When Super Size Me hit theaters in 2004, the film—clever and cheeky, yet undeniably poignant—was received as a new kind of documentary. Accordingly, its creator, Morgan Spurlock, was heralded as a new kind of documentarian. READ FULL STORY
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Breaking Bad never really had a full theme song, and now we know why: It was simply waiting for Frozen to come along so that it could find and borrow the right melody. Thanks to the folks at Animeme, the perfect collaboration has finally materialized in the form of “Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab?”
The Disney-esque mash-up serves as a quick recap of the series, from the RV days to Gus’ demise and every fly in between. Sure, there are minor details (and Nazis) missing, but can you really fault a video that works in Jane’s overdose?
The Little Mermaid, which opened 25 years ago today, ushered in the Disney Renaissance that would last through the 1990s. Part of what made the film revolutionary? The Little Mermaid herself. Ariel, for better or for worse, created an entire breed of “spunky” Disney princesses. READ FULL STORY
Six episodes into the 40th anniversary year of Saturday Night Live, one thing is clear. Though the show itself might be slowly emerging from the oft-cited “transition year,” the institution still has meaning—especially to the guest hosts who initially visited in the show’s heyday. Thus far, three of the guests—Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, and Woody Harrelson—first hosted the show in the previous century. Two others, in addition to Rock, of course—Sarah Silverman and Bill Hader—are SNL alums. [Unconfirmed rumor: The show lobbied hard for Bill Murray to host the season premiere.] Conclusion is, SNL is working hard to get back to its roots.
The sad news is that we had to bid sayonara to one of our favorites during the first round of this season’s Mr. Saturday Night contest, in which we vote for the best host. READ FULL STORY
We tend to think about the future in terms of possibility. Assuming that we continue to advance as a species and don’t come down with a case of the apocalypse, the notion of “the future” is one where things that are not possible now become possible. Of course, in science fiction, this growth is usually far more drastic than it is in real life—we don’t drive flying cars, and all the cool tablets and phones we do have don’t necessarily work in the sexy ways that we imagined before their debut. Real progress is slow and boring, and big game changers like ereaders tend to coexist with whatever it was we assumed they would replace (like books). Given the way 2001: A Space Odyssey set expectations, 2001 must have been an extremely disappointing year.
As Freddy Krueger turns 30, take a stroll back down Elm Street and revisit some of the dream weaver’s most memorable kills.
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
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