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"I wouldn't have made the movie if it wasn't for Robin's encouragement."-- Director Bobcat Goldthwait on Call Me Lucky.The first time I interviewed actor-turned-director Bobcat Goldthwait, it was for the weird and wonderful World's Greatest Dad, starring the late, irreplaceable Robin Williams. (You can read that interview here). The film was an unexpected wallop, and is even more important to me now. Goldthwait continues to switch up his filmmaking, taking on different genres and styles. Last year he made a great horror film called Willow Creek. It's a found footage film, but unlike most found footage films made today, he brought originality and terror to the exhausted sub-genre. There's a 20-minute single take scene that's guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand straight...
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Read More: What John Waters Learned About Bobcat Goldthwait in Provincetown Bobcat Goldthwait, who had his start as an actor in the "Police Academy" series, has had a well-rounded career, spanning from acting, stand-up comedy all the way to directing. He recently sat down with Larry King for "Larry King Now" to discuss directing his latest project, "Call Me Lucky." While chatting with King, Goldthwait expresses being initially nervous to direct Robin Williams in "World's Best Dad" and how the experience actually helped their friendship strengthen. He also openly talks about William's death, including being diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, the second most progressive dementia after Alzheimer's disease, in his coroner's report. Goldthwait gets choked up while sharing his fondest memories with his best friend. Check out the clip below, courtesy of Ora TV. You can check out another clip from the interview, where Goldthwait discusses »
- Kaeli Van Cott
Joining Spider-Man in the annals of dizzyingly rapid reboots, Fox’s second stab at “Fantastic Four” comes just eight years after the first try and its sequel, which didn’t set the bar inordinately high. Yet if this latest version, with a significantly younger cast (one’s tempted to call it “Fantastic Four High”), clears that threshold, it’s just barely, drawing from a different source to reimagine the quartet’s origins without conspicuously improving them. All told, the movie feels like a protracted teaser for a more exciting follow-up that, depending on whether audiences warm to this relatively low-key approach, might never happen. (Brian Lowry)
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Like David Bowie joining Bing Crosby for a medley of Christmas carols, “Ricki and the Flash” combines a number of promising elements that don’t seem to have any business being anywhere near each other, »
- Variety Staff
Without any exaggeration, I would call Bobcat Goldthwait one of the most consistently interesting and original filmmakers working today. When he first started turning out films like "Sleeping Dogs Lie" and "World's Greatest Dad," there was a quick moment where it seemed surprising to me that the guy from the "Police Academy" films could make those movies. That passed, though, and now the surprising part is that someone as thoughtful and articulate and big-hearted could have ever vanished into the character from those movies. I can't connect the guy I've been speaking with on and off for the last five or six years to the guy I saw perform live several times in the '80s, and I find him fascinating as a result. I wasn't nervous about having Bobcat in to the HitFix studios on Tuesday, but I was very nervous about meeting Barry Crimmins, the subject of "Call Me Lucky, »
- Drew McWeeny
“Call Me Lucky,” a Bobcat Goldthwait film focusing on Goldthwait’s friend and mentor Barry Crimmins, is a fantastic documentary exploring the life of a comedian-activist who has influenced so many big names in comedy as well as helped save an uncountable number of children from the perils of childhood pornography in online chat rooms. ShockYa was happy to speak to Goldthwait and Crimmins about the film, Crimmins’ impact on childhood online safety and what they hope people take away from the film. “Call Me Lucky” is now available in theaters. What was the inspiration for “Call Me Lucky”? Or, rather, what inspired you to make this documentary about Barry? Bobcat [ Read More ]
Bobcat Goldthwait got his odd nickname from his comedy club mentor, Barry “Bearcat” Crimmins, the patriarch of Boston’s standup comedy boom of the 1990s and early employer of Paula Poundstone, Denis Leary, and Stephen Wright. Unable to realize his dream of director pal Robin Williams in a Crimmins biopic, Goldthwait instead created “Call Me Lucky,” a documentary about Crimmins, whose act was a political rant akin to Lewis Black’s. Goldthwait has certainly come a long way since he trashed Crimmins’ place while high on booze, LSD and cocaine as a young comedian. (There’s a brief scene of the young, »
- Tim Appelo
Comedian turned film-maker Bobcat Goldthwait’s first documentary profiles a comedian who was raped as a child. Despite the tough subject matter, the film is Goldthwait’s most mainstream effort to date. Just don’t tell him that
Bobcat Goldthwait is worried.
The bad boy comedian turned adventurous filmmaker has long prided himself on being edgy. Hell, John Waters himself awarded him with the Filmmaker on the Edge award at the Provincetown international film festival in June. But Goldthwait’s new film – and first documentary – Call Me Lucky, threatens to soften the edge that’s distinguished his output since he turned heads with his twisted comedy Shakes the Clown.
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- Nigel M Smith
I recently had the opportunity to speak to writer/director/producer Bobcat Goldthwait about his new documentary Call Me Lucky, which chronicles the story of Barry Crimmins, political satirist and former stand-up comic and comedy club owner.
Himself a survivor of childhood abuse, Crimmins notoriously testified before the U.S. Senate in the 1990’s to expose internet service provider AOL for allowing images of child sexual abuse to be displayed and traded in its public chat rooms, before becoming somewhat of a recluse in the past few decades.
Read our review Here. Travis Keune says Call Me Lucky “may very well be one of the most important documentaries you will see in 2015.”
Wamg: First of all, I had never heard of Barry and his story and it was so fascinating to me. I know you have a lot of different projects going on –writing and producing and directing. Where did »
- Melissa Thompson
“Barry Crimmins is pissed.” That one, simple line does sum up the film rather well, but it doesn’t truly do justice to the new documentary from Bobcat Goldthwait. Call Me Lucky is the story behind the story of Barry Crimmins, a comedian’s comedian that heavily influenced the Boston comedy scene in the 80s and beyond, but may not be widely known today by the general public. This film is your chance to change that unfortunate hole in your intellectual experience.
Thinking back to the glory days of 1980s comedy, we’ll recall Bobcat Goldthwait as the wild, manic and seemingly uncontrollable comedian who spoke strangely, had crazy hair and appeared in the Police Academy movies huffing aerosol. This is not your 1980s Bobcat, having kicked his penchant for drugs and alcohol years ago, Goldthwait is now one of the most intriguing fringe filmmakers, push boundaries and testing limits with a very smart, »
- Travis Keune
Bobcat Goldthwait can recall the exact moment he knew he needed to make a film about his friend and mentor, Barry Crimmins. Crimmins had just learned that the man who raped him as a child died in prison. “I said, ‘How does that make you feel?'” Goldthwait recalled. “And he said, ‘I feel sad.’ I said, ‘Because you can’t confront him? There won’t be any closure?’ And he said, ‘No. Because he died alone.'”
Goldthwait was speaking to a packed crowd alongside Crimmins following a screening of their documentary “Call Me Lucky” this week in Hollywood. The film, which premiered to critical and audience raves at the Sundance Film Festival, opens this week in limited release. The film tracks Crimmins’ career as a standup comic beginning in the 1970s and his influence on a generation of comics (including Patton Oswalt and Marc Maron) whom he encouraged to find unique voices. »
- Jenelle Riley
I admit that when I first saw Bobcat Goldthwait on screen sometime in the 1980s, he of the Grover voice making me laugh in the second Police Academy movie, it never occurred to me that he'd be helming one of the most powerful and moving documentaries of the year. In the best, most charitable way, Call Me Lucky is a passion project for Goldthwait. The director traces the career of the film's subject, his mentor Barry Crimmins, as we learn of the rise of the Boston comedy scene and the wealth of talent that emerged from there. Crimmins was an astute chronicler of the time, a political comedian who raged with the best of them but did so with a specificity and eloquence that's rare....
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"It would've been easier to get actual Bigfoot footage," Bobcat Goldthwait says, on having to unearth clips of razor-tongued comedian-activist Barry Crimmins, the subject of his emotionally rich documentary Call Me Lucky. Though the Boston-based stand-up was an influence on no shortage of East Coast alt-comics in the Eighties and Nineties, Crimmins was the guy who bellowed biting jokes about the Hud scandal on Comic Strip Live, thus making his television footprint was relatively small. "It would've been easier to do a Gallagher doc," the director admits.
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"I want to prove F. Scott Fitzgerald wrong," Bobcat Goldthwait told me, "that there are no second acts." Not only has he directed seven films over the past decade, but he had a blast directing "Community." "Call Me Lucky," his third Sundance debut and first documentary, is a profile of standup comic Barry Crimmins. Goldthwait's last fiction film "Willow Creek" was a found footage Bigfoot movie with the filmmaker "interviewing actual folks in a town and putting them in a suspense scary buffet movie." So it was natural that he should go full documentary for "Call Me Lucky," which started with Goldthwait's best friend of 33 years, Robin Williams (he still gets teary when his name comes up), who was trying to make a scripted narrative movie about Crimmins. "It seemed like it was hard to get going that way," said Goldthwait back at Sundance. "So Robin suggested we »
- Anne Thompson
Creators and co-writers David Wain and Michael Showalter, members of ’90s MTV sketch group “The State,” premiered “Wet Hot American Summer” — featuring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Amy Poehler — at Sundance in 2001. The summer-camp satire, set in 1981, floundered in limited release. But word-of-mouth, special screenings and the ever-rising profile of its cast cultivated a rabid fanbase.
Rumors about a sequel and other ways to revisit the source material circulated for years. In May 2014, Variety exclusively confirmed Netflix’s interest in returning to the fictional Camp Firewood. Now, with the July 31 debut of an eight-episode prequel series, the talent and execs recount 15 years of false starts, creative hurdles and scheduling snafus leading to “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.”
Wain (director): It first came out in New York. It grossed seven thousand dollars that weekend and we were like, “That’s not bad!” because it was only in one theater. »
- Julie Seabaugh
Just a few days after Lavalantula debuted on Syfy this weekend, the cable network has given the green light for a sequel, entitled 2 Lava 2 Lantula. The title is a reference to Universal Pictures' 2003 sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious, but don't hold your breath for high-octane racing action in 2 Lava 2 Lantula. Syfy will release 2 Lava 2 Lantula as a 2016 summer movie, but no cast members or filmmakers have been confirmed quite yet.
Police Academy stars Steve Guttenberg, Leslie Easterbrook, Marion Ramsey and Michael Winslow reunited to star in Lavalantula, and the hope is to bring them all back. The story follows a "washed up 90s action hero actor" played by Steve Guttenberg, who joins forces with Leslie Easterbrook and Michael Winslow's characters to stop a monstrous swarm of bloodthirsty lava-breathing tarantulas who burn their victims alive. The supporting cast includes Nia Peeples, Danny Woodburn, Ralph Garman, Marion Ramsey, Jon Mack, D.J. Pierce and Patrick Renna. »
Read More: CineVegas Cancels 2010 Edition CineVegas is returning to the Strip this year for The Las Vegas Film Festival. After its six-year hiatus, the festival will present three features, including "Guiseppe Makes a Movie," "Jauja" and Bobcat Goldthwait's latest film,"Call Me Lucky." Goldthwait's documentary "Call Me Lucky" follows the volatile but brilliant comic Barry Crimmins and his experience with activism, comedy and politics. The documentary showcases his immense influence over renowned comedians, as well as his turbulent, but inspiring life story. "Giuseppe Makes A Movie" follows filmmaker/musician Giuseppe Andrews as he captures the psychotic and intriguing characters that live in his town of Ventura, California. The documentary is a collection of experimental vignettes Andrews culminated after staying in the trailer park where he grew up. Lisandro Alonso's film "Jauja" serves as the »
- Sarah Choi
The special was filmed earlier this summer at the Vic Theatre in Chicago and features Maron’s take on everything from religion and relationships to rage, Skype sex and ice cream. Maron wrote and produced the special, which is directed by Bobcat Goldthwait.
“I’m really excited about this special,” said Maron. “The Vic is an amazing theater and the crowd in Chicago was amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever been funnier and I should know.”
“Marc’s edgy, smart approach to comedy is admired not only by his peers, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Press Release: "(Los Angeles, CA – July 20, 2015) After a two year hiatus following the tragic death of cast member Dave Brockie, the popular sit-com Holliston will return for a third season in 2016 on the GeekNation digital network, it was announced today by ArieScope Pictures President and series creator/ show runner Adam Green in conjunction with GeekNation’s CEO Clare Kramer and COO Brian Keathley. The highly anticipated third season is set for a full 10-episode order to premiere on GeekNation’s digital streaming network next summer, making this the first time thatHolliston will be readily accessible for all, including audiences in many foreign countries that were unable to watch the series until now.
- Derek Anderson
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"I want to prove F. Scott Fitzgerald wrong," Bobcat Goldthwait told me at Sundance, "that there are no second acts." Not only has he directed seven films over the past decade, but he's also having a blast directing "Community." "Call Me Lucky," his third Sundance debut and first documentary, is a profile of standup comic Barry Crimmins. Goldthwait's last fiction film "Willow Creek" was a found footage Bigfoot movie with the filmmaker "interviewing actual folks in a town and putting them in a suspense scary buffet movie." So it was natural that he should go full documentary for "Call Me Lucky," which started with Goldthwait's best friend of 33 years, Robin Williams (he still gets teary when his name comes up), who was trying to make a scripted narrative movie about Crimmins. "It seemed like it was hard to get going that way," said Goldthwait. "So Robin suggested we make it as a documentary and we. »
- Anne Thompson
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