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Brooklyn Journo Heads to Toronto to Ask – Do I Sound Gay?

It started, as so many independent film efforts these days do, on Kickstarter. In the case of Brooklyn journalist David Thorpe, he was able this spring to raise a very impressive total of $120,523.

The other remarkable thing about Thorpe’s feature documentary Do I Sound Gay? is how quickly it has progressed from the May 30 campaign close to a world premiere. The film will be unveiled Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival. From the synopsis:

After a break-up with his boyfriend, Thorpe embarks on a hilarious and touching journey of self-discovery, confronting his anxiety about “sounding gay.” Enlisting acting coaches, linguists, friends, family, total strangers and celebrities, he quickly learns that many people — both gay and straight — often wish for a different voice.

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FishbowlLA’s Halloween Weekend Picks

ALL WEEKEND LONG
Halloween Highway 2 – Forget the haunted house, go for the haunted parking lot. The Art of Bleeding performance troupe will create a gruesome, multi-vehicle car crash tableau out in the street. Featured performers willing to wade through the gore include Margaret Cho, Andy Dick, Neil Hamburger, Eddie Pepitone and many others. And I’ve heard rumors of naked ladies blood wrestling, but who knows. 8 p.m., Steve Allen Theatre, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, 323-666-4268. $10.

SATURDAY
FIVE BY FIVE: Los Angeles Writers Read Classic Noir – PEN Center USA hosts an evening of spooky story telling by creepy local authors, including Carolyn Kellogg, David Kipen, and Joseph Mattson. The Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. Bar crawl to follow, maps provided. 6 p.m., The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring Street. Free.

SUNDAY
Vincent Price Movie Festival – The Bing Theater at LACMA will screen six films featuring the King Of Horror, including The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of Red Death, and The Fly each featuring the King Of Horror himself. Showtimes run from 1:00 to 9:15 p.m. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard. 323-857-6000. Free.

MONDAY
The Fifty Year Sword – Author Mark Z. Danielewski presents a theatrical rendition of his illustrated ghost story novella, “The Fifty Year Sword” with help from shadow masters Christine Marie & Ensemble. 8:30 p.m., REDCAT Theater, 631 W. 2nd St., 213-237-2800. $20.

KCRW to Air Marc Maron’s WTF

No idea how they’re going to pull this off, but KCRW has decided to air 10 episodes of Marc Maron‘s wonderful podcast WTF–which, if for some reason you can’t figure it out, stands for “What the Fuck.” And therein, seemingly, lies the trouble. Maron begins each and every show by saying fuck no less than 12 times, and isn’t shy about using it during his interviews either. Why should he be shy? It’s his podcast.

But the FCC might have something to say about the matter if anything close to an unedited podcast goes over the airwaves. Especially on Sundays at 11AM, which is when KCRW plans to run the program.

The shows KCRW chose to air are all old, so they’ll have plenty of time to scrub them clean. It will be interesting to see what’s left.

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Margaret Cho Claims Bristol Did DWTS To Please Mother Palin

When Bristol Palin signed on for Dancing With the Stars, there was plenty of speculation that she was going to embarrass her mother all over again. But according to her DWTS co-star Margaret Cho, it was Sarah Palin who insisted Bristol slap on her dancing shoes. Cho writes on her website that:

…the only reason Bristol was on the show was because Sarah Palin forced her to do it. Sarah supposedly blames Bristol harshly and openly (in the circles that I heard it from) for not winning the election, and so she told Bristol she “owed” it to her to do DWTS so that “America would fall in love with her again” and make it possible for Sarah Palin to run in 2012 with America behind her all the way. Instead of being supposedly “handicapped” by the presence of her teen mom daughter, now Bristol is going to be an “asset” – a celebrity beloved for her dancing. I am sure the show wasn’t in on this (but who knows anything really).

Cho goes on to say that she genuinely liked Bristol, despite their political differences, and to compliment her performance on the show. She also notes that, having spilled the beans on the Palin family, “I am scared I am going to wake up with a decapitated moose head in my bed.”

Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Interview World

Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald and team continue to quietly build his Charlie Rose iteration, posting conversations that can be accessed on a sliding scale subscription basis. Last week, interview subjects included filmmaker Oliver Stone and Andy Bichlbaum, co-director of a documentary described as “Bruno meets Michael Moore.” He spoke with Greenwald colleague Christopher Sprinkle.

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Satiristas!: The Book

We may need to have a word with Paul Provenza‘s marketing team. His new book Satiristas! is out now…as opposed to right before the holiday season. It’s an epic book of interviews with epic comedians and the perfect Hanukkah and/or Thanksgiving gift for all your depressed relatives. Boxing Day, anyone? Provenza, director of the film about comics’ dirty little secret inside joke The Aristocrats joins photographer and co-author Dan Dion and interviews nearly 100 “comedians, contrarians, raconteurs and vulgarians.” The likes of Drew Carey, George Carlin, Vernon Chatman, Cheech & Chong, Margaret Cho, Stephen Colbert, Billy Connolly and Troy Conrad and everyone else in between. It’s an encyclopedia (that’s a paper wikipedia out there for all you tweens) of funny/angst.

Buy a copy here.

4 Questions For Media Panel Moderator Extraordinaire Sara Benincasa

sara.jpgAt mediabistro.com’s Dessert and Discourse event for women’s magazine editors earlier this month, moderator Sara Benincasa guided the conversation about digital content creation with humor and an expert command of the issues at hand.

At one point she warned all of the women in attendance that “the cattiness” was about to come out as she asked panelists to talk about specific Web sites that were doing things wrong.

Benincasa, a stand up comedienne known for her side-splitting impressions of Sarah Palin during the election last year, has more moderating duties on tap. This week, she’ll lead a panel at Mediabistro’s UGCX conference in New York on entertainment media on the Web, featuring blip.tv’s co-founder Justin Day and director of content development Eric Mortensen.

Benincasa took time out of her busy work schedule to talk to FishbowlNY about her career, her life as a media panel moderator and where you can find her beyond the mediabistro.com stage.

FishbowlNY: How did you get into stand up comedy?

Sara Benincasa: I was doing my masters degree in education at Teachers College at Columbia, and I felt confused and scared because I didn’t have the passion for teaching that my classmates and professors displayed. I remember crying in a seminar one day and admitting, “I just don’t know if I belong here.” It’s a wonderful community, but I knew I couldn’t live up to its legacy and to the aptitude of my peers. One of my peers happened to have just quit her job at Comedy Central, and she pulled me aside after class one day and suggested I try stand-up comedy. I guess she thought I had funny comments about No Child Left Behind and lesson plan design. Which I did, because both of those things are inherently HILARIOUS. So my first gig was opening for two professional comics at an event sponsored by the United Nations and the Rockefeller Foundation during International Women’s Week 2006. I got paid $40 and thought that meant you got paid for every set you did in stand-up. Oh, how wrong I was.

I did jokes about the differences between Hindi, Urdu and Farsi, and I killed with the Middle Eastern and subcontinental Asian grad students in the crowd. And when you’ve got that crowd on your side, you can take over the world.

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Wil Wheaton is Beating Britney Spears

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The finalists for the Best Celebrity Blogger for the Web Blog Awards are Kat Dennings, John Mayer, Britney Spears, Alyssa Milano, Kanye West, Brea Grant, Margaret Cho, Mark Cuban, Gilbert Areanas and Wil Wheaton.

And according to our sources – Wil Wheaton (pictured above with GalleyCat editor Ron Hogan at BEA last year) is winning with a pretty major margin over second place holder Britney Spears. The whole thing is horribly unfair…to Britney. Wheaton writes for LA Weekly and is a published author. And Britney likes cheese.

No contest.

Anyway, for the contest – vote for your pick here.

Prop 8: The Musical

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Composer Marc Shaiman, director Adam Shankman present John C. Reilly, Allison Janney, Margaret Cho, Andy Richter, Maya Rudolph, Jack Black and Neil Patrick Harris in a musical of biblical proportions…

“Marriage will save the economy…”

We like how if there is a religious zealot on television, film or the internet Allison Janney is playing it.

Oscar Improvements Suggested

In today’s LA Times, Patrick Goldstein, that brick-throwing radical, suggests that the Oscar producers are too old, too stuck in variety shows and that recruiting some fresh ideas from ESPN or FOX Sports might save the broadcast “event”.

We think forget sports, and look at reality shows.

Why not have the Best Song nominees warbled by the Best Actor nominees, ala American Idol?

Screenwriters can try their luck at acting out their scripts.

Editors should recut each other’s movies into very short YouTube films.

And new hosts? Why not Sarah Silverman and Margaret Cho with Gary Busey working the red carpet? Other than the whole good taste issue.

Cinematical’s Chris Campbell has some intriguing ideas as well, but his readers are livid:

these have to be some of the most stupid suggestions i have ever heard… and i am soooooo trying to take them as the joke i pray for them to be.

Whatever. The Movie Blog has some suggestions below, but boy, do they need an editor–this is slow.

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