Half the gag of Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer revival lies in actors having (visibly) aged an additional 14 years since the 2001 cult classic, despite playing the same characters on their First Day of Camp. Now, a new featurette for Netflix revival sees the cast reflecting on the decade-plus gap, including that mystery which eludes us all: Why doesn’t Paul Rudd age?
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Apart from the gargantuan task of reassembling the stars of Wet Hot American Summer for Netflix’s First Day of Camp, we have to wonder if the new series could recapture that same chemistry. Wonder no more, as Elizabeth Banks headlines the first official clip of our return to Camp Firewood, and things are getting Wet Hot, and perhaps American already. Also, Summer.
Not all of Netflix’s original series have become cultural breakouts (we’re looking at you, Hemlock Grove and Marco Polo), but the streaming service’s original … well, original may have finally been whacked. After three seasons, Netflix has confirmed that Sopranos alum Steve Van Zandt’s Lilyhammer has officially frozen over, and won’t return for a fourth season.
Bathed in shadows and noir lighting, Marvel’s Netflix Daredevil set itself apart from the rest of the MCU with a distinct visual palette, one the Man Without Fear looks to continue in protecting Hell’s Kitchen for a second season. To that end, Daredevil Season 2 has hired House of Cards’ Emmy-nominated Director of Photography, further establishing Matt Murdock’s (ironically) visual world in 2016.
Arrested Development executive producer Brian Grazer seems to be the only one beating the drum on a fifth season these days, first promising a whopping 17 new episodes, then claiming production would begin in early 2016. We may yet have official development however, as Grazer says creator Mitch Hurwitz has begun staffing writers, which itself will determine the episode order of a fifth Netflix season.
If all the teen sex on display through the original Wet Hot American Summer wasn’t enough to fondle your sweaters, imagine Camp Firewood at the start of the season. Or rather, listen in by Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp’s new Netflix motion poster. Headphones may be advised.
Like Daredevil before it, Marvel’s Jessica Jones has been mostly under wraps over the course of production, leaving fans eager for a taste of Netflix’s next Defenders series. And while Marvel itself isn’t budging on a release date, original Jessica Jones creator Brian Michael Bendis is almost bursting with praise of the new series, including our new Luke Cage.
Adam Sandler doesn’t do many interviews. He’s completely sworn off print media (“I used to be misquoted all the time”) and appears on-camera only sparingly. I’ve been doing this job for over 14 years, and have never once interviewed the man. He’s traditionally been one of the few actors who didn’t need to talk to the press, and considering his prickly relationship with critics, likely didn’t walk to talk to them either. But, recently in New York, Sandler did agree to an on-camera interview to talk about his latest movie, Pixels, and to address the controversy surrounding his upcoming Netflix movie The Ridiculous Six.
In October of last year, Adam Sandler signed an exclusive deal with Netflix to star in and produce four films for the streaming service. Just a few months later, Sandler found himself embroiled in perhaps the biggest controversy of his career on the set of his first picture under that deal, The Ridiculous Six. Described as a “broad satire of Western movies,” the film’s content insulted a number of Native American actors working on the film, a dozen of whom promptly walked off set, along with the Native cultural advisor for the project. On Saturday, Sandler spoke about the dispute for the first time with us and said he hopes the offended actors will eventually realize that Ridiculous is a “pro-Indian” movie.
Sure, the cast of Wet Hot American Summer may have made themselves known back in 2001, and you’ve potentially heard of a few of them during the intervening 14 years, but what better way to prepare for the First Day of Camp than to meet them all again, a decade olde .. er, a summer younger?