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‘The Simpsons’ Comic-Con Poster Celebrates The Animated Family’s Landmark 30th Anniversary — Exclusive

18 July 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It’s now been more than 30 years since the Simpson family first showed up on TV, as interstitials on “The Tracey Ullman Show.” Fox had only been in existence for a few months when Matt Groening and James L. Brooks first introduced the world to a crudely-drawn version of what would eventually become one of the most successful franchises in television history.

The Simpsons” has generated billions of dollars of revenue over the years, and remains the crown jewel for Fox and 20th Century Fox TV. Now, the network and studio are celebrating the characters’ 30th anniversary at San Diego Comic-Con with a poster that highlights that evolution.

Read More‘Bob’s Burgers’ Comic-Con Poster Gets Graphic By Explaining How Digestion Works — Exclusive

The one-sheet can be hung either way – depending on whether you’d rather have modern-day “The Simpsons” or its circa 1987 ancestors as the focal point. As Comic-Con tradition, »

- Michael Schneider

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‘The Simpsons’ Comic-Con Poster Celebrates The Animated Family’s Landmark 30th Anniversary — Exclusive

18 July 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s now been more than 30 years since the Simpson family first showed up on TV, as interstitials on “The Tracey Ullman Show.” Fox had only been in existence for a few months when Matt Groening and James L. Brooks first introduced the world to a crudely-drawn version of what would eventually become one of the most successful franchises in television history.

The Simpsons” has generated billions of dollars of revenue over the years, and remains the crown jewel for Fox and 20th Century Fox TV. Now, the network and studio are celebrating the characters’ 30th anniversary at San Diego Comic-Con with a poster that highlights that evolution.

Read More‘Bob’s Burgers’ Comic-Con Poster Gets Graphic By Explaining How Digestion Works — Exclusive

The one-sheet can be hung either way – depending on whether you’d rather have modern-day “The Simpsons” or its circa 1987 ancestors as the focal point. As Comic-Con tradition, »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Toni Erdmann’ remake: Lena Dunham to write Jack Nicholson comeback

28 June 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

An American remake of the Oscar-nominated German film “Toni Erdmann” has enticed Jack Nicholson out of semi-retirement; his last film was “How Do You Know” in 2010 for director James L. Brooks. The original version of this comedy-drama about a father’s decision to reconnect with his adult daughter vied for the Palme d’Or at the […] »

- Paul Sheehan

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Review: The Big Sick Skillfully Tackles Weighty Themes With a Light Comic Touch

22 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Whenever The Simpsons offered moments of unexpectedly touching sweetness, the writers would refer to these moments as "Jimmys", as in, showrunner James L. Brooks, who enjoyed providing the family with bouts of humanity. Walking the line of comedy and drama is something Brooks excelled at throughout his entire career, both in television and film, and you might say the greatest descendants of this craft are filmmakers like Judd Apatow, and lately, Michael Showalter. Thus, it is lovely to see these two great minds teaming up to collaborate on Kumail Nanjiani and wife, Emily V. Gordon’s autobiographical, The Big Sick, which tells the uniquely true story of their own troubled courtship. The Apatow produced, Showalter directed film stars Kumail as an outsider comedian struggling to rise...

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Mary Tyler Moore Honored at Intimate Memorial Attended by Oprah Winfrey, Dick Van Dyke & Valerie Harper

15 June 2017 11:42 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Mary Tyler Moore‘s family, friends and A-list admirers gathered over the weekend to pay tribute to the late actress in an intimate memorial ceremony, People has learned.

Oprah WinfreyDick Van Dyke, Valerie HarperBernadette Peters, Julia Louis-Dreyfus were among those who gathered at the home of director James L. Brooks on Sunday, where they shared memories and honored Moore’s life.

The groundbreaking actress passed away at the age of 80 in January surrounded by her loving husband and close friends, after being on a ventilator and hospitalized with pneumonia due to complications from her decades-long battle with diabetes. »

- Julie Jordan and Mike Miller

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Supporting Actor Emmys Race Features Veterans Who Love the Work

6 June 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

They’ve enjoyed long, successful careers. They’ve been honored with multiple awards for their work. They have money, fame and all the peer respect they could desire.

But at an age when most other people are contemplating retirement — or have long since called it quits — many veteran actors seem to be working harder than ever. They include Tony winner Andrea Martin, who appears in NBC’s new comedy “Great News,” and John Lithgow, who did supporting turns on both Netflix’s “The Crown” and NBC’s “Trial & Error” this year. Not to mention actors on continuing Showtime shows such as Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan”) and Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”), who have already been Emmy-nominated for their work, and Laurence Fishburne (ABC’s “Black-ish”) and Gary Cole (HBO’s “Veep,”) who are familiar faces audiences love to see.

So what drives them and keeps them coming back for more?

For Jonathan Banks, who »

- Iain Blair

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Carol Kane Recalls Her Emmy Win for ‘Taxi’: ‘I Knew How Lucky I Was’

5 June 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Given her theater training, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Carol Kane seemed completely cool when she took the stage in 1982 to accept the Emmy for lead actress in a comedy for her work in ABC’s “Taxi” (she’d win the supporting actress in a comedy trophy the next year, even though the show had been cancelled by then). In a period-appropriate puffy-sleeved dress that matched her trademark voluminous blonde curls, Kane dutifully thanked her “incredibly generous” co-stars as well as series creator Jim Brooks, her parents and other luminaries before politely exiting the stage in a timely manner. Looking back on it, Kane — this year a contender in the supporting actress in a comedy category for Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — tells Variety that the poise was an act.

Were you feeling as confident as you looked when you accepted your award?

Part of that togetherness was just fear. I »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Classic Sitcoms to Be Re-enacted by Today's Stars in Live ABC Special

16 May 2017 3:05 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Imagine Kevin Hart asking, “Whatcha talkin’ bout Willis?”

That is the example ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey gave on Tuesday afternoon when announcing a new ABC special in which today’s stars will perform scripts from classic sitcoms of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s — live.

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Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel and actor/screenwriter Justin Theroux (The Leftovers) are teaming up to produce the special, to air debuting the 2017-18 TV season.

“I spent most of my childhood in front of a TV set, »

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Jimmy Kimmel, Justin Theroux Partner for ABC Live Sitcom Special

16 May 2017 2:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jimmy Kimmel and Justin Theroux will produce a live sitcom special for ABC to air during the 2017-2018 season, network head Channing Dungey announced at Tuesday’s upfront presentation.

The currently untitled project will bring viewers classic sitcom scripts from the 70s, 80s and 90s, to be acted out live by the biggest names in comedy.

Jimmy Kimmel has proven to be a preeminent voice in comedy, with 15 seasons of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ under his belt and successfully tackling the herculean task of hosting both the Emmys and the Oscars in the same season,” Dungey said. “Likewise, Justin Theroux’s versatile talents are showcased in every project he takes on. We are thrilled to be developing a new sitcom experience that will combine Jimmy’s mastery of live television and Justin’s irreverent sensibilities.”

The special will be produced by Smoking Baby Productions and taped in front of a live studio audience, with »

- Joe Otterson

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Snatched Director Jonathan Levine On The Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn Comedy

9 May 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

While the upcoming R-rated comedy Snatched will probably get more attention for its two stars, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn--the latter making her first big screen appearance in almost 15 years--the man behind the camera is director Jonathan Levine, who continues to diversify his filmography with this female-driven comedy.

Levine first got attention for his early indie The Wackness, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008, and he followed that by adapting the young adult zombie romance Warm Bodies, then making the cancer comedy 50/50 and the Christmas comedy The Night Before, the latter two with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

In Snatched, Amy Schumer plays Emily Middleton, who has plans to go to South America on a romantic trip with her boyfriend, but when he breaks up with her she asks her mother Linda (Hawn) to make the trip with her.  Once there, the two are constantly fighting, but »

- Edward Douglas

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Book Excerpt: “Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets & Sitcoms”

21 April 2017 1:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Mary Tyler Moore and Susan Silver

The following is excerpted from Susan Silver’s “Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets & Sitcoms,” which will be released May 2.

(Author’s Note: Iris Rainer Dart, my then writing partner who later went on to write “Beaches,” had gotten pregnant and we had stopped working together. It was 1971. We were managed by comedy legend Garry Marshall and had written one script for “Love, American Style.”)

After Iris and I split up as a writing team, I was starting all over again, trying to “make it on my own” as those famous “Mary Tyler Moore Show” lyrics said. I told Garry that I’d seen her new show and knew I could write it. How did I know? It’s called “chutzpah,” French for “balls.” And I had some, it seems. Actually, she was situated in the Midwest, worked in a small local TV station, and so had I, both those things. It seemed like fate.

Because Garry knew the guys there, they were willing to take his recommendation about me, though I had nothing to show them written alone. I rehearsed over and over in the car as I drove to the studio. I’m sure passersby thought I was a crazy person as I animatedly “delivered my material” checking my expressions in the rear view mirror. I was nervous but determined. I had wanted this so long and now was my big chance.

I pitched three stories to Jim Brooks and Allan Burns, the creators of the show, a little intimidating though nice, and David Davis and Lorenzo Music, the story editors. Lorenzo doubled as the voice of the marvelous droll Carlton the Doorman on “Rhoda,” as well a lot of other voice over work. He and David were in my corner from the beginning, realizing how hard this was for a new writer. They laughed whole heartedly, and I kept eye contact with them as I “performed.” They were so supportive and sweet, and I am forever grateful.

I left the office with the promise of an assignment if they got picked up for a full season. Which, fortunately they did. Surprisingly enough, CBS was not sure about the show and initially stuck it on a Tuesday. Believe it or not, the reviews were not good. Remember the times: It was not common for a woman in the early seventies to not want to be married first and foremost. This character’s fiance had dumped her! To be a career woman with stirrings of feminism, sticking up for one’s self, was not expected in a TV heroine. Here was an actress who had been the beloved wife of Dick Van Dyke! Now she was at work, forming a family with colleagues, and starting friendships with women who were not always that friendly! Radical thinking, particularly about Mary, America’s sweetheart, who every man loved and wanted to protect and every woman wanted to be. This could be dangerous to women viewers and their roles in society.

Fortunately, for me and the show, Fred Silverman, the whip smart exec who came in, moved it to Saturday where it became part of the must-see lineup, later with “Mash,” “Bob Newhart,” “All the In the Family,” and “Carol Burnett.”

That lineup — along with the growing Women’s Movement, which latched on to the show as important — got the Mary Tyler Moore franchise a lot of attention. In comedy as in life, “timing was everything.” I should have been terrified, writing this script alone. But ignorance is bliss.

I always say, “I started on the top and it was downhill after that.” That wasn’t really true, but the Mtm experience was so far superior to any other. Other shows would give you a twenty-minute story meeting and send you home to write. Then sometimes they’d wonder why the script was “not what they had in mind.” At Mtm, once I got my assignment, we had an all day story meeting while we fleshed out the story together. This gave a detailed blueprint from which to begin.

Frankly, if I’d had a struggle to get an assignment, I don’t know if I would have been able to hang, make it at all. I may have been gutsy, but I was not resilient, or so I thought back then.

Susan Silver wrote for some of the most iconic sitcoms of all time, creating laughs for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Maude,” “Partridge Family,” and more. She was one of the first females in an industry dominated by men. Now she dishes about the highs and lows of her comedy career and life in her memoir, “Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets & Sitcoms.”

Book Excerpt: “Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets & Sitcoms” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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Chris Pratt Proves Nice Guys Finish First as He Receives Walk of Fame Star

21 April 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Years ago, Chris Pratt went in for a commercial audition that didn’t go so well. “I introduced myself and he looked up at me and said, ‘Do you think you’re attractive?’” Pratt recalls. “I said, ‘I don’t know.’ He said, ‘Thank you.’ And that was it.”

Pratt can laugh now, as “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Jurassic World” have turned him into one of the world’s most bankable action stars and sex symbols. And through it all, Pratt still manages to keep his reputation as one of the nicest guys in the business.

“I had good parents that raised me right,” he says, when asked how he keeps a clear head in the business. “And maybe it had something to do with the fact I’m 37 and moved here when I was 20, and in those 17 years saw the benefits and cost of being an a—— play »

- Jenelle Riley

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Films from Andrei Tarkovsky, Robert Bresson & More Coming to The Criterion Collection This July

17 April 2017 4:14 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The Criterion Collection will venture to the Zone this July, and much more, as they’ve announced their new titles for the month. Andrei Tarkovsky‘s long-rumored sci-fi masterpiece Stalker will arrive with a new 2K restoration. The release will also include a new interview with author Geoff Dyer and newly translated English subtitles. Also arriving in July is Albert Brooks‘ satirical comedy Lost in America, featuring a new conversation with the director and Robert Weide, as well as interviews with the cast and crew.

One of the most notable releases of the month is Robert Bresson‘s masterful final film L’argent, which tracks a counterfeit bill through Paris, and the people it touches. Lastly, Roberto Rossellini‘s powerful War Trilogy is getting a much-deserved Blu-ray upgrade with new versions of Rome Open City, Paisan, and Germany Year Zero. Check out the high-resolution cover art below and full release details. »

- Jordan Raup

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Here’s Why Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus Was Brilliant: 13 Images That Capture His Style

13 April 2017 12:25 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The late cinematographer Michael Ballhaus didn’t grow up watching movies. His parents were stage actors, and he first fell in love with the art of performance. And as a cinematographer, one of his many gifts was the way he captures actors’ faces and how his camera found its rhythm with their movements and emotions.

Read More: Martin Scorsese Remembers His Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus: ‘He Changed My Way Of Thinking’

He fell in love with movies at age 20 when he visited the set of Max Ophuls’ “Lola Montes.” Ballhaus spent 10 days on the circus set and became entranced by the period style and the master director’s virtuoso swirling camera movement. Not until Ballhaus’ later Hollywood work, on films like “The Age of Innocence” or “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” did he get the chance to work on lavish sets and play with all the toys of prestige filmmaking. Yet »

- Chris O'Falt

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Michael Ballhaus, 'Goodfellas' cinematographer, dies aged 81

12 April 2017 4:02 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

German enjoyed extensive collaborations with Martin Scorsese, Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Michael Ballhaus, the German cinematographer and frequent collaborator of Martin Scorsese and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, died on Tuesday in Berlin following a short illness. He was 81.

Ballhaus earned three Oscar nominations for his work on Scorsese’s Gangs Of New York, Steve Kloves’s The Fabulous Baker Boys, and James L. Brooks’s Broadcast News.

He was born in Germany on August 5, 1935, and built up an extensive roster of credits for Rainer Werner Fassbinder such as Whity in 1971, The Marriage Of Maria Braun and Satan’s Brew.

He shot Quiz Show for Robert Redford, Bram Stoker’s Dracula for Francis Ford Coppola, Sleepers for Barry Levinson, Working Girl and Postcards From The Edge by Mike Nichols, Under The Cherry Moon for Prince, among many others.

Besides Goodfellas, Ballhaus’s Scorsese credits include Gangs Of New York, The Departed, The Age Of Innocence, The Color Of Money, and After »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Critic's Notebook: Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus Could Do It All

12 April 2017 2:44 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It says nearly everything you need to know about a cinematographer when the top directors in the world want to work with him again and again and again. So it was with Michael Ballhaus, who was supremely capable, infinitely adaptable, agreeable to work with and flexible enough to repeatedly have Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, Barry Levinson, James L. Brooks, Robert Redford and Wolfgang Petersen calling him to shoot their films.

Ballhaus, who died Tuesday at 81 a decade after having retired and returned to his native Germany in the wake of his first wife's death, »

- Todd McCarthy

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Michael Ballhaus, Who Lensed ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘The Departed,’ Dies at 81

12 April 2017 10:38 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Michael Ballhaus, the revered cinematographer who brought his distinct visual sense to the works of Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, has died at 81. The German director of photography earned three Academy Award nominations throughout his career, which spanned more than half a century. Last year he was recognized with a Golden Bear for lifetime achievement at the Berlin Film Festival.

Among his best-known films were Fassbinder’s “The Marriage of Maria Braun,” James L. Brooks’ “Broadcast News” (which earned him his first Oscar nod) and “The Departed,” one of several collaborations with Scorsese — Ballhaus also lensed “After Hours,” “The Last Temptations of Christ,” “Goodfellas” and “The Age of Innocence.” He began his career in Germany, first coming to attention for the many films he made with Fassbinder, before making his way to Hollywood.

Once there, he also worked with Mike Nichols (“Working Girl,” “Postcards From the Edge”), Robert Redford (“Quiz Show”) and Barry Levinson (“Sleepers”), among many others. Ballhaus was born in Berlin on August 5, 1935. His cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

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- Michael Nordine

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Quad Cinema Will Relaunch with Films from Yang, Rivette, Kubrick, Fassbinder, Wertmüller, Coppola & More

21 March 2017 12:58 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Next month will mark the return of New York City’s Quad Cinema, a theater reshaped and rebranded as a proper theater via the resources of Charles S. Cohen, head of the distribution outfit Cohen Media Group. While we got a few hints of the line-up during the initial announcement, they’ve now unveiled their first full repertory calendar, running from April 14th through May 4th, and it’s an embarassment of cinematic riches.

Including the previously revealed Lina Wertmüller retrospective, one inventive series that catches our eye is First Encounters, in which an artist will get to experience a film they’ve always wanted to see, but never have, and in which you’re invited to take part. The first match-ups in the series include Kenneth Lonergan‘s first viewing Edward Yang‘s Yi YiNoah Baumbach‘s first viewing of Withnail and I, John Turturro‘s first viewing of Pather Panchali, »

- Jordan Raup

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Rendez-vous With French Cinema New York Puts Focus on Female Filmmakers

1 March 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A new generation of French women helmers is boldly mixing personal and genre cinema to create a fresh image of Gallic cinema abroad.

“Sometimes Americans are curious to see why we have so many women directors, with such strength of vision,” says Unifrance director Isabelle Giordano. “Women directors tackle pressing issues from new angles, with daring, sometimes provocative, approaches, often confronting hard truths in a frank and original manner.”

Almost half the filmmakers attending the Rendez-vous With French Cinema at Lincoln Center that runs March 1-12 (filmlinc.org/festivals/rendez-vous-with-french-cinema) are women, ranging from veteran Agnès Varda — who is scheduled for a talk at the event — to younger helmers such as Emmanuelle Bercot (“150 Milligrams”), Justine Triet (“In Bed With Victoria”), Julia Ducournau (“Raw,” and one of Variety’s 2017 10 Directors to Watch), Rebecca Zlotowski (“Planetarium”), Katell Quillévéré (“Heal the Living”), and Stéphanie Di Giusto (“The Dancer”).

Top female executives attending the »

- Martin Dale

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The Elephant Pants from Shark Tank: How to get 20% off animal-saving clothing line

24 February 2017 12:33 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

You might have heard of the Elephant Man, but before this week’s Shark Tank you might not have heard of Elephant Pants! Clothing firm The Elephant Pants is the brainchild of college friends James Brooks and Nathan Coleman from Brooklyn, NYC. These guys absolutely love elephants and decided to support their four-legged friends through their business. Their pants are cool and comfy, but they also help save our big grey amigos — with 10 per cent of every sale going to the International Elephant Foundation, an organisation that helps to sustain elephants’ habitats and the animals themselves. All kinds of harem pants are available...read more »

- David Inglis

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