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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Monday, August 1, 2005

Early Reviews In: "The Aristocrats" Full of Words You Can't Say on TV

Penn Jillette, the "taller, louder half" of the Penn & Teller magic act, is, with Paul Provenza, the creator of the new film of "The Aristocrats", a documentary about a very old, very raunchy joke. The film features, among others, Jason Alexander, Shelley Berman, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Phyllis Diller, Carrie Fisher, Whoopi Goldberg, Eric Idle, Richard Lewis, Emo Phillips, Don Rickles, Chris Rock, Rita Rudner, Bob Saget, Tom and Dick Smothers, Larry Storch, The Amazing Johnathan, Carrot Top, Bruce Vilanch, Robin Williams, and a shorter, quieter magician who doesn't usually talk.

AMC, a 3500 screen movie theater chain, has already announced it will not book the film because of its objectionable language. That is all right with libertarian Jillette. `"It kind of makes me feel great, because words still have power." Jillette said. "I just like how uplifting the idea is: Words are powerful."'  The film opens nationwide August 12. Read more here. Read reviews here and here.

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