Vancouver doesn’t get many TV comedy pilots. This is a TV drama town. But TV Land’s single-camera comedy pilot Impastor is expected to film here from August 5th to 10th (dates subject to change). From writer Christopher Vane, Impastor stars Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville’s Lex Luther) as Buddy, a guy running from his debts in San Franciso who cons the residents of a small town into thinking he’s their new gay pastor. Sara Rue co-stars as the pastor’s assistant and Mircea Monroe as the Head Trustee of Loomis Lutheran Church. Back in San Francisco, Aimee Garcia plays Buddy’s girlfriend, a bartender who has to deal with the cops, his criminal creditors, and snarky mother after his apparent “suicide”. Sounds like fun.
Happy birthday to the crazy, wonderful, funny, handsome, talented, and downright amazing Michael Rosenbaum! I know he loves his fans so if you have anything you wish to say to him you can feel free to leave him a comment after this post. I wonder what madness he has planned this year? Whatever it is I really hope he has an amazing time and really enjoys himself xxx
Superman fans have a very short period of time to buy into a little piece of history and contribute to a Kickstarter campaign to finish a long-overdue documentary on the history of Superman and his Cleveland creators. The work is almost finished and needs a $6,000 nudge to get it released this year.
One of the producers of the documentary is a guy who knows something about Superman, Mike Olszewski, president of the Siegel and Shuster Society, the group formed to honor the men and their super-creation. Olszewski is quick to point out that the project is independent from his work at the society.
The Kickstarter campaign ends Thursday, July 10, and by that time Red Duck Pictures hope to raise the $6,000 it needs to finish the project. Organizers are more than $5,000 short of the goal, so dig deep if you ever want to see the documentary. Kickstarter is a novel way for artists to get enough money for their project directly from the people who want to see it done.
Contributions to the campaign earn backers anything from ticket stubs from the world premiere of “Superman IV: A Quest For Peace” which was held in Cleveland in 1987, and T-shirts, posters and other items from the occasion. The big prize is a coveted brick from the house of Jerry Siegel where Superman was created. The numbered brick is one of 100 saved when the house was remodeled and comes with a plaque and a certificate of authenticity. There are very few of these around.
The movie project started in 208, and most of the heavy lifting is done. The $6,000 will pay for the finishing touches: adding a musical score to the work, improving the graphics, narration, basic legal costs and other production costs.
“From fanboys, filmmakers and Cleveland history-nuts comes a documentary on one of the biggest American icons of all time,” says the Kickstarter pitch. “This film aspires to tell the story of two young boys, who dreamt of a world with magic, heroics and a greater human kindness during our country’s Great Depression — something we can all appreciate in our current world.”
The film includes interviews with many comic industry leaders who were involved with Superman, such as DC artist Carmine Infantino, artist Neal Adams (who was instrumental in getting financial and other benefits for Siegel and Shuster just before the Richard Donner Superman movie) and such contemporaries as Marvel’s Stan Lee. Also included are interviews with actors involved with the character, including two Lois Lanes – Noel Neill and Margot Kidder; a Supergirl, Helen Slater; and television’s Lex Luthor, Michael Rosenbaum.
“The interviewees were extremely generous with their time and comments no matter where we caught up with them – even such busy events as the New York Comic Con and Mid-Ohio Con. Siegel and Shuster’s work cast a wide net of influence and a lot of people wanted to pay tribute to these remarkable men,” the website says. “While we do review some of the history, which has been well documented over the years, we also stress the legacy of Siegel and Shuster and how they will be remembered in the future. Some of the comments may surprise you. . . .
“And if you’re interested in getting just a little taste of what it’s all about, please check out our Siegel & Shuster mini-documentary featured at the Superman exhibit at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.”
Donate to the kickstarter campaign HERE
Michael Rosenbaum has joined the cable network’s single-camera comedy pilot Impastor, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Impastor centers on a low-life (Rosenbaum) who hides out in a small town by conning the residents into thinking he’s their newly hired gay pastor.
The casting comes weeks after Rosenbaum left NBC’s 1960s space comedy Mission Control, which was ordered to series in May, in a recasting.
Chris Vane will serve as writer/executive producer on Impastor, which will also be executive produced by Eric and Kim Tannenbaum,as well as Robert Greenberg and Rosenbaum.
Rosenbaum is repped by APA and Untitled Entertainment. Following Smallville, Rosenbaum appeared in Hit and Run; wrote, directed, starred in Back in the Day; and recurred on Fox’s Breaking In.
The comedy, newly picked up to series, is from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions.
Smallville villain Rosenbaum was set to star opposite Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad, Veronica Mars) in Mission Control.
According to Deadline, the part of NASA astronaut Bus – originally played by Rosenbaum – is to be recast.
The show, set in 1962, is about a woman and man who are competing to land on the Moon first.
Rosenbaum was announced to have landed the part in February. His recent roles include the TV series Breaking In and Back in the Day.
“Back in the Day” is a raunchy comedy about a guy trying to get out of a rut by reliving his glory days at his high school reunion. The story is loosely based on Rosenbaum’s friends in Newburgh, Ind., where he grew up. “Back in the Day” was filmed in Newburgh and Evansville, Ind., and includes locations at his former high school and hangouts.
Rosenbaum came to WKU on a scholarship and graduated in 1995. He has steadily built a résumé as an actor, including his critically acclaimed role as Lex Luther on “Smallville.”
He continues to return to WKU to inspire others.
Included in the cast of “Back in the Day,” playing the younger version of one of his buddies is Jonathan Stone. Stone, who grew up in Clarksville, Tenn., moved to Bowling Green as a teen and graduated from Greenwood High School.
He attended WKU on the same scholarship Rosenbaum was awarded and met Rosenbaum on one of his visits. Stone is continuing his studies at WKU, where he was recently nominated as best actor for his role in “Double” at WKU’s Film Fest. He is active in local theater.
— For more information on the movie, visit www.facebook.com/backinthedaymovie.
Back in the Day can finally be on all of our shelves as it is being released in the US on April 8th 2014 on Blue Ray and DVD. I really would love if all fans of Michael would buy a copy, I am in England and have pre-ordered mine from Amazon.com so country is not a problem, I would love to carry on the amazing support we gave him when it was available on demand and buy this film. If he gets good sales it will help him to get more projects greenlit and I think we all would love to see more Michael at the cinema and on our TVs!
A high powered set of Sacramento filmmakers and television producers gathered at Sacramento’s Wizard World Comic Con Saturday to help attendees learn about the variety of opportunities for production available in our region.
Emmy Award winning cinematographer and show developer Doug Stanley (Deadliest Catch) touted plans for advancement in distribution that will help connect fans of TV shows who use Facebook. The Ridgeline Entertainment Executive producer from Auburn loves to bring his other reality TV shows into Northern California whenever he can.
Access Sacramento Executive Director Gary Martin told about the “Place Called Sacramento” script writing competition for 10-minute scripts featuring this region, encouraging writers to tell the stories they love and reminding them Access Sacramento has classes and the free use of equipment for those who get certified.
Sacramento’s Ryan Todd, producer and developer of one of YouTube’s most highly subscribed video series SMOSH, said working on a budget is still “working” and he encouraged those in the room to get their start without delay.
Producer Matthew Donaldson, masquerading as the Stay Puff Marshmallow man from Ghost Busters, talked about his new film “To Find a Monster” that’s in development with likely release later this year. He said the story is critical and his new film tells how two young friends find the meaning of friendship while facing their monsters, armed only with a camcorder.
In a surprise appearance, TV star and director Michael Rosenbaum, (Lex Luther on Smallville) joined the panel, commenting on how Sacramento’s reputation for film and television production is growing, and encouraging beginning film makers in the room to never give up on their dreams for working in the industry.
The panel was moderated by Sacramento Playwright (The Interviews) and “Place Called Sacramento” (Lottery Ticket) writer/actor Brian Jagger, who said he was delighted by the standing room only crowd. He wanted to make sure the Comic Con audience knew Sacramento is the home for lots of film and television production, and that Hollywood isn’t the only place with great stories to tell.
Having played a young Lex in 154 episodes of the ‘Superman’ prequel series, Rosenbaum is to date the most prolific live action actor in the role of Superman’s industrialist nemesis; John Shea, who took the role in ‘Lois and Clark’ AKA ‘The New Adventures of Superman,’ shot only 25 episodes.
Nor does Rosenbaum’s association with the DC universe end there, as he also voiced The Flash in 54 episodes of the ‘Justice League’ animated series.
Whilst discussing his feature directorial debut ‘Back in the Day’ with Cinekatz, the subject of Luthor and DC inevitably came up, and Rosenbaum clearly counts himself lucky to be part of that realm, having been the subject of fan campaigns to reprise the role in ‘Batman vs. Superman’ (as we’ll keep informally referring to the film until Warner Bros tell us different).
“I think the most loyal fans are the DC fans… It was amazing to see all of the fans reaching out on Twitter and all of the kind words to get me to be Lex Luthor again. I didn’t do anything, I just sat back and thought it was really sweet. I’m very lucky.”
Asked on his feelings about the divisive casting of Eiesenberg, and whether he had any advice for the new Lex, Rosenbaum’s response was similarly humble.
“First off, I think he’s a really good actor. I don’t think he needs any advice from me, he’ll do his homework. Do it your way. I’m sure Zack [Snyder] has an idea. He cast you for reason.
“Jesse’s a good actor. He’ll do it his own way and that’s the best way. If you can do it your way, if you succeed or fail, you succeed because you are being original. If you’re trying to emulate someone, you’ll always be compared.
“That’s why I didn’t want to be compared during ‘Smallville.’ I didn’t watch any of Gene Hackman as Lex. He’ll be fantastic. Great actor, no problem with it.”
Interestingly, though Rosenbaum remains most popularly associated with Luthor, that isn’t the DC role the actor feels the greatest personal affinity with.
“I would lean toward The Flash kind of guy. The guy who wants to take light of the situation, when everyone is so upset and the world is dying he’s like, “Hey everything’s going to be alright! Let’s go bowling!”… I have some evil in me but I’d be positive for the most part.”
Asked whether he’d been keen to play any other DC character, Rosenbaum clearly doesn’t aim low, replying, “I think I’d be a fantastic Joker. I think I could crush The Joker.”