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Billy Crystal Reveals How He Tore A Rib Muscle In ‘The Weirdest Injury Ever’

18 July 2017 8:10 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Billy Crystal is opening up about cancelling his talk show appearance last month after getting “the weirdest injury ever.” During a rescheduled appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Monday night, the 69-year-old “When Harry Met Sally…” star reveals that he dealt with an extremely painful injury after succumbing to an uncontrollable sneeze. Related: Billy Crystal Opens […] »

- Cat Williams

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From Dystopia to Utopia - How Elisabeth Moss Finds Her Happy

17 July 2017 12:55 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

I wasn't really sure what to expect when meeting Elisabeth Moss for the first time in Cannes. We were about to spend the next three days together doing interviews, events, and dinners. Of course, I'd known of her since she starred as First Daughter Zoey Bartlet on The West Wing in the late '90s and early 2000s and wowed us all in Girl, Interrupted, holding her own with Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie. And I had just binge-watched The Handmaid's Tale and started Top of the Lake. Neither of her characters on those two TV shows were people I thought I would want to hang with, but luckily for me, Irl Lizzie is much more carefree, relaxed, and hilarious. In fact, she was a pleasure from the first minute we met. Literally - within one minute of meeting, she and my awesome, fun husband, Brian, bonded over baseball stats, »

- Lisa Sugar

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Blue Sunshine (1978)

15 July 2017 11:07 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Weird is a very comfortable word in Jeff Lieberman’s lexicon. From the night crawler nastiness of Squirm (1976) to his mountaintop massacre Just Before Dawn (1981), his films are always a little left of the norm and all the better for it. And in between those two, he decided to take a run at a paranoia thriller nursing a major ‘60s hangover, pulsating with psychotic, Kojakian ex hippies. Welcome to Blue Sunshine (1978), a film more potent than the brown acid your great uncle said he took at Woodstock. (Although he probably wasn’t even there.)

Released Stateside in May (after a stop across the pond at the BFI the previous November) by Cinema Shares International (the fine folks behind Soul Brothers of Kung Fu), Blue Sunshine’s limited run and puzzled looks from critics saw it quickly fade away into cultdom, where it resided for decades with Lieberman’s other films »

- Scott Drebit

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Why When Harry Met Sally is the Best Romantic Comedy of All-Time

30 June 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

A lot of people like romantic comedies, or rom-coms as they’re affectionately known. There have been so many made in the past few decades though that the market has been saturated with the type of formulaic dialogue and story that has a lot of people eschewing the theater experience and waiting for Netflix or Hulu to bring their favorite films aboard. You can almost pinpoint within a movie just when the drama will begin, when the real conflict begins to brew, and when it will come to a head. Be it on the heads of the writers or the actors

Why When Harry Met Sally is the Best Romantic Comedy of All-Time »

- Wake

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‘The Big Sick’: How Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon Brought Their Real-Life Love Story to Screen

21 June 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

July 14 marks a special occasion for Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. Not only is it their 10-year wedding anniversary —  it’s the day the film about their courtship, “The Big Sick,” opens nationwide.

The movie, directed by Michael Showalter and starring Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan as Emily and Holly Hunter and Ray Romano as her parents, premiered to rave reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Written by Nanjiani and Gordon, the film also sparked a bidding war, with Amazon Studios acquiring the rights for $12 million. “The Big Sick” manages to be both broad in its comedy (Judd Apatow is one of the producers) and intensely personal, tackling topics not usually seen in summer comedies, like illness, religion and race relations. And, of course, it’s a passion project for the couple, whose real-life story lent itself to good cinematic material.

In many ways, their anniversary shouldn’t be happening. For starters, Nanjiani had promised his parents he would enter into an arranged marriage with a Pakistani woman. Then, three months before what would prove to be Nanjiani and Gordon’s wedding date, Gordon was placed in a medically induced coma after abruptly falling gravely ill.

Prior to the coma, Nanjiani and Gordon were casually dating, both thinking the relationship could ultimately go nowhere. Everything changed when she became sick and Nanjiani found himself thrust into the role of caretaker, along with her visiting parents, whom he had only briefly met once before. Time by her bedside changed the nature of the relationship between Gordon and Nanjiani, who proposed shortly after she recovered. Or, as Gordon jokes, “I went to sleep with a casual boyfriend and woke up with a guy ready to be married.”

When the pair wed a decade ago, it was an informal event.

“We walked into a courthouse in Chicago and got matching tattoos because we didn’t have money for wedding rings,” Nanjiani reveals. Today, they share a home in the Hollywood area with their cat, Bagel. Nanjiani is best known for his role as computer programmer Dinesh on HBO’s heralded series “Silicon Valley.” Gordon, who was a therapist when they met, has been published in The New York Times and The Atlantic and has written for “Another Period” and “The Carmichael Show.”

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The process of scripting “The Big Sick” began in 2012, after Nanjiani appeared on a live taping of the podcast “You Made It Weird” alongside Apatow.

He pitched Apatow several ideas for a script, and the producer homed in on the true story of the unusual relationship between the then struggling stand-up comic and his wife. “It was one of those stories you can’t believe happened,” Apatow recalls.

Though Gordon had executive produced Nanjiani’s show “The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail” and they’d shared a podcast, the pair had never worked together as writers. “We would split up scenes and write our own version of the scene and then swap it and rewrite and rewrite,” Gordon says. Nanjiani adds that his wife’s work ethic helped spur him on. “I’d be playing video games and would get an email from her with completed scenes and go, ‘Oh man, she’s showing me up. I have to get on this.’”

They knew from the start that since the project wasn’t a documentary, certain elements would be invented or changed. “It’s not really exciting when you hang out at the hospital all day,” Nanjiani notes. “You show up in the morning, get coffee, then plan to meet the hematologist at 2 p.m., then the pulmonologist — it’s a lot of waiting and sitting around.” Echoes Gordon, “Nobody wants to see that movie.”

Another significant alteration: In the film, the pair break up before Emily goes into her coma. Notes Gordon, “It’s interesting to be at your casual girlfriend’s side when she gets sick. But it’s even more interesting to be at your recent ex-girlfriend’s side.”

They also took creative license with both sets of parents in the film. Gordon says her mother and father are quite different from the characters played by Hunter and Romano, though they’re thrilled with their doppelgangers. “My family’s favorite movie is ‘Raising Arizona,’ so they could not believe it,” Gordon says with a laugh. “They love the movie — they watched it five times in one day.” And while Nanjiani’s parents did expect him to enter into an arranged marriage, they were living in a different city when he gave them the (still difficult) news.

The pair took pains to present such cultural practices in a fair light. “For a lot of people, arranged marriage here is taken as a joke,” notes Nanjiani. “But it’s a very real thing. All my aunts, uncles, cousins, my parents are in arranged marriages. So we tried to show how it really does work for people.” Gordon adds that before she met Nanjiani, she had a friend in grad school who was entering into an arranged marriage. “I was glad I had a framework of someone who was super happy, not coerced into it,” she says. “And they’ve been together 12 years now.”

For three years, Gordon says, she and Nanjiani kept at the script. “We would work on drafts, take them to Judd every few months, and Judd would rip them to shreds. And then we would go back and rewrite. He is brutal in the best way.” Nanjiani adds that Apatow never pressured them to turn in drafts. “I think he develops a few things, and the ball is in your court to keep it going,” he says. “Though right before we started shooting, he did say, ‘You guys really stuck in there. Most people would have quit!’”

“We aren’t exactly alike, but we really are so similar. She instantly felt like someone I knew and would be friends with.” Zoe Kazan, on meeting Emily V. Gordon

To hear Apatow tell it, the script needed time to develop, much like his films “Bridesmaids” and “Trainwreck,” which also had long gestation periods. “If written badly, it would have been a rough movie to get through,” Apatow admits. “But they found the sense of humor and the warmth to bring it to life. And a lot of that came from bringing on Michael as director and casting Zoe, Ray and Holly.”

Showalter had known Nanjiani for 10 years from the New York comedy scene, and had even cast him in a small role in his feature “Hello, My Name Is Doris.” When he signed on to direct “The Big Sick,” he was also active in helping with the screenplay, which he notes was not traditionally structured. “There aren’t a lot of examples that I could look to where one of the main characters goes missing for the second act,” Showalter points out. “It would be like if in ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ Sally just disappears for an hour.”

Kazan seems to have been a natural choice for Gordon. The playwright-actress had been in films similar to the genre like “What If” and “Ruby Sparks,” the latter of which she also wrote. “I really wasn’t looking to do another romantic comedy, but when I read the script it was so smart and so good,” Kazan admits. “It’s not unlike falling in love; I had a chemical feeling where it just felt like the right fit. Very rarely do I walk out of an audition thinking, ‘Yeah, I fucking nailed that!’ But I was going to be sad if I didn’t get it.”

To hear everyone tell it, Kazan did indeed nail it. “She just blew everybody out of the water,” says Gordon, who concedes that casting was the only time things felt slightly surreal seeing her story play out. “It basically consisted of him flirting with women — literally so many hot actresses,” Gordon recalls. “It was the only time I had to get myself together and remember to be cool with this.”

As it turns out, Gordon and Kazan have much in common. Both are in their 30s, are writers and are in long-term relationships with artists (Kazan has been dating actor Paul Dano since 2007.) They instantly hit it off, with Kazan noting, “I felt a chemistry with her as much as I did with Kumail.” But Kazan didn’t feel the need to do an imitation of Gordon. “We aren’t exactly alike, but we really are so similar. She instantly felt like someone I knew and would be friends with,” Kazan says.

Once Kazan was cast, the hunt began for the parents, and Romano and Hunter had long been on the writers’ minds. When they said yes, there was extra pressure on Nanjiani as an actor; he had been attached to star even before “Silicon Valley” hit TV screens. Yet there was never any question he would play the role. “This is by far the biggest part I’ve ever had in a movie, and Emily and I had never written a movie, and from the start Judd was like, ‘Yeah, you’ll write the movie and you’ll be the guy,’” Nanjiani recalls. Admits Gordon, “You were a gamble.”

Gordon adds that Nanjiani did the most prep she had ever seen him do. He worked with an acting coach, Myra Turley, for the first time ever. “I was starting from scratch,” he says, adding that he practiced with monologues from movies where characters were in a coma, such as “The Fisher King” and “Awakenings.”

Apatow says he was never concerned. “This might be delusional, but when someone is fun to watch in broader comedy or stand-up, I always think they’ll be able to give a great performance in a movie they care deeply about,” he explains. “And he loves his wife so much, and they’re just the best couple, and I knew that that would shine through.”

Concurs Kazan, “Kumail worked really hard, and I think he’s going to surprise people. He prepared as if he was Daniel Day-Lewis prepping for ‘My Left Foot.’ I even said, ‘I don’t know that you need to prepare this much; you’ve lived it.’ It was really beautiful to watch him on set stretch his wings and feel his own power as an actor.”

Now it remains to be seen if a smaller romantic comedy can find an audience in the land of “Transformers” and superheroes. Nanjiani and Gordon had input on the trailer, which leans heavily on the comedy. “If you describe it as ‘Muslim guy falls in love with a white woman, then she falls into a coma,’ it sounds so serious,” Nanjiani says. Adds Gordon, “It sounds pretentious. As a movie lover, I would not want to watch a movie described to me the way that our movie is. So I wanted to make sure the trailer communicated it’s a comedy.”

Apatow, who has shepherded his share of hits, says that at the end of the day, it’s impossible to predict if the film, which Lionsgate will distribute for Amazon, will connect. “I don’t know if any of us understand why people leave their houses and go to the movie theater anymore,” he says. “We have one thing going for us: The movie is wonderful. It just completely works. Is that enough to get people to put down their remote control? We’ll find out.”

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- Jenelle Riley

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‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’: Always Blunt Barry Sonnenfeld Is Writing A Book About His Time In Hollywood [Podcast]

15 June 2017 10:02 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Barry Sonnenfeld’s has proved to have a unique directorial eye with such pop culture touchstones as “The Addams Family,” “Men in Black” and “Get Shorty.” However, he’s spent the past year or so, working for Netflix as the show runner and executive producer of the streaming service’s “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” reboot.

During our conversation on this brand new episode of the 4 Quadrant podcast, Sonnenfeld bluntly explains why he was fired from the original movie (there was no love lost between himself and a producer at DreamWorks), how to handle the incredibly talented, but infamously difficult super producer Scott Rudin (it involves pillows) and goes into major detail on the casting and production of ‘Unfortunate Events.’

Many movie fans have also forgotten that Sonnefeld was a master cinematographer and was the Director of Photography on modern classics such as “Misery,” “Miller’s Crossing, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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TwitterTales: When Harry Met Sejal and the Internet’s memes!

12 June 2017 1:58 AM, PDT | FilmiPop | See recent FilmiPop news »

When in the right mood, the internet’s a funny place to be! Well, when Imtiaz Ali decided to drop the first poster of the Shah Rukh Khan-Anushka Sharma starrer Jab Harry Met Sejal, little did he know what the poster’s reception was going to be! While some expressed displeasure over the film’s ‘boring title’ , some felt the film was a replica of Hollywood classic When Harry Met Sally but some genius minds over the internet felt the poster was apt enough……to troll! Be it the lead stars’ expression or the name in itself, the film’s poster was immensely trolled! What a ‘smart’ promotion strategy, don’t you think? Here are some of the funniest memes to make your Monday! Does Pm Modi approve? Umm, yeah he does...Megan Kelly! Biggest Salman-Shah Rukh clash of all times! Any thoughts, Virat Kohli? Hairy much? »

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Omg! This is the real reason why Shah Rukh Khan owes Rs. 5000 to Ranbir Kapoor

10 June 2017 1:25 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Just a day ago, the much talked about Shah Rukh KhanImtiaz Ali venture got its title in the form of Jab Harry Met Sejal. From When Harry Met Sally to Imtiaz’s Jab We Met, the title was compared to several of these films owing to its resonance with their titles. However, what tookRead More

The post Omg! This is the real reason why Shah Rukh Khan owes Rs. 5000 to Ranbir Kapoor appeared first on Bollywood Hungama. »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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‘Legion’: Aubrey Plaza Reveals How David Bowie and Beetlejuice Helped Her Become a ‘Rock Star’ Monster

8 June 2017 10:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

“I mean, I just coughed a feather up like five minutes ago,” said Aubrey Plaza.

That’s the price the actress had to pay for working on the FX’s series “Legion” in which her character rips open a pillow in a mad, choreographed dream sequence that all takes place in the subconscious of David Haller (Dan Stevens).

“I was so far gone and wrapped up in that character… that I just started knifing that pillow open, and the feathers just kind of exploded into my face and I inhaled a bunch of them…But I was coughing up feathers like an animal for a while, and it was kind of scary because I had a lot of them in my lung. It was very Looney Tunes.”

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ to Akira Kurosawa: How FX’s Most In-Demand Director Learned His Visual Storytelling Style

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- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Legion’: Aubrey Plaza Reveals How David Bowie and Beetlejuice Helped Her Become a ‘Rock Star’ Monster

8 June 2017 10:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“I mean, I just coughed a feather up like five minutes ago,” said Aubrey Plaza.

That’s the price the actress had to pay for working on the FX’s series “Legion” in which her character rips open a pillow in a mad, choreographed dream sequence that all takes place in the subconscious of David Haller (Dan Stevens).

“I was so far gone and wrapped up in that character… that I just started knifing that pillow open, and the feathers just kind of exploded into my face and I inhaled a bunch of them…But I was coughing up feathers like an animal for a while, and it was kind of scary because I had a lot of them in my lung. It was very Looney Tunes.”

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ to Akira Kurosawa: How FX’s Most In-Demand Director Learned His Visual Storytelling Style

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- Hanh Nguyen

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Female Directors Power List: See Which Filmmakers Grossed Over $100 Million

1 June 2017 12:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Wonder Woman” is expected to top the weekend; claims that it will be the most successful film ever directed by a woman will soon follow. That’s possible, but far from guaranteed: While Hollywood’s pretzel logic would suggest that women rarely direct blockbusters, Patty Jenkins’ success story will have a lot of competition.

The dearth of women directors trusted by studios to helm top movies becomes even more suspect when adjusting grosses to current ticket prices. Despite limited opportunities, 14 have grossed over $200 million, and 40 total over $100 million when calculated at current numbers.


Below, we go into detail about the top directors and their movies; there’s a lot to see, with some compelling and surprising conclusions. However, more than any other statistic, here’s one that stands out: Among the most successful female directors, after adjusting to current ticket prices, the career average per film gross is over $100 million for several. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Carrie Fisher's 'Star Wars' Family Remembers Her 'Vibrant' Legacy: 'She Lived Her Life the Way She Wanted To'

24 May 2017 6:10 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

With Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi hitting theaters later this year, the stars of the beloved series are still coming to terms with the death of Carrie Fisher.

In a recent sit-down interview with Vanity Fair, stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and director Rian Johnson open up about the impact Fisher had on their lives and on the genre-defining series.

For Hamill, whose 40-year friendship with Fisher began when they appeared alongside each other in the original Star Wars film, released in 1977, the reality of Fisher's death is too much for him to comprehend.

Watch: Carrie Fisher Graces Vanity Fair Cover in Honor of Stars Wars 40th Anniversary

"I can't say that phrase… Carrie’s name and then the d-word," he says. "Because I think of her in the present tense."

"Maybe it’s a form of denial, but she’s so vibrant in my mind, and so vital »

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Carrie Fisher Cuddles Up to Billie Lourd and Mark Hamill in Sweet Star Wars Photos as Costars Share Her Candid Advice to Them

24 May 2017 2:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Carrie Fisher’s death has made #TheLastJedi more poignant—a film farewell to both the actress and the character https://t.co/XR6a0IeR4J pic.twitter.com/1gmDKLybJU

— Vanity Fair (@VanityFair) May 24, 2017

The cast of Star Wars is remembering their fallen princess-turned-general.

In a new cover story for Vanity Fair, the stars of the saga’s latest installment, The Last Jedi, share their fond memories of Carrie Fisher on set — along with the wise advice she gave them. As the saga’s latest female lead, Daisy Ridley recalls how the actress behind the iconic hair buns helped her »

- Ale Russian

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Meg Ryan Lists Luxurious $11 Million New York City Loft

4 May 2017 8:36 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Meg Ryan—the star of many iconic New York City-based films like You've Got Mail and When Harry Met Sally—is selling her home in the Big Apple. The 55-year-old actress has listed her sprawling, luxury loft in SoHo for a whopping $11 million, according to Corcoran.  Covering the full fifth floor of a former button factory on NYC's Mercer St., the 4,100 square-foot condo features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a chef's eat-in kitchen, a butler's pantry and a media room. To add to the spacey feel, 13 oversize windows look out over the city, bringing in sunshine from all angles. Though Ryan put in quite a bit of renovation, she maintained the original detailing including the »

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Cover Art & Release Date for Slither Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Featuring New Audio Commentary by James Gunn & the Cast

6 April 2017 10:08 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

*Updated with more details by Scream Factory.* If you think of Mayor MacReady whenever you see a can of Mr. Pibb, or if alien slugs come to mind instead of Freddy's clawed glove when you take a bath, then chances are that James Gunn's Slither has left quite an impression on you.

Early this year, Scream Factory announced that they would release Slither on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray this summer, and now Gunn himself has revealed (on Facebook) the new cover art and July 25th release date for the Blu-ray, which will include a new audio commentary by Gunn and members of the cast.

Additional special features beyond the audio commentary will be announced in late May, and we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed.

From James Gunn: "I'd like to officially announce that after Many Years of waiting, and me »

- Derek Anderson

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Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Honored at Public Memorial Service

25 March 2017 2:48 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Friends, family and fans have gathered together to celebrate the beautiful lives and legacies of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher with a public memorial service at the Freedom Theater at Forest Lawn Cemetery Hollywood Hills on Saturday. The late mother-daughter duo died just one day apart from each other back in December.

Watch: Todd Fisher on How Billie Lourd Is Coping With Tragic Family Deaths: She's 'a Pretty Powerful Gal'

The memorial, which was also live-streamed on DebbieReynolds.com, was organized by Debbie's son and Carrie's brother, Todd. While speaking with Et earlier this week, the producer anticipated that there wouldn't "be a dry eye in the house" -- and he wasn't wrong.

Once all guests were seated in the theater, Todd came out onstage to welcome local members of the Coast Guard in, who helped kick off the memorial. "My mother would have liked that," Todd revealed. "This entire thing I'm calling a show, not a memorial »

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The Comedian Starring Robert De Niro and an All-Star Cast Debuts on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital May 2nd

22 March 2017 6:26 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Two-Time Academy Award Winner Robert De Niro Leads an All-Star Cast, Including Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Edie Falco, Charles Grodin, Cloris Leachman, Patti LuPone and Harvey Keitel in The Comedian

Two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro (Best Supporting Actor, The Godfather: Part II, 1974; Best Actor, Raging Bull, 1980) stars as an aging insult comic trying to reinvent himself for acclaimed filmmaker Taylor Hackford (Ray) in the comedy-drama The Comedian. De Niro’s eight-years-in-the-making passion project also stars Leslie Mann (Knocked Up), Danny DeVito (“Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”), Charles Grodin (Dave), Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman (Best Supporting Actress, The Last Picture Show, 1971), Patti LuPone (“Penny Dreadful”), and Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel (Best Supporting Actor, Bugsy, 1991), with a cast that includes Lucy DeVito (Leaves of Grass) and Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally…). In addition, the film features a veritable who’s who of stand-up comedians, »

- Tom Stockman

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Love: how Judd Apatow rewrote the rom-com rulebook

21 March 2017 10:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Mar 22, 2017

Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin and Paul Rust have subverted expectations with Love, a thoughtful, funny and fearless Netflix series...

Love is one of Netflix’s finest original comedies. It’s certainly right up there with Master Of None and BoJack Horseman in the category of comedies that aren’t afraid to tackle tough topics.

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The show’s vague title means that Love may have flown under your radar, but it also comes with benefits. Due to the broad scope of its moniker, Love is a show without a gimmick, allowing the writing team to go down any path they wish to develop their characters, mine for laughs and tug on our heartstrings. It succeeds regularly on all three counts. »

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Great Job, Internet!: Watch Billy Crystal voice a primitive Buzz Lightyear in this unsettling Toy Story demo

27 February 2017 12:50 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Pixar originally wanted Billy Crystal to voice Buzz Lightyear in its first feature, 1995’s Toy Story (Crystal turned it down and the part went to Tim Allen). The animation studio went so far as to put some When Harry Met Sally dialogue into a piece of custom-made animation, tailored to Crystal’s character freaking out about a wagon-wheel coffee table.

Maybe it’s just because the pompous Buzz is so firmly connected with Allen’s voice 17 years and three films later, but this clip feels very wrong. It’s not befitting of a space ranger to get so worked up about a coffee table.

[via Digg]


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Great Job, Internet!: How When Harry Met Sally breaks from the rom-com standard

16 February 2017 12:51 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

When Harry Met Sally, written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner, is generally acknowledged as one of the greats of the rom-com form. But a close look by filmmaker Michael Tucker of Lessons From The Screenplay shows that the 1989 romantic comedy is actually groundbreaking as well.

According to Tucker, When Harry Met Sally succeeds by turning around standard rom-com standards. For example, in many such movies, the intended couple can’t stand each other at first, then fall in love over the course of the film as they spend more time together (as in It Happened One Night, among others). In Whms, the couple doesn’t get along when they first meet, and then separates for five years. Then they don’t get along again, and leave for five more years. When they finally meet again, instead of falling in love, they become friends. This, Tucker opines ...


- Gwen Ihnat

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