People Heavily Trolled The Sonic “The Hedgehog” Trailer: The first trailer for the mostly live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie arrived on Tuesday, and some people had strong feelings about it. To be fair, the trailer was better than I expected. To also be fair, my expectations were set at “surprise catheterization” level. That’s a low bar to hopefully not jam into any urethras.
People had already been joking about Sonic’s legs and his appearance in the first poster, the second poster, and the style guide. Now, with the trailer, Twitter users also had something to say about THE TEETH and the use of Coolio’s “Gangster’s Paradise” throughout the trailer. Weird Al Yankovic arguably had the best response about the latter, tweeting, “I’m not sure how comfortable I am with them using a parody of ‘Amish Paradise’ in the Sonic the Hedgehog trailer.”
Funny reactions to the trailer have continued to pour in since its release, and we’ve already seen a truer-to-life version of the story:
the sonic movie actually looks good as hell pic.twitter.com/SgLi4FnwQP
— liliya (@lo_lifer) April 30, 2019
Meanwhile, other people decided the film is unmitigated nightmare fuel:
after watching that sonic the hedgehog trailer i would like to formally announce that i am no longer a furry
— Daniel Howell (@danielhowell) April 30, 2019
Sonic the Hedgehog the Movie: What if we were back in the 90s but also, simultaneously, in hell
— pixelatedboat aka “mr tweets” (@pixelatedboat) April 30, 2019
Sonic the hedgehog looks promising pic.twitter.com/pkLtGkIqUd
— morgan sybert (@yeastybeastyUwU) April 30, 2019
You just KNOW they spent WEEKS fighting over whether or not to give Sonic an ass. pic.twitter.com/u1PBJqBJZR
— Peach Saliva (@PeachSaliva) April 30, 2019
not a soul:
literally not a single person:
me: ok i'll ask. where are sonic's genitals? pic.twitter.com/HdUYoRWepc
— David Mack (@davidmackau) April 30, 2019
The mockery continued:
I know everyone is talking about the actual visuals of it all but this was the part of the sonic trailer that made me laugh pic.twitter.com/60WN23MKNc
— Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad) April 30, 2019
the best parts of the sonic trailer are when dr robotnik calls someone “basic” and when sonic checks his daily step count app on his smartwatch. everybody loves when movies do that sort of stuff
— mr cant spell good (@KrangTNelson) April 30, 2019
— gohome (@ne0ge0_) April 30, 2019
I kinda respect that, after years of attempting serious roles, they uncorked The Old Jim Carrey for the fucking Sonic Movie pic.twitter.com/SM6ZMig6Jv
— chris person (@Papapishu) April 30, 2019
I’m not happy with how they changed the plot of Sonic pic.twitter.com/JbqOwYz89F
— pixelatedboat aka “mr tweets” (@pixelatedboat) April 30, 2019
People couldn’t help but compare Sonic the Hedgehog to another fuzzy movie character adapted from a long-running video game franchise, Detective Pikachu:
Calling it now: Detective Pikachu is the new MCU and the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is the new DCU. pic.twitter.com/nCkstaB9aZ
— Jason Arriola (@darthmeticulous) April 30, 2019
— ▫ cubey ▫ (@cubeyrose) April 30, 2019
when i see peers popping off about Detective Pikachu and Sonic on here I imagine my dad in 1992 coming home from a long day of work and calling his friends to argue with them about the design of the bat from Ferngully
— dave horwitz (@Dave_Horwitz) April 30, 2019
Comparisons were also made to other movies:
— Ryboflavin (@RybofIavin) April 30, 2019
The Sonic Movie is just a sequel to Hop or at the very least takes place in the same universe. You can’t convince me otherwise! pic.twitter.com/MRf8WggD3y
— Kayla O'Brien🐉🦇 (@nightwing_o) April 30, 2019
As were jokes about THE TEETH, and yes, we have to capitalize that every time:
don't worry i fixed the teeth pic.twitter.com/LRLN8txdp1
— Crows Crows Crows (@crowsx3) April 30, 2019
remember to take good care of them sonic 🙂 pic.twitter.com/GRTBgXyvFw
— Jackie Lee 🍓💐🎁 (@_itsjackielee) April 30, 2019
I can't believe you guys were right pic.twitter.com/5PrpobudZx
— Jenny Nicholson don't talk to me about Sonic (@JennyENicholson) April 30, 2019
— Edward Pun (@EdwardPun1) April 30, 2019
Relax, everyone. It's nothing some good ol' Buscemi eyes can't fix. pic.twitter.com/2Hw2yWi3E7
— Cal Skuthorpe (@buzz_clik) May 1, 2019
Even a GIF of the character Sonic’s voice actor played in Parks and Recreation made an appearance:
This is, in the words of Sonic himself, pic.twitter.com/3XRzt6Hzrh
— Henry Sharpe (@bone_sharpe) April 30, 2019
Speaking of Ben Schwartz, he’s already shown he has a sense of humor about the (non)seriousness of the whole thing when he shot his shot at the Golden Globes voters back in January:
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) January 7, 2019
Olivia Munn’s Dating History: Actors, Athletes and More
The Oklahoma native was a G4 television host before rising to fame as an actress in X-Men: Apocalypse and The Predator. Early on in her acting career, Munn was linked to fellow actors Bryan Greenberg and Chris Pine.
Although she keeps her relationships fairly private, the Office Christmas Party actress, who was also a Daily Show correspondent in the past, has shut down false dating reports more than once. In 2018 alone she confirmed that she was not romantically involved with Chris Pratt or Justin Theroux, despite rumors to the contrary.
“Sooo… I would never respond to random tabloid stories, but since we know each other I wanted to reach out to you personally to tell you the story about me and Chris dating has 0% truth,” Munn texted Pratt’s ex-wife Anna Faris in January 2018, which she shared via her Instagram Story. “I’m sure you already know it’s not true, or maybe didn’t care either way, but I just wanted to reach out personally to tell you it’s not true. Anyway, I hope you had an amazing holiday and an even better 2018.”
The Newsroom alum also joked that “Chris and I would have a horrible celebrity name: Crolivia, Prunn, Chrisivia, Olipratt,” while addressing the false narrative on social media at the time.
Munn revealed she isn’t the type of woman who hooks up with her pals’ exes, when debunking the story of her dating Jennifer Aniston’s ex-husband Theroux in March 2018. “Dear tabloids, please stop matching me with my friends’ exes,” she wrote in an Instagram Story at the time. “No disrespect to people who do date their friends’ exes, that’s just not my style. Kthxbye!”
In between rumors of her high-profile romances, the actress has had a few serious relationships, including her time with quarterback Aaron Rodgers. However, Munn hasn’t ever really thought about tying the knot with anyone.
“I never have ever been that girl [who dreamed about her wedding]. And I’ll hear about friends who have, and I’ve just never been the person that’s, like, ‘Oh, I can’t wait to get married. This is what it’s going to be like, what my ring would be.’ I don’t really have any of those,” the actress, revealed in an April 2020 episode of “The Big Ticket With Marc Malkin” podcast.
She added: “The idea of getting married has always made me a little … It gives me … I don’t know what that word is for … I’m like, ‘It’s hot in here, right?’ It’s like, ‘Really?’ … Yeah, I just feel like to pick one person forever.”
Scroll down to see which A-listers Munn has romanced over the years.
9 new trailers to watch this week
Back when the pandemic was just getting started in the US, I spent a couple nights watching a pair of Taika Waititi films I hadn’t seen: Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows. They were the perfect kind of light, no-stress movies for the moment.
That’s really the kind of experience that Waititi excels at making. His movies are filled with silly, try-hard characters you can’t help but care for, but he never really puts them in harm’s way. They’re constantly blustering their way through a ludicrous scenario of their own making, and it’s usually quite clear how they can find their way out. That makes the stakes low but leaves plenty of room for the characters’ big personalities to shine through.
Check out nine trailers from this week (and last week because I was off!) below.
Almost a decade after her last film, Miranda July is back with a wild twist on a heist movie — a film about a bizarre family of con artists and the daughter (played by Evan Rachel Wood) who’s suddenly started to realize that she wants more from her parents. It comes out (in theaters, supposedly) on September 18th.
Judas and the Black Messiah
Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield star in this film about Fred Hampton, the leader of the Black Panther Party in Illinois who was killed by police in 1969. This trailer makes the film seem like it’ll have the energy of an action thriller. It comes out sometime next year.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Charlie Kaufman’s next movie is a time-twisting thriller about a woman who goes to visit her boyfriend’s parents during a snowstorm and seems to end up slipping through the past of those around her. The film is an adaptation of a novel by Iain Reid, but it clearly echoes the kind of confusing explorations of memory that Kaufman (who wrote Eternal Sunshine) is often interested in diving into. The film comes out on September 4th.
I love this simple and serious first look at Zola, the movie based on the viral Twitter thread (yes, it’s based on a Twitter thread!) about two strippers on a road trip that went wildly awry. My colleague Adi Roberston called the film “gorgeous and engaging” when it debuted at Sundance. There’s no specific date for when it’ll come out.
Raised by Wolves
Ridley Scott is working on a sci-fi series for HBO Max, and it looks like a strange mashup of far-out tech and fantasy ideas. The show is about androids assigned to raise human children on a new planet, where things inevitably go awry. The show debuts on September 3rd.
Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years a Slave, is working on an anthology miniseries about stories from London’s West Indian community between the 1960s and 1980s. This is a look at just one of the five films, focused on a group of Black activists arrested for protesting police harassment in 1970. The series is supposed to come to Amazon and BBC One this fall.
Netflix’s latest series from Ryan Murphy is a prequel of sorts to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, focused on Nurse Ratched. Sarah Paulson stars as a quiet, seemingly ready-to-snap Nurse Ratched working in a technicolor hospital. It comes out on September 18th.
HBO has a documentary series coming up about NXIVM, the supposed self-help group that’s been alleged to be an abusive cult and pyramid scheme. The series comes from the filmmakers behind The Square. It debuts on August 23rd
We Are Who We Are
Here’s the first real look at the new HBO series from Luca Guadagnino, the director of Call Me by Your Name. It’s about two American teenagers growing up in Italy, and it seems to involve plenty of sunny settings and sexual awkwardness, which is kind of all you’d want from a Guadagnino show. It debuts on September 14th.
In She Dies Tomorrow, figuring out how to spend your last day is really damn hard
A woman jolts awake and gasps for air in a nondescript living room. She can’t explain why, but she’s certain of one thing: she only has one more day to live. So she tells her friend, Jane, and something horrifying happens: Jane also becomes certain the next day will be her last. This strange conviction, it turns out, is contagious. And it’ll infect many more before tomorrow actually comes.
Written and directed by Amy Seimetz, She Dies Tomorrow is a new film with a title and a premise that suggests something propulsive — a thriller, perhaps, or a nightmarish horror film. Instead, it is contemplative, a psychodrama that introduces a simple unsettling idea to each of its characters and lets us watch as they become unmoored. It doesn’t give definite answers to anything, but it is absolutely clear about one thing: everyone who says they are going to die tomorrow absolutely believes it.
She Dies Tomorrow is a house of mirrors, a film much more interested in the reflections it offers you than in conjuring anything overly specific for you to ruminate. Its characters all process the revelation at the heart of the film in strikingly mundane ways. Amy (Kate Lyn Sheil), the protagonist, mills about aimlessly, seemingly overwhelmed by the number of ways she could spend her last day, ends up whiling away the hours with morbidly mundane stuff like looking up urns or wondering if her skin could be made into a leather jacket.
Others, like Brian (Tunde Adebimpe) and Tilly (Jennifer Kim) immediately lose interest in the charade they’ve each been maintaining for the other’s benefit, agreeing that they were never going to work out as a couple and that they were going to leave each other as soon as it didn’t seem callous. She Dies Tomorrow dances from existential dread to compressed breakup story to withering comedy from scene to scene. The film takes the gravity of its premise and juxtaposes it with mundanity, and in doing so its characters all feel so silly and self-absorbed. Then the idea infects me, and I feel silly and self-absorbed.
Incomprehensibly big, destabilizing events have a way of warping everything around them, forcing everything into a new context. She Dies Tomorrow arriving in the midst of a global pandemic that, among other things, inspires a general feeling of mundane helplessness gives the film a recursive quality: we are all surrounded by our own doom and the temptation of that doom is narcissism, to spend all of our time stunned by how our world is being rearranged.
She Dies Tomorrow isn’t interested in resolution, but if you lean forward, you can find interrogation. As each character is infected with the idea that their end is coming, they stare at the camera as barely discernible voices fade in and red and blue lights change the contours of their face. We don’t know what’s going through their minds, but we can imagine: how are you living right now, and how is it different from the ways you’ve always lived? Is there a good reason for that? Who put the idea in your head that it has to be this way?
“Do you want to make out?” a man (Adam Wingard) asks Amy as they get high together and she tries to figure out what to do next on her last day. She consents, but they eventually call it off before anything really happens. It doesn’t feel right. Nothing feels right. And whether there’s an answer to the question of how right Amy or her friends are about their fate, nothing ever will again.
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