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I Wasn’t Worried About Chris Pratt’s Mario Voice Being Offensive to Italians Until Now

By Mike Redmond | Pajiba Love | June 21, 2022 |

By Mike Redmond | Pajiba Love | June 21, 2022 |


Illumination Studios CEO Chris Meledandri wants everyone to know that Chris Pratt’s Mario voice will not be offensive to Italian-Americans, and Meledandri would know because he’s Italiano! Of course, the fact that this seems to be a thing that has to be repeatedly said makes me think that Pratt’s voice is going to be hella offensive unless he just doesn’t do an accent, in which case, why even cast him? That said, now it seems like I actually want Mario to be a caricature of Italian-Americans, and I guess, yes, that is what I want. He sounds like Paulie Walnuts or we riot! (IndieWire)

[Mike Note: Did I completely lose the thread back there? No doubt.]

Mariah Carey helps good friend Billy Eichner promote his new movie, Bros, at a special screening in New York during Pride. (Lainey Gossip)

Sure sounds like this was a friendly joke to boost up Viola Davis, so of course, Bradley Cooper’s ego took it the wrong way. (Dlisted)

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Chris Evans will return to the MCU — but only as Johnny Storm. (Vulture)

Oh, blow it out your ass, Dave Chappelle. (Complex)

From Jen: However you feel about his acting you gotta respect what he’s trying to do to diversify the creative industries:

Apparently, Donald Trump had a documentary film crew following him for months during and after his campaign, and nobody in his circle knew about it until today when the January 6 committee subpoenaed the footage. This should be fun. (Mediaite)

Kevin Costner is making a long-ass Western film series that’s actually a TV show, but first, it will be movies. And, yes, I’m already confused. (Variety)

Christian Bale doing press for Thor: Lord and Thunder is already delightful right out of the gate. (Total Film)

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Mike is a Staff Contributor living in Pennsyltucky. You can follow him on Twitter.

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