Every season of The Bachelor, a villainess emerges from the deep, dark dungeons of the mansion to try her hand at spreading evil. Her object: to win the game by getting the final rose and a proposal. How she executes her plan: by destroying all of the other women who get in her way.
Last season, Courtney Robertson claimed the title of villainess and walked away with Bachelor Ben Flajnik's heart. This season, starring Sean Lowe, it looks like Tierra LiCausi, with her snide remarks and jealousy, is on her way to filling Courtney's shoes. “If this keeps going on, she could turn into Courtney Robertson," says Hollywood.com's new Bachelorblogger Arie Luyendyk Jr., the popular race car driver, who was runner-up on Emily Maynard's season of The Bachelorette. Meet the Villainess: Terrible Tierra During episode one, Sean handed Tierra the first impression rose, and since then, it has been nothing but a down-hill battle for her against the other girls. Tierra can't handle the other women getting near her man, and the other ladies can't stand Tierra. "She’s not handling the pressure very well," Arie says. "And when that comes into play, you become dramatic." But while Tierra seems to be the emerging as the villain of the season, she's missing one important trait that took Courtney far. "Courtney was witty," Arie says. "The girls didn’t like her, but she was really funny. That was still attractive, whereas Tierra just comes across as a little jealous and intimidated by the other girls." And unlike Ben, Sean isn't going to stand for Tierra's tasteless behavior. "He called her out on this episode and let her know, ‘Hey, I’ve noticed it,'" Arie says. "She's gotten her warning. If she doesn’t adapt and get comfortable with the situation then she’s at a risk for going home." So Tierra better get her "sh*t together,“ as Arie puts it. "If I were to give her any advice, I would say just to relax," Arie says. "Being jealous is not flattering. When you’re always jealous and you’re nervous, you can’t really be yourself. Confidence is always the best." Keeping Kacie During Episode 1, Kacie Boguskie shocked America when she appeared to fight for Sean's heart. She first made a name for herself in The Bachelor world during Ben's season when she made it to the final four. She'd actually met Sean a few times in between seasons and fell for him. So now, she's trying to win his heart. But just because she had one run on the show doesn't mean that she an edge in this season's competition. "I was surprised that she got the rose [during Episode 2]," Arie says. "I really felt like she was fading into the background." Kacie wasn't as comfortable as she should have been. "Her body language indicates that she’s a little tense because she doesn’t know where they stand," Arie says. And just because she got a rose Monday night doesn't mean that she's in this competition for the long haul. "I'm not convinced that she’s out of the friend zone yet," Arie says. Sean's Type: Does He Care About Race? During the cocktail party, Sean had to handle an interesting situation. Robyn approached him and asked him if he was interested in dating someone who is black. Sean quickly put her worries to rest, informing her that his ex-girlfriend was black. "Sean’s response was really comforting to her," Arie says. "That was an important conversation for her to have." In past seasons, conversations like this never happened and it took a toll on the contestants. "There was a similar situation on Emily's season with Alejandro asking about Emily dating a Latino," Arie says. "He was very uncomfortable the whole time because he never really brought it up. So I'm happy that Robyn did. She was brave enough to ask the hard question, and Sean handled that very well." Sean's Leading Lady Should Be... Desiree! Even though Sean went on a one-on-one with Sarah, he doesn't have the same connection with her that he does with Desiree. "Sean said that he was surprised at how quickly he’s feeling this connection with Sarah, but I didn’t really see it come across on the camera," Arie says. "I was surprised that she got the first kiss. It looked like friends were kissing. There wasn't a lot of passion behind it. I didn’t buy it." But Arie does "buy" Desiree's connection with Sean. "At this point, she's the strongest contender," Arie says. "From the moment she walked out the limo she was super comfortable, and Sean’s really relaxed around her too. Right now, she's by far in front of everybody else." Side Note: Sean still needs to work on his kissing technique. Apparently, he didn't learn anything from Arie's kissing seminar on Episode 1. "Dude, you didn't listen to my kissing advice," Arie says. "Come on bro, where was all that advice at?" But Arie does love one of Sean's moves. He totally approves of Sean kicking off the show each week without any clothes on. "In honor of my buddy 'Shirtless Sean,' I’m taking my shirt off every opening scene of The Bachelor and doing push ups," Arie says. Where will you be watching The Bachelor next week, Arie? And can you pull a Nick Peterson for us? Follow Arie on Twitter @Ariejr. [Photo Credit: Voorhees Studios] More: 'The Bachelor' Recap: Hunk and His Punks 'The Bachelor' Recap: Every Rose is 50 Shades of Nuts Reality Steve Responds to Second 'Bachelor' Spoilers Lawsuit
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In the vein of Field of Dreams Astronaut Farmer is about building the seemingly impossible. Thankfully in this case it’s simply a rocket in the barn not a ballpark in a cornfield where ghosts of baseball heroes past can play the game. That is a bit far-fetched. Instead we meet Charles Farmer (Thornton) a man who was once on track to be an astronaut but was forced to leave NASA to save his family farm. He still wants to go into space however and so sets out to build a rocket inside his barn. By the time the movie starts the rocket is pretty much put together so we aren’t burdened with how he gets his supplies. All Charles needs now is 10 000 pounds of fuel which shoots up a big red flag with the government--a government that now considers Charles a threat--while the media look at him as a big story. But no matter the odds nothing can deter Charles from his dream to break through the atmosphere and orbit the earth. It’s refreshing to see Thornton as a loving father who wants to inspire his kids rather than make them go get him another beer. Of course Charles Farmer isn’t all sweetness and light—he’s an obvious eccentric whose obsession to launch into space effects the entire family—and it’s definitely a role right up Thornton’s alley. Virginia Madsen does an admirable job as the loving and supportive wife who nonetheless puts her foot down when things get out of hand while Bruce Dern plays the grizzled but equally supportive father-in-law. There’s also a supportive lawyer played by Tim Blake Nelson. In fact besides the big evil NASA chief (J.K. Simmons) and two bungling FBI agents (Mark Polish and Jon Gries) everyone supports Charles in his crazy dream. How could he fail? From the writing-directing team of Michael and Mark Polish (Northfork) Astronaut Farmer is pure old-school—an unassuming throwback to those feel-good movies of the ‘40s and ‘50s. In fact Thornton told Hollywood.com he considers this his “Jimmy Stewart” movie. While the Polish brothers based Charles Farmer on their own eccentric father and obviously harbor their own boyhood dreams of being an astronaut the guys still follow a nice and simple formula finding some good actors to carry it out and adding cool visual effects when they can. Yes the more cynical moviegoer may look at Astronaut Farmer as completely improbable and trite. But those willing to be taken back to a simpler time--when movies were about walking out triumphant--should find watching Astronaut Farmer a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
Date Movie doesn’t have a story as much as it does a series of miss-or-really-miss spoofs of date movies and cultural hodgepodge; the thin “story” is just enough to keep the film from being a series of vignettes. Julia (Alyson Hannigan) who makes Big Momma look little is determined to find her Prince Charming instead of wasting away in her lonely apartment. She briefly finds him in Grant Fonckyerdoder (Adam Campbell) before losing him (so ends any originality). So she visits a date doctor named Hitch (Tony Cox)—yes that movie—who takes her to get barbaric liposuction. Then she meets Grant again they fall in love and she meets his parents Mr. and Mrs. Fonckyerdoder (Fred Willard and Jennifer Coolidge) making for a Meet the Fockers spoof (the biggest spoof-ee). Julia has competition from Grant’s ex (Sophie Monk) allowing for more film references but ultimately they live clumsily ever after.
It’s hard to see through the utter mess that is Date Movie enough to evaluate its acting but Hannigan seems to be at least serviceable. Although it seems like “acting” here means merely nauseating the audience enough so they can taste the vomit but manage to hold it in. Like when she licks Tony Cox’s face for 15 or so seconds—in slow motion… It’s more Fear Factor than Inside the Actor’s Studio. As for Campbell Date Movie is his first. There’s no frame of reference whatsoever and yet it’s still clear that he’s above this. He almost seems like a classically trained actor who’s forced to stretch his comfort zone by performing horrendous impressions such as the orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally. The lone semblance of a bright spot comes from Coolidge impersonating Barbra Streisand’s Roz Focker. Again way too classy for this Movie.
Date Movie's trailer brags “From two of the six writers of Scary Movie...” After seeing it you can’t help but muse “It took two writers for that movie?!” The writers in question are Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer who also co-directed. The film should at the very least be an appetizer for Scary Movie 4’s upcoming entrée (to which they did not contribute) but with no hint of continuity or a passable storyline it even fails that menial task—and where the Scary Movies have succeeded is in the satisfactory stories that surround the film references. The biggest problem though lies in the spoofs: While the rules mandate that only chick flicks/date movies can be parodied the writer/directors abandon their target audience by referencing movies like When Harry Met Sally. Luckily there’s always an audience member who feels the need to solve the conundrum aloud.
Dogtown centers on three teenagers in the 1970s--Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch) Stacy Peralta (John Robinson) and Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk)--who just want to ride. At first it's waves. Living in "Dogtown " a tough and gritty area in Venice Calif. these guys do everything they can to get in with the Zephyr surfers lead by the charismatic owner of the Zephyr surf shop Skip Engblom (Heath Ledger). But the boys are soon transferring their aggressive wave-riding moves to the concrete turning empty pools into arenas of wild beautiful athleticism and revolutionizing a new style of skateboarding. Skip recognizes great money-making potential when he sees it and takes these freestyle wizards on urethane wheels out on the road to show off their skills dubbing them the Z-Boys. The skating world goes nuts. Conventional competitors don't know what to make of their "extreme" ways. Girls are wild for them. And promoters see dollar signs wanting to grab a piece of the action. But what started out as fun way to blow off steam soon turns into big business. Can the friendship between this tightly knit trio survive inflating out of control egos and fast-paced famous lifestyles? Dude that's a tough one to call.
What better way to make a movie about three hot California skateboarders then by casting three hot young male leads to play them. As Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta--the two talented skateboarders on the opposite ends of the spectrum--newcomers Rasuk (Raising Victor Vargas) and Robinson (Elephant) aptly bring sincerity to their portrayals. As the fiery Alva the wild-haired Rasuk is full of bravado taking to the jet-setting life with ease and ultimately becoming the more well-known name. The soft-spoken Robinson plays the easy-going Peralta with quiet determination proving he doesn't have to showboat in order to show how good he is. But it's the more seasoned Hirsch (The Girl Next Door) playing the gifted but ultimately screwed-up Jay Adams who has the harder acting job. As the Z-Boy with probably the rawest talent but nevertheless gives up his chance for fame Hirsch handles Adams' conflicted emotions well. Ledger too does a nice job as Skip Engblom the boys' "mentor" who introduces them to a whole new world rides a great meal ticket for awhile--and then loses it all when the boys move on to bigger and better things. Sorry Skip.
Coming off the heels of his award-winning 2001 documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys writer Stacy Peralta decided he wasn't quite done telling his Z-Boy story trying his hand at dramatizing the whole experience. This time around he elicits the help of director Catherine Hardwicke whose disturbing indie Thirteen proved she can get underneath a teenager's skin. Smart move. Her documentary style of filmmaking with that grainy handheld feel fits the Lords of Dogtown milieu perfectly. The camera chases after the boys as they skate sneak onto private property to surf empty pools and rock like rock stars. Peralta also calls upon his old buddies to help out including the now world-renowned skating champion Tony Alva who choreographs many of the stunts and apparently teaches the actors not only to skate but skate in true Z-Boy fashion. Maybe hardcore skateboarders will notice the errors but for a novice like me it is a fun ride. The only real problem with Dogtown is Peralta's greenhorn attempts at fleshing out a drama. As a documentary the Z-Boys experience is exhilarating as it follows these real-life mavericks' efforts to take skateboarding to a whole new extreme. But as a full-blown feature film it's a little harder to perpetuate the momentum.