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In a cinematic era dominated by interconnected superhero universes and Rotten Tomatoes scores, the Paddington franchise stands out as one of the most unique series of films to please moviegoers and critics alike. So it should come as no surprise that fans are clamoring for actor Ben Whishaw and director Paul King to make another sequel. Whether Paddington 3 actually comes to fruition remains to be seen, especially since both Whishaw and King are quite busy at the moment. But that didn’t stop Entertainment Weekly from asking the former about it ahead of the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Whishaw’s initial reaction to the prospect? “I absolutely love doing Paddington.” That being said, his participating in a third movie all depends on a number of factors:
“It takes a lot of time, and each time I’ve done it, it’s taken the better part of a year. But… I would love to do another one.”
While Whishaw says he’s game to return as the duffel-coat-wearing bear, he’s not likely to do so without writer-director Paul King on board. “I can’t imagine what it would be like without him, so I think it’s really down to whether he wants to or not,” the actor says.
Basically, the likelihood of a Paddington 3 depends primarily on King’s making the time, and having the desire, to do so. “I think he probably needs a real break from Paddington right now because he’s spent the last five years doing it,” Whishaw said of the director.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)
The Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis isn’t scheduled to air until July 29th, yet many of the best jokes and surprises from Saturday night’s taping in Los Angeles are already making the rounds online. From roast master Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s hosting duties to a surprise appearance by Willis’ ex-wife, Demi Moore, it sounds like Comedy Central may have another successful roast on its hands. The latter was an especially fun moment, according to those who were in attendance, as Moore’s arrival on the roasting stage wasn’t announced until right before she approached the podium.
“I was married to Bruce for the first three Die Hard movies, which makes sense because the last two sucked,” Moore quipped. “Bruce considered the end of our marriage his biggest failure. Bruce, don’t be so hard on yourself, you had much bigger failures. Planet Hollywood, Hudson Hawk… campaigning for Michael Dukakis, turning down Clooney’s role in Ocean’s Eleven to focus on playing the harmonica.”
It was all in good fun, of course, for Deadline points out that “Willis’ daughters Rumer, Tallulah, and Scout and his wife Emma Heming were in the audience laughing at his expense” the whole time. Even when, amazingly, a “rather obnoxious Dennis Rodman… stumbled through his ribald set.”
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt: “Bruce Willis is what you get if you drain the white part of Dwayne Johnson.”
- Nikki Glaser: “Your daughters must be so proud of their father, Ashton Kutcher.”
- Glaser: “This is a real personal moment for me, to be here roasting my dead cousin’s second-favorite action star. You had an amazing action film career until Jason Statham started balding.”
- Cybill Shepherd: “Hollywood wouldn’t be Hollywood if they didn’t reward a man for aging into mediocrity.”
- Kevin Pollak: “If you wanted to be humiliated, clearly we both know you could’ve just released another singing album.”
- Jeff Ross: “Bruce Willis used to be a big action star. Now when you look in the mirror, you see dead people. I hope this roast doesn’t end with you realizing your career was dead the entire time.”
- Martha Stewart: “Bruce and I live in the same town of Bedford. He has a beautiful house and the interior design is amazing. He wanted everything inside to look mid-century modern, except his new wife.”
- Dom Irrera: “Comedy Central roasts only the best people. Bruce, Donald Trump, that guy from Baywatch.”
- Bruce Willis: “Joseph played a younger me in Looper. He couldn’t pull it off. There is one actor who successfully played me. It was Demi Moore.”
- Willis: “Cybill, it’s so great to be back on TV with you, honey, on another show starring me.”
While Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s latest potential blockbuster, Skyscraper, didn’t have that great of an opening weekend at the box office, that didn’t stop the actor from discussing other matters while promoting it. Like his apparent “feud” with his fellow Fast and the Furious franchise star Tyrese Gibson, which was supposedly exacerbated by The Rock’s franchise spin-off with Jason Statham, resulting in Fast 9‘s delay.
Johnson addressed it specifically while taking calls on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, when a caller asked him if he had spoken with Tyrese about the issue. “No, we haven’t talked at all,” he said, adding that there was “no need” to broach it with his co-star:
“That whole thing with Tyrese, it was pretty disappointing because I had been friends with Tyrese for a very long time,” Johnson said. “I always feel like a beef requires two people to actually jump in it, and it was pretty one-sided and he had voiced his opinion a lot on social media. Apparently, he was going through some stuff, too, in his personal life. But, no, we haven’t talked and I don’t see where we would and, to me, there’s no need to have a conversation.”
Meanwhile, Tyrese loosely responded to The Rock’s comments on Twitter. “Handsome guy with the muscles,” he said, tagging The Rock’s account in a post that basically turned into an ad for something else. Tyrese also included the curious hashtag #MyLipsAreSealedStudioOrders.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)
Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Showtime series Who Is America? debuted this morning on its streaming app (it will premiere on cable tonight at 10 p.m.), and in its first episode, it contains all the hallmarks of what made Borat and Ali G successful, hard-to-watch, and comically insightful as they were. In the series, Sacha Baron Cohen introduces four new characters to talk with a host of people, including Congressmen, Bernie Sanders, a Southern Republican couple, an art dealer, and some NRA enthusiasts.
The first segment sees Cohen character Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr. Ph.D. — a man confined to a wheelchair by choice (to conserve his energy) — speak with Bernie Sanders about healthcare and the distribution of wealth. Senator Sanders, to his credit, acquits himself well in the interview. He listens to Ruddick, corrects him when he is wrong (or at least tries to), and never embarrasses himself.
The second segment is easily the most difficult to watch, almost to the point of being unbearable. In it, Cohen plays a loony liberal caricature who aims to “heal the divide” in America by trying to convince Republicans that their opinions are wrong. He talks to a South Carolina Republican couple who invite him into their home to discuss politics over dinner.
Rather than embarrass themselves, the real people actually take pains to indulge the characters. If anything, Cohen’s conversation with two Republicans illustrates how remarkably restrained they are in attempting to tolerate a character who forces his female daughter to stand up while she urinates, who asks his daughter to menstruate (or “free bleed”) on an American flag, and whose wife took a dolphin as a lover. Rather than objecting, the Republican husband and wife listen and at least try to honor his lifestyle. Their Southern manners are on full display. Who is America in this instance? America is a family of conservatives who try not to publically judge a man who is clearly trying to provoke them (when Cohen leaves the room, the husband suggests that his values are “f**ked up,” which is not an inaccurate statement).
The third segment is likewise uncomfortable and feels like a segment that would feel at home on an episode of Nathan Fielder’s show. In it, Cohen plays an ex-con who meets with a fine art dealer and shows her paintings he made with his own feces and semen (and semen extracted from his cellmate). The art dealer, again, indulges the ex-con. She is respectful, restrained, and tries to honor this man’s “genius.” She doesn’t even raise any objections when he leaves to evacuate his bowels and paint a portrait of her, and she ultimately gives him a few of her pubic hairs. What does this segment say about art dealers? Perhaps that what constitutes “art” is all bullsh*t, but mostly, it just illustrates again that people are polite and willing to indulge what appears to be a man clearly traumatized by his prison experience.
The final segment, however, is where Who Is America? is most effective in unearthing the unsettling reality of guns and politics. It is a bonkers segment that sees Baron play Col. Errad Morad — an Israeli gun advocate — speak with a guns-right expert; a gun lobbyist; and several Congressmen and former Congressmen. Morrad is pushing a Kinderguardians program that would allow toddlers to own guns and bring them into schools. “The only way to defeat a bad guy with a gun is to have a good boy with a gun.”
What’s odd is how little he has to do to convince these men — they don’t even need a light nudge. They’re fully on board right out of the gate. He first speaks to Philip Van Cleave, a gun rights advocate who has appeared on Fox News and who has no hesitation when it came to arming toddlers. In fact, he helps Morad make an instructional video for toddlers on how to use Gunamals (Puppy Pistol, Uzicorn, etc), stuffed animals with guns inside of them. Van Cleave also said that children under the age of 4 haven’t yet learned the difference between right and wrong and therefore would “make great soldiers.” What?
Next, he met with lobbyist Larry Pratt, the executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, a guns-right organization with over 1.5 million members. Pratt, likewise, is taken by the idea of arming children. He encouraged the idea of toddlers “instinctively going for a gun” to shoot Muslims while they pray, and laughs agreeably with the idea that it’s not rape if it’s your wife. He finally agrees to help Morad introduce a bill to Congress to get guns in the hands of toddlers.
Surely, however, no Congressman would agree to such a thing, right? Wrong! Cohen gets former Congressman Trent Lott, current Congressional Republican Dana Rohrabacher, current Congressman Joe Wilson, and former Congressman and current talk-show host Joe Walsh to agree to promote a guns-for-toddlers program. Did Sacha Cohen Baron dupe these Congressmen? Sure. Did he make these Congressman express support (as Walsh has claimed) for a program that puts guns in the hands of preschoolers? Absolutely not.
“Happy shooting, kids” says Joe Walsh.
The first episode of Who Is America? can currently be watched on the Showtime anywhere app. It airs at 10 p.m. tonight on Showtime. The last segment, at least, is well worth watching.
The top movie at the box office this weekend was Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, the third in the Adam Sandler animated franchise. Ironically, it’s also the only place to find Sandler these days outside of Netflix, where he’s still making movies as part of a massive production deal. The film made $44 million, which is right in line with expectations. It’s almost exactly what the first film earned in its opening weekend and about $4 million less than the sequel’s opening weekend.
For Sony, the Hotel Transylvania series is a no-brainer. They’re relatively inexpensive films to make (around $80 million, or less than half of what it cost to make a Pixar film), and they turn a tidy profit (the second one made nearly $500 million worldwide). Reviews for the third film have been mixed (59 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and for the third consecutive time, the film earned an A- from Cinemascore.
As a parent subjected to these films, I thought that both critics and audiences were too kind to a film where “The Macarena” played a pivotal role in the plot. As a parent, I also understand why these films earn as much money as they do: They’re mildly amusing diversions that seem to be released on the exact weekends when parents need a two-hour break. The films also benefit from the star power and social-media presence of their voice actors — Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Joe Jonas, Keegan Michael-Key and Andy Samberg, among others — although they might be wise to spend some of that money in the fourth film to punch up the jokes (garlic, we learn in this film, makes vampires fart).
Second place this weekend went to Ant-Man and The Wasp, which fell 63 percent in its second weekend and earned $28.1 million. After 10 days, the Marvel sequel has now put up $128 million at the box office, which puts it well ahead of its predecessor, which had earned only $106 million after ten days on its way to $180 million domestic (a similar trajectory would put Ant-Man and The Wasp closer to $200 million). Interestingly, Ant-Man also faced off against Adam Sandler (Pixels) and a Mission Impossible film in its first few weeks of release in 2015. (Tom Cruise is due out with another Mission Impossible film at the end of the month.)
The big story this weekend, however, is the showing of Dwayne Johnson’s Skyscraper. Early projections put it between $40 and $60 million, but the film failed to meet even the most conservative expectations. Skyscraper earned a weak $25 million in its debut weekend, one of the few major misfires of the summer (outside of Solo). Box-office pundits will likely spend the next few days pondering the failure of Skyscraper, and the leading theory so far is the overexposure of The Rock. This is his third film since December and his fifth film since April 2017, and as popular and well-liked as Dwayne Johnson is, that might be a little too much of The Rock for such a short period of time, particularly coming off of the middling Rampage.
The thing that Skyscraper had going for it was also what may have hurt it during a crowded summer season: It’s an original movie, by which I mean that it’s not a sequel, reboot, or based on an existing property, although some may be hard pressed to call what is essentially Die Hard on a skyscraper an “original” film. Critics were mixed (50 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences, likewise, were nonplussed (it received a B+ Cinemascore). I thought it was a decent, meat-and-potatoes action flick, a modestly fun and intense film for those with a fear of heights. I expect it will play well overseas, but with a $125 million budget, it may have a difficult road ahead if it expects to turn a profit.
Perhaps the best thing that Johnson could do with his career at the moment is to take a break, but that’s unlikely. He’s already lined up three tentpole films for 2019 and will reteam with his Skyscraper director Rawson Marshall Thurber for Red Line in 2020. Then again, it’s not The Rock’s first misfire in recent years (see also Baywatch and Hercules) and Johnson always seems to bounce back just fine. He shouldn’t have any problem putting off those political aspirations for a few more years.
Numbers four, five, and six were all holdovers. Incredibles 2, the highest grossing animated film of all time, added another $14.5 million in its fifth week, and it’s now earned $534 million, good for the third highest grossing film of 2018. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom also added $14 million in its fourth weekend, bringing its total to $361 million (it’s well over $1 billion worldwide, however). Meanwhile, The First Purge made a tidy $9.5 million and after ten days, the Jason Blum film has now earned nearly $50 million on a $13 million budget.
The phenomenal Boots Riley film, Sorry to Bother You, added nearly 800 theaters this weekend and earned $4 million. I don’t know how much Annapurna Pictures paid for the film out of Sundance, but the studio is probably happy with the $5.1 million it has earned so far.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado earned $3.4 million in its third weekend, and it has now earned $42 million, just short of the $46 million the original film made three years ago. Uncle Drew is hanging in there, earning another $3.1 million to bring its total to $36.5 million after three weeks, Ocean’s 8 lives in the top ten for one more week (its sixth), collecting $2.9 million more in receipts to bring its overall total to $132 million. In limited release, it’s also worth noting that A24’s Eighth Grade — currently sporting a 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes — kicked up a spectacular per theater average in four locations in NYC and Los Angeles.
Next week, the multiplex continues to get more crowded with three more releases, which probably won’t be helpful to Skyscraper’s long-term prospects. Equalizer 2, the first sequel in the long career of Denzel Washington, will take on Meryl Streep and Cher’s Mamma Mia 2 as well as another Blumhouse offering, Unfriended: Dark Web.
Today is National Ice Cream Day — potentially the most important holiday on earth. The day where you can feel no shame putting a pause on your diet in order to indulge in creamy, chocolate and peanut butter-covered bliss. It makes sense that this very delicious day would take place in the midst of the summer heat. Sweltering, humidity-filled days are the perfect time to cool down by filling your belly with vanilla, chocolate, rocky road, mint chip, peanut butter cup, and cookies and cream.
Whether you like slow churned and creamy, soft-serve, frozen yogurt, or even gelato, this frozen dessert is beloved by young and old alike (Just say “popsicles are better!” once and we will fight you). To make it easier for you to get melted ice cream all over your face and hands today, stores all over the country are offering deals (and freebies). Check them all out below.
Stop by participating locations to get a free 3-ounce cup of Raspberry Lemon Gelato today.
Stop by Baskin-Robbins to get by-one-get-one-free 99-cent sundaes and $2 off medium milkshakes when you use the official app.
To celebrate National Ice Cream Day, Carvel is offering buy-one-get-one-free soft serve cones and cups.
Stop by participating locations to get buy-one-get-one-free ice cream today.
To celebrate the holiday, Cumberland Farms is offering customers $1 off any of the store’s Ultimate Scoops Ice Cream Flavors. All you need to do to take advantage of this deal is text the word “SCOOPS” to 64827.
Get a coupon for a free small Blizzard when you download the DQ app.
Stop by participating Dippin’ Dots stores today to get one free mini cup.
The popular low-calorie ice cream brand is celebrating the holiday by giving away free pints of “Golden Edition” ice cream. Click here to find out more.
If you happen to be New York City today and you’re one of the first 50 people to stop by Oddfellows, you can get an ice cream cone for only $1.
Even your dog can get in on the celebration. Participating PetSmart stores are giving away ice cream for your dog today.
The frozen yogurt chain celebrates the holiday by offering by-one-get-one-free while supplies last.
Participating locations will be giving away a free scoop of the restaurant’s Italian gelato.
Star Wars, as an entity, has always sparked heated debates. It’s possible to be ostracized by friends and family because your thoughts on the newest A Star Wars Story are misaligned with the rest of the world’s. There are those purists who prefer Lucas’s original three films, and there are those who revel in the acrobatic and visual splendor of the prequel era.
Star Wars fandom can be quite hostile, but it’s a franchise that boasts about the pitfalls of exclusivity, and the importance of diversity. Being a Star Wars fan means enjoying the magic on screen, even if a person only gravitates towards one specific entry. Star Wars is an ever-evolving tapestry, and sometimes it’s best to evaluate one’s opinion on a franchise releasing at least one new film every year.
Some of the best shows on TV right now in 2018 are criminally underrated and not watched by nearly enough people. Sure, you’ve heard of How to Get Away with Murder, Empire, Game of Thrones, and all those other great, popular shows. But have you heard of Wentworth? Better Things? Didn’t think so. Here to solve this very pressing problem is this list of unknown or underrated TV shows you should be watching right now, if anything just to shake things up a bit. Be sure to also watch the best shows ending in 2018 before it’s too late!
Some of the shows on this list are fairly standard genre shows like crime thrillers and supernatural tween romcoms, but each of the television series listed here are uniquely memorable and entertaining. Why aren’t people watching? The shows may have a bad time slot or maybe people feel these are shows where nothing happens. However, many of these shows are actually critically acclaimed and beloved by a small group of loyal viewers. It’s truly amazing and baffling that these shows have managed to fly under the radar, but once you read about these underrated series you should be watching, maybe they’ll gain at least one new fan.
Looking for some new TV show suggestions for this coming Saturday night? Maybe check out that Gillian Anderson thriller that everyone’s been talking about over in Britain. (Hint: It’s not The X-Files.) Or maybe you can keep it light and watch some adorable current underrated shows on the CW, like iZombie or Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. There are so many under the radar TV shows out there that deserve more viewers and more buzz. If you’re looking for a good Netflix and chill show, why not try some of these underrated gems?
Go on and celebrate underrated television by voting up your favorite shows with cult followings!
List of the most beautiful women of all time: ranked not on talent or accomplishments, but on looks alone. This is a test to see if the so-called “wisdom of the crowd” will actually be able to determine who the most beautiful woman of all time is. If you’d like to rank these women on more than their beauty, consult The Best Actresses in Film History list. This list does not only include the prettiest current actresses, but the most beautiful women in history.
So, who is the most beautiful woman ever? Of course, that woman may very well be a total unknown, but since it’s impossible to list every woman who’s ever existed, and one is less likely to rank people they don’t know, this list will obviously be restricted to people who’ve achieved a fair level of celebrity. A “fair level of celebrity” is defined by being famous enough to have a profile page on Wikipedia or IMDB. Historical figures are accepted IF pictures of them are generally accepted as accurate. Add your own suggestions and this should hopefully be an ever expanding list.
These ladies are the top of the list in the conversation for sexiest woman ever and prettiest woman in the world. These are the hottest women of all time, definitely in the top 10 most beautiful women ever.