Screen Junkies » Ken Jeong http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:37:31 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Can Ken Jeong Carry an Entire Show? (Short Answer: Hell No) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/actors-directors/can-ken-jeong-carry-an-entire-show-short-answer-hell-no/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/actors-directors/can-ken-jeong-carry-an-entire-show-short-answer-hell-no/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:15:08 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263310 If you're psyched to see Dr. Ken dance around half-naked, and shift between "black" dialect and exaggerated Asian accents...you need to raise your comedic standards, dude.

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Thanks to 2009′s The Hangover, one-note “comedian” Zach Galifianakis developed a career that’s inexplicable to people like me who, y’know, actually enjoy people that are funny.

Also thanks to the same movie, pediatrician-turned-stand-up-comedian Ken Jeong made it on everyone’s radar; it was his third time as a real presence in a movie (following the superior Role Models from 2008 and 2007′s aiiiight Knocked Up). Tack on his role as Community‘s Señor Ben Chang — in which he provided that show’s best moment not involving Alison Brie’s cleavage — and Jeong was on a nice little career ascendancy around the turn of the decade…

…and then it quickly became clear that he didn’t seem to have a lot of range. I’ve never seen Jeong do much outside of three things: Dance like an Asian version of Michael Jackson on Red Bull, mock “black” dialect, and basically sell out his people with an easy go-to Korean accent. And it turns out he’s been at this schtick since well before he was famous.

So with the news that he’s getting his own MTV show called Ken Jeong Made Me Do It, in which he’ll play some version of himself, I wonder if he can carry it long enough for people to really care. I get the feeling that MTV viewers will be like, “Ooo, he’s yelling and half-naked again. Awesome!” before completely tuning out halfway through the season. Most likely, his show will go the way of the Cavemen sitcom — an extremely ill-advised attempt to extend something that worked perfectly in short bursts.

Seriously though, they’re giving this guy a television show:

God damn it.

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‘The International Incident’ To Roll The Dice With Ken Jeong As Star http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-international-incident-to-roll-the-dice-with-ken-jeong-as-star/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-international-incident-to-roll-the-dice-with-ken-jeong-as-star/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:44:22 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262371 CAN HE TONE IT DOWN A LITTLE?

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You may not know his name, but you probably know him as “that loud, shrill guy that you wish would step aside for a few minutes so the plot could advance a little.” That’s Mr. Ken Jeong. He’s been in films like The Hangover, and Knocked Up, and had a recurring role on Community as Professor Chang.

Well, he’s getting the call to star in The International Incident, a film produced by Steve Carell that will follow a collection of U.N. delegates as they go on a road trip to reunite a lost love. That’s a high-concept logline right there, folks.

The film will be directed by the Daily Show writer David Javerbaum, which means nothing to any of us.

If you think 90 minutes of Jeong is a tall order, just think about those poor fictional characters that have to be in the car with him for the entire road trip. Ugh.

 

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Ken Jeong Is Getting His Own Show On NBC, America Suddenly Gets Piercing Headache http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/ken-jeong-is-getting-his-own-show-on-nbc-america-suddenly-gets-piercing-headache/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/ken-jeong-is-getting-his-own-show-on-nbc-america-suddenly-gets-piercing-headache/#comments Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:45:05 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257161 They're going for a shrillness strategy. Good call.

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If he’s not yelling at you to buy beer, or flashing his wiener and calling everyone bitches, Ken Jeong wasn’t really a part of your life. But that’s all about to change, assuming you will watch everything that NBC airs.

Because he’s going to get his own show, you see.

The show will be called Dr. Ken, which is a pretty decent name, and will explore Jeong’s pre-comedy life as an actual doctor. Presumably in fictitious fashion. If this doesn’t sound like a vehicle for a parade of guest star after guest star, then I really don’t know what does.

As for what this means for his future on Community…slow down there, buck. Community is always about to be cancelled, so let’s just get it back before we

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You Can Be A Part Of The Mr. Chow Fan Mosaic http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/you-can-be-a-part-of-the-mr-chow-fan-mosaic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/you-can-be-a-part-of-the-mr-chow-fan-mosaic/#comments Wed, 22 May 2013 17:23:02 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254967 We are all Chow.

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Resistance is futile. Mr. Chow is all of us, and we are Mr. Chow. Display your unwavering allegiance to the hive conscience by heading over to our The Hangover Part III page and completing the Mr. Chow fan mosaic by adding your face. Or participate via Instagram by adding the tag #ChowWasHere to pictures of trashed hotels or cocaine or food or your feet or what have you. And be sure to see The Hangover Part III in theaters beginning tomorrow!

If this experiment is a success, we can get to work on our next mosaic.

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In Honor of Anthony Weiner: The 9 Most Embarrassing Wiener Scenes http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-anthony-weiner-the-9-most-embarrassing-wiener-scenes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-anthony-weiner-the-9-most-embarrassing-wiener-scenes/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 21:22:39 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215519 One month has passed since the death of Osama bin Laden, and in that short time, America has already gone back to focusing on the issues that truly matter

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Only one month has passed since the death of Osama bin Laden, and in that short time, America has already gone back to focusing on the issues that truly matter. Specifically, I’m talking about Congressman Anthony Weiner’s schlong. Night after night, it’s the lead story on every major news outlet, and unless Osama comes back from the dead, it’s not going away any time soon.

It’s hard to feel sorry for a guy who is dumb enough to tweet a picture of his own dong to the entire world. But on some level, I do feel pity. I imagine Weiner has spent his entire life dealing with ridicule stemming from his unfortunate name. And now, thanks to this scandal, he’s reliving the years of torment on a national scale. But it’s important for him to keep in mind that despite his situation, he’s not the first person to get caught in a wiener related mishap. Of course, all of these examples are fictional, so take it for what it’s worth.

Anchorman


When it comes to inappropriate erections, we’ve all been there. Well, I suppose we haven’t all been there. Women and eunuchs don’t usually get boners. But at any rate, Ron Burgundy came down with an embarrassing erection while talking to a co-worker. I don’t think she believed him when he claimed it was an optical illusion brought about by the fabric pattern and the pleats.

Porky’s


Intentionally sticking your penis through a hole that leads to a girl’s locker room isn’t embarrassing, per se. It might be considered sexual assault, but that’s a whole different matter. No, the embarrassment in this scene stems not from the exposed wiener, but rather the attempt to capture it by Ms. Balbricker. Having your junk pulled off by a middle-aged lesbian isn’t exactly something to brag about.

The Hangover


It’s embarrassing to be stripped naked and locked in the trunk of a car. It’s even more embarrassing when your penis is almost small enough to slip past the censors. Honestly, I’m not even sure I needed to black out this picture. Out of respect for actor Ken Jeong, I’m going to assume that it has more to do with the camera angles and the lighting then the size of his junk, and that he’s a grower, not a show’er.

Tomcats


In Tomcats, the groomsmen end up taking a large dose of Viagra. This results in a lot of embarrassing erections during the wedding ceremony. You know what’s even more embarrassing than that scene? The fact that this film exists.

Life of Brian


Imagine opening your window while naked, only to have a few hundred people staring back at you. That’s the problem with being followed as a messiah: no privacy.

Bad Lieutenant


At least the “Bad Lieutenant” is alone in this scene, so it’s not as embarrassing as it could have been. But there’s still something sadly pathetic about watching a guy, drugged out of his head, thrashing around in the nude. It’s not a public humiliation, but his life has devolved to the point where it’s embarrassing on a whole different level.

American Pie


Getting walked in on naked is one thing. Getting walked in on by your parents with porn on the TV and a sock over your cock is a whole lot worse. It’s not as bad as getting caught nailing a pie, but it’s close.

Little Fockers


There are very few things in this world that are more awkward than seeing your father-in-law’s junk. One of those things is injecting his junk full of adrenaline in order to relieve a four hour erection. Unfortunately for the makers of this film, embaressing doesn’t always equal funny.

There’s Something About Mary


High school is awkward enough without getting your “frank and beans” stuck in a zipper on your prom night. Add the police, paramedics, and the girl’s family into the mix, and you’ve got the most embarrassing wiener scene of all time.

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Review: The Hangover Part II http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-hangover-part-ii/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-hangover-part-ii/#comments Fri, 27 May 2011 15:56:44 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213202 This is everything we loved about 'The Hangover' and more all new epic, outrageous comedy.

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Thank God The Hangover Part II is good. We don’t need any more summer disappointments. This is everything we loved about The Hangover and more all new epic, outrageous comedy.

First of all, the film does a great job of handling how the exact same thing happens again. The characters acknowledge it just enough without being all, “Remember the last time we passed out and had to piece back the comic misadventures of the night before?” The only excuse they need is “it’s still funny,” so they don’t dwell on the explanation.

It is nice to see more of the wolf pack’s everyday interaction, including how they’ve coped with the history of Vegas. Phil’s (Bradley Cooper) basically the same but Doug (Justin Bartha) is happily married and Stu (Ed Helms) is now completely overprotective. Alan (Zach Galifianakis) is a definitive personality with his pronunciation of Thailand and random Doogie Howser jokes, and, as destructive as he is, he’s also sweet and protective.

‘Hangover Part II’ Teaser Warms Your Frat Boy Heart

They really build another mystery, even though we’ve already seen Stu’s face tattoo and Alan’s shaved head on the poster. The catch phrases on the poster aren’t spoilers either. “I have a demon in me” comes up in a totally different context than I imagined it would. The script by Scot Armstrong, Craig Mazin and Todd Phillips seamlessly applies the Hangover structure to a new setting. The beauty of it is it could happen anywhere, or with anyone (i.e. franchise.)

This hangover is even more desperate. Stealing Tyson’s tiger is irresponsible, but it’s easy enough to stay out of a wildcat’s path. Thailand is epically seedy and their exploits there have permanent ramifications. They have not given away the most shocking moments in the trailer. You’ve seen one-off gags like hitting the pig with the car, but the actual immoral ones are a surprise. The tattoo artist cameo definitely didn’t need to be a celebrity stunt casting. It works great with just a tough character actor.

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If you want a completely different structure then you’ll be disappointed, but then also it wouldn’t be The Hangover, it would just be some other movie. So it’s a tattoo instead of a tooth and a monkey instead of a baby. Stu’s new song isn’t quite as funny as “Halle Berry in her Catwoman suit” and the photo montage at the end isn’t as shocking, but I’m glad they tried them again. The beauty of sequels is they can try different takes on familiar favorites, and build on what they’ve done before. It becomes tradition and there are plenty of new bits destined to be classics. Alan’s meditation flashback is so right for depicting how Alan sees the world.

Look, it’s not entirely unpredictable but it’s funny. The explanation for their second blackout is a bit disappointing but so far, The Hangover Part II is the only summer movie that lives up to the hype. I want to see another one, but the next blackout shouldn’t happen at a wedding. Maybe Doug’s son’s bar mitzvah, and not just finding another missing person. They should cause an international incident, maybe murder someone. It can turn out in the end that he was a terrorist and they actually saved the day, but take it to the next level. Keep doing it though.

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Warner Bros. Releases Too Many ‘Hangover Part II’ Stills http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/warner-bros-releases-too-many-hangover-part-ii-stills/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/warner-bros-releases-too-many-hangover-part-ii-stills/#comments Thu, 12 May 2011 03:00:36 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=211753 Is this the result of a night where WB marketing executives partied too hard?

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Somewhere in Burbank, a bunch of Warner Bros. marketing executives are waking up from a long night of partying. They don’t remember the night before, but one of them goes online and realizes they released more than 30 stills from The Hangover Part II. Also, there’s a stupid monkey in the room for some reason.

While those executives piece their night together, you can flip through the above gallery, showing highlights from the newly released group of high quality pics from the summer sequel, starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Ken Jeong. The Wolf Pack is back, doing things that are similar to their first outing, but also enough different stuff to warrant your $38.

Directed by Todd Phillips, The Hangover Part II drunkenly stumbles into theaters May 26th. (More images at Collider)

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Todd Phillips Talks Thailand And ‘The Hangover 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/todd-phillips-talks-thailand-and-the-hangover-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/todd-phillips-talks-thailand-and-the-hangover-2/#comments Mon, 04 Oct 2010 12:13:35 +0000 Reza F. With Due Date on the horizon, Todd Phillips is ready for The Hangover 2 and has confirmed that it will take place in Thailand. Which means, we will see things that can never be unseen. Things that involve donkeys. "It takes place in Bangkok and LA. There's gonna be some f***ed-up surprises. The three guys are back. Mr. Chow's back too." I'm kind of grossed out by this movie already. I'm walking into this with the same anxiousness and dread I feel before watching a Japanese horror film. Popular activities in Thailand include sex with lady-boys and watching strippers eject peeled bananas from their hoo-has, sending them flying a good fifteen-feet across the room. So help me God if Galifianakis eats that banana. (Empire)

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With Due Date on the horizon, Todd Phillips is ready for The Hangover 2 and has confirmed that it will take place in Thailand. Which means, we will see things that can never be unseen. Things that involve donkeys.

"It takes place in Bangkok and LA. There’s gonna be some f***ed-up surprises. The three guys are back. Mr. Chow’s back too."

I’m kind of grossed out by this movie already. I’m walking into this with the same anxiousness and dread I feel before watching a Japanese horror film. Popular activities in Thailand include sex with lady-boys and watching strippers eject peeled bananas from their hoo-has, sending them flying a good fifteen-feet across the room. So help me God if Galifianakis eats that banana. (Empire)

 

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Malkovich, McDormand, and Jeong Je-oin ‘Transformers 3′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/malkovich-mcdormand-and-jeong-je-oin-transformers-3/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/malkovich-mcdormand-and-jeong-je-oin-transformers-3/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 18:55:02 +0000 Reza F. Though his Spiderman 4 role never became a reality, it looks like John Malkovich won't be missing out on a blockbuster payday. Deadline reports that Oscar nominee and Oscar winner Frances McDormand will slum it for Michael Bay in Transformers 3. I guess Malkovich wants something worse than Con-Air on his resume. Malkovich will play LaBeouf's first boss while McDormand will play the National Intelligence Director.Ken Jeong of The Hangover and Community is also joining the cast. This news worries me given Bay's penchant for representing ethnic characters as racial stereotypes. Here's hoping he doesn't go the angry, yelling Korean guy route. If so, he could have saved some money by hiring Dat Phan. 

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Though his Spiderman 4 role never became a reality, it looks like John Malkovich won’t be missing out on a blockbuster payday. Deadline reports that Oscar nominee and Oscar winner Frances McDormand will slum it for Michael Bay in Transformers 3. I guess Malkovich wants something worse than Con-Air on his resume. Malkovich will play LaBeouf’s first boss while McDormand will play the National Intelligence Director.

Ken Jeong of The Hangover and Community is also joining the cast. This news worries me given Bay’s penchant for representing ethnic characters as racial stereotypes. Here’s hoping he doesn’t go the angry, yelling Korean guy route. If so, he could have saved some money by hiring Dat Phan

 

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