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Vince McMahon Told Ken Anderson That “Funny Doesn’t Draw Money”

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NWA star Ken Anderson, fka Mr. Kennedy, has revealed that he once had an argument with Vince McMahon about the direction of his character.

“When I first debuted [in WWE], I was really over-the-top, and sort of comedic in my delivery of everything, and I remember him [Vince McMahon] telling me, ‘you’ve got to stop trying to be funny and entertaining.’

“I remember thinking, isn’t that the point of what we’re trying to do here, to just be entertaining? He said, with all due respect, ‘funny, doesn’t draw money,'” Anderson told SportsKeeda in an interview.

When McMahon opposed Mr. Kennedy’s comedic approach to promo delivery, Anderson admittedly cited the example of The Rock, who was known for his hilarious promos.

“When he said, ‘nobody ever drew big bucks being funny, goofy, and doing comedy stuff,’ I was like, with all due respect, but I’m a huge fan of The Rock, and almost every one of his promos were funny.

“And he said yeah, but The Rock sort of hamstrung himself when he started cutting those funny promos,” added Anderson, who won the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 23.

Anderson, who went onto to highlight that his favorite promo ever was The Rock talking to Billy Gunn about The King of The Ring, said that McMahon made him realize why comedy gimmicks are always seen as secondary characters.

“Vince said that after Rock cut those funny promos, fans began to expect the same delivery every single night. I understood why it’s really hard to do that [cut funny promos] when you are running 52 weeks a year.

“So, I think that was an interesting piece of advice. There were times I think where funny is appropriate, but overall, the comedy characters, unfortunately, always seem to be secondary characters,” said Anderson.

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‘Veep’ Cast to Virtually Reunite for Democratic Party of Wisconsin Event

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A year after the Veep series finale, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the cast of beloved HBO comedy will come together for a one-night-only virtual reunion to benefit the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

For the October 4th livestream, Louis-Dreyfus will be rejoined by former cast mates Anna Chlumskey, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Tony Hale, Sam Richardson, Tim Simons and Clea DuVall, as well as special guests. Veep showrunner David Mandel will serve as moderator for the reunion.

“All roads to the White House go through the great state of Wisconsin. Trump can’t win re-election if he doesn’t win Wisconsin,” Louis-Dreyfus said on Twitter. “So, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin has built an unprecedented voter mobilization operation, and they need resources in these final days to deliver Wisconsin to vice president Joe Biden and Senator Harris.”

Veep is the latest virtual reunion assembled in order to raise money for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin: In recent weeks, the casts of The Princess Bride and Parks and Recreation have also huddled around a Zoom in an effort to swing the key battleground state. “Anything you donate will be used to ensure that Trump loses Wisconsin, and thereby the White House,” the Act Blue site states.

Louis-Dreyfus added, “The future of democracy is on the line, people. Come and join us and be part of winning Wisconsin, taking down Trump and electing Joe Biden.”

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‘The Witcher’ Recasts Eskel Role With Basil Eidenbenz for Season 2

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“The Witcher” has recast the upcoming role of Eskel with actor Basil Eidenbenz, Variety has confirmed.

In February, Netflix originally announced that actor Thue Ersted Rasmussen would be taking on the role of the fellow Witcher in the Henry Cavill-starring series. However, Rasmussen had to drop out of “The Witcher” due to rescheduling conflicts caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Eidenbenz, a Swiss actor, has previously appeared in the British historical drama “Victoria,” “The Athena” and had a role in “The Favourite” starring Olivia Colman and Emma Stone. He will play Eskel, the longtime friend and colleague of main character Geralt of Rivia (Cavill) portrayed in the “Witcher” novels and popular video game.

The addition of Eskel in season two of “The Witcher” was announced alongside several other key castings. Other new cast members include “Game of Thrones” star Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen, Yasen Atour (“Young Wallender”) as Coen, Agnes Bjorn as Vereena, Paul Bullion (“Peaky Blinders”) as Lambert, Aisha Fabienne Ross (“The Danish Girl”) as Lydia, and Mecia Simson as Francesca. “Killing Eve” actor Kim Bodnia will also play Vesemir, Geralt and Eskel’s mentor, in season two.

Production on season two of “The Witcher” halted in mid March during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. It was one of the first major scripted series to pause production in the U.K. due to the virus. The show resumed filming on Aug. 17.

Rasmussen revealed on Instagram this week that he had to exit the series, calling it a “heartbreaking” decision and wishing everyone luck on the production of season two.

“The Witcher” season two will release sometime in 2021.

Deadline first reported the news.

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Goodfellas, Miranda July and Cults, Satanic Temple Panic

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In today’s very dark and scary Movie News Rundown, Miranda July explains how families are like cults; you and your cult can rent a whole theater for $150; a recent documentary could calm the current Satanic Temple panic; and the Nightstream festival revisits American Psycho. Plus: Glenn Kenny, the author of a new book about Goodfellas, shares some funny stories.

Miranda July on Kajillionaire: “Every family is a cult,” the brilliant Miranda July says in this discussion of her new film Kajillionaire. “And it’s weird because having grown up in it, the child is the best member of the cult.” Kajillionaire, about a family of cons played by Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins and Debra Winger is out today. Debra Winger cultists, take note.

Goodfellas: Film critic Glenn Kenny went to see a struggling Martin Scorsese at his New York office around Christmas 1989, and found him working on a new, tabloid-inspired gangster movie about a mobster named Henry Hill. Kenney shares that and many other fantastic anecdotes in his new book Made Men: The Story of Goodfellas. You can listen to our interview on Apple or Spotify or right here:

Satanic Panic: Conservatives on social media have seized on this story by an attorney who joined the Satanic Temple, not understanding that the Satanic Temple is a hilarious, satirical organization that uses devilish imagery to argue for the separation of church and state. We only know this because of Penny Lane’s very funny 2019 Sundance film Hail Satan?, a great weekend watch.

‘The Alamo Personal Theater’: Select Alamo Drafthouse theaters will let you rent out a whole theater for $150 to watch movies with your whole family or socially distanced friends. Do you have any idea what a good deal that is? I rented out a whole theater once in a desperate, last-ditch romantic gesture and it cost more than ten times this much. We’re married now, and co-own a movie publication (this one!), but the point is, you can save your own relationship for pennies on the dollar while seeing Tenet. You’ll also have to pay for food, but this is, after all, your relationship we’re talking about. EW quotes Alamo’s CEO saying the initial rollout has been “massively successful.”

Nightstream: The new horror fest, a collaboration between Boston Underground, Brooklyn Horror, North Bend, Overlook, and Popcorn Frights, has an outstanding lineup, including the world premiere of the very smart horror film Run, starring Sarah Paulson, from the team that brought you Searching, and conversations with Candyman director Nia DaCosta and Quiet Place screenwriting team Beck/Woods.

American Psycho Revisited: But my favorite Nightstream event is an interview with American Psycho director Mary Harron about the film’s 20th anniversary. I got to talk to her for our American Psycho oral history earlier this year, and she has amazing stories — including about how she quit when Leonardo DiCaprio was briefly hired to play Patrick Bateman, and how Christian Bale kept insisting he would still somehow get the part. Harron and Bale’s perseverance paid off with one of the funniest films of this century. You don’t want to miss a chance to hear her talk about it. Nightstream is Oct. 8-11.

‘Time to Go’: Because we ask weird things of our filmmakers, someone got Trial of the Chicago 7 writer-director and West Wing veteran Aaron Sorkin to lay out how he would script Election Night 2020. “Trump does what we all assume he will do, which is not concede defeat, claiming the election’s rigged and the Democrats cheated. For the first time, his Republican enablers march up to the White House and say Donald it’s time to go. I would write the ending where everyone does the right thing. I don’t think Trump will do the right thing, except by accident.” He spoke in a video interview for the San Sebastian Film Festival. Variety has more. Also, Trial of the Chicago 7 is captivating.

The Boys Spinoff: Amazon’s The Boys is crass, needlessly violent and awesomely fun. The series about a world where superheroes are corporate shills (at best) is getting a spinoff set at a college for up-and-coming superheroes, Deadline reports. You can see The Boys as a warning about jingoism or just enjoy the chaos.

And Now: Yesterday’s Movie News Rundown. Have a great weekend, goodfellas!

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