19 items from 2014
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. »
- Donna Dickens, Chris Eggertsen, Louis Virtel,
Jane Fonda is one of the most celebrated and well-awarded actresses of the past 50 years, but even with seven Oscar nominations and two wins under her belt, she finds herself marveling at the actors she shares screen-time with. "I wouldn't say it's intimidation," she told us when we asked her about her "This is Where I Leave You" costars Tina Fey and Jason Bateman. "I would call it awe. I am in awe of Tina, Jason, and Adam [Driver] and Corey [Stoll]." "They have a unique gift," she continued. "It's a gift I don't share. It's a particular kind of comedic improv thing. You either have that gene or you don't. So I'm not intimidated but I was very, very, very impressed." We interviewed the 76-year-old movie legend to ask about her versatile background in comedy, why she avoided playing mother roles throughout much of her career, and the movie she would love to remake. »
- Louis Virtel
Lily Tomlin On 'Grace & Frankie'
According to Tomlin, her Netflix series Grace & Frankie features “two women whose husbands are lawyers and have been business partners for 40 years." In her interview with Vanity Fair, Tomline added, “The two girls don’t like each other, though. [Jane Fonda’s character] is very straight-laced, Republican, and conservative in her dress. She is married to Martin Sheen’s character.” As for Tomlin’s character, who is married to Sam Waterston, she “is very bohemian.”
At the start of the series, Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) head to a double-date dinner with their husbands, which goes a bit differently then they'd anticipated. “We go out to dinner thinking that our husbands are going to announce their retirement,” Tomlin explained. “And instead, they announce that for 20 years »
Given Jane Fonda’s hard-earned stature as an actress, activist, author and self-help guru, she’s amazingly humble and grounded in the moment. There’s no calcified nostalgia for the past. Sentences don’t begin with “In my day…” There are no unfavorable comparisons between today’s conglomerated entertainment landscape and Hollywood’s second Golden Era in the ’70s, when she earned Oscars for “Klute” and “Coming Home.”
Instead of citing the icons of her generation and those previous, she’s generous in her praise of younger peers. On Meryl Streep: “She has raised the bar so high that it throws the gauntlet at our feet.” When asked who the equivalents of Costa-Gavras and Stanley Kramer are today, she points to Clooney, Damon and Affleck: “These young and big movie stars also direct and produce movies that are very, very relevant politically and socially.”
Even the relatively green Adam Driver, »
- Steve Chagollan
It's a battle of two leading ladies in the same sexy sequined gown! Jane Fonda looked radiant in her ruby-red Elie Saab Couture gown for the "Grace of Monaco" premiere at the Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony on Wednesday in France. The fit of the dress hugged the 76-year-old's curves in all the right places -- and the belt especially accentuated Fonda's tiny waist. Jane finished her look with a matching red Gucci clutch and rocked a bold red lip for the event. But the "Nine to Five" star isn't the first A-list actress to don this gorgeous dress! Back in January, Angelina Jolie wore the same exact Elie Saab gown in nude to the 2014 Oscars. The 38-year-old went for a looser look with the sequined gown and completed her look with teardrop diamond earrings and styled her hair straight for the award show. While we think both of the »
- tooFab Staff
Carly (Diaz) finally thinks she may have found the man that she can see herself spending the rest of her life with, her boyfriend Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Her marital plans are derailed, however, when she realizes he already has a Mrs. Upon meeting Mark’s wife Kate, the two forge a bond and ultimately discover he’s also messing around with the young Amber (Upton). Together, all three women try to ruin the serial philanderer.
The Other Woman Reviews
Critics have not been impressed by Nick Cassavetes’ (The Notebook) latest directorial effort. With a story derivative of the likes of The First Wives Club and Nine to Fine, The Other Woman fails to reimagine the female revenge narrative story in a truly new and interesting – or amusing – way, »
After discovering her boyfriend is married (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidently meets the wife he's been cheating on (Leslie Mann) she realizes they have much in common and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three timing husband Mark King (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).
What drew you guys to this script?
Cameron Diaz: There was nothing like this out there. Usually when it's a story about three women all being involved with the same man it usually ends with eyeballs being scratched out. We decided that wasn't the story we wanted to tell and we didn't want it to be a story about revenge but to have this event be a catalyst to bring them together. It's not only a »
- Fernando Esquivel
After discovering her boyfriend is married (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidently meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Leslie Mann) she realizes they have much in common and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three timing husband Mark King (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).
What drew you guys to this script?
Cameron Diaz: There was nothing like this out there. Usually when it’s a story about three women all being involved with the same man it usually ends with eyeballs being scratched out. We decided that wasn’t the story we wanted to tell and we didn’t want it to be a story about revenge but to have this event be a catalyst to bring them together. »
- Fernando Esquivel
The Other Woman is a romantic comedy with a refreshing twist centering on three women (Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton) who discover they’ve all been three-timed by the same lying, cheating Sob (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Their realization leads to an unlikely friendship as they team up to help each other get their lives back on track and teach him a lesson he’ll never forget. Opening April 25th, the female-driven revenge comedy directed by Nick Cassavetes from a screenplay by Melissa Stack also stars Taylor Kinney and Don Johnson. At a recent press conference, Diaz, Mann, Upton, Coster-Waldau and Kinney talked about the unique appeal of the story, the fun physical comedy and chemistry that developed on set, how Nine to Five was a huge influence, Kinney’s struggle to keep a straight face as Mann kept throwing him curve balls, Mann’s spectacular drunk and her excitement at »
- Sheila Roberts
Phillip Schopper began making films as a child with his parents' 8mm camera. He edited his first feature-length documentary, the much acclaimed music film "Heartworn Highways," in 1976. Through the years he has worked in production or post production on many feature films including "Prince of the City," "Resurrection," "Nine to Five," "Reds," and "Ishtar." He's bringing "All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State" to Tribeca this year. Keith Patterson runs Filmbank Entertainment, a full-service production company in New York City. He is a movie director, writer, and producer, born and raised in NYC. He told Indiewire he is "excited to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival." Tell us about yourself: Schopper: I've been an editor on projects for PBS, Bravo and A&E. At ABC I was a senior editor for the DuPont Award winning series "Hopkins 24/7" as well as the Emmy nominated "NYPD 24/7." More recently I've edited »
Back in February, Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAMcinématek held "Vengeance is Hers," a series of films featuring cinema's greatest heroines and anti-heroines, and it was so popular that they had to bring it back. BAMcinématek has announced "Back with a Vengeance," a redux of the series that will run from April 18-27. Highlights returning from the original series include Colin Higgins' "Nine to Five" starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton as office employees overthrowing their sexist boss; and "Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles," Chantal Ackerman's masterful 201-minute portrait of a widowed mother over the course of three days. "Vengeance is Hers" featured the Pam Grier-starring, Jack Hill-directed blaxploitation classic "Coffy." Hill and Grier's follow-up, "Foxy Brown," about a woman masquerading as a prostitute to get revenge on the men who killed her boyfriend, will serve as an appropriate successor. Grier's Brown will be joined by another fox, »
- Max O'Connell
This Week in TV:
Sony’s Playstation Network announces an adaptation of Powers as one of its first original series; Charlie Kaufman’s How and Why pilot at FX adds two more cast members; Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda (Nine to Five) reteam for Netflix comedy series Grace and Frankie; and writer/director Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields) announces development of a Hunchback of Notre Dame adaptation titled Ugly.
Sony’s PlayStation Network, which currently offers films and TV shows to rent or purchase through its video game consoles, is planning to develop its own original TV programming, and is taking on an adaptation of popular comic book series Powers as of one its first projects.
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- Daniel Johnson
Miss Deadline’s top TV stories this week? Check them out now: Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin To Topline Netflix Comedy Series From ‘Friends’ Alumna Marta Kauffman, Paula Weinstein & Skydance By Nellie Andreeva – Former Nine To Five co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are reuniting on screen in Grace And Frankie, Netflix‘s next original series. ABC Family Pilot ‘Alice In Arabia’ Not Going Forward After Pressure From Muslim Advocacy Group By Nellie Andreeva – Four days after giving a pilot greenlight to drama Alice In Arabia, ABC Family is pulling the plug on the project about an American teenage girl kidnapped by her extended royal Saudi Arabian family and forced to live with them. Pilot Season 2014: Network Casting Chiefs On This Season’s Biggest Challenges, Casting Coups & Fresh Faces By Nellie Andreeva – Spring arrived yesterday, bringing the end of the annual two-month mad dash known as pilot casting season. Heading into pilot season this year, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Netflix just upped their game. With recent developments over at Amazon Studios – which saw the retail giant move into original programming and streaming in a big way – it would have been understandable if Netflix had begun to sweat, just a little. But instead of giving a cursory glance over their shoulder to see their competition snapping at their heels, they are moving full-steam ahead, partnering on shows with studios like Marvel, and commissioning impressive original projects, like Grace and Frankie – a new comedy series starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.
There is some formidable talent behind this one. Firstly, it is created by the goddess of comedy television, Marta Kauffman, who previously co-created one of the most successful TV shows in television history – Friends. Her co-creator here is Howard J. Morris, who worked with Kauffman on the TV show Dream On, and also has According To Jim and Sullivan & Son on his resume. »
- Sarah Myles
Lily & Jane together in 2006 for a Nine to Five party (photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.com)In the greatest news that ever existed today, Netflix has revealed that Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin will co-star in their the forthcoming original series "Grace & Frankie". The show's premise sounds hilarious (at least for a short run) as it's about two enemies whose husbands leave them for each other. Grace & Frankie slowly becomes friends.
There's no word yet on when we'll see it, but it joins about 4 other new shows Netflix has ordered in the wake of their smash success creating original programming: Orange is the New Black and House or Cards are both sensations and apparently even Hemlock Grove generated strong numbers despite being shamelessly terrible.
The new comedy is created by Marta Kauffman. If that name sounds familiar it's because she's brought the world "Friends". With two formidable and now underused comic »
- NATHANIEL R
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, who co-starred in the hit film "Nine to Five" in 1980, will reunite for the new Netflix comedy series "Grace and Frankie." The 13-episode show will debut in 2015. The plot focuses on the two actresses as long-time rivals who find their lives turned upside down when their husbands fall in love. They surprisingly find that all they have this late in life is each other. Fonda is a two time Oscar winner ("Klute," 1971; "Coming Home," 1978) who also is a past Emmy champ ("The Dollmaker," 1984). She earned another Emmy nomination last year for her guest role on "The Newsroom." Tomlin prevailed at last year's Emmy Awards for her voiceover work for the HBO documentary "An Apology to Elephants." It was her first performance win among her five overall trophies (the others were for writing and producing variety specials). In her career, she has received a »
Jane Fonda: Hollywood royalty, leotard pioneer, occasional shag haircut expert, and a very funny actor. The nervy legend is the star of a new Netflix comedy with her old pal Lily Tomlin called "Grace and Frankie," about two legendary rivals brought together when their husbands decide to marry each other. Oh, hell yes. If Dolly Parton makes a cameo, that's a full "Nine to Five" reunion. To celebrate this fantastic news, let's look back at Jane's best comedies. Watch out for Robert Redford at his hottest. »
- Louis Virtel
The half-hour, single-camera comedy comes from Friends creator Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, who writes and produces TBS’ Sullivan & Son. The 13-episode season will follow nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) who unexpectedly find common ground when their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married.
- Amber Ray
Former Nine To Five co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are reuniting on screen in Grace And Frankie, Netflix‘s next original series. The streaming service has given a 13-episode order to the half-hour comedy, created by Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris (Sullivan & Son) and executive produced by Paula Weinstein through Skydance Prods. Grace And Frankie stars good friends Fonda and Tomlin as long-time nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) who are facing the last chapter of their lives. When their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married, the women find their lives both turned upside down and to their dismay, permanently intertwined. Eventually, to their surprise, they find they have each other. Kauffman, Morris, Weinstein, Fonda and Tomlin executive produce with Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross. “Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are among the funniest »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
19 items from 2014
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