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10 items from 2008

Old School, Dodgeball: Unrated, Super Troopers and Hot Rod -- Dellamorte reviews some modern comedies that have just been released on Blu-ray

13 December 2008 | | See recent news »

Lots of stuff is being put out on Blu-ray for the consumer who wants to upgrade, and so there’s piles of re-issues. 2003’s Old School helped re-launch Vince Vaughn and set up Will Ferrell as a cinematic comic star. It still holds up. It’s one of the better attempts to unite a couple of different comic voices, and so you’ve got a bunch of people who bring their own kind of funny, and just a really strong supporting cast with Jeremy Piven, Craig Kilborn, Seann William Scott, Artie Lange, Matt Walsh, and Juliette Lewis bringing some funny. You’ve also got some hot milf-y types with Leah Rhemi, Ellen Pompeo, and Perrey Reeves, and younger women like Elisha Cuthbert. You’ve got nudity and Will Ferrell dancing. Borrowing its structure from both Animal House and Fight Club, it holds together well enough, though there’s weird elements »

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Artie Lange Almost Got Serious For The Wrestler

10 December 2008 2:03 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Artie Lange, an actor? Well, not quite. According to Slash Film, Lange fell just short of nailing the audition for a role in the critically acclaimed film The Wrestler. Recently, on the Howard Stern Show, the topic was brought up and Artie explained that he seriously perused the film's fifth lead role, a sleazy wrestling promoter. It's hard enough to believe this once, and possibly still, drug-addicted comedian can take anything seriously, but Artie spoke very passionately about the experience. "So it goes right till the end, and my manager calls me back and tells me .the other guy got it'. I was like .Aw Fuck!' It was really like god fucking with me. I wanted it now." If you don't know much about Artie Lange, the crude language translates into enthusiasm for the topic he's talking about. Artie explained he thought he aced his auditions and couldn't figure »

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Artie Lange Was Almost Cast in Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler

10 December 2008 4:56 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Comedian and New York Times Bestselling author Artie Lange admitted on the Howard Stern Show yesterday that he auditioned for Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler. “I really took it seriously. I had what I thought was a great audition. It was for the fifth lead of the movie, a sleazy wrestling promoter in that world… he had all his scenes with Mickey Rourke. So I went back another time, killed again. I then did a screen test. Killed again. So my Agent says to me ‘Aronofsky really likes you, and its between you and another guy.’” … “So it goes right til the end, and my manager calls me back and tells [...] »

- Peter Sciretta

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The Wrestler Release Date Schedule

9 December 2008 9:15 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Fox Searchlight has announced the initial listing of cities that Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler will begin to roll-out into starting on December 17th. The cities and dates are tenative, and are subject to change. Wednesday, December 17th Los Angeles New York Friday, December 26th Boston Chicago San Francisco Washington, D.C. Friday, January 9th Austin Dallas/Ft. Worth Denver Detroit Hartford/New Haven Minneapolis Philadelphia Phoenix San Diego Seattle More after the jump. Friday, January 16th Albany Albuquerque Atlanta Baltimore Boca Raton/West Palm Beach Cincinnati Cleveland Columbus Honolulu Houston Indianapolis Kansas City Las Vegas Madison Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Milwaukee Northampton/Springfield Orlando Portland Rochester Sacramento Salt Lake City/Boise St. Louis Friday, January 23rd Anchorage Asheville Baton Rouge Birmingham Buffalo Champaign/Decatur/Springfield Charlotte Charlottesville Colorado Springs Corpus Christi Dayton Des Moines Ft. Myers Gainesville Grand Rapids Harrisburg, Pa Ithaca Jacksonville Knoxville Lansing Lexington Lousiville Memphis Nashville New »

- Peter Sciretta

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Feature: Five Rules For Making an Indie Superhero Movie

25 November 2008 2:03 PM, PST | | See recent IFC news »

By Matt Singer

The figure of the superhero does not lend itself to independent movies easily or readily. While three of the top five grossing movies of 2008 center on the escapades of eccentrically dressed and extravagantly empowered individuals, there's a distinct lack of caped crusaders or men of steel for the arthouse crowd. Indie filmmakers may be the most qualified to tackle the spandex set in terms of imagination -- which may be the reason so many former members of their ranks, from Christopher Nolan to Guillermo Del Toro, have produced some of the genre's most memorable entries -- yet they have a special brand of kryptonite to contend with: low budgets.

With that in mind, I've watched as many indie superhero movies as I could find and assembled this easy-to-use list of five rules guaranteed to make yours a massive success. You can thank me later with some points on the gross. »

- Matt Singer

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Video: Stars Shine at Howard Stern's Wedding

3 October 2008 6:24 PM, PDT | | See recent The Insider news »

Howard Stern married his fiancee Beth Ostrosky in a star-studded wedding Friday night in NYC -- and "The Insider" has the star arrivals! "The Insider"'s cameras caught the couple of the night entering the site of the wedding -- trendy French restaurant Le Cirque in Manhattan -- with guests Donald Trump and his wife Melania, Billy Joel and his wife Katie Lee, longtime Stern-show sidekicks Robin Quivers and Artie Lange, John Stamos, Joan Rivers, Kelly Ripa and many others. Kelly’s husband Mark Consuelos, an ordained minister, even officiated at the ceremony, says the Associated Press. Meanwhile, Chevy Chase gave a toast to the "King of All Media" and his model bride, and Billy Joel serenaded the happy couple with his tune "The Stranger," says the New York Daily News. Other notable invitees included Stern-show mainstays Eric "Fred" Norris, producer Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate, writer Benjy Bronk and Richard Christie. »

- TheInsider

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Howard's Wholesome Bash

1 October 2008 8:23 AM, PDT | | See recent New York Post news »

Howard Stern ain't misbehaving. The Sirius shock jock's bachelor party was a small affair that started and ended early and didn't feature a single stripper, one attendee tells Page Six. The 15 stags - including Gary Dell'Abate, Ronnie (The Limo Driver) Munn and other Stern show regulars - toasted their bachelor boss in a private room at Nobu 57 which featured a cake shaped like a microphone. "Artie Lange, who's on the wagon right now, got there midway through and says, 'Never in my »

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Stern Sidekick Lange Checks Into Rehab

6 August 2008 9:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Shock jock Howard Stern's radio sidekick Artie Lange has checked into rehab to be treated for drug and alcohol abuse, according to reports.

The 40-year-old comedian admitted himself into an intensive outpatient rehabilitation programme at the weekend (begs02Aug08), his spokesperson Lewis Kay has confirmed.

Lange cancelled a series of stand-up shows and appearances, including his pal Bob Saget's Comedy Central Roast on Sunday, to seek treatment.

A source tells the New York Post that Stern's sidekick "felt awful for not being there for Bob, but needed to make his health a priority".

Lange reportedly plans to return to Stern's Sirius radio show following treatment. »

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Rehab For Stern Sidekick

5 August 2008 11:58 PM, PDT | | See recent New York Post news »

Howard Stern's sidekick is finally in rehab. Artie Lange, who's long overindulged with drugs and drink, was scheduled to attend close pal Bob Saget's Comedy Central roast on Sunday night, but never made it to La. Instead, he checked himself into an intensive outpatient rehab program. A source said Lange "felt awful for not being there for Bob, but needed to make his health a priority." Lange also canceled his stand-up shows this weekend, but plans to return to his regular gig on Stern's »

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'Entourage' Gets New Member

8 July 2008 1:09 AM, PDT | | See recent New York Post news »

One of the guys from "Entourage" will be running with Meadow Soprano.

Jamie Lynn Sigler has signed on to the popular HBO comedy for a three-episode arc in which she will play herself and a potential love interest for one of the show's stars, E! Online reports.

The fifth season of "Entourage" is currently filming and is set to premiere in September.

The show, loosely based on the life of movie star Mark Wahlberg, follows a group of friends who live the good life in La, after »


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