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17 items from 2016


George Carlin Riffs on Police Brutality in Previously Unreleased Material (Audio)

24 August 2016 7:50 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

George Carlin is no longer with us, but that doesn’t mean he can’t gift us new material. SiriusXM has released a previously unheard clip from a Carlin set recorded just before Sept. 11, 2001. The new material titled “Rats & Squealers,” first posted by Vulture, is astonishingly relevant, given that it was recorded 15 years ago. Carlin riffs on police brutality and corruption, a blistering indictment of crooked cops. “When I was a kid and we went to the movies, we rooted against the police and for the crooks — and I still do,” he starts out. “They’ll plant fake evidence, they’ll put a. »

- Oriana Schwindt

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Bill Murray to Be Awarded the 2016 Mark Twain Prize for Humor

23 August 2016 3:42 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There are few comedians, or entertainers of any kind really, that get the amount of love that Bill Murray does from people of all ages. He has had a massive impact on comedy for more than three decades, and he is about to receive a very big honor for his accomplishments. The Ghostbusters actor and former Saturday Night Live cast member will be receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this year, becoming the 19th recipient of the award.

The Kennedy Center recently made the announcement that Murray will be this year's recipient of the award, which is meant to honor people who have made a significant impact on American society, through the medium of comedy. Murray will be receiving the award during a ceremony at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on October 23, which will feature a lineup of entertainers to salute him and his accomplishments. Murray responded to »

- MovieWeb

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Hear George Carlin’s Skit Cheering Mass Death That Was Shelved After 9/11 (Audio)

17 August 2016 11:16 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Like they say, comedy is tragedy plus time. A skit recorded by George Carlin the day before the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 will finally be released 15 years later on a posthumous album. The title of the skit, “I Kinda Like it When a Lotta People Die,” should give a pretty good indication of why the routine was shelved. Also Read: Give George Carlin His Emmy Now! In the routine, Carlin offers such cherry observations as, “I’m always rooting for a really high death toll.” Carlin goes on to share the joy of natural disasters: “To me, you can never have too many dead people. »

- Tim Kenneally

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The Top Ten Funny Ladies of the Movies

7 August 2016 10:29 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The recent box office success of The Boss firmly establishes Melissa McCarthy as the current queen of movie comedies (Amy Schumer could be a new contender after an impressive debut last Summer with Trainwreck), but let us think back about those other funny ladies of filmdom. So while we’re enjoying the female reboot/re-imagining of Ghostbusters and those Bad Moms, here’s a top ten list that will hopefully inspire lots of laughter and cause you to search out some classic comedies. It’s tough to narrow them down to ten, but we’ll do our best, beginning with… 10. Eve Arden The droll Ms. Arden represents the comic sidekicks who will attempt to puncture the pomposity of the leading ladies with a well-placed wisecrack (see also the great Thelma Ritter in Rear Window). Her career began in the early 1930’s with great bit roles in Stage Door and Dancing Lady. »

- Jim Batts

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Mike Birbiglia on ‘Don’t Think Twice,’ Envy, And Why Improv is Nicer Than Stand-Up

25 July 2016 12:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mike Birbiglia is pulling back the curtain on the feuds and resentments that consume comedians when one of their own hits it big.

In his second feature, “Don’t Think Twice,” Birbiglia depicts a tight-knit improv troop that starts to unravel when one of its members gets cast on a popular comedy program that seems a lot like “Saturday Night Live.”It’s an opportunity for the stand-up comic to explore the nature of success, the fear of failure, and the way that people in their thirties began to grapple with the realization that they may not make it after all.

Birbiglia not only directs, he wrote the film, produced it, and stars alongside Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs. Best known for his stand-up comedy and one-man shows, he previously directed 2012’s “Sleepwalk With Me,” an autobiographical look at his sleepwalking disorder. “Don’t Think Twice” opened in a single »

- Brent Lang

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Top 40 Pixar Characters, From ‘Toy Story’ to ‘Finding Dory’ (Videos)

11 June 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Over the past two decades, Pixar has left an indelible mark on film history. At its peak, it was hitting home run after home run, creating classic films with memorable characters. Now they are returning to their past glory with sequels to films like “Finding Dory” and “The Incredibles,” which leads us to ask: who is Pixar’s greatest character? Read on to find out who we picked. 39.) Fillmore — A bit character in “Cars” elevated by George Carlin, who brought back his famous hippie routine one last time to play the character. 38.) Anger — Sometimes, typecasting can do wonders »

- Jeremy Fuster

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George Carlin’s ‘Stuff’ to Go on Display at National Comedy Center

11 May 2016 8:13 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Handwritten journals, scrapbooks, set notes, awards, letters and arrest records from comedian George Carlin’s 50-plus year career will soon be displayed at the National Comedy Center, a new museum opening in Jamestown, N.Y., next year. The organization has acquired Carlin’s personal archive, and as part of the announcement, released one of the performer’s previously unheard routines.

George Carlin helped redefine the art form of stand-up comedy and we are honored to help steward his legacy in this way,” Journey Gunderson, executive director of the National Comedy Center, said. “With this incredible archive we can provide a window into his creative process for generations to come.”

The National Comedy Center is an expansion of the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy, also based in Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, N.Y. An exhibit of Carlin’s personal effects, curated by Kliph Nesteroff, author of “The Comedians: Drunks, »

- Katie Van-Syckle

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'Bill and Ted 3' Brings the Wyld Stallyns to London?

19 April 2016 9:44 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fans have been hoping and praying for years that the long-awaited Bill & Ted 3 will get off the ground some day, with original Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter set to return as the title characters. We've known for quite some time that the script by Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson has already been written, with Alex Winter teasing earlier this month that production may either begin at the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017. Today we have a report from Metro.uk, with an unidentified source claiming that the story brings the Wyld Stallyns to London.

"The script is already written for the third film and much of it is set in the UK. The whole film is going to have a huge British feel. They'll time-travel through London and meet historical figures, meaning the Queen and Winston Churchill could get cameos."

Keanu Reeves teased »

- MovieWeb

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The Top 25 Funniest Actors of All Time

16 April 2016 7:33 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 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. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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'Bill and Ted 3' May Shoot Soon Says Alex Winter

7 April 2016 3:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Later this year, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, the follow-up to the 1989 time travel classic Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, celebrates its 25th anniversary, and for most fans, the perfect anniversary gift would be confirmation that Bill & Ted 3 is actually moving forward. The sequel has been in development for years, with Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) signing on to direct back in 2012 from a script by Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, who wrote the first two movies. Forbes caught up with Bill S. Preston Esquire himself, Alex Winter, who confirms, once again, that Keanu Reeves is on board to play Ted Theodore Logan.

"How the **** would we make it if he wasn't on board? People always ask if Keanu's doing it and I'm like, 'No, I'm making a Bill movie.' Of course he's in it. I can't make a Bill & Ted movie without Keanu."

Last March, Alex Winter hinted that »

- MovieWeb

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From the People Archive: How Garry Shandling's 1977 Near-Death Experience Led Him to Become a Comedy Legend

24 March 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Garry Shandling recognized his talent for making people laugh back when he was in middle school, but it wasn't until a near fatal car crash later in life that he decided to start taking comedy seriously. The comedy legend, who died Thursday of a heart attack at 66, first began writing jokes to escape the boredom of an accounting class during his senior at the University of Arizona. When George Carlin, one of Shandling's stand up heroes, offered him some encouragement after a post-concert meeting in 1972, he headed for Hollywood and found some early success as a sitcom writer for Sanford and Son and Welcome Back, »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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From the People Archive: How Garry Shandling's 1977 Near-Death Experience Led Him to Become a Comedy Legend

24 March 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Garry Shandling recognized his talent for making people laugh back when he was in middle school, but it wasn't until a near fatal car crash later in life that he decided to start taking comedy seriously. The comedy legend, who died Thursday of a heart attack at 66, first began writing jokes to escape the boredom of an accounting class during his senior at the University of Arizona. When George Carlin, one of Shandling's stand up heroes, offered him some encouragement after a post-concert meeting in 1972, he headed for Hollywood and found some early success as a sitcom writer for Sanford and Son and Welcome Back, »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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Garry Shandling: A Brilliant Comedic Observer of Hollywood Neuroses

24 March 2016 3:48 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Garry Shandling wasn’t necessarily a natural for television, but he was something of a genius at mastering the form and subtly turning it on its head.

The comic, who died suddenly Thursday at 66, came of age alongside a generation of funny folk who included David Letterman and Jay Leno. But Shandling made a name for himself by channeling all of the neuroses of his stand-up act into two highly memorable pay cable series: “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” a Showtime series (also aired on a then-fledgling Fox) in which he consistently broke TV’s “fourth wall” by interacting directly with his audience; and “The Larry Sanders Show,” which cast him as a Johnny Carson-like late-night host.

“Sanders” helped bridge the gap for HBO between the CableACE Awards and becoming a heavyweight player at the Emmys during the 1990s. HBO chief Richard Plepler has said that the pop »

- Brian Lowry

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Garry Shandling, Star of 'The Larry Sanders Show,' Dead at 66

24 March 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Garry Shandling, star of The Larry Sanders Show and It's Garry Shandling's Show, has died. TMZ reports that he was not suffering from a specific illness but was in a hospital at the time of his death. Police confirmed the actor's death to The Associated Press. He was 66.

Related: Garry Shandling: True Lies

The comic originally made a name for himself in the late Seventies and early Eighties for his dry, ironic wit and humorously pained grimace. Between comedy stages, television programs and Hollywood films in the decades since then, »

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‘Piano Man,’ ‘I Will Survive’ Make Library of Congress National Recording Registry

23 March 2016 6:51 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The 2015 inductees into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry are as eclectic as they are decade-spanning. Among the more famous songs are Billy Joel‘s “Piano Man,” two recordings of “Mack the Knife,” the Supremes’ “Where Did Our Love Go,” and Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” George Carlin‘s comedy classic “Class Clown” also made it in, as did Metallica’s “Master of Puppets.” The original soundtrack from “A Streetcar Named Desire” joins them, along with fourth-quarter radio coverage of Wilt Chamberlin’s 100-point NBA game. Also Read: Music Makes More Money From Streaming Than Downloads for First Time in Us “These recordings, »

- Tony Maglio

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Car Wash is next for the movie remake treatment

1 March 2016 10:30 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The 1970s Richard Pryor-headlined comedy Car Wash - that gave us the song of the same name - is getting a remake...

Universal is eyeing up a remake of the 1976 comedy Car Wash, that originally starred Richard Pryor. He led the cast, alongside The Pointer Sisters, Bill Duke, George Carlin, Otis Day and Lorraine Gray. You may very well be familiar with the title song, too.

Car Wash followed the employees of, well, a car wash across a day of their lives. The new version thus far only has producers attached. Suzanne Coston is producing the rename, with Suzanne de Passe executive producing.

As of yet, it’s unclear how closely the new film will reflect and/or mirror the first, and the search is on for a writer for the new film. More news as we get it, as always…

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- simonbrew

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John Cleese Says That Political Correctness Has Ruined Comedy

1 February 2016 3:04 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 Legendary comedian John Cleese has weighed in on the tumultuous controversy about how political correctness is spoiling comedy. He fears that oversensitivity could lead to an “Orwellian” society where ideas are not freely exchanged.

 John Cleese was the co-creator of Monty Python, the greatest comedy ensemble of all time, as well as the mastermind behind Fawlty Towers, one of the funniest sitcoms ever made. He’s experienced his share of controversy, such as the backlash he received when he and his Python partners released The Life of Brian. Now he’s wading hip-deep into another controversy.

 In an interview for the website Big Think, the 76 year old Cleese expressed his thoughts on the current state of entertainment and media where hyper-sensitive, easily offended people are ruining the party for everyone. He feels comedy is an important part of society because it points to the foibles of our culture and that »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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