March 18, 2016

Julie Delpy’s Comedy Lolo is a Parent’s Nightmare

After two dramadies that fit the “independent film blueprint” (Two Days in New York and Two Days in Paris), Delpy went in a completely different direction with her new comedy Lolo …a farce about a couple who meet cute at a spa (Delpy and Danny Boon)…and the narcissistic psychopath of a son Lolo (Vincent Lacoste) who want to break them up to keep his mother all for himself. Its a French farce.
February 9, 2016

Louie Anderson is the Best Thing on TV Right Now

Baskets, the new and very original comedy starring Zach Galifianakis has plenty going for it. The hilarious performances by Galifianakis which are often touched with more than a little sadness makes Baskets the physical embodiment of the tragic clown. And then there is the unbelievably charming performance by newcomer Martha Kelly as lovelorn optimist Martha. But the character which has received the most attention and affection is Louie Anderson’s portrayal of Galifianakis’s mother.
February 3, 2016

Remembering Comedy Legend Bob Elliott (1923-2016)

Regardless of whether you know the name or not-- let alone his comedy-- Bob Elliott contribution to comedy is one not only of note, but worth celebrating. From Fernwood Tonight to National Lampoon’s Radio Hour to SNL’s Weekend Update, Bob Elliott and his partner Ray Goulding set a standard that so many comics have tried their hardest to live up to. With partner Ray Goulding, they were masters of both improv comedy and parodying the media they appeared on, while satirizing everything with signature low-key, deadpan humor.
January 8, 2016

The Great ‘Martian’ Debate: Is Comedy a Spectrum?

Another year, another movie awards season, another debate about a classification the Golden Globes gives (or does not give) to films. Maybe the PR people behind the Globes love the press they get by enraging movie fans with their admittedly ill-defined award categories.
November 25, 2015

Seven Underrated Thanksgiving Films to Enjoy This Year

Turkey’s done, and you’ve already watched the classic Thanksgiving flicks like Hannah and Her Sisters and Planes Trains and Automobiles, and dug into the indie dysfunction with Pieces of April and Home for the Holidays. But, if this Thanksgiving you’re looking for some movies to throw on during the Holiday weekend, here are some options which are currently under the radar.
August 19, 2015

‘Slow Learner’ Stars Sarah Burns and Adam Pally Compare Acting To Being a Kid, and Pick the Two Greatest Female Directors

  Sarah Burns and Adam Pally are familiar character actors in film and TV. On TV, Burns starred in the series Enlightened and is currently on […]
July 31, 2015

Camp Appeal: Summer Camp on The Big and Small Screen

With Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp out on Netflix today, we decided to take a look back at the Summer Camps of the big screens and small.
July 6, 2015

Producer Jerry Weintraub (1937 -2015)

Music manager turned film producer Jerry Weintraub died today at the age of 77.
July 1, 2015

Comedian and Actor Jack Carter (1923-2015)

There are some performers who become masters of a particular, single art form. There are others who become a jack of all trades...accomplished in many. Jack Carter was one of those types...a flexible, multi-talented comic, actor, dancer, and singer. He may not have ever become an icon like some of his contemporaries (who had great respect and reverence for him), but reached one of his most important survive, something the 93 year old did personally as well as professionally.
May 24, 2015

Anne Meara A True Comedy Trail Blazer (1929-2015)

Comedy lost a giant who blazed a trail for generations.
May 13, 2015

Sex, Lies, and Reunions With The Writer and Directors of The D-Train

Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel have been working in Hollywood for years in the studio system. Together they co-wrote (with Nicholas Stoller) the Jim Carrey vehicle Yes Man, and followed it up with a TV gig for Fox on Allen Gregory. But neither have directed before writing their screenplay The D-Train. But that didn’t stop them from landing A-listers Jack Black and James Marsden in a comedy about a high school loser trying to get the most popular guy in school to return. The movie, out in limited release this week, co-stars Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor, and Mike White. I spoke with them about their dark comedy.
May 12, 2015

Fonda and Tomlin Are Still Fighting Sexist Workplace

Remember that classic 80s movie 9 to 5, that satirized sexism in the work place starring Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin?
May 9, 2015

The Cast and Creators of ‘Tenured’ Talk About Education, Kids and Going to Tribeca

  An Interview with the Cast and Creators of Tenured After previously premiering their short Teacher of the Year at Tribeca, director Chris Modoono and star […]
May 8, 2015

Paul Feig Teams Up with Broad City Stars

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, the stars and creators of Comedy Central’s Broad City, are making a movie…with Paul Feig, the Hollywood Reporter announced. Feig has […]
May 5, 2015

Dear People In Charge of Marketing Poltergeist: Please Stop Scaring Me

Do you have a fear of clowns? Or dolls? Or clown dolls? Or demonic clown dolls that come to life and apparently attack your soul? You do? Well, then this is not going to be a good couple of months for you. Because the return of Poltergeist in theaters this July means two more months of the creepy clown doll that is appearing on all their marketing material.
May 4, 2015

Last Man on Earth’s WTF Ending (Spoiler Alert)

Sunday night, Last Man on Earth aired the last episode of season 1. After having been picked up for season 2, the show struggled to keep […]
May 1, 2015

Monty Python Returns To The Stage For Film Festival

Friday continued Tribeca Film Festival’s 40th Anniversary salute to the British (+1 American) comedy sketch group Monty Python. The five surviving Pythons made their appearance at the New York Beacon Theater, filled with fans who had just watched their beloved (and arguably most popular) film “Monty Python and the Search of the Holy Grail.” The crowd were full of people who clearly loved the film, and knew more than a few lines by me.
March 3, 2015

Believe the Hype, Last Man on Earth Is the Real Deal

Lesley Coffin takes a critical look at new Will Forte's new FOX series, Last Man on Earth.
February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

A beloved actor with over a hundred television and film credits to his name passed away today at 83.
February 21, 2015

The Top 87 Oscar Nominated Comedy Performances. Ranked.

The 87th Annual Oscars are upon us, and with that comes the common debate as to whether the Oscars don’t give comedy their due. The argument can certainly be made that there is a definite type of film which always receives nominations described as “Oscar bait”; the films which seem to have been made with a checklist of “how to get nominated.” But in the 87 years since the Oscars have been around, there have more than a few times that the Oscars genuinely loved comedy. After all, the first film to get nominated in the top five AND the first film to receive nominations in all for acting categories were both comedies (It Happened One Night (1934) & My Man Godfrey (1936)). And despite seeing more than a few times that the Oscars somehow overlooked great comic performances or only nominated comedians when they went serious (Cary Grant’s two nominations were both in dramas), a few times they showed they had a sense of humor. With that said, here are my picks for the 87 funniest film performances which ever got nominated, ranked.
February 3, 2015

The Comedies of Sundance 2015: Our Look at What Comedy-Related Films to Get Excited About

This year the Sundance Film Festival had a lot of great offerings with comedy tie-ins, including several documentaries we’re dying to see, and a few comedy […]
February 2, 2015

A New Kind of Role for Comedic Actor Martin Starr

Martin Starr has been known as a comedic actor since he got his start in “Freaks and Geeks”.  His many comedic roles have included parts in […]
January 7, 2015

Coming Soon: Ant-Man

Well this trailer isn't very impressive.
December 25, 2014

Heather Lawless Talks With Us About Switching Between Comedy and Drama

How many times have we heard the press talk about being amazed by a comic who is able to “pull-off” dramatic performances?Stand-up comic and actress Heather Lawless is one of those actresses who pulls off dramatic acting performances effortlessly, partially because she doesn’t approach comedic and dramatic acting differently. The soft-spoken comedian spoke to us recently about her career as a stand-up and her two very different projects; Adult Swim’s The Heart, She Holler as Hambroisia and Angus MacLachian’s directorial debut Goodbye to All That opposite Paul Schneider.
December 9, 2014

Cameron Crowe Returning To Band Bus

Cameron Crowe is returning to his roots as a fly on the wall rock & roll journalist with "Roadies", a new series he's developing as a pilot for Showtime.
December 5, 2014

Coming Soon: Terminator Genisys

My, what big scars you have.
December 3, 2014

Coming Soon: Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus

Did Spike Lee make a vampire movie on Kickstarter?