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'31 Days of Oscar' on TCM: 'The Wind and the Lion,' 'The Man Who Would Be King' Turner Classic Movies' “31 Days of Oscar” continues on Saturday, Feb. 6, '16, with more recent fare – as in, several films released in the last four decades. Among these are The Wind and the Lion, The Man Who Would Be King, A Beautiful Mind, Swing Shift, and Broadcast News. John Milius' The Wind and the Lion and John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King are both 1975 releases featuring “Westerners” (i.e., white people) stranded in “exotic” and potentially dangerous locales (i.e., places inhabited by dark-skinned non-Christians) in the distant past: the former in early 20th century Morocco; the latter in a remote region in colonial India in the late 19th century. (That particular area, Kafiristan, is located in today's Afghanistan.) The thematic similarities between the two films end there, for »
- Andre Soares
Edward Asner enjoys playing the curmudgeon. He was memorably acerbic as Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and as the elderly balloon adventurer in “Up.” In TV movie “Love Finds You in Valentine,” bowing Feb. 14 on Up TV, he plays a crotchety grandfather. But for his first mention in Variety, in an Off Broadway play, it was his howling that gained notice.
What drew you to “Venice Preserv’d”?
They made me one of the conspirators. As a kid, I’d developed a good wolf howl, so I suggested I use it as a means of gathering conspirators. That’s about the extent of my performance.
How did you develop the howl?
I’m slightly autistic, and I had a long walk to school. I had to fill the aloneness, and I practiced howling like a wolf. I still do it. I’m probably not as good as I was in my childhood, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Chicago – The times, they are a-changing, and much of that change comes from a millennial generation who accept all the people and experiences of their time. The new film “4th Man Out” explores what happens when one member of a close-knit male group of longtime friends reveals his orientation, and features Kate Flannery (“The Office”) and a stellar cast.
“4th Man Out” is a comedy, taking on the the confusion and adjustments both for a 25 year-old man from a small town named Adam (Evan Todd) who decides to come out to his lifelong buddies Chris, Nick and Ortu (Parker Young, Chord Overstreet and Jon Gabrus). At the same time he wrestles with how to navigate his new world, and how to come out to his family (including Kate Flannery as his mother Karen). Warm, funny and perfectly natural, “4th Man Out” succeeds by allowing everyone to be themselves.
Left to Right: Chord Overstreet, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Executed and even scripted with rhetorical intent, news reporter Christine Chubbuck’s on-air suicide in 1974 was itself a kind of grotesque performance piece — until, at least, its completion took any agency out of the performer’s hands. It’s not surprising, then, that her story should have captured the imagination of Robert Greene, a docmaker fixated on the malleable line between reality and performance, and the degree of artifice effected by the camera on our purported true selves. In his teasing, testing and vexingly brilliant new film, “Kate Plays Christine,” Greene pursues a more empathetic understanding of an inscrutable woman via the raw-nerved research process of actress Kate Lyn Sheil, as she prepares to play Chubbuck in a biopic that ostensibly doesn’t exist. Whether it succeeds, or whether its subject simply grows more distant the closer we look, is open to debate — much of it within the film itself. »
- Guy Lodge
Audiences only have to wait a few more weeks before they can watch the "Friends" cast reunion for themselves, and according to one star, the event was as wonderful as you're imagining.
David Schwimmer spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the gathering, which took place last week at a ceremony saluting legendary television director James Burrows, and featured the casts of several shows Burrows shepherded, including "The Big Bang Theory," "Frasier," and "Will & Grace." The event was taped, and will air on NBC next month.
According to Schwimmer, the experience of reuniting with almost the entire "Friends" crew (minus Matthew Perry, who's in London rehearsing for a play) couldn't have been better, and Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, and Matt LeBlanc were all thrilled to be there for Burrows.
"It was just lovely to be in the same room and to honor Jimmy, who we all really love," Schwimmer told Et. »
- Katie Roberts
The Friends reunion is here! Just kidding, it is 100 percent not a Friends reunion, so please stop calling it that. Sure, the gang is getting back together, but only five out of six of them, and no one even invited James Michael "Gunther" Tyler or Tom "Eye Doctor Richard" Selleck. Now that that's out of the way, here's what it really is: a tribute to director James Burrows, who is recognized as TV’s most accomplished comedy director. He's done The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Will & Grace, Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, and Mike & Molly. The special will celebrate his 1,000th episode of TV with his new NBC comedy Crowded.Scheduled to be in attendance will be the casts of the following shows. (Others may also be added.) Cheers: Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Bebe Neuwirth, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt (Kirstie Alley, »
- Emma Barrie
Although the entire “Friends” cast won’t be reuniting, plenty of sitcom stars old and new will be together for NBC’s tribute to comedy veteran James Burrows on the Feb. 21 special, “Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows.”
The TV special marks a huge milestone for Burrows: he has directed 1,000 episodes of television with NBC’s new comedy “Crowded.”
The cast of “Crowded” will be at the special, in addition to cast members from “Cheers,” “Frasier,” “Will & Grace,” “Taxi,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Wings,” “Mike & Molly,” “Two and a Half Men” and “Friends” — though Matthew Perry will appear in a pre-taped segment, as originally planned.
Burrows made his TV sitcom directorial debut in 1974 on an episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and is best known for his work on “Taxi,” “Cheers,” “Frasier” and “Will & Grace” for which he directed all four pilots. He also directed the pilots of “Friends, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Sorry, "Friends" fans, but that so-called "reunion" of the six sitcom castmates isn't really a reunion anymore: One of the main friends won't be there for you.
Matthew Perry will be absent when production starts on the planned tribute to legendary sitcom director James Burrows, which was to have featured several casts of his famous series, including "Frasier," "Will & Grace," "The Big Bang Theory," and the "Friends" crew. Perry is currently in London rehearsing for a new play, "The End of Longing," which is set to begin previews in the coming weeks. The Burrows special -- which is airing on NBC next month -- is set to tape on January 24.
NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt had gotten fans' hopes up earlier this week when he announced at a Television Critics Association panel that the "Friends" gang -- Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Perry, and David Schwimmer -- were »
- Katie Roberts
Update: Matthew Perry will not appear in person at the Friends reunion. According to Time, representatives for the actor noted that he will be starring in a play in London at the time but "may tape something for the tribute."
After years of close calls, the original six stars of hit NBC comedy Friends will be reuniting for a two-hour tribute special to director James Burrows that will air on NBC on February 21st.
The cast of "Friends" will be there for James Burrows.
The six stars of the now-classic NBC sitcom — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer, — are reuniting on screen for the first time since 2004. If if you're hoping for a follow-up to the series, sorry! Instead, the cast is getting together to honor veteran director Burrows, who recently helmed his 1,000th episode of television.
Burrows directed many episodes of "Friends," as well as other hit shows including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Taxi," "Cheers," "Two and a Half Men," and "The Big Bang Theory." He crossed the 1,000-marker line last November with NBC's midseason comedy, "Crowded."
The Burrows tribute is a two-hour-long special being likened to the "Saturday Night Live" 40th anniversary extravaganza. Other luminary casts will also join in the fun, including the stars of "Frasier," "Will & Grace," and "The Big Bang Theory. »
- Kelly Woo
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