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Keystone Kops

Incompetence incarnate. One of the staples of Mack Sennett's silent-movie comedies from World War I through the 1920s was a group of clumsily ineffective policemen known as the Keystone Kops (Keystone was the name of Sennett's film company). The Kops moved as a group, bumping into each other, driving their car in circles, and otherwise achieving nothing in the way of law enforcement but producing lots of movie mayhem. As a phrase to describe a group that accomplished nothing after lots of effort, “Keystone Kops” would suit them to a T.
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This is not so much a book about Kops as a book written in Kops' service, taking full advantage of the opportunity to make unrestricted use of his published and unpublished writings and interviews, and thereby clearing a space in which the writer's own voice emerges unhindered.
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has named Andrew Bernstein and Eric Kops as Vice Presidents - National Publicity for the division, dividing the national publicity efforts for all MGM and United Artists films.
Kops will continue to manage the campaign for the recently released At First Sight, directed by Irwin Winkler and featuring Val Kilmer and Mira Sorvino, as well as for the upcoming features Molly with Elisabeth Shue and Aaron Eckhart; The Thomas Crown Affair, starring Pierce Brosnan and Renee Russo and directed by John McTiernan; The Rage (Carrie 2), the sequel to the 1976 horror classic; Stigmata, with Patricia Arquette and Gabriel Byrne; and the 19th James Bond film The World is not Enough, to be directed by Michael Apted and starring Pierce Brosnan as legendary Agent 007, Sophie Marceau, and Denise Richards.