Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ Video Is a Love Letter to ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Legally Blonde,’ More Comedies

Four days after teasing out a clip of the music video for her latest single “Thank U, Next,” Ariana Grande has delivered in spades. Now it’s finally here, in all its early 2000s movie reference glory, complete with homages to classic …

Four days after teasing out a clip of the music video for her latest single “Thank U, Next,” Ariana Grande has delivered in spades. Now it’s finally here, in all its early 2000s movie reference glory, complete with homages to classic romantic-comedies and countless subtle nods to pop culture sprinkled throughout. Here are all the […]

5 Things You May Have Missed in Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ Video

On Friday, Ariana Grande blessed her fans with the music video for her latest single “Thank U, Next.” The video pays tribute to classic films like “Mean Girls,” “Bring It On” and “Legally Blonde.”

“Thank U, Next” already has 500,000 views in the first two hours of being uploaded to Youtube. That’s partly due to all that’s going on in those five minutes. To make things easy, TheWrap has broken down everything you may have missed while you blacked out from excitement.

Kris Jenner does her best Amy Poehler

Jenner makes an appearance during the “Mean Girls”-inspired Christmas show while Grande and co. dance on stage. Like Poehler in the movie, Jenner is having a little too much fun with that camcorder.

Singer Troyé Sivan gets bullied

Sivan, who starred in the new movie “Boy Erased,” plays one of the high school students gossiping about Grande in the beginning of the video. “I heard she’s a lesbian now and dating some chick called Aubrey. It’s fucking sick,” he confesses to the camera.  Sivan is later shoved by Grande as she struts through the school hallway. Ugh, so fetch!

Also Read: ‘Boy Erased’ Kicks Off Focus Features’ Big Winter at Indie Box Office

“Pete, I Love You Always” is written in her scrapbook. 

When the music finally kicks in during the beginning of the video, you can see Grande scribbling in her scrapbook. Look closely and you can see a direct reference to ex-fiancé and SNL star Pete Davidson.

That’s not the only heart you can see on the page. A heart for a “Ricky,” for her ex and back-up dancer Ricky Alvarez, can also be seen in red marker too.

Ariana gets her packages shipped by “BDE” 

Earlier this year, right around the news that Davidson and Grande were dating, Grande made a comment on Twitter about Davidson’s penis size. Twitter took this and ran with it, coming up with the term BDE (it stands for big, uh do we need to say it, energy) to describe a man with a cool vibe who also might be well endowed.

Also Read: Watch Pete Davidson Confirm He and Ariana Grande Are Engaged (Video)

Toward the later half of the music video Grande is at a salon, recreating a scene in “Legally Blonde.” She confesses to the lady in front of her Paulette that her ex was “really big.” The person she’s talking to is actress Jennifer Coolidge, who is in not in one but two classic turn-of-the-century movies, “Legally Blonde” and “American Pie.”

Paulette either didn’t get the message or has a really weird way analogy for male genitalia, because she tells her she dated a guy once with a really big “front tooth.” Um, okay then.

But the bigger (no pun intended) nod to BDE comes when someone who is dressed like a UPS driver starts dancing in the salon toward the very end of the film. The man actually has a “BDE” on his shirt where the UPS would be. Very clever.

Also Read: 7 Stars Who Had to Remove Tattoos of Their Exes, From Johnny Depp to Pete Davidson (Photos)

Many, many more merry cameos

Grande has friends in all the right places. Not only does Sivan and Jenner show up for “Thank U, Next,” but many of Grande’s former co-stars on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” and actors from some of the movies she pays tribute to show up to the party.

The obvious ones are Coolidge of “Legally Blonde” and Aaron Samuels of “Mean Girls,” but you’ll also see former “Victorious” actresses Elizabeth Gillies and Daniella Monet, and actor Matt Bennett playing Grande’s boyfriend in a scene.

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On Friday, Ariana Grande blessed her fans with the music video for her latest single “Thank U, Next.” The video pays tribute to classic films like “Mean Girls,” “Bring It On” and “Legally Blonde.”

“Thank U, Next” already has 500,000 views in the first two hours of being uploaded to Youtube. That’s partly due to all that’s going on in those five minutes. To make things easy, TheWrap has broken down everything you may have missed while you blacked out from excitement.

Kris Jenner does her best Amy Poehler

Jenner makes an appearance during the “Mean Girls”-inspired Christmas show while Grande and co. dance on stage. Like Poehler in the movie, Jenner is having a little too much fun with that camcorder.

Singer Troyé Sivan gets bullied

Sivan, who starred in the new movie “Boy Erased,” plays one of the high school students gossiping about Grande in the beginning of the video. “I heard she’s a lesbian now and dating some chick called Aubrey. It’s fucking sick,” he confesses to the camera.  Sivan is later shoved by Grande as she struts through the school hallway. Ugh, so fetch!

“Pete, I Love You Always” is written in her scrapbook. 

When the music finally kicks in during the beginning of the video, you can see Grande scribbling in her scrapbook. Look closely and you can see a direct reference to ex-fiancé and SNL star Pete Davidson.

That’s not the only heart you can see on the page. A heart for a “Ricky,” for her ex and back-up dancer Ricky Alvarez, can also be seen in red marker too.

Ariana gets her packages shipped by “BDE” 

Earlier this year, right around the news that Davidson and Grande were dating, Grande made a comment on Twitter about Davidson’s penis size. Twitter took this and ran with it, coming up with the term BDE (it stands for big, uh do we need to say it, energy) to describe a man with a cool vibe who also might be well endowed.

Toward the later half of the music video Grande is at a salon, recreating a scene in “Legally Blonde.” She confesses to the lady in front of her Paulette that her ex was “really big.” The person she’s talking to is actress Jennifer Coolidge, who is in not in one but two classic turn-of-the-century movies, “Legally Blonde” and “American Pie.”

Paulette either didn’t get the message or has a really weird way analogy for male genitalia, because she tells her she dated a guy once with a really big “front tooth.” Um, okay then.

But the bigger (no pun intended) nod to BDE comes when someone who is dressed like a UPS driver starts dancing in the salon toward the very end of the film. The man actually has a “BDE” on his shirt where the UPS would be. Very clever.

Many, many more merry cameos

Grande has friends in all the right places. Not only does Sivan and Jenner show up for “Thank U, Next,” but many of Grande’s former co-stars on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” and actors from some of the movies she pays tribute to show up to the party.

The obvious ones are Coolidge of “Legally Blonde” and Aaron Samuels of “Mean Girls,” but you’ll also see former “Victorious” actresses Elizabeth Gillies and Daniella Monet, and actor Matt Bennett playing Grande’s boyfriend in a scene.

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Ariana Grande Partners With YouTube for New Docuseries

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9 ‘Mean Girls’ Secrets Revealed, From Amy Poehler’s Fake Boobs to Lindsay Lohan’s Feud

Over a decade after their movie debuted in theaters and became an instant comedy classic, the cast of “Mean Girls” was reunited once again in 2014 for an Entertainment Weekly photo shoot.

The stars of the film, Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried and Lacey Chabert, were dressed like true Plastics in heels and high-end threads for the reunion.

The women then sat down to share stories about what went down on the set, including never-before-revealed details about the movie.

See photos: The Evolution of Zac Efron: From Squeaky Clean ‘High School’ Star to Raunchy Frat King

Fans of the 2004 film will be crushed to know just how close they came to seeing a “Mean Girls” sequel or who Fey had in mind originally to play Cady Heron.

TheWrap has assembled nine revelations the ladies divulged during their interviews below.

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1. Tina Fey now regrets not doing a “Mean Girls” sequel
“At the time we did want to start the conversation about the sequel, and for whatever reason I was like, ‘No!!! We shouldn’t do that!’” Fey said. “Now I look back and I’m like, ‘Why?’ But now, no — it’s too late.”

See video: Tina Fey Knows How to Remain Anonymous in Her Nude Celebrity Photos

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2. Lindsay Lohan wanted to be Regina George, Rachel McAdams auditioned for Cady and Amanda Seyfried was just happy to get cast
Lohan admitted that she went to war with director Mark Waters over giving her the part of Plastic Queen Regina, saying: “I was still 17 years old and I wanted to be the cool girl on set.” The part eventually went to McAdams, even though she had auditioned to play Cady Heron. When Seyfried got the part of Karen Smith, she was just relieved to have any role in the film.

“I just wanted to be in the movie. To be asked to play Karen, I was like, ‘Great! Whatever!’” Seyfried says.

Also read: How Our Dumb Celebrity Media Covered Lindsay Lohan’s Miscarriage ‘Confession’

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3. Tina Fey had to be convinced that Lindsay Lohan was right for the part of Cady
“At some point I was like, “Oh, should Lindsay be Regina?” Fey said. “And then Mark and Lorne [Michaels] had the good sense to say, ‘No, she gets to turn into Regina.’ You work backward from that and you cast her as Cady, knowing she could get to that point of being Regina, but you let her be the innocent side, too.”

Mean Girls

4. How did they get Amy Poehler’s pet Chihuahua in the film to nibble on her nipples?
“They, like, pinned a piece of a cocktail wiener into her bra,” McAdams said. “I thought this dog was going to tear her apart. It was very effective.”

See video: Amy Poehler’s ‘Parks & Recreation’ Finale Fantasy Includes Lighting the Set on Fire

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5. Mariah Carey loves “Mean Girls” and tells Lindsay Lohan about it all the time
“Mariah and I have the same makeup artist,” Lohan said. “Whenever I see her, she does always say, ‘On Wednesdays, I wear pink.’ She loves that movie.

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6. Glenn Cocco is a real person
“I tried to use real names in writing because it’s just easier” Fey said about writing the script. “My older brother’s good friend is Glenn Cocco. He’s a film editor in Los Angeles, and I imagine it’s a pain in the butt for him. Someone said to me you could buy a shirt at Target that says ‘You go, Glenn Cocco!’ That was unexpected.”

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7. Lindsay Lohan tried to explain her beef with Hilary Duff to her elder co-stars
“She tried to explain to Amy and me her beef with Hilary Duff, but we couldn’t crack it,” Fey said. “But we were pretending we could follow it.”

Also read: Hilary Duff Is Down for More ‘Lizzie McGuire’: ‘Why Not?’

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8. Tina Fey was driven in a Winnebago from “SNL” in New York to the “Mean Girls” set in Toronto
“I don’t remember if I was weird about flying or if it was the timing, but sometimes I would go do ‘SNL,’ then I would get in a Winnebago at two in the morning and be driven to Toronto,” Fey said. “It’s so stupid.”

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9. Lacey Chabert’s character Gretchen Wieners was supposed to be thin and gangly
“I thought I was really wrong for Gretchen,” Chabert said. “The character description physically was very different from me.”

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‘Mean Girls’ Star Jonathan Bennett Reflects on 10-Year Anniversary, Lindsay Lohan Puking on Him (Video)

Over a decade after their movie debuted in theaters and became an instant comedy classic, the cast of “Mean Girls” was reunited once again in 2014 for an Entertainment Weekly photo shoot.

The stars of the film, Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried and Lacey Chabert, were dressed like true Plastics in heels and high-end threads for the reunion.

The women then sat down to share stories about what went down on the set, including never-before-revealed details about the movie.

Fans of the 2004 film will be crushed to know just how close they came to seeing a “Mean Girls” sequel or who Fey had in mind originally to play Cady Heron.

TheWrap has assembled nine revelations the ladies divulged during their interviews below.

Paramount

1. Tina Fey now regrets not doing a “Mean Girls” sequel
“At the time we did want to start the conversation about the sequel, and for whatever reason I was like, ‘No!!! We shouldn’t do that!'” Fey said. “Now I look back and I’m like, ‘Why?’ But now, no — it’s too late.”

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2. Lindsay Lohan wanted to be Regina George, Rachel McAdams auditioned for Cady and Amanda Seyfried was just happy to get cast
Lohan admitted that she went to war with director Mark Waters over giving her the part of Plastic Queen Regina, saying: “I was still 17 years old and I wanted to be the cool girl on set.” The part eventually went to McAdams, even though she had auditioned to play Cady Heron. When Seyfried got the part of Karen Smith, she was just relieved to have any role in the film.

“I just wanted to be in the movie. To be asked to play Karen, I was like, ‘Great! Whatever!'” Seyfried says.

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3. Tina Fey had to be convinced that Lindsay Lohan was right for the part of Cady
“At some point I was like, “Oh, should Lindsay be Regina?” Fey said. “And then Mark and Lorne [Michaels] had the good sense to say, ‘No, she gets to turn into Regina.’ You work backward from that and you cast her as Cady, knowing she could get to that point of being Regina, but you let her be the innocent side, too.”

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4. How did they get Amy Poehler’s pet Chihuahua in the film to nibble on her nipples?
“They, like, pinned a piece of a cocktail wiener into her bra,” McAdams said. “I thought this dog was going to tear her apart. It was very effective.”

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5. Mariah Carey loves “Mean Girls” and tells Lindsay Lohan about it all the time
“Mariah and I have the same makeup artist,” Lohan said. “Whenever I see her, she does always say, ‘On Wednesdays, I wear pink.’ She loves that movie.

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6. Glenn Cocco is a real person
“I tried to use real names in writing because it’s just easier” Fey said about writing the script. “My older brother’s good friend is Glenn Cocco. He’s a film editor in Los Angeles, and I imagine it’s a pain in the butt for him. Someone said to me you could buy a shirt at Target that says ‘You go, Glenn Cocco!’ That was unexpected.”

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7. Lindsay Lohan tried to explain her beef with Hilary Duff to her elder co-stars
“She tried to explain to Amy and me her beef with Hilary Duff, but we couldn’t crack it,” Fey said. “But we were pretending we could follow it.”

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8. Tina Fey was driven in a Winnebago from “SNL” in New York to the “Mean Girls” set in Toronto
“I don’t remember if I was weird about flying or if it was the timing, but sometimes I would go do ‘SNL,’ then I would get in a Winnebago at two in the morning and be driven to Toronto,” Fey said. “It’s so stupid.”

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9. Lacey Chabert’s character Gretchen Wieners was supposed to be thin and gangly
“I thought I was really wrong for Gretchen,” Chabert said. “The character description physically was very different from me.”

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11 Best Back-to-School Movies, From ‘Animal House’ to ‘Mean Girls’ (Photos)

There are hundreds of movies about going to school and growing up, but only a handful specifically capture the feeling of summer ending, entering into a new grade, meeting new people and starting fresh. Yes, it’s the waning weeks of August, and t…

There are hundreds of movies about going to school and growing up, but only a handful specifically capture the feeling of summer ending, entering into a new grade, meeting new people and starting fresh. Yes, it’s the waning weeks of August, and that means it’s time for back-to-school shopping, new school butterflies and making the most of the last few days you’ll get outdoors. And though you won’t find teen classics like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “The Breakfast Club” or others on this list, you will find some great movies meant to get you into the back-to-school spirit.

“Everybody Wants Some!!” (2016)

While Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused” is set on the last day of school, his spiritual sequel “Everybody Wants Some!!” is set in the few days before classes begin. In 1980, a Texas college baseball team lives together in a house ahead of the start of the fall season. It’s a film about masculinity, fading glory days and discovering a new identity at a new chapter in your life.

“Legally Blonde” (2001)

“What, like it’s hard?” The charm of “Legally Blonde” is Reese Witherspoon’s spirited confidence, goodness and optimism that going to law school shouldn’t be a drag but a challenge to welcome and embrace.

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001)

I’m guessing your school doesn’t have a sorting hat, quidditch or transfiguration classes, but the first Harry Potter film is a childlike wonder that highlights Hogwarts at its best. It teaches kids about the jitters of discovering not just a new place or strange new people but tapping into what makes you special.

“Mean Girls” (2004)

“Mean Girls” opens with Lindsay Lohan’s Cady looking up at her nurturing parents making sure she has money for her school lunch and remembers her phone number just in case. The joke is, she’s a teenager going to public school from being home schooled in Africa as a kid. Going back to school is a hard experience no matter what age you are.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (2012)

Stephen Chbosky’s filmed adaptation of his own novel is one of those sweet, underrated gems with a great sense of nostalgia and a modern sensibility. Some of the film’s best moments feature Charlie (Logan Lerman) in his first few days of school, like realizing his old friend from junior high has suddenly grown distant, his first party and late night drive with new friends, or working up the courage to find his feet on the dance floor at Homecoming.

“Animal House” (1978)

Look, a film with a toga party, countless pranks and an entire frat house on Double Secret Probation does not sound like the best influence for anyone hoping to head off to college and succeed, but “Animal House” actually has a lot of wisdom to impart. The ultimate snobs vs. slobs comedy teaches you to find where you belong. In those opening scenes where Flounder and Pinto first step into the Delta house, they get drinks spilled on them, the house is a mess and I think someone just barged in on a motorcycle, but you know instantly, this is the place to be.

“Matilda” (1996)

Based on Roald Dahl’s novel, the charming “Matilda” as directed by Danny DeVito still has a winning attitude about going to school and shining despite monstrous parents and principals who would rather see you fail. This children’s classic has whimsy and wisdom for days.

“Friday Night Lights” (2004)

While people adore the TV show, Peter Berg’s film milks the high intensity and drama from starting a new football season and being the new coach in town. From the beginning of the school year, you feel the pressure on each of these kids to succeed on the gridiron and claim their future, which is exactly what going back to school is all about.

“Back to School” (1986)

Hey, look who’s getting some class…in class! You’re alright. “Back to School” is no “Caddyshack,” but it’s Rodney Dangerfield doing what he does best, throwing zingers, double entendres and wads of cash at you a mile a minute. Comedians could learn a thing or two from him.

“Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (1982)

One of the most quintessential teen movies, Amy Heckerling’s “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” set the bar for raunchy teen comedies with heart and depth, as well as many of the high school character tropes we’ve come to know.

“21 Jump Street” (2012)

No one would’ve guessed that a comedy remake of a campy ’80s show about cops going undercover in a high school could work. But the zany, screwball chemistry of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum going back to school and trying to fit into cliques taught us all a lesson.

Film Academy Challenges Fans to Sum Up Movies in Five Words, Succinct Hilarity Ensues

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sent out a call for five-word movie summaries on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. And thousands of people responded — including “Terminator” star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Share the plot of your favorite movie in five words.

— The Academy (@TheAcademy) July 31, 2018

It’s a refreshingly off-brand idea from the Academy, being a hell of a lot more succinct than the typical Oscar acceptance speech, and the responses have been pretty fun and often very clever. For instance, Schwarzenegger, who not surprisingly picked the plot of his career-defining hits “The Terminator” and “Terminator 2.”

Machine sent back to save.

— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) July 31, 2018

Also Read: ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ Film Review: Kevin Spacey Stuck in Convoluted True-Crime Remake

CNN anchor Bill Weir picked Roman Polanski’s 1974 neo-noir “Chinatown,” though his contribution is less a summary of the plot and more just a recitation of the film’s second most famous line.

Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown

— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) July 31, 2018

Our personal favorite comes from Twitter user John Bousfield, who offered up this perfect summary of the plot of Christopher Nolan’s 2001 film debut “Memento”:

Wife my killed who discovering.

— John Bousfield (@Abusefield) July 31, 2018

(For those of you who might have forgotten, Memento plays out in reverse chronological order to simulate the experience of the main character, played by Guy Pearce, who is unable to form short-term memories.)

User Alex Benjamin had this pithy take on 2004’s Tina Fey-written dramedy “Mean Girls”:

There’s four girls. They’re mean. pic.twitter.com/2ADwPKRlUh

— alex benjamin (@alexfatwombat) July 31, 2018

Jessie McFadden meanwhile had this to say about John Hughes’ 1985 coming-of-age classic “The Breakfast Club”:

Five teens who got Detention. pic.twitter.com/7PPVNgtRnP

— Jessie McFadden (@JessTheBud) July 31, 2018

Christopher Buehlman got a Matt Damon threefer with this sum up of the plots of “Interstellar” (where Damon plays an astronaut who must be rescued in space), “Saving Private Ryan” (where Damon plays a soldier who must be extricated from World War II France), and “The Martian” (where Damon plays an astronaut stranded on Mars):

Massive Matt Damon rescue mission.#TheMartian#SavingPrivateRyan#Interstellar

— Christopher Buehlman (@Buehlmeister) July 31, 2018

Here’s Pixar’s “Up”:

The saddest opening montage ever pic.twitter.com/vPo96AtmaG

— kim powrie (@radgirl08) July 31, 2018

Also Read: Can ‘Jaws’ Help Solve a 44-Year-Old Murder Mystery?

“Mulan”:

Brave girl soldier saves China pic.twitter.com/lpdZHRfCWM

— Maritza Moulite (@MaritzaMoulite) July 31, 2018

A certain 1994 British romantic comedy:

Four weddings and a funeral.

— Andrea Mann (@AndreaMann) July 31, 2018

Re-litigating the final scene of that one Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet movie:

Rich woman lets man die pic.twitter.com/TEEbw05Za1

— Oli Pettigrew (@Oli_Pettigrew) July 31, 2018

Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”:

Alien charms kids, phones home

— Marc Duvoisin (@MarcDuvoisin) July 31, 2018

And speaking of Spielberg, people have opinions about how best to sum up “Jurassic Park.”

DINOSAURS
SHOULD
NOT
BE
ALIVE

— Colton Butcher (@cltnbutcher) July 31, 2018

Shouldn’t have brought back dinosaurs.

— Ryan Isaacs (@frutescent_) July 31, 2018

People fuck with dinosaurs. Again. pic.twitter.com/INfVo8U6hw

— Robert Wuhl (@RobertWuhl) July 31, 2018

And quite a few “The Big Lebowski” stans showed up.

Yeah, well – the Dude abides.

— Sean A (@SeanKDLA) July 31, 2018

It tied the room together

— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) July 31, 2018

they pee’d on my rug!

— justreadingdontaddme (@justreadingdon1) July 31, 2018

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That Time Rob Schneider Got Rejected for Academy Membership

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sent out a call for five-word movie summaries on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. And thousands of people responded — including “Terminator” star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

It’s a refreshingly off-brand idea from the Academy, being a hell of a lot more succinct than the typical Oscar acceptance speech, and the responses have been pretty fun and often very clever. For instance, Schwarzenegger, who not surprisingly picked the plot of his career-defining hits “The Terminator” and “Terminator 2.”

CNN anchor Bill Weir picked Roman Polanski’s 1974 neo-noir “Chinatown,” though his contribution is less a summary of the plot and more just a recitation of the film’s second most famous line.

Our personal favorite comes from Twitter user John Bousfield, who offered up this perfect summary of the plot of Christopher Nolan’s 2001 film debut “Memento”:

(For those of you who might have forgotten, Memento plays out in reverse chronological order to simulate the experience of the main character, played by Guy Pearce, who is unable to form short-term memories.)

User Alex Benjamin had this pithy take on 2004’s Tina Fey-written dramedy “Mean Girls”:

Jessie McFadden meanwhile had this to say about John Hughes’ 1985 coming-of-age classic “The Breakfast Club”:

Christopher Buehlman got a Matt Damon threefer with this sum up of the plots of “Interstellar” (where Damon plays an astronaut who must be rescued in space), “Saving Private Ryan” (where Damon plays a soldier who must be extricated from World War II France), and “The Martian” (where Damon plays an astronaut stranded on Mars):

Here’s Pixar’s “Up”:

“Mulan”:

A certain 1994 British romantic comedy:

Re-litigating the final scene of that one Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet movie:

Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”:

And speaking of Spielberg, people have opinions about how best to sum up “Jurassic Park.”

And quite a few “The Big Lebowski” stans showed up.

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Academy Invites Colossal List of 928 New Members

Oscars Diversity Push: Academy on Target to Double Non-White Members – But Not Women

That Time Rob Schneider Got Rejected for Academy Membership

D.C. Theater Review: ‘Dave,’ The Musical

This might sound familiar to film buffs: A lying and philandering U.S. president suffers a debilitating stroke and is furtively replaced by a body double, who then foils the plot by honoring duty and country. So goes a new musical remake of the 1993 mo…

This might sound familiar to film buffs: A lying and philandering U.S. president suffers a debilitating stroke and is furtively replaced by a body double, who then foils the plot by honoring duty and country. So goes a new musical remake of the 1993 movie “Dave” by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures that is debuting with […]

Broadway’s ‘Pretty Woman’ Tops $1M In Seven-Show Week; ‘Head Over Heels’ Totters

Pretty Woman played seven previews to nearly SRO audiences and Mean Girls set another house record, but the Go-Go’s musical Head Over Heels just couldn’t find its footing as it opened to sales as weak as its reviews during Week 9 of the Bro…

Pretty Woman played seven previews to nearly SRO audiences and Mean Girls set another house record, but the Go-Go’s musical Head Over Heels just couldn’t find its footing as it opened to sales as weak as its reviews during Week 9 of the Broadway season. Overall, summertime Broadway was anything but wilted for the week ending July 29, taking in a strong $39,633,285 in total box office. That’s a jump of nearly 8% over the previous week’s $36M, and a big 26% over the same…

‘Iceman’ Goeth, Go-Go’s Cometh And Broadway Box Office Slips A Notch To $38M

Broadway box office slipped 5.3% in its 5th week of the season, grossing $38,126,489 as Bruce Springsteen went on a brief hot-weather hiatus and audiences weren’t quite head over heels just yet with the newly arrived Go-Go’s musical.
Total …

Broadway box office slipped 5.3% in its 5th week of the season, grossing $38,126,489 as Bruce Springsteen went on a brief hot-weather hiatus and audiences weren’t quite head over heels just yet with the newly arrived Go-Go’s musical. Total attendance for the week ending July 1 was 291,188 for the 33 Broadway shows, about 91% of capacity with an average ticket price of $131. Bidding goodbye to the Street was the Jimmy Buffett jukeboxer Escape to Margaritaville, taking…

Broadway Takes $40M Early Summer Haul; ‘Three Tall Women’ Goes Out With A Record-Breaking Bang

Joe Mantello’s staging of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women broke the 787-seat Golden Theatre house record for the fifth and final time last week, closing out its limited engagement with a whopping $1,275,918 for a nine-performance week endin…

Joe Mantello’s staging of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women broke the 787-seat Golden Theatre house record for the fifth and final time last week, closing out its limited engagement with a whopping $1,275,918 for a nine-performance week ending June 24. Even without the additional performance, the Glenda Jackson-Laurie Metcalf-Alison Pill starrer had already surpassed its previous, usual eight-performance week of $1,077,919. In all, Broadway’s 33 productions of this season’s…

Tony Awards: The Night’s Biggest Snubs and Surprises

Ah, how young and foolish we were. It seems like it was just two days ago that Variety — and the rest of the Broadway community — were all so very sure of Tony predictions. But nope: The ceremony for the 2018 Tony Awards gave us plenty of surprises to …

Ah, how young and foolish we were. It seems like it was just two days ago that Variety — and the rest of the Broadway community — were all so very sure of Tony predictions. But nope: The ceremony for the 2018 Tony Awards gave us plenty of surprises to chatter about after the show. […]

Tony Award Winners 2018: The Complete List (Updating Live)

The 72nd Annual Tony Awards are taking place Sunday evening in New York at Radio City Music Hall, with “Mean Girls” and “Spongebob Squarepants” topping the nominees list at 12 nominations each. Musical “The Band’s Visit” and pla…

The 72nd Annual Tony Awards are taking place Sunday evening in New York at Radio City Music Hall, with “Mean Girls” and “Spongebob Squarepants” topping the nominees list at 12 nominations each. Musical “The Band’s Visit” and play revival “Angels in America” took 11 each, while hot-ticket play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” got 10. […]

Barrett Wilbert Weed on Her Memorable ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Heathers’ Stage Roles, Dream Gig

Barrett Wilbert Weed, who is currently belting out “I’d Rather Be Me” eight shows a week as Janis Sarkisian in Broadway smash “Mean Girls,” lovingly adapted from Tina Fey’s hit comedy that introduced the world to &#8…

Barrett Wilbert Weed, who is currently belting out “I’d Rather Be Me” eight shows a week as Janis Sarkisian in Broadway smash “Mean Girls,” lovingly adapted from Tina Fey’s hit comedy that introduced the world to “fetch” and “grool,” is no stranger to the theater scene. After attending a self-described arts version of “Hogwarts” and […]

In First Week Of 2018-19, Broadway Box Office Dips 6% From Prior Frame

Broadway shuffled toward its biggest night, Sunday’s Tony Awards, with overall box office declining for the week ending June 3 compared with the prior week, according to figures from the Broadway League.
Total grosses for the week, which is techn…

Broadway shuffled toward its biggest night, Sunday’s Tony Awards, with overall box office declining for the week ending June 3 compared with the prior week, according to figures from the Broadway League. Total grosses for the week, which is technically the start of the 2018-19 Broadway year, amounted to $37,106,954. While that’s down 6% from last week’s $39,431,767, it’s up 8% from the comparable week of 2017, which tallied $34,203,176. Memorial Day, which this year was…

Broadway Gender Gap: Women Had 37 Percent of Principal Roles in Last Season’s New Shows

The majority of Broadway ticket buyers may be women, but there continues to be a definite gender gap on stage.

Actresses accounted for just 37 percent of the 233 principal roles in the 30 new shows mounted on Broadway last season, according to a study released Monday by the digital Broadway production resource ProductionPro.

The dearth of onstage women comes despite the fact that there were a number of female-dominated productions this past season, including “Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women,” the Tina Fey musical “Mean Girls” and the Donna Summer musical “Summer” (which even features female chorus members playing male roles).

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But male-skewing productions like the Denzel Washington revival “The Iceman Cometh” and the Andrew Garfield-topped “Angels in America” continued to be the order of the day.

And the new 2018-19 season looks to be no improvement: The first show, which opened last week, is a starry revival of the 1968 comedic drama “The Boys in the Band” that boasts nine roles — all of them male.

The gender gap is even worse behind the curtain, according to ProductionPro: A woman directed only 19 percent of the 20 new plays and 10 musicals that opened between May 22, 2017 and May 27, 2018. (Female writers fared even worse, at just 16 percent.)

Women did better in some of the more traditionally gendered craft positions, according to the organization’s tally: They accounted for 67 percent of the makeup designers, 54 percent of the costume designers and 53 percent of the stage managers.

And in one area of improvement over recent years, 40 percent of the music directors this year were women.

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The organization noted that the season included 30 new productions, 10 of them musicals, running for a total of 74 hours, 31 minutes.

The average ticket price for a musical was $105.32, while plays on average cost $93. (According to the Broadway League, 13.3 million people attended both new and long-running shows last season on Broadway — producing a record $1.45 billion in box office grosses.)

The best value, according to ProductionPro, was the 12-fold Tony nominee “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical,” whose average ticket price worked out to just 46 cents per minute.

The two-hour-45-minute George Bernard Shaw revival “Saint Joan” was the best non-musical value, at 35 cents per minute.

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The majority of Broadway ticket buyers may be women, but there continues to be a definite gender gap on stage.

Actresses accounted for just 37 percent of the 233 principal roles in the 30 new shows mounted on Broadway last season, according to a study released Monday by the digital Broadway production resource ProductionPro.

The dearth of onstage women comes despite the fact that there were a number of female-dominated productions this past season, including “Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women,” the Tina Fey musical “Mean Girls” and the Donna Summer musical “Summer” (which even features female chorus members playing male roles).

But male-skewing productions like the Denzel Washington revival “The Iceman Cometh” and the Andrew Garfield-topped “Angels in America” continued to be the order of the day.

And the new 2018-19 season looks to be no improvement: The first show, which opened last week, is a starry revival of the 1968 comedic drama “The Boys in the Band” that boasts nine roles — all of them male.

The gender gap is even worse behind the curtain, according to ProductionPro: A woman directed only 19 percent of the 20 new plays and 10 musicals that opened between May 22, 2017 and May 27, 2018. (Female writers fared even worse, at just 16 percent.)

Women did better in some of the more traditionally gendered craft positions, according to the organization’s tally: They accounted for 67 percent of the makeup designers, 54 percent of the costume designers and 53 percent of the stage managers.

And in one area of improvement over recent years, 40 percent of the music directors this year were women.

The organization noted that the season included 30 new productions, 10 of them musicals, running for a total of 74 hours, 31 minutes.

The average ticket price for a musical was $105.32, while plays on average cost $93. (According to the Broadway League, 13.3 million people attended both new and long-running shows last season on Broadway — producing a record $1.45 billion in box office grosses.)

The best value, according to ProductionPro, was the 12-fold Tony nominee “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical,” whose average ticket price worked out to just 46 cents per minute.

The two-hour-45-minute George Bernard Shaw revival “Saint Joan” was the best non-musical value, at 35 cents per minute.

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Price Hikes, Extra Week Lift Broadway Box Office 17% Over 2016-17 Levels

Aided by a 53rd week in the year (added every seven years for statistical reasons), plus aggressive pricing of certain shows, Broadway box office ended 2017-18 up 17.1% over the prior year.
Total grosses reached $1,697,458,795, compared with $1,449,399…

Aided by a 53rd week in the year (added every seven years for statistical reasons), plus aggressive pricing of certain shows, Broadway box office ended 2017-18 up 17.1% over the prior year. Total grosses reached $1,697,458,795, compared with $1,449,399,149 in 2016-17, according to figures released by the Broadway League. Attendance of 13,792,614 gained 3.9% over the previous year, and gross potential and capacity both increased, to 81.6% and 89%, respectively. Without the…

‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Harry Potter’ Top Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards

EXCLUSIVE: Mean Girls led the field by winning eight prizes, including Favorite New Musical, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won Favorite New Play in the 18th annual Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards.
The winners were announced today ahead of a…

EXCLUSIVE: Mean Girls led the field by winning eight prizes, including Favorite New Musical, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won Favorite New Play in the 18th annual Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards. The winners were announced today ahead of a cocktail reception for winners set for May 24 in Manhattan. The list of winners (see full list below) overlaps to some degree with the Tony Award nominees. But because they were determined by nearly 21,000 fans voting in a…

Tina Fey’s 11 Best Characters From ‘SNL’ and Beyond, Ranked From Funny to Liz Lemon (Photos)

“SNL” alumna Tina Fey has come a long way since her days on the sketch comedy show. Since her turn as an anchor of Weekend Update and head writer of the show, she’s gone on to star in movies and create one of the best comedy TV shows …

“SNL” alumna Tina Fey has come a long way since her days on the sketch comedy show. Since her turn as an anchor of Weekend Update and head writer of the show, she’s gone on to star in movies and create one of the best comedy TV shows ever in “30 Rock.” In honor of Fey’s return to “SNL” to host the Season 43 finale this week, here are 11 of Tina Fey’s best characters, ranked from the least hilarious to the most: Liz Lemon of “30 Rock.”

11. Queef Latina — “SNL”

When Fey returned to “SNL” as host in 2013, she used her monologue to remind fans of her least-remembered recurring characters. They were, of course, all made-up characters that had never existed, but even the promo materials for some of them were amazing. Fey and “SNL” suggested the movie spin-off for her fake character “Queef Latina,” dubbed “Queef Latina Ruins Christmas,” and honestly that sounds so amazing and horrific that it really should exist. You can watch the monologue here.

10. The Lady with No Theme Song — “SNL”

Another of Fey’s made-up recurring characters from her 2013 turn as “SNL” host, this one had a whole theme song about not having a theme song. It then takes a hard left turn with the final line, “And she’s a vampire.” Forcing The Lady with No Theme Song to actually be a sketch that makes some semblance of sense sounds like it’d be hilarious. Watch the monologue here.

9. The Bush Twins — “SNL”

There’s a reason Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have teamed up a number of times, both on “SNL” and in movies: They’re hilarious together. That theory was born out as the pair played the twin daughters of President George W. Bush, Jenna and Barbara, conversing about their father’s presidency in their secret “twin language.” Check out the sketch here.

8. Mrs. Norbury — “Mean Girls”

Tina Fey’s insightful high school teacher in “Mean Girls,” the movie she wrote, is instrumental in helping the girls of North Shore High stop being so horrible to each other. She also manages to sneak in some pretty funny lines during her limited time on screen. Mrs. Norbury is the kind of teacher you wish you had in high school. Here’s a clip of her trying to help Lindsay Lohan’s character Cady excel.

7. Claire Foster — “Date Night”

Fey pairing with Steve Carell makes for a solid comedy duo, and the two make “Date Night” work by selling how extremely relatable they are as their night becomes increasingly more insane and dangerous. Fay’s Claire is a mom you’ve definitely met before, but much, much funnier.

6. Wendy Altman — “This is Where I Leave You”

Fey has most of the best lines in “This is Where I Leave You,” a comedy-drama about a family who loses their father. Wendy is constantly needling her brothers in the film with some great one-liners, but her real best moment is when she gets a chance to punch out Dax Shepard. Watch that scene here.

5. Marcia (Clark) — “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Before Sarah Paulson played O.J. Simpson trial prosecutor Marcia Clark, and helped totally redefine America’s cultural understanding of the woman, Fey created a ludicrously bad at her job version of Marcia for “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” While not in line with the real Clark, Fey’s mega-inept prosecutor lets her go a little comedically crazy, committing to being as over-the-top as possible.

4. Weekend Update Tina Fey — “SNL”

Though she didn’t have a lot of recurring characters on “SNL,” Fey appeared every week for years as an anchor on the satirical news segment of the show, Weekend Update. The segment gave her a great opportunity to rattle off quick jokes, one of her talents. Check out her turn as special “Women’s News” correspondent on Weekend Update.

3. Dr. Andrea Bayden — “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Fey returned to “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” to play Kimmy’s therapist, Andrea. It was actually an opportunity to play two characters: Andrea during the day, the responsible therapist, and Andrea at night, the blackout drunk. The dichotomy between the two is always funny, particularly when night Andrea messes up day Andrea’s life somehow — it’s as if they’re two people, because neither remembers anything the other does. You can see both Andrea’s in this clip.

2. Sarah Palin — “SNL”

Fey’s most memorable “SNL” character was her impression of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin during her run for vice president in 2008. Fey managed to skewer just about everything Palin said during the presidential race between John McCain and Barack Obama, and even brought the character back during the 2016 election when she endorsed Donald Trump. Check out that clip here.

1. Liz Lemon — “30 Rock”

Fey’s over-the-top version of herself as lead writer of a sketch comedy show was incredibly funny and incredibly relatable. Liz Lemon tried to have a career, a family and a social life, but she was also hopelessly nerdy and addicted to Mexican cheese curls. Fey brought all kinds of nuance to Lemon over the years on “30 Rock,” making Liz her greatest, most hilarious character ever. Here’s Liz singing her night cheese song and showing up to her own wedding dressed as Princess Leia.

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Tony Nominees Nudge Broadway Box Office 4% Ahead Of Prior Week

Strong grosses for several shows pacing the field of Tony Award nominees — including Angels in America, Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants — nudged the Broadway box office last week to a 4% increase over the prior week’s level.
Over…

Strong grosses for several shows pacing the field of Tony Award nominees — including Angels in America, Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants — nudged the Broadway box office last week to a 4% increase over the prior week’s level. Overall grosses for the week ending May 13 came in at $38,621,280, up from $36,994,027 in the previous week. The tally was up 15% over the comparable week in 2017. With two weeks remaining in the Broadway year, grosses to date stand just north of…

How to Produce The Tony Awards: 5 Unsolicited Tips

Producing the Tony Awards is hard enough without everyone on Broadway telling you how to do your job. But that’s exactly what White Cherry Entertainment’s Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, the ceremony’s longtime executive producers, have to deal with ev…

Producing the Tony Awards is hard enough without everyone on Broadway telling you how to do your job. But that’s exactly what White Cherry Entertainment’s Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, the ceremony’s longtime executive producers, have to deal with every year — and this year is no different. Here’s our two cents. Get Tina Fey […]

Tony Nominations 2018: ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘SpongeBob’ Score Big (Complete List)

Broadway musicals “Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” topped the list of 2018 nominations for the Tony Awards, with each show scoring a dozen noms apiece. Musical “The Band’s Visit” and play revival “Angels in America” took 11 each, while hot-tick…

Broadway musicals “Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” topped the list of 2018 nominations for the Tony Awards, with each show scoring a dozen noms apiece. Musical “The Band’s Visit” and play revival “Angels in America” took 11 each, while hot-ticket play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” got 10. Celebrity names also did well this […]

Broadway Box Office: These Shows Could Use Some Tony Attention

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Frozen,” and “Mean Girls” are ready to make a splash in the 2018 Tony nominations Tuesday morning — but those shows hardly need attention from the Tony Awards to draw big c…

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Frozen,” and “Mean Girls” are ready to make a splash in the 2018 Tony nominations Tuesday morning — but those shows hardly need attention from the Tony Awards to draw big crowds. It’s softer-selling productions like “SpongeBob SquarePants” that could stand to get a much-needed boost at the Broadway […]