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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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Ricci Martin, Son of Legend Dean Martin, Has Died at 62: Reports

7 August 2016 5:50 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ricci Martin, an entertainer and the youngest son of legend Dean Martin has died, according to multiple reports. He was 62. Family members say Martin was found dead at his home in Utah on Wednesday, according to Variety. A cause of death has not yet been determined, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Martin followed his father into show business, working as a musician and entertainer. In the 1970s, he released a single, "Stop, Look Around" with Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys. The two also worked together on Martin's album, Beached. Wilson, who died in 1998, went on to marry Martin's sister »

- Maria Mercedes Lara, @maria_mercedes

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Ricci Martin Dies: Entertainer & Youngest Son Of Dean Martin Was 62

6 August 2016 2:29 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Ricci Martin, the youngest son of musical legend Dean Martin and a musician & entertainer in his own right who most recently performed in a touring tribute to his father died Wednesday in his home in Utah. His family made the news public today; no cause of death has yet been determined. Born Ricci James Martin on Sept. 20, 1953, Martin grew up in Beverly Hills surrounded by Dean Martin’s famous friends and associates, experiences he recounted in his 2002 autobiography… »

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Ricci Martin Dies: Entertainer & Youngest Son Of Dean Martin Was 62

6 August 2016 2:29 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Ricci Martin, the youngest son of musical legend Dean Martin and a musician & entertainer in his own right who most recently performed in a touring tribute to his father died Wednesday in his home in Utah. His family made the news public today; no cause of death has yet been determined. Born Ricci James Martin on Sept. 20, 1953, Martin grew up in Beverly Hills surrounded by Dean Martin’s famous friends and associates, experiences he recounted in his 2002 autobiography… »

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Interview: Norman Lear of ‘Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You’

1 August 2016 11:41 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Norman Lear is one of the greatest TV creators of the 20th Century, and beyond. The producer was a titan of 1970s television, with shows like “All in the Family,” “Good Times,” “Maude” and “Sanford and Son.” He is the topic of a new film documentary, “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.”

Lear is the embodiment of television history, having worked in the medium since its advent in the 1950s. He began with partner Ed Simmons, writing for shows like the “Ford Star Revue” and “The Colgate Comedy Hour” (with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis). Throughout the 1950s and ‘60s, he produced television that was common at the time – star oriented and non-controversial – while also writing and producing movie satire like “Divorce, American Style” and “Cold Turkey,” with partner Bud Yorkin. In the late 1960s, he began to work on a pilot called “Justice for All,” featuring a bigoted character named “Archie Justice. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Princess Charlene and Prince Albert Are Coming to America - Find Out Where!

27 July 2016 7:50 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene are headed to the U.S. First, the royal couple will visit Washington, D.C., in late September "to celebrate the 10th anniversary of diplomatic relations and the exchange of ambassadors between Monaco and the United States," Prince Albert told People in a recent interview. The next day, they'll be in New York City to inaugurate a new Cartier store, which will feature a tribute to Albert's parents, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. They'll also return to New York in October to attend the annual Princess Grace Foundation dinner. • Want to keep up with the latest royals coverage? »

- Peter Mikelbank, @pmikelbank

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All the Original Ghostbusters

15 July 2016 8:49 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

A history of paranormal exterminators in pop culture pre-1984.

Anytime you have a remake or reboot of a popular movie or franchise, fans of the original are going to whine about it. With Ghostbusters, there’s a new level of objection, some of it stemming from the same sort of nostalgic ownership of any beloved property from childhood and some of it arising out of misogyny. The only thing they ought to be concerned with is whether or not fans of the new movie will recognize its roots. And that’s not exclusive to the 1984 movie it’s based on and its 1989 sequel, Ghostbusters II.

The Ghost Busters

Most famously, there was already something titled The Ghost Busters, a live-action TV series for children that ran for 15 episodes in 1975 and featured two men and a gorilla hunting mostly spirits and also sometimes famous monsters like Dracula and Dr. Frankenstein’s Creature. The »

- Christopher Campbell

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Producer Euan Lloyd: A Personal Rememberance

4 July 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

Over the last year the entertainment industry has suffered incalculable losses of talented people. Some of them hit home personally, as is the case with producer Euan Lloyd, who passed away this weekend in London. I first met Euan in 1978 when I was attending college in New Jersey. I had the enviable gig of being the film critic for the campus newspaper, which afforded me the opportunity to routinely attend press screenings of forthcoming films in New York, which was a stone's throw across the river from my native Jersey City. I had read about the upcoming release of "The Wild Geese" which seemed to promise a "too-good-to-be-true" cast composed of some of my favorite actors (Richard Burton, Roger Moore and Richard Harris above all) in the kind of gritty, macho British war flick that I had become addicted to ever since seeing "Zulu" at age 8. To »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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30 years ago today: ‘Karate Kid II’ showed us the Glory of Love

20 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

30 years ago today, audiences were treated again to the utterly watchable pair of Daniel and Mr. Miyagi. The Karate Kid, Part II opened in theaters on June 20, 1986. In the sequel, released two years after the original film, Daniel’s wax on, wax off early training days are behind him, and he’s impressively slicing through six blocks of ice. The boy and his mentor travel together to Mr. Miyagi’s home village in Okinawa, Japan. Sparks fly between Daniel and Kumiko, the niece of Mr. Miyagi’s childhood girlfriend, to the synthesizer-tastic tune of “Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera. The song hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 later that summer and got an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. Other notable June 20 happenings in pop culture history: • 1948: The Ed Sullivan Show — then titled Toast of the Town — premiered on CBS. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis performed in that first episode, »

- Emily Rome

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DVD Review – The Firm (1988)

19 June 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Firm, 1988.

Directed by Alan Clarke.

Starring Gary Oldman, Lesley Manville, Phil Davies and Steve McFadden.

Synopsis:

Rival football fans organise a fight before a big match…

Euro 2016 is kicking off across France and news bulletins tell us about violence between British fans and other supporters. This is the perfect moment to reevaluate Alan Clarke’s The Firm. Acknowledging the joy of football, Clarke doesn’t shy away from the uglier side of the game as vandalism, abuse and dominance play its part in the support of a local team. From the moment The Firm starts, there is a romance surrounding the sport. Men on the field as Dean Martin’s ‘That’s Amore’ plays on the sound track is anything but subtle. This is in contrast with a malicious attack on cars and clothing in the changing rooms. The conscious, lingering question is whether it’s a love of »

- Simon Columb

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The Most Stylish Men of Hollywood

16 June 2016 10:02 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

When it comes to style in Hollywood you just have to look at the numerous award ceremonies to see it in action. Looking at Hollywood through the years though, we see fashions and styles that have defined eras and stuck in our memories. Here are some men that have managed to stay stylish in a stylish way.

Humphrey Bogart

It is fair to say that many actors alive today would love to have the coolness that oozes out of Humphrey Bogart when we see him on screen. Always in a suit, and sometimes in a trench coat when he was on his Noir style adventures Bogart had it all. Effortlessly cool, Humphrey Bogart is one of the most iconic men ever to grace the silver screen.

Clark Gable

If an actor could match Bogart’s domination of Hollywood style it would have to be Clark Gable. Gone with the Wind »

- The Hollywood News

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Remember Gandhi? Baby Jake? Harlow?

7 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

On this day in movie related history...

1893 Mahatma Gandhi committed his first act of civil disobedience refusing to move from a whites only first class section of a train. He had a valid ticket, after all. He was forcibly ejected in South Africa's Pietermaritzburg Railway Station. This event and many others from his nonviolent revolution were reenacted by Ben Kingsley in Gandhi, Oscar's Best Picture of 1982. (You can cover a lot with a running time of 191 minutes.)

1909 Jessica Tandy is born. Steals Michelle Pfeiffer's Oscar 80 years, 9 months, and 19 days later.

1917 Rat Pack royalty Dean Martin is born. Centennial next year.

1928 Perpetually underappreciated and totally awesome director James Ivory is born. Later makes masterpieces like A Room With a View and Howards End. Where's his Honorary Oscar, AMPAS? He's 87 people get on that immediately. 

1937 The original Bombshell, Jean Harlow dies suddenly at the peak of her fame at the age of 26. Where's her biopic? »

- NATHANIEL R

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Back Inside Innerspace, Joe Dante’s Fantastic Voyage

27 May 2016 7:45 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Stop me if you’ve heard this idea for a movie: Dean Martin gets miniaturized and injected into the body of Jerry Lewis.

That’s the pitch for Joe Dante’s 1987 film Innerspace, his last collaboration with producer Steven Spielberg until making Small Soldiers for DreamWorks in 1998. Made between his contributions to the outrageous 1986 anthology comedy Amazon Women on the Moon and his darkly comic 1989 movie The ’Burbs, Innerspace could be considered Joe Dante’s most commercial film. Not only did it carry the Spielberg brand, it was also cast with big stars (Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, and Meg Ryan) and boasted impressive, state-of-the-art special effects and a high concept that was sure to bring people out to the theater. And yet, for some reason, the movie was something of a box office disappointment when it was released in the summer of 1987; though the film’s final budget is difficult to pin down, »

- Patrick Bromley

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Alki David’s Hologram USA Announces Judy Garland Hologram For World Tour in 2017

2 May 2016 7:03 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Iconic singer and actress Judy Garland died at age 47 in 1969, but that won’t stop her from performing at a theater near you in 2017. Hologram USA — the same company that brought Whitney Houston, Redd Foxx, and Dean Martin back to life — will take Judy garland on the road with new world tour in 2017, in a partnership with Royal Rainbow Productions, FilmOn TV, and the Garland estate. “Every show is a little different,” Alki David, Hologram USA CEO, explained. “We have different technologies other than just the projections, certain novel animation techniques, voice modulations, things like that that sort of make the projection really as spectacular  [ Read More ]

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- Rudie Obias

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All the Colors Left With You: Grieving in Life and "The Courtship of Eddie's Father"

1 May 2016 7:28 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

On January 22nd of this year I lost someone very close to me. The someone I was closest to, in fact. She was (is) my best friend, my daughter. The love of my life a lot of people say, though this someone wasn’t actually a person. She was better—she was a dog. A nearly 19-year-old Silver Dapple Dachshund named Elizabeth Alaina Freeman, Libby for short. I got her when I was 11 and going through my Queen Elizabeth I phase. I was there when she was born, was the first person she saw when she opened her eyes and the first to hold her. As fate mercifully had it, I was also the last person she saw and the last one to hold her. She died in my arms while I was sleeping. I woke to find her looking at me, eyes unmoving.Last week I turned 30. It was »

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Find Famous Scenes from Films at Interactive Map Jackpot City

28 April 2016 9:21 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Las Vegas has always had a place on the map – especially the star maps – since the Strip really took off in the post war boom of the 1960s. The film industry in particular has helped to drive its growth, with the extravagance and opulence of the Las Vegas Strip having provided the backdrop for many an exciting film. Starting with 1960’s Ocean’s Eleven, the film starred perhaps one of history’s most loved celebrities, Frank Sinatra alongside Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. Since then, countless films have either been based in, or had scenes in Las Vegas with

Find Famous Scenes from Films at Interactive Map Jackpot City »

- Nat Berman

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The Notorious B.I.G. Will Have One More Chance To Hypnotize You…. As A New Hologram From Hologram USA and Billionarie Alki David

29 March 2016 2:10 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

“B-i-g P-o-p-p-a!!” Although The Notorious B.I.G. died on March 9, 1997, that won’t stop biggie from performing at a theater near you. Hologram USA, the company that brought Whitney Houston, Redd Foxx, Jackie Wilson, and Dean Martin back to life in a partnership with FilmOn TV and the Notorious B.I.G. estate. “We actually are in development with a hologram, but I don’t necessarily know to what extent I’m gonna perform with it. But I want to debut it in the first video for the album, and maybe use it a little bit performing live,” said R&B star and Biggie Smalls widow Faith Evans said on the Dame Dash Radio Show.  [ Read More ]

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- Rudie Obias

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Interviews: Flashback to Nia Vardalos, Lainie Kazan of ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’

25 March 2016 3:47 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The second biggest release of the 2016 Easter Weekend is “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.” The sequel to the 2002 mega-hit, the film rolls out the same weekend as a certain “Bats v Supes,” but is a bit quieter – and more Greek – than its weekend neighbors. In anticipation of the new “Wedding,” HollywoodChicago.com reruns a couple interviews from featured stars Nia Vardalos and Lainie Kazan.

Nia Vardalos, Actress & Screenwriter, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

The Nia Vardalos story began with the first “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (2002). She was doing a one woman show version of the story, when Rita Wilson – wife of Tom Hanks, and a Greek actress herself – came backstage and told Vardalos that it would make a great film. With that, Vardalos gave Wilson the already completed screenplay, and the rest is film history. Since then, Nia Vardalos has written and starred in several films, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Wedding Music: 50 Upbeat Recessional Songs

22 March 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Need some help planning out the music for your wedding? Not only do we have a complete guide, but we also have suggestions for songs for all aspects of the wedding. We gave you ideas for the processional, which is when you walk down the aisle. Now it's time for the companion piece: recessional songs! Also known as when you walk back up the aisle after saying "I do," the recessional signifies that it's time to celebrate. We have 50 ideas that will work for you, whether you want a classic or modern feel, whether you love Dean Martin or Beyoncé. Related: Wedding Music Ideas: 100 Songs For Your First Dance Wedding Music Ideas: 50 Songs For Your Walk Down the Aisle Wedding Music: 60 Father-Daughter Dance Songs A Guide to Picking Out the Songs For Your Wedding »

- Shannon Vestal Robson

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Get Hard Director Lends New Lease Of Life To The Cannonball Run Remake

16 March 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Get Hard director Etan Cohen will direct the long-gestating The Cannonball Run remake, according to Deadline.

Warner Bros. has acquired the rights for the property, citing that the new interpretation isn’t being viewed as an out-and-out remake; rather, Warner is hoping to relaunch the “Cannonball sea to shining sea memorial trophy race” that played out across the 80s comedy flick and its two sequels, Cannonball Run 2 and Speed ZoneBurt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dom DeLuise were just some of the stars that featured across the cult comedy series.

Cohen (Tropic Thunder, Men in Black 3) will take point to write and direct the modern rendition of The Cannonball Run, flanked by Andre Morgan, Alan Gasmer (Vikings) and Jesse Ehrman who are attached to produce.

Indeed, this isn’t the first time that a potential do-over of The Cannonball Run has flirted »

- Michael Briers

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