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Peer pressure is real.

Woody Harrelson made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, where he opened up about what finally made him smoke pot again after quitting for several years.

“I quit for almost two years. No smoking, no vaping,” he said. “Every once in a while you’re going to have something edible. Let’s be real, I’m not a nun.”

But Harrelson said after running into Willie Nelson, who is known for his love of getting high, the temptation became harder than ever to resit.

“He was never comfortable with me quitting, it just bothered him,” he said. “I would always say, ‘Willie you know I’m not smoking,’ ” he continued. “He would always do the same thing like he was hearing it for the first time, ‘Oh really? Sorry!’ This happened like 500 times.”

After playing a game of poker with the musician, the actor and longtime marijuana advocate said he finally caved.

“I was in a celebratory mood and he hands me that pin and I was just snatched and it was like ‘ah, f— it,’ ” he said. “I take a big draw of it and he says ‘Welcome home, son.’ ”

Harrelson has a decades-long history supporting the legalization of marijuana and has even served on the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

In April 2016, Harrelson was one of the first to apply to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Hawaii months after the state’s Department of Health approved the production of medical marijuana — though his request was denied.

Harrelson previously said he decided to quit smoking because it was keeping him from being “emotionally available.”

“I am a party animal,” he said in March 2017. “But on the other hand, I’m now extremely moderate, and … I actually stopped smoking pot almost a year ago.”


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Tom Hanks’ Brother Secretly Voices Woody When Tom Is Busy, AKA Your Childhood Is A Lie

If you’ve ever had a Woody toy, video game or — in a few cases — seen a “Toy Story” movie, you’ve assumed the voice you heard coming from the cowboy in the yellow-plaid shirt was that of Tom Hanks.

Well, reach for the sky, because there’s been a snake in your boot/ears this whole time. This town was big enough for two all along and the dual-sheriffs are actually Tom Hanks and his brother, Jim Hanks.

UK-based comedian Graham Norton used his show to confront Tom about this mystery back in 2011, bringing out a Woody doll and asking if he had provided the voice.

“No, it’s my brother Jim,” Tom responded smirking, and then continued on to explain, “There are so many computer games and video things and Jim just works on those all year long.”

Clarifying how this initial idea came about, Tom said that it had to do with him being too busy to handle all the extra voice work. He recalled to Norton, being asked rhetorically, “You don’t want to do this,” to which he appears to still respond, “No, get my brother Jim, he’ll do it.”

As my co-worker put it, this means “your child’s cute little Woody toys are a f**king lie.” Another surprised and uncharacteristically outraged co-worker added, “everything is bulls**t.”

How could this be?

Jim Hanks is an actor in his own right, with a long list of credits since 1992. One such recent role in 2015 was for a short titled, “The Other Brother,” where he plays the sibling of a famous Hollywood producer. His character’s job in the short is to give tram tours around Universal Studios, showing off the more well-known brother’s success.

Over a dozen credits are from his work voicing Woody in “Toy Story” properties. Many of these are for video games, but you’ve most likely heard his work in the popular doll versions of Woody (which Norton showed) or if you’re of a certain generation, perhaps in the 2000 movie, “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins.”

Jim can manipulate his voice to sound almost exactly like his brother’s, which is part of the reason why you’ve never noticed the difference. The other part, of course, being that you didn’t expect a beloved actor and Pixar’s first franchise to betray you.

In the video below, Jim shows off his relative talent, while also admitting what scares him about the level of fame that follows his brother.

The Huffington Post reached out to Jim Hanks’ representation, along with multiple producers from his early ”Toy Story” roles, but nobody wished to comment on the story.

With no further answers to console your shaken memories, it’s time to find your old Woody toy, pull its string and somehow accept that it has actually been pulling your string this whole time.

“You’re my favorite deputy,” Jim Hanks tells you in Tom Hanks’ voice as Woody.

You should have always known you were second string.

  

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‘Top Five’: Woody and Robert and Chris, Oh My

Chris Rock enters into Woody Allen territory with his new movie Top Five. During the opening scene, as Rock’s hero Andre Allen strolls down a Manhattan avenue engaged in lively debate with reporter Chelsea Brown (co-star Rosario Dawson), Chelsea mentions that sometimes a “movie is just a movie.” That sounds like an homage to Allen’s 1980 film Stardust Memories, in which two characters are discussing the symbolic significance of the Rolls-Royce in the movie they have just watched, and one of them agonizingly concludes that “it represented… his car.”

Andre Allen, like Woody’s Sandy Bates in Stardust Memories, and like Joel McCrea’s John Sullivan, from Preston Sturges’ classic Sullivan’s Travels (1941), has built a career based on making people laugh. For reasons that will become clear during the course of the story, he is no longer interested in that. He wants to make serious movies. Andre is about to release a movie about a slave uprising in Haiti.

Chris Rock has a lot to say about race and humor and culture, and about where an artist fits into that discussion. Especially a black artist. It’s hard to think about anyone better suited to talk about that right now. Though there may be certain lines of descent linking Top Five to Sturges and Allen, Top Five‘s truest progenitor is Hollywood Shuffle, Robert Townsend’s ahead-of-its-time comedy from 1978 about a stereotyped actor trying to break free. Townsend brought a great deal of personal experience to his movie, and one suspects Rock does as well. Ultimately, two significant failings prevent Top Five from being a great movie. But there is more than enough quality material — material to make you laugh and material to make you think — to ensure that is remains quite good.

Let’s talk about that good stuff first.

Rock fills Top Five with great characters. That is a hallmark of excellent writers. Sturges and Allen (who along with Billy Wilder are arguably the greatest American comic screenwriters) never fail to offer a wealth of memorable characters. Rock’s movie seems to have everyone in Hollywood showing up at one point or another, and many of them are outstanding. Early on, Cedric the Entertainer threatens to run away with the movie during his brief stint as Jazzy Dee (“the MAN in Houston”). Toward the end, rapper DMX does a magnificently wretched jail-cell performance of “Smile,” an old Charlie Chaplin tune. In between, Rock has Allen pay a visit to old friends, and those brief scenes feature first-rate work by the likes of Sherri Shepherd, Jay Pharoah, Tracy Morgan, and Leslie Jones.

Rock also fills Top Five with big ideas, another hallmark of great writers. The plot of the movie is set up as a free-wheeling interview between performer and reporter, and some of the best sequences involve the rapid-fire back and forth debate over matters, both personal and political. Rock, as both writer and actor, has the ability to make such potentially ponderous material very fresh. Race is a central issue, but Rock is clearly interested in moving beyond that discussion. Substance abuse, fame, and the purpose of art all figure into the story. Though some issues are invariably colored by race, others are rooted in broader humanity. As a result, Rock manages to be both racially specific and universal. No small feat.

Finally, and I can’t stress this enough, Top Five is very funny. It is overflowing with comic talent. Iconic figures like Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, and Whoopi Goldberg make cameo appearances. Kevin Hart, maybe the most popular film comedian in the world today, does a signature fast-talking scene as Andre’s agent and I don’t think I even saw his name in the credits. In addition to being funny, there are very interesting conversations about the nature of comedy (though a two-second Bill Cosby reference seems a little off-putting.) Like John Sullivan — the director from Sullivan’s Travels who ultimately concludes that comedy just might have more societal value than all the heavy drama in the world — Andre Allen will have a similar epiphany. And when the time comes for him to deliver the laughs, he does not fail.

So what are the two failings? First, Rock is a great performer, but he is not a great actor. I say that with a fair amount of self-consciousness, since film critics who make such pronouncements come in for some pretty heavy abuse in Top Five. But it’s hard to ignore. When he calls on himself to do the fast stuff — obviously the fast comedy, but also the fast anger or fast frustration or fast… anything — Rock is very much in his element. It’s when he has to slow down and start exploring subtler emotions that I begin to see an actor reciting lines. Rock is okay in such moments. He just isn’t great. And since Andre Allen’s breakdown and rebirth are at the heart of the story, that matters.

But the second failing matters more, because it cuts into Rock’s greatest strength, which is as a writer. In a sense, Top Five is a romantic comedy, and if there is one truism about romantic comedies, it’s this: the audience has to root for the couple to end up together. That isn’t the case in Top Five. It has nothing to do with Rosario Dawson, a fine actress who does rather well as Chelsea. It’s the way Chelsea is written. She isn’t real, at least not as real as the others we get to see. Sure, she has struggles and problems, but those problems do not grow out of her own weaknesses and conflicts. This is a crucial point. Most of the major characters in Top Five suffer through some sort of crisis or humiliation. But Chelsea’s humiliations are not of her own doing. They are imposed on her by others. She isn’t the problem. The script tries to suggest that her bad judgment has put her in these situations, but that never really rings true. Essentially, she is always right. Even when she does suffer humiliation at the hands of her boyfriend (hilariously played by Workaholics‘ Anders Holm) she gets a magnificent, kick-ass revenge. The two other women in Andre’s life — reality star fiancée Erica (Gabrielle Union) and former girlfriend Vanessa (Sherri Shepherd) both get very brief moments of weakness which have far more emotional honesty than anything Chelsea gets. Chelsea is in the movie for one reason and one reason only: to rescue Andre. She is too wise and too caring and too perfect. And that is the kiss of death.

But of course, it’s just a movie, and in a movie, death is relative. Top Five is all about rebirth. It manages to transcend its failings and still be relevant and smart. And very funny.
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Golden Globes Highlights: From Amy Poehler’s Win To Diane Keaton’s Song For Woody Allen

The 71st Golden Globe Awards featured many moments worth their weight in gold.

From Amy Poehler winning Best Actress for “Parks and Recreation” (after making out with Bono) to Emma Thompson walking out onstage with her high heels and martini in hand, the night was full of surprises and fun.

Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler owned the night. From their funny opening bit (“Tam Honks,” anyone?) to Poehler dressing up as Fey’s “son,” Randy, but it was Poehler who ended up being an actual winner. She took home the Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on “Parks and Recreation.”

In addition to love for Poehler, the Hollywood Foreign Press were obviously big fans of “Breaking Bad,” which won Best Drama Series and Best Actor in a Drama Series for Bryan Cranston.

There was a double surprise for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” in the TV Comedy categories when series star Andy Samberg won for Best Actor and the show itself won Best Comedy Series.

Some of the stranger highlights included Jacqueline Bisset’s perplexing acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries, and Diane Keaton ending her acceptance speech for Woody Allen’s Cecil B. DeMille Award by singing the Girl Scouts song, “Make New Friends (But Keep The Old).”

The Golden Globes continued with its annual tradition of having the stars let loose, giving the audience a show to remember — and plenty to talk about until next year.
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The Bengals and the Curse of Woody Harrelson

I was born and raised in New England, just outside of Boston, so the whole notion of sports curses is nothing new to me.

I heard about the infamous Curse of the Bambino growing up. For a New England kid, hearing that story was the modern day version of hearing an ancient orator recite verses from Homer’s Iliad. It was a rite of passage, a part of New England’s history that was passed down from generation to generation.

But then a funny thing happened: The Red Sox won the World Series. The curse had been lifted and we were left to rejoice in our first championship since 1918. Now that the Sox have won three World Series titles since 2004, the whole idea of a curse seems a little silly now, at least to some.

But I assure sports curses are real. Just look at the Cincinnati Bengals.

What curse, you say?

I’ll admit, it’s not as well known or sexy like the Curse of the Bambino, but it’s real and can also be traced to one man: Woody Harrelson.

Allow me to explain.

The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since the 1990 season, which is currently the longest drought of any team without a playoff victory. Hell, even the Jacksonville Jaguars have had more playoff success than the Bengals in recent years.

Now the irrational fan will attribute this to bad coaching and poor drafting by management and the front office (can you say Ki-Jana Carter, Akili Smith and Peter Warrick?). But the rational fan knows that logical excuses like these are just that: excuses. The rational fan will see the truth, and realize that the only explanation for the Bengals’ postseason woes has to go beyond the logical and into the realm of the supernatural. This is where Woody Harrelson comes into play.

Harrelson was born in Texas but raised in Lebanon, Ohio. He’s a big Bengals fan to this today, so it would probably kill him to know that he inadvertently cursed his beloved franchise. But the truth must be told.

Harrelson is a well-accomplished actor, best known for his roles in films such as The Hunger Games, King Pin, and White Men Can’t Jump. But before all that, Harrelson made a name for himself by playing Woody Boyd in the hit sitcom Cheers.

Boyd was the lovable, yet naïve, bartender who hailed from a small town in Indiana. And, it was this naivety that brought upon a curse that would ripple from the barstools of Boston to the gridiron of Cincinnati.

On January 6, 1991, the Bengals won their playoff game against the Houston Oilers, 41-14. Little did they know it would be their last playoff victory for decades. Four days later on January 10, a new episode of Cheers aired entitled Achilles Hill. In that episode, Woody Boyd finds an old foosball table that Carla tells him is cursed. She says bad things happened to people who used it. Sure enough, at one point in the episode, Dr. Frasier Crane gets his hand stuck in the machine, and Carla has to call in a priest to exorcise the demons that possess the table in order to free Frasier. Granted, all the priest did was pull Frasier’s hand from the table, but by the end of the show the table was neither destroyed nor dealt with. It was simply forgotten about (like most things on weekly sitcoms).

However, Woody’s discovery of that table would prove to be the ultimate undoing for Cincinnati. Three days later, on January 13, 1991, the Bengals lost to the LA Raiders in the divisional round, 20-10. They have never won a playoff game since.

So go ahead; shake your head and laugh all you want at this notion of the Harrelson Curse. But take a look at the Bengals’ subsequent playoff appearances since that episode aired. Who knows what role it played in the Carson Palmer-Kimo von Oelhoffen game? All I’m saying is that come Sunday, if the Bengals should fall again in the postseason to the Chargers, we all know who is to blame.

Cheers to you, Woody.
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