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Jim Carrey Denounces Violence In Mark Millar's 'Kick-Ass 2'

The legendary funnyman took to social media to condemn the level of violence in the Kick-Ass 2 film he appears in. Sounds like an attempt to distance himself from doing promo runs with the rest of the cast.

"I did Kick-Ass a month before Sandy Hook, and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence," Jim Carrey told his Twitter followers. The actor explained that the December massacre at the Sandy Hook school changed his attitude towards the movie, tweeting, "My apologies to others involve[d] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart."

At pains to point out that he was "not ashamed" of the film, choosing to act out of good conscience is interesting as Carrey attempts to raise the issue of violence in movies back into national discussion.

Carrey's qualms about the project forced Kick-Ass creator, Mark Millar, to hit his own blog to answer Carrey's tweets and reject them outright. "[I'm] baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn't in the screenplay 18 months ago. Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what it says on the tin," he wrote. "A sequel to the picture that gave us Hit-Girl was always going to have some blood on the floor and this should have been no shock to a guy who enjoyed the first movie so much... This is fiction and like Tarantino and Peckinpah, Scorsese and Eastwood, John Boorman, Oliver Stone and Park Chan-wook, Kick-Ass avoids the usual bloodless body count of most big summer pictures and focuses instead on the consequences of violence... Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can't be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action-movie."

Millar's defense of his work and film prompted him to ask readers to "imagine a John Wayne picture where he wasn't packing [a gun], or a Rocky movie where Stallone wasn't punching someone repeatedly in the face," and stressed that he shares Carrey's outlook on violence in society.

"Like Jim, I'm horrified by real-life violence (even though I'm Scottish), but Kick-Ass 2 isn't a documentary. No actors were harmed in the making of this production!"

What do you think about this brouhaha? Is Mark Millar wrong for advocating violence while giving Carrey up as the scapegoat? Or, should Jim Carrey admit that his change of heart could be attributed to empathy and being politically correct? Either way, you can decide for yourself when the film comes out in the U.S. on August 16.

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Disney+ Greenlights 'The Proud Family: Louder And Prouder'

The family is getting back together for a sure-to-be-epic reunion. On Thursday (Feb. 27), it was announced that Disney+ commissioned new episodes of The Proud Family, now titled The Proud Family: Louder And Prouder.

Returning to the animated characters' world will be Kyla Pratt (Penny Proud), Paula Jai Parker (Trudy Proud), Tommy Davidson (Oscar Proud), Jo Marie Payton (Suga Mama), and Cedric the Entertainer (Uncle Bobby Proud). As for Penny's friends, returning to the mic will be Alisa Reyes (LaCienega Boulevardez), Karen Malina White (Dijonay Jones), and Soleil Moon Frye (Zoey Howzer).

In a statement, Agnes Chu, senior vice president, content Disney+, said this decision arrives at the right time. "The show's humor and relatable stories are as relevant with audiences today as ever," Chu said. "Our audiences have loved rediscovering their favorite episode of The Proud Family, and we're excited Bruce, Ralph, Calvin, and the returning cast are creating new stories for their new home on Disney+."

Creator/executive producer Bruce W. Smith, and executive producer Ralph Farquhar, who both played a significant role in the show's origins, will return alongside co-executive producer/story editor Calvin Brown. The Proud Family aired from 2001 to 2005, hosting a theme song performed by Solange featuring Destiny's Child.

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'Candyman' Trailer Features Haunting Version Of Destiny's Child's "Say My Name"

The release of summertime blockbusters will be in full effect this June 12 when a new version of Candyman hits theaters. On Thursday (Feb. 27), the trailer for the horror film debuted to a wave of excitement and anticipation from future moviegoers, backed by a dark version of Destiny's Child's 1999 hit "Say My Name."

Directed by Nia DaCosta and produced by Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions company, Candyman stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Anthony McCoy, an artist who embarks on a journey to learn about the urban legend that is Candyman. Set in Chicago's Cabrini-Green area, just like the 1992 classic, the film's characters are submerged into a world of unspeakable horror and exposed secrets of the slasher's origins. Candyman also stars Teyonah Parris who recently co-starred in The Photograph, and Vanessa A. Williams who starred in the original production.

In an interview with Deadline, Monekypaw Productions' creative director Ian Cooper said this version of the thriller will satisfy fans of the original production and possibly gain a new following.

“What we’re doing with Candyman and how Jordan is crafting it on the page is going to be very exciting and rewarding to audiences that haven’t seen the original film as well as people who’ve seen the original film,” Cooper said. “In a broad sense of the word, this film will stand alone if you’ve never heard of a film called Candyman and will dovetail in a pretty complicated and interesting way to the original. In short, I think this will really fit in with what we’re doing with Us and did with Get Out in a way that will be circuitous.”

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Tommy Davidson Explains Why An ‘In Living Color’ Reunion May “Take Some Time”

The cast of In Living Color will definitely reunite someday, according to Tommy Davidson. The comedian spoke on the delay during an interview on The Wendy Williams Show on Tuesday (Feb. 25).

Davidson who was on the show to promote his new memoir, Living in Color: What’s Funny About Me, spoke on a bunch of topics in the book, including being adopted by a white family and not knowing that he was Black until he was 5 years old, nearly coming to blows with Will Smith, hiring Diddy as his assistant, and working with Jamie Foxx.

When asked about an In Living Color reunion Davidson replied, “Of course,” but explained why it may take a while.

“It’s just — it’s going to take some time. Everybody’s out there doing their thing. Some little known stars came out of [the show]: Jim Carry, Jennifer Lopez, Jamie Foxx, the list goes on and on,” joked Davidson. “We’re all doing our thing but it’s inevitable that we come back to you guys.”

This isn’t the first time that there’s been talk of a reunion. Last year, comedy agent William Rodriguez, who helped put together the 'Off Color Comedy Tour' featuring Davidson, Keenan Ivory Wayans, David Allen Grier, and Shawn Wayans, revealed plans for a TV reunion special.

In Living Color, which was created by Keenan, debuted in 1990 and became a ratings hit on the Fox network. The sketch comedy series was canceled in 1994.

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