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’45 Seconds of Laughter’ Review: Tim Robbins Goes to Jail for a Empathetic Doc About Healing Through Comedy

’45 Seconds of Laughter’ Review: Tim Robbins Goes to Jail for a Empathetic Doc About Healing Through Comedy
Did starring in “The Shawshank Redemption” (and then directing “Dead Man Walking” the following year) leave Tim Robbins with a profound compassion for the members of America’s prison system, or was that profound compassion what compelled him to pursue those jobs in the first place? Either way, it seems the famous actor and sometime filmmaker still fervently believes in the words of Sister Helen Prejean, who Susan Sarandon played in “Dead Man Walking”: “Everyone is worth more than their worst act.”

Robbins’ first directorial effort since 1999’s “Cradle Will Rock” finds him going back to jail in order to help extend that ethos into the real world. , “45 Seconds of Laughter” takes us inside the maximum-security fortress of Calipatria State Prison, where a few special members of Robbins’ theater company (The Actors’ Gang) lead a troupe of violent criminals in a commedia dell’arte workshop that’s meant to
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Film Review: ’45 Seconds of Laughter’

  • Variety
“Everyone is worth more than their worst act,” said Roman Catholic sister and anti-death penalty advocate Helen Prejean, and it’s with these words that “45 Seconds of Laughter” closes. It’s an apt sentiment on which to leave Tim Robbins’ sincerely felt documentary study of the therapeutic acting workshops run by his own theater company in a California prison — not least because the film is itself at pains to identify its human subjects only by their present, not their past. But if it’s also an obvious callback to Robbins’ penitentiary-set 1995 drama “Dead Man Walking,” which won Susan Sarandon an Oscar for playing Prejean, the self-reference doesn’t exactly flatter the new film: Occasionally heart-stirring but also rather slight, Robbins’ mellow first foray into docmaking is far removed from his pre-millennial era of artistic and political urgency.

45 Seconds of Laughter” is, in fact, Robbins’ first big-screen directorial outing since 1999’s “Cradle Will Rock,
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‘Strange Angel’: Angus Macfadyen To Play Aleister Crowley In Season 2 Of CBS All Access Series

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‘Strange Angel’: Angus Macfadyen To Play Aleister Crowley In Season 2 Of CBS All Access Series
Strange Angel has found its Aleister Crowley. Turn alum Angus Macfadyen has been tapped to play the founder of Thelema opposite Jack Reynor in the second season of the CBS All Access series.

Created by Mark Heyman and based on George Pendle’s book of the same name, Strange Angel explores the bizarre true story of Jack Parsons, a man who straddled the worlds of science and the occult, pioneering America’s rocketry program while simultaneously practicing sex magick rituals and living by the creed “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”

At the conclusion of Season 1, Jack and his team from Caltech make a scientific breakthrough that secures the military’s interest as the country nears the brink of war. In season two, the U.S. is fully engaged in World War II, transforming Jack’s rocketry work into a lucrative business and further entrenching him in the military-industrial complex.
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Cradle Will Rock

Writer-director Tim Robbins goes all out to recreate a politically potent chapter of Broadway legend, the true story of the rebel Wpa production The Cradle Will Rock — with a dynamic sidebar about Diego Rivera’s provocative mural for the Rockefeller Center. An enormous cast works up the excitement of Depression-era revolutionary theater.

Cradle Will Rock

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1999 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 134 min. / Street Date August 7, 2018 / available through Kino Lorber / 19.95

Starring: Hank Azaria, Rubén Blades, Joan Cusack, John Cusack, Cary Elwes, Philip Baker Hall, Cherry Jones, Angus Macfadyen, Bill Murray, Vanessa Redgrave, Susan Sarandon, Jamey Sheridan, John Turturro, Emily Watson, Bob Balaban, Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Paul Giamatti, Barnard Hughes, Barbara Sukowa, Gretchen Mol, Harris Yulin, Daniel Jenkins, Steven Skybell, Susan Heimbeinder, Audra McDonald, Leonardo Cimino.

Cinematography: Jean-Yves Escoffier

Film Editor: Geraldine Peroni

Costumes: Ruth Myers

Original Music: David Robbins

Produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, Jon Kilik, Tim Robbins

Written
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Tim Robbins Slams Trump Immigration Policies, Muslim Travel Ban

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Tim Robbins Slams Trump Immigration Policies, Muslim Travel Ban
Speaking at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival Saturday, Tim Robbins expressed outrage and shame at U.S. immigration policies and the Supreme Court’s new ruling allowing President Trump’s travel ban on some predominantly Muslim countries to stand. “That Supreme Court decision will be remembered as a disgrace,” he told journalists, building on comments at the fest opening that had galvanized the black tie audience.

Robbins recently staged with The Actors’ Gang theater ensemble in L.A. a play called “The New Colossus,” inspired by hundreds of immigrants’ stories and by the plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty professing to welcome the world’s teeming masses.

At Karlovy Vary he is screening a film he wrote and directed that celebrates working-class artists, “Cradle Will Rock,” and another that sends up dishonest, populist political candidates, “Bob Roberts.” He admitted he is still surprised at how accurate the
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Karlovy Vary Film Festival to Honor Tim Robbins

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Karlovy Vary Film Festival to Honor Tim Robbins
Academy Award winner Tim Robbins will be honored by the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Central and Eastern Europe’s top annual film event.

The multi-hyphenate star will take the Crystal Globe Award for his “contributions to world cinema,” festival organizers announced on Tuesday.

Robbins won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2003 for “Mystic River,” among other trophies that year, opposite Sean Penn. The prolific performer’s greatest hits include “Bull Durham,” “The Shawshank Redemption” and Robert Altman’s “The Player.”

Also Read: Karlovy Vary Film Festival Delivers Cinema and Glamour, With a Side of Goulash

His directorial efforts include the Oscar-winning “Dead Man Walking,” “Cradle Will Rock” and “Bob Roberts.” Robbins is also a principal in the experimental theater group The Actor’s Gang, and a musician.

Robbins will claim the prize in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic at the festival which runs from June 29 – July 7. His band will also
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Karlovy Vary Film Festival to honour Tim Robbins; adds Terry Gilliam, Caleb Landry Jones

Karlovy Vary Film Festival to honour Tim Robbins; adds Terry Gilliam, Caleb Landry Jones
The festival has also unveiled its international juries.

Tim Robbins will receive the Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema at the 53rd edition of Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

The actor, director, producer and screenwriter will also present two of his films at the festival – Bob Roberts (1992) and Cradle Will Rock (1999), both of which take in the crossover of politics and music in the United States.

Robbins will also give a concert at the festival, as part of his group Tim Robbins and The Rogues Gallery Band.

Kviff has also announced the international juries for this year’s event.
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Tim Robbins to Be Feted at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

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Tim Robbins to Be Feted at Karlovy Vary Film Festival
The Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the leading movie event in Central and Eastern Europe, will honor Tim Robbins with its award for outstanding contribution to world cinema, the fest announced Tuesday, and the actor will screen two pics he directed and wrote, the acerbic polemic “Bob Roberts” and the tribute to pre-wwii music and politics “Cradle Will Rock.”

Robbins, who also wrote music for several of his films, including “Bob Roberts” with brother David, will perform with The Rogues Gallery Band. Terry Gilliam will also roll into the Czech Republic spa town for the fest, running June 29 to July 7, to screen “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” his disaster-prone take on the Cervantes classic that took 18 years to complete and premiered in Cannes.

Anna Paquin will also be feted, screening the family grief road movie “The Parting Glass” along with the film’s director, her husband Stephen Moyer, screenwriter and
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Cinema Gadfly – Episode 22 – Bob Roberts

My guest for this month is Herb van der Poll, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1992 American-British satirical mockumentary film Bob Roberts. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

The cast is seriously insane, with Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Wise, Gore Vidal, John Cusack, Peter Gallagher, Alan Rickman, and Susan Sarandon Oh and also James Spader, Helen Hunt, Jack Black, Jeremy Piven and his sister Shira, and Bob Balaban Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know we have an election happening The film shows some strong parallels to the presidency of George W. Bush Ray Wise, of course, was famously Laura Palmer’s dad on one of my all time favorite shows, Twin Peaks In this film, he and Alan Rickman play Dick Cheney and Karl Rove type figures Folk music is often in the service of liberal causes,
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Cinema Gadfly – Episode 20 – The Front

My guest for this month is West Anthony, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1976 comedy-drama film The Front. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

Not sure what happened to the audio in the introduction, apologies! The Hollywood blacklist is a term for the treatment of people in the entertainment industry who refused to name names to the House Un-American Activities Committee from 1947 to 1960 For a more in depth take on the blacklist, check out the latest season of the phenomenal You Must Remember This podcast WonderCon is a comic book convention that was held annually in Sf until it was cruelly moved to the La area in 2012. Yes I’m still bitter about it. West also recommends the Gabrielle de Cuir directed Thirty Years of Treason by Eric Bentley Among the people famously blacklisted were Lillian Hellman, Lionel Stander,
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 1/3/16- The Cradle Will Rock

Today in 1938, The Cradle Will Rock opened at the Windsor Theatre. Originally a part of the Federal Theatre Project, it was directed by Orson Welles, and produced by John Houseman. The show was recorded and released on seven 78-rpm discs in 1938, making it the first cast album recording. Following the impromptu opening and a brief run at the Venice Theatre later renamed the New Century Theatre in July 1937, the production reopened on January 3, 1938, at the Windsor Theatre under the auspices of the new Mercury Theatre Company. It played a total of 108 performances.
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All 55 of Bill Murray's films ranked by a completely obsessed Murrayologist

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All 55 of Bill Murray's films ranked by a completely obsessed Murrayologist
Let's get one thing straight before we begin. Bill Murray is the King. There are better actors. There are people who have better filmographies. There are even funnier people, although not many. But Bill Murray is, all things, considered, the King. I've dedicated much of the last 45 years working this out scientifically, and I am prepared to finally share the findings with you, free of charge, right here at HitFix. Ostensibly, we're doing this because of this weekend's release of "Rock The Kasbah," but that's just an excuse. The truth is that it's important that we rank all 55 of Bill Murray's film performances, with a special focus on the top 25. We are not including his television work here. There are films on this list we have not seen, but not many. We decided to leave those films unranked, so here is that list: Unranked "The Hat Act" "Pass The Buck: Expo '74
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 1/3/15- The Cradle Will Rock

Today in 1938, The Cradle Will Rock opened at the Windsor Theatre. Originally a part of the Federal Theatre Project, it was directed by Orson Welles, and produced by John Houseman. The show was recorded and released on seven 78-rpm discs in 1938, making it the first cast album recording. Following the impromptu opening and a brief run at the Venice Theatre later renamed the New Century Theatre in July 1937, the production reopened on January 3, 1938, at the Windsor Theatre under the auspices of the new Mercury Theatre Company. It played a total of 108 performances.
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Four Ryan Murphy Spinoffs That Should Star Chris Colfer

We were all shocked when Chris Colfer tweeted his dismissal from Glee, and then (some of us) were relieved when it turned out to be a Twitter hacker hoax.

But with Glee ending next season, it’s not too early to start thinking about Chris’ future on TV, and because Glee creator Ryan Murphy like to keep it in the family, we have a few ideas for how Chris can continue to be a part of the Murphy stable.

These four spinoffs of famous Ryan Murphy shows don’t exist … yet … but he should feel free to start developing them now, and they’re offered free of charge. Because we’d love to keep seeing Chris on primetime TV.

Cherry On Top

In the long-awaited spinoff to Ryan’s tragically short-lived cult series Popular, breakout star Mary Cherry finally sets off in pursuit of her dream, and heads to Los Angeles,
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Photo Coverage: Patti LuPone & Acting Company Alums Take Bows in The Cradle Will Rock Benefit

Just last night, Patti LuPone stepped back into the role that led to her Olivier Award, and being cast as the original Fantine in Les Miserables, in The Cradle Will Rock at 7pm at Broadway's Bernard Jacobs Theatre, 242 West 45th Street. The one-night concert of Marc Blitzstein's iconic work benefits The Acting Company, which LuPone founded alongside Kevin Kline, John Houseman and Margot Harley. Lonny Price served as musical director. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the special curtain call
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Patti LuPone Set to Play 'Moll' in The Cradle Will Rock Benefit Concert for The Acting Company, 5/19

Patti LuPone steps back into the role that led to her 1985 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical as Moll in The Cradle Will Rock on Monday, May 19, 7pm at Broadway's Bernard Jacobs Theatre, 242 West 45th Street. The concert staging of Marc Blitzstein's iconic work will benefit The Acting Company, co-founded by John Houseman, Cradle's original producer in 1937, who directed Ms. LuPone and a cast of Acting Company Alumni in a revival almost 50 years later. Lonny Price Lincoln Center's Sweeney Todd and Company will direct Michael Barrett Caramoor, NY Festival of Song will again serve as musical director and play the score as he did in the 1980's production. Tickets will go on sale next month information on benefit tickets including dinner with Ms. LuPone and the cast is available from 212-258-3111.
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HBO Orders Tim Robbins And Jack Black To The Brink

Having commissioned the pilot episode of The Brink – a half-hour dark political comedy – last year, HBO has now ordered the show to series, with Tim Robbins and Jack Black heading the cast.

The show centres around the main players caught in a geo-political crisis. Tim Robbins plays the Us Secretary of State, Walter Hollander, who has little patience for war-mongers, while Jack Black plays Alex Coppins – a Foreign Service Officer dealing with the crisis in the field. A third main role – that of a Navy fighter pilot – has yet to be cast, although the wider cast list includes Aasif Mandvi and Meera Syal. The pilot was written by brothers Roberto and Kim Benabib – Roberto having previously worked on Ally McBeal and Weeds. Both will also serve as executive producers, alongside stars Black and Robbins, Jerry Weintraub (Behind The Candelabra) and Jay Roach (The Austin Powers franchise, The Campaign), who also directed the pilot.
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Stage Tube: On This Day 1/3- The Cradle Will Rock

Today in 1938, The Cradle Will Rock opened at the Windsor Theatre. Originally a part of the Federal Theatre Project, it was directed by Orson Welles, and produced by John Houseman. The show was recorded and released on seven 78-rpm discs in 1938, making it the first cast album recording. Following the impromptu opening and a brief run at the Venice Theatre later renamed the New Century Theatre in July 1937, the production reopened on January 3, 1938, at the Windsor Theatre under the auspices of the new Mercury Theatre Company. It played a total of 108 performances.
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Michelle Rodriguez talks movies, female empowerment, and sex: 'I don't talk about what I do with my vagina'

Michelle Rodriguez talks movies, female empowerment, and sex: 'I don't talk about what I do with my vagina'
Michelle Rodriguez has been outside the hotel for only 90 seconds when she gets stopped on the street. “Uh, excuse me? Hi, I swear I’m not a crazy stalker,” says a tall and impressively muscled black man on the crowded New York City sidewalk. “But I am your biggest fan.” He holds up his phone for a picture. Rodriguez lifts her chin up. “Oh, hell yeah,” she says, smiling. “C’mon, let’s do it.” She squeezes one of his massive biceps: “Yo, man, where’d you get these?” The fan’s giddy grin stretches even wider, and his very patient girlfriend takes the picture.
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Photo Coverage: Encores! The Cradle Will Rock Celebrates Opening Night- Danny Burstein, Raul Esparza, Judy Kuhn & More!

Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock, the inaugural show of New York City Center's new Encores Off-Center series will play for five performances through July 13 at City Center. The production stars Danny Burstein, Eisa Davis, Raul Esparza, Peter Friedman, Aidan Gemme, Judy Kuhn, David Margulies, Martin Moran, Michael Park, Robert Petkoff, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Anika Noni Rose, Matthew Saldivar and Henry Stram. Opening was last night and you can check out photos from the celebration below
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