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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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Cheech Marin Turned Down Mario Role in Super Mario Bros. Movie

Cheech Marin has revealed he was offered the lead role in the Super Mario Bros movie. Super Mario Bros was Hollywood’s first attempt at adapting a video game into a movie, but the production was famously messy from day one. Directors Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel decided that instead of the sunny, kid-friendly visuals of the game, they wanted to set the movie in a dystopian, Blade Runner-style city. After a long casting search Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper were chosen for Mario, Luigi and Koopa respectively.
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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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Jay Curtis, Longtime Brand Manager at CBS, Dies at 67

Jay Curtis, who produced promotional campaigns for CBS and managed the network's on-air brand for more than 20 years, died Thursday in San Diego after a struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, his son announced. He was 67.

Known as "The Creative Lifeguard" for his talent at coaxing creative out of people, Curtis also did work for NBC, Fox, the Ncaa, the NFL and several other major houses. He also directed such talent as David Letterman, Bob Newhart, Dick Van Dyke, Dan Rather, George Clooney, Ray Romano, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Cheech Marin.

In 2004, Curtis received a WGA Award for outstanding...
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Steven Tyler Rocks Star-Studded Janie's Fund Gala And Grammy Viewing Party

During the weekend, iconic singer, songwriter, humanitarian, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Grammy Award winner Steven Tyler, and Live Nation celebrated the inaugural Janie's Fund Gala with an exclusive live viewing of the 60th Annual Grammy Awards telecast, elegant dinner, and unforgettable night of performances at the historic Red Studios Hollywood.

Steven Tyler Performs At Inaugural Janie's Fund Gala and Grammy Viewing Party

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The inaugural event raised over $2.4 million dollars for Janie’s Fund, a philanthropic initiative created by Tyler in partnership with the national family services nonprofit Youth Villages to bring hope and healing to girls across America who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. Tyler first gave voice to this cause with his hit “Janie’s Got a Gun,” and his establishment of the fund ensures that these vulnerable girls will have an enduring voice for years to come.
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Movie Review – Coco (2017)

Coco, 2017.

Directed by Lee Unkrich.

Featuring the voice talents of Anthony González, Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor, Jaime Camil, Gabriel Iglesias, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Edward James Olmos, John Ratzenberger, and Cheech Marin.

Synopsis:

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

All good things must come to an end, and in recent years, it felt as if Pixar, the once mighty animation behemoth were mid-metamorphosis, awaiting the final turn towards Dreamworks mundanity. It helps little that be it for Inside Out, their last five features have peaked at Finding Dory, a passing distraction and a sequel unasked for.

Thankfully, Coco finds the once mighty studio again reigning supreme; it’s a swaggering, ripe, rich and deeply emotional study of the poetic temperance of passing. Like Inside out, Toy Story 3 and Monsters, Inc. before,
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Weinstein Company Pulls War with Grandpa, Upside and Mary Magdaline

The Weinstein Company yanked its first three movies of 2018 from its calendar, pulling The War with Grandpa from its February 23 date, The Upside from its March 9 date and Mary Magdalene from its March 30 date. It is believed that these movies were pulled in anticipation of the company being sold off to new owners, in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal. None of these films were given new dates as of now, listed as "unset 2018" at the moment. There is no indication yet as to who could be taking over The Weinstein Company, or when they may decide what to do with these films.

The War with Grandpa was set to face Paramount's thriller Annihilation, Orion Pictures' drama Every Day and Warner Bros.' action comedy Game Night, although now there is no indication on when it may open. The movie centers on Peter (Oakes Fegley), who
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Second Opinion – Coco (2017)

Coco, 2017.

Directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina.

Featuring the voice talents of Anthony González, Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor, Jaime Camil, Gabriel Iglesias, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Edward James Olmos, John Ratzenberger, and Cheech Marin.

Synopsis:

Like a Mexican Footloose, music is banned in the world of young Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) because of the sins of his legendary guitar-strumming idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), who abandoned his family in pursuit of fame and fortune. Unperturbed by such rules, Miguel pursues his dream of becoming a musician, all the way to the land of dead, where he must heal generational rifts in order to return home before he’s trapped in the underworld forever.

Disney have always had that magical touch when it comes to the concept of death; whether it’s Bambi’s mother, or Coco co-director Lee Unkrich’s own existential masterpiece, Toy Story 3,
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Stars Support Lorde's Decision To Boycott Israel

Over 100 well-known names – including writers, actors, directors and musicians – have signed a pledge supporting Lorde's decision not to perform in Israel.

The statement was published in The Guardian following backlash over the Kiwi singer’s cancellation of her concert in Tel Aviv. It is a direct response to a full page ad published in the Washington Post on January 1 which called Lorde a bigot and also attacked her homeland of New Zealand.

“We deplore the bullying tactics being used to defend injustice against Palestinians and to suppress an artist’s freedom of conscience. We support Lorde’s right to take a stand,” reads the letter in The Guardian. "Shmuley Boteach, the author and promoter of the advert, supports Israel’s illegal settlements and wrote last month on Breitbart to thank Donald Trump for “electrifying the world” with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in defiance of international law.
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Danny Trejo Finally Gives Update on Machete Kills Again… in Space!

Back in 2010, director Robert Rodriguez unleashed Machete, his cheesy action extravaganza starring Danny Trejo as a Mexican vigilante seeking revenge on those who had double-crossed him. Based on a “fake” trailer promoted during Grindhouse, the film managed to attract an all-star cast consisting of Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Cheech Marin, Lindsay Lohan, Don Johnson, Jessica […]

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‘Friday the 13th’ Series Director Once Pitched ‘Cheech and Chong Meets Jason’

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‘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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Film Review: Visual Excellence Aside, ‘Coco’ is Just So-So

Chicago – “Coco” bears all the visual hallmarks of the Pixar Studio at its best, however its story bears the more recent symptoms of creative exhaustion. In this story, a young boy named Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) aims to follow his heart and pursue music, but toe tapping tunes have been strictly forbidden in his home.

…since his great-great grandfather left the family to go out on the road and pursue his own dreams.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

The only one who doesn’t immediately shut down Miguel’s dreams is his great grandmother Coco, but that’s largely because she’s old and hard of hearing. After Miguel hears about a contest in the plaza, he aims to break away from the family business and take his chances. But he is found out and his grandmother smashes his guitar. In desperation he attempts to borrow the guitar of the most famous musician
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Box Office: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Strums $2.3 Million on Tuesday Night

Box Office: Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Strums $2.3 Million on Tuesday Night
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” has opened with a solid $2.3 million on Tuesday night.

The animated pic is on par with Disney’s “Moana,” which earned $2.6 million from previews during the same frame last year. It went on to gross $82 million over five days.

The family film has been on track to take in $55 million to $60 million at 3,948 venues during the Thanksgiving holiday period from Wednesday to Sunday. Estimates indicate that the costly “Justice League,” which has pulled in a disappointing $111.9 million in its first five days, will come in No. 1 again with about $60 million to $65 million.

Coco” opens in nearly 2,800 3D locations, 106 premium large format screens, and 268 theaters offering the film in Spanish. Unlike “Justice League,” critics have embraced “Coco” (its Rotten Tomatoes score is currently 95%).

Just before “Coco” began its Tuesday night previews, news broke that animation guru John Lasseter would be taking a six-month leave from the company over allegations of inappropriate behavior toward women. [link
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Movie Review – Coco (2017)

Coco, 2017.

Directed by Lee Unkrich.

Feature the voice talents of Anthony González, Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor, Jaime Camil, Gabriel Iglesias, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Edward James Olmos, John Ratzenberger, and Cheech Marin.

Synopsis:

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery.

Music is a universal art form, so it would be perplexing (and would probably set off bullshit alarms) to discover a family with such hatred for it that they forbid it period. Literally, every human being on the planet likely has a song or piece that connects to their emotions on a personal wavelength. However, that is the bummer case with Miguel’s (Anthony González) kin, who instead funnel all of their efforts into a successful homegrown shoe designing business established by a long-lost ancestor as a reactionary method to
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“Coco” is one of Pixar’s best films yet

Ladies and gentlemen…Pixar has done it again. One more time, they’ve crafted an original modern animated classic. In this instance, the movie in question is Coco, the latest Disney/Pixar outing to tug at heart strings and make you smile in equal measure. Opening this week, in time for Thanksgiving, it should probe to be another massive hit, both with audiences and also Academy voters. The critics are already on board, and rightly so. This is something truly special. There’s no way to fully prepare yourself for the emotional impact of this one, so just know that the company is going to make you cry once again. The film is a family story, centering on young Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez), who yearns to play guitar. However, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, that’s not a possibility. With the Day of the Dead festival on their minds,
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'The Lion King': Meet the Actors Behind the Remake

'The Lion King': Meet the Actors Behind the Remake
The 1994 animated film The Lion King was a critical and commercial hit and beloved by families. The Disney movie won two Oscars and has grossed more than $968 million worldwide.

The animated version was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, with a voice cast that included Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Robert Guillaume, Rowan Atkinson, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Madge Sinclair, Whoopi Goldberg and Cheech Marin.

In September 2016, it was announced that Disney is doing a CGI remake of the film with Jon Favreau set to direct. The cast of...
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