Earlier this week, Variety reported that Will Ferrell would play Ronald Reagan in a movie called Reagan, which he would also produce through his company, Gary Sanchez Productions. Last year, the screenplay for Reagan made the Black List, a collection of unproduced scripts most popular with film executives, and its log line is as follows, emphasis mine: "When Ronald Reagan falls into dementia at the start of his second term, an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander-in-chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.
You can always count on brands to out-corny even Drake. Naturally, someone at the Cheesecake Factory caught wind that a certain swole rapper prefers to spend his cheat meals at their establishment, as we learned on Views. He gave the restaurant a shout-out on "Child's Play," explaining just how much his quality time at there means to him: "Why you gotta fight with me at Cheesecake / You know I love to go there / Say I'm actin' lightskin, I can't take you nowhere / This a place for families that drive Camrys and go to Disney / They don't need to know all of our business." As is corporate social-media code, the Cheesecake Factory had to respond. (Remember what happened to Red Lobster when they took too long?) Don't worry, it only took them the whole day to come up with their very own spin on the Views meme:
Elisabeth Moss Will Star in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Trading the Sexist Past of Mad Men for the Sexist Future of GileadBy Jackson McHenry
Peggy Olson may have been the most famous Elisabeth Moss character to live in a society that devalues women, but she certainly won't be the last — and not just because today's world is already pretty sexist. Hulu has made a straight-to-series order for an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel The Handmaid's Tale with Moss set to star as Offred, the titular handmaid. Like the novel, the series will take place in a dystopian version of the United States known as Gilead. Women have been stripped of their rights and some, like Offred, are kept as concubines for a theocratic ruling class. The 100's Bruce Miller will write and executive-produce the project, while Atwood will act as a consulting producer for the series, which is set to debut its first season in 2017. No word on who will play the Fred to Moss's Offred — hopefully not Pete Campbell.
Before Paul Feig’s rebooted Ghostbusters squad can save New York City from a spectral threat this summer, they’ll be forced to battle a shadowy cabal that’s even more terrifying: straight men on the internet.
That’s my main takeaway from Mike Sampson’s ScreenCrush report noting that the trailer for Feig’s female-led Ghostbusters movie is the most disliked movie trailer ever to appear on YouTube. Though the official teaser only debuted last month, it has already received over 500,000 thumbs-down votes — so many down-votes that it has now entered the unfortunate pantheon of YouTube’s 100 most-disliked videos ever. Comments underneath the trailer include swipes like “This movie is pure feminazi propaganda,” and “When are people going to learn that women aren't funny?” while a YouTube search for the trailer is more likely to produce angry reaction videos like “5 Reasons the Ghostbusters Trailer SUCKS,” each one advertised with a very chill thumbnail image, like a guy flipping the bird or a guy cocking a finger to his head like he’s about to blow his brains out.
The Key and Peele movie Keanu poses a question for brainy cult figures who want to make slapstick action comedies for the multiplex: Do they have the courage of their deadpan? The parodies that make up TV’s Key and Peele are outlandish, but they’re played more or less straight-faced, and the seemingly meandering conversations that break them up are buoyed by the stars’ deliciously tricky rhythms. You need a special kind of pacing for comedy like that — the kind that gives studios the heebie-jeebies, which get passed on to tyro filmmakers. The upshot is a business littered with the bones of cult comics who tried to make mainstream movies and lost their distinctive pulse.
Keanu is cause for hope. In my frequent role as “laugh accountant” for mainstream comedies, I’d estimate two-thirds of it works, and when it’s good it’s sooooo good — good enough to make you want to see Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key and director Peter Atencio and co-writer Alex Rubens do it again and go farther out.
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Aloha Means Hello and Good-bye, Which Is What People Have Been Saying to One Aloha Billboard for a Full YearBy Karen Brill
In Chicago's Logan Square, there looms a harbinger of the past, a billboard advertising Cameron Crowe's spiritual, romantic-dramedy oddity Aloha. That's right. Aloha's controversy might have burned bright and fast, but its advertising remains, nearly a year after the movie's May 2015 release, as a threat of something coming. Look, there are real, confusing legal reasons for the billboard's incomprehensible longevity, but isn't it more fun to believe that Aloha, a ludicrous movie in which Bradley Cooper howls at wolves and Emma Stone gives impassioned speeches about her "belief" in the sky (Vulture looked up and can confirm that the sky does indeed exist), has some kind of universal harmony that neither we nor Amy Pascal understand? The residents of Logan Square sure think so; they're throwing the poster a party! On May 29, guests are to bring tiki drinks and deck out in tropical wear, all in the poster's honor. Is it weird to worship at the behest of a poster for a movie that itself had a lot of questionable allusions to mythical powers? This writer, who lives across the street from a bus ad that still features Blake Lively in Age of Adaline, a movie that beat Aloha to theaters by a month, gets the Logan Square regulars' impulse. You see, there are people in posters. When you see those people in posters every day for an unimaginable length of time, the poster people become your friends, your guardians, your deities. You watch the poster people and the poster people watch you. It's comforting. Still, the whole thing is more like Age of Ads-aline, am I right? My bud Blake gets it.
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Writer and sex educator Lux Alptraum will be walking through each episode of Starz’s The Girlfriend Experience for Vulture, gauging how closely it approximates what it’s like to be a sex worker, in a series of essays and interviews. Here, she breaks down episode seven (check out her pieces on episode one, two, three, four, five, and six). Follow along, and read our Girlfriend Experience recaps here.
The seventh episode of The Girlfriend Experience trades in fear and paranoia. Jack seems to be stalking Christine, who, in turn, deepens her investigation into the impropriety at Kirkland & Allen, all while being pursued by Simon Burcher, a private investigator hired to intimidate her into dropping her claim to her share of Michael’s will.
It also offers a chance to discuss one of the most essential elements of any sex worker’s safety plan: screening and vetting clients. How do escorts make sure a potential client isn’t a private investigator secretly plotting against them (or, more likely, a police officer)? What are the signs that a situation might be somewhat dangerous? To find out, I turned to escort-turned-writer Charlotte Shane, best known for her wildly popular TinyLetter, Prostitute Laundry (now available in book form!).
Finally Some Good Political News for You to Click On: Allison Janney Stepped in As White House Press SecretaryBy Karen Brill
Politics, which of late has been stealing material from your nightmares, finally started raiding your dreams: Allison Janney acted as press secretary during today's White House press briefing, filling in for real-life press secretary Josh Earnest, who was out with "a root canal." Beyond cruelly dangling an untouchable escape hatch, the former West Wing press secretary and current Mom star had an actual reason for taking the podium. Coming to the White House with Mom creator Chuck Lorre, Janney talked about opioid abuse, a topic central to Mom. She also promised a post-briefing "Jackal," because "Jackal" sensuality is NSFCSPAN.
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In the new movie The Family Fang, Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman (who also directed) play adult siblings who are still reeling from their mixed-up childhood under the tutelage of performance-artist father Christopher Walken. Kidman’s character, especially, has found her unconventional upbringing hard to shake: Though she grew up to become a famous actress, she has a wild-child reputation that continues to dog her, as you’ll see in this exclusive clip where film director Josh Pais assumes that just because Kidman’s unmoored character is so scandal-tinged, she’d be willing to go topless for a scene in his movie. As she defiantly sulks in her trailer, Kidman’s character isn’t sure what to do … but ultimately, she decides to go big or go home, strutting to set in her birthday suit. You can see more of what Kidman has to offer in the movie itself, which opens in New York today, then in theaters nationwide (and on demand) May 6.
In its seven seasons, The Good Wife has had gloriously awkward appearances from real-life figures playing themselves: Gloria Steinem, Donna Brazile, Valerie Jarrett, Michael Bloomberg, and Bill de Blasio, who shouted at Eli from a cab TV that just wouldn’t turn off. But over the course of its run, the show really perfected the art of the revered-actor guest spot: Mike Colter, Matthew Perry, America Ferrera, Jeffrey Tambor, Blair Underwood, Matthew Morrison, Amanda Peet, Zach Woods, Matthew Goode, Jill Hennessy, Mo Rocca, Lily Rabe, Margo Martindale, Connie Nielsen, David Hyde Pierce, and Maura Tierney are just some of the other folks who stopped by. There was a single episode in season three with guest spots from Rita Wilson, Parker Posey, Amy Sedaris, and Jonathan Groff. Oh, and don’t forget T.R. Knight!
Every week, when a new case rolled through the doors of Florrick/Agos, or Lockhart, Agos & Lee, or Lockhart Gardner, or whatever the hell attorney combo had formed a firm that week (remember when all the first-year associates tried to break off and start their own firm? Ha!), there was a chance some series favorite (Patti Effing Nyholm!) would show up as opposing counsel and we’d have a real rodeo on our hands.
Behold, we've culled the 15 most epic recurring guest stars ever to grace The Good Wife, ranked.
Well, as someone quoting Will Ferrell might say: That escalated quickly! After reports that Will Ferrell would star as Ronald Reagan in a comedy about the former president's dementia spurred unsurprising levels of outrage from Reagan's family, Ferrell has stepped out of the project. "The REAGAN script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered," the actor's rep told "Page Six." "While it is by no means [an] 'Alzheimer's comedy' as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project." His reps did not comment on whether the decision to leave the film was a direct result of the outcry against it. The script for Reagan, written by Mike Rosolio, takes place "at the start of the then-president's second term when he falls into dementia," and follows an intern who is "tasked with convincing the commander-in-chief that he is an actor playing the president." It's still out there, if anyone dares play the Gipper themselves.
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Hey boos! I'm in D.C. today for work, so I'm writing you from a hostel. Normally when you hear the word "hostel," you think of six Slavic people sharing a room. Euros are super into that #HostelLife. However, I am not, so I requested a private suite. When I showed up, the manager was like, "It's a four-person private bedroom." I go, "That's not private if it's with three other people and I share a bathroom." He goes, "It's private, though."
In that moment, I cursed the Fallopian tubes this man surfed out of to be born, the 2 percent milk he drank as a child, the copy of Animal Farm that he read in high school, and the Magnum condoms he uses. (You must be packing something giant in those jeans if you're that idiotic.) I'm on a smelly futon in the living room right now, wearing Target leggings and holding a five-dollar bottle of H&M perfume that smells surprisingly good. This is, indeed, "The Glamorous Life" that Shelia E. sang about. Moving on!
“Loveline,” the call-in show that made Adam Carolla, Dr. Drew Pinsky, and sex-question talk radio famous, aired its final broadcast last night after three decades on the air in some form. There wasn’t much warning — the news that Dr. Drew would be resigning his post broke only last week. And there was little fanfare to the last show. I wailed to my friends about it all morning, and most of them were surprised to hear “Loveline” had still been on the air.
But the show was a cultural touchstone for any “’90s kid” who remembers sneaking a portable radio into her bed at 10 p.m. on a school night to tune in, or stalling in her car after driving home from a date to hear the answers to the always-fascinating questions from callers. Kathy Griffin and Andy Dick stopped by last night’s final show, and Dick summed it up wonderfully: “Do you know how many people need this show because their parents don't talk about sex to them?" That was especially true in the late ’90s, before WebMD became what is today, before a therapist could exist in an app on your cell phone. More than one person has told me that “Loveline” was how they learned what orgasms are.
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