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22 Jump Street Should Change the Way Hollywood Does Sequels

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As of Wednesday, 22 Jump Street had made $145,003,982 domestically. You don’t need to be a mathematician to understand that 22 Jump Street, like it’s predecessor, is a huge hit. After watching the movie last night, it’s easy to see why. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are incredible together. They play off each other perfectly, Hill the desperate to fit in but smart dork, Tatum the popular but dumb jock. They fill stereotypes, but they’re so funny that I doubt anyone really cares. 22 Jump Street also had a great supporting cast: Ice Cube, Nick Offerman, Peter Stormare (Armageddon!) and Jillian Bell. Although the cast was great, what made 22 Jump Street so different from any other sequel is how self aware it was. You don’t have to study film to catch the numerous instances when the characters in the movie are poking fun at the absurdity of movie sequels. There’s the first scene outside 22 Jump Street, the numerous instances to Hill and Tatum teaming up “one last time”, and even the hummer/helmet chase scene, where Hill is continually advising Tatum to take the route that will cause the least amount of damage. Sequels in Hollywood are becoming as common as a Shia LeBeouf outburst. If a movie makes money for the studio, there is a very, very good chance that the studio will be looking to cash in once again. It’s not a bad move, but the sheer quantity of sequels (or threequels, or sevenquels) is becoming absurd. Throwing the same cast together and slightly adjusting the plot is becoming the new norm. While 22 Jump Street didn’t really deviate from that, it’s approach was more refreshing: it wasn’t trying to get something over on us, but basically said “this is pretty much the same movie, but you’re going to laugh your ass off so enjoy”. People, myself included, generally look at sequels as a negative thing. Why spoil a movie that was so good and unique by trying to duplicate it? It may not ruin the original, but most of the time the sequel pisses people off because studio’s literally make the same movie yet never acknowledge it. 22 Jump Street was pretty much the same as 21 Jump Street, but they got out in front and told you it was the same movie before anyone could argue about it. Let’s hope Hollywood notices that and follows suit.

– Ryan

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My New Goal in Life is To Be Best Friends With Leonardo DiCaprio

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Best friends gotta hug! Surprising to see Leo show up on SNL because he basically hates all types of talk show appearances, but when your friend asks a favor you show up and reenact the Titanic with him. This proves two things: Leo is probably the coolest guy in the world and Jonah Hill has the greatest group of friends in history. Franco, Rogen, Pitt, DiCaprio. Save some for the rest of us man.

– Ryan

P.S. I hope Clooney see’s this. You can only spurn my advances for so long before I move on.

In Non Royal Rumble News, SNL’s ‘Her’ Parody Was Bizarre and Great

Whether its Wes Anderson or now Spike Jonze, SNL has been on it’s game with movie trailer spoofs this year. ‘Me’ was scary similar to the ‘Her’ trailer, about an complex introvert who falls in love with his home operating system. I’d probably watch ‘Me’ if it ever became a feature film, as long as the testicle kiss part was cut from the script. There’s also a great cameo at the end that was the icing on the cake. You go Jonah Hill. Go on with your bad self.

– Ryan

Jonah Hill Will Host the 2nd SNL Of 2014

Source – “Saturday Night Live” is kicking off 2014 with new shows beginning Jan. 18.

As previously announced by the Peacock, Drake will have double-duty during the Jan. 18 broadcast of the latenight program, serving as both host and musical guest. While Drake has performed on “SNL” before, this will be his first time hosting the live show.

On Jan. 25, Jonah Hill will return to “SNL” for the third time as host while his latest pic, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” heads deep into Oscar season. Hill will be joined by musical guest Bastille.

“Saturday Night Live” is produced in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels.

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Woof. We learned during the final SNL of 2013 that Drake would be the host and musical guest on SNL’s inaugural episode of 2014. Now we know the host for the second episode, and it’s a doozy. Hill has really transformed himself since stepping into the spotlight with Superbad. He was fantastic in Moneyball (nominated for an Oscar), a scene stealer in Django Unchained, hilarious in This is the End and from pretty much everyone’s account was amazing in Wolf of Wall Street. This will be his third time hosting SNL, so let’s see what the man’s made of. I’m rooting for him to kick some sketch comedy ass.

– Ryan

Kenny Rackers, Making America Proud From 4,000 Miles Away

There are American sports heroes and then there is Kenny Rackers.  Kenny Rackers, a small town kid from Colorado Springs who a had a big dream.  His dream, win the 200 year old Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling Contest (which an American had never done before).  Just in case you have never heard of this event let me paint you a picture. The event is held every year at Cooper’s Hill in the UK.  Contestants start at the top of this extremely steep hill and chase a cheese wheel down it. First one to the bottom to capture the cheese is the winner.  This event is so dangerous that in 2010 it was officially shut down.  However, this didn’t stop rebels from all over Europe, and the world, from continuing the odd dairy tradition.  This is where Kenny Rackers comes in…

Kenny, an American collegiate athlete, and had been training for this race from the day he put it on his bucket list in college.  He is a physical specimen to say the least.   He traveled 4,600 miles so that he could be crowned as the first American to ever capture the cheese.  But there is more to Kenny than just cheese wheels, America flag jumpsuits, and big hills.  He is using his experience at the cheese race to inspire others to get off their asses and achieve their goals!  To stop the excuses that you create for yourself and to go out and DO!  And that is just what Kenny Rackers did on the 27th of May, 2013.  The cheese was released, and Kenny was off.  Down the hill he ran, fell, and stumbled until he reached the bottom to capture the cheese for AMERICA!

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Look at that jumpsuit! He knows he’s better than everyone on that hill and he is just rubbing their faces in it.
(Click here for the full video)

The single greatest thing I love about America is our drive to be the best.  Kenny Rackers had a dream, and what did he do? He went out and absolutely crushed it.  Bravo, Kenny.

P.S. There is also a race at the beginning of the day… up the hill.  Guess who won.

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