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Oscar-winning actress and Cannes Film Festival veteran Marion Cotillard reconnects with director Arnaud Desplechin for The ghosts of Ishmael, who opened the festival this week. The two have already worked together in the years 1996 My sex life … or how I quarreled. We recently sat down with Cotillard to discuss the new movie and …

The trio’s Rough House Productions help spotlight small films like “Donald Cried”. Here’s how they see their unlikely role in the industry. Audiences might not realize it, but Rough House Pictures has been a vital force in American cinema for the past decade. People know Danny McBride as the sarcastic, self-glorifying star of HBO’s “Eastbound …

In the popular imagination, Native Americans are rarely associated with humor; they are represented either as solemn guardians of ancient wisdom or as long-term victims of genocide and oppression. When presented in comedic situations, they have always been the butt of jokes in movies and on television – where they are often portrayed by non-Indigenous …

There is a concept in history called the “great man theory” which postulates that the past is just a series of events occurring under the influence of … great men. Aside from the inherent chauvinism, it’s an interesting way to look at history and an even more interesting way to look at popular culture. Here, …

The Comedy Festival, which takes place Thursday through Sunday in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo neighborhood, is an Asian-American comedy festival, with a lineup of over 100 Asian-origin comics. But you wouldn’t know it from the name of the event: the Comedy Comedy Festival. Putting an element of racial identity in the title of the event …

In the world of comedy, two countries stand out from all the others. Or at least, that’s how writer-performer Ricky Gervais sees it. “The two big ones,” he says. “Great Britain and America. Sorry, rest of the world. Over-simplification or not, it’s easy to see how Gervais came to this conclusion. These two nations have …

Today, most people probably know “National Lampoon” only as a brand name affixed to a series of mediocre comedy films, a bad taste and sophomor humor. It may be surprising that the Pamphlet was once a clever, subversive, and highly regarded magazine that ignited a generation of comedy, weaved its way through multiple media formats, …

French director Michel Hazanavicius has decided to return to the genre that won him an Oscar for The Artist for the new comedy Will. Hazanavicius told The Hollywood Reporter that the new project will be an English-language film based on a script written ten years ago but never made. “I liked the script,” he said. …

In “Tammy”, Melissa McCarthy plays a real train wreck. In the first few minutes, she crashes into a deer, gets fired from her fast food job, and finds out that her husband is cheating on her. Eventually, she embarks on a tumultuous road trip through the Midwest with her alcoholic freewheeling grandmother (Susan Sarandon) which …