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Annie Hall at 40: ranking the film's funniest moments

20 April 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning comedy reaches the end of its fourth decade, what are the lines that still cause the biggest laughs?

“I turned 40 and I guess I’m having a life crisis or something.” So states Woody Allen’s Alvy Singer in the opening monologue to his best film, Annie Hall.

Today Annie Hall itself turns 40, and it’s a good time to express just how influential this masterpiece was to New York, to fashion and film and the culture at large. It’s an important and insightful look at adult relationships, but before that it’s a comedy, and one that may only be matched by Monty Python and the Holy Grail in terms of the sheer volume of quality jokes.

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- Jordan Hoffman

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Coming Distractions: Aubrey Plaza and Alison Brie are sisters of controversy in The Little Hours red-band trailer

18 April 2017 1:02 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The eightscore young blondes and brunettes of Monty Python And The Holy Grail’s Castle Anthrax have some serious competition in the red-band trailer for The Little Hours, the “unapologetically raunchy” medieval comedy that debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate Micucci star as sisters Alessandra, Fernanda, and Ginevra, three foul-mouthed nuns who wile away their days rolling their eyes in confession, hurling obscenities at the peasant who works at their convent, and fighting amongst themselves. That is, until the arrival of handsome new day laborer Masseto (Dave Franco), whose presence makes the convent explode into what the official description calls “a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry.”

Based on a bawdy tale from the 14-century Italian collection The Decameron, The Little Hours has already been condemned by the Catholic League as “pure trash,” giving heathens yet another reason to »

- Katie Rife

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Terry Jones Offers an Update on His Dementia Diagnosis: ‘My Frontal Lobe Has Absconded’

16 April 2017 10:31 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Guardian has an update on Terry Jones, the “Monty Python” member who last fall revealed he has dementia. Most of the news isn’t good, unfortunately, as Jones’ condition has worsened in the months since he went public with his diagnosis. Though still able to get around by himself physically, the once-verbose performer’s speech is now limited to just a few words at a time.

Read More: Monty Python Star Terry Jones Receives Dementia Diagnosis

Jones has frontotemporal dementia, which affects the language and social-control centers of the brain. In addition to reducing patients’ ability to speak, it may also make them appear less concerned with their loved ones. Though his speech is “now restricted to a few words, usually uttered to agree with those who are speaking to him,” Jones “remains an enthusiastic walker, likes his beer and wine, and watches old films compulsively. ‘Some Like It Hot’ is a favourite. »

- Michael Nordine

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What's Up, Doc? Our 10 favourite bunnies on film

14 April 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

What's Up, Doc? Our 10 favourite bunnies on filmWhat's Up, Doc? Our 10 favourite bunnies on filmAdriana Floridia4/14/2017 9:00:00 Am

With Easter approaching this weekend, there is no better time to spread some love for our favourite bunnies.

Bunnies have made a major impression on film. Some of the most iconic cartoon characters we know and cherish are fun-loving bunnies. You can usually find them chomping on carrots, being unusually tardy, and a lot of the time they're up to no good.

As adorable as some of our favourite bunnies are, there have also been many instances where bunnies have given us nightmares, but it doesn't mean we have any less love for them.

Whether they're being creepy, sly, or sweet, here are ten of the best bunnies to hop, jump, and skip across the silver screen. Check out the list below!

Judy Hopps, Zootopia (2016)

The most inspirational bunny on this list, »

- Adriana Floridia

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‘Ghost Whisperer’ Creator Remembers Production Designer Roy Forge Smith

9 February 2017 6:38 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

During his career, production designer Roy Forge Smith, who died this week at 87, worked with such directors as Terry Gilliam (Monty Python and the Holy Grail) and Mel Brooks (Robin Hood: Man in Tights). His most frequent collaborator was writer-director John Gray, with whom he worked on seven TV movies, including Martin and Lewis, The Lost Capone, The Day Lincoln Was Shot and The Hunley, and two seasons of the CBS  drama series Ghost Whisperer, which Gray created. Here… »

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Roy Forge Smith Dies: ‘Monty Python And The Holy Grail’ & ‘Ghost Whisperer’ Production Designer Was 87

9 February 2017 6:09 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Roy Forge Smith, a veteran production designer who worked on the classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail and two seasons of Ghost Whisperer, has died. He was 87. His friend and collaborator John Gray said Smith died February 6 but gave no other details. “Roy was the master of doing things simply,” writer-director Gray said. “It's the biggest and most important thing I learned from him (among many many things); in the midst of complexity, look for the simplicity.” A… »

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Roy Forge Smith Dies: ‘Monty Python And The Holy Grail’ & ‘Ghost Whisperer’ Production Designer Was 87

9 February 2017 6:09 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Roy Forge Smith, a veteran production designer who worked on the classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail and two seasons of Ghost Whisperer, has died. He was 87. His friend and collaborator John Gray said Smith died February 6 but gave no other details. “Roy was the master of doing things simply,” writer-director Gray said. “It's the biggest and most important thing I learned from him (among many many things); in the midst of complexity, look for the simplicity.” A… »

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John Cleese Teases DC Movie Role, Who Is He Playing?

25 January 2017 3:21 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There are a lot of upcoming movies planned for Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe, and that means they are going to need a lot of actors and actresses to fill out those casts. Given the number of superhero adventures getting made, it seems like virtually everyone in Hollywood is going to be in one at some point. On that note, it seems like legendary comedian and Monty Python actor John Cleese may be joining the DC Comics movie universe.

The rumors of John Cleese's involvement in a DC movie started a couple of months ago when the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice account, and DC Photographer Clay Enos both followed him on Twitter. That was a little thin on its own, but now the 77-year-old comedian posted a photo to his Twitter account that adds some more fuel to the fire. The photo, on the surface, seems pretty innocuous, »

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Sundance 2017: Climate Change and Cussing Nuns Kick of 33rd Film Festival

23 January 2017 9:32 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

As in the past few years, the 2017 Sundance Film Festival kicked off with a sampling of six movies from the different sections, but the movie that probably had the most interest right off the bat was the premiere of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

Ten years after Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth was blowing minds about global warming from its 2006 Sundance premiere to winning the Oscar, he’s back with an update that offers at least some hope for the future of the earth, but tempered with a warning that the United States could end up backtracking under the leadership of a vocal denier of climate change.

The previous movie was essentially Gore’s slide show presentation of graphs and charts showing how the build-up of carbon gases in the atmosphere has created unstable climate and weather, being responsible for the increase in the deadliest typhoons and hurricanes. At first, »

- Edward Douglas

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Little Hours’

20 January 2017 2:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

What for American satirist Jeff Baena (“Life After Beth,” “Joshy”) must have felt like a radically innovative idea — take a medieval piece of literature, such as Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” and recreate it with an irreverent modern sensibility — is in fact a strategy that Euro auteurs have been doing for decades. Not that a somewhat overinflated sense of novelty makes Baena’s twisted nuns-gone-wild comedy “The Little Hours” any less entertaining.

Only the most ascetic of filmmakers sets out to create a starchy period piece about naïve maidens pining away in airless old castles. The trouble is that even when such racy directors as Benoit Jacquot and Catherine Breillat attempt to modernize such material, between the subtitles and cultural differences, too much is lost in translation. “The Little Hours” is, then, a medieval convent comedy for the megaplex crowd, one that dispenses with the notion of nuns as prim-and-proper »

- Peter Debruge

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