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Last week, we took a look at the career of Russell Crowe, an actor whose presence or gravitas is unmatched. This week’s subject has his own kind of gravitas, albeit if you compared the two they couldn’t be more different. One thrills us while this week’s guy makes us laugh until it hurts. Mel Brooks Nobody makes me laugh like Mel Brooks. A living legend, Brooks has been cracking people up since his early days in the »
- Chris Bumbray
Comic relief characters are written to try and make us laugh. Some of them are better than others. Join us as we discuss some of the best and worst comic relief characters in film.
Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film. We’ll even submit reviews of the films we discuss so that you can get a better idea of what we’re talking about. April is National Humor Month, and because of this we will honor comedy in film. What makes you laugh? Feel free to add your own comments or reviews of movies that tickle your funny bone.
Comic relief characters play an important part in film. They can be major characters or minor ones, but their purpose »
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When it comes to Blazing Saddles, humility fails Mel Brooks. “It may be my favorite movie,” the filmmaker told Robert Osborne before a packed 40th anniversary screening for the TCM Classic Film Festival Friday night at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. By the end of the Q&A, Brooks was only getting bolder. “It’s not right for me to say so, but I really think this could be the funniest motion picture ever made.” The TCM gathering is one of very few film festivals in the world where the filmmaker interviews take place before the screenings because pretty much everyone
- Chris Willman
The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival has chosen its line-up, and it includes Oscar candidates, the honoring of a Hollywood legend, and a tribute to another. The festival's opening night gala will feature a tribute to the late Sid Caesar, a comic pioneer whose "Your Show of Shows" paved the way for future sketch comedy series such as "Saturday Night Live." With that in mind, the festival has chosen the rare 1973 documentary "Ten From Your Show of Shows" as the opening film. The opening night festivities will continue with an appearance by Carl Reiner, one of the many men who honed their writing craft on "Your Show of Shows" (also including Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen), and will be presented with the Lajff Lifetime Achievement Award by "Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Phil Rosenthal. The festival will continue with a number of notable films, including the new musical comedy »
- Max O'Connell
Sadly Mickey Rooney passed away this past weekend at age 93. This man had one awesome career and knew some great people. The link shows one of the last pictures he took right beside Mel Brooks and Dick Van Patten. What a picture full of talent!
It was Robert Downey Jr.’s birthday and what better way to celebrate than to throw a Captain America viewing party. Wait, we didn’t think Iron Man and Captain America liked each other. Still, it was probably pretty cool to be the kids invited to the party. If only Thor were there.
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The Rascal Flatts have admitted to lip syncing during the American Country Music Awards on Sunday. Their excuse? Blamed it on the lead singer Gary LeVox for losing his voice. They also apologized and said they’re not very good at it. We know. »
- Leslie Nesbit
An acting thoroughbred himself through a career spanning more than 150 films, Mickey Rooney loved to hit the racetrack at Santa Anita Park to bet on the horses. It was there that he posed for one of his last photographs, with fellow entertainment icons Dick Van Patten, 85, and Mel Brooks, 87, for a snapshot taken March 30. It's classic Mickey - he's grinning broadly, clearly thrilled to be soaking up another spring Sunday in California with old friends who, as octogenarians, could have been his younger brothers. "Mickey was fine. He seemed terrific. But I guess when you're 93 …" Van Patten, 85, tells People of Rooney, »
- Champ Clark and Tim Nudd
"Sorry, can you repeat that? I’m playing the new South Park video game. It’s amazing!" The interview has just started, and Chris Hardwick is already apologizing over the phone from his L.A. home. Had almost anyone else mentioned there were gaming in the middle of a conversation, the statement might be considered borderline rude. But come on: This is the man they call "The Nerdist," who's built an empire out of reviewing gadgets, internet binging and hosting conversations with past and present genre icons. It's that passion »
Today on Trailers from Hell, writer and producer Chris Wilkinson takes on the Farrelly Brothers' raunchy 1998 comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller, "There's Something About Mary." If Mel Brooks had directed "An Affair to Remember," it might look something like this 1998 comedy from the Farrelly Brothers. Mixing gross out humor with a genuinely sweet romantic pay-off expanded its target audience and helped make "There's Something About Mary" the fourth highest grossing film of its year. Starring Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz and Matt Dillon in a ribald spin on the screwball comedies of the thirties, the Farrellys proved themselves to be inspired vulgarians with their hearts on their sleeves and DNA on their pants. »
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If Mel Brooks had directed An Affair To Remember, it might look something like this 1998 comedy from the Farrelly Brothers. Mixing gross out humor with a genuinely sweet romantic pay-off expanded its target audience and helped make There’S Something About Mary the fourth highest grossing film of its year. Starring Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz and Matt Dillon in a ribald spin on the screwball comedies of the thirties, the Farrellys proved themselves to be inspired vulgarians with their hearts on their sleeves and DNA on their pants.
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- TFH Team
It goes without saying that watching movies requires a certain suspension of disbelief, since the exchange of entertainment depends on nobody standing up and angrily proclaiming that Han Solo couldn’t possibly be in the future when he was just fighting Nazis and looking for religious artefacts in the past.
But there is also the implicit suggestion – and of course, the fundamental appeal to audiences – that somewhere in our world, all of those delightful, entertaining things are happening. After all, horror films wouldn’t pack their punch if you didn’t come away thinking that saying “Candy Man” in front of the mirror would lead to definite, horrible death.
Easter eggs and in-jokes now complicates matters, as multiple film universes crash together, but usually, the references are played either jokily enough, as in Mel Brooks’ infamous love of bending boundaries and the fourth wall, or defined strongly enough, »
- Simon Gallagher
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It’s tough to say goodbye to Sid Caesar. I’ve been pondering what I can possibly say about a comedy legend who has been around as long as I can remember and contributed so much to comedy, mostly on television but also many times in motion pictures.
Firstly Sid Caesar was in on the ground floor of television, his earliest programs done live in 1949 before the video switch board had even been invented. In those earliest shows the director was on the stage telling the floor managers which cameras and mikes to hook or unhook to the coax and audio cables! Consider that just for a moment!
Caesar’s wonderful book Caesar’s Hours: My Life in Comedy, with Love and Laughter, co written with Eddie Friedfeld tells all about Sid Caesar’s years in show business and the legendary live variety shows; Your Show of Shows »
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The Muppets Most Wanted will be breaking out this week (read our review here). To celebrate the hand-held heroes return to the big screen, we are having a look at those fleeting and oh so memorable appearances from special guest stars throughout the years. The most recent outing had a diverse bunch ranging from Sarah Silverman to Selena Gomez by way of Mickey Rooney, Feist and Donald Glover. Our list delves further back into the annals of Muppet movie memories to show you ones you might have missed. So grab your Fart Shoes and join us as we list the Top Five Muppets Movie Cameos.
5. Ray Liotta - Muppets in Space (1999)
As the gang try to break into a research facility to rescue Gonzo, they must get past a scary security guard. And when it comes to unhinged, scary dudes in Hollywood, good fella Ray Liotta is your go-to (wise) guy. »
- John Sharp
Dodgy history and dodgier accents, but Kevin Costner's medieval romp still has some magic – and shouldn't be judged on the weakness of its imitators
Most things about Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves are terrible. Kevin Costner's and Christian Slater's attempts at English accents: terrible. Bryan Adam's theme song which refused to go away during the summer of 1991 and can conjure mass feelings of nausea to this very day: terrible. Seeing Costner's naked arse as he gets washed in a waterfall: terrible. But I've still probably watched it more than any other film and will (in true Robin Hood spirit) defend it until my dying breath.
I was a pretty sickly child, and when I was off school I'd always put it on. The stupid accents, shoe-horned in Moorish sidekick (played by Morgan Freeman) and romantiscied outlaw life were like a security blanket as I watched it while »
- Lanre Bakare
The five-part series "The Story of the Jews With Simon Schama," though, is completely legitimate and scans further back than a mere couple of millennia.
Schama's brilliant take on history premieres on PBS in five one-hour installments on consecutive Tuesdays, March 25 and April 1 (check local listings).
It's an intricate look at a people who endure. Schama, who has racked up awards for his books and documentaries on history, art and literature, talks about how he initially shied away from tackling the subject.
"I had a slight sense, a residual sense that I was at my best when dealing with cultures not my own," Schama tells Zap2it.
He let the concept percolate for a while, and the result is the series and a companion book. »
As a professional film critic -- whatever that may be -- I have a handful of concrete rules by which I ply my ostensible trade, and not reviewing films by or heavily involving close friends is one of them. Which presents a bit of a problem when tasked with writing about any given Muppet movie. No, I can't claim I've ever knocked back a beer with Kermit the Frog, gone shopping with Miss Piggy or got close to any of the cloth-skinned crowd without the dividing wall of a television screen between us, but damn it if I don't feel closer to them than I do to any number of human names in my address book. Growing up, I knew their vaudeville numbers inside out. I'd record the umpteenth rerun of even the Crystal Gayle episode with completist's excitement. And I treasured my Kermit toothbrush until the bristles began falling out, »
- Guy Lodge
Interview Duncan Bowles 13 Mar 2014 - 06:29
The last but one answer in this interview has a slight spoiler for Muppets Most Wanted.
If there’s one thing I discovered from our chat with Danny Trejo, it’s that he laughs a lot. For an actor who’s made a career out of playing bad asses whose actions speak louder than words, it was a strange thing to hear him so openly chuckling – when our call was connected I asked how he was doing and he replied “Great, we were just talking about Mel Brooks and Blazing Saddles – probably before your time, but it’s really funny!” and what followed was one of the most entertaining interviews I’ve ever done.
We were lucky enough to get a good amount of Mr Trejo’s time, »
A former vaudevillian, the great comedian Fred Allen found his fame in radio but was unable to navigate a suitable transition to TV (“Television is a medium,” he once observed, “because it is neither rare nor well done.”). He made a few casual appearances in movies but only once, in 1945, did he take full advantage of that particular medium.
That film, one of the “lost” trailers featured in our Great Global Trailer Search, was, until its recent home video revival, very nearly a lost film in itself. More’s the pity because It’s in the Bag, Allen’s sole starring vehicle, is an overlooked comic gem.
A surreal-screwball farce fueled by Allen’s perpetually perplexed sad sack persona and out-of-left-field set pieces (like a nightmarish trip to the movies that predicts the vertiginous pitfalls of a crowded Imax theater), It’s in the Bag recalls the anything goes Paramount »
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"300: Rise of an Empire" rose to the top of the box office on Friday, debuting to a strong $17.7 million, and leaving fellow newcomer "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" in its wake. The "sidequel" to 2007's hit "300" will earn around $42 million this weekend, which is significantly less than its predecessor, which debuted to $70.9 million on its way to a domestic total of $210.6 million. However, "Rise" is outpacing the original "300" overseas. "Rise of an Empire" stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey and Rodrigo Santoro. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation's "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" came in at No. 2 with a decent $8 million, and will likely pick up around $31 million in its debut weekend. The leggy holdover "The Lego Movie" (more on that in a bit) is likely taking some away family audiences from "Peabody." "Peabody" features the voices of Ty Burrell, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Stephen Tobolowsky, Mel Brooks, and others. Universal's action thriller "Non-Stop, »
- Dave Lewis
Box Office Despite the failure of other recent swords-and-sandals movies and the fact that it's been seven years since the original, 300: Rise of an Empire is expected to rule the box office this weekend. In light of its $3.3 million Thursday late-night take and estimated $16 million-plus Friday, the sequel to 300 is predicted to have a $40 million-plus debut at the domestic box office. The movie is also doing well overseas, taking in an estimated $12.1 million in its first two days.
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Reboot Sony Pictures is looking to reboot its Zorro franchise and they've tapped competitive fencer-turned-screenwriter Chris Boal (Old Man's War) to craft "a new backstory" that combines "gritty realism" with an "emotional core." Though the studio wants to avoid making a "traditional swashbuckler," there will be plenty of sword fights and bare knuckle boxing, reports Deadline. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, currently »
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Chicago – Talking dogs have been around for decades in animated movies and television shows, especially the anthropomorphized kind. From the superhero antics of Underdog to the biting sarcasm from the likes of Brian from “Family Guy” - take your pick and you can find a dog to your liking. I always took a shine to Mr. Peabody, the intelligent and resourceful beagle with a penchant for puns.
..who had appeared in misadventurous time-traveling shorts on “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” with his pal Sherman. But that doesn’t mean I was looking forward to DreamWorks Animation’s updated take on these characters for a new 3D computer-animated feature-length film.
From the trailers, it seemed like the quirky wry comic timing of Jay Ward and Ted Key (respectively, the producer and creator of “Peabody’s Improbable History”) was getting swallowed by big action/adventure sequences and dumbed-down humor. Sure enough, »
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