Bill Murray to Receive Mark Twain Prize for Humor

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Bill Murray, Brokeback revisited, Jumanji and wigs. Indeed, we’re covering a bit of everything in today’s Daily Blunt.

Let’s pretend this is what people mean when they talk about “award season”: This October, Bill Murray will become the nineteenth person to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The award is reserved for individuals who have influenced society with their humor, a club to which Murray certainly belongs. “I’m honored by this award and by its timing,” the actor has responded. “I believe Mark Twain has rolled over in his grave so much for so long, that this news won’t disturb his peace.”

A bit of spurious gossip run by a fake news site has fired the imagination of “Brokeback Mountain” fans. The Daily Gazelle’s announcement that Emma Watson and Margot Robbie would star in a gender-swapped version of the Ang Lee film (adapted from the novella by Annie Proulx) sounds like it’s dredged from the uncanny valley of “stuff studio execs might actually greenlight,” even if the author herself would be unlikely to ever sign off on it. Now that the rumor has taken flight across social media, it’s even easier to imagine producers wanting to ride the buzz and start fishing around for a lesbian cowgirl script — in which case, why not just take another swing at Tom Robbins’s Even Cowgirls Get the Blues? We can just pretend that abysmal 1993 version never happened.

“Jumanji” fans have been impotently raging against having their childhood memories paved over by a remake starring The Rock, but said Rock remains one of the staunchest advocates for recapturing the magic of the original. In an update via Instagram this week, he clarified with his characteristic charm that the new project will not be a reboot, but a continuation of the beloved 1995 film. Sorry folks, it’s just impossible to hate this guy unless you’re a professional wrestler who’s paid to do so while the cameras are rolling.

Of all the incredible plot points in Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” the one fans have had the hardest time swallowing is the makeover of Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown. Now cinematic wig reviewer Wig Wurq finally has their say, weighing in not just on Brown’s distractingly immaculate hairline, but also Winona Ryder’s mom-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown mop and Cara Buono’s Farrah waves. Meanwhile, series creators The Duffer Brothers have heard your #JusticeForBarb laments and insist justice will indeed be forthcoming. (Verdict: DOES WURQ.)