Hollywood has throughout its history frequently brought together unlikely individuals for the purposes of delivering unique entertainment and information fare.
A new production duo, however, is gearing up to make its Internet television entrance, and the pair involved may end up surprising even the most imaginative industry insiders out there.
“Wedding Crashers” star Vince Vaughn has partnered up with radio talk show personality and former Fox News host Glenn Beck to produce a new reality show called “Pursuit of Truth.”
The contest-type show is scheduled to be aired on Beck’s TheBlaze TV in the spring of 2013.
The “Pursuit of Truth” will feature 20 competing participants, all of whom will be documentary filmmakers. Reality show contestants will vie for the grand prize of a budding movie producer’s dreams, a financing and distribution package for a documentary film.
Along with Vaughn and Beck, Peter Billingsley of Vaughn’s Wild West Productions and Gary Auerbach of Go Go Luckey Entertainment will be reviewing applicants who will get the chance to participate in the contest, according to the show's casting site. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2013.
Producers initially plan to air nine episodes. A similar series called “Project Greenlight” was aired on HBO in early 2000, which featured Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
Beck recently shared the following with listeners of his radio show: “I am proud to announce that Vince Vaughn and I are going to be the executive producers.”
“That should make everybody’s head spin. ‘What the h*** is Vince Vaughn doing with a crazy man?’ I know, that’s what my friends say. ‘Glenn, what are you doing with the crazy man Vince Vaughn?’ Yes. It’s great, isn’t it? I love it,” Beck added.
The new-media innovator gave some hints as to the kind of subject matter he would like to see from documentarians that are looking to be on the show.
“I’d love to see something on the Federal Reserve, the game that’s being played there. I would love to see something on why capitalism is actually a good thing, why it’s not a bad thing,” Beck said.
It sounds as if Beck may be getting ready to air some must-see conservative TV and maybe even some programming that politically incorrect aficionados will find appealing.
Vaughn does not appear to be all that concerned about conforming to the political orthodoxy of the left coast. It could be that he has more in common with Beck than a simple business interest.
Back in 2008 and again in 2012 the actor supported Republican presidential contender Ron Paul. He actually introduced Paul at the 2011 Liberty Political Action Conference in Reno, Nev.
The press release announcing the actor’s appearance at the conference explained that Vaughn was “not merely interested in Dr. Paul’s philosophy but he also graciously invited Dr. and Mrs. Paul to the premier of his film 'Couples Retreat.'”
“Vince is a great guy who loves Liberty,” Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton told CNN at the time. “Dr. Paul is proud to have his friendship and support.”
James Hirsen, J.D., M.A., in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. Visit Newsmax.TV Hollywood. Read more reports from James Hirsen — Click Here Now.
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