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‘Doctor Who’ thing of the day: cute little joke on ‘Robot Chicken’

24 November 2010 11:48 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

I spotted this little bit on an episode of Robot Chicken the other night: The Doctor stands there for a minute, sort of tapping his foot and exuding exasperation, and finally shouts, “Get it?” And it cuts away to the next bit. Get it? Think a certain Abbott and Costello routine... Silly? Of course. Geeky on multiple levels? Hell, yeah. But that’s Robot Chicken for ya. (If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.) »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Bristol Palin’s Acting Oeuvre Grows: Her PSA With The Situation

17 November 2010 8:54 AM, PST | BestWeekEver | See recent BestWeekEver news »

Much like how Sarah Palin gives me the perverse desire to spout the word “retarded” with reckless abandon, this PSA starring Bristol Palin and The Situation promoting abstinence and? or? safe sex makes me want to have a Ton of unprotected sex. In the end, the loser will be me, but I have to spite them Some How. What a couple of Abbott and Costello’s! That was a regular “Who’s on First?”!!! So Many Uses Of The Word Situation. Yet, at the same time, the entire thing seems improvised. And like they totally lost their steam in the end, as this was clearly an eight hour shoot. I really hope they relaxed afterwards with some unprotected sex. Also, when did they agree on “Pause before you play?” That was never mentioned. Did they agree upon that at an earlier date? Anyway, here’s the thing, Bristol. I know you’ve heard this before, »

- Sarah Walker

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The 8 Most Annoying Kids in Film

11 November 2010 2:14 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

We’ve all been there. The hotly-anticipated action/comedy/fantasy film debuts, a movie that you’ve waited for months to see, and you head to the cinema with friends or family in the hopes that it will be an experience that you will thoroughly enjoy. The action will be actiony. The comedy will be, well, comedy-y. And you hope for the opportunity to be able to pore over the subtle nuances of brilliance/explosions long after the film is over. You settle in, the lights go down, the curtains draw open…and you spend the next 90 minutes flabbergasted at the uncanny awfulness of a certain cast player; awfulness so unyielding that it overwhelms the film itself and ruins the entire experience for any and all attentive viewers. I speak, of course, of the “kid”.

The “kid” can take many forms – annoying sidekick, awkward character actor, blubbering deadweight, and so on. »

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Back to Basics with 'The Invisible Man'

9 November 2010 3:45 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

By 1933, Universal Studios had become a veritable fear factory, thanks to the efforts of production head Carl Laemmle Jr. After the amazing profits earned from Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy, he was eager to find Universal's next horror property, and fast.

Carl Junior had been trying to get a Frankenstein sequel off the ground, but director James Whale, who had been so instrumental to the original film's success, had been resistant to the idea. Whale was a true artist who did not like to repeat himself, so the idea of a sequel was distasteful at best, even if it was guaranteed to be a hit.

In an effort to mollify Carl Junior and satisfy his desire for something in the realm of the fantastic, Whale expressed interest in filming The Invisible Man, based on H. G. Wells' 1897 sci-fi novella. It presented some special challenges and was just different enough from »

- Theron

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[Movie Review] Four Lions

5 November 2010 7:05 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

When it’s not catering to the sensibilities of the Adam Sandler audience and rising above the average dick and fart joke, comedy has the unique ability to place incredibly serious subjects in a rose-colored lens and lets us laugh at things we might normally find hideously offensive. Take Four Lions for example, a film that shows four inept terrorists as they attempt to strike a blow against something in the name of nothing. For the right crowd, the film will consistently hit the funny bone and finds an interesting way to call into question what change terrorism can actually affect. However, for the crowd that can’t stomach sharp satire (if you still find Blazing Saddles too racy and over the top, it’s you), the topic and how it’s addressed in such a jocular manner might push the boundaries of bad taste. Hopefully, you’ll fall into the former group, »

- Lex Walker

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November Monthly Movie Preview: ‘Due Date,’ ‘Morning Glory’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1′

31 October 2010 5:58 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Monthly Movie Preview – November 2010

Fresh off the sugar high from an eventful Halloween, in comes November. It’s always hard to tell what November will bring. There are always those sure things, like an animated family-friendly movie around the holidays, or a comedy here or there, but it’s something else as well.

November, much like the holiday in it, is about celebrating our differences and coming together… at the movies. Before you laugh it off, just think about it. Within the first week alone, we have a comedy, a drama, and a family friendly movie for the little ones. Hell, if that’s not diversity (or capitalism, take your pick) at its finest than I don’t know what is. Check out what other movies November has in store for audiences.

View Poll November 5

Movie of the Week

Due Date

The Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Jamie Foxx

The Plot: Two unlikely travelers, »

- Calhoun Kersten

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Modern Family 2.05 “Halloween” Review

27 October 2010 7:44 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Did you miss last week’s very funny episode of Modern Family?  Catch up with my review here.

Modern Family is, of course, an ensemble show, and most of its episodes to date go to sometimes painstaking lengths to make sure each of the three family units is treated equally in terms of screen time, emphasis and laughs.  Every now and again, however, an episode really lets one of the cast members shine, such as Phil in “Game Changer” or Cameron in “Fizbo.”  This week’s episode, “Halloween,” was really a showcase for Julie Bowen’s Claire, who, in my opinion, had her funniest performance to date.

The episode, unsurprisingly, revolved around Halloween, but was ostensibly about feeling different and being an outsider even within one’s own family or workplace.  Mitchell was caught in a costume at work when he thought that was his new firm’s tradition, only »

- Michael Salerno

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Monster A-Go Go Hits DVD in October

15 September 2010 12:18 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Any time that we get to report on a classic horror film hitting DVD in style, we cannot help but smile. Especially when the title is something as obscure as Monster A-Go Go!

From the Press Release

In celebration of the film’s 45th anniversary, a special DVD collector’s edition of the iconic cult favorite Monster A-Go Go is being released just in time for Halloween, October 19, from Synergy Entertainment.

Upon its release, it was billed as “The picture that could set our space program back at least 50 years.” Voted “The Worst Movie Ever” by Mystery Science Theater 3000 (and just about everyone else), it’s so bad it’s good!

Directed by Bill Rebane (who also brought you 1975’s The Giant Spider Invasion) and Herschell Gordon Lewis (known for his exploitation films and often referred to as the “Godfather of Gore”), Monster A-Go Go was initially released in 1965.

Originally titled Terror at Halfway, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Weeds Season 6 Episode 4 Rundown: The Return of the Mexican Abbott and Costello Gangsters

13 September 2010 7:23 PM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Cesar (Enrique Castillo) and Ignacio (Hemky Madera) are officially back on Weeds! We caught a brief glimpse at our favorite Mexican mafia duo, during the closing moments of Season 6 Episode 3, “A Yippity Sippity.” In Episode 4, “Bliss,” the two were back in full form. Ignacio and Cesar tortured Doug (Kevin Nealon) as only they knew how, by threatening to cut his balls off. It was a joy to see Ignacio play bad-crazy cop and Cesar playing the even-worse-monotone cop. Together the two are like Abbott and Costello, if Abbott and Costello were Mexican gangsters. Ignacio and Cesar's reunion in Season 6 is nothing less than comedic perfection. Unfortunately for Doug, not knowing the whereabouts of the Botwin family can result in a quick bullet to the head. Doug makes a call to Andy (Justin Kirk) and leads the two up north. However, he failed to tell his captives that »

- Bags

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Mark Wahlberg Proves Funny In These Clips From The Other Guys

19 July 2010 1:47 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

We know Will Ferrell, when given the right material, is pretty hilarious. But Mark Wahlberg in a comedy? Outside of The Happening it.s something he.s never done. Will he be able to keep up with Ferrell and director Adam Mckay.s fast and loose improve style? These five clips from The Other Guys seem to say he will. Not only does Wahlberg keep up with Ferrell he contributes some of the funniest moments in the clips below. He.s playing the straight man, sure, but if you.ve ever watched an Abbott and Costello routine you know that a really good straight man is just as capable of getting laughs as the obligatory buffoon. From his incredulity at the hotness of Will Ferrell.s life to his sudden response to a discussion of lions fighting tunas, Mark Wahlberg kills. He even gets in on the improve. I.d »

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Disembodied Actress Eugenia Paul is Dead

21 June 2010 6:32 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Actress Eugenia Paul was featured in a handful of films and television productions in the 1950s. She co-starred with scream queen Allison Hayes in the 1957 voodoo horror film The Disembodied as native girl Mara.

She was born Eugenia Popoff in Dearborn, Michigan in 1935. She trained as a dancer before settling in Hollywood in the early 1950s. Paul appeared in small roles in a handful of films in the 1950s, including Lost in Alaska (1952) with Abbott and Costello, The Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954), The Ten Commandments (1956), and Gunfighters of Abilene (1960). Paul was better known for her work in television, starring as Senorita Elena Torres opposite Guy Williams in early episodes of Disney’s Zorro in 1957.  Her other television credits include episodes of Sky King, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Lone Ranger, and The Thin Man.  She retired from the screen in the late 1950s after her marriage to Robert Strauss, the heir »

- Harris Lentz

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Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan talk new comedy Cop Out

23 May 2010 2:42 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Released on UK screens this weekend is the new buddy-cop comedy Cop Out, directed by Kevin Smith and starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan.

It's about two longtime NYPD partners on the trail of a stolen, rare, mint-condition baseball card who find themselves up against a merciless, memorabilia-obsessed gangster.

Jimmy Monroe (Willis) is the veteran detective whose missing collectable is his only hope to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding, while Paul Hodges (Morgan) is his partner whose preoccupation with his wife's alleged infidelity makes it hard for him to keep his eye on the ball.

Here's what the two actors had to say...

What drew you to make a comedy as your next film?

Bruce: If I had a choice, I would do comedy all the time. It's just the most challenging thing. To make someone laugh is the most challenging thing, and the most rewarding thing, in entertainment. »

- David Bentley

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DVD Playhouse: April 2010

16 April 2010 1:41 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—April 2010

By

Allen Gardner

Ride With The Devil (Criterion) Ang Lee’s revisionist take on the Civil War is awash in moral ambiguity, along with some stunning cinematography, production design, and fine performances. Set during the Kansas-Missouri border war, Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich star as two friends who join up with the Confederate-sympathizing Bushwhackers, finding an odd ally in a former slave (Jeffrey Wright). While it’s fascinating to see America’s bloodiest conflict through the eyes of a foreigner, thereby allowing much of the previously mentioned ambiguity a certain latitude, the film never loses the bad taste it leaves for one simple reason: it asks us, the audience, to side with not just the Confederates, but some of the lowest trash that made up the dregs, and the fringes, of the movement. Big points for audacity, but snake eyes on the story itself. Singer Jewel is impressive in her film debut. »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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How I Met Your Mother Review: "Zoo or False"

13 April 2010 7:21 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

This season of How I Met Your Mother has relied a little too heavily on slapstick gags and milking a single, running joke. Fortunately, it's survived this long because they work.

Even in standalone episodes like Monday's "Zoo or False," with no advancement of The Mother story line, Marshall and Barney and their absurd behavior carried it all the way.

This in spite of one of the dumbest plots in TV history.

To sum up, Marshall gets mugged. Lily's freaked out and wants to get a gun for protection. To stop her, Marshall says he got robbed by a monkey at the zoo. All hilarious lies.

Barney added a terrific subplot with his efforts to go to increasingly ridiculous lengths to score chicks, including claiming to be a famous astronaut a generation older than he.

People want the lie, Barney says. They need the lie.

Also funny was how Robin »

- steve@iscribelimited.com (L.J. Gibbs)

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DVD: Review:The Abbott And Costello Show

6 April 2010 10:01 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Throughout Bud Abbott and Lou Costello’s 20-year run onstage, on the radio, in the movies, and on television, the duo waited patiently through tortured plot machinations and countless musical numbers in order to get to the store of old vaudeville routines that they knew how to perform better than almost anybody else on the circuit. By the time The Abbott And Costello Show debuted in 1952, the team had been a top draw in motion pictures for more than a decade, but were just about out of gas, as partners and as celebrities. They broke up in 1957 after »

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[TV] The Abbott and Costello Show: The Complete Series

3 April 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

In the golden age of classic film and television, few comedians could match the success and popularity of legendary comic duo Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. The pair was successful in almost every medium, including stage, radio, film, cartoon, and television. Toward the end of their career, the duo had already hosted the Colgate Comedy Hour and decided to do a TV series that would utilize their classic gags while still reaching a newer, younger audience. The result was The Abbott and Costello Show.

Premiering in 1951, The Abbott and Costello Show was a short-lived success. Although it ran only two seasons, it showcased the pair’s reliable repertoire of routines which they had originally done in vaudeville and reintroduced to new generations of film and TV fans. You don’t have to be an Abbott and Costello fan to have heard of their routines, which were usually based on Costello »

- Rob Young

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[DVD Review] The Abbott and Costello Show: The Complete Series

3 April 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

In the golden age of classic film and television, few comedians could match the success and popularity of legendary comic duo Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. The pair was successful in almost every medium, including stage, radio, film, cartoon, and television. Toward the end of their career, the duo had already hosted the Colgate Comedy Hour and decided to do a TV series that would utilize their classic gags while still reaching a newer, younger audience. The result was The Abbott and Costello Show.

Premiering in 1951, The Abbott and Costello Show was a short-lived success. Although it ran only two seasons, it showcased the pair’s reliable repertoire of routines which they had originally done in vaudeville and reintroduced to new generations of film and TV fans. You don’t have to be an Abbott and Costello fan to have heard of their routines, which were usually based on Costello »

- Rob Young

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New On Blu-ray and DVD This Week

31 March 2010 4:30 PM, PDT | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

This week sees the release of several new movies and TV shows, some for the first time ever on Blu-ray. Of the ones coming out this week, we’re excited for not as many as last week. But still, the release of An Education, Collateral and Sherlock Holmes (pictured above with Robert Downey, Jr and Jude Law) is reason enough to be excited. Plus, there’s always next week. . . and the week after that.

Check them out:

Film

Alice in Wonderland (2-Disc Special Un-Anniversary Edition) ~ Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn (DVD)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel ~ Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, Justin Long (Blu-ray and DVD)

An Education ~ Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard (Blu-ray and DVD)

Collateral ~ Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx (Blu-ray)

I Sell the Dead ~ Dominic Monaghan, Ron Perlman (Blu-ray and DVD)

Rivals of Sherlock Holmes: Set 2 ~ Derek Jacobi, Judy Geeson, Jean Marsh (DVD)

Sherlock Holmes ~ Robert Downey Jr., »

- Joe Gillis

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Vote For Comedy’s All-Time Greats

26 March 2010 6:58 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Madison Square Garden (Msg) wants to know who You think is the all-time greatest comedian! From Groucho Marx and Charlie Chaplin, to Abbott and Costello, Jack Benny and Jerry Lewis, to Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby, to Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Chelsea Handler, and others – you decide who deserves the crown in Msg.com’s All-Time Comedy Greats Votedown!

Click Here to check out the competition and to vote your favorites to the top.

At the moment, George Carlin and Bill Cosby are garnering the most votes! Richard Pryor is far behind; even Chris Rock is ahead of him!

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- Tambay

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AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movie Quotes

5 March 2010 9:46 PM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

"Extra" brings you AFI's 100 Best Movie Quotes of all time! From "The Wizard of Oz" to "Taxi Driver," see if your favorites made the list!

AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie QuotesGone with the Wind (1939)

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." --Said by Clark Gable as Rhett Butler to Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara.

The Godfather (1972)

"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." --Marlon Brando as Don Corleone.

On the Waterfront (1954)

"You don't understand! »

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