Summon up all your feelings of worth, because you're about to get another shot at seeing Wayne's World on the big screen. The comedy classic turns 25 this year and, to celebrate the milestone, Wayne and Garth will host a quiet, intimate affair — NOT! Okay, now that that's out of the way, Wayne's World will in fact party on in a brief but blissful return to theaters. The re-debut will include an introduction by Peter Travers and a pre-recorded discussion with the cast. For those uninitiated into the cult of Wayne, the 1992 release is based on Mike Myers and Dana Carvey's beloved Saturday Night Live sketch of the same name. Wayne's World will once more schwing into theaters nationwide on February 7 and 8.
The auditory accompaniment to some funky faces is here. The Search for Everything Wave One, John Mayer's first debut in three years, has arrived. The four-song EP features the previously released "Love on the Weekend" among the included tuneage. And measly though the offering may seem, Mayer promises it's but a taste of more to come. Tweeting about the release, Mayer wrote, "My heart’s racing. These songs represent literally hundreds of hours of living inside of these little worlds. And more to come." But, hey, loyal listeners of the world, no pressure. Give the pop-rockin' tunes a listen below.
On the eve of the very end of Barack Obama's presidency, how about we ... shove our heads deep in the sand, til grains of gravel are knocking around in our ear drums, and wind back the clock to its beginning? You remember the eve of Obama's first inauguration, don't you? When we were all little-engines-that-could and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert was but a faint whisper in the mist? Back then, we had problems, sure, but we also had The Colbert Report and its host "Stephen Colbert," and that, well, that was something. Alas, those days are dead, so in lieu of dumping a bucket of mac n' cheese in your lap, the real Colbert devoted a segment of Thursday's Late Show to a blast from the legally kosher near-past, treating viewers to a final Obama farewell by identical twin cousin to "Stephen Colbert," "Stephen Colbert." Yet, while the visit did make us ache for no. 44, it also had us hurting for some more "Colbert." After all, where are we possibly going to find our fill of "truthiness" without him?
Alec Baldwin was one of the many celebs on-hand at the Donald Trump protest put on by Michael Moore Thursday outside the Trump International Hotel. And it's a good thing too, because what better way to resist the incoming regime than with a technique certified to unravel the near-President into a mess of sputtering fury? Shaking things up a bit from the impassioned speeches delivered by the likes of Robert de Niro and Mark Ruffalo, Baldwin brought his patented couched-lips, splayed-fingers Trump impersonation out to play. Like a perfect round of word association, Baldwin's Trump touched on the cold, Russia, and his need to urinate (and the ways in which those things may or may not be intertwined) before Baldwin got sincere. He said, "Trump and Pence think you're going to lay down ... That's one thing about New Yorkers: You don't lay down." Now, one might think that Trump is currently a bit too preoccupied with being sworn in as the leader of the free world to respond, but only if one has spent the last several months submerged in a soundproof vat of marshmallow fluff, so let the wait for the tweet storm begin.
Black-ish might be expanding its reach. Deadline reports that a spinoff of the acclaimed ABC sitcom is in the works. The proposed show would center on Zoey (Yara Shahidi), Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Bow's (Tracee Ellis Ross) firstborn, as she enters college. It's early days for the project, but there's a possibility that the network will test the waters by airing a backdoor pilot on Black-ish later this year. Were it to come to fruition, the spinoff would kill two birds with one stone, stemming off the awkwardness of how to keep a college-bound kid on a family sitcom (we're looking at you, Modern Family), while also helping to end the drought of college-set series (A Different World, indeed). Of course, nothing in this life comes free, and Black-ish-ish will be a chore to type.
This post discusses the ending of Split in detail.
Few filmmakers working in Hollywood are more famous for their endings than M. Night Shyamalan. For better or worse, Shyamalan has built his reputation on sucker-punch endings that have audiences recalibrating the movie they've just sat through, and his new multiple-personality thriller Split is no exception. It might be too simple to call the development in the movie's final scene a "twist," but — well, to discusses it in more detail, we're going to jump to the next paragraph. Follow us, if you dare.
Stars, they're just like us, give or take an unfathomable reservoir of patience in the face of obvious baiting. Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter to share an incredibly gross paparazzi incident, in which a paparazzo asked Teigen a blatantly racist question about husband John Legend. "Paparazzi at JFK just asked me 'if we evolved from monkeys, why is John Legend still around?' - and people wonder why celebs lose it in pics," she wrote. Apparently the question came out of left field, as Teigen was gamely answering questions about her cook book when the man attempted to solicit a rise. She explained, "I was very kind. Answered cooking questions, then he came with that. Fucking disgusting." Capping it off? "Also, john is right next to me. The balls." The paparazzo didn't stop with racism either, adding in some anti-Semitic trolling for good measure. Per Teigen, "He also went from 'what's an easy recipe to make at home' to 'if a Jew were a vampire, would he still be afraid of crosses?'" What a charmer. Here's hoping Teigen's future travel tweets get to be more mysterious movie shade and less accounts of filth people hereon.
Oh, fellow Big Bang Theory viewers, look at our little sitcom characters! They're getting to be all growed up.
Sheldon is learning to take an interest in his fellow humans. Amy is hosting her own girls night gatherings. Penny and Leonard are addressing early signs of trouble in their marriage before they start to grow apart. Howard and Raj are using Dungeons & Dragons-inspired boards to design a glow-in-the-dark grid by which to traverse the squeaky floors of baby Halley's room.
Okay, most of them are getting to be all growed up.
What do you do when you've been planning a film festival for a year and Donald Trump's inauguration is scheduled right in the middle of it? In some ways, this is nothing new for Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford to contend with: Sundance is now in its 32nd year, and since it takes place in late January, it butts up against an inauguration every four years. Still, this may be the first time that the incoming President is so thoroughly against everything the festival stands for, including free speech, diversity of voices, and the importance of the arts.
The premiere of A Dog's Purpose has been cancelled after on-set footage surfaced of a dog being forced to do a stunt while in obvious distress. The decision comes as the video engulfs the movie in controversy, with PETA calling for a boycott of the film and the movie's creative team expressing their shock and dismay. According to Variety, Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, the companies behind A Dog's Purpose, released a statement, explaining that it is "in the best interest of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ to cancel this weekend’s premiere and press junket" as a review into the disturbing video is still ongoing. Despite canceling the premiere, the companies insist that they "continue to support this film" and reaffirm their conviction that "Hercules the German Shepherd was not harmed throughout the filmmaking." A Dog's Purpose was set to debut this Saturday.
Bill Cosby's lawyers are trying to make one of his many legal battles go away. The latest filing comes in the defamation case levied against Cosby by Janice Dickinson, who says Cosby "branded her a liar" after Dickinson went public with allegations that Cosby drugged and raped her in the '80s. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Cosby's lawyers are asking the California Court of Appeal to throw the suit out. Their reasoning has to do with a letter that Marty Singer, Cosby's former attorney, wrote to the press, in which he accused Dickinson of making up the sexual-assault allegations. (Singer was initially named with Cosby in the defamation suit, but has since been dropped.) Now, Cosby's current lawyer, Angela Agrusa, says in a filing that,"The Statement’s assertion that Ms. Dickinson’s rape allegations are fabrications constitutes Attorney Singer’s opinion, and because it also discloses the facts upon which that opinion is based, it cannot serve as the basis for a defamation suit." She also makes two other main lines of argument. First, she writes that Singer's representation of Cosby does not make Cosby liable for Singer's own words, meaning that Cosby cannot be responsible for any alleged defamation. And second, she argues that Dickinson's reputation is such that harm from Singer's statements cannot be proven. Per the filing, "In her quest to remain in the public eye, Ms. Dickinson actively cultivates a reputation for outrageous behavior that includes substance abuse, mental lapses, and not being truthful." The maneuver has yet to receive a response.
August Wilson was still a young artist, if no longer a young man, when he started work on Jitney at age 34. Was the play, about some car-service drivers scratching out a living, meant as a one-off? Or did he know at the time that it would be the kickoff for the most ambitious, and in many ways the most successful, American dramatic project since O’Neill? That project, sometimes called the Pittsburgh Cycle and mostly set in that city’s mostly black Hill District, would eventually encompass ten plays, one for each decade of the 20th century. They range widely not only in period but style, from the terrifying post-slavery mysticism of Gem of the Ocean, representing the 1900s, to the buppie real-estate drama of Radio Golf, representing the 1990s. In between are such masterworks as Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, and Fences — the last now a movie. (Denzel Washington intends to produce the entire cycle for film.) Jitney is in many ways an outlier among this crowd of heavyweights, being mostly comic and, to its detriment, the only one written in the same decade it’s set, the unlovely 1970s. Wilson came to the premiere, at a small Pittsburgh theater, with his mother, in an actual jitney.
All Eleanor Shellstrop ever wanted was to be left alone. Saddled with neglectful parents who constantly demanded her attention, she decided at an early age to keep all personal relationships purely transactional — and to make sure that she always got the better end of the deal. Even in the afterlife, Eleanor had been fighting to stay in The Good Place because she doesn’t want to go The Bad Place. As soon as she hears that there might be a “Medium Place” — where the fabled Mindy St. Claire resides — she bolts for it. But at Mindy’s house, just as on Earth, Eleanor ultimately discovers that a life of selfish solitude isn’t all that satisfying.
Singer Chrisette Michele has opted to perform at this weekend’s presidential inauguration event, and she says it’s because she’s “willing to be a bridge.” But whatever it is that Michele is trying to be a bridge between, filmmaker Spike Lee will not be crossing it. In an Instagram post, the director said he had considered using Michele’s song “Black Girl Magic” in his upcoming Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, based on his film from 1986, but that her participation in a Trump event has dissuaded him. “Good Morning Folks,” Lee wrote in his post. “I Wuz Sorry To Read That "Sistuh Girl" Is Singin' At DT's Inauguration (And To Use His Fav Word-SAD). I Wuz Thinkin' 'bout Using Chrisette's Song- BLACK GIRL MAGIC In My Netflix Series SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT.... NOT ANYMORE. And Dat's Da Truth, Ruth.”
Sneaky Pete is making good on its second chance at life. The Bryan Cranston and Graham Yost-produced series was originally shot down by CBS, but then Amazon swooped in to save the day. Now, it’s getting picked up for a second season. The show — about a con man (Ribisi) fresh out of prison who assumes the identity of his cellmate, the titular Pete, to avoid paying off a massive debt to a gangster (Cranston, who is also the Sneaky co-creator) — has been deemed eminently binge-worthy by Vulture, and according to Amazon it debuted with the platform’s second-highest streaming numbers of any series to date behind The Man in the High Castle. So now you can watch and keep pondering whether or not Ethan Embry and Giovanni Ribisi really do look alike.
On season 2 of UnREAL, the show within the show, Everlasting, put its first black suitor front and center — beating the real life Bachelor to that same move. TVLine is now reporting that Caitlin Fitzgerald will lead season 3 as the meta-program’s first ever female suitor, Serena. On-screen producers Rachel (Shiri Appleby) and Quinn (Constance Zimmer) are chasing bigger ratings, and they’ll likely have a whale of a time putting a woman in their crosshairs for the first time.
Veteran character actor Miguel Ferrer has died of cancer at the age of 61, Variety reports. Ferrer was born in Santa Monica, California, to a showbiz family: His mother was musician Rosemary Clooney, and his father was Spanish guitarist and composer José Ferrer. After starting in the industry as a studio musician, Ferrer guest starred in films and TV shows throughout the 1980s, taking small roles in projects like Star Trek III, Robocop, and Hill Street Blues. His most famous turn in this era came as pacifist FBI agent Albert Rosenfeld on Twin Peaks, a part he recently reprised in the upcoming Showtime reboot of the series. Ferrer worked at a prolific pace in the decades since, popping up in Blank Check, Iron Man 3, and the pilot episode of E.R., which starred his cousin George Clooney. His longest-tenured roles came in Crossing Jordan and NCIS: Los Angeles, both of which he appeared in over 100 episodes of; in a statement, NCIS: Los Angeles showrunner R. Scott Gemmill praised Ferrer as "a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence onscreen, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart." Ferrer is survived by his wife, Lori, and sons, Lukas and Rafi.
Boy, the superhero economy is a truly odd duck. Way back in 2014, we learned that Dwayne Johnson would be playing Black Adam, the antagonist in DC Comics adaptation Shazam, a movie that isn't coming out until ... 2019. It didn't have anyone cast in the role of the title character, much less a director. Now, though the hypothetical film still lacks all of those (somewhat crucial) elements, it possesses a spin-off movie. EW is reporting that Johnson will star in a Black Adam solo flick at some point, and that it'll be set within the troubled DC Extended Universe, a shared cinematic world that includes Henry Cavill's Superman, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, Batfleck, and the Suicide Squad. No word on a release date, nor a director or screenwriter.
Needless to say, this kind of confidence borders on hubris, given the critical drubbing and financial underperformance of recent DCEU films — and it's especially surprising given that Shazam and Black Adam are very obscure pieces of intellectual property. That said, this could be a signal of a kind of re-orientation on Warner Bros.' part. Shazam (once known as Captain Marvel, though the existence of another character by that name in the rival Marvel Cinematic Universe has led DC Entertainment to downplay the moniker in its content) is, traditionally, a pretty sunshine-y character, and Warner has been trying to convince folks that their output is about to get funny, hopeful, and optimistic. Then again, Black Adam is not a happy dude, and Johnson recently described the character as "the most ruthless villain/anti-hero of all time," so ... we're probably just doubling down on DC's much-criticized grim-and-gritty aesthetic. One of these days, the Superhero Bubble will pop, and this announcement might look like one of its most over-inflated moments.
Anne Hathaway is a too-old-for-it-to-be-cute party girl whose life has little-to-no direction, but her whole outlook on the world is tossed upside down when she wakes up one day to realize she is psychically linked to a kaiju ripping its way through South Korea. That’s the plot of Colossal, a new sci-fi dramedy from director Nacho Vigalondo, which has been receiving strong reviews after debuting at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. From the look of the movie's new trailer, there’s plenty of kooky stuff going on here, and the presence of Jason Sudeikis suggests the film will lean on comedy at points, but reports say Colossal also has a lot of darker elements woven throughout. Hathaway and her monstrous psychological counterpart hit theaters on April 7.
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