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That Time Rob Schneider Got Rejected for Academy Membership

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That Time Rob Schneider Got Rejected for Academy Membership
Kobe Bryant isn’t the first famous person to be rejected for membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In 2003, Rob Schneider applied to become a member of the Academy — the organization that gives out the Oscars each year — and was denied entry because the actors branch decided that the “Saturday Night Live” alum had not showed enough range in films like “The Animal” and “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.”

“There were some people who felt that basically he has played very similar characters over and over,” Bruce Davis, the Academy’s executive director, told the Wall Street Journal after the organization decided not to extend an invitation.

Also Read: No Kobe, No Problem: Oscars Academy's Class of 2018 on Track to Be as Big and Diverse as Last 2 Years'

Schneider, who had acted in more than 20 movies and starred in such hits as 1999’s “Deuce Bigelow,” had his supporters.
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Universal Marketing Department Shake Up as Inappropriate Conduct Allegations Hit

There has been a major shakeup at Universal’s marketing department in the wake of allegations of inappropriate conduct involving two of its top executives. Following an investigation, Seth Byers, Evp of creative strategy and research, has been fired and Josh Goldstine, president of marketing, has been placed on administrative leave. It is unclear if Goldstine will return to his post.

In a memo to staff on Thursday, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Jeff Shell and chairman of Universal Pictures Donna Langley said the allegations they received against the men were “credible and indicative of an unacceptable climate.” Neither Shell nor Langley detailed what the allegations against Byers and Goldstine entailed, however.

The charges surface at an inflection point for the movie industry and are indicative of an emerging “zero tolerance” policy at major studios when it comes to abusive conduct. The shift has been a longtime coming, but the changes have been dramatic and far-reaching. In October
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Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in February 2018

Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in February 2018
Emmy winners Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”) and Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) head up the new Hulu original series “The Looming Tower,” which chronicles the rise of Osama Bin-Laden. Also featured in this docudrama about the inter-agency rivalry between the CIA and FBI in the first part of this century are Golden Globe nominees Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg. The first of the 10 episodes starts streaming on Hulu on Feb. 28.

Before then, Hulu viewers will get a chance to see another acclaimed docudrama, the film “Detroit” by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”). She reteamed with screenwriter Mark Boal, who also picked up an Oscar for “The Hurt Locker,” for this acclaimed film. “Detroit” documents the riots that beset the motor city in the summer of 1967 after the police raid an unlicensed bar on July 23 and arrest the 82 patrons and staff. Over the course of just five days, 43 people died
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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in February 2018

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon will bring content for fans of the holiday and those who have had enough of love.

Uma Thurman’s action-packed thrillers “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” and “Kill Bill: Vol. 2” can be added to Netflix queues starting in February. Other films coming to the streaming service are “Men in Black,” “Meet the Fockers,” and “Ella Enchanted.” Bravo’s “Imposters” and Netflix’s “Queer Eye” reboot will also be added.

A few classic movies are joining Hulu in next month, including Harrison Ford’s “Sabrina” and “Mystic Pizza,” starring Julia Roberts. For the kids, “Agent Cody Banks,” and “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds” will be added. Fans of “One Tree Hill” can watch all nine seasons of the teen series.

Amazon Prime will roll out new seasons for some of its original series in February, with the “The Tick: Season 1B” and the
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The Square – Review

Julian (Dominic West) endures the actions of a performer named Oleg (Terry Notary), in Ruben Ostlund’s satire The Square. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures (c).

Ruben Ostlund’s satire The Square was Cannes’ Palme D’Or winner this year but this ambitious film is a decidedly unusual winner. Ostlund’s previous film, Force Majeure, explored a single morally-bad choice in a caustically comic way. The Square turns a satiric eye on modern art, contemporary society, political correctness, homelessness, sex, income inequality and more, although it often focuses on the subject of trust. The Square, partly in English and partly in Swedish with subtitles, is sly, darkly satiric and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny film, when it is not just downright disturbing. This is not a film for everyone, but it has rewards for those up for its wild ride.

The story revolves around Christian (Claes Bang), the curator at a modern art museum in Sweden.
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Platinos to Bestow Lifetime Achievement Award to Edward James Olmos

Platinos to Bestow Lifetime Achievement Award to Edward James Olmos
Film and TV star Edward James Olmos, whose breakout role in hit TV show “Miami Vice” led to a series of prominent roles in such shows as “Hill Street Blues,” “Battlestar Galactica” and “Dexter,” will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 4th Platino Ibero-American Film Awards, which are slated for July 22 in Madrid.

Olmos is also renowned for his pivotal big screen role in the original 1982 “Blade Runner” as well as for his Oscar-nominated perf in schoolroom drama “Stand and Deliver.” He stars in the upcoming “Blade Runner” sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” alongside Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas, and the remake of another sci-fi classic “The Predator,” directed by Shane Black. He also lends his voice to one of the characters in Pixar’s upcoming tribute to Mexican culture “Coco.”

Born in the U.S., but of Mexican descent, Olmos’ role as Lieutenant Castillo in “Miami Vice” earned him a Golden Globe
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Finn Balor’s WWE return dates leaked? Injured WWE star returns at weekend show…

WWE are pretty notorious about sending cease and desist letters to anyone even slightly encroaching on their intellectual property. The reason Cody Rhodes just goes by ‘Cody’ in all his post-wwe appearances is because WWE actually own the ‘Cody Rhodes’ name.

So global makeup brand Maybelline better watch out, after Sasha Banks exposed their ‘Lash Like A Boss’ campaign on Twitter below…

What the gimmick infringement is this @Maybelline ????? @JudgeJudy @DrPhil pic.twitter.com/b2306QGLWA

— notorious Sb (@SashaBanksWWE) February 19, 2017

Good that she copied in respected legal institutions Judge Judy and Doctor Phil there.

WWE has their big television shows Raw and Smackdown, but each brand also tours live events throughout the week that aren’t broadcast. They’re purely for those in attendance, and are thus called house shows. These are the perfect environments to work out storylines, try out new gimmicks and practice big spots before doing them on television or pay-per-view.
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Rome: 'The Accountant', 'Birth Of A Nation' among line-up

Rome: 'The Accountant', 'Birth Of A Nation' among line-up
Guests attending this year to include Bernardo Bertolucci, Don DeLillo, Ralph Fiennes.Scroll down for full line-up

The Rome Film Festival (Oct 13-23) has revealed its line-up for 2016.

The festival will present 44 films and documentaries in its official programme, selected from 26 countries.

Rome will open with Barry JenkinsMoonlight, which premiered in Toronto.

Further titles in the Official Selection include Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountant [pictured], starring Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick, Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation, Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea, and Oliver Stone’s Snowden.

The festival’s previously announced Alice In The City line-up will include John Carney’s Sing Street and Matt Ross’s Captain Fantastic.

The Everybody’s Talking About It strand, which highlights films that has generated exceptional buzz following their international debuts, will showcase Yeon Sang-ho’s Train To Busan, Michael Grandage’s Genius, David Mackenzie’s Hell Or High Water, and [link=nm
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Dodgier than the Krays: Two-star film review hidden on Tom Hardy's Legend poster is a bit of a cheat

Dodgier than the Krays: Two-star film review hidden on Tom Hardy's Legend poster is a bit of a cheat
A two-star review from The Guardian (that's just one star per twin) is hiding in this new poster for Tom Hardy's Kray twins biopic Legend, and you've got two seconds to spot it.

The incident was first brought to light by the alarmed Guardian reviewer himself, Benjamin Lee, who tweeted this:

Incredible way of making my two star review seem like I didn't hate the film pic.twitter.com/zvOyIxHQ3h

Benjamin Lee (@benfraserlee) September 8, 2015

A tip of the cap to Legend's marketing team, then, for turning an unfortunate critical assessment into a social media phenomenon.

Lighting up Twitter like it's the second coming of Keyboard Cat, the internet has been snorting into its collective flat whites this morning over this cinematic subterfuge, but it's not the first time it's happened.

Here, for Chris Morris's Four Lions, any instance of the word "funny" was used, which really emphasised something: the film's funny.
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Wet Hot American Summer’s Undefinable Brand of Smart Stupidity

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Wet Hot American Summer’s Undefinable Brand of Smart Stupidity
If I'd listened to the guy at Blockbuster, I might never have seen Wet Hot American Summer at such a pivotal time. "Don't get this," the Blockbuster guy said when I brought the DVD to the register. "You'll regret it." In all my years of Blockbuster-ing I had never been told that I'd "regret" a rental, not even Under Siege 2: Dark Territory or Rob Schneider's The Animal. I asked him why he hated it so much. "Because it's dumb as hell and it makes no sense," he clarified. I rented it anyway. And then I took it to my friend's house where we proceeded to laugh harder than we'd ever laughed before, all the while wondering: What were we seeing that this other guy didn't? And: Why wasn't this a thing that everyone was talking about? Looking back on the initial reviews of the film — and they are famously,
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Movie Review – Let’s Be Cops (2014)

Let’s Be Cops, 2014.

Directed by Luke Greenfield.

Starring Damon Wayans Jr., Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D’Arcy, Keegan-Michael Key and Andy Garcia.

Synopsis:

Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.

I am told that our pretend cop co-stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. have some incredible comedic chemistry together on the hit sitcom New Girl, and after watching Let’s Be Cops that is a statement I am inclined to believe. Simply put, their camaraderie is the only thing holding the film together from crumbling down into a total disaster. The core of those problems come from director and writer Luke Greenfield, a.k.a. the talentless schmuck that directed The Animal starring Rob Schneider.
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'Guardians of the Galaxy:' Can Bautista End the Curse of Tor Johnson?

'Guardians of the Galaxy:' Can Bautista End the Curse of Tor Johnson?
Marvel Studios is taking its biggest risk yet with Guardians of the Galaxy, banking on an obscure team of heroes to bridge the gap until the next Avengers flick roars into theaters. But there's an even larger obstacle standing in the way of box-office success: Dave Bautista.

To the uninitiated, Bautista is a six-time world champion in Vince McMahon's wrestling circus, and one of the most iconic squared-circle stars of the last decade. In Guardians, he plays intergalactic warrior Drax the Destroyer, which is unquestionably his biggest role to date.
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New ‘Let’s Be Cops’ Red Band Trailer: Johnson & Wayans Cause Trouble

This August’s Let’s Be Cops will, among other things, test the box office mettle of New Girl costars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr., together onscreen again. Most of the red band trailer footage shown thus far (including, in the preview featured above), has been heavy on broad comedy setups, indicating that the movie isn’t that far apart from a feature-length, R-Rated sitcom episode; though, in all fairness, that’s to be expected from a film co-written and directed by Luke Greenfield (helmsman on the Rob Schneider comedy The Animal and the porn star rom-com The Girl Next Door).

Not every summer Hollywood comedy can be witty exercise in post-modern comedy and self satire like 22 Jump Street, though – or even a quirky raunch-com with elements of social commentary such as Neighbors, for that matter – and the truth is, sometimes a ...

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'Let's Be Cops' Trailer with Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson

'Let's Be Cops' Trailer with Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson
It's the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line. Watch as Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. have too much fun in a career they only thought was pretend. Is Let's Be Cops the must see comedy of the summer? Or will this be another miss for director Luke Greenfield, the man behind The Animal, Something Borrowed, and The Girl Next Door?

Let's Be Cops comes to theaters August 13th, 2014 and stars Nina Dobrev, King, Angela Kerecz, Jake Johnson, Andy Garcia, James D'Arcy, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle. The film is directed by Luke Greenfield.
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Watch: Damon Wayans, Jr and Jake Johnson in Red Band ‘Let’s Be Cops’ Trailer

Could this be the most cliché comedy of the year? I think so. It certainly runs in the family when it comes to Damon Wayans Jr. “Let’s Be Cops” looks just like his dads flick “White Chicks”, but worse. How is that even possible? Okay, so the deal is this: it’s a buddy cop film, but they’re not cops. They’re pretending to be cops for, what seems to be, their own personal pleasure of having sex with intoxicated girls and getting free stuff. Seriously, who writes this? I’ll tell you who...Luke Greenfield. Greenfield is the guy behind “The Animal”. You [...]

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8 Actors We Never Need to See in Another Movie Ever Again

Fame is a fleeting fox that outruns most. Sometimes, notoriety outshines its own spotlight. Whether through the casting couch or blood, sweat and tears, the occasional performer will squeak through to the other side and achieve a modicum of accolades. Some are worthwhile, while others are unbearable. We all have that irritating nitpick of an actor who occasional, and suddenly, pops up in a movie just when the getting is good, and it swerves the car completely off the road. "Who invited this guy?" we ask ourselves, hoping s/he gets killed off before we have to get up out of our seat and ask for our money back.

It's a mild irritation, all things considered.

And then there's that very special group of actors who simply don't belong in movies at all. Yet there they are, begging us to watch them, vying for our attention before they are quickly
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Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. get another chance to be friends in a new movie

The world was forever robbed of the burgeoning Jake Johnson/Damon Wayans Jr. chemistry, when an unexpected renewal for Happy Endings saw the latter written out of New Girl post-pilot, and Johnson was forced to make out with Zooey Deschanel instead. But now the movies have come along to right TV’s wrongs with Let’s Be Cops, based on a pitch from Luke Greenfield—the director of movies like Something Borrowed, The Girl Next Door, and Rob Schneider’s The Animal, whose Wikipedia “Career” entry is one of the saddest you’ll ever read. Ignoring Greenfield’s many missteps ...
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Girl Next Door Writer-Director Luke Greenfield Sets Up Two New Features

Luke Greenfield's film credits are kind of all over the place. The writer-director should be best known for his underrated 2004 cult hit The Girl Next Door, starring Elisha Cuthbert, Emile Hirsch and Timothy Olyphant, but it's hard to overlook his first feature, The Animal, or his latest, Something Borrowed. In the middle of a story about Greenfield signing a new network deal at ABC, having directed the pilot for the their upcoming comedy Prairie Dogs, two new feature film projects emerged as also on tap for the filmmaker and his WideAwake production company. Variety reports that Greenfield is developing two movies including new dramedy called The Last Bachelor and an untitled action-comedy at 20th Century Fox. Co-written by the director and Nicholas Thomas, Taylor Hamra and Jesse Sweet, The Last Bacheloris about a 30-something man who puts his life on pause in order to find the one. When the
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Rob: The TV Equivalent of Every Rob Schneider Movie Ever

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Your opinion of CBS's newest comedy, Rob, will largely depend on your opinion of series star Rob Schneider's body of work, which includes such catch-'em-on-afternoon-cable classics as Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Hot Chick, and The Animal. There's a time and a place for those color-by-numbers comedies, and it's usually when you're hungover and alone. Rob is pretty much the same, except it airs during primetime, so there's really no reason for it to exist, let alone for you to be watching it (if you're hungover at 8:30pm, you'll be dead...  More >>
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Somehow, Rob Schneider is returning to TV

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Former SNL cast member/ Adam Sandler entourage-filler Rob Schneider must have friends in high places. He originally wore out his welcome way back in the early 2000s with a string of movies like The Hot Chick, The Animal, Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo, and other films that shouldn't be screened near an open flame. But despite his hard-earned reputation for making exclusively terrible things, the disheveled, permanently unshaven Schneider will be returning to primetime with a yet-to-be-titled sitcom. CBS has ordered eight episodes for a show about a white man who marries into a Mexican family (inspired by the real Schneider having done just that a few years back). Although I can only assume it'll be full of painful jokes about loudness, laziness, and babies with pierced ears, at least we'll get to see the venerable Cheech Marin as Schneider's father-in-law. Despite the presence of Marin ([...]
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