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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | November 22, 2006
Director Christopher Guest and his stock company, who gave us Best in Show and A Mighty Wind, are such deft, humane comedians they put you in a happy daze even when they shred their characters' dreams. Their latest frolic, For Your Consideration, satirizes Hollywood awards frenzy -- and happily transcends its subject. It's about delusion and endurance. For Your Consideration (Warner Independent) Starring Catherine O' Hara, Harry Shearer, Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins, Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Jane Lynch, Christopher Guest.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2010
When Casey Wilson joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live," she became the first Not Ready For Prime-Time Player who was born in the 1980s. Here's are the movie comedies that meant the most to this member of Generation Y. "Clue" (1985): How nostalgic — a movie based not on a video game, but on the murder-mystery board game peopled with archetypal characters (Colonel Mustard, Reverend Green, Miss Scarlet) and peppered with old-fashioned weapons (rope, revolver, candlestick)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN FILM CRITIC | October 13, 2000
When it comes to comedy, there may be nothing harder than taking a subject that's ripe for satire and doing it justice. Anyone can make fun of something or level a jab or two. But getting that satiric tone just right - making it funny, but not offensive, and sustaining it for 90 minutes - takes a true artist. That's why laughter-starved audiences everywhere should thank God daily for Christopher Guest, whose sly and slightly jaundiced world view has been responsible for some of the finest satires in recent memory.
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,sun reporter | August 24, 2007
She takes -- and makes -- a good picture. And now, at the steep age of 22, Scarlett Johansson will find out if she can open a romantic comedy. The Nanny Diaries, based on the best-selling novel by two former Manhattan nannies, opens in theaters today. Johansson plays a college graduate who shirks the corporate track to become a Park Avenue nanny. There are snooty parents. There is the precocious kid. There is the hunky love interest. There is Scarlett Johansson. A born New Yorker, Johansson is a glamour girl who once lounged on the cover of Vanity Fair with nothing on but her makeup.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 9, 2003
A Mighty Wind would be uproarious if the mock folk songs on the soundtrack were its only laugh-getters. They wed melodic and rhythmic zing to various types of soft-headed idealism and good-hearted sappiness - simultaneously pleasing and tickling the ear. But the folk singers themselves, and the people who surround them, set off similar eruptions, in tiny and broad ways. You find yourself howling every time Bob Balaban, as the fussy heir of a music promoter, goes into a fit over minutiae, or Fred Willard, as an ex-comedian who manages the New Main Street Singers, hits on a madcap inspiration like drenching the group members in water as they sing a sea chantey.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | September 22, 2006
Debbie Isitt's sweet, fizzless British mockumentary Confetti contains too many moments that mockumentary master Christopher Guest (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind) would have left on the cutting room floor - or never taken to the soundstage. This tale of three couples competing for the title of "most original wedding of the year" in a promotion cooked up by a bridal magazine, also called Confetti, is woefully unoriginal as an improvisational farce. The setup is promising. As the deviser of the contest says, most people would not want to have their wedding taken over by a gimmick, but some would.
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,sun reporter | August 24, 2007
She takes -- and makes -- a good picture. And now, at the steep age of 22, Scarlett Johansson will find out if she can open a romantic comedy. The Nanny Diaries, based on the best-selling novel by two former Manhattan nannies, opens in theaters today. Johansson plays a college graduate who shirks the corporate track to become a Park Avenue nanny. There are snooty parents. There is the precocious kid. There is the hunky love interest. There is Scarlett Johansson. A born New Yorker, Johansson is a glamour girl who once lounged on the cover of Vanity Fair with nothing on but her makeup.
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By michael sragow and michael sragow,Sun movie Critic | December 1, 2006
The golden age of movie comedy may be right now. A gaggle of slaphappy artists and entertainers have made talking smart as much of a kick for the audience as talking at all was to the pioneers of movie sound. At the comic nadir of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mel Brooks went into decline, Woody Allen turned "serious" and the first wave of Saturday Night Live comics seemed content to toss ingredients into a crockpot and bind them together with outlandish schtick and saucy dialogue. But today's comic wizards - such as Christopher Guest, Sacha Baron Cohen, Barry Levinson, Will Ferrell (and his frequent co-writer and director, Adam McKay)
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2010
When Casey Wilson joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live," she became the first Not Ready For Prime-Time Player who was born in the 1980s. Here's are the movie comedies that meant the most to this member of Generation Y. "Clue" (1985): How nostalgic — a movie based not on a video game, but on the murder-mystery board game peopled with archetypal characters (Colonel Mustard, Reverend Green, Miss Scarlet) and peppered with old-fashioned weapons (rope, revolver, candlestick)
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May 8, 2003
Look for reviews of films opening this week in the Today section. A Mighty Wind This film is the latest improvisational comedy from Christopher Guest and his stock company (including Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Catherine O'Hara, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Lynch, Fred Willard and Parker Posey), about several folk-singing groups assembling in New York's Town Hall to pay tribute to a deceased folkie impresario. PG-13. (Area theaters) Irreversible The new film by French cinema's bad boy, Gaspar Noe, tells the story of a brutal rape and its aftermath -- backward.
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By michael sragow and michael sragow,Sun movie Critic | December 1, 2006
The golden age of movie comedy may be right now. A gaggle of slaphappy artists and entertainers have made talking smart as much of a kick for the audience as talking at all was to the pioneers of movie sound. At the comic nadir of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mel Brooks went into decline, Woody Allen turned "serious" and the first wave of Saturday Night Live comics seemed content to toss ingredients into a crockpot and bind them together with outlandish schtick and saucy dialogue. But today's comic wizards - such as Christopher Guest, Sacha Baron Cohen, Barry Levinson, Will Ferrell (and his frequent co-writer and director, Adam McKay)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | November 22, 2006
Director Christopher Guest and his stock company, who gave us Best in Show and A Mighty Wind, are such deft, humane comedians they put you in a happy daze even when they shred their characters' dreams. Their latest frolic, For Your Consideration, satirizes Hollywood awards frenzy -- and happily transcends its subject. It's about delusion and endurance. For Your Consideration (Warner Independent) Starring Catherine O' Hara, Harry Shearer, Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins, Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Jane Lynch, Christopher Guest.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | September 22, 2006
Debbie Isitt's sweet, fizzless British mockumentary Confetti contains too many moments that mockumentary master Christopher Guest (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind) would have left on the cutting room floor - or never taken to the soundstage. This tale of three couples competing for the title of "most original wedding of the year" in a promotion cooked up by a bridal magazine, also called Confetti, is woefully unoriginal as an improvisational farce. The setup is promising. As the deviser of the contest says, most people would not want to have their wedding taken over by a gimmick, but some would.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 9, 2003
A Mighty Wind would be uproarious if the mock folk songs on the soundtrack were its only laugh-getters. They wed melodic and rhythmic zing to various types of soft-headed idealism and good-hearted sappiness - simultaneously pleasing and tickling the ear. But the folk singers themselves, and the people who surround them, set off similar eruptions, in tiny and broad ways. You find yourself howling every time Bob Balaban, as the fussy heir of a music promoter, goes into a fit over minutiae, or Fred Willard, as an ex-comedian who manages the New Main Street Singers, hits on a madcap inspiration like drenching the group members in water as they sing a sea chantey.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN FILM CRITIC | October 13, 2000
When it comes to comedy, there may be nothing harder than taking a subject that's ripe for satire and doing it justice. Anyone can make fun of something or level a jab or two. But getting that satiric tone just right - making it funny, but not offensive, and sustaining it for 90 minutes - takes a true artist. That's why laughter-starved audiences everywhere should thank God daily for Christopher Guest, whose sly and slightly jaundiced world view has been responsible for some of the finest satires in recent memory.
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November 17, 2006
DECK THE HALLS -- (20th Century Fox) Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito are neighbors feuding over holiday decorations. DEJA VU -- (Touchstone Pictures) Denzel Washington's a federal agent whose bomb investigation gets extrasensory help. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION -- (Warner Independent) A low-budget movie becomes an unexpected Oscar contender in Christopher Guest's spoof of Hollywood awards. THE FOUNTAIN -- (Warner Bros.) Hugh Jackman plays an immortal seeker in three time periods spanning 1,000 years.
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May 14, 1992
BaseballChicago Cubs -- Sent SS Rey Sanchez to Triple-A Iowa on a20-day injury rehabilitation assignment.New York Yankees -- Assigned IF Mike Gallego to Single-A Fort Lauderdale for injury rehabilitation.Philadelphia Phillies -- Placed P Tommy Greene (shoulder tendinitis) and P Jim Lindeman (back) on the 15-day DL. Recalled P Mike Hartley, P Brad Brink and 2B Steve Scarsone from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Sent C-1B Jeff Grotewold to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.Edmonton Trappers (Triple-A) -- Signed former Orioles OF Phil Bradley.
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