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Al Pacino on Scarface 35 years later: ‘Bombast was what we were trying to say’

The team behind the crime classic reunited at the Tribeca film festival to celebrate the film’s 35th anniversary with some awkward moments

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When he declared that the world (and everything in it) was coming to him, the audience cheered. When he shot Robert Loggia (that chazzer) the audience cheered. When he wore a white brimmed ladies’ hat and flirted with Michelle Pfeiffer the audience cheered. But when he got blown away by a sawed-off shotgun at the end, the audience cheered at that, too. When people say they love Scarface, they love every bit of Scarface.

The Oliver Stone-penned, Brian De Palma-directed rags-to-riches fable is 35 years old, and an anniversary screening at the Tribeca film festival was a reminder that this vulgar, brutal and, um, powdery gangster tale is every bit as entertaining as you remember.
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Film Review: ‘Where Have You Gone, Lou Dimaggio?’

Film Review: ‘Where Have You Gone, Lou Dimaggio?’
Trying to disprove the maxim that you can’t go home again, the real-life comedian of the title attempts to reignite his faded stand-up career in “Where Have You Gone, Lou Dimaggio?” — a documentary whose life lessons are as predictable as they are slight. Brad Kuhlman’s film depicts Dimaggio’s quest as amounting to very little, as the comic spends more time reminiscing with old friends and providing a brief history lesson about the New York comedy scene than actually getting in front of an audience. As a fond look back at a particular milieu, the doc has its minor charms, but it’s far too narrow to resonate outside its niche target audience.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Dimaggio (no relation to Yankees star Joltin’ Joe) was a rising talent and fixture at Manhattan’s Catch a Rising Star, the launch pad for future luminaries such as Robin Williams,
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Gilbert Gottfried On Dirty Jokes, A Surprise Evolution To Family Man, and His Problem With Hitler — Turn It On Podcast

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Gilbert Gottfried On Dirty Jokes, A Surprise Evolution To Family Man, and His Problem With Hitler — Turn It On Podcast
You don’t know Gilbert Gottfried. You think you do, but you don’t. He’s been called the ‘comic’s comic,” and has been a staple of TV and film for years. His signature voice and crinked eyes have been imitated by thousands. But the new documentary “Gilbert, A Gilbert Gottfried Story” shows an entirely different side of the comedian who’s been entertaining audiences for four decades.

“It was uncomfortable from beginning to end,” cracked Gottfried, who spoke to IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast (along with filmmaker Neil Berkeley) about making the documentary, fame, and the state of comedy. Listen below!

Berkeley’s “Gilbert,” which premieres Dec. 29 on Hulu, came out of a desire by Gilbert’s wife Dara to showcase an unexpected side to the iconic comedian. The film peeks behind the larger-than-life persona at a more personal story about growing up in Brooklyn and becoming
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Ken Shapiro, Director of Chevy Chase Debut Film ‘The Groove Tube,’ Dies at 76

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Ken Shapiro, Director of Chevy Chase Debut Film ‘The Groove Tube,’ Dies at 76
Ken Shapiro, writer and director of Chevy Chase’s debut film “The Groove Tube,” died of cancer at age 76, TheWrap has learned. Released in 1974, “The Groove Tube” was a cult hit indie comedy that satirized TV with a series of lewd skits and parodies of commercials. Among them was the skit “Koko The Clown,” a parody of “Bozo The Clown” in which Shapiro, in full clown attire, reads erotica during the show’s “Make-Believe Time.” The film launched the careers of Chase and Richard Belzer, the latter of whom appeared alongside Shapiro in another famous skit from the film called.
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Ken Shapiro, Writer, Director and Star of 'The Groove Tube,' Dies at 76

Ken Shapiro, Writer, Director and Star of 'The Groove Tube,' Dies at 76
Ken Shapiro, who directed, produced, co-wrote and starred in The Groove Tube, the seminal 1974 sendup of television that marked the movie debuts of Chevy Chase and Richard Belzer, has died. He was 76.

Shapiro died Nov. 18 at his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico, after a long struggle with cancer, his friend Arthur Sellers told The Hollywood Reporter.

Shapiro also directed Chase in another comedy feature, the sci-fi fantasy Modern Problems (1981), which he co-wrote with Sellers and Tom Sherohman.

The Groove Tube employed a hilarious series of skits that spoofed everything from commercials and public service announcements to...
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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91
Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. He legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over
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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91
Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. His legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over
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July 18th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Kong: Skull Island, Resident Evil: Vendetta, The Bat People

For the brand new Blu-ray and DVD offerings coming out on Tuesday, July 18th, we have an eclectic assortment of titles, both new and old. As far as cult classics go, The Bat People, Freeway, Stalker, and Stormy Monday are all making their HD debuts on Blu this week, and if you missed Kong: Skull Island, Free Fire or Buster’s Mal Heart during their theatrical runs, now you’ll have a chance to catch up with these films on their home entertainment releases.

Other notable release for July 18th include Resident Evil: Vendetta, Another Evil, Lake Alice, and The Expanse: Season Two.

The Bat People (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Half Man, Half Bat, All Terror!

From director Jerry Jameson (Airport 77, Raise The Titanic) comes a high-flying horror from the darkest corner of the drive-in: The Bat People!

When Dr. John Beck and his wife Cathy fall into an underground cave,
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Focus Buys ‘The Little Stranger,’ Oscilloscope Picks Up ‘Brimstone & Glory’ and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: Focus Buys ‘The Little Stranger,’ Oscilloscope Picks Up ‘Brimstone & Glory’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Focus Features has acquired the worldwide rights to “The Little Stranger,” excluding the U.K., France and Switzerland, where it will be distributed by Pathé. Academy Award nominee Lenny Abrahamson (“Room”) will direct the film, a chilling ghost story, which will begin production in the U.K. this summer for release in 2018. “The Little Stranger” will star Academy Award nominee Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter. Lucinda Coxon, who wrote the screenplay adaptation of Focus’ “The Danish Girl,” has adapted “The Little Stranger” from Sarah Waters’ acclaimed 2009 novel of the same name.

In a remote English village after the close of World War II, a local practitioner, Dr. Faraday (Gleeson), is called to the
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The Comedian Starring Robert De Niro and an All-Star Cast Debuts on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital May 2nd

Two-Time Academy Award Winner Robert De Niro Leads an All-Star Cast, Including Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Edie Falco, Charles Grodin, Cloris Leachman, Patti LuPone and Harvey Keitel in The Comedian

Two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro (Best Supporting Actor, The Godfather: Part II, 1974; Best Actor, Raging Bull, 1980) stars as an aging insult comic trying to reinvent himself for acclaimed filmmaker Taylor Hackford (Ray) in the comedy-drama The Comedian. De Niro’s eight-years-in-the-making passion project also stars Leslie Mann (Knocked Up), Danny DeVito (“Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”), Charles Grodin (Dave), Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman (Best Supporting Actress, The Last Picture Show, 1971), Patti LuPone (“Penny Dreadful”), and Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel (Best Supporting Actor, Bugsy, 1991), with a cast that includes Lucy DeVito (Leaves of Grass) and Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally…). In addition, the film features a veritable who’s who of stand-up comedians,
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Exclusive: The Impact and Legacy of ‘Law & Order: Svu’ 400 Episodes Later

Exclusive: The Impact and Legacy of ‘Law & Order: Svu’ 400 Episodes Later
On September 20, 1999, audiences were invited to explore another side of New York City, where crimes were “especially heinous.” The first spinoff of creator Dick Wolf’s successful Law & Order series, Special Victims Unit introduced viewers to a new team of “dedicated detectives” -- Oliva Benson (Mariska Hargitay), Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni), Monique Jeffries (Michelle Hurd) and John Munch (Richard Belzer), led by Capt. Don Cragen (Dann Florek) -- tasked with bringing justice for sexually based crimes.

Their stories quickly became beloved by audiences as the series not only became a ratings hit for NBC, but also earned critical acclaim -- including a historic run of Emmy nominations and wins for its guest stars -- and adoration among the many actors who passed through on their way to stardom.

“At its heart, it's a show about good versus evil,” Michaela McManus, who played Ada Kim Greylek on season 10, tells Et. “In a world that's increasingly scary and uncertain
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Munch Returns to Law and Order: Svu—Richard Belzer Doesn't Miss a Beat

Munch Returns to Law and Order: Svu—Richard Belzer Doesn't Miss a Beat
Who says you can't go home again? Certainly not Richard Belzer. The original Law & Order: Svu star is returning to work as John Munch along the elite squad of detectives known as the Special Victims Unit for "Fashionable Crimes." When a young model is raped by a famous fashion house photographer (guest star Fisher Stevens), the photog looks to his successful brother to get the charges dropped. This famed artist was previously in the crosshairs of the Svu squad, particularly Munch and Fin (Ice T). This is the first time Belzer returned to the show since making his final appearance in the season 15 finale back in 2014. He's played Munch on 10 different shows, starting back in 1993 on Homicide: Life...
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Law & Order: Svu Collars Brad Garrett for Villainous Season-Ending Arc

Law & Order: Svu Collars Brad Garrett for Villainous Season-Ending Arc
Coming off his turn as Fargo mob tough Joe Bulo, Brad Garrett will keep walking on the dark side, with an arc on NBC’s Law & Order: Svu.

RelatedLaw & Order: Svu Renewed for Season 18; Chicago Med Nabs Season 2

The three-time Emmy-winning Everybody Loves Raymond alum will guest-star in the final two episodes of Season 17, airing May 18 and 25, as Gary Munson, a corrections officer at Rikers who maintains his reputation as a hard-working family man, but hides a long history of corruption and violence against female inmates — both inside and out of prison.

RelatedRichard Belzer Set for Law & Order: Svu
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TVLine Items: Belzer's Svu Return, 90210 Vet Joins Night Shift and More

TVLine Items: Belzer's Svu Return, 90210 Vet Joins Night Shift and More
Dun, dun.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will welcome back a veteran when Richard Belzer returns as Det. John Munch later this season.

RelatedChicago Justice: Lorraine Toussaint to Reprise Law & Order Role on Spinoff

Per EW.com, Belzer — who left the long-running NBC drama after Season 15 — will reappear in a May episode that finds Munch weighing in on the case of a young model who claims she was preyed upon by a famous photographer.

Law & Order: Svu airs Wednesdays at 9/8c.

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* Tonight’s broadcast of The CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley
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Richard Belzer Returning to Law & Order: Svu

Richard Belzer Returning to Law & Order: Svu
Law & Order: Svu is bringing back a very familiar face for May sweeps: Richard Belzer is returning to the long-running drama as John Munch, E! News has confirmed. Belzer, an original cast member on Law & Order: Svu (who has also played Munch on a total of 10 different shows), was last seen in the 2014 season 15 finale of the NBC series. He'll return to help the Svu squad take down a famous fashion photographer, played by Fisher Stevens, who is accused of preying on models. The photog apparently has been on Munch and Fin's (Ice-t) radar for some time. Belzer started playing Munch in 1993 on Homicide: Life on the Street. Law & Order: Svu was recently renewed for a landmark season 18, with...
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Ask Alan: Mike Milligan vs. Johnnie Cochran, great TV musical numbers, and more

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Ask Alan: Mike Milligan vs. Johnnie Cochran, great TV musical numbers, and more
Happy Friday, everybody! Time for another Ask Alan. In this week's episode, we start right off with a question that has no right — or wrong — answer: who should win in an Emmy faceoff between Fargo's Bokeem Woodbine and The People v. O.J. Simpson's Courtney B. Vance? Then I pick some — but by no means all — of my favorite musical numbers from non-musical TV shows, before another showdown of sorts: Grant Gustin as Barry Allen vs. Richard Belzer as John Munch for most ubiquitous character in TV history. You can watch the video embedded at the top and bottom of this post. As always, send questions to askalan@hitfix.com. The more tightly-phrased, the better.
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John Goodman on his awkward Kristen Wiig encounter: 'I'll never speak to her again'

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John Goodman on his awkward Kristen Wiig encounter: 'I'll never speak to her again'
John Goodman was the big guest on today's Howard Stern Show, and the sleepy-voiced Roseanne icon was endearing, forthright and funny throughout. During the sit-down he opened up about his struggles with alcoholism, related feeling like an outsider on the Hollywood scene and, hilariously, forgot not only the name of his 10 Cloverfield Lane co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead but the title of the 1999 film he made with Martin Scorsese. Also: why he feels he let SNL down during his last guest-hosting appearance. Here are all the highlights from the chat. His attempt at conversation with Kristen Wiig at a social gathering didn't go well. "She was talking to somebody else, and I was just -- I think she's so great, and the social barriers broke down and I interrupted the conversation. And I would just hate for somebody to do that to me. And she goes, 'yeah, I'll talk to you in a minute.
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Ryan Reynolds, Kathy Griffin and More Celebs Who Guest-Starred on The X-Files

Ryan Reynolds, Kathy Griffin and More Celebs Who Guest-Starred on The X-Files
Sunday is the day X-Files diehards have been waiting for: For the first time since 2002, we get to watch new episodes of one of the biggest cult favorite series in TV history.

And not only are David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising the roles of Agents Mulder and Scully, but they're bringing with them Mitch Pileggi (Assistant FBI Director Walter Skinner), William B. Davis (the Cigarette Smoking Man), The Lone Gunmen (overcoming the notable handicap of having died in the show's final season) and even Annabeth Gish (Agent Monica Reyes).

(No word about Robert Patrick's Agent John Doggett making a surprise cameo,
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From Ryan Reynolds to Kathy Griffin, 15 of Our Favorite X-Files Guest Stars

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From Ryan Reynolds to Kathy Griffin, 15 of Our Favorite X-Files Guest Stars
Sunday is the day X-Files diehards have been waiting for: For the first time since 2002, we get to watch new episodes of one of the biggest cult favorite series in TV history. And not only are David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising the roles of Agents Mulder and Scully, but they're bringing with them Mitch Pileggi (Assistant FBI Director Walter Skinner), William B. Davis (the Cigarette Smoking Man), The Lone Gunmen (overcoming the notable handicap of having died in the show's final season) and even Annabeth Gish (Agent Monica Reyes). (No word about Robert Patrick's Agent John Doggett making a surprise cameo,
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From Ryan Reynolds to Kathy Griffin, 15 of Our Favorite X-Files Guest Stars

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From Ryan Reynolds to Kathy Griffin, 15 of Our Favorite X-Files Guest Stars
Sunday is the day X-Files diehards have been waiting for: For the first time since 2002, we get to watch new episodes of one of the biggest cult favorite series in TV history. And not only are David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising the roles of Agents Mulder and Scully, but they're bringing with them Mitch Pileggi (Assistant FBI Director Walter Skinner), William B. Davis (the Cigarette Smoking Man), The Lone Gunmen (overcoming the notable handicap of having died in the show's final season) and even Annabeth Gish (Agent Monica Reyes). (No word about Robert Patrick's Agent John Doggett making a surprise cameo,
See full article at PEOPLE.com »
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