Pee Wee Herman

Charlie Chaplin in A Busy Day

Tomorrow is the 100th anniversary of the release of A Busy Day, a half-reeler in which Charlie Chaplin plays an angry suffragette (an alternate title was actually A Militant Suffragette) who becomes jealous of her husband during a parade of some kind. It probably isn’t the first instance of a man playing a woman in cinema (there’s no way it took 20 years), but it is the first film that’s really known as the original precursor to something like Tyler Perry‘s Madea character and others like it. Note that this isn’t the same as a Tootsie or Mrs. Doubtfire type, though Chaplin would do parts of that sort, playing a man who dresses as a woman, later on. Interestingly enough, he’s much prettier in one of those parts, that of The Masquerader (100 years old this August), than he is in A Busy Day. When I claim in the headline above that Chaplin began his filmmaking career as the Perry of his time, I am not really just referring to their comparative angry women characters. Chaplin didn’t direct A Busy Day, contrary to some claims, for one thing. However, he did helm a one-reeler around the same time titled Caught in the Rain. That was in fact his directorial debut, and its own 100th anniversary was this past Sunday. The reason I compare it to Perry’s own first film as a director is that both featured the filmmakers on screen as the iconic characters they’re most associated with. For Perry that’s Madea. For […]

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Pee-Wee

Remember that new Pee-wee Herman movie that Judd Apatow is supposedly producing and Paul Reubens has been yapping about since back in 2010? What the heck ever happened to that project? Well, apparently work has very quietly been progressing on it, because Reubens recently talked to the LA Times about his current role in The Smurfs 2, and when talk turned to the possibilities of a new Pee-wee movie, he had quite a bit of new information to share. Apparently the script for the new film is finally finished, financing has come through, a director has been chosen (though he won’t spill the beans who), and the new Pee-Wee should go in front of cameras sometime next year. And it turns out new information regarding the latest Pee-Wee sequel wasn’t the only news Reubens had up his sleeve either.

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If you’ve been closely following the career of Pee-wee Herman performer Paul Reubens (and shame on you if you haven’t been), then you know he’s been crowing about the fact that he’s got a new, Judd Apatow-produced Pee-wee movie in the works. It was almost two years ago when he first broke word that the movie was happening, and then he let everybody know he had turned in the first draft of the script a year after that. While news of a new Pee-wee movie was initially a cause for celebration, after two years of talk one has to begin wondering if this thing is really happening or not. If Apatow and company are really on board and looking to make this movie, then why is it taking so long to get things together? Reubens has been talking again, this time to ComingSoon, and he says he can explain the wait. “I actually wasn’t supposed to talk about it initially,” Reubens admits, “I was talking about it in this very veiled, secret way going, ‘Oh, I wish I could talk about it.’…It got leaked about six months to a year before it was supposed to.” I guess we can chalk that up to Pee-wee’s trademark giddy enthusiasm, but what’s the real scoop when it comes to this movie? Are we actually going to see it anytime soon?

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There’s an old maxim that states that everyone in show business is fake. The traditional interpretation of that is that everyone in Hollywood is ready to be kind to your face, but stab you in the back and probably piss on the wound. That may be an exaggeration, but in the case of these 6 comedians, though, they really are fake. As in literally fake. Their public personae are carefully crafted, and you only occasionally see the real person behind it. Most of the time it’s just an extension of the person’s actual personality, but some of them are completely and totally fictitious people. For example, Bono is an experimental attention-seeking robot. Or take Neil Patrick Harris, who is actually a shaved ferret. You had no idea, right? Here are six comedians that almost never break the fourth wall to reveal their true selves.

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Proving that not even a public masturbation scandal can keep a good character down, Paul Reubens has once again been turning heads with his portrayal of pop culture icon Pee-Wee Herman. Recently, he’s been back on the stage portraying the character in a Broadway show. HBO even filmed a version of it, entitled The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway, which is now looking to scoop up some Emmys. With all of this new excitement surrounding the Pee-Wee Herman character, one must begin to ask oneself, “What ever happened to that new Pee-Wee movie that Judd Apatow was supposed to be producing?” Luckily, when they recently caught up with Reubens, The Hollywood Reporter asked him just that. In response, Reubens had the exciting update that, “Paul Rust and I just turned in a draft to Judd last week.” Reubens, for his part, seemed to be confident in the work they had done. He finished off the interview by sending a shout out to his producer saying, “Judd, if you’re reading this, I think it’s ready to green light!”

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What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this shit late at night, what do you expect?

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You’ve stumbled upon Circle of Jerks, our sporadically published, weekly feature in which we ask the questions that really matter to our writers and readers. It’s a time to take a break from our busy lives and revel in the one thing that we all share: a deep, passionate love of movies. If you have a question you’d like answered by the FSR readers and staff, send us an email at editors@filmschoolrejects.com. What movies would you recast/recrew? My answer:  Topher Grace as Spider-man.  Tobey Maguire is humorless.  And I’d somehow keep Ryan Reynolds from being the Green Lantern so he can be The Flash instead. And I’d like to have seen Preston Sturges direct just about any romantic comedy. – Sara F.

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Pee-wee Herman

The rumors of another movie featuring everyone’s favorite bicycle-riding rebel are true: another Pee-wee Herman movie is on the horizon. And it’s getting the all-star treatment, as producer Judd Apatow has been tapped to work with Paul Reubens on the development of the next chapter in the life of Pee-wee.

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Movies We Love: Pee-wee

Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens) is a happy-go-lucky (and slightly effete) man-child who’s got the world on a string. He lives contentedly with his dog, Speck, and his cherished custom Schwinn bicycle. When his bike is stolen, Pee-wee must take to the road on a heroic journey across America to get it back.

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I you loved Patriot Games, you might have loved Twilight.

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