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Eddie Vedder, Bill Murray to Honor David Letterman With Mark Twain Prize

21 July 2017 7:16 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Eddie Vedder, Bill Murray, Steve Martin and Jimmy Kimmel will be among the artists, comedians and actors on hand to pay tribute to David Letterman when the former Late Show host receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this October.

Sarah Silverman, Martin Short, John Mulaney and Letterman's Late Show band leader Paul Shaffer will also help celebrate the late-night host at the October 22nd ceremony at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center. The event will be broadcast a month later, November 20th, on PBS.

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Chingo Bling: Rapper Turned Stand-Up Tackling Immigration in Trump Era

30 June 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Chingo Bling's debut Netflix comedy special They Can't Deport Us All, which premiered in June, has been a fixture in the streaming service's "Trending Now" section. The title rings with the truth and fears of Mexicans living in Trump's America, but the Houston-based performer born Pedro Herrera III coined the slogan years ago, using it as the title of his 2007 rap album and its lead single. Throughout the Aughts, Bling was a colorful and well-established outlier on his city's hip-hop scene, best known for skewering Mexican stereotypes and Tejano »

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'Coming to America': THR's 1988 Review

28 June 2017 2:39 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

On June 29, 1988, Paramount debuted the R-rated comedy Coming to America, from Eddie Murphy and John Landis, in theaters. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below: 

Eddie Murphy's latest Coming is likely to leave the wreath-bearers, the frantic faithful, the crowd herders and the legions of line-waiters in numbed, disbelieving disappointment. With the superstar comic in a positively perfect role as an African prince come to New York to find a wife, Coming to America seems a can't-miss premise and pairing. 

Distressingly, the film flops into the blandest of sitcom formats, never realizing its regal potential. Except for the effervescent »

- THR Staff

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Tamed Aliens, Harmonic Nuns and a Leather Catsuit: Strange Tales from 1992’s Summer of Cinema

23 June 2017 3:43 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Cai Ross

The summer movie season of 1992 opened under a cloud; a dark cloud from the still-smouldering buildings that had burned to the ground during the La riots in April. Racial tension after the disastrous acquittal of Rodney King’s uniformed attackers had reached an all-time high and Hollywood appealed for calm.

Thus, in a touchingly bold demonstration of selfless generosity, Walter Hill’s unremarkable urban thriller, The Looters, was hastily withdrawn and held back until Christmas, re-christened Trespass (memorably starring two Bills – Paxton and Sadler – and a pair of Ices – T and Cube). Elsewhere, it was business as usual.

The Rodney King affair was briefly alluded to in Lethal Weapon 3, the second-biggest hit of the summer and one of only a handful of ‘sure things’ on the menu. Though there were mutterings about the dominance of sequels in the summer movie season, there were weird things afoot in most of the other returnees. Aside from Lethal Weapon 3 – which was essentially a watered down Lethal Weapon 2 with too much added Joe Pesci – the rest of the sequels veered off into strange tangents, with varying results.

Alien 3, for example strayed dangerously far from the template set down by the first two classics. Bravely, it has to be said, David Fincher tried to create a quasi-religious epic, following Scott’s horror movie and Cameron’s war film. Latterly, Fincher’s frustrations and behind-the-scenes interferences became legendary, but audiences didn’t click with his compromised vision and it became the first in a long line of Alien movies to fall a bit flat.

Another major sequel, Honey, I Blew Up The Baby was in fact the complete opposite of 1989’s Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, culminating in the spectacle of a 99 foot toddler stomping through Las Vegas. It was directed without enthusiasm by Grease director Randal Kleiser, reminding audiences once again why no one remembers who directed Grease.

It wasn’t just sequels that dared to be different. One of the strangest mainstream offerings of the year was Robert Zemeckis’s black comedy, Death Becomes Her, which might have been a delicious satire on America’s vain obsession with cosmetic surgery if only Bruce Willis had stopped shouting at everyone like he was trying to prevent a plane crash.

Back in the ‘90s, much more so than today, comedies were a vital part of the summer success story – an inexpensive sop for the grown-ups while their teenage kids watched things explode in Screen 7. There were high hopes for Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn’s Housesitter, which was only a medium-sized hit, despite the bit where Steve Martin sings ‘Tura Lura Lura’ to his dad, and the other bit when his falls over his couch.

Boomerang was a bigger hit and restored some credibility to Eddie Murphy’s career after the crippling one-two punches of Harlem Nights and Another 48 Hours. It was also responsible for one of the great ironic ‘First Dance At a Wedding’ songs, Boys II Men’s The End of The Road.

Nicolas Cage embarked on a three year long career as a romantic comedy star with the rather wonderful Honeymoon in Vegas, famed for its skydiving Elvis finale. Tom Hanks and his Big director Penny Marshall reteamed to great success with wartime baseball comedy A League of Their Own, which also saw Geena Davis giving a star performance and Madonna giving a bearable one. “There’s no crying in baseball!!!” was probably the most quoted line of the summer.

As with City Slickers in 1991, comedy provided the biggest sleeper hit of the summer: Sister Act, with Whoopi Goldberg excelling as a murder witness hiding out in a convent. As with City Slickers, an unwise sequel was hastily made and hastily forgotten. The original though, was the sixth biggest film of the year and is still going strong as a west-end show to this day.

It wasn’t just the many and varied comic tastes of adults that were appeased; semi-literate young people were also provided for by Encino Man (or California Man as we knew it, since we don’t know where Encino is. It’s in California). Noted for Brendan Fraser’s first stab at the big time, this grungy caveman caper will be of interest to young contemporary archeologists keen to investigate who or what Pauly Shore was.

Teenagers were also palmed off with a silly-sounding comedy called Buffy The Vampire Slayer, written by first-time screenwriter Joss Whedon. Starring Kristy Swanson as the eponymous heroine, but marketed as a vehicle for Beverly Hills 90210 heart-throb Luke Perry, the producers had hoped for a chunk of the Bill & Ted audience that Encino Man hadn’t swallowed up. Sadly, they had to make do with a long-running spin-off television show regularly cited as one of the greatest ever made. Gnarly.

The stalking killer thriller phenomenon that started with The Silence of The Lambs and Cape Fear echoed into 1992 with solid hits like Unlawful Entry and Single White Female. Even Patriot Games – a sort-of sequel to The Hunt For Red October with Harrison Ford rebooting Alec Baldwin’s Jack Ryan – for all its CIA espionage and partial understanding of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, was basically a slasher movie, with Sean Bean doing to Harrison Ford what Robert De Niro had done to Nick Nolte the year before. (Sean Bean dies, obviously).

Crimes against the Emerald Isle weren’t restricted to the gratuitous amounts of Clannad in Patriot Games. Tom Cruise’s Irish accent in Ron Howard’s Far and Away was the benchmark for all bad Irish accents until Brad Pitt graciously took the relay baton in The Devil’s Own. The film, shot in glorious 70mm was the biggest risk of the summer and proved to be the dampest squib, considering the star power of Cruise and (then-wife) Nicole Kidman. Despite looking ravishing, the script had all the depth of a bottle-cap.  It desperately wanted to be a timeless classic in the David Lean tradition but held up against Unforgiven, which was released in August, Far & Away was shown up as the glorified Cbbc TV special it was.

Unforgiven came out of nowhere. Clint Eastwood’s previous movie, The Rookie, was somehow even worse than 1989’s Pink Cadillac. However, he’d been sitting on David Webb Peoples’ script for years until he was finally old enough to play William Munny. An extraordinary, mature and masterful critique of Western mythology, Unforgiven was hailed as Eastwood’s best work from the get-go, took the summer’s number five spot and would later win a handful of Oscars, including Pest Picture.

So who was the box office champion of Summer ’92? Well, that question was never in any doubt. Tim Burton’s Batman was the cultural phenomenon of 1989, redefining the parameters of box office limitations and merchandise licensing in a way not seen since Star Wars. Speculation as to who Batman would fight next and who would play him/her began immediately. Dustin Hoffman was touted to play The Penguin and Annette Bening was actually cast as Catwoman, before pregnancy forced her to drop out.

On the 19th of June, all was revealed when Batman Returns opened to a spectacular $45m weekend, $5m more than the original. Michael Keaton returned as The Caped Crusader (having split up with the creditably tight-lipped Vicki Vale), while not one but three villains put up their dukes. Danny DeVito played the Penguin as a deformed, subterranean leader of a gang of circus act drop-outs. Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman (perhaps her signature role) was transformed from a clumsy secretary into a vengeful whip-wielding dominatrix. Christopher Walken borrowed ‘DocEmmett Brown’s hair to play new villain, Max Shreck.

Despite the enormous opening weekend, things took a downward turn almost immediately. Audiences expecting more of the same were treated to a dark, nose-bitingly violent combination of German Expressionism, kinky S&M and oversized rubber ducks. The box office the following week dropped by 40%, and there was further controversy when McDonalds had to deal with the ire of horrified parents across America, ‘tricked’ by their Batman Returns Happy Meals into taking their kids to watch Burton’s deranged fairy tale, pussy jokes et al.

The backlash (against what is now considered a unique high-water mark in the superhero genre), meant that Batman Returns wound up making $100m less than its predecessor and it placed third for the year, behind Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, a film so determined to give its audience a familiar experience that it simply changed the first film’s screen directions from Int. Kevin’S House – Night to Ext. New York – Night and reshot the entire script. (The box office crown for the year was taken eventually by Disney’s Aladdin.)

Warner Bros. took evasive action, hiring Joel Schumacher to sweeten the mix, which would help to restore Batman’s fortunes in 1995, before everything, literally absolutely everything went wrong in 1997 and the world had to wait for Christopher Nolan to finish attending Ucl, become a director and save the Dark Knight from the resultant ignominy.

Hollywood was given a crash course in the perils of straying too far from a winning formula in the summer of ’92. Sadly, for a while at least, it learned its lesson.

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- Cai Ross

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Movie Review: All Eyez On Me has a guy who looks like Tupac, but not much else

16 June 2017 9:25 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Visually, they were right on point. Demetrius Shipp Jr. looks almost freakishly like the late Tupac Shakur: the spheroid head and brilliant smile; those big, disarming eyes; his granite, tattoo-flecked torso. Perhaps the best reason to see All Eyez On Me is for his wardrobe, which is immaculately recreated. There’s the red-leather jumpsuit he wore like a ’90s Eddie Murphy, the exuberant paint-flecked denim jackets and hoodies from his underground era, and the mafioso getups he donned after Suge Knight started leering nearby. Filmed from the right angle—which the film’s pedestrian camerawork sometimes stumbles onto, perhaps by accident—Shipp looks almost uncannily like Shakur, better even than that hologram they marshaled out for Coachella in 2012.

But like the hologram, Shipp lacks Tupac’s defining characteristic: his charisma. Few figures in the history of pop music are as tied to an indefinable “it” quality as Pac was »

- Clayton Purdom

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Jamie Foxx Does a Great Impersonation of Lebron James on Jimmy Kimmel Live

15 June 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Jamie Foxx just turned 50 and when you look back at his career it’s pretty darned impressive.  The way I see it, Foxx has had two careers so far and right now I think he’s on his third.  I’m going to use a comparison here if I may:  Eddie Murphy.   I’m hoping that “act 3” of Foxx’s career is more successful than Murphy’s.   Remember, Jamie Foxx got his start in stand up which then led to his spot on In Living Color.   Similarly, Murphy began doing stand up, landed on SNL, started doing movies, and now he’s just not good

Jamie Foxx Does a Great Impersonation of Lebron James on Jimmy Kimmel Live »

- Nat Berman

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Brett Ratner Regrets Not Naming 'Tower Heist' After Trump

14 June 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

In the history of scratched movie titles, Trump Heist might be among the most intriguing of missed opportunities.

As it turns out, Brett Ratner’s 2011 comedy Tower Heist was originally titled just that. The film began its life as an Eddie Murphy pitch about a ragtag group of disgruntled employees who plot to rob Donald Trump (yes, seriously). After multiple drafts and at least six writers, the plot’s villain morphed into a more generic greedy billionaire played by Alan Alda who lives atop “The Tower” (exteriors were shot at the Trump International Hotel & Tower, while Trump Tower on Fifth »

- Tatiana Siegel

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John Lithgow regrets turning down The Joker in Tim Burton’s Batman

14 June 2017 12:17 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Along with Robin Williams, Tim Curry, David Bowie and Brad Dourif, notable character actor John Lithgow was in the running to play The Joker in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman, which of course went to Jack Nicholson.

Speaking to Vulture, Lithgow has admitted that he regrets passing on the role. “My worst audition was for Tim Burton for Batman, he said. “I have never told anyone this story, but I tried to persuade him I was not right for the part, and I succeeded. I didn’t realize it was such a big deal. About a week later I heard they were going after Robin Williams and Jack Nicholson.”

At point of the movie’s development, Robin was going to feature with Eddie Murphy and Keifer Sutherland in contention. In interviews since the release, Sutherland has also admitted he regrets turning the movie down.

See Also: Batman 25th Anniversary – Six Things »

- Robert Kojder

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Valiant Comic's Shadowman Movie Gets House Party Director

13 June 2017 4:27 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Marvel Cinematic Universe, you say? DC Extended Universe on your mind? Well, Valiant Entertainment is trying very hard to make sure that in the next few years the Valiant cinematic universe is just as much a part of the pop culture conversation. The latest step they have taken is hiring director Reginald Hudlin to helm their in-the-works movie adaptation of their cult favorite comic Shadowman.

As reported by, Valiant is moving ahead with Shadowman in-house before taking the project out to studios. Bringing on Reginald Hudlin is a big step in that process. If you don't know the name, you're probably not alone. Hudlin has primarily been known as a TV director, but his movie Marshall is coming out later this year. And back in the early 90s, he did direct a little cult movie called House Party with iconic rappers Kid 'n Play. He also directed Eddie Murphy in Boomerang, »

- MovieWeb

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Kimora Lee Simmons Shells Out $27.5 Million for Sprawling Beverly Hills Mansion

5 June 2017 1:56 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Kimora Lee Simmons has a new, massive place to call home! E! News can confirm the fashion designer and her hubby Tim Leissner just shelled out a whopping $27.5 million on a Mediterranean style mansion in the star-studded gated community of Beverly Park in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 90210 neighborhood is also home for celebs like Mark Wahlberg, Eddie Murphy, Sylvester Stalone, Denzel Washington and more. But aside from famous neighbors, Kimora's new 20,612 square-foot home boasts seven bedrooms and 13 bathrooms and sits on more than five acres of land, according to Trulia. Furthermore, it comes complete with a mosaic pool and spa, a tennis court, a custom playground, a gazebo and two separate garages with »

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Kimora Lee Simmons Buys Home in Beverly Park for $27.5 Million (Photo Gallery)

5 June 2017 12:55 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Kimora Lee Simmons just joined a star-studded cast of homeowners ... but it cost her a pretty penny. Russell Simmons' ex-wife plunked down a king's ransom for the 7 bedroom, 11 bath home in Beverly Park, a wealthy gated community where tons of celebs live ... including Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Eddie Murphy and Sylvester Stallone. The swanky pad has a gourmet kitchen, conservatory, wine cellar and a home theater. The outdoor pool's not too shabby either. Kimora »

- TMZ Staff

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Why Bruce Beresford had his Us visa waiver cancelled

4 June 2017 4:51 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Bruce Beresford..

Bruce Beresford has worked on Us movies and TV shows for decades, so he was ill-prepared when Us authorities cancelled his visa waiver.

The director told If he and his wife Virginia Duigan were halted at the Us-Canadian border at the Great Lakes last month and refused entry.

Their .crime.? Beresford and Duigan had visited the Fajr Film Festival and Market in Tehran in 2014, where the director served on the jury.

When he applied last December for the Esta (Electronic System Travel Authorisation), which enables Aussies to visit the Us without a visa for up to 90 days, he did not note that he had been to Iran because he did not realise the country was on the banned list imposed by President Trump.

When he asked a border official what would have happened if he had declared the visit to Iran, he was told the Esta would have been refused. »

- Don Groves

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Flashback: Jim Carrey Takes Et to L.A.’s Legendary Comedy Club That Later Inspired ‘I’m Dying Up Here’

2 June 2017 7:40 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Before Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective or even In Living Color, there was only one way to experience the comedy magic of Jim Carrey: onstage. Over countless late nights in the ‘70s and ‘80s, thousands of people watched stand-up comedians such as Carrey hone their craft at the Los Angeles club The Comedy Store. The beginning of his 10,000-mile journey from Ontario, Canada, to stardom in the U.S. began with a single step on stage at the legendary venue, which serves as the setting of his new Showtime drama, I’m Dying Up Here, exploring the lives and careers of up-and-coming comedians.

“I came here when I was 17, on a bus, basically, and got off at The Comedy Store,” Carrey told Et in 1992, which at the time was just two years into his run on the Fox sketch comedy series In Living Color. Run by co-founder Mitzi Shore (also mother to the actor Pauley »

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Kevin Hart Wants to Be the Oprah of Comedy

30 May 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stop trying to get Kevin Hart to eat another french fry!

It was an impulse order. Hart tried to change to a kale salad, only to be sweet-talked into indulging by the waitress at the Matador Room, one of those chic Miami eateries where the walls are alabaster and the trellises adorned with climbing bougainvillea. After inhaling four or five fistfuls of golden fries, Hart insists he’s done. He hands the plate to the bodyguard sitting at a nearby table, but each time the waitress walks by, she plops more savory potatoes in front of him.

“Goddamn, don’t bring them back over here,” Hart cries in mock exasperation. Finally, he grabs a glass of water and dumps it on the fries.

“That’s how you stop yourself,” he declares. Then turning to his bodyguard, Hart points to the bowl of drowning fries and says with a cackle, ‘I watered them up, »

- Brent Lang

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See Jim Carrey Talk Smoking Weed With Richard Pryor on 'Kimmel'

23 May 2017 11:28 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jim Carrey stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday to discuss I'm Dying Up Here, a new series that he is executive-producing about aspiring comedians in Los Angeles in the 1970s. "It's like the Big Bang of comedy," Carrey told Kimmel.

Carrey suggested that political events in the U.S. in the Seventies spurred the rapid growth of the comedy scene. "Nixon, Watergate, the impeachment, all that stuff was happening back then," he explained. "There was a need to tell the truth and cut through the baloney, and so it »

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He Will be back! Arnold Schwarzenegger confirms another Terminator; updates on Triplets and Conan

22 May 2017 9:43 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Scott Davis

There has been much speculation regarding the future of the Terminator franchise and what’s next in the long-long of sequels and timeline alterations, but we now have some idea of what is happening as star Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced that he will be back for a sixth film.

Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival whilst promoting environmental documentary Wonders Of The Sea 3D, for which he is a producer and the film’s narrator, the actor told Screen International that a new film is being prepped and that he and creator James Cameron are both involved:

“It is back… It is moving forward. He [Cameron] has some good ideas of how to continue with the franchise…I will be in the movie.”

The initial conceit was that 2015’s Terminator Genisys would get a sequel this year, but after the disappointing returns on the film ($440million worldwide but »

- Scott Davis

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Arnold Schwarzenegger: I will be back in next 'Terminator' film

20 May 2017 7:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Actor also hints at possible Netflix collaboration and talks Trump and Triplets in Cannes.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has said that he will be returning to the Terminator franchise and that a planned Twins sequel is set to go ahead soon.

Speaking to Screen in Cannes, where he is talking up new environmentally-focused documentary Wonders Of The Sea 3D with producer Francois Mantello and co-directors Jean-Michel Cousteau and Jean-Jacques Mantello, Schwarzenegger confirmed that he will star in a new Terminator film produced by James Cameron.

“It is back,” commented Schwarzenegger, who revealed that he had met Cameron recently and discussed the project. “It is moving forward. He [Cameron] has some good ideas of how to continue with the franchise,” the actor added, “I will be in the movie.” »

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The Quad Launches A New Series On Immigration On Film

19 May 2017 3:13 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Over the last handful of years, immigration has become not only a hotly contested political issue, but one that has birthed nationalist movements globally. Subsequently giving rise to an expansion of these parties and movements, immigration is only increasing in political discussion. And even some film programmers are seeing this as the most important moment to contextualize cinema’s relationship with this issue.

At the newly refurbished Quad Cinema in New York City, the theater and its programmers have collected roughly two dozen films ranging from comedies to historical epics for a new series entitled Immigrant Songs. Shining a light on some of the great unsung immigrant stories from the likes of Jonas Mekas while setting them alongside masterpieces like Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant (which sees its centennial anniversary this year), this series is a direct response to current political climates across the world and hopes to give context to the immigrant experience globally. »

- Joshua Brunsting

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NYC Weekend Watch: Marcello Mastroianni, The Caan Film Festival, Terry Zwigoff, Immigrants on Film & More

18 May 2017 1:15 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

“Il Bello Marcello” highlights Italy’s greatest actor and, in turn, its greatest filmmakers.

Stalker continues its run.

Museum of the Moving Image

The Caan Film Festival is underway! Films from Michael Mann, Coppola, Hawks, and more kick it off.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari plays on Sunday.


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- Nick Newman

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David Letterman Wins Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

16 May 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

David Letterman has won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, The New York Times reports. The former Late Show host will accept the award during a ceremony to be held October 22nd and broadcast at a later date.

"This is an exciting honor," Letterman said, before quipping: "For 33 years, there was no better guest, no greater friend of the show, than Mark Twain. The guy could really tell a story."

In a statement, Deborah F. Rutter, the president of the Kennedy Center, which gives out the Twain Prize each year, »

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