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The Knack…and how to get it

Meet Rita Tushingham, the cutest comic (and dramatic) actress of swinging London. This '60s masterpiece applies director Richard Lester's talent for comedy to a new kind of quirky, youthful sex farce. Shy boy Michael Crawford takes lessons on how to dominate women from Ray Brooks, when all he has to do to win cute Rita Tushingham is be himself. With a glorious music score by John Barry. The style is everything; the movie was extremely influential. The Knack... and how to get it Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1965 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 84 min. / Street Date January 12, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Rita Tushingham, Ray Brooks, Michael Crawford, Donal Donnelly, Jane Birkin, Jacqueline Bisset, Charlotte Rampling. Cinematography David Watkin Production Designer Assheton Gorton Film Editor Antony Gibbs Original Music John Barry Written by Charles Wood from the play by Ann Jellicoe Produced by Oscar Lewenstein Directed by Richard Lester

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Reviews of Netflix's 'Mr. Show' Reunion 'W/ Bob & David'

Reviews of Netflix's 'Mr. Show' Reunion 'W/ Bob & David'
Every reunion is an attempt to recapture the past, but the particular alchemy of sketch comedy makes getting the band back together an especially tricky proposition. The members of Monty Python and The State may have worked together fruitfully on subsequent projects, but they've been smart enough not to go all the way back to the well the way The Kids in the Hall did with the lackluster "Death Comes to Town." "W/ Bob & David" tries to recapture the magic of "Mr. Show With Bob and David," the storied sketch show that ran on HBO from 1995 to 1998. Bob Odenkirk and David Cross return for the Netflix revival, consisting of four half-hour episodes that will be available after midnight tonight, as does much of the original recurring cast: Paul F. Tompkins, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Tom Kenny, Jill Talley, Jay Johnston, John Ennis, Brian Posehn, and Karen Kilgariff. (Absent: Jack Black and Sarah Silverman,
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Review: "A Hard Day's Night" (1964) Starring The Beatles; Criterion Dual Format Release

  • CinemaRetro
They Bought Us Love

By Raymond Benson

Released in the summer of 1964, A Hard Day’s Night, starring The Beatles and directed by Richard Lester, is arguably the second most influential British film of that decade (the first being Goldfinger, coincidentally released the same year.). Why? For one thing, it brought The Beatles to a worldwide audience that was just getting to know them through their music. Secondly, it spawned imitations and knock-offs (The Monkees, anyone?) and is arguably the genesis of music videos—where would MTV have been without it? Thirdly, the film itself was innovative, fresh, and surprisingly funny (those long-haired boys from Liverpool could actually act!).

One of the best things about the Criterion Collection’s new deluxe box set of the film (dual Blu-ray and DVD, three discs) is the short extra, On the Road to “A Hard Day’s Night,” an interview with author Mark Lewisohn,
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Harold Ramis, comedy legend behind 'Caddyshack,' 'Ghostbusters,' and 'Groundhog Day,' dies at age 69

Harold Ramis, comedy legend behind 'Caddyshack,' 'Ghostbusters,' and 'Groundhog Day,' dies at age 69
With his sly, Cheshire cat grin and twinkling, half-mast eyes hidden behind owlish glasses, Harold Ramis always gave the impression of a guy who was guarding the punchline to the world’s funniest joke. And it’s quite possible he was. After all, if anyone had the merry-prankster genius to conceive it, polish it into a jeweler-precise gem, and deliver it with crack comic timing, it was Ramis, who passed away early Monday morning at age 69 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves the swelling of blood vessels.

Although Ramis became a familiar face on both
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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: Golden Age: Part 2

  • SoundOnSight
HBO’s rise from the you’re-spending-my-subscription-money-on-that-crap? original programming basement to cable TV’s creative gold standard can be charted over a period of about ten years with the successes of several key original offerings.

By the end of the 1980s, the movie box office was becoming dominated by young-skewing sci fi and fantasy adventures, over-the-top action blockbusters, and sequels to sci fi and fantasy and over-the-top blockbusters. Box office Top Tens for 1989-1990 included the likes of Batman (1989), Ghostbusters II (1989), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Home Alone (1990), Total Recall (1990), and Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990). Over on the small screen, the penchant was for the sweet, the nice, the inoffensive. TV series at the top of the rating charts during the same period included The Cosby Show, Golden Girls, Wonder Years, Who’s the Boss?, and Murder, She Wrote.

There were writers and directors and producers in Hollywood itching to do something different,
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Monty Python drop heavy hints about reunion

Cleese and crew in 'secret talks', with a press conference imminent. Plus: is legendary comic Andy Kaufman really dead?

Monty Python: five favourite sketches – video

This week's comedy news

The stars of Monty Python have announced a press conference this Thursday amid rumours of a reunion. They last worked as a team back in 1983, on the film The Meaning of Life. The Sun reports that the five surviving Pythons (John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Michael Palin) have spent months in "secret talks". Previous rumoured projects have come to nothing, with Idle once joking: "We would only do a reunion if [Graham] Chapman came back from the dead. So we're negotiating with his agent." The press conference is scheduled for midday 21 November at London's Playhouse Theatre. Meanwhile, as the British Comedy Guide report, ex-Pythons Palin and Jones have been filming new material together for the DVD release of
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Monty Python drop heavy hints about reunion

Cleese and crew in 'secret talks', with a press conference imminent. Plus: is legendary comic Andy Kaufman really dead?

Monty Python: five favourite sketches – video

This week's comedy news

The stars of Monty Python have announced a press conference this Thursday amid rumours of a reunion. They last worked as a team back in 1983, on the film The Meaning of Life. The Sun reports that the five surviving Pythons (John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Michael Palin) have spent months in "secret talks". Previous rumoured projects have come to nothing, with Idle once joking: "We would only do a reunion if [Graham] Chapman came back from the dead. So we're negotiating with his agent." The press conference is scheduled for midday 21 November at London's Playhouse Theatre. Meanwhile, as the British Comedy Guide report, ex-Pythons Palin and Jones have been filming new material together for the DVD release of
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IFC Partners with Tenacious D for Festival Supreme Comedy Week

IFC Partners with Tenacious D for Festival Supreme Comedy Week
IFC has teamed up with Jack Black and Kyle Gass, also known as comedy rock duo Tenacious D, to promote their Los Angeles-based comedy music fest.

Put together by Black and Gass, Festival Supreme is a comedy music festival at the Santa Monica Pier that will be held on Oct. 19. IFC will give the fest national exposure the week of Oct. 12-18, in what the net dubs the Festival Supreme Comedy Week. To promote the fest, IFC will offer comedy marathons of programs including “Portlandia,” “Comedy Bang! Bang!” and “Monty Python,” and offer details on the Santa Monica confab throughout Festival Supreme Comedy Week.

Festival Supreme will boast former and current IFC talent including Fred Armisen, David Cross, Garfunkel & Oates, Bob Odenkirk and Reggie Watts. Blake Callaway, IFC senior VP of marketing, thus saw the fest as the perfect IFC promotion fit.

“When we started checking out the lineup months ago,
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Sarah Silverman's 'anal probe' tweet sparks political row

Comedian's response to Us anti-abortion law no laughing matter for Republicans. Elsewhere, Stewart Lee blasts elitism in comedy and Lenny Henry's thespian thunder rages on

This week's comedy news

Not for the first time, the Us comedian Sarah Silverman has become embroiled in a political row, after a Democratic representative retweeted her stated desire to "anally probe" the governor of Wisconsin – in response to his having signed off new anti-abortion legislation. Governor Scott Walker's law would require women considering abortions to have ultrasound scans. Silverman tweeted that "I'd very much like to anally probe @govwalker each time he needs to make an 'informed decision'" – a comment retweeted by Colorado politician Joe Salazar. At that, Republicans cried foul: "It's fine to disagree with Gov Walker," fulminated a Colorado Republican Committee spokesman in a party press release, "but it's not Ok for Joe Salazar to call for the governor to be raped.
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Sarah Silverman's 'anal probe' tweet sparks political row

Comedian's response to Us anti-abortion law no laughing matter for Republicans. Elsewhere, Stewart Lee blasts elitism in comedy and Lenny Henry's thespian thunder rages on

This week's comedy news

Not for the first time, the Us comedian Sarah Silverman has become embroiled in a political row, after a Democratic representative retweeted her stated desire to "anally probe" the governor of Wisconsin – in response to his having signed off new anti-abortion legislation. Governor Scott Walker's law would require women considering abortions to have ultrasound scans. Silverman tweeted that "I'd very much like to anally probe @govwalker each time he needs to make an 'informed decision'" – a comment retweeted by Colorado politician Joe Salazar. At that, Republicans cried foul: "It's fine to disagree with Gov Walker," fulminated a Colorado Republican Committee spokesman in a party press release, "but it's not Ok for Joe Salazar to call for the governor to be raped.
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‘The Sopranos’ Leads WGA List of Top TV Series

The Writers Guild of America on Sunday unveiled its list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time,” topped by HBO’s “The Sopranos.”

The mob drama created by David Chase (pictured above right with “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini) led the list over such perennial faves as “Seinfeld” (which ranked No. 2), “All in the Family” (No. 4), “Mash” (No. 5) and “The Wire” (No. 9).

On the other end of the list was a three-way tie between the original NBC “Late Night with David Letterman,” FX’s “Louie” and HBO’s intense prison drama “Oz.”

The list, the results of online voting by members of the WGA West and WGA East, immediately spurred debates over the rankings and omissions. The TV tally was a follow-up to the WGA’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” member survey conducted in 2006.

The WGA’s complete list of TV series follows:

1

The Sopranos

HBO

Created by David Chase

2

Seinfeld
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50 Upcoming Movie Sequels (Yep, 50)

  • NextMovie
Sequels are awesome, plain and simple. Returning to familiar characters and worlds we love is like covering yourself with a warm blanket, although when a sequel is bad it can be like a blanket covered in potato bugs and lice. Studios love sequels because seven times out of ten they open huge, no matter how good they are.

With that in mind, here's 50 of your favorite titles all preparing to get new installments. Some of them are deep into pre-production while others have barely gotten out of the pitch stages, but you'll be salivating at the thought of some of these sweet babies finally making their way to the screen.

'Paranormal Activity 5'

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Status: The law of diminishing returns seems to have caught up to Paramount's annual license to print money, and even though the last "Paranormal" grossed half its predecessor, producer Jason Blum is gonna
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Life advice

Films aren't there just to exercise your eyes while you shovel popcorn into your mouth; they can change your life. Here's one reader's pick of movie bons mots – now send us yours

This week's Clip joint is by Guardian reader Matt Clough. If you've got an idea for a future Clip joint, drop an email to adam.boult@guardian.co.uk

Films hold a command over our emotions like few other mediums; they make us laugh, they make us cry, they even make us angry ("Why is Michael Bay making another film about sentient sports cars?") However, some films go further and leave us with food for thought, or even a whole new outlook on life. Here are my top five film quotes to live your life by.

The Godfather: Part II: 'Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer'

Michael Corleone's piece of inherited family wisdom in The Godfather: Part II
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Your next box set: Mr Show with Bob and David

This freeform sketch show flipped from smart to silly and back again – and featured the likes of Jack Black when he was young and fearless

In 1995, after HBO had a hit with a Canadian sketch show called Kids in the Hall, it decided to try something similar with cheaper local La comedy talent. Co-created by Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad's Saul) and David Cross (Arrested Development's Tobias), Mr Show with Bob and David assembled a bunch of performers and writers so desperate that they would try anything, and for very little money. In fact, Cross later revealed that he was so poor during the show's production that he survived on food from the on-set catering.

Often compared to Monty Python in spirit, the show took a freeform approach, letting sketches run into each other and flipping from smart to silly and back again. It tapped into a growing appetite
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2012 Toronto International Film Festival Unveils Galas & Special Presentations; Hyde Park On Hudson, To The Wonder, The Place Beyond The Pines, Byzantium On Lineup

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Piers Handling, CEO and Director of Tiff, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, made the first announcement of films to premiere at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival. Films announced include titles in the Galas and Special Presentations programmes. The announced films include 17 Galas and 45 Special Presentations, including 38 world premieres.

Toronto audiences will be the first to see the world premieres of films from directors Andrew Adamson, Ben Affleck, David Ayer, Maiken Baird, Noah Baumbach, J.A. Bayona, Stuart Blumberg, Josh Boone, Laurent Cantet, Sergio Castellitto, Stephen Chbosky, Lu Chuan, Derek Cianfrance, Nenad Cicin-Sain, Costa-Gavras, Ziad Doueiri, Liz Garbus, Dustin Hoffman, Rian Johnson, Neil Jordan, Baltasar Kormákur, Shola Lynch, Deepa Mehta, Roger Michell, Nishikawa Miwa, Ruba Nadda, Mike Newell, François Ozon, Sally Potter, Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman, Eran Riklis, David O. Russell, Gauri Shinde, Ben Timlett & Bill Jones & Jeff Simpson, Tom Tykwer & Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski,
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Toronto 2012 unveils full slate of Galas and Special Presentations

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: Earlier, we brought you a snapshot glance at the first wave of programming announced for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Shortly after, the fest released a thorough breakdown of the Galas and Special Presentations for this year’s event, which kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 6.

So far, 17 Galas and 45 Special Presentations have been announced, including 38 world premieres. Andrew Adamson, Ben Affleck, David Ayer, Maiken Baird, Noah Baumbach, J.A. Bayona, Stuart Blumberg, Josh Boone, Laurent Cantet, Sergio Castellitto, Stephen Chbosky, Lu Chuan, Derek Cianfrance, Nenad Cicin-Sain, Costa-Gavras, Ziad Doueiri, Liz Garbus, Dustin Hoffman, Rian Johnson, Neil Jordan, Baltasar Kormákur, Shola Lynch, Deepa Mehta, Roger Michell, Nishikawa Miwa, Ruba Nadda, Mike Newell, François Ozon, Sally Potter, Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman, Eran Riklis, David O. Russell, Gauri Shinde, Ben Timlett & Bill Jones & Jeff Simpson, Tom Tykwer & Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski, Margarethe von Trotta, Joss Whedon and
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Tiff 2012 Selects ‘To the Wonder,’ ‘Cloud Atlas,’ ‘Beyond the Pines,’ ‘Argo,’ ‘Looper’ & More

  • The Film Stage
2012′s Toronto International Film Festival is set to officially announce its initial line-up later today, but Variety let the cat out of the bag, at least partially; and it’s quite astounding. Most of our most-anticipated films of the year will be premiering at the Canadian festival, notably Terrence Malick‘s To the Wonder, Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer‘s epic-sounding Cloud Atlas, Rian Johnson‘s Looper (which will open the fest), Ben Affleck‘s Argo, Dereck Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines and much, more more.

Coming from Sundance, the only mentioned film was Ben LewisJohn Hawkes-starring The Sessions, while Cannes premieres include Matteo Garrone‘s Reality, Thomas Vinterberg‘s The Hunt, Pablo Larrain‘s No and Jacques Audiard‘s Rust and Bone. One of the biggest surprises is a new film from Noah Baumbach, starring Greta Gerwing titled Frances Ha. There’s also The Avengers director Joss Whedon
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This week's new film releases

Hugo (U)

(Martin Scorsese, 2011, Us) Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen. 126 mins.

Eyebrows were raised and expectations lowered at the prospect of a Scorsese-made 3D family movie – but now it all makes sense. This is less a kids' romp than a hymn to early cinema – sugar-coated with a junior steampunk adventure revolving around an Parisian orphan and his mystery automaton. It's a satisfyingly lavish affair technically, with a story that's intelligent and heartfelt.

We Have A Pope (PG)

(Nanni Moretti, 2011, Ita/Fra) Nanni Moretti, Michel Piccoli, Jerzy Stuhr. 105 mins.

Moretti's Vatican satire is wry rather than scathing, which will disappoint many. But there's fun to be had as Piccoli's panicked new pope seeks therapy from Moretti's secular psychoanalyst.

Surviving Life (15)

(Jan Svankmajer, 2010, Cze) Václav Helsus, Klára Issová, Zuzana Krónerová. 109 mins.

More light-hearted Freudian comedy, with Monty Python-style cut-out animation, as a middle-aged man prefers his dream world to reality,
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This week's new films

Take Shelter (15)

(Jeff Nichols, 2011, Us) Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Tova Stewart. 121 mins.

After a year-long disaster-movie onslaught, apocalypse fatigue could well be setting in, but this one's worth the extra effort – particularly since it's less about the end of the world than the threat of it. That plays large in the mind of Shannon's modern-day Midwestern Noah, who sets about building his underground ark. His wife worries more about his mental health, and their day-to-day problems. Brilliantly constructed and performed, it's a domestic saga infused with haunting, unnamed dread.

50/50 (15)

(Jonathan Levine, 2011, Us) Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick. 100 mins.

The Knocked Up of cancer movies? Not quite, but this is funnier and more frank than most terminal illness movies. Gordon-Levitt is a potential victim, to whom Rogen offers blokey support.

The Deep Blue Sea (12A)

(Terence Davies, 2011, UK) Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston. 98 mins.

Davies again recreates postwar Britain, this
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2011 Emmy Awards – The Winners

  • HeyUGuys
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards were held in the early hours of this morning, and though I unfortunately wasn’t able to watch it, the results are in, courtesy of the Emmys’ own site, with so much great talent being deservedly well recognised.

For those unable to watch the show, you can catch it on Five USA at 10 tonight, with your host for the evening being Jane Lynch, best known for her role as Sue Sylvester in Glee.

We took a look at the nominations last night, as well as some of the awards that had already been announced, with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul McCrane, and Futurama already receiving their awards in an earlier ceremony last weekend.

For now, we shall turn our attention to last night though, and the brilliant winners from the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.

The Winners

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy
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