18 items from 2016
Nobody may believe this, but Every film could be remade. There are many reasons for this. Sometimes it is done to improve on the previous film. Other times it is done to update a film from years past. There have no doubt been times that something was remade simply because that was a way to squeeze more money out of the property. And if Hollywood continues to employ this trend, sooner or later, every movie, no matter how classic, will probably get resurrected in some way shape or form. No matter how much fans don't want it to happen.
It appears that some films have gotten remade simply because there wasn't a good case against remaking it. If you're a studio head then the numbers make a lot of sense. People know the property, the characters, the story, etc. Nobody is going to be 'literally' hurt by remaking said film, »
The American Film Institute’s three-hour honoring of Mel Brooks with a Life Achievement Award Thursday night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood proved that it’s pretty easy to put on a wildly entertaining show when you’ve got a roomful of comedians and a body of work that includes “The Producers,” “Young Frankenstein” and the campfire scene in “Blazing Saddles.” “Tonight the AFI honors the arts, and the farts, of … Mel Brooks,” said Sony Pictures chairman Howard Stringer at the beginning of the night, which will be broadcast June 15 on TNT, with which the AFI has entered into a. »
- Steve Pond
“Chicago is not the most corrupt American city, it’s the most theatrically corrupt.” Studs Terkel.
With due respect (and a lot of it) for the late, great Studs Terkel, I think the Chicago city council has been supplanted by the Congress of the United States for political theater and corruption. As an old Chicago boy and fan of political theater, I was fascinated this week as the Democrats in the House of Representatives staged a sit-in in the well of the House, led by the venerable civil rights leader (and graphic novel author) John Lewis, to protest the refusal of the Republican leadership to even permit a vote on two very small and very specific gun control issues.
House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed the sit-in as a “publicity stunt.” Well, duh. That’s what a sit-in is, a publicity stunt to draw attention to a specific problem. Ryan himself »
- John Ostrander
The delightful British comedy The Smallest Show on Earth headlines a great Saturday matinee offering from the UCLA Film and Television Archive on June 25 as their excellent series “Marquee Movies: Movies on Moviegoing” wraps up. So it seemed like a perfect time to resurrect my review of the movie, which celebrates the collective experience of seeing cinema in a darkened, and in this case dilapidated old auditorium, alongside my appreciation of my own hometown movie house, the Alger, which opened in 1940 and closed last year, one more victim of economics and the move toward digital distribution and exhibition.
“You mean to tell me my uncle actually charged people to go in there? And people actually paid?” –Matt Spenser (Bill Travers) upon first seeing the condition of the Bijou Kinema, in The Smallest Show on Earth
- Dennis Cozzalio
Archer is approaching the danger zone. The FX animated spy comedy just concluded its seventh season, but with viewers left wondering [Spoiler Alert] whether the show’s protagonist is dead or alive, it might be best to just let him go forward into the goodnight. I’m a huge fan of the series. I’ve seen most episodes more times than I should admit. I — inexplicably — have two copies of the guidebook How to Archer as well as an Archer apron (bet you didn't know they even sold those). The only thing I quote more often than Archer is Blazing Saddles, and that’s a toss up. But the show has lost its way and the ratings show it. The average total viewership for this most recent season was a scant 781,000 viewers, with the high coming at the season premiere at an underwhelming 1.06 million. By way of comparison, in Season 4, the high-water »
- David Eckstein
Fans of 80's genre fare will certainly be familiar with the post-apocalyptic oddity, Solarbabies. But for the uninitiated there's a really good chance the Mel Brooks produced science fiction family film that blends the world of Mad Max, the sentimentality of E.T. and the sport of rollerblading together completely passed by unnoticed.
Either way, this is a red letter day for all. In a recent episode of the "bad movie podcast" How Did this Get Made, the show dug deep into the film's many strange choices. Now, the gang behind the podcast have even pulled in Mel Brooks to talk more in depth about the project.
You can hear that conversation below.
From Blazing Saddles and Young Franken [Continued ...] »
From Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein to Spaceballs and The Producers, legendary filmmaker Mel Brooks has been responsible for some of the most beloved movies ever made. And unsurprisingly, at various points in his career, he has discussed the making of almost all his films. Except for one—the lone dud in his canon—a film so […]
- Blake Harris
The Writers Guild of America East has asked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to support providing diversity production credits for TV shows.
The legislation would expand the state’s incentive program to include credits for shows that include writers and directors who are women or people of color.
The WGA East delivered nearly 500 letters to the governor Monday — with high profile signers such as Tina Fey and “Spotlight” writer-director Tom McCarthy — in support of proposed legislation that would designate $5 million of the $420 million Empire State Film Production Tax Credit for productions that hire female or minority writers or directors. It would be the first time a film state tax credit has included a diversity clause.
Signers included “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” scribe Michael Arndt; David Simon (“The Wire”); Robert Carlock (“The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”); “Goodfellas” author-screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi; Sarah Treem (“The Affair”), Michael H. Weber (“The Fault in Our Stars »
- Dave McNary
Following the release in March of ‘A Man Called Gannon’ (1968), Simply Media in the UK continue to release more Universal-International westerns, this time of 1940s and ‘50s vintage. The new releases, out on 18 April, are ‘Calamity Jane & Sam Bass’ (1949), ‘Cattle Drive’ (1951) and ‘Black Horse Canyon’ (1954). This trio of films are literally ‘Horse Operas’, with the accent on thoroughbred steeds and their importance and role in the working west. Be they cattle drovers, stock breeders or outlaws, where would any of them be without the horse? The answer, of course, is walking.
I’ll review the DVDs in the order I watched them. First up is ‘Cattle Drive’, a 1951 western directed by Kurt Neumann. Chester Graham Jnr (Dean Stockwell), the spoilt, arrogant son of railroad magnet Chester Graham Snr (Leon Ames), is accidentally left behind when the train he is travelling on makes a water stop. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
David’s Quick Take for the tl;dr Media Consumer:
A brash, vulgar, wildly energetic and shamelessly provocative comedy romp that launched Mel Brooks as a film director, Gene Wilder as a popular comic actor, and grossly expanded the latitude extended to comedians in cinema, establishing radically poor taste as an acceptable marketing strategy in mainstream entertainment. Though The Producers is fondly remembered, massively influential and boasts some truly unforgettable sequences of inspired lunacy, too much time is dedicated to histrionic leering, shouting and shrieking episodes that don’t deliver enough in terms of wit to earn my enthusiastic endorsement overall. The story line is pretty familiar – a rambunctious Broadway showman conspires with a neurotic accountant to bilk investors in an offensive production, only to see their plan foiled when the play becomes an unexpected hit. The premise is clever and offers a broad platform for unbridled zaniness. A lot »
- David Blakeslee
Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Swiss Army Man quickly became known as "the farting corpse movie." That reputation is earned, according to our own Jason Gorber. In his review, he stated in part: "I described the film as the Citizen Kane of fart joke movies, and I stand by that claim (that would make Blazing Saddles the Birth of a Nation of flatulence flicks if you're playing along at home). I would hope that there are a bunch of you reading this that will go into the film cold knowing nothing other than the fact that, yes, there's a lot of farting, and yes, it's kind of amazing how they use bodily gas in an almost symphonic way, with loads of...
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Just in time for Spring, HBO Now and HBO Go are gifting us with some brand-new titles for April that will blow through your living room like a breath of fresh air. From the nonstop laughs of Amy Schumer's Trainwreck to the terrifying dinos of Jurassic World, there are plenty of incredible titles to choose from, so don't miss your opportunity to watch them while you can. Also make sure you check out March's selection before they disappear, plus Hulu's new April movies! Theatrical premieres: April 2: Trainwreck Unrated April 9: Lucy April 11: Inherent Vice April 18: We Are Your Friends April 23: Jurassic World April 27: Dracula Untold April 30: Paper Towns Original programming highlights: April 1: El Hipnotizador April 4: Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures April 7: Animals. April 9: Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper April 10: Togetherness April 14: HBO First Look: »
- Quinn Keaney
If you look down the list of the biggest hits of all time (adjusted for inflation), it could double as an All Time Best list. Jaws is on there, of course, as are Star Wars, E.T. and The Exorcist. Further down, you’ll find the likes of Back To The Future, Ghostbusters and Blazing Saddles. A relative what’s what of Hollywood accomplishments.
Now look down the list of box office bombs, and note the drop off in quality: Cutthroat Island is on there, of course, as are Heaven’s Gate and The Adventures Of Pluto Nash. Further down, you’ll find the likes of A Sound Of Thunder, Sahara and The Wolf Man. If you haven’t seen them, here’s a one-word review: “Meh.”
It’s probably an oversimplification, but if you were to compile a list of blah movies you regret watching, it would closely »
- Ian Watson
If you’re not a fan of flatulence jokes, this exclusive Bob’s Burgers video really isn’t for you. But if you enjoy a good fart gag like the rest of humanity, you’re in for a treat.
The clip above, from Sunday’s episode (7:30/6:30c), finds the Belchers admiring their swanky, newly installed bar stools. But when Teddy takes one for a test drive, the sound it produces brings to mind that campfire scene from Blazing Saddles… you know, the one with the beans?
Elsewhere in the episode, »
Hollywood knows that one genre is almost certain to get the audience’s blood pumping and pulse racing: the sports story. Creed certainly proved that a few months ago (you’d think audiences were watching a real live boxing match, judging from the all the cheering at the multiplex). Couple that on-screen excitement with a dramatic true story, and you’ve hopefully got a critical and box office hit. And while professional sports may be tainted and tarnished thanks to bad behavior and big bucks, the amateur athletes still have a purity and nobility about them. There have been plenty of college (We Are Marshall), high school (Hoosiers), and even grade school (The Bad News Bears) team tales, but for individual triumphs, the four-year spectacle, the Olympics, abound in stories of glory and drama. Well 2016 just so happens to be an olympic year, so the studios are launching the first »
- Jim Batts
For a documentary about a team of colorful characters that decimated the rest of the NFL, “The ’85 Bears” is surprisingly sentimental, in places even maudlin. Much of that has to do with the tragedies and illnesses that have befallen the group, including the untimely death of star Walter Payton, Dave Duerson’s suicide (related to brain damage suffered as a player), quarterback Jim McMahon’s struggles with early-onset dementia, and the deteriorating health of defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan. Given all that, this “30 for 30” production toes a delicate line, celebrating the Bears’ ebullient heyday while acknowledging its conflicted present.
Directed by Jason Hehir, narrated by exec producer Vince Vaughn and timed to the 30th anniversary of Chicago’s only Super Bowl victory, the story begins with the Bears defense taking the extraordinary step of writing to owner George Halas, urging him to retain the gruff, irascible Ryan despite firing the team’s head coach. »
- Brian Lowry
The oldest joke on record, a Sumerian proverb, was first told all the way back in 1900 B.C. Yes, it was a fart joke: “Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap.” Don’t feel bad if you don’t get it — something was definitely lost in time and translation (you have to imagine it was the Mesopotamian equivalent of “Women be shopping”), but not before the joke helped pave the way for almost 4,000 years of toilet humor. It’s just a shame we’ll never know the name of the Sumerian genius to whom we owe Blazing Saddles. But with the rise of comedy as a commercial art form in the 20th century, and with advances in modern bookkeeping, it’s now much easier to assign credit for innovations in joke-telling, which is exactly what Vulture set out to »
- Jesse David Fox
Let’s end the year with a celebration of the funniest comedy scripts ever written. The Writer’s Guild of America has chosen the 101 best laugh-getting screenplays. Keep in mind that this is all about the writing, not the cast or the director.
1.Annie Hall (1977)
2. Some Like it Hot (1959)
3. Groundhog Day (1993)
4. Airplane! (1980)
5. Tootsie (1982)
6. Young Frankenstein (1974)
8. Blazing Saddles (1974)
9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
10. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
11. This is Spinal Tap (1984)
12. The Producers (1967)
13. The Big Lebowski (1998)
14. Ghostbusters (1984)
15. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
16. Bridesmaids (2011)
17. Duck Soup (1933)
18. There’s Something About Mary (1998)
19. The Jerk (1979)
20. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
21. His Girl Friday (1940)
22. The Princess Bride (1987)
23. Raising Arizona (1987)
24. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
25. Caddyshack (1980)
26. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
27. The Graduate (1967)
28. The Apartment (1960)
30. The Hangover (2009)
31. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
32. The Lady Eve »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
18 items from 2016
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