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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: Making ‘Alien,’ Chantal Akerman, Analyzing ‘Peterloo’ & More

It’s summertime, and that means a roundup of film-related books must include some lighter fare—hence this column’s inclusion of reads about Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Alien, and Dungeons & Dragons. However, there is also a fascinating exploration of Mike Leigh’s underrated Peterloo and a memoir from the late Chantal Akerman. Plus, Howard Stern returns with a deep dive into his years of stunningly insightful celebrity interviews.

The Making of Alien by J.W. Rinzler (Titan Books)

J.W. Rinzler’s books on the original Star Wars trilogy rank among the finest making-ofs in recent decades. And few films are more befitting of the Rinzler treatment than Ridley Scott’s Alien. This beautifully designed text from Titan Books is bursting with illustrations and behind-the-scenes photos, as well as stories of the difficulties Scott faced making the film. There are also absurdly lovely details, like Harry Dean Stanton
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‘Glow’ Star Jackie Tohn Talks About Her ‘Shallow’ Parody Triumph on Howard Stern Show

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‘Glow’ Star Jackie Tohn Talks About Her ‘Shallow’ Parody Triumph on Howard Stern Show
Vying for the heart of Howard Stern co-host Robin Quivers isn’t for the weak. So “American Idol” alum Jackie Tohn, who stars in the Netflix wrestling comedy “Glow,” threw herself into the ring, recruiting Stern song parody veteran Eli Bradon for a pair of parodies that had Stern and his SiriusXM listeners in stitches.

Tohn’s two collaborations with Braden — raunchy love songs to Quivers set to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s sultry duet of “Shallow” from “A Star is Born,” and a positively filthy take on Cher’s “Believe” — both received big praise from Stern, who said the “Shallow” duet, which encouraged Quivers to try hooking up with girls, gave him “chills.”

“Fred is tearing up right now,” he laughed.

Getting the song on the show, Tohn said, and having Stern give her a big plug was one of the “biggest highlights of my career,” she tells Variety.
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Paul Giamatti movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Sideways,’ ‘Cinderella Man,’ ‘American Splendor’

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Paul Giamatti movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Sideways,’ ‘Cinderella Man,’ ‘American Splendor’
On June 6, 2019, award winning actor Paul Giamatti will celebrate his 52nd birthday. He is currently about to finish up his fourth season on the hit Showtime series “Billions” but is even more well known for his film career.

A graduate of the Yale Drama School, Giamatti began his career on the New York stage. He has appeared on Broadway four times in productions from esteemed authors Tom Stoppard, David Hare, Anton Chekov and Eugene O’Neill but surprisingly his rise to fame would come from playing a character named “Pig Vomit” in the movie version of Howard Stern’s book “Private Parts.” Giamatti played the part of an NBC radio executive who constantly battles Stern over obscenity rules and is practically driven mad by his never-ending battles with Stern.

SEERon Howard movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

Surprisingly he has only earned one Oscar nomination for his film work,
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Paul Giamatti movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

  • Gold Derby
Paul Giamatti movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
On June 6, 2019, award winning actor Paul Giamatti will celebrate his 52nd birthday. He is currently about to finish up his fourth season on the hit Showtime series “Billions” but is even more well known for his film career.

A graduate of the Yale Drama School, Giamatti began his career on the New York stage. He has appeared on Broadway four times in productions from esteemed authors Tom Stoppard, David Hare, Anton Chekov and Eugene O’Neill but surprisingly his rise to fame would come from playing a character named “Pig Vomit” in the movie version of Howard Stern’s book “Private Parts.” Giamatti played the part of an NBC radio executive who constantly battles Stern over obscenity rules and is practically driven mad by his never-ending battles with Stern.

Surprisingly he has only earned one Oscar nomination for his film work, for his supporting role in the Ron Howard-directed boxing drama “Cinderella Man.
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A Softer Side of Howard Stern

A Softer Side of Howard Stern
Howard Stern hasn’t released a book in 24 years. Back in those days, he was a guy who didn’t think twice about calling Rosie O’Donnell a “fat pig”; using a giant, rotting fish as a mallet to spank a naked woman on the air; or viciously mocking a member of his “Wack Pack” with Down syndrome he’d dubbed “Gary the Retard.” On the cover of the book Miss America, he dressed as a drag queen, and inside he offered detailed accounts of his private cybersex sessions with fans.
See full article at Rolling Stone »

Hulu in June: Here’s Everything That’s Coming and Going

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Hulu has released its list of content arriving at the streaming service this June, as well as everything that will no longer be available to watch there after June 30.

At the top of the must-watch list is season three of Hulu Original “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which was notably pushed back to a June premiere date in order to ensure it would “maintain the quality it has,” Craig Erwich, Hulu’s Senior Vice President of Originals, said at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour in February. The first three episodes of the new season premiere on Hulu June 5, after which new episodes will be released every Wednesday.

Another Hulu Original of note is “The Weekly” series from The New York Times, coming June 3. Each half-hour episode will feature a Times journalist investigating one of today’s most pressing issues, with new issues being explored each week.

Also Read: Elisabeth Moss
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What’s Coming to Amazon Prime in May 2019

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Amazon Prime apparently doesn’t want you sleeping this month. From Luca Guadagnino’s reimagining of the 1977 horror film “Suspiria” debuting on the streamer May 3, to all seven of the “Friday the 13th” movies dropping on May 31, the month has a lot of scares in store for Amazon Prime subscribers.

But non-horror fans also have a lot to look forward to. Those looking for a dark laugh can find it in the the long-awaited second season of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “Fleabag” making its premiere on May 17, and if you’re looking for a new thriller to binge-watch, look no further than “Sneaky Pete” which will return for its third season on May 10.

Amazon is making subscribers wait for the bulk of their new additions with most titles being added on the last day of the month. Once the clock strikes midnight on May 30th, though, a variety of titles will
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Everything New Coming to Amazon Prime Video in May

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Amazon Prime Video has unveiled everything coming to the streaming service in May, and highlights include new series “Good Omens” on May 31 and the second and final season of “Fleabag” coming May 17.

Sneaky Pete,” a Prime original series about a con man who pretends to be a family’s long-lost grandson, arrives for its third season on May 10. Prime subscribers can also watch the horrors of 2018’s “Suspiria” unfold in their own home. The Prime original film starring Dakota Johnson comes to the streaming service May 3.

Other highlights include existing films like “Reservoir Dogs,” seven installments of the “Friday the 13th” franchise, and the first “Mission: Impossible” movie. Licensed TV series coming to the streamer include Season 3 of ITV’s British comedy “The Durrells,” and Season 4 of the BBC’s drama “Poldark.”

Also Read: 'Fleabag' Season 2: Phoebe Waller-Bridge Goes to Battle With God in New Trailer (Video
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Private Parts (1972)

The early ‘70s were really just the hung over ‘60s; idealism had turned to realism as Vietnam marched on and acid dreams turned to lysergic comedowns. And that cutting pall was definitely there in the mainstream culture; TV sitcoms like All in the Family took on bigotry and racism with a sharpened blade and cynical tongue. Meanwhile in the underground, transgressive art was alive and well and still hitting its marks; sordid, seedy, and sprinkled with a devious sense of humor, Paul Bartel’s feature length debut Private Parts (1972) tried to bring that sensibility above ground to an audience not quite ready for its peculiar charms.

Released in September by MGM (!), Private Parts never even received much of a chance to offend mom and pop, as the title prevented it from being advertised in several newspapers and it quickly faded away. Such would be the directorial course of much of Bartel’s career,
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Comedians Beg Artie Lange to Seek Help For Drug Addiction

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Comedians Beg Artie Lange to Seek Help For Drug Addiction
Comedians close to Artie Lange, “MADtv” star and former sidekick on “The Howard Stern Show,” have taken to Twitter to urge the struggling comedian to seek treatment for severe drug addiction.

Stand up comic and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actor Richard Lewis tweeted a heart wrenching statement Thursday.

“Artie, this is my 1000th request over decades to beg you to surrender to your addictions,” Lewis wrote. “We had the most laughs sober. I love you. You’re beloved and a magnificent comedian cursed with self loathing and fear. Give it up and live.”

Patton Oswalt chimed in with Lewis, replying to the tweet: “What Richard said. Come On, Artie.”

What Richard said. Come On, Artie. https://t.co/YcKpn6NC7G

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 10, 2019

“Please, please listen to Richard,” wrote “The Big Bang Theory” actor Brian Posehn. “I really don’t want to have to tweet about how fucking funny
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Paul Giamatti Deserves an Oscar for Watching Porn in Tamara Jenkins’ ‘Private Life’

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Paul Giamatti Deserves an Oscar for Watching Porn in Tamara Jenkins’ ‘Private Life’
Paul Giamatti watching porn is one of the most wrenchingly human things you’ll see on screen this year. This heart-rending spectacle happens just a few minutes into Tamara Jenkins’ “Private Life,” as Giamatti — playing 47-year-old theater director Richard Grimes — sits alone in a small white room in the Manhattan fertility clinic where he and his wife (Kathryn Hahn) have come in a desperate bid to conceive. His job is to produce a sperm sample. On the TV screen mounted against the far wall, an adult actor can be seen pile-driving his co-star, causing her to moan loud enough for everyone in the crowded waiting area outside to know what Richard is supposed to be doing in there. Jenkins holds on a close-up; exasperation, futility, and shame are written across Giamatti’s face like subtitles. Has it really come to this?

As the scene continues, it’s like a vintage Charlie Chaplin bit in slow-motion.
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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Hulu in August

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Documentary fans, get ready to queue up Hulu next month with the arrival of two originals on the streamer.

Minding the Gap” (pictured above) will drop on Aug.17, a documentary that compiles more than 12 years of footage in Rockford, Illinois, filmmaker Bing Liu looks at the correlation between skateboarders’ upbringings and the complex nature of modern masculinity.

Crime and Punishment” will follow, dropping on Aug. 24. Stephen Maing directed, produced and filmed this documentary that goes behind the scenes of discriminatory policing practices and corruption in the New York Police Department.

Also Read: Anne Rice's 'Vampire Chronicles' TV Series Heads to Hulu

Additionally, Hulu users can enjoy “10 Things I Hate About You” starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles on Aug. 1 (at least the ones who have the Showtime add-on), 2004’s “Hidalgo,” 2008’s “The Hurt Locker” and more throughout the month.

See the complete list of what’s coming to and leaving Hulu below.
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Here’s Everything You Can Stream With Your Amazon Prime Membership in August

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Here’s Everything You Can Stream With Your Amazon Prime Membership in August
Your wait for Jack Ryan is almost over.

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” premieres on Amazon Aug. 31, starring John Krasinski as a CIA analyst who’s thrust into a dangerous field assignment. Another new Prime Original series, “All or Nothing: Manchester City” will premiere next month, though the specific date is yet to be announced. It follows Pep Guardiola, the legendary coach and the team’s 2017/2018 season.

Other titles coming to Amazon in August include 2004’s “A Cinderella Story” and 2008’s “Hurt Locker” on Aug. 1. “Mother!,” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, will be available on Aug. 26.

Also Read: Emmys and #MeToo: 'Transparent' Shut Out of Nominations

See the complete list below.

August 1

Series

#MeToo: Now What?, Season 1

Movies

A Cinderella Story (2004)

American Gigolo (1980)

American Ninja (1985)

American Ninja III: Blood Hunt (1989)

Be Cool (2005)

Black Mask (1996)

Black Rain (1989)

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)

Boomerang (1992)

Cold War (2012)

Csny/Déjà Vu
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Condé Nast Entertainment, Indigenous Media unveil six Project Her shorts

’We strongly believe that the future is female and Project Her is a platform to make women’s voices heard.’

Condé Nast Entertainment (Cne) and Indigenous Media have released six short films by female filmmakers under the auspices of the digital video incubator series Project Her.

Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment), Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland), Kasi Lemmons (Eves Bayou), Betty Thomas (Private Parts), and Sarah Treem (The Affair) served as mentors.

The Project Her selections are: 1930s-set mystery drama Beauty; supernatural thriller Black Night (pictured) by Jordan Trippeer; relationship drama Good Eggs by Maria Burton; prison drama The Row by Philiane Phang
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Shorts From Project Her Incubator Program Unveiled

You can watch “Beauty” and the other shorts now.

A Snugglr and a prison guard are just a couple of the characters tackled by newly released shorts from Conde Nast Entertainment and Indigenous Media’s Project Her incubator program. Designed with the goal of bridging the gap in opportunities for women directors on the small and big screens, the initiative connected female filmmakers at various stages in their careers with experienced industry mentors. The Hollywood Reporter announced the arrival of the shorts.

The six films include Joyce Sherri’s “Beauty,” a 1930s-set story about a black woman with mysterious abilities, Georgia Bernstein and Cemre Paksoy’s “Snugglr,” a portrait of a professional Snugglr who supports lonely clients in Chicago, and Philiane Phang’s “The Row,” an exploration of how a prison guard is affected by an inmate’s death sentence.

Lesli Linka Glatter (“Homeland”), Kasi Lemmons (“Eve’s Bayou”), Sarah Treem
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Peter Rabbit Vs. Fifty Shades: Who Will Rule the Box Office?

Last weekend, Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle proved its unconventional box office mettle by beating out the only newcomer in wide release, Winchester, winning for the fourth time in its seven-week run, with just $10.9 million. Barring any sort of box office miracle, its rule at the top is likely over, with Universal rolling out Fifty Shades Freed, alongside Sony Pictures' Peter Rabbit and Warner Bros. The 15:17 to Paris starting this Friday. We're predicting that the animated family film Peter Rabbit will come out on top at the box office this weekend as Fifty Shades Freed continues the massively downward trajectory for this franchise.

As of now, only Peter Rabbit, the family adventure based on Beatrix Potter's beloved books, has enough ratings on Rotten Tomatoes to qualify for the TomatoMeter, receiving mixed-positive reviews thus far, with a 59% Rt score. The score is just one percent under
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Slideshow, Audio: Red-Carpet Portraits from The Second City Roast of George Wendt

Previous | Image 1 of 12 | NextHonoree George Wendt gets ‘roasted.’ Norm!

Chicago – On September 9th, 2017, it seemed like the whole of The Second City theater on Wells Street in Chicago let out a collective cry of “Norm!” The favorite barfly of TV’s “Cheers,” George Wendt, came back to his old comedy stomping ground at The Second City to participate in “I Can’t Believe They Wendt There: The Roast of George Wendt.”

The roasters included the hottest current TV and movie stars, including Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele”) and Jason Sudeikis (“Saturday Night Live”), along with The Second City alumni and celebs Julia Sweeney, Betty Thomas and Joel Murray. The roast was a benefit for Gilda’s Club Chicago, the cancer support community named for the late comic legend, Gilda Radner.

In Part One of the Red Carpet interviews, honoree George Wendt does some reminiscing with Jason Sudeikis,
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Kendra Wilkinson flips after mom’s secret publisher meeting on Kendra on Top

Kendra Wilkinson hits the roof on Kendra on Top this week — after finding out that her mom Patti has met with a famous book publisher in secret. Kendra thought that her mom’s plans for a tell-all book was “all talk” but when she meets with her manager Troy she finds out that Patti is much further down the line with her plans than thought. Troy tells her how Patti has met with Judith Regan, the head of Phaidon Press’s Regan Arts division and the person behind a string of big books. They include Howard Stern’s Private Parts and Son...read more
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‘Rough Night’: How Two Screenwriters Broke Boundaries to Make an R-Rated Female-Centric Comedy

‘Rough Night’: How Two Screenwriters Broke Boundaries to Make an R-Rated Female-Centric Comedy
It comes as little surprise that Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs are a lot of fun to be around, laughing easily and finishing each other sentences when it comes to talking about their work. And there’s a lot of work to talk about, particularly their feature film debut, the Sony comedy “Rough Night.” Aniello directed the hard-r female-centric feature from the pair’s screenplay – they’re often splitting duties this way, though Aniello emerged early on as the director – which also features Downs in a supporting role.

Read More: ‘Rough Night’: Filmmaker Lucia Aniello Breaks Into the Male-Dominated R-Rated Comedy — Watch

Written as a spec script, “Rough Night” sparked a minor bidding war in the spring of 2015 when Sony Pictures picked up their then-untitled screenplay (the film later appeared on the Black List that same year). “Rough Night” follows a motley group of old friends, reunited for
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Love Connection Flashback: 5 Totally '80s Dates From the Classic Show

Love Connection Flashback: 5 Totally '80s Dates From the Classic Show
True love never fades… and neither do old Love Connection clips.

With Fox rebooting the classic dating show this week, we thought we’d dig into the archives to find a few memorable dates from the 1983-94 Chuck Woolery original. And three decades later, it’s still a fascinating watch. The hair! The clothes! The outdated social norms!

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Read on for five dates — some good, some horrible — that capture the kitschy, corny charm of Love Connection at its very best.

Louis Likes His Date’s “Private Parts
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