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Web Series: Gender-Twisting Girls on Film, Michael Cera's Bad Dads, Hulu's Trailer Trash

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 30, 2011 at 5:23AM

There's a rash of new content heading toward the Web. Two new episodes of Lionsgate's first web series from producer Hud:sun Media’s Max Benator and creator Todd Goldman, the raunchy animated Trailer Trash, debuted exclusively on Hulu this week (clips below). The hope, always, in this transmedia age, is to capture enough attention from viewers that the real revenue producing venues-- television and movies--come calling. Also online this March are a new Michael Cera CollegeHumor.com web series Bad Dads and a new twist on gender-bending, The Girls on Film (videos below).
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There's a rash of new content heading toward the Web. Two new episodes of Lionsgate's first web series from producer Hud:sun Media’s Max Benator and creator Todd Goldman, the raunchy animated Trailer Trash, debuted exclusively on Hulu this week (clips below). The hope, always, in this transmedia age, is to capture enough attention from viewers that the real revenue producing venues-- television and movies--come calling. Also online this March are a new Michael Cera CollegeHumor.com web series Bad Dads and a new twist on gender-bending, The Girls on Film (videos below).

The dark comedy series Bad Dads, which launched March 2, showcases new comedy work from Cera, who is supported by Will Hines (Upright Citizens Brigade), Elaine Carroll (Very Mary-Kate), and Brian Gallivan (Sassy Gay Friend). Each of the five episodes (ending March 30) involves Cera and Hines as his wayward father. The production team, headed by writer/director Derek Westerman, brought the project to Cera in May 2010, and after reading the script, Cera signed on to participate at no cost.

And The Girls on Film "take great movie scenes between men and recreate them with women," says actress Ashleigh Harrington (@theshleigh), who founded the interactive film blog with director Jeff Hammond. Their first four episodes are Fight Club, The Town, Star Trek and No Country for Old Men.. They've captured the attention of the online film fan community: Star Trek writer Bob Orci corresponded with Harrington about the Star Trek episode via Twitter (fan versions of Star Trek with Spock and Kirk as gay lovers have long existed); here's TrekMovie. The female-centric LA film festival Bleedfest plans to screen the show at a future fest. And the media is interested: Entertainment Tonight Canada, ABC Nightline News and World News with Diane Sawyer are prepping stories on the group, following breaks in , Den of Geek, The F Word , Moviefone, Movie CIty News, The Fresh Outlook, Its Just Movies, The Sociological Cinema and Women and Hollywood.

Trailer Trash episodes Ghost” and Shawshank Redemption:

Shawshank Redemption

Ghost

Star Trek

No Country for Old Men:

The Town

Fight Club:

This article is related to: Genres, Web/Tech, Video, In Production, Media, comedy, YouTube


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.