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Remember when Robert De Niro starred as wannabe standup comic Rupert Pupkin in Martin Scorsese's classic The King of Comedy. Since Pupkin was a full-time sociopath, it came as huge surprise when this amateur had the goods to make a go at his five minutes of fame. As Jackie Burke in The Comedian, De Niro is playing a pro, an aging comic who long ago made his bones doing stand-up and starring in a hit TV sitcom, Eddie's Home, that fans won’t let him forget. De Niro got under the skin of Pupkin. »
The Comedian Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: C+ Director: Taylor Hackford Written by: Art Linson, Jeffrey Ross, Lewis Friedman, Richard Lagravenese Cast: Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Edie Falco, Harvey Keitel, Danny DeVito, Patti LuPone Screened at: Sony, NYC, 11/18/16 Opens: January 13, 2017 You may think that the new vulgarity in the U.S. makes its presence felt only in films produced by Judd Apatow and others of his ilk. Taylor Hackford thinks otherwise. You get the impression by watching the jokes told by Jerry Burke (Robert De Niro) that comedy clubs need grossness to bring in a young audience. For that matter, the old folks [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
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The film, directed by Taylor Hackford (Ray), stars De Niro as aging insult comic Jackie Burke, who gets a second lease on life after meeting Harmony (Leslie Mann). The two find inspiration in each other, and his resulting new material finds the formerly has-been comic going viral.
An all-star supporting cast includes Edie Falco, Billy Crystal, Danny DeVito, Charles Grodin, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Keitel and Patti LuPone. Art Linson, Jeff Ross, Richard Lagravenese and Lewis Friedman wrote the screenplay. It opens »
- Ariston Anderson
In 1983, Robert De Niro starred as Rupert Pupkin, a crazed fan who yearns desperately to be a stand-up comic, in the ironically titled The King of Comedy. Now, 33 years later, the seven-time Oscar nominee (he’s won two statuettes) is in contention for nod No. 8 with his lead role in The Comedian, a darkly humorous film set in the strange world of comedy clubs.
Directed by Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman, Ray) and written by a quartet of industry pros including Jeff Ross and Richard Lagravenese, The Comedian features De Niro as a once-edgy Don Rickles-like stand-up named Jackie Burke. »
It’s not easy to grow old gracefully in the entertainment business, and the chance to both explore and poke fun at that uncomfortable truth may have been exactly what drew Robert De Niro to “The Comedian.” But despite the actor’s sincerest efforts in the role of a stand-up comic still trying to distance himself from the ‘90s sitcom that made him famous, there’s a fundamental miscalculation to the casting that drags down an already lumpy shaggy dog dramedy.
De Niro’s fans may be hoping for a spiritual successor to his classic Martin Scorsese dark comedy “The King of Comedy,” but “The Comedian” falls much closer to actor’s forgettable showbiz satire also penned by writer-producer Art Linson, “What Just Happened?” In fact, that’s a question viewers may ask themselves almost any time De Niro’s character, Jackie Berkowitz, grabs a mic.
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- Geoff Berkshire
With scripted television production at record highs (52 shows during the 2015-16 season) in New York City, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (Mome) today launched a new initiative geared toward bringing diversity to New York City’s writing staffs.
In conjunction with the the New York City Department of Small Business Services (Sbs) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae), Mome Commissioner Julie Menin announced this morning the creation of the Made in NY Writers Room. A six month fellowship in which 12 participants will get a top showrunner to help them with their works in progress.
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Each participant in the program is assigned to a dedicated mentor from a roster that includes Sarah Treem (“The Affair”), Lee Daniels (“Empire”), Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”), Julie Klausner (“Difficult People”), Julie Martin (“Law & Order: »
- Chris O'Falt
Stx had no comment about the project. In April, Variety reported that the two-year-old studio had come on board “Gypsy” after picking it up out of turnaround from Universal, where it had been in development for several years.
“Gypsy” tells the story of the burlesque legend Gypsy Rose Lee, based on her 1957 memoir about her career and hard-as-nails stage mother. That book served as the inspiration for the highly successful 1959 musical, starring Ethel Merman, with »
- Dave McNary
The studio will no longer distribute and co-finance the Barbra Streisand project about Momma Rose, according to reports.
According to Deadline Hollywood, the proposition became riskier for Stx after sources said financier Len Blavatnik pulled out of funding up to one-third of the $50m-plus production.
Richard Lagravenese adapted the screenplay from the Stephen Sondheim musical about a tough mother who drives the vaudeville careers of her two children, one of whom becomes the legendary striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. »
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The Beguiled: Colin Farrell (Winter's Tale, above) is in talks to star in a remake of The Beguiled. If things work out, he would join Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning in the drama; Sofia Coppola is set to direct. The 1971 original starred Clint Eastwood as an injured Union soldier during the Civil War who finds refuge in a Confederate boarding school for girls. [Variety] Gypsy: A new version of Gypsy, set to star Barbra Streisand as the ultimate stage mother, is moving forward, according to writer Richard Lagravenese (Streisand's The Mirror Has Two Faces). He adapted the script based on the acclaimed Broadway stage musical, working alongside Streisand. He says the casting process should be underway, with production aiming to begin early next year...
- Peter Martin
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King (1991) is playing from June 1 - June 30, 2016 in the UK.In an overview of the accomplished, fraught, tumultuous career of Terry Gilliam, The Fisher King (1991) can look like not just an artistic turning point, but an economic one. Gilliam had just finished a loose trilogy of comic fantasies—Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)—each visually baroque and laced with a kind of surreal, dark, absurdist humor that marked them as a natural extension of his time as the lone American in Monty Python. Time Bandits was a head-turning left-field hit, and Brazil, the subject of a legendary battle with Universal over final cut, is often cited as Gilliam's masterpiece. But Munchausen, though held dear by a cult following, was a blow to Gilliam's career. It went quickly over-budget (wildly so, »
Barbra Streisand and Barry Levinson are in advanced negotiations to revive Stx Entertainment’s “Gypsy,” TheWrap has learned. Levinson will direct, while Streisand is set to produce with Joel Silver. Streisand will also be involved in the script, which Richard Lagravenese is writing. Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim‘s musical “Gypsy” tells the true story of Momma Rose and her two daughters, whom she is pushing to become stars of the vaudeville stage — one as the burlesque legend Gypsy Rose Lee. Also Read: Stx Entertainment's 'Bye Bye Man' Moved Up to June It is considered one of the best musicals ever made. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven and Matt Donnelly
Stx Entertainment is taking on the task of reviving Gypsy for the big screen, with Barbra Streisand still attached to star as Momma Rose and Barry Levinson aboard to direct Richard Lagravenese’s script, which Streisand also is involved in. Studio sources confirmed that a deal is being finalized now after Deadline broke the story last fall that Universal had put the musical project into turnaround after a long development period. Uni had rights to the project as far back… »
Barbra Streisand may realize her dreams of bringing Mama Rose to the big screen.
STX Entertainment is in advanced negotiations to make Gypsy with the Grammy and Oscar winner taking the lead role, and Oscar-winner Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) directing. Production on the film hit a snag last fall after Universal Pictures put the project into turnaround. It had been developing “Gypsy” for several years, stretching back to STX Chairman Adam Fogelson’s days as the movie studio’s head.
It’s a meaty role for Streisand, one that will see her playing one of the most infamous stage mothers in history and belting out such signature numbers as “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” Previous actresses who have put their stamp on Mama Rose include Ethel Merman, »
- Brent Lang
Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award For Television Writing Achievement (Wgaw)
Longtime writing partners Kauffman and Crane created the hit television series “Friends,” which earned 63 Emmy nominations in its decade-long run, the Kirstie Alley starring “Veronica’s Closet”; “The Powers That Be”; and the HBO series “Dream On.” And they didn’t stop there. Outside their partnership, Crane has co-created several series with Jeffrey Klarik, including “Episodes” and “The Class.” Kauffman most recently co-created Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” which was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe this year.
Screen Laurel Award (Wgaw)
May is being honored by the Wgaw in recognition for her lifetime of work. May first hit the national stage with Mike Nichols in improv comedy “Nichols and May,” and their influence is still felt today. She’s earned recognition for penning “Heaven Can Wait,” “The Birdcage” and “Such Good Friends. »
- Variety Staff
14 items from 2016
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