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Two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro (Best Supporting Actor, The Godfather: Part II, 1974; Best Actor, Raging Bull, 1980) stars as an aging insult comic trying to reinvent himself for acclaimed filmmaker Taylor Hackford (Ray) in the comedy-drama The Comedian. De Niro’s eight-years-in-the-making passion project also stars Leslie Mann (Knocked Up), Danny DeVito (“Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”), Charles Grodin (Dave), Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman (Best Supporting Actress, The Last Picture Show, 1971), Patti LuPone (“Penny Dreadful”), and Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel (Best Supporting Actor, Bugsy, 1991), with a cast that includes Lucy DeVito (Leaves of Grass) and Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally…). In addition, the film features a veritable who’s who of stand-up comedians, »
- Tom Stockman
On September 20, 1999, audiences were invited to explore another side of New York City, where crimes were “especially heinous.” The first spinoff of creator Dick Wolf’s successful Law & Order series, Special Victims Unit introduced viewers to a new team of “dedicated detectives” -- Oliva Benson (Mariska Hargitay), Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni), Monique Jeffries (Michelle Hurd) and John Munch (Richard Belzer), led by Capt. Don Cragen (Dann Florek) -- tasked with bringing justice for sexually based crimes.
Their stories quickly became beloved by audiences as the series not only became a ratings hit for NBC, but also earned critical acclaim -- including a historic run of Emmy nominations and wins for its guest stars -- and adoration among the many actors who passed through on their way to stardom.
“At its heart, it's a show about good versus evil,” Michaela McManus, who played Ada Kim Greylek on season 10, tells Et. “In a world that's increasingly scary and uncertain »
Seven shows a week, Bette Midler will play Dolly Gallagher Levi in the highly anticipated Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! at the Shubert Theatre starting March 15. (The show opens on April 20.)
On June 13, an eighth show on Tuesdays will be added, with Tony Award winner Donna Murphy stepping into the role originated by Carol Channing on Broadway in 1964, made famous onscreen by Barbra Streisand in 1969 and revived by Midler in 2017.
“I’ve never really done anything quite like this,” Murphy tells Et.
To clarify, she’s not serving as Midler’s understudy. “I am not someone who will go if [Midler] is not feeling well in an emergency situation,” she says. Instead, she is Midler’s Tuesday-night alternate, performing alongside the production’s other stars, David Hyde Pierce, Kate Baldwin and Gavin Creel. In addition to Tuesdays, the Broadway veteran will also step in during Midler’s scheduled vacation.
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“This is very unusual. We thought »
Patti LuPone, the two-time Tony Award-winning actress, is back on Broadway opposite Christine Ebersole in the original musical War Paint, about two cosmetics entrepreneurs, Helena Rubinstein (LuPone) and Elizabeth Arden (Ebersole). Following a sold-out run in Chicago, the show is making its Broadway debut at the Nederlander Theatre, with previews beginning March 7 and opening on April 6.
Inspired by the book of the same name written by Lindy Woodhead and the documentary The Powder & the Glory, War Paint tells the story of these two masterful women who, on their way to the top, found themselves locked in a fierce 50-year tug-of-war over the cosmetics industry and beyond. “It’s poignant, it’s funny, it’s dramatic. It’s the lives of these women, which were complicated,” LuPone tells Et by phone.
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While Arden and Rubinstein came from different backgrounds, their paths were similar and their aspirations could have united them. Instead, they ended »
An Officer and a Gentleman, The Devil’s Advocate and Ray are just three of the movies in director Taylor Hackford’s illustrious career, although his one Oscar was for a short film he made much earlier in his career.
For Hackford’s latest movie, The Comedian, he directs Robert De Niro as Jackie Burke, a veteran comedian and star of a popular old TV sitcom, who is trying to find a new lease on life, which actually ends up with him being thrown in jail for assaulting a heckler. While doing community service, he meets Leslie Mann’s Harmony and he shares with her his love for stand-up, although her father (Harvey Keitel) doesn’t approve of the relationship.
If you ever wondered whether De Niro can do stand-up comedy, you get a lot of opportunities to see him performing mostly insult comedy ala Jeffrey Ross (who was involved »
- Edward Douglas
Chicago – Mention this possibility…Robert De Niro portrays an aging stand-up comic who once had a popular sitcom in the 1980s…and 99% of filmgoers are in. Add that he beds a woman 25 years his junior, does community service, roasts Cloris Leachman and becomes a reality show host, and suddenly 80% of that 99 are out. That’s just part of the over-extension and dread in “The Comedian.”
The film had a ton of promise it just couldn’t deliver on. On the one hand, they wanted De Niro’s character to take on the role of a dirty comedian – like Bob Saget of “Full House,” trying to get rid of his clean sitcom image – and for the most part the routines work and showcased De Niro at his best. On the other hand, there was the 90% (I’m into percentages in this review) of the rest of the movie, which was hackneyed movie plot clichés, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Nearly 35 years ago DeNiro truly stunned film fans (yes, he could do that back then) when they learned of his next big screen collaboration with Martin Scorsese. It was crazy enough that the duo would follow the brutal one-two punch of Mean Streets and Taxi Driver with a glossy homage to big splashy MGM-style movie musicals, New York, New York, but this? They seemed to be back in their comfort zone with the classic Raging Bull, when they made another big detour. A look at comedy, namely a portrait of a failed stand-up comic (he’d be dubbed a “hack” today) named Rupert Pupkin. 1982’s The King Of Comedy even co-starred the iconic Jerry Lewis, who often claimed that royal title. The film was then considered a box office flop, but the years have been most kind to it (in stand-up parlance, maybe it was “too hip for the room”). Now, »
- Jim Batts
An aging comic icon, Jackie Burke (Robert De Niro) has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played.
Through the alchemy of their unlikely friendship, Harmony and Jackie overcome their own emotional damage and emerge as better people. »
- Movie Geeks
Halloween apparently comes early this year — February offers a quartet of promising horror movies, not to mention the latest chapter in the Fifty Shades erotic saga (which is its own sort of horror). Add to that a rare appearance from An-Actually-Trying-and-Not-Phoning-It-In Robert De Niro, a pair of extremely promising sequels, an experimental indie about a mass murderer and an Oscar-nominated documentary, and the next four weeks starts to look a bounty no matter your taste. Here's what coming soon to a theater near you in the next month.
A Cure For Wellness (Feb. »
Creating what is sure to be a fantastic role for Patti LuPone, Elton John is working on a musical version of The Devil Wears Prada aiming for Broadway. John, who is co-writing the musical with playwright and humorist Paul Rudnick, said in a statement that “re-imagining The Devil Wears Prada for the musical theater is super exciting.” He added: “I’m a huge fan of both the book and the feature film, and a huge aficionado of the fashion world. I can’t wait to sink my musical teeth into this hunk of popular culture.” We can’t wait to see what ballad John weaves from Meryl Streep‘s cerulean speech. It’s worth noting, however, that the flopped American Psycho show had a song riffing on the names of designers, so he may want to avoid doing that.
The Devil news comes on the heels of the announcement that »
- Esther Zuckerman
In the summer of 2016, the Penny Dreadful TV show ended without warning after three seasons on Showtime, because creator John Logan cancelled the psychological thriller, even though the season three closer was only billed as a "season" finale.Fans who want more though, can rely on Titan Comics to ride to the rescue. The first issue, of what we like to think of as Penny Dreadful, season four, will be released on April 5, 2017. The Penny Dreadful TV series starred Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Harry Treadaway, Josh Hartnett, Danny Sapani, Simon Russell Beale, Douglas Hodge, Sarah Greene, Jack Hickey, and Patti LuPone. Read More… »
Sarah Dobbs Jan 16, 2017
Rebecca takes a huge step forward in this week's excellent Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, one quickly followed by a million steps back...
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Before we get into talking about this week’s episode, let’s just take a moment to flail our arms around and squeal because Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has been renewed for a third season. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!
The news actually broke last Sunday, after I’d filed my review of When Do I Get To Spend Time With Josh? That episode was filled with references to the show’s ratings struggles, and it all felt a bit like we might be spending our last hours with these characters, so the renewal announcement was kind of brilliantly timed, because it meant we actually didn’t have to spend very long worrying about it. »
12 items from 2017
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