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See Corey Feldman, Jay Leno Talk Sam Kinison's Feats and Flaws

See Corey Feldman, Jay Leno Talk Sam Kinison's Feats and Flaws
A new documentary, I Am Sam Kinison, will explore the life and impact of the controversial shock comic with commentary from Charlie Sheen, Jay Leno, Tommy Chong and Corey Feldman, among others. The film will premiere on Spike TV on December 19th at 10 p.m. Est, with an uncensored version airing two hours later.

A two-minute preview of the warts-and-all film shows clips of Kinison performing, including one where Rodney Dangerfield introduced him at an early show, as well as a glimpse of the 1989 Rolling Stone cover story on Kinison
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‘Friday the 13th’ Series Director Once Pitched ‘Cheech and Chong Meets Jason’

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‘Friday the 13th’ Series Director Once Pitched ‘Cheech and Chong Meets Jason’
Stoner comedians Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong are classic cut-ups — but imagine if they got cut up by that ultimate slasher villain Jason Voorhees. Tom McLoughlin, the writer-director of 1986’s “Jason Lives: Friday the 13th VI,” said he once pitched the idea of a mashup of the two big-screen franchises to “Friday the 13th” series producer Frank Mancuso Jr. “What if we do ‘Cheech and Chong Meets Jason?'” McLoughlin recalled telling Mancuso on Wednesday’s edition of horror filmmaker Mick GarrisPost Mortem podcast. “They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.
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Cheech and Chong Almost Met Jason in Friday the 13th Crossover Movie

Cheech and Chong Almost Met Jason in Friday the 13th Crossover Movie
Throughout the history of the Friday the 13th franchise, some strange things have happened to Jason. And some even stranger things have been proposed. Some of them cool, some of them weird and some of them flat out baffling. This could have been any one of those things, depending on how it went. As revealed by Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives director Tom McLoughlin, a Jason vs. Cheech and Chong movie could have happened in the late 80s/early 90s.

The director was recently a guest on the Post Mortem podcast. During the conversation, Tom McLoughlin reveals that he was approached to do another Friday the 13th movie. At first, the eventual Freddy vs. Jason movie was pitched, but he didn't feel that was a real possibility. Here's what he had to say about it.

"[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason [Lives]...And I said,
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Woodshock – Review

It’s travel time at the vacation wing of the ole’ multiplex yet again. A couple of months ago we explored France in Paris Can Wait, and just a few weeks ago we joined Steve and Rob for a food-filled travelogue in The Trip To Spain. Summer may be over, but it’s not too late to “get away from it all” with another trip….a trip inside your mind. If you’re thinking of “mother’s little helper” then you’re on the right track. Movies about drugs have changed with society over the years. The first flicks were hysterical (in more ways than one) cautionary tales epitomized by the camp classic Reefer Madness. With the counter culture’s rise in the 60’s and 70’s there were more enlightened films like, well Roger Corman’s The Trip. And in the 80’s Cheech and Chong finally took their weed humor
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Six Harry Dean Stanton films you can't afford to miss by Jennie Kermode

Harry Dean Stanton as Carl Rodd in Twin Peaks

He was the son of a cook and a tobacco farmer, a Kentucky boy who took a big risk by dropping out of university to pursue an acting career, but by the time he died on Friday at the age of 91, Harry Dean Stanton had appeared in more than 100 films. They include a host of hits: The Last Temptation Of Christ, Cool Hand Luke, Pretty In Pink, The Green Mile, Inland Empire and more. He had bit parts in the likes of The Godfather 2, In The Heat Of The Night and How The West Was Won, though sadly his scenes in Cheech and Chong's stoner classic Up In Smoke went up in smoke themselves. But some of his work was truly unforgettable. If you see nothing else, you have to check out these.

Repo Man

Repo Man

"The life of
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TV Trends: 15 Network Chiefs On What Fall Show They’d Steal, Predicting Their Next Hit and What Worries Them

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TV Trends: 15 Network Chiefs On What Fall Show They’d Steal, Predicting Their Next Hit and What Worries Them
Watch your back, Hulu. IndieWire surveyed 15 network toppers this summer on a range of questions, including the show they’d most like to steal from a rival. The top show they coveted was easily Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the timely story of a totalitarian dystopia that is on track to potentially win the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy this month.

Execs also raved about a variety of other recent series, including the HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones,” about the relationship between billionaire music moguls Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. And the network honchos were given a chance to single out an upcoming (or recently aired) show that they believe is destined to become a surprise hit. As the industry prepares for another fall season, here’s some insight into what TV’s top executives are thinking, and what’s concerning them most.

Read More:All of IndieWire’s Fall TV Coverage Dana Walden,
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Watch the Most Outrageous Performances in Dancing with the Stars History

Watch the Most Outrageous Performances in Dancing with the Stars History
People is celebrating the Sept. 18 premiere of Dancing with the Stars‘ 25th season with 25 days of exclusive interviews, fun retrospectives, and new details about what fans can expect from the milestone season.

Another season of Dancing with the Stars means another season of passionate paso dobles, charming cha chas, and titillating tangos.

As fans gear up for season 25 of the ABC reality dance competition (premiering Sept. 18), People presents a list of the most outrageous dances in the show’s history:

Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd – “Drop It Like It’s Hot” (Season 20)

Bristol Pailin & Mark Ballas – the Monkees theme song (Season
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This Is Why Your Favorite Character Was Written Out of Your Favorite Series

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2017-08-23T11:35:44-07:00This Is Why Your Favorite Character Was Written Out of Your Favorite Series

Everything seems to be going great for your favorite character one day, and the next he or she is suddenly gone, having been written out of the show for one odd reason or another. Here's the story behind some of TV's most notable character disappearances. Are there other characters you miss? Let us know in the comments below.

1. Susan from Seinfeld

Remember George Costanza’s fiance Susan Ross? Her character tragically and comically died in Season 7 after licking all of the envelopes from their cheap wedding invitations. According to Jason Alexander (George) and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Elaine), Heidi Swedberg was extremely difficult to work with and Larry David decided to kill her off.

2. Charlie from Lost

If you booked the show Lost, your life would be set, right? Not for Dominic Monaghan.
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Review: "Cheech And Chong's Next Movie" (1980); Shout! Factory Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Todd Garbarini

Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie, which opened on Friday, July 18, 1980, had stiff competition at the box office: Airplane!, The Empire Strikes Back, The Shining, Friday the 13th, The Blue Lagoon, The Big Red One, Dressed to Kill, Fame, and The Blues Brothers were all in major release at the time. While Next Movie and did respectable business, it went on to gross even more moola when Universal released is on a double bill with John Landis’s beloved Blues Brothers later. The film picks up sometime after Cheech and Chong’s maiden cinematic outing, Up in Smoke, left off two years earlier. Written by the slapdash and seemingly always high dynamic duo and directed by the latter of the two, Next Movie plays out like their comedy album routines (“Dave” from their self-titled 1971 debut album is one of their best-known and funniest bits) which is exactly
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“Ip Man: Final Fight” provides the perfect conclusion to a great story

Starting in 2008, Ip Man, the master of Wing Chun, has featured as the main character in a number of movies and a TV series. “Final Fight” presents the story of his last period, when he moved to Hong Kong from Foshan, following the victory of the Chinese Communist Party in the Chinese Civil War, since he was a police officer of the previous regime, the Kuomintang.

“Ip Man: Final Fight” is released by Cine Asia

The film begins in 1949, upon his arrival in Hong Kong, where a sick and alone, 56 -year-old Ip Man (his wife and son had stayed in Foshan) starts teaching Wing Chun on the rooftop of a building that houses the hotel staff’s general association. He meets and accepts new students from every part of society, and his class consists of laborers, a lot of which are members of the labor movement, correctional officers, even policemen.
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Film Festival Roundup: Provincetown Announces New Programming, Stony Brook Reveals Lineup and More

Film Festival Roundup: Provincetown Announces New Programming, Stony Brook Reveals Lineup and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– The Provincetown International Film Festival (Piff) has announced the latest slate of programming for its 19th edition, running June 14 – 18. The added programming includes an awards presentation for actress Aubrey Plaza, who will receive the festival’s inaugural Next Wave Award, which recognizes those who have exciting and distinctive voices, take artistic risks, and have a passionate commitment to independent film. Plaza, who stars in and produced the festival’s Closing Night Film, “Ingrid Goes West,” will receive the honor at a ceremony on Sunday, June 18 at Fishermen Hall in Provincetown.

Additionally, the festival announced a special presentation with Julie Klausner and Scott King, the creators of Hulu’s hit original series “Difficult People“ and a special screening of a new documentary from acclaimed filmmakers Sebastian Junger
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Kirsten Dunst and Sofia Coppola on Hollywood Sexism, Their Feminist ‘Beguiled’ Remake

Kirsten Dunst and Sofia Coppola on Hollywood Sexism, Their Feminist ‘Beguiled’ Remake
Sofia Coppola met her muse Kirsten Dunst in 1998. The actress was just 16 at the time, and the 27-year-old daughter of Francis Ford Coppola was about to make her directorial debut with “The Virgin Suicides,” based on a novel that she loved. Dunst was so innocent, she brought her mom along to chaperone their initial conversation. “I was a little nervous,” she says. “It was my first adult role!”

So much of Hollywood is filtered through the male gaze. But Coppola, who tells stories from the perspectives of her heroines, immediately put Dunst at ease. “She was always a good influence on me as a young woman,” Dunst says, recalling a compliment that Coppola once paid her that she never forgot. “She said to me, ‘I love your teeth; don’t ever fix your teeth.’ I remember doing a ‘Spider-Man’ movie later, and one of the producers was like, ‘I need
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Film Festival Roundup: BAMcinemaFest Unveils Full Slate, Siff Picks Lineup, Laff Announces Opener and More

Film Festival Roundup: BAMcinemaFest Unveils Full Slate, Siff Picks Lineup, Laff Announces Opener and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– BAMcinématek has announced the full lineup for the ninth annual BAMcinemaFest (Jun 14 – 25, 2017), which features 24 New York premieres, one North American premiere, and two world premieres. Opening the festival on Wednesday, June 14 is the New York premiere of Aaron Katz’s “Gemini.” This year’s Closing Night selection is the New York premiere of Brooklyn filmmaker Alex Ross Perry’s fifth feature, “Golden Exits.”

Other highlights include “En el Séptimo Día,” “A Ghost Story,” “Landline,” and “Whose Streets.” Check out the full lineup here.

– The Greenwich International Film Festival is proud to announce the full film slate and programming for the 3rd annual festival running June 1 – 4, 2017 in Greenwich, Connecticut.

“Bending the Arc,” a documentary about the extraordinary team of doctors and activists whose work thirty years
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Newswire: Cheech & De Niro, together at last

After the dissolution of Cheech & Chong in the 1980s, both Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong pursued solo careers—to disparate levels of success—but always carried on with the other as a sort of phantom limb, never quite feeling whole in their absence. Cheech & Chong finally reunited in 2008, an implicit acknowledgment that there was no one else who could complement each other so completely, no other partner with whom they could create that ineffable chemistry. But then, that’s only because Robert De Niro wasn’t available. Until now.

The long-awaited team-up of Cheech & De Niro has finally aligned, The Wrap reports, with the comedy supergroup set to convene on the upcoming War With Grandpa, a film in which Robert De Niro continues his late-career renaissance of playing grandpas who definitely aren’t your grandpa’s grandpa. This grandpa, recently widowed, will move into his grandson ...
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Netflix's Best Stoner Movies to Watch on April 20

April 20, commonly known as 4/20, an "International cannabis culture holiday," is here. In case you don't have to go to work or school, might we suggest some movies to watch? We've gathered some of the best stoner movies on Netflix, in addition to this month's latest releases. There are classics like Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke, documentaries such as Super High Me, and even Wayne's World! Before you decide on what to do on this special holiday, check out the movies you may want to stream.
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"Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback."

For better or worse, the date April 20th infamously sparks an eternal flame in the hearts of potheads across the world in celebration over their vice of choice – and the canon of cinematic stoners is certainly no exception. Hash-loving hippies have long cropped up in motion pictures as anti-establishment icons, quasi-kings of interminable philosophy, and occasionally as crutches for comic relief or character development. While the presence of marijuana in the movies holds a certain time capsule cache in relation to broader anxieties over cultural identity within era-defining films such as Easy Rider or American Beauty or even Children of Men – not to mention its propagandist roots in cautionary tales such as Reefer Madness – it has chiefly acted as a dispensary for daffy, dippy diversions in cannabis-centric comedies like Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, Half Baked, or Cheech and Chong.

Occasionally, a film strikes Humboldt gold and elevates the
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2017 Oscars: A Tale of Two Oscar Stories and One Very Big Gaffe

2017 Oscars: A Tale of Two Oscar Stories and One Very Big Gaffe
Going into the Oscars, the question was which of two competing narratives would dominate the night.

The end result: a balance between the two, amid a disturbing gaffe as presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway pulled a “La La Land” card out of a red envelope. There was a mistake.

Read More: 2017 Oscars: Full Winners List

With eight nominations, “Moonlight” looked to be the likeliest film to unseat rival juggernaut “La La Land” for Best Picture and so it did, among three total Oscars.

“There were two cards. I wanted to see the card,” said “Moonlight” writer-director Jenkins backstage in explaining the bizarre mixup which initially saw “La La Land” announced as Best Picture before a correction was issued that it was “Moonlight.” Beatty showed to him. (It said “Moonlight.”) “The folks from ‘La La Land’ were so gracious,” he added.

“There was a time when I thought this movie was impossible,
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2017 Oscars: A Tale of Two Oscar Stories and One Very Big Gaffe

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2017 Oscars: A Tale of Two Oscar Stories and One Very Big Gaffe
Going into the Oscars, the question was which of two competing narratives would dominate the night.

The end result: a balance between the two, amid a disturbing gaffe as presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway pulled a “La La Land” card out of a red envelope. There was a mistake.

Read More: 2017 Oscars: Full Winners List

With eight nominations, “Moonlight” looked to be the likeliest film to unseat rival juggernaut “La La Land” for Best Picture and so it did, among three total Oscars.

“There were two cards. I wanted to see the card,” said “Moonlight” writer-director Jenkins backstage in explaining the bizarre mixup which initially saw “La La Land” announced as Best Picture before a correction was issued that it was “Moonlight.” Beatty showed to him. (It said “Moonlight.”) “The folks from ‘La La Land’ were so gracious,” he added.

“There was a time when I thought this movie was impossible,
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IndieWire’s Final Oscar 2017 Predictions: ‘La La Land’ Will Win Nine of Its 14 Nominations

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IndieWire’s Final Oscar 2017 Predictions: ‘La La Land’ Will Win Nine of Its 14 Nominations
Sunday’s Oscars 2017 are driven by two competing narratives. The question is which one will dominate the night.

We know Damien Chazelle’s retro musical “La La Land” (Lionsgate) will take home a slew of Oscars. But out of its record-tying 14 nominations, will it win five, like the BAFTAs? Seven, like its Golden Globes sweep? Or can it break the record of 11? (Three epic spectacles hold the record for most Oscar wins: “Titanic,” “Ben-Hur,” and “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.”) “West Side Story” holds the record for a musical, with 10 wins.

Check my predictions below: By my “La La Land” tally, it’s nine.

The second story of the night: a dramatic course correction a year after #Oscarsowhite. The Academy actors’ branch nominated a record seven actors of color: familiar faces Octavia Spencer (Fox’s “Hidden Figures”) and Paramount’s “Fences” stars Denzel Washington (his eighth nomination
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‘Zootopia’ Helmers Byron Howard, Rich Moore on Their Timely, Subversive Toon

‘Zootopia’ Helmers Byron Howard, Rich Moore on Their Timely, Subversive Toon
One of the smartest and most subversive movies in the Oscar race this year comes in an unexpected package — that of a Disney animated film featuring adorable animals who tackle such weighty issues as racism, sexism, and governing through fear. “Zootopia” was helmed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore (with co-director Jared Bush), who also developed the story, with a screenplay by Jared Bush and Phil Johnston.

In the film, Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) sets out to be the first rabbit police officer, only to team up with a con artist fox (voiced by Jason Bateman) to solve the mystery of why some animals are turning feral. The serious subject matter is cleverly buoyed by humor, such as when Hopps explains to a cheetah, “You probably didn’t know, but a bunny can call another bunny cute, but when other animals do it, it’s a little…”

Howard
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