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Bill Nye, Rob Reiner, Fran Lebowitz Topline Real Time with Bill Maher

17 February 2015 2:53 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

TV Picks: Real Time with Bill Maher continues the witty sharp salon of thinkers and sometimes stinkers who are moderated by comic/pundit and cultural analyst Bill Maher. Maher consistently books guess who cover the political gamut and intersperses with guests who are leaders of science, economics, spirituality (despite Maher’s aversion to religion) and top entertainment personalities too. It never bores.This coming Friday sees singer Aloe Blacc as the top of the show interview, Fran Lebowitz as the mid-show interview and the roundtable guests are reporter Elahe Izadi, science educator Bill Nye and director Rob Reiner.The music industry is in a […] »

- April Neale

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Oscars: Variety Critics and Pundits Debate the Films

17 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

We asked Variety’s trio of top critics and our awards gurus to weigh in on 2014 cinematically with these questions:

1. How do you rate 2014 against other years cinematically?

2. What is the scandal/most talked or not talked about issue of the year?

3. What aspect of the year in film made you stand up and say bravo?

Here are their answers.

Tim Gray, Awards Editor

1. I can’t answer this question until 2030, when we see what movies held up. But until then, I would rate the year highly. That’s based on the fact that we have at least four movies that could easily win best picture, and deserve to. Some years, it’s slim pickings, but there are some terrific films this year.

2. The most unsettling story is the Sony hacking. I feel bad for all those people who had their Social Security numbers and private information made public. And »

- Variety Staff

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New Girl Video: It's Her Dad's Wedding Day, So Where Is Jess' Date?

17 February 2015 6:30 AM, PST | | See recent news »

You had one job, New Girl‘s Ryan…

When Jess’ long-distance honey fails to keep the first big promise he’s made since returning to England — being her date for her dad’s wedding — the news doesn’t sit well with her mom (returning guest star Jamie Lee Curtis) or the rest of the roomies.

Photos New Girl‘s Zooey Deschanel on Being the ‘Female Jordan Catalano’ — Plus: Pics From Jess’ Dad’s Wedding

In this exclusive sneak peek at Tuesday’s episode (Fox, 9/8c), writer Nina Pedrad takes us through Jess’ trip home, including her best man duties, the »

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9 uplifting films on Netflix to get you through winter

17 February 2015 2:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Winter is long and hard, and it seems to just get harder as we wade further and further in. The days keep getting colder and greyer, summer feels a long way off, and sometimes the only rational option is to hole up on the sofa and watch some feel good films to help you forget the world outside.

Here are some of Digital Spy's favourite movies - all available on to watch on Netflix right now - to help us get through the season that never seems to end:

1. Forrest Gump

The unlikely adventures of Forrest Gump, a man who trips with blissful unawareness through some of the most important events of 20th century Us history are endlessly quotable, totally hilarious and offers a look at the world through clear, innocent eyes.

This is Tom Hanks at his very best, and you can compare Robin Wright's performance in this »

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The 'Saturday Night Live' story told through its sketches

12 February 2015 6:05 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On the eve of its 40th anniversary special (though the anniversary itself isn't until October), what is left to say about "Saturday Night Live"? There have been multiple books written about the show, several documentaries, countless essays — riding the never-ending roller-coaster between "Saturday Night Dead" and "Saturday Night Lives Again!" — best-ofs, worst-ofs, and every other kind of list you can think of. I don't know that anything I write over the next few pages will provide new insight into one of the most influential comedy shows ever made, but I wondered if you could tell the story of the show — through good times and bad, through revolutions and evolutions and retrenchments — by looking at its sketches. I wound up picking 21 in all: some among the show's most famous, some obscure but important. These aren't meant as a definitive breakdown of the best "SNL" ever had to offer, but as a »

- Alan Sepinwall

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The 25 Best Romantic Comedies Since When Harry Met Sally

11 February 2015 8:35 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

This article was originally published in February 2014. We are rerunning it with Valentine's Day coming up. Twenty-five years ago, When Harry Met Sally revolutionized the romantic comedy. Sure, this film genre had been around since the earliest days of cinema, and had once been the domain of giants like Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch and Stanley Donen. But Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron’s 1989 hit, with its slick, highly quotable back-and-forth between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, as well as its oddly self-reflective quality, felt like something strange and new — the Star Wars of romantic comedies. It wasn’t just a romantic comedy, it was a rom-com. We’ve been living in its wake ever since, and Valentine's Day seemed like a good time to look at the 25 intervening years and pick our favorites.A couple of caveats: We focused only on American and British rom-coms. In part, this was »

- Bilge Ebiri,David Edelstein

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New Girl's Zooey Deschanel on Being the 'Female Jordan Catalano' — Plus: New Pics from Jess' Dad's Wedding

9 February 2015 6:24 AM, PST | | See recent news »

There was a period in New Girl star Zooey Deschanel‘s adolescence, the actress says, when she bore a striking resemblance to My So-Called Life‘s flannel-clad heartthrob.

And on Tuesday, Feb. 17, you’ll get to see for yourself.

Related New Girl‘s Zooey Deschanel Is Expecting — Will Jess Be, Too?

The episode (Fox, 9/8c) finds Jess and the gang traveling to Oregon for Bob and Ashley’s wedding — yep, that crazy pair is really going through with it.

The trip also provides a chance for the roomies to examine remnants from their pal’s past (including the aforementioned Jared Leto haircut, »

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Scarlett Johansson

8 February 2015 12:54 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Born on November the 22nd in 1984 in New York, Scarlett Johansson is a highly successful actress, model and sometimes singer. She is 5′ 4″ tall, part Danish, part Polish and part Russian.

Having begun acting as a child, she made her film debut at just nine years old, playing Laura Nelson in Rob Reiner’s North. She has since gone on to star in critically acclaimed movies like Hitchock and Lost in Translation, big budget blockbusters like The Avengers and Lucy, and a few she’d probably rather forget like like Home Alone 3 and Eight Legged Freaks.

The gorgeous star was voted by readers of FHM as the “Sexiest Woman Alive” in 2006 and “Sexiest Celebrity of the Year” by Playboy readers in 2007 and has dated the likes of Jared Leto, Josh Hartnett and Ryan Reynolds. She is now married to Frenchman Romain Dauriac – the owner of an independent advertising agency – and »

- K.J. Stewart

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Cary Elwes on The Princess Bride: ‘I know what my epitaph will be’

4 February 2015 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Since its release in 1987, The Princess Bride has built a devoted following – nowhere more so than in the Freeman household. Hadley Freeman takes her family along to meet its dashing star Cary Elwes

Back in 1987, my mother took my little sister Nell and me to see a new movie she’d read something about in a newspaper: The Bride Princess, she thought, or maybe the The Princess Bride. This movie ended up changing my sister in a way that can only be described as profound. Before seeing The Princess Bride, Nell refused to wear dresses and didn’t much like books; afterwards, she relaxed the tomboyish dresscode and she read William Goldman’s extremely funny original novel, The Princess Bride, so many times that she got told off at school for bringing it in too much.

The reasons Nell loved The Princess Bride exemplify, I suspect, why it has become »

- Hadley Freeman

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Film Nerd 2.0 tackles sci-fi and silly waiters in a double-feature double-header

3 February 2015 7:25 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's Tuesday night, and I'm alone in my apartment for the first time in four days. It was nice to spend that kind of stretch with the boys after being at Sundance, and every day, we had things to do. There was a Super Bowl party, our first together, and an all-media screening of "The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water," as well as a play date with their buddies Dash and Beck. There was also always, though, a constant pressure to watch something. It's not from me, either. They are voracious, and now that they've got their own shelf of movies that they haven't seen but are allowed to see at the apartment, they are always in the middle of some negotiation with me about what they're going to watch and when. Lately, they've become infatuated with the idea of the double-feature, and I've learned that the best way »

- Drew McWeeny

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The Definitive Movies of 1995

30 January 2015 8:01 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 1990′s introduced the world to Quentin Tarantino, saw the creation of the Nc-17 rating, and began the slow call toward fully computer animated films. It began the slow (still slow) movement toward a more diverse industry, with the first African-American director earning an Oscar nomination (John Singleton for “Boyz in the Hood”). And the year after one of the greatest years in the history of film, 1995 came plodding along, trying to keep up. So, for the first definitive list of 2015, we are going to look back 20 years at a year that, at first glance, doesn’t look so hot. It’s ripe with flops, but it’s also full of debuts, trailblazing beginnings, and better films than it gets credit for. But, the caveat still stands: this is not a “best of” list. In fact, there are a lot of bad movies on this list. But, they are movies that made a cultural impact, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Win Tickets To The Princess Bride At B&B Theatre’s February Retro Night

29 January 2015 12:36 PM, PST | | See recent news »

B&B Wildwood Theatre is having their February Retro Night on Thursday, February 5th. They are showing the 1987 comedy, The Princess Bride. Shows are at 4pm & 7pm.

Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win free vouchers to see director Rob Reiner’s classic fairytale adventure. The movie stars Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, and Mandy Patinkin.

Answer the following: What was the name Westley used for the large rodents in the fire swamp? 

To Enter, Add Your Name, Answer And Email In Our Comments Section Below.

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be In The St. Louis Area The Day Of The Show.

2. No purchase necessary.

We will contact the winners by email.

For more info, click Here

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- Movie Geeks

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Lost in the Awards Rush: Nine

27 January 2015 8:00 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

"Lost in the Awards Rush" is a new weekly series Slackerwood is running during the awards season, to suggest lesser-known but excellent alternatives to popular frontrunners for big movie awards.

Upon its Broadway debut in 1987, Into the Woods was praised as an innovative, dark, bold and musically astounding work that, to this day, remains unequaled. Naturally, a movie version had to follow of this re-imagining of classic fairy tales and what happens after "happily ever after." Though there were plans for a Rob Reiner-directed movie adaptation featuring Cher, Goldie Hawn, Elijah Wood and Robin Williams in the early '90s, that sadly fell apart -- the notion of bringing a project so well regarded and towering in both story and scope seemed virtually impossible.

Enter Rob Marshall, who successfully brought Chicago (2002) (another seemingly un-adaptable Broadway sensation) to the screen and had set out to work similar wonders with what »

- Frank Calvillo

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Sundance 2015: 'Sleeping with Other People' is RomCom Done Right

25 January 2015 1:51 PM, PST | | See recent news »

One of my favorite romantic comedies of all time is When Harry Met Sally. It's classic, timeless and delivers the perfect depiction of friendship between the opposite sexes, dating and relationships. And while countless films have tried to duplicate the brilliance of director Rob Reiner and writer Nora Eprhon, many of them fall tragically short. But thankfully, we have Sleeping with Other People from Bachelorette writer and director Leslye Headland, and this is hopefully as close as we'll get to what is essentially a remake of the aforementioned 1989 romantic comedy staple. But the film has a style and attitude all its own. Headland herself describes the film as When Harry Met Sally for assholes, and since the story follows Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie), two people who have problems committing to relationships and cheat to get out of them, that's pretty damn accurate. They meet in college and »

- Ethan Anderton

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Mel Brooks & Jimmy Kimmel Set To Guest Star On FX’s ‘The Comedians’

18 January 2015 11:52 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Billy Crystal and Josh Gad are teaming up for The Comedians on FX, set to premiere April 9, and the duo will be joined by a slew of A-list guest stars.

Mel Brooks, Jimmy Kimmel, Rob Reiner and Steven Weber are all set to appear on the half-hour comedy, Crystal and Gad tell Variety.

The Comedians, which takes a behind the scenes look at a veteran comedian (Crystal) paired with a much younger up-and-comer (Gad) for a late-night sketch comedy show, also stars Stephanie Weir, Matt Oberg and Megan Ferguson.

Crystal stars and serves as exec producer/writer on the project, which was handed a 13-episode series order early last year, alongside Larry Charles, Matt Nix and Ben Wexler. Charles directed the pilot.


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Feature: Top 25 Interviews of 2014, By Patrick McDonald

12 January 2015 12:48 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – One of the specialities of is the film and personality interview. The majority of these chats came through me, Patrick McDonald, and I couldn’t narrow it down to a top 10 or even a top 20. For 2014, there were 25 top interviews, and it is a diverse range of voices.

It is a privilege to get the opportunity to participate in the promotional tours, awards ceremonies, film festivals, book appearances, phoners and other lucky happenstances that feature the notable among us. To whittle down the list, I mostly thought about what was said in these interviews, whether inspirational or provocative – plus the status of the participants, whether they are up-and-coming or established.

The interview highlights are broken down by “Background and Behind-the-Scenes” and the “Memorable Quote” associated with each subject, and are often accompanied with exclusive photography by Joe Arce of Four notables who just missed the »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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The Princess Bride mobile game available now, watch the trailer here

11 January 2015 1:34 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Gameblend Studios has released a new mobile game based upon the beloved 1987 comedy The Princess Bride, which allows gamers the opportunity to relive memorable scenes from the Rob Reiner-directed movie across four distinct minigames:

– Survive the Shrieking Eels!

– Climb the Cliffs of Insanity!

– Sword duel with Inigo!

– Wrestle your favorite Giant!

Check out the trailer here…

The Princess Bride – The Official Game is available now on iOS.

The post The Princess Bride mobile game available now, watch the trailer here appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Gary Collinson

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Disney PR Exec Elizabeth Kaltman Dies at 41

10 January 2015 9:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Elizabeth Kaltman, a senior PR executive at the Walt Disney Studios, died at her home on Saturday, after a two-year battle with colon cancer. She was 41.

A native of Los Angeles, Kaltman joined Disney in 2011, as director of global communications, after having spent five years as VP of communications at the Motion Picture Assn. of America.

Before that, Kaltman also held positions in L.A. city government, serving as communications director for City Council member Wendy Greuel and as a top press aide to Mayor James K. Hahn.

She also had been a project manager for Rob Reiner’s childhood foundation I Am Your Child.

Kaltman is survived by her husband, Adam Barondess, and daughter, Lucy.

Details of a memorial will provided soon by her family.


- Variety Staff

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Jennifer Aniston Celebrates Her Success With Good Friends and a Sexy Fiancé

7 January 2015 11:05 AM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Jennifer Aniston was the guest of honor at a special lunch hosted by Arianna Huffington in La on Tuesday. The gathering was in celebration of Jennifer's highly acclaimed role in Cake, which recently garnered her nominations for Golden Globe, SAG, and Critics' Choice Movie awards. During the party, which was held at Arianna's home, Jennifer had the support of her fiancé, Justin Theroux, as well as her close friend Chelsea Handler and former Friends costar Lisa Kudrow. The event also brought out Salma Hayek, Nia Vardalos, and director Rob Reiner. Jen and Justin are back in La after ringing in the New Year in Mexico with a crew of couples that included John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney, and Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky. Most recently, Jen made headlines with her candid comments to InStyle magazine about her divorce from Brad Pitt and how her life »

- Brittney-Stephens

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Wrap Screening Series – Dustin Lance Black Presents ‘Case Against 8′: Our Stories Change Minds Towards Equality

6 January 2015 12:14 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Charting a course through heavy court battles, hate demonstrations and a few sweet victories, Ben Cotner and Ryan White’s documentary “The Case Against 8″ made a stop at TheWrap’s Awards Screening Series on Monday in Los Angeles.

Cotner and White brought the film’s subjects, plaintiffs Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami  in the landmark case to overturn California’s same-sex marriage ban, composer Blake Neely and editor Katie Amend to the Landmark Theaters for a screening and Q&A moderated by TheWrap Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman.

Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for his original screenplay for “Milk, »

- Matt Donnelly

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