Congrats to our funny friend Owen Weber on his appearance in the July 16, 2012 issue of US Weekly. Check him out on page 90 and 91 as a Top Cop for Us Weekly’s Fashion Police feature.
Owen is a comedian in Chicago and has worked with comics like Chelsea Handler (E!’s Chelsea Lately), Greg Vaccarello (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The King of Queens), Steve Iott (A&E, Comedy Central) and Ben Creed (Comedy’s Dirtiest Dozen). Owen is also a seasoned director and producer. He’s a 3-time CAB award winner and a 5-time Telly award winner.
You ever watch The Biggest Loser and think: “I need to put down the Ben & Jerry’s and get on that show.” Or maybe you’re singing along with a contestant on America’s Got Talent and your kids say: “You sing way better than that.” Want to change your life? Go to NBC.com Casting Call page and see if any of their reality shows are right for you. Here are a few looking for contestants now:
LOSING IT WITH JILLIAN MICHAELS: From the Emmy winning producers of The Office and The Biggest Loser and the former executive producer of Oprah comes…Losing it with Jillian Michaels! Families, this is your chance to have one of America’s top health and wellness experts, Jillian Michaels move in, kick butt and change you and your loved ones’ lives! She is ready to teach your family how to exercise, eat right and be healthy in every facet of your life. (Watch the video above.) THE BIGGEST LOSER: Do you have at least 100 pounds to lose? Are you outgoing with a great personality? Do you have the want, desire and a competitive edge to vie for this once in a lifetime opportunity to change your life forever and compete for $250,000? AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: Show America what you’ve got! And remember, all our acts started with an audition. THE SING OFF: Each week, a cappella groups from around the country compete for a Sony Recording Contract and national acclaim. Groups rehearse and sing the world’s most popular songs, arranged and performed like you’ve never heard them…no lip-synching, no back-up bands, no safety net. Compete in front of the show’s panel of professional experts. One group will be eliminated each episode and America decides in the live finale who will be the nation’s best a cappella group and will walk away with the ultimate prize. PERFECT 10: Perfect 10 is a new family-friendly competition series featuring 10 deceptively simple games that require savvy contestants to complete under pressure with a prize of $1 million awaiting the winner.
THE MARRIAGE REF: Jerry Seinfeld, NBC, the Executive Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show and the producers of “Super Nanny” now bring you The Marriage Ref, a comic, reality series where celebrities and a relationship referee help squabbling couples make peace. Created by Seinfeld himself, this is relationship advice with a comic twist. UNITED PLATES OF AMERICA: Do you have an idea for America’s next great restaurant? Are you sitting on a billion dollar concept? If you think your restaurant idea has what it takes to go national and bring in millions of hungry Americans, then apply now to NBC’s new reality competition series, “United Plates of America.” It could be one of the biggest prizes in reality show history and you don’t have to have any cooking or restaurant experience . . . just one great idea! BREAKTHROUGH WITH TONY ROBBINS: Tony Robbins and the producers of “Extreme Makeover – Home Edition” and “The Biggest Loser” are asking Americans to nominate extraordinary individuals who are struggling because of a tragic event or set of circumstances. Do you know someone with an interesting story? Someone with a big heart who suffered a horrifying setback? Their hopes and dreams for the future shattered through an accident, an illness, a natural disaster or a random act of violence. After tragic events, overcoming emotional pain, debilitating fears and physical injury may feel impossible. Moving forward takes enormous courage and incredible support, coaching and attention. Nominate someone who’s ready to get help. Tell us their story. Tell us your story.
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The Magistical, a magical animated film will be showing as part of the Jacksonville Film Festival tonight at 6 p.m. at the Five Points Theatre on Park Street. Our friend, Megan Blake, a professional actress in Hollywood, performs the voice of one of the main characters in the movie. Come see a family-friendly, magical movie and maybe meet one of the stars!! Tickets available at the box office until they’re sold out.
Here’s what the story is about: Thirty-something Charlie seems to have it all: a brilliant job, a beautiful girlfriend and everything money can buy. But something is missing. When his best friend dies, he sets off on a quest to discover his real purpose in life. On the way he meets Grace, a beautiful eccentric who will change the way he looks at the world forever.
The magical comedy stars Jason Flemyng, who played Benjamin Button’s father in the Oscar-winning film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Other cast members include: Kirsty Mitchell, Maureen Lipman, Frank Finlay, John Sessions and Kulvinder Ghir.
A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to award-winning film composer Shawn K. Clement on his newest Hollywood deal. He will be scoring the new 3-D, CGI, sci-fi film QUANTUM QUEST. The film has an all-star cast including sci-fi film icons Chris Pine, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayden Christensen, Amanda Peet, Robert Picardo, Brent Spiner, James Earl Jones, William Shatner, Mark Hamill, and Astronaut Neil Armstrong. Clement’s sci-fi music credits include such projects as BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and BATMAN: RISE OF SIN TZU. He will record his original score for QUANTUM QUEST at George Lucas’ legendary Skywalker Ranch in April with 82 piece orchestra. QUANTUM QUEST premieres in theaters in late 2009.
Oh, yeah…and all the music for FunnyFixx.com original web shows, THURAPY, MAYOR OF PANTHER COUNTY, PANTHER COUNTY NIGHT SCHOOL, THE JUNIOR SHOW, PANTHER COUNTY CHIHUAHUA RANCH and others was composed by Shawn.
Friends checking FunnyFixx.com for the amazing video called The Curious Case of Forrest Gump were disappointed when they found it missing several days in a row. Through diligent snooping and dumb luck, I’ve found a new link and so…finally, Benjamin and Forrest are back on FunnyFixx.
Last night I saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (see the video in my 1/30/09 post comparing Benjamin Button to Forrest Gump) and was surprised to discover Jason Flemyng (see pic above) featured as Benjamin Button’s freaked-out father. Jason starred in the British comedy I wrote, Lighthouse Hill (see the trailer in my 1/29/09 post below). I had the pleasure of working with the actors and director in rehearsal in England shortly before Lighthouse Hill was shot.
One night while riding back in the car with Jason from the pub where we were shooting the film north of London, Jason got a call from Brad Pitt or “The Pittman” as he called him. I believe they’d met when they were both in Guy Ritchie’s film, Snatch and had been friends ever since. It could be that Brad Pitt was of help to Jason when producers were casting Benjamin Button. Jason is a excellent actor and underrated in my opinion. If you watch the Lighthouse Hill trailer, you’ll hear Jason’s natural speaking voice. His role in Benjamin Button required a Southern accent which he did spot on.
Both Benjamin Button and Lighthouse Hill are magical realism stories and if you are a fan of that genre and liked Benjamin Button and Forrest Gump, you may consider getting Lighthouse Hill on DVD when it’s released on Amazon.com in March.
Since our Thurapy and Secrets of Panther County videos are on FunnyOrDie, we thought it was only right that FunnyFixx’s first “un-original” funny acquisitions were original Exclusives from the folks at FunnyOrDie. Besides, we love whacked-out ideas and whacked-out actors.