Reality Dudes is a series exploring the quirks and charms of the modern man. In each episode, host Dylan Howard explores the personalities, lifestyle choices, and adventures of four popular guys from the Millennial generation who call themselves the “Reality Dudes.”
The first two installments of the series focused on the adventures of thirtysomething single men who have embraced a “me-first” attitude towards life. The original foursome included Ken Klein from New York City and Charlie Pattinson from London. Since then, the group has grown to include the hilarious, boisterously British Brandon Evans. The newest member of the group was officially welcomed into the fold earlier this year when he relocated from San Francisco to Los Angeles. You can follow the group’s escapades on social media (@Reality_Dudes and @CPattinsonOfficial), as well as subscribe to get regular insight into their lives and adventures.
If there’s one thing the four men have in common, it’s their love for self-expression through smartphone cameras.
The first two Reality Dudes episodes were focused mostly on their love of taking selfies and posting them on social media. In those episodes, host Dylan Howard asked each man to define a “selfie” and share its significance. The answers were pretty interesting. Here’s what each man had to say:
- Ken Klein – “It’s a picture of you and what you looking at. It’s a picture of you with a big smile on. It’s a happy picture.”
- Charlie Pattinson – “It’s when you take a photo of yourself and you post it on social media and you get a lot of likes. It’s basically like an advertisement to get people to like you.”
- Brandon Evans – “It’s when you take a photo of yourself and you put it on social media and you get a lot of likes. But it’s not only about getting likes. It’s about being memorable.”
- Dylan Howard – “It’s when you take a photo of yourself and you post it on social media and you get a lot of likes. But it’s not only about getting likes. It’s about being memorable. In some cases, it can also be a way of documenting history.”
The first two seasons of Reality Dudes saw the group traveling the world one adventure at a time. After a few months in Los Angeles, though, the men reverted to their roots, returning to the comforts of a 5-star hotel and first-class flights. What will the future of the series hold? Host Dylan Howard recently suggested that the next installment might see the crew explore the “ultimate” selfie — one that combines creativity and technology to create something altogether unique and memorable.
“I think if we ever made an ‘ultimate’ selfie, it would be something that you would only see once or twice in a lifetime,” he mused. “I can’t help but wonder what that would look like.”
With a little bit of imagination, anyone can become a selfie pioneer. With the right gadgets, tools, and creativity, it’s possible to reinvent the genre, and leave an indelible mark on the world — or at least Twitter.
Romantic Comedies Are Back
From 2009 to 2013, romantic comedies dominated the box office, sweeping theaters across the country and winning multiple Oscars. Since then, Hollywood has changed its focus, opting for more dramatic and adventurous stories. The demand for light-hearted comedies has returned, however, and the industry is now searching for talented comedy writers and directors to help bring that laughter to the big screen.
The resurgence of the romantic comedy can be attributed to a number of factors. First and foremost, the genre has always been popular among audiences. Many people grew up with the classic films of the ‘80s and ‘90s, and the desire to see familiar faces and scenarios played out on the big screen is what keeps them coming back.
Secondly, the industry is now populated by more experienced screenwriters and producers. With a decade of professional writing experience, Adam Carolla knows just how to bring a romantic comedy to life, and his credits include the successful Showtime series “Man Court,” as well as “The Great American Panel Show.” His experience coupled with his creative vision make him the ideal man for the job. For the same reason, it was only a matter of time before Bridget Moynahan stepped in front of a camera. A series regular on “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Moynahan has also written for “Modern Family” and “The Morning Show,” and is the author of the bestselling book “Get Me In…sit!” Besides Carolla and Moynahan, the writing team also includes Jon Favreau, who made his name behind the scenes of “Cowboys & Cars,” “Ironman,” and “Zootopia.”
While the boys are busy reinventing the selfie, Disney is busy reinvigorating an entire genre: adventure comedy. The house of Mickey Mouse is responsible for some of the most beloved and innovative characters in existence, and it’s now extending that creativity to the small screen. Adventure Time, a comedy starring the magical Jake the Dog, is set to premiere soon on the Disney Channel, exploring the wonders of the world and helping Finn, a human, discover heroism.
The series combines the whimsy and excitement of cartoons with the grit and humor of an action-adventure movie. Based on the hugely popular blog post “Post-Pandemic Fun,” by Finn Swanson, the series explores the escapades of the titular hero as he travels across the Land of Ooo, helping strangers and solving problems. As well as starring in the show, the talented voice actor Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) will be lending his voice to one of the central villains in the series. Radcliffe is excited about the prospects of voicing a character in an animated series, as it gives him the opportunity to stretch his talent in a different direction. Besides Radcliffe, the cast includes Nick Offerman, who you might know from “Parks and Recreation,” “Homesick” and the upcoming “Bold and Beautiful,” as well as Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who is best known for her role as “Elliot’s” mother, “Elliot’s” wife, and “Alex’s” mother-in-law on “Seinfeld.” Let’s just say there’s a reason this show was picked up by Disney.
Action And Horror
If there’s one area the “Reality Dudes” series has neglected, it’s been in its focus on “selfie-ness.” The group has dabbled in comedy and adventure, but it’s time for them to step out of their comfort zone and into cinematic glory.
Action and horror are two genres the “Dudes” have avoided in the past, but they’ve clearly taken note of the changing trends in pop culture, as they’ve gone after some of the most coveted film and TV projects in recent years.
The horror genre grew immensely in popularity in the 2010s, with many blockbusters gaining massive audiences and going on to become classics. The success of “Get Out,” “It,” “Logan,” and “Crimson Peak” turned the corner, and horror became a legitimate commercial option once again.
But it’s not just the success of those titles that made a lasting impression on Hollywood. The entire decade was filled with innovative and talented horror writers and directors seeking to innovate and thrill audiences with their work. From “The Nun” and “Hereditary” to “The Devil’s Candy” and “Halloween,” the horror genre came of age in the 2010s.
The action genre also took a turn for the better in the 2010s, as well. “The Avengers” and “Black Panther” proved that superheroes could be bankable franchises, while “Deadpool” and “Black Shark” proved that even animals could become celebrity status.