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Dick Gregory, Trailblazing Comedian and Civil Rights Pioneer, Dies at 84

Dick Gregory, Trailblazing Comedian and Civil Rights Pioneer, Dies at 84
Sad news to report tonight. One of the true pioneers of stand-up comedy has passed away. Dick Gregory succumbed to heart failure on Saturday. He was 84 years old at the time of his death. Best known as a stand-up comedian who came of age in the 1960s, Gregory is also known for parlaying his success into a life of social and political activism, become an important voice for all races, creeds and colors. He was able to break certain barriers that other Civil Rights activists couldn't through the use of humor and understanding the human condition. Son Christian Gregory made a statement shortly after his father's passing to comment on the man and the important body of work he leaves behind.

"It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.
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Comedian Irwin Corey, ‘The World’s Foremost Authority,’ Dies at 102

Irwin Corey, who Lenny Bruce once called “one of the most brilliant comedians of all time,” has died at 102.

A classic “comedian’s comedian,” Corey died on Monday at his home in Manhattan, NY his son Richard confirmed to NPR.

Billed as “the world’s foremost authority” and nicknamed “professor,” Corey was known for delivering quirky one-liners and slapstick routines as a wild-haired, faux professor dressed in a beat-up tuxedo and spaghetti tie.

Corey was a master of double-talk comedy and would make fun of academic pretenses by spouting strings of multisyllabic science-words in long nonsensical dialogues, often beginning with the word “however.
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"Professor" Irwin Corey, Comic Master of Intellectual Doublespeak, Dies at 102

"Professor" Irwin Corey, who forged a long career in show business using a talent for "intellectual doublespeak" — comic stream-of-consciousness riffs that went absolutely nowhere — has died. He was 102.

A jumbled mix of Albert Einstein and Charlie Chaplin who billed himself as "The World's Foremost Authority" on just about anything, Corey died Monday at his home in Manhattan, his son, Richard, told The Washington Post.

Outfitted in a black frock and string tie and looking like a dowdy, wild-haired professor, the Brooklyn native was a familiar presence on variety shows and talk shows in the 1960s and '70s,...
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"Professor" Irwin Corey, Comic Master of Intellectual Doublespeak, Dies at 102

"Professor" Irwin Corey, who forged a long career in show business using a talent for "intellectual doublespeak" — comic stream-of-consciousness riffs that went absolutely nowhere — has died. He was 102.

A jumbled mix of Albert Einstein and Charlie Chaplin who billed himself as "The World's Foremost Authority" on just about anything, Corey died Monday at his home in Manhattan, his son, Richard, told the Washington Post.

Outfitted in a black frock and string tie and looking like a dowdy, wild-haired professor, the Brooklyn native was a familiar presence on variety shows and talk shows in the 1960s and...
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Dick Gregory to Keynote Luncheon at 4th Annual Comics Rock Convention

Comedian, Activist, Author and Philanthropist, Dick Gregory, will keynote the 4th Annual Comics Rock Convention Luncheon. Dick Gregory was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The luncheon portion of this 4-day event is being held April 25th, 2pm-6pm at Mavericks Flat.Did you know Dick Gregory is a vegan? Mr. Gregory is a pioneer in civil rights who entered the national comedy scene in 1961 when Chicago’s Playboy Club (as a direct request from publisher Hugh Hefner) booked him as a replacement for white comedian, “Professor” Irwin Corey. He became part of a new generation of […]
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American Swing – The DVD Review

Review by Sam Moffitt

I used to fantasize about going to Plato’s Retreat. The heyday of Plato’s was the late 1970s, during my time in the Navy. I still remember an article Playboy magazine ran about the first out in the open bath house/swing club for straight couples in American history. To say I was sexually frustrated during my time in service would be a major understatement, and not just from the long time spent at sea on a Navy warship, absent any female company. I had issues that had nothing to do with the Navy and which I will not go into in a movie review. Quite frankly the idea of being able to go into an open club and have sex with any woman on the premises, totally anonymous, no dating ritual, no games, sounded like pure heaven.

Now after seeing this excellent documentary about
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Jon Stewart vs. Bill O'Reilly: The Rumble live stream event - who ya got?

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Are you tuning in for The Rumble 2012, which will pit "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart on the left against Fox News analyst Bill O'Reilly on the right? You can buy the live stream at the official site for the mock debate.

It's being billed as "why Al Gore invented the internet" and on "The Daily Show" earlier this week, Stewart did debate prep against Stephen Colbert, while O'Reilly says his debate coach is "'Professor' Irwin Corey," who is a famous comedian.

So be sure to tune in, or just hang around here and discuss The Rumble with your fellow politics enthusiasts. It should be fun -- and it kicks off at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m. Pt live from George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium.

Update: So what do you think of the debate? It took us awhile to get our live stream going, which is annoying. But it finally started.
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Bill O’Reilly Goes On ‘Daily Show’ As ‘Rumble’ Live Stream Approaches

A few weeks ago, we brought you news of a live streaming debate between Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly, titled Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium. With just one day left before that epic showdown, both participants are in full hype mode, with O'Reilly appearing on Stewart's Daily Show for some good natured trash talk. Each man has hired a coach to help them prepare for the rumble. Stewart is working with Stephen Colbert, who apparently made him chase a chicken around the room, while O'Reilly is being tutored by 98-year old comedian 'Professor' Irwin Corey, sometimes called 'The World's Foremost Authority.'

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St. Louis Black Film Festival Continues This Week with Carmen Jones and Car Wash

The folks behind the St. Louis Black Film Festival Presents a Classic Black Film Festival for Black History Month at Landmark’s Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in St. Louis’ Loop) each Thursday in February. Last year the St. Louis Black Film Festival presented a series of new films by black filmmakers, but this year are going back into the vaults and digging out some vintage cinema for audiences with an interest in black history to enjoy on the big screen.

This offerings for this Thursday, February 9th are Carmen Jones at 5pm and Car Wash at 7pm.

Carmen Jones (1954) was produced and directed by Otto Preminger from Oscar Hammerstein’s update of the Bizet opera. It stars Dorothy Dandridge as the title character, a free-spirited, free-loving parachute factory worker whose romantic entanglement with conflicted Joe(Harry Belafonte), who’s engaged to sweet Cindy Lou and about to go into pilot training for the Korean War,
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Comedian Corey Sued Over Actors' Equity Claims

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Comedian Corey Sued Over Actors' Equity Claims
Veteran comedian 'Professor' Irwin Corey has been sued over allegations he made fraudulent health claims which netted him more than $300,000 (£200,000).

The 96 year old is accused of conning officials at the Actors' Equity into providing medical cover for a number of his relatives, alleging they worked for him at New York's famed Friars Club.

The papers were later discovered to be bogus and no payroll records were found to support his claims of the productions detailed in the documents, reports the New York Daily News.

The legal papers state, "Through this scheme, (the) defendant effectively obtained coverage at a substantially reduced cost. The fund paid approximately $400,000 in benefits to defendant's relatives - none of whom were eligible to receive such benefits."

Actors' Equity bosses filed suit against Corey in Manhattan Federal Court on Tuesday, seeking more than $320,000 (£213,300) in compensation, plus unspecified damages.

Corey has previously starred on Broadway in the 1951 musical Flahooley and made appearances on a number of late night U.S. TV shows in the 1950s and 1960s.

Hugh Hefner has been good for us

From the moment that Hal Holmes and I slipped quietly into his basement and he showed me his father's hidden collection of Playboy magazines, the map of my emotional geography shifted toward Chicago. In that magical city lived a man named Hugh Hefner who had Playmates possessing wondrous bits and pieces I had never seen before. I wanted to be invited to his house.

I was trembling on the brim of puberty, and aroused not so much by the rather sedate color "centerfold" of an undressed woman, as by the black and white photos that accompanied them. These showed an ordinary woman (I believe it was Janet Pilgrim) entering an office building in Chicago, and being made up for her "pictorial." Made up! Two makeup artists were shown applying powders and creams to her flesh. This electrified me. It made Pilgrim a real person. In an interview she spoke of her life and ambitions.
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Howie Mandel and Piers Morgan Talk America's Got Talent

Howie Mandel is the new judge of America's Got Talent The fifth season of the popular NBC reality series America's Got Talent debuts with a two-hour season premiere on Tuesday, June 1 at 8 Pm Et, followed by a Wednesday, June 2 episode at 9 Pm Et. Howie Mandel joins the series as a new judge and he joined fellow judge Piers Morgan on a conference call to discuss the new season of the show. Here's what they had to say.

Well, how has this experience been for you so far, Howie?

Howie Mandel: Oh, this is like a dream come true for me. You have no idea. First of all, I've been watching it since Season 1, and I've been doing this job in my underpants from my couch without getting paid. So, be - to be invited to the party is great. I love nothing better than you know this business. I've
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Not Available on DVD: Chatterbox

.Not available on DVD. column since it began nine months ago and I realize that 19 of the previous 24 films I.ve written about are from the decade of the 1970.s. It.s not that there aren.t worthy forgotten films of the 50.s, 60.s or 80.s that have yet to see life in digital format, it.s just that, being born in 1961, it was the .70.s when I came of age and I.ve always had a fixation with the many films I saw at the drive-in in the last half of that decade. Besides, only from the politically incorrect .70.s could have come a disco musical comedy about a woman with a talking vagina.

Chatterbox, made in 1977, is no porn film (though bare breasts abound), but a silly R-Rated comedy based on a ridiculous but titillating situation that today doesn.t seem at all sleazy or dirty but really funny and kind of innocent.
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Say "U.N.C.L.E" - Cinema Retro Contributors David McCallum And Joe Sirola Reunited

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The best of enemies: Joe Sirola and David McCallum in The Napoleon's Tomb Affair episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. By Lee Pfeiffer

Regular readers of Cinema Retro magazine know about actor Joe Sirola's remarkable career through his periodic columns for our publication. In addition to appearing in hundreds of movies, plays and TV series, Joe is also the toast of the town in New York City, due to his exclusive annual party to celebrate the blooming of his rose garden in his penthouse garden just off Central Park. Joe's been throwing these parties for decades, and in doing some research on an article, I came across a New York Daily News society column from 1967 that touted the party as the social event of the month! The tradition is in good form, as evidenced by Joe's latest soiree, which took place last week.As usual, the weather was superb,
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