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Tony Hale (‘Arrested Development’) could be second Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy winner for two shows

Tony Hale (‘Arrested Development’) could be second Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy winner for two shows
Tony Hale won’t win a third Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy for “Veep” this year, since the series is sitting out the season, but he could take home a third career statuette for his other Emmy-winning comedy, “Arrested Development.” If Hale does manage to pull it off, he’d join Art Carney as the only multiple winners of the category for two different shows.

While the early years of the Emmys didn’t have genre-specific acting categories, Carney won the first three supporting actor awards: two for “The Jackie Gleason Show” and one for “The Honeymooners.” Since the latter sitcom was based on the popular recurring sketch of the same name on “The Jackie Gleason Show” and Carney played Gleason’s sidekick Ed Norton on both, along with other sketch characters on the variety show, Hale would be the first multiple winner for playing two different characters on two different,
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Cannes 2018: Where and When You Can See the Festival’s Winners, From ‘Shoplifters’ to ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Cannes 2018: Where and When You Can See the Festival’s Winners, From ‘Shoplifters’ to ‘BlacKkKlansman’
This year’s Cannes Film Festival may have come to an end, but the repercussions of the annual cinephile gathering are still yet to be felt on a big screen near you. Fortunately, some of the festival’s biggest winners have already locked down North American distribution and are already bound for wider releases that will allow plenty more movie fans to check them out. That includes the Palme d’Or winner, “Shoplifters,” and both runner-ups, including “Capernaum” and “BlacKkKlansman,” all of which have homes that guarantee them theatrical releases in the coming months.

A number of other Cannes contenders were also picked up for distribution during the festival, including Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego’s crime thriller “Birds of Passage,” which went to The Orchard and the Mads Mikkelsen-starring survival drama “Arctic,” which was bought early in the fest by Bleecker Street. The opening night film, Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows,
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Cannes Review: Jafar Panahi’s ‘3 Faces’ Is a Loose, Empathetic, Ultimately Minor Work

3 Faces is the fourth film Jafar Panahi has made in defiance of a 20-year filmmaking ban the Iranian government issued against him in 2010. The first three were all small-scale affairs, shot solo or with tiny crews, in which the camera never left the confines of a given space – Panahi’s apartment building in This Is Not a Film (2011), a holiday house in Closed Curtain (2013), and a taxi in Taxi (2015). His newest, which sees him working with a larger team, is almost entirely set in a remote village in the mountains, likely in Iranian Azerbaijan. This shift is in keeping with the thematic trajectory drawn by this series of clandestine films. While the first one focused on Panahi’s own predicament, each new installment has expanded the scope of his critique, encompassing further facets of the oppression engendered by the authoritarian values that hold sway over large parts of Iranian society.
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‘3 Faces’ Trailer: Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Is Back With A Feel-Good Road Film Debuting At Cannes

If you’re a fan of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, you are probably well aware of the struggles he’s faced over the last decade, as he is forced to produce his films in secret. In 2010, Panahi was convicted of a ridiculous charge in his home country and was sentenced to a 20-year ban on making films and traveling. Of course, over that time, the director has still produced films, with his last outing “Taxi,” winning the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2015.
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The Top Five Danny DeVito Movies of His Career

Danny DeVito is an actor and filmmaker who was born in Neptune Township, New Jersey, on November 17, 1944. He rose to prominence when he played Louie De Palma in the television series ‘Taxi’. For his portrayal of the taxi dispatcher, he won an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Following his success in this series, he went on to enjoy a hugely successful career in the film industry playing lead roles in many blockbuster movies. Here are the top five movies of Danny DeVito’s career. 1. Twins Danny DeVito stars opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in this hilarious buddy comedy film that

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‘Three Faces’ Review: Jafar Panahi’s Turns His Life Into a Movie With Another Statement on Censorship — Cannes 2018

‘Three Faces’ Review: Jafar Panahi’s Turns His Life Into a Movie With Another Statement on Censorship — Cannes 2018
Jafar Panahi was banned from filmmaking by the Iranian government, but the decree only led him to make movies in a different kind of way. Starting with the meta-documentary “This Is Not a Film” in 2011, Panahi’s creative frustrations have taken center stage in various inventive ways: In “Closed Curtain,” the allegorical tale of thieves on the lam folds into a broader creative lament when the filmmaker enters the frame to contemplate his characters, while the acclaimed “Taxi” found his camera exclusively in the confines of the titular vehicle as Panahi drove around Tehran.

The fourth entry in this innovative period, “Three Faces,” finds him acting in another story seemingly pulled from his real experiences — although this time, he’s more of the supporting character in a meandering but often insightful exploration of censorship and oppression in a society that accepts those phenomena as facts of life.

It starts with a call for help.
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‘Three Faces’ Film Review: Once Again, Jafar Panahi Is Modest But Profound

‘Three Faces’ Film Review: Once Again, Jafar Panahi Is Modest But Profound
For the past few years, Iranian director Jafar Panahi has been sending a series of quietly confounding films to festivals that he’s not allowed to attend. “Three Faces,” which premiered this weekend at the Cannes Film Festival, is the latest of these little examples of his cinematic sleight-of-hand, and another Panahi gem that has more on its mind than it lets on.

Three Faces” is typical of the canny director’s output in the way it’s modest but profound, leisurely but urgent, a portrait of a country disguised as a meandering road movie.

But it’s not like he’s using misdirection or only pretending to be modest and leisurely. Panahi’s films are all those things at once — and this one is particularly timely at this year’s Cannes in the way he manages, without openly criticizing his home country, to sketch a portrait of how the refusal to give women much agency in their lives is ingrained in the society.

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He is at once the most playful of directors and the most serious, using a light touch to explore heavy matters in the face of government restrictions.

Along with Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov, a critic of the Putin regime who is under house arrest for what his supporters say are political reasons, Panahi is one of the two main-competition directors who has been prevented from traveling to the festival by his home country. Convicted of “propaganda against the Islamic Republic,” among other offenses, he is not allowed to leave Iran, and in 2010 he was officially forbidden from making movies for 20 years, a decree he has now ignored four times.

The first was 2011’s wryly titled “This Is Not a Film,” in which he sat in his apartment and described the film he would have made if he had been allowed to do so. The second, “Closed Curtain” in 2013, was a funhouse mirror of sorts, set inside a beach house where a screenwriter keeps the drapes drawn to avoid detection. And the third, 2015’s “Taxi,” was a wry and exceptional film that found Panahi simply driving a cab around Tehran and having conversations with his passengers about the state of life in the country.

Also like Serebrennikov, whose “Leto” was a highlight of the festival’s first few days, Panahi’s contribution to this year’s Cannes is a significant one. “Three Faces” continues to blur the line between fiction and documentary, and to subtly comment on the state of Iran.

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The film starts with an iPhone video apparently shot by a distraught young woman who seemingly hangs herself after her family and her fiance’s family have refused to let her attend an acting conservatory in Tehran. The video gets to Panahi and to actress Behnaz Jafari, both playing themselves, who venture to the small mountain village where the girl lives in an attempt to track her down.

Typical of the director’s elusiveness, Jafari scolds Panahi early in the trip, saying that she thinks he may just be making a movie about suicide, not really investigating a missing girl. Then Panahi’s mother calls and says, “I hear you’re off making a film?”

“No, that’s not true,” he says.

“Now you’re telling your mother fibs?” she shoots back.

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The trip plays out in long conversations, in arguments and invitations to tea and discussions of what value entertainment has in rural Iran, where one character dismissively says there are more satellite dishes than people. The aspiring young actress, they learn, was branded an “empty-headed brat” because she wants to be an actress — but an aging star of some renown who lives in the area is treated similarly, and the townspeople alternate between adulation and scorn when they speak to Jafari.

A lot of things happen at a remove: Jafari goes into a house to speak to the young woman, but Panahi remains in the car and so does the camera. Attitudes evolve, slightly, but there’s no grand conclusion, just the sense that women, even famous ones, are there to be acted upon, not to act (in every sense of that word).

Before “Taxi” screened in at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won the top prize, the Golden Bear, Panahi released a statement: “Nothing can prevent me from making films since when being pushed to the ultimate corners I connect with my inner-self and, in such private spaces, despite all limitations, the necessity to create becomes even more of an urge.

“Cinema as an Art becomes my main preoccupation. That is the reason why I have to continue making films under any circumstances to pay my respect and feel alive.”

With “Three Faces,” he once again makes the audience feel alive as well.

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19 Cannes Movies We’re Dying to See, From ‘BlacKkKlansman’ to ‘Solo’ (Photos)

19 Cannes Movies We’re Dying to See, From ‘BlacKkKlansman’ to ‘Solo’ (Photos)
The 2018 Cannes Film Festival will showcase 21 films in competition, another 16 out of competition, 18 in Un Certain Regard, more than two dozen in Cannes Classics and others in the independent Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week sections. Among the riches, here are some that stand out.


Spike Lee

(Main Competition)

The director who some think was robbed of the Palme d’Or for “Do the Right Thing” in 1989 is back in the running with the true story of a black man who infiltrated the Kkk in the ’70s – but advance footage shows a comic tone, and producer Jason Blum says the goal was “to show what bozos” the Klan is.

Three Faces

Jafar Panahi

(Main Competition)

Panahi, who is not allowed to leave Iran and is officially forbidden from making movies, has nonetheless spent the last few years creating a string of wry, smart films about life under totalitarian rule, peaking with “Taxi” in 2015. Any new Panahi film is an event, and his first to land in the main competition in Cannes has already made him the betting favorite for the Palme d’Or.

The House That Jack Built

Lars von Trier

(Out of competition)

Matt Dillon as a serial killer over a span of 12 years is intriguing enough. But Lars von Trier returning to the festival that declared him “persona non grata” for his press-conference comments about Hitler in 2011 — that’s a riveting story all its own.

“The Image Book”

Jean-Luc Godard

(Main Competition)

We know the director probably won’t show up, and we know his film will be challenging and elusive. “The Image Book” is reportedly an essay about film that comes exactly 50 years after a politicized Godard helped shut down the 1968 Cannes festival in solidarity with protests throughout France.

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Save the date for Danny DeVito Day

He’s starred in films such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Jewel of the Nile, Twins and Batman Returns, the hit TV series Taxi, not to mention a Phil Collins video, so it’s safe to say that Danny DeVito is deserving of the latest honour bestowed upon him. His home state of New Jersey has just proclaimed November 17 ‘Danny DeVito Day’, in recognition of his services to the big screen.

The date also happens to be his birthday, and was announced by John Moor, Mayor of Asbury Park where the actor-director grew up. It was all part of the town’s Music and Film Festival last Saturday – what could be more fitting?

Although he went all Westside a long, long time ago in a (successful) bid to kickstart his career, DeVito has never forgotten his East Coast roots and has returned ‘home’ frequently, putting back into
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Celebrities Support Us Bill To Ban Wild Animal Circus Acts

Ricky Gervais, Pamela Anderson, Joanna Lumley, Shelley Morrison, and Marilu Henner are among a host of international stars supporting a campaign by Animal Defenders International (Adi) to end the suffering of wild animals in travelling circuses in the United States, through the passing of H.R. 1759, the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (Teapspa).

Ahead of World Circus Day, 21st April, Adi called on the public to visit shows where the acts have a choice about performing, and ask their Representatives to support Teapspa, as urged by celebrity supporters.

Multi-award-winning actor and comedian, writer, producer, director, musician Ricky Gervais: “For animals in circuses, there is no escape from the merry-go-round of imprisonment, deprivation, and being forced to perform. Elephants, lions, tigers, bears, and others live a life of desperation and fear. It doesn’t have to be this way. Please support the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety
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‘Will & Grace’ would set longest gap between Best Comedy Series Emmy wins

‘Will & Grace’ would set longest gap between Best Comedy Series Emmy wins
The first and only time “Will & Grace” won Best Comedy Series at the Emmys was a full adult ago — 18 years, way back in 2000. The NBC sitcom could pick up a bookend Emmy in September with the revival, which would set a record for the longest gap between Best Comedy Series wins.

Now it goes without saying that this wouldn’t be possible without the revival, and a gap this long is practically unheard of, since most shows don’t run continuously for nearly two decades, let alone receive Emmy recognition for that entire duration. The Emmys like to get into streaks with their favorites and then drop them like a bad habit.

Sixteen shows have won multiple Best Comedy Series and almost all of them did it with consecutive wins. “Frasier” and “Modern Family” both pulled off a five-peat. All six three-time winners — “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Phil Silvers Show,
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'Taxi 5': Film Review

'Taxi 5': Film Review
Released in France almost 20 years ago to the day, the original Taxi movie quickly became a national sensation. Conceived and produced by Luc Besson, the $8 million Marseilles-set action comedy raked in more then eight times its budget at the worldwide box office back in 1998, launching the careers of its two stars — not to mention its young co-star, Marion Cotillard — while spawning three successful sequels over the next decade. (This doesn’t include the woeful 2004 American remake, starring Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon in roles they’d probably like to erase from their IMDb pages.)

Even if...
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'Cheers' Creator James Burrows Says Cast is Too Old for a Reboot

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James Burrows definitely has a dog in the fight to bring back old sitcoms, because he's the king ... he created "Cheers" and directed "Frasier," "Friends" and "Taxi." We got the TV legend in NYC Friday night leaving Michael's restaurant, and asked about "Roseanne" scoring more than 18 million viewers. He watched it and loved it, but as for his shows ... well, at some point everyone gets a little long in the tooth.   Sometimes the Og shows are best left alone.
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‘Mom’ star Allison Janney’s Oscar win for ‘I, Tonya’ proves that TV and film worlds continue to merge

‘Mom’ star Allison Janney’s Oscar win for ‘I, Tonya’ proves that TV and film worlds continue to merge
Earlier this month the star of a network television sitcom, Allison Janney, won an Oscar. In fact, she had to cut her appearances at post-Oscar parties short because she had to be at work on the CBS show “Mom” the next day. While this has happened before, Janney’s victory for “I Tonya” and the lack of media attention to a sitcom star winning a movie award just shows how the television and film worlds have merged to an extent that actors now move freely in between both venues.

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Until fairly recently you were either a television actor or a film actor. You pretty much did one or the other. It was even common for young actors to stipulate that they would only audition for film. Some actors such as Bruce Willis were able to parlay their TV stardom into movie careers,
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SXSW Review: ‘More Human Than Human’ Offers a Brief, Exciting Look at Media Robotics and AI

One of the ideas of More Human Than Human, directed by Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting, is to have a computer replace a filmmaker, asking participant questions and adjusting their camera movement to match the particular scene. To reveal what happens may just spoil the movie, but we’ll leave it at that. Pallotta–a frequent collaborator of Richard Linklater (who appears on screen to show enthusiasm for the filmmaker’s collaboration with scientists at Carnegie Mellon’s Studio for Creative Inquiry)–has a goal is to put documentary subjects at ease by removing the crew, like a high-tech, AI cross between Errol Morris’ Interrotron and StoryCorps app.

This is just one passage in a brisk documentary by Pallotta (often on camera) and Wolting (nowhere to be seen) who are fascinated by the psychological effects of technology. It’s hard not to think of the sitcom Taxi when a London
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Today in Soap Opera History (February 15)

1967: Peyton Place's Allison famously cut her hair.

1980: AMC's Palmer toasted Nina on her 19th birthday.

1985: Santa Barbara's Kelly blew up a car.

2010: AMC's Greenlee revealed herself to be alive at her wedding."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1952: On Search for Tomorrow, Jim and Sam received photos of Keith kissing another woman.
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It Came From The Tube: Cry For The Strangers (1982)

I normally equate seaside towns with peace and tranquility, a place for rest, relaxation, and perhaps writing the Great Canadian Novel (it’s going to be a thinly veiled takedown of beloved children’s TV host Mr. Dressup, for the record). Clark’s Harbor however, the setting of Cry for the Strangers (1982), is a place where my laptop and I shall never set foot; there’s just too much damn tribalistic murder.

Originally broadcast by CBS on February 11th, Cry for the Strangers would have to contend with Barney Miller, Taxi, and 20/20 on ABC and Different Strokes, Gimme a Break! and Hill Street Blues on NBC, and it’s safe to say most eyes were peeping these network staples. But for those with a salty taste for the macabre, the Eye was the network to be. (For this occasion anyway; they can’t all be ABC Movie of the Week’s.
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Oscars 2018: Guillermo del Toro (‘The Shape of Water’) or Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) would be 8th winner for writing, directing, And producing

Oscars 2018: Guillermo del Toro (‘The Shape of Water’) or Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) would be 8th winner for writing, directing, And producing
Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”) and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) joined an elite group of filmmakers who received Oscar nominations for writing, directing and producing the same film. In the academy’s 90-year history, only 26 other people pulled off this hat trick. Peele is the first black filmmaker to do so, while del Toro is only the second Latin American after his filmmaking amigo Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

Now del Toro and Peele are hoping to join the even more exclusive club of seven filmmakers who won all three prizes in one night. Considering they’re in direct competition with each other for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay (where del Toro competes alongside co-writer Vanessa Taylor), it’ll be an especially tricky feat to pull off.

Leo McCarey was the first person to win the big three for “Going My Way” (1944), a lighthearted comedy starring Bing
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Christopher Lloyd Joins NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Guess Who Died’

Christopher Lloyd Joins NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Guess Who Died’
Christopher Lloyd has been cast in the NBC comedy pilot “Guess Who Died,” Variety has learned.

He joins previously announced cast members Hector Elizondo and Holland Taylor, playing the role of Mort. Crusty and grumpy, puttering along slowly in his golf cart at Las Esperanzado Senior Community, Mort is described as a man of mystery and wealth.

Based on Lear’s personal experience of working well into his 90’s, the single-camera series is described as a humorous and inspiring look at the shared joys and challenges people experience at any stage of life. Elizondo will play Murray, a positive and upbeat senior with sparkling eyes and a keen, sharp and wonderful sense of humor, who lives with his wife in the Las Esperanzado Senior Community in Palm Springs. Taylor will play Patricia, a former American Airlines flight attendant who is also Murray’s sister-in-law. She can be a little too proper at times, but she’s sharp
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Luc Besson in talks for multi-picture deal with Netflix

Variety is reporting that Netflix is currently in talks with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, with the streaming service looking to sign a deal with the French filmmaker to have him produce and direct a number of movies over the next few years.

According to the site, the deal would encompass a number of Netflix Original movies, budgeted in the $30 million range, and could also see Netflix buying into the EuropaCorp library, which includes the likes of Taken, Taxi and The Transporter.

EuropaCorp is currently struggling with debuts of around €230 million, with its market value also plummeting in recent months following the box office failure Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The company is refocussing its strategy towards lower-budget projects, and has recently sold off its French TV production unit as well as announcing a number of redundancies in a cost-cutting measure.

Besson is currently shooting his next film Anna,
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