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VOD: Colin Fitz Lives! Life, Death & Rock & Roll & Celebrity Obsessions!

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Colin Fitz Lives! is a true indie film – its original incarnation went from conception to locked film in just under six months – and cost less than a decent house. The story of the events of one night in the lives of two polar opposite security guards as they watch over the gravesite of a rock legend [the eponymous Colin Fitz] is, in effect, a mash-up of Spinal Tap and Clerks – Paul [Matt McGrath] and Grady’s [Andy Fowles] vigil is intercut with interviews with various fans of the rock & roller.

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The 11th Annual Portal Awards – Winners Announced by Airlock Alpha!

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Airlock Alpha [formerly Syfy Portal], home of the longest running genre awards for movies, television and online productions, has announced the winners of its eleventh annual Portal Awards, as voted on by the website’s readers. Doctor Who was the big winner, acquiring six Portals, including David Tennant for Best Actor, Television and Best Television Series. Avatar took home two Portals as the only multiple winner on the movie side of things. Star Trek: The Next Generation was voted the Rod Serling Award [Hall of Fame television series] and Russell T. Davies won the Gene L. Coon Award [Lifetime Achievement] for his successful reboot of Doctor Who.

A complete list of winners follows the jump.

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Demand It On Eventful.com and Your City Could Be One of Five to Host Exclusive Screenings of NBC’s The Event!

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Of all the TV premieres to hit Comic-Con 2010, The Event is the one that had the most – and the best – buzz! Now NBC is offering five lucky cities [or towns] the chance to host an exclusive screening of the show’s epic pilot episode by simply demanding it on Eventful.com.

Details from the press release follow the jump.

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Smartly Idiotic Dinner for Schmucks is The Funniest Film of the Summer!

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Dinner for Schmucks is an American remake of a much darker French farce called Le Diner de Cons [loosely translated, The Dinner Game]. It is built around the idea that Tim Conrad [Paul Rudd] can win a promotion not because of a brilliant idea he pitches at a board meeting of Fender Financial, but by bringing the most spectacular guest to a very special dinner – a dinner where each of the company’s top executives befriends a person of “extraordinary talent” and brings them to said dinner. The catch is that “extraordinary talent” is a euphemism for “idiot.” If Tim can bring the most the spectacularly idiotic person to the dinner, he can gain his promotion.

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Syfy’s Being Human Begins Production in Montreal!

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Syfy’s all-new drama series Being Human, starring Sam Witwer (Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, pictured), Meaghan Rath (The Assistants, pictured), Sam Huntington (Cavemen, Superman Returns) and Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Supernatural) has begun production in Montreal, Canada.

Details from the press release follow the jump.

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Master of the Outrageous and Absurd, Cartoonist John Callahan Dead at 59!

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Anyone who has seen a cartoon by John Callahan will know that he loved to call ‘em as he saw ‘em. The quadriplegic whose art spawned two television series [the family show, Pelswick, about a wheelchair-bound boy who wanted nothing more than to live a normal life; John Callahan’s Quads, an adults-only series about a group of foul-mouthed characters with an assortment of disabilities and bad attitudes] died Saturday of complications related to quadriplegia and respiratory problems.

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Covert Affairs’ Creators Hold Forth on USA’s Newest Hit!

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Covert Affairs [Tuesdays, 10/9C] is the latest series to produce solid ratings for the ISA Network. The breezy-with-a-dark-undercurrent series was created by executive producers Chris Ord and Matt Corman [pictured above with series star Piper Perabo and executive producers Doug Liman, Dave Bartis] – who took time from their duties as overseers [executive producers] of the show to speak with a select group of bloggers/journalists, including yours truly.

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Tim Matheson: The USA Network’s Ace Utility Man!

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Over the last few years, Tim Matheson, best known for playing Eric in the original Animal House, has become a fixture on USA Network shows. Besides directing episodes of Psych, Burn Notice, White Collar and Covert Affairs [where he directed the pilot, thus setting the tone for the series], Matheson has also guest starred as arrogant bank robber Edward “The Architect” Walker on White Collar and recurred as the charmingly dangerous [or is it dangerously charming?] ex-spy/freelance mercenary, Larry Sizemore over five episodes [so far] on Burn Notice. Little known fact: Matheson is big on Asian films!

I had the great good fortune to take part in a teleconference Q&A session with the former voice of Jonny Quest [yes, Matheson has done some legendary work] where, because of an unusually small turnout, I was able to ask more than usual couple of questions. Thanks to Matheson’s energy and enthusiasm, it was one of the most enjoyable interview experiences I’ve ever had.

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