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In the annals of film festival flops — from unexpected boos to red-carpet gaffes — the premiere of the Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard will go down as a doozy.After the film premiered last week at the South By Southwest Film Festival, during a Q&A with director Ethan Cohen, an audience member voiced not so much a question as a harsh judgment. “This film seems racist,” he said, using an expletive. Another audience member also asked if the film, about a hedge fund manager (Ferrell) who witlessly hires a law-abiding acquaintance (Hart) to prepare him for maximum security prison after being sentenced for fraud, was perpetuating stereotypes.Will Ferrell plays 9 positions in spring training games
That sound you might have heard emanating from Austin was the loud cursing of marketing executives for the film, which opens Friday.Though film festival Q&As are often filled with questionable observations, these atypically blunt rebukes received outsized attention, drawing headlines from The Los Angeles Times and others. The damage continued with early reviews that also questioned the movie’s handling of homosexuality in various scenes.Interviews rescheduledMuch of the film’s comedy rests on the Ferrell character’s fears of being raped in prison, and among his preparations is an attempt to have oral sex with a gay man in a bathroom stall. A critic for The Guardian wrote that future viewers “will be astonished that such a negative portrayal of homosexuality persisted in the mainstream in 2015.” Variety wrote that the film was “undone by some of the ugliest gay-panic humour to befoul a studio release in recent memory.”
‘Any time you’re going to do an R-rated comedy, you’re going to offend someone. But that’s kind of what we do. We provoke. We prod.’- Will Ferrell on the negative reaction to his comedy Get Hard
After initially seeking to avoid the controversy (Cohen, Ferrell and Hart cancelled interviews with The Associated Press before Ferrell and Hart rescheduled them), the film’s stars and producers are vigorously defending their comedy as not a representation of stereotypes but a satire of them.”Any time you’re going to do an R-rated comedy, you’re going to offend someone,” said Ferrell in an interview alongside Hart. He continued: “But that’s kind of what we do. We provoke. We prod. We also show a mirror to what’s already existing out there. We’re playing fictitious characters who are articulating some of the attitudes and misconceptions that already exist.”Ethan Cohen’s directorial debutGet Hard was written by Cohen along with Jay Martel and Ian Roberts, writing-producers from the sketch comedy show Key and Peele. This is Cohen’s directorial debut after penning screenplays to films like Idiocracy and Tropic Thunder, a film that memorably flirted with racially sensitive territory in Robert Downey Jr.’s lampoon, in black face, of a Method actor run amok.Comedians Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell on the poster for Warner Bros. new comedy Get Hard. (Warner Bros.)In many ways, the comedy of Get Hard works similarly. Just as the humour of Downey’s actor wasn’t in his favour but about his own self-obsessive, racist delusions, Ferrell’s character is a parody of the narrow perspective of the elitist one percent. He hires Hart’s carwash owner and family man under the mistaken presumption that he’s been to prison, that he’s “hard.””You’re looking at two characters that judged each other by their cover,” said Hart. “And after peeling off some of the layers to their onion, they realize that, `Oh my God, this isn’t the person I thought it was from the jump. It’s a completely different person.’ And that road to friendship ensues.”Get Hard was conceived as a way to pair Hart and Ferrell, two of the most popular and bankable stars in comedy. Whether the film succeeds on its own terms or not, it’s an attempt (one generally uncommon in wide-release studio films) to comment on contemporary issues of inequality and race within the context of a broad, often crude comedy.Adam McKay, Ferrell’s longtime collaborator and a producer of Get Hard, said any backlash has been over inflated by “lazy journalism.””Given that we’re a country with runaway income inequality, more people in jail than any other country, this is what people are crowing about? Trying to in a funny way deal with these issues?” said McKay in a phone interview with fellow producer Chris Henchy. “It really kind of got me mad. It’s just cheap is what it is.”‘A silly, filthy comedy’McKay said the film was fashioned as “a silly, filthy comedy” on the outside, but a satire of income inequality underneath. Seeing the film as racist, he says, is “kind of ridiculous and disheartening,” since its intention is to parody those who live in bubbles of wealth and prejudice. To claims of homophobia he protested: “Any individual going to maximum security prison would be afraid of violence and sexual assault. To equate that with homosexuality is ridiculous.”Tip “T.I.” Harris and Joshua Joseph Gillum appear in a scene with Will Ferrell in the new coomedy Get Hard. Some reviews have panned the film for being racist and negatively portraying homosexuality. (Patti Perret/Warner Bros.)Others have agreed, albeit more skeptically. In reviewing the movie for Vanity Fair, Eric D. Snider wrote that the film wasn’t offensive to him as a homosexual; it’s just not funny enough.”It’s not mean-spirited, and it’s panicky straight guys, not gays, who are the target,” wrote Snider. “It’s just disappointing, that’s all.”Any bad buzz for Get Hard has likely been partially alleviated by the goodwill both Ferrell and Hart have in storage, as well as the distraction of Ferrell’s dependably entertaining late-night appearances. The NAACP and GLAAD have not commented on the film.”Here’s the beautiful thing about Will and myself: You’re looking at two guys that are no strangers to criticism,” said Hart. “The critic’s job is to critique. I don’t think I’ve ever had a great review on a film that I’ve done. Not one. Everybody always has had something to say. And if they’re not talking, then you have a problem.”Whether the talking around Get Hard will affect it at the box office remains to be seen.Kevin Hart to host Comedy Central’s roast of Justin Bieber
“People will go see it and there probably will be some people who are offended. It’s definitely a very dirty movie and it’s harsh,” says McKay. “It’s a good-hearted movie at its root. Everything comes out in the wash with movies because they hang around for, like 78 years. You always end up seeing what a movie really is in the long run.”Get Hard opens in Canadian theatres on Friday.
‘Zoolander 2′ Costume Designer on Mixing Humor and High FashionAP Images; Courtesy Leesa EvansAs if the fact that the second installment of Zoolander is underway wasn’t enough to get you shouting, “It’s a walk off!” with excitement, the film’s stars, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson hit the runway as their male supermodel characters at the Valentino show during Paris Fashion Week, gliding down the runway with Blue Steel seriousness and bringing some welcome humor to the high-end event.Besides the endless funny fashion references and impressive industry cameos, Zoolander is equally beloved for its costumes (which were originally designed by David C. Robinson) — a wonderfully whimsical mix of club wear and riffs on designer couture.See more Paris Fashion Week’s Front RowCostume designer Leesa Evans (Bridesmaids, I Love You Man, Get Him to the Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall) is the talent creating the looks for Zoolander 2, bringing her skills for seamlessly blending fashion and humor, to the hotly anticipated film (which hits theaters on Feb. 12 2016).We chatted with Evans, who is currently shooting the movie in Rome, to get the sartorial scoop on her inspiration for the costumes, which brands are being used in the film and how she feels about street style “peacocks” and bloggers who wear outlandish ensembles we’re sure Mugatu would approve of. Derelicte anyone?Read more Fashion Month: 10 Doppelgangers on the RunwaysPret-a-Reporter: Fashion is no doubt a huge part of this movie, are there certain designers or labels you’ve looked to for inspiration?Lessa Evans: I am heavily influenced by fashion and film collaborations on every level. My favorite part of this film is working with the designers and labels to really incorporate fashion in the film, because they create pieces that we can’t really do any better. We are looking at things as either gorgeous couture or hilarious and thought provoking, and creating our own fashion within the film. The whole thing is just a huge dream come true for me, like going to the Valentino atelier in Rome. Every fantasy I’ve ever had of seeing behind the scenes of a designers work, is being fulfilled.To what degree is humor a part of the costumes?The movie is a comedy and fashion is a character in the film. That’s what was so brilliant about the first movie, they played with the fashion. It’s different this time, because we are celebrating couture and runway looks maybe a little bit more, because there is so much about fashion that is so beautiful and so much that is so provocative. It’s also healthy to have a bit of a laugh at ourselves.Read more Jared Leto Joins Kim Kardashian in the Platinum-Blond ClubAre designers very open to the idea of working together since the first film was such a hit particularly within the fashion community?We’ve had a lot of great collaborations, so yes, we probably have more fashion in this film, because people have been really interested to get involved. We have great designers on every level, whether it’s Saint Laurent, Kenzo or Opening Ceremony, they’re all excited to be involved.Are all of the street style stars that have emerged since the first film a source of inspiration for you?There is a real surge of people being complete and total individuals, which I so appreciate. I feel happy for them that they feel so confident to go out there and do it and make a name for themselves based on their style. I am influenced by that – by a sense of that not everything has to be status quo. That we can have fun with fashion and anything goes now. It’s a big part of what we’re doing in the film now, trying to give people a real sense of the fun that comes with fashion. We can be outrageous, then subdued and the next day, wear ball gowns. It’s part of the playful nature of this film.Read more Runway Rock: Chloe Goes Laurel Canyon Luxe with Stevie Nicks SoundtrackDo you hope the film will spawn any fashion trends? Do you feel pressure due to the fact that the first movie was such a huge hit?I definitely, definitely want so much for people to love the film and laugh as hard as they did in the first movie. It’s not pressure, but it’s excitement to rise to the occasion to make it something great.The main thing I really want to do is support the film and make it as memorable as possible and if for some reason people get inspired by the wild fabrics and styles I’ve created, I’d be honored. The thing is that the sky’s the limit. The worst thing we could do is not have fun with it.Read more Marc Jacobs is Now on InstagramI am also so lucky to work with actors that are so up for it like Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller. Ben is so fun to talk about fashion with because he’s always amazed by what’s real. It’s a fun education for him and for everyone.We’re working with everything that made us sigh because it’s so beautiful or laugh about fashion. Combined it makes this special visual experience. You might not ever see these designers all in one place, but in Zoolander you will. I hope that like 50 percent of the people will say, “That is gorgeous!” and the other 50 will say, “That is hilarious!” then I’ll feel like I really did my job.
Now the mom of three has officially launched her line, King of Harts, just in time for the warmer weather — and we couldn’t be more excited.
The actress, 38, has made her designing debut in the kiddie market with a sea of surfer-inspired duds — including chic button downs, cargo shorts and fun graphic tees — that have already received the seal of approval from Hart and husband Mark Wilkerson‘s three boys, Tucker, 2½, Brady, 7, and Mason, 9.
After the launch, the mom of three caught up with PEOPLE to discuss everything from the adorable collection and her boys’s favorite pieces to clothing wars and her sons’s recent milestones.
Courtesy Melissa Joan Hart
PEOPLE: Congratulations on the official launch! Tell us how important this is for you.
Melissa: King of Harts is a passion project I’ve dreamt about since my first son was born. My husband Mark and I wanted to fill a hole in the market for cool boys clothes and have it be proudly made in the USA. It’s an amazing feeling to work in the business world after decades in the arts.
PEOPLE: How do your boys feel about the line? Did they help design any of the clothes?
Melissa: Our boys wear the clothes as often as possible. They love the cool styles and comfortable, casual feel. We love to have our sons and all the neighborhood boys weigh in on their favorite styles and graphics.
PEOPLE: What are some of their favorite items/looks?
Melissa: My boys all love the Brady Cargo shorts. Mason loves the Surfer graphic tee and Brady is into the Shark tee. We all love the Lobster with sunglasses on our little Tucker. My personal favorite is the Tucker Camo Short and the Gosman Chambray buttondown shirt together.
Courtesy Melissa Joan Hart
PEOPLE: Do your boys dress themselves? Are you pretty strict on matching/color-coordinating or do you let them show off their own sense of style?
Melissa: I let them put whatever they want together, but Mark is much more of a style guy and likes for outfits to coordinate. It’s pretty clear which one of us dressed them each morning!
PEOPLE: Have you ever had a clothing standoff with one of your sons? How do you deal with outfit struggles?
Melissa: I learned a long time ago that what they wear is not a fight I want to pick. I like for them to be individuals and make decisions for themselves and I save the fights for their veggies. Brady is my little accessory boy, he loves to add sunglasses, hats, belts and ties to most looks. He cracks us up with his funky style.
PEOPLE: Do you see yourself ever expanding the line? Maybe with a baby’s or girl’s collection?
Melissa: I would love to do Queen of Harts some day. And maybe a shoe line too. But first on the list is expanding our sizes for King of Harts.
Courtesy Melissa Joan Hart
PEOPLE: What are your boys into these days? Any major milestones they’ve hit or funny stories to share?
PEOPLE: With all your success as an actress, have any of your sons shown an interest in following in your footsteps?
Melissa: They all have shown up in Melissa & Joey and my directorial feature debut, The Santa Con, in December for Lifetime and of course the infamous Peter Pan/Walmart commercials. But only Mason has expressed an interest in acting. Now that we are back home in Connecticut for a while, he has luckily lost interest and I am in no rush to encourage it again until he asks.
PEOPLE: What’s up next for you? Any big projects coming up that you’re looking forward to?
Melissa: I just finished another round of Nutrisytem commercials, and with the Melissa & Joey 100th episode and series finale coming up, I’m looking forward to being a stay at home mom for the summer.
Courtesy Melissa Joan Hart
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Amazon.com’s video game streaming platform Twitch informed users that their accounts may have been hacked.Twitch told users that it had taken steps to accelerate the expiration of their passwords and stream keys as a precaution, while disconnecting accounts from Twitter and YouTube.It also recommended that users change their passwords at other sites where similar passwords are used.Twitch is a multi-channel online network built for people who not only enjoy playing video games, but find it entertaining to watch others who might impart tricks and tips for excelling at their favorite games.E-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. bought Twitch for $970 million in 2014 as part of a move to take part in video gaming’s growth as an online spectator sport.Twitch said it will communicate directly with affected users, according to the message sent Monday.Figures from July 2014, just before the Amazon buyout, show that Twitch users viewed more than 15 billion minutes of content produced by more than 1 million broadcasters, ranging from individual gamers, pro players, video game publishers, developers and others.
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