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Strange but true: Betty White 'You Again' scenes left on the cutting room floor

Posted Sep 22, 2010 5:12 PM By  

The Betty White phenomenon has exploded like Bieber fever over the past 10 months and while it shows no sign of slowing down, but it may stumble a bit this weekend with the release of "You Again."  The Andy Fickman high school nightmare comedy features an appealing cast including Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis and Odette Yustman, but faces stiff competition this weekend at the box office from both "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" and "Legend of the Guardians."

White has a supporting role as the defacto quirky grandmother in the comedy and, to no one's surprise, delivers some of the picture's funniest lines.  However, speaking to director Andy Fickman a few weeks ago, HitFix was stunned to learn some portions of White's performance were actually cut from the picture.  In a world where Betty White mania is seemingly insatiable, it's almost blasphemy to think a filmmaker would choose the betterment of his overall film than to withhold screen time from the Hollywood legend.  It's almost cruel to the legion of Betty White fans who hunger for news on any aspect of the animal lover's life.  The advantage, of course, is that now the "You Again" DVD and Blu-ray will have never before seen White scenes (it almost makes you want to wait for the DVD doesn't it?).  Check out Fickman's fun take on the news bit below.

The film's main stars, though, are Bell and Yustman who face off as former teenage rivals who find themselves in the awkward situation of becoming sisters by marriage.  In real life, only Yustman experienced the drama of a true high school adversary, but the duo's biggest revelation is that based on their improv work, Fickman must have a much "harsher" and non-PG rated version of the film somewhere in an edit bay that will never see the light of day (even if it's much more fun for adults).  You can check out the interview with the lovely ladies below.

To catch Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis discuss their mutual affection for former director James Cameron, click here.

"You Again" opens nationwide on Friday.

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    Betty White has great comedic timing. Have you seen her in that HoodieBuddie ad?
    September 29, 2010 at 7:39PM EST
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Miley Cyrus just got really honest about the hellscape that was 'Hannah Montana'

Posted Aug 14, 2015 1:18 PM By  

Miley Cyrus got "some body dysmorphia" from her "Hannah Montana" days. Are we surprised by this? (We aren't.)

"I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show," said Cyrus in a new interview with Marie Claire. "I was made to look like someone that I wasn't, which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn't on that show, it was like, Who the fuck am I?"

We should all be thankful that those soul-sucking days are over, not only for Miley's sake ("It was like Toddlers & Tiaras'," she went on) but for our own: who knew she was such an off-the-cuff, freewheeling spirit underneath those pounds and pounds of Disney pageant makeup?

A few other choice quotes from the interview:

On the nightmare that was "Hannah Montana," Part 2: "Every morning, I was getting coffee jammed down my throat to wake me up. I just had to keep going, be tough, be strong. Everything happened to me on that set."

On the nightmare that was "Hannah Montana," Part 3: "I would have anxiety attacks. I'd get hot flashes, feel like I was about to pass up or throw up. It would happen a lot before shows, and I'd have to cancel. Then the anxiety started coming from anxiety. I would be with my friends, thinking, I should be having so much fun. You get in this hole that seems like you're never going to be able to get out of."

On wanting to get it on with Joan Jett: "When [I] introduced Joan Jett into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I said, 'The reason I'm here tonight is because I want to fuck Joan,' everyone laughed because they thought it was a joke. It wasn't." (I believe you, Miley.)

On unrealistic beauty standards: "I'm probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak. But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world."

After you're finished pre-ordering your copy of Marie Claire's August issue (out August 18!), be sure to check out their damning expose on "The Coolest New Beauty Products to Have on Your Radar." ("From Louboutin lipsticks to micellar face wipes"). Marie Claire: fighting body dysmorphia one $300 bottle of Olaplex Hair Perfector at a time.

[via The Wrap]

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113 days until Star Wars: New 'Force Awakens' photos keep us solidly on Jakku

Posted Aug 27, 2015 1:01 PM By  

The slow burn marketing strategy for “Star Wars The Force Awakens” has been kind of ingenious. The photos and videos and plot details have been dropped with such precision that you barely notice a majority of them are from a small sliver of the actual runtime. All those photos of Finn and Rey, the chase scene with the Millennium Falcon, the image of Kylo Ren standing in front of a burning village at night? All from Jakku.

Considering the trailer has also hinted at a lush planet and an ice planet, we’re probably not getting as much of the story as the sheer output of information would imply at first blush.

That being said, CHECK OUT THESE NEW PHOTOS OF FINN AND BB-8! Empire Magazine unveiled the new images that are inside the latest print edition, on newsstands now.

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[REDACTED] ignites their lightsaber to fight Kylo Ren in new 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' footage

Posted Aug 27, 2015 1:25 PM By  

Remember that time when I said “Star Wars The Force Awakens” was really only showing us footage from Jakku? You know, way back 15 minutes ago?

I take it back! Star Wars just uploaded a short video to Instagram and now we know who Kylo Ren is fighting in the snow. That is TOTALLY Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber. Maybe Ren wants it to complete his Darth Vader shrine?


There has been an awakening... #StarWars #TheForceAwakens

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Did 'Fear the Walking Dead' really just kill that character?

Posted Aug 23, 2015 11:15 PM By  

Warning: Full spoilers for the premiere episode of “Fear the Walking Dead” follow…

Two of the biggest questions that audiences asked themselves ahead of the debut of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” companion series “Fear the Walking Dead” were: How will it distinguish itself from its parent series? And will “Fear” learn from “The Walking Dead”’s mistakes?

The former remains to be seen, though we did speak with “Fear the Walking Dead” showrunner Dave Erickson about his long-term plans for the series. As to the latter, there are multiple interpretations of the exact nature of “The Walking Dead”’s mistakes. The audience does tend to make their thoughts on the matter known, though. Often in the form of memes.

As one example, “The Walking Dead” has come under fire in the past for what many felt was a pattern of introducing male African American characters only to either quickly dispatch them or give the character a minimal storyline until just before they were set to die on the series. For some, it seemed as if the show would only have one central male African American character at a time.

Take a look at one of the aforementioned memes capturing this sentiment below:

I was legitimately surprised when I watched the premiere episode of “Fear” and realized that they’d introduced two young, male, African American characters -- Maestro Harrell as Matt and Keith Powers as Calvin -- only to kill Calvin off by the close of the entry and leave Matt in what appears to be imminent danger.

Read Alan's review of the "Fear the Walking Dead" premiere here

It’s a fairly stereotypical failing of the horror genre, and one that I’d thought that the “Fear the Walking Dead” team would be sensitive to. When I sat down with Erickson, I asked him if he’d thought about the potential response from viewers.

“I would start from this place,” Erickson reflected. “The show is set in Los Angles, primarily in East LA, so we wanted to make sure that the background of our characters and the ethnicity of our characters mirrored the environment they’re living in. Really with the exception of Madison (Kim Dickens) and her kids. So, it is a tricky thing, because the reality is that if you’re going to do a show that is multiethnic and diverse, and you’re doing a zombie show, then ancillary characters are going to die.

Here's how "Fear the Walking Dead" is like "Apocalypse Now"

“There have been times where there were characters that were scripted one way and then we found an actor we loved and so we cast that actor. The thing about Calvin is that Keith is such a good actor, so it’s always that thing when someone dies on the show where I would love to hold onto them because I would love to see where the character would go. I understand that it’s delicate, and I know there have been conversations about the original show. I would say this: there is nobody who is safe. I’m not thinking of anybody in particular when I say that."

“We’re going to continue to live in an urban environment for the indefinite future," the showrunner continued. "And what I don’t want to do is get into a situation where I’m casting people or writing people specifically because I’m thinking, ‘If that character dies in six episodes is it going to be…[problematic].’ I know I can’t speak for [‘The Walking Dead’ showrunner] Scott Gimple and I’m sure he’s responded to this. But we have a predominately Latino cast so I’m sure over the course of these episodes, this season, and beyond, there are going to be people of color who die, there’s going to be…Everyone is going to die. Honestly in the pilot stage I didn’t even think about it. It didn’t come up in conversation.”

I find it interesting, and in some ways fairly problematic, that the creative team didn't think about these decisions ahead of time. And that raises a few questions for discussion: Is the ethnicity of the characters something that he and the other “Fear the Walking Dead” producers should have thoughtfully considered in pre-production? Particularly in regards to the characters who will be quickly killed and therefore read as of lesser value to the story?

Now to be fair, “Fear the Walking Dead” is -- as Erickson points out -- a diverse cast and it's not yet clear who will come to the forefront as a central player. Nor can we be sure of Matt’s fate. It certainly doesn’t look good for him, though, and Calvin’s introduction and immediate death is indisputable. Perhaps it wouldn’t be as noticeable if there were a larger/more significant presence of male African American characters. Or if audiences hadn’t already been having a similar conversation about “The Walking Dead.” 

I’m not sure that getting into “outrage” mode is really helpful, here. Nor is dismissing the question as “PC nonsense.” In fact, I’m sure neither is. I can’t really stop anyone if that’s what they want to do, of course. I do think this is something that warrants examination. It's almost shocking that the "Fear the Walking Dead" producers didn't consider the implications. First, because it is by-in-large the same creative team that’s behind “The Walking Dead.” Second, the deaths of young African American men in our very real world is so much at the forefront of our cultural discourse right now. Perhaps these are two entirely separate issues.

Certainly, people are going to die on a zombie series and if – as Erickson says – it’s a diverse cast, then people of color are going to die. The very last thing anyone would want is for either of those actors to lose out on the roles. Yet, it’s hard not to notice that only two young African American male characters were introduced and one is now gone. It's subtle, but in the language of media that can say, "These characters are less important than the others." So, I suppose it does feel like some thought should be put into who dies and when - even on a zombie series.

Let me us know what you think in the comments below. Are these questions that we should ask ourselves as viewers? I certainly feel they are. Should producers also put the onus on themselves to think about the message they are delivering when it comes to the treatment of certain characters as disposable -- or not  -- in media.

Take a look at Alan and I give our initial thoughts on the series in the video below:

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