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11 items from 2016


The Search for Family in ‘There Will Be Blood,’ Harmony Korine’s New Ad, Music of ‘Twin Peaks’ & More

21 September 2016 1:29 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Edward Yang’s little-seen The Terrorizers will get its first theatrical run at BAMcinematek from October 21 through 27.

Watch a video essay on the search for family in There Will Be Blood:

Little White LiesNick Chen on how Brian De Palma influenced the films of Noah Baumbach:

If Hitchcock is a language, then De Palma has been fluent in it for decades: Obsession is Vertigo, Body Double is Rear Window, and so on. “I was the one practitioner that took up the things he pioneered,” De Palma asserts in Baumbach’s film. Alternatively, there’s Blow Out – often deemed the most representative of his aesthetic – which »

- The Film Stage

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The Top Ten Funny Ladies of the Movies

7 August 2016 10:29 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The recent box office success of The Boss firmly establishes Melissa McCarthy as the current queen of movie comedies (Amy Schumer could be a new contender after an impressive debut last Summer with Trainwreck), but let us think back about those other funny ladies of filmdom. So while we’re enjoying the female reboot/re-imagining of Ghostbusters and those Bad Moms, here’s a top ten list that will hopefully inspire lots of laughter and cause you to search out some classic comedies. It’s tough to narrow them down to ten, but we’ll do our best, beginning with… 10. Eve Arden The droll Ms. Arden represents the comic sidekicks who will attempt to puncture the pomposity of the leading ladies with a well-placed wisecrack (see also the great Thelma Ritter in Rear Window). Her career began in the early 1930’s with great bit roles in Stage Door and Dancing Lady. »

- Jim Batts

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Legends and Groundbreakers Honoree Louie Anderson Reflects on His Long Comedy Career

21 July 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Louie Anderson got his start in comedy on a dare.

As a young man in Minnesota in the late 1970s, Anderson went to a comedy club with some friends. He wasn’t impressed.

“It was my fault because I said the comedians who were up there weren’t very funny,” he recalls. “That backfired on me. People said, ‘Why don’t you go up there?’ I said, ‘Ok, I will.’”

Within a week Anderson was performing on open mic night.

“I remember I wrote these jokes all week and I’d ask people if they thought they were funny,” Anderson says. “They were mostly about being a fat kid growing up. I was terrible with the mic technique, I was way too close.”

But almost instantly, Anderson, who is being honored by Variety as part of their “Legends and Groundbreakers” series at the Just for Laughs fest, started getting attention. A »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Loretta Lynn Postpones Upcoming Shows Following Death of Her Grandson Jeffrey Allen

8 June 2016 7:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Loretta Lynn's grandson, Jeffrey Allen Lynn, has died. He was 47. The country legend announced the heartbreaking news in a Facebook post titled "Loretta Mourns the Loss of Grandson" on her official page Wednesday. "American music icon, Loretta Lynn is mourning the passing of her eldest grandson, Jeffrey Allen Lynn who died unexpectedly on Monday. Jeffrey was 47 and lived and worked on Loretta Lynn's ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee," the statement read. Along with the message, the post featured a throwback photo of Lynn's grandson. "Jeffrey was the eldest son of Jack Benny Lynn, Lynn's second child and eldest »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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Loretta Lynn Postpones Upcoming Shows Following Death of Her Grandson Jeffrey Allen

8 June 2016 7:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Loretta Lynn's grandson, Jeffrey Allen Lynn, has died. He was 47. The country legend announced the heartbreaking news in a Facebook post titled "Loretta Mourns the Loss of Grandson" on her official page Wednesday. "American music icon, Loretta Lynn is mourning the passing of her eldest grandson, Jeffrey Allen Lynn who died unexpectedly on Monday. Jeffrey was 47 and lived and worked on Loretta Lynn's ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee," the statement read. Along with the message, the post featured a throwback photo of Lynn's grandson. "Jeffrey was the eldest son of Jack Benny Lynn, Lynn's second child and eldest »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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The Horn Blows At Midnight

5 June 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Jack Benny used this film’s disappointing box office as a long-running gag but that shouldn’t keep fans (or even non-fans) from seeking it out, it’s a real curio. Supposedly a jaunty comic-fantasy, Raoul Walsh’s 1945 film carries an undeniably dark undertone as musician Benny dreams he’s an angel of doom whose trumpet will signal the end of the world… a barrel of laughs, right? Not that you could tell from this low-information trailer. The brilliant composer Franz Waxman (Bride of Frankenstein, Sunset Boulevard) provided the score. Benny reprised his angelic role on a restaging for NBC’s Omnibus in 1953.

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Review: 'Silicon Valley' gets too predictable with 'Bachmanity Insanity'

29 May 2016 7:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A quick review of tonight's Silicon Valley coming up just as soon as I fill a Ziploc bag with stuffed newspaper and draw a smile on it... Predictability doesn't have to be the enemy of comedy. Some of the greatest sitcoms of all time generated some of their biggest laughs from the audience's anticipation of what they knew was about to happen, from Jack Benny's cheapness to Frasier Crane's arrogance to George Costanza's cowardice. But selling a joke the viewer knows is coming requires a lot of artistry and even more work on establishing the characters in question so that their programmed responses come across as a feature, not a bug. Last week's Silicon Valley just about cleared the bar for acceptable levels of predictability. We might have realized, for instance, Richard was talking to the tech blogger long before he did, but his unfortunate monologue was just so »

- Alan Sepinwall

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They Ain't Nothin' But Two Hound-dogs

24 April 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Team Experience is at the Tribeca Film Festival. Here's Jason on 'Elvis & Nixon.'

We get a "Thank you, thank you very much" fairly early into Elvis & Nixon, the new comic bio-pic detailing that legendarily bizarre photograph of the musician and the politician shaking hands in 1970, and that tips the movie's hat toward its will to please - this is a genial little thing, a bejeweled trifle, that leaves these two men's storm-clouds mostly off-screen at the horizon, opting instead for a light-hearted clash of Fame and Power and the Great Men who wield either/or. At times the Jack Benny score wouldn't feel out of place.

Not that not taking itself overly serious is a demerit by any means - Michael Shannon is The King of taking himself awfully seriously, so it's a relief to see him relax here under a different crown. He never really looks the part, »

- JA

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Garry Shandling: The Fake-Host With the Most

24 March 2016 4:56 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

R.I.P. to the one of the all-time comedy greats, Garry Shandling, who died suddenly of a heart attack today. Shandling created one of the most unforgettable monsters in TV history on The Larry Sanders Show, the legendary Nineties cult sitcom where he played a late-night talk-show host with an all-devouring ego and not a glimmer of compassion. Talk about ahead of its time: It pioneered the whole whiplash-fast "room full of bitter adults abusing each other at the same time" bile of sitcoms like Veep or Arrested Development. »

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Glenn Danzig Talks 'Portlandia' Appearance: 'Fred Is a Genius'

8 February 2016 11:41 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Portlandia co-star and Sleater-Kinney singer Carrie Brownstein told Rolling Stone last year that working with Glenn Danzig on the sketch-comedy show was "amazing." "He's really smart and very Jersey,'" she said. "And he can make fun of himself, which is one of the most endearing qualities for anyone in this day and age of incessant narcissism and solipsism."

Danzig's episode of the show, "Weirdo Beach," airs on Thursday. In the episode, he plays a Romanian man who — by the singer's estimation — could be an "ancient vampire" named Radu. »

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TCM Oscar Homage Kicked Off Today: Is Bigger Always Better?

1 February 2016 10:33 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Ben-Hur' 1959 with Stephen Boyd and Charlton Heston: TCM's '31 Days of Oscar.' '31 Days of Oscar': 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Ben-Hur' are in, Paramount stars are out Today, Feb. 1, '16, Turner Classic Movies is kicking off the 21st edition of its “31 Days of Oscar.” While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is being vociferously reviled for its “lack of diversity” – more on that appallingly myopic, self-serving, and double-standard-embracing furore in an upcoming post – TCM is celebrating nearly nine decades of the Academy Awards. That's the good news. The disappointing news is that if you're expecting to find rare Paramount, Universal, or Fox/20th Century Fox entries in the mix, you're out of luck. So, missing from the TCM schedule are, among others: Best Actress nominees Ruth Chatterton in Sarah and Son, Nancy Carroll in The Devil's Holiday, Claudette Colbert in Private Worlds. Unofficial Best Actor »

- Andre Soares

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