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How Many Have You Seen? Read Bill Hader's List Of 200 Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See

29 August 2014 11:09 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Here's a fun fact about Bill Hader you might not know: he's a major film buff. Yep, the "Saturday Night Live" veteran likes his Criterion Collection movies as much as the next cinephile. His knowledge rolls pretty deep, and now he's sharing his love of cinema in a unique way.  Inside the book "Poking A Dead Frog: Conversations With Today’s Top Comedy Writers" by Mike Sacks, Hader provides his list of 200 movies every comedy writer should see. Yes, you'll see the usual staples from folks like Woody Allen, the Marx Brothers, Mel Brooks, and Charlie Chaplin, but there are some nice, not so obvious picks too. Billy Wilder's scathing "Ace In The Hole" notches a spot, as do Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" and Robert Altman's "Nashville." So now the big question: how many have you seen? Here's all 200, let us know in the comments section. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Woody’s Magic Routine

18 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

At the end of Manhattan, perhaps Woody Allen’s masterpiece, he lies on a couch and lists all the things that make life worth living. As a twelve-year-old, I thought it was the coolest and hippest list I’d ever heard. Groucho Marx, Willie Mays, the second movement of the Jupiter Symphony, Louis Armstrong’s recording of Potato-head Blues, Swedish movies, Sentimental Education by Flaubert, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, those incredible apples and pears by Cézanne, the crabs at Sam Wo’s, and Tracy’s face. But as I’ve gotten older, I see that list differently. It’s a list to reaffirm a sense of self. […] »

- Noah Buschel

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Jake Squared | Review

14 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Multiplicity: Goldberg’s Latest a Mediocre Mash-up of the Masculinity Affliction

A handful of exquisite references are bound to crop up in a discussion of Howard Goldberg’s third directorial effort, Jake Squared, which proves to be the helmer’s first stint behind the camera since 1996 indie flick, Eden. However, Goldberg’s work doesn’t stand as an equal to a bevy of obvious influences utilized in the film, from any number of Woody Allen’s nebbish protagonists, to Fellini’s autobiographically inclined 8½. Abundant quotes flash across the screen from a series of additional notables, the least of which include Jean Cocteau and Groucho Marx. And yet, for all the inspired quirks, Goldberg’s material is never elevated beyond banal cliché, despite a cavalcade of names and an energetic lead performance.

A 50 year old filmmaker in Hollywood, Jake Klein (Elias Koteas), credits himself as a hopeless romantic, yet has never »

- Nicholas Bell

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An emotional 'Ask Drew' looks back at the life and work of the great Robin Williams

13 August 2014 4:40 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems." - Robin Williams, "World's Greatest Dad" This is a very emotional "Ask Drew." This is, I would suspect, the closest you're ever going to see to me losing it on camera completely. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when there was a Robin Williams question, since it's still so fresh and so raw for so many people, but I couldn't have known just how hard it would be to talk about him. I mean, I have stared at the blinking cursor on my blank document page for almost two days now, grappling with one question:  how in the hell do you even remotely begin to sum up someone as huge as Robin Williams? We could start from the personal angle. I could tell you about the occasional e-mails I got from him when I was at Ain't It Cool, or the »

- Drew McWeeny

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Robin Williams in 'Aladdin': Animator Eric Goldberg remembers drawing Genie

12 August 2014 2:24 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Ed Sullivan. Jack Nicholson. Robert De Niro. Groucho Marx. Rodney Dangerfield. William F. Buckley. Peter Lorre. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arsenio Hall.

Those were just some of the impressions that Robin Williams performed in the guise of the almighty blue Genie in Aladdin. Perhaps another comedian could’ve supplied similarly outrageous voices, but no one could’ve infused that dynamic, shape-shifting character with so much heart and humor. For many fans of a certain age, Genie was the Robin Williams character that immediately popped into their heads when the sad news broke yesterday that the Oscar-winning actor had died tragically in California »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Robin Williams: Fears of a Clown

11 August 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

This story was originally published in the February 21st, 1991 issue of Rolling Stone.

Mr. and Mrs. Robin Williams are slow dancing. The time: a winter afternoon. The place: a photographer's studio in the Chelsea section of New York. The music: high-decibel funk. Everybody else in the studio is abuzz — adjusting lights, fussing with props, running back and forth from the kitchen with sushi. Still, Williams and his wife, Marsha, keep coming together in these quick, sweet tableaux. It's strange to see the thirty-nine-year-old actor and comedian with his guard down »

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In with Flynn, part 1 by Anne-Katrin Titze

10 August 2014 5:21 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Kevin Kline, Dakota Fanning and Susan Sarandon in Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's The Last Of Robin Hood: "The real Errol Flynn can't quite live up to Errol Flynn, the idol."

In a Trump SoHo Hotel suite, high above the city, I met up with The Last Of Robin Hood directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland for a conversation on Kevin Kline's portrayal of Errol Flynn. Susan Sarandon and Dakota Fanning as Florence and Beverly Aadland led us to Marjorie Morningstar, starring Gene Kelly and Natalie Wood - Too Much, Too Soon and the Barrymore clan - Groucho Marx and You Bet Your Life - John Huston's Roots Of Heaven and all the way down to Barry Mahon's Cuban Rebel Girls.

Earlier, I had spoken with Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth about 20,000 Days On Earth, their documentary on and with Nick Cave, at the Regency Hotel. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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This 'Roseanne' Reunion Included a Great George Clooney Story!

6 August 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Roseanne reunites with her daughter Darlene.

Roseanne reunites with Darlene!

Roseanne Barr showed up on Tuesday's The Talk where her former on-screen daughter Sarah Gilbert is now co-host. When asked which of her TV kids she was most like --Darlene (Gilbert), Rebecca (Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke) or D.J. (Michael Fishman)-- the 61-year-old comedian revealed to Gilbert's delight, "I was most like Darlene. I was kind of a rebel, and, you know, I had periods of depression and stuff like that, and I just thought that was a cool and very accurate way that a lot of girls are, especially intelligent, thinking, sensitive girls, so it was important to me to have that element in the show."

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Barr gushed over the 39-year-old co-host, "You brought it to life, and it's wonderful."

This reunion also brought to light an amazing story about George Clooney. Barr said that »

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Trailers from Hell Is 'At The Circus' with the Marx Brothers

18 July 2014 9:51 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Today on Trailers from Hell, John Landis revisits the 1939 Marx Brothers gem "At The Circus." John Landis was the natural choice to talk about this middling post-Thalberg Marx Bros. movie. Can you guess why? Because it has Charlie Gemora in a Gorilla Suit! Groucho introduces the now iconic, W.S. Gilbert-inspired song “Lydia the Tatooed Lady." This is the one where the boys save a circus from bankruptcy. Kinda topical, except for the circus part. »

- Trailers From Hell

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Trailers From Hell and John Landis Eat 'Duck Soup'

14 July 2014 10:29 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Today on Trailers from Hell, John Landis talks the Marx Brothers' classic, "Duck Soup." "Duck Soup," arguably the Marx Brothers’ best film, is also one of the greatest anti-war movies ever made. Director Leo McCarey gave the picture a disciplined structure that still allowed his anarchistic stars plenty of room to wreak havoc, resulting in an absurdist comedy with an undercurrent of no-nonsense political commentary. This 1933 classic could be seen as the spiritual father of the darkly comic anti-war films that emerged in the sixties including "Dr. Strangelove" and "How I Won the War." »

- Trailers From Hell

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Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon Review

14 July 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Essentially, at its core, cinema is just storytelling. Which is exactly the reason why Mike Myers’ directorial debut – alongside Beth Aala, in what is her sophomore endeavour – is such a treat. As Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon explores the life of a man who has dined, wined and revelled in the company of some of the most important cultural figures of the 20th century, and believe me, this man has some stories to tell.

Shep Gordon is one of the most famous people you’ve never heard of, and a contact list full of people you have. From a young age he was mixing with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon, while managing eccentric rockstar Alice Cooper, partly responsible for creating that unique brand that saw the musician go on to achieve great success. From there he went on to manage the likes of Luther Vandross to Groucho Marx, »

- Stefan Pape

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Duck Soup

13 July 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Duck Soup, arguably the Marx Brothers' best film, is also one of the greatest anti-war movies ever made. Director Leo McCarey gave the picture a disciplined structure that still allowed his anarchistic stars plenty of room to wreak havoc, resulting in an absurdist comedy with an undercurrent of no-nonsense political commentary. This 1933 classic could be seen as the spiritual father of the darkly comic anti-war films that emerged in the sixties including Dr. Strangelove and How I Won the War

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- TFH Team

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Film Review: It’s Been ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ Then, Now & Forever

5 July 2014 8:42 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – If you are lucky enough to have the 50th Anniversary edition of “A Hard Day’s Night” playing in your area, drop everything and go see it, especially if you’ve never seen it before. The Beatles – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr – are ageless and timeless in a new print restoration and sound remastering of their 1964 debut film.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

There is no way to describe the luck and timing of the music phenomenon called “The Beatles.” They were four guys in a rock band, but they virtually influenced everything the 1960s had to offer, due to the perfect moment they entered the arena and fired their creativity into the mass production era of record albums and baby boomers. Their first film was a coming together of the right screenwriter (Alan Owun) and the perfect director (Richard Lester), who captured a zeitgeist as it was happening »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Review

1 July 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Tony Revolori, Willem Dafoe | Written by Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness | Directed by Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson’s intrinsic surreal style is so unmistakable it is safe to assume it can be seen from space.  Each ounce of each frame is so unmistakably his own that it identifies itself as a Wes Anderson film moments into the opening credits. Having such an intoxicating panache has caused him to have his fair share of detractors. Those who find he relies on the same type of ostentatious bells and whistles far too often.

The Grand Budapest Hotel will do nothing to silence those criticisms, and rightfully that is never the intention. Anderson creates cinematic confetti where each piece is intricately woven into the next. It is storybook come to life inside a live-action carton next to a screwball comedy of yesteryear. There is an elegancy with »

- Dan Clark

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Interview: Dick Cavett at Chicago Museum of Broadcast Communications

25 June 2014 1:24 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Saturday, June 21st, 2014, marked a special night at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago – “A Salute to Dick Cavett.” The iconic talk show host, who seemingly knew every celebrity and newsmaker of the 20th Century, was honored for his broadcasting career, which has spanned over 50 years.

Richard Alva “Dick” Cavett was born – like his fellow talk show host Johnny Carson – in Nebraska. Like Carson, he began his entertainment career as a magician, right before he began college at Yale University. Shortly after graduating from Yale in the late 1950s, he was working at Time Magazine when he saw a notice in the newspaper that Jack Paar – then the host of “The Tonight Show” –was having difficulties with his opening monologues. Cavett wrote some jokes, and hand delivered them to Paar, who used them that night. The door to his career was open for Cavett, as he was hired »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: ‘Li’l Quinquin’

20 June 2014 1:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Perhaps not since Greta Garbo uttered her celebrated first chortle in “Ninotchka” has a film artist’s entrance into comedy been quite as unexpected as that of French director Bruno Dumont. A high priest of cine-miserablism drawn to Bressonian tales of spiritual suffering, Dumont lets loose his inner clown for “Li’l Quinquin,” a four-part TV miniseries that frequently suggests a cross between “True Detective” and Mack Sennett’s Keystone Cops, while remaining every inch a Dumont movie, from its windswept northern French locales to its sometimes discomfiting use of nonprofessional actors. The odd mix of elements makes for an alternately (and sometimes simultaneously) hilarious and unsettling whole, and yet another compelling example of established bigscreen auteurs finding their richest opportunities in longform television. A more challenging sell than either Olivier Assayas’ “Carlos” or Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake,” Dumont’s pic should nevertheless see many fest bookings »

- Scott Foundas

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Movies This Week: June 20-26, 2014

20 June 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

The Austin Film Society has teamed up with Dan Halstead of Portland's Kung Fu Theater to host the 2nd annual "Old School Kung Fu Weekend" at the Marchesa. Three films will screen tonight and three more tomorrow, all directly from rare 35mm prints. The lineup is top secret and most of the movies have never before played in town. Passes are available for the entire series or individual tickets will be sold at the door, capacity permitting.

The Afs Screening Room hosts an Avant Cinema screening on Wednesday night of the 1947 film Dreams That Money Can Buy, created by avant-garde masters Hans Richter, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Fernand Leger, Alexander Calder and John Cage. Thursday night's Essential Cinema selection is Abel Gance's J'Accuse. Presented in a Dcp of a recent restoration, this 1919 silent classic presents a love triangle between a soldier, his wife and her lover during World War I. »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon – Just tell the damn stories

13 June 2014 6:34 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Mike Meyers could not have picked a better subject for his directorial debut. The quality of the documentary Supermensch is barely even one worth taking into consideration when you sit a camera in front of a guy who managed Jimmy Hendrix, Alice Cooper, Groucho Marx, Teddy Pendergrass, Emeril Lagasse and the list just doesn’t end. Shep Gordon, without question, is a man with a lot of stories. He was the man behind the curtain to which no one paid attention. He was the guy bringing the chicken to Alice Cooper concerts. He was the man who created the genre of celebrity chef.

Meyers loves Shep Gordon. And Meyers’ documentary couldn’t be less of a love parade. That’s really it’s only drawback. There’s somewhat of a lack of conflict in Gordon’s life. This is a man who did everything he wanted to do, and his stories are worth your time. »

- Kenny Hedges

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Revisiting Star Trek Tng: Deja Q

6 June 2014 12:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

John De Lancie's Q is handing out the cigars in this week's lookback at Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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This review contains spoilers.

3.13 Deja Q

The Enterprise is trying to assist the people of Bre'el IV with a faulty moon (it's threatening to crash into the planet and kill them all) when, unexpectedly, Q appears on the bridge. Naked and levitating. Hurray! Q!

After being swiftly dressed while the intro is happening (not that swiftly, admittedly. They don't make intros like that anymore…) Q announces that he has been kicked out of the Q Continuum for being a mischief-maker, and forced to become mortal, has chosen to become human. No-one buys it for a second, even with Counselor Troi's expert testimony ("I am sensing an emotional presence") so Picard gets Worf to throw Q in the brig.

While there, Q falls asleep, but the Enterprise is bathed in »

- simonbrew

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Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon Review

4 June 2014 5:31 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There are few people on earth with more famous friends than longtime Hollywood manager Shep Gordon. Although, few people on earth even know who Shep is. For those unfamiliar with the name, he was the iconoclastic manager to some of the bigger stars in show business, from Alice Cooper to Emeril Lagasse. Those two men owe much of their celebrity status to this brilliant manager; fortunately, true to his admiration of karma, Shep is now getting a favour in return and is the star of his own documentary.

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon is not just a supremely entertaining glimpse at the high life of Hollywood, but also a sympathetic look at a man who achieved much in his life, partied with the most illustrious friends at the most lavish parties, but had a gaping hole inside. Shep’s journey is a Hollywood story as classic as the stars he served, »

- Jordan Adler

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