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‘The Day the Clown Cried': Will We Now See Jerry Lewis’ Never-Released Holocaust Movie?

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As the entertainment world mourns the passing of famed comedian Jerry Lewis, one question is on the minds of the star’s many fans: Will “The Day The Clown Cried” finally see the light of day? The 1972 Holocaust drama — which Lewis wrote, directed and starred in as a past-his-prime circus clown in a Nazi concentration camp — was never released in theaters, leading to wild speculation about its tone as well as quality. The star initially hoped the film would allow him to break out of his goofball reputation and show his skills as a dramatic actor. Instead, Lewis publicly »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Patti Cake$’ Disappoints While ‘Wind River’ Opens Solid at Indie Box Office

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At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Geremy Jasper’s debut film “Patti Cake$” was one of the most sought after projects in Park City, triggering a bidding war between Focus Features, Neon, Annapurna, Fox Searchlight and The Orchard. Fox Searchlight was the winner, purchasing the film for $9.5 million. It was the second-highest movie buy at this year’s festival, only behind the $12 million Amazon spent to grab the rights to “The Big Sick.” But unlike “The Big Sick,” “Patti Cake$” is not performing up to its price tag. Despite praise from critics for the film and its leading actress, »


- Jeremy Fuster

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The French Were Right About Jerry Lewis – He Was a Genius

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He’d probably prefer to be tagged for one of the films he wrote, directed, produced and starred in, but “The King of Comedy” is as good a sobriquet for Jerry Lewis as any. And while his brilliant performance in Martin Scorsese‘s acrid 1982 movie about fandom and obsession allowed Lewis to show a darker side of his personality, part of what made his turn as a Johnny Carson-esque talk-show host so brilliant was that it was coming from a performer we had often known to play characters who were adorably clumsy and sweetly innocent. As film critic Danny Peary once. »


- Alonso Duralde

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Joss Whedon Is a ‘Hypocrite Preaching Feminist Ideals,’ Ex-Wife Kai Cole Says (Guest Blog)

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I’ve been asked some questions by the press recently about my divorce from Joss Whedon, to whom I was married for 16 years. There is misinformation out there and I feel the best way to clear up the situation is to tell my truth. Let me begin by saying I am a very private person and the act of writing this is antithetical to who I am and everything I stand for. Yet, at the same time, I feel compelled to go on the record and clear up some misperceptions. I don’t think it is fair to me or. »


- Kai Cole

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Watch Scenes From Jerry Lewis’ Never-Released Nazi Clown Movie ‘The Day the Clown Cried’ (Video)

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The 1972 movie “The Day the Clown Cried” — starring Jerry Lewis as a failed circus clown who is employed to entertain and distract children as they are led into a Nazi concentration camp gas chamber during the Holocaust — has never seen the light of day. The film — which Lewis wrote, directed and starred in — has generally been considered too offensive to be screened for the public and was never released in theaters. Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013, where he screened the film privately for the first time in more than 20 years, Lewis »


- Tony Maglio

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Hollywood Mourns Death of Jerry Lewis: ‘World Is a Lot Less Funnier Today’

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Love is pouring in from all walks of the entertainment industry for the legendary Jerry Lewis, who died Sunday. Robert De Niro, who worked together on the Martin Scorsese film “The King of Comedy” said in a statement: “Jerry was a pioneer in comedy and film. He was a friend. I was fortunate to have seen him a few times over the past couple years. Even at 91, he didn’t miss a beat… Or a punchline. He’ll be missed.” Here is a spattering of other famous names paying tribute to the one-of-a-kind Lewis: How lucky are we to have ever had. »


- Rosemary Rossi

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Jerry Lewis, Legendary Comedian, Dies at 91

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Jerry Lewis, one of Hollywood’s most famous comedians, died Sunday at the age of 91. His death was first reported by Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John Katsilometes and confirmed by his publicist, Candi Cazau. A class clown from an early age, Lewis got his big break as one-half of a legendary comedy duo with Dean Martin, entertaining the crowd with his slapstick antics that often spilled out into the audience while Martin reacted as the straight man of the pair. From 1948 to 1956, Martin and Lewis appeared together in 16 comedy films produced by Paramount, including “My Friend Irma,” “At »


- Jeremy Fuster

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How ‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’ Combats Its Own Nostalgia in Netflix Reboot

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For two seasons, the paladins of Voltron — five teenagers who were chosen to pilot the lions that eventually form to become the famous giant humanoid robot — have played their disparate parts. Shiro, for example, was the leader of the team, while Keith was the loner and spontaneous fighter — always going into a fight without strategizing. However, with Season 3 of “Voltron: Legendary Defender,” the Dreamworks Animation show that debuted on Netflix earlier this month, fans noticed a big change: Several characters got switched around and brought into different roles on the team. For people who are tuning into »


- Carli Velocci

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‘Wonder Woman’ Passes Original ‘Spider-Man’ at Box Office, Reaches $800 Million Worldwide

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The summer box office may be struggling immensely, but for Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman,” the milestones and records just keep pouring in nearly three months after it first arrived in theaters. The film has now grossed over $800 million worldwide, and its $404 million domestic total puts it seventh all-time for superhero movies, passing the original “Spider-Man” made back in 2002. While adjustments for inflation would still put the “Spider-Man” total well above “Wonder Woman,” only a small handful of superhero films have been able to pass its raw total in the 15 years since it popularized the genre. “Wonder »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Scores Box Office Win With $21 Million

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After a small rally from “Annabelle: Conjuring” last week, the August box office was back to its sluggish ways as Lionsgate’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” won the weekend with just a $21.6 million opening from 3,377 screens. It’s a solid opening for the action comedy, just above tracker projections in the high teens and is higher than the openings for other recent action films like “Atomic Blonde” ($18.3 million) and “The Dark Tower” ($19.5 million). On the flip side is Fingerprint Releasing/Bleecker Street’s “Logan Lucky,” which only made $8 million from 3,031 screens to take third place this weekend. Critics preferred »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Jerry Falwell Jr Defends Trump: ‘He Does Not Have a Racist Bone in His Body’ (Video)

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Jerry Falwell Jr., a leading evangelical Christian leader and president of Liberty University, defended President Donald Trump and his response to last weekend’s deadly rally of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. “He doesn’t say what’s politically correct, he says what’s in his heart, what he believes in his heart and sometimes that gets him into trouble,” Falwell told Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday. “He does not have a racist bone in his body — I know him well.” .@JerryFalwellJr: Pres. Trump "doesn't say what's politically correct, he says what's in his heart… »


- Thom Geier

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Steven Mnuchin Writes Ridiculous Response to Yale Classmates in Trump’s Defense

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Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary and former Hollywood producer, defended his decision to stay in the Trump administration in a remarkable letter to his former Yale classmates on Saturday. “The president in no way, shape or form, believes that neo-Nazi and other hate groups who endorse violence are equivalent to groups that demonstrate in peaceful and lawful ways,” he wrote in a statement he posted on social media. My statement on #Charlottesville and #Yale classmate's inquiries. pic.twitter.com/hN8JsCEqZb — Steven Mnuchin (@stevenmnuchin1) August 20, 2017 Also Read: 300 of Steven Mnuchin's Yale Ex-Classmates Urge Him to Quit Trump “As someone who is Jewish, »


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Dick Gregory, Comedian and Activist, Dies at 84

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Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist for social change in America, has died at 84, his family announced Saturday night. The cause of his death was heart failure, his rep confirmed. In a post on Instagram, his son wrote: “It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time. More details will be released over the next few days. »


- Sharon Waxman

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‘The Defenders’ Gives Us the Origin Story for Marvel Superhero Misty Knight

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(Note: This post contains spoilers for the finale episode of “The Defenders.”) The latest Marvel show to come to Netflix, “The Defenders,” unites almost all of the superheroes that have appeared on the streaming service to face a threat that none of them can handle on their own. But in addition to advancing the stories of four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s existing heroes, “The Defenders” also sets the stage for another to show up in the future. That hero is Misty Knight (Simone Missick), who has been part of the Netflix Marvel orbit for a bit now. A detective for. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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Every Marvel Comics Live-Action TV Show Ranked, from ‘The Incredible Hulk’ to ‘The Defenders’ (Photos)

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The recent crop of hit Netflix shows aren’t the first time Marvel has taken its heroes to the small screen. Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Blade and even knock-off-ish X-Men have had a go before the current golden age. Here are all the Marvel shows you’ve seen and a few you might not have, ranked from goofiest pajama costumes to best character-driven dramas. 14. “The Amazing Spider-Man” (1977-79) A 1977 attempt at a live-action “Spider-Man” is a fun throwback — but in a purely ironic way because Peter Parker’s wall-crawling “special effects” are pretty cringe-worthy. Watching Spider-Man fight guys using extremely hokey choreography. »


- Phil Hornshaw and Phil Owen

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Ann Coulter Says She’s Out of Patience With ‘Emperor God’ Trump

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During the election, Ann Coulter was a firm believer that President Trump could Make America Great Again. But after he removed Steve Bannon from the White House on Friday, the firebrand conservative commentator said in an interview with The Daily Beast that she’s had it with the president, sarcastically referring to him as the “Emperor God.” Coulter explained that she believed once he took office, Trump would quickly implement his economic and immigration agenda, including his now-infamous plan to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border. But by removing Bannon, who has been seen as the mastermind behind the far-right. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘The Defenders': What’s the Deal With ‘The Substance’ and That Skeleton?

19 August 2017 3:32 PM, PDT

(Note: This post contains spoilers for Netflix’s original series “The Defenders” through its final episode, as well as “Iron Fist” and “Daredevil” Season 2.) Across three of Marvel’s superhero series on Netflix, the evil organization known as The Hand has played a major role and, slowly, the goals of those bad guys have become apparent. In the latest Netflix series, “The Defenders,” audiences finally learn what The Hand is all about. Also Read: “The Defenders”: What is K’un-Lun? A Quick Explainer of the Heavenly, Mystical City  Midway through “The Defenders,” the leaders of The Hand, the five people known as the Fingers, »

- Phil Hornshaw

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Twitter Mocks Trump for ‘Heel’ Typo in Tweet About Protests

19 August 2017 3:12 PM, PDT

On Saturday, Donald Trump posted a tweet saying he understands that protest is a part of America’s history and is necessary to heal social divides. That’s what he meant to tweet but, unfortunately for the president, that’s not what his thumbs typed out. Instead, his tweet contained an embarrassing typo that has quickly become a Twitter joke similar to the now infamous “covfefe” mishap. “Sometimes you need to protest in order to heel ,” read the tweet. “& we will heel , & be stronger than before!” Just to be clear, “heal” is defined as recover, mend, make better. “Heel,” as. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Barack Obama, Joe Biden Reimagined as Time-Traveling Action Heroes in New Animated Series

19 August 2017 2:29 PM, PDT

Writer/director Adam Reid really misses Barack Obama and Joe Biden, so much so that he’s turned to Kickstarter to raise funds to make a pilot for an animated series that turns the former President and Vice President into a time-traveling, crime-fighting duo. Titled “Barry & Joe: The Animated Series” and sporting the tagline “Hope Is On the Way,” the project is looking for $100,000 for “storyboards, recording, animation and sound design” on a prologue and pilot that will be made as proof of concept. According to the Kickstarter page, the pilot will show Obama and Biden being taken to a secret facility. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Trump Calls Peaceful Boston Protesters ‘Agitators’

19 August 2017 1:20 PM, PDT

Following a largely peaceful demonstration in Boston on Saturday, Donald Trump called the protesters who gathered to counter a conservative “Free Speech Rally” in Boston Common “anti-police agitators.” Trump also thanked Boston mayor Martin Walsh and law enforcement officials who handled the protests, calling the latter “tough and smart.” Great job by all law enforcement officers and Boston Mayor @Marty_Walsh. – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017 Also Read: Seven Charities Pull Their Galas Out of Trump's Mar-a-Lago The Boston police commissioner estimates 40,000 people stood “against hatred and bigotry.” Thirty-three arrests were reported, but the protests were said to take place without. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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