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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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Blu-ray Deals: The Mel Brooks Collection (9-Disc Set) for $21.99 (69% Off); Includes Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, and More

18 July 2014 7:57 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Today's Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is a doozy.  For today only, you can get The Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-ray for 69% off, which means it's $21.99 on Blu-ray and $18.99 on DVD.  The set includes The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World: Part I, To Be or Not to Be, Spaceballs, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.  On Blu-ray, that breaks down to less than $2.50 per movie, and all of these films come with special features.  I've been waiting a long time to pull the trigger on this set, and at this price, I couldn't resist.  Click here to order. [Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider.]

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- Matt Goldberg

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‘Sid Made Us Laugh’: Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Billy Crystal Remember Sid Caesar at Paley Center

17 July 2014 12:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Billy Crystal and Eddy Friedfeld took to the Paley Center Wednesday to salute the late, great Sid Caesar in a panel discussion full of love and laughs following the comedian’s passing in February.

“It’s the dream of a lifetime to honor one of my idols and closest friends with three of my other idols,” said Friedfeld, who worked with Caesar on his autobiography, “Caesar’s Hours: My Life in Comedy, With Love and Laughter,” and moderated the panel. “This is the Mount Rushmore of comedy,” he exclaimed.

The panel gave the four the opportunity to talk about Caesar, share stories and show the audience why Caesar was the legend he became.  “It’s very emotional,” said Brooks, on what the evening meant on a personal level.  “It’s a little overcoming because we not only worked for him — worked with him — but we loved him. »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Bernardo Bertolucci Talks His New Movie, Considers 3D

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

Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci enters the living room of his Rome apartment through a door that had been in New York’s now-defunct New Yorker Theater, the legendary mecca for film buffs where his “Before the Revolution” screened in 1965, when he was 24.

Wheelchair-bound due to a back injury, a white cat sitting on his lap, the 74-year-old helmer asks his assistant to turn off the 4K projector beaming images on the wall, and begins to speak about his latest film, “Me and You,” as well as to muse on his lingering desire to work in 3D.

The maestro’s first feature since 2004’s “The Dreamers,” “Me and You” (Io e te) — also Bertolucci’s first Italian-language film in 32 years — debuted in Cannes in 2012 to mixed reviews; in 2012, it made a strong $2 million-plus in Italy and played in key markets in Europe. The film  opened in New York on July 4 via niche distrib Emerging Pictures. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Young Frankenstein 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Announced

11 July 2014 4:26 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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.

The new release is set for September 9th and we have a (small) look at the official cover art below. The final list of bonus features have not yet been announced, but we expect that all of the bonus features from the previous release will carry over and have included that list below:

“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, »

- Jonathan James

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Salt and Pepper: Top 10 Black and White Movie Tandems

5 July 2014 8:54 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

When mixing black and white movie characters as either friends or foes on the big screen should not produce any gray areas at all. Whether amiable or adversarial the pairing of interracial tandems makes for an interesting sociological study in cinema where tension, togetherness, stereotypical profiling and mutual or reluctant acceptance makes for some captivating film fodder.

Sure, in many ways it is an overused cliched in the movies to produce racial tandems for the sake of the entertainment to allow the creative juices to overflow. In Salt and Pepper: Top 10 Black and White Movie Tandems we will take a look at various “salt and pepper” teams as they come together in the name of law and justice, hostile necessity, friendly frivolity or professional attachment to bring movie audiences a sense of adventure and curiosity in the name of comedic or dramatic license. Maybe you have your favorite cultural »

- Frank Ochieng

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Antonin Baudry and Bertrand Tavernier in conversation on Weapons of Mass Diplomacy and The French Minister (Quai d’Orsay)

3 July 2014 2:21 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Edmund White and Frank Rich with Antonin Baudry at Quai d’Orsay - Weapons of Mass Diplomacy Drawing The Line at McNally Jackson in New York: "I remember it was really like being in film school."

Bertrand Tavernier's The French Minister (Quai D’Orsay) stars Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz, Niels Arestrup and Anaïs Demoustier, with Jane Birkin impersonating a version of Toni Morrison and Julie Gayet as a potent advisor.

Eric Rohmer, Jean-Luc Godard and going beyond Mel Brooks with Frankenstein and the Seven Dwarfs are discussed in the second half of my conversation with Bertrand Tavernier and Antonin Baudry.

At McNally Jackson Books in New York, two days before July 4, Edmund White and Frank Rich were discussing Drawing The Line with Antonin Baudry. Here is a highlight.

Weapons of Mass Diplomacy Drawing The Line invitation

Anne-Katrin Titze: The past times we spoke, Bertrand Tavernier was always in the room. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Gor blimey! Us stars attempt the English accent - Best and worst

3 July 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Beginning tonight at 9pm, Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in BBC Two's new eight-part thriller The Honourable Woman.

In the drama from The Shadow Line writer Hugo Blick, New York-born Maggie boasts an impressive English accent in her role as Nessa Stein.

This got us to thinking - which other Us stars have attempted to mimic the Brit twang... and how did they fare?

Gillian Anderson - The Fall

Bit of a cheat, this one. If you've ever wondered how Chicago-born X-Files star Anderson manages to pull off that flawless English intonation in the BBC's The Fall and Great Expectations, it's more than just her considerable acting talent - Gillian spent her childhood in the United Kingdom and continues to divide her time between England and the States.

Gwyneth Paltrow - Sliding Doors

Gwynnie's near-perfect cutglass vocals would end up winning her an Oscar in 1998's Shakespeare in Love, but the »

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Gor blimey! Us stars attempt the English accent - Best and worst

3 July 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Beginning tonight at 9pm, Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in BBC Two's new eight-part thriller The Honourable Woman.

In the drama from The Shadow Line writer Hugo Blick, New York-born Maggie boasts an impressive English accent in her role as Nessa Stein.

This got us to thinking - which other Us stars have attempted to mimic the Brit twang... and how did they fare?

Gillian Anderson - The Fall

Bit of a cheat, this one. If you've ever wondered how Chicago-born X-Files star Anderson manages to pull off that flawless English intonation in the BBC's The Fall and Great Expectations, it's more than just her considerable acting talent - Gillian spent her childhood in the United Kingdom and continues to divide her time between England and the States.

Gwyneth Paltrow - Sliding Doors

Gwynnie's near-perfect cutglass vocals would end up winning her an Oscar in 1998's Shakespeare in Love, but the »

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Blazing Saddles 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Review

2 July 2014 6:02 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Warner Brothers must have both wanted to capitalize and mock the release of Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, as they’ve just created a slightly new special edition of Blazing Saddles for the film’s 40th anniversary.  There was no way (and no offense to MacFarlane) that he could match or top Mel Brooks’ film, which is hard to call his masterpiece or even the best film he directed that year.  But that’s only because in 1974 both it and Young Frankenstein were released.  Which is the better movie boils down to preference.  That said, I prefer Saddles.  The film stars Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn in this Western send up, and my Blazing Saddles Blu-ray review follows after the jump. Starting with the title song, everything is on point in Blazing Saddles as Brooks treats the film like a feature length Looney Tunes cartoon. »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Required Reading: The Best, The Worst and The American Fellini

2 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Rip Paul Mazursky” — Sam Adams at Indiewire rounds up some beautiful thoughts on a powerful filmmaker — the man Mel Brooks calls the American Fellini. “Halftime Report: The Best Movies of 2014 So Far” — The Movie Mezzanine Staff offers a crazy diverse listing that travels through bleak blockbusters, epic animated fare, dystopian thought-breakers and two movies where we stay in the same moving vehicle for the bulk of the run time. Now if only someone could combine all of these together to make the greatest movie of all time. “The Worst and Most Disappointing Films of 2014 So Far” — Hey, look at that. Just so you weren’t overwhelmed with positivity, The Playlist Staff does something clever by spotlighting high hopes that crashed to earth, covered in melting wax and feathers. “I »

- Scott Beggs

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Oscar-nominated filmmaker Paul Mazursky dies

1 July 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Paul Mazursky, a five-time Oscar-nominee who wrote and directed admired movies from Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice to Down and Out in Beverly Hills, died Monday of pulmonary cardiac arrest, according to a family spokesperson. He was 84.

Mazursky was a successful actor in the 1950s, starring in many television series, as well as Blackboard Jungle and Stanley Kubrick’s first film, Fear and Desire. He segued into writing, scripting episodes of The Danny Kaye Show and The Monkees. He also wrote the 1968 Peter Sellers film, I Love You, Alice B. Toklas, and then made his directorial debut on Bob & Carol, which »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Judd Apatow's Interview Collection With Comedians Set for 2015

23 June 2014 1:09 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Judd Apatow is releasing a new book of his interviews with comedic greats — from Mel Brooks and Jerry Seinfeld to Lena Dunham. Photos This Is Judd Apatow: The King of Comedy's Life in Pictures The compilation, Sick in the Head, will be published by Random House in 2015, reports The New York Times. A Random House spokesperson confirmed the deal to The Hollywood Reporter. The proceeds will go to 826La, a charitable organization founded by author and screenwriter Dave Eggers to promote literacy and creativity for children. This is the second book Apatow has compiled to benefit 826. In 2010, he released I Found

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- Austin Siegemund-Broka

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R.I.P. Steve Rossi Of Comedy Duo Allen & Rossi

23 June 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The singer-turned-comic who played Marty Allen’s straight man in one of the most popular comedy duos of the 1950s and ’60s died Sunday at a Las Vegas hospice. Steve Rossi was 82. Allen and Rossi formed in 1957 and appeared on hundreds of TV show — including Ed Sullivan dozens of times — and recorded 16 comedy albums during the heyday of recorded comedy. In the vein of Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, Rossi asked questions that were answered by Allen, and the pairing of suave singer and goofy comedian also was akin to Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. The […] »

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How to Write Jokes for the Academy Awards

23 June 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Have you ever wondered how the Academy Awards gets written every year? Bruce Vilanch is the man to ask. Starting as a writer on the broadcast 25 years ago, Vilanch has been the annual show’s head writer since 2000. What he specifically writes varies from host to host, but ultimately, everything you see on the telecast goes through him. Below, in an interview with Vanity Fair writer Mike Sacks, Vilanch dishes on trying to make celebrities seem funny, the “cock joke” that Steve Martin refused to tell, and why exactly James Franco, Ellen DeGeneres, and David Letterman each bombed as hosts of the Oscars. The conversation is an excerpt from Poking a Dead Frog, Sacks’s new book of interviews with notable comedy writers such as Amy Poehler, Mel Brooks, and Adam McKay,which he put together as a follow-up to his similar 2009 collection, And Here’s the Kicker. You can »

- Mike Sacks

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The Healthy Helpers: The Top 10 Movie Nurses

20 June 2014 2:42 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Now what would the medical profession be like without the dependable skills of nursing in cinema? Sure, the doctors get their lion’s share of representation in the movies but what about the nurses that serve them? What is so interesting about the portrayal of nurses in film is that they can be characterized beyond the compassionate medical maidens that the public associates them with on a whim. Motion pictures allow for big screen nurses to show some complexity beyond loving bedside manners and juggling bedpans. Cinematic nurses can be caring, comical, crazed, confused or corrupt.

Whatever the complication or consideration of these celluloid servers of health care rest assure that they are a glorified bunch in their devotion to the medical field. Whether flawed or favorable we will take a look at some of the top-notch nurses in film as cited in The Healthy Helpers: The Top 10 Movie Nurses. »

- Frank Ochieng

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Variety, Comedy or Music Special Emmy Category Relies on Wow Factor

18 June 2014 2:27 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Emmy nominees for variety, comedy or music special can seem like a mishmash of shows, with everything from awards shows to comedy specials to concerts and fundraisers in the mix.

Last year, the category’s nominees couldn’t be more disparate: CBS’ “Kennedy Center Honors,” HBO’s “Louis C.K.: Oh My God” and “Mel Brooks Strikes Back!,” NBC’s “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (Part 1)” and “12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief,” which aired across select broadcast and cable networks and local TV stations.

The “Kennedy Center Honors” — produced by George Stevens Jr., who founded the event, and son Michael — won for the fifth year in a row, which might have to do with the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue, Hollywood Boulevard and 42nd Street. The special also salutes showbiz royalty who are effectively getting a lifetime achievement award. Last year’s honorees included jazz legend Herbie Hancock; stage, »

- Paige Albiniak

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22 Jump Street Movie Review

18 June 2014 9:22 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

22 Jump Street has a certain level of built-in critique immunity, but it has a lot of problems just the same. That may hardly seem like a revelation for an admittedly goofball, summer comedy, but one of its main problems is that its mostly boring, and avoiding that is the one trick it has to pull off.

While there are a few clever moments, which only serve to make you wonder why there aren’t more, the movie is far more concerned with its meta conversation than it is with comedy, and it has no idea how to deliver any of its goals. It isn’t enough that the film repeatedly cautions that sequels are awful, and that the plot here is exactly the same as the original, it goes a step further by yelling the lines and repeating them with quasi-conviction. That’s a joke that only holds up if »

- Marc Eastman

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The Essentials: John Landis – King of Comedy

18 June 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Few movie genres date with as much fluctuating unpredictably as comedy. What is hilarious to one person is humourless to the next. What is daring and boundary-breaking to one will just be in poor taste to the other. Some comedies are so reliant on contemporary social mores that the laughs are whittled away over time. Does anyone really still think that Will Hay’s comedies are hilarious, or Abbott & Costello’s, say?

The maturation process whereby movies pass through opprobrium, obscurity, rediscovery and reassessment is especially tortuous for comedies. A joke has to be pretty strong to withstand thirty or forty years of scrutiny, and the film must withstand repeated viewings and still retain the ability to amuse. I can’t imagine anyone, not even the people who made it, will remember Epic Movie or Meet The Spartans in 2044.

It’s one of the great touchstones of maturity when you »

- Cai Ross

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