The British sitcom “Mr. Bean” (1990-1995) was influenced by physical performers such as Jacques Tati and comic actors from silent films.
The 1998 short film “Holiday Romance” was directed by Alexander Jovy and was his first film. He actually was a solicitor first and quit that job in order to direct films. With little formal training he produced a “Holiday Romance” which was nominated for the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film in 1998. So good instinct on his part. Beginner’s luck or natural talent?
“Voting is the opium of the masses in this country.”
– Maureen Stapleton, “Reds”
The British television comedy sketch show “Not the Nine O’Clock News” (1979-1982) has rarely been repeated since it’s original airing. Only eight re-cut and condensed “episodes”, to make it “faster and funnier than ever”, were made for a video edition in 1995. The reason for no repeats was primarily because the original episodes in their entirety lampooned events that were in the news at the time. So…probably wouldn’t be as funny now to see jokes about news stories made around 25 years ago.
The 1983 British short film “Dead on Time” was the first film of English actor and comedian Nigel Planer.
“Life can keep unfolding itself to you as long just as you pay attention to it.”
– Jon Bernthal, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”
The American sitcom “Two Guys and a Girl” (1998-2001) co-starred actors Ryan Reynolds and Nathan Fillion who played the characters of Michael Eugene Leslie “Berg” Bergen and Johnny Donnelly, respectively. However this show was not all they had in common.
Both Reynolds and Fillion would go on to play the comic book hero Green Lantern in 2011. Reynolds played the character in the live-action 2011 film “Green Lantern” and Fillion would voice the character in the animated 2011 film “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights”.
The 2006 British biographical-comedy-drama film “Sixty Six” is about a bar mitzvah which takes place in London on the day of the 1966 world cup final. This story is actually based on the true life bar mitzvah of “Sixty Six” director Paul Weiland.
“You have to get lost to find yourself.”
– Cara Delevingne, “Paper Towns”
The American sitcom “Two Guys and a Girl” co-starred a young Ryan Reynolds in the lead role of Michael Eugene Leslie “Berg” Bergen. The show featured a fictional pizza place called Beacon Street Pizza. The show was cancelled in 2001 but Reynolds wasn’t done with the show yet.
While in Boston to promote his 2002 film ” National Lampoon’s Van Wilder”, Reynolds tried to actually locate Beacon Street Pizza, not realizing that it was fictional.
The fictional “Beacon Street Pizza” is actually based on a real pizza restaurant though by the name of Theo’s Pizza in Teele Square, Somerville, Massachusetts. It was where the show’s co-creator Kenny Schwartz worked delivering pizzas while attending nearby Tufts University.