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“I should explain,” Jerry Lewis said early on last night at the Museum of the Moving Image, “this is [happening] because I’m going to be 90.” The line got plenty of hearty laughter…but the laughter, in fact, began even before the night’s event officially began, when, during the museum’s chief curator David Schwartz and Comedy Hall of Fame director Jeff Pancer offered up their introductions, Lewis was already half-audible from backstage, cracking jokes and chuckling loudly. The event was a tribute to the legendary comedian/filmmaker that was part of “Iconic Characters of Comedy,” an occasional discussion series presented by both the Queens, N.Y. museum and the Comedy Hall of Fame. More than a tribute, though, the evening was a conversation between two filmmakers, as the evening’s moderator was fellow filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Scorsese, of course, directed Lewis in his corrosive 1983 showbiz satire "The King of Comedy, »
- Kenji Fujishima
Late last week, word spread throughout the industry that legendary actor Robert De Niro was going to be the latest recipient of the Hollywood Career Achievement Award at the 19th edition of the Hollywood Film Awards. This marks just the latest in a long line of honors for De Niro throughout the course of his time as an actor. A two time Academy Award winner, he’ll also be in contention once more this year for Oscar love as part of another David O. Russell ensemble, this one being the upcoming film Joy. With this tribute coming his way, I wanted to do the same today as the first installment of the Hollywood Film Awards Series. De Niro is probably best known for his actor/filmmaker relationship with Martin Scorsese, which resulted in an Academy Award for Best Actor going De Niro’s way for Raging Bull. The partnership began with Mean Streets, »
- Joey Magidson
- Jordan Ruimy
Jerry Lewis and Martin Scorsese collaborated on the classic film "The King of Comedy". Now Scorsese will moderate an evening with Lewis at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens on Tuesday, October 6. Here is the official description:
Co-presented with the Comedy Hall of Fame
A true Renaissance man, well recognized as one of the greatest comedians in the history of the field, Jerry Lewis helped define so much of comedy’s vast language as a stand-up performer, actor, producer and writer. Perhaps his greatest innovation was as a filmmaker. Taken together, movies such as The Bellboy, The Ladies Man, The Errand Boy, The Nutty Professor, The Patsy, and The Family Jewels form a breathtaking virtual dictionary of every aspect of what is important and essential to the language of comedic film. His films would help forge the cradle of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Want to see great movies for free? This Friday, Lincoln Center brings Film Foundation-restored titles to you at no cost. Ford‘s Drums Along the Mohawk, Scorsese‘s The King of Comedy, John M. Stahl‘s Leave Her to Heaven, Fosse‘s All That Jazz, Donen‘s Two for the Road, »
- Nick Newman
At 72 years old, legendary director Martin Scorsese is still churning out hits, with his last film, The Wolf of Wall Street, earning over $392 million worldwide and earning five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. The filmmaker recently wrapped production on his next film, Silence, starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe, which hits theaters next year. Fans can see him in front of the camera in the new thriller Campus Code, which is currently available through Digital HD and VOD platforms such as Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vimeo, Vudu, and Xfinity as well as On Demand with Charter, DirecTV, Verizon and Vubiquity. Today we have an exclusive clip that helps set up this unique plot, while showcasing Martin Scorsese's cameo.
After Ari (Jesse McCartney) falls from a 13-story building and walks away without a scratch, a group of students begin to sense something is amiss on their college campus. »
While Cannes, Toronto, and Venice premiere some of the year’s best films, no annual cinematic event is better curated than the New York Film Festival, which kicks off this weekend. Those attending will witness, over two weeks, some of the best features this year — and next — have to offer.
A simple copy-and-pasting of the line-up would suffice, but we’ve done our best to narrow it down to 25 selections that are the most worth your time. For honorable mentions, we’re looking forward to the stellar line-up of revivals, including The King of Comedy, All That Jazz, Blow Out, Rocco and His Brothers, Ran, Heaven Can Wait, and The Boys from Fengkuei.
We’ve also reviewed a few titles (The Forbidden Room, My Mother, Chevalier) that we were a bit cooler on. Lastly, the festival announced a sneak preview screening of Ridley Scott‘s The Martian, and one can read our review here. »
- TFS Staff
Bob Fosse's All That Jazz starring Roy Scheider with Ann Reinking and Ben Vereen; John Ford's Drums Along The Mohawk starring Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert; John M. Stahl's Leave Her To Heaven with Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde; Stanley Donen's Two For The Road with Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn; Elia Kazan's Wild River starring Montgomery Clift and Lee Remick; and Martin Scorsese's The King Of Comedy with Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis are the six free New York Film Festival Opening Day screenings.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
'The Audition' poster with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Martin Scorsese short 'The Audition' pulled from Venice Film Festival No major international film festival is worth its mainstream U.S. media salt unless there's at least one screening featuring the latest work of a major Hollywood name. The Venice Film Festival is surely no exception, especially as it's the year's final internationally renowned European movie fest, held shortly before the fall – i.e., awards – movie season begins. Well, one work by a top Hollywood name will no longer be available at Venice: The Audition, a short film directed by and featuring veteran Martin Scorsese, has been pulled out. "We have just been informed by the production that due to unexpected technical problems the film could not be here in time," festival organizers said in a statement earlier today, Sat., Aug. 29, '15. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »
- Anna Robinson
It’s easy to see what drew filmmaker Aaron I. Naar to his eponymous subject in “Mateo,” but it’s almost impossible to share his enthusiasm or even feel much sympathy for a figure who, for a good chunk of this sluggish yet disconcerting documentary, comes across as a genuinely creepy person. Indeed, if “Mateo” were a dramatic feature, a viewer would be entirely justified, after its first hour or so, in expecting a final scene involving violent outbursts, bloody mayhem and/or neighbors expressing amazement that such a quiet man would ever do such very bad things.
This is the story of Matthew Stoneman, a ginger-haired, New Hampshire-born singer-songwriter who reinvented himself as Mateo after learning to speak Spanish and developing an appreciation for Mexican ballads while serving time in prison for reasons neither he nor his estranged parents care to discuss much.
When the audience meets him, Mateo »
- Joe Leydon
Sure, we have all seen our share of an “Unstable Mabel” in cinema throughout the years. Some, more than others, do stand out in craziness, chaos and curiosity. These furious females in film–at least the ones that we will spotlight in this particular movie column–have something to their off-kilter filter that dares to dig deep on so many psychological levels of frivolity and fury.
In Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned: Top 10 Damaged Divas in the Movies we will examine some of the warped women on the big screen that have a sense of demented diva-like dimensions to their cockeyed characterizations. These mistresses of misbehaving all demonstrate various kinds of detachment and dysfunction that capture our puzzling imaginations. Are there perhaps even stronger and more memorable bombastic she-beasts that have a certain score to settle against their detractors or society as a whole? Of course. However, the »
- Frank Ochieng
First up, a very happy 33rd to Elisabeth Moss, who's teaming up again with Jane Campion for a second season of Top of the Lake. More projects in the works: Pablo Larraín’s Neruda with Gael García Bernal; Ridley Scott's adaptation of Don Winslow's novel, The Cartel; Chad Hartigan's follow-up to This Is Martin Bonner, Morris From America; Richard Jenkins joins Woody Harrelson in Rob Reiner's Lbj; Angelina Jolie will adapt a memoir from Cambodian author and human-rights activist Loung Ung about surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime and one of her co-producers will be Rithy Panh (The Missing Picture). And Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy is headed to Broadway. » - David Hudson »
Martin Scorsese is one of the most revered filmmakers of all time and the vast majority of his movies are considered classics or important works of cinema. While a remake of Goodfellas or Taxi Driver would be sacrilegious, that doesn't mean they cannot be adapted as other formats such as the stage which is where the 1983 dark comedy The King Of Comedy is headed. The King Of Comedy stars Robert... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
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- Ben Child
The Film Society of Lincoln Centre have announced today that Don Cheadle's directorial debut "Miles Ahead," a biopic of legendary musician Miles Davis (played by Cheadle), will make its World Premiere as the Closing Night selection of the upcoming 53rd New York Film Festival. Emayatzy Corinealdi and Ewan McGregor also star in the film, and the festival runs September 25th to October 11th. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
“Hedwig & The Angry Inch” composer Stephen Trask and “Rock of Ages” writer Chris D’Arienzo have signed on to New Regency’s Broadway musical adaptation of the 1982 film “The King of Comedy.” The original film, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis, followed a comedian who stalks and kidnaps a late-night talk show host in an attempt to land a TV appearance. The film was produced by New Regency and company founder Arnon Milchan. “We are very excited to have Stephen and Chris on board to bring this classic film, with its quirky characters and contemporary themes surrounding. »
- Reid Nakamura
Martin Scorsese's scabrous showbiz satire "The King of Comedy" is one of the director's oft-unsung masterworks, even if it took a box office hit in 1982. Now, it is getting the Broadway musical treatment. Composer and lyricist Stephen Trask (“Hedwig & The Angry Inch”) and Chris D’Arienzo, book writer of the Tony-nominated jukebox musical “Rock of Ages" (which later became the 2012 film flop) will pen this stage version of the cult classic about a desperate comedian who stalks and kidnaps his idol, a late-night TV host. New Regency, whose founder Arnon Milchan produced the original movie starring Robert De Niro, will back the project. Read More: Weinsteins Think Big: Unload TV Division, Spend on Movies, Take 'Finding Neverland' to Broadway (Trailer) Broadway's Hollywood nostalgia has not always paid off. (This year's Tony Awards, however, gave Hollywood the cold shoulder.) "Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark," Julie Taymor's beleaguered comic book musical, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Not every film that crashed and burned at the box office in the 1980s goes on to become a cult hit. But that’s exactly what happened to Martin Scorsese’s The King Of Comedy, which is adding another impressive achievement to its legacy: A Broadway musical. Yes, the story of stage-door autograph hunter and aspiring stand-up comic Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) who sees a chance to make his career dreams come true by kidnapping successful comedian and talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis) and holding him until the authorities wrangle him a guest spot in Langford’s TV stage, is headed to the Great White Way.Hedwig And The Angry Inch lyricist Stephen Trask and Rock Of Ages writer Chris D’Arienzo are on hand to adapt Paul Zimmerman’s script, which chronicles Pupkin’s misadventures. There’s no word yet on when it might be making its debut, »
Rupert Pupkin’s delusions of latenight grandeur will soon be set to music.
New Regency will back the musical, which draws on Martin Scorsese’s 1983 black comedy of the same name. The company’s founder Arnon Milchan produced the film, which sent up celebrity worship and starred Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis. It centers on an aspiring comedian who kidnaps a talk show host in the hopes of forcing his way onto television.
“The King of Comedy” is a cult classic, but it was a box office disaster in its day, earning only $2.5 million, a fraction of its $19 million cost.
Trask and D’Arienzo are represented by CAA, and Trask is managed by Steven Saporito.
- Brent Lang
Hedwig & The Angry Inch composer/lyricist Stephen Trask and Rock Of Ages author Chris D'Arienzo have signed on for the Broadway musical adaption of Arnon Milchan's The King Of Comedy for New Regency. The 1982 movie, directed by Martin Scorsese and produced by New Regency, starred Jerry Lewis as a talk show host who is kidnapped by a desperate comedian stalker (Robert De Niro) who wants his own fame. "We are very excited to have Stephen and Chris on board to bring this… »
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