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Sony Pictures CEO Says “Very Famous People” Want To Remake ‘The Princess Bride’
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The Princess Bride

Legendary television writer Norman Lear recently renewed the overall deal he has with Sony. The deal is set to take Lear into his 100th year on this planet of ours.

Variety published a feature about the 97-year-old Lear, but it was just a small part of that feature that set the ol’ internet on fire today. In it there is a quote from Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra, who says that some “very famous people” have approached Sony with hopes of remaking the 1987 fairy tale classic The Princess Bride, which was executive produced by Lear. You can see what he had to say below.

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Blu-ray Review: Misery (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: Misery (Collector's Edition)

Misery
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Rob Reiner
Screenwriter: William Goldman
Cast: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Frances Sternhagen, Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 108 Minutes
Release Date: November 28, 2017

“I’m your number one fan. There’s nothing to worry about. You’re going to be just fine. I will take good care of you. I’m your number one fan.”

Directed by Rob Reiner (This is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride) and written by two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All The President’s Men), 1990’s Misery is based on the Stephen King’s 1987 novel of the same name. King, the world’s foremost writer of horror fiction, has had something of a resurgence in popularity lately, with this year’s theatrical releases of The Dark Tower and It, not to mention Netflix’s excellent adaptations of Gerald’s Game and 1922.

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TV Review: The Comedians 1.10 “Misdirection”
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The Comedians
Season 1 Episode 10 “Misdirection”
Directed by Larry Charles
Written by Eric Ledgin
Starring Billy Crystal, Josh Gad, Larry Charles, Stephnie Weir, Max Oberg, Megan Ferguson, Rob Reiner, Adam Campbell
FX
Air Date: Thursday, June 11th, 2015 10pm

The Comedians – the show about the making of a show on FX starring the newest Martin & Lewis, Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, was off to a bit of a rocky start, as they struggled find an identity to the show early on. The humor tended to fall on the awkward sophomoric side, but as the season went on, I found myself loving the way Billy and Josh play off one another. The main dynamic is old school veteran comedy vs. new generation in-your-face style comedy. I imagine this to be not too far off from their natural selves. As we begin this week’s episode, Mitch (Max Oberg) has stepped into the director’s chair for a Curious George sketch (now a fully grown alcoholic ape), with an older Man in the Yellow Hat. Suffice to say his directorial style doesn’t mesh with the actors and they go to Kristen (Stephnie Weir).

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Book Review: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From The Making Of The Princess Bride
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As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of the Princess Bride
Hardcover | Kindle Edition | Audiobook
Written by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden
Forward by Rob Reiner
Simon & Schuster/Touchstone Books
Release Date: October 14, 2014

This is a fan book — a book from a fan to the fans. Actor Cary Elwes is the ultimate Princess Bride fan. His book, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of the Princess Bride, written with some help from Joe Layden, and including a forward from director Rob Reiner, tells the tale of this fairytale, as a fairytale. This is not a negative criticism. It comes from a magical place. Elwes, who starred in the film, gushes about that experience from the first page to the last, and the rest of the cast, Reiner, Andy Scheinmen, Norman Lear, and William Goldsmith, author of the book and screenplay, contribute many first-person accounts of their experiences, echoing Cary’s sentiments. The Princess Bride was the first major acting job of Elwes’s career, and the one that he will be remembered for, for the rest of his life and beyond.

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Remembering Television’s ‘Archie Bunker’ Carroll O’Connor
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Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton

We celebrate the life today of the late actor Carroll O’Connor, whose portrayal of bigoted yet not mean-spirited Archie Bunker on the groundbreaking CBS sitcom All in the Family made him and the program an absolute American institution of television, taking otherwise taboo subjects like impotence, rape, unemployment, menopause, sex, and of course, politics and societal attitudes and changes, and brought them right into 1970’s living rooms, in an America that was radically going through many makeup changes during that turbulent decade. O’Connor, who died on June 21, 2001, would have been 90 years old today.

For O’Connor, an actor who had been in varied productions such as the big budget overblown spectacle Cleopatra to working with James Garner’s gumshoe detective in Marlowe, to the hilariously irascible General Colt in the Clint Eastwood led war comedy, Kelly’s Heroes, getting the role of Archie Bunker was the actor’s coup of a lifetime. Although he had been in the aforementioned films and various television productions to boot, O’Connor was not even near the household name he would become in the lieu of his breakthrough performance on the breakthrough sitcom.

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Movie Review: The Wolf Of Wall Street
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The Wolf of Wall Street Movie PosterThe Wolf of Wall Street
Director: Martin Scorsese
Screenwriter: Terence Winter
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bernthal, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner
Paramount Pictures
Rated R | 179 Minutes
Release Date: December 25, 2013

Leonardo DiCaprio has collaborated with Martin Scorsese in four of the director’s last five films (Shutter Island, The Departed, The Aviator, and Gangs of New York).

Of those films, three were nominated for Best Picture and Best Director (The Departed – which took home both statues – The Aviator, and Gangs of New York).

The Leo-Marty partnership has been a successful one. With The Wolf of Wall Street, DiCaprio teams up with the Goodfellas director for the fifth time, playing New York stock swindler Jordan Belfort.

Written by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), the film is based on Belfort’s memoir of the same name and co-stars Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, and Matthew McConaughey.

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‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ Trailer: Excessive Amounts Of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kayne West Is Never Enough
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Paramount has just released the first trailer for Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf Of Wall Street, which looks like it could go down as one of the best trailers of 2013. The film marks the fifth time that he and Leonardo DiCaprio have collaborated together for a project, which definitely is giving off some awards buzz.

The trailer sets the tone from the moment that green band goes down and Kanye West‘s “Black Skinhead” starts to play. Ironically enough the premise of the film and the context of West’s song are pretty much one in the same: excess. For the rich, having more is never enough, and when I say excess, I mean crumpling up $100 bills, tossing them into waste baskets like their were used tissues, driving Lamborghinis recklessly, throwing massive parties, and lots of booze and lots women.

Check out the first trailer for the film after the jump.

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Must Watch: ‘The Princess Bride’ Cast Reunites On ‘Good Morning America’
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The Princess Bride

Just recently Entertainment Weekly gathered up the casts of some popular movies for their 2011 Cast Reunions issue, which included the cast of director Rob Reiner‘s 1987 timeless fantasy classic, The Princess Bride.

And being that it happens to be my own personal favorite movie of all time, I eat this stuff up. So when I saw that Good Morning America also jumped on the cast reunion for their Totally Awesome ’80s Week, giddiness levels elevated. Stars Cary Elwes (Westley/The Man in Black), Robin Wright (Princess Buttercup), Chris Sarandon (Prince Humperdinck), Wallace Shawn (Vizzini), Billy Crystal (Miracle Max), and Carol Kane (Valerie) were present to discuss the movie and tell stories from behind the scenes, including a very funny one involving the late Andre the Giant, who played Fezzik.

You can see a video of the cast of The Princess Bride reunited on the set of Good Morning America by heading below now.

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Must Watch: Billy Crystal Returns For ‘When Harry Met Sally 2’ With Helen Mirren
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We haven’t seen a whole lot of Billy Crystal lately, and this is a very depressing thing for anyone who’s known and loved his movies over the years.

The legendary entertainer and best Academy Awards host of all-time has been staying under the radar for the most part and has only done a few things since 2002, but recently he came out of hiding to re-team with director Rob Reiner and pitch their case for a sequel to his much-loved romantic comedy, When Harry Met Sally.

As Hollywood tends to work these days, however, the executives who hear the pitch decide they want to make just a tiny little change to their pitch. The resulting movie is too good to spoil, so you must click on over to the other side to check it out. The hilarious parody of Hollywood’s lack of originality is littered with great cameos and you shan’t regret watching it, this I promise you.

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IMDb’s ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ Rating Goes To 11
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This Is Spinal Tap

Our friends over at /Film noticed something interesting about IMDb’s rating for the film This Is Spinal Tap: It goes to 11.

If you look at the entry on IMBb you’ll see that the maximum rating listed for the film is 11, though you really can only rank it between 1-10. Still, it looks damn cool, and that was quite clever.

In the 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, the heavy metal group Spinal Tap has amplifiers that go up to 11, because on a standard amp if you’re all the way up on 10 and you want to go louder, where can you go from there? Nowhere. Hence, these amps go to 11.

Watch the clip here below from the film where guitarist Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) is explaining his need for volume to documentary filmmaker Marty DiBergi (director Rob Reiner).

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