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The Forgotten: Torture a Duckling

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It's safe to say that The Ugly Duckling (1959), a decidedly weak Hammer films comedy, would have been utterly forgotten, except that it was rumored to be lost for decades. This always seemed both weird and unlikely for a film from the latter half of the twentieth century, and one that had been released by Columbia in the U.K. and U.S., but the film was a flop and was certainly unavailable after its initial release, which granted it a certain mystique.Though a Hammer film, directed by Lance Comfort (who would also make the more earnest horror flick Devils of Darkness), and though based on "ideas stolen from Robert Louis Stevenson"—specifically The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—this is a broad, childish comedy, without many actual laughs, but it does have historical interest, and illuminates certain tendencies of Hammer and British films and society.Hulking
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Celeste Yarnall Dies: ‘Star Trek’ Actress & Elvis Co-Star Was 74

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Celeste Yarnall Dies: ‘Star Trek’ Actress & Elvis Co-Star Was 74
Celeste Yarnall, a busy episodic TV and film actress primarily of the 1960s and ’70s and remembered by fans of the original Star Trek series for her one-time appearance as Yeoman Martha Landon, died October 7 at her home in Westlake Village, CA. She was 74.

Her death followed a battle with ovarian cancer and was first reported on the website StarTrek.com. In 2014 and 2015, Yarnall wrote several guest columns for the website about her diagnosis.

Yarnall, a familiar presence in later years on the Star Trek convention and autograph circuit, also has a firm, if small, place in Elvis Presley history: In 1968’s Live a Little, Love a Little, the actress — beautifully decked out in a glittery silver mini-dress and, briefly, a white fur coat — played a party-goer who draws Presley’s single-minded attention. He sings “A Little Less Conversation” to her in perhaps the film’s most memorable scene, a
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Fat Buddies Trailer: Because Farts Are Funny in Any Language

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It's way too easy to offend almost everyone nowadays. But apparently China isn't worried about rankling social media mavericks. They're keeping offensive, raunchy comedy alive and well this weekend with the import Fat Buddies. And any outrage that ignites on Twitter will only help fuel the desire to see these two beefy dudes taking on a drug cartel.

The trailers and posters for Fat Buddies aren't provided in the English language. But the humor translates well enough. Let's face facts. Farts are hilarious in any language, as the teaser footage proves. We're sure that, as more people 'catch wind' of this action comedy, there will be complains of fat shaming and skinny-washing, since the leads are obviously two fit dudes in fat suits.

Bei-Er Bao is an audacious filmmaker who dares subvert the social media norms of what's executable and what's not. He's trying to remember an antiquated time when
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‘Brian Banks’ First Look: Powerful And Inspiring New Film From Tom Shadyac To Hit Los Angeles Film Festival

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Exclusive: The Los Angeles Film Festival is on the move from June to this month, where it opens on Thursday with the world premiere of the music documentary Echo in the Canyon. Over the course of the next week, the festival will be offering an array of cinematic programming of all kinds including several more world premiere features.

One of those is the locally based Brian Banks, which marks a return to narrative filmmaking by director Tom Shadyac, whose most recent work with the spiritual documentary I Am and whose mosat recent commercial film was 2007’s Evan Almighty. A powerful and inspiring film, Brian Banks is a decided departure for the man whose filmography includes Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, Dragonfly and Eddie Murphy’s The Nutty Professor. Independently made, Brian Banks stars Aldis Hodge in the title role alog with Greg Kinnear, Sherri Shepherd, Melanie Liburd,
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Robbie Knott, Special Effects Guru on 'The Muppet Movie,' Dies at 73

Robbie Knott, Special Effects Guru on 'The Muppet Movie,' Dies at 73
Robbie Knott, who worked on special effects for such films as The Muppet MovieField of Dreams and The Nutty Professor remake before a scuba-diving accident ended his career, has died. He was 73.

Knott died June 29 in Portland, Oregon, his son, Brian, told The Hollywood Reporter. His death was due to complications from the accident that occurred in 2006 during a visit to Micronesia, when Knott got the bends and became paralyzed from the waist down, he said. 

Knott helped build the giant Animal puppet with a 15-foot head that came crashing through a roof after accidentally ingesting one ...
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Giveaway: Win a 10-Film Jerry Lewis Collection

After Jerry Lewis passed away last summer, I was eager to dive into more of his work, having only been familiar with The King of Comedy. Thankfully, I recently received a new 10-film DVD collection, which includes his brilliant The Bellboy, The Nutty Professor, The Ladies Man, and more. We’ve teamed with Paramount Home Media Distribution to give away two copies. See how to enter below and all entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Tuesday, June 19th.

To enter, do the first three steps and then each additional one counts as another entry into the contest.

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4. Comment in the box on Facebook with your favorite line or scene in a Jerry Lewis film.

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‘Jerry Lewis Collection’ Giveaway Featuring 10 Films on DVD (3 Winners)

Paramount Home Entertainment has just released a new 10-film Jerry Lewis Collection DVD box set sure to bust the guts of fans of the famous comedian.

The 10 films included are: The Stooge, The Delicate Delinquent, The Bellboy, Cinderfella, The Errand Boy, The Ladies Man, The Nutty Professor, The Disorderly Orderly, The Patsy, and The Family Jewels. Also included are over 90 minutes of hilarious bloopers, deleted scenes and other bonus features.

We have three copies of the Jerry Lewis Collection DVD box set up for grabs in this contest courtesy of Paramount. For a chance to win one of them simply fill out and submit the short entry form below.

The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.

You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.
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Bill Maher Defends ‘I Feel Pretty,’ Slams Movie Reviews for Thinking Amy Schumer’s Comedy Promotes Fat-Shaming — Watch

Bill Maher Defends ‘I Feel Pretty,’ Slams Movie Reviews for Thinking Amy Schumer’s Comedy Promotes Fat-Shaming — Watch
Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty” opened on April 20 to mixed reviews and average box office numbers, but it’s now found an unlikely ally two weeks into its theatrical release. HBO late night host Bill Maher devoted an entire segment during the May 4 episode of “Real Time” to address the backlash against Schumer’s film and specifically call out publications who took issue with the movie’s message.

“The professionally offended have decided that even though it’s a movie by women filmmakers, presenting a pro-woman message, it’s does it the wrong way,” Maher said. “Schumer remade ‘The Nutty Professor,’ where someone not thin, and not cool, magically sees themselves as better looking and gains confidence. Except, when Eddie Murphy did it, he didn’t have the Purity Police up his ass.”

I Feel Pretty” has been accused of promoting unhealthy messages about body image. Some outlets even
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Bill Maher Tackles White House Correspondents’ Dinner And ‘I Feel Pretty’ Critics On ‘Real Time’

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Bill Maher Tackles White House Correspondents’ Dinner And ‘I Feel Pretty’ Critics On ‘Real Time’
Updated with video: Bill Maher looked at the week’s controversy at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner where “Michelle Wolf I thought did a great job talking truth to power.”

“These people have Groundhog Day Syndrome. Every year it’s ‘Let’s hire a comedian to tell jokes! And the day after it’s ‘Why did we hire a comedian to tell jokes?!'”

The Real Time host reminded viewers he had been the comedian at the dinner in 1996. “They were doing the same thing: getting mad at the comedian for telling jokes. They should get a juggler – something non controversial.”

Noting there’ also talk of getting rid of the dinner altogether, Maher cast his vote to instead get rid of that other event White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attends: the daily press briefing. “I heard from people in the press this week they’re just fed up with [her] at this point,
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Full Release Details for Scream Factory’s It’S Alive Trilogy Blu-ray Box Set

Early this year, Scream Factory revealed that they would release Larry Cohen's It's Alive trilogy in high-def, and now they've revealed the full release details for the Blu-ray box set, including new interviews with Cohen and other cast and crew members:

Press Release: For the first time on Blu-ray, and in a new, deluxe box set, the It’s Alive trilogy is reborn! On May 15, Scream Factory will release the It’s Alive Trilogy in a 3-disc set packed with bonus features, including new interviews, and new 2K scans of each film.

It's newborn and … It's Alive … and murder is what it knows best! A proud couple's bundle of joy is really a newborn terror in filmmaker Larry Cohen's cautionary cult hit that tapped into environmental fears. The horror grows when multiple child monsters rampage in the first sequel It Lives Again as two brave parents try to stop
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Chelsea Girls,’ Al Pacino, ‘Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

Andy Warhol’s rarely screened Chelsea Girls plays on Saturday, while Jerry Lewis’ masterpiece, The Nutty Professor, has pre-noon showings.

Le cinéma du Burt Reynolds is highlighted in a retrospective.

Quad Cinema

Hoo-ah! “Pacino’s Way” looks at one of our greatest actors in his best and not-best work.

Straub-Huillet’s immense Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach,
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John Cena Plays His Entire Family (And Slimes and Kisses Himself) for Kids' Choice Awards

John Cena Plays His Entire Family (And Slimes and Kisses Himself) for Kids' Choice Awards
If you ever wanted to see John Cena make out with himself dressed as his mother and father, well, you're in luck. It's time to meet the Cenas? Cena and his "family" have come together for a new 2018 Kids' Choice Awards commercials that will give you flashbacks to The Nutty Professor's family, the Klumps. In the promo above, Cena announces to his family, including his grandma, a baby and Cena's head on a dog that pees slime, that he is returning to host the Kids' Choice Awards for the second year in a row. And Papa Cena asks the hard-hitting question: Is Dwayne Johnson going to be there? "Well, he hasn't returned my calls. Or texts. DMs, or Insta—maybe he's...
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An Afternoon with Jerry Lewis

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Part of the Jerry Lewis tribute A Mubi Jerrython.Jerry Lewis was interviewed by members of the Documentary Film Group of the University of Chicago on January 26, 1971, while Mr. Lewis was performing at the Empire Room in Chicago, his first night club engagement in many years. The following, excerpted from several hours of tape, was edited by Myron Meisel. Photos by Bruce Rabe.Jerry Lewis: Ok—What do you want?Focus: In many of your films your characters assume several identities—in The Family Jewels you have different uncles; in Three on a Couch you assume several different disguises; and in The Nutty Professor you also had a dual identity. Why do you do this?Lewis: Well, I think it’s the most natural, simplest approach to creative writing, if you’re writing about people; and I think that most writers sorely need to understand there’s a schizo in
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Scenes From Here and There

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Part of the Jerry Lewis tribute A Mubi Jerrython.I: MONEYGeorge Marshall’s Money from Home (1953) was shot in 3-D but I have not seen or studied the film in this capacity; I do hope to say a few things about depth and dimension. Money from Home is a “round” sort of narrative. It’s about debts and acquisitions. Early on, the currency is money though the film opens onto other kinds of currency, gradually.A lot of the slang for cash is borrowed from the pantry: Money from Home uses “potatoes” and “biscuits,” though I think it skips “clams,” “bread,” and “dough.” Money—its promise, anyway—is what sustains Dean Martin’s character, Honeytalk Nelson. (Honey, another food.) He’s introduced as an individual who is known the whole town over as potential loan sources. The next good feeling will take him to the race track. Honeytalk isn’t a malicious man,
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Martin Scorsese on Jerry Lewis: 'It was like watching a virtuoso pianist at the keyboard'

He was the anarchic funnyman who went from comedies with Dean Martin to inspired cinematic brilliance with The Nutty Professor. Martin Scorsese pays tribute to his King of Comedy star

The first time I saw Jerry Lewis, it was on television with his partner Dean Martin. This was in the late 40s when TV was just beginning – the medium was new and so were Martin and Lewis. We were used to comedy “teams” such as Abbott and Costello, the straight man who fed the lines to the comedian, which grew out of vaudeville. Martin and Lewis took it all to another level. Martin himself was funny, and he was also smooth, romantic, and he sang. They got into a groove and Lewis would take off into pure anarchy. Pretty soon, they were stars of the big screen as well – they started in the My Friend Irma pictures and then they
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ArcLight To Screen Jerry Lewis Films Labor Day Weekend For Mda Charity

ArcLight To Screen Jerry Lewis Films Labor Day Weekend For Mda Charity
Exclusive: Jerry Lewis’ longtime association with Labor Day and the Muscular Dystrophy Association will be kept alive this weekend: ArcLight Cinemas will host charity screenings of the late comic’s The Nutty Professor and The King Of Comedy. "Jerry Lewis will always be a legendary icon in entertainment, leaving his legacy both on and off the movie screen," said Gretchen McCourt, ArcLight Cinemas’ Evp. "We are honored to be screening two of Lewis' many great films and have…
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Film Feature: HollywoodChicago.com Remembers Jerry Lewis

Chicago – Jerry Lewis had a long and winding life, dying last week at the age of 91. Through that life he had many show business lives – including the inevitable addictions – surviving all of the them with his signature comic style. He also was featured in over 70 films, and HollywoodChicago.com remembers three of them.

Jerry Lewis in Chicago in 1996

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

When the gawky 19 year-old Lewis met the suave singer Dean Martin in 1946, little did they know that they would become the most popular act in America for several years, and make 16 films together between 1949 through 1956. Their box office draw was white-hot, so much so that neither of them could keep up with the blur of what happened to them. “Martin & Lewis” eventually broke up at the height of their fame in 1956, during which Martin famously said, “Jer, when I look at you,
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Jerry Lewis Returns to the Cosmos

On August 20, 2017, Jerry Lewis took a pratfall off this mortal coil, presumably knocking an unwitting dowager on her keister and sending a surprised cop into an open manhole on his way out. The durable enfant terrible was all of 91 years when he finally left the building though he had been making spirited public appearances as recently as January of this year.

For the inquisitive Jerry fan, Shawn Levy’s 1997 King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis, remains the first and last stop for the straight scoop on America’s premiere nudnik. Levy, who endured the full fury of the comedian’s legendary wrath to get his story, is as admiring of his subject’s accomplishments as he was repelled by his whiplash mood swings. The hard knock apprenticeship in the Catskills, the Freudian-fueled soap opera of his partnership with Dean Martin, the boastful sex-capades, they’re all there and then some.
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Revisiting The King of Comedy

Following the passing of Jerry Lewis, Tom Jolliffe revisits The King of Comedy

With the saddening news of Jerry Lewis departing us a few days ago, it bought to mind not only his fine cinematic outputs as a leading comedic star in the 50’s and 60’s (including classics such as The Nutty Professor and The Bellboy) but also his role in the oft overlooked Martin Scorsese classic, The King of Comedy. Often cast along with Dean Martin in his earlier career, Lewis would later step out of Martin’s shadow and forge a career as a leading man. Though as many will know, as his popularity in the Us waned, he picked up more fans in Europe (particularly France). His brand of physical clowning translated well across the world. In fact his films would later become popular across Asia too given his visual comedy was universally appreciated.

Whilst Lewis may
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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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