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Chipotle is moving on to some seriously big things. Rather than buy out some silly little ad space during the Super Bowl, Chipotle is coming to Hulu for the takeover. Their new series Farmed and Dangerous will tell the story of fictional industrial agriculture company that literally starts feeding their cows petroleum jelly. The idea is to get folks thinking about fast food, and the practices of the sketchy (non-Chipotle-esque) corporations behind it. Check out the trailer, and you'll see a few reasons why we're way more excited for the February 17 premiere than we probably should be:
Everybody loves and/or has experienced the awesomeness of Ray Wise. Although he's best known for his role on Twin Peaks, this guy has been on every show you watch (Mad Men, How I Met Your M0ther, Reaper, 24)... ever. And as the bad guy on this one, we expect he'll deliver an excellent performance.
Um, Did You See That Exploding Cow?
No, seriously. Cows exploding from petroleum-based animal pellets? Must. Watch. Now.
Robinne Lee, Who Is About to Become Kind of a Big Deal
If you're watching Being Mary Jane (and you should most definitely be watching Being Mary Jane), you probably recognized Robinne Lee in the trailer. Now we don't really know much about her role, but it looks like she's sitting at the table with thosse corporate bad guys, so we're all in.
Farmed and Dangerous hits Hulu February 17, 2014.
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Two orphaned kids Andi (Emma Roberts) and her mechanical whiz of a younger brother Bruce (Jake T. Austin) live in a foster home with a couple of aging wannabe rock stars (Lisa Kudrow Kevin Dillon) who are vehemently anti-pet. Running out of ways to keep their stray pooch Friday hidden in plain sight they stumble on to an abandoned hotel that turns out to be the perfect shelter for Friday – and transform the place into luxury accommodations for all sorts of unwanted pets they spring from the local pound and the streets. But can they stay one step ahead of the law while keeping this United Nations of dogs in line? Human actors don’t have a chance against the gifted assortment of canines. With dogs of every breed from a border collie who loves to herd sheep (don’t ask) to an English bulldog obsessed with chewing stuff the trainers deliver a cast that flawlessly pulls off every dog trick in the book. Fortunately Roberts (Nancy Drew) and Austin are winning and likeable as the two main kids who share a need for family with their four-legged counterparts. Kudrow and Dillon don’t get a whole lot to do in strictly stereotyped roles but Don Cheadle as the kids’ social worker adds a nice touch of dignity and warmth to the story. For his first American feature German director Thor Freudenthal got the supreme challenge: working with kids and animals. Getting this furry menagerie to act on cue could not have been easy but Freundenthal and his talented trainers make it look so. Particularly amusing are the various gadgets and elaborate contraptions Bruce builds to keep the doggies occupied and quiet -- including simulated car windows they can stick their heads out of portable toilets complicated feeding machines and on and on. Just like the current hit Marley & Me it’s a funny and heartwarming family comedy.
Who knew that Will Smith could deliver the year’s most unexpected and profoundly moving love story? He plays Ben a man with a deep dark secret that leads him help seven complete strangers each with their own particular set of circumstances. Constructed like a jigsaw puzzle we slowly get clues to the traumatic events that cause Ben to contact these people and change their lives in ways they never could have anticipated. What he doesn’t expect is to fall in love with one of them -- Emily Posa (Rosario Dawson) a cardiac patient whose heart may be weak but is clearly strong enough to make a difference in the way Ben looks at things. It’s this relationship that becomes the center of Grant Nieporte’s compelling screenplay but as it continues it’s obvious there is more to what Ben is doing a mystery not revealed until the final moments and one you will not easily forget. Will Smith is at his best. He may be the world’s No. 1 movie star at the moment but he’s continually proving himself to be a brilliant actor as well. Reteaming with director Gabriele Muccino who led him to a Best Actor Oscar nomination in The Pursuit of Happyness Smith once again finds his dramatic mojo in the role of a man whose life has been shattered by something so profoundly affecting that he reaches out to strangers in an effort to redeem himself. You will be hard-pressed to find the loveable Will Smith persona anywhere within this character. Dawson also has a career best as the spunky and courageous Emily a role that could have been sloppily sentimentalized and maudlin. She’s a revelation delivering a flawless and luminous performance. And best among the various recipients of Ben’s kindness is Woody Harrelson as a blind man he encounters. Also quite good is Barry Pepper as Ben’s childhood friend who is the only other person “in” on Ben’s master plan helping him to achieve his goal. He rips your heart out when he gets the call from Ben who says “It’s time.” Gabriele Muccino puts it all out there. He is an unapologetically emotional director and some will probably find fault with his style but as the Italian filmmaker proved in Pursuit of Happyness he knows exactly what he’s doing and where he’s taking the story. He’s most successful here in building suspense and an air of mystery around Smith’s character and then bringing it all home in a whopper of a final act. Clearly story acting and gut-level feeling are the three things that drive Muccino and his distinctive stamp and European approach is evident throughout. Most of all he has given Smith and Dawson a real showcase finding the meat of a story that’s one from the heart and good for the soul.
February 07, 2003 5:43am EST
Sure Eva Dandridge (Gabrielle Union) is not the most agreeable person around but she has her reasons. At the age of 18 her parents died and she was left to raise for her three younger sisters Kareenah (Essence Atkins) Bethany (Robinne Lee) and Jacqui (Meagan Good) on her own. In the process she gave up all of her hopes and dreams and became very controlling and overbearing--especially when it comes to her siblings. Her sisters' mates think she's a tyrant though and devise a plan to get her out of their hair--for good. They hire confessed ladies' man Ray (LL Cool J) to sweep the evil Eva off her feet and distract from the Dandridge fund the family trust fund she oversees. Ray is supposed to woo her and then dump her so that she will accept a job she has been offered in a different city. But the plan goes awry when Ray develops genuine feelings for Eva who in turn truly begins to trust him. But if Ray tells Eva about the circumstances of how they met he risks losing for her good. What will he do? As far as romantic comedies goes this film is pretty formulaic but it does have some snappy dialogue.
LL Cool J who has managed to make a pretty smooth transition from music to acting takes on his first leading role in Deliver Us From Eva. Although he has starred in films as diverse as the buddy crime thriller The Hard Way the horror throwback Halloween: H2O the actioner Deep Blue Sea and the drama Any Given Sunday his appeal is obviously in the romantic arena. At least the women at the screening I attended think so: They swooned every time the rapper-turned-actor licked his lips. Although Cool J held his own as the suave Ray his performance was definitely dwarfed by Union. After playing supporting roles in a number of films including the thriller Abandon and the romantic drama The Brothers Union gets a chance to shine here as Eva the tough-loving older sister. Union belts out her dialogue with a sharp tongue and her timing is right on. Having thus succeeded at comedy it will be interesting to see her performance in the upcoming actioners Cradle 2 the Grave and Bad Boys 2. Dartanyan Edmonds (Rangers) deserves an honorable mention as the funniest of the sisters' guys. Almost every line he spills generates laugh-out-loud moments thanks to his frenzied delivery.
This is director Gary C. Hardwick's second time at the helm his debut being 2001's romantic drama The Brothers. With Deliver Us From Eva Hardwick delivers a pic that has some genuinely funny moments which refreshingly aren't all revealed in the trailer. Union unquestionably steals the show as Eva but the scenes revolving around the three boyfriends/husbands follow close behind as some of the film's better moments. Having to sit through the Dandridge sisters' weekly bonding ritual (which involves the foursome getting buffed and manicured at Bethany's beauty salon) however is another story. The movie gets schmaltzy here and drags making this 105-minute picture feel drawn out. But despite its weak moments the film works thanks to Union Cool J and the supporting cast who whip up great comedic performances from an otherwise formulaic script by scribes Barbara Brauner and James Iver Mattson.