Muppets’ Statler and Waldorf Get What’s Coming To Them On SNL

SNL Security Muppets Sketch
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Most of the Muppets are really lovable. My opinions on Miss Piggy notwithstanding, most of Jim Henson’s puppets are not only funny, but they’re also endearing. The put-upon frog, the inept comic bear, the lovelorn pig, the manic drummer, the indecipherable chef, all have endearing qualities.

Except for two. Statler and Waldorf are just plain jerks. The two curmudgeons who sit on a balcony and mock the rest of the Muppets are hilarious, but they’re not exactly lovable. And if they existed in any universe outside of the Muppets, they’d probably be less celebrated.

Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live explored exactly what would happen if the two elderly hecklers ran into the wrong people.

Keegan-Michael Key, from Key and Peele, hosted the show, and in one memorable sketch, he and Kenan Thompson played a pair of security guys working the venue at the Muppets latest gig. When Statler and Waldorf started doing their thing, they were NOT here for it, and they let the hecklers know.

And then the hecklers messed around and found out. Hilariously.

Loki Sneak Peek Gives Us More Owen Wilson

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Apparently, the MTV Movie Awards are still a thing, and they happened last night!

I couldn’t tell you who most of the presenters were, but I know Scarlett Johansson won a career award, Chadwick Boseman got the posthumous award the Oscars denied him, and WandaVision won for Best Show. There’s another MCU show coming soon – Loki arriving in early June – and in between awards, viewers were treated to a sneak peek.

In the short, one-minute clip, Owen Wilson introduces himself as Mobius and explains that time works differently at the TVA, the Time Variance Authority, where Loki is now a prisoner.

Check it out:

Tom Hiddleston recently gave an interview in which he spoke a bit about the show, and the character he is best known for portraying.

“I want to preserve the freshness of the show for when it emerges, but something to think about is the [show’s] logo, which seems to refresh and restore,” Hiddleston explained in a recent interview with Empire. “The font of how ‘Loki’ is spelled out seems to keep changing shape. Loki is the quintessential shapeshifter. His mercurial nature is that you don’t know whether, across the MCU, he’s a hero or a villain or an anti-hero. You don’t know whether you can trust him. He literally and physically changes shape into an Asgardian guard, or into Captain America repeatedly. Thor talks about how he could change into a snake.

“I think that shapeshifting logo might give you an idea that Loki, the show, is about identity, and about integrating the disparate fragments of the many selves that he can be, and perhaps the many selves that we are. I thought it was very exciting because I’ve always found Loki a very complex construct. Who is this character who can wear so many masks, and changes shape, and seems to change his external feeling on a sixpence?”

The Rock Stops to Duet Maui’s Song With Father of Moana Fans

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It’s no secret that wrestler, actor, and absolute tank of a human Dwayne Johnson loves every second of being a girl dad. The father of three revels in spending time with his daughters, sharing touching posts on social media, and frequently discussing the joys of fatherhood. It’s impossible to fully understand what it means to be a parent until you become one, and as a nod to the bond of parenthood, The Rock regularly takes the time to help out his fellow fathers.

As if his plate wasn’t full enough, The Rock made yet another one of his dreams come true in 2020 when he founded Teremana Tequila. The brand focuses on sustainability and responsible sourcing, and since The Rock puts 100% into everything he does, the Tequila was an immediate and astounding success.

While promoting his new brand in early 2020, The Rock met a dad who really struck a chord. In the video Johnson shared on Facebook, he’s approached by a man with a small but mighty message from his 4-year-old daughter.

“She wanted me to tell you that she is 4, her name is Hannah, she has a little brother named Lucas, and they love your song.”

“Hannah and Lucas – wow. Where’s your phone?” Johnson asks, his Dad signal activated.

The father of two explains that every night he sings “You’re Welcome,” Maui’s song from Moana, to his kids. Some people can’t stop ordering things they don’t need online, others may gamble too much, but Dwayne Johnson simply cannot resist taking time out of his busy days to make his fans smile – especially when those fans happen to be kids.

After a brief introduction to his new friend’s kids, The Rock begins to sing Maui’s song before pulling the overjoyed dad in to sing with him.

“There’s always ‘an understanding’ between fathers who will do anything to make their daughters happy,” The Rock wrote on Facebook.

Fan Art Shows John Cena, Zac Efron as Newest Members of the Fantastic 4

Fanart Depicting The Fantastic 4
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Fancasting is fun, and sometimes even persuasive. Sure, there’s the Jack Black plays everyone in the MCU alternate universe, but in the real world, Patrick Stewart as Professor X, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, and Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool all owe their roles to a bit of fan speculation. With the X-Men and Fantastic 4  joining the MCU during Phase 4, speculation has been rampant about casting for both teams of superheroes.

WandaVision was swirling with rumors and teases about casting reveals, with fans hoping for Magneto’s involvement. Disney+ may have a Wolverine show planned, but the trailer for Phase 4 once again teased the inclusion of the Fantastic Four, both of which have caused flurries of more fancasting on social media.

Obviously, actors cast as married couples dont have to actually be married in real life, and usually aren’t, but fans can’t resist putting John Krasinski and Emily Blunt in the role of Reed and Sue Storm, leaders of the Fantastic 4. It’s constant, so much so that many of them are bound to be disappointed when Marvel goes in a different direction.

Regardless, they do seem like they’d be good in those roles. Back in 2018, Boss Logic, an art director and popular Twitter personality, has mocked up a bit of artwork to make it even more painful if it doesn’t happen. But threw in a couple of other names into the mix, and mocked them up as well: Zac Efron as Johnny Storm, and John Cena, currently a member of DC’s Suicide Squad, as The Thing.

I have to say, that foursome looks pretty convincing. Not sure how convincing it looks to Kevin Feige and the higher-ups at Marvel, though. The good news is we’re going to find out sooner than later, with the MCU’s Phase 4  kicking off with Black Widow in July and not slowing down for the foreseeable future. Eventually, they’re going to have to tell us exactly who is going to star in the Fantastic 4!

I’m sure they’ll get it right; their casting has been pretty impeccable. I just hope there’s a spot for Danny DeVito.

Woody Harrelson Stops to Help Strangers Move In Full Dad-Mode

Woody Harrelson Helps A Woman Move
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He may play a symbiote serial killer nowadays, but Woody Harrelson seems way more like his friendly Cheers character in real life.  Beloved funny man and movie star Bill Murray has a legendary reputation for popping up in random places and making strangers’ days with good-natured antics. Now his former Zombieland co-star is stepping in to fill his shoes.

Earlier this month, Alex Janin, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and her boyfriend Grant Jefferson were moving out of their Manhattan apartment. Wouldn’t you know it, Hunger Games star Woody Harrelson emerged from a store, started chatting with Alex, and decided to help them move.

Alex shared a photo of the Cheers bartender holding a houseplant and smiling, with the caption “Woody Harrelson helped us move out of our apartment today. Love you, NYC.”

She provided a little extra context in a follow-up tweet, explaining that the actor was looking for a local Citibike station, and after they talked, insisted on doing some manual labor on the couple’s behalf.

Alex told her story to the Huffington Post, and described Woody -who advised her to water her plant more- as having “total dad vibes.” She even hoped he came back later to rescue her dying plant.

“We left it on the street for a (hopefully) better home,” Jefferson said. “I have a fantasy Woody came back later and saved it. He was concerned.”

I bet Bill Murray would have.

NBA Star Putting up Points in Custom “Superbad” Jordans

McLovin Jordans
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Few things are more sacred to a pro athlete’s uniform than shoes. Whether it’s custom cleats paying homage to an icon or a cool new collab, athletes know how to do shoes. And most fans pay closer attention to the footwear they actually wear in games, rather than what they peddling for endorsement deals. And Blake Griffin’s “Superbad” custom Jordan 35s are standouts when it comes to awesome NBA footwear.

“Superbad” is a classic coming of age, teen comedy. It was a breakthrough movie for Jonah Hill and it was a longtime passion project for Seth Rogen. But it was “McLovin” who stole the best scenes in the film, and even Blake Griffin agrees, given he sports a classic turn from the film on his shoes.

The new Brooklyn Nets addition wore the Jordan 35s complete with a fake Hawaii ID, calling back one of the funniest parts of the flick. He also made sure to customize them his own face instead of Christopher Mintz-Plasse and “McGriffin” instead of “McLovin”, which make for a perfect homage.

Griffin has averaged 17 points per game since joining the team from Detroit. The Nets will be one of the favorites to win the title in the playoffs, and you can’t help but root for a flying, dunking “McLovin” on the court.

‘Friends: The Reunion’: Long List of Guest Stars Makes Up For Lame Trailer

Friends The Reunion Trailer
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It seems like ages ago that the Friends reunion was announced. And then Covid hit and it was delayed. And delayed some more. Well, it’s finally coming, and soon!

Today, HBO Max released a completely empty teaser trailer – seriously, it’s just a shot of the cast walking away from the camera as an overly dramatic instrumental version of the familiar theme song plays – and announced that the special will land on the streaming service on May 27th.

They also made up for the lack of sizzle in the teaser by laying out a long list of guest stars who will appear in the special, along with all of the original cast (Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Courtney Cox, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc). Many of the guests have tenuous – at best – links to the popular sitcom.

The list includes David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai.

Malala Yousafzai?! Wait, what?

Given that the special is an unscripted reunion, as opposed to a scripted look at where the characters are now, my money is on most of those guest stars giving testimonials about what the show means to them, but that’s just a guess.

We’ll find out for sure in two weeks! Until then, here’s that underwhelming teaser trailer:

First Images of ‘Masters of the Universe: Revelation’ Revealed by Netflix

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By the power of Grayskull!

Netflix has revealed some brand-new images in a press release today for Kevin Smith‘s upcoming ‘Masters of the Universe: Revelation’ animated series.  Powerhouse Animation, the same studio behind Netflix’s Castlevania series is bringing He-Man to life, so needless to say, this show is going to look very slick.

Voicing these characters is an all-star cast that includes Mark Hamill (Skeletor), Lena Headey (Evil-Lyn), Chris Wood (Prince Adam/He-Man), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Teela), Alicia Silverstone (Queen Marlena), Steven Root (Battle Cat), Jason Mewes (Stinkor), Justin Long (Roboto), and Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith (Ilena).  Alan Oppenheimer, who was the original voice of Skeletor, will instead this time be lending his talents to the voice of Moss Man.

You can take a look at the official images for yourself down below.  Skeletor is looking as handsome as ever I must say.

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Netflix Masters of the Universe Revelation
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Part 1 of the series will premiere on July 23rd, and consist of five episodes.  Here’s the official synopsis:

“The war for Eternia culminates in MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: REVELATION, an innovative and action-packed animated series that picks up where the iconic characters left off decades ago. After a cataclysmic battle between He-Man and Skeletor, Eternia is fractured and the Guardians of Grayskull are scattered. And after decades of secrets tore them apart, it’s up to Teela to reunite the broken band of heroes, and solve the mystery of the missing Sword of Power in a race against time to restore Eternia and prevent the end of the universe.”

If you don’t remember any of that, you can watch the original Masters of the Universe on YouTube to catch up before the new series starts.

In the press release, showrunner Kevin Smith explained how he didn’t want to try and reboot the beloved series, “Narratively, our show is set up as the next episode in the legacy ‘80s animated series that aired from 1983-1985.  This is a continuation of that story. We’re playing with the original mythology and characters, and revisiting and digging deeper into some of the unresolved storylines. Visually we also made the conscious decision to lean into the MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE line of toys for inspiration as well. Mattel owns this entire vast library of that artwork, so right away we wanted the show to open with classic pieces of that artwork. Mattel has been committed to this look since they first started as a toy line in the ’80s, and now we’re leaning into it and honoring it.”

If you have fond memories of the toys, Mattel is also planning on releasing an all-new Masters of the Universe toy collection, which will consist of He-Man, Skeletor, Moss Man, Evil-Lyn, Skelegod, and Battle Cat.  Personally, I’m waiting until they release a new Snake Mountain playset so I can relive my childhood and show my kids just how cool I am.

Masters of the Universe Snake Mountain Toy
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I mean, they better release a new Snake Mountain.  That thing was the BOMB.

Masters of the Universe: Revelation premieres on Netflix July 23rd, 2021

Adam Sandler Reunites With IHOP Hostess That Turned Him Away

Sandler IHOP Reunion
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A hostess at IHOP went viral on Tik Tok when she admitted to turning away Adam Sandler. But this story has a happy madison-style ending because IHOP pulled out all the stops (and milkshakes) to bring Sandler back to reunite with the young woman.

Dayanna Rodas shared the IHOP security footage of her informing Sandler of the long wait for a table and him leaving the restaurant.

@dayanna.rodasPleaseee come back ##comedy ##fyp ##foryou ##viral ##adamsandler♬ Be A Clown – ָ࣪ ۰♥︎ Osuna ࣪𖥔꒷

But here’s the thing; she shouldn’t feel bad. Sandler is wearing a mask, and it’s not like he’s the most recognizable person on Earth. Also, he’s just a person, and Sandler himself would be the first to admit he doesn’t need special treatment at a pancake diner. He’s a down-to-earth guy, he didn’t play the “Do you know who I am?” card to get breakfast with his kid. It was a normal interaction.

The internet can gummy things up, and she did put it out there, but eventually, Sandler himself did reply, saying on Twitter he only left because the nice woman told him the “all-you-can-eat” deal didn’t apply to milkshakes.

So then IHOP upped the ante, and made an “all-you-can-eat” milkshake deal at all Long Island locations, and also announced they’d donate up to $50,000 to Comedy Gives Back, which helps comedians affected by the pandemic (a charity Sandler has supported in the past). And of course, he can’t pass up the all-you-can-eat milkshakes, so Sandler DID come back.

And this time, Rodas recognized him.

@dayanna.rodasCouldn’t have been more excited!! Thank you Adam Sandler! ##fyp ##ihop ##milkshakemonday ##adamsandler ##awesome ##viral♬ Best Day Of My Life – American Authors

The ‘Legends of the Hidden Temple’ Adult-Based Revival Is Looking for Contestants

Legends Adult Reboot
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90’s kids will remember. I think. I’m an 80s kid so I can’t be sure. When was Nickelodeon’s Legends of the Hidden Temple on the air?

Let’s check Wikipedia.

Yup, Legends of the Hidden Temple is indeed a 90s (93-95, to be precise) adventure game show that Wikipedia describes thusly: the program features a fictitious temple, “filled with lost treasures protected by mysterious Mayan temple guards”. A stone head named Olmec “knows the secrets behind each of the treasures in his temple” and six teams (Red Jaguars, Blue Barracudas, Green Monkeys, Orange Iguanas, Purple Parrots, Silver Snakes) of two children (one boy and one girl) compete to retrieve one of the historical artifacts in the temple by performing physical stunts and answering questions based on history, mythology, and geography.

Shit, now I wish I had been a 90s kid, this show sounds awesome! But I’m in luck because Legends of the Hidden Temple is coming back! Only this time it’s not going to be on Nickelodeon (or the now-defunct Quibi, where it was once apparently headed), and it’s not just for kids!

Alex Zalben, the Managing editor at Decider, tweeted out that the show had been picked up by the CW, and will feature adult contestants. And Olmec, of course.

According to Deadline, the show will also be a solid half-hour (as opposed to the Quibi-style micro version), will feature the original team names and challenges (including the Moat Crossings, The Steps of Knowledge, and the Temple Run), and will be shot outside of a studio, where the challenges will be more, um, challenging and probably better suited to adults.

In your face, children! (Besides you already have that awesome Jedi gameshow!)

Anyone over the age of 21 who can make their way to Los Angeles when the revived Legends of the Hidden Temple starts filming this July can now recruit a teammate and submit an application to get a spot.

Head over to the Legends casting website here and get your application in.

Leonardo DiCaprio Called “Unrecognizable” in Photos From New Scorsese Film

When you’re among the biggest movie stars in the world, it’s not easy to go unnoticed. Once your face has been on movie screens and TV screens and billboards and all over social media, it’s safe to say that most people that don’t live under rocks will probably be able to pick you out of a crowd.

This is why it’s so impressive when an actor like Robert DeNiro or Christian Bale totally transforms his body and/or transforms his face to embody a character.

Leonardo DiCaprio hasn’t tried to do that all that often – the best example is probably when he played J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood’s biopic – but the New York Post is really impressed within his latest attempt.

DiCaprio is currently filming another collaboration with Martin Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moon in which he plays an Oklahoma man who falls in love with an Osage woman in the 1920s, in a story about the investigation into a series of murders that befall Osage Nation when oil is found on their land.

The New York Post tweeted out an image from the film, with the caption: “Leonardo DiCaprio unrecognizable in first photos of new Scorsese film,” despite the fact that, while the star looks a little bit thicker and less stylish than he often does, he is otherwise utterly recognizable as himself.

Social media had a field day with the tweet, immediately going after the paper for its hyperbole.

A few people lent a hand:

Others piled on with one of Leo’s own memes:

I guess The Daily Planet isn’t the only NYC paper with vision problems:

Jack Black Pretends To Be a Superhero But His Mom Actually Is One

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It’s tempting to say that Jack Black has used social media to emerge as one of the most relatable, charismatic, and funny stars we have, but the truth is the man has been doing this for decades.

From Tenacious D and Heat Vision and Jack to High Fidelity and School of Rock, from Kung Fu Panda to Goosebumps and Jumanji, the man has been entertaining children and parents alike for a long, long time.

Lately, he’s been using his YouTube and Instagram channels to delight even more people, with his hilarious videos in costume as various superheroes with a less than heroic physique actually leading fans to clamor for Black to be added to the MCU. But it turns out that his mother is the actual superhero in the family.

A recent post on Twitter shed light on Black’s mother’s life, and despite the fact that it was a short tweet with a single photo, it indicates a rather impressive biography. Not only did Judith Love Cohen, Black’s mother, work as an aerospace engineer, but she also worked on the team that helped rescue the imperiled Apollo 13 astronauts. Oh, and she did so while pregnant with her son.

Her Wikipedia page adds a few details, specifically the fact that the problem she was working on involved the guidance computer for the Minuteman missile and the Abort-Guidance System in the Apollo Lunar Module.

Her son Neil said, “My mother usually considered her work on the Apollo program to be the highlight of her career. When disaster struck the Apollo 13 mission, it was the Abort-Guidance System that brought the astronauts home safely. Judy was there when the Apollo 13 astronauts paid a “thank you” to the TRW facility in Redondo Beach.”

Pretty dang impressive – she not only helped save seemingly doomed astronauts, thus indirectly creating Ron Howard’s and Tom Hanks’s great Apollo 13 movie – she also gave birth to one of the 21st century’s most beloved stars.

Maybe she should be in the MCU.

Kevin Hart Learns To Be a Dad Netflix’s Fatherhood

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Netflix seems to be amping up their dad game lately, especially when it comes to positive representation of black fathers and their families.

Jamie Foxx currently stars in a sitcom based around his experiences raising a daughter, and he’s brought his former In Living Color co-star, David Alan Grier, along for the ride. Now another legendary black comedian is bringing his perspective on fatherhood to the streaming platform.

Kevin Hart stars in, well, Fatherhood, a story about a dad’s journey to be the best dad, and girl dad, he can be. It’s based on the novel Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love by Matthew Logelin.

Hart’s character clearly starts out way over his head, but due to a healthy sense of humor and a lot of love for his kid, he slowly learns the ropes. As we all do.

The movie hits Netflix on June 18th, which is, not so coincidentally, Father’s Day!

Check out the trailer: