In 6th grade, when Rotten Tomatoes Senior Editor Grae was arranging movie outings for all her friends, she picked the movie. Through the years studying film at the University of Texas at Austin, being honored by Sundance and the Director’s Guild of America, and working as a filmmaker in Los Angeles, she realized how terrible she was at keeping her opinions to herself. The Popcorn Mafia podcast was born, and led to her becoming CNN’s movie critic. She also has dished the dirt with stars on HLN’s Showbiz Tonight, Fox News, G4’s Attack of the Show, and is a regular at the TV Guide Network and the Reelz Channel. Her passionate thoughts can also be heard on terrestrial radio all over North America. And just to note, she still won’t let other people pick the movies.
Movies this week:
- Shaun the Sheep
- Ricki and the Flash
- The Gift
- Fantastic Four
9:30AM (PST) – Camilla Cleese & Chaunte Wayans, Ancestry dot Comedy
Camilla Cleese is a comedian, writer, and actress, originally from London, but currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. A former professional equestrian, Camilla began pursuing a career in entertainment after attending UCSB. She was fortunate to start out working with and learning from her father, John Cleese, writing and performing in a number of tours and various other projects. In recent years, they co-penned the musical stage adaptation of the film, “A Fish Called Wanda”, and worked as a writer on the very first ‘Just For Laughs International Comedy Gala at The Sydney Opera House’.
In more recent years Camilla added stand up comedy to her repertoire, which has since become her favorite endeavor. She spent most of 2013 performing in Chicago, at The Laugh Factory, Zanies, The Comedy Bar, The Comedy Shrine, The Chicago Improv, Comedy Sports and various other venues. In the fall, Camilla participated in the Ventura Comedy Festival and the Cabo Comedy Festival, where she taped for an episode of “Stand Up and Deliver”, for NUVO TV which aired at the beginning of 2014. When in SoCal you can find Camilla performing at Flappers, Laugh Factory, the Comedy Store, Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway, Madhouse (San Diego), the Improv, and the Westside Comedy Theater, and various other independently produced shows and venues.
Camilla also produces original content which can be found on her youtube channel; sketches, stand up, and an assortment of other silly fun. Last summer Camilla performed for the first time in the UK. First touring for a few weeks around England, she then had a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her stand up show American…ish. Camilla also writes and performs with two sketch groups, firstly, with the all female sketch group, “Hersterical” a part of the Strait Jacket Society, and she recently joined the cast of TMI, a weekly sketch show done by The Second City. She can be seen in the upcoming “High and Outside”, an independent drama, and recently booked a lead in the feature comedy “Bachelorette Weekend”.
Following in her family’s legendary footsteps, Chaunté Wayans has proven that funny is in her genes. As humbled as she is to be a part of the family legacy, she proudly represents this new generation of Wayans’ making it’s mark in Hollywood.
Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Chaunté Wayans is more than her famous last name. Chaunté blows away audiences with a unique ability to invite them into her unconventional life while being very relatable. Her comedy often revolves around her experiences as a lesbian and how it’s helped her see both sides of a relationship, whether masculine or feminine.
Since pursuing a career in stand up comedy Chaunté has toured nationally with Russell Peters, Katt Williams, David Alan Grier, and her uncles Marlon, Shawn, and Damon Wayans and has fulfilled a dream to perform at New York’s famous Madison Square Garden numerous times. Chaunté is a featured cast member on MTV’s hit show “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out” and was also featured on TLC’s “Trading Spaces”. Most recently, Chaunté has appeared on Bounce TV’s “Off the Chain” and NickToon’s animated series “ThugaBoo”. She can be also seen on Katt Williams’ special “Kattpacalypse”, films “Hollywood Misconceptions” and “Dance Flick”.
When she is not touring or filming, Chaunté likes to spend time volunteering by feeding the homeless, performing stand up at women’s shelters, and giving speeches on bullying at high schools.
Three time Sundance director Bobcat Goldthwait is helming Call Me Lucky. His critically acclaimed and award winning movies “Willow Creek”, “God Bless America”, “World’s Greatest Dad”, “Sleeping Dogs Lie”, “Windy City Heat” and the cult classic “Shakes the Clown” have played in theaters and festivals around the world. In 2013 Goldthwait was named director of the year by Esquire Magazine for his dark comedy God Bless America.
As a television director Goldthwait has worked on such shows as “Maron”, “Chappelle’s Show”, “Important Things With Demetri Martin” and directed “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for three years. He has also directed comedy specials for Patton Oswalt, Anjelah Johnson and Morgan Murphy. In 2013 Goldthwait received a tribute and the German Independence Award from the Oldenburg Film Festival.
Kevin Sorbo emerged as a full-fledged international TV star when cast as the lead role of Hercules in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. He also starred in the original “God’s Not Dead”. His tv credits include the successful spin-off series Xena: Warrior Princess, as well as other successful film and TV series such as Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda; Two and a Half Men; and the fantasy action film feature, Kull the Conquerer. Kevin is also the author of the widely praised book, True Strength.
It was a cold night in London in 2012 when Haatchi, an adorable Anatolian Shepherd was abused and left for dead on railroad tracks, to be hit by a train. Although his life was saved, his leg and tail were severed, and Haatchi was left disabled and dispirited. Owen, known to his family as Little B for “little buddy”, was born with a rare genetic condition that leaves him largely confined to a wheelchair. Often anxious, Little B found it difficult to talk with people and make friends. But then, Haatchi met Little B…
When Little B’s stepmom Colleen and father Will decided to adopt Haatchi and introduce him to their son, the two formed an unbelievable bond that transformed both boy and dog in miraculous ways. An inseparable and unforgettable pair, Haatchi & Little B rescued each other.
Author and performer Jillian Lauren grew up in suburban New Jersey and fled across the water to New York City. She attended New York University for three minutes before dropping out to work in downtown theater, where she performed with Richard Foreman’s Ontological Hysteric Theater, among others.
Jillian is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, SOME GIRLS: My Life in a Harem, and the novel PRETTY. SOME GIRLS, which chronicles her time spent in the harem of the Prince of Brunei, has been translated into eighteen different languages. Her new memoir, EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED, will be released in May 2015.
Jillian has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine, Elle, Flaunt Magazine, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, Salon, and many other publications. Her work has been widely anthologized, including in The Moth Anthology and True Tales of Lust and Love.
Jillian is a regular storyteller with The Moth and performs at spoken word and storytelling events across the country. She gave a Tedx talk at Chapman University in 2014 and has been interviewed on The View, Good Morning America and Howard Stern, to name a few.
She blogs at Today Moms on MSNBC, The Huffington Post and JillianLauren.com, which was named a top 100 mom blog of 2012 by Babble Magazine.
Jillian is married to Scott Shriner, the bass player for Weezer. They live in Los Angeles with their son.