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CBS Television City To Be Sold To La Real Estate Firm Hackman Capital

  • Deadline
CBS has selected La real estate investment firm Hackman Capital Partners as the winning bidder for the company’s iconic Television City facility near the corner of Fairfax and Beverly, a source familiar with the deal tells Deadline.

The transaction is not yet final, but the value is said to be well north of $700 million. Word first surfaced last year that CBS was considering shopping the 25-acre site, where shows like All in the Family was produced and early television figures like Jack Benny performed.

CBS declined to comment.

Hackman has backed several notable developments in La, including the current expansion and modernization of Culver Studios. The home to classic Hollywood productions like Gone with the Wind and soon to be the Southern California base of Amazon.

Real estate values have been surging, especially in the neighborhood around the storied Television City site, where about a half-dozen shows including The Late Show with James Corden,
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Neil Simon At The Movies: Why This Comedic Genius Deserved More Respect From Hollywood – An Appreciation

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Neil Simon At The Movies:  Why This Comedic Genius Deserved More Respect From Hollywood – An Appreciation
It is ironic that Neil Simon, who died today at 91, got his inspiration to become a comedy writer from the movies into which he constantly escaped to forget the circumstances of his poor depression-era childhood. Even though he grew up in Washington Heights, much closer to Broadway than Hollywood, it was always the movies of the likes of Chaplin , Keaton and others that stuck with him and led to one of the most sterling careers ever for a writer. Yet by far his greatest success and appreciation came as one of the most successful playwrights of all time, a record of accomplishment that included a whopping 17 Tony nominations and three wins, a Pulitizer Prize for drama, and even as the rare playwright to have a theatre named after him. “I always feel more like a writer when I’m writing a play because of the tradition of the theater … there
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Steve Martin and Martin Short Explain Why They Keep Making Comedy Together (But Not Movies)

Steve Martin and Martin Short Explain Why They Keep Making Comedy Together (But Not Movies)
A version of this story about Steve Martin and Martin Short first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

For the last few years, Steve Martin and Martin Short have been touring in a two-man show called “Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life.” A combination of conversation, standup and music, the show was turned into a Netflix special, which is nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded), as well as for its writing, directing and music.

Martin and Short (or should that be Steve and Martin?) talked to TheWrap about the show, and their past, present and futures.

You both have lots of other showbiz friends. What makes this particular relationship lend itself to a live show and a Netflix special?

Steve Martin Availability.

Martin Short Seinfeld was booked.

Martin Yeah. Everybody else has their own lives.
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To Be or Not to Be

Jack Benny’s greatest movie role, and no wonder–it was written especially for him by Ernst Lubitsch! Carole Lombard’s swan song earned her some of her finest reviews posthumously, but the film itself, daringly dark for the time, was generally regarded as an insensitive and even troubling satire of wartime issues. The title refers not only to Shakespeare but the questionable existence of Poland. It has since been recognized as one of the director’s finest efforts and a brilliantly cast comedy classic. Remade in 1983 with Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft in the leads.

The post To Be or Not to Be appeared first on Trailers From Hell.
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6 Fantastic Comedies on FilmStruck That Get Funnier With Age

6 Fantastic Comedies on FilmStruck That Get Funnier With Age
There’s nothing worse than revisiting one of your favorite comedies from the past, a movie that’s brought you nothing but joy and laughter time and time again, only to realize in the cold light of adulthood…it kind of sucks. Have you changed so much over the years? Have you lost some spark of innocence and levity that once burned bright within? Or is it the movie that’s changed? Maybe that super questionable joke or character or premise isn’t holding up like it once did? Who were you to ever laugh at these things? Why did you ever like this???

Well, thanks to FilmStruck, you don’t have to worry about answering any of these questions. These timeless comedies, available to stream now, not only hold up, but have gotten even better with age. Let go of the fear and rediscover some of your old favorites.
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Ready Player One – Review

Well, if ya’ can’t beat em’, join em’. Or exploit em’. And “piggy-back” on em’. An old adage, but that’s been the thinking of the movie studios whenever they’re threatened by other forms of entertainment. Too many folks are staying at home, listening to the radio, rather than filling the movie houses? Turn some of the big radio stars into movie stars (as with Jack Benny and Bob Hope) and make some films based on the popular radio series (as Columbia did with Blondie, which was based on the still-running newspaper comic strip). And what supplanted the radio as the preferred home-based entertainment? Television, adding visuals to keep the “bijou” neighborhood theatres empty. This time the studios offered gimmicks and enhancements that the then tiny screens couldn’t match: 3D, stereophonic sound, and Cinemascope, which lead to Cinerama, not to mention the tricks and tools spearheaded by
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Ruth Graham Says Late Father Billy Graham's Legacy Is the "Lives of People Who Were Changed" (Exclusive)

"Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don't you believe a word of it," Billy, the reverend known as America's Pastor, once said. "I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God." And when Billy passed away at age 99 on Feb. 21, rather than feeling sad, his daughter Ruth Graham, 67, exclusively echoed that sentiment to Closer Weekly. "This really is a glorious day. My father is finally free," she said. As many mourned his passing, plans were set in motion to lay Billy to rest on March 2 on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, Nc next to his beloved wife, Ruth Graham, who passed away in 2007. His coffin, "a simple plywood casket like my mother's," son Franklin Graham explained, "was built by convicted murderers at Angola Prison," where
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All of the Films Joining FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel This January

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This December will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

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Monday, January 1

Anatomy of a Murder*: Edition #600

A virtuoso James Stewart plays a small-town Michigan lawyer who takes on a difficult case: the defense of a young army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) accused of murdering a local tavern owner who he believes raped his wife (Lee Remick). Featuring an outstanding supporting cast-with a young George C. Scott as a fiery prosecutor and the legendary attorney Joseph N. Welch as the judge – and an influential score by Duke Ellington, this gripping envelope-pusher was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sex. But more than anything else, it
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The Best Classic Movies for People Who Don’t Watch Older Films — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Classic Movies for People Who Don’t Watch Older Films — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

A recent article (based on a very unscientific poll) argued that millennials don’t really care about old movies. Maybe that’s true, and maybe it isn’t, but the fact remains that many people disregard classic cinema on principle. These people are missing out, but it only takes one film — the right film — to change their minds and forever alter their viewing habits.

This week’s question: What is one classic film you would recommend to someone who doesn’t watch them?

Candice Frederick (@ReelTalker), Hello Beautiful, /Film, Thrillist, etc

Rebel Without a Cause.” I’ll out myself by saying that I’ve only recently seen this film
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Hampton Fancher remembers Jerry Lewis by Anne-Katrin Titze

Hampton Fancher at the reflecting pool with Henry Moore's Reclining Figure (Lincoln Center) 1963–5 Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Hampton Fancher, the beguiling subject of Michael Almereyda's Escapes and co-screenwriter of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner and Denis Villeneuve's upcoming Blade Runner 2049, shared some memories of Jerry Lewis, who died at the age of 91 this past Sunday, August 20, at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada.

We started out with Michael Pfleghar's film Romeo Und Julia 70 where Hampton interviewed Jerry Lewis, went onto the connection to Joan Blackman and Hal B Wallis for Norman Taurog's Visit To A Small Planet, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's In A Year With 13 Moons (In Einem Jahr Mit 13 Monden) and You're Never Too Young with Dean Martin and Lewis, a gurney in Frank Tashlin's The Disorderly Orderly and a rabbit in Geisha Boy, meeting Jack Benny and Buddy Hackett,
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Blood Drive's Colin Cunningham Details the Evolution of Slink — Plus: How He Asked for (And Got) Full Frontal Nudity

Blood Drive's Colin Cunningham Details the Evolution of Slink — Plus: How He Asked for (And Got) Full Frontal Nudity
Blood Drive‘s titular race for years had been a subversive affair sneaked to lookie-loos via closed-circuit TV. But as the gauntlet gained a following, evil overlord Heart Enterprises stepped forward with a national broadcast and (gasp/ugh) “notes.”

Julian Slink — the race’s Master of Mayhem — at first waved off the input, steadfastly “trying to retain his integrity as an artist, to come up with something of worth that is meaningful,” says portrayer Colin Cunningham. Or at least “something of worth” as pertains a contest where the cars are fueled by ill-gotten human blood. But in this Wednesday’s
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TCM Remembers WB Actress Who Would Become Broadway Star

Canadian-born actress Alexis Smith (born 1921) would have turned 96 years old today, June 8. Turner Classic Movies is celebrating her birthday by presenting nine of her movies, mostly during her time as a Warner Bros. contract player. In addition to Michael Curtiz's box office hit Night and Day, a highly fictionalized Cole Porter biopic starring Cary Grant as a heterosexual version of the famed gay composer. Night and Day is being shown as part of TCM's Gay Pride Month celebration. Alexis Smith died on June 9, 1993, the day after she turned 72. After her film career petered out in the 1950s, she went on to receive acclaim on the Broadway stage, making sporadic film appearances all the way to the year of her death. Smith's last film appearance was in a minor supporting role in Martin Scorsese's overly genteel period drama The Age of Innocence (1993), starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Winona Ryder.
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Reese Witherspoon, Katie Holmes, Peta Murgatroyd and More Stars Celebrate Mother's Day!

Reese Witherspoon, Katie Holmes, Peta Murgatroyd and More Stars Celebrate Mother's Day!
Celebrities flocked to social media over the weekend to share love for the moms in their lives, as well as their love of being a mom!

Reese Witherspoon shared a rare picture with all three of her children, including her daughter, Ava, 17, and sons, 13-year-old Deacon and 4-year-old Tennessee, along with a sweet message.

Watch: Hoda Kotb's Adorable Daughter Haley Joy Makes Her TV Debut on 'Today' Show

"Being a mom is one of the biggest joys of my life. I have learned so much from my three kids… patience, kindness, humility, creativity and of course, how to tell a great knock-knock joke!," she wrote.

"To my wonderful kids, I love you more than you will ever know (you will figure that out as soon as you have your own kids.)," she continued. "Always know how grateful I am every day I get to be your mom!!"

Meanwhile, Dancing With the Stars' Peta Murgatroyd celebrated
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‘To Be or Not to Be’: Ernst Lubitsch’s Comedy of (T)Errors

Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not to Be, that controversial World War II farce/satire/dark comedy about a group of ham actors who go on a mission to save Polish resistance from the Gestapo – and, in the course of doing so, ridicule the Nazi war machine as well as Adolf Hitler himself – recently turned 75, and is one of those films that age like good wine.

“Shall we drink to a blitzkrieg?” seems precisely the kind of question you should not put into one of your actors’ mouth in a farcical comedy shot at the beginning of 1940s, when the Nazis were gradually turning Europe into a wasteland. “I prefer a slow encirclement” would be, then, a perfect illustration of a witty repartee every director making movies at that time ought to stay away from. Yet Ernst Lubitsch, that German virtuoso of sophisticated American comedy who taught millions of viewers how to use allusion,
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Exclusive interview with actor and writer Tom Malloy

Tai Freligh chats with actor and writer Tom Malloy

A critically acclaimed and award winning actor, Tom initially wowed Hollywood with his stunning turn in the indie-cult favorite Gravesend in 1998, which was produced by Oliver Stone. Tom is currently starring with comedian Scott Baker in the Amazon improv cop comedy Midtown (initially premiering at the La Comedy Festival, the show is now in its 2nd season). Most recent films include #Screamers, Shattered, Hero Of The Underworld and Fair Haven. Malloy is also a comedian, published author and motivational speaker. He took time out of his schedule to talk to Tai Freligh about his latest projects.

Tell me about Fair Haven, which is in limited release this month and on Showtime in June?

Fair Haven is this beautiful Lgbt film that was directed by Kristen Karlhuber, who was a film student that I was mentoring at the time she brought the
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18 TV Gifts We Wish For You This Holiday Season

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Fa la la la la, la la la laaaaaa!

Tis the season for us to dig into our gift bags and deliver, to our loyal and new readers alike, the best wishes we can bestow upon fellow TV Fanatics.

These are the types of presents that may have come only once in a lifetime. You may have already enjoyed them, or some may be completely new to you.

Hopefully, you'll find something in this sack Santa carries directly from us to you that you can experience for the first time.

May your days be bright, your holidays light and while with family and friends you unite (I couldn't resist).

1. A Gift of Sports Night from Brittany Frederick My eternal wish in life is that everyone watches Sports Night. So I would give that show to the world and let us experience its awesomeness over again. Because it's still the best show I've ever seen,
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The Search for Family in ‘There Will Be Blood,’ Harmony Korine’s New Ad, Music of ‘Twin Peaks’ & More

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Edward Yang’s little-seen The Terrorizers will get its first theatrical run at BAMcinematek from October 21 through 27.

Watch a video essay on the search for family in There Will Be Blood:

Little White LiesNick Chen on how Brian De Palma influenced the films of Noah Baumbach:

If Hitchcock is a language, then De Palma has been fluent in it for decades: Obsession is Vertigo, Body Double is Rear Window, and so on. “I was the one practitioner that took up the things he pioneered,” De Palma asserts in Baumbach’s film. Alternatively, there’s Blow Out – often deemed the most representative of his aesthetic – which
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The Top Ten Funny Ladies of the Movies

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.
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Loretta Lynn Postpones Upcoming Shows Following Death of Her Grandson Jeffrey Allen

Loretta Lynn Postpones Upcoming Shows Following Death of Her Grandson Jeffrey Allen
Loretta Lynn's grandson, Jeffrey Allen Lynn, has died. He was 47. The country legend announced the heartbreaking news in a Facebook post titled "Loretta Mourns the Loss of Grandson" on her official page Wednesday. "American music icon, Loretta Lynn is mourning the passing of her eldest grandson, Jeffrey Allen Lynn who died unexpectedly on Monday. Jeffrey was 47 and lived and worked on Loretta Lynn's ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee," the statement read. Along with the message, the post featured a throwback photo of Lynn's grandson. "Jeffrey was the eldest son of Jack Benny Lynn, Lynn's second child and eldest
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Loretta Lynn Postpones Upcoming Shows Following Death of Her Grandson Jeffrey Allen

Loretta Lynn Postpones Upcoming Shows Following Death of Her Grandson Jeffrey Allen
Loretta Lynn's grandson, Jeffrey Allen Lynn, has died. He was 47. The country legend announced the heartbreaking news in a Facebook post titled "Loretta Mourns the Loss of Grandson" on her official page Wednesday. "American music icon, Loretta Lynn is mourning the passing of her eldest grandson, Jeffrey Allen Lynn who died unexpectedly on Monday. Jeffrey was 47 and lived and worked on Loretta Lynn's ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee," the statement read. Along with the message, the post featured a throwback photo of Lynn's grandson. "Jeffrey was the eldest son of Jack Benny Lynn, Lynn's second child and eldest
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