Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Burt Kearns’ FX OJ Simpson billboard tweet leads to article, re-argument of the case and criticism of series

Burt Kearns is once again stirring up OJ Simpson debate.  The former "tabloid television titan” and author of Tabloid Baby, the definitive book on the era (with one hundred pages dedicated to the OJ trial era), has caused an uproar over the FX series, The People vs. OJ Simpson, that spread today from Facebook to the national newsmedia.

His observations about the ads for the show led to lots of argument -- and an item on AdWeek’s Fishbowl LA site:

FX Billboards Fly in the Face of OJ

by Richard Horgan on Feb 3, 2016

If the glove doesn’t fit, you must… take some creative license.

Our Facebook pal Burt Kearns, a longtime TV and film producer, showrunner and writer, covered the OJ trial for Premier Story and A Current Affair. Following Tuesday night’s premiere, he ruminated as follows:

So here’s my issue. I covered the case. And in court, the glove… did… not… fit. So why does it fit so well in the ads?
‪#‎PeopleVsOJSimpson ‪#‎MarkFuhrman ‪#‎TabloidBaby

Touche! Although at least one commenter responded to Kearns’ Facebook thoughts by suggesting that the glove did in fact fit and OJ’s struggle to put it on was an act. If you believe that, then Ryan Murphy and co. with these marketing materials are tipping how they ultimately feel about the trial outcome.

Kearns, in his 1999 book Tabloid Baby, touched on many aspects of the Simpson case. It will be interesting to see if and-or how the FX true crime series encompasses something else in that Kearns tome. Namely, that he spied Robert Kardashian making off with OJ’s Louis Vuitton bag the morning OJ returned from Chicago.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Gonzo comedy High There named one of Top Ten Documentaries of 2015!

Talk about a twist during Hollywood’s awards season: High There, the very independent nonfiction gonzo comedy film about one man’s marijuana-stoked exploits in Hawai’i, has been named one of the Top Ten Documentaries of 2015!

This mid-January surprise comes from the very influential and respected indie movie site A Bucket of Corn (as in popcorn), which in July praised High There as “a perfect film” (“possibly one of the best documentaries I have seen in a long time... truly original and a perfect example of everything to do in a memorable, wild, over-the-top and perfect piece of filmed cinema”).

And if a Top Ten designation isn’t enough for the BRINKvision hit, High There is ranked on the Top Ten list-- above Amy, the much-hyped, big budget Amy Winehouse documentary that’s been nominated for an Academy Award®!

So congratulations to our pals for making “The Bucket List": directors and stars Wayne Darwen and Henry Goren of Rat Lung Pictures, producer Burt Kearns, of Good Story Productions, Sam Peters at Sam Peters International Productions Unlimited (and his very effective Sam Peters Public Relations) and David Pike at BRINKvision.

(And if you haven’t seen High There, it’s available on limited edition DVD... and on demand at sites like, Amazon, Vimeo, Fandor and Google Play.)

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Hey! It’s Burt Kearns & Joey Ramone, circa 1978

Punk originals the Ramones recorded (in seven days) their first album 40 years ago this month. And the fortieth anniversary tributes begin with this throwback photo of future Tabloid Baby author Burt Kearns and future rock ’n' roll legend Joey Ramone at the recording session for Shrapnel’s single, ‘Hey,’ on which they both appeared vocally. 

And with Legs McNeil, future author of the acclaimed punk history, Please Kill Me among other works, and future host of and producer on Kearns’ TV mini-series, Adults Only: The Secret History of The Other Hollywood (which led to McNeil’s book, The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry)

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Jerry Lewis Just Talks: ‘Lost’ interview surfaces after more than 25 years

A rare interview with comedy superstar Jerry Lewis went online this holiday weekend. Filmed on the eve of the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon in 1989, the 45-minute feature is said to be a companion to Telethon, the two-hour documentary film that appeared without fanfare online in August 2014 and quickly went viral.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

A Disneyland Club 33 tattoo by Sean from Texas

Tattoo artist Sean from Texas did a favor for Burt Kearns.

With the original logo for the exclusive Club 33 (which his family visited on July 7, 2012) on his arm, Burt is hoping to get into Disneyland for free.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

High There movie inspires art depicting Wayne Darwen & Henry Goren as Dave High & Roland Jointz

The dark nonfiction comedy film High There will be released on BRINKvision DVD and VOD  June 23rd... and in the weeks leading up to the big day, the DVD has been selling as a pre-order on, reviews have been excellent ("Absurdly funny!"-- Anchorage Press), and several artists have been inspired to depict directors and stars Wayne Darwen and Henry Goren in styles including





There's even a version you can color in for a chance to win an autographed DVD and more great prizes by sending your version here!

We can't wait to see High There!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Wayne Darwen & Burt Kearns: 25-year reunion on road from LA to Humboldt County

Former tabloid television enfants terribles Wayne Darwen and Burt Kearns, whose exploits were chronicled on air in classic television pieces like The World's Second Largest Ball of Twine and in books like Kearns' classic Tabloid Baby, were back together the first weekend of May, traveling between Los Angeles and Humboldt County to promote High There, the award-winning film Darwen wrote, directed and stars in, and which Kearns produced.

Back in time.



Friday, October 10, 2014

Burt Kearns got a tattoo of Jerry Lewis this week.

We just found out that Burt Kearns, who wrote Tabloid Baby and had something to do with that Jerry Lewis Telethon movie that popped up on YouTube, got a tattoo at SoCal Tattoo in Tarzana this week.  

Hot tattoo artist Mister Crankee did the work.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Throwback Thursday! Burt Kearns, author of Tabloid Baby

We found this photo of Burt Kearns, author of the book Tabloid Baby -- 
a complete version of the shot that appears on the book's dust jacket.
(The shot was taken at the legendary Abbey Road crosswalk in London.)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The more they saw Chris Montez at the Fest for Beatles Fans in Chicago, the more they wanted to call him and say "Let's dance!"

The Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans is winding down tonight-- if "winding down" is the right description for an all-star rock 'n'roll blowout capping s weekend that starred the likes of Ronnie Spector, Earl Slick and two of The Hudson Brothers, among others with longstanding Beatles connections.

As thousands of fans passed through the O'Hare Hyatt Regency Hotel on the most humid day of the summer, the name most talked about as a future Fab Fest fave was that of Chris Montez, featured in a preview of Frozen Pictures's new project, El Viaje Musical de Ezekiel Montanez: The Chris Montez Story, that opened the Fest on Saturday with a grand screening in the Grand Ballroom and created more buzz this afternoon with a more intimate encore showing followed by a lively Q&A with director-writer-producers Brett Hudson and Burt Kearns.

Montez' winning personality, guileless honesty and brilliant talent as a singer and musician were equalled by the surprising story of his experiences headlining over the Beatles on the UK tour that coincided with the release of their first album and the first stirrings of Beatlemania.


The duo promised the film will debut at a Fest for Beatles Fans in 2010, and there's already talk of Chris Montez appearing along with it.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Beatles Fan Fest goes wild for Chris Montez

There were cheers, laughs and even gasps as the preview of the new film, El Viaje de Ezekiel Montanez: The Chris Montez Story, was unspooled this afternoon at the Fest for Beatles Fans in Chicago.

Directors Brett Hudson and Burt Kearns took the stage in the Grand Ballroom of the O'Hare Hyatt Regency Hotel to introduce the work-in-progress about the influential singer and musician who headlined a UK tour in 1963 with the Beatles as his opening act. Co-headliner Tommy Roe was another fan favorite as he and Montez revealed behind-the-scenes nuggets, breaking news and making history with untold stories (hence the gasps) before hundreds of Beatles fans.

Directors Kearns and Hudson introduce the film
(Fellow producer and Director of Photography Joachim Blunck remained in LA)

"This was the audience we were most nervous about," said Kearns after the credits rolled. "They know the history. They know the Beatles story. If we could tell them something new, we we were on the right track."

"And we did," added Hudson. "It went over really well."

Hudson and Kearns, who've brought the Frozen Pictures flick The Seventh Python to two past Beatle fan fests, say the final work will encompass all of Montez' career and influence. They hope to bring it to a Beatle fest in the Spring.

Before the 34-minute preview was shown, fans were stunned by the trailer for an upcoming Frozen Pictures production, Apple Pie Heroes, which chronicles a reunion of The Hudson Brothers.

The Fest for Beatles Fans hosts a second screening of both works tomorrow at 1:30, followed by a Q&A with our pals from Frozen Pictures.

The Seventh Python movie and two-thirds of The Hudson Brothers combine for a historic evening at The Comedy Shrine

The Comedy Shrine in Naperville, Illinois was the center of the show business universe last night with a screening of The Seventh Python and a performance by its producer Brett Hudson and brother Mark Hudson in a special evening outside Chicago.

Frozen Pictures' acclaimed, award-winning film about Monty Python cohort Neil Innes made its fourth Chicago area appearance at the legendary comedy club and museum, while the Hudson brothers took time from their fan-flocked weekend at the Fest for Beatles Fans at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare.

The crowd of comedy and music fans gave a rousing reception to both segments of the evening. A delay in getting the Hudsons from the Beatlefest to the club was covered by a raffle and a Q&A by Seventh director Burt Kearns that began to reach its stretching point around the time he played the audience music from his iPhone to explain Frozen Pictures' new film about Chris Montez (which will be previewed at noon today at The Fest for Beatles Fans).

It was generally agreed that the Hudsons were hilarious, working off Mark Hudson's solo show material that was highlighted by his story of a Hudson Brothers song about Joni Mitchell whose trajectory to hit status was derailed by the line, "Joni, I want you to blow me..." The fact that the next phrase was "blow me a kiss..." didn't matter.

The Comedy Shrine, with its extensive comedy collection (just about every inch of the 4800 square-foot place is filled with comedy memorabilia), is one of the most unique attractions in all of America. Located in an upscale minimall in downtown Naperville, the pop culture treasure is the brainchild and labour of love of veteran comedian and Emmy winner Dave Sinker, a longtime friend of the Hudsons.

Dave Sinker in his Comedy Shrine

More on The Comedy Shrine to come...