No matter what happens, no matter how beaten and battered Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope may find herself, she'll never stay down for long. So is it true for the show itself, which returned for two pretty strong episodes last night that put the City Council story to rest and served as yet another reason to shake a fist at NBC for depriving us of this show while Comedy Thursday continues to burn itself into oblivion. The premises for both episodes were simple: Leslie filibusters to protect voting rights of Eagleton citizens, even though they want to vote her out in favor of Kristen Bell's Ingrid DuForest; and, Leslie hits rock bottom on Halloween after losing the recall election. But what made these two episodes sing was the funny stuff, so let's get straight to that. Here are the top 10 things from last night's hour of smalltown government comedy:
The Funny Stuff, Round 1 ("Filibuster"):
1. Roller skating! Not to be confused with roller blading, Ben's roller-rink birthday party and its accompanying early '90s theme was a delight. If only we could have seen the full choreographed couple's dance to "Losing My Religion" that we were promised.
2. Andy's Back! Chris Pratt's Guardians of the Galaxy schedule opened up briefly to offer this short but sweet vingette as April was able to overcome her usual bitterness to encourage him to fake it until he makes it, "Because everyone sucks but you're awesome."
3. Ron + Donna! Ron's endeavors to beat a Buckhunter-style hunting arcade game was all funny and was a great venue to see his mounting frustration mirrored by Donna's total apathy. Their brief sorjurn to the woods to hunt without a permit? Totally hilarious. And if you thought Donna would play striaght man to Ron's woodsman, you were sorely mistaken. "You know I don't give a f**k."
4. Tatiana Maslany! She's making another in the lost list of Tom's girlfriends come alive, really, for the first time. While her character is still hard to figure out, she's undeniably charming. This was supposed to be the last of her character, but hopefully everyone realizes how wonderful she is and she returns some time in 2014.
5. Jammargarita Mix! Councilman Jamm has been a worthy and frustrating foe, but with Leslie's triumph here it seems Jamm has finally lost his power over her and the council. Even though Leslie won't remain a Councilwoman, the image of her pouring his own freshly made margs on his beautiful curls will surely linger.
The Funny Stuff, Round 2 ("Recall Vote"):
1. Sad Leslie. Scarfing down burgers, dressed in an old t-shirt, and dispassionate even on Halloween, it was a nearly unrecognizable Knope for most of this half-hour. It could have been heartwrenching, but luckily Leslie is such a bighearted character that she can't help but commit even when she's feeling down. Her concession speech was a thing of apathetic beauty: "Eat my shorts, jabronis. Knope out."
2. Ben's Drunk! Hey, remember when Ben was a washed-up old kid mayor? Neither did he, until this episode, which gave Adam Scott the chance to also remind us that he is an all star when playing drunk. Also, shoutout to Ben for making that sweet Li'l Sebastian model, and bonus points for lovingly petting its mane.
3. Tom Sells Out! While the logical conclusion would be that Tom holds out and rides his business into the ground honorably, instead he gleefully sells out for 60 grand. It also provided a nice counterpoint to Ron's steadfast insistance that he would refuse to mass produce his Swanson chairs. Which leads into...
4. Lifestyle Guru! P&R can really hit a sweet spot satirically when it's making fun of the pampered bourgeosie (case in point: Treat Yo'Self!), and Annabelle Porter, who looks suspiciously like an off-brand Jessica Alba and sounds suspiciously like an off-brand Gwyneth Paltrow, is on-point, with her needless, pretentious email blast celebrating the most essential non-essentials Pawnee has to offer.
5. Sick Tats! That pawn shop would have made a great tattoo parlor. Chainsaws were everywhere, and the ink comes from real ballpoint pens! And you can start the countdown until diehard fans of P&R and/or awesomeness start getting Eleanor Roosevelt with a tasteful tattoo of Pat Benatar put on their forearms.
How much pain can our poor hearts take? Less than a week after longtime Hollywood power couple Diane Lane and Josh Brolin filed for divorce, we find that two other beloved sets of coupled stars are calling it quits. First Michelle Williams and Jason Segel ended their fairytale (or so we thought) relationship and now, People confirms that Michael Sheen and Rachel McAdams have called it quits, too. But they were so perfect! As our favorite couples bite the dust, one after the other, it just makes you wonder "Why them and not Rihanna and Chris Brown?"
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There's a simple answer here: we hold the good couples up as an ideal of romantic relationships. The reason we love a Michelle Williams dating a Jason Segel is that, for various reasons, that relationship strikes us as real. Put a beautiful screen sweetheart with a beloved goofball and suddenly we have a couple we're happy to see stroll red carpets and dining together in public. Same goes for Sheen and McAdams: her easygoing nature and his devil-may-care attitude mixed with a bit of high brow bravado make us feel like we're witnessing the ideal relationship develop before our eyes.
These relationships are all the good stuff we imagine comes after every happy ending in movie, except it's happening in what we believe is real life. It reality, that "real life" is what plays out in tabloids, but don't tell us that. We're living vicariously over here. Our hearts still flutter with the force of a thousand butterflies every time someone photographs Amy Poehler and her soon-to-be ex-husband Will Arnett playing with their child. Wednesday, the mere mention of the short-lived rumor of Neil Patrick Harris splitting with his longtime love David Burtka (breathe, it's just a silly rumor) triggered migranes in even the most mild celeb culture fans. We live for this, okay?
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But the first thing that shatters the veil between our version of celebrities' reality and the real thing is a break up. The one-two punch is the reminder that for every couple we love to love (from Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfelt, to Beyonce and Jay-Z, and even Kim Kardashian and Kanye West) there's a couple we can't wait to break up and leave our headlines, front pages, and magazine covers forever. Rihanna and Chris Brown's sadly continuing relationship, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson's maddening on-and-off romance, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt's eternal (and desperate) quest for fame, and even Ryan Gosling's never-ending relationship with hope-dasher Eva Mendes rip a hole in our happy little Hollywood picture. And that wound is never more sensitive than when not only do these nightmare couples stay firmly attached at the hip as one of the good ones goes down the drain.
How are we supposed to maintain the buzz obtained by living vicariously through these beautiful strangers? Well, we can remember one very important thing: With the exception of Gosling and Mendes, these bad news couples are made up of folks who are magnets for this sort of attention. Rihanna continually makes decisions that make us want to hug her, tell her to knock it off, and set her back on the right path and Brown is nothing short of a mess (and that's us going easy on the guy). Montag and Pratt are two reality survivors so distorted by their time on The Hills that they need each other to subsist. The "are-they-aren't-they" saga of the Twilight lovers irks us, but Stewart is a wet blanket and Pattinson is a wimp (albeit a handsome one): they deserve each other. Let's not let these couplings ruin our starry-eyed notions of love under the limelight.
Still, the breakups of the wonderful ones and the never-ending sagas of the folks we can't stand is something we've just got to live with. Just remember, at the end of every breakup and the outset of every string of stories about the aforementioned awful couples there is one very important silver linging: if life and love are this tumultuous in Hollywood, then the rest of us must be doing alright.
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It's not that Movie 43 is shocking or "edgy " or whatever any of the writers or directors would like to convince you. If you want to actually puke or cry or be shocked you can go to Rotten.com like the rest of us Internet miscreants. The Cinema of Transgression films by Nick Zedd and Richard Kern have more artistic value than Movie 43 and are generally more interesting. Which is saying a lot because Zedd's films can get pretty boring. You can only see Annie Sprinkle make out with a man who's listed as Ray the Burn Victim for so long... although I feel terrible for writing because everyone needs love. Sorry Ray.
Movie 43 has 12 directors and 17 writers credited with this anthology of shorts modeled according to producers Peter Farrelly and Charlie Wessler in the spirit of Kentucky Fried Movie. Surprisingly none of those writers or directors go by the name Alan Smithee. It's not even totally clear which were written and directed by whom; the production notes are "hilarious first hand [sic] accounts from those who were a part of and were witnesses to the creation of MOVIE 43."
Kate Winslet and Halle Berry and Richard Gere were tricked into participating which is supposed to make their "outrageous" shorts all the more titillating. One of the larger problems of Movie 43 is that it relies on this handful of mega-stars and on our reactions to them and their off-screen personas all in lieu of genuine comedy onscreen. Would it be funny if some schmuck on YouTube played a Steve Jobs-like character who didn't understand why his company's iBabe music player — which looks like a naked woman but has a coolant system with a fan between its legs — was mangling users? No it wouldn't. And it's definitely not any funnier because it's Richard Gere playing him.
What's most offensive about Movie 43 isn't the scatological humor but how shoddily the whole thing was put together. (To be honest I did nearly walk out during the Anna Faris/Chris Pratt short about her desire to be pooped on. I also nearly barfed during Salo. Because poop.) In quite a few of the shorts half of the actors' heads are cut out of frame. Their heads are literally cut off of the screen in a movie that was professionally filmed by accredited cinematographers. Now it could have been the theater projecting the film that was having the problem but that's not really my concern. My concern was mainly that a handful of paying customers (including myself) were sitting through a studio movie where the top of actors' heads aren't in frame.
The self-referential wraparound for the movie is embarrassing for everyone involved including the viewer. Dennis Quaid plays a disheveled crazy writer who holds a studio exec (Greg Kinnear) hostage until the exec agrees to buy his movie pitch. His pitch is the series of shorts which the exec obviously thinks is a terrible idea... because it is. This is like adding insult to injury because the creators know what they've made is crap. Even the studio exec that they themselves wrote thinks the premise of Movie 43 is crap and has to be held at gunpoint to bring the idea to his boss. This idea that you will have wasted 90 minutes of your life on — minutes you could have spent watching YouTube videos of people squeezing their own cysts or having botflies removed from their bodies or yes making out with burn victims.
Complain all you like about stodgy critics who have no sense of humor and don't get "the kids" today and all that but it seems that Peter Farrelly and the group of people who forced this towards theaters (with little to no help from most of the stars or writers or directors) are the ones who are completely out of touch. With anything. Including humor.'s>
Warning: This movie is not for the weak-stomached, faint of heart, or easily offended.
In Movie 43, comedy is served steaming hot by director Peter Farrelly of The Farrelly Brothers (Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber). Starring Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Bobby Cannavale, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, John Hodgman, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Justin Long, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Chris Pratt, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet, get ready to see all your favorite A-list actors in a way you've never seen them before. Movie 43 is jaw-dropping, uproarious, outrageous fun. And the only thing better than seeing this movie is winning an iPad Mini too!
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One of the appeals of the high school reunion is seeing just how everybody else from your graduating class turned out. It's a shameful truth, but we all kind of hope that everyone else ended up looking a bit shlubby... at least in comparison to ourselves. But whoever went to high school with the cast of 10 Years won't be able to indulge in the same guilty pleasure.
Everybody's favorite person ever Channing Tatum leads a cast as good-hearted, mixed-up Jake, whose happy relationship is thrown for a whirl when he reunited with his old high school flame (Rosario Dawson). Tatum plays beside the likes of Anthony Mackie, Chris Pratt, Oscar Isaac, Justin Long, Max Minghella and more in the anticipated comedy/drama that comes to theaters on Sept. 14. In honor of this picturesque yearbook of young men, we've compiled a gallery celebrating the Men of 10 Years. Check out the pics to see Tatum and the rest regressing to their old high school ways.
10 Years arrives on Blu-ray Dec. 18.
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I’m not sure I can adequately express how excited I am for Five-Year Engagement. It started off fairly excited. Who wouldn’t be stoked for another Judd Apatow-produced, Jason Segel-penned and Nicolas Stoller-directed movie? Then we learn that Segel and Emily Blunt will star - that’s great but slightly expected. Segel attracts some top talent. Forgetting Sarah Marshall had Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell, the guy has an eye for lady talent. But then they go and get Alison Brie to co-star? WOOOOO!!! I thought my excitement had peaked for the movie, there was no way to be more pumped.
Then they go and add Chris Pratt and Rhys Ifans to cast.
It’s almost not fair. A cast this awesome just shouldn’t exist. Hollywood isn’t supposed to make smart moves like this. They’re supposed to put Miley Cyrus and Channing Tatum in some sequel and CGI the hell out of it. But Segel, Blunt, Brie, Pratt, and Ifans in one movie together? That’s too good to be true. With a cast as strong as Park and Recreation’s, Pratt consistently has the best lines on the show (probably second to Ron Swanson, but come on, no one can compete with Ron Swanson). And Ifans? That British bastard oozes charm with a razor sharp dry wit. Not to mention, he’s the Lizard in the new Spider-Man reboot.
I love it when Hollywood comes together and makes the right moves. Warms the cockles of my heart, it does.
Source: Hollywood Reporter