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R.I.P. Comedian John Pinette

Stand up comedian and actor John Pinette died Saturday in Pittsburgh after suffering a pulmonary embolism, his manager of 24 years Larry Schapiro confirms. He was 50. Pinette, a veteran of the comedy club circuit who underwent treatment for prescription drug addiction last year, was found dead in his hotel room yesterday afternoon. No autopsy was conducted. Pinette’s feature film credits include ’90s comedy films Reckless Kelly, Junior, and Simon Sez as well as Duets, The Punisher, Rio Sex Comedy, and Hyung-rae Shim’s The Last Godfather. On the small screen, Pinette was a regular on Parker Lewis Can’t Lose and appeared on Vinnie & Bobby, High Tide, and on the series finale of Seinfeld. His comedy special John Pinette: Still Hungry premiered on Comedy Central in 2011. At the time of his death the L.A.-based comedian was touring and developing his next stand-up special, titled John Pinette: They Call Me Slim.
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The Last Godfather

The Last Godfather is a vanity piece for Korean comedian Hyung-rae Shim who writes, directs and stars. Hyung-rae is not well known in the West, and if he keeps making films like this, he’ll remain unknown, which would be the best thing he could to for the West. This film is an attempt by Shim to introduce American audiences to his Young-Gu character. Shim made a series of Young-Gu comedies in Korea during the 1990s, which were apparently very popular over there. Never having seen any of them, I can only guess that they were better than The Last Godfather.

The film takes place in 1950s New York, when aging mafia Godfather Don Carini (Keitel) shocks his clan by announcing that he wants to retire and turn the family business over to his secret son Young-Gu, who he sired while in hiding from a rival mob in Asia decades earlier.
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Jon Polito talks The Last Godfather

You may not know the name Jon Polito but you know his face. It is one of the most recognizable in the business, and that voice! Pure trademark gruff. From being a kind of muse for the Coens (he appears in The Man Who Wasn.t There, The Big Lebowski and Barton Fink) to creating a memorable Seinfeld character to playing rough on TV.s Homicide, Polito.s done it all in more than one hundred films and TV shows. He.s a tough but tender mob boss in The Last Godfather, a slapstick spoof on gangster films from Korean comedian and filmmaker Hyung Rae Shim, who wrote, directed and stars. Polito chomps on big cigars, and growls with that unmistakable
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Jocelin Donahue talks Hyung Rae Shim's The Last Godfather

Award winning actress and frequent horror ingénue Jocelin Donahue found herself wrestling with a Korean superstar in her latest film outing. Taking a turn to the comic side, she plays a Mafia boss. daughter in The Last Godfather - the first Us film for Korean comedian and filmmaker Hyung Rae Shim. A master of the physical comedy of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Jerry Lewis, Hyung gave Donahue the chance to play to her light side and learn stunt work. It was a terrific opportunity and change of pace for her to play an authentic, open hearted woman who, despite her family.s criminal background, brings joy to those around her. Especially to Hyung Rae Shim.
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New Blu-ray and DVD Releases: August 9th

Rank the week of August 9th’s Blu-ray and DVD new releases against the best films of all-time: New Releases Paul

(DVD & Blu-ray | R | 2011)

Flickchart Ranking: #764

Win Percentage: 55%

Times Ranked: 7626

Top-20 Rankings: 22

Directed By: Greg Mottola

Starring: Simon PeggNick FrostSeth RogenJane LynchSigourney Weaver

Genres: Adventure • Comedy • Road Movie • Science Fiction • Sci-Fi Comedy • Adventure Comedy

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Super

(DVD & Blu-ray | R | 2011)

Flickchart Ranking: #2200

Win Percentage: 54%

Times Ranked: 2471

Top-20 Rankings: 11

Directed By: James Gunn

Starring: Rainn WilsonEllen PageLiv TylerKevin BaconMichael Rooker

Genres: Action • Action Comedy • Black Comedy • Comedy • Comedy Drama • Comic-Book Superhero Film • Drama • Satire • Based-on-Comics

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Jumping The Broom

(DVD & Blu-ray | PG13 | 2011)

Flickchart Ranking: #16475

Win Percentage: 32%

Times Ranked: 46

Top-20 Rankings: 2

Directed By: Salim Akil

Starring: Angela BassettPaula PattonMeagan GoodLaz AlonsoJulie Bowen

Genres: Comedy • Comedy Drama • Domestic Comedy • Drama

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Your Highness

(DVD & Blu-ray | R
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Interview: Jon Polito of The Last Godfather

Familiar-faced, raspy-voiced actor Jon Polito took a break from his busy schedule — one that has built a resume of nearly 200 film and television credits over the past three decades — to speak with Disc Dish about his involvement with the comedy mafia film The Last Godfather (DVD $27.98, Lionsgate, released on Aug. 9, 2011).

From South Korean comedy superstar Hyung Rae Shim (the film’s writer, director and star), The Last Godfather is a zany Mob movie wherein Shim is the goofy grown-up love child of an aging New York Mob boss (Harvey Keitel, Taxi Driver) and has been chosen by his dad to head up the family business. Not surprisingly, this decision does not go down well with the outgoing Don’s associates or his many rivals, led by Polito’s hysterically huffy and frustrated Don Bonfante.

Disc Dish: One of your mentors is the New York theater director and puppeteer Theodora Skipitares,
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Exclusive: The Last Godfather DVD Clip

Exclusive: The Last Godfather DVD Clip
We have an exclusive clip from the upcoming home video release The Last Godfather, which will hit DVD on August 9. Click on the video below for a scene where Hyung-rae Shim tries unorthodox methods to fend off an attacker alongside co-star Jason Mewes.

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Mob boss Don Carini (Harvey Keitel) is retiring from the Mafia business - but when he gathers the family to announce his heir, the Don surprises everyone by anointing his goofy grownup love child, Younggu (Hyung-rae Shim), as the next godfather. With everyone gunning for the job - and his father pressuring him to succeed - will Younggu overcome his enemies and rise to become the head of the fami-lee before he winds up snoring with the fishes?

The Last Godfather was released April 1st, 2011 and stars Harvey Keitel, Jason Mewes, Blake Clark, Jon Polito, Michael Rispoli, Jocelin Donahue, Logan Shea,
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New Release: The Last Godfather DVD

Lionsgate will release the action-filled comedy The Last Godfather from Korean comedy superstar Hyung Rae Shim (Dragon Wars: D-War) on DVD on Aug. 9.

Aided by Harvey Keitel (r.), Korean superstar Hyung Rae Shim guns for the U.S. market in The Last Godfather.

Hyung Rae Shim serves as writer, director and star of this 2010 Mafia-spoof film, which kicks off with Mob boss Don Carini (Harvey Keitel, Taxi Driver) getting ready to retire from the business of organized crime. Gathering the family together to announce his heir, the Don surprises everyone by anointing his goofy grownup love child, Younggu (Shim), as the next godfather. Needless to say, this doesn’t go down too well with ‘La Famiglia,’ who’d rather see Younggu sleeping with the fishes. And madcap shenanigans ensue.

Also starring Jason Mewes (Zack and Miri Make a Porno) and Michael Rispoli (Kick-Ass), The Last Godfather looks like it’s
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Movie Trailer: The Last Godfather (Harvey Keitel, Hyung Rae Shim, Michael Rispoli)

The Last Godfather may not win any fans right away from the trailer. There’s a lot of slapstick comedy going on in this period piece spoof. However, movies with great trailers have turned out to be bombs so we’ll just have to see where the cards fall with this one.

The Last Godfather is Directed by Hyung Rae Shim and stars Harvey Keitel, Hyung Rae Shim, Michael Rispoli, Jason Mewes, Jocelin Donahue and Jon Polito.

About The Last Godfather

In 1951, Don Carini (Harvey Keitel), the mafia’s most powerful godfather, gathers his followers to announce the heir to the family. Each expects to be crowned the next Don, but they hear a shocking story from Don Carini. During his travels in Asia, he fell in love with an Asian woman who bore him a son. His now adult son Young-gu (Shim Hyung-rae) is anointed the next boss. Bonfante
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'The Last Godfather' trailer: Is Young-goo Korean for Fredo?

'The Last Godfather' trailer: Is Young-goo Korean for Fredo?
We realize you can’t tell if a movie will be bad from its trailer, just like you can’t judge a book by its cover. So maybe The Last Godfather is destined to be remembered — at least in the way that Johnny Dangerously is remembered. The slapstick film, which was released in South Korea last December and will open in select U.S. cities on (fittingly) April 1, stars Oscar-nominated actor Harvey Keitel as a mafia don who is retiring and wants to pass the torch to his illegitimate and inept son, Young-goo. Young-goo is played by the movie’s director Hyung-rae Shim,
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Korean comedy The Last Godfather headed to the Us

KoreaTimes reported today that the new slapstick comedy The Last Godfather will be opening in 12 cities across the United States and Canada on April 1, care of Roadside Attractions, before hitting European and Asian theaters. The movie was directed, produced and written by former comedian Shim Hyung-rae (also known as Ray Shim), a name you might remember as the writer, director and producer of Dragon Wars, which was released widely in the Us a few years ago. Shim also stars in the film as the idiot son of a mafia boss played by Harvey Keitel, who is being trained as successor to his father. Jason Mewes (as in Jay in Jay & Silent Bob) also stars, as do Michael Rispoli, Blake Clark and Jocelin Donahue (from The House Of The Devil). According to the article, the film is a parody of Francis Ford Coppola's gangster franchise.
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Dragon Wars Director Hyung-Rae Shim Casts Harvey Keitel In Gangster Slapstick The Last Godfather

I'm not sure what's more surprising here: That Dragons Wars director Hyung-Rae Shim has followed up his special effects spectacle with a slice of nostalgic slapstick comedy, that he somehow managed to cast Harvey Keitel in it, that Keitel is playing his own father, or that it looks very, very funny. Because all of these things are true. Here's the story.

Before striking out as a director Shim made his name as a television comedian in Korea, the peak of his fame coming in the 1980s with the creation of a clumsy, socially awkward,, not particularly bright character named Younggu. From what little I've seen I've Younggu he's kind of like Mr Bean crossed with Buster Keaton and the character has appeared in a long string of films and television shows.

Jump forward a bit. Tired of the TV comedy world Shim opted to move into directing which he appeared
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Cj Entertainment Will Finance and Distribute The Last Godfather

Harvey Keitel stars in the Shim Hyung-rae film According to Variety, Korea's Cj Entertainment has come aboard director Shim Hyung-rae's The Last Godfather. The film stars Harvey Keitel and Jason Mewes.

Cj Entertainment is going to co-produce, finance and distribute the $13.4 million film.

Presently shooting in Los Angeles, the script was written by the director and later revised by Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen.

Story follows a mafia boss who trains his mentally impaired son Younggu to be his successor. Shim will play the part of Younggu. This is a popular comedy character he created for TV during the 1980s.

The Last Godfather is going to be released at the end of this year.

The Last Godfather comes to theaters in 2010 and stars Harvey Keitel, Jason Mewes, Michael Rispoli, Blake Clark, Jocelin Donahue, Jon Polito, Jack Kehler, John Pinette. The film is directed by Hyung-rae Shim.
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