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Martin Scorsese on Jerry Lewis: 'It was like watching a virtuoso pianist at the keyboard'

1 September 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

He was the anarchic funnyman who went from comedies with Dean Martin to inspired cinematic brilliance with The Nutty Professor. Martin Scorsese pays tribute to his King of Comedy star

The first time I saw Jerry Lewis, it was on television with his partner Dean Martin. This was in the late 40s when TV was just beginning – the medium was new and so were Martin and Lewis. We were used to comedy “teams” such as Abbott and Costello, the straight man who fed the lines to the comedian, which grew out of vaudeville. Martin and Lewis took it all to another level. Martin himself was funny, and he was also smooth, romantic, and he sang. They got into a groove and Lewis would take off into pure anarchy. Pretty soon, they were stars of the big screen as well – they started in the My Friend Irma pictures and then they »

- Martin Scorsese

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ArcLight To Screen Jerry Lewis Films Labor Day Weekend For Mda Charity

31 August 2017 12:12 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Jerry Lewis’ longtime association with Labor Day and the Muscular Dystrophy Association will be kept alive this weekend: ArcLight Cinemas will host charity screenings of the late comic’s The Nutty Professor and The King Of Comedy. "Jerry Lewis will always be a legendary icon in entertainment, leaving his legacy both on and off the movie screen," said Gretchen McCourt, ArcLight Cinemas’ Evp. "We are honored to be screening two of Lewis' many great films and have… »

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Film Feature: HollywoodChicago.com Remembers Jerry Lewis

30 August 2017 6:59 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Jerry Lewis had a long and winding life, dying last week at the age of 91. Through that life he had many show business lives – including the inevitable addictions – surviving all of the them with his signature comic style. He also was featured in over 70 films, and HollywoodChicago.com remembers three of them.

Jerry Lewis in Chicago in 1996

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

When the gawky 19 year-old Lewis met the suave singer Dean Martin in 1946, little did they know that they would become the most popular act in America for several years, and make 16 films together between 1949 through 1956. Their box office draw was white-hot, so much so that neither of them could keep up with the blur of what happened to them. “Martin & Lewis” eventually broke up at the height of their fame in 1956, during which Martin famously said, “Jer, when I look at you, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Jerry Lewis Returns to the Cosmos

26 August 2017 10:55 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

 

On August 20, 2017, Jerry Lewis took a pratfall off this mortal coil, presumably knocking an unwitting dowager on her keister and sending a surprised cop into an open manhole on his way out. The durable enfant terrible was all of 91 years when he finally left the building though he had been making spirited public appearances as recently as January of this year.

For the inquisitive Jerry fan, Shawn Levy’s 1997 King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis, remains the first and last stop for the straight scoop on America’s premiere nudnik. Levy, who endured the full fury of the comedian’s legendary wrath to get his story, is as admiring of his subject’s accomplishments as he was repelled by his whiplash mood swings. The hard knock apprenticeship in the Catskills, the Freudian-fueled soap opera of his partnership with Dean Martin, the boastful sex-capades, they’re all there and then some. »

- Charlie Largent

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TV News Roundup: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 4 Trailer Debuts

24 August 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s roundup, “BoJack Horseman’s” fourth season has a new trailer, and Diane Guerrero has been cast in season two of “Superior Donuts.”

First Looks

Netflix has released a trailer for season four of “BoJack Horseman,” indicating that the titular man-horse (voiced by Will Arnett) has gone missing. The trailer checks back in with other characters from the show, including Diane (Alison Brie), Mr. Peanutbutter (Paul F. Tompkins), Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris) and Todd (Aaron Paul). The new season launches on Netflix Friday, Sept. 8. Watch the trailer below:

Casting

Diane Guerrero has joined the cast of CBS’ “Superior Donuts” as a season two series regular. Guerrero will play Sofia, a young Uptown gentrifier who parks her food truck, which serves healthy, socially conscious breakfast foods, in front of Arthur’s (Judd Hirsch) old-school donut shop. Though Arthur assumes she’s an entitled millennial, she’s actually a hard-working, enterprising »

- Erin Nyren

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Jerry Lewis Gets a TCM Labor Day Movie Marathon

24 August 2017 1:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

From 1966 through 2014, The Jerry Lewis Mda Labor Day Telethon was associated with Labor Day weekend, so Turner Classic Movies has chosen this coming Labor Day, Sept. 4, to host a daylong marathon of films featuring the star, who died Sunday at the age of 91.

The lineup ranges from 1952’s The Stooge, in which Lewis starred with Dean Martin, to 1983’s The King of Comedy, in which Lewis was directed by Martin Scorsese.

The complete schedule follows:

TCM Remembers Jerry Lewis – Monday, Sept. 4

8:00 p.m. The Nutty Professor (1963) – A timid chemist discovers a potion »

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Jerry Lewis Gets a TCM Labor Day Movie Marathon

24 August 2017 1:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

From 1966 through 2014, The Jerry Lewis Mda Labor Day Telethon was associated with Labor Day weekend, so Turner Classic Movies has chosen this coming Labor Day, Sept. 4, to host a daylong marathon of films featuring the star, who died Sunday at the age of 91.

The lineup ranges from 1952’s The Stooge, in which Lewis starred with Dean Martin, to 1983’s The King of Comedy, in which Lewis was directed by Martin Scorsese.

The complete schedule follows:

TCM Remembers Jerry Lewis – Monday, Sept. 4

8:00 p.m. The Nutty Professor (1963) – A timid chemist discovers a potion »

- Gregg Kilday

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Remembering Jerry Lewis, the World’s First Rock Star of Imbecility

22 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jerry Lewis, who died last week at 91, was hardly the first comedian to make people laugh by acting transcendently idiotic. The Marx Brothers took hilarious head-spinning dives into the outer limits of surreal silliness. So did Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello and the Three Stooges. But Jerry Lewis was the world’s first rock star of imbecility.

If you watch one of his comedy routines with Dean Martin from the ’40s and ’50s, you see something amazing. Martin, brandishing his sleepy-eyed cocktail-lounge machismo, was the straight man, and Lewis, flitting and prancing around him, was a one-man circus of slapstick brain damage — he jumped on people, he brayed out words in a mincing baby voice, he crossed his eyes and giggled at his own jokes, and every so often he slipped in a crack so smart that it let you know everything he was doing was a put-on. Yet it was Martin, the »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Remembering Jerry Lewis, the World’s First Rock Star of Imbecility

22 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jerry Lewis, who died last week at 91, was hardly the first comedian to make people laugh by acting transcendently idiotic. The Marx Brothers took hilarious head-spinning dives into the outer limits of surreal silliness. So did Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello and the Three Stooges. But Jerry Lewis was the world’s first rock star of imbecility.

If you watch one of his comedy routines with Dean Martin from the ’40s and ’50s, you see something amazing. Martin, brandishing his sleepy-eyed cocktail-lounge machismo, was the straight man, and Lewis, flitting and prancing around him, was a one-man circus of slapstick brain damage — he jumped on people, he brayed out words in a mincing baby voice, he crossed his eyes and giggled at his own jokes, and every so often he slipped in a crack so smart that it let you know everything he was doing was a put-on. Yet it was Martin, the »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Revisiting The King of Comedy

22 August 2017 7:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following the passing of Jerry Lewis, Tom Jolliffe revisits The King of Comedy

With the saddening news of Jerry Lewis departing us a few days ago, it bought to mind not only his fine cinematic outputs as a leading comedic star in the 50’s and 60’s (including classics such as The Nutty Professor and The Bellboy) but also his role in the oft overlooked Martin Scorsese classic, The King of Comedy. Often cast along with Dean Martin in his earlier career, Lewis would later step out of Martin’s shadow and forge a career as a leading man. Though as many will know, as his popularity in the Us waned, he picked up more fans in Europe (particularly France). His brand of physical clowning translated well across the world. In fact his films would later become popular across Asia too given his visual comedy was universally appreciated.

Whilst Lewis may »

- Amie Cranswick

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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

22 August 2017 5:43 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After polling critics from around the world for the greatest American films of all-time, BBC has now forged ahead in the attempt to get a consensus on the best comedies of all-time. After polling 253 film critics, including 118 women and 135 men, from 52 countries and six continents a simple, the list of the 100 greatest is now here.

Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.

Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, »

- Jordan Raup

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Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin: Inside the Beloved Comedy Duo's Bitter Split and How They Finally Reunited

21 August 2017 3:08 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After taking the world by storm with one of the most beloved comedy acts of all time, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis bitterly ended their partnership 10 years to the day after it began.

The two men, different in almost every way except maybe stubbornness, refused to speak to each other for 20 years, until their mutual friend Frank Sinatra surprised them with a forced and uncomfortable onstage reunion in 1976. It would take another ten years after that before they were able to establish a more lasting reconciliation, which they maintained until Martin’s death in 1995.

When Lewis, who died Sunday at »

- Mike Miller

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Film News: Jerry Lewis, The King of Comedy, Dies at 91

21 August 2017 8:04 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Las Vegas – For Jerry Lewis, the “King of Comedy” wasn’t just a mere nickname, but an apt description for his long career and influence. He went from being the most popular entertainer of an era, to notable and studied filmmaker, to charity spokesperson and finally to comic legend. Jerry Lewis died in Las Vegas on August 20th, 2017. He was 91.

When the gawky 19 year-old Lewis met the suave singer Dean Martin in 1946, little did they know that they would become the most popular act in America for several years. Their box office draw was white-hot, so much so that neither of them could keep up with the blur of what happened to them. They eventually broke up at the height of their fame in 1956, during which Martin famously said, “Jer, when I look at you, all I see is a dollar sign.” The second phase of Lewis’s career would be about his prolific filmmaking, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Peter Travers on Jerry Lewis: The Ultimate Funnyman as Total Filmmaker

21 August 2017 7:40 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

I annoyed Jerry Lewis once by asking him about The Day the Clown Cried, a movie he starred in and directed in 1972, and then refused to release. "It's awful," said Lewis of the Holocaust drama in which he starred as a circus clown who entertains Jewish children as he leads them to their deaths in Nazi gas chambers. Why not show it and let the world decide? "I'm ashamed of it," Lewis told me flatly. When I pressed him, he flashed a look that could be subtitled "End of Discussion. »

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Popular legendary actor passes away

21 August 2017 3:28 AM, PDT | Behindwoods | See recent Behindwoods news »

Popular Hollywood comedy actor Jerry Lewis passed away last night at his home in Las Vegas due to his prolonged illness.

The legendary actor was 91 when this unfortunate incident happened. He is known for his classic roles in films like, 'The Errand Boy', 'The Nutty Professor', 'The Bellboy'. Not just an actor, Jerry was also a singer, producer, screenwriter and a director.

He is currently survived by his wife and seven children. His loss is an irreplaceable one for the entire film fraternity, as he has inspired a lot of comedians, including our very own legend Nagesh. »

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Hollywood legend Jerry Lewis has passed away at 91

20 August 2017 6:41 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Jerry Lewis, one of the zaniest, sharpest, and inspired comedic minds ever in the history of show business has passed away today. The mind behind such classics as The Nutty Professor and The Ladies Man was 91 years old, had passed away at his home in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Born Joseph Levitch in 1946 in Newark, New Jersey, Lewis’ career in show business goes back over 70... Read More »

- Matt Rooney

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Jerry Lewis Remembered by Hollywood Friends

20 August 2017 3:57 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Legendary comedian and performer Jerry Lewis passed away earlier this morning at the age of 91 and the comedy world is paying tribute to the legend through social media. Lewis' career and humanitarian work spanned several decades, which has influenced countless comedians and actors over the years to take up comedy while also supporting worthy causes. Lewis is known just as much for his "Jerry's Kids" telethons where he raised over $2.6 billion dollars for muscular dystrophy research, as he was for his amazing entertainment career.

In addition to comedy and humanitarian work, Lewis was also a singer, producer, director, and screenwriter. He was best known for his slapstick comedy in movies, television and radio and began performing at the young age of 5 with his parents in the Catskills Mountains in upstate New York. Early in his career he teamed up with Dean Martin and the duo ruled the nightclub scene in »

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How 'The King of Comedy' Proved Jerry Lewis Was a Great Actor

20 August 2017 2:49 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

By the late 1970s, Jerry Lewis was becoming perilously close to being a has-been. After decades of celebrity – first in his successful partnership with Dean Martin, then later on his own as the star of comedies like Rock-a-Bye Baby and as the auteur behind epochal hits such as The Nutty Professor – the gifted comic filmmaker and host of the annual Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy telethon started experiencing a series of stumbles. He shelved his much-ballyhooed drama The Day the Clown Cried, about a German clown living in the Nazi concentration camps, »

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Jerry Lewis, Legendary Comedian & Filmmaker, Dies At 91

20 August 2017 1:49 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Jerry Lewis, born Joseph Levitch in Newark, N.J, the legendary slapstick comic of 1963’s classic “The Nutty Professor” and 1960’s “The Bellboy,” died in Las Vegas on Sunday at the age of 91. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that he died at his home at 9:15 a.m, which his agent later confirmed.

You don’t have to be French to appreciate Jerry Lewis.

Continue reading Jerry Lewis, Legendary Comedian & Filmmaker, Dies At 91 at The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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Jerry Lewis: a knockabout clown with a dark and melancholy inner life | Peter Bradshaw

20 August 2017 1:43 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The former comedy partner of Dean Martin, and star of films such as The Nutty Professor and The King of Comedy, was a complex, brilliant figure who evolved into an audacious cinematic innovator

Jerry Lewis: from Cinderfella to King of Comedy – a career in clips

For some, it is his masterpiece. For others, it is unendurably and outrageously awful, an exercise in frantically broad slapstick comedy that inspires pure disbelief, as well as derision for those reported chin-strokers and ironic postmodernists in France and elsewhere who affect to admire it. The film is The Nutty Professor, from 1963, that wacky doppelgänger farce inspired by Jekyll and Hyde, co-written and directed by its legendary star… Jerry Lewis.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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