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Practise and familiarity. The actors will already know the lines by heart. The first couple of blocking run-throughs, even before camera is set up, will let them get over most remaining giggles. You'd be amazed at how rapidly even a good gag can become just another line after repetition. After that, if someone improvs something completely out of left-field, ...


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I believe you're looking for the movie The Fifth Element 1997 starring Bruce Willis. It features flying cars/ Aliens and lots of futuristic tech. It has a scene at the beginning where Aliens visit a Pyramid to collect the Elements as they are not safe on Earth anymore. Also the Alien singer scene below matches your question:


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It's called a "laugh track". They've been around since radio shows and they're often used to prompt the audience into finding the jokes funny. Before radio and television, audiences experienced live comedy performances in the presence of other audience members. Radio and early television producers attempted to recreate this atmosphere by introducing the ...


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This sounds like Charlie Bartlett. Let's look at the trailer... High school boy - Check Rich - Check Private to Public school - Check Wears uniform and not well liked - Check Psychiatrist - Check Giving counsel/drugs to fellow student in bathroom - Check I don't what else it could be!


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You are describing a scene from Top Secret: When Nick and Val reach the resistance, a high latch opens and a man appears through it. But when he opens the door, he's short (he's the guy on the left here). Here's the clip:


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There are plenty of reasons, as shown in this article on Looper: He's too much of a risk He's not as much of a box office draw as he used to be He stopped promoting Kick-Ass 2 His method acting got crazy during Man on the Moon There may be issues getting him insured He's been dealing with some personal issues He's gone public with some ...


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John 3:16, New International Version: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Rollen Stewart used to go to loads and loads of sporting events in the 70's, and he would hold up a sign with just "John 3:16" on it. He was trying to spread a message. Other people ...


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It's The Creature Wasn't Nice (AKA Naked Space AKA Spaceship) from 1981 with Leslie Nielsen. When the spaceship Vertigo stops to explore a previously unknown planet, the crew finds an unrecognized dollop of protoplasm and takes it aboard ship to return it to earth for analysis. On board, lifeform expands into an oozing person-eating monster which ...


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This is Final Destination 5 (2011) Sam Lawton is on his way to a company retreat with his colleagues. While their bus crosses the North Bay Bridge, Sam has a premonition that the bridge will collapse, killing everyone on it, except for his ex-girlfriend Molly Harper, who he manages to get across the bridge safely. In a panic,...


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You have to look at different versions/transcripts to get the full meaning of that passage. While I haven't seen that particular one, I have heard this skit in a different format: Or sometimes if he’s on the bed with you he’ll climb onto your chest and stick his ass right in your face: “Hey, here’s my ass! Check my ass, Daddy! Get a nice, clean look at my ...


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Sounds a lot like Throw Momma From The Train Here is the plot synopsis - Larry (Billy Crystal), an author with a cruel ex-wife, Margaret (Kate Mulgrew), teaches a writing workshop where Owen (Danny DeVito), one of his students, is fed up with his domineering mother (Anne Ramsey). When Owen watches a Hitchcock classic that seems to mirror his own life, ...


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I can say with strong certainty that the film you are referring to is called 'Don't just stand there' (1968). The film stars Robert Wagner and the woman that performs the fighting is the busty, statuesque Barbara Rhoades. However I should point out that Barbara is not in a bathtub when she is attacked. However at some point in the film she does appear in a ...


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This is the plot of Zig Zag Story from 1983. The lives of three Parisians - a color-blind painter, a radio show host and a perverted photographer - intertwine and go hilariously out of control. A classic cult comedy from the 80's. Every single thing you mentioned is there; also memorable were its chain-reaction opening titles:


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That Funny Feeling (1965) Joan Howell, a young and pretty maid-for-hire, meets and begins dating wealthy New York City businessman Tom Milford. Embarrassed about bringing him back to her tiny apartment that she shares with her roommate Audrey, Joan brings Tom over to a fancy apartment that she cleans on a daily basis not knowing that it's his ...


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My guess is Get Smart, Again!(1989). Don Adams was the agent. #2 and #3 sound like variations on the running joke of the "cone of silence". This movie featured the variation called "hover cover", where several helicopters hovered nearby to drown out the sound. The third one is the classic "cone of silence", but with a kind of subtitle feature.


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Sounds like the opening credits of Stir Crazy, a 1980 comedy with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor (and directed by Sidney Poitier!). They featured a few vignettes from New York, and one of them was the exact scene you've described (a woman's heel gets stuck in a grate, a man pretends to help her and cops a feel, and she hits him with her handbag). You can see ...


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Seems you saw a clip from the season 2 premiere of Nip/Tuck from 2004 where Gina, whose baby Christian helps her with, is lactating and doesn't want to ruin her silk shirt, so she asks Christian to suck out the milk instead. Eventually, Christian reluctantly relents and is then offered a glass of milk with his cake by another woman (Julia) holding a jug. ...


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In 2013 he ended his relationship with his agents/managers Eric Gold and Jimmy Miller - they had represented him for the prior 25 years of his career. The following year he signed with Rick Yorn's LBI Entertainment. We are not privy to the discussions of possible work or contractual obligations each party had for the other during each contract. However, ...


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TVTropes defines this as the Not-So-Innocent Whistle In media of all types, especially comics and cartoons, the "innocent" whistle is a main staple, often played for humor. Alice, feeling mischievous, decides to, say, throw a snowball at Bob. Bob is knocked off his feet. He pulls himself up and spins around to see no one around in the area but Alice, who ...


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Sounds like The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997), starring Bill Murray: An American gets a ticket for an audience participation game in London, then gets involved in a case of mistaken identity. As an international plot unravels around him, he thinks it's all part of the act. Wikipedia page Trailer


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Two good contemporary takes on black humor and Jewish humor are the documentaries Why We Laugh (2004) and When Jews Were Funny (2013), notable for their blend of historical insight and on-camera interviews with American comedians who may be said to represent their respective cultures of comedy -- and I would say that in spite of the Venn diagram for race and ...


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Sounds like Blake Edwards' The Man Who Loved Women with Burt Reynolds and Julie Andrews from 1983. This is the tale of a sculptor named David who has a major womanizing problem. He goes to seek help from a psychiatrist, Marianna, to cure him of his obsession with women. His story of sexual and romantic exploits with the ladies is told by Marianna. In one ...


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He is referencing the 2018 revival of the 1988 sitcom Roseanne, which was cancelled after its star, Roseanne Barr, made questionable comments on twitter.


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You're after Shut Up and Shoot Me: Long-suffering Czech Pavel Zeman works six jobs, so his ungrateful wife Liba can buy designer shoes and clothes. Colin Frampton is an Englishman who never stops worrying, not even on holiday in Prague. When Colin's wife is accidentally squashed by a statue, he decides that he can't face life without her. So Colin ...


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Yep, Tim Curry's the henchman, and the battle's between Denis Leary and William Shatner, no less! You're looking for Loaded Weapon 1 from 1993 starring Emilio Estevez and Samuel L. Jackson. However, I think the implication is that Tim Curry can't find the final quotation (it's from a Beatles song: We Can Work It Out, 1965) in the quotation book, hence Leary ...


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There are a lot of great mockumentary style comedy shows such as The Office, Parks and Recreation, Modern Family, etc. My question is who invented this style? Who was the first to make a show or a movie that way? Early examples of mockumentaries. The general genre of what you describe is known as a “mockumenary”. An early example of this genre is the ...


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It's TvTropes to the rescue again, where they decided to call the technique Mundane Made Awesome and present a few billion examples from movies, TV, advertising and other media. Edgar Wright's films get a mention, of course, as they are particularly rife with the specific example you've mentioned: parodies of tooling-up montages (Tropes calls it Lock and ...


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This is the sci-fi comedy What Planet Are You From? from 2000 starring the late Garry Shandling, Annette Bening and many other known names. A denizen (Garry Shandling) of a faraway planet occupied only by highly evolved males is ordered by his superior, Graydon (Ben Kingsley), to find a female human, impregnate her and bring the baby back to the planet [.....


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This seems to be the American B&W comedy The Reformer and the Redhead from 1950. Hot-tempered Kathleen Maguire enlists the services of a young attorney to help her zookeeper father get his job back after he is fired for political reasons. In the midst of uncovering local political corruption and dealing with a lion that's escaped from the zoo, the two ...


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