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Ken Shapiro, Director of Chevy Chase Debut Film ‘The Groove Tube,’ Dies at 76

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Ken Shapiro, Director of Chevy Chase Debut Film ‘The Groove Tube,’ Dies at 76
Ken Shapiro, writer and director of Chevy Chase’s debut film “The Groove Tube,” died of cancer at age 76, TheWrap has learned. Released in 1974, “The Groove Tube” was a cult hit indie comedy that satirized TV with a series of lewd skits and parodies of commercials. Among them was the skit “Koko The Clown,” a parody of “Bozo The Clown” in which Shapiro, in full clown attire, reads erotica during the show’s “Make-Believe Time.” The film launched the careers of Chase and Richard Belzer, the latter of whom appeared alongside Shapiro in another famous skit from the film called.
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Ken Shapiro, Writer, Director and Star of 'The Groove Tube,' Dies at 76

Ken Shapiro, Writer, Director and Star of 'The Groove Tube,' Dies at 76
Ken Shapiro, who directed, produced, co-wrote and starred in The Groove Tube, the seminal 1974 sendup of television that marked the movie debuts of Chevy Chase and Richard Belzer, has died. He was 76.

Shapiro died Nov. 18 at his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico, after a long struggle with cancer, his friend Arthur Sellers told The Hollywood Reporter.

Shapiro also directed Chase in another comedy feature, the sci-fi fantasy Modern Problems (1981), which he co-wrote with Sellers and Tom Sherohman.

The Groove Tube employed a hilarious series of skits that spoofed everything from commercials and public service announcements to...
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Betty Boop by Roger Langridge and Gisele Lagace

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I have no idea why someone said, in the year 2016, “Hey, what this world really needs is a Betty Boop comic book!” It seems like an odd and unlikely thing to say, even if one happened to work in licensing for an entity that happened to own the rights to Miss Boop.

But it must have happened, because that comic book did come out, in four issues, and they were duly collected under the simple and obvious title Betty Boop. (Because, even if this isn’t the first Boop comic ever in the history of the world — though it may well be, for all I know — there’s no possibility of confusion in the marketplace with all of the other Boop collections.)

Luckily, whoever the person who had the brain-spasm in re Betty had the good sense to hire Roger Langridge to write the Boop comic. Langridge has previously translated
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Remembering Forgotten Early Female Documentarian and That Talkies Began Long Before 'The Jazz Singer'

'Amazing Tales from the Archives': Pioneering female documentarian Aloha Wanderwell Baker remembered at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival – along with the largely forgotten sound-on-cylinder technology and the Jean Desmet Collection. 'Amazing Tales from the Archives': San Francisco Silent Film Festival & the 'sound-on-cylinder' system Fans of the earliest sound films would have enjoyed the first presentation at the 2017 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, held June 1–4: “Amazing Tales from the Archives,” during which Library of Congress' Nitrate Film Vault Manager George Willeman used a wealth of enjoyable film clips to examine the Thomas Edison Kinetophone process. In the years 1913–1914, long before The Jazz Singer and Warner Bros.' sound-on-disc technology, the sound-on-cylinder system invaded the nascent film industry with a collection of “talkies.” The sound was scratchy and muffled, but “recognizable.” Notably, this system focused on dialogue, rather than music or sound effects. As with the making of other recordings at the time, the
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Preview of Betty Boop #1

Betty Boop returns to comic books this week courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment, and you can check out a preview of the first issue right here…

The most famous female cartoon star of all is back – and Dynamite has her! All-new adventures of Betty Boop (with her pals Koko the Clown and Bimbo, natch!) by award-winning writer Roger Langridge and Gisèle Lagacé. Join Betty as she works at the Oop-a-Doop Club, dreams of hitting the big-time, looks after her old Grampy… oh yeah, and Fights Ghosts! (Betty was always ahead of her time!)

Betty Boop #1 is out on October 5th, priced $3.99.
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Justin Blackmon DUI Arrest -- Wasted, Slurring, Angry ... Cops Say

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Justin Blackmon admitted to having "2 drinks" at a local bar before getting behind the wheel of a 2015 Jeep Wrangler ... but appeared Wasted ... this according to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports.  The ex-nfl star was initially pulled over in Ardmore, Ok on Saturday morning when cops spotted a defective brake light on his ride at 2:46 Am ... but when they approached the car, Blackmon reeked of booze.  According to the report, Blackmon had bloodshot
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Cuphead: E3’s most beautiful game

A run-and-gunner with stunning hand-drawn animation inspired by Max Fleischer, Cuphead is arguably E3's most beautiful game, Ryan writes...

As the dust settles on the frankly manic flow of reveals and announcements from E3’s annual circus, it becomes a little easier to process exactly what’s emerged. The expo saw familiar names bubble up from the past: Fallout 4, Doom, The Last Guardian, even Shenmue III, which few could have seen coming - often to a joyful response.

E3 also saw EA Dice finally give us a look at this autumn’s Star Wars: Battlefront, Nintendo show off Super Mario Maker and Star Fox Zero, while From Software announced Dark Souls III. But as is so often the case at gaming’s largest expo, the most intriguing titles aren’t necessarily the highest-profile. Keita Takahashi’s Wattam looks like a delightfully odd gaming sandpit, while Everyone’s Gone To The Rapture,
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Bill Hader’s List of 200 Essential Comedies Everyone Should See

Bill Hader has come a long way since his stint on Saturday Night Live, creating many popular characters and impersonations such as Stefon, Vincent Price and CNN’s Jack Cafferty. He is one of the highlights in such films as Adventureland, Knocked Up, Superbad and Pineapple Express, and so it is easy to see why author Mike Sacks interviewed him for his new book Poking A Dead Frog. In it, Hader talks about his career and he also lists 200 essential movies every comedy writer should see. Xo Jane recently published the list for those of us who haven’t had a chance to read the book yet. There are a ton of great recommendations and plenty I haven’t yet seen, but sadly my favourite comedy of all time isn’t mentioned. That would be Some Like It Hot. Still, it really is a great list with a mix of old and new.
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10 Best Movies To Mix Animation With Live Action

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Ever since the genesis of animated cinema, filmmakers have been trying to merge the world of pencil and ink with that of reality. In the silent film era, animators such as Max Fleischer pioneered various techniques to make this a possibility, through cartoons like Koko the Clown which, at one point, showed its titular character boxing with a real kitten. Even a young Walt Disney made his mark with the Alice Comedies, which featured a young girl interacting with various animated animals.

Films that mixed live-action with animation became increasingly more popular in the 1940s, once again thanks to the efforts of Walt Disney. Since then, there have been over one-hundred films to practice this technique. However, few have been able to stay in popular culture, and have largely been forgotten over the years. The difficulty to make a compelling film whilst combining what are two separate
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Reel to Real: The Art of Realism in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

It is hardly a novel concept to bring up realism when talking about animated films. From noting the “fingerprints” on the toy-based characters of The Lego Movie (2014) to remarking upon Pixar’s advancements in replicating hair and clothing, popular criticism of computer animated movies are as apt to discuss advancements in realistic CGI as they are plot or character development. Throughout the history of feature animation, be it hand drawn, stop-motion, or computer generated, there has been an ongoing endeavor to capture reality. The first animated feature by Walt Disney Studios is no exception. Released in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was a technical marvel as much as it was an artistic and financial success. But aside from merely taking steps to emulate reality, Snow White exhibits traits that mirrored emerging trends in realist live action filmmaking, including deep focus photography and simulated camera movement.

Even the plot structure
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Fright Exclusive Interview With Locker 13/Monster Squad Star Jon Gries!

Jon Gries has had quite the career so far, playing many characters that fans adore all around the world. Ask any horror (on non-horror fan as well to be perfectly honest) to name one of their favorite monster movies from the ’80s and more times than not, one of their answers will include Fred Dekker’s The Monster Squad, in which Gries played “Desperate Man”, a character that never failed to get vicious and hairy when the moon came out. Other film roles, like Real Genius, Napoleon Dynamite and the Taken films have kept Gries constantly working, and his status as one of the hardest working character actors around is legendary. We were able to chat with Jon for a bit, to talk about his role in the Twilight Zone-like anthology, Locker 13, and as expected, it was definitely a pleasure. Read on!

First off, Locker 13 has an old-school vibe to it,
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National Film Preservation Foundation Unearths Lost Silents in Pact with Dutch Museum

The National Film Preservation Foundation has found a rich source of silent pics through a pact with the Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.

The partnership between the San Francisco-based foundation and the Dutch museum calls for the restoration and preservation of dozens of silent pics that haven’t been seen in decades. The worldwide hunt for collections of lost silent pics is part of the ongoing Nfpf and Library of Congress effort to raise awareness of how many early films have been lost to history. By the Library of Congress’ estimate, only about one-third of American silent films survive with complete prints.

See Also: Library of Congress: 75% of Silent Films Lost

Among the first 26 titles slated for preservation are are “Fifty Million Years Ago” (1925), an animated introduction to the theory of evolution; “Flaming Canyons” (1929), a tour of national parks in the Southwest; short comedies featuring Mickey Rooney (pictured), Oliver Hardy,
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Review: Movie 43

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Growing up in the 1970s, there were plenty of movie parodies that broke down into two camps: the really smart ones that required a familiarity with film and culture (Blazing Saddles, et. al.) and those that were outrageous fun (Kentucky Fried Movie, The Groove Tube). The latter also showcased up and coming talent before and behind the camera, shooting on a shoestring so the studio had a low-risk offering. The other thing the latter films offered were the vignette approach, letting different creative types strut their stuff, making for an uneven but generally entertaining experience. That same approach was recently used (and Kentucky Fried Movie cited as an inspiration) to mount the not very good Movie 43, out now on disc from 20th Century Home Entertainment. The difference is that it was made by a ton of talented, pedigreed cast and crew yet still managed to be offensive, unfunny, and amusing.
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Exclusive: Peter Farrelly Talks Movie 43

Exclusive: Peter Farrelly Talks Movie 43
Peter Farrelly Talks Movie 43, in theaters this weekend

Peter Farrelly, who usually directs alongside his brother Bobby, is flying solo with Movie 43, which finds him helming two of the short segments that make up this anthology comedy starring most, if not every, big name actor in Hollywood. He is also a producer behind this epic tale about a down-on-his-luck filmmaker trying to make his own Movie 43 after 42 failures. Peter's segments include "The Catch" with Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet, and "Truth or Dare" with Halle Berry and Stephen Merchant, both of which revolve around blind dates gone bad.

We recently caught up with Peter for a chat about the film, in which he went into the history of the project, and shared some of its secrets. Here is our conversation.

Back in 2010, we got some photos of Halle Berry and Stephen Merchant standing outside of a hospital,
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Movie 43: Film Review

Movie 43: Film Review
To say that you have to see Movie 43 to believe it is by no means a recommendation. This would-be comic anthology of short films featuring major stars clearly was inspired by such ’70s-era raunch fests as The Kentucky Fried Movie and The Groove Tube. But despite the dizzying array of talent involved both in front of and behind the camera, this god-awful exercise is so painfully unfunny, so screamingly bad that it immediately qualifies as one of the worst films of all time. An unbelievable roster of A-list stars, including two current Oscar nominees and

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Hot Red Band Trailer: ‘Movie 43′

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Hot Red Band Trailer: ‘Movie 43′
Related: 17 Film Directors Walk Into A Bar… Here’s a first look at Movie 43, a film that I’ve written about several times here, because I loved those raunchy 70s comedies The Groove Tube and Kentucky Fried Movie, and because the filmmakers who put this together, –Peter Farrelly, Charles Wessler and John Penotti, Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley–assembled such a killer cast of directors and actors for these completely inappropriate comic vignettes. The final cast, in alphabetical order: Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Bobby Cannavale, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, John Hodgman, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Justin Long, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Chris Pratt, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet. Relativity Media will release it January 25. Here’s a Red Band trailer:

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'The Kentucky Fried Movie': How The Cult Classic Spawned Modern Film Comedy

It's rare that you can trace an entire genre of movies to a single source, but you can with modern film comedy. Most of the landmark comedy films and filmmakers of the past 35 years can track their lineage back to one picture: "The Kentucky Fried Movie," which opened exactly 35 years ago this week (on August 10, 1977). The film may not be as well remembered today as other hits from the same family, like "Airplane!", "Animal House," "Trading Places," or the "Naked Gun" and "Scary Movie" films, but "Kentucky" was enormously influential in terms of its source material (the vast array of movies and TV fare absorbed by the first generation to grow up in front of the tube), its envelope-pushing raunchiness, and even the way its gags were staged and paced (if you didn't like one joke, another would come along in just a few seconds). Seen today, "Kentucky Fried Movie" may look dated,
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Can You Name These Stars In Their First Roles?

Can You Name These Stars In Their First Roles?
Flavorwire is back with a sequel to "And Introducing … Famous Faces in Their Film Debuts" appropriately titled "Encore -- More Famous Faces In Their Film Debuts" (and appropriately set to Jay-z's "Encore"). The short videos are mashups of acting debuts by big-time movie stars. This time around, the film covers more than 30 stars including Leonardo DiCaprio's childhood appearance in "Critters 3" from 1993, Seth Rogen in "Donnie Darko" from 2001 and Chevy Chase in "The Groove Tube" from 1974. How many can you name?

Watch below for "Encore -- More Famous Faces In Their Film Debuts:"
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Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber Join Untitled Comedy

Naomi Watts joins Homeschooled segmentNaomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have signed on to star in Will Graham's Homeschooled segment in Peter Farrelly and Charles Wessler's Untitled Comedy shorts anthology, according to Production Weekly.

Originally set up at Overture Films, the project kicked into high gear after the producers met with Relativity Media last December. The brainstorming session lead to a revamp of the central premise of the film.

There is a unifying storyline for a series of sketch comedies in the vein of the 1970s hits The Kentucky Fried Movie and The Groove Tube.

Untitled Comedy comes to theaters in 2010 and stars Gerard Butler, Chloe Moretz, Naomi Watts.
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Relativity Media and Peter Farrelly Team up for Untitled Comedy

And to clarify, this is not a comedy that’s currently lacking a title. Untitled Comedy is the title. The film, which is currently in production, will be composed of a series of loosely related comedic sketches, featuring a plethora of different actors and directors. If you think it sounds a little bit like those atrocious Movie movies (you know, the ones brought to you by 2 of the 6 writers of Scary Movie), rest assured that Farrelly and co. have assembled a heap of high-end talent to bring their sketches to life. Stepping in front of the camera will be Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Kieran Culkin, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz, Liev Schreiber, Sean William Scott, Tony Shalhoub, Emma Stone, Matt Walsh, Patrick Warburton, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet. Behind the camera, Elizabeth Banks, Bob Odenkirk, Brett Ratner, Griffin Dunne, and Farrelly himself have already helmed sequences, with
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