Mean Girls the Movie the Musical the Movie Musical is happening whether we want it to or not, and the only person more excited than Tina Fey’s accountant is Mean Girls superfan Mariah Carey. On September 10, Billboard posted a video in which Fey quizzes Carey on the 2004 comedy, and over the course of the quiz the two figure out how Carey can participate in the newest big-screen adaptation. When Fey asks Carey, “What song do the Plastics dance to every year at the talent show?” Carey not only answers correctly (“Jingle Bell Rock,” duh) but also throws in that she’s “a little bit disappointed that they’re not dancing to my song.” Fey, who has Donaghy-sharp business instincts, tells Carey, “We’re gonna make another movie of it, so if you wanna license us that song for the movie and also be in the movie, just say nothing now, and we’ll consider it legally binding.” Carey does Fey one better and says she’ll … [Read more...] about Mariah Carey Wants to Play a Cool Mom in the New
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A bevy of producers, executives, and directors have provided Landis with validation. He’s become an object of loathing for his critics — most of whom direct their ire toward his conduct online, rather than his work — but that hasn’t seemed to slow his lightning-fast rise in the past five years. He already has an impressively long résumé for someone his age, having written genre-bending outings like Chronicle,American Ultra, Victor Frankenstein, and Mr. Right; written and directed Me Him Her; executive produced the TV series Channel Zero; and created and acted as lead writer for the BBC America show Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, which is about to begin its second season. But just as impressive are the deals he’s made for products that haven’t hit the screen yet: He sold a spec for this winter’s Bright for a reported $3.5 million (an insane figure for the largely dying sector of mid-budget, non-franchise pictures), … [Read more...] about Who’s Afraid of Max Landis?
See if your quarantine project can top this: Madonna is writing a biopic with Diablo Cody, the pair confirmed on a wide-ranging Instagram Live on September 10. The Queen of Pop had previously alluded to a new project with Cody — between questioning the COVID-19 pandemic and enjoying her bathtub — telling fans a month ago that the two were writing together. Last night’s Instagram Live was a live writing session, starting on page 107 (!), which depicts a scene where Madonna’s sister Paula Ciccone confronts her in London while Madonna was there working on Evita. Along with writing lines like “Duh!” Madonna shared details of the new movie with fans. “The focus is really about my struggle as an artist, right?” she asked Cody, who gave the camera a few concerned glances in the hour-plus session. “Trying to survive in a man’s world as a woman. And really just the journey, which has been happy, sad, mad, crazy, good, bad, and … [Read more...] about Madonna’s Biopic Plans Sound Like a Beautiful Mess
This is another tendency of Des Barres’s. She likes to remind you of all of the people she knew and slept with. She runs off on beautiful, captivating, voyeuristic tangents — much like her books — to tell you about seeing Elvis from the front row (between Plant and Page by the way), or about her 50-year friendship with Alice Cooper, or the time she was dating Keith Moon and Waylon Jennings at the same time, but ended up hitting it off with her eventual husband, actor and singer Michael Des Barres. Part of her appeal is the bedrock of Crowe’s film. Des Barres really was almost famous. And we all want to be close to fame. … [Read more...] about The Real Penny Lane Has a Few Things Left to Say About
The typical stoner film is chock-full of drug use of all kinds (primarily pot), pop culture references, cartoonishly-evil cops, naked women, gross-out humor, and completely-toasted characters with silly names like Smokey, Trip, and Cheech. They’re pure fantasy for potheads, who can lie down and relax while watching the film’s hero do everything they’re too wasted to do: eat amazing food, sleep with beautiful women, all the while having fun with their friends and avoiding the authorities. While some pot films, like Dazed and Confused and Pineapple Express, have emerged as polished and coherent efforts that are pleasing to stoners and non-stoners alike, most other marijuana-heavy comedies are scraggly, unfocused yarns that by the end are just limping toward that 90 minute mark, oftentimes not even having enough story to fill that scant runtime. Many stoner films perform better on home video than in theatrical release, as their target demographic is rather hard to tear … [Read more...] about A Definitive Guide to Stoner Comedies