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Groucho Marx in 'Duck Soup.' Groucho Marx movies: 'Duck Soup,' 'The Story of Mankind' and romancing Margaret Dumont on TCM Grouch Marx, the bespectacled, (painted) mustached, cigar-chomping Marx brother, is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 14, '15. Marx Brothers fans will be delighted, as TCM is presenting no less than 11 of their comedies, in addition to a brotherly reunion in the 1957 all-star fantasy The Story of Mankind. Non-Marx Brothers fans should be delighted as well – as long as they're fans of Kay Francis, Thelma Todd, Ann Miller, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, Allan Jones, affectionate, long-tongued giraffes, and/or that great, scene-stealing dowager, Margaret Dumont. Right now, TCM is showing Robert Florey and Joseph Santley's The Cocoanuts (1929), an early talkie notable as the first movie featuring the four Marx Brothers – Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo. Based on their hit Broadway »
- Andre Soares
Zach Braff, who helmed the Kickstarter-funded comedy “Wish I Was Here,” will direct from Ted Melfi’s script. Warner Bros.-based Donald De Line is producing while Tony Bill, who produced the original film, is exec producing.
The original movie, which starred Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg, followed three retirees who wore Groucho Marx glasses to execute a bank heist. Directed by Martin Brest, the film was a solid performer for Warner, grossing $30 million at the box office.
The new version of “Going in Style” will center on three retired men who lose their pensions when the company they’ve worked for their entire lives is sold to a foreign corporation. Desperate for money to survive, they set out to rob the very bank that’s withholding their money. »
- Dave McNary
Zach Braff might not be the first person you’d think of to be directing a remake of 1979 George Burns comedy Going In Style, but that’s exactly what’s happening. He’s now added Matt Dillon to the cast.Dillon joins Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin in the film, which has a script from Ted Melfi. The original movie starred Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as bored Brooklyn senior citizens who hatch a plan to rob a bank. They pull off the caper wearing Groucho Marx disguises and then significantly increase their earnings with some casino luck. Their story becomes a media cause célèbre, but ill health and killjoy cops but a dampener on their adventures. In the new take, the three main men are retired types who lose their pensions when the company they’ve toiled for all their lives is sold to a foreign corporation. »
When Jon Stewart exits “The Daily Show,” he will join a small group of elite hosts who changed the tone and importance of talkshows. Here are a dozen others (in chronological order) whose influence was long-lasting.
He created the template for late-night talk with “Tonight Starring Steve Allen,” which ran from 1954-57 on NBC. There was a desk, chatter with multiple guests, comedy, and music guests, including Elvis Presley — even though Allen hated rock ‘n’ roll. Allen did man-on-the-street interviews and had a gallery of comic players, including Tom Poston and Don Knotts.
As more TV sets were sold in the 1950s, more people tuned in for late-night TV. Jack Paar put late-night on the map when he took over “Tonight,” partly because he generated more publicity than anyone else at the time. He wept on the show, he broadcast from the new Berlin Wall, and »
- Tim Gray
Happy Birthday, Bugs Bunny!
The world’s favorite rabbit turns 75 this month: July 27, 1940, saw the debut of the cotton-tailed character’s first cartoon short “Wild Hare,” directed by Tex Avery.
There won’t be much hoopla to celebrate, because Warner Bros. doesn’t observe the birthdays of animated characters. And there’s some logic to that, especially in Mr. Bunny’s case.
There had been earlier variations: A wisecracking rabbit, voiced by Mel Blanc, debuted in the 1938 “Porky’s Hare Hunt” but the speech patterns and look were very different. In the next few years, WB’s Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons featured other rabbits.
But the 1940 “Wild Hare” was the first one where Bugs looked like himself, sounded like himself and, significantly, it was the first time he uttered the immortal words “What’s up, Doc?”
Don’t be misled by those earlier rabbits. On Sept. 10, 1940, Variety ran »
- Tim Gray
Written by Philip Ridley
Directed by Peter Medak
Gangster movies have been entertaining audiences since the inception of cinema. A well-constructed gangster film can attract respectable actors, reap critical praise, and accrue the life-long love of fans in a way that few other genres can. Mean Streets, Infernal Affairs, and Goodfellas are all classic films that continue to resonate with audiences long after their theatrical runs. While most favorite gangster movie conversations include the usual round up of The Godfather, Scarface and The Departed, there is a little known British film that warrants a place in the conversation. Back in 1990, director Peter Medak’s biographical crime/drama film The Krays, flew under the radar of everyone but the most hardcore gangster-flick nerds. With the upcoming film Legend (featuring Tom Hardy in the role of both Kray twins) just on the horizon, it seemed like an appropriate time »
- Victor Stiff
Andrew Lesnie was remembered as one of Australia.s finest cinematographers and a warm and generous bloke at a celebration of his life and career on Sunday.
Dozens of collaborators and friends including Sir Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, Cate Blanchett, George Miller, Chris Noonan, Bill Bennett, Craig Monahan, Jack Thompson and Andrew Mason gathered to pay tribute to Lesnie, who died in April after a heart attack, aged 59.
Ray Martin hosted the event, Remembering Andrew, staged by the Australian Cinematographers Society at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction.
Among the clips of his work shown were The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (for which he won an Oscar) and other Jackson-directed films, The Water Diviner, Babe, Healing and Two If By Sea. »
- Don Groves
I interviewed model/actress Lauren Hutton in late 2007 at her home in Venice, CA. Hutton greeted me wearing a gingham workshirt, battered jeans and no make-up, hair pulled back. She was and is one of the most beautiful humans I've ever had the pleasure of laying eyes on. A sharp mind and tough core resided within, which I quickly found out as our conversation flowed and the hours passed. As she bid me good-night, she handed me a manila envelope. I opened it when I arrived home. Inside, the recent issue of Big Magazine that was done as a tribute to her remarkable career. That magazine, and her inscription, remains one of my most treasured mementos.
No Nip/Tuck Required
Lauren Hutton was the face of American fashion in the 1960s and ‘70s. Having appeared on every major magazine cover multiple times (a record 27 times »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Following the Cannes Film Festival, the Cannes President laid down the law about critics on their cell phones before, during, and after screenings, saying that Twitter was hurting film criticism. We invited Sound on Sight Editor in Chief Ricky D (first ever guest!) to discuss whether the social media platform is a good or bad thing for the industry. Plus, we’re really excited for the Sicario trailer, and we’re not so crazy about Carolina Panthers tackle Michael Oher in our Wtf of the Week. Unless we’ve decided Twitter is a bad thing, be sure to follow us @zdennis24 and @brianwelk, and subscribe to Sos This Week on iTunes.
Watch the trailer for Sicario, Cannes favorite from Denis Villeneuve Horror filmmaker Rob Zombie to direct Groucho Marx biopic Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt team up for sci-fi Passengers Week in Review: Tom Hanks to play hero »
- Brian Welk
The Important News Box Office: Jurassic World had the best opening of all time. Director Hirings: Rupert Wyatt will helm Gambit. Kenneth Branagh will remake Murder on the Orient Express. Mark Romanek will direct a Norco Bank Robbery movie. Eli Roth will helm a giant prehistoric shark movie. Rob Zombie will make a Groucho Marx biopic. Casting: Katherine Waterston joined Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Forest Whitaker joined Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. Woody Harrelson will portray Lbj. Tom Hanks will portray Captain Sully. Vin Diesel will still play Kojak on the big screen. Franchise Resurrection: Kindergarten Cop is getting a reboot. Halloween is returning with a retconned reboot. Maleficent is...
- Christopher Campbell
It's the most bizarre mating of two diverse talents since Ernest Borgnine thought it would a good idea to marry Ethel Merman, though hopefully this one will have a happier ending. Cult movie director Rob Zombie has announced that he will bring a Groucho Marx biography to the screen. The film will based on the memoir "Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House" by Steve Stoliar, a fan who worked for the legendary actor and comedian as his personal secretary and archivist in the last years of his life. (Marx died in 1977 at age 86). Turns out the esteemed Mr. Zombie is a life long Groucho admirer. Who knew? We look forward to Zombie directing Dame Judi Dench in a biopic of Gracie Allen. For more click here »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
An intriguing biopic project centering on the great Groucho Marx is reportedly in the works. However, this one won’t be tackled by some dramatic, Oscar-hoarding heavyweight, nor will it be uplifted by the levity of a comedic mastermind. Rather, the film focusing on comedy’s sharp-witted pioneer will be helmed by musician-turned-horror-director Rob Zombie. According to a report by Deadline, Rob Zombie and Cold Iron Pictures producer, Miranda Bailey, are getting into the Groucho business. The duo have collectively acquired the rights to a book by Steve Stoliar called Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House, which documents some rather bizarre tales from the final years of the comic legend, who passed away in 1977. In an oddly ambitious move, Zombie himself will branch out beyond his horror repertoire to occupy the director’s chair. According to Zombie: I have been a huge Groucho »
So far, Rob Zombie directorial career has resulted in either terrible movies (House of 1,000 Corpses), movies that start strong than devolve into crap (2007's Halloween) or something of a mixed bag (The Devil's Rejects, The Lords of Salem). Or he makes The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, a nasty little bugger of a film where you'll want to stand in the shower for nine days after watching. How, then, this qualifies him to bring Groucho Marx's life story to the screen is anyone's guess, but stranger things have happened in Hollywood. As a matter of fact, looking into the details, Zombie's involvement begins makes a little more sense. amz asin="1593936524" size="small"The biopic, based on Steve Stolair's memoir "Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House", will not span the comedic actor's whole career but rather his bizarre final ones as seen from his personal secretary/archivist and young fan's perspective. »
- Will Ashton
Rob Zombie featured characters named after Marx Brothers characters in his first two films, and now Zombie is making a movie featuring Groucho Marx himself as a character. The film is based on a memoir by Steve Stoliar, who worked for years as Groucho’s assistant and archivist. Stoliar, like Zombie, was a fan of the Marx Brothers […]
- Russ Fischer
Zombie has paid homage to the comedy icon in previous movies, so we can be sure he'll want to do a good job with this movie, about the final years of the witty Marx Brother.
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- Christopher Campbell
Rob Zombie will direct a new biopic about the final years of legendary comedian Groucho Marx, based on Steve Stoliar's memoir, Raised Eyebrows, which chronicled his time as Marx's personal secretary and archivist, Deadline reports.
The screenplay will be written by Oren Moverman, who co-wrote the new Brian Wilson biopic, Love and Mercy, and earned an Oscar nomination for 2009's The Messenger, which he wrote with Alessandro Camon. Zombie will also produce the film, along with Cold Iron Pictures' Miranda Bailey, Amanda Marshall and Andy Gould.
Raised Eyebrows »
When you think of a film about Groucho Marx, I’m sure the last director that comes to mind is horror filmmaker Rob Zombie. Well, prepare to be amazed because Deadline reported yesterday that Rob Zombie will in fact be directing a Groucho Marx biopic based on the book Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House, written by Steve Stoliar. The book chronicles Groucho Marx’s last years through the eyes of Stoliar, who served as Groucho’s personal secretary and archivist. The film will be written by Oren Moverman, co-writer of the recent Brian Wilson/Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy.
Being known primarily as a heavy metal musician and creator of crazy horror films, Zombie is certainly an odd choice to direct a film about one of the greatest comic minds in history. Deadline revealed why Zombie chose this project: “I have been a huge Groucho Marx fan »
"Humor is reason gone mad," comedy legend Groucho Marx once said. And one could argue the same is true of horror. So perhaps that's why as unlikely a choice as Rob Zombie is to tell the story of Marx on the big screen, it also makes total sense. Deadline reports that alterna-rock horror specialist Zombie has picked up the rights to Steve Stoliar’s memoir "Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House" which will serve as the foundation of a movie detailing the difficult final years of Groucho Marx. Adding a nice bit of prestige to the interview is Oren Moverman ("Love & Mercy," "The Messenger," "Time Out Of Mind") who will be penning the script. Here's the book synopsis: "Raised Eyebrows" is the bittersweet story of the last years in the life of Groucho Marx, told by a young Marx Brothers fan who was fortunate enough to work for »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Steve Stoliar’s book, Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House, will be adapted by Oren Moverman, who wrote Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy. The memoir details the young Stoliar’s successful attempt to ingratiate himself into the Marx household in the two years before the legendary comic died of pneumonia in 1977.
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- Henry Barnes
Rockstar and horror director Rob Zombie looks to step away from his roots as he is set to write and direct a biopic based on the book Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House, which details the final years of the life of legendary comedy actor Groucho Marx.
The memoirs, written by Steve Stoliar, details one fan’s journey from being a personal fan of the Marx Brother’s movies to living in Groucho’s house as his archivist and assistant. In addition to getting to know his hero, the author found himself in the orbit of Groucho’s brothers Zeppo and Gummo, Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, S.J. Perelman, Steve Allen, and scores of other luminaries of stage, screen, TV and literature. All of this lead of Stoliar’s hero being put to rest and his difficult further dealings with Erin Fleming, the woman in »
- Luke Owen
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