Day: February 3, 2017

Kate Berlant and John Early talk about their Vimeo 555 anthology and the fringes of Hollywood

Kate Berlant and John Early worked together on each other’s half-hour special episode of The Characters for Netflix, and often collaborate on- and offstage. Now they’ve released a new anthology of five short films — 555 — on Vimeo with director Andrew DeYoung that’s set in Hollywood, telling tales of the surreal order. Among the pairings inhabited by Berlant and Early: a young Mama Rose type and her mute child, two sensual but ignorant acting students, an agent turned artist by tragedy and his partner who must watch his grotesque fall. They explore the fringes of show business and...

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Into the “Night Gallery” of death, dating and anti-depressants with Joe DeRosa’s “You Let Me Down” on Comedy Central

Joe DeRosa didn’t intend to release his one-hour Comedy Central special, You Let Me Down, the same week as his good friend Bill Burr’s new Netflix special. DeRosa’s new hour debuts tonight at midnight. “It’s a real shitty coincidence,” DeRosa joked on the phone with me earlier this week. “I don’t want to compete with one of the greatest comedians of all-time right now.” And it’s even more of a shitty coincidence, then, that DeRosa jokes in this hour about everyone who rises to the top of his or her field of work becomes evil and rotten. “I don’t...

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Funny or Die reimagines City Slickers as a Westworld narrative

Better late than never, Funny or Die inspired a City Slickers reunion and recruited a few folks from Westworld for a parody mashup. Because, of course, City Slickers itself felt like a fantasy camp narrative — but FoD takes it a step further. Instead of Mitch (Billy Crystal) and Phil (Daniel Stern) as customers of Westworld paying for a Wild West ride, they’re the hosts. And they’re malfunctioning. So they were able to get some of the Westworld cast back in on loan from HBO. Namely Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) and Sylvester (Ptolemy Slocum), plus a cameo from Clementine (Angela...

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Review: “The Comedian” starring Robert De Niro

Don’t be misled by the title or the movie trailers. The Comedian, a Taylor Hackford film (An Officer and a Gentleman, Ray) starring Robert De Niro as a former sitcom star and stand-up comedian still trying to ply his trade into his 70s, is actually a love story about second chances and last chances that happens to revolve around a comedian. So don’t think of The Comedian as a straightforward comedy — despite the many real-life stand-up comedians doing parts of their acts onstage in this movie, and to great effect. And when you remember it’s a Hollywood version...

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