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10 Hilarious Movies That Prove 'Spoof' Isn't A Dirty Word

18 April 2014 2:16 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When did "spoof" become such a dirty word? There once was a time when filmmakers like Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein) and brilliant comedians like the late Leslie Nielsen (Airplane!, The Naked Gun) mastered the art of parody. No film genre was safe. Nowadays, however, movies like Michael Tiddes. A Haunted House 2 arrive in theaters with a thundering eye roll. When did things go so wrong? Open Road Films didn.t screen Marlon Wayans. comedy sequel for critics. (I know, right?) That gave us an excuse to go back and celebrate the finest entries in the spoof genres. movies that packed in the laughs and took advantage of the creative leeway that comes with assuming a familiar genre. Surely you love these 10 vintage spoof movies. We apologize for calling you Shirley. And, of course, we want to hear from you! Tell us your favorite spoof movies in the »

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The Best and Worst Comic Relief Movie Characters

13 April 2014 6:11 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Comic relief characters are written to try and make us laugh. Some of them are better than others. Join us as we discuss some of the best and worst comic relief characters in film.

Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film. We’ll even submit reviews of the films we discuss so that you can get a better idea of what we’re talking about. April is National Humor Month, and because of this we will honor comedy in film. What makes you laugh? Feel free to add your own comments or reviews of movies that tickle your funny bone.

 

 

Comic relief characters play an important part in film. They can be major characters or minor ones, but their purpose »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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TCM Fest: Restorationists as Rock Stars

13 April 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Film restorationists don’t feel like rockstars. But with this crowd…”

the TCM Festival is happening at the Tcl Chinese Theater in Hollywood

Mike Pogorzelski, director of the Academy Film Archive, chuckles as another round of cheers breaks out from the audience. Pogorzelski is introducing a 35mm print of The Lion in Winter that he restored from camera negative, and so far the audience has cheered for the words “35mm,” “restoration,” “Academy,” and “Peter O’Toole.” Typically, only one of those gets applause, but then TCM Film Festival isn’t your typical Hollywood film festival.

Every single film that plays at the TCM Film Festival is old. The newest film is Mr Holland's Opus, which celebrates is nineteen years old. This means that every single film, from the 35mm print of Stagecoach to the world premiere Dcp of Oklahoma! (previously discussed), has arrived through the efforts of archivists and restorationists »

- Anne Marie

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Mel Brooks on Why 'Blazing Saddles' 'Could Be The Funniest Motion Picture Ever Made'

12 April 2014 10:23 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

When it comes to Blazing Saddles, humility fails Mel Brooks. “It may be my favorite movie,” the filmmaker told Robert Osborne before a packed 40th anniversary screening for the TCM Classic Film Festival Friday night at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. By the end of the Q&A, Brooks was only getting bolder. “It’s not right for me to say so, but I really think this could be the funniest motion picture ever made.” The TCM gathering is one of very few film festivals in the world where the filmmaker interviews take place before the screenings because pretty much everyone

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- Chris Willman

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'Suits' star Sarah Rafferty's 'Blazing Saddles' story is a little mortifying (and very adorable) -- Video

10 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

You know those moments from your childhood that make you retroactively mortified? If it makes you feel better, Suits star Sarah Rafferty has a few of those moments cataloged in her brain too. And, naturally, when she stopped by to take EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test, we wanted to know all about them.

Ever the good sport, Rafferty opened up about being a little too young and impressionable for Blazing Saddles, shared an entirely adorable Madonna memory, and confessed to a love for Say Anything that we fully support. Check out her “test” below:

Suits season finale airs tonight at 9 p. »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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Thn’s Top Five Muppets Movie Cameos

26 March 2014 1:03 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Muppets Most Wanted will be breaking out this week (read our review here). To celebrate the hand-held heroes return to the big screen, we are having a look at those fleeting and oh so memorable appearances from special guest stars throughout the years. The most recent outing had a diverse bunch ranging from Sarah Silverman to Selena Gomez by way of Mickey Rooney, Feist and Donald Glover. Our list delves further back into the annals of Muppet movie memories to show you ones you might have missed. So grab your Fart Shoes and join us as we list the Top Five Muppets Movie Cameos.

5. Ray Liotta - Muppets in Space (1999)

As the gang try to break into a research facility to rescue Gonzo, they must get past a scary security guard. And when it comes to unhinged, scary dudes in Hollywood, good fella Ray Liotta is your go-to (wise) guy. »

- John Sharp

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Danny Trejo interview: Bullet, Machete, Con Air, Muppets

11 March 2014 10:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Interview Duncan Bowles 13 Mar 2014 - 06:29

Duncan catches up with the star of Bullet and Machete to talk about stunts, dancing, and Miss Piggy...

The last but one answer in this interview has a slight spoiler for Muppets Most Wanted.

If there’s one thing I discovered from our chat with Danny Trejo, it’s that he laughs a lot. For an actor who’s made a career out of playing bad asses whose actions speak louder than words, it was a strange thing to hear him so openly chuckling – when our call was connected I asked how he was doing and he replied “Great, we were just talking about Mel Brooks and Blazing Saddles – probably before your time, but it’s really funny!” and what followed was one of the most entertaining interviews I’ve ever done.

We were lucky enough to get a good amount of Mr Trejo’s time, »

- sarahd

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'The Bridges of Madison County': Jason Robert Brown talks bringing the acclaimed book to the stage

4 March 2014 1:14 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Jason Robert Brown just might be one of the busiest individuals currently on the theater scene. The composer and lyricist, best known for his off-Broadway hit The Last Five Years, is currently preparing for the release of the musical’s film adaptation and is also on track to bring a new production to the stage: a musical comedy called Honeymoon in Vegas, based on the 1992 film of the same name starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicolas Cage. In addition, his newest Broadway offering, The Bridges of Madison County, just opened at the Schoenfeld Theatre.

EW talked to the talented composer »

- Andrea Towers

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What's so different about the R-rated cut of 'Anchorman 2' in theaters now?

4 March 2014 1:40 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The term "director's cut" has been abused to the point of meaninglessness in the age of special edition DVDs, and it is easy for the consumer to eventually tune out any mention of a "new" version of a film, sure they're only going to see a few small differences after sitting through something they have, for the most part, already seen and fully digested. That is not the case with the R-rated cut of "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" that is in theaters at the moment. This may well set the new standard for just how different an alternative cut of a film can be, and it's a fascinating exercise in how just a few choices can make the difference between two different ratings and, in a world where studios are spending tens of millions of dollars to market a film, the economic success or failure of a movie. By far, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Breaking Bad, Back To The Future, Serenity, Batman, Star Wars, Terminator Screen Used Props/Promo Items Up for Auction

24 February 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

From Blazing Saddles to Breaking Bad, Demolition Man to Dredd, Last Action Hero to Back to the Future, Screen Used has something for every pop culture fan in their March 15th auction that features over 300 props and promotional items from across decades of film and TV. Check out a sampling below then visit Screenused.com for more details and a full listing from their upcoming sale. »

- Pietro Filipponi

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7 Scenes We Love From ‘Blazing Saddles’

23 February 2014 1:00 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Blazing Saddles could be the most difficult movie to celebrate with a Scenes We Love feature. Not only is it a laugh-a-minute comedy with too many classic moments to narrow down from, but more importantly it is such a politically incorrect work that it’s hard to showcase excerpts that don’t play too offensively out of context of the whole picture. I realized this long ago while listening to shock jock radio and hearing many of the most hilarious quotes from the movie turned into uncomfortable soundbites. Yet this movie, which turned 40 years old this month, is a masterpiece of satire, slapstick and silliness. It’s one of the most important American comedies ever made, not to mention possibly the funniest in the last half century. Like another classic that recently celebrated an anniversary — Dr. Strangelove, which also features Slim Pickens — it played the nation’s fears and flaws for laughs. With »

- Christopher Campbell

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Eulogy For Sid Caesar By Cinema Retro's Eddy Friedfeld

22 February 2014 8:52 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Eddy and Sid after a Master Class at Nyu, 2003. (Photo: Michael Doft)

Sid Caesar’s funeral service was held on Sunday afternoon, February 16 at a private ceremony in Los Angeles.   Among the family and friends paying tribute was Sid’s biographer and friend, Cinema Retro’s Eddy Friedfeld, who co-authored Sid’s creative biography, Caesar’s Hours, published by Public Affairs in 2003.

What follows is the eulogy Eddy delivered before Sid's family, friends and colleagues.

Sid said that, like Isaac Newton, he stood on the shoulders of giants, his inspirations- Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy and W.C. Fields, who helped him develop his career and craft.  Today, Sid, we stand on your shoulders- and celebrate your life, your art, your warmth, character, and friendship. You did things no one else could do and you inspired many others, including people in this room, to take the same artistic risks. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Blu-ray Review: Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Foreign Correspondent’ Joins Criterion Club

15 February 2014 7:11 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Cinema history has a few great double-up years: 12-month periods in which a classic filmmaker had not one but two great films. Mel Brooks may be the most notorious, releasing two of the best comedies of all time in 1974 (“Blazing Saddles” & “Young Frankenstein”) and Steven Spielberg has arguably done it a few times, inarguably in 1993 (“Jurassic Park” & “Schindler’s List”) and he would double-up again in 2002 (“Minority Report” & “Catch Me If You Can”) and 2011 (“Tintin” & “War Horse”).

One of the most-often forgotten double-up years was Alfred Hitchcock’s first year as an American filmmaker — 1940, which saw the premiere of “Rebecca” in April and “Foreign Correspondent” in August. The former has been a Criterion inductee for years and the latter joins the most important club in Blu-ray/DVD history this week in a finely-transferred and wonderfully accompanied release.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Rebecca” has the higher historical pedigree, largely because it’s less dry »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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2014 TCM Classic Film Festival to Open with Gala Screening of Newly Restored Oklahoma!

13 February 2014 6:45 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2014 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! (1955). TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Oklahoma!, with the film’s star, Academy Award®-winner Shirley Jones, in attendance. Vanity Fair will also return for the fifth year as a festival partner and co-presenter of the opening night after-party. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide withTCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.

In addition, the festival has added several high-profile guests to this year’s lineup, including Oscar®-winning director William Friedkin, who will attend for the screening of the U.S. premiere restoration of his suspenseful cult classic Sorcerer (1977); Kim Novak, who »

- Melissa Thompson

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Recommended Reading: Remembering Sid Caesar,The Real Awesomeness of ‘The Lego Movie,’ Alan Moore’s School Daze and more

13 February 2014 5:18 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Clint Eastwood’s 1977 Thank You Letter to Critic Andrew Sarris for ‘Dirty Harry’ Article via IndieWire:

“Check out this unearthed 1977 letter from Clint Eastwood to film critic Andrew Sarris, wherein Eastwood thanks Sarris for his Village Voice article on the “Dirty Harry” franchise, titled “Is Harry Too Dirty?” Eastwood gets to expound on the perceived messages in his films, complaining that ones with anti-capital punishment agendas like “Hang ‘Em High” got little media attention, while vigilante crime classic “Dirty Harry” and its sequels — which are about, in his words, “concern for the victim” — results in Pauline Kael calling fascism.”

Alfonso Cuaron Ama Recap: Gravity Alternate Ending, Cinema Outlook, Scientific Criticism & Superheroes via Slash Film: 

‘Best director Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuaron did a Reddit Ama Thursday, promoting his film Gravity, which is still in theaters and hits Blu-ray February 25. As tends to be the case with these, topics were all over the map, »

- Ricky

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Sid Caesar obituary

13 February 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

American TV's great comedian of the 1950s

Early on in their careers, Woody Allen, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon and Mel Brooks all produced gags for the American comedian Sid Caesar, who has died aged 91. "Writing for Caesar was the highest thing you could aspire to," said Allen, adding: "at least as a TV comedy writer. The presidency was above that." Simon later based the play Laughter on the 23rd Floor on his experiences of working for Caesar's popular variety programme Your Show of Shows (1950-54), and Reiner's time with Caesar inspired him to create The Dick Van Dyke Show.

At the height of his fame in the 1950s, Caesar was making more than $1m a year and Your Show of Shows was drawing audiences of up to 25 million. Broadway theatre owners complained that as a result of his popularity, they always had empty seats on Saturday nights – the »

- Christopher Hawtree

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Sid Caesar obituary

13 February 2014 10:56 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

American TV's great comedian of the 1950s

Early on in their careers, Woody Allen, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon and Mel Brooks all produced gags for the American comedian Sid Caesar, who has died aged 91. "Writing for Caesar was the highest thing you could aspire to," said Allen, adding: "at least as a TV comedy writer. The presidency was above that." Simon later based the play Laughter on the 23rd Floor on his experiences of working for Caesar's popular variety programme Your Show of Shows (1950-54), and Reiner's time with Caesar inspired him to create The Dick Van Dyke Show.

At the height of his fame in the 1950s, Caesar was making more than $1m a year and Your Show of Shows was drawing audiences of up to 25 million. Broadway theatre owners complained that as a result of his popularity, they always had empty seats on Saturday nights – the »

- Christopher Hawtree

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John Jarratt looks for laughs

12 February 2014 1:04 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Wolf Creek and Django Unchained.s John Jarratt has written and plans to star in an Aussie comedy Western.

The title, Passing Winds, epitomises the irreverent approach. That's the name of a cattle property owned by Jarratt.s character. Craig McLachlan has agreed to play the bad guy who aims to gain control of the land which is rich in untapped gold. Steve Bisley will play a bounty hunter.

Jarratt describes the tone as a cross between Blazing Saddles and Crocodile Dundee. He will produce the film with Kris Maric and Craig Kocinski, his partners in production company Ozpix Entertainment.

No director has yet been signed but Jarratt would love to hire someone of the calibre of Mel Gibson, having admired his work in the Richard Donner-directed Maverick opposite Jodie Foster-- although he doubts Mel would be willing to spend six months in Oz working on the film. »

- Don Groves

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Blu-ray Release: Blazing Saddles 40th Anniversary

12 February 2014 12:36 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: May 6, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $24.98

Studio: Warner Home Video

One of Mel Brooks’ (History of the World: Part 1) best comedies, Blazing Saddles has a new featurette and collectibles on this 40th Anniversary Blu-ray.

The 1974 movie has Brooks’ signature crazy laughs and Brooks himself as a dimwitted politico.

The film tells the story of a black sheriff (Cleavon Little, TV’s True Colors), who’s appointed by a corrupt political boss to ruin a western town. But, with a little help from friends like Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), Sheriff Bart turns into a formidable adversary.

Another Brooks’ movie regular, Madeline Kahn (Nixon) also stars in Blazing Saddles, as a Marlene Dietrick-style chanteuse, and she was nominated for the Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance.

The film also was nominated for Best Editing and Best Original Song “Blazing Saddles,” but alas didn’t win for any of them. »

- Sam

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Sucked dry: Is the vampire trend dead?

12 February 2014 5:12 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

It’s almost hard to remember a time when the vampire genre was dead.

It was before Twilight, of course. Before the film version of Stephenie Meyer’s novel was released in 2008 to the sound of millions of squees, vampire movies were considered somewhat risky investments and TV networks rarely ordered shows starring the undead. Since the conclusion of The WB’s Angel in 2004, there was FX’s Blade: The Series (flop) and CBS’ Moonlight (flop). On the big screen, the genre’s popularity varied from films like Van Helsing and I Am Legend (hits) to Queen of the Damned »

- James Hibberd

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