Jamie Kennedy live in Kokomo this weekend

Actor, stand-up comedian performing at Laugh House all weekend

Actor and stand-up comedian Jamie Kennedy said he's excited for his first-ever trip to the City of Firsts — a place he has heard only one thing about.

He laughed Wednesday night, saying the only thing he's heard about Kokomo is that it's home to a place called the Hip Hugger. He didn't know what it was, or at least he acted as if he didn't. He guessed, though, that it wasn't a place the women here should aspire for careers at.

Kennedy said he's sure he'll learn more about the city this weekend when he performs at Laugh House Kokomo, the downtown comedy club. His performances start tonight, with a show at 8 p.m. There will also be shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Wednesday, during a phone interview, he picked up a few new facts about the city. He was shocked to learn just how small Kokomo is. He's accustomed to playing at larger venues, he said.

That should only make the shows more special, though.

"Tiny towns are the best because the people there love you and are really appreciative of your performances," he said.

He said he'll try to repay that appreciation by entertaining audiences with his new one-hour special. It's autobiographical, he said. He'll be sharing stories from his life.

The moral of his show?

Hollywood isn't what it's cracked up to be, he said.

Kennedy has made a name for himself as both an actor and comedian. He played in Wes Craven's "Scream" and starred in "Malibu's Most Wanted."

He also appeared in “Bowfinger,” the Oscar-nominated “As Good As It Gets,” “The Three Kings" and “Enemy of the State.” In 2002, Kennedy created his own sketch comedy show “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment.” It quickly became The WB’s highest-ranking new show.

These days he's juggling his comedy tour with all of his other projects.

His movie "Hungover Games" was just released at Redbox, he said. He's also working on another project called "The After" with the creators of X-Files.

"I'm out there hustlin' for a dollar," he said.

He can't decide if he likes being an actor or stand-up comedian better, though. It's a tossup.

"I love the money from the shows and the instant audience reaction from live comedy," he said.

Kennedy said this weekend should be entertaining. His audiences always love when he puts hecklers in their place. He isn't afraid to call out those people who are talking and disrupting him during his show.

"People go crazy," he said. "They don't think I'm real up there. They must think it's like a hologram or something."

And after every show, he'll stay and snap some selfies with any fans who want their picture with him. That's always a lot of fun, he said, and fans seem to enjoy it.

So get out and see him perform, he said.

"Leave your grow houses for an hour to see the show, and then go back," he said, with a laugh.

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Kingdom Stages Friday Night Lights Reunion! Plus, Jamie Kennedy to Guest Star

Clear eyes, full hearts, MMA!

DirecTV's highly anticipated new series Kingdom, which debuts in October, is staging a Friday Night Lights reunion, as Alicia Witt is set to guest star, E! News has exclusively learned.

Witt will reunite with FNL co-star Matt Lauria, who stars in Kingdom as Ryan, when she appears in one episode as Melanie, a down-to-earth and smart woman who is stuck in a bad marriage. She'll strike up a conversation with Ryan in a bar when she is in L.A. on a year business trip. Funnily enough, Witt played Cheryl, the mother of Lauria's Friday Night Lights love interest. (From mother [in-law] to lover?!)

But Witt isn't the only new face joining DirecTV's Kingdom...

Jamie Kennedy

E! News can also exclusively reveal that Jamie Kennedy will guest star as Bucky, a low-level fight promoter who has a reputation for being a sleazy cheat. Set to appear in two episodes, The Ghost Whisperer and Scream alum's character Bucky will be a bit star-struck when he crosses paths with Ryan, whose drug addiction landed him in prison and derailed his promising career.

Set in Venice, Calif., Kingdom is set in the renegade subculture of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), and stars Jonathan Tucker and Nick Jonas (Yep, that Nick Jonas!) as Jay and Nate, the sons of MMA legend and gym owner Alvey, played by Frank Grillo. Also starring in the series, which comes from Bryan Balasco, are Kiele Sanchez and Joanna Going.

Kingdom premieres Oct. 8 on DirecTV.

 

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Jamie Kennedy performs stand-up at the new Club Velvet at Hard Rock Rocksino this month.
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Before landing his breakthrough role as the geeky movie buff Randy in theScream movies in 1996, Jamie Kennedy delivered pizza for Domino's. "I wasn't very good at it," says the 44-year-old. "My boss was always hollering at me saying, 'If you want to joke around and be funny, go be a comedian.' " His boss had good intuition. Kennedy has made a career out of making people laugh on the big and small screens, even creating a successful hidden camera show, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment. Before stopping by the new 310-seat Club Velvet at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park July 17-20, Kennedy chats with us.

Q. How do you feel about trying new material onstage?

A. I like to be experimental. But it can be scary, especially if these crowds are supposed to laugh. Dave Chappelle always says, "You don't always have to be funny, but you have to be entertaining." ... But for me, I just want to have your attention, and sometimes I'd be OK with people not laughing and that just comes with more confidence as you grow.

Q. Do people still quote your famous lines from movies such as Screamor Malibu's Most Wanted?

A. I seem to have the type of fame where people aren't quite sure what to say to me. I was on a plane once with Josh Duhamel [of Transformers], and the flight attendant almost threw up because she was so excited to meet him. But I have the kind of recognition where people look at me and just start laughing and will break out, "Ha-ha, oh my God, it's you!" It's like I'm everybody's neighbor or something. I'll be at like Olive Garden with my mom and just out of the blue someone will shout, "Hey, tell me the rules" from Scream.

Q. In the new Amazon Prime series The After, written and directed byThe X Files creator Chris Carter, you play a clown. How did you get in that mindset?

A. Once you put on the nose and the shoes, I think from there you just let the costume do the work. But I'm really excited about the fact that it's on Amazon Prime. It's like their version of Netflix, and this format is on the forefront of what I think watching television will be.

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Another Still From Bermuda Tentacles Slithers Online

A few weeks ago we told you that The Asylum and Syfy had teamed up for a new Original Movie entitled Bermuda Tentacles, starring Linda Hamilton, and now another new still from the flick has arrived.

Hamilton (The Terminator) stars as the Admiral of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier battling an ancient monster in the new Syfy Original Movie Bermuda Tentacles, premiering Saturday, April 12, at 9PM (ET/PT).

Synopsis:
When Air Force One goes down over the Bermuda Triangle, the Navy sends its best rescue team. But in saving the President, the team awakens a monster which threatens America’s entire Eastern Seaboard and, ultimately, the world.

Bermuda Tentacles, which is a production of The Asylum (Sharknado, Sharknado 2), also stars Trevor Donovan ("90210"), Mya Harrison ("The Blues"), and Jamie Kennedy ("The Jamie Kennedy Experiment").

If there's a god, we should have a trailer soon!

 

Get Your First Look at Syfy's Bermuda Tentacles Starring Linda Hamilton

 

 

Get Your First Look at Syfy's Bermuda Tentacles Starring Linda Hamilton

 

 

Get Your First Look at Syfy's Bermuda Tentacles Starring Linda Hamilton

 

 

Get Your First Look at Syfy's Bermuda Tentacles Starring Linda Hamilton

 

 

Get Your First Look at Syfy's Bermuda Tentacles Starring Linda Hamilton

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Six More Amazon Original Pilots Receive the Green Light for Full Seasons

Amazon announced today that six more original pilot have received the green light for full seasons. They include "The After," "Bosch," "Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street," "Mozart in the Jungle," "Transparent" and "Wishenpoof!" Here's the full announcement:

The apocalypse, a behind-the-curtains look at classical music, a no-nonsense Los Angeles police detective standing trial, a family full of secrets, a girl with magic wishes and a boy named Gortimer—these are the intriguing plotlines of the six brand-new original series coming exclusively to Prime Instant Video. Amazon Studios today announced that The After, Bosch, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, Mozart in the Jungle, Transparent and Wishenpoof! will become the next Amazon Original Series following rave customer reviews of the pilot episodes.

“We had a tremendous response to Amazon Studios’ latest pilots—in fact, double the number of customers watched these pilots compared to our first season and they posted thousands of heartfelt reviews with pleas for us to continue these shows,” said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. “Now the fun really begins—Amazon will be working with some of the most talented casts and creators in the business to bring six new shows exclusively to tens of millions of Prime members worldwide. These series, along with our summer kids programming, will give customers a lot of viewing choices.”

Among the new Amazon Originals are two hour-long dramas. The After—from Chris Carter, the legendary creator of The X-Files—follows eight strangers who are thrown together by mysterious forces and must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation. Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Jamie Kennedy, Sharon Lawrence, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Adrian Pasdar and Louise Monot will be returning to star in their roles.



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All This and Corey Feldman: Full Moon Horror Fest Announces Lineups, Belcourt Midnight Screenings

Grab your comfortable shoes, hit the cash machine and start looking in the mirror for a clear spot on your hide, because the 13th Annual Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Festival is coming your way. The three days of gory goodness comes rolling into its well-established home at the Nashville Convention Center, April 18-20.

 

This year’s line-up includes the “required-by-law” Walking Dead cast member (the excellent character actor Scott Wilson), Gen X heartthrob and bad example Corey Feldman, Scream star and comedian Jamie Kennedy, and for those of a more Gabba Gabba-bent, Riff Randall her ownself, P.J. Soles — along with a full cast of venerable character actors like Ken Foree and William Forsythe. The show also features the usual slate of macabre merchants and a needle-buzzing line-up of world-class tattoo artists.

The sharp cookies at the Belcourt are also getting in on the fright fun with a special midnight showing on Friday, April 18, of the original non-sparkly teeny-bopper Draculer movie, The Lost Boys —hosted by the mighty Corey Number One himself. After reliving teen thrills on Friday night, the same generation can skip forward to the nineties for a special midnight showing on Saturday, April 19, of Scream, hosted by Jamie Kennedy.

A full rundown of guests, ticket info, and other details can be found at the Full Moon Fest website, and advance tickets for the midnight screenings can be purchased here.

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First Look at Linda Hamilton’s Bermuda Tentacles

Oh Syfy how we love you so. Are you guys ready for more monster mayhem? If so, we have your back as Syfy and The Asylum are set to unleash a new original movie entitled Bermuda Tentacles, and thanks to a heads up via our good friend Avery, we have your first look.

Bermuda Tentacles stars Linda Hamilton, Jamie Kennedy, Trevor Donovon, and Mya Harrison.

SynopsisAir Force One goes down, shaking up the Eastern Seaboard with an angry monster in tow.

Look for the film on the Syfy channel this April 12th at 9PM.

First Look at Linda Hamiltons Bermuda Tentacles

 

First Look at Linda Hamiltons Bermuda Tentacles

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‘Sharknado’ Producers Cast Linda Hamilton in SyFy Movie ‘Bermuda Tentacles’

The “Terminator” actress stars opposite Jamie Kennedy and “90210's” Trevor Donovan

Linda Hamilton is set to star as a U.S. Navy admiral battling an ancient sea monster in new SyFy original movie “Bermuda Tentacles,” the network announced Tuesday.

The “Terminator” films’ original Sarah Connor will play an admiral of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier dispatched to the Bermuda Triangle to rescue the President after Air Force One crashes, when her team accidentally awakens a monster that presumably involves tentacles.

Hamilton most recently appeared on SyFy's “Lost Girl” and starred on NBC's “Chuck,” opposite Zachary Levi, as the title character's mother.

Trevor Donovan (“90210″), Mya Harrison (“The Blues”) and Jamie Kennedy (“The Jamie Kennedy Experiment”), are also set to appear in the SyFy original movie.

“Bermuda Tentacles” is a production of The Asylum, which produced SyFy's 2013 hit “Sharknado.” They have the sequel, “Sharknado 2,” coming up on July 31.

Hamilton is managed by Bobbie Edrick.

“Bermuda Tentacles” premieres Saturday, April 12 at 9 p.m. ET.

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'The Hungover Games' is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray

Let the games begin! The Hungover Games is now on Blu-ray: http://amzn.to/1lxkNbq
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Amazon's New Crop of Pilots, Including Chris Carter's 'The After': TV Review

The streaming service's five latest scripted efforts prove that it knows how to make a good pilot and solidify its move into original content production.

The first major threat to broadcast television's dominance was, of course, cable television -- and that was pretty much the only threat until deep into the Internet era when predictions began rolling in about how we’d all be watching TV on our computers eventually, and TV itself would die a slow death.

Obviously, that dark prophecy never came to pass. The Internet needed content, and content isn’t cheap. But as Americans became more comfortable with streaming content on their computers and mobile devices (high-speed connections helped a lot), the time for Big Money arrived. Netflix proved that if you could pony up the funding, talented writers and directors who had bought into the multiplatform world would come and play. Hulu branched out into original content as well. And recently, online retailer Amazon, which doesn’t lack for money, either, started Amazon Studios and adopted the Netflix model -- but with a twist: It would “crowd source” its pilots. Its most recent batch (not counting children’s programming), currently streaming on its site, comprises five new scripted pilots -- two hourlong dramas and three half-hour comedies.

The verdict?

No one can ever doubt that the TV model has changed for good. Amazon, with its ability to draw in name talent (see: Big Money), is impressively building on what Netflix and Hulu are doing, and the result is that viewers will have even more options -- a prospect that’s more than a little daunting given how overwhelmed with quality choices we are already.

With this batch of pilots, it becomes clear that Amazon is a player. The company has previously released the political drama Alpha House and the comedy Betas, but this second wave of pilots could amount to bigger, broader success. Though some are stronger than others, all five pilots make legitimate cases for being greenlighted right now, and it’s easy to see all of them attracting some kind of devoted audience (how large, of course, is the question).

For the last two years I’ve been a judge at the New York Television Festival, and I can tell you that there are plenty of independent series creators out there who, given the chance, could make successful shows for either broadcast or cable. Funding, of course, is the key issue for independents, which is clearly not a problem for Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. Given that they have money to burn, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that breaking the insular traditions of Hollywood has yielded quality results. I wouldn’t say the Amazon offerings come anywhere close to that spirit of open competition at the NYTF, but they are another testament to the depth of the below-the-line talent pool.

Here then, a look at the Amazon pilots:

Bosch: Based on the popular detective books by Michael Connelly and starring what seems like a perfectly cast Titus Welliver as Los Angeles homicide detective Harry Bosch, this series maneuvers between a modern noir story -- beautifully shot night scenes, a smoking and drinking Bosch listening to old-school jazz in his dimly lit apartment (with an overly spectacular view for his pay grade) -- and a more conventional cop drama. The latter bit is what might hurt Bosch, which does what it does with flair but isn’t moving the needle on originality. Instead, the series works best when allowing Welliver to inhabit Bosch’s skin -- a flawed guy seemingly made to be a homicide cop (given that he displays little passion for anything else in his life). The pedigree here is strong, with Eric Overmyer (Treme, The Wire) at the helm and deserving a whole lot of slack to see what he can do. I would like to see more episodes of Bosch to see if it shifts more toward something you’d view on FX or HBO, or if it’s really more like a network procedural. At the very least, the pilot established the character of Bosch, which is essential. Viewers should know by the end of the hour if they want more of him.

The AfterChris Carter (The X-Files) returns to television with another series about paranormal activity -- this time something completely unexplained in the pilot (which may have been the best thing about it). All hell breaks loose one day in Los Angeles and a group of strangers are, at least initially, stranded in a parking garage. They are a disparate -- but also kind of a cookie-cutter -- menagerie: a female cop; a clown (yep), played by Jamie Kennedy, who stands out here; an escaped convict who claims he’s innocent; a slick lawyer and his ditzy sidekick; a French actress who might be show's main protagonist; a drunken, lecherous Brit; and a super-rich widow whose sprawling mansion could become the group’s safe haven (if there is such a thing in The After, which turns end-of-the-world-spooky just before the credits roll). The best part of this pilot is not knowing the nature of the recent apocalyptic event (and also its channeling a bit of Carter’s underappreciated series Millennium). The worst part is that The After feels like a broadcast network series with pointlessly excessive swearing and a pointless nude scene.

Transparent: Created by Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight, How to Make It in America, United States of Tara), this is Amazon’s best offering and is generating the most buzz among critics -- but it also has some worrisome weaknesses in the premise. This is a dramedy series where it’s much too easy to give away the twist in the premise, so I won’t. But it revolves around three siblings -- the exceptionally castGaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass and Amy Landecker -- struggling in their own various ways to find themselves and make a living, when they are called together by their father, Jeffrey Tambor(excellent as usual), for some big news. It’s a very indie-movie-ish 30-minute pilot and was lovely to watch. I would watch this every week. But I doubt it has very wide appeal and, once the twist to the premise is revealed, it’s hard to imagine how that news is going to be the driving force, episode after episode, for the show. But again, this is the one Amazon hits out of the park.

Mozart in the Jungle: Based on the book Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs & Classical Music by Blair Tindall, this half-hour dramedy has the best, most unique (and welcome) premise: A look at the world of classical music, the people who dedicate their lives to it and how there’s so much struggle for so many talented people devoted to their art. The pilot does an excellent job of focusing on a variety of ages as it circles around the New York Symphony. Malcolm McDowell is the outgoing, aging maestro, replaced by the most sought-after of new conductors, the flashy young Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal); Bernadette Peters is the company’s chairwoman; Saffron Burrows is the talented, midcareer cellist who helps out the fresh-faced newcomer, oboist Hailey (Lola Kirke, sister ofGirlsJemima Kirke). Any time we’re given a premise that hasn’t been explored much on television, I’m in. Especially if it’s well done, which Mozart in the Jungle is. Directed by Paul Weitz, it’s created and written by Alex Timbers, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman.

The Rebels: This is the weakest of the five offerings by a wide margin, as the comedy tries to tackle the world of professional football in a story where a former cheerleader and wife of the owner of the fictional (and awful) Los Angeles Rebels is forced to take over the team when her husband dies.Natalie Zea (Justified) completely and utterly nails the part, but there’s just not enough here to ground the series. It’s over-the-top, flimsy (as most sports comedies are) and has its funniest moment when a coked-up monkey takes a gun and starts shooting. I would watch the monkey do that every week, but The Rebels seems slight and definitely more of a broadcast series (though it lays on the swearing to seem more cable-like).

I would rate the Amazon pilots in order thusly: Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Bosch, The Afterand The Rebels. But the fact is, Amazon Studios took a big leap in getting better at what it does, and all of these shows could easily be viable. It will be interesting to see how many Amazon goes with -- especially since the company isn’t actually hurting for money.

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