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I used to think he was the funniest guy on the planet. While he did have some good jokes, mostly he was just a huge jerk.

Golden Globes 2020 Host Ricky Gervais’ 17 Meanest Jokes, From Jeffrey Epstein to Judi Dench

Ricky Gervais returned to the Beverly Hilton to host the 77th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday with his trademark take-no-prisoners approach.

Gervais’ opening monologue spared none of the celebrities in the room, roasting everything from Felicity Huffman’s recent jail sentence to the cast of “Cats.”

This year’s monologue was a stark left turn from the self-consciously nice approach taken by last year’s hosting duo, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Andy Samberg and “Killing Eve’s” Sandra Oh, but it was a return to form for the Globes, which has favored Gervais’ acerbic style four times in the past.

Gervais has sworn that this year would be his last time as host, but did he go out on a high note? Here are some of this best jokes.

1. “You’ll be pleased to know this is the last time I’m hosting these awards, so I don’t care anymore. I’m joking, I never did. NBC clearly don’t care either. Kevin Hart was fired from the Oscars because of some offensive tweets. Hello? Lucky for me, the Hollywood Foreign Press barely speak English. They have no idea what Twitter is.”

2. “Let’s go out with a bang, let’s have a laugh. Remember, they’re just jokes, we’re all going to die soon and there’s no sequel.”

3. “I came here in a limo tonight and the license place was made by Felicity Huffman. No, it’s her daughter that I feel sorry for. That must be the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to her, and her dad was in Wild Hogs.”

4. “Lots of big celebrities here tonight. I mean, legends, icons. This table alone: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Baby Yoda. Oh no, that’s Joe Pesci. I love you, man. Don’t have me whacked.”

5. “But tonight isn’t just about the people in front of the camera. In this room are some of the most important film and tv executives in the world. People from every background, but they all have one thing in common. They’re all terrified of Ronan Farrow. He’s coming for you.”

6. “Many talented people of color were snubbed in major categories. Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do about that because the Hollywood Foreign Press are all very, very racist.”

7. “We were going to do an In Memoriam tonight but when I saw the list, it wasn’t diverse enough. It was mostly white people and I thought nah, not on my watch.”

8. “No one cares about movies anymore, no one goes to the cinema. Everyone’s watching Netflix. This show should just be me coming out going, ‘Well done, Netflix, you won. Everything.’”

9. “You could binge watch the entire first season of ‘Afterlife’ instead of watching this show. That’s a show about a man who wants to kill himself because his wife dies of cancer, and it’s still more fun than this.”

10. “Spoiler alert, Season 2 is on the way, so in the end he obviously didn’t kill himself. Just like Jeffrey Epstein. Shut up. I know he’s your friend, but I don’t care.”

11. “Martin Scorsese, the greatest living director, made the news for his controversial comments about the Marvel franchise. He said they’re not real cinema and they remind him of theme parks. I agree, although I don’t know what he’s doing hanging around theme parks. He’s not big enough to go on the rides, is he?”

12. “The Irishman was amazing … It wasn’t the only epic movie. ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ was nearly three hours long. Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere and by the end his date was too old for him.”

13. “The world got to see James Corden as a fat pussy. He was also in the movie ‘Cats.’ But no one saw that. and the reviews? Shocking. I saw one that said this is the worst thing to happen to cats since dogs.”

14. “Dame Judi Dench defended the film, saying it was the role she was born to play because she –” at this point Gervais giggled to himself — I can’t do this next joke. Because she loves nothing better than plunking her ass down on the carpet, lifting her legs and licking her own m-nge. She’s old school.”

15. “Apple roared into the TV game with ‘The Morning Show,’ a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China.”

16. “The companies you work for, unbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS starting a streaming service, you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?”

17. “So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use your platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god and f— off.”

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I watched THE RISE OF SKYWALKER again this week – and loved it again!! I also watched FROZEN 2 – and was bored out of my mind!!

The Force is strong with Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker as film tops box office again with $34 million

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker remains at the top of the box office for a third week in a row. The final installment of the Skywalker Saga brought in an estimated $34 million this weekend, according to Comscore.

Also holding steady is Jumanji: The Next Level in second place with $27 million, followed by Little Women with estimated earnings of $14 million. The only newcomer in the top ten this week is the Sam Raimi-produced horror flick The Grudge, taking the fourth spot on the box office with $11.3 million during its debut in theaters.

Rounding out the top five is Disney’s Frozen 2 with an estimated $11.3 million.

Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, and Jacki Weaver star in the latest release of The Grudge film franchise. Written and directed by Nicolas Pesce, the horror drama tells four different stories in non-chronological order. It’s centered on the investigation into a young mother who murders her family.

EW gave the film a B- saying, “The result is, deliberately, much less fun than one might expect from a wide release franchise horror sequel. But those who wish to kick off the year with a merciless slice of supernatural mayhem will not be holding a grudge against the filmmaker for that.”

Moviegoers weren’t as kind, however. Cinemascore reports an F rating from those who rushed to theaters during its debut weekend.

Overall, box office is up 7.2 percent year-to-date, according to Comscore. Check out the Jan. 3-5 numbers below:

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—$34 million
Jumanji: The Next Level— $27 million
Little Women—$13.6 million
The Grudge—$11.3 million
Frozen 2— $11.29 million
Spies in Disguise—$10 million
Knives Out—$9 million
Uncut Gems—$7.8 million
Bombshell— $4 million
Cats— $3 million

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I’ll watch it, whenever he lets us.

Quentin Tarantino Says You’ll Probably See that 4-Hour ‘Once Upon a Time…’ Cut in a Year

Do you want to see a super-extended cut of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood? Of course you do. Word of a potential four-hour cut hit the web earlier this year and cinephiles appropriately were overjoyed at the prospect of seeing more of Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio bromancing through the City of Angels in Quentin Tarantino‘s heartfelt ode to the Hollywood of yore. Well, good news. Tarantino seems to think it’s gonna happen… you’re just going to have to wait a little bit.

With Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood poised for a major awards season, Tarantino, Pitt, and DiCaprio joined Collider for a special FYC screening today at ArcLight Hollywood and asked about the potential extended cut, Tarantino was enthusiastic.

The theatrical release of the film sits at 161 minutes, and a subsequent re-release added another 10 minutes of deleted scenes, and Tarantino recalled turning to Sony boss Tom Rothman for guidance during the tough process of editing down.

“It’s all good. It’s all great. I don’t know if an audience would sit for it, but I love it. So we showed it to Tom Rothman and it was like, ‘OK, here this all is. We know that this is a movie, but maybe you can help us out because we like everything.’”

At which point Pitt interjected with the question on everyone’s mind: “The real question is are we going to get to see this one way or another?”

Tarantino didn’t give a hard confirmation or release date, but he certainly sounded inclined to get the extended version to audiences eventually. Answering the crow cheers to Pitt’s question, Tarantino replied.

“Hey look, it’s all good so once this whole thing is said and done, maybe in a year’s time, we probably will.”

The decision to release an extended cut isn’t exactly a shocker considering Tarantino’s past. The filmmaker famously had to split Kill Bill into two theatrical releases and edited them both into Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair (though you can only see it at his movie theater the New Beverly for now). He released an extended cut of Death Proof. Earlier this year, he told /Film he has a longer director’s cut of Django Unchained to release down the line. And of course, there’s The Hateful Eight, which he re-cut into a four-part miniseries for Netflix.

Earlier this year, Pitt spoke about the possibility of a Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood series cut, noting the possibilities of the series format.

“I look at series where you can spend much more time on characters and story and explore angles you don’t always get to do in film. So much of these films end up on the cutting room floor because they just don’t fit in the box. That’s why I think it’s interesting that Tarantino took Hateful Eight and ostensibly repurposed it as a three-part series. It’s almost the best of both words: You have the cinema experience that exists, but you can’t actually put more content in the series format.”

What might we see in the extended cut? Well, there are some hints out there. In addition to the footage released in the extended theatrical cut (which included two fake ads and extended looks at the in-movie Lancer and Bounty Law series footage), Damon Herriman—who plays infamous cult leader Charles Manson in the film— told EW that a lot” of footage was cut from the film and confirmed one other Charmes Manson scene that “may make an appearance at some point.”

Herriman said: “[W]e did shoot a little more than what’s in the film. He did cut quite a lot out of the film. The stuff I got to do in that was lighter and more of a fun tone…”

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I’m excited about almost all of these films too…especially GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE!!

‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ ‘Black Widow’ most anticipated movies of 2020: Survey

Wonder Woman 1984 and Black Widow are the most anticipated films of 2020, according to a new Fandango survey.

The two women-led movies lead a list that also includes Marvel’s Eternals, Mulan, Bond film No Time to Die, and A Quiet Place Part II, while Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot beats Black Widow’s Scarlett Johansson to the top spot on the Most Anticipated Actress countdown.

Gadot’s Wonder Woman co-star Chris Pine beats out Ghostbusters: Afterlife’s Paul Rudd and Free Guy’s Ryan Reynolds to the number one spot on the Most Anticipated Actor list, while Kristen Wiig’s Cheetah from Wonder Woman 1984 is the Most Anticipated Villain, and Mulan is the Most Anticipated Family Film.

FULL SURVEY RESULTS

Most Anticipated Movie:
1. Wonder Woman 1984
2. Black Widow
3. Marvel’s Eternals
4. Mulan
5. No Time to Die
6. A Quiet Place Part II
7. Birds of Prey
8. In the Heights
9. Pixar’s Soul
10. Fast & Furious 9

Most Anticipated Actress:
1. Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman 1984)
2. Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow)
3. Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place Part II, Jungle Cruise)
4. Margot Robbie (Birds of Prey)
5. Zendaya (Dune)

Most Anticipated Actor:
1. Chris Pine (Wonder Woman 1984)
2. Paul Rudd (Ghostbusters: Afterlife)
3. Ryan Reynolds (Free Guy)
4. Daniel Craig (No Time to Die)
5. Robert Downey Jr. (Dolittle)

Most Anticipated Villain:
1. Kristen Wiig as Cheetah (Wonder Woman 1984)
2. Rami Malek as Safin (No Time to Die)
3. Ewan McGregor as Black Mask (Birds of Prey)
4. Jim Carrey as Dr. Ivo Robotnik (Sonic the Hedgehog)
5. Charlize Theron as Cipher (Fast & Furious 9)

Most Anticipated Family Film:
1. Mulan
2. Pixar’s Soul
3. Sonic the Hedgehog
4. Dolittle
5. Jungle Cruise

Most Anticipated Horror Film:
1. A Quiet Place Part II
2. Halloween Kills
3. The Invisible Man
4. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
5. The Grudge

Most Anticipated Live-Action Comedy:
1. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
2. Bill & Ted Face the Music
3. Bad Boys For Life
4. Legally Blonde 3
5. The Lovebirds

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I just keep going to see THE RISE OF SKYWALKER over and over again!!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker wins box office again, Jumanji: The Next Level holding strong

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has zoomed past the competition at the box office with an estimated $72 million, but the final installment of the Skywalker Saga took a hit in excess of 50 percent during its second week in theaters.

The J.J. Abrams-directed drama opened last weekend with a whopping $176 million, but it could not sustain that momentum. That does not take away from the film’s power, however. The production has made an estimated $361.8 million in ten days for Disney domestically, helping the overall box office cross $11 billion on Thursday, according to ComScore.

Second place goes to Jumanji: The Next Level with $35.3 million, followed by Little Women that brought in an estimated $16.6 million. Fourth place goes to Frozen 2 with $16.5 million after 38 days in theaters.

Rounding out the top five is newcomer Spies in Disguise with an estimated $13.2 million.

Critics and moviegoers can’t get enough of Little Women, the seventh film adaptation of the popular Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name. The period drama follows the trials and tribulations of the March sisters: Meg (Emma Watson), Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Amy (Florence Pugh), and Beth (Eliza Scanlen), as they come of age during the American Civil War.

EW gave the film an A- saying, director Greta Gerwig’s “2019 take is less a faithful rendering of the text than a sort of joyful reimaging, a classic cleared of cobwebs (though it still keeps the crinolines).”

The film co-stars Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper, and Bob Odenkirk.

Here’s how this year’s version did in comparison to previous versions of the film, not adjusting for inflation:

–2018’s Little Women opened with $705,000
–1994’s Little Women opened with $2.4 million

There are no numbers for any of the previous four versions, although the 1949 release starring Elizabeth Taylor and Janet Leigh in the first color adaptation of the novel earned a total of $3.4 million throughout its total run. The first version with sound opened in 1933 starring Katherine Hepburn made $2.1 million total at the box office.

Will Smith brings to life “the world’s most awesome spy” Lance Sterling in the animated Spies in Disguise, who is accidentally transformed into a pigeon by teen agent Walter Beckett (Tom Holland). Caught in a totally vulnerable position, Sterling will have to depend on Beckett to help him save the world…even though he’s only 15 years old.

EW gave the film a B saying, “it’s a proud piece of family entertainment with a good heart, an eye for inventive action, and a delightfully wacky sense of humor.” Moviegoers enjoyed the film a bit more, giving it an A-.

Adam Sandler‘s Uncut Gems made $9.6 million after expanding into more than 2,000 theaters during its third official week of release. The Josh and Benny Safdie-directed dramedy stars Sandler as Howard Ratner, a New York jeweler who is on the hunt for his next for his next big score.

Sandler has been garnering rave reviews from critics for his portrayal of a role he admits to he was “devastated” to say goodbye to. EW gave the film an A- saying, “Sandler is revelatory in the role. He exudes the self-lacerating melancholy familiar from his acclaimed dramatic work in Punch-Drunk Love and The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected). He’s also indulging all his go-big comedic instincts, somehow, letting you see how Howard’s huckster gladhanding is a shield against certain doom.”

Uncut Gems co-stars Lakeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel, Julia Fox, and Judd Hirsch.

Overall, box office is down -4.4% percent year-to-date, according to Comscore. Check out the Dec. 27-29 numbers below:

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—$72 million
Jumanji: The Next Level— $35.3 million
Little Women—$16.6 million
Frozen 2— $16.5 million
Spies in Disguise—$13.2 million
Knives Out—$9.7 million
Uncut Gems—$9.6 million
Cats— $4.8 million
Bombshell— $5 million
Richard Jewell—$3 million

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Saw STAR WAS and loved it!! Can’t wait to see it again!! Also saw BOMBSHELL (An important movie, but you don’t need to see it right away. Stream it), UNCUT GEMS (Believe the Sandler hype!!), CATS (Completely ridiculous!!) and RICHARD JEWELL (So, so boring!!).

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker sends competition far, far away with $176 million box office debut

The final installment of the Star Wars nine-part Skywalker Saga slayed the box office during the film’s huge weekend opener with no other film getting close.

Reviews may have been mixed for The Rise of Skywalker, but it didn’t keep fans from rushing to theaters to the tune of $176 million, according to Comscore. Second place went to Jumanji: The Next Level who made an estimated $26 million during its second week in theaters.

Frozen 2 takes the third spot with $12.3 million, followed by Cats that earned a disappointing $7 million during its debut.

The final spot on the top five was earned by Knives Out, the whodunit that won’t quit with $6.1 million.

In a surprise to no one, Star Wars: Episode IX cleaned house as moviegoers rushed to cinemas to discover the fate of their favorite characters in the J.J. Abrams-directed film. Its domestic debut is the 12th biggest all-time, the third biggest of 2019 (after only Avengers: Endgame and The Lion King), and the third biggest December opening ever.

The film sees the return of the surviving members of the Resistance face the First Order once more. Returning stars range from across the film’s franchise including Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Billy Dee Williams, John Boyega, Anthony Daniels, Joonas Suotamo, and Kelly Marie Tran. Fans were even treated to a final bow from the legendary actress Carrie Fisher via archival footage. Fisher died on Dec. 27, 2016, but had enough material in the can that she could make one more appearance as Leia Organa.

EW gave the film a C saying, “The best thing I can say about Rise of Skywalker is that it is sometimes incoherent on purpose.” Cinemascore participants found the film a bit better, giving it a B+.

Here’s a look back at the box office gross for each of the nine films from the franchise during opening weekend, not adjusting for inflation:

Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace (1999)— $65 million
Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones (2002)— $80 million
Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)— $108 million
Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977)— $1.6 million
Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)— $5 million
Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)— $23 million
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (2015)— $248 million
Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)— $220 million
Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker— (2019) $176 million

Going up against a movie franchise like Star Wars is tough, but Cats came in dismally in fourth place. The latest film adaptation of the hit Broadway music failed to capture an audience this time around, with complaints from critics and fans about the CGI and lack of strong storyline dominating social media.

Cats tells the story of a tribe of cats called Jellicles who during a yearly ritual, decide which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life. The all-star cast includes Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson, Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, Ian McKellan, and Ray Winstone.

EW gave the big screen adaptation a C+ saying, “It’s as crazy as you thought it would be.” Moviegoers agreed with the assessment, Cinemascore reports a grade of C+ is appropriate.

Fox News drama Bombshell placed six at the box office, earning an estimated $5 million. The film shines a light on the real-life story of several women who accused Fox CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. Charlize Theron portrayed Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman brought to life Gretchen Carlson, and Margot Robbie played Kayla Pospisil. Veteran actor John Lithgow was tasked with playing Ailes, and Connie Britton his wife Beth.

EW gave the film a B+ saying, “Bombshell is director Jay Roach’s imperfect but duly intriguing attempt to tell that story, and his primary weapon is the women themselves: Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson; Charlize Theron, nearly unrecognizable in feline, pointy-chinned prosthetics, as Megyn Kelly; and Margot Robbie as one of the movie’s rare fictions, an ambitious evangelical millennial (“I see myself as an influencer in the Jesus space”) named Kayla Pospisil.

Overall, box office is down -4.7% percent year-to-date, according to Comscore. Check out the Dec. 13-15 numbers below:

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—$176 million
Jumanji: The Next Level— $26 million
Frozen 2— $12.3 million
Cats— $6.5 million
Knives Out—$6.1 million
Bombshell— $5 million
Richard Jewell—$2.6 million
Queen & Slim—$2 million
Black Christmas—$1.8 million
Ford v Ferrari—$1.8 million

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The show is taking a month off? This season has been so bad they don’t deserve that long a break. They should be at work even during Christmas to work, work, work and try and write some items that will save this season!!

Adam Driver to Host First New ‘Saturday Night Live’ of 2020

Adam Driver, the star of Oscar contender “Marriage Story” and the blockbuster “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” will host the first new episode of 2020.

The actor will host the Jan. 25 episode of the NBC comedy sketch series, with Halsey as musical guest.

Driver has hosted “SNL” two times before, in 2016 and 2018, which means he’ll be just two away from joining the five timer’s club. The club — of hosts who have (obviously) hosted “SNL” five times — includes a lot of luminaries, including Driver’s “Marriage Story” co-star Scarlett Johansson, who as of last week has hosted the show six times.

Previous members of the show’s five-timers club include Steve Martin, John Goodman, Tina Fey, Drew Barrymore, Chevy Chase, and Justin Timberlake, among several others.

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Please let The Matrix 4 be good!!!!

Shazam 2 is happening, release date revealed

The Shazam! sequel is real.

Warner Bros. has slotted a follow-up to the 2019 superhero film on its schedule. The new movie will be released April 1, 2022 (so, yes, April Fool’s Day — but the announcement is no prank).

Zachary Levi is reportedly back on board to star. The film is in addition to a Black Adam film in the works starring The Rock that’s supposed to begin shooting next year. Black Adam is a character who is typically Shazam’s arch-nemesis.

The news follows Warner Bros. announcing several other tentpole release dates Wednesday, most notably another DC title — The Flash, which races into theaters July 1, 2022

The studio also has also slotted the fourth sequel to The Matrix into May 21, 2021.

While Shazam! earned largely positive reviews, the film had a rather modest performance at the box office, earning $364 million worldwide, which Forbes notes puts the film 61st in terms of domestic box office gross; 25th among superhero movies in the last five years and behind every major Marvel and DC titles since 2012.

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So sad. May she Rest In Peace.

Marie Fredriksson of Roxette dies at 61

Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson has died aged 61.

With bandmate Per Gessle, she achieved enormous success in the late 1980s and early 1990s as the Swedish duo scored four number one singles in the US charts, including two (‘The Look’ and ‘Listen to Your Heart’) from Roxette’s second album Look Sharp!

The hits continued well into the late nineties (‘Wish I Could Fly’ was their last top 40 single in the UK in 1999) but sadly Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2002, although she recovered enough to return to touring with Roxette from around 2008 and the band released their last album Good Karma in 2016.

On Doctors advice Marie didn’t tour that record and unfortunately the cancer returned. In a moving statement posted on the Roxette website Per Gessle described Marie as “an outstanding musician, a master of the voice, an amazing performer.”

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Maybe the third time’s the charm?

Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce the Return of Guitarist John Frusciante

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are in a bittersweet transitional period, but fans are thrilled to hear that a familiar face will be coming back into the fold in the not-so-distant future.

On Sunday (Dec. 15), the Angeleno rock act announced that Josh Klinghoffer, the guitarist who’s been playing in the group for the last decade, will no longer be rounding out their quartet. In a statement posted to Instagram, the band writes that they’re “parting ways” with Klinghoffer — who plays on two RHCP albums, 2011’s I’m with You and 2016’s The Getaway — and that they’re “grateful for our time with him, and the countless gifts he shared with us.”

The silver lining: Klinghoffer’s place will be filled by John Frusciante, who joined the band following the death of original guitarist Hillel Slovak in 1988 through 1992, and again from 1998-2009. These periods correspond with some of the most significant stretches of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ history, with Frusciante appearing on 1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magic, their mainstream breakthrough, and 1999’s Californication, which earned RHCP a Grammy for best rock song with the LP’s single, “Scar Tissue,” in 2000.

Frusciante’s career is dotted with prolific solo work in rock and electronic, with 14 studio albums to his name, as well as collaborations with the Mars Volta and other artists.