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8 items from 2009

Collider Goes to Dinner With Mike Judge

21 December 2009 8:20 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

There are two sides to Mike Judge in Hollywood. There’s the TV star, who took a ton of heat but came out as one of the most daring and biting voices of satire in the 1990’s with Beavis and Butthead, and the successful maistream animator with a thirteen season run of the folksy and engaging King of the Hill. Then there’s the film director, who was cajoled into the theatrical Beavis and Butthead Do America, but has worked in live action ever since. He made two films for 20th Century Fox to see them abandoned theatrically, only for both 1999’s Office Space and 2006’s Idiocracy to now be regaled as cult classics. His most recent film, 2009’s Extract did not set the film world afire (Extract is now available on DVD and Blu-ray), but it showed a less biting Judge doing what he does best: everyday life comedy. »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Mike Judge talks 'Extract': Dinner with the 'Beavis and Butt-head' creator

21 December 2009 4:08 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

When I'm offered a dinner with director Mike Judge, there's very little convincing needed.

Not only is Judge responsible for the underrated comedy "Extract"  (available on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, Dec. 22) but he's also the sly genius behind Fox's Emmy-winning "King of the Hill," the 1990s iconic cartoon "Beavis and Butt-head" and one of the best workplace comedies of all time, "Office Space."

It was a cool December evening when my fellow reporters and I descended upon Joe's Restaurant in Venice, Calif., where a custom-designed four-course tasting menu with wine pairings awaited us. With the help of champagne, the conversation kicked off with talk of Comic-Con, which Judge said was filled with "very likable nerds."

Speaking of nerds ...

I am one for taking this picture. Yes, I was seated next to Mike Judge. Okay, my name is misspelled, but still -- Mike Judge!

Our humble director probably caught on »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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What Were the Top TV Shows from the '50s?

25 November 2009 12:01 AM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Thanksgiving always makes us feel nostalgic for '50s TV — maybe because of all those Twilight Zone marathons we watched growing up. So we were psyched to find AOL's list of the best '50s TV shows. With everything from Leave it to Beaver to Dobie Gillis, all of our favorites are here.

So we want to know...

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- TV Guide News

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The Stepfather (1987)

22 October 2009 8:17 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Stepfather (1987) Directed by Joseph Reuben Despite collecting positive reviews, director Joseph Ruben's The Stepfather was a box office flop, lost among the flood of slasher films saturating the market at the time. Still, the film managed to garner a small cult following, which has increased since its home video release. The Stepfather works for one reason: it's an exercise in despair framed as the portrait of a tragic man.  Meet Jerry Blake, brilliantly portrayed by Lost's  Terry O'Quinn. Jerry's the new guy in town, and has all the makings of a perfect friend, perfect neighbor, perfect boyfriend and even a perfect husband. But looks can be deceiving, as Jerry is really a homicidal maniac. He moves from town to town, marrying into a family and then wiping it out when it inevitably fails to live up to his Leave it to Beaver ideal. O'Quinn is well cast »

- Ricky

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Excl: How Darren Bousman Celebrates Mother's Day

20 October 2009 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Click on the exclusive image to the left to see it in hi-res! In addition to putting a new spin on Mother's Day , a remake of Charles Kaufman's 1980 Troma production, director Darren Lynn Bousman is setting out to bring horror back to the suburbs. Not just adopt the idyllic look of Norman Rockwell's America, but "ass rape it," as he puts it. "That's kind of what we've done. Take it and set it in Middle America, every day life. It's a Norman Rockwell gone wrong idea. Imagine if it was set in Leave It to Beaver , then make it scary," explains Bousman during an afternoon break from shooting day 27 of 35 in Winnipeg, Canada. "The original was set in the barrens, this little disgusting cabin stuffed in the woods. That may have been scary 30 »

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Interview: Director F. Gary Gray of ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ With Jamie Foxx

16 October 2009 6:14 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Justice is the theme of “Law Abiding Citizen,” a new film starring Jamie Foxx as a district attorney in Philadelphia who is targeted for revenge by a former client (Gerald Butler). Directing the film is veteran F. Gary Gray (”Friday,” “The Italian Job”).

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Taking a page from Hannibal Lechter, Gerald Butler portrays Clyde, an self-proclaimed “law abiding citizen” who feels that the crime committed against his family was not satisfactorily punished. Using his superior technical intelligence, Clyde stays one step ahead of ambitious attorney Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), as he conducts his style of revenge.

Bruce McGill and Jamie Fox in ‘Law Abiding Citizen

Photo credit: © 2009 John Baer for Lac Films, LLC

In anticipation of the October 16th release, HollywoodChicago interviewed F. Gary Gray, the director of Law Abiding Citizen, as he talked about the character of Philadelphia, working with Jamie Foxx and why his film “Friday” still is a favorite. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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TV Review: Talented Ensemble Drives ABC’s ‘Modern Family’

23 September 2009 12:06 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The highlight of tonight’s debuting shows on ABC is one of the most promising new comedy pilots of the season, the multi-layered “Modern Family,” a sitcom that both skewers the conventions of the typical TV family show and lovingly embraces them at the same time.

Television Rating: 4.0/5.0 The word “family” has changed a lot since “Leave It To Beaver” and it’s about time that a clever comedy takes a look at the modern composition and complexity of the new look to the family tree in 2009. With a dozen speaking roles, “Modern Family” can sometimes feel a bit too cluttered for a 22-minute show, but it’s hard to get too down on a sitcom for being too ambitious and once the show stops defining its characters and lets them grow, this could be one of the best comedies on the air.

Ed O’Neill, Rico Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Review: ‘Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg’

28 August 2009 5:15 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Most of us adults now have some memory of watching family-oriented television sitcoms growing up. For every era, there was a popular family show on TV that many of us gathered around the tube to watch. For me, there was Wonder Years, The Cosby Show and Family Ties. For generations before me, there was Leave It To Beaver and Father Knows Best. But, where did it all begin?

Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg is a new documentary from Aviva Kempner (The Life And Times Of Hank Greenberg) that tells the story of Gertrude Berg. The tag-line of the film is “the most famous woman in America you’ve never heard of” and this couldn’t be more true. Gertrude Berg was a radio and television pioneer. She created a character by the name of Molly Goldberg and the radio program called The Goldbergs. This radio serial would be incredibly popular in the 20’s and 30’s, »

- Travis

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