His script included 20 revisions, but writer/director Eric Ustian never wavered about where his film, Most Guys Are Losers, would take place and be shot—Naperville, IL. “I always knew it had to take place in Naperville.,” says Ustian. “I wanted to promote the city and I love this place. I loved growing up here and in Chicago and wouldn’t shoot it anywhere else,”
While the script attracted Hollywood heavyweights like Mira and Paul Sorvino, Ustian cast about 75% of the actors from the Chicago area, many of them being familiar names. Ustian said, “Belmont Cameli originally auditioned for a different role. We knew he had talent and wanted to see him read for the role of ‘Trevor,’ a former Naperville North High School quarterback. When Belmont presented his next read, he was wearing a Naperville North football jersey. I thought—this kid is either a method actor, or he actually played football at Naperville North… turns out he did play there.”
In addition to Cameli, Ustian also cast a then-unknown South Side actor Kevin Miles. But, chances are you know him from the endless stream of national commercials he’s done as “Jake from State Farm.” Ustian took advantage of his hometown, with some “hometown discounts” as well. He managed to stretch his movie budget by filming part of it in his mom’s house. “Her rates were pretty impressive,” he said, “You can’t beat Free.”
Some of the film was shot at his friend’s bar, Frankies Blue Room, and the crew took advantage of capturing scenes on Naperville’s scenic Riverwalk. Most Guys Are Losers is a romantic comedy taking place over Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago. There, a college kid from California seeks approval from his girlfriend’s dad, a bar owner and author of the dating book, “Most Guys are Losers.”
May 5th, 2022, 4 p.m. at The Friars Club Featuring Comedian Kevin Pollak and Emceed by Ron Insana
BLOCKBOARD, the company that brings confidence, efficiency and transparency to marketers in the CTV/OTT space, presents The UpNEXT. As TV continues to undergo massive disruption with the viewership choices expanding and traditional media measurement unable to keep up, the timing is critical for marketers to rethink and develop new strategies. The UpNEXT will showcase how marketers are turning these challenges to their advantage, paving a confident path forward in the world of Connected TV / OTT. This event will take place on May 5th at the Friars Club—a famous private club made famous for hosting risqué celebrity roasts, and known for its exclusive membership, which is made up of some of the world’s greatest comedians and other celebrities.
A one-of-its-kind TV Upfront event, The UpNEXT will focus on the power and potential of trust, transparency and accountability amidst the tectonic changes in the media landscape. Join the company as it outlines the strategic vision, tool sets and client successes in the new world of Connected TV advertising showing companies and brands how to Connect with Confidence.
BLOCKBOARD leverages the power of blockchain technology for advertisers by guaranteeing human-based impressions through the elimination of fraud and waste. As a result, the ‘BLOCKBOARD Confidence Framework’ consistently delivers measurable business outcomes and earns trust in the CTV/OTT space from performance and brand advertisers. BLOCKBOARD finds the shift from media metrics to performance metrics is the key to success in CTV/OTT.
BLOCKBOARD is the first full-service video accountability company providing marketers with advertising distribution with the proven security of blockchain technology. “Blockchain technology holds everyone accountable through full transparency and third-party validation of advertisement metrics. That’s why advertisers interested in exploiting the emerging industry trends trust us,” says Matt Wasserlauf, CEO and Founder of BLOCKBOARD. “The UpNext event will bring all the pieces together, including accountability in digital advertising and original programming geared toward the advertiser,” he adds.
The UpNEXT will also feature an unveiling of a lineup of original programming from BLOCKBOARD Studios—a high-quality, boutique production studio focusing on original, compelling brand content and collaboration including:
The American Table, hosted by Ron Insana and Noelle Nikpour
Feel Ageless, with host Jennifer Pate
Laughter is The Best Medicine
The UpNEXT will be emceed by Ron Insana—American business journalist, senior analyst and commentator at CNBC, and host of The Market Scoreboard Report with Ron Insana radio show. Also featured will be a special guest performance by comedian, actor, and podcast host Kevin Pollak, well-known for films such as A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects and Casino. The event will introduce the growing team at BLOCKBOARD, including Founder, CEO and Digital Pioneer Matt Wasserlauf; President and CTO Tarun Yadav; EVP of Customer Success Matt Timothy; and SVP of Customer Experience Roxanne Geyer.
Follow The UpNEXT event with the hashtag #TheUpNEXT.
Founded in 2019, BLOCKBOARD was created out of a need for marketers to have confidence in their CTV/OTT video investments. BLOCKBOARD provides proven results to advertisers who demand accountability and assurance in media efficiency spend for their business needs. Built on blockchain technology, the BLOCKBOARD platform provides transparency and validation to each impression in a cookie-less world. To complete the solutions offering, BLOCKBOARD Studios develops custom video content for brand advertisers who seek bespoke creations to directly engage with their customers. Bringing decades of experience in online video and mobile platforms to the development of BLOCKBOARD, the company is the only one of its kind to deliver verified business performance results.
GAME THEORY WITH BOMANI JONES continues its first season SUNDAY, APRIL 3 (11:30 p.m.-12:00 a.m. ET/PT). New episodes debut each Sunday on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
The episode features topical commentary on this week’s most-talked about issues in sports, a one-on-one interview with actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and a deep dive into the Master’s Tournament.
Praised by The Guardian as “a sports savant and a sharp cultural critique” who is also “thoroughly engaging,” the Emmy®-winning Jones shares his satirical takes on the intersection of sports and culture through topical monologues, sketches and deep dives. Jones has been regarded by GQ as a “star with something to say” and “the most insightful sports commentator on television.”
About Bomani Jones:
Jones is currently a contributor on HBO’s “Back on The Record with Bob Costas” and has made appearances in HBO Sports documentaries “The Battle for Tobacco Road: Duke vs. Carolina” and “Runnin’ Rebels.” As the co-host of ESPN’s “Highly Questionable” and “High Noon” and host of the podcast “The Right Time with Bomani Jones,” Jones has enriched sports commentary with his own unique style.
GAME THEORY WITH BOMANI JONES is executive produced by Bomani Jones, Adam McKay and Todd Schulman from Hyperobject Industries, Stuart Miller, Morgan Murphy and James Davis.
The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival has announced five initial selections for the 28th edition of this year’s film festival. They include a recent hit out of Sundance, an award winner and an audience favorite from the film festival tour, an indie comedy with some familiar faces, and an international drama. As SLO Film Fest prepares to return to theaters and in-person events in April with signature and always-popular screening events like Surf Nite, and the Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase, these five films preview the variety and scope of the programming film fans can look forward to in what might be the most highly anticipated year yet for the film festival in the past three decades.
“This is a great sample size of films to tease what’s in store for our audiences this year,” said SLO Film Fest Festival Director Skye McLennan. “While we are hard at work to nail down the logistics and production details to make sure we come back in style and with all the fun and all of the great movie-loving energy that this film festival is known for, ultimately everything we do is built on the films we have selected. And we couldn’t be more thrilled with what we have got in store for everyone.”
Mye Hoang‘s documentary Cat Daddies about men who have had their lives changed thanks to their pet cats is already a certified crowd-pleaser on the film festival tour, Justin Monroe‘s you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it documentary Holy Frit, about artist Tim Carey and the artistic predicament he creates for himself won Best Documentary Feature at the Naples International Film Festival, and Rita Baghdadi‘s Sirens, about the growth pains of the first all-female thrash metal rock band in Lebanon, was a critical and popular hit out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
On the narrative side, Fabio Frey‘s My Dead Dad is a classic comic indie about a young man who inherits an apartment complex from his estranged dad and finds out from the tenants that he didn’t actually know the man. Among the film’s cast are Breaking Bad‘s Raymond Cruz, Red Rocket‘s Simon Rex, and Scarface‘s Steven Bauer. Representing the international offerings is Peter Luisi‘s Switzerland/Ukraine co-production, Princess, about the unexpected friendship that develops between a broken-down alcoholic and the young niece of his sister. Several years later, the now-grown woman is in trouble and the old man has an opportunity to repay her for her kindness when he was in need.
Passes are now on sale and information on the film festival can be found HERE.
About San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, San Luis Obispo’s laid-back vibe and serene natural beauty is the perfect setting for this highly regarded annual film celebration. Filmmakers rave about the warmth and attentiveness that is so much a part of the SLO Film fest experience, as does the swelling tide of industry pros and film critics who are fast discovering the film festival’s thoughtful audiences and unique programming sensibility.
CONTINUES WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH AT 8 pm ET/PT ON COMEDY CENTRAL WITH “City People”
“City People”: CARTMAN IS FURIOUS WITH HIS MOM WHEN SHE TELLS HIM ABOUT HER NEW JOB.
All-New Season Episodes will be Available to Stream in HD on SouthPark.cc.com, CC.com and the Comedy Central App post-premiere.
Comedy Central’s “South Park” the series launched on August 13, 1997, and is based on the VHS-shared, animated short entitled “The Spirit of Christmas.” Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the co-creators of “South Park.” Parker, Stone, Anne Garefino and Frank C. Agnone II are the Executive Producers of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning “South Park.” Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Bruce Howell and Vernon Chatman are Producers. Christopher Brion is the Creative Director of South Park Digital Studios. “South Park’s” Website is SouthPark.cc.com.
Quote from Langston Kerman, Jak Knight, Sam Jay and Chris Redd re: Inspiration for the Trailer:
“We wanted the ‘Bust Down’ trailer to reflect the absurdity of the show. This isn’t about warming hearts or giving voice to the voiceless. Our show is about finding comedy in the unimportant. Each episode these four characters escape societal pressures to strive and excel by digging themselves further into a metaphorical hole, which led us to this concept.”
Quote from Langston Kerman, Jak Knight, Sam Jay and Chris Redd re: Inspiration for the Series:
“’Bust Down’ is rooted in our friendship. Every character is a hyperbolic version of how we see each other, and every story is inspired by the bad choices we each naturally make out in the world. There aren’t a lot of straight comedies right now where people truly go for jokes that are raunchy, irreverent, and complicated, and at its core that’s what ‘Bust Down’ is all about. We believe true equality is being able to make a show about nonsense the same way white people have been doing forever. We just wanted to make something so fucking hilarious that it makes people laugh so much that they miss jokes and then have to circle back to watch again.”
The 2021 “People’s Choice Awards” were held on December 7, 2021, where the best in movies, television, music and pop culture were awarded exclusively by the votes of fans. The “People’s Choice Awards” were hosted by actor and comedian Kenan Thompson, and the award show broadcasted live from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA on both NBC and E! at 9PM ET/PT.
Honorees of the night included the Academy Award-winning actress, director and producer Halle Berry, who was named “The People’s Icon.” The one and only Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was honored with “The People’s Champion” award, and icon Kim Kardashian West received “The Fashion Icon” award. For the first time, the “Music Icon” award was given out and honored to Aguilera.
The 2021 “People’s Choice Awards” winners are as follows:
YouTube Originals premiered the first episode of “Copy That!,” the new five-part competition comedy series from Sony Pictures Television and executive producer Charles Wachter, where four-star YouTube creators each with a different, incredible skill, step out of their comfort zones and attempt to copy their fellow creators’ area of expertise in hysterical ways! Episodes debut daily on each spotlighted creators’ channel beginning on today only on YouTube. Additional “Copy That!” bonus content will premiere daily with each episode for YouTube Premium subscribers, only on the YouTube Originals official channel.
“Copy That!” stars Sofie Dossi (6.21M subscribers), Lisette aka Luhhsetty (3.15M subscribers), Rosanna Pansino (13M subscribers) and Preston (17.9M subscribers) who demo their gaming, cooking, dancing, or beauty and makeup mastery in a blur of action and charisma, and then it is up to the other star creators to COPY THAT! and nail their own version. Whether it be a delectable crêpe cake, make-up demos, or jaw dropping dance routine, the other star creators will be in over their heads trying to create their own magic in a space they know little about.
Fans can follow the episodic rollout on each creator’s channel daily:
“Copy That!” is produced by Sony Pictures Television and executive produced by Charles Wachter. Susanne Daniels is Global Head of Original Content for YouTube. Alex Piper serves as Head of Unscripted for YouTube Originals, with Cara Casey and Ryan Bratton overseeing “Copy That!” for the global platform.
About YouTube Originals
YouTube Originals are award-winning series, specials and livestream events for YouTube’s two billion active monthly users that entertain, inspire, connect, and educate audiences through authentic storytelling from YouTube creators, music artists and celebrities. By tapping into the platform’s growing global community, fan engagement product capabilities, and innovative content, YouTube Originals amplify the most popular and unique aspects of YouTube. Fans can experience YouTube Originals content for free through the standard YouTube platform (ad-supported), or through a paid subscription to YouTube Premium, which adds ad-free, bonus/exclusive content, and early binge access to select programming. YouTube Originals are available in over 100 countries worldwide. Keep up with the latest YouTube news by visiting the global platform’s official blog at https://blog.youtube/.
Don Clark, Chicago-based Film and Theatre Producer and Co-Owner of the Chicago Magic Lounge presents the World Premiere of WHEN HARRY MET REHAB – a comedy that takes sobriety seriously, based loosely on the real-life experiences of Chicago sports radio personality, Harry Teinowtiz. Dan Butler will star as Harry. Butler is best known for his role as “Bulldog” for seven seasons on the legendary television comedy Frasier, as well as “Art” on Roseanne. WHEN HARRY MET REHAB previews November 24 and opens December 5 at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, for a limited engagement. Co-authored by former ESPN personality and playwright Spike Manton (Leaving Iowa), WHEN HARRY MET REHAB chronicles in a humorous yet poignant way how an alcoholic on the edge of clueless annihilation ended up in the hands of a magician whose greatest trick was making his denial and excuses disappear.
In addition to his much-loved role on Frasier, highlights from Butler’s long and illustrious stage career include Broadway productions of Travesties, Biloxi Blues, Twentieth Century as well as the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s Lisbon Traviata with Nathan Lane and John Slattery.
Butler is surrounded by a powerhouse Chicago cast that includes Ora Jones (Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, as well as Broadway productions of Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Matilda), Elizabeth Laidlaw (Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Steppenwolf), Keith D. Gallagher (Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Northlight), Chiké Johnson (Steppenwolf, Goodman Theatre, Broadway production of Wit), and newcomer Richard Gomez (Columbia College, Chicago).
WHEN HARRY MET REHAB is an evening in the theater that will leave a mark that is flat-out funny, moving, and unforgettable. It is a story of redemption, perseverance, and hope. It is estimated that over 22 million Americans are in recovery. This show is for them, their families, and their friends.
WHEN HARRY MET REHAB will run at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago previewing November 24 and opening December 5 for a limited engagement through January 30. The performance schedule is as follows: Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm, Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm, with additional matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 pm. Tickets range from $42 to $85 plus processing fees. For tickets and more information, visit here or call the Greenhouse Theater Center Box Office at 773-404-7336.
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