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‘Super Troopers 2’: Can Stoner Sequels Find Success After Legalization?

April 20, recognized among marijuana users as the international holiday of 4/20, falls on a Friday this year, which turns out to be the perfect release date for Fox Searchlight’s “Super Troopers 2,” the long awaited sequel to the 2001 stoner-movie classic “Super Troopers.” It will open wide on 2,400 screens.

“Fox Searchlight chose 4/20 as the release date,” director Jay Chandrasekhar says. “It tested better than any of the movies we’ve ever made before. There’s real enthusiasm at Fox over this film.”

That’s not often the case with so-called stoner movies, which have endured waves of acceptance and industry reticence over the years. But now with marijuana legalization in full swing in nine states, including California, have the studios come around to stoking that market again like Cheech & Chong did during the decriminalization wave of the ’70s with “Up in Smoke” and several sequels into the ’80s?

Forty years ago,
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Cheech & Chong Reveal Who They’d Cast in Up in Smoke Sequel

Comedy legends Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong have revealed who they would like to see cast in a sequel to their classic stoner film Up in Smoke. Long before there was Seth Rogen and James Franco or Jay and Silent Bob, there was Cheech and Chong. The classic counterculture comedy duo began their movie careers with 1978’s Up in Smoke, which went on to gross $44 million at the box office despite being derided by critics. In the years since the film’s release, it has gone on to become a classic of what would later become an entire genre, the stoner comedy.
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Cheech and Chong on 40 Years of 'Up in Smoke': 'Real Life Drove Everything'

Cheech and Chong on 40 Years of 'Up in Smoke': 'Real Life Drove Everything'
When Cheech Marin picks up the phone, he's already in character. "Hello, Jack in the Box! What the fuck's up?" he bellows in his trademark gritty voice. It's about 11 a.m. where he is in California, and despite his chipper demeanor, he says, "I'm just drowsing into consciousness here."

Similarly, his comic foil for four decades and counting, Tommy Chong, still seems like he's emerging from a purple haze when he speaks with Rolling Stone around the same time of day, about a week later. "Hey, I've been waiting to talk to you,
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Cheech Was Almost Mario in the Super Mario Bros. Movie

Cheech Was Almost Mario in the Super Mario Bros. Movie
Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their iconic Up in Smoke movie and took time to discuss roles that they passed on over the years. Marin admitted that he was approached to join the cast of the Super Mario Bros. movie as the titular character alongside John Leguizamo's Luigi, but he luckily turned it down. The big screen adaptation of Mario and Luigi was a huge mess and has little or nothing to do with the legendary Nintendo game that it is based off of. Many have called it the worst movie ever made. Not to mention that the character is inherently Italian and Cheech has made his career off playing a very stoned Mexican-American from East L.A.

Tommy Chong was taken aback to know that his partner, Cheech Marin, had been approached to play Mario and couldn't believe that he turned it down.
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‘Up in Smoke’ Celebrates 40 Years with Blu-ray Combo Pack Release

Cheech and Chong’s Up In Smoke first hit theaters in 1978. The film introduced audiences to a new comedy duo in Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. The film was a hit an would spawn a series of films lead by the beloved comedy duo. Up in Smoke is turning 40 years old an in celebration, the film is getting a very special limited edition and Blu-ray release. Check out the details below.

In Up in Smoke Cheech and Chong play wannabe musicians and stoners who unwittingly smuggle a van made of marijuana from Mexico to L.A. Their drug-laced humor keeps their spirits high as they unknowingly elude the police and meander their way to an outrageous finale at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood where Cheech performs in a pink tutu and Chong plays drums in a red body suit with a Quaalude logo.

The Up in Smoke Blu-ray Combo Pack
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Tommy Chong to Xfl: Legalize Weed, Man!

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[[tmz:video id="0_48hsngb9"]] One big change the Xfl can have over the NFL? Let the players use marijuana -- so says Tommy Chong!  Chong's argument is simple ... weed's good for athletes dealing with pain and concussion issues. He also claims since so many states have legalized marijuana (either medically or recreationally), allowing players to use cannabis wouldn't really go against Vince McMahon's strict no-lawbreakers rule. Of course, Vince has vowed to ban any player with a whiff
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See Corey Feldman, Jay Leno Talk Sam Kinison's Feats and Flaws

See Corey Feldman, Jay Leno Talk Sam Kinison's Feats and Flaws
A new documentary, I Am Sam Kinison, will explore the life and impact of the controversial shock comic with commentary from Charlie Sheen, Jay Leno, Tommy Chong and Corey Feldman, among others. The film will premiere on Spike TV on December 19th at 10 p.m. Est, with an uncensored version airing two hours later.

A two-minute preview of the warts-and-all film shows clips of Kinison performing, including one where Rodney Dangerfield introduced him at an early show, as well as a glimpse of the 1989 Rolling Stone cover story on Kinison
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‘Friday the 13th’ Series Director Once Pitched ‘Cheech and Chong Meets Jason’

  • The Wrap
‘Friday the 13th’ Series Director Once Pitched ‘Cheech and Chong Meets Jason’
Stoner comedians Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong are classic cut-ups — but imagine if they got cut up by that ultimate slasher villain Jason Voorhees. Tom McLoughlin, the writer-director of 1986’s “Jason Lives: Friday the 13th VI,” said he once pitched the idea of a mashup of the two big-screen franchises to “Friday the 13th” series producer Frank Mancuso Jr. “What if we do ‘Cheech and Chong Meets Jason?'” McLoughlin recalled telling Mancuso on Wednesday’s edition of horror filmmaker Mick GarrisPost Mortem podcast. “They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.
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Cheech and Chong Almost Met Jason in Friday the 13th Crossover Movie

Cheech and Chong Almost Met Jason in Friday the 13th Crossover Movie
Throughout the history of the Friday the 13th franchise, some strange things have happened to Jason. And some even stranger things have been proposed. Some of them cool, some of them weird and some of them flat out baffling. This could have been any one of those things, depending on how it went. As revealed by Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives director Tom McLoughlin, a Jason vs. Cheech and Chong movie could have happened in the late 80s/early 90s.

The director was recently a guest on the Post Mortem podcast. During the conversation, Tom McLoughlin reveals that he was approached to do another Friday the 13th movie. At first, the eventual Freddy vs. Jason movie was pitched, but he didn't feel that was a real possibility. Here's what he had to say about it.

"[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason [Lives]...And I said,
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Woodshock – Review

It’s travel time at the vacation wing of the ole’ multiplex yet again. A couple of months ago we explored France in Paris Can Wait, and just a few weeks ago we joined Steve and Rob for a food-filled travelogue in The Trip To Spain. Summer may be over, but it’s not too late to “get away from it all” with another trip….a trip inside your mind. If you’re thinking of “mother’s little helper” then you’re on the right track. Movies about drugs have changed with society over the years. The first flicks were hysterical (in more ways than one) cautionary tales epitomized by the camp classic Reefer Madness. With the counter culture’s rise in the 60’s and 70’s there were more enlightened films like, well Roger Corman’s The Trip. And in the 80’s Cheech and Chong finally took their weed humor
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Six Harry Dean Stanton films you can't afford to miss by Jennie Kermode

Harry Dean Stanton as Carl Rodd in Twin Peaks

He was the son of a cook and a tobacco farmer, a Kentucky boy who took a big risk by dropping out of university to pursue an acting career, but by the time he died on Friday at the age of 91, Harry Dean Stanton had appeared in more than 100 films. They include a host of hits: The Last Temptation Of Christ, Cool Hand Luke, Pretty In Pink, The Green Mile, Inland Empire and more. He had bit parts in the likes of The Godfather 2, In The Heat Of The Night and How The West Was Won, though sadly his scenes in Cheech and Chong's stoner classic Up In Smoke went up in smoke themselves. But some of his work was truly unforgettable. If you see nothing else, you have to check out these.

Repo Man

Repo Man

"The life of
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TV Trends: 15 Network Chiefs On What Fall Show They’d Steal, Predicting Their Next Hit and What Worries Them

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TV Trends: 15 Network Chiefs On What Fall Show They’d Steal, Predicting Their Next Hit and What Worries Them
Watch your back, Hulu. IndieWire surveyed 15 network toppers this summer on a range of questions, including the show they’d most like to steal from a rival. The top show they coveted was easily Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the timely story of a totalitarian dystopia that is on track to potentially win the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy this month.

Execs also raved about a variety of other recent series, including the HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones,” about the relationship between billionaire music moguls Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. And the network honchos were given a chance to single out an upcoming (or recently aired) show that they believe is destined to become a surprise hit. As the industry prepares for another fall season, here’s some insight into what TV’s top executives are thinking, and what’s concerning them most.

Read More:All of IndieWire’s Fall TV Coverage Dana Walden,
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Watch the Most Outrageous Performances in Dancing with the Stars History

Watch the Most Outrageous Performances in Dancing with the Stars History
People is celebrating the Sept. 18 premiere of Dancing with the Stars‘ 25th season with 25 days of exclusive interviews, fun retrospectives, and new details about what fans can expect from the milestone season.

Another season of Dancing with the Stars means another season of passionate paso dobles, charming cha chas, and titillating tangos.

As fans gear up for season 25 of the ABC reality dance competition (premiering Sept. 18), People presents a list of the most outrageous dances in the show’s history:

Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd – “Drop It Like It’s Hot” (Season 20)

Bristol Pailin & Mark Ballas – the Monkees theme song (Season
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This Is Why Your Favorite Character Was Written Out of Your Favorite Series

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2017-08-23T11:35:44-07:00This Is Why Your Favorite Character Was Written Out of Your Favorite Series

Everything seems to be going great for your favorite character one day, and the next he or she is suddenly gone, having been written out of the show for one odd reason or another. Here's the story behind some of TV's most notable character disappearances. Are there other characters you miss? Let us know in the comments below.

1. Susan from Seinfeld

Remember George Costanza’s fiance Susan Ross? Her character tragically and comically died in Season 7 after licking all of the envelopes from their cheap wedding invitations. According to Jason Alexander (George) and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Elaine), Heidi Swedberg was extremely difficult to work with and Larry David decided to kill her off.

2. Charlie from Lost

If you booked the show Lost, your life would be set, right? Not for Dominic Monaghan.
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Review: "Cheech And Chong's Next Movie" (1980); Shout! Factory Blu-ray Special Edition

  • CinemaRetro
By Todd Garbarini

Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie, which opened on Friday, July 18, 1980, had stiff competition at the box office: Airplane!, The Empire Strikes Back, The Shining, Friday the 13th, The Blue Lagoon, The Big Red One, Dressed to Kill, Fame, and The Blues Brothers were all in major release at the time. While Next Movie and did respectable business, it went on to gross even more moola when Universal released is on a double bill with John Landis’s beloved Blues Brothers later. The film picks up sometime after Cheech and Chong’s maiden cinematic outing, Up in Smoke, left off two years earlier. Written by the slapdash and seemingly always high dynamic duo and directed by the latter of the two, Next Movie plays out like their comedy album routines (“Dave” from their self-titled 1971 debut album is one of their best-known and funniest bits) which is exactly
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“Ip Man: Final Fight” provides the perfect conclusion to a great story

Starting in 2008, Ip Man, the master of Wing Chun, has featured as the main character in a number of movies and a TV series. “Final Fight” presents the story of his last period, when he moved to Hong Kong from Foshan, following the victory of the Chinese Communist Party in the Chinese Civil War, since he was a police officer of the previous regime, the Kuomintang.

“Ip Man: Final Fight” is released by Cine Asia

The film begins in 1949, upon his arrival in Hong Kong, where a sick and alone, 56 -year-old Ip Man (his wife and son had stayed in Foshan) starts teaching Wing Chun on the rooftop of a building that houses the hotel staff’s general association. He meets and accepts new students from every part of society, and his class consists of laborers, a lot of which are members of the labor movement, correctional officers, even policemen.
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Film Festival Roundup: Provincetown Announces New Programming, Stony Brook Reveals Lineup and More

Film Festival Roundup: Provincetown Announces New Programming, Stony Brook Reveals Lineup and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– The Provincetown International Film Festival (Piff) has announced the latest slate of programming for its 19th edition, running June 14 – 18. The added programming includes an awards presentation for actress Aubrey Plaza, who will receive the festival’s inaugural Next Wave Award, which recognizes those who have exciting and distinctive voices, take artistic risks, and have a passionate commitment to independent film. Plaza, who stars in and produced the festival’s Closing Night Film, “Ingrid Goes West,” will receive the honor at a ceremony on Sunday, June 18 at Fishermen Hall in Provincetown.

Additionally, the festival announced a special presentation with Julie Klausner and Scott King, the creators of Hulu’s hit original series “Difficult People“ and a special screening of a new documentary from acclaimed filmmakers Sebastian Junger
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Kirsten Dunst and Sofia Coppola on Hollywood Sexism, Their Feminist ‘Beguiled’ Remake

Kirsten Dunst and Sofia Coppola on Hollywood Sexism, Their Feminist ‘Beguiled’ Remake
Sofia Coppola met her muse Kirsten Dunst in 1998. The actress was just 16 at the time, and the 27-year-old daughter of Francis Ford Coppola was about to make her directorial debut with “The Virgin Suicides,” based on a novel that she loved. Dunst was so innocent, she brought her mom along to chaperone their initial conversation. “I was a little nervous,” she says. “It was my first adult role!”

So much of Hollywood is filtered through the male gaze. But Coppola, who tells stories from the perspectives of her heroines, immediately put Dunst at ease. “She was always a good influence on me as a young woman,” Dunst says, recalling a compliment that Coppola once paid her that she never forgot. “She said to me, ‘I love your teeth; don’t ever fix your teeth.’ I remember doing a ‘Spider-Man’ movie later, and one of the producers was like, ‘I need
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Film Festival Roundup: BAMcinemaFest Unveils Full Slate, Siff Picks Lineup, Laff Announces Opener and More

Film Festival Roundup: BAMcinemaFest Unveils Full Slate, Siff Picks Lineup, Laff Announces Opener and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– BAMcinématek has announced the full lineup for the ninth annual BAMcinemaFest (Jun 14 – 25, 2017), which features 24 New York premieres, one North American premiere, and two world premieres. Opening the festival on Wednesday, June 14 is the New York premiere of Aaron Katz’s “Gemini.” This year’s Closing Night selection is the New York premiere of Brooklyn filmmaker Alex Ross Perry’s fifth feature, “Golden Exits.”

Other highlights include “En el Séptimo Día,” “A Ghost Story,” “Landline,” and “Whose Streets.” Check out the full lineup here.

– The Greenwich International Film Festival is proud to announce the full film slate and programming for the 3rd annual festival running June 1 – 4, 2017 in Greenwich, Connecticut.

“Bending the Arc,” a documentary about the extraordinary team of doctors and activists whose work thirty years
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Newswire: Cheech & De Niro, together at last

After the dissolution of Cheech & Chong in the 1980s, both Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong pursued solo careers—to disparate levels of success—but always carried on with the other as a sort of phantom limb, never quite feeling whole in their absence. Cheech & Chong finally reunited in 2008, an implicit acknowledgment that there was no one else who could complement each other so completely, no other partner with whom they could create that ineffable chemistry. But then, that’s only because Robert De Niro wasn’t available. Until now.

The long-awaited team-up of Cheech & De Niro has finally aligned, The Wrap reports, with the comedy supergroup set to convene on the upcoming War With Grandpa, a film in which Robert De Niro continues his late-career renaissance of playing grandpas who definitely aren’t your grandpa’s grandpa. This grandpa, recently widowed, will move into his grandson ...
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