| Aug 1, 2014
A more ponderous proposition there is not than a scholarly analysis of what comedy is and why we laugh at something. Take Arthur Schopenhauer — please. Humor, Schopenhauer writes, can be "traced to a syllogism in the first figure with an...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 2:51 PM
I love watching westerns, even when they depart from the straight and narrow. Two new releases offer cases in point.
Though Howard Hawks didn't do as many westerns as John Ford, those he did were memorable, and none more so than "Red River." Concerned...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 8:30 AM
HBO again led the way in nominations for the 66th annual nighttime Emmy Awards, buoyed by the strong showing of new drama "True Detective" and the movie "The Normal Heart," as the voting again tilted heavily toward cable and new players such as Netflix....
| Jul 17, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Billy Crystal and Eddy Friedfeld took to the Paley Center Wednesday to salute the late, great Sid Caesar in a panel discussion full of love and laughs following the comedian's passing in February.
"It's the dream of a lifetime to...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 8:00 PM
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The Quest This ambitious new...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Even the "2000 Year Old Man" had to start somewhere. Back in 1952, 26 year-old Mel Brooks was just another struggling comedy writer, penning sketches for a revue -- albeit one backed by names like Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante and Eddie Cantor. "Curtain...
| Jul 12, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Most references to director, writer and actress Desiree Akhavan place a neat three-word descriptor by her name: bisexual Iranian American, often followed by the words "the next Lena Dunham."
Yet Akhavan isn't trying to fit into an already defined...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 12:40 PM
Art Cinema, classic to contemporary films, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 27, Crest Theatre, Delray Beach Center for the Arts, Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave. Tonight, Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" $10. Visit DelrayArts.org...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 6:39 PM
"Blazing Saddles": The bandit who utters the much-repeated phrase "Badges? We don't need no stinking badges" is, of course, Mexican. And that may be the least offensive stereotype in Mel Brooks' hilarious 1974 send-up of westerns and political...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 2:07 PM
Director Brian Levant can boast two blockbuster films ("Beethoven" and "The Flintstones") and a holiday perennial ("Jingle All the Way"), but the former Highland Park resident said he takes immense pride in his contribution to comedy history: Robin...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 7:20 PM
It's hard not to take the death of Paul Mazursky personally.
When Jill Clayburgh's character was unceremoniously uncoupled in Paul Mazursky's "An Unmarried Woman" in 1978, a generation of American women were right there with her, rocked by the realities...