5 items from 2016
The recent box office success of The Boss firmly establishes Melissa McCarthy as the current queen of movie comedies (Amy Schumer could be a new contender after an impressive debut last Summer with Trainwreck), but let us think back about those other funny ladies of filmdom. So while we’re enjoying the female reboot/re-imagining of Ghostbusters and those Bad Moms, here’s a top ten list that will hopefully inspire lots of laughter and cause you to search out some classic comedies. It’s tough to narrow them down to ten, but we’ll do our best, beginning with… 10. Eve Arden The droll Ms. Arden represents the comic sidekicks who will attempt to puncture the pomposity of the leading ladies with a well-placed wisecrack (see also the great Thelma Ritter in Rear Window). Her career began in the early 1930’s with great bit roles in Stage Door and Dancing Lady. »
- Jim Batts
The Hollywood community is in mourning once again, with another icon passing away. Garry Shandling died suddenly today at the age of 66. TMZ was the first to report the news, with sources stating that the actor and comedian has died from a heart attack "with no prior warning whatsoever." After the news first started to spread, numerous celebrities took to their Twitter accounts to mourn the loss of their dear friend.
The initial report revealed that Garry Shandling was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital, after a 911 call was received from the actor's home. He was reportedly alive when he arrived at the hospital and the original report revealed the the comedian and actor wasn't suffering from any known illness. A source connected to the actor said he was healthy, and he was talking to people earlier this morning before his untimely death.
Just last weekend, actress Kathy Griffin sent »
Beloved comedian and actor Garry Shandling passed away earlier today at the age of 66, after being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital. TMZ reports the comedian and actor wasn't suffering from any known illness, and a source connected to the actor said he was healthy, and he was talking to people earlier this morning before his untimely death. A 911 call was received from the actor's home and he was taken to a local hospital. He was reportedly alive when he arrived at the hospital.
Just last weekend, actress Kathy Griffin sent out a photo from her Twitter account, where she was flanked by Garry Shandling and Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk. No official cause of death was given at this time, but we'll be sure to keep you posted with more details as this story continues to unfold. The actor was best known for his hit HBO series The Larry Sanders Show, »
Australian director George Miller has been selected to head the jury at the upcoming 69th Cannes Film Festival running from May 11th to 22nd. Miller was at Cannes last May when Fury Road screened as an official out-of-competition selection.
In a statement, Miller says: "What an unmitigated delight. To be there in the middle of this storied festival at the unveiling of cinematic treasures from all over the planet. To spend time in passionate discourse with fellow members of the jury. Such an honor. I'll be there with bells on!" [Source: THR]
Rare is the chance one gets to talk about the work of their heroes, rarer still does one get to do it with the help of some great people. Earlier this week I got to do that, discussing all things John Carpenter with the wonderful Lee Zachariah and Sophie Mayer for their prestigious podcast Hell is for Hyphenates, »
- Garth Franklin
Ryan made her directorial debut with “Ithaca,” a coming-of-age saga about life on the home front during World War II. The drama, set in a small town in California’s San Joaquin Valley in 1942, follows a teenage boy who aspires to be the fastest bicycle messenger ever.
Ryan shot “Ithaca” in Viriginia in 2014 and starred as the boy’s widowed mother, along with Jack Quaid, Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith, Hamish Linklater and Tom Hanks. The movie does not have domestic distribution yet.
Ryan and Delia Ephron collaborated on the 1998 romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail,” which starred Hanks and Ryan. Ephron wrote the screenplay with her sister, the late Nora Ephron. Hanks and Ryan also starred together in “Sleepless in Seattle,” which Nora Ephron directed, and “Joe Versus the Volcano. »
- Dave McNary
5 items from 2016
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