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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
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
"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 Carney, Tim Conway, Tyne 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 »
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, »
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
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
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
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… »
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
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 »
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
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. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
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
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
Should we feel bad for Eddie Huang? The restaurateur whose memoir about his childhood inspired the current ABC sitcom "Fresh Off the Boat" went on a multi-post Twitter rant after this week's episode, complaining that, since the pilot, the show has drifted far from the reality of his own experience, to the point where "it got so far from the truth that I don't recognize my own life."
That's certainly unfortunate, even for a guy who received a tidy sum for the TV rights to his autobiography. No one wants to see his or her experience distorted and broadcast to millions. Then again, what did he expect? It's a network sitcom. It's generally going to avoid any bleak reality that can't be resolved in 22 minutes.
This sort of biographical distortion has been an issue for sitcoms since the dawn of television, since the format simply doesn't lend itself easily to »
- Gary Susman
See Also: Tron 3 rumoured to be titled Tron: Ascension; will start production in October
Tron 3 will reportedly shoot later this year in Vancouver for a 2017 release. So far no details on the plot have been revealed.
- Thomas Roach
Actor James Best, best known to ’80s audiences as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on Dukes of Hazzard, died Monday from complications of pneumonia, the Associated Press reports. He was 88.
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Not all that long ago, way back in the 1990s, when every other stand-up comedian was getting a sitcom deal and every funny group of friends was aiming to be the next Kids in the Hall, the comedy duo looked to be nearly extinct. At the very least, the duo, or double act — that foundational comedic configuration, the straight man and the quipster, the stooge and the bananaman, the fat one and the skinny one — seemed quaint, archaic, and prepped for retirement. Sure, it had given us Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, Burns and Allen, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, Nichols and May, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, and the Smothers Brothers, but that was precisely the point: By the end of the 20th century in American comedy, the duo hadn’t felt really relevant since the 1960s, possibly since the 1930s. They had the whiff of vaudeville about »
- Adam Sternbergh
Larry Cohen hasn’t directed a film since 1996 (Original Gangstas), but he’s stayed busy as a writer with thrillers like Phone Booth, Best Seller and Cellular. It’s a bit of a shame as the man’s directorial touch is usually a guarantee that a movie is going to be a fun ride — think It’s Alive, The Stuff, The Ambulance — and one of his best is 1982’s flying monster movie, Q the Winged Serpent. Scream Factory released the film to Blu-ray in 2013 complete with a new commentary track from Cohen, and we decided it was time to give it a spin. It was a smart decision as the track is a fun, informative and occasionally surprising listen. Keep reading to see what I heard on the commentary track for Q the Winged Serpent. Q the Winged Serpent (1982) Commentator: Larry Cohen (writer/director) 1. They had an early preview of the film prior to distribution, and »
- Rob Hunter
The Tonight Show returns to its former home of Los Angeles this week. To mark the occasion, host Jimmy Fallon opened Monday's show with a tribute to one of the most fabled sagas of moving from the East Coast to the West Coast: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song.
Swagged out in eye-popping Nineties gear, Fallon regaled the audience with a tale of how some of the Tonight Show crew were "sick of the cold, said that maybe I should take the show on the road. Higgins packed up my bags, »
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