Johnny Oleksinski When Tina Fey’s film “Mean Girls” came out in 2004, the comedy was lauded as a silly, satirical excoriation of modern high-school life and its cliques, cafeteria antics and materialism. “Mean Girls” was a “Clueless” for the millennial age. And it was so fetch.
Fast forward to 2018. “Mean Girls” is about to begin a new life as a Broadway musicalin March. But some Broadway watchers believe the subject matter is too mean for these kinder, gentler times.
“It just might not be the moment for ‘Mean Girls,’ ” one Broadway insider told me on the condition of anonymity. “It might feel stale and tone-deaf to the critics. And while this is something that could be critic-proof, maybe not.”
The fear of offending audiences isn’t limited to musicals about bratty teens. In this oversensitive era, TV shows, Oscar-worthy movies and pop music are all under pressure to be as nice as Betty Crocker. For millennia the best art has offended, tantalized, frightened, riled up and, of course, been life-affirming. But today the American public, looking more than ever like Soviet Russia, has just one rule for entertainers: Don’t rock the boat.
During last Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show, singer Justin Timberlake barely rocked his hips. The former boybander is responsible for the most famous sex stunt in the history of the event — Janet Jackson’s 2004 nipple-baring “wardrobe malfunction.” Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Late Show: Celebrity Rot-Fest Concludes with Lame ‘Top Ten Things I’ve Always Wanted to Say To David Letterman’Posted: May 21, 2015
An all-star group including Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Peyton Manning, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Barbara Walters and Alec Baldwin salute David Letterman in his last Top Ten List.
Letterman will officially retire from late-night television on May 20 after 33 years.
“I realize when you retire this is it – I am never gonna wear a fancy dress again,” she said. “My gift to you is I wanna give you the dress.”
Fey then asked Letterman to unzip her blue ensemble for her….(read more)
For Variety, Maane Khatchatourian writes: The first trailer for the documentary “Live From New York!” — which chronicles the iconic NBC sketch comedy show’s cultural and historical impact — has debuted, offering old footage from the series and a new look at the behind-the-scenes magic that goes into putting it on week to week.
“It’s the only form where everyone is necessary to the end. We don’t go on because we’re ready, we go on because it’s 11:30.”
— Creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels
“To our brothers and sisters in France: Our thoughts, our prayers, our hearts are with you tonight,” Leto said. “Je Suis Charlie.”
The Golden Globes crowd rose to its feet in solidarity with Paris.
“We stand united with anyone who would suppress free speech, from North Korea to Paris,” said Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Theo Kingma, eliciting a standing ovation from the crowd.
“To our brothers and sisters in France: Our thoughts, our prayers, our hearts are with you tonight,” Leto said. “Je Suis Charlie.” (I am Charlie.)
On the red carpet, stars including Helen Mirren, George Clooney and his wife, Amal, wore “Je Suis Charlie” pins in solidarity for those who were killed in attacks in Paris. Read the rest of this entry »
Note: Mean Girls is not just a chick movie. Along with rare smart-fluff stealth-comedy classics like Legally Blonde, Lots of guys dig it, too. Why? Tina Fey. It’s Tina Fey’s movie writing/directing debut, and it’s a pop-culture time capsule. Though Lohan is its star character, her fellow cast members–particularly Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried–rocketed to fame, whooshing right past the fading Lohan. (It’s also the last movie where Lohan looked healthy and promising) The abundance of ensemble talent in Mean Girls helps make it an enduring favorite.
FYI, 2014 is the 10th anniversary of the film’s release — and sources tell us, co-writer Tina Fey has been leading the charge for a reunion to commemorate the occasion … wrangling the entire cast over the last month.
And Lindsay was apparently the last to know about it — she went on “Fallon” Thursday talking about how she had just run into Tina who mentioned the reunion idea to her … and Lindsay was into it.
It’s unclear how the reunion will come together — Jimmy suggested hosting it on his show — but we’re told it could also materialize as a comedy sketch … maybe on an awards show…
Whitney Friedlander writes: Ron Burgundy isn’t the only one who loves scotch.
The limited-edition Ron Burgundy’s Scotchy Scotch Scotch is devoid of actual alcohol, but is is a mix of suitable substitutes butterscotch ice cream and butterscotch swirl ribbons.
The Burlington, Vermont ice cream giant has a history of product tie-ins with Hollywood, including Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream for the Comedy Central host and Liz Lemon frozen yogurt, which was launched for the end of Tina Fey’s “30 Rock.”
The “Anchorman” sequel bows on December 20, but the Ben & Jerry’s treat hits shelves in the next few weeks. Read the rest of this entry »