Win a DVD of “Lewis Black: Old Yeller – Live at the Borgata” [ENDED]

MediaMikes.com has teamed up with RLJ/Image Entertainment to give four lucky readers the opportunity to win a DVD copy of comedian Lewis Black’s latest stand up performance, “Old Yeller – Live at the Borgata in Atlantic City.”

SYNOPSIS: We’re screwed! You name it – politics, the environment, healthcare, parenting, social media – we’ve completely messed it up! And who better to squeeze laughter from the outrageous but the reigning king of rant, Lewis Black. His one-man crusade against idiocy and insanity – in front of a sold-out Atlantic City audience – will have you laughing out loud and shouting along. As one of the biggest headlining comics working today, a best selling author, actor and a regular on Comedy Central and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Lewis has sharpened his hysterical, intelligent, take-no-prisoners tirades to razor-sharp daggers of pure comedy gold. Sit back, enjoy and get ready for the funniest fit of rage you’ve ever seen.

All you have to do to win is let us know below your favorite classic stand up comic. Is it someone from the past, like Jonathan Winters or the Smother’s Brothers? Or someone more recent. Let us know who makes you laugh. Four random entries will be chosen and the winners will receive a DVD copy of Lewis Black’s latest comedy The contest will run through May 25, 2014

“Lewis Black: Old Yeller” is now available on DVD.

Image Entertainment Sets Date for Lewis Black’s Live Pay-Per-View and Video on Demand Special “Old Yeller”


The First Ever Live Comedy Special to Air Simultaneously on all PPV and VOD Carriers on August 24, 2013

LOS ANGELES (July 30, 2013) – Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, has set the date for the Pay-Per-View (PPV) and Video On Demand (VOD) Mega Comedy Event LEWIS BLACK: OLD YELLER – LIVE AT THE BORGATA. This will be the first ever live comedy special to air simultaneously on all cable, satellite and telco platforms including Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Dish, Cablevision, Charter Communications, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon FiOS and many others. The show premiers live on Saturday, August 24th at 9:30 PM EDT, followed by replays on those platforms. It is presented in both SD and HD.

In his ninth comedy special, Lewis Black tears into a country that is going nowhere at the speed of light. OLD YELLER weaves the riotous tale of a country that is so strung out on ADD that it can’t see straight. In his rabid attack, Mr. Black even turns on himself—and his entire generation. From cable television to the computer, from Facebook to Twitter, Mr. Black rages about the prison we’ve insanely created for ourselves. He snarls at the country’s failure to find alternative energy sources while creating cell phones out of the realm of science fiction. He mauls our nation’s leaders for their laughably inept handling of social security and health care—and failing to provide help on any level whatsoever. As Mr. Black puts it, “What are you going to do when the Democrats are dumb, the Republicans are stupid and the Tea Party doesn’t even know what day it is?” He takes what makes us crazy and makes it funny. It’s a night of live comedy you won’t forget. . . “but if you do, it’s probably because you’re taking a drug that lowers your cholesterol,” he adds.

The announcement was made today by Image Entertainment’s Chief Acquisition Officer, Bill Bromiley.

“We are proud to be the first to debut this groundbreaking comedy special simultaneously live on all cable and satellite providers,“ said Bromiley. “Audiences will have even more of an opportunity to see for themselves the genius of Lewis’ comedy.”

The deal was negotiated by Bromiley, Jonathan Saba, the executive in charge of production, and Michael Bayer on behalf of Image Entertainment and Jim Gosnell, President and CEO of APA, and Leon Dang on behalf of Lewis Black.

“We are excited to be a part of this comedy special that will utilize a largely untapped mode of distribution for standup,” said Gosnell. “This event will revolutionize the way audiences see live comedy, and there’s no doubt comedians will follow in its footsteps.”

Receiving critical acclaim as a stand-up, actor and author, Lewis Black has performed for audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and The United States. In 2012, he performed eight sell-out shows at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway.

Lewis got his first big break in comedy back in 1996 when he created the segment Back in Black for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. It became one of the most popular and longest running segments on the show and also created a long and successful relationship with the network. Since then, Lewis has taped four specials for the Comedy Central Presents series, co-created Last Laugh with Lewis Black, presided over Lewis Black’s The Root of All Evil, and continues to perform Back in Black on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His popular appearances on Comedy Central helped to win him Best Male Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards in 2001.

Increased exposure from The Daily Show eventually generated a record deal with Stand Up! Records. His first CD, The White Album, was released in 2000 to much critical acclaim. Lewis followed with eight more, six under the Comedy Central Records label. He has been graced with five Grammy nominations and two wins for his work. The first nomination came in 2006 for Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues, the second in 2009 for Anticipation. In 2007 he won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album for The Carnegie Hall Performance and in 2011, his second for Stark Raving Black. His most recent release, In God We Rust (Comedy Central Records) was nominated for a Grammy.

Lewis filmed two specials for HBO, Black On Broadway and Red, White and Screwed. The latter was nominated for an Emmy in 2007. He had a regular feature for two seasons on Inside the NFL (for which he earned a Sports Emmy) and in 2006 was honored to be asked to participate in Comic Relief. In 2009 Lewis filmed his first feature length concert film, Stark Raving Black at the Fillmore Theatre in Detroit. The film had a limited run in theaters across the US and Canada in the summer of 2010. At the end of the theater run, premium movie channel EpixHD picked up the film for its channel along with the accompanying documentary Basic Black. Both are still aired regularly and can be found in the EpixHD on demand queue. 2011 found him producing his second full length concert, In God We Rust, which also still airs on EpixHD.

In the midst of a rigorous touring schedule, regular TV appearances and movie roles, Lewis has written three best selling books, Nothing’s Sacred (Simon and Schuster, 2005), Me of Little Faith (Riverhead Books, 2008) and I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas (Riverhead Books, 2010). All garnered critical praise as well commercial success and spent numerous weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.

Image Entertainment recently released The Numbers Station with John Cusack and Malin Akerman; Tomorrow You’re Gone with Stephen Dorff, Michelle Monaghan and Willem Dafoe; and Day of the Falcon with Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto and Mark Strong. Upcoming features include Evidence with Stephen Moyer and Radha Mitchell; Blood with Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Mark Strong and Brian Cox; The Colony with Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton and Kevin Zegers; and Paradise with Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer and Holly Hunter, written, directed and produced by Diablo Cody.

Interview with Herschell Gordon Lewis

“Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, “Friday The 13th”, and “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, owe much of their existence to the undisputed Godfather of Gore – Herschell Gordon Lewis. In 1963 Lewis, with his monumental splatter movie “Blood Feast”, single handedly changed the face of horror cinema forever. As well as virtually inventing the gore generation, Lewis also produced a number of “exploitation” movies, as well as sampling the full gamut of exploitation subjects ranging from wife-swapping and ESP to rock ‘n’ roll and LSD. H.G. Lewis created the gore classics such as “Two Thousand Maniacs!”, “The Gore Gore Girls”, “Color Me Blood Red” and “The Wizard of Gore”.  Movie Mikes had the opportunity to talks with H.G. and ask him a few questions about his phenomenal career and what is in store for the future.

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Mike Gencarelli: How do you feel about being called the “Godfather of Gore” and having created the “splatter film”?
H.G. Lewis: While I don’t want it on my tombstone, I certainly cannot object to being named the Godfather of Gore. It gives me a position few independent and under financed film-makers can ever enjoy.

Mike Gencarelli: How did you come up with the idea for the film “Blood Feast”?
H.G. Lewis: Watching a typical major company crime-film on television, I realized that the studio was afraid of depicting nasty reality. This, to me, was a logical opening, especially since in a movie emphasizing gory effects the need for heavy production and “star” value didn’t exist.

Mike Gencarelli: Out of “The Blood Trilogy”, consisting of “Blood Feast”, “Two Thousand Maniacs!” and “Color Me Blood Red” Which is your favorite and why?
H.G. Lewis: “Two Thousand Maniacs!” is to this day my personal favorite. It’s as close to a hand-made personal film as I’ve ever made … including the title music and my own voice on the title music. All these years later, “Two Thousand Maniacs!” still plays well.

MG: How was it returning to directing with the sequel to your classic film “Blood Feast” after 30 years?
HGL: Exhilarating. I worked far less than I had worked when I was both director and cinematographer, and I had no decisions in the casting or crew selection. On the negative side, exclusion from major decision-making is what ultimately led to “The Uh-Oh Show.”

MG: What was the hardest production that you have been involved with?
HGL: From a creative point of view, the hardest was “Color Me Blood Red.” From a production point of view, I’d choose the children’s film “Jimmy, the Boy Wonder.”

MG: “Two Thousand Maniacs!” was remade into the successful “2001 Maniacs” in 2005 and its sequel “2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams” out this summer, how do you feel that your films are living on and being re-imagined?
HGL: Each director puts his personal stamp on a film. I’m in no position to comment positively or negatively on either of those films other than to recognize that Tim Sullivan is a clever director.

MG: How do you feel about the 2007 remake to “The Wizard of Gore”?
HGL: My comments about “2001 Maniacs” also apply to Jeremy Kasden, director of the “Wizard of Gore” remake. I’d have been more slavish to the original in both cases … but so what? The remakes are their films.

MG: Your film “Monster a-Go-Go” has been infamous since its release, it was featured in “Mystery Science Theater 3000. You do you feel about its continued interest?
HGL: Let’s clarify: I didn’t make “Monster-a-Go-Go.” I bought the unfinished negative and built a sardonic campaign around the footage that existed, augmented by just enough “stuff” to finish it. The continued interest confounds me.

MG: Tell me about “7 Deadly Sins: Inside the Ecomm Cult”, what was it the film about?
HGL: This is a strange one. The folks producing this project – whom I hadn’t known before – negotiated a deal with me to appear on-camera, reading pre-written lines. We shot my sequence in about half an hour, in a field next to the building in which I live. I was the only actor for that scene and had no notion that a campaign would be built around my strange appearance. I have to salute the ingenuity of the filmmakers.

MG: Any upcoming projects? Any plans to return to directing?
HGL: I assume you know we’re just completing the editing and background music for “The Uh-Oh Show,” which I’m counting on to be a hit. And if I can put together a production group, I may make “Mr. Bruce and the Gore Machine.”

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