Jason Stuart is an American actor and comedian. Born in The Bronx, New York, Stuart was raised in California, he is gay, is the chair of the Screen Actors Guild National LGBT Actors Committee. Stuart was nominated for a Gay International Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in the independent film Coffee Date, he starred in his own independent film, 10 Attitudes. Stuart released a stand-up comedy CD, Jason Stuart: Gay Comedy Without a Dress and a DVD of his comedy special, Jason Stuart: Making It to the Middle for Here! Stuart was raised in a Jewish family, his father was born in Poland. Official website Jason Stuart on IMDb Jason Stuart at AllMovie Jason Stuart on Facebook "ActorsE Chat Show" with host Alyson Sullivan on Actors Entertainment Jason Stuart on clean and sober comedy site Recovery Comedy
Hal Harry Magee Sparks III is an American actor, musician, political commentator and radio host, television personality. He is known for his contributions to VH1, hosting E!'s Talk Soup, the role of Michael Novotny on the American television series Queer as Folk, Donald Davenport in Lab Rats and as the voice of Tak in Tak and the Power of Juju television series and video games. Sparks was born on September 25, 1969 in Cincinnati, but grew up in Peaks Mill, Kentucky; when he was 14 years old, he moved to the Chicago area and enrolled at New Trier High School in Winnetka, where he entered the theater department. Despite some initial opposition by his father, by 15 he began performing standup comedy and by 17 he won the title of "Chicago's Funniest Teenager" from the Chicago Sun-Times. While still in high school, he became the host of the short-run Saturday game show Treasure Mall in 1988, just months shy of his 19th birthday. Upon graduation, Sparks moved to Los Angeles and ten years he was hired to host Talk Soup in 1999.
He would go on to independently produce his first standup comedy DVD Escape from Halcatraz in 2008. Sparks is a regular guest on such programs as CNN's Your $$$$$, The Joy Behar Show and The View when he's not hosting his own weekly progressive radio show. He's participated in the Progressive Voices Cruise in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 he joined Stephanie Miller and John Fugelsang for the successful Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour in various cities across the country; this tour topped more than a million dollars in ticket sales while raising money for local progressive causes. Sparks appears as a regular guest and fill-in host on the national Stephanie Miller Radio Show, providing three hours of commentary and humor on Wednesday mornings; the program is known as "Hump Days with Hal", is broadcast weekly from his official U-stream channel. Sparks has appeared as guest host for Norman Goldman's Los Angeles-based show. Sparks broadcast hosting was made available through Goldman's "Beyond the Norm" segments.
He continued this free "behind the scenes" U-stream show for his fans. In June 2010 he got his own radio program on Chicago's Progressive Talk as host of The Hal Sparks Radio Program, which broadcasts between 11am and 1pm each Saturday. Sparks had his screen debut on the television movie Frog, starring Shelley Duvall, Elliott Gould, Scott Grimes in 1987. Over the following decades he would go on to appear in several types of TV roles, which included host of Talk Soup in 1999, was one of the stars of Disney XD's Lab Rats. Sparks will portray Nelson in the second season of Fuller House. Hal portrayed Donald Davenport in Lab Rats. Donald is the older brother of Douglas Davenport, the stepfather of Leo Dooley, the husband of Tasha Davenport and the adopter of Adam and Chase. Sparks became the United States' youngest game show emcee in 1988 when he hosted the short-lived, syndicated game show, Treasure Mall, he participated on GSN's Extreme Dodgeball as captain of the Chicago Hitmen team. He provided the voice of the computer named "Mr. Q" on the U.
S television adaptation of 20Q, which aired on the Game Show Network in 2009. Sparks was one of five celebrities to appear in the first episode of VH1's Celebrity Paranormal Project, he has been a regular commentator on several VH1 series, including the following: I Love the'70s I Love the'80s I Love the'80s Strikes Back I Love the'80s 3-D I Love the'90s I Love the'90s: Part Deux I Love the'70s: Volume II I Love the New Millennium 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs Black to the Future Undateable Sparks was a regular cast member of the breakthrough Showtime television series, Queer As Folk, an American adaptation of the UK series of the same name written by Russell T Davies. In 2007, Sparks became the voice of the lead character in the animated series for children, Tak & the Power of Juju for Nickelodeon, which ran for twelve episodes between 2007 and 2008. In 2009, Sparks recorded his first Showtime comedy special Charmageddon in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the OC Pavilion in Santa Ana, California.
The special aired in 2010, was released on DVD. In 2011, Sparks was cast as Donald Davenport, one of the lead characters of a new Disney pilot Lab Rats. Variety reported on July 2011 that the series was ordered by Disney for a 2012 premiere. In early 2012, the Lab Rats premiere received the highest ratings for original series for the network, it was announced in May 2012, that it had picked up for another season. Sparks had made appearances on various television programs from as early as 1994, when he played a long-haired skateboarder on the fourteenth episode of the first season of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. In 1995, he appeared in the "Gentle Horse" episode of Medicine Woman. From 2000 through 2006, he appeared in Martial Law, One on One, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Las Vegas, he appeared as himself in the video "Beat It," the Michael Jackson cover, by Fall Out Boy, voiced a cameo on Robot Chicken. In 2006, Sparks competed for the charity Habitat for Humanity on the Fox celebrity competition Celebrity Duets.
He performed with such musical legends as Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Wynonna Judd, Dennis DeYoung, Dee Snider and Sebastian Bach. He made it to the finale along with Lucy Lawless and Alfonso Ribeiro, came in third in the series. In 2007, Sparks was cast as the host for the WB reality series Survival of the Richest, where wealthy young adults were paired with those young adults with massive debts to complete challenges together and work as a team. In 2007, Sparks joined Roseanne to jud
Arthur Steven Lange Jr. is an American comedian and actor, best known for his tenures on The Howard Stern Show and the sketch comedy series Mad TV. Born and raised in New Jersey, Lange first worked as a longshoreman and taxi driver to help support his family following the death of his quadriplegic father. In 1987, he made his debut as a stand up comic and took up the profession full-time in the early 1990s, performing in clubs and improv shows in and around New York City. In 1995, Lange moved to Los Angeles to star in the first season of Mad TV, his arrest for cocaine possession during the second season led to his departure and subsequent rehabilitation. In 1997, Norm Macdonald chose Lange to co-star in his comedy film Dirty Work, which secured Lange several film and television roles including Macdonald's sitcom, The Norm Show. In 2001, Lange returned to New Jersey and became a member of The Howard Stern Show until December 2009, he pursued various projects during this time. In 2011, Lange resumed his career.
He co-hosted The Nick & Artie Show with Nick Di Paolo until Di Paolo's departure in 2013. During this time, Lange released his second book and Burn, he hosted the podcast The Artie Quitter Podcast from 2015 to 2017, his third book, Wanna Bet?, was released July 17, 2018. Lange was co-host of The Artie and Anthony Show with Anthony Cumia in 2017 and 2018 and continues to perform stand-up and act, most in the HBO series Crashing. Lange was born on October 11, 1967 in Livingston, New Jersey, was raised in Union Township, Union County, his mother, Judy, of Italian descent, was a housewife, while his father, Arthur Lange Sr. of German and Native American descent, was a general contractor who installed television antennas. His sister Stacey is a fashion designer. Two weeks after Lange's birth, his father went on trial for keeping $200,000 in counterfeit money for a loan shark, but was spared jail time out of the court's sympathy for his young son. In August 2003, Lange found out he is twenty-five per cent American Indian after submitting a sample of his DNA for testing.
Lange attended Union High School, during which he played baseball and became an all-county third baseman. His poor grades required him to attend summer school. In August 1985, Lange was arrested for attempted bank robbery, he claimed he was trying to flirt with the teller by passing her a note that said he was armed and demanded $50,000. The teller took it triggering a silent alarm, his charge was reduced to disorderly conduct which required Lange to pay $500 in court fees and complete 25 hours of community service in March 1986. As part of his probation, Lange attended the Connecticut School of Broadcasting from March to June 1987. In 1985, Lange gained admission to Seton Hall University in New Jersey using a connection his uncle had with an employee of the admissions department. In one early assignment, he received an A grade for a presentation he made, telling stories about his friends and family to the class. "It was the first time I got a bunch of laughs in front of a crowd of total strangers and it felt amazing to get that reaction from people."
After four weeks, Lange became bored "to death" and began to think of ways to quit. On October 18, in a sudden turn of events, his father fell off a ladder while installing an antenna and broke his back, becoming quadriplegic. Money soon became an issue in the family. Lange recalled the situation: "We took out a second mortgage. Medicaid paid for a nurse eight hours a day; when my mother got back from being a secretary all day, she had to take care of him. Every night, she set her alarm clock to turn him so he wouldn't get bedsores." In 1987, the family contacted celebrities asking them to donate items for auction. Howard Stern, the only one to respond, sent them an autographed jacket and said on the air, "Does this guy think that if he puts the jacket on he's going to walk again?", which Lange and his father found funny. Lange's father died from complications of an infection in 1990, though he believes one of his father's "crazy friends" may have helped him to commit suicide. Lange cites Richard Pryor, Richard Lewis, George Carlin as early influences.
On July 12, 1987, at age nineteen, Lange performed his first stand-up comedy routine at The Improv in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan. He recalled, "I bombed for five minutes. Everyone thinks. I was unprepared, I mumbled, I forgot stuff, but I'm proud that I did it." Lange would not attempt stand-up again for another four years. In 1988, Lange took acting classes for three weeks from Sandy Dennis at HB Studio in New Jersey. In February 1991, Lange supported his family by taking up work as a longshoreman at Port Newark, loading ships at its orange juice pier. In that year alone, Lange earned around $60,000. In September 1992, Lange quit his longshoreman job to focus on a comedy career, giving himself one year to make it at stand-up. During his search for work, his regular form of employment was driving a taxi in New York City. Lange's first paid gig as a stand-up followed at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York for a payment of $30, he became a paid regular for the first time in 1992 at
John Cardon Debney is an American film composer and conductor. He received an Academy Award nomination for his score for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, he composed the score for Cutthroat Island, celebrated by music critics as a notable example of swashbuckling film music. The son of Disney Studios producer Louis Debney, John was born and raised in Glendale, nearby to Disney, he played in rock bands in college. Debney earned his B. A. degree in Music Composition from the California Institute of Arts in 1979. Two weeks after graduating from CalArts, he got a job at copying department at Disney. One day, Buddy Baker saw him and had him arrange music that would be used for different pavilions and rides at EPCOT Center. After three years at Disney, he freelanced for television composer Mike Post. Debney furthered his hands-on training by working with Hanna-Barbera composer Hoyt Curtin. After this, Debney went on to score television projects as diverse as Disneyland, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, SeaQuest DSV, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, The Cape, The Lazarus Man, Piggsburg Pigs!, The Further Adventures of SuperTed, Doctor Who and Lacey, Tiny Toon Adventures, The Young Riders, The New Yogi Bear Show, Police Academy: The Animated Series, Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, Dragon's Lair, Freshman Dorm, Pop Quiz and Dink, the Little Dinosaur, for which he won an Emmy for Best Main Title.
In the early 1990s, Debney began to score indie films and Disneyland attractions. In 1991, Debney composed the music for Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris and SpectroMagic at Magic Kingdom. In 1993, he scored his first studio feature. Debney has since gone on to have a career composing scores for many films including: The Passion of the Christ, Bruce Almighty, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Sin City, Chicken Little, Liar Liar, Spy Kids, The Scorpion King, The Princess Diaries and Predators. Debney has composed scores for the video games Lair and The Sims Medieval. In 2010, he composed the theme music for the Nickelodeon television series Supah Ninjas, he composed of Disney Parks's Nighttime Spectaculars, including: World Of Color Celebrate! in Disney's California Adventure, The Magic, The Memories And You! and Celebrate The Magic in Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom and Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland in Tokyo Disneyland. John Debney on IMDb John Debney's official website John Debney Tribute at Filmtracks.com
Andrew A. Kosove is an American film and television producer who has produced 35 films, he was nominated for an Academy Award for the film The Blind Side. Alongside his producing partner, Broderick Johnson, he is the co-founder and co-CEO of Alcon Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based wholly independent film and television production and financing company. In addition to his career in the entertainment industry, Kosove is an accomplished and avid marathon runner and triathlete, he finished third in the Ironman Executive Challenge in Ironman Coeur d'Alene in 2010. He competed and finished the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in 2012. Kosove graduated from Princeton University in 1992, he became friends with Broderick Johnson in college. He is of Jewish descent. Kosove and Johnson moved to Los Angeles, where they started a film production company with financial capital from Frederick W. Smith, the founder and chairman of FedEx; the company became known as Alcon Entertainment. Their first feature film, Lost & Found, had limited box office returns, but their second film, My Dog Skip, cost only $7M to produce and grossed $34 million domestically.
Alcon's other productions include P. S. I Love You, Where's My Car?, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Book of Eli and Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners. In 2009, Kosove and Johnson produced Alcon's The Blind Side, which became the highest grossing sports film of all time; the film was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and earned Sandra Bullock the Academy Award for Best Actress. The following year, Alcon Entertainment produced and financed Dolphin Tale, another modestly budgeted family film that earned an A+ Cinemascore from audiences, grossed $100M in worldwide box-office. Kosove was nominated for an Emmy Award as an executive producer on the documentary entitled, Sinatra: All or Nothing At All in 2015, he is the Executive Producer of the acclaimed Sci-fi series, The Expanse in its third season on Syfy. Kosove is married to producer Kira Davis, they have two children together. Andrew Kosove on IMDb
Booty Call is a 1997 American comedy film, written by J. Stanford Parker and Takashi Bufford, directed by Jeff Pollack; the film stars Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson, Vivica A. Fox, Tamala Jones. Booty Call is about a tender-hearted, upwardly-mobile man named Rushon, dating his girlfriend Nikki for seven weeks, they like each other, but their relationship has not yet been consummated. Rushon asks Nikki out to dinner, she brings her opinionated friend Lysterine "Lysti", Rushon comes with his "bad boy" buddy Bunz. Lysti and Bunz hit it off quickly, to Rushon's surprise, Nikki decides it is time for their relationship to move to the next level. However, they have one small problem: this is the 1990s, everyone wants to practice "safe sex." Therefore and Bunz must go on wild adventures trying to find "protection" before the evening's mood evaporates. Jamie Foxx – Bunz Tommy Davidson – Rushon Askins Vivica A. Fox – Lysterine Tamala Jones – Nikki Amy Monique Waddell – Arguing Woman Art Malik – Akmed Bernie Mac – Judge Peabody David Hemblen – Dr. Blade Amanda Tapping – Dr. Moore Gedde Watanabe – Chan Karen Robinson – Admitting Nurse Ric Young – Mr. Chiu Scott LaRose – Singh Prior to the film's release, it was noted that there were similarities with its condom plot to another movie in development, Trojan War, which featured an all-white cast and which would be released in 1997.
Booty Call however was written without knowledge of Trojan War's existence. It holds a 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 12 professional reviews, a 5.4 user rating on IMDb. Siskel and Ebert gave the film two thumbs up, they praised the vulgar humor, comparing it to Butt-head. Ebert in particular said the scenes involving Nikki's pet Jack Russell Terrier were "very funny." In their review, The New York Times claimed "This contemporary sex farce, directed by Jeff Pollack, has the attention span of a hyperactive child." Booty Call at AllMovie Booty Call on IMDb Booty Call at Rotten Tomatoes Booty Call at Discogs