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Jerry Lewis obituary

4 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Comedian, actor and film-maker who rose to fame in partnership with Dean Martin

Peter Bradshaw on Jerry Lewis: a knockabout clown with a dark and melancholy inner life

In 1946, a young comedian, Jerry Lewis, met a struggling singer, Dean Martin. They decided to form a team, Martin and Lewis, and the rest, as they say, is history. Their act, with its elaborate pattern of sparring and interruption, turned them into a success on the nightclub circuit – and on television, then establishing its hegemony over American popular entertainment.

Before long they were in Hollywood, under the sharp entrepreneurial aegis of the Paramount producer Hal Wallis. Between 1949 and 1956, they starred in more than a dozen movies, with Martin as the worldly philanderer and Lewis the gormless hanger-on. The humour may have been unsophisticated, but Wallis knew better than to skimp on the production values, and the duo became a box-office success. »

- Tim Pulleine

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R.I.P. Jerry Lewis (1926 – 2017)

4 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Legendary American comedian, actor, filmmaker and singer Jerry Lewis has passed away at his home in Las Vegas, aged 91.

Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1926, Lewis began his career as an entertainer in the 1940s and initially rose to prominence as part of the double-act Martin and Lewis with Dean Martin.

After finding success on the club circuit, radio and television, the duo made the switch to the big screen in 1949’s Mr Friend Irma, and followed that up with the sequel My Friend Irma Goes West. They would then go on to headline a total of sixteen movies together for producer Hal B. Wallis between 1951 and 1956, before going their separate ways.

Going solo, Lewis would soon begin writing and directing his own projects, including the likes of The Bellboy, The Ladies Man, The Errand Boy and The Nutty Professor, as well as the unreleased The Day the Clown Cried. »

- Gary Collinson

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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

6 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. He legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over »

- Richard Natale and Carmel Dagan

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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

6 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. He legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over »

- Richard Natale and Carmel Dagan

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David Tennant, Guy Pearce Join Saoirse Ronan’s ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’

17 August 2017 3:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

David Tennant and Guy Pearce have joined the cast of Working Title’s “Mary, Queen of Scots,” which has begun filming in England and Scotland.

Saoirse Ronan is starring in the title role opposite Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I. Josie Rourke is making her feature directorial debut on the movie, directing from a script by Beau Willimon. The project is based on John Guy’s biography “My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots.”

Focus Features holds worldwide rights and will release “Mary, Queen of Scots” in the U.S. Universal Pictures International will distribute the film internationally.

Producers are Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Debra Hayward. The trio all received best picture Academy Award nominations for “Les Misérables.”

Previously announced cast includes Jack Lowden (“Dunkirk”), Joe Alwyn, Martin Compston, and Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”).

The story is set during the 16th Century when Mary Stuart became Queen of »

- Dave McNary

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Original R2-D2 Sells for $2.76 Million at Star Wars Auction

29 June 2017 9:27 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this month, we reported that the original Luke Skywalker lightsaber used in A New Hope was being put up for auction, along with a complete, "film-used R2-D2" prop and Darth Vader's helmet. The auction took place earlier this week in Calabasas, California, and while the Luke Skywalker lightsaber was expected to be one of the big ticket items, the R2-D2 unite was the talk of the auction, selling for a whopping $2.76 million. While the buyer's identity was not revealed, it was the most expensive item sold off.

The Daily Mail reports that the other Star Wars items sold for a pretty penny as well. The original Luke Skywalker lightsaber from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope sold for $450,000, while the Darth Vader helmet sold for $96,000, both of which were far above expectations. The Profiles in Hollywood auction revealed in their press release issued earlier this month that »

- MovieWeb

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Rediscovering Long-Forgotten Pioneering Comedy Performer: She Could Have Been Chaplin!

19 April 2017 5:23 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Comedy actress Alice Howell on the cover of film historian Anthony Slide's latest book: Pioneering funky-haired performer 'could have been Chaplin' – or at the very least another Louise Fazenda. Rediscovering comedy actress Alice Howell: Female performer in movie field dominated by men Early comedy actress Alice Howell is an obscure entity even for silent film aficionados. With luck, only a handful of them will be able to name one of her more than 100 movies, mostly shorts – among them Sin on the Sabbath, A Busted Honeymoon, How Stars Are Made – released between 1914 and 1920. Yet Alice Howell holds (what should be) an important – or at the very least an interesting – place in film history. After all, she was one of the American cinema's relatively few pioneering “funny actresses,” along with the likes of the better-known Flora Finch, Louise Fazenda, and, a top star in her day, Mabel Normand.[1] Also of note, »

- Andre Soares

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