JOHN CENA IN “BLOCK­ERS”

Riverbank News - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Tony Rizzo

When the chil­dren’s book “Mar­lon Bundo’s a Day in the Life of the Vice Pres­i­dent,” by Char­lotte Pence, came out, with il­lus­tra­tions by Karen Pence (daugh­ter and wife, re­spec­tively, of our cur­rent vice pres­i­dent), John Oliver of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight, With John Oliver” pre­miered his own satir­i­cal ver­sion of the chil­dren’s book. “A Day in the Life of Mar­lon Bundo” is about a male bunny who falls in love with an­other male bunny. The pro­ceeds are be­ing do­nated to the Trevor Project and AIDS United.

The par­ody has been out­selling the orig­i­nal book, and now Max Mutch­nick, cre­ator and pro­ducer of “Will and Grace,” has joined the cause. He ad­mit­ted, “Af­ter read­ing John Oliver’s book, an LGBTQ-friendly par­ody ‘A Day in the Life of Mar­lon Bundo’, to my daugh­ters, I de­cided to do­nate a copy to ev­ery gram­mar school in In­di­ana.” Mutch­nick wed lawyer Erik Hy­man in 2008, and their twin daugh­ters were born that same year via a sur­ro­gate.

An au­dio book is now avail­able on Ama­zon, fea­tur­ing the voices of Jim Par­sons, Jesse Tyler Fer­gu­son, Jeff Gar­land, El­lie Kem­per, John Lith­gow, Jack McBrayer and RuPaul.

*** The feud be­tween John Cena and Dwayne Johnson has ended, and now Cena is fol­low­ing in Johnson’s foot­steps. Johnson be­came fa­mous as the wrestler “The Rock,” and suc­cess­fully made the tran­si­tion to be­ing a huge film star. Cena, also a wrestler, rose to the top of his game, and thanks to “The Rock” paving the way, also has made the tran­si­tion to films.

Johnson is the busiest ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and ac­tor around and has a string of huge hits. Cena’s early films “The Ma­rine” (2006), with Robert Pa­trick, and “12 Rounds” (2009) weren’t hits, but by play­ing smaller roles in big films such as “Train­wreck” and “Sis­ters” (both in 2015), and in “The Wall” and as the voice of “Fer­di­nand” (both in 2017), he earned great re­views, and his cur­rent hit, “Block­ers,” has taken off. Cena’s also com­pleted the sci-fi “Bum­ble­bee: The Movie,” with Hailee Ste­in­feld (due Dec. 21) and “The Voy­age of Doc­tor Dolit­tle,” with Robert Downey, Jr. (due April 2019).

Mean­while, Dwayne Johnson’s “Ju­manji: Wel­come to the Jun­gle” (he’s also ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer) cost $100 mil­lion and grossed $946 mil­lion. He’s cur­rently in the­aters in “Ram­page,” with “Sky­scraper” open­ing July 13. Johnson will fol­low them with the com­edy “Fight­ing With My Fam­ily,” out Sept. 14. He’s also exec pro­duc­ing “Shazam,” star­ring Zachary Levi, for an April 2019 pre­miere.

“The Rock” and Cena re­solved their feud af­ter their WrestleMa­nia 29 grudge match and are now the best of friends who con­fer of­ten. Good thing, be­cause Cena found be­ing be­tween a rock and a hard place isn’t a good thing when “The Rock” IS the hard place!

Photo credit: Univer­sal Pic­tures

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