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Spotlight: Lily Tomlin's Charity Work

Throughout her extraordinary career, Lily Tomlin has received numerous awards, including six Emmys and a recent nomination for her narration on “An Apology to Elephants”; a Tony for each of her one-woman Broadway shows, Appearing Nitely and Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a Grammy for her comedy album, This is a Recording; and two Peabody Awards. In 2003, she was the recipient of the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Tomlin was born in Detroit, Michigan, and rose to national prominence in December 1969 in the cast of the top-rated Laugh-In. Tomlin went on to co-write, with Jane Wagner, and star in six comedy television specials, and has guest starred on numerous television shows, such as Homicide, X-Files, Will and Grace, Murphy Brown, The West Wing, NCIS, and the acclaimed FX series, Damages. She is also heard as the voice of the science teacher Ms.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’

Cannes Film Review: ‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’
It’s not easy being raised the child of a celebrated artist. Truth be told, it’s not so great being raised the child of a minor, mostly unrecognized artist either, which is closer to the dynamic writer-director Noah Baumbach wants to explore with “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” a chatty New York comedy featuring the best role in 15 years for Adam Sandler. It’s the story of a messed-up clan that seems never to have heard of therapy, but could definitely use it, and the family crisis that conveniently allows them all to say their peace.

Sandler plays Danny Meyerowitz, the oldest son of seventysomething New York sculptor Harold Meyerowitz (Dustin Hoffman, who’s always been funny, but gets to really sink his teeth into some of his best material here). With no shtick to fall back on, Sandler is forced to act, and it’s a glorious
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Hold the Popcorn! Isabelle Huppert Has a No-Snack Rule for Watching Movies

Hold the Popcorn! Isabelle Huppert Has a No-Snack Rule for Watching Movies
Watch out for those munchies: When it comes to seeing a movie, Isabelle Huppert means business.

The Elle Oscar nominee dished on all of her moviegoing habits to People and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle for The Cagle Exercise.

“No snack, no drink, no food,” she explained. “ just am focused on the movies — no noise.”

Huppert also revealed that when she’s watching a movie at home, her outfit of choice is pajamas, that her first movie-star crush was the iconic Bette Davis, and the movie that makes her laugh the hardest is Flirting with Disaster.

“It’s hilarious,
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Actress Mary Tyler Moore Dead at 80

A TV icon for sure, star one of the best sitcoms of all time, but Mary Tyler Moore left a mark with her big screen work including her Oscar-nominated turn in the 1980 Best Picture winner Ordinary People. She co-starred with Charles Bronson in X-15, Elvis in a A Change Of Habit, Julie Andrews in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and played Ben Stiller’s mom in David O. Russel’s Flirting With Disaster. Her Ordinary People performance was wonderful and incredibly surprising at the time but it’s her TV work, from Happy Hotpoint, the Hotpoint Appliance elf in the mid-50’s, to The Dick Van Dyke Show to her winning three Emmys as Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Ms Moore live for many years with Type 1 diabetes and passed away this morning at age 80.

From The New York Times:

Mary Tyler Moore, whose witty and graceful performances on
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Watch Mary Tyler Moore Flash Patricia Arquette in ‘Flirting With Disaster’ (Video)

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Watch Mary Tyler Moore Flash Patricia Arquette in ‘Flirting With Disaster’ (Video)
Mary Tyler Moore was never afraid to let it all hang out. In addition to paving the way for a generation of women on television, the iconic actress also understood the importance of a good bra, as seen in the above clip from the 1996 film “Flirting with Disaster.” In the comedy, Moore played Pearl, the adoptive mother of Mel (Ben Stiller). In the scene, Pearl is counseling Mel’s wife Nancy (Patricia Arquette) about how the ravages of time can affect the female body. Since Nancy was clearly not getting the point, Pearl raised her shirt to show just what a.
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Hail Mary: Why Mary Tyler Moore Was the Greatest

Hail Mary: Why Mary Tyler Moore Was the Greatest
The most unforgettable moment from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, out of dozens of contenders: Mary sits at the bar with her newsroom co-workers, drinking their sorrows away. They've had a grim day – her cranky boss Lou Grant just attended his ex-wife's wedding, while he's still reeling from the divorce, so the others tagged along for moral support. Pompous anchorman Ted Baxter tries to lighten the mood with a knock-knock joke. Lou growls, "Ted, this better be a pretty funny knock-knock joke. I lost a wife today." It's a godawful joke.
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Entertainment News: TV Icon Mary Tyler Moore Dies at 80

Greenwich, Conn. – She was the ideal woman for two generations of TV viewers, first in the 1960s as wife Laura to comedy writer Rob Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and then in the 1970s as feminist breakthrough Mary Richards on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Ms. Moore died on January 25, 2016, near her home in Greenwich, Conn. She was 80.

Mary Tyler Moore always seemed to be as the right place at the right time in her TV career, redefining the role models of women on TV in her roles as Laura Petrie and Mary Richards. As the fashionable and daffy Laura on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (1961-66) she was equal to her husband Rob, as they portrayed the TV equivalent of John and Jackie Kennedy during its run. As Mary Richards on the show with her name on it (1970-77), she went one better. She was a career
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Television icon Mary Tyler Moore dies aged 80

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Television icon Mary Tyler Moore dies aged 80
The Us television star won multiple Emmys in her career and earned an Oscar nod for Ordinary People.

Mary Tyler Moore, the Us television star who gained worldwide fame on The Dick Van Dyke Show and her own sitcom, has died. She was 80.

Moore’s long-time publicist Mara Buxbaum issued the following statement on Wednesday:

“Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S Robert Levine.

“A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”

Van Dyke tweeted: “There are no words. She was The Best! We always said that we changed each other’s lives for the better.”

Moore was born on December 29, 1936, in Brooklyn, and moved to California at the age of eight.

She won Golden
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Mary Tyler Moore dies aged 80

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Mary Tyler Moore dies aged 80
The Us television star won multiple Emmys in her career and earned an Oscar nod for Ordinary People.

Mary Tyler Moore, the Us television star who gained worldwide fame on The Dick Van Dyke Show and her own sitcom, has died. She was 80.

Moore’s long-time publicist Mara Buxbaum issued the following statement on Wednesday:

“Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S Robert Levine.

“A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”

Moore was born on December 29, 1936, in Brooklyn, and moved to California at the age of eight.

She won Golden Globes for The Dick Van Dyke Show in 1965 and Mary Tyler Moore in 1971 as well as multiple Primetime Emmy awards.

Her role as
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Mary Tyler Moore, TV Icon, Dies at 80

Mary Tyler Moore, TV Icon, Dies at 80
Television great Mary Tyler Moore, the beloved star of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” died Wednesday in Connecticut, her publicist confirmed. She was 80.

“Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine,” read the statement from Mara Buxbaum, her longtime rep. “A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”

The vivacious brunette performer transformed the image of women on television first as Van Dyke’s sexy, vulnerable wife Laura Petrie and then as single career girl Mary Richards in her own series. Her work in the two series brought Moore five Emmy Awards, in 1965, 1966, 1973, 1974 and 1976. She won another Emmy for 1993 TV special “Stolen Babies.”

Moore
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Mary Tyler Moore, TV Icon, Dies at 80

Mary Tyler Moore, TV Icon, Dies at 80
Television great Mary Tyler Moore, the beloved star of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” died Wednesday in Connecticut, her publicist confirmed. She was 80.

“Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine,” read the statement from Mara Buxbaum, her longtime rep. “A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”

The vivacious brunette performer transformed the image of women on television first as Van Dyke’s sexy, vulnerable wife Laura Petrie and then as single career girl Mary Richards in her own series. Her work in the two series brought Moore five Emmy Awards, in 1965, 1966, 1973, 1974 and 1976. She won another Emmy for 1993 TV special “Stolen Babies.
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David O. Russell’s Prada Short Film ‘Past Forward’ Is a Surreal Dreamscape – Watch

David O. Russell’s Prada Short Film ‘Past Forward’ Is a Surreal Dreamscape – Watch
The curtain has finally been lifted on David O. Russell and Prada’s short film “Past Forward.” The full 12-minute, black-and-white silent film was screened at a private event in Los Angeles this week and was released worldwide on Thursday morning.

Previously described as “a surreal dreamscape with an eclectic cast replaying scenes in shifting combinations,” the movie boasts an impressive ensemble including Allison Williams, Freida Pinto and Kuoth Wiel portraying the same role – a woman trapped in a suspenseful dream. John Krasinski, Connie Britton, Paula Patton, Sacha Baron Cohen, among others also co-star.

Read More: ‘Flirting with Disaster’ 20th Anniversary: David O. Russell and Lily Tomlin Reunite and Reminisce

For Russell, it was a very special opportunity to work with fashion designer Miuccia Prada. The “Joy” helmer told Vogue that the project was based on emotions, memories and movies that he remembered. When asked if he received any directive from Mrs.
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Warren Beatty Praises Wife Annette Bening at ‘20th Century Women’ AFI Premiere: ‘She’s the Best Actress I Know’

Warren Beatty Praises Wife Annette Bening at ‘20th Century Women’ AFI Premiere: ‘She’s the Best Actress I Know’
Six days after Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply” opened the AFI Fest, Annette Bening‘s “20th Century Women” held its Los Angeles premiere at the Tcl Chinese along with a pre-screening career tribute.

Beatty was in a supporting role for his spouse on the red carpet, asserting, “She’s the best actress I know of.”

Bening portrays single mother Dorothea Fields, dealing with raising her 15-year-old son in 1979 in “20th Century” — and stressed that the festivities underlined the importance of family and friends.

“Having that focus on my family has been a way of staying sane because a moment like this is fleeting,” she noted. “I’m so honored that the AFI would ask me to do this.”

She also said that director Mike Mills‘ setting the story in his hometown of Santa Barbara was irresistible, since she had grown up in San Diego.

“I had never read
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‘Flirting with Disaster’ 20th Anniversary: David O. Russell and Lily Tomlin Reunite and Reminisce

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‘Flirting with Disaster’ 20th Anniversary: David O. Russell and Lily Tomlin Reunite and Reminisce
David O. Russell cringes at first when revisiting his 1996 film “Flirting with Disaster.”

“The first half, all I see is me as a beginning filmmaker,” Russell told the audience Friday night at AFI Fest’s 20th anniversary screening of the movie, sponsored by FilmStruck, Miramax, and IndieWire. “But the movie is like a runaway wagon, and it does just take off. It reminds me of the comedies that inspired me.”

Read More: AFI Fest 2016: 14 Movies We Can’t Wait to See at the Festival

Russell was joined by “Flirting” star Lily Tomlin, who said she joined the movie (Russell’s second) partly because she loved the director’s first film, “Spanking the Monkey.”

“When I read the [‘Flirting’] script, I laughed every time,” she said. “It was just so hilarious.”

Russell said “Flirting” was very much a movie of its time: “In the mid-’90s, sexual dysfunction and family dysfunction was all the rage.
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David O. Russell Looks Back on ‘Flirting With Disaster’ 20 Years Later at AFI Fest

David O. Russell Looks Back on ‘Flirting With Disaster’ 20 Years Later at AFI Fest
The AFI Fest screening of “Flirting with Disaster” was presented by IndieWire and Miramax on Friday, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year along with the film.

While writer and director David O. Russell‘s career has flourished since the film, starring Ben Stiller, Tea Leoni and Patricia Arquette, the filmmaker said that he still maintains the same work ethic and instills it in his crews.

“Be passionate or don’t be here,” said Russell during a Q & A session at the Chinese 6 Theatres.

“Watching the movie, I see myself as a beginning filmmaker and I’m just cringing,” he joked.

Flirting with Disaster” tackles many issues that families and couples can relate to, according to Russell, and is something that hasn’t aged.

“It’s about identity and social norms and how bizarre and oppressive they are. The norm of marriage, what you’re family is supposed to be,
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Amazon scoops David O. Russell series with Robert De Niro & Julianne Moore

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Director David O. Russell has a pretty stellar track record. His projects spanning from the 90's and into today, like Flirting With Disaster, The Fighter, Three Kings and Silver Linings Playbook are all fantastic movies, while even his less-than-fantastic movies like American Hustle, Joy and I Heart Huckabees have very bright spots. But what makes his recent films must-sees for me has been the casting of... Read More...
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AFI Fest 2016: 14 Movies We Can’t Wait to See at the Festival

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AFI Fest 2016: 14 Movies We Can’t Wait to See at the Festival
Los Angeles’ annual AFI Fest presented by Audi kicks off this week, and boasts a robust slate of some of the festival season’s most beloved offerings and a few highly anticipated new premieres. If you’ve missed out on the rest of the year’s big festivals, AFI Fest is a prime opportunity to catch up on the starriest titles before awards season really kicks into high gear, along with enough bonafide premieres to keep even the most ravenous movie-goer very happy indeed.

Ahead, we pick out 14 of our most anticipated films from the fest, including a handful of genuine classics, some big contenders and at least one very buzzy debut. Take a look and start filling up your schedule now.

Jackie

The hype is real. Pablo Larrain’s English-language debut features Natalie Portman in not just the best performance of her career, but what’s currently shaping up
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The Most Dysfunctional Families in Cinema

The dysfunctional family has been an ever-present image in popular culture for decades: the battling husband and wife flanked by their bratty children are perhaps most frequently employed on garishly trite television sitcoms. In the movies, the gloves are ripped away and the reality shines on what is more often than not left unexposed in the darkness. What’s revealed seems to irrefutably prove that Tolstoy was absolutely correct when he wrote: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Now playing in select theaters is Little Men, the newest film from director Ira Sachs, with whom we recently spoke to about its making. The plot follows two teenage boys in Brooklyn, NY who develop a budding friendship, despite the feuding of their parents over the lease of a local dress shop. The film is already receiving raves from critics, including our own review
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Podcast: Cannes 1996 Revisit

Nathaniel, Nick, and Joe revisit the Cannes film festival of 1996 (you might wanna quickly check that lineup & those prizes before listening) and the Best Actress race that started there. We also recommend other 1996 goodies that you may or may not have seen... or thought of in years.

Index (43 minutes)

00:01 Intro, Juries, and Crash's audacity prize

03:00 Best Actress: McDormand (Fargo) vs Blethyn (Secrets & Lies) vs Watson (Breaking the Waves)

10:09 Goodbye South Goodbye, The Eighth Day, Pillow Book, and Microcosmos

17:50 Trainspotting, Flirting With Disaster, A Self Made Hero, Lone Star, and Love Serenade

30:07 David Cronenberg's Crash

37:45 We each recommend a few more 1996 titles from Bound to The Long Kiss Goodnight

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversation in the comments. Which 1996 picture have you still not seen? Who got your Best Actress vote that year?
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The 7 Funniest Movies You've (Probably) Never Seen

Long before he was cranking out reliable Oscar-season fare like "Silver Linings Playbook," David O. Russell was a struggling indie writer-director with one squirmy comedy about incest ("Spanking the Monkey") under his belt.

Then, 20 years ago this week, on March 22, 1996, he released the comedy "Flirting With Disaster," starring Ben Stiller, and... crickets. (It would be another three years before "Three Kings" scored Russell his first mainstream hit.)

It's too bad, since "Flirting" is a very funny film, marked by the breakneck pacing that Russell's fans have come to appreciate. But let's face it, not all comedies find their audience right away, and not all worthy comedies even become cult favorites later. Here are seven outrageously funny films worthy of rediscovery now.
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