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Garry Marshall On ‘The Odd Couple’ & ‘Pretty Woman’ The Broadway Musical – Conversations With Jeremy Gerard

8 December 2014 10:14 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Updates with Runaway Bride and Jack Klugman fixes.

Exclusive: “ ‘Eff You!’ ” I answered. Garry Marshall already knew when he asked me, but he wanted to see whether I knew what I was talking about. We were discussing Neil Simon, who I said had written the all-time funniest line ever. “Which line?” Marshall asked. “F.U.,” I answered.

“I can’t take it anymore, Felix, I’m cracking up. Everything you do irritates me. And when you’re not here, the things I know you’re gonna do when you come in irritate me. You leave me little notes on my pillow. Told you 158 times I can’t stand little notes on my pillow. “We’re all out of cornflakes. F.U.” Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Ungar!”

Marshall concurs and reminds me that the line is from the Broadway script of The Odd Couple »

- Jeremy Gerard

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Hollywood Film Awards Prove to Be Trainwreck TV

14 November 2014 8:44 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Going into tonight’s Hollywood Film Awards, there were many questions about the ceremony, as addressed in my colleague Tim Gray’s excellent column earlier this week. But the most burning question being asked before the show was televised for the first time: How big of a train wreck would the show be?

Well, it was pretty shocking. Just ask Johnny Depp, who didn’t even attempt to hide his apparent inebriation while slurring through his presentation. Or host Queen Latifah, who opened with a tasteless bit about “remembering your first time” before quickly abandoning the gag. Or presenter Robert Downey Jr. who delivered the first of many rambling speeches (something about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?) of the night when presenting to “The Judge” co-star Robert Duvall.

The Hollywood Film Awards have always been a questionable affair, but one that was tolerated like the drunk uncle who can’t help himself at holiday dinners. »

- Jenelle Riley

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James L. Brooks Slams Hollywood Film Awards

14 November 2014 6:45 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Oscar-winning director and producer James L. Brooks took to Twitter Friday evening to share some strong opinions regarding the Hollywood Film Awards, which made their television debut on CBS Friday night.

The ceremony, which was created in 1997 by entrepreneur Carlos de Abreu and his wife, Janice Pennington, markets itself as “the official launch of awards season.” As such, it has long been the subject of gentle mocking, as the awards often honor films that have yet to be released.

Brooks wrote on Twitter that the awards “are the result of a vote of 12 anonymous people. I swear it’s so.”

“Nobody asked what or who the awards represent,” he said. “It was sold as a precursor to Oscars (that are) voted on by 5 thousand known folks who work in film.”

The veteran producer, known for iconic TV shows and movies like “The Simpsons,” “As Good as It Gets” and “Taxi, »

- Marianne Zumberge

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James L. Brooks Slams Hollywood Film Awards

14 November 2014 6:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar-winning director and producer James L. Brooks took to Twitter Friday evening to share some strong opinions regarding the Hollywood Film Awards, which made their television debut on CBS Friday night.

The ceremony, which was created in 1997 by entrepreneur Carlos de Abreu and his wife, Janice Pennington, markets itself as “the official launch of awards season.” As such, it has long been the subject of gentle mocking, as the awards often honor films that have yet to be released.

Brooks wrote on Twitter that the awards “are the result of a vote of 12 anonymous people. I swear it’s so.”

“Nobody asked what or who the awards represent,” he said. “It was sold as a precursor to Oscars (that are) voted on by 5 thousand known folks who work in film.”

The veteran producer, known for iconic TV shows and movies like “The Simpsons,” “As Good as It Gets” and “Taxi, »

- Marianne Zumberge

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Dumbing down Dumb and Dumber To with Jeff Daniels

11 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Jeff Daniels — longtime celebrated star of stage and screen — has been riding a new wave of acclaim the past couple of years thanks to his role as broadcaster Will McAvoy on Aaron Sorkin’s HBO TV series The Newsroom.

In 2013 Daniels earned a Primetime Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination for playing McAvoy, and this year the spry handsome 59-year-old received yet another Emmy nomination for the show that kicks off its final season this month.

He has more than 50 film credits to his name, including such critically acclaimed projects as Terms of Endearment, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Gettysburg,Pleasantville and Speed, and has worked with directing legends like James L. BrooksWoody Allen and Mike Nichols.

But the one movie people always ask about is Dumb and Dumber, the ridiculously funny 1994 comedy starring Daniels as dumb Harry and Jim Carrey as dumber Lloyd. Although it took them 20 years, »

- Ashley Jude Collie

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Nik Wallenda’s Chicago skyscraper tightrope walk airs live Sunday with a 10-second delay

31 October 2014 6:35 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Nik Wallenda’s Chicago skyscraper tightrope walk airs live Sunday with a 10-second delay Discovery Channel has contingency plans in place, and if anything goes wrong, “nothing that is insensitive or inappropriate” will appear on their TV or online networks,” Discovery execs tell the NY Times. The newspaper notes that “the high-wire act illustrates the extreme risks some television networks are taking to attract lucrative, live audiences in the age of fragmented, on-demand viewing. Beyond sports and major pop culture events, luring mass live viewership is a challenge. Discovery is finding that extreme stunts — some so daring that there is a chance a person could die — are the exception." NBC gets Uma Thurman to romance “Gossip Girl’s” Penn Badgley on “The Slap” Thurman replaces Mary-Louise Parker on the NBC miniseries. Parker had to bow out as she recovers from pneumonia. Billy Crystal dresses as “Breaking Bad’s” Walter »

- Norman Weiss

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Week in Review: Disney’s ‘Moana’ sets sail for 2016

24 October 2014 8:47 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Disney’s Princesses are some of the most beloved cartoon figures in history, but even they have come under scrutiny as Hollywood pushes for more diversity in their films. Disney’s latest princess will be the first of Pacific Islander descent (unless you count Lilo of Lilo & Stitch as a princess). The CG-animated film is Moana, the story of a born navigator who travels through ancient Oceania along with a demi-God pal named Maui in order to find a secret island.

Deadline reported Monday that the film would be aiming for a November 2016 release date and would be directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog). In the meantime, we’ll be awaiting Pixar’s Inside Out and Finding Dory, both anticipated for 2015. And Deadline reported back in 2013 several other slots for two other Disney and Pixar films in both March and »

- Brian Welk

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Goodfellas Actor Sues The Simpsons for Using His Likeness, 23 Years Later

24 October 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As far back as we can remember, we always wanted to be a character on The Simpsons. But not everybody feels the same way. Actor Frank Sivero, who played Goodfellas character Frankie Carbone, has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television Studios for basing one of The Simpsons's mob characters on his likeness. Sivero alleges that he lived in a Sherman Oaks, California, apartment next door to writers of the show and that Simpsons producer James L. Brooks was "highly aware of who Sivero was, the fact that he created the role of Frankie Carbone, and that The Simpsons »

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'Goodfellas' Actor Files $250 Million Lawsuit Over 'Simpsons' Mafia Character

22 October 2014 9:42 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Frank Sivero, best known for playing mobsters in The Godfather Part II and Goodfellas, is suing Fox Television Studios for $250 million, alleging that "Louie," one of the "wise guy" mafia characters on The Simpsons, infringes on his likeness. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor claims that unspecified Simpsons writers modeled Louie on Sivero's Goodfellas character, Frankie Carbone.  

Sivero alleges that, in 1989, he lived next door to the writers in a Sherman Oaks, California apartment complex. "They knew he was developing the character he was to play in the movie Goodfellas, »

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Goodfellas Actor Slaps The Simpsons With a $250 Million Lawsuit

21 October 2014 10:31 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Actor Frank Sivero has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television, arguing that Simpsons character Mafia Louie (a member of Fat Tony’s crew) was based on his likeness and personality and was specifically inspired by the character Frankie Carbone, whom he played in 1990’s Goodfellas. According to Deadline, Sivero — who also played a mobster in The Godfather Part II — claims he lived next to Simpsons writers in an apartment complex back in 1989, and they knowingly ripped off the character he was developing at the time. The suit goes on to allege that James L. Brooks was "highly aware of who Sivero was, the fact that he created the role of Frankie Carbone, and that The Simpsons character Louie would be based on this character," and notes that "Louie's appearance and mannerisms are strongly evocative of character actor Frank Sivero." While it might seem strange to file a »

- Anna Silman

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L.M. Kit Carson, Co-Writer of ‘Paris, Texas,’ Dies at 73

21 October 2014 11:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Screenwriter and actor L.M. Kit Carson, who adapted Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas” and helped Wes Anderson launch his first film “Bottle Rocket,” died Monday after a long illness. He was 73.

Born in Irving, Texas, Carson co-founded the USA Film Festival in Dallas and was married to actress Karen Black, with whom he had a son, Hunter, who starred in “Paris, Texas.” He also wrote the screenplay for the 1983 remake of Jean-Luc Godard’s “Breathless.”

While Anderson and “Bottle Rocket” star Owen Wilson were trying to get the 13-minute short made into a feature, Wilson remembered that it was Carson who gave them some of the most useful advice.

“Kit had the idea for us to try to go to Sundance and then eventually send it to (producer) Barbara Boyle, who sent it to (producers) Polly Platt and Jim Brooks,” said Wilson. With their help, Anderson got the greenlight from Columbia Pictures »

- Pat Saperstein

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Have 'The Walking Dead' fans become numb to all the atrocities?

20 October 2014 6:39 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Have “The Walking Dead” fans become numb to all the atrocities? "'The Walking Dead' has always lived in uncharted television territory, and you can’t say that viewers weren’t warned that this season was determined to go even further beyond Thunderdome,” says Jeff Labrecque, adding: "But is it too far? And is 'The Walking Dead' getting a free pass because its explicit depictions of violence are framed within a zombiefied landscape?” “The Real World" Season 30 is going with a "Skeletons” format The Chicago-set "Real World: Skeletons" will feature "skeletons" from the housemates’ past, who move in to "drum up secrets and dark memories.” “Gossip Girl’s” Penn Badgley will romance Mary-Louise Parker on NBC’s “The Slap” He’ll play her much-younger boyfriend on the NBC miniseries about a   slap gone wrong. Click Read Full Post For More Ryan Murphy was wrong to claim he's »

- Norman Weiss

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How ‘Simpsons World’ Went from Deal Point to Immersive App Via FX Networks

20 October 2014 12:03 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The genesis of “Simpsons World” — the authenticated app that is the multimedia playground for all things connected to the iconic toon — was a deal point in the megabucks syndication deal that brought “The Simpsons” to reruns to Fxx.

As FX Networks and Fox’s Twentieth Television were hashing out the transaction in the early fall of 2013, it became clear that FX would need expansive streaming rights to the 550-plus episodes to make the deal, with an estimated pricetag of $750 million, financially viable.

Throughout the sale process, Twentieth TV kept close counsel with James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and the other pillars of “The Simpsons.” Twentieth’s Steve MacDonald, FX’s Chuck Saftler and other other execs handling the deal wanted to make sure the creative stewards of the franchise were comfortable with the sale that made “Simpsons” reruns available on cable for the first time.

When it came to the »

- Cynthia Littleton

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The 50 Funniest Women of the Past 50 Years: #40-31

14 October 2014 11:53 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny.  We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »

- Donna Dickens, Chris Eggertsen, Louis Virtel,

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Sequel Buzz: 'The Simpsons Movie 2,' 'Bond 24' and 'Sherlock Holmes 3' Progress Updates

8 October 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Who’s ready for some sequel news? We’ve got the latest on a return trip to Springfield, Bond’s next adventure (and how you can reexperience some of the classics), and Sherlock’s latest case in today’s sequel roundup. The Simpsons has been around for a quarter of a century, and shows no signs of ending soon. The venerable Fox animated series has certainly suffered a decline in quality over the years, but it’s still funny enough to remain a part of the pop-culture landscape. The 2007 film was a box office smash, earning over $500 million globally, so naturally Fox would like a sequel – and now producer James L. Brooks is shedding some light on when that second film might finally happen. The short answer is “not anytime soon.&rdquo...

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- Mike Bracken

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"Independence Day," "Simpsons" Sequel Talk

8 October 2014 2:52 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Jeff Goldblum's back in the spotlight again thanks to his work in a trippy Ge commercial directed by comedy duo Tim & Eric. In a recent interview with Time, he confirmed that his character from 1996's "Independence Day" is set to return in the upcoming sequel:

"I had a meeting and have been talking over the last several months or year with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the producer, and they've been cooking up and say they have a part for me in what they hope will be a plan to make another one pretty soon.... they're still talking about it and I've heard recent rumblings here and there about it, and 'Oh, there's a scripting coming in' - maybe last weekend there was a script handed in, so it's brewing."

Speaking of sequels at Fox, "The Simpsons" executive producer James L. Brooks has confirmed that he has been asked »

- Garth Franklin

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Jon Stewart took a rare night off from 'The Daily Show' due to illness

7 October 2014 10:49 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jon Stewart took a rare night off from “The Daily Show” due to illness Correspondent Jason Jones and, later, his wife Samantha Bee filled in for Stewart, who is expected to return on Tuesday. Their guest was former correspondent Wyatt Cenac. Plus: Jason Jones is no John Oliver. False gunshot report prompts Lapd to rush to Stephen Collins’ home Tuesday night Former “Baywatch” star Donna D'Errico tweeted and later deleted the following tweet: “That guy from ‘7th Heaven’ lives right around the corner from me & just shot himself a few minutes ago.” In fact, Collins wasn't home but he's okay. Ryan Murphy says he's close to getting Neil Patrick Harris aboard “American Horror Story" "I'm working on something and hopefully we will talk next week,” he says. "He's game. He had very specific ideas of what he wanted to do, and I had very specific ideas, so we're melding them. »

- Norman Weiss

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James L. Brooks discusses a Simpsons movie sequel

7 October 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As The Simpsons celebrates its 25th anniversary, producer James L. Brooks has been talking about the possibility of the beloved characters returning to the big screen for a sequel to 2007’s The Simpsons Movie, stating that they’ve been asked to do another feature, but they are yet to start any development… and seem reluctant to do so.

“We’ve been asked to but we haven’t. But we’re doing a lot of other stuff and that’s really… I don’t know what it’d be like a second time,” Brooks tells The Hollywood Reporter. “The first time it was, you know, we felt we were risking everything, risking everything about The Simpsons. What if the movie stunk and stuff like that. And I think it took us two years just to get loose. Just to breathe a little like we do on the show. And so it »

- Gary Collinson

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Fox Wants A Simpsons Movie Sequel, Here's The Latest

7 October 2014 9:49 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Just how many Simpsons stories do you think the creative team have left? The animation series has been on the air since 1989, spanning a massive 26 seasons. And in 2007, the talent took on an Under the Dome-type spoof story for the feature-length The Simpsons Movie. But will they do it again? James L. Brooks, executive producer on the Simpsons saga, admits in an interview with THR that he has been asked by 20th Century Fox to come up with an idea for a Simpsons sequel. But before you get your hopes up, Brooks sprinkles cold water on the possible project, saying: We have been asked to [develop it], but we haven.t. We.re doing a lot of other stuff." That "other" stuff likely refers to the ongoing television series. It also could refer to live events like the Hollywood Bowl Simpsons show that recently was held in Los Angeles. This »

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Obama, Biden and Hillary Clinton Hitting Up Hollywood for Last-Minute Midterm Cash

6 October 2014 1:33 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With the November midterm elections less than a month away, Barack Obama and Joe Biden are back in Los Angeles this week to raise more Hollywood cash amid concerns that the Democrats could lose their majority in the U.S. Senate. Biden will arrive this afternoon for an evening cocktail reception with Nancy Pelosi at the Brentwood mansion of Fox Filmed Entertainment chief Jim Gianopoulos. The event, called "When Women Succeed America Succeeds," is being co-hosted by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Peter Chernin, Barry Meyer, Hope Warschaw, John Law and James L. Brooks. (The event will include a special performance

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- Tina Daunt

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