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04.29.2014 | 126 days ago | Posted at 09:08 AM

King of Comedy out on Blu-ray

By David Luhrssen
  King of Comedy was always my favorite Martin Scorsese film and watching the new Blu-ray release reminds me of why. The story is rooted in its time yet oddly prophetic, the characters are striking and the cast is remarkably out of character. King of Comedy boasts Robert De Niro as Rupert Pupkin, a garrulous failure lost in obsessive fantasies of stardom, and Jerry Lewis as...
04.08.2014 | | Posted at 05:28 PM
By David Luhrssen
  Dean Martin had several careers, from straight man to Jerry Lewis through drinking buddy for Frank Sinatra and star of a weekly television variety show. In his waning years, Martin hosted a series of televised celebrity roasts. Seventeen of them, plus interviews and other bonus material, are collected on a DVD set, “The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Fully Roasted.” ...
10.15.2013 | | Posted at 10:15 AM
By David Luhrssen
  Dean Martin was a talented entertainer from the old school—a singer as well as a comedian. He began as a nightclub vocalist in the Bing Crosby mode, but came to attention as Jerry Lewis’ straight man at a New York club. They drew much laughter in the late 1940s, appearing on television and radio and starring together in a string of movies, starting with My Friend Irma (19...

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