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'Medicine for Melancholy' starring Wyatt Cenac opens Friday, February 20

Mar 9, 2015

The Daily Show correspondent and former UCBTLA Harold Team member Wyatt Cenac stars in the feature film Medicine for Melancholy opening this Friday, February 20 at Laemmle Sunset 5.

Medicine for Melancholy is a love story of bikes and one-night stands told through two African-American twenty-somethings dealing with issues of class, identity, and the evolving conundrum of being a minority in rapidly gentrifying San Francisco-a city with the smallest proportional black population of any other major American city.

Film is nominated for 3 Spirit Awards including 'Best First Feature.'

Praise for Medicine for Melancholy:

'Clip this article. Put it on your refrigerator to remind yourself, your roommates, your friends and family to see Medicine For Melancholy... In the face of an impending cultural extinction and the potential loss of SF's soul, this excellent movie is part of a necessary discussion.' -San Francisco Bay Guardian

'Enlightened and tenderly beautiful ... easily my favorite film at SXSW 2008.' -Premiere

'Stunningly photographed... Medicine for Melancholy is an appealingly modest film with two strong lead performances (by Wyatt Cenac and, particularly, Tracey Heggins), and a beautiful sense of balance; it never presupposes that the romantic possibilities of its two illicit lovers are more important than the social reality Jenkins quite deftly embeds them in.' -Filmmaker Magazine 
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"Fired Up" featuring Mookie Blaiklock opens Friday, February 20

Mar 9, 2015

Nicholas D'Agosto
Opening this Friday, February 20 is comedy Fired Up featuring UCBTLA performer Mookie Blaiklock.

Shawn (Nicholas D'Agosto) and Nick (Eric Christian Olsen), the stars of the Gerald R. Ford High School football team, are dreading the prospect of another summer at football camp.  When Nick hatches a scheme for the two to join their school cheerleaders at cheer camp instead, they find themselves awash in a sea of gorgeous young women.  It all goes great until Shawn falls for Carly (Sarah Roemer), the beautiful head cheerleader who sees right through them.

"It's just fucking funny." -Ain't It Cool News
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Abby Elliott featured in Elle Magazine

Mar 9, 2015

Abby Elliott
Michaela Watkins
Live Girls!

SNL's Michaela Watkins and Abby Elliott are hysterical on the fly

Three weeks into their new lives as cast members on Saturday Night Live, Michaela Watkins and Abby Elliott pause from writing, rehearsing, and gawking at Andy Samberg to discuss their seemingly surreal ascent to the Big Show. 'Congratulations!' says Watkins. 'You're taking our interview virginity!' explains Elliott. They haven't had much time off work since coming to New York in November. 'At one point,' says Watkins, a joke-making opportunist, 'I had to beg to go to the bathroom.' Prior to getting the call from their dream boss, SNL executive producer and comedy kingmaker Lorne Michaels, the pair lived in Los Angeles, albeit as strangers. 'We both knew every single person in L.A. except for each other,' says Elliott. 'I found out I got the job four hours before getting on the plane,' Watkins says, 'so I didn't even have time to Google-stalk.' Back in L.A., Elliott, who is only 21, put in time with the top-tier comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade, and she comes from a professionally funny family. Her dad, Chris, an SNL alum, is a zany slapstick genius, and her grandfather Bob is a radiohumor legend. Watkins, 37, spent six years with an equally hilarious group of wits, the Groundlings, and most recently appeared on Julia Louis-Dreyfus' sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. 'And I did regional theater,' she adds. 'I've played a tree and a typewriter.' That kind of anonymity is effectively over. 'Our first day of work, we touched Beyonce,' says Watkins. 'If you stick your hand into a bucket of warm butter,' deadpans Elliott, 'that's what her skin feels like.' So, are we looking at the second coming of Tina and Amy? They've got the chemistry, the smarts, the contrasting hair. 'And,' adds Watkins, 'Abby can sing like a mofo!'
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