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So far, Rob Zombie directorial career has resulted in either terrible movies (House of 1,000 Corpses), movies that start strong than devolve into crap (2007's Halloween) or something of a mixed bag (The Devil's Rejects, The Lords of Salem). Or he makes The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, a nasty little bugger of a film where you'll want to stand in the shower for nine days after watching. How, then, this qualifies him to bring Groucho Marx's life story to the screen is anyone's guess, but stranger things have happened in Hollywood. As a matter of fact, looking into the details, Zombie's involvement begins makes a little more sense. amz asin="1593936524" size="small"The biopic, based on Steve Stolair's memoir "Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House", will not span the comedic actor's whole career but rather his bizarre final ones as seen from his personal secretary/archivist and young fan's perspective. »
- Will Ashton
Rob Zombie will direct a new biopic about the final years of legendary comedian Groucho Marx, based on Steve Stoliar's memoir, Raised Eyebrows, which chronicled his time as Marx's personal secretary and archivist, Deadline reports.
The screenplay will be written by Oren Moverman, who co-wrote the new Brian Wilson biopic, Love and Mercy, and earned an Oscar nomination for 2009's The Messenger, which he wrote with Alessandro Camon. Zombie will also produce the film, along with Cold Iron Pictures' Miranda Bailey, Amanda Marshall and Andy Gould.
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Rockstar and horror director Rob Zombie looks to step away from his roots as he is set to write and direct a biopic based on the book Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House, which details the final years of the life of legendary comedy actor Groucho Marx.
The memoirs, written by Steve Stoliar, details one fan’s journey from being a personal fan of the Marx Brother’s movies to living in Groucho’s house as his archivist and assistant. In addition to getting to know his hero, the author found himself in the orbit of Groucho’s brothers Zeppo and Gummo, Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, S.J. Perelman, Steve Allen, and scores of other luminaries of stage, screen, TV and literature. All of this lead of Stoliar’s hero being put to rest and his difficult further dealings with Erin Fleming, the woman in »
- Luke Owen
If that headline makes no sense to you, don't worry; I had the same reaction. Apparently Zombie and Miranda Bailey have gotten their hands on the rights to Steve Stoliar's memoir, "Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House." Deadline further reports that Zombie will direct the adaptation, which will be scripted by Oren Moverman (Love & Mercy). Stoliar, a TV writer and devout Groucho fan, spent the last few years of the comedian's life by his side as his personal secretary and archivist. During those short years, Stoliar found himself in the company of such names of renown as Groucho’s brothers Zeppo and Gummo, Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, and Steve Allen. On the flipside of this trip into the lives of the rich and famous was dealing with Erin Fleming, the rather frustrating woman in charge of Groucho's personal and professional life. The story »
- Dave Trumbore
The book deals with the last years in the life of Groucho Marx, told by a young Marx Brothers fan who spent those years as his personal secretary and archivist and getting close to his idol as the curtain was coming down.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Horror specialist Rob Zombie will direct and produce a biopic about the final years of iconic comedian Groucho Marx’s life along with Cold Iron Pictures’ Miranda Bailey, Amanda Marshall and Andy Gould.
The project is based on Steve Stoliar’s 1996 book “Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House,” written about Stoliar’s three years as Marx’s personal secretary at the actor’s Beverly Hills home before Marx died in 1977. Stoliar spent time with Marx, Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, S.J. Perelman and Steve Allen along with dealing with Erin Fleming — the mercurial woman in charge of Marx’s life.
Marx made 13 movies with his brothers and was a major star on radio and TV with the quiz show “You Bet Your Life.”
Zombie’s directing credits include “House of 1000 Corpses, »
- Dave McNary
Given Rob Zombie’s cinematic back catalogue, you might be forgiven for thinking that a project called Raised Eyebrows would be about a spectral pair of eye fuzzies that come to life and urge their owner to kill people. Not so! It’s actually and adaptation of Steve Stoliar’s memoir about the later days of Groucho Marx. Oren Moverman is writing the script based on Stoliar’s book, subtitled My Years Inside Groucho’s House. It chronicles his time spent as Groucho’s personal secretary and archivist in the years before the comedy legend died. His unusual job meant he not only got to know one of his heroes, but also some of those in the man’s life including brothers Zeppo and Gummo, plus George Burns, Mae West, Jack Lemmon, Bob Hope and more. And though it might have seemed like a dream assignment, he also had nightmarishly »
Music and Sex: Scenes from a life - A novel in progress by Roman AkLeff (first installment can be read here; second here; third here; fourth here; fifth here).
[Warning: the chapter below contains "adult situations." Seriously, this one's not for the faint-hearted.]
Walter’s new home, Carman Hall, was an utterly soulless pile of cinder blocks. No effort at all had been made, during its design and construction two decades earlier, to build in anything conveying the slightest sense of warmth. No carpeting in either the halls or in the suites, no wood anywhere except the doors, no decorative touches, nothing but bare straight lines. One imagined it had been designed so it could be hosed down with minimum effort between school years to as to be literally as well as aesthetically antiseptic. There was not even any accommodation made for cooking; not only were there no kitchen nooks, even hotplates were forbidden (though, given that they were horrific fire hazards, that made sense, »
By Lee Pfeiffer
On June 16, the Warner Archive will release the 1975 screen version of Neil Simon's comedy classic "The Sunshine Boys" as a Blu-ray special edition. The film stars Walter Matthau and George Burns as Lewis and Clark, a legendary vaudeville comedy team who have not been on speaking terms since they broke up their act eleven years ago. For their work in the film, Matthau was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar, George Burns won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar and Richard Benjamin, who co-stars as Matthau's harried nephew and agent who tries the Herculean task of reuniting the team for a television special about comedy greats, won a Golden Globe award. Cinema Retro had the opportunity to speak with Richard Benjamin about his memories of working on the film.
Cinema Retro: "The Sunshine Boys" must have had a very personal meaning to you, given the fact that your uncle, »
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Actor and comedian who teamed up with her husband, Jerry Stiller, to form a favourite American entertainment duo
The actor and comedian Anne Meara, who has died aged 85, was famous on television, on the stage and in films more than three decades before her son, Ben Stiller, the actor and director, made a name for himself.
In fact, Meara entertained four generations of TV viewers of programmes ranging from The Ed Sullivan Show in the early 1960s to Sex and the City (2002-04). She was accompanied on screen and off by her husband, Jerry Stiller, to whom she was married for 61 years. As one of the very few male-female comedy teams, Stiller and Meara were on a par with George Burns and Gracie Allen, and Mike Nichols and Elaine May. (Notice the men’s names come first.)
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- Ronald Bergan
Disappointing news today for fans of The Simpsons. Longtime voice actor Harry Shearer has quit the show just as contracts were being signed for the upcoming Season 27 and Season 28. While Harry Shearer did not agree with the terms of his new Fox contract, that doesn't mean his characters are going away. It has been confirmed that they will all be recast.
Harry Shearer has voiced many characters on The Simpsons over the years, some incredibly important to the show, including Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Smithers, Seymour Skinner, Dr. Hibbter, Lenny Leonard, Otto and Rev. Lovejoy. In a statement on Twitter, Harry Shearer says he left because he no longer had the freedom to do other projects, something he claims to have been able to do in the past. Current show runner Al Jean countered that with the following statement:
"Harry Shearer was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted, »
When The Simpsons returns in the fall, it will be without one of it most iconic voices. Amidst contract disputes, Harry Shearer, who has helped give life to characters such as Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers, and Principal Skinner, will be leaving the series. “Harry Shearer was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted, and passed,” The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean said in a statement to the New York Times. “The show will go on and we wish him well. Maggie took it hard. We do not plan to kill off characters like Burns and Flanders but will recast with the finest voiceover talent available.” Shearer later confirmed his departure on Twitter, stating that his decision was made “because I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work.” He also thanked Simpsons fans who have watched the show throughout the years. »
- Chris King
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Shearer, the voice behind such characters as Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers and Principal Skinner, is leaving the show amid a contract dispute.
“Harry Shearer was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted, and passed,” exec producer Al Jean said in a statement to the New York Times. “The show will go on and we wish him well. »
He tweeted the news on Wednesday night.
“This because I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work,” he wrote.
His message suggested that his departure was over a contract dispute. Shearer wrote that the lawyer for “Simpsons” producer James L. Brooks’ delivered the news: “‘Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best.'”
“Simpsons” exec producers Matt Groening, Al Jean and Brooks confirmed the news, releasing a statement that read “Harry Shearer was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted, and passed. The show will go on and we wish him well. Maggie took it hard.”
They added that the show will recast characters like Burns and Flanders “with the »
- Variety Staff
The Simpsons has a long history of peppering its stories with pop culture references, and some of the show’s finest gags stem from the world of cinema. These have ranged from the briefest of quotes, to full on shot-for-shot parodies and extended episode-long homages.
Most striking in trying to put this list together was the sheer volume of movie references there are to choose from. In pretty much any given episode of The Simpsons, there are at least a couple, with nods to James Bond, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the work of Alfred Hitchcock proving three of the most regular candidates. The tributes to numerous great horror movies in the show’s Treehouse Of Horror episodes could have been used to fill this list all on their own. »
Fellow Oscar winners Sir Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman, who team for the sixth time after The Dark Knight Trilogy and Now You See Me and its now-shooting sequel, have already been cast in the film, which is to be directed by Zach Braff (Wish I Was Here, Garden State). Ted Melfi (St. Vincent) has penned the remake, which will see Braff direct someone else’s material for the first time on film. Donald De Line is the films producer, with original film producer Tony Bill also on board.
- Scott J. Davis
Morgan Freeman will star alongside Michael Caine and Alan Arkin in New Line’s remake of the 1979 caper film, "Going in Style," written and directed by Martin Brest, that starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg in a comedy about Senior citizens Willie (Strasberg), Al (Carney) and Joe (Burns), bored with their retired living, when they come up with the idea of robbing a bank together. Though none of them has a criminal record, they nevertheless find the planning of the caper an energizing and satisfying experience all around. Even more surprisingly, they pull it off - but, well, as you can guess, things don't end entirely as planned, as their age begins to catch »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Hayden Christensen is set to star in filmmaker Rob Cohen's fantasy-action thriller "Marco Polo" at Paramount Pictures, China Film Group, Yuehua Entertainment, Huahua Film & Media Culture, and Phoenix Entertainment.
Christensen would play the Venetian merchant who embarked on a 24-year journey into China in the 13th century. This would mark the actor's first U.S. studio film since 2010's "Takers". [Source: Heat Vision]
- Garth Franklin
New Line had been in talks with Dustin Hoffman for the part late last year. Zach Braff, who helmed the Kickstarter-funded comedy “Wish I Was Here,” will direct from Ted Melfi’s script, with shooting set to begin Aug. 3 in New York City.
The 1979 pic also starred Art Carney and Lee Strasberg and followed three retirees who wear Groucho Marx glasses to execute a bank heist. Directed by Martin Brest, the film was a solid performer for Warners with $30 million at the box office.
The new version of “Going in Style” will center on three retired men who lose their pensions when the company they’ve worked for »
- Dave McNary
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
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