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Budd Friedman Traces Standup Roots in New Book

Budd Friedman Traces Standup Roots in New Book
Ponder the last half-century of American comedy without talents like Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin, Rodney Dangerfield, Andy Kaufman, Richard Lewis, George Carlin, Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, Bill Maher, Bill Hicks, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy and countless others, and it’s not a lot of laughs. Most of the aforementioned funny folks may have endured and thrived without Budd Friedman’s Improv Clubs in New York and Los Angeles, but those stand-up stages were so essential to the launching and developing of so many careers it’s impossible to overestimate their impact on our culture. Friedman’s New York roots led him to open his first Improv Club in mid-town Manhattan in the early 1960s. In his recently published tome “The Improv: An Oral History of the Comedy Club That Revolutionized Stand-Up” (BenBella Books, $18.87), co-written with Tripp Whetsell, Friedman and associates reminisce about Friedman’s impact and The Improv’s role in “inventing” American stand-up
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October Horrors 2017 Day 24 – Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

Jacob’s Ladder, 1990.

Directed by Adrian Lyne.

Starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Pena, Danny Aiello, and Matt Craven.

Synopsis:

Jacob Singer is a seemingly normal man living a seemingly normal life when he is suddenly confronted with a series of strange events and even stranger visions. With his life becoming ever more chaotic and his visions ever more nightmarish, Jacob attempts to uncover the truth behind a traumatic event that he was involved with during his time as a soldier in Vietnam.

Psychological horror is perhaps among the most complex and fascinating of horror sub-genres. With it often delving into the intricacies of the mind, madness, life, death and beyond, psychological horror has the rare opportunity to tell much deeper stories than any common garden gore splattered slasher flick.

In my view one of the finest that this sub-genre has to offer comes in the form of Adrian Lyne’s dark
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Difficult People Season 3 Opens With Big Bang Theory Protest, Mike Pence Conversion Therapy, Vanessa Williams

Difficult People Season 3 Opens With Big Bang Theory Protest, Mike Pence Conversion Therapy, Vanessa Williams
Difficult People gets political, going wholly anti-“Bazinga!” in its Season 3 premiere.

The Hulu comedy returned Tuesday with three episodes, beginning with Billy and Julie interrupting CBS’ live broadcast of Sunday in the Park With George, which has been retitled Bazinga in the Park With George and stars the cast of The Big Bang Theory. Billy’s sign reads “Keep your Bazinga! out of my park,” and it’s perfect.

ListenTVLine Podcast: Dream Emmy Nominee Julie Klausner on Difficult’s People‘s ‘Curious’ Obsession With Kevin Spacey

Not to worry, though. While Enemy No. 1 is now the Chuck Lorre sitcom,
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‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin

‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Italian-American actor-director John Turturro, who stars in Richard Price and Steve Zaillian’s widely hailed limited series “The Night Of” (HBO).

Bottom Line: For 37 years, versatile New York actor John Turturro has delivered memorable characters who can be incredibly smart (“Quiz Show”) or insanely stupid (bowler Jesus Quintano in “The Big Lebowski”), lovable (“Fading Gigolo”) or menacing (the pool hustler in Martin Scorsese’s “The Color Of Money”). He’s a go-to player for both the Coens and Spike Lee as well as a reliable character actor for Hollywood tentpoles such as “The Transformers.”

Career Peaks: After winning a scholarship to the Yale Drama School and performing Ibsen, Ionesco, and John Patrick Shanley off-Broadway, Turturro got stuck playing violent killers in films like “Five Corners
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‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin

‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Italian-American actor-director John Turturro, who stars in Richard Price and Steve Zaillian’s widely hailed limited series “The Night Of” (HBO).

Bottom Line: For 37 years, versatile New York actor John Turturro has delivered memorable characters who can be incredibly smart (“Quiz Show”) or insanely stupid (bowler Jesus Quintano in “The Big Lebowski”), lovable (“Fading Gigolo”) or menacing (the pool hustler in Martin Scorsese’s “The Color Of Money”). He’s a go-to player for both the Coens and Spike Lee as well as a reliable character actor for Hollywood tentpoles such as “The Transformers.”

Career Peaks: After winning a scholarship to the Yale Drama School and performing Ibsen, Ionesco, and John Patrick Shanley off-Broadway, Turturro got stuck playing violent killers in films like “Five Corners
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Cuba Gooding, Andrew Dice Clay Backing Pete Antico for SAG-aftra President

Cuba Gooding, Andrew Dice Clay Backing Pete Antico for SAG-aftra President
Stuntman Pete Antico has gained endorsements for his candidacy for SAG-aftra president from Cuba Gooding Jr., Andrew Dice Clay, Mickey Rourke, Danny Aiello and Michael Madsen, Variety has learned exclusively.

Antico is one of five candidates seeking the post along with current president Gabrielle Carteris, national board member Esai Morales and independents Robert B. Martin, Jr. and Marilyn Monrovia. Ballot went out this week to about 144,000 members and must be returned by Aug. 24.

Nicky Whelan, Zoe Bell, Bruce Payne, Peter Dobson, Jeff Fahey have also endorsed Antico, who has campaigned against ratifiying the tentative agreement on a new master contract. for falling short for stunt performers, background actors, dancers, singers, and voiceover artists. Antico has also been stressing safety issues in the wake of the July 12 death of stuntman John Bernecker on the set of “The Walking Dead,” and asserted that SAG-aftra has not paid enough attention to stunt issues.

SAG-aftra
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Why Denzel Washington Could Make History with a Surprise Third Oscar Win

Why Denzel Washington Could Make History with a Surprise Third Oscar Win
With a best actor nomination for his tour-de-force performance in Fences, Denzel Washington is on the verge of making history — again.

Should he win, Washington would have more Oscars under his belt than any other African-American actor. He is already the most nominated, having landed his seventh nod this year for Fences, and is also the only African-American to win multiple acting Oscars.

But with Casey Affleck’s gut-wrenching turn in Manchester By the Sea wracking up best actor nominations and wins throughout awards season, this year’s Oscars will see Washington playing an unfamiliar role: the underdog.

He admitted
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Michael Rapaport -- 'Aielloes' Jay Cutler ... 'You Motherf*****! You're Leaving the Game?!' (Video)

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[[tmz:video id="0_n4q9r9c1"]] Michael Rapaport channeled his inner Danny Aiello to scream at Jay Cutler Monday night -- blasting the Bears Qb as a "mayonnaise and newspaper breath smelling motherf*****." It's hilarious ... Rapaport's obviously paying tribute to Aiello's character in "Do the Right Thing." Read more
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Jacob's Ladder remake: casting and production latest

Tony Sokol Jul 1, 2016

The new Jacob's Ladder will be a "modern-day paranoid action thriller about two brothers"

As you may know, a Jacob's Ladder remake is in the works. Ld Entertainment says that Jacob’s Ladder will be an homage to the classic 1990 supernatural thriller rather than a remake, meaning it will take place in the present and deal with contemporary issues.

Jacob’s Ladder will be directed by David M Rosenthal. The screenplay was written by Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) and Sarah Thorp.

It's now being reported that Karla Souza, a regular on the Us TV show How to Get Away With Murder, will play Annie/Angel, a trauma nurse who works with Jacob’s medical crew in Afghanistan. Souza’s latest movie ¿Qué Culpa Tiene el Niño? opened at number one in her native Mexico in May.

Ray Donovan's Guy Burnet will play Hoffman, a
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Nicole Beharie Joins Michael Ealy and Jesse Williams in 'Jacob's Ladder' Remake

Ten days after she said an official "good bye" to Fox's “Sleepy Hollow” series, Nicole Beharie has joined Michael Ealy in the previously-announced remake of "Jacob's Ladder," the 1990 psychological thriller directed by Adrian Lyne, which starred Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña and Danny Aiello. Also previously cast is Jesse Williams; although I'm only just learning about his joining the film. In the original, the protagonist, Jacob, is a Vietnam veteran whose experiences prior to and during the war result in fragmented flashbacks and bizarre hallucinations that continue to haunt him, as he desperately tries to get to the bottom of it all. Budgeted...
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‘Sleepy Hollow’ Star Nicole Beharie Joins ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ Remake

‘Sleepy Hollow’ Star Nicole Beharie Joins ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ Remake
Sleepy Hollow” star Nicole Beharie has joined Michael Ealy and Jesse Williams in the reboot of thriller “Jacob's Ladder.”

The reboot is a modern-day paranoid action thriller about two brothers. David Rosenthal, who directed Ealy in “The Perfect Guy,” is set to direct.

Producers are Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe at Ld Entertainment; Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta/Rosenzweig Films; and Will Packer via his Will Packer Productions banner. Will Packer Productions’ James F. Lopez will executive produce.

The script was written by Jeff Buhler (“Pet Cemetery”) and Sarah Thorp (“The Bounty Hunter”). The project was originally sold as a pitch by Jake Wade Wall. Principal photography is set to begin mid-May.

The original “Jacob’s Ladder” was released in 1990 and directed by Adrian Lyne, written and produced by Bruce Joel Rubin and starred Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña and Danny Aiello. Robbins played the titular Jacob,
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Best Baseball Movies

In the midst of March Madness and with the Kentucky Derby around the corner, the first pitch of baseball season is almost here.

A quote from Field Of Dreams best describes America’s national pastime, “The one constant throughout the years has been baseball.”

To mark the start of the 2016 season, here’s our list of the Best Baseball movies.

The Bad News Bears

Considered by some to be the best baseball movie ever, the film celebrates its 40th anniversary this month (April 7, 1976). In an article from the NY Daily News, one line reads, “It is a movie that someone like the late Philip Seymour Hoffman called his favorite, and one which resonates on many levels today, with all different generations.”

Who are we to argue with greatness?

After skewering all-American subjects such as politics (The Candidate) and beauty pageants (Smile), director Michael Ritchie naturally set his sights on the
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'Jacob's Ladder' Remake Reunites Michael Ealy with 'Perfect Guy' Director

'Jacob's Ladder' Remake Reunites Michael Ealy with 'Perfect Guy' Director
Three years after first being put into development, Ld Entertainment's Jacob's Ladder is finally moving in the right direction. Deadline reports that Michael Ealy has signed on to star, reuniting with The Perfect Guy director David M. Rosenthal. Principal photography is now set to begin in mid-May, although no release date has been given at this time.

The original Jacob's Ladder starred Tim Robbins as a Vietnam veteran who suffers from bizarre hallucinations while trying to uncover clues about his checkered past. The original movie also starred Elizabeth Pe&#241a, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Jason Alexander, Patricia Kalember, Eriq La Salle and Ving Rhames, with Adrian Lyne directing. This remake will be a modern-day take on the story, focusing on two brothers.

The Jacob's Ladder remake was first announced in June 2013, with Jeff Buhler (Midnight Meat Train) coming aboard to write the script, based on a
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A Remake of 'Jacob's Ladder' Is in the Works and Michael Ealy Will Star in It

Michael Ealy has booked a starring role in a remake of "Jacob's Ladder," the 1990 psychological thriller directed by Adrian Lyne, which starred Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña and Danny Aiello. In the original film, the protagonist, Jacob, is a Vietnam veteran whose experiences prior to and during the war result in fragmented flashbacks and bizarre hallucinations that continue to haunt him, as he desperately tries to get to the bottom of it all. Budgeted at a reported $25 million, it wasn't much of a box office success, grossing just over $26 million domestically, according to Box Office Mojo. It received mostly positive reviews, scoring a 69% rating on movie aggregator site...
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‘The Perfect Guy’ Star Michael Ealy Joins ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ Reboot

‘The Perfect Guy’ Star Michael Ealy Joins ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ Reboot
The Perfect Guy” star Michael Ealy has been attached to Ld Entertainment’s reboot of supernatural thriller “Jacob’s Ladder.”

The reboot is a modern-day paranoid action thriller about two brothers. David Rosenthal, who directed Ealy in “The Perfect Guy,” is set to direct.

Producers are Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe at Ld Entertainment; Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta/Rosenzweig Films; and Will Packer via his Will Packer Productions banner.

Will Packer Productions’ James F. Lopez will executive produce.

The script was written by Jeff Buhler (“Pet Cemetery”) and Sarah Thorp (“The Bounty Hunter”). The project was originally sold as a pitch by Jake Wade Wall.

Principal photography is set to begin mid-May.

The original “Jacob’s Ladder” was released in 1990 and directed by Adrian Lyne, written and produced by Bruce Joel Rubin and starred Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña and Danny Aiello.

Robbins played the titular Jacob,
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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 40-31

Welcome back to the Definitive List, where for the inaugural top 50, we’re counting down the best romantic comedies. The majority of numbers 50 through 41 weren’t so traditional. A secret-admirer movie, a period piece, a “These two don’t make sense together” movie, and a French fantasy among them, but we still managed to squeak in a Wes Anderson movie and a surrealist masterpiece. It doesn’t get any more traditional from here, as numbers 40 through 31 jumps around just as much, from sub-genre to sub-genre. Regardless, these films have made their mark on the industry and still hold a place in the pantheon of the rom-com hall of fame.

#40. Groundhog Day (1993)

Bill Murray was nominated for an Oscar after his dramatic turn in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. He has shown great promise in Wes Anderson’s films. But his best performance to date came in this Harold Ramis
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You're Already Dead: Celebrating 25 years of 'Jacob's Ladder'

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You're Already Dead: Celebrating 25 years of 'Jacob's Ladder'
"Eckhart saw Hell too. He said: The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won't let go of life, your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away. But they're not punishing you, he said. They're freeing your soul. So, if you're frightened of dying and you're holding on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. But if you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth." -- Louis (Danny Aiello) in "Jacob's Ladder" I first viewed "Jacob's Ladder" on VHS several years after its release in theaters, when it received a lukewarm response from audiences (it grossed around $26 million by the end of its run) and received a polarizing response from critics: Roger Ebert called it "powerfully written, directed and acted" while The Washington Post's Hal Hinson charged it with being "garbled and cliched."  My initial reaction to
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Watch: Ahead of His Honorary Oscar, Spike Lee Shares What Cinema Means to Him w/ The Academy

It may come as a surprise to some that Spike Lee, despite a 30-year-long career as a filmmaker, and over 20 feature films, has never won an Academy Award (unless you count the Student Academy Award he received in 1983 for his Nyu thesis film, "Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads). Since then, he's been nominated twice: in 1990, for Best Screenplay, for "Do the Right Thing" (also Danny Aiello was nominated for Best Supporting Actor); and in 1998 for Best Documentary, for "4 Little Girls." That's it! And he didn't win either one, despite arguments that can be (and have been) made for a small handful of other films he wrote and directed that...
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Watch Jimmy Kimmel's Gentrified Brooklyn Send-Up 'Do the White Thing'

Watch Jimmy Kimmel's Gentrified Brooklyn Send-Up 'Do the White Thing'
Jimmy Kimmel Live! wrapped up a week of Brooklyn-filmed episodes by reflecting one last time on how much the borough has changed since Jimmy Kimmel's childhood here decades ago. To illustrate how different Brooklyn is now, Kimmel reimagined one of the greatest films about the area – Spike Lee's 1989 classic Do the Right Thing – as the gentrified Do the White Thing, an all-star sendup of Bedford-Stuyvesant's hipster transformation.

In the sketch, many of Do the Right Thing's famous scenes and characters are lampooned to reflect the neighborhood's current
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Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing Screens at The Missouri History Museum October 4th

“Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It’s a tale of good and evil. Hate: it was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love: these five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love. The story of life is this: static. One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand, Love, is finished. But hold on, stop the presses, the right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes, now, that’s right. Ooh, it’s a devastating right and Hate is hurt, he’s down. Left-Hand Hate KOed by Love!”

The next two Sundays, two of my favorite movies about the black experience will be showing at The Missouri History Museum (5700 Lindell Blvd, St.
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