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Catfight review – gory comedy hits us with knockabout fun and broad satire

13 September 2016 8:43 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Anne Heche and Sandra Oh are old enemies who meet years later and become locked in a bitter and violent rivalry in this female spin on Trading Places

Post-Bridesmaids Hollywood was supposed to be filled with female-fronted comedies that didn’t have the word “romantic” placed in front of them. But progress has been painfully slow and it’s been left up to Melissa McCarthy and some Bad Moms to continue the important work.

Related: Sing review – pitch-perfect porcupines have the X factor in jukebox musical

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- Benjamin Lee

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‘Catfight’ Review: Sandra Oh and Anne Heche Beat the Sh*t Out of Each In Onur Tukel’s Nutty Satire — Toronto

11 September 2016 3:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Catfight” is a great example of truth in advertising: In writer-director Onur Tukel’s nutty satire, Anne Heche and Sandra Oh beat the shit out of each other. That much should be obvious from a passing familiarity with the premise, but it’s less the plot of the movie than its motif. Heche and Oh don’t just beat the shit out of each other; they do it on three separate occasions, for minutes on end, and each  blow lands with an alarming crunch.

Although the filmmaking has a ragged quality that doesn’t always hit its mark, the two brawling women certainly do. No matter its flaws, Tukel’s witty inversion of the buddy movie formula — set in an embellished world riddled by wartime dysfunction — has some legitimate ideas about the way feuds can last so long that neither side remembers what they’re fighting over. Imagine “Trading Places »

- Eric Kohn

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Spotify Teams With NFL Players And Digital Studio Collab On ‘Trading Playlists’ Series

8 September 2016 7:51 AM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Leading music streamer Spotify has teamed with the NFL and digital studio Collab to produce an original series titled Trading Playlists, in which two star athletes with widely disparate musical tastes -- from country to rap to classical jazz -- will listen to one another’s favorite songs for a day.

Trading Places was executive produced by Athlete Content & Entertainment (Ace Media), the content arm of the NFL Players Association, in conjunction with Collab. Collab represents digital creators from a slew of different platforms, including Liza Koshy, who launched her career on Vine, Baby Ariel, the most popular star on hit lip-sync app musical.ly, and Vine and YouTube stars the Eh Bee Family.

Visit Tubefilter for more great stories. »

- Geoff Weiss

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The early screenplays of Jj Abrams

7 September 2016 9:11 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Sep 13, 2016

Before he hit big with Star Wars and Star Trek, Jj Abrams was penning films such as Forever Young, Regarding Henry and Armageddon...

Jj Abrams is one of the most powerful people in Hollywood right now. Over his career in the movies, he's written, directed, produced, acted and played a wicked keyboard solo on Cool Guys Don't Look At Explosions, and through his production company Bad Robot, his name is counted among the credits of massive franchises like Cloverfield, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek and of course Star Wars. He's more of a household name than most filmmakers of his generation and we sometimes wish we wanted anything as much as he wants that Steven Spielberg status.

You can't blame him when you hear about his first paid job in the film industry. Returning a bunch of Spielberg's personal super-8 home movies that he discovered after his »

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’Scream Queens’ Season 2 Trailer: Jamie Lee Curtis Anchors Punny New Clip

11 August 2016 7:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Though his breakthrough series’ “Nip/Tuck” and “Glee” have long since left the airwaves, Ryan Murphy still reigns over much of television with “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story,” which just finished its premiere season about the O.J. Simpson trial, and the satirical horror series “Scream Queens,” about a college campus threatened by a serial killer who targets the members of the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority. The series stars Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin, the narcisstic leader of the sorority, as well as Jamie Lee Curtis as Dean Cathy Munsch. Check out the punny new trailer for the series’ second season, featuring new faces like John Stamos (“Full House”) and Taylor Lautner (“Twilight”) walking jauntily with Curtis before coming upon the snarky Roberts and her cohorts Abigail Breslin and Billie Lourd.

Read More: Review: ‘Scream Queens’ Embodies Network TV’s Struggle to Find More ‘Glee’ Than ‘Horror’ in Anthology Series »

- Vikram Murthi

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’Scream Queens’ Season 2 Trailer: Jamie Lee Curtis Anchors Punny New Clip

11 August 2016 7:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Though his breakthrough series’ “Nip/Tuck” and “Glee” have long since left the airwaves, Ryan Murphy still reigns over much of television with “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story,” which just finished its premiere season about the O.J. Simpson trial, and the satirical horror series “Scream Queens,” about a college campus threatened by a serial killer who targets the members of the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority. The series stars Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin, the narcisstic leader of the sorority, as well as Jamie Lee Curtis as Dean Cathy Munsch. Check out the punny new trailer for the series’ second season, featuring new faces like John Stamos (“Full House”) and Taylor Lautner (“Twilight”) walking jauntily with Curtis before coming upon the snarky Roberts and her cohorts Abigail Breslin and Billie Lourd.

Read More: Review: ‘Scream Queens’ Embodies Network TV’s Struggle to Find More ‘Glee’ Than ‘Horror’ in Anthology Series »

- Vikram Murthi

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*Updated* An American Werewolf In London 35th Anniversary Blu-ray Announced

27 July 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

*Updated with the new 35th anniversary Blu-ray cover art.* “Keep clear of the Moors,” because Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will be releasing An American Werewolf in London on a restored, 35th anniversary edition Blu-ray this fall.

Scheduled for a September 27th release, An American Werewolf in London 35th anniversary Blu-ray comes with new cover art (see below) and features a restored version of the film, giving viewers a better look at John Landis’ lycanthrope mayhem and Rick Baker’s incredible, Oscar-winning makeup effects.

So far, the list of special features for the anniversary Blu-ray are the same ones that were included on the 2009 Full Moon Edition Blu-ray, making the restoration the only new element, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on future announcements regarding this release. In the meantime, we have a list of the special features and a look at the new cover art below. Will the »

- Derek Anderson

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Film Review: Surprisingly Weird, Wacky ‘Puerto Ricans in Paris’

12 June 2016 9:20 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Occasionally, a film breaks through the miasma of images, and proclaims its uniqueness by just being weird. Case in point, the strange and wacky “Puerto Ricans in Paris,” which may have been created after two rich film producers made a one dollar bet (ala “Trading Places”) that they could come up with a movie simply based on the title.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

With a plot that would be at home in a 1970s cop drama – New York City undercover cops of Puerto Rican heritage go to Paris to break up a counterfeit designer purse crime – the absurdity of the situation and the actors playing the cops are almost secondary to the off-the-grid humor that emerges both because of and despite the situation. The film also looks good, better than would be expected for such a story, and Paris gets its due as a destination. One of the best examples of the bizarre nature of the way this film was approached, is the casting of Edgar Garcia (whose only major credit was in HBO’s “How to Make it in America,” created by Ian Edelman, the director of this film). He portrays the more romantic of the two cops in Paris, despite his tattooed girth and bald head. Obviously, Edgar has something on Ian.

Luis (Luis Guzmán) and Eddie (Edgar Garcia) are undercover New York City cops, whose beat is busting counterfeit designer purse criminals. After a successful exposure of a one such crook, they are approached by a Paris designer named Collette (Alice Taglioni) to come to the City of Lights to retrieve a hot designer bag – stolen right before its anticipated release.

Lured by a large reward, the two fish-out-of-water lawmen start living in luxury in Paris, while coming up with ever more outlandish ways to check out Collette’s staff for the possible thief. In the meantime, the same Collette has a crush on Eddie, which wouldn’t sit right with his wife Gloria (Rosie Perez). There are many complications to consider before this case can be solved.

Puerto Ricans in Paris” continues its limited release in Chicago on June 10th, and is available through digital download. See local listings for theaters and showtimes, plus see digital providers for availability. Featuring Luis Guzman, Edgar Garcia, Rosario Dawson, Rosie Perez, Miriam Shor and Alice Taglioni. Written by Ian Edelman and Neel Shah. Directed by Ian Edelman. Rated “R”

Continue reading for Patrick McDonald’s full review of “Puerto Ricans in Paris

Luis (Luis Guzmán) and Eddie (Edgar Garcia) in ‘Puerto Ricans in Paris

Photo credit: Focus World

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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On this day in pop culture history: Both ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Gremlins’ premiered

8 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It was 32 years ago today that not one but two classic horror comedies opened in theaters. Yes, Ghostbusters was released on the same day as Gremlins. It’s hard to believe that these two movies opened against each other, but 1984 was a different time, when opening weekend numbers weren’t given the same weight as they are now and films stayed in theaters much longer. Ghostbusters that dominated the U.S. box office that opening weekend but not by much — it earned $13.6 million then, while Gremlins grossed $12.5 million. The Bill Murray movie became the clear winner of the box office over the summer, though, holding the No. 1 spot for seven consecutive weeks. Ghostbusters, of course, has a very buzzy and headline-grabbing (for better or worse or mass hysteria) follow-up film on the way this summer, a reboot of the original. There’s reportedly a new Gremlins on the way too: »

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Funny Money: 12 Hysterical Money Comedies To Make You Laugh On Tax Day

18 April 2016 10:08 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Are you sitting down? Good, because we have a little bit of a shock for you to endure: today.s Tax Day. That.s right, thanks to some entanglements involving April 15th being a Friday, and a federal holiday being observed in Washington D.C., your tax deadline was pushed to today, the 18th. As if you didn.t hate Mondays enough. Still, there.s no use in sulking, as death and taxes are two certainties in life, and you should be thankful you.re only being called upon to fulfill the latter obligation. So in the spirit of Tax Day, let us entertain you with the following laugh riots that are guaranteed to make you laugh at the system. Provided, of course, that you.ve filed your taxes in proper order. Trading Places We.re going to start you folks off with a classic, as Don Ameche and Ralph »

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DVD Review – The Secret of My Success (1987)

4 April 2016 12:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Secret of My Success, 1987.

Directed by Herbert Ross.

Starring Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan, Margaret Whitton, John Pankow, Fred Gwynne.

Synopsis:

A college kid from Kansas moves to New York and blags his way to the top of a multinational corporation, falling in love along the way.

For a few years during the mid-to-late 1980s you couldn’t really get away from Michael J. Fox as the fresh-faced young actor seemed to be everywhere, appearing in several successful movies alongside his regular TV role in sitcom Family Ties. But in between his breakout movie role in Back to the Future and critical acclaim in more serious material like the Vietnam drama Casualties of War there was The Secret of My Success, a comedy that doesn’t always get the same recognition as Fox’s other hits but is probably worth another look if it has been a while. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Join us in Santa Rosa for the Silver Scream Film & Comic Fest!

22 February 2016 11:44 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

You guys! It’s almost time for our Silver Scream Fest in beautiful Santa Rosa, Calif. It’s in two weeks and you can still get tix! You can also win posters, T-shirts, and even tix to the event. Check our Facebook and Twitter daily for ways to get your furry paws on some great swag!

Also: Did I mention that Santa Rosa is wine country? You can see stars, catch some screenings of both new and classic films, and tickle your palate, all in one gloriously gory weekend!

Highlights include:

• A tribute to Wes Craven by none other than his greatest creation, Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund himself; Freddy’s favorite leading lady, Heather Langenkamp from A Nightmare On Elm Street and New Nightmare; and Craven’s longtime producer Marianne Maddelena.

• A celebration of An American Werewolf In London’s 35th anniversary with a reunion of director John Landis (The Blues Brothers, »

- Harker Jones

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12 Comedic Performances the Oscars Overlooked

10 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Listen. We’re not necessarily saying the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences doesn’t honor the greatest performances in film, but getting an audience to laugh can often be more difficult than getting them to cry. While there’ve been winners like Diane Keaton for “Annie Hall” and Marisa Tomei for “My Cousin Vinny,” they’re still the rare exceptions to the rule. Here’s to more Oscars for funny people! Below, we present twelve overlooked comedic film performances. Emily Blunt, “The Devil Wears Prada”Can you believe Blunt achieved instant-classic status as an acid-tongued assistant to Meryl Streep’s fashion mogul—serving devastating snark and the film’s most quotable one-liners—and didn’t get Oscar recognition for her comedic brilliance? “No, I shan’t.” Eddie Murphy, “Trading Places”Although the best work of Murphy’s career may be as the uproarious Donkey in “Shrek,” the Academy »

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Examining Hollywood Remakes: The Nutty Professor

31 January 2016 8:47 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Welcome to another look at the highs and lows of Hollywood remakes. This time, we’ve got one of the better ones, as we compare two of the all-time great screen comedians in two of their best roles. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Nutty Professor.

Jerry Lewis and Eddie Murphy are two of the best big-screen comedians in the history of the film industry. Jerry Lewis’ 1963 hit The Nutty Professor is a comedy classic, which Lewis wrote and directed himself. Eddie Murphy is one of the few comedians talented enough to try to recapture that magic and succeed.  Murphy’s remake is so entertaining that it matches the original in overall comedic quality. Which is better? Let’s look at the two versions.

What’s interesting about this comparison is that both versions of The Nutty Professor are the benchmark for the second half of the careers of the respective stars. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Creature From The Black Lagoon: the unmade Carpenter film

25 January 2016 6:22 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Universal's classic monster movie Creature From The Black Lagoon was almost remade by John Carpenter in the 1990s. So what happened?

It's one of the great suspense scenes in 50s genre cinema: a woman swims in the clear cool water of an Amazonian lagoon, blissfully unaware of the grotesque creature emerging from the depths beneath her. The score builds to a crescendo as the monster closes in, reaching out with a clawed, webbed hand...

Director Jack Arnold directed some of the best American sci-fi movies of the post-wwii era, and Creature From The Black Lagoon is perhaps his most famous. About a team of scientists investigating the fossilised remains of a strange man-fish hybrid - and discovering the thing still very much alive in the depths of the Amazon - the movie was a sizeable hit for Universal when it came out in early 1954.

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Round-Up: Ghostbusters Reboot Figures, Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival Director Q&A, Robert Englund at Silver Scream Festival

9 January 2016 9:04 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Paul Feig tweeted a photo of four Ghostbusters reboot figures on Friday that look pretty rad. We have details, as well as a look at the figures, below. A Q&A with Daniel Abella, the director of the Philip K. Dick Film Festival, and info on Robert Englund's upcoming appearance at Silver Scream Festival, are also in this round-up.

Mattel's Ghostbusters Figures: The photo below features the prototypes of all four of the figures which stand at six inches tall. The official release date for these items is not available at this time.

Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones, Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot is slated to hit theaters on July 15th, 2016. Chris Hemsworth will play Kevin the receptionist, with Andy Garcia, Matt Walsh, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Cecily Strong also along for the ride.

Original Ghostbusters stars Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Annie Potts, »

- Tamika Jones

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The WGA Names the 101 Funniest Screenplays of All Time

31 December 2015 5:13 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Let’s end the year with a celebration of the funniest comedy scripts ever written. The Writer’s Guild of America has chosen the 101 best laugh-getting screenplays. Keep in mind that this is all about the writing, not the cast or the director.

1.Annie Hall (1977)

2. Some Like it Hot (1959)

3. Groundhog Day (1993)

4. Airplane! (1980)

5. Tootsie (1982)

6. Young Frankenstein (1974)

7. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

8. Blazing Saddles (1974)

9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

10. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

11. This is Spinal Tap (1984)

12. The Producers (1967)

13. The Big Lebowski (1998)

14. Ghostbusters (1984)

15. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

16. Bridesmaids (2011)

17. Duck Soup (1933)

18. There’s Something About Mary (1998)

19. The Jerk (1979)

20. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

21. His Girl Friday (1940)

22. The Princess Bride (1987)

23. Raising Arizona (1987)

24. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

25. Caddyshack (1980)

26. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

27. The Graduate (1967)

28. The Apartment (1960)

29. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

30. The Hangover (2009)

31. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

32. The Lady Eve »

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