It’s been ten years since Ellen DeGeneres took a live action film role – well, outside of TV movies anyhow. Back then she was in the one-two double whammy of EdTV and The Love Letter, both of which I saw and neither of which I enjoyed (though The Love Letter was just a normal kind of bad). Since then, Ellen has had her TV shows – sitcom and chat – and a star turn as Dory in Pixar’s Finding Nemo, so the last decade has actually been pretty kind to her.
Why then, do you suppose, that she’s sticking her neck out there for a high-concept FX comedy from a Sex and the City screenwriter and produced by Walden Media (and all that implies)?
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Steven Spielberg’s Five Friends
The Pitch: What if I told you that Steven Spielberg just directed a project featuring Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Justin Timberlake, Tobey Maguire, Scarlett Johannson, Julia Roberts, Ben Stiller, Ryan Reynolds, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf (of course), Cameron Diaz, Snoop Dog, Zach Braff, Ellen DeGeneres, Leonardo DiCaprio, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, and even Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat. This is of course, the follow-up to the popular “Five Friends” viral video that we previously featured. The end result might actually be the least entertaining thing Spielberg has ever directed. But hey, it’s a 5-minute short film directed by Spielberg, so we gotta post it. And, hey, its a good message.
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Random Notes from the Editor:
Errol Morris’ short film which opened the Academy Awards show was fantastic. If you didn’t see it, you can check out the video at Oscar.com.
Ellen DeGeneres is not funny (with exception of the Jennifer Hudson/Al Gore joke, but I have a feeling someone probably wrote that for her).
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