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Once, Jackie Burke was one of the biggest names in town; he was a comedian with his own show on a prime network and his life looked like he was set. Now, aging and working as a stand-up comic, Jackie wants to reinvent himself and forget about all the old jokes he used to tell and characters he used to play but that's far from what the bookers and audience members want - they wish to see the old Jackie Burke performing his known material.
One night Jackie takes to the stage and he can only take a certain amount of crowd heckling, fed up he lashes out at an audience member and as a result, the comedian is incarcerated and made to carry out a community service order.
Though Jackie had to serve a short sentence, the footage of Jackie hitting the heckler has made him an internet sensation and introduced a whole load of new fans to him.
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The legendary comedian was forced to explain what he meant when claiming today's TV writers are at risk of "pushing it" with homosexual storylines.
Billy Crystal has been forced to explain some controversial comments he made about gay sex scenes during the Television Critics Association press tour, in which he shocked reporters when claiming today's TV writers are at risk of "pushing it" with homosexual storylines.
Crystal attending the Winter Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles
The legendary funnyman, who appeared on the panel in Los Angeles to promote his new FX series 'The Comedians,' has now released a statement to clarify that he wasn't just targeting LGBT characters, but all sexual content on television.
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Even though he played one of the first openly gay characters on U.S. television, the comedian thinks today's gay storylines are too full on.
Although Billy Crystal may have portrayed one of the first openly gay characters on American television, the 66-year-old comedian thinks today's TV writers are at risk of "pushing it" with homosexual storylines.
Crystal claims today's TV writers are "pushing it" with gay storylines
Crystal made the controversial comments about LGBT characters when he was promoting his new FX series 'The Comedians,' which premieres in April, at the Television Critics Association press tour in California Sunday (Jan 18th).
Robin Williams was remembered by Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg at the Emmys.
Billy Crystal delivered a clever, witty and typically funny tribute to his late friend Robin Williams at the 66th Emmy Awards on Monday (August 25, 2014). Crystal teamed up with Whoopi Goldberg to recall a bunch of anecdotes about the Oscar-winning actor, who died aged 59 last week.
"I used to think if I could put a saddle on him and stay on him for eight seconds, I was gonna do OK," he joked.
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Billy Crystal gave an emotional tribute to his late friend and fellow comic Robin Williams at the Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday (25th August).
Robin Williams was honoured at the Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 on Monday (25th August) by his close friend Billy Crystal. Crystal's speech was sombre and poignant, in contrast to the vibrant man he described and we all know from the screen.
Tributes have poured in from Williams' friends and fans.
'Monsters University' voice actor Billy Crystal was seen joking with the paparazzi at the 41st annual Chaplin Award Gala in New York. The event is an annual fundraiser set up by the Film Society which helps to support their work in education and artistry. This year, the gala honoured actor Rob Reiner.
'Monsters University' star Billy Crystal was spotted at the Media Presents: 'Fargo' event held at The Paley Center in New York, alongside 'The Lord of The Rings' actor Sean Astin and a series of stars across the FX Network.
It's Friday and the barbecue smoke plumes of the not-so-distant weekend beckon, but if you fancy going to see a film this weekend here's what's just been released.
Friday 12th July has been quite the launchpad for a host of new and exciting films, showcasing the genre spectrum. From action blockbusters to indies, political thrillers to kids animation films, there'll be something to suit all tastes and ages as the summer of film gets hotter.
Well, we'll start off with Trap For Cinderella first because it's the underdog erotic thriller indie with an interesting premise. The Iain Softley film will star young, up-and-coming British actresses Tuppence Middleton and Alexandra Roach as vivacious Micky and shy Do: two girls who are reunited after years apart and reignite a secret passion despite the disapproval they are faced with.
Tuppence Middleton & Alexandra Roach In Trap For Cinderella.
Billy Crystal and John Goodman are interviewed about their new 'Monsters Inc.' prequel 'Monsters University' in which they star as Mike and Sulley. They talk about getting back into character, their characters initial relationship and why the college setting is so fitting.
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The animated Monsters Inc. sequel, Monsters University, has well and truly schooled Brad Pitt's horror thriller World War Z in its first weekend, with box office takings of $82 million (£53.1m).
Pixar's Monsters University sits atop of the North American film charts with takings of over $80 million in its first weekend of opening, beating rival Paramount Pictures' World War Z, which took $66 million (£42.74m). Man of Steel came third in the weekend's rankings at half of the Monsters University takings at $41.2 million (£27m).
Monsters University, the Dan Scanlon sequel to 2001's Monsters Inc., takes a step back in time to the days where lead monsters Mike and Sully weren't the all-star scare-powering duo they are at Monsters Incorporated. Here they're at university and there's a distinct rivalry between the little one-eyed Mike and the big fuzzy Scully as the film charts their progress as young adults.
The summer flicks have been rolled out, with a hearty helping of monsters, zombies and superheroes.
It’s been a tense weekend at the box office, with contenders for a summer blockbuster out in full force. Unsurprisingly, the top spot over the weekend went to Monsters University with estimated $82 million earnings (all data courtesy of Hollywood.com), proving that even when the critics disagree, the folks over at the Emeryville studio know what they’re doing. For those keeping score at home, Pixar’s perfect streak of 14 out of 14 films debuting at number one on their first weekend remains unbroken.
Zombies came second to monsters, as Brad Pitt’s crack at the contagion genre, World War Z, followed closely with $66 million; having debuted this weekend at 3607 theatres across the US. The film was based on the eponymous Max Brooks novel and helmed by Marc Foster. It’s no secret that the zombie genre is having its Renaissance in recent years and the Pitt production apparently manages to tap into the Zeitgeist. It turns out to be Brad Pitt’s best opening weekend, followed by Mr. and Mrs. Smith with $50.3 million.
The second runner-up again comes as no surprise, as Warner Bros’s Man of Steel continues to perform, despite the second weekend drop of 65%. With estimated weekend earnings of $41,2 million, Man of Steel is still going strong. Note: it isn’t matching the box office success of this year’s Iron Man 3 though, which, if reports of Warner Bros. modeling a Justice League franchise after The Avengers are true, would be the studio’s goal.
What are the critics saying?
The prequel to Monsters Inc. seems to have captured most of the magic of the first picture, but with mixed reviews, it won’t go down as one of Pixar’s finest moments. We take a look at some of the reviews ahead of the film’s release.
The good: “Execution matters. Verve, and energy, and inventiveness matter. And Monsters University is funny, fast, and likable, with occasional moments of real visual surprise and laugh-out-loud offhand gags,” say Vulture. “The result,” of Monsters University, says The Washington Post, “is a charming addition to the Monsters canon."
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Monsters earns a passing grade all round seems to be the punny consensus
Monsters University, the sequel to Pixar’s delightfully wonky Monsters Inc. hits theatres today and it offers a plethora of opportunities – for 00s kids and current college students it’s a chance to revisit the world of Mike, Sully and the rest of Monstropolis at the perfect moment, for Pixar – a chance to redeem themselves after recent slumps and for movie critics – a chance to make every college pun imaginable – sometimes more than one. Wordplays aside though, Monsters seems to be doing pretty well with both critics and audiences. It currently holds the unusually high rating of 77% fresh on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and is probably the first movie in history with the same grade on IMDB – 7.7/10. And it might be that this colorful Pixar romp has reached the children deep inside movie critics, for they’re also heaping praise on the film – if a bit more sparingly.
TIME magazine’s Richard Corliss praises the film’s visual thrills, but doesn’t neglect to mention the standard refrain: it’s not as good as Up or WALL-E, but it’ll do. The review ends on a moderately positive note, with Corliss accurately describing Monsters as “a minor film with major charms.”
'When Harry Met Sally' star Billy Crystal arrives at the premiere for 'Monsters University' at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. He is seen signing autographs for fans before getting into an awaiting car.
Monsters University is finally being release across America today (June 21)
After months in the pipeline and predictions ranging from a return to form for Pixar to a complete disaster, the studio’s Monsters University is finally in theatres today (June 21). The Pixar team certainly have a lot to prove with this one. After the studio shaped the animated feature landscape with films like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E and, of course Monsters Inc., its recent productions haven’t exactly been receiving glowing praise.
Everyone is aware that Cars 2 is no Up and even Brave, which was admittedly better received that Cars 2, didn’t exactly win glowing praise. Perhaps it would make sense then, that, nearly twelve years on, when a franchise would normally be gone and forgotten, Pixar are returning to their roots.
Not only is Monsters University hitting a very specific demographic – the kids who ooh-ed and aah-ed at Boo’s adventures in the first one are now right around college age or a bit older - but the inspiration has finally hit. And the folks at Pixar have a very important philosophy – only make the film when there’s a story to tell (once again, we’ll turn a blind eye on the Cars franchise.)
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Not exactly a return to form, but it'll do, say the critics.
Monsters University is Pixar’s very first foray into the world of the prequel. And, as prequels go, it’s not terrible – it offers a few laughs, fits well into the general story, which began with Monsters Inc. and, as we’ve come to expect from Pixar movies, it is visually stunning – if you don’t suffer from photosensitive epilepsy, in which case stunning might be a bit too literal. What’s unfortunate for Monsters University is that… well, we’ve already seen the first one. And that was much better. The trailer, which you can see below, pretty much says it all.
Monsters Inc. was made back in 2001. It was Pixar’s fourth feature film, back when the studio was just building its reputation as a flawless dream factory and it was one of the films which helped cement said reputation. We collectively laughed with Mike and Sully, ooh-ed and aah-ed at the adorable Boo and, let’s just admit it, Randall was one creepy dude.
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Brad and Angelina hit the London red carpet for World War Z, while Britain gets to see Behind the Candelabra on the big screen. Meanwhile, stars are out promoting Man of Steel and Monsters University, and we have our first glimpse of Machete Kills...
This week's big world premiere was in London for the zombie apocalypse thriller where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made their first public appearance since news of Jolie's pre-cancer surgery. They were joined on the red carpet by director Marc Forster and other cast members. The film opens in two weeks.
This weekend British moviegoers get a chance to see Michael Douglas and Matt Damon on the big screen in the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra. The film was broadcast last week on HBO in America, which means it isn't eligible for Oscars, but look for it to mop up Emmys and Golden Globes. And with glowing reviews from UK critics, Bafta nominations are also expected.
All Mike Wazowski dreams of is graduating from the prestigious Monsters University and becoming one of the world's best scarers. However, college doesn't go as swimmingly as he'd hoped, especially when he crosses paths with the large, hairy and extremely arrogant James P. 'Sulley' Sullivan who is also majoring in scaring and becomes his roommate. They are constantly attempting to get one up on each other and their competitiveness puts them seriously under threat of getting removed from the University's Scare Program. In order to stay on the course and graduate, they must work as a team in the dangerous Scare Games alongside their not so competent friends, the Oozma Kappa. With Mike and Sulley being total opposites of each other, they each possess what the other is missing which makes them, in theory, the perfect dream team.
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Pixar has a unique way of creating worlds. Some are the imagined versions of what we encounter in 'real life' (such as the life of fish from the ocean to the tank, in Finding Nemo, toys in Toy Story, and bugs in A Bug's Life), while others are entirely new conceptions done in entirely new ways like Wall-E and Monsters Inc. The latter is the favourite of many and has another on the way! A new trailer for which has just been released and while sometimes additions to an original can be superfluous and disappointing, judging by this latest trailer, there'll be nothing to be disappointed about.
The new story is, in fact, a prequel to the original. Following Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) as they attend college, meet one another and forge a lasting friendship. Although... the 'friendship' part of that is a long time coming as they in fact begin as rivals, each wanting to out-scare the other in their quest for scaring stardom and success. In the land of the monsters their energy had been fuelled by the scares of children during earth's night-time elicited by the monsters, but at the end of the first movie they discovered that children's laughter is much more powerful! Ah, we love a happy ending.
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Artie and Diane Decker are the aging parents of a working mother, Alice, whose busy lifestyle means she has to enlist the help of her parents to look after her three young children while she and her husband Phil go away on a business trip. While Diane seems enthusiastic about seeing her grandchildren, Artie is less motivated when he realises that his old fashioned, tough love parenting methods would be lost on the 21st century kids. Alice certainly realises she's got her work cut out trying to teach her stubborn father how to deal with them, remembering the many occasions he let her down when she was a child. Will Artie and Diane's 'second chance' at parenting teach them that their daughter has got the right approach? Or will the venture end in disaster?
This heart-warming comedy is a wonderful story about the unity of family. It is directed by Andy Fickman ('She's the Man', 'The Game Plan') and written by Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse (previously having worked together on 'Lover Girl' and 'Surf's Up') with re-writes from Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (both of 'Tooth Fairy' and 'Robots'). It is set for release in UK cinemas everywhere on December 28th 2012.
Twenty five years later, the cast and crew of 'The Princess Bride' reunited at the New York Film Festival this week to promote the Blu-ray release of the classic romantic-comedy. They were all there - Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, Rob Reiner, William Goldman, Mandy Patinkin, Cary Elwes - but the gathered press pack were only concerned with one thing: would there be a sequel?
Goldman, 81, who wrote the 1973 novel and the screenplay for the movie confessed that developing a sequel had been on his mind for years, telling the Los Angeles Times, "I'm desperate to make it and write it and I don't know how.I would love to make it, more than anything else I've not written." In a humorous Q&A session at the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the cast and crew quoted key scenes from the movie, and director Reiner spoke of how he got involved in the project in the first place, revealing that Goldman had approached him after Robert Redford, Francois Truffaut and Norman Jewison had tried and failed to make the movie. "He looked at me with the eyes of, 'What are you gonna do to it?" said the filmmaker, revealing that it was his knack for comedy (This Is Spinal Tap) that helped win over Goldman. A classic fairy tale, 'The Princess Bride' has everything, swordplay, an evil prince, giants, and of course a beautiful princess. So would a sequel be realistic?
Reiner has been relatively active as a filmmaker in recent years, though Goldman hasn't written anything of note since 2003's 'Dreamcatcher,' starring Morgan Freeman. We're sure Crystal, Wright and the gang would be up for another movie, so watch this space!
Underneath the famous Muppet Theatre, oil has been discovered. Tex Richman, an oilman, finds out and plans to demolish the theatre so he can start drilling. Walter, Gary and Mary are three friends who also happen to be huge fans of The Muppets. They plan to stage what they call 'The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever', so they can raise $10 million to stop the destruction of the Muppet Theatre.
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Derek Thompson is a minor league ice hockey player with the nickname 'The Tooth Fairy', racking up penalty minutes is one of his favourite past times. The more damage he does to the opposing team, the more his fans love him. When Derek is sentenced to one week of being the real tooth fairy for admonishing a child's dreams.
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Magical indeed -- the way it works is that all those monsters that hide in the closet and scare little kids only do so because they have to -- they use the screams as energy to power Monstropolis, which exists just on the other side of every kid's bedroom closet door in the world.
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Yes, "Analyze This" has many generous burstsof hilarity, especially with Robert De Niro goofing on the kind of mobsterroles that made him by playing a mafioso with high anxiety.
Yes, casting him as a hoodlum headcase opposite Billy Crystalas his reluctant shrink is damn funny all by itself.
No, this isn't enough to carry the picture. In fact "AnalyzeThis" degrades so dramatically that in the last act Crystal is reducedto ad libbing through an over-long mock-wise guy schtick, taking his bestshot at Robin Williams-dom and tanking.
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