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Harry Stradling Jr., ‘The Way We Were’ Cinematographer, Dies at 92

Harry Stradling Jr., ‘The Way We Were’ Cinematographer, Dies at 92
Harry Stradling Jr., a two-time Academy Award-nominated cinematographer for “1776” and “The Way We Were,” died Oct. 17 at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 92.

He was the son of cinematographer Harry Stradling, who has more than 130 credits to his name, including “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” and “My Fair Lady.” His great uncle was a cinematographer in the silent era, known for films starring Mary Pickford.

“Harry was a giant in the business,” Steven Poster, president of the Icg said in a statement. “Between him and his father, they spanned almost the entire history of motion picture industry before the end of last century. I first remember his name from watching ‘Gunsmoke’ as a kid. When I first met him, it was like meeting a star, and I will never forget that.”

During his prolific film career, Stradling Jr. worked heavily in Westerns, including cinematography
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Sail Away: The Oral History of 'Yacht Rock'

Sail Away: The Oral History of 'Yacht Rock'
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, musical artists like Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, Toto, Hall and Oates, and dozens of others regularly popped up on each other's records, creating a golden era of smooth-music collaboration.

And 10 years ago (June 26th, 2005), an internet phenomenon was born. In 12 short but memorable episodes — first via the the short-film series Channel 101 and then online — Jd Ryznar, Hunter Stair, Dave Lyons, Lane Farnham and their friends redefined an era and coined a term for the sultry croonings of McDonald, Fagen, et al.
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Ted Pulls a Kim Kardashian on the Cover of Entertainment Weekly—Check It Out!

Ted Pulls a Kim Kardashian on the Cover of Entertainment Weekly—Check It Out!
Ted's bootylicious Entertainment Weekly cover takes a page from Kim Kardashian's Paper magazine shoot—and we gotta say, he's a natural. The raunchy star is shown balancing a cup of beer—no champagne here, folks—on his rear just like those famous Jean-Paul Goude shots. And in his article with the mag, Ted promises that the upcoming sequel won't be just another follow-up flop. "Movie sequels generally suck. Caddyshack II? Just leave it alone. This one's good, though. It's the Aliens of comedy sequels," he explained. But aside from all of the jokes up Ted's sleeve fur, things touched on a number of personal topics like his hopes for the...
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Harold Ramis Honored by Writers Guild with Screen Laurel Award

Harold Ramis Honored by Writers Guild with Screen Laurel Award
The Writers Guild of America West has selected the late Harold Ramis as the recipient of its Laurel Award for screenwriting achievement.

The award will be presented at the WGA Awards ceremony on Feb. 14, with Erica Mann Ramis and family accepting.

Harold Ramis changed the face of comedy,” said WGA West VP Howard A. Rodman. “His death last year deprived us of his unique way of seeing the world, at once hilarious and wise. From his early work with National Lampoon and Sctv through ‘Animal House,’ ‘Meatballs,’ ‘Caddyshack’ and ‘Ghostbusters,’ Ramis’ voice was strong, clear, outrageous in all the best ways.”

“His unrealized projects – an adaptation of ‘Confederacy of Dunces,’ a biopic about Emma Goldman – leave us aching with an anticipation that will never be fulfilled,” Rodman added. “And then there’s ‘Groundhog Day,’ one of modern cinema’s few true masterworks, a film that is impeccably crafted, morally astute,
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13 Fun Facts About Beetlejuice

With a Beetlejuice sequel getting closer and closer to actually becoming a reality, I've been inspired to put together a list of fun facts you might not know about the original 1988 Tim Burton film. Burton and Michael Keaton seemed to have a great professional relationship back in the day, and I would love to see them work together again on some kind of film project in the future. Beetlejuice was such an amazingly great movie, filled with all kinds of crazed amusement. It’s easily one of my favorite movies to come out of the 80s, and Keaton has stated that it’s his favorite movie of the all the ones he’s made.

Keaton only spent two weeks shooting his part in the film. Out of the 92-minute feature he only has 17.5 minutes of screen time.The original script was more of horror film, and Beetlejuice was a winged,
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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 2

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We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.

2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best.
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'Happy Gilmore' Star -- The Gopher from 'Caddyshack' ... Was Epically Bad!!!!

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It could have been the Greatest golf movie of all time ... even better than "Happy Gilmore" ... but the one thing holding back "Caddyshack" is that stupid Gopher ... so says Shooter McGavin himself. A mustachioed Christopher McDonald  was rollin' through Lax -- when he channeled Bill Murray and took aim at the gopher ... telling TMZ Sports it's the one flaw in an otherwise great flick. Meantime, the movie producers loved the gopher so much ... they gave
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Early 22 Jump Street Reviews Praise the Film’s Meta Commentary on Sequels and Consistent Laughs

Comedy sequels are incredibly difficult to pull off. For every Back to the Future Part II, there are a hundred Caddyshack II’s. It’s almost impossible to recapture the lightning in a bottle that made Airplane! or Ghostbusters so fantastic, but if anyone can pull off a successful comedy follow-up, it’s directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. They’ve made a habit of wildly surpassing expectations, and early reviews for their 21 Jump Street sequel 22 Jump Street are incredibly positive, praising the film’s self-referential nature, emotional backbone, and a standout end credits sequence sequences in addition to another pair of solid performances by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Though the film is still over a week from release, we’ve rounded up a few of the reviews and reactions to give you an overview of the response thus far. Hit the jump to take a look. 22 Jump Street
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Ranked: Harold Ramis Films from Worst to Best

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Ranked: Harold Ramis Films from Worst to Best A fond look at the comedies of the late, great director and writer. by Molly Fitzpatrick Today we lost one of the funniest filmmakers of our time: comedy legend Harold Ramis passed away at only 69. In his honor, we've ranked 17 movies from his extensive, brilliant career, which spanned nearly 40 years. (While you’ll find Ramis’s oeuvre is more or less completely represented below, we've omitted several outliers — for instance, Caddyshack II, which Ramis openly admitted was “terrible,” and which he only agreed to write because the studio begged him.) 17. Club Paradise (1986) Director and co-writer Though it features much of the cast of Sctv, one of the finest TV shows ever made, this Robin Williams-led farce is difficult to watch. Peter O’Toole — who, somehow, was in this movie — earned a Razzie nod for Worst Supporting Actor. 16. Year One (2007) [...]
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5 Great Comedy Movie Sequels (And 5 That Were Disappointments)

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Anchorman 2 was released this past week and, so far, the response has been fairly positive. By now, fans of Anchorman are well aware of the difficulties that were involved in getting the sequel made in the first place, but given that the first one has become such a cult classic, it seemed weird that Paramount were initially so hesitant about the idea. Now that Ron Burgandy is back, we can rejoice, but it also gives us a chance to look back at other comedy sequels that were made in the past couple of decades.

We all would like to see sequels to our favorite comedies, just like we want to see our favorite band get back together again. But it’s hard to make a good comedy sequel, almost as hard as making a good comeback album. When you think of all the great comedies that have
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'Anchorman 2'. Review Roundup: Comedy Sequel Receives Mostly Favorable Notices

Anchorman 2, the sequel to the 2004 cult classic, returns Will Ferrell as the thick-headed but carefully quaffed Ron Burgundy.

'Anchorman 2' Returns With Ron Burgundy

It’s now the 80s and Ron and Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) are co-anchoring a show together in New York City. Marital and career trouble ensues for the anchorman when his wife gets a promotion and he gets the slip. With old pals weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carrell), ladies’ man Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sportscaster Champ Kind (David Koechner), Ron endeavors to wage a comeback with a 24-hour news channel.

The Anchorman sequel was highly anticipated with massive expectations. Overall, critics are relatively satisfied with what Farrell and director Adam McKay brought to the screen for the second go around of the comedy premise.

Critics Review 'Anchorman' Sequel

"The film’s strong suit, however, is its unhinged, anything-for-a-laugh audacity. If
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Film Review: ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ Defies Pattern of Comedy Sequels

Comedy sequels are So rarely worthwhile. Most good comedy is dependent on being fresh, new, and unpredictable – words not commonly uses to describe sequels. For every “Wayne’s World 2,” there are a dozen films of the caliber of “Ghostbusters 2,” “Arthur 2,” and “Caddyshack II” – movies that are so bad that they almost diminish the legacy of their predecessors.

And so I entered the long-awaited and over-promoted return of Ron Burgundy in Adam McKay’s “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” with a deep degree of trepidation…that disappeared almost immediately. “Anchorman 2” is funny, sometimes very much so, and justifies the wait for a new adventure for cinema’s favorite newscaster.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) are at the top of their profession, anchoring in New York City and living life in fabulous love. It all falls apart when their boss Mack Harken (Harrison Ford) breaks them up,
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10 Most Wanted Movie Sequels That Would Never Work

It’s been talked about to death all over the internet: Hollywood loves sequels. That’s just the name of the game. If something is a success, you do it again. They don’t call it show business for nothing, and often a sequel (and franchise) can mean big bucks for the studio. Unfortunately, this can have a negative effect on the original film that either tarnishes the film’s legacy, or blatantly milks an idea for all it’s worth.

What people don’t often discuss is the fact that the studios aren’t the only ones to blame. That falls upon the audience as well, who often love something so much that they can’t help but ask for more. Nowadays, before a film is even released, the first question on everyone’s lips is: when is the sequel coming out?

I’ve decided to take a look

10 Sequels It Turned Out Nobody Wanted

There's obviously a market out there for sequels — just look at the summer movie release schedule and you'll find at least one a week. And hey, sometimes a film leaves us wondering what happens next.

But sometimes there are films that had no need for a part two, where audiences left the theater the first go-round and said, "I'm good." And in the case of these ten films, we've got the numbers to prove it!

Hollywood, heed our wisdom: Sometimes it's best to just leave well enough alone.

10. 'Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights' (2004) — Sequel to 'Dirty Dancing' (1987)

• "Dirty Dancing": $62,811,299

• "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights": $14,140,215

So you had the time of your life in 1987? Big deal. You can't relive the magic 17 years later by conceiving a half-hearted retread set against the backdrop of revolutionary Cuba. Really, this film has nothing to do with the original, save for a brief Patrick Swayze cameo.
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10 Canned Sequels We Still Wish Would Be Made

There was a time in Hollywood where sequels to successful movies were the exception, not the rule. More often that not, if a picture was a success, like 1940′s The Road to Singapore with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, studios would reunite its cast for other stories or adventures that were not sequels in the true sense of the word. Bogie and Bacall. Martin and Lewis. Lemmon and Matthau. Abbot and Costello.

Sure there were film franchises like the Bowery Boys and Dagwood and Blondie, and later film series like the James Bond and Pink Panther films. But these took familiar characters and sent them on new adventures with each outing.

The modern sequel continues the storyline of the original, and there are some fine examples like The Godfather Part II, The Road Warrior, The Empire Strikes Back and Aliens, all of which were worthy sequels and terrific films. Then

Seth Gordon In Talks to Return for ‘Horrible Bosses’ Sequel

It was no surprise that wheels were spinning on Horrible Bosses sequel, nor was I nonplussed to learn it should bring back the original cast — Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis — and director Seth Gordon. Now, more than six months after the film was announced, it’s time for the deals to get inked.

According to 24Frames, Seth Gordon will cut through his packed slate for a follow-up which, despite having nothing signed just yet, is still expected to reunite the aforementioned trio, get in front of cameras, and be released sometime in 2014. (Really, why even make this if they’re not involved?) Curiously, the sequel, also written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, will not see the characters try and knock off some unlikable sorts once more. It’s not a problem for me — they were funny enough and had great chemistry to justify a second outing,
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Camelot Inks Two Picture Deal With National Lampoon – Snipped Starring Andrew McCarthy & Jonathan Silverman And Another Dirty Movie

Camelot Entertainment Group, Inc., Camelot Distribution Group, and DarKnight Pictures announced today that they have acquired the rights to two National Lampoon comedies - Snipped and Another Dirty Movie.

Snipped, starring Andrew McCarthy (Weekend at Bernie’s, Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire) and Jonathan Silverman (Weekend at Bernie’s, Caddyshack II), is the story of an ex-jock, sportscaster, who agrees to donate an organ to an ill relative only to have the surgery go disastrously wrong.

Another Dirty Movie, a sequel to Dirty Movie released in 2011, follows two young students who want to make a dirty movie, not for the fortune or fame, but rather to get girls.

“As an independent producer, I enjoyed a great relationship with Camelot. Now as President of National Lampoon,” comments Alan Donnes, “I hope to continue and expand that relationship. These are precisely the type of people and the type of companies
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Charges Against Jackie Mason's Girlfriend Dismissed

Charges Against Jackie Mason's Girlfriend Dismissed
Charges against comedian Jackie Mason's alleged girlfriend have been thrown out by a New York judge.

Kaoru Suzuki-McMullen was accused of scratching and grabbing the Caddyshack II star during an argument outside the funnyman's Big Apple apartment in March.

The alleged fight left the comic with "redness, swelling and abrasions to (his) left wrist and substantial pain".

Last month, Suzuki-McMullen was slapped with two counts of assault in the third degree, and one count of harassment in the second degree.

However, on Monday, a Manhattan criminal court dismissed all three charges against the 48 year old at the request of both parties.

According to the New York Post, the 83 year old is still legally married to his longtime wife and manager, Jyll Rosenfeld.

Cool Clicks: 'Dark Shadows' Posters Are Retro-Groovy

We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...

Strange is Relative in this collection of "Dark Shadows" character posters on display at The Playlist. This is either going to be a train wreck of unparalleled proportions or Tim Burton's best movie in years.

Speaking of Johnny Depp, he and Marilyn Manson are teaming up for a cover of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," which will be featured on Manson's upcoming album, "Born Villain," according to Vulture. Hey, there have been weirder and more unexpected musical collaborations, we're sure of it.

Whether you're a die-hard fan counting the seconds until Friday or someone who's just vaguely curious about this thing called "The Hunger Games," Moviefone asks and answers 25 questions about this weekend's blockbuster in waiting.

Speaking of "The Hunger Games," not every great book has been made into a movie yet,
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Exclusive: Craig Mazin Talks The Hangover Part II

Exclusive: Craig Mazin Talks The Hangover Part II
Writer Craig Mazin takes us through the joys and difficulties of bringing the Wolf Pack back for their second adventure, in theaters today

Making its debut last night at Midnight for the Memorial Day weekend holiday is director Todd Phillips's much-anticipated comedy sequel The Hangover Part II, which reunites the Wolf Pack (Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms) for a second adventure in Bangkok.

Early reviews are raving that it's as good as its predecessor, which it is. If you liked The Hangover, you will enjoy The Hangover Part II at equal measure. The main criticism being aimed at the movie is that it's simply a remake of the first film in every way. It's a loose Xerox copy that follows a strict formula, never deviating from that path. That makes it both frustrating and fascinating. Is it high art? A cash grab? Or is the story merely
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