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Every time Amy Schumer comes out with a new sketch, it's impossible not to think about how necessary it is that a female standup comic has the platform on Comedy Central to be as irreverent, truthful, and damning as she wants. It wasn't so long ago that females in sketch comedy were reduced to one-note roles. (Check out "Laugh-In" sometime and note how many times the point of a bit is "Oh, Goldie. Such a space cadet.") We picked ten examples of feminism in sketch comedy dating all the way back to the heyday of Carol Burnett. Comb the hair on your Asian-American doll and enjoy. 1. Carol Burnett is "movie star crazy" One of the enduring treats of "The Carol Burnett Show" is the feminist undertones in many of her sketches. The fact that she's so outlandish and having so much fun is a triumph in itself, but in this sketch, »
- Louis Virtel
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
- D. Zhea
This week's season premiere of "Inside Amy Schumer" featured a brilliant sketch skewering Hollywood's unrealistic expectations of aging actresses, and star Amy Schumer was able to snag a dream-team trio of women to star in the bit: Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Patricia Arquette.
The sketch features a wide-eyed Schumer stumbling upon the threesome having a decadent picnic in a park, celebrating Louis-Dreyfus's "Last F--ckable Day." That distinction, they explain, means that Louis-Dreyfus has now reached an age where, by Hollywood standards, she's no longer believable as a sexually-desirable woman.
It's both depressing and hilarious in equal measure, since the film industry's stigma against women of a certain age has long been lamented, and Fey, Louis-Dreyfus, and Arquette infuse the bit with such biting wit. Fey explains that the phenomenon can be traced to someone like Sally Field, who once played Tom Hanks's love interest and then wound up »
- Katie Roberts
In three Mexican cities along the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo, the Riviera Maya Film Festival launches its annual program of free screenings for the public. Most theaters in the region screen commercial films, but Rmff believes that people deserve to see other kinds of movies, and so the festival brings films from many of the heavy hitters: Cannes, Toronto, Berlin and Venice among them. Riviera Maya has managed to attract some starry talent, too. And why not? It's in a temperate environment, away from the flash bulbs of Hollywood. Last year the red carpet rolled out for Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and in the past the festival has recruited Ethan Hawke, Clive Owen, Susan Sarandon, Patricia Arquette, Stephen Dorff, Vanessa Hudgens and Christian Slater. The festival also has its own Lab, which bolsters emerging independent film projects and invites "work-in-progress" screenings, giving filmmakers a chance »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Times have changed. And so has crime. “The bank robbery of yesterday was going into a bank, breaking in, taking a lot of money,” says Anthony E. Zuiker, one of the creators, writers and executive producers of the various incarnations of CBS’s CSI crime shows. According to Zuiker, the bank robbery of tomorrow will be a cyber crime – one that involves “taking three cents out of your account” – and millions of others. The growing danger of cyber crime is the inspiration behind CSI: Cyber. The rookie drama series casts Patricia Arquette as Special Agent Avery Ryan, the head … Continue reading →
The post Five high-tech lessons to be learned from CSI Cyber appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Eric Kohanik
When Amy Schumer stumbles upon holy muses Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Patricia Arquette enjoying a decadent picnic, what does she learn from them? That every woman's sexuality has an expiration date, and today is Julia's. This "Inside Amy Schumer" sketch is an incredible, hilarious thrill. Watch as the actresses discuss how men in Hollywood try to decide when women stop being "f*ckable." There's a Viking funeral for Jld's sexuality and everything. Does sketch comedy get any better than this? I screamed at the incredible Sally Field reference. (Nsfw, language.) Inside Amy Schumer Get More: Comedy Central,Funny Videos,Funny TV Shows »
- Louis Virtel
Inside Amy Schumer returned for a third season last night, and in addition to its smart send-up of Friday Night Lights and rape culture, there is a sketch in which Schumer randomly stumbles upon a picnic attended by the holy trinity of Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Patricia Arquette (as one does). As it turns out, once she joins them, she finds out that they're there to celebrate Julia's "Last Fuckable Day" — or, as they each brilliantly explain to Schumer, that dreaded day when every older actress is told her "vagina is going to turn into a hermit crab." In true bad-bitch behavior, they send Julia's fuckability (and all of Hollywood's antiquated sexism) off with a Viking funeral. At the Tribeca Film Festival, the show's co-creator Dan Powell said this sketch was three years in the making, and boy, was it worth the wait. »
- Dee Lockett
Amy Schumer is pulling out all the stops for Inside Amy Schumer's third season. Tuesday's premiere episode, titled "Last F--kable Day," featured guest appearances from Jemima Kirke, Method Man, Amber Rose and Amber Tamblyn in "Milk Milk Lemonade", plus Josh Charles in "Football Town Nights." The highlight, however, came when Patricia Arquette, Tina Fey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus helped Schumer raise awareness about sexism in the titular sketch. The scene opened with Schumer going for a hike and stumbling upon the trio dining in a meadow. "Hi, are you lost?" Fey asked Schumer, who called the three actresses her "heroes." Dreyfus then told the comic, "You look familiar. »
IFC president Jonathan Sehring to discuss the importance of creative risks at Screen International event.Click here for Creative Week tickets
The Us exec was a producer on Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which was filmed over more than a decade and picked up the BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Film earlier this year as well as an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette.
Sehring will discuss the necessity of bravery and risky ideas to create truly innovative content. In a film and television landscape where formats and formulas prevail, the exec will explore how he managed and mitigated the creative and financial risks to reap the rewards earned from backing Boyhood’s 12-year journey to the big screen.
Screen International Editor Matt Mueller will moderate the session »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Gender parity in the workplace took center stage at the Oscars in March, fueled by Patricia Arquette’s impassioned speech during the broadcast, but for the women at cabler Nickelodeon, that issue has been in place since the channel’s launch.
In 1980, Geraldine Laybourne became its first female president, fostering a female-friendly work culture while pioneering a slate of such innovative kids’ programming as “Rugrats” and “You Can’t Do That on Television!” It was under Laybourne’s leadership that the then-fledgling Nickelodeon became a top-rated, Emmy- and Peabody-decorated network.
“One of the great things about the number of women in our organization — and we account for more than 50% — is that we actually have never had to say ‘hear us roar’ because we were all there already,” says Cyma Zarghami, president of the Viacom Kids and Family Group. “For the most part our experience has always been very female friendly »
- Malina Saval
Read More: Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmakers #24: Nick Sandow Tries to Mess with the Gangster Genre in 'The Wannabe' With the backing of Martin Scorsese as executive producer, and a cast of heavyweights including Oscar winner Patricia Arquette, anticipation is building after the Tribeca premiere of "The Wannabe." From director Nick Sandow (who plays Caputo in "Orange Is the New Black"), "The Wannabe" is a crime drama centered on the 1992 John Gotti trial. In this depiction, a young man (Vincent Piazza) obsessed with mob culture tries — and fails — to fix the jury. He subsequently gets involved in a mafia plot bigger and wilder than he could ever imagine. The film co-stars Emmy winner Michael Imperioli ("The Sopranos"). Indiewire's own Nigel Smith moderated a discussion between Piazza, Imperioli and director Sandow, who were in town for the film's premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Read on for five highlights from the roundtable. »
- David Canfield
Season three of Inside Amy Schumer airs tomorrow, and, at Sunday night’s Tribeca panel, Schumer and her creative team gave a taste of what’s to come for her Comedy Central show. From Amber Rose rapping about farts that break glasses to a shot-for-shot re-creation of a 12 Angry Men parody where Schumer is on trial for whether or not she’s pretty enough for TV, this season is brimming with beefy guest stars and even beefier content. “We went nuts this season and broke any rules that were set up,” Schumer said.“Last Fuckable Day” with Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Julia Louis-Dreyfus The team had been trying to make this sketch for three years, but a lot of actresses said no. “We were thinking of a Diane Keaton or a Mia Farrow,” said co-creator and executive producer Dan Powell. “Can’t imagine why those two wouldn’t want to work together, »
- Valentina I. Valentini
Inside Amy Schumer is the kind of show that really needs a chance to grow, and needs to give its star the ability to develop beyond her own initial premise. That fact was already clear once we were about halfway through the second season, and it’s crystal clear as we move through the first episodes of the third.
Amy Schumer is hilarious, but she’s never better than when you can tell that she’s completely comfortable… or, completely uncomfortable. Both demand that a concept has not only matured, but that the situation that is the show in general has laid its own foundation. Sure, the show was funny from the beginning, but we’re at a different level now.
Nothing is safe from Schumer’s gaze, and she has an amazing group of guests who take part in the fun. As usual, where the show distances itself from »
- Marc Eastman
David Arquette and Christina McLarty released their first official wedding photo on Tuesday! The couple, who said "I do" on Sunday in La, stared lovingly into each other's eyes for the gorgeous black-and-white snap. David opted for a plaid suit and bow tie, while Christina wore a flattering sleeveless gown. Patricia Arquette, Stephen Dorff, Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman), and David's children, Coco and Charlie, were among the intimate group of close friends and family to witness the event, which took place at the Italian restaurant Cicada. It's been a little under a year since news about the couple's engagement emerged in July, just after David's ex Courteney Cox got engaged to Johnny McDaid. Keep reading to see pictures from David and Christina's big day, and then find more inspiration in the ultimate celebrity wedding gallery. »
The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival begins Wednesday with the premiere of the Saturday Night Live documentary, Live From New York!, followed by an opening night performance by Ludacris. It's a night that kicks off twelve straight days of panels with Brad Bird, George Lucas, Cary Fukanaga and Ava DuVernay; music from Mary J. Blige and Tony Bennett; reunion screenings with the casts of Goodfellas, Good Will Hunting and Monty Python and the Holy Grail; and world premieres from narratives starring Adrien Brody, Patricia Arquette, Michael Fassbender and Oscar Isaac, and docs spotlighting Kurt Cobain, Misty Copeland and Roseanne Barr. Additionally, the
- THR Staff
This year at the Tribeca Film Festival, Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" will be celebrating its 25th anniversary, with a screening and Q&A moderated by Jon Stewart. But it won't be the only mafia tale hitting screens at the fest. "The Wannabe" tells its own story about a young man who always wanted to be a gangster.... Written and directed by Nick Sandow and starring "Boardwalk Empire" actor Vincent Piazza (who also produces) and Oscar winner Patricia Arquette, the 1990s-set story follows the Gotti-obsessed Thomas who falls in love with Rose who embark on a crime spree robbing the mob elite in New York City. And as you'll see in this clip, getting their schemes off the ground isn't always the easiest thing. "The Wannabe" will have its first screening at Tribeca on Friday, April 17th. Watch below. »
- Edward Davis
Read More: Meet the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Filmmakers Gotti-obsessed and hopelessly in love, Thomas (Vincent Piazza) and Rose (Patricia Arquette) are looking to fit in to a neighborhood where mob-ties equal social currency. Amidst events surrounding the 1992 trial of John Gotti, Thomas and Rose attempt to make their mark. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese. [Synopsis Courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival] The "Orange is the New Black" actor talks about directing his second feature film, "The Wannabe." Read More: 'Goodfellas' 25th Anniversary Reunion to Close 2015 Tribeca Film Festival What's your film about in 140 characters or less? Based on true events. There was only one story for Thomas Greco in New York City in 1992. As John Gotti stood trial and center stage, no story was more fascinating, more high stakes or more out of reach for Thomas, a mob wannabe from a neighborhood where ties to Gotti were the ultimate social currency. As Thomas searches »
- Jena Keahon
We love a good horror here at Thn and were rather impressed with new release Dark Summer. The film stars It Follows actor Keir Gilchrist as Daniel, a teenage boy whose obsession with female classmate Mona. His obsession with her leads to some very dark places, including Mona’s death and being placed under house arrest for the summer. It is then that he realises that he is not alone, someone or something is haunting him, and he has no place to run.
Playing Mona is up-and-coming young actress Grace Phipps. Phipps started her career in the David Tennant starring Fright Night before going onto a regular role in American television show The Nine Lives of Chloe King. This was followed with a recurring stint on the phenomenally successful The Vampire Diaries. Then she landed a role in the newest Disney craze Teen Beach Movie. In-between Teen Beach and it’s sequel, »
- Kat Smith
Cannes – Two big “Ds” – Dramas, Digital – look set to galvanize much Croisette business, as well as multiple conference panels, at next week’s Cannes Mip TV, which catches part of the international TV business in the full flush of evolution, convulsed by ramping consolidation – Mip TV will be the first market for new joint venture Endemol Shine Group, for instance – and the ever-clearer emergence of international drama as a serious alternative to Us fare.
As the number of high-end drama escalates, competition for top-notch show-runners – mostly based out of the U.S. will become all the more bitter.
Last Wednesday, Amazon Studios aconfirmed Diego Luna to play the lead in its untitled Casanova period drama, exec produced by Electus Ent.’s Ben Silverman and Stu Zicherman. Expect further high-end drama announcements – of epics and event dramas – or first-look talent deals at 2015’s Mip TV.
Traditionally, May’ L.A. Screenings, and October’s Mipcom TV mart, »
- John Hopewell
Written and directed by David Cronenberg
While the 1996 adaption of J.G. Ballard’s novel of the same name isn’t entirely Cronenberg’s deformed brainchild, his chilly, detached direction lends itself perfectly to the atmosphere and mood of the film that portrays the streets of Toronto as a sea of machinery and metallic debauchery. This doesn’t, however, undermine the layer of humanism that’s trying to budge above the surface. The film ultimately chronicles characters trying to do something they don’t know how to achieve, and the inherent sadness and contradiction of trying to connect on a humanistic level through the passionless, cut off nature of machinery.
The film never explicitly sates the intentions of the now permanently disfigured members of this machinery obsessed sexual collective, but they more apparent the deeper they get into the rabbit hole of kinky sex and machinery. What feels like »
- James Waters
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