Oscar’s On The Phone For Lily Tomlin!
Lily Tomlin is getting some of the bet reviews of her career for her performance in the new comedy “Grandma!” Check out the trailer:
Lily Tomlin is forced to re-embrace life when her 18-year old grand-daughter, played by Julia Garner, shows up seeking her Grandma’s help.
The reviews have been great for the film, which will be rolling out across America all fall, leading to a heavy push for Oscar attention at the end of the year!
The film is directed by Paul Weitz, who has made a number of great films such as “About A Boy” and “In Good Company”, and he is overdue for some Oscar love as well!
While Tomlin has appeared in a number of films and TV shows, “Grandma” is Lily Tomlin’s first leading role in twenty seven years, since co-starring with Bette Midler in 1988’s comedy film Big Business.
Here is some great trivia, courtesy of IMDB: The car that Elle (Lily Tomlin) and Sage (Julia Garner) drive in for much of the movie is a 1955 Dodge Royal that is actually owned by Lily Tomlin. Tomlin told USA Today that she bought it in 1975 for $1,500. She said, “It’s not a prize car. It’s not a car that people yearn for. But it has a nice look to it. . . . The car is almost a character in the movie. I knew I kept that car for a reason.”
I cannot wait to see this film! I AM ALSO A BIG FAN OF LILY TOMLIN: FROM HER EARLY DAYS ON “Laugh-In” to her breakout role in Robert Altman’s “Nashville” – and here is one of her greatest performances ever!
“You wanna know somethin’, punk? You were born dumb and you’re gonna die dumb.”
“The Nicest Movie You’ll Ever See About Murder And Blackmail!”
Time to celebrate one of the greatest 70’s films ever, the classic:
The Late Show!
Director Robert Benton created one of the best films of the decade – with a terrific cast including Art Carney, Lily Tomlin, Bill Macy and Joanna Cassidy. Benton would go on to win an Oscar for “Kramer Vs. Kramer”, but this late 70’s film noir look at LA is a neglected gem.
Here is the trailer:
“Back in the Forties, this town was crawlin’ with dollies like you. Good-lookin’ coquettes tryin’ their damnedest to act tough as hell. I got news for you: they did it better back then. This town doesn’t change – they just push the names around. Same dames… screwin’ up their lives just the same way.”
That’s Art Carney speaking: a broken down gumshoe struggling to make rent, who has seen it all. He gets a new client, Lily Tomlin, who needs help finding her cat!
“Boy, it’s really lucky for you that I just happen to be a very self-destructive person.”
Tomlin has never been better as a woman full of self-doubt, paranoia and big big dreams! What happens next is one of the best tales of Hollywood noir ever, with terrific acting and a ton of recognizable faces in small roles.
“The Late Show” is poignant, touching, full of action and twists, and oozing with the smell of Hollywood glitter and grime. Director Robert Benton was oscar-nominated for his script…
There are SO many great supporting characters in this film, but none more memorable than Bill Macy, a veteran character actor from TV’s “Maude”, who is pitch perfect as a small time Hollywood hustler…
Macy captures perfectly the kind of small time hustler who Carney has to deal with as he tries to find Tomlin’s cat…the plot, however, is much much more than that, and a truly great gem of a movie…
“The Late Show” is now on DVD, and you can also find it on various ondemand services…be sure to watch this great film as well! And kudos to Lily Tomlin, America’s hippest “Grandma!”
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