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Exclusive: Steve Martin Talks About His New Album and How He Tells Stories in Song

20 September 2017 4:16 PM, PDT | | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Exclusive: Steve Martin Talks About His New Album and How He Tells Stories in Song »

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5 Fun Facts About It's Breakout Star, Sophia Lillis

20 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Sophia Lillis has garnered fame thanks to her breakout role in It, and she's just getting started. The rising star, who plays Beverly Marsh in the horror film, has already signed on for a couple of other projects, including one with Amy Adams. Keep reading to get to know the breakout star before she blows up. RelatedThe 6 Most Glaring Differences Between the It Remake and the Novel She's 15 years old. Sophia was born on Feb. 12, 2002, in Brooklyn, NY. She studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Manhattan and her career began after one of her teachers recommended her to a friend who was shooting a thesis film. Her favorite actors are Bill Murray and Steve Martin. "I'm still really into Bill Murray," she told Issue magazine in September. "Steve Martin, I definitely love the comedians." She's drawn to darker films. "Every single role that I've had I have, »

- Monica Sisavat

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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Brain That Wouldn’T Die (1962)

16 September 2017 11:17 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Filmed in 1959 but not released until Aip picked it up in ’62, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die is a weird little treasure that deserved to be saved from the wreckage. It surpasses all yardsticks of measurement such as taste or talent, and instead floats to the surface on sheer strangeness and a stringent commitment to sleaze. Man cannot live on refinement alone.

Released in May after Aip purchased it and thrown to the wolves on a double feature with Invasion of the Star Creatures, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (Aka The Head That Wouldn’t Die) came and went like the patrons at a Dusk to Dawn bill by the local drive-in. Mass production on the public domain line ensured faded memories and dimmed shocks until Mystery Science Theater 3000 gave it new life. Regardless of how you’ve come to it, Brain still retains the title of best »

- Scott Drebit

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Disney Swaps Release Dates for 'Star Wars: Episode IX' and 'Aladdin'

12 September 2017 12:50 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Disney made a slew of changes to its upcoming calendar on Tuesday, including pushing back the release of Star Wars: Episode IX by seven months following the announcement that J.J. Abrams is taking over directing duties.

Episode IX will now open in theaters Dec. 20, 2019, instead of May 24, 2019. The tentpole is swapping places with another high-profile title, the live-action adaptation of Aladdin, which had previously occupied the Dec. 20 date.

The studio also pulled the upcoming family comedy Magic Camp from the calendar. Directed by Mark Waters and from a story by Steve Martin, Magic Camp »

- Pamela McClintock

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The Bottom Shelf: Return Of The Living Dead 3, The Evil Within and The Jerk, Too

12 September 2017 9:46 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Nick Aldwinckle Sep 14, 2017

Our round up of horror and genre DVDs and Blu-rays returns, with some solid titles, and The Jerk sequel...

So, whilst Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump are comparing the size of their nuclear weapons and super-storms are battering the world’s coastlines, the head of Nato is describing the present moment as the “most dangerous in a generation”. With any luck, the inevitable apocalypse may bring with it some fun real-life zombie larks to bring some light to the fast-approaching nuclear winter: what more prescient documentary-drama could there be, therefore, than Re-Animator cult hero Brian Yuzna’s Return Of The Living Dead 3?

Resurrected this month on Blu-ray as part of the gloriously tacky Vestron Video Collection, the second sequel to Dan O'Bannon’s classic eighties comedy horror adopts more of an angsty nineties tone as the monster-making Trioxin chemical returns to cause havoc all over again, »

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Gina Rodriguez Producing Two Immigration-Themed Series for CBS TV Studios

7 September 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Gina Rodriguez in “Jane the Virgin

Looks like Gina Rodriguez is a multi-tasker on par with Jane Villanueva herself. Per Deadline, “Jane the Virgin” star Rodriguez is producing several projects for CBS TV Studios via her I Can & I Will shingle as part of her multi-year overall deal with the studio. Two of those projects, “Illegal” and “Have Mercy,” center on characters who happen to be immigrants, something that feels especially relevant considering the demagogue’s recent shameful decision to end Daca.

Illegal” is a CW dramedy about a teenage boy who finds out he is an undocumented immigrant. From “Jane the Virgin” writer Rafael Agustin, “Illegal” is inspired his life. Protagonist Rafael “is a charming but bumbling high school student just trying to survive puberty,” Deadline writes. “But when this all-American teenager discovers that he is not American at all, his perfect Honor Roll world is turned upside down.”

Based on the German series “Dr. Illegal,” CBS drama “Have Mercy” follows a Latina physician who immigrates to Miami but discovers she cannot practice medicine in the U.S. However, this doesn’t stop her from helping people — she “risks everything when she opens a makeshift clinic in her apartment to serve the community.” The project will be written and exec produced by Dailyn Rodriguez (“Queen Of the South”).

Other slated projects from I Can & I Will include adaptations of the 1991 Steve Martin rom-com “La Story” and the Richard Fifield novel “Flood Girls.” Rodriguez will team up with Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films on the former, and with Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films and “Jane the Virgin” writer-producer Corinne Brinkerhoff on the latter.

In addition to the new season of “Jane,” romantic comedy “Sharon 1.2.3.,” sci-fi thriller “Annihilation,” and animated movies “Ferdinand,” and “The Star” are what’s next for Rodriguez. She has also signed on to voice the titular character in the new “Carmen Sandiego” series for Netflix.

Season 4 of “Jane the Virgin” premieres October 13, 2017.

Gina Rodriguez Producing Two Immigration-Themed Series for CBS TV Studios was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Oscars: Charles Burnett, Owen Roizman, Donald Sutherland, Agnes Varda Set for Academy’s Governors Awards

6 September 2017 1:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Writer-director Charles Burnett, cinematographer Owen Roizman, actor Donald Sutherland, and director Agnes Varda will receive honorary Oscars this year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday. The prizes will be presented at the annual Governors Awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11.

The Academy’s Board of Governors made the decision at the group’s monthly meeting Tuesday night. It was the first meeting cinematographer John Bailey has overseen as AMPAS president since winning the position last month.

“This year’s Governors Awards reflect the breadth of international, independent and mainstream filmmaking, and are tributes to four great artists whose work embodies the diversity of our shared humanity,” Bailey said.

Burnett is an independent filmmaker whose work has been praised for its portrayal of the African-American experience. He wrote, directed, produced, photographed and edited his first feature film, “Killer of Sheep,” in 1977.

Roizman has been Oscar-nominated five times, for »

- Kristopher Tapley

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SNL Posts Hundreds of Classic Skits on Their Youtube Channel

6 September 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

If you’re a huge SNL fan, like me, then you’ll be happy to hear that they have posted hundreds of their classic skits on Their YouTube channel. Until now, you could only see their amazing stuff from yesteryear on Hulu but not anymore. It’s all there, including their shows from the 70s, like: “Two Wild & Crazy Guys: Computer Dates” The numerous Twcg skits on SNL starred the amazingly funny Steve Martin and Dan Ackroyd as those crazy Czech boys, the Festrunk Brothers. Dan played Yortuk and Steve played Georg. In this hilarious skit, the two are expressing their disappointment

SNL Posts Hundreds of Classic Skits on Their Youtube Channel »

- Gale Robinson

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Venice Film Review: ‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond — featuring a very special, contractually obligated mention of Tony Clifton’

6 September 2017 1:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When it was announced in the late ’90s that Jim Carrey had been chosen to play Andy Kaufman in a major Hollywood biopic, my gut reaction was skepticism. Carrey, then at the height of his star power, was a brilliant comedian who had more than proved his acting chops (in “The Truman Show”), yet both temperamentally and ethnically he seemed wrong for the part: Kaufman was a doughy nerdy Jewish space cadet, Carrey a hypomanic string-bean Wasp. I knew that Carrey had the talent to “impersonate” anyone, but could he really merge with Kaufman’s antic yet morose there-but-not-quite-there quality?

When I saw the film, I became one of its greatest champions (it wound up being my movie of the year for 1999), and Carrey’s extraordinary performance vaulted over all my doubts. In “Man on the Moon,” he nailed every nuance of Andy Kaufman’s spirit, and he used his own mercurial quality as a comic to »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Rita Wilson And Tom Hanks Return To Host Simply Shakespeare

5 September 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks host The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (Scla) 27th Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit Monday, September 18, 2017 at 8:00pm at the Freud Playhouse, on the UCLA Campus.

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks host Forbidden Shakespeare

The hilarious Forbidden Shakespeare – The Tempest offers an evening of improvised Shakespeare and song featuring Charles Lester playing a theremin and an intergalactic star-studded cast including Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, William Shatner, Kyle Maclachlan, Michael Chiklis, David Cross improvising their way through a condensed version of The Tempest. Additional participants will be announced shortly.

The evening is sponsored by the Entertainment Industry Foundation and includes a pre-show wine reception kindly provided by the Gallo Family of Wines, followed by a post performance reception with the cast. All proceeds from the event support the Scla and its arts-based employment programs for chronically unemployed veterans and urban youth, that blend White House award-winning »

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Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ Casts Lauren Hutton, Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps

30 August 2017 11:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

STXfilms has rounded out the cast of Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty.”

Game of Thrones” alum Tom Hopper, “Saturday Night Live” cast members Aidy Bryant and Sasheer Zamata, Lauren Hutton, Adrian Martinez, Busy Philipps, and Dave Attell have signed on to the film. They join Michelle Williams, Rafe Spall, and Emily Ratajkowski.

STXfilms has set a June 29 release date for the comedy, which marks the directorial debuts of Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein.

The movie is scheduled to shoot in Boston. Schumer is portraying a woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis, but awakens from a fall, believing she’s suddenly the most beautiful and capable person on the planet.

Wonderland Sound and Vision’s McG and Mary Viola will produce with Voltage PicturesAlissa Phillips, Dominic Rustam, and Nicolas Chartier. Schumer will also produce. Kevin Kane, a frequent collaborator of Schumer’s, will co-produce. »

- Dave McNary

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‘Downsizing’ Review: Matt Damon Is the Incredible Shrinking Everyman

30 August 2017 3:23 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“Let’s get small” is more than just an old Steve Martin joke in “Downsizing,” the new Alexander Payne comedy that explores a world in which scientists have figured out a way to shrink human beings to a fraction of their former size. A miniaturized populace might save the earth from extinction, but if we’ve learned anything from science fiction, it’s that whatever journey humanity takes, it has a way of bringing both its best and worst aspects along for the ride. Also Read: Matt Damon Prepares for 'Downsizing' in Teaser for Alexander Payne's Latest »

- Alonso Duralde

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August 29th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Slayer, Amsterdamned, The Man With Two Brains

28 August 2017 4:55 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

August’s home entertainment releases are going out in a blaze of glory, as we have a bunch of great titles coming our way on August 29th, including a handful of cult classics such as The Man with Two Brains, The Manster, Amsterdamned, Vicious Lips, and a two-disc special edition set for The Slayer from Arrow Video.

As far as recent horror titles go, be sure to keep an eye out for Demon, Inconceivable, Timebomb, The Hollow One, The Evil in Us, and Safe Inside. Warner Bros. put together a quad pack Blu-ray set featuring four Stephen King classics (It, Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Cat’s Eye) undoubtedly to get everyone ready for Pennywise next month, and Paramount is keeping busy with several Blu-ray re-releases, including Clue, The Addams Family, and Galaxy Quest.

Amsterdamned (Blue Underground, Blu/DVD Combo)

The Danger Lies Just Below the SurfaceDown »

- Heather Wixson

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Alex Sharp Joins Rebel Wilson in 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' Remake

24 August 2017 12:36 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MGM's gender-swapped Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake has found its male lead.

Alex Sharp will join Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway in the reboot, titled Nasty Women. He will play a tech billionaire in his early 20s who becomes the center of a wager between two experienced con women. The late Glenne Headly played the unwitting role opposite Michael Caine and Steve Martin in the original.

Veep director Chris Addison will direct from a script by Jac Schaeffer. Wilson will produce the project along with Roger Birnbaum, who will produce under his Pin High Productions banner.

Sharp, who won a Tony for his work »

- Mia Galuppo

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Enjoy the Simple Pleasures of Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, and ‘My Blue Heaven’ on Blu-ray

22 August 2017 9:26 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

By Rob Hunter

Plus 9 More New Releases to Watch This Week on Blu-ray/DVD!

The article Enjoy the Simple Pleasures of Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, and ‘My Blue Heaven’ on Blu-ray appeared first on Film School Rejects. »

- Rob Hunter

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The Man with Two Brains

19 August 2017 11:50 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Steve Martin brings down the house with this adoring, hilarious pastiche of mad doctor and disembodied brain motifs — surely the epitome of cultured comedy. Under Carl Reiner’s direction Martin is marvelous, and he’s aided and abetted by the daring sexpot-turned comedienne Kathleen Turner — who has a better handle on outrageous sexy comedy than they do. It’s class-act nonsense and inspired silliness. Where else can a crazed surgeon proclaim his special screw-top skull surgery method, and utter the immortal words, “Scum queen?!”

The Man with Two Brains


Warner Archive Collection

1983 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 90 93 min. / Street Date August 29, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, David Warner, Paul Benedict, Richard Brestoff, James Cromwell, George Furth, Peter Hobbs, Jeffrey Combs.

Cinematography: Michael Chapman

Film Editor: Bud Molin

Production Design: Polly Platt

Original Music: Joel Goldsmith

Written by Carl Reiner, George Gipe, Steve Martin

Produced by William E. McEuen, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Steve Martin Debuts New Music Video ‘Caroline’ With Bill Hader, Cecily Strong

14 August 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Steve Martin has debuted his latest music video, “Caroline”, in collaboration with the North Carolina bluegrass band, Steep Canyon Rangers. The new video, which showcases the lead single off the actor/musician’s “The Long-Awaited Album” — out Sept. 22 on Rounder Records — features “Saturday Night Live” stars Bill Hader and Cecily Strong. Related: Steve Martin Deletes […] »

- Cat Williams

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Goodbye pop, hello punchlines: why comedy is replacing rock on screen

11 August 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

TV producers and film-makers are trading in the glamorous world of music for the sweaty basements of standup

‘This was the most important era in standup comedy; this is when it all changed,” says Michael Aguilar, executive producer of Sky Atlantic’s high-profile new Us import, I’m Dying Up Here. “This is when comedy went from setup-punchline jokes to storytelling, to therapy, to creating characters.” The era was the early 1970s, and the standup scene was Los Angeles, where the careers of many soon-to-be comedy superstars, including Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, David Letterman and Robin Williams, were just being launched. “In 1973, when Johnny Carson moved The Tonight Show from New York to La, that became the scene,” continues Aguilar. “It moved from the east coast to the west coast, and these guys were suddenly the kings of the Sunset Strip.”

Related: I'm Dying Up Here review – 70s standup drama »

- Jane Mulkerrins

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Maya Rudolph Boards Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story’ Musical + More Announcements

11 August 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

With dozens of castings announced and new projects coming down the pipeline each week across television, film, and theater, it can be near-impossible to keep up. Luckily, Backstage is here to help. Every Friday, we’re rounding up the week's industry news you shouldn’t miss so you can be sure you're firmly in the know! Maya Rudolph will have a merry little Christmas.Fox’s 2017 live musical presentation, “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” has rolled out the first of its cast. “Saturday Night Live” funny lady Maya Rudolph has signed on to play Ralphie’s mother in the tuner, which features a score by “Dear Evan Hansen” Tony winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The broadcast is slated for Dec. 17, with additional casting to be announced. Amy Schumer’s crashing onto Broadway.Following his 2016 musical “Bright Star,” Steve Martin is bringing another celestial title to the Great White Way this fall. »

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Film Review: ‘The Farthest’

11 August 2017 3:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s rare for a film to make one swell with pride about something he or she had no direct hand in, but “The Farthest” accomplishes that feat with aplomb. That said, it’s not exactly surprising that Emer Reynolds’ documentary pulls off such an exceptional deed, given that its subject is one of mankind’s greatest achievements: Voyager 1 and 2, the spacecraft that Nasa launched in 1977 on a “grand tour” of our solar system’s remote planets, and the vast stretches of interstellar space that lay beyond. Boasting traditional non-fiction aesthetics as graceful as its story is chills-inducing, “The Farthest” should be an ideal sight to see on a New York or Los Angeles theatrical big-screen this Friday, before subsequently arriving on PBS on August 23 in a shorter form.

Reynolds amasses everyone who was anyone on the Voyager operation, crafting a comprehensive firsthand account of the scientific effort that went into the project (“the big mission” of »

- Nick Schager

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