Paul Reubens

The Queerness of Pee-wee Herman, From the Closet to Netflix’s ‘Big Holiday’

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by Erin Whitney March 22, 2016 @ 10:26 AM
Netflix
Pee-wee Herman has long existed in a queer space, though one only subliminally alluded to. Paul Reubens’ feminine boyish persona, oscillating between effeminate gay man and asexual man-child, has long played with ideas of gender expression that comment on an underlying queerness. From the drag queen genie Jambi in Playhouse to Pee-wee’s episodes of crossdressing, from his makeup and exaggerated feminine gestures to the fluctuating inflections of his comical voice, Pee-wee has been deconstructing gender and sexuality norms all along while disguising it as campy comedy. Yet Pee-wee never directly acknowledged the queerness of his imaginative universe and even struggled with embracing it, as an early episode of “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” shows. In the Season 2 episode “Pee-wee Catches a Cold,” the host reveals the daily secret word as “Out,” and then immediately falls ill, as if weakened by the idea of being out to the world. But after a 28 year absence from the big screen, Pee-Wee is finally coming out.

‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ Stars Paul Reubens and Joe Manganiello on Their Delightful Bromance

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by Britt Hayes March 22, 2016 @ 7:40 AM
In this age of delayed sequels, Paul Reubens has achieved something almost miraculous with Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, delivering a film that is just as joyful, hilarious and wonderfully weird as you hoped. 31 years after Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Reubens has returned to his iconic and enduring character for a new Netflix movie in which Pee-wee Herman is inspired by Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello to take his first-ever vacation. We had a chance to speak with Reubens and Manganiello following the world premiere at SXSW, where the two discussed their bromance and whether or not Pee-wee's Big Holiday is a prequel.

‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ Review: The Secret Word Is ‘Nostalgia’

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by Matt Singer March 17, 2016 @ 7:29 PM
Netflix
Judd Apatow knows a thing or two about manchildren. He’s built an entire career chronicling the exploits of immature boys straining for maturity against the pull of their juvenile urges. Apatow’s latest producing effort, though, presents an entirely...

‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ Trailer Promises Fun, Antics, Wordplay

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by Charles Bramesco February 16, 2016 @ 8:53 AM
Netflix
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Quo-Oen1wkY
There are few TV shows as purely, innocently, and energetically delightful as Pee-wee’s Playhouse, the Saturday morning vehicle for Paul Reubens’ grey-suited man-child. An adult perpetually trapped at the...

‘Gotham’ Sets Paul ‘Pee-wee’ Reubens to Reprise Role as Penguin’s Pappy

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick October 11, 2015 @ 11:46 PM
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Whatever your feelings on FOX’s Gotham, few would argue that Robin Taylor’s Penguin proved an early highlight of the show, accented by screen legend Carol Kane as his eccentric mother. Now, the Penguin family lineage grows even odder, as Pee-wee Herman himself, Paul Reubens signs on to play Penguin’s father (again) in Gotham Season 2.

‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,’ ‘Beasts of No Nation’ and That Adam Sandler Movie Get Netflix Release Dates

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by Britt Hayes July 7, 2015 @ 5:12 PM
Netflix
After teasing their upcoming original film lineup for some time now, Netflix has finally announced release dates for three major titles: Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation, the company’s first original film acquisition for exclusive distribution; Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, which marks Paul Reubens’ big screen return as the beloved, iconic character; and that Adam Sandler comedy western movie that’s been causing quite a fuss.

‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ Photo Reveals Joe Manganiello’s Casting

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by Britt Hayes April 8, 2015 @ 7:04 PM
Netflix
In our exhausting time of remakes, reboots and nostalgia-driven adaptations, it’s refreshing to be excited for a new Pee-wee Herman film. Paul Reubens’ classic character is so joyful and lovable that it’s hard not to be thrilled about a new Pee-wee movie, even if it is tugging on our old nostalgia strings. Adding to our excitement is the latest addition to the cast: Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello, who apparently (and appropriately) plays a biker.

Here’s Your First Look at ‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’

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by Matt Singer March 18, 2015 @ 1:33 PM
Netflix
Hollywood has a nostalgia problem. New ideas are dead. The old ideas keep coming back, like zombies with agents and managers. Studios cravenly target brands and properties with broad appeal across generations. Frankly, I’m getting a little sick of it, and starting right now I’m putting my foot down. I’m not going to get suckered in by these shameless attempts to milk my fond childhood memories anymo— ZOMFG IT’S PEE-WEE HERMAN.

The New ‘Pee-wee’ Movie Produced by Judd Apatow Will Premiere on Netflix

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by Britt Hayes December 22, 2014 @ 7:59 PM
Warner Bros.
For years now, Paul Reubens has teased that an all-new ‘Pee-wee’ movie is in the works, but it was only over the course of the last year that the project finally became more of a reality. With Judd Apatow’s involvement and an official script locked in, Reubens revealed that production on the film is set to begin in 2015. But don’t count on seeing Pee-wee back on the big screen—he’s heading to Netflix.

‘Portlandia’ Season 5 Gets an “Epic” Star-Studded Trailer

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick November 20, 2014 @ 10:15 AM
IFC
The always-welcome weirdness of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s IFC ‘Portlandia’ will return in 2015 for its fifth season (might it be the last?) on January 8, and this season might be the biggest yet. The first full trailer for ‘Portlandia’ season 5 has eco-biked its way down the hill, bringing an “epic” tone and more guest stars than we can rightly shake an organic celery stalk at.