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Leave it to Tommy Chong to celebrate Colorado's new marijuana law by making some CNN panelists very uncomfortable. The 75-year-old comedian and pot advocate called into a CNN segment to discuss the new law, but opened the interview with a joke about their subject matter.
"Who wants to buy pot there?" he asks John Berman and the two other panelists. Though they repeatedly tried to laugh Chong off, he kept the joke going a bit past when it was probably appropriate. But that's how Chong has always rolled.
"It's incredible, because everybody's waking up to the truth. The truth is that marijuana is healthier than anything recreationally used -- alcohol or tobacco or anything -- that gets you high. Marijuana is really a medicine," Chong tells the panelists. "We're finally getting around to realizing that it's much better for you than anything else out there that the government wants to try to make illegal. »
Actress Rachel True says Rolling Stone must've smoked themselves stupid ... 'cause they somehow left her movie "Half Baked" off their list of Top 10 Stoner Movies of all time!Rachel -- who played Mary Jane Potman in the cult classic -- was doing some sightseeing around the Grove in La ... and we asked where she thinks "Half Baked" ranks among the dankest weed movies.Ms. Potman says she thinks the movie should at least be in »
- TMZ Staff
Leonardo DiCaprio owes his latest paycheck to Tommy Chong, who tells TMZ, the new "Wolf of Wall Street" movie never would have happened if not for him ... and he might be right.Chong was out in L.A. yesterday when we asked about the time he spent in the clink with Jordan Belfort, the criminal stock market genius who the movie "Wolf of Wall Street" is based on.Fyi, Chong was sentenced to 9 months in »
- TMZ Staff
Tommy Chong of “Cheech and Chong” will guest star in an episode of “Raising Hope” as the proud owner of a medical marijuana card — of course. Hopefully, he won’t get typecast as a stoner from the role. Chong will play Hubert, a love interest to Cloris Leachman’s character, Maw Maw, in an upcoming episode of the Fox comedy. And it sounds like Maw Maw is going to puff puff a little herself. Also read: Brooke Shields to Join ‘The Michael J. Fox Show’ For 3 Episodes In the episode, Virginia (Martha Plimpton) disapproves of Maw Maw’s new boyfriend (Chong) and his affinity for. »
- Tony Maglio
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a call for entries for Scream Factory’s 2013 Mini-Movie Massacre, a trailer for Alice D with Kane Hodder, details on a horror-based game show called Release the Hounds, video highlights of The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus’s interview with Conan O’Brien, and much more:
Scream Factory’s 2013 Mini-Movie Massacre Call for Entries: “Scream Factory, the premiere horror genre home entertainment provider, announced today the launch of its Mini-movie Massacre horror short film & video contest to be held on Scream Factory’s official YouTube channel Scream Factory TV. The call for entries is now open starting, October 31 through the deadline of November 17.
Presented by Scream Factory, the 2013 Mini-movie Massacre was created to shine the spotlights on some of today’s best independent horror short films and videos, »
- Tamika Jones
It's a War of the Colossal Freaks when serial killing cookie, Gingerdead Man, tracks down the lone survivor of his murderous rampage, Sarah Leigh (Robin Sydney), to take care of unfinished business. But his devious plans go up in smoke when Sarah meets Larnell (John Patrick Jordan), who has a pint-sized problem of his own. The Evil Bong, Eebee, has been unleashed once again. Bodies begin to pile up as Gingerdead Man carves a path for them. Their only salvation is to turn to help from the dastardly Bong. It's one tough cookie versus one bad trip mother when the two Titans of Terror hash out a war in the Bong World. The stakes have never been higher. Directed by Charles Band with the voice talents and cameos of Tommy Chong, Gary Busey, and many others.
Full Moon Features is proud to announce the world premiere of Gingerdead Man Vs. Evil Bong »
Warning: If the sight of bare breasts - many, many bare breasts - offends you, then stay away from these images from the latest Full Moon mash-up, Gingerdead Man vs. Evil Bong. To go with them are details of a "Ganja" Version of the film available Today!
From the Press Release
Full Moon Features is proud to announce the world premiere of Gingerdead Man Vs. Evil Bong on their new subscription-based video streaming service, Full Moon Streaming. For the first time ever, fans can have the option to have a fully interactive and immersive experience by watching the “Ganja” Version, which is packed with interactive special features that happen in real time while the movie is playing. At key points in the film, viewers can unlock extra scenes, find easter eggs, and learn hilarious trivia. They can even purchase exclusive gonzo merchandise like Evil Bong lighters and ashtrays, the double-sided Nookie Crisp/Weedies satire cereal, »
- Uncle Creepy
"...this high-larious feature-length adventure is the perfect film to watch with your 'best buds', showcasing the legendary 'toker jokers' like you've never seen them before – in animation.
"Catch the buzz as their most outrageous routines and laugh-out-loud lines from their ground breaking Grammy Award-winning albums come to life..."
"...bring 'Cheech Marin' home, with this 17-inch Talking Plush Doll. Phrases include, 'Is that a joint, man?', »
- Michael Stevens
Who's that man posing with the Beatles? He's the Hollywood producer who signed the Fab Four to star in A Hard Day's Night before they touched down in America for the first time. He's also the guy who launched the James Bond movie franchise by giving the green light to make Dr. No, then saved it by luring Sean Connery back for one more movie. He also discovered the likes of Steve Martin and Woody Allen on the stand-up circuit and started their movie careers. Many movers and shakers in the entertainment industry are hidden in the fine print and not seen in the spotlight, and now legendary producer David Picker is stepping out with a new memoir – Musts, Maybes, and Nevers: A Book About the Movies – and sharing some Hollywood tales with ETonline.
Pics: Hollywood's Hottest Movie Posters
"I've been a very lucky guy," says Picker. "I wound up in a situation where I was able »
Justin Bieber is officially a member of the mile high club ... TMZ has learned.Sources high up in the sky tell TMZ ... Justin and a group of his boyz got ridiculously high in their SUV on the way to the airport for a coast-to-coast flight on a private jet. When the doors opened on the tarmac, the pilot tells us smoke billowed out, adding, "I almost had to put on an oxygen mask."The pilot said, »
- TMZ Staff
Denver, the setting of this spliffy documentary, is The Mile High City in more ways than one
Marijuana use on TV has been growing like hydroponic plants under fluorescent light and a Baby Bio sprinkler. Back in finger-waggy 1990, we had a preachy one-off spesh called Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue, which saw an supergroup of Bugs Bunny, Alf, Garfield, the Smurfs, the Muppet Babies, Michelangelo the Ninja Turtle and Slimer from Ghostbusters teaching us "the million wonderful ways to say no". But by the naughty Noughties, everyone was blazing up like Cheech & Chong. There was Nate on Six Feet Under, Frank on Shameless, Aj on The Sopranos, the Entourage lads, the entire casts of Ideal and Weeds. In Simpsons episode Weekend At Burnsie's, Homer got high and became vice-president of the power plant after cracking up at Monty's lame gags ("I got promoted and it's all thanks to yes-i-cannabis!"). Weed »
- Sarah Dempster, Michael Hogan
Perhaps the most successful movie of the Disney Animated Classics, The Lion King began its journey to the screen in 1988, during a promotional sojourn for Oliver And Company. The notion of a story set in Africa immediately grabbed the attention of then CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, who expanded the story into a coming of age drama, drawing from his own life experiences. The original story was a considerably different beast, centring on the battle between lions and baboons, where Scar being the baboon leader, and Simba becoming a lazy, slovenly character due to Scar’s machinations. While some of that version made it into the final film, it took several years and rewrites to get everything down right, with the writers working with the directing team from Beauty And The Beast for the final version of the script.
Production started at the same time as Pocahontas, »
- Rob Burch
• After being subjected to an absentee father in the form of Kyle Chandler in The Spectacular Now, there’s a new dad in Miles Teller’s life. Paul Reiser has signed on to writer-director Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, the feature version of his Sundance-winning short, which is expected to begin shooting in the next few weeks. The Aliens actor recently appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra and is currently filming the comedy Life After Beth, starring Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, and Dane DeHaan. [THR]
- Lindsey Bahr
Edge of Tomorrow
Piven has come onboard during additional shooting to film scenes as the character Colonel Walter Marx which will no doubt be a small role. [Source: Deadline]
Kill the Messenger
Webb uncovered a CIA link to coke trafficking in the Us as a way to funnel money to the Nicaraguan Contras, and was subsequently discredited by a smear campaign. Liotta will play a retired CIA agent secretly interviewed by the journalist.[Source: Deadline
- Garth Franklin
Luke Perry and Lost alum Rebecca Mader are joining Tommy Chong in the indie comedy It's Gawd! The movie centers on Earth's creator, who, desperate to save the world (and his job), travels to the planet to reconnect with mankind -- via a nightly variety show. Chong will play Gawd. Photos: 26 of Summer's Most Anticipated Movies Perry will play Jeffrey Siegel, the network exec, described as an exploitive, dismissive and arrogant control freak. Mader will portray Holly Abrahams, Gawd's producer and Jeffrey's love interest. Writer-director-composer Gerald Brunskill wrote and will make his feature directorial debut with the movie,
- Kimberly Nordyke
Director Edgar Wright has curated three seasons of his mini-film festival "The Wright Stuff" at the New Beverly since 2007. He just announced the lineup for a fourth round---this one under the heading "The World's End Is Nigh"---with a specific goal in mind: "Now, to get you in the mood for the North American release of The World’s End on Aug 23rd, I have put together 12 stepping stones to our new movie. The films are all great and all wildly diverse, but you will see some of the seeds of their influence in our new movie." "Wildly diverse" may be an understatement, given the range from American Graffiti to The Terminator. See the full list of double features after the jump. Check out Edgar Wright's blog for information on how to buy tickets. “One Crazy Night” Fri-Sat, Aug 9-10 After Hours 1985, USA, 97 min. Directed by Martin Scorsese Written »
- Brendan Bettinger
Actress Rae Dawn Chong made headlines earlier this month for publicly skewering her former co-star Oprah Winfrey. Throughout the past week, however, both Chong and her comedian dad, Tommy, have spoken up in defense of her biting words.
In a brutally honest radio interview on Matty P's Radio Happy Hour in June, Chong -- who worked with Winfrey on "The Color Purple" -- called the Queen of Media a "great brown-noser, a "field n***er" and a "total bee-yotch."
"If you look at the way [Oprah] looks, she looks like 60 years ago she would have been a house keeper, luckily. She would have not been a house n***er she would have been a field n***er," she said, according to an audio clip obtained by TMZ.
Tommy Chong defended his daughter's choice of words, telling TMZ this week that she had spoken honestly. He added that her comments had been taken "out of context. »
- Dominique Mosbergen
Actress Rae Dawn Chong made headlines last week when a radio interview surfaced where she said some questionable things about Oprah Winfrey, then later apologized and said she was actually complimenting the star and talk show host.
TMZ caught up with Rae Dawn's father, Tommy Chong, to find out his take on all of this. And naturally, he's very go-with-the-flow about it all.
"Knowing Oprah, she'd probably read [what Rae Dawn said] and just chuckle and probably agree with Rae Dawn, she probably would be working in the fields," says Chong.
"[Rae Dawn] said back in the day, Oprah would've been working in the field because she's not that beautiful. Whereas, if you're beautiful, then you're part of the master's bedroom. It wasn't a slam, by no means. Everybody tried to make it out like she was trying to say that Oprah was the n-word and it's not like that at all," says Chong.
"I think »
Tommy Chong is defending his daughter Rae Dawn -- telling TMZ she was just being honest when she said Oprah would have been a "field" N-word back in the slave days ... because that's just the way things were. "If you think of what [Rae] said, she said back in the day Oprah would be working in the field because she's not that beautiful ... whereas if you're beautiful, you're part of the master's bedroom."Tommy continues, "Knowing Oprah, »
- TMZ Staff
If this is Rae Dawn Chong's idea of praise, we'd hate to see her when she's feeling critical. In an interview with Matty P's Radio Happy Hour, a recording of which was obtained by TMZ, the 52-year-old thespian launched into a vicious tirade against Oprah Winfrey, whom she costarred with in The Color Purple, not only calling her "vile," but also using the N-word to describe the former talk show queen. According to Chong, who's the daughter of actor Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong fame, Oprah was "lovely" to her when they worked on Steven Spielberg's 1985 drama. But the actress claims their relationship soured after Dawn Chong went off to do Commando with Arnold »
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