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Judd Apatow's Interview Collection With Comedians Set for 2015

23 June 2014 1:09 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Judd Apatow is releasing a new book of his interviews with comedic greats — from Mel Brooks and Jerry Seinfeld to Lena Dunham. Photos This Is Judd Apatow: The King of Comedy's Life in Pictures The compilation, Sick in the Head, will be published by Random House in 2015, reports The New York Times. A Random House spokesperson confirmed the deal to The Hollywood Reporter. The proceeds will go to 826La, a charitable organization founded by author and screenwriter Dave Eggers to promote literacy and creativity for children. This is the second book Apatow has compiled to benefit 826. In 2010, he released I Found

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Monty Python Launches Official Fan Club

23 June 2014 3:41 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Fans of cult British comedy troupe Monty Python are being offered the opportunity to ask the founding members questions ahead of their final reunion tour show via the first official Python fan club — Monty Python's Spam Club. Proudly touted as "what may be the worst run fan club in the world," the web-based group will offer a place on the site for fans to write messages on its virtual "spamvelope." Photos The King of Comedy: 15 of Rodney Dangerfield's Never-Before-Seen Photos Organizers said: "The Pythons will endeavor to answer the odd question. No replies guaranteed.

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- Stuart Kemp

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Inside the $15,000 Penthouse Suite at Robert De Niro's Greenwich Hotel (Photos)

16 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the May 23 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. "Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime," said Robert De Niro in The King of Comedy. Now anyone with a king's ransom to spare -- $15,000 a night -- can check into the newly opened penthouse atop De Niro's Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca. The aerie has many of the supersized amenities one would expect from one of New York's priciest luxury suites: a 2,800-square-foot, three-bedroom apartment, a loftlike living room and a 4,000-square-foot terrace

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- Ingrid Abramovich

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The Amazing Spider-man 2 Spoiler Review

2 May 2014 4:18 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

If you don’t want to know the nitty-gritty plot details from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, close this tab now because this article is chock full of spoilers, but if you’ve seen the movie and want a spot to discuss the good and the bad and the weirdly campy, this is the place for you. Let’s get down to it.

I generally liked the movie, but there was a Lot going on in this sequel, and the movie suffered for it. The overabundance of villains was a problem, and they ended up detracting from the narrative. It ultimately felt like the movie existed solely to put the pieces in place for Sinister Six, and that really annoys me. Jamie Foxx’s Electro had a promising start, but was dispatched with pretty quickly and shunted off to the horrible Ravencroft Institute, which was the worst. (What movie did Martin Csokas, »

- Mily Dunbar

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Critical Mass: Will critics hamstring Spider-Man more than Electro will?

2 May 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

With The Amazing Spider-Man 2, one of comic-books’ most popular and cinematically reliable heroes is back in action. Perhaps a little cynicism has seeped into the franchise, what with it being rebooted so soon after Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire’s perfectly acceptable trilogy, but Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield have maintained the spirit of the character and instilled his universe with intense stakes and emotion. And lots and lots of backstory. And lots and lots of character seeds for future sequels and sidequels. But I digress.

This time, Spider-Man faces at least three supervillains, notably the Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan »

- Jeff Labrecque

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ too overloaded with new characters to rise above mediocrity

1 May 2014 9:12 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner

Directed by Marc Webb

USA, 2014

The distinct whiff of chaos pervades The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from its first scene, both narratively and visually. Because its director and writers aren’t likely intending on this sequel to a reboot to feel persistently, unavoidably messy and chaotic, it also winds up being about as mediocre despite having a handful of charming moments as its predecessor. The ensemble cast is full of charismatic performers, but only a few are allowed to utilize their inherent charm while others are shoved into comic-book character tropes awkwardly, as if they’re being forced to wear tight-fitting clothing for a family portrait. Even though Spider-Man and his world is as bright and colorful as that of The Avengers, the other big Marvel property these days, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 leans too hard on the »

- Josh Spiegel

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Sundance London 2014: Hits Review

26 April 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In Martin Scorsese’s exceptional The King of Comedy, we explore one man’s lust for fame and desperation to be given his full 15 minutes of the stuff. Had the fictional Rupert Pupkin been around today, achieving celebrity status is more attainable given the rise in social media and sites such as YouTube. So this is where Hits comes in, as director David Cross presents a contemporary, satirical comedy about a group of people, each with deep-rooted Rupert Pupkin ambitions, yet with far more simplistic (and somewhat dangerous) means of achieving them.

Set in upstate New York, we follow a group of youngsters who crave fame, from reality TV hopeful Katelyn (Meredith Hagner), to aspiring rapper Cory (Jake Cherry) to hipster political activist Donovan (James Adomian). However it seems the one person who is achieving the fame they all desire, is Kate’s beleaguered father Dave (Matt Walsh), who has »

- Stefan Pape

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Recommended Reading: Rape of Thrones, Future of FIlm, Fx’s Fargo, William Friedkin on ‘Sorcerer’ and more

23 April 2014 11:33 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

A Couple of Heirs of Travis Bickle:

“A 34-year-old messenger still living at home, Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) dreams of becoming a stand-up comedy star. To force fate’s hand, he stalks and kidnaps his idol, the TV talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis). Martin Scorsese’s 1983 movie “The King of Comedy” not only told a story but identified a malaise. Call it Pupkinitis.”

The Future of Film and Why Story Still Matters:

“The Tribeca Film Festival is underway, running from April 21-26. You can visit its website here. If you are in the New York area this week, check it out. Indiewire ran a recent interview with Jane Rosenthal, Tff Co-Founder and CEO, and she touches on two subjects of specific interest to screenwriters.”

Francis Ford Coppola’S Technique To Break Down The Godfather’S Novel:

There is always something new to learn from Francis Ford Coppola‘s adaptation of The Godfather. »

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The Noteworthy: Michael Glawogger (1959 - 2014), Images, Godzilla

23 April 2014 11:38 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Austrian director Michael Glawogger has tragically died at the age of 54 while shooting in Africa. For more on this brilliant director and his working method read Daniel Kasman's interview from Venice about Glawogger's last film, Whores' Glory (2011). Mubi Us is in the middle of a 30-day run of the director's Workingman's Death (2005). 

Above: Omar Ahmed's brief video essay on Michael Mann's Thief. For Cinema Scope Online, Kiva Reardon writes on the Images Festival:

"Offering streaming links to almost their entire programme, the festival can be consumed from a couch, in sporadic order and with no regard for curatorial intent, which beggars the question: Is a collection of Vimeo links really a film festival? Should this sound like an ontological foray into digital existence, apologies, but the issue is not going away; Hot Docs likewise offers a multitude of link-based screeners to accredited journalists. It is a less than »

- Adam Cook

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Easter TV Movie Guide: Friday, April 18 - Toy Story, Harry Potter, more

18 April 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Dirty Dozen - 2.15pm, Channel 5

This classic Hollywood war film directed by Robert Aldrich follows a WWII major who must lead a suicide mission into enemy territory with a motley band of violent criminals.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - 2.45pm, ITV

The first of the Harry Potter films and the most child-friendly sees the schoolboy discover he is a wizard, and set off for an adventure at Hogwarts, full of fun, fantasy and magic special effects.

Beetlejuice - 7pm, 5*

One of Tim Burton's first films, and he already had his kooky gothic comedy vibe sorted. Michael Keaton stars as the hellish phantom who must exorcise a living couple from the home of two fellow ghosts.

Toy Story - 8.30pm, BBC Three

The excellent first film from Pixar that paved the way for hit after hit from the animation company, and a movie trilogy that actually maintains its quality. »

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Easter TV Movie Guide: Friday, April 18 - Toy Story, Harry Potter, more

18 April 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Dirty Dozen - 2.15pm, Channel 5

This classic Hollywood war film directed by Robert Aldrich follows a WWII major who must lead a suicide mission into enemy territory with a motley band of violent criminals.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - 2.45pm, ITV

The first of the Harry Potter films and the most child-friendly sees the schoolboy discover he is a wizard, and set off for an adventure at Hogwarts, full of fun, fantasy and magic special effects.

Beetlejuice - 7pm, 5*

One of Tim Burton's first films, and he already had his kooky gothic comedy vibe sorted. Michael Keaton stars as the hellish phantom who must exorcise a living couple from the home of two fellow ghosts.

Toy Story - 8.30pm, BBC Three

The excellent first film from Pixar that paved the way for hit after hit from the animation company, and a movie trilogy that actually maintains its quality. »

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Blu-ray Review: Martin Scorsese’s ‘The King of Comedy’ Crosses Generations

17 April 2014 9:36 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Something always felt a bit out of place for me in Martin Scorsese’s brilliant “The King of Comedy”, just released on Blu-ray for the first time. I couldn’t put my finger on it but chalked it up to it being thematically ahead of its time in its investigation of the cult of personality that defines modern entertainment.

That’s a part of it. But one of the special features on this release—“Tribeca Film Festival: A Conversation with Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro and Jerry Lewis”—finally clears up another thing that always felt off about “Comedy”. It’s not an ’80s movie. As Scorsese says, it’s a film that somehow snuck into the ’80s but clearly feels more at home in the more-auteur less-Hollywood cinema of the ’70s. In many ways, it’s one of the last of those flicks, films driven by auteurs with social visions. »

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Manoeuvring

15 April 2014 8:32 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The second entry in a new and on-going series of audiovisual essays by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin.

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Martin Scorsese once said (while shooting Cape Fear in 1991) that it’s hard to show characters walking out their front door, going over to their car while talking about something or other, and getting in. Hard to make that visually, dramatically, cinematically interesting. Hard to ingeniously compress it, or elide it altogether, as his master (one of many masters) Alexander Mackendrick would have done. Hard to manoeuvre in every sense—to do it well, and then fit into its exact, best spot in the whole film, the total structure. Such scenes, strung together in a jazzy, Spike Lee-style curve over two or three hours, constitute a narrative archipelago in Scorsese: a pattern of disconnected islands, not a whole, smoothed-out landscape.

We know from The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) that Scorsese is not terribly interested, »

- Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin

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New on Video: ‘The King of Comedy’

10 April 2014 9:43 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The King of Comedy

Written by Paul D. Zimmerman

Directed by Martin Scorsese

USA, 1982

It’s understandable if some viewers were a little surprised to learn Martin Scorsese was behind the comedic masterpiece that was last year’s The Wolf of Wall Street. While many of his films have had their fair share of black humor, he had never made what could be considered an outright comedy. The closest he had in the past was The King of Comedy, out now for the first time on Blu-ray. But this is no casual laugh riot. Quite the contrary, this 1982 film is among Scorsese’s most challenging features. Even with a dose of straight comedy, particularly early on, the film’s key themes and the increasing desperation of its primary characters are far from simply comical. Instead, The King of Comedy ends up as a cultural commentary wrapped in a darkly humorous veil, »

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' 'The Great Beauty,' 'The King of Comedy'

25 March 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"The Great Beauty" (Criterion)

What's It About? A blast from the past sends man-about-town Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) reeling and reminiscing about his life and loves in Rome. The 65-year-old writer (of a sort) has had quite a life so far, but has he grown to take the richness of life and Rome for granted?

Why We're In: Even if you're not hip to Italian cinema and Sorrentino's influences, you'll still enjoy this Oscar-winning film.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"The King of Comedy" (30th Anniversary Edition)

What's It About? Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) is desperate to become famous. Once he meets talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis), he's sure his dreams of fame and fortune are coming true. All he has to do is convince Langford to have him on his show, and then Rupert will be the real king of comedy. »

- Jenni Miller

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'Wolf of Wall Street', 'Persona', 'The Past', 'King of Comedy' and More on DVD & Blu-ray This Week

25 March 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Persona (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray/DVD) I have watched all of Criterion's new Blu-ray for Ingmar Bergman's absolute classic, Persona, and will have a more in-depth look at the film tomorrow, but for now let me just say I consider this an essential title for film fans interested in collecting the best cinema has had to offer over the course of its rich history. I only saw Persona for the first time a little over three years ago and was absolutely floored. It's one of those films you don't need to "get" to understand, which I know is confusing. Put, hopefully, more simply, this is a film that's meant to confuse and confound, but it does it in such a way that you never feel you're missing something. Yet, by the end you'll be left enthralled by the images you've witnessed, the story (or lack thereof) you've witnessed, the performances, »

- Brad Brevet

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Win a Blu-ray copy of Jerry Lewis’ Famed The King of Comedy

21 March 2014 11:46 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Jerry Lewis is a legendary comedian and entertainer from his days working with Dean Martin as a hilarious comedy duo to his solo career as a filmmaker. He was also the star of a long-running comic from DC Comics that used brilliant work from Arnold Drake, Bob Oksner, and a newcomer named Neal Adams. One of Lewis’ later efforts, The King of Comedy, is finally coming to Blu-ray on March 25 and to celebrate, our friends at 20th Century Home Entertainment gave us a copy as a prize.

To enter, you need to name your favorite Jerry Lewis film and why. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 25. The contest is open only to readers in the United States and Canada. The judgment of ComicMix will be final.

The King of Comedy, The 30th Anniversary

Academy Award® Winner Robert De Niro*, Jerry Lewis and Sandra Bernhard give »

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50th Anniversary Collector's Edition Announced for Jerry Lewis' Classic Comedy The Nutty Professor

27 February 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

[Press Release] Burbank, Calif., February 27, 2014 – The Nutty Professor, one of Jerry Lewis’ most celebrated comedies, will be released on Blu-ray™ by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) June 3 in a brand-new 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition. Lewis directed, stars in, and co-wrote (with Bill Richmond) the parody of the classic “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” tale which was selected for the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2004. Wbhe is releasing the four-disc Collector’s Edition with personal input from Mr. Lewis, who has helped compile lots of entertaining extra content for this release. Highlights include a new featurette, Jerry Lewis: No Apologies, an intimate look at “The King of Comedy”; a 48-page book of the film’s original story boards; a 44-page »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Robert De Niro Swears He'll Reunite With Scorsese, Pesci And Pacino For The Irishman

18 February 2014 12:34 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

You can have The Wolf of Wall Street. I.ll take The King of Comedy. My favorite Scorsese movies have Robert De Niro in them, not Leonardo DiCaprio. So when the Raging Bull star revealed that they are still entertaining the notion of doing The Irishman, you can see why I.m swallowing that news like it.s a plate of spaghetti and meatballs. It has been a long time since either Casino or Heat. Has too much time passed? De Niro doesn.t think so, and he told The New York Post that the project is still very much in the works. De Niro stated: "We have been trying to do [the film] for the last few years, and I think we will do it. It.s based on [the] book .I Heard You Paint Houses. by Charles Brandt. It.s about a guy who . . . confessed that he killed »

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2014 TCM Classic Film Festival to Open with Gala Screening of Newly Restored Oklahoma!

13 February 2014 6:45 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2014 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! (1955). TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Oklahoma!, with the film’s star, Academy Award®-winner Shirley Jones, in attendance. Vanity Fair will also return for the fifth year as a festival partner and co-presenter of the opening night after-party. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide withTCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.

In addition, the festival has added several high-profile guests to this year’s lineup, including Oscar®-winning director William Friedkin, who will attend for the screening of the U.S. premiere restoration of his suspenseful cult classic Sorcerer (1977); Kim Novak, who »

- Melissa Thompson

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