It’s been greater than thirty years since Dallas trainer Sheryl Leach first created Barney the Dinosaur, although his legacy lives on in his earworm theme song and the involuntary tics his title nonetheless provokes in nineties dad and mom. Like Barney’s former solid mates Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, a lot of the children who grew up studying the significance of residing, loving, and laughing annoyingly from a purple T. rex at the moment are adults themselves, and susceptible to nostalgic eager for something that reminds them of after they have been youthful and happier. You may depend actor Daniel Kaluuya amongst that backwards-looking Yard Gang: in accordance with Entertainment Weekly, the Get Out star and avowed childhood fan of the Metroplex-filmed present has teamed up with Mattel to supply a live-action Barney film, one he hopes will reintroduce Barney’s message of unconditional love and irrepressible pleasure to an period that regards each these issues with suspicion and disdain.
Kaluuya first confirmed his dream Barney venture a yr in the past, even calling the guffawing reptile with a preschooler’s mind “a compelling modern-day hero.” Instantly afterward, after all, everybody forgot about it. He’s most likely simply joking, we thought, earlier than all of us went to satisfy our buddies at a bar, or eat at a buffet, or browse a retailer, or no matter loopy stuff we did within the Earlier than Occasions. However this week, the concept resurfaced in a brand new interview during which Kaluuya reiterated that, no, he’s fairly critical, then additional defined his reasoning.
“Barney taught us, ‘I like you, you’re keen on me. Received’t you say you’re keen on me too?’ That’s one of many first songs I bear in mind, and what occurs when that isn’t true?” Kaluuya mentioned. “I believed that was actually heartbreaking. I do not know why however it looks like that is smart. It looks like there’s one thing surprising that may be poignant however optimistic. Particularly presently now, I believe that’s actually, actually wanted.”
After all, there’s nonetheless no agency date for filming, or any additional indication of what kind a Barney film may really take. Kaluuya’s description positively makes it sound much less like a cheery children’ movie, and extra like a wrenching indie drama the place Barney and his Pals resolve they’ve grown aside, earlier than Barney strikes out of the yard and right into a basement residence, the place he undertakes a searing private stock of all his many failings. Perhaps Noah Baumbach can direct. However within the meantime, you may most likely count on this information to fade from reminiscence, too, till it pops up unbidden into your consciousness once more—identical to Barney himself.
Seinfeld Stars Reunite to Flip Texas Blue
As a result of there’s nothing that sways Texas voters like a bunch of neurotic New Yorkers, Seinfeld solid members Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander will reunite with collection cocreator Larry David for a benefit that’s aimed toward turning the state blue. The “Fundraiser About One thing” from the folks behind the “present about nothing” livestreams Friday, October 23, at 7 p.m. Central, with host Seth Meyers strolling the trio by way of behind-the-scenes tales about their favourite episodes, interspersed with varied particular company and different surprises. You may take part by making a donation to the Texas Democratic Occasion, whereas a present of $5,000 or extra will achieve you entry to a particular VIP reception that begins at 6:30 p.m., the place you may presumably make awkward Zoom chatter with the celebs about, I don’t know, the state Legislature? So far as loopy Seinfeld schemes go, attempting to engineer a Democratic landslide within the Lone Star State type of sounds proper up there with the City Sombrero. However then once more, even that became a real thing, so who is aware of?
Come behind-the-scenes of Seinfeld with us and, yada yada yada, we’re going to #TurnTexasBlue!@IJasonAlexander, Larry David, host @sethmeyers & I’ll focus on the hilarious tales behind our favourite episodes.
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) October 21, 2020
David Gordon Inexperienced Making a Smokey and the Bandit TV Collection
The legacy of Smokey and the Bandit has largely been diminished to a Trans Am and Burt Reynolds’s hyena chuckle, so it’s simple to miss what a monster it really was. The 1977 automotive chase caper was that yr’s second-highest-grossing movie, lagging behind solely Star Wars on the field workplace, and it went on to spawn two sequels, 4 made-for-TV motion pictures, the real-life Bandit Run, and numerous dudes who thought they may pull off a mustache. Now it’s being revived for an entire new technology with its personal TV collection reboot from Richardson-bred filmmaker David Gordon Green, who, alongside together with his Eastbound & Down producing companions Danny McBride and Jody Hill, has been making religious kin to the Smokey movies for years now. Inexperienced and his group are being joined by Household Man’s Seth MacFarlane on the venture, which Variety says will “stay trustworthy to its unique setting within the South,” the place Reynolds’s Coors-smuggling Bandit first led Jackie Gleason’s Texas sheriff Buford T. Justice on a wild chase from Texarkana to Atlanta, with occasional stops for banter and sloppy beef sandwiches. “Rising up within the South, Smokey and the Bandit was an iconic franchise for me,” Inexperienced instructed THR. “The legacy of those characters is a playground of swagger and sass that I’m excited to dig into.” Anticipate comedy, thrilling automotive chases, and loads of barbecue-related threats.
Jamie Foxx to Hit Profession Apex by Enjoying Pool-Cleansing Vampire Hunter
Terrell’s personal Jamie Foxx has so many projects in the works in the mean time, it’s grow to be close to unimaginable to maintain monitor of all of them. Fortunately he’s simply give you a helpful approach to index all these gestating tasks: Day Shift is the one the place he performs a pool cleaner who’s additionally a vampire hunter, and all the pieces else is the place he doesn’t. The Wrap reported on this milestone as Foxx’s newest providing for Netflix, the place he additionally has the sci-fi movie They Cloned Tyrone and the comedy collection Dad Cease Embarrassing Me within the works—neither of which finds him cleansing swimming pools within the San Fernando Valley as a entrance for his actual enterprise of killing vampires, so once more, who cares.
Norah Jones, Spoon, Gary Clark Jr., and Publish Malone Enjoying Tom Petty Birthday Bash
Friday, October 23, would have been Tom Petty’s seventieth birthday—and moderately than spending it ruminating once more about dropping him, why not spend it within the firm of his buddies, fellow followers, and, uh, Adam Sandler? The Tom Petty Birthday Bash will stream in two five-hour chunks starting at 3:30 p.m. Central on SiriusXM’s Tom Petty Radio, adopted by one other livestream occasion out there on Amazon Music’s Twitch channel and TomPetty.com at 6 p.m. Central. A number of Texas performers will likely be part of that second set, with Spoon, Norah Jones, Gary Clark Jr., and Publish Malone all paying tribute amongst a lineup that additionally consists of Foo Fighters, Beck, Stevie Nicks, Brandi Carlile, Lucinda Williams, the Flaming Lips, Margo Value, and Lenny Kravitz, plus particular appearances by Kiefer Sutherland and the aforementioned Sandler.
Did Publish Malone Get a New Tattoo?
No. And no matter—truthfully, I don’t even care anymore. “Hey take a look at me, I’m Publish Malone: I’m paying tribute to Tom Petty amongst a rarified group of legacy performers whereas concurrently showing on a hot new single from Ty Dolla $ign, you see, I’ve grow to be an excessive amount of of a musical establishment to even take into consideration getting one thing ludicrous etched on my pores and skin, only for my or your amusement. Oooh, I’m Publish Malone, and I not too long ago accepted an award by giving a shout-out to grapes, however that’s the absolute restrict to the type of outré conduct I’ll willingly show today. No, I can’t get a tattoo of the comic-strip character Ziggy brandishing an assault rifle on my thigh—you have to have me confused with the outdated me of roughly 4 months in the past. Ta, I’m off to pattern some wine.” Pfft. Sellout.
THIS WEEK IN MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY
Like a folksy, proverb-laden monologue unleashed into a short lull within the dialog, Matthew McConaughey’s Greenlights lastly hit bookstore cabinets this week, spreading the actor’s knowledge, anecdotes, and memories of being a hand model to followers and future historians alike. He commemorated its launch with a Bible verse and some hosannas on his social media feeds, captioning his official kickoff video “For it is not going to be you talking, however the Spirit of your Father talking by way of you”—and in accordance with the early opinions, McConaughey’s Father should have actually wished to remind those that he died while having sex with his wife. That’s simply one in every of many revelations which have already discovered their approach into the ether, and I actually gained’t spoil the remaining for you. Though suffice it to say it’s filled with each sometimes breezy koans and some unexpectedly dark details about his past that reveal the true value of livin’.
However by no means thoughts that. For McConaughey, it’s a time to rejoice, and he marked the event by operating completely buck wild by way of all corners of the media, social and in any other case, and cramming a complete yr’s price of McConaughey into every week that visibly strained to include it. Previously few days alone, you would catch him on The Kelly Clarkson Show, The Daily Show, The GaryVee Audio Experience, and The Tim Ferriss Show. He talked to Howard Stern about getting excessive on the set of Dazed and Confused. He traded Wolf of Wall Street chest thumps with Barstool Sports. He appeared on Dr. Oz, the place he gave America one other one in every of his on-demand pep talks. He popped up on Fox & Friends, the place he urged the nation to simply accept the end result of the presidential election, “whichever approach it goes.” He went on Russell Wilson’s DangerTalk podcast, the place he mentioned an hour and a half’s price of stuff that, sorry, I merely don’t have time to digest. Then he went on The Joe Rogan Experience, the place he talked for two straight hours that I admittedly simply skimmed by way of—and, extremely, I didn’t hear Joe Rogan’s voice as soon as. He went on Hot Ones and ate some spicy scorching wings, and that, at the very least, I can simply distill.
Briefly, McConaughey is all over the place proper now—on video, in print, in your ears. The person even put collectively a show for Spotify, the place he shares “the songs that soundtracked his life” and talks, amongst different issues, about how John Mellencamp’s “Pink Homes” helped to “shape his patriotism.” He’s arguably extra ubiquitous than ever. How ironic, then, that within the midst of this complete McConslaught, he would declare to GQ that he thinks the fabled “McConaissance” is over: “I’d say that was that. May there be one other run and one other title, one thing lyrical and enjoyable and simple to say—it comes off the lips like that and has a little bit of rhyme and cause to it? Perhaps,” McConaughey mentioned, noting that proper now he’s far more fulfilled merely being a digital omnipresence, Zoomed into each conceivable outlet. “It’s going to take one thing kinda particular proper now to make me really feel like I wish to depart this character that I’m enjoying proper now on this piece of artwork that I’m creating.” Certainly, the McConaissance is thru. We have now stepped into McConinfinity.