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I may have been a nice Jewish girl, but my family loved Christmas time. It started at Thanksgiving, when we watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and watched Santa on his sleigh welcome the holiday season to New York. We lived on a block trisected by three streets, and in the middle of this triangle was an island. On this island was a tall, beautiful spruce fir. Every year after Thanksgiving all us neighbors went out and had a block party and the fathers hung lights on the tree, making it into our own private tannenbaum.
Every year my mom took my brother, two of our friends and me into the city on Christmas Eve. We skated at the ice rink at Rockefeller Center and then went across the street to watch the movie (I particularly remember Father Goose, with Cary Grant and Leslie Caron) and the Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall, »
- Mindy Newell
Mad Monster Party (1967) is screening at 7pm Thursday, December 5th at Schlafly Bottleworks – 7260 Southwest Ave St Louis, Mo 63143. Doors open at 6:30pm. It’s a fundraiser for Helping Kids Together. Attend wearing a monster costume and you may win a DVD of the film!
“Rankin/Bass” is a moniker long associated with television for the company’s long line of animated specials, the best-known being Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer which first aired in 1964. Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass brought their craft to the big screen the first with Willy McBean And His Magic Machine in 1965, which was a flop as were their primarily live-action Hans Christian Andersen musical The Daydreamer (1966) and the traditionally-animated The Wacky World Of Mother Goose (1967). While Rankin/Bass was soon to become a fixture in holiday television, a fact we were all reminded of every December, the studio tried once more for cinematic success »
- Tom Stockman
There's great news for Dean Martin fans and lovers of classic comedy. Star Vista Entertainment/Time Life have released the entire broadcast collection of Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. These shows were "must-sees" in their original telecasts in the 1970s, as an astonishing array of Hollywood and political legends came together on stage to roast the man or woman being "honored". Taking on the format of a Friar's Roast (without the obscenities), the shows became extraordinarily popular as off-shoots of Dean Martin's long-running variety hour on NBC. Each roast was held before a large live audience in Las Vegas and no "honoree" emerged unscathed. The packaging warns that in today's politically correct society, much of the racially-charged humor might seem shocking but keep in mind, this was the norm in the day with comedians, both black and white, taking good-natured pot-shots at each other. Additionally, people who were arch political »
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Dolores Hope wanted to live in Beverly Hills, but her funnyman husband, Bob Hope, had other ideas. "Every time I mentioned Beverly Hills, Bob would go out and buy another piece of property here," Dolores would say, waving a hand to indicate the vast spread that the two of them inhabited in the San Fernando Valley's Toluca Lake starting in 1939. Eventually the grounds surrounding their English-style manor swelled to 5.16 acres, and the family grew to include four children. The house grew, too, to 15,000 sq. ft., leaving Bob to joke that he needed a map just to find the way to his room. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Sandra Bullock is Vogue’s October cover girl, and at 49, she looks just as glam as her first cover in June 1998.
Bullock stars in Gravity with George Clooney (in theaters Oct. 4) and details to writer Jason Gay about her charming life in Austin, Texas, her love for son Louis, how they filmed those heart-stopping space scenes, and casually addresses her post-Jesse James life.
As if we needed more reasons to love her, here are seven things we learned about the unsinkable Sandra:
1. She owns a flower shop/bakery in Austin called Walton’s Fancy and Staple. (To add to the small-business sweetness, »
- Jennifer Arellano
In this month's Vogue cover story, we learn that Sandra Bullock is very happy; everyone, including Melissa McCarthy and George Clooney, loves Sandra Bullock; floating in outer space is like "swimming in pudding"; and Sandra Bullock keeps chickens. She has three of them, and they are named after Carol Burnett, Wanda Sykes, and Phyllis Diller — except the last one turned out to be a rooster and is now called Phil. She also has a fish named Rave, which Vogue says is named after the Baltimore Ravens, but that we choose to interpret as a tribute to Bullock's awesome nineties life. Anyway, Sandra Bullock: still very likable. »
- Amanda Dobbins
Oh, oh. It’s Friday the thirteenth once again. So, of course there’s going to be a brand spankin’ new chiller thriller in the multiplexes starting today. And it’s a sequel. But Jason not donning that battered old hockey mask again. It’s a follow-up to the 2010 supernatural spooker from director James Wan. Yes, he’s the same director behind this past Summer’s big surprise box-office smash The Conjuring. While that flick was set in the far distant 1970′s, the new one is nearly all modern-day (except for a couple of flashbacks and a pre-title scene in the mid 1980′s). And this too is about an average family tormented by malevolent spirits (I’m reminded of the commercial bumpers from a classic TV cartoon “Are they friendly spirits?” no Rock, they certainly are not) and the paranormal investigators trying to send the spooks back. I missed the first one, »
- Jim Batts
Upon the 50th anniversary of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, you can own an authentic piece of the movie. You can even wear an authentic piece of the movie. Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe award winning artist Dave Woodman is mainly known for his 20 years of Hollywood animation, especially the Disney animation & over 35 years of illustration work. The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin are among his animation credits. Paula Abdul dancing with a cartoon cat in her Opposites Attract video, miniature animated children for Honey I shrunk the Kids titles as well as an animated Santa that looks suspiciously like Al Hirschfeld in Christmas Vacation are all part of the flow of graphite Dave spewed during that magical time of his life. Familiar illustration projects include The Laugh Factory logo and Phyllis Diller's caricature logo. All of this aside, Dave recently created a line of shift knobs, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
DVD Release Date: Oct. 8, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98
Studio: Somerville House/Entertainment One
Television’s wildly popular An Evening at the Improv originally premiered as a series of one-hour shows in 1982 on A&E and featured the hottest stand-up comics of the day.
Somerville House’s four-disc, 12-hour collection The Best of An Evening at the Improv features the hysterical work of more than 100 comedians culled from the first 52 hours of the series, including spots by such beloved old-school shtick-meisters as Milton Berle, Shecky Greene, Shelley Berman, Jackie Mason and Mort Sahl alongside such soon-to-be-superstars as Jerry Seinfeld, Howie Mandel, Jim Carrey, Richard Lewis, Bob Saget, Arsenio Hall, Billy Crystal, and Bill Maher.
The Improv Club opened its doors in Los Angeles in 1974, the second Improv venue to be opened by founder Budd Friedman following his original outlet in New York City. »
"Love, American Style" is getting a remake. According to Deadline, CBS is redeveloping the anthology series from the 1970s.
Deadline reports CBS is dropping the anthology format that drove the original show. Instead, the remake will tell the story of four different couples and their relationships. "Being Eric" creator Jane Sinyor and "The Best Years" creator Aaron Martin are writing the project.
Click over to Deadline for more on the latest "Love, American Style" remake. »
- Chris Harnick
Natalie Wood: Hot Hollywood star in the ’60s - TCM schedule on August 18, 2013 See previous post: “Natalie Wood Movies: From loving Warren Beatty to stripping like Gypsy Rose Lee.” 3:00 Am The Star (1952). Director: Stuart Heisler. Cast: Bette Davis, Sterling Hayden, Natalie Wood, Warner Anderson, Minor Watson, June Travis, Paul Frees, Robert Warrick, Barbara Lawrence, Fay Baker, Herb Vigran, Marie Blake, Sam Harris, Marcia Mae Jones. Bw-90 mins. 4:30 Am A Cry In The Night (1956). Director: Frank Tuttle. Cast: Edmond O’Brien, Brian Donlevy, Natalie Wood. Bw-75 mins. 6:00 Am West Side Story (1961). Director: Robert Wise. Cast: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Simon Oakland, Ned Glass, William Bramley, Tucker Smith, Tony Mordente, David Winters, Eliot Feld, John Bert Michaels, David Bean, Robert Banas, Anthony ‘Scooter’ Teague, Harvey Evans aka Harvey Hohnecker, Tommy Abbott, Susan Oakes, Gina Trikonis, Carole D’Andrea, Jose De Vega, Jay Norman, »
- Andre Soares
Behind the man-baiting facade, you get the feeling that all this brilliantly funny comic wants is for everyone to get along
Title: Barely Live
The set-up: She called herself "the Sea Monster" to begin with, as if she were a novelty act – the mythic harridan of all those mother-in-law jokes made flesh, here to get revenge. This was in the late 1980s, when British standup had got itself a reputation as more or less the entertainment wing of the disgruntled left. The arrival on the scene of a large, ferocious and unashamedly unfeminine feminist made sense. Never mind whether that's what Brand actually was.
Until that point, Britain had never really seen a proper female standup hit the big time. Victoria Wood had been a great success with comic songs, as had Joyce Grenfell and others with monologues as well. But there was nobody over here to compare with »
- Leo Benedictus
New York -- "I'm having a great time," Joan Rivers crows before offering a brisk self-appraisal: "Everything is working, my mind is fine.
"The only time I play the age card is on planes when I'm trying to put a bag above the seat: `I am 80 years old! Would someone Please help me?!'"
Actually, she only turned 80 on Saturday, a milestone that has prompted the E! network to stage a Joan Rivers "takeover": Its regular one-hour edition of "Fashion Police" (airing Friday at 10 p.m. Edt) will be a black-tie birthday salute, preceded nightly through Thursday by special half-hours (at 10:30 p.m. Edt) featuring guest appearances by celebrities and even victims of past fashion slams.
This means frequent-flier Rivers would soon be back on a plane for Los Angeles to tape this five-day marathon while she marvels at the success of "Fashion Police," which, since premiering three years ago, »
Reflecting on the theme of struggling to fit in from his last feature film, the dark high school comedy Jawbreakers, director Darren Stein once again explored the heightened adolescent need to be accepted in his new movie, G.B.F. The contemporary teen comedy had its world premiere during the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19 at New York City’s Clearview Cinemas Chelsea. The filmmaker and several of G.B.F.‘s stars attended the red carpet before the screening to discuss the process of filming the comedy.
G.B.F. tells the story of two closeted best friends, Tanner (Michael J. Willett) and Brent (Paul Iacono), as they try to navigate high school. Brent longs to be the G.B.F, or gay best friend, of the popular girls in school, so that he can finally have the spotlight. Tanner, meanwhile, would rather make it to graduation without ever being noticed.
But the lead popular girls in school-the glamorous, »
- Karen Benardello
Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon star in the upcoming dramatic thriller Mud from Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols. Already a favorite on the festival circuit, this edgy adventure follows two teenage boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), who discover a fugitive from the law named Mud (McConaughey) hiding out on a small island in the Mississippi. Mud mesmerizes the youngsters with his fantastic yarn about the man he killed in Texas, and the bounty hunters that are now hot on his trail. The two boys soon learn that Mud plans to meet with his former lover, Juniper (Witherspoon), and escape into the sunset. While skeptical, Ellis and Neckbone decide to help the killer meet up with Juniper, only to find themselves trapped in a dangerous and deadly struggle for survival. In the end, its love that saves the day.
In theaters April 26, we've culled together 11 awesome movies that »
Logo's latest documentary is a nuanced symposium on gender roles and sexuality
with What?! I'm a Stripper.
Deadline thinks that The Carrie Diaries has a decent shot at renewal thanks to online viewership, hoping that Carrie will mirror Heart of Dixie's performance, which was able to turn streaming viewers into improved ratings in the second season. Carrie may be starting to get on my nerves the way her adult self did, but it would be a shame to lose Walt so soon. Meanwhile, the ratings challenged Nikita is likely get a final season to wrap its storylines.
Don't expect a third season of The Glee Project this summer. TVLine reported yesterday that the competition won't be returning to Oxygen due to a mix of low ratings and that Glee's next season still isn't official. However, an Oxygen spokesperson told TheWrap that the Glee companion series is merely "on hold. »
Review Frances Roberts 8 Apr 2013 - 18:30
Mad Men returns with a packed multi-stranded two-hour opener brimming with quotable dialogue and existential angst...
This review contains spoilers.
1.1 & 1.2 The Doorway
After waiting ten months to hear Don Draper speak, Matthew Weiner made us hang on a little longer. Eight and a half minutes longer, to be precise, during which time Jon Hamm frowned, smiled, chastised, got high, and drank, but said not a word. While Draper wasn’t talking, director Scott Hornbacher’s camera was saying plenty, mostly about Jessica Paré, and with an overriding take-home message of ‘humina humina’. The now-bearded Stan wasn’t the only one excited about the idea of Megan zou bisou-ing around the beach in a bikini.
Don’s taciturnity continued throughout the two-hour opening episode, broken only to decry over-use of the word “love” in ad-land (let’s hope he never lives to see that McDonalds »
First there were Housewives. Then Shahs. Now, meet "The Dukes of Melrose."The Dukes -- Christos Garkinos and Cameron Silver -- own Decades, a luxury consignment boutique in Los Angeles. Their clients range from Dita Von Teese to "Revenge" star Ashley Madekwe to the late Phyllis Diller (in her last TV appearance).Their new reality show follows them as they navigate the world of Hollywood fashion, their competing business approaches (Christos is more financially sensible, Cameron loves to spend, spend, spend), and fulfilling the wishes of their celebrity clientele. I caught up with the Dukes at their premiere party last week, where they dished on being reality TV royalty. Plus, watch as the Bravo newbies get some advice from "Millionaire Matchmaker" Patti Stanger: "The Dukes of Melrose" premieres tonight on Bravo at 10:30pm/9:30 Central. Get a sneak peek below: Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Comedian Phyllis Diller, actress Lupe Ontiveros and "The Jeffersons" star Sherman Hemsley were snubbed in the Oscars' time-restricted "In Memoriam" montage on Sunday night. And they didn't make the cut for an online slideshow, either. The 85th Academy Awards paid tribute to stars who died in the last year, but with the telecast limited to three-and-a-half hours, many names were omitted from the program. Since 1993, the segment has honored those contributors to cinema that died in the previous year, a group selected by a small committee of the Academy. While actors Andy Griffith »
- Alexander C. Kaufman
Some stars just can't catch a break—even in death. Andy Griffith, Phyllis Diller and Larry Hagman were among the veteran actors left out of the Oscars' In Memoriam tribute Sunday night. Though to be fair, however, the Academy did cover its butt a little bit with a brief awards-show thank-you to those both on and off the list who passed away this year and a more complete gallery it posted online. "In memoriam: the friends and people we've admired that we've lost this year, and although they're no longer with us, they've left something behind," said George Clooney, who introduced the poignant segment. "Maybe something that makes us laugh or cry or maybe just escape for »
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