Back When They Were Funny: The Cast of Grown Ups 2 on SNL

Originally published on TelevisionWithoutPity.com

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In hindsight, 1990 was a particularly momentous year for the cast of Grown Ups 2. That was the season that Lorne Michaels made Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and David Spade regular cast members on Saturday Night Live, the show that launched each of their careers and made them household names. Rob Schneider was also cast that season, but since he doesn’t appear to be in this sequel, we are more than comfortable forgetting about him.

Many other Grown Ups 2 players are also SNL alums: Maya Rudolph, Colin Quinn, Andy Samberg, Bobby Moynihan and Taran Killam all show up in varying capacities. That probably makes it pretty awkward for Kevin James, who has never appeared on the show. Sorry, Kevin.

Of course, for many of these comedians, SNL marked the highlight of their careers, and some haven’t been all that funny since. Let’s take a look back at their best moments from the sketch-comedy staple, and try to forget how far they’ve fallen in the years that have passed. We can’t promise that watching these clips will make you forget about That’s My Boy, but it couldn’t hurt.

Notes to Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg: You guys are still funny. Just stop taking meetings with Adam Sandler’s agent. Chris Rock, you’re on probation. Maybe you should give Kevin Smith a call. You were awesome in Dogma.

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Cult horror film Jacob’s Ladder to get a 21st century update

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Originally published by Film Journal International

Jacob’s Ladder, a psychological horror film that came out in 1990, scored a respectable 70% on Rotten Tomatoes, but grossed a dismal $26 million domestically. It has achieved far greater success, however, in the years since its release. Since 1990, Jacob’s Ladder has developed a cult following, spurred by a DVD release in 1998 and a Blu-ray release in 2004. The Hollywood Reporterannounced Friday that the studio LD Entertainment has agreed to finance aremake of the film.

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Brilliant But Cancelled – Why We’re Still Mourning Southland

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This week, we honor the bravery of our founding fathers who, over two centuries ago, fought a war against an empire so that we could have the freedoms we enjoy today. And what better way to celebrate American exceptionalism then by watching a made-for-TV movie about aliens? Syfy is airing its latest flick, Independence Daysaster, starring Tom Everett Scott on June 27. Scott’s character, Sam, must defend the planet from invading extraterrestrials along with a team of “rogue scientists.” Scott, as you may well remember, played Detective Russell Clarke on Southland, the guy who was kicked off the force for selling pictures of a celebrity crime scene. Independence Daysasterlooks like quite a step down from the critically-acclaimed Southland — though who knows, maybe this alien flick will reinvigorate the entire genre. Whatever the case, this momentous occasion provides a great opportunity for us to take a look back at Southland, which was just cancelled in May after its fifth season finale.

There are dozens of cop shows out there. None of them are as good as Southland was at its best (that’s right, this post contains bold declarative statements). Shaky-cam filmmaking and descriptors like “gritty crime drama” have become pretty ubiquitous as of late, but Southland was more than just a tough look at the LAPD and the criminals it works to put away. The show had some truly awesome acting, morally complex plotlines that made the audience question even their favorite characters, and a finale that I’m still thinking about (for reasons both good and bad). Let’s go over the reasons why the show was so exceptional — which are, conversely, the reasons why it never found a huge audience, and was inevitably taken off the air. (And for the record, massive budget cuts along the way, and a switch from NBC to TNT after its first season didn’t help Southland‘s longevity, to say the least.)

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DiCaprio plays another rich criminal in The Wolf of Wall Street

Originally published by Film Journal International

Paramount has begun building hype for Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest project, The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese. The first trailer for the film, slated to hit theaters November 15, released on Sunday. The Wolf of Wall Street is based on Jordan Belfort’s 2007 memoir of the same name. Belfort, a hedge fund manager, made hundreds of millions of dollars in the 1980s and ’90s through his brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont, until it was discovered that the firm was inflating stocks and committing fraud, as well as perpetrating other financial crimes. Belfort was arrested and spent nearly two years in prison.

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The American Baking Competition Series Premiere Recap

Originally published on Crushable.com

On Wednesday night CBS premiered its latest reality-competition series, The American Baking Competition. Unlike most cooking shows, which feature professional chefs, The American Baking Competition pits 10 amateur bakers against one another. The prizes: a cookbook publishing deal and $250,000.

Each episode—including this week’s premiere, “Pies and Tarts”—has three components: a “signature bake,” in which contestants are free to cook up a personal recipe; a “technical bake,” in which contestants are given a recipe with missing steps and must figure out how to complete their dishes; and a “show stopper,” which is like the signature bake, but fancier, I guess. This week’s challenges, everyone had to make a savory chicken and vegetable pie for the technical bake, and 36 tartlets for the showstopper.

Right away it’s easy to see there are some problems with the show’s format. The season started with 10 contestants, meaning that, after the three rounds, the audience has seen a total of 30 pies or tarts. That’s a lot of content to cram into 42 minutes, especially once you add in all the personalities and drama that make a competition show actually, you know, fun to watch.

 
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Glee Season 4 Finale Recap – Yearbook Edition

Originally posted on Crushable.com

Thursday night marked the fourth season finale of Glee, and, like every time I watch this show, I was simultaneously enthralled and horrified. It was like looking at a 42-minute car crash (with singing!). I don’t think anything this politically correct and simultaneously offensive has ever existed before. Only Ryan Murphy had the technology.

Rumors have been swirling for weeks that next season will be very New York heavy (thank God), which means we’ll be seeing a lot less of the weird Lima/New York split that everyone hates. In celebration of this final episode, I have compiled yearbook superlatives for all the Glee characters I could remember—seriously, there’re like 50 people on this show.

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“American Idol” Episode Recap: The Top 6 Perform

American Idol’s top six contestants performed this week, and it should now be clear to everyone (EVERYONE!) that Candice Glover is the best singer and the best person and will win this season, and will be crowned the real winner of the past four seasons as well, because she is a goddess who can also time travel through the power of song.

Despite Candice’s divinely ordained presence, AI‘s ratings haven’t been doing too hot this season. So, what theme did the producers choose to liven up this sinking ship? Why, a night of songs written by Bacharach/Hall of course. What’s that? You’re not 40 years old and therefore have no knowledge of said mid-20th century songwriting duo? Congratulations, neither did anyone else watching! Idol didn’t even try to make this theme relevant by forcing the top six to monologue about how influential Bacharach/Hall was. That was actually a moment I was kind of looking forward to, considering Lazaro knows exactly NO songs in Idol’s catalogue.

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