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Take Two: Revisiting "Stir Crazy"

26 March 2015 3:29 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Our weekly series in which writers revisit for the first time in ages their youthful passions and reconsider how well they hold up with the passage of time. The late 1970’s were a glorious time to be first discovering movies. For a boy in his adolescence, there were of course the complete life-altering revelations of seeing “Jaws,” “Star Wars,” “Close Encounters” and eventually “Raiders” on opening day, surrounded by hundreds of other kids struck absolutely dumb at the spectacle before them. It was impossible to be young in those days and not become obsessed with the movies. But best of all were the comedies. It was an era when the genre was of re-inventing itself; moving out of the code restrictions that had hemmed comedy in since the dawn of Hollywood, the movies suddenly found itself let loose with acres of previously untouchable terrain to roam, and very few rules to guide them. »

- Richard Rushfield

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The Penn Is Mightier, But The Gunman Is Strained

17 March 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

In the action thriller The Gunman, Sean Penn, at age 54, looks neither old nor young. He’s been in training to look this age for a long time. Even as a relative kid, in 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High, his sailor-on-shore-leave mug had a wry, quizzical roughness to it; it was the face of a guy who could take a punch, and perhaps already had. His mouth was almost perpetually half-downturned, in either amusement or disgust. The beak of his nose was already well on its way to meeting the cleft in his chin, the way any face, as it ages, begins to collapse on itself. Penn’s face today — not so different, just a little weather-beaten — is a badge he didn’t even have to earn. It suits him now more than ever.

And sometimes it’s »

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Barack Obama on Jimmy Kimmel Live: 'In Kenya we drive on the other side'

12 March 2015 11:53 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

‘Kenyan-born Muslim socialist president’ holds his own against comedy host but strikes serious note about ‘criminals’ who shot police in Ferguson

President Barack Obama made an appearance on the late-night comedy show Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, gamely subjecting himself to jokes about getting high, going gray and hailing from Kenya.

It was a long interview – the better part of 40 minutes, with three commercial breaks – and the president delivered the goods, rapping about Area 51, Hillary Clinton’s email, dentistry, midnight snacking in the White House, Kanye West and the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which stars, of course, the guest who followed Obama, Sean Penn.

Hey @RWSurferGirl did you know Obama read one of your Tweets on Jimmy Kimmel? hahaha https://t.co/KVWK27NhFL

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- Tom McCarthy

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Seth Rogen Comes Out Smoking Over THR Charges Of Pot-Reeking Office

4 March 2015 2:26 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Today, THR detailed how Amy Pascal’s move on the Sony lot was delayed by the stench of pot smoke left behind by previous inhabitants Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The article made it sound like the office was the equivalent of Spicoli’s van from Fast Times At Ridgemont High, and that Pascal could count on a contact high just from an hour of rolling calls. While Rogen especially is known to inhale, he disputes the notion that there is a cannabis conundrum, or that the… »

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Taylor Negron's Family -- Livid at Oscar Snub ... Nph's Junk Got More Air Time Than Him!

23 February 2015 2:07 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

The Oscars focused more on Neil Patrick Harris' penis than a deceased actor who starred in iconic movies, and the actor's relatives are livid.  Taylor Negron -- who became famous for his roles in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "The Last Boy Scout" -- was left out of the 'In Memoriam' tribute, which infuriated his brother Conrad Negron who said, "They'll have Nph come out in his underwear but not take a few seconds to honor my brother. »

- TMZ Staff

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Classroom Chaos: Top Ten High School Outsiders

23 February 2015 6:11 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

One of the hardest bouts of growing pains experienced by adolescents is that rite of passage known as the high school experience. In high school one is subject to discovering their own sense of self-identity and purpose. In fact, sometimes the social factor is crucial because the cost of belonging in social-related circles is vital in a four-year commitment to belonging among your peers.

The tension is high to belong and get along as your search for excellence in good grades, social interaction and the overall learning experience is important. However, not every youngster can cope with what they are faced as the obstacles to excel are demanding in high school. Hence, the potential to become “an outsider” is inevitable and the unlikeliest label that no one can overcome no matter how much they try.

The movies have been instrumental in capturing such heavy-handed angst and frustration of the tortured »

- Frank Ochieng

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Review: "Foxes" (1980) Starring Jodie Foster And Scott Baio; Blu-ray Special Edition From Kino Lorber Studio Classics

17 February 2015 3:13 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By David Savage

Kino Lorber was right to bring out Foxes (1980) in Blu-ray under their Kl Studio Classics series. The elegant re-issue seems aimed at convincing film snobs that this little gem from the last days of disco finally deserves their attention after a distance of 35 years, during which time it was either dismissed as another insignificant teen comedy of the ‘80s, or as a guilty pleasure. But longtime champions of the film, myself included, need no convincing. We owned the clamshell VHS, we owned the first-generation DVD, and now, if anything, I’d venture to say we feel vindicated that it now carries the stamp as a bonafide classic by a home video label as respected as Kino Lorber. Indeed, a major fist-pump moment comes during director Adrian Lyne’s remark in the audio commentary that Roger Ebert selected it as his favorite film of 1980 and took it with »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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How Does Fifty Shades of Grey Compare to Other Films' in Sex-to-Runtime? (Yes, We Timed Them)

14 February 2015 3:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

How much sex is actually in Fifty Shades of Grey? A recent Washington Post article placed the actual runtime of "actual sex and sexual-related activity" at 14 minutes and 17 seconds out of the movie's 125-minute runtime. Fun trivia fact. But it also led us to the question, "How does that fit in with the pantheon of sexy movies?" That is to say, of all the movies that are ostensibly sex-focused in the history of films (and sex), how many of them actually devote large portions of their runtime to Nsfw moments? With a subscription to nude-scene compiling web site Mr. Skin, »

- Kelli Bender and Alex Heigl

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How Does Fifty Shades of Grey Compare to Other Films' in Sex-to-Runtime? (Yes, We Timed Them)

14 February 2015 3:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

How much sex is actually in Fifty Shades of Grey? A recent Washington Post article placed the actual runtime of "actual sex and sexual-related activity" at 14 minutes and 17 seconds out of the movie's 125-minute runtime. Fun trivia fact. But it also led us to the question, "How does that fit in with the pantheon of sexy movies?" That is to say, of all the movies that are ostensibly sex-focused in the history of films (and sex), how many of them actually devote large portions of their runtime to Nsfw moments? With a subscription to nude-scene compiling web site Mr. Skin, »

- Kelli Bender and Alex Heigl

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‘Grandma,’ ‘Obvious Child’ Show Willingness to Tackle Abortion Issue

1 February 2015 2:03 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Grandma,” a film about a sassy grandmother trying to help her granddaughter find the money for abortion, comes down firmly for a woman’s right to choose.

By aligning itself with the pro-choice movement, the indie comedy is part of a new string of art house releases taking up the Roe v. Wade mantle at a time when many states and legislators are trying to curb reproductive rights.

Time and again the picture embraces the mantra, her body, her choice.

“I hope it wasn’t a polemic of any kind, but I’m glad it says what it does,” star Lily Tomlin said when questioned about the film’s abortion rights stance during its Sundance premiere Friday.

What’s interesting about “Grandma” is that it follows a decade during which filmmakers seemed to steer clear of the issue of abortion. Films such as “Knocked Up” and “Juno” depicted single women »

- Brent Lang

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Penn Is Latest Hollywood Celeb to Take Home French Academy's Honor

28 January 2015 1:46 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »

- Steve Montgomery

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Benson Lee, Seoul Searching

21 January 2015 8:32 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Toronto-born child of Korean parents who left their homeland in the 1960s returns to Sundance after 1998 selection Miss Monday with a unique spin on the teen movie genre based on his own experiences.

Seoul Searching takes place in the South Korean capital in 1986 as a cosmopolitan gaggle of high school students born to expatriate Korean parents arrive for summer camp to reconnect with their roots.

Lee and Andrea Chung produced and Seoul Searching stars Justin Chon, Jessika Van, In-Pyo Cha, Teo Yoo, Esteban Ahn and Byul Kang.

Lee talks to Jeremy Kay about his homage to John Hughes and his own journey to self-discovery.

Wme Global and Preferred Content represent world rights. The film screens for press and industry on January 23 followed by the public world premiere in Premieres on January 30.

What was the inspiration for the story?

It’s based on a personal experience of mine that took place in 1986. My parents were from Seoul »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Daily | Passages | Saito, Perez, Goldwyn, Negron

17 January 2015 6:07 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

We remember four remarkable men we've lost this past week. Cinematographer Takao Saito worked for nearly half a century with Akira Kurosawa and won a Japanese Academy Award. Film historian and critic Gilberto Perez wrote a landmark book in 1998, The Material Ghost: Films and their Medium. Samuel Goldwyn Jr. "helped create a business model—low production costs, guerrilla marketing—that allowed art-house movies to grow into a powerful cultural and economic force" (New York Times). And "fame-ish" Taylor Negron will be remembered for more than his roles in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Better Off Dead and Punchline—he was also an engaging and funny writer. » - David Hudson »

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Michael Keaton: I wanted to do 'Beetlejuice 2' a long time ago

12 January 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Beverly Hills - Michael Keaton may have won a Golden Globe for "Birdman," but for at least a moment backstage, talk centered on a much less of-the-moment project: Tim Burton's 1988 comedy "Beetlejuice," in which the actor starred as the ghoulish title character. "It is not up to me," said the Best Lead Actor in a Musical or Comedy winner after being asked if he was on board for the long-rumored sequel. "I said for years, I don’t know why we didn’t do another one two years later. ...[Now] it is a question of me and Tim being around and available." Speaking of old films, Keaton remembers the moment he watched Amy Heckerling's 1982 comedy "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and became aware of a then-fresh young actor named Sean Penn. His comments came following a question about acting in a comedy (which "Birdman" was somewhat bafflingly categorized as) vs. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Movie News: Beloved Character Actor Taylor Negron Dies; Watch Hugh Jackman in New 'Chappie' Trailer

12 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Taylor Negron: Beloved character actor Taylor Negron, who became known for giving spirited performances in supporting roles in a career that stretched over more than 30 years, has died after a long battle with cancer; he was 57. He excelled in bit parts, whether delivering a pizza (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), delivering the mail, delivering a snarky retort, or delivering a malevolent threat to Bruce Willis (The Last Boy Scout, above), and his perseverance and talent were rewarded as he appeared in more than 100 films and TV shows over the years. [Deadline]   Ghostbusters: Melissa McCarthy is in early talks to star in the Ghostbusters reboot, to be directed by Paul Feig. McCarthy previously worked with Feig on Bridesmaids, The Heat and the upcoming Spy, but...

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Character Actor Taylor Negron, 'That Guy' from 'Fast Times at Ridegmont High' and TV Fame, Dies at 57

12 January 2015 9:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Taylor Negron, a chameleonic character actor known for roles in dozens of films and television shows, has died. He was 57.

Negron had parts in movies such as "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "The Last Boy Scout," "Better Off Dead," and "Angels in the Outfield," and had a prolific TV career, with stints on series including "Friends," "ER," "Seinfeld," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Falcon Crest," "The Hughleys," "Nash Bridges," and "Wizards of Waverly Place." He was also an accomplished stand-up comedian and painter.

Negron famously described himself as "that guy," referencing his prolific career and the numerous times he'd be recognized from one of his many projects by fans. (The A.V. Club has a more in-depth look at Negron's expansive career here.)

His cousin, Chuck Negron, of the band Three Dog Night, announced his death in a YouTube video posted on Saturday. Chuck wrote that Taylor was "a wonderful man, »

- Katie Roberts

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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Taylor Negron Dead at 57

12 January 2015 7:04 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Taylor Negron, an actor who appeared on “Seinfeld” as a hairdresser in 1993’s “Smelly Car” episode, died on Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 57.

His cousin, Three Dog Night member Chuck Negron, took to YouTube on Saturday to tell his fans that Negron passed away over the weekend while surrounded by family.

See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos)

“May he rest in peace,” Chuck said. “I just wanted all you people who knew him and loved him to know that he just passed.”

Negron, a Glendale, California-raised performer who studied acting at UCLA, began his acting »

- Greg Gilman

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Movie News: Beloved Character Actor Taylor Negron Dies; 'Star Wars' Writer Moves On

11 January 2015 11:26 PM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Taylor Negron: Beloved character actor Taylor Negron, who became known for giving spirited performances in supporting roles in a career that stretched over more than 30 years, has died at 57 after a long battle with cancer. He excelled in bit parts, whether delivering a pizza (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), delivering the mail, delivering a snarky retort, or delivering a malevolent threat to Bruce Willis (The Last Boy Scout, above), and his perseverance and talent were rewarded as he appeared in...

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Comedian Taylor Negron, Dead At 57

11 January 2015 12:47 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

One of Monsters and Critics’ favorite character actors and comedians has passed. Taylor Negron was 57 years-old.A native Californian, Mr. Negron stood out as the deadpan pizza delivery boy arriving at Jeff Spicoli’s (Sean Penn) high school classroom with Mr. Hand (Ray Walston) in the classic Amy Heckerling film, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” and he appeared with Tom Hanks in the film “Punchline,” as well as villainous role in the film  “The Last Boy Scout.” His cousin Chuck Negron made the announcement on YouTube.“I want to inform you that my cousin Taylor Negron just passed away…His mother, his brother […] »

- April Neale

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R.I.P. Taylor Negron & Anita Ekberg

11 January 2015 12:28 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The world lost two famous supporting screen talents this weekend. Firstly, comedian and famed character actor Taylor Negron died at the age of 57 after a long battle with cancer. You may not recognise the name, but his deadpan delivery and complete lack of fear about tackling all sorts of topics will long be remembered.

Negron is best known for numerous bit roles in various films and TV shows including "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "The Last Boy Scout," "Easy Money," "River's Edge," "Punchline," "Angels in the Outfield," "Spy Hard," "Bio-Dome," Chairman of the Board," "The Thin Pink Line," "Stuart Little," "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas ," "The In Crowd," "Loser," "The Hughleys," "So Little Time," "Funky Monkey," "The Aristocrats," "Three Days to Vegas," "Vamps" and more.

Sadly he isn't the only one to have passed on though as screen actress Anita Ekberg also died over the weekend at the age »

- Garth Franklin

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