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Stand down: when comics make unfunny big-screen comedies

Amy Schumer’s mother-daughter movie Snatched has opened to largely negative reviews – and it’s not the first time a comedian has failed to add humor to a cinematic venture

For stand-up comics, there were always two paths to stardom: become a talk-show host or a create a hit sitcom. If “movie star” is conveniently absent from that equation, it’s because the list of brilliant comics whose genius did not translate to the silver screen is long and filled with some of our greatest talents. Even those who do find success in film – like the late Robin Williams, who won an Oscar and gave a handful of indelible performances – had more than a few false starts early in his career (The Survivors, The Best of Times, Club Paradise).

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Star Sightings: Pitbull Heats Up Miami, Hailee Steinfeld, Ariel Winter and Miles Teller Enjoy Nights Out and More

Star Sightings: Pitbull Heats Up Miami, Hailee Steinfeld, Ariel Winter and Miles Teller Enjoy Nights Out and More
Pitbull is one party machine!

The 35-year-old singer surprised over 1,500 fans at the grand opening of Brickell City Centre, a four-level, 4.9 million square-foot retail space in downtown Miami on Nov. 2. Despite the rain, the crowd danced to Mr. 305's "Fireball," "Rain Over Me" and "Echa Pa'lla."

Watch: Padma Lakshmi Poses in Black Lingerie Because 'Moms Do That Sometimes'

Earlier in the day, Padma Lakshmi and Matthew Morrison attended Elton John's An Enduring Vision Benefit, with cocktails by Clase Azul Tequila and Chopin Vodka in New York City. The benefit gala raised more than $3.15 million to support HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, supporting services, and advocacy programs across the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean.

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Adriana Lima looked chic and classic in a Vanto crew neck top and black Aleida blazer by All Saints, while running errands in NYC on Nov. 2. 

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Malin Akerman was all smiles while shopping the new Hotel Style bath
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Photo Flash: First Look at Bobby Smith, Brent Barrett & More in Signature Theatre's La Cage Aux Folles

Signature Theatrepresents La Cage aux Folles, directed and choreographed by Signature Associate Artistic DirectorMatthew GardinerSignature's West Side Story, Sunday in the Park with George. With an iconic score byJerry HermanHello, Dolly Mame, featuring 'I Am What I Am' and 'The Best of Times,' and a book byHarvey FiersteinKinky Boots, Newsies, this musical comedy runs through July 10 inSignature Theatre's intimate Max Theatre. Check out a first look below
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Stage Tube: Watch Highlights from Signature Theatre's La Cage Aux Folles!

Signature TheatrepresentsLa Cage aux Folles,directed and choreographed bySignature Associate Artistic DirectorMatthew GardinerSignature'sWest Side Story,Sunday in the Park with George.With an iconic score byJerry HermanHello, DollyMame, featuring I Am What I Am and The Best of Times, and a book byHarvey FiersteinKinky Boots, Newsies, this musical comedy runs throughJuly 10in Signature Theatre's intimate Max Theatre. Watch highlights below
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Daredevil Season 2: Charlie Cox on the Emotional Pain Delivered by Punisher, Taking Epic Hallway Fight to Next Level

Daredevil Season 2: Charlie Cox on the Emotional Pain Delivered by Punisher, Taking Epic Hallway Fight to Next Level
The best of times may beget the worst of times, when Marvel’s Daredevil serves up Season 2 this Friday via Netflix.

Picking up about six months after the events of Season 1, the superhero series finds its titular crimefighter “functioning at his best,” star Charlie Cox tells TVLine. “Matt and Daredevil have enjoyed a period of time where everything’s been going brilliantly well. Wilson Fisk is behind bars, the crime rate has plummeted because everyone is aware of Daredevil his work….”

As a result, lawyer-by-day Matt Murdock “has grown in confidence, he’s more self-assured,” Cox reports. In fact, “There
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Bww Readers' Countdown: The Greatest Tonys Performances of the Past Five Years- Honorable Mentions!

BroadwayWorld is counting down to the biggest night on every theatre-lover's calendar- the 69th Annual Tony Awards, which will be co-hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming on Sunday, June 7 8Pm on CBS. All month, We've been asking you to weigh in on your favorite Tonys performances from the past five years, and the time has come to reveal the winners. As the ceremony approaches, we'll be bringing you Your CHOICESBelow, we bring you three performances that fell just shy of the Top Ten list- La Cage Aux Folles 2010- 'The Best of Times', Memphis 2010- 'Steal Your Rock 'N' Roll,' and The Book of Mormon 2011- 'I Believe.'Check back tomorrow to find out who landed in the 10 spot
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Quentin Tarantino Enjoys Running the New Beverly, Even When He's Shooting a Movie

And Tarantino's still in charge, working with managers Torgan, Jules McLean and Brian Quinn, even as he continues shooting "The Hateful Eight," which just left Colorado to finish filming in L.A. The theater first opened back in 1978 with a double feature of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Last Tango in Paris." 35mm-collector and passionate advocate Tarantino quickly lined up a slate including films from his own collection, the late Paul Mazursky ("Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice") and the late Robin Williams ("The Best of Times"), as well as a double bill of Luc Besson's "The Professional" and Tarantino's own "Pulp Fiction," both 20 years old last October. Back in August, Tarantino told La Weekly: "I want the New Beverly to be a bastion for 35 millimeter films. I want it to stand for something. When you see a film on the New Beverly calendar, you don’t have to ask whether it’s going to be.
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Still Alice director: escaping a religious cult, making porn and celebrating Julianne Moore’s Oscar

Wash Westmoreland began making a film about Alzheimer’s just as his co-director husband was diagnosed with degenerative condition Als

Just over a week ago, Julianne Moore won the best actress Oscar for her role in Still Alice. The film’s two directors watched the awards from hospital. Wash Westmoreland and his husband Richard Glatzer had hoped to be at the ceremony, but shortly before, on the day they had been fitted for tuxedos, Glatzer developed breathing difficulties. In hospital, he had a cardiac arrest and had to have his heart restarted five times. “The best of times and the worst of times is the phrase I’ve been using for the last year,” says Westmoreland, “but this was extreme.” Still, Glatzer recovered to watch their lead actor take the award on the hospital TV; they had smuggled champagne in to the ward. When Moore won, they cheered so loudly
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Film Review: ‘Thanatos, Drunk’

Film Review: ‘Thanatos, Drunk’
Death and dipsomania get equally lifeless treatment in “Thanatos, Drunk,” Taiwanese auteur Chang Tso-chi’s muddled drama about how an anguished punk, his gay brother and their gigolo friend wallow daily in booze, brawls and sex. Other than an awkward foray into homosexual content, Chang pulls out stock tropes from his oeuvre, half-heartedly reshuffling themes of disability, dysfunctional families and underworld blues to lackluster, largely unconvincing effect. The director’s distinctly stylized visuals rep one of the few qualities that might extend the pic’s lifespan on the fest circuit and in gay niches, but commercial prospects look moribund.

After engagingly branching out into newer subjects like polygamous marriage (“When Love Comes”) and childhood innocence (“Summer in Quching”), Chang again falls back on his beloved demimonde of gangsters, gigolos and prostitutes, but struggles to find anything insightful to say about them. Although he depicted bromance with lyricism in “The Best of Times
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Listen: Quentin Tarantino Dishes on Why 35mm Matters with Elvis Mitchell

Listen: Quentin Tarantino Dishes on Why 35mm Matters with Elvis Mitchell
In the latest episode of Kcrw's The Treatment, Tarantino opens up about his (radical? backward?) decision to throw digital out the window and devote the New Beverly exclusively to film prints. Listen below. The La rep theater's October slate includes films from the late Paul Mazursky ("Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice") and the late Robin Williams ("The Best of Times"), as well as a double bill of Luc Besson's "The Professional" with Tarantino's own "Pulp Fiction," both 20 years old this October. (Tarantino defends not only 35mm projection, but also shooting in 35mm.) In August, Tarantino told La Weekly: "I want the New Beverly to be a bastion for 35 millimeter films. I want it to stand for something. When you see a film on the New Beverly calendar, you don’t have to ask whether it’s going to be shown in Dcp [Digital Cinema Projection] or in 35 millimeter. You know it’s playing
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Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema Re-Opens In Los Angeles

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Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema Re-Opens In Los Angeles
Quentin Tarantino officially begins his tenure as film programmer of the New Beverly Cinema tonight when he re-opens the La institution after a monthlong remodeling. On the docket is a Paul Mazursky double feature of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and Blume In Love, which kicks off three months of Tarantino-programmed films, as Deadline reported last month. Many of those films, screened on film either on 16mm or 35mm, will come from Tarantino’s personal vaults. Tonight’s Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice print is the best known print out there, according to Tarantino, who was gifted with the newly struck print after his Django Unchained opening.

After floating the beloved New Beverly business for years, Tarantino took over as manager and programmer last month from owner Michael Torgan with a renewed commitment to screening movies only on film. New features and upgrades inside the historic theater include the addition of mechanical masking,
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Quentin Tarantino Reopens New Beverly, But Is 35mm Sustainable?

Quentin Tarantino Reopens New Beverly, But Is 35mm Sustainable?
After temporarily shuttering its doors in late August, announcing takeover of theater programming and throwing digital out the window, celluloid defender Quentin Tarantino has reopened the New Beverly in Los Angeles. According to Variety, 35mm-collector Tarantino has lined up an October slate including films from the late Paul Mazursky ("Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice") and the late Robin Williams ("The Best of Times"), as well as a double bill of Luc Besson's "The Professional" with Tarantino's own "Pulp Fiction," both 20 years old this October. (Tarantino defends not only 35mm projection, but also shooting in 35mm.) In August, Tarantino told La Weekly: "I want the New Beverly to be a bastion for 35 millimeter films. I want it to stand for something. When you see a film on the New Beverly calendar, you don’t have to ask whether it’s going to be shown in Dcp [Digital Cinema Projection] or in 35 millimeter. You know it’s.
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Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema Reveals Schedule Ahead of Re-Opening

Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema Reveals Schedule Ahead of Re-Opening
After closing down in late August for a month-long remodeling, Los Angeles’ New Beverly Cinema, which is owned by Quentin Tarantino, is nearly ready to re-open on Oct. 1 with an eclectic schedule focusing on tributes, rarities and some of the filmmaker’s titles.

Screening on Oct. 1 and 2 are two movies by the late Paul Mazursky, “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” and “Blume in Love.” The following week “Pulp Fiction” will play for six nights with “The Professional,” both of which are 20 years old this month.

All movies will be shown in 35mm in line with Tarantino’s new policy to preserve the moviegoing experience, and the theater has upgraded the sound system and installed a 16mm projector. The New Beverly had recently purchased a digital projector, leading to Tarantino’s decision to take over programming from the longtime programmer Michael Torgan, whose family had run the theater for decades.

Many of
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An emotional 'Ask Drew' looks back at the life and work of the great Robin Williams

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An emotional 'Ask Drew' looks back at the life and work of the great Robin Williams
"Suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems." - Robin Williams, "World's Greatest Dad" This is a very emotional "Ask Drew." This is, I would suspect, the closest you're ever going to see to me losing it on camera completely. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when there was a Robin Williams question, since it's still so fresh and so raw for so many people, but I couldn't have known just how hard it would be to talk about him. I mean, I have stared at the blinking cursor on my blank document page for almost two days now, grappling with one question: how in the hell do you even remotely begin to sum up someone as huge as Robin Williams? We could start from the personal angle. I could tell you about the occasional e-mails I got from him when I was at Ain't It Cool, or the
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16 Robin Williams Movies That Defined His Legendary Career

16 Robin Williams Movies That Defined His Legendary Career
The world is just, quite simply, not nearly as funny a place now as it was just a few hours ago, before the tragic death of legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams. For nearly 40 years, the man kept us in stitches in ways only he could, with an impeccable delivery and an unmistakable charm that is often mimicked but never equaled.

As the world mourns this comedy legend, we take a look back at our 16 favorite Robin Williams performances, some in classics that are beloved the world over, and some in overlooked and/or underrated gems that deserve to be noticed.

1Popeye (1980)

While some actors spend years paying their dues in thankless guest starring or supporting roles on film and TV, it didn't take Robin Williams long to find a foothold in Hollywood. His appearance as the alien Mork on one episode of Happy Days was so popular it lead
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Robin Williams Honored by Hometown Sf Giants: 'We Lost One of Our Greatest Fans'

Robin Williams Honored by Hometown Sf Giants: 'We Lost One of Our Greatest Fans'
On October 7, 2010, the San Francisco Giants began the march towards their first World Series championship in 56 years, and Robin Williams was there.

It was just before Game 1 of the National League Division Series, and the Giants were set to take on the Atlanta Braves. Williams – who had lived to in nearby Marin County since high school – stood behind home plate at San Fran's At&T Park, with a black Giants cap on his head and a microphone in his hand, and belted out a modified version of one of his signature lines: "Gooooood Evening,
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5 Incredible Robin Williams Performances You Haven't Seen (But Really Need To)

Not every Robin Williams performance was a winner. The actor was in some bad films, and sometimes he could be not-great in pretty decent fare. Still, his output was so consistent that it resulted in some of his performances falling completely by the wayside, work that would be grouped with other inessential material. Williams, after all, wasn't so much a great actor as he was a great experimenter, attempting different films, giving diverse performances, taking a plunge where others would simply wade in. As a result, these five performances have been overlooked despite their significance to Williams' resume because of the growth in his craft, and the risks he took. The Best Of Times One of the earlier films in Williams' career, this comedy-drama pits him against Kurt Russell in a nerds-vs.-jocks story where one high school failure rings throughout eternity. Williams was still early into his serious acting
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Five Underseen Robin Williams Films

Five Underseen Robin Williams Films
The late film critic Andrew Sarris once said, "When great actors die, people are sad. When the great clowns die, people grieve." He was talking about Charlie Chaplin. But Sarris could have been describing the audience's reaction to the death of Robin Williams, who died Monday of an apparent suicide. Starting out as a stand-up comic and the becoming one of the most sublimely silly men on TV, Williams was best-known as as a fixture in beloved, big budget comedies like Mrs. Doubtfire and Jumanji. Still, some of Williams's finest work came in his under-seen films. Whether it was in the 1986 football flick, The Best of Times, where he portrayed a banker who can't get over a catch he dropped in the big game, or as the brilliantly bland, increasingly creepy stalke...
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5 less-heralded Robin Williams films

5 less-heralded Robin Williams films
Robin Williams’ long filmography has more than its share of high-profile roles—but IMDb lists 102 total acting credits stretching all the way back to 1977. (That first one? A pair of parts in something called Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses?, which the site describes as “a comedy are comprised of short sexually suggestive skits.”) Williams’ triumphs (Good Will Hunting) and failures (Popeye) are well-known, but it’s worth digging through some of his less-heralded work to find the occasional gem.

1. Insomnia (2002)

Williams had been an animated Disney character, a silly cross-dressing nanny, Peter Pan, and an Oscar-winner before
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Remembering Anton Furst, Gotham’s Dark Architect

When Tim Burton’s Batman hit theaters 25 years ago, it was more than just a pivotal film in the superhero genre. It was a pivotal film in any genre — largely due to its phantasmagorical sets and vehicles. The 1989 vision of Gotham City, the Batmobile and the Batwing all sprang from the dark, fertile imagination of the film’s Oscar-winning production designer Anton Furst. Watch some of Furst’s earlier films and it’s easy to see how his and Burton’s aesthetics would play well with each other. For The Company of Wolves, Neil Jordan’s 1984 horrific take on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood, Furst created a world that merged storybook fantasy with gothic gloom. For Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, he created crumbling sets and morphed actual locations in the UK into a war-ravaged Vietnam. In Batman, Furst’s vision would synthesize fantasy and realism into a dystopia crawling with life. Like
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