Rocker Dave Matthews has taken a walk down Sesame Street to share a song about feelings. The singer recently filmed a guest appearance on the hit children's TV show, teaming up with the puppet Grover to express sadness.
Strumming on a banjo, Matthews sings, "I need a word so I can say what I'm feeling today/ I need a word so I can say how I feel/ I need a word that will say what I'm meaning to say/ And tell you the way that I'm feeling".
The star is the latest celebrity to film a cameo for the beloved programme - Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zac Efron and Eva Longoria have all previously guest-starred on the long-running show.
This is a long way from Disney. Zac Efron and Seth Rogen get ready for battle in the raunchy red-band trailer for their upcoming comedy Neighbors. In this Apatow-esque comedy from director Nicholas Stoller, Rogen and Rose Byrne play a couple living the suburban dream. Everything's swell until a rowdy fraternity moves in right next door and terrorizes the neighborhood. What follows is nothing short of all-out college town warfare. The trailer is filled with gross-out humor, shirtless Efron, and even a surprising number of CGI-assisted gags featuring Rogen getting laughably injured. The comedy also features Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Lisa Kudrow.
Efron, who is playing the scummy leader of the frat, seems to be trying to distance himself from his image as a squeaky clean Disney star while diving headfirst into the raunchy comedy genre. With this film and the upcoming Parkland, Efron is clearly diversifying his choices in roles, and become not only a serious dramatic actor, but a force in the comedy world as well.
While it's a bit odd seing Efron play a sleazy fraternity brother, it’s possibly even more odd seeing Rogen play a responsible and devoted parent who is out of touch with the young college kids. If this movie was released five years ago, Seth Rogen would definitely be playing a shlubby college guy with a slight marijuana problem. It seems that times are changing for both of these actors.
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Actor Zac Efron has opened up about his mysterious hand injury, revealing he broke his wrist while shooting a fight scene with Dave Franco for their new movie Townies. The High School Musical star was photographed in Los Angeles last week (begs08Apr13) with a large bandage on his right hand and reports suggested he was sent home from the set after being unable to continue filming.
Now Efron has assured fans he is on the mend after undergoing medical treatment to repair the damage.
Showing off a photo of his swollen hand and battle scar during an appearance on U.S. morning show Live! With Kelly and Michael on Thursday (18Apr13), he explained, "I broke it a couple (of) days ago on set... during filming, it was during a stage fight with Dave Franco... I had to go back to work so I couldn't really wear a cast, so they (medics) put like a titanium plate in it and a bunch of screws.
"I don't know why I'm telling you this. My hand in theory is back to normal, it just looks really gross."
It isn't the first time the 25 year old has sustained a bodily injury - last year (12) he sliced open his left hand while cutting a piece of fruit.
Nicholas Sparks has made millions of fans writing books-turned-movies like The Notebook, Dear John, and The Lucky One. His films have drawn some of Hollywood's hottest actors, including Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum, and Zac Efron, and have earned more than $600 million worldwide.
And he's apparently earned more than a couple of dollars for it, too.
Evidence? Behold the 47-year-old author's 24,000-square-foot, waterfront mansion on the banks of New Bern, North Carolina, featured in February's Coastal Living magazine.
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Critics can tease Sparks — whose latest book-to-film Safe Haven hits theaters on February 14 — all they want about his sometimes-cheesy writing style and earnest characters. But you've got to give the guy credit.
Who ever said that romance is dead hasn't seen that double staircase.
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Welcome back to another edition of Unhappy Hour, pop culture fiends! Man, the world of celebs, TV, and movies sure does test our limits at every turn. Life is just so rough. But, that's why holiday weekends like Memorial Day are so important. You could blame your penchant for summertime brews on the stress of like, work, or something, but believe us: These pop culture happenings are worse.
Besides, what a better badge of pop culture honor is there than answering the inevitable "What's got you so stressed?" question with something like, "My favorite TV show won't be back until September, okay? LAY OFF!"? Now, sit back, work out that grilling arm, grab a beer, and get ready for the most ridiculous goings-on from the week of May 21.
Beware! This post contains spoilers from Revenge, American Idol, and Glee!
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Is That You, Jack? Alex Cross Renders Matthew Fox Unrecognizable
It already broke our hearts to see Matthew Fox go alternate-universe Jack when he ended up with that pesky DUI, but now, he's looking like a lesser version of The Dark Knight Rises' Bane. Why is this happening?
Alison Brie Is Off the Market, Boys
The darling actress known for her roles on Community and Mad Men has reportedly been dating Dave Franco for months now. They even buy groceries together and hold hands. Boys, I'm sorry. Ladies, prepare for the moping. So much moping.
Kristen Stewart Wore These Lizard Lady Pants In Public
Just click. And accept this preemptive apology: We're sorry. No one should have to see those pants.
Battleship Already Got Us Drunk Once
Some boats make you seasick. This boat gives you the drunk-person wobble.
Grab a Rum Punch, Heavy on the Rum (Mini-Umbrella Optional)
Bill Clinton Was Caught Chilling With Porn Stars In Monte Carlo
Because as Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy says, our good opinion once lost is lost forever? Oh well. Party on, Mr. President.
Glee's Season Finale Was a Nonsensical Journey to No Where
Graduation didn't clean up any of our McKinley set's issues. It just took the riff-raff and brushed it under the rug. And then it sent Rachel Berry to New York in a Cracker Jack Flight Attendant suit four months before she's supposed to start college. Hot. Mess.
Idol's Cute-Southern-Boy-Loving Army Triumphs... Again
Look, Phillip Phillips is fantastic. And adorable. And talented. And did we mention how adorable he is? He's great. It would just be nice if for once, since the time Jordin Sparks took the title, we didn't see the Cute Southern White Boy's win coming from a mile away.
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Revenge is Done Until September. And Victoria Might Be Dead.
It's bad enough that we have to live without the Hamptons melodrama until September, but now we can't be sure our beloved Queen Victoria Grayson will be around come premiere time. In the final minutes of the Season 1 finale, Victoria supposedly died in a plane crash, but we refuse to believe it. Revenge without Victoria is like a nice glass of scotch... minus the scotch.
Showrunner Dan Harmon was fired from Community
So much for #SixSeasonsAndAMovie. The man whose slightly worrisome brain spawned the pop culture darling that is NBC's Community, has been shoved off the poop deck of his beloved ship. This is the darkest timeline. Prepare your black, felt goatee.
Justin Bieber Just Ruined Your Childhood
This is almost the limit for weird celebrity behavior, give or take a Kanye West pants malfunction: Justin Bieber's has a nickname for his genetalia. Oh, but it gets worse. The nickname is Jerry, which started a Twitter phenomenon of ardent fans promising to be the Tom to Bieber's Jerry. (Shudder.) Hanna Barbara, we've failed you.
Nicole Kidman Gives Zac Efron a Shower of Sorts in Their Cannes Flick
Yep. This is the limit. This is just about as much as we can handle. Nicole Kidman's character bestows a golden show upon Zac Efron in their new movie The Paperboy. And no, I will not be footing the bill for your subsequent therapy sessions upon reading that sentence.
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All of 45 pages in length and darkly foreboding in its warning of impending ecological catastrophe The Lorax Dr. Seuss’ 1971 environmental fable is hardly good grist for a modern blockbuster. To broaden its appeal – and its merchandising potential – Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda co-directors of Imagine Entertainment’s 3D-animated adaptation have taken generous liberties with the source text. Their efforts more than adequately satisfy the dictates of commercial family entertainment but they will undoubtedly earn the ire of Seuss purists should any still remain after the 2003 Cat in the Hat tragedy.
Fans of the book will at least recognize the essential elements in the film. We still have the Once-ler (Ed Helms) chopping down precious Truffula trees to make his thneeds and we still have the orange-maned Lorax (Danny DeVito) begging him to stop. But now the former has been refashioned into a guitar-toting go-getter with entrepreneurial zeal and a sympathetic backstory while the latter is given a group of adorably incompetent sidekicks. Meanwhile Seuss’ youthful audience surrogate silent and unnamed in the book has become Ted (Zac Efron of course) a sassy adolescent with a pretty crush (Taylor Swift) a snowboarding grandma (Betty White) and a destiny of his own to fulfill replete with its very own villain (Rob Riggle). Oh and there are now musical numbers as well.
The film’s environmental message is considerably less strident than Seuss’ original story which essentially cast industry and nature as adversaries in a zero-sum death match. Seuss’ ominous exhortation “unless” becomes less a plea to stem capitalism’s inexorable advance than a polite suggestion to plant a tree – which I think even the most ardent global warming deniers would agree is worthwhile. The animation which uses Seuss’ original artwork merely as a jumping-off point is absolutely gorgeous even if it probably betrays the author’s minimalist ethos. The new narrative bells and whistles on the other hand are considerably less appealing and seem too conspicuously designed to connect with younger audiences – and to provide a pretext for some ostentatious chase sequences. The Lorax speaks for the trees; Zac Efron speaks for the vital 12-to-18-year-old demographic.
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"I can't tell you how many times I got mistaken for his stand-in. I'm like, 'No, I'm actually in the movie, but that's cool.'" Actor DAVE FRANCO is unfazed by people who are unconvinced he actually stars alongside ZAC EFRON in their new film CHARLIE ST. CLOUD.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
With so many flicks in the dance genre from classics like Flashdance and Fame to more recent entries like Step Up Save the Last Dance and Stomp the Yard as well as numerous popular TV dance competitions the Wayans Brothers are right in thinking there’s material ripe for riffing here. So in Dance Flick we get a young street dancer Thomas Uncles (get it?) who meets a gorgeous white chick named Megan White (get it?) and they team up for the ultimate in dance-offs as they become part of a “crew” that battles the baddies to take the title and repay Thomas’ debt to Sugar Bear an enormous loan shark and drug lord.
WHO’S IN IT?
In the lead roles of Thomas and Megan Damon Wayans Jr. and Shoshana Bush are naturals in the comedy department — if not exactly convincing as dance champs. Most of Dance Flick’s laughs come courtesy of the supporting players particularly Essence Atkins as Megan’s confidante and Amy Sedaris (TV’s Strangers With Candy) as a teacher who likes to verbally torment her students while wearing extremely tight and revealing pants. The rest of the film is swarming with stereotypes including Brennan Hillard doing a gay take-off on Zac Efron’s High School Musical character (including a swishy production number to the tune of Fame); Chelsea Makela as the compact and chubby Tracy Transfat (lifted directly from Hairspray’s energetic teenage lead) and Affion Crockett as A-Con a guy who aspires to be a criminal when he’s not getting all jiggy. Then of course there is the bitchy adversary for Megan played to the hilt by Christina Murphy. Best of all is the imposing Sugar Bear played by In Living Color vet David Alan Grier in a 400-pound fat suit who first does a send-up of Jennifer Hudson’s showstopping number from Dreamgirls “And I Am Telling You ” then later tops that with a killer spotlight dance in the big competition sequence. In addition to Damon Jr. we counted nine additional Wayans in various cameos.
The actual dance numbers including the big two that bookend the film are hilarious over-the-top and cleverly choreographed for ultimate comedic impact. The special effects and stunt teams clearly worked overtime on some of these moves. Sporadic moments of witty invention come along in between those set pieces but the jokes are stale and uninspired for the most part.
Clearly director Damien Wayans and his all-Wayans writing and producing team (Keenan Ivory Marlon Shawn and Craig) cracked themselves up when creating these gags but the hit-to-miss ratio is about to two-to-one on the negative side. And by the time the endlessly padded slow-motion end credits roll after just 75 minutes of this stuff the spoof has completely run out of gas resorting to lame gags about non-dance flicks like Twilight and the Samuel L. Jackson flop Black Snake Moan.
BEST SUPPORTING WAYANS?
Hands-down the small comic gems that work best all belong to Shawn Wayans as Baby Daddy who is easily the worst father in cinema history. His bits rock.
NETFLIX OR MULTIPLEX?
Netflix. Rent it and fast forward through the really REALLY dumb stuff to get to the really dumb stuff quicker.