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Ever wondered what happened to Mona Lisa Vito and the rest of the gang in My Cousin Vinny? Well, soon you'll be able to find out. »
In the 25 years since My Cousin Vinny was released, there’s been one Oscar win for a cast member (Marisa Tomei) and one real attempt at a sequel. In 2012, Dale Launer, who wrote the original script, proposed a follow-up to Vincent Laguardia Gambini’s (Joe Pesci) surprise Alabama victory that would see the Brooklyn native practicing law in the United Kingdom, where he would undoubtedly run afoul of procedures and protocols, with possibly hilarious results. Pesci and Tomei had reportedly signed on for Vinny and Mona Lisa’s ongoing adventures as fish out of water, but the Spider-Man: Homecoming actress eventually dropped out, and the project was shelved.
There’s still hope for people who are just dying to know what life would look like for the bumbling, occasionally brilliant lawyer who misrepresented himself in a capital case—The New York Post reports that a My Cousin Vinny »
- Danette Chavez
Fans of the 1992 fish-out-of-water comedy My Cousin Vinny have always wondered what happened to the characters played by Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei when they rode off at the end of the film. Author Lawrence Kelter is attempting to provide the answer. The Brooklyn attorney obtained the rights and absolution from screenwriter Dale Launer, the Writers Guild, and 20th Century Fox to do a new novel based on the characters. The result is Back to Brooklyn (Down and Out… »
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” has been earning rave review from critics and fans alike, stealing the top spot at the box office on its opening weekend, and raking in over $154 million during its first week in theaters. No one has really captured both sides of Peter Parker’s personality quite as succinctly as Tom Holland, who plays the character like a plucky Queens kid that just feels right. But the new movie contains another notable character shift: Aunt May, now played by Marisa Tomei.
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This wasn’t the Aunt May fans might remember from the comics — a sweet old woman keen on cooking and housekeeping, her collar buttoned high, her silver hair pulled back into a matronly chignon. With her very first appearance on screen (in a fleeting moment from “Captain America: Civil War”), Tomei establishes that her »
- Jamie Righetti
Disney Junior has announced that James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek), Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) and Isabella Crovetti (Colony) will lend their voices to a vampire family in the upcoming animated series Vampirina.
Van Der Beek and Graham will voice the roles of Vampirina’s parents Boris and Oxana Hauntley, while Crovetti is Vampirina (a.k.a. Vee), a lovable young vampire girl, who is facing the joys and trials of being the new kid in town when her family moves from Transylvania to Pennsylvania.
The recurring guest voice cast includes Broadway performers Patti LuPone (Evita) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me, Kate) as Vee’s grandparents, Nanpire and Grandpop, and Wanda Sykes (Black-ish) as Vampirina’s cantankerous yet loyal gargoyle sidekick Gregoria.
- Gary Collinson
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- Christopher Campbell
My Cousin Vinny is a classic comedy. The titular character, Vincent Gambini, is a fledgling lawyer from Brooklyn who finds himself completely in over his head as he tries to prove his nephew’s innocence in a grisly murder case. The film’s comedy comes, in part, from subverting this bleak set-up. But it’s also what makes it so fun and satisfying to watch as a courtroom thriller trailer, as Mashable has re-envisioned it.
It helps that all of the performances from the original movie were so pitch-perfect. There’s Joe Pesci as the New-Yorker-out-of-water who likes to say “fuck” all the time, Marisa Tomei in an Oscar-winning performance as the other New-Yorker-out-of-water who likes to say “fuck” all the time, and stellar performances from Herman Munster, the Karate Kid, and the evil coach from The Mighty Ducks (seriously, they’re all great). Turns out, all of these work »
- Gerardo Delgado
A quarter of a century after winning an Oscar for My Cousin Vinny, the actor is causing a stir as Spider-Man’s Aunt May. She talks about being allowed to ‘get old’ and her reputation as a great on-screen kisser
T oo hot, too young, too sexy: these were the cries of outraged comic-book fans on social media when Marisa Tomei was cast as Spider-Man’s Aunt May in July 2015. And the then 50-year-old Oscar winner agreed with the backlash. “I know, right?” laughs Tomei down the phone from New York, where she’s preparing for the blockbuster’s premiere this week. “It’s lucky I didn’t know much about Aunt May, because I might have been horrified if I’d seen the original image of a grey-haired pensioner. Don’t toy with my heart, Marvel. Is that really how you view me?”
She disagrees, though, that her casting »
- Michael Hogan
As The Fate of The Furious enters theaters, a ranking of its 1st Assistant Director’s oeuvre.
Friday brings us the release of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in The Fast & The Furious series. Thus, there could be no better time to look back and rank the previous works of one of the films most notable craftsmen, a man whose name is legendary. I speak of course of First Assistant Director Frank Capra III.
Capra III is the grandson of director Frank Capra, a Hollywood legend whose work includes It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and It’s a Wonderful Life. How did that pedigree fare two generations removed? This exhaustive look at Mr. Capra III’s 1st Ad career will tell the tale.
While the film’s director often gets the lion’s share of the credit, the First Ad is one of the most critical positions on set. In »
- The Bitter Script Reader
Long before the “La La Land” and “Moonlight” Best Picture debacle became the biggest gaffe in Oscar history, it was Marisa Tomei who found herself at the center of an Oscar dispute. When Tomei was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work as Mona Lisa Vito in “My Cousin Vinny” — a film that came out 25 years ago today — she was up against heavyweights including Vanessa Redgrave and Miranda Richardson. Tomei was a relatively unknown actress at the time, recognized for her role as a spitfire hairdresser from Brooklyn who knows more about cars than almost anyone. None of her fellow. »
- Brian Welk
13 March 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
On March 13, 1992, 20th Century Fox introduced My Cousin Vinny in theaters, featuring Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei (who claimed a best supporting actor win at the 65th Academy Awards for her role). The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.
You can take the guy out of Brooklyn but not Brooklyn out of the guy, even in Alabama. A comedy about a brash, big-city Yankee who drops into a small Southern town to plead a case — no, we're not talking about Pat Buchanan's political foray into Mississippian this week — My Cousin Vinny is a terrific variation on the fish-out-of-water/man-from-Mars story »
- THR Staff
It turns out it wasn’t just the defense that was wrong, as Marisa Tomei so famously recites as spitfire car expert Mona Lisa Vito in “My Cousin Vinny.” Vito is renowned in the movie world for her automotive knowledge (“my father was a mechanic, his father was a mechanic…”), but it turns out, one of her statements on the witness stand — the one that arguably clinched Tomei’s Oscar win — wasn’t entirely accurate. In speaking with TheWrap for the 25th anniversary of the classic courtroom comedy, which also starred Joe Pesci, screenwriter Dale Launer explained that there were three cars made in. »
- Brian Welk
“Watch this,” Joe Pesci’s Vinny Gambini says about his surprise witness fiancee during the climax of “My Cousin Vinny” — which marks its 25th anniversary on Monday. What comes next is a priceless cinematic moment courtesy of Marisa Tomei — though her unforgettable Oscar-winning moment almost didn’t happen at all. In the scene, Tomei’s Mona Lisa Vito has just taken the stand in a courtroom where Vinny is the legal representation for two young men who are on trial for murder. She shoots an apathetic eye roll at the prosecution’s Mr. Trotter (Lane Smith) before dismantling his “bullsh– question. »
- Brian Welk
For anyone who watched the Academy Awards on Sunday, the jaw-dropping best picture mix-up for La La Land and Moonlight might have brought to mind a long-circulated Oscars conspiracy regarding Marisa Tomei. Although the two events aren't exactly alike, it's no wonder connections between the 2017 ceremony and a moment at the awards all the way back in 1993 are being drawn. At the 65th Annual Academy Awards, Tomei took the stage to accept the Oscar for best supporting actress from presenter Jack Palance thanks to her work in My Cousin Vinny. Elated and giggly, she celebrated other Hollywood actresses in her speech, profusely thanked costar Joe Pesci, proceeded to the press room to take photos with best supporting actor winner Gene Hackman, and that was that. Except, it wasn't; what should have been a purely celebratory milestone in her career ended up turning into one of Hollywood's oldest and most interesting award season rumors. »
- Quinn Keaney
No wait, sorry, there's been a mistake. it's Moonlight! Our bad.
What a glorious only-in-Hollywood fiasco, and what a sublimely insane ending to an Oscar night for the ages. It was just like the end of Bonnie and Clyde: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway bask in each others' glow, there's suddenly an awkward silence, they share a moment of doomed erotic eye contact ... and then oh, the carnage. The only thing missing was some sad banjo music. The Best Picture screw-up was »
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The Oscars are usually a model of ruthless efficiency – aside from the bad calls, epic awkwardness and occasional streaker. The sole controversy came in 1993 when presenter Jack Palance read out Marisa Tomei’s name as best supporting actress for My Cousin Vinny. The rumour spread that this was a mistake: either because it was the only name he could remember, or because he was reading off the teleprompter rather than the card in his hand.
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- Steph Harmon
Actors Alice Eve, Emile Hirsch and Vanessa Hudgens have signed up to star in writer/ director Jonathan Lynn’s The Pre-Nup. Lynn is the man responsible for the likes of My Cousin Vinny and The Whole Nine Yards, so expect heaps of comedy in the new film, which also has the likes of Hugh Bonneville, David Koecher and Sebastian Maniscalco amongst the cast.
In the film, Zac (Hirsch) is a well-to-do American investment banker, who couldn’t be more thrilled when he gets engaged to Alice (Eve), a British ex-pat and aspiring novelist. But as soon as the happy news trickles down to his friends and family, trouble flares up. Zac’s father is a former rock star and notorious womanizer who pays more alimony than most lawyers in Beverly Hills put together. With this in mind, he insists that Zac have Alice sign a pre-nup, or he’ll cut »
- Paul Heath
Alice Eve (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Men in Black 3,” “Sex and the City 2”), Emile Hirsch (“Into the Wild,” “Lone Survivor”), and Vanessa Hudgens (“Sucker Punch”, “Spring Breakers”), David Koechner (“Anchorman 1& 2”, “Extract”) and rising comedy star Sebastian Maniscalco will star in the romantic comedy ‘The Pre-Nup”, directed and written by Jonathan Lynn (“Nuns On The Run,” “My Cousin Vinny,” “The Whole Nine Yards”) and sold in Berlin by Content Media Corporation.
Eve, Emile, Vanessa, David and Sebastian join Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey,” “Notting Hill”) in the Jeanna Polley (“The Politician’s Wife,” “Laws of Attraction”) produced film, which is expected to start shooting in June in the UK.
“The Pre-Nup” follows the hilarious consequences of an American groom suggesting to his British bride that they should get a pre-nuptial agreement… the night before their wedding.
Zac (Hirsch) is a well-to-do American investment banker, who couldn’t be more thrilled »
- Michelle McCue
Exclusive: Jonathan Lynn will direct the romantic comedy.
Production is set for June in the UK on the story of an American investment banker whose womanising father pressures him into suggesting a pre-nuptial agreement to his fiancée on the eve of their wedding.
The alarmed young woman fights back, determined to negotiate ever details of their life together. Lynn wrote the screenplay and Jeanna Polley is the producer.
“Jonathan has packed The Pre-Nup with tons of laughs, romance, and characters »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Ever since her breakout performance in 1992 as Mona Lisa Vito in My Cousin Vinny, which earned her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, Marisa Tomei has always made bold and interesting choices on-screen, allowing her to slip in and out of Oscar-bait indies, romantic comedies, Adam Sandler vehicles and even the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Aunt May Parker in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. The same can be said for the actress’ stage work, which most recently included playwright Will Eno’s Broadway debut, The Realistic Joneses, and a Williamstown Theatre Festival production of a Tennessee Williams play.
Her latest is the new play by Sarah Ruhl, How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, opening at Lincoln Center Theater on March 20, with previews starting Feb. 23. “I'd long admired Sarah Ruhl’s writing and hoped for the chance to work with her someday, and when I saw what this play was about, I was drawn even further under her spell »
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