Jay Chandrasekhar, in my mind one of the funniest men on the planet, is also one of the busiest.
Having just wrapped "Beerfest" with his Broken Lizard troupe, he and the guys have now re-signed with Warner Brothers for "Take My Wife," to be directed by Chandrasekhar with a script written by BL's Paul Soter.
The story centers on an average Joe who jokingly agrees to swap wives with a Hollywood superstar, setting off a disastrous chain of events. Sounds like the plot for a horrible Rob Schneider movie, but here's hoping otherwise.
All the Broken Lizard guys, Chandrasekhar, Soter, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme and Eric Stolhanske, are on board as producers and, hopefully, stars. Keep your fingers crossed, and raise a glass in honor of BL's next movie, "Beerfest," which is set to come out in August.
Chris Tucker in Bollywood?
I'll go ahead and admit that I know next to nothing about Bollywood movies. They are occasionally playing on the big-screen TV at my favorite Indian restaurant, and I have seen Gurinder Chada's "Bride & Prejudice," which got very old about halfway through.
Now comes this rather disturbing news.
The 2003 Bollywood comedy "Munnabhai M.B.B.S." will be remade as "Gangsta M.D.," (wtf!) a 20th Century Fox feature to be directed by Mira Nair.
The usually very reliable Nair said that Chris Tucker will play the lead in the film. "Bringing Down the House" screenwriter Jason Filardi wrote the script, which focuses on a low-level gangster who keeps his criminal life a secret from his mother by telling her he is a medical doctor. When his mom discovers his criminal lifestyle and threatens to disown him, he's forced to do the one thing that would make her proud: become a doctor.
Not sure where to start with this one. First of all, I haven't found Chris Tucker to be funny in many years. I tried to think of movies that I liked him in, and could only come up with two, in which he had small parts: "Jackie Brown" and "The Fifth Element." I just don't enjoy the sensation that I'm getting yelled at from the big screen. In fairly good Tucker-related news, however, it seems Brett Ratboy has returned where he belongs to direct Tucker and Jackie Chan in "Rush Hour 3," and will now hopefully not ruin any more great geek flicks!
My second thought was, since I can't stand to see Chris Tucker talk, how much worse will it be if he has to sing? I realize I'm fairly ignorant of Bollywood, but doesn't it usually involve a lot of singing and dancing? Please no, no, no.
A visit to the IMDB assuaged my fears somewhat. "Munnabhai" gets uhiversally positive user comments as a very funny movie, and as far as I can tell it doesn't appear to have any musical numbers in it. If you know otherwise, please let me know.
One more thing before I let this little oddity go: What the hell is up with that name? Why not just go ahead and use a certain other five-letter epithet very popular in hip-hop that also happens to end with the letter a? I'm sure it will change somewhere down the line, but for now it's almost as stupid as it is offensive.
But I still love you, Mira, and I hope this somehow all turns out, against very high odds, to be very funny.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
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