Billy Crystal Laughs and Cries through ‘700 Sundays’

In his Tony Award–winning one-man show, 700 Sundays — now on DVD from HBO — Billy Crystal tells the story of his loving relationship with his father, Jack, a New York City record-store owner and legendary promoter of Dixieland jazz. Jack died suddenly when Billy was just 15 years old. In his show, the star looks back fondly on the roughly 700 Sundays he and his father shared — and on how he and his older brothers, Joel and Rip, …

Bob Newhart: TV’s Favorite Shrink Returns On DVD

When Bob Newhart decided to do a sitcom after more than a decade of standup comedy, he had one nagging worry: “I didn’t know if people would accept me as a psychologist,” he says. In fact, he adds, he wasn’t sure audiences in 1972 would be comfortable with the whole concept of psychology. “At that time, people didn’t really accept psychologists,” he says “They’d say, ‘Why are you going to talk to a psychologist? Talk to Mrs. Murphy, she knows …

MFG Weekend Movie, Video Preview: April 11

Heroes come in all shapes and social strata, as this week’s three top movies prove. Draft Day Kevin Costner enlists every ounce of his boyish goodwill to make what might have been a Superbowl-sized snore an enjoyable insider’s look at the NFL college draft. He’s a front-office guy who wants to make his team competitive while preserving his last shred of integrity; no easy task in the cutthroat world of pro sports. The rest of the appealing cast includes Jennifer …

Mel Brooks Part 2: Sid Caesar and Your Show of Shows

  I was expecting just eight minutes or so on the phone talking with Mel Brooks about his new DVD/CD/Book Collection “The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy.” But as you’ll hear in my You Tube video above, when Mel Brooks wants to talk, you don’t try to stop him (not that I wanted to!). I had to toil mightily to cut our 45-minute chat down to three short segments. In this part, Mel remembers Sid Caesar, the …

Mel Brooks Part 3: Mel’s Favorite Mel Brooks Movies

    I was expecting just eight minutes or so on the phone talking with Mel Brooks about his new DVD/CD/Book Collection “The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy.” But as you’ll hear in my You Tube video above, when Mel Brooks wants to talk, you don’t try to stop him (not that I wanted to!). I had to toil mightily to cut our 45-minute chat down to three short segments. In this part, Mel tells me …

App of the Week: When’s The Intermission In This Movie?

If you like to watch movies on your home television or in the theater-Flixster is a must have app for your mobile device. It’s the only guide you need for recently released movies in theaters and those on DVD.  It even has a direct line to Netflix for those using that service.   I don’t use Netflix; I have cable “on demand” so I can use the DVD feature too. Until I discovered Flixster, I would read the movie reviews in …