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Funnyman Paul Reubens doubled up for a Halloween (31Oct11) appearance on late-night U.S. show Jimmy Kimmel Live! - he came as his alter-ego Pee Wee Herman, dressed as Count Dracula.


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Paul Reubens Issues Cease And Desist Order Against Pee-wee Herman Event 3689954 News

Pee-Wee Herman star Paul Reubens has ordered organisers of an upcoming festival named in his honour to shut down the event.

Businessman Will Russell began organising Pee-Wee Over Louisville in Kentucky last year (12), as a way to celebrate the zany character's legacy, and he reached out to Reubens' representatives to notify them of his plans.

After receiving no response, he moved forward with his plans, but was later contacted by the star's manager in March (13).

He tells local radio station Wfpl-Fm, "They stated that they wanted to help me in any way they could. After working with them for a couple months, it became clear they were going to object. I offered any compromise I could think of including changing the event title, the graphics and offering to set up a licensing/royalty deal and/or donate any proceeds to a charity of their choice."

Negotiations broke down and last week (begs20May13) Russell was hit with a cease and desist order from the actor, which forced him to cancel the all-day bash, set for 7 September (13).

Pee-Wee Herman star Paul Reubens has ordered organisers of an upcoming festival named in his honour to shut down the event.

Businessman Will Russell began organising Pee-Wee Over Louisville in Kentucky last year (12), as a way to celebrate the zany character's legacy, and he reached out to Reubens' representatives to notify them of his plans.

After receiving no response, he moved forward with his plans, but was later contacted by the star's manager in March (13).

He tells local radio station Wfpl-Fm, "They stated that they wanted to help me in any way they could. After working with them for a couple months, it became clear they were going to object. I offered any compromise I could think of including changing the event title, the graphics and offering to set up a licensing/royalty deal and/or donate any proceeds to a charity of their choice."

Negotiations broke down and last week (begs20May13) Russell was hit with a cease and desist order from the actor, which forced him to cancel the all-day bash, set for 7 September (13).

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The Smurfs 2074132 Videos 2nd August 2011

Standing three apples high, the tiny Smurfs live happily and peacefully in their medieval Smurfs village. However, their quiet way of life is threatened by the evil wizard Gargamel and his long-suffering, wise cracking cat Azrael. Gargamel wants to become the most powerful sorcerer in the world and to do that, he needs the Smurfs' essence.

While being chased out of their village, Clumsy Smurf comes across a mysterious portal, which the Smurfs jump through to escape Gargamel. The portal turns out to be linked to Central Park, New York City in the present day. Alienated and disoriented, the Smurfs start looking for a way back to their village, with the help of married couple Patrick and Grace Winslow, before Gargamel finds them.

Patrick and Grace are expecting their first child together. While Grace is overjoyed at starting a family, Patrick, who works for a cosmetics company, is under pressure from his boss, to think up a new ad campaign. As a result, Patrick doesn't think he will be able to cope as a father. But his encounter with the Smurfs may leave him feeling happier about himself, along with a new lease of life.

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria, Sofia Vergara, Tim Gunn, Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Fred Armisen, Alan Cumming, Anton Yelchin, George Lopez, Jeff Foxworthy, Paul Reubens, Kenan Thompson, Wolfgang Puck, John Kassir, Tom Kane, Frank Welker, John Oliver and B.J. Novak.

Cameos: Joan Rivers, Liz Smith, Tom Colicchio, Olivia Palermo and Michael Musto.

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Mazar Brought Reubens Back From Depression 1684113 News Actor PAUL REUBENS has publicly thanked ENTOURAGE star DEBI MAZAR for giving him the strength he needed to overcome the sex scandals that wrecked his career in the early 1990s.
The Pee-wee Herman creator pleaded no contest to public indecency after he was caught masturbating in a porn theatre in 1991 and then was involved in a child pornography scandal two years later.
Reubens struggled to cope with the double disaster - even though he knew he was innocent in both controversies - and found himself depressed and desperate until he met Mazar.
He tells Playboy magazine, "What finally pulled me out of my shell the first time was when I fell in love. I met a woman, an actress - Debi Mazar - at a movie screening at the end of 1993 and was just so incredibly smitten that it was like, 'Boom, I'm back!' It was so powerful; it was a gift.
"I would be all funky and dark, but she was able to just say a bunch of stuff to me, like, 'Come on, up, up, up, up!'"
Actor PAUL REUBENS has publicly thanked ENTOURAGE star DEBI MAZAR for giving him the strength he needed to overcome the sex scandals that wrecked his career in the early 1990s.
The Pee-wee Herman creator pleaded no contest to public indecency after he was caught masturbating in a porn theatre in 1991 and then was involved in a child pornography scandal two years later.
Reubens struggled to cope with the double disaster - even though he knew he was innocent in both controversies - and found himself depressed and desperate until he met Mazar.
He tells Playboy magazine, "What finally pulled me out of my shell the first time was when I fell in love. I met a woman, an actress - Debi Mazar - at a movie screening at the end of 1993 and was just so incredibly smitten that it was like, 'Boom, I'm back!' It was so powerful; it was a gift.
"I would be all funky and dark, but she was able to just say a bunch of stuff to me, like, 'Come on, up, up, up, up!'"
1st September 2010 987172
Reubens Turned To Duke For Help After Porn Theatre Scandal 1684247 News PAUL REUBENS turned to reclusive philanthropist DORIS DUKE following his 1991 public indecency arrest - because he felt sure he'd find safety and privacy on her sprawling New Jersey estate.
The funnyman moved into a cottage recently vacated by the Philippines former First Lady Imelda Marcos after Duke, an old friend, agreed to let him hide out at her home and avoid the media storm after he was caught masturbating in a Florida porn theatre.
He tells Playboy magazine, "A couple of years earlier I'd gone to Oahu (Hawaii) to write Pee-wee's Playhouse Goes Hawaiian, which never got made and her neighbour Jim Nabors... took me to her house for lunch... She was always so nice to me. For no reason.
"So I called her and said, 'I'm in trouble.' She said to come to her house in New Jersey. I said, 'Wait, wait, wait. Let me tell you I'm not just in trouble - I'm in trouble!'
"She was famously guarded about her privacy. I didn't know if people were following me. I didn't want to throw that onto her, but she said to come. On the Monday after my arrest on Friday, I woke up at Doris Duke's 2,700-acre estate in Somerville, New Jersey... It looked like Central Park except bigger, with deer all over the place."
But he couldn't run away from the controversy - it was all over the newspapers and on TV.
Reubens reveals he fell out with a lot of friends on TV because they made him the punchline to their jokes.
He adds, "I turned on the TV and saw people I mistakenly and naively thought were my friends making jokes about me... I had already said the allegations weren't true and felt I deserved the benefit of the doubt from them.
"Make a joke about me but also just say, 'By the way, he's been a friend of our show for many years.' I was shocked people would kick me when I was down."
Reubens later pleaded no contest to the charges in a bid to avoid a trial.
PAUL REUBENS turned to reclusive philanthropist DORIS DUKE following his 1991 public indecency arrest - because he felt sure he'd find safety and privacy on her sprawling New Jersey estate.
The funnyman moved into a cottage recently vacated by the Philippines former First Lady Imelda Marcos after Duke, an old friend, agreed to let him hide out at her home and avoid the media storm after he was caught masturbating in a Florida porn theatre.
He tells Playboy magazine, "A couple of years earlier I'd gone to Oahu (Hawaii) to write Pee-wee's Playhouse Goes Hawaiian, which never got made and her neighbour Jim Nabors... took me to her house for lunch... She was always so nice to me. For no reason.
"So I called her and said, 'I'm in trouble.' She said to come to her house in New Jersey. I said, 'Wait, wait, wait. Let me tell you I'm not just in trouble - I'm in trouble!'
"She was famously guarded about her privacy. I didn't know if people were following me. I didn't want to throw that onto her, but she said to come. On the Monday after my arrest on Friday, I woke up at Doris Duke's 2,700-acre estate in Somerville, New Jersey... It looked like Central Park except bigger, with deer all over the place."
But he couldn't run away from the controversy - it was all over the newspapers and on TV.
Reubens reveals he fell out with a lot of friends on TV because they made him the punchline to their jokes.
He adds, "I turned on the TV and saw people I mistakenly and naively thought were my friends making jokes about me... I had already said the allegations weren't true and felt I deserved the benefit of the doubt from them.
"Make a joke about me but also just say, 'By the way, he's been a friend of our show for many years.' I was shocked people would kick me when I was down."
Reubens later pleaded no contest to the charges in a bid to avoid a trial.
31st August 2010 987172
Blow 2150386 Film Reviews In the famed cocaine drama Scarface, I remember a lot of gun battles and bowl after bowl of cocaine spilled on the table. I do not remember heartfelt talks with dad, a cancer-stricken girlfriend, and a child custody battle.

Yet such is the world of Blow, the most wildly anticipated drug thriller since, well, last year's Traffic. Welcome to the "based on a true story" tale of George Jung (the inimitable Johnny Depp), just a suburban boy from New England who tires of his conservative life and heads for -- where else -- L.A. Here (in the 1960s, natch), Jung hooks up with the local hair stylist/drug dealer and starts his own small pot distributorship. Soon enough he's running drugs back to Boston with the help of his friends and flight attendant girlfriend (Run Lola Run's Franka Potente). But just as he's made a name for himself, he gets busted and lands in prison.

He soon gets out, so we start again with cocaine, and with the aid of his cellmate Diego (Jordi Mollà), he's flying to Colombia to make his pickups. Cocaine turns out to be much more lucrative, and Jung and his distributors get a lock on the U.S. market. Millions are amassed, and eventually they are lost.

Serve more prison time, rinse and repeat.

The crowds of rowdies who've seen the glittering trailer and think Blow is a celebration of their lifestyle are in for a shock. Blow celebrates the tragic life of George Jung, not the glamorous one. Sure, there are some real thrills as Jung gets his little drug trafficking business together, but by and large the film plays to the sap. After opening on the wrong note (George playing as a young boy), it finally finds its pace, only to lose it again for the last half of the two hour running time.

Even the drama isn't done right. Most of the movie is just too campy, with performances from Paul Reubens and Bobcat Goldthwait drawing too much attention. But I will admit that Reubens is at least a lot of fun to watch. By far the worst actor here is Penelope Cruz -- hardly a gifted actress to begin with -- who is forced to carry the last third of the movie as Jung's strung-out, Colombian wife with little but silly costumes and hair dye to help her out. Her screeching wail makes one long for the subtlety of Sharon Stone in Casino.

Ultimately, as with virtually all drug movies, Blow is a story of treachery and betrayal. It boils down to a GoodFellas clone without as much sweat (and with Ethan Suplee playing the tubby guy instead of Joe Pesci). They've even trotted out Ray Liotta, and he might as well be playing Henry Hill's father instead of George Jung's.

Characters blow in and out of the movie, the setting swings from country to country, from year to year, never with much direction. It feels endless, and ultimately it becomes less an adventure story and instead a whiny melodrama.

Director Ted Demme -- the less prolific nephew of Jonathan Demme -- tries to infuse a lot of glam into what ends up being a rather pedestrian tale. Parts of it are a lot of fun and parts are surprising, but too much of it asks us to sympathize for poor George Jung, who's made one too many mistakes in life. Perhaps the worst moment in the picture comes right as the credits roll and tell us that the real Jung won't be out of prison until 2015. Demme inserts a picture of the man (the real guy, not Johnny Depp) as he looks today -- withered, beaten, and with the same ridiculous haircut he's always had.

I guess it worked. I really do feel sorry for the guy.

Blow gets New Line's ultra-snazzy infinifilm treatment with its DVD release (see Thirteen Days for more detail), but unfortunately the movie doesn't merit the upgrade. Jammed full of deleted scenes, outtakes, interviews, and historical context, none of this serves to improve the viewing experience, as it does with Thirteen Days. Sorry guys, you either have it or you don't.



Blowing sweet nothings. 1st November 2005 http://images.contactmusic.com/images/reviews2/blow.jpg
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