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Vintage '70 - Marinate in it!

The Supporting Actress Smackdown 1970 Edition arrives in three weeks (we've moved the date to May 13th) so as we approach and you vote (hint hint), let's talk context in movies and entertainment... 

Great Big Box Office Hits: When it comes to box office, there are a lot of competing sources about what films were massive hits prior to the internet era when tracking success became such a cultural activity. But all sources basically agree that there were five true behemoths at the movies in 1970. The top four were the tearjerker Love Story, the all-star disaster flick Airport, the Altman comedy Mash, and the war drama Patton (remarkably they made up 80% of the Best Picture list... though prior to the 1980s it's always worth reiterating that the public had much more Oscary taste in their movies -- it was public taste that changed, not really the Oscar aesthetic... contrary to much
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Film Review: ‘Gilbert’

Film Review: ‘Gilbert’
The voice! That high-pitched, kvetchy, caterwauling rasp — the sound of an angry Jewish uncle from 1940 shouting in your face. The sour squint of disapproval. The teeth so bulgy they look like dentures that want to bite you. And the jokes! Vulgar (and cheap) enough that they’d seem right at home on a second-tier Catskills nightclub stage. In the 1980s, Gilbert Gottfried became one of the first walking-pieces-of-kitsch comedy stars: a man who seemed to be playing a character so obnoxious that the obnoxiousness became the point. He was the one-joke version of a post-Andy Kaufman jester. He killed, as they say, by letting the audience in on the garish bellowing absurdity of his act.

He found his way into the spotlight (on “Letterman” and “Arsenio” and “Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee,” in chintzy Hollywood sequels like “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “Problem Child 2”). And he solidified his ironic mainstream status with a highly
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Shelley Berman, Stand-Up Comic and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Actor, Dies at 92

Shelley Berman, Stand-Up Comic and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Actor, Dies at 92
Famed stand-up comic Shelley Berman, who recently played Larry David’s father on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” has died. He was 92.

Berman died early Friday morning due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease at his home in Bell Canyon, Calif., his publicist confirmed to Variety.

The Grammy winner and Emmy-nominated actor was one of the most successful stand-up comedians of the 1950s and ’60s. His 1959 live record, “Inside Shelley Berman,” was the first comedy album to be certified gold (with more than 500,000 sales) and was the first non-musical recording to win a Grammy Award. Two other albums, “Outside Shelley Berman” and “The Edge of Shelley Berman,” also went gold.

Berman was the first stand-up comic to perform at Carnegie Hall. He appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” more than 20 times and was a guest on shows hosted by Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Dinah Shore, Perry Como, Andy Williams, and Dean Martin.

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Shelley Berman, Stand-Up Comic and Larry David’s Dad on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ Dies at 92

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Shelley Berman, Stand-Up Comic and Larry David’s Dad on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ Dies at 92
Stand-up comedian and actor Shelley Berman died this morning due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 92. Berman played Larry David’s dad on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” for which he received an Emmy nomination in 2008. Berman’s most recent acting credit was a guest spot on CBS’ “Hawaii Five-o,” per IMDb. He appeared as himself in 2005’s “The Aristocrats,” and played scripted roles in comedies like “Meet the Fockers” and “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan. Also Read: Jerry Lewis, Legendary Comedian, Dies at 91 Here’s a post announcing the news on Berman’s official Facebook fan page:
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2017 Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Gilbert’ Review

Features: Gilbert Gottfried, Whoopi Goldberg, Artie Lange, Arsenio Hall, Bill Burr, Richard Kind, Howie Mandel, Jay Leno, Penn Jillette | Written by Neil Berkeley, James Leche | Directed by Neil Berkeley

If you don’t know his face, you’ll definitely know his voice. But what about his personality?

Gilbert Gottfried has seen the typical comedian’s rise to fame, from his small start working clubs as a teen to making big breaks like voicing Disney characters, and the grand kahuna of all, lending your voice to commercials. But there’s one question we all have about the mysterious man: is that really his voice?

Turns out that isn’t the only question we should have for him. Gilbert, a film directed, written, and produced by Neil Berkeley, follows the side of Gottfried that no one sees: his personal, non-decibel-provoking one. A personal life? Gilbert’s? Does he even have one? It
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‘Gilbert’ Is The Sweet, Scattered Documentary About Gilbert Gottfried That You Never Knew You Wanted — Tribeca 2017 Review

‘Gilbert’ Is The Sweet, Scattered Documentary About Gilbert Gottfried That You Never Knew You Wanted — Tribeca 2017 Review
You probably recognize Gilbert Gottfried’s name (after all, he’s the most famous Gilbert who’s ever lived), and you definitely recognize his voice, but other than his career-defining performance as Iago in “Aladdin,” how much of his work can you remember off the top of your head?

Mileage will vary, of course, but even Gottfried devotees could agree that the guy’s persona has outsized his resumé. That’s not to knock his stand-up comedy or his appearances in the likes of “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “Saved By the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas,” but rather to say that he’s become an ambient part of our culture, less of a celebrity than the human embodiment of a modern court jester. He’s not a man, but a squint and an aggressive whine; he’s the joke you shouldn’t tell in public, the furniture at a Friar’s Club roast.
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Awards Roundup: Robert De Niro to Be Honored at Chaplin Gala, Jon Favreau to Receive Cinema Audio Society Award and More

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Awards Roundup: Robert De Niro to Be Honored at Chaplin Gala, Jon Favreau to Receive Cinema Audio Society Award and More
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.

Robert De Niro will receive the Chaplin Award at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 44th Chaplin Award Gala on May 8, 2017. The event will celebrate De Niro’s more than 40-year career in cinema and his championing of independent film through the Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Film Institute.

Read More: Awards Roundup: Annette Bening to Receive AFI Tribute, Shirley MacLaine Honored With Lafca Award and More

“De Niro has long been such a legendary presence that one can overlook the remarkably fine-tuned craft and quality he has brought to his roles over his multi-decade career,” Lesli Klainberg, Executive Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, said in a statement. “If you watch his performances, from ‘Mean Streets’ and ‘The Godfather Part II’ to ‘Raging Bull’ and ‘Awakenings’ and on to his more recent work
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TV News Roundup: Penn Jillette to Host Inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

TV News Roundup: Penn Jillette to Host Inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards
In today’s TV news roundup, jack-of-all-trades Penn Jillette will host the Inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, Animal Planet greenlights a grizzly project, and more.


Magician Penn Jillette will host the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards held on Thursday, Nov. 3 in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to his work in stage magic, Jillette is known for his work as producer on the documentaries “The Aristocrats” and “Tim’s Verneer.” The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards are produced by Bob Bain Productions.


Animal Planet’s newest series “Project Grizzly” premieres Saturday, Nov. 12 at 10 p.m. The series follows bear trainer Jeff Watson as he releases his two grizzly bears from captivity and teaches them how to survive in the wild. The project is produced for Animal Planet by This is Just a Test, with Aengus James, Colin King Miller, Myles Reiff and Keith Hoffman serving as executive producers.


Wilshire Studios, the
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Shawn Wayans, Gary Owen, Artie Lange, David Alan Grier and More To Bring the Laughs To Carolines on Broadway This Fall

Carolines on Broadway announces its line-up for the month of September, highlighted by headliners Shawn Wayans, from Fox's In Living Color and the movie White Chicks, Labor Day Weekend, September 1 - 4 Gary Owen, from the Think Like a Man films and his new Bet series The Gary Owen Show, September 8 - 11 Artie Lange, from his Comedy Central special The Stench of Failure and 'Artie Lange's Uncensored Podcast,' September 15 - 17 David Alan Grier, from NBC's The Carmichael Show and Fox's In Living Color, September 22 - 24 Iliza Shlesinger, from's Forever 31, on September 27 Gilbert Gottfried, from the film The Aristocrats, on September 29 and Donnell Rawlings, 'Ashy Larry' from Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show, September 29 - October 2.
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Testing the limits by Anne-Katrin Titze

Ferne Pearlstein: "Renee [Firestone] and Steven Spielberg became very close." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

A highlight of the Tribeca Film Festival, Ferne Pearlstein's stunning The Last Laugh has Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Robert Clary, Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer, Jeffrey Ross, Alan Zweibel, Gilbert Gottfried, Judy Gold, Larry Charles, David Steinberg, Susie Essman, Lisa Lampanelli and Hanala Sagal reflect on questions of free speech, taboos and time limits. Holocaust survivor Renee Firestone is the film's responsive centre.

Jerry Lewis's The Day The Clown Cried, James Moll's The Last Days and Paul Provenza's The Aristocrats open up the discussion and Brooks's comment on Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful leads me to Son Of Saul star Géza Röhrig's response to Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds in my conversation with Ferne and her co-writer/co-producer Robert Edwards.

Mel Brooks who never included a swastika in his material until The Producers, makes an important distinction between jokes about Nazis and jokes about the Holocaust....
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7 questions after seeing new 'Fuller House' pics

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7 questions after seeing new 'Fuller House' pics
Full House exists in the same nostalgia bubble as Saved by the Bell and The Brady Bunch for me: I wouldn't call myself a superfan or even a fan, but I have definitely seen every episode. So they did something right.  In these new stills from Fuller House, the Netflix series reuniting us with DJ Tanner (Candace Cameron), Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin), Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), and in recurring roles Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), Uncle Jesse (John Stamos), Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier), and Aunt Becky (Lori Laughlin), we see that everybody grew up to be wheaten-haired and well-dressed. I will tune into this surreal 13-episode smilethon.  Now, our questions: 1) Is the show secretly all about Kimmy? Everyone's looking at her in these photos expectantly. "Charm us, Kimmy," they beg. I feel like she will. 2) Is it wrong that I don't miss the presence of Michelle at all? We have these
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Disney Pixar's 'Inside/Out' coming to Blu-ray Nov. 3

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Disney Pixar's Inside Out is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on November 3!

Disney-Pixar's smash hit Inside Out is coming home on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere October 13th and on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack and On-Demand November 3rd! It will include an extensive line-up of bonus features including deleted scenes, including the theatrical short film Lava, “Paths to Pixar: The Women of Inside Out,” and the all-new animated short “Riley’s First Date?”

Inside Out takes an exciting and hilarious journey into the mind to find the answer. Based in Headquarters, the control center of 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy. She strives to make sure Riley stays happy as she operates alongside fellow emotions Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness.

The cast includes Amy Poehler (“Freebirds,” TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) as Joy; Bill Hader (Monsters University,
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R.I.P. Taylor Negron & Anita Ekberg

The world lost two famous supporting screen talents this weekend. Firstly, comedian and famed character actor Taylor Negron died at the age of 57 after a long battle with cancer. You may not recognise the name, but his deadpan delivery and complete lack of fear about tackling all sorts of topics will long be remembered.

Negron is best known for numerous bit roles in various films and TV shows including "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "The Last Boy Scout," "Easy Money," "River's Edge," "Punchline," "Angels in the Outfield," "Spy Hard," "Bio-Dome," Chairman of the Board," "The Thin Pink Line," "Stuart Little," "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas ," "The In Crowd," "Loser," "The Hughleys," "So Little Time," "Funky Monkey," "The Aristocrats," "Three Days to Vegas," "Vamps" and more.

Sadly he isn't the only one to have passed on though as screen actress Anita Ekberg also died over the weekend at the age
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Missi Pyle To Lead Crowdfunded Adam Rifkin, Penn Jillette Satire ‘Director’s Cut’

Missi Pyle To Lead Crowdfunded Adam Rifkin, Penn Jillette Satire ‘Director’s Cut’
Exclusive: Missi Pyle (The Artist, Gone Girl) has boarded Director’s Cut, a dark satire with an unusual twist directed by Detroit Rock City‘s Adam Rifkin. Pyle will play herself opposite Penn Jillette (Tim’s Vermeer, The Aristocrats) in the Being John Malkovich-style tale about a psycho superfan (Jillette) who buys a walk-on role to Pyle’s latest movie via a crowdfunding site, then kidnaps her and forces her to re-shoot the film in his own dungeon studio.

The meta-levels don’t stop there. Director’s Cut is itself a successfully crowdfunded project that raised $1,164,928 last year from 4,736 donors on crowdsourcing platform FundMe. Neil Patrick Harris, Ben Stiller, Carrot Top, Dee Snider, Ron Jeremy, and Joan Rivers are some of the names that pitched in to lend their support to the crowdfunding campaign. Jillette, Rifkin, and Penn & Teller manager/producer Peter Adam Golden are producing the film which is now underway in L.
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Comic Star Wendy Liebman Auditions on 'America's Got Talent'

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Wendy Liebman is my favorite standup comedian. She has been ever since I saw her first HBO special, and then her first Comedy Central special, and then her appearances on "Letterman" and "The Larry Sanders Show," and even her cameos as a star on the '90s "Hollywood Squares" with Whoopi Goldberg. She also had a Showtime special a couple years ago called "Taller on TV," and it's clear her style hasn't changed and shouldn't change: Liebman sticks to subliminal punchlines delivered with the wide smile of a kindergarten teacher. My favorite Liebman one-liner: "I'm going to my 30-year preschool reunion and I'm really nervous... because I've put on like a hundred pounds." Her style allows her to be both pithy and wicked, and she even won the American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup of 1997.  That's why it was so weird to see her audition for "America's Got Talent" last night.
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Interview: Bob Saget Reveals His ‘Dirty Daddy’ Side

Chicago – There are a couple directions to the long career of Bob Saget. The first is of Danny Tanner, the Dad he portrayed in the 1980s sitcom “Full House,” and the second is his stand-up act, with a reputation for filthy jokes that has no boundaries.

Both sides are revealed in his memoir “Dirty Daddy: Chronicle of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian.”

Saget came through Chicago in April of 2014 on a very special night at The Museum of Broadcast Communications here. “An Evening with Bob Saget” brought the comedian to the museum, and he sat down with Roe Conn of Wls-am for a Q&A session and banter with the audience.

Bob Saget at The Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, April 16th, 2014

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

Robert Lane “Bob” Saget was born in Philadelphia, and was encouraged by a high school
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Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew Shares Behind The Scenes '.Star Wars'. Pics On Twitter

Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars films, has shared dozens of on-set photos on Twitter from the hit sci-fi franchise over the last week.

Mayhew’s snapshots feature himself in and out of character, as well as Harrison Ford (Hans Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and David Prowse (Darth Vadar).

Ford, Daniels, Fisher and Mayhew:

#nostalgic so Im going to post some pics tonight. Like this 1 of Harrison, Anthony, Carrie & I sharing a laugh...

Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) January 8, 2014

Princess Leia kissing Chewbacca:

Quality time with my one and only!

Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) January 10, 2014

C-3Po catching some shade:

Anthony getting relief from the blazing sun.

Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) January 10, 2014

A kiss for Darth Vadar:

Whose a cute little Sith Lord?
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Entertainment Geekly: My Top 100 Disney Things, off the top of my head

Entertainment Geekly: My Top 100 Disney Things, off the top of my head
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines contemporary pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses! Click here for past columns.

Last week I wrote a long and rant-y column about the Disney Myth, as constructed in Saving Mr. Banks and deconstructed in Escape From Tomorrow. In an effort to prove I’m not the world’s biggest grouch — and because I spent the past week in the metaphorical Disneyland known as “being back home with my family for the holidays” — I decided to try an experiment that
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Sarah Silverman’s Bad Career Move: Being as Dirty as the Guys

Sarah Silverman’s Bad Career Move: Being as Dirty as the Guys
There’s something simultaneously fascinating and maddening about Sarah Silverman – graced with genuine talent and a well-defined comedic persona on one hand, and a commitment to pushing past the edge in a way that blunts her appeal on the other. Despite all manner of career-friendly gifts – from her looks to solid acting chops – she’s limited herself by appearing determined to prove she can be as dirty and distasteful as the boys, an attribute very much on display in her HBO special “We Are Miracles,” which premieres on Nov. 23.

Silverman has frittered around the edges of breakout success beyond standup, from her Comedy Central series to her recent NBC pilot, “Susan 313,” which she posted on YouTube after the network opted not to order it.

Like most Silverman-related exercises, the prototype had its quirky, offbeat moments of cheerful, self-absorbed cluelessness, but also exhibited a certain preciousness that explains why the
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Comedian, Actor and Doc Director Paul Provenza to Host 29th Annual Ida Awards

We're happy to welcome Paul Provenza as host of the 29th Annual Ida Documentary Awards. Provenza is a stand-up comedian, award-winning actor on stage and screen, producer, author, and director of The Aristocrats, a 2005 official Sundance entry. He is the host and creator of Showtime's The Green Room with Paul Provenza, where he invites the biggest names in stand-up comedy to discuss serious current issues. He is a frequent panelist on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, and has been caricatured by Al Hirschfeld. He continues to ...
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