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2017 | 2010

5 items from 2017


Film Feature: HollywoodChicago.com Remembers Jerry Lewis

30 August 2017 6:59 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Jerry Lewis had a long and winding life, dying last week at the age of 91. Through that life he had many show business lives – including the inevitable addictions – surviving all of the them with his signature comic style. He also was featured in over 70 films, and HollywoodChicago.com remembers three of them.

Jerry Lewis in Chicago in 1996

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

When the gawky 19 year-old Lewis met the suave singer Dean Martin in 1946, little did they know that they would become the most popular act in America for several years, and make 16 films together between 1949 through 1956. Their box office draw was white-hot, so much so that neither of them could keep up with the blur of what happened to them. “Martin & Lewis” eventually broke up at the height of their fame in 1956, during which Martin famously said, “Jer, when I look at you, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Empire Of The Ants (1977)

26 August 2017 11:48 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Schlock should never be a dirty word in the world of cinema. Some of my favorite films are utterly devoid of taste and frequently, refinement. The majority of drive-in treasures lie somewhere between perspiration and inspiration, covered in flop sweat and trying desperately to entertain. This is often where you’ll find the films distributed by American International Pictures, and always where you’ll see director Bert I. Gordon’s oeuvre. Empire of the Ants (1977) is no exception.

Released by Aip in July and bringing in $2.5 million, Empire was the follow up to Gordon and producer Samuel Z. Arkoff’s success from the previous year, The Food of the Gods, another “loose” H.G. Wells adaptation, and was an even bigger hit (in B.I.G. terms, anyway—everything’s relative, folks). Naturally dismissed by critics, Empire continues the winning Gordon formula of B stars and groovy, goofy, rear projection grisliness. »

- Scott Drebit

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Film News: Jerry Lewis, The King of Comedy, Dies at 91

21 August 2017 8:04 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Las Vegas – For Jerry Lewis, the “King of Comedy” wasn’t just a mere nickname, but an apt description for his long career and influence. He went from being the most popular entertainer of an era, to notable and studied filmmaker, to charity spokesperson and finally to comic legend. Jerry Lewis died in Las Vegas on August 20th, 2017. He was 91.

When the gawky 19 year-old Lewis met the suave singer Dean Martin in 1946, little did they know that they would become the most popular act in America for several years. Their box office draw was white-hot, so much so that neither of them could keep up with the blur of what happened to them. They eventually broke up at the height of their fame in 1956, during which Martin famously said, “Jer, when I look at you, all I see is a dollar sign.” The second phase of Lewis’s career would be about his prolific filmmaking, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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How 'The King of Comedy' Proved Jerry Lewis Was a Great Actor

20 August 2017 2:49 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

By the late 1970s, Jerry Lewis was becoming perilously close to being a has-been. After decades of celebrity – first in his successful partnership with Dean Martin, then later on his own as the star of comedies like Rock-a-Bye Baby and as the auteur behind epochal hits such as The Nutty Professor – the gifted comic filmmaker and host of the annual Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy telethon started experiencing a series of stumbles. He shelved his much-ballyhooed drama The Day the Clown Cried, about a German clown living in the Nazi concentration camps, »

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Tony Danza to Star in Netflix Series ‘The Good Cop’

19 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tony Danza will star in the upcoming Netflix series “The Good Cop,” Variety has learned.

Danza will play Tony Sr., a disgraced, former NYPD officer who never followed the rules. He lives with his son, Tony, Jr., an honest NYPD detective who makes a point of always following the rules. Tony Sr. decides to help his son by offering advice on everything from handling suspects to handling women. Netflix has ordered ten one-hour episodes of the dramedy.

Danza became a household name while co-starring in the classic sitcom “Taxi,” which ran from 1978-1983. He followed that up with a lead role in the smash hit series “Who’s the Boss,” which ran from 1984-1992. He also has a role in “There’s Johnny!” the upcoming Seeso series about Johnny Carson. That show is expected to debut this summer on the NBCUniversal-owned streaming service, but recent staff changes and layoffs at Seeso make it unclear whether or not »

- Joe Otterson

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