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Jamie Lee Curtis Knows That Halloween Will Be Her Legacy

As fans of comedies like Trading Places and A Fish Called Wanda will know, there’s a lot more to the forty-year career of Jamie Lee Curtis than her involvement in the Halloween series. Still, given the impact that the original 1978 slasher movie had on the horror genre and the continuing popularity of the franchise, it’s likely that the actress’ big screen debut as famed scream queen Laurie Strode will always be the most celebrated moment in her varied and extensive filmography.

It’s a point that Curtis herself wouldn’t dispute as she reflects on her time playing the most frequent target of serial killer Michael Myers, saying the following recently:

I recognize that it will be my biggest contribution. Despite writing books for children, all of my advocacy, all of my politics, all of my own personal journey, my legacy will be Halloween.

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Questlove Remembers His ‘Surreal’ Dinner With O.J. Simpson

On this week’s installment of his Pandora podcast “Questlove Supreme,” Roots drummer and “Late Show” bandleader Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and his crew talk with “Daily Show” veteran and “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver, who speaks at length about the challenges of putting together topical comedy, about his first-ever trip to a Walmart and why it was his most profound cultural clash in coming to America, and perhaps most entertainingly, of how he ended up hosting “The Daily Show” for several weeks in 2013 when Jon Stewart went on hiatus to make the film “Rosewater.”

“It was terrifying,” Oliver recalled. “Because he called me and said, ‘I’ve got that movie I’ve been working on. I’m going to direct it.’ So I was kind of, ‘Oh, that’s nice’ — I didn’t see what was coming. I said, ‘Well, that’s an odd thing, to decide to call me– how many people are you calling
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An A-z of Festive Film

If you thought you’d seen the last of Roobla’s alphabetical rundowns with our Halloween effort, think again. With Christmas drawing ever closer, we couldn’t let the big one pass without the A-Z film treatment, so here we go…

A is for Alastair Sim. His performance in the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol still remains the definitive portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge.

B is for Bruce Willis. You can even get Die Hard festive jumpers now – ho-ho-ho.

C is for Channel 5. This lot love to start early with the Yuletide flicks; in fact I’m sure I saw one during August Bank Holiday.

D is for Disney. From Snow White to Frozen, they’ve made family entertainment into an art form, especially at this time of year..

E is for elves. Played by Dudley Moore and Will Ferrell amongst others, they’ve served Santa well over the years.
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John Landis can’t give us his top 5 comedies of all time

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John Landis has directed a number of noteworthy movie comedies in his career, including The Blues Brothers, Coming To America, and Trading Places. We thought it would be appropriate to get Landis’ picks for the five best comedies of all time, but he wasn’t having it. In the video above, he schools us on the concept of…

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‘Halloween’ 40 Years Later: Why Jamie Lee Curtis Is Still the Ultimate Scream Queen

‘Halloween’ 40 Years Later: Why Jamie Lee Curtis Is Still the Ultimate Scream Queen
The mask. The music. The sequels. There are many memorable things about the Halloween franchise, but none of them have had quite the same impact as a then-20-year-old Jamie Lee Curtis, daughter of Hollywood royalty, who created an everygirl so iconic, she’s returning to the role nearly 40 years after the original.

In 1978, Curtis made her film debut as resilient teenage babysitter Laurie Strode in Halloween. It’s a simple enough story: A young man, Michael Myers, kills his sister on Halloween in 1963 and is locked away in an institution. Fifteen years later, he escapes and returns to his hometown, where he terrorizes and kills a group of teenagers one by one, until he’s stopped (or at least slowed down) by Laurie.

What makes Laurie iconic is the sense of realness Curtis imbues her with. It’s not just that she’s the typical example of the “final girl” horror movie trope, or even that she
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“Making a Hammer Film As If It Was Directed by Scorsese”: John Landis on Innocent Blood and Operating Muppets with Tim Burton

One of the most underrated films by one of America’s most underrated filmmakers just arrived on Blu-ray in the form of Warner Archive’s 25th-anniversary release of John LandisInnocent Blood. To call Landis underrated might seem perverse given that he’s directed some of the most successful and enduring movies of the late 1970s and early 1980s – National Lampoon’s Animal House, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London, Trading Places, Coming to America – but I still think his body of work has never quite gotten its critical due in this country, partly because his movies are so damn […]
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Jamie Lee Curtis to Star in, Produce Funeral Home Comedy in Development at CBS (Exclusive)

Jamie Lee Curtis to Star in, Produce Funeral Home Comedy in Development at CBS (Exclusive)
Jamie Lee Curtis will star in and executive produce a new multi-cam comedy in development at CBS, Variety has learned exclusively.

The project, titled “Quality of Life” is described as a multi-generational sitcom set at a family-run funeral home, tackling life through the unique perspective that growing up in a funeral home gives you. Curtis will play the family matriarch. She and Janis Hirsch came up with the story for the project, with Hirsch writing the script. Both Curtis and Hirsch will also executive produce, along with Eric and Kim Tannenbaum. CBS Television Studios will produce.

The news comes on the heels of the announcement that Curtis will reprise her iconic role as Laurie Strode in the upcoming “Halloween” film. Curtis’ character will have a final confrontation with Michael Myers, the ghoulish masked figure who has plagued her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. Franchise
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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

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,
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Event Review – The Best of Elmer Bernstein at the Royal Albert Hall

Tony Black reviews The Best of Elmer Bernstein at the Royal Albert Hall…

Over the last few years, the Royal Albert Hall has become the go-to venue for a remarkable array of film music concerts, be they live orchestra alongside viewings of a movie (such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, which I was lucky enough to catch last year), blending orchestral pieces with film related music concerts for franchises such as James Bond, or in this case a bevy of classic film score suites composed by the late, great Elmer Bernstein.

One of the signature film music composers of the 20th century, arguably able to stand on a podium with the John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith’s and James Horner’s of this world, Bernstein scored some of the most legendary pictures in Hollywood history, from The Ten Commandments through to Ghostbusters and beyond. Royal Albert Hall, in presenting a
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John Landis Is Bored Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Do you like shared universes? Well, you’d better. Because in today’s day and age it’s almost impossible to escape them. Sure, we still have more indie flicks and original ideas than ever before, but there’s no denying that the theater is packed to the brim with shared universes. We have the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Extended Universe, the MonsterVerse, the Dark Universe, and even the Cloverfield universe.

In all honesty, it’s a pretty cool idea, but it can still feel a bit overwhelming to those who are looking for blockbusters that don’t necessarily feel the pressure to lead up to or connect with something else. I know what you’re thinking. “What does John Landis think of shared universes?” Oh, you weren’t? Well, regardless, speaking to the Irish Times, when asked about his thoughts on shared universes, he was quick to point out one thing.
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John Landis Says He’s “Bored Sh**less” By The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Explains Why Dark Universe Doesn’t Work

While John Landis may not have directed a film since 2010’s “Burke and Hare,” his ongoing influence is undeniable. As the director behind “The Blues Brothers,” “Trading Places,” “Coming To America,” “Animal House” and “An American Werewolf In London” his work still resonates with the current generation of the filmmakers (Edgar Wright has already cited “The Blues Brothers” as an influence on “Baby Driver“).

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Dan Akroyd Throws Shade at 'Ghostbusters' Remake Director

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2017-06-05T12:26:29-07:00Dan Akroyd Throws Shade at 'Ghostbusters' Remake Director

Paul Feig, who directed last summer’s “Ghostbusters” reboot, “will not be back on the Sony lot anytime soon,” actor and star of the original Dan Aykroyd told Britain’s Channel 4 on Sunday.

The director made several decisions that caused the movie to lose money, Aykroyd asserted on the “Sunday Brunch” show, adding that its struggles had nothing to do with the gender-inverted casting or the ensemble’s performances.

One of the main stars and a co-writer of the 1984 original, Aykroyd got an executive producer title on the reboot.

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Dan Akroyd also starred in Trading Places and was an original cast member on Saturday Night Live.
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Original 'Coming to America' Writers Are Working on a Sequel for Eddie Murphy

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Riding high after the successful sequel Beverly Hills Cop II, Eddie Murphy returned to pure comedy, reteaming with director John Landis (Trading Places) to make Coming to America. Murphy played a pampered African prince who decides to travel to America to find a bride. Released in the summer of 1988, it was an instant smash, spending three weeks as the top-earning movie at the box office. Ultimately, it made more than $288 million worldwide. What made the comedy so funny? For one thing,...

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Why Cannes Giving Netflix The Seal Of Approval Matters

Neil Calloway argues that the films being shown at Cannes mark a turning point in cinema…

Ten years ago Netflix were a cool little company that would mail you DVDs every month, even providing a little envelope so you could return Casino Royale before they sent you Pan’s Labyrinth. If someone had told you that in 2017 they’d be making movies, and making movies so well that they would be debuting at the Cannes Film Festival you’d probably laugh. The again, if they told you that the reality TV show host who shaved Vince McMahon’s head at that year’s WrestleMania would be the Us President, you’d think they were insane.

Now of course, it’s hard to imagine the entertainment scene without Netflix and Amazon as producers as well as suppliers. People who used to talk about the “Bric” (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries emerging
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Original 'Coming to America' Writers Will Now Write Sequel for Eddie Murphy

Riding high after the successful sequel Beverly Hills Cop II, Eddie Murphy returned to pure comedy, reteaming with director John Landis (Trading Places) to make Coming to America. Murphy played a pampered African prince who decides to travel to America to find a bride. Released in the summer of 1988, it was an instant smash, spending three weeks as the top-earning movie at the box office. Ultimately, it made more than $288 million worldwide. What made the comedy so funny? For one thing, Murphy was teamed up with Arsenio Hall as his best friend and personal aide; both actors played multiple roles. They were surrounded by a wonderful cast that included James Earl Jones, Madge Sinclair and John Amos. Cuba Gooding Jr. made his big-screen debut and Samuel L. Jackson stood out...

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Coming to America 2 Brings Back Original Writers

Coming to America 2 Brings Back Original Writers
Last month, a new report surfaced that comedy legend Eddie Murphy has been secretly writing the screenplay for Coming to America 2, a follow-up to his 1988 classic which he both starred in and received a story credit for. The news regarding this sequel was never confirmed, but first surfaced after Eddie Murphy's verified Twitter account sent out a tweet about a Coming to America sequel, which lead to the actor's entire account being deleted. Today we have confirmation that the sequel is actually happening, with original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield writing the script.

The news first surfaced after Eddie Murphy's Twitter account posted a cryptic tweet that only read, "Coming to America sequel?" along with a photo of the Princess Imani character played by Vanessa Bell Calloway. After the actor's account was deleted, a report surfaced that claimed Coming to America 2 is in fact in the works,
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Charlie Murphy, Brother of Eddie, Dies at 57

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2017-04-13T04:46:06-07:00Charlie Murphy, Brother of Eddie, Dies at 57

Charlie Murphy, the former Chappelle's Show star and Eddie Murphy's older brother, has died, publicist Domenick Nati told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 57.

Murphy died from leukemia on Wednesday, said Nati.

"Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie," the Murphy family said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "Charlie filled our family with love and laughter and there won’t be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us.”

Murphy became a household name through Dave Chappelle's Comedy Central skit show thanks to his amazing stories of interactions with other celebrities during the height of
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Remember Giancarlo Esposito in Do The Right Thing?

My favorite all-time Giancarlo Esposito moment has to be in the movie Trading Places when he’s Billy Ray Valentine’s cellmate in the “quart of blood technique” scene. But a distant second are his roles in Do The Right Thing and Breaking Bad. For all you Breaking Bad fans, be excited because Esposito is poised to appear in Better Call Saul Season 3 as Gus Fring. P.S. Esposito initially turned down the role. You can read the full interview over at Vulture. But let’s get back to Esposito in Do the Right Thing. While the journey man actor has 161 credits

Remember Giancarlo Esposito in Do The Right Thing?
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16mm Double Feature Night at The Way Out Club February 7th – Trading Places and MacOn County Line

Join us for some old-school 16mm Movie Madness! – It’s our monthly 16Mm Double Feature Night at The Way Out Club (2525 Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis)! Join Tom Stockman and Roger from “Roger’s Reels’ for a double feature of two complete films projected on 16mm film. The show is Tuesday February 7th and starts at 8pm. Admission is Free though we will be setting out a jar to take donations for the National Children’s Cancer Society.

First up is Trading Places

Trading Place is a beloved fish out of water comedy from 1983. The filthy rich Duke brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) conduct a cruel experiment on two completely opposite (and completely oblivious) young men to prove that they could quite easily and successfully trade places.

Dan Aykroyd plays business executive Lewis Winthorpe III, a wealthy snob who works for the callous Duke brothers, and Eddie Murphy is Billy Ray Valentine,
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Ring in the new year with the greatest New Year's Eve movies ever

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Ring in the new year with the greatest New Year's Eve movies everRing in the new year with the greatest New Year's Eve movies everBrianne Hogan12/31/2016 12:15:00 Pm

Such as Irl, New Year’s Eve in movies tend to punctuate big moments. Long-awaited kisses, horrific endings, beautiful beginnings abound as everyone downs flutes of champagne while attempting to sing the words to “Auld Lang Syne” (even if no one understands exactly what they’re singing).

As we say goodbye to 2015 and ring in 2016, we look at some of cinema’s most memorable New Year’s moments from years past, including everything from the scary to the silly to the swoony.

Check out our picks: Ghostbusters II

If you think your New Year’s Eve sucks, remember it could be worse. Like, evil painting-dwelling-ghost-Vigo-worse. Vigo is attempting to return to the mortal world and wrecks a whole lot of havoc
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