Real talk: I’d 100 percent frame a photo of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in my apartment. And apparently, I’m not alone on this front. News came out in May that Queen Elizabeth II has a never-before-seen pic of the couple framed in her sitting room. The stunning shot features Prince Harry in a navy tux and Markle in a powder-blue dress, her hand resting over his chest. For a while, people thought Queen Elizabeth II was the only one who had it, but according to Hello!, Markle and Prince Harry actually gifted this same photo to dignitaries on their royal tour of New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, and Tonga. Yes, my friends: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are really out here giving photos of themselves to people as presents.
Hello! sources a fan on Twitter, who uploaded a photo of the framed shot sitting inside Wellington, New Zealand’s Government House. It’s without a doubt the same photo of Markle and Prince Harry that the queen has in Buckingham Palace. Check it out for yourself below. (Look in the background.)
I one day hope to achieve the legend status of someone who can seriously gift a photo of themselves to people, and it’s received warmly and enthusiastically. I can only imagine how this conversation went with the dignitaries:
Prince Harry: Thank you so much for having us in New Zealand.
Meghan Markle: Yes, thank you! Here’s a framed photo of us looking hot AF to show you our appreciation.
Random Dignitary: This is the greatest gift I’ve ever received in my life.
This is a fictional conversation, but I want it to be true for my life! What do I have to do to achieve that? Wear a messy bun? I’ll wear a messy bun!
There are a lot of plot twists that theoretically could happen on Riverdale. This is the show that brought us two masked figures fronting as the Black Hood and a plot line that involved singing “Mad World” as a go-to karaoke jam, after all. So it’s understandable that the most plausible of storylines — say, that Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) is cheating on Hermione (Marisol Nichols) — would paradoxically be the thing that makes you do a double take. But that’s exactly what’s set to happen, and his mistress is being played by Mark’s IRL wife, Kelly Ripa.
The TV host broke the news with an Instagram of her sitting in one of the plush chairs ostensibly located in Hiram’s Pembrooke study. “It’s a family affair……..Hiram’s mistress. 23 years of auditioning for a role i was born to play. Coming soon to the @thecwriverdale,” Kelly Ripa hinted.
Per a Warner Bros. rep, Kelly will play Mrs. Mulwray, a “confident and tough” woman who is “Hiram Lodge’s alleged mistress. She’s a beautiful, icy, femme fatale who gets caught up in a conspiracy that’s much bigger than she initially realized.” Do you hear that sound? That’s the dun dun dunnnnn of drama.
Her new Riverdale costars instantly chimed in. “Yessssss,” Vanessa Morgan wrote in the comments, while Mark replied “Yes, please.” Casey Cott, however, summarized the casting best: “I feel like this is the female figure Kevin Keller never had but always needed. Thank God she’s finally here.” Even Marisol said she was “beyond, beyond excited for this to happen!!!!”
Kelly and Mark aren’t the only members of their family to make appearances on the show. Michael Consuelos, their oldest son, will make his acting debut as young Hiram in the much-anticipated flashback episode that airs on November 7.
So, a few big questions: Given that Hermione, y’know, had a fling with Fred Andrews all the way back in season 1 of the show, does that mean she’ll forgive Hiram on some eye-for-an-eye level game? Or will the two finally split in an acrimonious battle of the Lodges? Could Mayor Hermione finally send Hiram away to Shankshaw Prison like he deserves? I have so many questions, and zero answers. Guess I’ll have to grab my popcorn and wait to find out.
When Riverdale premiered on The CW last year, the cast’s lives changed overnight. Lili Reinhart, K.J. Apa, Camila Mendes, Ashleigh Murray, Casey Cott, and Madelaine Petsch were all suddenly famous, exposed to a world of red carpets, Twitter trolls, and headlines about their love lives. Sure, Cole Sprouse had some experience with it prior to Riverdale thanks to his role on Disney channel’s Suite Life of Zach and Cody—but we doubt even he could have predicted just how invested the show’s fandom would become.
Fortunately, the cast didn’t have to go far—if they so chose—to get advice on how to handle this loss of anonymity. Former teen stars Luke Perry, Molly Ringwald, Madchen Amick, Skeet Ulrich, and Robin Givens were all cast on the show as the parents, almost like a symbolic passing of the torch from one generation to the next. We say almost, because Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa didn’t let these “parents” just sit around; their storylines are intriguing, complex, and, most important, often separate from their off-spring.
It’s why Marisol Nichols, who plays Hermione Lodge, wanted to be on the show. “For me, part of the fear that women have in getting older is that they’re no longer seen as vital or important,” she tells Glamour.com. “In actuality, the older you get, the wiser and smarter you are and the more experience you have. Having our own storylines is what drew me to Riverdale.”
The series has also been a chance for the veteran cast to swap stories from the heydays of the ’80s and ’90s. “I remember me and Molly and Luke sitting around sharing pictures of our own kids, and we all looked at other like, ‘Oh shit, how did this happen?'” Givens says. “How are we the adults? It was pretty cool to share that with them.”
And they’re well aware that when they were Reinhart and Mendes’ age, they were trying to navigate life in the public eye too. “It’s overwhelming,” Ringwald says. (As the ultimate ’80s movie teen queen, she should know.) “When you’re trying to figure out everything yourself and who you’re going to be while magazines are defining who you are, that’s hard.” Ringwald has amassed a new fan following by playing Archie’s mom, but she says she takes it in stride. After all, “It’s not the first time I’ve been to the circus.”
With so many stories to tell, we gathered Madchen Amick (Alice Cooper), Mark Consuelos (Hiram Lodge), Robin Givens (Sierra McCoy), Marisol Nichols (Hermione Lodge), Molly Ringwald (Mary Andrews), and Skeet Ulrich (F.P. Jones) to share their own tales of fame and success. (Luke Perry, who plays Fred Andrews, declined to participate.)
Here, they share what they wish they knew then—and what gives them hope about the future. Read on.
The First Time I Was Recognized…
Madchen Amick: It was for Twin Peaks. It happened so fast and with such fervor. I remember going to my favorite restaurant, which was always packed and you’d wait forever, but after Twin Peaks aired they were like, “Madchen, come right in!” I was like, “Oh, that’s what fame does!”
Mark Consuelos: I just turned 24. I was this kid from Tampa and had joined All My Children. I had no idea what to expect from fans. What’s great is that if they don’t like your storyline, they’ll let you know. They’re very similar to the fans on Riverdale. But I’ve never thought, I’ve made it. I still don’t. It’s such an insecurity. I feel like I’m the same 24-year-old looking to prove myself and grateful to be on a show.
Marisol Nichols: Vegas Vacation playing Audrey Griswold. I had a billboard on Sunset Blvd., and it was like, “Oh my God, I’ve made it!” [Laughs] But as you learn, you’re one day away from not having a job. You have to earn the next one and the one after that. It shaped me.
Skeet Ulrich: I was flying to Utah and sitting in coach, and this kid was like, “Wait, aren’t you the guy from Scream?” And I was like, “Yeah.” And he says, “What are you doing back here?” [Laughs]
Molly Ringwald: By the time I made my first film at 13 [Tempest with John Cassavetes], I thought my chances were pretty good. I was nominated for a Golden Globe and being considered for interesting projects. It was only two years later that I started working with John Hughes and then Time put me on the cover. So it seemed pretty promising! Being recognized for anything I had done prior to the John Hughes films was nothing compared to [what happened] a few years later.
Robin Givens: Everything changed with Head of the Class. I remember having sushi with our casting director, and she said, “Once you lose your anonymity, you’ll never get it back. This is your last night of anonymity.” I couldn’t even fathom what she was talking about because I didn’t think of it in terms as a career. I thought of it as, wow, I can kind of pay my own bills! [But my career] just kind of exploded. I didn’t have time to slow it down.
This Was the Real Me Back Then…
Madchen Amick: Fearless. I didn’t really understand how mature and driven I was until I had my own kids and they turned the age I was when I told my parents I wanted to move to L.A. If they came to me [with that same request], there’s no way. But I think it was who I was, and my parents knew I was serious. I had a very bulletproof plan of what I wanted to do, and I was in it for the long haul. I got up at 6 A.M., went from audition to audition until 8 P.M., and took GED classes through Hollywood High. I made a deal with my parents that if they would help support me that first year, I would work my butt off. If I couldn’t support myself by the end of the year, then I’d come back home and rethink things. I never felt like I was handed something. I worked really hard at it.
Marisol Nichols: I was headstrong, determined, and rebellious. I left Chicago saying, “I’m out! I’m going to make it just to spite everyone!” I didn’t know a thing, and that honestly helped take away all the fear because I had nothing to lose. I auditioned for Vegas Vacation for three months; the whole time I thought they were never going to hire me because I’m Latina. In hindsight that kind of thinking made me a lot freer. It took me many years to get back to that.
Skeet Ulrich: I never looked at it as a business, and maybe that’s something that was a fault of mine. I really only was concentrated on the art of acting and being a better actor. [When I did start booking jobs] the characters I played were innocent, loving characters yet I was a pretty pent-up, angry 20-something.
Robin Givens: I was precocious. At 21, you don’t realize how young you are. You think you’re smart, you’re a grown-up. You look back and think, Oh my God, I was a baby!
Molly Ringwald: I was always a bit more mature than the average kid. I always felt more comfortable in the company of adults. I wanted to be a performer from the age of six or seven, so it felt like I was just fulfilling a destiny. I didn’t expect to succeed quite so quickly and on such a gigantic scale, though. Building a career and having longevity was always the most important thing, so being in films that were so hugely successful and iconic changed the trajectory a bit. Ultimately, I feel like I managed to do what I set out to do: have a career that has endured and, most of all, a life that has been interesting.
Mark Consuelos: Ambitious. I was wide-eyed, super grateful, and overwhelmed. I brought one suitcase for a few days when I came to New York and stayed at my friends’ place on their couch. I never really went back [home to Florida] except to get more clothes.
The Actor on Riverdale Who Most Reminds Me of Myself…
Mark Consuelos: I work the most with Camila [Mendes] and K.J. [Apa], so let’s go with them. K.J. is the nicest and most prepared, always. I can’t say enough good things about Camila. She’s so smart, funny, and prepared. I’m really impressed with all of the cast. They’re light years ahead of where I was at their age.
Skeet Ulrich: Probably K.J. [Apa] to some extent. Cole [Sprouse] has been around this for a long time, and it’s pretty new to K.J. That’s similar to what I went through. Not that he’s unsure what to do—he’s a very clever, wise person, but I think I relate to him more in that regard. I see him focusing on the work; he’s off to do a film right now, and he talks about his nerves and that’s the [place] I was in around his age.
Robin Givens: If I’m talking to Ashleigh [Murray] or Lili, I’ll go, “OK, that kind of sounds like me.” There’s something about Cole that I just hold so dear. He’s head smart and heart smart. My younger son was choosing his school, and NYU was one of them. I remember Cole saying to me, “Robin, I learned more on the subway in New York City than I would’ve in any acting class.” I so respect how he handled his journey. My heart melts when I think of him. And K.J. is like a big giant puppy! He makes you feel like the most important person.
Madchen Amick: Lili [Reinhart]. She’s an old soul, very mature, but she’s very enthusiastic and wants to do what’s best for the overall project. I’ve given her unwarranted advice. When she’s worked really long hours and [production needs her] to come back on a forced call earlier the next day—which means you’re not going to be able to get very much rest—I say, “I understand why you feel the need to do that, and it’s all from a good place.” But I keep trying to instill in her that you have to practice self-care and put yourself before the schedule. For the first 10 years of my career, I completely wore myself out. You don’t really have a choice in how long your day is going to be, but when [production comes] to you and asks if you’ll come back before your turnaround, that’s something you do have a say in. I’ve had pneumonia, I’ve had shingles, I’ve been hospitalized for exhaustion…there are certain things I have to do to make sure to keep myself healthy so I can get through the entire production calendar. Those are the kinds of things I’m trying to instill in Lili, because she carries such a huge part of the show. She gives it her emotional and physical all.
If I Could Go Back and Change One Thing…
Mark Consuelos: I studied marketing in college, so maybe I would have gone someplace else and studied acting. [Laughs] You could tell that I was learning on the job on All My Children. I’ve been lucky enough the past five years to be working with great writers like Ryan Murphy, Dan Fogelman, and now Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa]. I’m not sure why, but I’m glad it’s happening. I’m still that kid who thinks he’s going to get fired like every other day.
Marisol Nichols: I would tell myself to get my act together sooner and relax; it’s going to be OK. You’re going to be OK. I would have taken a look at not only how others were treating me, but how I am treating others. I would have said, “Don’t worry about being cool, but just relax and enjoy your craft.”
Molly Ringwald: I would have not limited myself to only acting. I thought I had to choose acting as the only creative pursuit for years, and I didn’t wise up until I was 40. If I had to do it over, I would have continued singing and started seriously writing much earlier.
Skeet Ulrich: I would have done press a little differently—been a little more frugal about what I did and when. It was a bit much too soon, but everything is live and learn.
How I’ve Learned to Advocate for Myself…
Marisol Nichols: My first agent said the only power you have in this business is the ability to say no. As I’ve learned to negotiate, you do have the power to walk away from things if you trust in your talent and yourself. If you’re getting the short end of the stick on something, don’t do it. You’ll be unhappy.
Molly Ringwald: I have always been pretty good about standing up for myself. I think at the end of the day, you are really the only person who can do it. Obviously I have people who I trust to speak on my behalf, but the more I can do myself, the more empowered I feel. People who grow up in the business tend to become very infantilized and feel that they need to have every little detail done for them. I think it’s a dangerous place to live.
Madchen Amick: Women are definitely paid less, period, and lot of newcomers are hungry and willing to do work for less because they haven’t earned their quote yet. One minute you might have a hit [show] and your rate jumps twice as much, and then you might have two or three years where you’re not doing as much and they cut your rate down. You have to decide if you want to work or hold out for money, and then [there’s the possibility] you won’t get the job. There were some things that I held out for and didn’t get, and then there were projects that I held out for and did. There were projects I just had to concede my rate for because I wanted to be a part of it and keep working. I had to look at the overall big picture.
How I See the Industry Changing…
Madchen Amick: When you’re an attractive woman in the business, you’re always going to be fighting against being objectified. I had no interest in being in anything that treated me like a trophy. I was going against the stream by not doing that stuff, but I knew I could live with myself for the jobs I didn’t get it because I had a high standard for myself. Thank goodness I was able to steer clear of those situations. I got really close with directors coming to my door and knowing I could be fired for [not letting them in]. I hope #MeToo inspires more artists to stand up for their own work and not be afraid to turn stuff down. You’re in it for the long run. Keep your integrity.
Marisol Nichols: Back when I first started there were absolutely zero roles for a female Latina, unless you wanted to be the maid or a gangbanger. The nightmare statement that I heard for 20 years was, “They don’t want to go ethnic.” I’d be like, “Why? Because it would send the wrong message?” Now I hear casting directors want somebody ethnic. I’m like, “Oh my God, [change is] finally [happening].”
Mark Consuelos: There has been a cultural shift [in the diversity we’re seeing on screen], but it hasn’t moved fast enough. It still has a long way to go. To Roberto’s credit, he made the Lodge family on Riverdale a Latino family, which is amazing. In the last few roles I’ve had, I’ve played a senator, a general manager of a baseball team, a doctor, and now a corrupt businessman—but a businessman nonetheless. I’ve played these high-level people that just happen to be Latino, which I think is cool.
Molly Ringwald: Everyone needs to be vigilant about making sure everyone is able to tell their story. People who are in power [need to keeping saying they] believe that diversity matters—and make sure that a decent percentage of women make up their crews behind-the-scenes. I want to see all ages represented. Hollywood has always been notoriously ageist when it comes to women. I want to see that change.
How Riverdale Has Changed My Life…
Skeet Ulrich: I never thought anyone would consider me good looking at 48 years old. [Laughs] So, that’s interesting. When fans rushed the stage at Paleyfest, I think we all nearly had a heart attack.
Robin Givens: I remember a group of soccer players at the airport were leaving on an early flight and were like, “Aaaaahhhhh!” Thirty blonde girls screaming at the top of their lungs. It kind of made me circle back to that time during Head of the Class. Now I’ve got some knowledge, wisdom, and maturity under my belt.
Marisol Nichols: Well, I have a little bit of stability. I know where my paycheck is coming from, so that’s really good! I feel more validated as an artist.
What the Riverdale Fandom Is Really Like…
Madchen Amick: Things are a lot more accessible. People can find out where the cast is going to be, and it happens so instantaneously. I’m feeling a lot of Twin Peaks vibes again—just being recognized multiple times a day. Even in different countries I hear, “Mama Coop! How you doing?” The Twin Peaks days were intense, and from that grew some stalker problems that I had to deal with back then. I learned very quickly that I didn’t want to be famous; I just wanted to be an actress. I’m most thankful I have a platform to talk about being a mental health advocate, which is so important to me.
Mark Consuelos: My wife and I were at at a restaurant and some teenage girls were freaking out and circling the table with their cameras taking selfies, but really taking pictures with us in the background. I’m so oblivious; I really don’t know it’s happening. Kelly [Ripa] will tell me, and I’m like, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” I haven’t experienced people losing their minds or crying like they do over Luke or Skeet. [Laughs] They don’t do that for me, which I’m completely fine with. But people are really cool. They smile or say they like my work, and that’s the extent of it.
Skeet Ulrich: Cole [Sprouse] said it best in the first 10 minutes I knew him. He said, “I’ve got this many followers, and Ed Norton has 1/100th of that. Am I as good of an actor as Ed Norton? No way in hell.” He has it really in perspective. The only thing you can focus on is doing your job to the best of your abilities and improving, but it’s nice to be part of something that is recognized. I’d be lying if I didn’t say we do our job for an audience, and it’s nice to know you have one.
Molly Ringwald: In addition to Riverdale, I get recognized for the Hughes films which are still enormously popular with subsequent generations—and also for Secret Life of The American Teenager. I just can’t get away from teenagers somehow. I’m like the Patron Saint of Teens!
Marisol Nichols: We were in Paris this spring, and my hotel was surrounded [by fans]. People camping out at all hours of the night waiting for us to come and go so they could possibly get a picture with us or say hi. I never experienced that in my life. You couldn’t even get to your hotel room without security, but I would stop and take pictures, absolutely. Nothing compares to that live interaction.
If I Wrote a Letter to My Younger Self, I’d Say…
Madchen Amick: Dear young Madchen, You’re going to doubt yourself along the way, but in the end all of your instincts are right, so keep going girl.
Mark Consuelos: Dear young Mark, Do not wear that gold chain from Tampa. Lose the gold chain, dude.
Marisol Nichols: Dear young Marisol, Keep your eyes open for who your true friends are, don’t take things too seriously, don’t forget to have fun in your career, and don’t date that guy!
Skeet Ulrich: Dear young Skeet, Take it slow in love!
Molly Ringwald: Dear young Molly, Learn Spanish and wear more sunscreen!
Robin Givens: Dear young Robin, You’re such a sweet little baby with so much to learn! You’ve got all the time in the world, so take your time and go slow.
Jessica Radloff is the West Coast Editor at Glamour.
Alec Baldwin’s yugely bad week just got worse. ABC is yanking The Alec Baldwin Show from its Sunday night schedule, giving Shark Tank that 10 p.m. spot starting November 18. Baldwin’s show will return to TV on December 8, but now airing on Saturday nights in what’s widely considered a TV dead zone.
It’s seen as basically a pre-cancellation move for The Alec Baldwin Show, which just debuted in mid-October and has only aired four episodes so far. This would be Alec Baldwin’s second canceled talk show — Up Late with Alec Baldwin was dropped after one season on MSNBC in 2013.
It sucks to see your shows canceled, but at least it’s better than getting arrested — which is what happened to Alec Baldwin over the weekend. That untimely incident may have paved the way for this network decision, though that’s not something ABC is vocalizing.
The Alec Baldwin Show premiered with a pilot episode back in March, with Jerry Seinfeld and Kate McKinnon as guests. That debuted to 3.6 million viewers, which was hopeful for anything airing in the time slot of 12:30-1:30 a.m. on Sunday night/Monday morning.
When the show officially launched Sundays at 10 p.m. on October 14, however, it did not do so well. The new series debuted to 2.2 million viewers and a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic for its first episode, which featured guests Robert De Niro and Taraji P. Henson. Later Alec Baldwin Show guests included Kim Kardashian West, Ricky Gervais, Jeff Bridges, and — most recently — Mike Myers and Cecile Richards.
The latest episode, airing November 4, only picked up 1.5 million viewers and a 0.3 rating. As Variety noted, that makes it one of ABC’s lowest-rated programs. So it’s not a shock that the network would move it to Saturdays for a quiet fade-out. When it does return on Saturdays, guests will include Sarah Jessica Parker, Kerry Washington, and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Speaking of Saturdays, Alec Baldwin is probably best known these days for his portrayal of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. But this past weekend, following the actor’s arrest for allegedly punching a stranger over a parking space, even SNL took a shot at him as “disgraced former actor Alec Baldwin.” Baldwin disputed the punch allegations, but it’s certainly not the first time he’s been associated with hot-headed spectacles. (If only his talk shows were as widely reported as his personal drama, they’d stay on air for decades.)
To be fair to Alec Baldwin, primetime talk shows are a tough sell in general. Remember The Jay Leno Show? NBC axed the former Tonight Show host’s 10 p.m. talk show after just four episodes, and Entertainment Weekly mocked it as the biggest bomb ever. So things could probably be worse.
Plus, Alec Baldwin still has a home on ABC as host of Match Game, which recently finished airing Season 3. He could’ve been part of the upcoming Joker movie, in the part of Thomas Wayne, but he reportedly stepped aside from that due to conflicts with other projects. (Among other reasons.)
Maybe now that Alec Baldwin’s talk show is riding off into the sunset, and he’ll reportedly be playing Trump less on SNL, he’ll have more time for other film projects. Starting on December 8, you can find The Alec Baldwin Show airing on ABC on Saturday nights at 10:00 p.m. ET. While waiting for its return, anyone else ready to see what his Blake from Glengarry Glen Ross is up to these days?
The Marx Brothers are, quite simply, some of the funniest people to ever take the stage or the screen. While it’s been nearly 100 years since the brothers Marx brought one of their popular stage plays to the big screen, real comedy is timeless, and the best of the Marx Brothers still hold up today as some of the greatest comedies of all time.
Having said that, not every Marx Brothers film is a comedy classic. There are only 13 feature-length films that star at least three of the five brothers (and one never made any films at all), and while some of them are magical, others are pretty awful. Which is which? Let’s dive deep into cinema’s history and rank the movies of Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo.
13. Love Happy
Love Happy was the last movie to star Groucho, Harpo, and Chico and there’s a reason. After a movie like this one, it would have been remarkable if anybody had wanted to try and make another. The film was originally designed to be a solo vehicle for Harpo, but Chico talked his way into joining the movie, reportedly so he could pay off gambling debts.
The movie itself went into debt and investors would only supply more cash if Groucho, the bigger name in the family, showed up. This leads to Groucho performing as a narrator over the top of a far-from-memorable story. This is clearly the worst effort by the Marx Brothers by a wide margin, because it’s not much of an effort at all.
There’s only one reason to bother remembering that Love Happy even exists, a cameo appearance by a beautiful young actress who had never been in a movie before, named Marilyn Monroe.
12. The Big Store
Quite often, a Marx Brothers movie seems to take a similar path to the screen as creating a Die Hard movie or one of the many knockoffs. It’s the Marx Brothers in (fill in the blank). When the blank is getting filled in with “Department Store,” you can be sure somebody is scraping the bottom of the barrel. Groucho is a floorwalker tasked with protecting the heirs to a department store from an evil store manager who wants to kill them and take the store. The premise could be ridiculous if the comedy was on point, but it’s not. The brothers joked that this was their farewell movie, and one has to wonder if they should have retired before they made it.
One of the best scenes in the movie is a physical gag where Chico and Harpo get chased around the store on roller skates, which is frustrating because the scene is obviously using doubles and not Chico or Harpo. It’s that kind of movie.
11. A Night in Casablanca
As the name would imply, A Night in Casablanca was inspired by the classic film Casablanca and at one time was designed to be a more direct parody of that movie. The final version of this movie is more of a send-up of World War II dramas in general that sees Groucho as the new manager of the Hotel Casablanca, a position whose previous inhabitants have tended to leave in a box. While it doesn’t quite work as well as most Marx Brothers films, I actually kind of enjoy this one. Everybody is clearly older, Groucho’s receding hairline is obvious, but everybody came to play. The jokes may not all land, but they’re all delivered with the same energy as the best Marx Brothers movies.
10. Go West
Go West has pretty much all of the elements that the rest of the Marx Brothers movies had, but for some reason, they just don’t really click here. As the title suggests, the film is a western that sees Chico and Harpo playing brothers who end up in possession of a piece of land on the western frontier which, while devoid of gold, is about to see the railroad go through it, making it much more valuable. The movie does have a great finale on board a train that is as lunatic as anything the Marx Brothers have ever done, making this one worth seeing for that, if no other reason. But you have to get through some pretty significantly lame material to get there.
9. Room Service
Room Service is a unique film in the Marx Brothers filmography because it’s the only one that wasn’t written specifically with them in mind. It’s based on a stage play, made obvious by the fact that nearly the entire film takes place in a single hotel room, and while the brothers are still playing their traditional characters, they’re significantly toned down, making for a movie that barely feels like a Marx Brothers movie at all. In the end, the brothers are best when the material plays to their strengths, but there’s a lot to like about the odd intermission in Marx history.
One thing worth liking is a young Lucille Ball in the role of Christine. She wasn’t a star yet, but it’s clear here that she would be.
8. At The Circus
While this is only the number eight spot on this list, it’s actually in many ways the mid-point. Every movie we’ve been through so far is, on balance, not great, while everything from here on is legitimately hilarious. At the Circus is somewhere in-between. You might love it as much as the best Marx Brothers movies, or you might not, but everything that there is to love is here. The high point of At The Circus has to be Groucho’s rendition of “Lydia the Tattooed Lady” one of his best musical performances in a run that actually includes some great bits. You can do better than At the Circus, but you also can certainly do worse.
7. A Day At The Races
A Day at the Races is probably the last universally loved Marx Brothers movie, chronologically speaking. The story sees Groucho in the role of a veterinarian who has been brought in to treat a wealthy and eccentric human at a sanitarium, played by the Marx Brothers’ frequent straight woman, Margaret Dumont. The sanitarium is in danger of closing and being turned into a casino. The only way to save the sanitarium is to bet everything on a horse and hope it wins. Yeah, it’s silly, but you were expecting anything less? The operating room scene is a classic, as is the sequence where Chico scams Groucho by selling him a tip on a horse race, which can only be read by the use of a codebook, which Chico has available to sell. Of course, the codebook requires a master codebook to be useful, and I bet you can guess who can sell you one of those.
6. The Cocoanuts
The Cocoanuts was the first Marx Brothers film to make a wide release (an earlier attempt at making a movie, Humor Risk, was apparently so bad that it was only shown once and the rumor is Groucho bought the only print and burned it), thus it’s also the first one on our list to feature the fourth Marx Brother, Zeppo. Zeppo was the straight man in the family, and often played the romantic lead in the early movies. He does so here, in a film that sees Groucho as a Florida resort hotel manager trying to sell swampland at auction. Meanwhile, Chico and Harpo attempt to rob one of the hotel’s few paying customers. The great routine in this one sees a viaduct found on a map, leading Chico to ask, “I give up, why a duck?”
5. Horse Feathers
Horse Feathers is, from start to finish, a hilarious film. Groucho plays a college professor and Zeppo plays his son, a student at the college, which is the first reason you know the movie will be ridiculous. The speakeasy sequence where Groucho tries to guess the password (Swordfish) is a classic, as is Groucho’s song, “I’m Against It.” Groucho looks to recruit a couple of people to join the college football team, but ends up getting Chico and Harpo by mistake. They win the game anyway, via shenanigans of course. It’s not exactly Remember the Titans, but a funnier football scene in a movie you’re unlikely to find.
4. Monkey Business
Monkey Business is Marx Brothers insanity in its purest form. The characters in the movie played by the four brothers aren’t even given actual names in the script, proving that the plot here is inconsequential. The brothers are stowaways on an ocean liner who end up going to work for a couple of competing mobsters in order to avoid being discovered. One mobster kidnaps the daughter of the other, which sounds important, but it’s not. In the end, the lack of plot lets the Marx Brothers just be the Marx Brothers, and the result may not make any sense as a movie, but it’s frequently hilarious.
It’s difficult to pick a “best part” of Monkey Business but it’s probably the passport bit that sees the brothers all attempt to use the stolen passport of French superstar of the day Maurice Chevalier (who never actually appears in the film) to get off the boat.
3. Animal Crackers
Animal Crackers is the brothers’ second movie and also the second one based directly on one of their stage plays. It may contain one of Groucho’s most memorable performances ever as Captain Geoffrey T. Spaulding (literally the least silly name for a Groucho character ever) which includes the great “Hooray for Captain Spaulding” song. The film has several of Groucho’s most quotable lines (“One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know”). The film is so stacked with comedy they even let Zeppo get in a few lines. It’s proof that the fourth brother was criminally underused in the films. It makes one wonder how much funnier these movies all could have been if he were part of the ensemble.
2. A Night At the Opera
The packed stateroom scene where the Marx Brothers, and most of a cruise ship, get crammed into a tiny room is one of the best known Marx Brothers bits in history. It’s enough to put A Night at the Opera near the top of this list by itself. But that’s not the only great bit in the film. It’s also got the contract exchange between Groucho and Chico (“That’s what they call a sanity clause.” “You can’t fool me, there ain’t no Sanity Claus.”) It’s glorious shenanigans combined with a story that holds together remarkably well for a Marx Brothers film. It’s so good that the movie was essentially remade in 1992 as Brain Donors, a movie that’s far better itself than it has any right to be.
1. Duck Soup
Groucho becomes the leader of the nation of Freedonia, and his ego gets them involved in a war. That’s as good a place as any to start a movie.
If there’s a moment in the history of the Marx Brothers more famous than the Night at the Opera stateroom scene, it’s the mirror sequence from Duck Soup. Harpo and Chico both disguise themselves as Groucho in order to steel Freedonia’s war plans. Harpo finds himself standing directly across from Groucho, and starts to mimic every move Groucho makes in an attempt to make Groucho think he’s standing in front of a mirror. As the scene is done in complete silence, it’s Harpo’s shining achievement. But he’s not the only great performer here. Groucho and Chico here have some of the best dialogue they’ve ever had Duck Soup wasn’t well loved when it was new, but it’s aged well and has become the greatest work of the Marx Brothers ever.
With boy bands, even broken ones, you always hope that everyone is friends backstage. There’s an image of the group projected onto the world that suggests that the group is tight-knitted. Fans hope that, throughout their musical journeys, they remain friendly and agreeable throughout it all. But that’s apparently not the case for One Direction — at least, as Zayn Malik tells it. He claims he isn’t in communication with his former collaborators.
The revealing comments came during Zayn Malik‘s recent interview with Vogue. As he explains it, things between the band weren’t exactly peachy when he was around, but it sounds like the comments got worse once he left One Direction and forged his own path. He claims that “snide” comments were made, the likes of which weren’t appreciated by the solo musician. It doesn’t sound like Malik is looking to forgive or find forgiveness with the rest of the group, so that might dash any hopes of a potential One Direction reunion being in the midst. But Zayn also claims that he is a bit of an “island.”
These comments are not the first time that Zayn Malik has spoken out about how little communication he holds with the other members of One Direction. As the musician admitted in another interview, he no longer talks to Harry Styles, and he’s not surprised by the lack of dialogue between them. Zayn has a history of talking unkindly about One Direction and his days spent inside the band, and it’s not surprising that they wouldn’t be willing or eager to say nice things in return. Nevertheless, it does continue to shatter the illusion that these gentlemen enjoy (or enjoyed) the other’s company.
Here’s what Zayn Malik said about Harry Styles during that earlier conversation.
While One Direction fans are likely used to Zayn Malik saying not-very-nice things about his claim to fame, it is always a sour subject, and it doesn’t sound like things between the group have gotten sweeter over time. Nevertheless, should Malik or any of the other members of One Direction change their tune, be sure to check back in with CinemaBlend for all the latest updates, developments and more.
An incredibly odd occurrence off the coast of Japan has people wondering if a giant lizard might be to blame. A small uninhabited land mass 500 meters off the coast of a small fishing village named Sarufutsu has seemingly completely vanished from the ocean. The complete destruction of a Japanese landmass? There’s really only one reason something like that could happen. Godzilla.
It seems that recently, a small island that used to be visible off Japan no longer is. This is causing some to go “search” for the island in order to see what happened. Apparently, a Japanese author who once produced a book about Japanese islands noticed that the spot, called Esanbehanakitakojima, didn’t seem to be there anymore. Residents of the fishing village seemed to confirm that while they could previously see it from the shore, they no longer could.
While some seem to be blaming constant erosion from wind, or rising sea levels caused by climate change, others have a more insidious theory. Japan’s largest contribution to pop culture, Godzilla.
From a geographic perspective, the island is actually important as CNN reports it used to mark the northern border of Japan. With it no longer really there, there could be disputes about where Japan’s sovereign territory ends and Russia’s starts.
The Godzilla theory is an especially fun one as November 3 marked the anniversary of the wide release of the original Godzilla movie in Japan, and is recognized in the island nation as the character’s birthday. Perhaps he took the opportunity of the anniversary to reward himself with a little snack.
Of course, there are other theories about what may have happened to the island. If it wasn’t Godzilla, then clearly it was a James Bond villain or some other nefarious evil mastermind showing off the awesome power of his super island destroying death ray.
As officials begin their search for the missing island, I certainly hope they find it. It should be right where they left it, just under the surface of the water. The last time the island was surveyed, several decades ago, it was apparently only a few feet above sea level, so the fact that it’s gone from view shouldn’t honestly be all that shocking.
Of course, if they can’t find it where it should be, we’ll have to start wondering just what Godzilla has been up to. If they can’t locate the giant lizard, they should be able to catch him during the upcoming press tour of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the new film starring the kaiju beast that will hit theaters in May.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a bigger Olicity fan than Emily Bett Rickards herself. Felicity Smoak’s chemistry with Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen is the foundation for a hugely popular TV couple. Why have they earned such a devoted fan base, after seven seasons on Arrow? Rickards shared her thoughtful take on the ship:
I really like that “honest” is her first description here. Emily Bett Rickards’ Felicity Smoak wasn’t even envisioned as a regular Arrow character back in 2012, but now she’s an indispensable leader of Team Arrow. The chemistry between Felicity and Oliver grew organically from colleagues and friends to a lot more. They weren’t pre-made as a couple. The two characters just clicked, and slowly over time we’ve seen them grow as a realistic couple — even in a not-so-realistic superhero universe with endless obstacles and drama across multiple timelines.
As Emily Bett Rickards noted to TV Guide, that helps to make Olicity a perfect inspirational “goals” couple. Maybe it’s a stretch to think we can all find our own Olivers or Felicitys in our personal Star Citys, but they make it look possible and grounded in reality. That authentic connection helps fans stay invested in the characters’ journey. And it has been quite a journey so far.
Prison walls are keeping Felicity and Oliver apart in Season 7, which has been tough for the fans and the characters. We know it’s not going to get easier anytime soon. Showrunner Beth Schwartz warned TV Guide that Olicity’s marriage will truly face the test as we move forward in the 2018-2019 season:
There’s that term again: Authentic. Sounds like that honesty may be threatened in the Monday, Nov. 12 episode, “The Demon,” when Felicity discovers a secret about Oliver “that shocks her.” Beth Schwartz had previously said that, even though we won’t see Felicity and Oliver together right away, their stories are working toward the same goal.
During last summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, Emily Bett Rickards told CinemaBlend she’d like to see more small-scale crossovers in the Arrow-verse, including having her Felicity call The Flash‘s Iris West for tips.
For now, Arrow continues Mondays at 8 p.m., with the three-night “Elseworlds” crossover coming December 9-11 on The CW. Check out our fall TV premiere guide for more bookmark-worthy dates.
Have you seen The First Wives Club? It’s not on Netflix right now, but it probably will be someday soon — it’s the precise kind of ’90s nostalgia that would sit cozy next to Friends and Hocus Pocus in your watch queue. It’ll make you feel good, especially that grand finale where Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton all belt out “You Don’t Own Me” dressed in fabulous white ensembles.
Ariana Grande has seen The First Wives Club. You can tell because Tuesday (November 6), she brought her best white outfit and two finest back-up singers to Ellen to debut her new self-actualized single “Thank U, Next” in a sequence that played like her very own major cinematic moment.
Ari’s made quite a few TV appearances lately, but both her orchestral BBC special and Wicked tribute were pre-taped weeks ago. This Ellen performance was our first chance to get a glimpse at the 25-year-old artist after a harrowing few months where she ended an engagement and lost an ex to an accidental overdose.
All of this is addressed in the song, naturally, and on Ellen, Ari’s poise and control make her delivery of the song an event. It’s one thing to sing the words, “I’m so fucking grateful for my ex,” and it’s another to really look like you mean them.
It’s quite another thing to do this all in stilettos, nearly trip, exclaim, “Oh my god!,” laugh about it, and then finish the rest of the routine without a hitch. Bless her.
Watch the entire performance above, then maybe go see if The First Wives Club is on Hulu or something?
Despite being released back in 1997, James Cameron’sTitanic is arguably just as relevant today as it was when it hit theaters and broke endless box office records. Just about every line of Titanic is quotable, and the performances by Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are arguably the most iconic and well-known of their respective careers. But other actors went out for those roles, including Matthew McConaughey.
That’s right, it turns out that the Rom-Com favorite and Oscar winner could have been Jack Dawson, and actually went in to read for the part with Kate Winslet herself. Matthew McConaughey recently recalled this story, saying:
Well, this stinks. Nobody likes rejection, and it must have been worse considering Matthew McConaughey felt so confident after reading with Kate Winslet for Titanic. And when the movie ended up being the insane hit that it was, it must have been especially painful for the Dallas Buyer’s Club actor.
The story of Matthew McConaughey’s killer Titanic audition comes from his recent appearance on THR‘sAwards Chatter podcast. Considering the actor’s long career in Hollywood beginning with Dazed and Confused, he’s no doubt faced plenty of rejections and auditions that were all for naught. But McConaughey isn’t a name typically associated with James Cameron’s behemoth blockbuster.
It’s hard to imagine someone else playing Jack Dawson, let alone Matthew McConaughey. While the actor has enjoyed a long tenure in the movies, his critical success is more of a recent event. His involvement in projects like Interstellar and The Wolf of Wall Street helped put him in more serious dramatic work, while Dallas Buyer’s Club and the first season of True Detectivebrought accolades his way. But prior to that, he was mostly known as the King of Romantic Comedies.
Of course, there’s also likely an upside from side stepping Jack Dawson in Titanic. While it brought Leonardo DiCaprio tons of money and success, it’s also the role that will likely follow the actor forever. DiCaprio has worked with everyone and finally earned his coveted Academy Award, but trips to the supermarket and the airport no doubt include people telling him he’s the king of the world, or asking him to never let go. It’s just that iconic of a project.
Titanic would not be the first time Matthew McConaughey and Leonardo DiCaprio’s paths crossed professionally. In fact, they starred in Martin Scoresese’s The Wolf of Wall Street in 2013– with both performances being critical successes. And the two actors are certainly not playing the same type anymore.
Matthew McConaughey will be next seen in Serenity, coming to theaters January 25th, while Leonardo DiCaprio just wrapped Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.