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16 Good Movie Pick-Me-Ups on Netflix Right Now

26 April 2017 8:51 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Why so glum, chum? Movies are fun and they need watching.

In the immortal words of Shane Black via Geena Davis in The Long Kiss Goodnight, “Life is pain. Get used to it.” These days life has been really painful though, and it’s not so easy to get used to it. Thankfully movies are always here to pick us up when we need it, or bring us down if we’re looking to wallow. This month we’ve made a list of movies that will leave you smiling and feeling good about humanity after you watch them — at least for a little while. Click on their titles to be taken to their Netflix pages.

Pick of the Month: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

It’s possible that Big Trouble in Little China might be the stupidest movie ever made. It’s about a fast-talking, rock-stupid, man-child truck driver battling Asian mystics over the fate of his »

- Nathan Adams

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The Films of Frank Capra III, Ranked

14 April 2017 5:51 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

As The Fate of The Furious enters theaters, a ranking of its 1st Assistant Director’s oeuvre.

Friday brings us the release of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in The Fast & The Furious series. Thus, there could be no better time to look back and rank the previous works of one of the films most notable craftsmen, a man whose name is legendary. I speak of course of First Assistant Director Frank Capra III.

Capra III is the grandson of director Frank Capra, a Hollywood legend whose work includes It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and It’s a Wonderful Life. How did that pedigree fare two generations removed? This exhaustive look at Mr. Capra III’s 1st Ad career will tell the tale.

While the film’s director often gets the lion’s share of the credit, the First Ad is one of the most critical positions on set. In »

- The Bitter Script Reader

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Tcmff Day 2: Carl & Rob Reiner Honored at Handprint Ceremony

8 April 2017 10:19 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Anne Marie

While Turner Classic Movies is typically known for celebrating film history, today TCM made history. Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner, writer/director/actor/producer quadruple threats whose career includes Sid Caesar's Show of Shows, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Russians are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, The Princess Bride and This Is Spinal Tap, were the first father/son duo to be immortalized in the Chinese Theater handprint ceremony. Before the two cemented their legacy next to Marilyn Monroe, Al Pacino, and Trigger the Horse, friends and colleagues from their cumulative 135 year long careers paid tribute to two of the funniest men in Hollywood »

- Anne Marie

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Harry Shearer: Why My 'Spinal Tap' Lawsuit Affects All Creators

4 April 2017 7:19 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

A little over three decades ago, This Is Spinal Tap perfectly parodied hard-rock excess with a pint-sized Stonehenge, amps that go "one louder" and the unforgettable phrase "Hello Cleveland." The mockumentary, which Ozzy Osbourne has said felt all too realistic, was written by its stars, comedians Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, and director-actor Rob Reiner. "The closer we dared to get to the real thing, the closer the real thing dared to get to us," Shearer once told Rolling Stone. "It's like reality is calling our bluff at every step along the way. »

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New to Netflix: Spinal Tap, Blazing Saddles, Jurassic Park...

3 March 2017 5:12 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

It's that time of month when we get our new streaming options. Here are random new titles on Netflix for March (or that showed up late in February), freeze framed at totally random places, whatever comes up. As we do...

It's part of a musical trilogy I'm doing in D minor, which I find is really the saddest of all keys. I don't know why but it makes people weep instantly.

This is Spinal Tap (1984)

Heh. So funny this movie. Christopher Guest and Rob Reiner's collaboration became a classic. Without it we probably wouldn't have had Waiting for Guffman or Best in Show or whatnot. 

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- NATHANIEL R

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New to Streaming: ‘One More Time With Feeling,’ ‘Memento,’ ‘Frailty,’ and More

3 March 2017 9:30 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Catfight (Onur Tukel)

Who knew that one of the year’s most potent representations of America’s addiction to abrasive conflict would be Anne Heche and Sandra Oh beating each other to a pulp? Onur Tukel’s Catfight is an unabashedly silly and political film, but it’s also a funny one, with its two lead actresses literally and figuratively hurling themselves into their roles. Heche and Oh play »

- The Film Stage

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‘Spinal Tap’ Stars Blasted for ‘Absurdly’ Filed $400 Million Lawsuit

28 February 2017 2:41 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The 1984 film “This Is Spinal Tap” might be a beloved cult classic, but it was far from a blockbuster. At least that’s the assertion in a new filing relating to the $400 million lawsuit revolving around the movie. In papers filed Tuesday, Vivendi and Studiocanal say that “Spinal Tap” stars Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner should be dropped from the suit, because they lack the standing to file a claim. While expressing “genuine admiration for the talents” of Shearer, et al, Tuesday’s motion to dismiss claims that they don’t “have any right to file this lawsuit, »

- Tim Kenneally

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Vivendi Demands Spinal Tap Members Be Ousted From Lawsuit "Absurdly" Claiming $400M in Damages

28 February 2017 11:56 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Forget an 11. This one is now up to at least 18.

Earlier this month, This Is Spinal Tap co-creators Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, along with the 1984 film's director Rob Reiner, joined Harry Shearer in a lawsuit that alleges they've been denied as much as $400 million in contingent compensation from Vivendi and StudioCanal.

On Tuesday, the defendants filed a scathing motion to dismiss, presenting an issue — standing — we highlighted in our earlier story.

Vivendi's court papers open nice enough, stating "genuine admiration for the talents of Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Rob Reiner," before launching »

- Eriq Gardner

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New to Netflix in March: ‘The Discovery,’ ‘Burning Sands’ and More Sundance Offerings

23 February 2017 10:13 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix has announced the new titles arriving on the streaming platform next month, with five original films leading the pack: “Burning Sands” (3/10), “Deidra & Laney Rob a Train” (3/17), “Pandora” (3/17), “The Most Hated Woman in America” (3/24) and “The Discovery” (3/31). Three of these — “Burning Sands,” “Deidra & Laney,” “The Discovery” — are Netflix Origins that premiered during the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Read More: ‘The Discovery’ Review: Rooney Mara And Jason Segel Find Life After Death — Sundance 2017

Also available to stream next month are “The Bfg,” “Pete’s Dragon,” “The Life Aquatic,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Chicago,” “Jurassic Park,” “Memento,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Evolution,” “Fire at Sea” and “Welcome to New York,” among others, while the likes of “Jaws,” “Animal House,” “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” and “Entertainment” are all expiring at the end of February. Find a full list of what’s coming in March below.

Read More: Why Martin Scorsese’s Netflix Deal Is »

- Michael Nordine

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Dillon Francis & Dora Madison Join James Van Der Beek’s ‘Diplo’ Comedy On Viceland

9 February 2017 12:15 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

DJ and producer Dillon Francis and Dora Madison (Friday Night Lights) have been cast in James Van Der Beek’s Viceland comedy What Would Diplo Do? (working title). Described as "Louie meets WorldStar HipHop crossed with This Is Spinal Tap,” What Would Diplo Do? stars Van Der Beek playing a fictional version of DJ superstar Diplo in a collection of parables about life as told through the eyes of guy who can bring 60,000 people to their feet — but kind of sucks… »

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‘Spinal Tap’ Fraud Suit Balloons to $400 Million Claim; Christopher Guest, Rob Reiner, Michael McKean Sign On

8 February 2017 10:25 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The guys from Spinal Tap are getting the old band back together — to sue the pants off of Vivendi. “This Is Spinal Tap” stars Christopher Guest, Rob Reiner and Michael McKean have joined their cohort Harry Shearer in his lawsuit against Vivendi — and they’re asking for a bundle. The First Amended Complaint filed in federal court in California on Tuesday says that Shearer and crew are “seeking not less than $400 million in compensatory and punitive damages.” Also Read: Donald Trump With 'Spinal Tap' Audio Goes Up to 11 (Video) Shearer, who played Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls in »

- Tim Kenneally

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‘Spinal Tap’ Suit Against Vivendi Cranked Up To $400M As Rob Reiner, Michael McKean & Christopher Guest Added

8 February 2017 8:51 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Nearly four months after Harry Shearer went solo against Vivendi for $125 million profits for This Is Spinal Tap, The Simpsons voice actor has been joined by his co-creators of the beloved and much-cited 1984 mockumentary – and they want $400 million from the French media conglomerate. In an amended complaint filed late Tuesday in federal court, co-stars Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, director Rob Reiner plus their mutually owned Spinal Tap Productions have plugged… »

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Spinal Tap Crew Joins Harry Shearer's $400 Million Lawsuit Against Vivendi

8 February 2017 7:35 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

This Is Spinal Tap actors Christopher Guest and Michael McKean and the mockumentary's director Rob Reiner have joined co-star Harry Shearer's lawsuit against the film's rights holder Vivendi.

In October, Shearer filed a $125 million lawsuit against Vivendi, alleging accounting misappropriation, fraud and breach of contract in regards to the 1984 cult classic and its soundtrack.

In the lawsuit, Shearer claimed that, over a 22-year period, he only received $98 for his contributions to the soundtrack and $81 from merchandising income. The income he generated from his share was "about enough to buy one miniature Stonehenge, »

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Rob Reiner and 'Spinal Tap' Co-Creators Join Harry Shearer's Fraud Lawsuit Against Vivendi

8 February 2017 5:54 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

This Is Spinal Tap co-creators Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, along with the 1984 film's director Rob Reiner, are now co-plaintiffs in Harry Shearer's lawsuit against Vivendi and StudioCanal after allegedly being denied rightful profit participation from the rockumentary classic. On Tuesday, an amended lawsuit was filed in California federal court that also ups the damages demanded from $125 million to $400 million.

The bulk of the complaint remains similar to the original version as the four Spinal Tap artists allege being given just $81 in merchandising income and $98 in music sales income over the last few decades, plus not receiving accounting »

- Eriq Gardner

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Spinal Tap creators aim to 'go to 11' with $400m lawsuit

8 February 2017 1:11 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Harry Shearer joined by fellow band members and director Rob Reiner in claim Vivendi has not fully shared profits

The band members from cult rock mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap have agreed to reunite in a move they claim will ensure a $400m (£321m) lawsuit against media firm Vivendi “goes to 11”.

Three of the film’s co-creators and stars have agreed to get back together to join co-star Harry Shearer in a suit against the French firm, the parent company of Universal Music.

Related: How much do you know about Spinal Tap? – quiz

Related: This is Spinal Tap | DVD review

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- Rob Davies

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Donald Trump With ‘Spinal Tap’ Audio Goes Up to 11 (Video)

26 January 2017 5:15 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Donald Trump goes up to 11 in a new parody that replaces his voice with that of Spinal Tap guitarist Nigel Tufnel. In a remix by BuzzFeed’s Jesse McLaren, Trump’s voice is replaced with that of Christopher Guest, who played the self-absorbed musician at the center of Rob Reiner’s classic 1984 mockumentary, “This Is Spinal Tap.” (As the video gained online traction Thursday, McLaren tweeted to Reiner, “I am so so so sorry.” If you’re not a Spinal Tap fan, this whole thing will probably make more sense to you if you start by watching the original scene from the 1984 film, »

- Tim Molloy

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James Van Der Beek Will Play Diplo In New Viceland TV Series

5 January 2017 8:45 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Is Diplo still cool? I honestly have no idea, but it seems Viceland thinks the DJ has enough juice behind him to power their first scripted TV show. Or at least his name, anyway….

The hipster network has teamed with A+E for their first script show, titled, “What Would Diplo Do?” Yes, really. Diplo himself is executive producing the show that will see former “Dawson’s Creek” heartthrob James Van Der Beek playing a fictionalized version of the DJ that will feature “parables about life” in a show that’s described as “Louie” meets “WorldStar Hip Hop” meets “This Is Spinal Tap.”

Incidentally, this whole series was inspired by “A Day In The Life Of Diplo,” a concert promo released last summer that first featured Van Der Beek playing Diplo, and even the actor is as surprised as you are that he’s now leading a show.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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James Van Der Beek to Impersonate Diplo in New Viceland Series

4 January 2017 12:45 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

James Van Der Beek is diving deeper into his Diplo impersonation with a scripted Viceland series tentatively titled What Would Diplo Do? The Dawson's Creek actor will star as the Edm titan in the six-episode project, which is expected to premiere later this year, Deadline reports. He will also write and serve as showrunner, while co-executive producing alongside the real-life Diplo, the DJ-producer's manager, Kevin Kusatsu and director Brandon Dermer.

What Would Diplo Do?, described as "Louie meets WorldStar HipHop crossed with This Is Spinal Tap," will be scripted but with space for improvisation. »

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James Van Der Beek to Impersonate Diplo in New Series

4 January 2017 12:45 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

James Van Der Beek is diving deeper into his Diplo impersonation with a scripted Viceland series tentatively titled What Would Diplo Do? The Dawson's Creek actor will star as the Edm titan in the six-episode project, which is expected to premiere later this year, Deadline reports. He will also write and serve as showrunner, while co-executive producing alongside the real-life Diplo, the DJ-producer's manager, Kevin Kusatsu and director Brandon Dermer.

What Would Diplo Do?, described as "Louie meets WorldStar HipHop crossed with This Is Spinal Tap," will be scripted but with space for improvisation. »

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