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David Letterman and Jerry Seinfeld will join Jon Stewart, Robert De Niro and other big names in comedy and entertainment on Spike TV to celebrate the legendary career of industry icon Don Rickles. “One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles” will also feature Martin Scorsese, Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Kimmel, John Stamos, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, Ray Romano, Brad Garrett and more. Also read: How Stephen Colbert Got the ‘Late Show': Nina Tassler Says Talks Started Right After Letterman Announced Retirement The show will tape at New York City's Apollo Theater on Tuesday, May 6. The 90-minute special, produced in conjunction with. »
- Tony Maglio
David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Kimmel, John Stamos, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, Ray Romano, Brad Garrett and more will come together on May 6 at New York’s Apollo Theater to tape the 90-minute special, produced in conjunction with Don Mischer Prods.
The event will include stand-up performances, short films, pre-taped tributes and personal stories told by Rickles’ friends and costars. Rickles will close out the night with an address to his friends and colleagues.
- Andrea Seikaly
PBS’ wonderful series Pioneers of Television returns tonight for a run of four new episodes looking back at groundbreaking people, shows and themes that have helped turn television into the medium that it is today. This season’s episodes are: “Standup to Sitcom,” featuring new interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Ray Romano and Bob Newhart; “Doctors and Nurses,” which examines TV’s love affair with the medical profession, from Dr. Kildare to ER and beyond; “Breaking Barriers,” which traces the story of people of color in television; and “Acting Funny,” a look at the backstage techniques of America’s favorite … Continue reading →
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- Jeff Pfeiffer
PBS’ “The Pioneers of Television” returns for a fourth season, offering more fuzzy nostalgia, and squandered opportunity. While it’s something of a kick to celebrate programs from TV’s past, the franchise suffers from its pigheaded refusal to incorporate voices beyond the actual stars it features, providing a once-over-lightly account that could easily be enriched by incorporating a few behind-the-scenes and third-party voices. As is, a show that provides understandable and welcome comfort food for public TV’s older audience serves up a much thinner gruel than it ought to have been.
The latest batch of four episodes begins with “Standup to Sitcom,” featuring comics who successfully made the transition to TV, including Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Roseanne, Ray Romano, Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby. On its face, so far, so good.
Yet those performers are the only ones, for the most part, enlisted to share their memories, even »
- Brian Lowry
David Letterman’s sign-off from CBS’ “Late Show” next year will not only mark the end of an era in latenight, it will bring the curtain down on one of the most unique and lucrative deals ever crafted for a television star.
But Team Letterman took advantage of a moment in time that gave it the utmost leverage. NBC had been so ham-fisted in its handling of “The Tonight Show” transition in 1991 that it alienated Johnny Carson and Letterman, Carson’s hand-picked successor. That made Letterman a red-hot commodity for a rival network that was desperate to break into the latenight business. Surprisingly, for all its Tiffany successes, CBS had never fostered a latenight franchise to rival NBC — or even ABC’s perch with “Nightline. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Written by David Hudgins
Directed by Michael Weaver
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC
This week, on Parenthood: Julia moves on, Hank speaks up, and Zeek and Camille sign the dotted line
After months of dragging their feet, the Parenthood writers finally move several of their season-long arcs forward this week and it’s astonishing how much of a difference a little momentum makes. Julia focuses on work and makes a big move in her personal life, Drew moves out of Amber’s and has it out with his roommate, Hank and Sarah start to talk about why they haven’t gotten back together, Adam and Crosby remember they started a label, Kristina and co. move forward with their school, and Camille and Zeek find their new home. Everyone we see makes strides this week, and after the morass of interpersonal miscommunication (or »
- Kate Kulzick
Sarah Braverman's relationship status has been complicated pretty much as long as Parenthood has been on the air.
Whether it's her on-and-off (and on-and-off) relationship with Mark Cyr (Jason Ritter), her messy work romance with Hank (Ray Romano), or her recent flirty fling with her neighbor Carl (Josh Stamberg), Sarah's love life has never been truly stable. But just when Sarah (Lauren Graham) seemed to be heading in the right direction — i.e. picking her work over a guy — Mark returns on Thursday's episode (10/9c, NBC) to shake things up again.
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- Kate Stanhope
There are many ways a person can commit suicide, quick and easy or long and slow, but the end result is all the same. One way, for example, would be to deliberately do something to royally piss off the mafia. Yes, that would just about guarantee your own demise. With this in mind, let’s talk about a film, based on a true story…
By its title, Rob The Mob does sound like it should be a comedy about the mafia. In fact, it is actually a very funny film. I’d even say it holds its own against My Cousin Vinny (1992). As appealing as that is on the surface, it gets better. Not only is this a funny, entertaining movie, but it’s also based on a true story. The events in this film, or at least parts of it, actually happened… in real life!
So, why am I »
- Travis Keune
Title: Rob The Mob Director: Raymond De Felitta Starring: Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda, Andy Garcia, Ray Romano. ‘Rob the Mob’ portrays the Bonnie & Clyde of the 90s, the contemporary Robin Hood couple who stole from the Mafia to give to the poor…with the love-dove-thieves alone being the poor in question. The American crime drama, is set in New York City in 1991, where small-time crooks Tommy (Michael Pitt) and Rosie (Nina Arianda) – who are madly and passionately in love with one another – specialise in robbing mafia social clubs. As they go deeper down the rabbit hole, they stumble upon a score bigger than they could ever imagine, [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. That’s certainly the case in Rob the Mob, Raymond De Felitta’s jaunty, disarmingly human crime caper about Tommy and Rosemarie Uva, a real Queens couple who brazenly stuck up social clubs habited by members of two major New York crime families, and got away with it – until they didn’t.
When we first meet Tommy and Rosie, they’re embarking on an ill-advised robbery, one which will land Tommy in prison for 18 months. Immediately, the motivations behind their life of crime are clear; of course, the financial incentive is there, but there’s a heated romantic spark driving their activities forward as well. So crazy in love that they feel invincible, the two lovebirds instinctively feel that the world is theirs for the taking.
Once Tommy’s out, it’s not long before the two are scheming again, despite Rosie’s »
- Isaac Feldberg
The film is set up in New York City, 1991. Small-time crooks Tommy (Pitt) and Rosie (Arianda) have two things in common: a crazy-passionate love for one another and—after they’re caught robbing a florist on Valentine’s Day—prison records. Trying to go straight, Rosie lands a job at a debt-collection agency and persuades Tommy to join her. But soon Tommy is skipping his shifts to do something much more interesting—attend the landmark trial of Mafia hit man Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, whose graphic testimony could finally bring down flamboyant Gambino-family boss John Gotti.
Tommy’s fascination with the mob is deeply personal; when he was a boy, he saw his father suffer a brutal beating beat at the hands of local gangsters. »
- Fernando Esquivel
In the upcoming 4th season of the Emmy-nominated series, Pioneers Of Television, PBS will explore trailblazing moments of TV history, starting on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, featuring a lineup that includes an episode titled Breaking Barriers, which airs on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 8pm Et, and which will trace the history of people of color on American television, featuring the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll (Julia) and Bill Cosby (I Spy), as well as Latino landmarks, ranging from I Love Lucy with Desi Arnaz, to Miami Vice with Edward James Olmos. Also featured are Asian Americans such as George Takei (Star Trek), who details the childhood years he spent in a Japanese-American internment camp. Offering inside stories from some of America’s most beloved television stars, expect new interviews with legendary stars, such as Jimmie Walker, Leslie Uggams, Ray Romano, Bob Newhart, Robin...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Opening March 21st, Rob the Mob is a heartbreaking crime-thriller inspired by the true story of Tommy (Michael Pitt) and Rosie (Nina Arianda) Uva, two small-time crooks from Queens whose crazy-passionate love for one another fueled their audacious heists of Mafia social clubs in the 1990s and led to a startling discovery. The film directed by Raymond De Felitta from a screenplay by Jonathan Fernandez boasts an impressive cast that also includes Andy Garcia (who also produces), Ray Romano, Griffin Dunne, Cathy Moriarty, Michael Rispoli, Val Vazquez, Frank Whaley and Burt Young. At the film’s recent press day, Garcia, De Felitta, Romano, Fernandez and composer Stephen Endelman spoke about how the project emerged, why Fernandez’s well written script and De Felitta’s directing style helped attract an incredible cast, how the actors approached their characters and brought the fascinating story to life, De Felitta’s unique collaboration with »
- Sheila Roberts
Rob the Mob is a tragicomic take on two of the dumbest real-life stick-up artists in American history, the sort of dopes you might see loudly caricatured in a five-minute segment on Spike TV.
Director Raymond De Felitta and writer Jonathan Fernandez attempt to flesh out this microscopic blip of mafia history, and they half-succeed, mostly due to their spot-on feel for early '90s-era New York City (subway cars scrawled with graffiti, crack pipe use in broad daylight) and the nicely subdued performances from Andy Garcia (as a retiring don) and Ray Romano (as an oddly principled Daily News reporter).
What they fail at is generating pathos. While De Felitta and Fernandez don't condescend to their central couple, snidely dubbed "Bonnie and Clyde" by the press, »
On the surface, Rob The Mob looks like just another True Romance clone, with its star crossed lovers dodging bullets and getting into trouble. The only difference here is that this film is based on a true story. And not just any true story, a rather unbelievable one.
Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda play Tom and Rosie, a couple of ex-cons from Queens, New York who just got out of jail after serving time for robbing a flower shop on Valentine’s Day. They are both determined to go straight and to do so, end up working at a debt collection agency. It doesn’t take long for Tom to find himself bored sitting in a cubicle and talking on the phone all day and he soon skips work to find other forms of entertainment. He ends up finding this by slipping into the trial of John Gotti, the American »
- Ben Kenber
Dog Eat Dog: De Felitta’s Entertaining Take of a Take
After the success of his 2009 indie feature, City Island, Raymond De Felitta turns to a scrappy ‘based on a true story’ vehicle with Rob the Mob, a film that manages to override predispositions and assume an energetic momentum that is both rewarding and engaging. An interestingly varied cast, populated by a several faces instantly recognizable from either “The Sopranos” or various Martin Scorsese films, provides the film with immediate likeability, an entertaining mix of mafia history and character study.
In 1991, while the Gotti trial holds everyone’s rapt attention, Tommy (Michael Pitt) is paroled after getting busted for holding up a floral shop with girlfriend Rosie (Nina Arianda). While Rosie has kicked drugs and a life of crime to clean up her act, she now works as a star performer at a collection agency run by Dave Lovell (Griffin Dunne »
- Nicholas Bell
Rob the Mob Millennium Entertainment Director: Raymond De Felitta Screenplay: Jonathan Fernandez Cast: Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda, Andy Garcia, Michael Rispoli, Samira Wiley, Ray Romano, Frank Whaley, Cathy Moriarty, Griffin Dunne Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 3/6/14 Opens: March 21, 2014 “Rob the Mob,” which is based on an actual adventure by two naïve lovers who raided and ripped off money and jewelry from mafia “social clubs,” is all the more amazing for being true. In the hands of director Raymond De Felitta, whose “City Island” is a delightfully funny tale of a dad whose poker nights are really spent going to an acting class, the tale reaches proportions that [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Two decades after serving as semi-light relief for Big Apple newspaper editors in the heady days of the John Gotti trial, the richly improbable story of Tommy and Rosemarie Uva gets lively, compassionate treatment in the latest likable effort from practised East Coast portraitist Raymond De Felitta. Though the film reunites De Felitta with Andy Garcia, the star and producer of 2010′s “City Island,” the spotlight is ceded to sparky younger stars Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda as a Bronx-reared Bonnie and Clyde who hit on a novel, elegant and inevitably ill-fated get-rich-quick scheme: holding up and cleaning out Mafia social clubs, knowing their victims would keep the law out of it. Graced with good humor, seamy period texture and a particularly sensational turn from Arianda, this otherwise unassuming pic – premiered at the Miami Film Festival – opens in limited release on March 21, and should do its best business in ancillary. »
- Guy Lodge
Johnny Knoxville, Ray Romano, David Cross, and Sarah Silverman will pop up as themselves during the 13-episode season, along with Michael Ian Black, Conan O’Brien, and Andy Richter. Also joining the guest list inside and outside the garage are Chris Hardwick, Tig Notaro, Rob Riggle, Bill Burr, Paul Feig, Wyatt Cenak, Joey “Coco” Diaz, Rachael Harris, Moshe Kasher, Tom Kenny, Dave Koechner, »
- Dan Snierson
- Adam Chitwood
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