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Income Disposal: City Slickers and Super Grover: Here’s what’s on sale on Amazon today

18 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

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The Magnificent Seven and Return Of The Magnificent Seven ($3.99 to rent, $7.99 to own, or free to watch with a Tribeca Shortlist subscription)

Before Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington’s Magnificent Seven hits theaters next weekend, check out the original and its lesser sequel.

City Slickers ($3.99 to rent, $7.99 to own)

If you’re in the mood for some lighter cowboy fare ...

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- Marah Eakin

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Great Job, Internet!: Decades after Home Alone, tarantulas still freak Daniel Stern out

27 July 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Maryland-born character actor and voice-over legend Daniel Stern can look back on a career filled with accomplishments. In a very competitive industry, he has worked steadily in TV and film since 1979, not to mention countless radio commercials. His credits include such well-regarded films as City Slickers, Diner, and Breaking Away. The man narrated six seasons of The Wonder Years, for crying out loud. But, to much of the movie-watching world, Stern will always be Marv, the lanky, dimwitted burglar who lets out a scream for the ages when Macaulay Culkin places a tarantula on his face in 1990’s John Hughes-scripted Home Alone. If a video posted to Stern’s official (if underutilized) YouTube channel is any indication, the actor has come to peace with this legacy, if “come to peace” means that he still lets out a blood-curdling shriek at the very sight of a tarantula.

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- Joe Blevins

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Review: ‘The Shallows’ Is The Best Shark Movie Since ‘Jaws’

23 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As Jean-Luc Godard famously never said: “All you need for a movie is a girl and a great white shark.” “The Shallows” presupposes is that adding a cute seagull, a rotting whale, and a few GoPro cameras to the mix probably doesn’t hurt. Unequivocally the best shark movie since “Jaws” (yes, even better than “Open Water” and “Deep Blue Sea”), this back-to-basics thriller either eliminates or reclaims all of the excess and gimmickry that have watered down the genre since Steven Spielberg first invented it — there’s only one killer fish, she’s shot in beautiful 2D, and it doesn’t appear as though the beast has developed the ability to swim backwards as the result of reckless genetic modifications. The film flirts with found-footage, but only in small and supremely effective doses; the shark is a digital effect, but a glorious one whose artificiality is only clear in »

- David Ehrlich

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Remember When... 'City Slickers' Achieved Peak Billy Crystal?

8 June 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The early '90s may not have been great for fashion or pop music, but they were a golden age if you were into crystals. Well, Billy Crystal, specifically. Though he'd had plenty of success during his 15 years in the public eye (TV's Soap; a stint on SNL; a comedy album), it was now, with George H.W. Bush in the White House and Roseanne on TV, that Crystal reached his pinnacle.  First, he hosted the Oscars every year from 1990 to 1993, presiding over some of the show's most memorable moments and setting a new standard for viewers too young to remember when Bob Hope reigned. And in the midst of that -- 25 years ago this week, in fact -- he starred in City Slickers, the highest-grossing comedy of 1991 and an eventual Oscar-winner itself.  City Slickers...

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- Eric D. Snider

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70 years ago today: Mickey Mouse welcomed BBC back to the airwaves after World War II

7 June 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

70 years ago today, Mickey Mouse welcomed BBC back to the airwaves for the first time after World War II. The television service had been shut down for nearly seven years when broadcasting ceased during the war. The 1933 cartoon Mickey’s Gala Premier was the final program broadcast on BBC on September 1, 1939 before it went off the air, and it was the first program transmitted when BBC was back in 1946. The cartoon chronicles Hollywood celebrities joining Mickey and Minnie at Grumman’s Chinese Theatre for the premiere of a new Mickey Mouse movie. Other notable June 7 happenings in pop culture history:  • 1955: The game show The $64,000 Question premiered on CBS. It became one of the shows involved in the 1950s quiz show scandal. • 1963: The Rolling Stones’ first single, a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Come On,” was released. • 1969: The Johnny Cash Show premiered on ABC. • 1969: At the 22nd Primetime Emmy Awards, »

- Emily Rome

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Remember Gandhi? Baby Jake? Harlow?

7 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

On this day in movie related history...

1893 Mahatma Gandhi committed his first act of civil disobedience refusing to move from a whites only first class section of a train. He had a valid ticket, after all. He was forcibly ejected in South Africa's Pietermaritzburg Railway Station. This event and many others from his nonviolent revolution were reenacted by Ben Kingsley in Gandhi, Oscar's Best Picture of 1982. (You can cover a lot with a running time of 191 minutes.)

1909 Jessica Tandy is born. Steals Michelle Pfeiffer's Oscar 80 years, 9 months, and 19 days later.

1917 Rat Pack royalty Dean Martin is born. Centennial next year.

1928 Perpetually underappreciated and totally awesome director James Ivory is born. Later makes masterpieces like A Room With a View and Howards End. Where's his Honorary Oscar, AMPAS? He's 87 people get on that immediately. 

1937 The original Bombshell, Jean Harlow dies suddenly at the peak of her fame at the age of 26. Where's her biopic? »

- NATHANIEL R

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'City Slickers': 10 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Hit Comedy

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

It's hard to imagine being nostalgic for a midlife crisis. Nonetheless, it's been 25 years since Billy Crystal conceived of, produced, and starred in the funniest midlife-crisis movie ever. A quarter-century after the release of "City Slickers" (on June 7, 1991), fans remember it fondly for its story of three tenderfoot cowpokes out of their depth, for Jack Palance's wonderfully hard-bitten trail boss, and for generating one of the most memorable moments in Oscar history.

In honor of the film's 25th anniversary, we've rounded up these little-known "City Slickers" facts.

1. Crystal came up with the idea for the movie while watching a TV show about middle-aged men going on life-changing fantasy vacations. He borrowed the plot from John Wayne's "The Cowboys," reimagined it as a comedy, and hired screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel to craft it into a screenplay. The two writers were too lazy to visit an actual dude »

- Gary Susman

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Tyler Perry Taps Jim & Brian Kehoe to Direct ‘Top of the Food Chain’ (Exclusive)

27 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films has tapped Black List scribes Jim Kehoe & Brian Kehoe to direct its R-rated action-comedy script “Top of the Food Chain.”

The script, penned by the Kehoes, is described as “City Slickers” meets “The Revenant” and follows a group of suburban men who head to the isolated wilderness to spice up their pedestrian lives, but soon realize how ill-equipped they are when they find themselves being hunted by a massive predatory bear.

Perry, Ozzie Areu and Matt Moore will produce “Top of the Food Chain” for 34th Street Films with David Kang, producer of “The Comments” and the recent viral short, “Power/Rangers.” Chris Cowles of Dmg Entertainment will also produce and Dmg’s Chris Fenton and Dan Mintz will executive produce.

The film was originally purchased as a pitch by 34th Street, which subsequently teamed up on the project with Dmg. Dmg’s films »

- Justin Kroll

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Us Briefs: 34th Street Films moves ahead on 'Top Of The Food Chain'

26 April 2016 9:12 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Turner to launch Svod service FilmStruck; and more…

Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films has hired Black List writers Jim Kehoe and Brian Kehoe to direct their R-rated action-comedy script Top Of The Food Chain.

The comedy is described as City Slickers meets The Revenant, replete with a huge, marauding bear.

Kay Cannon is preparing to direct The Kehoes’s Cherries with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg producing for Good Universe alongside Dmg Entertainment.

The Los Cabos Film Festival and Cannes Marché will present four Mexican films in post under the auspices of Los Cabos Goes To Cannes on May 15. The films are: Galopando Cine’s Carrion (Carroña) by Sebastián Hiriart; portmanteau The Bedroom (La Habitación) from Machete Films; EnAguas Cine’s The Darkest Days Of Us (Los Días Más Oscuros De Nosotras) by Astrid Rondero; and Spécola’s William, The New Judo Master (William, El Nuevo Maestro Del Judo) by Ricardo Silva.Starz Digital »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Jake Gyllenhaal Looks Back on His First Role in City Slickers: 'It Was an Interesting, Very Complicated Time'

7 April 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Long before Jake Gyllenhaal hit it big as a troubled teen in Donnie Darko or a cowboy romancing Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain, he played a bashful young boy in 1991's City Slickers, so embarrassed by his father's humdrum ad job that he introduced him as a submarine commander to his class. But while City Slickers didn't grant Gyllenhaal much screen time, the experience elicits a vivid recollection for the actor even 25 years later. "There's a lot from my childhood that I don't remember, and I remember everything from that," he tells People and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle »

- Dana Getz

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Bill Henderson, Jazz Vocalist and Actor, Dies at 90

6 April 2016 12:55 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bill Henderson, jazz vocalist and actor, died of natural causes in Los Angeles on Sunday. He was 90.

Henderson’s break came in 1957 when he recorded for the Vee-Jay label and recorded his first album “Bill Henderson Sings” in 1959. Henderson sang with the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Dizzie Gillespie, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, and the Charlie Haden Quintet. His 1963 recording “Bill Henderson with the Oscar Peterson Trio” remains a classic in the jazz vernacular. He was a fixture on the Playboy circuit in the 1970s and appeared often at many jazz festivals, including Playboy Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl, Monterey Jazz and the Litchfield Jazz Festival.

“Henderson’s phrasing is virtually his own copyright,” Leonard Feather observed. “He tends to space certain words as if the syllables were separated by commas, even semicolons; yet everything winds up as a perfectly constructed sentence.” Henderson’s voice was deliberate and thoughtful, »

- Variety Staff

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Bill Henderson, Jazz Vocalist and Actor, Dies at 90

6 April 2016 12:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bill Henderson, jazz vocalist and actor, died of natural causes in Los Angeles on Sunday. He was 90.

Henderson’s break came in 1957 when he recorded for the Vee-Jay label and recorded his first album “Bill Henderson Sings” in 1959. Henderson sang with the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Dizzie Gillespie, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, and the Charlie Haden Quintet. His 1963 recording “Bill Henderson with the Oscar Peterson Trio” remains a classic in the jazz vernacular. He was a fixture on the Playboy circuit in the 1970s and appeared often at many jazz festivals, including Playboy Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl, Monterey Jazz and the Litchfield Jazz Festival.

“Henderson’s phrasing is virtually his own copyright,” Leonard Feather observed. “He tends to space certain words as if the syllables were separated by commas, even semicolons; yet everything winds up as a perfectly constructed sentence.” Henderson’s voice was deliberate and thoughtful, »

- Variety Staff

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Will Ferrell Lines Up 'City Slickers'-Esque North Pole Comedy

5 April 2016 7:16 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Will Ferrell can do broad comedy in his sleep, but lately, he's been developing projects that potentially offer him a chance to show off some different acting muscles. He's got "Russ & Roger Go Beyond" brewing, a movie that will see him play schlockmaster filmmaker Russ Meyer, and now comes an arctic comedy said to be in the vein of "City Slickers" (cool) and "Wild Hogs" (uh, okay). Sony Pictures is putting together an adaptation of Guy Lawson’s The New York Times Magazine article “Ice Pack: An Insurance Salesman and a Doctor Walk Into a Bar, and End Up at the North Pole,” with Ferrell slated to star. It tells the wild, true story about insurance salesman Ralph Plaisted, doctor Art Aufderhiede, Honda dealer Walter Pederson, geography teacher Jerry Pitzel, and French Canadian Jean Luc Bombardier, who embarked on an expedition to the North Pole, despite failing a psychological stress test. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The 25 greatest Oscar speeches

19 February 2016 4:05 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We're just a week away from another gold-tinged year of speeches, upsets, and snubs. After all the hype, what ends up mattering about the Oscars? I'd argue it's the speeches, and that's why we're picking the 25 best acceptance speeches ever -- by actors only. Sorry, but glamor is a key element in any Oscar moment and I don't have time to remember if the guy who adapted The Last Emperor thanked his mom.  25. Dustin Hoffman, Kramer vs. Kramer Dustin Hoffman's seriousness initially seems worrisome, but his mix of sarcasm and sincerity is right for the ceremony.  24. Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose Cotillard's tearful speech makes you realize how rare it is than an Oscar recipient is surprised to win. As Cotillard scrambles to make sense of the honor, she comes up with an ebullient finale: "Thank you, life! Thank you, love! It is -- there are some angels in this city. »

- Louis Virtel

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