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The Most Dysfunctional Families in Cinema

11 August 2016 10:43 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The dysfunctional family has been an ever-present image in popular culture for decades: the battling husband and wife flanked by their bratty children are perhaps most frequently employed on garishly trite television sitcoms. In the movies, the gloves are ripped away and the reality shines on what is more often than not left unexposed in the darkness. What’s revealed seems to irrefutably prove that Tolstoy was absolutely correct when he wrote: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Now playing in select theaters is Little Men, the newest film from director Ira Sachs, with whom we recently spoke to about its making. The plot follows two teenage boys in Brooklyn, NY who develop a budding friendship, despite the feuding of their parents over the lease of a local dress shop. The film is already receiving raves from critics, including our own review »

- Tony Hinds

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Podcast: Cannes 1996 Revisit

27 May 2016 7:40 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Nathaniel, Nick, and Joe revisit the Cannes film festival of 1996 (you might wanna quickly check that lineup & those prizes before listening) and the Best Actress race that started there. We also recommend other 1996 goodies that you may or may not have seen... or thought of in years.

Index (43 minutes)

00:01 Intro, Juries, and Crash's audacity prize

03:00 Best Actress: McDormand (Fargo) vs Blethyn (Secrets & Lies) vs Watson (Breaking the Waves)

10:09 Goodbye South Goodbye, The Eighth Day, Pillow Book, and Microcosmos

17:50 Trainspotting, Flirting With Disaster, A Self Made Hero, Lone Star, and Love Serenade

30:07 David Cronenberg's Crash

37:45 We each recommend a few more 1996 titles from Bound to The Long Kiss Goodnight

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversation in the comments. Which 1996 picture have you still not seen? Who got your Best Actress vote that year? »

- NATHANIEL R

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The 7 Funniest Movies You've (Probably) Never Seen

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

Long before he was cranking out reliable Oscar-season fare like "Silver Linings Playbook," David O. Russell was a struggling indie writer-director with one squirmy comedy about incest ("Spanking the Monkey") under his belt.

Then, 20 years ago this week, on March 22, 1996, he released the comedy "Flirting With Disaster," starring Ben Stiller, and... crickets. (It would be another three years before "Three Kings" scored Russell his first mainstream hit.)

It's too bad, since "Flirting" is a very funny film, marked by the breakneck pacing that Russell's fans have come to appreciate. But let's face it, not all comedies find their audience right away, and not all worthy comedies even become cult favorites later. Here are seven outrageously funny films worthy of rediscovery now.

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- Gary Susman

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Bad Movies on Oscar Weekend

25 February 2016 9:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

This weekend's release of Gods of Egypt got me thinking about the fact that we never get great movies opening on Oscar weekend. Studios must be betting that those of us watching the show are too busy prepping movie-themed party snacks to sneak in something special at the movies. Instead, they usually cater to an audience who'll likely be avoiding the big show. Hardly a new standard for release schedules, this weekend has been a dumping ground for forgettable cinema for some time.

Like the notorious poor quality of early months of the year, this weekend rarely gifts us with cult classics or enduring pleasures either. You have to go back 1997's Oscar weekend to find releases that still have vocal fans: TNT staple Selena (remember good Jennifer Lopez?) and Liar Liar (remember good Jim Carrey?). The previous year had David O. Russell's underappreciated sophmore film Flirting with Disaster, »

- Chris Feil

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The Best and Worst of Ben Stiller, A to Z

13 February 2016 7:52 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Ben Stiller's professional onscreen career is officially turning 30 this year — that's roughly 412 in comedian years. In a business where funny people tend to quickly exhaust their limited charm and sink from telling jokes to becoming a punchline, the restless and versatile Stiller has managed to sustain one of the most consistent comic careers this side of Bob Hope. From his days as a bit player to his later emergence as a force of nature in front of the camera and behind the scenes (you have his production company Red »

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Lily Tomlin to Be Honored by Hollywood Publicists

25 January 2016 8:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood union publicists have selected Lily Tomlin as the recipient of their lifetime achievement award.

She will be honored on Feb. 26 at the Beverly Hilton at the 53rd Annual International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards.

Lily Tomlin is a national treasure,” said Steven Poster, president of the guild. “She has brought laughter and tears to generations and I.’m delighted that she continues to do so with her unique flair..”

Tomlin was nominated for a Golden Globe this year .for lead actress in a comedy series for Netflix.’s “Grace and Frankie,” and lead actress in a comedy for Sony Classics’ “Grandma.”

“.Lily Tomlin is being recognized for an exceptional career that dates back to .’Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In’. and led her to become one of America.’s foremost performers across an ever changing range of media,. television, movies, theater, animation and video,.” said Awards Committee Chairman Henri Bollinger.

Tomlin won »

- Dave McNary

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Lily Tomlin to Be Honored by Hollywood Publicists

25 January 2016 8:24 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hollywood union publicists have selected Lily Tomlin as the recipient of their lifetime achievement award.

She will be honored on Feb. 26 at the Beverly Hilton at the 53rd Annual International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards.

Lily Tomlin is a national treasure,” said Steven Poster, president of the guild. “She has brought laughter and tears to generations and I.’m delighted that she continues to do so with her unique flair..”

Tomlin was nominated for a Golden Globe this year .for lead actress in a comedy series for Netflix.’s “Grace and Frankie,” and lead actress in a comedy for Sony Classics’ “Grandma.”

“.Lily Tomlin is being recognized for an exceptional career that dates back to .’Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In’. and led her to become one of America.’s foremost performers across an ever changing range of media,. television, movies, theater, animation and video,.” said Awards Committee Chairman Henri Bollinger.

Tomlin won »

- Dave McNary

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‘Joy’ and ‘The Revenant’ are the Same Movie

12 January 2016 12:33 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

A maverick gets attacked by bears. They’re beaten down by a cutthroat, capitalist system and threatened by partners who aren’t as trustworthy as they seem. After a series of blows and ostensible defeats, they persevere. Inspired by dreams of family, they ignore their detractors and challenge the machinations of evil commerce. In the end, they prevail, though the reward is bittersweet.

Joy and The Revenant are different films, targeting different audiences, but they contain some remarkable similarities. Both films showcase a blonde, blue-eyed megastar. Both films were released on December 25th, that holy day of box office reckoning. And both tell the same story of individual strength in the face of hardship. Their times, genders and circumstances are as far as blood from chocolate, but Hugh Glass and Joy Mangano’s onscreen lives can be understood as masculine/feminine interpretations of the same, timeless American tale.

The Revenant is a grueling, »

- Erica Peplin

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The WGA Names the 101 Funniest Screenplays of All Time

31 December 2015 5:13 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Let’s end the year with a celebration of the funniest comedy scripts ever written. The Writer’s Guild of America has chosen the 101 best laugh-getting screenplays. Keep in mind that this is all about the writing, not the cast or the director.

1.Annie Hall (1977)

2. Some Like it Hot (1959)

3. Groundhog Day (1993)

4. Airplane! (1980)

5. Tootsie (1982)

6. Young Frankenstein (1974)

7. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

8. Blazing Saddles (1974)

9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

10. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

11. This is Spinal Tap (1984)

12. The Producers (1967)

13. The Big Lebowski (1998)

14. Ghostbusters (1984)

15. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

16. Bridesmaids (2011)

17. Duck Soup (1933)

18. There’s Something About Mary (1998)

19. The Jerk (1979)

20. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

21. His Girl Friday (1940)

22. The Princess Bride (1987)

23. Raising Arizona (1987)

24. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

25. Caddyshack (1980)

26. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

27. The Graduate (1967)

28. The Apartment (1960)

29. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

30. The Hangover (2009)

31. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

32. The Lady Eve »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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