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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,
It's Bank Holiday Monday, and that can mean only one thing... parking yourself on the sofa for an epic movie marathon. There really is something for everyone, from shaggy dogs to sorcerers and space adventures.
Digital Spy rounds up nine films worth watching on TV today.
1. Beethoven - 9.25am, ITV2
Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt head up the Newton family, who find their lives flipped upside down with the arrival of a puppy who swiftly grows into a slobbering, troublemaking St Bernard. This is just about the best way to kick off Bank Holiday Monday!
2. Flash Gordon - 11.15am, More4
Arriving hot on the heels of Star Wars, this sci-fi adventure got panned by critics on initial release but has since acquired cult status thanks to some booming performances from thesps like Timothy Dalton and Brian Blessed, and Queen's thundering soundtrack.
It's hard to believe, but next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the childrens' book adaptation Jumanji. And while the film starring Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, David Alan Grier and a young Kirsten Dunst isn't exactly a modern classic, it certainly holds a nostalgic place in the hearts of many children of the 90s. Though many of the special effects in the film are laughable now, mostly the terribly crafted computer animated monkeys, they were state-of-the-art at the time, and helped make this jungle adventure fun for the whole family. And now you can commemorate your love of the movie, or the book, by purchasing an incredible handcrafted replica of the board game. It's truly a remarkable piece of woodwork. JoBlo called our attention to prop maker Gemma Wright, who is offering this for sale: In the jungle you must wait until the dice read five or eight... And »
- Ethan Anderton
Chicago – It was a cold Chicago day in May, typical of the endless winter. The coffee shop was warm and inviting, as I waited to interview the comedy icon, Cindy Caponera. She had written a book – “I Triggered Her Bully” – but as she walked in I was more interested in what she was wearing.
Her pullover was resplendent with an inlayed collar design, a thread embroidery that took me back to the court of Marie Antoinette. She paired that with one of the latest and hottest styles, the casual stretch pant, which she pulled off like a young Audrey Hepburn brought back to life for a chocolate ad. Her manicure, which she described as “mediocre,” glowed under the halogen lamps of the shop like Michael Jackson brought back to life as a sequined corpse. She said she had spent 45 minutes to make her eyebrows less purple, and as I looked more closely, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The new Pixar short Radiator Springs 500 ½, available for free in the “Discover” section of the Disney Movies Anywhere digital movie service (www.DisneyMoviesAnywhere.com), is about a leisurely drive that’s planned in honor of Radiator Springs’ town founder, Stanley. When Baja racing pros descend on the town and challenge Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson), they head out on a treacherously wild course that they hope they can survive. Directed by Rob Gibbs and Scott Morse, the approximately six-minute short also features the voices of Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Steve Purcell, John Cygan and Jess Harnell. During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, director Rob Gibbs talked about how the idea for this short came about, how they decide on the type and look of any new car they bring into the Cars universe, why this story centers around Lightning McQueen, exploring new aspects of Radiator Springs, »
- Christina Radish
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Everyone's favorite teen Pi Veronica Mars is all grown up. She's living in NYC with Piz and just about to snag a plum lawyer gig when she's called back to Neptune to help out her ex Logan. In typical Logan fashion, he's in legal hot water - this time around, he's accused of murdering his girlfriend. Oh, it's also their high school reunion. Fun times!
Why We're In: Okay, if you're a diehard Marshmallow, chances are you're already getting a copy of the movie from Kickstarter. But, hey, while you wait for them to be sent out, why not snag an extra copy or two?
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Ace in the Hole" (Criterion)
What's It About? Kirk Douglas stars as a ruthless reporter scheming to keep his latest scoop in the headlines. A classic film noir, »
- Jenni Miller
Godzilla 1954, Mickey Rooney, Giant Ants, Fascists, and rarely seen ‘Musty Stuffer’: Eclectic Packard Theater movies in May 2014 (photo: ‘Godzilla’) Godzilla 1954, Mickey Rooney, military fascists, deadly giant ants, racing car drivers, and The Mishaps of Musty Suffer, a super-rare slapstick comedy series from the 1910s, are a few of the highlights at the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theater in May 2014. Godzilla 1954 and fellow movie monsters Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla 2014, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, and Bryan Cranston, opens on May 16 in much of the world. On May 8 at the Packard Theater, you’ll get the chance to check out Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla 1954 aka Gojira — in the original, Toho-released, Japanese-language version (i.e., without Raymond Burr). As part of its Godzilla double bill, the Packard Theater will also present Motoyoshi Oda’s Gigantis, the Fire Monster aka Godzilla Raids Again (1955). Besides Godzilla, the Packard Theater will »
- Andre Soares
Since the CBS sitcom "The Crazy Ones" hasn't been a runaway hit, it's time for Robin Williams to go back to the well. Over two years ago, Williams was asked about the possibility of returning for a sequel to the 90s comedy Mrs. Doubtfire, one of the biggest hits of the comedian's career on the big screen. At the time, Williams seemed doubtful saying, "They could never write it." But it's time to dust off the old wig, because THR reports Mrs. Doubtfire 2 is back on the table at Fox 2000 with both Williams and the director Chris Columbus returning for the sequel and Elf screenwriter David Berenbaum working on the screenplay. A potential sequel has been in development since 2001, when Williams' Jumanji co-star and occasional writer Bonnie Hunt was commissioned to try to make the script work. Williams previously said, "They kept trying and it doesn't work... because at the »
- Ethan Anderton
Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger today announced that Pixar Animation Studios is developing a third big screen Cars adventure as well as a sequel to Brad Bird's 2004 superhero adventure The Incredibles . The announcement was made during a meeting of shareholders and D23 Members during the company's annual meeting today in Portland, Oregon. Directed by John Lasseter, the original Cars was released in 2006 and featured the voice talents of OWen Wilson, Larry the Cable the Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman and many more. A sequel, Cars 2 , was released in 2011 with Disneytoon Studios taking over the property for a spinoff feature, Planes , that was released to the big screen last year. A sequel to that film, Planes: Fire & Rescue is set for release on July 18, also »
9 items from 2014
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