“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Rob Paulsen Returns to Joe’s Pub Theater NYC, May 24th-27th

“Animaniacs in Concert!” starring Rob Paulsen and Randy Rogel will return to Joe’s Pub in New York on Thursday, May 24th through Sunday, May 27th. Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY10003.

Ticket prices are $45. Each evening has two sets: doors open at 6:00 pm for the 7:00 pm show, and 9:00 pm for the 9:30 pm show. Joe’s Pub is a fully-seated venue, serving food and drinks prior, to and during the performance.

Joe’ Pub, New York

If you have friends in New York, you need to tell them to get tickets to this amazing concert, they will thank you for the information.

New Yorkers, you don’t want to miss this concert. It will be one you will never forget.  It is so entertaining and the stories that Rob talks about and the manner in which he tells these stories, will leave you talking about the concerts for years to come.  The Hollywood Times was in the audience at his Downey concert location, so I know it is worth the price of the ticket.

Randy Rogel and Rob Paulson (Photo The Hollywood Times)

Legendary voice actor Rob Paulsen, who has delighted generations of animation fanatics with his signature roles in “Pinky and the Brain,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and film and television projects will be joined by “Animaniacs” composer Randy Rogel.

“Animaniacs in Concert!” features live music and voice work from Paulsen and music from Rogel while beloved “Animaniacs” cartoons are screened. The show has hopscotched around the country with shows in St. Charles, IL; Arlington, TX; Tucson, AZ; Long Island, NY; Grayslake, IL; and Downey, CA.

For Paulsen, the return to work is a triumph. Diagnosed with throat cancer almost two years ago, Paulsen only told a few friends and professional colleagues, facing the possibility that his three-decades long career might be over forever.

Rob Paulsen

But for a man of a hundred voices who suffered literally and figuratively in silence, he’s on the mend, cancer free, and ready to get back to work.

Meanwhile, in addition to “Animaniacs in Concert!” Paulsen continues to host his podcast “Talkin’ Toons,” interviewing animation’s most illustrious and impressive artists.

It’s recently moved to video format, hosted on nerdist.com.

Grateful for his new lease on life, Paulsen continues to make countless charity appearances and is beginning work on a memoir about his challenges recovering from a career-threatening diagnosis.

With a voice that spans generations of cartoon fans, Paulsen is still ready to bring joy and laughter into people’s lives, his passion for his work now even stronger than ever.

Tickets available here: http://bit.ly/2IDHhpq



As digital content continues to break records and smash expectations, Buffer Festival L.A. is delighted to announce that their opening lineup contains some of these record-breaking artists. The roster currently includes: Musician Jon Cozart, Comedian Elle Mills, Sexologist Shan Boodram, Comedian Gus Johnson, and Filmmakers Anna Akana, Dom Fera, Nicola Foti, and TimH, with more announcements expected in the coming weeks.

Digital Stars Jon Cozart, Elle Mills, Shan Boodram, and more are the first to debut films at Buffer Festival’s newest edition.

Toronto, ON (April 3, 2018) The Hollywood Times – As digital content continues to break records and smash expectations, Buffer Festival L.A. is delighted to announce that their opening lineup contains some of these record-breaking artists. The roster currently includes: Musician Jon Cozart, Comedian Elle Mills, Sexologist Shan Boodram, Comedian Gus Johnson, and Filmmakers Anna Akana, Dom Fera, Nicola Foti, and TimH, with more announcements expected in the coming weeks.
The digital world is heating up as announcements continue from tech giants like Amazon and Facebook to entice creatives to distribute on their platforms. With breakthroughs and revelations occurring everyday on how content is yearned to be viewed, Buffer Festival continues to fight for these artists to be recognized as the leading generation in entertainment. For these online originators to be seen not merely as YouTubers but as what they respectably are – Musicians, Comedians, Filmmakers, and more. Protecting this community has been Buffer Festival’s mission. “It’s not about followers or views, it’s about the work,” stated Scott Benzie, CEO of Buffer Festival, “We want to strip down the idea that these people are influencers, influence is an outcome. This accomplished group of creators have constructed their own path and mastered their technique to get where they are, and they should be recognized for it.”
Buffer Festival L.A. will be held on Thursday, May 17th at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The schedule includes an Insight Series from 12pm – 5pm, a Meet & Greet Red Carpet from 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm, and then World Premiere Screenings from 7 pm – 10 pm.

For more information and tickets please visit: bufferfestival.com


Chinese-American Entrepreneur and Actress Amy Shi To Represent The City Of Angels

At 11th Annual Ms. Corporate America Competition

Amy Shi Named 2018 Honoree by Mandarin Leader, Recognizing

Excellence in the Chinese Community in North America

Los Angeles – April 3, 2018  – Chinese-American entrepreneur, actress and producer Amy Shi  will represent Los Angeles in the annual Ms./Mrs. Corporate America Competition ( http://www.misscorporateamerica.com) held in Orlando, Florida. In its 11th year, the three-day event will feature workshops, photo shoots and exclusive dinners, culminating with a gala live finale on the evening of Saturday, April 7 at the Omni Resort at Championsgate in Orlando.

Amy Shi

“I believe in women’s empowerment and the strength found within us,” comments Amy.  “Ms. Corporate America provides a powerful platform for women to promote their personal and business goals, enhance self confidence and strengthen leadership skills, all while establishing important friendships and connections with other professional women from around the country. I’m honored to be representing Los Angeles in this prestigious competition.”

Recognizing excellence in the Chinese community in North America, Mandarin-Leader (www.mandarin-leader.com) has named Amy Shi as one of the organization’s 2018 Honorees. She also recently appeared on the Chinese/English TV show Hollywood Talk, that airs on Channel GE.


Born in China’s Hunan Province, Amy was secretly raised by her grandmother in a small rural village far away from the city where her parents lived. She grew up liberated in spirit, inheriting the fearlessness of her grandmother from those early years.

Amy earned her BA in marketing and computer science, and an MBA. After graduation, she worked as a management consultant in Chicago.  While living in Chicago, her path took a very different turn. She studied improv at the legendary Second City and attended acting classes, and soon was cast in several TV projects, including “Shameless,” “Chop-Chop Chicago,” “Chicago PD,” and films “Time Sentry: The Box” and  “Ju-Yuki.”

Amy relocated to Los Angeles in 2016 and continued her stage work in the play “Wonder Women.”  Her film work includes “Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance,” “Tales of Frankenstein,” “Street 2 Death Fight,” “The Man Deletes Everything,” “James Dilemma,” the award-winning film “Whisper,” and sci-fi short “Zalla,” in which she stars in the title role. She received the Best Lead Actress Award at the 2017 Canada Golden Maple Film Festival.

She began producing movies since 2017 and is executive producer on “Zalla,” and co-producer on  “Street 2 Death Fight.” She is the co-founder of Hollywood Dream Factory LLC, a company dedicated to promoting diversity in Hollywood productions.

Her corporate responsibilities have been in the banking and high tech sectors, working for such top companies as JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Apple Inc.



Deana Martin Announces List Of Celebrity Guests For The Deana Martin Celebrity Roast

Honoring The ‘Man Of The Hour’ Joe Mantegna

The April 15th event to host celebrity guests and cast members from Criminal Minds, The Sopranos, Westworld, NYPD Blue, plus others.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Deana Martin returns to the Showroom at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas for her next edition of The Deana Martin Celebrity Roast honoring the ‘Man of the Hour’ – world-renowned actor, producer, writer and director, Joe Mantegna on Sunday, April 15 at 6 p.m. Deana Martin continues her father’s legacy by recreating The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, which ran on NBC between 1974 to 1984.

Joe Mantegna, best known for his role as David Rossi in the CBS hit-series Criminal Minds, is the “Man of the Hour,’ and will have his life and career roasted by special celebrity guests. In addition, Mantegna is known for roles In box office hits, including Three Amigos, The Godfather Part III and Up Close & Personal. Mantegna won a Tony Award for David Mamet’s play Glengarry Glen Ross and earned Emmy Award nominations for his roles in three different miniseries: The Last Don (1997), The Rat Pack (Starring as Dean Martin,1999), and The Starter Wife (2007). He’s also known for his role voicing Fat Tony in The Simpsons.

Deana is excited to announce the celebrity guests who will join her in roasting Joe Mantegna: Singer, actor, and star of Saturday Night Live, Joe Piscopo; actor and Sopranos guest star, Lou Martini, Jr.; star of Westworld, Clifton Collins; star of Criminal Minds, Kirsten Vangsness; star of NYPD Blue, Gail O’Grady; “The Bad Boy of New Jersey” comedian, Mike Marino; director and star of Criminal Minds, Matthew Gray Gubler; and legendary comedian and Tonight Show Host, Tom Dreesen.

“Joe Mantegna is ‘one of the good guys’, so roasting him will be difficult. But with our creative and talented cast of Roasters, we will take no prisoners. So, fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night,” says Deana Martin

Tickets for The Deana Martin Celebrity Roast are available for purchase on the South Point website. https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/southpoint/EN/buy/details/S80415

For additional information on Deana Martin’s appearances and concert events, please visit http://www.DeanaMartin.com.

About Deana Martin:

Deana Martin is an influential American singer, actor and performer and the very proud daughter of iconic entertainer, Dean Martin. Her 2006 debut CD release, “Memories Are Made of This,” stayed in the top ten for 40 consecutive weeks.

Her follow-up CD, 2009’s, ” Volare,” debuted in the top ten of the Billboard charts, followed by 2011’s seasonal evergreen, “White Christmas,” 2013’s critically acclaimed “Destination Moon.”



Her latest, 2016’s “Swing Street,” garnered her airplay on top jazz, standards and country radio stations, emphasizing her prominent status as a hit recording artist.


As a celebrated author, Deana found herself on the New York Times’ coveted #1 Best Seller list with her 2004 memoir, “Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter’s Eyes.” In it, she shares never-before-told stories about her father and his ‘pallies’.

The e-book version returned Ms. Martin to the best-selling book charts in 2015 on Wall Street Journal’s roster of best-selling e-books.

THIRTEEN’s American Masters Closes Season 31 with the Exclusive Broadcast Premiere of This Is Bob Hope

THIRTEEN’s American Masters Closes Season 31 with the Exclusive Broadcast Premiere of This Is Bob Hope…


By: Judy Shields

For those of us who grew up watching Bob Hope and all those USO Christmas shows, will most definitely need to watch this show. It is wonderfully directed and produced to show the man who entertained us and many of the troops fighting the wars from WWII, Vietnam and to his last show at Desert Storm Gulf War.

Bob Hope on stage entertaining the troops in Vietnam (Photo Courtesy of Bob Hope Legacy, LLC.)

Please share this amazing show with your family and friends, it’s a great way to show all the younger generation the man who brought us stand-up comedy and wonderful TV shows and how the talk show host of today got their starts in the business thanks to Mr. Bob Hope.

American Masters: This is Bob Hope…  the unabridged director’s cut of the film, featuring over 35 minutes of additional footage, premieres nationwide Friday, December 29 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). It will be available to stream the same day via Passport for PBS station members (contact your local PBS station for details) at pbs.org/americanmasters and on PBS OTT apps.

Features Hope’s writings voiced by Billy Crystal and new interviews with Conan O’Brien, Kermit the Frog, Tom Selleck, Brooke Shields, Dick Cavett, Margaret Cho and others Unabridged Director’s Cut premieres nationwide Friday, December 29 on PBS (check local listings)

During his eight-decade career, Bob Hope (1903-2003) was the only performer to achieve top-rated success in every form of mass entertainment: vaudeville, Broadway, movies, radio, television, popular song and personal appearances, including his annual USO Christmas military tours and hosting the Academy Awards more times than anyone else. A comedy innovator, Hope invented the topical monologue that later became a late-night TV staple and comedy tropes like talking while backing up. He refined a spontaneous, conversational, improvisational style of comedy as a vaudeville master of ceremonies that created a blueprint for acerbic standup comics.

Written, directed and produced by John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon, Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary), American Masters: This is Bob Hope… presents a candid look at a remarkable life with unprecedented access to Hope’s personal archives, including writings voiced by Billy Crystal and clips from Hope’s body of work to reveal a gifted individual who recognized the power of fame, embraced its responsibilities and handled celebrity with extraordinary wit and grace, becoming a model for public service in Hollywood.

Bob Hope, circa 1955 (Photo Credit Bob Hope Legacy, LLC.)

“Alongside an examination of Bob Hope’s extraordinary career achievements is a portrait of a gifted man with enormous personal contradictions,” says filmmaker John Scheinfeld. “Even in the longer cut, I barely scratched the surface of his huge impact and influence.”

American Masters: This is Bob Hope… features new interviews with Woody Allen, Dick Cavett, Margaret Cho, daughter Linda Hope, Kermit the Frog, film critic/historian Leonard Maltin, Conan O’Brien, Tom Selleck, Brooke Shields, Connie Stevens and biographer Richard Zoglin (Hope: Entertainer of the Century). Edited to evoke the fast, fun pace of Hope’s classic monologues, clips include highlights from numerous TV specials, his Pepsodent radio shows and classic films like The Cat and the Canary, My Favorite Blonde, his iconic Road pictures with Bing Crosby, and The Big Broadcast of 1938 featuring his signature song “Thanks for the Memory.”

The unabridged director’s cut also features Hope’s 1930s comedy shorts and delves further into his radio and TV career, USO tours and charity work. It will be available on DVD January 9, 2018, from PBS Distribution and is also available as part of Bob Hope: The Ultimate Movie Collection DVD box set on November 14 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Launched in 1986, American Masters has earned 28 Emmy Awards — including 10 for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special — 12 Peabodys, an Oscar, three Grammys, two Producers Guild Awards, a Critics’ Choice Documentary Award, and many other honors. To further explore the lives and works of masters past and present, the American Masters website (http://pbs.org/americanmasters) offers streaming video of select films, outtakes, filmmaker interviews, the American Masters Podcast, the Inspiring Woman web series, educational resources and In Their Own Words: The American Masters Digital Archive: previously unreleased interviews of luminaries discussing America’s most enduring artistic and cultural giants. The series is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and also seen on the WORLD channel.

American Masters: This is Bob Hope… is a production of Crew Neck Productions and American Masters Pictures. John Scheinfeld is writer, director and producer. Dave Harding, Richard Gurman, Richard Zoglin and James Hardy are producers. Peter S. Lynch, II is editor and co-producer. Michael Kantor is American Masters series executive producer.

Bob Hope’s Paramount photo by Bud Frake, circa 1953 (Photo Courtesy of Bob Hope Legacy, LLC)

Major support for This is Bob Hope… is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, and Roslyn Goldstein. Major support for American Masters is provided by AARP. Additional support is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Ellen and James S. Marcus, Judith and Burton Resnick, Vital Projects Fund, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, and public television viewers.

About WNET

WNET is America’s flagship PBS station and parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21. WNET also operates NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its broadcast channels, three cable services (THIRTEEN PBSKids, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings. WNET’s groundbreaking series for children and young adults include Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase as well as Mission US, the award-winning interactive history game. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Theater Close-Up, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams and MetroFocus, the daily multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. In addition, WNET produces online-only programming including the award-winning series about gender identity, First Person, and an intergenerational look at tech and pop culture, The Chatterbox with Kevin and Grandma Lill. In 2015, THIRTEEN launched Passport, an online streaming service which allows members to see new and archival THIRTEEN and PBS programming anytime, anywhere: www.thirteen.org/passport

About Bob Hope

When Bob Hope died in 2003, he left behind a legacy as one of the best known, most loved, and longest lasting stars in the entertainment business. For six decades, Hope made us laugh in vaudeville, in the movies, at the Academy Awards, on stage and in print. He was renowned for his longevity (he was 100 years old at the time of his death), his love for golf, and his contributions to charity. But perhaps Hope’s greatest legacy is his work entertaining the troops.

Beginning in 1941 and continuing for half a century, Hope headlined 57 USO tours, bringing a bit of joy to the lives of U.S. military men and women serving in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the first Gulf War, and beyond. And he was deeply proud of this work. When President Bill Clinton named Hope an honorary veteran in 1997, Hope responded, “I’ve been given many awards in my lifetime – but to be numbered among the men and women I admire most – is the greatest honor I have ever received.”

Bob Hope Special Around the Globe with the USO-Danang 1969

1944: A World War II show presented “somewhere in the South Pacific”


1966: Entertaining the troops in Cu Chi, Vietnam on Christmas Day


1984: Christmas in Beirut


1990: One of his final USO tours, with Rosemary Clooney


Memorials to Hope have proliferated across the American landscape. You can walk down streets named for Bob Hope in El Paso, Texas, Miami, Florida, and Branson, Missouri; cross the Cuyahoga River on the Hope Memorial Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio; and bypass the congestion at Los Angeles International by flying into the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California. Hope’s name is memorialized on hospitals, theaters, chapels, schools, performing arts centers, and American Legion posts from Miami to Okinawa. The US Air Force named a transport plane for him, and the Navy christened a cargo ship in his honor. Bob Hope Village, in Shalimar, Florida, provides a home for retired members of the Air Force and their surviving spouses. The World Golf Hall of Fame, in St. Augustine, Florida, features an exhibit celebrating Hope’s passion for the game, “Bob Hope: Shanks for the Memory.” A dozen colleges offer scholarships in Hope’s name. Another dozen organizations give out awards in his honor, among them the Air Force’s annual Spirit of Hope Award and the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

His punchy, two-syllable name, so emblematic of the optimistic American spirit; the unmistakable profile, with its jutting chin and famously ski-slope-shaped nose; the indelible images of Hope performing for throngs of cheering GIs in World War II and Vietnam—it was once impossible to imagine a time when the first question that needed to be answered about the most popular comedian in American history would be: Who was Bob Hope, and why did he matter?

By the time he died—on July 27, 2003, two months after his hundredth birthday—Hope’s reputation was already fading, tarnished, or being actively disparaged. He had, unfortunately, stuck around too long. The comedian of the century, who began his vaudeville career in the 1920s and was still headlining TV specials in the 1990s, continued performing well into his dotage, and a younger generation knew him mainly as a cue-card-reading antique, cracking dated jokes about buxom beauty queens and Gerald Ford’s golf game. “World’s Last Bob Hope Fan Dies of Old Age,” the Onion’s fake headline announced a year before his death. Writer Christopher Hitchens expressed the disaffection of many of the baby-boom generation in an online dismissal of Hope just a few days after his passing: “To be paralyzingly, painfully, hopelessly unfunny is a serious drawback, even lapse, in a comedian. And the late Bob Hope devoted a fantastically successful and well-remunerated lifetime to showing that a truly unfunny man can make it as a comic. There is a laugh here, but it is on us.”

Bob Hope with NBC Microphone for The Pepsodent Show

This was something of a revolution. When Hope made his debut on NBC in 1938, the popular comedians on radio all inhabited self- contained worlds, playing largely invented comic characters: Jack Benny’s effete tightwad, Edgar Bergen and his uppity dummy, Charlie McCarthy, the daffy-wife/exasperated-husband interplay of George Burns and Gracie Allen. Hope’s monologues brought something new to radio: a connection between the comedian and the outside world.

On a podium, no one could touch him. He was host or cohost of the Academy Awards ceremony a record nineteen times—the first in 1940, when Gone With the Wind was the big winner, and the last in 1978, when Star Wars and Annie Hall were the hot films. His suave unflappability—no one ever looked better in a tuxedo—and tart insider wisecracks (“This is the night when war and politics are forgotten, and we find out who we really hate”) helped turn a relatively low-key industry dinner into the most obsessively tracked and massively watched event of the Hollywood year.

The modern stand-up comedy monologue was essentially his creation. There were comedians in vaudeville before Hope, but they mostly worked in pairs or did prepackaged, jokebook gags that played on ethnic stereotypes and other familiar comedy tropes. Hope, working as an emcee and ad-libbing jokes about the acts he introduced, developed a more freewheeling and spontaneous monologue style, which he later honed and perfected in radio. To keep his material fresh, he hired a team of writers and told them to come up with jokes about the news of the day—presidential politics, Hollywood gossip, California weather, as well as his own life, work, travels, golf game, and show-business friends.

When television came in, Hope was there too. Others, such as Milton Berle, preceded him. But after starring in his first NBC special on Easter Sunday in 1950, Hope began an unparalleled reign as NBC’s most popular comedy star that lasted for nearly four decades. Other comedians who made the move into television—Berle, Jack Benny, Red Skelton, Jackie Gleason, Danny Thomas, even Lucille Ball—had their heyday on TV and then faded; Hope alone remained a major star headlining top-rated TV shows well into his eighties. His 1970 Christ- mas special from Vietnam was the most watched television program of all time up to that point, seen in a now-unthinkable 46.6 percent of all TV homes in the country. (The final episodes of Dallas, M*A*S*H, and Roots are the only entertainment shows ever to beat it.)

Bob Hope All-Star Christmas Comedy featuring Bob Hope with the Muppets Kermit the Frog & Miss Piggy Dec 19 1977

This was something of a revolution. When Hope made his debut on NBC in 1938, the popular comedians on radio all inhabited self- contained worlds, playing largely invented comic characters: Jack Benny’s effete tightwad, Edgar Bergen and his uppity dummy, Charlie McCarthy, the daffy-wife/exasperated-husband interplay of George Burns and Gracie Allen. Hope’s monologues brought something new to radio: a connection between the comedian and the outside world.

Hope was the first to combine topical subject matter with the rapid- re gag rhythms of the vaudeville quipster. His monologues became the template for Johnny Carson and nearly every late-night TV host who followed him, and the foundation stone for all stand-up comics, even those who rebelled against him.

He transcended comedy; he was the nation’s designated mood-lifter. No one else could perform that role; few even tried. Comedians for years did impressions of Jack Benny, Groucho Marx, George Burns, and other classic clowns. Almost no one did Bob Hope. His ordinariness was inimitable.

This excerpt was written by Richard Zoglin and originally published in the introduction to his biography, Hope.

Hope Book by Richard Zoglin

The Golden Globe Nominations – Causing a Stir in Hollywood, Again

The annual Golden Globe nominations always seem to ruffle some feathers in Tinseltown. The Hollywood Foreign Press just announced it’s nominations slate and already Hollywood is in an uproar over the list…scroll to the end to find out why!

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Call Me By Your Name

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jessica Chastain
Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins
The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl Streep
The Post
Michelle Williams
All The Money In The World

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Timothée Chalamet
Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis
Phantom Thread
Tom Hanks
The Post
Gary Oldman
Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington
Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Judi Dench
Victoria & Abdul
Helen Mirren
The Leisure Seeker
Margot Robbie
I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan
Lady Bird
Emma Stone
Battle of the Sexes

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Steve Carell
Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort
Baby Driver
James Franco
The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman
The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya
Get Out

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Hong Chau
Allison Janney
I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf
Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer
The Shape of Water
Mary J. Blige

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Willem Dafoe
The Florida Project
Armie Hammer
Call Me By Your Name
Richard Jenkins
The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer
All The Money In The World
Sam Rockwell
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director – Motion Picture
Guillermo del Toro
The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan
Ridley Scott
All The Money In The World
Steven Spielberg
The Post

 Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig
Lady Bird
Liz Hannah, Josh Singer
The Post
Martin McDonagh
Three Billboards Outside
Aaron Sorkin
Molly’s Game

Best Motion Picture – Animated
The Breadwinner
Loving Vincent
The Boss Baby

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
A Fantastic Woman
First They Killed My Father
In The Fade
Germany, France
The Square
Sweden, Germany, France

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Carter Burwell
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Alexandre Desplat
The Shape of Water
Jonny Greenwood
Phantom Thread
John Williams
The Post
Hans Zimmer

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
‘Mighty River’
‘Remember Me’
‘The Star’
The Star
‘This Is Me’
The Greatest Showman

Best Television Series – Drama
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us
The Crown

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Master Of None
Will & Grace

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Big Little Lies
Fargo (TV show)
Feud: Bette And Joan
The Sinner
Top The Lake: China Girl

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Nicole Kidman
Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange
Feud: Bette And Joan
Susan Sarandon
Feud: Bette And Joan
Reese Witherspoon
Big Little Lies
Jessica Biel
The Sinner

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Robert De Niro
Wizard of Lies
Jude Law
The Young Pope
Kyle MacLachlan
Twin Peaks
Ewan McGregor
Fargo (TV show)
Geoffrey Rush

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe
Claire Foy
The Crown
Maggie Gyllenhaal
The Deuce
Katherine Langford
13 Reasons Why
Elisabeth Moss
The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman
Sterling K. Brown
This Is Us
Freddie Highmore
The Good Doctor
Bob Odenkirk
Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber
Ray Donovan

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Pamela Adlon
Better Things
Alison Brie
Rachel Brosnahan
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Issa Rae
Frankie Shaw

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Aziz Ansari
Master Of None
Kevin Bacon
I Love Dick
William H. Macy
Eric McCormack
Will & Grace
Anthony Anderson

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Laura Dern
Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd
The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz
This Is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer
The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley
Big Little Lies

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
David Harbour
Stranger Things
Alfred Molina
Feud: Bette And Joan
Christian Slater
Mr. Robot
Alexander Skarsgård
Big Little Lies
David Thewlis
Fargo (TV show)

Golden Globes 2017: David E Kelley's Big Little Lies leads TV nominations

Golden Globes 2017: David E Kelley’s Big Little Lies leads TV nominations

Golden Globes 2018 nominations: It should have been renamed 'White Men Awards'

Golden Globes 2018 nominations: It should have been renamed ‘White Men Awards’

Meryl Streep scores her 31st Golden Globe  nomination, the highest ever for any artist

Meryl Streep scores her 31st Golden Globe nomination, the highest ever for any artist

Our House Grief Support Center Night for Hope Event

An Evening of Laughter, heart-warming stories, and fundraiser auction, put on by the Associate Board of Our House at the Palace Theatre, Los Angeles last week


By: Judy Shields

Los Angeles, California (The Hollywood Times) 11/24/2017 “I have known about Our House Grief Support Center for many years.  I myself, was a bereaved child and there was no such thing as Our House Grief Support Group. When I was in social work school, I learned about the agency, because I was doing a grief project and that was it, I was hooked for life,” Michele Prince, Executive Director for the agency told The Hollywood Times.

Michele Prince & Melissa Rivers

Michele Prince said she became a staff member back in 2012 to help grow the agency.  She said there are many volunteer opportunities and that on any given week there might be 50 to 80 groups going on.  There are may volunteer opportunities and to check out their website for all the information


Michele Prince said that they are in 60 different schools all around the LA region and that the schools are listed on their website as well.

“We have three weekends every summer that are free, yes free, for kids throughout LA and Orange County.  We are part of a national camp family called Camp Erin, which is run by the Moyer foundation and we are the LA and Orange County Partner,” Michele said.

The Hollywood Times spoke with on the Associate Board Members Amanda Grumman-Goldsmith

Amanda Grumman-Goldsmith

THT: How did you get involved with Our House?

Amanda: “I got involved when I did group therapy when my Dad passed away suddenly in 2013 and I was referred here by a friend who had done the program and my therapist, who told me to check the place out.  I made a call and it sounded like a really great fit and then I was able to do a group. I did a year-long group and everyone in that group had lost a parent within that year.  I wrapped that up and said how could I stay involved further. I did a group of medical student speaking engagements, where they would teach first-year medical students about grief and how to handle patients and their families.  What people find to be helpful and challenging about dealing with medical personnel when someone is near the end of their life.  That was incredibly powerful.

Okay, now what else can I do and I was asked to speak at a board meeting and did a presentation there. They told me there was an associate board and I went through the process of getting to know everyone on the board.  Two years later, here I am.”

Amanda Grumman-Goldsmith

THT: What is an Associate Board at Our House?

Amanda:  “It is a young group of 20s – mid 40s young professionals all trying to find our way and give back to our community.  A great foot in the door to learn how non-profit organizations work and feel like we are doing something great for the community.  Lucky that Our House is where I landed.  Grief Support services for those that have lost a parent, child or spouse.  They put you in a group that is also dealing with the loss you are experiencing.”

“What a resource to know that there is an actual program designated to help people. You are not going to stop grieving, but there is a really amazing support system. There are so many little things that can really help. Even just being in a room with a bunch of people, who are there to get support as well.” Amanda Grumman-Goldsmith said.

Associate Board Members

Melissa Rivers took the stage to bring out the Associate Board Members for Our House.  They each were carrying a white poster board and Melissa asked them to share their story. Each of them turned it over and revealed Sisters, Brothers, Mom or Dad on their board.

Isiah took the stage to talk about his involvement with Our House and told a story about his little cousin, who was killed in an automobile accident a couple of years ago. “I remember, with all my  professional training and years of learning in school how to help others, but the pain became so much more real when it is someone we love.  It gave me the inspiration to go beyond my every day work and try to help those who are grieving.  It led me to accept the call from Our House to join in on this mission.  The one thing that really impressed me about Our House was when I became a camp counselor for the first time this past summer.  It was an amazing experience for me.”

“What is most impressive to me is how Our House has its practical way for people to be able to do this work.  They were able to transform business women, lawyers, firefighters, people who were willing to volunteer and transformed them into healers.  Building a community as a whole in order to heal.”

Melissa Rivers

Melissa Rivers told the audience that she was so touched by how many of the signs said “Dad.”  She lost her Dad when she was 18 years old and that he committed suicide and tit was very public, because of her Mom’s line of work.  She went back to college three weeks after it happened. “When my father passed there was nothing like this, you could go to a grief counselor and I was away at college and I felt different and people didn’t know what to say to me. I am so proud to be a part of it, because look how far we have come as a county and people facing and talking about grief. The main thing is that we all find out that none of us are alone.”

“Every one has a story, everyone has lost someone and the beauty of Our House, is that we are alike. You get into these groups, especially now that they are reaching out in the many school. They come from different backgrounds and even if it’s just half an hour a day, it is so important to give tonight any amount you can give and any amount is greatly appreciated.”

The audience was told that they could send a donation via a Gmail account and the donations were shown up on the big screen.

Night For Hope Sponsors

The talent part of the evening started with MC JC Coccoli, who was really funny and sure got the audience ready for the other comedians.

MC JC Coccoli


Vargus Mason, Steve Rannazzisi, Ian Edwards and Adam Ray.


There were all so funny and at times would pick on an audience member.

It was a great night of comedy and raising money for a great non-profit organization.

Vargus Mason
Steve Rannazzisi
Adam Ray
Ian Edwards








Everyone in attendance had a bag of popcorn by Popcornopolis at their chair to enjoy during the show.

The items up for auctions were all worth the money that folks were bidding on.

There were tickets to the Kings and Lakers games, gift baskets for NBC television shows “This Is Us” and “Will and Grace”, trips, golfing packages, spa packages, Disney on Ice and Universal Studios



About Our House

Grief is a natural reaction after the death of someone close. Yet in our society, few people are prepared for the intensity and duration of the grief process. Learn about OUR HOUSE Grief Support center and how we were founded on the premise that grievers need understanding, support, and connection. If you or someone you care about is grieving, we are here to help.

The OUR HOUSE mission is to provide the community with grief support services, education, resources, and hope. Since 1993, OUR HOUSE has helped thousands of grieving children, teens, and adults as they embark upon their journeys to hope and healing.




OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Comedy Fundraiser “Night For Hope”

Melissa Rivers

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Comedy Fundraiser “Night For Hope”

With Special Guest Melissa Rivers

Comics Adam Ray, Vargus Mason & Little Esther Instill Laughs for

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Programs

Los Angeles– OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center’s Associate Board hosts the 9th annual Night For Hope fundraiser this Friday, November 17th at The Palace Theater in Downtown Los Angeles.

Joan & Melissa Rivers

Melissa Rivers, OUR HOUSE ambassador, will take the stage to dedicate a night of laughter to her mother. Since the death of her mother, comedy legend Joan Rivers, Melissa continues to make sure laughter is a part of her every day.

“I am honored to be a part of an organization like OUR HOUSE, which provides a place for people to cry and laugh and remember their loved ones.”


What better way to spend your Friday night, Comedy and raising money for a great cause. Click here to buy your tickets today for this Friday’s fundraiser: http://www.ourhouse-grief.org/hopetickets/

JC Coccoli

This year, the Night For Hope will feature comics Vargus Mason, Esther Povitsky, aka “Little Esther,” and Adam Ray, all introduced by MC JC Coccoli for a night full of laughs and finding hope through grief. Inspiration for the evening’s theme came from an Associate Board member who felt she might never laugh again following the death of her father.

Through support from OUR HOUSE, she was able to navigate through her grief, find joy, and laugh again.

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center’s Associate Board is comprised of young professionals serving as ambassadors to the community. The Associate Board works relentlessly to spread the word about the agency’s services and volunteer opportunities, in addition to raising funds.

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center’s Night for Hope

When: Friday, November 17th

Where: The Palace Theater DTLA

Info:     http://www.ourhouse-grief.org/hopetickets/

6:30pm:           Doors Open
8:00pm:           MC JC Coccoli Kicks Off the Night
8:20pm:           Comedian Vargus Mason
8:35pm:           Comedian Little Esther
8:50pm:           OUR HOUSE presentation & appeal: OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center testimonials– Amanda, Isaiah, and Melissa Rivers.
9:30pm:           Comedian Adam Ray
10:30pm:         Event ends

Vargus Mason (Comedy Store Photo)
Esther Povitsky
Adam Ray, Ice House Photo







About OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center is one of the nation’s most respected organizations for grief support and education. For over 24 years, OUR HOUSE has helped thousands of grieving children, teens, and adults as they embark on their journeys to hope and healing after the death of someone close. Support groups specific to age and relationship take place in the safe, warm, and nurturing environment of their centers. OUR HOUSE is a leading provider of grief education, offering workshops, seminars, and in-service training to mental health and medical professionals, clergy, educators, and other members of the community who interact with bereaved families. The OUR HOUSE grief education program is part of the curricula for students at USC’s Keck and UCLA’s David Geffen Schools of Medicine. To learn more, please visit www.ourhouse-grief.org or call 1.888.417.1444.

Varda Bar-Kar’s BIG VOICE

by Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 11/8/17 – Have you ever wanted to set aside your own ego and be more than you ever dreamed?  Then Varda Bar-Kar’s 2016 feature-length film BIG VOICE may inspire you!  Continue reading “Varda Bar-Kar’s BIG VOICE”

CBS Announces Grace Parra and Stephen Guarino as the new co-directors for the new 2018 CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase

Top: Grace Parra, Stephen Guarino; Bottom: Nahreen Tarzi, Chris Eckert


Nahreen Tarzi and Chris Eckert Named Head Writers

LOS ANGELES – Nov. 6, 2017 – CBS announced the co-directors and the head writers for the 2018 CBS DIVERSITY COMEDY SHOWCASE. Grace Parra (“The Nightly Show”) and Stephen Guarino (I’M DYING UP HERE) will co-direct with Nahreen Tarzi and Chris Eckert serving as the head writers. All four are previous participants of the CBS showcase.

Since its conception 13 years ago, THE CBS DIVERSITY COMEDY SHOWCASE has developed into a hybrid comedy show with Broadway-worthy live performances and original creative writing.

Recognized by many as the industry leader in actor showcases designed to highlight diverse talent, THE CBS DIVERSITY COMEDY SHOWCASE is attended by senior level CBS Entertainment executives, showrunners and casting directors from series on CBS, as well as other networks and talent agents/managers from across the entertainment industry.

Grace Parra (“The Nightly Show”) is a host, comedian, actress and writer. Parra was a performer and writer in the 2013 CBS DIVERSITY COMEDY SHOWCASE.

Grace Parra (Photo: Robyn Von Swank)

Parra’s television and film credits include “How I Met Your Mother,” on the Network, “Zeke & Luther,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Farah Goes Bang,” “The Bonnie Hunt Show” and “Greenberg.” Parra is represented by UTA/Mosaic.


Stephen Guarino (I’M DYING UP HERE) is a writer, actor and director. He was a performer and writer in the 2011 CBS DIVERSITY COMEDY SHOWCASE.

Stephen Guarino (Photo: Ted Sun)

His credits include “Happy Endings,” “Dr. Ken,” “The Comeback,” “The Big Gay Sketch Show,” and “2 Broke Girls,” on the Network. He has directed at The Groundlings, Funny or Die and Upright Citizens Brigade. Guarino is represented by CAA and 3 Arts.


Nahreen Tarzi is a writer/comedian who currently serves as Head Writer at Frederator Networks.

Nahreen Tarzi (Photo: Wes Smith)

Tarzi served as a writer for the 2017 CBS DIVERSITY COMEDY SHOWCASE. She is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and has performed stand-up for over eight years.


Chris Eckert performed in the 2017 CBS DIVERSITY COMEDY SHOWCASE and is a main company member of the Groundlings Theatre where he has created and produced the ongoing LGBTQ show “The Gale.”

Chris Eckert (Photo: Andrew Delman)

His additional credits include “The Comeback,” “Raising Hope,” “Super Fun Night,” “MADtv” and “The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo.” Eckert is represented by Buchwald and Liberman/Zerman.

Alumni of THE CBS DIVERSITY COMEDY SHOWCASE include Emmy Award winner Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”), Justin Hires (MACGYVER), Geoffrey Arend (MADAM SECRETARY) and Eugene Codero (CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND), among numerous others.


The next showcase will be held in Los Angeles at the El Portal Theater in January 2018.


Stars Perform THE POETS OF AMITYVILLE at Mark Taper Auditorium Central Library


Central Library Los Angeles



Drama Desk Award winning and Emmy® nominated playwright Eugene Pack directs a staged reading of his hilarious new comedy The Poets of Amityville.

The all-star cast includes Peter Asher (Grammy® winning legend), Dana Delany (Amazon’s Hand of God), Beth Grant (The Mindy Project), Rob Morrow (Northern Exposure, Billions),  Dayle Reyfel (Drama Desk Award winner, Celebrity Autobiography), Jennifer Tilly (Bride of Chucky),  Steven Weber (NCIS, Wings), Fred Willard (Best in Show).  Actors appear subject to availability.

The Poets of Amityville A Comedy Play Reading

The Poets of Amityville, an ensemble comedy, centers on an adult education poetry class in Long Island, where a possible trip to Dublin ignites a fierce competition.

Eugene Pack

Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Mark Taper Auditorium at Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071.




Estimated running time: 90 minutes.

Admission is free, but reservations are required.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-poets-of-amityville-a-comedy-play-reading-with-an-all-star-cast-tickets-37323317046


The Poets of Amityville is presented by L.A. Made.

LA Made aims to educate and inspire individuals in the areas of literature, arts, and music, as well as in other areas of knowledge with a humanities context. Focus is on the diverse landscape of Los Angeles, highlighting the immense artistic and performance talent that has developed over the course of the City’s eclectic history.


As all “LA Made” programs at Central Library are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program, your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at approximately 1:45 p.m.


There is no advance waitlist for full programs. Standby patrons will be admitted subject to availability on a first-come, first-served, basis.

17th Annual Strides for Disability – Long Beach, CA, Sat. Oct 21st

17th Annual Strides for DisABILITY Oct. 21st


Leading the Way are Actor/Comedians Nic Novicki, Johnny Cardinale & Brian Swinehart; the Los Angeles Chargers; and Former Ms. Wheelchair California, Actress/Singer Jennifer Kumiyama

Run, Walk or Roll … And Join Us in Taking Strides in the Right Direction to Change the Way We View Disability


Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) – which assists more than 10,000 people with disabilities – will hold its 17th annual Strides for Disability walk, Saturday, Oct. 21 in Long Beach.


Hosting this year’s event as emcees are actor/comedians Nic Novicki (Boardwalk Empire, Gotham Comedy Live), an Easterseals board member and founder of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge; Johnny Cardinale (Chelsea Lately); and Brian Swinehart (Key & Peele, Conan). Also “in the house” will be the Los Angeles Chargers with plenty of games and giveaways.


Leading the way as well are founder/owner of the Ms. Wheelchair California Foundation, 2010 state crown holder (and first runner-up in the 2011 national competition), Long Beach resident, actress and singer Jennifer Kumiyama (“Carmen” in The Sessions, Forever Beautiful, “Wheelchair Girl” in MTV’s Awkward, Popstars 2), who will sing the national anthem; and Strides Ambassador Qiana Hicks, whose children each had developmental delays and who have blossomed with early education services from ESSC.

The walk, which drew more than 1,300 participants last year, raises money to support ESSC services. Participants will be treated to complimentary snacks, drinks, games, giveaways, live music and more.

WHAT:          ESSC’s 17th annual Strides for Disability 5k Run & 3k Family Fun Walk

WHEN:          Saturday, Oct. 21
On-site registration/bib & t-shirt pickup, 7 a.m.; National anthem, 7:40 a.m.; Zumba warm-up, 7:50 am.; 5k Run begins, 8 a.m.; 3k Family Fun Walk begins, 9:30 a.m.; Awards presented, 10:15 a.m.

WHERE:        ShoreLine Aquatic Park, 200 Aquarium Way (@ Pierpoint Landing), Long Beach Parking at 99 Aquarium Way (across from Aquarium) for $8 with ESSC parking validation.






REGISTER:    Advance registration $35; on-site $40. Children 12 and under free, but must be registered. Dogs are welcome! To sign up, visit: http://www.easterseals.com/southerncal/get-involved/events/strides-for-disability.html

Strides for Disability honors diversity, promotes inclusion and shows what disability means today. This unifying and spirited event brings together a diverse group of people – with and without disabilities – to break down barriers and show what’s possible with the right access, opportunities and support. Together, we celebrate the strides we’re taking to change the way the world defines and views disability while making positive, meaningful differences in people’s lives.

Walk sponsors are … CVS Pharmacy, Century 21, Amway, SpecialCare (Mass Mutual), Mark Bertrand, Fraternal Order of the Police, Medical Specialties Managers, Inc., T-Mobile, US Bank, Autism Learning Partners, Behavioral Health Works, CBS Entertainment Diversity, Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), Armanino LLP, James + Gable Insurance Brokers, Inc., Netsmart, Ultimate Software, Banana Boat, barkTHINS, Dasani, ENM Sales & Services, Faraon, Grocery Outlet, Journeys Martial Arts Academy, KRAVE, Los Angeles Chargers, Lyft, Mike Thompson RV Superstores, Minute Clinic, Nature’s Bakery, Pepsi, South County Photo Club, Tacos & Co., The Ms. Wheelchair California Foundation and TruMoo.


About Easterseals Southern California

For nearly 100 years, Easterseals has been an indispensable resource for individuals and families with developmental disabilities or other special needs. The services provided by Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) – in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties – make profound and positive differences in people’s lives every day, helping them address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals so that they can live, learn, work and play in our communities. With 2,300 employees, 60+ service sites and hundreds of community partnership locations, each year ESSC assists more than 10,000 people, providing adult/senior day services; autism therapy; child development/early education; employment services, veteran employment support; independent living options; and more. At Easterseals, 87% of our income is spent on services. Join us in changing the way the world defines and views disabilities.

Join the Conversation …

Let’s take on disability together at: Easterseals.com/SouthernCal

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Skylight Theatre Company presents the West Coast Premiere of “Rotterdam” by Jon Brittain Directed by Ovation Award Winner Michael A. Shepperd

Opening at 8:30pm on Saturday, November 11, 2017 with reception to follow
A queer love story, about all of us…
Los Angeles (October 10, 2017) – New Year’s. Rotterdam, 2017. Alice has finally found the courage to email her parents to tell them she’s a lesbian. But before Alice hits send, her girlfriend Fiona reveals that she has always identified as a man, and now wants to live as one, sending their relationship into a tailspin.
Amid a breaking wave of transgender stories in popular culture (Transparent, Boy Meets Girl, and  Orange is the New Black), Jon Brittain has created a groundbreaking play, with deeply relatable characters that are flawed, and hilarious. Rotterdam is a comedy with powerful questions about love and identity at its core.
Jon Brittain received the Olivier Award in 2017 for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre and was nominated for the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards, with a nomination for the Off West End Award as well. His plays include The Wake, The Sexual Awakening of Peter Mayo, What Would Spock Do? and A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad). Brittain co-created the critically acclaimed show Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho (winner of both the Brighton Argus Angel for Artistic Excellence, at Brighton Fringe, and the Micheál Mac Liammóir Award for Best Male Performance at the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival) and its sequel Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows. He was one of the 503Five 2012/2013, and has worked extensively with Old Vic New Voices. Brittain has written for Radio 4’s The Now Show and the Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball. He created and starred in the online sketch show HodgePodge.
“Everything I’ve ever written has had some kind of comedic angle to it. To entertain someone is an excellent way to open them up to new thoughts, says Brittain. This story is an optimistic one. Given what’s happening in the world today, I think we need a bit of optimism.
“To live your truth out loud can be dangerous,” added director Michael A. Shepperd. “But to take that step into your authentic self can make you much more powerful than anything the world can throw at you. This is the world of Rotterdam.”
Michael Sheppard (Director) is the Co-Artistic Director of Los Angeles’ award-winning Celebration Theatre. Directing credits include: The Boy From Oz (Ovation Award, LADCC Award, Best Director), The View Upstairs, The Next Fairy Tale[title of show], A Gay Christmas Carol, GaGa Gardens, The Max Factor Factor, and Rent. Michael is a Resident Director for The Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival and numerous others. Acting roles include Fences (Troy; Ovation, LADCC Nominations), Bootycandy (LADCC nom, Ovation, Stage Raw Win), The Color Purple (Mister; Ovation Award), Steel (Ovation Award), Master Harold and the Boys (NAACP theatre nom), Intimate Apparel (NAACP Award), and Choir Boy (NAACP nom). Broadway/Regional credits include: Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, Little Shop of Horrors, Caroline, or Change, Whipping Man. TV: Curb Your EnthusiasmSoul ManHot In ClevelandWizards of Waverly PlaceMonkCriminal MindsNCIS. #transisbeautiful
Produced by Gary Grossman, Tony Abatemarco, Andrew Carlberg, and Hartshorn – Hook Productions Ltd. Associate Producer: Josh Gershick
Skylight Theatre Company discovers, develops and produces new, exhilarating works that expand mainstream theatre while nurturing and educating the people who create them. A recipient of the prestigious Steinberg National Theatre Critics Citation (Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea – Nathan Alan Davis), Skylight’s resident PlayLAb writers have been recognized with productions nationwide, a national 2014 USA Ford Fellowship in Theater and Performance (Sigrid Gilmer), and locally as a winner in the 2015 Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize  (Louisa Hill – Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers). Skylight won 4 Ovation Awards in 2014 for The Wrong Man and Pray To Ball (the most of any intimate theatre in LA). LA Weekly included the Skylight’s productions of Years To The DayOpen House and Sexsting on their Top Ten list of plays for 2013. Their first year as a company dedicated to developing new plays, 2011, found Skylight’s production of Hermetically Sealed on theLA Times annual list of Top Ten Plays, while Mad Women moved from Los Angeles to La MaMa in New York. Since then, plays developed by Skylight have been performed Off-Broadway and in other New York theaters, Chicago, Washington D.C., Oregon, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and internationally in Scotland and France. For more information, script submission policy and production history go tohttp://skylighttheatre.org
Cast: Ryan Brophy (Young Arts 2014 Finalist/Silver Award winner); Audrey Cain (East West Players production of La Cage Aux Folles, and Friends in Transient Places by Fresh Produce’d LA with appearances at the Fountain Theatre, Chalk Rep and EST-LA); Ashley Romans (Charm at Celebration Theatre in 2016, and The Devil Lives in Clarksville County); Miranda Wynne (Cissy Franks in the West Coast premiere of Punk Rock at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble)
Production Team: Jeff McLaughlin (Set and Lighting Design), Christopher Moscatiello (Sound Design), Naila Aladdin Sanders (Costume Design), Christopher Aguilar (Asst. to the Director), Tuffet Schmelzle (Dialect Coach), Raul Clayton Staggs (Casting Director)

Rotterdam opens at 8:30pm Saturday, November 11th and plays at 8:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays; 2:00pm on Sundays; and 8:00pm on Mondays through December 11, 2017. Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave, LA, 90027. Tickets are $15 – $41. Reservations: 213-761-7061 or or 866-811-4111. Online athttp://SkylightTix.com

Rebecca Metz, Actress on FX’s Better Things, Talks About 2nd Season

Rebecca Metz, Actress on FX’s Better Things, an FX Original Series, Thursday 10PM on FX


Rebecca Metz photo by Joanna DeGeneres

By: Judy Shields

Los Angeles, Calif (The Hollywood Times) 9/29/2017 – “Whenever I talk to people about the show, I say, honest to God, I would tell you to watch it, even if I wasn’t on it!” Actress Rebecca Metz (Better Things), told The Hollywood Times during a telephone interview this past week.

Better Things is an American comedy-drama television series created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. for FX, starring Adlon as a divorced actress who raises her three daughters by herself.[3] FX gave a 10-episode order on August 7, 2015. The series premiered on September 8, 2016. On September 20, 2016, FX renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on September 14, 2017.


The show creator are:

Photo by Buchan/Variety/REX/Shutterstock –
Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K.
FX ‘Better Things’ TV show panel, TCA Summer Press Tour, LA 09 Aug 2017

Pamela Adlon – Actress | Producer | Writer -Pamela Adlon comes from an acting family and began her career in television in 1983. She has appeared in many popular TV shows, including as a voice actress in a number of animated TV series including, most famously, King of the Hill (1997) for which she won an Emmy for her role as Bobby Hill. Born: July 9, 1966 in New York City, New York, USA

Louis C.K. – Writer | Producer | Actor Louis C.K. was born on September 12, 1967 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Louis Szekely. He is a writer and producer, known for Late Night with Conan O’Brien (1993), Louie (2010) and Louis C.K. Oh My God (2013) Born: September 12, 1967 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA


Rebecca Metz play’s the Main Character Sam’s Talent Agent Tressa. Our interview follows:

Better Things – Rebecca Metz plays Tressa

THT: Did you decide at a young age that you wanted to become an actress?

RM: Yeah, I would like to say that it was The Muppet Show. I grew up watching The Muppet Show and the backstage screens on The Muppet Show, I was like that’s what I want to do, that’s where I want to be. I started doing theatre pretty young. Both of my parents were singers in all kinds of community chores and things. They would do a musical and they would need a kid and I would do that and I went to performing arts camps and there was performing arts magnet program in my high school and I have been aiming in that direction most of my life.

No one was going to talk me out of it.

THT: How did you get this role of Tressa in Better Things?

RM:   When I heard the show announced, I keep a list of projects I am interested in, so I can let my manager/agent know about it and I wanted to be a part of the. I am a huge fan of Louie and Pam’s work with him and on her own. Casting director Felicia Fasano also cast me as a casting director on Californication, so she likes to cast me in industry roles and it’s kind of fun. She called me in for it and I read with a bunch of other people.

Rebecca Metz and Pamela Adlon

One interesting thing about the way Pam and Louie cast, you don’t get the material ahead of time. For most auditions you get the sides, the script that you are going to read at the audition. With Pam and Louie you just show up and get it when you get there, so you only have about 15 minutes with it. Everybody was reading the same material, she just wanted to see actors and so after the audition I got a call that I was going to be part of the show, but they didn’t know what role yet. It was you are going to be on the show, we just don’t know who you are going to be or how many episodes you are going to do. We will let you know, that was because Pam was still writing.

So overtime as the show developed, I found out that I would be Tressa and the role grew and I am still learning about Tressa, which is nice.

THT: With the second season just starting a couple of weeks ago, will we be seeing more of Tressa?

RM: Yep, I am in more of this season than I was in the last season. It is really exciting about the character. Pam wants the show to feel very real and not feeling scripted or fake, to feel like life.

Rebecca asked me if I have seen things from my life on the show that I recognize? There were several scenes from different episodes that I could relate to.

Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K, are amazing writers.

Pamela Adlon in Better Things (2016)

THT: How long does it take to shoot an episode?

RM: It was about two months this time around that I was working on it. It is really interesting, because this show does something called “cross-boarding” which means we shoot several episodes at once, and we shot all 10 episodes at once, whatever location we were in, we would shot everything that takes places in that location for all 10 episodes. So instead of a show like “Shameless” which I was on for three seasons, where you shot one episode at once, 8 days shooting one episode. So on Better Things, we might be shooting scenes from five different episodes, which is crazy to keep track of as an actor, and insane for the producer and crew. It’s all on location. The house scene is the same as last season.

THT: Do you prefer theatre over television/movies?

RM: I love them both. The acceleration of theatre is that there is no do-overs, you only get one chance to do it and the audience is right there with you. you feel them react. TV and film are exciting because it’s sort of the opposite, you can do things more than once. Spend a couple of hours on scenes. In theatre you get the whole play at once and everything about your character is given to you right at the beginning and spend the whole time working on that. In television, every time the new list comes out, I learn something new about my character and all the other characters on the show and you are playing someone, but constantly getting to know, and that is really fun as an actor, so I love them both. I am going to keep doing them both as long as people will let me.

Rebecca Metz Red Carpet Better Things Season 2 premiere Photo by Paul Archuleta

THT: do you like to perform in small theatre venues or larger ones?

RM:   I have done quite a bit of work in intimate theatres, especially working on developing new plays, which I really do love. I really enjoy being involved in the process of working with the writer who is still trying to figure out what the play is going to be and to help shape it and participate in that development process.

That usually takes place in the smaller theatres. I think there is something relaxing about going into a theatre and just knowing that you are there so the duration and you are going to watch whatever gets put in front of you and find value in it. There is something about live people performing in a room with an audience, there is an energy there that on camera cant’ really capture.

THT: do you have a charity you work with?

RM: I help with the silent auction for the ACLU. I’ve done some performance events where the proceeds were donated to Plant Parenthood. I would love to work with some animal rights charities, ASAP. That is definitely on my list to donate my time and to get involved with.

Rebecca said she had a cat in her lap as we were speaking.

THT: Is there anything else you might be working on in the near future?

RM: I don’t know what’s in store next, but I did a Disney movie called Magic Camp that will be coming out in April 2018. I have seen it and it is a great movie. It is a movie about card magic tricks, not the Harry Potter type of magic. I am playing a parent of one the kids that performs magic. The kids in the movie do incredible magic! We spend a few days shooting a scene where the kids do some magic and even sitting there for three days watching them, I still could not figure out how they did those tricks. They are so good and I can’t wait for people to see it.

Rebecca Metz Photo by Joanna DeGeneres

THT: Do you have hobbies?

RM: Wine is my hobby. We love wine tasting and do a lot of cooking at home.   When I have time and not working a ton, I have gotten into sourdough. I have gotten crazy and obsessed and looking at sourdough blast on my iPad. I have made my own starter and have some troubleshooting to do this weekend, especially now that the weather is getting cooler.

Better Things is a great television show on FX. It shows us all that there truly are better things in life! Click here to see a clip for Season 2.


You can also download the FXnow app to watch anywhere (except when you are driving a car!)


Season one is currently streaming on Hulu only.

Rebecca Metz on set with the cast of Better Things

Series Cast

Pamela Adlon – Sam Fox (20 episodes, 2016-2017) Mikey Madison – Max/Sam’s Eldest Daughter (20 episodes, 2016-2017) Hannah Alligood – Frankie/Sam’s Middle Daughter (20 episodes, 2016-2017) Olivia Edward – Duke/Sam’s Youngest Daughter (20 episodes, 2016-2017) Celia Imrie – Phyllis/Sam’s Mom (20 episodes, 2016-2017) Rebecca Metz – Tressa (10 episodes, 2016-2017) Alysia Reiner – Sunny (9 episodes, 2016-2017) Lucy Davis – Macy (7 episodes, 2016-2017) Greg Cromer – Jeff (6 episodes, 2016-2017) Milla Sofia Press – Paisley (4 episodes, 2016) Patricia Scanlon – Joy (4 episodes, 2016-2017) Cailey Fleming – Sorrow (4 episodes, 2017) Cuete Yeska – Reynaldo (3 episodes, 2016-2017)
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About Rebecca Metz

“I feel pretty lucky to be working in television right now,” says Rebecca Metz, who recurs in the critically acclaimed, award-winning F/X series Better Things, (Better Things), its second season premiering September 14. Rebecca returns as “Tressa,” talent manager and friend to Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon.) “This season, we learn more about Tressa, and I’m excited for the audience to get to know her better. Pam added such great depth and detail to the character.” Adlon is the show’s co-creator and executive producer, directed every episode in season 2, and is Emmy-nominated for her role as Sam. Before Better Things, she was best known for her roles as “Marci” on Californication, Louis C.K.’s on-again-off-again love interest “Pamela” on Louie, and for her Emmy-winning voiceover work. In addition to her Better Things role, Rebecca appears in the Disney movie Magic Camp, coming to theaters in the spring of 2018.

“The boundaries are being pushed further than they’ve ever been pushed before,” notes Rebecca. “There’s more of an interest than there’s ever been in portraying a truly broad range of people and characters.” And for this accomplished character actor, that means more opportunities to show her remarkable range in both comic and dramatic roles on some of today’s most groundbreaking shows. Since graduating from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Rebecca has made her mark on television in a string of memorable guest roles on dozens of popular and critically acclaimed shows, from Nip/Tuck to Weeds to Maron. Most recently, she appeared on Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, Major Crimes, and in recurring roles on Lopez and Shameless.

A proud Jersey girl born and raised in Bruce Springsteen’s hometown (Freehold, not Asbury Park — look it up), Rebecca was drawn to acting from an early age. Her parents, both classically trained singers who perform in community choirs, inspired her to follow a creative path, as did a favorite childhood TV show. “I honestly think the impetus for wanting to be an actor came from watching The Muppet Show,” she says with a laugh. “And from the backstage scenes, where they’re all freaking out and having a crisis and trying to keep from showing it onstage. I thought that looked really fun.”

After studying theater and the performing arts in high school, Rebecca was accepted into the highly competitive acting conservatory program at Carnegie Mellon. Most of her classmates aspired to work on Broadway or in film, but she harbored different ambitions. “My background is in theater and I will always come back to it, but I wanted to be on television before it was ‘cool,’” she says. “I’ve always loved TV. It just felt like the right place for me.” Early in her career, Rebecca made the most of small roles on The King of Queens, Gilmore Girls and Scrubs among many others. (She once spilled a tray of drinks of Maura Tierney while working on ER — sorry, Maura!)

Then she took a huge leap forward with a pivotal, graphic role on Ryan Murphy’s plastic surgery drama, Nip/Tuck. Even on a show known for controversial characters, Rebecca’s fearless turn as masochistic patient Abby Mays stood out as one of the series’ most memorable. When Rebecca was offered the challenging part, she remembers thinking, “OK, here’s where I find out what I do when faced with a really great role that will demand a lot of me psychologically and emotionally. And I was really excited about it.” And her courage paid off. “I got to go in for bigger and better roles after Nip/Tuck,” she says. “It changed everything.”

After Nip/Tuck, Rebecca began landing more dramatic roles on shows like Boston Legal, The Mentalist, Justified and Southland. But her comedic skills have continued to serve her well, too, on Weeds, Californication, The Mindy Project, The Thundermans, Maron and particularly Shameless, on which she appeared for three seasons as the foul-mouthed Melinda.

“I really like the current trend in television right now that blurs the line between drama and comedy. I think that’s how life tends to be,” Rebecca notes. And even on comedies, she adds, “I like characters with a dark streak. I like characters who find comedy in darkness. I like characters that let me push myself to make a big choice.”

In addition to her frequent television and commercial work, Rebecca has appeared in numerous independent and short films, most recently Jake Hoffman’s Asthma (2014). She is also a voiceover and stage actor whose theater credits include Sheila Callaghan’s Kate Crackernuts (24th Street Theatre) and Burglars of Hamm’s award-winning musical, The Behavior of Broadus (Sacred Fools).

But today, there’s no question that Rebecca is all about the small screen. “Television is going to places it’s never been before,” she declares. “And I get to be a part of that. Every time I go to work, or even go to an audition that is in the front of my mind. I feel very fortunate to be here for it.”

Extraordinary Stan Lee Event

Stan Lee honored at the Saban Theatre

By: Judy Shields

Beverly Hills, California (The Hollywood Times) August 25, 2017 – “A guy gave me a lift in his car, what do you mean how did I got here!” Laughter erupted as Stan Lee told Chris Hardwick after Hardwick said they made a video to show how Stan Lee got here today.

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Tuesday night at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, Stan Lee was honored by a roster of celebrity guests and industry giants during an intimate, nostalgic look back at his storied career during Extraordinary: Stan Lee. The live show was broadcasted in more than 180 movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada.


Stan Lee Tribute, Tuesday, August 22, 2017, in Beverly Hills, CA. (Jeff Lewis)

Hosted by Chris Hardwick, special guests included: David Hasselhoff (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2), Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2), Alan Tudyk (Star Wars: Rogue One), musician/producer RZA (Blade Trinity), director Jon Schnepp (The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?), Peter Shinkoda (Marvel’s Daredevil), Kelly Hu (X2: X-Men United), director Morgan Spurlock (Super-Size Me), Todd McFarlane (Amazing Spider-Man), Andy Signore (Screen Junkies), writer Marv Wolfman (Crisis on Infinite Earths), producer Michael Uslan (Batman), director David Yarovesky (Guardians Inferno), producer/director Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk), Hal Sparks (Queer as Folk), Disney Imagineer Ted Robledo (Iron Man Experience). Continue reading “Extraordinary Stan Lee Event”

Jimmy Kimmel Live

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EDT and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band.

Following are the episodes scheduled to air the week of August 14–18 (subject to change):

Monday, August 14
1. Actor Ray Romano (“Get Shorty) 2. Actress Paula Patton (“Somewhere Between”) 3. Musical guest Bryson Tiller

Tuesday, August 15
1. Floyd Mayweather (“Mayweather vs. McGregor”) 2. Actress Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”) 3. Stand-up comedian Charles Gould

Wednesday, August 16
1. Actor Zach Galifianakis (“Tulip Forever”) 2. Actress Lake Bell (“I Do Until I Don’t”) 3. Musical guest Midland

Thursday, August 17
1. Actress Salma Hayek (“The Hitman’s Bodyguard”) 2. Actor Jay Ellis (“Insecure”) 3. Musical guest Bearstronaut 4. George Thorogood to sit in with Cleto and the Cletones

Friday, August 18

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format. Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers. Jason Schrift, Douglas DeLuca, Erin Irwin, David Craig and Jennifer Sharron serve as co-executive producers. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios. (CLOSED- CAPTIONED)

Enjoy “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on the web at http://www.abc.com/JimmyKimmeLive and at youtube/JimmyKimmelLive.

Facebook: Facebook.com/JimmyKimmelLive
Twitter: @JimmyKimmel
Hashtag: #Kimmel

Crown Royal portraits for Dads

With Father’s Day quickly approaching, celebs will soon be showcasing how they honor their fathers and husbands via their social handle. Vanessa Lachey posted early honoring husband Nick Lachey through a fun, digital portrait from Crown Royal. Fun stuff!!

Crown Royal is enabling you to “Crown Your Father” by creating a (free!) unique digital portrait that you can share with dad on social. Now through June 19th, sons, daughters and spouses who are 21+ can visit www.CrownYourFather.com to create a portrait of their dads, husbands or father-like figures as a regal, shareable gift, honoring the generous spirit of fathers everywhere.

Users can choose from five different royal backgrounds, each specially created for the “Crown Your Father” experience, that depict dad in kingly poses. Users are encouraged to share resulting images of their dads using the hashtag #CrownYourFather. 

THT Believes Clusterfest is Here to Stay

Jerry Seinfeld at Colossal Clusterfest 2017

“We’re incredibly excited and proud to be partnering with Comedy Central to launch Colossal Clusterfest in San Francisco, a city with such a deep and vibrant comedy history,” said Jonathan Mayers, co-founder of Superfly. “Comedy has been core to our programming at Bonnaroo and Outside Lands for over a decade and we’re thrilled to be creating an experience that shines the spotlight on comedy while still acknowledging our music festival roots.” Continue reading “THT Believes Clusterfest is Here to Stay”

An Escape For Kids Who Shouldn’t Have To Escape



An Escape For Kids Who Shouldn’t Have To Escape

Los Angeles June 6, 2017—The World Famous Laugh Factory will hold tryouts for its’ 33rd annual Laugh Factory Comedy Camp on June 17, 2017 from 11am to 3pm. Tryouts are open to disadvantaged children from lower income neighborhoods who are between 9 & 16 years of age.

Created in 1984 by Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada, the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp has helped over a thousand children in need to build self-confidence by developing their humor and creativity through the healing power of laughter.

The 8 week program is free of charge for those who are selected. Previous instructors have included: Richard Pryor, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, Bob Saget, Paul Rodriguez, Dave Chappelle, Jon Lovitz, Damon Wayans, Adam Sandler, George Lopez, Chris Tucker, and Gabriel Iglesias to name a few.

All the aspiring young comedians are interviewed and evaluated based on their desire to perform stand-up comedy.  At the end of the camp, each child performs a six minute comedy set on stage in front of friends and family.

One of the camp’s incredible success stories is Tiffany Haddish, star of “The Carmichael Show,” and star of the new Will Packer Universal Pictures feature film “Girls Trip” which also stars Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Jada Pickett Smith. Based on the fantastic buzz Tiffany is receiving for this film, she was hired to co-star in the new Tracy Morgan sitcom.

In addition to Haddish, Nick Cannon is also a Laugh Factory Comedy Camp alumnae. Comedy Camp was featured in the PBS documentary, “Standup: A Summer at Comedy Camp,” which aired nationwide.

“Laughter heals and gives these kids the self-esteem to overcome obstacles that many of us don’t have to face and to accomplish whatever they set their hearts and minds to,” says Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada

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