HOLLYWOOD – It was revealed today that people with vaginas can also be funny.
The release of the female led Ghostbusters reboot has taken everyone by surprise. The new film starring Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy has been warmly received, despite a bunch of dicks trying to do down its IMDb score, because they’re … well … dicks.
Industry analyst Xavier Poulis told the Studio Exec:
This idea that people with vaginas can be funny is not actually a new thing. In the past we had some great film comediennes like Madeline Kahn, Bernadette Peters, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn to name but four. However, there has always been a prevailing idea in the big studios that men are funnier than women and that’s what the public want to see. But now with Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer and Melissa McCarthy consistently bringing in high end critical and commercial successes to the big screen. There needs to be a rethink.
Where does this leave people with penises?
Also we have to look at the other side of the ledger. People with penises. Penii. Okay those. Adam Sandler, Kevin Hart, Kevin James, increasingly Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Robert deNiro, James Franco, Seth Rogen… maybe it’s time to consider the idea that people with penises aren’t so equipped for comedy. Especially since the frat boy idea of gross out comedy took the ascendancy and became essentially the only comedy we see these days.
Ghostbusters is in theaters.
I SMILE BACK – REVIEW – Sarah Silverman’s serious dramatic portrayal of a woman struggling with depression and substance abuse.
‘What do you want to talk about first? The Daddy issues or the substance abuse?’ Laney (Silverman) asks a shrink about halfway through Adam Salky’s I Smile Back, an adaptation of the novel by Amy Koppelman. Her awareness that her own woes tread an all too familiar path unfortunately doesn’t stop the film from treading exactly that path. Laney is a well off house wife with two young kids, a liking of cocaine and booze, a problem with depression and a husband who’s so insufferably pleased with himself – an insurance salesman, he’s writing the Bible for the Here and Now – he’d make Mrs Walton self-harm. In fact, this is one of the problems with the film. It can’t really decide whether Laney’s issues are due to genetics, substance or environment and so gives her a dose of all three. But in the film’s defence that might well be the case inm actual fact. And the filmmakers are brave in their decision to make Laney at once pitiable and at times horrible. She cheats on her husband, she drunk dials a parent of one of her kids’ classmates to harangue her about bullshit.
And yet the film is curiously restrained. Sarah Silverman goes deep and dark in her portrayal, but the film itself never quite loses the decorum of its pristine set decoration. This is an Eyes Wide Shut world of upper middle class ease, where bothersome traffic monitors and other men’s trophy wives are about as gritty as it gets. As Laney crashes through several bottoms – including a horrific encounter with the working class – the film never quite lets loose and the result is something as depressing but as confused as its subject. A brave attempt to be sure, and Silverman proves herself an actress of considerable talent, but this has not got the inarticulate rage of Woman Under the Influence. The one strand of the story which is full of potential pathos – the dawning realization that her young son might also have a genetic predisposition to mental illness – is raised only to picked at but left dangling.
HOLLYWOOD – Acerbic comedian Sarah Silverman has signed up to play everyone’s favourite green ghoul Slimer in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot.
Silverman, who beat off the likes of Meryl Streep and Jessica Chastain to win the coveted role, is currently working with Andy Serkis in order to master the art of motion capture:
“Andy is being very patient with me,” said Silverman:
He turned up on the first day and found me naked, painted green and eating out of a garbage can. I thought that was how this kind of thing worked but Andy sat me down and went through the process.
Silverman went on to say the motion capture experience has had a profound psychological effect on her:
I feel like the character has stayed with me. I’ve found myself hiding in libraries and jumping out from behind bookshelves to scare members of the public and when I wake up in the morning my sheets are covered in Ectoplasm. It’s like I’ve been sharing my bed with a teenage boy which maybe I have, I can’t really say for sure. I’ve been eating a lot garbage lately and I think I’ve got brain poisoning.
According to Serkis, Silverman isn’t the only actor to suffer from Post Motion Capture Disorder:
It’s more common than you think. When I was doing Planet of the Apes, I often woke up to find myself chewing on a banana and throwing my own s*it at my wife. It affects some people more than others and Sarah has had it pretty easy so far. I know Benedict Cumberbatch found it really difficult to shake off the character of Smaug, so much so that I heard he was arrested last week for attempting to incinerate a dwarf with a flamethrower.
The Ghostbusters reboot is due in 2016.
HOLLYWOOD – David Zucker – director of such brilliant films as Airplane! and such dire posthumous-smelling tripe as An American Carol – today announced the formation of the Conservative Comedy Club, an organisation which will seek to redress the liberal/left wing bias in the chuckle farm.
Everyone thinks conservative aren’t funny,’ said Zucker. ‘They think we’re a bunch of bigoted fearful haters, who consider Bill O’Reilly an intellectual. But that just isn’t true. The first bit I mean. we’re hilarious. I mean look at Sarah Palin.’
The CCC was welcomed by its charter members Kelsey Gramner and Adam Sandler:
It’s about time that we had someone championing the ‘Right’ to be funny. Did you see what I did there?
For years, there has been a tendency to think of incisive and funny comedy of having almost inevitably an open minded liberal bias. Despite the best efforts of Andrew ‘the Dice’ Clay, many of the best comedians – Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, Louis CK, George Carlin, John Stewart, Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman, and Jerry Sienfeld – come from liberal or radical left wing backgrounds, or – like Chris Tucker, Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor – are black. Zucker says:
The CCC will be a place where John Ratzenberger and Kelsey Grammer can sit down and share a joke without being accused of endorsing homosexuality or a Cheers spin off.