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Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »
- Louis Virtel, Chris Eggertsen, Donna Dickens
The knock on the Academy Awards throughout the years always seem to be how certain actors, directors and films are snubbed in favor of other chosen nominations. Sometimes the justification for these overlooked selections in performances and motion pictures are warranted. Many will agree that a lot of injustices have been committed based on how some Oscar-worthy selections were slighted.
Has anyone ever considered the equal possibilities of omission when one Oscar nominee wins the golden statuette over another nominee that one thought was more deserving for the victory? There have been numerous instances when observers who have witnessed an Oscar win thought that their competitor should have received it instead. It is only human nature to have an opinion as to feel who should have claimed Oscar gold as opposed to the fellow nominee that actually accomplished the goal.
Let us look at the top ten instances where it »
- Frank Ochieng
The actress Lee Grant was nominated for four Academy Awards during her illustrious movie career. She came away empty-handed her first time, for her role in 1951’s Detective Story, and shortly thereafter was blacklisted for 12 years for refusing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee. She had better luck with her third nomination, for her torrid performance opposite Warren Beatty in 1975’s Shampoo. Grant candidly reflects on her experiences filming the latter movie in this exclusive excerpt from her memoir, I Said Yes to Everything, out today.Shampoo Warren Beatty was Mike Nichols’s friend. Mike had a wonderful looking assistant, a tall young girl, built like a tall young boy. Mike was offering this jewel to Warren, but Warren was interested in me. “I have a movie for you,” he said. The movie turned out to be Shampoo, which he wrote with Bob Towne. Goldie Hawn was in »
- Lee Grant
Joan Lorring, 1945 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee, dead at 88: One of the earliest surviving Academy Award nominees in the acting categories, Lorring was best known for holding her own against Bette Davis in ‘The Corn Is Green’ (photo: Joan Lorring in ‘Three Strangers’) Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Joan Lorring, who stole the 1945 film version of The Corn Is Green from none other than Warner Bros. reigning queen Bette Davis, died Friday, May 30, 2014, in the New York City suburb of Sleepy Hollow. So far, online obits haven’t mentioned the cause of death. Lorring, one of the earliest surviving Oscar nominees in the acting categories, was 88. Directed by Irving Rapper, who had also handled one of Bette Davis’ biggest hits, the 1942 sudsy soap opera Now, Voyager, Warners’ The Corn Is Green was a decent if uninspired film version of Emlyn Williams’ semi-autobiographical 1938 hit play about an English schoolteacher, »
- Andre Soares
You know the films — Harold and Maude, Coming Home, Shampoo, The Last Detail, and Being There – but little about the man behind them. A quarter century after his death, director Hal Ashby remains one of the more mysterious figures to emerge from the New Hollywood movement. His rise as a director coincided with the brief but glorious period in American cinema when difficult, complex films were actually supported and encouraged by studios. That era came to an end with populist hits like Jaws and Star Wars, shifting the zeitgeist towards blockbusters and making it tough for uncompromising directors […] »
- Sara Kaye Larson
Nick Dawson, former Managing Editor at Filmmaker, is serving as an advisor to what will be the first ever Hal Ashby documentary. With the blessing of the Ashby estate, Amy Scott will render a definitive portrait of the revered yet unsung director behind Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo, and Being There, to be titled Once I Was: The Hal Ashby Story. The Indiegogo video alone features appearances from John C. Reilly and Jane Fonda, with additional interviews with Robert Downey, Rudy Wurlitzer and Jerome Hellman still to come. Prizes include a plethora of prints from the Hashby estate, criterions, memberships to Cinefamily and Film Forum and […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
Hal Ashby—the director of “Harold and Maude,” “Shampoo,” “Being There,” “Bound for Glory” and a host of other low-level classics—is one of those people who's now famous for not being especially famous: he is frequently sung about as someone who is unsung. We did the very same a few years back with this retrospective, and now director Amy Scott is looking to bring him further into the spotlight with a documentary about his life and work. She also has the approval of Ashby's estate (he died in 1988) with access to his archives, but what she doesn't have is funding, which is where you come in. Scott has put together an IndieGogo campaign, and a trailer for the unmade film, in which actors like Jane Fonda and John C. Reilly sing the praises of a man who embodied hippie principles and relentlessly experimented with cinema while never losing a warm and personal touch. »
- Ben Brock
The honors, which recognize their “contributions of distinction to the art of the moving image,” will be presented during AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremonies June 11 at theTCL Chinese Theatre.
Others previously awarded an AFI Honorary Degree include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Thelma Schoonmaker and Haskell Wexler.
Towne won an Oscar for “Chinatown” and was nominated for “The Last Detail,” “Shampoo” and “Greystoke.” He also directed four of his own scripts – “Personal Best,” “Tequila Sunrise” “Without Limits” and “Ask the Dust” — and is currently working as a consulting producer on the final season of AMC’s “Mad Men.”
Tyson received an Oscar nomination for “Sounder” and »
- Dave McNary
Comedian David Brenner died today at his home in New York, NY. He was 78. A favorite of Tonight Show host, Johnny Carson, Brenner made over 150 appearances as a guest and substitute host on the NBC latenight show, starting in the ’70s. A contemporary of such stand-up legends as Andy Kaufman, Freddie Prinze and Gabe Kaplan, Brenner made a name for his observational comedic styling accentuated by his toothy grin, wavy hair and lanky demeanor. Brenner was born on Feb. 4, 1936 in Philadelphia, the son of a vaudeville singer and comedian who went under the stage name “Lou Murphy”. Brenner served two years in the Army and after majoring in mass communications at Temple University, he went on to write, direct and produce socially-conscious TV documentaries as the head of the doc department at Westinghouse Broadcasting and Multimedia Broadcasting. Cutting his teeth on the stand-up circuit in New York, in the late ’60s, »
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When news broke earlier this week that five young up-and-coming actors were in line for the lead Jedi role in Star Wars Episode VII, Google search bars will likely have been working overtime as film fans tried to match faces to names.
Now a bona fide movie icon, it's common knowledge that Ford struggled early on in his career and starting working as a carpenter to support his family between acting gigs. Sometimes Ford didn't even get an acting credit at all, and on one occasion he was »
By Todd Garbarini
Scream Factory continues their winning streak of releasing horror film favorites with their double feature Blu-ray release of 1988’s Bad Dreams and 1982’s Visiting Hours. They originally released these films together on DVD in September 2011.
Bad Dreams opened on Friday, April 8, 1988 and is, in hindsight, eerily prescient of David Koresh, the leader of the Branch Davidian religious sect who met a horrific end when the FBI closed in on him and his compound ignited into a conflagration on April 19, 1993 in Waco, TX. Jim Jones and the Jonestown deaths in 1978 also come to mind. In this film, the late Richard Lynch plays a cult leader named Harris who convinces a group of people that love and unity are the only ways to live, and he shows that love by dousing them all in gasoline and lighting them on fire. Jennifer Rubin plays Cynthia, a confused and reluctant holdout »
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What an amazing week for TV fans. As if you didn’t have enough stacking to do with the new, brilliant season of “House of Cards” on Netflix, there are four other full seasons in this week’s What to Watch that you really should watch front to back. And then there’s the still-amazing “Darkman,” a cult classic that perfectly captures Sam Raimi’s skill at controlled chaos. Finally, we have two ’80s horror flicks in one set in “Bad Dreams” and “Visiting Hours.” Check ‘em all out (Ok, you can skip the genre stinkers).
Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season
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“Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season”
One of the best shows on TV gets the glorious, fantastic, always-perfect HBO treatment, complete with absolutely perfect HD transfers and enough special features to stop a TV fan in their tracks. 12 audio commentaries! The »
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The 64th Annual Ace Eddie Awards ceremony will take place on February 7 in Los Angeles. »
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The Friends of the USC Libraries have selected Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Towne as the 2014 USC Libraries literary achievement award honoree. The literary achievement award recognizes writers who have made significant contributions to the art of adaptation throughout their careers.
“I am gratified to receive the USC Libraries Literary Achievement Award, knowing that it is an award I share with all those whose work I have drawn upon in the adaptation process and, indeed, all those whose work has edified and inspired me,” Towne said in a statement.
Towne won an Oscar for his Depression-era screenplay “Chinatown,” and has been nominated three other times, for “The Last Detail” (1973), “Shampoo” (1975) and “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan” (1984).
He has recently joined the writing team for the final season of AMC’s “Mad Men,” currently in production by Lionsgate Television.
Towne will receive the award at the ceremony on Feb. 8 at the 26th annual Scripter Award ceremony. »
- Francesca Bacardi
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