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June 22, 2001 | By DAVID BLEILER and DAVID GORGOS For the Daily News
IN DAVID MAMET'S vastly entertaining comedy "State and Main" (VHS: priced for rental; DVD: $24.99), new to video this week, a Hollywood film crew arrives at a small Vermont town and proceeds to turn everyone's life upside-down. William H. Macy is splendid as the cool-headed director trying to maintain control of curious onlookers, self-centered stars, ego-bruised writers and acts of God. The end result? Lots of laughs, an acerbic peek inside the moviemaking process, and, finally, a finished film.
NEWS
September 14, 2007
I WANT TO start off by saying that I'm not a Bush basher - he is in fact my 43rd favorite president! I find it ironic that while he is filling coffins today, he's thinking about filling his coffers tomorrow. There should be a law passed, if you voted for W in 2000 and 2004 - and STILL think he is doing a "heck of a job" - you lose your right to vote in 2008. Tom Martin, Haddonfield, N.J.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2011
THEATER Fresh off a defining performance as Feste in Pig Iron Theatre's spectacular "Twelfth Night," Scott Greer heads to the reliably hilarious 1812 Productions, which kicks off its season with "Mistakes Were Made. " In a role originated last year by the wonderfully wacky Michael Shannon, Greer is Felix Artifex, an off-Broadway producer who is simultaneously trying to mount his first Broadway show (an epic about the French Revolution), reconcile with his estranged wife and avoid charges of foreign sheep-trafficking.
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June 27, 2006 | By CYNTHIA LITTLETON The Hollywood Reporter Daily News TV critic Ellen Gray has the day off
Peter Liguori has a message for the town's comedy writers: Think January. The Fox entertainment president and his development staff are in the thick of an unusually aggressive summer hunt for new comedy projects that can be whipped up in time to take advantage of the golden launch platform offered when "American Idol" returns for a sixth edition in January. The network has 10 blind script deals in place and has been actively seeking pitches for new projects, Liguori said. "We have the best time slot on television to launch a show," he said.
NEWS
June 1, 2015
IT'S ALWAYS funny in Philadelphia - and especially so this August when king of comedy Jerry Seinfeld and fresh prince Kevin Hart both perform locally. Seinfeld is at the intimate Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City for two nights, with 2,400 high rollers in attendance per night. Tickets start at $95 (list) and soar into the stratosphere ($700-plus) at reseller sites. White-hot Hart plays the Linc - as in, the football stadium. He's the first comic ever to headline an NFL venue, this one with a 68,000-seat capacity.
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October 30, 1998 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
"Life Is Beautiful" is a genre of one. It is a comedy about the Holocaust - a subject usually approached with the utmost delicacy by filmmakers, mindful of the danger of trivializing or diminishing events that best speak for themselves. Even in today's anything-goes movie climate - when a movie like "Happiness" can deliver a dispassionate portrait of a child molester - when the industry operates without apparent discretion, exploitation of the Holocaust looms as the last inviolable taboo.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2009 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Always happy to see Andy Griffith, whether as the charismatic demagogue in A Face in the Crowd, the wise county sheriff Andy Taylor in his self-titled TV show, or the crusty septuagenarian in Waitress. So I was looking forward to his role as the grieving widower in the intergenerational comedy Play the Game, in which a grandson (Paul Campbell) teaches Gramps (Griffith) how to score with "chicks. " Alas, the conceit of a double-dating Grandson and Gramps does not produce a great many laughs in this cringeworthy film costarring Doris Roberts and Marla Sokoloff as the comely Granny and Granddaughter in their sights.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 1992 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Hollywood would consider Mike Leigh's method of making a movie to be utter madness. But no one can quarrel with results as winning and invigorating as Life Is Sweet. Leigh is an innovator whose system calls for casting a movie before it is written. He gathers his actors and discusses a character in general terms. Then, over months of rehearsals and wrangling, each performer develops his or her part - right down to a detailed life history of the character. Leigh then sits and writes a script.
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February 18, 1986 | By NELS NELSON, Daily News Theater Critic
David McCallum in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of "Run for Your Wife," a comedy by Ray Cooney. Directed by Chris Johnston, set by Michael Anania, lighting by David Kissel, costumes by Alice S. Hughes. Presented at the Playhouse Theatre in the Hotel DuPont, Wilmington, through Feb. 22. The humorous possibilities, if any, in the practice of bigamy have been sectioned by writers of comedy since time immemorial, and notably in the films "The Captain's Paradise" and "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker," but with the British import that opened last night in Wilmington I think that this long and desperate pursuit has reached the end of the line with a vast echoey clang.
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July 19, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Trainwreck Amy Schumer stars in (and wrote) this deft Judd Apatow-directed comedy, about a commitment- phobic magazine writer who unexpectedly tumbles for a sports-medicine doc (Bill Hader) she's been assigned to profile. A showcase for Schumer's cutting brand of comedy, the film smoothly switches tracks from raunchy copulatory one-liners to compulsory rom-com schmaltz to emotionally raw business about commitment, family, self-image, and self-destructiveness. The stellar supporting cast includes Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, Colin Quinn, and, yes, NBA superstar LeBron James, who practically steals the movie.
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July 14, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
GEORGE Bernard Shaw once wrote, in "Pygmalion": "What you are to do without me I cannot imagine. " I think I speak for Jenice Armstrong and myself when I say that that's about how we feel right now. Next month's annual Daily News ' Candidates' Comedy Night will be Stu Bykofsky 's last. That's right, folks. The dog man living in a cat's world is hanging up his hat as host of the much-beloved night of comedy featuring jokes told by those seeking public office in November - and (we hope)
NEWS
July 10, 2015 | By Hillary Rea, For The Inquirer
By Judd Apatow Random House. 489 pp. $27 Reviewed by Hillary Rea When Judd Apatow was a teenager in the early 1980s, he was a comedy nerd before comedy nerds existed. Now, as a 47-year-old writer, director, and producer, Apatow breeds comedy nerds. One could say he is their leader. With every project released, from the cult TV classic Freaks and Geeks to the film 40-Year-Old Virgin to the HBO series Girls , he reinvents what comedy means to popular culture.
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June 27, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are many ways to consume Jason Schwartzman's new movie, The Overnight , opening Friday at the Ritz Five. Watching it in a public place where others can happen by - say, an office right before you are set to interview star Schwartzman - is not the best way to experience the surprisingly sweet sex romp about considerably more than sex. "I know that feeling," Schwartzman said. "I was on an airplane, and I was in between two people. The woman on my left was really old. I was watching some movie, and it had a crazy sex scene.
NEWS
June 26, 2015
IT'S PROBABLY safe to assume that most folks who take up improvisational comedy do so with the intent of making audiences laugh. John Hanson had other ideas. By day, you can find Hanson in the Camden waterfront headquarters of the Delaware River Port Authority, where he serves as the CEO of the entity that oversees such crucial regional assets as the ports on both sides of the Delaware, the PATCO Hi-Speed Line and the Ben Franklin , Betsy Ross and Walt Whitman bridges.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
One new show this week rages at the machine, the other savages the period drama. A robot in rage Elliot (Rami Malek), the painfully shy, socially awkward tech-head at the center of USA Network's Mr. Robot is an angry young man. A thought-provoking, exciting, in-your-face hacker drama, Mr. Robot premieres at 10 p.m. Wednesday. "Why am I angry?" he says incredulously to his therapist, Krista Gordon ( ER 's Gloria Reuben). "Maybe because we all thought of Steve Jobs as a great man even though he made billions off the back of children.
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June 19, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
IF WE CONFUSE "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" with other movies famously adapted from young-adult cancer novels, the fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves. This is a hearse of a different color, and if that sounds like the sort of awful pun you'd expect from a geeky adolescent, be advised you'll find more just like it in "Me and Earl," cleverly adapted by Jesse Andrews from his cheeky YA book. Two of the title characters are high school boys who make impish movie shorts that riff on the film classics they watch during lunch so that they don't have to hang out with other kids.
NEWS
June 5, 2015
LET'S BE clear: I am not retiring from the Daily News . Malcolm Forbes said, "Retirement kills more people than hard work ever did. " I am not suicidal. But this year's 25th edition of the Stu Bykofsky's Candidates Comedy Night will be the last. Since it has become (in the words of the Inquirer ) "a rite of city politics," its demise deserves an explanation, an epitaph. Let's start with the truism that all good things must come to an end. It is an immutable fact I cannot do it forever, and 25 years is a mark often used in retirements, not to discount the Forbes quote above.
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June 4, 2015 | By Catherine Laughlin, For The Inquirer
Donna Cavanagh says the world is brimming with mockable material - like the sex toy designed for those grieving the loss of a partner. The glass device can be filled with ashes of your dead lover. "I mean, come on. That story was like handing me gold," Cavanagh, 53, of East Norriton, says of the essay she wrote about it. Her writing finds a home on the website she founded four years ago, Humor Outcasts, where now more than 100 other humorists - cartoonists, novelists, stand-up comedians, and TV producers and writers, many well-known - contribute essays, memes, parodies, satires, and cringe comedy at a blush-under-R rating.
NEWS
June 1, 2015
IT'S ALWAYS funny in Philadelphia - and especially so this August when king of comedy Jerry Seinfeld and fresh prince Kevin Hart both perform locally. Seinfeld is at the intimate Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City for two nights, with 2,400 high rollers in attendance per night. Tickets start at $95 (list) and soar into the stratosphere ($700-plus) at reseller sites. White-hot Hart plays the Linc - as in, the football stadium. He's the first comic ever to headline an NFL venue, this one with a 68,000-seat capacity.
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