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Richard Benjamin To Attend "The Sunshine Boys" 40th Anniversary Screening In L.A., August 4

29 July 2015 4:06 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Herbert Ross’s 1975 film The Sunshine Boys, which stars Walter Matthau, George Burns, and Richard Benjamin, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 111-minute film on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Actor Richard Benjamin is scheduled to appear at the screening and is due to partake in a Q & A and discussion on the making of the film.

From the press release:

Fortieth anniversary screening of The Sunshine Boys (1975), Tuesday, August 4 at 7 Pm at the Royal.

Walter Matthau, George Burns, and Richard Benjamin star in the film version of Neil Simon's hit Broadway comedy about a pair of feuding vaudeville stars who are pressured to reunite for a TV special. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, and Burns won the Oscar for his first significant film role since Honolulu in 1939. The »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Remembering the First and Only Arab World Movie Star Known Around the Globe

23 July 2015 9:10 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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

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'Joy' Trailer Reunites Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper

15 July 2015 11:23 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are quickly becoming the Burns and Allen of this decade, having already appeared in three movies together. Their fourth will be the autobiographical drama Joy, which gets its first trailer today. The film is not only noteworthy for once again pairing two of today's biggest stars. It also marks the third collaboration between the pair, co-star Robert De Niro, and director David O. Russell.

Joy&#160is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, »

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The Simpsons: Harry Shearer to Return After Reaching New Deal

7 July 2015 10:47 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Peace has been restored in Springfield.

Harry Shearer, who has been embroiled in a contentious and very public contract dispute with The Simpsons, has signed a new contract with the venerable Fox series, TVLine has confirmed.

RelatedThe Simpsons Update: Homer & Marge Are (Still) Not Divorcing in Season 27

The fresh pact ensures that Shearer will continue to voice such characters as Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers and Principal Skinner for the foreseeable future.

Last month, Shearer announced on Twitter that his contract was not being renewed. (Fox recently picked up The Simpsons for Seasons 27 and 28.) Quoting Simpsons Ep James L. Brooks’ attorney, »

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Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77

6 July 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jerry Weintraub, the colorful and controversial producer whose films included “Nashville,” “Diner,” “The Karate Kid” and the trio of “Ocean’s Eleven” films, died Monday of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77. He had been in poor health recently.

When he received Variety‘s Creative Leadership Award in 2013, Weintraub told Variety that he had a yacht and a Rolls-Royce, but was “not a big Hollywood guy.” Some would disagree. He was actually an old-school Hollywood showman, who understood the relationship between production and marketing. He was also a snappy dresser — his shoes were colorful and fun — who knew how to work the room and how to work the press: He was always available to the media and when he had a film in release, he knew how to maximize public awareness.

But the showiness was backed by hard work. His savvy came after decades of performing in many different jobs in the industry. »

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Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77

6 July 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jerry Weintraub, the colorful and controversial producer whose films included “Nashville,” “Diner,” “The Karate Kid” and the trio of “Ocean’s Eleven” films, died Monday of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77. He had been in poor health recently.

When he received Variety‘s Creative Leadership Award in 2013, Weintraub told Variety that he had a yacht and a Rolls-Royce, but was “not a big Hollywood guy.” Some would disagree. He was actually an old-school Hollywood showman, who understood the relationship between production and marketing. He was also a snappy dresser — his shoes were colorful and fun — who knew how to work the room and how to work the press: He was always available to the media and when he had a film in release, he knew how to maximize public awareness.

But the showiness was backed by hard work. His savvy came after decades of performing in many different jobs in the industry. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Warner Bros.’ Archive Collection Covering All Bases With Everything From Wolfen to Noir-Classic Satan Met A Lady

30 June 2015 7:23 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Warner Bros.’ Archive Collection has been doing quite the job giving genre and non-genre fans an extensive amount of DVD and Bluray releases of classic horror, crime noir and comedy films, some of which are available for the first time. Sure there are Quite a lot of new genre films to keep us busy for ages, but it does feel good to sit back and watch classic films that not only inspired today’s film-making, but paved the way for a lot of recent films.

We thought it would be nice to write a bit about some of our favorite releases from WB’s Archive Collection, thanks to the gang over there for sending a few titles my way to check out. Read on!

Wolfen (1981)

The story of a series of murders being investigated by a detective and his new partner (Albert Finney and the absolutely gorgeous Diane Venora), Wolfen suffered, »

- Jerry Smith

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Rob Zombie Selected to Bring Groucho Marx's Story to the Screen

18 June 2015 3:11 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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. »

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Rob Zombie to Direct Biopic About Groucho Marx's Final Years

18 June 2015 8:46 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

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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Rob Zombie to write and direct Groucho Marx biopic

18 June 2015 5:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

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Rob Zombie to Direct Groucho Marx Pic Scripted by Oren Moverman

17 June 2015 6:56 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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

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Rob Zombie To Helm Groucho Marx Film

17 June 2015 5:43 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Rob Zombie is stretching out beyond the horror genre with he and producer Miranda Bailey acquiring the rights to Steve Stoliar's memoir "Raised Eyebrows".

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.

Other famous figures that feature in the story include Groucho's brothers Zeppo and Gummo, along with Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, S.J. Perelman, and Steve Allen.

Oren Moverman ("Love & Mercy") will write the screenplay and Zombie is attached to direct the project which he, Bailey, Andy Gould and Amanda Marshall will produce.

Source: Deadline »

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Rob Zombie to Direct Groucho Marx Biopic

17 June 2015 4:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.”

Oren Moverman, whose credits include “Love and Mercy” and “The Messenger,” will write the screenplay.

Zombie’s directing credits include “House of 1000 Corpses, »

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Rob Zombie Adapting Groucho Marx Memoir

17 June 2015 12:05 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

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 MarxOren 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 »

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Music and Sex #6: New Experiences

15 June 2015 11:38 PM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

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, »

- RomanAkLeff

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Richard Benjamin Reflects On "The Sunshine Boys": A Cinema Retro Interview

4 June 2015 1:26 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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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Anne Meara obituary

26 May 2015 8:49 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

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

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'Simpsons' Loses Ned Flanders and Mr. Burns Actor Harry Shearer

14 May 2015 3:16 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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, »

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Harry Shearer Leaving The Simpsons, Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders to Be Recast

14 May 2015 8:52 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

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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Harry Shearer Exits The Simpsons, Burns and Flanders to Be 'Recast'

14 May 2015 6:21 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Simpsons just delivered a message to castmember Harry Shearer and here’s the loose translation: “Eat my shorts!”

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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. »

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