For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Veteran British actor David Suchet is heading to the London stage to give fans an intimate insight into his career. The star's final bow as Agatha Christie's super sleuth Hercule Poirot - after 25 years on TV - recently aired in the U.K. and now the actor will open up about his most famous role, and his other work, in Encounters: Performers On Performance.
Suchet will sit with arts journalist Fiona Lindsay to discuss his time on stage and TV for a one-off special at the Lyric Theatre next year (14).
Comic Lenny Henry, who won acclaim for his turn in Shakespeare's Othello in 2009, will also sit down for a session.
Producer Kim Poster tells Britain's Daily Mail, "It's an intimate conversation about an actor's life and craft in the entertainment business.
"The artist in question will dictate whether clips are shown, or whether they just sit and talk with Fiona. It's very much done on a bespoke basis."
The series will start in January (14) and run for six months, with new stars set to be announced in due course.
Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie is still mad at singer Fiona Apple after she refused to let the band sample her song Every Single Night. Urie claims they wanted to use Apple's vocals on their summer (13) release Miss Jackson, but she would not grant them permission.
He tells Revolt TV, "We tried to get the publishing cleared and she was not having it. She was so bummed on us. She was like, 'No, I'm not letting that band sample my stuff.'
"I was kind of bummed, I was like, 'Really? I love your stuff, I love you Fiona,' but then afterwards I was like, 'You b**ch.' I was so mad. I mean, I'm still a huge fan of hers, but yeah I was pretty p**sed."
Singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss has been honoured by officials at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) at their annual Women Behind The Music Series. The former Xscape star and brains behind TLC's No Scrubs, Destiny's Child's Bills, Bills, Bills and Pink's There You Go was celebrated as one of the industry's most influential and accomplished females during a ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday (29Oct13).
Burruss, who also features on U.S. reality show The Real Housewives of Atlanta, has also worked with a host of other stars over the years, including Whitney Houston, Usher, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men and 'N Sync.
She follows in the footsteps of fellow musicians Melanie Fiona and ex-Destiny's Child member LeToya Luckett, who were recently honoured at the New York and Los Angeles editions of the Women Behind The Music Series.
American Horror Story: Coven is getting shadier than an episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta. The episode begins in 1961. A young African-American boy is innocently riding his bike home from his integrated school. Then he’s cornered by a bunch of racists. Cut to the beauty shop, where apparently Marie Laveau is planning on working until the end of time. After the nuclear apocalypse, there will be roaches, Cher, and Angela Bassett doing weaves. How is it she is immortal, able to control death but she itching to spend her free time teasing out curls? Way to be racist, AHS. After a rather intense child murder, Marie reveals a new power….copyright infringement! She reanimates The Walking Dead zombies to enact her vengeance. All this before the opening credits.
Precious Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) survives her failed seduction of the Minotaur by smelling the alcohol on Fiona’s (Jessica Lange) breath. We find out Marie Laveau negotiated a truce with Fiona’s predecessor Anna-Lee Leighton (Christine Ebersole). Bassett also wears a gratuitously stereotypical afro wig. Cordelia Foxx (Sarah Paulson) may be unable to conceive but her sexy husband Hank Foxx (Josh Hamilton) has no difficulty hooking up with a townie on a work trip. He also has no problem shooting her in the head.
After Madison Montgomery’s grisly murder at Fiona's hands, Nan (Jamie Brewer) summons the witches council. They can best be described as Marmie, Crimpy, and Sassy. Pimbooke (Robin Bartlett) is a spitting image for the mother in Little Women. Myrtle Snow (Frances Conroy), and her heavily crimped hair, return after her brief appearance in the first episode. And, Leslie Jordan plays Leslie Jordan...as a witch.
A flashback reveals that Myrtle is the Guardian of the Veracity of the Vernacular. Sadly, it doesn’t mean she has Quidditch season tickets. Instead, she has the power to seek out the truth. She tries to find out who murdered Anna-Lee. We finally learn how Spalding (Denis O'Hare) loses his tongue.
The episode ends with zombies descending on the house. Luke Ramsey (Alexander Dreymon) stops by to give Nan a treat. And someone plays a trick on Cordelia by throwing acid in her face, original gangster style.
What We’ve Learned
The creative minds at the American Horror Story Studios are pushing some sort of racist agenda. First, American Horror Story: Asylum features a gratuitous Nazi storyline that fizzled with no real payoff. Now there’s a woman in an afro wig, gratuitous use of the word "colored" and a lynching. They are taking white magic/black magic a little too literally. For shame!
Bassett clearly did not read the whole script!
Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) may not have been the true Supreme. If Cordelia is to be trusted, Madison may have had a heart condition that was proof she was just a trashy telekinetic.
Spalding is in love with Fiona, wearing women’s clothes and keeping dead teenage girls around for tea. As you do.
Hamilton is not afraid of filming a freak nasty sex scene. This is his second in three episodes.
Queenie’s voodoo doll powers cannot be used defensively. Also, Minotaurs don’t like big girls. Their loss.
It looks like next week someone is getting burned. Is it the person that burned Cordelia? Is it Marie Laveau? Or does Fiona orchestrate the murder of one of the other girls?
Singer/songwriter Fiona Apple has broken her silence after ejecting a concerned heckler from a show in Oregon last week (ends04Oct13). The star halted her show at Portland's Newmark Theatre on Thursday night (03Oct13) after a fan urged her to "get healthy" during a song.
Visibly shaken by the remark, Apple responded by asking, "Who the f**k do you think you are?", before demanding venue bosses turn on the lights, yelling, "I want you to get the f**k out of here. I want the house lights on so I watch you leave!"
Apple collected herself to perform an awkward Waltz (Better Than Fine) before leaving the stage, and now she has addressed the drama in an interview with Pitchfork.com.
She says, "If anyone gets in my way, I'm going to get them out of my way.
"She hurt my feelings. I don't think what I look like is relevant. And, by the way, this whole 'unhealthy' thing has me baffled. It's really confusing to me why anyone would have an opinion about that. And that (the heckling) just takes you out of (the moment).
"People around me try to tell me that's not going to happen, but it always happens. It's really disappointing."
She adds, "At this point, emotionally, it doesn't get easier to hear those criticisms - but it gets easier to be resolute about my reaction to it, which is just, 'Go ahead and call me ugly, call me skinny, call me crazy and speculate as much as you want, but not at a show'. I don't think that there's anything meltdown-y (sic) about that. I don't have any problem getting angry at someone who insults me in the middle of a show."
Former actress Fiona Fullerton has laughed off reports she is having an affair with dancer Anton Du Beke, branding the rumour "hilarious". The Bond girl, who retired from the movies following death threats from a stalker in 1995, is making a small screen comeback competing in U.K. TV show Strictly Come Dancing.
Last month (Sep13) she was photographed by a paparazzo enjoying lunch with Du Beke, her partner on the show, sparking a rumour she was cheating on her husband Neil Shackell, but Fullerton is adamant she found the speculation amusing.
She tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "Yes of course we are having a torrid affair. Neil and I thought it was hilarious. I haven't been papped in 19 years and I cannot tell you how funny it is. What the paper didn't point out was that the production assistant and the director were there too. Ironically, that was an aspect of the business I hated when I was an actress and one of the reasons I stepped away."
Singer/songwriter Fiona Apple halted a gig in Oregon on Thursday night (03Oct13) to ask a heckler to leave. The rowdy female concertgoer urged Apple to "Get healthy" towards the end of her Newmark Theatre set in Portland, adding, "We want to see you in 10 years."
But the singer wasn't touched by the fan's concern and instead stopped the gig and turned on her.
Visibly shaken, according to website Stereogum, she responded, "I am healthy! Who the f**k do you think you are?"
Apple then demanded venue bosses turn on the lights and yelled, "I want you to get the f**k out of here. I want the house lights on so I watch you leave!"
The fan left the venue determined to have the last word, stating, "I saw you 20 years ago and you were beautiful!" as she exited the theatre.
Apple collected herself to perform an awkward Waltz (Better Than Fine) before leaving the stage.
It isn't the first time in recent months Apple has ended a show abruptly - she stormed offstage at a gig in Japan in August (13), after failing to silence the chatty audience.
She was performing at the Louis Vuitton Timeless Muses party in Tokyo, when she climbed onto a piano to tell the audience to "shut the f**k up."
After her demands fell on deaf ears, Apple left the stage yelling, "Predictable! Predictable fashion, what the f**k?"
Fiona Apple is beautiful, scarily talented, and a wonderful performer, but whatever you do, do not be predictable around her. At the end of August, after the crowd at her performance for the Louis Vuitton Timeless Muses party in Tokyo wouldn’t simmer down, Apple climbed atop her piano and told the audience to “shut the f**k” up. Shockingly, the crowd failed to stop talking after Apple's polite request, so she yelled, “Predictable! Predictable fashion, what the f**k?,” and stormed off the stage.
In honor of her dramatic walkout, here’s a look at 5 other stars that are in the running for Drama Queen of the Music World.
Axl Rose What would a walkout list be without Axl Rose? Rose has always had a tense relationship with his fans and has been the muse of many bottle-throwings, riots, and boos. A paradigm of the temperamental rock star, he’s walked off of stages and caused riots since 1992. His latest stage fit was in 2010 at a concert in Dublin. After the crowd refused to stop throwing bottles onto the stage, Rose walked off the stage. Before you go full-on Team Axl, though, let it be noted that Rose had taken the stage ninety minutes late.
Billie Joe Armstrong In 2012, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong famously entertained the crowd at the iHeartRadio festival with a glorious tirade protesting the fact that their set was cut by twenty minutes, courtesy of Usher’s long performance. After being told that they only had one minute left for their performance, Armstrong began ranting about how he’s been around since “198-f**king-8” so people should respect him, since he’s not “f**king Justin Bieber” (I would hope not, the mere legality of that is questionable). Armstrong smashed his guitar on stage a few times before walking off the stage and into a PR-mandated rehab.
Morrissey Morrissey is no stranger to cooking up a storm of controversy, and his 2009 Coachella performance was no different. Offended by the smell of barbecued meat wafting through the air, the rocker stopped his set and said, “I can smell burning flesh and I hope to God it’s human.” Morrissey walked off the stage, only to return a few minutes later and restart his performance, explaining, “The smell of burning animals is making me sick. I just couldn’t bear it.” Frustrating as it may have been, at least Morrissey came back and only wanted humans to be burning alive instead of animals.
Caleb Followill Kings of Leon have may as well have the word “Drama” in front of their band name. The band famously walked off a St. Louis stage in 2010 after getting attacked by a vicious gang of pigeons who flew around pooping on the band (not the fans), and reportedly even pooped in bassist Jared Followill’s mouth. Clearly the pigeons weren’t fans of the band, and KOL walked off after only 3 songs. In 2011, though, lead singer Caleb Followill walked out of a Dallas show, even though not one pooping pigeon was seen. Claiming he was just dehydrated because of the heat and needed a beer, Followill angered many fans by not returning to the stage, even though he said he would. Brother Jared Followill told the booing crowd to “F**king hate Caleb, not us.” There’s that brotherly support.
Jack White Jack White played a show in 2012 at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall, only to walk off the stage after fifty-five minutes. Many rumors/explanations were going around as to why White left the show early, none of which made sense. Some said that White was upset because the audience didn’t seem as they were into the show, since at one point White asked the crowd, “Jesus Christ, is this an NPR convention?” (maybe someone should’ve told White that even if they wanted to, audiences can’t get up out of their seats or dance around in aisles at the Radio City Music Hall?). Others stated that White is a perfectionist and was frustrated with the sound quality because that’s “rock and roll.” Did someone change the definition of rock and roll and forget to tell the rest of us?
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Rocker Liam Gallagher has moved out of his marital home in the wake of his lovechild scandal, according to a U.K. report. The Beady Eye frontman hit headlines in July (13) when it emerged he is embroiled in a legal battle with an American journalist over claims he fathered her young daughter.
Gallagher has yet to comment on the scandal but it would appear he has now moved out of the home he shares with his wife, former All Saints star Nicole Appleton.
On Thursday (12Sep13), two men were photographed taking items from Gallagher's mansion in Hampstead, London, and loading up a moving van.
The snaps, published by Britain's The Sun, show guitars, shoes from Gallagher's Pretty Green label, plastic-wrapped furniture, as well as Beatles and Sex Pistols memorabilia being taken out of the star's home.
The former Oasis star is believed to have hired celebrity lawyer Fiona Shackleton, the legal eagle behind Sir Paul McCartney's split from Heather Mills, to help with divorce proceedings.