Taylor Negron, the US actor, comedian and playwright, has died after battling cancer at the age of 57.
Actor, comedian and writer Taylor Negron has died at the age of 57 after a long battle with cancer.
Taylor Negron has died at the age of 57.
The news of Negron's passing was confirmed by his cousin, Chuck Negron, in a video posted online as Deadline reports. "I want to inform you that my cousin Taylor Negron just passed away. His mother, his brother Alex and my brother Rene and his wife Julie were all there with him. May he rest in peace," Chuck said.
A consistently hilarious stream of in-jokes keeps the audience in fits of laughter even if there's virtually no plot to this follow-up to the 2012 hit 21 Jump Street. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum revive their amusing double-act to poke fun at sequels and franchises amid silly set-pieces and starry cameos. And it gives filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller their second terrific comedy of the year, after The Lego Movie.
Following their successful bust of a high school drug ring, undercover officers Schmidt and Jenko (Hill and Tatum) are assigned by their grumpy captain (Ice Cube) to infiltrate a university and track down who's dealing the new drug whyphy. But both get distracted by life on campus: Schmidt begins a romance with Maya (Amber Stevens), while Jenko finds his meathead soul-mate in football teammate Zook (Wyatt Russell). With their partnership in jeopardy, Schmidt and Jenko must refocus on a spring break trip to Mexico, where they discover an old nemesis (Peter Stormare) on the loose.
Using a non-stop series of gags about how follow-up movies are more expensive and less original, the filmmakers go about proving this hypothesis with amusingly overwrought sets and a chaotic, derivative narrative that has very little momentum. Meanwhile, they pack every moment of the film with witty humour that's played expertly by Hill and Tatum, who rekindle their chemistry with a steady barrage of gay double entendre that reveals the movie's true nature as a brom-com. On the other hand, neither the actors nor the filmmakers are willing to push things too far, so they settle for silly vulgarity instead of any black comedy or edgy humour.
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After Van Helsing, the first G.I. Joe and the Mummy movies, filmmaker Stephen Sommers just about keeps his excessive action instincts in check for this offbeat supernatural comedy. There are still aspects of a thriller here, but the characters have a surprising depth that adds to the humour and drama, providing both strong laughs and moving emotional moments.
Yelchin plays the title character, who isn't sure if his given name is just missing a first T or whether it was prophetic. As Odd grows up, he discovers that he can see dead people who need help solving their murders. The police chief (Dafoe) in his small desert town believes him because he gets every case right. And now Odd's girlfriend Stormy (Timlin) helps him piece together clues when it becomes apparent that something hugely horrific is about to happen. Odd also turns to his psychic friend Viola (Mbatha-Raw) as he grows increasingly worried about the rising presence of deathly creatures that swarm around people who are about to die.
Sommers sets this up with a wry wink, letting Yelchin play Odd as a nerdy nice guy who can't quite believe he has such a hot girlfriend. We like him instantly, so are happy to go along with the fantastical story. And the witty dialogue keeps us chuckling with its snappy commentary and absurd sideroads. Yelchin gives Odd a terrific sense of physical energy, which helps him develop sharp chemistry with everyone else on-screen. With his visions of something momentous on the horizon, the film feels like a comical variation on Donnie Darko.
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One of those swoony American dramas that explores life in all its wondrousness, this film will quickly annoy more cynical viewers. But others will find it a warmly inspirational story about breaking out of our dull routines to live life fully. It's gorgeously shot and edited, but a rougher edge might have made it easier to identify with.
Walter Mitty (Stiller) is a daydreamer who manages photographic negatives at Life magazine. Not only is his job deeply redundant in the age of digital photography, but Life is in the process of being downsized by a corporate henchman (Scott). And as they prepare the last print edition, Walter is in trouble because he can't locate an important negative sent to him by an old-school photographer (Penn). So he turns to Cheryl (Wiig), a colleague he secretly has a crush on, for help. And he finally gets the courage to make his dream to see the world a reality as he travels to remote Greenland and beyond to find the photographer.
The film takes the time to set up Walter's fantasy life with superbly rendered effects sequences before sending him out into the real world. So we really feel the weight of these new experiences for Walter. And as a director, Stiller shamelessly punches every emotional note with vivid photography, surging music and wide-eyed performances. The problem is that the characters are never much more than cartoons, defined by one or two key traits. At least the actors all do the best they can to add resonant details.
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The cast of adventure comedy 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' arrived for the Centerpiece Gala Presentation at the New York Film Festival held at the Film Society Lincoln Center. Among them were leading male and director Ben Stiller with his wife, 'Dodgeball' actress Christine Taylor; Kristen Wiig; Adam Scott with his wife Naomi Scott; Sean Penn; Patton Oswalt; Adrian Martinez, and Johnathan C. Daly.
Walter Mitty is an exceptionally ordinary man who has never dared venture out into the world or, indeed, made any effort to have some fun closer to home. In a bid to break his cycle of breakfast, work, dinner and bed, he signs up to a dating site but soon finds that his bland life doesn't really leave him much in the way of valuable dating assets. He wishes he could talk to his stunning colleague Cheryl, though when he does, he finds himself suddenly liberated. She teaches him that life is less about existing, and more about bravely living and doing things you're afraid of. Still terrified, he makes a miraculously impulsive decision to embark on a trip of a lifetime, seeking adventures in the North Pole, the Himalayan mountains and shark infested oceans. Will his death-defying journey transform him into the free-spirited, desirable and confident man he has also dreamed of being?
This incredible comedy adventure has been based a short story from the 1939 book 'My World and Welcome to It' by James Thurber. Ben Stiller ('Tropic Thunder', 'Zoolander', 'The Cable Guy') stars in and directs this movie with a screenplay by Steve Conrad ('The Weather Man', 'The Pursuit of Happyness'). 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' will be released in the UK on December 26th 2013.
'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' has divided critics.
In a new comedic adaptation of James Thurber's short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Ben Stiller plays a spineless proof-reader for a magazine publishing firm. He's incapable of standing up for himself and so retreats into a fantasy world where he is cool, poised, heroic and self-assured.
Ben Stiller As The Down-On-His-Luck Walter Mitty.
Stiller has directed a script from Steven Conrad, who has pedigree in this sort of field. He penned the 2005 comedy-drama The Weather Man, with Nicolas Cage, and Will Smith's The Pursuit of Happyness. Kristen Wiig is also along for the ride, as is the respected Patton Oswalt and Shirley MacLaine.
Walter Mitty is an ordinary guy with an ordinary life; he wakes up, eats breakfast, goes to work and comes home every night in the same old, repetitive, routine way he has become accustomed to. However, he dreams of something much bigger than what he has. He wants to fulfil a life of heroism and exploration and regularly daydreams about trekking through icy mountains and venturing out into foreign lands around the world. In reality, he is look down upon by his superiors at the office and he's too scared even to speak to his stunning colleague Cheryl. That is, until one day when he makes an unusually spontaneous decision to embark on a journey of a lifetime seeking adventures that even he had never fantasised about. Will experience transform this diffident magazine photo worker? Or will he see that the world isn't all it's cracked up to be?
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Ben Stiller stars in the highly-anticipated adaptation of James Thurber's 1939 short story The Secret of Life of Walter Mitty, with the first official trailer rolling out online on Tuesday.
Stiller stars as Mitty, the mild-mannered LIFE magazine employee who escapes the monotony of office life through his epic daydreams.
Stiller also directs the movie, which has been plagued by budget problems though is finally set for release this Christmas. From the trailer, this looks to be a genuinely ambitious piece of cinema and should be well worth a watch.
Comic actor urges people not to lose their faith in humanity
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon explosions that occurred yesterday at the end of the course, there have been a variety of reactions that have ranged from shocked to appalled to inflammatory. However, for the likes of King Of Queens actor Patton Oswalt’s it’s been a message of inspiration and defiance that has been impressed upon on the population of Boston and, indeed, the world, following what looks to be an attack.
“I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem,” the “King of Queens” actor wrote of the incident on his Facebook. “But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet.” Comparing the event to the September 11th World Trade Center attacks, Oswalt commented “my reaction was, ‘Well, I’ve had it with humanity,’ but I was wrong.’” He furthered that the majority of the world’s population “stands against that darkness, and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and more importantly, the damage they wreak,” adding “if humanity were inherently evil, we’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.”
Finishing in rousing style, he wrote “When you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye. Think, ‘The good outnumber you, and we always will.’”