Stephen Colbert has JUST received approval from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for a "Colbert Super PAC," which will give him permission to "produce and air political advertisements." AWE-SOME.
It gets even better though! Stephen has also gotten permission to use Comedy Central parent company Viacom's production resources/airtime/staff without his ads being seen as an "in-kind" contribution from the company.
Viacom's MTV Networks have announced that they intend to start a new comedy awards franchise, appropriately titled The Comedy Awards, to be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom March 26th, and to be broadcast April 10th simultaneously on Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1, and Nick at Nite!
According to executive producer Don Mischer, the ceremony will recognize "the year's best comedy films, television series and digital content." The nominees - which will also include writers, directors, and actors in the field - have been selected by The Comedy Awards' board of directors, whose founding members include funnymen (and women) such as Billy Crystal, Will Ferrell, Whoopi Goldberg, Seth McFarlane, and Ray Romano!
Nice! We're totally looking forward to this!
A kind of ceremony celebrating this genre is long overdue!
First, South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker were forced to apologize for copying a spoof of the movie Inception from the CollegeHumor website and now they're being sued for ripping off the viral YouTube phenomenon What What (In the Butt).
Producers of the video, Brownmark Films filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Viacom, claiming that the breach was "willful, intentional, and purposeful, in disregard of an indifferent to the rights of Brownmark." The company is seeking a permanent injunction and maximum statutory damages.
The segment is very similar to Samwell's video, but we still think it's just a parody and could be deemed "fair use."
What do U think? Did Matt and Trey use artistic expression or was it copyright infringement?
Viacom's COO Tom Dooley noted a bunch of projects on the horizon, during the company's earnings call yesterday, and they're predominantly part 2's!
Here are some sequels that are currently on their way…
-Zoolander 2 - This is some really, really ridiculously good news!
-Star Trek 2 - First One Was SO Intense! We're def excited for this…and we're still waiting to see who will be the bad guy, since Khan is out!
-G.I. Joe 2 - As we've said before, the Channing Tatum factor helps this movie's cause but not too much
And here are the reboots on their way:
-New Jack Ryan Movie - Will Shia take over this role too?
-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Screenplay being developed in part by Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes. Don't those guys usually do horror movies though? Please don't taint our childhoods by making The Teenage Mutant Chainsaw Massacre!
What do U think about the sequels and reboots on their way?
Check out the following press release, which was sent to us by the mother of actress who voices Dora the Explorer, Caitlin Sanchez.
Basically, they're calling Nickelodeon a bunch of liars and they want some $$$$$!
October 12th, 2010
Member of the Press:
Caitlin Sanchez and her parents, in response to Nickelodeon’s public statement last week on October 7th, 2010 in reference to the lawsuit that they were forced to file against Viacom and its subsidiaries, would like to release the following audio file that captures Nickelodeon’s own Jodi Davis (Vice President of Communications, Nickelodeon) explaining to Hilda Sanchez (Caitlin’s mother) that Nickelodeon wants Caitlin to be the face and voice of Dora for the next 2 years. This is in total contradiction to their public statement that implied that Nickelodeon “dropped” Caitlin as Dora because her voice had changed and she was no longer able to portray the character, when in actuality, Nickelodeon wanted Caitlin to continue to portray the Dora character through June of 2012. In fact, Nickelodeon’s other public statement stated that they “did in fact offer Caitlin a contract for other work with them”, is another egregious lie. The only other work Nickelodeon had ever contractually offer Caitlin was another two-year, exclusive contract to portray Dora the Explorer through June of 2012.
This conversation was captured on July 13th, 2010. This audio file will expose Nickelodeon’s public statement as an egregious lie perpetuated by their own representatives in an attempt to damage the reputation and discredit the claims of 14 year old Caitlin Sanchez, voice of Dora the Explorer.
Caitlin Sanchez would like to express the fact that she last recorded as Dora on September 30th, 2010. So obviously, Nickelodeon had no problems with Caitlin’s voice or ability to portray the Dora character.
Caitlin Sanchez and family
Check out the audio file (above) which Caitlin Sanchez's family references in the press release. Assuming it's all legit, it certainly seems to coincide with everything written in the document. Nickelodeon COULD be in some trouble.