Betty White

Typecasting is death in Hollywood. If you keep doing the same kinds of roles over and over A) you’ll go insane and B) people will get sick of your shit. But the sad paradox of Hollywood is that once you’ve established yourself as one kind of actor, you’re basically stuck that way because that’s all people will send you scripts for, turning the whole thing into a spiral of bullshit. It’s extremely difficult to break out of, and it’s ended numerous careers. (Some for the better.) Some actors get fed up with it, and then you get the roles where those actors try to break out of their type (often unsuccessfully) and as time goes by they end up looking like movies from some creepy alternate dimension or something. But what’s also weird is going back through an actor’s early filmography and finding insane gems where they’re going totally against their later-established type. For some more famous examples, just look at Keanu Reeves in the Bill & Ted movies or Sean Penn in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Neither of those guys would even put their cigarette out on those scripts now, and that’s what makes seeing them in those roles hilarious. So now, in a far from comprehensive list, we’re going to look at some of the weirdest roles that actors have done outside of their typical repertoire.

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We reported last October that Danny DeVito would be suiting up to voice The Lorax in what has the chance to be the first 3D adaptation of a beloved children’s character that doesn’t creep everyone on the planet out. Now, the rest of the cast is filling out (according to a remarkably well-punctuated press release) with Ed Helms voicing the Once-ler who needs to cut down the forest to make an amazing product everyone needs; Zac Efron voicing Ted, the young man who befriends the Lorax; and Taylor Swift voicing Audrey, the girl of Ted’s dreams. Betty White and comedian Rob Riggle are also rounding out what looks like a solid cast. This flick could turn out being really fun with the names involved. So fun that Rob Hunter even got a Lorax tattoo in anticipation of the release. Just ask him.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr is coming at you in eye-popping 3D, and like money, he doesn’t sleep. He sets his time machine way way way back to 2002 to pick on Kristen Bell in high school. The story is loosely chronicled in You Again. Kevin also practices some insider trading with Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps then takes flight with a bunch of CGI owls from Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

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This weekend marked the ceremony for the 2010 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards. This ceremony handles all the minor and technical awards for the The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, with the Major Awards being announced next week at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The two big network winners of the night were HBO and ABC, both walking away with 17 and 15 awards respectively.

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Betty White

It seems like kismet that I was just this afternoon re-watching the post-apocalyptic paintball episode of Community over dinner. It’s perhaps one of the single best half-hours of television I’ve witnessed in a long time. It makes sense that mere hours later I’m writing about Betty White, 88-year old star of the internet generation, and her upcoming stint on this wonderful show. Her spotlight continues to shine after Facebook and Saturday Night Live and elevation to culture meme status, and now she’s getting time with one of the funniest shows on TV. Beginning with the season two premiere, she’ll play professor June Bauer, an esteemed, albeit slightly unhinged, anthropology professor.

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Imagine my surprise, waking up on a Sunday afternoon, remembering that it’s Mother’s Day just in time to call my own mom right before I get into “he had to be reminded by Twitter” territory. Only to find that one of the first things that the dearest woman who gave me life wanted to talk about was Betty White. “Did you see Saturday Night Live last night? Betty White was so funny.”

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For about two and a half minutes, this newly released trailer for You Again, a comedy about facing the demons that haunted your adolescence, shows very little promise. Then Betty White shows up, and all is forgotten.

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Kevin Carr reviews this week’s new movies: The Proposal and Year One.

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Sandra Bullock’s new movie, The Proposal, pairs her with buff funnyman Ryan Reynolds. She plays a bitchy boss, and he plays her abused assistant.

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