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Bernie Casey, Fan-Favorite Actor and NFL Star, Passes Away at 78

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Bernie Casey, Fan-Favorite Actor and NFL Star, Passes Away at 78
Bernie Casey, the former NFL star turned actor, has died at the age of 78. The actor was best known for his roles in movies like Revenge of the Nerds and I'm Gonna Git you Sucka. Casey died of an illness in a Los Angeles hospital, but the specific illness has not yet been revealed.

A rep for Bernie Casey confirmed the news of his death to People, saying that he passed away with his family and loved ones by his side. The actor had spent the last few days at the hospital after coming down with an illness before passing away. His work in Hollywood spanned nearly four decades, with his final credited role being in 2007's Vegas Vampires.

Before transitioning into his life as a professional actor, Bernie Casey was a decorated and talented athlete. In his younger years, Casey was a record-breaking track and field athlete at Bowling Green University.
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Bernie Casey, 'Revenge of the Nerds' Actor, Dead at 78

Bernie Casey, 'Revenge of the Nerds' Actor, Dead at 78
Bernie Casey, noted for his memorable roles in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka and Revenge of the Nerds, has died, The Hollywood Reporter reports. He was 78. A rep told THR that the athlete-turned-actor died following a brief illness on Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Casey launched his acting career in 1969 with his debut role in Guns of the Magnificent Seven, the sequel to The Magnificent Seven. Over the past four decades he starred in roles both on television and film, including acting in several Seventies blaxploitation films
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'I'm Gonna Git You Sucka' and 'Revenge of the Nerds' Star Bernie Casey Dead at 78

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Bernie Casey, the beloved and iconic co-star in "Revenge of the Nerds" and "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," died in an L.A. hospital ... TMZ has learned. Bernie's rep tells us he died peacefully Wednesday, surrounded by loved ones. We're told he suddenly fell ill recently, and had spent the last few days hospitalized. He broke into Hollywood with roles in blaxploitation films, and went on to co-star in nearly 80 different projects -- most notably
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Netflix UK: 25 underappreciated comedies to watch now

Mark Harrison Jul 1, 2016

Need a laugh? Here's our guide to 25 comedies that are on Netflix UK now, and are well worth your time...

Putting aside all of the chunter about VPNs and rising subscription costs for a moment, there are more hidden gems to be discovered on Netflix UK than you might expect, and we've been combing through the streaming site's current catalogue to find some of the most underappreciated comedies on offer.

We've come up with this fairly broad selection of films that varies on several fronts. We've picked out a mix of belly laughers and dark comedies, with a couple of dramedies thrown in for good measure. They're not all big Hollywood comedies, but neither are they all films that you're hearing about for the first time, though we've tried to order them according to how well known they may or may not be. What they all have
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All the Times the Wayans Got It Right in Their Parody Movies

All the Times the Wayans Got It Right in Their Parody Movies
Marlon Wayans has another spoof movie, and this time he's skewering Fifty Shades of Grey with his parody Fifty Shades of Black.  Though it's a Marlon movie, Wayans has often worked with some of his famous brothers, Shawn Wayans and Keenen Ivory Wayans, to poke fun at whatever films are popular at the moment. The Scary Movie franchise, the A Haunted House franchise, Dance Flick, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka!, and Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood are among the comedies the Wayans family has given us that don't let big budget blockbusters off the hook without a little roasting. If a certain genre of movie is doing well, you can bet the Wayans have made...
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Comedy Cult Classic 'I'm Gonna Git You Sucka' Coming to Blu-Ray Feb 2016

The Blaxploitation films of the 1970's were always ripe fodder for satire, but it wasn't until some 15 years after their heyday when Keenan Ivory Wayans did it, when he starred, co-wrote and directed his 1988 film, "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka". United Artists/MGM, which produced and financed the low budget $3 million film, obviously didn't have a lot of confidence in it at first, not exactly sure of what they had. As a result, they gave the film a very limited opening during the 1988 Xmas holiday season. But when audiences enthusiastically responded to it, it forced the studio to open it wider the following January, and it became a sleeper box office hit. The film stars several of...
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25 years later: How 'In Living Color' broke sketch comedy's race barrier

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25 years later: How 'In Living Color' broke sketch comedy's race barrier
In the summer of 1989, while Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" was sounding a thunderclap in cinemas, a troupe of largely black actors and comedians came together on a Fox sound stage in Century City to produce a sketch comedy show aimed at servicing a minority point of view that had been underrepresented by the medium. With producer Keenen Ivory Wayans at the helm, fresh off the success of his 1988 Blaxploitation parody film "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," eight individuals — a then-unknown Jim Carrey along with Kelly Coffield, Kim Coles, Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier, T'Keyah "Crystal" Keymáh and Wayans' siblings Damon and Kim — filmed the first episodes of "In Living Color." The show debuted on April 15, 1990, and 25 years later, Damon Wayans can't help but remember first and foremost that he had hair back then. "I remember the pain of getting fired from 'Saturday Night Live' and feeling that I needed redemption,
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Listen to Rihanna's New Single, "B*tch Better Have My Money"

Rihanna's new single is here! Though initially only a few snippets were available if you downloaded an app called Dubsmash, the full song is now on iTunes. The singer began teasing the new song this week, releasing a few cryptic Instagrams. The track is just the latest single to premiere off her upcoming album, so there could be more on the way. "Turn up to Rihanna while the whole club f*cking wasted / Every time I drop I am the only thing y'all playing / In a drop top doing 100 / Y'all in my rear-view mirror racing," are just some of the very confident lyrics. It's superheavy on the bass, and you can hear it for yourself below. rihannaNOW.com #R8 #Bbhmm #March26 A photo posted by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on Mar 25, 2015 at 2:56pm Pdt She also posted this clip from the 1988 comedy I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, referencing the title of
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Review: Rosario Dawson shines in Chris Rock's winning 'Top Five'

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Review: Rosario Dawson shines in Chris Rock's winning 'Top Five'
I honestly didn't know Chris Rock had this in him. As a stand-up, Rock is one of the greats. The way he evolved was incredibly impressive, and by the time he released "Bring The Pain," he was in complete command of his craft. He knew how to ride an audience to victory. On film, though, I don't think Rock has ever even approached mastering things the way he has with live performance. He's done stuff I've enjoyed, and one of the things that made his early work noteworthy was just how extreme he was. His scene in "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" was one of that film's biggest laughs for me. For literally years afterwards, the thought of "One rib!" would kill me all over again. He got to play with Eddie Murphy in "Boomerang," and I remember being excited to see the two of them in a scene, knowing
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There’s Only One Decent Wayans Brother Movie and It Was Made 26 Years Ago

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There’s Only One Decent Wayans Brother Movie and It Was Made 26 Years Ago
Amongst other things, this weekend’s release of A Haunted House 2 might make you wonder: Why are the Wayans brothers? That's not an incomplete thought, but a reflection of the existential malaise the barely-were comedians now inspire. Between this movie, its predecessor, a pair of Scary Movies, White Chicks, Dance Flick, and Little Man, Marlon, Shawn, and Keenen Ivory have racked up an embarrassment of embarrassments. Still, at least one Wayans has produced a good movie. 1988’s I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, written, directed by, and starring Keenen Ivory, is everything their recent efforts are not. While both Scary Movies and both A Haunted House movies look down on the horror genre they send up, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka lovingly sends up tropes used in blaxploitation films like Shaft, Dolemite, and Super Fly. In his film, Keenen Ivory broke the genre down to a main theme: black protagonists'
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Netflix TV shows and movies expiring on Jan. 1: What are they?

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The New Year is a time to look forward at all the exciting things that are coming ahead, but is also a time of loss. That loss, of course, is with Netflix, as the streaming service will be saying goodbye to a number of previously-available TV shows and movies.

Since Netflix no longer advertises when various titles in its library are expiring, one Reddit thread (via Vulture) collected them for your pleasure. It's worth noting that some of these titles may not permanently disappear, and might return as soon as a day or several hours after being removed as per Netflix's contract agreements.

Fortunately for all your TV-loving folks out there, not many television shows are being removed. The ones on the chopping block are "The Kids in the Hall," the original "Dark Shadows," "Mr. Bean," "Saturday Night Live The 2000s" and "Perfect 10 Model Boxing: Vol. 1." So if any of
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'Police Woman' Angie Dickinson loves 'Southland,' enjoys being a 'standard bearer'

Angie Dickinson has the credentials to read television's female law enforcers their rights, having been one of the earliest.

The veteran actress went from star of such movies as the original "Ocean's 11" and "The Killers" to home-screen staple in "Police Woman," NBC's "Police Story" spinoff that ran four seasons (1974-78). The show came at a time when women typically weren't drama-series leads ... and when told that other actresses cite her as someone who opened gates for them, Dickinson replies to Zap2it, "It's nice to be a standard bearer."

Ironically, she might not have been the performer who would become Sgt. Suzanne "Pepper" Anderson. "I happen to know that they wanted Karen Black for the 'Police Story' episode," Dickinson reports, "and as we were shooting that, they said, 'This could make a series.' They didn't have a separate series in mind at all when we started.
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DVD Review: Modus Operandi

In the immortal words of Danny Glover, I'm getting too old for this shit.Modus Operandi is one of the glut of new school exploitation films shot with tongue firmly in cheek in the wake of financial disaster that was the Tarantino/Rodriguez double feature, Grindhouse. There are a few films that have managed this feat effectively, but so far, very few. My favorite of the new breed is Black Dynamite, which manages to use all of the tropes of blaxploitation in a credible way, while still managing to get solid laughs. It is everything I'm Gonna Git You Sucka should have been. Modus Operandi is no Black Dynamite, shit, it's not even I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. The film is so far up its own ass,...
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NFL's Greatest Players: The 13 Best Football Stars in Movies

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On Super Bowl Sunday, the best and baddest of the professional football world will lay it on the line for the biggest of prizes. But only a select few will go on to achieve an even greater glory: movie superstardom.

Okay, the odds of anybody from the NFL rubbing shoulders with Daniel Day-Lewis is somewhat slim, but there have been several former players who have acquitted themselves well on the big screen.

Join us as we salute these gridiron heroes-turned-silver screen stars. (Pros only, please: Sorry, former college star The Rock.)

13. Dan Marino, 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective' (1994)

"Laces out, Dan!" As the object of place kicker-turned-psycho killer Ray Finkel's madness, former Dolphins Qb great Dan Marino plays a key role in the mystery that leads Jim Carrey's wacky title character into a multiple-murder mystery. But what's surprising is the manner in which Marino acquits himself as an actor,
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Kim Wayans Photo: Governors Awards 2011

Kim Wayans Actress Kim Wayans attends the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he's co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage; veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (Starman, Altered States, The Exorcist), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. TV celebrity Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Among Wayans' movie credits are I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Talking About Sex, Critics and Other Freaks, and A Low Down Dirty Shame. Wayans was also a regular on the television series In the House and In Living Color.
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William Marshall: The black Christopher Lee

After his electrifying performance as Blacula (1972), the great William Marshall was briefly considered a worthy successor to Christopher Lee's vampire king. A respected Shakespearean actor with an impressive theatre background, he was set to become a major horror star of the seventies, but like his fellow stage actor Robert Quarry, who achieved the same status as Count Yorga, his film career faded rapidly after the genre went through a radical re-think following the commercial success of The Exorcist (1973).

Marshall remained in New York to train in as an actor and director in Grand Opera and Shakespeare, although he had to support himself in a variety of jobs before making his professional stage debut. At 6ft 5inches, he was an impressively built, handsome, strong-featured actor with a booming bass baritone voice to match his towering presence. Not surprisingly, he quickly built up a formidable reputation as America's finest Shakespearean actor,
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'Vampires Suck' and Our Favorite Movie Spoofs of All Time

Any time a movie franchise -- or genre -- becomes popular enough, the parodies and spoofs of those films and that genre are sure to follow. From higher-minded spoofs like the films of Mel Brooks to the SNL-inspired tomes like "MacGruber," pointing out and exaggerating the tropes of a genre is an art form in and of itself.

On TV and at the movies, vampires and the supernatural are one of the most popular types of characters in entertainment today. The massive success of "The Twilight Saga" and of TV shows like "True Blood" make blood-sucking and forbidden passions really ripe for parody. This week, the new film, "Vampires Suck" hits AMC theatres and will do just that.

In honor of "Vampires Suck," we look back at five of our favorite spoof movies!

"Airplane!"

The trio of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker satirized the disaster film genre in 1980's "Airplane!
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'American Ninja' Leaves Us Thankful For Awesome In Today's Sick Day Stash

'American Ninja' Leaves Us Thankful For Awesome In Today's Sick Day Stash
Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. Here are some of ours.

With "Ninja Assassin" hitting theaters this week, it seemed the perfect time to put the spotlight on one my favorite masterpiece of sick-day cinema: 1985's "American Ninja."

Directed by Sam Firstenberg and starring Michael Dudikoff, Steve James ("I'm Gonna Git You Sucka") and veteran '80s ninja movie star Tadashi Yamashita, "American Ninja" was on such a heavy rotation during my childhood that I wore out several copies of the film on VHS. While it spawned at least three sequels,
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From 'Spinal Tap' to 'Machete' to 'Black Dynamite': My favorite movie parodies put the machete to reality

When you think about movie parodies -- we could be talking Airplane!, the Austin Powers films, or one of those great old Mad magazine satires, which were really the first place that a lot of us, as kids, got to "see" movies made for adults -- the key to a terrific send-up would seem to be the art of exaggeration, pure and simple. But there’s a particular brand of cinematic parody that I love, at this point, almost more than any other. And though it does employ the art of exaggeration (in very, very deadpan ways), far more than that,
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Wicked Stepfathers, Law Breaking Citizens and Wild Things

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This week in theaters finds some late-to-the-party summertime silliness lining up alongside a couple of titles arriving three weeks early for Halloween. Elsewhere the arthouse scene provides a strong showing with Chilean maids, Filipino mothers and some good ol' New York psychos.

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"Adela"

The only person who's worked harder in the Filipino film industry over the past three years than director Adolfo Alix Jr., who's made 11 features since 2006, is his leading lady Anita Linda, who has made 13 in the same time and plays the title role in this minimalist mood piece as stand-in for an entire nation's embittered resilience. Captured in a series of long takes, the film follows our eponymous heroine on a mostly silent odyssey, casually aiding neighbors and strangers alike as she wistfully celebrates her 80th birthday in the shantytown where she lives.
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