14 items from 2014
Opening June 27th, Leslie Zemeckis’ entertaining documentary, Bound By Flesh, offers a fascinating look at the life and times of Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who were born conjoined at the hips in Brighton, England in 1908. Despite tragic circumstances and ruthless exploitation by their unscrupulous managers, they went on to become huge stars in the sideshow and vaudeville circuit. The Hilton Sisters loved to entertain and rose to international stardom at the beginning of the 20th century. Acclaimed for their singing, dancing and clarinet playing, they performed alongside the likes of Sophie Tucker, Harry Houdini, Charlie Chaplin, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, and comedy duo Burns and Allen. In an exclusive interview, Zemeckis talked about what inspired her to make a documentary about the Hilton Sisters, what appealed to her about this bygone era and these forms of entertainment, her extensive research, the challenge of locating archival footage of the twins performing, »
- Sheila Roberts
Thanks to Manhattan’s favorite cultural philanthropist, Carole Zabar -- you know her rugelach -- a second year of the Israel Film Center Festival will be unspooling at various venues around the city, but mainly at The Jewish Community Center on the Upper West Side from June 12th through June 19th.
A highlight of the fest is Yael Reuveny’s engrossing three-generation exploration of her family’s post-Holocaust existence, Farewell, Herr Schwarz, a paean to those trying to come to terms with the past.
Michla Schwarz, Yael’s grandmother, was the lone member of her family to survive the Holocaust, or so she thought. Immigrating to Israel, she married, raised a family, and died emotionally scarred with an unyielding hatred for everything German. Her daughter Etty, who remembered her mother screaming at night and being emotionally distant, is also enveloped in this decades-old enmity.
But one day just before Michla’s death, »
- Brandon Judell
The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates on-screen couple Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are reuniting for their third romantic comedy this summer with Blended. After a disastrous blind date, two single parents find themselves on the same African safari with their children in tow. Will they be able to get over their differences and learn to love each other? Take a look at over 50 new photos featuring this modern day answer to George Burns and Gracie Allen as they get try to get out of each other's way only to land in more trouble. Also featuring Bella Thorne, Terry Crews, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Joel McHale.
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Untitled Woody Allen Project
This would mark Stone's second film will Allen following "Magic in the Moonlight" which opens this Summer. [Source: Variety]
My All American
Aaron Eckhart ("Olympus Has Fallen") and Finn Wittrock ("Noah") have joined the cast of Angelo Pizzo's "My All American". Eckhart will play University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal, Wittrock will play Ut football great Freddie Steinmark. Filming begins next month in Austin, Texas.
Royal developed a special bond with Steinmark, a promising player whose career was cut shot by a cancerous tumor that took his leg. Steinmark coached the team's freshman defense and became an inspiration to cancer sufferers before the cancer took his life. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Once in a lifetime, if you’re very lucky, a movie comes along that introduces you to a side of humanity that is enough to change your life forever. It takes all of your notions concerning the meaning of life and knocks them from your head like a bully upending books from your hands. It changes you on a cellular level. 18 Again!, the 1989 George Burns vehicle, is that film. This movie will empty your body and refill the empty vessel with feelings you never knew existed. It will impart one hour and forty minutes of valuable life lessons into your astonished brain and make you live life by their teachings. Lesson #1: If you share the responsibility of blowing out your birthday candles with another person, you will unlock a powerful, unspecified kind of magic. If it is your birthday, the wish will come true and the other person will be thoroughly fucked in the deal. Lesson »
- Jodi Clager
Remember when George Burns and Gracie Allen used to plug Carnation Evaporated Milk in live TV ads during their 1950s TV series The George Burns And Gracie Allen Show? Of course you don’t! But live ads using show cast members, in character and on set, did not used to be “news” — much less a scoop in the New York Times‘ business section. And, 60 years from now, when a future generation is watching on their glasses a live broadcast of some happy-zombie-family comedy starring some Hollywood It Couple, replete with product promotions by the happy zombies, they will think back to today’s Nyt report (“Commercials to Go Live With Show Cast Members”) about the airing of two whole live ads during the live season debuts of TV Land‘s Hot In Cleveland and The Soul Man, and think “How quaint.” The cast of Hot In Cleveland — Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
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)
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- Joshua Gaul
Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is …
“Cher turned back time so often, she ran into her self, several times”
Thanks to A.M. Burns for this week’s winning caption!
Weekend Birthdays! Nick Zano (above) is 36, Bryan Cranston is 58, Wanda Sykes is 50, Peter Sarsgaard is 43, Freddie Prinze, Jr. is 38, Jack Kenny is 56, Kerr Smith is 42, , and Jeffrey Osborne is 66. Here’s his greatest song.
Sharknado 2 will premiere on July 31st at 9 Pm Et on Syfy.
Three years after nude photo scandal Roberto Arango comes out. That’s one of the most hilariously passive-aggressive interviews I’ve seen.
A couple of favs have booked new roles. Dave Annable will »
“The Walking Dead” shows characters, like Daryl and Beth, trying to ease each other’s lonliness and get through the Georgia backwoods to find the dispersed group after the raid on the prison. In Sunday’s episode, “Still,” viewers were able to see Beth and Daryl get closer to each other while trying to make it back to some sort of civilization. One of the ways they bonded was through burning down a house. Missed this scene and want to see what happened? We’ve got the video for you below. Also below is a sneak peek at the upcoming episode “Alone.” Bob, Sasha and Maggie have to face a horde of zombies [ Read More ]
The films of director John Landis are particularly suited to repetition—in both rewatchability for comedies like “Trading Places” or “The Blues Brothers” or horror like “An American Werewolf in London," but also in double-dip DVDs and Blu-rays from Universal every few years as well. Luckily, Landis is one of those filmmakers who reveals a new, fascinating behind-the-scenes tale with each new release, and that is certainly the case surrounding the Blu-ray of “Animal House” a few years back. In that spirit, here's a wide-ranging, three hour discussion with Landis on the Kevin Pollak Talk Show on YouTube. Granted, it's from 2011, but hat tip to Larry Wright to putting in on our radar, because it's great stuff. It’s the type of conversation that includes the director’s memory of lunching with Alfred Hitchcock and hearing his reaction to Brian De Palma’s “Dressed To Kill”, and ends with another »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Review by Sam Moffitt
Jerry Lewis is a national treasure! No, strike that, let me correct that…Jerry Lewis is a global treasure. He belongs to the whole world and here is a documentary celebrating all things Jerry Lewis. Tracing his career from the age of five when he first entered show business, (I am not kidding, he was raised in vaudeville and burlesque by his father and mother who were both performers!) to the present day. Much time is devoted to his insane career with the late Dean Martin and his charity work for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. We also see and hear a lot about his legendary run with Paramount Pictures in the 60s when he wrote, directed and starred in a series of box office hit comedies.
Be advised, this is not a warts and all portrait, Lewis himself is credited as the producer of this documentary! »
- Movie Geeks
Comedy writer Ben Starr, whose career stretched from radio through 1980s sitcoms, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 92.
Starr was a co-creator of NBC comedies “The Facts of Life” and “Silver Spoons.” During his long career, he wrote for TV comedies ranging from “All in the Family” to “Diff’rent Strokes” as well as “Mr. Ed,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Petticoat Junction,” “The Brady Bunch” and “Chico and the Man.”
Starr inadvertently helped create the famous catchphrase from “Diff’rent Strokes” — “Whatchu talking ’bout Willis?” The line as written in an early script for the show was “What are you talking about, Willis?” but after star Gary Coleman gave it his distinctive delivery, Starr knew it was a keeper.
- Variety Staff
Veteran comedy writer Ben Starr died Sunday at the age of 92. Starr began his Hollywood career in radio as a writer for Al Jolson, George Burns, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. He later segued into television, amassing dozens of credits over a nearly 50-year span, most recently as a writer on 2001′s The Facts Of Life TV Reunion. Starr was a writer and co-creator of the Facts Of Life, which first aired in 1979 and ran through 1988. His other writing and/or producing credits include Mr. Ed (1961-1963), The Andy Griffith Show (1966), The Brady Bunch (1971-1973), Maude (1974), Chico And The Man (1977), All In The Family (1975-1978), Diff’rent Strokes (1978-1982) and Silver Spoons (1982-1987). Starr’s film credits include Oliver Twist (1974), Treasure Island (1973), and 1966′s Texas Across The River and Our Man Flint. He also was featured in Lunch, Donna Kanter’s documentary about comedians. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Credit: Mike Lamonica
Morgan Freeman will present the SAG 50th Life Achievement Award to Rita Moreno at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
SAG-aftra is honoring Rita Moreno for her career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments. Past recipients of the Life Achievement Award include Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Julie Andrews, Shirley Temple Black, James Garner, Karl Malden, Clint Eastwood, Edward Asner, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Robert Redford, and George Burns.
Credit: Mark Hill
In 1971, Freeman and Moreno were among the stars of “The Electric Company,” a comedy variety show created by the Children’s Television Workshop (Ctw) featuring live-action sketches, cartoons, and songs. Inspired by The Motown Sound, “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and Broadway, the series was designed »
- Michelle McCue
14 items from 2014
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