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Sizzling hot summer slasher series “Sloppy Jones” launches on OUTtv.com

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Sizzling hot summer slasher series “Sloppy Jones” launches on OUTtv.com

Toronto, ON Hop To It President & “Sloppy Jones” Producer Susan Nation, is pleased to confirm that the first six episodes of Season 1 of their award-winning short-form series, “Sloppy Jones”, will be available on OUTtv.com in Canada, Australia and the US and on froot.tv in the UK and Ireland from August 4th, 2022.

Sloppy Jones was born out of a desire to create interesting queer lead roles for queer actors written by queer writers.  Historically, LGBTQ+ representation in film and TV has been lacking, both in front of and behind the camera, especially in the slasher genre.

“As a female independent producer working with a fresh young writer/actor team, making a short-form digital series was the most feasible way to share this escapist, but weirdly relatable slasher comedy and the quirky queer protagonists. I think the 18-39 audience will love them and OUTtv.com is the ideal platform.” Susan Nation

In the series, creators and stars Sophie Nation, Jamie Hart and Jonathan Neil Alexander, explore their experiences as servers and bartenders, struggling with bills, relationships, customers and occasional bad bosses, through a camp comedic lens. The look, tone and stories are inspired by their love of 90’s movies, work-place comedies and slashers like Scream.

Sophie commented “I’ve worked in restaurants where almost every employee was queer, so it made sense to me to draw from my own experience. I love horror and comedy because both genres really make you feel strong emotions and force you to be present. The combo is exciting to work with as a writer and an actor.”

Jonathan added “The series has been such a thrill. The writing team had an absolute blast crafting this wild little world and I’m so excited to finally be able to share it. Sloppy really has a little bit of everything. There’s comedy, drama, slash, camp, and irony.  Working with Amanda Walsh, as well as Linda Kash and Colin Mochrie, two Canadian comedy legends, was a joy!”

The series follows the lives of the flawed protagonists Rory Woods (Sophie Nation) a free-spirited people pleaser; Harper Shelley (Jamie Hart) a book-smart, bisexual bartender; and Thomas Collins (Jonathan Neil Alexander) a calculating b*tch; working at the Sloppy Jones Grill for deadbeat boss Frank Jones (Colin Mochrie). This Unholy Trinity’s world is upended when they discover Frank’s severed torso in the freezer just as Deborah Jones (Linda Kash), his estranged ex-wife, makes a perfectly timed entrance into their lives. Caught red-handed with the torso by terrified customer and wine heiress Cassie Ley (Lory Mpiana), they each look guilty, and no one is safe until the trio find out who killed Frank…and who will they kill next.

Jamie commented “I’ve always wanted to be a Final Girl. It was so exciting to get to write something like that for myself. Harper’s a final girl and she’s screaming, but she’s also doing shots! When people watch it I want them to laugh and I want them to think, ‘These people are not good at crime.’ I think there’s such a relatability in the kind of story where the protagonist has no clue what’s going on and makes mistakes in high stakes situations. There’s humor there, for sure, but also anxiety. Whether you’re watching someone stumble their way through bartending or totally flop at disposing of a body you can think, ‘Oh God. Same.'”

Award-winning filmmaker Emily Cohn (CRSHD) directed Episodes 1-5. Talented mentor Winnifred Jong (Tokens) directed Episode 6 (the original pilot teaser episode).

Hop To It counted on the support of the CMF, OUTtv and Ontario Creates during development and production.

The series has been rocking the web festival circuit with over 30 selections, nominations and wins, including most recently at home at TO Webfest. See Awards page: https://sloppyjonesshow.com/awards/

Trailer and YouTube channel: Sloppy Jones Trailer

Website  sloppyjonesshow.com

Instagram: @sloppyjonesshow

Facebook: @sloppyjonesshow

Twitter: @showsloppy

TikTok: @sloppyjones

GIPHY (100 million views): @HopToItProductions

Hashtags: #sloppyjonesshow #whokilledfrank #billssexandmurder #summerslasher

About Sloppy Jones – see EPK page here.

About Hop To It Productions

Hop To It Productions Inc. (www.hoptoitproductions.com) is an independent female-owned Canadian content production and distribution company founded in 2006 to create innovative original IP across multiple platforms. Hop To It creates and shares award-winning compelling purpose-driven content for a range of global audiences and genres.  Hop To It has consistently promoted diversity in all projects, with strong female roles behind and in front of the camera. “Sloppy Jones” is a perfect fit.

About OUTtv

OUTtv is the world’s first LGBTQ+ television and streaming service. Home to a compelling mix of inclusive, queer-focused content from comedy to drama, documentaries, reality, and award-winning movies. OUTtv is dedicated to telling stories by and for the community and is the world’s leading provider of queer content.

OUTtv’s streaming platform is available at OUTtv.com where subscribers can stream their favorite content. OUTtv.com is available for iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Roku and on web browsers in Canada and the USA.  OUTtv is also available in Canada and the USA as an Apple TV Channel and in Canada and Australia as an Amazon Prime Video Channel. Find OUTtv on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @OUTtv or visit the website to learn more at outtv.ca

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Ryan Reynolds BLEEDS for Deadpool! Sacrificed Salary to Keep Franchise Alive!

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Marvel fans, rejoice! After a whirlwind journey filled with setbacks and triumphs, Deadpool & Wolverine is finally clawing its way onto the silver screen. This highly anticipated pairing of Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman has had its fair share of challenges, from production delays due to Hollywood strikes to struggling to solidify a cohesive storyline. But through it all, Reynolds’ unwavering dedication to the project has shone through, proving that sometimes, the biggest victories come from the most unexpected sacrifices.

The road to Deadpool & Wolverine began in May 2023 with a triumphant start to filming. However, that momentum was abruptly halted by a wave of strikes that swept through Hollywood, forcing a hiatus until late winter. This wasn’t the only obstacle the project faced. The creative team, including Reynolds himself, wrestled with crafting a narrative that lived up to the outrageous charm of the Deadpool character while seamlessly integrating Wolverine into the fold. There were even whispers of the entire project being shelved altogether, leaving fans anxious about the fate of this dream team.

 

Reynolds’ Pockets Take a Hit, But His Vision Persists

But amidst these uncertainties, a heartwarming detail recently emerged, shedding light on Reynolds’ incredible commitment to the Deadpool franchise. In a revealing interview with The New York Times, Reynolds opened up about the financial sacrifices he made to ensure the success of the original Deadpool film.

“Deadpool wasn’t just a movie; it was a decade-long passion project,” Reynolds confessed. “Honestly, when they finally greenlit it, I wasn’t thinking about box office numbers. I just wanted to see this crazy character come to life on screen. I even gave up my acting salary for the project just to get it off the ground.”

 

However, Reynolds’ generosity didn’t stop there. The studio, it seemed, wasn’t convinced of the importance of having the film’s screenwriters, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, readily available on set. “They wouldn’t allow my co-writers on set, which was a huge blow,” Reynolds continued. “So, I took what little money I had left after forgoing my salary and paid them myself to be there. We basically formed a makeshift writer’s room right there on set.”

This wasn’t the first instance of Reynolds’ financial commitment to the Deadpool universe. Writers Reese and Wernick had previously shared on the AMC show Geeking Out that Reynolds also personally financed aspects of Deadpool (2016) to ensure the film achieved the level of quality he envisioned.

 

A Commitment That Reaps Rewards

 

Looking back on the original film’s scrappy beginnings, Reynolds described it as a labor of love fueled by limited resources and boundless creativity. “There wasn’t a lot of money, but I poured my heart and soul into every detail,” he said. “That experience taught me a valuable lesson: the importance of having a strong creative team by your side, no matter the project.”

Reynolds’ unwavering dedication wasn’t just about financial backing; it was about safeguarding the film’s creative vision. His actions ensured that the core team behind Deadpool’s success – the writers, the director, and himself – remained on board to bring their vision to life. This commitment is sure to translate into Deadpool & Wolverine, a film that promises to be a landmark achievement in the wacky world of Deadpool. Mark your calendars, fans – Deadpool & Wolverine slashes into theaters on July 26th!

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Bob Newhart, deadpan comedy icon Dies at 94

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Bob Newhart, the deadpan accountant-turned-comedian who became one of the most popular TV stars of his time after striking gold with a classic comedy album, has died at 94.

Jerry Digney, Newhart’s publicist, says the actor died Thursday in Los Angeles after a series of short illnesses.

Newhart, best remembered now as the star of two hit television shows of the 1970s and 1980s that bore his name, launched his career as a standup comic in the late 1950s. He gained nationwide fame when his routine was captured on vinyl in 1960 as The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, which went on to win a Grammy Award as Album of the Year.

While other comedians of the time, including Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, Alan King, and Mike Nichols and Elaine May, frequently got laughs with their aggressive attacks on modern mores, Newhart was an anomaly. His outlook was modern, but he rarely raised his voice above a hesitant, almost stammering delivery. His only prop was a telephone, used to pretend to hold a conversation with someone on the other end of the line.

In one memorable skit, he portrayed a Madison Avenue image-maker trying to instruct Abraham Lincoln on how to improve the Gettysburg Address: “Say 87 years ago instead of fourscore and seven,” he advised.

Another favorite was Merchandising the Wright Brothers, in which he tried to persuade the aviation pioneers to start an airline, although he acknowledged the distance of their maiden flight could limit them. “Well, see, that’s going to hurt our time to the Coast if we’ve got to land every 105 feet.”

Newhart was initially wary of signing on to a weekly TV series, fearing it would overexpose his material. Nevertheless, he accepted an attractive offer from NBC, and The Bob Newhart Show premiered on Oct. 11, 1961. Despite Emmy and Peabody awards, the half-hour variety show was canceled after one season, a source for jokes by Newhart for decades after.

He waited 10 years before undertaking another Bob Newhart Show in 1972. This one was a situation comedy with Newhart playing a Chicago psychologist living in a penthouse with his schoolteacher wife, Suzanne Pleshette. Their neighbors and his patients, notably Bill Daily as an airline navigator, were a wacky, neurotic bunch who provided an ideal counterpoint to Newhart’s deadpan commentary. The series, one of the most acclaimed of the 1970s, ran through 1978.

Four years later, the comedian launched another show, simply called Newhart. This time he was a successful New York writer who decides to reopen a long-closed Vermont inn. Again Newhart was the calm, reasonable man surrounded by a group of eccentric locals. Again the show was a huge hit, lasting eight seasons on CBS. It bowed out in memorable style in 1990 with Newhart — in his old Chicago psychologist character — waking up in bed with Pleshette, cringing as he tells her about the strange dream he had: “I was an innkeeper in this crazy little town in Vermont. … The handyman kept missing the point of things, and then there were these three woodsmen, but only one of them talked!” The stunt parodied a Dallas episode where a key character was killed off, then revived when the death was revealed to have been in a dream.

Two later series were comparative duds: Bob, in 1992-93, and George & Leo, 1997-98. Though nominated several times, he never won an Emmy for his sitcom work. “I guess they think I’m not acting. That it’s just Bob being Bob,” he sighed.

Over the years, Newhart also appeared in several movies, usually in comedic roles. Among them: Catch 22, In & Out, Legally Blonde 2, and Elf, as the diminutive dad of adopted full-size son Will Ferrell. More recent work included Horrible Bosses and the TV series The Librarians, The Big Bang Theory, and Young Sheldon.

Newhart married Virginia Quinn, known to friends as Ginny, in 1964, and remained with her until her death in 2023. They had four children: Robert, Timothy, Jennifer, and Courtney. Newhart was a frequent guest of Johnny Carson’s and liked to tease the thrice-divorced Tonight host that at least some comedians enjoyed long-term marriages. He was especially close with fellow comedian and family man Don Rickles, whose raucous insult humor clashed memorably with Newhart’s droll understatement.

“We’re apples and oranges. I’m a Jew, he’s a Catholic. He’s low-key, I’m a yeller,” Rickles told Variety in 2012. A decade later, Judd Apatow would pay tribute to their friendship in the short documentary Bob and Don: A Love Story.

A master of the gently sarcastic remark, Newhart got into comedy after he became bored with his $5-an-hour accounting job in Chicago. To pass the time, he and a friend, Ed Gallagher, began making funny phone calls to each other. Eventually, they decided to record them as comedy routines and sell them to radio stations.

Their efforts failed, but the records came to the attention of Warner Bros., which signed Newhart to a record contract and booked him into a Houston club in February 1960. “A terrified 30-year-old man walked out on the stage and played his first nightclub,” he recalled in 2003.

Six of his routines were recorded during his two-week date, and the album, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, was released on April Fools’ Day 1960. It sold 750,000 copies and was followed by The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back!. At one point the albums ranked No. 1 and 2 on the sales charts. The New York Times in 1960 said he was “the first comedian in history to come to prominence through a recording.”

Besides winning Grammy’s Album of the Year for his debut, Newhart won as Best New Artist of 1960, and the sequel The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back! won as Best Comedy Spoken Word Album. Newhart was booked for several appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and at nightclubs, concert halls, and college campuses across the country. He hated the clubs, however, because of the heckling drunks they attracted. “Every time I have to step out of a scene and put one of those birds in his place, it kills the routine,” he said in 1960.

In 2004, he received another Emmy nomination, this time as Guest Actor in a Drama Series, for a role in E.R. Another honor came his way in 2007, when the Library of Congress announced it had added The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart to its registry of historically significant sound recordings. Just 25 recordings are added each year to the registry, which was created in 2000.

Newhart made the best-seller lists in 2006 with his memoir, I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This!. He was nominated for another Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album (a category that includes audio books) for his reading of the book.

“I’ve always likened what I do to the man who is convinced that he is the last sane man on Earth … the Paul Revere of psychotics running through the town and yelling `This is crazy.′ But no one pays attention to him,” Newhart wrote.

Born George Robert Newhart in Chicago to a German-Irish family, he was called Bob to avoid confusion with his father, who was also named George. At St. Ignatius High School and Loyola University in Chicago, he amused fellow students with imitations of James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Durante, and other stars. After receiving a degree in commerce, Newhart served two years in the Army. Returning to Chicago after his military service, he entered law school at Loyola, but flunked out. He eventually landed a job as an accountant for the state unemployment department. Bored with the work, he spent his free hours acting at a stock company in suburban Oak Park, an experience that led to the phone bits.

“I wasn’t part of some comic cabal,” Newhart wrote in his memoir. “Mike (Nichols) and Elaine (May), Shelley (Berman), Lenny Bruce, Johnny Winters, Mort Sahl — we didn’t all get together and say, Let’s change comedy and slow it down.′ It was just our way of finding humor. The college kids would hear mother-in-law jokes and say, What the hell is a mother-in-law?′ What we did reflected our lives and related to theirs.”

Newhart continued appearing on television occasionally after his fourth sitcom ended and vowed in 2003 that he would work as long as he could. “It’s been so much, 43 years of my life; (to quit) would be like something was missing,” he said.

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