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July 10, 2012 | By Joe Flint
DirecTV subscribers may lose popular channels owned by Viacom Inc. including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon as early as Wednesday if the two companies are unable to come to terms on a new distribution deal. Viacom said on its website that its current contract with DirecTV expires at midnight Tuesday and no agreement is near. "Despite our best efforts, DirecTV has rejected all of our proposals to renew our agreement," Viacom said, adding that the latest offer from the satellite broadcaster is for a lower rate than Viacom said it gets from any other distributor in the industry.
September 1, 2013 | By Susan King
It's a hectic week for James Franco. But then again, what week isn't? On Saturday, Franco premiered his latest directorial effort, "Child of God," at the Venice International Film Festival, and on Sunday he was back on the red carpet there for the screening of "Palo Alto," Gia Coppola's film in which he stars. Then on Labor Day evening, Comedy Central is airing its roast of the actor/director/poet/artist/novelist that was taped on Aug. 25. PHOTOS: Fall movie sneaks 2013 And on Friday, the Playhouse West Film Festival is presenting "An Evening with James Franco and Jim Parrack" as its opening-night event at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.
February 10, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder and Deborah Vankin, This post has been updated.
The origins of Dumb Starbucks , the seemingly rogue coffee shop that opened in the Los Feliz neighborhood in Los Angeles over the weekend, have been revealed: Nathan Fielder of the Comedy Central show "Nathan For You" said Monday that he's the owner of the faux cafe.  The store, which has been serving out-the-door lines for the last several days, has attracted attention for its storefront with a nearly exact copy of a legitimate Starbucks Corp....
January 10, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
In just two days, Amy Poehler will co-host the 71st annual Golden Globes. She's got an NBC show -- and a web show. A film set for Sundance. And she's executive producer of the upcoming Comedy Central bestie comedy "Broad City," which she was helping to promote Friday morning at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena. Time-management? Pfft . "Everybody's busy," Poehler said sincerely. Then a beat. FULL COVERAGE: Golden Globes 2014 "I just have a series of doubles that attend various functions.
July 8, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
It's a warm spring day in downtown Los Angeles, but inside the gloomy Palace Theatre it's 1926 Detroit and actor Ken Marino is playing Harry Houdini as he dies onstage. Literally dying - staggering and heaving, attempting card tricks and failing and finally stumbling and falling down, uttering his final words to his wife, Bess. And here is where you realize this isn't the filming of a standard biopic. As Marino performs Houdini's death, he must work to lip-sync his dialogue to a prerecorded soundtrack played over speakers in the theater.
June 21, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
Comedy Central already has "The Daily Show" to make fun of "serious" TV news; come September it will be adding a series to satirize such celebrity-driven programs as "Entertainment Tonight" and "Access Hollywood." "There are too many fawning entertainment shows out there, and not one of them is making fun of it all," said David Spade, the comedian who will host "The Showbiz Show." The half-hour program, created by Hugh Fink, will air weekly, the cable channel said Monday.
November 12, 2003 | From Reuters
Cable network Comedy Central is planning to turn the makeover hit "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" upside down with a new show called "Straight Plan for the Gay Man." Debuting in February, the new show will parody the Bravo channel's "Queer Eye" series and male stereotypes in general as a team of straight comedians -- the "Flab Four" -- teaches a succession of gay men how to pass as heterosexuals.
January 28, 2004
USA Networks President Doug Herzog will leave his job to head Viacom Inc.'s Comedy Central channel. Herzog will stay on at USA Networks until General Electric Co.-owned NBC completes its planned merger with Vivendi Universal's film, theme park and TV operation, which includes USA, a source familiar with the matter said. Herzog decided to leave his job after he learned that he would not head the proposed NBC-Universal cable operation, the source said.
August 22, 2003 | Mark Sachs, Times Staff Writer
The funny business at Comedy Central comes in all shapes and sizes, from the spoofery of the new "Reno 911!" series to the warped wit of "South Park," from the news-skewing of Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" to the frat-boy bluster on "The Man Show." But for seven seasons now, "Comedy Central Presents" has dispensed with all the setups and extraneous trappings and distilled the humor product down to its purest form, the stand-up stage.
April 25, 2001
The 15th annual American Comedy Awards were held Sunday night at Universal Studios Hollywood. The show, taped for broadcast, airs tonight on Comedy Central at 8. The honorees are determined by the results from questionnaires sent to approximately 3,200 members of the entertainment industry, from comedic performers to talent managers to network executives.
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