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Seales Delivers the Greatest Ever

If you’re tired of summer re-runs, have no fear – TruTV is coming at you with its brand new comedy series Greatest Ever, debuting July 5th at 10pm. Hosted by versatile comedian Amanda Seales, the show is a fast-paced combo of pop culture, entertaining videos, hilarious commentary, and much, much more. We caught up with Amanda to discuss her love of Los Angeles, balancing a heavy workload, and how to avoid being a victim of street harassment.

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DEMOLITION Red Carpet Premiere in New York City

Photos and video from the red carpet premiere of “Demolition” in New York City. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, and Chris Cooper.

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JOY

To celebrate Jennifer Lawrence’s win of the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, 20th Century Fox has released a NEW clip from JOY. Check out the clip below and catch Jennifer Lawrence giving the performance of a lifetime, in director David O. Russell’s latest film JOY, now playing in theaters everywhere!

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The Brahma Bull Takes Over

Dwayne Johnson dives into the world of power agents, athletes, and scantily clad women.

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Let’s talk about “Sex Tape”

Interviews with the stars of “Sex Tape” in theaters July 18th.

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Interviews with the cast of 22 Jump Street

The cast of 22 Jump Street. In theaters now.

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“The Hook Up” with Andrew Schulz premieres Oct. 14th on MTV

MTV presents “The Hook Up” – an all new dating series hosted by comedian Andrew Schulz, premiering Oct. 14th at 6pm.

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Gene Wilder at 92Y

*Photo by Joyce Culver for 92Y
By his own admission, Gene Wilder has not made a ton of movies over his career, and certainly not in the past 2 decades, but when he did make them they were very good movies. Wilder is known for particular roles depending on the age of the audience. The older generation knows him for his work in The Producers, whereas folks my age will always know him as Willy Wonka. As Mr. Wilder took the stage at the 92Y on Tuesday for a rare public appearance to promote his book ‘Something to Remember You By: A Perilous Romance,’ you could tell that he was battling the discomfort of a public appearance with the joy of taking in an appreciative audience.
The evening , moderated by film historian and host of ‘Turner Classic Movies’ Robert Osborne, was a relaxed if not challenging walk down memory lane. Wilder is 80 now, and it would seem that people still associate him with the younger and more vibrant characters that he played on screen. This event, being held on the heels of an Evening with Mel Brooks, was certainly a juxtaposition of the older and yet more energetic Brooks with the solemn and quieter Wilder. Both discussed the same projects but in far different levels of detail.
If there was any one element to take away from Wilder’s appearance, it’s that he got disillusioned by the Hollywood process and what he perceived as low quality films that rely too much on swearing and violence to attract an audience. When asked if he wanted to work in Hollywood again he simply said ‘yuck!’ He also made it known that despite enjoying Johnny Depp as an actor, he was insulted that a studio would remake his classic film about a chocolate factory.
Wilder is a very quiet presence. He was thoughtful in his answers, although you the feeling the audience was looking for more juicy details from his film experience. Wilder did not oblige. If you’re looking for a story about his relationship working Richard Pryor, the most you will get is that when he was ‘on’ he was the best and when he was drugged up he was horrible. Wilder said he didn’t consider himself ‘funny’ but that he knew how to be ‘funny’ when it was required. Wilder comes across as a gentle soul who is much happier to be at home with his family writing than taking part in any new Hollywood project that might come his way.

His book is available through Amazon.com via this link

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Mel Brooks: Make a Noise

Mel Brooks is full of energy. That’s really all you need to know. He’s a living embodiment of the expression ‘age is only a number.’ At age 86 he shows no signs of slowing down, and certainly brought a wealth of excitement to his audience at the 92nd Street Y on Tuesday night. Mr. Brooks was beamed in from Los Angeles via Skype for the New York premiere of his film biography ‘American Masters Mel Brooks: Make a Noise.’ The film, a Robert Trachtenberg production, is part of THIRTEEN’s American Master’s series.

The evening was a stroll down memory lane for the audience, as we took a look back at the work that has made Mel Brooks who he is today. Mr. Brooks was interviewed for the film by Robert Trachtenberg, and had no shortage of anecdotes to discuss, both professional and personal. As a fan of comedy, it’s fun to go through Mel Brook’s film portfolio, because one  forgets just how many great films he has been a part of.

His most memorable films by and large are History of the World Part I, Blazing Saddles, and High Anxiety. We got a glimpse of Mel as the energetic director with a sense of humor who liked to shake things up. Mel Brooks has made his living doing what he wants when he wants, all in the name of slapstick humor. Brooks juxtaposes the success of his body of work with the pain he went through early on while struggling to maintain his comedic presence. You get the sense that Mel Brooks is not easy to work with because he knows what he wants and doesn’t stop until he gets it, and is by his own admission… a pain in the ass. As he states during his reflection on writing for ‘Your Show of Shows,’ at one point he sat and cried two years. That’s not something you hear a lot about from successful directors, the struggle they have with maintaining their creative genius, and how that effects their personal life.

As we’re taken through the behind-the-scenes analysis, we get hints of what makes Mel Brooks tick. It’s the opportunity to satire something, whether it’s silent films, westerns, Star Wars, or Robin Hood. If Mel Brooks can make a joke out of it, he certainly will. This culminates with one of Brooks’s most famous work, The Producers, and the idea to make a purposely poor musical whose focal point is a parody of Hitler. At one point, Trachtenberg asks Brooks when he first became aware of Hitler and why he was compelled to make a mockery of him. The simple answer is to give Hitler the same treatment he gave to the Jews: Mockery and ridicule

‘Mel Brooks: Make A Noise’ is the sit down conversation with Mr. Brooks that his fan base been waiting for. It’s a symbol of his status as one of the founders of modern American comedy, and we’re given the reassurance that’s there’s still more to come. It premieres tonight at 9pm on THIRTEEN and is available on DVD May 21st from Shout Factory.

Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks via Skype at 92Y

 

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Jodie vs Lance

This week two notable public figures made statements declaring true what many had already presumed for years: Lance Armstrong is a lesbian and Jodie Foster was juicing during the filming of Maverick. Or maybe reverse that. Either way, we have on our hands two public admissions and the world’s reaction to both.

Actress Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster

Jodie’s came first, as she was given the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes, which sets the stage for her headline-making acceptance speech. Most actors take the award and thank their families and then maybe have a funny anecdote about advice someone gave them when they started out. Dustin Hoffman had a memorable one, the others know that it’s really an award for getting old. Not Jodie – she talked about a lot of things, including being private and being involved in acting since she was 3, and then said she didn’t need to come out – and she didn’t feel it was anyone’s business if she declared it or not. So, there you have it. Jodie Foster may or may not be gay although she hinted that she was by proclaiming that she had nothing to proclaim. Stay with me on this.

talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey

The next admission is from Lance Armstrong, and comes via Oprah, which, to me is disappointing. This comes on the heels of her sit down with David Letterman to discuss his sex scandal from 2009. I just don’t like that Oprah’s always the one people want to sit down with. I wish Larry King were alive, I mean, around, so we’d hear: ‘David Letterman here, the affair, the wife, Regina Lasco – Tuscaloosa, you’re our next caller.’ But no, it’s a sit down with Oprah. When Oprah has something to admit, does she just book herself to sit down in front of a mirror? Or maybe Gail puts on a fat suit and they chat. You get the idea. While I haven’t seen the interview, the highlight was that Armstrong was going to admit doping, and then now that he’s done the interview, the news is that he’s admitting doping. How can I say this – I wish I cared more that he took Performance Enhancing Drugs to have an Enhanced Performance. I still consider him a remarkable athlete, after all, you still gotta peddle up the mountain.

But there’s more. Why did he choose to make the admission now, after spending so much time denying the charges and threatening those with evidence? It appears that ‘now’ is very timely, as the statue of limitations has run out for him to be charged with perjury from his testifying that he didn’t take drugs in 2005. Whether or not this is completely true is up to a judge to decide, but if you ask a non-legal mind like myself, it seems like avoiding perjury would be the thing to do. As Yahoo! Columnist Jay Hart points out, if he’s trying to repair his legacy, this is the first hurdle to get past: admit your guilt and then work to save the sport. Look what it did for Jose Canseco and Marion Jones.

baseball player Jose Canseco
Jose Canseco
sprinter Marion Jones
Marion Jones

Back to Jodie. Did we learn anything from this? Was it as emotional and powerful as the crying celebrities in attendance and on Twitter deemed it to be? I don’t think it was. It was her first public declaration that she MIGHT be gay. She never said she was gay, she just hinted at it many times during a very rambling acceptance speech. I know that her point was she shouldn’t have to ‘come out’ to anyone, and she valued her privacy, etc. etc., but she lives and works in Hollywood – where none of that is possible or happens. When people come out, they COME-THE-HELL-OUT. There’s usually a TV camera and/or photographer and/or catering and press passes including. There’s usually a teary ‘I’ve kept this concealed for so long’ – and then they sit down with Oprah.

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