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A lot of water, legal and otherwise, has passed under the bridge since Paul Reubens last donned the signature crisply tailored gray suit and red bow tie of his indisputably great comic creation, Pee-wee Herman, for a feature-length comedy. His previous Pee-wee feature, Big Top Pee-wee, debuted during the summer of 1988, 28 years ago, and that picture was hardly anyone’s idea of a worthy follow-up to the delirious and hilarious Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)-- it certainly wasn’t one I held too dear. When I saw Pwba the night it opened, I was actually admonished by fellow audience members and even the management of a Medford, Oregon movie theater for my hysterics. But though I approached the Big Top three years later with much eagerness, I left it feeling that Pee-wee had somehow ended up getting twisted into a formula that traded that gray suit in for something more akin to a straitjacket. »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Ed's villainy comes to light as Oswald makes a meal of his step-family...
This review contains spoilers.
2.17 Into The Woods
On this week's Gotham, it was the best of times (for the first half of this episode), it was the worst of times (for the second half of this episode). I am being hyperbolic. All in all, this was a pretty great episode. Unfortunately, the momentum built up in the first half of the episode — and in the larger Ed becomes Riddler plot — was squandered in a too-fast, too-easy wrap-up. Oh well. We'll always have that scene of Ed electrocuting Jim in his apartment...
First, let's talk about what was great in this episode. Like many of the best episodes of Gotham (this one included), Into The Woods did a good job of bringing formerly disparate elements of the plot together by focusing on one urgent element. »
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In a preview clip of Leakes’ showdown against noted heterosexual Todd Chrisley, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star goes full drag for a dramatic rendition of RuPaul’s 1992 club jam “Supermodel.” For contextual purposes, it should be noted that RuPaul once described Leakes as the most drag-like Housewife on an episode of Watch What Happens Live, and »
You know what we haven't discussed yet? How totally delightful Joe Manganiello is in Pee Wee's Big Holiday (2016). The new film, Pee Wee Herman's first movie since 1988 (!) has been been streaming for a couple of weeks but it's a great fit for April Fool's Day because it feels so impossible that it happened at all.
Because Pee Wee is Pee Wee and his work has always been skillfully aimed at both adults and children with equal panache, it's often filled with hilarious sexual innuendo that sails over the head of tiny tots but is playful enough not to spoil the exuberant innocence of the comedy for adults who are in on the jokes. Pee Wee Herman's Playhouse, the beloved series that ran for five seasons in the late 80s and early 90s was no stranger to the occasional hunky visitor but for the new film the hunky visitor graduates to full co-star level, »
- NATHANIEL R
Although each of the currently running DC TV shows have their own flavor, Gotham has made a rather generous bid of late when it comes to being the most intense of the lot. The latest round of clips from tonight’s episode, which is titled “Prisoners,” is further evidence of that trend continuing.
The first clip, which can be viewed at the top, shows Penguin sitting down for dinner with his new found family. As he learns of a branch of his family tree he never knew existed, it is quite apparent that he has a natural bond with his father Elijah, who is played with great nuance by Paul Reubens, although it seems his stepmother and her children have a thinly veiled animosity toward him.
As we come to the second clip, which has to be my favorite, Elijah’s stepson shows us that not only is it still »
- Eric Joseph
Family matters to “Gotham’s” Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), and after losing his beloved mother earlier this season, the seemingly reformed crime lord is more desperate for connection than ever. Thankfully, he may have found it again thanks to last week’s introduction of Elijah Van Dahl (Paul Reubens) — Penguin’s long-lost father.
Elijah welcomed his wayward son into the fold with open arms and no questions asked, but in episode 16 of Season 2, titled “Prisoners,” it appears that the rest of Penguin’s newfound family might not be so accommodating. In Variety‘s exclusive sneak peek from the March 28 episode, we see that Oswald’s stepmother Grace (Melinda Clarke) and his siblings Charles (Justin Mark) and Sasha (Kaley Ronayne) have made a startling discovery that raises some questions about their new house guest and his checkered past. Since everyone in Gotham City has their own agenda, it seems safe »
- Laura Prudom
You can search the wide world over, but you’ll never find a man like Pee Wee Herman. He’s sweet, innocent, lively, potentially insane, but chock full of heart. It’s difficult to speculate how Herman was able to construct such an inventive, thoroughly wacky playhouse, but one thing is certain: the man-child known as ‘Pee-Wee’ is a genius. Lately, Netflix has been the saviour of many beloved shows and films of olde from Mr. Show to Wet Hot American Summer to the better-than-it-should-be Full House. They bring hope to all that was thought lost, especially those relics so ahead of the game, they only found their audience with the benefit of time and the appreciation of future generations. Pee Wee is absolutely due for such a...
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Tonight on Gotham (Fox, 8/7c), Oswald breaks bread with his new family, and the menu includes a chilling ghost story, a romantic-ish anecdote and a generous helping of glares.
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As seen in the exclusive sneak peek above, Oswald’s long-lost and recently discovered father, Elijah Van Dahl (played by Paul Reubens), spins a haunting yarn about his sprawling home’s unsettling history. When Oswald then nudges Dad to share how he met his wife Grace (The O.C.‘s Melinda Clarke), the lady of the manor »
See Also: Promo images for Gotham season 2 episode 16 – ‘Prisoners’
Fox has released a new featurette for Gotham entitled ‘Oswald’s New Family;, which sees Robin Lord Taylor talking about working with Paul Reubens and the dangers Oswald will face with his new family. Check it out here…
After Gordon is removed from protective custody, he begins to face new threats and dangers inside prison walls. In order to survive, he must rely on a new friend, as well as Bullock and other outside help. Meanwhile, Penguin grows closer to his father, while his step-mother and step-siblings move forward with their own plans for the family in the all-new “Wrath of the Villains: Prisoners” episode of Gotham airing Monday, March 28 (8:00-9:01 Pm Et/Pt) on Fox.
- Amie Cranswick
Pee-wee Herman never did things small, so is it any wonder that his new best friend came in Size Joe Manganiello?
In "Pee-wee's Big Holiday," the "True Blood" and "Magic Mike" star plays a version of himself via the skewed funhouse-mirror world Pee-wee inhabits. After a chance encounter where he finds himself bonding with his new friend, Manganiello invites the otherwise sheltered Pee-Wee to his birthday party on the opposite coast, launching the epic cross-country journey that fills up the Netflix original film.
Manganiello joined Moviefone to reveal the secret behind his involvement with the movie, which wasn't just a clever Hollywood cameo. Not only has the actor been a super-fan of Pee-wee since his youth, the character's creator/alter ego Paul Reubens was also a personal friend -- close enough to have attended the star's recent wedding to Sofia Vergara.
Moviefone: You're exactly the right age for Pee-wee Herman »
- Scott Huver
His name may sound diminutive, but everything about Pee-wee Herman is big, big, big.
Beginning with 1985's "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," the debut film for the one-of-a-kind character first created on stage in the early '80s by actor/writer/comedian Paul Reubens, there's always been something outrageously outsized about the antics of the gray-suited, red-bowtied man-child.
And now he's as big as ever, returning to the spotlight for the first time in 25 years since his last major appearance onscreen for a new Netflix film "Pee-wee's Big Holiday," produced by comedy impresario Judd Apatow. Taking a step out of character, Reubens joined Moviefone to discuss why Pee-Wee's return is indeed something to celebrate.
Moviefone: Why was now the right time to bring back Pee-Wee?
Paul Reubens: Well, really, the time to bring back Pee-wee was 10 years ago, when I originally started doing it, but it didn't work out that way. »
- Scott Huver
Director John Lee seems, at first, to be an odd fit for a Pee-wee Herman movie. With writing and directing credits that include Wonder Showzen, Inside Amy Schumer, Broad City, and The Heart, She Holler, Lee seems to exist in a darker, more pointed universe than the colorful, silly world of Paul Reubens‘ iconic character. But as […]
The post ‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ Director John Lee on Being the Right Kind of Monster [SXSW Interview] appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
Paul Reubens, the actor-comedian behind everyone's favorite gray-suited manchild Pee-wee Herman, may be the worst person to ask about the character's legacy. Before a rare public screening of Pee-wee's Big Holiday at New York's 92nd Street Y Tuesday night, the writer-actor sat down with film critic Joe Neumaier to discuss his career arc from his early days with improv legends the Groundlings to TV icon and film star. A talk with the affable Reubens is more of a free-association, meandering conversation than a standard Q&A, as the hour-long chat »
In the late 1980s, Paul Reubens was Pee-wee Herman. "I went out of my way for quite some time to try and make people think that he was a real person and there wasn't an actor behind it all," the actor says in the current issue of People of the man-child he created as part of an exercise at the infamous Groundling's improv studio in the late '70s.Reubens never imagined his goofy alter ego would be a success. But in 1985, Reubens found himself on the big screen starring in the cult favorite Pee-wee's Big Adventure. By the following year, »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
Paul Reubens made a guest appearance in the hit series Gotham as known other than the Penguin’s father. Paul Reubens Reprises Role As Penguin’S Father In the Gotham episode “Wrath of the Villains: Mad Grey Dawn,” Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Bullock (Donal Logue) are investigating a museum robbery. Meanwhile, Penguin played by Robin Lord Taylor meets his father and is […]
- Crystal Smith
For any comedy writer of a certain age, working on a new Pee-wee Herman movie is a dream come true. And you can clearly see just how giddy Paul Rust is to have written Pee-wee’s Big Holiday alongside Paul Reubens. Rust, an actor and writer whose credits include everything from Arrested Development and Comedy Bang! Bang!, didn’t […]
The post ‘Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday’ Writer Paul Rust on How You Write a Pee-Wee Herman Movie [SXSW Interview] appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
A quick note: my computer finally gave up the ghost last week, and I’ve spent the past five or so days scrambling to get back up and running. I’ve never gone this long without posting at HitFix, not since we began the site, and it’s a disconcerting feeling to just watch pop culture flow by without having the tools be part of the conversation. It’s amazing how ingrained it is at this point, and even when I’m working as hard as I can, I still always feel like there’s more that I’d like to write and publish than I’m able to actually accomplish. Case in point: I was hoping to publish this review last Friday night after my sons joined me and my girlfriend for an evening built around the Netflix premiere of Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, directed by John Lee. One »
- Drew McWeeny
The narrative-focused video game developer Telltale Games revealed Tuesday morning that the first season of “Minecraft: Story Mode” will be extended with three “post-season” episodes after the last of the five eps originally planned launches next week. Episode 5, “Order Up!” will land on March 29 and will “bridge the gap between the Wither Storm story arc, and three all-new adventures that will continue as post-season episodes set to release in the coming months of 2016.” Telltale didn’t announce a specific timetable for the release of the three additional episodes, which will star series mainstays Patton Oswalt and Paul Reubens, as »
- Phil Owen
The Riddler’s origins are explored well in Gotham season 2's Mad Grey Dawn. But is Jim Gordon in danger of becoming a baddie as well?
This review contains spoilers.
2.15: Mad Grey Dawn
Holy getting-your-just-deserts, Batman! After weeks of trying to pretend that he didn’t murder Theo Galavan, Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon has ended up in prison. I don’t really see how the writers can bring Jim back to likable protagonist territory after this. He’s a killer, and now everyone knows he is, which can’t just be swept away. Whatever loophole Bullock finds to get his partner out, I’m sceptical about how effective it’ll be.
All the Daredevil V Punisher morality arguments I’ve been watching of late must be having an affect on me, because the whole ‘Jim is a murderer’ thing bothered me much more in this »
Several plots in this week’s episode of Gotham took many steps forward as Nygma succeeds with his plan in framing Gordon while Oswald finally meets his father for the first time as Paul Reubens guest stars as Penguin’s father while Selina gives Bruce his first experience in living a tough life. I always forget his previous Batman history whenever it is referenced to me that Reubens also played Penguin’s father in Batman Returns (where Danny DeVito played the famous Batman villain) which makes this casting a lot more fun. Just like executive producer John Stephens said in our exclusive interview
Gotham Season 2 Episode 15 Review: ”Mad Grey Dawn” »
- Andy Behbakht
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