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Film, "When Comedy Went to School": The Serious Story of Catskills Stand-Up

"When Comedy Went to School": The Serious Story of Catskills Stand-Up

When Comedy Went to School The title is perfect, if the idea is to turn a joy into a labor. That can't be the idea. Can it? When Comedy Went to School, it's called, and it's an oddly dispiriting documentary…
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Film, "Love Is All You Need": Bitter Widower Romance

"Love Is All You Need": Bitter Widower Romance

Dean Martin first sang his much-loved "That's Amore" as a duet with Jerry Lewis in the 1953 Martin & Lewis picture The Caddy. Unfortunately, the countless movies and television shows that have used the song since then have opted for…
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Film, "In the House": Hitchcock Gets Meta

"In the House": Hitchcock Gets Meta

Yes, the French still love Jerry Lewis, but they also still love Hitchcock -- irrepressibly, deconstructively. More an impassioned thriller-study than an actual thriller per se, this peppy little number from director François Ozon sometimes giddily approaches farce. In a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist How Roasting Was Done Back in the Day: The 1971 Friars Club Roast of Jerry Lewis

How Roasting Was Done Back in the Day: The 1971 Friars Club Roast of Jerry Lewis

Proving that the summer of 2012 has gotten off to a terribly slow start in terms of entertainment news, there's been quite a bit of buzz about the fact that Roseanne Barr will be the subject of a Comedy Central…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bad Ideas from the 1970s: Jerry Lewis Cinema Franchises Were a Nutty Disaster

Bad Ideas from the 1970s: Jerry Lewis Cinema Franchises Were a Nutty Disaster

At the dawn of the 1970s, the vague-sounding National Cinemas Corp. approached Jerry Lewis about lending his name, likeness, and reputation to a mom 'n' pop movie theater franchise. Jerry himself wouldn't have to do a whole heck of a…
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News, The Snitch

Will Paris' Bike-Share Program Work in S.F.?

The Parisian bicycle share program S.F. hopes to copy could be une bonne idée – or it could bring the nightmares of parking in the city to cyclists. By Joe Eskenazi Bike Bridge Prank - More bloopers are a click…
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Calendar, Night&Day B-Movie Maestro

B-Movie Maestro

Edgar G. Ulmer was perhaps this country's greatest B-movie director, yet he's all but forgotten in America. Exquisitely marginalized, Ulmer cranked out 120 films in every conceivable genre during the 1930s, '40s, and '50s, earning himself the sobriquet "King of…
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Film, Reel World

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest Today's DIY inspiration: 14-year-old Maraya Massin-Lezey, a San Francisco student, and her New York-based cousin, Joanna Gurin, age 15, just returned from taking a meeting in London with Jude Law. Gurin wrote a screenplay about…
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Film,

Klump, Gump, and Chump

Eddie Murphy and I did part of our growing up in the same hometown: Roosevelt, Long Island, N.Y. The one time I met Murphy -- in 1982, while he was filming his first movie, 48 HRS., on an L.A. street…
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Slap Shots

Gotham Gag and Gargle It's an 8 pm curtain at Marquis Theatre, a plush entertainment complex amid the neon assault of Times Square. A capacity crowd has paid upwards of 70 bucks to glean thoughtful insight - and more than…
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