12 Best April Fools’ Pranks: From Lin-Manuel’s ‘The Room’ to Sondheim’s ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Song
Fact check: These are the fake news stories coming out of Hollywood in honor of April 1, 2018
Reid Nakamura | April 1, 2018 @ 2:48 PM
Last Updated: April 1, 2018 @ 4:03 PM
Netflix acquires Seth RogenThe streamer announced on Sunday that it had "World-renowned Canadian person, prolific marijuana-doer, and winner of the 2015 MTV Movie Award for ‘Best Kiss’ Seth Q. Rogen" had signed over his "personal autonomy" in a lifetime deal.
Redbox introduces "Walk-Up" movie theatersThe DVD/Blu-ray rental service promised that its users would now be able to walk up to any of its kiosks to watch a movie on the sidewalk. #BringYourOwnChair
First "Shazam" teaser trailerDavid F. Sandberg, director of the upcoming superhero flick starring Zachary Levi, shared the first "teaser" for the movie on his social media channels, featuring footage from the 1970s TV show and the title card "Shazam! The Rise of the Ponysmasher."
"Ferris Bueller" reboot from Edgar WrightScreen Rant published a blog post sharing the news that "Baby Driver" director Edgar Wright had enlisted Tom Holland to star in a reboot of the '80s classic entitled "#SaveFerris."
Lin-Manuel Miranda to adapt "The Room" for BroadwayThe "Hamilton" mastermind co-signed Theater Mania's "exclusive" report that Tommy Wiseau had enlisted Miranda to adapt the cult hit for the stage, with Mark Rylance as the star, adding the caveat that the announcement was "very premature."
The Rock, Rian Johnson and the Netflix algorithm participate in Reddit AMAsThe r/movies subreddit also set up AMAs with "Jurassic World" director Colin Trevorrow and James Cameron and Wes Anderson, most of which was spent insulting users and making self-mocking quips about their respective careers.
Stephen Sondheim to guest star on "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"The musical theater legend will also contribute an original song to the CW musical dramedy, according to Broadway World's joke announcement. Bloom later voiced her support for the casting, though Sondheim will, of course, have to audition.
Criterion Collection re-releasing "Stranger Than Paradise" in 3DJim Jarmusch’s landmark achievement in independent film will get the release its filmmaker always intended when the Criterion Collection re-issues the 1984 film in 3D for the first time -- if we're to believe this April Fools' prank.
"Southern Reach" Trilogy for kidsAuthor Jeff Vandermeer announced on Twitter that his "Southern Reach" trilogy of sci-fi novels -- the first of which, "Annihilation," was recently adapted into a feature film starring Natalie Portman -- would be rewritten for children. (Not true.)
Snapchat's new Russian bots filterThe social media platform trolled one of its competitors with a new camera filter to make photos look like a Facebook post being liked but Russian spam bots.
Google Maps becomes Where's Waldo?Google has added a "Where's Waldo" minigame to Google Maps this week, allowing users to search for the red-and-white-striped man in a number of different scenes around the world.
Tesla goes "completely and totally bankrupt"CEO Elon Musk laughed off the company's recent financial troubles by announcing on Twitter that Tesla had gone "so bankrupt, you can't believe it." "There are many chapters of bankruptcy and, as critics so rightly pointed out, Tesla has them *all*, including Chapter 14 and a half (the worst one)," he wrote.