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August 12, 2013


Aug. 12--You can now see footage online from the Jerry Lewis film he never wanted anyone to see.

The Day the Clown Cried was a 1972 Holocaust drama in which Lewis (who also directed) played an unsuccessful German clown who finally found an audience with Jewish children in a concentration camp. The film was so overwhelmingly deplored for its bad taste that the comedian pulled it from release.

It would seem that Lewis came to agree with the critics. At the Cannes Film Festival in May, the showman, now 87, was asked if the film would ever see the light of projectors.

"It was all bad, and it was bad because I lost the magic," he replied. "You will never see it. No one will ever see it, because I am embarrassed at the poor work."

But things change fast in the Internet age. Over the weekend, a mysterious YouTube submitter with the screen name unclesporkums posted a seven-minute clip of behind-the-scenes footage from The Day the Clown Died.

Apparently every clown has his day.

'Real Housewives' sequel?

Bravo isn't letting any turf grow under its feet.

The channel's tent-pole hit, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, faces an uncertain future, thanks to a 39-charge indictment for fraud against star Teresa Giudice and her husband, Giuseppe.

So Bravo has quickly moved on to Plan B, green-lighting a new reality series that would center on Giudice's sometime nemesis, Caroline Manzo, and her family.

No title or launch date yet, but the New York Post is reporting that the series will center on Manzo and her husband, Albert, who own a catering hall called the Brownstone in Paterson, N.J. Filling out the cast are the Manzos' children, Lauren, Albie, and Christopher.

The Real Caterers of New Jersey?

'Elysium' tops the heap

Neill Blomkamp's dystopic sci-fi film, Elysium, topped the box office over the weekend with $30.5 million. Good news for star Matt Damon. It's his best post-Bourne opening yet.

Not so good for the film. With a $115 million budget, Sony had been hoping for a bigger splash. By way of comparison, Oblivion, Tom Cruise's sci-fi adventure, opened with just over $37 million in April, and that was considered a disappointment.

In Hollywood, it's all about expectations. We're the Millers is feeling pretty good after finishing second with $26.6 million for its Friday-to-Sunday showings. An R-rated comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston? Nothing in that sentence indicates broad appeal.

Likewise, Planes, in third place with $22.5 million. Small by Disney measures, but since the animated film was made as a direct-to-video project, Planes had a more than decent takeoff.

Rounding out the top five were Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters ($26.6 million) and 2 Guns ($11.1 million.)

As a tawdry footnote, we should mention that Lovelace, based on the porn actress who starred in Deep Throat, earned an abysmal $184,000 in limited release. Gulp!

This article contains information from Inquirer wire services and websites.


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