By Mr. Will Wong
This one hurts just a little. We love DEAD TO ME so much and in its too short a run, we are saying goodbye. The four-time Primetime Emmy-nominated Black Comedy series concludes after its upcoming third season which tugs on our heartstrings more than ever before.
We reunite with Jen (Christina Applegate) and Judy (Linda Cardellini), two women whose lives become intertwined and changed forever by the death of their partners and they are forced to conceal the self-incriminating facts. We begin the third season picking-up from the aftermath of Jen and Judy being involved with a collision at the hands of Ben (James Marsden) who had struck them while driving impaired. Fortunately, they survive, but life and this new season don’t get any less worrisome. Detective Perez (Diana-Maria Riva) and Nick (Brandon Scott) are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Ted, Jen‘s husband. Incriminating pieces of evidence keep surfacing, but this is only one part of it. Medical scares and “surprises” also surface and we learn that atonement just might be unavoidable.
Of all three seasons, this one upcoming is definitely our favourite and that’s saying a lot since we love this Series so much. All the suspense and belly laughs are there still, and we really hope this isn’t the last time we see Applegate and Cardellini team-up. That perfect tonal balance of Applegate‘s toughness and Cardellini‘s lightness is something we will miss and this final season strengthens that bond even further.
This is one of the few Series that cause us equally to feel stressed-out and yet also still fills our heart, all at once. We were left a teary mess by the end of it all and so will you. Everything’s tied together perfectly at the end that this might’ve all been meant to be and it makes sense. Despite all the death and darkness, we’re left with a feeling of hope. DEAD TO ME remains very much alive to us in our hearts. Season Three arrives November 17, 2022.
We loved the first season of DEAD TO ME and are thrilled both Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini are back in season two of the darkly-comedic Series. Here is a first peak at the new season, streaming next month!
Jen and Judy are not okay. Not even a little. With their lives spinning out of control, they’re clinging to each other — and their secrets.
DEAD TO ME Season Two streams on Netflix Friday, May 8, 2020.
Universal Pictures Canada x Mr. Will want to give Readers a chance to see GREEN BOOK, winner of the TIFF ’18 People’s Choice Award.
Screenings take place in Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton on Monday, November 19, 2018.
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Universal Pictures Canada release GREEN BOOK Wednesday, November 21, 2018.
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By Mr. Will Wong
While known much for his funny Films, Peter Farrelly, one-half of the Duo which brought us classics There’s Something About Mary and Me, Myself & Irene, gifts us at TIFF ’18 with the Sleeper Hit of the Festival, GREEN BOOK. The heartwarming Comedy details the unlikely friendship between a Concert Pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his bouncer-turned-chaffeur Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen). While from completely opposite worlds, it is impossible not to be charmed by the back-and-forth banter between sophisticated Don and tough-talking Tony in this witty Script by the latter’s actual son Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie and Farrelly.
Performances are outstanding from our leading Trio. Mortensen continues to build his stellar catalog of work and is pitch-perfect throughout the Film’s light and heavier moments which don’t shy away from matters which still are true today. Ali is remarkable as Shirley, capturing his strength and fragility – we were spellbound. Cardellini while under-written and under-seen is a joy every time she is on-screen. We are thrilled for audiences to discover this gem, giving TIFF ’18 a much-needed lift of spirits.
GREEN BOOK screens Thursday, September 13 Winter Garden Theatre 2:30 PM and Saturday, September 15 Princess of Wales Theatre (VISA Screening Room) 3 PM.
Master of wit. Member of the original Frat Pack. Will Ferrell for many of us is a household name we’ve grown-up with, whether it be his phenomenal run on NBC staple Saturday Night Live, timeless classics like Elf or what’s to come next – that eagerly-awaited sequel to Zoolander which already has ‘broken the internet’ with a record-setting 52.5 million views in its first week.
Although this wasn’t Ferrell‘s first visit to the City, with the Toronto International Film Festival, Semi-Pro and The Campaign bringing him to Toronto in recent years, Fans and Media equally were excited to see him again as the red carpet was rolled-out at Scotiabank Theatre for a special Advance Screening of DADDY’S HOME.
Despite being a bit behind schedule worsened by inclement weather, Ferrell was generous with his face time and after doing a round of interviews, he quickly went in-theatre to introduce his new Comedy, before picking-up where he left-off with Media. Believe me, we’ve been on the Red Carpet circuit for years now and we’re lucky sometimes even to get a question in. Ferrell was a class act, giving thoughtful answers which go a level deeper than the Funnyman we think we know.
My Samsung S6 rang off the hook around 7:10 PM while Ferrell was on-stage before a packed theatre of Fans, many who hadn’t a clue he’d be coming. Already a bit nervous, my jaws dropped in disbelief that he singled me out, asking “Where’s Will Wong?”. Perhaps it’s because we share a name, perhaps our name had a fun ring to it, or maybe he googled us after learning that we’d be speaking on the Carpet? Whatever it was, we didn’t want to wake-up from it.
Special thanks to @DaveMABalwdin for sending this in:
So Will Ferrell just gave a shout out to @mrwillw at the #daddyshome screening…
— Dave Baldwin (@davemabaldwin) December 15, 2015
Thanks for the tickets to Daddy’s Home @mrwillw! Here’s something for you pic.twitter.com/J6yJwgwpRn — Tina (@tchan90) December 15, 2015
What is life again?
Daddy’s Home centers on a man named Brad (Ferrell), a smooth jazz radio executive whose world is turned upside-down after the birth father of his stepchildren, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) re-enters the picture after a period of estrangement. Dead-set on reclaiming back his wife Sarah (Linda Cardellini) and kids, Dusty pulls-out all the stops, awakening Brad‘s competitive spirit and deepest insecurities in a full-on Battle of the Dads. Can there be only one Dad?
Decked-out in a perfectly-cut suit, the eloquent and gracious Ferrell made his way to us, the last outlet on the Carpet, still in great spirits. We expressed our gratitude for his shout-out earlier – an endorsement of the highest kind.
I point-out that often in Film, we see the stepparent not always in the most favourable light. What is refreshing about Daddy’s Home is that it gives us a completely new perspective. As Producer and Star of the Film, we ask about the importance of this story being told.
Ferrell says, “I think Daddy’s Home is more about the blended family, which is becoming more commonplace. It’s so unique. We don’t think we’ve seen this done before in a Family-Comedy.”. He adds, “Original Writer Brian Burns gives us a heightened version of his life and that’s how he pitched it to us. He’s a stepdad of two and he does everything by-the-book and is always there for them. Meanwhile the ‘real dad’ comes on weekends, takes them to Disneyland and buys them candy and Brian‘s left to pick-up the pieces on Monday and we kept laughing at this.”. “It’s the steady force having to deal with the tornado and there’s a lot of potential for comedy there.”.
The character Brad seems to know what he wants in life until Wahlberg‘s Dusty shows-up and from there his insecurities become amplified and it is his competitive spirit that drives the plot along. We ask the well-spoken and confident Ferrell about his own insecurities and after pausing to think, his response in true Ferrell form is hysterical.
He jokes, “My greatest insecurity is that Mark Wahlberg will be jealous of my one ab and that he won’t talk to me anymore.”.
We ask Ferrell about his upcoming projects, more specifically hoping he’ll dish on Zoolander 2 and his sassy fashion maven, Mugatu. And he does.
“I’ve got Zoolander 2 coming out and I had a great time reprising Mugatu. I’m working on reuniting with Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers, The Other Guys) and John C. Reilly on a Film about two guys who go down to protect the (southern U.S.) border.”.
We wish it were the Canadian-border though… He seemed to know enough about Canadian Politics, answering questions about our new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with another outlet earlier.
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#TrueStory: #WillFerrell walks into the Canadian Premiere for #DaddysHome and asks, “Where’s Will Wong?!?”. And I faint. #Toronto #The6ix Photo by @alyssamhurst. A photo posted by Mr. Will Wong (@mrwillwong) on
Paramount Pictures Canada release DADDY’S HOME on Christmas Day.
Review coming soon.
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We loved them together in THE OTHER GUYS and now Mark Wahlberg + Will Ferrell are back together again in DADDY’S HOME, out this Christmas! The things Men do when they get competitive!
A mild-mannered radio executive (Will Ferrell) tries hard to be the world’s greatest stepfather. But when his wife’s freeloading ex-husband (Mark Wahlberg) comes back into the picture, he’s forced to compete for the kids’ affection.
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Paramount Pictures Canada release DADDY’S HOME on Christmas Day!
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Fans know and love her from way back on the star-making Cult Hit Series FREAKS AND GEEKS, but Linda Cardellini has proven she has the talent to survive in an ever-shifting Entertainment Industry. The beautiful Actress is in Toronto today in support of Netflix Series BLOODLINE, in which she stars alongside Kyle Chandler, Chloe Sevigny, Sissy Spacek and Ben Mendelsohn.
The Series centers on adult Siblings who discover some secrets after the Black Sheep of the Family returns. The Series just got released on the Internet’s most popular Streaming Service last weekend and the response has been positive, tallying-in strong at Rotten Tomatoes.
Cardellini also has had high profile turns on long-running Series ER and Mad Men, with memorable roles in Classics like Brokeback Mountain and Legally Blonde.
She appeared earlier today on Global Television’s The Morning Show (National Edition) and despite directives which are rare when promoting in this City, of being given to drive her underground, Cardellini graciously took a minute to roll down her window upon leaving after a momentary struggle with the power windows in her SUV. She was lauded by Fans as they got their Selfies with the kind-spirited Star who also waved at them through the window earlier at the Studio. It warms our hearts to see Talent do the right thing.
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Bloodline streams now on Netflix.
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