JOHN CENA IN “BLOCKERS”
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!