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Michael Douglas Sit-Down Interview Among New Additions to TCM Film Fest Program

Michael Douglas Sit-Down Interview Among New Additions to TCM Film Fest Program
As a part of the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival, Michael Douglas will sit down for an in-depth interview about his career.

The Hollywood-based fest has also announced a slew of special events, including Best in Show castmembers Fred Willard, John Michael Higgins, Jim Piddock and Bob Balaban discussing the 2000 mockumentary and a 40th anniversary screening of The Kentucky Fried Movie, with John Landis, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker set to participate in a post-screening discussion.

Douglas also will participate in a discussion following a screening of the 1979 thriller The China Syndrome, which he produced and starred in opposite...
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Rolling Stone's Top 100 TV show: Three mistakes and three oversights

  • Hitfix
Rolling Stone's Top 100 TV show: Three mistakes and three oversights
Rolling Stone just issued their list of the 'Top 100 Television Shows of All Time.' The rankings, which came from a survey of actors, writers, critics, and producers, includes all the shows you’d expect like Seinfeld, The Simpsons, The Sopranos. And a bunch of other programs that don’t start with the letter “S.” It’s a pretty comprehensive list and a reminder of how many great shows there have been even before what we’re now calling the Golden Age of television. Like any “top” anything list, there’s controversy. And we’re more than happy to dive into that topic. One thing we didn’t do is re-rank everything. If we did that, we’d be here forever and you wouldn’t want to read any further. So rather than that, we’ve just picked three shows that made the list that shouldn’t have and three replacements to fill those gaps.
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The 50 Best Comedies of the 21st Century Thus Far

No genre is more subjective than comedy. What makes one person laugh may make another cringe. Some “comedies” may only result in a few chuckles while watching, yet are heightened as one looks back. Others may cause constant laughter, yet are forgettable after theater’s lights come on.

With Seth Rogen‘s latest comedy, Sausage Party, arriving in theaters this week, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s comedies that have most excelled. To note: we only stuck with feature-length works of 60 minutes or longer and, to make room for a few more titles, our definition of “the 21st century” stretched to include 2000.

Following our favorite sci-fi films and animations, check out our top 50 below and, in the comments, let us know your favorites. If you’re on Letterboxd, you can follow the list here.

50. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Jake Kasdan)

It is wholly possible
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'Airplane' Director David Zucker -- I'm Getting Divorced ... But It's All Good

  • TMZ
"Airplane!" and 'The Naked Gun' writer/director David Zucker filed for divorce from his wife Danielle ... but he says all is still fine and dandy between the two.  David submitted the docs earlier this week but he tells us it was a long time coming ... the couple has been separated for nearly 10 years. That's not all ... David says he and Danielle live just a few houses away from each other and routinely have
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Watch David Letterman's Rejected Airplane! Audition

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Watch David Letterman's Rejected Airplane! Audition
Before launching his late-night legacy in the 1980s, David Letterman had a few forays into the acting world, appearing in an episode of Mork & Mindy, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and a few other programs in the late 1970s and the early 1980s. As it turns out, though, the actor/comedian actually auditioned for a role that may have changed his career. The iconic 1980 comedy Airplane!. Through the magic of the internet, the video of his screen test for the Ted Striker role has surfaced, which is well worth watching.

The video surfaced on YouTube last week, and is actually taken from a 1982 episode of Late Night with David Letterman, the first year of this landmark NBC program, where the host welcomed Airplane! writer-directors Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker as guests. During the episode, the filmmakers showed the audience David Letterman's 1979 screen test for Ted Striker, a
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Apparently David Letterman Was Almost In Airplane!, Watch His Audition

There are two types of people in the world. Those who believe that Airplane! is one of the greatest comedies ever made, and people who are wrong. The film has left an indelible mark on movie history since it was released in 1980. It.s been seen so often, by so many, that most of us could nearly recite the film from memory. However, now, for the first time, you.re about to see the entire movie in an entirely new way. Imagine if David Letterman had played the lead. Ok, now stop imagining it, and just see it. The recently unearthed clip is from a 1982 episode of NBC.s Late Night with David Letterman in which the three writer/directors of Airplane!, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker were guests. As part of the interview, the three show the clip of David Letterman.s 1979 screen test to play the
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CBS Orders Ridley Scott Drama Pilot ‘Sensory’

  • The Wrap
CBS has added another drama pilot to its 2016-17 slate. “Sensory” is a two-hander centered around a veteran neurologist and her protégé who has mirror-touch synesthesia, a neurological trait that causes him to experience other people’s sensations. Inspired by the true story of neurologist Joel Salinas. The pilot will be written and executive produced by David Zabel, with Ridley Scott, Scott Free’s David Zucker and Foundry Media’s Roger Freet will also serve as EPs. Also Read: CBS Orders Military Drama Pilot 'Four Stars' From 'Smash' Writer Among the network’s other drama pilots are “Bull,” about a young Dr. Phil; “Doubt,
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AMC Ponders Ridley Scott's "Marvel" Series

  • Dark Horizons
AMC is reportedly opening a writers room for "Marvel," a new drama series from Scott Free Prods. which is an adaptation of George Pendle's novel "Strange Angel".

"Angel' was inspired by the story of Jet Propulsion Laboratory co-founder Jack Parsons - a science prodigy and a later discovered to be a devotee of black magic when he died at 37 in 1952.

The writers room aims to have three to five completed backup scripts, several further episode outlines and a completely mapped-out first season so as to hopefully obtain a straight-to-series order. AMC has taken that approach with three other projects - "The Son," "Goliath" and "Lodge 49" - with one, "The Son," being ordered to series.

David Heyman, Ridley Scott and David Zucker will executive produce "Marvel" which comes out of a deal between Scott Free and AMC originally made for the Dan Simmons book "The Terror" about the failed Franklin expedition to find the Northwest Passage.
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‘Man In the High Castle,’ ‘Hand of God,’ ‘Red Oaks’ Renewed By Amazon

‘Man In the High Castle,’ ‘Hand of God,’ ‘Red Oaks’ Renewed By Amazon
Amazon has given second-season renewals to drama series “Man in the High Castle” and “Hand of God” and comedy “Red Oaks.”

“High Castle,” based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, is set in 1962 in an alternative reality in which Germany and Japan were the victors of World War II and occupy the U.S.

The first 10-episode season of the Amazon Studios production bowed Nov. 20. Amazon has ordered another 10 episodes for season two.

“High Castle” hails from Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Prods. Frank Spotnitz is showrunner and exec producer along with Scott, David Zucker, David Semel and others. Rufus Sewel, Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, DJ Qualls and Joel de la Fuente star.

The launch of “High Castle” caused a stir in New York City last month with a marketing stunt that included the use of Nazi imagery on the inside of a handful of subway cars,
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Two Prestigious Space Movies Battle It Out for October Box Office Record - Which Actually Belongs to a Lowbrow Comedy

'The Martian' with Matt Damon: Box office record? 'The Martian' fights 'Gravity' for October box office record; actual winner, however, is an Earthbound comedy Released by 20th Century Fox, Ridley Scott's extremely well-received The Martian, starring Matt Damon in the title role as a U.S. astronaut fighting for his life after being left behind all alone on Mars, opened with an estimated $18 million on Friday, Sept. 30, '15, at 3,831 North American theaters, about two thirds of which in 3D. Bear in mind that the Friday estimate includes $2.5 million from Thursday evening and midnight screenings. Directed by eventual Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón, Warner Bros.' Gravity, another extremely well-received space movie about a pioneering American fearlessly kicking death's ass while stranded in a – literally – alien realm, collected $17.48 million over the same weekend back in 2013. Sandra Bullock starred as the lost-in-space astronaut and middle-American Mom struggling to
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Revisiting Top Secret! - the 1980s' most underappreciated comedy

Simon Brew Jul 12, 2017

We rewatched the classic 1980s comedy, Top Secret! It took surgeons two weeks to wipe the smile off our face...

"Is this the potato farm?"

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"Yes, I am Albert Potato"

If you're laughing at the quote above, then it's fair to say that you're already a Top Secret! fan. But if you're wondering what that actually means, then chances are you've missed out on one of the very best comedies that the 1980s had to offer.

Now the classic comedy Airplane!, rightfully, has been the beneficiary of some hugely forensic work, just to try and keep on top of its many, many background jokes. In fact, one DVD edition had a special feature just to point out all the things you may have missed on your first, tenth or fiftieth time around. Turns out there were
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Revisiting Top Secret! - the 1980s' most underappreciated comedy

  • Den of Geek
We rewatched the classic 1980s comedy, Top Secret! It took surgeons two weeks to wipe the smile off our face...

"Is this the potato farm?"

"Yes, I am Albert Potato"

If you're laughing at the quote above, then it's fair to say that you're already a Top Secret! fan. But if you're wondering what that actually means, then chances are you've missed out on one of the very best comedies that the 1980s had to offer.

Now the classic comedy Airplane!, rightfully, has been the beneficiary of some hugely forensic work, just to try and keep on top of its many, many background jokes. In fact, one DVD edition had a special feature just to point out all the things you may have missed on your first, tenth or fiftieth time around. Turns out there were quite a few in my case.

The Naked Gun, made just under a decade later,
See full article at Den of Geek »

‘Top Secret!’ Director on Omar Sharif: ‘A Great Sport in the Face of Our Repeated Assaults on His Dignity’ (Exclusive)

  • The Wrap
‘Top Secret!’ Director on Omar Sharif: ‘A Great Sport in the Face of Our Repeated Assaults on His Dignity’ (Exclusive)
David Zucker, famed Hollywood veteran known for writing and producing “The Naked Gun” and directing “Scary Movie,” is mourning actor Omar Sharif’s passing. Sharif, who died Thursday of a heart attack in Cairo at age 83, worked with Zucker on the 1984 comedy “Top Secret!” Though Sharif earned an Oscar nomination for “Lawrence of Arabia” and starred in classics like “Doctor Zhivago,” Zucker recalled forcing the Egyptian actor to endure all sorts of silliness for “Top Secret!” — from exploding cigars to whipped cream in the face. Also Read: Omar Sharif Tributes: Hollywood Remembers 'Lawrence of Arabia' Star Through it all,
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'Airplane!': 25 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Comedy Classic

  • Moviefone
Looks like we picked the wrong week to quit celebrating milestones.

Hard to believe it's been 35 years since "Airplane!" took flight (on July 2, 1980) and taught us all to speak jive, order the chicken instead of the fish, and avoid calling each other "Shirley." Three and a half decades later, the airline disaster parody remains one of the funniest films ever made, one that generations of viewers have watched over and over -- though probably never as an in-flight movie.

Still, as many times as you've seen it, there's much you may not know about how it was made. In honor of "Airplane!" turning 35, here are a few facts every fan must know about the comedy classic.

1. Strip away all the jokes, and "Airplane!" is essentially a remake of a little-known 1957 air disaster movie called "Zero Hour!" The writing/directing team of Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker lifted the plot,
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The Naked Gun's timeless buffoonery

  • Den of Geek
We take a look back at 1988's The Naked Gun, its timeless brand of comedy, and Leslie Nielsen's superb performance...

Detective Frank Drebin's outside his Los Angeles police precinct, squeezing off shots into the receding backside of his own car.

How this came to happen almost defies description. Having driven his Ford Crown Victoria into a couple of bins outside the building, Drebin stumbles out, seemingly oblivious to the airbags going off inside. One airbag knocks the car into drive and off the vehicle goes, almost running Drebin over as it rumbles downhill.

As an orchestrated bit of comedy cinema, it's the knockabout equivalent of the famous scene in The Untouchables, where Brian De Palma expertly wrings every drop of suspense from a pram thudding down a flight of stairs at a train station.

On the spur of the moment, Drebin comes to the conclusion that there's a criminal
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Naked Gun Reboot Will Not Be a Spoof Comedy

We already know that there's reboot of the "Naked Gun" franchise in the works that will star Ed Helms (The Hangover, "The Office"). And now comes word from David Zucker, director of the original film, that the reboot will be very different from his movies. "It won't be like the 'Naked Gun' that I did. It may be good, but it won't be that kind of movie. They're going to use the title," he explained. "They asked me if I wanted to produce. They're nice people, but they don't want to do that style of spoof that I do. I would want somebody who had never been in an comedy. Ed Helms is very well known for three of the biggest comedies ever. I understand why Paramount is doing what they're doing. If my name was on it, I would be making all sorts of suggestions and trying to change it,
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'Naked Gun' Remake May Not Be a Spoof Movie

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'Naked Gun' Remake May Not Be a Spoof Movie
Back in December 2013, we reported that Ed Helms signed on to star in Paramount's remake of The Naked Gun, although the initial story hinted that it may not be a straight-up crime procedural parody like the 1988 comedy classic The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad. The last we heard about the project was in January 2014, when screenwriter Robert Ben Garant insisted that it will be more of a "continuation" of the franchise than a reboot. Now, according to original Naked Gun director David Zucker, this new incarnation won't be a parody or a spoof, essentially confirming the original report. Here's what David Zucker had to say, when asked by Yahoo! Movies if he is involved in this updated version of The Naked Gun.

"I have no involvement in it. They own it and they wanted to do it with Ed Helms and two writers. It won't be
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The Naked Gun Remake Probably Won’t Be A Spoof

As is expected nowadays, every film ever made has a remake/reboot/spinoff in development. Where some proffer to remain fiercely loyal to the original source material, others dare to venture elsewhere. It seems the latter option is being adopted for The Naked Gun remake, which we know will star The Hangover‘s Ed Helms. Aside from the obvious speculation – that Helms will play Frank Drebin or a similar character – there’s not been any hint at how this remake will adapt the original.

Director of the 1988 original David Zucker chatted to Yahoo! recently and in a roundabout way, confirmed that the style for the Helms version will be drastically different:

It won’t be like the Naked Gun that I did. It may be good, but it won’t be that kind of movie. They’re going to use the title. They asked me if I wanted to produce.
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Naked Gun reboot won't be "that style of spoof"

  • Den of Geek
The new Naked Gun movie won't be the kind of spoof the rest of the others are. Er...

Nothing, in truth, that we read about the planned reboot of The Naked Gun movies has cheered us up thus far. The plan is for Ed Helms to take on the role of some descendant of Lt Frank Drebin, who of course was played by Leslie Nielsen across three movies, and the TV show Police Squad!

The new version? "It won't be like the Naked Gun that I did", David Zucker has revealed. Zucker directed the first two movies and produced the third. "It may be good, but it won't be that kind of movie", he said, adding that the producers this time will be veering away from "that style of spoof".

Which kind of begs the question: what's the point?

"They're going to use the title" and "they're nice people", Zucker continued.
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Shout! TV Adds Stingray, Kentucky Fried Movie, & The Goode Family

  • Comicmix
Shout! Factory TV, now in its second month, has added three more properties to their growing library of streaming content. These include Gerry Anderson’s Stingray, the Supermarionation series from the mid-1960s, the animated Goode Family, and the 1970s comedy Kentucky Fried Movie.

Shout! Factory TV is a premiere digital entertainment streaming service that brings timeless and contemporary cult favorites to pop culture fans. With a uniquely curated entertainment library, the channel offers an unrivaled blend of cult TV shows, movies, comedy, original specials and more – presenting an exciting entertainment alternative to other services.

Shout! Factory TV is available through any browser and has a Roku app.

The Goode Family (All 13 episodes)

The Goode Family, from executive producers Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Beavis and Butt-head, Office Space) and John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky (King of the Hill, Blades of Glory), comes to Shout! Factory TV this March.

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