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Grin and bare it – how naked dating shows could strip us of shame | Flic Everett

15 hours ago | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Channel 4’s Naked Attraction puts everyone’s physical goods on display. If only we could all do the same, and banish the sexual fears that can blight first dates

“Somebody once said it’s what you don’t see that you’re interested in, and this is true,” said Groucho Marx. Since then, decades of out-there porn, Kardashian bum selfies and teenage sexting have replaced this gentle approach. In the modern world, full-on nakedness is often considered far sexier than a flash of thigh. But according to a new TV show, Naked Attraction, nudity is not about sex at all.

The tired old saw of “a dating show with a difference” proved true in this case, as participants shed all their clothes, and chose a date from a line-up of naked options (it wasn’t all out there immediately – bits of them appeared gradually from a frosted glass box, »

- Flic Everett

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The Thing the New ‘Ghostbusters’ Didn’t Re-create: Bill Murray Standing Outside the Frame

19 July 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When you see the happy hordes at Comic-Con, the parade of fanboys and fangirls dressed as Vulcans and superheroes and warrior princesses and Hobbits and zombies, it’s easy, at first, to think that what’s going on is all too quaint, fun, whimsical, and childlike. Yes, it’s very much all of those things. But it’s also more: fans elevating what it means to be a fan into something nearly metaphysical. What Comic-Con reveals is that America — with, perhaps, the rest of the world not too far behind — is becoming a land of avatars, of people who long to make themselves into their favorite characters because it somehow completes them. It fills in who they are. And no film since “Trekkies” reveals the soul behind that impulse with quite the cracked exuberance of “Ghostheads.”

It’s just a little documentary, currently showing on Netflix, about all the people »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Missing From Movies: William Atherton’s Dick

14 July 2016 9:56 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Some actors were just born to be typecast.

“This man has no dick.” And neither do the movies anymore.

If you’re going to write a part specifically for William Atherton, it’s probably going to be inspired by his three most famous roles. That was clearly the case when he was cast for an episode of the TV series Lost, in which he plays a slimy high school principal character who was conceived with him in mind. It was a throwback to the assholes he embodied in Ghostbusters, Real Genius, and the first two Die Hard movies. Another one of his dicks.

Unfortunately, there aren’t enough people writing dick parts specifically for Atherton to play on the big screen. It’s been 20 years since his last (slightly) memorable movie continuation of the type, in Bio-Dome, and many of his fans probably aren’t even aware that he’s still alive and working regularly. Mostly »

- Christopher Campbell

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Ghostbusters Review

10 July 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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My early skepticism surrounding 2016’s Ghostbusters revamp had nothing to do with female heroes or sad YouTube hatred. Simply put, cadaver-cold trailers and Doa clips did nothing but pander to branded appeal and adopt low-hanging punchlines. No wow-factor, revitalized excitement, or semblance of scripted ambition. Did we really need one more ’80s reboot in our lives?

As it turns out, the answer is yes – when it’s Paul Feig at the helm, we do.

Just like how weak trailers for Spy and The Heat led perceptions astray, Ghostbusters cohesively clicks together in ways that two-minute teasers could never properly represent. Feig’s updated take on New York City’s paranormal infestation takes estrogen-fueled digs at piggish masculinity, to hilarious effect, without ever becoming a girl’s-club exclusive. Why I lost faith in Feig I have no idea, especially with all »

- Matt Donato

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Meeting of minds by Anne-Katrin Titze

7 July 2016 1:31 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

The Orchard's Paul Davidson, Morgan Neville, Yo-Yo Ma and Sony's Dennis Kooker Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Introducing Gay Talese, the author of The Voyeur's Motel (to be adapted for the screen by Krysty Wilson-Cairns, directed by Sam Mendes and produced by Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks) and Morgan Neville, the Oscar-winning director of 20 Feet From Stardom, at Lotos Club, created a Music Of Strangers conversation that lead to Alexander Payne's producer Jim Burke (Downsizing, The Descendants and Election) for A Beautiful Game, the Marx Brothers, Best Of Enemies, Keith Richards: Under the Influence and Joan Didion in Shotgun Freeway: Drives Through Lost L.A.

Gay Talese on The Music Of Strangers: "This is a major international film!" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Darlene Love, Richard Gere and Barbara Kopple hosted the after party where Cristina Pato, Kojiro Umezaki, Colin Jacobsen, Shane Shanahan, Joseph Gramley, Evan Ziporyn, Johnny Gandelsman, Sandeep Das, Abigail Washburn, Logan Coale, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Ed Catto: The Mark Gruenwald Tribute

4 July 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Even though it’s Independence Day today, I am going to talk about Flag Day. It was a couple of weeks ago, and on that day Geek Culture paused to remember the passing of a favorite son. It was a day to celebrate the legacy of Mark Gruenwald, taken away too early twenty years ago. And for a guy who loved Captain America, it was fitting that his birthday was on Flag Day.

Catherine Schuller organized a wonderful tribute to her late husband celebrating the passion and humor with which he lived his life. By just looking at the crowd in the funky New York City club where it was held, you could tell his passion was infectious and long lasting.

My first exposure to Mark Gruenwald came from his visionary fanzine. Omniverse was published long before the Internet provided an infinite number of virtual spots for fans to gather »

- Ed Catto

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The View From Central Park: Close-Up on Terry Gilliam's "The Fisher King"

28 June 2016 8:50 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King (1991) is playing from June 1 - June 30, 2016 in the UK.In an overview of the accomplished, fraught, tumultuous career of Terry Gilliam, The Fisher King (1991) can look like not just an artistic turning point, but an economic one. Gilliam had just finished a loose trilogy of comic fantasies—Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)—each visually baroque and laced with a kind of surreal, dark, absurdist humor that marked them as a natural extension of his time as the lone American in Monty Python. Time Bandits was a head-turning left-field hit, and Brazil, the subject of a legendary battle with Universal over final cut, is often cited as Gilliam's masterpiece. But Munchausen, though held dear by a cult following, was a blow to Gilliam's career. It went quickly over-budget (wildly so, »

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The Ninth Configuration (Region B UK)

25 June 2016 7:48 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Savant UK correspondent Lee Broughton analyzes one of his favorite pictures starring Stacy Keach, who seemed to make only cult items in the '70s and '80s. William Peter Blatty dishes out a thick mix of comedy and dark soul-searching about the human condition as a Caligari- insane asylum, but with new twists. The Ninth Configuration Second Sight Region B Blu-ray 1980 / Colour / 2.35:1 enhanced widescreen / 118 m. / available through Amazon.uk Starring Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders, Neville Brand, George Dicenzo, Moses Gunn, Robert Loggia, Joe Spinell, Tom Atkins. Cinematography Gerry Fisher Production Design William Malley Film Editors Peter Taylor, T. Battle Davis, Roberto Silvi, Peter Lee-Thompson Original Music Barry DeVorzon Written, Produced and Directed by William Peter Blatty from his novel

Reviewed by Lee Broughton

(Note: Savant reviews as a guest at Tfh. Here I stretch my prerogatives by presenting a review from Lee Broughton, a valued U. »

- Glenn Erickson

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T.J. Miller on ‘Silicon Valley’ Season 3, Erlich’s Dark Journey and ‘Bachmanity Insanity’

15 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

There’s no character on TV quite like Erlich Bachman. Pompous, vulgar, pedantic, and yet strangely endearing — T.J. Miller’s unique creation has been a highlight of HBO’s razor-sharp tech industry satire “Silicon Valley” since the first season. But in the current third season, Erlich is being cut down to size, and it’s not pretty. In “Bachmanity Insanity,” he throws a blowout bash to celebrate the launch of his new company, inviting all of his enemies to lord his success over them. And then he discovers he’s broke. A natural-born improviser, Miller talks — and riffs — us through his work.

Silicon Valley” (HBO)

Season 3, episode 6, “Bachmanity Insanity”

Written by Carson Mell, directed by Eric Appel

T.J. Miller: “I think Thomas Middleditch is fine with me comparing our work styles to one another — we have a strange approach where we don’t read the scripts until the table read. The first time I read the script is out loud at the cold read. There’s a very specific reason I do that, I’m guaranteed to laugh harder. That’s better for us with the executives, and the writers can get a good sense of what’s working. Usually, Thomas and I will not read the script again maybe until the day of [shooting].

“With this particular one, I remember thinking, ‘This is going to be a disaster for Erlich.’ It gets really sad for Erlich this season, we’re beginning to see that if [the Pied Piper guys] don’t need him around, nobody really wants to be around him. All the things that make us love him are also the same things that make everyone who watches the show not really want to know him.

“Sometimes after [standup] shows people will be like, ‘Dude, I want to hang out with you, I hope you’re exactly like Erlich.’ I’m like, ‘I hope not.’ It’s this weird thing of people saying, ‘I want to hang out with you because I want to hang out with Erlich,’ but when they find out the ways I’m like Erlich it’s like, ‘Yikes, I don’t know if I want to be chilling with you all the time.’ That’s what we’re seeing happen with the character. He’s a hyperbolic version of certain aspects of my personality.

“I’ve added a regalness to [Erlich], which is from my experience with tech people and pseudo-intellectuals. It’s kind of like Groucho Marx when he’s in the world of the socialites.” T.J. Miller

“I’ve added a regalness to him, which is from my experience with tech people and pseudo-intellectuals. It’s kind of like Groucho Marx when he’s in the world of the socialites. There’s a lot of that in Erlich.

“Because I have some training in dramatic acting, even though my focus has always been and will always be comedy, I made [the final moment, when Erlich realizes he’s broke] a little too maudlin the first few takes. I asked the director, ‘Can I just do one more that’s really quick?’ I wanted it to dawn on [Erlich] all in one fell swoop how fucked he is. All the people in this room, many of whom hate him, are going to laugh for the rest of their lives at this idiot.

“I got on stage and opened my mouth to say something and for the first time you see Erlich speechless. All he does is close his mouth. That is such a weird, sad moment for the character. I’d get in my car after shooting and I would be depressed on the way home. I didn’t know where the season was going.

“We did the math and we found out [the amount of improv] exactly falls to 39 to 59% — we had an analyst look at it. The joke I’m doing right now is scripted.”

“On ‘Silicon Valley’ the scripts are really solid, but each of us improvises — Martin [Starr], Kumail [Nanjiani], everybody — they’re so talented, it’s ‘an embarrassment of riches’ as [co-showrunner] Alec Berg said one time. It’s true. Because they let us riff, each of the characters have become very much our own creation. No one can come up with riffs about Jared the way Zach Woods can, because he is strangely in his head. He loves the darkness of his backstory and all that stuff.

“Propers to all the writers for putting us in situations where we can do what some of us do best, which is riffing.

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- Geoff Berkshire

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Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Red’ Obsession, Marx Bros. Musical Returns, Watching ‘Blade Runner,’ and More

6 June 2016 9:09 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Dan Sallitt has published his extensive companion on the films of Mikio Naruse.

A lost Marx Brothers musical has found its way back on stage, The New Yorker reports.

Watch a video on Pedro Almodóvar‘s obsession with the color red:

Los Angeles Plays Itself director Thom Andersen names his 10 favorite films of the last 10 years at Grasshopper Film.

Vox‘s Aja Romano on the strange story of how a machine was trained to “watch” Blade Runner:

Broad’s goal was to apply “deep learning” — a fundamental piece of artificial intelligence that uses algorithmic machine learning — to video; he wanted to discover what kinds of creations a »

- The Film Stage

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Quote of the Week: Groucho Marx

23 May 2016 4:09 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."

Groucho Marx (2 October 1890 - 19 August 1977), Born Julius Henry Marx, he was an American comedian and film and television star. He was known as a master of quick wit and is widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era.

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- shifra007

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Florence Foster Jenkins review – all the right wrong notes

8 May 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant are on top form as the ‘diva of din’ and her dutiful manager in an enjoyable biopic from Stephen Frears

As Les Dawson proved with such precision, any fool can play the piano badly, but it takes real skill to play it brilliantly badly. Similarly, Morecambe and Wise knew that the perfect way to mangle “Grieg’s piano concerto by Grieg” was to play “all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order”. Now, to the august list of superbly maladroit comedic musicians we may add Meryl Streep, who takes centre stage in this very likable, frequently hilarious, yet still poignant tragi-comedy from director Stephen Frears. Streep plays the titular songbird, a New York socialite and eager patron of the arts whose enthusiasm for a good tune is matched only by her inability to sing one. Not that it stops her from trying. »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Florence Foster Jenkins review – all the right wrong notes

8 May 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant are on top form as the ‘diva of din’ and her dutiful manager in an enjoyable biopic from Stephen Frears

As Les Dawson proved with such precision, any fool can play the piano badly, but it takes real skill to play it brilliantly badly. Similarly, Morecambe and Wise knew that the perfect way to mangle “Grieg’s piano concerto by Grieg” was to play “all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order”. Now, to the august list of superbly maladroit comedic musicians we may add Meryl Streep, who takes centre stage in this very likable, frequently hilarious, yet still poignant tragi-comedy from director Stephen Frears. Streep plays the titular songbird, a New York socialite and eager patron of the arts whose enthusiasm for a good tune is matched only by her inability to sing one. Not that it stops her from trying. »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Seth Rogen Acknowledges There Were Jokes In ‘Superbad’ That Were “Blatantly Homophobic”

5 May 2016 9:10 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

What’s funny today isn’t always funny tomorrow. For every Marx Brothers movie or “Dr. Strangelove” that has aged effortlessly, there’s Peter Sellers in “The Party” or something similar which, due to changing social mores, now feels tin-eared and offensive in their humor. And with people, at least on social media, more aware of causing offense […]

The post Seth Rogen Acknowledges There Were Jokes In ‘Superbad’ That Were “Blatantly Homophobic” appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Kaufman Astoria Studios, Nyu Partner on Film School Initiative (Exclusive)

4 May 2016 11:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Undergraduate film and television students at New York University will soon be able to shoot their films at Kaufman Astoria Studios.

The deal is part of a partnership between the Tisch School of the Arts and the historic, Queens-based studio. The pact is the product of over a year of talks.

“It gives our students an incredible opportunity to get a feel for what it’s like to shoot on a real soundstage,” said Joe Pichirallo, chair of the Department of Undergraduate Film & Television, at Nyu Tisch. “It’s going to make the whole thing feel that much more professional.”

The initiative will be open to up to 10 students in Tisch’s senior-level advanced production classes. The selected students will have access to sound stages, as well as to lighting equipment. They will have the option of renting costumes and props from the facility. Two Tisch productions could begin shooting »

- Brent Lang

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Saluting geek TV's "Zeppo" episodes

27 April 2016 2:49 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Buffy, Doctor Who, Star Trek and more have all devoted episodes to members of their supporting cast...

Over an extended run, some television shows give off the impression that all life in their universe revolves around a small number of characters, but if they run long enough, writers and producers will invariably have to look elsewhere every once in a whle. Maybe on another day to every other episode, when the forces of evil rally and all seems lost, the good guys are... otherwise occupied, leaving someone else to pick up the slack.

As a dramatic convention in pop culture, foregrounding minor characters dates at least as far back as Tom Stoppard's 1966 play Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, which takes place “in the wings” of Shakespeare's Hamlet as the two minor characters have little comprehension of the tragic events going on concurrently. But over the years, geek »

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Staring Down The 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival

24 April 2016 10:22 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

I live in Los Angeles, and my residency here means that a lot of great film programming-- revival screenings, advance looks at upcoming releases and vital, fascinating glimpses at unheralded, unexpected cinema from around the world—is available to me on a week-by-week basis. But I’ve never been to Cannes. Toronto, Tribeca, New York, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, SXSW, these festivals are all events that I have yet to be lucky enough to attend, and I can reasonably expect that it’s probably going to stay that way for the foreseeable future. I never attended a film festival of any kind until I made my way to the outskirts of the Mojave Desert for the  Lone Pine Film Festival in 2006, which was its own kind of grand adventure, even if it wasn’t exactly one for bumping shoulders with critics, stars and fanatics on the French Riviera.

But since 2010 there »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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The Top 25 Funniest Actors of All Time

16 April 2016 7:33 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 Who are the funniest, wackiest, cleverest, wittiest comic actors in the history of film and television? Take a look at our list and see who we came up with.

 

The top 25 laugh-getters…

 

 #25…George Carlin: Probably the best stand-up comedian of all-time. He brilliantly satirized American culture, mixing his liberal social commentary with an often unapologetically coarse and dirty style of language. His penchant for obscenities was most evident in his trademark routine “Seven words you can never say on television”. No one was better at mocking the excesses of American culture than Carlin.

 #24…Robin Williams: He had a manic energy and great improvisational skills. His hyper, free-form style inspired many comedians to follow, such as Jim Carrey. He shot to fame in the TV series Mork & Mindy, before breaking away to very successful movie career, appearing in films like Good Morning Vietnam, The World According to Garp, Mrs. Doubtfire and Popeye. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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The Forgotten: Hobart Henley's "The Big Pond" (1930)

14 April 2016 6:47 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

I find it impossible to believe anyone called Hobart Henley could ever be a great film director, but on the other hand, I also find it impossible to dislike a film director called Hobart Henley. It's too much fun reading his name in a credits sequence.Henley had been an actor, which seems to account for his preposterous, alliterative name, except it seems that really was his name, not a stage contrivance. He directed numerous silent films from the teens on, all of them obscure, but his late-career outpouring of a few cute pre-Codes is better remembered. Night World (1932) is enjoyable, and Roadhouse Nights (1930) is remarkable for being the only official adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest (unofficial source material for Yojimbo, A Fistful of Dollars, Last Man Standing...), only you wouldn't know it because it reached the screen as a Jimmy Durante musical. The only thing it has »

- David Cairns

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Marguerite movie review: is ignorance bliss?

31 March 2016 3:17 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A bravura dramedy that beautifully balances tragedy and comedy and asks a tricky question: Is it better to be cynical about art, or happily undiscriminating? I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Very loosely inspired by the dubious art of American amateur opera signer Florence Foster Jenkins — soon to be the subject of a Stephen Frears biopic starring Meryl StreepMarguerite is a marvel, a bravura dramedy that beautifully balances tragedy and comedy to the point where you can’t be sure which is which.

In Paris, 1920, socialite Marguerite Dumont (Catherine Frot, who won the César, the French Oscar, for her performance) does not see the sarcasm in a review by newspaper music critic Lucien Beaumont (Sylvain Dieuaide) of her screeching operatic performance at a private charity event. An ardent music lover and profoundly passionate collector of theatrical costumes, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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