Jonah Hill

The Age of Perplexingly Warm Winters and Starbucks Delivery: Links You Need to See

#BeforeTwitter is trending on Twitter right now, and I’m having flashbacks to the days when computers were solely used for playing Duke Nukem. Is that going too far back through the sands of time? #AfterTwitter, we have what rapper A$AP Ferg calls the “culture of the Internet,” and in the same conversation he adds, “There’s no racism with the Internet. Racism only was—is probably like five generations ago.” #AfterTwitter, Ferg can probably see the Internet backlash forming on the horizon like an ungodly tsunami and should both immediately call his PR agent and order Jon Ronson’s book. … Read More

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’22 Jump Street': It’s Time to Kill the Buddy-Comedy “Gay Joke”

I’d have to see it again with a clicker and an abacus to collect the proper data, but if I had to guess, I’d estimate at least half of the jokes in Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s 22 Jump Street are generated by one of three running gags. They are, in descending order of effectiveness: the film’s uproarious awareness of itself as a bigger, louder, more expensive sequel; the fact that, even undercover as college students, protagonists Schmidt and Jenko (and the actors who play them, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) are a good decade too old, and look it; and that the professional partnership between Schmidt and Jenko, and the strain their college experience puts on it, is something akin to a gay relationship. The meta-sequel and old-guy stuff is very, very funny. The “ha ha, that’s so gay” business leaves a sour aftertaste — particularly in light of Mr. Hill’s recent PR troubles. … Read More

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Jonah Hill’s Apology and the Power of That Gay Slur

For anyone who might have missed the latest thing an incensed celebrity said to a paparazzo, last weekend, Jonah Hill told one such pest to “suck [his] dick, faggot.” Last night on Jimmy Fallon, Hill earnestly apologized for the slur, saying that while he meant it as generically hurtful and not homophobic, “how you mean things doesn’t matter — words have weight in meaning. The word I chose was grotesque, and no one deserves to say or hear words like that.” He attempted to turn the offense, and public image calamity, into a lesson, saying, “If you’re watching this, and you’re a young person especially, if someone says something that hurts you or angers you, use me as an example of what not to do, and don’t respond with hatred and anger, because you’re just adding more ugliness to the world, and again, I’m so sorry.” … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Jonah Hill

Fresh off an Oscar-nominated performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, Jonah Hill returns to SNL for his third hosting spot. He brings some of that manic Scorsese energy with him for a number of screamy sketches that don’t all cut it, but he breaks a sweat trying his best. Two guests pop up to lend Hill a hand. Wolf of Wall Street references were kept to a minimum, and there were no big goodbyes just yet for Seth Meyers who is on his way out (SNL head writer Colin Jost will replace him at the “Weekend Update” desk next month). See what you make of last night’s episode, below. … Read More

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Scorsese’s ‘Wolf of Wall Street': Merciless Satire About Serious Business

“This right here is the land of opportunity,” Jordan Belfort tells his fellow stockbrokers, in the midst of one of his high-energy company meetings on the sales floor, about midway through Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. “Stratton-Oakmont is America.” That’s the name of their firm, introduced in the dignified television commercial that opens the movie, in which a gravitas-dripping narrator explains the company’s responsibility and respectability. Scorsese then hard-cuts to a dwarf-tossing competition on the sales floor. The message is clear: this is America, and these are the greedy, drug-fueled children who just about drove it into the fucking ground. … Read More

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