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Venice: ‘Birdman’ Soars To Raves In Seamless Festival Bow

30 minutes ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Venice has done it again. Last year, Gravity blasted the lid off the festival as the opener and today Birdman, a film that’s got a fair bit in common with that one, bowed to one of the best receptions I have ever experienced on the Lido. (It’s even trending at No. 4 on Italian Twitter.) Applause, laughter and strong emotion emanated from attendees in the refurbed Sala Darsena this morning during the first press screening. Making my way out afterwards, I heard “bellissimo” uttered at least a dozen times.

Ahead of the festival, chief Alberto Barbera told me the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed dark comedy was “inventive.” He wasn’t kidding. A scorching satire on celebrity mixed with existential musings on life, it’s being hailed as a technical tour de force and a potentially career-defining role for lead Michael Keaton as a former Hollywood star known primarily for his »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Daily | Venice 2014 | Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman

1 hour ago | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman opens the 71st Venice International Film Festival today, and the first reviews are in. Variety's Peter Debruge calls it a "delirious coup de grace—a triumph on every creative level, from casting to execution." As the once-huge movie star Riggan Thomson, Michael Keaton is "dream casting, and he’s fearless," writes Time Out's Cath Clarke. The Telegraph's Robbie Collin: "Riggan, his publicist Brandon (Zach Galifianakis), daughter (Emma Stone) and fellow cast members (Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough) come clattering in and out of shot like characters in a farce, underscored by a stumbling, skittering drumbeat. There are streaks of 42nd Street, The Producers and Sunset Boulevard here, but otherwise, Birdman isn’t much like anything else at all. Think Black Swan directed by Mel Brooks and you’re in the vicinity, but only just." » - David Hudson »

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Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles Midnights at The Tivoli This Weekend

25 August 2014 9:11 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“They said you was hung!”

“They was right!”

Blazing Saddles  plays this weekend (August 29th and 30th) at The Tivoli at midnight as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli midnight series.

And the perfect movie to show in a city that’s in the middle of a race riot is of course….. Blazing Saddles!

I showed the condensed Super-8 version of Blazing Saddles, appropriately enough, at my Super-8 Politically Incorrect Movie Madness show last year at The Way Out Club and there are enough N-words in the 18-minute edit alone to make Paula Dean blush, but damn, this movie just keeps getting funnier as it ages!

Blazing Saddles is my favorite Mel Brooks comedy. Yes, even more than Young Frankenstein – it’s hard to believe Brooks produced both yuk-fests the same year. I just watched his 1977 follow-up High Anxiety on 16mm last weekend for the first time since it was new and Yikes! »

- Tom Stockman

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Announcing the 2014 Emmy Winners!

25 August 2014 9:02 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

The Emmys have wrapped for the year! The big winners of this year were Modern Family and Breaking Bad, both of which took home several awards for acting and behind-the-scenes work. Bryan Cranston, Julianna Margulies, Jim Parsons, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home the major acting Emmys, while a couple of American Horror Story ladies scored and Fargo took home a big prize. Take a look at the full list of winners below! Outstanding Drama Series Breaking Bad Outstanding Comedy Series Modern Family Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad »

- Shannon-Vestal

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Emmy Awards 2014 Recap: 'Breaking Bad' & 'Modern Family Win Top Honors; 'Normal Heart' Earns Outstanding TV Movie Award

25 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

At the Seth Meyers-hosted 66th Annual Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, the night’s top awards went to Breaking Bad and Modern Family – both of which saw their stars honored as well.

Emmy Awards Recap

In addition to winning for Outstanding Comedy Series, Modern Family saw Ty Burrell win once again in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category for playing hapless father and real estate agent Phil Dunphy. Allison Janney won the Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series award for Mom. Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) and Julia Louis Dreyfuss (Veep) won the lead comedic acting awards.

Outstanding Drama winner Breaking Bad saw Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn earn trophies – for Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Supporting Actor in a Drama series and Supporting Actress in a Drama series respectively – for their performances in the critically-acclaimed show’s final season. »

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Join The Academy on Sept 9th for Young Frankenstein 40th Anniversary Screening

25 August 2014 1:14 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a 40th anniversary screening of “Young Frankenstein” with special guests Mel Brooks, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr and executive producer Michael Gruskoff on Tuesday, September 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  Film historian Leonard Maltin will introduce the comedy classic and host a live onstage discussion with Brooks, Leachman, Garr and Gruskoff.

Young Frankenstein,” Brooks’s 1974 homage to the Golden Age of monster movies, features a large ensemble cast including Leachman, Garr, Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars and Gene Hackman.  It earned Oscar® nominations for Adapted Screenplay (Wilder, Brooks) and Sound (Richard Portman, Gene Cantamessa).

Additional Academy events coming up in September at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles are listed below, with details at www.oscars.org/events:

“Let There Be Fright: William Castle Scare Classics”

The »

- Michelle McCue

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Shlocky charms: The crazy rise and 'terrifying' return of 'Leprechaun'

25 August 2014 5:27 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

How did a low budget horror movie about a diminutive Irish monster spawn five sequels, a new reboot, and the career of Jennifer Aniston? EW tracks the deranged history of the Leprechaun franchise.

British actor Warwick Davis says he has “specific” fans—well-wishers who want to discuss just one of the several fantasy franchises in which he has appeared. “People talk about Star Wars, people talk about Harry Potter,” he explains, “and people talk about Leprechaun.”

Alert readers will have noticed that one of these franchises is not like the others. While Star Wars and Harry Potter have raked in billions of dollars, »

- Clark Collis

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The Art Of John Alvin review

20 August 2014 6:28 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

One of the greatest poster illustrators ever gets a volume devoted to his work. Here's Ryan's review of the lavish Art Of John Alvin...

In 2008, John Alvin died at the tragically young age of 59, robbing the world of one of its finest poster designers. Although his signatures were often erased from his artwork, Alvin's individual style rang out from every image he produced: his work for movies such as E.T., Blade Runner, Cocoon and Short Circuit displayed a keen eye for colour, space and proportion.

Although technically gifted, it was Alvin's talent for crystalising a film's subject tone in a single, clear image that really set him apart from other illustrators. His best posters often focused on one or two objects suspended against an expanse of sky or stars, such as the alien and child's fingers touching in his poster for E.T., or the silhouette of a boy in Empire Of The Sun. »

- ryanlambie

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Amy Schumer's Ice-Bucket Challenge Video Is the Ickiest Yet

18 August 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This Ice Bucket Challenge thing, which is for a great cause (fighting Als), is also extremely weird -- and taken over the entire Internet, seemingly, with its ability to get celebrities to strip down and embarrass themselves by dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads. But when it came time for Amy Schumer to do the challenge, she didn't quite understand the rules (via Gawker).

First, she starts off the video by challenging Don Rickles, Mel Brooks and Bob Newhart -- three incredibly old comedians who would probably die if they dumped a bucket of ice water on themselves. Then there's the kicker... Schumer, who stars in her own Comedy Central series "Inside Amy Schumer" and who wrote and will star in Judd Apatow's next movie "Trainwreck" (out next summer), reaches into an ice bucket and pulls out what looks to be a can of creamy mushroom »

- Drew Taylor

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And the winners of the 2014 Creative Arts Emmys are…

17 August 2014 11:55 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As a precursor to the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards , the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences held the Creative Arts Emmys at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday evening to honor the creative disciplines of TV production, with the likes of Game of Thrones, True Detective, Fargo, Orange Is the New Black, The Simpsons, Sherlock and Saturday Night Live among the big winners.

Here’s the full list of winners from the 2014 Creative Arts Emmys…

 

Acting, casting and program awards

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Joe Morton, Scandal

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Allison Janney, Masters of Sex

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black

Outstanding Animated Program: Bob’s Burgers

Outstanding Short-Form Animated Program: Disney Mickey Mouse

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance: Harry Shearer, The Simpsons

Outstanding Narrator: Jeremy Irons, »

- Gary Collinson

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Uzo Aduba, Allison Janney, and more win Creative Arts Emmys

17 August 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Saturday Night Live had a good Saturday night: The show won five awards — more than any other program — at the annual Creative Arts Emmys, held August 16 in L.A.

Although the Creative Arts Emmy focus on the non-performance aspects of TV programming, there were a few awards handed out for guest acting: Uzo Aduba won for her role as Crazy Eyes in Orange is the New Black while Allison Janney won for playing Margaret Scully in Masters of Sex.

The Primetime Emmy Awards air August 25. See the full list of Creative Arts Emmys winners below:

Outstanding Animated Program

“Mazel Tina, »

- Ariana Bacle

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Get Ready for the 40th Anniversary Bluray of Young Frankenstein

15 August 2014 9:42 AM, PDT | Best-Horror-Movies.com | See recent Best-Horror-Movies.com news »

Ive never been able to decide which hilarious throwback flick I enjoy more Gene Wilders Haunted Honeymoon or Mel Brooks crazefest Young Frankenstein. Theyve both got some great things going for them and Ive been eager to add both to my collection in Bluray format. Haunted Honeymoon is an addition Im going to be forced to wait for. Young Frankenstein however is available on Bluray and a new and rather impressive anniversary release loaded with quality bonus material is finally headed our way next month. »

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Frau Blucher! Young Frankenstein Celebrating 40th Anniversary on Blu-ray!

14 August 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

One of the single funniest films of all time, Mel Brook's 1974 classic Young Frankenstein is gearing up to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a brand new Blu-ray that's guaranteed to electrify! Frau Blücher! *horse whinnies*

From the Press Release

The scariest comedy of all time gets resurrected as Young Frankenstein: 40th Anniversary arrives on Blu-ray September 9 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Comedy icons Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, and Madeline Kahn star in Mel Brooks’ brilliantly outrageous riff on Mary Shelley’s classic story of Frankenstein. After inheriting his grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Wilder) follows in his ancestor’s freaky footsteps as he sets out to reanimate a dead body in Brooks’ “funniest, most cohesive comedy to date.” (The New York Times)

Young Frankenstein was nominated for two Academy Awards* and two Golden Globe Awards**. More than 40 years later, »

- Steve Barton

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Young Frankenstein Gets New Blu-ray for 40th Anniversary

14 August 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Gene Wilder will make you laugh all over again as Fox is readying a Young Frankenstein 40th Anniversary Blu-ray that will be available to own in plenty of time for the upcoming Halloween season.

Time flies when you take a moment to realize that Young Frankenstein is actually 40 years young this year. That's a big number to reach, so Fox Home Entertainment is offering a promotional opportunity where 40 winners will each take home a rare autographed set photo from Mel Brooks. This will take place at YoungFrankSweeps.com starting September 1.

The Mel Brooks classic stars Wilder as Dr. Frankenstein who recently inherited his grandfather's castle. Dr. Frankenstein sets out to reanimate a dead body and the hilarity ensues. Also starring are Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr and Madeline Kahn.

Bonus features are robust on the Young Frankenstein 40th Anniversary Blu-ray as outlined below:

Commentary by Mel Brooks

Interviews with Marty Feldman, »

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Young Frankenstein 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Announced

14 August 2014 9:47 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

*Updated* It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 40 years since the release of Mel Brooks’ classic horror comedy, but Young Frankenstein was released on December 15, 1974 and Fox is preparing a new 40th anniversary edition Blu-ray.

“Los Angeles, CA (August 14, 2014) – The scariest comedy of all time gets resurrected as Young Frankenstein: 40th Anniversary arrives on Blu-ray September 9 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Comedy icons Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr and Madeline Kahn star in Mel Brooks’ brilliantly outrageous riff on Mary Shelley’s classic story of Frankenstein. After inheriting his grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Wilder) follows in his ancestor’s freaky footsteps as he sets out to reanimate a dead body in Brooks’ “funniest, most cohesive comedy to date.” (The New York Times)

Young Frankenstein was nominated for two Academy Awards* and two Golden Globe Awards**. More than 40 years later, »

- Jonathan James

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40th Anniversary Young Frankenstein Coming to Blu-ray & DVD

14 August 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is releasing a special edition that will hit DVD and Blu-ray on September 9th.

Comedy icons Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr and Madeline Kahn star in this hilarious riff on Mary Shelley’s classic story of Frankenstein.

The post 40th Anniversary Young Frankenstein Coming to Blu-ray & DVD appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Ryan Turek

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Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Arrives September 9th

14 August 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

[Press Release] Los Angeles, CA (August 14, 2014) – The scariest comedy of all time gets resurrected as Young Frankenstein: 40th Anniversary arrives on Blu-ray September 9 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Comedy icons Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr and Madeline Kahn star in Mel Brooks’ brilliantly outrageous riff on Mary Shelley’s classic story of Frankenstein. After inheriting his grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Wilder) follows in his ancestor’s freaky footsteps as he sets out to reanimate a dead body in Brooks’ “funniest, most cohesive comedy to date.” (The New York Times) Young Frankenstein was nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. More than 40 years later, the film has stood the »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Larry David heads to Broadway in new play by Larry David

7 August 2014 7:50 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Amp up your enthusiasm—Larry David is coming to Broadway.

EW has confirmed that the Emmy-winning Seinfeld co-creator and star of Curb Your Enthusiasm will make his Broadway debut—two debuts, in fact, for acting and writing—in the 2014-15 season in his first play Fish in the Dark.

According to The New York Times, which first reported the news, David’s play is an ensemble comedy (about 15 characters) centering on a death in a family. David tells the Times that he’ll play “somebody very similar to Larry David—it might even be Larry David with a different name. »

- Marc Snetiker

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Fantasia 2014: ‘Life After Beth’ entertains, but fails to truly rise from the grave

22 July 2014 1:46 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Life After Beth

Written and directed by Jeff Baena

USA, 2014

Twenty years ago, if someone said that ‘zombie romantic comedy’ was going to become an actual cinematic sub-genre, they’d have been called a witch and burned at the stake. And yet, they would have been right, and Fantasia 2014 has seen the unveiling of yet another film in the rapidly expanding genre, Life After Beth. Starring Aubrey Plaza of Parks and Recreation and Dane DeHaan, recently of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Life After Beth is best described as a zombie breakup comedy. It’s also best described as “decent, but not amazing”, a serviceable enough zom-rom-com kept afloat mostly by the supporting cast.

DeHaan stars as Zach, a teenager whose longtime girlfriend, Beth (Plaza), dies and comes back to life several days later. But before Zach’s eyes, as well as Beth’s parents played by John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon, »

- Thomas O'Connor

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Mel Brooks Recalls His First Mention in Variety in 1952

18 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Even the “2000 Year Old Man” had to start somewhere. Back in 1952, 26 year-old Mel Brooks was just another struggling comedy writer, penning sketches for a revue — albeit one backed by names like Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante and Eddie Cantor. “Curtain Going Up” had a two-week tryout in Philadelphia before a planned Broadway debut. Alas, the show never made it to the Great White Way, but the uber-talented Brooks certainly did. Again. And again. And again.

Do you remember seeing your first mention in Variety? 

At that point, I was so happy to get my name in Variety, even if it was just for a parking ticket! All my life, a mention in Variety, especially a good review of my shows on Broadway or of my films, has meant an awful lot. I was always very, very happy when I got a good review — and very angry when I got a bad review. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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