Weiner announces a comeback, Joseph Gordon-Levitt premieres the trailer for Don Jon, and The Lonely Island try its hand at grammar-rap
In news that doesn’t really surprise anyone, Anthony Weiner has announced his campaign to be the New York City’s next Mayor after Mayor Bloomberg’s 11-year term expires in November. The former Congressman and scandal plagued Twitter-user hinted at entering the race last month in a lengthy New York Times Magazine cover story about his impending political comeback. In his announcement video released yesterday on YouTube, Weiner paints an idyllic portrait of a middle-class New York and asks voters to give him a second chance. Though he’s currently polling at only 15%, the recent electoral success of the similarly but more severely-embattled Mark Sanford, proves that New Yorkers may be as forgiving as conservative South Carolinans.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Goes Guido for his Directorial Debut
Joseph Gordon-Levitt premiered the trailer for his directorial and writing debut, Don Jon. In the movie, Gordon-Levitt also stars as Don Martello, a Jersey Shore meets “My New Haircut” New Jersey male whose priorities in life consist of “my body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my boys, my girls, and my porn.” These goals (or at least the porn one) face an obstacle when he meets a similarly accented love interest Barbara, played by Scarlett Johansson, who for some reason doesn’t like that Don watches so much porn. You can see where this is going, can’t you? Don Jon also features co-stars Tony Danza and Julianne Moore, and even has a movie-within-a-movie starring Channing Tatum and Anne Hathaway.
Bound to be controversial, this film takes an apparently cliché stance on the differences between men and women—you see, men like porn and women like rom-coms! Initial reviews seem to be mixed as Entertainment Weekly called it “an improbably entertaining and kind-hearted comedy about a specimen of New Jersey manhood,” while The A.V. Club’s Sam Adams, giving the film a “D,” described it as “a movie about obsession that’s utterly hollow and entirely impersonal.” Originally premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Don Jon is slated to hit theaters on October 18 to confused fan-girls everywhere.
New Lonely Island Track Takes On “Semicolons”
The Lonely Island is going to drop its latest rap comedy full-length, The Wack Album, on June 11, but before that, trio Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaeffer are slowly rolling out material from the album before its release date. The latest song, “Semicolons” has Solange—Beyonce’s sister who also has an impressive solo-career—guest-starring and singing about the tricky and underused punctuation mark. The rest of the song showcases the group mocking the hashtag rap genre pioneered by G.O.O.D. Music’s Big Sean. Also, the Lonely Island’s fellow Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph guests on the track, informing the group that they’re ultimately mistaking semicolons with colons.