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Chicago – If there ever was a quintessential “Dad” in movies of the last generation, it would have to be Paul Dooley. The comedian and character actor is best known for portraying the patriarch in “Breaking Away” (1979) and “Sixteen Candles” (1984), but was also in director’s Robert Altman’s ‘ensemble’ and has had a stellar career.
The former “Paul Brown” was born in West Virginia, and studied acting at West Virginia University, before heading to New York City and a new career as Paul Dooley. He did stage work, stand-up comedy and the New York City version of The Second City (story below), before getting his big break in the original stage version of “The Odd Couple” in 1965, directed by the legendary Mike Nichols. While working the stage, he appeared in a number of commercials, eventually moving to Los Angeles to “be where the action is.”
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Sad news for movie fans. Iconic American filmmaker and legendary TV sitcom creator Garry Marshall has passed away. Perhaps best known for turning Julia Roberts into a household name with his classic 1990 romanic comedy Pretty Woman, the man succumbed to complications from pneumonia following a stroke. A Los Angeles resident most of his life, he died Tuesday night in a Burbank, California hospital.
Garry Marshall was 81 years old at the time of his passing. Along with Pretty Woman, he also helped establish actress Anne Hathaway as a true Hollywood star with both 2001's The Princess Diaries and its 2004 sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. A true legend in both the world of film and television, news of his untimely demise was first announced by Access Hollywood. Cause of death was then later confirmed by TMZ.
Access Hollywood was first to report on the legend’s passing; per TMZ, he died from complications from pneumonia.
A Bronx native and brother to actress/director Penny Marshall and TV producer Ronny Marshall Hallin, Marshall started out his career as a writer for Jack Paar’s Tonight Show, The Joey Bishop Hour and The Dick Van Dyke Show. From there, he went on to develop for TV an adaptation of the Neil Simon play The Odd Couple, »
Who are the funniest, wackiest, cleverest, wittiest comic actors in the history of film and television? Take a look at our list and see who we came up with.
The top 25 laugh-getters…
#25…George Carlin: Probably the best stand-up comedian of all-time. He brilliantly satirized American culture, mixing his liberal social commentary with an often unapologetically coarse and dirty style of language. His penchant for obscenities was most evident in his trademark routine “Seven words you can never say on television”. No one was better at mocking the excesses of American culture than Carlin.
#24…Robin Williams: He had a manic energy and great improvisational skills. His hyper, free-form style inspired many comedians to follow, such as Jim Carrey. He shot to fame in the TV series Mork & Mindy, before breaking away to very successful movie career, appearing in films like Good Morning Vietnam, The World According to Garp, Mrs. Doubtfire and Popeye. »
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American comedian whose self-referential style influenced many others
With two landmark series in the 1980s and 90s, Garry Shandling, who has died of a heart attack aged 66, transformed television comedy. It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and The Larry Sanders Show were among the most influential comedy programmes of their era, creating a self-referential style that made a huge impact on everyone from Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Sarah Silverman and Judd Apatow to Ricky Gervais and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Shandling’s “meta-comedy” was not brand new; he sometimes cited as an influence the Burns and Allen Show of the 50s, in which the comedians George Burns and Gracie Allen played themselves and George in particular would break the fourth wall to address the audience. The fourth wall often disappeared in It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, which was set primarily in his small apartment, as Seinfeld would be. Just as »
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R.I.P. to the one of the all-time comedy greats, Garry Shandling, who died suddenly of a heart attack today. Shandling created one of the most unforgettable monsters in TV history on The Larry Sanders Show, the legendary Nineties cult sitcom where he played a late-night talk-show host with an all-devouring ego and not a glimmer of compassion. Talk about ahead of its time: It pioneered the whole whiplash-fast "room full of bitter adults abusing each other at the same time" bile of sitcoms like Veep or Arrested Development. »
Who doesn’t love a good apocalyptic comedy? I sure am a fan, and the recent news of digital streaming company Vhx acquiring Hot, Victor Warren’s adaption of the Daniel Keleher play sounds like quite the good time. Vhx is looking to provide a good amount of exclusive content, with its desire to give independent filmmakers a platform to sell their films and have distribution that will give their audience a chance to have much more of a personal experience than that of Netflix and the sort.
Based on the award-winning play for Daniel Keleher and directed by Victor Warren, Hot is a comic yet ultimately devastating look at an apocalyptic future Los Angeles torn apart by a dangerous virus, most of its victims left unconscious to die slowly. Life-long best friends Jones (Steven Strait) and Benny (Zachary Knighton) are holed up in an ostentatious penthouse with Jones spending »
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South by Southwest in Austin, Texas has begun and one of the films being screened is Teenage Cocktail. A poster and teaser for the film were revealed and are available after the jump. Also: an I Am Not a Serial Killer clip, a trailer for The Girl in the Photographs, and release details for Victor Warren’s Hot.
SXSW: Teenage Cocktail: “Feeling confined by their small town and overbearing parents, Annie and Jules hatch a scheme of running away. The only issue is, they need the money to get there. Jules suggests the couple try webcam modeling. Although she’s nervous at first, Annie can’t argue when the money starts rolling in. But as the girls soon find out, consequences can blindside you. Sometimes violently.
SXSW 2016 Screenings:
Saturday, March 12th, 2:15 Pm at Alamo Lamar D
Sunday, March 13th, 6:00 Pm at Alamo Slaughter (SXSW Satellite)
Tuesday, March 15th, »
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We're just a week away from another gold-tinged year of speeches, upsets, and snubs. After all the hype, what ends up mattering about the Oscars? I'd argue it's the speeches, and that's why we're picking the 25 best acceptance speeches ever -- by actors only. Sorry, but glamor is a key element in any Oscar moment and I don't have time to remember if the guy who adapted The Last Emperor thanked his mom. 25. Dustin Hoffman, Kramer vs. Kramer Dustin Hoffman's seriousness initially seems worrisome, but his mix of sarcasm and sincerity is right for the ceremony. 24. Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose Cotillard's tearful speech makes you realize how rare it is than an Oscar recipient is surprised to win. As Cotillard scrambles to make sense of the honor, she comes up with an ebullient finale: "Thank you, life! Thank you, love! It is -- there are some angels in this city. »
- Louis Virtel
Imagine your parents or maybe your grandparents gathered 'round a 21 inch television on February 18th, 1966 on ABC to watch this. If you were born in October 1966 I apologize that the weirdest things got your parents frisky.
Wowee Wow. Here's Our Dolly now! »
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Portlandia co-star and Sleater-Kinney singer Carrie Brownstein told Rolling Stone last year that working with Glenn Danzig on the sketch-comedy show was "amazing." "He's really smart and very Jersey,'" she said. "And he can make fun of himself, which is one of the most endearing qualities for anyone in this day and age of incessant narcissism and solipsism."
Danzig's episode of the show, "Weirdo Beach," airs on Thursday. In the episode, he plays a Romanian man who — by the singer's estimation — could be an "ancient vampire" named Radu. »
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