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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have drawn criticism for leaving Rivers out of a segment honouring deceased celebrities like Robin Williams, Lord Richard Attenborough and Bob Hoskins at Sunday's ceremony.
Outrage over the snub on social media grew so strong that the Academy addressed the matter in a statement: "Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the 'In Memoriam' segment of this year's Oscar show.
"She is, however, included in our 'In Memoriam' gallery on Oscar.com."
Melissa has since offered an official response on her late mother's Facebook account.
"It would have been nice, especially considering the impact she had on the awards season, but [my son] Cooper and I have been overwhelmed with »
Welcome to a special Oscars edition of Outrage Watch, where we break down all the things folks are peeved about from last night's big show. Top story? Let the Patricia Arquette backlash begin. Did you catch the Best Supporting Actress winner's acceptance speech? Meryl Streep loved it! American was on her side, mostly. And then...she went backstage. “The truth is, even though we sort of feel like we have equal rights in America, right under the surface, there are huge issues that are applied that really do affect women," said the Best Supporting Actress winner to the assembled press corps. "And it’s time for all the women in America and all the men that love women, and all the gay people, and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.” Hmm...maybe she just got caught up in the moment? »
- Chris Eggertsen
Every year at the Academy Awards, an emotional tribute is held to recognize those lost in the film industry that year. 2015 marked an especially emotional time with big names including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Williams, Bob Hoskins, and Richard Attenborough on the list. But, among those fallen there were a few very important names left out of the "In Memoriam" segment of the show. And many were especially upset that the iconic comedian Joan Rivers was left out of the video montage. Social media erupted, news outlets were shocked, no one could believe that someone as well-known as Joan Rivers was not honored at the 2015 Oscars. Yes, she was a stand-up comic and TV personality, but she also made appearances in films such as The Muppets Take Manhattan and Spaceballs. So, in response an Academy representative spoke out. They responded to Rivers. omission with a statement (via THR): Joan Rivers »
Can we talk? Joan Rivers was noticeably snubbed Sunday night by The Academy Awards and Melissa Rivers is not a happy camper about it. Sources close to Melissa say she feels her mom deserved a place in the 'In Memoriam' portion of the Oscars, but she's not going to focus on the snub. We're told she'd rather focus on the overwhelming support from her fans, who have rallied behind her mom since her death in September. »
- TMZ Staff
Joan Rivers was left out of the Oscars' In Memoriam segment. The actress and comedienne died last September aged 81 but was omitted from the annual rollcall of the most notable Hollywood stars who have passed away in the last year during the ceremony on Sunday evening (22.02.15). Kelly Osbourne, who hosted alongside Joan on TV show 'Fashion Police', was left outraged that the late star was ignored. She tweeted her shock at the snub following the section, which featured tributes to Gabriel Garcia Márquez,Maya Angelou, Mickey Rooney, Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall at Los Angeles' Dolby Theater last night. She wrote: ''Am I missing something or was @Joan_Rivers really left out of the #Oscars memorials? (sic)'' Although she was most well known for her TV work, Joan featured in a number of films including 'Rabbit Test', 'The Swimmer', 'The Muppets Take Manhattan', »
Hollywood greats were honored in the Oscars' annual "In Memoriam" reel, but one person's photo was noticeably absent: Joan Rivers. Rivers - who died in September at the age of 81 after she stopped breathing during a throat procedure - was also not included in the recent Grammys memorial. Many know her for her antics on E!'s Fashion Police and the sharp humor in her 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. But Rivers, per IMDb, boasts 38 acting credits to her name in a career that spans 63 years. She had roles in everything from Spaceballs to Iron Man 3 and »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
Sunday’s Oscars in memoriam tribute left out a popular actressm, writer and director: Joan Rivers. Best known for her stand up specials, stint as a talk show host and, of course, her cutting sense of humor as a red carpet interviewer, Rivers also has contributed to the film world. See photos: Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals She played the voice of several on-screen characters, including Dot Matrix in “Spaceballs” and baby Julie in “Look Who’s Talking,” as well as voicing herself in “Shrek 2.” Additionally, she appeared in “The Muppets Take Manhattan” and “Serial Mom.” Also, she appeared in »
- Jethro Nededog
It’s an unfortunate, yet seemingly inevitable, Oscars occurrence: Every year, without fail, someone is left out of the “In Memoriam” sequence.
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This year’s offensive exclusion appears to be the late, great Joan Rivers, whose absence from the montage sent the Twitterverse into an immediate tizzy — and rightfully so.
For the record, Rivers appeared in many films during her incredible career in Hollywood, including Muppets Take Manhattan (pictured), Serial Mom, Iron Man 3, Spaceballs, The Smurfs and her own documentary A Piece of Work. She also directed the 1978 comedy Rabbit Test, which starred Billy Crystal and Doris Roberts. »
Andrew Garfield is not expected to reprise his role as Spider-Man as the franchise becomes part of Marvel. [Uproxx] Fifty Shades of Grey is confirmed for two more sequels in the franchise. Jamie Dornan also reveals his own safe word with Dakota Johnson on set. [Us Weekly/Elle] Is Chelsea Handler actually pregs? After this Instagram picture, we can’t really tell. [Naughty Gossip]
It's like a 24 hour watch. He must know I'm pregnant.
A photo posted by Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) on Feb 9, 2015 at 3:11pm Pst
Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Hannah Davis had no idea she would be landing this year’s cover. [YouTube] Giuliana Rancic concerns many with her shockingly thin appearance at the Grammys. [TMZ] The leading ladies of SNL look back at their favorite characters. »
- Taylor Ferber
If you ask us, Darth Helmet has been away from the big screen too long. Played by the mighty Rick Moranis, Darth Helmet was the antagonist in the patchy yet hugely enjoyable 1987 Mel Brooks comedy Spaceballs.
That said, there is a snag with regards the project. Both John Candy and Joan Rivers have sadly passed away, and thus Brooks admits he'd need to coax Rick Moranis out of retirement to reprise his villanous role. »
It's been 20 years since Mel Brooks made a new movie. Since 1995's Dracula: Dead and Loving It, the funnyman has done some acting here and there, but most of his work has been either on the stage or on the page. That all may soon change, however, thanks to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Brooks recently revealed on Adam Corolla's podcast [transcribed by Bloody-Disgusting] that all this buzz surrounding the launch of a new Star Wars trilogy has him looking back on Spaceballs and considering if it has a future. I’m thinking now, if I did a movie that came out right after Star Wars comes out — maybe a couple of months later — I’d have a big weekend, you know? No matter what, even if it fell on its ass and didn’t get its money...
- Peter Hall
Now that we're getting Star Wars: The Force Awakens this winter, wouldn't it be the perfect time for a sequel to Spaceballs? That's exactly what writer and director Mel Brooks thinks. The iconic spoof master appears on Adam Carolla's "Take a Knee" podcast and when he was asked about what he might do next. After all, it's been 20 years since he directed Dracula: Dead and Loving It and 10 years since he wrote The Producers musical for the big screen. And in the conversation, he mentions that he's pondered about doing another Spaceballs movie. However, is it more than just a passing thought in his head? More below! Here's what Brooks had to say about the idea of Spaceballs 2: “I was thinking about 'Spaceballs' the other day. In 'Spaceballs,' in the movie, Bill Pullman says to me, Yogurt, just plain Yogurt, he says ‘Do »
- Ethan Anderton
Mel Brooks is not normally a man who makes sequels. But, speaking to host Adam Carolla on a recent edition of the Take A Knee podcast, he expressed a vague desire to revisit the characters of his 1987 Star Wars spoof Spaceballs, if only because, as he jokingly admits, he can see the financial potential. Asked what he might think about making next, he brought up the outer space caper. “I was thinking about Spaceballs the other day. In Spaceballs, in the movie, Bill Pullman says to me, Yogurt, just plain Yogurt, he says ‘Do you think we'll ever meet again?’ and I say ‘Well, I don't know… maybe in Spaceballs 2: The Search For More Money,” he says. “And I'm thinking now, if I did a movie that came out right after Star Wars comes out – maybe a couple of months later – I'd have a big weekend, you know? No matter what, »
Mel Brooks directed such films as "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles," and "Young Frankenstein," but hasn't stepped behind the camera for twenty years. But during a recent interview, Brooks revealed that he may be interested in developing a sequel to his "Spaceballs" comedy. "Maybe I could do another musical, maybe I could do another movie. I was thinking about 'Spaceballs' the other day," he said. "In 'Spaceballs,' in the movie, Bill Pullman says to me, Yogurt, just plain Yogurt, he says 'Do you think we'll ever meet again?' and I say 'Well, I don't know... maybe in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.' And I'm thinking now, if I did a movie that came out right after 'Star Wars' comes out . maybe a couple of months later . I'd have a big weekend, you know? No matter what, even if it fell on »
As Adam Corolla’ “Take a Knee” podcast got the scoop for Mel Brooks’ “Spaceballs 2,” his former co-host Alison Rosen had “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” director James Gunn in the upcoming podcast on Monday.
Here’s what he said:
“It’s not really based on anything. The story for Guardians 2 is an original story that I came up with that I started working on actually while I was shooting Guardians 1, and it’ll answer some of the questions that were put forth in the first movie about Peter Quill’s father and who he is and what’s going on with that. We’ll get to know some of the characters a little bit more and then we’re going to meet a couple of »
- Gig Patta
When writer/director Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs" comedy spoof of "Star Wars" was first released in 1987, fans of the 'space opera' genre were delighted with the film, but most reviewers at the time dismissed the film as lame 'shtick', thinking the whole "Star Wars" 'thing' had run its course and best left forgotten. But the fans were right, the film was successful and now Brooks wants to mount a "Spaceballs" sequel:
Brooks was quoted on Adam Carolla's "Take a Knee" podcast, that he would love the original "Spaceballs" cast members to return for a sequel, with filming to start after the release of Disney's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
...and Phil Hartman as 'Dink'.
But Brooks »
- Michael Stevens
Spaceballs fans, this might excite you so much that you'll barely be able to hold your oil. Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money may actually become a thing. Mel Brooks, director, co-writer and star of the hit cult 1987 Star Wars parody comedy film, is thinking about making a sequel. The 88-year-old talked about it on Adam Carolla's podcast Take a Knee last week, and the news has recently been circulating on Reddit and other outlets. In Spaceballs, swashbuckling mercenary and hero Lone Star, played by Bill Pullman, asks one of Brooks' characters, Yogurt, a Yoda-like guru, if they'll ever see each other again. He tells him, "Who knows. God willing, we'll all meet again in »
With the anticipation growing by the day for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which hits theaters in December, the buzz surrounding this highly-anticipated space adventure may have planted the seeds for a sequel to everyone's favorite Star Wars parody, Mel Brooks' 1987 classic Spaceballs. The 88-year-old filmmaker was recently a guest on Adam Carolla's podcast Take a Knee, where he teased possible plans for Spaceballs 2, which was actually mentioned in the movie Spaceballs itself. Here's what he had to say below.
"Maybe I could do another musical, maybe I could do another movie. I was thinking about Spaceballs the other day. In Spaceballs, in the movie, Bill Pullman says to me, Yogurt, just plain Yogurt, he says 'Do you think we'll ever meet again?' and I say 'Well, I don't know... maybe in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.' And I'm thinking now, if I »
It’s been close to thirty years since the release of Spaceballs, so surely the chances of Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money becoming a reality has passed, right? Well, perhaps not, as Mel Brooks has been speaking to Adam Carolla on the Take a Knee podcast, and it seems he’s not given up hope on a follow-up to the 1987 comedy classic.
“I was thinking about Spaceballs the other day. In Spaceballs, in the movie, Bill Pullman says to me, Yogurt, just plain Yogurt, he says ‘Do you think we’ll ever meet again?’ and I say ‘Well, I don’t know…maybe in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.’ And I’m thinking now, if I did a movie that came out right after Star Wars comes out — maybe a couple of months later — I’d have a big weekend, you know? No matter what, even »
- Gary Collinson
Internet is going crazy with the possibility of “Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money” being in the works.
Well, not so fast.
Everything hinges on retired actor Rick Moranis reprising the famous role as Dark Helmet. The Canadian actor hasn’t been in anything since he provided his voice for 2006’s “Brother Bear 2.” And he physically hasn’t starred in a movie since 1997’s “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.”
“Spaceballs” director Mel Brooks told Adam Carolla’s “Take a Knee” podcast that he’s working on “Spaceballs 2” and already approached the actor to replay Dark Helmet. The movie will only happen if Moranis comes out of retirement for it.
Here’s the quote from the podcast:
- Gig Patta
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