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ArcLight To Screen Jerry Lewis Films Labor Day Weekend For Mda Charity

31 August 2017 12:12 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Jerry Lewis’ longtime association with Labor Day and the Muscular Dystrophy Association will be kept alive this weekend: ArcLight Cinemas will host charity screenings of the late comic’s The Nutty Professor and The King Of Comedy. "Jerry Lewis will always be a legendary icon in entertainment, leaving his legacy both on and off the movie screen," said Gretchen McCourt, ArcLight Cinemas’ Evp. "We are honored to be screening two of Lewis' many great films and have… »

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Film Feature: HollywoodChicago.com Remembers Jerry Lewis

30 August 2017 6:59 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Jerry Lewis had a long and winding life, dying last week at the age of 91. Through that life he had many show business lives – including the inevitable addictions – surviving all of the them with his signature comic style. He also was featured in over 70 films, and HollywoodChicago.com remembers three of them.

Jerry Lewis in Chicago in 1996

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

When the gawky 19 year-old Lewis met the suave singer Dean Martin in 1946, little did they know that they would become the most popular act in America for several years, and make 16 films together between 1949 through 1956. Their box office draw was white-hot, so much so that neither of them could keep up with the blur of what happened to them. “Martin & Lewis” eventually broke up at the height of their fame in 1956, during which Martin famously said, “Jer, when I look at you, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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TV News Roundup: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 4 Trailer Debuts

24 August 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s roundup, “BoJack Horseman’s” fourth season has a new trailer, and Diane Guerrero has been cast in season two of “Superior Donuts.”

First Looks

Netflix has released a trailer for season four of “BoJack Horseman,” indicating that the titular man-horse (voiced by Will Arnett) has gone missing. The trailer checks back in with other characters from the show, including Diane (Alison Brie), Mr. Peanutbutter (Paul F. Tompkins), Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris) and Todd (Aaron Paul). The new season launches on Netflix Friday, Sept. 8. Watch the trailer below:

Casting

Diane Guerrero has joined the cast of CBS’ “Superior Donuts” as a season two series regular. Guerrero will play Sofia, a young Uptown gentrifier who parks her food truck, which serves healthy, socially conscious breakfast foods, in front of Arthur’s (Judd Hirsch) old-school donut shop. Though Arthur assumes she’s an entitled millennial, she’s actually a hard-working, enterprising »

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Scorsese Produced Joker Origin Film in the Works

24 August 2017 3:22 PM, PDT | Age of the Nerd | See recent Age of the Nerd news »

It has been reported that a standalone Joker film is in the works at Warner Bros. According to Deadline, WB and DC are in the early stages of putting together a Joker origin film. The film is being co-written by Todd Phillips (the Hangover) and Scott Silver (8 Mile). Phillips will also direct. Coming to help Phillips produce the film will be Martin Scorsese.

Other details in the report read that the origin story will not be a part of any other iteration and although Jared Leto is currently playing the popular villain in the Dceu, the film will have a different (and possibly younger) actor playing the role of the Joker. As for the tone, apparently the film is to be a “gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-’80s Gotham City that isn’t meant to feel like a DC movie as much as one of Scorsese’s films from that era, »

- Chris Salce

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Jerry Lewis Gets a TCM Labor Day Movie Marathon

24 August 2017 1:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

From 1966 through 2014, The Jerry Lewis Mda Labor Day Telethon was associated with Labor Day weekend, so Turner Classic Movies has chosen this coming Labor Day, Sept. 4, to host a daylong marathon of films featuring the star, who died Sunday at the age of 91.

The lineup ranges from 1952’s The Stooge, in which Lewis starred with Dean Martin, to 1983’s The King of Comedy, in which Lewis was directed by Martin Scorsese.

The complete schedule follows:

TCM Remembers Jerry Lewis – Monday, Sept. 4

8:00 p.m. The Nutty Professor (1963) – A timid chemist discovers a potion »

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Jerry Lewis Gets a TCM Labor Day Movie Marathon

24 August 2017 1:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

From 1966 through 2014, The Jerry Lewis Mda Labor Day Telethon was associated with Labor Day weekend, so Turner Classic Movies has chosen this coming Labor Day, Sept. 4, to host a daylong marathon of films featuring the star, who died Sunday at the age of 91.

The lineup ranges from 1952’s The Stooge, in which Lewis starred with Dean Martin, to 1983’s The King of Comedy, in which Lewis was directed by Martin Scorsese.

The complete schedule follows:

TCM Remembers Jerry Lewis – Monday, Sept. 4

8:00 p.m. The Nutty Professor (1963) – A timid chemist discovers a potion »

- Gregg Kilday

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Warner Bros. developing Joker origin movie from Todd Phillips and Martin Scorsese

23 August 2017 1:16 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

DC fans are in for some rather surprising news. According to Deadline, DC and Warner Bros. are apparently in the early stages of development of an origin film for The Joker, one of the most well-known and fearsome villains in all of comics. The film is to be directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover) from a script he will co-write with 8-Mile’s Scott Silver. Not only that, but Phillips will produce with legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese.

The Joker film will be the first under a new banner that has yet to be named for DC that sets out to make unique films separate from the Dceu. An intriguing part of this is that the roles will be cast with different actors, so we won’t see Jared Leto, who recently played the Clown Prince in last summer’s Suicide Squad, or current Batman Ben Affleck in the film. This »

- Ricky Church

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Warner Bros Developing ‘Joker’ Origin Movie

22 August 2017 11:17 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Warner Bros. have not had a huge amount of luck with the Joker since Heath Ledger’s Academy Award winning performance in The Dark Knight. The character has made various animated appearances, as well two incredibly divisive live action appearances in both Gotham, and in last years Suicide Squad. But, none have managed to resonate in the same way as Ledger’s.

Jared Leto’s most recent iteration of the clown prince of crime, in the aforementioned super villain team up, proved to be much more controversial than Warner’s hoped last year. As a result, there has always been a lingering question mark over whether or not Leto will reprise his role.

Now, it has been revealed that the studio in the process of developing a brand new film, that will focus on the origin of the character. The film will reportedly stand on its own, and not have »

- Ben Read

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The Joker origins movie is being planned by Warner Bros

22 August 2017 6:09 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mike Cecchini Aug 23, 2017

The Dceu is developing a Joker movie with Martin Scorsese involved, and possibly without Jared Leto.

Virtually every single detail about this story is a little crazy, so stick with it. Warner Bros. is developing a solo movie for The Joker, Batman's greatest villain. This shouldn't be too surprising. The Joker is arguably the greatest villain in all of comics, and he's as iconic and as big a potential box office draw as his pointy-headed arch enemy. The idea of Warner Bros. making a Joker movie would be less a case of "wow, that's crazy" and rather "what took them so long" if it wasn't for the approach and the people involved.

Todd Phillips (The Hangover, War Dogs) will direct, and co-write a script with Scott Silver (8 Mile, The Fighter). Fair enough. But this is where things get really interesting. Martin Scorsese is producing. And if »

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Joker Origin Movie Coming from Martin Scorsese

22 August 2017 4:52 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The DC Extended Universe just keeps on expanding, but it is hard to imagine that anyone saw this one coming. According to a new report, Warner Bros. is looking at doing a Joker movie that will explore the origin story of the iconic Batman villain. That part isn't so hard to believe. The crazy part is that Todd Phillips, the director of The Hangover trilogy, is set to helm the movie and co-write the script, while Martin Scorsese, one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, is producing.

Deadline brings us this rather unexpected news, and it doesn't get any less crazy. Scott Silver, the man behind 8 Mile, is said to be co-writing the script for this Joker movie with Todd Phillips right now. According to the report, this project will be happening under a new, unnamed production banner at Warner Bros. that "can expand the canon of DC properties »

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Warner Bros. Recasting The Joker For Origin Story Film From Martin Scorsese

22 August 2017 3:26 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

No, this is not a joke. And yes, we had to read Deadline’s report twice to believe it – but it’s true. Warner Bros. is moving ahead with an origin story film for one of the most iconic DC characters: The Joker. Set to be produced by Martin Scorsese (again, we’re not joking) and directed/scripted by The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips, Jared Leto will not return to reprise the role. Instead, the studio will find another actor to play a younger version of the villain.

Details are still scarce, but from what we understand, the flick will be a “gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime story set in early-’80s Gotham City that isn’t meant to feel like a DC movie as much as one of Scorsese’s films from that era, like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull or The King Of Comedy.” Furthermore, Deadline’s report says »

- Matt Joseph

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Remembering Jerry Lewis, the World’s First Rock Star of Imbecility

22 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jerry Lewis, who died last week at 91, was hardly the first comedian to make people laugh by acting transcendently idiotic. The Marx Brothers took hilarious head-spinning dives into the outer limits of surreal silliness. So did Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello and the Three Stooges. But Jerry Lewis was the world’s first rock star of imbecility.

If you watch one of his comedy routines with Dean Martin from the ’40s and ’50s, you see something amazing. Martin, brandishing his sleepy-eyed cocktail-lounge machismo, was the straight man, and Lewis, flitting and prancing around him, was a one-man circus of slapstick brain damage — he jumped on people, he brayed out words in a mincing baby voice, he crossed his eyes and giggled at his own jokes, and every so often he slipped in a crack so smart that it let you know everything he was doing was a put-on. Yet it was Martin, the »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Remembering Jerry Lewis, the World’s First Rock Star of Imbecility

22 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jerry Lewis, who died last week at 91, was hardly the first comedian to make people laugh by acting transcendently idiotic. The Marx Brothers took hilarious head-spinning dives into the outer limits of surreal silliness. So did Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello and the Three Stooges. But Jerry Lewis was the world’s first rock star of imbecility.

If you watch one of his comedy routines with Dean Martin from the ’40s and ’50s, you see something amazing. Martin, brandishing his sleepy-eyed cocktail-lounge machismo, was the straight man, and Lewis, flitting and prancing around him, was a one-man circus of slapstick brain damage — he jumped on people, he brayed out words in a mincing baby voice, he crossed his eyes and giggled at his own jokes, and every so often he slipped in a crack so smart that it let you know everything he was doing was a put-on. Yet it was Martin, the »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Revisiting The King of Comedy

22 August 2017 7:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following the passing of Jerry Lewis, Tom Jolliffe revisits The King of Comedy

With the saddening news of Jerry Lewis departing us a few days ago, it bought to mind not only his fine cinematic outputs as a leading comedic star in the 50’s and 60’s (including classics such as The Nutty Professor and The Bellboy) but also his role in the oft overlooked Martin Scorsese classic, The King of Comedy. Often cast along with Dean Martin in his earlier career, Lewis would later step out of Martin’s shadow and forge a career as a leading man. Though as many will know, as his popularity in the Us waned, he picked up more fans in Europe (particularly France). His brand of physical clowning translated well across the world. In fact his films would later become popular across Asia too given his visual comedy was universally appreciated.

Whilst Lewis may »

- Amie Cranswick

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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

22 August 2017 5:43 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After polling critics from around the world for the greatest American films of all-time, BBC has now forged ahead in the attempt to get a consensus on the best comedies of all-time. After polling 253 film critics, including 118 women and 135 men, from 52 countries and six continents a simple, the list of the 100 greatest is now here.

Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.

Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, »

- Jordan Raup

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My Wild Days with Jerry Lewis with France: 'He Was a Whirlwind Who Could Be a World-Class Pain'

21 August 2017 11:31 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A former Washington Post staff writer, Peter Mikelbank has served as People Magazine’s Special Correspondent in Paris since 1987. Here he recounts his time in Paris with the late Jerry Lewis, who died Sunday at the age of 91.

Walking with Jerry Lewis in Paris gave a glimpse of what it was to stroll the gardens at Versailles with kings. To be at Le Bourget when Lindbergh landed. To sit on a tack.

He was a king, a crowned head, whose subjects swarmed him with adulation. He didn’t speak their language (beyond “sandwich jambon”). Unable to return their adoration with words, »

- Peter Mikelbank

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Film News: Jerry Lewis, The King of Comedy, Dies at 91

21 August 2017 8:04 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Las Vegas – For Jerry Lewis, the “King of Comedy” wasn’t just a mere nickname, but an apt description for his long career and influence. He went from being the most popular entertainer of an era, to notable and studied filmmaker, to charity spokesperson and finally to comic legend. Jerry Lewis died in Las Vegas on August 20th, 2017. He was 91.

When the gawky 19 year-old Lewis met the suave singer Dean Martin in 1946, little did they know that they would become the most popular act in America for several years. Their box office draw was white-hot, so much so that neither of them could keep up with the blur of what happened to them. They eventually broke up at the height of their fame in 1956, during which Martin famously said, “Jer, when I look at you, all I see is a dollar sign.” The second phase of Lewis’s career would be about his prolific filmmaking, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Peter Travers on Jerry Lewis: The Ultimate Funnyman as Total Filmmaker

21 August 2017 7:40 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

I annoyed Jerry Lewis once by asking him about The Day the Clown Cried, a movie he starred in and directed in 1972, and then refused to release. "It's awful," said Lewis of the Holocaust drama in which he starred as a circus clown who entertains Jewish children as he leads them to their deaths in Nazi gas chambers. Why not show it and let the world decide? "I'm ashamed of it," Lewis told me flatly. When I pressed him, he flashed a look that could be subtitled "End of Discussion. »

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How 'The King of Comedy' Proved Jerry Lewis Was a Great Actor

20 August 2017 2:49 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

By the late 1970s, Jerry Lewis was becoming perilously close to being a has-been. After decades of celebrity – first in his successful partnership with Dean Martin, then later on his own as the star of comedies like Rock-a-Bye Baby and as the auteur behind epochal hits such as The Nutty Professor – the gifted comic filmmaker and host of the annual Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy telethon started experiencing a series of stumbles. He shelved his much-ballyhooed drama The Day the Clown Cried, about a German clown living in the Nazi concentration camps, »

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Jerry Lewis: a knockabout clown with a dark and melancholy inner life | Peter Bradshaw

20 August 2017 1:43 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The former comedy partner of Dean Martin, and star of films such as The Nutty Professor and The King of Comedy, was a complex, brilliant figure who evolved into an audacious cinematic innovator

Jerry Lewis: from Cinderfella to King of Comedy – a career in clips

For some, it is his masterpiece. For others, it is unendurably and outrageously awful, an exercise in frantically broad slapstick comedy that inspires pure disbelief, as well as derision for those reported chin-strokers and ironic postmodernists in France and elsewhere who affect to admire it. The film is The Nutty Professor, from 1963, that wacky doppelgänger farce inspired by Jekyll and Hyde, co-written and directed by its legendary star… Jerry Lewis.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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