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New HBO Show Will Take Hipsters Mainstream

Posted on December 30, 2009

When "How to Make It in America" debuts February 14th, be prepared for a culture shock, and the introduction of the hipster. For those living in places like Wicker Park in Chicago, or the Lower East Side in New York City, the hipster scene is nothing new, if anything, its old and played out. But for those living in remote areas in the midwest and across the country, be prepared to be shown something you may have heard of, but have not yet come to know.

If you have been following the behind the scenes production of HTMIA, you know they have been looking far and wide for hipster actors and extras, as evident by the countless ads on craiglists by Central Casting.  If the success of HTMIA is anything near what its predecessor "Entourage" has been able to achieve, expect the world to be taken by storm by this new genre, for better or for worse.

For those that want to know exactly what a hipster is, check out this cut and paste from Urban Dictionary. WARNING, hipsters will be offended:

Listens to bands that you have never heard of. Has hairstyle that can only be described as "complicated." (Most likely achieved by a minimum of one week not washing it.) Probably tattooed. Maybe gay. Definitely cooler than you. Reads Black Book, Nylon, and the Styles section of the New York Times. Drinks Pabst Blue Ribbon. Often. Complains. Always denies being a hipster. Hates the word. Probably living off parents money - and spends a great deal of it to look like they don't have any. Has friends and/or self cut hair. Dyes it frequently (black, white-blonde, etc. and until scalp bleeds). Has a closet full of clothing but usually wears same three things OVER AND OVER (most likely very tight black pants, scarf, and ironic tee-shirt). Chips off nail polish artfully after $50 manicure. Sleeps with everyone and talks about it at great volume in crowded coffee shops. Addicted to coffee, cigarettes (Parliaments, Kamel Reds, Lucky Strikes, etc.), and possibly cocaine. Claims to be in a band. Rehearsals consist of choosing outfits for next show and drinking PBR. Always on the list. Majors or majored in art, writing, or queer studies. Name-drops. May go by "Penny Lane," "Eleanor Rigby," etc. when drunk. On PBR. Which is usually.

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Kid Cudi Puts Music Industry On Blast

Posted on December 30, 2009

Kid Cudi interrupted his concert at the House Of Blues in Myrtle Beach to express his frustrations with the Music Industry. Cudi rants about all things WWE, smoking pot, and talking shit. He seems to enjoy continually stirring the pot and that can only bold well for the rating of "How to Make It in America."

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Bryan Greenberg Working On New Album

Posted on December 28, 2009

According to a recent message on his twitter account, Bryan Greenberg is busy working on his second album, a follow up to his 2007 release Waiting For Now. It's been awhile since an official release of his new material, but he played several songs that will appear on his new album while touring over the summer with Michael Tolcher and Graham Colton.

To see Bryan play You Can Run live with "How to Make It in America" co-star Kid Cudi click here

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It’s Complicated Opens Today

Posted on December 25, 2009

Lake Bell's Holiday season kicks off with a bang today with the Christmas Day release of her new movie "It's Complicated." Bell gets a chance to share the big screen with some of Hollywood's biggest stars including Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, and who many consider to be the best female actress of all time, Meryl Streep.  "It's Complicated" has already been nominated for several awards including three Golden Globes for: Best Motion Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture. Congrats Ms. Bell

Writer/director Nancy Meyers (What Women Want, Something's Gotta Give, The Holiday) directs Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin in It's Complicated, a comedy about love, divorce and... Writer/director Nancy Meyers (What Women Want, Something's Gotta Give, The Holiday) directs Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin in It's Complicated, a comedy about love, divorce and everything in between.

Jane (Streep) is the mother of three grown kids, owns a thriving Santa Barbara bakery/restaurant and has--after a decade of divorce--an amicable relationship with her ex-husband, attorney Jake (Baldwin). But when Jane and Jake find themselves out of town for their son's college graduation, things start to get complicated. An innocent meal together turns into the unimaginable--an affair. With Jake remarried to the much younger Agness (Lake Bell), Jane is now, of all things, the other woman.

Caught in the middle of their renewed romance is Adam (Martin), an architect hired to remodel Jane's kitchen. Healing from a divorce of his own, Adam starts to fall for Jane, but soon realizes he's become part of a love triangle.

Should Jane and Jake move on with their lives, or is love truly lovelier the second time around? It's...complicated.

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Luis Guzman Sex Ed PSA

Posted on December 23, 2009

HTMIA star Luis Guzman gives his Celebrity Testimonial for TeenSource.org. The website put out a series of videos aimed at teaching kids the importance of being sexually educated. It makes you wonder if TeenSource ever saw the movie "Boogie Nights"... And speaking of Guzman and "Boogie Nights", check out this deleted scene were he finally gets his shot to live his dream of acting in an adult video.

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“How To Make It In America” Teaser Trailer

Posted on December 22, 2009

HBO finally put out a teaser for "How to Make It in America." For those living under a rock, this is the latest production from Mark Walhberg and his "Entourage" crew. The show, written by Ian Edelman and directed by Julian Farino, will hit the air on February 14th, in HBO's prime time 10pm slot.  The series was put together way back in 2008 when the pilot was shot. Due to prior obligations for Farino, the remaining 8 episodes for the first season were put on hold until the director finished off a film project. The cast and crew finally got together this fall to finished what they started. This is our first glance at any footage related to the show with the exception of those that have gotten a sneak peak at the pilot.

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No Gaga, No Problem For Kid Cudi

Posted on December 20, 2009

By now it's no secret Kid Cudi left, or was removed from Lady Gaga's Fame Monster tour last week after he was video taped jumping into the crowd and striking a fan.  That didn't stop Cudi from making the trip to Sin City anyway and throwing a little concert of his own.  Cudi, and fellow "How to Make It in America" stars Bryan Greenberg and Victor Rasuk hit up LAVO at the Palazzo Friday night.  Around 1 am, Cudi jumped on staged and proclaimed to the crowd that they were "witnessing the rebirth of Cudi right now in Vegas." The Kid went on to preform several songs from his critically acclaimed debut album Man on the Moon. Putting on a performance that left the crowd chanting his name, Cudi's rise to fame might only be matched by his resurrection.

Photo Credit - Al Powers

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Shannyn Sossamon Grabs 411Mania Model Of The Week Award

Posted on December 18, 2009

Congrats to Shannyn Sossamon for capturing 411mania's model of the week award.  As  you can see, a very well deserved award. Sossamon joins a distinguished list that includes other knockouts like Vida Guerra and Kate Beckinsale.

Her modeling credits include ads for Banana Republic, American Eagle, Glamour, and you guessed it, Planned Parenthood.

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Andy Goldman Shows Students “How To Make It”

Posted on December 13, 2009

andy_goldmanIn a recent interview with NYU Local, staff write Natan Edelsburg sat down with HBO executive Andy Goldman. They talked about all things HBO, and Goldman's new role as a professor of Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, his alma mater. In his day job, he is Vice President for HBO’s Programming, Planning and Scheduling. Goldman teaches a class called TV Programming & Concepts. The premise of the class is simple, what makes good television programming. Who better to know than an HBO executive. Edelsburg, one of Goldman's students, describes the class as follows:

"Goldman presents us each week with 1-3 episodes of either extremely funny, extremely good or extremely unbearable new shows that we then break down into pieces and discuss why they were a success or why they were even worse than this season of Gossip Girl."

One of the shows Goldman promised to show this years class is "How to Make It." The students will be shown the pilot of the new series that HBO will premiere February 14, 2010. When Goldman was asked what was on the horizon for HBO:

"A wonderful new show called How to Make it in America, by Mark Wahlberg. It’s kind of the flip side of Entourage. It’s about a group of guys before any one of them made it big and it’s set in New York. Vince and Turtle and those guys would have definitely been friends with them but it’s new characters. It will be premiering in February."

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Kid Cudi Keeps It Green, Wants To Work With Green Day

Posted on December 10, 2009


Just a friendly reminder from Kid Cudi on the importance of keeping our environment clean.

Now that he is finished filming the new HBO series "How to Make It," he is putting all his efforts into the production of his new album "Cudder." Cudi's rise to the top of the Hip Hop world was due largely in part to his new and fresh sound.  He'll try to continue to mix things up on the new disc working with all the musicians that have inspired him over the years. Everyone from Snoop Dog to Green Day could make an appearance.

Cudder is basically an album of me working with artists that have inspired me or artists that have helped me grow and people who I’ve always admired,” Cudi said. “So far, we’ve got Snoop, Travis Barker - trying to get Green Day onboard, hopefully, Kings of Leon, hopefully. I’m really trying to do all the collabs that I couldn’t do for the [Man on the Moon] album, and then some, because the album was so themed that I had to strip a lot of features."… I don’t want it to be, like, a Green Day song with me rapping over it,” he said. “What I want to do is, have the triangle effect. Have Green Day involved and have them co-produce with someone like a Ratatat or my producers, do like a joint thing, and then we all create from the ground up. That way, it’s like a fusion of each sound and each inspiration.” source

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