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Dick Van Dyke Show – Classic Mary Tyler Moore Episodes DVD Review

12 April 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

The idea of classic television “holding up over time” is something that eventually loses meaning, or at least has to be qualified. If you go back far enough, none of them really manage a serious appeal to young enough audiences, but some of them are nevertheless wonderfully watchable to any age, and any generation.

The Dick Van Dyke Show is one such show, and that is largely the result of it really being so far ahead of its time. For all that it occasionally leans too far into the “zany” category (as an example, I Love Lucy, I think, does not actually survive beyond its era), the comedy of the show stands up, as do the well-written emotional overtones.

There’s a new DVD set available that highlights what it calls the Classic Mary Tyler Moore episodes, and that largely mythical focus aside, it’s a great collection. The set comes with 20 episodes that, »

- Marc Eastman

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La Jewish Film Festival Features Tributes to Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner

11 April 2014 12:31 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival has chosen its line-up, and it includes Oscar candidates, the honoring of a Hollywood legend, and a tribute to another.  The festival's opening night gala will feature a tribute to the late Sid Caesar, a comic pioneer whose "Your Show of Shows" paved the way for future sketch comedy series such as "Saturday Night Live." With that in mind, the festival has chosen the rare 1973 documentary "Ten From Your Show of Shows" as the opening film. The opening night festivities will continue with an appearance by Carl Reiner, one of the many men who honed their writing craft on "Your Show of Shows" (also including Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen), and will be presented with the Lajff Lifetime Achievement Award by "Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Phil Rosenthal.  The festival will continue with a number of notable films, including the new musical comedy »

- Max O'Connell

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'The Price is Right' to 'The Late Late Show': Drew Carey and Craig Ferguson make an April Fools' Day switch

1 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Drew Carey isn't lacking for television jobs these days, but he's taking on an additional one anyway.

It's only for one night, though, and for a very specific occasion: April Fools' Day. The host of CBS' weekday game show staple "The Price Is Right" and Season 18 contestant on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" trades places with the host of CBS' "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" as the former "The Drew Carey Show" co-stars preside over each other's programs Tuesday (April 1).

The stunt is one that broadcast networks attempt every so often. A memorable instance was in 2003, when Katie Couric and Jay Leno swapped time periods on NBC for a day. Leno filled in for Couric in the co-anchor role she had then on "Today," while she assumed his place on "Tonight," opening monologue and all.

In the case of Carey and Ferguson, their skills might be a bit more evenly matched, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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A Tribute to Sid Caesar and a Look Back at It’S A Mad Mad Mad Mad World

30 March 2014 7:01 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Sam Moffitt

It’s tough to say goodbye to Sid Caesar. I’ve been pondering what I can possibly say about a comedy legend who has been around as long as I can remember and contributed so much to comedy, mostly on television but also many times in motion pictures.

Firstly Sid Caesar was in on the ground floor of television, his earliest programs done live in 1949 before the video switch board had even been invented. In those earliest shows the director was on the stage telling the floor managers which cameras and mikes to hook or unhook to the coax and audio cables! Consider that just for a moment!

Caesar’s wonderful book Caesar’s Hours: My Life in Comedy, with Love and Laughter, co written with Eddie Friedfeld tells all about Sid Caesar’s years in show business and the legendary live variety shows; Your Show of Shows »

- Movie Geeks

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'The Story of the Jews With Simon Schama' offers an intricate look at endurance

25 March 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Telling the story of the Jews is such an impossible task, it sounds like a routine Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks cooked up, just after the 2,000 Year Old Man.

The five-part series "The Story of the Jews With Simon Schama," though, is completely legitimate and scans further back than a mere couple of millennia. 

Schama's brilliant take on history premieres on PBS in five one-hour installments on consecutive Tuesdays, March 25 and April 1 (check local listings).

It's an intricate look at a people who endure. Schama, who has racked up awards for his books and documentaries on history, art and literature, talks about how he initially shied away from tackling the subject.

"I had a slight sense, a residual sense that I was at my best when dealing with cultures not my own," Schama tells Zap2it.

He let the concept percolate for a while, and the result is the series and a companion book. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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The Definitive Religious Movies: 50-41

24 March 2014 8:41 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As we are full-on in the Lent season, our definitive list will focus on films about religion or some aspect of it. The #1 qualification to be on this list is to deliberately focus on religion, a religious figure, or have the presence of a religion/faith as an integral plot point. For example, most of Luis Bunuel’s films can be viewed as attacks on the church, but they aren’t literally about Christianity; therefore, they won’t be included. So, on this list, we’ll look at as many different faiths  as possible (though, there are obviously a lot more movies about Christianity than any other religion). We’ll even dabble into cults and sects that don’t really exist. Final rule: no documentaries. We’re keeping this fictional.

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50. Sound of My Voice (2011)

Directed by Zal Batmanglij

Sound of My Voice stars Brit Marling (also co-writer) as Maggie, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Craig Ferguson, Drew Carey to Swap CBS Hosting Duties for April Fools’ Day

18 March 2014 12:35 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Craig Ferguson and Drew Carey have a April Fools’ Day prank for viewers: new jobs! The CBS hosts will swap roles for “The Price Is Right” and “The Late Late Show” telecasts on Tuesday, April 1. Also read: Science Channel Greenlights Craig Ferguson Series ‘I F-ing Love Science’ On Monday's “The Late Late Show,” Carey and Ferguson announced the switcheroo: ”Now this is for April Fools,’ so don't tell anyone!” the regular host of the CBS late night comedy talk show joked. As one-time host of “The Late Late Show,” Carey will interview comedy legend Carl Reiner, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Connie Schultz, »

- Tony Maglio

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Drew Carey and Craig Ferguson to Swap Shows on April 1

18 March 2014 11:21 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Drew Carey and Craig Ferguson are preparing to have some fun on April Fool’s day by swapping shows for the day.

Ferguson will grab the skinny mic as host CBS’ daytime mainstay “The Price Is Right” while Carey will head over to Ferguson’s stage to host “The Late Late Show.” Both shows are shot on the CBS Television City lot in the Fairfax district.

Ferguson and Carey announced the plan on Monday’s edition of “The Late Late Show.”

“Now this is for April Fools,’ so don’t tell anyone,” Ferguson joked.

Carey’s lineup of guests for the April 1 edition of “Late Late Show” will include Carl Reiner, writer and fellow Cleveland native Connie Schultz and rocker Joan Jett. Three “Price Is Right” models and announcer George Gray will join Carey on the talker.

Ferguson, meanwhile, will bring his trusty sidekicks, robot Geoff Peterson (who already wears »

- Cynthia Littleton

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In Memory: Sid Caesar and Your Show Of Shows

23 February 2014 5:44 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Your Show of Shows” was a 90-minute, comedy/variety program that ran on NBC from 1950 to 1954 and featured Isaac Sidney Caesar—Sid, to you and me—as its star. Caesar was an intimidating, strong-shouldered force who could also be a face-contorting wiseass. He often barreled through sketches with a bull-in-a-china-shop ferociousness. Working with invaluable co-stars and comic supporting actors Imogene Coca and Howard Morris as well as an alpha team of writers including future comedy legends Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and fellow sketch player Carl Reiner (Larry Gelbart and a young, nebbishy fellow named Woody Allen would later write for Caesar on the truncated “Caesar’s Hour”), Caesar was the aggressively clownish captain of a usually madcap operation.                 One of my favorite sketches from “Shows” was a sketch I actually discovered when I was nine. It was a parody of that old docu-series...

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- Craig D. Lindsey

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Eulogy For Sid Caesar By Cinema Retro's Eddy Friedfeld

22 February 2014 8:52 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Eddy and Sid after a Master Class at Nyu, 2003. (Photo: Michael Doft)

Sid Caesar’s funeral service was held on Sunday afternoon, February 16 at a private ceremony in Los Angeles.   Among the family and friends paying tribute was Sid’s biographer and friend, Cinema Retro’s Eddy Friedfeld, who co-authored Sid’s creative biography, Caesar’s Hours, published by Public Affairs in 2003.

What follows is the eulogy Eddy delivered before Sid's family, friends and colleagues.

Sid said that, like Isaac Newton, he stood on the shoulders of giants, his inspirations- Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy and W.C. Fields, who helped him develop his career and craft.  Today, Sid, we stand on your shoulders- and celebrate your life, your art, your warmth, character, and friendship. You did things no one else could do and you inspired many others, including people in this room, to take the same artistic risks. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Sid Caesar Dead at 91, New Stephen King, Miss Piggy's Dress, Ilm London, Sacha Baron Cohen's Grimsby Lives

14 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

R.I.P. Emmy-winning television pioneer and comedy legend Sid Caesar died Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 91. Caesar was one of the most beloved entertainers in America during the '50s and one of TV's first true superstars thanks to the success of his 90-minute sketch comedy/variety program Your Show of Shows, which eschewed the vaudeville-influenced slapstick comedy of the day for absurdist sketches containing characters and situations. Legendary actor, comedian and producer Carl Reiner praised his good friend, calling him the "greatest sketch comedian-monologist that television ever produced" in an interview with Knx-am in Los Angeles, via Variety.

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Remembering Sid Caesar

14 February 2014 10:07 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

 

The death of funnyman Sid Caesar leaves precious few legends remaining from the Golden Age of American television comedy. Caesar was one of the giants of 1950s TV and his series Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour were considered training grounds for future legendary comedy writers such as Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, Mel Brooks,  Larry Gelbart Neil Simon and Woody Allen. Caesar also appeared in many feature films including a leading role in the blockbuster 1963 comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. In the 1960s, however, his career was derailed due to his personal demons such as battles with alcoholism and substance abuse. By the 1980s, he had conquered these weaknesses and found a welcome audience still respectful of his talents. His other feature film appearances include The Busy Body, The Spirit is Williing, Grease and Silent Movie. Click here to read more about his remarkable career.   »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Conan O’Brien To Celebrate Sid Caesar With Guest Mel Brooks

14 February 2014 9:56 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Conan O’Brien will devote most of his TBS show Tuesday to guest Mel Brooks, who will talk about close friend Sid Caesar, who died this week at age 91. Brooks famously worked with Caesar on historically significant TV programs including NBC’s comedy series Your Show Of Shows, which aired in the early ’50s and boasted a writing staff that included Brooks, Neil Simon and Carl Reiner, among others. Conan boasts the youngest-skewing audience of the late-night talkers. Back in the fall of 2013, O’Brien did a Serious Jibber Jabber with Brooks about the latter’s long career in film and TV. Watch here: »

- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist

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Sid Caesar obituary

13 February 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

American TV's great comedian of the 1950s

Early on in their careers, Woody Allen, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon and Mel Brooks all produced gags for the American comedian Sid Caesar, who has died aged 91. "Writing for Caesar was the highest thing you could aspire to," said Allen, adding: "at least as a TV comedy writer. The presidency was above that." Simon later based the play Laughter on the 23rd Floor on his experiences of working for Caesar's popular variety programme Your Show of Shows (1950-54), and Reiner's time with Caesar inspired him to create The Dick Van Dyke Show.

At the height of his fame in the 1950s, Caesar was making more than $1m a year and Your Show of Shows was drawing audiences of up to 25 million. Broadway theatre owners complained that as a result of his popularity, they always had empty seats on Saturday nights – the »

- Christopher Hawtree

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Sid Caesar obituary

13 February 2014 10:56 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

American TV's great comedian of the 1950s

Early on in their careers, Woody Allen, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon and Mel Brooks all produced gags for the American comedian Sid Caesar, who has died aged 91. "Writing for Caesar was the highest thing you could aspire to," said Allen, adding: "at least as a TV comedy writer. The presidency was above that." Simon later based the play Laughter on the 23rd Floor on his experiences of working for Caesar's popular variety programme Your Show of Shows (1950-54), and Reiner's time with Caesar inspired him to create The Dick Van Dyke Show.

At the height of his fame in the 1950s, Caesar was making more than $1m a year and Your Show of Shows was drawing audiences of up to 25 million. Broadway theatre owners complained that as a result of his popularity, they always had empty seats on Saturday nights – the »

- Christopher Hawtree

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Your Show of Shows: Comic Legend Sid Caesar Dies at 91

12 February 2014 6:49 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

A true television legend has died. Sid Caesar, who influenced generations of comedy writers and performers, passed away earlier today in Los Angeles. He was 91 years old.

Born to immigrant parents in 1922, Caesar made his first television appearance on Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theater in the late 40's. He soon met NBC president Pat Weaver and landed his first TV series, The Admiral Broadway Revue, with Imogene Coca.

In 1950, he appeared on the first episode of Your Show of Shows, a 90-minute variety show. The series featured comedy sketches, satires, monologues, musical guests and production numbers -- an early predecessor to Saturday Night Live (which Caesar guest-hosted in 1983). On-screen talent included Caesar, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, and Imogene Coca. Backstage, the show's legendary writing staff included Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Mel Tolkin and Danny Simon.

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Beloved Comedian Sid Caesar Dead At 91

12 February 2014 5:54 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

An overwhelming majority of entertainers seem less important in retrospect. As the years pass, the shade of their shadows fades and fades until their individual effect on the horizon is barely noticeable at all. With Sid Caesar, however, the opposite is true. Following years in the military in which he contributed to various shows and revues, Caesar began working on movies and television shows in the late 1940s. In 1949, NBC handed him a variety hour called The Admiral Broadway Revue. That led into Your Show Of Shows, widely considered one of the greatest variety programs in TV history, as well as Caesar.s Hour and a ton of subsequent specials. Brilliant writers and actors like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Imogene Coca, Howard Morris, Bea Arthur, Jackie Cooper, Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon and Woody Allen were all given a microphone or a typewriter to prove their talent thanks to Caesar. Collectively, »

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Sid Caesar: A Larger-Than-Life Figure, With a Longer Shadow

12 February 2014 5:16 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sid Caesar can be judged, in part, by the company he kept. As the star of “Your Show of Shows,” he famously provided a spawning ground for numerous titans of comedy, with a writing staff that included Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner.

Caesar, who died Wednesday at the age of 91, assembled that talent at a time when TV was in its infancy. As a consequence, he was not only a larger-than-life figure, but through the program’s influence on so much that followed, cast an even longer shadow.

The sense of romance surrounding the show, and that era, was such as to spawn the thoroughly enjoyable movie “My Favorite Year,” which imagined a guest appearance by a very Errol Flynn-like movie star (played, wonderfully, by the late Peter O’Toole) and a tough-minded host (Joseph Bologna) approximating Caesar.

For many, given the passage of time, »

- Brian Lowry

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Entertainment News: TV Comedy Pioneer Sid Caesar Dies at 91

12 February 2014 4:19 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Los Angeles – It’s a pioneering TV show practically lost to history. Sid Caesar hosted and performed in “Your Show of Shows,” a 90 minute live 1950s sketch comedy program, and also helped to launch a who’s who of 20th Century comedy. Coming out of his writer’s rooms were such comic greats as Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner and Woody Allen. Sid Caesar died February 12th at his home near Los Angeles, according to a newsfeed from Larry King on Twitter.

Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca in ‘Your Show of Shows

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Sid Caesar emerged as one of televisions first big stars – along with his show partner Imogene Coca – after he was launched in “Your Show of Shows” in 1950, and the series lasted four legendary seasons with a mix of vaudeville style comedy and TV/movie satires. Brooks, Simon (and his brother Danny »

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Last Lap: Will Eva Mendes Be Watching Sappy Movies On Valentine’s Day?

12 February 2014 3:00 PM, PST | TheFabLife - Movies | See recent TheFabLife - Movies news »

A TV legend’s death stuns Hollywood, an icon taps Vivienne Westwood for the wardrobe of her next film, and we get a preview of the merchandise for the next Captain America movie.

With rumors swirling about a split from Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes decided to take a lighthearted approach when asked about her Valentine’s Day plans. While on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the actress joked that she’ll be ordering pizza and watching The Notebook on V-Day. Hey, some of us will actually be doing just that! [Us Magazine] Comedy legend Sid Caesar has died at 91. His brand of sketch comedy ruled the early days of television, and he’s also credited with launching the careers of Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and more. [Variety] Who knew that Muppets were into haute couture? Miss Piggy has apparently summoned Vivienne Westwood to design her wardrobe for Muppets Most Wanted, including a wedding dress. »

- Rahsheeda Ali

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