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First Look at Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' Is Off The Chain

April 26th, 2012 12:41pm EDT
No, Jamie Foxx is not starring in a weird remake of "Blazing Saddles." He's just moseying down the streets of an 1800's town in full gunslinger regalia for director Quentin Tarantino's controversial new spaghetti western … or is that a southern?

Entertainment Weekly has snagged the first two pics from Tarantino's latest blood-drenched opus "Django Unchained," which feature Foxx as the title slave freed by an erudite German named Dr. King Schultz ("Inglourious Basterds" Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz) who teaches his new Kimosabe the bounty hunter trade.

Also on display is a malevolently go...

NFL's Greatest Players: The 13 Best Football Stars In Movies

February 3rd, 2012 3:37pm EST
On Super Bowl Sunday, the best and baddest of the professional football world will lay it on the line for the biggest of prizes. But only a select few will go on to achieve an even greater glory: movie superstardom.

Okay, the odds of anybody from the NFL rubbing shoulders with Daniel Day-Lewis is somewhat slim, but there have been several former players who have acquitted themselves well on the big screen.

Join us as we salute these gridiron heroes-turned-silver screen stars. (Pros only, please: Sorry, former college star The Rock.)

13. Dan Marino, 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective' (19...

Q&A: 'Hung' Star Stephen Amell

November 13th, 2011 11:00pm EST
It's been said that a hero is only as good as their antagonist. On HBO's Hung, that juicy role falls to actor Stephen Amell, who recently sat down with me to dish about the series.

Amell plays Jason, who is the chief competition of Hung's main character, Ray Drecker. He's got a winning smile but a lot more going on behind it. Read on to find out what's in store for his character in season three and what it's like being the allegedly bad guy, as well as what type of role Amell would love to play.

Hung fans should also check out my previous Q&A with Charlie Saxton (Damon Drecker).

Hung c...

Mel Brooks And Dick Cavett Together Again On HBO

September 3rd, 2011 9:00am EDT
Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett
MEL BROOKS AND DICK CAVETT TOGETHER AGAIN, an hour-long special featuring the two comedy greats in conversation onstage before a live audience, will debut Friday, September 9 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

For four decades, comic genius Mel Brooks and talk-show king Dick Cavett have partnered to give the world scintillating conversation and sidesplitting humor. On Dec. 7, 2010, they reunited onstage at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles to share show-business memories and hilarious stories for loyal fans and a new generation of viewers.

Mel Brooks won an Os...

Digging For Funny: The Best Comedic Film Moments In The Desert

March 4th, 2011 1:00pm EST
Rango was released in theaters today, and so far the critical reception has been positive. However, it's not the first comedy based in a desert by a longshot - in fact, these barren stretches of Earth are actually fertile grounds for scenes that make us laugh. Here are some of the best comedic film moments in the desert.

"You ain't from around here, are you?" - Rango: The titular chameleon runs into a local named Beans, and helps himself to her father's ashes. Watch more Rango clips here

"Snakes and Sparklers" - Joe Dirt: A fireworks stand on...

Top 10 Acting Performances By Athletes

August 27th, 2009 10:35am EDT
Cam Neely as Seabass
A director getting the optimum performance out of an actor is not unlike a coach getting a great performance out of an athlete. One has to use the right guy in the right scene with expert timing. These are situations where one could film countless scenes of all different kinds, and getting laughs so big with these athletes would seem impossible - they're almost perfect. Remember, the fellas on this list appear here because they got the biggest laughs, not because they were the best actors or in the best movies. While Something About Mary is a funnier and better movie than many on this l...

DVD Versus Blu-ray: Enjoying A Film At Its Best

June 3rd, 2009 9:00am EDT
One can only assume the somewhat recent onslaught of the "need" for Blu-ray comes only from a desire to have people buy films and television show sets over again. After having to update a copy of 'Sneakers' from VHS tape to DVD, a completely reasonable choice, the buck stops here. Yes, the technology is interesting at best, but it is brutally frustrating at worst.

The problem is not with the players, although they are extremely expensive still and the best player is still the one that comes in the PlayStation 3, the problem instead lies way back in the beginning of the cycle - the ...

Burt Reynolds Leads Tributes To DeLuise

May 5th, 2009 2:53pm EDT
Burt Reynolds
Veteran actor Burt Reynolds has paid tribute to his close pal and comedian Dom DeLuise, who passed away in Los Angeles on Monday night.

The star of Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs died in his sleep in a hospital at the age of 75. And Reynolds, who acted alongside DeLuise in movies like The Cannonball Run, Smokey and the Bandit II, The End, and All Dogs Go to Heaven, is devastated by the death of his good pal.

In a statement released to Entertainment Tonight, he says, "I was thinking the other day about this. As you get older you think about this more and more, I was dreading thi...

Dom DeLuise Dead At 75

May 5th, 2009 11:23am EDT
Dom DeLuise
According to the website TMZ, corpulent and rotund actor Dom DeLuise died last night in a Los Angeles hospital.

The very popular actor starred in such classics as "The Cannonball Run" and "Blazing Saddles" and was the voice of Pizza the Hutt in "Spaceballs"

We're told he passed away peacefully in his sleep at around 6 p.m.

- Click here for more Dom DeLuise pictures -

Is It OK To Dislike Caddyshack?

January 5th, 2009 12:00pm EST
Caddyshack isn't that good, and it's not very funny. If you're 9 out of 10 red blooded American men, that last sentence just infuriated you like I just made slanderous remarks about your grandmother. I've never met your grandmother, but I have seen Caddyshack - and it kind of sucks. My editors were quick to advise me that although they were giving me the go-ahead on this piece, they would have to include a bigger than usual disclaimer saying that the opinions expressed are solely that of Matthew J. Swanson. I'll tell you that right now, too: it is just my opinion, but it happens to be t...

Race Matters: Is Hollywood Truly Color Blind When It Comes To On-Screen Romance?

September 29th, 2008 9:49am EDT
Die Another Day
In John Grisham's bestselling novel "The Pelican Brief," investigative journalist Gray Grantham and law student Darby Shaw uncover a political conspiracy and in the process, end up between the sheets. In the 1993 film version, Darby Shaw (played by Julia Roberts) and Grantham merely share a chaste hug in the film's conclusion. What happened between page and screen? One theory: In the novel Grantham is white; in the film, he's portrayed by Academy-Award winning - and black - actor Denzel Washington.

The stigma of interracial relationships in cinema can be traced back to the 1934 Motio...

Funnyman Harvey Korman Passes At 81

May 29th, 2008 11:23pm EDT
Harvey Korman
Blazing Saddles star Harvey Korman has died. He was 81. The Emmy Award-winning actor passed away at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles on Thursday after suffering complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm - an often fatal swelling of one of the body's main arteries.

Korman's daughter Kate has paid tribute to the star, insisting he fought hard against his ailing health.

She says, "It was a miracle in itself that he survived the incident (the aneurysm) at all. Everyone in the hospital referred to him as 'miracle man' because of his strong will and ability to...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 1

June 1st, 2007 3:00am EDT
Heidi Klum
Happy Birthday to actor Oliver James (1980), Canadian songstress Alanis Morissette (1974), German supermodel Heidi Klum (1973), comedic actor Mark Curry (1964), The Smiths drummer Mike Joyce (1963), The Cure bassist Simon Gallup (1960), Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder (1959), "Knots Landing" actress Lisa Hartman (1956), Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood (1947), British actor Jonathan Pryce (1947), "X-Men 2" actor Brian Cox (1946), "Star Trek DS9" actor Rene Auberjonois (1940), "Blazing Saddles" sheriff Cleavon Little (1939; d. 1992), prolific actor Morgan Freeman (1937), singer Pat Boone (1...

Frankie Laine Best Known For 'Rawhide' And 'Mule Train' Dies At Age 93

February 7th, 2007 12:28pm EST
Veteran singer Frankie Laine has died in a San Diego, California hospital. He was 93.

Lane, best known for singing the theme from classic TV western series Rawhide, suffered a heart attack following hip replacement surgery. He passed away yesterday at Scripps Mercy Hospital.

Laine's other hits included Jezebel, I Believe, Mule Train, Cold Water and Answer Me.

Born Frank LoVecchio in Chicago, Illinois on March 30, 1913, Laine had his first hit in 1947, going on to enjoy a career in which he sold 250 million albums and was awarded 21 gold records.

In 1974, Laine sang the t...

'Rocky,' 'Fargo' & 'Groundhog Day' Join National Film Registry

December 28th, 2006 10:19am EST
Rocky, Blazing Saddles, Fargo, Groundhog Day and Halloween are among the 25 films that were just added to the National Film Registry. The registry is part of the nonprofit National Film Preservation Foundation, a public-private partnership to benefit the film preservation efforts of American film archives, historical societies and similar institutions. The National Film Registry list, which began in 1989, now numbers 450 works.

Films Selected to the 2006 National Film Registry, Library of Congress:

1) Applause (1929)

2) The Big Trail (1930)

3) Blazing Saddles (1974...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 1

June 1st, 2006 3:00am EDT
Heidi Klum
Happy Birthday to actor Oliver James (1980), Canadian songstress Alanis Morissette (1974), German supermodel Heidi Klum (1973), comedic actor Mark Curry (1964), The Smiths drummer Mike Joyce (1963), The Cure bassist Simon Gallup (1960), Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder (1959), "Knots Landing" actress Lisa Hartman (1956), Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood (1947), British actor Jonathan Pryce (1947), "X-Men 2" actor Brian Cox (1946), "Star Trek DS9" actor Rene Auberjonois (1940), "Blazing Saddles" sheriff Cleavon Little (1939; d. 1992), prolific actor Morgan Freeman (1937), singer Pat Boone (1...

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