Pee-wee Herman

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
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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...

‘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’ 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.

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.

Pee-wee Herman Re-Records the Voiceover For the 'Avengers 2' Trailer

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by ScreenCrush Staff October 30, 2014 @ 11:03 AM
It's been a big week in the world of 'The Avengers'. There was the official trailer, the extended trailer, our set visit report, a bootleg clip and even the trailer for the third 'Avengers' movie, 'Avengers: Infinity War'. But, even with all those things, nothing can top the 'Avengers 2' trailer as voiced by Pee-wee Herman.

New 'Pee-wee' Film Is "Imminent," Will Begin Shooting Next Year

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by Britt Hayes October 21, 2014 @ 7:21 PM
According to Paul Reubens for the last several years, a new 'Pee-wee' film is always on the way, but now it seems like the progress has definitely been made and things are looking up for Pee-wee Herman and friends. Reubens, who created and portrays the beloved Pee-wee character, promises that the new film is "imminent." How imminent? Well, it's shooting next year.

Pee-wee Herman's New Movie Coming "Soon" Says Judd Apatow

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by Britt Hayes March 22, 2014 @ 1:16 PM
Warner Bros.
We've been keeping you guys updated on the status of a new Pee-wee Herman movie courtesy of Pee-wee star and creator Paul Reubens over the course of the last couple of years, but now producer Judd Apatow brings us an update himself. While it was previously rumored that Apatow would direct the new film, the funny guy's been keeping busy, but he assures us that the new Pee-wee project is definitely still in the works -- with a script and everything!