RIP Norm MacDonald

Norm Macdonald, the Canadian deadpan comedian, actor, writer and ‚ÄúSaturday Night Live‚ÄĚ star, has died after a private battle with cancer. He was 61. Macdonald‚Äôs cancer diagnosis was kept secret from the public, but he battled it for nine years. Dozens of comedians, like Seth Rogen, Jon Stewart, Ron Funches and Jim Gaffigan, paid tribute¬†to Macdonald, ‚Äúone of the greatest comedians to have ever lived,‚ÄĚ on social media.

Macdonald was born and raised in¬†Quebec City to parents who were both teachers. The comedian got his start in showbiz as a writer on ‚ÄúRoseanne‚ÄĚ in 1992 after making rounds at comedy clubs in Canada. He joined the cast of ‚ÄúSaturday Night Live‚ÄĚ in 1993, and the next year he began his memorable stint as Weekend Update anchor until early 1998, when he was replaced by Colin Quinn. Macdonald was known for his dry humor, non-sequiturs and impressions of Burt Reynolds, David Letterman, Larry King, Quentin Tarantino and many more during his five-year run on the show. After being removed from the role, Macdonald went on CBS’s¬†Late Show with David Letterman¬†and¬†Howard Stern’s¬†syndicated radio show.

Soon after leaving¬†Saturday Night Live, Macdonald co-wrote and starred in the “revenge comedy”¬†Dirty Work¬†(1998), directed by¬†Bob Saget, co-starring¬†Artie Lange, and featuring¬†Chris Farley¬†in his last movie; the film was dedicated to his memory. Later that year, Macdonald voiced the character of Lucky the Dog in the¬†Eddie Murphy¬†adaptation of¬†Dr. Dolittle. He reprised the role in both¬†Dr. Dolittle 2¬†(2001) and¬†Dr. Dolittle 3¬†(2006). In 1999, Macdonald starred in the sitcom¬†The Norm Show¬†(later renamed¬†Norm), co-starring¬†Laurie Metcalf, Artie Lange, and¬†Ian Gomez. It ran for three seasons on¬†ABC.

Earlier in 1999, he made a cameo appearance in the¬†Andy Kaufman¬†biographical drama¬†Man on the Moon, directed by¬†Milos Forman. When¬†Michael Richards¬†refused to portray himself in the scene reenacting the famous¬†Fridays¬†incident¬†in which Kaufman threw water in his face, Macdonald stepped in to play Richards, although he was not referred to by name. Macdonald had also appeared in Forman’s previous film,¬†The People vs. Larry Flynt¬†(1996), as a reporter summoned to Flynt’s mansion regarding secret tapes involving automaker¬†John DeLorean. In 2000, Macdonald played the starring role for the second time in a motion picture alongside Dave Chappelle,¬†Screwed, which fared poorly at the box office.

In 2006, Macdonald again performed as a voice actor, this time in a series of commercials for the Canadian mobile-services provider Bell Mobility, as the voice of Frank the Beaver. In 2013, Macdonald premiered his new podcast, called Norm Macdonald Live, co-hosted by Adam Eget, streaming live weekly on Video Podcast Network, and posted later on YouTube. In March 2018, Netflix announced it had ordered 10 episodes of a new talk show entitled Norm Macdonald Has a Show, to be hosted by Macdonald. The series premiered on September 14, 2018. He has has a recurring voice role as Yaphit in The Orville. In 1988, Macdonald married Connie Vaillancourt, with whom he had a son, Dylan, born 1993. The couple separated in April 1999.

Jiu Jitsui (2020)

Jiu Jitsu is a 2020 American science fiction martial arts film directed and co-written by Dimitri Logothetis and starring Alain Moussi, Frank Grillo, JuJu Chan, Tony Jaa and Nicolas Cage. The film is based on the 2017 comic book of the same name by Logothetis and Jim McGrath. The film was a box office bomb, grossing less than $100k against a budget of over $25m, and was critically panned. Every six years, an ancient order of expert Jiu Jitsu fighters faces a vicious race of alien invaders in a battle for Earth. For thousands of years the invaders have lost to Earth’s defenders, up until now. Earth’s future is in jeopardy.

Remember (2015 Film)

Remember¬†is a 2015¬†drama-thriller film¬†directed by¬†Atom Egoyan¬†and written by¬†Benjamin August. Starring¬†Christopher Plummer,¬†Bruno Ganz,¬†J√ľrgen Prochnow,¬†Heinz Lieven,¬†Henry Czerny,¬†Dean Norris¬†and¬†Martin Landau, it was a co-production of¬†Canada¬†and¬†Germany. The plot follows an elderly¬†Holocaust survivor with dementia who sets out to kill a Nazi war criminal, and was inspired by August’s consideration that there were fewer parts for senior actors in recent years. After a screening at the¬†72nd Venice International Film Festival, it was theatrically released in Canada on October 23, 2015, in Germany on December 31, 2015, and in the United States by¬†A24¬†on March 11, 2016.¬†Remember¬†received mostly positive reviews and won a few film festival awards. At the¬†4th Canadian Screen Awards, August received the¬†Award for Best Original Screenplay¬†and¬†Remember¬†was also nominated for¬†Best Motion Picture.

The Old Guard

The Old Guard¬†is a 2020 American¬†superhero film¬†directed by¬†Gina Prince-Bythewood¬†and written by¬†Greg Rucka, based on his comic book of the same name. The film stars¬†Charlize Theron,¬†KiKi Layne,¬†Matthias Schoenaerts,¬† Marwan Kenzari,¬†Luca Marinelli,¬†Harry Melling,¬†Van Veronica Ngo, and¬†Chiwetel Ejiofor, and follows a team of immortal mercenaries on a revenge mission. The Old Guard¬†was released on July 10, 2020, on¬†Netflix. It received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for the action sequences and Theron’s performance. A sequel is in development with¬†Victoria Mahoney¬†directing the film.

One Million Years B.C.(1966)

One Million Years B.C. is a 1966 British adventure fantasy film directed by Don Chaffey. The film was produced by Hammer Film Productions and Seven Arts, and is a remake of the 1940 American fantasy film One Million B.C.. The film stars Raquel Welch and John Richardson, set in a fictional age of cavemen and dinosaurs. Location scenes were filmed on the Canary Islands in the middle of winter, in late 1965. The U.K. release prints of this film were printed in dye transfer Technicolor. The U.S. version was cut by nine minutes, printed in DeLuxe Color, and released in 1967. Like the original film, this remake is largely ahistorical. It portrays dinosaurs and humans living at the same point in time; according to the geologic time scale, the last non-avian dinosaurs became extinct 66 million years ago, and modern humans did not exist until about 300,000 years B.C.

Becky (2020 Horror Thriller)

Becky is a 2020 American action thriller film directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion, from a screenplay by Nick Morris, Lane Skye, and Ruckus Skye. The film stars Lulu Wilson, Kevin James, along with Joel McHale.  Amanda Brugel and Robert Maillet. The movie is about a young girl who defends her home, family & herself against criminals who invade their cabin.

Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man is a 1951 American¬†science fiction comedy¬†film directed by¬†Charles Lamont¬†and starring the team of¬†Abbott and Costello¬†alongside¬†Nancy Guild. The film depicts the misadventures of Lou Francis and Bud Alexander, two private detectives investigating the murder of a boxing promoter. The film was part of a series in which the duo meet classic characters from Universal’s stable, including¬†Frankenstein,¬†the Mummy¬†and the¬†Keystone Kops.

Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 (stylized on-screen and often abbreviated as WW84) is a 2020 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Wonder Woman. It is the sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman and the ninth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is directed by Patty Jenkins from a script she wrote with Geoff Johns and Dave Callaham, based on a story by Johns and Jenkins. Gal Gadot stars as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, alongside Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen. Set in 1984 during the Cold War, the film follows Diana and her past love Steve Trevor as they face off against Max Lord and Cheetah. The film grossed $166 million worldwide, failing to break even due to limited theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic, but became the most-watched straight-to-streaming title of 2020.