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Video: Funnyman Carl Reiner Haunts Jake and the Never Land Pirates

2 October 2014 6:51 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Carl Reiner is one of the great Renaissance men of show biz — an actor, comedian, director, producer, author, screenwriter and playwright — but, until now, he's never been a singing-dancing ghost pirate! The nine-time Emmy-winning legend will lend his voice to Disney Channel's animated hit Jake and the Never Land Pirates (Friday, Oct. 3 8:30am/7:30c), where he'll play lovelorn Captain Treasure Tooth who is reunited — thanks to Jake and his pals — with his long-lost ghost girlfriend, Peg-Leg Peg (Seinfeld vet Estelle Harris). Check out this exclusive TV Guide Magazine clip from the episode, followed by our chat with the ever-busy Reiner, now in the seventh decade of his career.

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- Michael Logan

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Jerry Seinfeld Reveals That Joan Rivers Was Going to Be a Guest on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: 'She Was One of the Greats'

15 September 2014 7:57 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

In case you were wondering why Jerry Seinfeld never had the inimitable Joan Rivers on his acclaimed web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, it turns out... He had been planning on it. Sadly, Rivers passed away before they could tape an episode together—and Seinfeld just revealed that rather crushing bit of news today. While our collective hearts hurt thinking about what a great, great installment that would have been, it was also very touching to hear that Jerry knew that Joan was a must-have guest. Past guests have included fellow comedy icons such as Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, David Letterman, Jay Leno and Larry David. "I just came across this heartbreaking text on my phone from »

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Mel Brooks Riffs on ‘Young Frankenstein,’ Laddie and the Biz

9 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The four guys sitting around the lunch table in Beverly Hills have been business associates and friends for decades.

Many decades.

This includes the decade known as the ’70s, when lunchee Mel Brooks directed and co-wrote “Young Frankenstein” (1974) for fellow lunchees, former Fox studio chief Alan Ladd Jr. and the film’s producer, Michael Gruskoff, as well as longtime Ladd associate Jay Kanter, who once repped the likes of Marlon Brando, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe.

But this is clearly Brooks’ show, a point he reinforces when Gruskoff tries to tell their guest about the day the two of them and star Gene Wilder pitched the “Young Frankenstein” project to the top brass at Columbia Pictures.

Gruskoff may have gotten through the first word of the first sentence but he quickly and wisely lets Brooks finish: “Let Me Tell The Story I Can Tell It Better Than You.”

“So everything was great, »

- Steven Gaydos

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From 'All in the Family' to 'Breaking Bad': 24 Legendary Creators Gather to Share Secrets From 53 Years of TV

21 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. King of the Hill creator Mike Judge arrived first to Quixote Studios in Hollywood. Cagney & Lacey's Barbara Corday pulled up soon after. Then The Simpsons producer Al Jean; Sex and the City's Michael Patrick King; and The Dick Van Dyke Show's Carl Reiner. By 4:30 p.m. on the afternoon of Aug. 6, 19 others — each producers of an Emmy-winning comedy or drama — had joined them. Over the next hour and a half, the gathering of producers, who have

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- Stacey Wilson, Lacey Rose

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Robin Williams: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Patch Adams and others pay tribute to the legend

12 August 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Hollywood continues to mourn the sudden loss of Robin Williams, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 63. Friends and fans have posted their thoughts online, including some fellow stand-up comics, his "Good Will Hunting" co-star Ben Affleck, "Happy Feet" co-star Hugh Jackman, and the real Patch Adams.  Updated  - Matt Damon's statement: "Robin brought so much joy into my life and I will carry that joy with me forever. He was such a beautiful man. I was lucky to know him and I will never, ever forget him. I truly hope people in the media can find it within themselves to give his family some privacy during this horrible time." Ben Affleck's statement: "Heartbroken. Thanks chief - for your friendship and for what you gave the world. Robin had a ton of love in him. He personally did so much for so many people. He »

- Dave Lewis

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Bob's Burgers to Cook Up a Die Hard- Working Girl Feud, Intro Bob's Dad

27 July 2014 7:17 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Things got quite… animated… when the team behind Fox’s Bob’s Burgers dropped by TVLine’s San Diego Comic-Con suite.

When Michael Ausiello placed an order for Season 5 scoop, funny lady Kristin Schaal offered an appetizer in the form of two characters “fighting over a chinchilla.” (Yeah, that was promptly sent back to the kitchen.)

Related Fall Preview 2014: Your Handy Calendar of 99 Premieres

Then the tastier main dishes came out: A season premiere (airing Oct. 5) that will pit Die Hard: The Musical against Working Girl: The Musical. The legendary Carl Reiner lending a guest voice. You’ll »

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Interview: Director Rob Reiner on Latest Film ‘And So it Goes’

23 July 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Rob Reiner has lived two distinct show business lives. He played a major role in one of the most famous television shows in history, “All in the Family,” and broke out afterward as a classic American film director, with hits such as “This is Spinal Tap” and “The Princess Bride.” His latest film is “And So it Goes.”

The film stars Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, as an older couple discovering a connection that on the surface seems highly unlikely. This is Rob Reiner’s 15th feature film as director, after such classics as “The Sure Thing,” “Stand By Me,” “When Harry Met Sally…,” “Misery,” “A Few Good Men,” “The American President” and “Ghosts of Mississippi.” Michael Douglas last worked with Reiner when he portrayed the title character in “The American President.” Reiner himself performs a small supporting role in “And So it Goes.”

Michael Douglas (left) and Rob Reiner »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Best of Late Night TV: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Cast Takes Over Kimmel, Kate Hudson Plays Box of Lies (Video)

22 July 2014 1:19 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" was back with a bang following a two-week hiatus, hosting the cast of "Guardians of the Galaxy." Chris Pratt, who plays Guardians leader Peter Quill, dominated the conversation, discussing his weight loss regimen ("vomiting, Zumba, and Shake Weight") and how much fun it was to shoot the film. The actor noted that he was "truly playing every day. I had a laser gun and a spaceship." But that playing came at a price, as Pratt admitted that he got so swept away shooting his fake gun that he couldn't help but making shooting noises with his mouth -- to the ire of the film crew.

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- Katie Roberts

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‘Sid Made Us Laugh’: Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Billy Crystal Remember Sid Caesar at Paley Center

17 July 2014 12:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Billy Crystal and Eddy Friedfeld took to the Paley Center Wednesday to salute the late, great Sid Caesar in a panel discussion full of love and laughs following the comedian’s passing in February.

“It’s the dream of a lifetime to honor one of my idols and closest friends with three of my other idols,” said Friedfeld, who worked with Caesar on his autobiography, “Caesar’s Hours: My Life in Comedy, With Love and Laughter,” and moderated the panel. “This is the Mount Rushmore of comedy,” he exclaimed.

The panel gave the four the opportunity to talk about Caesar, share stories and show the audience why Caesar was the legend he became.  “It’s very emotional,” said Brooks, on what the evening meant on a personal level.  “It’s a little overcoming because we not only worked for him — worked with him — but we loved him. »

- Shelli Weinstein

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R.I.P. Steve Rossi Of Comedy Duo Allen & Rossi

23 June 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The singer-turned-comic who played Marty Allen’s straight man in one of the most popular comedy duos of the 1950s and ’60s died Sunday at a Las Vegas hospice. Steve Rossi was 82. Allen and Rossi formed in 1957 and appeared on hundreds of TV show — including Ed Sullivan dozens of times — and recorded 16 comedy albums during the heyday of recorded comedy. In the vein of Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, Rossi asked questions that were answered by Allen, and the pairing of suave singer and goofy comedian also was akin to Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. The […] »

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Jay Leno to Receive Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

18 June 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Washington — Comedian Jay Leno has been tapped by the Kennedy Center to receive this year’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

The award will be presented Oct. 19 at a Kennedy Center ceremony to be broadcast Nov. 23 on PBS stations. The comedy award, in its 17th year, will again feature a format of video clips embellished with light roasting from a parade of comics and other celebs at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall. The talent lineup will be announced later.

“Like Mark Twain, Jay Leno has offered us a lifetime’s worth of humorous commentary on American daily life,” said Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein. “For both men, no one was too high or too low to escape their wit, and we are all the better for it.”

Leno remarked on hearing his selection that he is a “big fan” of humorist Twain. “In fact, ‘A Tale of Two Cities »

- Paul Harris

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Carl Reiner Doles Out 5 Cents of Wisdom for Comics at the La Jewish Film Festival's Tribute to Sid Caesar

2 May 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"My pleasure." After receiving a heart-warming thanks from the director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Hillary Helstein, Carl Reiner shouted his response with classic comic timing from his seat in the Saban Theatre Thursday night. Befitting the actor's legendary status as a stand-up comic as well as acclaimed writer, actor, and director, Reiner didn't miss a beat when a fortuitous moment of quiet allowed him to respond to the career commendation, and then proceeded to replace silence with stories and laughter during his lengthy Q&A, which featured many more A's than Q's.  The Opening Night Gala of the 9th Annual Lajff featured plenty of stars, memories, and two very special tributes to the late Sid Caesar and Marvin Paige. Paige, a casting director, was given a special video presentation of some of the films he worked on, including "Breakfast at Tiffany's," while Caesar was honored with a »

- Ben Travers

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Carl Reiner Doles Out 5 Cents of Wisdom for Comics at the La Jewish Film Festival's Tribute to Sid Caesar

2 May 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

"My pleasure." After receiving a heart-warming thanks from the director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Hillary Helstein, Carl Reiner shouted his response with classic comic timing from his seat in the Saban Theatre Thursday night. Befitting the actor's legendary status as a stand-up comic as well as acclaimed writer, actor, and director, Reiner didn't miss a beat when a fortuitous moment of quiet allowed him to respond to the career commendation, and then proceeded to replace silence with stories and laughter during his lengthy Q&A, which featured many more A's than Q's.  The Opening Night Gala of the 9th Annual Lajff featured plenty of stars, memories, and two very special tributes to the late Sid Caesar and Marvin Paige. Paige, a casting director, was given a special video presentation of some of the films he worked on, including "Breakfast at Tiffany's," while Caesar was honored with a »

- Ben Travers

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Carl Reiner looks back on 'Dick Van Dyke Show' finale

20 April 2014 9:03 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Long before The Dick Van Dyke Show signed off in 1966, Carl Reiner knew he had a classic on his hands, so crafting the perfect finale was just as important as producing a series that would hold up over time.

Since this is the time of year when series prepare to sign off for good (and since we recently addressed finales in EW‘s April 11 issue titled “The Art of Saying Goodbye”), EW caught up with Reiner who’s currently promoting the DVD release of The Dick Van Dyke Show: Classic Mary Tyler Moore Episodes. Reiner talked about finale dubbed “The Last Chapter, »

- Lynette Rice

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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.

courtesy of salon.com

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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