Wanda Sykes On Playing FOMO Character in Breaking News in Yuba County [Exclusive Interview]

Wanda Sykes
Wanda Sykes in Breaking News in Yuba County

Every one of us needs a little excitement.

When an overblown incident occurred in Yuba County, a furniture store owner wanted to get in on that action.

In Breaking News in Yuba County, the dark comedy has all the ingredients for all kinds of criminal activities to go wrong. And, it certainly did.

The film has quite a female ensemble that tells the comedic story from multiple female perspectives. The cast includes Alison Janney (Mom), Regina Hall (Girls Trip), Wanda Sykes (Wanda at Large), Mila Kunis (Bad Moms), Awkwafina (Ocean’s Eight), Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers), Ellen Barkin (The Fan), Samira Wiley (Orange Is the New Black), and Bridget Everett (Patti Cake$). Also, they are supported by Jimmi Simpson (Westworld), Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket), Clifton Collins, Jr. (Star Trek), and Keong Sim (The Last Airbender). Tate Taylor (The Help) directed the film.

Here’s the official synopsis:

When an overlooked pencil pusher (Janney) catches her husband in bed with another woman, the shock causes him to die of a heart attack so she buries his body and takes advantage of the growing celebrity status that comes from having a missing husband. But she quickly finds herself in over her head, dodging cops, and criminals, all while trying to keep the truth from her half-sister (Kunis), a local news anchor who’s desperate for a story, and a relentless local policewoman (Hall).

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta talked with actress and comedian Wanda Sykes on the hilarity and fun of her character in the film.

Wanda Sykes is one of the funniest stand-up comics. She was first recognized for her work as a writer on The Chris Rock Show, in which she won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1999. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named her the 25 funniest people in America. Also, she appeared in television shows, including CBS’ The New Adventures of Old Christine, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, and ABC’s Black-ish. She had success in several comedic films, including Monster-in-Law, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Evan Almighty, and License to Wed. In the animation world, she lends her voice in Over the Hedge, Barnyard, Brother Bear 2, Rio, Ice Age: Continental Drift, and Ugly Dolls.

Breaking News in Yuba County opens theatrically on February 12.

Watch the exclusive interview with Wanda Sykes below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, MGM

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