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25 September 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »


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Emmy predictions: Allison Janney ('Mom') set to win second straight Emmy with 8-to-13 odds

15 September 2015 3:09 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Allison Janney is on pace to climb another step into Emmy Awards history. She is heavily favored with 8-13 odds to win Best Comedy Supporting Actress for "Mom" at Sunday's ceremony, which would push her into second place for performance wins at the Emmys. -Break- She already won last year for this regular role on the CBS comedy as well as for her recurring character on Showtime's "Masters of Sex." That brought her career total to six acting victories, tying her with Art Carney, Tim Conway, Tyne Daly, and Carl Reiner in the Emmy history books. Her other past wins were as C.J. Cregg on "The West Wing." She prevailed as Best Drama Supporting Actress in 2000 and 2001, then changed over to Best Drama Actress and won that category in 2002 and 2004. A seventh trophy would put her in the company of Edward Asner and Mary Tyler Moore in second place. »

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Inconceivable! The Princess Bride gets revived with Patrick Stewart, Rachel McAdams and Cary Elwes

14 September 2015 6:47 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Who wants to see Sir Patrick Stewart and Rachel McAdams leading a live table read of 1987 classic The Princess Bride? As you wish.

Taking place at the Toronto International Film Festival, the read-through also included Chris O'Dowd, Donald Glover, and star of the original film Cary Elwes.

The reading, arranged by director Jason Reitman, saw Stewart play the role of Prince Humperdinck, McAdams as Princess Buttercup, Donald Glover as Vizzini, the film's original director Rob Reiner as the voice of the Grandfather, and - of course - Elwes as Wesley.

Catherine Reitman was drafted in to play Inigo Montoya after original choice Gael García Bernal's flight was delayed. However, the actor made it halfway through.

Jason, who has directed films such as Juno and Labor Day, has arranged many live table reads of classic movies in the past, including American Beauty and The Big Lebowski.

He explained before the »

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Emmy episode analysis: Can Mel Brooks' advice on 'The Comedians' lead to fifth win?'

10 September 2015 9:29 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Egot winner Mel Brooks is looking to add to his immense trophy collection this year with his nomination for Best Comedy Guest Actor for the FX show "The Comedians." This is the 12th Emmy bid for Brooks and would be his fifth career trophy. He won Best Variety Writing for "The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special" in 1967 and then won this category three times in a row (1997-1999) for playing Uncle Phil on "Mad About You." This year Brooks is nominated for playing himself on the episode "Celebrity Guest." -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Synopsis Billy Crystal visits Mel after he finds out that the premiere of his new sketch comedy show with Josh Gad has been pushed back. After joking with Billy about Josh's last name and how awful Carl Reiner has aged, Mel reassures Billy that »

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Emmy predictions: Can Allison Janney ('Masters of Sex') pull off upset in Best Drama Guest Actress?

10 September 2015 4:08 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Allison Janney won two Emmys last year for her regular supporting role on the CBS comedy "Mom" and her recurring role on the Showtime drama "Masters of Sex." While she is heavily favored to repeat as Best Comedy Supporting Actress, she is in second place on our predictions chart for Best Drama Guest Actress behind Cicely Tyson. However, don't count out this Emmy darling just yet. Remember, she has already racked up a half dozen wins from just eight nominations. -Break- Prior to those two victories last year, she took home four trophies out of six nominations for her role as C.J. Cregg on "The West Wing." She prevailed as Best Drama Supporting Actress in 2000 and 2001, then changed over to Best Drama Actress and won that category in 2002 and 2004. That total haul ties her with Art CarneyTim ConwayTyne Daly and Carl Reiner for third place on the all-time Emmy winners list. »

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Emmy predictions: Will Michael J. Fox finally win Best Drama Guest Actor for 'The Good Wife'?

10 September 2015 3:45 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Michael J. Fox has proven to be an Emmy favorite throughout his three-decade television career, winning five awards from 17 nominations. However, he has been defeated in all three of his previous Best Drama Guest Actor bids for his recurring role as attorney Louis Canning on "The Good Wife." Will he break that losing streak at Saturday's Creative Arts Emmys? -Break- A victory would move Fox into third place in Emmy history for performance wins, tying him with Art Carney, Tim Conway, Tyne Daly, Allison Janney, and Carl Reiner. Edward Asner and Mary Tyler Moore are in second place with seven wins apiece while the all-time leader is Cloris Leachman with eight prime-time acting trophies. Fox's first three Emmys were as Best Comedy Actor for "Family Ties" (1986, 1987, 1988). He won that race again for his final season of "Spin City" (1999). His fifth win was in this guest category in 2009 for a role on "Rescue Me. »

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More Than 'Star Wars' Actress Mom: Reynolds Shines Even in Mawkish 'Nun' Based on Tragic Real-Life (Ex-)Nun

23 August 2015 5:18 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Debbie Reynolds ca. early 1950s. Debbie Reynolds movies: Oscar nominee for 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown,' sweetness and light in phony 'The Singing Nun' Debbie Reynolds is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 23, '15. An MGM contract player from 1950 to 1959, Reynolds' movies can be seen just about every week on TCM. The only premiere on Debbie Reynolds Day is Jerry Paris' lively marital comedy How Sweet It Is (1968), costarring James Garner. This evening, TCM is showing Divorce American Style, The Catered Affair, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and The Singing Nun. 'Divorce American Style,' 'The Catered Affair' Directed by the recently deceased Bud Yorkin, Divorce American Style (1967) is notable for its cast – Reynolds, Dick Van Dyke, Jean Simmons, Jason Robards, Van Johnson, Lee Grant – and for the fact that it earned Norman Lear (screenplay) and Robert Kaufman (story) a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination. »

- Andre Soares

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Lily Tomlin and the generational feminism of her new film 'Grandma'

19 August 2015 3:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I don't keep a running list of all the people I have or haven't interviewed over the last 17 years. I think my first official Ain't It Cool interview was either with Brad Bird or maybe Neil Gaiman. Or was it Kevin Spacey? I have memories of many of the interviews I've done. Specific questions or reactions. But as many things as I remember, I'll bet I've forgotten five times more things, simply because of the sheer volume of all of the interviews I've done. There are people I know I've never spoken with, though, because if I had, those memories would not fade. And one of the people that I have always wanted to meet and talk to about their work was Lily Tomlin. I say "was" because as of last Friday, she is no longer on my "to do" list. We sat down to talk about her new film, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Allison Janney dishes double Emmys noms (again) and possible record wins [Exclusive Video]

11 August 2015 7:53 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"That would be almost too much to wish for. I don't know what the odds are of doing the same thing, but I can't imagine," admits Allison Janney in our recent video chat (watch below) when asked about the possibility of tying the all-time Emmy record for performer wins this year. She has six Emmys to date, which puts her in a tie for third place for acting wins with Art CarneyTim ConwayTyne Daly, and Carl Reiner. Adding to the four she won for "The West Wing," she picked up two more last year -- for her supporting role in the laffer "Mom" and her guest spot on the drama "Masters of Sex." And she is back in both those categories this year.  -Break- Related: Watch our video chats with dozens of 2015 Emmy nominees If she prevails in one of those categories (she is favored for "Mom"), she »

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'Rowdy' Roddy Piper 1954-2015

2 August 2015 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Roderick Toombs, better known by his stage name 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper has died at his home in Hollywood. The 61-year-old reportedly suffered a heart attack in his sleep.Born in Saskatchewan and raised in Manitoba, Piper was expelled from junior high school for carrying a switchblade: an event that didn't sit well with his father, who was a Mountie. Leaving home early, he drifted into odd jobs at gyms, becoming an amateur boxer and wrestler before taking up the latter professionally at the age of 15. He quickly rose to fame, first for the National Wrestling Alliance, followed by the WCW and eventually the WWE. There were many awards, including "Best Heel" and "Most Hated Wrestler". People love a villain.Given his big personality, a move into movies was a logical step. He made his screen debut in an uncredited bit-part in Carl Reiner's The One And Only in 1978. A handful of roles later, »

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Remembering the First and Only Arab World Movie Star Known Around the Globe

23 July 2015 9:10 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »

- Andre Soares

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Progressive social activist, 'The Sound of Music' Broadway Star, and Oscar-Nominated Actor Bikel Dead at 91

22 July 2015 7:36 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Theodore Bikel. Theodore Bikel dead at 91: Oscar-nominated actor and folk singer best known for stage musicals 'The Sound of Music,' 'Fiddler on the Roof' Folk singer, social and union activist, and stage, film, and television actor Theodore Bikel, best remembered for starring in the Broadway musical The Sound of Music and, throughout the U.S., in Fiddler on the Roof, died Monday morning (July 20, '15) of "natural causes" at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Austrian-born Bikel – as Theodore Meir Bikel on May 2, 1924, in Vienna, to Yiddish-speaking Eastern European parents – was 91. Fled Hitler Thanks to his well-connected Zionist father, six months after the German annexation of Austria in March 1938 ("they were greeted with jubilation by the local populace," he would recall in 2012), the 14-year-old Bikel and his family fled to Palestine, at the time a British protectorate. While there, the teenager began acting on stage, »

- Andre Soares

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Ted 2 – The Review

25 June 2015 7:18 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Review by Dane Marti

I realize that all of us—even toy bears— at one time or another experience terrible problems in our lives, ugly demons that affect us or someone we love; they often seem hideously overwhelming: Obviously, this definitely sucks elephantine donkey testicles. Still, I believe that we’ve all got the inner strength to face these bastards and happily rip ‘um to shreds, even if the sob happens to be an evil minion who works at a famous toy company. And if you’re a bear, if you lose your job and find yourself racing around, trying to achieve freedom: tough times lie ahead! And laughter as well.

The funny film Ted 2 is more than the sum of its parts. The evening that I viewed the film, I was dealing with a personal issue that made it slightly difficult to view and enjoy a comedy—Not laughing inside. »

- Movie Geeks

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Dick Van Patten Working And Hanging With Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner

23 June 2015 7:42 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Raise your hand if you remember The New Dick Van Dyke Show. Ok, a few of you wily veterans. How about When Things Were Rotten? Anyone? Well, Dick Van Patten sure remembered them. The TV stalwart, who died Tuesday at 86, was in both 1970s series, and he tells the story in this outtake from PBS’ American Masters program Mel Brooks: Make A Noise. Van Patten relates how series creator-writer Carl Reiner cast him as the title star’s boss in New Dick Van Dyke, which aired for… »

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Read Tina Fey’s Touching, Hilarious Tribute to Steve Martin

5 June 2015 11:53 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Last night at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, Steve Martin received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute from Mel Brooks. If that’s not enough to guarantee a trip to Comedy Prom, Tina Fey killed it, setting the stage for speeches by Amy Poehler, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Steve Carell, and Martin Short. In doing so, she reminded us of why she and Poehler saved the last few Golden Globes and what we’ll be missing come 2016. Fey was funny, sharp, and sincere in celebrating her Baby Mama co-star, but also treated that wild and crazy guy like a woman, commenting on his ability to juggle being a musician, actor, comedian, writer, husband, and now, in his 60s, a father. She also referenced Martin’s philanthropy, noting that he donates "all his old white suits to lesbian commitment ceremonies." The intensely private Martin sat in the middle of the room, »

- Soo Youn

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Steve Martin On How People Might React To The Jerk's Humor Today

4 June 2015 10:52 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The Steve Martin we know today is the legend who built himself up thanks to performances both on the stage and on the screen. One of those first feature film roles was in Carl Reiner's 1979 classic, The Jerk. There are pieces to the film's humor, though, that, while passing muster with 70's audiences, might leave today's viewers left in the cold once they're told. The Hollywood Reporter took the opportunity to catch up with Martin, who was a recent honoree for the American Film Institute's Life Award. In particular, there's one gag that THR was worried wouldn't transfer well into a modern version of The Jerk. That gag, naturally, is the revelation that Martin's protagonist, Navin, grew up as a "poor black child." When asked if this would hold up if the project were to be made today, Steve Martin had this to say: ...looking back, everyone was treated »

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Heists

14 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.    

Hollywood has had a long love affair with the heist sub-genre. Dating as far back as the silent film era with 1928’s Alias Jimmy Valentine, and transcending various genres like westerns (The War Wagon), war (Kelly’s Heroes) and even animation (Toy Story 3), the heist has tantalized our fantasies and outsmarted our wits for decades. Whether it’s for the very last time before retirement, gathering the gang back together for a big payday or for the thrill of pulling off the perfect robbery, all heist films share one key element: commitment to a plan. »

- Shane Ramirez

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Carl Reiner, Paul Sorvino And George Segal At "Where's Poppa?" Anniversary Screening, L.A., May 5

3 May 2015 10:54 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Updated: Paul Sorvino Now Scheduled To Attend. 

By Todd Garbarini

By Todd Garbarini

Carl Reiner’s 1970 film Where’s Poppa?, which stars George Segal, Ruth Gordan, Ron Leibman, Trish Van Devere, Bernard Hughes, Vincent Gardenia, and Paul Sorvino, celebrates it’s 45th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 82-minute comedy on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Director Reiner and stars Segal and Sorvino are scheduled to both be on hand for the screening.

The film is also notable for being Paul Sorvino’s film debut. He has gone on to have a career that has spanned over four decades.

From the press release:

When New York attorney Gordon Hocheiser (Segal) meets Louise Callan, the girl of his dreams, he schemes to eliminate his aging, senile mother (Ruth Gordon), even though he promised his late father that he'd always take care of her. »

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From Actor to "Action!", Exploring the Debuts of 19 Actors-Turned-Directors

21 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Wigging Out: Great pop culture hairpiece moments from 'Americans,' 'Melrose' & more

16 April 2015 4:16 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Last night's "The Americans" included a moment where one of the spies removed their wig to dramatic effect. Between that and a similar "How to Get Away with Murder" scene from earlier this season, it's been quite the year for powerful wig removals. That has me thinking about other moments from TV and movies that drew big emotion — or comedy — from wigs or toupees coming off at a particular moment, including (loads of old show spoilers coming, involving both lack of hair and, at times, lack of life), with links or embeds where available... "Melrose Place": Kimberly lets her hair down In the show that defined watercooler television for much of the '90s, no moment was crazier, or more talked about, than Marcia Cross's Kimberly revealing the literal scars she wears that will lead her to wreak vengeance on Michael and so many other residents of that apartment complex. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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