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Word spread on Wednesday that Universal was considering wrapping up its long-running Fast & Furious franchise, possibly bringing longtime director Justin Lin back for a multi-movie wrap-up. That tenuous rumor appears to be put to rest by the new Hollywood Reporter roundtable, which features Universal Chairman Donna Langley. Asked about the future of the franchise beyond Furious 7, Langley responds, “We think there’s at least three more…I think it’s still a growing franchise.” READ FULL STORY
If you happen to see Dumb and Dumber To this weekend–and I’m not at all advising that you do–you will, indeed, see that Bill Murray cameo that’s got the town buzzing. But you’ll also see another cameo by someone slightly less beloved these days: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo madre June Shannon, a.k.a. Mama June. The final film features a fantasy sequence in which Lloyd (Jim Carrey) imagines rescuing Harry’s (Jeff Daniels) gorgeous adult daughter from a trailer park in which Harry is hitched to none other than McIntyre, Georgia’s most controversial current export.
Shannon recently came under fire after the confirmation that she was allegedly dating a convicted sex offender, according to the state of Georgia’s sex offender registry. Shannon then revealed Thursday in an exclusive interview to Entertainment Tonight that she is also involved with a second sex offender—who happens to be the father of two of her children—and was featured on a 2005 episode of NBC’s Dateline-serial To Catch a Predator. (In related news, TLC canceled the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after four seasons last month in the wake of the original controversy.) So it begs the question: Should a madcap comedy contain all that unsavory baggage for an unsuspecting public seeking easy laughs?
Universal Pictures, the film’s distributor, had no comment for EW on the matter, but in truth, Shannon’s appearance (fully billed in the end credits) is little more than a single line of dialogue and a few grimaces from her oft-GIF’d and meme’d mug. But the trailer-park milieu for the scene is kind of troubling, not to mention that Carrey’s character is essentially lusting for a girl half his age even in the non-fantasy scenes. (A personal observation: Nobody groused at or even seemed to notice Mama June when she appeared in the all-media screening I attended.) But given that D&D To is already struggling to garner critical plaudits (though early weekend gross projections seems encouraging), it’s very possible that Jennifer Lawrence had the right idea all along by jumping out of the movie’s cameo pool.
This week’s guest on Polished is actress and comedian Erica Rhodes. The veteran of A Prairie Home Companion accidentally stumbled into stand-up comedy after things went south at an audition, as she tells Jamie Lee.
If you’re in Minneapolis, you can see Erica at the ACME with Adam Newman tonight and tomorrow.
Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.
That’s the old showbiz adage, but it’s one the Academy has never quite learned to appreciate. Comedians and comedies are traditionally ignored by the Oscars, meaning that if a great talent like Robin Williams or Jim Carrey wants the Hollywood hardware and immortality that goes with it, he has to shed the image of the jester that has made him famous in the first place.
In the upcoming romantic comedy Top Five, Chris Rock’s character, a movie star famous for a series of silly comedies about a crime-fighting bear named Hammy, makes a play for respectability by starring in an Oscar-bait film about the Haitian revolution, titled Uprize. It’s funny because it’s true: comedians yearn to be taken seriously. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. READ FULL STORY
Let’s pretend there are two Kevin Smiths: Kevin Smith the Film Director, and Kevin Smith the Everything Else.
Consider the latter: Kevin Smith is a podcaster many times over. Take every podcast he’s ever recorded; beam it into space. Someday humanity will be dead, and somewhere, out there, the aliens will have still have years’ worth of Kevin Smith talking, talking, talking. READ FULL STORY
James Gunn made sure Guardians of the Galaxy wore its ’80s heart on its sleeve—in the music, the clothing, and even the cassette player Peter Quill kept on him. The Blu-ray and DVD release is keeping that ’80s spirit alive by re-imagining it as a video game.
David Letterman, as he’s done in the past, let Jennifer Lawrence go full J-Law on his show last night. They discussed her profane friend, colonics, a demon, and bowling. They even sang. (Horribly.) Then they walked off the set. Then she took to the host’s desk. It was a delightful mess. READ FULL STORY
When Justin Lin joined the Fast & Furious series with 2006′s Tokyo Drift, the automotive action series appeared to be in decline. Over seven years and four movies, Lin presided over a critical and commercial ascension unparalleled in Hollywood blockbuster history. Each of the four Fasts directed by Lin earned more than the previous one; film critic Wesley Morris famously described 2011′s Fast Five as “the most progressive force in American cinema.” READ FULL STORY
If you went to see Interstellar this weekend, chances are you didn’t know much about the movie beyond “Matthew McConaughey in space.” That’s intentional—Christopher Nolan is famously tight-lipped about his films, and the trailers that accompany them are pretty good about leaving large chunks of the plot untouched. This makes Nolan something of a unicorn: an Internet-Age blockbuster director who actively strives to preserve of the filmgoing experience as he can.
But he’s not alone in this, either—which probably makes him less of a unicorn. (Maybe he’s more like a white antelope.) J.J. Abrams, Hollywood’s biggest sci-fi steward, is equally obsessed with keeping details about his films under wraps before they debut. It’s an admirable goal—but one that each director pursues in very different ways. Given that they both specialize in something that’s inherently frustrating—the keeping of secrets—who’s better at it? Less frustrating? Rewarding?
The answer lies with the biggest difference between the two—their relationships with fans.
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