After sweeping the 2020 Oscars with his masterpiece Parasite, director Bong Joon Ho might have found his next project.
According to Deadline, Bong is currently in talks to write and direct a film based on the unreleased, upcoming novel by Edward Ashton, Mickey7. The plot follows protagonist Mickey7, who is the seventh iteration of his original self. Sent to colonize an ice world, every time he dies on a dangerous mission, he is regenerated in a new body with "most" memories in tact.
As the novel is set to come out early 2022, no production has begun on the film. However, when presented with the manuscript, Bong was reportedly "immediately interested." Many A-List celebrities were after the role, but Robert Pattinson apparently impressed both executives and Bong himself in their meeting. Bong feels he's "perfect" for the role.
If Pattinson accepts and is cast, Mickey7 will be his first movie coming off DC's upcoming blockbuster, The Batman, with Pattinson in the starring role. It will also be another adaptation under Bong's belt.
Bong is, of course, notorious for his work on adaptations, often changing the source material for a fresh framing. A science fiction project seems to be the perfect fit for him to once again show off his writing and directing skills, and to experiment with story.
The Batman will drop March 4, and the novel Mickey7 will release some time within the next few months. As for the film, only time will tell.
In a sneak preview for A&E's upcoming docuseries Secrets of Playboy, Holly Madison shines some light on life in the mansion, claiming she and some of the other bunnies felt they were being "gaslit" and "isolated" from the outside world.
Madison shares with viewers what it was really like to live in the renowned manor alongside the late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. She eluded to the point that everything wasn’t what it seemed from the outside looking in.
Holly explains in the snippet,
"The reason I think the mansion was very cult-like looking back on it is because we were all kind of gaslit and expected to think of Hef as like this really good guy, and you started to feel like, 'Oh, he's not what they say in the media, he's just a nice man.”
There was always someone in the mansion, but Madison claims she often felt alone. She said,
"Another thing that reminds me of a cult is how easy it is to get so isolated from the outside world there, you had a 9 o'clock curfew. You were encouraged to not have friends over. You weren't really allowed to leave unless it was like a family holiday."
Madison claimed that she originally wanted to keep her waitressing job so that if her Playboy career didn't work out, she’d have "something easy to go back to". Even though she only worked on one day a week, Madison explained,
“Hugh said it made him jealous, and he would appreciate it if I would quit my job. So instead, we were given $1,000 a week as an allowance."
Playboy released a previous statement,
"After nearly 70 years in business, there are many elements of Playboy's long history of which we are immensely proud, and there are elements we find unworthy of our principles. Today, we strive to live up to the positive aspects of our legacy, and are proud of the work we have done in recent years to stand for freedom and equality while advancing our mission of pleasure for all. The Hefner family is no longer associated with Playboy."
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The experiment that began in 1990s Los Angeles is now a riveting docuseries.
Phat Tuesdays: The Era of Hip Hop Comedy will tell the story of Guy Torry, who fought to start an all-Black comedy night at a club called The Comedy Store. The venue and event helped jumpstart the careers of several prominent, Black comedians.
“I can’t wait for the world to experience the story of Phat Tuesdays. It was more than a night of laughter—it was a movement. Phat Tuesdays was Black, bold, and brilliant. It was the best damn comedy show, period," Torry said.
Following the 1992 Rodney King riots, Phat Tuesdays was created to help performers and create a stronger sense of community. People from all walks of life were united under one shared interested -- comedy.
Director Reginald Hudlin shared his excitement for the project.
“Phat Tuesdays tells that story and much more. It’s the funniest people on Earth explaining comedy from every perspective as an art form, as a business and as a force for social change," Hudlin said.
The series will reportedly feature interviews and performances from several famous comics including Anthony Anderson, Nick Cannon, Dave Chappelle, Snoop Dogg, Cedric the Entertainer, Tiffany Haddish, Steve Harvey and more. It will also feature never before seen footage of live performances from decades ago.
Vernon Sanders, head of television at Amazon Studios, celebrated the series launch.
“We are proud to celebrate the legacy of Phat Tuesdays and shine the spotlight on Guy Torry for his trailblazing efforts to give Black comedians their turn on stage in ‘90s Hollywood. The stories and first-person accounts that Reggie Hudlin and Guy help showcase in this docuseries are not only hilarious and entertaining, but powerful as well, and celebrate how the Black community came together to evolve comedy and entertainment.”
Phat Tuesdays: The Era of Hip Hop Comedy will premiere exclusively on Prime Video Friday, February 4th. Check out the trailer below!