*Announcement Kicks off Fan Events in San Diego, Follows on Heels of the #1
Rated Summer Premiere of Impractical Jokers: British Invasion*
*truTV* has renewed its top-rated series *Impractical Jokers* for a sixth
season, which will guarantee more hidden-camera hijinks from *Sal*, *Joe*,
*Murr* and *Q* on the network through 2017. The announcement was made by
the four stars and lifelong friends – collectively known as The Tenderloins
– Thursday night at the *Hall of Impractical Jokers* during a special live
streamed Q&A fan event in San Diego.
This 26-episode season six order builds on the proven success of the
franchise that continues to grow across all platforms. The series’ most
recent premiere, the hour-long *Impractical Jokers: British Invasion *summer
premiere special, debuted on truTV on July 14 as the *#1 series in its
timeslot among adults 18-34, adults 18-49, men 18-34, and men 18-49*,
according to live+3 data from Nielsen Research. Additionally, *Impractical
Jokers* has amassed a combined social footprint of more than *3.6 million
followers* and generated *163 million total impressions* in the first half
of 2016. The group is also wildly-successful on tour, having played 90
cities in the past year – including three sold out shows at the iconic
Radio City Music Hall – and is currently on a brand new *Impractical Jokers*
“Santiago Sent Us on tour that includes sold out shows at London’s O2
arena and more.
“The continuing multiplatform success and incredible fan engagement we see
around the Impractical Jokers makes this season six order a no-brainer,”
said *Chris Linn, president of truTV*. “Joe, Murr, Q and Sal have
consistently raised the bar on the creativity and fun they bring to the
show each week, and we’re looking forward to what they can dream up for
*Impractical Jokers* is currently in its fifth season with new episodes
premiering on truTV Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, with availability on
truTV On Demand, truTV.com and the Watch truTV app the
following day. In every new episode, the Staten Island-natives push each
other to the limit, challenging one another with some of their most
over-the-top antics yet. Ever since high school, the four friends have
dared one another to do ridiculous things in public. Now all grown up, they
are capturing their extreme mischief on hidden camera, complete with
unsuspecting strangers’ amused, confused, or flabbergasted reactions. The
sixth season of *Impractical Jokers *is scheduled to debut in early 2017.
No Question Mark Box Here; Super Mario Delivers a 1-Up in Theaters
If you were born in the ’80s, ’90s, or literally ANY decade after those, you know about Super Mario. A cultural phenomenon was brought to life on the big screen this last weekend. One that has not only stood the test of time but reinvented itself time and time again. This wasn’t even the first time it’s been made into a movie but, well, let’s be honest.. some of us choose not to acknowledge the LIVE action adaptation of the beloved game from 30 years ago.
It was pretty bad… But this was animation. ILLUMINATION animation at that. The Universal company that brought us Gru and his Minions, showed us the Secret Life of Pets, and gave us a reason to SING! Still, I had my reservations and even some concerns, especially when the casting was announced.
Eyebrows were raised. As big of stars as they were on paper, could they really deliver on voicing characters from a staple of our childhood? They did.
Chris Pratt and Charlie Day may not be Italian, and Jack Black may not be a King or Turtle creature from the Mushroom Kingdom, but they make the characters their own all while paying homage to the lore of a video game.
From the jump, the story reintroduces us to the brothers that just want to save Brooklyn one clogged sink at a time. We feel an instant connection and relate to these “underdogs of the plumbing world”. The movie is riddled with easter eggs, each of which tugs on the heartstrings of every generation of Mario fandom. And the soundtrack was beautifully put together to not only make us feel like we’re taking a walkthrough of the game but like an experience all its own with some familiar favorites thrown in.
Every word in the movie is pure eye candy for both those that are casual fans, and those analyzing every frame to see what they’ll catch next. Bowser’s ship, the Mushroom Kingdom, Kong’s arena, and the Rainbow Road.. They’re all meant to give us just enough of a “new” look at these amazing worlds, but stay true to how we remember them.
The movie itself moves along at the perfect pace. Although, if you don’t really know ANYTHING about the Super Mario Bros, you may have gotten a little lost and felt left behind in the green tunnel. But that’s ok! It’s an adventure of the imagination and a classic story of a boy that meets a girl and tries to save the world from a monster that wants to destroy it.
What’s funny is that you could easily say this is a story about two characters who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, battling to win the heart of a princess. Who would’ve thought that the King of the Koopas was just trying to impress his crush?
And that song? Ohhh THAT song! It’s my new ringtone and deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song.
Back to the movie.
Universal and Illumination clearly understood the assignment. Is it missing some things or could things have been done differently or even better? Absolutely! We’re the worst critics of the things we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts. But if you’re up for going on a 90-minute adventure through amazing worlds, with awesome music, and characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, then this is the perfect movie to spring you into that warm summer feeling.
Plus there’s the whole part with karts and shells, and banana peels and oh my goodness how amazing was that?? It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer, then go home and destroy your friends and family on your favorite track haha.
The bottom line, it pays homage in all the right ways to the little guy with the mustache, while giving us something new and exciting. Take the kids and go see Super Mario Bros. You’ll be glad you did!
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023
Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Opening Act Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on North 200A. Talent confirmed so far to participate in the post-screening panel is Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Goldbergs, Gotham) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and longtime RWBY cast member Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle ( RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (Detective Now Dead) as Blake and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang – along with Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as a cyborg. Also attending the panel will be producer/director Kerry Shawcross (series RWBY) and writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II).
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023 with the big screen debut from DC Animated Films: highlights this year include the world premieres of the highly anticipated Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham and Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Part One the weekend of March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with actors and creators. Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham premieres at The Arena on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon, producer/co-director Sam Liu (The Death and the Return of Superman), co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) and screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem Across the Multiverse).
Both films will have encore screenings in the Arena on Sunday, March 26. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will screen at 12:15pm, followed by Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham at 2:00pm