The scene that won Marisa Tomei her first ever Oscar was almost cut from the movie entirely.
‘My Cousin Vinny’ turns 25 today, still being an instant classic that is regularly referenced in pop culture. It was Tomei’s performance as Mona Lisa Vito that helped the low-budget comedy rise to popularity and get noticed by the Academy.
In the scene, Vinny Gambini (played by Joe Pesci) brings in his surprise witness fiancee, Mona Lisa Vito, during the climax of the movie. Mona Lisa Vito takes the stand in a courtroom where Vinny is the legal representation for two young men who are on trial for murder. She shoots an apathetic eye roll at the prosecution’s Mr. Trotter (Lane Smith) before dismantling his “bullsh– question.” She boldly declares that “the defense is wrong” and rattles off automotive knowledge with a spitfire spunk of a Brooklyn hairdresser. The whole scene leaves even the judge dumbstruck at her knowledge of the automotive industry.
The scene is so famous, in fact, that when Bill Belicheck was being grilled during the “Deflategate” scandal, he said he wasn’t “the Mona Lisa Vito of the football world.”
Amazingly, screenwriter Dale Launer, who also spoke with TheWrap, said the studio originally wanted to cut Tomei’s character from the movie altogether. They wanted to give those big moments to Pesci’s Vinny.
“I thought they were looking at the best thing in the movie and wanted to cut it out,” Launer said. “Not only did I not take Lisa out, I decided to put more of her into the movie.”
Before the “Moonlight” and “La La Land” mix-up became the biggest mistake in Academy Awards history, Tomei was the subject of her own Oscars controversy. Rumors continue to this day that she didn’t really win and instead Jack Palance made an error when he announced her name for Best Supporting Actress. She was up against some stiff competition including Judy Davis and Vanessa Redgrave, and it is rare that comedies win this category. The rumor has been debunked, and Tomei even joked about it when she hosted “Saturday Night Live.”
“Everyone I spoke to said, ‘Who is this woman? She’s wonderful,’” Lynn said, confident in her victory.
Now 25 years after its release, “My Cousin Vinny” continues to be shown on cable TV and HBO. It is the kind of movie that you can’t turn off once you start watching.
Based on a true story, The Zookeeper’s Wife portrays Antonina and Jan Żabiński, a Christian couple and zookeepers in Warsaw, Poland. When the Germans invade and start World War II, Antonia and Jan refuse to stand-by in the face of so much suffering and persecution. They join the resistance, and use the zoo as a hiding place and refuge to save hundreds of Jews from the Nazis – risking their own lives in the process.
The film is a testament to the power of compassion, faith, and courage within us all. Watch the official trailer and check back for more on this upcoming movie.
Actress Queen Latifah is working on a new faith show with Fox. The project is called “The Scroll,” a Bible-themed drama that will retell popular Bible stories in the modern era. The project will be a joint effort with 20th Century Fox TV, Flavor Unit Television, a company owned by Queen Latifah, according to Deadline.com.
“The Scroll,” will reportedly retell these stories “through a group of colleagues and friends who are living in the modern era and who are essentially contemporary versions of Bible characters,” the site reported.
The show is in development for next season. The news came on the heels of CBS developing another faith show called “Living Biblically.” This show also will focus on a contemporary view of Bible characters that can be related to today. For example, the show examined Jacobs’ story as a modern-day man.
Dr. Carter Molly Carter’s company Relevé Entertainment will be involved with the show and will work behind-the-scenes. “Humbled excited and feeling really favored. Looking forward to partnering with such great people…Michael Elliot, Queen Latifah, and Shakim Compere! To read more click link in bio! Come on Jesus,” she shared on Instagram.
Faith seems to be hot in Hollywood.
Recent Bible-related television programs like CNN’s documentary “Finding Jesus” and Nat Geo’s “The Story of God” have been successful with viewers on the small screen. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s television miniseries “The Bible,” was received well by audiences on The History Channel in 2013.
“The Scroll” is currently in development and there is little information on specifics.
Singer Britney Spears hit back at criticism launched against her by pop star Katy Perry.
But she didn’t use foul language or threats.
Instead, she took to social media by using a Scripture found in Luke.
The story all started when Perry told Ryan Seacrest during an interview that she was taking a break from the music scene for her mental health “It’s like the last color in the spectrum that I can do,” she said. “I’ve done all of them and the only thing left to do is shave my head, which I’m really saving for a public breakdown.”
Perry was referencing Spears, who had a mental breakdown, locked herself in the house and shaved her head over 10 years ago. The joke was not taken lightly by Spears, who responded with a Scripture from Luke 6:45. “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart.”
One fan responded: “Mental illness isn’t funny. Stop trying to be quirky.”
“I turned into this different person, seriously, bipolar disorder,” Spears said in the “I Am Britney Jean” documentary about her struggle with mental illness.
Spears has opened up more about her faith over the years, although she has jumped to a few religions outside of Christianity.
“I’m a Baptist. I grew up going to church but I think you can have spiritual experiences without going to church,” she said earlier in her show business career. Spears has also dabbled in Kabbalah, Hinduism and once remarked that her kids are her religion.
However, in a 2016 interview, she said “my relationship with God and myself and that’s what matters to me. I really don’t care what most people think,” she added.
Lynne Spears, Britney’s mother, wrote a book called Through the Storm. It was about her daughter’s journey.
“Someone told me once that no one is immune to prayer, no one is so rich, so famous, so lost, that she is outside the power of petitioning God on her behalf. So I move toward God and pray for fresh eyes and fresh faith to see his hope for my child. She is not out of His reach.”