July 22, 1988 |
Heaven knows (insane giggle) I wanted to hate "Big Top Pee-wee," the second feature-length treatment of actor Paul Reubens's twisted little man in a shrunken suit. The only reason I'd lived through the first one, "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," in which our hero tries to find his bicycle for the better part of two hours, is because I saw it with my favorite 14-year-old. She's away at basketball camp this week. As a person who can't stand circuses - the KGB could break me in minutes with calliope music and clowns - the prospect of two hours of Pee-wee, a shtick of which a little goes a long way, with clowns yet, was pretty appalling.
August 1, 1991
It looks like America's kids won't get to see the last few reruns of Pee- wee's Playhouse. We figure the republic - and childhood as we know it - will survive. But we're curious as to why big-shot TV execs were so quick to pull the plug. To protect kids from the collapse of a role model? Naaaaaah. No kid wants to grow up to be Pee-wee Herman. To reflect the monstrosity of the crime? The fella's accused of fondling himself in a dark, triple-X movie theater. To maintain the purity of the network showcase?
November 29, 2001 |
HOLLYWOOD hasn't seen a scandal lately. No Paula Poundstone. Where are you Mariah? Et tu, Ben Affleck? But leave it to a celeb with previous legal woes to step up to the plate. The New York Post reported yesterday that L.A. cops raided the Hollywood home of Paul Reubens, 49, affectionately known as Pee-wee Herman and most recently the host of ABC's "You Don't Know Jack," and walked away with boxes of evidence in a kiddie-porn probe. Reubens' home was searched Nov. 16 and the LAPD carted off nearly 2,000 videotapes, dozens of boxes of pornographic pictures, magazines and books, and three computers containing "lewd material," according to next week's National Enquirer.
December 8, 1988 |
Some weeks are just three-star weeks. Could be better - could be a heck of a lot worse. In the world of new videos, it's been that kind of a week, with three movies that each earned three stars: Pee-wee Herman's second film, an English drama and an offbeat road picture. BIG TOP PEE-WEE (1988) (Paramount) $89.95. 86 minutes. Paul Reubens, Kris Kristofferson, Penelope Ann Miller, Valerie Golina. Seeing Pee-wee Herman kiss a girl ranks with such film curiosities as the prim Julie Andrews baring her breasts in S.O.B.
August 1, 1991 |
Like peanut-butter casserole and bad puns, Pee-wee Herman is an acquired taste. And if Paul Reubens (a.k.a. Pee-wee) exposed himself, as the Sarasota, Fla., police allege, then he is also guilty of bad judgment and even worse taste. Pee-wee is a children's hero, for heaven's sake, and even though the rest of the trenchcoats are probably doing it, a kiddie icon does not engage in solitary sex at an adult movie house. Because if he violates this propriety in public among grown-ups, the reasonable worry is that he might cross this line - in front of the k-i-d-s.
July 13, 1993 |
QUOTE "It's really hard to find female characters that aren't terribly, terribly vulgar right now. " - Bo Derek, who, after 10 years away from movies, will make a comeback in "Shattered Image. " WASHING HIS HANDS OF WHOLE UGLY MESS PEE-WEE'S ARREST LIKELY TO BE ERASED Remember poor Pee-wee Herman, caught shaking hands with his best friend in a Sarasota, Fla. adult theater sting two years ago? He pleaded no contest, paid his $50 fine and dutifully completed a public-sevice announcement.
July 30, 1991 |
Nancy Nurse, Tiger Shark and Turn Up the Heat could have been titles for zany skits on the sometimes brilliant children's TV show Pee-wee's Playhouse. But alas for Paul Reubens, the 38-year-old actor who plays the helium- voiced and manic man-boy, Pee-wee Herman, they are the titles of pornographic films that could haunt him the rest of his life. On Friday, Sarasota, Fla., police arrested Reubens on a charge of indecent exposure after an undercover police detective allegedly twice saw him masturbating during a showing of the films at the triple-X South Trail Adult Theater.
August 8, 1991
MEDIA, POLICE WENT OVERBOARD ON PEE-WEE CASE It's an outrage! It's obscene! The media should be charged with indecent exposure, not poor Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens). On TV and radio there are experts telling parents how to talk with their child about poor Pee-wee's arrest and behavior. Isn't that responsible of the media. Considering that they are responsible for spreading the story in the first place, I say no. It's immoral! I don't want my taxes to pay for police to sit in X-rated movies to watch people playing with themselves.
January 6, 2010 |
Bullock rings up a first with 'Blind Side' Sandra Bullock has been a hero to women around the world since her turn as a strong - yet approachable and cute - woman in buttercup Keanu Reeves' '94 star vehicle, Speed. Now she's a veritable saint: Variety says Sandra has made motion picture history with The Blind Side, which has become the first flick driven solely by a female star to pass the $200 mil mark. (It has a seven-week box office take of $208.5 mil.) Blind is an inspiring movie about a homeless boy (Quinton Aaron)
July 29, 1991 |
Actor Pee-wee Herman, the popular children's television star who was arrested Friday night for indecent exposure at an adult movie theater in Sarasota, Fla., is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 9 in Circuit Court there. Herman, whose real name is Paul Reubens, doesn't have to appear to enter a plea. If convicted, he could face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Reubens, 38, known for his trademark bow tie, slicked-back hair and high- pitched giggles, faces charges that he masturbated in the theater.