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‘Bob’s Burgers’ 12 Best Movie Homages, Ranked

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Bob’s Burgers is probably one of the best adult animation shows to ever exist. The show is smart, witty and full of heart. It doesn’t rely on gross-out humor to get laughs, and its unique way of recording the episodes makes it feel more like an improvised sketch show than a cartoon.

From the quirky characters to the sensational voice acting, Bob’s Burgers truly has it all. One of the most loved qualities of the show is its clever pop culture references and classic movie homages. Yes, styling episodes on famous films is not that original for a comedy show, animated or not, but when Bob’s Burgers does it, it feels fresh and new. With the trailer for the highly anticipated movie finally dropping, it seems as good a time as any to rank and recap some of the best of the show’s homages.

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12. The Runway Club (The Breakfast Club)

As an instrumental version of “Don’t You” plays in the background we get to see a montage of the Belcher kids and their friends being dropped off at Saturday detention. The formula felt very Breakfast Club-esque, and audiences were excited to see a homage to an iconic 80s movie. So it was a shame when the episode veered off course and became a Project Runway style romp.

For that reason, this episode ranks low on this list. It was slightly disappointing when Mr Frond announced his plan to get the kids competing in a fashion show. But the episode committed to its new premise, and the scenes of the kids creating clothes out of stationery supplies and garbage were ingenious. But their cotton candy version of “Don’t You” almost felt unearned and audiences had definitely forgotten by then that the episode started as a Breakfast Club homage.

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11. Flu-ouise (The Wizard Of Oz)

Bob’s Burgers really loves a musical episode, and this musical episode is all about Louise. When Louise comes down with a nasty flu, she falls head first into a crazy fever dream. This lays the foundation for this Wizard Of Oz themed episode.

This episode is further down on this list because, once again, it’s not the most obvious homage Bob’s Burgers has ever done. We do have Louise traveling to a magical land through a tornado made out of her rug. And the characters we meet along the way are voiced by Louise’s family members, just like in The Wizard of Oz.

But besides that, there really isn’t much to connect here. It’s a shame, because it would have been nice to see nods to the famous movie. There could have been a yellow road, or some red shoes. Something! The songs are also quite forgettable in the episode, which is very surprising for the show.

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10. The Oeder Games (The Hunger Games)

This homage was a little more subtle. While the name implies that it is a play on the famous Hunger Games movies, it’s really just about a water balloon fight. A group of people fight to the “death” with a bunch of water balloons until there is only one person left standing. Sounds very like The Hunger Games. But if that is true, then that means every other television show that utilizes a game of Assassin, like Community, is a tribute to the movie.

The episode is a lot of fun though, and it frames Bob as a sort of hero in his town. You cannot deny the fun this episode exudes! It’s a brilliant season finale for many reasons. Bob shines as the central figure, and we get appearances by all of our favorite supporting characters! Still, it cannot rank too highly on this list, because the only real connection between the two projects is Zeke’s throwaway line: “I’m the Katniss to your Peetabread”.

9. The Frond Files (The Terminator, Rock and Roll High School, Dawn Of The Dead)

This episode not only pays homage to one iconic movie, but three! Bob and Linda are called into Mr Frond’s office and are made to read the kid’s creative writing projects: Why I Love Wagstaff.

Louise, of course, bases her essay on The Terminator, with Mr Frond as the titular cyborg. Gene writes about a performing farts school from the 80s akin to the one in Rock and Roll High School. And, perhaps most disturbing of all, Tina writes herself into a zombie jock story that is a twist on the famous horror movie Dawn Of The Dead. Except this one ends with her dating a basketball team of Zombies.

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Each story has a different style. Gene’s musical fantasy is flooded in neon colors and 80s hairdos and Tina’s story takes place mostly in black and white. This episode proves how strong the creative team is behind Bob’s Burgers and proves that they can tackle many themes and genres while staying funny.

8. Work Hard Or Die Trying, Girl (Die Hard & Working Girl)

Besides their countless homages, Bob’s Burgers is also very well known for another thing: their incredible musical numbers. So, it makes sense then, that one of its best episodes is both a movie homage and a full on musical! It’s the battle of the movie musicals, who will win: Die Hard or Working Girl?

This episode uses its source material to enhance its own story. Every character is in their element. Tina betrays her own brother to star in the rival musical because Jimmy Jr is in it. Louise capitalizes off of her brother’s art by charging people $5 at the door. And finding out Gene has been writing a Die Hard musical for years made perfect sense for his character! The story is entertaining, the songs are a hoot and when the episode ends with a musical number performed by the one and only Carly Simon, it feels like the perfect end to the perfect episode.


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7. The Taking Of Funtime One Two Three (Ocean’s Eleven)

Bob’s Burgers really delivered with their Ocean’s Eleven homage. Instead of a group of male con-artists and gangsters robbing a bunch of casinos, you’ve got the Belcher kids attempting to win enough tickets to get a dune buggy at the local arcade!

The references are on point in this episode. You have the montage of the siblings assembling their perfect team. You have the rundown of the heist scene. You even have the double bluff, where you think everything has gone wrong but, wait a minute, it was what they had planned all along!

This episode doesn’t have much character development or story progression, but it is so much fun to watch.

6. The Silence of Louise (The Silence Of The Lambs)

When a disturbed student savagely sabotages school property, it’s up to Louise and the evil mastermind Millie to figure out who it is before the school water park trip is canceled. If that doesn’t sound like the dynamic between Clarice and Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, don’t worry. Bob’s Burgers makes sure you know what they are referencing when Millie appears in dental headgear so that she makes “I ate his liver with some fava beans” noises and everything.

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It’s an extremely clever homage, and the episode puts effort into its intriguing whodunit. Bob’s Burgers asked the question: I wonder what The Silence of the Lambs would be like if it was made for children and made for laughs.

5. The Belchies (The Goonies)

“The Belchies” was another early episode in the series, being the first episode of the second season. The episode is a clever and nostalgic look at the 80s classic The Goonies. It’s actually the perfect movie for them to recreate, after all it’s about a group of misfits that go looking for buried treasure. Tina, Gene, Louis, and their closest confidants fit the description almost too perfectly, and a treasure hunt makes total sense as a mischievous adventure for the gang to go on.

The parallels don’t just stop there though. We get to see the group as they wrestle with booby traps. We meet a Sloth-like character in the form of Taffy, the taffy-shaped model of a man. The themes of friendship and adventure weave through both stories, and a too-close-for-comfort-escape making the ending both fun and exhilarating. They even managed to bring in Cyndi Lauper to sing their end credit song!


4. Dawn Of The Peck (Jurassic Park & Dawn Of The Dead)

There are differing opinions on what this Bob’s Burgers episode is homaging, some people think it’s based on Jurassic Park, others believe it is based on Dawn Of The Dead. Truthfully though, it seems that it’s lovingly paying homage to both.

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The episode begins with a cold open akin to the beginning of Jurassic Park, and it seems only natural to draw parallels between the wild, blood-thirsty birds and their dinosaur heritage. But, on the other hand, a town being overrun by attacking creatures sounds a lot like Dawn Of The Dead, not to mention the title of the episode is a pun on that exact movie. Whichever way you look at it, this episode is a hilarious riff on two classic movies. The ridiculousness of a town overrun by savage birds sounds like it shouldn’t work, but as usual Bob’s Burgers sticks the landing with this ingenious episode.


It seems Bob’s Burgers has an affinity for 80s movies. This episode ranks high on this list for many reasons, but mainly because it focuses on the only Belcher son, Gene. Gene is one of the best characters from the series and this episode truly utilizes him to his full extent.

This episode truly commits to the wonder of the 80s classic E.T. With a whimsical score, a strong theme of friendship and stereotypical grown-up villains. It is a joy to watch, and a sure highlight comes in the form of the recreation of the famous bike chase scene. When the episode freeze frames on Gene in a red hoodie riding the toilet over the moon, you truly feel the love the creators had for the movie.

2. Crawl Space (The Shining)

It seems unbelievable that this was only the second episode of Bob’s Burgers, but it’s true! And while the show perfected homages over time, making them bigger and more extravagant as the series went on, this one is still one of the best.

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“Crawl Space” doesn’t really give off the impression of a homage episode. The episode’s title isn’t a play on words like most of the later ones, and the first 10 minutes doesn’t really give any clues away either. So, halfway through the episode when Bob starts hallucinating Shining-esque bar scenes, it takes the audience by surprise.

While it isn’t obviously a homage episode until the bar scene, they do throw hints to the famous Stanley Kubrick film early on in the episode. For example, they keep flashing up inter-title cards and playing snippets of a Shining-esque score. It’s a subtle way of making you think of the film without telling you what they’re referencing. The references ramp up from there, eventually ending with a twist of the iconic line: “HERE’S BOBBIE!”


1. The Deepening (Jaws)

This episode is amazing from beginning to end. You can tell how much the writers and performers enjoyed making the episode, and the show’s love for Jaws is very clear in it’s loving way of homaging the 70s creature-feature. That is why this episode tops this list.

“The Deepening” is perhaps the most meta of the episodes on this list as it not only follows the plot of Jaws, but it features the characters watching and commenting on a Jaws-like movie called “The Deepening”. The parallels are delightful, and the references are spot on. From Teddy fake-scratching his nails on a chalkboard, to the play on the iconic line, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat”, this episode is guaranteed to brighten your day and make you laugh.

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They say it’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary, and that’s likely particularly true if you’ve been denied access to those things for an extended period of time. After Britney Spears was released from the conservatorship she’d been under, the singer has been reintroducing herself to some of life’s simple pleasures. Last summer Spears was super pumped about regaining the freedom to drive, and in January the “Toxic” singer documented drinking her first glass of wine in over a decade. The newlywed continued to celebrate the post-conservatorship life by sharing her first trip to a bar.

Fans of the former pop singer are accustomed to seeing Britney Spears dancing and twirling and modeling different outfits at her and Sam Asghari’s new home. However, the “Toxic” singer took her followers on an exciting field trip, in which she and her assistant patronized a local drinking establishment. She shared her trip — and a sarcastic remark — on Instagram:

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As she and her assistant Victoria Asher apparently enjoyed a drink and an app, Britney Spears couldn’t help but throw a little shade at her family, remarking that she was “so so grateful” for not being allowed to have a cocktail for the 13 years after her father Jamie Spears took control of her life. In fact, the 40-year-old said in her post this is her first time to partake in such an adventure. In the video, she shared:

This is my first time at a bar. First time. I feel so fancy, and I feel so sophisticated.

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How ‘Yellowjackets’ Stars Survived Hollywood

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Sure, they may have eaten a person back in the day. But there are some things the grown women of Yellowjackets just wouldn’t do. On this, the actresses who play them — Tawny Cypress, Juliette Lewis, Melanie Lynskey and Christina Ricci — agree, as they gather in a backyard in L.A.’s Topanga Canyon in late July, just a few weeks before they start filming the second season of their breakout show.

The Showtime survival thriller, created and executive produced by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, earned seven Emmy nominations, including outstanding drama series and acting nominations for Lynskey and Ricci. The Yellowjackets storyline alternates between 1996 and the present day as it follows members of a high school girls soccer team whose plane crashes and strands them for 19 months in the wilderness, where they resort to cannibalism to survive.

Part of the show’s nostalgic appeal relies on its casting of these actresses, three of whom audiences knew as young women for their slyly offbeat roles in films like The Addams Family (Ricci), Cape Fear (Lewis) and Heavenly Creatures (Lynskey), to play the crash survivors as adults. In this conversation with THR, Cypress, Lewis, Lynskey and Ricci disclose their ’90s regrets, share what it means when you call an actress “quirky” and reveal how survival bonds women — including in the trenches of Hollywood.

Who here knew each other before the show?

MELANIE LYNSKEY (Points to Christina Ricci.) We knew each other a little bit. I went to a Nick Cave concert by myself, and Christina came up and —

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CHRISTINA RICCI I was very excited to see you.

LYNSKEY So excited. We were having a lovely chat, and then she’s like, “Are you here by yourself?” She’s the coolest person of all time, and I was intimidated. I just felt embarrassed to say, “I’ve come to a concert by myself.” I was like 24 or something.

RICCI I was impressed because I couldn’t go anywhere by myself.

LYNSKEY I also went to see Clay Aiken by myself because nobody would come with me.

It’s surprising that none of you had worked together over the years.

JULIETTE LEWIS It’s wild when you’ve been around so long, and you sort of have a kindred connection to people. There’s certain actors you’re like, “Mmm, we’re not of the same tree,” and then there’s other actors you’re like, “Oh, yeah. We have some roots.”

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Juliette, Melanie and Christina, all three of your Wikipedia entries say some version of, “Often plays quirky or offbeat characters.” What do those words mean to you?

LEWIS Real people, specific and unpredictable.

LYNSKEY I remember I got cast in a movie when I was like 21, and the description of the character before I auditioned was “Blah, blah, blah, the beautiful girl who sits next to him in school.” Then, at the table read, it had been changed to “Blah, blah, blah, cute and quirky.” I was like, “You don’t need to change it. Just keep it …” They’re like, “We better change this description or people will be like, wrong actress.” So, sometimes it feels … I don’t know. I never liked that word, “quirky.”

RICCI When you say that all of us had this description, that to me speaks to a past time, when, if you weren’t the leading-lady ingenue then you were quirky and offbeat. All right, so there’s two groups for actresses? In a way, I’m fine with being in the category I’m in because what it means to me is that I have made an effort in my career to do things that I feel like I haven’t seen before. So, in some ways, I like it. In other ways, I’m like, “Ugh.” It’s a little dismissive. A little cute and dismissive.

LEWIS We come from the ’90s where, when I had blond hair, I was the pretty airhead, and then I dyed my hair dark, and I was the wisecracking, sarcastic girl. But yeah, I think it’s really neat that we’ve all carved this path of range and specificity.

Isn’t another term for that “character actor”?

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RICCI But “character actress” used to be something they used to describe an ugly woman.

TAWNY CYPRESS Or Abe Vigoda.

RICCI Back in the late ’90s, my agents were always like, “We have to be so careful you don’t become a character actress. If we’re not careful, you’re going to end up just like Jennifer Jason Leigh.” I was like, “I like her.” They were so afraid of me not being a leading lady, of me not being sexually attractive to people. It was really the last thing I ever wanted, was for anyone to be attracted to me.

LEWIS My dad was a character actor. So to me, it was something that was super noble. It was a world of adventure and not limiting. I rebelled against the system, the PR system of being in some bizarre idea of beauty. I really revolted against that, for better or for worse. Crying in a bathroom at a photo shoot, like, “I won’t come out.” They want these doe-eyed looks. That’s for sure what I didn’t do in pictures, so I always looked slightly insane, which I prefer over, like, “Do you want to fuck me?”

Tawny, what was your sense of what the expectations were for you when you were starting out?

CYPRESS I’ve had a different row to hoe. I’ve spent my whole career doing shitty roles of the sassy one on the side. Honestly, growing up as an actor, I wanted to be an ingenue.

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LEWIS Isn’t that funny? And I wanted to be sassy and opinionated.

CYPRESS I couldn’t be an ingenue. I just couldn’t. It’s just not in me, you know? I was never presented with those roles, ever, and I was like, “Oh, OK. That’s not who I am.” I sort of, growing older, have embraced my Jersey side, and I am who I am, and this is what you get.

LYNSKEY I started calling myself a character actor in interviews when I was really young because I think it was reclaiming the term or something. I think I just was like, “That’s what I am.” My agents had all that kind of intensity around it, too. I remember when I did Coyote Ugly

RICCI Oh my God, you got a piece in that? I went up for that, and I didn’t get it.

CYPRESS I did too.

LYNSKEY I played the best friend from Jersey. But the scrutiny that was on Piper [Perabo], who’s one of the coolest, smartest women, just the way people were talking about her body, talking about her appearance, focusing on what she was eating. All the girls had this regimen they had to go on. It was ridiculous. I was already starving myself and as thin as I could possibly be for this body, and I was still a [size] four. That was already people putting a lot of Spanx on me in wardrobe fittings and being very disappointed when they saw me, the costume designer being like, “Nobody told me there would be girls like you.” Really intense feedback about my physicality, my body, people doing my makeup and being like, “I’m just going to help you out by giving you a bit more of a jawline and stuff.” Just the feedback was constantly like, “You’re not beautiful. You’re not beautiful.” In your early 20s, so much of it is about beauty, and how people respond to you, and do people want to fuck you? Do people think you’re their best friend? Even the best friend thing, I started to be like, “I don’t want to do that too many times.”

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Did you have to unlearn anything that people tried to teach you when you were starting out?

LEWIS I had developed such a survival mechanism to protect my autonomy, sort of, “You don’t own me. You don’t tell me my value. Only I do.” I was extremely self-critical — it still happens — of my work. It’s almost like a defense mechanism that no one could talk shit about me more than I can. There’s all these things that are wrapped up in how to survive a system. That’s what I’m unlearning today — to be softer. This is a really remarkable industry to be a part of. I feel honored to be a part of it and what it gave me, but I do still hold on to what it took from me in my youth.

Given what you all experienced coming into the industry, do you feel at all protective of the younger actresses who play the younger versions of your characters?

LYNSKEY (Begins to cry.) So much. I feel very protective. At the beginning of production, I sent them all an email, and I just was like, “Whatever you need, if you need a voice, if you need someone to go to the producers for you, whatever you need,” and they were kind of like, “Cool. Thanks.” They’re fine.

CYPRESS Totally fine. Jas [Jasmin Savoy Brown] was a boss on set. She’s like, “This is how we’re doing my hair. This is what we’re doing.”

RICCI They’re very much of a different generation.

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CYPRESS I am protective of Jas in the fact that she is so sexually positive, which I love. She has taught me so much, just knowing her as a person. But I’m like a mama bear to her, or a big sister. I’m like, “What are you putting online right now?” She’s like, “Whatever. Whatever. This is life, man. I love myself.” I’m protective, but I’m also in awe of her, you know?

LEWIS But there is a thing I always want to say to young people: Cultivate other interests deeply so that you’re not getting all your life’s blood from this industry, or your self-worth.

Is there anything you miss about the ’90s?

LYNSKEY I have a lot of love letters from the ’90s.

RICCI Someone used to fax me love letters when he was on tour. I did not save them. I throw everything out. I had a specific thing when I was a child, that we would be punished by the things that we loved being destroyed. My husband, who is a much healthier individual, has gone back and found all my old magazine covers on Etsy because he thinks it’s horrible that I never saved them. As a child, I learned that this is going to be taken from me, so why save it anyway?

LYNSKEY That’s heartbreaking. Well, I saved everything because I’m basically an emotional hoarder. I have this literal suitcase, an old-fashioned suitcase.

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RICCI This is very dark, but I would just like to go back to that age and do it over again and not make so many fucking mistakes. Honestly, I regret so much.

CYPRESS Me too. One thousand percent.

LEWIS Me too.

RICCI I’d like to go back to 1996 and be like, “All right … we had a practice run. It went OK, but it wasn’t really as great as we wanted it to be. We’re going to do this again.” People who are like, “I have no regrets.” What fucking magic life did you live?

LEWIS Where they go, “I don’t regret anything because that led up to this moment.” Really? The thing that could’ve put my dad in an early grave, I fucking regret it. Yes. I was very scary as a young teenage person.

CYPRESS Yeah. I hurt a lot of people growing up, and I wish that I didn’t. I was going through my memory box. It was my great-great-grandmother’s she brought over from Hungary. It’s huge, and it’s filled to the brim with everything from my life. I came across a note from high school. It was my first gay friend, and it broke my heart because he was like, “I want to thank you for not talking to me anymore and just cutting me off the way that you did. It made it hurt less.” I literally was crying, and I had to call him and be like, “I just came across this note, and I’m so sorry that I was that person to you.” When I think back, I think how wonderful our relationship was, but I was a shit, you know? I would definitely do so many things differently.

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LEWIS I’ve had those moments where I turned into … Because I’ve been bullied, but when I was 11 and got in a fight with a girl, I was mean [the same way] how a girl was mean to me. I was really vicious.

LYNSKEY I think people without regrets are narcissists. I think they’re lying to themselves.

RICCI Denial is the only way to get up that river.

What did you all feel when you learned that Roe v. Wade was overturned?

RICCI It’s really horrible to be told so plainly what your value is.

LEWIS I wish the two factions can talk, like, “Hey, what do you do with a bad situation, poverty and drug addiction, and rape?” You have to have an option that is salvageable or is sustainable for the survival of a person, a woman who’s living.

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CYPRESS I don’t really give a shit what your reason to have an abortion is. It’s your fucking body. I don’t really fucking care. You don’t want to be a mom, right? That’s your fucking decision. Look, we can put morals on it and say, “Well, only when you’re raped, or only if it’s …” It’s like no, dude. It’s either in or out. We’re either telling women what to do with their bodies or we let them have their own choice. I am of the mind, choice. I’m not going to judge you for making that decision.

LYNSKEY And there seems to be this general lack of compassion and empathy that’s just growing and growing. There’s so much hatred, and people are unable to look at another person’s life and go, “Oh, you know, that’s an untenable situation,” or even, “That’s a difficult situation.” There’s no grace given to anybody else. There’s no empathy. You don’t get to make decisions for somebody else. You don’t know what’s right for them.

Is there a place for TV and film in that conversation?

CYPRESS I mean, that’s what TV and film do. That’s what art is. On Yellowjackets, let’s talk about Shauna’s baby in the woods, you know? Yeah. I think we have a lot of room to speak on this subject, and I hope we do.

Did anybody have their kids on set for season one?

LYNSKEY (Points to Ricci.) We did.

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RICCI And I was pregnant. I didn’t tell anyone but these ladies that I was pregnant for six months. When we started, I was six weeks pregnant. It was difficult. There were so many times where I was like, “Ooh, when they find out I’m pregnant, and they made me sit in this smoky room all day. When they realize that they made me stand for eight hours, and I’m pregnant, and I have this horrible sciatica, and it’s 100 degrees, oh, they’re going to feel so bad.” They didn’t feel bad at all. But anyway, it was fine. In fact, it would’ve been helpful if I was playing a more emotional character because I can give a real good performance when I’m pregnant, real emo.

How would you finish the sentence, “Yellowjackets is really about …”?

CYPRESS Women. PTSD.

LYNSKEY Trauma.

CYPRESS Friendship.

RICCI Haunting, the way trauma haunts you. The way you can never escape. The way it twists people in different ways.

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LEWIS Aberrant survival tactics.

We know that these characters have done a bunch of aberrant things, as you say, including cannibalism. But do you have in your mind an idea that, “OK, she may have eaten another human being, but she would never do this“?

RICCI I know when they confront me because I’m like, “OK, she wouldn’t do that.” Misty wouldn’t drink that drink. Originally, in the script, she was drinking a Brandy Alexander, and I said, “No, Misty would drink a chocolate martini.” I have rules and stuff for her in my head, and they do conflict with the writers sometimes. I don’t think she actually is interested in men, at all. I think she does it because she’s bored, or because she thinks that’s what she’s supposed to do. Then, she’s also realized that she can have a lot of fun trying to trick them into having sex with her when they don’t want to. It’s like men will kind of know that you don’t want to have sex with them, but if they can get you to have sex with them, they won.

LEWIS It’s a power thing.

RICCI Misty’s way of doing it is through this really horrible manipulation, making him feel guilty and having sex with her while feeling guilty, which would be a terrible experience.

When you have a different perspective on your character than the writers, what do you do?

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RICCI That’s part of the thing with TV that I’ve learned now, being involved in a production but not being one of the EPs, so you aren’t a part of creating what people do. “OK, they wrote this scene. I have to play this scene. If she was in this situation, how the fuck would she be in this situation, and why would she be?” Then, you don’t have to tell other people what you come up with. They can find out about it later when you do press.

Does anybody else have a line in their mind that their character wouldn’t cross?

LYNSKEY I had one. There was something written into a script where I was going on a date with my lover, and they had me going into my daughter’s bedroom and taking her underwear, which was just not practical because I wouldn’t fit it. She’s little. But also, ew. I think there was something, apparently, somewhere, people liked the thing in the pilot where I’m masturbating in my daughter’s bedroom. I was like, “Can that just be an isolated incident? I don’t want it to be a theme.” So I just was like, “I don’t want to do that.” They were great about it.

LEWIS It comes, I think, with experience and respect, that they appreciate if you have a point of view. I have an “anything goes” stamp on me, which they all know. But I have strong ideas, especially about my trajectory in midlife. I’ve looked at Natural Born Killers recently, and I’m like, “Jesus.” Thank goodness I had a partner like Woody Harrelson, but it is so sexual. No one forced me into that. I was a young nihilist who didn’t give a fuck, and I felt comfortable with Woody, and I liked the material. But nowadays, I’m very particular. So, they had written a sex scene, and I was like, “I don’t know. I don’t know that she even gets off. I don’t know that she even can have orgasms.” That’s how deep I went. So it was more like, is she doing something to get something? At the end of the day, I just didn’t even think she fucks, sorry to be so graphic, at this juncture that you saw in season one. I think she might’ve had relationships with all of them in the wilderness. I don’t know if they’re going to write it, but that’s what I’d like to think of Natalie.

LYNSKEY That’s what I think too.

RICCI What? I never thought of that. Who would they be making out with? I guess each other.

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The finale hints that there may be additional Yellowjackets who survived into adulthood. Have actors been cast for those roles?

LEWIS Wait, Melanie, didn’t you say that on our chain, that someone we like is cast to be … (At this point there is meaningful eye contact among the four women.)

RICCI We don’t know for sure. That’s what we’ve heard was close to happening.

LYNSKEY We don’t know anything.

On season one, you were making this show under the radar. Now there’s so much fan speculation. Does that change the way you approach the work?

RICCI There’s more pressure going into season two.

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CYPRESS Have you guys also had that feeling of like, “Can I do this? Is it going to be good, the second season? Am I going to fuck this character up?”

LYNSKEY I have those fears.

RICCI Me too, but because TV is so fast, and you have so little time with the information, the process of talking about the show afterward helps you to evolve your take on your character. To understand things that were intended with the character that maybe weren’t clear originally because you get to hear the EPs talk about it. I’m going to make changes in the next season based on what I have come to realize through all this talking.

Like what?

RICCI Well, that’s a secret.

How much do you want to know about the path that your character is on?

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CYPRESS Fuck, I want to know everything. I sit there, and when I think about the show, I think, “What the fuck are they going to do with this character?” There’s so many different parts to her right now. The dog thing. She’s now a senator. There may be an old love coming back, you know? I’m like, “How are they going to do this?” I just want to know.

LYNSKEY Now you’re a full-time dog killer.

RICCI I didn’t even know that you were supposed to be the one that killed the dog.

CYPRESS What?

RICCI I thought, “Oh, well maybe somebody broke in.”

LYNSKEY That could still be, right?

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CYPRESS Wait, give me more to think about.

So you don’t go to the writers and say, “To be clear, did I kill the dog?”

CYPRESS Oh, we do. They just say, “Mmm.”

RICCI “We don’t know.”

CYPRESS But they do know.

RICCI I don’t think they’re trying to control us with no information or anything. Sometimes, they don’t want to commit to something that hasn’t been necessarily set in stone. I do find it frustrating to not know, and we’re never able to know fully. I have decided to learn how to function with knowing nothing.

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Interview edited for length and clarity.

This story first appeared in the Aug. 3 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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James Gunn Addresses Peacemaker Future Amid Batgirl Cancelation

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James Gunn Addresses Peacemaker Future Amid Batgirl Cancelation

Shockwaves from Warner Bros.’s cancelation of Batgirl have had many fans questioning the possibility of other DC-connected projects following suit. Amid outcries from fans of Batgirl, Michael Keaton, Brendan Fraser, and even Snyderverse fans who are always eager to picket Warner Bros., Peacemaker fans started asking James Gunn whether there was any possibility that his DC work was going to suffer amid the company’s cost-cutting exercise. Ironically, considering the history that led James Gunn to work with DCEU characters, it seems that the director and his shows are the only ones who are “safe.”

What seems like a lifetime ago, James Gunn was all set to start work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for Disney and Marvel Studios when some old Twitter posts led to him being unceremoniously sacked. By the time Disney backtracked on their firing, Gunn was already committed to directing The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros., which is why Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has taken so long to arrive. Now, during all the chaos at Warner Bros., it appears that Gunn is not worried at all about the second season of Peacemaker getting the ax. When asked if the show was safe, Gunn simply replied:

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“Yes, guys, calm down.”

That is a relief for fans of the small sub-universe Gunn is building inside the DCEU, which along with The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker, is set to include at least another unannounced project and be linked to the Amanda Waller series that is in development. At least that side of the franchise doesn’t appear to be going anywhere.


Related: Peacemaker: Will More Suicide Squad Members Appear in Season 2?

Is Warner Bros. Still Planning on Rebooting The DCEU?

There have been rumors of a “soft-reboot” coming to the DCEU for a long time, and while it seems at times like Warner Bros. is heading in that direction, they have constantly denied any such intention. During San Diego Comic-Con, the entire focus of the Warner Bros. live-action DC panel was on Black Adam and Shazam! Fury of the Gods. Both of these movies have their small links to the wider DCEU, and once again, Warner Bros. seemed to be causing confusion by including a Justice League montage within the Shazam sequel while at the same time professing that they are not revisiting that particular DCEU set up in any way.

One thing clear from Dwayne Johnson’s appearance at SDCC is that he believes that Black Adam is setting the tone for a new DCEU, and based on everything else that is happening, he could be right. While there is no way of telling exactly where the franchise will be heading beyond The Flash in 2023, with new additional entries like Wonder Woman 3 constantly being stuck in limbo, it has been made clear that some big changes are being made in regards to the DCEU and fans will be hoping that those changes bring some kind of consistency to the franchise before it ends up crashing down around itself.

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