Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fear the Walking Dead Teaser Clips Expanding List By AMC.

I AM CHRIS FARLEY Release Announcement

Virgil Films to Release Network Entertainment's 
The Life Story of the Comedy Legend Opens in theaters on July 31st
and Comes to VOD August 11th
New York City - July 31st
Los Angeles - July 31st
Chicago - July 27th
Austin - August 4th
more cities to be announced

Brent Hodge's and Derik Murray's I AM CHRIS FARLEY, the definitive biographical film about the late comedy star featuring co-stars and colleagues such as Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon, David Spade, and many others, will open theatrically New York and Los Angeles on July 31st, 2015. The film will be available nationwide on VOD and across all digital platforms on August 11th.
About The Film
From the directors of A Brony Tale, I Am Evel Knievel, and the upcoming Johnny Cash - American Rebel, I AM CHRIS FARLEY tells Chris Farley's story, from his early days in Madison, Wisconsin and at Marquette University, through his work at the legendary club Second City to his rapid rise to the top of the comedy world on "Saturday Night Live" and in hit films like Tommy Boy and Black Sheep.

Sharing insights into the beloved funnyman are such co-stars and colleagues as Christina Applegate, Tom Arnold, Dan Aykroyd, Bo Derek, Pat Finn, Jon Lovitz, Lorne Michaels, Jay Mohr, Mike Myers, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget, Adam Sandler, Will Sasso, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Brian Stack, and Fred Wolf. The filmmakers also speak to Farley's four siblings, including his brother Kevin, a comedian and actor, and his brother Tom Jr., who wrote the biography "The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts."

With the full cooperation and participation of the Farley family, I AM CHRIS FARLEY showcases the performer's most memorable characters and skits from television and film, paired with iconic photographs, home movies, family snapshots and personal artifacts, to fully round out the story of this comedy legend - a bear of a man who nevertheless had remarkable grace and physicality. Clips from Farley's most memorable performances fill the documentary, from his breathtaking Chippendales audition alongside Patrick Swayze, to his comically ill-fated salesman in Tommy Boy, to his diatribes as Matt Foley, the motivational speaker who "lives in a van down by the river!"

Farley lived his life full speed and committed to make everyone around him laugh out loud, and I Am Chris Farley will tell his hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining story for the first time ever.

I AM CHRIS FARLEY was executive produced by Paul Gertz (I Am Steve McQueen, I Am Bruce Lee), Kent Wingerak (I Am Steve McQueen, I Am Bruce Lee) and Robert Pirooz (I Am Steve McQueen, I Am Evel Knievel)


Teen Titans Go! Easter Eggs

About the episode 
The producers of Teen Titans Go! pack plenty of laughs into each new episode. But that's not all you're likely to find. No, if you watch closely you just might catch some equally clever Easter Eggs. In this exclusive new #DCTV clip, Teen Titans Go!'s Dan Hipp lists off five of his favorites. So how can we get our yearbook signed by Dr. Manhattan?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Donate To Help The Next Generation Of Aspiring Writers.

Please support the next generation of science fiction and fantasy writers by making a pledge I am writing to support minority writers and writers with disabilities, who can only aspire toward independent living by the encouragement and support of their talents. Please note any pledge made will not go to me personally. It will go to charity through Clarion. So please pledge and help me to achieve a goal while achieving a greater goal to help others. Here is my profile link:  http://clarionwriteathon.org/members/profile.php?writerid=653516 and thank you.

Celebrate Bastille Day at the movies with FIAF!

This July, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, invites New Yorkers to celebrate Bastille Day at the movies!

·         As part of its CinéSalon series Jean-Claude Carrière: Writing the Impossible, FIAF will present Danton on Tuesday, July 14 at 4 & 7:30pm. The fiery passions that instigated the French Revolution come to life in Andrzej Wajda’svivid 1983 historical thriller starring Gérard Depardieu as the titular man-of-the-people who engages fellow French revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre (Wojciech Pszoniak) in a fiery ideological struggle.

For more information, visit:fiaf.org/events/spring2015/2015-06-23-cs-danton

Bring the whole family to FIAF’s Bastille Day on 60th Street, New York’s biggest and liveliest Frenchfêteon Sunday, July 12 from 12:30 to 5pm for screenings of award-winning, animated French films. Kids and parents will enjoy Five Shorts by Michel Ocelot,Animated Shorts from Poitou-Charentes, and the feature filmMinuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants, all free and open to the public!

For more information, visit:www.bastilledayny.com/films

About FIAF’s Bastille Day on 60th Street


The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, is thrilled to present Bastille Day on 60th Street, New York’s biggest and liveliest French fêteon Sunday, July 12 from noon to 5pm, over a three block stretch on 60th Street.

This year’s highlights include:


Free Performances!


·         New! Martinique’s Arpège Choir in their New York City début.

·         New! French-American electro-swing group Ginkgoa, French singer-songwriter Benjamin Swax, and DJ Ol’ Stark.

·         Delightful performances from our gorgeous can-can dancers, the jubilant Hungry March Band, and more!




·         New! Sample the crème-de-la-crème of French bubbly at an exclusive Champagne & Chocolate Tasting!

·         Wine, Cheese, Cocktails, and Beer Tasting! Sip delicious whites, reds, and rosés from the legendary vineyards of Bordeaux!


Family Fun!


·         New! Free screenings of award-winning French films for kids!

·         New! Free cooking and art workshops for kids!

·         Fabulous prize drawing, free French WorkshopsKids’ Corner“Pop-Up” Library, a mimeclassic Citroën cars, and more!


The best in French cuisine!


·         A feast of French delicacies from François Payard BakeryÉpicerie BouludDBGB Kitchen and BarFinancier Pâtisserie, and more!


News: CONAN at Comic-Con to feature casts of "Hunger Games," "Game of Thrones" and The Walking Dead"

CONAN at Comic-Con® International to Feature All-Star Guest Line-up,
Including the Stars Of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2,Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead

Special July 8-11 Episodes Will also Feature a Surprise Film Cast to be Revealed In San Diego

CONAN Set to Become First Ever Late-Night Show to Broadcast from San Diego During Comic-Con

When TBS’s CONAN heads to San Diego July 8-11 for a week of shows during Comic-Con® International, the late-night series will showcase the incredible star power coming to town for the annual gathering. Host Conan O'Brien will welcome the stars of three massive pop-culture phenomena: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (Thursday, July 9), Game of Thrones  (Friday, July 10) and The Walking Dead  (Friday, July 10). In addition, the show will welcome a special surprise cast from an upcoming film to be unveiled in San Diego. The special week will open with appearances by actor Elijah Wood and The Talking Deadhost Chris Hardwick.

CONAN's Comic-Con episodes will be taped at San Diego's historic Spreckels Theatre Wednesday, July 8 – Saturday, July 11, including two rare weekend shows. The episodes will air on TBS at 11 p.m. (ET/PT)each night and will be available across TBS and Team Coco's digital and mobile platforms the following day.

The following is a rundown of the week's guests:

Wednesday, July 8
Elijah Wood
Chris Hardwick

Thursday, July 9
The stars of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2:
Jennifer Lawrence
Josh Hutcherson
Liam Hemsworth

Friday, July 10
The stars of Game of Thrones:
Alfie Allen
John Bradley
Liam Cunningham
Natalie Dormer
Conleth Hill
Hannah Murray
Sophie Turner
Carice Van Houten
Maisie Williams.

The stars of The Walking Dead:
Norman Reedus
Lauren Cohan
Stephen Yuen
Danai Gurira

Saturday, July 11
Special surprise film cast to be revealed in San Diego during Comic-Con

TBS's Emmy®-winning late-night series CONAN, hosted by Conan O'Brien, airs weeknights at 11 p.m.(ET/PT). The show is produced by Conaco LLC, with Jeff Ross serving as executive producer.

Website: www.teamcoco.com
Twitter: twitter.com/teamcoco/ | twitter.com/conanobrien/
YouTube: youtube.com/teamcoco/

iZOMBIE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON Available on DVD September 29, 2015!



Just In Time For The Second Season On The CW, Feast On This...




The DVD Features All 13 One-Hour Episodes From The First Season, Plus Enhanced Content Including Deleted Scenes!


The Visions Arrive On DVD September 29, 2015


BURBANK, CA (June 29, 2015) From executive producers Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars, 90210, Party Down) and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars, The Ex List), Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment brings iZOMBIE: The Complete First Season to DVD on September 29, 2015iZOMBIE, the new hit series that nearly 3 million people are tuning in to weekly on The CW, stars Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time, Masters of Sex), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), Rahul Kohli (Eastenders), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill) and David Anders (Once Upon a Time, The Vampire Diaries).  The 3-disc DVD set includes all 13 episodes from the first season, plus deleted scenes and Comic-Con panel. iZOMBIE: The Complete First Season is priced to own at $39.98 SRP.


iZOMBIE stars Rose McIver as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life … until she’s turned into a zombie. Now stuck between half-alive and undead, Liv transfers to the city morgue to reluctantly access the only thing that allows her to maintain her humanity — human brains. But there are side effects to Liv’s new diet. With each brain she consumes, she experiences flashes of the corpse’s memories — including, at times, clues as to how they were killed. Her boss, a brilliant but eccentric conspiracy theorist, encourages her to embrace this gift and to work with an unproven homicide detective to help solve these murders … and quiet the voices in her head. 


iZOMBIE is  based upon characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint. The series was developed for television by Thomas & Ruggiero-Wright, who executive produce along with Danielle Stokdyk (Veronica Mars) and Dan Etheridge (Veronica Mars). iZOMBIE is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television.








1. Pilot

2. Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?

3. The Exterminator

4. Live and Let Clive

5. Flight of the Living Dead

6. Virtual Reality Bites

7. Maternity Liv

8. Dead Air

9. Patriot Brains

10. Mr. Berserk

11. Astroburger

12. Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat

13. Blaine's World




  • Deleted Scenes

·        iZombie: 2014 Comic-Con Panel


3 DVD-9s

$39.98 SRP 

Street Date: September 29, 2015

Languages:  English (5.1)

Subtitles: ESDH, Latin Spanish, French

Aspect Ratio:  Presented In 16x9 Widescreen Format

Approx running time: Feature - 548 minutes, Enhanced Content - 30 minutes

UPC: 883929486526

DVD Catalog # 1000575783

THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON arriving August 25th on Blu-ray + Digital HD and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment!



June 29, 2015











BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Five years ago, a man awoke from a coma in a hospital. For sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), what should have been a cause of celebration became the flash point for five years of unceasing horror, unrelenting personal sacrifice...and one of the most popular TV shows ever broadcast. On August 25th, Anchor Bay Entertainment gives home entertainment fans their annual Walker fix with THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON Blu-ray™ + Digital HD and DVD releases. Each 5-disc set presents all sixteen gripping episodes from the series that has single-handedly redefined the zombie genre. True to the tradition of the previously released seasons, THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON arrives jam-packed with three hours of insightful and provocative bonus features that give viewers yet another inside glimpse into creating the fallen world of the Walkers and the souls brave – and crazy – enough to attempt survival. SRP is $79.99 for the Blu-ray™ + Digital HD, $69.98 for the DVD, with pre-book on July 22nd.


Fans can also look forward to THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON Limited Edition. Once again, legendary collectibles creator McFarlane Toys has created another must-have unique package for the Blu-ray™ + Digital HD discs. Artwork and release date will be announced shortly.


Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” continues to grow in global popularity and audience viewership. The fifth season also saw the introduction of such notable characters from the graphic novel as Father Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam) and the cannibalistic Hunters. 


THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON cast also includes Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Chad L. Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green, Lawrence Gilliard, Jr., Michael Cudlitz, Emily Kinney, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Josh McDermitt and Andrew J. West. 


“The Walking Dead” Season 6 premieres on AMC this October.


Bonus Features on the Blu-ray™ + Digital HD and DVD include:

  • Audio commentaries featuring Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer Tom Luse, Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor /Director Greg Nicotero, Director Julius Ramsay; Actors Lauren Cohan, Chad L. Coleman, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, Danai Gurira, Alana Masterson, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Norman Reedus, Christian Serratos and Steven Yuen.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Inside “The Walking Dead” 
  • The Making of “The Walking Dead” 
  • The Making of Alexandria
  • Beth’s Journey
  • Bob’s Journey
  • Noah’s Journey
  • Tyreese’s Journey
  • A Day in the Life of Michael Cudlitz
  • A Day in the Life of Josh McDermitt
  • Rotters in the Flesh


Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros. Sign Global Multi-Series Deal For Boomerang

Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros. Sign Global

Multi-Series Deal For Boomerang


Nearly 450 Half-Hours of Original Content from Warner Bros. Animation to

Premiere on the Rebranded Network


New WBA Series BunniculaWabbit – A Looney Tunes Production and 

Be Cool Scooby-Doo! Set For Global Rollout This Fall



Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros. announced today that together, the two Time Warner companies are deepening their ongoing partnership with a global agreement that will build on the company’s two-network strategy by strengthening the pipeline of original content being developed for the recently rebranded Boomerang, the beloved network known for its funny and timeless contemporary animation.


The agreement, which represents the first-ever original content being developed exclusively for Boomerang, includes nearly 450 half-hours of programming from Warner Bros. Animation. The content will premiere on all Boomerang channels worldwide and on some Cartoon Network channels internationally, along with potential crossover with Turner Broadcasting's PogoBoing, Toonami and Cartoon Network (U.S.)


The partnership also extends Boomerang's access to the classic animation portfolio from the Hanna-BarberaMGM and Warner Bros. Animation collection, a total of 3,500 titles. Drawing upon the vast resources of the world’s largest animation library which includes contemporary classics from Cartoon Network Studios, Boomerang’s on-air schedule will continue to feature such timeless favorites as Tom and JerryLooney Tunes and Scooby-Doo!, programming that has multi-generational appeal and great co-viewership.


“Turner Broadcasting has a very strong kids and family business around the world and our exciting new partnership with Warner Bros. presents a number of new opportunities that will help strategically grow the Boomerang brand," said Christina Miller, President and General Manager, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang.  “Through this expanded relationship with our corporate partners, we will create new content that will engage fans across a variety of screens and platforms and further grow these timeless franchises that we’ll leverage not only across Boomerang but also our global kids and family portfolio of businesses.”


Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series, said: “With the television landscape becoming more and more crowded, we are extremely fortunate to have one of the largest animation libraries, with some of the world’s most iconic and revered characters, and to be embarking on this important new partnership with Turner and Boomerang. This deal presents an exciting creative opportunity to explore this vast collection, to develop new and compelling programming based on these beloved characters, and to introduce them to new generations of families.”


Premiering this fall will be the first of Boomerang's new original series from Warner Bros. Animation. Bunniculais an all-new animated comedy series based on the bestselling children’s book of the same name. The series follows the paranormal comedy adventures of Bunnicula the vampire rabbit, who — instead of drinking blood — drains the juice of carrots and other vegetables to boost his supernatural abilities. Be Cool Scooby Doo! is an all-new 22-minute animated comedy series featuring the Scooby gang, back with a modern comedic twist on the beloved classic. This time, the gang is working as hard to solve their own personal problems as they are to solve the endless, mind-bending mysteries that await them. In Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production, Bugs Bunny is starring in all-new shorts that find the iconic carrot-loving rabbit matching wits against — and getting the best of — classic characters like Yosemite Sam and Wile E. Coyote, along with brand new foes.

Please Support The Next Generation Of Science Fiction And Fantasy Authors.

Please support the next generation of science fiction and fantasy writers by making a pledge I am writing to support minority writers and writers with disabilities, who can only aspire toward independent living by the encouragement and support of their talents. Please note any pledge made will not go to me personally. It will go to charity through Clarion. So please pledge and help me to achieve a goal while achieving a greater goal to help others. Here is my profile link: .http://clarionwriteathon.org/members/profile.php and thank you.

Friday, June 26, 2015

HALLOWEEN COMPLETE COLLECTION shines at 2015 Saturn Awards!



June 26, 2015







Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Recognizes 

Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory™ 

For “Best DVD/BD Collection Release”



BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Four years after the Saturn Awards were born, an indie horror film was released that would transform the genre.  The 1978 John Carpenter terror classic, Halloween, was the beginning of one of the most durable, iconic and copiously studied horror franchises ever created.  Ten films and over three decades later, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory released the entire collection on Blu-ray™.  Last evening, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films awarded the Halloween Complete Collection with the Saturn Award for Best DVD/BD Collection release.   Malek Akkad, son of the original film’s producer Moustapha Akkad and producer of the next installment of Halloween, accepted the honor.  The event was held at the Castaway in Burbank, California and attended by an audience of over 600 attendees.  


The release was amidst a field of stellar releases including The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology, Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection, Steven Spielberg Director's Collection, Toho Godzilla Collection and Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30 Film Collection. The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films was founded in 1972 by Dr. Donald A. Reed to recognize and honor excellence among filmmakers in the science fiction, fantasy, horror and action/adventure/thriller genres.


“A huge thank you to the Academy for this award,” commented Trancas International Films’ President Malek Akkad.  “It is quite symbolic and emotional on many levels.  I have to thank the teams at both Anchor Bay and Shout Factory for the tireless work they did on the collection.  It’s crazy to see all the experiences and fantastic memories condensed into one small box.  I also want to thank all the craftsman – actors, writers, directors and especially John Carpenter and Debra Hill for their work on this amazing franchise.  Most of all though, I want to thank my father, Moustapha Akkad, who produced the first eight films.  He loved the franchise, the fans and everything about it.  It is on his behalf that I’m accepting this Saturn.” 


In a historic partnership with Scream Factory, the Halloween Complete Collection Blu-ray™ presents all the films in the iconic Halloween film franchise in a single package – all 10 films packaged together for the first time, including the newly restored Halloween 6 Curse of Michael MyersProducers Cut, the Halloween 35THAnniversary Edition, the two Rob Zombie films, and hours of NEW bonus features that will thrill fans of the legendary franchise and fans of modern horror cinema.

Some Philosophizing By Mark Rivera.

"People tend to have their preconcieved notions about whatever they experience with their eyes, nose, ears and tongue, but just as that cup cake one loved as a kid suddenly tastes too sweet when you have matured and the food we thought was bitter when we were kids suddenly does not taste so bad when we become adults, so it is that perceptions changes with age and nothing is constant. Thus let people believe what they want for only the stubborn refuse to see the fineline between tragedy and comedy, but the wise know it based on experience."

- Mark Rivera.

"Damn that was a good farout quote I just wrote. ;)"

Mark Rivera.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Rest In Peace Patrick Macnee.

Actor Patrick Macnee Passed Away At The Age of 93. Besides playing British Ministry Agent John Steed on The Avengers, Mr. Macnee also provided the voice of the Imperious Leader of the Cylon Empire in the classic 1970s space opera, Battlestar Galactica.

Purchased My First Mondo Art Print Poster Today.

One of my favorite John Carpenter films too. The Thing (1982).

TNT to sail into Comic-Con with "The Last Ship" and "Falling Skies"


June 25, 2015

TNT to Sail into Comic-Con with The Last Shipand Falling Skies

Panels and Activations to Celebrate Season 2 of Blockbuster Hit The Last Ship and Final Season of Epic Drama Falling Skies

TNT is bringing the explosive dramas The Last Ship and Falling Skies to Comic-Con International: San Diego 2015. TNT's presence at the annual gathering will include all-star panels for both series, plus an Oculus Rift virtual reality experience that puts fans of The Last Ship in the middle of the action. Among the many stars set to participate are The Last Ship's Eric DaneRhona MitraAdam BaldwinTravis Van WinkleJocko Sims and Marissa Neitling, along with Falling SkiesNoah WyleMoon BloodgoodWill PattonDrew RoySarah CarterConnor JessupColin Cunninghamand Doug Jones. Also participating are The Last Ship executive producer Hank Steinberg and Falling Skies co-executive producer Olatunde Osunsanmi.

Below is a rundown of TNT's events at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2015.

The Last Ship

The Last ShipIn honor of The Last Ship's second season – which is currently airing Sundays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) and available across all of TNT's on-demand platforms – the network is giving fans at Comic-Con the chance to dive into the show through The Last Ship Oculus Rift Experience. As part of this immersive activation, each participant will use an Oculus Rift headset to be transported into The Last Ship's fictional universe, where they must board a cargo ship taken over by the Immunes (immune survivors of the deadly plague that has nearly destroyed the entire population of the planet) and retrieve the last remnants of the primordial strain.

Also at Comic-Con, TNT will present a panel featuring The Last Ship stars Eric DaneRhona MitraAdam BaldwinTravis Van WinkleJocko Sims and Marissa Neitling, as well as series executive producer Hank Steinberg. The session will include Q&A from the audience and exclusive video clips previewing what's to come during the rest of the second season.

The Last Ship Oculus Rift Experience
Preview Night, Wednesday, July 86 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday, July 9 – Sunday, July 129:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Last Ship Comic-Con Booth
San Diego Convention Center: Booth #3629

The Last Ship Panel
Thursday, July 9, 1:45-2:45 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center: Room 6A
Panel: Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, Adam Baldwin, Travis Van Winkle, Jocko Sims, Marissa Neitling and executive producer Hank Steinberg
Moderated by Entertainment Weekly's James Hibberd

Falling Skies

Falling SkiesThis summer, TNT's Falling Skies will wrap up its epic tale with a spectacular final season, slated to launch Sunday, June 28, at 10 p.m.(ET/PT). In honor of the show's last season, TNT will present a panel featuring series stars Noah WyleMoon BloodgoodWill PattonDrew RoySarah CarterConnor JessupColin Cunningham and Doug Jones, as well as co-executive producer Olatunde Osunsanmi. The session, which will be held in one of Comic-Con's largest ballrooms, will include Q&A from the audience and sneak-peek video clips previewing the last season of this extraordinary series.

Falling Skies Panel
Friday, July 10, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center: Ballroom 20
Panel: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Sarah Carter, Connor Jessup, Colin Cunningham, Doug Jones and co-executive producer Olatunde Osunsanmi
Moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Darren Franich

TBS unveils new late-night competition show "Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman"


June 25, 2015

TBS Unveils New Late-Night Competition Show Funny Or Die Presents America’s Next Weatherman

Series to Premiere Aug. 8 at 11 p.m. (ET/PT), with Matt Oberg as Host

TBS is about to bring some stormy competition to late night with the brand new series Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman, produced by Funny Or Die, Mark Burnett and United Artists Media Group (UAMG). Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman features 12 competitors vying for a job as America's next great weathercaster. Matt Oberg (The Comedians) hosts the competition, which will be judged by longtime weather personalities Johnny Mountain (KABC, KCBS) and Jillian Barberie (Good Day LA). The series is set to premiere Saturday, Aug. 8, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) on TBS, with availability across TBS's on-demand, digital and mobile platforms the following day.

Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman marries the comedic and subversive voice of Funny Or Die with the production value and compelling storytelling of a show from Mark Burnett. Each classic reality show element – from the physical challenges to the dramatic vote-offs – will be tweaked through the Funny Or Die prism to create an original viewing experience. However, the stakes are 100% real as the contestants will be vying for $100,000 and an appearance on TBS's sister network CNN forecasting the national weather for the morning show New Day.

"Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman takes everything we know – or think we know – about weathercasters and then uses it to put 12 competitors through the wringer for a chance at the big time,” said David Eilenberg, senior vice president of unscripted development, late night and specials for TBS and TNT. "The results are really something. This series is a fresh and extremely funny addition to TBS's late-night lineup. We're especially excited that it extends our relationships with both Funny Or Die and Mark Burnett."

TBS has ordered eight one-hour episodes of Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman, which is based on a concept and format by the creative teams at Funny Or Die and UAMG, including Seth Morris (Kroll Show), who will serve as a producer on the show. Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrellserve as executive producers, along with Mark Burnett and Dean Houser.

"It's been such a good time working with Funny Or Die," said Burnett. "This will be the first time I've poked a little fun – actually a lot of fun – at what I am best known for. It's a real wink to our audience as we look for the next great meteorologist. The funniest part is that it turns out that these are actually terrific weathercasters."

"Reading between the lines of what Mark just said, it's clear that this is the most important show he's ever made," said Farah. "We can't wait to make Saturday nights at 11 p.m. in August appointment viewing for fans of comedy and competition alike."

UAMG has retained all international rights, which will be distributed by MGM.

The Competitors

"Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman" competitors and host

The following 12 hopefuls are set to compete on Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman (left to right):

  • Jennifer "Jazzy T" Williams (32), of Buffalo, N.Y., a radio personality with 10 years of on-air experience and a degree in telecommunications and digital media arts.
  • Frank Margini (32) of Old Tappan, N.J., a fitness trainer and former member of Air Force with a degree in criminal justice and only 5% body fat.
  • Jeff Forgeron (25) of San Diego, Calif., an Associated Press writer for Weather Underground who has a degree in meteorology.
  • Miller Robson (42) of Columbus, Ga., a former wrestler and local meteorologist/anchor who is working toward a degree in meteorology.
  • Jenn Barlow (28) of San Diego, Calif., a "sneaky smart blonde" with seven years experience as a television reporter and host.
  • Mackenzie Bart (23), of Columbus, Ohio, Miss Ohio 2014 who is currently working on her degree in atmospheric science.
  • Ron Hilliard (28), of Detroit, Mich., a news intern and SKYWARN-trained weather spotter with a degree in the interdisciplinary humanities of communications, theater and Spanish.
  • Michelle Rotella (27) of Germantown, Md., a meteorologist who graduated from high school at 16 before earning a bachelor's degree in meteorology.
  • Aubrey Evans (25), of Las Vegas, Nev., a model and skilled ice skater with an abundance of life experience to bring to the competition.
  • Christina Faraone (26) of Walden, N.Y., a Marine meteorologist technician whose master's thesis was on the role of weather in aviation.
  • David Collins (34) from Deland, Fla., a Navy veteran who graduated at the top of his meteorology class and spent four years as an operational weather briefer.
  • Drew Logan (26) of Westlake Village, Calif., a pastor and former college football player who recently completed his master's degree.

The Host and Judges

Matt Oberg serves as host of Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman. An actor, writer and improviser, Oberg currently stars as Mitch in the FX series The Comedians. He is best known for his work on the TV shows The Mindy Project and 30 Rock. Oberg's additional television credits include the ABC pilots Pulling and The Smart One, with Portia de Rossi, Malin Ackerman, Jean Smart and David Arquette, produced by Ellen Degeneres. Oberg can be seen in the upcoming Universal Pictures feature film Sisters, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. He got his start as a member of Big Black Car, an improv team at New York’s legendary PIT Theater.

Johnny Mountain is one of the most recognized faces in local TV news. He is a retired weathercaster for both KABC and KCBS in Los Angeles with close to 30 years of broadcasting experience.

Jillian Barberie started her career in her native Canada and quickly landed a prime gig at KTTV-FOX television on Good Day LA, where she spent 20 years as part of the highest-rated daytime shows in Los Angeles. In the year 2000, she joined FOX NFL Sunday to present the weather to millions of football fans

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER -- coming June 30th to Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Amplify Releasing!



May 6, 2015



“A deceptive, contradictory, barbed work of considerable formal audacity and artistic ambition.”

~ Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com


“One of this century's most breathtaking independent films.”

~ Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press











Beverly Hills, CA – Anchor Bay Entertainment and Amplify Releasing present the story of an odyssey that is also an oddity, KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER.  Directed by David Zellner, written by David and Nathan Zellner, and executive produced by 2011 Academy Award® winner Alexander Payne (The Descendants), this festival favorite won the Jury Prize at the Fantasia Film Festival and received a Special Jury Prize nomination at the Sundance Film Festival.  Bringing a generous cache of dark comedy and bright drama, KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTERwill be available on Digital HD and On Demand on June 19th and on Blu-ray™on June 30th.    


Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi, 2006 Oscar®nominee, Babel) is a cubicle-bound office worker seeking to escape her dour working life.  Relying on her imagination and unabashed courage, Kumiko thinks she has found a way out: she has become obsessed with a battered tape of a popular film – mistaking it for a documentary.  In particular she is fixated on the scene where a suitcase of stolen cash has been buried in North Dakota’s bleak landscape.  Believing this treasure to be real and waiting to be discovered, Kumiko leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it – and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies. 


Inspired by an urban legend, KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER is a beguiling journey of determination and delusion.  Sean Porter’s (2015 Independent Spirit Award nominee, It Felt Like Love) cinematography has created scenes of stark, cold beauty as we follow Kumiko’s dogged, misguided journey through the snowy countryside.  A quiet narrative of the mind’s perils and enticements, KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER gently reveals the twists and turns of the imagination that lie buried within us all.


The KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER Blu-ray™ bonus features include an audio commentary with the Zellner Brothers and producer Chris Ohlson, as well as deleted and alternate scenes.