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Zoolander No. 2

It's rare that something has the staying power after 15 years. Ben Stiller is hoping that Zoolander is one of those things. This was a sequel that nonw of us asked for but were kind of glad was made. In 2001, when the first Zoolander came out, it was the comedic shock of the year. I don't know why but I totally thought it looked terrible plus I was still in college and I only saw films that looked excellent because I had no money. A few years later I saw Zoolander and couldn't believe how funny it was. I actually felt stupid for being so late to the party on it. Because of that, when I saw the trailer for the Zoolander No. 2 I thought it looked terrible but was still excited to be surprised all over again. Oh, I was surprised alright, but for the wrong reasons.

Say what you will about Stiller, but the man is a very funny man. He often plays the straight guy but he does that well, almost better than when he plays characters like Derek Zoolander. However, a lot of people don't know that he writes and directs these movies as well. He directed Reality Bites, Cable Guy and what I consider one of the funniest films about films, Tropic Thunder. All this in addition to the Zoolander movies. I consider them all success in their own ways. Because of his success, whenever he releases a movie I try to see it but Zoolander No. 2 felt like nothing more than a needless money-grab that there wasn't even a demand for. Making it 15 years later made it feel even more desperate no matter how many self-evident references to their age they put in the film.

This isn't to say that there aren't moments that are really funny…of course there are. The manic zaniness of the first one is still present and that makes me belly laugh most of the time. Where this falls off the rails is in the avalanche of cameos that are so plentiful it's not even shocking or funny anymore rendering the cameos themselves annoying and the source of eye-rolls. It also has an absolutely terrible plot. I know, I know, "it's Zoolander! The plot is supposed to be stupid." That's true but when a film is so poorly written it feels insulting, I have an issue with that. Trying to incorporate a story about his son, who is fat and ugly (a joke that feels wrong to laugh at) gets stale right away but hangs out for another hour like a guest who won't leave your house.

One of the best additions to the film is Kristen Wiig, who's usually the best addition to every film. She plays a character that's a cross between Lady Gaga and Donatella Versace. She steals every scene she's in and is allowed to be some of the weirdest we've ever seen from her. Will Ferrell returns as Mugatu again. That character is amazingly funny but they made a massive mistake by keeping him hidden for most of the film. He doesn't make an appearance until the final act and when he does, it's a reminder to the audience as to how we wish we had him for the first hour. The best move from Stiller was to cast Kyle Mooney as another villain who has more screen time than Wiig or Ferrell. He's relatively unknown outside of comedy nerds and SNL fans but his hipster character drifts back and forth from intentionally annoying to really funny but always impressive in his delivery.

Zoolander No. 2 isn't a good movie. It's funny but not worth seeing in a theater. Those of us that love the original and still quote it when the mood hits us will not be disappointed but also won't be disappointed if you we don't see it either. It adds nothing and doesn't advance the story in a direction you'll care about at all. It's mindless. It's stupid. It's shallow. But at its core, isn't that what Zoolander is all about? It's possible that people will judge it too harshly and it doesn't deserve that, but it doesn't deserve your money either.

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Slip Sliding Away the Super Bowl Way

If you watched the Snoozer Bowl on Sunday, you know there were a lot of complaints about the condition of the field at Levi's Stadium.

You wouldn't expect issues, since the weather conditions were near perfect for football.

Still, a lot of players had to change cleats in the middle of the game due to footing concerns.

This little vine got posted on Wednesday by a guy who covers the Carolina Panthers, showing Michael Oher on the offensive line getting pushed back by a defender like he was on ice skates.

Watch the Vine - Oher's the guy in the bottom left of the screen, getting pushed in Cam Newton's direction.

It's pretty funny - and makes you wonder if the field had been sprayed down with WD-40 or something...
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Can We Get Betty White to Review Every Movie From Now On????

This is the best thing I've seen in a long time.

Betty White - yes, we can call her #NationalTreasure - sat down in an empty movie theater to give her own personal review of Deadpool.

The Ryan Reynolds comic book sorta-superhero flick opens today in a theater near you.

But Betty got a sneak preview - because, after all, she's Betty White! - and took the time to let us all know what she thought.

If someone doesn't grab this idea and turn it into a regular web feature, we will all lose out!

Betty White's Review of Deadpool

I love Ryan Reynolds…here are a few of my thoughts about his new movie #Deadpool.

Posted by Betty White on Thursday, February 11, 2016

And just in case you haven't seen the trailers for the movie - hey, it could happen - here's one of them.  

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Are You Ready to Be a Martian?

The folks at NASA are now accepting applications.

They're looking for new astronauts - the first new class in about four years.


You need a sense of adventure, certainly, and the ability to spend long amounts of time in cramped conditions.

You also need a bachelor's degree in math, science or engineering, plus some sort of experience or a military background.

They're looking for a dozen or so new astronauts, and they've already had over 6000 on-line applications.

Don't let that scare you away.

If you think you've got the right stuff, let NASA know.

Take that bold step!

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Wait a Minute... Is this Leogate?

Harvey Weinstein, a big Hollywood producer and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, made a statement on Wednesday that's causing a bit of a stir in the film community.

He and Leonardo DiCaprio were together at a function in New York, and Harvey made a speech that included this tidbit:
"As an Academy member, you're not supposed to endorse anyone up for an Academy Award, but I have to say Leo DiCaprio is so amazing in The RevenantHis devoztion and the way he rolls it all up into something beautiful is amazing. I've never worked with anyone who's so wonderful and so classy."

Nice words, but as a member of the Academy, he's not supposed to say anything that could be seen as an endorsement.

And even with his disclaimer at the start of the statement, how can you not see this as him saying he wants Leo to win an Oscar for Best Actor?

Let's see if this controversy gets any bigger.

Meanwhile, in case you haven't seen the movie, here's what all the buzz is about...  

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Just Saying the Name Hurts

The folks at Levi's have a new style of jean ready for you to try on.

It's called the Wedgie.

Hurts just thinking about it, doesn't it?

According to the official word, Wedgies will hug your waist, your hips and your butt and make all of the above look wonderful.

They say you should not be conjuring up images of someone yanking your underwear up in a quick and painful manner.

I would suggest to the marketers that maybe they should experience a wedgie before they give its name to an item of apparel.
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Protecting Han Solo

Britain's Health and Safety Executive - the equivalent of OSHA in the United States - announced yesterday that they're suing the production company behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

You may remember that Harrison Ford broke his leg in June, 2014 when a hydraulic door closed the wrong way on the set of the Millennium Falcon.

The HSE believes that the production company didn't take reasonable steps to protect its workers.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out - English bureaucracy versus the megalopoly known as Disney.

Meanwhile, who do we see about what Kylo Ren did to Han Solo? Huh? Who's going to take care of that?
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We Share a Sense of Humor

Alice, Kim, Theresa and Vivian Nguyen are high school classmates in Australia.

Naturally, their pictures are going to appear side-by-side in alphabetical order in the yearbook.

This year, as they graduate, they collaborated on a final quote.

And it's brilliant.

Check it out.
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"We Joined In, As Though We Were Part of It"

Katie Holmes visited The Tonight Show this week.

She was there to promote her new movie, Touched with Fire.

But the chat turned to the Super Bowl, and Katie had to admit she didn't watch the game.

She did make a point to check out the halftime show, just to see Beyonce

And she even took a moment to do her imitation - such as it is - of Queen Bey.

The crowd seemed to like it.

I'm trying to figure out why...

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"It's Fast, Dirty, It Smashes You Over the Head"

HBO's new series, Vinyl, premieres on Sunday night.

The show's about the music industry back in the 1970s, and based on this behind-the-scenes peek, it looks pretty good.

Martin Scorcese and Mick Jagger are producers of the series, and right there, you've got a winning team.

It looks dark, and Deadline Hollywood is calling it "GoodRecordFellas."

It's a ten-episode season. Just enough to hold you over until Game of Thrones returns.

Vinyl Invitation To The Set

You're invited to the Vinyl set. The 2 hour series premiere debuts this Sunday at 9PM on HBO.

Posted by Vinyl on Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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