Comedy Central Partners With Twitter To Launch Comedy Festsival

In January, Twitter introduced a video-sharing service called Vine that allows its users to post six-second video clips – brevity that matches Twitter’s model of 140-character messages. Now, Comedy Central is using that service to host a five-day event called a comedy festival in which a lineup of comedians post their six-second stories and jokes followed by the hashtag #ComedyFest.

Comedy Fest

The event started on Monday (April 22) with a live stream of a discussion between Hollywood director Judd Apatow, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner followed by a ‘Vine-Dining’ party hosted by comedian Steve Agee on Tuesday wherein he posts his six-second anecdotes.

This partnership with Twitter is just the cable channel’s first step in becoming a branded entertainment company that doesn’t rely only on nightly television viewing. Next month, it is reported that it will introduce a free, ad-supported app called CC: Stand-Up that will offer videos of comedians performing routines.

“One of these days we will be ambivalent about where people watch Comedy Central,” senior vice president for digital media, Steve Grimes, told NYT in one of its interview.

At the other end, the event is part of Twitter’s efforts to develop into a fully-fledged entertainment platform, following the launch of its #music app the week earlier. However, the company’s interest in the endeavor is ostensibly for the main purpose of gaining more users, rather than making a full jump to becoming a video platform.

Selena Gomez Flies Off To Norway…To Meet With Bieber?

Last April 16 and 17, Canadian pop star Justin Bieber just had a concert in Oslo, Norway and has now gone to Copenhagen with probably a very big smile on his face. Why? Well, although it is still unconfirmed, almost everybody in the media is saying that it’s very likely because he and former girlfriend Selena Gomez have reunited.

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According to E! Online and other media, the Come and Get It singer was reported to have landed in Oslo just ahead of Bieber’s concert. TMZ claims that her being there was “no coincidence”, saying that the 20-year-old singer/actress has no reason to be there. She has no scheduled appearances, concerts, or movie promotions, which could only mean one thing: that she’s there for the Bieb. Her reasons for meeting up with him are still unknown.

Whatever was Selena’s objective is to fly 5,000 miles (that’s 14 hours) from Los Angeles to Oslo, it sure did make Justin very happy. On April 18, he took to Twitter to thank all of his Norwegian fans for good times he had during his performance. But then what piqued everyone’s curiosity is the tweet that came after that, which is basically just made up of one word: “Smiling.”

What do you think happened between the two young pop stars that made Justin happy? Do you agree with the guys over at TMZ?

‘The Lone Ranger’ Latest And Final Full Trailer

Walt Disney Pictures has just released a latest and the last theatrical trailer for Gore Verbinski’s big screen take on The Lone Ranger, which is due to hit theaters in July 3. Disney did pretty good in showing just enough info to fill in anyone who isn’t familiar with the Lone Ranger’s back story and how Johnny Depp’s Tonto would compare to the original classic just before treating the viewer to some epic train sequences.

The Lone Ranger

The movie is reported to have cost well over $200M, which is why it is dubbed by some as the biggest gamble of the summer. Based on this latest trailer, many still have varying opinions as to whether the film actually looks like it’s worth that much.

Anyway, as part of another promotional effort, The Lone Ranger also made a surprise appearance at CinemaCon on Wednesday in Las Vegas. Stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Director Gore Verbinski, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer dropped by to present 20-minutes worth of footage from the film. One of the highlights of visit was Depp’s witty comment about their heights just before they showed the footage.

“Armie is very tall, which means we aren’t short,” Depp quipped.

The Lone Ranger also stars Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Patton Oswalt’s Response To Boston Marathon Bombing Goes Viral

In the wake of the bombing incident that happened on Monday at the Boston Marathon, many in Hollywood expressed their sympathies and showed their support for all the victims and families who were affected through social media. But one celebrity’s message in particular managed to resonate with a huge number of people on the internet so much that it became viral. I’m talking about Patton Oswalt and the inspirational message he posted on his Facebook page which has now been shared more than 200,000 times, ‘Liked’ more than 300,000 times, and has received over 14,000 comments. And then of course, there’s the tweet;

In his open letter on Facebook, the Virginia-born comedian reminds the people of all the good in the world. He argues that humanity is not “inherently evil,” and that he believes that good will ultimately prevail in the end because tragedies like the Boston bombings force good men to act together and eradicate evil, much like white blood cells on a virus, though not by violence but by love.

Monday’s bombings claimed three lives and injured more than 170 people.

Game Night Guys

Do you like party games? If so, then perfect because today’s featured podcast is made just for people like you in mind. Called Game Night Guys, hosts Brian and Curtis introduce a new type of game on each episode that you can go and play with your friends and family during parties and get-togethers. From classic board and traditional card games to games play online or with a pencil and paper, Brian and Curtis will first give you a little background on the game they’re about to play and the rules before they start testing their mettle as they try to figure out the game.

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Have a great time listening to these guys’ hilarious commentaries as they try to compete with each other together with their guests. You’ll end up being entertained regardless of how the game finishes.

In this episode, the two are joined by an all-female cast consisting of Kandice, Kristin, and Meredith from Game Night Gals together with a new player, Wendy. Together they all tackle a game called Donkey: It’s a Kick!, a fast-paced and unpredictable card game that’s best played with a large group.

Find out more about this episode by checking it out on their official site.

Late-Night Hosts React To Boston Bombing

To think that making people laugh is already hard enough, what more if you’re still expected to do the same just fresh out of a tragedy – especially if it’s really close to home? Such is the case of three late-night television hosts after the tragic bombing incident on Monday at the Boston Marathon event.

Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, and Craig Ferguson all opened their monologues with a different tone than usual as each of them addressed the afternoon’s unfortunate incident by expressing how they felt about it.

Jimmy Kimmel

“Very bad things happened today for no good reason, and our thoughts are with the people of Boston and everyone who is suffering as a result of the bombings at the marathon,” Kimmel said about the incident during his monologue. “It’s a disgusting thing. I don’t understand it. But my job is to make you laugh, so I will try to do that – and I will probably fail. I’m failing already,” he added.

Craig Ferguson

Over at CBS, Ferguson tried to hold back from using profanity, saying, “People say to me ‘Craig, your job is to make people laugh at the end of the day.’ And I think, yes, that’s true, but I’ve never professed to be any damn good at that. And, the thing is, people want their mind taken off it. And I think, well ok, if you want your mind taken off it, you know, watch a cartoon or a video or something. I understand it, it’s perfectly acceptable. I don’t think it’s a terrible thing to not want to think about it, but I can’t not think about it.

Also, I have a personal connection with the city of Boston. I have some history there. I have family there. When I became an American citizen in 2008, I spoke at Faneuil Hall on July 4, at the invitation of Tommy Menino who is the mayor of Boston, and one of the more colorful characters in American politics…. I’ve been there for the Fourth of July many times… and every cop in Boston looks like I’m his brother… My first stand up special in America, I shot it in Boston. I like that town. I’m appalled by this thing and when I watch it on these streets that I know, it’s horrifying.”

Conan O' Brien

And then on TBS, O’Brien expressed his feelings with a bit of humor, “We have a great show for you tonight. But first, I have to mention what an upsetting and sad day it’s been. Boston is my hometown – it’s where I grew up, and it’s where my family lives. So I just wanted to take a moment to say that – like everyone here – my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston and everyone who has been affected by this senseless act. That said — it is our job to do a show. We’re going to try and entertain you the best we can. Which, given our track record, gives you people a 20% chance of having a good time tonight.”

And in case you’re wondering, David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Jimmy Fallon decided to express their sympathies by going dark this week.

The bombing in Boston left three people killed and at least 144 injured.

Moment Of Clarity Podcast

If you’re looking for a podcast that has something to do with zen and meditation then sorry to say but you are mistaken with this one. Although you may find enlightenment as you listen to Lee Camp’s Moment of Clarity, a peaceful outlook is not something that you’re likely to get unless you find peace in listening to blunt and painful, albeit honest, opinions.

Moment of Clarity

This is the show that will either leave you happier or angrier, or both as Camp shares what he thinks is wrong with this world. His is a brand of comedy that’s reminiscent of George Carlin’s, making you laugh with harsh facts. His forte is more on political comedy, and some may find his material is a little on the left side.

Most of the time his episodes run for only about 5 minutes or less and sometimes it can go to about half an hour to a full hour. Rest assured each episode, which you can find in the link above or in iTunes, is worth listening to.

Betty In The Sky With A Suitcase!

Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase is a podcast where real-life flight attendant Betty shares her stories and experiences that give us a glimpse of what it’s like to be in her line of work. She also gets other people in her industry to share their own personal funny and insightful stories.

Listening to her podcast is almost like having a good friend telling you how things went at the workplace, over a cup of coffee.

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Betty in The Sky with a Suitcase

Betty tells her stories in such an interesting way that draws you in. She delivers them with such a positive attitude and enthusiasm that you could tell that she really loves her work. It’s also good that she records the voices of her guest interviewees as they share their own stories and then plays them back on her show afterwards rather than retell the stories herself, so you get treated to fresh firsthand accounts of their experiences.

If you’ve ever wondered what sort of stories pilots and flight attendants have to tell then chances are that you’re gonna enjoy listening to this podcast.

Listen to her latest episode, or if you want to know more about Betty, you can visit her official website.

MTV Movie Awards Show First Trailer From ‘Catching Fire’

The first ever trailer for the highly anticipated upcoming sequel to Hunger Games was just shown on Sunday night during the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, much to the excitement of everyone who was watching. Waiting for the trailer was excruciating as the website tantalized fans with its countdown timer and picture gallery.

Catching Fire
Image source: Facebook

If you didn’t get to catch the show that night, don’t fret since it’s already available online (as if that didn’t even cross your mind to begin with) and we’re here to show it to you so you won’t have to go Googling for it anymore.

The trailer was presented by Liam Hemsworth , the film’s co-star, and it mostly features Donald Sutherland as President Snow and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee in a scene, plotting Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) fate.

Catching Fire
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In this second installment of the trilogy, Katniss and Peeta’s recent victory from the tournament might have had an effect on the people living in the districts, which President Snow and Heavensbee didn’t quite seem to like. A rebellion seems to be brewing, hence their sinister plan against Katniss and her partner.

“She has become a beacon of hope… so she has to be eliminated,” said Snow in the trailer.

“I agree she should die,” concurs Heavensbee, “but in the right time, in the right way.”

The movie is due out in November 22.

Actress Loses Lawsuit Against IMDb Over Age Revelation

A little-known actress by the name of Huong Hoang (a.k.a. Junie Hoang) just lost her case against IMDb (Internet Movie Database) on Thursday, April 11, for breach of contract. Hoang, who’s born in 1971, signed up on IMDb Pro but indicated 1978 as her year of birth in her personal information. But when the site published her real age, she accused it of violating privacy policy and breaching user agreement.

Huong Hoang
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The actress claimed that offers for roles dried up after the popular online movie database mined her account information to learn her true age, then posted it on her profile in 2008. Even the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists showed their support for Hoang by making a joint statement that read, “IMDb publishes the actual dates of birth of thousands of actors whose names are unknown to the general public. When their actual ages then become known to casting personnel, the 10+ year age range that many of them can portray suddenly shrinks and so do their opportunities to work.”

However, IMDb used the First Amendment to counter Hoang’s accusations saying that it has the right to publish accurate information. Plus, it also argued that Hoang wasn’t able to provide proof that she has indeed lost money and roles saying that she “did not present any testimony, documents, or other evidence supporting her damages allegations of lost income and profits.”

In a motion during the trial, IMDb said that, “Hoang now seeks to hold IMDb liable for publishing the truth. Yet none of these events would have occurred if Hoang had not first provided IMDb with a false birth date, and then insisted that IMDb investigate its own files for proof of her birth date.”

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