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In 1976, one of the biggest comedy hits of the year was Silver Streak, with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, but whether the film would be as big a hit today is another question altogether. Pryor stole Streak right from under Wilder, and it was the film that propelled Pryor from being a popular movie co-star to a bona fide A-list movie star. In the film, which was a spoof of Hitchcock films, Wilder plays a mild mannered ordinary guy on a train trip who witnesses a murder and finds himself being chased by bad guys who want him dead, and the police, who want him for murder, on and off the train.Of course, no one believes him, except for a woman and romantic interest whom he »
Gene Wilder doesn't think he's funny -- at least not in real life.
"[People] say, 'What a comic, what a funny guy,' and I'm not -- I am really not -- except in a comedy film," said the actor, who made a rare public appearance Thursday night (June 13) at the 92Y in New York City. "I also make my wife laugh once or twice in the house, but nothing special."
It's a bit odd to hear Wilder, known for playing comedic roles in films, including "Blazing Saddles," "The Producers," and "Young Frankenstein," to say something like this. Then again, Wilder always was a dramatic actor at heart, studying at renown institutions the Old Vic, in England, and Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio, in New York, before earning acclaim in his now classic comedies.
Last night, Wilder spoke about his career in and outside of show business, with Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osbourne. »
- Alex Suskind
For all their talent and good looks, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are no Paul Newman and Robert Redford. While those two struck gold twice in a row with "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969) and "The Sting" (1973), Vaughn and Wilson have followed up "Wedding Crashers" with "The Internship," the kind of film that should serve as grounds for divorce.
But Vaughn & Wilson aren't the only dynamic duo to strike out their second (or third) time at bat. Here are ten winning combinations that couldn't leave well enough alone.
First: "The Apartment" (1960)
Then: "Irma La Douce" (1963)
Under the guidance of director Billy Wilder, Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine starred in "The Apartment," one of the best films to ever win the Oscar for Best Picture. So when that same trio reunited three years later for "Irma La Douce," you'd expect the same kind of magic, »
- Zach Laws
Chicago – A bit too much of “Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic,” premiering tonight, May 31, 2013, on Showtime, is devoted to adoration of its subject matter from his peers and friends, and not enough insight is offered into from where the true talent or serious demons of the man originated. Perhaps no one really knows. Perhaps people as talented and as troubled as Richard Pryor are impossible to decipher. As a showcase of Pryor’s talent and influence, “Omit the Logic” is undeniably fun. It just feels a little slight given the massive cultural influence of its subject matter.
Television Rating: 3.0/5.0
“Omit the Logic” features interviews with people who knew and worked with Pryor like Paul Mooney, Mel Brooks, and Jesse Jackson, along with those influenced by him over the years like Dave Chappelle and Whoopi Goldberg. The lesser-known personalities interviewed, the people who were actually closest to Pryor, offer the most »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
This week sees the release of break-out, blockbusting comedy, Identity Thief. The film reunites director Seth Gordon with his ever-likeable Horrible Bosses lead, Jason Bateman, whose mild-mannered businessman Sandy Bigelow Patterson becomes the victim of the hapless titular criminal. Once he decides to travel from Denver to Miami to confront the deceptively harmless-looking culprit (played by Bridesmaids scene-stealer Melissa McCarthy), hilarity ensues. To celebrate Identity Thief reaching our shores, we at Thn have selected our top five classic comedy duos.
The awesome director of genuine classics, The Warriors (1979) and Southern Comfort (1981), Walter Hill, played a masterstroke by pairing gruff sourpuss Nick Nolte with fast-talking comedian Eddie Murphy in the early eighties. 48 Hours sees Nolte’s hard-nosed cop, Jack Cates, reluctantly teaming up with Murphy’s wise-cracking criminal Reggie Hammond, who’s temporarily paroled to help Jack track down a killer. Murphy was »
- Craig Hunter
5 items from 2013
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