Back in the ’90s, Friends was the biggest show on television and all of the actors were household names. So big, Hollywood tried to turn the small screen stars into big screen ones and for almost of them it failed. But that didn’t stop the studios from offering some of them pictures deals.
Case in point, David Schwimmer starred in the huge dud Pallbearer with Gwyneth Paltrow, but before it came out Miramax thought it was going to be huge. So huge, they offered him a 3 picture deal. He told The Hollywood Reporter that he negotiated a deal with them where he would direct his first feature and all of his friends from his Chicago Theater Company would star in it. A year after he bombed in Pallbearer, it was time to direct Since You’ve Been Gone, but Miramax asked him to star in Men in Black. He didn’t want to disappoint his friends, who turned out work to be in movie, so he declined the role that eventually went Will Smith.
Take a minute to soak that in.
Now imagine what the movie would’ve been like with Ross playing Agent J. We never would’ve gotten Men In Black II which was Smith’s last good movie. And we also probably would not have gotten some of the Smith’s more recent pieces of crap.
Wait now I am trying to think how this is a bad thing that he turned down the role in Men In Black. Maybe it could’ve been a good thing because there is no way the film would’ve been as successful with him as the lead and it would’ve saved us from a lot of Smith’s recent failures. Someone try to convince me he made the right choice for us.
I should say, his reason for turning down the role is very honorable. His friends should thank him every time they talk to him because he sacrificed a lot for them.
For the second time in a week, James Corden challenged one of his guests to a Rap Battle. The first victim was Anne Hathaway and now it was time for him to battle it out with a Friend named David Schwimmer. He pThe Late Late Show,layed a Kardashian on TV, so you think he would know how to take it; but the CBS host had the edge. That was until the Rebel from Down Under aka Rebel Wilson, showed them both how it’s done. Then when she was finished, she was able to Drop the Mic because there was no coming back from that. Proving men need to stick to Your Mama jokes because they are no match for a woman who can out bitch them even when she isn’t on the rag.
When it comes to these Drop the Mic segments on The Late Late Show, I want them in every episode. I will never tire of the guests making fun of Corden and him trying to out diss him.
Matthew Perry stars in the CBS sitcom The Odd Couple and recently he has been looking more like the character he plays on it than himself. But that is no longer the case.
Today, he was on Live with Kelly and Michael and his salt & pepper hair is more pepper than salt. Not only that, it appears that he lost some weight when he was over in London.
All in all he made my Chandler go Bing! Did he do the same for you?
James Burrows is the most iconic director in television, so iconic that NBC is going to honor him February 21st with An All-Star Tribute to celebrate a huge milestone he recently accomplished. He has directed 1,000 episodes and casts from several of the shows he worked on will be there to honor him. Shows like Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Friends, Will & Grace, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and the upcoming Crowded (where he reached that milestone) to name a few of the many many many great shows we have all watched at some point that are showing him their love.
There will be a lot of reunions during his special, but what does he think are the chances of Cheers and/or Friends ever having a reunion of their own? I was a conference call with him earlier in the week and he answered that question. Before he went into specifics, he said, “I don’t think you should ever go back. I firmly believe in that.” Then he talked about the most famous show about a bar, “You know I created Cheers along with the Charles Brothers. We’re co-creators. They were gracious enough to give me that credit. They’ve talked to us about a Cheers reunion for years. And we don’t want to do one. It’s just, we did that show. That was that show.”
Does he have a rosier outlook for Friends, a show he did not create? His feelings are, “I don’t think they’ll ever want to do a reunion again. It’s what it was. And it was a treasure in the history of television. And I don’t think you want to revisit that.”
I understand what he is saying, but I like reunions. Although, now that I think about it, most of them kind of stink. Can you ever think of one that was worth it? So maybe he is right.
Several casts of past and current shows got together yesterday to celebrate James Burrows’ major milestone. The milestone the director hit, is that he has directed 1,000 episodes throughout his career including episodes from Taxi, Cheers, Will & Grace and Two and a Half Men. But two of his biggest shows on his resume are Friends and The Big Bang Theory and almost all of the leads from both top rated sitcoms were there to honor him. Well someone thought it would be a smart idea to have the casts of two of the biggest shows from the ’90s and today pose for a photo together and this is what we got. Instead of saying who was there, the photo would be better if Matthew Perry and Kunal Nayyar were standing alongside them, but still this is pretty cool.
Maybe we can get a TBBT episode where Penny (Kaley Cuoco) dreams she is on Friends and Burrows directs it. Wouldn’t that be a dream scenario?