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Lost & Abandoned: 10 Movies That Were Shot, But Eventually Scrapped

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 30, 2014 3:42 PM
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10 Movies Shot, Then Scrapped
Undoubtedly the biggest news story of 2014 so far (unless Apichatpong Weerasethakul replaced J.J. Abrams as director of "Star Wars: Episode VII" in between us writing this and it going live) revolves around Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight." It was announced as being the director's next movie, only for the script to apparently leak, reportedly through one of the potential actor's agents, and that caused Tarantino to announce that he was scrapping the project, at least for the moment. (He's also suing Gawker for helping disseminate the screenplay).

Watch: 13 Minutes Of Behind-The-Scenes Footage From Jerry Lewis' Unreleased 'The Day The Clown Cried'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2014 4:43 PM
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"It’s either better than 'Citizen Kane' or the worst piece of shit that anyone ever loaded on the projector…," Jerry Lewis joked last year about his now legendary, unreleased film, "The Day the Clown Cried." And while the movie remains locked up in a vault somewhere, likely never to be seen, more morsels from the movie have found their way online.

Jerry Lewis Says He's Proud Of 'The Day The Clown Cried' & Explains Why He's Not Releasing It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2013 5:38 PM
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It's one of the cinema's holy grail movies, but unlike the excised ending of "The Magnificent Ambersons," everyone knows where Jerry Lewis' "The Day The Clown Cried" is located. He's got the only copy of it, sitting in a vault somewhere and he's determined to ensure that no one ever gets a chance to view the whole thing. As always, there's hope, and last week a bounty of footage made its way online in the form of seven-minutes of material from part of a Dutch TV special about the making of about the making of the Holocaust movie. It was the biggest peek anyone has ever gotten of the movie to date and Lewis has largely been reluctant to talk about it in interviews. But some vintage Lewis has also surfaced, this time with the comedy legend talking extensively about the movie.

Watch: Rare Footage From Jerry Lewis' Unreleased Holocaust Movie 'The Day The Clown Cried'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 12, 2013 10:01 AM
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You haven't seen it -- almost no one has -- but there's a good chance that you've heard of "The Day The Clown Cried," because it's one of the most famous unreleased movies in history. Directed by and starring Jerry Lewis, the film involved a German circus clown arrested by the Gestapo after mocking Hitler, who is eventually forced by the Nazis to perform and help lead Jewish children to concentration camp gas chambers. Yes, you read that right.

Tribeca: Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese & Jerry Lewis Reflect On 'The King Of Comedy,' Improv, Deleted Scenes & More

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 29, 2013 2:57 PM
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The Tribeca Film Festival closed last night with a digitally-restored screening of “The King Of Comedy.” Thirty years later, the film still reverberates as an acidic take on celebrity worship that has, oddly enough, become timeless, and the re-master is gorgeous. The film was greeted with rapturous applause, but the real fireworks started after a raucous Q+A featuring a chatty Martin Scorsese, a shy Robert De Niro, and a more-than-eager Jerry Lewis.

10 Essential Cinematic Antiheroes

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 25, 2013 3:48 PM
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30 years since its release, the undersung "The King of Comedy" seems finally to be edging into the sun, to take its deserved place as not just one of the finest, smartest and most daring Martin Scorsese movies, but one of the greatest American movie satires, period. It's an excoriating, often excruciating watch, boasting razor-sharp insights into the excesses of celebrity culture and the quest for fame, but it's also, most unforgettably, a character study of one Rupert Pupkin, delusional sociopath, shit-poor comedian and all-out creep. Pupkin, whom Robert De Niro doesn't so much inhabit as crawl into, is simply one of the most offputting creations ever committed to celluloid -- a dreadful squit of a man, talentless, self-aggrandizing, self-deceiving, pathetic -- and at the same time one of the most compelling.

The Surprises & Notable Absences Of The 2013 Cannes Line-Up

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 18, 2013 11:28 AM
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So the 2013 Cannes lineup has finally been unveiled and as usual, there were a fair few surprise inclusions, a fair few snubby exclusions/category decisions, and some mildly oh!-inducing title changes. The majority of our firm predictions made it in (the Coens, Soderbergh, Farhadi, Sorrentino, Gray, Refn, Denis, Coppola among others) but sometimes into surprising sections, while a couple of films we had down as possibilities or longer shots paid off. So now that we know the lineup from G ('Gatsby' -- opening film) to Z ("Zulu" -- closing film) -- and it's a fairly U.S.-friendly list for Jury President Steven Spielberg to preside over -- lets dive right in and talk about the more eyebrow-raising moments from this morning's announcement.

Watch: Behind The Scenes Footage From 'The Day The Clown Cried,' Jerry Lewis Admits He's Embarrassed By The Film

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 15, 2013 9:42 AM
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As Jack Black in Richard Linklater’s “Bernie” showed most recently this past year, the right dramatic role and assured tone can create a new context for a slew of comedic actors, and rejuvenate a career that is slowly being backed into a corner. However, none of those efforts featured a Holocaust setting, troubled production, and eventual disownment entirely like legendary actor/director Jerry Lewis’ 1971 debacle, “The Day the Clown Cried” – a film still unseen to near-everyone, but glimpsed partially in rare behind-the-scenes footage like the material that exists today.

Jerry Lewis Starts Shooting First Film In 18 Years 'Max Rose' This Week

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 15, 2013 5:31 PM
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Jerry Lewis made his first film appearance back in 1949, and 46 years later it seemed that he’d graced the big screen for the final time alongside Oliver Platt in “Funny Bones.” But after 18 years away, and around 30 years since his last leading role, it appears that Lewis is to return in a film called “Max Rose.” This one has been kicking around forever, with Las Vegas Weekly reporting on it back in 2010, and quoting Lewis as saying it would be about “an old man who is driven by love and optimism and by his love for his young daughter.”

Jerry Lewis Heads Back To The Big Screen In 'Max Rose,' Shooting Starts In December

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2010 3:11 AM
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Comedian Jerry Lewis is set to appear on the big screen for the first time in over 15 years, as he gets set to star in the upcoming dramedy "Max Rose."

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