Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Conversation with Cheech Marin and Robert Rodriguez at SXSW 2020

What do a rock legend, a video game visionary, a cannabis reform activist, an executive chef, and a quantitative futurist have in common? They’ll all be in Austin next March!

Introducing the first programming announcement for SXSW 2020 with industry leaders and diverse visionaries across the fields of technology, film, and music.

For the 34th edition of the Conference, we are pleased to announce Managing Partner at Brentwood Growth Partners and former President and COO of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aimé and musician, singer, songwriter, visual artist, and actress Kim Gordon as our initial Keynotes with more to be announced this Fall.

Spanning the Conference’s 22 programming tracks, newly-announced Featured Speakers include Benny Blanco, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Steve DeAngelo, Camille François, Chip and Joanna Gaines, Roxane Gay, Chris Hughes, Guy Laliberté, Yo-Yo Ma, John Maeda, Col Needham, Kwame Onwuachi, Nile Rodgers with Merck Mercuriadis, Robert Rodriguez with Cheech Marin, Amy Webb, Shoshana Zuboff, and more.

“We’re kicking off the 2020 season with a captivating group of speakers,” said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer. “From Keynotes Reggie Fils-Aimé, who oversaw Nintendo of America during its most successful era, and Kim Gordon, a creative virtuoso whose passion and achievements have paved the way for others, to our diverse range of expert Featured Speakers, these talents prove that SXSW is the premier destination for innovation and creative discovery. We’ve also added new tracks and more programming to the second half of the week, as our event evolves to reflect the continued convergence of the industries that gather here.”

Access these exciting speaker presentations and more when you register to join us March 13-22 for the 2020 SXSW Conference & Festivals in Austin, TX. Attendees will receive primary access to programming associated with their badge type while also enjoying secondary entry to most other SXSW events. Secure your spot now through September 27 for the biggest savings of the season and book your stay with SXSW Housing & Travel for the best available rates and locations.

Get to know the first round of speaker additions below and stay tuned for more programming announcements throughout the 2020 SXSW season.

Keynotes

Reggie Fils-Aimé (Convergence) – As an award-winning innovator and disrupter, Reggie Fils-Aimé has helped bring Nintendo’s greatest successes to the global marketplace over the past 15 years. He retired as President and Chief Operating Officer of Nintendo of America Inc. in April 2019 with world-wide acclaim as an executive who loved leading his business and interacting with its employees, business associates, and consumers. Before Nintendo, Fils-Aimé had a successful career spanning the consumer-packaged goods, restaurant, beverage, and media/entertainment industries. Since retiring, he has focused his energy to grow the next generation of business leaders. In August 2019, he was named Cornell University’s Dyson Undergraduate Business School Leader in Residence. Fils-Aimé also founded Brentwood Growth Partners to help emerging companies scale and enable leaders to create world-class cultures.

Kim Gordon (Music) – With a career spanning nearly four decades, Kim Gordon is one of the most prolific and elusive artists working today. A Co-Founder of the legendary Sonic Youth, Gordon has performed all over the world, collaborating with many of music’s most exciting figures including Tony Conrad, Ikue Mori, Julie Cafritz and Stephen Malkmus. Most recently, Gordon has been hitting the road with Body/Head, her spellbinding partnership with artist and musician Bill Nace and debuted her solo exhibition “She Bites Her Tender Mind” at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) in Dublin and “Lo-Fi Glamour” at Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. Despite her expansive and diverse résumé, the most consistent aspect of Gordon’s body of work may be its resistance to formula. Works discover themselves as they unspool, each one performing a test of the medium’s possibilities and limits. Her command is astonishing, but Gordon’s artistic curiosity remains the guiding force behind her music. Gordon continues this pursuit on No Home Record, her first-ever solo release, produced by Justin Raisen (Charli XCX, Ariel Pink, Sky Ferreira) at Sphere Ranch in Los Angeles, along with contributions from Shawn Everett (Jim James, The Voidz, The War on Drugs) and composer/filmmaker Jake Meginsky (L’appel Du Vide).

Featured Speakers

Activating Change with a Cello and a Shovel Featured Session – An exploration of how to use culture to transform social problems that create division and uncertainty into moments that confirm community and activate change, featuring musician Yo-Yo Ma and artist Pedro Reyes. Moderated by NPR’s Peter Sagal.

Rohit Bhargava – Founder of the Non-Obvious Company, Rohit Bhargava is on a mission to help the world be more open-minded by teaching others how to be non-obvious thinkers. He previously spent 15 years in leadership roles at two renowned ad agencies: Leo Burnett and Ogilvy. Rohit is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of six books and has delivered presentations in 32 countries around the world. His signature workshops have been used by the World Bank, NASA, Intel, Disney, Colgate, Swissotel, Coca-Cola, Schwab, Under Armour, NBC Universal, American Express, and hundreds of others. Rohit is a popular Adjunct Professor of storytelling at Georgetown University and also writes a monthly column for GQ magazine in Brazil.

Benny Blanco – Award-winning record producer, songwriter, and artist, Benny Blanco is a five-time BMI Songwriter of the Year award recipient as well as the winner of the 2013 Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and 2017 iHeartRadio Producer of the Year. Blanco’s producer and writing collaborations have garnered over hundreds of millions in album sales globally from chart-topping artists like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, Keith Urban, Kanye West, and more. He is also the founder of two record labels in collaboration with Interscope Records, Mad Love Records and Friends Keep Secrets.

Changing the Immersive Storytelling Wild West Featured Session – A conversation about how to collaborate to create sustainable, transformative and inclusive work in immersive storytelling, between Royal Shakespeare Company Director of Digital Development Sarah Ellis; anthropologist, technologist, professor and Intel senior fellow Genevieve Bell; and Guild of Future Architects Executive Director Kamal Sinclair. Moderated by Watershed CEO Clare Reddington.

Steve DeAngelo – A globally recognized cannabis leader, Steve DeAngelo was dubbed “the father of the legal industry” by former Speaker of the California Assembly Willie Brown. As a lifelong activist, author, educator, investor, and entrepreneur, he has spent over four decades on the front lines of the cannabis reform movement. DeAngelo is the Co-Founder of Harborside, one of the first six dispensaries licensed in the US and now a publicly-traded company on the CSE; Steep Hill Laboratory, the first cannabis analytics company; and the Arc View Group, the first dedicated cannabis investment network. He is also author of The Cannabis Manifesto; starred in Discovery Channel’s Weed Wars; and launched the Last Prisoner Project in 2019.

Van Espahbodi – As Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Starburst, Van Espahbodi is championing today’s aerospace renaissance, uniting early-stage technology innovators with private investment to modernize infrastructure in mobility, communications, and intelligence. Espahbodi launched Starburst in the US in 2015, operating globally today with offices in Los Angeles, Paris, Munich, San Francisco, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi, and Montreal. His team works alongside 500+ technology startups developing new aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, drones, sensors, autonomy, robotics, and much more.

Camille François – As the Chief Innovation Officer at Graphika, Camille François leads the company’s work to detect and mitigate disinformation, media manipulation, and harassment. François has advised governments and parliamentary committees on both sides of the Atlantic on policy issues related to cybersecurity and digital rights. She served as a special advisor to the Chief Technology Officer of France in the Prime Minister’s office, working on France’s first Open Government roadmap. François is a Mozilla Fellow, a Berkman-Klein Center affiliate, and a Fulbright scholar.

Chip and Joanna Gaines – What started as a Waco, Texas-based home decor shop in 2003 has since grown into Magnolia, a national home and lifestyle brand spanning retail, home design and construction, media, and more founded by Chip and Joanna Gaines. They are also the Chief Creative Officers for Magnolia’s joint-venture with Discovery, Inc., which was announced late last year and includes plans for the couple’s very own, Magnolia-inspired television network set to launch in late 2020.

Chris Hughes in conversation with Josh Constine – Chris Hughes is the Co-Chair of the Economic Security Project, a non-profit working to make the modern economy more dynamic and fair by reinvigorating anti-monopoly policy and creating a guaranteed income for all Americans. He is also a Senior Advisor at the Roosevelt Institute, a progressive think tank working to reimagine the rules of the economy. In 2018, he published his first book, Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn. Josh Constine is the Editor-At-Large for TechCrunch where he’s written four thousand blog posts about tech giants and startups over the past eight years with focuses on social networks, streaming music, and early stage companies. He’s been ranked the #1 most-cited technology journalist by news aggregator Techmeme.

Dr. Rana el Kaliouby – A pioneer in artificial emotional intelligence (Emotion AI), Rana el Kaliouby, Ph.D., is Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva, and author of the forthcoming book Girl Decoded. She grew up in Cairo, Egypt, earning her BSc and MSc in computer science at the American University in Cairo, and her Ph.D. from Cambridge University. She then joined the MIT Media Lab as a research scientist, where she spearheaded the applications of emotion recognition technology in mental health and autism. An acclaimed TED speaker, she was named one of Forbes’ “Top 50 Women in Tech” and was included on Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders and co-hosted a PBS NOVA series on AI.

Guy Laliberté – Founder of Cirque du Soleil, One Drop Foundation, and Lune Rouge, Guy Laliberté was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential personalities in the world and has been recognized as one of the most creative and innovative minds by Condé Nast. An inventive entrepreneur and great philanthropist, he now dedicates his time and talent to his new company, Lune Rouge. Through inspiration and the transfer of values and knowledge to young entrepreneurs, Laliberté continues his commitment to young creators by supporting several innovative initiatives. For this true ambassador of creativity, there is nothing more precious than humanity. Human relations and interactions are at the heart of every project that he contributes to or develops.

Hear to Slay Featured Session – A live podcast recording offering compelling conversations and uncommonly incisive reads of the politics and pop culture that shape the world we live in, featuring writer, editor and podcaster Roxane Gay; award-winning professor and author Tressie McMillan Cottom; and Special Guest.

John Maeda – Named as one of the “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century” by Esquire, Maeda draws on his diverse background as an MIT-trained engineer, award-winning designer, and executive leader to bring people and ideas together at scale. He was recently appointed chief experience officer at Publicis Sapient, the technology consulting and delivery arm of communications and marketing conglomerate Publicis. Maeda has held positions with Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com; the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins; led research at the MIT Media Lab; and served as president of the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the author of several celebrated books, including The Laws of Simplicity and Redesigning Leadership and his upcoming book How to Speak Machine will be available November 2019.

Cheech Marin in conversation with Robert Rodriguez – Actor and comedian Cheech Marin and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez discuss Chicano art, filmmaking, and their collaboration to support the national Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of Riverside Art Museum. The conversation will include the screening of an 11-minute documentary film by Edward Tyndall and a student film crew about Marin and his art collection, and may include a short musical performance by El Dusty who wrote and performed the score for the film.

Col Needham – Founder and CEO of IMDb, the #1 movie website in the world, Col Needham has had a lifelong interest in both technology and movies. After starting a computer games software business at the age of 14, he completed a computer science degree at Leeds University before commencing a career in technology research in Bristol, England. IMDb grew out of a personal database of movie information which Needham created as a teenager, combined with similar data collected on the Internet in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Published in 1990, Needham coordinated IMDb as a worldwide volunteer effort through 1996. IMDb was incorporated in January 1996 and became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon.com in 1998. Needham continues in his original role to this day, working from an office in Bristol with IMDb staff members in countries around the world.

Kwame Onwuachi – James Beard Award winner Kwame Onwuachi is the executive chef at Kith/Kin and owner of the Philly Wing Fry franchise in Washington, D.C. He was born on Long Island and raised in New York City, Nigeria, and Louisiana. Onwuachi was first exposed to cooking by his mother, in the family’s modest Bronx apartment, and he took that spark of passion and turned it into a career. From toiling in the bowels of oil cleanup ships to working at some of the best restaurants in the world, he has seen and lived his fair share of diversity. Onwuachi trained at the Culinary Institute of America and has opened five restaurants before turning thirty. A former Top Chef contestant, he has been named one of Food & Wine‘s “Best New Chefs” and a “30 Under 30” honoree by both Zagat and Forbes.

Cat Packer – As the first Executive Director and General Manager of the Department of Cannabis Regulation, Cat Packer leads the licensing and regulation of commercial cannabis activity within the City of Los Angeles and furthermore, manages the implementation of the City’s cannabis related policies and programs. Packer previously served as California Policy Coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance, where she worked to ensure the successful and equitable implementation of various cannabis policy reforms, as well as Campaign Coordinator for Californians for Responsible Marijuana Reform, a social justice-centered campaign in support of the 2016 Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

Huston Powell – Promoter at C3 Presents, Huston Powell is a world-renowned music industry veteran with over 15 years of experience in concert promotion. Powell most notably books Lollapalooza, bringing top talent to hundreds of thousands of fans around the world each year from the likes of Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, The Killers, Radiohead, Jay Z, Foo Fighters, Chance The Rapper, and White Reaper. Additionally, Powell oversees the international Lolla editions in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Sweden and has grown the footprint of the festivals in South America and Chicago with sold out years.

Nile Rodgers in conversation with Merck Mercuriadis – The legendary Nile Rodgers is a multiple Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger, and guitarist who constantly traverses new musical terrain. Rodgers transcends all styles of music with a body of work that’s garnered him inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame (Rodgers is also the Chairman of the SHOF), and most recently the appointment of Chief Creative Advisor for the Abbey Road studios. His work in the CHIC Organization and his productions for artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross, and Madonna have sold over 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide while his trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Sigala, Disclosure, and Sam Smith reflect the vanguard of contemporary music. Rodgers will be in conversation with manager Merck Mercuriadis, the CEO, Founder and managing partner of Hipgnosis Songs Ltd, an artist management firm, publisher, and record label based in London and Los Angeles. Mercuriadis is a Canadian-American music executive and former manager to artists including Sir Elton John, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Pet Shop Boys, and Mary J. Blige. Most recently, Hipgnosis Songs Fund has raised over $500 million in investment capital and has acquired hit songs and copyrights.

Amy Webb – Quantitative futurist Amy Webb is a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and the Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures. Webb is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University’s Säid School of Business, a Fellow in the United States-Japan Leadership Program, a Foresight Fellow in the U.S. Government Accountability Office Center for Strategic Foresight, and was a Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She is the bestselling, award-winning author of several books, including The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity and The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe is Tomorrow’s Mainstream. Webb serves as a technical, script, and creative consultant for films and shows set in the future. All of her futures research, frameworks, and tools are open source and made freely available to the public.

Shoshana Zuboff – In the hugely influential book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, author Shoshana Zuboff outlines the challenges to humanity posed by the digital future. Zuboff is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor emerita, Harvard Business School. She is also the author of In The Age of the Smart Machine: the Future of Work and Power and The Support Economy: Why Corporations Are Failing Individuals and the Next Episode of Capitalism.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Why are Cheech and Chong Canceling Tour Dates?

Cheech and Chong have canceled 3 dates of their upcoming O'Cannibus Tour due to 'scheduling conflicts.'  What does that mean?  Medical issue? But they didn't cancel other surrounding dates.  More lucrative TV or movie gig?

09/25 Hamilton, ON - FirstOntario Concert Hall
10/03 Saskatoon, SK – TCU Place
10/07 Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Friday, August 09, 2019

Richard Stanley's Color Out of Space Starring Nic Cage Will Premiere at TIFF 2019

“From the mind of H.P. Lovecraft, Color Out of Space is a cosmic nightmare about Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family, whose recent retreat to rural life is quickly disrupted by a meteorite that crashes in their front yard. The Gardners’ peaceful escape quickly becomes a hallucinatory prison, as an extraterrestrial organism contaminates the farmstead, infecting everything and everyone it can.”

Color Out of Space also stars Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Brendan Meyer, Julian Hilliard, Elliot Knight, Q’orianka Kilcher and … Tommy Chong? Good lord, we need to see this as soon as possible. The date of the film’s wide release hasn’t yet been confirmed, but we can’t wait for that TIFF buzz, come Sept. 5-15.

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Daytime Game Time with Cheech Marin

Cheech Marin was on Daytime with Kimberly and Esteban, a talk show based out of Texas.  They have a game whereby they quiz actors about their films.  He got most of them correct.

Their website is http so we couldn't embed the video.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Daytime Beauty Awards To Honor Tommy Chong With The Zen Award

The 2nd annual Daytime Beauty Awards, founded by LATF USA's publisher, Michele Elyzabeth, will take place on Friday, September 20th, 2019  at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles.

The Daytime Beauty Awards, which recognizes Science behind Beauty, will honor the ‘Godfather’ of cannabis, Tommy Chong with The Zen Award for his advocacy, contributions to the industry and Chong’s Choice product line.

The Daytime Beauty Awards places the spotlight on health & wellness professionals in: Dentistry, Medicine, Health & Fitness, Aesthetics, Skincare, Color & Styling, Cannabis, Beauty Innovation and more. The luncheon will benefit Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Other honorees to follow shortly.

#DaytimeBeautyAwards - @HollywoodBeautyAwards

Tommy Chong in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

Jay and Silent Bob are getting rebooted, this time for a sequel to a spinoff in Kevin Smith’s “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” of which Smith shared the trailer for his new film at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday.

The self-referential movie and finds the two lovable slackers and stoners trying to stop another remake of one of their own comics from happening…again.

This time though, the duo are fathers. As they set off on the road to Hollywood again, Mewes’s character meets his old fling and his love child named Millennium Falcon (Harley Quinn Smith). She’s even got her own silent best friend.

Also Read: 'Supergirl' Star Melissa Benoist Joins Kevin Smith's 'Jay and Silent Bob Reboot'

“Can you take us to Hollywood with you,” Falcon asks. “Either you take us to Hollywood, or I stab you both to death on my own f—ing front lawn.”

There’s a bunch of celebrity cameos, including Ben Affleck, Chris Hemsworth, Matt Damon, Jason Biggs, James Van Der Beek, Tommy Chong, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson and many more. Smith announced on Instagram Thursday that Melissa Benoist, who he directed in “Supergirl,” was joining the project as the superhero of the rebooted take on Jay and Silent Bob’s comic “Bluntman and Chronic,” with Benoist playing a female version of Chronic.

“Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” opens in theaters from Saban Films and Fathom Events on Oct. 15. The film will play in 600 theaters nationwide starting at 7 p.m. local time and will be accompanied by a video message from Smith and Mewes. Fathom Events will also host a double feature of both Miramax’s “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and the new film on Oct. 17.

Also Read: Kevin Smith to Perform Live Reading of Unmade 'Clerks III' Script

After its initial release, Smith and Mewes will kick off the “Reboot Roadshow,” hosting screenings of the film followed by an in-person Q&A with the stars. The tour kicks off in Chicago on Oct. 20, and you can find more information about the tour here.

Smith wrote and directed “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.” Liz Destro and Smodco’s Jordan Monsanto produced.

 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

San Antonio Film Festival Honors Cybill Shepherd, Cheech Marin & Jackie Earle Haley at 25th Anniversary

SAN ANTONO, TX (July 9, 2019) SAFILM-San Antonio Film Festival announced the official selections for the 25th Anniversary celebration at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, July 30 – August 4, honoring SILVER Screen Legends: Cybill Shepherd, Cheech Marin & Jackie Earle Haley. In addition to over 100 short, documentary and feature length films from around the world, the 2019 Festival will also feature FREE Hollywood Insider panels, celebrity meet & greets, filmmaker socials, exclusive after parties, awards ceremony & more!

To kick-off six-days of SILVER Anniversary festivities, SAFILM partners with the city of San Antonio, a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy for Little Bites: SAFILM Food Film Festival on Tuesday, July 30 at the Culinary Institute of America.

The red carpet rolls out Opening Night, Wednesday, July 31 for actor Alex Wolff’s (Hereditary, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) directorial debut and the U.S. Premiere of THE CAT AND THE MOON, starring Wolff, Skyler Gisondo, Mike Epps and Stefania LaVie Owen. Alex Wolff is confirmed to attend. Cheech Marin (Cheech & Chong) will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Gary Gibbs, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Texas Commission on the Arts, followed by THE CHEECH, short documentary exploring Marin’s lifelong advocacy of the Chicano Art Movement. THE MARGARITA MAN, directed by Daniel Ramos, will also screen, starring Pepe Serna, Danny Trejo and Jesse Borrego.

2019 Festival Spotlight Films  include:

I AM PATRICK SWAYZE, World Premiere, directed by Adrian Buitenhuis and produced by Network Entertainment’s award-winning filmmaker Derik Murray, starring Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Sam Elliott, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Grey, Don Swayze and Lisa Niemi. Director Adrian Buitenhuis, Swayze’s wife, Lisa Niemi & member of the cast are scheduled to attend for Q&A post-screening

  • BEING ROSE starring Cybill Shepherd, recipient of the 2019 Marcia Nasatir Award, confirmed to attend
  • THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, San Antonio Premiere, starring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern, John Hawkes and Thomas Haden Church
  • LITTLE CHILDREN, retrospective screening with Legacy Award recipient, Jackie Earle Haley
  • STUNTWOMEN: THE HOLLYWOOD UNTOLD STORY, World Premiere, directed by April Wright producer Marion Rosenberg (The Deer Hunter, Revolutionary Road) both confirmed to attend, starring Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Bell, Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez, Jesse Graff, Amy Johnston
  • TEENAGE GIRL: VALERIE’S HOLIDAY, World Premiere, starring local San Antonio break-out stars: Valeria Jauregui(Deputy TV series) and Paulina Chavez (Netflix series: The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia)
  • ERNIE & JOE documentary by Jennifer McShane, following two San Antonio Texas Police officers fighting mental health, one 911 call at a time.


“We’ve been watching movies now for 25 years!” exclaims Adam Rocha, Founder and Executive Director of SAFILM. “What an incredible feeling to head into this milestone year and reflect on how far we’ve come,“ reminisces Rocha, who spends his festival off-season educating high school students in film & media production. “We started out as this underground, indie-movie night that has grown into a weeklong red carpet event. Now we have Hollywood A-listers sharing their expertise with the next generation of filmmakers, right here in San Antonio.”

SAFILM brings back the FREE Hollywood Insider Series featuring top professionals and experts in the film business. Scheduled to attend are San Antonio native, Studio Executive & Hollywood Producer, Marcia Nasatir (The Big Chill, Rocky, Apocalypse Now); Davy Liu, Animator for Disney’s The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast; Director and Editor Anne Goursaud(known as Editor: The Outsiders, Bram Stoker’s Dracula); and A.P. Gonzalez, UCLA Film Professor and Writer/Director (The Wetback, Clay Farmers).

All-Access VIP badges are now available for purchase at www.TobinCenter.org. Individual movie tickets will go on sale July 17. For the full schedule of events: www.safilm.com.

Richard "Cheech Marin" Turns 72

Comedian/actor/art aficionado, Richard 'Cheech' Marin, turns 72 today.  He was born July 13th, 1946 in Los Angeles California.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Cheech and Chong Album Masters Possibly Lost in Fire

The New York Times reported that a number of album masters were destroyed in the 2008 Universal Music Group fire.  They provided a short list of artists.

This new, more comprehensive list comes from multiple documents as part of "Project Phoenix," which was an effort by UMG to obtain replacement or duplicate copies of master recordings that were lost in the fire. This new list adds over seven-hundred new artists to the ones previously reported.

As far as we know, Universal never told the artists.

They haven't revealed which masters were actually destroyed, nor if they were really masters.

One of those artists is Cheech and Chong.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tommy Chong Hosts New AXS TV Series

AXS TV explores the legendary sounds that defined the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s in the all-new original series A Year In Music — premiering Sunday, July 7th at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, before the Season Two premiere of TrunkFest at 9:30 pm ET/6:30 pm PT. A Year In Music is the newest addition to the network’s music-themed Sunday Night Rocks lineup, which also includes the popular talk-and-jam program Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT; the hilarious and heartfelt reality series Real Money, starring Eddie Money, at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT; and the immersive music festival series TrunkFest, hosted by Eddie Trunk, at 9:30 pm ET.

Beloved former MTV VJs Downtown Julie Brown and Matt Pinfield, rock superstar Don Felder and film, television and stand up comedy legend Tommy Chong are the pop culture icons and experts who host the series. A Year In Music puts the spotlight on a different year each week, exploring the impact and influence that bands, songs, pop culture, and politics had on the era. The season begins with a look back at 1977, as Brown compares and contrasts the sunny hit singles coming out of Los Angeles’ blossoming music scene with the melancholy moodiness emanating from New York City, and explains how pop music evolved into what we have today in the July 7th episode.

The ten episode season also features Pinfield’s examination of 1966, documenting the changing sound of pop music and the last glory days of classic crooners such as Frank Sinatra (July 14th); Felder’s trip to the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, where he breaks down the music of 1969’s Peace & Love Movement (July 21st); Brown’s in-depth look at 1983 covering the birth of MTV, the early days of music videos, and the rise of heavy metal (August 4th); and Pinfield’s dissection of 1975, fueled by trailblazing bands such as Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, and political unrest spurred by the economic crisis (August 11th). Other highlights include Felder’s discussion of the headlines that dominated 1973 — ranging from Disco to Watergate, and everything in between (August 18th); a trip back to 1985, where Brown reflects on the growing influence of cable TV, the massive impact of music videos as a cultural cornerstone, and the unparalleled music scene that saw half of the ‘80s top albums on the charts in the same year (September 1st); and more.

“AXS TV is proud to welcome A Year In Music to our Sunday Night Rocks programming lineup,” states Evan Haiman, Vice President of Music Programming and Production, AXS TV. “The series is the perfect complement to a night that is, essentially, a celebration of all things classic rock—giving viewers a unique look at the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s by exploring the unforgettable songs, bands, pop culture, and even politics that impacted and influenced some of the most important years in music.”

Friday, May 24, 2019

Tommy Chong: Dancing with the Stars Gave Me Cancer

During his latest appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Tommy Chong blames ABC's Dancing with the Stars for giving him cancer.  He said the cancer was caused by the stress.  Chong goes on to say, he had to stop smoking pot while on Dancing with the Stars.  This also caused his cancer.

Keep in mind that Tommy Chong also said his cancer was cured by hemp and not by the radiation.

We're dumbfounded by his nutty commentary.

Happy Birthday! Tommy Chong is 81 Years Old

The dopemaster, Tommy Chong, turned 81 today. Tommy was born May 24th, 1938 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Watch Before the Link is Taken Down. Cheech and Chong on Sammy Hagar's Rock & Roll Road Trip

On May 12th, AXS-TV will premier Sammy Hagar's Rock and Roll Road Trip featuring Cheech and Chong.  It's a really great show and I'm sure this will be one of the top episodes.  They discuss comedy, marijuana, perform Save the Whales and give Sammy a hard time about his relationship with Eddie Van Halen.

Watch a special 'for review only' post of this episode here.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Cheech and Chong Announce O Cannabis Tour

Cheech and Chong announced their O Cannabis Tour.  It hits Canada this September and will be an all-new show featuring 49 years of beloved stories, skits and songs. Tickets go on sale next Friday, April 26th.

Iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong defined an era with their hilariously irreverent, satirical, counter-culture comedy routines. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong have been entertaining fans for more than four decades and are ready to celebrate recent updates to Canadian legislation with their new O Cannabis Tour which will hit 14 markets across the country this fall.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Cheech and Chong to Present Grammy to Lou Adler

The Recording Academy will honor its 2019 Special Merit Awards recipients with "Grammy Salute To Music Legends", an awards ceremony and live tribute concert on Saturday, May 11 at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are BLACK SABBATH, GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT-FUNKADELIC, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave, and Dionne Warwick. Lou Adler, Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, and Johnny Mandel are Trustees Award honorees; and Saul Walker is the Technical Grammy Award recipient. Also being honored is Jeffery Redding, this year's recipient of the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and Grammy Museum. Led by Grammy-nominated industry icon Greg Phillinganes as musical director, the tribute concert will feature rare performances by honorees and never-seen renditions by those they've inspired. Currently scheduled to appear are Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Clinton; Grammy winner Bootsy Collins, who will salute Clinton and PARLIAMENT-FUNKADELIC; five-time Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway and Kenya Hathaway, who will pay tribute to their father Donny; past Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Johnny Mathis, who will honor Warwick; Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Sam Moore; two-time Grammy winner Gregory Porter, who will pay tribute to Eckstine; Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Simpson; past Grammy nominee Snoop Dogg, who will salute Clinton and PARLIAMENT-FUNKADELIC; and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Warwick. Presenters for the evening will include Grammy winners Cheech & Chong. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly. Tickets for the event will be on sale via a Ticketmaster pre-sale, beginning today at 10 a.m. PT. The password to access the pre-sale is LEGENDS.

The Recording Academy will produce "Grammy Salute To Music Legends" in partnership with Thirteen as part of the "Great Performances" series on PBS, set to air later this year. Previously held during Grammy Week, this is the fourth year The Recording Academy has celebrated the Special Merit Awards with a stand-alone TV event and musical tribute. In addition to the tribute concert, special celebrity guests will present recipients their award statues and guests will enjoy never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the honorees' contributions to the music industry and our cultural heritage.

A production of Thirteen LLC for WNET, "Grammy Salute To Music Legends" on "Great Performances" will be written by David Wild and directed for television by David Horn, with Mitch Owgang as producer and David Horn and Neil Portnow as executive producers.

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award recognizes such contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by a vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. Technical Grammy Award recipients are determined by vote of the Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Council and Chapter Committees and ratified by the Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. The Music Educator Award is selected by a Blue Ribbon Committee and is approved by the National Board of Trustees.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Cheech Marin Stars in Disney's The Little Mermaid

Lea Michele will be diving deep into the ocean this Summer when she helps bring Disney's The Little Mermaid to a live audience. The 32-year-old singer and former Glee star is set to play Ariel alongside Harvey Fierstein, Cheech Marin, and Peter Gallagher at the Hollywood Bowl in LA. According to Broadway World, Michele will swim to the stage for two performances on May 17 and 18 in celebration of the film's 30th anniversary.

The venue will also be transformed into a fish bowl-like environment to emulate the underwater feel and create an immersive experience for audience members. Attendees can also look forward to singing along to classic hits such as "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl," and "Poor Unfortunate Souls." Oh, and of course, Michele is going to grace everyone with her rendition of "Part of Your World," so bring tissues!

It's been an exciting time for Michele, who recently got married to AYR clothing president Zandy Reich. After their wedding, the two went on a romantic tropical honeymoon before making their first public outing as a married couple at the GLAAD Media Awards earlier this week. Considering how in love the newlyweds seem to be, we're guessing Reich will find a way to support his wife come opening night!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Cheech Marin Heading to Denver to Celebrate with Cannabis One

Denver, CO – Cheech Marin prepares to visit Denver Colorado this week to mark the kick-off celebration of a new partnership with Cannabis One. Cannabis One, a Colorado company, recently joined forces with Cheech in agreement for exclusive rights to produce, market, and distribute a variety of specific cannabis products under the Cheech’s Stash brand. The partnership will allow Cannabis One to continue the expansion of Cheech’s Stash to consumers across U.S.-State legal markets.

Besides visiting multiple dispensaries (schedule below) throughout Denver, Cheech will be attending Roosters Magazine’s 2nd annual ‘Kickoff To April party’ to celebrate the best companies, brands, and products in the Colorado cannabis community and will include live music by Afroman and several special appearances.

“I’m excited to head out to the forefront of legal weed,” said Cheech.  “I am very happy to be joining with the Cannabis One team and am looking forward to a great partnership.  I’m thrilled to get our product into the hands of the people of Colorado and soon Oregon and Washington and fulfill our promise that, “IT WILL ALWAYS BE GOOD”.

“We’re very excited to host Cheech in Denver to celebrate our agreement to expand the Cheech’s Stash brand,” said Jeffery Mascio, CEO of Cannabis One. “This is the first of many announcements for Cannabis One and our house of brands but we couldn’t be happier with the magnitude of the agreement.”

For those wanting to meet Cheech, he will be making appearances at the following locations:

Wednesday, March 27th

The Joint at 4735 W 38th Ave, Denver from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Thursday, March 28th

The Dab by Next Harvest at 2748 West Alameda Ave, Denver from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Peak Dispensary at 260 Broadway, Denver from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
The Roosters Magazine’s THC Classic presented by Cannabis One
Temple Nightclub, 136 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
VIP entrance at 5:30 PM / general public at 7:30 PM
Please email by Wednesday March 27th to be added to the VIP list (gina@stungunzap.com)

** Limited Media Interviews Available Upon Request **

About Cheech’s Stash

With his daughter Jasmine and son Joey-Dee, Cheech Marin has personally selected strains and worked with master growers to sustainably produce an all natural selection of quality cannabis products, representative of over four decades of legendary experience. Each line offers diverse genetics with a range of Indicas, Sativas, and Hybrids accommodating mid to high THC varieties. These selected strains reflect what Cheech himself considers to be “good weed” and brings to life his unwavering promise that Cheech’s Stash WILL ALWAYS BE GOOD!

About Cannabis One

Cannabis One Holdings Inc. (CSE:CBIS) is focused on aggregating and optimizing popular cannabis brands throughout North America. With its unique, franchise ready retail brand, The JointTM, and through targeted acquisition and partnership opportunities, Cannabis One intends to become the premier, globally-recognized, “House of Brands”, holding a client portfolio of award-winning products with an extensive market footprint. For more information, go to www.cannabisone.life.

Cheech and Chong on Sammy Hagar's Rock And Roll Road Trip

From cruising down the streets of Los Angeles to racing around the track in North Carolina, Sammy Hagar has quite the itinerary in store for season FOUR of Rock & Roll Road Trip! This season, we’ll travel across the United States to headline festivals, visit iconic musical landmarks, and of course, jam with some of our favorite rock stars. Watch exclusive performances and listen to one-of-a-kind interviews from George Thorogood, Vince Neil, Maynard Keenan, Charlie Daniels and so much more starting with the season PREMIERE May 5th featuring Willie Nelson!

Check out the entire list of guests coming to season four:

May 5 On The Rock & Roll Road Trip Again featuring Willie Nelson
May 12 Low Ridin’ in LA featuring Cheech & Chong
May 19 Rick & Roll Road Trip featuring Rick Springfield
June 2 Rocker Went Down to Georgia featuring Charlie Daniels
June 9 48 Can’t Drive 55 featuring Jimmie Johnson and Rick Hendrick
June 16 One Bourbon, One Santo, One Beer featuring George Thorogood
June 23 Studio to Stage featuring The Circle
June 30 Rock & Roll Beach Party featuring Vince Neil, Kevin Cronin, Eddie Trunk, Tre Cool, and Eddie Money
July 7 Tool’n Around In Flavortown featuring Guy Fieri and Maynard Keenan
July 14 Guitar Legends 2 featuring Robby Krieger and Joe Bonamassa
June 21 Best Seat In The House featuring Kenny Aronoff, Jason Bonham, Sheila E, and Michael Anthony

 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke Picture Disc Record Store Day

Cheech and Chong have a special 7" Up in Smoke picture disc for this year's Record Store Day.  They didn't say how many they've pressed.  Last year, they had a marijuana scented single.

Record Store Day is April 13th.  Be sure to get there before your local store opens.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Cheech Marin's Born in East L.A. [COLLECTOR’S EDITION] on Blu-ray™ March 19

Los Angeles, CA – On March 19 Shout Select will release Born In East L.A. [Collector’s Edition], on Blu-ray™. Special features include new interviews with Cheech Marin, Kamala Lopez, and Paul Rodriguez, a new audio commentary with Cheech Marin, the extended television cut of the film, the theatrical trailer, photo gallery, and production notes.

Cheech Marin wrote, directed and starred in Born in East L.A., a hip, outrageous comedy that’s more timely than ever. The story follows Rudy (Marin), an American of Hispanic descent, whose south-of-the-border looks show him no mercy during an immigration raid in a migrant worker factory. As his luck goes, he is caught with neither money nor his ID and is deported to Mexico – without speaking a word of Spanish! Unable to contact his vacationing family or his newly immigrated cousin (played by comedian Paul Rodriguez), Rudy is in for a crazy ride as he tries every legal – and illegal – scheme he can think of to get back home. He finds himself in jail, in love, and practically in-sane in this hilarious case of mistaken, or rather, misplaced, identity.

Special Features:
· NEW Audio Commentary By Director/Writer/Star Cheech Marin
· NEW Interview With Cheech Marin
· NEW Interview With Actress Kamala Lopez
· NEW Interview With Actor Paul Rodriguez
· Extended Television Cut Of Born In East L.A. (Standard Definition)
· Theatrical Trailer
· Photo Gallery
· Production Notes

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Toy Fair New York Reveals: Funko Cheech & Chong Vynl.!

There were a lot of great announcements at the New York City Toy Fair this weekend.

Funko are releasing Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke Pedro and Man figures.

“I been smoking since I was born, man, I can smoke anything, man. You know like I smoke that Michoacán, and Acapulco Gold, man. I even smoke that tied stick, you know?”

Celebrate Cheech and Chong's legendary and iconic first feature-length film, which debuted 40 years ago. Pedro De Pacas and Anthony “Man” Stoner might not be upstanding members of society by most standards, but they are entertaining and the Vynl. duo is an undeniable statement piece for any collection.

A release date hasn't been set, but they're coming soon.

Friday, February 01, 2019

Cheech and Chong Star Edie McClurg Suffering from Dementia

It's been a sad week for Cheech and Chong fans.  First, Louisa Moritz (Up in Smoke) passes away.

And now, Edie McClurg, who starred in Cheech and Chong's Next Movie and The Corsican Bros is suffering from dementia.  According to TMZ, her family is seeking conservatorship.

She's a brilliant comedic actress.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke Actress, Louisa Moritz, Passes Away

Sad day, folks.  Actress, Louisa Moritz, has passed away of natural causes.  She portrayed Officer Gloria Whitey in Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke.

“Her heart just gave out. She died of natural causes. She wasn’t well this last year and had balance problems,” her spokesman Edward Lozzi told the Daily News.

In Up in Smoke, Pedro and Man go to the police station.  Officer Whitey shows them around.  Gets them confiscated coke.

In addition, she's known for her role in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, as Rose the Hooker.

Louisa is also one of the first women to accuse Bill Cosby of Rape.  She stepped forward in 2014 to say Cosby forced his penis in her mouth in a dressing room before a 1971 appearance on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.”

Joseph Cammarata, the Washington D.C. lead attorney in the defamation lawsuit against Cosby, released the following statement today:

"Louisa Moritz was a brave woman who stood up against a powerful Hollywood icon, Bill Cosby, in an effort to restore her good name and reputation, after he publicly branded her a liar when she made public her allegations of sexual abuse and assault by Mr. Cosby. Ms. Moritz was one of seven women who sued Bill Cosby for defamation. Despite her death, her claim against Mr. Cosby will continue in a Federal court in Massachusetts. We look forward to a resolution of the case that will establish that Louisa was a truth teller, so that her legacy will live forever untarnished."

She was 72.

"Boy, she can bust me anytime" - Man

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Richard Stanley Directing New Film with Nicholas Cage and Tommy Chong

Nicolas Cage has grabbed the lead in Color Out of Space, a sci-fi thriller from director Richard Stanley and co-producers SpectreVision and ACE Pictures.

Based on a novella by H.P. Lovecraft, the indie project reunites Cage with SpectreVision, the genre division of Company X, which produced the 2018 psychedelic revenge drama Mandy. Color Out of Space also stars Joely Richardson, Tommy Chong, Julian Hilliard and Q’Orianka Kilcher.

The film, which starts production next month, portrays the Gardners, a family who move to rural New England for country peace, only to face a meteorite crashing into their front yard. The mysterious aerolite infects the land with a strange, otherworldly color, leaving the Gardner family to face an alien force gradually mutating every life form it touches.

Stanley is directing his first feature in over 20 years, after earlier cult classics like Hardware, Dust Devil and the 1996 flick The Island of Dr. Moreau, with Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer,

Color Out of Space is produced by Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Lisa Whalen and Elijah Wood. Timur Bekbosunov, Johnny Chang, Emma Lee, Peter Wong and Stacy Jorgensen will share the executive producer credits.

Cage is repped by Stride Management. Richardson is repped by Gersh and ARG. Hilliard is repped by Paradigm and The Green Room. Kilcher is repped by APA and Anonymous.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Tommy Chong Talks The Masked Singer

Fox News interviewed Tommy Chong about his appearance on The Masked Singer.  He says that there are a lot of huge names on this show this season.  They're picked up at a secret location and wear a shirt that says Don't Talk to Me.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

With Video: Foo Fighters Performing Earache My Eye Live - Chris Cornell Tribute

Foo Fighters are performing at the Chris Cornell tribute concert and they just busted out Cheech and Chong's Earache My Eye.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Cheech and Chong Offer to Host the Oscars

Cheech and Chong recently posted on social media that they're willing to host the Oscars.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Tommy Chong is The Masked Singer

Fox's new hit show, The Masked Singer, debuted earlier this month.  It consists of celebrities in costume singing with a voice modulator.  Celebrity judges vote on the best singer.  The loser has to reveal their identity.

Last night, the person in the pineapple costume was Tommy Chong.