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New On DVD This Week

22 December 2009 3:00 PM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

With Christmas less than 72 hours away, it looks like the studios are putting out quite a few last-minute gift ideas for you to snatch just in time to throw under the tree. This week’s big releases include District 9, (500) Days of Summer, and the second Family Guy Star Wars Special: Something Something Something Dark Side.

Of these releases, we are all pretty excited about the new Family Guy DVD this week. It’s the sequel to 2007’s Blue Harvest Star Wars special. This time, Seth McFarlane and his team spoof the events of The Empire Strikes Back. This special is never-before-seen, and won’t get airtime until mid-March.

Check out this week’s releases:


District 9 ~ Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope (DVD and Blu-ray)

(500) Days of Summer ~ Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (DVD and Blu-ray)

All About Steve ~ Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Thomas Haden Church (DVD and Blu-ray)

Extract ~ Jason Bateman, »

- Joe Gillis

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DS Icon: Christopher Lloyd

3 December 2009 10:00 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Great Scott!! Very few actors are blessed enough to earn the status of cult icon for just one thing, which makes the career of Christopher Lloyd all the more amazing. As well as starring alongside Jack Nicholson in the movie adaptation of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Lloyd also appeared in Danny DeVito sitcom Taxi, as Uncle Fester in both Addams Family movies and as the terrifying Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. What he's best known for is, of course, his three Back To The Future movies as the irrepressible Doctor Emmett Lathrop Brown. We caught up with The Doc (and newly-crowned Digital Spy Icon) ahead of the release of new kids' movie Santa Buddies. You've been in a lot of really well-loved work - do you consider yourself something of a cult icon?

"I've never really given it much thought, but (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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R.I.P. David Lloyd

12 November 2009 3:27 PM, PST | Deadline Hollywood | See recent Deadline Hollywood news »

Writers are asking me to note the passing of the prolific TV comedy writer David Lloyd. He'll always be remembered for winning the Emmy in 1976 for penning that "Chuckles Bites The Dust" episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show considered one of the genre's best. According to news reports, Lloyd started his career writing jokes for The Jack Paar Show, and also worked on The Bob Newhart Show, Cheers, Taxi, and Frasier. Lloyd also began a true TV sitcom dynasty: his son Christopher is the creator of ABC’s Modern Family, and his son Stephen is a producer for How [...] »

- Nikki Finke

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The Death of the Man Who Gave Us the Death of Chuckles

12 November 2009 9:50 AM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

One of the biggest sitcom writers in Hollywood passed away on Tuesday: David Lloyd, who contributed to some of the biggest comedies to ever air on television, and wrote many of their best episodes to boot. Lloyd's credits included Cheers, The Bob Newhart Show, Rhoda, Taxi, Wings, and Frasier, though his most famous (and probably most lasting) contribution to TV is almost certainly the "Chuckles Bites the Dust" episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, where Mary and her friends can't keep themselves from cracking up during the funeral of Chuckles the clown. »

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Danny DeVito Visits An Old Friend In Today's Daily TwitPic

5 November 2009 6:00 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

This morning's Daily TwitPic is a little bit deep cut. You should know who Danny DeVito is. Even if you're not old enough to remember comedy classics like "Twins," "Ruthless People" or "Batman Returns" (he was The Penguin!), not to mention the hit TV series "Taxi," he's still sitting in the public eye thanks to the success of FX series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." It isn't too sunny in Philly this morning though. Go Yanks!

But I digress. Today's Daily TwitPic sees DeVito sitting down for a photo op with an old friend, perennial "that guy" actor Tracey Walter. Seriously, you've seen him before. Walter actually beat DeVito to the "Batman" franchise, playing The Joker's top henchman in the first movie, directed by Tim Burton. He has appeared with DeVito in a number of films though, including the awesome, ridiculously underrated dark comedy "Death to Smoochy."

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- Adam Rosenberg

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Exclusive Interview: The Psychobilly of Deadbolt...

4 October 2009 7:34 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

After checking out their recent release, Voodoo Trucker (read the review here), Fangoria Musick's resident dark-rock aficionado, Doctor Raven, sought out the self-professed "Scariest Band in the World" to get inside their heads and find out what makes these Psychobilly animals tick.

Below you'll find the Doctor's exclusive interview with Deadbolt.

With the acclaim currently being gained by many acts in the Northwest, my little batch of patchouli-stinking heaven is starting to become the first (maybe second) stop for many Goth, Industrial, and Psychobilly acts starting the West Coast leg of their tours.  And for these bands, there's no better place to do that than in Diablo’s Downtown Lounge, a creepy little dive affectionately referred to by locals as “The Satan Room.” Diablo’s works diligently to attract the best acts as they make their way through Oregon.

Boasting accolades like Best Nightclub in the Nation for 2007 and 2008, as »

- (Doctor Raven)

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New on DVD This Week

22 September 2009 5:37 PM, PDT | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

Here’s a list of some of the new movie and TV shows coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week that we’re looking forward to seeing. Also, there’s some classic, and not-so-classic, movies hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week as well.

Of all the new releases, we’re particularly interested in the Blu-ray versions of movies and TV shows like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Shaun of the Dead, Observe and Report, Castle: The Complete First Season and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles — which we are reviewing for next Tuesday’s DVD Review.

Check them out.


Battle for Terra ~ David Cross, Danny Glover Mark Hamill (DVD)

Clive Barker’s Book of Blood ~ Sophie Ward, Jonas Armstrong (DVD)

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past ~ Matthew McConaughey (DVD)

Gojira ~ Akihiko Hirata, Momoko Kochi (Blu-ray)

Observe and Report ~ Seth Rogen (DVD and Blu-ray)

Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins ~ Frank Welker, »

- Joe Gillis

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Danza's Teaching Show Vetoed By New York School Board

20 August 2009 12:08 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor-turned-teacher Tony Danza has been forced to relocate his educational reality TV show from New York to Philadelphia - after school board officials vetoed future episodes of the upcoming series.

The former Taxi star, 58, earned a degree in history education from Iowa's University of Dubuque before launching his acting career.

He recently signed with America's A&E network to spend a year teaching 10th grade English at a Yonkers, New York school - where he shot the pilot for his new show Teach.

However, the city’s school board vetoed future episodes, forcing production to move to Philadelphia's Northeast High School, reports

Philadelphia's School Reform Commission voted 3-1 on Wednesday to approve the filming of 13 episodes of the show in the new location - and Danza has brushed off the production stumble.

He says, “(I am) humbled, honoured and so grateful that the City of Philadelphia has decided to let us try this. I have always wanted to teach, so this is a gift for me. I will work hard to make sure I don’t let anyone down, especially the kids.”

Philadelphia schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman adds, “This important project will help illuminate the joy, rewards and challenges of one of the most gratifying professions available, a first-year teacher in the city of Philadelphia.”

The series is scheduled to air this autumn. »

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Judd Apatow & James L. Brooks Are 'Funny People' With Similar Careers

5 August 2009 12:00 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

History isn't typically a laughing matter, but in the case of famed director-producer-writer James L. Brooks, it usually is. Brooks, whose credits include "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Taxi" and "The Simpsons," has a long and esteemed history in the movie and television business, though his hasn't always been an easy road. Still, it's also not a unique road; the path that Brooks traversed has been walked before, and it's certainly being walked again.

Look no further than "Funny People" director Judd Apatow, whose career is starting to mirror that of James L. Brooks. Sure, the two have wandered down different forks in the road at times, but Apatow's trajectory is nonetheless similar to Brooks' own in some very meaningful ways.

For one, both Brooks and Apatow are well-known for their works on high quality television programming. Brooks created "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," which paved the way for spin-off series' "Rhoda" and "Lou Grant. »

- Josh Wigler

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Exclusive: Entering The Blood Factory with Danny DeVito

30 July 2009 5:55 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

There are few character actors so recognizable as Danny DeVito. From Taxi, to Batman Returns, to L.A. Confidential, DeVito has made his mark on so many famous films and TV shows that he is a personality unto himself, much like actors such as Steve Buscemi and John Tuturro.

However, while all three of these actors can claim to have also directed respected films, only DeVito can claim to have directed gory, R-rated horror shorts (or “splattercuts”) for the internet, in addition to his more mainstream fare like Hoffa, Death To Smoochy,  and The War Of The Roses.  On top of this, DeVito has thrown his love of the genre into the indie ring only after finding the mainstream success that has made him a household name.

With a series of very short horror stories featuring cannibalism, prostitution, incest, human skinning, and good clean moral values, DeVito has made Lucio Fulci »

- (Cameron Koller)

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Two Of A Kind: Sacha Baron Cohen And Andy Kaufman

9 July 2009 11:00 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

If you’ve witnessed any episode of HBO’s “Da Ali G Show,” the 2006 film “Borat” or its upcoming spiritual follow-up “Brüno,” then it’d be very easy to come to the conclusion that Sacha Baron Cohen is a comedic chameleon without equal. You would be wrong though. There also a not-so-little somebody that may or may not have gone by the name of Andy Kaufman.

Like Cohen, Kaufman’s entire routine depended on the idea of deception: deceiving his co-stars and unwitting participants at times, but always shocking his audience in one form or another. The two entertainers had their own sets of characters but the alter-ego personas definitely share some common traits, if only in method and on a thematic level.

In 2006, Cohen broke out into the mainstream with his bumbling man-out-of-country character in “Borat,” a Khazakstanian journalist who travels to America in order to learn the secret ways of its populace, »

- Josh Wigler

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[DVD Review] TV Sets: Forever Funny

27 May 2009 11:44 AM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

TV Sets: Forever Funny fetches a brilliant collection of shows to tickle the funny bone as a sampling of the comedic programs CBS has put out over time. Any collection that features Taxi, Cheers, The Odd Couple and Frasier is doing something right of the comedy front – but that’s only half the issue. Along with choosing the funniest shows possible, the funniest episodes of the series ought be selected as well. Instead, in an obvious attempt to encourage folks to start at the beginning, CBS has chosen the pilot episodes of each series. Once again, like in the TV Sets: Action Packed DVD, pilots are great for hooking an audience when the show is brand new – but these are classic shows that your average television viewer has seen at least a few episodes of.

There are two things more puzzling than the steadfast notion that the pilot episodes were »

- Lex Walker

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Danza Lands 'Responsible' Reality Show

14 May 2009 6:35 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Tony Danza is heading back to the classroom to front his own reality TV show about education.

The former Taxi star, 58, admits he is struggling to find work as an actor, so he has decided to spend a year teaching 10th grade English at a New York City school - and film it for an as-yet-untitled series.

And Danza, who earned a degree in history education from Iowa's University of Dubuque before launching his acting career, insists the programme will carve out a new genre for reality TV.

He says, "I was talking about going back and answering the call to service and doing something different with my life. I'm going to teach 10th grade English and have some other duties, maybe a drama class, and all of the things that come with teaching, like cafeteria duty.

"I'm trying to do what I call 'responsible reality'. I don't want to do that other (reality) stuff and I don't want to do a game show, and nobody's knocking down my door for acting jobs.

"I'm hoping that I'm going to move into the community and try to change some lives. I can smell 60 now and I've got a little bit of wisdom."

The name of the school where Danza will teach will remain under wraps for privacy reasons, reports the New York Post.

The series will air on America's A&E network this autumn. »

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ER Admits Last Patient: Marilu Henner

1 April 2009 2:50 PM, PDT | - Features | See recent TVGuide - Features news »

ER is pulling out all the stops for its two-hour series finale Thursday (9 pm/Et, NBC), including recruiting a few familiar faces from television — not just ER — past. Taxi alum Marilu Henner will drop by County General after clashing with a certain member of her family. The actress, who is also guesting on Starz's Party Down and ABC Family's Roommates, previews her scarring turn with and shares how she indirectly shaped the iconic ER cast.

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- Joyce Eng

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ER Admits Last Patient: Marilu Henner

1 April 2009 2:50 PM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

ER is pulling out all the stops for its two-hour series finale Thursday (9 pm/Et, NBC), including recruiting a few familiar faces from television — not just ER — past. Taxi alum Marilu Henner will drop by County General after clashing with a certain member of her family. The actress, who is also guesting on Starz's Party Down and ABC Family's Roommates, previews her scarring turn with and shares how she indirectly shaped the iconic ER cast.

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- Joyce Eng

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dream cast: hypothetical ‘Taxi’ movie

19 February 2009 1:10 PM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time to remake an 80s classic TV show or movie with an all-new cast. This week: Taxi, the 1978-83 ABC-then-nbc sitcom about New York City cab drivers and their abusive dispatcher. (If you have a suggestion for an 80s TV show or movie we should play with, feel free to email me.) The original cast included: Alex Rieger: Judd Hirsch Louie De Palma: Danny DeVito Elaine O’Connor Nardo: Marilu Henner Tony Banta: Tony Danza Bobby Wheeler: Jeff Conaway Reverend Jim Ignatowski: Christopher Lloyd Latka Gravas: Andy Kaufman Simka Dahblitz-Gravas: Carol Kane My dream cast: Alex Rieger: Connor Trinneer Louie De Palma: Peter Dinklage* Elaine O’Connor Nardo: Zoey Deschanel Tony Banta: Noel Clarke Bobby Wheeler: Owen Wilson Reverend Jim Ignatowski: Hugh Laurie Latka Gravas: Eddie Izzard Simka Dahblitz-Gravas: Catherine Tate »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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DeVito Calls For Taxi Movie

29 January 2009 2:00 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Danny DeVito is hailing a cab all the way to the movies - he wants his hit TV show Taxi to be revamped as a reunion film. The actor, who played a bad-tempered boss in the beloved sitcom, wants to reteam with Christopher Lloyd, Marilu Henner, Tony Danza and the rest of the surviving cast for a movie.

He says, "It's not out of the question that down the line we could go revisit the garage and do a really good Taxi reunion movie.

“We love Taxi. I did five years on it. All the people on Taxi are my friends. Everybody started doing other things, so we were all separated and there was no way to get us back together at the same time.” »

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