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The Series: When Harry Met Sally
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Can men and women ever just be friends? That’s the question posted by When Harry Met Sally, the romantic comedy directed by Rob Reiner and written by Nora Ephron, who would go on to direct Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. This is the quintessential romantic comedy that provided groundbreaking perspective on relationships through the questionable friendship turned love affair between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Since being released in 1989, When Harry Met Sally has become the basis for what almost every romantic comedy aspires to be. Many of the cliches that we’ve come to expect from romantic comedies are a result of When Harry Met Sally, but no matter how good even the best romantic comedies have been in the years since its release, they can’t quite reach the perfection offered by this romance that spans over a decade and has stood the test of time for over 30 years. Read More »
Eddie Murphy is slated to make his triumphant return to stand-up comedy at Netflix sometime in the future, but before that, we’ll see him try his hand at stand-up again for a big charity comedy festival being put together to benefit Feeding America food banks during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Feeding America Comedy Festival is being put together by comedian-turned-media-magnate Byron Allen and his Entertainment Studios banner along with the folks at Funny or Die. The three-hour event will be taking donations while audiences enjoy stand-up sets from some of the biggest names in comedy. Along with Eddie Murphy, the show will include Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish, Kenan Thompson, Howie Mandel, Marc Maron, and many more. Read More »
If you put Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) and Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally) in a room together, comedic magic will happen. A new film called Standing Up, Falling Down bets big on this basic idea, and according to our review from last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, the film succeeds largely because of their standout performances. Check out the trailer for the indie comedy below.
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The homecoming comedy is the bread and butter of the indie circuit, and as poignant and humanist as the genre can be, it can also get old fast. It falls then, on the shoulders of the stars to keep the film from stumbling; thankfully in Standing Up, Falling Down, Ben Schwartz and Billy Crystal are more than up to the task.
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Monsters Inc. is getting incorporated into the Disney+ streaming service. A Monsters Inc TV series titled Monsters at Work will reunite the original movie cast, including John Goodman and Billy Crystal, who so memorably played Sulley and Mike Wazowski in Monsters Inc. and its prequel film Monsters University. Now they’ll be reprising their roles in Monsters at Work with several other original cast members, as well as franchise newcomers Ben Feldman, Kelly Marie Tran, Henry Winkler, and Lucas Neff.
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The larger-than-life story of wrestler Andre the Giant gets the bio-doc treatment with HBO’s Andre the Giant. The new documentary from executive producer Bill Simmons chronicles the life and career of the late wrestler. Watch a new Andre the Giant trailer below.
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Sad news came yesterday when we heard that legendary comedian Don Rickles had passed away. In recent years, Rickles had become known as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in pretty much every piece of Toy Story multimedia. But his true legacy lies in stand-up comedy as one of the most gifted insult comics to ever take the stage. Rickles was so good that audiences were never really sure if he was only joking, often turned off by his brash sense of humor, which kept him from becoming a huge star of film and TV.
Don Rickles once had a short-lived NBC program that only lasted a season, but that didn’t stop AARP Studios from giving him his own show called Dinner with Don, where he sat down for a meal with some of today’s biggest names in film and television. In honor of the late comedian, AARP wanted to showcase the charm and endless wit of Don Rickles by teasing the TV series.
Watch the Dinner with Don trailer below. Read More »
Whenever Pixar Animation has a strong desire for an actor to lend their voice to a certain character, they like to take dialogue from one of their performances and create animation to illustrate what the character would be like with their voice. This was especially true when Pixar was looking to make Toy Story their first feature film, and they had to show actors just what the movie was going to be like with their voice attached to it.
Even though Tom Hanks and Tim Allen ended up landing the roles of the cowboy doll Woody and the space ranger action figure Buzz Lightyear, Pixar had someone else in mind for the latter role, and it would have changed the character dynamic between the two characters severely. Believe it or not, Billy Crystal was the first choice to voice Buzz Lightyear, and Pixar wanted him for the role so badly that they animated Buzz Lightyear along with dialogue from When Harry Met Sally.
Watch the Toy Story screen test with Billy Crystal after the jump. Read More »
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Romantic comedies where a man and a woman who are at odds eventually fall in love are a dime a dozen. That’s a story that has been kicked around Hollywood for decades, but audiences keep eating it up. More often than not, nothing new is brought to the table in these movies, but in the case of When Harry Met Sally in 1989, director Rob Reiner and writer Nora Ephron crafted a romantic comedy that adhered to the conventions of the genre but also played with them in a new way.
A new video essay from the Lessons from a Screenplay YouTube channel breaks down how When Harry Met Sally succeeds where many romantic comedies fail, proving why the film is one of the most highly respected, praised and imitated in the genre. Watch the When Harry Met Sally video essay below. Read More »
Last weekend brought the sad news that boxing icon Muhammad Ali had passed away at 74 years old. Yesterday the memorial service, which was open to the public, was held in Louisville, Kentucky and lasted hours. Speakers such as President Bill Clinton and sports reporter Bryant Gumbel spoke at the event along with a statement from President Barack Obama read by White House adviser Valeria Jarrett.
However, if you’re only going to watch one eulogy from the memorial, it should be the tribute from comedian Billy Crystal. For those who don’t know, the City Slickers star and sports fan got his big television break while appearing at an event in 1974 honoring Muhammad Ali. During his speech, Crystal did an impression of Ali being interviewed by ABC sportscaster Howard Cosell, and after that, the comedian and boxer became friends who were close for the rest of their lives.
Watch the Billy Crystal Muhammad Ali eulogy below. Read More »