Image of The MPAA doesn't want you to see The Hangover II trailer
The MPAA doesn't want you to see The Hangover II trailer
Warner Bros. issued a sternly worded order to theater owners to pull the recently debuted trailer for The Hangover II from all showings of Source Code (or any other films it was attached to), as well as delete digital copies from their servers. No reason for the removal was given—when contacted, Warner Bros. only offered a “no comment”—although the letter does mention the MPAA, suggesting that the ratings board decided after the fact that its green-band approval for the preview was inappropriate... [Read More]
 
Image of Extremist Zachary Adam Chesser jailed for 25 years for South Park 'Mohammed in a bear suit' threats
Extremist Zachary Adam Chesser jailed for 25 years for South Park 'Mohammed in a bear suit' threats
An extremist who made online threats against the South Park creators for depicting Mohammed in a bear suit has been jailed for 21 years. Zachary Adam Chesser, 21, admitted the charges in October and said in court: ‘I accept full responsibility for all of my actions, and I would like to take the opportunity to express remorse.’ He made inflammatory posts on several websites in April last year warning South Park writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone they risked violent retribution for their actions, ... [Read More]
 
Image of Joke video lands 21-year old comic/musician Evan Emory in prison
Joke video lands 21-year old comic/musician Evan Emory in prison
Comedian and musician, 21-year old Evan Emory, finds himself facing felony charges and 20 years in prison after producing a joke video. The video is of Emory performing children songs at a elementary school. No harm done right? Not until, he decided to later record a song with sexually explicit lyrics and edit the video making it seem as if he was singing that song to the kids. Although the explicit song was not actually sung in front of the kids, Emory faces felony charges for “manufacturing ch... [Read More]
 
Image of SXSW Defends Comedy Lineup Against Allegations Of Sexism
SXSW Defends Comedy Lineup Against Allegations Of Sexism
South By Southwest released its 2011 comedy lineup yesterday and it features an impressive list of professional as well as up-and-coming comedians, along with satellite editions of hit alternative shows such as Scott Aukerman's "Comedy Death Ray" and Marc Maron's "WTF Podcast." But according to some comedians and fans, the lineup was demonstrably light in one particular area, and, as usual, twitter was the place to air grievances. [Read More]
 
Image of NBC Had To Pull Misleading Promo For 'Outsourced' | Deadline
NBC Had To Pull Misleading Promo For 'Outsourced' | Deadline
The most recent promo for NBC's new comedy series Outsourced aired last night during the network's Sunday Night Football and featured an NBC press release's quote disguised as a critic's praise. It turns out this was a mistake by the NBC department that cut the promo and pulled the quote without verifying its source. Now the promo has been shelved and will not air again. [Read More]
 
Image of Man in Letterman blackmail plot - Robert "Joe" Halderman freed from NY jail | AP
Man in Letterman blackmail plot - Robert "Joe" Halderman freed from NY jail | AP
The former television producer who tried to blackmail David Letterman over the comedian's office affairs has been freed from a New York City jail. City Department of Correction records show Robert "Joe" Halderman was released Thursday. He served four months of his six-month sentence and got time off for good behavior. [Read More]
 
Image of Brazilian supreme court blocks ban on satirizing politicians
Brazilian supreme court blocks ban on satirizing politicians
Brazil's supreme court has suspended a controversial ban on broadcast media satirizing candidates campaigning for the presidency, saying it infringed on free speech. The ruling issued late Thursday blocks a prohibition that had outraged comedians and commentators alike in Brazil, several of whom said had held protests saying it smacked of media restrictions dating back to the country's 1964-1985 military regime. [Read More]
 
Image of Brazil comedians challenge ban on ridiculing presidential candidates
Brazil comedians challenge ban on ridiculing presidential candidates
Brazilian TV and radio broadcasters are legally forbidden from making fun of candidates ahead of the nation's Oct. 3 election and a possible second-round runoff on Oct. 31. With the first wave of on-air political ads starting Tuesday, Brazil's comedians and satirists are planning to fight for their right to ridicule with protests in Rio de Janeiro and other cities Sunday. [Read More]
 
Image of NBC pulls Jimmy Fallon's Mad Men spoof after Emmy competitor complains | The A.V. Club
NBC pulls Jimmy Fallon's Mad Men spoof after Emmy competitor complains | The A.V. Club
NBC has been forced to pull a video featuring Emmy host Jimmy Fallon spoofing Don Draper (opposite a guest appearance from Christina Hendricks), after an unnamed network with a competing show in the Best Drama slot complained. [Read More]
 
Anti-Bill Murray Satire: Today's War of the Worlds? | Comedy Central Insider
On July 23rd, Stephenson Billings, an avid antique soda bottle collector and motivational children's party entertainer, released this story. It was a Christian right call to action, demanding the country boycott Bill Murray.. and it was satire. [Read More]