the Hall and cowrote the first draft of 1992's hit movie Wayne's World, has been found dead in an apparent suicide. He was 63. Per TMZ, Bodolai's body was discovered in a Los Angeles hotel by a cleaning crew on Monday. And according to law enforcement insiders, a bottle of antifreeze and Gatorade was also found in the room, raising suspicions that the scribe died after drinking the toxic chemical. An Lapd spokesman could not confirm the suicide and a message left with the L.A. County Coroner's Office has not been returned. But Bodolai's death comes four...
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Morning Meme: A Michael Fassbender Addiction, The Game Talks Gay Rappers, and Alyson Hannigan Is Not Pregnant

Michael Fassbender is on my radar today for two reasons. First up is a rumor that a sequel to X-Men: First Class (and Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is beginning planning. Based on the box office, this doesn't surprise me.

The other reason Fassbender has popped up on my radar is the premiere of Shame in Venice. He stars as a sex addict in the new film by Steve McQueen, and evidently the nudity from Fassbender and costar Carey Mulligan is so prevalent that the film is destined for an Nc-17 rating of death in the United States.

Katy Perry, never one to miss an avenue of self promotion, put out a video about Freddie Mercury's birthday yesterday.

A Frenchman has been ordered to pay his ex-wife monetary damages for a lack of sex during their 21 years of marriage. In a first of its kind ruling, the
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'Flashpoint's' Enrico Colantoni: 'We appreciate it when CBS can utilize us'

Enrico Colantoni is glad to be back in his native Toronto filming "Flashpoint," for reasons beyond the show itself.

After the hasty demise of "Chaos," the hostage-negotiation-team drama has quickly rejoined the CBS lineup on Fridays for its fourth season, actually made up of episodes that constituted the end of its third season on CTV in Canada (where the series is made). Getting to work in his hometown again as police-team leader Greg Parker pleases the friendly Colantoni, formerly of "Veronica Mars" and "Just Shoot Me!"

"We appreciate it when CBS can utilize us," he tells Zap2it from Toronto. "The show is very popular here. Every time I used to come home, I'd say, 'I'm an actor' ... and people would say, 'Oh, really? What have you been in?' I'd tell people what I did, and they'd go, 'Oh. Never heard of it.' What's that saying, 'You're never
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