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Trumbo review – when Hollywood saw red

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

Bryan Cranston stars as Dalton Trumbo in a biting drama about the 1940s screenwriter blacklisted for his allegiance to the left

The collision of American entertainment and anti-communism in the 1940s and 50s has inspired a dizzying array of movies, both fictional and factual. Time and again, Hollywood has returned to a subject that offers a heady cocktail of drama, politics and nostalgic showbusiness intrigue; from Irwin Winkler’s Guilty By Suspicion (1991), which cast Robert De Niro as a film-maker torn between losing work and naming names, to George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), which revisited TV journalist Edward R Murrow’s on-air battles with McCarthy, via Frank Darabont’s whimsical The Majestic (2001), in which Jim Carrey’s amnesiac screenwriter winds up restoring a small-town cinema after being hounded out of Tinseltown as an anti-war “red”.

Top of the pile, however, is Martin Ritt’s 1976 gem The Front, »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Examining Hollywood Remakes: The Nutty Professor

31 January 2016 8:47 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Welcome to another look at the highs and lows of Hollywood remakes. This time, we’ve got one of the better ones, as we compare two of the all-time great screen comedians in two of their best roles. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Nutty Professor.

Jerry Lewis and Eddie Murphy are two of the best big-screen comedians in the history of the film industry. Jerry Lewis’ 1963 hit The Nutty Professor is a comedy classic, which Lewis wrote and directed himself. Eddie Murphy is one of the few comedians talented enough to try to recapture that magic and succeed.  Murphy’s remake is so entertaining that it matches the original in overall comedic quality. Which is better? Let’s look at the two versions.

What’s interesting about this comparison is that both versions of The Nutty Professor are the benchmark for the second half of the careers of the respective stars. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Lubitsch Pt.II: The Magical Touch with MacDonald, Garbo Sorely Missing from Today's Cinema

31 January 2016 2:41 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Merry Widow' with Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald and Minna Gombell under the direction of Ernst Lubitsch. Ernst Lubitsch movies: 'The Merry Widow,' 'Ninotchka' (See previous post: “Ernst Lubitsch Best Films: Passé Subtle 'Touch' in Age of Sledgehammer Filmmaking.”) Initially a project for Ramon Novarro – who for quite some time aspired to become an opera singer and who had a pleasant singing voice – The Merry Widow ultimately starred Maurice Chevalier, the hammiest film performer this side of Bob Hope, Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler – the list goes on and on. Generally speaking, “hammy” isn't my idea of effective film acting. For that reason, I usually find Chevalier a major handicap to his movies, especially during the early talkie era; he upsets their dramatic (or comedic) balance much like Jack Nicholson in Martin Scorsese's The Departed or Jerry Lewis in anything (excepting Scorsese's The King of Comedy »

- Andre Soares

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Netflix Show A Series Of Unfortunate Events Gets Its Leads

27 January 2016 10:47 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

A Series Of Unfortunate Events is a book series that's beloved by many. Told as sort of a dark, morbid fairy tale, the story follows three orphans and their hopping from home to home, all the while being chased by their relative Count Olaf, who desperately seeks to steal their family inheritance.

Many of you may remember the film that came out in 2004. The film starred Jim Carrey as the nefarious Count Olaf, and despite its critical success, it didn't make quite enough money to warrant a sequel (the film took in $209 million at the box office on its $140 million budget). Still, the movie and books held a special place in many folks' hearts, and like many formerly-dropped properties in the past, it eventually made its way to Netflix.

Fans were so excited that some even went so far as to put together a fanmade trailer.

In recent weeks, news »

- Joseph Medina

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A Series Of Unfortunate Events Expands Its Cast For Netflix

27 January 2016 3:27 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As it continues to expand its roster of commissioned programming, Netflix is unarguably going from strength to strength. This trend continues with its upcoming show, the Paramount TV-produced A Series Of Unfortunate Events – which is an episodic telling of the popular series of children’s novels, previously produced as a Jim Carrey movie. Now, the series has now cast two more of its key characters, as the project nears production.

The source material comprises 13 children’s novels by the author Daniel Handler – writing under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket. It centres on three siblings – Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire – who are orphaned when their parents perish in a mysterious and tragic fire. The children find themselves in the care of their sinister uncle, Count Olaf, whose primary motivation for welcoming the trio is limited to his pursuit of their considerable inheritance. The dark tale encompasses Olaf’s attempts to swindle the children, »

- Sarah Myles

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10 Great Clips from when Jim Carrey Used to be Funny

26 January 2016 3:00 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Can someone please tell me what happened to Jim Carrey? Oh right, he got older. He’s been in relationships, has kids, etc etc. Think Adam Sandler. Still though, I’m pretty sure the last time I remember seeing Carrey be even remotely funny in a movie was in Bruce Almighty, and maybe Yes Man. And I must say that’s really pushing it because in the grand scheme of things, he wasn’t really funny at all in those flicks compared to his older days. I miss the days of In Living Color and Ace Ventura. And it’s not just shows or movies.

10 Great Clips from when Jim Carrey Used to be Funny »

- Nat Berman

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Quiz: Parody Films

25 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The Wayans Brothers have always been one of the most distinctive voices in comedy, especially when it comes to parodies. Their television show “In Living Colour” launched careers for talents including Jim Carrey andJennifer Lopez, and they have a rather successful track record when it comes to film.

Marlon Wayans, who is responsible for The Scary Movie franchise among other notable films and performances (like White Chicks and The Heat), is back with his latest spoof. This time he’s taking on the global phenomenon that was Fifty Shades of Grey, and putting his own spin on it. On Friday we will get to behold Fifty Shades of Black, in all of its hilarious glory.

In honour of this new spoof, we’re taking a look back at some of the best cinematic parodies. Test your knowledge on comedy classics like Austin Powers, Airplane!, and Wet Hot American Summer.

Take the quiz below! »

- Adriana Floridia

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I Really Miss The Days When Jim Carrey Was Funny: Watch This Exit from Letterman

23 January 2016 12:00 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

For those of you in the right generation (and we’re not talking Mr. Popper’s Penguins generation) remember how unbelievably funny Jim Carrey used to be? From his days at In Living Color to his triumphant beginning of Ace Ventura, to comedy classic Dumb and Dumber, there’s a reason this guy used to make $20 million a movie. And it’s not from him playing serious roles like on The Truman Show or even the heroin addict in The Deal Pool. It’s because Carrey was an original. He utilized a brand of comedy no one had ever seen before. It was the

I Really Miss The Days When Jim Carrey Was Funny: Watch This Exit from Letterman »

- Nat Berman

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The Most Successful Ya Novel Movie Adaptations, Ranked

22 January 2016 11:20 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Even if you're not a big reader of young adult fiction, you may have seen the advertisements for the new Chloë Grace Moretz movie The 5th Wave and suspected that it looks like the kind of movie that was adapted from a Ya franchise. All the elements are there: a post-apocalyptic dystopia, a winsome female protagonist who stands up to become the world's champion, an imperiled younger sibling and the winning combination of light science fiction and teenaged angst. The 5th Wave is the first in a trilogy of books by Rick Yancey about a group of underage rebels fighting off an alien invasion. »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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The Most Successful Ya Novel Movie Adaptations, Ranked

22 January 2016 11:20 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Even if you're not a big reader of young adult fiction, you may have seen the advertisements for the new Chloë Grace Moretz movie The 5th Wave and suspected that it looks like the kind of movie that was adapted from a Ya franchise. All the elements are there: a post-apocalyptic dystopia, a winsome female protagonist who stands up to become the world's champion, an imperiled younger sibling and the winning combination of light science fiction and teenaged angst. The 5th Wave is the first in a trilogy of books by Rick Yancey about a group of underage rebels fighting off an alien invasion. »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Dumb and Dumber Recut As a Drama Reveals the Poignant Friendship of Two Lonely Men Who Just Happen to Have Terrible Haircuts

22 January 2016 7:32 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Could there be any funnier movie than a serious drama in which the only comedic element is every character having terrible hair? Not in a David O. Russell "explosion at the wig factory" way, but intentionally? Mashable's artful dramatic recut of Dumb and Dumber certainly makes the case for the idea. Their new trailer turns the Farrelly Brothers' film' into the tale of one man's heartfelt journey to find love in a lonely world, but oh, you can't recut Jim Carrey's baby bangs! Astronauts on the International Space Station could identify Dumb and Dumber as a comedy based on that bang length alone. »

- Halle Kiefer

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The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century (So Far) - Part 3: #50-26

20 January 2016 5:11 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our countdown of the 100 best films of the 21st century continues. This is Part 3 #50 through 26.

Click here for Part 1 (#100 - 76)!

Click here for Part 2 (#75-51)!

The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn’t stopped films from breaking box office records, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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A Series Of Unfortunate Events: Neil Patrick Harris for Count Olaf?

18 January 2016 1:18 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Count Olaf could be played by Neil Patrick Harris in Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of A Series Of Unfortunate Events

Netflix’s adaptation of A Series Of Unfortunate Events has quite possibly found its Count Olaf. How I Met Your Mother, Gone Girl and 2015 Oscars star Neil Patrick Harris is reportedly in talks to portray the immoral adoptive father – presumably in a variety of disguises – in the upcoming series.

If he takes the part, he’ll be stepping into the shoes of Jim Carrey, who did a fine job portraying Lemony Snicket’s orphan-harassing creation in the 2004 movie version. It’s worth mentioning that Harris has comedic villainous form of his own, having starred in Joss Whedon’s web series Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

This casting rumour has originated from The Hollywood Reporter, who have certainly hit the nail right on the head with their speculation »

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Neil Patrick Harris Is Count Olaf in Netflix's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'

16 January 2016 2:07 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When it comes to getting a new TV show off the ground, any production has its ups and downs, and sometimes they come at the same time. Mark Hudis, known for his work on HBO's hit vampire series True Blood, has just exited as Showrunner on the highly anticipated TV series adaptation of Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events. Coming to Netflix later this year, the bad news was met with good when Neil Patrick Harris was announced as the show's evil lead Count Olaf.

Count Olaf will be Neil Patrick Harris's first major TV role since leaving How I Met Your Mother in 2014, where he played bad boy Barney. His new character, originated by Jim Carrey in the 2004 big screen adaptation Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, will be quite the departure. At this time, no replacement has been named for Mark Hudis. Netflix is refusing to comment on either matter. »

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Neil Patrick Harris to play Count Olaf in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

16 January 2016 9:28 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Netflix has found its Count Olaf for A Series of Unfortunate Events, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) is set to follow in the footsteps of Jim Carrey in the upcoming TV series.

The series is set to be directed by Brad Silberling, who also helmed the 2004 movie, while Daniel Handler – author of the book series under the pen name of Lemony Snicket – will serve as executive producer.

A series of Unfortunate Events follows three orphans – Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire – who find themselves in the clutches of their villainous uncle Count Olaf, who has designs on their family fortune. The series consists of 13 novels, and have sold over 60 million copies.

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- Gary Collinson

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Neil Patrick Harris Is in Talks to Play Count Olaf in Netflix’s Series of Unfortunate — Wait for It — Events

16 January 2016 7:02 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Neil Patrick Harris — actor, magician, probably not evil — might just play Count Olaf, the actor, con artist, and villain in Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Lemony Sniket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Harris is in talks to follow in the exaggerated footsteps of Jim Carrey and play the man who adopts and torments Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire after their parents die in a fire. The news comes as the series has also lost its showrunner, Mark Hudis, and is on the hunt for new one, who surely won’t disappear under mysterious circumstances. The adaptation of the 13-book series is set for a 13-episode order, each of which will hopefully teach viewers fun new vocabulary words, such as “ersatz,” “austere,” and “sizable TV contract.” »

- Jackson McHenry

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Neil Patrick Harris In Netflix's "Lemony Snicket"

16 January 2016 5:33 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Neil Patrick Harris is in negotiations to join the cast of Netflix's series adaptation of the best-selling children's book "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" at Paramount Television.

The story follows orphaned children Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire who finds themselves in the villainous clutches of an evil uncle named Count Olaf who has designs on their family fortune. Harris would play Olaf whom was played by Jim Carrey in the Brad Silberling-directed 2004 film.

At the same time, Mark Hudis ("True Blood") is exiting his role as showrunner on the straight-to-series adapatation, and a replacement has yet to be named.

A thirteen episode order has already been handed out but there's no premiere date as yet. Daniel Handler will executive produce.

Source: The Live Feed »

- Garth Franklin

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TV News Roundup: Neil Patrick Harris in Talks to Star in Netflix’s Lemony Snicket Series & More

15 January 2016 5:35 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Neil Patrick Harris has a big new gig, “Code Black” has a new cast member, “Live with Kelly and Michael” score in ratings, and Disney Channel has a new series premiering, in today’s TV news roundup . . .

Casting News:

Neil Patrick Harris is reportedly in talks to star in Netflix’s adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

The “How I Met Your Mother” alum would play the evil uncle Count Olaf. The Lemony Snicket tale follows three orphans, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, who face trials and tribulations at the hands of the Count Olaf, as they seek to discover the secret of their parents’ death. In the 2004 Paramount film, which starred Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey played the role of the uncle, which would be played by Harris.

In other Lemony Snicket news, The Hollywood Reporter also reports that showrunner Mark Hudis has exited the straight-to-series drama, »

- Jacob Bryant

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Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Casts Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf

15 January 2016 4:45 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Neil Patrick Harris is the new Jim Carrey, at least as far as Netflix is concerned. Harris has just been cast in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events as the villainous Count Olaf, the role played by Carrey in the not-very-beloved 2004 film. However — as befits a show called A Series of Unfortunate Events — the update comes with […]

The post Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Casts Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Life’s A Happy Song: 10 uplifting moments in film to cheer you up on Blue Monday

15 January 2016 8:30 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Monday, January 18th, has unfortunately been bestowed the most depressing day of the year, now referred to as “Blue Monday.” It’s true that January isn’t usually the happiest time—Christmas has passed, it’s cold and gross outside, and the fun, care-free moments of the holidays are over. In case you're succumbing to those winter blues, however, we have the perfect pick-me-up. 

 

On Blue Monday, you can redeem only 500 Scene points to see any film currently in theatres! That's already one step to making our day better. The next is to check out the below 10 moments in film, where a smile is guaranteed, and if you're lucky, maybe even a laugh or two. You also may find yourself jumping into a song and dance. Take that, Blue Monday!

Here are 10 of our favourite uplifting moments in film, spoilers and all:

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986); Directed by John Hughes »

- Adriana Floridia

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