The Oscar-winning filmmaker is raiding his personal collection for a Jerry Lewis tribute this weekend, dusting off 35mm prints of four of the actor’s films. Quentin Tarantino will host the screenings at the New Beverly Movie, the LA movie house he bought in 2007 to keep the property from being redeveloped. The Lewis marathon starts at 10 AM Saturday with Don’t Give Up The Ship (1959), followed by Boeing, Boeing (1965) at noon, At War With The Army (1950) at 2 and Hollywood Or Bust (1956) at 4. The screenings, which are free and open to the public, coincide with a Lewis tribute at this week’s TCM Classic Films Festival, which includes the actor and humanitarian — who Tarantino called “a Hollywood treasure” — putting his hand and footprints in concrete at the TCL Chinese Theatre.
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14, 2014 — Jerry Lewis, actor, writer, producer, director, humanitarian and all round funny man, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon to be held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills onFebruary 28, 2014.
Steven Poster, ASC, president of the ICG, said: “Lewis is a national treasure who has provided generations worldwide with decades of laughs. The money he has raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Jerry’s Kids is simply astounding. Jerry is also one of the main reasons I wanted to get into show business when I was a child.”
Listen to (and share) episode 28 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond a special wrap-up episode from the just-concluded Cannes Film Festival. Deadline’s Awards Columnist talks with host David Bloom about the festival’s winners, led by Blue Is The Warmest Color, a three-hour lesbian love story that captured the Palme D’Or. They also talk about Jerry Lewis’ return to the Cannes spotlight 18 years after his last film, and this week’s notable releases, including the indie coming-of-age tale The Kings Of Summer and the magicians caper movie Now You See Me.
Hammond On Cannes: French Hero Jerry Lewis On His Return To Movies, Unfunny Women, And The Film You Will Never See
If there is one place Jerry Lewis can go to get an ego boost it is clearly here in France, a country that has had a collective love affair with the comedian his entire career. Lewis, now 87, has been here many times to collect awards and adoration , he’s even made French movies but he hasn’t been in Cannes for about two decades so it was a big deal Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival when Max Rose, the first movie in which he has starred in 18 years, premiered to a standing ovation for Lewis (naturally) and turnaway crowd (filled with many locals). The film is anything but a typical vehicle for Lewis as it is a sentimental and somewhat serious study of the dilemna of old age and how we treat our senior citizens when life throws them a curveball just when they least expected it. Presented Out Of Competition and billed as an “homage to Jerry Lewis”, the film came about when first-time writer/director Daniel Noah approached him to play the role , and much to his surprise, Lewis accepted right away telling the filmmaker it was the best script he had read in 40 years. Clearly it also spoke to him personally.
ICM, IFT Repping Jerry Lewis’ ‘Max Rose’; Actor Headed To Cannes
ICM Partners is repping domestic and International Film Partners has foreign on Max Rose, the official selection title that is part of an homage to its star Jerry Lewis. Claire Bloom, Kevin Pollak, Kerry Bishé and Mort Sahl also star in the Lightstream Pictures production directed by Daniel Noah. Lewis plays an aging jazz musician who goes on a journey through his past after the death of his wife. A restored version of Lewis’ The Ladies Man is also running in Cannes Classics. The legendary actor who, has a long relationship with the festival, will be present in Cannes for the tribute.
Dean Stockwell will be joining Jerry Lewis in Max Rose. The Blue Velvet actor will play Ben Tracy in the comic’s return to the big screen. The character is an old friend of Lewis’ title character. Oscar nominee Stockwell was seen recently in the coming of ager C.O.G., which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20. Helmed by first time director Daniel Noah, Max Rose marks Lewis’ first movie role since 1995’s Funny Bones. Shooting in LA, Max Rose is produced by Mosaic Media Group’s Lawrence Inglee and Lightstream Pictures’ Garrett Kelleher. Dean Stockwell is repped by Open Entertainment.
BREAKING: In his first film starring role since 1995′s Funny Bones, Jerry Lewis starts work tomorrow in the starring role of the indie feature Max Rose. Directed by Daniel Noah from his script, the film is a drama about a jazz pianist who has recently lost his wife of over five decades. A discovery made days before her death causes Max to believe his marriage was a lie. He embarks on an exploration of his own past that brings him face to face with a menagerie of characters from a bygone era. Noah is making his directing debut.
While he has done stage work, the 86-year-old Lewis hasn’t done much in the way of films in a long time. Before Funny Bones his last big starring role came in 1983′s Martin Scorsese-directed The King Of Comedy, opposite Robert De Niro.
Lewis stars with Claire Bloom, Kevin Pollak, Argo‘s Kerry Bishe and Mort Sahl. It’s a reunion for Sahl and Lewis, as Sahl appeared on Lewis’ 1963 comedy variety series. The project was trotted out several Cannes Film Festivals ago, but then languished.
The Cannes Classics lineup of films unspooling at the festival next month will include such names as Agnès Varda, John Boorman, Roman Polanski, Jerry Lewis, Alfred Hitchcock, Roberto Rossellini and Georges Lautner. The sidebar was created in 2004 to showcase restored prints of classic films and masterpieces of film history. Among the highlights are a restored and reconstructed print of Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time In America with 25 minutes of additional scenes. The screening will be attended by Robert De Niro, Elizabeth McGovern, Jennifer Connelly, producer Arnon Milchan and the Leone family. The restoration was funded by The Film Foundation and Gucci. Pathé is presenting a restored version of Roman Polanski’s Tess while Universal will present a restored print of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 silent film The Ring will also screen. David Lean’s Lawrence Of Arabia is also celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new restoration from Sony. Varda’s Cleo From 5 To 7 has a special screening and Georges Lautner will be honored with the screening of a restored version of 1964′s The Great Spy Chase. Documentaries on filmmaking
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At today’s TCA panel on HBO’s new series Girls, executive producer Judd Apatow — also producer of the hit movie Bridesmaids — said there would not be a Bridesmaids 2 until the time is right. “We’re still promoting Bridesmaids 1; when the fog clears, we’ll see if there is an idea worth doing,” he said. “People like to send up projects without thought.” (On Wednesday, Bridesmaids co-star Melissa McCarthy said at TCA that there are no plans to move forward with a sequel anyway without co-writer and co-star Kristen Wiig.) Apatow added that the motivation for making a sequel has to be “not just, you know, how much money we could make? That usually leads to Jaws 3D.”
Apatow also addressed the “fuck you” he dropped on Jerry Lewis last night during the Critics Choice Movie Awards. Lewis has been quoted as saying at a 1998 comedy festival that seeing women tell jokes “sets me back a bit,” adding “I think of her as a producing machine that brings babies into the world.” So during Apatow’s acceptance speech for Bridesmaids‘ best comedy win last night, the producer said: “Jerry Lewis once …
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Eighty-five-year-old Jerry Lewis took over the room this afternoon during an Encore session at the TCA tour to promote the original feature-length documentary Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis, slated to premiere this fall. Outfitted with a platform and a microphone, the comedy legend didn’t disappoint, holding court and sparing no opinion about an industry that he believes has lost its way. He refused to confirm that his forthcoming Labor Day Telethon in September would be his last, noting that he’d have a press conference Sept. 5 to discuss not the past but the future (presumably both his and the telethon’s).
Earlier, Lewis rolled off on a tangent about why Hollywood needs fixing. ”This business is scrounging around for what to do,” he said. “The medium is busy knocking its brand out to display the fat lady at 375 pounds (who) in two months is gonna be 240. Who gives a shit?” He continued, “The industry has destroyed themselves. It’s no longer relevant because it puts out all of its product on a stupid phone. You’re going to put ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ on that goddamned stupid sonofabitch?” (Speaking of Twitter and Facebook) “They’re wonderful technical advances. But once people see how much it’s cluttering their life, they’ll figure it out for themselves. … We’re not going to have human beings in 20 years. People won’t be talking to other human beings.
Other TV News: Jerry Lewis To Retire As Telethon Host; Premiere Date For ‘Hot In Cleveland’; Tribune Preps ‘Bill Cunningham’
With the upfronts in full swing in New York, it’s easy to forget there’s plenty of news that doesn’t break inside hotel ballrooms. A roundup:
– Jerry Lewis said today that he will retire as host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual Labor Day Telethon, which he has hosted since 1966. He will make his final appearance during this year’s show Sept. 4 to perform his signature song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Lewis will continue as national chairman of the MDA, a position he’s held since the early 1950s.
– TV Land’s original scripted series Hot In Cleveland is returning for 12 new episodes beginning June 15 at 10 PM, the network announced. It will be followed by the new Fran Drescher sitcom Happily Divorced, which began production today.
– Tribune Broadcasting is partnering with ITV Studios America to produce The Bill Cunningham Show, which will air on Tribune stations nationwide beginning in the fall. The hourlong talk show from the attorney/radio host will be topically driven; Kim Brechka (The Montel Williams Show) is executive producer.
Jerry Lewis, who turns 85 today, is the subject of a feature-length original documentary, which is currently in production for a premiere on Encore in late summer.
The documentary, from director-producer Gregg Barson, will focus on the influence that Lewis has had on the entertainment industry and his relevance today via interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin, Billy Crystal, Chevy Chase, Woody Harrelson, Carol Burnett, Richard Lewis, Carl Reiner, Richard Belzer, John Landis and others. Barson has been filming Lewis for the past three years and has had access to the comedian’s personal archives.