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Jerry Lewis defends his super-brave “women aren’t funny” stance. Here’s what he doesn’t know he’s saying.
At Cannes, Jerry Lewis opened his very opinionated mouth again and explained why he still doesn’t like female comics. “I can’t see women doing that. It bothers me. I cannot sit and watch a lady diminish her qualities to the lowest common denominator. I just can’t do that.”
What bothers me about these types of soundbites is the men who say them rarely spit out the whole truth, because it’s never just that they think women aren’t funny. There’s a world of connotation and innuendo to believing women aren’t funny. Here are a few logical implications
1. It doesn’t matter what women have to say.
The point of comedy is valuing a performer’s point of view, whether he/she is standup »
- Louis Virtel
Maybe it was the toxic convergence of celebrity worship, hyper-materialism, shitty parenting, and Adderall: Starting in late 2008, a gang of spoiled Valley kids walked into the unlocked homes of Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, Audrina Patridge, and others, pilfering over $3 million in designer clothing, jewelry, artwork, and Brian Austin Green's handgun. Inspired by Nancy Jo Sales's March 2010 Vanity Fair article on the real-life criminals, Lost in Translation auteur Sofia Coppola's artful, thrilling The Bling Ring taps into the arrogance and ennui of this teen mob. It's not so much this season's hedonistic answer to Spring Breakers as it is a post-Internet-generational The King of Comedy, with all that film's sadness, insolence, and absurdity.
Mel Brooks has won an Oscar, a Tony, a Grammy, an Emmy, and endless, endless accolades. Later this month, he’ll be honored once more when Martin Scorsese presents him the American Film Institute’s 41st Life Achievement Award. (Scorsese has also been awarded AFI’s Life Achievement Award, back in 1997.)
“For over 50 years, Mel Brooks has given the world its greatest gift — laughter,” said Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. “At the American Film Institute, we also want to shine a proper light on his contributions to the art form as writer, producer, director and actor »
- Adam Carlson
The Hollywood Reporter provides an exclusive first look at Daniel Noah's new drama Max Rose, which will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday evening. There is considerable excitement about that event along the Croisette, not only because it will showcase the first leading role of legendary funnyman Jerry Lewis in 23 years and only his second in the last 30 years -- he last headlined Funny Bones (1995), and before that Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy (1981) -- but also because Lewis himself, a cult figure here in France, will be making the trip to the
- Scott Feinberg
Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro and Jerry Lewis in conversation. Do you really need to be sold any further on this exclusive clip? The Tribeca Film Festival wrapped up a week ago, but we're still kicking ourselves for missing out on the big closing night event-- a special screening of Scorsese's The King of Comedy, with DeNiro, Lewis and Scorsese all on hand to talk about the 1982 cult classic. Jerry Lewis was an icon of comedy by the time the film was made, but these days he's basically a legend, even more so because he rarely makes public appearances. As you can tell from the above clip he's gotten up there in years, but he also hasn't lost a bit of the comic timing he's brought to a full eight decades on screen. If you want to catch up with everything we actually did manage to see at the Tribeca Film »
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A more than welcomed alternative to Rotten Tomatoes, Critics Round Up is "the first movie review aggregator to select critics and publications based on merit instead of popularity." We're proudly among the publications cited and this is a space that will likely be a valuable source for cinephiles trying to get a sense of critical consensus amongst writers they trust (and will likely be especially handy come Cannes). Some additions to the Cannes lineup: Jim Jarmusch's vampire film, Only Lovers Left Alive, is now in the Official Competition. Claude Lanzmann's Le dernier des injustes will play Out of Competition and Un Certain Regard has added three titles from Hiner Saleem, Katrin Gebbe and Lucia Puenzo. Meanwhile, Cannes Classics has unveiled its selection of restorations and docs. Finally, 3x3D, featuring 3D shorts from Jean-Luc Godard (pictured above), Peter Greenaway and Edgar Pêra, will close Semaine de la Critique. »
- Adam Cook
There are a host of reasons why Sandra Bernhard and Jerry Lewis might not get along — foremost among them his contentious comments on women in comedy — and yet the two performers will always be inextricably tied together thanks to their work in Martin Scorsese's excellent movie The King of Comedy, where she played a stalker obsessed with Lewis's character. The Tribeca Film Festival closed last night with Scorsese, Lewis, and Robert De Niro in attendance to discuss the 1983 film, and while Bernhard couldn't make it, she sent in her hosannas via video ... though she couldn't resist a few revenge digs at Lewis, who was less than warm and fuzzy to her on set. How did Lewis react after the video played? Press play on this exclusive video (courtesy of TribecaFilm.com), and brace yourself. »
- Kyle Buchanan
The Tribeca Film Festival closed last night with a digitally-restored screening of “The King Of Comedy.” Thirty years later, the film still reverberates as an acidic take on celebrity worship that has, oddly enough, become timeless, and the re-master is gorgeous. The film was greeted with rapturous applause, but the real fireworks started after a raucous Q+A featuring a chatty Martin Scorsese, a shy Robert De Niro, and a more-than-eager Jerry Lewis. Scorsese and De Niro spoke first about the genesis of “The King Of Comedy,” a script by Paul Zimmerman that late-night devotee Scorsese could not figure out. “It was between ’75, to 1980 before I could actually get it,” the director said. “I discovered it as I went along.” Scorsese referred to how “The King Of Comedy” was very much looked upon as one of the last of a dying breed of picture. “We did ‘Raging Bull,’ and that »
- Gabe Toro
Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese conducted a lesson in cheeky film history for a few hundred lucky people this weekend, providing a glimpse into their history working together -- with some help from comedic genius Jerry Lewis. The trio took the stage to present a remastered version of "The King of Comedy," Scorsese's 1983 classic starring De Niro as a deluded New Yorker devoted to bad jokes and obsessed with celebrity. Also read: 5 Lessons From the Tribeca Film Festival The film headlined the Closing Night of the Tribeca Film Festival, an »
- Lucas Shaw
The 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival has wrapped itself up with a special presentation of the new restoration of Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy" last night. If I hadn't been traveling so much the last few weeks, I'd have tried to make it to more events. There was some top-notch programming this year as the festival pivoted toward a new identity. Friday and today, winners were announced across a wide variety of categories, and the big winner in the narrative jury and audience competitions was Kim Mordaunt's "The Rocket." The film also picked up a prize for actor Sitthiphon Disamoe. »
- Kristopher Tapley
In a once-in-a-lifetime appearance, three Hollywood icons joined our audience at last night’s closing night screening of ‘The King of Comedy,’ ending a memorable #TFF2013 with an unforgettable night. Known for its foresight into the reality television culture, The King of Comedy is one of those now-classic films that didn’t seem to get the love it deserved upon its original release. Last night, however, it got its due. At the screening of the newly restored 30th anniversary print, Martin Scorsese and Tribeca’s own Robert De Niro celebrated the film’s legacy, along with a special appearance by Jerry Lewis. Stay tuned for video from this amazing night. To read more go to www.tribecafilm.com Follow Hollywood News on Twitter for up-to-date news information. Hollywood News, Hollywood Awards, Awards, Movies, News, Award News, Breaking News, Entertainment News, Movie News, Music News »
- Josh Abraham
Robert De Niro was crowned king of closing night at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The New York-based film fest, which De Niro co-founded in 2002, ended its 12th incarnation with a special screening of "The King of Comedy," Martin Scorsese's 1983 black comedy about a celebrity-obsessed comedian (played by De Niro) and the lengths he goes to achieve fame.
"I haven't seen 'The King of Comedy,' I don't think, for at least 25 years," De Niro, 69, said before the screening at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on Saturday night. "I'm very curious to see it. If I'm not too embarrassed, I'll stay here after."
Fortunately for the attendees, De Niro did stay, as did Scorsese and co-star Jerry Lewis. The trio sat down with screenwriter Ted Griffin ("Ocean's Eleven") for a 30-minute discussion about the classic ... comedy?
"It wasn't a comedy, was it?" Scorsese, 70, said after the screening, before »
- Christopher Rosen
Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, and Jerry Lewis all walk into a room together. There's no real punch line to follow that, just Lewis's brand of slapstick yucks, which had the sold-out crowd at the closing night of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in hysterics. The three legends were on-hand to screen a digitally restored version of “The King of Comedy.” The dark comedy classic -- about wannabe stand-up comic Rupert Pupkin (De Niro), who harasses celebrated talk-show host Jerry Langford (Lewis) for a shot at glory -- was a box-office failure when it first hit theaters in 1983. Since then, it has developed a cult following and is now considered one of Scorsese and De Niro's most underrated collaborations. “I haven't seen ‘The King of Comedy' in twenty-five years,” De Niro said, before the film began. “I'm very curious to see it. If I am not too embarrassed, I will stay here after. »
- Alex Suskind
30 years since its release, the undersung "The King of Comedy" seems finally to be edging into the sun, to take its deserved place as not just one of the finest, smartest and most daring Martin Scorsese movies, but one of the greatest American satire movies, period. It's an excoriating, often excruciating watch, boasting razor-sharp insights into the excesses of celebrity culture and the quest for fame, but it's also, most unforgettably, a character study of one Rupert Pupkin, delusional sociopath, shit-poor comedian and all-out creep. Pupkin, whom Robert de Niro doesn't so much inhabit as crawl into, is simply one of the most offputting creations ever committed to celluloid -- a dreadful squit of a man, talentless, self-aggrandizing, self-deceiving, pathetic -- and at the same time one of the most compelling. In fact, it's easy to see why its greatest asset is also perhaps the chief reason the film bombed »
- Jessica Kiang
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The next night she was at the screening of Mud.
Also at Tribeca, Evan Rachel Wood for the premiere of A Case of You.
Out Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson was part of a panel on Women in Film at Cinema Con over the weekend. When she was asked about the Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation and if it was "the best or worst thing" to happen to women, she replied, "Female desire is a very complex subject." Snaps! Nina also accepted the Fandango Fan Choice Award for the movie Hunger Games.
A site called Business2Community has some ideas on how Lgbt consumers can best be reached. I hope Chik-Fil-a is paying attention.
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The young Cronenberg Offers 'Cold, Clammy' Look at Celebrity Idolatry Gone Amok in the 21st century Antiviral (first released in 2012). Direction and Screenplay by Brandon Cronenberg. Cast: Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Malcolm McDowell, Wendy Crewson, Douglas Smith, Sheila McCarthy, Joe Pingue, and Nicholas Campbell. (Pictured above: Landry Jones holds a celebrity-related specimen in writer-director Cronenberg's film debut. Image via distributor IFC Films / IFC Midnight.) There will come a day, and a blessed day it will be, when we reach the saturation point in our obsession with celebrity. It’s proven a resilient phenomenon, brought on by the Internet’s "24-minute" news cycle, dozens of cable channels needing cheap reality-show talent who’ll do anything for fame and, of course, our tragically misplaced priorities. Oddly enough, one of the very best movies to tackle our fascination with celebrity was released in the pre-Internet era: released in 1983, Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy »
- Mark Keizer
Justin Long grew up watching and loving Woody Allen movies, so it’s no surprise that he absorbed the line from 1989′s Crimes and Misdemeanors, that “Comedy is tragedy, plus time.” When Long and Keir O’Donnell (Wedding Crashers) were simultaneously recovering from painful romantic breakups several years ago, they channeled their pain into the romantic-comedy script that became A Case of You, which premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival this Sunday.
Long stars as Sam, a shy New York writer who develops a crush on Birdie (Evan Rachel Wood), the quirky barista at his local coffee stop. When his »
- Jeff Labrecque
In the movie Bluebird, which has its world premiere Thursday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, John Slattery and Amy Morton play a married couple living in a decaying logging town in Maine. Richard is one of the anxious loggers worried that the nearby paper mill is about to shut down, Lesley drives the town’s children to school on the bus.
But life for them goes from bleak to worse one frigid day when Lesley is distracted by a rare bluebird and makes a slight mistake on her bus after school. “It’s very much about a »
- Jeff Labrecque
Now in its 12th year, the Tribeca Film Festival is one of the premiere artistic showcases and industry marketplaces for independent cinema. Sundance might still be the place to go to discover new talent on the cheap, Toronto is the festival to generate Oscar buzz, but Tribeca has an eclectic mix that both reflects the soul of native New Yorkers and what the city means to the rest of the world as a cultural international capital. In between tonight’s opener — the music documentary Mistaken for Strangers about the National — and the closing night’s special screening of Martin Scorsese »
- Jeff Labrecque
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